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.

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*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!

Bout of Books 15 Read-a-thon | Update #4

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Day 1: Thursday January 7, 2016

Book(s) Read Today: 

Built by Jay Crownover 

Beautiful Broken Mess by Kimberly Lauren 

The Wicked + The Divine: Volume 1 The Faust Act

Pages Read: 225  pages

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
― Kimberly Lauren, Beautiful Broken Mess

BOOKS COMPLETED: 0

TOTAL PAGES READ: 367  pages

How did your first day of Bout of Books go?

Bout of Books 15 Read-a-thon | Update #2

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Day 1: Tuesday January 5, 2016

Book(s) Read Today: 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Built by Jay Crownover 

Beautiful Broken Mess by Kimberly Lauren

Pages Read: 87  pages

“… you have to trust that this person wont hand your heart back in a million tiny abused pieces.”
― Kimberly Lauren, Beautiful Broken Mess

BOOKS COMPLETED: 0

TOTAL PAGES READ: 142  pages

How did your first day of Bout of Books go?

Bout of Books 15 Read-a-thon | Update #1

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Day 1: Monday January 4, 2016

Book(s) Read Today: 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Pages Read: 55  pages

“The right belief is like a good cloak, I think. If it fits you well, it keeps you warm and safe. The wrong fit however, can suffocate.”
― Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire

BOOKS COMPLETED: 0

TOTAL PAGES READ: 55  pages

How did your first day of Bout of Books go?

December 2015 | Wrap-Up

DECSo its the end of 2015. I can’t believe the year is already done and over. I loved participating in #readwomen for december and loved seeing all the posts and updates from others. I would like to thank all of my followers and friends I have made this year in the book community. I love that even though I was disconnected from the book community I still felt the love and was welcomed back with open arms. I have learned so much and have gotten a greater passion and love for books and reading! So here is to an amazing 2016!

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Books I Read:

Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

♠ All Played Out by Cora Carmack

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

♠ Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

♠ We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

♠ Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren

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

#ReadWomen December TBR

Swag Inspired by A Court of Thorns and Roses

6th Annual Broke and Bookish Secret Santa

A Court of Thorns and Roses Fairy Tale Comparison

12 Days of Books Tag

How To… Prepare for 2016 Blogging

2016 LGBTQIA Reading Challenge  

Bout of Book 15 Announcement

2016 TBR Reading Challenge

‘Tis The Season| Quotes 

December Book Haul

2015 Series Wrap-Up

2015 Bookish Bucket List Wrap-Up

Rambling Down The Book Hole Book Club January Read

2016 Bookish Bucket List 

2015 End of the Year Survey

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

Making Up For Monday 

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ New Year, New Adventures