Spoiler Free Book Review: The Serpent King

Spoiler Free Book Review: The Serpent King

Title: The Serpent King

Author: Jeff Zetner

Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts:

Going into this book, I had heard amazing things. It has a 4.2 star rating on Goodreads, and in the past few years had made many readers top books of the year list. So, nevertheless I was intrigued and had my hopes high, not expecting them to be met, and even exceeded.

The Plot:

High school student Dillard Early and his two best friends, Lydia and Travis are all from different functioning families, and have different things in store for them once they graduate. The story follows their senior year and their family struggles, school struggles and struggles within. The plot picks up right as the story starts, immersing you into the small town of Forrestville.

There are twist and turns that I never even expected, and I can promise you that you’ll need tissues.

The Characters:

The characters, main and side, were all developed very well throughout the story. We got to see into the lives of Dill, Lydia and Travis individually, with the switching of PoV each chapter which I felt helped us get to know them better.

The Writing:

The wiring style was so fitting for the setting of a small town, but was easy to read and flowed nicely. It had a eerie hint to it, which I think added to the whole atmosphere of the novel.

Overall:

I am so happy that I picked up The Serpent King! It was a unique contemporary that I would highly suggest to any reader who wants a book that is a little different!

Have you read The Serpent King? If so, what were your thoughts? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Let me know in a comment!

If you haven’t read it, are you planning to? Let me know!

The Office & Other Things I’m Loving!

The Office & Other Things I’m Loving!

Happy Friday everyone! How is your August going?

I’ve been doing pretty much nothing, aside from relaxing and sleeping that is, but I do have a few things that I am currently crazy for, some bookish, and some not, so I thought I’d write a post about it!

The Office

One thing I’ve been obsessed with all summer is the show, The Office. I can’t even begin to describe my love for this show. It makes me literally laugh out loud, until my stomach hurts and that is the best feeling ever. I also love Pam and Jim… so yeah. 😂

I am currently on season 6 episode 20, although I am probably farther by the time you guys are reading this.

Love Her Wild by Atticus

As a huge fan of modern poetry, I was ecstatic when earlier this month, “Instagram” poet, Atticus released a collection of his work. Being a longtime follower, I bought it asap, read it, and loved it of course! I would recommend Love Her Wild to any fans of modern poetry, as there is something in it for everyone.

Birkenstocks

This is completely un related to books, but I recently got a pair of Birkenstocks, and adore them! They are supportive for my feet, comfy, and match just about everything. I feel like I need a pair in every colour and style.

Summer

I am currently still on summer holidays, although there’s only two weeks left (😭) and me and my family are road tripping over to Prince Edward Island! We are staying in a little cottage and I am so excited to relax, be on a red sand beach, and tour around the island!

Those are a few things that I am loving right now!

What is something you’ve been obsessed with recently?

Have you gone back to school yet, if you are still a student?

And, did you go on a fun vacation this summer?

Let me know in a comment, I’d love to chat!

Blog Name Change! I used to be EmmaTheBookLover!

Blog Name Change! I used to be EmmaTheBookLover!

Good morning everyone!

I have decided to make some pretty big changes to my blog… my name has changes!

I am no longer EmmaTheBookLover.wordpress.com, I am now, EmmaJanelleReads.wordpress.com!

A lot of you might be wondering why I decided to change my blog name and theres a few reasons

  • My blog is almost two years old and was due for a change up, I just decided that the change up would be with my blog's name!
  • I felt like EmmaTheBookLover didn't suit me as much anymore, and that EmmaJanelleReads is more mature!

I also have redone all of my graphics, like the pics in my side bar, my sign off picture, and all of my header images, so everything goes along with the big switch!

My twitter handle has also been switched to match, as well as goodreads!

Do you like the name switch? I really love it, so I hope you guys don't mind it!

However, even though it is a big switch, it is just a different name, I will still be posting the same kind of content! 😊

Keep your eyes out for a book haul, because I will be posting one soon!

July 2017 Wrap Up!

July 2017 Wrap Up!


Hey guys! Happy August! I can't believe that summer is already half over, it's crazy!

Hence the date, I thought it would be perfect to post my July wrap up today and share all of the books I read last month! I actually read 8, which I am so satisfied with, even though a lot of them were short. I am also halfway through two other books right now, so I did a lot of reading this month!


We Are Okay by Nina Lacour – ★★★★

We Are Okay was a quick and emotional read and I enjoyed it very much! To me, the writing had a similar feel to We Were Liars and Wink, Poppy, Midnight, so if you loved the writing in those, I would highly suggest picking this one up!

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – ★★★★★

This essay was relatable, true and empowering, and I highly recommend it to everyone, it's only $2.99 on iBooks, please, please read it.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – ★★★★★

I was really excited to read SJTR, because it seemed right up my ally, and it was wonderful! To read all of my thoughts, read my review here.

Harry Potter Cinematic Guides by Felicity Baker:

Harry – ★★ Hermione – ★★ Ron – ★★ Dumbledore – ★★

I read all four of these cinematic guides because my brother and sister got them from the library and honestly they weren't great. They were pretty bland, and most of the information about each character was out of order. I do think that these little books are great for young kids, like aged 7-9 because the sentences were short, each book takes like 10 minutes to read, and the info was easy to grasp. I just wouldn't necessarily recommend them to a huge Potterhead because there was no new information in any of the books.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – ★★★★★ (reread)

This was a reread for me because one night I was just feeling like poetry, and I loved it just as much as the first time I read it!


That is it for my July wrap up! I am currently in the middle of Illuminae and Hunting Prince Dracula (stilllllll) because I haven't had time to read for over a week because of dance, but now I have tons on time, so except to see those books (and more) in my August wrap up!

How many books did you read in July? Did you find any new favourites? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to chat!

Blogger Interview: May @ Forever and Everly

Blogger Interview: May @ Forever and Everly


Hey everyone! I hope you have had an awesome week!

Today I am bringing to you another blogger interview of non other than May from Forever and Everly!

May (the Mango Queen) is a hardcore bookworm, furious writer, and passionate fangirl. She blogs at Forever and Everly and uses ALL CAPS (and parentheses) and question marks??? She's also a dancer and music lover at heart, and she loves to talk with her friends and family (but gets flustered with anyone else). Hamilton is her obsession, along with mangoes.

Now on to the Q&A!

When did you start blogging, and what inspired you to do so? 

I started blogging on January 22, 2017! (This is one thing that I can actually remember.) I'd always liked the thought of having a blog, and even started some (really bad) ones with my friends. But it wasn't until I saw my friend April's blog (discontinued now) that made me REALLY want to start a blog! And I won't mention how nervous I was to ask my mom because it was ridiculous.

Is there a book/series that got you into reading? If so, what book?

I've always loved reading, since I started. Some series I remember reading a lot as a youngin were Junie B. Jones, Cam Jansen, and Rainbow Magic Fairies (I think that's the name???). But the one series that got me into fantasy and opened even more worlds of reading was Percy Jackson and the Olympians. DUDE. I CALL IT MY CHILDHOOD SERIES (even though it's not really) BECAUSE IT WAS EVERYTHING TO ME. It still is. I need to reread it. ❤

What is one book that you would recommend to anyone, reader, or not?

PJO. >:) Okay, fine, Harry Potter. I think that Harry Potter has a lot of good messages AND it's just a classic that you HAVE to read.

Do you have any auto-buy authors? 

I think the question is: WHO DOESN'T??? Rick Riordan is definitely one, along with Marie Lu. And also JK Rowling. I still need to read ALL other books by my other favorite authors (Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, and VE Schwab) to know if I will like ALL of their books.

What was the last book you added to your Goodreads TBR, and why did it spark your interest?

The last book I added to my Goodreads TBR was Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman. I was looking at my bookshelf and my eyes snagged on Scythe, then I remembered, THERE'S A SEQUEL COMING OUT AND I NEED IT. (Scythe was AMAZING, if you couldn't tell.)

Do you prefer physical books or e-books?

PHYSICAL! I've actually never read an eBook. *GASP* Oh wait, I just realized I did. DARN IT I WANTED TO BE SPECIAL. But anyways, physical books for life! It's like… the classic. Plus you MUST hold the book in your hands in real life and feel the cover and pages and EVERYTHING. And smell that BEAUTIFUL MUSTY BOOK SMELL.

Do you have a favourite genre? Why do you like it so much? Can you give me a book recommendation from that genre?

FANTASY!!! I've been getting into contemporary, and I think it's my next favorite genre, but like FANTASY. *heart eyes* I wrote a whole post debating which genre was more beneficial, along with why I liked fantasy better. I think that it's just… something about escaping to a new world. I read to escape my problems, and problems in contemporaries are too similar to mine. #oops

A rec for fantasy… basically books from my favorite authors??? PJO and all of Rick's novels, HP, The Young Elites, Six of Crows, Shades of Magic, and… the Lunar Chronicles (which isn't really fantasy??? XD).

What is the next book you're planning on reading, and why?

I'm reading This Savage Song right now, but I'm planning to read Wink Poppy Midnight next. 1) It's due at my library soon soooo XD and 2) I checked this book out a long time ago but never READ IT — but then I heard good reviews on it and I thought, Why not? I'm a follower. Not a leader. I'm sorry to disappoint.

What hobbies do you have other than reading?

First and foremost, writing! I LOVE LOVE writing, and it's one of my biggest passions. I'm editing a novel for a writing contest right now and also planning a novel for Camp NaNoWriMo (to outline). I'm also a dancer! I can't say I'm AMAZING at it, but I think it's safe to say I'm at least good. I also blog. It's a very secretive fact. Only 500 or so people know this. DON'T TELL ANYONE. 

Other hobbies include: EATING, fangirling, talking to friends and only friends (and family — anyone else and I die internally), playing piano, and mangoes. Give me the mangoes.

If you could have dinner with any book character, who would you choose, and where would you eat?

JUST ONE??? :'( Um… I'd probably choose… DARN IT ANYONE I TALK WITH WILL THINK I'M SO WEIRD. Probably not any of the HP characters because they're all grown up now eek, nor any of the PJO characters because I'd hate myself if they didn't like me. I'm having an existential crisis here, Emma. Why did you make me do this??? 

OKAY. Let's go with Cress from The Lunar Chronicles because she's just as awkward as me, having had NO social interaction before. (Also Thorne and the others might be there too so #winning.) We'd eat on the Rampion because that's where she lives. I think. Also because I want to steal the Rampion for myself. AND WE'D EAT MANGOES OF COURSE.


That is it for this interview! I hope you guys had a fun time learning about a fellow book blogger, May, and make sure to check out her blog!

If you want to be interviewed and featured here on my blog, feel free to contact me using my contact page or by emailing me (EmmaTheBookLover1@gmail.com)!

Spoiler Free Book Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper

Spoiler Free Book Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper

Title: Staking Jack The Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts:

I saw Stalking Jack The Ripper going around a bit, mostly on BookTube, and knew that I was interested. I am a huge fan of historical fiction, no matter the time period, and oddly, a huge fan of books set in London as well which is exactly what SJTR was!

Last week while I was at the bookstore, I spotted it on the shelf and, of course, bought it, and I am so glad I did because I absolutely adored it!

The Plot:

Stalking Jack The Ripper is a fast paced, murder mystery centred around the murders that took place in Whitechapel, London in 1888 by unidentified serial killed known as Jack the Ripper. From the beginning, the story gripped me, and I found that for a murder mystery, it did a very good job of leaving clues on who the murdered was, but without giving it away. I didn't know who it was until it was revealed, but looking back the author was strategic and smart about the clues given to solve the mystery!

The Characters:

The protagonist of the story is Audrey Rose, the daughter of a wealthy lord. Against her fathers wishes she sneaks around to visit her Uncle to learn about forensic medicine, which was socially unacceptable at the time (although she didn't care about that at all). She is a kick-butt woman who doesn't let anyone tell her what to do, and it is wonderful.

Thomas Cresswell, Audrey's partner in crime (quite literally) throughout the story is also a super great character. He challenges Audrey, but she of course doesn't back down which makes for great banter and funny one liners throughout the otherwise darker novel.

The Writing:

The writing throughout the novel had nice flow, with dialogue and explanations that all contributed positively to the story line. It also very much reflected the time period that the book takes place in,m which I enjoyed a lot.

Overall:

In conclusion, Stalking Jack The Ripper was a hit for me. From the gripping plot, to the strong characters, it was 5/5 stars. I would highly suggest this to anyone who loves historical fiction, murder mysteries, suspense and badass female leads!


Have you read Stalking Jack The Ripper yet? Do you plan on it? Let me know in a comment, I'd love to chat!

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My Cottage TBR!

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! Tomorrow my family and I are off to the cottage until Thursday, and I typically get a ton of reading done there while relaxing on the doc, so I thought I would share the four books I am bringing and planning on reading on the drive there and back and while we are there!

#1 and #2: Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco


I talked about both of these in my last post but basically I am currently reading Stalking Jack the Ripper and just received and ARC (advanced reader copy) of the sequel, Hunting Prince Dracula the other day, so I want to finish both of these for sure!

#3 and #4: Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I recently got these in June (I think? Maybe May… I can’t remember) and there is so much hype around these books, but I am almost positive that they will live up to it! This series is just so different from anything I’ve ever read before, and I adore the covers, so I can’t wait to immerse myself into the story!

I am also going to be bringing along two of my Harry Potter colouring books to colour (obviously… 😂) because my and my siblings love to colour in them together!

I am going to have a great week I’m sure, fingers crossed that I end up tanned!!! 🤞 


Do you have any plans for this coming week? Have you read any books that I put on my cottage TBR? Let me know in a comment, I’d love to chat!


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