And I Darken-Book Chat


And I Darken by Kiersten White was unlike anything I read. At least that was how I felt. It was frustratingly beautiful. Cruel to make us wait till next year for the sequel. 

This book is marketed to be like Game of Thrones. As I have not yet read or have actually watched to TV show ( pause so ya’ll can collectively *GASP*) I can’t compare it to Game of Thrones. 

We are given three main characters 

Lads~ Our cruel, fierce independent heroine. She wants to be treated equally and doesn’t think twice about killing you. She is described as lacking in beauty, but just her drive to rule in a man’s world is quite beautiful.

Radu~ He is our beautiful poet. Soft and kind hearted. Polar opposite of his older sister Lada. Radu struggles with loneliness and finding his place. He is very devoted to those he loves.

Mehmed~ He is the future Sultan of an empire that hold Lada and Radu captive. He loves Lada and Radu. And he loves his country. 

|My Thoughts|

Where do I begin? 

If your looking for a romance, this is not it. There is violence, betrayal. This book did a good job with the love/hate relationship of siblings. Informative looks into the two main religions in this book, Christianity and Islam. It shows ones acceptance and the others contempt for the cards they are dealt. Learning about love and knowing the difference between settling and really going after what you want. 

I was frustrated with some of Lada’s sharpness. Not that I didn’t admire her free-spirit. I did feel as she matured she started to round out those sharp edges. She is a leader and the hopeless romantic in me can’t help but want her to find her equal ( I know, I am a total mush #NoShame!) 

I am excited for the character development in all three of these characters in the next book. 

I gave this book a 5 star rating!

Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section! If you have this one your to-read list, go pick it up! 

Happy Reading

Brandy 

This Savage Song-Book Chat

Welcome back to my little slice of the Internet! I am super excited to share my feelings about yet another book. 

This is another library find as well as another book I wanted to purchase but had high hope as everyone is head over heels it seems for This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. 

If I love something, I quickly give out the 5 star rating. This book was no exception. I really loved this book. It is very different from anything I have read, andI mean that in the best way. I liked the pace and never had a moment where I felt distracted or disconnected from the story. I love Kate and August our two main characters. 

I loved the chemistry between these two. No romantic scenes, (Not gonna lie; but I totally ship them) and the action scenes were great. 

It is a world where the world as we know it is gone and there is nothing left but humans and monsters. The world building was gorgeous. I loved the writing. Seriously: #Writer Goals

I honestly don’t want to spoil this book by saying to much. So I am going to keep this short and sweet. So go! Read this book and tell me your thoughts! 

I gave This Savage Song 5 stars! 

Happy Reading

Brandy

The Summer I Pretended You Were Mine • A Super Short Story•

There was a time long ago, I pretended you were mine. I was the hopeless romantic who weaved stories and you were the cool and confident one. 

The summer air smelled of Axe and Hawaiian Tropic as we we ran through the hidden trails. I sang along to every song on the radio and you were always making me laugh. The unspoken words hung in mid air never to be spoken. Yet, we continued to splash each other in the pool. Laughter filling starry nights. 

All to quickly the summer  ended and we had to go our separate ways. Though you were never mine to hold, I pretended you were. Even for a short time I felt loved. The words left unsaid knitted together with a memory of that summer. Occasionally to be pulled out to fondly remember that summer.

Years later we meet again. I still weave stories and you were still confident. No, we can’t go back to that summer. Despite the unsaid feelings, I will always remember the summer I pretended you were mine.
~Brandy

•The Problem With Forever• Book Chat


So quick story Hon, I was walking through Barnes and Noble and this book caught my eye. I picked it up and looked it over and then I put back on the shelf and walked out with a different book. 

So then I go to the library and this book was sitting on the shelf so I decided to give it a chance. If it’s not my cup of tea, I return it and won’t pick it up again. If I like it I can go and purchase it. Easy. 

Well, I am so glad that I gave this book a chance, because I really enjoyed this book! I will also purchase this book when I get the chance too.

| My Thoughts |

The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout made me curl up and cry. I cry over a lot of books but it is all about the delivery of the lines and the situations. This book honestly did me in. 

So we meet Mallory and Rider. They come from a horrific situation and we follow them as they try to come to terms that the past is the past and they have a future ahead of them. They learn that The past doesn’t define them. 

I wouldn’t call this an insta- love story. These two have loved each other a long time and they are separated for four years. Then they come back into each other’s lives. 

This book deals with some tough subjects and make sure you have tissues on hand. 

This book, I should also mention, is based in my state of Maryland (YAY!!) and is set in Baltimore City. Hey Hon! I have been to the city a few times ( I am a country girl by heart) but it was so cool to read a book with a place that I am little familiar with. 

I really loved this read and I give this book a 5 star rating in Goodreads.

Have you read this book? Or do you have a favorite book set in your state and/or city? Let me know in the comment section!

Happy Reading

Brandy

What I Read In June

Hello,  Hello! Gosh it feels like forever since I have blogged. Sorry about that. Things got busy, and there have been creative ideas I have been kicking around. Not only that but Summer is my busiest season due to trips and such. So I have been working on getting ahead of my reading challenge before the three big trips coming up. 

With all that being said here is a picture from boating a few weeks ago: 


Being out on the water was so peaceful and just so relaxing. I did a lot of thinking on the creative end while I was out there. How could I not? 

Anyway, so now that we have caught up on why I have been away from blogging, let’s talk about books!

•June Reads•

I don’t have pictures for all of these books and I will be giving brief reviews.

(1) Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins

I gave this read a 3 star rating. There were some stories I enjoyed and others that were a flop for me. It has a wide variety so there is something for everyone. Which is nice. 

(2) Worlds Of Ink And Shadow by Lena Coakley

This was another 3 Star for me. 

I actually really liked the story. I loved reading of the fictional worlds and world building was good. My biggest issue ( I guess that’s the best way to put this) was that I felt like these geniuses were so obsessed and almost crazy. I don’t think that was the intention but it took their world and made it dark. In most cases I enjoy that, but this was that one time I wish it was just them escaping to the worlds. As writers we have our imaginary worlds, and I did love getting to be apart of their’s. 

(3) A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab 

FINALLY!! I had heard some great things about this book, and shout out to my local library for helping me locate a copy! 

This I gave 5 stars, it was so good! I took my time reading it and I loved every second! I am going to buy my own copy of this book. ASAP. 

So that was June’s reading, what books did you love for June? Let me know!

~ Brandy