Book Retrospection: As I Descended by Robin Talley

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Book Talk: Where my Reviews Went&Why They are Delayed

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My First ARC Retrospection of 2016: The Silver Suitcase

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December Book Challenge 2015: My Favorite Reads of 2015

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December 2015 Book Challenge Day 3: An Author that Enticed Me to be A Queen

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Book Retrospection: Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver (My 1st ARC Review)

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Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver

Publisher: Kingswell

Publishing Date: 6 October 2015

Format: Digital ARC Copy Received From Netgalley

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Opening Thoughts:

Hey bookworms! I finally did it! I got an ARC to review off of Netgalley! To make it even better it is based off of one of my biggest obsessions Once Upon a Time! I was more than excited to review this, but a little anxious as well because I’ve never reviewed an ARC before. That being said there will be as spoiler free as possible I say that because you can never truly be too careful. So I hope you enjoy and that my review makes sense. My review will start with what I enjoyed and then onto what threw me off when reading it that led to a 4 star review.

Reasons I Couldn’t Put it Down

  1. Satisfied a Craving: So going into this book I was more than excited to start especially because the show has been on hiatus. So this filled my craving for the show without needing to binge watch the show. Plus you get a peek into Ruby’s life at a younger age and seeing the bond between her and Granny in a whole new light!
  2. Characters Who Leapt from the Pages:The characters in this book were very strong and very well developed from Red to the little boy who begs her for cookies.
  3. Transported Me With Its World: Another strong point in this book was seeing into the story book world without it being Snow, Regina’s, castle. This book shows the life that makes this heroine what spurs her on for adventure. It helped me escape the stress of city life at school and transported me to not only a different time but a different place. I could practically smell the trees.
  4. Mystery and Magic: From the wolves, to Red’s Cloak, to the Wizard she found who was my favorite character. I loved the way it kept me turning the pages to find out more.
  5.  Anyone Can Enjoy It: Last but not least I liked the fact that you don’t have to be a Oncer fan to enjoy. You could simply be looking for a retelling on Red Riding Hood and still enjoy this book! Honestly when I have the money I am supporting this book by getting my own digital copy as well as the paper copy!

Things that Threw Me Off

Now I will admit I am not sure if I had issues with some of these things because it was an ARC copy and how it was formatted, so my thoughts may change when I get a real copy, so they aren’t major negative things.

  1. Point of View: So I wasn’t expecting it and it threw me off. This being a Once Upon a Time book I was hoping for more of a story telling narrative, but it was a first person narrative. It was a little jarring at first, but near the end I feel it was needed
  2. Dreams and Memories and Current Day Dates: I feel I can link this together quite easily because they all had the same effect of the story. They threw me out of it abruptly or disturbed the flow. There wasn’t really a break between the dreams and the memories when coming back to Red’s current world at times because they would just make an immediate slip back into the present. That being said her days that had dates came out of nowhere at times within the chapters. They were not chapters themselves but were in the chapters themselves which was confusing at times especially when I was torn between reading and sleeping. If they flowed better I would’ve gladly stayed awake to finish it off. That being said as I claimed above it could have just been the formatting of reading an ARC.

Wrapping It Up

Well bookworms I was glad to have started this as my first ARC. It was a content I already knew I loved and when not getting distracted by the issues above it went by quite fast. This book is more aimed at the younger audience but any age can truly enjoy this. If you’re curious about it but haven’t watched the show you can pick it up because there were no spoilers to the Once plots. That being said that’s it for now? Do you watch Once Upon A Time? Who is your favorite character? Which is your favorite fairytale? Did I convince you to pick it up? What was your first ARC you reviewed? Let me know down below and I’m always up for constructive Criticism! Happy Reading!

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TBR Takedown Update: It’s Already Almost Over?!

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30 Day Book Challenge Day 12: Sorry… We Can Still Be Friends.. (Mini Retrospection)

30 day reading challenge

Hey Bookworms! Happy 4th of July for my US readers! It’s day 12! Wow I have been doing for a while and then yesterday I realized I’ve been actively blogging for 9 months! Wow time flies! Any who today’s post was another difficult choice because I don’t tend to hate books I’ve originally loved… So… I kind of tweaked my view of the question… Just because I don’t love the book anymore doesn’t mean I have to hate it… Hope that makes sense, but let’s get started.

Day 12: A Book I Used to Love, But Don’t Anymore

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Date Published: February 3, 2009

Formats: Paperback, Audiobook

Rating Before: 5 out of 5 stars

Rating After: 4 out of 5 stars

I listened to the audiobook recently as a reread and a craving buy on my Nook audio app. It was only $8 and my physical copy wasn’t with me at the moment. The reader also really fit Ever’s tone when I listened to the sample and I happily paid for it. So listening to this book, it reminded me of everything I loved and believe in now when it comes to love. There are just some people you are meant to meet in your life no matter what. No matter how many lives it takes. That being said their were some behavioral issues of Ever and her friends that got on my nerves a bit now that I am no longer a teenager. Damen needed to grow up a bit too even for his age. I still really like this book and I want to reread the series over the course of the rest of the year, but I am not in love with it any more. Like said in the title I still want to be friends with this book. I still want it to comfort me on bad days, I still want it to remind me that there is more in life, that there is a thing such as fate when it comes to meeting people, and it gives me my adoration for red tulips. I would love red tulips over red roses any day.So for those of you who throw this book down for the “insta-love” get to the second book before you call it that please for me?

Any who that is all for now bookworms! Hope you enjoyed this post and have a fun and safe 4th of July! Let me know your thoughts on books you loved as a teen? Which book do you know find a characters behavior annoying in? Did I change your mind on not wanting to read this book? Let me know in the comments. Happy Reading!

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