Fictional Girlfriend |Tag

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This was originally the Fictional Boyfriends Tag! I decided that we needed more diversity and that it was about time the book community started to recognizing those amazing fictional females.The tag was originated by RayKay Books and you can check it out on their youtube channel here. I have decided I am not going to explain my choices because that would end up making this post far too long and definitely too fangirly. If you would like an explanation for a certain choice just ask in the comments and I will share!

Most Romantic Girlfriend: Layla Shaw from the Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L Armentrout

The Dark and Moody Bad Girl with a Good Side: Katniss Evergreen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

♠ The Paranormal Girlfriend: Alexia Tarabotti from the Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger

The Girlfriend You Want to Tame:  Tate McKenna from Volition by Lily Paradis

 The Girl You Friend-zoned: Shaw Landon from Rule by Jay Crownover

Your Soulmate: Princess Dennaleia from Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthrust 

♠ The Girlfriend You Would Elope With:  Alaska Young from Looking For Alaska by John Green 

The Girlfriend You Would Venture Anywhere With: Vin from the Misborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

♠ The Girlfriend You Want to Be Stranded on a Desert Island With: Alyssa Gardner from the Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard 

♠ The Most Bad Ass Girlfriend: Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead 

 

Who are your book girlfriends that fit into these categories? I would love to know your answers so make sure to leave me your link! 

Girl In The Blue Coat by Monica Hesse | Book Review

26030682GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT BY MONICA HESSE

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Source: Novl in return for an honest review

“Maybe we can’t barter our feelings away, trading good deeds for bad ones and expecting to become whole.”
Monica Hesse, Girl in the Blue Coat

Synopsis:
Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days finding and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the German army invaded. Her illegal work keeps her family afloat, and Hanneke also likes to think of it as a small act of rebellion against the Nazis.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person: a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such a dangerous task but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations—where the only way out is through.

Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in impossible times.

Goodreads | Amazon 

review

I feel like I should give it some more time before I write this review. I am still unsure of the rating I want to give this book. First off I waited way to long to read this book that is for sure. I was sent an ARC of this book by Novl for review last year and put off reading for some reason. I’ve been on a historical fiction kick.

Girl in the Blue Coat is a YA Historical Fiction novel based during the German occupation in the Netherlands during WWII. This book is full of heartbreak, mystery, loss and the underground of the war. The beautifully written book was not at all what I expected it to be and I found it to be a great moving story.

The characters are well developed and complex in each their own way. I enjoyed seeing the revelations that each character came to throughout the novel and relationships that were created. Hanneke has been through a lot already since the start of the occupation living with the guilt of her actions and the stress of providing for her family. She grows so much throughout the story . The complexity of the characters and their struggles and fight drive forward the novel.

I am not sure what else to say about this book because it was a quick read although filled with a lot of emotions. I did enjoy this story, but felt like it had a few slight flaws for me that could not make it an amazing 5 star read. There were times when I felt like the story dragged and was a little repetitive. I needed a driving force to the story that was lacking, but the characters and their development did make up for some of that.

Overall this book explains the darkness of human nature and the flaws that each of us carry with us but also the bravery and strength that can come in the most unlikely of times. This book is perfect for historical fiction lovers especially those who enjoy delving into the WWII era stories. It is full of surprises and mystery and completely threw me when I thought I knew where it was going.

RATING

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2017 Bookish Bucket List | January Update

2017

I have done this now for the past three years and have been decently successful with it.. This year I have set a lot of goals for myself and really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world. The past year off has left me wanting so much from books because I have missed the atmosphere and love of books.  

♠ Read at least 100 books. I have a challenge I have created for myself and its the year I take on some completed series. [ I have had a great start to my year and have already read 6 books]

♠ Read and Complete 6 Series. This goes along with the challenge I have am creating. There are so many out that I have yet to pick up and its crazy. [I have completed one series so far this year out of the millions I want to complete check it out at series serial reader!]

♠ Read at least three daunting books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.) [I have not gotten there yet, but I have gotten close with RoseBlood which was a big book!]

♠ Read 45 books from my TBR. I just recently moved and don’t have my books. I have been going to the library and with that it give way to an endless array of books. I really want to make sure I am still reading books that I had actually purchased. [I have been able to read 2 books from my TBR so far!]

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books. I started doing this last year and really enjoyed it. I love learning more and I have a lot I am interested in. [I have a whole long list of non-fiction books I want to complete this year (If this list is something people would like to see I will post it!) I have been able to complete 1 so far and it was amazing!]

♠ Start New Blog Series. I really want to work harder on developing my blog. There are many things I participate in that are created by other bloggers and I really want to come up with something that is completely my own and get others involved in! [I have a complete different things in the works!]

 

 

What are some of your 2017 goals/resolutions?

Series Serial Reader| January Update

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ABOUT


The past couple of years my life has taken me all over the country doing a variety of different things, but it has kept me from reading. Especially reading all the books that have been coming out and catching up on series I have started. I decided that I wanted to make this a year revolving mainly around series. I made the decision that it would be fun to create a challenge for myself and that is how Series Serial Reader came about. To check out my full first post click here.

 

THE SERIES


The series I want to read fall under a few different categories:

Completed Series I Need To Finish
◊Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
◊Marked Men by Jay Crownover
◊Misborn by Brandon Sanderson
◊Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
◊Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
◊Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
◊2B Trilogy by Ann Aguirre
◊Asylum by Madeleine Roux
◊Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
◊The Sparrow and The Wolf by Tim Stead
◊Shattered Sea by Joe Abercrombie
◊Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
◊Mortal Instuments by Cassandra Clark

Completed Series I Want To Start/Read
♦ Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
♦ Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
♦ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
♦ Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima
♦ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
♦ Immortals by Tamora Pierce
♦ Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce
♦ Legend by Marie Lu
♦The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
♦ The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
♦ White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter
♦ The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
♦ The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo
♦ Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
♦ Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
♦ Georgia Kincaid by Richelle Mead
♦ The Magicians by Lev Grossman
♦ All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
♦ The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence
♦ The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Series I Need To Catch Up On
♣ Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward
♣ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
♣ Saints of Denver by Jay Crownover
♣ Gentlemen Bastard by Scott Lynch
♣ The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett

Uncompleted Series I Want To Start
♠ Age of X by Richelle Mead
♠ Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
♠ Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
♠ A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin

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Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys | Book Review

25614492SALT TO THE SEA BY RUTA SEPETYS

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

“War is catastrophe. It breaks families in irretrievable pieces. But those who are gone are not necessarily lost.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea

Synopsis:
Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope

Goodreads | Amazon

review

Sepetys has done it again. She has created a beautiful work of historical fiction that she put so much time and research into and surprised me again with an event in history I was not aware of. The story is based during the era of WWII, but focuses on people and stories that at least in my experience do not get enough attention. She brought to life the struggles of a few different teenagers whose lives intersect that each come from a different background, struggle and each carrying their own secrets.

The story was so well developed and the character development was done in such a way that you create an understanding and love for each of them. I could feel the pain and the setting and atmosphere completely drew me in. I could not put this book down. The style it is written in and the jumping between characters drives the story forward and left me needing more.

Overall I found this to be a hauntingly beautiful story that was heartbreaking at times, but shows such a strong display of hope and kindness. I could gush about this book forever but just think everyone needs to read it. The reason this did not have a 5/5 crowns for me was because I struggled with one of the characters. I found his story to not hold up to the rest of the characters and just found him annoying. He did have a purpose in the story, but I just found him irritating. This book is a perfect choice for anyone who loves Historical Fiction and the WWII era, or just a beautifully written story about the struggles of 4 teens.

4.5

A Very Merry 4 Year Blogiversary To Down The Book Hole

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I cannot believe that it has been 4 years since I have started this blog! I don’t even know what to say to all of my friends in the book community and followers. You all and your support has meant so much to me. I appreciate the ability to share my love of books with others who are so knowledgable and passionate. The fact that publishers and authors have reached out to me and I have been able to help them is an amazing feeling. I am overflowing with love and support from all who interact with me on my blog and twitter. I am excited to be adding new things to my blog this year, delving into new books and genres, supporting my local library and gaining new bookish friends. I am excited to see what this year will bring and I am happy for everything this community is. I wish I could do a giveaway, but it is not feasible at this moment, but I am hoping sometime soon to spread the love and books! Cant wait to participate in #otspsecretsister and learn more about books and my love of them!

Thanks!