We all wonder about movie versus book adaptations, right? Why didn't they put this bit in? Or I loved this part, I wonder how they'll do it in the movie? Or my personal favorite: which first, book or movie?
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. AKA I FINALLY FINISHED ONE. There were definitely some high points and some low points, but it was a great read for the mood I was in. Dark, twisty, revenge, action.
I'm in so deep I can't see the top or the bottom or the way out. Help me. I start books, I like them, I stop reading them. Don't ask me why. I don't have a good reason. I just DNF a perfectly good book because the SLUMP IS A REAL THING.
This is your classic Robin Hood fic with all of your favorite characters. You've got Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, Will Scarlet. The whole gang. Definitely recommend if you're looking for a Robin Hood retelling heavy on the build-up and adventure, with a dash of romance.
I'll be honest here, I thought this was more of an adventure novel than a romance novel. I was wrong—this is a romance novel through and through. Sure, there's an "adventure" plot-ish, but largely this is the story of Juliana and Collin. Which was fine, but I was not looking for a romance when I picked it up. I wanted a little less broody doe-eyes and a lot more bow-and-arrows.
Buckle up, folks, this is a long one! But I figured you would appreciate one long post rather than me posting these bad boys one at a time, right? So, here we are. There are 13 books in the Miss Marple series, and I have done short little summary reviews here to make it short (I promise!)!! I read the first one to satisfy the "read a book published before you were born" from my Reading Challenge, and I just got roped in to be completely honest!! So if you're thinking, "no way, no how", I did have some favorites: books 1, 2, 4, 8, 13!
'Tis just a flesh wound! I always like a good Medieval Times book. Something about going back to those time in my historical fiction is almost pure for me. I love the settings and the people. The women almost had a reverse type of freedom that the Victorian era ladies didn't have. I do still love my Victorian era ladies, but sometimes the mood strikes for some Middle Ages.
This book had me laughing out loud. It had me wanting to go prank someone, with a crew of course. Where can I get one? Do I have to be pranked into a crew? Max, the main character, starts the book by having a heated debate with himself (my kind of character right there) about what kind of guy he's going to be this year "Just Max" - who he's always been - or "Not Max" - the antithesis of "Just Max" and is therefore awesome.
I get to check an item off my 2016 Reading Challenge! If you missed it, I created my 2016 yearly goal in July (because that's completely normal), and I'm going to have to book it (pun totally intended) to get through these guys by the end of the year. Have no fear, I'm already checking these bad boys off guys! Welcome to the "a book you've already read at least once" post!
I scrolled through so many books with numbers in the titles. I didn't know this was a thing, did you know this was a thing? If you did and I'm just behind the times, I'm used to it. Instead of picking out my reread title and actually rereading it, I compiled a list of all the books I found that have numbers in the title! Enjoy!
This is a bit delayed in terms of a goal for the year, but it's never too late to set goals, right? A goal is still a goal!
From my perspective, it's like adding things to your to do list that you've already done. It's satisfying because you've already done some of the the things on your list, but you also still have things left to do. Same with setting a yearly goal halfway through the year!
This is not a drill. I repeat, THIS IS NOT A DRILL. So I thought I'd pick this up as a bit of fluff as I was waiting around for Lady Midnight to come out, and I'm a fan of Simon/Izzy. (Big fan of Izzy). But this is WAY MORE than Simon's story, we get SO MUCH MORE with each of these novellas. Cassandra Clare has tucked GOLD FREAKING NUGGETS of information into each story. This is not one to skip. I honestly can't believe this is considered a standalone or an add-on. There is vital information here guys, vital information!
A cute light read that was perfect for vacation -- Dauntless was a historical fiction novel that was pretty much exactly what you expect! There weren't any gasp out loud plot points and the characters were pretty much predictable. This doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it -- there were parts, I did like and I definitely enjoyed the shout out to Robin Hood! Overall, it was a light read and what I was in the mood for.
Apollo has been grounded y'all. Yep, Zeus (his dad) got mad at him and sent him to Earth as a mortal. Talk about the worst grounding (for a god like Apollo) ever. And he's got some trials to complete before he can get ungrounded (or god status back, whatever, same diff).
I hope your week has been better than mine... and just in case it hasn't, here is a little giveaway for a pick me up! Who doesn't love a good giveaway? This one is relatively straightforward, too (my favorite kind). Click below for details:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is one of my absolute favorite young adult books at the moment, and I absolutely cannot wait for the movie to come out next year. At some point in this process, I've become a little obsessed (read: certifiable) about it. So, for those of you who, like me, have been gathering the breadcrumbs of information so far...
There's just something about a good dad joke that can always make me laugh. The irony in that sentence is the adjective good. Dad jokes are always terrible, but they make me laugh anyway. Well, my dad makes me laugh anyway, and I channel him into all dad jokes everywhere. It's just inevitable...
And we're here. We are HERE. WE ARE HERE. BOOK SIX. The Grand Finale. The epic finish to this series that I have been waiting for since book three. How many more ways can I put this? I feel like it has been a long time coming, but that does not mean it was disappointing. Quite the opposite in fact. Cassie knows how to pack a punch. And she goes for the heart, the gut, the kidneys. She's just punching all the soft spots. So grab book six (and some ice) and let's get down to business...
This is where I usually insert a brief complaint about how the second book in a series is usually my least favorite and I just have to power through. Um. I'm not saying that this time. This book far and away exceeded my expectations. Hell, I didn't even read it for so long because I was just expecting it to be not so good... I was wrong. Very, very wrong.
Here we are at book five. I felt like CC was back at her game with the compulsive, I can't put this down. Book four didn't do it for me, but I was back in it with this one. Somehow it was still compulsive while being slow on action scenes? Don't ask me how...
Memorial Day was yesterday and it is always the official beginning of summer for me. I know technically it's around June 21st, and according to the weather down here in the south it was summer a few weeks ago. But there's just something about Memorial Day that makes it officially summer...