Exciting News!

So I am super excited to let everyone know that I have had two authors reach out to me to review their books!!! I never thought in a million years that would happen to me I am so excited. So I’m gonna have to shuffle around my TBR pile and probably put some of the stuff I’m currently reading on the back burner. Let me introduce the two new books that have just gone to the top of my reading pile.

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This book by David Meredith looks at what happens after Happily Ever After. Here we find Snow on the eve of her daughter, Raven’s, wedding. Sadly this event is not a happy one for Snow as she is still mourning the loss of her own Prince Charming. I am really excited to read this because I adore fairy tale retellings and twists so I can’t wait for my e-reader to charge so I can get to reading this.

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Ok first can we just fangirl over this cover? Omg I love love love it!!! It’s amazing and intricate and just the perfect amount of color. Ok now that I got that out of my system let’s get into the plot. This book follows teen Vivienne as she discovers she’s not quite the ordinary girl she’s been brought up to believe she is. In fact she is adopted and just like her birth mother she is a witch. When her birth mother goes missing Vivienne must tap into her power to save herself and her mom. This is the first book in a new series.

So, basically my e-reader cannot charge fast enough. And I have work tonight ugh. At least I can get some reading in during my break.

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Book Review: The Siren

The Siren
The Siren
Kiera Cass
Hardcover republished 2016
Available Here

“You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”

The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

The Good: 

-Kahlen was an interesting and sympathetic character. I think her feelings were a little too insta-love considering how little we actually see Akinli but overall I thought she was an interesting MC
-The Ocean was by far the most interesting character. Was she the villain? I don’t know maybe she falls more into the antihero category. Regardless her presence was very welcomed and definitely moved the plot.
-In general the supporting characters were well-built and interesting. I would read more stories about sirens if they were told from any of Kahlen’s sisters.
-I really enjoyed seeing sirens interact in the modern world since every story I’ve read about them is set in the past. I think Cass came up with clever ways to have the be part of society while still being out the outskirts.

The Bad:

-I would have liked more build up the Kahlen and Akinli’s relationship. I understand that they were soulmates but there was still much needed development.
-There was a lot of whining in the middle. Kahlen was just really really annoying during that section. Again I understand why but I felt like it could have possibly be written differently.

The Rating:
4 stars 

This was a quick enjoyable read. I really enjoyed learning more about sirens and getting to feel a part of the sisterhood. The characters were well-written and it was easy to focus on them since there wasn’t much of a need for world building. If you’re in the mood for a nice romance I would definitely recommend it. I thought overall the story was very well written and I found myself laughing and crying which is a good sign for me.

What are you reading this weekend? 

XOXO,
Mary

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey,  and is now hosted by ThoughtsOnTomes. To find out more/Join, check out the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group here.

This week’s theme is Characters You Are Most Like: Choose characters you are like, not characters you WANT to be like. You can also choose one character trait you share with a particular character. For example, you may not have Hermione’s bravery, but you do have her book smarts!

Ginny Weasley

Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter 

Like Ginny I am very lively and spirited. I am also quite the chatterbox and am only shy around guys I like. I was always drawn to Ginny in the books and felt I related to her more than Hermione (I love Hermione trust me I just identify more with Ginny). I am super saddened that they didn’t do more with her movies because I think Bonnie is an awesome actress.

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Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games 

Like Peeta many people describe me as sweet and gentle. I’ve also been gifted with the ability to speak well in front of others. Just like in Harry Potter I found myself having a much easier time with Peeta than with Katniss who was a little too guarded for my taste.

Spencer Hastings

Spencer Hastings from Pretty Little Liars

This is one is probably based more on the tv show as opposed to the book but oh well. Spencer is definitely a romantic I mean she joined the A-Team to find Toby and if I was in that situation I would have done the exact same thing. Plus I hope that my friends were consider me just as bright as Miss Hastings.

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Alice from Alice in Wonderland 

Curiosity and imaginative are two of my defining traits just like Alice. It totally makes sense why I have a borderline obsession with this book (I must have about ten different editions of the story).

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Audrey from Finding Audrey 

I don’t think I’m as talented with a camera as Audrey but we do have one big thing in common. And that would be suffering with anxiety. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and I can 100% relate to Audrey when she doesn’t feel safe leaving her house or even her special room within the house. But I can happily say that just like Audrey I am moving towards a sort of remission everyday.

That’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday!
What do you think about these characters?
Can you see yourself in any of them? 
Let me know down in the comments!😀

XOXO,
Mary