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JUNE TBR/WRAP-UP

This post is going to be a TBR/Wrap up because I’ve actually already read and even reviewed some of the books on here! I didn’t know if I wanted to do a full TBR for this month because I honestly wasn’t sure how many books I’d read, (if any…))

BUT seen as I seem to be on some kind of roll here we go!

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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Replica by Lauren Oliver

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Hamlet (manga adaptation) by Richard Appignanesi (Adapter)Emma Vieceli (Goodreads Author) (Illustrator), William Shakespeare238003

(Also side note (these have become a bit of a habit in my posts now and I don’t really know how to feel about them??) As some of you may know from my previous posts I have been studying Korean (VERY inconsistently) for the past 3/4 years and sometimes want to make blog posts about my progress! I’ve also (very) recently started learning Spanish, so I was debating on whether I should make a new blog just for language learning. Orrrr if people are actually interested in seeing those kind of posts here?? Please let me know in the comments!)

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The Cabin in the Woods: Review

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Title: The Cabin in the Woods

Author: Tim Lebbon

Length: 297

Source: Purchased

First of all I really didn’t know that this was a movie novelisation?!?!? I really thought the movie was based on this book. I usually steer FARRRR away from horror, whether it’s films/TV shows/books it’s just not my genre. A few weeks ago I went to Orbital Comics and found that they had a old/discounted books section so, me looking at any way to spend my money, ran to this corner. I picked it up knowing I wasn’t going to take this home but the synopsis was so short that I really wanted to give it a go. Plus I thought if there was a time I would ever read Horror it would be now! (But I really can’t handle paranomal stuff so please, it just creeps me the hellll out). ANYWAY here’s the synopsis:

Five friends go to a remote

cabin in the woods.

Bad things happen.

If you think you know the story,

think again.

I remember remotely hearing about the film but I actually had no idea at all about the story, but I must say I really really really enjoyed reading this. Books that start off with a lot of world building are good and all, but I’ve always been someone who enjoys stories that develop a little quicker. I just read through the book much quicker. Of course this doesn’t apply to all books I’ve if it’s a genre like fantasy, if the world building goes to shite so does the whole story.

Wow I really went off on a whole tangent there, but this story really picks up from the first page. It’s under horror but there were Sci-Fi elements that for me made this story much more enjoyable. Another reason I don’t really read horror is I feel like there really is no story line, this is me generalising but I really feel like they’re just there to scare the living daylights out of you. With Cabin in the Woods it included your standard zombies and terrifying creatures but at the same time it was all part of a bigger plan. I really don’t know how to review this book without spoiling it, but IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT YET I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU PICK IT UP! Especially if you’re someone like me who steers veryyyy clear of horror, if you enjoy Sci-Fi I think you would enjoy this read. AND it’s just under 300 pages.

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Currently Reading Tag!

Every time I get back into blogging I really struggle, because I’ve been out of the loop for os long I don’t even know what posts to make. Especially now, since I read but not at the same pace  I used to if I were to write only reviews I would be posting on here once a month ://////////////

SOO to combat this I decided to take part in some tags, I feel like they make a more structured post, otherwise it would just be me here rambling forever about nonnnnsensee.

(Wow if you could see my first drafts of my posts, they’re literally pages long… then I realise I would never sit there and read this so how can I expect other people tooo…(yupp the final posts are after I’ve cut out so many things :)) and there we go again with the rambling. On with the actual book tag!

1 – How many books do you usually read at once?

I’ve always preferred reading one book at a time, I feel like if I read more than one I lose my focus. Also if I’m reading a book and I’m at a point where I want to read something else, I’m probably don’t want to carry on reading the current one….

I used to be always finish a book even if I’m not enjoying its, but I’ve realised that’s what contributes to my reading slumps!

2 – How do you decide when to switch between multiple reads?

NEVER, I just give up on the one I’m reading now :’)

3 – Do you ever switch bookmarks partially through a book?

WOWW I always lose bookmarks, you know the way most people can’t finish a lip balm pot, I always lose my bookmark half way through and end up using a random piece of paper…

4 – Where do you keep the books you are currently reading?

They’re usually always around me, which is why sometimes reading thick books is SUCH A NUISANCE. If I’m going out anywhereee I always have to carry the book, EVEN IF THERE’S A 99% CHANCE I WON’T READ IT/

5 – What time of day do you read the most?

I actually don’t have a timee, I just read when I feel like it?? Sometimes if I’m in the reading mood I will sit there fore 4 hours reading, but the next day I might not even touch the book.

6 – How long do you typically read in one session?

Again this usually depends on where I am in the book, usually with slow starting books I read for maybe 15/20mins towards the beginnging. When the pace picks upp is when I can sit for a few hours.

7 – Do you read hardbacks with the dust jackets off?

NO BECAUSE I ALWAYS END UP LOSING THE DUST JACKET!! I saw that a few booktubers were doing this so I was like why nottttt, if it’ll help preserve the book. But I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d rather have a damaged dust jacket, than nothing at all :/

8 – What position do you mainly use to read?

As someone in their early 20’s I really have the back problems of grandad because wowwww, reading or not I find it difficult to stay in one position for a long time. When reading I really do the mosttt, I move sooo much. (My backs aching even as a write this posttt, I really don’t know if this is a medical problem or if I just have shite posture…)

9 – Do you take your current read with you everywhere you go?

YES. (Again this is why I have a love-hate relationship with hardback books.

10 – How often do you update your Goodreads reading progress?

I always make this a goal of mine, to constantly update my Goodreads account. But tbh I think I’ve written 5 reviews?? On there EVER. I don’t know I’d kinda rather just post here, but sometimes if I get a book review request then I also post a link to my review on there.

I tag anyone who wants to participate!

(Also side note: I’ve tried to read Illuminae, but I really REALLY couldn’t get through the first chapter… I have actually tried picking it up on two separate occasions but I always end up putting it back down. I don’t know if it’s the format that’s too confusing?? Anyone else experienced this please let me know in the comments!)

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Length: 416

Source: Purchased.

I like that this book had a captivating beginning, there was something happening straight from page 1, and for me that’s what compels me to read the rest of the book! However I found that this book focused too much on romance, AGAIN. That was my main issue with Throne of Glass . I prefer to have some romance on the SIDE, but when it becomes the main focus of the book often times the story becomes predictable and a little unrealistic just so that the main character and their love interest end up together.

Enjoyed the world building, and some of the characters, however for the first half everything worked out too conveniently. Even towards the end there were many events the author could’ve made a lot more interesting by taking a different route. But SPOILER ALERT by the end of the book everything works out perfectly fine?? Which left me a little unsatisfied, especially because I know this is a series but I still can’t see where the story will go on from here.

My favourite part of the book were the trials, they were written soooo well! I literally couldn’t put the book down until all the trials were completed (basically I finished the book). So I was a little disappointed to find that actually the trials were where most of the action happens, otherwise this book is uneventful. There is some character development and world-building, but I just wish there were more action scenes weaved into the story.

I will say I did enjoy this wayyy more than Throne of Glass, there was some decent character development with Feyre and I could connect with her a LOT more. I don’t think this is a particularly bad book, it does stay SOMEWHAT true to a Beauty and the Beast retelling. However I wanted more fantasy, more action, and to be honest more of anything other than romance…

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Length: 352

Source: Purchased.

Anyone who remotely follows book releases, will have heard about the buzz this book caused during it’s release. It took me years to get there but I read it! Andddd I’m not sure how I agree with the hype:

This book gave off this creepy/horror vibe, but it left me feeling (REALLY) overwhelmed. This story was more focused on world-building which is perfectly fine… Except I didn’t find the world building compelling enough to keep me interested. The characters had nothing special or personable about them and they were a little two dimensional, and quite frankly boring.

Another reason why I wasn’t really into this book was because I couldn’t relate AT ALL to the main character. This might have been because Jacob  WAS SO DAMN FRUSTRATING. I couldn’t understand him and his the way he thought and to be honest  sometimes he sounded like an ungrateful little prick.

I don’t think any of the elements were developed enough, and so it left the reader feeling like something was missing while reading the entire book. It just felt more like a first draft than an actual published book. I think there was too much emphasis placed on the creepy factor, and the images included rather than the actual content, the plot, the story line etc.

Whilst writing this review I really tried to find something positive to say about this book, but I only carried on reading it because I wanted to see what all the hype was about.  But to be completely honest this was a story I didn’t really feel invested in, barely managed to finish, and once I did I didn’t feel anything at all.

In summary, the world building wasn’t that great and nothing of relevance or significance rarely happened, but because of the characters and their lack of development when it did I really couldn’t care less.

Also side note: If you still haven’t read the book SPOILER ALERT

Another thing I wasn’t exactly on board with was the fact that Emma, who was Jacob’s grandfather’s LOVER has now fallen in love with Jacob and is considered his love interest in this book?? I can’t be the only one that finds that hella weird??

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REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands

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Title: Rebel of the Sands

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Length: 314

Source: Received a review copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Everyone who follows book releases or is even remotely in touch with the online book community will have heard of Rebel of the Sands. I mean this was released the beginning of last year and there’s STILL talk about it. With the sequel just recently released (okay maybe not recently, but March is recent enough for me!) Rebel of the Sands was available to request on Netgalley and I just couldn’t help it!

I’ll just start by saying it’s probably not my favourite YA release and I’m deffo not reading the sequel. To keep my frustrated thoughts as coherent as possible I’ll just bullet point why:

  • I tried to go into this story knowing as least as possible, all I knew was that it had a middle-eastern setting (the cover kind of hints at that!) and there was magic involved. SO I wasn’t really prepared for the western concept, and I don’t think I could’ve. I don’t personally think the Western thing worked, being Moroccan means I am VERY familiar with middle-eastern culture and a lot of the aspects for me, just clashed. I tried to read it objectively, but the saloon style setting and the first scene including a shoot out , it just didn’t feel right to me.

Actually, now thinking about it, that was my main problem with this book. Everything else was just a vague blur, the main character didn’t really stand out to me, neither did the world building. It was all just a bit bland.

This is exactly why I steer away from hyped YA books. Obviously not all of them disappoint but it’s becoming hard to manage expectations when reading them. I just didn’t think that this book stood out, it went for typical YA tropes and just didn’t give me enough to have me interested in the sequel.

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REVIEW: The Crown’s Game

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Title: The Crown’s Game

Author: Evelyn Skye

Length: 399

Source: Received a review copy from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

 

This book was probably the first hyped YA fantasy book I had read in a WHILE, it was published I around May last year and I avoided it for the longest time. I’ve had some experience being disappointed with over-hyped YA fantasy books, so I tend to come back to them when they’re almost forgotten about.

The synopsis included magic, historical fiction set in Russia and a duel to find the Russia’s next Imperial Enchanter so… I’m in!  So basically there are two competitors Vika and Nikolai (hint: some obvious YA romance transpires between these two) who have been training their whole lives to become the Imperial Enchanter and work alongside the Tsar. They each get a turn to pretty much woo the Tsar with their magic, the winner becomes a valued adviser to him, the loser is sentenced to death.

Being completely honest I wish there was a little more focus on the magical aspect of this story. As mentioned before there’s romance involved between the two competitors, and for the most part that’s what I felt like the focus was on. It was also another case of instalove, and the relationship development between these two characters was not the best, so I couldn’t even follow that aspect. BUT the writing style is something that stood out to me, the writer set a tone from the beginning that was consistent throughout. The story is set in Russia and to celebrate the Prince’s birthday  the two enchanters perform tricks that transform the city, and the imagery really helped to make all the scenes so clear and vivid. And I don’t have the most creative imagination so she’s THAT good.

I was a little disappointed with this book, especially because I didn’t see how the magic performed by the two enchanters would be useful to the Tsar in the future. So I didn’t really see the practical side of this whole competition. At the same time, I’m invested enough to read the sequel and I want to see where the story goes from here, because the ending was a little… interesting.

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REVIEW: Glitter

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Title: Glitter

Author: Aprilynne Pike

Length: 384

Source: Received a review copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

In all honesty this was a book that I requested 90% because of the cover… but the synopsis was not bad either. Basically this was set in France, where Versailles still lived in the 18th century whereas everywhere else was modern day. The problem with this society was that once you were a part of it, it became very difficult to escape. ESPECIALLY if you were to wed the king of this castle. So our main protagonist comes up with this ingenious plan to sell cosmetics, that had drugs incorporated in them, in the castle, to raise enough funds to aid her escape.

At this point in time I was really looking for a book that wasn’t too dense but also was interesting enough for me to immerse myself. This was a perfect LIGHT read, I read it in about a day or two (which is fast for me!) aspects like the world building were actually really good, considering the setting I didn’t really have high expectations! The characters were well developed, the main character wasn’t the most complex, but also wasn’t the most typical YA female protagonist.

Just reading the synopsis you could tell this wasn’t going to be the most complex story you’ll read but I also found that it tried to do too many genres and so couldn’t actually fulfill even one of them . Although it had aspects that could’ve been developed into much more it limited itself to being a simple story. That’s why I would recommend this as a light read, something to read if you’re probably in a reading slump and looking for a way out!

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Review: Stealing Snow

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Title: Stealing Snow

Author: Danielle Paige

Length: 375

Source: Received a review copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

This was a book that I couldn’t miss during it’s release, there was soooo much hype built around it. I haven’t read the Dorothy Must Die series, but I heard amazing things about that series so when I found this on Netgalley I couldn’t help but request it. I think this is a retelling but honestly I’m not sure whether this really was supposed to be a retelling of Snow White or The Snow Queen. The only Snow White element it had was that whilst Snow was in the mental facility she called the seven pills she had to take dwarves, other than that it leaned MUCH more towards TSQ.

I had two issues with this, the abundance of YA tropes and how distant the world and characters felt. It followed the story of a girl who everyone thinks is crazy, but is just misunderstood and actually destined to rule a kingdom. WHICH I guess would’ve been FINE, if the characters and the world were complex and developed. But this story lacked both of these things. For the most part I felt like even the main character couldn’t care less about what happened to her in this story. Even the ending, had I been more invested I MIGHT’VE felt something for Snow, but even she felt like an outsider in her own story so it left me feeling a bit…meh. The aspect that got me through this book was the writing style, it made going through this book a little easier (it took me around a month to finish this book :/)

I feel like this was a book I could’ve done without, it didn’t really leave me feeling any type of way at all. I just felt so indifferent the entire time I was reading, which is probably why it took me so long to get through it!

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Heartborn by Terry Maggert: Review

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Title: Heartborn

Author: Terry Maggert

Published: September 1st 2016

Length: 238

Source: I got this copy from The Audiobookworm in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

This was an audiobook, which made getting through it a hell of a lot easier! It’s been a WHILE since I’ve listened to an audiobook and I really don’t know why!

Let me start by saying that I LOVED the narrator for this! It really helped me concentrate on the story instead of getting distracted by my surroundings. Here’s the synopsis: (taken from Goodreads)

‘Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.

His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.

Until Keiron arrives.

In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.

Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.’

For me the most interesting thing is that the author decided to spin something that would be seen as a disability into a powerful quality! Although it is a YA fantasy I found that it wasn’t jam packed with cliches and tropes. It was a unique concept and the book was filled with witty characters and I LOVE that! There was no love triangle business that seems to crop up quite a lot in YA, it felt like genuine story told from the heart as cheesy as that sounds…

There were two storylines involved, the story of Kieron and Livvy meeting and how they impacted each others’ lives. But also the tensions building among the angels in another dimension! That aspect kept the story interesting, as one story had a slow pace we would change chapters and something major would be happening in the other world! The one thing I would say is that it had a bit of a slow start, as the world building was taking place it got a little confusing to keep up with all these new characters.

I would highly recommend this if you enjoy YA fantasy! It was such an enjoyable read (listen :’D) and I’m already looking into other books by Terry Maggert!