If & Then Thursday-5/11/2017

Happy Thursday everyone,

This is a meme started by a good friend of mine Alex@YoungatHearts, and it seemed fun.

If&Then Thursdays is a book meme created by Alex@ Young at Heart Books. How do you participate? It’s easy! All you have to do is choose two books that are somewhat related in theme, writing style, genre, etc. Tell us how they are similar and why we would like them! All recommendations should be made in this format:

“If you like Book A, then you might enjoy Book B”

 If you liked:

A fairy tale retelling set in a sci fi world, in which I would describe as Star Wars meets Disney. It has a great cast of characters, great world building and it does a good job at retelling these fairy tales.

Than you might like:

While this was one of my cover buys, I still really liked the book. It was a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with a little but of Game of Thrones in there.

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

 

Why: Both a fairy tale retelling. One is set in a futuristic fantasy world, while the other is set within a high fantasy world. As a Disney fan, I could always love a good fairy tale retelling and these two books are very good if you are a fan of Disney, or if you like a science fiction and fantasy books.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books to Get you out of a reading slump

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:
February 22nd: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump
–Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let’s talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump!

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Another great topic, mainly because I have reading slumps and it took a really great book in order for me to get back on track.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I read this book during one of my reading slumps in which before that, the previous books I read I either DNF or was just plan bored by them. An Ember in the Ashes got me back on track. I was action packed, had well developed characters and left you wanting more.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Another great read, especially if you haven’t read anything in a while. While it may seem like a beach read. It is a very dark and disturbing book that you wouldn’t want to put down.

Legend by: Marie Lu

Another great and action packed book with a lot of twists and turns, especially if you haven’t read something in a while or was just burned by the previous books you read.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

If you are looking for something unconventional to read, I would recommend Illuminae because of how different it is from everything else that I have read and it seems refreshing to read a book like that.

The Shadow Queen by: C.J. Redwine

As a fan of fairy tale retellings, of course this you get me out of a slump. I read it just last summer and really loved the book and it got me back on track with reading. Also the cover looks amazing.

Those are the books that I would recommend to get me out of a reading slump. What books are great to get you out of a slump? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Stationary Book Tag

Thank you to Cassiopeia’s Moon for the Tag!

This Tag was created by Sam @ RiverMoose-Reads

It seemed like a very interesting tag so enjoy.

 

Pencils- Favorite Children’s Book

Growing up reading, these books were my favorite. Especially Matilda, BFG and James and the Giant Peach. These books were a part of my childhood.

Pens-A Basic Staple for any reader

Of course, Harry Potter is an obvious choice for any reader. It was one of the first big series I think most of us have read and never stopped. I still re-read to this day.

Notebooks-Books you own multiple copies of.

Again, Harry Potter. My paperbacks for Sorcerers Stone and Chamber of Secrets were ripped, so I bought new copies. I hope that counts.

Markers-Books with beautiful covers

Don’t those covers look amazing.

Glue: Two Characters that work together even if they aren’t together.

Day and June worked well together all throughout the series, even when during Prodigy and Champion they spent some time apart.

Scissors: What book would you like to destroy?

I can’t!!!!!! Yes I read the first book to see what the hype was a about, finished it and kept wondering why. It was poorly written, the characters are awful and lines are cringe-worthy.

Art kit: What completed series you own?

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JR Tolkien

Six of Crows Duolgy by Leigh Bardugo

 

That is my Stationary Book Tag.

I Tag:

Teacher of YA

Nicole at Booksinked

Chelsey @ The Heart and the Page

Lilly @ Lairofbooks

Kate @ The Novelty Nerd

Have a good day!

 

 

The Shadow Queen by: C.J. Redwine

Summary

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

The Review

I actually liked this book. It does seem a little biased, because I love fairy tale retelling, and this was a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, without the dwarfs. While this premise is almost the small as other high fantasy premises I did enjoy it.

Lorelai, is a good character. I liked her relationships with her brother; Leo, Gabriel and Sasha, her bird. I also like her relationship with Kol. While it was almost the insta-love you see in most YA novels there was at least a chance for them to build a bond between them and you actually cared about what happened to them. The romance didn’t distract us from the actual plot

Irina, the evil Queen was a great villain, sort of like Regina from Once Upon a Time and Queen Cersei from Game of Thrones. I would have liked to see a bit more development from her though.

While the story was great and compelling for beginning to end, I think some parts were a bit rushed and I would have liked to have some moments for the story to slow down so I could catch up with what it going on. It did a good job at retelling the story of Snow White, with a twist. I also would have liked some of the side characters to have some development, and since I think this is an ongoing series than maybe we could see some more development.

Also I felt the world building was okay. I would have liked to have seen other kingdoms, but hopefully future books will further develop them.

I think this book was great, and I really enjoyed. Hopefully some of the problems can be fixed in future books, which I will be excited about reading.

Grade: 3.3/5