Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: The Best Books of 2015.

This weeks prompt: Top Ten Best Books I Read in 2015. 

It's that time of the year where I am forced to choose 10 books that completely gave me all the feels and pulled at my heartstrings because TBH, those are the best books in my opinion.
I read 59 books in 2015 and I'm supposed to pick 10 that were my favorite? I tried really hard to pick 10, but I couldn't so I chose 11 plus honorable mentions. 
P.S. In order to make my life less stressful and complicated, this list is in random order.

P.P.S I am probably going to use many uppercase words because they describe my feelings.

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3) City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2) The One (The Selection, #3)

1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. My 1st read of 2015 left me in tears and so many feels. These characters truly mean so much to me and they are some of my all time favorite!!

2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. How could I not choose CoHF?! This book along with Clockwork Princess were read during my 1st semester of college. That semester was rough because I didn't really make friends and I didn't like being in my apartment. So the Shadowhunter world was my escape and that is why these books mean so much to me. To say that I love these books along with the characters is a HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT. 

3. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski. The writing was brilliant in this book! Arin and Kestrel are wonderful characters who fight for what they believe and mix that in with some gov't/political stuff and you got yourself some pretty hard decisions. Which basically just means I was  am still a mess.

4. The One by Kiera Cass. There's nothing super special about this series, but there's something about them that just sucked me right in. It might have something to do with Maxon Schreave, though. I still remember how I felt after reading this book: my roommates were all out of town which meant I had the apt to myself which meant I could properly flail without judgement.

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)  This Shattered World (Starbound, #2) An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

5. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. Thanks to this book, I now wish I had peculiar abilities. Thanks Ransom Riggs for the ending in this book. It was WOAH and EPIC.

6. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. TBH, I don't really understand all the sci-fi stuff in here, but that doesn't stop me from loving this series. There was something about this book that reminded me why I love to read. The characters, Jubilee and Flynn are unique and great together and they left a mark on my heart...right next to Lilac and Tarver.

7. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. THIS BOOK. I was hooked from page 2 and was almost always on the edge of my seat throughout the whole story! It's full of heartbreaking decisions, but that's what makes it beautiful and why I couldn't stop thinking about it. #OBSESSED 

The Unbound (The Archived, #2)The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)  Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) 

8. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab. Two words: WESLEY AYERS. What really made this book memorable is the dialogue. Sarcastic, snarky, and funny dialogue = VERY HAPPY ME.

9. Winter by Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer. THE BEST FINALE. This series is one of my all time favorites and the characters are the best! Full of sarcasm, funniness, craziness, and swoon worthy guys. It was AMAZEBALLS  and PERFECTION which means I AM A SATISFIED HUMAN. All the applause for Marissa Meyer who knows how to close a series with 824 pages.

10. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Oh man, SO MANY FEELS with this one. Khalid and Shahrzad give me life.

11. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Despite some negative reviews about this book, I LOVE IT. The plot twists and betrayals were insane and made it memorable for 2015. I think Cal is fire. Literally.

Honorable mentions:

 Since You've Been Gone Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. This is an honorable mention because I cried like crazy at the end and I don't even know why.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. This whole series was actually a fav of mine this year, but Queen of Shadows just kinda sorta maybe ruined it for me. But Crown of Midnight is my fav so it deserves some mentioning.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. I loved this book. I was never bored while reading it and that ending deserves an honorable mention. Definitely did not see that coming. And Julian is just adorable.

What were your fav reads of 2015? Did we have some in common? Share your thoughts in the comments!! 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)Before I read this book, I saw reviews that said it was SO good, but I think it was just decent. I also heard about a huge plot twist, but I got to the end and I was like where is it? Must not have been that big of a plot twist if I missed it.
All in all, this book was kind of 3 stars for me, but I rounded it up to 4 stars because of the ending.
Here are my scattered thoughts in list form because lists make thoughts seem more collected.
Cover is linked to Goodreads summary.

-First, I had a hard time believing some parts of the story, like when Lia escapes on the day of her wedding. If I'm not mistaken, Lia is a princess living in a guarded castle/kingdom or whatever it's called. Yet, she manages to escape without one person or guard noticing. And on her wedding day where there should be people everywhere! I don't buy it! 
- I didn't care for most of the first 200 pages. I felt like nothing was really happening. It was basically just the Assassin and the Prince trying to get Lia's attention or Lia flirting with them. It was all really sort of annoying. OMG these guys. They were competing for her attention and I was just like:

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-Yes, there is a love triangle. At least I think there is. The Assassin and The Prince. In the beginning, you don't know which guy is which and it frustrated the heck out of me, but I had my guess on who was who, but sometimes I would second guess myself. It's frustrating, but it made me keep wanting to read the book to figure out who was who and in the end I was right!
-I really do hate choosing sides because sometimes my ship sinks and it hurts my shipper heart, but I am on #TeamPrince.

-I really liked Lia's relationship with her brothers, especially Walther. They weren't around much, or at all really, but I liked how she talked about them. Through her point of view, we heard stories about things they did for her and it was so cute. *cries forever because I want an older brother*

-The 2nd half of the book was way cooler and interesting to read. There was traveling, but stuff was actually happening. The lies are revealed, some truths are let out, some people die, and discoveries are made!!! It was way cool.

-I'm not too attached to the characters like I thought I'd be. Lia  reminds me of Shahrzad from The Wrath & the Dawn because of her mouth. Other than that, I think she's just alright.

I think the sequel will be a little less boring and things will actually happen.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

10 quotes I loved from books I read in 2015

Sometimes I'm a loser and do things like accidentally hit "publish" on a post that's supposed to go up on a Tuesday instead of on a Saturday. So I apologize if you are seeing this twice. And other times I'm a loser because I link the wrong post. 

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is: Top 10 quotes I loved from books read in 2015.
Here are my fav quotes that stuck out to me the most or they just give me all the feels! Enjoy.


What quotes were your fav of 2015? Did we have any of the same quotes? Don't forget to leave a link to your TTT post! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

I am desperately waiting for The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. The third and final book in The Winner's trilogy. Here's a link to the summary for the 1st book, if you're interested: The Winner's Curse

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?

I picked up The Winner's Curse on impulse. It was just kind of sitting there on the shelf at the library and I didn't know what to read next, but I needed a book to read for my spring break and I was in a hurry so I just checked it out. Best impulse of my life. I also had never heard of Marie Rutkoski, but let me tell you something: her writing is beautiful. I love it. 

The first two books have made my heart hurt really bad so I'm sure The Winner's Kiss will do the same. The story of Kestrel and Arin is so heartbreaking, but that's what makes me keep rooting for them and love this series even more. 

The ending of The Winner's Crime was THE DEATH OF ME. It still haunts me and makes me cry. Ever since then, I have DESPERATELY been waiting for The Winner's Kiss to come out.

I hope our main characters will be okay and not die. I think they might suffer some more, but everything will be okay at the end and hopefully nothing too tragic happens. Right? 

Until March 1st rolls around, I'll be crying and hyperventilating because of that cliffhanger. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Monthly Wrap-Up: October

October, you were good to me...mostly. Here are the 8 books I read this month.
The covers and titles are linked to the Goodreads summaries.

  The Archived (The Archived, #1)   The Unbound (The Archived, #2) Adaline Falling Star (Scholastic Signature)

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)    The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)   Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

A Monster Calls   The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

The Archived 4 stars: I FINALLY got to read a book by Victoria Schwab! I admit I couldn't get into the beginning of this book because I was in a weird reading slump from reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir AKA easily one of my favorite reads of 2015, but I eventually got sucked into the Archived world and I don't even know when it happened. While reading, I kept getting a Ghost Whisperer/CSI type of vibe which was the best because I love those shows. I love this book, I love the world, and I love Wesley Ayers. Tall, spiky hair, and guyliner aren't really my type of thing in a guy, but Wesley Ayers is an exception. 

The Unbound 5 starsThis book made me understand why everyone loves Victoria Schwab and her writing style. I didn't quite see it in The Archived, but I definitely saw it in this one. I completely love the interactions between Mac and Wes...they are the best!!! I thought Wes couldn't get any better, but then I read this book...once again, Wes Ayers aka Guyliner is everything. I'm hoping there will be a third book because I need more Mac+Wes in my life along with a setting that reminds me of Ghost Whisper.

Adaline Falling Star 5 stars: It's a long story to explain, but this book holds a special place in my heart and I finally had the chance to reread it after like 5 years. 

A Monster Calls 4 stars: This story was beautiful and the illustrations were the best. I loved the Monster and also Connor, but seeing go through his internal struggles was kind of heartbreaking. I believe this book is being turned into a movie that will come out next year so that's exciting!

The Raven Boys 4 stars & The Dream Thieves 3 stars & Blue Lily, Lily Blue 4 starsfinally read the first three books in The Raven Cycle!! I've been meaning to read these books since like January. These were some good reads, but I wasn't blown away by them. They were the type of books that I liked and enjoyed just not loved. I think the reason for that is because Maggie Stiefvater's writing style isn't really for me and I was constantly getting confused in the first book, but eventually I familiarized myself with it. The story is really unique, but I don't understand the plot too much, it's the characters that make me really enjoy this series. Plus, The Dream Thieves contains one of the most devastating kisses that I have ever read in my life!!!! FYI, I am slightly obsessed with Blue and also Gansey. Those two just give me life right now

The Wrath & the Dawn 5 stars: I never planned to read this book, but then I saw a lot of people really enjoyed this book plus Marie Lu and Marie Rutkoski blurbed it so I gave in. I'm SO glad I read it because it is one of my favorite reads of 2015. It's so beautifully written and the descriptions of the food and clothing are the best because they create such a vivid picture in my mind. and who doesn't like vivid descriptions of food? The culture was also super interesting. The characters were just WOW. THE ENDING and THE SHORT EXCERPT FOR THE 2ND BOOK...I CAN'T EVEN WITH MY EMOTIONS RIGHT NOW. I AM NOT OKAY. I JUST WANT NEED THE NEXT BOOK. I WANT MORE KHALID BECAUSE I LOVE HIM. MAY 2016 SEEMS SO FAR AWAY *sigh*

What books did you read in October? 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Cover reveal: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

The Lady Midnight cover was revealed last week at New York Comic Con so here are my all-over-the-place thoughts!

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

To be honest, I'm not too crazy about the cover because I'm not a big fan of the new designs for the Shadowhunter Chronicles and this cover matches those perfectly, but I wanted it to match the old covers. I think it would have been a more beautiful cover.

Even though I'm not in love with the cover{at least not yet} this was still my reaction:

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and when I saw the cover, I might have teared up a bit. Hashtag, no shame. 

To me, this cover reveal just means that Lady Midnight is almost here!!! There are no words to describe how excited I am to step back into the fantastic Shadowhunter world! There's been so much talk and hate about Cassie writing another Shadowhunter series, but I cannot be more excited. Cassie is one of my all time favorite authors of life and I will always read anything she puts out because she's AMAZEBALLS. NO JOKE.

I fell in love with Emma and Julian in those few scenes we saw them in City of Heavenly Fire and now there's a story just about them...I could die, but that means I wouldn't get to experience all the feels that these characters will give me.

What are your thought on the cover? Do you like it? Do you hate it? Are you excited for more Shadowhunters? 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #1

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I'm EAGERLY ANTICIPATING the final book in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
*If you want to find out more about this wonderful series check out my Cinder book review :D

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Oh, and it's a little over 800 FREAKING PAGES?!?! Seriously guys, there are tears in my eyes. 
The most pages I've ever read is around 700 and something with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! 

I barely started this series like a month ago, but I already miss the characters. I can't wait to see how Marissa Meyer will wrap up this amazing series...hopefully with no crazy deaths. I really want to see what happens to Levana because now that I read Fairest, I kind of feel sorry for her. 
There are many things I'm excited for in Winter, but here are a couple:
  • I'm way excited stoked to see how Cinder and Kai will work together and give me all the feels because they're finally together! 
  • Guys! We're going to Luna!!
  • I really want Scarlet back with Wolf!
  • I'm really looking forward to some Winter and Jacin feels.
  • Winter and Selene were like childhood bff's and I can't wait to see the reunion! 
  • I'm just excited to see the gang all back together
Here's to wishing it was November 10th already!

What book/s are you eagerly anticipating? 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem (Delirium, #3)Requiem {Delirium #3} by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 3.5 stars
Goodreads summary: Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana's points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

My thoughts: I'll start off with the things I did like about this book, which is Lauren Oliver's writing style. She writes in such a beautiful and poetic way that I love. I love how she describes relationships, from Raven and Tack to Lena and Julian and Alex.
And you can’t love, not fully, unless you are loved in return.

We get two points of view in this book: Hana and Lena. The Hana chapters were informative and seeing from her POV after she was cured was interesting, but I enjoyed the Lena chapters more because there was more action and suspense going on. I really like Hana as a character, but I feel like she could have played a more important role in this series.

This is how Tack and Raven work: It’s their private language of push and return, argument and concession. With the cure, relationships must be reinvented every day, languages constantly decoded and deciphered.
I don't know what it is about Raven and Tack, but I love them and their relationship. I read the short novella about Raven beforehand and it made me love her so much more as a character plus I loved seeing how she met Tack. Tack is such a tough character and it seems like he has no feelings, but he does have them and seeing those glimpses where he does show his feelings make my heart happy especially when they're for Raven.
Despite the fact that Raven and Tack are often fighting, it’s impossible to imagine one without the other. They are like two plants that have grown around each other - they strangle and squeeze and support at the same time. 

Now, to the love triangle. Alex or Julian?
After I read Pandemonium, I was 100% Team Julian, but then I read the novella about Alex and then I started liking Alex again. I still don't know who I would prefer Lena to be with. Alex was her first love, but with him "dying" it was more realistic and then with Julian she learned to love again and I feel like I know Julian more. I think I lean more towards sweet, cute, and loving Julian.

I like a final book in a series to have a resolution that doesn't leave so many unanswered questions. Those are the best books in my opinion. Sadly, this was not the case for Requiem.

We, the readers, are left to imagine the ending, but that doesn't satisfy me. I want it written! We could have at least gotten an epilogue! I think epilogues are almost always essential for dystopian novels because we  get to see how the world is put back together. But no, we are left to "imagine" whatever we want which some readers like, but I don't.

My heart will forever be saddened by the ending because there was so much to flesh out from the series. Pandemonium is still my favorite of this trilogy and I will keep on waiting for some type of epilogue in the future by Lauren Oliver.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The 5th Wave trailer

IT'S FINALLY HERE! One of my favorite books is getting turned into a movie!!! When I found about this, I couldn't control my emotions and ever since it was announced, I've been following every step of the way with the movie process. From the casting to the behind the scenes stills, I've seen it all and I have some high hopes for this movie because I think Rick Yancey has been consulted and has had some involvement into the making of this movie.
The trailer is fantastic and it makes me way more excited to see the movie! From the trailer, I can pick out scenes that look like book scenes and it's just so ahhhhh...exciting! I can't wait to see how these actors portray the book characters, especially that Evan Walker actor cause he is pretty gorgeous. Just saying.
Even though the Evan Walker I always pictured in my head was this dude:

the fifth wave .i would love him if we was evan because he was who I pictured as Evan:

I don't think the book is for everyone though. Some people find it too boring and slow, but if you want to find out more about The 5th Wave then click here for the goodreads summary.

Without further ado, here is the trailer:

What are your thoughts on the trailer? 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Review+Discussion: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)Queen of Shadows {Throne of Glass #4} by Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads summary: The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena's epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

You might not want to read this review if you haven't read the Throne of Glass series, but here's my review for the Throne of Glass review.

I just have a few things to mention before I get into the spoilery discussion of the book.
I started the Throne of Glass series earlier this year and I quickly became sucked into this thrilling, action packed, full of awesomeness series. After reading Heir of Fire, it's safe to say that EVERYBODY so badly needed Queen of Shadows in their hands! Lets take a moment to appreciate that beautiful cover. Ok, I'm done...not really, but we need to move on.

I really enjoyed the pacing in this book. You start reading it and bam, Aelin's doing her thing! There was never a moment where I felt bored or like nothing was not happening because something was always happening.

The characters in this book, though. They were awesome and gave me all the feels, even the dead ones! I wanted to talk about most of the characters, but that won't be possible in this non-spoilery part, so I'll just mention a couple.
Aelin as usual was just super kick-butt and slaying from left to right! I have mixed feelings about her because I did get a bit frustrated with her character and the things she did. I know a lot of people love her, but right now I'm like ehh about her. And I'm having a hard time calling her Aelin. I got into the habit of calling her Celaena for 4 books that it was hard for me to get used to the new change.
Manon. She is probably the reason I enjoyed this book so much! I love her and it's safe to say that the Manon chapters were definitely my fav because we get to find out some pretty crazy stuff that the king is planning, we get to learn more about the witches, and we get to see Manon's feelings slowly changing. I just can't even.
I think that's it for the non-spoilery discussion part of the review. In my opinion, the book wasn't perfect, but I still think it's worth the read.


GUYS!!! All the Sam feels were definitely real in this book! I love Sam and I wish he were still alive. The scene where she went to his grave...I died.

Okay. I'll admit it: my ship has officially sunk. Believe me, I'm still not over it. I'm very slowly starting to accept the whole Nesyrn+Chaol thing.
Now that Chaol sadly wasn't endgame {heart...breaking}, I am not a fan of Aelin+Rowan. I loved Rowan in Heir of Fire, but my feelings for him have changed. I guess it was a good thing that he's slowly changing into a different person than the hardcore Fae warrior, but man those two just gave me major eye rolls throughout this book.

I don't want Rowan to be endgame with Aelin. There's 2 books left in this series and it's safe to say that anything can happen in those 2 books even Aelin finding some other love interest.

The Chaol+Dorian relationship was the best!! I love how Dorian snapped out of the Valg Prince inside of him when he learned that Chaol had died. I just really love those two!! #BROMANCE

Having Lysandra become a part of the gang was something totally unexpected and I was iffy about her being trustworthy, but then we realized her intentions were true. I'm glad she was the one to kill Arobynn, but I wanted him to find out how they played him and how Lysandra knew what he'd done. Her being a shapeshifter was the coolest thing and when she went to help Aedion and Rowan...that was such an awesome scene! Does anyone else think her and Aedion are going to be a thing? I already ship those two!

The Manon and Elide chapters were my absolute fav!! Manon is my favorite character in this series so far. Discovering things about the witches, about the Matron, and hearing Asterin's heartfelt story are the things that really made me love this book. Like I said before, Manon is my favorite character at the moment and I can't wait to see what role she'll play in the next couple of books. I think her and Dorian might have some little fling, which I am surprisingly okay with. But still, RIP Sorscha.
side note: why did no one like Sorscha? 

I think one of my main problems with this book is that it felt like the other books weren't that important {if that makes sense}. I feel like Aelin is who she is because she was Celaena first, but in this book Aelin's like "I am no longer Celaena Sardothien" and it felt like there was no point to the "I am Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid" saying. I just don't get it and it made me frustrated with her.
Also, why did they leave Dorian alone?! He's kind of still unstable and stuff and he shouldn't be alone. Maybe Manon will come and keep him company or something.

I don't know where this series is going because Sarah J. Maas just keeps surprising me from left to right. Either way, here are a couple of predictions/things I want to happen in the next book:
-Aelin and the gang are going to have to face the Valg Perrington and/or Maeve
-I really want the Elide-Aelin encounterance to happen
-I want Manon and her Thirteen to ally with Dorian or Aelin
-I want Chaol to get healed
-I think Aedion is going to encounter his father and some crazy stuff is going to happen

I'm sure I'm forgetting something in this review, and I'll remember right after I hit publish, but for now this is it.

Happy Readings!!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder {The Lunar Chronicles #1} by Marissa Meyer
My Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads Summary: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future

My thoughts: GUYS! I know I kinda recommend a lot of books and sometimes it can get a little overwhelming, but here me out on this one. If you have not started The Lunar Chronicles then you need to start!! Please! Do you really want me to beg because if that's what it takes then I'll do it. JUST READ IT...PLEASE...you can thank me later.

By the cover you can guess that Cinder is a fairytale retelling. I know what you're thinking...not interested. Don't worry, I thought the same thing, but this is such an original retelling with such a different, unique world and fantastic plot line.

The setting for this world is 100-something years after the Fourth World War so pretty futuristic. There are hovers instead of cars and all this cool new advanced technology. The population consists of Earthens{humans}, androids, and cyborgs. Cyborgs are kinda looked down upon and many earthens don't like them. Our main character, Cinder, is a cyborg due to an accident that happened to her at a young age. Cinder is also a mechanic and then one day Prince Kai needs his android fixed so he goes to the best mechanic around in New Beijing and their paths cross.
There's this deadly disease going around called letumosis. Cinder's stepsister suddenly gets the disease and Cinder gets blamed for it and she is then caught in a situation where she discovers things about her past.

I heard a lot of good things from this series, but I was shocked at how much I ended up liking it. I started reading it and thought it was kinda weird {in my notes i even wrote "weird book"},but as I kept reading I just couldn't stop reading!
Like I said before, the world is so unique and I love it, but I'm still working on picturing it in my head with all the cyborgs, androids, and stuff.

Cinder is such an awesome character and before I knew it, I was cheering and rooting for her. I love how determined she is! She's also HILARIOUS and makes me LOL with things she says because even in the most stressful situations, you can always count on her to make a sarcastic comment. She has now been added to my imaginary "all time favorite female characters" list.
I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.
Cinder has an android friend, named Iko, and she has easily become my second favorite character!

The book parallels the fairy tale of  Cinderella, but it's still its own story with its own twists and turns here and there. Kind of like all those pop culture remakes of Cinderella...at least that's how I saw it, haha!

I don't think I did a good job at convincing you to read it. Just trust me on this one and read it! I wish I could mentally teleport this book into your hands, but I don't think we're that near in the future ;)

Happy Readings!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Ship it Sunday #1

Ship it Sunday was created by the wonderful Steph over at I Am Simply A Book Drunkard in order to talk about our ships. She goes on to give an amazing description on ships so you should definitely go check her blog out! 
I will say that there will be spoilers ahead so if you have not read the book I am talking about in these posts, then please don't continue reading

For this Ship it Sunday I chose: Aelin and ? {I'm not sure}from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

Guys! Queen of Shadows was released this past week and it's been all over my Instagram feed for the past week! It seems like everyone and their mom has this book because it was like everyone's most anticipated release of 2015! I'm still in the process of reading it, but I just wanted to explain who I maybe ship Aelin with.
There's so many teams for this series: Team Dorian, Team Chaol, Team Rowan, and there's even Team Sam. Since the beginning I have always shipped Aelin with Chaol, but now I'm not so sure...

I don't hate Dorian and Rowan. I actually love them...like a lot.
There's been a lot of talk with Rowan and Aelin, but I just see them as like best friends because they're basically like "parabatai". Like I mentioned before, I'm not done reading Queen of Shadows, but so far it looks like their relationship might lead to a more than best friends things which is slowly, painfully killing me. Then there's Dorian. Oh man, I really wanted and thought he was going to end with Sorscha, but we all know how that ended :'(
I was Team Chaol from the very beginning of the series and I was SO happy when they became a thing, but then it kinda fell apart. I'm still clinging to a small thread of hope that they would somehow be together again.
It kills me to choose, but if I have to, then I choose Sam ;)

Hope you enjoyed my indecisive and incoherent thoughts!

What are your thoughts and who do you ship? 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver {Delirium #2}

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads summary: I’m pushing aside 
the memory of my nightmare, 
pushing aside thoughts of Alex, 
pushing aside thoughts of Hana 
and my old school, 
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite


My thoughts: WHY DID I WAIT A YEAR TO READ THIS!?!?!?!?
Lets all take a trip down memory lane, shall we. We are in August 2014. I had just finished reading Delirium and had checked out Pandemonium from the library. It's in my hands, but I never wanted to read it. Fast-forward to August 2015. I'm taking a stroll through the library and I see it just staring at me. I say "Ehhhh, I should probably read Pandemonium" and because I had nothing better to read, I checked it out. It was kind of a foolish mistake for me not to read it back then, but then again it wasn't because I think if I read it last year I'm not sure I would've fully appreciated it as I do now.

First, Lauren Oliver's writing is beautiful! For me it's the type of writing that I don't notice is beautiful because I'm too caught up in the story, but then all of a sudden something just clicks in my head and I realize what I just read.

You know, it feels like forever ago that I read Delirium and I honestly can't remember hardly anything about it. I do remember liking Alex, but right now I'm drawing a blank as to why I liked him. I'm kinda mad at myself for not remembering why I liked Alex. Thinking about it right now, I feel like he was just kinda there and that Lena just liked him because he was basically the first boy she's ever had a real encounterance with. I also don't remember Lena as a character that much. I know she wasn't as cool as she is in Pandemonium, though! She's different and she's changed into some strong, kick-butt teenage girl on a mission. I loved it!

There's something special about the way this story is written. I'll try to explain it to the best of my ability in hopes that you'll understand. There are alternating "Then" and "Now" chapters. Basically every chapter ended in a cliffhanger! One moment were in the "then" world and things are going crazy, but then the next chapter we would be a "now" chapter so your sucked into a different time. I loved it! I made me want to keep reading more and more! In the "then" chapters we get to see Lena right after the tragic events from Delirium. We see her start to change, grow, and have to get accustomed into a new life. In the "now" chapters we see her on a mission and she has to work with an enemy in order to survive.

We get to see more of the world in the Wilds and how big it actually is. We also learn some new things about this deliria free world and it made me think of a few ways on how this series will end.
I know dystopian novels are kinda weird and scary because of the world, but this one is probably takes the prize for scariest. A world free of love sounds pretty crazy to me. Parents don't even love their children?! I would be scared to live in a world like that!
I guess there are some things you never get used to. 

There's a few new characters and they made this book much more meaningful and interesting for me. One of the reasons I loved this book so much was because of Julian whatever-his-last-name-is. I just loved reading the chapters with him in them and how he and Lena talked and formed a relationship. I do admit, Julian was low key creeper status in some scenes.

Then there's the ending. Oh man, I still can't even with my feelings. There's some cliffhangers that will forever stay with me and this is one of them.
I'm anxious to read the final book in this trilogy, Requiem.

I hope you enjoyed my weird, incoherent ramblings and Happy Readings! I'm off to read Requiem!! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Spoiler Free Review: Hollow City {Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children #2}

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads summary:September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them—but she’s trapped in the body of a bird. 

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience

If you wanna check out my thought on the first book, click the link below:
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

My thoughts: Woah. Woah. Woah. I was not expecting to love this book! If you read my thoughts on Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, you'll know I kinda didn't like it. I'm not sure if it was the book or if it was because I read it during finals week...let's go with finals week because it's a pretty interesting series.

Hollow City, starts right off where the last book ended. Jacob and the peculiar gang leave their loop to travel to London in order to find help for their headmistress, Miss Peregrine. Throughout this book, Jacob and the gang argue, go through many trials, nearly die, find new friends, and even have to leave some of their own behind. It's a slow paced read, but one that I hardly noticed or minded because so much interesting stuff was happening. I did not want to put this book down!

I can't get over how amazing and cool the photographs are embedded to create such a wonderful story!! We also get to know way more about the peculiar world and how big it actually is. It's just fantastic!

One of the things I didn't like in the first book is a bunch of new characters were thrown at us. I had a hard time remembering who was who and what was each person's peculiar ability. It frustrated me quite a bit. I liked how the beginning of the book had a "Peculiar Personae" that had all the character's from the first book. I really appreciated that because I referred to it a couple of times throughout the beginning of Hollow City and it helped me memorize who was who.
There's quite a few new character's introduced into this book, but it wasn't frustrating. Instead, it felt more relaxed. Some of the few characters that we were introduced to are Joel-and-Peter. They are my favorite and I love when they talk {you'll see}!

I don't know when it happened, but my love for these characters slowly crept upon me. I was shocked at how much I cared for them. There's something I like about each character, even Enoch. But, I really like Milliard and Hugh. And can I just say Hugh and Fiona's love story...died.

Some of these characters just make me laugh. I don't even know if it's funny, but sometimes I just kinda laugh at things they say.
The medic fainted.
“Hm,” said Hugh, nudging the fallen man with his foot. “You’d think these chaps would be made of tougher stuff.”
“That could not have been less helpful to our present situation were it a story about cats on the moon.”
Now, Jacob and Emma. I know I said that their relationship was really weird and I didn't care for it, but I was wrong. I don't know when it happened, but before I knew it I just shipped them together and I didn't want them to be apart. I think Emma is such a strong character. She really took the role of leading and I really like her. Jacob's pretty cool too even though he got on my nerves sometimes. You can see how far he's gotten with accepting his peculiar abilities.

The ending was a complete shocker and it makes me more excited to read Library of Souls which is coming out super soon!!! I can't wait to see how the fate of these cool peculiar peeps turn out. Fingers crossed for none of them dying.

Ransom Riggs deserves all the applause for this sequel. And for dedicating this book to his wife Tahereh. I don't know how they can get any cuter...until it happens!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Mean Girls Book Tag

Hey everyone! This tag was created by Sarah-Jane over at The Book Life. I enjoyed doing this tag and I hope you enjoy this post :)

P.S. Coincidentally, Mean Girls was on TV while I was typing this post up haha. 

1. "It's pronounced like Cady"- Which fictional character's names did you get completely wrong?

Tobias from the Divergent trilogy. I thought it was pronounced Tobee-is, then one day my sister told me it was Toe-bye-is, but I neglected to believe her...until the movie came out.


2. "She doesn't even go here!"- Which character would you like to place in a fictional world from another book or series?

I kinda want to see Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy in the world from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. She could totally help the peeps with killing wights and possibly hollows! Am I right or am I right?

                                 She doesn't even go here gif

3. "On Wednesday's we wear pink!"- Repetition. Repetition. Which book gave you dejavu of another book whilst reading it?

For some reason The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski kinda reminded me of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. It was a good dejavu though :)


4. "You all have to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores."- Which book gave you the opposite of girl power feels?

5. "You go Glen Coco!"- Name a character you wanted to cheer on whilst reading?

Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices trilogy.


6. "Get in loser, were going shopping!"- How long do you typically spend at a book shop?

You ready for the truth? I've only ever been to a bookstore once, and I spent about an hour there {I know, not long enough!}. I buy most of my books on Amazon or Book Depository. Since I am now living the life of a poor college student, I don't buy books anymore. Instead, I check them out at my library.

7. "It's not my fault you're like in love with me or something!"- Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?

If Etienne St. Clair was real, then I don't think I could keep my distance from him ;)

it's not my fault you're like in love with me or something gif

8. "I can't help it that I'm popular."- Which overhyped book were you cautious about reading?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, but let me just say the hype was real because this series is amazing!

i can't help it that I'm popular gif

9. "She's a life ruiner. She ruins peoples lives."- We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.

Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy. Oh, Warner. I hate you, but I love you too.

10. "I'm not a regular Mom. I'm a cool Mom." - Your favorite fictional parents.

Hmmm hard one because parents are usually absent, but I choose America Singer's dad from The Selection series. I can't remember his name, but I loved him because I could tell how much he loved America and how proud he was of her. Also, Jocelyn Fray and Luke Garroway from The Mortal Instruments series.

11. "That is so Fetch!"- Which book or series would you love to catch on?

I don't think the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu has caught on. I know it's popular in the book community, but I don't think it's popular outside of that. So read it! Also, I think Morgan Matson's books are so fetch so you should read those too!

12. "How do I even begin to explain Regina George?"- Describe your ideal character to read about.

Hmmm, I don't know how to describe my ideal character so I'll just say they have to be realistic, relatable, funny, and witty.

13. "I just have a lot of feelings."- What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of 'the feels'?

I wish I could talk about all my feels with someone, but I can't because no one around me has read the book so they wouldn't understand. I usually just mope around, fake cry, or just keep the feels inside. I also have a tendency to search the hashtag of whatever book I am reading, but that's kinda dangerous because it leads to spoilers.

14. "Nice wig Janice, what's is made of?" "Your Mom's chest hair!"- Which characters one liners would you love to claim your own?

Let's be honest, I think Harry Potter characters have the best one liners and I always find myself quoting from that series.
your mum's chest hair gif

15. "Boo, you whore."- Name a time a characters decision has made you roll your eyes.

So many eye rolls for America Singer {The Selection series} AKA the most frustrating character of life AKA the girl who can't make rational decisions AKA the girl who keeps a lie to herself for the longest time. {Still love the series though}

Congrats for making it this far! You guys are awesome!