Monday, December 11, 2017

Mini Reviews: Love Her Wild & The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Love Her Wild is a poetry collection I picked up at Target (did you know they had such a large selection of poetry? because I was pleasantly surprised). I've been wanting to read more of the genre and this one wasn't something I recognized but it still sounded good.

Being my first foray into poetry I didn't have very much in the way of expectations. Based on the title I guessed it would be about falling in love/being in love and getting lost/exploring the world. I was pretty close to the mark. But... I honestly can't say I liked it very much or that it was particularly memorable. It was just very bland. And paired with the stock photos every other page, which only barely seemed to connect with the poems themselves, I felt like I had wasted the money.

There were a few poems in there that really struck me and I'm hoping that this is one of those books I can just turn to every once in a while for random feelings. Otherwise I wouldn't really recommend this one.



I'm not quiet when it comes to my love for The Kingkiller Chronicles so I'm actually a tad disappointed it took me this long to get to The Slow Regard of Silent Things. This one is a tangental story that rather than tell more about Kvothe gives readers a peek into a week of Auri's life.

This book was such a treat! I loved seeing how Auri navigated her world and understanding how she thought was so powerful. It's definitely a powerful book, though it's not for everyone. It's quietly powerful but it will connect with so many people.

Not that it didn't connect with me but I think I read it at the wrong time. I read it at a very busy point in my life where I couldn't actually reflect on what was being said. Looking back I wonder why it didn't affect me more because it's also been a very hard time of my life. If you're a fan of the Kingkiller books I one hundred percent recommend this. And even if you're not, I think you may still find something very poignant about it.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Reading in the Wild

Welcome to a new feature here! I had this idea over the summer but it's taken a while to cultivate and I'm rather pleased with the result. What happened was anytime I went out and read somewhere that wasn't my room at home or my dorm room I tried to take a photo and make note of it. Without further ado: Here was the reading I did in the wild!

Noodles & Company
Crown of Midnight
August 22

My Car
Crown of Midnight
August 31

Noodles & Company
The Awakened Kingdom
September 7

Library Basement
Outlander
September 20

Evin & Hannah's Room
Outlander
September 26

The Library
Language of Thorns
September 26

The Train
Frankie
October 15

My Car
The Slow Regard of Silent Things
October 20

The Gizmo
The King of Bones and Ashes
November 1

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Frankie

Frankie
Shivaun Plozza
American Release Date: November 7th, 2017

I received this as an Advanced Reader Copy from Flatiron in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
The title says it all: Frankie makes this book so special. She's such a strong narrator that I fell in love with her in the first couple chapters. She's not the same sort of character I tend to read about, at least not in contemporary fiction. She's both super insecure about things, and is constantly questioning her decisions (but not in an annoying way, in the way that she doesn't quite understand herself and why she feels certain things for certain characters), but she's also very self driven. While she acknowledges that she needs help she's reluctant and afraid to take it. And, most importantly, she's a little afraid of herself.

A lot of Frankie's trouble stems from her reluctance to talk about and acknowledge her past. She has really deep anger issues that stem from the fact that her mother abandoned her when she was younger and that her mother is, in general, a dead beat. It's slowly revealed exactly how tragic and terrible Frankie's mother actually is and think this is done well because it helps validate Frankie's own character and feelings.
The whole cast of characters is really enjoyable. Everyone is multi-layered and no one is black and white. Frankie's brother, Xander, is the most multi-layered, at least in my opinion, because he's both a really sweet kid and also kinda a dead beat. In fact, exploring these characters, and sometimes not getting a complete understanding of everything that makes them tick, really made it a rich reading experience. 

I'm hesitant to say too much about the plot because I think it's a pretty strong book you shouldn't go into knowing much about, but I went in knowing quite a bit and I wasn't disappointed. Xander, a brother Frankie never knew she had, shows up in her life and wants to connect. She's hesitant but excited despite herself, but paired with the struggles she's been having at school after having beat up a boy, this complicates her life. And then Xander goes missing, turning her world upside down.

There isn't anything I disliked about this book but part of the romance did make me feel iffy. But another part of the romance made me so happy! Basically, Frankie has two love interests. One the ex from years before who's problematic and cheated on her but goes out of his way to prove he still loves her and would change. The other one is the new, tall, dark, and handsome guy from the wrong side of town. And no, he does not have a heart of gold, but he does have some room in there for Frankie regardless. Well, I won't tell you who she ends up with, because spoilers, but she definitely makes the right choice in my mind. The only thing I have a problem with is that, on afterthought, is that there was a little bit of instant-lovey, but I forgave it as I read it.

A quick note on the writing: I really loved it. It was subtle and delicate and beautiful. It wasn't super flowery but it didn't need to be to get across the points with efficiency. I plan to read more of Plozza's work.
TL;DR? Frankie is a pretty complicated novel that deals with classicism and missing mothers and mental health, all through the point of a view a well thought out and fleshed out narrator.
Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who's tired of giving second chances...When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie's half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn't want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes … and secrets of his own. Frankie's search for the truth might change her life, or cost her everything.
Shivaun Plozza is the author of Frankie (Penguin, 2016), a darkly funny novel about searching for the truth, finding yourself and falling in love. She has published short fiction, flash fiction, poetry and essays, and works as an editor.
Description and author bio taken from Goodreads.
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Friday, December 1, 2017

September/October/November Book Haul

I'm back! Can you believe it? Because, honestly, I can't. There has been so much happening in my life-- good and bad-- and I'll admit at one point I considered no longer blogging. But it's such an amazing feeling to be typing this up today (the same day you're seeing it, can you believe it's an actual post with real content?!) and I'm so glad I'm back. Without further ado, here are the books I've bought and received over the past season. And, yes, there are way to many.

(*cough* *cough* if you're interested in my last book haul check it out here)

(also: all the books received from publishers are given freely in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! also, also: all the titles link to Goodreads)

Special Editions

Hardcovers

Graphic Novels

Paperback

Mass Market Paperback

eBooks

ARCs

eARCs

Hey, and THANK YOU everyone for sticking around. I'm so happy you've been here for me the whole time even though I've been going through all these things.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

An Update

So it's been nearly a month since my last post. I have 7 more days of school and then I get to go home. But I thought I would take advantage of this extended break already and push back my return to the blog until December 1st. I want to stock up on some reviews and other posts for the next time the stress starts to kick in.

As a side note, I also have a side blog now, for my personal life. It'll serve as a place I can talk about studying abroad, once I leave in January. If you're interested I recommend checking out Postcards & Polaroids because I'm pretty proud of it.

ALSO I want to have a giveaway to celebrate my third year blogoversary on December 25th. What would you like to see me giveaway? Let me know!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

News...

Bad news, likely. It's official: I'm taking the rest of the term off from blogging and that, to put it plainly, sucks. Sucks for you and sucks for me. I expect to be back mid-to-late November and I hope to have a bunch of reviews written in advance so I can start posting them. What it comes down to is that school has kept me too busy to really keep posting decent content. I do recommend that you follow me on Instagram (where I'll be pretty active still) and Twitter (where I'm less active but always reachable). See you all on the other side!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday: Sightwitch

I'm switching over from Waiting on Wednesday's to Can't Wait Wednesday, a meme hosted by Wishful Endings. The idea is basically the same, but it looks like the official hosts of Breaking the Spine have shut down the meme so it's time to move on. Description and cover image taken from Goodreads.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Windwitch, an illustrated prequel novella set in the Witchlands setting up the forthcoming hotly anticipated Bloodwitch.
Set a year before Truthwitch, Sightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.
Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.
Why I'm Waiting
Look another WOC on the cover! I'm so excited by all the new covers coming out with such great representation. On the book itself: I love Ryber. She's definitely one of the most enigmatic characters in the series and I can't wait to learn more about her and also how she met Kullen. This is definitely one of those series where I never expect what will happen next or how the story will unfold but I enjoy it the whole time.

Sightwitch releases January 23rd, 2018