The Cruel Prince by Holly Black — Just Okay Or Worth the Hype? |Book Review

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is a book that has a ton of hype surrounding it. I’m a sucker for hyped books, so I had to know what everyone was talking about. Plus, I had read and enjoyed Holly Black’s other book, White Catso I hoped that I would enjoy it. My feelings on this book ended up being mixed, and to be honest, I’m not quite sure I get the hype surrounding it.

Let’s start off with the good stuff, and a good chunk of the good stuff revolves around our protagonist, Jude. She is a little rough around the edges, as she is a human that grew up in Faerie. She dreams of becoming a knight for the High Court of Faerie, and deals with a ton of internal conflict thanks to her upbringing. The passages where she feels conflicted on Madoc, her “father” figure, were interesting and engaging. My favorite part of the book hands down was her adventure plot. I loved the scenes where she gets wrapped up in Faerie politics. I wish we got more scenes of her sneaking around.

Much of the plot revolves around her school life. Some of it was interesting, and relevant to the plot, but it just made the middle drag. The plot picks up at the end when Jude’s adventure plot line comes back into play. Even though I saw the ending coming, I was so invested in last third of the story and could not put it down.

Other things I liked included Jude’s family dynamic and also Prince Cardan’s story arc. I’m very interested to see how he grows as the story progresses. It looks promising. Fingers crossed it goes in an interesting direction.

Aside from Jude and Prince Cardan (and maybe Madoc and Vivi), I thought the other characters could have been more fleshed out. Taryn especially needed more character development. Some of the choices that she makes, I just didn’t understand at all. I sort of feel like the conflict between Jude and Taryn was used for drama’s sake and nothing more. It came off super melodramatic, in like a bad way.

Also, I HATED LOCKE! SO MUCH! Yes, that needed to be in all caps. I can’t go into why exactly, cause SPOILERS. If you’ve read the book, you probably understand. Just know that his whole deal pissed me off so much.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Cruel Prince. It was a fun read, but not one that blew me away. The hype surrounding the book confuses me a bit. I get that there is an addictive quality to the book and faeries are super trendy right now, but it wasn’t OH MY GOD, AMAZING! It was just okay. This is not a story that is going to stick with me. With that being said, I will be continuing on with the series. It has serious potential to be one of those series that just gets better with each new book.

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

What did you think of The Cruel Prince? Did you think it was worth the hype? Let me know what you thought of the book in the comment section down below. 

P.S. I seriously hate Locke so much. I hope he dies in The Wicked King. Also, is it weird that I put the synopsis in the bottom? Do people care whether it’s included or not? Let me know!


Synopsis: Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

 

The 20 Questions Book Tag

It’s been AGES since I did a book tag on my blog. We’re talking more than a year here. I just scrolled through my posts now to see when exactly that was, and the last Book Tag I did was The Good Reads Book Tag on JUNE 23RD OF 2017!

God, I’m the worst book blogger. 

I promise I don’t have anything against Book Tags. They are super fun! I’m just never tagged in them, and a lazy book blogger sometimes. So since it’s clearly been forever, I thought I would do one.

I stumbled upon this one on Boston Book Reader’s site, it looked fun, so here we are. I could not find the original creator of the tag, which I feel bad about.

ON WITH THE TAG!


1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A SERIES?

I think it depends on the series, because some book series I want to go on forever while others I’m like, THERE ARE TOO MANY BOOKS. WHY MUST I READ ALL OF THESE BOOKS!? JUST TELL ME HOW IT ENDS!

But you want a number? I’ll give you a number. I’m going to go with more than 5, because unless I’m really into the series/world, it becomes a chore after 5.

2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?

I like them because it ends the book on a high note, and you’re left thinking “What next?!” However, it really sucks when you have to wait more than a year for the next book to come out.

Also, from a writer’s perspective they are fun to write! If I ever get published, I expect my readers to hate me for my cliff hangers.

3. HARDCOPY OR PAPERBACK?

Floppy paperback, because I enjoy reading from them more. However, some hardbacks are so beautiful, I just can’t resist.

4. FAVOURITE BOOK?

I hate when people ask me this question, because then I have to chose from my multitude of favorites. It’s not fair. It feels like picking a favorite child. If I had to pick, I’m going to go with Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, because I still remember my experience reading that book. It was like I was on a roller coaster of emotions. Jem, Tessa, and Will still hold all of my heart, so much so that I get so happy when they are mentioned in Cassandra Clare’s other works.

A close second is Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, because that book was epic!

5. LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK?

Before this year I did not have an answer to this question, but now I do. It is The Testing of Luther Albright by MacKenzie Bezos. I really did not gel with this book. It was extremely slow paced and an uninteresting story.

6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?

Yes, but only if done well.

7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. I’m honestly surprised by this one, because The Remnant Chronicles is a well loved series. It’s not bad, I just can’t connect with the characters. I was also hoping for a more interesting plot. I do plan on finishing it at some point this year, because I was more than 70% of the way through. Maybe the end will change things for me.

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard. My cousin, Kate, and I have been binge reading the Red Queen series. I have mixed feelings on the series as a whole. On the one hand, I find the world really interesting, but I’m personally not gelling with the writing style. I don’t think it’s poorly written, but sometimes it has a slower pace. That being said, I’m really vibing with War Storm so far!

9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

I’m pretty sure that it was Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, because I am obsessed with this book! Also, the person I was recommending it to was looking for a YA Mystery Thriller. If you’re looking for a good YA Mystery Thriller, I recommend picking it up. *wink wink* *nudge nudge*

10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

God, I don’t know the answer to this. I think it’s The Iliad by Homer? I had to read it for AP English ages ago.

11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, which I really enjoyed! It was a fun witchy book, that hit me right in the feels. I really liked that at it’s core, this was a book about female friendship. I also loved Mila’s narration. She had such a dry, sarcastic humor that I found hilarious.

12. FAVOURITE AUTHOR?

This is another question I hate, because I don’t have an all time favorite author. I can name a few of my favorite authors. Ally Carter, Marissa Meyer, Brandon Sanderson, and Maureen Johnson. I think Cassandra Clare too, because she’s got me hooked on her latest series and I loved The Infernal Devices trilogy.

13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?

Both? I really like borrowing books digitally from my library, because I don’t have to worry about late fees and it’s a fun way to try out books. At the same time, buying books is an addiction. You can’t just buy one book. Plus, I can take as long as I want to read them, because they’re MINE!

14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO LIKE?

Oooh! We love ourselves a good controversial question. Let me think. Most of the books I actively dislike are books that most people dislike. So I’m going to pick a popular book that I felt meh on instead. There are many of those. The one I’m picking is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I liked the characters, but I thought the author could have done a better job at building tension. The plot was uninteresting and I did not find myself incredibly invested in the story. For a book about a tragic event, I did not cry, and I am a book crier!  This just did not do much for me.

16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, since I’ve reread it at least three or four times at this point (minus Winter because I suck at finishing series). I still get so wrapped up in the story even though I know what happens.

17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?

Yes. It’s not preferable, but I can do it. I mostly do this on the train when I want to block out the annoying conversations around me.

18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POVS?

Multiple POVS all day every day! I really enjoy seeing the story and world from all sides, especially when it’s a story/world that I find super interesting.

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?

Usually over multiple days simply for time. Most days I have a bunch of stuff to do, so it’s hard for me to sit down and dedicate a full day to just reading. That being said, if I’m super invested and have the time, I will spend all day reading a book.

20. ONE BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER.

I don’t often read books purely because of the cover, but The Selection by Keira Cass is the closest thing I can think of. I mean the covers of that book has such a pretty dress, I can’t help but be intrigued.


We’ve reached the end of the tag, and I don’t know what to say because I’m bad at concluding things…but this tag was fun! No. It really was so much fun! I love answering random questions about books.

I am not going to tag anyone specifically. Mostly because I’m not sure who has done this already, but if you haven’t and you want to after reading my post consider yourself TAGGED!

Please let me know if you agreed or disagreed with any of my answers down in the comment section below. Also, if there’s a tag you would like to see me do let me know down below as well. 

P.S. I started doing this because I thought it would be an easy post. It took me at least a week to write this. Turns out answering 20 Questions is harder than it looks or I’m just lazy. Def just lazy.

Top 5 Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018!

We’ve reached July, which means that half of 2018 is already gone! So far this year I have read 22 books. While I am currently behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 books, I still feel like I’ve read a good amount. I thought it would be fun to go through those 22 books and pick out five of my favorite reads so far. I love reading/watching these kinds of posts from other bloggers and Booktubers. It’s always so interesting to see what people are loving this year.

So here’s what I have been loving in 2018. These books are in no particular order, because I decided to save myself the pain of having to put them in order.


Nevermoor

1. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor #1)

We’re going to start off with this book, which is the only book I’ve given 5/5 Stars so far this year. I’m really stingy with my 5 star ratings, but I loved everything about this book. The characters, the story, the world, the pacing, so basically everything. Honestly, the best word to describe this book is fun, because it was so much fun!

I don’t read a ton of middle grade. It is not a genre that I gravitate towards, but this book makes me want to try some more books from that genre. The second book in the series is coming out in September, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

 

The Diviners

2. The Diviners by Libba Bray (The Diviners #1)

Everyone in the book community always talks about how The Diviners is such a underrated series, so of course the hipster in me had to pick it up. There’s nothing that I love more than underrated books.

I’m just kidding, mostly. What also drew me to this book is the fact that it is a supernatural murder mystery that takes place in 1920s Manhattan. There is something about period supernatural/urban fantasy books that I love, and the 1920s is a time period that I’m fascinated by. This is where most people will blame The Great Gatsby for that, but I’m going to blame Thoroughly Modern Millie (the musical). There’s just something about speakeasies, flappers, and jazz that is fun. Also, I love books that are set in New York, mainly because I love New York (city, in case you need that clarification. The New Yorker in me refuses to call New York NYC).

The Diviners definitely does an excellent job capturing the atmosphere of New York in the 1920s. I loved all the lingo that was used in the description and the descriptions in general, something I don’t think I’ve ever said before. On top of the atmosphere, I loved the diverse cast. I did not realize that this book had an ensemble cast going in, but I loved it, and really appreciated the fact that we got to see this story through different lenses. The only thing that didn’t wow me was the ending, but I thought this was a great series starter, and I can’t wait to continue on with the series. I did a full length review for this book, so if you want to hear more of my thoughts be sure and check that out!

 

Nice Try Jane Sinner

3. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Boy did this book surprise the crap out of me. Saying that, I picked it up thinking I would enjoy it. I’m constantly looking for more books that take place in college, as I am writing a contemporary that takes place in college, which is why I picked it up. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down! I was immediately hooked for a lot of reasons, the main one being Jane.

Jane, our main character, is just awesome. This book follows her personal journey. She was kicked out of high school due to a personal crisis, and her parents push her to attend a high school completion program at their local community college. Jane agrees, but only if she can move out. To tackle her housing problem, she signs up for House of Orange, which is a student run reality show (think Big Brother). Jane has such great wit that comes off in her narration. I laughed out loud multiple times, which is something that doesn’t happen often. I’m honestly more likely to cry than laugh when reading a book. Comedy is something that I don’t think many authors nail well, but Oelke did!

I loved the way that the book talked about serious topics such as depression and religion. It felt very genuine. I think the comedy also aided in talking about these topics in an approachable way. Nothing felt too preachy, and I found the conversation interesting.

This book was honestly so good. The only thing I have mixed feelings on is the writing style. It is told in a journal/screenplay style that takes some getting used to. Once you do get used to the writing style, it is such a fun ride. I’m still sad that this is a standalone, because I just want another book with Jane.

 

Truly Devious

4. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (Truly Devious #1)

This book was the one that made me realize that I really love Maureen Johnson’s writing. Like she’s reached “One of My Favorite Authors” status, because wow. Just wow. There was so much good stuff in this book.

First, we have to talk about the duel timelines, because the way that this story is written is easily my favorite thing about it. Truly Devious takes place at Ellingham Academy, a famous private school for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. When the school first opened, the founder’s wife and child were kidnapped. They were never found and the case remains…UNSOLVED! Fast forward to present day, where Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy. She is obsessed with True Crime and is determined to solve this famous cold case. However, the past starts coming back when Truly Devious seems to have returned. DUN DUN DUN! The story flips back and forth between both timelines, and it’s crafted so well. Both mysteries had me hooked, and I cannot wait to see how they further connect and intertwine.

I could not put this book down once I started it. The pacing was excellent, I loved the characters, especially our main character Stevie, and I just need to know what happens next! Curse you Maureen Johnson and your awful cliffhangers!

 

Lady Midnight

5. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #1)

This is my most recent read, and I absolutely loved it. Hence why it’s on this list. I really enjoy the Shadowhunters world, but some books I love more than others. I was a little nervous going in, but as soon as I started it, I could not stop reading it.

My favorite thing about the book is the characters. The Blackthorn children and Emma are precious, and I love them so much. Christina is also great! I love that Emma has like a close female friend that she can talk to about stuff. If I had to name a favorite character, it might be Mark, because he’s equal parts interesting and hilarious. Seriously, some of the things he says are just so funny.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was how Clare explores the messed up shit in the Shadowhunter society. It’s hard to go into detail without spoiling the book, or the end of the final book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire. The lines of what’s right and wrong are blurred and I’m a sucker for that stuff.

For a 600+ page book, it did not feel like one, and I can’t wait to continue on with the series. I’m reading her books in publication order, so next up for me is Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. I’m hoping to get caught up in time for the release of Queen of Air and Darkness.


It was surprisingly a lot easier to put this list together than I had originally thought when I first started writing this post. I think I have read many books in the okay to good range, but only a few have really blown me away.

I think/hope the second half of the year will be better, if only because some of my most anticipated releases are coming out. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake and Muse of Nightmares being at the top of my list.

What have been the best books you’ve read so far in 2018? Do we share any favorites? Let me know down in the comment section below. Also let me know if you’ve read any of the books I mentioned!

P.S. I’m reading War Storm by Victoria Ave right now and I’m surprised at how much I’m loving it. That’s another post for another day.

October Wrap-Up!

Hello fellow booknerds! It’s been a while. Sorry that I dropped off of the face of the earth, but October was an incredibly busy month for me. Not only was I swamped with theater and improv stuff, but I have started a new creative project which has been exciting. I will tell you guys all about that creative project in another post.

This blog is all about the books, so let’s get into those books. Even though I was super busy this month, I was able to read a decent amount. It wasn’t my best reading month, but certainly not the worst.

1. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #2) — This was the first book that I dove into. I was highly anticipating it after finishing the first book, Three Dark Crowns, in July. Three Dark Crowns blew me away, so I definitely had some high expectations for the sequel. I’m happy to say that I was not let down. One Dark Throne was just as exciting and addicting as its predecessor. I read the book in three days. Things just kept happening and I needed to know what happened next. Unlike most people, I think I enjoyed Three Dark Crowns just a hair more. I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but my favorite aspect of Three Dark Crowns was the fact that the plot constantly kept me on my toes. When I was reading One Dark Throne, I was able to see more of the twists and turns coming. That being said, I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait for the next installment. For more of my in depth thoughts, check out my review! Warning, it does contain some spoilers for the first book so I recommend only reading it if you have finished Three Dark Crowns(Rating: 4/5 Stars)

2. Lucky in Love by Kasie West — I picked this up because I was in the mood for a fun light read. That’s exactly what a Kasie West book usually entails so it was a good choice. She writes mostly cute YA contemporaries. This one was no different. It follows Maddie who randomly wins the lottery. Once she comes into money, it changes how people interact with her so we see her deal with that. There’s also this cute boy that she works with, Seth, who is unaware that she’s won the lottery. She likes that he just treats her the same and wants to keep it that way. I enjoyed reading this and thought it was cute. This book was nothing mind blowing, but just a fun read. I loved Seth and thought he was the best part. Not only was he super adorable (seriously, I think I fell in love with him), but I appreciated the fact that he was Asian American. I feel like it’s so rare to see a non-white dude as the male lead, especially in YA contemporary. I also think Asian American men are not often shown as sexy or attractive in American media. Seth definitely doesn’t follow the typical Asian American stereotypes and he just felt so real. Overall, this book was adorable. As I said nothing mind blowing, but not super cringy either. (Rating: 3/5 Stars)

3. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #2) — I decided to finally continue on with the Mistborn series this month. I absolutely fell in love with this world when I read The Final Empire back in May. I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to read this sequel, but I took the plunge this month. The book absolutely blew me away. I mean Sanderson is known for being such an excellent writer, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but still! After loving The Final Empire I was worried that the second book wouldn’t live up to the first, but it totally did. The Well of Ascension is definitely a slower paced book, but everything continues to build and build as you read until you reach the end. God, the ending was so good. It’s the kind of ending that just whacks you over the head and makes everything come full circle in a way. I’m still not over it. Needless to say that I will be picking up the final book in the trilogy a lot sooner than this one! I cannot wait to see how Sanderson wraps everything up. If you are a fan of fantasy and haven’t read this series yet, please, I urge you to pick it up! (Rating: 5/5 Stars)


Those are all of the books that I read this past month. The Well of Ascension took up most of my time since my copy was a whopping 776 pages. It was easily my favorite read of the month so I can’t be mad at it.

I wish I was able to read more, because I’m slowly falling behind with my goal of reading 50 books this year. I need to get it together somehow.

Anyway I would love to know what everyone has been reading recently! What was your favorite book you read in the month of October? Have you read any of these books? Let’s talk about all things books in the comment section down below. 

Book Review/Discussion|One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Ever since I read Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, I’ve been desperately waiting for this sequel to come out. I got my hands on it as soon as I could, and I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed it!

It’s really hard to talk about this book without majorly spoiling the first. Trust me when I say that you do not want to be spoiled for the first book. If you have not read it, please click out of this review and come back when you have at least read the first installment. I have a brief, spoiler-free review up on GoodReads for One Dark Throne, so you can check that out here if you’re still curious.

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September TBR!

This post is way overdue seeing as how we’re already eight days into September! I visited my friend in Seattle Labor Day weekend, so I didn’t have a ton of time to blog. The time I did have, I spent resting. Did you know there are so many god damn hills in Seattle? I swear, my friend walked me all over the place.

Since I failed at reading all of the things I planned to last month, I have a lot of catching up to do. On top of that, I have to read two books for my book club. We’re trying to read 12 books in 2017 and since we missed the first month, we picked this month as our double header.

Basically, I just have a ton to read. Let’s get into what exactly that entails.


1. The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke — I received an eARC from NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review. I intended to finish this book last month, but time got away from me. It follows Ellie Baum, a sixteen-year old girl, who accidentally time travels back to 1988 East Berlin thanks to a red balloon. Nobody’s quite sure how this happened, not even the members of this secret guild who use balloons to help people escape to West Berlin. I’m currently half-way through and really enjoying it! Ellie is such an awesome main character and I’m interested to see where the plot goes. This book was just recently released, so check it out if any of this interests you.

2. Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones — This is the other ARC I need to get to this month, as it comes out later this month. I’m so excited to pick this book up, because there are spies. I am all about the spies. Also, I am really feeling the historical fantasy too, so this book sounds like a match made in heaven. It follows sixteen-year-old Annis Whitworth who has just learned that her father’s dead and that all of his money is gone. Her next course of action? To become a spy of course. This story takes place 1818 in the city of London, and Annis has the ability to sew glamours into clothes which can disguise the wearer completely. I’m just so into the premise and cannot wait to dive into it. It’s been a while since I read something involving spies.

3. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan — This is my book club’s official book of the month. It was my friend Will’s pick, and he chose this because he is planning on applying for grad school for writing. Jennifer Egan is one of the professor’s at the program he’s looking at, so he wanted to get more familiar with her writing. Personally, I’m really excited to read this. I don’t know too much about it aside from the fact that it deals with the music industry (specifically punk rock), and has interconnecting story lines. From what I can gather the book plays around with time as well. I love all of these things, so hopefully I end up enjoying this book.

4. A Comfortable Madness by Francine LaSala — My book club decided a few months ago that this would be the book we read during our double header. Will is friends with the author and suggested it. I don’t know know too much about this except for the fact that it is a romance. From what I know it sounds good, and I’m excited to read something by a fellow Long Islander.

5. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas — At the rate that Bella and I are reading this, I’m not sure if we’ll actually finish it by the end of this month. However, I’m about 200 pages into this so I thought I would mention it. I’m obviously really enjoying it so far! Sarah J. Maas just writes book crack that you can’t help but get into. This is the conclusion to the ACOTAR Trilogy and I’m really scared, because I know someone dies (or at least, I can only assume someone dies as it’s the last book). With that in mind, I’m sort of glad I’m reading it slowly. I can savor it even more.


Those are all of the books I plan to read. I am determined to have a super productive reading month this September. I’m hoping to finish all of these quickly so that I can squeeze in an extra book possibly. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake comes out this month and I want to read it asap. I read Three Dark Crowns a few months ago and have been obsessed with it ever since. Hopefully I have time, if not this will be first on my TBR for October.

What is on your TBR for this month? Are you planning on reading any of the books I mentioned? Let’s chat about it in the comment section.

August Wrap Up

I wish that I could say that August was a great reading month for me, but it wasn’t. I did not get through everything that I wanted to, which sucks. Now I’m left playing catch-up.

On the bright side, I didn’t read any bad books! I also saw some pretty awesome films that I want to talk about. I know this is a book blog, but I thought I would expand on my wrap-up by including all of my general favorites. (Also it’s a good excuse for me to blab about my favorite things).

Let’s get into what I read this month!

Books I Read

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo —  This is a carryover from July that I finished early on in the month. It is a cute YA Contemporary about a girl who uses K Dramas to get a man. I was pretty pumped to read this book when I heard the premise. I am into Korean pop culture and it’s a love story, so I thought that it would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, this book fell a little flat for me. While I thought Desi, our main character, was hilarious and loved all of the Korean culture references, it lacked depth. I wish that the story lines were more fleshed out and that Desi had a stronger personal journey. This book is like k drama, but without some of the complexity. This was just okay for me. (Rating: 3/5 Stars)

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller  – Mask of Shadows is the first book in a YA Fantasy series that follows Sal who is auditioning to be an assassin for the Queen. Mostly so that they can get their revenge on. I was lucky enough to receive an digital ARC through NetGalley in exchange an honest review.  It was pretty enjoyable. Something that sets this book apart from your average YA Fantasy is that the main character is genderfluid. I really enjoyed all of the action in this book. I did not expect it to have nearly as much action as it did. My biggest problem with it was the writing itself. It could have been stronger on all accounts. To read more of my in depth thoughts, please check out my review. That being said, I am interested to see what happens next. Miller has got me hooked. (Rating: 3/5 Stars)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman  – This was my book club’s book of the month. It was the month that my friend Kim finally picked a fantastic book, loved by everyone. Especially me. It is hard to summarize this book without giving away too much. What I can tell you is that this book follows Ove, a grumpy old man whose world gets shaken when a young couple moves in next door. It is a quirky tale that manages to be hilarious, but also heartbreaking and sweet. I was bashed over the head with feels. I don’t know what I enjoyed more, the characters or the writing. Ove leaps on the page, and it’s hard not to fall in love with him. The writing was also fabulous. I loved how it was light hearted, but still incredibly deep and sad at times. I laughed, cried, was touched, and felt sad. It made me feel a range of emotions, sometimes in the same chapter. I think that is hard to do, and I give major props to anything that manages to make me laugh out loud and cry my eyes. This was easily the best book that I read all month. (Rating: 4.5/5 Stars)

Writing Goals

Last month I set some writing goals for myself, in attempt to push myself to be more productive. However, I got into a really bad funk that set me back across the board. Spoiler alert, I’m pretty sure I failed at all of these.

Blog Goals

1. Post at least 1 review a week – I posted a solid two reviews this month, Mistborn: The Final Empire and Mask of Shadows. Technically, it’s only one since I posted my Mask of Shadows review yesterday, the first of September. I’m counting it though since I wrote it in August.

2. Try and come up with discussion topics – This one didn’t really happen either. While I did start a series revolving adaptations, I did not post any discussion topics.

3. Post at least 3 to 4 times a week – Okay, so this was a MAJOR fail considering I took a two week break from Book to the Becky. My funk is completely responsible for that.

Creative Writing Goals

1. Finish a full chapter – My blog was not the only one thing that suffered due to my funk, my novel did as well. I honestly haven’t touched it since the beginning of the month. I really need to get back to it.

2. Come up with a sketch idea – I did not come up with a sketch idea, big surprise. I wasn’t terrible in the sketch writing department though since I completely rewrote an old sketch. I’m gonna say I half completed this goal.

I did do some writing though despite the fact that I failed most of my goals. I started working on a scene for my wedding series which has been a lot of fun. I’m almost finished with it too! So, I haven’t been a complete failure.

Favorite Things I Watched

I wanted to share and gush about my favorite films that I watched this month. I would mention some of favorites in the TV world too, but I sadly haven’t watched a ton of TV this month. The only thing I have been religiously watching is Show Me the Money Season 6, which is a Korean rap competition show. It’s been good, but there have been so many heated moments that I’m still not over. Enough random TV, let’s talk movies.

Dunkirk – Alright, so Christopher Nolan is my favorite director of all time. I love the way he tells stories. It’s always in a unique and interesting way. Needless to say, I have been excited for this film’s release since it was first announced. I wouldn’t call this a war film. It more accurately tells the story about how all of these British soldiers were rescued. I didn’t know what to expect going in, but this was a complex film about heroism. I loved the way the story told and the many layers in this film. On top of that this film had incredible cinematography that Nolan is sort of known for. It was especially highlighted by the fact that there was little to know dialogue. I would say this film was an experience and one that lends itself to viewing it in a movie theatre. While it is definitely not my favorite film by him, it was still solid. (9/10 Stars)

Girls Trip – This film took me completely by surprise. I went into it thinking that it would be a fun rom com, but holy crap! I was absolutely blown away. First things first, I was so wrong about it being a rom com. This was a straight up comedy. I can’t remember the last time I laughed this hard at a film. It was hilarious! Tiffany Hadish stole the fucking show and had me tearing up, that’s how hard I was laughing. Aside from being a brilliant comedy, this film also had a ton of heart. I loved that it was about female friendship and female empowerment, black female empowerment at that. There were a few moments that hit me so hard and that I related to so much. I said this about A Man Called Ove, but anything that can make me piss my pants and cry gets a high rating from me. I loved this film so, so, so much. Honestly, it might be my favorite film of 2017 so far. That’s how good it is. If you have not seen it, please go watch it. (FYI, it is rated R. If you’re under 18, make sure it’s either cool with your parents or something that you feel comfortable watching). (Rating: 9.5/10)


That about sums up my August, at least in terms of books, writing, and movies. Even though I was in a funk, I watched and read some pretty cool things. So I can’t complain really.

What books did you read this month? Did you read any of these? Let’s chat down in the comment section below. Also, let me know if you watched any awesome movies or TV shows. I’m always looking for some recommendations.