wonder wednesday

Wonder Wednesday: Enjoyable Blogs

Happy Wednesday everyone! This week I’ve been wondering what attracts you to a blog? Is it the layout that appeals to you? Is it the content, and if so, what content do you really enjoy? Do you prefer blogs to have a set update schedule or are you okay with people updating whenever? Like always I’ve been skimming through blogs though not as much as I usually do and I see some blogs with okay content with thousands of followers vs bloggers who have content I really enjoy with only a couple hundred. Is it a time spent blogging? The longer you blog the more followers you inevitably you get? I would love to know your thoughts not only to help my own blog, but so that others can read and improve their own blogs.

Have a lovely day and I look forward to hearing from you!

wonder wednesday

Wonder Wednesday: Judging a book by its cover?

Hello lovely readers! I hope this Wednesday is treating you well! This Wednesday I’ve been wondering about books and their covers. There is a saying that says, “you should never judge a book by its cover”. Its an excellent analogy about how you shouldn’t judge people based on what they look like, but I have a hard time applying this to books. Cover art to me is like the first love letter to a book that you see and if it isn’t well done then I wonder at the time and effort put into the book that is behind it. Maybe that’s fair, maybe it isn’t. What I’d like to know: do you judge a book by its cover? And if you do, what most appeals to you on a book cover? If you don’t then how do you determine which book to buy?

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Book Haul

My February Book Haul

Hello lovely readers! I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying all your books. I continue to have a book problem. Look at all these books. I hope some of these books catch your interest! Each of the titles contains a Goodreads link so if you want more of a summary just click the title.

My Physical Copies

On the Come Up A female rapper dealing with some drama? It may sound trivial, but if you know anything about Angie Thomas then you know there’s something deeper here.

King of Scars Back to the Grishaverse. I’ll admit so far I’ve only read the first book in the original series, but I really enjoyed it. Battling the darkness that comes with immense power? I think that’s really interesting.

The Fever King Noam and Dara are exceptional. If you want a diverse book with deep characters and political messages then this is the perfect book for you.

The Wicker King A teen who think he’s in a fantasy world who may actually just be battling mental illness? I’m so excited to read this!!!!!

Black Leopard, Red Wolf I’m interested in this book. A shifter who uses his skills to track a young boy. There’s been a lot of hype about this book.

The Wolf in the Whale I love Jordanna Max Brodsky’s work and I’m super excited about reading the intertwining of Inuit and viking mythology.

I was Anatasia The Romanov family has always been a really interesting point of history to me. I’m excited to read this new version of Anatasia.

Pachinko I love historical East Asia. I haven’t gotten the opportunity to read much in that genre so I’m excited to read this. This book seems like it’s going to go deeply into the power and consequences of family


My Netgalley eARCs

I’m super excited about all four of these books!

The Bird King a magic map and fantasy, historical fiction? I’m really jazzed about this! I’m half way through and this is a beautiful book. It’s slower paced, but I find it doesn’t bother me at all.

Gods of Jade and Shadow a story about a death god and a girl? Color me intrigued

Spin the Dawn a Mulan-like story? Sold!

Bursts of Fire addiction to Heaven? Three sisters? Interesting


Have you read any of these books? Are any of these books on your TBR?

wonder wednesday

Wonder Wednesday: To leave a bad review or no?

Hello lovely readers! This Wednesday I’ve been wondering about bad reviews. As a lover and reviewer of books there have been books out there that I’ve hated. Sometimes it’s the poor characterization or world building, but other times I just didn’t really enjoy the book even though it was really well written. So, I’ve been wondering. Should book bloggers post their bad reviews? I ask, because though I’ve seen an occasional less than positive review on a book blog on the majority I’ve seen 4+ ratings. This could be, because like me other bloggers only read books that they feel that they’re really interested in. But, I’ve also heard murmurs of bad reviews being bad for your blog. So, I’d like to know what you think? Do you think it’s good/okay to post a bad review for a book on your blog and why?

Reviews

Sizzling- A Review of Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Overall Enjoyment: 5/5

World building: 4/5

Characterization: 5/5

Diversity: 4/5

Personal Summary: Lei is of the paper caste, completely human in a whole full of hybrids and demons. Life may not be easy, but it is the only life Lei has known. That all changes when a group of demons abducts her to take her to the palace as one of the king’s paper girls. At the palace Lei is faced with new challenges, but also finds a love that strengthens her is ways she didn’t realize were possible. Together they may just be able to defeat the king and gain their freedom.

Review

I fell completely in love with this story about five pages in. This is the first book I’ve read with an f/f pairing that I’ve really enjoyed. It was a sizzling romance my readers and it was glorious.

The world is set in a Malaysian-inspired fantasy world full of humans, hybrids, and demon. I really enjoyed this world. There were smatterings of history throughout the book that really pulled everything together, but never got to the point of overwhelming. What I think I really enjoyed were the cultural nuances of this book. This book is full of its own cultural practices and beliefs and while I can see how some of it is based on real world cultural practices it didn’t take away any of my enjoyment. If you want a non-European fantasy world this book is a really great choice.

Characterization. I had mixed feelings about this rating. Lei and Wren had great characterization. I would say most of the characters that are more than just passing characters do, but sometimes I wanted a little bit more history from some of them. Many of them have a rough back story that’s alluded to, but never fully explained that I was hoping for.

Diversity. Full of women of color and are main characters are lesbians in an Asian-inspired world. It was beautifully done.

So, if you want a fantasy book featuring a diverse setting featuring two strong and brave lesbian lovers I couldn’t recommend this book enough for you. You can purchase it here.


Have you read this book yet? What did you think of it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Friday Feature

Friday Feature- Marlon James

Marlon James, photo taken from Wall Street Journal

Marlon James is a Jamacian-born author who works in both Minnesota and New York as a professor. In New York, he works as an adjunct lecturer at St. Francis College. In Minnesota, James is associate professor in the English department. He has published four novels so far. Two novels have received multiple awards.

What’s so great about him?

He is taking a different perspective to writing a book series than I’ve seen before. Marlon’s most recently published novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the beginning of a series. This series is going to be telling the same story, but with each book being from a different perspective. He says it is then up to you to decide which character you choose to believe. There may be other book series that do this, but I haven’t heard of them and I’m very excited to see where this story and this changing of perspective goes.


His Published Books

John Crow’s Devil

The Book of Night Women

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Black Leopard, Red Wolf


Most information came largely from this wikipedia post. All source information on this post was checked and proven accurate, but in order to not write a large list I direct you to a single post.

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Couples

Hello everyone! Today I’ve decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl! I don’t usually participate because I have trouble following prompts, but I found this week’s prompt enjoyable. So, let’s talk about my favorite book couples! Note: This is a fantasy blog and most of these characters will be from fantasy series, but there is at least one couple that I just couldn’t help but add to my list. Also, my main draw to fiction has never been romance so be prepared for light romances with lots of other main plot.

1 Selene and Theo from the Olympus Bound series. In my opinion one of the best couples I’ve ever read. They’re definitely not perfect, but they also recognize that and work on it. There’s a maturity there that I appreciate.


2. Lei and Wren from Girls of Paper and Fire. There’s a sizzle there that just makes me makes me dreamily sigh.


3. Clare and Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s been awhile since I’ve read this book, but I still remember it very fondly. Clare and Henry have known each other most of their lives though not in the way you would traditionally assume. Time travel and romance. mmm.


4. Gordo and Mark from Ravensong. They make my heart hurt. They have such a complex history. They’ve really hurt one another, but then they have each other’s backs. So many feels!


5. Jude and Carden from The Wicked King. These two are definitely a guilty pleasure. They’re a complete disaster, but there’s also something there that if they would just give it time I think could grow into something better.


6. Xio Voe and Kudorin from In This Land series. Holy crap, what a power couple! I love all the relationships in this series, but these two are on another level.


7. Lucas and Noah from Strength of the Pack. They’re a solid couple that can literally rely on each other in matter of life and death. military couple.


8. Magnus and Alex from Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard. You want love and acceptance? You’ve found it. It’s a light romance. Not the focus, but still definitely worth it.


9. Meg and Simon from The Others series. This isn’t heavy romance and it doesn’t really hit a good romantic point til the very end, but the growth is slow and sweet!


10. Chise and Elias from Ancient Magus’ Bride (Manga now anime). This story hurts my heart, but also warms it that they care for each other like they do.


Have any of our choices matched? Are there choices here you like that didn’t make your top ten? Do you hate some of these couples? Let me know what you think!