Disappointing Eye Candy | Top 5 Wednesay [21]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Disappointing Eye Candy.

Disappointing eye candy is a book with a gorgeous captivating cover, but a lack luster story. I know I have fallen prey to judging a book by its cover.

“Ooh! Look at the pretty cover. I must have it!”

-Later On-

“This story was…. meh.”

So let’s take a look at the disappointing eye candies of 2015!


5. The Memory Key by Liana Liu

The Memory Key

Loved the color concept with the title and the computer circuit patterns in the background. The story on the other hand was boring and slow paced. Unique concept though!


4. The Ungoverned by Jaq C. Reed

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This was a great cover! Pretty landscape color choices, the cool DNA symbols on the ground and the main character watching on from the distance. The story on the other hand was long and all over the place. Could use some more drafting and edits.


3. Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

Althea & Oliver

Loved the yellow and the two things that symbolized the main characters. The story was horrible and the main character Althea was disgusting.


2. Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Hunter

Pretty cover! Love dragons and other wordly creatures. But I couldn’t even finish the book. It was written with way too much information and very little story.


1. The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher

The Last Changeling

The colors, the lighting, the pretty backdrop! Everything about this cover is 100% perfect. The story on the other hand was a bit boring and at times mediocre and unoriginal.


I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. What books do think are disappointing eye candy? Let me know!

Until next time,

Sig New

Infinity Dream Award | Books at Dawn

Infinity-Dream-Award

Hey guys!

I was nominated by the lovely Trisha Ann from The Bookgasm Blog for this award. Thank you so much for taking the time to think of me! It means a lot to me.

RULES

  • Thank and follow the blog that nominated you
  • Tell us 11 facts about you
  • Answer the questions set up for you
  • Nominate 11 people and make questions for them

GET TO KNOW ME

  1. When I was a kid, I was dead set on becoming the Blue Power Ranger when I grew up. Sadly, it never happened. Zordon didn’t call on me.
  2. I’m a tea drinker. Sometimes it’s rather obsessive. I think I’m on my fourth cup today alone.
  3. I have a rabbit named Einstein. He doesn’t like people. He’s the worst cuddler ever.
  4. I like blue. Blue everything. If it comes in blue, I want it.
  5. I have a strange obsession with bananas. My day is not complete until I have one. Which reminds me… be right back. -nomnomnom-
  6. I make lists. I love lists and list making. I should go to list makers anonymous because it’s quite the addiction.
  7. Chocolate is quite gross. I do not like it very much.
  8. I’m the most patient person you will ever meet. I’m still waiting for a Charmed reunion.
  9. I am always tired. Always. If I’m not working then I take naps. I should really go see what a doctor says.
  10. I own A LOT of black clothes. Colors are too hard to match… so black is my go to choice.
  11. I don’t like the number 11. Weird right?

Q & A TIME

Since Trisha Ann didn’t ask any questions, then I’m going to use the ones that she answered.

What is always guaranteed to make you laugh?

Bob’s Burgers is constantly making me laugh. For those that don’t know what Bob’s Burgers is, then you live under a rock. Tina is pretty much my spirit animal.

Tina

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three things would you bring with you?

A change of underwear so that while I clean one I can where the other. Am I weird? A machete.. you know, like the ones they have on those survival shows. I will need to chop some wood and build stuff. And flint of course. I would have no idea how to make my own fire without one!

How did you meet your best friend?

Cute story time. I met my best friend 22 years ago. We were just babies at the time. We grew up in the same apartment building and one day our moms went to do laundry room in the basement and brought us along. While they did laundry, they said we were talking baby language to each other. Flash forward 22 years later, we are still the best of friends, and I don’t know what I would do without her!

Where is your favourite place to go in your home town?

Well I love to eat out. And my favorite restaurant is in Korea Town, so I love going there. Now I’m craving Korean food. Dammit!

Do you have any piercings/tattoos? If so, where/what/how many?

I have no tattoos. As for piercings I currently have none. But I used to have my ears pierced in several different places. Damn those high school days!

Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited?

I went waterfall walking in Jamaica a couple years back. That would have to be the coolest place I have visited thus far. I hope for many more adventures in the future!

Through blogging, what’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Too be honest nothing really. I don’t know what would be scary about blogging? Only good things have happened because of it. I’ve met great bloggers, authors etc!

Who is your favourite superhero?

I have a lot to be honest. But I will stick with my childhood favorite. The Power Rangers. ALL OF THEM.

What was the last bad book you read?

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey. I didn’t even finish it. It was that bad.

Hunter

What was the last 5-star rating you gave?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!

Six of Crows

What do you never leave the house without?

My wallet. I would get no where with it. Most people will say their phone or book or music. But they clearly haven’t thought it through. HAHA


MY QUESTIONS

  1. Name an author who you will always auto buy from. Even if the book is blank.
  2. What author will you never read from again? Why?
  3. What is your fondest childhood memory?
  4. It’s almost Christmas. What book do you want to receive as a present?
  5. What are you most afraid of?
  6. Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
  7. What is the last movie you have seen in theaters?
  8. What book would you like to see as a movie?
  9. Which book do you regret buying?
  10. What do you waste your time on when you know you should be doing something else?
  11. Which one of your 5 senses can you live without: sight, smell, touch, hearing, taste? Why?

Thanks for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed getting to know me better. This took a lot longing then I thought it would. Coming up with questions is so hard!

Until next time,

Sig New

I TAG YOU

Nicolette @ A Little Bookish A Little Writerly

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Aria @ Aria Stuck In Wonderland

Lois @ My Midnight Musing

Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Nick @ The Paper Dragon

CW @ Read Think Ponder

Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

Angie @ Love Thy Shelf

** If you’ve done this tag or don’t want to, you don’t have to 🙂 **

 

 

Everybody Loves Disney | TAG

Disney-Book-TagHey guys!

I was tagged by Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts to do the Disney Book Tag! If you haven’t checked him out, I recommend you do so now, he’s awesome. Every since I’ve been a little kid I’ve grown up with Disney movies and characters. I’ve already done the Disney Villains Book Tag, so I thought to continue and visit some of my favorite Princesses and Heroes!

So let’s begin~


Disney Ariel (samycat)The Little Mermaid — A character who is out of their element; a “fish out of water”

The Last SeekerTristen from The Last Seeker by Fleur Camacho. With very little guidance in becoming a Seeker, Tristen must figure things out  on his own. It doesn’t help when you have to deal with being a teenager with feelings.


Disney Cinderella (muse33)Cinderella — A character who goes through a major transformation

Red RisingDarrow from Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Poor Darrow had to be rebuilt from scratch. His appearance, his muslces and body, his personality and traits. He went from the lowest rung on the totem pole to the highest, almost losing himself in the process!


Disney Snow White (HollyBell)Snow White — A book with an eclectic cast of characters

Steel HeartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson has a very eclectic cast of characters, both human and Epic. I loved reading about all the different powers and weaknesses. I wish I had Epic powers but still be one of the good guys though!


Disney Sleeping Beauty (VPDessin)Sleeping Beauty — A book that put you to sleep

HunterHunter by Mercedes Lackey. If you follow my blog then you know I recently attempted to read this book but in the end couldn’t finish it. In my review I state all the info dumping this book throws at you in a short amount of time. Hence why this book put me to sleep!


Disney The Lion King (Enzoda)The Lion King — A character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneHarry from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling. Everyone knows the dark Lord Voldemort went after Harry’s parents when he was just a baby, killing them. He had to grow up in a cupboard with his horrible aunt and uncle until he received his letter to attend Hogwarts.


Disney Beauty and the BEast (Vpdessin)Beauty and the Beast — A beast of a book that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

Heir of FireHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. This book was a massive brick. Very intimidating to read but very enjoyable. My favorite of the series so far and the best one in my opinion. Rowan was to die for, and Celaena was actually likable for once.


Disney Aladdin (Mareishon)Aladdin — A character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

The Fault in Our StarsHazel from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. As her last dying wish, she gets to travel to Amsterdam with Augustus to visit her favorite author who turns out to be a big ass. Although her wish had good intentions, it turned out worst for poor Hazel. But at least she had a romantic experience with Augustus to make up for it!


Disney Mulan (PriscillaTR)Mulan — A character who pretends to be someone or something they’re not

Red QueenMare from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. She is taken from her poor village of Reds to become a Silver Princess because of her powers. She finds it hard to be someone she is not, but she knows it’s for the safety of her family and her honor. (Get it?)


Disney Toy Story (Sketch-MOneky)Toy Story — A book with characters you wish could come to life

Falling KingdomsFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I really want these characters to be real! Or at least live in there world. Such an invigorating story with thick rooted magic and mythology!!


Disney Descendents (Rewrite98)Disney’s Descendants — Your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character

CinderQueen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I don’t know what it is about her, maybe it’s her vanity, or her ruthless behavior, but she is absolutely captivating.


I TAG YOU

Kelly @ Dancing Through the Pages

Liam @ Liam’s Library

Ayesha and Monisah @ Twins Turn Pages

Ashley @ What’s She Reading?

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

If you’ve already done this tag or if tags just aren’t for you please ignore~

Until next time,

Sig New

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey | REVIEW

HunterHunter by Mercedes Lackey
Published by Disney-Hyperion on September 1st, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Dystopia
Pages: 384
Format: e-ARC

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Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.

SpaceHunter-Review** I received this e-ARC from Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion **

*** DNF – 26% ***

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey is the first book in the Hunter series slated to release at the beginning of September. When I requested the ARC back in July I was really intrigued by the synopsis and the cover. I thought, “Cool, Monster Hunter Reality TV. I can get into this!” Boy was I ever wrong. Let’s find out why.


Hunter-Plot-+-WritingThough the synopsis sounding unique and interesting I was soon to realize it was slow and tedious. I was only able to get 6 chapters in which is close to a hundred pages before I just couldn’t will myself to continue on. Though the plot sounded promising, it was the info dumping that killed it for me. I spent so much time trying to process all the info that I was beginning to get a headache. Readers don’t need all this information from the get go. A good author knows that little bits of information spread through out the whole book will set the story up.

As for the writing, I found it to be off putting. I didn’t like the narrative from Joy and had to put the book down several times because the writing of the story was confusing and too much all at once.


Hunter-CharactersThere’s not much to say about the characters as I could not finish the story, but I can say from what I did manage to read Joy was intolerable. She was a bit cocky and her inner monologues were very annoying.

What I did like were her magic Hounds. I thought they were the coolest part of the story and very unique. I quite thoroughly enjoyed reading about them and what they could do. Other than that I have nothing more to say about the characters.


Hunter-In-ConclusionIn conclusion, Hunter by Mercedes Lackey was just not for me. I wish I could have gotten to the end, but sadly I was ready to pull my hair out from confusion, boredom and lack of interest.I’m sure there is potential for this story in the end and hopefully it will appeal to someone out there. Too bad it couldn’t be me.

I have never DNF’d a book before, and writing out my honest opinion proved a little difficult. I never want to trash someone’s hard work and I hope that with this review it doesn’t come off that way. (Sorry for the babbling)

Until next time,

Sig New

SpaceHunter-About-the-Author

Mercedes LackeyMercedes Lackey entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70’s she worked as an artist’s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.