I'm determined to go through the pile of books and my stack of graphic novels that I have accumulated over the past couple years. Don't even get me started on the amount of ebooks I have to read as well. It has since grown thanks to the holidays ^^'' but I am determined to prevail! This year my New Years Resolution will be to work through my stack and finish my goal of 100 books. There are several books that I have started reading and just set aside without picking them back up again. This year is going to be the year that I nip that in the bud and finish what I started. And if I have to drop a book, so be it, but I shall at least attempt to read what has been set aside.
I intended to be much further with my book challenge than I am. I'm super behind. Thanks life! A lot of personal events came up and kind of got in the way of my reading. Rather putting me off from being able to focus enough to read. So now I'm barely halfway done with the challenge. But it's unlikely I'm going to reach one hundred books this year. This blows :/
Oh no I'm finally on the last book! Honestly I wanted to hold off from reading this, but it kept calling to me on the shelf. So here I am giving into my desire to read it. I'm both looking forward to it and dreading the end at the same time. This is one series I didn't expect to take interest in but by book one I was sold.
I absolutely adored the first book in the series (A Knight To Remember). So when this book came about, I couldn't wait to read it! Needless to say I was not at all disappointed with the second installment. I loved how different this couple was from the first, which to me showed how well the author is at creating an array of characters. Whereas the first book had the love interest coming into the world, in this book it's reversed with the protagonist entering. Being able to see more of this world, the author has created was a pure delight. It left me wanting to know more and eager to read the other installments in the series thus far. If you like women in armor, time travel, and a good love story give this book a go. You won't regret it!
*Not a proper review mainly just a bunch of ramblings and how I feel about this book*
Normally I am in love with Malinda Lo's work! I have all her printed works on my shelf currently. I even really liked the first book, that this is a sequel to. However this one was a flop for me and I am honestly saddened by this. I don't like feeling relief when I finish a book, that I had to drag myself to finish. Least of all by someone whom I consider one of my favorite authors. It focused way too much on the romance, rather than what was going on around them. While it did have plot, it just felt lost at times in the dilemma the main character, (Reese Holloway) was having. Moving on from her last relationship into a new one, which leads to the usual conflicting, lingering feelings for the person before her current boyfriend. It just got to be exhausting, and with a character like Reese it was even more so. I don't really like characters, who avoid a confrontation to the point of it being ridiculous. It usually just causes unnecessary conflict, that doesn't even add to the story. I got bored and frustrated with this throughout the book. Then out of nowhere, Lo decides to introduce the idea of polyamory. Which I have no problem with so long, as all parties are cool with it.
But for the overall tone of the book, and who the character is it just didn't seem to click right. At first Reese said she wasn't into it, but is encouraged into going through with it after some initial pressure from her ex girlfriend. Which already the pushy behavior from the ex in the first book, kind of turned me off. In the end she decides to go for it because she just can't choose between Amber (the ex girlfriend) and David (the boyfriend). I just felt it was a cop out overall in general, and not even a good representation of bisexual fiction. Which is sad because there is not enough books out there with decent bisexual relationships. Most are filled with stereotypes or there is downright aversion to it at all. Is this book the worse out there, in what little representations bisexuals already have? No of course not. But I don't think it was well formed either, by the end of the book I didn't want any of them to be together. That says a lot about someone who likes her happy endings.
I'm not sure if I'm going to finish this. Already it has a lot of elements in young adult romance, that I don't like. Aka fast moving attraction. The day when someone realizes, it's not needed to woo the audience, will be the day that young adult fiction improves. Plus the main character so far isn't coming off as appealing to me. I'm all for independent women, who go after what they want. But it feels more like she's trying to be that way, because she knows her parents expect her to be. Which happens more often than not, but she doesn't have anything to really define herself outside of the fact that she's the dutiful daughter, who has all this money at her expense. The beginning held promise, but the moment it switched over to Lilliana it diminished. I've been having to really push myself to pick the book up. Which is never a good sign. I'll give it another twenty more pages, but if it doesn't improve I'm done.
I wanted to like this book, I really did. Out of all the author's works, this is the one I was truly excited to read. But I found it to be very lackluster and boring. Perhaps it didn't hold my focus enough, but I failed to see where most of the story connected. It's a shame when I have to be happy that I finished a book.
When it comes to starting new series without finishing ones I'm already reading, I'm guilty as charged. A serial offender right here! This is my attempt to keep up with all the series I need to finish, and hopefully I'll make my way through them bit by bit. I'm only going to list books, because I'm not even going to attempt to list the graphic novel series I need to finish. That is what I have myanimelist for! I'm also going to only include series that I've been on forever, and gradually add to the list as I go.
The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting (Books till complete: 2)
Rot & Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry (Books till complete: 2)
The Nevermore series by Kelly Creagh (Books till complete: 1)
The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan (Books till complete: 1)
Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber (Books till complete 1)
Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (Books till complete 2)
*Stopping here for now, more will be added later.)
This is the list of current books/graphic novels that I plan to read this year. It's subject to grow/shrink as I add new books and finish the ones on this list.
Daughter of Hounds
Tokyo Ghoul vol 2
Claymore vol 1 and 2
Deadman wonderland vol 2
Meeting Eternity (Book)
Ink and Shadows (Book)
The Soul Thief (Book)
Under The Blue (Book)
Akuma no Riddle vol 1
Lovers and Souls
Rg Veda vol 1
Library of Souls
Cardcaptor Sakura omnibus
Another (Omnibus plus novel)
07 Ghost vol 7
In These Words vol 2
Vittorio The Vampire
Stone of Tears
When Women Were Warriors
Bonds of Hate
When I Fall
Luck in the Shadows
Black Dog Blues
The Girls From Alcyone
Pretty Little Liars
Mad About The Hatter
The Prince’s Consort
Blue Exorcist volume (2,3,4)
Seraph of the End (1-4)
Citrus vol (3-4)
Food Wars vol 2
Gakuen Polizi vol 2
Cross My Heart
I love reading different takes on the Alice In Wonderland would. This version is very interesting with an intriguing cast of characters. While at times I have problems with the heroine, who has caused me to roll my eyes at countless turns. She's not entirely the worse written female lead either. I could do without all the romance drama as well. But for the most part for now, it is easy to ignore.