-Review: The Queen by Jennifer Armentrout-

It’s been a while since I stayed up late for a book, and an extra long while since I audibly laughed due to a book.

The Queen was absolutely thrilling in terms of making my heart want to lurch out of my chest. I started not reading full paragraphs and kept swiping because I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. Also, I don’t suggest doing this, you’ll end up going back and reading it anyways.

Definitely worth the read for Wicked lovers and newcomers. These novellas are meant to be an introduction into the world, but I still highly suggest starting with Wicked.

Seriously. Read this book. If not for yourself, do it for Tink. 😉

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-Review of Rage & Ruin by Jennifer Armentrout-

ARC provided in exchange for review.

🚨 STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN’T READ STORM & FURY 🚨

My feelings for Rage and Ruin are almost exactly the same as they were for Storm and Fury, with a little bit of Middle Book Syndrome.

The good-

•Legit cried at the ending, a rarity these days.

•More Roth! And surprise appearances that knocked my llama socks off.

•Lots of laughs with the usual pop culture jokes that Jlanders will no doubt get a kick out of.

•Well written action scenes.

The bad-

•Once again, the length is unnecessary. The amount of needless scenes made the book drag on and on… and on.

•I do not like love triangles. I think the only one I ever liked was Layla’s, and that’s because I was genuinely confused on who I wanted to “win.”

•It’s fairly redundant to mention this but I’m still waiting for one of Jen’s books to really stand apart from the others. It’s a lot of the same.

•Twists (minus one that I’m still OMFGing over) are predictable.


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-Review: From Blood & Ash by Jennifer Armentrout-

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First off, I knew about this surprise book for almost a month and wasn’t allowed to say anything… So here’s a big ol’ freaking pat on my back for keeping the secret. It was supposed to debut at Appolycon, but Rona said “nah,” cuz she a hoe.

A lot of people are comparing From Blood & Ash to A Court of Thorns and Roses, I didn’t feel that way. The biggest similarities were the 600+ page freaking length, and similar titles (but lets be real, that’s the publishers doing). Ever since George R.R. Martin came out with titles like “Song of Fire and Ice,” there’s been a push for these types of titles. Anyways… on to the real review.

Everything you’ve come to expect from Armentrout is there: humor, bad ass heroine, romance, and a bit of action. And I’m super excited that vampires are making a come back! It was good. It was. A bit “been there done that,” but I think there’s room to grow with this new world.

I do think it could’ve been MUCH shorter, lots of filler that could’ve been done away with. The ride felt slow until the end, which is even more of a reason I felt much of it could’ve been cut.

There’s twists and turns, “seasoned” Jlander readers will probably guess early on, but newbies will be suprised AF.

Overall it was good. I want to see where this goes, so I’ll def be reading the next!

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-Unicorn Untamed by Lin Reynolds-

If you haven’t heard of Lin Reynolds, you’re missing out. I learned of her as being Colleen Hoover’s hilarious/quirky sister, and now know her as the beautiful soul with so much good to share in the world.

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What if you could learn the tools to take the bad sh*it . . . and turn it into a beautiful sparkle?

Unicorn Untamed: Turning Sh*t to Sparkle, a journey of messy self-discovery by Lin Reynolds, is available now!

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We’ve all done things we’re not proud of.

We all struggle with emotions we’re ashamed of.

We all have darkness we try to hide.

What if you could learn the tools to take the bad shit . . . and turn it into a beautiful sparkle?

Unicorn Untamed takes you on a journey of messy, uncomfortable self-discovery with some hard truths to help you become a better version of yourself . . . your true unicorn self.

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Lin is a middle-aged unicorn . . . proof that you really can do or be anything. She considers herself a fun enthusiast, a queso connoisseur, and is highly obsessed with Bret Michaels and glitter. She lives in East TX with her husband and 2 fur babies and hates responsibility, spiders, and adulting.

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-Bettering Candace Reads Books-

I asked my followers on the Candace Reads Books Facebook page how I could better their experience, the response was great!

Side Note: I need to come up with a name for my “followers,” because it feels extra weird referring to y’all as followers.

I’m making this list as more of reminder for myself 😅:

•Weekly question from followers. (Ugh, that word again.)

•Interactive Posts

•Bookish Products

•DIY Crafts of the bookish variety.

•Book Giveaways

•Poetry Book Recommendations

•My Current To-Read List (It’s like 189 books, lord help me.)

•Facebook Book Club (This makes me so nervous 😂.)

•What I’m currently reading.

•Book Trivia

•Book Lists

•Person of The Week

All of these suggestions are amazing, and will absolutely be implemented! If you have a suggestion, go here:

I would say comment on this post, but comments are turned off automatically after 24hrs. Why, you ask? Because the Bots have figured out how to jump through hurdles and comment 300 times with Viagra ads.

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-UPDATE: WICKED MOVIE(?)/TV SERIES BY JENNIFER ARMENTROUT-

Warning: I just downloaded the WordPress app, so let’s see how horrible this looks once I’ve posted 😂.

In 2017, PassionFlix announced they bought the rights to Wicked for a TV series. Since then, it’s been pretty quiet, excluding this sneak peak of the script in 2018.

(Haven’t read it? You should. It’s basically Buffy the Vampire Slayer but in New Orleans: https://amzn.to/2TnKn8)

If you’re wondering WTF is PassionFlix, no worries- think Netflix but ONLY BOOKS TO SCREEN. Amazing, I know.

Sign Up Here: https://www.passionflix.com/signup#09923

UPDATE!

Filming and casting of Wicked by Jennifer Armentrout has been CONFIRMED for 2020!

Taryn O’Neill will be the director. She’s a self-proclaimed sci-fi geek 🧬 according to her Twitter.

I can’t find any ‘paranormal romances’ on Passionflix’s website, so I’m eager to see how they do with CGI, Tink, and all the creatures.

I’m also eager to know if this is still going to be a TV series, or a movie. Wicked was originally announced as a TV series, but their recent posts have me skeptical.

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-Florida Officials Refuse To Carry The NYT Due To Trumps Opinions-

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Whether you support Trump or not, I hope we can all agree this is bullshit. 
The Men in Suits have denied a Florida libraries request for a digital subscription to the New York Times. Here is how their conversation went during a public meeting: (you can’t make this shit up)

County Commissioner #1: Do we really need to subscribe to The New York Times?

County Commissioner #2: I actually was going to say that. I’m going to be a ‘no’ for this. Fake news. I agree with President Trump.

County Commissioner Scott Carnahan: I will not vote for this. I do not want The New York Times in this county. (Okay, Hilter.)

County Commissioner #3: I know you have 140 readers, but those guys can subscribe and have it in their home. I support Donald Trump. (I think this commissioner has forgotten the mission of libraries, and who their demographics are.)

County Commissioner #4: When I saw $2700 a year for a digital format for a newspaper- how many people are actually reading that for the $2700? (4 million readers last year.)

County Commissioner #5: Why the heck would we spend money on something like that? (To gain knowledge and think critically. Derp.)

Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith said in a statement after their meeting hit headlines… “Basically, a subscription to something we already have in print is a redundancy that we didn’t need to spend money on.

The only sane person, Advisory board Chairwoman Sandy Price said “Someone’s personal political view does not have a place in deciding what library resources are available for the entire county.” (70,000 PEOPLE!)

Where will they stop? Will the The Hate U Give be next? Will Obama’s books be removed? Will democratic websites be banned? Political censorship is a problem, an age old one that only ends in war. And honesty, Commissioners, you don’t want to go to war with Book Nerds.

 

 

 

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-Review: The Burning Shadow By Jennifer Armentrout-

***DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE LUX SERIES OR THE DARKEST STAR!***

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What’s It All About? 

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

My Thoughts?

Without fail, every JLA book provides the romance, action, and humor. This book being no different. I’m still diggin’ the dystopia vibes, and the world building involved hasn’t missed a beat thus far. Lots and lots of death, which is my (probably unhealthy) guilty pleasure.

Reviewers are told to not compare books to each other, but y’all, it’s hard. Is this as good as the Lux Series? No. But is it worth the read? Yes.

I cried, I laughed, I enjoyed the amped up romance being center stage, but I feel like I’ve been here before. I’ve read all of JLA’s books, and the similarities in characters personalities, plot-pacing, and humor, is very much the same, but longer.

The problem with pacing being similar, but the book being longer, is you have to wait quite a while for the story to truly take off. But when it did, it DID.

Also, I really like the hidden message here- you know, the whole being a racist a-hole thing NOT BEING OKAY.

Solid 3.5

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-Free For A Limited Time: Tonic By Staci Hart-

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What’s It All About?

Joel Anderson doesn’t take anything seriously.

Not his relationships, which have been few and far between since his brutal divorce. Not the drama of working in a tattoo parlor, which seems to be around every corner. When things get him down, he smiles and cracks a joke. But he’s not the kind of man you cross, or you’ll find yourself at the wrong end of his fists.

Annika Belousov takes everything seriously.

Like her job as a reality television producer, given that she typically has something to prove. Or her love life, which is defined by a series of requirements — affluent, ambitious, accomplished, to name a few. Definitely her family, who worked their whole lives to afford her every opportunity, a sacrifice she doesn’t take lightly. When she’s tapped to produce a reality show at Joel’s shop, she doesn’t think twice, just goes in for the kill, as if there were any other way.
The second Annika walks into Joel’s shop, he makes it his mission to crack her open, but she’s not having it. He’s all wrong — too crass, too hairy, too un-serious. But it doesn’t take her long to find out there’s more to him than smirks and tattoos. And what she finds could put her career and his heart on the line.

Not that Joel cares. Because for the first time in a long time, he’s found his tonic.

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-How To Hang a Witch By Adriana Mather-

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What’s It All About?

The #1 New York Times bestseller!

It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in this New York Times bestselling novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern-day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials—and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves the Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

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