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 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 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 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?