Get to Know the Blogger!

Since I am new to this whole blog thing, I thought that I would list some things about me so that I’m not an enigma to everyone!

  1. I got married last month! It was amazing and I loved it all!
  2. My favorite type of tv shows to watch is mockumentary style like The Office, Parks and Rec, Brooklyn 99
  3. I have a cat name Oswald, named after our very own Oswald Cobblepot from Gotham
  4. I have over 130 books that I own on my TBR
  5. My favorite movie is The Greatest Showman
  6. My celebrity crushes are Evan Peters and Carlos Valdes (who I actually have met)!
  7. My favorite color is green
  8. My favorite animal is Red Pandas, they are the cutest animals in the world and I love them so much
  9. I have a giant TARDIS bookshelf that my husband built for me
  10. I used to play basketball in middle school and I was one of the most aggressive person on the team
  11. I am obsessed with Queen and the Beatles
  12. I am from Prince Edward Island, Canada
  13. My husband and I own 4 wands in total
  14. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale and is always something that I look for in books and retellings!
  15. I am a feminist
  16. I have depression and anxiety
  17. I think both cats and dogs are in need of love, so I love both of them
  18. I love mashed potatoes and my husband will get them as a side for his meals at restaurants so I can eat them as well as fries
  19. The first book I ever really loved is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher which I read when I was 14 years old
  20. Books are important and will always be important to me

There we go! That is everything I can think of! Hopefully you all feel like you know me a little bit better!

Review: A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

“We are all dealt a hand at birth. A good hand can ultimately lose – just as a poor hand can win- but we must all play the card that fate deals. The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless”

Let’s just start off with me saying I love Beauty and the Beast. It is by far one of my most favorite fairytales. I even played Belle in our middle school musical! Beastly is one of my favorite books of all time! So I read the synopsis of this book and was instantly intrigued. We have our leading lady, Harper Lacy, who is amazing! She is smart, tough, fearless, and has cerebral palsy. But if you think that defines her or limits her in anyway, you would be dead wrong. Harper’s family is in debt to some really bad people when all of a sudden she gets swept up to the other realm where there are princes and beasts and knights. And like anyone would, she freaks out. There she meets our Prince Rhen, who was a freaking awesome male lead! He has played out this game of trying to get someone to fall in love with him so many times, he doesn’t care anymore. Even less now that it’s his last chance to break the curse.

Everything that I had heard about this book made me think it was going to be in a contemporary setting but that was far from the truth. The majority of this book is held in a completely different realm than our world. It is about 5% held in our world, mostly in the introductions of Harper and our other secondary character, Commander Grey. The other 95% is held in the world of Emberfall, a fantasy realm where we still have peasants, princes, knights in shining armor and ,even more important, monsters. The fact that it isn’t set in a contemporary setting completely changes the feel of the book. If it was contemporary I would have felt a bit more hesitant going into it, but the fantasy element to the book creates a rich world equal to the characters that are in it.

The character building in the book is amazing and I genuinely had no issues with any of the characters. They all have special places in my heart. Harper was so strong and let nothing stand in her way even if that problem was unsolvable. Rhen was the spoiled prince that we all know from the fairytale but learns and grows with Harper’s guidance. He also had his loyal friend and guard, Grey. And the villain! Oh man, I haven’t seen a villain so straight up crazy since Marrissa Meyer’s Levana! Our enchantress is always around watching and ready to “play” with her human dolls. The characters were just all so well written and developed in just one book. I don’t even think there needs to be a sequel but I am so ready for the next one!

I have giving A Curse so Dark and Lonely 5 stars, I haven’t loved a Beauty and the Beast retelling this much since I first read Beastly. That was in 2011, y’all. Read this book, you will not regret it at all!

The Art of DNFing

You decided to pick up a book, you thought it was going to be great but then it just isn’t catching your attention. But what if it gets better? I’m sure if you kept at it, it would eventually get better. Then finally at the end of that book, you are disappointed. What a surprise!

I have picked up so many books this past month and put down at least 5 books. It takes a long time to become comfortable with dnf-ing books. But the last book I put down was “Kill Me Softly” by Sarah Crossan, it just was not my thing. I found the writing poor and the characters annoying as heck. It was the first book that the author had written and I know the author has improved in her writing. And just because I didn’t enjoy the book doesn’t mean that someone else enjoys it!

After years of me trying to push through books, I finally decided that not finishing a book is an okay thing to do. We don’t need to push through books we don’t enjoy. Reading is supposed to an enjoyable activity. We don’t need to continue reading books that we don’t enjoy, even if they are hyped up ones.

Girls of Paper and Fire: A Review

“I don’t want an easy life. I want a meaningful one.”

So I read this book at the beginning of March in all honesty, but I want to get my thoughts out in the open about this book. There were so many good points in this book that made it such an intriguing read. This fantasy book was published in November 2018 and I hadn’t really heard that much about it until I received it in my Owlcrate box! Right off the bat, the cover just automatically pulled me in (because let’s be real, we do judge the book by the cover). The story follows our main character Lei, who is a member of the lowest caste, as she is chosen to be a consort for the Demon King. This is a tradition that has been happening for a long time but usually there is only eight girls chosen. This year Lei is the ninth.

Let me start out with saying that this book is not for someone who has issue with sexual assault/abuse, violence, or animal violence. Yes, it has all of those things in here and if you are uncomfortable or are triggered by any of those things, this book is not for you.

Lei is a very hot-tempered person and throughout the book is just very angry. But this is completely reasonable because I mean, anyone would be angry if they were taken from their family to be a consort. Especially without their consent! I never really figured out how to exactly say her name but apparently you can’t help but smile when you say it. Lei’s time in the castle is full of lessons and friendship and love. But unfortunately, there was also a very large amount of sexual assault, seeing as the whole premise revolves around her being taken to be a consort it makes sense. Lei watches every one of her friends come back from the Demon King stunned and in tears. And when it comes to her turn it’s no different. This is a very difficult thing to read and it is going to make people uncomfortable. I think Natasha handled this very well though because she made the King incredibly unlikeable. He had no redemption arc or anything. He was just a nasty person.

My absolute favorite part of this book has to be the romance! Surprise! This book has a WLW romance in it and wasn’t advertised that way. What a shock. But this romance was so beyond cute! It was a slow burn, especially since Lei herself is just figuring out her own sexuality. Lei’s own understanding and complete surrender to loving this person was just the most adorable thing. And while Lei was a great main character, I honestly was always looking forward to reading about the love interest more than our main character. Overall, the romance was really well done and was the best part of the book in my opinion!

While our characters and romance were nicely developed, the plot was hardly there. We honestly just stayed in one part of the castle for over half of the book and then was rushed into a poorly thought out plot. All of a sudden, Lei decides she’s this warrior and is gonna defeat the King but doesn’t even actually make a plan. She just kind of wings it. So the plot just ended up being rushed and it definitely took away from the beauty of the book. The book has such nice characters, romance and feminist themes that it’s easy to just get swept away by the empowerment of it but after I finished the book, I just felt like it was lacking in a big way. The ending was by far the most underwhelming thing making all that build up just dwindle into nothing.

Overall, I gave Girls of Paper and Fire 3.5 out of 5 stars. It was a really strong beginning and middle but the end just was underwhelming. I will be reading the sequel but it isn’t high up on my TBR pile.

A Review of Pride by Ibi Zoboi

“IT’S A TRUTH universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood, where it’s a little bit broken and a little bit forgotten, the first thing they want to do is clean it up. But it’s not just the junky stuff they’ll get rid of. People can be thrown away too, like last night’s trash left out on sidewalks or pushed to the edge of wherever all broken things go. What those rich people don’t always know is that broken and forgotten neighborhoods were first built out of love.” 

Pride is retelling of Pride and Prejudice in a contemporary setting. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite classics and I am quite picky about how the retellings are. The book itself says that it’s a “remix” not a “retelling”. This book is about our main character Zuri Benitz, her many sisters, and the two handsome boys who just moved in next door. The Darcys’ are a rich black family who have two very handsome boys, Ainsley and Darius. Now straight off the bat, I didn’t really like how the two main love interests (Bingley and Darcy) were related because it cut a lot of characters out of the story. Mostly Bingley’s older sisters. I’m actually really disappointed that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted to.

Since Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites, I had really high expectations for this book. But I think if you just forgot the fact that it’s trying to be a remix of the classic novel and let it stand on it’s own, it’s quite good. But I can’t get over the fact that it doesn’t really work very well since in the end of Pride and Prejudice everyone gets married cause it’s the 1800s. Our cast of characters were pretty bland. Especially Ainsley and Janae. They were barely in the book and there were so few moments of seeing the pure love that the couple were supposed to share. Zuri was the only character that had any kind of development in the book, and it was barely there. Darius’s character development was not there at all, it just instantly happened. We just didn’t get the depth and description that we got in the original novel. The romance wasn’t as intriguing and I’m just overall disappointed. In this novel, since we are in 2018, no one gets married immediately! Cause that would be kind of weird.

Overall, I gave this book 3 stars out of 5. It’s not a bad book, I did enjoy it but not as a Pride and Prejudice retelling.

Hello World!

Hello! My name is Cameron and this is the first time that I have ever created a blog like this! I really do hope that I don’t mess this up but here we go! I am 23 years old and I love books. I own around 130 books that are unread and own over 300 books in total! At the moment, I am trying to work my way through my TBR pile but those bookstores keep calling out to me! If you ever want to reach out to me about books, I will gladly discuss with you! All in all, I am a giant bookworm and I am so happy to be here!