Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2016

Now that the year is more than halfway done, I thought that this book tag was appropriate for this time of the year. I’m thinking about doing this tag annually from now on. If you would like to see my choices for last year, please click here. Let’s get started!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016.

HOUSE O HADE

Out of the 37 books that I have read so far in 2016, The House of Hades was the absolute best. From action, to adventure and romance, this novel had everything I’ve ever wanted and more. It is well paced and a never ending roller coaster of fun. The characters go through so much character growth and make me love them even more. The House of Hades is a phenomenal sequel that has topped its predecessor and sets up for a highly anticipated finale.

 

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016.

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I cannot even begin to describe how fantastic this book was. Never have I ever felt so many emotions sneak up and ambush me in anguish. ACOMAF might actually be the second best book that I’ve read so far after House of Hades. There are few books for me that improve in its sequel; they often fall into the ‘second book syndrome’ pile. This was not the case for A Court of Mist and Fury. This book blew ACOTAR away and out of the park. There was an incredible amount of character development, world building, and plot development that I greatly appreciated. I didn’t know that I craved a book this much until I read ACOMAF. All in all, it was a great book.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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Morgan Matson is a contemporary queen. After reading Since You’ve Been Gone, and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, she has become one of my auto-buy authors. I don’t know a lot about The Unexpected Everything, but judging from her other written works, I can already tell that it will be another one of her amazing contemporary books filled with loveable characters, and a story with substance. The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my favourite reads last year so it is evident that I need to read the sequel. I own both of these books, but I have yet to read them. My TBR pile is getting out of control.

 

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

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Six of Crows was my favourite book of last year so I have nothing but high hopes for Crooked Kingdom. My only fear with this book is that my expectations are going to be ridiculously high while reading. I need to get back into the world with my favourite cast of characters as soon as possible. September can’t come fast enough!

 

 

5. Biggest disappointment.

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I’ve had a pretty amazing reading year so far, so there aren’t that many ‘disappointing‘ books to choose from. The Crown wasn’t that much of a disappointment for me as a whole because I adored Eadlyn’s character growth and how great she became throughout this book. I just didn’t like how the book ended so quickly and wrapped up that fast. I just….. The more I think about the ending makes me roll my eyes, so I’m just going to move onto the next part.

 

6. Biggest surprise.

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Illuminae is possibly the third best book that I’ve read this year. I went in with the lowest expectations possible because of the crazy hype that this book got in the past year and how it was written but oh my goodness how I ate my words. It was like I was reading a movie with my eyes. The amount of action between these pages is immense. Kady and Ezra are people that I can root for. I honestly didn’t expect to like Illuminae this much. A pleasant surprise!

 

 

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

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Ryan Graudin is a new to me author. Wolf by Wolf was such a thrill to read. It was so unexpected I can’t even describe how much fun I was having while reading. I was interested about reading her other book, The Walled City, but I’ve never gotten around to it. The concept of her stories are always intriguing, so I feel like she is an author that I will be reading a lot from in the future.

 

8. Newest fictional crush.

Crush? How about crushes. Plural, because there is no way I can choose just one. Ezra, Leo and Rhysand from The Illuminae Files, The Heroes of Olympus series, and A Court of Thorns and Roses series are all great but are so different from each other. The three of them are similar in the way that they’re all so funny and charming. I just love them all so much.

9. Newest favourite character.

Feyre made the biggest 180 in history. I greatly appreciate it, but in my opinion, I thought that it was a little too fast. I still love her though. I started out with rolling my eyes at every decision she would make in the first book but that immediately changed when she came into her own and became a new person to root for in the second book. I went from not caring at all to caring immensely about her well-being and about the situations that she was in. Feyre is incredibly strong in so many ways, and not just with physical strength (although she is like the actual Avatar). She has grown so much emotionally and mentally as well, under circumstances throughout the two books. Feyre cares so much about her family and the well-being of others and I adore that about her. Any character that can go from me disliking them at first, to me loving them afterwards, deserves all of the praise that they get.

10. Book that made you cry.

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I didn’t read that many books that made me cry that much so far, but this book was the one. I wasn’t gross sobbing or anything, but near the end I was super sad had shed some tears.

 

 

11. Book that made you happy.

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I honestly cannot remember reading another book that made me as happy as this one. Although Simon isn’t in the best situation, his attitude and relationships between his friends and Blue really made this book. Simon, in my opinion, is incredibly relatable; he is someone that I would want to be friends with. I also love the amount of diversity that is in this book. Reading this made me a happy person.

 

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 

Me Before You was the only book to movie adaptation that I saw this year, but if we’re including comic BOOKS, then Captain America Civil War was great as well.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

Frozen Tides was my only review that I’ve written so far this year, so it would have to be my favourite by default. You can read it here.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

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There are no words except that this book looks better in person. I just love how the cover of this book looks so much.

 

 

 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

These are my must reads of the year. Crooked Kingdom is an absolute NEED for me to read. I don’t know what the rest of the year will look like for me, but here is what I hope for. These choices, and any of the classics I have on my shelf.

 


 

Here is my take on this year’s Mid-Year Book Freakout tag. As always, thanks for checking this out and I’ll see you soon!

 

June & July Book Haul & Wrap Up

Hellooo, once again! I thought that my posts would look a lot better with a featured image, so I created one. I’m so excited to make these because they are super cute. Anyway, June has been such an excellent reading month for me. A month filled with so much adventure and romance. Here we go!

These are the books that I’ve gotten this month:

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(Linked to Goodreads) 

Lady Midnight

The Rose and the Dagger 

The 8 books that I read in June are:

Stars Above – Rating: 3.5 Stars

I was so excited to read this when I got my hands on the book. When I found out that it came with an epilogue that I needed to read, I couldn’t wait until it arrived at the library. We go to see so much backstory with most of the characters that we know and love, right before they’re introduced. Because of this, the Lunar Chronicles world is greatly explored. My favourite stories would be Thorne’s story, Winter’s story, and the epilogue. In my opinion, any story involving Thorne will always be a great one. Winter’s story gave us insight to more about her character. Compared to the other characters, I think that Winter has the shortest amount of time in the book. With this short story, we get to see in greater detail as to what made her wanting to stop using her powers. I also loved how cute the epilogue was. Seeing the whole gang together one last time was the perfect way to end the series. It’s over and done, but I will always love the Lunar Chronicles.

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods – Rating: 4 Stars

These two books made it possible for me to love Greek Mythology even more. With Greek Gods, I knew some of the stories going into the book, but the way that it’s told in Percy’s voice made it all the more entertaining. I’ve never laughed so much in a book before. This book showcases how awful and childish the gods and goddesses are, and I absolutely loved it. Greek Gods highlighted how much I already knew and educated me in how much I didn’t know. For example, I knew the highlights of the story of Persephone, but I didn’t know how much Zeus and Helios were involved. I think my favourite stories are the ones about the creation of the world, Aphrodite’s, Persephone’s, Artemis and Apollos’, and Hephaestus’. But now that I think of it, the whole book was amazing. The illustrations we extremely on point as well. That goes for both of the books.

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes – Rating: 4.5 Stars

You can’t read one without the other, so right after I finished Greek Gods, I picked up Greek Heroes and loved it even more. Going into this book, there were some heroes that I didn’t know about. There were some names like Atalanta and Orpheus that were familiar, but I wasn’t entirely sure what their stories were about. If I had to choose between these two Percy Jackson books, I think that I liked Greek Heroes better. With this novel, the tales were abundant with adventure, love, survival, and quests rather than its counterpart about the Greek gods; this made it very interesting with each of the stories. My favourite of the 12 tales are Psyche, Otrera, Daedalus, Atalanta, some parts of Theseus, Cyrene, and Hercules’ story (even thought it was lengthy). Reading these in Percy’s voice once again, was an enjoyable experience. If you’re looking for a great time, I highly recommend these two books.

The Raven King – Rating: 4 Stars

The Raven King was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I had no idea what to expect; the only thing I was sure about was that I was excited to see my favourite characters again. Going back into the world of ley lines, dead Welsh kings, and out of the ordinary powers took a little bit fully immerse myself in the strange atmosphere. The writing, as usual, was hypnotising. We had a lot of questions answered, but I felt like I didn’t get enough closure; I still had few unanswered questions that was floating around in my head. One of my favourite things about the series as a whole, is that the relationship between the Raven Boys and Blue is so strong. They care for one another so deeply and think of themselves as family. There is a new addition to the group, but I wish that he was introduced earlier in the series to make his transition into the gang smoother. I live for the character interactions. The friendship between Blue and Ronan was one of my favourite things to read; everything that came out of their mouths was pure gold. I think the only gripe that I have with this book is that it just ends. There is so much build up throughout the whole series and it ends just like that. I wanted so much more. I wanted to see more of Blue and Gansey interactions, Adam and Ronan together, and Noah in general. I love the series so much but I wish that we got more of a goodbye from everyone. The Raven King wasn’t the best finale that I’ve read, but it was still good. I’ll never forget the fantastic Raven Cycle.

Love & Gelato – Rating: 3 Stars

I thought that Love & Gelato was a great fluffy book to read to get out of my mythology kick. It was incredibly cute, and a quick read. That being said, I couldn’t connect with this novel very much. I thought the plot involving Lina’s mom’s journal about her time in Tuscany and the whole mystery behind it was very cool. One of the strongest points of this novel is the setting; you can perfectly visualise the endless scenery the author paints with her words. The characters felt relatable, but I didn’t care about them very much. I picked up on small hints of instalove. The romance felt bland; there was barely any chemistry between the two leads as lovers. I would have much rather have them as friends. Some of the side characters felt extremely flat, and a few were merely used as plot devices. All of that negativity aside, the book was still a cute read. Anyone looking for a fluffy contemporary should pick this book up.

Hamilton the Revolution – Rating: 5 Stars

My two favourite things coming together: Hamilton and books. The Hamiltome was a nice change in my reading pace. I absolutely love the musical, so I had to read this as soon as possible. Seeing how the play came together from the first idea all the way up to opening night was a journey in itself. The book was filled with all of the behind the scenes work, rough drafts, costume designs, and some scans from Lin’s notebooks. It really put in perspective how much time and effort it took just to start the development of the whole production. The annotations and footnotes of the song lyrics really made the book for me. While I loved seeing the behind the scenes pictures and cut songs from the musical, Lin’s annotations brought his thoughts and little comments out into the light and showed me what his thought process was like when he was writing. Just hearing Lin’s voice through the pages made me really happy. I feel like any big fans of the musical should give this book a read through just to appreciate it more.

The Fill-In Boyfriend – Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Fill-In Boyfriend was one of the fastest books I have read this month. It literally felt like I flew through the pages because of how quickly I was reading. This book was also an incredibly cute contemporary read and really enjoyed it. I am absolute trash for the ‘fake relationship’ trope so this book hooked me right from the get go. I thought that the characters were very real and relatable for the most part. I had some fluctuating good/not so good feelings towards Gia. She was shallow, selfish, and most of her thoughts and concerns revolved around boys.  Some of the things she would say or do made me roll my eyes a great deal, but she really grew into a better person by the end. Bec was so incredibly real and straight to the point. I think she was my favourite character. I also really loved Fake Bradley ( I want to keep his name a mystery). I love it when characters have hobbies and other interests going for them outside of the main romance. Speaking of the romance, I could actually feel it coming through the pages. Gia and Fake Bradley had so much chemistry I was so here for it. The one thing that frustrated me the most was the miscommunication and lying that went down. So much could have been avoided if things were explained. I loved how entertaining this book was.

The Darkest Part of the Forest – Rating: 3 Stars

I think that The Darkest Part of the Forest is my first book in the fae genre. I typically don’t reach for fae books as often as other people, so I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. My favourite aspect about the book was that anything involving magic and all things unusual was the norm in the town of Fairfold. I am so used to seeing stories about outside world being clueless about the existence of other-worldly beings, that reading about a town that knows about fairy folklore and superstitions was very refreshing for me. I didn’t have an attachment to any of the characters, but the story was very interesting. When the plot got closer to the end, I never felt like the characters were in any danger. I don’t know, but I just found myself not caring as much as I normally do. And I hated feeling that way! I wanted to care, but there wasn’t much for me to grasp onto. There were some plot twists and character reveals that I greatly appreciated; they highlighted parts of the story and made it more interesting. This book was good, but not very memorable.

THANK YOU PHILIP FOR GETTING THIS BOOK ON MY BIRTHDAY. YOU’RE GREAT

And now for my July book haul

The local bookstore had a buy 3 for $10 deal on classics. The new covers were gorgeous and the deal for them was great, so why pass up the golden opportunity to score some great books?

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Book Review: Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

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Title: Frozen Tides (Book #4 in the Falling Kingdoms series)

Author: Morgan Rhodes

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis: (since this book is the fourth in the series, this will contain spoilers to those who haven’t read the first three books yet). Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: After reading this book back in February, I FINALLY HAVE THE REVIEW UP. I keep getting surprised with this series. How is it even possible that it keeps getting better? My expectations for this instalment have been exceeded to the max. I love the amount of character growth and development that we got to experience with some of the newer characters; it kept them from becoming flat, simple, one dimensional people. My favourite thing about this series is that the characters have so much substance. I found myself so hypnotised by the writing and the story. If I didn’t need things like sleep, food, and the need to relieve myself, I could’ve finished this book in one sitting. The words were addictive, and each of the chapters were such page turners that I needed to devour it all at once. I couldn’t put the book down.

I’m so in love with the world. By following multiple characters in their point of view, we got to branch out of Mytica and explore the lands of Kraeshia. The expanded universe creates a larger playing field for betrayal, trickery, and allegiances to form. I loved seeing the difference in cultures between Kraeshia and Mytica; there was more variety that resembled the real world. Although the appearance of Kraeshia had a great introduction, I believe that there is still room to grow.

Like I said before, the characters are the best part of the story for me. Our core four constantly surprises me with their character arcs. Cleo has proven time and time again that she is cunning, resourceful, and will not go down without a fight. I want nothing more than for her to reclaim her kingdom and end happily with Magnus. There are 2 books left in the series, and by the way that this book ended, I have a feeling that there will be more obstacles interfering with their endgame. I can’t help but feel bad for Jonas. Everything he does ends up going wrong, or blows up in his face; he can’t catch a break! I loved seeing how involved he was with the other characters and I’m excited to see how his situation will improve during the rest of the series. My feelings for Lucia are still conflicted. I appreciate how powerful she is and how her POV is the one with the deepest connection to the mythology of the world, the Watchers, and magic, but her actions and behaviour towards everyone she interacts with greatly irritated me throughout 60% of the book. I did not enjoy her travel companion Kyan, either; he felt more like a child than a fire god. I feel like Magnus is really coming into his own in this novel. He finally stops comparing himself to his father and learns to be his own person. I just wish that he encountered that revelation earlier in the book. Magnus has really developed throughout the series. You can really see how much he cares for the people in his kingdom. I also want to talk about Felix and Amara, but I will discuss them in the spoiler section because I don’t want to spoil anybody. Just know that I feel very strongly for the both of them, Amara has me incredibly conflicted (in a good way) and that Felix is one of my favourite characters.

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My Current Bookshelf

The other day, my friend Marianne commented about wanting to see my bookshelf. I have thought about posting pictures of my shelf in the past, but I never got around to it. Until now. Since I purchased a book today, I thought ‘Why not? It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase all of my books’. And so here it is. Also, thanks Marianne for bringing the idea back into my mind. Here it is!

(Click on the photos to see the full sized image)

The first photo is an overview of my main shelf that holds most of my books. The bottom shelf is a little bit messy, but I’ll have to deal with it for now because of the space issues. I HAVE NO SPACE!

The second picture is the very top of my bookshelf; this is the place that holds my belongings and other trash. Most of my Funko Pops are from shows, movies and characters that I like. I usually display my Star Wars pops, Bob’s Burgers pops, and Game of Thrones pop, out of their boxes. Also on the top of the shelf  are a few things that I made myself: a crocheted BB-8 and Groot doll, a chalkboard, and a chalk cloth that wipes the board clean (honestly, it was supposed to be a scarf, but I got lazy and ended it shorter than expected). I also have a patch I’ve been meaning to iron onto my shirt, and a few polaroid pictures from friends and family.

Moving onto the third picture, this is where my books chill out. The first row is all hardcovers I want to display on top. It contains half of my contemporary books, favourite reads, and many books with sequels that I haven’t purchased yet. There really isn’t a distinct way that I organize my shelves, so this is what I came up with. The second shelf is where I put the other half of my contemporaries and book series that are longer than 3 books. The Heroes of Olympus series had a spot this middle shelf, but I liked the look of it on top because of how gorgeous it is. I mean LOOK AT IT ALTOGETHER. WOW.

The fourth picture is where I put my dystopians, paperback books, and weird sized books. As you can see, I only own 5/7 of the Harry Potter books and one of them is hardcover while the rest are paperback. The Miss Peregrine’s series is all hardcover, but it is the same size as the paperbacks on my shelf. It is really weird; the irregularity irks me (out of sight, out of mind). I need to organize this mess pile someday.

The fifth and final photo is from my secondary bookshelf that serves as an overflow shelf/holds my books that I bought from booksales. It also holds my yearbooks, dvds, and old papers from past school years. There is honestly a whole row that I could empty and fit more books into it, but it seriously is just too messy.

This concludes my mini shelf tour. I hope you enjoyed it!

As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time.

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag

I saw this tag on youtube the other day on Alana’s channel over at King Books, and I thought it would be fun to do to finally post something that isn’t a wrap up HAHA. This tag is all about the look and feel of your favourite books. Book Syrup is the creator of this tag and the link to her video is here. I want to focus on the books I have on my own shelf (with the exception of Best Spine) so I can show the actual things like chapter headers and illustrations rather than just the front cover. Okay? Okay, let’s get started!

1. Best colour combo on a book cover

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If I had to pick my favourite Heroes of Olympus cover, it would have to be The House of Hades (with Son of Neptune right on its tail). I think that the purple and orange colours work so well together to make the setting of the cover so miserable. I love it. The blue towards the bottom compliments the orange as well. All in all, I’m obsessed with this cover.

 

2. Best typography/font on a book cover

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I LOVE this cover in general, but I think that the way the title is written really ties everything together. The sharpie-look is very fitting; it’s exactly how I would imagine Lara Jean’s writing to be like. I just love how it’s written in sharpie. It looks so cute! The accented colours also add to the look of a cute contemporary novel (pink in this book and blue in the sequel). I can’t wait to see what the third book will look like.

3. Best simple cover

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So simple, but so great. The mint colour is one of my favourite colours ever! The title really pops because of how the red compliments the green. Cath, Levi, Simon, and Baz are drawn so cutely too. Sometimes simplicity is all you need.

 

 

 

4. Best endpages

20160619_010900[1]I could’ve used A Monster Calls for so many of the categories because of how beautiful the book is in every way but ultimately, this book had the best endpages. It was the only book that had something other than a map/a solid colour. I love the blue background and white outlines.

 

 
5. Best map

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I know that I posted this map before in one of my previous posts, but The Kiss of Deception’s map is my favourite one. I love how you can see the main kingdoms and what the castles look like as a whole. The sepia toned pages gives the map an old feeling. I also love the sigils of the main kingdoms. To me, this map is perfect.

 

6. Best naked hardback

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There are words to describe how much I love this novel looks without the dust jacket. The front cover has a violet and a finch amongst the stars. ITS SO BEAUTIFUL. BLESS THE DESIGNER. The yellow on white is genius.

 

7. Best back cover

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This question was a little hard to find a book for. Most of my books have very plain backs. I chose Since You’ve Been Gone because on the back, it is the list that Sloane left for Emily. The book was such an adventure and I loved every single event on it.

 

 

 

8. Best chapter headers

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Six of Crows is possibly the greatest looking book I have ever set my eyes on. The chapter headers look great as well. The black wing doubles as a night sky and the smoky background doubles as buildings. It is such a cool looking header. I’m excited to see what Crooked Kingdom is going to look like.

 

9. Best illustrations

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These illustrations are from the book Everything, Everything. The novel is filled with so many more drawings, charts, and diagrams. There is an abundance of drawings scattered throughout the whole book so it was hard to choose which I wanted to feature. Cute pictures for a cute book.

 

 

10. Best spine

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I think that I retract my comment about Six of Crows being the greatest looking book I have ever set eyes on because have you seen this book? It is so beautiful and well made. I could go on an on about how much I love the spine, but I’ll just let you stare at this masterpiece.

 

 
11. Favourite cover on your shelves

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I couldn’t just choose one cover for this question. I was thinking about showing the Heroes of Olympus series, but I didn’t want to do any repeats of anything so I pulled out The Winner’s Trilogy instead. The Winner’s Curse is the real winner here, but I wanted to showcase the whole series. The dresses are so beautiful and the typography is on point.

 

12. Tag 3 friends to do this tag

I tag:

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Emma @ Emma the Book Lover

and everyone else who wants to do this tag

As always, thanks for reading!

 

 

April and May Book Haul & Wrap up

I’m back again, and NOT THAT LATE THIS TIME. I’m slowly getting my reading groove back into place. I bought some books, and read some more. Here we go!

These are the books that I’ve bought this month:
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(Linked to Goodreads)

The Winner’s Kiss

And these are the books that I’ve read in April:

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Rating: 3.5 Stars

This was another book where the movie trailer motivated me to pick it up. I thought that this book was solid. One of my favourite aspects of the book were its mysteriousness and chilling atmosphere. This is particularly evident in the beginning, when you’re thrown into a world you know nothing about. If you’re worried about this book being scary, don’t worry because it didn’t feel scary at all. The creepiest thing about the book are the vintage pictures. I found the characters likeable, although I didn’t feel any connections to them. Their peculiarities made me feel like it was X-men but with children. (super coolsssss) I think that this book could’ve done without the romance. I couldn’t pick up on any chemistry between the two people, but that is just how I feel. The plot moved in a slow to medium pace to set everything up and in motion, but picked up towards the latter half. Overall, I enjoyed this book and will definitely pick up Hollow City very soon.

(side note. I don’t like how they switched up Emma’s fire powers to air for the movie. WHY?)

I’ll Give You the Sun – Rating: 5 Stars 

This book was exactly what I was looking for to get me back into reading. I LOVED this book! Our main characters Noah and Jude are so rich with personality, depth, and are appropriately flawed. I loved reading about them so much. Within the first two pages, I was hooked into the story; the writing was so beautiful I couldn’t put the book down. I’ll Give You the Sun is told in alternating POV’s when the twins are 13 and 16 (Noah’s POV when they’re 13, and Jude’s POV when they’re 16). Reading the story like this kept me wondering about what happened in between those years to mess up their unbreakable bond. I absolutely loved how close they were with each other. Whenever I read a part that unlocked a piece of their problem, I wanted to scream for a little while into my book. More than anything, I wanted Jude and Noah to talk everything out and set everything straight. There were so many things I loved about this book! Reading about lgbt+ diversity was brilliant as well. Noah and his neighbour are SO CUTE. This book deals with relationships, love, loss, sexuality, art, and expression. The only downside I can think about is how everything neatly wrapped up pretty quickly but other than that, I thought this book was perfect.

For my May book haul, I purchased these books:

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February and March Book Haul & Wrap Up

I think that I’ll start doing wrap ups for every two months from now on. I didn’t buy any books in February, but I did read a total of 5 books this month. I would also like to say that I had a fantastic reading month.

These are the books that I’ve read in February:

 

Me Before You – Rating: 5 Stars

I want to start off saying that I loved this book so much. I have so many feelings towards this book. I put off reading Me Before You for the longest time ever, until I saw the trailer for the movie. Our main two characters felt so real. I thought Louisa was a very relatable protagonist; she reminded me about myself and how she isn’t the most ambitious person on the block, but is extremely caring, thoughtful, and hard working . And then you have Will. Before his accident, he was an ambitious man of adventure and exploration. Together, they change each others’ lives and learn from one another. I really loved their relationship and how much they grew in their character arcs. The writing was so easy to fall into. I ended up reading more than half of the book in one night. Long story short, I highly recommend this book. Just be prepared with tissues handy.

The Mark of Athena – Rating: 4.5 Stars

We’re back with another instalment of our favourite heroes. I think my favourite part about this book was that we got to see everyone come together as a team and kick butt. I don’t know what it is, but there is something awesome about people with powers/abilities grouping up and working together (the avengers, justice league, xmen) that I just love and we got to see it in this book with our crew. I don’t know how Rick Riordan does it, but his books are hilarious! As always, the book is an action packed and fast paced experience. And especially with that book ending, I need to read House of Hades as soon as possible.

Wolf by Wolf – Rating: 4.5 Stars

From the moment I heard what this book was about, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I love reading books involving history. This story tells an alternate version of World War 2 and how Germany and Japan won against the Allied Powers. The two countries, Germany and Japan, hold an annual motorcyle race throughout the continent to commemorate their victory of the war. At the end of the race, the winner gets to meet Hitler. This is where our main protagonist Yael comes in; she is a former death camp prisoner in charge of impersonating a previous winner to get into the race.Her abilities as a skinshifter (she can change her appearance at will) are utilized to complete her only goal: to win the race and kill Hitler. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought that the pacing was great, and the characters were so interesting. To me, I felt like I couldn’t connect to Yael as much as I could with other characters. I also feel like it is justifiable because of her ability that has her take the place of so many people. I just hope that she finds her own identity in the next book. I felt like I couldn’t trust any of the other characters because of how backstabby and cutthroat they were; that made me love them more. I didn’t know if I could trust anyone at all. All in all, this book was very enjoyable.

November 9 – Rating: 5 Stars

Colleen Hoover is so great with her contemporaries. I loved the concept of the characters meeting every November 9. There were so many highs and lows within this book; it had me jumping up and down with excitement one moment and screaming while chucking the book towards the other side of the room in the next. Colleen Hoover’s writing is so addictive that it felt like I flew through the whole book in a matter of minutes. I don’t want to say too much about this book because I feel like it’s best to just to read and go along with it all.

Frozen Tides – Rating: 4.5 Stars

I didn’t know that it was possible for the series to get even better, yet here we are. I absolutely loved Frozen Tides. The plot definitely picked up towards the second half of the story but it was all so great. I do want to have a full review about my thoughts and feelings towards this book so I don’t want to say too much yet. Just know that it exceeded my expectations and the fifth book isn’t coming fast enough.

 

And now for my March book haul. These are the books that I have bought this month:

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