underhyped, in my opinion!

SO! wow, a second post in just as many days? If you saw my last post, I reworked and restarted the TYLC17 challenge…AND I AM ALREADY ON CHALLENGE 2! But more on that….whenever.

For challenge one: series you meant to start in ’16, I read The Book of Ivy, by Amy Engel. AND I FREAKING LOVED IT. I finished it in one sitting [under 4 hours]…so good! So good, that I read book 2: The Revolution of Ivy, in one sitting, about 3.5 hours….IT IS A DUOLOGY, I am actually really happy about that. Yeah, after finishing, it’d be awesome to have a third, but I think it was perfect just as.

I don’t think I have ever seen this series over on IG, so I am planning on buying them in paperback as soon as I can, so I can start showing them off on there and hopefully get it some much needed attention.


about the book: After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…


I really did enjoy this one, so if this sounds interesting to you, go read it! and let me know, I’d love to talk to anyone who ends up loving it like I did. It is super fast paced, and there is quite a bit of action. ALSO, BISHOP *drool face*

~A

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#TYLC17

Today is a momentous occasion! I am not only writing here for the first time in like a month, but at 230 am, I FINISHED the reading challenge! So I thought I would do a little run down on all the books I read because of it, and what I plan to do with my life now.

There were 15 challenges, with all the books in any one of those series that I OWNED ALREADY, I had the possibility of reading up to 22 books [and more if I had bought books in those series]. I ended up reading 18! I decided that some of the books were not for me, and I didn’t continue on in the series. I hate that…you don’t buy all the books so then you’re stuck waiting because you absolutely devoured the first one, BUT if you buy them all, you only read one and have wasted money. READER PROBLEMS.

My favorite books [in no order] were The Longest Ride, This Savage Song [& Our Dark Duet], and Salt to the Sea [WHICH I FINISHED THIS MORNING, AND I AM DEAD].

My LEAST favorite books were This Great & Terrible Beauty & Breathe….which honestly, I didn’t finish, or more like, I skimmed through and read the ends.

My least favorite that I actually finished MIGHT earn me some haters. I did NOT like the Six of Crows duology, which were the first two books I finished.
I did NOT like Lady Midnight, although, the ending did pick up, so it wasn’t altogether awful.
I did NOT like Red Rising, sorry Suey! there is just something about rough, made up languages that I just can’t stand.

Other books I didn’t like: the infinite sea, although that doesnt surprise me, since I didn’t like book one.

The rest were good, or were just okay. Heartless wasn’t bad. I read that in about 4 hours. My Lady Jane was slow to begin with, but I ended up liking it once I got past the change in historical facts.

I decided to not continue on in the falling kingdoms series after reading book one. It wasn’t bad, but it took me forever to read, and I didn’t really find it to be very interesting. Sadly, I own two other books in that series….but thats okay.

I reread The Kiss of Deception [which I didn’t really care for the first time…] and ended up skimming through the previously tabbed parts. I had the sequel [challenge pick] on my currently reading list for WEEKS, and having only read 30 pages that entire time, I forced myself to sit down and read and finished less than 24 hours later. It wasn’t bad…..not really, but I don’t see myself going out and buying book three, because I don’t really care to see what happens THAT much.

I decided to change challenge 10 from ACOMAF [yeah, no thanks….] to the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, which I had been meaning to read forever. I enjoyed it, but I think the first one was better.

I finally finished the young elites trilogy. I loved it as I read it…..but IDK, thinking about it now, I don’t think it was really that great….and although the ending wasn’t terrible, I felt like more could have been done.

annnnnnnnnnd I think that is all the books. Sorry thats so randomly put together. BUT REALLY, who reads this anyways? haha.

WHAT DO I PLAN ON DOING NOW? It is only August, so I have a few months left. I have loved this challenge, and getting some of those books off my shelves. I thought about just adding a couple of “bonus” challenges, but then I decided to just go through these challenges again and pick different books. I may have cheated, as I went through and made my list, but since its August, and its OWNED BUT UNREAD, not necessarily Pre-2017 books, I have gone ahead and added some of my earlier in the year purchases. I changed some of the challenges too, but thats more to suit what I own more than anything.

SO! I present to you: TYLC17 [B]

C1 SERIES BEGINNER:
the book of ivy [amy engel] – I have actually already started this and am liking it a lot so far! I couldn’t sleep after finishing the salt to the sea [because it was so sad and I didn’t want that in my head as I laid down], so I went ahead and started this, having made this new challenge list last night before I actually started C15.

C2 ONE WORD TITLE
caraval [stephanie garber] – I’ve seen mixed reviews of this, but mostly good ones. I want to read it before I have to add it to my 2018 challenge [which I am definitely making!]

C3 NON YA READ:
pucked [helena hunting] – I’ve had this one a while…it is actually a Kindle read [same as the book of ivy], I am not sure why I haven’t read this one yet, but it has been a while since I’ve read a NA/MA book, so I figured i’d just force my self to get back into those genres.

C4 LAME COVER [I shortened the title :D]:
hex hall [rachel hawkins] – I can’t really say how long i’ve had this book, a good while! so its just time to read it and see if its worth keeping or if there will be more room on my shelves.

C5 SCENE ON COVER:
the goblin wood [hilari bell] – like c4, I don’t know how long I have had it, I don’t even know where I got it, so definitely time to give it a try!

C6 500 PAGES:
a discovery of witches [deborah harkness] – I guess this is being made into a movie, or a tv series….so I figured I would give it a shot and see what it is all about.

C7 RECOMMENDED BOOK:
and I darken [kiersten white] – THANKS BECKY [@suey_library] for telling me to read this, I hope I love it as much as you do. I also own book two on my kindle, so here is to loving it enough to read that one too!

C8 MULTI AUTHOR:
summer days and summer nights [misc] – I had originally changed this challenge, but remembered that I had gotten this recently, figured this was a good way to make sure I at least gave it a try.

C9 2016 RELEASE
dark days club [alison goodman] – I had hoped to get to this one this year, because I’ve heard good things, I just haven’t and this is a good way to motivate myself to read it.

C10 BOOKISH LETTER [A]
altered [jennifer rush] – I am noticing that a lot of these are books I randomly picked up and have just been sitting on my shelves too long. I know almost nothing about this one, so we shall see how it goes.

C11 CHAPTER NAMES:
sweet temptations [wendy higgins] – I don’t actually know if this one has chapter names, but since the sweet evil trilogy DOES, and this is basically those books but in the male perspective, I would imagine it does. I meant to read this after finishing the trilogy, but never did. So yep, definitely time to give it a try.

C12 LOVED TITLE
the flame never dies [rachel vincent] – this is definitely a book I want to read before the year is out! I really liked the first book, and I meant to read this when it released but never got around to it. I definitely plan on rereading book one first.

C13 BOOK WITH ROYALS
the stars above [marissa meyer] – I actually got this book recently, but since I couldn’t find many options for royals on my shelves that I haven’t read or are not YA books that I don’t feel like reading, I figured I’d just read this since I’ve been meaning to since it released.

C14 PERSONLESS COVER
carve the mark [veronica roth] – despite all the hate for this book, I need to read it. I will pass judgement on it then, and only then.

C15 STANDALONE
roseblood [ag howard] – I didn’t like her splintered series, well the first book anyway, which I barely got through…but! its phantom of the opera….so I figured I would give the author another try. I have avoided reviews of this book, but the few I’ve seen are less than favorable…but that just gives me more reason to see if it is worth keeping on my shelves or if I can make room for new books.

Annnnnnd that is it. This is the new 15. It took me almost 9 months to finish the first list, but that was with heavy breaks, having only read the first 4 challenges in the first 4 months or so. I have completed the last half in only a couple months, so let us see if I can keep up with that pace and knock these all out before the new year.

I really do want to make a challenge for 2018! So if you have any ideas for prompts let me know.

-A

 

It’s Been A While….

I can’t even say when I posted last….May…? June….? longer? A lot has happened, but that isn’t really why I have neglected this blog.

I just felt like I was doing the same thing over and over and over again, and repetition gets to me after a while. I am not sure if the whole blog thing is for me, as I don’t live a very exciting life, and I don’t really like the reviewing thing.

I feel like you can only talk about your bookshelves so many times, and if you want progress on books, why not just go to Goodreads?

SO! lets talk about what has been going on.

I was in a very unhappy living situation for almost a year, It seemed that every passing day added to the depression that I have lived with for a long time. I can’t do the meds, they make me feel worse. I just need to stay in a semi-positive environment, which that was not. SO! back in June, that whole 30 days ago….well, a little more….I was finally done. I had reached my breaking point, so I packed myself, and my son up, and went to my mothers. I spent the afternoons with my husband, but other than that, I was with my mom, surrounded by her daycare kids [which consist of my 3 nephews and 1 niece]. My son got to visit with children finally, as unless I see my siblings or go to my moms during the day, his life basically consists of me, his daddy and his grandparents [on his dads side]. You know, I should have been really upset that I was basically homeless, and that my son was basically homeless, but! for the first time in months I felt freaking relieved. I had NO idea what we as a family would do from there, but I knew I was free from that incredibly negative situation, so I was happy. Since we hadn’t really time to plan anything, as we had actually planned on leaving a month or two later than I did…..I was at my moms for a bit until we were able to find a place.

I AM REFERRING TO JUNE 23 as my Sunday miracle. I had looked at a few places online, and we had a few appointments lined up to see some of those places, so, I shouldn’t have had to look, but Sunday morning, I woke up early, before L, and I just happened to jump online while I was waiting for my coffee to brew, and right at the freaking top… “PRICE REDUCED” 2 bedroom with a garage…. NOT an apartment building, not some small little place, BUT A TOWNHOUSE. a very nice townhouse, with an incredibly affordable price tag…..so I immediately texted the info to my husband, who called them right away. We still went and saw the place we had an appointment for that day, WHICH FUNNY THING, was on the OTHER side of the Cul de sac from the place I had found that morning….it wasn’t bad, but I didn’t see myself living there long term. It was small, no place for storage, no garage [even though there WAS one, the owner just wasn’t renting out the garages with the apartments….which was lame, and a deal breaker…], SO! we had hours to kill before our other showing, but just as we were leaving they had texted Nic saying YOU CAN COME NOW! so, we hopped in the car and went that whole….10 hours down, haha, and we get there…. AND IT IS NOT THE SAME APARTMENT THAT WAS ADVERTISED….. It was FREAKING BETTER. So the layout of this building….the 4 garages are in the front, there are 2 entrances on either side. Units 1 and 3 are end units that are located in the back with 2 levels. Units 2 and 4 are in the front on top of the garages. We originally went to look at Unit 2, but were shown Unit 1…..I thought the price would go up, I didn’t think it was going to work, BUT EVERYTHING WAS THE SAME, except we got a two level townhouse that had a half bath that the upstairs front unit didn’t have. SO! We jumped on it immediately, and 2 days later we were moving in.

I can’t say my depression has totally dissipated from what it has been the last few months, but I am getting better. Being on our own again, finally, after such a long time has been wonderful, and it is really nice for our son who basically has the whole downstairs to explore [except the bathroom and laundry room, of course]. He is going to be 1 here, in less than a month, and it has been so amazing watching him grow. He is definitely a happy child, with a huge personality. He learns new things every day, and I am really happy that he has a true home again.

 

THAT situation is not why I haven’t been posting, per se…well, maybe the depression thing, but I am, in general….kind of over the social media thing. I’ve strongly considered just being done with Instagram. I am pretty much done with Goodreads, as I’ve only been using it to keep track of books instead of being active and talking to people. I feel like Bookstagram is more of a place for people to hate on people, and be assholes, and to voice their NON BOOKISH opinions and then go on rants because people shut them down, or other people jump on board and it creates even more negativity. It was fun at first, but now I am not really liking it…WHICH IS A SHAME, because my husband knows I’ve been wanting to move to an indoor theme, so he purchased some really awesome lighting for me as an early anniversary/birthday present. The atmosphere just seems tainted somehow. It was so fun at first, everyone coming together no matter what genre or subject matter of book they were reading, and now we have people bullying others because they want to read a book to form their own opinion, when the bullies themselves take opinions of others and over exaggerate content matter. I feel like everything is about diversity. If you read books with white straight ablebodied people you’re the worst person in the world. If these authors TRY to be diverse, they aren’t doing it “well enough” so people tear them, and the readers down….etc, etc, etc….

There is just way too much drama….I pick up a book, and read…..if it is entertaining to me, I read it. If it is boring, I don’t read it. I don’t care if the characters are white, yellow, brown, black, purple, straight, gay, or any number of the other orientations there are, if I don’t like the writing, I am not going to like it. I think people spend way too much time concentrating on the tiny little details that they hate anything they pick up. I don’t think people should judge, or be judged for the books they read. It reminds me of all the “girl on girl hate”….that person finds enjoyment in reading, just as much as you do….so just let them read what makes them happy, and you do the same thing.

I don’t even know where that rant came from. It is late, I am tired….and I guess my lack of recent posts has made me miss writing, haha [but not enough to make this an every day thing again].

What bookish thoughts do I have……

I have reached my Goodreads reading goal of 65 books in 2017, and have surpassed it. I am currently reading books 71 & 72 of the year. One of which is my challenge 10 pick for the tackleyourlibrarychallenge17 reading challenge. I feel like I am the only one actually taking part in it, but since I did it for just Lauren and I, and THEN decided to make it a public thing, I am not too worried. It has helped me tremendously, and I can’t wait to make one for 2018.

I’ve spent the last 3 days cleaning and organizing my goodreads shelves. In my “want to read-to be bought” shelf, I went from somewhere around 400 to just under 90. Books I’d either bought since I’d organized last, found for free, borrowed, or simply just didn’t want to read anymore. Today, I started with my Amazon wishlists. Most of the books on Goodreads made their way to “wishlists” on Amazon over the years, so that I could keep track of prices for kindle books….Honestly though? I don’t even know why I ever put a good 2/3 books on there, because they did not sound at all interesting to me….so I’ve lowered those lists a lot too.

Wellllll, I am getting kind of bored writing, so I think I will end this and go back to my movie before heading off to bed.

~A

 

Today Is Not The Day I Die [non spoiler]

LOSE ME [M.C. Frank]
New Adult / Contemporary Romance
Released: April 11, 2017
387 Pages

I wouldn’t change anything. Not even the pain.

I read this book in one sitting [almost…]. I actually started it a week ago….I read the first couple pages [via kindle unlimited], and decided I wasn’t going to like it, so I put it aside and started something else. WELL, the last few days I have been on a contemporary binge, so I decided to give it another shot. Sometimes you just have to be in the mood for a certain genre. It was really good! Confusing at times, but I gave it 4 stars.

It was just released a month ago, so as of yet, there isn’t any sequel planned. I am not sure there is really an reason to have a sequel, to be honest. MAYBE a spin off for another character.

“Jane Austen meets K-drama in this compulsively readable New Adult novel of movie stars, golden beaches and intense romance.” – Basically all I need to hear is “Jane Austen retelling” and I am there………Pride & Prejudice is life.

I loved the plot! It was so fun, and unique. It caught me by surprise though. I didn’t fully understand the synopsis of this book……It may have started out on the lighthearted side, but this book was pretty filled with drama and tragedy – I teared up more than once. That being said, I have no idea what it is about contemporary, but I sometimes just can’t stand the writing. I thought the writing was messy at times….It MAY have been that I read the kindle version, but it seemed like one scene would take place and then the next sentence is a totally new scene with no breaks. I got lost more than a couple times, which gets pretty frustrating after a while. Overall I enjoyed it though.

I know he wasn’t a major character, but I really loved Ari’s dad. I liked most of the characters, but I just loved him. I could have read a lot more scenes with him in it. Her grandfather was pretty fantastic too! I did like Ariadne [Ari], she was smart, and crazy talented. I did like the scenes involving her stunts [shes a stunt double], those were pretty unique and original. Wes……I didn’t like him at first……He was an arrogant jerk…..BUT, you know how it goes with the jerks, they always “show their true colors” and come out as seriously misunderstood. I liked him a lot, but my one problem would be the….wait for it…………THE INSTA LOVE……the one thing contemporary is good for. At times, that got to be too much.

Ari has a good head on her shoulders….she goes through some major stuff in this book, and since its pretty much nothing I could even imagine happening, it is hard to say how I would react…so I couldn’t really tell you if she responded “appropriately” to situations, but I think she did….I didn’t in anyway think that she was stupid at all, I don’t think I rolled my eyes once [at her anyway….Wes though, haha].

I thought the stunt double female role was unique to this story. And the fact that the mother was not only absent, but had not been present in her life at all. [Think…Leonard’s mom on TBBT – personality wise]. A nice thing was that even though it was Hollywood stars, you skip all the paparazzi BS that seems to take up so much room in other books involving hollywood stars. I mean, there was one or two things, but it wasn’t as ridiculous as some of the scenes in other books that I’ve come across.

I think what could have been left out of this story was the magazine interview snippets and news articles that took place between the articles. Sure, some of them added a little to the story, but I didn’t think they were totally necessary. And I know the best friend is usually pretty important to the MC’s life, but honestly? The best friend is absent. She doesn’t live in Corfu anymore, she has moved on to College in a different part of Greece….and except for a few video chats, she isn’t really in the story, and I didn’t think she was really written well enough to be important to the plot in any way. I would have liked to have seen the female antagonist written differently too. Yes, she was trouble, but it was like…one major incident, a couple mean-ish words and then she kind of just disappears from the story.

And what needed to be IN this story? A better played out plot. So, the whole first half of the book, the whole point of the characters meeting is because she is a stunt double for a movie Wes stars in, and something happens near the end of filming, and the author just…dropped that story plot [to keep with Ari’s drastically changed story, so that itself is not bad], but you just NEVER hear about how the movie turned out. How the end of filming went….what happened to some of the other characters we had met…..It was odd. I felt that there were quite a few unanswered questions by the time I finished.

Regardless of the small issues I had, I really liked the book overall, and once I better understood what was happening [because the beginning was a bit slow and confusing..] I felt like I really didn’t want to put this book down. Although I did not read it in one sitting, except for the first few pages I read last week, I read it in less than 24 hours….I don’t find many books that I need to finish ASAP often anymore.

I rated this 4 stars on Goodreads, but I think it is probably more of a 3.75/5. I enjoyed this book a lot, and I think I will buy the paperbook version one of these days and reread it sometime down the road. I think anyone who is a pride and prejudice lover, and who enjoys contemporary would like this one. It does deal with an alcohol problem with one of the characters though….OH, that, that was necessary to see for that character…but I think it could have been written better. It is a serious issue and I didn’t think the response to it was realistic or really dealt with.

~Ash

Weekly Progress & Goals [19]

I would have to say that this week was really productive…READING wise! YAY! I don’t know what happened, but just in the last 3 days, I’ve knocked out like 4 books. ALL CONTEMPORARY, what is wrong with me? haha.

I finished them all but I think I really only LOVED one. Altogether, I read 5 books total. The first being The Isle of the Lost….see non spoiler review here. BUT, I also started a book that I’ve yet to finish. After finishing challenge 6, I jumped into challenge 7…..This Savage Song. I am LIKING IT, but because I am currently in a kindle book phase [because it really is hard to read actual books sometimes…], I haven’t really made much progress. I like what I’ve read [although I am a bit confused also…], so I am really hoping to make an effort this week.

After that came The Vixen & The Vet, WHICH I ABSOLUTELY LOVED. Which you can probably tell if you read this.

My 2nd non favorite book was By Your Side…..which I want to write a review for, but since I read PS I Like You IMMEDIATELY after, both written by Kasie West…I am not totally sure I can write reviews for either and keep facts straight. I have come to the conclusion that West is not for me. I love the plots just fine……but there is a certain element to her writing that I just don’t like. I can’t seem to pinpoint exactly what it is, but since I have read quite a few of her books, it is definitely something with the way she writes. Like I said, I love the story line….not just the random, added in drama. By Your Side was about a girl stuck in the library, I thought it was okay……I gave PS I Like You a higher rating [4 stars, I gave BYS 3….], not necessarily because I liked it more, but because it had a You’ve Got Mail vibe and that is my favorite movie. The writing problem still existed, but it wasn’t as annoying as I thought it was in BYS. I think whatever my problem is with her writing is why I say I don’t like contemporary.

AND, on that note, apparently I’ve been in a contemporary mood………ADULT Contemporary is really not bad though. I have problems with the YA contemporary because its high school drama and annoying teenagers, so thats more of a miss than a hit for me….but I’ve really never had any problem with adult contemporary. Like TV&TV, I loved that book.

Anyway, after those books, I jumped back into a book that I had read a chapter of last week. It is called Lose Me, by M.C. Frank. I am going to try and write a review for it later – I think I am definitely getting better at writing reviews! – so I don’t want to say too much about it now.


I am not really sure if I can have as much of a productive week this week as I did last week…..but I do think I will be knocking out more contemporary. I also would really like to finish This Savage Song before the end of the month….so I am going to work hard at sitting down and reading it.

This week, I really want to get out and take more photos too. It has been kind of crappy this week, but the sun did come out for a little while yesterday, so I got some much needed photos of my Blood for Blood trilogy. I AM SO SUPER HAPPY THAT THEY ARE ALL FINALLY HERE. I seriously want to drop everything and reread them, even though I just read them a month ago, haha.

I am going to get to some reviews this week too. I don’t remember if I said, but my husband bought me a new laptop a couple weeks ago, and it has been really nice being able to sit down and write and plan. The desktop is in the bedroom, and since I don’t generally hang out there during the day, it is hard to go in there with a VERY VERY VERY active [now] 9 month old, and at night, I feel like the tapping on the keyboard is too loud and might wake my husband up…..so, now when L is finally down for the night, I can just grab my laptop and sit and relax in the dining room.

Speaking of planning, have you seen June‘s photo challenge yet? 🙂


Well, if I had anything else to say, I have forgotten……it is now 8:20 AM, and I’ve been up for about 2 hours……after staying up late to read. I think I am going to go back to sleep now. Sleep is good. Sleep is amazing.

I hope everyone has an amazing week! tell me below what you’re planning to read.

~Ash

currently reading:
This Savage Song

current tunes:
the fish tank [filter], that desperately needs water.

Once Upon A Time…. [non spoiler]

THE VIXEN & THE VET [Kate Regnery]
Published
June 15, 2014
295 pages
Contemporary Romance

I read this via kindle. I actually forgot I owned it since I had bought it a few months ago. I kept hearing how good it was, and that it was a modern day Beauty & The Beast retelling….yep! I was all over it. I definitely give it 5 stars. It had its flaws, but its so rare that I find books that I have a hard time putting down these days.

The thing about surviving something truly tragic is that it changes your expectations forever. You make do with very little. You’re grateful for crumbs. You make the best of small mercies. You endure large trials. You understand that life owes you nothing. You expect nothing, and when something wonderful happens, you don’t trust it. You know it can’t possibly last.

This is definitely a standalone book, but it is part of a [standalone] series of modern day fairy tales written by the author. I’ve read one other one [a Hansel & Gretel retelling], and although I did like it, I liked this one much more.

In this modern-retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Savannah Carmichael, betrayed by an unreliable source, returns to her hometown of Danvers, Virginia with her once-promising journalism career in ruins. Given the opportunity to get back in the game by writing a patriotic human interest piece, Savannah turns her attention to the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned to Danvers eight years ago, and hasn’t been seen since.” Goodreads

I really, really, really loved this book. The writing was amazing, and I’d say the unputdownable rating was a solid 4/5. And really, who doesn’t love a good fairy tale retelling? I actually really liked that it was a disable vet, it made it seem 1000000 times more realistic. The southern aspect was fun too. I can just imagine Asher saying “darlin” and I swoooooon. BUT! For real, it was funny when it was supposed to be, it was heartbreaking when it was supposed to be, and man, oh man, was it downright sexy when it was supposed to be. *fans self*.

I really loved all the characters. Savannah had her moments, but overall, she was a great “Belle” character. AND ASHER……………….Asher Lee……isn’t that such a lovely name? He was a great character, and his POV bits were my favorite. Well, there was that one asshole……….the Gaston-ish character. I did NOT love him, not one bit. He gave me the creeps. So, I guess he was written correctly, haha.

So…..Savannah……she did and did NOT respond to situations ‘correctly’, up until the end I wanted to give her a good smack. The reasoning for having to meet Asher was okay, but then it went sideways from there….and I KNEW, I KNEW IT WOULD BE AWFUL. Just thinking about it makes me all upset….it resolved itself nicely though. I was worried for a while, but I think it ended the way it was supposed to.

It is kind of hard to pinpoint any specific ‘interesting’ thing other than the male character is a military veteran with severe injuries. I read some, but not a TON of contemporary romance, so I can’t say if this stands out in the genre, but it was definitely like nothing I’ve read before, therefore it was a unique story to me.

As it is with all books……there of course, were plenty of parts that could have been left out….like every scene with Savannah’s sister, Katie Scarlet [cool name though, perfect for the southern belle she is, anyone else know where it is from?]. I really couldn’t stand her. AND, although she did have a couple good lines here and there, I really didn’t see why she was important to the story overall.

All in all, I loved this very awesome beauty and the beast tale, and I can definitely see myself not only rereading it at some point, but buying the paperback sometime down the road so I can have it on my shelves and show it off more on IG.

~Ash

So, I’ve written a couple reviews so far, I am enjoying them, but what does everyone else think?

Rotten To The Core [non spoiler]

ISLE OF THE LOST [Melissa de la Cruz]
Middle Grade Fantasy
320 Pages – read via kindle.

This is the first book in, I want to say a TRILOGY. I could be wrong on that though. I am kind of confused wih the books, I read the back of book 2 [through Goodreads], and it made it seem like they had already been off the island and were coming back [hence the name “Return to the Isle of the Lost”] but in THIS book, they never left the island.

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.” Goodreads

I was actually not a fan of the writing style…..or the book in general. It definitely was middle grade, but I wanted to read it because I actually enjoy the cheesiness that is Disney’s Descendants…..This is NOTHING like the book though. I knew it obviously wouldn’t be a musical [even though thats probably my favorite part…], but I probably would have known that if I had read the back [I didn’t, I never do.] I thought thought it was all rather silly….I doubt I will read on in the series. It really was too juvenile for me.

The book was really dragged out., there was also scenes that took place in Aurodon that could have probably been left out. None of it seemed important for this book since the villains never left the Island. I wouldn’t really say it was important back story for later. The plot was uninteresting, and just because they were “evil” didn’t mean everything had to be so gross. It wasn’t done HORRIBLY, but it basically glorified bullying. Not in the obvious way like in books meant for older people, teenagers that should know better [but don’t]. I don’t know how to explain it…..I am sure if I recommended it to my mom’s 9 year old he would wonder why they were being so mean, but other’s might think it’s a good way to act….So it probably isn’t a book to recommend to EVERYONE.

I was comparing the characters to those in the movie, so I honestly couldn’t tell you if I even liked ANY of the characters. I didn’t dislike anyone per se…….but I didn’t really feel any connection with anyone. Even if I didn’t like how they responded to situations, I guess it was realistically enough for villains….

I am sitting here trying to find something interesting to talk about, but I honestly can’t think of anything. To me this was JUST a book. I didn’t have any high runnng emotions, I wasn’t at the edge of my seat anxious about what was going to happen next….MAYBE if I was apart of the target audience I would think differently….maybe.

I really couldn’t say how this differed from other MG fantasy, or even Middle Grade in general…..I haven’t read a whole lot from that genre….maybe the fact that it is written about the villains.

I would definitely not read this book again….or read on in the series. It is a quick read, that is for sure….but other than that, if you aren’t a kid just getting into reading, this most likely isn’t for you.

~Ash

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