I had some books recently that I totally meant to write long reviews for, but I totally failed. Here are some baby reviews to enjoy?? And be impressed with the fact that Mandy actually stayed to a small amount of words.
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
Ohhhhhhhh, this is not where I wanted this series to go. I expected it to go up instead of down for me. I just found this book so boring and so…I was so unattached to everything and everyone that was in this book. I didn’t care about Alina, Mal, the Darkling, even Nikolai. I thought Nikolai might save it a bit for me, but even he got kind of eh after a while. The last 20 pages did pick up and I am going to hurry up and try and finish the series now (even though I’m kind of dreading it). There were a few interesting things though and the first part really wasn’t so bad. I also really enjoyed the angst of Alina and Mal which was the only thing keeping me going sometimes and I’m not even sure why because I don’t think I even really liked Mal (the man made everything about himself??? Let the girl be the Sun Saint). Eh. I don’t know. I’m still just not feeling this series.
Two crowns and a Cinderella rating!
Narrator: and then she promptly DNF’d the third book in the series 50 pages in because she could simply not be bothered. SO NO SERIES REVIEW FOR YOU.
The Disney Princess Cookbook
From Rapunzel’s Frying Pan Eggs to Ariel’s Sea Turtle Cupcakes, this beautiful cookbook is filled with delicious recipes inspired by the Princesses’ many adventures. With simple step-by-step instructions, mouth-watering photos of each dish, and helpful tips from the Princesses themselves, this cookbook makes it easy to whip up some kitchen magic.
The artwork and some of the cleverness of the recipes in this were truly spectacular! I loved flipping the pages to see what images would be next, and I thought it was the cutest thing to see the princesse swith the meals in it. The pictures of the finished products were fantastic as well.
What I wasn’t feeling so much was the recipes. Most of them weren’t anything I really wanted to make and some of them I just didn’t get how they related to the princesses. How did a salad relate to Cinderella?? And corn chowder with Belle?? Not quite sure.
A cute cookbook but not super useful for actual cooking.
Three crowns and a Belle rating (Tiana is very upset about this, but sorry, this book wasn’t quite up to your caliber of greatness, Tiana).
The Prophecy by Lily Blake
An original novel based on the hit television series, Reign.
Since Mary, Queen of Scotland was a child, the English have wanted her country and her crown. She is sent to France to wed its next king–to save herself and her people. It’s a bond that should protect her, but there are forces that conspire…forces of darkness, forces of the heart. Mary’s rule, and her life, has never been safe.
Find out what happens to Mary, Francis, Bash, and the rest of the French court after the season one finale.
Long may she reign.
It was like super questionable fanfic, but I still binge read it all like my book life depended on it???
I only remembered vague details about what was happening during this time, and I only really remembered there was some intense Bash and Kenna feels AND I WAS SO IN. When I first started the book, I literally couldn’t stop laughing because it was kind of totally corny, no one really felt like themselves, and to be honest, it felt weird to be fully inside these characters’ brains when you’re so used to being a bit more removed from them.
However, by the end, it kind of worked out and got a lot better, but it still…this story was a bit like the characters were just taken and used but a lot of them didn’t feel the same. I mean, the story didn’t quite seem to fit. I mean, did I really want to read about Francis and Lola’s love?
Overall, it wasn’t terrible, and I WAS DYING WITH ALL THE BASH AND KENNA FEELS, but nobody really felt like themselves, the story was intriguing in parts but felt a bit disjointed overall, and you really had to have a lot of information about the series in order to enjoy it – BUT I STILL DEVOURED THIS BOOK LIKE THE DARKNESS AND I KIND OF REALLY ENJOYED IT???? Oh gosh. It might not be the best book for a Reign one, but it could definitely be an enjoyable one if you suspend some thoughts. Three crowns and a Belle rating.
What do you think? Have you read any of these? Did anyone else fail as miserably as I did with the Grisha trilogy? Let’s discuss in the comments below!