My Recent Reads Fall 2019

Long time no see!

How have you been? I’ve been really busy the last year, but I’ll let you ready about that on Patchwork Journey. Today you’re here to read about what books I’ve read lately, and to be honest there have been A LOT since I updated you last. WE aren’t going to go through all those though, so lets just talk about the last 10 and my current read.

Vicious by VE Schwab

220px-Vicious_(2013)_V._E._SchwabIf you don’t know Vicious is about two boys/adults who used to be roommates in school but then after an incident the two become enemies. After years in jail (and then breaking out) Victor and his new friend Eli are on the hunt for his old friend.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect when going into this book. It was on sale and I had head the title so I went for it. I ended up not loving it but not hating it. It was good and if I knew what I was walking into I would have liked it more.

Rage by Cora Cormack

downloadRage is the second book in the Stormheart series where we follow Princess Aurora in her quest to gain powers over storms, save her kingdom, and claim her title as queen. Due to this being the second book in the series I don’t want to say much about the plot, because I don’t want to spoil the first book Roar.

I LOVED this book though. I love the first one and I loved the second one partly because of the magic system. I think that it’s really unique and I haven’t read anything like it before. I also love Aurora as a character. The only thing I don’t like is the romantic relationship, but I’m able to overlook that because of the magic system.

Capturing The Devil By Kerri Maniscalco

download (1)Capturing the Devil is the fourth and final book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper Series that follow Audrey Rose a she not only battles society norms but fights to put murderers behind bars though detective work. This story takes place in New York after someone who seems to copy the Jack The Ripper Murders is let loose in the city. They then travel to Chicago in an attempt to follow the murderer.

I have really liked this entire series and I am so sad to see this series end. I’m glad that they didn’t drag it out though, because it ended in a way that if they really wanted to it could continue. I’m ok if it doesn’t continue though. It has been a wild ride where my heart was yanked in several directions and as much as I hate to see it end it’s ok. I did love this book and I have already re-read it.  I’m that person apparently.

Loki: Where Mischief Lies download (2)

This was a fun read. I enjoyed every second of it and hope that there are more books set in the marvel universe in the future. (Like full of words books. I already want to read the comics). I don’t really know how to describe this book. It’s about Loki in London in like the 1930’s or 1940’s and there is a run of “murders” where the bodies are decomposing and are warm and don’t seem dead. So no one knows what’s going on. It was a fun read though, 100% would read again.

Harry Potter Books 1-5

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haha! Bet you didn’t expect that!

Yes. I have been reading the Harry Potter books, but with a catch! Guess you better sick around for the next blog post….

See you soon,

Amanda Ann

Bright Smoke Cold Fire Review

IMG_3947.JPGAbout a month or so ago I had the great pleasure of reading Bright Smoke Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge. This book is a Romeo and Juliet retelling where we follow four main characters as they work on seemingly separate missions. Romeo Mahyanai and Paris Catresou work to expose the higher ups of the Mahyanai clan, who seem to be breaking various laws that hold the dying city together. Juliet Castresou and Mahyanai Runajo work to save the city through finding the ancient knowledge that could save the city. In this book the small city known as Viyara is the last living civilization in a world ruled by the dead, and seem to simply be buying time until they all become a member of the undead.

Overall I give this book four out of five stars. It was an awesome read that I couldn’t put down. Ultimately this book lost the last start because I wanted to see more of the world, watch the characters grow more, and learn more about the magic system, the Juliet, and The Sisters of Throne. I felt like these characteristics really set this book apart from others but we didn’t see a lot of it, which could really set this book apart from a traditional retelling.

If you haven’t read the book I urge you to stop here, but if you’re ready for some spoilers keep reading.

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Wonder Woman: WarBringer

I’m going to be honest, I really pumped this book up in my mind but it was still really really good. So let’s talk about it!

I first heard about this book a few months ago and I’ve been interested in reading it, but I didn’t want to spend money on it. (What recent graduate with no job wants so spend money on anything?) I was really pleased to see it pop up on Overdrive and waited (not so) patiently to borrow it. Fast Forward to Christmas Morning where I happily found it under the tree and gave a delighted squeal. Then, about two weeks later, I got the e-mail saying that Wonder Woman: Warbringer was automatically borrowed and saved on my phone.

IMG_3742.JPGLet’s go back a few steps and talk about this book series. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo is the first book in the DC Icons series. It was followed by Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu and Will Damron, which was a very recent release that my friend Laura has at her house and I am patiently waiting for. The series currently has 4 books at the moment (two released two to be released): Wonderwoman, Batman, Cat Woman, and Superman. The books are all focused on different parts of the heroes’ lives where they grow and begin to change into the heroes we know they are.

As someone who wants to get into comics I really wanted to start reading this series, and I was really excited for it. Overall I’m going to give Womder Woman four out of five stars. I loved the story, characters, and writing of the story but I didn’t quite like how it was executed because it was sort of predictable and I didn’t really like the ending.

IMG_3755.JPGIf you haven’t read it stop here. I’m defiantly going to say check this book out from your library (if you can the audio book is really good) and then decide for yourself if it’s worth the buy. I’m happy to have this book in my collection and I can’t wait to get the rest of them as they come out. I annotated this book and I plan on doing so with the others as I get my hands on them. I really did like this story, I really did, and I think that it’s interesting to see our favorite characters grow. From now on I can’t promise any spoilers, so if you haven’t read it I suggest coming back to this blog post later. If you’ve read it, come on and click the “read more” button.

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The 20 Questions Book Tag

1. How many books is too many books in a book series?

I believe that there needs to be at least 3 books in a book series just because it really makes a beginning middle and end of the story, and seems like the least you would need ot really call it a series.
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

No thank you! I hate them and they drive me nuts!! Except in Managa… then I half halfheartedly put up with them.
3. Hardcopy or paperback?

Hardcopy. If I’m reading a physical book I like to annotate it and I honestly don’t take the best care of my books so they’re all going to get tossed around a lot.
4. Favorite book?

A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Brey. Hands down, no questions asked.
5. Least favorite book?

The Catcher and the Rye because I had to listen to it for school and it made me soooo mad for no reason
6. Love triangles, yes or no? 

It really depends. It can be a great thing or a horrible thing, it just depends on how it’s done.
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Witch and Wizzard… I don’t remember the author’s name but I couldn’t finish it.
8. A book you’re currently reading?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I’m listening to chapter one as I’m writing this.
9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Every Heart A Doorway. I suggested it to my friend Laura because I thought it was interesting.
10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Probably something for school. AKA no clue
11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Scythe? Maybe?
12. Favorite author?

Libba Brey
13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Buying books and borrowing audiobooks.
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

I didn’t like Cinder as much as everyone else, but I haven’t outright hated a book that everyone loved.
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks first, dog-ears if I’m really really desperate.
16. A book you can always reread?

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children.
17. Can you read while hearing music?

yeah, I just block it out.
18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)

I don’t really mind one way or the other. It’s just sort of whatever is best for the story.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

A day or two… honestly I like at max a week.
20. Who do you tag? (You can invite them to the group to do the tag)

Whoever wants to do it! 🙂 Go for it!

Avatar The Last Airbender Tag

So… I stumbled upon this tag while looking for some tags to do (I don’t think I do enough of them) and I found this one while looking over the blog Dreamland Book Blog and you can see her version of this post here.

So if you don’t know anything about Avatar The Last Airbender let me catch you up a little bit… well… let this video catch you up a little. The opening does a great job of giving you a great basic idea of the show.

And because I can here’s the opening for the second series in the Avatar universe, Avatar: The Legend of Korra!

Alright so let’s get on with the tag. My love of these shows pry shouldn’t take up much more of your time.


The Water Tribe 

Katara and Sokka: The Best Siblings 

For this one it took me a few minutes to really figure out who I wanted to pick, because every single book I could think of I really didn’t like the sibling relationships or they just didn’t have the relationship. I finally settled on Cinder and Peony from Cinder by Marissa Meyer because even though Cinder owes her nothing she always goes out of her way for Peony and even takes steps to be there when she was sick and passing. I think that they have my favorite sibling relationship honestly.

Yue: Favorite Star Crossed Lovers

As oddly as it is I really like Luka and Sorina in The Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody. I know that it’s really bad because she created him, but they both kept each other in their best interests and simply seemed to truly love each other. I know that this one is pry not the best answer, but it’s honestly my favorite.

Blood Bending: A book with an unsettling/disturbing concept 

I’m really split about answering this one, but I’m going to be honest. Hands down this is Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Hands down. The Program was a great runner up, but Scythe wins. That’s honestly what draws me to the series and what has made me fall in love with it, so in this case I love it. I hate the idea of someone having a job of killing people for all eternity and the idea of people enjoying it, but that’s part of what I absolutely love about this series.


The Earth Kingdom

Toph: A Character Who’s Strength Surprised you 

I’m going to say Sloane and Quinlan from the Program Series by Suzanne Young. I love the two of them because simply to live in their worlds and do what they need to they need such amazing strength. Sloane has to watch person after person in her life be erased without any consent, and then she loses her own memories and she begins to fight back even while facing her depression and other mental illnesses. Quinlan has to be strong just to force herself to stand up for what she believes in regardless of the possible punishments that can include losing her memories. The two of them are some of the strongest characters I’ve ever read about, and I really like them.

The Tales of Ba Sing Se: The Best Collection of Short Stories

I really don’t read many short stories so I’m going to go with a story that I loved when I was little even though it’s kind of cheating. I love the large American Girl Doll books that contained all of the historical stories… mostly because that’s the only one I can think of.

Kioshi Worriers: The Best Worrier Character

For this one I’m going to go with Lada from And I Darken by Kiersten White. She is such a great worrier and constantly is challenging everything that has to do with her life and won’t let up about any of it. I love how rough she is and how she won’t stop until she gets what she wants. Even at the end of the first book she looks to her country and moves on simply to do what’s best for it, no matter what.


The Fire Nation 

Zuko: Best Redemption Story 

I don’t remember the name of this character, but I’m going to go with the Dad from The Remedy by Suzanne Young because at the end he does everything he can to make sure that his “daughter” is able to move forward with her life and be safe.

Iroh: The Wisest Character 

This one took me so long to decide on… and then I figured it out and I wanted to scream because I didn’t think about it before. Scythe Fryday! He’s such an amazing teacher in Scythe that I can’t help but love him. While I was reading the book I was highlighting so many of his lines and passages because he took into consideration so many things while teaching and carrying out his job… I can’t help but love him and he’s really the wisest character I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Azula: The Best Downfall 

Second time I don’t remember the name of the Character, but the King from Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie. His downfall was so sweet to read.


Air Nomads 

Appa: Your Favorite Fictional Animal 

This made me laugh because the day I’m writing this I started playing this character in a video game with my boyfriend for about a half hour. This would be Cebures the three headed dog form Greek Mythology because he’s puppy. He’s a very good puppy. At least in my mind.

Aang: The Purest Cinnamon Roll

Easily this is Iko from Cinder. Throughout the entire book she’s so innocent and so blindly kind and really makes Cinder think about what she’s doing in her life among all of the chaos and everything going on. She’s such a great relief and I can’t help but love her and deem her the purest cinnamon roll to ever come into existence.

The Avatar State: The Most Stubborn Character

I’m not sure anyone will really remember this character or know about her, but Rhine from The Chemical Garden series would have to be the most stubborn character that I can think of.





*** All pictures were found on google images and are not mine ***