Friday, August 26, 2016

Review: The Return of the Young Prince by A. G. Roemmers

Okay. This book was bad. Like, really, truly bad. I just feel so disappointed. I had really hoped to love this one. I read The little Prince for the first time today. I didn't love it, but I liked it a little. And so I was excited about read this sequel too. But gosh. It was so awful. I'm even giving it one star. Which I don't do often. Sigh.

I'm not going to write a long review for this book either. It is longer than The Little Prince, this one being less than 160 pages. I'm just so thankful it wasn't above 200 like it says. Sigh. I had so much trouble reading this book. I wanted to quit all the time. I almost fell asleep even. Ugh. It was just so bad. Which sucks.

I wish I could say that I enjoyed some parts of this book. But I really didn't. I thought it would be a sequel to The Little Prince. And, sure, the prince is in this book. Now a teenager, having left his small planet once more. But this is not his story. At all. This is the story of the man he meets in the road, as he is telling the story. And this whole book felt like a big lecture or whatever about everything in life. It was the single most boring thing I have ever read. I read it, then I forgot it the same second. It was so awful. Ugh. I'm so upset about it, lol. I wanted it to be so much better. But it wasn't. There are a few days of road trip. All they do is talk boring stuff. So disappointed. I had a bunch of issues with the writing. Not good. And I felt nothing for the story. At all.

I guess I could write a longer review for this book. But I don't want to. I don't want to at all. Because it was pretty short, despite me feeling like I would never stop reading it. It didn't actually take me that long to read, lol. But it was the most boring thing. And I'm so disappointed in all of it. So not really mentioning the rest of the plot, because I felt like there wasn't any. Summary mentions that there would be parts of the prince's stories. Not true. He talks for a couple of pages in this one. That's it. Ugh. Wanted more of him.

I feel badly about it, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone read this book. I just found it to be so bad. I mean, sure, some could enjoy it. But I don't understand why at all. Sigh. I just feel so disappointed. I really had wanted to love it. One plus side, it looks gorgeous. Shrugs. But that's it. Anyway. Huge thank you to Cailin at Oneworld Publications for sending me this gorgeous book to read. I'm sorry I ended up disliking it so much, lol. It means the most that I got the chance to read it. Though I'm never re-reading it.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I have finally read this classic book. Which I'm pretty sure that everyone has read by now, lol. I have heard a bunch about it. Yet I haven't really felt the need to read it before now, after getting The Return of the Young Prince from the UK publisher to read. And so I finally gave it a try. I think I liked it a little bit. It was interesting.

But yeah. I didn't love this story. Which makes me a bit sad. I had some issues with the writing, and I just didn't think the book was all that exciting. But I also did like it a bunch. So I'm giving this book three stars. I found the little Prince to be pretty adorable and I was curious about getting to know him better. So I did like that.

I'm not going to write such a long review for this book, because it really is pretty short. And not all that much happened. But I'm going to try to talk a little bit about it. First, I think I read the wrong version of this book, lol. I only own one copy, which is this small paperback that I got on sale online a few years ago. It is a 1995 version of the book. And the illustrations inside did not have any color. Sad face. And when I search, it looks like they were all supposed to have colors. Aw. But still. I did like the drawings. They were pretty cute. I had a few issues with the writing, though. I just didn't manage to connect with the story. Aw. But then again. I did enjoy reading the story. And I do recommend reading this book. And I'm glad that I finally got to read this book.

I'm unsure what to say about this book. It is about a man crashing his plane in the desert. He's all alone, but then a little boy shows up. They start talking, with the boy telling him about his life and how he is living alone on a small planet. I felt so sorry for this boy. Sniffs. I did like his stories. I just felt like the book might have been too short, lol. I'm pretty excited about reading The Return of the Young Prince next. Hoping I will like that book more than I did this one. Fingers crossed. Though I did like this one too, just no love.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #254

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Goodreads Description:

Being alive is hard. Being human is harder. But since his recent recovery from death, R is making progress. He's learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love, and the city's undead population is showing signs of life. R can almost imagine a future with Julie, this girl who restarted his heart—building a new world from the ashes of the old one.

And then helicopters appear on the horizon. Someone is coming to restore order. To silence all this noise. To return things to the way they were, the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak. The plague is ancient and ambitious, and the Dead were never its only weapon.

How do you fight an enemy that's in everyone? Can the world ever really change? With their home overrun by madmen, R, Julie, and their ragged group of refugees plunge into the otherworldly wastelands of America in search of answers. But there are some answers R doesn't want to find. A past life, an old shadow, crawling up from the basement.

Hardcover, 512 pages
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books 
Pre-Order here and here

Ahh :D I pretty much loved Warm Bodies. And I adored the movie too. And oh gosh, I am SO thrilled about this sequel :D It is going to be amazing. But I'm also worried. I do not want my couple do end up dead. Hmph. But yeah. I haven't read the prequel sequel thingy, but I shall read that before this one comes out :) So nervous. So excited. I'm going to love this. Ahh. Over 500 pages. I very much approve. 
What are you waiting for on this burning Wednesday?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day

Oh, how I wish I could have loved this book. I do not have good experiences with contemporary books. But I have read a few that I loved like crazy. I had hoped to enjoy this one too. Because it do look gorgeous. And I'm taking part in the blog tour in a few weeks. But sadly, this was not for me at all. Had so many issues.

I'm giving this book two stars. I had hoped it would be higher, but, well, I'm thankful it didn't end up being a one star, lol. Which could have happened. Because, yeah, I had so many problems with this book. I liked the main character well enough. Eden was pretty sweet. I sort of liked the romance. But the rest of it sucked.

I sadly did not like the writing. It was okay for the most part, but it wasn't good at all. Which makes me so sad. I had more hopes for this one. Sigh. I felt like the whole book was telling things. I didn't get to see why Eden wanted to be with Ash. I didn't feel anything for their romance. I didn't get why Eden was friends with the new girl, as there weren't all that many scenes between them. And then there was so many time jumps. I did not get them at all. Like, Eden was going with her friend on a road trip for a week. All that was just jumped past. And then Christmas was jumped past. And the final interview for the school was jumped past. All it did was annoy me greatly. Ugh. For the most part, I did not like this. I did not hate it, though. But zero love.

I wish I could have loved this book. I really did want to. But it was simply impossible. I did like a few things, which is why I did not stop reading this book. But I did not love anything about it. Sigh. It is told from the point of view of Eden. She's taking her last year of high school. She lives in a trailer park with her step mom and her dad. They are poor. She has to pay so much for them. Ugh. Boring. She has zero friends. Then a new girl shows up, they turn instant friends. Obviously. And the boy starts seeing her too.

I just. I had so many problems with all of this. I wish I could have loved the boy. But I just did not care for Ash. Shrugs. I didn't like it when they kissed. Because it was written so badly. I didn't see their friendship at all, since it wasn't written at all. Ugh. Eden is a smart girl, smartest in her school. Which I did like. Sort of. She also babysits for this family. And I did like those two kids. Kurt has autism. It was pretty interesting to read about. But not interesting enough, sadly. About only thing I liked. A few kids that were adorable.

I think most of my issues with this book was that I felt like everything has been done before. It felt like every other contemporary book. And that just disappointed me. I'm so tired of reading about the same things. High school. Girl and boy not friends at first, then they fall in love right away when they start talking. Ugh. And they are forbidden to be together. Usual break up. Girl having issues with her father, ending up being hit by him. It is all just the same. The same boring story, and not even written well. Sigh.

I just feel like not much happened in this book at all. There are so many time jumps. And I didn't really care for Eden. Or her past. Which was boring. I didn't care for Ash either. I didn't swoon for the romance at all, though I did think it was sort of sweet. A few times. But mostly this book was boring. I wish it had been better. But I just found the writing to be so bad and I did not care about just about everything. Her dad was such an awful person. Yet he was not punished for anything. Eden just let everything go. Ugh.

Which reminds me. There is this one girl who was supposed to be the bully or whatever. She took a picture of Eden and Ash that she posted online, so that their parents found out. Boring. But she did it so that no one knew it was her. She also broke so many rules posting that picture without permission. Eden even got proof of it. But then she talked to the girl, and felt sorry for her after a second, and so she did nothing. And oh god, it bothered me. This book just made me so angry. Sigh. I didn't even like the ending.

Huge thank you to Brittani at St. Martin's Press for inviting me to take part in this blog tour, and for letting me read this book via Netgalley :) I'm sorry that I did not like it very much. But I am glad that I decided to give it a try, even so. I must say that I was pretty disappointed with The Possibility of Somewhere. I had hoped it would be more amazing. Oh, well. I did try to like it. And I do think others may enjoy it. I just did not. I think I said everything I wanted to about this book. I just couldn't come up with more things to say.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

In My Mailbox #251

Time is moving so fast these days. This week we finally got a couple of days with summer heat. Ahhh :D It was perfection. But yeah. This summer has mostly been crappy. Ugh. Wishing I could afford to go on a nice beach vacation. Aw. Next year for sure, though. Just need to save money :) Anyway. This has been a good week. I captured 8 more new pokemon, haha, so now have 99 out of 151 different ones :D Most happy about Venusaur, I think :D Anyway. I did manage to read two books this week, so I'm happy about that. But gosh damn. I did not know how I ended up with SO MANY eARCs to read. Too many. Ahh. I must start reading one of those today, I think. Many are the one genre that I do not love, haha. But hoping to have luck with these books :) Fingers crossed. Just haven't started yet, as I have been busy being outside on these nice days :) Oh, and sister and I started watching Quantico. We have four episodes left. Ahhh. I am in love with this show. Have you seen it? If not, get moving! I also finally got to see Finding Dory at the cinema; it finally arrived, haha :) I loved it. Very much. Anyway. I also blogged a little this week. I posted my book recommendation of Walk on Earth a Stranger :D Then my review of Like a River Glorious. <3 This week I'm waiting on Pyromantic :) My Book Collection this week is by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis :D Love. These days I have also taken tons of pictures of books and eARCs that I'm going to read soonish, as it will get dark in a few weeks, sobs, so figured I should take the pictures now that I will post on instagram when I read the books, haha :) Anyway. Hoping to read more next week.

Nevernight. Eee. Two gorgeous UK editions :D Hardcover and paperback. Only missing 1 edition now :D
The Flame Never Dies. I did not love book one. But. I am pretty excited about this one even so :) Soooon.
Gustav Gloom #6. Ahh! Final book :D I have only read to book three. Ugh. Catching up very soon. Pretty.
City of Thirst. The US paperback arrived this week :D YAY! And so gorgeous. Ah, I love these books.
The Return of the Young Prince. Thank you so much Cailin at Oneworld :D I'm reading it very soon. <3
Miraculous Ladybug. I love this show. The most. So I had to get two copies of the first new comic book, hih. There will be more. Ahh. And those figures :D But sobs. I got lucky with amazon shipping. Now twice as much. Makes me so sad, as I am missing so many of the figures. I really need to buy them all. Hmph.
The Secret Life of Pets. I had to get the big plush cat too, lol. And another figure. Chloe is so adorable.

More Instagram photos here. <3