A Sort of Goodbye?

Hi everyone, I’d just like to say that I won’t be posting on this blog anymore. I have a bookblr that I post a lot of bookish stuff on, and so I decided that I would post reviews on there as well. I hope you guys don’t mind! I’ll insert a link right here.

Sorry for any inconveniences!

Book Review | SILK by Chris Karlsen

4/5 stars

It is the time of Jack the Ripper, the widowed Queen Victoria sits on the throne of England. The whole of London is on edge wondering when or where Jack will kill next. The Palace, Parliament, and the press are demanding the police do more to find him.

In another part of London, rough-around-the-edges war hero, Metropolitan Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone has his own serial killer to find. Inter departmental rivalries, politics, and little evidence to go on hamper the investigation at every turn. In a battle of wills, Bloodstone presses forward following his instincts in spite of the obstacles. (c) goodreads

Thanks to NetGalley and Chris Karlsen for sending me a copy of this book!

Browsing through NetGalley, this book really caught my eye. I mean, the cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I also have a weak spot for historical fiction. I wasn’t disappointed.

I felt that the characters were developped very well, and as the POV’s switched, it was interesting to see how one character viewed the other. There weren’t any dull characters, and I cared enough about them to sympathize and want to know what happened to them.

The overall story arc was engaging, and there were a lot of twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. Karlsen weaves together an intricate woven story, complete with a melodic writing style.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction or murder mystery.

MY OTP’S | Top Five Fridays

So, as you can probably tell from the theme of this blog, I’m a pretty avid reader. I like to get sucked into different worlds, and the lives of characters, and with that, comes the love interests. When I get really into a book or TV show, you can pretty much bet that I am shipping the hell out of someone. The following list is in no particular order. (this is kind of spoilery if you haven’t been caught up!)

1. Bellarke from THE 100

They aren’t canon, and honestly, I’m kind of okay with that. The 100 is an amazing show, and even though I ship these two so freaking hard, if they never make it canon, I’ll understand because they have awesome friend chemistry as well.

2. Mindy and Danny from THE MINDY PROJECT

Manny? Dandy? I’m not sure what the official ship name is but oh my god, these two are so cute together, and if you disagree… you’re wrong.

3. Wicken from THE 100

I’d say these two are pretty canon. And let me say: Wick is so much better for Raven than Finn ever was. You can tell that he actually loves her, and they can relate and banter with each other, and it’s just great ah.

4. Percabeth from PJO/HOO

I mean come on…. how could I not put Percabeth on this list? *forever shipping Percabeth even though everyone classes Riordan books as ‘childrens books’*

5. Harvey and Donna from SUITS

I love this show and I love these two and their dynamic. I’m apprehensively waiting for the next season to come out because of that VERY UPSETTING ending!!

What are your favorite ships? Comment below!

Book Review | THE PROUD AND THE PREJUDICED by Colette L. Saucier

4/5 stars

All My Tomorrows is losing the ratings war. For headwriter Alice McGillicutty, the past year has had enough drama. Her mother passed away, her last relationship ended in disaster, and now poor ratings are catapulting her long-running soap opera toward cancellation. For comfort and creative inspiration, she begins reading The Edge of Darkness, an old melodramatic paperback she found among her mother’s belongings.

When scandal rips Hollywood bad boy Peter Walsingham off the tabloids and into her studio, Alice doubts the small screen is big enough for his ego – or his entourage. In their battle of pride and prejudice, will Peter’s vanity and arrogance compel Alice to write him out of her script, or can she find a role for him in All My Tomorrows?

This contemporary romance not only follows Alice and Peter as they wrestle with misunderstandings, pride, and prejudices, but also the trials and travails of Alexandra, the heroine of the absurdist novel The Edge of Darkness. Full chapters of the book-within-the-book are included as Alice reads and allows that story to influence her own.

Though the plot of the primary novel is reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, Peter and Alice are no Darcy and Elizabeth but fully-formed characters from the twenty-first century.(c) amazon

Thanks to Netgalley and Southern Girl Press for sending me a copy of this novel!

I really put off reading this book after reading a couple paragraphs. I forgot that the book had alternating plot lines, and reading the first part jsut didn’t interest me enough. I thought it was going to be a really slow moving boring book set back in the 1900’s. As you might have guessed, I was completely wrong.

As mentioned above, the book has alternating plot lines. One is the first POV that you encounter, which is the book that Alice is reading. This is written in first person. The second plot line is Alice’s life itself. I wish that Alice’s perspective had come first, because I feel like that would have hooked me into the story faster. Don’t get me wrong, each story line gets to be very interesting, but Alice’s modern day would have me hooked right off the bat.

Although I enjoyed both plot lines, I’d have to say that Alice’s became a little too cheesy for me. Of course, since this was written a little based on Pride and Prejudice, it would have the same story arc, but it still made me groan a little at times. Still, it was a cute read.

For anyone picking up this book because they’re Jane Austen fans- it’s not really like P&P. It follows the basic story arc and some key elements, but other than that, it is of Saucier’s imagination.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and for any romance lovers this book will definitely be worth your time.

Book Review | LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE by Jessica Knoll

5/5 stars

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.(c) goodreads

Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Netgalley for providing me an ARC of this novel!

Let me say that I was very pleasantly surprised by this novel. Based on the synopsis, I went into it expecting a very different outcome. Also, with the cover, I definitely didn’t prepare for the suspense and mystery this book contained. If you’re turned off by the cover and feel like you won’t enjoy this novel because of the synopsis, go pick up the book. It’s amazing, and I’m going to tell you why.

First of all, the writing style was so captivating. There were many flashbacks, where Ani, our main girl, went back and relived her moments in high school. Knoll was able to seamlessly weave these scenes together, and manage to keep the back and forth very smooth and understandable.

I loved how intricate Ani was made. I feel like it actually represents how a lot of people think and act. The way she had a different face for different kinds of people was relateable, and I knew where she was coming from. Manipulating the way Ani saw people, we were able to glean several different traits and qualities of other characters as well, which just made it even easier for the reader to get absorbed into the story.

The story starts off almost casual, and as you get further along, you realize how twisted everything is, and all the secrets Ani has. As you gain more knowledge about Ani and the incident, everything starts to make sense, and you begin to notice things that you wouldn’t have earlier in the book.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this novel, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a Gone Girl-esque novel, with secrets and suspense hidden behind plastic faces.

Top Five Fridays | MY FAVORITE PETER PAN QUOTES

I’ve mentioned several times that Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories ever. I’m not even sure why, I just connect with it so greatly. So today I made five graphics to five quotes.

“Wendy, Wendy, when you are sleeping in your silly bed you might be flying about with me saying funny things to the stars.”


“Even though you want to, try to never grow up.”

 

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough.”

“Forget them all. Come with me where you’ll never have to worry about grown up things again.”

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly you cease forever to be able to do it.”

What are your favorite Peter Pan quotes?

Book Review | CENTURION by O.C. Shaw

3.5/5 stars

When everything you thought you knew about your life turns out to be a lie, who can you trust?
After witnessing his mother’s death Gabriel Smith finds himself orphaned and surrounded by strangers. Under the guardianship of an uncle he had never heard of, and convinced his mother was killed, Gabe struggles to deal with the loss of the life he knew. Thrown into the centre of a prophecy, in a world where power is everything, only his friendship with Emma gives him the strength he needs to face his future. Who are The Centurions? What is the Resurrection Prophecy? And what is the sacrifice Gabe will be asked to make? (c) Netgalley

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this novel!

I had a really hard time finding the right amount of stars to give this book. Because I did enjoy this novel, but there were some elements that just bothered me.

I liked Gabe as a character. He was funny and engaging, and he could think for himself. However, his immediate relationship with Emma was really offputting, and the way that they fell in love practically instantly felt too forced. But the way that Gabe’s perspective was written kind of made it a little better, because we could understand things from his point of view, and acknowledge his feelings.

Expanding on the writing style, I have to say I was surprised. It was very fluid and melodic, allowing readers to get absorbed into the world easily. The blending of fantasy and reality was seamless, creating a very realistic world and characters.

Not going to lie, even though I did enjoy the overall plot, there were moments in the book when I started to skim. Some parts were too drawn out for my preference. I did like the action sections though, because they weren’t so quick paced that I couldn’t understand anything. It was just at the right speed so that I was curious as to what was happening, but not completely lost.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to readers of fantasy. I would consider it more of a YA novel, although the writing style makes it possible for anyone to enjoy.