I fell into the Funko figure collection trap this month. I used to call them the poor man’s nendo, but yes, I have succumbed. I had a Pearl Funko pop (non-glow in the dark) from college sitting on my shelves, but ever since I decided to splurge on an Elsa nendoroid with some Xmas money, I decided to get Elsa Funko pops too. And since I got Chinese New Year money… I splurged again. I won’t divulge on how big I splurged, but I splurged, oh my I splurged.
NGL I love Disney Princesses, so I splurged a bit on Disney Princess funkos. Again, I won’t disclose how much but I did.
Time flies by so fast. I’ve been trying to build my Booktube channel some more (my channel’s named Arisutocrat, just like my wordpress 😀 ) so I did a bulk record of my reviews for Ash, A Skinful of Shadows and An Enchantment of Ravens, the last of which will post tomorrow. I made a banner for my channel shown above ^^^ but youtube cut off the doily patterns on desktop mode, so you can’t appreciate the full design so I wanted to share it here.
I’m planning on filming Bone Witch and Want video reviews this week and post on either/or Tuesdays and Fridays. I’ve been trying to keep reviews short, though I have extensive notes when I review sometimes. It’s either I have a lot of notes or no notes.
Want by Cindy Pon – 4.5/5 stars | Review cross-posted on Goodreads
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – 2.5/5 stars
Huntress by Malinda Lo – DNF’d
The Prince in His Dark Days vol. 3-4
The Last Wish by Andrzrej Sapkowski (part of the Witcher series) – because I heard about the netflix series, so I got curious EDIT: DNF’d
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows – to hold me off until the sequel to Before She Ignites
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – it’s hype, I’m curious.
Shadow Girl by Liana Liu – I love the cover and I’m a sucker for ghost stories. EDIT: 4.5/5 stars
Starswept by Mary Fan – I have the ebook! I got a lot of feelings from the first sentence. I think this is up my alley.
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab – on hold forever lol might read it with my bff
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson – I’ve already read this. I just want a hardcover copy of this to complete my trilogy collection.
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (March 6th) – I’M READY!!! I AM SO READY!!!! I am trash for Shatter Me and Tahereh always delivers. EDIT: 3.75/5 stars
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (March 6th) – I feel like I’ve always wanted a book about this.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (March 6th) – I feel the most hype about this one there are so many March 6th releases ;;;;
Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (March 20th) – so I can put myself out of my misery. I already saw this at my local B&N but I don’t wanna invest money into this series. I’ll pick it up from the library eventually.
Circe by Madeline Miller (April 10th) – I’m still hurt from Song of Achilles, I’m ready for more hurt.
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas (May 1st) – Already preordered it. I’m predictable.
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (June 12th)
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson (Aug. 7th)
As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows (Sept 11th)
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Marsh – dat pink cover
Falconer by Elizabeth May – I don’t have a copy in my hands but I’m eyeing it on amazon and the cover is fab.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann – I’m all for that ace protag rep.
Want by Cindy Pon – 4.5/5 stars | Review cross-posted on Goodreads
I loved this book. I feel like the only way to do my GR review justice is to just copy/paste it here too and add a bit more so here we go.
* For people looking for good Asian rep in YA because I’m tired of people saying books with bad stereotypes from the eyes of Westerners are “good” rep for us ughhh. I suggest you to read this instead because Cindy Pon knows what my heart wants and she delivered and now my heart is three sizes too big and I have cardiomegaly.
I’ve never had such a hard time understanding the world-building in a book until now.
I’m so salty I wasted my time on this book, and what’s worse is I’m willing to read the sequel because this book is actually a glorified prologue to that. I suggest borrowing this one from the library if you really want to check it out (though as of now, the hardcover on Amazon is cheaper than the paperback edition).
I don’t have many comments to add onto my goodreads review, except that the ending where Tea ousted the spy in the asha house wasn’t very believable. The sequel, the Heart Forger, is coming out March 20th, 2018, but I’m sure there are summaries of the Bone Witch on the webs if you need to catch up.
Life update: I had 1000 pics in my downloads folder and I got it down to 500 last night lol. I’ve also been marathoning Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (because my pal Huba said to just go straight for brotherhood) and I am not regretting it in the slightest. One of my fave shows ATLA seems to draw A LOT and I say A LOT of inspo from FMAB. I’m sure at least someone on staff read it so a lot of moments that parallel FMA ended up in ATLA.
As I’ve realized I’m a lot more productive when I just sit at my desk with tasks available to do lmao.
I only read one book in January as I was travelling a lot in the past month.
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge – 5/5 stars. I loved it. The main character, Makepeace, is a strong contender for best girl of 2018 and it was only January!
Ash by Malinda Lo – 2.5/5 stars. Bland with some enjoyable magical history in the start.
Feb TBR – Courtesy of my local library bless them.
Plot – I think the story progression suffers from trying to follow the traditional Cinderella plot points. To be honest, not much happens in this book. I would not be against reading Huntress to find out if anything happens beyond this, but I’m disappointed that Lo took all the time and effort to craft an interesting first act, but didn’t follow up with anything substantial or novel when she closes the story. I am glad that this was a relatively quick and easy read, but this wasn’t much beyond a retelling with a new coat of paint on the original most people are acquainted with.
Characters – Ash was like ash… very meh and grey. The only character I found slightly interesting was the younger step-sister, Clara (+ half a star!). There wasn’t any chemistry between Ash and Kaisa. And again, I was disappointed that since this is a retelling, you can take artistic liberty and do pretty much anything you want with the Cinderella template. But alas, there was a failure to deliver a compelling romance on top of these very bland characters.
World – Lo does a good job of setting up the atmosphere of Ash, with the history of the conflict between the greenwitches and the scholar monks, but there seemed to be no follow up to that in the end. Ultimately I liked the greenwitch and monk conflict enough to give it 2 stars for the world-buidling effort.
On a side note, I will confess I didn’t really understand what was going on with the whole Sidhean and love curse thing. If anyone gets it, please let me know… Explain. I understood that Sidhean played the role of a fairy godfather, but the ending was abrupt and I feel like there was a dearth of answers given to the reader.
I’ve heard great things about Malinda Lo’s writing, so I’m willing to pick up another book by her. I just don’t feel like this was the right book for me to start with. So, there you have it.