Title: Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publication Date: July 1, 2017
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, for giving me a copy in exchange for my honest review.
I was really excited to read this book! I was lucky enough to have read the first two through NetGalley as well and I LOVED them! Unfortunately, that was a year ago and I read too much to really remember everything that happened.
This book picks up right where the second book ended. Which, if you’re reading these books one right after another, then that’s really exciting! But, that was not my case. And the book didn’t really back track at all to jog my memory about what happened. I think this is why it took me so long to read this book because I had a vague memory of what happened, but events in this book were happening to quickly for me to feel like I fully understood what was happening.
It took about a third of the book for me to get so into it that I looked on Goodreads to see if there were supposed to be any others, and turns out there’s supposed to be 2 more after this. So, while I’m eternally grateful to NetGalley and Berkley, I think I’m just going to have to purchase these ones and then binge them when the last book comes out.
I’m really not a fan of not being reminded of what happens in previous books. But I still really enjoyed this one!
Title: The Border
Author: Steve Schafer
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publsher, Sourcebooks Fire, for a copy of The Border in exchange for my honest opinion.
I was so excited to read this book. I honestly knew nothing about it or the author when I came across it on NetGalley. When I read that this was about 4 teens trying to cross the Mexican/American border after all of their families were murdered by a gang I was hooked. I’ve never read a book like this and with today’s politics in the US it is UBER relevant!
Let me tell you this, if you are looking for heartbreak – cause let’s be honest who doesn’t crave a good heart crushing story once in a while – YOU NEED TO GET THIS BOOK. My heart was hurting from beginning to end. The story is tremendously sad and the journey they take is physically and mentally exhausting. The writing was on point! It was as if I was reading a memoir, not a fictional story. The details were so precise and the descriptions were so extraordinary.
Some of the characters fell a little flat for me. The fact that the character who’s point of view we have falls in love with the only girl in their group is just typical. I understand, some of the scenes wouldn’t have been so dramatic without the romance, but it was such an obvious thing to happen. For a book that’s unlike any I’ve ever seen or read, it was disappointing to have the fail safe romance.
I loved this book though. And whether or not you think this might be something that will interest you, please give it a chance! I’m not normally one to push books on people but I loved this one and it’s so relevant to today’s events.
Title: Perfect (Flawed#2)
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
I was nervous when I first started reading this book, because I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book, Flawed, which you can see my review here. I have to say, I was surprised!
Perfect started about 2 weeks after the end of Flawed, so I would suggest reading them one right after the other if you have the opportunity. When I finished Flawed, I knew that Celestine had to go through a lot or character development in order to win this battle. When the book first starts, I was actually a little surprised that her attitude was already different, not drastically, but there was a change. As the book progresses she does grow even more.
I do appreciate how, as far as I know, this story is done with the book. That’s how it seemed at the end at least. Everything wrapped up nicely and I didn’t really have any unanswered questions. I was already starting to feel like the story was dragging a little bit, so if there is going to be a third book, I probably won’t read it because honestly I have no idea where the story would go.
I did really enjoy the idea of this story though, I though it was very original, and I REALLY enjoyed that the series is only two books.
I would definitely recommend this series.
Title: Dreadnought (Nemesis #1)
Author: April Daniels
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Diversion Books, for the free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
I was so excited to read this book! A transgender superhero? Yes please!!
The story started really fast. Within the first few pages Danny’s transition happens. But then it really slowed after that. I can kind of understand – going from a boy to a girl with super powers is not something that happens everyday. And I mean physically going from a boy to a girl since she has always been a girl. But the action didn’t really pick back up until about the halfway mark. There were plenty of times at the beginning of this book where I considered marking it as DNF, but so many people on Goodreads loved it so I decided to keep going.
One thing I really did not like about Danny was that she kept doubting herself. She called herself “stupid” and “an idiot” way too many times to count. I kind of lost sympathy for her because her pity parties were way too frequent for my liking. And I guess that some people feel that way, but I’ve never felt that way and I’m not transgender, so I had some difficulty relating to Danny’s feelings.
I also was not a fan of the writing style. Sometimes when the world was being explained, it was almost like there was an omniscient storyteller, rather then Danny explaining things herself. There were a lot of times when I wondered, how would she know that? Not as in “I don’t think she’s that smart” but as in “if that’s a government secret, how would a 15 year old girl know that?”
All in all, it was a fun read. If you’re interested in reading this book I would definitely say give it a shot, but if you’re not interested then maybe you should pass on this one.
Title: Flawed (Flawed #1)
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
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I won an ARC of this book in a giveaway, this is my honest opinion. (Although I’m a terrible human being for not reading it until now >__>)
It took me a while to really get into this book. It started pretty quickly, but then it kind of tapered off. There was probably one, maaaaybe two, exciting parts in the middle, but I found that they didn’t last long to hold my interest. The ending was very exciting, and no surprise that it ended on a cliffhanger. You kind of have to expect them now.
One thing I found kind of strange was that it read like a movie. As in, throughout the whole book, I couldn’t help but think, “this would easily make a movie.” It felt like it was written so that it could become a movie without a lot being changed. It made me question the author a little bit, but then I got over it because I haven’t read anything else by Ahern so this might just be her writing style.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the main character, Celestine. She never really seemed confident in who she was. But it does make sense since one small act shattered who she thought she was. So while I do feel for her, I wasn’t her biggest fan in the book. I’m hoping to see some major character development in the next book!
As for the other characters, there isn’t much to say. They are all basically minor characters and aren’t very interesting. The one thing that I will probably remember is how weird some of these characters names are!
All in all I actually did enjoy this book. I would recommend this one. Can’t wait to read the next book! (Thank you NetGalley!)
So summer was over quite a few months ago, but I never got the urge to continue blogging. I was feeling very low (still kind of am tbh) but I feel like blogging helped me read faster, and Lord knows we all have a never ending TBR pile.
Also I’ve been bad and requested some review copies on NetGalley (and got approved for some) so I figured I should do my duty and let me 6 followers know how I feel about these books.
One other thing you’ll notice is that I’ll be reviewing a lot of books that are in the middle/end of a series. In 2016, I finished 13 series, so my goal for 2017 is to finish at least 13 more series (yes I have that many series that I’ve started and haven’t finished….) Plus I would like to finish any series that I start this year. Unless is a series that is 20+ books – because I do plan on starting a few of those but I know there is no way I would also be able to finish them.
Anyways, I’m glad to be back.
I hate to be writing this post, but I’m going to be taking a small break from blogging. I’m hoping it will only last until the beginning of September, but I guess it will depend on how I’m feeling. I know I don’t have to really justify myself to anyone, but I just wanted to share a few reason’s why I’m taking a break.
The first reason is because I don’t feel like my content isn’t of high quality. I don’t really participate in any memes except weekend reads, and honestly I don’t think many people are interested in reviews anymore. This isn’t just on my blog, but also on social media. I don’t take that great of pictures of my books even when I do try. I’m finding if you don’t have a certain “look” then people don’t often interact with you. Which brings me to my next point:
I don’t feel like I belong in the online book community. Whether it be on my blog, my Instagram, my Tumblr, even back when I did Booktube, I always felt like an outsider. Everyone always says how welcoming the community is, but somehow I must have been missed. I know there are a lot more readers online then there was say 7 years ago, but I don’t even have any friends in this community and I’ve been “a part” of it for 4.5 years.
It is sort of my fault, I don’t go online and talk to people everyday trying to make friends, but I’ve also never had anybody approach me. Just a Twitter mention here and blog comment there. I don’t really have any friends in real life so it would have been nice to make friends online who share one of my passions.
Which also segues nicely to my next reason:
I feel like I’m falling out of love with reading. I’m not sure why, but I feel for the past 6+ months I just haven’t loved reading as I used to. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve developed a new passion for knitting and crocheting, or if it’s because I feel like I have to write reviews, and I’m not very good at relaying my thoughts on books.
I didn’t write all of this to get a pity party. I just wanted you guys to know what’s going on. I just want to fall in love with reading again, and if that means I have to stop blogging, then I guess I’ll stop blogging. We’ll find out in September.
In the mean time: