Sunday, July 5, 2020

To Be Continued Readathon Update 2

So I read my next book for To Be Continued Readathon, and it was Breakout, and it was for Boss Level. I'll be reading I don't know next!

My Reading Journey:

Havoc by Ann Aguirre
Prompt Fulfilled: Top of the TBR Pile
Started On: July 4th
Finished On: July 4th, 9:39 PM
Pages Read: 320

Breakout by Ann Aguirre
Prompt Fulfilled: Boss Level
Started On: July 5th
Finished On: July 5th, 2:03 AM
Pages Read: 336

Prompts Left: New Kid, The Road is Long, Wildcard, I Like Them, Another!, Procrastination, Right Back Where We Started From
Read: 2
Pages Read: 656

Page-a-Thon Update 6

So I read my next book for Page-a-Thon, and it was Breakout, and I'll be reading City of Bones next!

My Reading Journey:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Started On: July 1st
Finished On: July 1st, 1:31 PM
Pages Read: 452

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn
Started On: July 1stFinished On: July 1st, 11:39 PMPages Read: 432

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Started On: July 2nd
Finished On: July 2nd, 11:42 PM
Pages Read: 464

The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
Started On: July 3rd
Finished On: July 3rd, 11:29 AM
Pages Read: 343

Havoc by Ann Aguirre
Started On: July 4th
Finished On: July 4th, 9:39 PM
Pages Read: 320

Breakout by Ann Aguirre
Started On: July 5th
Finished On: July 5th, 2:03 AM
Pages Read: 336

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Started On: July 5th
Currently On: Page 0 of 485

Read: 6
Pages Read: 2347

Saturday, July 4, 2020

To Be Continued Readathon Update 1

So I read my first book for To Be Continued Readathon, and it was Havoc, and it was for Top of the TBR Pile. I'll be reading Breakout next!

My Reading Journey:

Havoc by Ann Aguirre
Prompt Fulfilled: Top of the TBR Pile
Started On: July 4th
Finished On: July 4th, 9:39 PM
Pages Read: 320

Breakout by Ann Aguirre
Prompt Fulfilled: Boss Level
Started On: July
Currently On: Page 0 of 336

Prompts Left: New Kid, The Road is Long, Wildcard, I Like Them, Another!, Procrastination, Right Back Where We Started From
Read: 1
Pages Read: 320

Page-a-Thon Update 5

So I read my next book for Page-a-Thon, and it was Havoc, and I'll be reading Breakout next! I changed my mind what I was going to read, because I just wanted to read these books!

My Reading Journey:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Started On: July 1st
Finished On: July 1st, 1:31 PM
Pages Read: 452

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn
Started On: July 1stFinished On: July 1st, 11:39 PMPages Read: 432

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Started On: July 2nd
Finished On: July 2nd, 11:42 PM
Pages Read: 464

The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
Started On: July 3rd
Finished On: July 3rd, 11:29 AM
Pages Read: 343

Havoc by Ann Aguirre
Started On: July 4th
Finished On: July 4th, 9:39 PM
Pages Read: 320

Breakout by Ann Aguirre
Started On: July
Currently On: Page 0 of 336

Read: 5
Pages Read: 2011

Do I Have that Book Tag

So I know this is goes easier in video format, but I don't do videos. Anyways. Here's a link to the original tag, all credit there! And I know that there's a sequel to this tag, but I watched a video that had the prompts, and so now I have an idea of them, so it wouldn't be fair to do it right now. Maybe in a month or two when I've forgotten them, because this was pretty fun!

I saw someone doing this challenge, and I played along for a bit, but I want to see how well I can do myself. So I got 5 questions in, in 1 minute.

1. Do you have a book with deckled edges? Acheron by Sherrilyn McQueen
2. Do you have a book with 3 or more people on the cover? Universal Alien by Gini Koch
3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story? Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long? Demon Crown by James Rollins
5. Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter? Sea Glass by Maria V. Sndyer

For these next questions, I'll start a timer, read the question, think of a book, and stop it, marking the time, and then add it up when I'm done. Yeah.

6. Do you have a Mass Market Paperback book? Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong-0:02:05 seconds.
7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name? Evernight by Claudia Gray-0:02:23 seconds
8. Do you have a book with a character's name in the title? Garbiel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard 0:10:12 seconds
9. Do you have a book with 2 maps in it? A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas-0:52:18 seconds *1
10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show? Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs-0:01:58 seconds
11. Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else?  (celebrity/athlete/politician/tv personality...) Timeless by Alexandra Monir-0:09:23 seconds *2
12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover? Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare-0:09:42 seconds
13. Do you have a poetry book?  No. 0:00:13 seconds.
14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it? An Abundance of Katherines by John Green-0:00:30 seconds
15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you? Sins of the Angels by Linda Pitevin-0:55:42 seconds
16. Do you have a book of short stories? Corsets and Clockwork Anthology-0:02:21 seconds
17. Do you have a book that is between 500-510 pages long? The Invasion of Tearling by Ericka Johnson-1:16:32 seconds *3
18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie? City of Bones by Cassandra Clare-0:00:41 seconds
19. Do you have a graphic novel? No. 0:00:30 seconds
20. Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors? The Blood Gospel by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell-0:01:49 seconds

*1: The first map is a magnified look of one part of the continent, the other page and map has the full continent, so it counts.
*2: I don't know if she was famous, per se, but she was a singer before she was an author, she just did a post about here.
*3: Technically, it's 511. But when I looked at the front, the first two pages were a map and a part one page, the writing started on page 3, so it counts, darn it!

 4:46:19. Probably less, because during the video, I finished before the person did. And maybe it's unfair that my poetry and graphic novel questions were so easy, because no, I don't have any, I know I don't because I don't like poetry, and I'm not interested in graphic novels. I've only read a couple, and two was by a favourite author, and the others were in the Avatar universe. So I knew I didn't own any. And all of these books besides Starcrossed and An Abundance of Katherines are in my room, so that was easy to look and find them.  Technically City of Glass is usually in my book room, but I'm planning on reading it soon because it fills the prompt of what book was adapted, so it's currently in my bedroom.Yeah. So that was a bit hilarious to me and made it super easy to answer the question.

What about you guys? Happy reading!

The Reading Rush 2020 Sign Up

So I'm signing up for The Reading Rush, 2020 version! Yeah, I know, I've signed up for a lot of things recently! But I love participating, and these prompt reading challenges are fun to do, I love making TBR's from them!

These are the books I'm planning to read to fulfill the prompts:
Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birth stone: 
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown-My birthstone is emerald.
Read a book that starts with the word "The": The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix-easy, it starts with The.
Read a book that inspired a movie you've already seen: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton-I've seen the movie, but not read the books.
Read the first book you touch: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen-I reached out and touched this book.
Read a book completely outside of your house: Outside In by Maria V. Sndyer-The creators said to be creative, and mentioned having Outside in the title, and this book just popped straight in my head! 
Read a book in a genre that you've always wanted to read more of: For Whom the Book Tolls by Laura Gail Black-I don't really read as much mystery as I would like.
Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live: A Dance With Fate by Juliette Marillier-Takes place in Ireland.

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Week 27 Review: The Beast is an Animal

From Goodreads:
A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness in this haunting and deeply satisfying tale.

Alys was seven when the soul eaters came to her village.

These soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly morphed into something not quite human, devour human souls. Alys, and all the other children, were spared—and they were sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where good and evil are as fundamental as the nursery rhymes children sing. Fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think it is. And neither is Alys.

Inside, Alys feels connected to the soul eaters, and maybe even to the Beast itself. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she longs for the freedom of the forest. And she has a gift she can tell no one, for fear they will call her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul. 

My first review of The Beast is an Animal
My Review:
Yeah, it was so great to read this book! I just love this world and these characters, to rage at the unfairness of the situation that the kids were in. The writing was excellent, and I felt really connected with Alys and the threats that she was facing.

Alys fears that she's a bad person, because she's what they call a witch, and maybe a soul eater. And that fear is technically a good one, but not that she's a bad person. Because what she isn't necessarily bad, thats just what the town has taught her. And they're a bunch of zealot cowards.

I enjoyed reading this book so much, it was such a great read!

Author: Peternelle van Arsdale
First Read: May 31st, 2017
Read: July 3rd, 2020
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading, and it's a SAC 2020 Book!
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: February 28th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 27 Review: Tiny Pretty Things

From Goodreads:
Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

My Review:
Yeah, I know, I gave this book a bit of a harsh rating for me. But when I first saw this book, well, I din't know how much I'm not really into contemporaries as I do now. And I had to read this book, because it's an ARC, and I couldn't leave it unread like that!

Honestly, a good part of the reason why I didn't enjoy this book was because of how slow it was. There was really only social drama in this book, of these characters and the competition between them as ballerinas. And I'm just not interested in that, it's not enough going on for me.



I did enjoy this book, but it's not one that I'd read again or buy. But I am going to read the sequel, because I need to know how it ends!

Authors: Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Series: Tiny Pretty Things #1
Read: July 2nd, 2020
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded fantastic, and it's 's a DAC Book, Sequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book and WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: May 26th 2015
4/5 Hearts
0/5 Books
0/5 Stars

Week 27 Review: Dangerous Remedy

From Goodreads:
Camille, a revolutionary's daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl's no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?

In these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she's forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future. 

My Review:
It was really fantastic to read this book! I did have this book confused with another for a bit, so I was confused as to what was going on before I went and reread the synopsis of this book. And yeah, it was really interesting to read!



I didn't know that this book was going to be a sequel. And now I know that it's going to be a trilogy. And I'm so excited to spend more time with these characters, I can't wait to see how things are going to play out from here, there's so much potential!

I enjoyed this so much, and I'm so excited to see where it goes from here!

Author: Kat Dunn
Series: Dangerous Remedy #1
Read: July 1st, 2020
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a DAC Book, Historical Fiction 2020 Book and a Prequel & Sequel 2020 Book!
Publisher: Zephyr
Published: May 5th 2020
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 27 Reviews: No Place Like Oz, The Witch Must Burn, The Wizard Returns, Heart of Tin, The Straw King, Ruler of Beasts, Order of the Wicked, Dark Side of the Rainbow, The Queen of Oz, Dorothy Must Die










In this digital original novella, Dorothy travels back to Oz to reunite with old friends, but her story may not have a happy ending. No Place Like Oz is a prequel to the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.

After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don't compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she's happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. In Kansas she's just another prairie girl, but in Oz she was a hero. So Dorothy is willing to do anything to get back, because there really is no place like Oz. But returning to the land she left comes at a price, and after Dorothy is through with it, Oz will never be the same.

Perfect for fans of Alex Flinn, Marissa Meyer, and Gregory Maguire, No Place Like Oz is a dark reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Building off of its rich mythology, Danielle Paige creates an edgy, thrilling story for teens that chronicles the rise and fall of one of the literature's most beloved characters. This digital original novella is a prequel that sets the stage for the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die. 

From Goodreads:
There's a new Wicked Witch in Oz—and her name is Dorothy. This digital original novella is the second installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and exciting New York Times bestseller Dorothy Must Die.

Dorothy Gale is back . . . and she's not the sweet little heroine of Oz anymore. She's power-hungry and vicious, and she leaves a trail of destruction beneath her spike-heeled, magical shoes. But behind the scenes, there's someone else pulling the strings. Someone who doesn't want fame or glory—just control.

Glinda of the North brought Dorothy back to Oz for a reason. And in The Witch Must Burn, a young maid is about to discover that a witch who says she's Good might be the most dangerous kind of Wicked.

From Goodreads:
The Wizard left Oz in a hot air balloon—or did he? This digital original novella is the third installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and exciting New York Times bestseller Dorothy Must Die.

Dorothy Gale is back . . . and she's not the sweet little heroine of Oz anymore. She's power-hungry and vicious, and she leaves a trail of destruction beneath her spike-heeled, magical shoes. But she wasn't always in charge. There used to be a different ruler of Oz. Someone who also came from the Other Place, and who stole power for himself. They called him the Wizard.


The story goes that when a young Dorothy revealed the Wizard as a fraud, the man behind the curtain fled Oz in his hot air balloon. But in The Wizard Returns, he wakes in a field of poppies to find out that not only had he never left, but that he has no memory of who—or where—he is. As he undergoes a series of tests to uncover his memories, he finds that the very girl who threw him from the Emerald Palace is in control. And that Oz may be his destiny after all.

From Goodreads:
Everyone knows the Tin Woodman as Dorothy's lovable sidekick, the tin man who longed for a real heart to beat inside his tin chest. This digital original novella is the fourth installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and thrilling New York Times bestsellers Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise, and tells what happened to the Tin Woodman after he got his wish.


In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Wizard gave the Tin Woodman a heart, and all lived happily ever after—or so the story goes. But in Heart of Tin, the heart wants what the heart wants—and the Tin Woodman's heart pines for Dorothy. The gift that the Wizard once bestowed on him turns twisted with longing. And when Dorothy returns to Oz with her own dark agenda, the Tin Woodman will do whatever it takes to help her rise to power—and to make her his.

From Goodreads:
Once upon a time, the Scarecrow's only wish was to have a brain. This digital original novella is the fifth installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and thrilling New York Times bestsellers Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise and follows the Scarecrow after he finally gets his wish.


In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow received the gift of a brain from the Wizard and was appointed the new ruler of Oz. In The Straw King, the Scarecrow's tale takes a crooked turn when his reign is threatened. With faith in his newfound wisdom shaken, the Scarecrow will turn to anyone who can help—even if others have their own interests at heart.

From Goodreads:
When the Cowardly Lion set off for the Emerald City in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with Dorothy and the others, he sought courage above all else. This digital original novella is the sixth installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and thrilling New York Times bestsellers Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise, and is the Lion's story after he got what he's always wanted.


The Lion's wish has finally come true—he is the courageous ruler of the forest and all of its beasts. But the Lion is bored—he misses the days of his adventures with Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, and the Scarecrow. When Glinda the Good Witch shows up unexpectedly and tasks him with a mission back in the Emerald City, he jumps at the chance to do something exciting, even though he knows she's not telling him the entire truth.

From Goodreads:
This digital original novella is the seventh installment in the series' prequel arc, and reveals how some members of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked came to be.


Dorothy Gale's armies killed Lanadel's entire family, and she's determined to seek revenge. She sets off to find the elusive, secretive group known as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. They're rumored to be training their own army to defeat Dorothy. But when she finds them, Lanadel soon learns that she's seriously underprepared both in fighting skills, as well as magical abilities, and she has to prove herself in order to join the Order and become one of them.

From Goodreads:
Good is Wicked and Wicked is Good in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series!

This digital original novella is the eighth installment in the series' prequel arc and reveals how the wonderful world of Oz began to crumble when Dorothy Gale returned—including Rainbow Falls, Oz's paradise hot spot.


Polychrome, Princess of the Rainbow, has a pretty cushy job. She spends her days surfing at Indigo Beach, playing with her pet unicorn, and occasionally checking in on the tourists vacationing at Rainbow Falls, where she is—technically speaking—in charge. When Dorothy arrives, Polly is less than thrilled. She'd much rather flirt with mysterious surfer Bright than play tour guide to a spoiled wannabe princess. But Rainbow Falls won't be paradise by the time Dorothy's done with it. And Polly may have to leave her life of leisure behind, to become the ruler her land needs.

From Goodreads:
Good is Wicked and Wicked is Good in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series!

This digital original novella is the ninth and final installment in the series' prequel arc. It reveals the mysterious backstory of Ozma—and how she went from fairy princess to the rightful ruler of Oz.


Young Mombi was never the best witch in Oz. She wasn't the most talented, or the most powerful. But when the Wizard knocks on her door holding a baby girl who needs protection, Mombi agrees to take the job. She casts one powerful, surprising spell—hiding the baby where no one would find her. Years later, a boy named Pete goes on a journey to the Emerald City, where he learns the truth about his true identity…and his role in Oz's destiny.

From Goodreads:
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I've been trained to fight.


And I have a mission.

My Review:
I enjoyed reading these stories. The prequel books really set up this world, we really got deep into these characters, and I can't wait to see how the seeds that they planted grow in the full length books in the series. We already saw The Witch Must Burn's seed in Dorothy Must Die, but there's still the rest of them, and I can't wait!

I have one or two complains about the short stories. First, there was an inconsistent detail, and I'm not sure it's going to be a plot point in the future. In No Place Like Oz, the gang gets together a week before the ball. In Heart of Tin, they reunite at the ball. And I don't get this inconsistency.

The second is, the timeline between each book is wonky. The first two work together, the 3rd maybe takes place alongside the 2nd, but the 3rd takes place right after No Place Like Oz, the 4th and 5th take place after Dorothy left, one after another with a year between them. I have no idea when the 7th takes place, the 8th takes place a little after No Place Like Oz, and The Queen of Oz takes place before The Straw King. So it's a lot of bouncing back and forth in the timeline. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed all these stories, but placing them all together was a bit of a challenge.

But one thing that I really liked about the short stories, was that almost all of these characters were morally grey, or darker. Not Good and Wicked, as they are in these stories, but morally. They do a lot of not so great things. Some of them are the villains, but really only Jellia and Pete are the only really good characters of the short stories. Well, Polly, too, but not as much as Jellia and Pete.

I really enjoyed getting to know Amy, she's had to care for her mom most of her life, and she's had it rough. And then being brought to this magical world-but it not being what it is in the book and movie, well, yeah, that's a shock. And then having this mission to kill, well, not cool! I really enjoyed her journey! And where it ended, well, I need to see how it continutes!

This was a really great start to the series, and I can't wait to read more!

Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die #0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, .07, 0.8, 0.9, 1
Read: June 29th, 29th, 29th, 29th, 29th, 29th, 30th, 30th, 30th, July 1st, 2020
Source: Ebook.bike, Bought
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Books, and Dorothy Must Die is a RR Book!
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: November 12th 2013, November 11th 2014, March 3rd 2015, July 28th, 2015, November 10th 2015, February 16th 2016, June 28th 2016, January 31st 2017, March 14th 2017, April 1st 2014

No Place Like Oz:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Witch Must Burn:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Wizard Returns:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Heart of Tin:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Straw King:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Ruler of Beasts:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Order of the Wicked:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Dark Side of the Rainbow:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Queen of Oz:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Dorothy Must Die:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars