Shadowsong: Dark & Deranged, Yet Ultimately Hopeful

Well that was a journey that I am still not sure I was entirely ready for. 

Photo Jan 08, 23 09 07Receiving an ARC of Shadowsong was a dream come true (corny yes, but also entirely accurate).  I finished reading it early into my plane ride home for Christmas and was then left to stew in all the feelings that SJ Jones invoked in me.  I have been trying to formulate thoughts for three weeks, and I really hope I can do Shadowsong justice.  So, with that being said, let’s get to it.

If you pick up Shadowsong expecting the same type of story that Wintersong brought you, then you are going to be disappointed and/or confused.  Wintersong was a romantic journey, but it also read (to me) as a novel of self discovery.  Leisel was never quite sure where she belonged in her family, in her society, and found acceptance in the Underground with the Goblin King and his realm.  Shadowsong is a journey into the troubled mind of Leisel (and her brother Josef) but also is about peeling back the consequences of burying ugly emotions for years.  I was left picking apart and analyzing what leaving the Underground really did to Leisel throughout the book, and I am not sure I am even accurate on my assumptions.  Wintersong is a beautiful book, but superficial in retrospect.  Shadowsong is deranged and dark, and heartbreakingly sad at points.  

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I Like 2 Types of Books Apparently….

top 2017 readsWhile it seems everyone else is super organized and has already posted their favorite reads of the year, I have decided to finally embrace the ‘perpetual state of behindness’ that I seem to live in.  So, here I am, a week or two later, finally compiling my list of the 7 books I read in 2017 that gave me all the feels.

Seven you ask?  That is a weird number to choose.

Well, you see, five was too few, I couldn’t narrow it down that far.  But ten was too many, I couldn’t categorize 10% of the books I read as favorites.  So, I settled for the in between.

And conveniently, I can group all seven of these reads in to two distinct categories.  Ready? Ready.

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The Dark Intercept: And Other DNFs of 2017

I usually never stick a book back on my shelf without finishing it, even if I am not the biggest fan of the story.  What if the book takes a fantastic and unexpected turn at the end and I totally missed out on it by putting it away too early?  It wasn’t until mid-2017 that I finally came to the realization that there are way too many books in the world to finish the ones that I am not jiving with, and so, I finally made a DNF shelf for my Goodreads.

Since the end of the year is fast approaching (and to be honest, I am petering out on reading in general), I thought it would be an appropriate time to go through the few books that I just couldn’t quite finish.

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DeerTales Holiday Gifting Guide!

If you’re like me, you started holiday shopping back in September.  But, if you are a normal, sane, and reasonable human being than it is about that time to start thinking about your holiday gifts.

I admit, I have almost zero chill when it comes to Christmas (which is what my family celebrates despite zero religious affiliation).  Then combine that with how large my family is, and I get a recipe of “plan early or go broke”.  I try to space everything out so that when the boyfriend and I actually head home for Christmas, we have some money to go get drinks with friends too.

Anyways, as time slips away I have found that it becomes harder and harder for me to think of gift ideas for all sorts of people in my life.  So, I have decided to help you all out a little bit this year!  Read on for DeerTales Gift Guide!*

*Note!  This is not bookish themed, it is a general gift guide with tons of ideas for all the different people in your life.

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JORD Watches & A Little Story on Expanding Your Horizons

One of the greatest things about being savvy with social media, is the amazing opportunities and experiences you get to partake in that would have otherwise been out of reach.  For example, at this very moment, you are partaking in a little snippet of DeerTales history: you are currently reading my first promotional post. jord watch planner

How about a little back story for ya on how this came to be?

I was recently contacted by JORD Watches, asking me if I would like to participate in their Holiday Blogger Promotional Campaign.  Now, keep in mind, I don’t take book reviews, free products, or ‘rep’ positions lightly.  I swore to myself a year and a half ago when I started this social media adventure, that no matter what happened, I would always be genuine.  I would never sacrifice who I am, or lessen my opinions for anything I read or received.  Because after all, aren’t bad reviews just as valuable as good ones (if only for a completely different purpose…)

So, let’s take a journey back to two weeks ago.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns: Wait this is a Villainous Retelling!?

forest of 1000 lanterns-1I first heard about Forest of a Thousand Lanterns at BookCon this year when I had the amazing opportunity to chat with Julie C. Dao at Penguin Teen breakfast.  I loved the idea of another fairy-tale retelling, and lord knows we need more diverse characters, so the  Far East setting was a huge turn on.

Unfortunately I think I may have missed the memo that this was the a retelling of Snow White’s Evil Queen, not Snow White herself and oh my… when I finally realized what I was reading, I was… concerned.

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Down the TBR Hole: vol. 2!

Thought we should take another trip down the TBR hole today!

For those of you that have no idea what I am talking about, this is a blog meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story that is basically this a post dedicated to cleaning out your Goodreads TBR.  So, you get to sort through books that you have just haphazardly thrown onto you virtual  you know you will never read and figuring out which ones you will actually read!

So, it works like this:

  • Head on over to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Sort the books by ascending date added
  • Take a closer look at the first 5 -10 books (How adventurous are ya feeling today?)
  • Read the synopses of the books (Oh I will be taking a good look at the covers too!)
  • Decide: should I keep it or should it go?

I did a mini purge almost two weeks ago and guys.  It is still out of control:

 

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Why is it so much fun to add books on Goodreads!?  

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