To say that I was excited about this book would be an understatement. And then to find out how long it was? So happy! And of course, it didn’t let me down. I jumped headfirst into this book and it didn’t let me go. I absolutely love the characters Marissa Meyer created in this series. They are flawed and they are full of life. The story was so well plotted with all of the fairy tales coming together perfectly. It was all so wonderfully done and I enjoyed every minute of it. So if you haven’t read the series at all. It begins with Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and then Winter. So go read them. If you haven’t, you’re really going to miss out. Who doesn’t love fairy tale recreations? Especially with a sci-fi twist? Hop to it! You won’t regret it!
Queen of Shadows By: Sarah J. Maas
All I can say about this is wow. Definitely the best book in the series thus far. This book drew me in immediately and didn’t let me go. Still hasn’t really. Everything developed so wonderfully, characters, plot, everything. Despite its length, this book felt too short. I really want to know what happens next. I really enjoy the different POVs in this series as well. It makes it much easier to get to know each character and see their development. I love Aelin because she seems like a character that could be real. I feel like I spent half of the time loving her and her decisions and the other half being frustrated with her. Anyway, loveloveloved this book and can’t wait for the next. Plus, awesome cover.
The Paris Winter By: Imogen Robertson
I’m not going to lie, the title and cover of this book drew my initial interest. The story involves a poor young artist in the city of Paris in the 1800’s. There is mystery, tragedy, art, romance and did I mention it takes place in Paris in the 1800’s? ‘Cause it does. And it was good. The writing was elegant, detailed and lovely. The protagonist is a young lady by the name of Maude Heighton and she is wonderful. She is tough, but kindhearted and I love that she is a fighter. The twist, while expected was still surprising, if that makes any sense. Basically, you know something horrible is coming, but you don’t know when, what, or how. The story was brilliantly constructed and I loved every minute of it. If you are looking for a darker novel full of intrigue, mystery and very great characters, read this. Loved it!
Description from Amazon:
There is but one Paris.
Vincent Van Gogh Maud Heighton came to Lafond’s famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris, she quickly realizes, is no place for a light purse. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling decadence of the Belle Epoque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, she stumbles upon an opportunity when Christian Morel engages her as a live-in companion to his beautiful young sister, Sylvie. Maud is overjoyed by her good fortune. With a clean room, hot meals, and an umbrella to keep her dry, she is able to hold her head high as she strolls the streets of Montmartre. No longer hostage to poverty and hunger, Maud can at last devote herself to her art. But all is not as it seems. Christian and Sylvie, Maud soon discovers, are not quite the darlings they pretend to be. Sylvie has a secret addiction to opium and Christian has an ominous air of intrigue. As this dark and powerful tale progresses, Maud is drawn further into the Morels’ world of elegant deception. Their secrets become hers, and soon she is caught in a scheme of betrayal and revenge that will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.
So I finally decided to organize my bookshelves. It was a lot of work as I haven’t done it in a long while. Also, I’ve been running out of room on my shelves so I decided to lay all of the books down so I can pile them higher and leave room for more books. Because lets be honest, there will always be more. I organized them in a way that works for me, but doesn’t necessarily make any actual sense. So yay! Books!
This shelf is for classics, mysteries and general/historical fiction.
This shelf is all of my young adult books. There are a lot.
And this shelf is for fantasy, non-fiction and cookbooks.
Why Do You Read?
I’ve been thinking about this a bit today. Why do we read? I read because I absolutely love it. I love that you can escape into different worlds and lives. I love that there is no limit to the imagination in the written word. I read anything that strikes my fancy. I don’t read to seem intelligent or to dissect the writing/writer. To me, the important part is the story. If I find it interesting, I love it. If I don’t enjoy a book or there is content I don’t appreciate, I stop reading the book. I no longer waste my time with negative reviews, because I just want to focus on the enjoyment of reading. Reading is an experience, and I always want it to be a good one. Essentially, I think books are magic. I also love stories in different forms. Music, movies, video games. I really just need stories all the time.
Why do you read?
A Painting Come to Life
Our New Fish – Koray
My husband and I have been wanting a pet for a while. But we live in an apartment, so they aren’t allowed. Except for fish! So we decided to get one. His name is Koray, which means “Ember Moon”. I found it quite fitting because of his coloring. The following pictures totally suck, because he is a speedy little bugger. Either way, here he is!