A Historical Fiction I Actually Liked? My And I Darken Review

Title: And I Darken

Author: Kiersten White

Series: The Conqueror’s Saga #1

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Published June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press

Medium: Paperback

Pages: 475

“No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.” -Goodreads

My Review:

AAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA NO WAY

So, if you dont know, I do not like historical fiction. Have I really read a lot of historical fiction? No. But I was never really into it and sometimes I would pick up a book just to get bored with it. I especially hated the American historical fiction (weird because I am American) because I basically knew what was going to happen, I did not care, etc.

But I know nothing about the Ottoman Empire except that they like fail in the end. I thought this would make me dislike the book even more and I was so scared to start it.

(Disclaimer: When I bought the book, I had no clue that it was historical fiction. I only found out when I started reading, oops.)

I began reading and I instantly liked it. It started off with like a nice little montage of the two main character’s Radu and Lada’s childhood. I thought it was really entertaining to see them grow up.

I mean you know a book is good when:

Let her be strong.
Let her be sly.
And let her be ugly.

is one of the first major lines.

With the timeline ion the book, I did get a little confused later on because one minute they were 13 and the next chapter they were nearing 18 or were 18. That was a hiccup I could not quite wrap my head around.

The way this book reads is a lot like Game of Thrones. A lot of time chunks get cut off. I think this was to account for the real-life time of the Ottoman Empire.

It turns out that the Murad and Mehmed in the book are actually real people. Radu is also real but I am not so sure about Lada. I cannot really look too much into it because every time I search her name it takes me to wiki fandom links about the series, AND I CANNOT GET SPOILED.

If Lada isnt real I will cry. But I dont think she is so…

Gif of Man Crying

Lada was a great character. I think that she stayed a petty static character throughout. Yes, she had some changes but not life changing personality changes, in my opinion. I think she was pretty badass though. She stays strong from childhood on ward. I wish she had been a little more trusting of her brother and had not kept things from him, but I guess that is just because I also know Radu’s side. She is a crazy intense character and I cannot wait to see how she develops in the second book.

I mean she really is such a strong lady in a time where woman were not taught to be strong.

I am loving the books I am reading with these strong female leads.

Radu is a great character in my opinion. I do think he has some weird shifts in character and he kept too many secrets too. The gay sub-plot was exciting and I knew nothing about it. I definitely would have loved to see more of it, so hopefully the next two have a bit more of this.

Mehmed is someone who I hate. I absolutely hate him. Sure, he seems like he is nice, but he is too set on his goals in life. Even when everyone around him, including his dearest friends, are telling him he is wrong, he still believes he is right. The ending was so annoying because of this BASTARD.

Ugh… anyways,

Look at this happy cute little fanart of the three of them:

The book was really good. It was extremely tense on some parts and then somewhat dull in others. I think at the end the big climactic moment ends WAAAAAY to short. Like honestly, I did not even know it had ended, that is how short it was. That was kind of sad.

But the way it ended was phenomenal (other than Mehmed whom I still hate) and I am excited to read the others.

If you like historical fiction, this book was meant for you. If you do not, this book might get you hooked into historical fiction. I am not sure if I will venture out into that genre after this series, but who knows?

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

The Aesthete Blogger Award: Come see my answers and check out who I nominated!

Aesthe Blogger Award Logo/Graphic

Hey everyone!

AHHH I have been nominated for a book tag and it is an aesthete blogger award. I was nominated for by Steph at The Book Throne, thank you so much for the nomination!

About the award:

“This award is to honor every creative person, irrespective of their number of followers and views. Because, as long as you create, that is all that matters. This award is for those bloggers who put an insane amount of thought in each of their posts and for those who spread creativity like wildfire! Just wow!” -Ashmita

Rules

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Ashmita @ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favorite form of creativity?
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

Tell me something about this world that you admire

I just really admire nature. I love going on drives to go see the way the world curves and how it is shaped. I love seeing and hearing forests or the ocean. Ugh, I love nature.

What is your favourite form of creativity?

I really love writing and creating worlds through writing. If I were to pick something that I cant do, it would be songwriting. I dont write song’s but I think they convey beautiful worlds too.


Steph’s Questions:

  • What is your favourite song at the moment?

I am really listening to the re-released Fearless album (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift. I am loving listening to all my old favorites again. And her Mr. Perfectly Fine is fire!

  • Who would you choose as your book (romantic or platonic) partner?

Not to default to Harry Potter characters, but George Weasley will always be the boyfriend of my dreams.

Second would be Julian from the Caraval series. I have only read the first book so far but I love it.

  • Which country do you wish you could live in?

I wish I could live in Scotland if I have to choose another country. I do really want to live in New York, but if it is a new country, definitely Scotland. I mean I have never seen a picture that has disappointed my eyes. I want to go visit so bad.

  • Which book do you wish you had written?

Harry Potter. That will always be the blueprint for me if I ever write a book. Or any Sarah J. Maas book. She is just amazing.

I do not really have too much that I created one this computer but I will put a picture on here that I took the other day:

My friend with a smiley balloon

My Questions:

  • What shows are you watching right now?
  • What characters are you most like?
  • What are your goals for this month? Any projects you are trying to finish?
  • What is you favorite kind of music?

I nominate:


OMG this was such a fun tag. I am so happy to have been a part of this. Again, THANK YOU STEPH for the nomination. I am so grateful for you, your blog, and your nomination.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Ten Colorful Books to Brighten your Day

“Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” -That Artsy Reader Girl

This weeks theme is:

Colorful Books

So I took a look at my Goodreads shelves. And here are some of my favorite books with colorful covers!

  1. Replica by Lauren Oliver
Replica cover

2. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem with Forever Cover

3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything Cover

4. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore Cover

5. Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson Will Grayson cover

6. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares Cover

7. Literally any of the Harry Potter covers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Cover

8. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street Cover

9. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer Cover

10. Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Bright We Burn Cover

Thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Money was burning a hole in my wallet, so I bought books!

Hey y’all

I love posting book haul posts. Those are literally my favorite posts to read.

And that is totally why I spent another $100 on books.

Now, if my mom sees this, I am sorry but I promise you these were for a good cause.

That good cause is my bookshelf looking full.

Now, like I said last book haul, which sadly, was only a week ago, I bought Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom (which I got both in the mail two days ago. They are so pretty look!).

Pic of my copies of Six of crows and Crooked Kingdom

I also got really nice copies of the last 2 Caraval books but that is besides the point.

For this book haul I got 5 books, all hardcover, and one of those was a preorder.

So here they are:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone Cover

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising Cover

(You might notice that Siege and Storm is missing, but guess what I did not want to spend the astronomical amounts of money on that book because for some reason that book is the most expensive of the series)

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

From Blood and Ash Cover

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Cover

(I hope you guys are noticing a theme)

Preorder: The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Crown of Gilded Bones Cover

AHHH my friend Sydney and Booktok made them sound so good! And because this last one literally comes out tomorrow, I thought I would buy all three. I might try to binge read all of them and give a three book review.

I bought all of them in hardcover, because I have been working hard these past few weeks on school and my now three jobs I have. I wanted a little something extra for myself.

Also, I might start my Bookstagram back up, I am not sure. So if I do I want some hardcovers to get my pictures popping.

Have I read any of these? No. Have a I read any Leigh Bardugo? No. Have I only read a total of three Jennifer L. Armentrout books and they weren’t of this genre? Yes. But do I care? NO.

I have bought books I disliked and have bought many books I like. Like I said in the last post, every book is an investment towards my huge library I hope to have one day.

Also, sorry mom for spending my money on books, but hey this did not go over my Entertainment budget. It was exactly the rest of my entertainment budget and some change.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy. Let me know if you have bought anything recently!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

The Thrilling and Mysterious: A Review of Caraval

Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Series: Caraval #1

Published January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Pages: 432

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic.-Goodreads

My Review:

I do not think I have ever said I disliked a book in a review.

And it will not be today!

I loved this book.

I think it was a really good book. Was it the best? No. Was it great? No. But, was it entertaining? Yes. Did I buy the last two books in the series? Yes.

The last two are wins in my book.

While I have read through a few reviews to get this review, not a lot were positive. A lot said that the characters, setting, and plot was bland. While it may not have been as well-developed as one could wish, I do not think it was horrible.

Twitter @wickandfable

Scarlett was an interesting character. I think she was really unique. Yes, she was kind of static. But, what was she supposed to do, hate her sister? The only idea she had was to protect her sister. That never changed, but how do you expect it too? She learned that she was not to trust people’s words and to trust people for their actions. While she may not have been the most creative character, she was fun to read about. I related to her a lot. I think she was really confused and did not know how to deal with anything.

Julian and Tella were cool. I think I saw the whole Julian plotline sooner than I would have liked. I wish he had a been a little bit more unpredictable. Also, Tella kind of made me super mad. I know she could not technically have been completely upfront with her sister, but she was so rude for the things that happened.

The idea of Legend was really interesting. I think that his storyline will be developed more in the next two but I wish we had a bit more of him. I cant say much without spoiling but I am intrigued.

I think Caraval seemed really pretty. I liked the descriptions. It was interesting to look at the map and the places that they went to. I do agree with others that sometimes it was hard to follow. A few plot points were not on the map and I had no clue how they got to the places they went to so fast.

But other than those things, I really liked it. I think it was quick and entertaining. It has been on my TBR list for way to long.

Sorry for not making this a long blog. I really am tired and needed to write this. I did not think that it was necessary to write a huge review since most bloggers have already read it.

As always, thanks for reading

A Bookie

Monday Book Haul

Hey guys!

I recently got a Visa gift card from my grandpa. I had no clue what to buy with it but my mom kept saying I should buy groceries and gas.

Well mother is going to be disappointed because guess what I spent it on…

BOOKS

Tehe

I just ordered them five minutes before I posted this.

I consider each book I buy an investment because one day I would like a huge library so, every book I buy goes toward that goal.

I purchased them from the Strand in New York because they are my favorite bookstore in the world. I was going to buy them from a local bookstore in the town where I live, but I did not want to talk to the guy who owned the store. People have told me he is weird and talks too much. I am too anxious to talk to anyone.

So here are the books I bought:

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Finale by Stephanie Garber

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I am so excited for these to come!

I got them all in hardcover so they were all a hefty sum, but I wanted them. I already have Caraval in hardcover. And I plan on getting all of the Grishaverse books in hardcover.

Let me know what books you guys got recently.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

End of the Month: March was Madness

So the end of the longest month I have had yet this year. Half the month I had finals and the second half of the month I had spring break. It was intense. It was really hard for me to write quality blogs while in this intense schedule I have.

It also seems like April is going to be the same way. My classes are insanely fast-paced and have so much work for each class already.

But, here is my wrap-up for March.

Book I Read:

Posts I Wrote:

Damn I Posted a CRAP ton!

Movies/Shows I watched:

  • Julie and the Phantoms
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • WandaVision
  • Raya and The Last Dragon
  • Deathnote (The Anime)
  • Chaos Walking
  • Rewatched all of the Marvel movies

Aghhhh I am so bad at posting in April this year. I am sorry guys. I hope you guys like really late wrap-up posts.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

WWW: AGH I AM SO LATE

For those that dont know, WWW is a meme and this meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of WordsAnd it involves answering the 3 Ws!

Agh I am writing this at 11pm on Wednesday. School is kicking my ass this quarter. I need to spend some really lengthy time just doing homework this weekend to get ahead.

Anyways, here we go…

What am I currently reading?

I am reading:

And I Darken by Kiersten White

What did I recently finish?

I just finished Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I will hopefully have a review of this up soon!

What am I reading next?

I am going to read A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab!

Okay, okay, okay it might take me a while to finish my currently reading, so I might not see you guys this next Wednesday. I have so much going on. But, I will be reading and trying to bust some posts out. I swear eventually I will be on top of everything.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

TTT: Book I would most want to throw in the ocean…

“Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” -That Artsy Reader Girl

This week’s theme is:

Books you would like the throw into the ocean

  1. Now, this post is going to be really short. I dont think I could even come up with a book that I hate enough to write for this list. It would be so disrespectful of me to do such a horrid thing.
  2. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

No seriously, that is the list. I have never read a book that I hated as much as I hated this book. I read this years ago in like a day just so I could see the movie, and I hated the book so much I didn’t go see the movie.

I absolutely hate it.

I could never compare my hatred for another book as much as I hate this one.

I remember there was controversy over bookstagrammers burning books for cool photos. But, I would not care if they burnt all of the copies of this book for Instagram.

Anyways, that is the post. I saw the topic at 9pm on Tuesday and thought “Hell yeah, I can bash If I Stay.” That is literally the only reason I decided to write today.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

WWW: What am I going to read next?

If you don’t know what WWW is, then why do you live under a rock? Just kidding! It is a meme and this meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of WordsAnd it involves answering the 3 Ws!

I finally finished Kingdom of Ash which has ended a huge series. I think I am going to take some time to read a few stand alones or smaller series.

What am I currently reading?

I am reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

Cover of Caraval

What did I recently finish?

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

I finally did it. I finished. My review went out Monday of it go check it out.

Kingdom of Ash Cover

What am I reading next?

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The Diabolic Cover

This is just one book of many that I could read. I am so excited now that I can also start the ACOTAR series. I dont know when I will start though.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed this.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie