Thursday, August 22, 2019

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and SorrowsHouse of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have heard several people talk about this one. I actually do not know if I know the fairytale that is it a retelling for, but I was still excited to give it a try.

I really loved the beginning, but then it went a little too slow for me. I liked the mystery behind the sisters and the curse. As the story goes on though it veered off too much. I did not care at all about the ball and the dancing. It just made the story drag on. I wanted to get back to the mystery and if the sisters were killed.

There was so much filler that did not bring anything to the story. I know it all comes together in the end, but I just kept feeling like I wanted it to be over. Yes, there was exciting parts but even then I could not get into this one.

I should and could have pushed through to finish this as I got so far. I seriously read around 80% and then skipped to the end to get it over with. This one was just not for me.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood

The Reckless Oath We MadeThe Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was sent this book for the publisher the publisher. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

This one hurts a little and is a little hard to review. I read All The Ugly and Wonderful Things earlier this year and loved it. The Reckless Oath We Made was one of my most anticipated releases for the year. I started it the first day when it came to me in the mail.

I really loved the beginning as you start to learn about Zee and her family. I thought I was going to be hooked. Once Gentry gets introduced though, everything slowed down for me. I ended up having to wait and finish this on audiobook as Mid-Evil times is just not my thing.

Gentry has some mental health issues including multiple characters that are talking to him. He also lives and talks within Mid-Evil times. His chapters are written in mid-evil times languages. The story even builds the relationship between Zee and Gentry by going to a castle with mid-evil activities. Where I can appreciate a relationship that is not perfect and the message that everyone deserves love I just did not care about any of this. I found it very slow and boring. I wanted to skip ahead to more around Zee and her sister.
Again, I loved Zee’s story. Her sister is missing: possibly kidnapped or possibly helping prison escapees. Her mother is a hoarder and six hundred pounds as after dealing with grief. Zee is involved with drugs and just trying to make it through life. I loved everything around her story, just did not connect with the love story. That is why I am giving this three stars. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story.

There are so many characters besides just our main characters as well. If they are mentioned, they most likely have a chapter from their perspective. I would have preferred to stay within Zee and Gentry. I did not love this aspect of the story either.

This is such a hard book to rate. I really loved some thing and did not really like other things. The second half was much more fast past from the very slow middle. I am just torn!

Overall, sadly this one was not for me. I ended skimming to the end and through Zee’s parts as I still wanted to know what happened. I also do appreciate the messages in the story overall, the delivery just was not for me.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Last Girl Lied To by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Last Girl Lied ToLast Girl Lied To by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am really torn on this one. It was a really quick read and it held my attention. However; there were some things I was just over as I was reading.

This is definitely an unrealistic mystery. Some of the things did not add up for teens in high school. I still wanted to see how everything would unfold and why it was all happening in the first place though.

Let’s talk about the body shaming in this book. This deals A LOT with body image. Every other paragraph is Fiona talking about how fat she is or body shaming herself. I do like that the boys still liked her and did not see her in the same light, but it was so overdone! It was too much! It could have been effective if it was toned down a little. I do think it hits the mark on how some teenagers may feel, but it almost overtook other parts of the story.

Overall, it was good but did not blow me away.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

State of Lies by Siri Mitchell

State of LiesState of Lies by Siri Mitchell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was sent this book for a blog/instagram tour. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

Based on the cover I was expecting some type of political thriller and I was right. I will get back to that in a minute.

When this started, I was hooked! I actually read this in one sitting as I could not put it down. I really loved the beginning and would probably give this five stars based on that part of the story. I loved the mystery/thriller aspects as well as I was turning the pages to find out what would happen. I more so wanted to know how everything was going to unfold in the end.

I was not a huge fan of all the political and War talk. Some of it went over my head and I really had no clue what Georgie was really discovering. I liked the little details around her trying to unfold the information, I just could care less about what was really going on. I know that may sound like I did not like the story then, but I was still loving it.

There were new things being thrown our way throughout to keep your interest. Some of what happens was predictable where I did not see other details coming. The ending was much better than I was expecting too!

Overall, this was still really good and I highly recommend it whether you like political thrillers or not.

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