Stacking the Shelves(20)

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A weekly meme hosted by Tynga Reviews where I post about books that I will be reviewing, I borrowed or bought. I also discuss whats been happening in my life, what you missed and what is coming up! Sorry that it’s a day late got soo busy on Saturday!

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My Life:

Not much has happened. Applied to 5 jobs this past week and just found another one but have yet to hear back from any of them. *sigh* Yesterday(Saturday) the museum hosted their annual fundraising event, Feast with the Beasts and so I worked from 9am-10pm and boy was I pooped! My feet hurt sooo bad I could barely walk. But it was a lot of fun and I got to eat some good food. This week starts training week for the guides so it’s going to be CRAZY!!!

Things you missed last week:

Coming up this week:

  • Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Topics (very limited choice since I only started this a couple of months ago but I’ll figure it out)
  • Review: Ross Poldark by Winston Graham (hopefully?)
  • Tags: The Disney Book Tag!!!! AHHHHH

I hope you all had a fantastic week and the weather has been a little crappy lately(Boo Bill!!!) but hopefully the sun will start shining soon!!!



Review: The Ugly Stepsister

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

uglystepsisterTitle: The Ugly Stepsister

Author: Aya Ling

Series: Standalone

Published: June 12, 2015 by Aya Ling (self-published)

Pages: 452

Source: eARC

When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she’s magically transported into the world of Cinderella–as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she’ll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?

I am just in LOVE with fairy tale retellings! Cinder I believe has been the latest push for these types of books but I fell in love with these retellings by reading Robin McKinley’s Beauty and Deerskin. So when I saw this on netgalley(or anything like it) I request it and lucky for me I got it!

It starts off in the present day with Kat being self-conscious and not confident at all and she gets anxious whenever a cute guy talks to her. The normal teenage stuff. Then while cleaning the attic she rips the Cinderella book and gets transported into the story! Krev, a goblin tells her that she has to complete the story of Cinderella in order to go back to her modern world with plumbing and TV. She has no idea how to go about finishing the story when she is one of the stepsisters. She can’t even figure out who the Cinderella is! Her troubles have only just started.

Things I liked:

  • The setting and the descriptions of the outfits and everything was really well done. I felt transported to another world! I would love to live in a world like that minus the nonexistent plumbing issue.
  • Kat starts out being annoying and the typical heroine but she grows a backbone and starts doing something about her situation. She really does grow from being a shy girl to one that is confident and strong.
  • Bianca is such a nasty character and I really liked how she was portrayed but I would have liked more.
  • The subplots that were also going on were great! It was a really interesting new take on this story! I would have liked more but this was a retelling so….

Things I didn’t like:

  • The pace was slow. It being around 452 pages, not much was happening in most of those. It could have definitely been shortened.
  • It was predictable. There were some things that surprised me but it was just like an OH and not like OMG!
  • The end was a little weird…..I don’t want to give it away but it just didn’t really make sense.


Review: The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

queenbeaTitle: The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea

Author: Jeanne Gransee Barker

Published: January 26, 2015 by self-published

Pages: 212

Source: eARC

Everything Bea had ever known was a lie. Now she must find the courage to face the truth and save not only herself — but an entire planet.

At almost 15, late-bloomer Bea Parker has just discovered that her aunt, uncle and cousins—the only family she’s ever known—aren’t actually related to her and don’t know anything about her birth parents. A strange, high-tech device shows up in her room in the middle of the night with a note promising answers about her shadowed past. The only person she can turn to for help is Calvin, school genius—and total nerd. This alien technology leads Bea and Calvin on a heart-pounding adventure across lightyears leaving behind Earth, and everything she knows, to meet her destiny.

So……this was a DNF book. I felt soooo bad but I don’t know. I just couldn’t get into it. By the middle of the book which is where I stopped nothing really has happened. Bea was annoying and took most of the time just trying to figure out what to do with that stupid box and even then nothing really happened. The other POV was good but it was just sooooooo slow. I couldn’t connect with Bea at all and I think that’s why it went downhill and the slow pace. It sounded like such a great book but the slow pace and the character of annoying, woe is me Bea didn’t quite make me want to finish the book. Again, sorry!

Do any of you feel bad when DNFing a book? What is your protocol when you DNF a book? Do you DNF a review book? This will be my first I guess I just feel super bad about it. :/