Mini Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Mini Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussThe Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: June 12, 2008
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Gift
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Rating: one-star

Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

I really didn’t like this book. The first fifty or so pages were enjoyable and I was intrigued by the “mystery”of the creatures and the red-headed guy, but then the book switched to flashbacks/having the characters tell a story. The main character, Kvothe (I think), was insufferable. He was amazing at everything he did, was practically worshipped by other characters, and he was oh-so-unique with his quirkiness and his red hair. He did NOT deserve a ~600 page novel about him. In fact, he barely deserves this 90-word review.

Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen

Lady Thief by A. C. GaughenLady Thief by A. C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #2
Genre: Historical
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Gift
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Rating: one-star

Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

Despite really disliking this trilogy so far, I’m quite enjoying reviewing it. It is helping me get everything off my chest. And while I’m not exactly cool, calm, and collected, it is still a lot of fun to tell everyone exactly how awful this trilogy is. I reviewed Scarlet a few days ago and I wasn’t exactly positive with that review, but my review for Lady Thief is going to be incredibly more negative because this book is a piece of crap.

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Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

Scarlet by A. C. GaughenScarlet by A. C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #1
Genre: Historical
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Source: Gift
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Rating: three-stars

Will Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secrets - skills that are in high demand in Robin Hood's band of thieves, who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil sheriff. Scarlet's biggest secret of all is one only Robin and his men know...that she is posing as a thief; that the slip of a boy who is fast with sharp knives is really a girl.

The terrible events in her past that led Scarlet to hide her real identity are in danger of being exposed when the thief taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to rid Nottingham of the Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne closes in a put innocent lives at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her. There is real honor among these thieves and so much more - making this a fight worth dying for.

Well, wasn’t this book just sunshine and rainbows? Scarlet is a widely popular book in the book community, which is the reason I put it on my wishlist in the first place. I was dying to read it because it’s a Robin Hood retelling and I totally had a crush on that fox when I was younger. But if you’ve been following me on Twitter for the past couple of weeks, you’ll know that I bloody hated this book. Continue reading

Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler

Who I Kissed by Janet GurtlerWho I Kissed by Janet Gurtler
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Gift
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Rating: two-stars

She never thought a kiss could kill...

As the new girl in town, Samantha just wants to fit in. Being invited to a party by her fellow swim team members is her big chance...especially since Zee will be there. He hasn't made a secret of checking her out at the pool. Sam didn't figure on Alex being there too. She barely even knows him. And she certainly didn't plan to kiss him. It just kind of happened.

And then Alex dies—right in her arms...

Consumed by guilt and grief, Sam has no idea what to do or where to turn when everyone at school blames her. What follows is Sam's honest, raw, and unforgettable journey to forgive herself and find balance—maybe even love—in a life that suddenly seems to be spinning out of control.

Who I Kissed was not a good book, mainly because the love interest was an absolute piece of crap who should have remained forever alone. That said, it was a quick and easy read and I flew threw it, and it also did a good job of highlighting a topic that I had very little knowledge of previously.

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Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin TalleyLies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Genre: Historical
Release Date: October 3, 2014
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Source: Gift
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Rating: four-half-stars

It's 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it's Sarah Dunbar's first day of school, as one of the first black students at the previously all-white Jefferson High. No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda Hairston, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda have every reason to despise each other. But as a school project forces them to spend time together, the less their differences seem to matter. And Sarah and Linda start to feel something they've never felt before. Something they're both determined ignore. Because it's one thing to be frightened by the world around you - and another thing altogether when you're terrified of what you feel inside.

Tatum read Lies We Tell Ourselves back in the autumn, and I had been wanting to read it for the longest time. I love historical fiction, and the Civil Rights Movement isn’t a topic that I’ve touched upon in fiction before, so I was very excited to read this book. Not to mention it’s also LGBT and the two main female characters fall in love. I absolutely devoured this book, as I knew that I would!  Continue reading