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My Take | Guys. The Hype Finally Got Me

I HELD OUT FOR THIS LONG!!!

BUT IT FINALLY GOT ME!!!!

I was never afraid of hype.

So people love a book and they want to share about it all the freakin’ time. The more the merrier! Big deal, right?

But then…

It happened.

There was a book so hyped that it just had to be out of this world to live up to it. There was a book I could not wait for. I was on the edge of my seat, pee myself excited. There was…

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

Yes, ladies and gents. The book we’ve all been waiting for for over half a year. The book everyone in the book blogosphere has been nonstop incessant talking about. The book that has never before received lower than a 4/5 star rating (okay that’s going a little far, but seriously, I’ve, like, never seen a bad review for it???).

It got me. Pierced my heart. Spoke to my soul. Deceived my mind.

I thought I would love it.

After all, everyone loved it. How could I not?

Oh, boy, was I in for a shock.

I’m only halfway through the book but I’m practically dragging myself through it. It’s put me in a serious slump.

That’s right folks: After all that build up, I’ve been let down.

Now you may think I’m being a tad bit melodramatic here, but consider this: this is the book that for over half a year, I was told I was gonna love. For over half a year, I was told it was second only to Throne of Glass, which is my favorite high fantasy series. That’s a lot to live up to.

And you know what?

I’m beginning to think all of the build up to Truthwitch did it a disservice. It took that certain air of mystery out of the release. It made to book so big that there was no way it could live up to expectations.

Hype can be a great marketing tool, but I think after a point it goes back to that (very wise) saying, “Everything in moderation.” Too much hype and a book loses its mystique. Too much hype and people get sick of hearing about the book. Too much hype and people are let down when they finally read the book and aren’t going to want to continue on with the book or the series.

What do you think of hype? Is it a worthwhile marketing tool? Or is it more problematic in the end? Has the hype about a book ever gotten to you?

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Musing Monday {7}

Musing Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B at Books And A Beat in which we pick a question to answer. The questions are…

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What was the last book you didn’t finish? Why?

This week I’ll be answering…

I’m super excited to tell you about…

I’m really excited about my new meme, “The Book Theme Meme!” It combines two of my absolute favorite things, music AND books! In it, we pair a book or series with a song that we think defines it and explain why! I’m so excited to share this new meme with you and I hope you’ll join in!

And now for this week’s random question…

What was the last book you didn’t finish? Why?

Sooo. I still have yet to finish Truthwitch by Susan Dennard but I’m trying so hard. So hard, guys. It’s just…The book’s pacing seems so off to me for reasons I’ll further explain in my review, because I’m determined to finish and review this one…eventually. We’ll see, guys, we’ll see…Sorry. I want’ed to love this one so badly.

Other than that, I last book I truly DNFed was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I just found it really boring and it spent half the book setting up and telling bad jokes and making Harry Potter references and I couldn’t take it anymore! So I stopped reading.

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Tag Time! The Wine Book Tag

So I was tagged by Nick over at The Paper Dragon to do this tag (thanks, Nick!) and it looked super fun, so I figured I’d do it! Let’s get to it!

10507293Box Wine – a book that people will judge you for liking but you like it anyway!

I know people find the main character really annoying (although I didn’t) but I really enjoyed the original Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass. It always gets knocked and I think it’s because reading it kinda feels like watching reality TV, but it’s just kinda pure fun and if you’re not looking for more, it’s good at doing its job in that way.

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Organic Wine – a book that doesn’t have any added crap in it and is just written perfectly.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi–but just Shatter Me. To me, Shatter Me was written in a very bare bones, minimalist style. The setting is very bare and doesn’t change much, the writing is very simple and to be honest so is the plot. The characters aren’t overly complex. Nothing unnecessary is added in, the story stands on its own.

25111004Gluehwein – a really spicy, wintry read.

I think November 9 by Colleen Hoover is a good one. Romances sometimes make me think of winter, and this is a good sweet but spicy one, ya know?

 

 

0Sauvignon Blanc – a really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down!

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. This read was…intense. It’s the kind of read that starts out intense and just builds and builds until it reaches a climax. It was so good, though, don’t let that quiet intensity scare you away!

fangirl-rainbow-rowell-cover-677x1024Pinot Noir – a book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because I didn’t really like contemporaries at the time. I actually wasn’t, like, majorly blown away by Fangirl when I first read it, but as I got further and further away from having read it, it got better with memory until it just kind of struck me how good it was. I think this is because I read more contemporary and realized just how good Fangirl is.

15749186Chardonnay – a good summer read that was super-zesty?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. This was just a super cute read, but it also had spunk and personality and zest! Lara-Jean is such a funny, quirky character that just jumps right off the page and so are all of the supporting characters as well!

 

0Rose – a book that has a little bit of everything in it.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This book had so much going on in it, it had everything but the kitchen sink and zombies too! But it was sooo good and the authors made it work together so well! It was definitely an interesting and enjoyable read!

 

 

0sharpShiraz – A full-bodied book that is dark and juicy

Maybe it’s just that “Shiraz” reminds me of “Sharzad,” but The Wrath and the Dawn y Renee Ahdieh. Something about that book feel so…rich and deep. Plus the setting reminds me of the colors dark red and gold, idk why, maybe because that’s what’s on the cover. Anyhoo…

 

17453983Merlot – a smooth easy read with a soft finish.

I think any book in the Anna-Lola-Isla companion trilogy by Stephannie Perkins. All of the books are just so sweet and they have soft(?) endings. They end very sweetly. Wow. I’ve used the adjective “sweet” a lot for this question BUT I CAN’T HELP IT! The whole shebang is just so…sweet.

 

 

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Champagne – Your Favourite Book

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas because obviously…

 

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February 2016 Wrap Up

Wow. I can’t believe it’s the end of the month. It just flew by. It seems like yesterday I was ringing in the new year and now we’re here.

Anyhoo! I digress.

Welcome to my February 2016 book wrap up! I’ve been reading a ton in the past few month, but this month I just got in such a slump and really slowed down. So I only completed 3 books this month. In all honesty, if you follow me on Goodreads, you may notice that I’ve lowered my rating for all of these books. Just looking back, I think I inflated my ratings for whatever reason (just post book excitement?). So here are my final ratings and my mini reviews.

Starflight by Melissa Landers 3.5 Stars

This was a super funn book! It wasn’t really deep or insightful or anything, but if you’re looking for a quick, fun ride, this is your book. I didn’t have any problems with this book, really (not that are seriously memorable, at least). Solid 3.5/5 stars!

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard 2.5 Stars

This novella bind-up was honestly kind of disappointing. The whole book was kind of “meh” to me. I don’t think it added anything to the story or the overall plot. It wasn’t a necessary read, it’s just for fans looking for some bonus material. But even knowing that, I don’t think either of the two novellas in the bind up were particularly interesting. Overall, it was okay. 2.5/5 stars.

Zero Day by Jan Gangsei 3.5 Stars

This was another super fun read. It was intense and thrilling and kept me on the edge of my seat. Again, this wasn’t a book that was super deep or meaningful but it was a fun read and I enjoyed it for what it was. One aspect I really loved about the book was the diversity and how it was just treated as a “normal” aspect of the book, they didn’t make a big deal about it. Overall, this was a very fun, enjoyable read. 3.5/5 stars.

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Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them!

THIS WEEK IN BOOKS

  • Currently Reading I’m having a reallyyyyy slow time reading. I can feel myself falling into a slump and I’m trying so hard to combat that with…
    • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
    • Firstlife by Gena Showalter
  • Books Borrowed & Bought 
    • Borrowed
      • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
    • Bought
      • Firstlife by Gena Showalter
  • ARCs Acquired 
    • The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott
    • Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
    • Girl about Town by Adam Shankman and Laura L. Sullivan

BLOGGING NEWS

This week was pretty freakin awesome! Soooo much happened!

I began the week with Love-A-Thon, a blogging marathon dedicated to spreading love throughout the blogging community! It was so much fun! I loved doing the challenges and I found so many new blogs to follow and made many new friends! I highly encourage y’all to participate in the next Love-A-Thon if you weren’t already participating!

In other news, I REACHED OVER 200 FOLLOWERS THIS PAST WEEK!!!I’m still just flabbergasted! How does that happen? I just want to thank you all so much for sticking with me! Y’all are such amazing individuals and I’m so happy to call you my friends!

Further, I won the Versatile Blogger Award! I’m so touched that y’all still think of me for these awards! It means a lot!

I introduced my new weekly meme, “The Book Theme Meme.” In it, we talk about the musical themes we’d give to books or series and why. It’s really fun, so you should come join!

The discussion topic of DNFing books really gt people talking this week! Check it out and add your opinion in the comments!

That’s about all I have for news (although that’s a lot)! I’ll talk to ya next time!

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Stacking The Shelves {10}

Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews in which we talk about the physical books/e-books/audiobooks we’ve acquired (bought, received for review, borrowed from the library, etc.). Here’s what I’ve acquired in the past week:

Library Borrows

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This is my third time checking out Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray from the library and I still haven’t finished it. Hopefully third time’s the charm!

Bought

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I caved and bought Firstlife by Gena Showalter. I couldn’t helped myself, it looked sooo good (and it is so far)!

Received

Great news! I got accepted to the tours for The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott, Girl About Town by Adam Shankman and Laura L. Sullivan, and Essential Maps for the Lost by De Caletti! I’m so excited to be sharing these stories with y’all very soon!