The Star Touched Queen

25203675Author: Roshani Chokshi

Series: The Star Touched Queen #1

Published April 26th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Genres: YA, Fantasy

Pages: 342

“Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.” -Goodreads

My Review:

Okay so again to get caught up after this long hiatus I am gonna write this review as fast as possible.

Well what can I say about this book…

It was good. It wasn’t great. But it was good.

I know it was a hyped up book. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and I did but it wasn’t very good.

Like it wasn’t the story or the characters or anything else that I didn’t like but the writing style just wasn’t my favorite. It wasn’t clear what was happening in the book at all. Every time something big happened I feel like the author just made it so confusing. Maybe I just was reading it to fast. I just kept reading it because eventually I just got bored reading it. I think the author could have slowed down, taken sometime to describe, and helped the reader understand. Maybe it was just me but I felt like the book was rushed.

Other than that it was a good book. Even though I didn’t understand half of it, the plot was really good. I mean the overall view of the book I understood but, the author had so much of this delicate and intricate prose type writing and, while it was beautifully described, it made no flipping sense.The way it was written was great but there was so much detail, I felt like I lulled and then kind of tuned out then got confused cause only two or three lines down they were talking about something totally different and many things happened behind the descriptions of the places that you couldn’t really tell until you went back through. I think I was left with a lot of questions at the end.  Like not just about the ending but like from beginning, middle, and end. I mean there are so many things that may or may not have been answered in the book but I think I read it so fast I didn’t understand anything. I was just reading it like:

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Now I thought the author had a really good idea and had a goal to reach, which was a fantastic goal. I really loved the ideas in the book but the way she executed her ideas, like I said above, were not up to par. To clarify, it was a very good book and if you have a long attention span and can really pick out the details I think it would be an excellent read. I love a good romance novel and a good story with magic and mystery. I love being introduced to whole new worlds, but coming out of this book I really can picture the world better than I can recall what happened in the story. I don’t wanna dog on the author to much so I will give that she had an amazing idea and her writing really is beautiful.

The main character Maya was a seemingly flat character. I didn’t see much character growth. I mean really it is kind of like she just went through the story letting what came wash over her. She seemed really willing to listen and obey. There was some rebellion in her which was the only real action in the first part of the book. Also I kind of thought everyone around her was (sadly) way more interesting than her. That is why I have decided I shall read the next books to see what happens to them.

I cant write this review because I have so many questions and want to ask them but I aint a spoiler blog. Ugh.

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Gosh, I am so sorry but I really cannot write anymore. I hate writing blogs super negative. I am trying to be super positive. It was a good book but it wasn’t the best book. That is about the best thing I can say about it.

I really hate dogging on books especially ones super hyped up because then I feel super negative and like I am not seeing what others see.

Also, Roshani Chokshi, I am so sorry. Roshani is a great and detailed writer, the style just wasn’t for me.

Okay, that is the end of this blog. I hope you enjoyed this. Again, if this is your favorite book I am sorry I am dogging on it. Comment below what you loved about it. Also, tell me your opinions about it. Thanks for reading!

Star Rating: 4

TOP TEN TUESDAY-September 26th

“Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish…Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer.” –Top Ten Tuesday

Topic: Ten Books That Feature Main Female Characters

  1. Heartless by Marissa Meyers

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  1. The Thousandth Floor by Kathrine McGee (technically four female leads and one male lead)

 

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  1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Dang I thought this week I could get ten. I am only looking at the books on my Goodreads shelves and I just couldn’t find very many. I am sorry I am not doing ten. I feel like I am cheating when I only do a few instead of the full ten.

Anyways, thank you for reading! Comment below if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them.

A Mid-Summers Nights Dream

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Author: William Shakespeare

Published July 2016 by Simon & Schuster Paperbacks

Genre: Classics, Drama, Plays

Pages: 298

“Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia’s father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon’s head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke’s wedding (one of whom is given a donkey’s head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny.” -Goodreads

My Review:

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Guess what time it is!

Time for another short school book review. If I am being honest it is mostly gonna be short because this play is a really short play. Like I read it with the class in five days by reading it one hour a day.

I actually liked this book a lot.

Wait am I hearing myself correctly? Did I just say I liked a school book?

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FINALLY!!!!

It has been along time since a school book entertained me.

But , just cause I like it doesn’t mean I am going to write a big long book review.

To begin, Shakespeare is always confusing to read at the beginning but eventually I got the hang of his language and full immersed my self into the romantic comedy.

I love rom-coms. Like LOVE them. They are my heart and soul. If my relationship couldn’t be made into a movie I don’t want it. the utter confusion between all four of the characters, Demetrius, Lysander, Hermia, and Helena, is awesome. I would hate to be in there position but I love reading about it.

While we read, we also watched the movie which really helped with the understanding of the story. At first I was super confused because the long speeches and the ol’timey language but I got the hang of it thanks to the movie.

If I was judging this story on the elements of a story it wouldn’t be very good. There were flat characters, no real suspenseful or climactic moments but it is funny. Even though it is simple I think it is still a good story.

Okay, I think I am dont with this blog. I haven’t done a short blog like this for awhile. I just dont know what else to say. Thanks for reading! Comment your opinion on this book.

Star Rating: 3.9

 

 

Great Expectations

2623Author: Charles Dickens

Published by Oxford University Press

Genres: Classic, Fiction

Pages:505

“In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.” -Goodreads

My Review:

Side Note: I apologize that this blog is small but as of right now I am trying to get caught up on all the stories that I read during my hiatus so this is just going to be super short.

Well since I am just getting back to my blog I wanted to keep updated on the books I read during the time I was gone but obviously I cannot write the best reviews for these books because usually I write my reviews right after I finish. Of course I didn’t do this because I felt no need at the time. I regret this. Anyways because I really wasn’t blown away by this book and the fact that I don’want to talk to much about it, I am just going to do a quick little review.

Like very quick…

First I wanna say that god this book was boring. I am really not one for the classics. I think the copy of the book contribute to my hatred. Usually the only classic novels I read are the ones at school. And at school we have these godawful tiny copies with the smallest print. My hand is bigger than the copies of the book at our school. Coupling that with the fact that this book is kind of boring with no real excitement and a difficult old time language that I just hardly could comprehend, I just hated it. But alas I know this is a classic and many people love it and many people say you have to read it when you are older and I understand that and maybe I will but just the fact that I am being forced to read this book with thousands of homework assignments for every chapter really just makes me stress and dislike a book. One day I will probably re-read this but that day will not be for a while.

Now after all that being said I will not let that ruin my review and make me biased. I will try and stay away from things I didn’t like just because I wasn’t reading it for my own pleasure.

One thing that I can give you an honest judgement about is Pip. What the heck is wrong with him? I mean he was a great character but he just got in his own way a lot. I think he just should have been happy. He always got so depressed over not having money or too much money etc. I just think he should have just enjoyed his life. In the end he got less insufferable but that was only because he had actually found happiness.  He doesn’t see that the most important things were right in front of him. He ditches his family who has been there for him through everything and he also is haughty and rude to people of lower class. Granted I think it was coping mechanism for him but it was annoying. Just because now you’re rich doesn’t mean you are entitled to being rude.

Another things is how my great expectations for this book were sadly unmet. This book I felt like would be a bit less boring. I mean how could I expect so much. I think this book has potential and maybe reading it later on my own free time I might feel better about this book but alas this is not that time. I think the plot of the story was good enough but for my action loving self, a little more excitement could have been introduced. I know classics are more about teaching hard truths in life but couldn’t it be a bit more fun?

Okay so that is it for this blog. It was short but I do not wanna talk about this book no longer.  When I read a book for school and post about it on this blog it always pains me to do so. I already exhaust everything I have to say about school books in school so making posts about them just really irks me. But, being the dedicated book blogger I am, I write these reviews just for you guys to enjoy.

Thank you for reading. Please dont hate on me for not liking the book. Being forced to read a book always gets me down so I try as hard as I can to not hate on a book but I really didn’t like it. Sorry to all the Great Expectations fans out there.

Star Rating: 3.5

TOP TEN TUESDAY-September 19th

“Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish…Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer.” –Top Ten Tuesday

Topic: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

So I am not gonna be doing ten because I dont know what I want to read just yet so here is my list of five books I want to read:

  1. The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid

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  1. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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  1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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  1. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

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I don’t really know if I will read all of them by the end of fall this year. I want to read them. They all are sitting on my shelf waiting for a very long time. I want to read them so bad and I have been trying but I also have all these other books. Anyways I will find away to do it.

Anyways thank you for reading! Comment below about what your favorite book is out of this list.

 

NEW ROOM!

Hello my fellow bloggers,

So recently I did a big thing which I am so happy about. I mean if you can’t tell by the title:

I redid my entire room!

I painted and moved things around.

Okay, okay, I dont know where to start this but I will show you my before pictures so here you go:

For my prep work I:

  • moved everything out of my room except for the big things
  • spackled the tiny holes in my wall
  • cleaned the walls
  • taped up the trim and my doors and my window
  • got all the paint supplies into my room

And then after prep I:

  • painted the walls blue
  • painted around the edges of my room
  • waited for it to dry for a day
  • painted one of my walls white in two coats
  • taped up that wall
  • painted it blue
  • and wah lah

 

After:

I am so proud of how my room looks. I did it all by myself. I need to do touch ups on my accent wall because of course it bled through but it is expected with a textured wall. I don’t have the best pictures but you know what it is what you all are gonna have to deal with.

I am so happy with my room. For months, I have been wanting a change in my room. My room was always pink which, yes, it is a good color but, I just wanted something more mature and more me. Blue is my favorite color and this color blue is the most perfect blue in the world. The more I look at it and the more I stare at it the more it becomes my favorite color. Anyways I wanted a room more me.

I love minimalism but I also love having a bunch of stuff on my wall. I have a lot of things I need to put onto my walls like my horse ribbons and just some other things I love to have on my walls. I wanted my room to look more mature. I wanted it o look like me but also to still be pleasing to the eye. One thing about my old room was that I felt self conscious about it because it was such a child room. It was way to colorful and nothing matched. I wanted it to start feeling like those Pintrest rooms. I wanted my room to inspire me. I wanted to be able to keep my room clean so I got rid of a lot of things. So I wanted a new room.

And I achieved that. I feel like the blue is really soothing and not distracting. I changed up my room layout. My desk is in a new spot away from the window. When it was in front of my window I got so distracted because of the curtains. They always got stuck in weird positions and it always bugged me so I stopped working and tried to fix it. Obviously, that got me distracted so I wouldn’t work very well. Anyways I changed up all this stuff to make a better room for me.

I am so happy. This room just makes me very happy. I had a great time doing this even though it was a lot of work.

Anyways thank you for reading!

Forever Doon

27779008Author: Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

Series: Doon

Published by Blink

Genre: YA, Romance

Pages: 384

“With the witch of Doon on the throne, Jamie believed dead, and Duncan and Mackenna trapped in Alloway, Veronica has no choice but to put her grief aside and prepare her remaining followers for the impending battle against the false Queen and her forces. But while on a covert mission to steal a powerful elixir from the castle, Veronica discovers her true love may actually be alive and fighting a battle of his own.

With the Brig o’ Doon destroyed and the portal fragmented, Doon’s forces are not only divided but also isolated in different dimensions. With the help of a storyteller as ancient as the witch herself, Kenna and Duncan learn they must rebuild the bridge to have any chance of crossing back into Doon with their ragtag army. But when Mackenna insists on fighting as well, Duncan soon realizes the only way he can ensure her safety is to turn her into a cold-hearted killer.

For Vee, Jamie, Kenna, and Duncan, saving their kingdom while keeping their lives intact will take a miracle.” -Goodreads

Review:

My poor heart.
The series is up. It has ended. This amazing series which such adventure and love. This series has been a crazy ride. Up and down and all around. I am sad to see the series end.
This book was difficult to read at first because of the sadness I had when I knew this series was ending. I eventually got over it and threw myself into this wonderful world Carey and Lorie created. The story had a ton of ups and downs. It was a huge rollercoaster. I mean they jumped from one issue to the next so quickly. It didn’t seem like the other stories. The problems went by so quickly like the solution basically fell into the characters lap after a few minutes of contemplation. I liked the way the story went but I feel like some more suspense and explanation would have helped. Especially in the ending.
This book was always interesting always kept me wanting more. I rarely had any dull moments. I was captivated by every action scene, torn apart by every emotional scene, and thrilled at every suspenseful scene. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. The authors made this book hard to read. They put all the characters under tremendous challenges that made my heart break. Luckily they pulled through and somehow overcame many challenges that I would have just fell over and cried if put in their place.
The characters were extremely annoying in this book. I am just going, to be honest. Veronica, I feel like was the only one who didn’t bug me with her decisions. Jaime was also not as annoying as Mackenna and Duncan. They just really irked me. Their relationship was falling apart but it would have been an easy fix. I mean they could have just talked to each other. And then they just dragged it on and on and on. I mean come on, it was ridiculous. I am not saying I am an expert in relationships but I feel like they would have talked about their issues way before they did. They irritated me with how annoying they were. Jaime and Veronica were strong as ever I believed. They really balanced each other out. They supported each other. They influenced each other to be stronger and fight better. They honor each other’s strengths and help each other with their weaknesses. I love them too as a couple. Mackenna and Duncan are amazing too but they just need to communicate.
It was kind of depressing honestly. Lots of death and lots of heartbreak which don’t get me wrong are important in stories for motivation or to create emotion but the Doon series for me was a good empowerment series. I didn’t really think some of the unnecessary deaths were needed. The other books didn’t have so much destruction which gave this book a little more depressing feel to it. Also they, all four of the main characters, go through some serious trials which aren’t bad but I felt like the authors just decided to shove so much down into the characters and developed these sides you never saw until the last book. I think the authors could have spread some of the behaviors that were exhibited into other books. It just seemed so sudden.
Other than that the book was fantastic. I loved the growth from each character as we went through the book. It was a pretty quick fluid read. I was never confused once which I believe is very important in stories. The finale was a great book even with the flaws. Carey and Lorie were amazing and I love that they took me through such an incredible journey.

Star Rating: 4