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#PubDay | ARC Book Review: “Feather” by Olivia Wildenstein

Thank you to the Olivia Wildenstein for the e-ARC to read and review!

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Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Series: Angels of Elysium #1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

ABOUT: It was supposed to be a quick mission. The only thing quick about it was how rapidly I failed.

With only a month left to earn her missing feathers, twenty-year-old Leigh embarks on a trip to Paris to meet her newest project, twenty-five-year-old Jarod Adler, leader of the Parisian Mafia and the worst kind of sinner . . . a Triple.

If Leigh can get Jarod to accomplish a single act of kindness, she stands to win 100 feathers, more than enough to complete her wings and ascend to Elysium, the land of angels.

What she doesn’t count on is Jarod’s dark charm costing her feathers.

She’s dead set on saving him, and he’s dead set on destroying her.

Until he realizes destroying her wings is also destroying her heart.

A heart he longs to hear beat only for him.

 

My Review:
Warning: graphic sexual scenes and a difficult ending. Not recommended for Young Adults.

I absolutely LOVED this book even after leaving me in tears by the end. Feather was captivating and beautifully tragic. A-MA-ZING!

I couldn’t believe what was happening. I couldn’t believe what Leigh (21) had to go through. Leigh is the epitome of faith, courage, and angelic grace. There was a fascinating contrast between Leigh’s character and all the other characters – a surprising mix of angels and demons (by nature not being) among them all. What you expect an angel to be like is turned on its head in the book.

Leigh is a sweet, kind, honorable person. She is brave and determined through thick and thin despite the threat of becoming a Nephilim if she doesn’t gain the 100 feathers needed to ascend to Elysium. I loved getting to know her oh-so flawed character and see how she changed from page one to the end.

Jarod (25) is a more wicked version of Robin Hood. He is a young man tainted by a dark past. At first he does seem irredeemable. Once you get to know more about him you do see there is some good within him albeit mostly covered in sins. His past is a real tear-jerker and it really pointed out a flaw in humanity and angels.

The aspects of angels Wildenstein creates is really fascinating. Included before the story is a very helpful guide to the different levels of angels and what they can and can’t do. The angel hierarchy is interesting but somewhat sad when you really think about it. There is also a glossary of the French words and phrases used.

I did not expect the high levels of tension or the shocking betrayals. I thought there was still a chance at a happily ever after. But no. Instead, you get a soul-crushing ending. I was crying by the end from the tragedy that unfolds and could not stop.

Wildenstein says she had a difficult time writing this book, knowing the ending, and I don’t blame her. But I’m so glad she will be continuing the story because this book was everything and I need to know the consequences for the actions some of the characters took.

Feather is a must-read and a must-have for your bookshelf. The story is so astonishing. It will take you on a roller coaster of feelings. As of now, Feather is my favorite book of 2020 so far. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It’s worth the read!


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Book Review: “Kamisama Kiss” (Vol. 1) by Julietta Suzuki

Review of Volume 1 only

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Genre: Manga, Graphic Novel
Series: Kamisama Kiss
# of Volumes: 25
Rating: 4 out of 5

 

ABOUT: Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she’s just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwillingly taken over his job as a local deity!

Nanami has all kinds of new responsibilities she doesn’t understand, dangers she’s unaware of, and a cranky ex-familiar who’s… actually pretty hot. What’s a new-fledged godling to do?

 

My Review: This was a great start to the story. I’ve only watched the anime so this was a nice re-introduction to the story. Reading was a nostalgic experience.

Nanami is alot different than I remember. She is an eh character as of this first volume but I’m sure I’ll grow to like her character more. She’s vocal when she needs to me. She doesn’t allow Tomoe to walk all over her or scare her.

Tomoe is like any other of my favorite white-haired main character. You can tell how deeply the betrayal has affected him. He doesn’t think much of Nanami because she’s human. But I also think he’s projecting his anger onto her. I like his character the most because of his cool attitude.

I can’t wait for more characters to appear. I think they will add a lot of color and humor to the rest of the story.


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2020 TBR List

(*) = recently added titles

ARCs
Don’t Read The Comments by Eric Smith (Jan 28)
Blood & Ash by Deborah Wilde (Jan 14)
Feather by Olivia Wildenstein (Jan 16)

 

MANGA
Yona of the Dawn (Volumes 1-3) by Mizuho Kusanagi*
The Demon Prince of Momochi House (Volumes 8-12) by Aya Shouoto
Vampire Knight (Volumes 15-19) by Matsuri Hino, Translated by Tomo Kimura
Kamisama Kiss (Volumes 1-25) by Julietta Suzuki
Seraph of the End (Volumes 1-15 of 19) by Takaya Kagami, Art by Yamato Yamamoto, Storyboards by Daisuke Furuya
Snow White with the Red Hair (Volumes 3-5)
The Royal Tutor (Volume 12)
Black Butler (Volume 28)
Days by Tsuyoshi Yasuda (Volumes 1-15)*
The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt (Hey, How About Treason?) by Toru Toba (Volume 1)*
Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town by Toshio Satou (Volume 1)
86—EIGHTY-SIX by Asato Asato (Volume 1)*

 

MIDDLE GRADE
Spark by Sarah Beth Durst
After Zero by Christina Collins
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez*
OCDaniel by Wesley King*
Escape To The Mesa by StacyPlays*
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia*
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

 

YOUNG ADULT FANTASY
We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett*
Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons*
The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran*
Fantasy of Frost by Kelly St. Clare*
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin*
Storm Siren by Mary Weber*
Fireborne by Rosaria Munda*
Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler*
The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano*
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
Return of the Temujai by John Flanagan
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater*
Angel Mage by Garth Nix*
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Angelbound by Christina Bauer
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau-Preto
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Starling by Lesley Livingston
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane
Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

 

Young Adult Contemporary Romance
The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey
If I Stay by Gayle Forman*
Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman*

 

YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION
LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell
The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

 

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant*
Cowboy, Cross My Heart by Donna Grant*
The Bridal Suite by Donna Grant*

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Hot Blooded by Donna Grant
Firestorm by Donna Grant
Blaze by Donna Grant
The Demon Lover Juliet Dark

 

FANTASY
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Dragon Mount by Jennifer M. Eaton
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
The Starless Sea by Eric Morgenstern*

 

LGBTQ YA/Adult – Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Brothersong by TJ Klune
The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
I’m A Gay Wizard by V.S. Santoni*
Sebastian by Sam Argent*
The Doctor’s Secret by Heidi Cullinan*
The Wolf At The Door by Charlie Adhara*
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller*
Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller*

 

FICTION
Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo*

 

SCIENCE FICTION
Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff
All Systems Red by Martha Wells*

 

ROMANCE THRILLER
The Cost of Honor by Diana Muñoz Stewart*

 

NONFICTION
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty


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January Happenings [2020]

Welcome January 2020!!!
Happy New Year!!!


The Roaring 20s Are Here…

Happy 2nd day of 2020 and the new decade, bookworms! I think reading, writing, and blogging in 2020 is going to be even bigger and better than last year.

I have so many great books I’ve recently added to my TBR list. Hopefully, I get through them all, especially the YA books. That’s one goal I have for the year. I didn’t read that much YA last year so I’d like to get through a good portion, if not all, of them if possible.

I won’t be reading much in January because I read so much November/December for the 25 Days of Book Reviews. A crazy idea that actually worked out pretty well. I’ll most likely do it again in December 2020.

A Little Break Before I Break Ground This New Year

I’m going to take a brief break from blogging (or at least do a lot less work) to recoup and reorganize. New posts will return Tuesday, January 7.

Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge

Last year my goal was 80 books and I achieved that goal far beyond what was expected with 173 books read *mind…blown* So for 2019 I’m setting my goal to 125. Every reading year is different for me as are the books I read. Instead of setting a really high, and probably unreasonable, goal, I went with doable.

Blogiversary and Days Gone By…

Wednesday, January 22 is my 4-year blogiversary! I think I might do a top 10 list of my favorite moments from 4 years of blogging or a list of things I learned during that time. Four years is a long time to commit to something but I truly enjoy blogging and being able to voice my love of all things books. Book blogging has become such an integral part of me.


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HAPPY READING AND HAPPY WRITING!!!


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Reading 2019: Best Author, Book Cover, Series & Book of the Year

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TJ KLUNE

Profile (via Goodreads): When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write.

Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011.

And one of those things isn’t true.

(It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.)

WEBSITEhttp://www.tjklunebooks.com/

 

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Book Review: “Unicorn On A Roll” by Dana Simpson

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Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Series: Phoebe and Her Unicorn #2
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

ABOUT: Been to school and paid my dues
Feel like I’ve gone and lost my clues
Unenthused and all confused
What have I really got to lose?

My unicorn’s my newest muse
She taught me now to lose my blues
From her I’ll chose to take my cues
And take a snooze without my shoes

What’s more magical than a unicorn on roller skates? Phoebe and Marigold Heavenly Nostril’s friendship! They’re on a roll in this second adventure as they share their finest finery, their most secret secrets, and their most magical mysteries.

 

My Review:
I honestly picked up this book because it had a unicorn on it. Unicorns as characters in fiction are always amazing – and Phoebe’s best friend and unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostril, certain is an amazing character. Phoebe is amazing. Their friendship is amazing! The two friends really compliment each other and I did laugh out loud a lot at some of their shenanigans and the dialogue between characters.

There’s no real story. It’s a slice-of-life comedy compacted into several mini stories that take place over the course of a year. The benefit of this form of storytelling is you can just relax and live in the moment with the characters. Dana Simpson does a good job bringing presence into the story.


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Top 10 Blog Posts & Reviews 2019 on The Bookshelf Corner

Top 10 Book Reviews

  1. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

  2. The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune

  3. Catwad by Jim Benton

  4. The Rise of Winter by Alex Lyttle

  5. Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

  6. A Destiny of Dragons by TJ Klune

  7. A Pack of Vows and Tears by Olivia Wildenstein

  8. Alpha Unleashed by Aileen Erin

  9. Ungifted by Gordon Korman

  10. The Consumption of Magic by TJ Klune

 

Top 10 Blog Posts

  1. Down the TBR Hole

  2. Book of the Month: The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce

  3. My Frequently Used Words I Try To Avoid While Writing

  4. 15 Beautiful Book Covers To Admire

  5. Anticipated 2019 Book Releases

  6. Weekend Writing Prompt #19

  7. Coming Up With Story Ideas

  8. Weekend Writing Prompt #31

  9. Summer Reading 2019

  10. Book of the Month: Wolfsong by TJ Klune

 

*lists are based on the number of likes (one post per #) and content