SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews

I’m a stay at home mom of two little monsters….  Ummm kids and I love to read and coffee runs through my veins . I read pretty much a little of everything but I tend to like fantasy the most. I blame Sarah J Maas who got me stated into the fantasy genre...but to be honest I read most of everything and it just depends what I’m in the mood for. I also read a lot of YA. Don’t judge ….lol

When I’m not reading I love to spend time with the family of course, I also like to watch TV and love to find new shows to binge. Gaming is another thing I like to do and is easy to get me sucked into a game for hours or even days.  Don’t even get me started on Lego games ……addictive …..lol

So as you can see I’m like all over the place but reading is always the thing that I come back to. It helps me relax and lets me jumps on so many new exciting worlds.

I love to meet new people who share the love for book as I do and in my many years of reading and reviewing I met some truly awesome people. Which honestly is the best part about the book word…..meeting so many new and lovely people.

I’m not in any way a professional reviewer. I just like to read books and share my personal opinion with other book lovers.

 

You can also find me on Goodreads 

 

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100 Book Reviews

Reading progress update: I've read 81 out of 336 pages.

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe - Heather Webber

I really didn't know what to expect but I really like it.... so far 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 119 out of 464 pages.

A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir

Oh snap that Soul Catcher thing is savage 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 35 out of 336 pages.

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe - Heather Webber

Can't wait to find out what is going on .... and with all the nosey old ladies 


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Reading progress update: I've read 0 out of 464 pages.

A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir

OOps I might have switched books , out of the blue ....
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Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 464 pages.

A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir

Be interesting to see how the will get out alive 

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Blood Rites - Jim Butcher

HaHa. Now this should be interesting .....lol

 

Full review to come 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 88%.

Blood Rites - Jim Butcher

Oh shit , things are happening and fast and I'm nervous 

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Sweep in Peace  -  Ilona Andrews

Enjoyed this but bot as much as they other books 

Full review to come 

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Dragonslayer(Dragonslayer #1) by Duncan M. Hamilton

Dragonslayer - Duncan M. Hamilton

 

 

In his magnificent, heroic, adventure fantasy, Dragonslayer, Duncan M. Hamilton debuts the first book in a fast-moving trilogy: a dangerous tale of lost magics, unlikely heroes, and reawakened dragons.

Once a member of the King's personal guard, Guillot dal Villevaurais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He's astonished--and wary--when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. He and the Prince Bishop have never exactly been friends and Gill left the capitol in disgrace five years ago. So why him? And, more importantly, how is there a dragon to fight when the beasts were hunted to extinction centuries ago by the ancient Chevaliers of the Silver Circle?

On the way to the capitol city, Gill rescues Solène, a young barmaid, who is about to be burned as a witch. He believes her innocent...but she soon proves that she has plenty of raw, untrained power, a problem in this land, where magic is forbidden. Yet the Prince Bishop believes magic will be the key to both destroying the dragon and replacingthe young, untried King he pretends to serve with a more pliable figurehead.

Between Gill's rusty swordsmanship and Solène's unstable magic, what could go wrong?

 

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

I read a sample of the book, on bookish first and I really enjoyed it. I won the book in their raffle and was excited. Once I got deeper into the book I liked it but not as much as I thought I would,

For a while I felt like something is missing, the world building , there is none really. we are just thrown in and we are there but that is just about it and sometimes even half way through I just felt lost.

Another thing that bothered me a bit was switching the POV randomly, just anywhere in a chapter without a warning the next paragraph was a different POV. This could, have been because it was a review copy but for this copy is was a bit confusing.

Other than that I enjoyed this book, I enjoyed the story, (for the most part.)

What I really enjoyed was that we get a voice of the dragon, and I really enjoyed that and we don't too often get that.

I liked that the book also deals with some real life issues, like alcoholism.

Overall, it was okay book and the while the writing was good it could have been better with the world building but other than that I liked it.

I give it 3 ★

 

 

 

 

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Source: http://snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/07/12/review-dragonslayerdragonslayer-1-by-duncan-m-hamilton

Reading progress update: I've read 512 out of 512 pages.

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

YAY. Done, overall great book. Full review to come 

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June 2019 Wrap up

Happy July 

and to those who live in the USA "Happy 4th of July " 

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If you don't live in the USA or celebrate it, just have a super awesome day :) 

June was a good month, I got a lot of reading done and yet not enough.... if that makes sense, lol. On a happy note I'm almost all done again with my review copies. I just been enjoying the warm morning that I can sit outside and read, it has become my favorite part of the day, even if it is just for 30 minutes or so before it gets too hot or I need to start adulting.

Here are some books that release in July(according to Goodreads) to look forward to

Fledgling by Molly Harper

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Dark Age by Pierce Brown

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Currently reading:  I haven't listened to much audio lately so that is going slower than normally but Im still working on The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I'm about way done with book 6, Blood Rites.

Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6)

For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Dodging flaming monkey poo, for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walking plant monster. Still, there is something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film's producer believes he's the target of a sinister entropy curse, but it's the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways.

Harry is doubly frustrated because he got involved with this bizarre mystery only as a favor to Thomas, his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can't quite figure out, until his investigation leads him straight to Thomas' oversexed vampire family. Harry is about to discover that Thomas' family tree has been hiding a shocking secret; a revelation that will change Harry's life forever.

Print copies, I'm currently reading Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I'm totally loving it, I will be sad when I'm done with it and not just because I will have to go back to review copies lol.

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Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

Next I think I will start, Dragonslayer by Duncan M. Hamilton, which I got from Tor Books. Thank you :) 

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In his magnificent, heroic, adventure fantasy, Dragonslayer, Duncan M. Hamilton debuts the first book in a fast-moving trilogy: a dangerous tale of lost magics, unlikely heroes, and reawakened dragons.

Once a member of the King's personal guard, Guillot dal Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s astonished—and wary—when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. He and the Prince Bishop have never exactly been friends and Gill left the capital in disgrace five years ago. So why him? And, more importantly, how is there a dragon to fight when the beasts were hunted to extinction centuries ago by the ancient Chevaliers of the Silver Circle?

On the way to the capitol city, Gill rescues Solène, a young barmaid, who is about to be burned as a witch. He believes her innocent…but she soon proves that she has plenty of raw, untrained power, a problem in this land, where magic is forbidden. Yet the Prince Bishop believes magic will be the key to both destroying the dragon and replacingthe young, untried King he pretends to serve with a more pliable figurehead. Between Gill’s rusty swordsmanship and Solene’s unstable magic, what could go wrong?

Sometime in July there should be a new giveaway going live, so make sure to keep your eyes out for that. 

Now to my June books, as always you will be able to find the buy links in the reviews that are linked down below ;) 

Have a great month and HAPPY READING :) 


Meridian Chronicles: Fairy Nymphs & The Demon Court by M.D. Fryson

Meridian’s curse still haunts her after running back to Salem. Living with heartbreak, Aiden cannot go on without Meridian and flees with Tallulah to Salem.

Raina continues her deceit and willfully accepts possession from a demon of the high court, Pyro who commands Raina to kill one of the good witches.

Another trip to the dark realm brings another fight between the Fairy Nymphs and members of the Demon Court when they arrive to answer the dark one’s riddle, one that was not meant to answer.

When Meridian and Aiden accept the help of the Fairy Nymphs to unlock the Universe’s message of their fate, it is then that Meridian finds herself within the Hall of Souls where the Angels, known as the keepers have a message for her.

With Warrick still out to keep his position in Etheria, the demon court members staging their attack on the spirit guides, Aiden against all odds will not leave Meridian.

Aiden’s reoccurring dream is more significant that what he realizes until the very end, where an ironic twist of fate emerges testing his true love for Meridian and the road to saving her soul. Who will end up being Meridian’s twin soul? Is it Aiden? Will Warrick succeed and avoid his judgment? What is the message from the Angel? Find out in this dark paranormal romance.

 5 ★


Fortuna Sworn by K.J. Sutton

Fortuna Sworn is the last of her kind.

Her brother disappeared two years ago, leaving her with no family or species to speak of. She hides among humans, spending her days working at a bar and her nights searching for him. The bleak pattern goes on and on… until she catches the eye of a powerful faerie.

He makes no attempt to hide that he desires Fortuna. And in exchange for her, he offers something irresistible. So Fortuna reluctantly leaves her safe existence behind to step back into a world of creatures and power.

It soon becomes clear that she may not have bargained with her heart, but her very life.

 

 4.5 ★

 


Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee

“Edgy and smart with a sweet and sexy core.” —Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Eyes on Me

I should’ve kept my mouth shut.

But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, and someone had to take matters into her own hands. Well, I’m a kick-ass coder, so I created a totally anonymous, totally untraceable blog where teens can come to get real, honest, nothing-is-off-limits sex advice.

And holy hell, the site went viral—and we’re talking way beyond Wilmont—overnight. Who knew this town was so hard up?

Except now the school administration is trying to shut me down, and they’ve forced Dean—my coding crush, aka the hottest guy in school—to try to uncover who I am. If he discovers my secret, I’ll lose him forever. And thousands of teens who need real advice won’t have anyone to turn to.

Ask me anything…except how to make things right.

 4 ★


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

 4★


Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Siege and Storm is the second book in The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Book one, Shadow and Bone, is a New York Times bestseller, and book 3, Ruin and Rising, is an Amazon Best Book of the Year and a USA Today bestseller. This title has Common Core connections, and this deluxe paperback edition features bonus materials like an interview with Leigh Bardugo, a bonus short story, “The Tailor,” and more.

 3.5 ★


Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction–and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

 3.5 ★


Source: http://snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/07/01/june-2019-wrap-up

Review: Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo

 

 

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction--and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she's fighting for.

 

 

 

 

3.5 ★

 

The third and final book in this trilogy. So with that we know I can’t say all too much or it would be spoiled. One thing I can say, is that I LOVED the Grishavverse , from this series and the Six of Crows that I read previously and I totally get the hype. 

That being said…… overall I enjoyed this book.

Plot wise a lot more happened this book than the last and some of it just sort of happened fast, way too fast in some parts. Some things we worked up to for three books and boom and a bang within a half a chapter it happens and before you know it, it’s over. Resolved!  So some pacing and development could have been different.

 We do get a couple plot surprises and others I saw somewhat coming.

The Darkling… for me it changed every book… I loved him, than ughhhhhh and then I could have cared less about him.

Mal I never liked and that didn’t change this book, the same goes for Alina.

Really, I cared most about was Nikolai, Genya, and Baghra but also Zoya this book. So really everyone else but the three main people.

The ending was okay, that’s it. Not great or bad, just okay.   And really the only sensible ending it could have had….

Overall I loved the Grisha world and the story for the most part. I also loved everyone but Alina, Mal and the Darkling.

I’m looking forward to see some of my favorite people in The King of Scars that I now finally can read.

 

3.5 ★ for the last book but 4★ for the trilogy as a whole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: http://snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/06/28/review-ruin-and-rising-the-shadow-and-bone-trilogy-3-by-leigh-bardugo

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

Blood Rites - Jim Butcher

If Harry cries, we all cry 

 

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Review: Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo

 

 

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Siege and Storm is the second book in The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Book one, Shadow and Bone, is a New York Times bestseller, and book 3, Ruin and Rising, is an Amazon Best Book of the Year and a USA Today bestseller. This title has Common Core connections, and this deluxe paperback edition features bonus materials like an interview with Leigh Bardugo, a bonus short story, "The Tailor," and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that I sit back and write the review and must decide on a rating and what to say I realize how much of a love- hate relationship I had with this book.

I really, really love the Grishaverse that Bardugo created in this and Six of Crows. 

This book while so good and a lot of happened also seemed not much happened, or not much new,. But yet there was a lot of things, new things that happened and yet it gave me a bit of déjà vu from book one.

 A lot of time we spend in court, learning new things and getting ready for the big war with the Darkling. At court we see some familiar faces and find out their fate from the veers in last book.

Now to the characters.

I really enjoyed the Darkling for the most part last book and some in this but I come to the point where I’m just” …mmm ugh, yeah no” I don’t totally dislike him but defiantly don’t love him.

Mal. I really wanted to like him , I really did, I tried so hard and after all he gave up and lost for Alina I just wanted to like him, but I can’t ….. I really, really can’t.  I’m not even sure why I dislike him. I just do him and his whiny behavior.

Alina is another one that I can’t stand, she is selfish (she says she isn’t but she totally is),  she is power-hungry and can’t even be honest with herself it seems. The only thing for me, that she had going for her was her humor and snark.

Now the two people I care about the most in this entire series so far.

Genya, we don’t see too much of her but that didn’t matter I still lover her and hope we get more of her next book.

And someone new, Nikolai.  I really enjoyed Nikolai from the very first time we meet him, and hopefully we learn a lot more about him in next book. I love that he has so many layers to him but also felt bad for him at times.

Tolya and Tamar are also high up on my favorite list and hope to see more. While I would love to say the the end was surprising and shocking it really wasn’t. I saw it coming from the half way mark of the book .

Overall, love the magic and world and can’t get enough of the Grisha world.  Love Nikolai and Genya and a few others but really could care less what happens to Mal, Alina and maybe even the Darkling, but I still like him better than Alina.

I have a hard time rating this, but I think I go with 4 . I had some dislikes, yes but overall I still really enjoyed it.

4 ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: http://snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/06/27/siege-and-storm-the-shadow-and-bone-trilogy-2-by-leigh-bardugo

Reading progress update: I've read 387 out of 512 pages.

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

I love how she is slowly building the relationship between them, BUT the sexual tension is killing meeeeeeeeeeee

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

Blood Rites - Jim Butcher

Not sure what is funnier, Harry on a set of a porn or Harry being embarrassed to be there and even to say "boobs" to Murphy 

 

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