Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

368 Pages
My Rating – 3* – 5*
‘Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!’

 

 

No thank you. ☹️
Sadly this was a big nope for me, I wanted it to be good I really did but well… it wasn’t
It’s a shame considering this was the first book of short stories I have picked up since I was at school, which was a while ago.
Oh well, better look next time right? ?

The thing that interested me most about this book were two things – the fact that is was a collaboration between YA authors and some very influential booktubers and the fact that it was a whole book based on Villains?!?!?! What’s not to like, right?
Wrong.

 

️  The Blood of Imuriv by Renee Ahdieh – 
Confusing.
Lots of info, not much else?
Writing was interesting I guess I just wanted more.

 Jack by Amerrie –
A little bit better, clever twist on Jack and the Beanstalk, quite like a fairy tale retelling.

️  Gwen and Art and Lance by Soman Chainani –
Love the format not much else.
Confused by the villain bit?
Quite a fan of Merlin (TV show) but I didn’t really enjoy this story very much?

 Shirley and Jim by Susan Dennard –
This one I enjoyed!!
I love Sherlock Holmes (TV Shows and Movies) and I found the gender swap of Sherlock to be interesting, the only downside for me is that this is a book about villains and although Jim is mentioned in this often the book is overall about Shirley Holmes.

️  The Blessing of Little Wants by Sarah Enni –
I don’t really remember much about this one…
Oops.
Witches?
Maybe?
Clearly I enjoyed it…..

 The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer –
YAS
Loved this one, especially as it’s a retelling of the Little Mermaid based around the sea witch.
The only fault I have with this one was that I wish it was longer

️  Medusa by Cindy Pon –
This was the first thing I’ve read that Cindy has written, I thought it was okay, I don’t know much about Medusa so I don’t have a ton of things to compare it too? But yeah it was okay.

 Death Knell by Victoria Schwab – 
This was another one I loved, there is just something about Schwab’s writing that I find so addictive.
As always the queen delivers.

️  Marigold by Samatha Shannon –
I feel a bit bad because I skim read this one because I didn’t find it that interesting, think it was about faes? Maybe.

 You, You, It’s All About You by Adam Silvera – 
This one was also okay! I like his characters in this, Amanda was really interesting, I wouldn’t mind it actually being a story.

️  Indigo and Shade by April Genevieve Tucholke – 
I love Gaston but not this story, too predictable even for me.

 Sera by Nicola Yoon – 
This one was another one that was okay….

Overall, if you haven’t already figured it out I wasn’t blown away by this anthology of short stories, there were more that I didn’t enjoy than I enjoyed which is always a shame. I wanted this to be good, I really did but I think most of it fell short and unmemorable.

Life’s too short to read books that are just okay!!! ✌️

Thank you to May  @ Forever and Everly for buddy reading this with me! ❤️
It was fun to winge about the bad stories together!

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces (Arc Review)

I think this is the first YA thriller I have read in a long time that I really enjoyed and was completely gripped from start to finish. ? If dark psychological contemporary thrillers are your thing then you really need to add this to your list straight away because you are going to be blown away. Bad Girls With Perfect Faces was such a surprise for me and I fell in love with the realistic characters that Weingarten created.

Trying to write a review for this while trying not to give away any spoilers will be difficult but I’ll do my best ?

The characters in this book are wildly complex and the narrative is so interesting and goes so well with each other. I do think that you need to go into this book without knowing anything other than its genre, I think the surprise element is best for this book. I read a bit of the blurb and that was about all I read as I didn’t want to know anymore, I liked going in not knowing what was going to happen.

The fact that Sasha pretends to be a guy online to seduce Ivy I think was a great storyline to this, it made the whole book feel even more real because getting catfished is a real thing and happens to often, this book alone is a message to be careful who you talk to online, especially if you plan to meet up!

What I loved most about this book was of course as I’ve said before the characters, they are so real – they are teenagers who jump to conclusions, make huge mistakes and try to fix them while making them even worse. I loved the friendship between Sasha and Xavier, even though she had feelings towards him she didn’t let it ruin their friendship and she never crossed the line, there friendship was so wonderful and authentic I loved reading about it.

Then there is Ivy ☠ who I liked a lot less than anyone else, she wasrude and clearly didn’t care about anyone’s feelings – especially Xavier who she is supposed to love who she doesn’t treat well at all. She infuriated the hell out of me throughout this book.

This book shows us what true friendship is and the lengths we will go to protect those we love. I highly recommend this book to anyone! ☺️

➡️ thank you to Egmont publishing and netgalley for the arc in return for an honest review.

Reading Challenge Chats

I AM IN SHOCK

I ACTUALLY CAN’T BELIEVE IT.

SOOOO… I did it.

So let me tell you a little story, I have an older sister who reads books as well and every year she beats me at how many books we are too read, she chose 120 books to read this year and guess what, I only went and did it and I beat her 😉

Not only did I read 120 books I enjoyed i’d say 110 of them as there were some that I ended up DNFing because they were just… bad and some that I read and were still pretty bad.

But yep, I did it and I still can’t believe it, I never imagined that I would read that many books ever, let alone finish these many books with still two and a bit months until the year ends.

Do you have a reading challenge?
If so i’d love to hear about it in the comments 🙂

Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2)

Ten Thousand Skies Above You By Claudia Gray
The second book in the Firebird series
424pages.
My Rating – 5*/5*
“Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions. 

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared. “

It feels like it was forever ago that I read the first book in this series which was A Thousand Pieces of you, so I did have to do a little recap and read a few reviews to make sure I remembered the world and then the memories came flooding back and I remembered just how much I enjoyed the book and I was even more excited to start Ten Thousand Skies Above You.

Firstly I want to state that this book was amazingly written and full of suspense and I was practically on the edge on my seat the entire time needed to know what was going to happen to Marguerite and the people she loved.

After my little recap of the first book Ten Thousand Skies above you pretty much sets off where the first book left off and we are once more thrown into the firebird world. Marguerite has been reunited with her parents but as always it isn’t long before Triad once again interferes and she once again finds herself travelling through dimensions looking for Paul.

Now I don’t know about you but I can get easily confused when reading books about parallel universe but Claudia Grey manages to keep it easy and simple with only have a few main rules that are pretty easy to follow (if I can follow it and not get confused so can you!).

The three main character in this book are Marguerite, Theo and Paul and I love each of them, it’s amazing how much more the develop in this book, there strengths and weaknesses were much more fleshed out in this book rather than the first one. I like how Marguerite questions things like fate in parallel worlds. Theo is trying hard to break away from the reputation that he got in the last book which wasn’t entirely his fault, as for Paul he isn’t in this book a great deal but his “other versions” are which was interesting to see.

I guess this may put some people off but romance is a big part of this book. Although I do like both Paul and Theo I do think I’m team Theo even though I can figure out the outcome of this book since Marguerite is in love with Paul. In this book, we meet a lot of other versions of Paul so it was nice to see Paul not always be the person that Marguerite believes him to be.

The reveals in this book was great but it was also nice to see some things wrapped up nicely, we learn more about the Triad and about the Marguerites in different worlds. I did find that whenever I thought things were finally working out for these characters something else was thrown into their path and they were pushed further back from there happy ending.

Ten Thousand Skies Above You left us on a terrible cliff-hanger and I can’t wait to read the next book.

Have you read this book?
If so I’d love to see in the comments what you thought about it ?

Kings Cage (Red Queen #3)

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard
The third book in the red queen series.
528 Pages.
My rating – 4*/5
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.’

I know – I’m as shocked as you!
This book went from meh to enjoyable!!
I am so so so thankful that it happened, I mean don’t get me wrong I still hate Mare Barrow but this one was a lot more bearable than the others!

of course it was all hallelujah in the household because I have been waiting for this book to get better.

the mantra “don’t waste time reading bad books” I am glad that I didn’t stop reading these books just to get to this book!!! thank you to past Katherine for soldering on and taking one for the team (future Katherine) so I could enjoy this book.

so the good things about this book areeeeee 🙂

✿ I went into this book with 000000 expectations of it being something I would really enjoy, that definitely helped for me anyway because I found myself enjoy it a lot more than any of the other previous books in this series. go me!!

✿ I still don’t like mare but I found I enjoyed hating her and ranting about her, it brought joy to my boring life!

✿ maven’s mom is a total crazy psycho and is 100% the reason why maven is the way he is. he is after all his mother’s son??? sort of.

✿ maven as a villain in this book I really enjoyed but I don’t ship maven x mare, nah. not for me.

✿ the politics between the red’s and the silvers is super interesting in this book, I loved finding out more about the history of the red oppression and what maven will do to gain there “alliance” sorta.

✿ Cameron?? I loved her, she was cool and had an interesting back story that we actually got to learn about instead of in the previous book where we were introduced to a lot of different characters and then didn’t get to find out much about them 🙁

✿ a major character turns out be gay. totally fine with that and it wasn’t made a big deal or centre of the story!! yay you go glen coco.

✿ epic action filled scenes which I was totally ready for.

basically to sum up this weird review I actually enjoyed this book more than I thought it would. will I read the next book when it comes from? maybe I don’t no, mare barrow still annoy’s the hell out of me so y’no…..

I’d love to hear in the comment’s your thoughts on this book!! 🙂 🙂
did you love it / hate it?
who are your favourite ships! 🙂

Book Boyfriends

So, as most of you will know in the book world there are one thing that us fellow readers adore and that is book boyfriends and boy don’t we have a few! I probably have at least a hundred but I thought it would be good to narrow it down to my top 10 and tell you about them.

1. Sirius Black – Harry Potter

My all time favourite love and will forever be my number one, not only do I LOVE him in the books but I feel like Gary Oldman portrayed him amazingly in the films. Prisoner of Azkaban will always be my all-time favourite book.

2. Chaol Westfall – Throne of glass

I feel like this is pretty self-explanatory if you have me on GR because I adore Chaol Westfall the precious cinnamon roll and after reading Tower of Dawn I now only love him more which I didn’t think was even possible??

3. Kaz Brekker – Six of Crows

How do I begin to describe Kaz Brekker, what a perfect, perfect man. Not only would he protect me from all danger I think being part of his ‘crew’ would be so gooooood.

4. Josh Templeton – The Hating game.

He can hate me anyday.

5. Julian Blackthorn – Lord of Shadows

Swoon, marry me.

6. Jace Herondale – The Mortal Instruments

*Insert sarcastic comment here that makes me love him more*

7. Nikolai Lantsov – The Grisha Series

NOT ONLY DO I LOVE THIS PRECIOUS PRINCE BUT HE IS GETTING HIS OWN BOOK!!!!!!!!!

8. Ezra Mason – Illuminae

I’d get stuck on a spaceship with him…..

9. Rhysand – A court of Mist and Fury

SOZ BUT I GOTTA PUT HIM IN HERE

10. August Flynn – Monsters of Verity

You handsome monster you…..

So there we have it, I guess I should officially change my name to Katherine Black-Westfall-Brekker-Templeton-Blackthorn-Herondale-Lantsov-Mason-Flynn.

Perfect!!!

I’d love to see in the commons who your top ten book boyfriends are and if we have any in common?

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Mass.
The sixth book in the Throne of Glass series.
660 pages.
My rating – 5*/5*
‘Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.’

 

Basically Sarah J Mass could write a recipe on how to boil pasta and I would probably read it and rate it 5 stars because I am 100% a fangirl and I have loved every single book she has read! YAS QUEEN. Tower of Dawn was of course not an exception to this and I loved this book so much and it was everything I didn’t realise I had needed and more.

So, quick rapid fire lists about the great things and then long rambling posts just because….

♦ A WHOLE FRIGGIN BOOK ON MY HUSBAND CHAOL WESTFALL.
♦ NEW SHIPS THAT I FULLY SUPPORT
♦ A CRAZY ROYAL FAMILY
♦A PRINCESS PUSHED INTO A POOL (may be my fave bit)
♦PLOT TWIST AFTER PLOT TWIST
♦THE LAST CHAPTER

“You may look at me with resentment Yrene Towers, and I will not blame you for it. But believe me when I say there is no one in Erilea who loathes me more than I do myself.”

Obviously I was more than happy that Chaol was getting his own book since I love him and has missed him not being in Empire of Storms, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t nervous about it, could there really be 660 pages about him? Yes, yes there was and it was heaven.  This book was a bit slow towards the start but once it get’s flowing I didn’t want to put it down it was amazing,  so just hang in there as I promise it will get better.

Although this book was centred around Chaol there were two other POV’s which I enjoyed just as much as when I was reading Chaol’s and that was Nesryn and Yerene POV’s (AND THE VERY LAST ONE AT THE END WHICH I WASN’T EXCEPTING).  For me this book was full of hope, healing, new friendships and alliances.  Other than Yerene who was introduced in this book I absolutely loved Sartaq who is one of the royal’s and I can’t wait to see more of him 🙂

“It was agony and despair and fear. It was joy and laughter and rest. It was life, all of it…”

If you haven’t already figured this out I adore this book and I have no idea how to put it into words just how much I loved it so this review is going to be a mess. sorry not sorry.

This book was the perfect in between book and introduces us to many new characters who will be fighting alongside Chaol for a future they all deserve. This book has easily set the stage for the next book and I can’t wait to get my hands on that book…. even though it is forever ago.

If you’ve read this book let me know in your comment’s if you enjoyed it and who your favourite new characters are! 🙂

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
The first book in the duology.
395 pages.
My rating – 5*/5*
‘One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?’

Now, like many of you probably are when there is a hyped book where practically all your friends on good reads have given an amazing review, you are always worried about picking it up in case it isn’t as good as what you think. I’m very happy to say that this review will be nothing but good as this book was amazing and one hundred percent worth the hype.

I do think that’s why it took me so long to finally pick it up, I was just a little nervous to pick it up in case I hated it 🙁 Thank god I didn’t!!!

So, The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, a folk tale that I have never read so in that aspect I can’t comment on if it is a good retelling/did it justice. This book is about Khalid the Calip of Khorasan who takes a new bride every night and by dawn she is executed. Shahrzad volunteers to be his new bride, hoping that she will be the one who can brake the cycle. She tells him a new story every night but makes sure to leave them on a cliffhanger once dawn has passed, therefore assuring she has once more survived another day. As she becomes closer to him, figuring out why he does what he does and plotting how to hurt him he manages to worm his way into her heart.

Now, this is is no way a sappy romance, Shazi is fierce and strong and an amazing MC who is smart, graceful and calculating but in such a graceful way that you would never know just what she is capable of.  Then there is Khalid who is mysterious and powerful and they make such an amazing couple.

She finally finds out why Khalid is having his brides executed which I will not spoil but it was a very interesting turn of events that I wasn’t expecting, so i’m very excited to read the next book.  As things take a drastic turn in these books Shazi’s former lover comes to take her back, a mini love triangle forms, but it’s a good one I promise. This leaves Shazi having to battle with her head and her heart.

All I can say it that I absolutely love this book and I can’t wait to delve into the second!!!!!

I buddy read this with Kelly over at Carty’s Corner which was so much fun, you can check out her blog here! = http://cartyscorner.weebly.com/books/the-wrath-and-the-dawn-review

I’d love to hear your thoughts???
Were you like me and loved it or were you the opposite and hated it???
Leave a comment below 🙂

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
The second book in the Red Queen series.
444 Pages.
My Rating – 3*/5*
“If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.”

I left such a big gap between reading Red Queen and Glass Sword that I sorta forgot what happened, which I guess wasn’t really  bad thing. I didn’t enjoy Red Queen that much, it had the possibility to have been one of my favourite books but fell short with the MC and a few other things that I didn’t enjoy. I know, you are thinking, so why carry on Katherine? Weeeellll, I wanted it to be good, I really did as the general plot of this story sounds so wonderful 🙁

Of course I was wrong, I think I enjoyed this book about the exact same as I did Red Queen, which is a shame because I do want to like it, I really do.

If you didn’t enjoy the first book in this instalment I doubt very much you will enjoy this second book, my main issue with the book is unfortunately Mare Barrow,  she is as unlikable as she is in the first book, maybe even more so which I didn’t even feel like was possible but, guess what. It was!

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”

So, let’s talk about Mare Barrow and a few reasons that I don’t like her….

♦ She deems herself “more valuable” that anyone else in this book. I’m sorry. What? Who are you to say that your life is more valuable than anyone else’s? No thank you.

♦ How she treats the people she’s supposed to “love”. Sorry, but Cal and her brothers still put up with her even what she has done and the things she says.

♦ She is so stupid. She thinks everyone else is stupid but she’s the worst of them all, she is reckless and her decisions effect not just her but she does them anyway. She aggravates me SO much.

I know, I know.
So why carry on?

Other than Mare I have no real issues with anyone else. Heck I quite like some of them such as Cal and Kilorn and why they scrabble for her affection all the time considering she doesn’t treat either of them with much respect let alone affection confuses me.

“Strange, my enemies know me best, and my family doesn’t know me at all.”

This book was action packed which was good and we were introduced to a lot more characters which isn’t a great thing since we don’t get to learn a lot about all of them which was a shame as I really wanted to find out more about their backstories, they seemed so interesting.

But yeah, basically.
If Mare Barrow wasn’t in this book I would LOVE it.

Will I carry on?
Possibly, I feel like i’ve come this far I probably should.
I do love Cal after all…..

If you’ve read it I would love to see what you thought in the comments below 🙂

Red Queen Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1290556578?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Massive TBR Chat

So…..

By the title of this post you can already expect what I’m talking about, yep the “elephant in the room”. The dreaded TBR. I don’t think you’re ready for what I’m about to say, I’m ashamed (lol only slightly) but my TBR stands currently at a whopping total of 1,741 books.

One thousand, seven hundred and forty one…

One thousand, seven hundred and forty…..

One thousand, seven hundred…

One thousand, seven….

One thousand….

One….

Yep, I can’t believe it either, let’s ask ourselves, how did we let it get so bad and I have four amazing reasons which i’m sure a lot of you will be sitting there thinking “OMG KATHERINE, THOSE REASONS ARE MY REASONS TOO!!!!1111” ?

1. Goodreads.

Yep, I’m incredibly active on goodreads, constantly posting myself, liking other people’s posts and reviews and that little “want to read” button just looks at me constantly begging me to click it and the next think I know I have and well, you get the jist of it really.

Pretty much if you are friends with me on GR it may be your fault, I may have read one of your reviews and added that book to my TBR, you could be one of those 1,741 books! ??

2. Booktubers.

I’m late to this whole scene having only started watching booktubers I’d say over the past month, but my favourite videos are those books hauls or the upcoming releases and the next thing I know I’ve added twenty books to my TBR!!!

3. Authors.

We all have our favourite authors, don’t we?
And when those favourite authors bring out a book, even if you aren’t 100% sold on the book just yet, you add it to your TBR because it’s them and you’ll read anything they write.

*cough* Kaisie West, Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J Mass*cough*.

4. Upcoming Releases.

HAVE YOU SEEN WHAT IS BEING RELEASED IN 2018?
IT IS GOING TO BE AMAZING!!!
There are so many awesome books being released next year, whether it’s part of a series I’ve been reading or a new book all together that sounds amazing and I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT, I just have to have it added onto my TBR.

So as you can see, I like to blame everyone buy myself, but it’s pretty much my fault for wanting to read ALL the books.

I’d love to see you guy’s down in the comments for any tip’s on coping with such a large TBR, or just to chat in general! ?

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