Favorite Series

I’ve shared my favorite books, but I have yet to share my favorite series. Many of these authors have produced more than one lovable series *cough* Rick Riordan *cough* so they will probably be mentioned twice.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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A favorite that introduced me to the world of reading. I would definitely recommend if you are just getting into the genre of Young Adult.

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

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I had to mention the series that I read almost every month because it’s just that important to me. Annabeth Chase was one of the first characters I could actually relate to.

The Eragon Series by Christopher Paolini

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A solid fantasy series that has somehow stuck with me, and I actually need to reread it.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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Once again, a childhood favorite that I reread constantly because it’s that just special.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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I don’t have any solid backstory with this one. I just read it last year, and I fell head over heels for everyone in this series. I can’t wait to continue reading it.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Such an amazing with such a diverse cast of characters. I also love following Sabaa on Instagram because her stories are hilarious.

Book: Scythe

Book: Scythe

Author: Neal Shusterman

Synopsis: Thou Shalt Kill

A world with no hunger. No disease. No war. No misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life-and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe-a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. They learn living in a perfect comes only with a heavy price.

Rating:

Review (Spoiler Free): This book honestly surprised me. It has been so long since I have picked up a honest and good futuristic novel. You can talk to my best friend, I raved about it to her. She probably thought I was insane, it was just that good. I would totally recommend it to anyone who is willing to read such a different yet interesting novel.

Characters: ⅗ I honestly did not like the characters as much as i expected to. They seemed to have absolutely no backstory for that matter. I feel like their lives began right as the book began. I don’t hear anything about what they did before the Scythe came into their lives. I don’t know what they did, who the hung out with, they don’t even talk about being raised. Clearly, family was a very important thing to Citra, yet after she made a big deal about them, she stopped mentioning them and certainly didn’t even think back on memories of them.

The characters obviously should grow throughout the book and change, but I feel like the author did not allow that to happen. Several times they just seem so out of place, and it didn’t make sense for them to be acting the way the were. Especially Rowan, he was obviously changing, but the author wanted to stick to Rowan’s original thought or plan, and it no longer fit his character.

Plot: ⅗ This was a wonderful part of the book. The beginning was the perfect pace. There was just enough going on that it wasn’t boring or pointless to read about, but it was also the right information for us. Middle was where the plot struggled, and it was honestly the reason it took me so long to read it. It felt very pointless to hear about their routines everyday. There were some very pivotal parts of the story that occured during these moments, but I feel that it did drag on and become very repetitive. Towards the end, the plot picked up again, and i once again found myself engaged. It was just that middle section where nothing seemed to happen.

The lack of action was disappointing. Much of this was setting up the world, the characters, and in the next book, I hope to get more rebellion and fighting between the two sides.

World Building: 5/5 This was my favorite part of the book. The author didn’t feel like he was giving a info dump, all the while I was learning so much of the world. He left a good amount that has me wondering for the second book, that is already out. I can not wait to see what direction he takes the book. He gave himself a lot of room to grow. It is also so different than you see futuristic society. They always have problems they can’t solve but in this world, it’s the lack of problems. The creativity of this world was something that I have yet to see in anything else.

Writing Style: ⅘ It didn’t bother me that much, but I do feel like he wrote very surface. He liked to focus on how things made them feel rather than looked. That’s a really good thing to have, but I found myself creating this own world that looked completely from his.

Overall, i loved this book so much. The problems I had with it can easily be solved in the second book. What did you think of it?

 

 

Favorite Books of 2017

Now that we are almost a month into 2018, I thought I would share some of my 2017 favorites.I read a lot of books last year. Many of which I enjoyed. There weren’t many I loved though. These are a few books that I did love. These are in no particular order because I couldn’t choose a favorite.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare Goodreads

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I loved this book so much. The Blackthorn children are my soul. Something about Julian made me love him to pieces.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo  Goodreads

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Once again, the Dregs came back into my life. The story kept me interested, and I haven’t met better characters.

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor  Goodreads

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I hadn’t had much experience with Laini Taylor. I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I had the rest of the series on my shelf. I was blown away by the magic in the story. Her writing flowed so well, and the overall magic in this world was thoroughly thought out.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare  Goodreads

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Cassandra Clare hit it out of the park again. I laughed, cried, and was mad along with all the characters I have loved so dearly.

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic  Goodreads

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I hadn’t heard of this book before I saw many people on Bookstagram talking about it. I’m so thankful I saw it because it has become such a large part of my life now.

Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall  Goodreads

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This book literally touched my soul. The mental health representation was on point. So many aspects of the story felt real unlike most contemporaries.

Warcross by Marie Lu  Goodreads

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The only other experience I had with Marie Lu was Legend, and I didn’t love that book. I gave her another shot because this sounded amazing. Spoiler alert: It was.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin  Goodreads

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Wolf by Wolf shocked me. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was so much better. I can’t wait to start reading Blood for Blood

Tbr List

Tbr List

This is a list to help me get together what I need to read before the year is up. As well is shows you guys what I have read.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan   Goodreads

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I did a reread in preparation of starting the Heroes of Olympus series, and I fully intended on reading it. I just never followed through.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater  Goodreads

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This book sounded so wonderful but with school I just never got around to it. I’m hoping that over my Christmas break I will be able to get around to it.

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas  Goodreads

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I’m so embarrassed that I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long, but I just haven’t gotten to it. It will be a very heavy book, and I want to be able to take it all in. This is another one that will have to wait till Christmas break.

Prodigy by Marie Lu   Goodreads

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There is no excuse for this one. I just didn’t really care about their story enough to continue reading.

Three Dark Crown by Kendare Blake     Goodreads

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My best friend, Meli, has been on me for so long for not reading it. I finally picked it up during my trip to Charleston. I will read it, and she can finally talk to me about.

Book: The Truth About Forever

Book: The Truth About Forever

Author: Sarah Dessen

Synopsis: Macy has her whole summer planned out- working at the library, studying, and spending time with her mother, sharing silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.

Her plans didn’t include landing a job at Wish Catering, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or helping to renovate the family’s cottage at the beach, left in disrepair since the death of her father. Or Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and amazing artistic talent.

But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most.

Rating: ⅗

Review (Spoiler Free): I picked this up on a random trip to Barnes and Noble purely because I needed that romance and contemporary feel. It was definitely not the most creative, interesting, and well put together book, but it was good. All the characters gave of this chaotic and chill feeling.

Characters: ⅘ All the characters were enjoyable, aside from the fact we didn’t get to know anyone. We dove really deep into the main character, but everyone else we were just given their sympathy and sad stories.

The romance made no sense. I did not see them together at all. It was rushed, and they barely knew each other. For the strong romantic bonds I think it would have taken more than a summer of infrequent talking to develop them.

Even though they were all great characters, I felt like I’d seen them already. They weren’t different from any basic contemporary. I wish there was a little more creativity and development with their characters.

Plot: ⅖ Again, super unoriginal. It’s the same story told over and over. It took a while for the plot to go. We spent about 100 pages with just backstory and nothing happening. Once something did happen it hooked me a little more. The big climax or what was supposed to be didn’t really feel like that big of a deal. It was kind of what did you expect.

Writing Style: ⅗ I didn’t have many problems with it. It did lack in dialogue but it had details and emotion portrayed very well. It was just very basic, not a lot of “challenging words”

Overall, I liked it. It was a nice sick read for me. What did you think about it?

Favorite Adaptations

Favorite Adaptations

Movies can either make or break a book series. There are some movies like, Harry Potter, that are done really good, but there are also movies like, City of Bones, that are pretty bad. We prefer to set those aside and forget they exist. This is some of the adaptations I think are not all that bad. I’m going to exclude Harry Potter because everyone already knows I love that.

1. The Hunger Games

The first one was my absolute favorite. To me they captured the setting and feeling of the book really well. After Catching Fire the movies went down hill in my opinion.

2. The Princess Bride

I grew up on this movie. When I got older I read the book and loved it just as much. The romance and fighting really impressed 8 year old me.

3. The Fault in Our Stars

As always this movie made me cry. It was very truthful to the book, and it gave me all the emotions.

4. Inferno

I have never read a Dan Brown book. Very shocking, I know. The movie was my first experience and won’t be my last. It was very fun to watch them figure this out. I can’t wait to read some of his works.

5. Everything, Everything

I took my best friend to go see this after reading the book. It was one of the most truthful adaptations I have read. Almost everything was the same and the little changes were for the better.

6. The Book Thief

One of my favorite books became a movie that was done well. It clearly represented the theme and overall kindness of the book. I cried, I laughed, and I felt more connected to the characters.

7. Nerve

I was absolutely disgusted by the book. It was gross, weird, and not my thing. I don’t know why, but I went to see the movie. It was so much better. They took out all the weird things and really changed it for the better. My best friend and I now have this inside joke with the movie, and we watch it all the time.

8. The Murder on the Orient Express

With a bunch of friends for my birthday I saw this. It was full of beautiful shots and stunning places. I would 10/10 recommend for everyone to see it.

Book: Secret for the Mad

secret for the madBook: Secret for the Mad

Author: dodie

Synopsis: When I feel like I’m going mad, I write.

A lot of my worst fears have come true-fears that felt so big I could barely hold them in my head. I was convinced that when they’d happen, the world would end.

But the world didn’t end. In fact, it pushed on and demanded to keep spinning throughout all sorts of mayhem, and I got through it. And because I persisted, I learned lessons about how to be stronger, kinder, better human-lessons you can only learn by going through these sorts of things.

This is for people with minds that just don’t stop; for those who feel everything seemingly a thousand time more than the people around them.

Rating: 5/5

Review: This isn’t going to be a regular review because it’s nonfiction. It’s also a very personal book. I relate so much to dodie. I cried about 50 times while reading this. The part that hit me the hardest was the letter to her best friend. I’m currently going through something with my best friend. It’s hard because I’ve gone to her when I have a problem. I can’t go to her this time. I really miss her.

The letter to Hedy hit me hard too. As the younger sibling, I was on the other side. I saw something from the older one. I don’t know if my brother was like that, but it was different. Plus I don’t have him around this year. He’s grown, he went off to college.

I feel like there is so much to learn from this book. It can teach you so much about the world, and I honestly felt like I came out of knowing more about myself.

Spooky Reads

Spooky Reads

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken Goodreads

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This book is the definition of Halloween aesthetic. It has every factor you need to crave autumn, and the story just fits perfectly along with the whole aesthetic. I can’t wait to dive deeper into this book.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black Goodreads

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As this was my first experience with Holly Black I can say it won’t be my last. Vampires were the main focus of this book, and I completely feel in love with all of them. The whole book had me on edge and creeped out.

The Accident Season by Moȉra Fowley-Doyle Goodreads

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There was something about this book that scared me so much. There was an actual season for accidents, and while I get hurt on a daily basis, I couldn’t handle an accident season.

The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín Goodreads

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I drew a lot of comparisons to the Hunger Games in this book, but it was so much darker. These creatures were ruthless and they honestly gave me chills. I can’t wait for the sequel that is set to come out in 2018.

The Diviners by Libba Bray Goodreads

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A magical story set in the 20’s, I’m down. Murders happening across the city, I’m down. Reading it during Halloween, I’m down. I seriously want to finish this book especially during this spooky season.

Harry Potter Movies

harry potter moviesHello! I’m here to discuss my favorite adaptation that I watch on bad days and just any day. That is the Harry Potter series. I can’t choose a singular favorite but Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2. I do love all of them though. They all symbolize a big part of my childhood. I saw the first two movies when I was very little because they weren’t as dark, so I was able to watch them when my older brother did.

I have three very distinct memories of watching the Harry Potter movies. The first memory is when I was 6 or 7 in our old house, we watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, my favorite one. We were all cuddled up in our blankets while the sun was going down. After when finished the movie we had a puzzle. I don’t know why this is such a distinct moment in my memory.

The second memory I’m much older. We were helping up the yard at my grandma’s for the day, and we all came back sweaty and tired. I suggested that we all shower and watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because I had just gotten the craving to watch it. My mom made popcorn, and I grab a bunch of blankets off of my bed. We were all bundled up on the couches and floor. The reason I remember this one so well, I think is because my brother watched with us. He was never the type for movie nights, just because he was constantly studying. Of course, that got him pretty far in life.

The last memory was on the night after a 5k I did, so I was resting. It was one of those rare days where the temperature dipped below freezing. I was wearing a giant sweatshirt and leggings while on the couch drinking hot chocolate. I was half asleep, but my mom was in the kitchen making dinner. Moose, my dog, was against my side acting as a heater. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was a quiet murmur in the back. When I think of winter that is always the first thing to come to mind, and I love it.

I don’t know why I decided to share that. It was originally just going to be about the movies, but instead you get my memories.. So I hope you enjoyed that little trip down memory lane. What are some of your fondest memories of Harry Potter?

Book: Flame In The Mist

Book: Flame In The Mist

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Synopsis: The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan. a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love-a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

Rating:

Review (Spoiler Free): Everyone talked about this book and how good it was, so I had to high hopes for this book. Sadly, it didn’t reach those expectations. There was a lot of confusing things and the world building was a little too far fetched.

Characters: ⅗ Mariko seemed like she was going to be a strong character. She didn’t seem to have her priorities straight, and she didn’t even start to put together a plan. Mariko’s motivation was strong and nor was it the best decisions. I had seen loads on how much feminism there was, but to me the feminism wasn’t put there for any gaining factor. It was forced, and didn’t impact her character at all.

Plot: ⅗ The plot was confusing. It seemed very choppy and not smoothly connected. I wish there would have been more world building to help make sense of the things that went down. It was very dull, and I wish I could have been more drawn into the story,

Writing Style: ⅖ A lot of the things mentioned didn’t have an explanation. There was a glossary, but not all of the words were there. The first time something is mentioned there should be a sentence to describe what it is. Instead we have to guess or go to the glossary. Her sentences weren’t overly flowy, preventing me from really connecting to the story and the characters.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book. I wish it had more world building, and less focus on the relationship that blumes out of nowhere.