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About Julia


Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.

I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.




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Currently reading

Wanton Christmas Wishes
Eliza Lloyd, Samantha Kane, Kate Pearce, Monica Burns, Madelynne Ellis, Jess Michaels
The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm, Matthew R. Price, Noel Daniel
Progress: 21 %
I Love it When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech
Ralph Keyes
Progress: 28/271 pages
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Christopher Moore
Progress: 42/420 pages

Challenge: 30 Day Book Challenge Day Twelve

Everneath - Brodi Ashton Everbound - Brodi Ashton

A Book You Love but Hate at the Same Time 

 

Books we hate to love, also known as the guilty pleasure. Since I love full-hearted and have no guilt what so ever in (most) of my romances novels, I've turned to one particular series that I can definitely say is a guilty pleasure.

 

I kind of have a thing for mythical retellings. I definitely read the Dark Hunters way past their expiration date and most probably because I loved the mythos. (I mean seriously? How many ways is there to write the same characters and basic plot? 24 apparently). 

 

Enter Everneath: a story on the brink of Greek myths, but not quite really there, but kind of. 

 

Everneath is the story of a girl who gets in with the wrong sorts of people and get trapped in the underworld for a bit, but somehow survives. The first book is what happens when she comes back to Earth for the 6 months she allowed there before she returns. It's got some heavy Persephone/Hades and Orpheus/Eurydice tones, but it not quite a retelling of either. 

 

Anyway, I love it for that. An interesting world that it creates that is at the same time familiar, yet new. But at the same time I hate it for wooden characterization and rushed storytelling.

 

It had the most interesting character I have read in a while in YA fiction, a true villain in Cole. But I can't stand the fact that the general populace of young adults reading this series could potentially see him as the bad guy love interest when he in fact is a manipulative dick. Non-negotiable. 

 

Hate that I love like a lot is very apropos in this series. Yet I still read on.

 

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