Mini Reviews: The Mericiless Series 1- 4 (Non-Spoiler)

Hey guys! I’m finally getting around to doing my mini reviews on a series that a  lot of readers seem to be pretty curious about – The Merciless Series by Danielle Vega.  I will not be going into trigger warnings because there are just too many and I don’t tend to give really detailed warnings when it comes to horror, unless is something such as sexual assault.  Just assume basically everything and anything but remember it’s a YA book, so they can only go so far.  That being said, let’s get on with the reviews!

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NetGalley Book Tag

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Hey everyone! It’s a Sunday and I thought what better day to try and do a fun little tag! We are super behind in tags, if you’ve tagged Mireille or I – we aren’t ignoring you, we super appreciate it and have them all written down.  Just takes us awhile to actually get to them.  I’m sure lots of you relate!

I did get tagged recently by the lovely Siobhan at Siobhans Novelties (Go follow her – she is amazing! I love her!)

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Rules

  • Link back to the tag’s creator: Kourtni at Kourtni Reads
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too!

Auto-Approved | Who’s One Author Whos Books You Automatically Want to Read, regardless of What They Are About?

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Oh goodness, so many.  I can’t just pick one, so I’ll narrow it down to a few.

  • Tricia Levenseller
  • Sarah Glenn Marsh
  • Derek Milman
  • Dawn Kurtagich
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Emily Duncan

I want to keep listing!!!!

Request | What Makes You Want to Request a Book on NetGalley?

I’m not a HUGE fan of NetGalley – I was when I first started using it last year.  I’ve since found that they favour US users and too many books are “wish only” for anyone outside of that.  It’s quite frustrating.  International bloggers get me LOL

Long story short – I don’t request very often on Netgalley anymore.  I mostly use it to get my earcs from blog tours.  However, if I do request an earc on there – it’s usually more likely to be a YA thriller or horror because I enjoy reviewing those before they are released or a debut author.  Most of the time I don’t read the GIANT names before release – there are exceptions to this.

Feedback Ratio | Do You Review Every Book You Read? If Not, How Do You Decide What Books to Review?

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EXPOSED! No, I try my best to keep up with everything and since Netgalley keeps a rating system, I don’t over-request on there.  I keep it pretty minimalist overall.  My rating is still usually like somewhere in the 70% range though.

Badges | If You Could Create One Badge to Display on Your Blog, What Would It Be for?

OOh wow, huh – of course I instantly draw a blank.  Maybe a badge for being a Debut Author Supporter or LGBT+ Advocate.  That would be cool.

Wish for It | What’s One Book That You Are Absolutely Dying to Read?

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Right now? I recently got Ruthless Gods and Light at the Bottom of the World and they would’ve been my go-to answers.  Oh! I’m really interested in Girls Save the World in this One and my request got denied because Penguin US hates me LOL

2019 NetGalley Challenge | What Was the Last Book That You Received as an ARC That You Reviewed? If You’ve Never Received One, What’s the Last Book You Reviewed?

That I have reviewed? Probably Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan – You can check out that review HERE.  

 


I can’t tag everyone but if I didn’t tag you this round – still considered yourself tagged if you’d like to do it!!!

I TAG:

Kristi @ Confessions of a YA Reader
Candyce & Isabelle @ The Book Dutchesses
Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads
Jessica @ Jessticulates 
Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Kay @ Hammock Of Books 
Sammie @ The Writerly Way 
Alex @ WhimsyPages

 

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Top Ten Tuesday #28: Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (May 21st, 2019) topic is:  Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch.

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Game of Thrones Series Finale Hangover Kit

It’s here everyone! Are you all as scared as I am for the series finale tonight? It’s been quite a wild road, for better or worse – it all ends tonight.  I really wish they would’ve given us an extra season because with what all is going on, they really needed to develop those story lines but I digress.  I promised one last Game of Thrones post, so here it is! A post to help you with that Game of Thrones hangover you will be feeling later! Enjoy!

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Game of Thrones: What Would These Characters Be Reading? (Spoilers Season 1-7 Only)

You know what time it is! It’s Sunday, so that means another Game of Thrones post! I really wasn’t happy with last week’s episode, so I’m hoping tonight’s will make up for it and blow me away.  I thought I would have some fun this week and pick a few characters from the show and show what might be on their bookshelves! Since we are all readers, I thought we all might have some fun with this.  Obviously, if you are not a loyal watcher of Game of Thrones, these titles aren’t going to make a ton of sense to you but for those of you who have enjoyed the show over the seasons – enjoy! I had a blast making this post!

Please don’t take any offense to any of these, they are all for fun and alittle cheeky 🙂

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Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 407
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Published: January 31st, 2017

 

Trigger Warnings: Parental Abuse (mental and physical), attempted sexual assault, suicidal themes

 

 

Remember, it’s only a game… Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever. Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away. – Synopsis from Goodreads. 

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“Some would probably call him a villain. Others would say his magic makes him closer to a god.” 

This is my second read through of Caraval and I’m still completely enamored with this series. It has quickly became one of my favorite series of all-time for its rich setting, wonderful characters and its ability to completely turn itself upside down constantly and I never have a clue what is going to happen. I love it so much.

Caraval starts off with two sisters, Scarlett and Tella, arguing over the possibility of running away. Scarlett has just received an invitation to Caraval after many years for writing it’s creator Legend, but she is getting married soon and doesn’t want to let anything mess up her chances with that. Tella also has stuck in a young man, Julian that has offered to help them get to Caraval for the small price of one of the invitations. Small issue, the sisters father is an abusive, controlling psychopath, whom the girls are scared to death of and Scarlett knows he would kill one of them if they even thought about leaving. Of course, a bunch of events leads to them running off to play the mysterious game of Caraval and so the story begins.

There is a good chance that you’ve either read this or heard that this is a book that you will either love or completely hate, that seems to be the case. I’m not completely sure why it’s so polarizing, usually when I read something I get when something is going to not be for a lot of people but this one kind of confuses me. There seems to be a lot of hate for the main character Scarlett. I think this is likely because she worries about a fiancee that she has never met every step of the way, and panics a lot about it. I personally don’t think people are really being fair to her though. She is someone who lost her mom at a young age, has been living in a hell with her father while being mentally and physically abused and watching her sister endure the same treatment. Scarlett may be naive but she truly believes that this mysterious fiance is her ticket out of completely and utter hell, I think her decisions are all based on fear at first and we watch her evolve and grow over time and come into her own much more. I really love her and I completely ship her with Julian.

In this one, I actually found Tella to be infuriating because I’m much more of a introverted, cautious type, so I could relate to the worrying Scarlett, much more than the reckless, risk-taking Tella. She was much to impulsive and came off as selfish a lot of the time. This is an opinion that changes further along in the series but I was ready to throw Tella off the balcony myself a couple times – just saying LOL

The setting of Caraval was perfection. It was beautiful, but eerie at the same time. You always got the sense something was odd and could be dangerous. I thought the author did a wonderful job setting up each and every place and every character. I have no problem imagining this crazy world that Legend and his performers have put together. I really loved all of Legend’s players and performer’s they added a ton of ambiance to the story and the bartering system was downright devilish and I was always excited to see what they would try to get from Scarlett next.

Like I said, this seems to be a really polarizing book in the community but I’m still going to recommend it highly – at least give a shot and see what you think. It’s one of the only fantasy series that has kept me on my toes and I’ve never met anyone who truly seems to have guessed what is actually going on with Caraval and Legend. I think that speaks volumes in itself.

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Game of Thrones Book Tag

Ya’ll ready for the season premier of Game of Thrones tonight? Who are you rooting for to take the Iron Throne? I don’t even know anymore but if they kill off Sansa, I’m rioting!!!

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Since the very last season of Game of Thrones starts TONIGHT! I thought it would be fun to do a GoT book tag, so I looked around for one and found this.  I’ve tweeked anything that was dated and updated it for the purpose of this post.

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Ink and Wonder Haul

A couple of weeks ago, the shop Ink and Wonder had a sale on past boxes and I ended up grabbing one and a few extras as well.  I picked up the Hallow’s Eve box because I’ve wanted it ever since I saw it last year.  This is my first time ordering from them and I was very happy with my purchase.  Since I got a pile of stuff from them, it seemed like a great time to do a little haul.

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New Year, New Reading Goals 2019

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It’s already 2019, that is insane! We aren’t going to do a wrap-up for our 2018 goals because we didn’t really make a solid one this year and we’ve only had the blog up for a couple months now.  Next year, we completely will! We aren’t really strict on our goals but we are trying to set some and hopefully we’ll get a bunch of it crossed off! Of course, some will go astray – as per usual LOL

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Top Five Most Disappointing Books We Read in 2018

Since we did a Top Ten Books list, we had to counter it with our most disappointing/worst reads for 2018.  This list is merely opinion and it’s not here to personally attack any of your favorites.  If you loved any of the books below, that is awesome.  They just weren’t for us for one reason or another.  Ok, enough of a disclaimer – let’s get to it!

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