This Savage Song

Victoria Schwab

Published July 2016

Monsters of Verity #1

23299512I was extremely excited to receive This Savage Song in the July OwlCrate box!  I had seen some really great reviews about the book already floating around on Goodreads, and thought this would be a perfect book to get me out of my book subscription box slump.  You see, I have a horrible pattern of opening up my book sub boxes, squealing and fangirling, taking pictures of my brand new shiny things, and then throwing the featured book in my endless TBR pile and not actually reading it.  Whoops.

So, I have decided to break the cycle.  I picked up This Savage Song last week (which is also my first Victoria Schwab book, forgive me!),  and other than a few minor things, I really enjoyed it!

I liked it even more when I discovered this is actually a duology, I have a weird and unexplainable soft spot for a two book series.

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Top 5 Tuesday

I have seen Top 5/10 Tuesday posts all over the book blogging universe since I first started my blog, but only recently did I figure out where the tag originally came from.  The prompt was started by Broke and Bookish back in 2010, where they provide weekly prompts for a post, so us less creative people don’t have to stress as much.  Honestly, this is AMAZING because now I can just refer to their never ending list of prompts, and never have to think again what sort of list I can put together on Tuesdays.  You can check out all of the upcoming prompts here.  Thanks guys!

With all that being said, today’s prompt is Rewind! Pick a prompt you may have missed in the past.  Well, conveniently I have missed all of them, so I am only going to go back two weeks and tell you all about my Top 5 (remember, I am lazy and un-creative, I cannot bear to do 10) books that are set outside of the US.  Let’s go!

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Pokemon Go Book Tag!


Pokemon GO is literally my childhood dream come true.  Spending summers just hanging out on a Gameboy, looking at cute little fictional creatures and battling my siblings and cousins late into the night.  I love Pokemon GO (despite all of the issues with it), and I love reading, so obviously when I came across this tag on Aentee’s blog Read at Midnight, I knew I had to participate.

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July Haul and Wrap Up!

A combo post?! *GASP* But you see, I have my reasons, which I will list here.

  1. I didn’t haul an enormous amount of books like I did last month, so it wasn’t deserving of its own post.
  2. I am incredible at the art of procrastination, and it seems that if I make two separate posts, my July Wrap Up won’t be posted until September 15th or something ridiculous like that.
  3. It’s my blog and I can do what I want.

img_3974I told my boyfriend on June 30th, that I didn’t want to buy more than 5 books in July.  Because, well, I have run out of bookshelf space and am now stacking books underneath the window on my side of the bed.  He laughed at me, said there was NO way I was only going to be able to buy 5 books.  And so we started negotiating.  He said any book that came in a subscription box counted.  I countered with a “no way José, I’m not choosing the book, and book boxes are about the experience anyway”.  Anyways, to summarize a two-week ongoing argument: he won.

So here is my meager July Haul, which I am actually kind of proud of!  Not pictured is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, because I took this picture before I went to the midnight party naturally.  Yes, I am aware it is more than 5 books, but not much more!  I think I was pretty well-behaved with book buying.

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Golden Son

Pierce Brown

Published January 2015

Red Rising #2

18966819 I have put off writing this review for too long.  What can I possibly say that hasn’t been said about this book before?  Also, I think I was intimidated by how much I enjoyed the book.  I didn’t want to write an incoherent review where I flailed and fangirled and ranted.  I wanted this to be concise and well thought out, but for some reason the words would not come.  After being read for two weeks, I decided I needed to stop procrastinating and just push forward.  So here we go.  Pushing forward.

“For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.”

Second book syndrome is supposedly a thing.  The dreaded situation where, especially in trilogies, the second book in a series acts as more of a plot builder and character developer for the upcoming finale, rather than being a strong independent book able to stand on its own.   While I have no doubts Morning Star will blow me away when I get to it, I can tell you right now: Golden Son does not suffer from any syndrome other than kick ass syndrome.  (Not sure if that is a real thing, but I am rolling with it.)

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