28 Feb 2016

Review: Dream a Little Dream

Publication: Henry Holt and Co. 
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 322 pages
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Olivia Silver has just arrived in a new country. Again. Children of divorced parents living in different countries, she and her sister are no strangers to travel- especially because their mother insists on moving to a new country more or less every year. Almost immediately, this move is different. For one thing, their mother is dating someone, and expects the girls to interact- and live in a house with- him and his children. For another, Liv's dreams are getting more vivid, and more bizarre. Especially when she starting running into people in her dreams before meeting them in real life. 

Ugh. This book was just frustration after frustration. It was originally written in German, and I kind of feel like the underlying flaws in the story might have been exacerbated by the translation. The end result was a book that was absoloutely without anything to catch or hold my interest.

The most frustrating part of this story for me was Liv herself. She is one of the least sensible or aware characters I have ever encountered (and that's a pretty low bar, given some of my reading experiences). The girl doesn't seem to have the slightest sense of self preservation, she doesn't think things through- she doesn't really appear to think at all. I really didn't enjoy being in her head, it was just so infuriating sometimes!

I also didn't like any of the other characters. I didn't like Liv's family- especially her mother, who was... just kind of negligent, really. The boys Liv meets at school- and in her dreams- were all not character that I liked. The romance wasn't believable... talk about insta-love!

Another thing that bothered me about this book was the plot. There wasn't really a consistent atmosphere, or a consistent flow for that matter. Some plot lines just dropped off for measures... sometimes a chapter or two. This, coupled with there wasn't much sense to the plot at all, and I really didn't find myself pulled in at all.

Overall, this isn't a series that I think I'll continue with, it just really didn't work for me. I somehow felt like I couldn't turn off my inner editor the whole time I was reading it, and that really detracted from the reading experience.
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Kelly

I'm a reader and reviewer from Ontario, Canada, which mean that sometimes library trips take place place through a foot or so of snow. I'm going into my third year of university, studying Environmental Sciences, which I juggle with my almost constant reading. I've been blogging at at my own blog since 2012, and I'll be helping Yani out here on Paper Boulevard as a co-blogger.

17 Feb 2016

Review: Truthwitch

Publication: Tor Teen
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
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After getting on the bad side of a powerful Guildmaster, Threadsisters Safiya and Iseult are forced to flee their home. Safi has additional reason to avoid capture- she's a Truthwitch, able to tell if anyone is lying, which makes her an invaluable political tool. They end up with a Bloodwitch on their trail, trapped in a tangled political web between kingdoms on the brink of war.

This series is like if Avatar and Graceling had a kid that was then raised by The Grisha Trilogy. Suffice to say I quite enjoyed it. While I didn't particularly enjoy Something Strange and Deadly, this was much more up my alley, and I found I enjoyed Susan Dennard's writing a lot more this time around.

This book launches right into the action- it works well for catching attention, but it didn't introduce the world in a complete way. In a lot of ways, the blanks were never filled in- while it is the first book in a series, it would have been nice get more of a sense of the world going in. That aside, I still did manage to get enough of a sense of the world to know what was going on- and it just didn't stop going, and I'm really looking forward to exploring the magic system.

Both Iseult and Safi are interesting characters, who I like so far and I'm looking forward to seeing forward to getting to know them more. They're both discovering a lot about themselves and each other, and I really like their bond. While I didn't quite connect with them, I still liked them and enjoyed reading about them. They lead an interesting cast of characters, I feel like this first novel has only introduced them, setting up for coming books.

This book is very clearly the start of a series, with slightly more of a focus on setting up the longer story than the individual plot of this novel. Overall, the fast-pacing, interesting characters, and an intriguing magic system make this a strong start to a series, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it!
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Kelly

I'm a reader and reviewer from Ontario, Canada, which mean that sometimes library trips take place place through a foot or so of snow. I'm going into my third year of university, studying Environmental Sciences, which I juggle with my almost constant reading. I've been blogging at at my own blog since 2012, and I'll be helping Yani out here on Paper Boulevard as a co-blogger.

8 Feb 2016

Review: Thirst by RP Channing

Publication: November 26th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Format: Kindle Edition, 243 pages
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You may have noticed that I did not include the synopsis of this book. Clearly because the synopsis provided on Goodreads is terribly long and apparently spoils most of the characters! However, I take delight in and make the most of Thirst.

I should have DNF this book, aboveboard. I have a feeling of aversion towards how the narrative description of past and present events goes. As Kira and Cory interchangeably give detailed accounts of themselves, the rest just lack distinctness – what’s this? What’s that? How that even happened? Who is this? Situations like those.

Despite anything to the contrary, the idea is impressive – let say, the history of the protagonists and the bordering sorcery. As much as I want to spoil everything that is good on Thirst, unfortunately, I can’t. (Laughs.) You might want to check it out? But, only to those who have much much patience with such reads.

Thirst might be one of the good fantasy read I had in years for it have advantageous qualities buuuut needs great extent of betterment.



Source: Author · I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content.


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Yani

Let's leave it up to this quote from Emily Brontë:
“And from the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day.”

2 Feb 2016

Inspiring #Bookstagram Accounts To Follow

Dear readers, I apologize to an extraordinary extent for not posting much. I am majorly deluged to a large and diverse institution of higher learning created to educate for life and for a profession and to grant degrees but never ever had the same level as the movable possession I have learned from the printed words.

After the comparatively great physical and mental density of exams I've taken the past two weeks, and after reading every exalting to the spirit posts of Cait from Paper Fury, I have decided to randomly post book-ish matters. (Sorry, I can't think of any words other than 'matters'.)

Today, I will show you in an ostentatious manner, five #bookstagram accounts I have been following for months. I promise solemnly that they deserve to eye-rape on.

Disclaimer: The photos above are owned by the respective proprietors. I do not intend to post them without their knowing. This post is published once all the owners countenanced doing so.




@bloomsbery
Ava Zulal's account is apart from any young adult bookstagram accounts you could follow. Her photos are satisfying aesthetic standards and sensibilities. I love her handmade bookmarks, too!













@crimeofrhyme
Alison started her characterized-by-grandeur account a year ago but it has almost 54K followers! No doubt on that for she is a skillful photographer of her books. Also, we have the same taste on music.



Laura Verret has stupefying collection of books and they are mostly classics! I am in vast zealous vigilance in here.



@crimebythebook
This girl has some dangerous strong craving with crime reads. But what I anticipate is Abby's #SockSunday series in which I am marked by unreasoning fondness!




@book_marks
I have known that Addie is a laywer and I have always wonder how this woman manage her love for books and the court (?). I have followed her ever since she started last year and I am pleasured on how her Instagram journeyed.





Have you been following any of the #bookstagram accounts I featured?
Who are your favorites?
Who are your favorite #bookstagram accounts?
Do you manage a #bookstagram? Drop your username and I'll follow!




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Yani

Let's leave it up to this quote from Emily Brontë:
“And from the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day.”
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