It’s a Wrap!

February has come and gone and I personally am very HAPPY about it. I am counting down the days until Winter is gone and Spring/Summer is here. I can’t wait for sunny days and working out in the yard and the garden.  I need the warmer weather and sunshine!

Just a little wrap up. I’ll go through what I read this month with links to each of the book reviews and just a quick YES I LOVED IT or a NOPE DON’T BOTHER.

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Passengers . This book is hard to get into. I’m pretty sure it is just her writing style but I couldn’t get into it. When I finally finished it, my take away was that the story was good… the idea was good but it was lacking. I had high hopes for the sequel but sadly I didn’t finish it. I give it a NOPE DON’T BOTHER.

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Six of Crows was absolutely amazing. I have been dying to read Crooked Kingdom (the sequel) as soon as I finished it. However, I had book club books to read and have had to wait. . but BELIEVE you me I will be reading it this next month. YES. READ IT!!

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The Raven King was the last book in The Raven Cycle. I really enjoyed this series even if the final book was a little anticlimactic.  If you love a good paranormal young adult fantasy then I would say YES READ IT, but only if you dig that genre.

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thenightingale

The Nightingale was so so so so good. This was my February Book Club pick and it was such an amazing read. It is an historical fiction of WW2 set in Paris from the POV of two sisters. It was deep and emotional and amazing.  YES. PLEASE READ IT!!!

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Romancing Daphne is a proper romance. It was a quick, fun weekend read. I really enjoyed the story. Lovable characters. If you like proper historical romances and need a new one then try this one! This is the 3rd book of the series but you really don’t need to read the other two to enjoy it. YES. READ IT.

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Daughter of the Pirate King is one I reread this month. It’s sequel came out on the 27th!! I’m dragging my husband up to a signing and I am so excited! The book was a fast, fun read with action, mystery and a little romance. I adored the characters so much! If you need to mix it up with something a little bit different then this book is for you! YES. READ IT!

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I hope I gave you some ideas of what to read if you are trying to decide on something! I am really excited for the books I have planned for the month of March! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Hugs,

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”

Title: The Nightingale

Author: Kristin Hannah

Published: February 3rd 2015 by St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult

Stars: 5          Content Rating:  6

Synopsis:

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.

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H E L L O my lovely friends! The Nightingale was chosen to be my first book club read of the YEAR and it DID NOT disappoint. I had heard from quite a number of people how great this book was. I love historical fiction and thought it seemed like one we would really be able to get into and have lots to talk about.

Talk about it we did. There was so much that happens in these 440 pages. World War 2. Family. Sisters. Children. Women’s Rights. Beliefs. Serving others. Surviving. I feel like the author did a very good job with the perspective of a woman at that time and what it really would have been like. Trying to live and feed your family when you have no one else there but yourself. Just keeping your family warm and fed and clothed when the enemy is all around. It’s amazing what people went through. So many people died, and the ones who didn’t at some point probably wanted to. It was truly a heartbreaking read.

It was such an emotionally heavy book that I had a hard time reading it. I like to read at night and I would pick this book and read a chapter and then put it back down because it was just so sad! BUT.. so good. Like I said the author did such an amazing job with what I would think 1940’s France would be like. The story between the sisters. Their backgrounds. Their characters. The love and the loss. Trying to understand what was right and wrong and then when finally deciding, acting on it. Choosing to DO SOMETHING even if it is absolutely terrifying. Definitely read it.. just make sure it’s day time reading.

There were a few parts where the narrator (I won’t say who because *spoilers*) mentions “men” and their take on the war. The book begins 1995 and she receives an invitation to an event to honor The Nightingale. Her son sees it and immediately assumes it would be for the father. She says something to the effect of, “Men.. they all think the war was about them.”

Also near the end when the son finally gets an idea of all his mother’s family went through and her POV on the war. He asks her why she never said anything. Or told him any of  these stories before. She replies with, “Men tell stories. Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war, and when it was over, we picked up the pieces and started our lives over.”

This book really brought to life what the women had to go through to survive. The choices and sacrifices they had to make to stay alive. What they had to witness. Nazi’s coming into town and taking over every shop and livelihood and then living in their home.  Taking all the Jew’s away.  It was slow process and it was widespread. Taking Jew’s from all over Europe to the concentration camps. They were their friends and neighbors. Their children’s friends and school mates.

This book was written in such a way that I was really able to empathize with the characters. Maybe it’s because I’m married and have small children but the whole time I kept thinking, “What would I do?” I kept thinking there is no way I could do that. I am not brave enough. When it comes down to it, I’m just so happy I don’t have to find out it if I could be that brave and strong. This book is such an eye opener and just overall such a great read. It is heartfelt and devastating, but I would recommend it to EVERYONE. It brought World War 2 to life and gave me an understanding of the side of war I hadn’t really considered before. The women’s war.

Thanks for reading!

Hugs,

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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“I don’t care to be pretty,” Blue shot back hotly, “I care to look on the outside like I look on the inside.”

Title: The Raven King

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA

Stars: 4         Content Rating: 4

Synopsis:

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he has drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a life; and Blue, who loves Gansey and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

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I’m still processing. I like to get my initial thoughts down right after I finish a book to remember what I first thought. Was I happy with the ending? Is my mind BLOWN? What just happened?

This series has been seriously so good. It is for all the dreamers out there. The impossible made possible. I love the interaction and role each person plays in this quest for Glendower. In the words of Gansey –“What a strange constellation they all were.” 

This series was not one that I greedily read through and then was done. It’s taken me a few months with reading other things between. I HAD been wanting to finish it and I AM happy with the ending. BUT… yes I know.. BUT it seemed a little bit anticlimactic. Even though I was expecting it. Honestly I think I might go back and reread the ending again. Just because I need to put it better together in my head.  It left a few questions that I would like answered. The epilogue was a nice ending for the group, but what about the Grey Man?  What about the other psychics at Fox Way? I have other questions as well but since this is spoiler free I won’t voice them here.

Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing writer. I have loved her style. She sucks me in right at the beginning. I mean in EVERY book she did this. Usually after the first chapter I had chills. I am interested the whole time. The characters are fun and you really get insight to who they are and their personalities. I enjoyed getting to know them and follow their story. It amazes me how real a fiction can seem when done right and Maggie was able to pull that off in this series! I really loved it. Her writing is amazing and easy to read. She definitetly has a gift with words.

Pretty much this being the fourth and final book in the series, everything just goes down the drain and its either now or never to find this King and make everything right again. It was most definintely an adventure and if your not afraid of Ronan’s cursing or a same sex love interest*, you should give it read! It really is magical.

I know this is a short review but I am short on time and wanted to share. I hope you don’t mind! Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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*I only mention this because I know I have some readers that wouldn’t be interested. I find it funny that this is considered a romance (Blue & Gansey, and Ronan & Adam)  but the real love interest is Gansey & Glendower. (Am I right?)

 

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste

time doing every monstrous thing.”

Title:  Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Published: September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Stars: 5        Content Rating: 4

Synopsis:  Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

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I now understand what all this fuss is about. G R I S H A V E R S E. I started out listening to Six of Crows on Audible. It was wonderful. Each chapter that was a different character was done by a different narrator. I loved it.. and couldn’t wait to finish it so I bought it and finished it with my eyes. I just couldn’t listen fast enough.

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The whole Dregs gang are my new loves. I LOVE them. I’m sorry. I just finished and I am totally going all fan girl on you guys. Everyone I know has read these books. I see the fan art and fandom goodies every where and I think I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype and so I stayed away. BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER.  Honestly.. why did I do this to myself?  Why?

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I don’t want to spoil anything.. obviously. Kaz Brekker is just on top of his game.. and I’m not going to lie.. I am a little in love with him. Inej and Nina are both amazing .. talk about girl power. .. and Jesper and his gambling and Waylen and his smarts and their crazy criminal lives and this huge job with this amazing payout but they might all die and.. omg. YOU GUYS. I can’t even. I literally have no words that will make any sense. Not any that I can say without spoiling this whole book because once I start I won’t be able to help myself.

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I will say this. I love Inej. The Wraith. She has overcome so much. She is strong and brave but also speaks her mind and has her fears. She will settle for nothing less than she deserves and I love that. Nina too. Nina and her sweet tooth. Her loyalty. Her passion for life. All the character have lovable qualities and they are all the worst kind of criminals in the Barrel. In Ketterdam. The city sounds awful. They all have their own things going on but are such a great team. They work together to get the job done, but not without sacrifice and some loss. I about died at how this one ends. I wanted to scream. I’m pretty sure my eyes were not blinking. I couldn’t blink. I was so nervous and I still am. I need to get the second book!

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I hope this is still considered a decent review.. even tho I just rambled on and couldn’t spit out one coherent sentence. My review comes down to this: if you like young adult fantasy. .. Six of Crows = READ IT.

Also, if you couldn’t tell I love FRIENDS. It was a fun finding only Friends gifs. I am watching the series.. AGAIN.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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Passengers by Alexandra Bracken

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Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

Title: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Published: January 5th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Adventure/Mystery

Stars: 3.5         Content Rating: 3

Synopsis:

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

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I’m almost at a loss of words to describe this book. I will always be honest on here and give you my true opinion, I’m just not sure how I FEEL about this book! Some friends and I  have had this book picked out since before the Holidays and I did not make time for it. I had started it a few times but another book always caught my attention. Since I had to have it read by this weekend I started it yesterday. YESTERDAY. I read all day.. and stayed up till 1am. THE STORY IS AWESOME. It left me with a terrible cliff hanger and so today I will be reading the sequel: Wayfarer.

If it was so good and I read it in a day then why did I only give it 3.5 stars? Why am I not sure how I feel about this book?

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Okay, I only gave it 3.5 stars because even though the story was amazing, it took me several attempts to get into it. It didn’t suck me in right away. I started reading at 9 am and found myself getting distracted and thinking about other things, or rereading the same page multiple times because I couldn’t figure out what was going on. It took me better part of the day just making myself read. If it wasn’t a book club book that I was determined to read it probably would have just sat on my shelf forever.  Which would have been really sad because it ended up being a super fun read.

I’m not sure how I feel because I’m just not absolutely in love with the characters. Don’t get me wrong, they are good. I love Etta and Nicholas’ connection. Their adventure through time and cities is so fun to read about, but they are no Rhys and Feyre. Nor are they Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. They aren’t that couple that you are just rooting for and then you go buy all the bookish candles with their names on them. (.. or am I the only one that does that?) I’m hoping in the next book we get to see more in depth to their characters, and that I’ll change my mind. . and go buy the candles. There is definitely potential.

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This book is an adventure/mystery and it totally lives up to that genre.  There is that little bit of romance and a strong determination to save those you love. As you are trying to figure out Etta’s past so that she can save her future it all gets flipped upside down and I couldn’t put the book away. I just HAD to know what happened. Now that I finished the first book I can’t wait to jump back into the story, because the story is far from over.

Happy reading!

xoxo,

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