Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green

Release Date: October 10th, 2017

Synopsis:

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. 

Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 


In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

My Thoughts:

I've waited five years for this. Honestly, I just about screamed when I noticed that there was a cover, synopsis, and a release date for this year. John Green is a very hit or miss author, but I almost always love his books and I'm sure I'll love this one too.

Top 5 Series's That Got Better

This one was surprisingly hard to narrow down, there are so many series's out there that started off on an okay note, but just developed into such amazing stories. I do stand by the ones I chose though, they are pretty magnificent.

5. The Vampire Academy


I enjoyed the first two books, but it just got so much better in the third book. I feel like the end of the second book was when the entire series just started to pick up the pace.


4. Gallagher Girls Series


The first book in this series was actually a bit boring. I had a harder time getting through that book than any other book in the series. I feel like it picked up a lot when Zach was introduced and he was all cute and mysterious. This is more of my preteen logic making it's way to the surface, but I still think it's plausible.


3. A Court of Thorns and Roses



The first book was in no way bad, but the difference between the first book and the second is so complete that if those two were in a contest I would instantly choose ACOMAF, because that was a trick question, there is no contest.

2. Shatter Me


The series got better as the main character changed. That was what shifted the story, the protagonist went from a pretty spineless scared little girl to a warrior. Also, my NOTP sank and my OTP got together.

1. The Mortal Instruments


Like the rest, the first few books weren't bad, I enjoyed them, but the series just got better and better as it progressed and is to this day, one of my favourite book series's.

What series's did you guys think got better? I'd love to know your thoughts!



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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Top 10 Bookish Pet Peeves

Everyone having a good Tuesday? This was supposed to be ready last night, but I got a migraine, so I ended up getting up early just to make this post. I think it's well worth it though, I like my Top 10 Tuesdays.



1. Goodreads Ratings



More specifically when people rate books before reading them. I know this doesn't directly effect me, but actually  it kind of does. I look a lot at the ratings when I want to read the book, I want to know if it's worth my time, and I won't know the true consensus if people don't actually read the books before rating them.

2. Dog Eared Books



This was me in the fifth grade. All I ever did was dog ear books and honestly my copies of the Harry Potter series hate me. I hate me.

3. Spine Cracking



Another reason I hate fifth grade Jessie. I used to love cracking the spines to my books, I found it so satisfying but now it physically hurts me to do it. I was also guilty of doing this to my first copies of Harry Potter.

4. When people ask what book your reading while you’re reading



Pretty self explanatory, I don't want to be grilled on a book while I'm reading it. After I put it down, sure, I would love to tell you all about it, but not while I'm reading.

5. Running out of book space



This is currently my problem. I need more shelves, it's come to book stacking.

6. Buying a Book and Hating It



I honestly think there is nothing worse than taking a gamble and buying a thirty dollar hard cover book and then taking it home, reading it, and hating it. I just spent hard earned money on that book and it let me down.

7. When People Attack Your Opinion



I hate when I read a book and I didn't have good feelings about the book, but when I talk about these bad feelings people argue. There is nothing to argue about, these are my feelings and really don't have anything to do with other people. The only thing you arguing with me does is make me dislike the books even more because I then associate it with an argument that I don't want to be having.

8. Not knowing which book to read



When you just go through an amazing binge read of one genre and then you're out of that genre and ou have to try and figure out what to read next. Impossible.

9. Character Names



Character names seems a little unspecific so let me just elaborate so this makes more sense. What I hate is when I read two books back to back and characters from the two books have the same names (I get confused). And it isn't fun, I feel like I have deja vu and I don't know how. This happens more than you think it does.

10. Reading Slumps



Different from Not Knowing What to read, because at least then I feel like reading. Reading Slumps are the worst because I don't want to read anything. I'll try and try but I just can't get into anything. Reading takes up most of my free time so when I can't read, I'm bored.

What Bookish Pet Peeves do you guys have? 


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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Update Post

Everyone having a good Sunday? I spent my morning at the animal shelter spending time with all the animals I am allergic to. I regret nothing. I also had an insane craving for chocolate milk and stopped by the grocery store on my way home just to buy a litre of chocolate milk because I have no self control. Anyway, let's get to what you're here for.

This is a quick blog update. In case for any reason you went to the Book Review page here on my blog and you decided you wanted to read one of my reviews and you clicked on the link and it took you to a page saying that the page doesn't exist. It does still exist, I just decided I wanted to fix up a lot of my older reviews. They will be back up soon, I just wanted to have better reviews because those older ones really, honestly suck.

This is just to let you guys know so you aren't confused if you decided you wanted to read one of them. (Honestly I don't know why you would).

I hope you guys have a great day! Also, if you had any specific reviews or posts that you may want to see from me, comment it down below!


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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Daughter of Deep Silence Review

Daughter of Deep Silence
by Carrie Ryan

Spoilers


Synopsis:



In the wake of the deadly devastation of luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son are claiming—it was attacked.

To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. Frances has spent years in hiding, transforming herself into Libby, and she can no longer allow the people who murdered her entire family and Libby to get away with it. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: the senator’s son.


The game has just begun, and Frances is not only playing dirty, she’s playing to win.

My Thoughts:


I gave this book 5 stars. This book was an unexpected gem. It was everything that I didn't expect from it. I didn't even mean to start reading it, but I just turned to the first page, you know, just to see what it was like and the next thing I knew I was 100 pages in and there was no stopping me. This story was incredibly addicting and I don't say that lightly, I honestly could not put it down.

This was one of those books that I was just vaguely interested enough in to want to read and when I found it at the bookstore for 6 dollars I thought "Why not?" and bought it. I wasn't even planning on reading it any time soon, I was just going to stick it with my other TBR books and read it when the mood finally struck, little did I know that the mood would strike when I turned to that first page.


The story was more of a narrative, it did have dialogue, but most of the story was what the protagonist told us and it worked for this book. I like it when I get a good sense of the emotions that the character had while she was dealing with the aftermath of this disaster. And her reliving the terror that was that night on the yacht. 

For some reason I just expected Grey to be completely evil, but good looking. He was sort of played out to be the bad guy in the synopsis since he lied about something so important, but when reading the book a villain is the exact opposite of what e got. Grey was sweet and compassionate and cute and loving and was just the perfect guy, albeit, harbouring a lot of damaging secrets. I couldn't help but root for him.

I felt a deep connection to Frances, or Libby I guess, she had been though so much and it was taking over her life, she couldn't seem too get passed any of her traumatic experience. She was dedicated to bringing down the people who ruined her life and ended the lives of her family. 

The ending was epic and really everything I could have wanted. Thom, the man who shot up the boat, died, the Senator got jail time which he most definitely deserved, Frances got peace of mind and hopefully a new life with Grey. I still have a lot of questions, but I feel like the best books always leave us with an abundance of questions at the end. 

There is almost nothing I love more than a good revenge plot. The author completely did the premise justice. All I could think about after finishing this book was "That's it? What happens next? I need more!" I honestly can't believe the story ended like that I need to know what happens after the story ends. It's considered a thriller, but I didn't really see it as one. It had some thrilling parts, but I tend to not really enjoy thrillers all that much, I feel like they lack compassion in their most basic rights and I just don't care about them. This book had lots of emotions that drove the book and I would highly recommend it.

Quotes:

“If anything, revenge is the absence of emotion. It's pure, calculated thought stripped bare of entangling emotions. It's cold, deliberate action.” 


“It's funny, most people think that revenge is a passionate affair, driven by rage and pain. But it can't be. Feelings such as those make you weak. They overwrite thought and cause reckless impulses that lead to poor decisions.” 


Could I really let her die? I ask myself. The most alarming realization is the sudden and sure answer: yesI could absolutely let her die.” 

“So, to very unsubtly change the subject, what kind of books do you like to read? And so help me if you say Greek mythology, I'll turn this car around myself." It takes him a minute to get my joke, and then he starts laughing and I join in. And there's something about it all - the expanse of the summer sky arcing overhead and my hand still on Grey's warm thigh - that makes me wonder if I could just pause life here and wrap a bubble around this moment, if it would be enough to keep me happy.” 


“As I pass by him, I feel a crackle of tension between us. A slow heat begins its way into my cheeks, mirroring the flush in Grey's, and I realize that I hadn't been the only one acutely aware of his nakedness in the shower.” 

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts Spoiler Free Review

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts
by K. C. Tansley

Synopsis:

Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut. 

The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton. 


But that’s all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time—and their own bodies—before their souls slip away forever.

My Thoughts:

*** I Received a copy through Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review***

I gave this book 3.5 stars. It was fun and interesting. Not very surprising, but it still brings you on a great adventure with likeable characters.

The story was a bit slow in the beginning, there was nothing that really screamed out to me. I put this off for a few days, but I really wanted to get to the ARC of the second book soon so I decided to put it on my priority reads list. It mostly started out with me reading it for about 5 minutes every day when I would bring my dog to the park, but I did get very captivated by the story about 36% in.

The writing wasn't overly complicated to read. This novel didn't have anything complex that I really needed to have my full attention on the whole time I was reading, so I had no problems following along. 

I wish the author was a bit more clear on the protagonist's age. I can't tell if she's in college or if she's a senior in a private school or something about to go to university. I know at the very beginning she was very worried about her GPA being lowered by Evan, her TA, but are there even TA's in high school? I never had any that's for sure. I'm really not sure about her age.

As for Evan, he completely grew on me. He started out as the hot yet Satan-esque TA in Kat's class who seemed to be out to ruin her life, but then when we spent more time with him he really wasn't bad at all. I honestly don't know how he went from being so awful to being actually sweet at times. He made a complete one eighty during the book and I really want to see more of him in the next book.

As for the plot itself, it was exciting and managed to capture my attention seamlessly. There is something about the mix of mystery and anything that's paranormal that just brings certain books to life. Now, I love real life mysteries and mysteries in TV shows and movies, but the mystery genre is one that I have a lot of problems with in books. I usually have a hard time getting into them if they aren't Agatha Christie or Stephen King, so the added magical element adds something to the plot that you can't find in a normal mystery novel. 

This book also tugs at the heartstrings at times and that just gave more life to the story. I feel like when a book can make you feel those things then it is doing a good job. Books with sad scenes that can bring out your own emotions can't be bad books. Unless they are feelings of hatred towards the book, then it can be bad, but this wasn't one of those books.

Overall, I'm excited to read the next book and see what improvements that the author has made. I'm sure there will be a lot more world building and action to come.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Struggle Review

The Struggle
by Jennifer L. Armentrout



Spoilers

Synopsis:

A bloody path has been chosen… 

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs. 

The Great War fought by the few is coming… 

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people. 

In the end, the sun will fall… 

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same. 


For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

My Thoughts:

I gave this book 4.5 stars. I can never seem to dislike a book that Jennifer L. Armentrout writes. I have loved every single one without fail. They just cater so well to my own personality that I can't help but love them. 

I ordered this one off Amazon a couple of weeks ago and it actually came fairly quickly. I didn't even have a rush order on it or anything, it wasn't supposed to come for several more weeks so I was surprised to receive it in the mail. I for some reason deluded myself into thinking I could wait to read this book, but I ended up caving and I read it pretty quickly. A day, give or take two.

Leaving off at the end of the book I really don't know how they're going to resolve this. There aren't six demi gods left, Seth doesn't have any self control, and Josie has a tiny person growing inside of her. There are really so many directions this series can go in and it makes me a bit nervous considering Josie leaves off with the fact that she had a vision she would die. 

Josie's magical power that was attributed to her being the daughter of Apollo didn't really come as a surprise. When Cora revealed to have really cool powers and Josie thought about how she herself didn't have any cool powers I knew she had to have some ability she didn't know about yet. Then when Apollo was offhandedly talking about how he was the god of prophecies, it just sort of clicked and was confirmed when she too made that discovery. I think being able to see the future is a pretty awesome, if not daunting gift.

The fact that Seth has no self control really bothers me. Everyone keeps telling him, "I don't think that's a good idea", but he's just so caught up in himself that he doesn't care that it isn't a good idea. He's justified his reckless behaviour by saying he's doing it for Josie. It's a nice sentiment and all, but it's just burying him deeper and deeper.

I can't say that I was surprised by Josie's pregnancy. There were hints pretty early on in the story, plus it was a known fact that they had unprotected sex at the end of the second book. No surprises there. I feel like I should be annoyed by the amount of "surprise pregnancy" books out there, but I'm not. I find it so entertaining, usually the reader can figure these things out before the actual pregnant lady, so it becomes this game of "when will (blank) figure out that they're pregnant". It's something I don't think I'll ever get tired of. I also think Seth would be a pretty hot dad. I mean, he'd probably give his child anything it wants and spoil the shit out of it, but I don't think he would be that bad of a dad.

A personal favourite of this book is whenever they talk about Supernatural, because that is one of my favourite tv shows. It might not be as fun for people who don't watch Supernatural because they may not understand certain references, but when you do watch the show, there are some A+ references in that novel. I like how the author integrates pop culture into her characters lives. I know some author will pretend pop culture doesn't even exist when they write their books, that's okay, but I like feeling like I'm in the know. It makes me feel a lot more comfortable with the world if I know the pop culture references.

The only complaint that I have about this book is that it felt a lot like a filler book. Sure it had a whole lotta entertaining shenanigans, but when you think about it, all the events that took place in this book was just a set up for the next book. I wish it had more of it's own story arc that didn't revolve around the next book completing it.

I question I have for the next book is, what is going on with Apollo? he's being more secretive than normal and it's driving me crazy. He's also being a pretty shitty father which seems weird because he claims to really love Josie. I feel like I'm on the outside of an inside joke.

Overall, really good book. I devoured it and I don't regret a thing. If you've loved Jennifer L. Armentrout's past novels, then I would highly suggest reading this one.

Quotes:

“Zombies are all fun and games until they’re standing right in front of you.” 


“I’m not leaving you We’re in this together, Josie … If there is anything in this world, there is us.” 


“What destiny crap are you talking about?”A secretive smile curved the corners of his lips. “There is so much you do not know.”Why I hadn’t blasted the glittery fuck-face out the window yet was anyone’s guess.” 


“Just because you’re a god doesn’t mean I won’t punch you.”“Just because you’re a guest in my house doesn’t mean I won’t drown you in the ocean.” 


“But then I’d miss that look on your face.”“What look?” “Like you want to kick me and kiss me at the same time,” he answered.”