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text 2018-12-18 18:18
24 Festive Tasks: Door 17 - St. Lucia's Day, Task 1 (Book Flood)

A book flood of the print and audio CD part of this year's Christmas reads (both completed and yet to finish):

(The background is supposed to be dark blue, but oh well ... :D)

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review 2015-08-01 19:20
Flood and Fang
Flood and Fang (The Raven Mysteries - book 1) - Marcus Sedgwick

‘Rurk!’ I said, expressing my doubts at our plan.

‘Yes, Edgar,’ she said, standing nose to beak, ‘It is exciting, isn’t it? Come on then! Let’s find these tracks.’

Ah well, I thought, I tried.

 

A big shout out to Arbie for recommending this book!

 

There are strange things going on at Castle Otherhand. Housemaids seem to go missing, the cellar keeps flooding, and there are mysterious tracks in the rhubarb patch, but none of the inhabitants seem to notice.....except the castle's resident raven - Edgar.

 

This was a great little story - quite dark but sweet in a gothic sort of way. 

 

I have a soft spot for ravens and the illustrations of Edgar in this one were lovely.

 

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text 2015-07-04 20:14
May & June Wrap Up
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy) - Marie Rutkoski
Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman
Rebel Belle - Rachel Hawkins
#scandal - Sarah Ockler
Angelfall - Susan Ee
World After - Susan Ee
Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood Series Book 2) - Victoria Scott
To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han
Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Onyx - Jennifer L. Armentrout

I have no idea why I never did a May one. I guess I'm just lazy. I read quite a bit these past two months-at least a lot for me, Though I know I'm behind because I want to read 75 books this year. Graphic novels and manga count right? I read three these past two months.

 

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

It was a good sequel, but I definitely enjoyed the first book more.

I really liked the politics in this one, but I felt the build up was dragged for the ending sequence that was only like five pages. Also, not enough interaction between Arin and Kestrel. Though I really did like their heart breaking romance though. Rip my heart out it's okay. That cliff hanger though. UGH.

 

 Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

I loved this book so much. I loved it so much I actually made a post about it. i still want a story from Daniel's perspective. Just saying. 

 

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Everyone seems to love this and I am not part of that group. I wasn't impressed by this. Nothing meshed well and it was all over the place. I can't explain it but it was also very open...(?) It kind of just jumped right into the story and went from one thing to the next. I liked it enough to buy the sequel though. Interesting plot but meh writing. (Though I do love her Hex Hall series.)

 

Scandal by Sarah Ockler

The message of this book is very important. Cyber bullying is horrible and should never be done. I hated the bullying. I hated the fact that no one helped the main character. This poor girl would walk through the hallways of her school and get spat on. Why did no one stop this? Bullying is a messed up thing and I hate hearing about it. 

The one thing I didn't like was the main character's romance thing with the guy. There were things that were written about them that happened that were so vague they made no sense. 

Important message but everything else was meh. 

 

Lux Beginnings and Consequences by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I read Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal (technically I read Obsidian in May in finished in June and the same thing happened with Opal and finished July first oh well.) I like the story. It's enjoyable and has it's moments. I like Katy, I don't like Daemon. He was fine throughout the first book but half way in Onyx and a majority of Opal he was so annoying. He's so inconsistent. Up and down up and down. One minute he hates her the next he's in love. I was also so done with the romance in Opal. I want plot development I don't care about you two kissing. 

 

Angelfall and World After by Susan Ee

Literally the best angel books I've read so far. Granted I was annoyed that it just jumped to six weeks later. I want to know what happened but that's the whole point of the story. The angels have invaded and no one knows why. I love the relationship between Penryn and her sister and her relationship with Raffe. And of course the actual story and the crap that happens to her. But mostly Penryn. One of the best female leads I have ever read. (I heard the third book is a disappointment and I really hope when I read it I won't think it is.)

 

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

I guess it was a cute contemporary? I don't really like contemporary nor did I like the instalove.

 

Salt and Stone by Victoria Scott

This sequel was so good! The character development was great with Tella, That cliffhanger though. When's the last book coming out?

 

 

I also read Deadly Class vol.1 and the manga Blackbird vol.1 and I liked the story to both of them but to me they were all over the place. Literally jumped from one thing to the next. 

 

Right now I'm in a reading slump. I have so many books on my tbr that need to be read but I don't wanna read any of them. 

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text 2015-06-11 19:04
Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 313 pages.
Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood Series Book 2) - Victoria Scott

At least now tella's realizing how useless she is. She's not as useless as she was but now she's like "omg did I really rely on him the whole time? Omgg I wonder what he must think of me Omgg"

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review 2015-02-25 15:00
Book Review: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott
Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood Series Book 2) - Victoria Scott

Note: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid to write this. Also, this is Book 2 of a series. This review may contain spoilers for Fire & Flood, if you have not read it yet.

 

Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott was book hangover inducing. Seriously! It was an exciting follow up to Fire & Flood, where the contenders compete in the last two ecosystems of the Brimstone Bleed: ocean and mountain. What sealed the deal for Salt & Stone‘s awesome-ness was Tella’s growth from the first book and, of course, the PANDORAS! (Honestly, if you know where I can get myself a Pandora, let me know!)

 

In Fire & Flood, I found Tella to be a bit annoying. My review of Fire & Flood even mentioned how I had to push through the first quarter of the book or so because I found her to be very annoying. Luckily, by the beginning of Salt & Stone, she’s grown a lot and it shows. She may not be the best survivalist at times, but she is definitely a natural born leader. Her references to her homecoming dress and whatnot in Salt & Stone was less about her complaining about the situation and was more of a coping mechanism in moments of high stress, which I totally understood. I mean right now, I’m imagining that I’m back at home in warm and sunny Honolulu, HI because I’m completely sick of this “arctic blast” of cold air. Yeah, I’m so done with winter… Anyways, I now love Tella.

 

Oh my goodness the Pandoras are amazing! I love them, and I want one for myself. They have personalities and amazing skills/powers, and they truly get tested in Salt & Stone. You can never underestimate a Pandora. If you want to know more about their awesomeness, I’ll let you read the book for yourself.

 

Salt & Stone still didn’t develop Tella’s and Guy’s romance much. If anything there was a lot of tension between the two throughout the entire book. On one hand you know they like each other, and on the other hand you know it’s a competition. The tension was totally appropriate, and I loved where they ended up when the story ended.

 

What really escalated, I thought, in this book was the unrest between the contenders and those who run the Brimstone Bleed. As I read Salt & Stone, I hated the creators of the competition more and more, and so did the contenders.

 

So what happens next? That’s what I want to know! Is Scholastic picking up the third book, because I want it like NOW. The race might be over, but there’s definitely a lot left to be resolved. A LOT. I NEED a 3rd book!

 

In short: Salt & Stone was a fantastic follow up to Fire & Flood. Victoria Scott did extremely well, I think. The Brimstone Bleed is finished, Tella’s character experiences a lot of growth, and there’s a ton of Pandoras to love. If you haven’t checked out Victoria Scott’s Fire & Flood series yet, I highly recommend it!

Source: ayamproductions.com/2015/02/salt-and-stone
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