September 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

TEA TIME
“What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea”

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

♠ Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

♠ Alpha & Omega Novella by Patricia Briggs

♠ Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

♠ Never Apart by Romily Bernard

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

♠ August 2017| Tea Party Wrap-Up

August 2017| Book Haul

Books I Want to Read Before the End of 2017

2017 Bookish Bucket List | August Update

♠ Series Serial Reader| August Update

♠ Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | ARC Review

 September 2017 | TBR

 #OTSPSecretSister August Package

♠ Anthem by Ayn Rand | Book Review

 Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | Author Interview

♠ Series Serial Reader | September Update

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List | September Update

Noteworthy Post Around The Blog

♠ Sofii @ A Book. A Thought- Fast Paced Contemporary Book Recs

♠ Holly @ Nut Free Nerd- On reading Classics | Discussion 

♠ Emily @ Books and Cleverness- Writing Reviews| Timing, Genres and Review Styles Oh My! 

♠ Alyssa @ Pucksandpaperbacks – Bi Visibility Week – YA Books Featuring Bisexual Characters

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From January (Links to the threads of post)

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ Halloween Fun!

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August 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

TEA TIME
“What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea”

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Lover Awakened by J.R Ward

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

Book Blogger Shout-out | Sam @ Spines in a Line 

June/July 2017 Reads |First Lines

August 2017| TBR

♠ Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | Excerpt Reveal

♠ Bout of Books 20 | Announcement

Bout of Books 20 | Update #1

Bout of Books 20 | Update #2 

Bout of Books 20 | Update #3

Bout of Books 20| Wrap-up

August 2017 Reads | First Lines 

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From January (Links to the threads of post)

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Noteworthy Post Around The Blog

♠ Hopewell’s Public Library of Life- What the Class of 2021 Had to Read This Summer

♠ Cat @ Let The Pahe Reign – Cutting People Out | Discussion

♠ Epic Reads – Game of Throne Book Recs

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ I am looking to make some #otspsecretsister themed posts!

Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon | Update #2

 

Day 5:  Friday August 25th 2017

Book(s) Read Today: 

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel 

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Pages Read: 25  pages

Life has been pretty crazy this week and I haven’t got to read as much as I would like or keep up on my updates for that matter.

 

BOOKS COMPLETED: 0

TOTAL PAGES READ: 210  pages

How is Bout of Books going?

Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon | Update #1

Day 1 Update and Day 2 Challenge

 

Day 1: Monday August 21, 2017

Book(s) Read Today: 

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel 

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Pages Read: 50  pages

“But really, aren’t there bits of magic everywhere we look?’ Dr. Clifton continues. ‘We’ve just stopped seeing it that way.”
Emily Bain Murphy, The Disappearances

Challenge: Synopsis Rewrite

For this challenge, all you have to do is rewrite the synopsis of a book from another character’s point of view. Make it their story instead. If you post on social media, be sure to use #synopsisrewritebob20 to share.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Today of all days the White Rabbit did not have the time for silly little girls. He only had one errand to run, not get chased by a young girl, or have a spot of tea. With his pocket watch destroyed he has no sense of time. Being late today would have his head.

I am not good at this at all, but would love to see others!

BOOKS COMPLETED: 0

TOTAL PAGES READ: 50  pages

How did your first day of Bout of Books go?

June/July 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

TEA TIME
“What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea”

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

Odd & True by Cat Winters

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

♠ The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

♠ Ashley’s Adventures on the Internet | #13

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List | June Update

♠ Let Freedom Ring | Quotes

Fight Like A Girl Tag | YA Edition

June Book Haul | 2017

Book Best Friend | Reading Nook Edition 

TV Watch List 

Gillian Flynn | Author Exploration 

Series Serial Reader | July Update

2017 Bookish Bucket List | July Update

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From January (Links to the threads of post)

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Noteworthy Post Around The Blog

♠ Krystie @ YA and Wine – Anthologies 

♠ Cristina @ Girl in the Pages- YA for Different Ages

Emily @ Books and Cleverness- What Does YA Stand For?

♠ Sakina @ A Forest Of Books And Memories – How To Tamora Pierce : A Reading Guide

♠ Cristina @ Girl in the Pages- Lets Talk About Unhauling Books

♠ Kat @ Life and Other Disasters- Blogger Identity

♠ Liv @ Arctic Books – Why You Should Use Your Local Library More Often 

♠ Kel @ Booked Til Tuesday- How To Make a DIY Book Subscription Box

Upcoming Excitements!

 ♠ My Move to NE!

May 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

TEA TIME
“What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea”

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

♠ Anthem by Ayn Rand

♠ The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

♠ Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

♠ Making It Through Hard Times | Quotes

♠ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | Book Tag

♠ Books I Would Like To Reread

 Ode to Mothers | Quotes

Free Kindle Loaning Library

NonFiction Books I Want To Read

Books Best Friend | Bookmarks Edition

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From January (Links to the threads of post)

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Noteworthy Post Around The Blog

11 Completed YA Series You Should Definitely Binge Read This Summer

♠ Caffeinated Bibliophile- The New Disney Princess Book Tag

♠ Sarah @ Written Word Worlds – What are Problematic Books?

♠ Lauren and Megan @ YABOOKERS- Book Recommendations for Mental Health Awareness Week 

Upcoming Excitements!

 ♠ None yet

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell | ARC Review

GARDEN OF THORNS BY AMBER MITCHELL

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Entangled Teen in return for an honest review

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Synopsis:
After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll take to her grave if she must.

Goodreads| Amazon

*I would like to thank Entangled Teen for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*

From the very beginning this book dives right in and takes off with thrilling intensity. The concept of the Garden and all that these captured girls go through in this traveling burlesque troupe was so captivating and made me want to continue from the very start. There are secrets, intrigue and kingdoms at war.

I thought Mitchell did a wonderful job with the opening of the book. I was so drawn in from the first page. She was able to maintain my attention and keep me on the edge of my seat until the end, although I did think it faltered a little in the middle. The character development of the main character Rose was so well executed. She had issues and unlike so many YA novels she actually had to work through her issues and face her own demons which was refreshing. I find that in so many novels the issues are presented and then quickly are dissolved. Rose was a strong female heroine and definitely makes the whole female independence a strong motto.

The other characters were really well developed and so well described that I could picture them perfectly. The thing with such great character development is I feel like Mitchell fell a little short on the world building. There was so much room for great world development being a fantasy novel and even more about the Garden. I was really intrigued by the concept of the Garden and wanted more from it.

I had just a few other issues with this book and without giving too much away, I thought the romance at times was too much. I really liked the way it ended but at the beginning it came on too strong and didn’t follow Roses beliefs but Mitchell managed to straighten it out and actually make me really happy that it was in the story and added a great component. The last problem I found was with how quickly they threw Rose out on missions and how she was trusted with little to no training.

Overall, I found this story to be very unique and nothing I have read before. It did not shy away from the gruesome details and wasn’t afraid to not let a strong female overcome obstacles and shine. Garden of Thorns was a fast read and kept me on the edge of my seat, never knowing what was going to happen the whole time. It made me experience a wide range of emotions and actually had an ending I cannot complain about. I really recommend YA fantasy readers who enjoy strong female leads and times of war and unrest to pick this book up!

You might also like:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

January 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

TEA TIME
“What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea”

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

♠ Soulless by Gail Carriger

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

♠ Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

♠ The Shape Of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

♠ RoseBlood – A.G Howard

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

2017 Bookish Bucket List

Top 5 Books of 2016

Series Serial Reader| 2017 Reading Challenge

ROSEBLOOD Release Day Blitz

Adventures in Alice| Reading List

Join The Resistance | Quotes

♠ January Reads | First Lines

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From January (Links to the threads of post)

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Noteworthy Post Around The Blog

♠ YA and Wine – YA and Wine Pairings for Your Wednesday

♠ Bookishness and Tea- How To Start Reading More Diversely

♠ Twirling Pages- 8 Ways To Destress

♠ Bookshelves and Paperbacks – The Ultimate Guide To Diverse Ya Books Releasing In 2017: January – June

♠ Nut Free Nerd- On Separating Women from their Work | Discussion

♠ Flying Through Fiction- Diverse Reads Subscription Box Launch!

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ 4-Year Blogiversary!