Wherein Michaela and I review the wonderful retelling of Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher by T. Kingfisher and surprisingly I liked a horror book??
A Certain Appeal ARC Review | Burlesque + Pride and Prejudice
I’m not the world’s biggest Austen fanatic, nor was I really sold on this book at the start – but boy did it grow on me! Plus, it had my favorite thing in a romance novel: COMMUNICATION!
Neon Gods by Katee Robert ARC Review | Dark Hades and Persephone Retelling
I received this ARC from Edelweiss for free for my honest review. My thanks to the publisher! Hades and Persephone retellings are really big right now, and if you are looking for a retelling with some spice – look no further! Let’s talk about this super interesting take on the world.
A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan ARC Review
I’m actually reviewing a BEA ARC on time! I give this one 3 stars for being an enjoyable adventure but not having as much world building or character development as I would like.
Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
You guys all know that I love Sarah J. Maas. Probably a bit too much. But I’ll admit that I was worried about her new series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, because it’s really had to do a Beauty and the Beast retelling well…
I should never have worried!
Review: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy by Tellulah Darling
Hey there guys! Today’s review is going to be a little bit different. I’m going to be doing quick reviews of the three books in the Blooming Goddess trilogy by Tellulah Darling, followed by a series overview. This series is a Hades and Persephone retelling with a twist and lots and lots and lots of swooning and sassing. This will all be spoiler free, even in the later reviews!
Romeo and Juliet had it easy.
Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy teen yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.
This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed. All she’s gotta do is master her powers, save the world…
…and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.
My Ex From Hell is a YA romantic comedy, Greek mythology smackdown, perfect for everyone who loves sassy girls that kick butt and the bad boys who infuriate them.
I wrote a longer review of this book (linked above) when I participated in the blog tour for it’s initial release. Honestly, I’m not sure if I would have picked it up otherwise. It sounded a little corny to me–and I love me a sassy YA heroine.
It was pure joy to read. My original rating was 3 1/2 stars, and I totally stick to that. These aren’t the best books, writing wise, that I’ve ever read. I’ll be totally honest about that. However, in terms of shear reading enjoyment? They’re one of the best. The main character, Sophie, is the quintessential sassy main character on steroids, and there is no one getting in her way. The book reads hyper fast, with plenty of action, humor and romance to go around.
Worth It Wednesdays: “The Wrath and The Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh
Welcome to My Life is a Notebook’s new weekly feature, “Worth It Wednesdays”! I know that this sounds like something linky, but for the moment it’s not. This is just me, making a commitment to being a better blogger in the way that I like to blog.
See, I gave up on reviewing for a long time because I just got tired of reading books to review them. It’s draining. I just wanted to read and enjoy, you know? So I stopped and my reading habits got so much better.
But, lately, I’ve been screaming and shouting a lot about YA. I wrote this rant and absolutely blew up in a recent book club video. One of my co-hosts asked me if I could send her a list of YA books that I thought were good, and so I compiled one.
Then I realized that I should start sharing them.
Some of these books I’ll have already reviewed. Some are old, some are new. They are in no particular order. Just … as they strike me. So here we go!