Crooked Kingdom Review

Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Six of Crows #2

Published September 20th 2016 by Henry Holt and Company

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Pages: 546

“Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.” –Goodreads

My Review:

AGGHHHHHHHH

I love love love this book!

It had everything I love in it:

  • Action
  • Scheming
  • Crazy hot psychopaths
  • and a cute gay romance!

Bardugo really steps up her game in this book. She gives us even more character development. She gives us better back stories. She builds the realm of Ketterdam even more beautifully than the first book.

The plot thickens on the Crows story as they try to get the money that was owed to them in the last book. I felt like this story, while lacking the adventure aspect of the first book, gave me everything the first book was missing and more.

It explained more of the love interests in the stories and developed those relationships. Wylan and Jesper are even more enthralled with each other. The little teasing just GETS ME. Nina and Matthias are shown to be united and happy together. Inej and Kaz are the slowest burn alive but that BATHROOM SCENE had me SCREAMING!

We got to see more realm building. We steered off of the Shadow and Bone Ravkan knowledge of how Grisha were treated. Bardugo delves deeper into how Grisha are treated in any other part of the world.

This book was really good. I honestly have no complaints for it. I have not had a book I read in awhile that I have not complained about. The ending was a little shocking but I definitely cant complain about the shock factor.

I think everyone should go check this out. Also, now that I finished the books, I watched the TV show and it was so good! Not super accurate to the Six of Crows books but I liked the Shadow and Bone adaptation.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 4.6

The Glittering Court, a Review

Title: The Glittering Court

Author: Richelle Mead

Series: The Glittering Court #1

Published April 5th 2016 by Razorbill

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 416

“Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…”-Goodreads

My Review:

I picked up this book quite a few years ago. I got the recommendation either from Sasha Alsberg’s YouTube or her Goodreads page.

Let me just say…it is not worth the read.

Plot wise, this book sucked. The synopsis makes the conflicts in this story seem a whole lot more exciting than it really is. The supposed “plot” is more like sub-plot. Most books have the overarching struggle along with many other tensions running underneath so the story doesn’t get boring.

Well this story only had sub-plot. A whole lot of mediocre sub-plots. Sure, they had the overarching love story (but even that seemed like a small issue). Everything else was just there.

Not only that, everything was so easily fixed. Conflicts, internal and outer struggles were quickly tied up by the end of a few chapters after they were introduced.

The story did not really have a point or have any build up. I saw no development in the characters or in the story.

The end was absolutely ridiculous. They had so much action packed into the last few chapters but it was like “hey omg I am about to be kidnapped. Oh look these random people, who we have only mentioned ONCE as a little world building jumped into to help with no explanation as to why they are here to help me, have come to save me!”

This book was so dumb.

Pros:

  • The love interests end up together

Cons:

  • Boring
  • Weird England/America parallel that I felt was unnecessary
  • To fast
  • Not well written
  • No knowledge of horses (see the part where she leaves a horse tied to a tree because its show comes off)
  • Adelaide=dull character
  • Arranged marriage being traded for…another arranged marriage
  • What was the point of this book?
  • Objectifying women while trying to make it seem like we were combating feminism

This book was absolutely ridiculous. I have never read a Richelle Mead book and I think it was steered me away from reading any other books she has authored.

Would not recommend this book to anyone. I am not even going to read the other books in the series to find out if it gets better. I have no faith.

Let me know what you thought in the comments. If you actually thought this book was good, please tell me why. Because honestly I can’t see why.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 1.5

I am going to regret posting this review

Title: Ice Planet Barbarians

Author: Ruby Dixon

Series: Ice Planet Barbarians #1

Published April 3rd 2015 by Ruby Dixon

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction

Pages: 188

“You’d think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you’d be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they’ve left their cargo of human women – including me – on an ice planet.

And the only native inhabitant I’ve met? He’s big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me… -Goodreads

My Review:

So if you come from BookTok (the side of TikTok about books), you already know what is going on…

If you have graciously never heard of this book before, RUN!!

Run away

This book series has taken over my FYP (For You page) on TikTok.

The fact I am even writing a review for this book is HORRIFYING.

But in all honesty I did enjoy this book.

Did I think the 11 page sex scene was necessary? NO

Did the writing sound like a twelve-year-old-fanfiction? YES

But do I still want everyone to read it? HELL YEAH

If you have not met the 7-foot-tall aliens with ribbed you-know-whats (sorry grandma and grandpa if youre reading this right now) then you are kind of missing out.

This book is disgusting and needed 300 trigger warning but it was an experience I will never regret.

I highlighted every time something was said that was just so out-of-pocket I wanted to cry laughing.

Things like “My c*ck hasn’t forgotten this” (73), or “I’ve found an alien that likes to eat p*ssy as a greeting” (49).

This book, while trying to be a serious novel about alien abduction and surviving on a new planet, turns into something that I think of as comedy. The sex scenes had me laughing at the various nouns to describe certain body parts.

There actually is a semi-interesting plot to this story. So far, there are 20+ books out for the series so I am not too concerned that this book was basically exposition into the story on Not-Hoth (the planet they live on).

The conflicts in the book are sort of easily solved. The feminism in this went out the window no matter how hard they tried to be strong independent women. The men are utterly insane. There was a reference to sex almost every page.

This book was horrible, but in a capturing and intriguing way.

Please do not read this book but trust me you will be missing out.

Seriously, I hope that you read this, but also hope that you dont.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 3 (only because I am going to read the next book)

Sensational: A Book Just as Exciting as the Women It Talks About

Title: Sensational: The Hidden Histories of “Girl Stunt Reporters”

Author: Kim Todd

Published April 13th 2021 by Harper

Genre: History, Non-fiction, Feminism

Pages: 400

A vivid social history that brings to light the “girl stunt reporters” of the Gilded Age who went undercover to expose corruption and abuse in America, and redefined what it meant to be a woman and a journalist — pioneers whose influence continues to be felt today

In the waning years of the nineteenth century, women journalists across the United States risked reputation and their own safety to expose the hazardous conditions under which many Americans lived and worked. In various disguises, they stole into sewing factories to report on child labor, fainted in the streets to test public hospital treatment, posed as lobbyists to reveal corrupt politicians. Inventive writers whose in-depth narratives made headlines for weeks at a stretch, these “girl stunt reporters” changed laws, helped launch a labor movement, championed women’s rights, and redefined journalism for the modern age.

The 1880s and 1890s witnessed a revolution in journalism as publisher titans like Hearst and Pulitzer used weapons of innovation and scandal to battle it out for market share. As they sought new ways to draw readers in, they found their answer in young women flooding into cities to seek their fortunes. When Nellie Bly went undercover into Blackwell’s Insane Asylum for Women and emerged with a scathing indictment of what she found there, the resulting sensation created opportunity for a whole new wave of writers. In a time of few jobs and few rights for women, here was a path to lives of excitement and meaning.

After only a decade of headlines and fame, though, these trailblazers faced a vicious public backlash. Accused of practicing “yellow journalism,” their popularity waned until “stunt reporter” became a badge of shame. But their influence on the field of journalism would arc across a century, from the Progressive Era “muckraking” of the 1900s to the personal “New Journalism” of the 1960s and ’70s, to the “immersion journalism” and “creative nonfiction” of today. Bold and unconventional, these writers changed how people would tell stories forever.” -Goodreads

My Review:

I do not read a lot of non-fiction books especially not about history. But I recently was talking to an editor at a local magazine in my home state who told me about this book. I would love to become a more well-rounded reader so I decided to use an audible credit and listen to it while I drove to Montana.

This is a story about female stunt reports in the later 1800s to early 1900s. I am a journalism major so I thought this was a fitting topic to pursue.

Todd does a great job of showing instead of telling all the facts. She writes in the story in a way that does not sound like a textbook but does not sound like a narrative piece. She does give great details and beautiful imagery.

Each chapter focuses on a certain woman or a certain event and how that affected the course of journalism or the women’s work. It highlighted a tie where female reporters were not seen as serious news reporters.

The book highlights so many great role models. Nellie Bly and Ida B. Wells are two of my favorites in the book. I love looking at their histories and what they risked to becoming such influential people in this time period.

I am usually not a huge fan of non-fiction. I usually get bored really easily reading long works like this. News stories are fine, like what the women in this book write.

This book I did not get bored at all. Sometimes, I felt a lull in the story. Some experiences felt like reiterations of the same story last chapter. I listened while I was driving so I probably would have fallen asleep and crashed if this book had not been as entertaining as it was.

I think it is really worth the read. Not everyone will enjoy it but if you like reading about women’s issues, are a journalist, or like non-fiction, this book will interest you quite a bit.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Book Review of a Court of Wings and Ruin

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3

Published May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 705

“FEYRE WILL BRING VENGEANCE.

She has left the Night Court – and her High Lord – and is playing a deadly game of deceit. In the Spring Court, Tamlin is making deals with the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees, and Feyre is determined to uncover his plans. But to do so she must weave a web of lies, and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As mighty armies grapple for power, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

BUT WHILE WAR RAGES, IT IS HER HEART THAT WILL FACE THE GREATEST BATTLE.” -Goodreads

My Review:

As usual…

I LOVED THIS BOOK!

I do not think that there is a SJM book I have hated.

I will have to say, while I was reading, I received a TikTok from my friend about SJM’s use of m-dashes. Let me tell you, that was something that shocked me. Before this, I did not notice but now, there is not a page you can escape from her excessive (and incorrect) use of the m-dash.

Aside from that, and the weird growling/moaning noises heard from the tents in a war camp, this book was pretty awesome.

It developed the story and romance of Feyre and Rhysand in a way that was exciting but not unexpected. If you have ever read an SJM story, they all go along in the same way. They have the main female character usually do something heroic and her side male piece does the same thing (but we dont focus on that because WOMEN POWER). The story leaves off in a cliff hanger and torment. But, she always does it in an exciting way!

I think the characters lacked development in this book but like Queen of Shadows in ToG, this book seemed like a filler. A book that needed to be written to get all the necessary exposition out there, but not important enough to be the most exciting book in the series. (This is by no means slander to Queen of Shadows.) It had some good exciting scenes and some dramatic battles, but it lacked a storyline. There was a climax (multiple, many times in one night) but it was just simply a battle. There was importance to it of course, but it was still filler. It did not solve the grander issue.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It kept me entertained while still furthering along the plot of the series. I think it lacked its own general plot but it did help the series and give more depth to the issues that was lacking in the other stories.

I would recommend everyone read this series. Maas writes well (other than her excessive grammatical mistakes) and makes great worlds. I love talking with others about her books.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 4.1

Books I Couldn’t Put Down

“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:

Books You Read in One Sitting (Or Could Have If Time Permitted)

  1. Fence: Striking Distance by Sarah Reese Brennan

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

4. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

5. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

6. Heartless by Marissa Meyers

7. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

8. Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

9. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

10. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Need Book Recommendations

Hey bloggers,

Hope you all are having a great day!

I am having an issue.

If you look on my website, I have a page called “Reviews.” Under that, is a list of all the book reviews I have ever written.

It is in alphabetical order and here is my problem. I have blanks under letters.

This may not seem like a big deal but I want to fill this list. That is my goal by the end of the year. I want to have at least one review under each of those letters.

So I am looking for recommendations of books with the tittles beginning inn the letters:

  • J
  • N
  • U
  • X
  • Y

Help!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

WWW: See what I am reading this week!

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!

What am I currently reading?

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

White Magic by Elissa Washuta

*If you want to see the whole list of my current reads, my Goodreads is listed in my sidebar of this blogsite.

What did I recently finish?

Fence: Striking Distance by Sarah Rees Brennan

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

What am I reading next?

Finale by Stephanie Garber

Link your post down below or let me know what you are reading this week in the comments!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Back again… I hate writing these

Aww did you miss me?

Probably not but I am back anyway!

I took the last two months off because I wanted to journey into self-discovery and needed to expand myself to have better content for my followers.

WRONG

I just totally forgot to write posts for this blog for two months.

School started kicking my bum. I tried so hard to get up and open WordPress every day. But eventually, I said F that and full-heartedly focused on finals.

That is good right? As long as I am doing something productive. The real question is what have I been doing this past few weeks I have been out of school and not posting.

Well, to name a few things…

I went to a Bachelorette Party which was super fun. One of the nights, we dressed as holidays and I was Valentine’s Day!

My Valentine’s get up

I went to a Her Campus Gala. My school’s chapter really did it up and I looked so nice! I was also named Editor for next year’s club.

Me at the Gala

School ended and I went on a 3-day road trip to Montana for my friend’s wedding. I was a bridesmaid and I had a fun time.

Me at the wedding

I go back and had to move all of my belongings into the bigger room in our house. My old roommate moved out. I took her old room since it was bigger than the room I was in.

My remaining roommate and I decided to deep clean the house while we searched for a new roommate. The house is all clean. We even found a new roommate (who hopefully works out well for us)!

Before this though, she and I went around looking at 2 bedroom apartments. All of them had been out of our price range. They did not have the amenities we get at our house for much cheaper.

I then started my new work schedule. I have been moved to working on weekends.

I semi-permanentaly colored my hair to this cool pink.

Pink hair me

I then had to run home for my best friend’s birthday and my great-grandma’s 100th birthday! That is a once-in-a-lifetime party.

While I am not working on M-W, I have started Doordashing for some extra cash. A girl has to pay for her obsessive book-buying habits somehow right?

The PNW also decided to have a three-day heatwave, where I door dashed in the 113-degree weather. My car overheated the next day and I learned how to put coolant in my car. I then sat in my room the whole next day letting my precious car rest after a bad day.

It has finally calmed down and is only at 84 degrees today. I am settled into my new work schedule and am writing this from the patio at my workplace.

Life is really good right now. Since I have been gone, I have finished 5 books (all in the past three weeks). For you senior readers, that does not seem impressive but usually, during these breaks, I don’t read at all.

I made this Tik Tok about one of the books I read.

I have a really good friend in town that I hang out with. I have a boy who treats me very kindly (not a boyfriend though so don’t ask). I have a fantastic roommate who is getting better at cleaning. I have a steady income.

And I am back to blogging.

I have even planned out the next few weeks on this blog. I know I say that every time but I really did it this time. I got a little Google Calendar that I filled. It has every blog post I want to write and when to post it.

I also have all of my posts written out for the next two weeks.

So please don’t go anywhere. My best is still yet to come but it is coming.

I am looking to grow going forward in this blog.

Anyways, happy summer everyone! I am excited about this summer.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Mist and Fury and RHYSAND!!

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Published May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA

Pages: 626

“Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.” –Goodreads 

My Review:

I take everything I said about Tamlin back. Rhysand is life. Rhysand is my one true love. Tamlin is the spawn of Satan.

I mean seriously he was on his villain arc this entire book. I dont know if I am just dumb or if this was just so out of the blue.

Anyways…

Why does Maas always have to steal my heart like this? I just sit here and read her books and feel so engulfed in her books. She really knows how to hold her audiences attention better than most authors.

I feel so unfortunate to not be able to live in her worlds. Sometimes I just want to shift into the Faerie Realm and live 100 years with Rhys. But, I still do not know how to shift so that aint happening.

This book is so good. It literally made me so happy to read it. After finishing Throne of Glass, I was sad because Maas was a huge part of my soul when I read that. I was worried that when I read her other books, I would not feel that magical pull I felt from Aelin. But Feyre also has that pull. Aelin will always be my favorite, but I am glad to find Maas’ magic in this book also.

I bought two plants and named them Az and Cass. (If you saw the plants, you would totally see why). I believe that they are the best side characters in this book. If I could get a spin-off book of just these two, my life would be complete.

I will never love anyone like I love her characters. Rhysand is the new love of my life. I do not think I can stand mortal men anymore. And the wings seem like a great addition. I would love to be able to fly anywhere for free.

Feyre is pretty cool in this book too. I think her character development was a little blunt. Like it was more told not shown. I think that could have been better. But she is becoming a really cool person.

And lets talk about how Maas always has to have those twist endings where the main characters do not tell us something important.

I think there was a little lack of showing in this book. A lot of things are told in a way that they are Feyre’s thought which can be SUPER annoying. Sometimes it would be nice to lead the reader to a conclusion, not just blatantly compare and contrast everything. I do not recall Maas doing this a lot with Aelin in Throne of Glass. It is a weird change for me. I feel like I am being told everything and not being able to make my own inferences. If it happened once in a while it would be fine but the first half of the book it was “Tamlin does not let me do XYZ while Rhys lets me do XYZ,” which was Feyre stating the obvious at that point.

I still love the book though. I am not as smitten as I was with Throne of Glass but I do still like it.

It was a really good book and I am so ready to start the next book.

Let me know what you thought about the book!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie