REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe – Melissa de la Cruz

33602143Title: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Author: Melissa de la Cruz 
Rating: ★★½

ARC received through NetGalley.

Pride and Prejudice is such a classic novel, and one of my favorites, so I was really excited to read a gender-swapped modern day version of the story. However, there were a few things about this book that kept me from really enjoying it. 

My biggest issue was the main character, Darcy Fitzwilliam. I appreciate the author’s attempt to create a character who was a self-reliant, successful, confident woman but she came across as insensitive and unlikable and my opinion never changed even after her “growth” as a character. I also though the story felt a bit rushed which made it lack the emotional depth I was hoping for in a Pride and Prejudice retelling. 

There were a few minor continuity issues but I think those were due to the fact that I was reading an ARC and hopefully they were fixed for publication. Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe was a quick and easy read, but I found it a bit lacking in comparison to what I had been expecting. 

WWW Wednesday #1

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words in which the three W’s stand for:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

33152795WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

 

 


33509076WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

 

 


29385546WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

After seven years on the website, I’ve finally won a Goodreads giveaway! My copy of Warcross by Marie Lu just arrived the other day, so that’s definitely next to read!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme features our top book boyfriends/girlfriends. You guys would not believe how excited I was when I saw this topic! I think it’s safe to say we all have those characters when reading that give us butterflies. And as I was putting my list together, it was easy to see that I definitely have a ~type~ when it comes to book boyfriends!

1. CHAOL WESTFALL from Throne of Glass
I’m a proud member of the #chaoldefensesquad. Most of the fandom for this series hates Chaol unnecessarily and it’s both frustrating and heartbreaking. He will always be my favorite character and the destruction of his character arc is one of the main reasons I stopped reading the series.

2. MAYLEN ORETSEV from Shadow and Bone
Another favorite character that is completely undeserving of all the hate he gets. Mal is honorable, loyal, brave, kind…I could go on and on and on about him. If I could choose any book character in the world to bring to life to be my IRL boyfriend it would be Mal, without a single doubt. (Btw, has anyone invented a way to do this yet? For science purposes, of course.)

3. PETER KAVINSKY from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Okay, Peter Kavinsky is the best boyfriend in the world and no one can convince me otherwise. Every time he came on page I got butterflies in my stomach and I swooned hard. It’s so sweet and loyal and I’m not saying I’m jealous of a fictional character but…Lara Jean, you don’t know how good you have it. 

4. JULIAN BLACKTHORN from The Dark Artifices
Julian now reigns as my favorite character from the Shadowhunter world (I’m so sorry Will, you’ve been replaced as #1). His love and dedication to both his family and Emma is so pure. He’s gentle, patient, sweet, and completely swoonworthy-making me wonder when I’ll find myself a Julian. 

5. MATTHIAS HELVAR from Six of Crows
I’m not crying, you’re crying. I don’t know what I did to be personally attacked by Leigh Bardugo like this. Matthias’ character arc through these two books is so wonderful. I’m still not over the ending, although I guess since I technically never finished the book, it never really happened, right?

6. WILL HERONDALE from The Infernal Devices
With his wit and humor, love for reading, never-ending sarcasm, and selfless dedication to those he cares about, I’m certain Will Herondale was written out of my dreams. 

7. LUKA LOWE from Wolf By Wolf
Another wonderful character with a beautiful and tragic character arc. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t planning to name my first son Luka after him. The love for him is real, guys. 

8. CARSWELL THORNE from The Lunar Chronicles
I know most of my book boyfriends follow the same archetype: serious, loyal, honorable, etc. but Carswell Thorne is most like the type of guys I find attractive in real life. He’s charming, sarcastic, deviant, and a little cocky…basically the total opposite of everyone else on this list lol. 

9. JOSH MITCHELL from I’ll Meet You there
Josh is the only character on here from a standalone, so that really says something about him if I was willing to love him so much in such a short amount of page time! 

10. JON SNOW from A Song of Ice and Fire
Okay, I’m cheating. Technically, I haven’t actually read these books (yet) but I love Jon from the tv show and from what little I’ve seen and read from the books, I know I’ll love book just as much, if not more.

REVIEW: Beasts Made of Night – Tochi Onyebuchi

33395234Title: Beasts Made of Night
Author: Tochi Onyebuchi
Rating: ★★★

ARC received through Penguin First to Read. 

The best thing about Beasts Made of Night is how unique and refreshing this story is. This is the first YA fantasy I’ve read (or am aware of) that draws from Nigerian influences and it was super interesting. The idea of sin-beasts and sin-eaters was unlike any other fantasy I’ve read before and the world created is vivid and compelling. Unfortunately, for a story that has so much going for it, I still struggled to really love it. After I had finished, I couldn’t help but wish that there had been something more to the story. I still think Beasts Made of Night is a wonderful story and that other’s will probably love the unique fantasy aspects of it as well!

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Hello everyone! I’m finally getting back into the swing of things: I’m starting to get out of my reading slump and I’m writing more reviews and blog posts. I don’t know what was going on, but I’m glad to be moving out of whatever funk I’ve been in these past couple of months! I’ve seen a few other blogs do this Unpopular Opinions tag and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share my thoughts!


A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES YOU DIDN’T LIKE

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I read the first couple of books in the series and didn’t like them, and I still don’t get all the hype. 


A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE

Paper Princess by Erin Watt. I think this book is really a love-it-or-hate-it, which for me was a love. I made the mistake of starting it just before bed and didn’t stop until I had finished it in the early hours of the morning!


AN OTP YOU DON’T LIKE

Rowan/Aelin in the Throne of Glass series. I won’t delve too much into this but it mostly stems from my hatred of Rowan as a terrible character and a toxic love interest.


A POPULAR GENRE YOU HARDLY REACH FOR

I was going to say YA Contemporary, but I’ve been reading a lot more of those recently, so I’ll say graphic novels. They just never really interested me. 


A POPULAR CHARACTER THAT YOU DON’T LIKE

Severus Snape from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I never, ever liked him and probably never will. 


A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO

Sarah J. Maas. Her books are not for me.


A POPULAR TROPE YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING

I don’t know why this is becoming such a theme recently, but villainous characters as love interests-especially in the YA genre. I’m not talking morally grey characters; I’m talking about characters that are truly horrible, or that have physically/emotionally been abusive towards the main character and yet the fandom and/or author decides to make them the love interest anyway. How can you not see how toxic those relationships are and then market them to young, impressionable teenagers as “romance”? I could go on and on about this but I’ll leave it at that.


A POPULAR SERIES YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

(Although, ever since season 7 ended, I’ve been toying with the idea of possibly trying to read them.)


The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or tv show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

Atonement by Ian McEwan. I loved the book but the movie is just so good.