Posted in Book & Blogger Awards

Sunshine Blogger Award

 

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by LeighAnn at MaMa’s Book Corner. If you haven’t followed her yet, go do it now!! Thank you so much for the nomination! This is the first blogger award I have received, and I was really excited! 🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award

Rules:

• Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
• Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
• Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
• List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.
Here we go! 

1. What is your favorite book of all time?

This one is a toss up between two books. One is definitely Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The other is Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan (a book I have waxed poetic about many a time before on this blog! Here, and here!)

2. What series have you started that you still need to finish?

I definitely need to finish the Lady Emily series by Tasha Alexander (although, I think she is still writing more of them, but I am behind!) Another I need to finish/catch up on are the Belle Meade Plantation and Belmont Mansion series by Tamera Alexander!

3. What book have you read recently that you’d definitely recommend?

Oh, so many!! I have been recommending The Hate U Give (read my review here) to everyone! I have also been listening to all of the Mortal Instruments, and Infernal Devices series on audio, and I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to get to them!!

4. What is your favorite book cover?

That’s a hard one! It would probably be the cover for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. So pretty, and yet a bit creepy 😉

5. What inspired you start blogging?

I absolutely love reading and writing, and so it seemed the natural thing to do to combine those two loves! I also love to talk about books, hear others’ book recommendations, and see other people’s writing styles.

6. What has been your biggest struggle when it comes to blogging?

I haven’t been at it for too long, but I would say the biggest struggle so far is staying ahead of the game in having enough blog posts in my queue to post so I’m not scrambling at the last minute for one. Also, coming up with new post ideas can be a bit of a struggle-bus!

7. What have you found most rewarding when it comes to blogging?

Definitely when I have someone comment on a post that they have found a new book that they want to read because of my recommendation! Also, when I can connect with someone over a shared book love!

8. What is your blogging schedule/routine?

Currently, I post twice a week. I post book reviews on Mondays, and other bookish content on Thursdays. I have been toying with the idea of increasing that to three times a week though…

9. If you could interview any book character, who would it be?

I would definitely want to interview Elizabeth Bennet. I just feel like we could be pals. I would also love to interview Hermione Granger! That would be a fascinating conversation!

10. What is one book you hated that most people loved?

Oh, I really, really don’t like The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. It’s just the worst. And it’s my best friend’s favorite book. Why??

11. What is one book you loved that most people hated?

Well, according to my Goodreads 5 Star books, the one that had the lowest was The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott with an average of 3.44 Stars. I absolutely loved it, so I don’t know what you people are talking about 😉
And now, here are the nominees!! I nominate:
And here are my questions for you:
1. What is the genre that you gravitate to the most?
2. How do you decide what to write your blog posts about?
3. Where do you purchase the majority of your books?
4. E-reader or physical books?
5. Who is your favorite literary couple?
6. Who is the author you have read the most books from?
7. What color dominates your bookshelves?
8. Do you like to borrow or own your books? (library or purchase?)
9. Do you ever write in your books?
10. If you could meet any author and have lunch, who would you choose?
11. What is your favorite part about blogging?

Thank you again to LeighAnn for the nomination! I hope you learned some fun things about me! What did you think? Let me know down in the comments! 

Love and happy reading,
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Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: The Cruel Prince

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black ~ 370 pages ~ published 1/2/18 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

 

What I Thought:

I’m going to be honest…I really wasn’t feeling this book. (Please don’t come for me with your guns and pitchforks!) I know that this book has been getting absolute rave reviews, but I just wasn’t that into it.

I generally try to stay away from books that are super hyped, at least until the hype dies down. But then, I read The Hate U Give, which was super hyped, and I loved it. Therefore, I figured I would give this book a chance too. I got this book in an OwlCrate box, and I was excited to start on it. I was sorely disappointed. I just couldn’t get into a groove with it. I’m a generally a very fast reader. I can usually finish a book this size within a couple of days. It took me a full week to finish this book because I kept putting it down to do other things. It just didn’t capture me, like a good book should.

Here is what I did like. Holly Black’s world building was phenomenal. It was so intricate, extremely well thought out, and stunning in its visuals. The setting was so inventive, and the political climate was so vivid. I also really enjoyed all of the references to mythology, as well as classic fairy tales.

This was something that was quite different than any other YA novel I have ever read: the political focus. There was so much court intrigue, including succession order, the various circles of loyalty, spy networks, political compromises and alliances, grappling for power…I could go on. Also, Black’s writing style is wonderful. On that front I have no complaints.

The problem with this novel, for me, was that I really just didn’t care about any of the characters. I felt like they were all fairly well rounded, but none of them grabbed me. I didn’t really have anyone I was rooting for. Jude, the main character, started out as someone I thought I might be able to get behind, but as the story progressed, so did her descent into immorality.

“The odd thing about ambition is this: You can acquire it like a fever, but it is not so easy to shed.” 

I also felt like some of the choices the characters made late in the novel didn’t really fit with the way they had been behaving up until that point. One of these characters was Cardan (the cruel prince of the title). I won’t go into detail about why I felt that his character changed in an unbelievable way, since that would be a spoiler of sorts, but I wanted to mention it because it truly bothered me.

Overall, the fact that I just couldn’t make myself pick up this book was a huge detriment in its favor for me. It felt like work, not pleasure.

 

Rating:

3.0/5.0

I gave The Cruel Prince 3 STARS. While I felt that the world-building and writing was extremely well done, I just did not care about the characters and it felt like a chore to pick up the book.


Are you interested in learning more about this book? Check out the links below! 

Holly Black’s Website

Holly Black’s Facebook Page

The Cruel Prince’s Goodreads Page

Purchase The Cruel Prince on BN.com

 

Love and happy reading,

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