Reading List – May 2018

Good – bye, April. Hello, May.

 

Yeah, I know, I know. I´m late with my reading list…again. But I have a great excuse. One that will have you shrugging your shoulders as if to say ” So?”.

I was extremely busy. Busy as in I – had – to – be – social – for – once.

It was tough but I survived. My brother is married and now I need some quality time away from people.

 

It´s still early in the month, though. So, technically…. I´m not THAT late with wanting to present my reading list for May.

Ready to see my wicked list of books that I randomly picked to read and review?

 

A Court Of Frost And Starlight ( A Court Of Thorns And Roses #3.1 ) – Sarah J. Maas

A Court Of rost And StarlightGenre: Fantasy / NA

Pages: 229

Publication Date: May 2018

While I wasn´t happy with books 1 – 3 from the ACOTAR I´m still willing to give this “what happened after ” read a try. Why? Well, I don´t like unfinished business. The author created so many characters in books 1 – 3 that there´s a small chance we´ll get to see some of these characters get their own spotlight. Fingers crossed!

A Court Of Thorns And Roses , A Court Of Mist And Fury,  A Court Of Wings And Ruin

 

The Little Book Of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well – Meik Wiking

hygge Genre: Non – fiction

Pages: 240

Publication Date: September 2016

I saw this book on one of my book shopping sprees and had to have it. I haven´t read it yet but from the looks of it the book looks and feels like an oversized magazine about Denmark rather than being a self-help book ( it was also classified as Self Help ).  I´m loving the cover and loved what I saw while I scanned through the pages before I bought this little gem. I can´t wait to see what the Danish have that can improve my already weird and wacky lifestyle. I´m hoping for learning more about the country and what the people do that makes them so awesome.

 

Little Black Book – Otegha Uwagba

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Genre: Non – Fiction

Pages: 113

Publication Date: June 2017

 

I´m a working woman. I want to see what the toolkit has to offer. Maybe I´m doing something wrong that I´m not aware of? Who knows. All I know is that I like the package of this book. Not so much the fact that it´s also in the feminism category. I´m a little suspicious about that because if there is anything I dislike more,  it´s a book written by a 2.0 feminist who wants to shove her extreme beliefs down my throat. Let´s hope that this is just a simple “how to juggle work and life” booklet.

 

Ash Princess  ( Ash Princess Trilogy #1 ) – Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess

Genre: Fantasy / YA

Pages: 432

Publication Date: April 2018

I can´t have a reading list without including at least one fantasy read, right? I don´t know why… but I´m actually looking forward to read `Ash Princess`. Sounds like something I´m in desperate need of.

 

And of course, I´ll be working off my TBR list while reading these awesome picks.

Let the fun begin!

 

Much love,

Morgana xx

Book Review: To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

Synopsis

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

My Thoughts

Have you ever read a book and wished you were the female protagonist? Or, have you ever read a story and so desperately wanted to live in the world created by the author?

I have. It happens to me all the time!

I´ll watch the X Men and wish I was a mutant. I´ll watch Game of Thrones and imagine I´m Sexy Jesus ( Jaqen H´ghar ) just because he´s cool AF ( and because he wears a loose robe all day. I love loose clothes and flipflops )

I had the same experience while reading `To Kill A Kingdom` by Alexandra Christo. to kill

I desperately wanted to be a siren and desperately wanted to live in the world the author created.

But wait – The author didn´t completely offer an original story.  `To Kill A Kingdom` is actually a warped retelling of The Little Mermaid. A darkish, morbid version that´s been tweaked and bent to fit the author´s ideas.

I absolutely LOVED IT!

Get that picture of  Disney´s Ariel with her perfect hair and shell bra out of your mind because the mermaids portrayed in this book are less attractive and appealing. Even the sirens, with all their incredible beauty, have a glowing neon sign above their heads that screams “RUN, bitch! RUN!”

The synopsis spoils enough so I won´t reveal an awful lot about this story.

Just know that it has mermaids, sirens, magical portrayed human lands, a siren hunter crew and a prince who´s ready to end the evil that occupies the ocean. Things get messy on quite a few levels. Messy and exciting.

I LOVE PIRATES AND SIRENS! Mermaids… not so much anymore. Not after this book. But that´s okay. I´ve got some major siren love going on now.

Besides the fact that I was in sea heaven I couldn´t ignore the great writing. I had absolutely no troubles with anything. The descriptions were pretty good. The details were perfect ( not too little and not too much ). I was able to see, feel and taste the story.

The romance ( yes, there was a hint of a romantic flair in this book ) was subtle. Perfect for a young adult fantasy novel. Usually, I´m someone who wants the feels and adventure in equal proportions but that wouldn´t have worked with this story. The adventure was the spotlight and I´m glad it stayed that way until the end of the book.

There´s even a moral to the story! Why I´m so happy about that? Well, these days, stories often don´t have a message for readers anymore. There´s hardly anything to take away after finishing a book. With this read, though… a reader is allowed to walk away with a moral.

All in all, I have nothing to complain about.

 

Would I recommend this book? Yes! Although it´s a YA read the story still has a strong dark side to it. And some parts are graphic, which I fully enjoy. So, yes. I´d recommend this read.

Would I re- read this book? Absolutely.

 

The Cover – 4 stars ( It´s a little too dark for my taste but I do love the title. How eye catchy!)

The Story – 5 stars ( The author didn´t re- invent the wheel with the story but I did enjoy how the story was told. The magic is always in the writing.)

The Characters – 5 stars ( A vicious siren princess and a prince with a purpose. I want to be best friends with both )

My emotional state after finishing this read – I want to be a siren just like princess Lira and show off my vicious, badass side. AWESOME!

5 stars

Purchase Link : Amazon.comto kill

Book Cover Trends: Part Two (Paranormal, Fantasy & Horror)

Hi! Welcome back to Book Cover Trends!

If you thought there was nothing left for our Book Cover Trends show and tell, then you´re  wrong. Oh, so wrong.

The book world doesn´t just live off of young love novels and cheesy romances. There´s more. Much more. As much as I´d like to continue discussing headless men with pumped abs I do feel the need to dive further into the book cover world.

Werewolves, witches, shapeshifters, vampires, assassins, faeries and serial killers deserve book covers, too. It´s the darker book cover side.

Let´s see what´s hot and what´s not in the make-believe world.

Ready?

 

Someone Needs To Wear The Crown  ( Dystopian, Fantasy )

I´ll admit that these covers are really cool. I like crowns. Wish I wore one myself. As far as book covers for Dystopian / Fantasy go, this is all I see lately. A crown here, a crown there. So many crowns.

crowns

There´s just alot you can do with crown images.

I predict a LONG reign for these types of book covers.

The Crow ( Paranormal, Fantasy )

The crow. Probably THE MOST used animal for book covers. I get it. They´re black. They´re mysterious. They´re always attached to the paranormal world. The world has over 8.7 million species.It´s believed that 1-2 million of those species are animals. You cannot tell me that the crow is the only mysterious animal. It´s certainly not the only black one.

I guess the black bear, a black bat, the black widow, a black bunny were already taken?

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I see this trend going nowhere. Crows are here to stay. As long as no one is willing to break this stereotype then I guess we´ll be seeing many more crows.

 

Let´s move on to bad ass women….

I´m Going To Save The World With My Awesomeness ( YA, Dystopian, Fantasy)

These covers definitely say “I´m the chosen one!” A reader knows the story is about a dysfunctional world and someone, a chosen individual ( there´s a 90% chance that someone is a poor human living in some type of slums), will right the wrongs and bring justice to a corrupted world.

These are my least favorite book cover images. I just think they´re…ugly. There´s no other way to express my feelings towards these covers. But still…..

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… readers love this cover image. In my opinion, you have to be a huge fan of the fantasy genre to accept the badassness these covers have. Or you just don´t give a hoot. I do, though. There are other ways to attract a reader´s attention. How about using a crown?

Me? I´m The Chosen One That Has To Save The World? ( Dystopian, YA, Fantasy)

Sometimes the badass female lead develops her backbone much later in a story. She has to grow into her role as the chosen one. But before she swaps her pitch fork for a glowing faerie sword she has to change her clothes. One cannot win battles in Versace´s Dystopian Autumn collection.

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These ladies want to make a difference. I can´t say which I prefer. The assassins or the princesses.

Speaking of ladies…. up next is a girl who needs our pity….

Emo Girl  ( YA, Fantasy )

emo girl

Okay. I love this story. It´s Twilight with Angels only better. The Fallen by Lauren Kate is one of my favorite reads. But…. the girl on the cover ( which I assume is supposed to be Lucy, MC, is far from being an emo child) does not represent the Heroine. Having 2 hot angels chasing your booty ain´t a good enough reason to cry.

 

Let´s get away from tough cookie Heroine´s and sobbing messes.

Artistic ( fantasy, Children, YA )

artsy

Because it doesn´t always have to be an image of some sexy beast. Okay… Both books are intended for children´s minds so the cover has to match. I totally understand that. And I think it´s okay to use an illustrated cover image. Spot on in these cases.

 

Doors & Windows  ( Mystery, Thriller, Horror )

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Definitely creepy. Normally, doors do nothing for me except keep me safe inside my house. But on a book cover? An absolute 9 on the creep scale. Also, these won´t ever go out of style. A trend that´ll stay!

A Rose IS A Rose, Is A Rose, Is A Rose….  ( All genre´s )

Yupp. Roses are DA SHIT!

rose

Seriously, roses are perfect. Old as time but perfect for any genre. You´ve written a romance? Just use an image of a rose. You´ve written a suspense with a psycho? *snorts* Just use a rose that´s leaking blood as a cover image. Is your book about having din-din with a sexy vampire? I recommend a black rose, because…well, you know. The black crow isn´t THAT fitting. Wanna write a fantasy? Ooh, you can´t use a red rose then. Use a white one. Werewolves? Oh, please *wave off* Werewolves are known to be rose experts. They have gardens filled with long-stemmed roses. High quality you´ll only find in a McWolfy garden.

Funny enough, roses can be used for all genre´s. It´s only a matter of how an author / publisher pimps it to match the theme of the story. What´s even funnier? Most of those books don´t have a single rose in their stories. But the covers are often quite stunning.

 

 

Okay, people… That´s it for today. Stay tuned for Book Cover Trends: Part Three…. Coming soon!

 

Hope you enjoyed the lists so far! If you have any ideas you´d like to add or see in the future then feel free to hit me up! Drop a comment below and let me know your thoughts!

xoxo

 

Book Genres – Mug Monday

Book  –  `Play On` by Samantha Young

MugLove Mug, Pink 

TopicBook Genres

 

It´s no secret that I´m a full blown romance reader. It´s my prefered book genre. Although I pretty much welcome any book genre I tend to lean more towards the lovey-dovey stuff.

Why?

Good question. Certainly not because I´m a hopeless romantic myelf. I´m far from it, actually. When confronted with romance in reality I usually don´t see it happen.

When my husband and I first dated he invited me to his place and made a heart shaped pizza for me. To this day ( 17 years later!! ), my husband hasn´t forgiven me for not noticing the heart and the effort he put into that romantic moment. And to this day- I didn´t see a heart shaped pizza. All I saw was food. Who can blame me for overlooking the romantic aspect of that moment!

Being a non – romantic person doesn´t mean I´m entirely immune to romance. I definitely recognize the full on love in books. I can spot a romantic scene in a novel from a mile away. I can smell romance before I open a romance book.

But what is it with romance novels? WHat´s the appeal? Is it really wise to want to suffer through a fictional character´s pain after a devasting breakup?

I have no idea. All I know, as a reader in the heat of the moment, is that it´s exciting. I´d even go so far and say reading about heartache and heartbreak is… fun. It´s all about the feels, am I right? Oh, THE F.E.E.L.S!

Maybe that´s the reason why I´m a not so romantic person. All these romance novels I´m reading exhaust me and drain me of every ounce of emotion. Who knows.

Speaking of romances…. Today´s Monday Mug & Book Feature is for a romance.

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`Play On` by Samantha Young is one of those full on romances with the typical emotional rollercoaster ride ( review )

It´s a cute read. It´s deep. It has quite a few ” Da hell..?” moments. It´s a Drama 2.0 read.

With a romance like that I can´t have a cup of hot chocolate without my love mug.

Yupp. You read that correctly. I have a love mug. It´s extra large and pink. What´s not to like love about it? And it matches the cover.

As for the other book genres… Here´s a rundown on what book genres I tend to grab after when the mood strikes me:

Paranormal

Believe it or not- I do love me some other worldly fiction. I like reading about bodies that don´t really exsist, exsisting in worlds as non exsistant as the creatures themselves. If a romance is included then you probably won´t hear me complain.

Fantasy

Same as with paranormal.

 

Horror

Nothing beats a good horror book, especially when it´s graphic detail. These types of stories make me turn on every light in house and sleep with a baseball bat under my pillow. I do love me some horror.

Mystery / Thriller

Yes and no. I usually don´t fancy mysteries or thrillers because I can´t handle the uber-suspense. If there´s a little from both added to a horror or a romance then I´m fine.

Action & Adventure

Anything that keeps my heart rate in the high digits is welcomed ( besides thrillers).

Science Fiction

The only genre, besides religion, that doesn´t do anything for me.

Children´s

As an adult and a mother I see the importance of this genre. It´s all about feeling little minds.

Health

I´m over 30. It goes without saying that goodle is my best friend and my worst enemy when it comes to health issues. Having a book on health won´t help my cause.

Self-help

Self help? In my opinion- there are too many self help books for all kinds of issues people may suffer from. Too many people giving advice that probably doesn´t work for the mass.

 

Religion/ Spirituality/ Prayer Books

Without wanting to start a war ( because the world has suffered from enough of those religion-based wars already) I´m going to say 3 simple words: I´m not religious. Religion has made enough people do crazy stuff ( still does). Books on religion don´t tickle me the slightest.

 

History

I´m a history buff. A sucker for history. I probably have just as many history books on my shelves as romance novels.

Poetry

Poetry is tricky for me. One the one hand I love reading poetry. On the other hand I can find certain pieces extremely frustrating.

Biography/Autobiography

I have a few on my shelves and would like to have more if they weren´t so expensive ( because history books are expensive too. I have to set my priorities somehow).

 

Science

I love science. I love science books. Sadly enough, I don´t own that many.

 

Comics

Not really a fan of comics, to be honest, but I will flip through one of my husbands comics once in a while.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks hold just as much value as a history book does for me.

 

There you have it. My likes and dislikes from the book genre world.

Is there a genre you prefer to read or even write? What is your absolute favorite genre?

Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you enjoyed Mug Monday!

Much love.

Morgana xoxo

 

BOOK INFO

Title:  Play On

Author: Samantha Young       Play On

Publication Date: Sept. 12th 2017

Genre:  Romance

Favorite Quote:  “If you’re to be mine I need all of you to be mine, because all of me is yours.”

 

Mug Info

Purchased at the Home Depot, $3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Book Description

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. 

 

My Thoughts

I said I would get out of my genre comfort-zone and that´s exactly what I did.

I saw the book cover for `The Cruel Prince` by New York Times bestselling author Holly Black and I knew I this was going to be my first 2018 fairytale read. The Cruel Prince

The fact that this book went way beyond my safe-bookish-place would be an understatement, yet I still enjoyed it.

I´d say it was a great experience filled with firsts. This was the first time I´d read anything from Holly Black. I´m a fan now. Her writing is engaging and her storytelling ability is fab. It was also the first time I had read anything like this book.

`The Cuel Prince` started out really cool with a day-to-day scene but with a dark twist. A game changer I didn´t see coming. And what a nice change of wallpaper it was to read about humans living in a world of magic and liking it.

A very colorful and adventurous tale.

What I loved most was the dedication and the map ( God, that map is just so cute ). The map was super helpful while reading because I find it difficult to imagine newly created worlds.

But still, there was something missing for me. I can´t really put my finger on it but it bugged me a bit.

I won´t say that this wasn´t my cup of tea because the story was actually good and I had a great time while reading but I just didn´t spend days afterwards thinking about the story. I didn´t have a bookhanger nor did I feel the need to hit up one of my book besties and rave about the story. Stuff I would usually do after reading a book.

Perhaps that´ll happen with book #2? Let´s keep our fingers crossed. Rumor has it that the next book will come out sometime around 2019. Until then it´s going to be a keep-eyes-open year for news.

All in all I´d say `The Cruel Prince` (The Folk Of The Air #1) was a decent out-of-my-genre-comfort-zone read. ( If that makes any sense)

Would I reread this book? I´m not sure. Let´s wait for book #2 and decide then.

Would I recommend this book? Sure! It´s a great story.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Absolutely gorgeous. I love it. A total eye-catcher.)

The Story – 3 stars ( Although I liked it I felt that a few key points were missing. Maybe that can be blamed on me comparing the book to a contemporary romance. Remember, I´m expanding my horizon! )

The Characters – 3 stars ( They were good. I liked them.)

My emotional state after finishing this read– Satisfied.

I´m giving `The Cruel Prince` by Holly Black 3 out of 5 positive stars.

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Purchase Links

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.de

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