book review

July Book Haul| TBR

Thrift store book hunting is becoming one of my favorite things to do. I absolutely love finding such gems for super cheap. This month I had a small haul but I still thought I’d share since I’ve been so behind on blogging. Please excuse my lack of knowledge of these books as I’ve only read the back covers.

  1. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

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I love the way this author writes and I’m disappointed that I haven’t gotten to a whole lot of her books yet. This book seems to be revolved around a school shooting and the witnessing of it. Sorry I can’t provide more details at this time as I myself am trying to avoid spoilers but I will provide a full review once I’ve read it.

2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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One of my favorites reads til date. I completely trust Dan Brown as an author to deliver a riveting and cinematic experience through his books. I’ve read this one but I couldn’t pass up the hard cover version at only $3 in pristine condition 🙂

3. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

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I picked up books one and three, The Elite and The One respectively. I am not really huge on YA but the books were hard cover and in great condition for the price. The covers were also very pretty so I couldn’t just leave them there. It appears to incorporate fairy tales and romance with a nail biting plot but we’ll see.

Hope you liked my tiny mid month haul. Stay tuned for my August TBR.

Happy Reading!

xo Kat

Confess by Colleen Hoover| Book Review

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Auburn Mason Reed recently moved to Texas, although we don’t know the exact reason why at the beginning of the book. We assume it has something to do with her harrowing past as the story begins itself with Auburn at fifteen years losing her first love to a terminal illness. New to Texas, and a needing some extra cash as her hair cutting career hasn’t exactly kicked itself of, Auburn lands on the doorstep of Owen Mason Gentry. Owen is a painter (yes, they both have the same middle name), and he needs help for an art opening in his studio, Confess. Owen has a unique way of working which I really enjoyed reading about. Random strangers slip real confessions through his door and he takes his inspiration from them.

They instantly have a connection and it’s written beautifully, not that cringe-worthy typical insta-romance. I must say the author did well in conveying each emotion, thought and feeling to show how genuine humans love. I was convinced during this book of both characters’ feelings towards each other. I gave this book a four star rating on goodreads only because parts of the story were a little too fleshed out causing me to lose momentum. But it ended beautifully. This was my first Colleen Hoover book and I am not disappointed. Next up is Hopeless!

Happy Reading!

xo Kat

 

Alfred: The Boy Who Would be King by Ron Smorynski

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Alfred is a typical eleven-year-old boy who spends most of his spare time playing video games on a second-hand computer he was gifted. He is an only child and lives with his mother whom he sees as beautiful and sometimes odd in the way she speaks and dresses. Alfred sees it as old fashioned. Alfred is drawn to books, as well as video games of medieval times, something which has his mother uneasy every time it’s brought up. He also sends his mother into a frenzy when he asked about his father, whom he has never seen or heard of.
One night, Alfred summons an old wizard by saying the name “Bedenwulf.” He believes this to be his father name. The old wizard appears to be out of sorts and has no memory of who he is or what he does yet he manages to transport Alfred into another world, a medieval one. There, they learn the old wizard’s name is Tirnalth, and they meet a faithless cleric, Verbogen.
In the fantasy land, Alfred encounters creatures such as werewolves and gargoyles. He is told that he might be the only surviving heir to rule the kingdom and that an evil witch has driven the entire kingdom into despair. Alfred is determined to fit into the role of King and save his people.
This book was basically advertised as something similar to Harry Potter so immediately it caught my interest. It’s a brilliant middle-grade story and reminded me of Rick Riordan at times. I laughed during this book so the author captures humor well but here’s my concerns about things that could’ve been done differently. Firstly, Alfred is eleven years old and I feel like there are times he sounds more like a preschooler with the excited clapping, and at other times, Alfred is sharing all this knowledge with people. Maybe rework the characteristics for an eleven-year-old boy and the story would work beautifully. With a little editing, this story is a gripping and exciting one for fans of J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan.

xo Kat

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier|Book Review

*4 stars on Goodreads*

The story begins with Philip, an orphan who was raised by his older cousin, Ambrose. Philip was brought up in a household with no women, so it was odd to him that his cousin Ambrose had gotten married while he was in Italy. They exchanged letters back and forth detailing their days and feelings. Philip began to harbor jealousy in his heart towards, Rachel(also his cousin, who has married Ambrose) since he never had to share Ambrose’s affection before. He loathed the day when Ambrose would bring Rachel home and had a plan set to basically treat her like trash. This absurdity was only heightened as Ambrose’s letters came less frequent.

Philip then decides to go to Italy when he receives an alarming letter from Ambrose but not detailed enough that he knew exactly what was transpiring. He knew Ambrose’s health had declined and was shocked to learn of Ambrose’s sudden death upon his arrival to Italy. His cousin Rachel had already disappeared from the villa where she and Ambrose lived, and Philip was directed to Rachel’s trusted advisor, Ranaildi, the man who handled all of her affairs.

Philip instantly dislikes Rainaldi and goes back home, plotting to do for Rachel should he ever see her. When she finally arrives at his house, he is deeply ashamed, and also surprised by her feeble demeanor. Surely she couldn’t be the villain he had painted her out to be.

As the story progresses, Philips shows himself as a spoiled brat who has become obsessed with Rachel. He enjoys her company so much that he basically demands that she stay with him for a longer time before she moves on to another place. He busies her with decorating the house, and building things around it. His godfather who handles the estate until Philip reaches of age raises concern over how indulgent and insistent he is on gifting Rachel expensive things and allowing her financial freedom to do whatever she wishes.

As per usual I have to cut my synopsis of this book as not to give spoilers. A great, engaging read about deeply flawed characters who you may have a love/hate relationship with. The author’s language was nothing less than marvelous. And I cannot wait to see the movie!

Happy reading!

xo Kat

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins|Book Review

Whooo I’m back with an awesome book review. For a while there I’ve not been choosing books to my taste and it’s been frustrating me, because if I stop enjoying reading…then I’d lose my mind.

Into The Water is a psychological suspense/thriller. Although it shares the same brilliant authorship as The Girl on The Train, it was an entirely different story. Paula Hawkins is awesome at taking you through many plot twists and characters’ personalities go up and down rapidly that you end up feeling sorry for the one you feel suspicious about. It’s really a psychological read.

I was surprised by the amount of negative reviews this book garnered on goodreads because I absolutely loved it and rated it five stars. I rarely rate five. In order for me to rate five, the book has to have me on the edge of my seat, losing sleep and just worked up with all sorts of theories.

Anyways, let’s get into the review….

The book starts with the death of Nel Abbott, allegedly drowned. We get the picture that Nel wasn’t liked very much by her community because she was dredging up all sorts of stories from the past, surrounding the deaths of the women who drowned at the drowning pool. It’s soon learned that a few weeks before, Katie Whittaker, a fifteen year old girl who was best friends with Nel’s daughter, Lena, had met a similar fate in the drowning pool.

Detectives Sean Townsend and Erin Morgan try to find out if there was any foul play in the deaths or if it was suicide, like the many who had died there before.

Past events are tied with current events and there’s themes of love, hate, jealously, abuse, all of the above. I finished this book very quickly and would recommend it to anyone who loves a murder mystery.

This book was also told in eleven different POVs which I thought was brilliant but a lot of people didn’t seem to care for. Some were first person, some where third but they were all relevant. I love the way the chapters are short and conveying without unnecessary clutter.

Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

xo Kat

American Gods by Neil Gaiman|Book Review

So I tried hard to like this book mainly because I think the author puts out great content but at fifty percent, I just couldn’t anymore. I like the protagonist and the concept of the story. Ex-con Shadow gets out of jail after three years, his wife is dead and he runs into Wednesday, who is supposed to be Odin. From what I understand so far, the old gods have to battle the new gods(media, tv etc). All well and good so far but what really threw me off the story is all the little stories in between that don’t seem to have a point. I kept reading about people and things with no wrap up. At fifty percent of the book, I would at least like to have an understanding of what is going on, not to be left more confused. Sorry to say but I must leave this book unfinished to get to my sky high TBR pile. Maybe one day I’ll return to it.

xo Kat

Note: As much as I don’t like leaving negative reviews, I do have my own preferences and tastes in books. I do read mostly at night when I am super tired from a busy day and I believe it impacts my will to stick with a book that hasn’t grasped my attention fully.

What Cats Do Book Tag

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As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?

  • Oh my gosh, this is a hard one. I like books with plots and twists…maybe a Nora Roberts book or one of those indie books on Kindle. Predictable cheesy romances are sometimes relaxing after a long book.

SLEEP

What is a book that put you to sleep?

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I understand it was a book loved by many so don’t hate me for my opinion. I just felt it lacking. It was predictable and felt it was a huge build up. Even as part of a series, each book should have a proper ending. I did rave on the amazing writing though, I like the author’s style. That being said, it’s a very appealing book for younger readers.

TWITCH WHILE DREAMING

Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

  • I’ve dreamt of the heroes of the books I’ve read 🙂

SEEMS TO PLAY NICE

….until the claws are out.  Which book had the biggest plot twist?

  • Thrillers usually have great plots twists. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Dark Places and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

CUDDLES

Which books character would you give a hug to?

  • Jack, the little five year old boy from the book Room by Emma Donoghue.

CATNIP

What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

  • Most recently The Tycoon’s Revenge by Melody Anne. I like romances with family elements, they make me smile.

CAT BREEDS

What are your favorite books?

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak hit me right in the feels and it’s definitely one I’d read every few years. But I appreciate books in all genres, really. Thrillers, Horror, Romance, Fantasy, Children’s Literature.

THE VET’S OFFICE

Your least favorite book.

  • There are many books that I couldn’t get through but since I have short term memory, I’ll answer this based on my 2017 reads. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and Miss Peregrine’s.

BEING PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T

Least favorite cliche.

  • Love triangle.
  • The chosen one who has to save the world. How about a chosen lot? Like the power rangers.
  • Ohhh one I really dislike is the billionaire trend…can’t the less fortunate fall head over heels in love?

THE GOOD OLD CARDBOARD BOX

Most underrated book series.

As it so happens, two of my favorite series are underrated.

  • The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan. It’s based on Wicca and I absolutely loved it.
  • House of Night Series by PC & Kristin Cast. (Vampire and Wicca themed)

I tag anyone and everyone to do this tag. 

xo Kat

 

 

The Secret Life of A Book Blogger Tag|Book Tag

This is another tag that I stumbled upon recently and thought it’d be fun to do. Like always, I tag everyone and anyone to do this tag.

1. How long have you been a blogger?

Since 2013 or 2014 I think but I’ve only been doing it seriously for about six months now.

2. At what point do you think you’d stop blogging?

I honestly don’t think I can say. Blogging is my way of relaxing, offloading and I meet incredible people with the same interests on here.

3.  What is the best thing about blogging?

It’s my hobby, something I love do to. I write stories and want to make a career in that but blogging gives me that unstructured writing, a way of off loading and I also interact with other awesome bloggers.

4. What is the worse thing? What do you do to make it okay?

The worse thing about blogging is that I don’t always have time to do it…how I make it okay is putting multiple posts out when I do sit down to write 😀

5. How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?

I don’t do all that fancy shmancy stuff like other super awesome bloggers, I just use pixabay.com for free images. But that’s because I don’t blog about travelling etc If your blog calls for it, I suggest you invest in good equipment and software.

6. Who is your book crush?

It changes so often that I don’t even know hehe. A decade ago, I liked Edward Cullen, before that, maybe Lestat and although he is an older character in Dan Brown books, I quite liked Professor Robert Langdon. Then there’s always the highlanders and dukes in historical romances.

7. What author would you like to have on your blog?

Stephen King, JK Rowling, Anne Rice

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

As I don’t have a specific time to write and I do write in the comfort of my home, my attire ranges from pajamas to yoga pants to jeans.

9. How long does it take you to prepare?

It varies. It depends on when and how long my kids give me a minute.

10. How do you feel about the book community?

It’s awesome. I feel like I’ve finally found my tribe 😀 It’s great, and it’s a very accepting space. No hate, no drama, just books, books, books.

11. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

I myself don’t even have a successful blog lol but I think one should just be consistent and write relatable content. Find your voice, whatever you want your blog to be about and just start. You should also be passionate about what you’re putting on your blog because believe me, some days you’re really fishing on what to write about.

Hope you enjoyed this tag as much as I did. Now go do it on your blog 🙂

xo, Kat

Seven Bookish Sins Tag

I saw this tag on Instagram actually and thought it’d be fun to do on my blog, so here goes….I tag anyone and everyone to do this tag! Enjoy 🙂

1.Gluttony (A book you devoured) 

Ugh this is so difficult, I’ve devoured so many books in short spaces of time. If we’re talking recently, I really liked this book called The Nightbird by Brian Freeman. 

2. Greed (a book you don’t lend)

I’ve learned my lesson with lending books and as of date, I don’t trust anyone that much 😉

3. Sloth (a book that has been on your shelf too long)

Eighty percent of the books I own is unread and it’s not because I don’t read a lot, I just keep adding to my pile. But if we’re talking physical book and not ebook, it’d have to be Innocence by Dean Koontz. 

4. Lust (A boxed set)

I don’t own any boxed sets but I have huge single volumes of The Lord of The Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.

5. Wrath (a disappointing book)

Okay, I know I’m going to attract some hate here, but I’m basing this tag off of 2017 reads and so far I couldn’t get through The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. There’s a huge hype around this book and although, I think the reviews on it was good enough for me to check the book out, it was just not my cup of tea, sorry. 

6. Pride (the prettiest book on your shelf)

That’s like asking me to choose between my two kids 😛

7. Envy (a world you’d like to live in)

I love bookish worlds but my choice would always boil down to Narnia 🙂

I’d love to hear your answers to this tag!

xo Kat

 

 

 

Ruby by V.C. Andrews|Book Review

Ruby is the first installment in The Landry Series by V.C. Andrews. This is another series that I could not put down. It really interrupted my life when I picked it up.

Synopsis: Ruby Landry is a teenager who grew up with her grandmother, Catherine in the bayou. Her mother died in childbirth. Her grandfather, Jack is an alcoholic and lives in a shack outside. Ruby soon starts dating Paul Tate, a boy from a classy and wealthy family who doesn’t like Paul dating Ruby. When Ruby speaks to her grandmother about this, her grandmother tells her that Paul’s father is responsible for committing a heinous act against Ruby’s mother which resulted in Paul being born. Jack, the grandfather blackmailed Octavious Tate, Paul’s father which is why Paul grew up with his father and had no idea. Ruby’s views on dating Paul changes and after her grandmother’s death, she escapes being sold by her grandfather to a new life in the big city of New Orleans. She is told that she has a father there but what awaits Ruby is nothing even her wildest dreams could prepare her for.

Happy Reading!

xo Kat