Furthermore **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

As I was reading and getting ready to write my review on Whichwood, I realized that I had not yet written a review for Furthermore.  Shame on me!  Due to the fact that I read this book as an ARC I am going to label my review as such because I did not actually read a finished copy of this book.

I read the Shatter Me trilogy a while back and loved how Tahereh Mafi spun the words to form that story.  I was very eager to see how her writing style would translate from a young adult novel to that of a middle grade novel.  I was not disappointed in the slightest!  Now, I am not normally one to read a middle grade book as even as a middle grader I was never really into that style of writing, but Tahereh quickly changed my mind!  Granted, the middle grade novels nowadays are quite different from the time I was an awkward and shy middle-schooler, but I don’t really know why I still just want to skip over them.  Old habits die-hard I guess.  I know for a fact that I will never skip over a middle grade novel of Tahereh’s for the rest of time.

This book was so well written that I quickly was immersed into the worlds of Ferenwood and Furthermore  I could practically see the color bursting before my eyes as I flew through the pages.  Now, mind you, this was a fairly good-sized book and I finished it within two to three days, which is almost unheard of for me.  This book gave off a lot of Alice In Wonderland vibes.  Even the main characters share the same name!  I also really loved how this book is told in second person point of view.  I don’t think I have ever read a book with this point of view, and it was neat being able to hear little snippets from the narrator of the story.  There was one particular thing I didn’t really care for though.  I felt as if the ending was rushed and almost a bit sloppy.  I got a bit nervous as I got to the last few pages and the main character had still not gotten what she was searching for.  Then it was like BING-BANG-BOOM done and I was left a bit shell-shocked.  I had to reread the last few pages to make sure that my copy wasn’t missing any.  I cannot say for sure that they did not change this from the ARC to the finished copy, but I’m still not over how abruptly this book ended.

Altogether, this book was still very good despite my despise of the ending.  I would highly recommend this book if you like middle grade novels or if you like Alice In Wonderland.  Now I’ll have to impatiently wait for Tahereh’s next middle grade novel.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

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October Book Haul ’17

Yes, I know this is a bit late, but better late than never I always say!  So, in light of my reading slump I have tried to go on a bit of a book buying ban for this month as I have a lot of books I have not read yet, but due to the slump, I have not been able to read much.  Most of these books came from book subscription boxes, and I purchased maybe one in-store and had a couple preorders.

1, 2, & 3) The Language of Thorns by: Leigh Bardugo

I had no intention at all of owning three copies of this book.  I had preordered this book from Barnes & Noble and then I got a copy in my Fairyloot box and another copy in yet another subscription box.  Each copy is unique (US copy has foil stamped cover, Fairyloot copy has red foil lettering, and the other UK copy doesn’t have a dust cover) so I may just end up keeping all of them because you can never have too many books by one of your favorite authors.  I will never be ashamed of owning all the pretty books!

4) An Enchantment of Ravens by: Margaret Rogerson

I’ve heard quite a few good things about this book which made me get it.  Plus, this cover is to die for.  It also sounds a little bit like A Court of Thorns and Roses, of which I absolutely loved!  I’m hoping this book lives up to the hype around it.

5) Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by: Julie C. Dao

I got this book in my Page Habit subscription box for the month of October.  I  love this particular box because the main book that comes with it has annotated notes from the author.  I cannot wait to read this book and see all of the notes that Julie left throughout this copy.

6) Turtles All the Way Down by: John Green

I’m not exactly the biggest John Green fan out there, but when I saw that my local BJ’s had a signed copy of this book I figured that I would just get it.  I have read a few of John Green’s other books, but they were kind of hit or miss for me.  I’ve heard that this is one of his best books yet, so I’ll just have to read it and see what I think.

7) Cradle and All by: James Patterson

This is another book that I saw at BJ’s and thought the synopsis was fairly interesting so I got it.  In short, there are two girls, each virgins and pregnant, one carries the christ and the other the anti-christ.  As natural disasters increase all over the world, both girls must face their fate in this battle for light and darkness.  It sounds like a book with an epic story that may just keep me on the edge of my seat.

8) Wild Beauty by: Anna-Marie McLemore

I received this book in my October Owlcrate, and I do not anything about this book at all.  I may try to keep it that way as I do love going into some books knowing absolutely nothing at all.

9) Retribution Rails by: Erin Bowman

This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017.  I even had it preordered as soon as it was available online.  I read Erin’s other book, Vengeance Road, last year and I had been impatiently awaiting the companion novel.  not only is this book cover absolutely gorgeous, the story itself is amazing as well!  Stay tuned for my review on this book!

10) This Darkness Mine by: Mindy McGinnis

This is yet another book that I got in a subscription box that I know absolutely nothing about.  I read A Madness So Discreet by Mindy a few months back and liked that book, but I didn’t really love it.  I do like Mindy’s writing style, so here’s to hoping that this book is better than the last one I read of hers.

While I didn’t get too many books this month, I feel like I got a bunch I will enjoy when I get around to them.  I think I’m going to try to keep up with this kind of ban and only get the books from subscription boxes, but we’ll see how well that goes over.  Maybe sometime soon I’ll finally be over this reading slump, and I’ll actually be able to read some of these new books I get.  I’m also going to start blocking out time to read and blog so that y’all will actually get to hear from me more consistently! Yay!!

October Wrap Up ’17

I think my reading slump is still here :(.  I have been quite busy lately and just haven’t had too much time to actually sit down and read, and when I do have time I fall asleep a few minutes after starting to read.  At least this month was filled with a few books that I really did enjoy.

1) Replica by: Lauren Oliver 4/5 Stars

This book was a fairly quick read for me.  I loved that fact that you could read each story individually or in alternating chapters.  I chose to do the latter, and loved to see the perspective of both girls as the storylines progressed and intermingled with each other.

2) Kate & Jesse by: Erin Bowman 5/5 Stars

I read Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman about a year ago, and I’ve been sorely missing the characters ever since.  When I found out that I could get a short story following Kate & Jesse in the preorder campaign for Retribution Rails I pounced on it.  The events in this short story proceed the events in Vengeance Road, and it is a nice filler before jumping into the upcoming companion novel.

3) All the Crooked Saints by: Maggie Stiefvater 5/5 Stars

This book took me the longest to read out of the few I read this month.  Not because it was a big book, but because I wanted to savor every single word that my favorite author had written.  I love, love, loved this book!  Of course I’m always a huge fan of Maggie’s writing style, but I feel like she did a bit more with this book.  I’m so glad I took my time with this book, but I’m also sad that I’ll have to wait a long while for the next book from Maggie.

Even though I didn’t get to man books this month I still feel like I won considering how highly I rated the books I did read.  I’m hoping that next month I’ll be able to read a bit more as I know I have a few really highly anticipated books on my TBR.