Saturday, December 31, 2016

Cleanse and Purge - 2017 Preperations

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 10:42 PM 0 comments
Hello everyone. A few days ago I decided to make some changes with my blogging channels. It is no secret that 2015 and 2016 were very shitty years for me. I did have a FEW good things happen but the bad things were many and frequent so nothing could outweigh them. I will list a few things:

Bad:
  • My dad had a stroke
  • My parents almost lost their home because my dad couldn't work
  • I had to put myself into a lot of debt to save their house(no one should have to be homeless because of health problems)
  • Water pipe burst and ruined 98% of my books
  • Found out PopPop had cancer
  • Had to put Moonpie(our baby bunny) to sleep
  • PopPop passed away



Good:
  • We bought our first NEW car
  • ...If I think of anything else later I will add it

So with all the crap that happened I became this bitter, horrible person. I always have my guard up and am extremely defensive. I want that to stop. I deleted ALL of my YouTube videos in hopes of starting fresh. I am praying that 2017 will be better for myself and everyone else in this world. 

My goal for 2017 is to be a better person, a better blogger and a better friend. I also want to sell a lot of my book stock so I can get more books in. We are going to turn our bunnies old room into a game/workshop/stock room this year so I really want to start fresh.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Monday, December 26, 2016

REVIEW: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill - Valeria

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 3:00 PM 0 comments
Rate: 5/5


Goodreads Description:
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.


However, it’s not so simple.



The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.


First off, lets briefly appreciate what a beautiful cover this book has, it is seriously a work of art!
Seriously... Look at it....
Okay?
Good.
Anyways, not going to lie to you, as I write this, I am suffering from a splitting headache so my writing might seem a bit off... More than usual I should say
This book was amazing, if you loved Red Queen, I feel like this would be a book you would enjoy, it isnt exactly similar, but I just kept thinking of Red Queen as I read it, maybe its the whole having kick ass powers things?
I dont know but this book was great!
Britta is kind of a bad ass but a stubborn bad ass
Oh boy is she stubborn
She did of course have the typical cliche of, there is no way he likes me, even though it is super obvious HE does which I would say kind of irks me but when I think about it, it is kind of the way things work
The ending was like WHAT!?I was kind of confused by it at first then I slowly started to grasp it and was like OH SNAP! You know those moments? when things suddendly hit you as to how its going and its like
WHAT!? NOOOOOOO Kind of thing?
Well I had that moment at the end of the book xD Which for me, a good ending is CRUCIAL for a book

Recommend it?
YUP


Friday, December 23, 2016

REVIEW: The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 9:09 PM 0 comments
Title: The Women in the Walls
Genre: Horror-ish
Author: Amy Lukavics
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication: September 27th 2016
Cover Rating: 5/5


Last year, I read Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics, while I did like the book well enough, it just didn't have that spark to catch my attention. I love horror books and I feel like the horror books that are put out in the Young Adult book world are very dull and watered down. I requested Amy Lukavics latest book, The Women in the Walls, from the publishers in hopes of really enjoying it. Once again, I can say that I liked it well enough but it was still lacking. The plot was very thin, not fleshed out, and was just overall not enough to draw me in. 

Lucy is the main character. Her mother disappeared when she was three so she grew up in this victorian style house with her father, aunt and cousin. After her mother disappeared her aunt insisted on moving in to help care for young Lucy.

When I first started getting into the plot of the book I just thought the women on this family were cursed or something. They all seemed to have gone mad and then missing or dead. But as the book progressed it seemed like there was something a little bigger that was messing with this women's lives. 

The end of the book did kind of make up for the dullness, though. I really wasn't expecting that ending and it makes me wonder if the author is maybe hiding her potential greatness as a horror writer because she is writing Young Adult books. I will continue to read the books she publishes to see if there is any improvement. She is not a bad author AT ALL. I just think she has the potential to be greater.

I am going to leave my review at this very vague area because this is definitely one of those books that you need to experience for yourself. I can't even put into words some of the events that occurred in this book without spoiling at least something for whoever is reading my review. So, my final word is, check this book out for yourself.

Overall, I gave the book 3.5/5 stars.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

REVIEW: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake - Valeria

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 12:00 PM 0 comments
Rate: 2/5


Goodreads Description:
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.


But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.



If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.


When I first heard about this book a few months back I was like FUCK YES! THIS IS MY JAM! I NEED THIS
Then my library got the book and I was like oh hell yes! Finally and then I got right into the book
What the fuck
Im so confused
I thought the book was going to be a lot more bad ass and it was all a huge love fest.
All of them were like oh no, my love, I need my love.
Like...
Just..
No
Like... I was super dissapointed. Let me explain
This book left me with a lot of questions about how the whole, need to kill each other thing started. Or how a lot of things came to be for that matter. A whole lot is left to the imagination and it sucks because this is why I read. I have no imagination!
Throughout the whole book instead of getting into detail about why the Quickening needs to happen and why it was even started, their love interest are thrown into our face and to be honest. I feel nothing for them.
There isnt enough background to them for me to feel attached and actually root for them. 
It all felt like a bad summary of a book, as if someone was trying to make some fan fiction for a book that is already out there and that we should have read in order to understand this one 
If that makes any sense
This is why I dont write books guys
Cuz I know I would suck


Recommend it?

Ehm... Not really no


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