Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: Everless

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for! Here's mine for the week.


Title: Everless
AuthorSarah Holland
Release Date: January 2, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32320661-everless

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment.

Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself. (taken from goodreads.com)

Why I Need It: 

As you all know, I love my fantasy novels, and this one sounds perfectly dark and twisted. Royal wedding and hidden truths? Heck yeah, that's right up my alley.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi


Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for! Here's mine for the week.


Title: Whichwood
AuthorTahereh Mafi
Release Date: November 14, 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33930071-before-now

A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.

Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.
(taken from goodreads.com)


Why I Need It: 

Basically, I'll buy anything by Tahereh Mafi. End of story. So yeah, I want this one, even though I haven't read Furthermore

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Great Glasses Resource for Book Lovers

I remember when I was fairly young, my eye doctor told me that reading could speed up the deterioration of my eyesight. It wasn't like I was going to go blind or anything, but my love for literature definitely played a role in my rapidly changing lens prescriptions.

To this day, my eyes are still changing on a yearly basis, and it's a struggle to constantly keep up with the proper diagnosis. My glasses and contacts are often different strengths, and sometimes I go too long before switching to a newer prescription.

That's why I've loved using GlassesShop.com to order my newest prescription glasses. They have a huge selection of eyeglasses on their website, and their prices make it easy for me to up my prescription without shelling out megabucks. I even invested in a pair of prescription sunglasses recently. Up until now, I'd never taken the time or money to obtain a pair, but it's made my driving experience so much better on a daily basis!

My newest pair of prescription glasses have a vintage type feel to them, and the lenses are large enough that they don't annoying hover at the edge of my vision. I'm in love!

 

If you, like me, put a lot of strain on your eyes and are looking to purchase new eyeglasses, I'd highly recommend checking this website out. Plus, I have a special promotion just for my readers! Use the coupon code "GSHOT50" to get half off on many eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses.

*This article was made in cooperation with GlassesShop.com.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab


Title: Our Dark Duet
Series: Monsters of Verity #2
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Format: E-Book

Page Count: 510

Rating: : 



The world is breaking. And so are they.

Kate Harker isn't afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she's good at it.

August Flynn once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

The war has begun.

The monsters are winning.


Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims' inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within? (taken from goodreads.com)



There were two kinds of monsters, the kind that hunted the streets and the kind that lived in your head. She could fight the first, but the second was more dangerous.
It was always, always, always a step ahead.” 

I'll admit, I picked up Our Dark Duet with rather high expectations. I enjoyed This Savage Song, but I wanted Schwab to push the boundaries of her story a little more. I wanted to see what made her characters tick, what lengths she could push them to. I loved how all of her characters embodied so much grey and walked the line between good and evil, and I wanted to see her explore that theme in its entirety.

So, the question is, did she? Yes and no, if you ask me.

This second novel picks up six months after the first and expands outside of Verity's walls and into Prosperity, where Kate now spends her days hunting monsters and working at a coffee shop. How does she escape school at the ripe age of seventeen? Not sure, but I digress. Kate is undercover and August has taken over as an FTF leader in the fight against monsters in Verity.

August is definitely different, and I think Schwab started to tap into the depth of his character. However, just as I was really starting to feel like we were getting somewhere with him, Schwab whisked us off into action-packed scenes. I wanted a little more, and I think his development was left a little unfinished.

Kate is... Kate. Like I said in my review of the first book, I could take her or leave her. She doesn't really change much in this book, so neither does my opinion of her.

Schwab's monsters are created by the sins of humans, and I find that absolutely fascinating. I mean, just think about it. It's utterly brilliant! Violence begets violence and whatnot. That theme in itself is enough to make me nod my head in approval at this book. Honestly, I'm a little surprised that I've never stumbled across this concept before in my reading.  

I've been trying to put my tongue on what bothered me about this sequel, and I have really, really struggled. The best way I can explain it is to say that I think Schwab could do so much with this world and these characters. I think she limits them by sticking them in too many action scenes and by reducing the villains to mere bullies. I mean yes, the monsters are evil and they murder for the fun of it, but Sloan and Alice? They strike me as far too human to be monsters, and I just didn't feel that they pushed the story far enough into the darkness.

I will say though, that ending was pretty dark. I was surprised by some of the choices Schwab made and definitely wouldn't have predicted certain plot twists.

Anyway, that probably doesn't make much sense, so I'll try to sum up my thoughts.

Our Dark Duet is good. The whole series is good. What makes me sad is that I think it could be great, but the character and plot development fall a little flat. I'm not sure if I'll check out any future books in this series. I probably will, but no promises.