Book Unhaul #2

I have a bit of a problem. I have bought so many books this year that I’ve run out of room on my shelves. Instead of trying to cram another bookshelf into my tiny room, I decided that it’s time to make the hard cut. I’m un-hauling a lot of books this time around. I’m sure some of them will find their way onto my roommate’s shelf, but they will be gone from mine. I’m so glad that I finally found a used bookstore in the next town over (my town doesn’t have a used bookstore, how crazy is that?) that will buy books. Yay for selling books only to fuel my habits. Ha. There are a total of 35 books in this unhaul.

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Siege and Storm

14061955Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 
Published
 : 2013
Version Read
 : paperback
Read More about it here.

2starHunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

This was probably one of my most disappointing reads of the year so far. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book, I mostly did, but it did not live up to what I expected. After loving Shadow and Bone so much, I wanted more from this book. It almost feels like its only purpose was to set up the last book.

I hated Alaina, Mal and the Darkling by the end of this book. I even skimmed through huge chunks of it because I was so bored. It was a struggle to get to the last few pages without just spoiling myself so that I could finish. I know that I’m in the minority here, so please don’t hate me.

The only, and I mean ONLY saving grace for me was Nicolai. I love him so much. You know how they say some people light up a room when they enter, well he did that for on the page. I kept finding myself wanting to read about him, more than the other characters in the story.

I just found myself not caring about where the story was going and if everyone was going to make it there alive. I will try to give the last book a shot, but at this point, I’m so depressed that the series wasn’t a home run for me.

P.S. Had to give up on the last book and DNF it. I’m sorry guys, I couldn’t do it. I didn’t care enough about anymore, and even Nicolai couldn’t save it for me. Not sure if I’ll give Six of Crows a shot or not. Could be the writing style that I’m not connecting with.

April Wrap Up

It’s been a really strange month for reading. I’ve been all over the map and went through a lot of really bad books. I guess I’ve been trying to bid my time to when A Court of Wings and Ruin comes out next month. Can I just please get my hands on it now?

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Adulthood Is a Myth & Big Mushy Happy Lump

30754980Adulthood Is a Myth & Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
Published : 2017
Version Read
 : ebook
Read More about it here.

4starSarah Andersen’s hugely popular, world-famous Sarah’s Scribbles comics are for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair, who are always down for all-night reading-in-bed parties and extremely exclusive after-hour one-person music festivals. 

In addition to the most recent Sarah’s Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, this volume contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah’s real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges that will remind readers of Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. The same uniquely frank, real, yet humorous and uplifting tone that makes Sarah’s Scribbles so relatable blooms beautifully in this new longer form.

I’ve told myself that this year I wanted to read lots of different kinds of books. Novels, graphic novels, fanfiction, non-fiction, etc. I picked these up at the library the day Big Mushy came out in stores. I wanted something that would cheer me up after a couple of crappy days at work. Boy did these do the trick.

I’m not new to the adulting game. I’ve been one for many (oh so many) years and wasn’t sure if I would relate to these books. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was like reading my life in a comic book. Almost everything she drew was me, from spending pimps amount of money on books, to sleeping/talking to my cat. I may be single now, but I could even relate to all the relationship stuff she wrote about.

This was such an enjoy to read, I can’t wait to see what else she takes from my life to show the world.

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Shadow and Bone

10194157Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 
Published
 : 2012
Version Read
 : paperback
Read More about it here.

4starSurrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I’ve had this book on my TBR for a very long time. Probably one of the longest books sitting there, since I started this blog site. Not sure why it’s taken me so long to pick it up, but I made a promise to myself to start reading the books I’ve been putting off. Starting with what is the oldest and working toward the newest.

I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. The world building was fantastic and I felt drawn into it almost instantly. Like a lot of people I really crushed on the Darkling until near the end. I can’t say that I ever shipped him and Alaina, but I can see why some people may have.

The plot was very slow going and at times I wasn’t sure where it was going to end up. I had a feeling that not all was what it seemed and there were a couple characters that really freaked me out. If they freak me out, that just means they are well rounded and perfect.

I’m really interested in seeing where this series goes. I know it’s one of the most popular out there, and so far it’s lived up to the hype. I hope the second book doesn’t have the sophomore slump. That would be a shame.