Book Slumps are the WORST

  

This. Is. Me. 

These past week or so since I have finished Deluge has been HORRIBLE. Literally nothing looks good to me. I’ve tried to read things, but I just feel no motivation to read whatsoever.

And the worst part? I have a book an author sent me that I need to review for her. But no matter how much I think about it, I don’t want to read it right now.

This is really like a nightmare. Book deprivation will lead to book depression. 

So today I went out and got myself some fancy new bookmarks. I’m really hoping this will help myself:)

What do you normally do when your in a book slump? Tell me in the comments!

-Lilian-

It’s not me, it’s you..

  

Dear Red Queen,

I’m sorry I have to end this relationship so soon. You were very interesting and I loved getting to know you better. I think this relationship had potential. Unfortunately, I discovered I side (chapter) of you with too much profanity for this to continue. I try to have relationships with clean books. I’m sorry, but I’ll have to return you and your beautiful cover to the library. It’s not me, its you.

Sincerely, Lili

Deluge by Lisa T. Bergren

The Bettarinis and Forellis have found rich fulfillment together in medieval Italia. But after fighting off countless enemies, they now must face the worst foe of all. As the Black Death closes in upon them, threatening everything and everyone they hold dear, Lia and Gabi–and the knights they love–must dig deep within to decide how they might remain safe…and if they need to risk it all in order to truly live as they’re called.

I MUST say something first. DO NOT read this book if you haven’t read the rest of the series!! You will have no idea what’s going on and some major spoilers! Read the rest of The River of Time series first;)

Okay, next. Let me just say. The feels were REAL. I haven’t cried so hard while reading a book since The Book Thief. Seriously. The end was just so perfect. It brought to tears not once, not twice, but three times. And these tears were so mixed. A lot of sad tears over the deaths, a lot of happy tears over the life that was lived. The words were so meticulously beautiful.. It was amazing.

Next, the two people I knew belonged together in book 1 FINALLY got together. Took them long enough! I was so overjoyed!

Now, this book isn’t perfect and there was one major thing I didn’t like about this book. The intimacy. In the first four books, the love is kept at a less described level. Sure, there is romance. But not enough to make you slightly uncomfortable. Book 5 broke that rule. I mean, I totally understand they are married. I understand you want to kiss and stuff. But I could really have gone with less detail to it all. I didn’t need to know certain things, like exactly how much they longed to kiss each other, and I mean really passionately kiss. One mention might have been fine. But the repetitiveness of it was getting annoying. So, again, this book is definitely meant for older teens (14/15+, depending on your maturity and comfort around intimate books like this).

Other then that, I LOVED the book. It held just enough love and personal lives with just enough action, and getting to see one last fight with the She-Wolves.. It all worked out in the end.

And let me just say.. THE EPILOGUE?!?! Perfection!! I’m so glad I got to see how that carried on and how many kids each had, etc. I want a spin off series just for the kids.

Minor/major spoilers below. Don’t read more if you haven’t read the book!

Okay, Orazio and Galileo?! Can I just say spin off series?!? Please?! I would love to read about their lives and how The Bettarinis actions in medieval Italy affected modern times!

Finally, THE DEATHS. I was never too fond of Greco. But, in the end, he just wanted love. And when he found it, he just wanted to protect his family, just like Marcello.  I dot agree with him pushing Gabriella like that. But, if we think about it, he was desperate. I’m sure I would act just like him if I were in his place. And the father?!? I BAWLED. My own father died. And he just reminded me so much of my own dad. Then everything he said to them, and refusing the final treatment and all.. I was a mess! Ugh, I want to cry right now just thinking about it.

RESUME HERE FOR NO SPOILERS.

Overall, this series is one of my all time favorites. It’s hard to describe how much I love it. I obviously love it enough to try and find cosplay items for Lia (I seriously did that earlier). I recommend this series to literally everyone!

-Lilian-

P.S. And may I just say, Lisa (the author) is awesome! I love her! Me and her will have random talks about the books and what books we are reading and reccomend to each other. She is the sweetest! 

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

“Wells’ years as a science student undoubtedly inspired a number of his early works, including this strikingly original novel. Set in turn-of-the-century England, the story focuses on Griffin, a scientist who has discovered the means to make himself invisible. His initial, almost comedic, adventures are soon overshadowed by the bizarre streak of terror he unleashes upon the inhabitants of a small village.”

I liked this book way better then a I ever thought I would! I must be honest, I only found interest in this book after watching The Book Thief. Then I was looking through some old books my family has and I came across this! It sparked my interest, so I put it in my TBR pile. Let’s just say it ended up on the top of the pile! I was also traveling, so this book took a lot longer to read then usual. But everytime I would pick it up, I would jump back into the story!

     I loved how the book was written. H.G. Wells did an amazing job with keeping the mystery up through the story. He added more and more detail that kept me guessing! He made the characters decent, but I couldn’t get to know them well because most of them didn’t stay around long.

      In warning for younger readers, there was a very very small amount of profanity (two uses or so). But, when you look at the time period, it seems accurate. Nothing I wouldn’t find in Jane Austen books.

Overall, I love the book and I may have to re-read it sometime, when I’m not traveling and can have more quiet and focus so I can catch details I missed before.

-Lilian-

P.S. If you have seen my post about my 2015 reading challenge, then here’s an update. I got to cross “A Book Over 100 Years Old” off!