Winter Biannual Bibliothon Wrap Up | 2017

Hey Epic Geeks,

Last week was the Winter Biannual Bibliothon and I shared with you my TBR. I figured I’d come back and let you know how I did! If you want to skip all the mumbo jumbo you can just watch my YouTube video below instead (it’s so cool that I can say that, you’ll stop hearing me squee like a fangirl in about … never?).


Read the group book: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

Stalking Jack The Ripper was absolutely amazing. From the liveshow, I found out that it’s actually going to be part of a series which is kind of exciting which will bring is Vlad the Impaler. I’m interested whether or not they’re going to be investigating a copy cat or if Kerri Maniscalo is going to change the time. I loved Audrey Rose and Thomas as well as the other characters. They were intriguing and made me want to know more. Audrey Rose wasn’t the typical girl in the Victorian era. She was an apprentice under her uncle doing autopsies. This is how she became involved with the Jack the Ripper killings. I loved the concept and I loved everything about the history aspect of the book. This is historical fiction but I still think anyone should give it a shot. I don’t want to ramble on too much about this book but let me know if you want a full review so I can just talk about this all day. I rated this book about a 4.5 out of 5 stars.


Throwback: Prequel: Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

I love Sarah J. Maas and I loved her prequel/novellas to the Throne of Glass series Assassin’s Blade. Previously, I’ve been told and have been saying read it between Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows but really, it doesn’t matter. There are a lot of events that you find out about throughout the books later or are referenced that would probably be nice to know between those books, so yes, that is a great spot to read it, but if you’re in a good flow of the books, it might take that flow away. I loved going back and seeing characters I already knew such as Lyssandra in a different light. I fell in love with Lyssandra throughout the Throne of Glass series but then in Assassin’s Blade I hated her. She was such a bitch! I had so much sympathy for her through the prequel though because I already knew her story. It was definitely weird! 5 out of 5, of course.


Read a 2016 new release and Read a book a BookTuber recommends to you: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom was another love. I read Six of Crows, the first of the duology in December, which I talk about in my December Wrap Up. I’m so glad I went ahead and read Crooked Kingdom for this bibliothon because it was really emotional. I have a few friends who have also read Crooked Kingdom and I was messaging them towards the end or messaging them quotes. There were so many feels and ships, even though that wasn’t the main focus. Leigh Bardugo is an author everyone should read just like Sarah J. Maas. I’ll be picking up her other series this year, or at least that’s my plan. That’s also a 5 out of 5.


Read a book you were really excited for but never picked up and Read a retelling: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I was thoroughly impressed with Heartless. I am still in mourning over the finish of this book. It’s not technically a retelling but that’s because it’s more of a prequel to the Queen of Heart’s life. Cath isn’t a normal girl. She wants to start a bakery with her maid. Her mother has other dreams for her. The King wishes to court her and this is where the story begins. The King tries to court her.  Cath is determined to derail his wishes and created her own life. I loved the concept of this entire story. Marissa Meyer did an amazing job with this story and I loved every minute of it. Again, 5 out of 5.


Read a diverse book: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I am sad to say I haven’t actually read a lot of diverse books but that will soon change. I’ll Give You The Sun was really great though. These two twins, Noah and Jude, were super close but then fell apart. One is gay, but can’t tell anyone and the other is very proud of her body until something horrible happens. Their mother died and both held secrets and pain. Neither knew through this heart wrenching contemporary. I loved the twists and turns through the artist’s journey through the past and the present. Both fall in love, both get hurts. Just go read it because there’s loss and betrayal and it’s something you should read. I rated this 4.5 out of 5 stars. Just love.


Did you do the Winter Biannual Bibliothon? How did you do?

Also, above I said I was hoping I would read more diverse books and I do. That’s because Katie over at Katsyxo started the Diversely Booked Book Club. Every month there will be a different diverse book to read. She will host a twitter chatter at the end of the month. Some months we’ll even be doing a live stream on my YouTube channel. You can also join the Diversely Booked Goodreads group to stay updated. This months book is Of Fire and Stars. Katie wants to spread awareness of diverse books and I completely agree! Feel free to join us and if you can’t, feel free to just click share and spread the word.

 

In the meantime, keep calm and stay epic,

Kayla

 

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