House Of Salt And Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐ 1/2

This was a highly anticipated read for me since the summer, and I was very excited to join in the Bookish Ladies Club buddy read.

I tried to walk into this one not expecting anything, but even then I was left feeling like it was overhyped.

The good..

-The atmosphere. I’m a fan of dark retellings, and liked the setting of this story. The mention of ghosts made for an eerie kind of read.

– I also liked that this was a murder mystery, which was great initially, but things started to go a little downhill for me.

The bad..

-The story is kinda slow to start and a bit too descriptive at times.
– I already figured out who the villain was as soon as they were introduced, so for me, it wasn’t surprising.

– Not gonna lie, there were some major eye-rolling moments: like when the girls are having their dresses and shoes made, and the moment Annaleigh meets Cassius. Ugh..this instalove story didn’t work for me.

But here is where things get ugly..

– There were too many elements: mystery, ghosts, fantasy & magic. The ideas were good, but the execution was kind of a mess, making the last portion of the story weird. I felt like I was reading an entirely different story.

Overall, I was intrigued and wanted to see where things were going, but it was a bit of a letdown.

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young @RaincoastBooks @adriennebooks @wednesdaybooks

** Thank you Raincoast Books for providing me with an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review **

Genre: YA

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Have you ever chosen to read a book based solely on the cover & title alone? (Without reading the description?)

That was me with this book!

Dum dum me, didn’t know this was the second book to Sky In The Deep, until I already had the ARC in my hands and stumbled upon moonprincess37‘s awesome review. 🤦‍♀️

It didn’t matter though, cause this could be read as a standalone. Phew!

To be honest, I didn’t think Vikings were my thing or my kinda story, but after reading this..it may have changed my outlook on it!

It totally reminded me of season 5 of Game Of Thrones. So if you’re a fan of the show like I was and haven’t read Sky In The Deep yet, I think you’ll enjoy this read.

There’s character building, an epic battle and alternating POV’s. Everything that makes for good storytelling!

Definitely going on my list of favourites for 2019!

Have you read it yet? If so, what did you think? Did you read Sky In The Deep?

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

Spooktober Reads #MonthlyTBR #BOTM

Hello booksharks!

What’s your favourite season or holiday?

Me? I LOVE autumn & Halloween! I prefer the cooler weather, pumpkin spice beverages (cause who doesn’t?) and dressing up for Halloween! It’s become a bit of tradition in our family. 🙂

Alright..so let’s get down to business! What’s on your TBR this month??

Here are mine:

1) Rules For Vanishing by Kate AliceMarshall

2) The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

3) The Institute by Stephen King

4) Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

5) House Of Salt And Sorrows by Erin. A Craig

Have you read any of these yet?

September TBR #BOTM

Holy crapola! Can you believe it’s already September?!!

Honestly, I’m so ready for fall weather. I’m not really a hot weather kinda gal, even though I was born in July! Ironic isn’t it? Is it weird that I enjoy the beach when it’s cool out?

Anyway..

What book are you excited to read this month? Are you a summer or fall type?

I’m in a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic kinda mood, which isn’t my usual thing where books are concerned. But I’ve been warming up to it so we shall see how it goes!

Here’s what I’ve got on my list this month:

Library Borrows

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Contagion by Erin Bowman

Ebooks

The Last by Hanna Jameson

ARC’S

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by AdriAnne Young – cont’d from Aug

Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Netgalley

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Have you read any of these?

August TBR #BOTM

What’s your most anticipated read this month?

Any favourites you’ve read so far?

Here’s my list of books I’m excited to read! Hopefully I’ll be able to get through all of them!! 😜

Library Borrows

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

YA

Frankly In Love by David Yoon

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Middle Grade

The Great Brain Robbery (The Train To Impossible Places #2) by P.G Bell

The Vanderbeekers To The Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser

Netgalley

Thirteen by Steve Cavangh

The Whisper Man by Alex North

That’s A Wrap: July Reads #Monthlywrapup

Did you manage to finish the books on your TBR this month?

Any favourites??

Here are some of the books I read:

ARC’s

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green ⭐⭐⭐

Middle Grade

The Monster Catchers by George Brewington ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Netgalley

We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

July TBR #BOTM

Happy Canada Day! It’s the long weekend over here. I hope everyone’s summer is off to a good start.

I’ve been a bit slow in conquering my reading pile for the last little while..how about you??

Here’s my planned reading for July:

ARC’s

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Middle Grade

The Monster Catchers by George Brewington

The Remarkable Journey Of Coyote Sunrise by Ben Gemeinhart

Netgalley

We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman

eBooks

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

June TBR #BOTM

Holy Crap it’s already June!

Do you tend to lean to certain genres or themes during certain seasons? I know I do! I usually enjoy more chick lit and beachy type reads (i.e mermaids)

LIBRARY BORROWS

The Unlikely Adventures Of The Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Finale by Stephanie Garber

NETGALLEY

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

BOOKCLUB READ

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

MIDDLE GRADE

Maybe A Mermaid by Josephine Cameron

The Remarkable Journey Of Coyote Sunrise by Ben Gemeinhart

The Monster Catchers by George Brewington

Are any of these on your list? What’s your most anticipated read this month??

May TBR #BOTM

Do you like to read Middlegrade? I do! I usually read at least one a month, in between books for something lighter and fun. Since it’s Middlegrade May, I’ve added a few more to my list this month.

Which books do you have lined up for May?

Here are some of mine:

ARC’s

Birthday by Meredith Russo

The East End by Jason Allen

Middlegrade ARC’s

Carmen Sandiego: Endangered Operation

Maybe A Mermaid by Josephine Cameron

The Startup Squad by Brian Weisfeld & Nicole. C. Kear

NETGALLEY

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

AUDIOBOOKS

When Dimple Met Rishi

BOOKS

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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