Mug Monday & Netgalley Musings

Mug Monday Feature:  My Monday mug, white

Book Discussion Topic:  Netgalley Pain

 

Hello and welcome back to Mug Monday!

So, a quick recap on what´s been going on since my last Mug Monday post:

Nothing good.

I´m glad we got that over with and can move onto more important topics- Like my mess with Netgalley.

Yes, I´ve fallen victim to the oversized ebook catalogue and I have no one else but myself to blame.

You see, as lovely as Netgalley is in a reader´s moment of helplessness it´s also a curse.

While sofa bound I became bored with Netflix and ended up with the brilliant idea to check Netgalley out and see if they had anything worth my time.

Mind you- This approach is just like going grocery shopping with an empty stomach. Never a wise idea.

As you may know, some Netgalley offers can be requested then approved / declined or can be read immediately. The titles I chose had to be requested, meaning I had to wait for approval from the publishers. Usually, I´m denied 3/4 of all the books I request ( for whatever reason ) and that often leaves me with no Netgalley reads. This is why I hit up at least 5 reads at once, in hopes some publishing house will have pity with me.

Not this time. Funnily enough, the book Gods thought it would be great to approve all of my requested reads. All 5.

And to top this whole fiasco off- The publishers contacted me after a week wanting to know where the feedback was.

This whole thing is my fault. I know that and fully accept my idiocy. This just shows that Netgalley is an unpredicable bitch who´s waiting for the right opportunity to screw a reader over. At least that´s my current feeling on the topic.

Alas…. `Tis time to get back into the reading cave….

But before I go I´ll leave you with this little Mug Monday special I created.

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You´re welcome.

Now, if you´ll excuse me… My very much unloved Kindle is calling my name.

 

QOTD: How do you handle Netgalley? Do you get pressured by publishers for feedback? Do authors contact you inbetween? Let´s chat. ❤

I bid you all a wonderful Monday.

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Book Review: A Curse So Dark And Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

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Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.


** Copy kindly provided by Bloomsbury Children´s via Netgalley in exchange for my opinion **

My Thoughts 2

I like fairy tale retellings. So much so that I´d drop whatever I´m reading just to dive head first in a pimped fairy tale. What some might not be aware of is that this book is more than just a retelling. It´s more or less a mash up of two popular stories with a pinch of the authors own signature.

Beauty & The Beast meets A Court Of Thorns And Roses

I´m not mad about the mash up, though. I thought `A Curse So Dark And Lonely` was an interesting read. I´m pretty sure the story will find it´s devoted crowd once it hits the shelves. But for me… I wasn´t entirely impressed. A Curse so dark and lonely

Beauty & The Beast belongs to one of my favorite fairy tales. I´m just a sucker for Stockholm syndrome romances. But this book leaned more towards ACOTAR. Which is fine. I didn´t have the hots for ACOTAR ( or for the series, for that matter ) but I did like what Brigid Kemmerer did with the ideas from ACOTAR that inspired her.

(Note: I´m just assuming the author was inspired by A Court Of Thorns And Roses. I could be wrong. I could be right. It just feels like the author was heavily inspired by Sarah J. Maas´s books )

With that being said:

I did enjoy `A Curse So Dark And Lonely` to a certain degree. It has it´s adventurous moments. It´s cheasy. There was a romance.  Things I appreciate when reading fantasies.

What I truly enjoyed were:

  • The details. The author has a knack for coloring out details. I felt there was no detail overkill what so ever.
  • The strong characters.
  • The plot twist. Although the story was predictable, I still enjoyed out the story panned out.
  • This is an admirable sized story. One I read through with ease due to it´s great pace.

Yet, there were some things about the story / it´s characters I had troubles accepting:

  • The Heroine´s disability. Harper, a bad ass teenager, suffered from cerebral palsy. Although this was mentioned more than once throughout the story I still felt like it was added dead weight. Unnecessary. While I´m not against including characters with certain disabilities… I´m not for including a disability for the sake of drama. Harper´s cerebral palsy did not affect the character nor the story in any way.
  • The Hero wasn´t convincing. I´m all for screw – up Heroes to see the light but for me, Rhen didn´t come across as genuine even when he saw the light.
  • The story, as a whole, felt a little flat and it also felt like it was all over the place. This is a fairy tale retelling. I should be sitting on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I should have suffered with and for the characters and I should have lived through their personal hell. I should have, but I didn´t.

 

This might sound confusing but… I didn´t think `A Curse So Dark And Lonely` was a terrible read. It wasn´t what I´m normally used to and it certainly wasn´t what I had expected. I´m sad to say that this story didn´t touch me the way I hoped it would.

 

Would I recommend this read? For fans of ACOTAR, absolutely. For fans of fairy tale retellings, yes. If you´re picky ( like me ) then, no.

Would I buy this book? Probably not.

 

The Cover – 5 stars: I fell in love with the cover the moment I spotted it on Netgalley.

The Story – 3 stars: A little flat. A tiny bit scattered. I liked it but would have like it more if there was a little more structure and depth.

The Characters – 3 stars: I´m torn. The main characters were strong but they had sides to them that either didn´t fit or didn´t feel genuine. I liked them but I also didn´t feel enough for them.  The sub characters were great, though.

My emotional state after finishing this read: Not impressed.

I´m giving `A Curse So Dark And Lonely` by author Brigid Kemmerer 3 out of 5 stars.

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Title: A Curse So Dark and LonelyA Curse so dark and lonely
Author:  Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher:  Bloomsbury Children’s
Expected publication: January 29th 2019
ISBN:  1681195097 (ISBN13: 9781681195094)

 

 

 

 

August Bookish Recap

I feel awkward. It feels like I´ve been away for aeons when in reality… I´ve only been gone for close to 3 weeks.

 

Oh, how I´ve missed this! Although this might not be of any significant importance I´m gonna go ahead and share my mini medical adventure with you all ( before getting to book business ).

It all started with a weird eye migraine. Oh, you don´t know what that is? Neither did I, at first. All I knew was that it freaked me out to see stars and then nothing. I was blind on one eye for 15 minutes and then I regained my full eyesight again. You can imagine how quick I was at the ER. 4 long waiting hours later I was told that I had an eye migraine and that it´s not that uncommon. In fact – Many people suffer from eye migraines. What triggers these vicious attacks are heat and stress. I live a relatively stress – free life so the heat was to blame.

Then a summer flu followed. It took 3 days for it to hit me hard and another 3 days for me to think I was dying a slow and painful death ( yes. I´m dramatic like that. Lol ). And during those 3 days I was mentally coming up with ways to find and torture the unfortunate soul who gave me the flu in the first place. I was down for a little over a week. THEN…. Just when I thought my health was improving I made the fatal mistake of acting like I was fit and ready to act normal. I had a relapse. One I´m still not fully over yet.

3 weeks later…. I´m still wearing my PJ´s day and night and carrying a box of kleenex around the house. My house looks like a dump, I have been living off of chicken soup, water and peppermint tea, my kids show me their homework from a safe distance, and the husbutt is telling everyone that he´s grateful for getting that life insurance last year ( because, you know – I might not survive this flu ).

The sad part – I had ( and still have ) so much time and not once did I find the energy to read, let alone reach my August reading goal.

So, instead, I´m going to use all my strength now and do an August recap. Sound good?

Let´s do this so I can hop under my covers again and self-pity myself again.


 

August Reviews

Book Review- Running Out Of Air by K. T. Swift

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Book Review: Perfect Harmony – Emily Albright

Perfect Harmony

 

Book Review: Hush, Hush ( Hush, Hush #1) – Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush Hush

 

Before & After Book Reviews

 

Book Review: Up In The Air (Tetralogy) by R. K. Lilley

before and after

 

Book Series Review: Consequences #1-#4, Aleatha Romig


 

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Currently Trying To Read

Church. – Stylo Fantome

Church.

That tagline! Sheesh…. ❤


 

Okay lovies… this is it for now.

I can´t wait to catch up on all I´ve missed out on! Friends / blogs I follow…. I´ve been missing you loads! ❤

Until then, my dear bookish Padawans.

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Book Review: Perfect Harmony – Emily Albright

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Pippa Wyndham is a top cellist―she’d never settle for anything less. Determined to get into the nation’s most prestigious music college, nothing’s going to stand in her way . . . Until her senior year of high school when a new guy from a fancy New York conservatory transfers to her school. 

Declan Brogan’s cocky, and he knows how amazing he is at the cello. He has every intention of knocking Pippa out of first chair and showing her who really belongs on top. Forced together when assigned a duet, their personal competition and mutual dislike transform into a teasing friendship.

Torn between her childhood crush and the boy who threatens her dreams, Pippa finds herself at risk of losing her best friend, her future, and the boy who makes her heart melt. Struggling to make things right, Pippa discovers that sometimes the thing you want the most doesn’t always end up being the thing you need.

 


 

My Thoughts 2

♦ ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review♦

 

`Perfect Harmony` just made my list of Best YA Romance Novels 2018!

The cover is what stopped me in my tracks. The synopsis is what sealed the deal. For some odd reason I felt this novel was going to be a winner. And a winner it was!

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I won´t bother summing up the story for you because the synopsis reveals more than enough. So, instead, I´ll focus on sharing my emotions and praises.

 


 

What I Loved

  • The characters. Pippa was a bundle of book Heroine joy. She acted her age, her dialogue was also age appropriate and she´s a cellist. How exciting is that?! She´s a 100% relatable and lovable figure. Declan´s character was made for me. I loved the cocky side of him and the fact that he, too, is a cellist and and and…. He´s just someone I would have chased back in School. * sigh *
  • The relationship between the characters. For me, sparks were constantly flying across the pages ( that´s how much energy there was )
  • The music. There´s just something magical reading about musicians.
  • The pace. Reading this book was hiccup – less ride I fully enjoyed. I didn´t feel bored nor did I come across slower parts that would have pulled the story down.
  • The YA angst! Oooh, how I love myself some subtle angst.
  • The writing. It´s not everyday I get to read a book that´s very well written.

 

Although I loved this book it can´t be ignored that there are a few things that others might find challenging.

 

What Others Might Find Challenging

  • The romance. While a romance was definitely there, it wasn´t one in a classical sense. This can be because the story is categorized as YA and therefore not leaning on the heavy romantic side. The focus is on entirely on the romance. It´s divided between love, life and music.
  • The story is nothing new. Yes, I hate to say this… I´ve read similar YA romances like this one before.
  • The end. Although I´m a fan of the book ending others might not like it.

 


 

Personally, I believe`Perfect Harmony` is a perfect harmonious read that touches all the right buttons.

 

Would I recommend this book? I most certainly would. Anyone looking for a great, cute, light and entertaining Young Adult read will love `Perfect Harmony`.

Would I reread this book? Yes. I would.

 


 

The Cover – 5 stars ( The soft colors are eye friendly. The cover art is a total eye – catcher )

The Story – 5 stars (  The story is in all areas well balanced. Loved the romance. Loved the music. Loved loved loved. )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Perfect )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Completely satisfied! 100% happy that I found another 5 star read and a new author I can add to my fav list!

5 stars

Don´t forget to mark your calendars! 

Perfect Harmony

by Emily Albright

Expected Pub Date: 25 Sep 2018
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Pages: 304
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Book Review- Running Out Of Air by K. T. Swift

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Inanna Drew has a problem, and, of course, that problem is a boy. Though she’s quite content to read her books and excel in school, he bothers her and seems incapable of taking a hint. Thus this is a journal, nay, a chronicle that she must put to paper to explain, in her own voice, why he doesn’t deserve the time of day.

All of this changes after a sudden upheaval in her life, making Hadrian Marshall less of a pain in her side and more of a friend to be counted on.


My Thoughts 2

 

**Copy kindly provided by Netgalley & Nine Star Press in exchange for an honest review**

There´s a strong case of „It´s me, not the book.“ here. I´m sure many others would enjoy this read…. I didn´t, though.

While I enjoy coming – of – age novels I don´t enjoy protagonists who don´t act their age. A High school girl with malicious trail of thoughts and a vocabulary of an experienced adult is just a turn off for me.
From experience, I can say that an unlikable and unrelatable Heroine won´t save a story for me. It wasn´t any different with `Running Out Of Air` by K. T. Swift. running out of air

For me, it felt like the author was trying too hard to create a breathtaking novel. Cool wordy characters, lots of drama… The whole package was just far too over – the – top. The feels didn´t flow over to me. I wasn´t fazed. Instead, I was shaking my head, wondering why on earth anyone would create such an unlikable character that has the power to break what could be a decent read.

With encountering topics like LGBT, family drama and death of a loved one, etc… I really thought I was going to finally hold a work of art in my hands. * sigh *

Nice was to see how the Heroine ( Inanna ) and the Hero ( Hadrian ) stayed connected through their milestone years and that they somehow maintained a relationship I clearly had troubles understanding ( due to the questionable Heroine )

A quick read that didn´t tickle me senseless.

Since this book wasn´t anything near my cup of tea I´m going to go ahead and say that I didn´t like `Running Out Of Air`.

Would I recommend this read? No.

 

The Cover – 5 stars: I´m a fan of simple covers that grab a reader’s attention.

The Story – 2 stars: It´s the characters fault. Because if you can´t stand the female lead then you have a hell of a hard time enjoying the rest.

The Characters – 2 stars: Questionable, to say the least. Although, I did like Hadrian a tad more than I did Inanna.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Not happy.

 

2 stars


 


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