It's Monday! What are you Reading?
It's been forever since I have posted a reading update! I am currently reading two books. The first book that I am reading is A Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. I am really enjoying it and although I still have a long way to go, I am excited to finish it and see what happens! The second book that I am reading is the first Stefan's Diaries book. It is by no means a literary masterpiece, but it is a super fun book to read after watching and reading the entirety of the Vampire Diaries series.
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Siege and Storm Review
When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.
Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha Trilogy, #2
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Date Published: June 4, 2013
Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
Siege and Storm is a great sequel and addition to the Grisha Trilogy. Thankfully, I was not disappointed after I finished reading this. In fact, it was quite the opposite.I found myself really enjoying Siege and Storm. However, there were a couple of things that I didn’t like. So, with review is going to be a pretty healthy mix of the good and the bad.
First off, the good. As I mentioned in my Shadow and Bone review, something that I really love about this series is the world and world-building. The intriguing world that we were introduced to in Shadow and Bone just got more and more interesting throughout Siege and Storm. The world as we used to know it has expanded and it gives an amazing glimpse into the rest of the Grishaverse world, including places such as the True Sea.
The next thing that I liked was Alina’s slight but very important change in character. In Siege and Storm, we see Alina struggle with her “inner darkness” to not be a hero, anti-hero if you will. I found this very unique. I have not seen anything like this before in YA and I think it should be implemented more. It added a lot of depth to Alina’s character, and truly pushed her character to the complex stage that we all know and love.
In Siege and Storm, we get introduced to a handful of new characters, all of whom I loved! They each had a story and a complex background.
Next, we have the first thing that I didn’t particularly like. After reading the Six of Crows duology, I had high hopes for the diversity aspect of this series. Sadly, my expectation was not met. I had a problem with the lack of diversity in Siege and Storm. Especially after reading Six of Crows, I expected tons of diversity, which just wasn’t there.
Overall, Siege and Storm is a phenomenal book. It is packed full of action, romance, twists and turns, and intense fighting sequences. So, no matter who you are, this book is definitely a must-read!
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The Mystery Blogger Award
I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Alaina over at An Infinite Book World! Thank you so much for nominating me (this banner was also made by her so the credit for it is hers)!
-Put the award logo/image on your blog
-List the rules
-Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
-Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (Okoto Enigma)
-Tell the readers three things about yourself
-Nominate 10-20 people
-Notify your nominees
-Ask your nominees any 5 questions; with one weird/funny questions (specify)
-Share a link to your best post(s)
Three facts about me:
1. I love dancing. Right now I am injured, but normally I am dancing almost everyday!
2. My favorite tv shows include The Vampire Diaries, Riverdale, and much more!
3. I love animals. I have a cat (his name is Shadow) and I love him to pieces. In addition, I've loved all animals for as long as I can remember.
1. What is your most anticipated release for the rest of 2017?
Well, that isn't too hard considering there isn't much of 2017 left! I am going to have to go with Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I haven't yet read the beginning of the series but I know I will love it because Jennifer is my favorite author!
2. Were there any books that inspired your blog?
Yes! Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout inspired me to start my blog!
3. What is one book that made you cry buckets of tears?
Hm... I am going to go with Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.
4. What was your most recent book purchase?
I actually can't remember :).
5. How has your day been?
My day has been pretty good!
My Best Post(s):
This is a really hard question since I have been blogging for so long, but I am going to just say that i consider my reviews to be some of my favorite/best posts!
-Debbie @ My Eclectic Reads
-Anny @ The Mystique Reader
-Ash and Lo @ Windowsill Books
-Megan @ Megxnmarie
-Tracey-J @ Books and Other Pursuits
-Hanna @ Hanna's Book Obsession
-Kathy @ Books and Munches
-Haley @ Fangirl Fury
-Alex @ Coffeeloving Bookohlic
-Emily @ Who Gave the Write
1. What is your most recent read?
2. What is your favorite book merchandise?
3. How many books have you read this year?
4. Do you participate in any challenges?
5. What is your favorite food?
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Goodreads 2021: 3/20