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Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

May 19, 2017 Bonnie Book Reviews, New Adult, Read in 2017 5 Comments

Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 2nd 2017
Pages: 720
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Queen of Shadows, A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury

three-half-stars

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

A Court of Thorns and Roses series

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Well, it’s finally here.

I’m so exasperated and everyone and their mother has given this 5 stars at this point so I’m feeling like quite the outcast. I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, adored A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin was quite possibly my most anticipated book of the year. I took the day off work to read this and while I can’t say that I regret doing so or that the book was bad, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. There were things I liked and things I didn’t like, so I’ll start with the good.

The best parts of this book were, surprisingly, the war scenes. We all knew a war was coming in this installment but I never quite expected it to be nearly as epic and for all the fae and their magical powers to be quite as badass as they were. Savage, brutal, and thrilling (and the war makes up a large chunk of this book). In terms of the best (non-violent) parts, Feyre getting to explore more that the Court of Dreams has to offer was lovely. Her depictions of the city were enough to form magical cities in my mind, but the library carved inside an actual mountain? The shelves built into the stone walls, the reading nooks, the low-burning lamps, the cozy chairs, and the fireplaces.

And lastly, I loved how she incorporates all of the lesser characters that seemed to have minor roles in the conclusion: the Suriel, the Weaver, the Bone Carver, and even a new terrifying beastie.

And now onto the bad.

I’ll do my best.

My first issue: the beginning. The story opens where the ending of Mist left off with Feyre returning to the Spring Court. She’s intent on gathering information about King Hybern and his armies but it turned into this long and drawn out affair that transformed Feyre into this cruel and vindictive person that I didn’t much care for. What she intended to achieve simply didn’t seem necessary to the story as a whole either. My second issue was actually with the writing itself. I’m not sure if less editing was done, or time constraints to get this done and published (or a combination of the two) but this read incredibly uneven. There’s so much to accomplish with a final book in a series and it felt like Maas had a checklist of things that needed to be answered, actions that the characters had to take to set up certain events, etc. and we bounced hurriedly onto the next task on her list just as soon as one was completed. The story lacked a grace and flow that was needed to draw these three stories together in order to give it the final farewell it deserved. And lastly, in terms of farewells, the ending caused the majority of my grumbles. Maas implied throughout the entire book of things impending that never came to fruition and things ended all nice and neat with a pretty little bow on top. Clearly, many (and I mean many) fans were perfectly content, I, unfortunately, was not. But as I said, it wasn’t a bad ending but it wasn’t the ending I expected.

Maas has already announced that there are two additional trilogies to come set in this same world and while I was originally excited, I’d really like to know the focus on those stories before committing to more. What started as a beauty and the beast retelling turned into a fascinating world full of magic and fae. While I don’t give this final installment the highest of marks, this was still a most engrossing trilogy.

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Waiting on Wednesday – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

February 1, 2017 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 12 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 2nd 2017
Pages: 648
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Queen of Shadows, A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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It’s become a tradition that I take a day off work to read the new release in Maas’ Throne of Glass series but I am absolutely taking a day off for this one.

And holy shit, that cover could not be more gorgeous.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

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Waiting on Wednesday – A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

March 7, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 7 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5
Published by Bloomsbury YA on May 1st 2018
Pages: 272
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Queen of Shadows, A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

I wasn’t the greatest fan of A Court of Wings and Ruin but I finally read the blurb for this and it wasn’t what I originally thought it was going to be. I was under the impression it was going to be a focus on a different character/pairing but I guess that’s because these are just novellas? I have no idea, there are so many installments in this series now I can’t keep anything straight. I’m down for more Rhysand though. 🙂

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a Book

April 28, 2017 Bonnie Book Reviews, New Adult, Read in 2017, Short & Sweet Reviews, YA 10 Comments

Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a BookA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Recorded Books on May 5th 2015
Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Queen of Shadows, A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury

four-stars

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

‘I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.’

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales and it’s always so fascinating to see how authors mold fairy tales into a unique story of their own. A Court of Thorns and Roses definitely veers off the standard path making “Beast/Tamlin” a member of the fae court, making “Belle/Feyre” a badass female hunter, and removing the animated furniture entirely. The story still revolves around the curse and the time ticking down before it’s too late, but Maas adds a magical element (and a deviant female villain) to this already magical fairytale that I absolutely adored. What I loved most was the incredibly dark turn she took the tale which gave the added opportunity of adding a new level of complexity and intrigue to Feyre’s character.

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

Like spending time re-reading. I occasionally get hang-ups about “wasting” time re-reading when I should be spending my time reading stories that I haven’t yet experienced. But sometimes a re-read is necessary (like when you’re gearing up for the final installment of a beloved trilogy!!) and sometimes the second time is even better than the first. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses for the first time in June 2016 and it was far from love at first sight (mostly because I was never Team Tamlin) but during this re-read I was able to set aside my issues with the romance and focus more on the world building and the fascinating aspects of the story itself that I didn’t pay much attention to the first time. I also decided to splurge and bought the audiobook copies and guys, let me tell you, these are fantastic on audio with Jennifer Ikeda’s narration. I’m pretty devastated that she won’t be returning to narrate A Court of Wings and Ruin but it’s still well worth listening to her narrate the first two installments, I’ll just be reading the third one with my eyeballs instead. 🙂

Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a BookHunted by Meagan Spooner
Published by HarperTeen on March 14th 2017
Pages: 384
Genres: Fantasy, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Unearthed

three-half-stars

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?


“She wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything.”

Yeva has never been comfortable living among the town aristocrats but instead dreams of the stories her father would tell her when she was younger; of the forest and the magic contained within. When her father loses his fortune and they are forced to move back to his lodge in the woods, Yeva could not be more content knowing she can spend her days familiarizing herself once again with the woods even though she knows it’s not a reasonable way for her to spend her life. Her father also begins spending his days and nights in the woods, mentioning hunting a beast and when he fails to come home after weeks of being gone, Yeva sets out to help him only to be captured by the beast that her father was hunting.

“She moves like beauty, she whispers to us of wind and forest—and she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of a life long past. she reminds us of what we used to be.
She reminds us of what we could be.”

Hunted is told primarily from Yeva’s point of view but is interspersed with short snippets from the Beast, showing the constant battle between his animalistic side while he fights to retain a hold of his humanity. Yeva is kept in a cell for weeks on end, telling him stories of Ivan and the Firebird to the one on the other side of her cell door who brings her food every day, having no idea that he is also her captor. The Beast finally shows himself to her and reveals that he captured her for a purpose: she must train to be a more superior hunter than she already is because she’s the only one that can kill the creature responsible for cursing him.

Hunted is a combination of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with the Ivan, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf Russian fairy tale and it’s a slow to unfold type of story. There’s also a disassociation from any sort of emotional connection that was key in my own connection with the story. I found it to be a beautiful story in essence of a young girl not knowing what to do with her life, wandering aimlessly, and I really wanted to feel her adversity but I never quite felt like there is much at stake for our young heroine. The significance behind the Firebird plays a huge role in this tale, as well as storytelling in general, and the romantic building blocks were left feeling incomplete in the attempts at focusing on the bigger picture. There is a note at the end Spooner includes regarding the origins of this story and the lengthy process it took to come to fruition was a heartwarming story. Her dedication to all of her readers was unbelievably touching and made me wish I had loved this story more than I did.

‘Male or female, young or old, if you’re reading this book, then you’re also that child reading by flashlight and dreaming of other worlds. Don’t be scared of her, that inner Beauty, or her dreams. Let her out. She’s you, and she’s me, and she’s magic.
There’s no such thing as living happily ever after — there’s only living. We make the choice to do it happily.’

Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a BookBeauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
Published by Disney Press on January 31st 2017
Pages: 352
Genres: Fantasy, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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two-stars

Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.

The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.

“Isn’t that what a good story does? It pulls you in and never lets you go.”

DAMMIT, I WANTED THIS STORY TO PULL ME IN AND NEVER LET ME GO.

Lost in a Book replicates its Disney counterpart where Belle is a captive of the Beast in his castle that still includes Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and more. Beast reveals his library to Belle and she is awed, but instead of the bright shiny room of perfection we all have embedded in our minds:

Belle immediately realizes how much the library has fallen into disrepair and needs to be cleaned excessively. Within this library, she finds a room and within this room a special book which transports her to a world of adventure where anything is possible. She quickly becomes enamored with the book and the world it shows her, despite her understanding that it isn’t actually real, and is constantly sneaking away to be in this world. When she isn’t hiding in the book, she’s complaining ad nauseam about her provincial life.

Good gawd, we get it, you hate your life. Lost in a Book quickly becomes less about the Beast and all about Belle… more scenes from his point of view would have been welcome. Any scenes that showed the Beast’s feelings for Belle grow felt lacking any sort of emotion and instead felt like all it was was a last ditch effort to save his servants. Maybe those parts were left out with the understanding that we knew, based on the Disney production, how Beast actually felt, but I wanted to see it included in the story itself since there were so many changes I felt it should have been able to stand on its own. Especially in regards to the villain: Gaston was absent completely in exchange for a female villain: Death. Yes, Death. You see, the story actually starts with Death and her sister Love.

Indeed. See Death and Love made a bet that Belle wouldn’t be the one to break the spell (Death obviously bet against her) and when she began to realize that Love might actually win, she set out to make sure that didn’t happen. *yawn* This could have been a charming addition to Beauty and the Beast retellings but the story lacked any real substance and most definitely lacked the magic the original tale had.

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Monthly Rundown: May 2018

June 9, 2018 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 2 Comments

Books Read = 14

I had a most productive reading month. I finally feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things and no longer headed towards that rut that I kept feeling close at hand. I started a new reading challenge of sorts, where I’m trying to give more attention to the books that I’ve purchased (physical, ebook, and audio) and I made more progress than I expected. Of the 14 total books I read this month, 3 were review books, 3 were from the library/Kindle Unlimited/freebies, and a grand total of 8 were books that I purchased. Not bad if I do say so myself.

Posted Reviews

Alright, so I did say I had a productive reading month… but I didn’t post a single review. ha I have a few that I definitely plan on reviewing in June.

Unreviewed Reads

Best of the Month: Lock In (Lock-In #1) by John Scalzi ★★★★
Lock In was one of those books that I bought and its been languishing on my unread shelf. I decided to pick up the prequel story first and while I’m not usually one that geeks out on uber science-y stories but I really did with that one. It was a fantastic introduction to Lock In and I really enjoyed this strange robot/detective mystery (and the follow-up Head On was equally great.)

Least Favorite: A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert ★★
I figure I should say that for starters that this is a genre I read irregularly and super isn’t my thing so I may not be the best judge of character. I had heard a ton of great things about it and was one I could read to take advantage of my Kindle Unlimited membership but… something about this one rubbed me the wrong way. I technically DNF’d this and called it quits around 70%.

Biggest Surprise: Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel ★★★★
I’ve loved this entire trilogy (and I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, the audiobooks are the freaking best ever) but this finale still comes as a surprise because I always hate series enders for one reason or another. This wrapped up the story nicely and I’m really pleased with the story arc Neuvel crafted.

Biggest Disappointment: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas ★
Admittedly, I wasn’t a fan of A Court of Wings and Ruin either, but I was hoping that this spin-off series Maas is planning would draw me back into this fantasy world. I had been debating whether or not to actually pre-order it but I eventually did and I’m actually angry with myself for not following my gut instinct. lol I had even had this rated 2 star initially but nope, there really wasn’t anything that I liked about it. 1 star.

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2017 End of Year Book Survey

January 12, 2018 Bonnie End of Year Survey 5 Comments

Hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner

Total Number Of Books You Read: 135
Pages Read: 42,930
Minutes Listened To: 511 hours, 24 minutes
Number of Audiobooks: 49
Number of Re-Reads
: 10
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy. Urban Fantasy came in second.

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Book Review – One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

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How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper

I loved This is Where I Leave You and thought it may have been a fluke, but I loved this one too.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This one was especially fantastic on audio.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & RueEarly Review – White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona AndrewsOminous October – The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud

Best New Series: Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire
Best Sequel: White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews
Best Series Ender: The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Ruth Reichl. I read and loved Tender at the Bone and can’t wait to read more of hers.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

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(Poetry) Late Wife by Claudia Emerson

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

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Isolation by Bex-chan

Never have I read a 1,000+ page book faster.

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

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Harry Potter 4 Eva.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Rapid Fire Reviews – Lightwood, The Weight of This World, Wildfire, The Rules of Magic

Lightwood by Steph Post

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

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Misery by Stephen King

For not the best of reasons.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

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Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation by Lama Surya Das

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

Book Review – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

ittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Oddly enough, my shortest and longest were both Stephen King books.

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Guns by Stephen King (25 pages/49 minutes)
It by Stephen King (1,169 pages/44 hours and 57 minutes)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

18. OTP OF THE YEAR

Hidden Legacy Series: Nevada Baylor + Connor “Mad” Rogan

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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The Weight of This World by David Joy

Thad Broom and Aiden McCall

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & Rue

Tybalt from Rosemary and Rue.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Book Tour Review – The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Rapid Fire Reviews – Artemis, Ink and Bone, Into the Drowning Deep, The Hazel Wood

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

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Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

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The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Rapid Fire Reviews – Lightwood, The Weight of This World, Wildfire, The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic #2) by Alice Hoffman

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

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Origins (Alphas 0.5) by Ilona Andrews

This one made me mad because I love Ilona but hated this. lol

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I wasn’t super social online this year so I’m really not sure I discovered anyone new. lol

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

These were crazy ass books but the reviews came out pretty damn funny.

Short & Sweet – Beyond Shame, Beyond Control, Beyond Denial

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

The End of Your Life Book Club

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I actually attended a few bookish events this year and they were all fantastic: in April there was an Ellen Hopkins book signing and Independent Bookstore Day and in September I went on a Lit Crawl.

5. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I went through some major life changes this year and it got me in a rut of epic proportions. I didn’t read a book for months. So, life, in general, was definitely the most challenging thing.

6. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Overcoming that epic rut and finding enjoyment in reading again was definitely a great moment.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I’m always pleased when anyone reads or comments. Any love is better than no love at all. 🙂

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I discovered bookish podcasts, but more specifically: Potterotica. This shit is so funny guys. SO FUNNY.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I wanted to work on getting better at DNF-ing because honestly, why continue to suffer through mediocrity? I had 17 DNFs in 2016 and 33 this year. I also continued to keep up with my book spreadsheet where I keep track of all the details of the books I read (or the ones I DNF).

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Well, at this point I’ve already read 9 books this year but the one book that is a top priority would be…

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Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

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Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues by Nova Jacobs

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

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Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I’d really like to implement a new theme this year.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Only 2018 release I read in 2017:

Rapid Fire Reviews – Artemis, Ink and Bone, Into the Drowning Deep, The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Monthly Rundown: May 2017

June 3, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 6 Comments

Books Read = 18

hahaha 18 accomplished once again!!! But just barely. There may have been a string of graphic novels read one weekend but eh, still counts. I didn’t realize how positively horrible I did at review writing though… 2? Ouch. So lots of reading, not a lot of writing. It happens.

Posted Reviews

Unreviewed Reads

A few of the other reads from May that I don’t plan on reviewing. The rest of the 18 should have reviews in June. We’ll see how that goes. haha

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Best of the Month: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl ★★★★★
I love my foodie fiction novels but I had yet to pick up Ruth Reichl. This was an absolute delight and reminded me much of Nora Ephron’s glorious writing style. Just with more food. I purchased Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table this week and hope it’s just as good.

Least Favorite: Borderline (The Arcadia Project #1) by Mishell Baker ★★
I had heard some massively great things about this one and I splurged on the audible version and just could not get into the story at all. I really loved the less than typical main character but this one just didn’t do it for me for some reason.

Biggest Surprise: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain ★★★★
I am only just now delving into the glories of Foodie Non-Fiction. Read my first Reichl this month and my first Bourdain. It was a good month.

Biggest Disappointment: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas ★★★½Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Uggghhhhh I hate listing this but it’s true. I was disappointed. It wasn’t the worst but it definitely failed to live up to my (admittedly enormous) expectations. It is what it is.

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Stacking the Shelves (172)

May 14, 2017 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 4 Comments

I’ve gotten a bit lazy with my weekly posts! I’m exhausted practically all the time lately and usually by the time I realize that I don’t have a post for the next day, I’m usually in bed and good luck getting me up. I haven’t been spending my weekends getting stuff ready for the week and I need to get back into the groove of that so I have some posts ready to go in advance and not just the night before. 🙂

Recent Posts

New Books

I realized I keep forgetting to share my BOTM pick from April (lol, my May box is already en route.) I haven’t read it yet because I haven’t been quite in the mood yet but I’m very excited to get around to it.

I (of course) pre-ordered ACOWAR (and also took the day off work just to read it). Sadly, it was a bit of a disappointment for me. I picked up Wedding Girl on sale for Kindle and an Agatha Christie. My library checkouts are a bit random. I don’t often read Non-Fiction but I have always been fascinated by the Tudor time period. What led up to the Tudor time period? Well, that’s my current obsession. I’m currently reading The Wars of the Roses and I absolutely love it. I’ve since added a crazy amount of fascinating sounding histories to my TBR because apparently it’s quickly become my thing. I’m all ears for recommendations. 🙂

Purchased
American War by Omar El Akkad [Purchase]
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase]
Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis [Purchase]
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie [Purchase]

Library Checkouts

The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones [Purchase]
The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones [Purchase]

What new books did you get this week?

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 1st, 2017

May 1, 2017 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 7 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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GUYS, IT’S HERE.

Waiting on Wednesday – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

I’m so excited I could cry. I took the day off work just so I could stay up all night and read all day. I might need to schedule in a nap but I’M SO EXCITED.

All right, here’s the rest of the books being released this week. 🙂

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Week of May 1st, 2017

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The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1) by Amy Plum [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperTeen

Avenged (Ruined #2) by Amy Tintera [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperTeen

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Star Wars: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney Lucasfilm Press

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The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1) by Laurie Forest [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Delacorte Press

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Philomel Books

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Count All Her Bones (Girl, Stolen #2) by April Henry [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

The Scattering (The Outliers #2) by Kimberly McCreight [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperCollins

One Cut by Eve Porinchak [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon Pulse

Deep Water by Katherine Nichols [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon Pulse

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And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Razorbill

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2017 by Hot Key Books

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Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Amulet Books

Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sky Pony Press

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The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre (The Two Princesses of Bamarre 0.5) by Gail Carson Levine [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperCollins

Posted by John David Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Walden Pond Press

Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Just Dreaming (Silver #3) by Kerstin Gier [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Spill Zone (The Spill Zone #1) by Scott Westerfeld [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by First Second

The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Aladdin

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

The Lost Legacy (The Supernormal Sleuthing Service #1) by Gwenda Bond & Chistopher Rowe [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Greenwillow Books

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The Jane Austen Project: A Novel by Kathleen A. Flynn [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Harper Perennial

City of Miracles (The Divine Cities #3) by Robert Jackson Bennett [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Broadway Books

The Guns Above (Signal Airship #1) by Robyn Bennis [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Tor Books

Borrowed Souls (Soul Charmer #1) by Chelsea Mueller [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Talos

Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11) by Faith Hunter [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Ace

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All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Tor.com

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Orbit

Tremontaine by Ellen Kushner [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Saga Press

Skitter (The Hatching #2) by Ezekiel Boone [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Red Wolf (Shifters Unbound #10) by Jennifer Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Berkley Books

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What My Body Remembers by Agnete Friis [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Soho Crime

16th Seduction (Women’s Murder Club #16) by James Patterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Riverhead Books

Crime Song (Frank Marr #2) by David Swinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Mulholland Books

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The Graves (Abby Endicott #2) by Pamela Wechsler [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Minotaur Books

Proving Ground (Lourdes Robles, #1) by Peter Blauner [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Minotaur Books

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara Bourland [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

Broken Bay: A Novella by Andrea Dunlop [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Atria Books

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The Baker’s Secret: A Novel by Stephen P. Kiernan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by William Morrow

The Language of Solitude: A Novel (The Rising Dragon #2) by Jan-Philipp Sendker [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Atria / 37 INK

Fen: Stories by Daisy Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Graywolf Press

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Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

Murder Between the Lines (Kitty Weeks Mystery #2) by Radha Vatsal [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Goodnight from London: A Novel by Jennifer Robson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by William Morrow

‘Round Midnight by Laura McBride [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Touchstone

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The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Park Row Books

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Berkley Books

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Picador

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Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Confessions of a Domestic Failure: A Humorous Book about a Not So Perfect Mom by Bunmi Laditan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Mira Books

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Berkley Books

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Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Atria Books

Against All Odds by Danielle Steel [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Delacorte Press

Nothing Like a Duke (The Duke’s Sons #4) by Jane Ashford [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

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The Leavers by Lisa Ko [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Algonquin Books

Before We Sleep by Jeffrey Lent [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury USA

Trajectory: Stories by Richard Russo [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Dinner Party: Stories by Joshua Ferris [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Little, Brown and Company

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Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR Plans

March 14, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 9 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Springtime! Otherwise known as the occasional warm day but definitely don’t put those long sleeves away yet. These are the books I’m making plans to get to this upcoming season.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel
Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman

An Artificial Night (October Daye #3) by Seanan McGuire
Feversong (Fever #9) by Karen Marie Moning
American Gods (American Gods #1) by Neil Gaiman
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
Owl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1) by Kristi Charish

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