Saturday, June 17, 2017

(Mini-ish) Review|| Stalking Jack the Ripper // Kerri Maniscalco




I've been seeing Stalking Jack the Ripper all over the book side of the internet for the past year. Yet, I didn't pick it up until a few months ago. Not only did the synopsis intrigue me but Kerri Maniscalco is the sweetest; I needed to support her book just based on her amazingness alone.
*Whispers* You should follow her on ~le Twitter~

I don't want to ramble on for too long so let's just get right into my thoughts on SJTR!


From page one, I was loving Audrey Rose. She fights against the societal norm and she's not afraid to put her all into what she's passionate about. (Even though she's constantly judged by everyone around her).


We also have Thomas who is your typical mysterious YA love interest... except he's not. When Audrey first sees him she's like: DAMN who's that. (Which is honestly relatable af). But it's not in an insta-love let's get married ASAP kind of way. 
When we get deeper into the book, the relationship between Thomas and Audrey starts to develop but it never turns into a full-on relationship (which I LIVE for). I'm honestly so excited to see how their relationship develops in Hunting Prince Dracula. 

Anyways...

Let's talk more about the actual plot of the book. 
I love how Maniscalco always kept me guessing. I didn't know who was friend or foe so I was constantly stressing out about possible character deaths. 
However, one of my biggest problems with the book was that I was able to guess who "The Ripper" was within the first 200 pages. On the back of the book it says something along the lines of "I was the girl who had loved THE RIPPER" so I immediately knew it could only be a few people. It got frustrating towards the end when it was obvious who Jack the Ripper was and Audrey still wasn't catching on. I was like, "GIRL. COME ON. YOU. HAVE. TO. RUN."
There weren't really any side characters that I was iN LoVE with but the magnificent main characters made up for that. 

You can also tell that Kerri was born to write this story. She's phenomenal when it comes to adding an air of mystery/creepiness to a piece of writing; I couldn't think of anyone better to write a YA rendition of the Jack the Ripper mystery.



QUOTE

"Pretending a monster wasn't there didn't make it go away. 
It only made one vulnerable to its attack."








Thank you for reading and have a fabulous day!




Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Melting Library // May "Fictional Confections" Box 2017


Hello my lovely friends!

So... I'm a bookstagrammer and when you're a bookstagrammer you find lots of stuff you NEED. (YES you absolutely do need all of that stuff *wink wink wink*) is generally my thought process. But, alas, I'm not rich. Soooo I have to pick and choose what COMPLETELY NECESSARY things I want to buy. And, being me, book candles are at the top of that list. 

When I saw that the theme of The Melting Library sampler box was "Fictional Confections" I just about died. 
FOOD?!
DESSERTS?!
FICTION?!
SUBSCRIPTION BOXES I PROBABLY DON'T NEED BUT ACTUALLY DO NEED?!

SIGN. ME. UP.


I thought it would be fun to show y'all what came inside the box!



I'm gonna be honest with you guys. There is some swag when you first open the box but I had to check out the candles first because I was SO. EXCITED. 





Ribbon is from: Designed by Freepik

These are what the candles look like (from the inside!) The box also came with a recipe booklet. A ReCiPE BoOKLeT. I love to (try to) cook/bake so I'm over the moon excited to try and make some of  these delicious treats ~0.0~





















I absolutely ADORE all of these candles! I think my favorite is probably Milk of the Poppy since the candle itself is StUnnING and it smells divine.







Along with the candles, there were also a few other things in the box WHOOPWHOOP.


The first thing you see (besides the wondrous magical candles of amazingness) is this Reveur chapstick inspired by the Night Circus! (This also smells AMAZING by the way :)


... the box also comes with this Willy Wonka bookmark from Jane's Tiny Things! Fun fact about me: I'm terrified of Willy Wonka xD I'm pretty sure he makes kids into candy and... I don't know... he terrifies me *cue nervous laughter*


... and that about wraps up this months Melting Library Sampler! You probably won't see a TML unboxing from me again for quite a while since I have to spend money on other things *Shakes fist at sky* 
I hope y'all enjoyed fangirling over candles with me!

You can find the Raquel (aka the candle queen) here if you're interested in checking out her products.



Thank you for reading and have a fabulous day!



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bookcitement // June (HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDEEEEEEE) New Releases


*Blinks*

... and it's June! This month is filled with a plethora of beautiful books. (No but really I NEEED all these covers displayed on my wall). I WANT (haha get it because Cindy Pon's book... no... okay I'll leave) all of these new releases and, by the end of this post, maybe you will too...?





Internet Famous by: Danika Stone

The cover for this one is seriously SO. CUTE. I'm always up for a good old fashioned high school, internet famous teen, drama book xD


Once and for All by: Sarah Dessen

I've never read a Sarah Dessen book before (shocking right?!) but maybeeee this will be my first one? The book follows Louna who's the daughter of a famed wedding planner. The book basically sounds like it's going to be cutesy and funny and FABULOUS. 


Song of the Current by: Sarah Tolcser

I hadn't heard of this one but I read a review from Amber over at Dulivre and I'm now convinced that I need it in my life. Romance and badasses and fantasy OH MY.




Our Dark Duet by: Victoria Schwab 

I haven't read book one (which is This Savage Song) but I do own it! I adore the covers of this series and I know ODD is going to be AMAZING because Victoria Schwab wrote it. 


Bad Romance by: Heather Demetrios 

When I first read the synopsis for this book I kind of got a dark Cinderella vibe...? I don't think that's what the book was going for but still. I know I say this all the time but, seriously, the cover is SO FREAKING PRETTY. 


Obsidian and Stars by: Julie Eshbaugh

This is part of another series that I haven't started yet *HIDES* I own book one though and I'm hoping to get to it this summer! (Julie Eshabaugh is also the nicest). 


Want by: Cindy Pon

"[...] set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city."

Doesn't that sound EPIC?!




Now I Rise by: Kiersten White

I read And I Darken (book one) last year and I really really enjoyed it! The characters are interesting and the world is intriguing. I really recommend reading!


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by: Mackenzi Lee

I've been waiting for this one FOREVER and I'm so excited that it's finally coming out this month! I can't wait to meet Percy & Monty ☺





What releases are you excited for this month?

Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!



Thursday, June 1, 2017

April/May|| Month(s)? in Review


Hello my beautiful friends! I've been slacking on posting these past two months *SWEATS* so I'm going to be combining my April and May monthly wrap-ups. Fair warning, this post is going to be super long so beware xD








I read five books in the month of April! 

Ratings:


  • The Hate U Give: 5 Stars
  • Milk and Honey: 4 Stars
  • The Melody of You and Me: 4 Stars
  • Blood Rose Rebellion: 2 Stars
  • Night: no rating

I currently have a review of Blood Rose Rebellion ⇢ Here!






.... I only ended up reading 4 books in May.

Ratings:


  • A Court of Wings and Ruin: 3 Stars
  • Day of Tears: 3 Stars
  • Aristotle and Dante: 5 *THOUSAND Stars
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper: 4 Stars


If you want to read my loooong breakdown of thoughts on ACOWAR then you can click here!




While May may (haha... I'll sit down) have been a month of fabulous new releases, I barely bought any new books.





I pre-ordered ACOWAR so I could get the pre-order map. (What can I say? I LIVE for bookish maps). But then I didn't want to wait four days for the book so I got the target edition. The sad thing is I didn't even like the book...
(Shhhhh we all make mistakes xD)





I saw this book on Amazon and I knew I had to snatch it up! How Dare the Sun Rise is written by: Sandra Uwiringyimana. (My goal this year is to be able to successfully pronounce her last name because I SuCk at names). If you want to learn more about the book I highly recommend that you go check it out here!




These past two months have been filled with homework, tests, and a lot of coffee. I'm actively doing color guard again so that's slowly beginning to eat away at my time. Buuuut school is just about done so I'll have way more time to myself very soon. *CHEERS*
I got my first Nerdy Post this month as well as my first Melting Library monthly sampler! I really loved the contents of the boxes and I'll actually be posting unboxings of both boxes on here super soon!
I also feel like it's notable to mention my new blog name! I started blogging three years ago on the Wix platform with a name that, I thought, was AMAZING. Once I moved over to blogger I adopted a name that I came up with on the fly aka "Faith's Bookspiration." I haven't been particularly happy with that name so I (finally) decided to adopt the name " Cozy Sweater Reads!" Something about the name just makes me smile. I hope y'all love the new name as much as I do!





I actually have two blog posts of the month(s) since I technically skipped a month. (Double the fun amiright?!)

AprilThings I Don't Love About Kindles by: Ella from Of Wonderland. This post in particular was super relatable and Ella's GIF game is ON. PoiNT.

MayRiddles Tea Shoppe feature  from Pure Imagination. I always love finding new shops to obsess over so hearing (even more) fantastic things about Juli's shop made me (even more!!!) enthusiastic about these delicious looking bookish teas. 



How was your April/May?

Thanks you for reading and I hope your June is filled with chocolate and amazingness!



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review|| A Court of Wings and Ruin (and lot's of cringe) by: Sarah J Maas




I don't usually like to review sequels because then the review can't truly be spoiler free (which is a huge bummer). BUT I had to make an exception since the third and final (??????) book in the ACOTAR series came out this month. 

Since this is the third book, this won't be a spoiler-free review. If you haven't read all three books then please leave if you don't want to be spoiled. If you don't really care about spoilers then...


Let me take a minute to get myself together I CaN'T STOP LaugHIng aT tHIS GIF *DEEP BREATHS*
Oh ACOWAR. 

*Sigh*

Before we get into the actual review let's have a bit of a ~story time~ shall we?

I don't think I've ever been so hyped for a book. ACOMAF is pretty much my favorite book of all time. 
*Has definitely NOT fallen asleep with ACOMAF in my arms multiple times*
I haven't been this obsessed with a book since I read Clockwork Princess back in 2013; and boy was I OBSESSED. It didn't actually begin to occur to me that maybe, just maybe, ACOWAR wouldn't be as good as ACOMAF until a few days before I received my copy. 

Once I received said copy, I put off reading ACOWAR for as long as I could *cough* approximately 10 minutes *cough*. I sat down and devoured 100 pages, put the book down, and later picked it up and devoured another 500 pages in one sitting. Needless to say, I looked up from the book and my vision wasn't that good but YA KNOW WHAT ToTaLLy WoRTH iT. I then read the last 100 pages in my 65 minute class (which I didn't even know was humanly possible for me as a reader...?) Have you ever tried reading while playing the viola because, that morning, I did. How is that even possible? I don't know, my friends. I do not know.

So I'm sitting in class and I immediately go to Goodreads to give ACOWAR a rating. (My original rating is 4.2/5 stars). A few days later I lower my rating to 3.5 stars... and then I think about the book EVEN MORE and my rating goes down to a 3 stars. 

So... what was the problem with what I thought to be my new favorite read of 2017?

(Keep in mind there wasn't one thing in particular that killed the book for me. It was more of an amalgamation of smaller things.)





(This section title sounds so intense ahaha)

I felt like we were going to see a lot more of Feyre in the spring court. I don't know about anyone else, but the synopsis gave me the vibe that a good chunk of the book would be about Feyre infiltrating Tamlin and his cronies. However, about 100 out of the 700 pages actually contained Feyre in the spring court. While this definitely wasn't my biggest problem with the book, I would have liked to have seen a little bit more.




It makes sense that Feyre couldn't be away from her mate for too long because how could we possibly fit all of the sex in otherwise? Y'all have to understand something about moi. I am a lover of trashy romance. The Feysand scenes in ACOMAF are MY FAVORITE. The Feysand scenes in ACOWAR... meeeeeh. The first time Feyre and Rhysand see each other again I was actually screaming. I could barely stop screaming long enough to actually read the book. (The fangirl in me reared it's slightly crazy looking glitter-filled head). The second time Feysand had sex I was still living off of my fangirl high and I was just rolling with it. 
But there's a point when the sex started to feel... cringey and forced. I would read 5 chapters and 3 out of those 5 chapters would contain sex scenes. It got to a point where I was like, "Okay SJM you got anything else?"
There's also a particular scene where Feyre tells Rhysand:
"'I don't think--I don't think I can have sex here. With him [Tamlin] so close." Rhys remained quiet. "I'm sorry if--'"
Something about that was just kind of... weird to me. 
It insinuates that they have to have sex every night and that just didn't mesh well with me.




Trust me when I say this. I love Feysand SO. FREAKING. MUCH. But their relationship in ACOWAR wasn't doing it for me. Rhys was a fuckboy 98% of the time. (This kind of aligns with the last section.) The sex to emotional moments of amazingness ratio was probably 10:1. 
I also felt like Rhys was... trying too hard. (HoLD uP let me explain). There were a ton of instances where Rhys would jump in and say something along the lines of "FEYRE CAN MAKE HER OWN DECISIONS. FEYRE IS AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN." It's great that he feels that way, don't get me wrong, but it felt really forced and awkward. 
Overall, I just really didn't care for the portrayal of their relationship.



Sarah J Maas tried to add diversity into ACOWAR but it... didn't go well. We're first introduced to Helion who is bi. How do we know he's bi? He LOOOOVES threesomes!!! It's really ignorant and audacious to assume that, since so and so is bi, they must love threesomes. We also later find out that Mor is bi. (Bi because she's attracted to both men and women she just doesn't have emotional ties to men.) While I don't think Mor was represented poorly, I do have a hard time believing that she hasn't come out to her friends after 500 years. 500 YEARS. Let that sink in.



The ending wasn't really an ending. It wasn't Requiem level bad (y'all know what I'm talking about if you've read the Delirium trilogy) but it definitely didn't feel like an ending. (Just to be clear I'm talking about the last chapter not the entirety of the ending). I know there are more books but still. Shouldn't the conflict from this trilogy be resolved in this trilogy? The ending overall felt lacking and haphazard. 



... I think that about covers my problems with the book! I disliked A LOT about ACOWAR; but I didn't dislike everything. 


I loved that we got to venture into different courts! The scenes where Lucien and Feyre are fighting their way through the Autumn Court are probably some of my favorite scenes from the entirety of the trilogy. 
I also loooved when the Inner circle took a trip to the Dawn Court. The banter between the high lords is honestly my favorite. (Can't you just picture all of the courts being stuck in the Big Brother house together? xD) Tamlin walks in like:


I can't lie. The last 100 pages had me feeling all of the feels. 

Actual footage of me in the back of my class when I read chapter 76/77:



In conclusion, ACOWAR felt like fan fiction to me. I expected a lot and it didn't deliver; but it also wasn't terrible. Maybe the ACOTAR books Sarah releases in 2018 will redeem this series as a whole...?



"Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you."




Thanks for reading and have a lovely day! 


(Mini-ish) Review|| Stalking Jack the Ripper // Kerri Maniscalco

I've been seeing Stalking Jack the Ripper all over the book side of the internet for the past year. Yet, I didn't pick it u...