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:
Title: Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Paper and Fire picks up a little bit after Ink and Bone. Jess and the gang have settled into their lives at The Library, but they still need to rescue Thomas.
I was a little nervous going into this book thinking it would serve as a filler until the next book, as some series do. Boy was I glad to be wrong. There was never a dull moment in this book, and those moments were necessary! There was nothing “filler” about this book.
This series is still one of my favourite series and reminded that there are still some quality YA being produced out there. YA doesn’t have to be centered on whether or not your OTP ends up together. This book has very little romance, which I very truly appreciate. The gang is too busy trying to not get killed that being romantic is just stupid.
Although I didn’t enjoy this book as much as Ink and Bone, it was still really good and I still recommend this series!
I knew it before I even looked at my Goodreads shelf that I had a terrible reading month for June. I was kind of in a reading slump after Ink and Bone, and nothing has fixed it. I’m still in a bit of a slump but I’m hoping it’s sequel will help.
I only read 4 books in June… But the good thing is that I didn’t buy any books or receive and arcs. I got 0 books this past month!!
Anyways, here are the four books I read.
I really wasn’t a fan of the middle two, but the other two were really good. You can read all about it in my reviews.
I wish I had more to say but I don’t. June has not only been a bad reading month but also kind of a bad month all around. Here’s to hoping July is WAY better.
What did you read this month?
Happy Canada Day!!!!
It’s a long weekend!!! I’m so excited! I’ve started a new position at my work and it’s a lot more work then what I’m used to so my days have been flying by – which is good – but at the end of the day I’m exhausted. Not that I’ll be catching up on sleep today because I have stuff to do. Like read these books!
Yes, Me Before You was on last weeks post, but I haven’t finished it yet. I’m on page 154 and for some reason I’m just not feeling it anymore so I’m going to clear up my NetGalley shelf by reading Paper and Fire. I really liked Ink and Bone so I have high hopes for this one! Especially when the tag on the cover is “Let the World Burn.”
What are you reading this weekend?
Title: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
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I didn’t actually read this book, I listened to it. It was one of the free downloads on AudioBookSync. To be honest, I think I would have liked this book more if I had read it, I would not recommend this on audio.
The main reason I would not recommend the audiobook version is because Sam has a lot of comments in her head when listening to other people’s conversations and when being in a conversation herself. Sometimes it was hard to tell if she actually said something or if she was just thinking it. If I were to read the book, there wouldn’t be a problem since quotation marks.
I wasn’t a fan of the narrator. I didn’t really like her voice and she kind of made all of the characters sound nasally, and stuck up. To me, the voice just didn’t match what I would have thought. I also wasn’t really a fan of any of the characters. I just couldn’t connect with any of them. And, I know that people change, but it just seems weird to me that AJ is dating Sam when Sam used to bully him so bad he switched schools.
The poetry part was fine; it wasn’t ruined by the audiobook. It was actually the only thing that I kind of liked about the audiobook. I don’t really like poetry, so to have it read to me over reading it myself was a bonus.
In terms of the mental illness part, it was fine. I’ve heard some people say that it’s not very accurate, but I don’t have OCD so I can’t really say.
There was quite a twist at the end. It was shocking, but I got over it pretty quickly. I’m not a fan of the audio version of this book, it left a bad taste in my mouth, but if you can get your hands on a physical copy, I think I would recommend this book. Maybe.