Another 20 Bookish Question!

I enjoyed the last batch, despite how hard some of the questions ended up being. So here I go for round 2!

Some of these questions are repetitive, sorry, buuuuuuuuuut, some of these have different answers, because it’s too hard to pick just one.

  1. How many books are too many books in a series?

I think as a general rule 6, but I also have favorite fantasy series that are more than 5, so…but I feel like I’m definitely more lenient when it comes to high fantasy.

  1. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I love them and I hate them. I love them because they keep me engaged and usually means there is more to the story. I hate them for pretty much the same reason because it means I have to wait for the rest of the story.

  1. Hardback or paperback?

 This one’s easy. I prefer hardbacks for my bookshelves, but I prefer paperbacks when reading.

  1. Favorite book?

Agh, so hard. I’m going to give a different answer than the one in my 20 Bookish Questions post, because I don’t think I just have one favorite. Um, I don’t actually know. I feel like I settled when I answered this the last time. I’m gonna go with Eragon because I’m always trying to get people to read it, and it’s what has inspired me to write.

  1. Least favorite book?

Inkheart. I HATED that book. I read like three pages, and I don’t remember the specifics, but oh my god, it just clashed with me. I legit threw it across the room. Was. Not. A. Fan. I wish I could remember exactly why I hated it, but I don’t. I just remember the feeling.

  1. Love triangles, yes or no?

If they actually serve a purpose, I’m not opposed. But to have a love triangle for the sake of teams or whatever, then no.

  1. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Vampire King by Joanna Mazurkiewicz – its actually been a few months, but I have finished everything since this book. This was a book that Facebook advertised to me and the premise sounded like it would make for a quick enjoyable NA read – Cinderella meet vampires, and oh my god. I couldn’t get past the writing. I found it to be so bad, which was a shame because the synopsis sounded like it would be enjoyable.

  1. A book you’re currently reading?

Allied by Amy Tintera. It’s time to finish this trilogy!

  1. The last book to recommended to someone?

To Kill and Kingdom by Alexandra Christo and Blade & Rose by Miranda Honfluer. I’ve recommended both of these to my friend and she’s currently reading one of them. If you haven’t yet, you should definitely pick these two up!

  1. Oldest book you’ve read? (Pub date)

Oh god. I don’t know. I was an English Major in college – I read some pretty old texts. So let’s just say I’ve read some pretty old books….and wrote research papers on them.

  1. Newest book you’ve read? (pub date)

Easy peasy. Furyborn by Claire Legrand. Which I really enjoyed.

  1. Favorite author?

Toss up between J.K. Rowling (duh) and Christopher Paolini (duh again).

  1. Buying books or borrowing books?

I have this bad habit of buying them and my bank account hates me for it.

  1. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Ummm, where do I start? Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings…there are probably more, but these are the main ones that come to mind. I didn’t hate these books, but I found them to be VERY disappointing.

  1. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks. Or whatever I can find to mark my page. Though with school texts I wasn’t as picky.

  1. A book you can always reread?

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. No matter how many times I read this book, it always feels like the first time.

  1. Can you read while hearing music?

Nope. Nope. Nope. I can barely even write listening to music. Background noise doesn’t so much bother me, but I can’t be plugged in. I get too distracted.

  1. One POV or multiple POVs? 

Multiple but I do think that there can be too many. * cough * zenith * cough * – though I have nothing against single POV. 

  1. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Both depending on the book. I have read and listened to books in a single day, but there have also been books that have taken me a few days.

  1. Do you like lending your books out?

I’m picky as to who gets to borrow my books, but generally I don’t mind lending them out.

Book Review: Avenged

AvengedTitle: Avenged (Ruined #2)

Author: Amy Tintera

Pub. Date: May 2, 2017

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

A war that will fuel her. A bond that will destroy her.

Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister, Olivia, from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together vow to rebuild Ruina to its former glory.

But just because Em and Olivia are out of Lera doesn’t mean they are safe. Their actions over the past year have had consequences, and they are now targets of retaliation. Olivia will destroy everyone who acts against Ruina. Em isn’t as sure.

Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in Lera, she’s started to see another side to this war. Lera may have destroyed the Ruined for decades, but Em knows that Cas is different. And now that he’s taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But Olivia suspects that Em’s romantic feelings for Cas are just coloring her judgement.

Em is determined to bring peace to her home. But when winning the war could mean betraying her family, she faces an impossible choice between loyalty and love. Em must stay one step ahead of her enemies—and her blood—before she’s the next victim in this battle for sovereignty.

If you like intense fantasy worlds that feel real, magic, castles, a prince, two queens and an epic battle, then you will probably like this book – this series. Amy Tintera does not disappoint.

I first listened to Ruined back in 2016, so listening to Avenged more than 2 years later – it took me a few chapters to remember what happened. It also doesn’t help that when I listen to Audiobooks, I’m usually listening to multiples right after each other, and when they are all fantasy it can sometimes be hard to keep them straight.

But with that being said, after a couple chapters, I was back in the swing of things, and remembered most of what had happened in Ruined and I was ready to dive back into these characters. I had forgotten how much I loved the world, and the characters.

I enjoyed this book so much, that the moment I finished listening to it, I went and bought Allied because I needed to know what happened next, how this story would come to an end.

While I loved this book, there were certain characters (Olivia, Jovita and August) that just rubbed me the wrong way, and I ended up not liking, even hating these characters.

The review becomes mildly spoiler-y at this second part as I got a little more in depth.









While I loved this book, there were certain characters that just rubbed me the wrong way, and I ended up not liking, even hating these characters.

Olivia, Em’s sister, being the main source of my annoyance. Her idea of keeping her people safe, is literally putting them in harm’s way, and sinking as low as the Lera King. Taking the eye for an eye approach, she chooses not to listen to any pleas for peace, instead decides to hunt down non-ruined the same way her people had been hunted for so long. Her going crazy at the end of Ruined was only the tip of the iceberg. Olivia is just getting started and by the end of this book she has made some choices that she won’t ever be able to take back.

I HATED how she treated Aren – actually I hated how she treated everyone like they were incompetent and/or unable to understand her crazy. Aren suffered the most. Olivia used him and twisted him until he was so terrified of her that he wanted nothing to do with her. I’m just glad Aren turns out the way he does.

And then there’s Jovita. What. A. Bitch. I just wanted her dead. Like Olivia, Jovita didn’t want to change. She didn’t want to foster a new future of peace, where people on neither side died. But no, she’d rather cause more problems, make the people of Lera doubt Cas, and ruin the tentative alliance that was in place between Ruina and Lera.

Another character that annoyed me was Prince August of Oslo. He’s not as horrible as Olivia in my opinion, but he also makes some shit choices, and can’t really make up for them. August was seriously two faced, and I just wanted to scream at everyone who couldn’t see it until it was too late. He comes sauntering in, all princely, like a gift from the gods, with a marriage proposal, a way to seal the agreement between Ruina and Oslo.

But of course, Em doesn’t want to agree because of Cas. Torn between him and her duty, she chooses to think about the proposal. Which we can all guess how August takes it – after all, he’s the Prince here to save the damsel in distress, but Em can handle herself.

As for Cas, I still love him, and I cannot wait to see what part he plays in the finale of this series. Though, as much as I love him, Cas did disappoint me a little bit in this book. He gives up so easily, but at the same, I think about everything he’d been through, and sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can pull yourself up and out.

On a happier note, I love him and Em together, and I think – when they aren’t fighting – they complement each other very well. I wanted Em to choose Cas, but her duty to her people and her crazy sister keeps her from doing just that. Though, I found that I couldn’t fault her for choosing her people over Cas, I just wish she didn’t have too.

Personally, I don’t think she has to, I think that if they were to be together for real, then a true alliance between Lera and Ruina would be the best outcome.

There wasn’t much I didn’t like about this book – but I think my strong negative reactions towards Olivia and August are keeping me from giving it a full five-star rating. I’ve always loved the world that Amy Tintera created in this series, the characters are engaging (even the ones that annoy me). By listening to the audiobook, I really felt like I was in the story, experiencing it. I felt for the characters. I loved that the characters weren’t perfect, and some were significantly more flawed than others, but they were all flawed. Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book, and cannot wait to read the next one.

I plan on reading Allied soon – it’s probably the next book I’ll pick up. It’s sitting on the table next to me, staring, demanding I read it.

May Wrap-Up!

I haven’t done a Wrap-Up post since February– oops.

I’m going to quickly list all the books I’ve read since February (not reviewing them, though if I have the review up for them, I’ll link it) and then I’ll jump into the TEN books I read/listened to in the month of May.

May was a pretty solid reading month, and I enjoyed everything I read/listened to – some more than others, but that’s to be expected.

March –

◊ Royally Matched – Emma Chase

Finished: March 1, 2018


◊ Invisible Ghosts – Robyn Schneider

Finished: March 2, 2018


April –

◊ The Wendy – Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown

Finished: April 17, 2018

(review to come)


May – 

  1. To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo – 5

Audio Book Finished: May 3, 2018

I won’t go into too much detail for this book, since I do have a full review posted, but I absolutely loved this book. If you’re looking for a dark retelling of The Little Mermaid with a Prince Killer, a Pirate Prince Siren Killer, action, bad-assery, drama and sass, then you should definitely pick this up!

  1. Avenged – Amy Tintera – 4

Audio Book Finished: May 8, 2018

The second installment to the Ruined Trilogy, the story picks right up where the first one left off, and it does not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will have a review up soon that goes more in depth on my thoughts and feelings. I love Emilia and Cas together, I cannot wait to see what happens in the finale, Allied.

  1. Furyborn – Claire Legrand – 4.25

ARC Finished: May 14, 2018

I have a review up for Furyborn so I won’t go into too much detail. I can’t believe I have to wait a year for book two! This was one of my most anticipated 2018 reads, and it did not disappoint. I found myself caring more about Eliana, but I did enjoy Rielle. Though if I had to choose, I’d definitely choose Eliana and Simon, over Rielle and Audric. I just found myself more invested in Eliana’s journey to finding who she’s supposed to be.

  1. Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian – 4.5

ARC Finished: May 15, 2018

THIS. BOOK. I absolutely loved this book, and upon finishing it, I was dying for the next. I do have a whole review posted for this book, so I’m not going to go into too much detail, but I will say, if you haven’t read this yet, do so! A princess held captive in her own kingdom, and a plan to retrieve her throne, except, what if someone you thought was bad, turns out to be the opposite? What if you find yourself loving him?

  1. The Wish Granter – C.J. Redwine – 4.25

Audio Book Finished: May 16, 2018

The second book in the Ravenspire series, I was hesitant to initially start this. I loved The Shadow Queen so much, and wasn’t thrilled that the characters wouldn’t carry over, but oh my god, I actually might like this one more than the first one. A Rumpelstiltskin retelling, and it does not disappoint! I’ll have a review for this book up soon, but two final words – Sebastian Vaughn.

  1. Ruthless Magic – Megan Crewe 3.75

ARC Finished: May 19, 2018

I have a whole review up for this book, so I’ll be brief. I was lucky to read an advance copy of this book, and having not read anything by Megan Crewe before, I wasn’t entirely sure what I should expect. This was a little slow to get into but, once I was in, I was invested. It takes place in a magic New York, set a little bit into the future, where some teenagers have to take the Exam in order to keep their magical abilities.

  1. A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas – 3.5

Hardcover Finished: May 20, 2018

There will be a whole review up soon, but RHYS AND FEYRE! It was nice to come back to these characters. I’m kind of conflicted on this book, because I ended up wanting more. Yes, I know it’s a novella, a bridge to the next book, but I wanted more story, more focus on just Rhys and Feyre. It follows A Court of Wings and Ruin and we get to see all the characters, and what their lives are like post ACOWAR.

  1. The Fates Divide – Veronica Roth – 4

Audio Book Finished: May 21, 2018

Review to come soon – this is the finale/second installment to Carve the Mark and oh my god was it good. I really enjoyed CTM so I’m thrilled that Veronica Roth concluded this story in such a good way. I love Akos and Cyra, and there are parts of this book that will blow your mind.

  1. The Dark Calling – Kresley Cole – 3.75

Audio Book Finished: May 23, 2018

Okay, so I’m going to preface this with, I went into this book thinking it was the FINALE of The Arcana Chronicles – it’s not. I thought I was decided on who I wanted Evie with, Aric (Death) but this book made me reevaluate EVERYTHING. This book set up the finale, and I cannot wait to find out how this series will conclude.

  1. Daughter of the Pirate King – Tricia Levenseller – 4.75

Audio Book Finished: May 24, 2018

MORE PIRATES! MORE SIRENS! I’ve seen the hype that surrounds this book, and I’m happy to say that it’s well deserved. Alosa and Riben – oh my god! Their relationship and banter was perfect – I want a Riben. This book was SO good, so good in fact I went and bought Daughter of the Siren Queen that same day. I can’t wait to see what happens next. My review will be posted soon.

I’m 25 books into the year, and there are very few that I haven’t really enjoyed, but that’s my May Wrap-Up! There won’t be a June TBR post, but I will have a bunch of reviews and other bookish posts coming up in the coming weeks!