Book Tag – Reader’s Problems

We’ve become obsessed with book tags and we’re not sorry about it. We found the Reader’s Problems Book Tag posted by Linda at Linda’s Little Library! She has some great posts over there, so go check out her page. We saw this tag and thought it looked like fun.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR list. How in the world do you decide which book to read next? 

Amanda- This is actually a real life, everyday problem. One that I’m currently facing. I have at least twenty books on my TBR and I almost dread finishing a book because I don’t want to have to think about what I’m going to read next. But when I do finally decide, it’s usually based off whatever mood I’m in. I may want something quick and fun to read or I may be ready to get invested and lose a piece of my soul in some new series.

Antonia- Like Amanda, it mostly depends on my mood. I think more often than not it’s the book I’ve been thinking about longest or the new book I’ve been waiting for. Usually when I can’t decide between a bunch I’ll read the synopsis of each (even if I’ve read it a million times) and that’s how I figure out what I’m in the mood for.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it, do you quit or are you committed? 

Amanda- I’m committed. I’m not someone that is capable of not finishing a book unless I’m less than fifty pages into the book. This recently happened to me with The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (check out my review here) I finished the entire book and still really just didn’t love it. But the person that I am, I still read the second book, The Heart Forger (review here), and I ended up really enjoying it. I’m excited for the third to come out. So, yeah, I have to finish a book once I’m halfway because I’m pretty invested, even if I finish it and don’t like it, that’s okay.

Antonia- I’m not afraid to DNF but I try not to. Like Amanda, I’ve definitely read books I didn’t like but loved the rest of the series so I always try to keep that in mind when I don’t like something. I really only DNF when I either REALLY hate the main character or dislike the writing style so much that I have to keep rereading sentences because I can’t stay focused.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, yet still so far away from your reading goal on GoodReads. Do you try to catch up and how? 

Amanda- Wow, I love this book tag. This literally happened to me New Years Eve ’17. I spent half the night reading (even though I was at a friends house with a big group of my friends) because I needed to try to make it to 300 books for the year. I finished a book that night but only made it to 299 books for the year. Better luck next year I guess.

Antonia- It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to reach my yearly goals so I don’t worry about it too much anymore. I usually have so much going on in December that it’s unfortunately not very high on my list.

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope? 

Amanda- Depending on the series I will not care or I will buy more copies of said books to make sure I have a matching set. For example, I own every book in the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich but I’ve bought them slowly over the years from yard sales and library sales and a few new hardcovers here and there – so not one book in this series matches. But my favorite series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas all have to be the same or I will lose my mind. It would bother me so much that I didn’t have a matching series (I do though, so it’s fine.)

Antonia- It’s definitely an unpopular opinion but I really don’t care. Sure it’s nice when they look all pretty stacked together but that frequently means having to buy hardcover copies and that means less money for other books.

Everyone and their mother really loves a book that you really didn’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? 

Amanda- Antonia, duh. Mostly because she doesn’t read half of the books that I do. We both read our own kinds of books, so generally if I’m reading something popular that everyone loves (in certain genres) she hasn’t read it and I can complain to her. But I mean, I can complain to her even if she read it and liked it. So, Antonia is my answer regardless of what book it is.

Antonia- Amanda, duh. For literally the same reasons.

You’re reading a book in public and it’s going to make you cry. How do you deal? 

Amanda- I’m okay with that. I’m one of those crazy bookworms that you may see in public hysterically laughing at whatever is in my book. The same goes for crying. If the book’s going to make me cry, it doesn’t matter where I am.

Antonia- Unlike Amanda I really don’t like crying in public so I’ll usually just take a few deep breaths and hold back the tears or if that’s not possible, I’ll put the book away.

A sequel of a book you love just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you reread the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on GoodReads? Just cry in frustration?!

Amanda- I will reread the book. This is another real-life situation for me. I’m actually doing this now. I’m reading Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima (which I reviewed here when it came out a few years ago.) So even though I read and reviewed it, I know I’ve forgotten important details. So I’m going to reread it along with the second book, Shadowcaster, now that the third has recently been released.

Antonia- Definitely reread. I love rereading books. If it’s been recently enough that I remember a lot of it then I might find a summary and that’ll help me remember the rest.

You do not want anyone, ANYONE, borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people no when they ask? 

Amanda- This is actually really easy when you don’t have any friends (HAH, it’s true though.) And the friends I do have live hundreds of miles away from me. Also any friends that live close don’t read or aren’t comfortable asking to borrow my books (because I’m smart enough to not offer for them to borrow, which is something I used to stupidly do all the time.)

Antonia- I also don’t have friends so there’s no one to ask me. The few people I’m close to who read (like Amanda, husband, mom, sister) I know are trustworthy with books and will give them back. Anyone else I usually just make up some excuse not to.

Reading ADD, you’ve picked up and put down five books in the last month. How do you get out of your reading slump? 

Amanda- When this happens to me I tend to pick one of my go-to authors that write easy, fun, lighthearted books. This happened to me a few weeks ago and I got out of the slump by reading Come Sundown by Nora Roberts (reviewed here) and it was a quick read that got me out of my slump. Janet Evanovich, Linsay Sands, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips are other authors that I can read their books any time, but especially when I find myself in a slump.

Antonia- Again, my answer is very similar to Amanda’s. (Are we the same person?) Nora Roberts is always my go to when I can’t get into any books because I’ve literally never had that problem with any of her books (and I’ve read at least a hundred of them).

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Amanda- All of them. What kind of question is this?

Antonia- I wish I could say all of them. Unfortunately money’s often an issue for me. I’ll buy the 2 or 3 that I can’t live without then either wait for the others or try to find them at the library.

After you’ve bought all of the new books that you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them? 

Amanda- Um…About this. A long time. But only because I have to reread some books before I can get to the new ones. And because more new books keep coming out and I have to get to those too and read some of them first.

Antonia- I’ve gotten better about this since I don’t often buy a ton at one time but occasionally one still waits for too long.

 

Okay, so we had a ton of fun with this Reader’s Problems Book Tag, mostly because many of these are real struggles we face as bookworms. So if you’re reading this and think it sounds fun, consider yourself tagged!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court-but at a steep cost. Though now she has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigated its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms-and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future-and the future of a world torn apart.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah J. Maas expands Feyre’s world beyond even her wildest imagination in this seductive and stunning sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Review:
This is the second book in a series that I love very much. So if you’re open to reading whatever, don’t even read this review, just go buy the whole series and binge read them all. I promise you won’t regret it.
Okay, now for the actual book. A Court of Mist and Fury starts three months after the end of the first book. At this point, Feyre is trying to figure out who she is now that she’s a High Fae. She’s not the same person that she was when her story started. She’s done some things that she can’t unsee and a part of her wishes that she died under the mountain. You would think that because she and Tamlin survived and she saved everyone that all would be flowers and butterflies, but that’s not the case.
In an attempt to get everything back to normal in the Spring Court, the wedding is the big event to show that everything and everyone is okay and life is back to normal. Surprise! Tamlin proposed to Feyre and they’re going to get married. This is how it was it was told to the readers. For some reason, (I’d say for the sake of keeping the book a reasonable length because it’s six hundred pages.) we don’t get to see the proposal, just a brief story about it happening. This shows me that it’s not a hugely significant event, which it is, but not in the way you would think it is.
It’s extremely obvious that all of the people in this story are just trying to get through the days and pretend they’re okay. They’re all doing the best they can to try to get back to their lives before Amarantha. It’s clear from the first page that Feyre is having the most trouble with this. She’s not at all the same person she was. She wakes up every night vomiting from her nightmares. She just can’t seem to get it together. She doesn’t even want to paint anything. It’s honestly sad because she’s not the same Feyre without thinking about painting everything. She’s not in a good place at all.
I think the wedding was too soon, a rushed attempt to get life back to normal. She’s not excited to plan it or even to attend it. She leaves all the planning to Ianthe, who sucks and you’ll learn why. Even her dress, which Feyre hates, but doesn’t do anything about it. The Feyre from the first book would have said, “hell no, I’m not wearing this.” But she just lets it all happen. The day of the wedding Alis literally pushes her outside to the aisle. Alis says, “You sound like you’re going to your funeral.” And “it’ll be over faster than you can blink, she promised and gently pushed me into the last of the sunlight.” SHE LITERALLY SOUNDED LIKE SHE WAS GOING TO HER FUNERAL SO WHY DID EVERYONE LET HER GO THROUGH WITH THIS.
Now I get to talk about my favorite character in this whole series, Rhysand. It was just too perfect for him to swoop in and save Feyre on her wedding day. His grand entrance when coming to claim Feyre for their agreed upon week at the wedding totally suits the personality that he presents. He’s my favorite villain, probably because we learn that he’s not actually a villain, but he’s my favorite even before that.
The first week that Feyre spending with Rhys at the Night Court, he learns that she cannot read. So she spends the week writing ridiculous sentences that he gives her. It’s hilarious and silly and the break that she needed from pretending that she’s alright.
So this book actually made me mad, but its 100% Tamlin’s fault and Lucien (who is supposed to be Feyre’s friend, but is too worried about following orders and putting out a good image for everyone else.) Feyre told them over and over again what she needed. I think she actually said “I feel like I’m drowning” at one point and they still wouldn’t listen. Wouldn’t let her go help other towns, they wouldn’t let her leave the property to ease Tamlin’s fears. They didn’t listen to what she was screaming that she needed because what Tamlin needed was more important and that pissed me off so badly. I just don’t understand how he couldn’t or didn’t see what he was doing to her. How could he continue to choose what he wanted over what she was telling him she needed and not see how that was affecting her? I just don’t see how he can justify anything that he did to her and I 100% support Feyre leaving.
So Feyre goes through some huge character development in this book. After everything she went through and did under the mountain to save Tamlin, she’s come out a different person. She’s become a broken girl instead of the one who was willing to fight whoever and however she needed. But as she tells Tam over and over again what she needs and she sees him prioritize his needs over hers, she realizes that she’s becoming a different person; she’s not the same girl that fell in love with Tamlin. She’s a girl that has no faith in herself or her feelings or her choices and it’s just so so sad. This book is pretty heartbreaking for the sole reason of having to see and feel what Feyre is going through and that no one is helping her until Rhys comes to save the day, AGAIN.
Once Rhysand saves her from the Spring Court, again. We meet a whole new set of friends. They’re funny and caring and silly and so full of love for one another. Feyre learns some things about the Night Court and similar to in the first book, everything she thought she knew is wrong. She learns the truth about the Night Court and why Rhys acts the way he does. Rhys and his “court” are more than just that. They’re a family instead of subordinates taking orders. They listen and argue and care about one another. Once Feyre is in the Night Court Rhys tries to get her involved in the craziness of the world but he doesn’t order her around or push her. He offers her choices and lets her decide. He does exactly what she begged Tam to do for her and she didn’t even ask Rhys.
One of the things I loved most about this book was finally getting to see more of Prythian. Being introduced to Velaris, the Night Court’s secret Court of Dreams, it’s essentially described as a utopia. A place that Rhys has done anything and everything in his power to protect. I would have loved to see Velaris through Feyre from the first books eyes, what her thoughts and how she would have wanted to paint it. The other place we get to visit is the Summer Court, which is my favorite. If I was in this world, I would be a part of the Summer Court. The city sounds incredible and I just loved getting to see more of the world Feyre now found herself immersed in.
I don’t like to give spoilers, so I’m sorry if it seems vague or out of place, but once Feyre starts to realize that her relationship with Tamlin wasn’t as romantic and perfect as she thought it was hard. It was hard to feel that with her even though I had realized it long before her. It’s almost like she blames herself for coming out from under the mountain a different person when Tam’s the only reason she went there at all. Tamlin couldn’t love her how she needed to be loved and it broke her. So when she started to develop feelings for Rhysand she was understandably conflicted. Seeing it all from the outside (and also I’m rereading this series) it was super obvious that these two were so good for each other. It just takes her a while to come to that same realization.
The ending of this book was incredible. Don’t finish this book unless you have the next one though. Hello, cliffhanger. The way Sarah J. Maas ended this book was not at all expected. It was a total twist but in the best way possible. With all the craziness and drama that went down in the last pages, the ending leaves you wanting so much more, but also saying “what the hell just happened” at the same time.
So if it wasn’t clear already, I love this book and I love this series. I love all the characters, even the ones I don’t like. I recommend this book to those like me that are no longer “young adults” but still love to read the genre. I wouldn’t say younger kids should read this because there are some pretty sexy scenes. This whole book is beautiful. The writing is beautiful, the places we see are beautiful, the characters, the struggles, the drama, it’s all beautiful and heartbreaking and will change your life. So read them and love them forever like I do.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Confessions the Private School Murders – James Patterson

Summary:
Confess if you don’t feel safe.
Young women from New York’s most exclusive neighborhoods are being murdered, and the polie aren’t looking for answers in the right places.
Confess if you don’t trust anyone.
Enter Tandy Angel. The first case she nailed was the mystery of her magnificently wealthy parents’ deaths. Now she’s working to exonerate her superstar brother in his glamorous girlfriend’s murder. And danger just got closer.
Confess if you’re in too deep.
One of the victims of he recent murder streak was a student at Tandy’s own elite school. Shee has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer, but the NYPD isn’t listening to her…and Tandy can’t ignore the disturbing fact that she fits the profile of the killer’s targets. Can she untangle the mysteries before she becomes the next victim?
The confessions reveal all.

Review:
Confessions the Private School Murders was a book I knew I was going to like before it even came out. Anything by James Patterson is wonderful. This book was exactly what I expected. The plot had the depth I enjoy. There were so many different stories going on at once. The book being written from Tandy’s point of view, we got to learn all about her past and the things that she was put through by her crazy parents. This book was very fast paced and had so many different things going on all at the same time. I loved every page.
Tandy was a wonderful main character. She’s funny, determined, intelligent, everything you want in a female lead. She doesn’t take shit from anyone, well, except her three brothers. She was confident with herself. She knew that if she just worked hard enough, or thought about something enough, she would figure out what was happening. And she wasn’t wrong. She once again bettered the NYPD and solved the murder of her brother’s girlfriend and unborn child, as well as the murders of the private school girls. I just loved reading about Tandy and her life and I am more than ecstatic that she gets the happy ending she deserves.
The Angel boys were seriously entertaining. The bond these siblings had was wonderful. They stuck together after finding out what their parents had been doing to them all their lives. They would do anything for one another. I just love any book that has a strong family sense to it and this book definitely does. These boys were hilarious on every page.
The last character I’d like to mention is Jacob. I’m going to be kind of vague about him because I don’t want to give anything away, but I absolutely adored him. He taught the Angel kids what it’s like to have someone actually care about you. Someone that wants you to be careful and wants to know where you’re going, who you’re with, what you’re doing, just because he cares. The kids definitely needed to get used to this new person that cared about them, but I really liked watching them adjust to having an adult that actually cared for their well being. Jacob was definitely my favorite part of this book. And the twist he’s involved in! I never even saw it coming.
Confessions, The Private School Murders was a wonderfully written fast paced thriller. It surpassed every expectation I had for this book. The twists were shocking, the characters were wonderful, and when I closed the book I was thoroughly satisfied, which is something I haven’t been able to say with some books I’ve read lately. I suggest this book to anyone who’s ever learned how to read. But I definitely think it’s aimed toward the older readers. It does have a bit of detailed violence, but what Patterson novel doesn’t? So, go to your library or bookstore and get this book and read it. Then let me know what you think!

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Silver is for Secrets – Laurie Faira Stolarz

Summary:
After two years of having nightmares, outwitting stalkers, and saving lives (including her own), Stacey’s memories of boarding school aren’t all rosy. This summer, Stacey, her boyfriend Jacob, and their circle of friends are looking forward to one last vacation before they start college: six good friends, a cottage on the beach, and no parents.
Just sun, surf, and sand. It’s perfect-until the nightmares return. But this time they’re not about one of her friends. They’re about Clara, the girl staying in another beach cottage. The dreams predict Clara’s death, but Stacey’s having a hard time getting Clara to stop chasing guys-including those who already have girlfriends-long enough to find out who’s stalking her.
Stacey can’t just stand by and watch Clara die, but the meaning of her dreams isn’t always clear. This time, they don’t warn her about the horrific consequences-a tragedy far beyond her worst nightmares that will haunt her for the rest of her life.

Review:
I’m still a little in shock at the events in this book. It just all happened so fast. Okay, so Silver is for Secrets is the third book in this series. Stacey and friends have just graduated high school and they visit Cape Cod for a summer vacation. I’m actually originally from the Cape, so I feel that I judged the setting of this book more harshly than I would usually. So first off, there are no cruise ships here. The trip they do at the end of this book is not something you can do on Cape. Second, everything else was pretty much accurate. Cape Cod is a very good beachy vacation spot and I was a little excited when I realized this book takes place in my hometown.
Silver is for Secrets starts off as soon as the group gets to their destination. Within the first couple of pages Stacey is already having nightmares. I didn’t really like this. I mean sure, I like books with lots of action, but this is over doing it a bit. I would enjoy being able to see the characters happy with their lives for a few pages before all hell breaks loose. I think Stacey’s still my favorite character in this book. She’s strong and sincere and responsible. One of the things I loved most about Stacey was how genuine she is. She shows how much she fully believes in her magic, and how she’s going to help to make a difference. She’s always doing the right thing, even if her friends aren’t happy with who that has to do with.
And that brings me to Clara. I fucking hate Clara. She’s a stupid, bratty, attention seeking, little girl. Stacey spends this entire book trying to help Clara survive what she’s seeing in her nightmares and Clara spends her time screwing off. She’s fake and awful. There’s absolutely some mental issues that need to be addressed with Clara. I really don’t even have much to say about her, just that she sucks and spent her entire summer trying to ruin Stacey’s life. Oh, and I hate her.
Amber and Drea were much better at playing the supportive best friends in this book. Drea still had quite a bit of Chad problems going on. Despite her personal problems Drea was really supportive of Stacey and tried her best to help in whatever way she could. Even if that meant hanging out with Clara, after she saw Chad and Clara kissing. I give the girl some credit. The only thing I really have to complain about when it comes to Amber is that the girl is seriously immature. Other than this one detail, Amber’s a great friend to Stacey. She’s a little flighty, but completely supportive in anyway that she can be.
I’ve been thinking about what to say regarding Jacob since I reached the halfway point of this book. I absolutely loved Jacob as a character, but I didn’t care so much for his actions through most of this book. He was secretive and closed off. Stacey knows something is going on and he just won’t let her help. I think that’s what upsets me most, things could have ended so differently is Jacob had just let Stacey try to help. Ugh. I loved him and I know he was just doing what he thought was best, even if he was wrong.
So, this book was better than the two previous. If you read either of those reviews you already know what kind of readers I’d suggest this to. Anyone that likes action, mystery, suspense, with a little bit of drama and romance.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.