American Wolf ★★★☆☆

3 stars

So I don’t have too much to say about this book but I did want to review it because I think it’s good to have something other than YA reviews on my blog. I really enjoyed this book and I was happy to read something other than YA for a while. That being said, it did take me a decent amount of time to get through it because I never just sat down to read it.

Goodreads Summary:

Before men ruled the Earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.

With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, a charismatic alpha female named O-Six for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly Yellowstone park ranger Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.

But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park’s stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.

My Review: 

I thought this book would have been a little more boring but it was actually told in a really cool way. It never felt like I was reading some boring historical novel about how the wolves are in Yellowstone park. I’ve not had the chance to visit the park but I’ve always wanted to and tbh, this book has made me want to go even more. The way everything is described is just amazing and I really enjoyed the writing style. I will just say that it isn’t the best book to sit and read in one sitting because it might get a tad bit boring.

I really loved that the book followed a female wolf that wasn’t conventional because it really showed how wild wolves are. I mean I knew that of course, but it really showed how unpredictable they are and that they don’t follow any rules. She was really interesting to read about and I found myself hoping everything would work out for her because she was just so cool.

I would really recommend this book to anyone who loves wolves because it really gets you in the mood to go looking for wolves. While reading this, I could picture myself going out into the middle of nowhere just to sit and watch the animals do what they do. This is also a really good coffee table book because it is beautiful and you can just pick it up to read parts of it every so often.

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Socks Upon Socks!

For Christmas, my mother bought me a year long subscription to Foot Cardigan and I started the cycle in January of 2017. All the pictures are either from my Instagram (@bookishqueenreads) or from the Foot Cardigan Instagram. I hope you guys find this interesting! I loved getting a new pair of socks every month and now I’ve got a ton of socks. I’m basically drowning in them lol.

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I Found the Worst Article on the Internet

I was looking for some ideas for a new book tag and while I was looking around I found an article that I just didn’t like. I say it’s the worst article on the internet and that might just be a little bit of click bait for you but it really is a bad article to me personally. Now, I might link the article at the end but I also don’t really want to you know? I’d just like to say that this post is a very opinionated post and if that isn’t your thing then that’s cool. I just thought it would be something else to put on my blog and it probably won’t happen again just because I don’t really like the whole negative vibe.

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what this article was about. This young adult wrote a post about why she doesn’t read young adult novels. The title of the article literally just reminds me of an edgy tumblr teen who is trying to separate from the masses. I know I shouldn’t judge an article off of the title but as an author of blog posts, I understand that a title sets the mood for the rest of the post.

She makes some good points about how sometimes, the book misses the mark on how teenagers actually act. I understand that that can be an annoying thing in certain books but to complain about an entire genre is a little excessive. She also says that there are a ton of generalizations made in YA books which is true for the most part. But I’m going to give this one to the authors because, as someone who’s done some writing herself, you can’t make everyone their own individual person. It just makes the book boring. You get a lot of information that doesn’t matter and because of that, I don’t care that the only thing I know about a character is that they were mean to the MC one time.

She says that a lot of YA books are about twenty year olds. Like yes hello?? Being a young adult doesn’t stop the minute you turn twenty. I don’t think that young adult means only teenage characters but a lot of people tend to have that mindset and because of that, a lot of authors stick with what they know people will read.

When I was reading this post I just kept thinking about how she obviously hasn’t read a lot of YA books. She talks about how there is only one type of beauty in YA books but I’ve read books about characters with braces and zits. Things that make them normal teenagers. I just think it’s not cool to complain about something when there are actually a decent amount of books out there where the character couldn’t “win a Gigi Hadid look-a-like competition.” The same thing can be said about how she wants characters with flaws. Almost every YA book I’ve read has had a main character with major flaws that they are working through.

I agree with her last 2 or 3 points because that is something that I’ve said annoyed me before. But that was in certain books. I wasn’t complaining about how all the characters in YA books are sarcastic because they’re not. I’m pretty sure she didn’t mean that every YA author made every character sarcastic but the way it was written made it seem that way.

I’m going to link you guys to the article here because I figure context is always good and why not.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-ya-gets-wrong-about-teenagers-from-a-teen_us_594a8e4de4b062254f3a5a94

A lot of stuff just annoyed me with this article but I don’t mean to bash the young woman that wrote it. She makes good points but overall, I felt like the post was written by someone who hasn’t read a lot of YA books. I just want to start a conversation with you guys. What do you think about the article? Do you agree with what she’s saying?

TV Show Reccomendation: The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel

So I found this show because of a Youtube ad and I’m so so happy that I watched the entire ad. Not only is this show incredibly funny but it also portrays a woman in a role that I haven’t really seen much of. Mrs. Maisel or Midge is a young woman who gets into comedy after her husband leaves her and her two children. He originally thought he was going to be the star of the comedy world but once they split up, he never really tried again. The entire show is about how Midge joins a workforce where she can be arrested for saying the wrong thing and one that is predominantly male.

Midge is a hilarious woman and I absolutely love her character. She is one that is hardly seen in a tv show set in the 1950’s because she is rude and vulgar. She is a woman meant for 2017 and yet she is stuck in a time when the only thing that is expected of her is to have children and be a good wife. While she does do her best to do these things, she also has a mind of her own and can do things for herself. Midge is someone I could see myself being friends with because while she likes a high-class life, she isn’t terrified to go into the “slums” to do what she wants.

Now her husband and parents are a different story. They are perfectly suited for the time period that they are in and I can’t really fault them for that. Her husband was someone she met while in college and for the most part, he was a good husband. At the end of the season, he does something that I really hadn’t seen coming and it really showed that he could grow. Her parents aren’t the worst but they aren’t really the best either. They have their own struggles but they really do love their daughter. I liked their dynamic that they had with their daughter because it was real. They had fights and they made up, much like a real family.

I’d really recommend this show to anyone who loves comedy but also likes shows that are real. This show is hilarious and I really loved watching it with my mum in the afternoons because it was a good way to forget about the day. That being said, this show is definitely not one for young children because there is a little nudity and a lot of swearing. Of course, you can make the judgment for yourself after watching the trailer that I’ve linked below! Have any of you guys watched this show yet?

Turtles All the Way Down ★★☆☆☆

1.5 stars

This is officially the last John Green book I am ever going to read. I just think he isn’t for me and this book really made that clear to me. I hate giving books low ratings but I just didn’t like this book and there are more than a few reasons why.

*If you love John Green then this review probably isn’t for you.*

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

My review:

The main character was a bore and I ended up skipping most of her inner dialog with herself. I understand that she is dealing with a mental illness and that she has no control over the thoughts that she had but gosh I just didn’t like her. I loved her best friend though. Now she was someone I could see myself becoming friends with.

This book would have been at least a 2.5 or 3 star book if it had stuck to the premise of a teenage girl working through her mental illness. But no. John Green decided that there was going to be a mystery about a missing billionaire as well? I saw no reason for it and I didn’t care about any of it at all. I opened this book expecting something that would show a young teen learning how to deal with her illness but instead, I got a book about a bad teenage romance and a mystery. Bleh.

Nothing happens in this book. It has zero depth to it. There is no real plot and half the time these two teenagers are engaging in unrealistic philosophical conversations. It was a bore and that’s coming from someone who loves space and constellations. I was so sick of hearing about the universe and how everything needed to be a metaphor. It was boringgggggg. Also can we talk about how the entire book just feels like a spew of words? There are no details about anything!

Some will say that I’m being unforgiving to a book that I cannot personally relate to and I think that’s bs. As someone with a mental illness, this book didn’t resonate with me but if it did for other people than great! I’m happy for you! Just don’t complain and tell me that I was unable to grasp how truly hard it is to live with a voice inside your head constantly critiquing you. I only included this because I did have a person irl tell me that I wasn’t understanding the bigger meaning behind the book and I did. I got it. I just didn’t like anything about the book.

All the negative points aside, I did read this book relatively fast and did enjoy certain parts of it. There were parts where I really felt like I was getting into the story and then Green would go back to spewing philisophical bs at me. The good didn’t make up for the other parts of the book that I just couldn’t stand to read. I just really wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone because I almost DNF’ed it but I was really hoping that there would be some sort of saving grace.

 

Doctor Who Book Tag

So I’m a nerd about much more than books and it just so happens that I love Doctor Who. When I saw this tag I just had to do it and I’m so excited for you guys to read my answers! If any of you do this tag, please tag me so I can see what your answers were. This specific tag was made by Becomingbookish and all credit belongs to them!

1. The Classics

{A classic book that still fits into YA literature}

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Hmmm, I think The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton could definitely be called a young adult book! It reads like a young adult book and it is definitely

2. The Ninth Doctor

{A book you feel is very underrated}

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I really think that the Tigers Curse series by Colleen Houck and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern are two books that I don’t hear people talking about even though they’re both great books. That being said, I did read Tigers Curse a long time ago so that’s probably why no ones talking about it lol.

3. David Tennant

{A book or series that was hard to say goodbye to when it ended}

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The ACOTAR series was so hard to say goodbye to and I guess it’s not technically over because we’re getting a novella soon but the trilogy is over and it’s the saddest thing. I’m not going to blab about the series more because I did that a few posts ago lol.

4. Matt Smith

{A book that made you smile}

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There are so many books that have made me smile but I guess the most recent one was Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco because the relationship in it is one of my favorites.

5. Rose and Ten

{One of your ships that never sailed}

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Hmmm, I can’t really think of one for this! I’m sure there are ships that I’ve liked but that haven’t sailed but I can’t think of any 😦

6. Weeping Angel

{A book that you blinked and it was over}

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The Valiant by Lesley Livingston because I read this book so fricken fast! I loved the book so hopefully, this isn’t taken as me not liking the book lol. Also! A Court of Mist and Fury! I blinked and I was done with the book. It was so amazing and I loved it so much!

7. Daleks

{A book you want to exterminate}

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller and Winterspell by Claire Legrand are all books that I wouldn’t mind seeing destroyed. This is, of course, my personal opinion and I hope none of you get offended by these answers.

8. Bowties Are Cool!

{A bandwagon you jumped on early}

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The whole Shadowhunters trend that is based on the Mortal Instruments series. It’s one of my favorite series’s and I love the world that Cassandra Clare has made. I’m really happy I got to jump on this bandwagon before it got crazy lol.

9. Run you clever boy, and remember…

{A book with an awesome plot twist that you didn’t see coming}

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Can I first just say that I love Clara to death! She is one of my favorite companions and I also love Jenna Coleman. I almost always say Red Queen for questions that involve a plot twist that I didn’t see coming and I’m going to do it one more time. But I’m going to include a second book as well! The Valiant by Lesley Livingston had a really cool twist that I honestly wasn’t expecting!

10. Raxacoricofallapatorius

{A book with hard to pronounce names or titles}

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I honestly couldn’t think of anything for this one so I made sure the gif was extra good lmao.

11. The T.A.R.D.I.S

{A book that took you back in time}

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon transports me back in time to old Scotland and it is amazing. The entire series put me in the mindset of old Scotish history and every time after I finish one of the books, I wish I didn’t have to deal with real world drama.

 

 

The Hazelwood ★★★★★

5 stars

This book was so weird and I loved everything about it. I fell in love with this cover and it definitely drew me deeper into the story. I read this book in less than a day on my phone and I loved every second of it. There was never a dull moment and every time I would put the book down, I would think about picking it right back up.

This book comes out on January 30th, 2018

*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and that fact in no way affected my review in any way*

Goodreads Summary: 

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

My Review:

I found this book while looking on NetGalley and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to read it but I got the email yesterday (today is the 21st of September). I was so excited to start reading it that I jumped right into the twisty story about Alice and her family. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into when I started reading this book but I think this was the best way to go about it.

I really liked how odd Alice was, especially after learning about her past and what exactly she’s been through. I never saw anything coming in relation to her but maybe that’s just because I never slowed down enough to give it much thought. I really enjoyed finding things out as they happened to Alice, there was never a time when I knew something that she didn’t and it just made things more interesting for me I guess.

I loved the setting of this book because it was so mystical. I think it really reminded me of the tv show The Magicians that’s on Netflix. I ended up picturing a lot of the setting like the tv show and I don’t think it was that far off. The setting was like something out of a children’s fairy tale but with a dark twist and that made it so much cooler to me. I tend to prefer books with a darker take on things like magic and so this was a really easy book for me to love.

I would highly recommend this book because it is so mystical and it’s just a book that sucks you in and doesn’t let you loose until you finish it. I think this is going to be an amazing book to read in physical form and I’m definitely going to be buying a copy once it comes out!

There are some spoilers in the next paragraph so feel free to skip those if you plan to read this book. Feel free to read them if you think you’ll forget about it by the time the book comes out. 

The only thing I didn’t see coming at all was the fact that she doesn’t end up with Finch. This was something I haven’t seen a lot of books do, in the sense that the main character doesn’t get the love interest but I actually really liked the way this happened. I think they were good together but being in Hinterland was something that changed both of them in ways they can never fully understand.