The Beauty of Darkness

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson

5_stars

WARNING: MILD SPOILERS FOR THE KISS OF DECEPTION AND THE HEART OF BETRAYAL!

There is nothing better than an epic finale to a story that you have become so invested in. After going through so much with these characters you’ve come to know, there are so many emotions tied into how things will wrap up and eventually end. I love when I pick up the last book in a trilogy and realize it’s HUGE! To me, this means that I will be able to enjoy the story for that much longer, because most of the time I really don’t want it to end.  Mary E. Pearson did a really fantastic job with this final book in the Remnant Chronicles. I needed so much to put my heart at ease after reading the whirlwind of chaos that was the end of the second book, Heart of Betrayal.

Upon opening to the first page, you pick up exactly where book two left off. There is no time lapse to try and figure out what happened in between books, and for this I am grateful. My heart could not have handled anything less. The intense way the second book ended left me reeling as to what could possibly happen. And then our poor crew of runaway royals has now been thrust back into the Cam Lanteaux in a race against time. They must find a way to make it back to their kingdoms to warn them of the great danger heading their way. But not everyone believes in this danger like Lia does.  She was the only one to see what the Komizar was truly up to, and as unbelievable as it might be, she must stop him at all cost.

After having been through so much, Lia really has fallen into the path of royalty that she fought so hard to run away from in the beginning. But she realizes that it isn’t just about finding love, but defending your home and your people. And when she can’t leave her kingdom behind to fend for themselves, tensions arise. I found that Kaden really became a character that I was instantly drawn to, he grew immensely as well, after learning that what he’s known for so long wasn’t what he thought, he chose to go with his heart, and his heart lies with Lia. Meanwhile, Rafe is struggling with his own decisions that he is forced to make, whether Lia is by his side or not, he can’t let his people down. Together, all three must make some of the biggest decisions of their lives and for the better of the whole, or so they hope.  

I was so happy with the way Mary E. Pearson did not leave a single character out, we learn about what is going on in all the kingdoms we have visited throughout this journey, each character’s story is wrapped up, there are no loose ends left to wonder what might have happened. This to me is a sign of a great book, there’s nothing less satisfying than getting so far involved in a series only to be left hanging at the end. The story was unputdownable and I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the pages. I sacrificed sleep along with the characters, I felt their exhaustion and worry and passion to make it to their next destination and to save their people from danger and death. I felt the love that has grown between the characters, and the friendships that they have bonded. I never wanted this to end, but even though it did, I was so very happy with the ending. There were so many unknowns from the previous books as well that were explained in this final installment and there really isn’t a question left unanswered except for what might happen to these characters in the future. What I wouldn’t give to have another trilogy with my beloved trio.  

This world, and these characters, and this book were such a fun journey as a reader to experience. I am so glad that I took the plunge and read these and I will most definitely be adding these to my favorites shelf. There will be a reread in the future because I am not ready to let these characters go.  I don’t know what took me so long to read them, but I am so very happy that I did. Do me a favor, and yourself a favor while you’re at it, and give yourself the joy of reading these amazing books. Trust me, you wont regret it,.

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If You Liked This Book

29008738If you liked The Beauty of Darkness, I highly recommend picking up The Bird and the Sword. These both follow the journey of strong female characters while they discover who they are and what they were meant to accomplish. Both are set in beautiful fantasy worlds with kingdoms and royalty and a touch of magic. This book and the next one in this series, The Queen and the Cure, would be the perfect book hangover cure that you are sure to get after reading The Remnant Chronicles.

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Let’s Discuss

What are some of your favorite trilogies? Do you prefer stand-alones over series? Have you read The Remnant Chronicles? I am excited to read Mary E. Pearson’s new book soon to be released set in the same world, The Dance of Thieves. Is this also on your TBR? Let me know!

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Down the TBR Hole 22

This was originally made by Lost in a Story, and is such a fantastic idea. Here are the instructions:

Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: keep it or should it go?

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The Books:

25332115Book #106

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Warner

Date added: September 22, 2016

Why is this on my TBR? Because my sister recommended it to me. But let’s face it, I’m never going to actually read it.

THE JUDGEMENT: Go

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10836471Book #107

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgewick

Date added: September 23, 2016

This is actually marked for “finish later” for me, because I’ve started it, and got maybe halfway through, what reads like weird individual stories are, I’m assuming, supposed to come together at the end. But it’s honestly so dry and slow I just can’t I didn’t finish because I was, frankly, bored.

THE JUDGEMENT: Go

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23288266Book #108

Impyrium (Impyrium #1) by Henry H. Neff

Date added: September 28, 2016

As much as a MG book that sounds like so many other fantasy books I have read sounds like a fun easy read, I don’t think I have the time to just have an extra book on my list. I’m also pretty sure I was going to read this before my nephew in case I wanted to recommend it to him, but he can just pick out his own dang books, am I right?

THE JUDGEMENT: Go

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15575Book #109

The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1) by Terry Brooks

Date added: September 30, 2016

So this is just one of those fantasy novels that I just want to notch on my belt.

THE JUDGEMENT: Keep

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28678119Book #110

Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

Date added: October 14, 2016

I feel like if I want to read a slightly problematic, unhealthy relationship NA book I could have a pick of many, as much as this book screams reverse harem (which I have a soft spot for) I almost sounds like it revolves mostly around just one of  the guys, which takes away from the sqqueeeee of it all.

THE JUDGEMENT: Go

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Starting TBR shelf total: 422

Total books kept: 1 out of 5, way to go me!

 

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What do you think of my decisions? Have you read any of these books?

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The Girl in the Tower

34050917The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden

5_stars

As Vasya is faced with the choice of the convent or marriage she decides she will take her life in her own hands. With the help of her friend Morozko she aims to see the world and experience a life of her own choosing. Yet attacks on villages has Vasya putting a halt to her travels to help them, drawing the attention of the Grand Prince putting her cross dressing adventure into a precarious position not only for herself but for those who know her secret.divider

The Story

I really liked the Bear and the Nightingale, but I loved The Girl in the Tower. Where the pacing in the TBATN could sometimes be slow, I thought the pacing in TGITT a lot more steady and kept my attention. I think what was particularly compelling about the book was how fierce and headstrong Vasya was. Like many books with feminist themes the book revolves around Vasya’s choices, and while they may not always be the most sensible or have results that she may regret later, they are still hers to make, as it is her own life.

I am not 100% sure but I am thinking that this was a loose retelling of Vasilisa the Priest’s Daughter. To my understanding there are a few Russian stories that include Vasilisa/Vasiya as a strong female character, and I really enjoy seeing it used in a similar fashion in this series.divider

The World Building

Where the Russian setting was essentially the same in the second book, Arden does an excellent job of immersing the reader into the cold vast world of Russian, culture and it’s folklore. All the magic and quirky demons add so much flavor to such a complex story. I think what I found really intriguing was Morozko’s power and am so eager to read more!divider

The Characters

I think Vasya has such a complicated character. There were times when I thought she was so selfish, but then she goes and puts her life at risk to save some village girls. She is so headstrong and stubborn, though that I want to just smack her up against the side of her head and say look what your decisions are doing, look how it affects those around you!  And I think towards the end she really starts to see what sort of mess she has caused.

Though it wasn’t entirely focused on him, I completely adored Morozko. I love that he is so powerful, yet so confused. His relationship with Vasiya is twisted yet so sweet as he battles with his feelings, his power, and his immortality. I often felt bad for Morozko because it seemed like Vasiya only called on him when she needed something from him, and I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t stand when a friend acts like that.divider

The Soundtrack

French for Rabbits – The Other Side

 

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WWW Wednesday July 18, 2018

For those of you who may not know, this is a weekly book blogging meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The purpose of the post is to update you all on what I’ve  finished reading, what I’m currently reading, and what I plan to read. So without further ado, lets get started!

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30809677What I Finished Reading:

This was a discount grab on audible that I had gotten a little while back, but then hadn’t gotten around to listening to it until now. It started off a little slow for me, but then quickly picked up once we got through the introduction to all the characters and the plot began to unfold. I really liked that the alternating chapters between Kestra and Simon were told from two different narrators. That was a nice touch and really helped develop the characters in my mind.  A bad narrator on an audiobook can really ruin the experience for me, so I appreciate it when I can get into the story without worrying about how it sounds.

Synopsis:

Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well – and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what – and who – it is they’re fighting for.divider

What I’m Currently Reading:20613491

This book wasn’t on my TBR and I had no particular interest in reading it but for some reason I decided that I’d go for it. It started off seeming like a contemporary about a girl with horrible allergies and boy problems and I was wondering if maybe they put the wrong cover on the book. But thankfully it has turned into something I can’t put down, with fierce characters and magic and romance! I have been flying through this book and have put aside all the other books I’m reading because I can’t seem to think about anything else but this world and these characters!

Synopsis:

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted… which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian… Lily’s identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

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23127048What I Plan to Read Next:

Per recommendation from my book guru, Scrill, I have brought this lovely selection along with me on my dog sitting adventure this week! I should have plenty of reading time while hanging out with these dogs, so my plan is to devour as many books as possible! And Air Awakens is on the list!! The cover art on this book is beautiful and I can only imagine that the story inside will be as well. I know that these are said to be some really good reads so I’m excited to see what its all about!

 

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A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

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Lets Discuss

Have you read any of these books? What are you all reading this week!??  I’m curious to know what you all have coming up on your TBR’s!

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Bullet Journal 2018 Week 29

So it felt like such a productive week for me! I kept up with my bookstagram posts and Rae and I have started an easy rhythm to keep the blog up to date.

Also, yesterday was the one year anniversary for Vicariously & Voraciously and I am incredibly happy with the progress it has made this year. Still have plans to move it to its domain…I’m going to stop saying “this month” and just say…this year. 🙂

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Week 29 Spread

So don’t laugh. But it has just been pointed out to me (right before typing this up) that this spread says June…not July. I was SOOOOO proud of this spread with its extra doodles, and now I’m just face palming. So, I am going to white out half of the June and fix it, so it wont be as pretty anymore. 😦

I absolutely love this pineapple quote. But ever since I have drawn this spread out I have had the pineapple pen song stuck in my head.

I’m Curious  \ ^_^ /

Do you like my new spread? Do you use your BuJo daily? Have any fun bujo hacks? Who do you like to follow on Instagram? What types of tools do you use?

Nyxia: Unleashed

35424762Nyxia Unleashed (The Nyxia Triad #2) by Scott Reintgen

5_stars

Publish Date: July 17, 2018

ARC received from the publisher via Netgalley for a fair review.

“We’re weapons. They made us this way.
And we’re coming for them.”*

Now that Emmet and the rest of the genesis crew members have made it to Eden they discover that just Babel has more up their sleeve for them than just harvesting Nyxia. While navigating the tenuous relationship with the Adamites and the dangers that the planet presents the team must decide who they trust.

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The Story

Picking up right where the first book leaves off the team struggles with what Babel has put them through to get there as well as adjusting to their new home. The crew carries on with their assignment while continuing to grow closer as a team as well as stronger with their skills with nyxia.

What really drives this story is the mystery. Not the type of mystery you would find in a thriller or a murder, but in the anticipation of a twist you just know is coming. And boy, those twists can throw you a loop. Though there was one that wasn’t quite wrapped up in this book so I am aching for the next book. Because, Scott, WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS??!

Anyway, the book is non stop as we are lead from uncovering secrets to fighting for their lives. This YA sci-fi book tackles more than entertainment but brings in themes that cover family (blood and the bonds that go beyond that), homophobia/coming out, war/genocide/death, large corporation takeovers, and so much more.

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The World Building

Not only does Reintgen have a crew of multicultural kids, but has brought us a alien world that mirrors some similarities to the humans cultures but expanding with their own traditions, beliefs and society. The adamite society has sort of a rural feel but we are also introduced to fun new technology that Babel supplies which provides for a juxtaposition of it all that is smoothly introduced as the story progresses.

The planet itself is just so interesting from it’s double moons to its creatures.

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The Characters

Since this book narrows down to just the remaining crew, we are allowed time to get to know our characters a little bit more. It’s still mostly told from Emmett’s point of view so it is still somewhat limited to his observations, but the bond that the crew makes goes deep and grows as they must rely on each other because that’s all they’ve got. I think my favorite part about these characters is that they are fierce and brave, but can still stop to mourn those that they lose.

If you’re looking for romance between characters there’s a few pairings in here that just work so well together. I didn’t expect it, but there is some heart wrenching scenes where they kids hold each other up emotionally with just a squeeze of the hands, a nod of their head, and even with just putting themselves in harms way just to save the other.

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The Soundtrack

Portugal. The Man feat Richie Havens & Son Little – Number One

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*Quote obtained from an uncorrected proof and may be changed in the final version.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

36039614The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

4_stars

Funny side note to begin this review. I apparently had no clue how to spell “loneliest” before I began typing this title and spell check kept sneaking an extra “e” in there! Now I know! The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was such an entertaining, different, and surprisingly good book! I have heard so much about it lately and when it kept popping up I finally broke down and decided I needed to see what the hype was all about. I didn’t really know what to expect, and I’ll be honest, I was a little hesitant at first. But then I got swept away in the mind of the MC Romy and all of the emotions she was going through being the sole occupant of a spaceship called The Infinity that is heading to another planet, Earth 2. I can’t begin to imagine how I would feel knowing that all communication with anyone on Earth had a two year delay in response, and being millions upon millions of miles away from all other life. My palms start sweating just thinking about it!

Being a book about a single character, alone, far away in outer space, there really isn’t a large cast of characters that you meet. There’s Romy the MC, her therapist from NASA named Molly (assigned to her after she sent word that her parents had died in an awful accident), and J who’s on another spaceship sent to help Romy get to Earth 2.  Yep, you read that right, NASA decided that after Romy having spent years completely alone captaining a spaceship all by herself since the age of 11, they are finally sending her help!!! And in the form of a man named J on a spaceship called The Eternity.

Romy was actually born on the ship after her parents accidentally got pregnant in the early years of their space travel to Earth 2. So she has never known Earth or anything really besides The Infinity and all its nooks and crannies. She was raised there by her parents until a horrible accident kills them while she’s only 11 years old, and she is then forced to run the spaceship all on her own. I found myself really connecting with Romy, the thoughts that ran through her head and the way she handles all the problems or questions she comes across are pretty realistic to how I would feel if ever stuck in the same circumstance. She craves touch, and love, and even just a conversation from anyone other than the halfway conversations in the emails she receives from Molly on a daily basis. The emails from Molly really aren’t conversations at all because as Romy gets further and further away from Earth, the longer it takes for her messages to reach Earth. And at the time we enter her story, it currently takes one year to make it to Earth and then another year for the response to arrive in Romy’s inbox. Two years just to get a response to any question she might have. I would go insane.

The format the book is written consists of the emails Romy receives, her fanfic of Loch & Ness (which was some of my favorite to read) and then the rest from Romy’s POV and all the thoughts running through her head. It hit me about halfway through that it was weird to read a book with little to no dialogue. I didn’t really notice it until Romy herself mentions at one point that she didn’t know if her voice still even worked, that she hadn’t actually spoken out loud in years. Can you even imagine that? I constantly talk to myself, so I know that wouldn’t be the same in my case, but who actually knows what it would be like to be so alone for so long. Maybe I would just cease to talk out loud, what’s the point when you are literally the only person around to hear it?!

This book had one crazy twist of an ending that brought me to almost tears at one point. It goes from being a mellow adventure of a 17 year old girl to something of a thriller. I was biting my nails hoping that she would survive. It was interesting the way that things were revealed over time instead of all at once. And you learn just exactly what happened on the ship that Romy doesn’t want to remember, or speak of. The whirlwind of an end had me consuming this book faster than my brain could keep up.  I read this in less than 24 hours and finished it feeling like I had just gone on a deep space adventure myself! This was a great read, and it will stick with me for a while to come. I’ll be putting this pretty book up on the favorites shelf along with all my other beauties!

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If You Liked this Book:

23395680If you liked this book, then you should read Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. As I was reading The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, I kept thinking it reminded me somewhat of the Illuminae Files so I wanted to recommend this one to anyone who might have liked The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. They both have a different reading format, as well as deep space exploration. Both are filled with crazy twists and turns and will leave you on the edge of your seat ready to find out what happens next!

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Let’s Discuss

What would you feel like being stuck completely alone in outer space? Would you survive? Mentally, do you think you could handle it? I’m curious to know if these kinds of books bring about the same thoughts that they did for me. I was constantly trying to put myself in Romy’s position, and asking myself if I could handle everything she went through. It really is such a hard concept to grasp my mind around where here I am constantly in contact with so many people on a regular basis. Can you imagine how you would feel left to your own thoughts for so long?! How would you deal?

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Down the TBR Hole 21

This was originally made by Lost in a Story, and is such a fantastic idea. Here are the instructions:

Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: keep it or should it go?

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The Books:

21469090Book #101

Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Gier & Anthea Bell

Date added: August 23, 2016

This sort of makes me think of the Raven Boys which I fall into unpopular opinion and was sort of meh about. I am also not about to fill my head with weird dream stuff because I am a little sensitive to that.

THE JUDGEMENT: Go

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20958632Book #102

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Date added: August 25, 2016

It’s Holly Black. I didn’t realize I had her on my list for so long as The Cruel Prince was my first of hers. She has fallen into autobuy author, and I am eager to actually start this book.

THE JUDGEMENT: Keep

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22840182Book #103

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Date added: August 28, 2016

Well, it’s a retelling of The Little Mermaid in the PNW. It stays.

THE JUDGEMENT: Keep

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3432478Book #104

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1) by Carrie Ryan

Date added: September 1, 2016

Based on the synopsis, I have no idea what this book is even about. Scanning through the reviews sounds like a bad narrator.

THE JUDGEMENT: Go

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20359719Book #105

The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas

Date added: September 8, 2016

Apparently I sorta liked the first book, and after reading my review of it I am intrigued again because ->> gender bender reverse harem, if nothing else. But a reread will be needed before starting this one.

THE JUDGEMENT: Keep

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Starting TBR shelf total: 422

Total books kept: 3 out of 5

 

I’m Curious  \ ^_^ /

What do you think of my decisions? Have you read any of these books?

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Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge

31019831Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

3_stars

When Lucie begins working at Château Beaumont she  is besotted with it’s master Jean-Loupe, despite the rumors of a curse. That is until she is affected by his monstrous personality. A spell is cast on him turning him into a beast and Luce gets her wish to watch him suffer. But as time passes she learns that the beast that has taken Jean-Loupe’s place is actually nothing like the cruel man.

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The Story

This book was not at all what I was expecting, and while I thought the unique point of view and change in the story was pretty great, the pacing was quite slow and a little on the darker side. I was almost pushing myself to just finish the book, until about 75% when I was finally invested enough into the characters to actually care about the ending. And while it was almost necessary to have all that transpire, there wasn’t enough to break up the monotony. I think a big portion of that was due to Lucie’s POV because there wasn’t a lot actually involving her, I felt like we spent a lot of time just…sitting there basically looking out a window.

Trigger warnings: rape and suicidal thoughts

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The World Building

I appreciated the story being kept in it’s French roots, despite being a retelling. I also loved how descriptive the book was with how Beast was dealing with the transformation and adjustment to his body – going from a human man to a beast with body parts he was not used to.

I also really liked the changes in the enchantment of the  Château and how the roses play a part of the story. I liked how it added to the humanity that was within beast.

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The Characters

I think the part that really stands out with this book was the Jean-Loupe/Beast combination. The drastic changes between the curse set upon them really sets this apart from other BATB retellings that I have come across. I think it’s in the fact that Beauty doesn’t change him per se, but the fact that the goodness is within him to begin with and it is such a drastic difference from who he was in the beginning of the book.

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The Soundtrack

Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla

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WWW Wednesday July 11, 2018

For those of you who may not know, this is a weekly book blogging meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The purpose of the post is to update you all on what I’ve just finished reading, what I’m currently reading, and what I plan to read. So with that in mind, here we go!

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36039614What I Just Finished Reading:

I just finished this book yesterday afternoon. This was a book that I  keep hearing about, and so when I saw it pop up yet again, I gave in and bought it on audible. From the moment I popped my headphones in and settled down to maybe listen for an hour or two, suddenly time went into warp speed and the next thing I know its 2 am and I’m 50% through the book. This was great!

Synopsis:

The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on theInfinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.

Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.

Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of theEternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone….

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What I’m Currently Reading:36342017

This is part of a buddy read on twitter hosted by @thecheerfulweds #TCWVicious. This has been fun so far, even though I’m still a little behind, I love having people to discuss the books I’m reading with. This book has been a crazy roller coaster of evil doings from the very first page. It literally starts with the characters digging up a grave.  You find out as it progresses why they are committing such a dark and twisted crime. But like all stories there’s always another side, and there is always a reason to the madness!  I’m curious to find out what it might be! I can already tell this is going to be another that I will have a hard time putting down. I guess I should be used to no sleep by now.

Synopsis:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates–brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find–aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge–but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

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37976320What I Plan to Read Next:

I have a couple of books on deck but this one has been especially calling my name. I have had it on my TBR for the last couple of months, just waiting for me to pick it up. But as well all know life has a nasty habit of getting in the way. So this month I have vowed that IT WILL HAPPEN! I will read this book! I really think that the blurb sounds interesting, and the reviews I have seen for it so far are promising. I hope that after staring at it for so long it really is everything I hoped it would be!  We will see!

 

Synopsis:

One space station.
One throne.
And the girl who holds the key.

Tesla Petrov, daughter of an infamous traitor, no longer lives a life of promise in the Atlas space station’s elite flight training program. Stripped of her military rank and banished to the slums, she now scrapes out a brutal existence competing in illegal robot fights for Minko, ruthless leader of the Red Ashes crime syndicate. But when a wrong move costs her a fight—and a fortune—for the crime lord, Tesla knows her days aboard the Atlas are numbered.

Daxton Larose isn’t just visiting the station to celebrate the Centennial of the Crown—he’s hunting a terrorist threatening to end a century of peace on Earth. To do so, he’ll need someone who knows the station. Someone willing to strike a deal at any cost.

Someone like Tesla. 

But as the hunt for the terrorist threatens to expose secrets from both their pasts—and as their dangerous attraction pulls them together—Tesla and Daxton must fight to protect what they love… or watch it burn.

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Lets Discuss

What do you think of my WWW so far? Any books on here you have read? Or would like to read? What do you have coming up on deck for your next read? Have you read anything exceptionally good recently? I’m curious to know all of your three W’s!!

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