Currently Reading: 29/07/2016

Good morning everyone, and happy Friday!

Today’s post is just going to be a simple update on what I’m currently reading, as there are 3 books that I’m attempting to tackle all at once. In order of importance, those are:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Description:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

How far am I?

7% of the way into it

Why did I start reading it?

So I’m in this online book club called Seize the Book, hosted by my pal Adele of adeleisreading (shoutout!). The book for the month of July is Six of Crows, but because I don’t own it I had to put it on hold at the library. Well, of course my library just happened to close for 3 weeks of July. So I got Six of Crows yesterday, and now I’m in a mad rush to finish it before July ends. 3-ish days. Wish me luck!

What are my thoughts so far?

If you follow me on Goodreads, I mentioned in my last update that the terminology is going to take some getting used to, and I’m trying to understand what exactly is going on (especially that first chapter). That being said, I really like the writing and I’m already pretty much in love with the main characters that I’ve read about so far.

 

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Description:

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

How far am I?

5%

Why did I start reading it?

I was approved to receive an ebook ARC from the publisher via NetGalley a few days ago, and I was too excited about the pretty cover and the interesting story.

What are my thoughts so far?

I’m enjoying it well enough. I’m really only at the beginning, so I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes.

 

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Description:

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that tell of her father, Jacob, and his twelve sons.

Told in Dinah’s voice, Anita Diamant imagines the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood—the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of the mothers—Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah—the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through childhood, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah’s story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past.

How far am I?

14%

Why did I start reading it?

My aunt had lent it to me a while ago, and so I thought I should start reading it so I can return it to her.

What are my thoughts so far?

I’m surprised at how humorous I’m finding it. It’s really interesting to read about how certain practices were done during that time. I’m not exactly sure where the story will be taking me, but I hope it will be good!


Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! ❤

~Becca

Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

SYBG

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date of Publication: May 6th 2014

Dates Read: August 12 – 15, 2015

Description:

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

Buy It From: Chapters | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

My rating: ★★★★★

I was worried about reading this book for a long time, because its concept is very similar to a book I was writing when it first came out, and I didn’t want to subconsciously take cues from it. But now that I’ve stopped writing that book, I figured it was finally a good time to read it. And I’m glad I did. Actually, I regret taking so long to read it, but I had to do what I had to do to keep ideas separate.

I loved this book, and it’s definitely one of my new favourites.

I liked that it was still exciting even without being a dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy book. I didn’t want to put it down, always wondering how Emily would pull off each item and how she would grow throughout the book. I honestly never found myself bored with the plot or the characters!

Speaking of, the cast of characters was lovely, and I enjoyed watching their personalities mesh, especially Emily’s and Sloane’s. The flashbacks were a great touch to go in-depth into their friendship, making this book less about romance and more about platonic love. Don’t get me wrong, there was definitely romance, but I like that this was more about their friendship than it was about Emily finding a boyfriend.

As for the plot, I’m glad Morgan didn’t make completing the list easy and straightforward, instead making Emily try multiple different methods to complete some of the tasks. This made the story more realistic, made Emily seem more human. I’m also glad the ending wasn’t so picture-perfect. Things did not wrap up neatly in a little bow, but nevertheless it was still a well-written ending.

Overall: Seriously loved SYBG – now I have to find room on my favourites shelf for it.


This review was originally posted on my booklr on August 15, 2015

Write Every Day in August – a (Very Casual) Writing Challenge

Hello friends!

I’m very excited to announce that starting on Monday, August 1st, I will be hosting a writing challenge for all of August. One of my goals for this summer was to write more, and since I have done little prep so far for the big writing competition that opens in September, I figure now’s a good time to start this challenge.

Now, this is a personal challenge more than anything, but I asked about it a while back and I had some people express their interest in participating. So I’m making it a thing that anyone can join! Here’s how it’s going to work:

  • Challenge: Write Every Day in August (WEDiA)
  • Every day I will post an update on how much I’ve written, which pieces I’ve been working on, and what happened that day that stopped me from writing more, both here and on my booklr. I welcome all participants to do the same!
  • On the Monday of each week I will post a random writing prompt on my booklr , either from 642 Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, or one I came up with (I will post a source if it’s from the book). You are welcome to complete the prompt anytime during the week, whether it’s right away or to use when you’ve got writer’s block.
  • Whenever you post about the challenge, either your prompt writing or your updates, make sure you tag them with #WEDiA2016 and #BeccasAugustWritingChallenge, especially on Tumblr so I can reblog your prompts!
  • I don’t have any set writing sprint times because my work schedule is kind of all over the place in August, but watch my Twitter and Tumblr for random sprint announcements (Note: if you are interested in hosting some writing sprints, send me a message!)
  • As it says in the title, this challenge is going to be VERY casual – no super strict guidelines due to the fact that I’ll be working a lot. You write at your own pace, and there’s absolutely no pressure to finish anything by the end of the month. You do you!
  • You can do any kind of writing this month – stories, poems, fanfics – whatever writing you like, or every kind if you like them all!

I think that just about covers everything. If you have any questions for me, feel free to send me an ask on tumblr, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. You can also leave a comment on this post!

If you’re interested in participating, I would love it if you could leave a comment, so I know who will be joining me.

Thank you so much for reading, and happy writing!

~ Becca

 

Book Review: Descent by Katie O’Sullivan

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Publisher: Wicked Wale Publishing

Date of Publication: July 16, 2015

Dates Read: August 16-24, 2015

Description:

Shea MacNamara’s life just got complicated…

When a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, fifteen-year-old Shea moves to Cape Cod to live with a grandmother he’s never met. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he meets a girl along the shore who changes his life forever.

Kae belongs to an undersea world hidden from drylanders, where bloody war rages between opposing clans. A fragile peace accord hinges on marriage between the royal families, but treachery and magick lurk in every shadow.

With Kae’s help, Shea discovers his true heritage and finds that his destiny lies somewhere far below the ocean’s surface.

Buy It From: Book Depository

Note: I received an ebook copy of this book from Wicked Whale Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

It’s more like 3.5 stars, but I’m going with what I rated it on Goodreads.

I’m quite unsure about how I feel about this book. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like there was something missing from it that would have made it better.

First of all, hooray for a mermaid story! I feel like I don’t read enough of those, so it was refreshing to read about.

Now the book itself was pretty interesting, but it felt like not a lot really happened when Shea was in Cape Cod. The first couple of chapters were good, but when he got to Cape Cod things slowed down and became less interesting. The plot didn’t really pick up again until about halfway through.

Also I feel like there should have been more chapters on Zan, maybe fewer on Kae and Shea on land. I felt like some of their chapters on land were unnecessary, and there were too few to really justify having Zan’s. I can understand why Zan’s chapters were important, but we really did not go too in-depth with him, at least not as in-depth as we went with the other two. If you’re going to put in chapters from his point of view, we’d better get to know him deeply. I hope to see more of him in the second book.

Aside from this, I liked the characters well enough. Hailey annoyed me a little bit, but I think that’s because she reminds me too much of my 13 year old self.

On a slightly smaller note, Kae’s green eyes were mentioned waaaaaay too often. Like every other page. I found that slightly annoying.

I did, however, enjoy the other descriptions in this book. They were vibrant and made it easier to imagine exactly what the author had envisioned. I liked the underwater world O’Sullivan created, and hope we see more of some of the other oceans/the university in the next book.

Overall: Interesting enough for me to want to keep reading, but could have been executed a little bit better.


This review was originally posted on my booklr on August 24, 2015.

My Shelf Monday: The Complete

Grimm

Publisher: Sweetwater Press

Description: 

For almost two centuries, the stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have been part of the way children—and adults—learn about the vagaries of the real world. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow-White, Hänsel and Gretel, Little Red-Cap (a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood), and Briar-Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) are only a few of more than 200 enchanting characters included here. Lyrically translated and beautifully illustrated, the tales are presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.

Where did I get it from?

I’m pretty sure I bought this at a Book-A-Million while on vacation in the US.

Why did I get it?

I thought the edition was pretty and I’ve always wanted to read the Brothers Grimm’s fairytales

Have I read it?

Yes ||| No

Why haven’t I read it?

I started reading it a couple of years ago, but there were other books that I was itching to read so I put it down. I figure it’s the kind of book that I’ll have to read a few short stories from at a time.

Where is it on my TBR?

Nearer to the bottom – at this point it’s more a collector’s item, than anything.


My Shelf Monday is a weekly post on my blog in which I discuss one of the books/series that I own. It’s a way to catalogue my book collection, and it also acts as a slow, miniature tour of my shelves.

Thanks for reading!

~Becca

Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

So the awesome Tilly of Tilly AndHerBooks  did this tag recently, and I thought I would try my hand at it! I’m not nearly as funny as Tilly, and it’s harder to get my emotions across in text, but hopefully you’ll catch my drift.

1. The best book you’ve read in 2016

100% The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book (and its sequel, The Rose and the Dagger). I regret how long it took for me to read it, but know that when I did finish it I was an absolute mess. I hope you all get to read it.

2. Best sequel that you’ve read this year

Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why was the sequel that beat out the first book. It is my favourite volume of the 3 I’ve read so far – it’s got an important message for teenagers, and (spoiler alert) Wolverine makes an appearance!

3. New release that you haven’t gotten yet, but want to read

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh has intrigued me for a while, and I’ve heard so many great things about it! It would be cool to read a book from that time period (especially as an earth science/physical anthropology major lol)

4. Most anticipated read for the second half of the year

This is tough because I’m really bad at remembering when books come out lol. I’m definitely looking forward to Crystal Storm, the 5th book in the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes, especially with what happened near the end of Frozen Tides

5. Biggest disappointment

I was really excited to read Passenger by Alexandra Bracken because of all the hype, but I was super disappointed when it just wasn’t working for me. I still have no idea why, but I wasn’t digging it. I’m hoping to give it another try eventually, not sure when that will be, though.

6. Biggest surprise

I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed Risuko by David Kudler! I was worried that the beautiful cover had set my expectations too high, but I ended up really enjoying it. Though not perfect, it was definitely fun and interesting – and that cover is still g o r g e o u s.

7. Favourite new author/new to me

I hate to repeat but *drumroll* RENÉE AHDIEH, Y’ALL. I’m like obsessed with her writing, and I honestly cannot wait to see what else she writes.

8. Newest fictional crush

Khalid tho…

9. Newest favourite character

Okay I’ll step away from TWatD for a question and say Lucien from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! He’s so funny and I’d love to be best friends with him.

10. A book that made me cry

Okay well guess what: I still haven’t cried while reading a book. But the most emotional book I’ve read was Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn. So powerful and gut-wrenching. It hit me a lot harder than I thought it would.

11. A book that made me happy

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell! It was just sooooo cuuuute and I was giggling like an idiot by the end of it.

12. Most beautiful books that you’ve bought or received

I’ve gotten so many pretty books because I’m a sucker for beautiful covers so here’s my top 5 (in no particular order)

  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  • Eon by Alison Goodman
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

13. What books do you have to read by the end of the year?

I’ve got a few that I want to read, but the top one is The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. Others include:

  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

14. Favourite book community member

I love everybody so much though??? Okay I’m gonna do what Tilly did and say the first person who came to my head which was….

Bazzi! My Danish darling ❤ Follow her bc she’s a lovely human being with lovely photos!


If you’re reading this and want to do this tag, then I TAG YOU. Go do the thing!

Have an awesome Friday ❤

~Becca

 

 

Book Review: The Gemstone by Sarena and Sasha Nanua

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Publisher: iUniverse

Date of Publication: May 1, 2012

Dates Read: August 15 – 31, 2015

Description:

ARICA MILLER is thrilled to begin her sophomore year at Hill Valley Private Arts Academy. Little does she know that the prestigious school holds more hidden secrets than she’d anticipated-especially with the head mistress. After she accidentally comes into contact with a mysterious gemstone necklace, she receives strange hallucinations that connect to her family’s past. Arica soon realizes that this is no regular necklace that contains power beyond her knowledge. And that’s not all. Her world unwinds as she is absorbed with knowledge of a world of sorcery.

All dating up to Halloween night, Arica must face suspicious friends, monstrous creatures, and the truth of her family’s connection with sorcery. But worst of all, she must face a powerful enemy keen on only one thing: the gemstones.

Buy It From: Chapters

Note: I met the authors before I knew they were authors, and didn’t find out about their books until a year after. It was my own choice to borrow their first book from the library. My review is my honest reaction to the book.

My rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Sigh. I really wanted to like this book. Truly, I did. But as hard as I tried to find things that I liked, in the end the cons outweighed the pros.

I’ll start with the first thing I noticed: the writing. I was not a big fan of the way this book was written at all. And while I understand that the girls were about 15/16 years old when they wrote this (hell, it reminds me of my writing when I was 15), I can’t let their age affect my feelings. The fact is that it reads like a first draft. A lot of times the same word would be repeated within consecutive sentences (example: Bunsen burner was mentioned 3 times in 2 back-to-back lines). I also noticed that they tried to use “big”/more complex words throughout the story, and while I admire the effort, a lot of times they were used incorrectly or in the wrong context, making it harder to read.

Another thing that bothered me was that some of the smaller paragraphs were really unnecessary. For example, one paragraph is devoted to Arica eating breakfast, and then the next is her doing something else. These smaller paragraphs added absolutely nothing to the story, and seemed more like filler than anything else. Yes, not every part of a book can be action-packed, but there are certain things that need not be narrated.

Oh, and during one of the last scenes of the book, the villain actually takes the time to introduce her team of sorcerers/esses and their great grandparents to Arica and her cousins. She even allows them a kind of demonstration of their power. Seriously? A villainous monologue? What good villain has time for that? Was it just to show off how powerful they are? It was (at least) five pages of show-and-tell that I didn’t think were necessary.

Alright, now to look past the writing.

A lot of the events that occur seemed kind of random and unrelated to one another. To be honest, sometimes they were even a little hard to understand. And whenever Arica ran into a problem (usually a monster/demon or something of the sort), the solution always seemed too quick, too easy. There was never really a struggle during the battle scenes, except a little bit near the end. Like, it didn’t even take her that long to learn to control her newfound powers!

And I feel like the lack of struggle didn’t do much for the already-missing character development. Everyone was pretty much static throughout the whole book. The only character that I can remember seeing grow was Joseph. We see him constantly arguing with his sisters, but the love he has for them is truly shown in the end, which just makes him more three-dimensional and the most well-developed character in the entire book.

That leads me into one of the things I did like about The Gemstone: the focus on family. Family is what makes this story, which is refreshing. There isn’t even a hint of romance, at least not as far as I could tell. Everything was about being close to your relatives, bloodlines, and having a good relationship with your kin. I don’t see that too often, so kudos to the authors for that.

Overall: The idea was there, but the execution, unfortunately, was not.


This review was originally posted on my booklr on August 31, 2015

5 Series I Own but Haven’t Read

I own a lot of books. I may not own as many books as a lot of book bloggers do, but I feel like I own a lot. Recently I told myself that I needed to stop buying books just because I hear they’re good, and only buy books to finish the series I’ve already bought, or books I borrowed from the library and really enjoyed.

That being said, I’ve collected a lot of series based on hype. Some I’ve started, but there are plenty that are just collecting dust… waiting to be loved… now I feel bad…

Of course I want to read all of these series – I wouldn’t have bought them if I didn’t want to – but there are certain ones that are higher up on my TBR than others. Today’s post is about the top 5, including a description from the first books and why I want to read them.

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder Description:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Why do I want to read it?

I honestly see people talk about this series everywhere. OTP descriptions, fanart – all over tumblr! It also seems like such an interesting series, but I just haven’t gotten around to picking up the first book (Cinder) yet!

2. Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman

Eon Description:

For years, Eon’s life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic… and her life.

Why do I want to read it?

It just sounds so cool and thrilling! I’m going to be so worried about Eon/Eona, like a mother. Plus I haven’t read too many dragon-y books, which I feel like needs to change, and from the description the world seems really intriguing. I posted my My Shelf Monday post about it on Monday, and I’ll say it again: I. Want. To. Read. These. Books.

3. The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse Description:

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Why do I want to read it?

Honestly, I’ve heard some mixed things about this series, but I think it would be good to figure out my own opinion of it, ya know? During the cover-change drama I also heard that Kestrel is less of a warrior, more of a schemer, which I look forward to read about. Plus, those covers are so pretty, and I want to see if the story is as beautiful as the covers.

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Description:

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Why do I want to read it?

I’ve owned this series for almost 2 years now, maybe more, and I have not touched any of the books (except for photos). I’ve just heard so many good things about this series, especially from Kat of Katytastic. Plus, the description is so mysterious and intriguing – I just want to know what’s going on!

5. The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart Description:

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Why do I want to read it?

Lucas has read the entire trilogy and absolutely loved them. He’s been telling me to read them for a long time, and it does sound pretty interesting.


What series are you looking forward to reading? Leave a comment and let’s talk about them!

~Becca

Book Review: Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn (ARC)

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Publisher: Switch Press

Date of Publication: August 1

Dates Read: July 4 – July 7 2016

Description:

Chelsea Duvay is so many things.

She’s an avid musical lover, she s a gifted singer, and she has the most perfect, beautiful feet. But no one ever notices that. All they notice is Chelsea s weight. Daily, Chelsea endures endless comments about her appearance from well-meaning adults and cruel classmates. So she keeps to herself and just tries to make it through.

Don’t make waves. Don’t draw attention. That’s how life is for Chelsea until a special class project pushes the energetic and incessantly social Melody into Chelsea’s world. As their unlikely friendship grows, Chelsea emerges from her isolated existence, and she begins to find the confidence to enjoy life.

But bullies are bullies, and they remain as vicious as ever. One terrible encounter threatens to destroy everything Chelsea has worked so hard to achieve. Readers will be captivated by Chelsea’s journey as she discovers the courage to declare her own beauty and self-worth, no matter what others might think.

Buy It From: Chapters | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Note: I received an ebook copy of this book from Switch Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Real rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.

This book ended up being so much more than I expected it to be.

Like a lot of other readers, it was nice to read a body-positive book. Chelsea Duvay is such a wonderful character, who has her quirks and flaws and talents but is ultimately such a sweetheart, and I wanted to protect her at all costs. A well rounded, realistic character, for sure.

One of my favourite parts of this book was just the way Struyk-Bonn wrote Chelsea’s voice. There was a young, funny quality to it, which made the story fun to read and easy to pay attention to. Some of the chapters were short and some were long, which is my personal favourite way to lay out chapters – it adds more variation to the story, makes it less dull and monotonous.

I also just absolutely love how much love she has for her father, and vice versa. He’s so supportive of her and it just made my heart so happy to see how much he meant to her.

The plot itself was also really well done. There is a bit of romance in this book, but it’s not overpowering and really only starts appearing closer to the end.

It really is focused on Chelsea’s whole life: at home and at school, the things she loves and the things she has a hard time with, her crushes and friendships and familial relationships. It even touches upon topics like anxiety, sexual harassment, and victim shaming.

It wasn’t always easy to read certain parts of Chelsea’s journey, but it just made the story hit harder.

The only kind of negative thing I could think to say is: while reading this book, I realized that I don’t particularly like it when a character’s exact weight is revealed, especially if they’re supposed to be an overweight character. In this case, I have almost the exact same dimensions as this character – just 2 inches taller, but the same weight. I’ve never been told by doctors that I’m overweight, and this character was told by her doctor that in order to be healthy she’d have to grow 6 inches, so that kind of bothered me. Maybe it was meant to show just how closed-minded those around Chelsea were for considering her overweight, or maybe I’m just not factoring in the age difference between us. In any case, I don’t think giving her exact weight is absolutely necessary to move the story forward.

Other than that, this was truly such a wonderful story that blew me away by how well it was written. It was deeply emotional, touching, and I’m glad that I read it.

Overall: Despite the missing half star I do believe that everybody should read Nice Girls Endure.

My Shelf Monday: Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman

Publisher: Puffin Canada/Firebird

Description (from Eon):

For years, Eon’s life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic… and her life.

Where did I get it from?

I bought Eon on a whim while at Chapters, and my friend gave me Eona for my birthday (thanks, Ally!)

Why did I get it?

I’d heard so many wonderful things about this series, and I couldn’t fight off the urge to buy it when I saw it.

Have I read it?

Yes ||| No

Why haven’t I read it?

I DON’T KNOW THERE HAVE JUST BEEN OTHER BOOKS I GUESS BUT I REALLY REALLY WANT TO READ IT.

Where is it on my TBR?

Close to the top, clearly.


My Shelf Monday is a weekly post on my blog in which I discuss one of the books/series that I own. It’s a way to catalogue my book collection, and it also acts as a slow, miniature tour of my shelves.

Thanks for reading!

~Becca