Why I Switched From Blogger to WordPress

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Hello everyone!

Some of you were curious how my switch from Blogger to WordPress went and which one I prefer, so I’m finally posting about it! I believe it was only 28 days ago that I switched, so it hasn’t even been a month, but I really like it!

I had been thinking about the switch for a long time, on and off, but I never really committed to the transition just because I loved how my Blogger looked and it took forever to get it how I wanted it. But I realized that the majority of bloggers I knew used WordPress so with a little peer pressure I did it lol. Everyone said the biggest perk was making it easier for people to follow your blog since 1.) most people use WordPress and 2.) there’s a follow button on the blog that makes it way easier to follow other blogs. There is also a page, when you make an account, called Reader where you can read posts by other blogs you follow, making it easier to stay connected to other bloggers.

As for the transition itself, it was pretty easy- a lot easier than what I was anticipating. First it’s just making your account and choosing your theme (which you can change at any time) and then customizing it how you want. There aren’t many really good themes for free, in my opinion so I made all the titles and pretty much everything myself. It is extremely possible to create a great blog using a free template, even if you have no idea how to create headers and titles and stuff. There are plenty of online tools that make it really easy for setting up a pretty blog, or you could just use the template itself if you like it! I used to use PicMonkey to make all my titles and such, but the site recently turned into members only and I don’t want to pay for it. I had also used Pixlr, which I now only use. With some downloaded fonts, I actually like this way better. I would recommend using a 1000×400 pixel ratio for any post titles, and 1200×400 for blog headers.

Transferring all the posts was probably the easiest part. If you go to settings, then other, it’ll say on the top of the page “Back Up Content.” This will save your blog exactly how it is, post-wise, to your computer as a file. Make sure you know where it’s saved. Then when you go back to WordPress, go to settings and scroll until you see “Import.” Then click on “Start Import” next to “Medium,” find your file, and voila! Your whole blog is there! Any drafts and scheduled posts that you had will also be there, which made me extremely happy, and you can find them in your blog post section waiting to be posted.

As for getting followers and page views, it’s so much easier! And the stats are way better for tracking your audience- it even shows you how many visitors you had each day and your visitor to page view ratio. For followers, I earned twenty-five in my first three days, and I only had none on Blogger in its whole existence. With that being said, it was totally worth it for me. I was sad to lose my 3.5k page views that I accumulated, but I had 100 page views in the first three days as well. So from my experience, I think the transition is completely worth it!

In my case, I also kind of re-vamped my blog by using new title formats and changing the name of it from “TaylorAMartin” to “Taylor Is Reading,” my twitter handle. My blog also seemed a lot cleaner than Blogger, just in the lay out and format. Blogger, now, just seems a lot cheaper and messier.

The decision to switch is really personal and really just based off preference and which you find as an easier interface. With the results I’ve gotten from the switch, I would highly recommend it. The transition is never final, and I recommend keeping your Blogger for a while until you’re 100% sure you want to make it a permanent change. Also, make a post on your Blogger about the transition, so any followers can follow your WordPress now.

Let me know if you make the transition, and leave your WordPress link down below so I, and other readers, can follow you!

Thanks for reading!

-Taylor

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A Court of Mist and Fury || Review

ACOMAFPages: 626

Format: Paperback

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

~ GoodReads Synopsis ~

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

     Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

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     Ok, so as I’m writing this, I literally just finished the book and flicked open my laptop. My hands are kind of shaking and my emotions have been brutally toyed with this evening so stay with me here. I’ll cross out the text if it may contain spoilers, so skip that sentence if you’re trying to avoid any spoilers.

First of all, you all know where I have to start… with these freaking boys. ACOTAR had me totally invested in Tamlin and I wanted nothing more than to be his little prancing faerie girl in the Spring Court. But nuh uh, now I kind of hope he gets a taste of his own medicine. I feel like Feyre is going to make the Srping Court implode and I’m so excited. I can’t believe I even hate Lucien now, like he was such a good guy and I know he still only has Tamlin’s best interests at heart, but Tamlin’s interests are disgusting. I’m really interested in how him and Elain will play out though. I feel like she’s going to want to be with him.

And of course the best of them all, Rhysand. He’s such a sweet person underneath his mask and the pain and torture he faced kills me every time it comes up. I love him to pieces. My favorite scenes of him were probably either when he just saved Feyre from Tamlin, when they were at the Starfall celebration, or when they were in that cabin place with all the paint 😉. I wanted to cry every time he spoke of being broken; he’s the most wholesome and beautiful person in fictional history. As he spoke of his mating bond with Feyre, and he started crying, I emotionally snapped inside. And the way Feyre reacted when she found out broke my soul for Rhysand because it’s not like it was his fault the bond was there, and why was it so bad? She liked him? How could she leave him crumbling, hurt, and in mud.

As for Feyre, she felt so real; she was just so raw. As she was going through her time of emptiness, it just felt like the most real and natural thing I’ve ever read. I actually could feel her sorrow and just plain nothingness, and could feel my heart melt each time Rhysand tried to lighten her and she just sat there, not out of arrogance, but just because so much was taken out of her. And I honestly liked her sex drive, like most YA novels block it out, for obvious reasons since teenagers read them, but it’s just a human feeling and I don’t think it should just be ignored most of the time. It doesn’t have to be descriptive, but just acknowledged because girls feel those things too, ya know?

The plot of the story was also amazing, of course, as it was created by the one and only Sarah J. Maas. There were little to no parts of the story that felt unnecessary, well I would say none of it because everything either built Feyre and Rhys’ relation or developed the story for this book or the next. I loved the snowballing effect that Maas used to build the story, like there was never a dull part because everything just built and built until that final explosion. And I’m disgusted by King Hybern and more so Tamlin for working with him. I cannot wait to see Rhysand and Feyre and their friends destroy both of them.

I am highly anticipating A Court of Wings and Ruin, and the reunion of Feyre and Rhysand. I will definitely have a review up for that one when I get around to reading it!

If you haven’t already, I seriously recommend reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, and then this book. They are both so beautifully written and have so much depth, it almost puts you in a trance.

Thank you so much for reading!

-Taylor

August TBR

5f86f-tbr     Happy August day one everybody!!

For most of us, this is the month we go back to school and different people have different feelings on that one. I always loved the first day of school and buying all new supplies, this year isn’t any different since I will be going to school as a college freshman! For those of you that don’t know, I will be an English-Creative Writing/Journalism double major at the University of Florida.

With going back to school means less time available for reading, sadly. I hope this month I will at least get to read these four since I don’t move to college until the middle of the month and can knock out maybe three of these books? Challenge accepted.

Let me know down below all the books you’re planning to read in August! Without further ado, here is my TBR for August 2017:

houseofhades.jpgThe House of Hades by Rick Riordan

It’s been like three weeks since I read Mark of Athena, and this book literally jumped to the top of my TBR and I couldn’t resist buying it. I need me some more Percy Jackson. The books are just so whimsical and magical-feeling, it’s so hard to read other books knowing I could read be reading this one.

 

 

twatd.jpgThe Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Having first seen it mentioned on twitter, I was immediately interested because I love all of your recommendations and I cannot wait to read this. It’s about a girl who’s best friend was taken by either a king or an emporer, I’m not sure. This king/emporer takes a new wife every day and kills her each night, so this girl volunteers to be his next wife to get revenge. My heart is already pounding in suspense.

 

diabolic.jpgThe Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

I am incredibly guilty of buying this book because it was only $3.97 at BAM and the cover was pretty cool. I have no idea what happens in this book, so I also feel incredibly bad about not being very helpful, haha. Here’s the gist from Goodreads in my own words: There’s a girl named Nemesis who is a diabolic (super badass) and protects a senator’s daughter with her life. The emporer, probably the villain, takes the daughter as a hostage of the galactic court, so Nemesis “becomes” her and travels to the court as the hostage. Then some badass stuff happens.

ACOMAF.jpgA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

How long has it been since I read ACOTAR? Too long. I’ve been needing this book for months, multiple long months. I love this series and I really don’t want to wait to read this any longer.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading!

-Taylor

The Book Life Tag

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Hello everyone! Today’s post is going to be a tag, because I love them and I always try to space them out so I don’t bore you guys. So without further ado… here is the Book Life Tag:

Who would your parents be?

There’s really not a lot of parents in YA series, and that makes me a little sad because parents are great. I’d probably have to choose Sirius as my dad, even though he’s only Harry’s godfather, and Percy Jackson’s mom. They’re both really caring and do everything to protect their kids. I would feel bad because they both technically sacrificed their lives for me, but I would love them. I really love my parents though… so if I could, I would choose them.

Who would be your sister?

Celaena Sardothien. How awesome would that be? She could teach me her assassin skills and stuff and I wouldn’t, hopefully, have to worry about her killing me.

Who would be your brother?

Probably Four from Divergent. He’s really protective and sweet and he’d probably look like my brother in a way since I have dirty blonde hair… that’s really the only similarity…

Who would be your pet?

Definitely Ignatius from the Novice! He’s a demon, so that’s scary, but he’s sooo cute and he’d be really helpful with his fire powers and stuff.

Where would you live?
     It’s a tie between Camp Half-Blood and Prythian. I think I’m leaning more toward Camp Half-Blood because I’d more than likely die in Prythian. I have enough Greek mythology knowledge to probably last me long enough.
Where would you go to school?
     Hogwarts. Done. Of course, like what else would I choose?
 
Who would be your best friend?
     Hermione, all the way. She has been my idol since I was like five, I was her for Halloween one year if anyone remembers that blog post. I would love doing research on the magical world and discussing it with her and hanging out with Harry and Ron with her. That’s been my life’s dream for forever.
 
Who would be your significant other?
     I really love my boyfriend, so much, but I’d have to say FRED WEASLEY. HE IS STILL ALIVE. Or Elias from An Ember in the Ashes or Leo from the Heroes of Olympus series.
UPDATE: I’m finally reading ACOMAF and I 1000000% choose Rhysand😍😍
     Let me know if you’ve completed this tag and link it down below! Thanks for reading!
                          -Tayor

The Novice || Review

novice.jpgPages: 350

Format: Paperback

Author: Taran Matharu

Publisher: Square Fish

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

~ GoodReads Synopsis ~

When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

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     Wow. Applause for Taran Matharu.

It has been forever and my search is completed. I have found a book that brings me back to those Harry Potter feels. At first the theme started to bug me a little, honestly, because it was just so much like Harry Potter, but the story really came into itself about halfway through. The school setting resembled Hogwarts, at least how I imagined it. The teachers even reminded me of Hogwarts; Arcturus was definitely Lupin, Rook was an even worse version of Snape, and Othello was Ron in certain aspects.

Maybe it’s just me, but that’s what I saw.

But don’t get me started on Rook that little… I don’t think I have ever blatantly hated a character from the very beginning like I hated Rook. Matharu crafted him so well as a villain. The reader usually, at some point, feels sympathetic toward the villain, but I felt none of that for Rook. As soon as he opened his mouth, I knew I wanted to kick him in the crotch, to be completely honest. He just has such a crappy personality, and he’s such a classist prick. Just thinking about him makes me angry, so I’m going to move on.

As for the demon summoning, it was fairly realistic. It did seem really real at times, like I forgot it wasn’t a thing when I stopped reading and I kind of wish it was. Other times it seemed a little far fetched, or even just too much of a hassle which bugged me a little, although I’m not sure why. I just didn’t like all the different tools they needed, specifically the leather they used to summon them and infuse. I like simplicity in a book. It didn’t seem real that the summoners infused the demons into the leather and needed it to summon it back. I think that’s just me, though, and it doesn’t hinder the story in any way. The history behind all of the summoning, as well as the history of the people and different character types, like the dwarves, elves, nobles, and commoners, is very in-depth. You can tell a lot of world building was done, and it is appreciated very much.

Initially, I imagined the main character being older, like 17 or 18, but he was actually 15. I kind of liked this because sometimes a little juvenile feel to a story is really nice, like the first few Harry Potter books and Percy Jackson. This doesn’t make it a middle grade though, it is definitely a YA fantasy, and I believe he gets older as the series progresses. Because of the ages of the characters, there isn’t really any romance, which I do hope appears in the next few books. Since I think Fletcher and Sylva will end up together. I would say Sylva and Othello, but Fletcher is the main character, so he has to get a love interest by the end.

ALSO the ending is great and the tournament they have to fight in is really well written. I was so tense while reading I actually got a little sore. So, if it’s slow in the very beginning, just wait it out, it’s worth it.

Will I be finishing the rest of the series? Heck yeah! By the ending I was so invested in the story, I was ready to read the sequel right then.

Would I recommend it you guys? Heck yeah! If you can, definitely give this book a read, especially if you’re not a muggle.

Thanks for reading!

-Taylor

 

Why I Don’t Read A Lot of Contemporary Romance

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     Don’t think I’ve written off the entire genre, that’s not what this post is about. This post is just a little rant about some of the YA contemporary out there, and more specifically, YA contemporary romance. I would never just assume that I hate a book because it’s a genre I don’t like. I am, however, not likely to pick up a more contemporary novel when there are other fantasy, sci-fi, ect. books that I really want. The only one I’ve wanted to buy recently is Fangirl because I want to read it before I read Carry On, and that’s what I really want to read.
      Dont’ get me wrong, there are plenty of things to rant about for YA fantasy, and a lot of the complaints are along the same lines, but I don’t really get into contemporary and I wanted to answer why I don’t. If you have any book recommendations that you think could change my mind about the genre, please comment them down below! I do want to get into the books, I just really can’t with the ones I’ve tried.
     The romance tales follow the same premise. There are some really good YA romance novels, like The Fault in Our Stars, that break from the commonalities, but for the most part, they follow the same plot. This can be seen in a lot of romance in fantasy novels, but there’s usually something that sets it apart, like a zombie apocalypse, or wizardry. In most contemporary romance novels, there’s a bad boy or a boy that stands out because he’s an extremely obnoxious football player or a super quiet good boy, and he goes for the shy quiet girl that was either infatuated with him or completely hated him. From there the guy usually does something wrong or the girl feels intimidated and leaves him, but they always come right back together without a problem.
     I understand that all books have a sort of template that sets up a traditional plot line for whatever genre, but there’s very little to set each book apart, especially when the novels come from the same author.
     They take place in present time on Earth. I don’t know about you guys, but when I read, I want to be transported. I want to be enveloped in another land or another time or some place that doesn’t exist. I, sadly, don’t travel, like at all, and when I have it was because I was moving, but I have never left the United States. So for me, books are my form of travel. It’s like I can pick up a novel and go on a round trip to whatever place I read about that day.
     The girls are sometimes dull. They’re always the same and they don’t usually have any real parts to them. Yeah, they’re relatable because they’re just an average girl, but they’re not usually strong or empowering in the romance novels, they’re just extremely average. And if the guy is extroverted or a bad boy, he usually runs all over her. I love relationships in novels, but I like when the girl takes some control, no matter how difficult the guy may be. There was one random novel I bought for like four dollars at BAM called The Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly, and I got like one hundred pages into it. It was a decent story, it was set in the fifties, which I love, but there was just no substance and nothing to keep the story moving. I had no idea what the story was even leading to because there was no plot in sight, just a girl falling for a guy who ran all over her.
     Someone always does something wrong. It’s either one person cheats or it’s something they said, or didn’t say, and that’s always the twist of the story. Why can’t someone get kidnapped? Where’s the brutal fight scenes? There are a lot of great contemporary books that are like that, such as Looking for Alaska (again John Green is great).
     John Green is great at adding that twist that sets his stories apart from the others, and I love his books. It’s just the books like Sarah Dessen’s that get to me because there’s really little substance. I went through a whole Sarah Dessen binge my freshman year of high school, and I devoured those books, but thinking about them now, they’re just not my thing. Every book is pretty much the same by Sarah Dessen, there’s just a few things that differentiate them, like ones on the beach, in one the guy is a druggie, in one there’s a baby that won’t stop crying. Those are really just the highlights that stand out to me because the plots all blurred together.
     I didn’t mean to offend anyone in any way, I just wanted to put my thoughts out there. I don’t read a lot of contemporary, so if there are some great books that you think will sway me, leave them down below and I’ll check them out!
     Thanks for reading!
                      -Taylor

Books I NEED To Buy

Books I NEED
     Have you ever gotten halfway through a series, but never continued it because you just don’t have the rest of the series and never think about it while book shopping? That’s my constant struggle. I always seem to start a new series and forget that I already had like twelve others I need to finish first.
     The next few book buying crazes I get into, I plan to buy at least most of these before I pick up another series, and don’t let me get anything else! Some of these are seriously killing me that I don’t have them.
    Here are all the books I absolutely need to get before I combust:

winterWinter by Marissa Meyer
Yes, I have not started Cress, but I will at some point so what’s so wrong about buying this one? Right? I’m just a collector.
torchagainstthenightA Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I have been counting down the days until this book comes out in paperback this August, on the 29th to be exact. The first book blew my mind!

 

 
ACOMAFA Court of Mist and Fury & A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
I have been looking for ACOMAF in paperback for sooo long it’s not even funny! I don’t think Books-A-Million even has the second book at all because evey time I go in there’s only the third in hardcover and the first book.

empire of stormsEmpire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
I may actually die without this book. I’ve been waiting for it to come out in paperback since I have the rest of the series in paperback, and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper, but I don’t know if I can make it.

 

 
Tthe elitehe Elite by Kiera Cass
It has been so long since I first started The Selection, like it was maybe two years ago. I really liked the story, and it was so light and easy, it’s just that there’s so many other great series that I keep finding or that keep coming out.
blood of olympusThe House of Hades & Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
I JUST BOUGHT HOUSE OF HADES. I’m so happy with myself. I might have to do some rearranging of my TBR…

 

 

 
ruin and risingRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Ok, so I haven’t exactly even started the second book, but I kind of loved the first book and they’re all so pretty, so why not have the whole series? Am I right or am I right?

geminaGemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
If you have any doubt about reading Illuminae, please don’t. I doubted liking this book so hard until I saw it in the BAM bargain
books section for six US dollars and impulse bought it. It’s an amazing story!

 

 

 

      Tell me down below any of the books you absolutely have to have, whether it’s a stand alone or part of a series!
Thanks for reading!
-Taylor

 

2 Year Blogiversary!

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Thank you everyone!!

I really cannot thank you all enough! I know I just switched to WordPress from Blogger, but on Blogger I had over 3,500 views and that makes me so incredibly happy that so many people have come back to read my posts! I’ve also just hit 850 followers on my bookish twitter account! As of today, there are also 25 followers of my blog on here and it’s only been a couple days!

You guys are absolutely amazing! I wish I could meet everyone in person, but getting to talk to everyone about books and life online is just as cool! I’ve earned so many new friends through the bookish community and learned so many new things. I was so scared to start this blog two years ago as a sophomore in high school, but now I’m going to be a college freshman in just over a month and I’m so glad I just did it!

Please comment down below your blog links so I can follow you if you’re reading this!

Thank you all so so much! This has been the greatest experience!

Thanks for reading!

-Taylor

Liebster Award #2

Liebster Award     Hello everybody!

As you can see, I was nominated for another Liebster award! The first one was two years ago (that’s so crazy) and you can check it out here.

I would like to thank IcthusBookCorner for nominating and you can check out her Liebster award by clicking on her name. Her blog is really nice and I follow her, so make sure you check out her blog! Also, thank you for choosing me IcthusBookCorner!

The rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you.
-Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
-Nominate 11 blogs.
-Give them 11 questions to answer.

Here are the eleven questions that IcthusBookCorner gave to me:

  1. What is your favourite place on Earth?

My favorite place on Earth is wherever my family is, to be honest, but as a physical destination probably England or Ireland. I’ve never been to either, but I’ve always loved those two countries. I have a book that highlights places all around those two countries and a map of them up on my wall over my book stacks.

2. What is your favouritre fictional character?

Hermione Granger. That’s so stereotypical of me because everyone knows Hermione is my ideal form of myself. Like if I could be anyone besides myself, I would be her in a heartbeat.
3. What is your favourite genre to read?

100% YA fantasy and fiction. I love all of the creativity and world building; those books always inspire me to write and get me all hyped about books.
4. Why book blogging?

When I started writing my latest novel and the first I started for publication, I started a twitter account as a writer, and from there I just kind of fell into book blogging since I loved reading. I had other blogs before this one when I was young that were laughably unsuccessful (I didn’t understand that Blogger tracked my own page views unless I turned it off and I had accounted for pretty much all the views) so I had already had experience with setting up blogs and all that.
5. Do you have any pets?

YES. My furbabies. I have a 16, soon-to-be 17-year old cat that I got when I was 2-years old. We don’t know what breed she is or her birthday or anything, as we bought her from a barn, but I love her to pieces and she’s still crazy. I also have a 9-year old Jack Russell named Cookie that is literally my little sister. She is so incredibly spoiled and even has one of those doggie strollers.


6. If you could have dinner with anyone on earth you would you choose and why?

I’d choose J.K. Rowling. I’ve said this so many times, but it’d be amazing to just pick her brain about all things Harry Potter and writing.
7. What is your favourite book?

Besides the Harry Potter series, it would be Throne of Glass, book one specifically because that one will always be my favorite, then A Court of Thornes and Roses, An Ember in the Ashes, and the Percy Jackson series.
8. What is your Hogwarts’s House?

I am an extremely proud Ravenclaw! Comment down below if you’re a Ravenclaw. At first, not going to lie, I was disappointed that my house wasn’t Gryffindor, although I got that answer the first time I took it while in middle school. However, as I learned more about Ravenclaw, it definitely became my favorite house.
9. Is there a book you know you will never want to read?

I will never want to read Fifty Shades of Grey. I saw the movie and it was so boring and the sex room was terrifying. I hated how aggressive and brutal he was. I understand he had a bad past and all he wanted was sex, but the girl was still a human who did not deserve to whipped like a tortured animal.
10. Do you prefer the country or the city?

I lived in the more countryside of Michigan until I was five, then moved to the suburbs of Pennsylvania near Philadelphia where I spent a lot of time in the city, and now I am in the extreme suburbs of Florida, so I guess I’ve seen all walks of life. There are perks to all three ways of life and although the cities are so amazing and always alive, the country is so quiet and peaceful and sometimes incredibly beautiful with woods or rolling greenspaces.
11. Who do you consider to be your heroe?

I have three, technically four, but they are my parents, J.K. Rowling, and Hermione. Yeah, she’s fictional, but I always looked up to her as a kid.

The blogs I nominate are:

The 11 questions I have for you all to answer are:

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. Where is your favorite place to read?
  3. Do you prefer to buy books or use library books?
  4. What is your favorite book series ever?
  5. Favorite stand alone?
  6. Do you also write? Do you plan to go into, or are already in the book industry in some way besides blogging?
  7. What is your least favorite book?
  8. What was your first blog post about?
  9. Who is your favorite author, and why?
  10. What got you into blogging?
  11. Was there ever a time you didn’t like reading?

Thank you all so much for reading and happy blogging nominees!

-Taylor

 

The Looking Glass Wars || Review

Pages: 358
Book type: Paperback
Author: Frank Beddor
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: September 26, 2006
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

~ Goodreads Synopsis ~
 

When Alyss Heart, newly orphaned heir to the Wonderland throne, flees through the Pool of Tears to escape her murderous Aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!

Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss’ story – and he’s searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland, to battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions of mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.

 
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     To be honest, I really only bought this book because I like Alice in Wonderland and it was only ten US dollars.*By no means do you have to read the original stories first, although it is a great story.* The premise sounded interesting, but I didn’t have very high expectations and I put off reading it for sooo long.
This book, on all occasions, exceeded any of the slightest expectations I might have had. I sped through it in two days and couldn’t put it down.
The story started really strong and with action in the first couple chapters, which are, in general, very short, which also speeds along the story. Somewhere in the middle, though, it got pretty slow, but the late middle and end really picked up. In the beginning, Alyss is a child, which is really sweet in a way, but it also gets a little dull after so long since she is only seven, but a little after halfway she becomes an adult. At that point things get really interesting.
As the first book of the trilogy, there is still plenty of room for the characters to develop, and I really hope Alyss comes into herself a little more if I continue on with the series. Although she inevitably finished her task at hand and ended strong, she still felt a little dry as an adult. I honestly kind of preferred her more as a child for some parts since she lacks a little meaningful spirit at twenty-one. I understand why her time on Earth changed her in the ways that it did, but I really wish she would’ve fell back into herself upon her return to Wonderland a little better.
Hatter Madigan, although I loved his character in the story, bugged me a little just because I was thinking he’d be a little more whimsical than a cut and dry military man. His relation to Alyss as her kind of “guard” is cute at times, but I really wish there was more of a fathery or uncle kind of presence in him. BUT he’s totally badass. Apparently he has his whole own side series of his travels trying to find Alyss and they sound pretty intriguing as I want to dig deeper into his personal life.
As for romance, there really isn’t much, which was kind of disappointing due to the budding childish romance she has as a child that I LOVED. I feel like it will definitely grow back in the next two books once the two reconnect a little more upon her return.
As for the retelling side of the story, it was really different, but in a good way. I liked the different take on the world and it really felt like its own. I didn’t like how Lewis Carroll was blatantly bashed because Alice in Wonderland is such a beautiful classic, although it’s understandable in the story as to why he is bashed by Alyss. I do wish some things were more like the original so that it was a better connection, but it was just so good as it was. Besides, Rick Riordan liked it, so it has to be good.

The story has a few shortcomings that I hope are resolved throughout the other two books, but in all, I feel like the story was pretty satisfying and could even kind of be a stand alone. I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a darker whimsical tale, or just like Alice in Wonderland. If you’ve read it, tell me what you think of it!
Thanks for reading!
-Taylor