Teaser Tuesday · Top Ten Tuesdays

Teasers and Top Tens for 6/30/15

Teaser Tuesday NewHappy Tuesday everyone! Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

It took a little while after that, of course, but the whole thing had been set in motion, and I was suddenly looking at everything – the Cottages, everybody there – in a different light. I was now one of the ones leaving, and soon enough, everyone knew it. Maybe Ruth thought we’d be spending hours talking about my future; maybe she thought she’d have a big influence on whether or not I changed my mind. But I kept a certain distance from her, just as I did from Tommy. We didn’t really talk properly again at the Cottages, and before I knew it, I was saying my goodbyes.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

I love this book so much. My current plan is to finish it in time to post a review on Friday. I think I’m finally clawing my way out of the reading slump that has lasted OVER A MONTH.

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wpid-toptentuesday.jpgTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

According to my GoodReads, I’ve read 37 books so far. This isn’t great, since my goal was to read 100 this year. Curse you, reading slump!! Here are the ones I’ve enjoyed the most.

  1. Ensnared by A.G. Howard – Probably my favorite book I’ve read so far. The conclusion to the Splintered trilogy was so so so good.
  2. The Magician King by Lev Grossman – I really didn’t like the first book in this trilogy, but the second book was really well done.
  3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I had heard so many wonderful things about this book, and it lived up to all the hype, in my opinion.
  4. Redshirts by John Scalzi – This book was so fun. After all the super serious books I read, this one was a breath of fresh air.
  5. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – I love her webcomic, so this book collection was very enjoyable. She is really, really funny.
  6. Going Bovine by Libba Bray – This book is bizarre in the best way possible. It’s one of those books where you have no idea what will happen.
  7. Ironside by Holly Black – I wanted to finish her Modern Faerie Tales series and this was such a good finale.
  8. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – This was another re-read, but I love this book so much.
  9. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake – This was the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood, which I also loved. This was a great follow up.
  10. The Doorknob Society by M.J. Fletcher – Got this book for free on BookBub and it made me have to buy the rest of the books in the series.

Please leave your teasers and top tens in comments!

 

Added to GoodReads

Added to GoodReads – 6/29/15

goodreadsFound several good books this past week, even adding some to my already overstuffed bookshelves. Here are the titles that were added to my TBR.

  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – I saw this one on a WWW Wednesday post by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. She gave it a glowing recommendation and I can’t wait to read her full review when she gets it up.
  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – This one I came across during a weekend trip to Barnes & Noble. I like walking through a bookstore, finding a book that I’ve never heard of that just sounds interesting, and getting it no questions asked. I’ve never heard of this author either, so it will be something completely new to discover.
  • Hold Me Closer: the Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan – This book is a companion to Will Grayson Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green, which I loved. I saw this one at B&N too and had to get it.
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – I saw this book reviewed over at Such a Novel Idea. It looks fantastic and I loved their review. I also think I’ve found a new website to enjoy.

Have you found any new books this week? Let me know in comments!

Books I've Read

Book Review: Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey

fortune's foolTitle: Fortune’s Fool

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Series: Five Hundred Kingdoms #3

Edition: Kindle (omnibus with The Snow Queen)

Blurb: New York Times– bestselling author Mercedes Lackey spins a variety of fairy tales — think The Little Mermaid and old Russian folktales — into a satisfying romantic fantasy in this third installment in her Five Hundred Kingdoms series.

Katya, the youngest daughter of the Sea King, is sent by her father on a spying expedition. It’s a perfect assignment for one with the unique ability to transverse both land and water. Once on land, Katya encounters a spectacular battle between two mages, then meets Sasha. He is also of royal birth — the seventh son — destined to play the part of the Wise or Fortunate Fool and Songweaver. Their instant affinity and blooming romance is interrupted when Katya’s father calls her back on business: Two magical maidens have gone missing from an island. Katya disguises herself and gets kidnapped by the Jinn who is keeping the others prisoner, but it will take all her cleverness and powers, as well as Sasha’s magic, to get them out alive. Readers will admire Katya’s spirit, and fans of the previous two books — The Fairy Godmother and One Good Knight — will welcome the return of the Little Humpback Horse.

Where to begin, where to begin.

This book wasn’t as strong as the first two books in this series, which is why it took me so long to finish it. The characters were fun, in a way. Katya is a strong female lead and Sasha is pretty adorable at times, but they were way too one dimensional. Things came pretty easy to them and they didn’t have hardly any faults at all to give them depth. Granted, this is a fairy tale, but still. There wasn’t enough to really make them interesting.

The story was also a little all over the place. First there was a battle between Katya and a sorceress, aided by a kitsune fox spirit. Then there’s a confrontation between Sasha and a ruselka. Then there are several little bits here and there which eventually lead up to the main confrontation with the big bad villain of the book, but it had a haphazard feel to it. It was hard to keep my attention at times, which is never good.

That said, it was really interesting how these books are all loosely tied together. You don’t have to read them in order, but doing so allows you to see all the little connections between these fairy tale stories. Sort of like the author is winking at you, which is fun. I also liked the Russian flavor that this one had. The world building still remains top notch, with the Tradition still a force trying to bend the people into their proper roles. I loved how the characters are trying to take the Tradition into their own hands and either call upon it for help or find ways to bend it to their own advantage. It’s really clever.

I don’t want to say that I didn’t enjoy this book – I did, for the most part. And I still plan on reading the rest of the series, for completion’s sake if nothing else. But this is definitely not my favorite of Lackey’s work, not even my favorite of the series. I loved the first book, but these last two have been lacking in its charm. I’m hoping book four will turn that around. We’ll see. And of course, I will let you all know. 😉

GoodReads Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday – 6/25/15

Booking Through ThursdayBooking Through Thursday is a blog that has a weekly question with a literary theme. This week’s question:

What do non-reader friends think about your reading habits? Do they understand? Are they sympathetic? Or are they always trying to get you to “get your nose out of that book?”

I am very lucky that I actually don’t have this problem. My husband doesn’t read as much as I do, but he enjoys a good book and understands what it’s like to get lost in a story. My daughter loves reading and has her nose in a book more often than not. My stepson also likes to read, although it’s not his favorite thing. He’s usually playing a video game of some sort, so he doesn’t really care if I’m reading or not. 🙂

The rest of the people around me – they know how much I read, or at least have an inkling. And for the most part, they think it’s kind of awesome. I get asked for book recommendations from time to time because they know I’m a good person to ask.

Leave your answer in comments!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday for 6/24/15

WWW NewWWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam over at “Taking on a World of Words.” The rules are simple. Three questions, three answers. Go!

What are you currently reading?

A bunch of things! I just started the second Soul Screamers book – My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent. I’m also still reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, but I should finish that one in the next few days. Also still re-reading Feed by Mira Grant (book one of the Newsflesh series), just because.

What did you recently finish reading?

I FINALLY finished reading Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey, the third book in her Five Hundred Kingdoms series. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed, although I still plan on trying to finish the series. Full review coming on Friday.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My current plan (which will probably change tomorrow, knowing me) is to work on finishing up the Soul Screamers series. There are seven books in that one, so it will take me a little while to do, although they read pretty quickly. I’ll probably also work on re-reading the rest of the Newsflesh books, but there are only two other ones. Plus they’re re-reads, so they will go quickly as well. I need a break from the Five Hundred Kingdoms for a while.

There are my answers for this week – I’m finally starting to break out of my reading slump! Whoohoo!! Please leave your WWW answers in comments!

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday for 6/23/15

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the lovely folks over at “The Broke and the Bookish.” They are celebrating five years of bookish good times over there! Congratulations! You are one of my favorite blogs out there! To celebrate, this week’s topic is:

Top Ten (or Six) Favorite Top Ten Tuesday Topics

1. Top Ten Kick-Ass Heroines – Because obviously.

2. Any of their yearly goal posts – I love setting goals, even if I don’t finish them.

3. Top Ten Secondary Characters – Let’s give the side kicks some love! I blogged about it and also did a podcast episode about it.

4. Top Ten New-To-Me Authors – I always get excited when I discover a new author, even if they’ve been writing for years.

5. Top Ten Inspiring Quotes – I love quotes and found a bunch of new ones to love on this topic.

6. Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves – Because I have a lot of them. A LOT. This was one I didn’t get to do a blog post on, but we did a bunch of them on the podcast.

What have been your favorite Top Tens over the years?

Added to GoodReads

Added to GoodReads – 6/22/15

goodreadsHappy Monday everyone! Not sure if I’m ready for a new week, but you know what makes me happy? Finding new books! These are titles that have been added to my To-Be-Read list on GoodReads last week.

  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – I found out about this book two different ways. First, we discussed it over at the Bibliophiles Anonymous podcast as a new book coming out this year. I had almost forgotten about it until I saw a review over at Chrissi Reads. You can read her review here. This book tackles a really tough issue (suicide), but when has that stopped me before?
  • The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine – I found out about this book from Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. You can read her review here. There are several things that drew me to this book. One: it’s a modern fairy tale retelling. Two: it takes place in the Roaring Twenties. Three: it takes place in New York City. What’s not to like?

On a quick side note, WordPress tells me that this is my 400th post! That’s pretty cool!

Found any good books lately? Let me know about them in comments!