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What Are You Reading Wednesday – Hosted by It’s a Reading Thing

A weekly feature where you can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog via the link up.

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1. What’s the name of your current read?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.

“Above his unadorned white shirt was a fine cobalt-blue jerkin trimmed with gold. She would have snorted, but he did look rather good in his knee-high brown boots. And his leather belt did go nicely  – even though the hunting knife seemed a bit too bejeweled.”

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

I’m only a few pages in so far, so I’m not 100% sold on the world just yet. From what I have experienced so far, it seems that the ruling kingdom of the area Celaena is currently in uses their wealth too frivolously and is too hard on conquered people. So, with that being said, at this moment it’s a no.

I totally know that I’m WAY behind on reading this series (5 years too late), but I wanted to hear why others who enjoy SJM’s the A Court of Thorns and Roses series liked about the Throne of Glass series. Obviously, I’m a fan of the aforementioned series, but I need to keep reading ToG to see how I feel about it. It definitely starts off with a high-fantasy vibe which is WAY different than how ACOTAR started. I also have a crack-theory that the Fae that were driven out of the lands of Erilea are the same Fae that control the lands of Prythian.

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Review: Ensnared by Rita Stradling

ensnared-cover-rita-stradlingTitle: Ensnared

Author: Rita Stradling

Published: Expected December 18, 2017

Genre: Romance, New Adult, Science Fiction, Retelling

Series Information: Standalone

Format: Kindle eBook, 380 pages

Source: NetGalley

Recommended For: Those who enjoy Beauty and the Beast with a futuristic/ science fiction twist

Goodreads Rating: 3.51

My Rating:✰✰✰

This was one of the first books that caught my eye when I had signed up for an account on NetGalley, it was definitely a cover buy. Though the second thing that had sold me on the story was that it was a futuristic retelling of Beauty and the Beast – which, as you can tell, is one of my favorite stories. I didn’t go in to reading the book with any expectations, but wanted to see who it would shape and mold the BatB story to this new genre. I’d honestly say that if I hadn’t been told that it was a retelling, it could probably stand on it’s own since a lot of the original was swapped in some way.

**Spoilers ahead**

Some of the differences I noted that were flipped were:

  • Plain, average girl VS. a brainy beauty.
  • Good-looking friend, who may have had an interest in Alainn VS. good-looking, hyper-masculine character fawning over said girl.
  • Cybernetic monkeys who stayed their form VS. magical, spell-bound household items who turned back into people.
  • Killer robot named Rose/Rosette who tries to “fix” humanity VS. magical rose that ticked down the remaining “humanity” in the Beast.
  • Scarred man, trying to understand human connections because he was deprived of them VS. man who had human connection, but lacked the empathy that mattered.

But there was so much more that stood out as unique to the story without the connection to BatB. I was happy to see that there was a backstory to the motivations in the main character, Alainn. I wish there had been more to the backstory of Lorccan because there were events in the story that didn’t seem too fleshed out and I needed to know more. It was also refreshing to see how Artificial Intelligence was portrayed in the book – each AI had their own personalities and it didn’t seem out-of-place in the story. This retelling had bits and pieces of the original but did a fantastic job (even if later on) fitting it into a complex, scientific setting.

But I have certain feelings about the book and some things that I need to know more. Such as:

  • They did a great job of making things scientific, but why wasn’t there more backstory on why Lorccan was holed up in his tower because of an auto-immune disease. At the end of the book, it seemed like the doctors at the hospitals thought he was making things up…did his parents just make him “think” he could die at any point because they were controlling/manipulative or did he REALLY have an issue.
  • What did Alainn’s father fraud-wise to get him into so much trouble? Even though he had a gambling problem, it didn’t seem like he didn’t deliver the goods.
  • The romance between Alainn and Lorccan – even though Alainn was “sent there” to be a test for Lorccan’s physical relationship with Shelly, he was under the impression she was a robot. What are the social implications of a human and robot having “relations” in this world? She literally becomes the one thing he clings on to and doesn’t care if she’s real or not and that just sits weird with me. Also, how in the world did he not KNOW she was a human. Being around robots all the time, he really believed whatever she said?!
  • The character names. Seriously…you have normal names like Colby, Terry, Shelly, etc. and the two main characters have the most complicated names ever. Alainn and Lorccan? Just because it is science fiction, doesn’t mean that the main characters have to have “unique” names to make them stand out.

In all, I enjoyed the story, but it didn’t WOW me like others I’ve read so far – the kind of WOW that causes a book hangover. I would recommend it to others based on interests or if they made specific requests on a recommendation.

*I received an eBook ARC of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest opinion/review. I thank the author for the opportunity to be able to do so.*

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What Are You Reading Wednesday – Hosted by It’s a Reading Thing

A weekly feature where you can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog via the link up.

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1. What’s the name of your current read?

Ensnared by Rita Stradling

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.

“The banging on Alainn’s door came twenty-six hours after she missed dinner. Twenty-six hours in which she’d lain in the bed, unmoving in her underwear. At some point, she realized the necessity of food and found a sandwich with spongy and cold melted cheese waiting in its drawer. Later when she’d checked the restroom, she found all the womanly supplies she needed. It seemed that Rosebud 03AF planned to keep her humanity a secret. Alainn still hadn’t decided on whether she should.”

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

There hasn’t been much outside world development to make a choice based on that – this is a book set in the future, and I’m totally down for robots one day to help with day to day tasks and such, but so far I’m not sure I’m not sure if I want to live in this future or not. 

Is anyone else reading Ensnared? I was able to receive my copy to read from NetGalley and cannot wait to see how this book unfolds as a futuristic version of Beauty and the Beast.

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