Sunday, August 18, 2019

Hiatus

I know that it has been a while since I have posted on this blog. For anyone who may be wondering, I have not given up on this blog, but due to my very busy personal life, I have not been able to post as I would like.  Between my dog Moose's recovery from surgery, buying and moving into a new home, working full time, and planning a wedding I just have not had the time to post.  I am hoping that I will return to posting regularly around the mid to late-October.  😀

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Help With Moose's Medical Expenses.

I normally try to keep my personal life private, however, at this time I am asking for help.  My sweet boy Moose Broke his leg and needs surgery to repair it.  The surgery has gone well but the road to recovery is far from over.  Any and all help is beyond appreciated!

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This weeks topic is crazy/outrageous things I have done for the love of Books. 

1) Stayed up 24 hours reading - I am notorious for staying up far too late, or even all night, reading when I know that I have work/school/important plans the next day. 

2) Owning Multiple Copies of the Same Books - Does anyone else have this habit? If I really love a book I will buy multiple copies of the same book, albeit with different covers.  I am just unable to say no to beautiful covers.  Some examples of having multiple copies are Little Women, The Outsiders, and The Lightning Thief. 
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3) Repurchased the same book in a different format in order to have a series in the same format.  IE: purchasing a hardcover of a book I already have in paperback because the rest of my books in that series are in Hardcover.  

4) Waking up at 3 AM on Black Friday to stock up on Signed Copies/ Book Sales 

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5) Skipped Meals to Read more 

6) Canceled Plans/Said No to plans because I wanted to read.  

7) Spent Days/ Weeks tracking down Rare/Out of print copies of books I want for my collection.  

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Shop my Shelf: March Wrap Up

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Its time for my March Wrap up! Unfortunately, it is coming a little late due to some issues with Google and my domain name (literarychaos.com) expiring.  So, for the time being, I have a new domain literarychaos.net.  Hopefully soon, I will get my old domain back. But until then I will continue to post under this new domain: Now to the Wrap-up! 

March was a month of many surprises.  Between the flooding in Nebraska, being stuck outside of my home town and having to stay in motel rooms with my dog, and my sweet dog having surgery to repair his broken leg, it is safe to say I did not get all the reading done that I had wanted.  Of the three I finished two of the books: The Hate U Give and Reign of the Fallen.  I did attempt to read The Catalyst but did not finish the book.  

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The Hate U Give:  Of the two books I read, this one was my favorite.  I can see why it received so much hype. I listened to the audiobook, and man was it an amazing read.  The characters were so raw and real, I listened to the book in the span of a day.  

The Reign of the Fallen: I really wanted to love this book, unfortunately, it fell flat.  I loved the concept of this book, but the book was dull and dry  It felt like nothing happened for the majority of the book. I could not connect to any of the characters, and just really didn't care what happened.  

The Catalyst: I only got about 45-50 pages in before I DNF'd the book.  It is not that this book is bad, I just wasn't feeling it at this time.  I will return to it at a later date.  






Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's prompt is Things that make me pick up a book.  For this, I decided to list physical things about books that make me more likely to pick them up. 

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1)  Deckled Edges 


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2) Special/Anniversary Editions 


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3) Sprayed Edges 


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4) Signed Editions 


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5) Beautiful Covers 


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6) Leather Bound Books 


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7) Spines that make a picture 


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Shop My Shelf Check In - March 2019


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Unfortunately, Shop My Shelf,  and this month, in general, have not gone as planned.  My home town, Fremont, was severely affected by Flooding.  On March 15, 2019, Fremont became an "island".  The town was completely surrounded by flood waters.  In addition to being surrounded much of the town itself flooded. I spent much of this time with no way to get back home as all the roads in and out of Fremont were flooded. I had nothing but what I had brought when I left for my Vet-Appointment for my dog Moose who currently has a broken leg. It was stressful, but I found a pet-friendly motel and I had friends who let me stay with them. All-in-all, I am lucky.  My house did not get flooded and my friends, family, and furbabies are safe. 

Pictures of the Flooding in and around Fremont/Valley/Omaha NE:





My Lovely Pup being a good boy as always: 



Shop My Shelf Recap:

The books that were picked for this month were The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas,  Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glen Marsh, and The Catalyst by Helena Coggan.  At this time I have completed two of the three books.  I listened to Reign of the Fallen and The Hate U Give.  I have yet to even start The Catalyst, but I still have hopes to at least start it before the month is over. 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Ash Princess (Ash Princess #1) by Laura Sebastian

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Pages: 448
Publisher: Delecorte Press
Publication Date: 24 April 2018
Genre: YA/ Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

"Made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir" (Bustle), Ash Princess is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

My Thoughts:

I will be perfectly honest, this book is very Trope Heavy.   You name a trope, this book probably has it, in fact, here is a list of just a few: Princess being held, hostage ✔, the protagonist being "the chosen one" ✔, protagonist starting a rebellion/revolution ✔, protagonist having dead parents/relatives ✔, Elemental Magic ✔, and lastly, a possible love triangle ✔. I can understand how and why this may be a turn off for some readers, however, if the reader is able to look past the tropes this book is actually quite enjoyable.

I know that this book was very polarizing for readers, but I personally loved this book. It definitely not unique in YA literature, nor would I say that I say that it had an amazing plotline, but I was so drawn in by the world building, the characters, and all the gore and the glitz and glam that came with the story, that I found I just didn't care.  Everything that was good about the story, for me at least, just outweighed the bad.

What really drew me in and hooked me on this book was the world building. Save for the first chapter or so that felt a little info-dumpy, the author did an great job of presenting the world to the reader in a way that was not confusing and was intriguing to the reader.  I found myself so fascinated by the Astrean culture. Astrea is a Queendom and seems to be somewhat matrilineal in nature, which I found fascinating. I NEED a novela to give us more information and history of Astrea.

I also really enjoyed the parallels that I saw between this fantasy world and colonialism in our world.  The Kalovaxian's dress, culture, and racist attitudes are very much reminiscent major European powers of colonialism. I love that a work of YA fantasy has the potential to be a learning experience for young readers.

With colonialism comes brutality, Theo lives in a very harsh world, and this book does not sugarcoat her circumstances. This story does have depictions of graphic on-page violence as well as violence that is mentioned throughout the book.  For me personally, I felt that the darkness and brutality of this world was a strong point to the novel, the author did not try to hide or sugarcoat anything, but instead fully showed the savagery that is Colonialism.  This being said, I understand that due to dark nature of this world, this book is not suitable for all readers, and want to make it clear that there are trigger warnings for the mention and description of physical violence, slavery, starvation, and mentions of rape.

For me personally, my only real issue with the book was the inclusion of the infamous love triangle.  I truly wish that love triangles would just cease to exist.  They are so overdone, and I feel like 90% of the time love triangles are just filler and add no real substance to the plot. I will admit there are occasions in which love triangles are done well. Unfortunately for this book, this was not the case.  I felt like the love triangle was unnecessary and underdeveloped.  I honestly just found myself annoyed anytime the love triangle was alluded to.

In total, if you as a reader know that can handle the dark nature of the story and can look past the annoying love triangle, this book is a captivating page-turner.  I was engrossed for the whole story.  I found I was able to look past the tropes, lack of originality, and even the love triangle because I was so interested in the word and the storyline.