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.

Top Ten: A Mini Review

My Rating: 2/5

Goodreads

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Review:

I didn’t enjoy this book very much, frankly not at all. I did love the anxiety representation, but I didn’t relate to many of her experiences. I had a terrible time getting into the story, leaving me on the outskirts of the novel for most of the time.

I didn’t enjoy the characters at all. Ryan and Gabby been best friends since the beginning of High School, but I didn’t feel the relationship at all. They were both so dramatic all the time, and half the time, they didn’t act like the best friends they said they were.

The writing was choppy, and it left me not connected to the plot at all. I spent a lot of the time skimming it just trying to get through it. I didn’t quite understand the plot, and I was confused about what was happening half the time. It was definitely not the light summer read I was expecting.

Alex Approximately: Mini Review

My Rating: 2.5/5

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I didn’t love this book, but I did love Bailey. I related hardcore to her. We have the exact same thought process, and we overthink everything. I liked her ability to be feisty and tell a guy bothering her off, and that was just a really strong trait for her to have. Her background added a lot more to her story, but it did seem like it was really glossed over. If it was such a big part of it, then why did we not get that much information on it. Porter Roth was obviously a cliche. He was hot, protective, and kind (basically a copy of every male character in a contemporary.)

The plot was not very engaging at all. I found my attention drifting throughout the book. The big conflict was way to over dramatic. I get that relationship drama gets attention, but it was a huge over reaction that made no sense. And the actual plot point that seemed important to me was rushed over. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. It was a nice beachy read.

Renegades Book Review

Book: Renegadesrenegades

Author: Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis:

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies-humans with extraordinary abilities- who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice-and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Rating: ⅘

NO SPOILERS AHEAD!

Review: I was never a fan of the Lunar Chronicles, but on a whim, I picked up Heartless (Shameless plug: I have a review here.) I loved Heartless, so that lead me to pick up Renegades. I absolutely adored Renegades. Its sheer size intimidated me, but once I was wrapped up in that world, I had to see it through. Every single one of the characters was morally gray, and that is a rarity among books.

Characters: ⅘

The characters set the book out from other books. I’ve done the whole special powers, take down the government thing before.

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This book we got to see it from a character who was trying to take down a good government. Nova wanted justice/revenge, but she also didn’t want people to get hurt. Even Adrian was morally gray. As he was trying to save people, he also hurt people. I just can’t wait for him and Nova to develop and develop together. The next book has a lot of potential to go far with them.

Plot: ⅗

I liked where the plot was going in the beginning. But along the way, I just felt like we got sidetracked to other things, and it never developed.

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This book was extremely long since it was only introducing us to the plot. There was a lot of plot factors that were being set up, making me hyped for the next books because those are going to be intense. I just found myself just not really engaging with the plot.

World Building: ⅘

I’m so immersed in this world. It shows the effects after a revolution. Not everyone is happy, and we are seeing the aftermaths. I would die for a novella of the world and the rebuilding phase. She does a lot of the setting up in this book, so we learn a lot about the characters and their place in this place, but I want to delve more into the past, and how they rebuilt the world.

Writing Style: ⅘

In Heartless, she had a magical writing, but obviously, that wouldn’t fit with this book. So her writing gave me major steampunk type vibes, and I wasn’t complaining. Her writing was so well put together in this book. It added so much more connection to the characters and the world.

Clearly, I really enjoyed this book. I’ve been recommending it to so many people. I can’t wait to see how the author goes from here. What did you think?

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

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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.

Smallville Season 3

My mom says I’m obsessed, and I have to agree. I’m trying to balance my time with watching tons of Smallville, but it is seemingly taking up all of my time. I mean I’m enjoying it so it’s fine right?

No spoilers ahead!

This season was a little all over the place. We got a glimpse of the side of characters we’d never seen before. The first few episodes were so intense, but after that, it was calm for a little while. The characters didn’t act themselves at all which was weird and kind of annoying. Everything eventually returned to normal, and it was calm. Until the end when everything spun out of control, but that is all to be resolved in Season 4.

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

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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.

Smallville Season 2

My obsession continues, and now welcome to Smallville Saturday. Every Saturday till I finish the series, I will post my season reviews. They will be pretty short because it doesn’t incompass a lot.

No spoilers ahead!

This season led to a lot of feelings changed. I learned that I hate how childish Lana and Chloe can be. I mean, honestly, can y’all not accept your faults or something. I learned that season finales are always the best but can hurt a lot. Also that Clark is incapable of voicing his feelings.

The plot was big, but it broke it down so we can actually understand it. There were times when I gave no craps about the villains, but I kept watching because there were redeemable parts. Each individual episode kind of seemed repetitive, but then they would switch it up with a new problem. Not my favorite season but still a good season.