I was a little let down by this book. The Marsh King’s Daughter was in my top 10 books that I wanted to read and I was thrilled when it came off hold at the library. Then I started reading it and my excitement waned. It was mainly because of Helena. I couldn’t stand her. I did feel bad for her because she was extremely damaged but that was about where my tolerance of her ended.
I loved this book!! It made me almost pee my pants laughing (Emily’s explaining of her lack of boobs to Simon had me rolling) to crying (basicallythe last couple of chapters and the epilogue). It also made me miss the Ren Faire. It was cancelled last year and I am looking forward to going this fall.
This was another book that I loved. The characters (even the secondary ones) were vibrant and full of life. I was rooting for both Elian and Lira to accomplish their quests (I know, messed up because of what Lira had to do). I also loved the snarky references to The Little Mermaid. But, it was the end that made the book for me. I went from sorrow to horror to sorrow to joy and back.
Hidden Fury was an enjoyable read. Not going to say much about this book because I did write a review on it (see below). Everything I needed to say about it was said in the review.
House of Enchanted: The Revelations of Oriceran by Sarah Noffke, Martha Carr, and Michael Anderle
I wasn’t a huge fan of House of Enchanted which surprised me. I had gone into reading it thinking that it would be a cute adventure or be something like Piers Anthony wrote. Nope, nothing like his works and it wasn’t exactly cute to read. I was disappointed because I have read books by all three authors and enjoyed them.
I have had a really bad turn of luck with the last 3 books I have read (the one before, this one, and the one after). They have all been “meh” to me. Now, I am not going to go into detail about what was “meh” about A Cowboy Kind of Love. There’s a review coming the end of April and it will explain everything.
This is the last of the trio of books that I mentioned above. I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I loved it because it showcased mental health (Blue’s declined over the course of the book), bullying, and positive body image (Tuck learning to love his body). But at the same time, I hated it. Blue acted like a child for 90% of the book. She pushed Tuck into doing things he didn’t want to (sexually and it left a bad taste in my mouth after that scene). Oh and the language bothered me. Now, I am pretty relaxed with cursing and all that. But to read a teenager using that language in conversations with her parents?!? Yeah, it didn’t anything for me.
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
The antibiotic worked!! My bladder infection is officially gone. I finished the last pill yesterday and did a happy dance around my living room (tothe amusement of my kids).
Things are still the same for Miss R. She is still disliking virtual school and loving horseback riding. Last week, she was able to trot by herself. That is huge for her because she was afraid. Her instructor is thrilled with her progress. As for school, we’ve told her that she will be able to go back in 2nd grade (fingers crossed).
Miss B had her cardiologist appointment on Monday. She has heart palpitations but the Dr didn’t seem to think that they were serious enough for further treatment. He asked me to call if they get worse. We were both relieved!!
Mr. Z is enjoying his project free week. Of course, after I typed this, I went in and checked his powerschool. Guess what? He has two projects due in his Introduction to Office Productivity class (a required class in this school district). They are due by the end of the week.
BK is getting his Covid shot on Saturday. NC is allowing other essential workers to get their shots starting this week. Because of his job, he is considered essential. I am happy because he has to start traveling for work within the next couple of weeks. I probably won’t be able to get mine until later (even though I have an autoimmune disease).
I have gotten into watching Babylon 5. That is all BK wants to watch. On the rare occasion I get to watch TV, I watch Discovery Plus. I have watched 2 1/2 episodes of Fear Thy Neighbor.
I have been playing a lot of Black Desert Online and doing a lot of coloring on my phone (via coloring apps). I have preordered the PC version of Kingdom Hearts through Epic Games (hereif you want to check it out). I am super excited for this.
I was going to make Slow-Cooker Rosemary-Garlic Beef Roast on Monday. I was exhausted, BK had the day off and he decided to do it for me (how sweet, right). It would have been perfect except…he left the crockpot on warm for 9 hours. We ended up eating McDonalds for supper and throwing everything out….lol. I am planning on remaking it on Friday. Next week, I am looking at making an Ina Garten recipe (not sure which one)
I haven’t touched my old blog posts this week. To be honest, I was still feeling awful and I didn’t feel like doing it. I will be resuming that soon (maybe tomorrow??)
I did better with reading last week. Actually, it was my most productive reading week since after Thanksgiving!! I read 4 books. Go me!!
I recently finished reading:
I absolutely loved this book. I loved the snarky references to The Little Mermaid. I loved that it took Ancient Greek myths and gave them a dark spin. I couldn’t read it fast enough and was worth the wait (a month on hold at the library).
What I am currently reading:
I am a few chapters into House of Enchanted and I am liking it. I thought, by the description, this book was going to be one of those YA books where the heroine is super sugary sweet, the bad things happening are not that bad (Hell no to that one), and the mystery was no big deal. Yeah, well that is not the case. This book is turning into a dark YA fantasy that has some meat to it.
What books I think I’ll read next:
I am finally getting to those neglected books!! I have pushed these three books back so much that I did wonder if I was going to get to them. If I don’t have any books coming off hold from the library, I should be able to read these this week.
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.
What I am Reading Now:
I am so excited to read this book!! I had originally gotten turned down for the ARC on NetGalley. It took a couple of years to realize that I could take it out digitally from the library (yes, I am not that great with technology outside of gaming…lol).
What I plan on reading this week:
I did get some books off last week’s IMWAR. And by some, I mean 1. I ended up with two loans coming off loan from the library and an ARC that I needed to read (the review is due tomorrow). I do plan on getting to these books this week!!
She assigns each Tuesday a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.