Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black


The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)

Author: Holly Black

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 384

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

4 out of 5 stars


I knew that I was going to love this book and I’m so glad I picked it up this month!

The Cruel Prince follows a girl named Jude who is mortal and living in Faerie. Her mortal mother used to be married to a faerie but then ran away while pregnant with her older sister, Vivienne. Jude has a twin named Taryn, and at the age of 7, the ex-husband faerie comes and kills the girls’ parents and steals them away to live in Faerie. The three girls grow up as members of the court as their “father” is an important member of the Faerie society. All Jude wants is to be a knight of the faeries, but being mortal sets her back from this. She has to deal with the school bullies who just so happen to be led by one of the princes…

This book was really great! THE PLOT TWISTS. Oh my gosh I literally did not see them coming at all.

I think this is a great fantasy to read if you’re just getting into fantasy because it isn’t too difficult to understand, and even though there are multiple mini storylines, its easy to follow. The world building of this book was beautiful and I can see why people call Holly Black the master of the fae world. I read The Darkest Part of the Forest quite awhile ago, but I’m even more impressed with the world building and characters in this one.

This book is dedicated to Cassandra Clare. Omg.

For Cassandra Clare, who was finally lured into Faerieland.

ugh too cute. I love when authors are best friends cause CUTE.

I can’t wait to see where this series goes because there are SO MANY ROUTES IT COULD TAKE. I am HERE for Prince Cardan. I loved him right away even though he was being horrible to Jude because I knew that there was going to be something about him… I was right.

Prince Cardan is just so…. unique. He is cruel *thee cruel prince? hmm idk* to Jude, but there’s something different about him that I noticed right away. I can’t exactly put my finger on it because it wasn’t just one moment, but I knew that he would become a main character.

Jude is headstrong and knows what she wants, so when she starts getting distracted by the beautiful faerie boys. Girl, I knew that was going to end badly.

I have so many theories of what could happen in the next books and you’ll have to watch my YouTube review that will be going up soon!

Review: The Diviners (The Diviners #1) – Libba Bray


The Diviners (The Diviners #1) – Libba Bray

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

Title: The Diviners (The Diviners #1)

Author: Libba Bray

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 578

Evangeline O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

When the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurl in the city that never sleeps. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened….

4 out of 5 stars


This book took me forever to read, but I’m SO GLAD I read it!

The Diviners follows Evie O’Neill as she goes to live with her uncle Will in New York. Her parents send her there from their small town in Ohio because she told everyone at a party a truth about a wealthy family’s son. Evie is ‘too much’ for her small Ohio town and is excited to see where her adventures in NYC take her, when all of the sudden she and her uncle get involved in a murder mystery case. Evie has powers but has never been able to talk about them to anyone, but maybe she can confide in her uncle…

This was such an interesting read! I do think that it was quite long, but it was totally worth it. The characters in this book are so well crafted; they’re all unique and fun to read about. The mysteries keep you on your toes, and this made me want to travel to NYC!

Evie is so spunky and fun and is the epitome of a flapper girl. She loves partying and dancing and being unapologetically her, which she can do in New York. She’s much better fitted to a big city than to a small Ohio town.

The mysteries were so cool and the way that the story played out was amazing. In the book there was this Pentacle Killer and he was killing in the order of some creepy religious text. So it follows Evie, uncle Will, Jericho, and Sam trying to figure out what is happening.

Evie is a Diviner, so she has a supernatural ability. She can see information about people by just holding an object that is important to someone. This adds a nice amount of mystery and paranormal to this story! She also wants to help catch the Pentacle Killer with this ability but no one knows. It’s just a whole lot of tiptoeing around people to keep her power a secret. It’s suspenseful and cool.

One of my FAVORITE tropes ever is hate to love, and that is being set up so so so well in this book. The first person Evie meets when she gets to New York is Sam Lloyd. He steals $20 from her at the train station and she freaks the freak out at him. He keeps popping up everywhere and then he gets a job at her uncle’s museum so he’s always around. He’s crushing crazy hard on her, but she’s oblivious to it, but it’s SO CUTE. I really hope that their relationship turns into something because it would be so cute.

This was a really great book and it followed a few different storylines and I think they’re all going to meet up in the next book and YAY! I’m so excited. Read this book!!

Down the Read-A-Thon Hole!


Hello! It has been a hot minute since I last did a non-review post, but it’s my goal to make it more of a thing this year!!

I found the Down the Read-A-Thon Hole from Falling Down the Book Hole and just really wanted to participate. I LOVE readathons and they push me to read more throughout the time. I’m excited because this readathon is based off a bingo card and there are challenges for each square :)


WHAT IS THE DOWN THE READ-A-THON HOLE CHALLENGE  ?

The  Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge runs from Thursday, February 1 to Thursday, February 15. During this read-a-thon you will select books to complete a bingo card, with each box earning you points as well as a bingo. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges using a blog/twitter/instagram.

Read a book that completes the reading challenges to earn an “Alice” bingo. That means 5 in a row either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Additionally there will be other challenges posted throughout the 2 weeks that will earn you more points.
Each Box: 10pts
Bingo: 50pts
Blog Challenges: 20pts


CHALLENGE EVENTS

February 2nd- Alice in Wonderland DIY – Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole 

February 4th- Alice in Wonderland Picture Challenge @ Falling Down The Book Hole

February 6th- Alice’s Adventures Down The Book Hole Book Tag- Two Book Minimum 

February 9th- Alice Themed Discussion- Alex @ Booksy Daisy

February 12th- Mad Hatter Tea Party Book Tag- Liam @ Book Worm Hole 

(You have until February 15th to complete and post this challenges to receive the points)


Okay. I just wanted to give some of the information I knew *from the blog post* in order to persuade you to join me! I think this will be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to participate.

MY TBR

‘Eat Me’ Cakes – read a book with a magical element

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

White Rabbit – read a popular book you are late to the party for

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

Tea Party – read a book based in England/UK

The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

Dinah – read a book that focuses on friendship

Everything, Everything


SO EXCITED FOR THIS READATHON!

Review: The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J. K. Rowling


The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J. K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: December 4, 2008

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 111

Source: Library

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

5 out of 5 stars


This was just the book I needed right now. I hadn’t finished a book in quite awhile, and felt like I was reading every-so-slowly, but this picked it right back up!

I love Harry Potter (Gryffindor power) and am co-hosting Randomathon Round 2 on my YouTube channel. One of the challenges was to read a Harry Potter book, so that’s why I picked this up from my library.

I’m so glad I read this because it was so fast paced and it was perfect for a readathon!

This book included five Wizarding World fairy tales that are told to wizard children while they’re growing up. These stories are just as well known as Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. I honestly really enjoyed every single story, but I think my favorite was “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” Even though I knew this story through watching the Harry Potter movies it was nice to read it in a book :)

Also, this cover is really cool. You should definitely study the cover a little bit after reading this, because you can tie each of the stories to one of the illustrations!

I think this was a great addition to the Harry Potter world, and if you get the chance you should totally pick it up! It was short and a very fast read :)

Review: A Temporary Matter – Jhumpa Lahiri


A Temporary Matter – Jhumpa Lahiri

A Temporary Matter

Title: A Temporary Matter

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Release Date: April 20, 1998

Publisher: Mariner

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 22

Source: Anthology

4 out of 5 stars


This is a short story in the anthology called Interpreter of Maladies. My boyfriend read this book for one of his classes, and said that I would enjoy the stories, so here I am.

This story follows a couple who suffer from communication issues because of their grief over their miscarriage. The two were in love at one point, but have fallen out of love and find themselves ignoring each other, and seeking out solitude. They get a message saying that in order to fix some power lines, everyone in the neighborhood will have to turn off their lights from 8 pm until 9 pm for a week. At first they dread the conversations they’ll have to have without electricity, but start having meals by candlelight. They play a “game” where they each tell one thing that they’ve never told the other while sitting in the dark. They listen and don’t judge one another. The man thinks that it might be possible to rekindle the love they once had, but it might not be able to happen under certain circumstances.

This was such an amazingly written story and I would recommend it! It took me by surprise, because with three pages left of the story, EVERYTHING was going so well, then the ending was just so sad. Reading this short story made me question why I don’t read short stories more often. I honestly think the reason is because I only ever read them for class, so when I do outside of class they feel a little forced, but I’m giving these a chance :)

I thought that because the couple in the story had gone through something hard they would get back together and make up. I am kind of clueless in the whole “falling out of love” thing, but I wish they could have worked things out. Even though the ending was sad, I thought it was a perfect way to conclude the story as a whole. I think it would have been forced and unrealistic for them to get back together and work everything out for themselves. I believe this is a testament to how some relationships end up, which is sad, but it’s true.

I thought it was a beautiful story, and can’t wait to continue on with the rest in this anthology!

Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR – January 8-January 14


The Winter Biannual Bibliothon is a readathon set up by booktubers involving reading and video/post challenges. I will be participating in the reading challenges from January 8 until January 14.

The Challenges:

  1. Group Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalo
  2. Throwback – finish a series you already started
  3. 2016 Release
  4. BookTube Recommendation
  5. Book you were excited for, but never picked up
  6. Retelling
  7. Diverse Book

Two challenges can be combined for one book. I’m very excited for this because it’s been awhile since I’ve participated in a readathon!

TBR:

  1. Group Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) – Kerri Maniscalo
  2. Throwback – finish a series you already started, and a 2016 Release: Rebellion (The 100 #4) – Kass Morgan
  3. BookTube Recommendation, and Book you were excited for, but never picked up: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J. K. Rowling
  4. Retelling, and diverse book: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer

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BookTubeAThon TBR


BookTubeAThon started today! Usually I like to have TBR posts up a couple days before the beginning of a readathon, but I’ve been very busy with band camp and didn’t get the change to write it out! If you don’t know what BookTubeAThon is, it’s a week long readathon hosted by some booktubers on YouTube. Ariel Bissett is one of the founders of this awesome event.

This year’s challenges:

  1. Read a book with blue on the cover.
  2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name. *Browning is my last name.*
  3. Read someone else’s favorite book. *this is one of my best friend’s favorite books.*
  4. Read the last book you acquired.
  5. Finish a book without letting go of it.
  6. Read a book you really want to read.
  7. Read 7 books.

Will I read all of these books? Probably not. Am I still going to participate? Yes.

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