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.

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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

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.

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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!

December 2017 Wrap Up

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I really liked Shadow and bone to be honest. I think that it was such a unique universe that has so much area to be explored that I couldn’t help but love it. I also really liked to examine the motives of the individual characters because I think that it puts a lot into the individual characters and what they do. I really want to look into the Darkling’s background more because he just overall is an interesting character that I think deserves to have the spotlight a little bit more. I hope to learn more about him with the next books but I’m not going to really hold my breath on that. Honestly, I didn’t have the next book I pry wouldn’t actually continue the series, regardless of how great the world is. I didn’t like the real overall story very much and I didn’t find myself connecting to the individual characters. I did start to like the two main characters’ relationship once they left the palace, but I wasn’t too overall interested in the main story because it was pretty normal where a girl gets taken away by a prince and goes to live happily ever after. I enjoyed the story overall but I didn’t really like it enough to continue it.

 

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I did like The Lightning Thief a lot, but I’m not able to give it all five stars. I honestly loved the audio book and can’t wait to continue it via OverDrive. The biggest drive for me to continue this series is because I really like to look at Mythology and I find it one of the most interesting subjects I have ever had the pleasure to learn about while I was in school. I enjoyed the story and I really liked how many of the demigods had learning disabilities outside of camp because it’s such an amazing representation for people, especially the marketing audience, to have in great books because it makes them seem more real to the individual. I also just liked it as a “new classic” that many people read and is known by most people if not just by the basics of the story. I was afraid that this story had been inflated beyond a point of being able to live up to its hype, but it was great and I really did like it.

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I liked the idea of Witch and Wizard, I really did, but I just got so bored halfway through that I couldn’t finish it. I loved the production of the audiobook too, but it was such a slow story that I wasn’t able to complete it. I ended up stopping around 3/4 of the way through and I just haven’t been able to pick it back up. Because of this I’m giving this a 2/5 stars even though I ended up DNF-ing it. It honestly made me sad that I had to do that, but what are you going to do sometimes? I completed most of it so that I feel like I can discuss it and talk about it, which is why I gave it a review but it just wasn’t my favorite read by any stretch of the means.

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I LOVED Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. I flat out loved this book and I can’t explain to you how happy I am that I read this book. I fell in love with all of the characters and I can’t wait to read more about them in the next books. I also really like that the inspiration behind this story was pictures that the author found AND that the pictures were included in the book, just because it’s such a unique thing. I also love seeing Jacob and Emma together, they’re so cute and Olive is hands down my favorite because she is so sweet. I just love this book, so watch out for a video and blog post that’s just me gushing about it.

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I don’t know why I really read Burning Glass to be honest. It seemed interesting and the cover was cool but it just didn’t hold my attention and I don’t know why. The story was good, and when I sat down and forced myself to listen to it the story was great. The story overall was really good and I really enjoyed it. I loved the character and the settings, but just overall this book just wasn’t my favorite and I don’t know why.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

In November I decided to listen to the audiobook for Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  I got it on Overdrive from my local library, and to be honest I absolutely loved it. I don’t think it took me more than a few days to listen to it all and although I already knew the ending I ended up loving the book more than I thought I would. I have had this book on my TBR pile for a few months now and I was excited finally get around to it.

The story follows a girl named Catherine through her courtship with the King of Hearts. Although this book ended up being a great Wonderland Love Story I found that I wasn’t really rooting for the king to win her hand at the end. Instead I was rooting for the new Court Joker, Jess, to win Catherine’s hand in the end. As Catherine beings to court the king and find love with Jess she doesn’t give up on her long time dream of running a bakery and does everything in her power to make the dream come true while the horrific tales of the Jaberwok come true in the land of hearts.

Overall I really did like the book, but what I hate is that Catherine couldn’t get a better ending. Since this is a villain origin story I couldn’t expect anything beyond a poor ending for her but the entire time I ended up rooting for her. Originally I didn’t really want to because she does become the Queen of Hearts and a villain in another story, but this book was written in a way that I couldn’t help but absolutely love her and hope for the best.

I’ve never read any of Marissa Meyer’s work and this was a great introduction before jumping into the Lunar Chronicles that I’m hoping to start soon.

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