book tales


January 2018

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little Brown
My Rating: 5 stars! ⭐️
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

My Review:

What a book! I am honestly blown away with how much I enjoyed this book…considering the fact that I went into it with neutral feelings. I always find that I get disappointed with hyped books, so I tend to lower my expectations, BUT HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD.

It took me a little while to get used to the setting of this book, but I was instantly intrigued and enraptured by the complexity and fantastical nature of the world that Holly Black was able to create. I was honestly stunned by how Holly was able to integrate the modern world with the fey world SO well.
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Down the TBR Hole #2

Hello everyone! Since I had such a blast making the last down the tbr hole last week, I decided to do it again! I love how this is slowly shortening my to be read list!

In case you didn’t know, Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lost In a Story that allows us to cleanse our TBR piles from the books we probably won’t get to.

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Vicious by V.E Schwab
This is one of those books that I’m ALWAYS on the edge about. I never know if I want to read it or not, but I hear such good things about Victoria’s books. I think I might get to the Darker Shade of Magic series before I get to this one (only because I own those books!) but this one will still stay on my tbr pile. I just need motivation to get to it!

In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken16150831

So if you read my last down the tbr hole post…you may know that I have a tendency to NEVER complete series’. It’s mainly because I never want to part with the world and the characters! But by the time I want to actually read it, I can barely tell you half the peoples names. And I hate myself for not completing this trilogy because I LOVED the first two books SO much. Like they were instant 5 star ratings. I do have hope that someday I’ll read this last book because I need that type of reassurance in my life. This one is staying…even though I’m a little iffy.
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Everless by Sara Holland


Title: Everless
Author: Sara Holland
My Rating: 4.25 stars! ⭐️
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

My Review:
This is one of those books that I feel like I read at the perfect time. Lately I feel like I’ve been reading books with the EXACT same plots and the exact same storylines, but Everless was such a refreshing read with a different concept. It’s a story about a girl named Jules who is desperate to save her father in the only way she can—time. It’s a world where time is currency, and the more you have, the better you are off.

I was very pleased with the motives of Jules character. She had true incentive to go looking for what she needed…and it made sense! As a reader I understood her desire to do things as she did, as well as her other human emotions that made me feel a connection with her. The way she felt during certain situations in the book could be perceived as a nuisance or silly, but there was a practical/realistic reason behind it. And we can’t expect book characters to be perfect, because then we don’t get to experience their development as the book goes on. (Although sometimes the truth was so obvious but it took f o r e v e r for Jules to figure it out…and made me want to scream!)

What I believe to be the strongest point in this novel, is definitely the set up to this world. Some of my favorite parts of this book was learning about the history of Everless and how they were able to make “blood-coins” that caused Sempera to be the way it is.

One of the main problems I had with this book, was the predictability. It’s also part of the reason I docked a star, because I felt like I could literally map out the story before those parts even happened. But I have to admit, there were definitely a few things that happened at the end that I was not expecting. I was pretty blown away. 😳

Everless is such a strong novel as a first book in a potential series, and I have very high expectations for the next book—mainly because the second half of this book is where the plot really took off. Yes, it still has that generic YA feel to it, (even though the story itself is different) but I really believe that it can be a book of its own especially because the idea is just SO interesting! After I hit that 220 page mark, I was flying through the pages.

I can’t wait for the next installment, Evermore, and I really think that this book deserves all the hype it’s getting!

Thanks for reading!
-Ashley (book_tales)

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel


Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
My Rating: 4 stars!
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.
Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.
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Down the TBR Hole

Hello everyone! This is another bookish feature that I see everywhere, and I’m finally deciding to do it because it looks so fun and helpful!

Down the TBR Hole is a bookish meme created by Lost In a Story that allows us to cleanse our TBR piles from the books we probably won’t get to.

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick


The Hush, Hush books are the series that got me completely reeled into reading. I remember reading and LOVING these books in middle school, and it’s what got me introduced to the young adult genre. After completing the first 3 books, I never picked up the last book for some reason? And it’s been about 5/6 years…so even though this series holds a special place in my heart…I think it has to go.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson


I remember this being one of the most talked about books in the booktube community, hence being the reason I bought it. I’m pretty sure I bought this book in August, but had no time to read it during the summer, so I postponed it to next summer and so on and so on. It’s one of those books that I ingrained in my head that I had to read during the summer, so I guess it’s my own fault I still haven’t got to it. (Plus, I don’t feel the same excitement to read it as I had before). REMOVE.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


I honestly feel like I’m the only person in the entire universe who still hasn’t read this book! (Please tell me I’m wrong!) The whole premise of this book is still so interesting to me, and they’re also making a movie for it! So this one is going to have to STAY.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey


What is with me in not finishing series? After kinda sorta finishing the Hush, Hush series, the next big series that truly held a place in my heart was The 5th Wave books by Rick Yancey. I was OBSESSED with these books back in 2013—they were literally all I talked about, and even til this date, I still love the first book. The reason I haven’t picked up the third and final book is because I don’t entirely remember what happened in this series. I remember everything being so fresh in my brain before the movie came out, but they pushed the release date even further for the book, and because of that I forgot about the series. Anyways this one is…STAYING.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Oh my gosh I’m so ashamed of myself. I can’t believe I still haven’t read this book. To be honest, I completely forgot about it since it’s on like page 4 of my to be read list…but now I’m going to make it a priority read for the new year! STAYING.

Let me know in the comments below if you agree with the choices I made, and what books you’ve recently taken out of your TBRs!

Thanks for reading!
-Ashley (book_tales)

WWW Wednesday – January 17, 2018

I’m super excited to finally do this! This is my first time participating in WWW Wednesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:
-What are you currently reading?
-What did you recently finish reading?
-What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading 3 books, (why do I do this to myself 😂) & I’m loving all of them!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a reread for me. I was trying to finish all 7 books in 2017, but since I didn’t complete that goal, the last book was carried on into the new year.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel is an audiobook I’m listening to, AND I LOVE IT so much! I was not expecting it to be this good, so I’m really happy about that.
And finally Everless by Sara Holland, a book that I’m about halfway through, and will probably complete within the next two days!
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Harry Potter Spells Tag

Since I haven’t finished any books lately I decided to do this awesome tag, because everything Harry Potter related is GREAT.

1. Flagrate
A book you found interesting, but would like to rewrite.


For this, I have to go with Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I absolutely loved the premise of it whilst reading the synopsis, but the book itself did not live up to my expectations. I wanted there to be more of that whimsical aspect that the description lead on to believe, but unfortunately to me, it just fell very flat.
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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner


Title: The Thief
Author: Megan Whalen Turner
My Rating: 4/5 Stars!
The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.
What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

My Review:

Just a little preamble before I get into my thoughts, this book follows our main character Gen, who is being held at the prison for his crimes of thievery. When the king’s scholar hears the rumours surrounding Gen’s impeccable thievery skills, he takes it upon himself to chose Gen as the thief for their quest to find this treasure that will ensure the kingdom’s prosperity.
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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This is more of a discussion type of review, and to those who haven’t read this book, this first section has no spoilers!

Title: The Song of Achilles
Author: Madeline Miller
My Rating: 5 STARS + all time favorite book. like ever. 

There are no words. I am a mess. I swear to you I have never cried THIS MUCH while reading a book. It was to the point where I was actually hiccupping (you know when you’re crying so much that you CAN’T EVEN FREAKIN BREATHE? my heart hurts just thinking about this book, yet here I am, reliving the pain because I’m writing a review).

This book is heavily based on the greek mythology story we all know, about the hero Achilles. It follows our main character Patroclus who has been cast into exile by his father, in which he meets this boy Achilles. The book follows his relationship with Achilles through the course of many years.

I think that’s all I’m going to say about the non spoilery part of the review. I KNOW IT’S NOT A LOT BUT TRUST ME, it’s a book where you just have to straight up read it (I finished it in less than 2 days!) I don’t want to say anything else regarding the book JUST READ IT! I SWEAR TO YOU THAT YOU WILL LOVE IT. I do however want to point out that there are themes in this book such as rape, sexism, & violence.

Now to the SPOILERS!
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