Reviewing the Unreviewed: March 2015

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. I thought I’d start doing a post once a month  with just the couple thoughts I shared on Good Reads.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer. Read February 26 – March 1. 3 stars.

While I enjoyed this novella, I was really hoping to see Levana be a psychopath, in full Amy Dunne fashion. While she’s still kind of a psychopath, it’s in a sad way and makes her more a somewhat sympathetic character. I did enjoy the backstory, though, and the peeks of young Cinder, Winter, and Jacin.

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White. Read March 4-7. 2 stars.

I’ve loved the other books by Kiersten White that I’ve read, so I was surprised in how uninteresting this book was for me. The main character wasn’t exactly unlikable, but she wasn’t very likable either. Not a lot really happened and a lot went unexplained. I got all three books of the series from the library, but I’m not sure if I’ll be continuing on with them right now.

My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, #0.5)

My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers 0.5) by Rachel Vincent. Read March 7-8. 3 stars.

Though I’m mostly left with confusion, the story was intriguing enough that I really want to find out what happens next.

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2)

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers #2) by Rachel Vincent. Read March 10-12. 3 stars.

I thought the premise for the plot of this book was really interesting, but it didn’t quite live up to it’s potential for me. I thought things dragged too much at times. I don’t feel like there was any real character development with anyone besides Kaylee and even that was minimal. Overall this was just ok for me. I’ll still be giving the next book a shot sometime, though.

They All Fall Down

They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire. Read March 14-15. 2 stars.

Had potential, but then went into the wildly unbelievable. It was entertaining for the most part, though.

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RE-READ

Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Yes, I am FINALLY going to review this book. I’ll tell anyone who will listen it’s one of my favorites, but I haven’t read it in years. I was almost afraid I wouldn’t like it as much, but it still holds up (obviously – it’s Rainbow Rowell). I’m going to take my time writing the review, but it will be coming. My mother is currently reading the book, though, so I have to wait for her to give it back.

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BACK ON THE TBR SHELF

Call Me Princess (Louise Rick / Camilla Lind #2)

Call me Princess by Sara Blaedel. I liked The Forgotten Girls and wanted to read the other books in the series, but I just couldn’t get into it. As you can probably tell, March was a big YA month for me, so I wasn’t really feeling up to anything too serious. I’ll be giving this book another try, though.

Stray (Shifters, #1)

Stray by Rachel Vincent. This was recommended by a blogger friend and was readily available at the library, so I gave it a try. I like the different take on “shifters” than most books are and the main character was funny enough that all of the annoying things she does weren’t too much to put me off her. The relationship with her brothers and childhood friends were kind of weird, though, and made me almost uncomfortable at times. I just couldn’t get too into it, so I decided to stop it for now, but I’ll pick it up again some day.

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DNF

Faking It (Losing It, #2)

Faking It by Cora Carmack. I was trying to find a good Fake Relationship book and I came across this one and decided to give it a try. Ugh.  I didn’t get terribly far in before I decided to DNF it. I liked the male character at first, but found the female lead pretty off-putting. Then there was a bunch of ridiculousness at a bar and I just couldn’t take anymore.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015. I feel like this was just done recently? I also don’t have a lot of “debuts” on my TBR list. So instead I’m going with a list of the First Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2015. These are books on my TBR in the order they are published in 2015.

The Magician's Lie

1. The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister. 1/13/15. The comparison to The Night Circus is the biggest reason I want to read this.

First Frost

2. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. 1/20/15. I won a copy of this from Good Reads – my first ever giveaway win from them! I read Garden Spells to prepare for it and loved it and am now anxiously awaiting for my copy to arrive!

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.1)

3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer. 1/27/15. Do I really need to explain why I want this?

Unbecoming

4. Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm. 1/27/15. I think I entered a giveaway somewhere for this one? It’s a psychological thriller “for fans of Gillian Flynn”, so I have high hopes for it.

The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)

5. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. 1/27/15. I’ve actually already read this one and it was very good! Read it!

Invaded (Alienated, #2)

6. Invaded by Melissa Landers. 2/3/15. I wasn’t as impressed with Alienated as I wanted to be, but I still want to give it’s sequel a shot.

Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5)

7. Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey. 2/3/15. I’m actually reading an arc of this right now and am enjoying it! Love the McKenna family!

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. 2/10/15. The early reviews I’ve read of this have been great so far and I’m so excited to read it!

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

9. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. 2/10/15. The conclusion to the Bloodlines series! I need to know what happens with Sydney and Adrian!

The Return (Titan, #1)

10. The Return by Jennifer Armentrout. 2/17/15. Seth’s spin-off!!!!

What 2015 books are you looking forward to?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get. I thought this would be the easiest top ten list ever for me to do, but going through my TBR list, a lot of my favorite series finished this year or last year. However, there are still plenty of sequels to look forward to!

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

1. Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer. January 27, 2015.

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

2. The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Meade. February 10, 2015.

3. P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han. (No cover yet!!) April 21, 2015.

4. The Bone Season #3 by Samantha Shannon – No cover, title, or release day yet! But I recently just finished The Mime Order and I’m dyyyying for the next one!

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

5. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Boys #3) by Maggie Stiefvater. October 21, 2014. This is already out, but I still haven’t read it yet!

The Boy with the Hidden Name (Otherworld, #2)

6. The Boy with the Hidden Name (Otherworld #2) by Skylar Dorset. December 2, 2014.

Invaded (Alienated, #2)

7. Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers. February 3, 2015.

8. The Boy Most Likely To (My Life Next Door #2) by Huntley Fitpatrick. No cover or release date yet!

9. After the Storm (Kate Burkholder #7) by Linda Castillo. No cover yet! July 14, 2015.

Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5)

10. Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5) by Dani Pettrey. February 3, 2015.

What sequels are you looking forward to?

Taylor Swift Book Tag

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I’ve been a bad blogger lately since I’ve been spending most of time on NaNoWriMo instead of reading (books, I miss you!), so I looked through some “book tags” and decided to go with the Taylor Swift Book Tag. Feel free to tag yourself if you’d like to do it!

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Pick a book (or book series) that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. I loved the first book! And liked the second! I was sooooo looking forward to the conclusion of the series, and then Allegiant came along and I HATED it! It ruined my enjoyment of the series as a whole and I was not excited at all anymore for the movies.

2. Red: Pick a book with a RED cover.

The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

3. The Best Day: Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I was just as naïve about things when I was in high school as Lara Jean is in this book.

4. Love Story: Pick a book with forbidden love.

Forbidden

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. I mean, it’s right in the name in everything. (While it’s a forbidden romance, I don’t think the song would be appropriate for it at all!)

5. I Knew You Were Trouble: Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – The Darkling!

6. Innocent:  Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.

Sentinel (Covenant, #5)

Sentinel by Jennifer Armentrout. No one ruined the ending, per se, but finding out about the spin-off before reading this book definitely gave some things away.

7. Everything has Changed: Pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

Juliette throughout the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi.

8. You Belong With Me: Pick your most anticipated book release.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

Fairest by Marissa Meyer. Out January 27th!

 9. Forever and Always: Pick your favourite book couple.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

The Raven Boys + Blue. They aren’t technically a “couple” but they’re all kind of love in with each other and me with them!

10. Come Back, Be Here: Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.

Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. It’s one of my all time favorites and has a signed bookplate sticker in it.