I love some books with pictures in them. This series I just flew through. I love fairies and monsters and other worlds. So this was right up my alley.
It focuses on Lucy and Soli, two best friends for as long as they can remember. They live in a little town next to Willow Forest. There are stories of another world in the forest and to never make a wish in the forest. Why? Because they faeries will grant it. This is a great story about friends growing up together and growing apart and back together again. Lucy makes a wish in the woods and is taken into the faerie land. And Soli has to find her inner strength to save her best friend.
As I said at the beginning this book does have pictures and lots of them. It makes the reading go by super quick. It is aimed more at a younger audience than Young Adult, maybe 5th grade level. But that is not a reason to not read it. The art is fantastic and the writing just pulls you right in.
There are 3 books in this series. I am pretty sure there are companion books to it but the story is told over the main trilogy.
Favorite Character: Kheelen
Favorite Book: Believe (book 3).
Quote: “I angered the Queen,” She whispered.
When read: 2014ish
Total Pagest: 266
Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors ever! The Lunar Chronicles are great! But that is not what I am talking about today! Today is Heartless. (PS. I stole this picture from Google. But the profile is in the picture.)
It is a standalone novel about the Queen of Hearts. Sure sure there are lots of Alice in Wonderland spin-offs but this one is different! It is all about the Queen before she was the Queen, when she was still Catherine. So I went into this knowing nothing. And Boy am I glad I did it that way. I figured it was going to be another cruel tale of the queen. But it was such a cute little love story with so much heartbreak, family drama, and tragedy.
I mean when you are talking about creating a character’s full story, their life, their love, their passions that takes a lot of work. Especially to do it well. There are a lot of things in this universe that, even for Alice in Wonderland, are a bit dark and out there. But Marissa did them so well they are believable and you can visualize them. I had a movie playing through my head the whole time. With different places and people it is a nice change-up from the normal Alice spin-off. There are many aspects to time, people and places that are a refreshing change.
I went to Marissa’s book tour for Renegades and she got asked a lot of questions about if she was planning any other novels in this universe and she said no. 😦 But whether or not she writes more stand-alone this one is definitely worth the read.
Favorite Character: The Hatter
Quote: “A maze, a looking glass, a well… an abundance of desperation. It’s not all that important. What is important is that my journey taught me how I could avoid the madness that’s plagued my ancestors, and also how I could become the greatest hatter who has ever lived, on either side of the Looking Glass.” -Hatta
When Read: 3/2018
Total Pages: 448
Time travel! I love time travel books. And this is a great easy read. It focuses on Michele Windsor and her family. She is forced to move from LA to NYC when her mother dies suddenly. They are super wealthy and live in a lavish mansion that holds a centurys worth of secrets. She discovers a diary that when she reads it she travels back in time!
Oh my! If that doesn’t spell a great novel then I do not know what does. There are 2 and a short e-book story to this series. Super easy read. Plus, you can’t really do time travel right if you don’t have romance.
The second book is Timekeeper. And I remember as soon as I finished the first one going out and getting the second one. I am pretty sure I found this at my local used bookstore and Its one of the best ones I have found. Its pretty short so I don’t want to talk to much about the plot but… If I could time travel through a diary I know I would jump on that.
Favorite Character: Michele
Favorite Book: Timeless
Quote: “ I just… I can’t believe I’m here with you. I want to remember every detail of tonight. So I can relive it whenever I want.” -Michele
When read: 2015ish
Total Pages: 280
I had my eye on these books for about a year before I bought them. Because of course I had to buy them all, all at once. So I got my $60ish dollars and just couldn’t wait to read this dystopian.
As the title says it is a trilogy. It is set in the not-so-distant future where genetic engineering has gone awry. No new generations will live past the age of 25 for men and 20 for women. But there are no diseases. While searching for a miracle the world has gone crazy trying to keep the human race alive. Women are being kidnapped as early as 10. And if they don’t fit what the kidnapper is looking for most are shot dead on site. (No there isn’t a ton of violence past the first few chapters.) Rhine is the main character and this exact thing happens to her. She is going to pick up a paycheck when she is kidnapped coming out of a store. She then survives to meet her captors who are super wealthy. But she is also 16 and time is running out.
Now, I got most of that off of the back of the first book. It sounds a ton better than the synopsis I usually do. Lol. But I try to recommend this series as much as I can. It is amazing. So much so that when I was at work I would go in early and copy a bunch of the pages so I could read and look like I was working! HAHA. I ran through this whole trilogy in just a couple of weeks. The first book in the series is Wither, then Fever, and finally Sever. So much happens. I don’t want to put out any spoilers but ugh! So great! This is a series I would re-read. And I do not re-read very often if at all (excluding Of Mice & Men, I read that about once a year).
Now I actually haven’t read A Handmaid’s Tale but I feel like if you like that then you would like this. Females are being oppressed and kidnapped just to make babies and the men of the world do not care one bit. Some don’t even understand what is happening because of how high and mighty they have lived their entire lives. So, before I say too much PICK UP THIS SERIES! Ugh! So great!
Wither – Fever – Sever
Favorite Character: Rose
Favorite Book: Fever (book 2)
Quote: “Love is natural. Even the human race can’t claim to be natural anymore. We are fake, dying things.” -Wither, book 1
When Read: 2015?
Total pages: 364-book 1
So… This is super! Backlist. 20 years in fact. But I just got my new 20th anniversary edition in so I am writing about Harry. Have you seen these new covers? I love love love how they all intertwine with one another. I set them all out on the couch a took a picture. 😀
I know I don’t need a synopsis of Harry Potter because… Who hasn’t read them by now? I am actually going through and listening to them on audio right now. I am on book 5. I think I started listening to them around… sometime last year. I follow along with a podcast so I only listen to one chapter a week so its pretty slow going. If you are into podcasts it’s called Harry Potter and the Sacred Text (I’ll put a link below). They – there are 2 hosts, Casper and Vanessa – treat the text as a sacred one, like how religions treat the Bible basically. Its super interesting and funny.
But since I don’t have a synopsis… I guess I will tell you my thoughts on Harry Potter. I honestly do not remember reading the first three books. But I know I did. I also know my grandma bought them(the first three books) so when all of us grandkids (there are only like 4 of us) came over she could read them to us. But… I don’t think that ever happened. Lol. I read the last one, The Deathly Hallows, when I was a junior in High School, around 2010. So I wasn’t too far behind the release date. It, honestly, took me forever to read. A couple of months actually. I loved the Half-Blood Prince and just couldn’t get over Dumbledore (still no spoilers). And… Then Dobby!? I mean just cry fest. But I got through it. And this is only my second time listening/reading/ingesting them and I just can’t believe how much I missed!
Of course, I can’t write a post without tell you all that I am a Slytherin, and I am proud of it. 😀 Also, my Ilvermorny house is Pukwudgie. My patronus is an Osprey – which is a type of bird, also called a sea hawk. My wand is Pine wood with a Phoenix feather core 12 ¼” and Quite Bendy flexibility. Now, I haven’t explored Pottermore much but I did take the quizzes and those were my results.
Favorite Character- Dobby and Mrs. Weasley
Favorite Book- Half-Blood Prince (even though it’s a 5 alarm snot bomb)
Favorite Quote- “Always.” -Snape or “Not my daughter, you bitch!” -Mrs. Weasley
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Harry Potter 20th anniversary edition
So, this book I picked up because of the cover. I totally judged it. It had pretty colors, a key, stopwatch, and pen. Pretty cover. I started reading it not too long after I got it.
So if you haven’t heard of it here is a quick synopsis. There is a kingdom surrounded by mist and its been that way for as long as anyone can remember. And whoever rules the kingdom is chosen by something. It kind of runs through the same family but in this book the mistress’s daughter ends up ruling (not a spoiler that happens on page 11). Everything is just kind of spiritual in this book. There is a timekeeper, a bookkeeper, and a doorkeeper. These three helpers basically keep the Lord or Lady to schedule and the kingdom running and everything. But the Lord dies at the beginning and Keri is the next in line. Which nobody thought would happen because he has 2 sons. Everything seems fine until Keri gets to her first meeting with all the other people in charge. The mist is failing around the village.
This is set in Nimmeria. A crazy magic filled world. You know what really gets to me with these Fantasy books? When they are set in a magical world but there is no map! I love maps and being able to see where people are going, how far the ocean is, and where everything important is. This is a standalone if you are looking for a quick read with no book hangover. I will say with how many books I read I usually still can’t ever guess what happens but this one wa very predictable. But it read fast and was well written. There were a few hidden things that just kinda popped up that were cool and that I hadn’t read before. So it’s definitely worth the read but you might know the ending.
Favorite Character: Lucas
Quote: “Never do any unpleasant task yourself when you can get someone else to do it…” -Lucas
Page Count: 391
When I read: November 2017
The Keeper of the Mist