Iron Gold: Bloodydamn Brilliant

iron gold-3From the day that it was announced, to the day I had it in my hands, Iron Gold built up its own hype in my mind with little to no outside influence.  I was excited because obviously I loved the Red Rising trilogy, and returning to see some of my favorite characters was sure to be an adventure.  But also more than a little nervous because, well, have you read the Red Rising books?!  Pierce Brown has no issues with bringing unmentionable pain, or killing off his characters, beloved or not, and the odds of my favorites surviving another three books seemed slim to none.

Warning before picking up Iron Gold:  If you liked the ending of Morning Star, or if you would prefer a happy ending for your favorite characters, than it is probably best that you pretend that Iron Gold doesn’t exist.  Because some people will undoubtedly be uncomfortable with the way Pierce Brown makes them feel in this 600+ page monstrosity.  Pandora’s box has been opened, all hell has been unleashed, and picking up Iron Gold is most certainly a commitment to emotional pain.  Isn’t reading fun?

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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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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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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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One Dark Throne – Welcome to Fennbirn, Where Everyone Is Insane…

one dark throne-1One Dark Throne was in my top 5 most anticipated books of 2017, and after devouring it within a 6 hour time span, I can confidently say that it did not disappoint!

I am such a huge fan of this world that Kendare Blake has created, and while Fennbirn is not exactly a place I want to visit, I cannot help but be mesmerized by the island’s  unapologetically savage way of life.  I am fascinated by the Triplet Queens, their destinies, and the fact that not one person has ever said “hey, this whole concept is a little twisted dontcha think?”

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Shatter Me Trilogy – Am I Being Punked by the Whole YA Community?

shatter me-3After strong urging from the little sister to read the Shatter Me trilogy, I finally gave in. (Well, to be honest, she sent me her extra copies of the books, so it was like I was almost doubly obligated to read them.)  With little hesitation, I finally dove into this bizarre, kind-of-a-mess-but-you-keep-reading-anyway series, and… I have a lot to say now.

On one hand, I am really glad I checked these books off of my “absolute must read YA books” list, but on the other hand I kept thinking to myself: “these are not the type of books I like WHAT AM I DOING!?”

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