Some Books Ive read lately

Something really exciting happened!

I gave my dad a copy of Ready Player One and he loved it!
Honestly, this made me so ridiculously happy.

I also lent him my copy of Red Rising and he’s reading that right now.


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Addicted to You
by Krista and Becca Ritchie
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My thoughts: A fun yet serious New Adult romance that follows the lives of Lily Calloway who is addicted to sex and Loren Hale who is an alcoholic. Since both of them come from wealthy families appearances are everything and these two are hiding their addictions by pretending to be in a relationship. I almost hate to say this sentence but there was something about this book that was really addicting. I didn’t want to put it down and just wanted more. These two characters are so deeply flawed and hurting so badly that I just wanted to reach through the book and comfort them.

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by Krista and Becca Ritchie
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This a novella taking place in between Addicted to You and Addicted for Now, this one was a bit slower paced then Addicted for Now was but it was still very enjoyable.

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Wires and Nerve
by Marissa Meyer
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this, I loved the storyline and the artwork, and it was so nice to be back in the Lunar Chronicles world and to be with these characters again. I also enjoy seeing what’s coming next, every time I think I’m satisfied with the ending for this series a continuation of the story is created and I just want more. The only thing that bothered me was Winters character, she didn’t feel like the Winter we had gotten to know and loved and I know she had the device surgery but still her quirkiness wasn’t there and I missed it a lot.

By Your Side
by Kasie West
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I was really excited to read this and I got even more excited while reading it because the main character had anxiety, mental health is so important and I love seeing it brought up in books. Kasie West is probably my favorite contemporary author, her books are an auto-buy for me. Plus what kind of book nerd doesn’t fantasize about being locked in the library for a long weekend? That girl is living the dream. By Your Side had a good balance of cutesy love mixed with serious-bringing-you-back-down-to-Earth-ness.

The Distance Between Us
by Kasie West
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I needed another Kasie West book after By Your Side and this was calling my name. It was cute and I loved the quirks Kasie adds in her books and I really loved the “dates” that Caymen and Xander went on.

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Caraval
by Stephanie Garber
rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Number 3 of my top ten highly anticipated books of 2017 list and I adored this so much. I couldn’t get enough of it.

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Crystal Storm
by Morgan Rhodes
rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

And then there was this, there was so much build up in this book that it was kind of slower paced and almost boring. I’m glad I finished this and I am looking forward to book 6 and seeing all of the build up pay off.

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The Princess Saves Herself in this One
by Amanda Lovelace
rating: 5 out of 5

Oh my love! This was amazing and I couldn’t ask for anything better, these poems were beautiful, raw, and packed with emotion.

 


What am I currently reading?

Ice like Fire by Sarah Raasch
HAHAHAHAHAH I started this in November! Hahaha and I haven’t picked it up since! I just wasn’t in the mood for this back in November and had to put it aside. I really want to get through my Goodreads currently reading pile and I think I’m ready to pick this up.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Another book I’ve been reading this book for so long, I started this on January 17th and I am only halfway through it now. For some reason whenever I read this I only seem to sit down and read like 30 pages, maybe 50 max. Then I don’t pick up the book for a couple days. That isn’t to say that I’m not enjoying it, there’s just a lot going on and a lot of build up. Once the ball starts rolling I’m sure I’ll be glued to the book.

The Song of Achilles review

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The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller
paperback
378 pages
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.


My thoughts:

Do you ever randomly pick up a book that’s been on your shelf for a couple of months, a year, or years?  Then when you’re done reading it you’re just sitting there in tears, clutching the beautiful book to your chest, and in the back of your mind, you’re just kicking yourself for not reading it sooner? I do that all the time, I did that with Ready Player One and now with The Song of Achilles. Why didn’t I read this sooner?! This wonderful book could have been in my life that much sooner!

Ok first of all, can we agree with a sure sign that you love a book is when you have to have it with you whenever. Now when I say that it’s because I now own this book in every format that you could possibly think of. I own an ebook, a paperback copy, and the audiobook. My goal was to make sure that I would be able to pick up this book anytime my little heart desired.

I read this book about a month ago in mid-December and I am still thinking about it a month later in mid-January. I adored the writing, the characters were heartbreaking, and overall I think this had to have been the best mythology retelling I have ever read. It stands out so much in my memory, I never wanted this book to be over.

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The writing was so beautiful to me it felt like a love letter, not only to but also about Achilles. In high school, one of my English classes focused on Greek Mythology for a good month or so. We studied the Iliad and the Odyssey and of course, The Battle of Troy. So I knew what was coming but at the same time, I didn’t know what to expect, how was Miller going to keep the story going after certain events?

It turns out, she handled it perfectly, I obviously can’t tell you how because of spoilers.

Even though I knew what was going to happen, there was something about Miller’s storytelling that just added a strong anticipation, I couldn’t stop turning the page and I couldn’t read fast enough, I was addicted.

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Can we talk about the characters? Patroclus was so awkward that it was adorable, I experienced that secondhand embarrassment for him, some of it was accompanied by the giddy smile that’s usually reserved for Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

There were also some great cameos/minor characters, Chiron (which made me think of Percy Jackson, and Odysseus were the ones I was excited to see right away.

I ended up shipping Patroclus and Achilles right away, and not because the synopsis hinted at it, I mean I just barely glanced over the synopsis before I dove into the book. But right away you could tell that they would help each other grow, they made each other stronger and better. They learned how to trust, and how to love themselves and each other. It was beautiful and writing this is making me want to tear up all over again.

But of course, nothing gold can stay, happiness does not last forever.
The unhappy thing happened, and just when you thought “okay, there is no way this can be any worse,” nope Miller proves you wrong and your heart breaks all over again.

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Writing this review has really made me want to reread this again, hell I wanted to reread this as soon as I hit the last page of the book. It’s a beautifully written tale of friendship, love, adventure, and Greek mythology.

P.s. Which cover do you like more?

I’m equally torn for different reasons. For the US cover, I love that blue background, it’s probably my favorite shade of blue and it makes the helmet just pop out at you.

But then, you look at the UK cover and in my opinion? It. Is. Stunning. I adore the red font and the red background, also that gold armor with the filigree just captures my attention.

The only negative I think of is this, I don’t know why but there is something about that armor that isn’t screaming “Greek” to me, I don’t know what else it’s making me think of, but if I didn’t know anything about the book, I don’t think I would pick it up and think “oh this is probably set in Ancient Greece.” Is that just me? Let me know if you get what I’m trying to say.

Blogmas #2: First and Then mini review

I almost forgot about Blogmas today! Its 10 p.m. here in Washington and I had forgotten that I meant to post my mini review, better late then never right??


First and Then
by Emma Mills
hardcover
my rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads

Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.


While this took me a pretty long time to get into, for the most, it was enjoyable. That being said I did have quite a few issues with it.

-First, the pace was very slow at the start, it really took a while for the ball to get rolling.

-Second, there are so many unanswered questions at the end. I am dying to know what happens next, especially the question that was proposed at the start of the book…Did Devon get into Reeding? Nobody knows!

-Third, I wanted more backstory on one specific character, this one guy really eluded me because he had a minimal introduction, a significant impact at an event, and a confusing wrap up. Again I have more questions, where was he from? Why was he so intimidating?

I really wish there would be a follow up sequel to this because there were so many questions left unanswered. I also want there to be a companion novel for Jordan because he was so sweet and nice which is unusual for the “popular guy” character. Plus I need a follow up with Marabelle. Either I need a follow up or this needed to be 200 pages longer.


That’s my mini review, have you read this yet?

Empire of Storms review: featuring Sailor Moon gifs!

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Empire of Storms
by Sarah J Maas
hardcover
693 pgs
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Synopsis via Goodreads:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

 


My thoughts:

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Alliances were forged.

Bridges were mended.

Everyone has a part to play in

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Omg! I loved this so much! Even though this book broke my heart into a million tiny little pieces and quite possibly killed my soul.

Sarah J Maas is a brilliant writer, from start to finish this book was action packed, gripping, and everything came together at the end so nicely.

But at the end, I was near destroyed. IRL I face planted on my bed and proceeded to have a mix of mental breakdown and panic attack. This book crushed my spirit and soul.

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 I will say that the book does have a bit of a slower pace, there’s a lot of build up throughout the story that sets off the events at the end, in that aspect it’s frustrating to read a 700 page book that’s mostly just building up for the events that will take place in the last 75 or so pages. On the bright side, this book is very detail oriented and I love when there are lots of details.

Okay let’s talk about the ships:

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Aelin and Rowan of course. I wasn’t really on this ship until they secured their bond, but I love how everything played out between them.

Lysandra and Aedion- Yes this is my favorite ship of the whole damn series! I freaking love these two so much and I love seeing them together and I really hope that we can see more of them in the last book and maybe a novella…*fingers crossed*

Dorian and Manon- No. Not about this ship at all. I do enjoy the lust filled scenes between them but as a relationship? No, I don’t like that idea at all.


This ending, though.

There were so many things that I did not see coming and I was sitting on my couch and my face probably looked like this.
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any doubts I might have been having for this installment were shoved aside as I raced to finish this book the fastest way I could. I can’t wait for the next book. Can it just be published already???

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The Boy Most Likely To: Review

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The Boy Most Likely To
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
paperback
448 pages
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

The romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.

With bonus Jace and Samantha content in the paperback!

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.


My thoughts:

Earlier this year I decided to pick up My Life Next Door and I loved it! I couldn’t stop reading the book at all. I fell in love with all the characters and couldn’t get enough of two characters in particular and by the time I finished reading My Life Next Door, I had just one question. What happened with Tim and Alice?

This book gave me that answer.

I had just finished Crooked Kingdom and was still feeling a bit in shock over the ending, however, I did not want to fall into a reading slump. I decided to pick up this book because I had heard it was cute and fluffy, I figured it would be perfect to try and battle an oncoming reading slump with this book. And it really helped.

The Boy Most Likely To takes place a couple weeks after My Life Next Door ended and everyone is still dealing with the consequences of the situation from MLND. While this was a cute and fluffy read, there were some serious things thrown into the mix and it really enhanced the story.

My favorite parts were some tension filled yet semi-awkward flirting scenes between Tim and Alice and I loved them so much! I couldn’t get enough of those. Those are my favorite flirting scenes; a little awkward and filled with romantic tension. Delightful.

These characters had some of the best character development I’ve seen in a long time! Watching Tim grow up and start to get his shit together was so great to see, what was even better to see was his desire to become a better person and not for Alice or a girl but for himself and for the situation he found himself in.

Watching Alice learn and realize that she doesn’t have to be in control all the time and that she doesn’t have to be a ballbuster all the time was great for her character development.  I loved watching these two people come together and improve themselves and their lives.

While I won’t talk about the ending, I will say that the ending did not end the way that I wanted it to! I’m impressed by how well Fitzpatrick laid out the big situation and how conflicted I was about how I wanted it to turn out. One on hand there was the responsible ending that I should have been rooting for all along but no, I wanted ending B and I was so conflicted about it. It probably would have been irresponsible and impractical but I really wanted it so badly.

The storyline was insane and I am dying to talk to someone about it but I don’t want to give anything away because it was just wonderfully done. I just highly recommend this, I would also recommend reading My Life Next Door first because there are events mentioned and discussed in Boy Most Likely To that took place in My Life Next Door.

Crooked Kingdom: A Review

*Note* Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows; if you haven't read SoC 
please don't read any further and risk spoiling yourself.

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Crooked Kingdom
by Leigh Bardugo
hardcover
560 pages
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.


Shhh!

…Did you hear that? It was the sound of the broken pieces of my heart falling to the ground.

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Multiple combinations of 26 letters.

That was all it took to break me.

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I just finished CK about 30 minutes ago and I don’t quite now what to do with my life just yet. I feel like I’m more or less in shock.

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Okay so, let’s try to get some coherent thoughts going:

First things first, the writing and plot for this book were phenomenal! Everything came together so beautifully, I can’t even begin to fathom how Bardugo manages to keep all of her plot points straight. The weaving of the events and the backstories is pure genius.

Bardugo is a writing god and I bow down to her. #Queen

I was so happy to reunite with my babies! This characters really capture your heart, it’s almost impossible not to love them even though some of them are trying as hard as they can to make you hate them *cough cough Kaz cough*

Sorry about that I had something in my throat.

One of my favorite parts of Six of Crows, were the characters, I feel in love with all of them so quickly and all of my favorite characters remained the same. Inej is still my number 1 favorite and I was constantly nervous for her and Nina.

Along with the precious characters, there were also some amazing appearances from the Grisha trilogy that made me so ecstatic! I was jumping for joy when I got to that part of the book.

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Okay. Happy time over.
Now it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room.

The heartbreak.

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Yes, there was a lot of heartbreak happening towards the end. For the last 50 pages or so there was a steady stream of tears flowing down my face. Then when I finished I just started sobbing. When my bf looked at me and asked what was going on, I burst into sobs telling him what had happened and then I just wandered around my house feeling so lost.

I can honestly say that I didn’t know what to do after finishing Crooked Kingdom. I just want to sit and eat my feelings and grief while watching more Gilmore Girls.

I can’t think about reading another book right now. To be honest, I kind of want to reread Six of Crows.

I really really really hope that Bardugo writes another book in the Grishaverse, the ending just didn’t feel like goodbye if you know what I mean. I know she’s planning on taking a break from the Grishaverse but I have to have hope that we can revisit these characters again someday.

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Until next time:

No Mourners 

No Funerals 

Dreamology Review

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Dreamology
by Lucy Keating
hardcover
322 pages
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?


My thoughts:

I gotta say real quick: How gorgeous is this cover?! I can’t get enough of it! I love the blend of colors, the font, and the eyes. It’s so stunning!

Unfortunately, the stunning cover was the best thing that the book had going for it. Despite the creative idea, the story was really lacking in excitement. I struggled to get through the book with the insane belief that the story could improve. Aside from the random dreams, nothing exciting happens.

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First thing first, this came up right away and it annoys the hell out of me whenever I see it happen in YA Novels. It annoys me to see school authority figures say things like “avoid the troublemakers” or “take care not to be involved with the bad students,” or “we wouldn’t want to see you fall in with that group”
maybe it was because I went to public school but my principle, teachers, and other authority people didn’t give a shit who you hung out with. No one cared but I see this come up in contemporary reads all the time. And on the other hand, maybe it’s different in private schools where students are Ivy League-bound.

Sometimes I feel like school figures take too much interst in just one persons life and I find that to be very unrealistic.

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As for the characters; this was another situation where I liked the secondary characters a lot more than the primary characters. Alice was one of the most boring characters I have ever met and there wasn’t anything remotely likable about Max. Both of them were incredibly indecisive and immature to the point where I wanted to reach through the book and smack both of them. You would think that the state of their sanity would be a top concern right? Nope Alice’s top concern was whether or not Max loved her. I feel like her desire to figure out the dreams meaning really took the backseat as she started to get closer to Max.

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Another thing that really annoys that happened is when a character tells themselves that they aren’t going to do the thing, but not even 30 seconds later they’re doing the thing. That honestly frustrates me so much.

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Now, you’re probably sitting there wondering, “If you hated this so much, why did you keep reading it? Why not just DNF and move onto something better?”

I have a really hard time dnfing books. It just bugs me. I always want to see a book through the end. Don’t know why but just do.

Overall from rereading the synopsis and thinking about the story, it doesn’t divert from it. I went through and read reviews from other readers on Goodreads and I’m honestly thinking “did I even read the same book?”

In the end, this book just wasn’t for me. I’m not going to recommend it to anyone but at the same time, I won’t discourage anyone. Just because it wasn’t my cup of tea doesn’t mean that someone else won’t love it.