“The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh -Book Review

 

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About:

The story follows a girl who decides to volunteer to be the wife of the king. Doesn’t sound so bad, but there’s this thing where’s he’s already been wed quite a few times, and each time the bride ended up dead… One of these deceased wives was the best friend of Shahrzad (*the heroine of the book whose name I probably mentally mispronounced), and is the reason she’s volunteered. After all, Shazi (*her nick name I think I correctly pronounced) wants revenge for the death of her friend, and what better way to get it then to get close to the king as his bride?  But not everything is what it it seems, and Shazi soon finds herself second guessing herself.

Oh, and there’s also some political stuff where people want to take over the kingdom (not too much, though) and this thing where Shazi’s first love does a lot of stuff in order to get her back from the king.

My Review:

I’ve been wanting to read this book since before it released, which was almost two years ago. Yikes! Where did the time go? Thankfully, I was browsing through the best section YA section of my library and found that they had it. How I did not know this is beyond me (I’m usually pretty good at knowing what the library has), but I did not spend much time pondering whether to pick i up. Nope, it quickly made it to my hands, I took it home and, long story short, I can now say I’ve read it.

My thoughts? First, I loved how the setting had an “Aladdin” feel to it. Which makes sense, as this is a retelling of “A Thousand and One Nights.” But, still, it is not the usual forest/mountain setting that is prevalent in many fantasies I’ve read, so it was a nice fresh of air to “visit” a place that felt less familiar.

Secondly, I found most of the characters were well written (I almost wrote well done, but that made them sound like a steak :-P). I like how flawed they are, yet the author still managed to wedge them into my heart, including *gasp* the king.

Third, there was a magic carpet! No one rode it, but THERE WAS A  MAGIC CARPET!

I also liked the aspect of the story that dealt with revenge not being a good answer to pain that others have caused. It was nice to see a story that portrayed a message of forgiveness instead of holding onto a grudge.

As I’ve mentioned, the story did have a few things that kept this book from being perfection to me (seriously, it was close). I won’t rant and rave, but would just like the mention the two things that I wasn’t a big fan of. One was the foul language, and two was that some of the romance between certain married characters was a bit much for my taste.

I’m giving “The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh  a rating of four.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

“At Your Request” by Jen Turano- Book Review

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 About:

This story follows Wilhelmina, a woman whose been put in the wallflower section of balls due to her father’s loss of wealth. While in her new (and not so lovely) position, her childhood friend shows up looking handsome and rich. Which shouldn’t be a bad thing, but it is for poor Wilhelmina. After all, she rejected his offer of marriage back when she thought she was the belle of the ballroom world. #oops

What will happen when (out of embarrassment) she tries to avoid him with the aid of  some of her fellow wallflowers?

My Review:

I’m a fan of author Jen Turano. Her books are funny little gems that I think everyone should read I think those who enjoy humorous books would enjoy. Turano’s newest little e-novella, “At Your Request,” is no exception. It’s a delightful little read that made me happy with its lively characters and humorous situations. I’d also like to add that YES! FINALLY, a new Christian fiction story that doesn’t star a female lead who fits the mold of perfect outward beauty. I find these heroines more relate-able, so it made the story all the more enjoyable. (Just something else to make me love Jen Turano’s books even more than I already do. <3)

I’m going to give “At Your Request” by Jen Turano a rating of four. Oh, and I’d also like to mention that it is only available as an e book, so no hard copy. *sad face* But it is a FREE e book, so that sort of makes up for it. *not so sad face*

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

Nightstand Books~February 2017

Jenelle has been doing these Nightstand post for some time (click here to see her latest), and I thought I’d join in this month by sharing the books I’m hoping to finish. So, using my Kindle, I photographed the books. (What better way to take pictures of books then with a device meant for reading, right?)

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These are all of the physical ones I hope to finish. It looks like a BIG stack, but six of them are graphic novels/mangas, and I can finish up to three of those a day if I’m feeling dedicated enough.

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I randomly decided to try the anime, “Vampire Knight.” Not perfect, but entertaining enough for me to finish. Only, the anime didn’t feel finished, so I picked up the mangas to complete the series. Again, I have some issues, but I’ve decided to go ahead and finish the series. Just have the last two and I’m done. #teamzero

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I saw this series at the library and thought it looked cute. Plus, I love fairies and fairy tales. I’ve already started the first and am enjoying it so far. Yay! (If you look closely, you can see my foot in this pic. Such a photo bomber…)

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I’ve been wanting to read this for awhile, and finally—FINALLY—I found t at the library. I hope it meets my expectations. I’ve seen such praise for this book. (Anyone have any opinions?)

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Last, but not least,  this lovely tome was delivered to me on the day of its release. (Thank you, delivery man) I have been wanting to read this book since I read its synopsis months ago. I requested it on Netgalley. I entered just about every Goodreads giveaway for it. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in getting it for free. I ended up having to buy the tale (which is not bad, because buying books is author support), so I pre-ordered it and TAH-DAHHH! It. is. mine. *cackles*

So, dears, what are you reading this month? I’d love to know!

Grace

P.S. (Oh, I’m  also hoping to finish “Intermission” by Serena Chase, but its on my Kindle, so it is somewhat camera shy. :-p)

 

 

Stolen Songbird- Book Review

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Ah, this book has given me feels. Good feelings…Bad feelings…Whyyyy feelings. Yeah, it’s given me quite the emotional mix.  I  know I’m probably weird for it, but I like stories that have human-like goblins/trolls (You know, not the monstrous trolls that attack poor Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings). Add in a human girl who is forced to live in their underground society , and you get a lot of interesting  scenarios.

Things I liked about this tale? Well, first, there’s the world of Trollus (Ah, the originality of this name…). It was depicted so well that it seemed like a real place. A somewhat dreary place, but still, a real one. I especially liked how the story had be guessing—and still guessing— how and why the once powerful Trolls and their city ended up being buried underground (not to mention cursed to remain that way). The story also dealt a lot with the unstable relationship the “noble” Trolls have with the “lesser” Trolls/Part-Human Trolls. The unfairness of the social system and an ensuing rebellion really gave this aspect of the book a Hunger Games vibe despite this being a fantasy.

I also liked the characters. They were all so well developed, and seemed just as genuine as their world. I also have to say that the hero, Tristan (save for his potty mouth) was quite amusing.

There were also some surprising moments that kept the book from being dull. And that’s a good thing, wouldn’t you agree?

However, there are some things that keep this book from being a five start read. For one, the foul language. The language was not necessary and just…Bleh. Secondly, the romance between a couple got a little too steamy. They were married, but still. 😛

So, while there were parts of this book I quite enjoyed (it reminded me a bit of The Hollow Kingdom, a book I love), there were other parts that make me frown inside. Because of that, I’m giving “The Stolen Songbird” a rating of three and a half.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

I’m Back!

Hello dearies, how are all of you? Long time no post. In fact, it’s been over half a year since I’ve last blogged. (Sadness, I know.) But sometimes life gets in the way and one has to step away and find themselves again. Over the past few months, I’ve been on a journey of overcoming severe depression, anxiety, and anger over some turns my life has taken. BUT I have decided to try and get back into this blogging thing, and, after some thought, decided to start a NEW BLOG. *throws sparkles*

So, what can you expect from this blog?

  1. Just like at my old blog, Fictionally, you can expect some book reviews.
  2. Movie thoughts. You know, just  some jibber jabber—eh thoughtful refelections —on some of the films I’ve watched.
  3. Fan stuff on things I like. Like star wars. And webtoons. And Asian dramas, hee hee. 🙂

So yes, please stay tuned. Sending you love,

Grace