Book Recs: Slytherin Edition

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Awhile back I did a blog post titled: “Fantasy Book Recs Based on Hogwarts Houses” and thought I’d do one just for Slytherins. I’m officially a Ravenclaw, but I’ve noticed that lately I tend to gravitate toward books with morally-gray characters and darker themes. Mainly because it makes the story a lot less predictable if you can’t guess a character’s true motivations or how the plot will unfold. I love feelins like no one is safe because it makes the story all the more exhilarating!

I think the reason why I share some Slytherin traits with my dominate Ravenclaw is because Slytherins have creative minds, just like Ravenclaws. Slytherin’s aren’t all evil though—- they are merely cunning and therefore creative and tricky in how they reach their goals. Both are very intelligent but for different reasons. But I think what makes me more Ravenclaw is perhaps the fact that I care more about accepting people and not how I can use them to better my gains. This isn’t always a bad thing! Forming strong allies is both resourceful and clever, but notice when Draco first attempts to become friends with Harry it wasn’t for the right reasons.

Without further ado, here are my book recs for all those ready to embrace their inner Slytherin!

 

Let’s Chat

Have you read any of these books? How do you feel about books that have darker themes? Do you prefer lighter fantasies where you know everyone is safe? I saw a review of The Cruel Prince where the reviewer said, “Maybe I’m just too Hufflepuff for this book.” It made me think about how our individual personalities can influence the types of fantasy we gravitate toward.

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Reading Update 4.17.18

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I can’t believe it’s already April and I’ve read 14 books! However, I no longer want to try to race to the finish line. For the first few months of the year, I did attempt to get as much reading in for the Goodreads challenge but I decided it’s time to slow down. It’s great to be on a reading schedule because it pushes and motives me, but now I just want to enjoy reading. I’m reading fewer books this month but I think it’s because of the quality of the stories that I’m not reading as quickly. At first I was fretting that I wouldn’t meet my reading goals this month but then I thought, I’m okay with that.

I have an amazing selection of books to get to this year and they aren’t running away from me. I also made a list of books I definitely wanted to get to this year as well as backlisted new releases that are coming out this year. Yep. Some of these shiny, new releases are going to have to wait. Another reason my reading may go slower is because I want to focus on my writing. I think it’s important to focus on the quality of what I do this year whether it be my writing, blogging, or books I’m reading. You may see less posts for the next few months. However, once the autumn months hit my book blogging will probably be back in full swing due to a lot of autumn sequels coming out. Not to mention, I find fall to be one of the best reading seasons.

Bookish Rambles 

I last read The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. I’m currently reading: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It took me 2.5 years, but I’m finally picked it up. I read Shadow and Bone last year, but I wasn’t feeling it. I will say I like the world-building of the Grishaverse and the way Leigh Bardugo writes. I’m very surprised by how adult SoC feels. Her writing reads very similar to V.E. Schwab’s in my opinion. I’m also reading an e-ARC from Netgalley of Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen.

I’m counting down the days until Avengers: Infinity War, but I have to be honest. After Infinity War, I will officially have superhero movie fatigue. I can’t wait for the sequel to Black Panther though! I’m just not sure I can wrap my head around nearly another 5-10 years of MCU films.

I’m so excited for the release of ACOFAS. I’m also excited for several other April and May releases. The spring line up is so lit! There’s not too many releases from June to August that I’m interested in so I will probably instate a book buying ban come summer time. Which is great because that means I can catch up on my backlist.

What about you? How is your reading going this year? Are you meeting your reading goals? Do you like pace yourself like I am or do you feel like your falling behind?

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– V

Review: The Belles

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I have been waiting for this book for a YEAR. I finished it last week. I will be honest and say that my joy sort of fizzled when I began to watch as non-POC received an early copy in these gorgeous promotional boxes. I know these ARCS are for review purposes and given to people to get the word out. It was just saddening to see that the publishers didn’t even try to find reviewers of color that this book is supposedly intended for. I was still excited for this book, but then there was all this backlash against the author and so I waited even longer to pick it up because I was worried it wasn’t going to be good. Guys, it was good.

The writing in The Belles is lush and intriguing like a nicely wrapped piece of chocolate or candy apple but once you take a bite, you’re sucked into a world of intrigue. But careful—-looks are deceiving.  This book gives the illusion of being as delightful and light as cotton candy, but the The Belles is rich, decadent, and deadly.  I don’t think a summarized review is enough. You just have to read it. For now, I decided to leave you all with a bullet point overview!

Things I Liked: 

  • I liked the world-building of Orléans.
  • I enjoyed the mystique of everything. Secrets, secrets, and more secrets.
  • It was dark and whimsical—just the way I like it.
  • “How far would you go to be perfect?” sort of message.
  • The villain. I do not like the villain at all, but she is a cruel as they come. She reminded me of the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. The “pro” is because the villain scares me.
  • Food, lots and lots of delicious food. Be careful. It could be poisoned.
  • A guard must be available for every “favorite” (the winner of the beauty performance) and Camellia has Remy. Remy was serious, yet he had another layer to him. There is a scene with his sisters that gave me warm fuzzies.

Things I Didn’t Like:

  • At times the purple prose took me out of the story, but I felt like the whimsical writing matched the tone of the story regardless.
  • I would have loved more character development, especially of the other sisters. I think the first person POV plus the present tense made that a tad harder to do, but also 1st person/present tense isn’t my jam either.

Those are the only major gripes I had. Overall, a solid start to a new fantasy series!

Rating: 4/5 stars

Content Warning:

  • Sexual Assault: Chapter 39 // Very hard to read. Based on what I know about the author, I don’t believe it was put there at random but definitely be aware of it.
  • Gay death: Chapters 46-47  // Many people in the LGBT+ community were effected by this scene so I’m adding this as a CW as well.

Let’s Chat 

Have you read The Belles yet? What do you think of it? Will you pick it up?

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