Confession: Book Grudge

As a book lover, I am ashamed to admit it, but I am guilty of having some pretty intense grudges against certain books. I am talking about long term grudges that result in a boycott of other books by that author.

First, let me be clear. Neither the books or the authors are bad. In both cases, these authors write best sellers and have huge fan bases. I loved prior books by these authors. I am not going to point out the authors or books in this post but you can watch the video  to get the low down.

I have a 7 year book grudge that has kept me from reading books from an author I loved

I have a book grudge.

So why the grudge?

I took the time to examine that question before making the video and writing about this.  It boils down to one thing. Not plot, character, or even writing style but expectations.  My expectations of the books and their respective authors were extremely high. This led to an intense emotional downfall when the books did not live up to my expectations. The end result is that I have no desire to read any more books by these authors because I don’t want to risk having another emotional disappointment.

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My expectations of these books and their respective authors were extremely high. This led to an intense emotional downfall when the books did not live up to my expectations. The end result is that I have no desire to read any more books by these authors because I don’t want to risk having another emotional disappointment.

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On an intellectual level, I know this is ridiculous. Disliking one book so much that I don’t read another one by that author for over 7 years is extreme. As an author, I know that I should not judge an entire collection of works based one or two books that let me down. I have a passion for books. I read over 100 books a year. In most cases, I can dislike a book without having a book grudge.

 

So, why are the stakes so high for certain books and not others? Again, it is all about my personal expectations and my emotional response to the book not furfilling my needs.  All three of these book grudges were birthed because the plot didn’t sustain me and the ending failed to connect with my expecations. I kept reading and waiting for something to happen but I did not get the emotional impact I desired.

So, tell me. Do you have book grudges? Do you take it to the extreem like me and stop reading books by that author? I would like to know!

 

 

 

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June Owlcrate Unboxing: Make it Out Alive

Zombies? Check.

Survival Stickers? Check.

I am ready for this month’s Owlcrate unboxing… are you? This months theme is Make It Out Alive and it contains 2 complete books. Which makes it a winning box in my opinion.  Read on to find out what was in the box and my thoughts and then click the link below to check out the unboxing video. My kids assisted with the unboxing and they have a special request for you at the end of it.

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The complete contents of the box… except the magnet. I stuck it on my metal lamp and forgot to photograph it until later.

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My favorite non book item was bath bomb  from the Fizzy Fairy Apothecary. ( I adore that name!)  This bath bomb was created exclusively for Owlcrate.  It was amazing and  turned my bath water a fizzy DARK green. So dark  that it would have been easy to let the silver tree charm inside it go unnoticed if I had not an inkling that there was something inside it.

The box also included a bookmark, a magnet, the author letter, and the signed bookplate. Isn’t this magnet adorable? I love the quote.

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My daughters favorite item is the zombie sleep mask. It has already disappeared into her room along with the multi colored pen that came in last months box.

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Joshua liked this month’s button and the sleep mask as well.

The box also included survival themed stickers. Now that I have started reading the book the theme and related items are clicking into place. Although, I have not deciphered the meaning of the iron on patch that was included.

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On to the books. The featured book is The Sandcastle Empire. I am already on page 120 and it is keeping me interested, but as of right now I don’t think it will go on my list of favorite books for the year.

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The second book is a paperback called New World Rising and I am excited to start reading.

Next month’s theme is  wanderlust. The box will include a licensed product from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I get the feeling that I am going to have to fight to keep that item from my kids.

Get your own owlcrate box here

Which brings me to the challenge I mentioned at the beginning of the post.

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I made a deal with my kids and you get to help them out.  I told them that when we get 10 views of our video and 10 new subscribers to my YouTube channel I will order them there very own Owlcrate Jr and let them make there own unboxing video. They have been begging me for months to order them a box so let’s make it happen!

June Owlcrate Unboxing Video

 

 

 

 

Indie Spotlight: Anxiety Girl

Anxiety Girl by Lacy London

Do you struggle with Anxiety or know someone who does? The title of this book and the focus on Anxiety is what prompted me to read this book. I am glad I did. I deal with severe reoccurring depression and generalized anxiety and I enjoy reading books that address with those issues in a responsible realistic manner.

If you want to hear more about my personal mental health issues check out my Anxiety Girl Review on YouTube.

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While I did not click with the main character right away it did not take long for me root for here when she began to experience anxiety. The author did an excellent job portraying the experience of anxiety.

This story follows Sadie, a young woman who finds herself battling a broken heart but soon discovers that there is a lot more going on inside her. Anxiety takes hold and she no longer finds it easy to to hide her troubles. Deep in anxiety  with her life falling to pieces Sadie struggles with fear, shame, and comes to the realization that she needs help.

What I Love:

  • Realistic portrayal of anxiety
  • Supportive characters who help Sadie
  • The unsupportive characters show a realistic portrait of how people tend to misunderstand
  • Well written & Easy to read

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Who Should Read:

  • Anyone who deals with Anxiety or Mental illness
  • Anyone who loves and cares for someone with Anxiety or Mental Illness
  • Fans of Contemporary Fiction
  • Those who are already fans of this Bestselling Author

Get the book $2.99 or read free with Kindle unlimited

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Book Love Review: The Prophecy of Three

Looking for a witchy read? The Prophecy of Three by Ashley Mcleo is the next book on your reading list. Trust me you will love the exquisite description that accompanies the journey of the powerful witches as they discover there power and history.  I loved seeing these young women embrace their witch heritage and the unexpected plot twists kept the pages turning.

 

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This book is the first installment of The Starseed Trilogy and it will leave you yearning for the release of the next book.

This book is available in ebook on Amazon and if you are a kindle unlimited subscriber you can read it for free.

Prophecy Of Three Amazon Link

Book Love: The Young Elites Review

I have a new book love. Yes, I fell in love with this book from the first pages and it help me captive to the very last page.  I enjoy a lot of books but only a select few have a special place in my heart.  I enjoyed the Legend series by Marie Lu but this one takes the cake. I have already started devouring the next book in the series.  So, lets get to the good stuff.

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What this book is about:

A decade after the blood fever swept through the nation,  some survivors have developed strange markings during their time of illness. The children with visible markings became known as ″malfettos″. The  blood fever gifted some of these ″malfetto″ children with strange abilities. Those with powers became known as The Young Elites. The Inquisition Axis believes that Young Elites are dangerous and vengeful and will destroy the nation. This story follows Adelina Amouteru as she discovers her powers, flee’s for her life and crosses paths with the Young Elites.

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What I Loved:

  • The relationship between the sisters. The story paints realistic portrait of sibling love, jealousy, and discovery.
  • Adelina struggles with her imperfections from the blood fever, the development of her power, and her emotions as she must choose between saving her sisters and her loyalty to the Young Elites.
  • This book has tension that kept me on the edge of my seat.
  • The characters are all well developed and their powers are well written.
  • The audio book presentation of this book is excellent.

You should read this book if:

  • If you enjoy books with characters who have powers and abilities.
  • If you enjoyed the Legend Series.
  • If you love books with a strong female lead who is tired of being abused and takes charge of her life.
  • If you are a fan of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • I personal think everyone should read this book but I may biased based on it being one of my favorites.

Want to hear more about it? Check out my video review on youtube.

 

 

New Vlog Post! The Young Elites

Are you ready to hear about a book you should read? Good! I adore this book. Go buy it. Borrow it. Steal it if you must. Just kidding about the last part. I just posted my video book review of THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu on my youtube channel. Jump on over and check it out! The vlog also includes my wrap up of the awesome books I read in April.

Click here to watch!

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This is a spoiler free review. My question for you faithful reader/video watcher is do you like the spoiler free review or would you like to see a more in-depth review? Please let me know.

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As always, thank you for reading and watching!

Have a blessed, beautiful and bookish day!

 

Quick Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

Daughter of the Pirate King

By Tricia Levenseller 


“There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.”  -Alosa

This is a fantastic easy read for anyone who loves pirates and high seas adventure! I finished this book in less than a few hours. I only put it down a few times to take cooking and eating dinner and then it was right back into the pages again. This book gets a RARE 5 stars from me because I was never tempted to put it down or skim ahead. I also love the characters and the story. This was my owl crate subscription book and it was a hit with me.

What I loved about this book:

  • Alosa, the lady pirate who is a lot more than just the daughter of the pirate king.
  • Fun plot twist and character revelations. I kind of saw them coming but it was still awesome when they unfolded.
  • Alosa runs into a lot of trouble as she tries to track down the hidden map.
  • Fun and believable secondary characters.
  • The layers of romance between Alosa and Riden. They are both fighting their feelings for each other as their relationship slowly develops.
  • The story moved at a nice pace and I did not get bored.
  • I love a good pirate story.
  • Great first person point of view writing. Strong characters and distinct voices make this a stand out.

What I disliked about this book:

  • The entire book was set at sea and mostly on a ship. I would have liked more setting details about the ship. What was presented was woven nicely into the story.
  • Riden is still deeply attached to his brother, even though he is a terrible person. Realistically, I get this but I still wanted Alosa to make Draxen to suffer more than she did.
  • That the next book is not yet available. I will be eagerly waiting!

 

Do you have any other great pirate, ocean, or sea themed books you loved reading? I would love your recommendations!