Sep 15, 2017


The Rise of the Dawnstar (The Avalonia Chronicles #2)
You guys, be proud of me. I'm finally tackling my review pile from my TBR! ACCOMPLISHMENT. 
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I'm so serious. I have like 12 books that I have yet to read and review, and I'm still getting MORE. 


No no, don't. I don't think I can bear reality right now, sorry. Let's just go into the review, okay? 

The Rise of the Dawnstar (The Avalonia Chronicles #2)
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Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…

my review - 2

I received this free from NetGalley in exchange for my review. Oh, and another thing. This is the sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes, which I have NOT read.

I love a good fantasy novel. But this one was just... meh. Let me explain, my luvs. 

There are millions in the fantasy genre, millions of characters, and millions of storylines... HAHA actually just kidding! There are like, 13 storylines in the entire fantasy genre. How is that, you ask? Because, my dear little one, more than half of the books are about the beloved "chosen" one. And that's not always cool. You feel me? Yes, there are times where it's actually pretty neat... I can even list some but I'm too lazy to (but that's beside the point, so just keep reading and forget I even said that). However-- when done too many times, and too many in the same way, well, then I just want to give up on it and look at stupid memes on Pinterest (NOT that that's a bad idea... but you get the picture). IT GETS BORING, PEOPLE. And that is why I found the book just... meh. 

Because this is one of those books. 

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Don't get me wrong, I finished this quicker than other "meh"-labeled books! Buuuut that's because I was in the car running away from Irma with my family. So I obviously had time to burn. But if I had another book to read (and if I wasn't on a deadline to finish this book hah) I'D CHOOSE HENNY PENNY. It would twist my brain more than this book, I can tell you that. 

But, please, don't get me wrong. This book wasn't boring in and of itself. Yes, I saw a lot of things coming, and yes it was really cliche, and yes there were a lot of issues for me. But it wasn't a bad book if you know what I'm saying. If you don't read a lot of fantasy, or don't have a problem with mainstream plots BOOM here's your book, darling. It's because I've read so many books like this that I find it the belittling "meh." But that does NOT make it a bad book, whatsoever. 

I did find it interesting, even though nothing really surprised me. I'm just an easy person to.. surprise even though I'm expecting it. (example: you can be walking straight towards me, jump and say, "boo" and I'd still scream. You can leave my blog if you so wish, but please don't judge me too harshly. I NEED FRANSSS.) So even if it was really similar to 8.234 fantasy books, it was still somewhat interesting and I don't feel like I wasted that the time I took to read it. I mean, sure I could have read something better, but I mean at least I wasn't bored and forced to read school in the car. btw it is better than school. so that's good. 

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Some things: 

  • besides the cliche-ness of the plot, there was enough action and tension built to keep me reading. There were a lot of questions that led to more questions, which led to even more questions... and even if the big answer wasn't exactly the most spectacular, I did enjoy the excitement that was built through all the rabbit trails. 
  • Aurora was gorgeous and everybody had a crush on her... except her guy's ex. But like, that's to be expected, haha. Seriously, why are these female protagonists so stinkin' perfect in the physical aspect?! I mean, sure she's like named after Sleeping Beauty, but still. Can't we just get some average, even homely females to shake things up? Almost every guy in the entire book flirted with Aurora because duhhhh she's the most naturally beautiful girl in the kingdom naturally. Ugh, please. We don't need more of these leads, authors. Take note, please? Her despairingly perfect beauty aside, she was... I don't know. She was kind of lukewarm. I didn't hate her but didn't love her. She wasn't bad enough for me to be like, "Can I burn you?" but she wasn't awesome enough to be like, "let me protect you, my dear child." IT WAS AN AWKWARD IN BETWEEN. KIND OF LIKE PICKLES. I LIKE THEM BUT I DON'T LOVE THEM AND SOMETIMES I HATE THEM BUT OTHER TIMES I LIKE THEM AND IT'S COMPLICATED AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY EMOTIONS CUZ THEY'RE A WRECK. You know the feeling, I'm sure. 
  • Disney was mentioned, and I was a little confused........ 
  • the world building wasn't amazing, it was like any other fantasy/fairy tale kind of vibed book. But I mean, it was trollishly BAD. At least. 
  • OH. OH. OH. GET THIS YOU GUYS. If the cliche plot wasn't enough... you're gonna die from this. There are like, a bajillion love triangles in this book. What is a reader to do with so many?! ONE LOVE TRIANGLE IS ENOUGH. Please don't throw in ex's and jealous crushes and blah blah blah. It was so cringy. My toes are cringing. My toesss you guys. THINGS ARE SERIOUS. Not only did the author threw in a love triangle for all the leads... but she ships the ship that I don't ship. Maybe because I just missed things since this is not the first book, but like... I shipped the ship and she shipped the other ship and now I just want them all to go down and drown. Because I don't know if I would be able to live if her ship sailed. It shouldn't. Because reasons. 
  • Tristan and the other Fae people were cool but almost too cool. Like, they were right on the brink of being way too awesome to be convincing. But the point was THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE TOO AWESOME which made sense because they were the ones that had to make Aurora realize that she wasn't Ms. Perfect Hair. She was a mess compared to them, which I appreciate. Because they were jerks about it, but then they became nice jerks and her closest allies. Which is pretty cool cuz they're so cool. Can I be Fae? kthx. 
  • There's actually a lot of food. Aurora, bless her heart, was a foodie. I can relate, so #approved. 
  • I love Tristan, you guys. It's weird, but I can't help it if he reminds me of Kieran from the Sword of Lyric. D':
  • And then there's a Pegasus 
  • just like the fae warriors
  • okay I'm done
  • On a more serious note, there are some yuckies. Some innuendo, some characters drink, and some language (which actually weirded me out, because it's not really the genre or style that you really excpect language, yknow?)
Wow, I said a lot more than I originally intended. I'm sorry if you actually read through all that. In the end, I don't feel completely cheated for having read this book. It was a little bit difficult in some parts to follow along, due to the fact that I have not read the first book. But it was so-so for me, and it could be AMAZING for the next human. Ya never know. Don't take my word for it. Take the Pegasus' word. Always choose the mythical creature over the faulty human. 

Thanks for reading! Till next time, luvs. 

thanks again to NetGalley, you guys are really awesome. 

Sep 14, 2017


Guess who kept their word? 


Ay Papi, there's a first for everything! 
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Sixteen-year-old Amy doesn't like anything to die, she won't even eat the goats or chickens her mama has butchered every fall, but she can't let herself pity the inhabitants of New Lithisle. In a few short months the dome they built to isolate themselves from the deadly pandemic is predicted to collapse, but her whole life Amy has been taught it's God's will they die. They traded their souls for immunity to the swine flu virus, brought God's curse upon themselves by adding pig genes to their own.

Then, while on a scavenging trip with her father, Amy is accidentally trapped in New Lithisle. At first, her only goal is to escape, but when she meets Daniel, a New Lithisle boy, she begins to question how less-than-human the people of New Lithisle are.

Amy's feelings grow even more conflicted when she learns she didn't end up in New Lithisle by mistake. Her father is secretly a sympathizer, and was trying to prevent the coming destruction.

Now time is running short and Amy has to decide if she will bring the computer program her father wrote to his contact or save herself. Installing the program could prevent the dome's collapse, but if Amy doesn't find her father's contact in time, she'll die, along with everyone else. 

my review - 2.5

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Before I start, you guys should know that I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. Which is really cool. Like, free books IN THE MAIL. Best. Thing. EVER. 

Unfortunately, this book just didn't sit well with me, which makes me SO SAD 'cause I hate when I don't like books. It just wasn't for me. Y'know. I just ran into so many consistent problems throughout the book, and it almost drove me crazy. My family can testify to that. 

Well, I must say the plot was rather different. I mean... it was cliche, but it was fine I guess. I did finish this quickly, which shocked me. A lot of things were happening and I love it when there's a lot of action in a book. When I can't happily put it down, that's a good thing. The beginning was a bit vague about a lot of background story, but after pushing through the first few chapters it was pretty fast-paced, and covered more info. I never felt like I was being dragged to follow the storyline, which was nice. 

Unfortunately, I did have a few problems with other big things in the book. 

The plot. Hahaha. See the thing is, it was rough. But this was her first book, so I mean, I shouldn't be expecting perfection! It just felt really thrown together, some elements seemed sort of random, and other things were just cliche. Overall, it wasn't THAT bad, just not the BEST. 

The part about the mutations was a little weird. I mean, it could be cool... but it was still a little strange to me. I feel like the history behind the story wasn't told very clearly so a lot of stuff is just a little weird to me. 
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The story, as stated above in the blurb, is about Amy. She made me mad. I know that sounds really mean, but her character was just inconsistent and like... she wasn't real to me. AND YOU GUYS KNOW HOW MUCH CHARACTERS MEAN TO ME. From beginning to end, she was two-dimensional and there was no development, which is crucial for a protagonist. If your character is not dynamic, the whole story is dead. A book can have a bad plot but still be good if the characters are amazing and real. Amy just wasn't that. It was like she was liquid, constantly shifting. There was no steady heartbeat to her, she was always doing things that was like, "uh okayyy..." She just annoyed me, which breaks my heart because you guyssss. But she did things that I was like, "what are you, 6 years old?" It got to a point where I just. Just. JUST. *sigh* Characters should really be the most amazing thing to ever happen, but it seemed like all the characters in the book were hollow. 

Another huge thing that stuck out to me was the world building. More than half the time, I was just sitting there like, "wait i'm so confused, karen."
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One moment, we're in this dystopian, kind of old, kind of cool world... next thing we're asking for stinkin' ravioli in the can. Come again? Come again, bruh? One moment we're using these cool gadgets and the next we be like, "what's a helicopter?" Just. What. I was so confused. Nothing really made sense, I never really got a clear image of the world and that just made the whole book a struggle for me. 

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This was probably the worst part of the book. I'm sorry, but right when Amy saw him, she was like, "omg he's gorgeous" and all that jazz, and then two chapters later... shoot, they're kissing! 

Nope. No son. Absolutely not. 

You just can't do insta-love because it will NEVER begin well, develop well, end well, or sit well with the readers. Nobody likes insta-love. Just don't do it. EVER. 


Overall, it wasn't the worst first-book I've read. The pace was really good! And it was interesting, although some parts were just not executed well, in my opinion. It has potential, it definitely has something there. I just don't feel like it's in my scope of literature right now! I do think this was one of those just-me problems because I've read really good reviews on this book where they really loved it, so if you want to pick it up... well, don't just take my word. Look into it yourself and you be the judge of it! This is just how I feel about it, but you can quite possibly fall in love with it. You never know! 

that's it, fam.
I feel like trash for posting such a negative review, when I know it's not easy to write a book and I know I have high expectations and I just. I'm sorry. I wish I could say I enjoyed it for your sake, Mrs. Olson! Anyways. I feel really bad now. I'm gonna go workout and let out my bad feelings... 

Sep 13, 2017

a few changes

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So I've been thinking. I kind of don't really feel like my blog's current theme is... me-ish? When I was putting it all together, I was using other blogs for inspiration, and I admit that I was trying to copy it as closely as I could without ACTUALLY copying it y'know? So I'm planning on making some adjustments and such, because REASONS. I hope you guys don't mind!

PS. sorry I haven't been posting much. You can slap me if you want. But like, school. And life. And I'm sorry. I WILL BE POSTING BOOK REVIEWS THIS WEEK THOUGH SO YAY ME. CONSTRUCTION WON'T STOP ME!!!



okay bye now frans. <3 div="">