Book Review: Winter

Winter   Winter

By: Marissa Meyer

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

~From Goodreads

After a month of reading bits and pieces of it when I could, Winter has finally come to an end. While it wasn’t perfect, it managed to capture all the right high and low points that made it a fun roller coaster ride of emotions from start to finish.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read This Year

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Its been so loooooong. Hello again everyone! I kind of fell off the face of the earth for a while mostly because my procrastination habits caught up with me and made my last few weeks of the semester stressful and bitter. Its exam week but since classes are pretty much wrapped up, I figured it would be safe to venture back out into the real world and give my blog some much needed love.  So this week’s topic is a review of my top ten books of the year. This year was very touch and go with my reading selections. I had some that I loved and some that I REALLY hated, with more of the latter, much to my chagrin. Below is a list of my favorites in preference order.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Favorite Manga Series

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Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s been forever and a half and I mostly blame that on my poor reading choices. I’ve been struggling to get through A Thousand Pieces of You and I have an unhealthy obsession with finishing what I start, so I’m probably going to be cringing my way through it until the end of the week. I’ve been having a really bad book year <sigh>. On a happier note, this week’s topic is a freebie, so I decided to talk about some of my favorite manga, one of my many guilty reading pleasures. As I’m sure happens with most people, I stumbled upon manga accidentally through anime. I grew up watching reruns of the dubbed Sailor Moon, Yu-gi-oh, Pokemon, and Digimon. Actually, now that I’m thinking back on it, that pretty much sums up my entire adolescent television experience in a nutshell. In high school, I found out the original Japanese version of Sailor Moon was comprised of more episodes and more seasons (Cartoon Network only played Season 1 & 2 on loop) so I decided that the only logical thing to do was to re-watch the series in Japanese. This decision kick-started what I like to call Molly’s Obsessive Cycles. I did nothing but watch anime my senior year of high school. I devoured probably close to fifty different shows and when I couldn’t find any new ones to hold my attention, I moved on to manga. I fell in love with manga because they were easy to read, easy to find online, and usually continued/concluded some of my favorite anime series. Since my freshman year of college, I’ve probably read over a hundred series, so picking my top ten will be difficult. <cracks knuckles> Let’s get to it then!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Finished Series That I Have Yet to Finish (or Start)

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Today marks week two of Molly’s College Experience, Take 2. I’m still ahead on homework and reading so that makes keeping up with blogging ten times easier. This week’s topic is one that I frequently think about because there are several series I loved in high school that I never finished because Molly’s College Experience, Take 1 got in the way. I’m modifying this topic slightly to include finished series that I SHOULD read as well as series I have read, but haven’t finished. Without further ado, let’s begin!

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Book Review: Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl's Moving CastleHowl’s Moving Castle

By: Diana Wynne Jones

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

~From Goodreads

Like many people, I discovered Howl’s Moving Castle through the Hayao Miyazaki film. While I loved the film, I wasn’t completely satisfied with the romance (it was a little rushed for my taste) so I went searching for the original source material and vowed to read it one day to satisfy my dissatisfaction. While it took me several years to get to it, I found that the book did satisfy me in ways the movie didn’t, but not in the ways I originally thought. Rather than a stronger romance, Jones gave me better characters, with 100% more hilarious bickering and character flaws. In fact, the book has less romance than the movie, surprisingly enough. Who would’ve thought?

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Late Night Reader

Hi everyone, I’m Molly! I’m an avid reader with an unfortunate habit of staying up way past my bedtime. My brain is apparently hot-wired to be more productive in the wee hours of the morning and when I say productive, I mean productive procrastination. Many of my best bookish thoughts take form when I’m half awake and so I decided that I wanted to share some of them with you because, honestly, I’m tired of hearing myself think. I’m a huge sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast, with my favorites including the Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings, and anything written by Gail Carson Levine. I still mostly read YA fiction, but I do also enjoy adult fiction as well. I’m also kind of in love with Victorian literature (hell yeah Jane Eyre!‍). I intend to use this blog primarily to house my book reviews and discussions, though I have been known to be a bit scatterbrained so I may just talk about whatever floats into my head! I look forward to talking with you any time of day. Remember, the light is always on!

Happy Reading,

Molly