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March 2020 Wrap Up

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March was a month that happened… We are all aware of the current situation in the world and I won’t be going into detail about it. I hope that you and all your loved ones are healthy and safe! 💜

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March was the longest month ever. It literary felt like three months and not just one. I’m doing okay, as okay as I can be in these circumstances. I live alone, so I have been talking over the phone to my parents a lot in March (it really sucks knowing I can’t even visit them, especially my mom who lives in a different country). I have also been talking to my friends and just keeping up with people I care about. I have found things to do during this time, to distract me and also keep me busy. My mental health has been great in March, which surprised me but I’m very thankful for it at the same time.

My university switched to online classes and that has been an interesting experience. The most interesting one is the seminar that I’m having this semester, where there are 15 or so students, the professor and his assistant. We are doing our classes over some site that allows voice sharing, video sharing and screen sharing. It feels strange to do things this way, but I got used to it very fast (after just 2 classes). In March we had a group project, it was strange working with people I had never met before. (From home, obviously as everything is closed.) As we don’t have access to our library, the professor also made our individual themes (for a presentation and paper) in a way that we can use our libraries online resources for it. I’m just thankful to our professor for organising everything and making sure that we are not loosing a semester. He is the best! 💜

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I managed to read 7 books in March and I’m really pleased with that. What pleases me even more is the fact that all of those books were ones that I received for review. I’m so happy to finally be getting to those backlisted review books. My motivation towards blogging has been kinda strange lately, which is the reason that this wrap up is so late. Hopefully I’ll be blogging more in the future (though I’m not going to force myself if I’m not feeling like it).


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DreadnoughtDreadnought (Nemesis #1) by April Daniels

3 out of 5 stars

First and foremost, this is a very important book that I think many people should read. It is an own-voices story about a trans woman in a superhero society. I struggled with the rating for this book. On one hand I understand how important this book and representation is, on the other I didn’t enjoy the reading experience due to the anxiety that this book triggered for me (which I’ll get into later). This is a case of it’s me not you, I feel that a lot of people would love this book!

Check out my full review of this book, if you are interest in more of my thoughts.


Outrun the WindOutrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi

2 out of 5 stars

As you can see by my rating, I didn’t particularly enjoy Outrun the Wind. This is the second book that I have read by Elizabeth Tammi and I didn’t enjoy her other book either. The Weight of a Soul was a 2 star read as well. Anyway, I think that Elizabeth Tammi’s books aren’t for me. That is a shame as books inspired by mythology are something that I usually adore.

I couldn’t connect to the story or the characters. This partially due to the fact that I couldn’t get into the writing style. But I also felt that the characters weren’t that fleshed out, or rather some of them seemed unbelievable.

Check out my full review of this book, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


By a Charm and a CurseBy a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell

2 out of 5 stars

As soon as I heard that this book had a magical carnival setting I was intrigued and I wanted to read it. To be honest the setting of this book was definitely my favourite part, but I had problems with literary everything else. Which is why this book disappointed me as much as it did. I just expected to enjoy it a lot more than I did in the end.

By a Charm and a Curse just wasn’t a book for me. I expected a lot more from it and I was especially disappointed by the characters and the romance.

Check out my full review of this book, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


The Reborn King (The Dragon’s Blade #1) by Michael R. Miller – 3 out of 5 stars
The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli 3 out of 5 stars
One Word Kill (Impossible Times #1) by Mark Lawrence – 3 out of 5
Limited Wish (Impossible Times #2) by Mark Lawrence – 2 out of 5 stars

These are the 4 other books that I read in March. I plan on reviewing all of them this month, but I haven’t even started writing those reviews yet. Because of that I haven’t formulated my thoughts on them, which is why I’m grouping them together. Hopefully I’ll be able to gather my thoughts for these books soon and actually write those reviews. If you are interested in my thoughts on any of these books, keep an eye out on my blog this month.


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How was your March? What did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Fantasy Tropes || Book Tag ✨

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I was tagged by the wonderful Kelly @Another Book In The Wall for this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 😀 Be sure to check out Kelly’s blog, you are missing out if you aren’t already following her. As always, I’m sorry that it’s taking me this long to do this tag (I’m the worst when it comes to doing tags on time). 😅

I won’t be tagging anyone specific, but if you feel like doing this tag consider yourself tagged by me! 💜


The Rules:

  1. Mention the creator – One’s Peculiar.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Tag as many people as you like!
  4. Have fun!

“The Lost Princess”
A book/series you lost interest in halfway through.

I don’t know if this is a controversial opinion or not? (Since this series is so popular.) I definitely lost interest in the A Song of Ice and Fire series after reading the first 2 books.

Song of Ice and Fire


“The Knight in Shining Armour”
A hyped book/series you were swept up by.

The first hyped book that came to my mind was Six of Crows, or rather the duology as a whole. There are actually many hyped books that I adore, but I’m going to go with my first instinct.

Grisha


“The Wise Old Wizard”
An author who amazes you with his/her writing.

Erin Morgenstern has some of the most mesmerising writing that I have ever encountered. I seriously need to reread The Night Circus soon!

The Night Circus


“The Maiden in Distress”
An undervalued character you wished had a bigger storyline.

I actually had to think for a really long time about this question. No character was coming to my mind (aside from the Harry Potter universe, but I didn’t want to pick them). Then I remembered that I was always intrigued by the other Bennet sisters from Pride and Prejudice, especially Mary Bennet as we get to know about her the least. So I would love to have gotten to know more about her.

Pride and Prejudice


“The Magical Sword”
A magical item/ability you wish authors used less.

I can’t think of anything right now? There really isn’t a specific magical item or ability that I hate seeing.

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“The Mindless Villain”
A phrase you cannot help but roll your eyes at.

She was different, she wasn’t like the other girls.

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“The Untamed Dragon”
A magical creature you wish you had as a pet.

Well, not exactly a pet but I would love to be friends with Saphira from the Inheritance Cycle. I adore dragons, they are my favourite mythical creature and Saphira is definitely my all time favourite dragon. Of course I would love to know her!

Eragon


“The Chosen One”
A book/series you will always root for.

Of course I had to pick my all time favourite series for this one, The Gentlemen Bastards.

Gentlemen Bastards


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Waiting on Wednesday: A Song Below Water

Yes, I’m aware it’s not actually Wednesday. I wanted to post this yesterday evening, but my internet wasn’t working. I was very frustrated because of it last night and then I decided I still want to post this Waiting on Wednesday in March, so here we are. I don’t think anybody really cares that this isn’t posted on an actual Wednesday, but I still wanted to acknowledge it. Now onto the actual post!


Feature

Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


A Song Below WaterA Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Publication date: 2. June 2020

Summary:

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Nevermind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favourite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.


A Song Below Water sounds like such a fantastic book! I haven’t read any siren books ever (or at least I can’t remember reading any books about them), which makes me even more exited to read this book! The fact that there is going to be a female friendship in A Song Below Water makes me even more exited to read it. The cover is obviously gorgeous as well! This is also an own-voices book for the black representation.

I actually received an ARC copy of A Song Below Water from NetGalley recently and I was so exited about it. I seriously can’t wait to read this book soon!


Are you looking forward to A Song Below Water? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell || Book Review

Disclaimer: I received By a Charm and a Curse from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


By a Charm and a CurseTitle: By a Charm and a Curse

Author: Jaime Questell

Published: 6. February 2018

Edition: Entangled: Teen

ebook, 302 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Romance

Summary:

A kiss is never just a kiss.

Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.

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◄ 2 out of 5 stars 

As soon as I heard that this book had a magical carnival setting I was intrigued and I wanted to read it. To be honest the setting of this book was definitely my favourite part, but I had problems with literary everything else. Which is why this book disappointed me as much as it did. I just expected to enjoy it a lot more than I did in the end.

My two biggest problems in this book were the characters and the romance. I didn’t really care about any of the characters in this story, neither main or side ones. The two main characters were the worst thought, I was annoyed at them throughout the whole book. Obviously this made me not have that much fun while reading By a Charm and a Curse, as I do like to read about characters that I care about. The romance between them was another aspect of this book that really bothered me. First of all it was insta-love and also very unbelievable at the same time. I seriously couldn’t stand them together.

The only reason that this book is getting two stars, and not one, is due to the carnival setting. I enjoyed learning more about it and the world in general was interesting as well. The plot was alright, nothing too outstanding but still interesting enough. The writing style was very descriptive and I enjoyed it a lot. Which makes me even more disappointed that I didn’t like this book. I just really couldn’t stand the characters or the romance.

As you can tell by my review, By a Charm and a Curse just wasn’t a book for me. I was very disappointed in it, especially since it sounded like a book that I could love.


Have you read By a Charm and a Curse? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Waiting on Wednesday: Forest of Souls

Feature

Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


Forest of SoulsForest of Souls (Shamanborn #1) by Lori M. Lee

Publication date: 23. June 2020

Summary:

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.


This book sounds so perfect for me, I can’t even describe it. A main character who is training to be a spy, some type of death magic, magical dark woods and strong female friendship. All those elements on their own have the potential to make me love a book. Forest of Souls combines all those elements and this could be a perfect book for me.

You can obviously see why I’m exited for Forest of Souls. This cover for it is completely stunning! I adore illustrated covers and the colouring on this one is gorgeous. I seriously can’t wait for this book to come out!


Are you looking forward to Forest of Souls? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi || Book Review

DisclaimerI received Outrun the Wind from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Outrun the Wind

Title: Outrun the Wind

Author: Elizabeth Tammi

Published: 27. November 2018

Edition: Flux

ebook, 302 pages

Genre: Fantasy | LGBT+ | Mythology

Summary:

The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta.

To earn back Artemis’s favour, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule.

She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors willing to tempt fate to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

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◄ 2 out of 5 stars 

As you can see by my rating, I didn’t particularly enjoy Outrun the Wind. This is the second book that I have read by Elizabeth Tammi and I didn’t enjoy her other book either. The Weight of a Soul was a 2 star read as well and you can check out that review, if you are interested. Anyway, I think that Elizabeth Tammi’s books aren’t for me. That is a shame as books inspired by mythology are something that I usually adore.

Outrun the Wind has such an interesting premise and I was very exited to start reading it. Soon I discovered that I would be having problems with the book. The reason for that is that I just couldn’t get into the writing style. It took me ages to get into the story and even then I wasn’t enjoying it all that much. I can’t pinpoint what exactly what bothered me (as I usually can’t with writing styles), it just didn’t work for me. That is also the reason why I probably won’t be reading more books by this author. Also, this story was supposed to be taking place in Ancient Greece yet I didn’t get that feeling at all. It actually felt more like a fantasy world, which is something that brought me out of the story.

I couldn’t connect to the story or the characters. This partially due to the fact that I couldn’t get into the writing style. But I also felt that the characters weren’t that fleshed out, or rather some of them seemed unbelievable. Especially Artemis and Apollo, they just didn’t feel like gods – they felt very weak in the grand scheme of things (which I can’t get into because of spoilers). Kahina and Atalanta were okay, I just didn’t feel all that much towards them. Their relationship and interactions were interesting to read about, but they didn’t capture my heart. Their relationship was probably my favourite part of the book.

Overall, Outrun the Wind just wasn’t what I expected it to be. I thought I would enjoy it more, based on the premise. Apparently Elizabeth Tammi’s books just don’t work for me. I would still recommend checking this book out, if the premise interests you, as I know many other people who have enjoyed this book.


Have you read Outrun the Wind? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Dreadnought by April Daniels || Book Review

DisclaimerI received Dreadnought from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Dreadnought

Title: Dreadnought

( Nemesis #1 )

Author: April Daniels

Published: 24. January 2017

Edition: Diversion Books

ebook, 276 pages

Genre: Fantasy | LGBT+

Summary:

Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.

She doesn’t have time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars 

Trigger warnings: transphobia, emotional and verbal abuse
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First and foremost, this is a very important book that I think many people should read. It is an own-voices story about a transwoman in a superhero society. I struggled with the rating for this book. On one hand I understand how important this book and representation is, on the other I didn’t enjoy the reading experience due to the anxiety that this book triggered for me (which I’ll get into later). This is a case of it’s me not you, I feel that a lot of people would love this book!

I really liked Danny, our main heroine. She was such an inspiring character. It was amazing seeing her face the challenges that came her way. Danny is also a very flawed character, which made her feel more real. Her reactions to different situations, while sometimes difficult to read (because of the situations), felt genuine and raw. I enjoyed learning more about her as the story progressed. As I already mentioned in the beginning, Danny is a transwoman and she is also a lesbian. I can’t speak about how the representation was executed, as I’m neither a lesbian nor trans.

The reason my anxiety kicked in (which I mentioned in the beginning) is due to the transphobia in this book. It was very difficult for me to read about other characters being horrible towards Danny. Due to my anxiety I felt uncomfortable while reading this book, which is why I couldn’t rate it higher. There was also another reason for my anxiety kicking in, but it is very personal and I don’t want to go into it here.

The story was interesting and very fast paced. It took me a bit to get into it properly, but I found myself intrigued after the first fifty or so pages. I do wish we got some scenes from Danny’s normal life, like her getting used to her new body or just her hanging out. The story felt a bit too fast paced at times. I found the world-building to be lacking. As I mentioned in the beginning this is a world of superheroes. The technology is also very advanced in this world, which was interesting. I just feel that the world could have been developed more. (I can’t really explain what exactly I mean without getting into spoilers.)

Dreadnought is an important and very interesting book. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would, due to personal reasons, I still think that many people need to read this book. I definitely recommend checking it out!


Have you read Dreadnought? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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