The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I feeling a little salty, so I figured it to be the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag that I’ve seen and read about countless time. If you wish to see the original, it is linked here. Let’s get on with it.

  1. A popular book or series you didn’t like…

Hmmm… I’m trying not to repeat myself, so I’m going to go with the Illuminae files. Everyone talks about it so I thought it was going to be amazing and change my life. I didn’t like the formatting. It was unique, but it disconnected me from the story.

2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love…

I guess the Hush. I don’t think that a lot of people hate it, but it isn’t widely talked about. I love the book. It was like a crossover between Six of Crows and This Savage Song.

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with or an OTP that you don’t like.

Spoiler Warning!!

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Can I still be salty that Sarah J. Maas didn’t run with Sam? Honestly, the whole love situation was so annoying, and I don’t like the relationship she is currently in. So I’m not rushing to read anything Sarah J. Maas has been writing lately.

4. A genre you hardly ever reach for…

I’m pretty much will read anything, but I don’t read a lot of historical fiction. I always have trouble finding good ones, but the few popular ones I see around, I love.

5. A popular or beloved character you hate…

Snape, Rowan, Warner are just a few. Rowan and Warner have a lot in common. They just aren’t the best love interests, and I think that the women they are with can go off and slay on their own. Snape because he uses his job to make children terrified because his crush didn’t like him back, maturity.

6. A popular author you just can’t seem to get into…

James Patterson. He’s written a lot of popular novels, but I just can’t seem to get into them at all.

7. A popular book troupe you are tired of seeing…

An all knowing individual who knows what’s up and what’s going on, yet what does he do? Nothing. Also when someone loses their memories and no one fills them in. It just confuses me why you have to add drama when there is clearly other stuff to be done.

8. A popular series you have no interest in reading…

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Not a series but basically any Colleen Hoover books. They just seem so gross and problematic to me, and I just don’t think I would enjoy that.

9. The saying goes, “The book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or tv show adaptation do you prefer more than the movie…

My go to in for every single one of these questions is Nerve because the book was so disgusting. The movie, on the other hand, was a little more fun, and it got more of a message across.

Some Of My Cover Buys

I don’t like to admit it, but I buy based off of covers. If there is an ugly cover(or has a model on it), I’m less likely to pick it up. As a bookstagrammer, I take pictures of my books, so I prefer a pretty cover. But also, I’m not going to read this type of cover in public…

Whatever life throws at you

So I have searched my bookshelves to find the books that I love the covers of.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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This was obviously a popular book about a year ago (I’m late, I know), but to me, it pleases me to look at. I love the simplicity but details of it. In addition to the amazing cover, it is a great story. It follows a generation of 3 queens as they have to fight for the crown using their individual powers as a poisoner, a naturalist, and a elementalist. It has a super dark vibe that is represented very well in the cover.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies

I admit that I did buy this book because of the cover. It’s pretty and sends a message even before you open the book. Thankfully it didn’t disappoint me at all, and it actually has become one of my favorite mental illness books. It is an own voices novel, so it’s very true. It does have some triggers that aren’t too heavy but if you are sensitive to anxiety attacks, ocd, agoraphobia, and depression. There is also a self harm scene that involves cutting. It follows a young girl Nora who deals with an array of mental health issues that cause her to stay inside. Until she meets Luke who gives her a friendship until it begins to bloom.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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The story has all the hype, but I love the cover too. My friend pointed out to me that the staff outlines a face, and I about lost it. I could stare at it and just feel joy, but I could also be reminded of the story. The story of a death free society except for the killing by scythes to keep the population in check. Our two main characters, Citra and Rowan, are chosen to become one. Since they have morals, they don’t exactly want to do it, and throughout the process they learn the dark side of the perfect world they once knew.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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This cover had me sold. The cover is what enthralled me to look into it, and I was immediately drawn in. The star piece on the cover is so pleasing to look at, and then it is paired with the perfect shade of blue. I like to think of this book as a cross of The Diviners, Shades of Magic, and Six of Crows. A young girl is trying to save the magic that is barely in the modern-day New York. If a magic bearing person, mageus, enters Manhattan then they are stuck there by the Brink. Esta can manipulate time, and she manages to make it back to the time of 1902 to find an ancient book that can be used to shut down the Brink. The dangers that lay in this time may prevent her from getting it.

June Wrap Up: All The Ebooks

Long time, no talk. Okay, not really only like a week, but I was on vacation with my family. On a positive note, I got an email telling me that I’ve had my blog for a year! I’ve been doing this for a year. That is insane to me. I mean I did miss about half the year, but that was due to technical difficulties. Anyways just wanted to say thank you to all of you reading this blog and sticking around.

Okay, now what you are really here to hear about, books! This wasn’t my best reading month. I reread a lot of books this month, but I found many of my opinions had changed.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer ⅘ Goodreads

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I tried to read this once before, but I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t know what the problem was. I picked it up again after encouragement from one of my friends, and I flew through it. I guess she should feel proud of herself now.

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I sat down and read through it in one sitting. I have a full review on it if you’d care to check that out, here. To all my mystical Alice lovers, I recommend this to step back into this world.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson ⅗ Goodreads

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Directly after finishing Heartless, I started this. I needed some contemporary happy vibes. NOPE! Another soul crushing novel. It didn’t get to me the way Heartless did, but I did feel a little sad after. I have a full review here if you want more developed thoughts.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen ⅖ Goodreads

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This was not a hit for me. The plot was unoriginal, and it was exactly like every other Sarah Dessen book I’ve read. I wasn’t connected to the story at all. The characters were all boring and annoying. Remy especially complaining about how no one loved her, and then any time someone tried to she pushed them away.

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Don’t pity yourself darling.

The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles ⅖ Goodreads

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You know the movie on Netflix that everyone has been talking about? Well it’s a book, and me, trying to be the cool person, tried to get on it by reading the book. Yeah, worst mistake of my life. It was so problematic basically consisted of a controlling boyfriend trying to get a girl back. I was not okay with all of it. Anytime a male character is described as, “towering over someone” bells and whistles go off, and that was the love interests main description. So once again, I have been let down by the hype.

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton 3.5/5 Goodreads

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I didn’t enjoy it as much as I once did. The romance annoyed me to no end as well as Ellie did. I wish there had been less cliche and obvious dialogue. I noticed they said the most obvious things like it was a big part of the story. It keep me mildly entertained in the midst of long lines at Universal, so I had to give it that.

Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton 2.5/5 Goodreads

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I had a lot of prime reading time, but I also had no good books. I was stuck with my Kindle app, so I read off of that. I just decided to continue on with the series, and see how much my feelings have actually changed. Needless to say, I found I didn’t enjoy this at all. The plot took forever to take hold, and the romance was not okay with me. It didn’t feel or sit well. There was also like no consequences for the sexual assault guy. It was basically glazed over, and that was very upsetting to me.

Shadows in the Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton ⅗ Goodreads

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Once again, I didn’t love it, but I was committed (also bored). Ellie definitely matured in this book. Finally, she did what had to be done. (I mean it took 2 other books but we are here now.) Right off the bat, I enjoyed her more, but I didn’t enjoy anyone else. Especially Will, he has no personality. Ellie has died many times, you ought to be able to find a personality while she’s gone.

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The plot was more fast paced then normal at the beginning, but after the beginning it kind of felt repetitive of the other books and just annoyed me. The ending fight was not as satisfying as I wish it could be.

Expected more, didn’t love it, didn’t hate it.

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare ⅘ Goodreads

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I fell behind on the read-a-long, and I spent the last weekend catching up. This series is always a favorite. Will, Jem, Tessa, Sophie, Jess, Charlotte, and Henry, they all have my heart. Cassandra Clare has done an amazing at capturing my heart and putting it in a cage to torture, once again. Characters are obviously her strong point because I was so interested in them I wasn’t bored when they were just sitting around half the time. So I wouldn’t call it boring but, this book has points in it when it slows down and just seems to have more dialogue than action. But I would buy a book of the characters just sitting around having a conversation, so I didn’t mind it too much.

Harry Potter Tag

I wasn’t tag by anybody, as per usual, but in honor of me going being at Universal and exploring the lands of Harry Potter, I wanted to do a tag. I believe the original was created by Louise Bodle.

What house are you in?ravenclaw

Ravenclaw! Power to all the nerds.

What’s your patronus?

Now, I just recently took the test. I got a fox.

What is your wand?

I’ve been told it’s a Spruce wood with Dragon

Heartstring core 13” and unyielding flexibility

What would your boggart be?

I have many weird fears as my family tells me,

but being trapped in a dark room with no exits would scare me.

What position would you play in Quidditch?seeker gif

I think seeker because I’m pretty good at noticing details most people miss.

Would you be a pure blood, half blood, or muggle born?

I would be most likely a muggle born which is good because I want to be able to experience and learn about things from both worlds.

What job would you want after graduating Hogwarts?

I would love to work for the Daily Prophet.

Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?

Definitely the Cloak of Invisibility, think of all the places you could visit after hours.

Favorite book?

It has always been Goblet of Fire. I just love the feel of the entire book.

Least favorite book?

Secret of Chambers

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Favorite character?

Ginny Weasley has had my heart from the beginning.

Least favorite/most hated?

Dolores Umbridge was a least favorite character, but she was a fantastic villain.

Favorite teacher at Hogwarts?

Minerva Mcgonagall, the only person who taught Harry what he needed him and trusted him through all of it.

Least favorite teacher at Hogwarts?

Not going to rant at all but Severus Snape because he was a biased and just, honest to God, horrible teacher.

Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?

Obviously, the lack of any diversity is a huge problem. Also, I didn’t like Romione. It seemed she just wanted to throw them together at the last moment. I hate Snape too. He’s the absolute worst.

 

How I Annotate My Books

I’ve come to talk about a recent thing I’ve started doing. I used to think it was a major sin, and how dare anybody do it, but I actually really enjoy it. It’s annotating my books. Now, I know what you are thinking. I feel the shame through the computer screen.

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Annotating helps me connect to the story, appreciate what I’m reading, and even help my reviews. I recommend you try it out.

Equipment needed:

  • Highlighters: a lot of colors because only yellow is boring
  • Page tabs: also a lot of colors. We color code here.
  • A pen
  • A book because obviously

I used to have no system. That didn’t work at all, and I got frustrated all the time.  But now it’s all nice and perfect.

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Color code:

It changes per book depending on the elements of the book, but they stay about the same.

Yellow: quotes/things I like

Orange: characters/romance/relationships

Pink: figurative language/writing style

Blue: problematic/things I dislike

Green: other/snide remarks

Purple: major plot points/plot twists

That’s typically the format that the colors will follow per book.

Following this format, I will highlight what I find. Then I will usually make a mark or write something. It doesn’t have to be a descriptive account of the language or anything super deep. It can be a question of why, a comeback to something a character said, or rooting for a character.

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Then put a page tab in it.

I used to struggle with the tabs because I always felt I was putting too many, so I only put one per page. Unless, there is a two major things on a page then I’ll put two. Depending on what color I highlighted it, that’ll be the color I use.

So, that is how I annotate my books. I love doing it. I’m going to start using it more, but I realize I’m not always going to be able to do it to every book. Do you annotate your books?

Summer Reads

School is out, and you find yourself with so much extra time. Instead of watching tv, I have a list of books today perfect for the summer reading on the beach or in your house.

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart Goodreads

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A thrilling book that leads you on a path that you begin to question. I loved this mystery we were allowed to be a part of. The characters are deep and sophisticated that we grow close to.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh Goodreads

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It’s a perfect summer fantasy with a beautiful, thrilling relationships. You can spend an afternoon in the sun devouring this story. I have a full review on the book here.

The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner Goodreads

the hush

A fun novel that takes us on a dangerous heist with some memorable characters along the way. The author does a wonderful job of putting the world together, and bringing us along for this adventure.

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills Goodreads

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Need a fluffy read for the beach? This is one is a must. A group of friends finding their way through school and life together. They bring along with them family troubles that lead us on a journey.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi Goodreads

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Tomi does a great job with setting up such a magic infested world. Upon opening the book, you fall into the story with no way out.

Second Chance Summer Book Review

Book: Second Chance Summersecond chance summer

Author: Morgan Matson

Goodreads

Synopsis:

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone’s a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

Rating: ⅗

There are no spoilers ahead!

Review:

I didn’t expect to love it, and I didn’t love it. When I am in slumps, I read contemporaries because they’re addicting. I went into the library looking for a contemporary, and they were closing, so I ran to the nearest author who had contemporaries, grabbed a book, and checked out. I guess I did pretty well for blindly grabbing for a book.

Characters: ⅖

The characters had one trait. They had one trait, one personality, and they never once strayed. I wish there was more depth to them, so they seemed like actual humans. Through that, I didn’t connect her. She was a lot like literally every other character that goes through it. The main character literally justifies all her actions with I just need to run away sometimes.

Since the characters were flat, the relationships were also pretty flat and underdeveloped. Most of them just happened. They talked for the first time and years, and everything from their past was immediately forgotten. It didn’t happen. Which if someone hurt me and tried to be my friend without talking it through? Nothing would come for that. I was here for the family development because they got to spend their last few weeks bonding and having fun. I didn’t feel the siblings got closer, but Taylor and her father got to spend more time together.

Plot: ⅖

It wasn’t an original plot. I’ve seen it before, and I’ll probably see it again.

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I wish there was a more creative twist or anything. There was a lot of tropes that I personally don’t love. I wasn’t sure whether the “love” was supposed to be a big deal because for me, it wasn’t. It kind of just annoyed me because it just happened. The story just wasn’t put together. It was a collection of moments that were choppy. I didn’t love it.

Writing Style: ⅗

It was boring, and it didn’t bring anything good to the table. The dialogue was choppy, and it seemed awkward. I think back to the days when I only read contemporary, and thought it was the best writing. Now I wish it was a little more developed.

I didn’t love it. I can tolerate it. How’d you enjoy it?

The Incredibles Book Tag

The Incredibles

In honor of Incredibles 2 coming out, I thought that I would do a book tag involving the characters. I didn’t seem to find one, so I looked one up.

Mr. Incredible-What book did you think had a strong father figure that impacted the character a lot?

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Well, of the top of my head, I could tell you who wasn’t a strong figure, Valentine Morgenstern. Even though he’s not technically a father, he’s father figure, Chiron from the Percy Jackson series. He always had faith and protected Percy no matter what.

Elastigirl-What book did you wish you could have stretched out to make it last longer?

Eliza and Her Monsters was one of my favorite contemporaries. When it ended, I was so devastated because I wasn’t done with the characters. I still wanted to follow them and their lives.

Violet-What book did you dislike so much you wish it would disappear forever?

Quite a negative question, but Superhuman by Michael Carroll was actually horrible. I read it like 3 years ago, and I got it from like a garage sale. I didn’t enjoy any of it.

Dash-What book had the fastest plot that you could barely keep up?

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Caraval had a super fast plot. Everything seemed to happen at once, and we never got a break to take in the information. It worked perfectly though because it added to the element of what was real or not.

Jack Jack- What book kept information from you until the very end?

The Chaos of Standing Still was the most mysterious book. There aren’t a lot of good YA thrillers, but I loved this one. It felt like I was figuring out a Sherlock mystery. But it was also frustrating constantly not knowing what was happening.

 

Heartless Book Review

Book: Heartlessheartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Goodreads

Synopsis:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland-the infamous Queen of Hearts- she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a women who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest into a secret courtship. Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Rating: 4.5/5

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Review:

Holy crap! I was blown away by this book, even though we had a bumpy start. Almost an entire summer ago, I read the first few pages, but it got put away for a while because I couldn’t get into it. I tried again and ended up reading it in less than 24 hours. I fell in love with Jest, then proceeded to get my heartbroken. It’s better than not having it, ouch.

Characters ⅘:

In short, I loved all of them. Jest had my heart from the second he made an entrance. I mean he entered like a pro. Even the side characters like the Turtle and Cheshire cat were the best. They added humor at the serious parts to lighten the story, and they were so sweet to Cath. Obviously, I hated the King. He was a dramatic brat who couldn’t see past his personal infatuation to recognize other people’s feelings, but he’s a King, so that’s the typical attitude we see from them. Cath’s parents were the worst. Everyone knows that Cath is such an amazing baker, and she should share that. Still, they denied her and called her a disappointment. At the end, when they were like, “We just wanted you to be happy.” I think y’all were a bit late to that realization train. Now you have a sociopath for a daughter, happy?

Cath was a bit of an annoyance. I never realized that the Queen of Hearts could have a backstory, so the whole idea was amazing. But dang, Cath was kinda stupid sometimes. Like her parents, she hit realizations a bit too late. All the time, she spent time in her room pitying herself. I get it, it’s not what you want to do, but you could use your position to help someone. Maybe fix the Jabberwock problem? My heart broke for her at the end. She hit a breaking point, and it caused her to become reckless with herself.sociopath

Jest and Cath totally had an insta love deal that I wasn’t fond of considering she didn’t know anything about him. Cueing the crisis about stealing her heart. Jest also played “you’re not like other girls” card because she didn’t want to be Queen. Not every girl dreams about being royalty. The entire time Cath kept showing Jest she wanted to be with him. Then after she was like, “I regret it now.” I couldn’t handle her. Your life isn’t hard, you have 2 boys after you! But it was a beautiful relationship that I was sad to see burn.

Plot: ⅗

For the life of me, I couldn’t tell you what the actual goal was. It was a complex story. Cath and Jest just wanted to be happy with each other. King just wanted to marry Cath.

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No one really got what they wanted. Except the King but that was to be expected. I didn’t really know what was up with Raven. He was just along for the ride I guess.

I didn’t like the speed of the plot. We would get some crucial information. Then nothing would happen for a while, but after a little while, we get a bunch of action jam packed. Then the cycle repeats. The plot came in waves basically. It was really hard to push through those pages of just waiting.

Ultimately, the best scene was the hat shop tea party. It was magical, funny, and entertaining. There was something about everyone having fun and showing off their skills that was so endearing to me. The end of the party was a bit rough. The Jabberwock seemed like it was a big problem, but was anybody focused it? The answer is no. Literally no one even cared about figuring out how to get rid of it. Too focused on their love life? Can’t relate.

The ending broke me. I didn’t shed a tear, but I was dead on the inside. The book was a rollercoaster, and at the end, I was numb and tired. I just couldn’t deal with it. They chose a perfect title.

World Building: ⅘

Although Marissa Meyers didn’t make the Wonderland, she expanded it. The characters explained the backgrounds, and it added depth to them. There is some sympathy for the Queen of Hearts now. She didn’t keep it as whimsical was it was in the original book, but the times are different and it’s different authors. There were a lot of modern elements added to the book which did annoy me the tiniest bit, but I’ll live.

Writing Style: ⅘

It’s pretty known I am not a fan of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder which was partly due to the immature writing style, but this story had the opposite effect. I loved the way she made this imaginary world sound. It sounded magical. Some of the character’s dialect didn’t quite match what it was originally was, but like i said, two different authors. She got in a little over her head when she tried to include Mr. Caterpillar. She just didn’t nail him. It can’t be perfect since Lewis Carroll is dead. She did try to make Jest sound poetic.

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It didn’t work because I had trouble fitting together a modern day bad boy but also an old court jester.

I loved the book, and I’m so happy I gave it another shot. How’d you guys like it?

The Darkest Minds Review

This is gonna be a collection of all my thoughts and opinions on The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken.

Beware MAJOR spoilers ahead…

The Darkest Minds (Book 1) Goodreads

darkest minds

It was a wonderful start. Info dumping at the beginning, kinda non consistent characters, and there was often a drag in the plot. I still LOVVVEEEDDD my children. I just wanted them all to be protected.

Their cute innocent moments like just riding in Black Betty or the scene where Zu dresses up. Ah, makes me tear up a little bit. The road trip was so fun because the whole time I was in it. I wanted to know everything about their trip. What they ate, their conversations. I wished them to be real. I mean I kinda got my wish since there is going to be a movie.

Then Clancy got all up in it. He screwed everything up. There wasn’t a single time where that little devil headed child wasn’t directing things to fall apart. He had his moments. There were sometimes I wanted him to be saved. But when they people say Jesus can never be too far, it doesn’t apply to him. He’s believes that his ways can ultimately fix things, but I don’t think that world can be fixed.

My heart at the end of the book

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I immediately wanted everything to go back to normal. I wasn’t prepared for that sorrow. That leads us in to…

 

Never Fade (Book 2) Goodreads

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First of, kinda disappointed that Liam none of the gang got a point of view in the beginning because that would have been easier rather than them explaining where they had been, but i understand why not.

VIDA MY CHILD VIDA! I freaking loved her. She had that sass and a whole lot of fight. Throughout the entire book, in my head, I was like “YESSS GIRLLL!” She and Ruby really balanced each other out, and I definitely think they made a great pair during missions.

This was when I started to begin to feel slightly annoyed with Ruby. She started withholding information, thinking she could handle it, and becoming more ruthless. I understand that her life involves being a killer and handling everything. But she had people trusting her, and plenty of times she let them down because she didn’t know how to say it to their faces. She’s a smart, talented, kick butt girl just not when she doesn’t have support, and it really crashes down around her in the third book.

The plot took a while to pick up. When they were at the base in the beginning, I got so bored. There were a lot of basic moments that were there as spacer scenes till it was the right time for Ruby to do something.

The world building in this book was amazing. She showed us the outside world, finally. All of book one we focused on them, the camps, and getting away. We never got to see how society was working, and seeing that big shift showed us how big a deal the camps really were. I loved that aspect so much.

Once again, Alexandra kills us with the endings. She allowed us to become attached to Jude, and then she ripped him away from us. Tearing us apart again.

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In The Afterlight (Book 3) Goodreads

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The conclusion, the final book. It all finished with this book. Well not really because she’s giving us more, but at the time, this was the end. It left so many open questions, and it really didn’t satisfy me. I kept feeling that they got off easy. Reasonably, not all of them would have made it out. I mean I’m not wishing them death, but it didn’t seem to fairy-tale to be true.

We got so much of the side characters. It made up for Ruby being so annoying all the time. Everyone was so done with her.

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Her secret-keeping problem only escalated in this book. She had no remorse for any of the lives she had been taken and none for Nico. Her character really morphed into something different over this series. Ruby was also so dramatic with things. She legit was just looking for a way to release her stress, and it always was Liam. Talk about healthy relationship goals.

Liam did shine in this book though. When Cole died, we really got a taste of that change in him. Never in a million years would I have thought him capable of going behind someone’s back, yet he did it. He’s often portrayed as sweet which makes him seem weak, but he is not weak. He is probably the strongest because he has made it this far, and he still finds the ability to be kind. That is one of the ways Ruby and him differ.

The plot was so boring whilst they were waiting out in the base. So many useless hours they spent holed up in there. It was the hardest to push through, and I honestly ended up skimming some of the pages. The beginning and end had all the action, it was just the middle.

I love this series. I think it is perfect for newer readers and younger readers. It from the time of stereotypical dystopian era and from a new, young author. I’d say Alexandra did pretty well with her first book.