CROWN OF MIDNIGHT (Throne of Glass, #2): Review

Hello, everyone! I needed a break from NaNoWriMo (save me, please, I’m dying), and I haven’t posted here in a while, so enjoy another review!


 

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Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 27, 2013 (first published August 15, 2013)
Genres: young adult, fantasy
Pages: 418
Format: Hardcover
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Rating: ★★★★


Grr, I don’t remember much about this one, either, so this review is going to be pretty vague. What I do remember standing out was character development; I felt like, as the stakes got higher in this novel, the character development of everyone progresses, though it occurs more with some than with others.

This book takes the tepid fantasy story its predecessor gave us, and has a little more fun with it as Celaena digs deeper into the secrets and spells of the king she serves, trying to find out more about the Wyrdmarks and the worlds they lead to, while also trying not to blow her cover as the king’s assassin. She’s aided by her friend Nehemia, a foreign princess seeking aid for her suffering people, and Chaol, who might be more than just her friend. But Celaena’s investigations will test and try these friendships…and Celaena’s resolve, which could destroy almost everything she’s learned to love.

Again, the stakes were higher in this book, which I think made it more engaging to read. There are several unexpected twists (no spoilers here!) that caught me completely off-guard, and, while I didn’t always agree with Celaena’s reactions, I can understand (most of) them in the context of her character. Overall, I enjoyed this much more than Throne of Glass; I’d say this book is not only a worthy addition to the series–it’s a superior one.

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#GetGraphic Readathon 2017: Wrap-Up

Twenty days later, and I’m only now just posting my recap for this. Ah, well.

13615Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1) by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★

This was the first book I read for this readathon, and honestly, I’m a little disappointed. There was a lot of info-dumping–which I guess is to be expected, seeing as graphic novels must overcome the immense challenge of exposition and worldbuilding without the use of too many words–but that exposition was way too on-the-nose for me, and it really detracted from my enjoyment of the graphic novel as a whole. Also, the rules of the Death Note were difficult to follow, and I didn’t really like the art style that much. I won’t be continuing with this series.

 

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Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress, #1) by Marjorie M. Liu (Writer), Sana Takeda (Artist)
Rating: ★★★★

Out of all the graphic novels I read, this was my favorite. The art is absolutely beautiful, and the world is compelling and something I want more of. However, be warned: The artwork in is series is just as graphic and gruesome as it is lovely to look at. There’s also a fair amount of strong language, so be warned.

I did wish we had just a liiiittle more context for Maika’s situation; we get flashbacks, but I always felt like there was information I needed to better connect with the story…and I never got that info. But again, this is a graphic novel, and this is only the first volume, so perhaps the information I was looking for will appear in later volumes. But one thing’s for sure: I’ll be reading those volumes regardless!

twilight_the_graphic_novelTwilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 & 2 (Twilight: The Graphic Novel, #1) by Stephenie Meyer, Young Kim (Art/Adaptation)
Rating: ★★★

For a graphic novel adaption, this wasn’t too bad! This is the only depiction of Edward I’ve seen where I think Bella might be right–he’s kinda cute, hehehe. Honestly, if you don’t want to read the books, and you’d rather avoid the hammy movie cast, but for some reason, you still want in on this series, read these two adaptions. They fun to look at it, and you get mostly the same story, without the torture of so many unnecessary pages.

17929637East of West, Vol. 1: The Promise (East of West (Collected Editions) #1) by Jonathan Hickman (Writer), Nick Dragotta (Artist), Frank Martin (Colourist), Rus Wooton (Letterer)
Rating: ★★★¾

This graphic novel was my second favorite read. While I had trouble buying the alternate history, and I wanted more backstory than I was ultimately given, I enjoyed the art, the story, and some of the quotes. I can’t find any online to share with you, but there were at least several “wow” moments for me while reading this. There’s some nudity and a little gore, but I’d recommend this as a fun, action-packed debut that blends sci-fi and Western almost seamlessly. It’s a great ride.


I didn’t get to the rest of the books on my list, but I’m proud of the ones I did make it through. This readathon was lots of fun, and it’s shown me I need to participate in more readathons in the future. Catch me next year with an even bigger pile of graphic novels; in the meantime, I’m gonna binge some of the other series I’ve been introduced to. ^_^

 

WiP Wednesday (NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep Edition): Post #5

Hello, everyone! Finally time for a WiP Wednesday! It’s gonna be short…

Since my last post, I’ve…um…

  • outlined a chapter
  • plotted where some general developments are going to happen
  • finished one of the books on my research TBR

By the next post, I hope to have accomplished…

  • more outlining and book research: It just needs to get done. :/

Have you started prepping for NaNoWriMo this November? How is it going so far?

Mood & Music Monday: 10/16/17

Hello, friends, and welcome this week’s Mood and Music Monday! (Finally!)

Mood and Music Monday is a weekly meme I’ve started, wherein I’ll post a song and talk about how it relates to my day/week, as well as a few other things. (And, in case anyone’s wondering, this meme has no relation to Lauren’s [from Always Me] “Music Mondays.”) Feel free to participate and to leave a link to your posts down in the comments!

Here’s the update for this week:

SONG(S) OF THE WEEK

What are you listening to? I’m singing this song in vocal training, and while I’ve been listening to several different versions, this is the one I listen to again and again. Cecilia Bartoli has a richness in her voice that resonates, and I love listening to it. That’s the nice thing about classical music: whether you’re listening to it or singing it, it always makes you feel like a million bucks.

What are you reading? I’m still reading Always And Forever, Lara Jean, and Miss Peregrine, but I finished Bad Romance. It’s slow progress, but it is progress.

What are you drinking? Water to offset my allergy medication. This heat is bleh. -_-

Any goals for this week? NaNo planning NaNo planning NaNo planning NaNo planning NaNo planning. I NEED TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO IT, BECAUSE WE ARE ALMOST TO NANO AND AHHHHHH. I have not worked this hard just to give up on plotting altogether the month before NaNo starts!

How about you?

  • What song(s) are you listening to today?
  • What is your current read? Are you enjoying it?
  • Do you have any plans or goals for this week?

WiP Wednesday (NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep Edition): Post #4

Hello, everyone! Finally time for a WiP Wednesday! You’d think that’d mean I’ve actually made progress, right?

Hahahahahaha. No.

Since my last post, I’ve…

  • finalized my playlist:
  • officially announced my novel on the official NaNoWriMo site! Check it out here.

By the next post, I hope to have accomplished…

  • more of everything: outlining, book research–you name it, I probably need to do it. School has been brutal, but I need to make time for these things, or it’ll be too late! 

Have you started prepping for NaNoWriMo this November? How is it going so far?

#GetGraphic Readathon 2017: TBR

If you know me, you know I’m all about routine. I hate change and transitions, and I thrive off of rituals and knowing when, how, and how often I’m going to do something.

So I’m trying to push my comfort zone a little this October and read some graphic novels.

I have a few on my TBR, but it’s not a medium I’ve really explored. Then I saw Sam from Thoughts on Tomes do a video on #GetGraphic, a challenge where you can only read graphic novels, comics, or manga. Hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, Kayla from BOOKadoodles, Kristin from whatskappening, and Adriana from perpetualpages, the readathon starts at 5 p.m. on October 6, and it ends at midnight on October 8. Though I have a commitment spanning the whole of that weekend, I’m attempting to squeeze some books in between.

Here’s what I’ll be reading. Wish me luck!

13615Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1) by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)

This series has been on my TBR for literally years, and this readathon is the perfect excuse to jump right into it! I hope I like it. 🙂

 

 

 

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Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress, #1) by Marjorie M. Liu (Writer), Sana Takeda (Artist)

This sounds so different from anything I’ve ever read, and the cover art looks incredibly cool. Steampunk? Matriarchal Asia? Sounds like a recipe for awesome. I can’t wait.

twilight_the_graphic_novelTwilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 & 2 (Twilight: The Graphic Novel, #1) by Stephenie Meyer, Young Kim (Art/Adaptation)

I know, I know. But the artwork looks so pretty and shiny and AHHH, I’M CURIOUS. JUST LET ME INDULGE IN THE PRETTY, OKAY? And if I end up hating it, that’s completely on me.

17929637East of West, Vol. 1: The Promise (East of West (Collected Editions) #1) by Jonathan Hickman (Writer), Nick Dragotta (Artist), Frank Martin (Colourist), Rus Wooton (Letterer)

This is supposed to be about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, only Death has gone rogue. Sounds epic, right? I’m going to try reading it. 🙂

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Maus: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1) by Art Spiegelman

I’ve had a friend recommend this to me before, and I love anything to do with WWII, so this is a must-read. I look forward to reading it; a lot of people say this book is a classic!

6369113Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor, Jim Di Bartolo (Contributor)

I tried to read this once before and ended up putting it down. But the artwork was beautiful, so I think I’ll give it another chance. Perhaps the second time’s the charm?

 

 

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Objectif Lune (Tintin, #16) by Hergé

Yes, I know this is in French. But this book was a gift to me from some friends several years ago, and I took some French back in the day, so it’d be fun to go back and review. I’m excited to see how much of it I can understand.

There are a few more I want to try and read, but we’ll see if I can get my hands on them. I’ll be sure to let all of you know how this goes, because I’m really, really excited about it!

 

 

 

 

Mood & Music Monday: 10/2/17

Hello, friends, and welcome this week’s Mood and Music Monday! (Finally!)

Mood and Music Monday is a weekly meme I’ve started, wherein I’ll post a song and talk about how it relates to my day/week, as well as a few other things. (And, in case anyone’s wondering, this meme has no relation to Lauren’s [from Always Me] “Music Mondays.”) Feel free to participate and to leave a link to your posts down in the comments!

Here’s the update for this week:

SONG(S) OF THE WEEK

What are you listening to? The queen has released a new song, and I LOVE its sound. The evolution in style reminds me of Bastille’s: different, but a natural progression; it still sounds like Banks, but better. I can’t wait for her new album!

What are you reading? I’ve Dreamland and A Torch Against the Night, so now I’m working through Always And Forever, Lara Jean, along with Miss Peregrine and Bad Romance. I’m a busy bee!

What are you drinking? Hot chocolate! And lots of water, because post-nasal drip is killing me.

Any goals for this week? Making progress in NaNo planning. The official prep period has begun!

How about you?

  • What song(s) are you listening to today?
  • What is your current read? Are you enjoying it?
  • Do you have any plans or goals for this week?