Blog Award: Liebster Award

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I was nominated for this award by Grace at Quirky and Peculiar and also Shivalika at Whimsy Journals! Thank you both so much for nominating me and sorry it took me so long to do this post, I have a TON of tags and awards to do still. Make sure you, readers, check out these ladies’ lovely blogs too!

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The Rules:

(This award is given to smaller bloggers to help gain recognition and also bring the book community closer together.)

  1. Acknowledge the blog(s) that nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blog gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  5. Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

(Both Grace’s and Shivalika’s rules for this award differed so I just went with Shivalika’s since hers had one more question than Grace’s. Also I no longer qualify for this award since I do have 200 followers, just so you all know now I can’t be nominated anymore! Big thanks to all of you followers too, love you guys!)

Also since I got nominated twice I will be answering 21 questions plus 11 random facts about myself…this will be a long-ass post.

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Grace’s Questions:

1.) If you could become an author, would you?

Oh definitely, I love reading and I love writing and I’m decent at both. Well I like to think so anyways. It would be a lot of hard work and a lot of time consumed if I tried, I’m just not that serious about it to try though.

2.) Are you a fan of sports? Watching? Playing?

Not playing, that’s for sure, I royally suck at sports and I get super nervous to participate in any because of it. I hated gym class for that reason alone, kind of like stage fright.

I am a very casual fan though, my two favorite sports would be baseball and American football. (Minnesota Twins & Green Bay Packers) I say casual because I watch whenever I feel like it and don’t follow them closely.

3.) If you could live anywhere in the world but never leave your house (there). Where would you live?

Well if I can never leave the house I’m hoping it’s at least a nice one. So I’d probably want to live in London, England. My Great-Grandmother was from there and I at least know how to speak English. It would be the most realistic option for me and I would just straight up love it.

4.) What are your favorite kind of shoes?

Depends on the season for me really because I love flip flops because then I don’t have to worry about finding socks. I hate socks. Then in when it’s too cold I LOVE wearing boots. So I guess I’d have to just go with flip flops because there’s no fuss, you just slip them on.

5.) If you could use time travel to go to one place in time where would it be? Why? 

Ummmmm……well I’m gonna assume I can go anywhere as well as when so I’ll say the 1650’s Caribbean. Even more specific, probably Nassau. Ya know because…..pirates.

6.) What is your dream car/vehicle?

Easy. 1967 Chevy Impala. You know why.

7.) What would you change about the internet if you could?

Probably less trolls and rude people. Which would never happen but I can dream.

8.) What is something that you wish existed but doesn’t?

In general: magic.

More specific: lightsabers.

9.) If you could become anything in the world what would it be? 

The Dovahkiin because of reasons. Also for those of you who don’t know….I’m talking about Skyrim. (I also really love this gif)

10.) What’s your all time favorite book character? Why?

Fred and George Weasley, I can’t have one without the other. I’m going with them because I’ve been reading Harry Potter since I was a kid and I’ve known these characters the longest. Plus they’re just my all time favorites.

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Shivalika’s Questions:

1.) Your favorite chocolate?

Cadbury, I get that from my great-grandma who also loved it and was also British. Nothing sucks more than being an American and loving Cadbury because I can never get the ones I want!

2.) Your favorite color?

I’m always really up in the air about this one but I’ll go with green, matches my eyes.

3.) Your favorite flower?

Stargazer lilies, but really I love all lily flowers. Plus lily is kind of fun to say.

4.) Your favorite street food?

Hot dogs. That counts as a street food right? I don’t know! I love hot dogs though, smothered in onions of course.

5.) Your current favorite book?

Ooooooo, current. “Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. You can check my review out here if you wanna know why!

6.) Current favorite TV series?

“Black Sails”. Why you may ask? Pirates. (I think you may have guessed by know but I love pirates). Also many a-hot man.

7.) Most played song on your playlist?

Ummm….I actually don’t know but let’s just guess that it’s probably a Fall Out Boy song.

8.) Would you prefer an indifferent hero or a villain who loves you?

DEFINITELY a villain who loves me! Because love and because most villains are drop dead sexy!

Exhibit A: Loki

Exhibit B: Magneto (Well YOUNG Magneto anyways)

And there are definitely many others, for sure. My point is: I’d go with the villain.

9.) Pizza or pasta?

I think maybe you guys already know this but PIZZA, PIZZA, PIZZA!!!

10.) A sea side hideaway or a cottage tucked in mountains?

This is sort of a tough one since I’d really just like either one but I’ll go with cottage in the mountains.

11.) Leonardo DiCaprio or Chris Hemswoth?

MY GOD! SHIVALIKA, WHY DO YOU TORTURE ME LIKE THIS?

But I think I’ll just have to go with Leo, I’ve admired him longer and have pretty much all of his movies.

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11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I love RPG video games, mostly of the fantasy kind such as Skyrim and Dragon Age.
  2. I LOVE classic rock music, which is a problem for me since nobody else really does. And it’s a HARDCORE obsession too. (AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, and Motley Crue being my favorites)
  3. I’ve always wanted a horse and my parents never got me one which makes no sense since I’ve lived out in the country my whole life.
  4. I used to try and play Quidditch out in my yard when I was younger (probably like 10 maybe) by using an assortment of sports balls and my mom’s broom. (I was so cool)
  5. I love stealing people’s hoodies. (I know, I’m awful)
  6. I HATE spending large sums of money, I seriously start getting anxious. By the way anything over $100, pretty much stresses me out and I don’t know why.
  7. I hate playing Monopoly, everyone always kicks my ass at it too (I just suck at it, who likes playing stuff they suck at? Not me.)
  8. I mentioned this in one of my answers already but I HATE wearing socks. It’s a hassle for me, I hate having to find them and put them on when I could just slip my shoes on.
  9. I like collecting blankets….I have a blanket hoarding issue. They’re just so pretty and sooooft that I have to have them! Especially if they have my favorite characters or stuff on them!
  10. I also have a massive collection of movies (I have run out of room for them all) and I’ve lost count of how many I own. But it’s got to be around 300-400 at least, just a guess. (I honestly could be in danger of being a hoarder if I didn’t like organizing all of these things so much).
  11. I have a pretty new found interest in anime, it’s all my boyfriend watches pretty much so I gave it a shot and liked it. I would say my 3 favorites are Full Metal Alchemist, Naruto, and Attack on Titan. I have only seen a few episodes of Naruto so don’t talk to me about it because I’m a noob at it still and Netflix didn’t have like the last 3 episodes of FMA so I haven’t seen the end. :p

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My Questions:

  1. Who is your favorite super hero and why?
  2. What is your favorite fictional world, besides Hogwarts? (Sorry but that’s probably a majority of people’s answers and I want you to think outside the box, I know I’m evil)
  3. What’s your favorite book that got turned into a movie/TV series?
  4. What is your favorite sea creature?
  5. Would you rather rid the world of “Fifty Shades of Gray” or “Twilight”?
  6. Tom Hiddleston or Chris Evans? (Because Shivalika gave me more evil ideas for questions)
  7. What is your favorite kind of soda? If you don’t drink soda then what is your favorite drink?
  8. What is your favorite snack/food that didn’t originate in your country?
  9. Who is your favorite actor and your favorite actress?
  10. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
  11. What is your favorite movie/TV show theme song?

My Nominees:

(Sorry if you’ve been nominated already or if you have more than 200 followers! I tried my best to check on both of these before selecting you!)

Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger

Aira @ Aira Reads

Luna @ Luni Reads

Jordyn @ J. Bookish

Thuong @ I Read Therefore I Am

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Kiwi @ Kiwi Reads

Amber @ Book Stacks Amber

Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny

Paige & Yasmin @ The Wild Readers

Mariana @ FireHeartBooks

Alahna @ The Charmed Reader

Michelle @ Book Adventures

Raven and Beez @ Raven & Beez

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Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.


This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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Now I know that 5 star rating makes it seem that this book is perfect, it is not. I did have some issues with it that I will explain further, but whenever I find myself constantly thinking about a book until a finish it….well I just have to give it a 5 star rating.

Every single time I had to put “Illuminae” down to resume real life, I found my mind wandering back to it’s characters and plot wondering what the hell was going to happen next. For me, that makes the perfect book.

PLOT

Where do I even start? This book was fast paced, intense, and thrilling as hell. It really did blow my mind, I loved every single second of it.

The book is told through a series of hacked documents, schematics, emails, interviews, camera footage, you name it. It made the formatting an absolute treat to read through, which is why I’m going to definitely recommend getting a physical copy of this bad boy. Seriously don’t do the e-book, guaranteed you will not be satisfied with it. It’s just something that adds a lot to the reading experience.

The plot itself is what kept me reading, as I said it’s so fast paced. All I wanted to do was sit and keep reading until I got to the end.

We start with the assault of a planet called Kerenza, which ends in a fleet of 3 ships fleeing for their lives with some of the planet’s refugees. From there things only get worse and worse for these survivors. I mean you think of the worst possible shit happening to these people and then it happens, it was insane! One thing keeps going right after the other propelling the story along at a breakneck speed.

I felt every emotion imaginable while reading through the events of “Illuminae”, reading through these people’s personal messages really tugged on the heart strings at times. My anxiety levels were also constantly fluctuating from the suspense of what would happen next, every damn plot twist made me want to scream! In a good way that is. I also felt complete and utter terror during some certain plot developments, TERROR.

Honestly I could gush about the story line forever, it has everything you could ever want in a sci-fi book!

  • Space battles? Check.
  • An insane Artificial Intelligence? Check.
  • A crazy, mutating space virus? Check.
  • Space government conspiracies? Check.

Not to mention every single one of those elements comes with its own mind-blowing plot twists! Yay!

Of course I would love nothing more than to go into detail but I don’t want to spoil anything, hopefully just those points will convince you.

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This is where some of my issues with “Illuminae” arrive, with the characters.

I didn’t feel very close or connected with any of the characters, I believe the formatting  made the experience with the characters a little detached. Don’t get me wrong though, whenever any character (major or minor) died I was upset. I think we can thank the overall story itself rather than the character depth. It was more the manner of any deaths that was upsetting more so than the characters themselves departing.

Now the only important players in this game are Kady and Ezra, everyone else is secondary which I found a little annoying. I wanted more insight into the other characters, like the ones actually directing this fleet of spaceships, and not just the two lovesick teenagers. We did explore a little bit with other characters extremely briefly, but it just wasn’t enough for me to be completely satisfied.

Kady was a pretty strong, badass heroine. I loved her determination when it came to saving people and doing what was for the best. Other than that though she was pretty meh, Kady really lacked any sort of personality. We never got a feel of what she liked or disliked or anything of that sort. I liked her actions, but not so much Kady herself.

Ezra is the love interest, that’s basically it. I said he’s the other main character for the simple reason of he gets the most “screen-time” in the book other than Kady, but really he served no real purpose except that of being the love interest. If I thought Kady lacked personality, Ezra was like a wet mop. I didn’t think he was romantic at all, mostly he annoyed the living fuck out of me with all of his stupid humor.

I actually cared about the minor secondary characters more than I cared about these two. Random space pilot got killed in action? Yes I felt more sadness for that kind of stuff than I did whenever Kady or Ezra were in any sort of peril.

Also the AI is my favorite character, does that count as a character? Yes it does. He (or it, whatever) had more depth and more personality than any of the human characters did and that’s really saying something since he’s a computer.

romance

Not a fan. Am I ever a fan, you may ask? Not really, sure there are some books that come along and make me a team romance kind of person. Was “Illuminae” one of those? Hell no.

Honestly the book would have been so much better if there wasn’t that constant romantic chatter between Kady and Ezra, it was annoying. It wasn’t romantic, I didn’t swoon. If Ezra and or Kady got shot out the airlock I would watch them go by and think “Oh no, now what will you do? Oh yeah, maybe we can get on with the COOL parts of the story again.”.

I liked these two better as individuals than I did as a couple. They were not cute in the least bit. Sorry, I just wanted to roll my eyes whenever they spoke to each other. All of their banter felt really forced and I just felt zero chemistry between them.

On a side not, one thing I DID like was the fact that no insta-love was present. The book starts with these two “breaking up” therefore they had a relationship prior to the events of the story. I liked that, there was no need for any of the insta-feelings because there were already feelings there. This was pretty much the only reason I found the romance to be somewhat tolerable.

in conclusion

“Illuminae” is an action packed, thrilling, unique, sci-fi read. I had some issues with the characters and romance but the sheer awesomeness of the story itself and the book’s formatting far outweighed those issues.

As I said when I can’t stop thinking about a book while I’m not reading it and when I go and tell every friend or family member about it (that will listen anyways…) because I can’t contain my excitement over this book, I KNOW it deserves every star I can give it.

RECOMMEND

Hells to the yes. I honestly can’t think of any reason not to recommend this to anyone. If I was ridiculously rich I’d buy you all a copy to ensure the chances of you reading it now!

And like I said earlier definitely spend the extra money to get a hardcover copy! It’s gorgeous and the formatting will make it hard to read on an e-Reader and way less enjoyable overall.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

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Top 5 Wednesday: Fictional Items I Would Love To Own

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey from the Top 5 Wednesday Group on Goodreads.

This week’s theme is fictional items, which there are definitely plenty of. I’m going to TRY and stick with items from books but I may wander into the movie or TV realm as well. Most of these books were made into movies too so don’t hold that against me!

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5.) Hermes’ Flying Shoes (Percy Jackson & The Olympians)

Flying shoes would definitely help me out in reaching some stuff on the top shelves at the grocery store and not to mention I think Converse are extremely stylish.

4.) Firefly-Class Transport Ship (Firefly & Serenity)

I am a HUGE Firefly fan ok? So if I could just get my own ship and have that crew I’d be golden. Besides….who doesn’t want their own spaceship?

3.) Firebolt Broomstick (Harry Potter)

I think you may begin to see a pattern here, I like things that fly. Sure I could have a wand but really I’d LOVE to have a Firebolt or just any flying broomstick really. But why not have the best and just go with a Firebolt?

2.) Sting (The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings)

Because I NEED to have something from Middle Earth on this list! I didn’t want the One Ring though, that’s just bad news all around. So I’ll settle for Bilbo’s sword Sting, which glows blue when there are Orcs nearby. It’s pretty AND practical.

1.) A Lightsaber (Star Wars)

So I think this list is composed mostly of stuff that lets me fly and swords, all of which are extremely cool. I COULD NOT have this list be complete without a lightsaber on it though! It’s my MOST wanted fictional item, even though I would most definitely injure or maim myself and others if I ever actually got one…….

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That wraps up this week’s Top 5 Wednesday!

Are there any items on this list you would want as well? Any that you would want that I didn’t include?

Let me know in the comments! Feel free to leave a link to your Top 5 Wednesday as well!

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Book Review: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

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All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It’s the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when Imogene was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as “troubled waters.”

Now Imogene is seventeen, and her father, a famous author of medical mysteries, has struck out in the middle of the night and hasn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could’ve gone, but Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother. And she decides it’s up to her to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of reading her father’s books to track down a woman she’s only known in stories in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.

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This was a book that was a little out of my comfort zone, I usually don’t read contemporaries. It was just sort of….boring in the end.

Even though I didn’t really enjoy “The Mystery of Hollow Places” I did enjoy Podos’s writing style and I think anything else she writes in the future would still be worth checking out.

PLOT

 First off, those of you who don’t think or aren’t sure if this is a YA book. It is. My library didn’t have it shelved as such but I read this and it is most definitely more of a YA book. The main character is a teenager and she spends a lot of time with her best friend talking about life, boys, and other teenage-girly things. It’s not by any means overwhelmingly teenager-y though.

The overall “mystery” of the story was very lacking. It was nowhere near as shocking as I was anticipating, I mean I wanted an actual mystery OK? The reveal (if you can even call it that) was very anti-climatic and there were zero twists to speak of. I wasn’t thrilled or held in any from of suspense, which I kind of expected to be since it’s supposed to be a mystery….

The beginning of “The Mystery of Hollow Places” does a great job of reeling you in as well as building up the mystery itself and some mild suspense, but then it kind of sputtered into the realm of boy crushes and prom woes. Was there a ton of boys and prom? No. Was it slightly annoying in the face of a girl’s father having gone missing? A little bit.

Seriously though, the mystery really turned into nothing after a few chapters. I honestly don’t know why I kept turning pages…oh wait yes I do. The writing. It is pretty magnificent. Honestly it was my favorite part of reading this book, it kept me turning pages even if the plot itself actually didn’t. I think Podos is a promising writer and I’ll probably check out her future books.

Unfortunately I was still left hanging on a few things by the end of the book, I wouldn’t necessarily call them plot holes it was just…..stuff that wasn’t ever really established. The Why’s of the story, if you will. Just a little Heather pet peeve. Although I will say Imogene’s search for her father was actually quite believable, everything she did was pretty much within any teenager’s reach.

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For those of you who, like me, appreciate a little diversity in their YA you’ll like our main character. Imogene is half Caucasian and half Asian, just a tiny detail I enjoyed.

I did enjoy all of the characters as a whole, they were interesting and I actually cared what was happening with them. Usually I have one or at least a few characters to pick at but in this case they were all decent enough that I didn’t have any issues.

Imogene herself is quite relatable with her introvertedness and need to carry a book with her everywhere she goes. Although she’s kind of a loner, brushing people who care about her off a lot. That was a little annoying but overall I did like her personality in general, she’s an extremely determined girl and I loved it.

I also liked Imogene’s best friend, Jessa. She’s the girl-next-door, super popular, and beautiful. But Imogene makes sure we know this every time she is around Jessa, she’s constantly comparing herself to Jessa and it grew a little tedious to read about. Jessa never acted better then Imogene so why the hell did Imogene need to constantly talk about her beauty and how plain she was compared to it? Talk about annoying.

Either way, I enjoyed the girls’ relationship. I thought it really added a nice element to the story, girl-power if you will. Plus who doesn’t like reading about a friendship that always has the BFF there to help the MC out?

romance

There isn’t really any and for ME that’s a pretty big plus. Sure there’s talk of boys and crushes and prom dates, but there isn’t any real romance here. Imogene did have a huge crush on Jessa’s brother, in which I shipped it hard but that’s pretty much all though.

For a YA book it was extremely refreshing in this sense.

in conclusion

Overall I really enjoyed the writing and the characters but the plot and “mystery” fell way too short for me. There was no suspense or build up to the ending and it was….flat and more than a little disappointing. I can’t rate the book anymore than a 2 Star for that.

RECOMMEND

Maybe so, maybe no. This really depends on you, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Generally though I don’t think I can really go around recommending “The Mystery of Hollow Places” to anyone.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books on My Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s theme is books on your Spring TBR, which is actually a pretty convenient one for me since I don’t actually plan my TBRs out because I’m a mood reader. This way I get to share with you all what books I will be reading, without actually committing to a set reading schedule.

You can also click the titles to go straight to their Goodreads pages!

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10.) The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

I actually pre-ordered this book and STILL haven’t read it, it’s been over two months and I’m slacking. However it is definitely towards the top of my TBR since I am still very much anticipating reading this book. I adore YA fantasy books so there is no good reason as to why I’ve put this off.

9.) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Yes I’m aware this is going to be a movie and no I haven’t seen the trailer because I don’t want spoilers of any kind. I’ve heard GRAND amounts of praise for this book so it was already on my radar but now with an impending movie I HAVE to read this. Movie release dates are a good deadline for me as well but the sooner I read it the better.

8.) After the Woods by Kim Savage

One of my anticipated releases of 2016, plus I love that cover. I still need to purchase this baby but I’m definitely planning on including it in my next  book haul. It’s a mystery/thriller and I love myself a good thriller, especially with plot twists.

But mostly……..dat cover.

 

7.) A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

This book was released today FYI! I’m not too sure what kind of atmosphere this book will have, maybe it’s a horror or maybe it’s just a thriller that delivers on the creepiness. Not sure but I’m HOPING it’s creepy at least since I enjoyed Bachmann’s short story in “Slasher Girls and Monster Boys”.

6.) Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

I’ve been wanting to read this for a while and I happened to get it on my Kindle for $2.99 so I’m just excited that I own it now. It’s an alternate history re-telling of World War II, an era I’ve always been interested in, not to mention there’s a sort of death motorcycle race. Okay, I don’t actually know if it’s a death race but it IS  a motorcycle race. Count me in for sure either way.

5.) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This book has been on my radar FOREVER and it finally got released! The downside is I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews but also a lot of positive ones. I’m thinking I might just have to buy this one and determine where I stand on it myself. It’s a YA fantasy that blends Western elements with Middle Eastern ones, that just sounds irresistible to me.

4.) Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

First of all GORGEOUS cover and second of all it’s got some decent reviews. I think it sounds like some sort of super mish-mash of genres and it might be more than a little…weird. Good thing I like weird. Did I mention I love the cover yet? Even if it isn’t that great it will make a fine addition to my shelves!

3.) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

I actually wasn’t that interested in this book right away, it seemed way too romance-y for my tastes. But when pretty much every single new YA release was getting bad reviews I had to pay very close attention to which ones actually were getting good ones. “The Forbidden Wish” is one of few that have been getting nothing but fabulous ratings, so of course I started paying closer attention and I have now come to the decision that I mus town this book.

It’s an Aladdin retelling with some other very interesting elements, plus once again we have a to-die-for cover. Can’t wait to buy this beautiful thing in my next book haul!

2.) Starflight by Melissa Landers

Once again I was not super excited for this book, it wasn’t something that really grabbed my attention right away. Like I said before when ALL of my anticipated YA books weren’t getting good reviews I had to find the ones that were getting them. “Starflight” was one that had a ton of good ratings, so naturally I nabbed a sample on my Kindle and pretty much fell in love with it right away. I’m a HUGE Firefly fan and it immediately reminded me of it, Solara is almost exactly like Kaylee Frye! I have the rest of the story awaiting my reading leisure on my Kindle now.

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1.) The Winner’s Cruse by Marie Rutkoski

I actually never really wanted to read this that much, but with the last book coming out this month and all of the hype I figured I would give it a go. I haven’t seen many good reviews from people with my similar tastes so my expectations are low. I’m currently reading this book which is why I placed it as #1 on this list and I’m 15% in and I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I actually like it. I’ve also heard that the end half of this book plus the sequel are even better, so I’m excited to finish!

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That wraps up this week’s Top Ten Tuesday for me!

Are there any books on my list that are on your TBR as well? Have you read (and loved or hated) any of these books?

Let me know in the comments! Also feel free to leave a link to your TTT as well!

The Sassy

Random Ramblings #6: New Header Image

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Hey guys, I really love the freedom of doing Random Ramblings posts. I get to well….ramble! So anyways I’ve been pretty sucky at finishing books and writing reviews lately but I’m trying to kick my own ass back into gear. I think all of you lovelies can expect reviews for “Illuminae” and “Crimson Bound” soon though!

Anyways let’s get to the point of this post…..A new header image on my blog! I figured I would share this because if you’re reading my posts in the WordPress Reader then you don’t ever see my header……tis a shame.

I just got this terrible itch to redo it…almost like spring-cleaning for my blog since it’s beginning to get warm and springy outside here in North Dakota.

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Tada!

I kept some of the same elements of my old header image like the book collage because I want it to LOOK like a book blog, yeah?

If any of you are wondering I used Canva to make this image, it’s a LOVELY website for making graphics plus it saves all of your designs which is helpful especially for me.

On the downside I now have to go through my reviews on Goodreads and such to revamp all of them with the new image…oh well!

Aaaaaannnnnddddd that’s pretty much it! I hope you all have an awesome weekend!

DNF Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith & Jane Austen

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
 
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?

 

review

DNF at 21%

I’d first like to address that I understand most people don’t like DNF reviews because the person didn’t actually finish the book, but I feel like explaining WHY I DNF’d the book is important. So if you don’t like it, don’t read it. You’ve been warned.

 I really tried with this one but I could not force myself to read another page! I’ve never read “Pride & Prejudice” and I don’t intend to, period dramas and romances aren’t really my thing. Well if I don’t like any of those things then why try reading this, right? There are 2 reasons I even bothered to read this book:

  1. I usually try to read a book before seeing its movie.
  2. What isn’t improved by the adding of zombies?

Well Exhibit A would be “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, that’s how you DON’T improve something by adding zombies.

PLOT

From what I managed to read I thought the plot was slow, tedious, and filled with nothing but talk of attending balls and finding a man to marry. Of course there were zombies but only for a few sentences here and there. They were by no means the central plot point, as they should have been.

Like I said I never read “Pride and Prejudice” but from what I can tell this book reads exactly the same with zombies making an appearance in the occasional paragraph. What was the point of the zombies then, I ask? What! I wanted some zombie related violence and gore, that of which, was not delivered at all.

Everything I read was boring, as I already stated all anyone cared about was romance and some not-so-interesting drama. Nobody seemed to care that zombies were plaguing England, EATING people. So sure, travel the zombie-infested countryside in an attempt to woo yourself a gentleman and secure yourself a marriage. Because that’s SO SMART.

I also found the writing itself to be extremely long-winded and I found nothing enjoyable about it.

characters

I thought they were all, for the most part, dull and uninteresting with the slight exception of Elizabeth Bennett. She was actually very feisty and quite badass, I liked her rebellious attitude and even though we rarely say her engage any undead she still could hold her own against them.

Other than that though, no one was particularly interesting.

in conclusion

The concept of the book was great but it fell awfully short for me, so much that I couldn’t even finish it.

Overall I liked the parts that ACTUALLY HAD zombies but they were brief, infrequent, and not described in nearly enough detail. I think I’ll go watch the movie instead where I actually might get some of the badassdom I was expecting.

RECOMMEND

No, unless you read and really enjoyed “Pride & Prejudice” and feel like re-reading it with some badly written zombie parts.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

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