I just wanted to explain my lack of activity over the past week. I feel terrible that I have slacked off a little bit, but soon I will be back in a position to update the blog regularly.
I have had some personal family things to deal with and this past week, I have been busy preparing for Hurricane Irma. Living in Tampa, Florida, I am now facing a serious hit from Irma. My family and I have prepared as much as we can, and now we have to wait and see how everything turns out. I am hopeful that we will stay safe and strong during this storm. Scylla and Cake are right by my side and I will protect them at all costs. Keeping them safe, calm, and comfortable is my top priority.
For anyone who is in the path of this storm, please stay safe! I will update again after the storm has passed and will hopefully be able to start posting reviews again soon.
Thank you and keep on reading! I know I will (until that power goes out)!
The Book Blogger Test Tag
Hello, all! I am back with another book tag for Tuesday! This one was started by Laura @ Laura’s Book Review. I discovered it on the Book Nut.
The rules: You must answer all of these questions truthfully and once you’ve completed this tag, tag 5 other book bloggers to answer the questions next.
“”Life won’t just happen to you, boy,” [Master Hyrrokkin] said. “You have to happen to it. Remember: The spirit grows sluggish when you neglect the passions.”
“My spirit is fine.”
“Then you’re going sadly wrong. You’re young. Your spirit shouldn’t be ‘fine.’ It should be effervescent.””
This book was extremely frustrating to review. Some parts were so good, but other parts were not good at all, not even in realm of good. And sadly, those parts clashed with what I loved about it. Ultimately, it balances out around 3.5 stars, with most of those points going to writing quality alone. That score is way lower than I was expecting to give, when I first started reading. I thought for sure this was going to be a 4.5/5 star read and I am disappointed in how it turned out. But, I could not overlook its flaws. Hopefully, I can articulate exactly how I feel about Strange the Dreamer for you guys.
This review contains spoilers!
Gilmore Girls Book Tag
Gilmore Girls is a funny, fast-paced TV show about Lorelai, a young mother, and her book-aholic daughter, Rory. It explores their relationship, both as mother and daughter, and as best friends. They live in charming Stars Hollow with a whole crew of wacky townies, and of course, hilarity ensues. This has been one of my favorite shows since middle school (just don’t mention the revival), so I was very excited to do this book tag! I discovered this tag via The Bookshop Cafe.
“The king sleeps still, under a mountain , and around him is assembled
his warriors and his herds and his riches. By his right hand is his cup,
filled with possibility. On his breast nestles his sword, waiting, too, to wake.
Fortunate is the soul who finds the king and is brave enough to call him to wakefulness, for the king will grant him a favour, as wondrous as can be imagined by a mortal man.”
This book was weird. Weird in a good way, mind you. It was wholly original, had an interesting cast of misfit characters, and was a wonderful mash-up of genres. I wasn’t sure what to think at first, but by the end, I was completely invested in the story and jonzing for more!
The Tolkien Tag
This tag was created by booktuber Andrea Heckler. I discovered it though The Book Nut. I tag anyone who loves Tolkien and wants to join in!
“He probed his memory for some recollection…anything at all. He saw only emptiness. All Langdon knew was that he was in Florence, having suffered a bullet wound to the head.
As Langdon stared into his own weary eyes, he half wondered if he might at any moment wake up in his reading chair at home, clutching an empty martini glass and a copy of Dead Souls, only to remind himself that Bombay Sapphire and Gogol should never be mixed.”
Inferno is Dan Brown’s latest historical thriller with Robert Langdon as the main protagonist. In this book, Langdon wakes up in a hospital in Florence, Italy, having absolutely no idea how he got there…or why someone tried to shoot him in the head. From there, the book picks up with the usual mix of suspense, action, and sprinkled-in historical tidbits, as well. The subject matter this time? Dante’s Inferno.
Hello! I’m back with another Book Tag for Tuesday! For this tag I thought I might be making up my own, but then I did some research and lo and behold!!! there was a Dog Breed Book Tag already out there. The creator is Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel and it looks great!
Hello, fellow readers!
I have decided that I need to spice up my blog with some fun entries, as well as more book reviews (and discussions about my own writing, but I am not quite confident enough for that yet!). So, what is more fun than Book Tags!? I love watching the Book Tag videos on Youtube, but I never really knew if I could translate them well enough for my blog. I say, it’s time I tried. So, I found a really neat tag when I searched for Book Tags on WordPress. I saw the post on Rattle the Stars first, and the creator of the tag is Le Book Chronicles, so thank you both for the inspiration. I was not tagged, but I thought it was a great idea and could showcase some beautiful book covers.
“”You are the one who wanted a happy ending, my dear. So you tell me, how does the story end?”
Tears slipped from my face, and he wiped them away with his thumbs.
“The foolish young man lets the beautiful maiden go.”
“Yes.” His voice was clotted thick with unshed emotion. “He lets her go.””
Cover image courtesy of Goodreads, as I do not own the book.
Well, this book was hard to review. I was wavering between two and three stars forever on this one, so I would officially give it 2.5 stars with an extra half star for the beautiful writing. This is another book that came out early this year that I was super excited for. I read the multi-chapter preview right when it was released and I loved it! The cover is beyond gorgeous and I was so intrigued by the idea of a Labyrinth-inspired story, despite being kind of terrified of the original movie when I first saw it in 6th grade (those tights gave me nightmares). But, once again, when I finally got to read all of Wintersong, it was just…meh? Ultimately, I was just underwhelmed. Maybe I had unrealistic expectations, but I wanted more from Liesl and the Goblin King! Continue reading