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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh -- A Spoiler Free Review



(again....sorry for the shitty picture....the lazy is strong with me)


Summary: A girl volunteers as tribute to a Caliph who keeps murdering his wives every morning, one of whom was her best friend. Naturally they fall in love. Has some Arabian Nights story telling in it. Some shit happens. Eh?


3.5 stars (dropped from 5 stars)



3.5 stars is not a bad rating. It just hit me after a few weeks that I didn't love this book as much as I did whilst I was reading it. Haha

I'm not really sure how I want to organize this review, so I'm just going to talk about my feelings and we'll see where this goes from there. Hopefully there will be some organization involved...Hahahaha 😅 

For starters, I really wasn't too into the characters. I can't really think of one character that I was really excited for. Shahrzad was annoying for most of the book and I REALLY hated when it was in Tariq's perspective. He did NOTHING for me and I kind of wish he wasn't needed in the story. Shazi (Shahrzad) was just annoying and, to me, a typical YA female protagonist. Trust issues and a mission to complete but then forgets all about it when she falls in love. Instantly.

Yes, this has some insta-love in it. Barf. I mean it wasn't INSTANT..but it was too soon for my liking. I would have been perfectly ok if nothing happened until the end...or there was no romance in it at all. Why couldn't this have just been a fantasy/revenge story with some mystery? Why does everything have to have a romance in it?! SCHTAP IT YA AUTHORS!!!! NOT EVERY GIRL NEEDS A MAN!!! I liked that Shazi tried to uncover why Khalid (the Caliph) was killing all those girls and even though she did fall in love with Khalid, she never lost sight of the reason she was there. She would mention that she was upset that she liked him but how he had killed her best friend and many other innocent girls. That redeemed the book a bit....but not really by much.

I really liked the story telling element that Renee Ahdieh had in the beginning. Shazi would tell Khalid a story every night to keep her alive until the next day and it was really nice to hear the stories from Arabian Nights, a book I had a really hard time reading because of all the names. I wish that had carried through the book more. The author, at one point, decides that it's not necessary anymore and we stop getting stories. If I remember right...this is the premise of Arabian Nights? They are a bunch of short stories told to a Sultan who is murdery? Or was that just a Looney Toons short? Someone will correct me. Haha! I feel like that was lost and I wanted more! I don't think we'll be getting anymore of it in the second book...bummer.

I did really like the idea of the world. There was some interesting magic happening that I want to learn more about. And we got a VERY small taste of what the world outside the caliphate was like and I want to know more. Hopefully we will...because after the events of the first book...we kind of need to know more.

As much as I think I bitched during this review, I don't think this is a bad book at all. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who asked me. The atmosphere was great and the magic and world look really interesting. This is a good introduction to Middle Eastern story telling without all of the complicated names that can sometimes come along with it....and the family histories...Which are very important to Middle Eastern story telling but can be daunting to someone with isn't familiar with that part of the world. I'm really hoping the second book (this is a duology by the way) expands on the things that were really good about this book and that some of the things I didn't like get fixed. 

I think that's all I have to say? I have no idea if this is coherent or just a cluster fumble of nonesense...but I suppose someone will tell me if this is shit. Hahahaha!

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi -- A Review -- Unpopular Opinion Time


(Oooooo....Sorry for my crappy photo...too lazy to upload a good one....XP)

Oh boy...I don't want to review this...but I'm going to...I HAVE to...It needs to be done.

Summary: A girl who can't touch people without killing them. Crazy person wants to use her as a weapon. Hot guy saves her and they decide to fight back against the establishment...or the Reestablishment...ugh.

3.5 Stars

This book started off sooooooooooooooooooo well!!! So well! I am so disappointed. I literally cannot even believe it. I had heard nothing but AMAZING things about this book and this series. Whitney from WhittyNovels on Youtube absolutely loves this series. She had me so curious about these books. I couldn't fathom why someone would be so obsessed over it.  After all the hunting for this book and the LONG wait to get it started, I finally read it this past July...And BOY did I have some problems with it.  I'm going to break it down as to why I liked it and why I won't be continuing on with the series.

Why This Worked for Me:

I loved the writing style. Tahereh Mafi has amazing writing. It's so poetic and it makes you want to keep reading. Even if you aren't really enjoying the story. For me, it helped me keep turning the page and made me want to read more and more. The chapters were also really short, so I felt like I was reading faster and it made the book go by very quickly.

The world was interesting. I didn't expect this to be a dystopian...I don't know why...but it was actually ok! The ozone layer is gone and everything is dying. People are starving, animals are poison because the only plants they can get are deadly. The government has gone to shit and is being run by a group called the Reestablishment. I loved the descriptions of the outside world and the fringe communities.I felt that the world described was something that could actually exist and was something that could happen in our future. It was kind of scary.

But this was the extent of the things I enjoyed about this book...Now to the hard part...

Why it Didn't:

The characters all sucked. Hard. I hated every one of them. Juliette, for starters, was a drip. I liked her at first. Quiet yet observant. She had trust issues, which made sense for someone who was bullied and thrown away by people who were supposed to care for her. Then she was suddenly really trusting of people. Now, I haven't been though the things Juliette had been through, but I do have trust issues. I would NEVER have made any of the decisions that she made. No matter how deep the crush for Adam was, I never would have trusted him after he "randomly" reappears into my life. I also didn't like how her only assets were the fact that she had a deadly touch and that she was pretty. EVERY character that ran into her, whether it was a main character or a character that made a very small cameo, had to mention how gorgeous Juliette was. "Wow she's deadly...but DAYUM she is hot!" I was so sick of it....Like...is that it? Nothing else? Just deadly and pretty? LAAAAAAAAAME! I don't have time for characters like that. Adam was a drip and Warner was not an interesting "villain." Maybe because he was obsessed with Juliette and I really didn't like her? I don't know...the idea that she was possibly going to choose between Warner or Adam in the end made me very nauseous. I couldn't see any redeeming qualities in any of these characters. Meh.


THE ENDING! I.....I can't.....I was not expecting the first book to end the way it did...and that's not a good thing. I was really hoping that the plot and world would make up for the shitty characters.........nope. I could have found this ending or "plot twist" in ANY dystopian or a very famous Marvel franchise....I just couldn't believe that was the direction she took the story. I rage few through the rest of the story (which wasn't much....thank goodness for that) and was just left feeling frustrated. None of this was original and I had been hoping for something new and captivating. Wishful thinking.

I am so disappointed that I didn't like this book. I wanted to like it so much, but in the end I was left feeling angry and frustrated. I didn't like the choices the author made and I think she really could have done something amazing. *sigh* I don't understand why this was such a popular trilogy...If it was just based on writing, I totally get it....but everything else was so bad that I'm not even interested in the other two books and novella......I mean, maybe I'll google it for shits and giggles, but I definitely don't want to read it. Too much time spent on something I really didn't enjoy.

If you liked this book, PLEASE tell me why? I hold no judgement against you, only curiosity. I think it is important to have different opinions and I would like to know yours!
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I can't....I can't hold it in any more......................................... 
SPOILERS BELOW! IF YOU DIDN'T READ THE SERIES AND DON'T WANT TO KNOW ANY SORT OF SPOILER INFORMATION. DO. NOT. READ!! I JUST HAVE SOME THINGS I NEED TO GET OFF MY CHEST AND I CAN'T KEEP IT TO MYSELF ANYMORE!!!!!! KEEP READING IF YOU WANT TO KNOW SOME MORE OF MY THOUGHTS. IF NOT, SEE YOU IN MY NEXT POST!~

 


Are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?! This ending!!?? Seriously?!?!?!?!?! It was practically ripped off of X-Men!! And underground group of people with strange powers who are training to fight by a guy who wants to help people/kids accept their powers and use them for good?! I mean, yes, there are differences...but then it is almost like Mockingjay...again....more spoilers for the Hunger Games trilogy....and underground compound that houses people who want to fight against the leaders of their dystopian world...nah. No thanks. If I wanted any of that I would just watch an X-Men movie...it was done better in my opinion. And then let's give fucking Juliette, who EVERYONE is in love with and infatuated with a skin tight cat suit that will keep her from accidentally touching people. mmmmmhmmmmmmm yeah......It's like Mystique and Rogue had a baby with Cat Woman or something. 

No. Thank you. Rant done.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian -- A Review



Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Summary: Three not friends team up to take revenge on some people in their lives that screwed them over.  
2 Stars

This.....This book....Doesn't have anything going for it. Literally nothing...The like portion of this review is going to be super hella short.
  
What I liked about this book:

 The font was big and I could read it really quickly.

The chapters were really short.

Mary.

That's it. That is literally everything I liked about this book. 

What I didn't like about this book:

The Characters:  There was nothing good or interesting about any of these characters. They had no personalities, or they were just annoyingly bitchy. All the kinds of people I hated in high school. Maybe that's why I didn't like them. Because I'm too old for the BS of catty high school-ness. But even the main characters (minus Mary) were bad and uninteresting. Kat was the "oh I'm too cool for everything" character that was just kinda lame. She wasn't bad ass at all. She was just annoying. and Lillia? Wet. Blanket. Literally no personality. She was the, "hey guys...I don't think this is a good idea..." character.  I just wasn't a fan of her.

The setting was actually kind of interesting, but doesn't get to go into the "like" section because it was just a place full of rich people. As much as I was interested in Jar Island, the last thing I wanted to read about was people who are really rich and spoiled and massively entitled. I live in a tourist area where people move back to for the summer and I see this shit every day. Pass.

The Plot Twist/Ending: So....this is what did it for me. The pacing wasn't the speediest thing ever, but I was holding out for the twist. The thing that had kept me reading even though I had wanted to DNF it after 10%...I believe it was Regan from PeruseProject on Youtube that mentioned it, but there was a super interesting, super different, plot twist at the end of the novel. Something that made it go from a simple contemporary about revenge to...well something different. I'm really not sure if I want to say what kind of twist, but let's just say.....I struggled though this book to see this twist happen and find out that it was the shittiest thing EVER! Like it was already done...first in book form and then in movie form...and MUCH more successfully, if I may say. Like...Holy shit. I waited for that!?!?! That was the only reason I kept reading....For. That. Piece of shit. Ending? Nope. I literally cannot believe that was the ending they came up with and that they thought, "Yeah. That's alright." How did they think that ending was ok? I don't know what book two or three will be about...and quite frankly I don't care.

So needless to say, this book is being immediately unhauled.  You can't like them all...It wasn't for me at all. I wanted to like it, as I've like Jenny Han's other works...but maybe it was the co-writing. Who knows. Maybe it was the hope of an amazing twist...I was over hyped for it. Meh.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher --First DNF in 2017--




I am DNF'ing this book at 229 pages (just shy of halfway)

I had heard so many amazing things about this series. I am currently in Japan for the next three months and I needed a good decently sized fantasy book to get me though a chunk of it....I got about halfway in about a week and couldn't take anymore.

So, I know this series was started with two silly topics, but I think both of them weren't really done that well. I understood the Pokemon references (I mean, there is a mountain (?) called Garados....XD) and I could see the roman legion-ness...but honestly neither of these things made the story any better for me.

I really hate when the author names the characters similar names...I guess that's common in Roman times to have names that honor others and such...but he didn't make them interesting enough for me to remember who was who. And as I'm dyslexic, having indistinguishable characters with similar names name it IMPOSSIBLE for me to keep them straight. Gaius Sextus.....honestly tho. Besides the shitty naming the characters were super boring. I honestly couldn't care less about what happened to any of them. I felt like they had no personality and when bad things happened to them, I didn't really feel myself rooting for them to win. I also felt like things would happen to them just to try and give the story substance...or to move the not so good plot forward. Kinda. I think there was so much action that I didn't know what the plot was....and then once I figured out the plot I felt like it had just been thrown in there randomly so that the story would have a plot. Period.

If you are looking for a rich world, you won't get it here. You are just kind of thrown in. The world history is thrown at you as you go along, almost as if the author is making it up as he wrote the book. And the furies? LAME! I didn't really understand how they worked. I mean, I understood that they chose you based on your skills to furycraft an element (like water or fire), but I had a hard time picturing what they looked like or how they did some of the things they did.

At the point I DNF'ed, I decided I didn't care if I came across any spoilers, so I looked up the book's fan-wiki. I was bored just reading the summary...At no point was anything the wiki said a surprise nor was it something that I thought would be interesting to read. I then read the last few pages and decided it really wasn't worth it to read all the middle bits, so I put it down. Also, I did find the plot points in the other books to be interesting enough for me to continue reading so I decided to sell all the books once I got back to the states.

I do plan on reading his Dresden Files series (as I did enjoy the first few chapters I read as a sampler), so I'm not completely giving up on Jim Butcher. I am just giving up on this series.

2017 Bookish Resolutions --The Better Late Than Never Edition--



So, we are currently half way through 2017 (wow....already?!) and I am now deciding that it's time for me to do a bookish resolution....Like they say, "Better late than never!" right?

I'm going to be trying a few goals that I know, for me personally, are achievable (especially with the amount of time I have left in 2017). They may seem silly or stupidly easy for some of you, but it's not about you. Sorry. 😅😅

 So let's get this party started!!

First of all, let's start off with something super easy. Manga goals. I have been super into manga again this year and I've been taking them out from the library like mad. They know who I am the second I walk in the door. VIP library stats for the win. 



I'm currently 10 volumes into Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi. Ever since I started reading manga and watching anime, this...this has been a constant. It's so nostalgic for me, it hurts. Being such a huge fan of it, I've never finished the manga or the anime. Until now. This year I'm planning on reading the entire series (Yes, all 58 of them). I currently have volumes 11 and 12 out (I'll probably read them after I'm done posting) and plan on taking two volumes out every couple of days or once a week depending on my reading mood...don't want to burn myself out, ya feel me? 


 I am also currently 10 volumes deep into Rin-ne, by the same author.  I didn't even know she had done this series until last summer. What kind of Rumiko Takahashi fan am I?! Apparently a bad one.  So I plan on finishing this series (24 volumes) by the end of this year as well. I have been reading it along with Inuyasha. It's a sweet deal. Rin-ne isn't nearly as deep as Inuyasha, as I believe it's for a younger audience, and it also repeats itself constantly (probably because it was a Shonen Sunday). Still, it's a really cute manga and I would recommend it.


I also have a few other series that I'm almost finished with that I want to get done this year (Kitchen Princess, Assassination Classroom...and a few others I can't remember at the moment...XD)


Now for the novels. This is the real challenge for me. I have been in the worst reading slump which has been going on since last year. This is going to be a struggle for me, but I'm going to try my hardest to get some of these finished!


 First I am 425 pages into A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin. I started reading this when I was in Japan (January-April, 2017). I would just like to finish it. That's all. Just before the end of this year. ^^''


I would like to finish the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas. I am behind and I'm trying desperately to avoid spoilers and such. I really want to read the second book...but with my lack of reading drive, I just haven't.


I would also like to make some progress with Elantris by Brandon Sanderson...but it's not a priority. It's kind of slow going, so I don't know if I'll be up to it. 

Lastly I want to try and make TBRs every month. At least on here. I really want to try and set a monthly goal of some sort. At least one novel a month...even if it's just middle grade.


And that's it! Nothing too exciting....but yeah! That's all I have to say.......Haha! I know this is late and people are doing mid year "How I'm doing" updates...but meh. Whatever!

Until next time! Tootles!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Everything, Everying by Nicola Yoon -- A Review




Summary: A girl is allergic to everything and lives in a vacuum sealed house that she hasn't ever left. A "hawt" boy moves in next door and she decides to do some crazy stuff.

 2.5/5 Stars

I did NOT like this book. I was so disappointed by it...I hadn't heard anything bad about this book since it came out in 2015.  

Things I didn't like about this book

I didn't care about the characters. I don't know....I just felt like I didn't know them. I don't really know why I felt this way. Maybe I felt they were underdeveloped? Maybe they were just kind of shallow? I felt like they were just kind of there. 

Insta-love. This book was so insta-love I couldn't even handle it. I hoped beyond all hope that it wouldn't be...but everything happened so fast. I don't even think I was 15% in? Maybe even less? Who knows. It was like, "boy moves in....we saw each other and we are now in love." I didn't think it was necessary.  Insta-love is rarely necessary. And it wasn't even cute love. Like sometimes you read about couples and it makes you squee and feel all warm and fuzzy inside...like "God....I want that too." I didn't feel anything. If you are going to do something poopy like insta-love, make it squee-worthy.  

Shitty family dynamic...standard, "abusive drunk dad beats my mom and it wasn't always like that..." kind of thing. But I don't think that was necessary either. Like...it didn't really do anything for Olly's character. He didn't have any issues with love or relationships...it didn't do anything...Only one time did it do something, but I think the events could have happened with out the whole shitty family background idea.

The ending and the pacing. Though the book was a quick read, (about two days of non-committed reading) everything happened too quickly and the really good stuff didn't happen until about 60% into the story.  Which, in my opinion, is kinda poopy.  I also didn't really like how it ended. Like the last page or so.  I felt like things weren't really resolved and everything was a bit convenient.

Things I did like about this book

It was a really fast read. The chapters were super short and there were some neat illustrations and some charts and such. I appreciated that.

The writing was decent. It was descriptive and painted pictures when it needed to. Sometimes, it was a bit flat, but all in all it was enjoyable.

I liked the last 100 pages. It was a good ending (minus the above mentioned problems) and that helped with the rating.

This book was pretty typical YA for me. I liked bits of it, but it just wasn't for me. I am glad I didn't buy this book and I am also glad that I had a chance to try it out. YA contemporary is really hit or miss for me. This was a huge miss...



So hello again....long time no update. I just got back from three months in Nagasaki, Japan and I hadn't been reading too much.  I have been 30% into A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin for the past two months and not reading much else. Now that I am home again and have full access to my library and the local library, I'm starting to read again. Hopefully these will be more frequent...but I always say that....Hahaha!