Friday, December 15, 2017

Cinder (Spoiler Free) Review

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
My rating: 5/5 stars
Date Reread: 11/21

Reread review because I read this book before I actually wrote full reviews.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is one of my all time favorite series. If you didn't all the books in the series are fairytale retellings. Cinder is obviously a Cinderella retelling and I absolutely love it. If you have read Cinder and didn't really enjoy it, I would recommend picking up the second book Scarlet because I know a lot of people really enjoyed that one even when they didn't enjoy this one.

Cinder follows a girl name Cinder and she is a mechanic who lives in New Beijing. She is a cyborg and lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters. There are also a disease spreading around the world and there are Lunars (moon people) who live on the moon. This is also a science fiction book that takes place in the future and that is all you need to know when reading this book because you can figure out what is going on quickly when you read it.

I love all the main characters but Levana. Iko is definitely my favorite in this book. I love her personality and she is such a good friend.

I think the main reason I love the Lunar Chronicles so much is the uniqueness of the books. Yes it is a Cinderella retelling but it has so many unique elements in it.

Rereading this book I noticed some things I haven't noticed the first time I read and I absolutely love that. The new things that I noticed added a lot to the story and I loved it.

Overall highly recommend you read this book if you haven't yet because it is amazing and everyone should read it.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Festive Christmas Book Tag

Today I will be doing the Festive Christmas Book Tag. I believe this tag is created by GirlReading. I was not tagged by anyone to do this but I really wanted to do a holiday tag.

1) A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?
I would love to spend Christmas dinner with the Weasleys. They are one of my all time favorite fictional families. I also have a feeling I would love Mrs. Weasley's cooking.

2) A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?
Other than books I would love to receive bookmarks or bookish prints. they always look so beautiful.

3) A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf?
Can I say Dobby the House Elf for this question? Dobby technically is an elf. Dobby is different from the other House Elves and I feel like he is the perfect answer for this question. Minor Harry Potter spoilers coming so if you don't want to be spoiled skip to the next question (up to book 4). When Dobby gives Harry the socks that he made for Christmas was one of my favorite moments in the books and that was the particular seen that made me want to say Dobby for this question.

4) Match a book to it's perfect Christmas song. 
All I want for Christmas is you. -Shatter Me

5) Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you've been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?
Other than Umbridge because lets be honest she should always be on the naughty list I would have to say Zara from Lord of Shadows. I hated Zara so freaking much and she id definitely one of my least favorite characters in the book. She isn't really the main villain of the story, just some of her actions irritated me.

6) A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?
Tonks from the Harry Potter series is definitely an underrated character. She is one of my favorite and she is such a good person and helps protect Harry. I really like Tonks as a character and feel like she deserves more appreciation.

7) Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmas feel to it.
My True Love Gave to be Edited by Stephanie Perkins. I mean it is a holiday book so it works for this question perfectly. The cover also has some holiday vibes.

8) A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?
The Infernal Devices Trilogy is definitely a series I want everyone to read. The books are so good and the characters are amazing and yep if you haven't read it , you have to read this series. Even if you read City of Bones and didn't like it, give this trilogy a chance it is so much better.

That is the Festive Christmas Book Tag. I hope you enjoy this post and I will hopefully see you in my next post!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Night Film Review

Night FilmTitle:Night Film
Author: Marisha Pessl
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Date Read: 11/5/17

I really enjoyed most of the book meaning the middle of it. I didn't enjoy the beginning or the end which is weird since I usually enjoy the ending of books.

Night Film is a thriller novel and we follow investigative journalist Scott McGrath and he investigates the suicide of Ashley Cordova. He does not think it is a suicide. Ashley is the daughter of Stanislas Cordova a film director known for his horror films. He hasn't been seen in public for a very long time.

This book was interesting and I really enjoyed it. This book is long and it is almost 600 pages. Since Tome Topple is starting soon it is a perfect time to pick it up. I will say this book is not for everyone. It is a slow read and it is a dense book. I had to read more slowly than usually to understand what was happening which is also why it took a long time for me to read.

Night Film is also my first adult thriller book. Maybe even my first thriller. This book in other words is completely out of my comfort zone. I didn't know whether I would like it or not though I heard good things about it. I feel like I could of enjoyed it more if it wasn't the first adult thriller book I read. I don't think this book is a good place to start if I were to be honest.

I loved the mixed media parts of the story it added a lot to it. Note that not the entire book is told in mixed media format, but some part were, like when McGrath visits a website we will see the website and it also features some photographs which I feel like add more to the story.

Overall I do recommend this book. If you are a scaredy cat like me I think you this book is still okay to read.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Meddling Kids (Spoiler Free) Review

Meddling KidsTitle: Meddling Kids
Author: Edgar Cantero
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Date Read: 10/25

I saw this book in a few bookstagram photos and book hauls before but I never actually heard much about it. The only thing I knew going into it is that it reminded people of Scooby Doo. After reading it I can confirm that it did remind me of Scooby Doo so if you love Scooby Doo you will probably like this book. Now here is the thing, this book is not for everyone. I will say that right now. In the middle of chapters sometimes we would switch to a play format than back to third person. Sometimes it only changes for one line before going back. It may annoy some people when reading it.

I did enjoy Meddling Kids although it is not my favourite book. It felt average. We follow a group of kids and a dog and when they were younger solved the mystery of Sleepy Hallow. Many years later they grew up and no longer talk to each other. One day one of the characters feels like something was wrong with the case and they still think the creature of Sleepy Hallow still exist. That person recruits the group as adults.

For those people who are sensitive to language, this book has a lot of swears in it. The characters swear a lot. If you do not like books like that you my want to stay away as well.

Speaking of characters I liked the friendship element of the book but I felt like it could of been better. I also wanted more character development and world building as well.

Meddling Kids is a short book. It seems long when you are looking at it but it is about 320 pages. It is a very fast read and enjoyable and overall I do recommend it.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Winter Book Recommendations

Since it is winter time I thought I would share some books that I think are perfect to read during this season. In the winter time I personally tend to read more fantasy books than the other genres. I do find that I enjoy reading historical fiction books more in the winter time. Ido recommend Harry Potter but I won't talk about it in this post because most of you probably already read it.

Falling Kingdoms  (Falling Kingdoms, #1)The first book series I have to recommend is the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. This series is a high fantasy series. It is often compared and said to be the YA version of Game of Thrones and I do see the comparison. Falling Kingdoms is the first book in this series and it takes place in Mytica where there are 3 kingdoms. we follow the point of view of several of the characters who live in the kingdoms. The last book, Immortal Reign, comes out in February. If you do like this series Rhodes also has another series out called the Book of Spirits and Thieves and it also takes place in the world of Mytica. It also doesn't matter which series you read first.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)
The next book or trilogy that I recommend I have only read the first two book but I really enjoyed them and that is A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This is an adult fantasy novel where there are basically parallel Londons. We have Grey London, Red London, White London, and Black London. People called Antari are able to travel between Londons and our main character Kell is one of them. Kell is from Red London and he smuggles things between Londons. We also have another character named Lila who is from Grey London and she is one of my all time favorite characters ever. As I said in the winter time I prefer to read fantasy books in the winter time so you will probably notice most of the books will be fantasy books.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
The next series is a series that I am currently rereading, or at least when I am writing this review and that is Cinder by Marissa Meyer which is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Cinder is a fairytale retelling of Cinderella and it is also a science fiction book. In the world there is a deadly disease with no cure spreading, there are Lunars (moon people) who live on the moon, and people who are cyborgs and our main character Cinder is one of them. Cinder is New Beijing's best mechanic. That is all you need to know before reading this book. I love this series so much and it is one of my all time favorites.

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)The Next book I have to recommend is Frostblood by Elly Blake. The second book Fireblood also recently came out but I haven't read it yet. The reason why I feel like Frostblood is the perfect winter read is because it takes place during the winter time and also most of the characters in this book are frostbloods. And the cover also looks wintery. We follow Ruby who is a fireblood living in a world ruled by frostbloods. Her mother is killed (says in synopsis so it is not a spoiler and it also happens in the very very beginning) and she decides to agree with a group of rebel frostblood to help overthrow the king. This book does have some tropes in it, however I still really enjoyed it and I feel like many people would too.

Salt to the Sea
Another book I have to share is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I also do recommend her other book Between Shades of Grey but honestly I liked this one slightly more. This book is so hard to explain but basically it is a historical fiction that takes place during World War II. It follows many different character POV. Each character is from a different country. If I were to be completely honest Salt to the Sea is probably my all time favorite historical fiction book. Yes I like it more than The Book Thief. I love Sepetys' writing style and the way the story was told is so beautiful and I highly recommend this book and I feel like more people need to read it.

The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)Overall I recommend this book to most people. The final book I am recommending is The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows. In my opinion this is an underrated duology. Yes it is a fantasy duology! Personally I found some parts of the book predictable but it didn't impact my reading experience at all. This book is about a girl named Wilhelmina and she is an orphan. Her parents were murdered and she grew up living with the Ospreys. They plan on taking her kingdom back and to do this, she and her best friend Melanie must go into the Indigo kingdom and spy on the King's plans. I haven't seen this book being talk about on booktube or seeing it in bookstagram photos. Again it is a fantasy book and I love reading fantasy in the winter time so it is the perfect time to pick it up.

And that is my winter book recommendations. I hope you find some new books to add do your TBR or maybe motivate you to read one of these that are already on your TBR. Hope to see you in my next post.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Discovery of Witches (Non-Spoiler) Review

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)Title: A Discovery of Witches
Author: Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Trilogy #1
My rating: 1/5 stars
Date Read: 10/21/17

I finished this book quite fast but it is only because I was reading it during a 24 hour readathon. I absolutely hate DNFing books and I almost DNFed this book many times. I kept telling myself it would get better but honestly it didn't. Also I rarely give books 1 star so this shows how much I had to push myself to finish it.

A Discovery of Witches takes place in world where there Witches, Daemons, Humans, and Vampires living together. We follow the main character Diana who is a witch, and she requests a manuscript called Ashmole 782 for her research. The manuscript has been lost for a long time and it starts to stir the other creatures including Matthew Clairmont, a vampire.

Now I went into this book expecting it to be different than it actually is. I thought this book would be more focused on the mysterious element of the manuscript but it, at least to me, felt more focused on the romance. Now I hated it. I felt like the entire book was describing the romance and I honestly didn't love the romance. I felt like Matthew was overprotective as well.

I thought the author over described many things. Some of these things she described contributed nothing to the plot, and it didn't make me like the character more.

About halfway through I started to skim the book as I just wanted it to end. I was bored and I wanted to DNF it and I should have. I just didn't want to since I kept thinking the book would get better.

Overall I will not be continuing on with this series. I also heard it is becoming a TV show. Maybe I'll give that a chance.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Warcross (Spoiler Free) Review

Warcross (Warcross, #1)Title: Warcross
 Author: Marie Lu
Series: Warcross #1
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Date Read: 10/17/17

Some people compare Warcross to Ready Player One and I honestly didn't like Ready Player One. I did however love Warcross.

Warcross is told in first person and we follow a girl named Emika Chen. She loves the game Warcross and is a bounty hunter, a person who looks for people who do things illegally in the game. Emika is in debt and she makes a risky move and hacks into the Warcross International Championship opening but she accidentally glitches herself in the game. Emika thinks she is going to be arrested but instead she get a call from the creator of the game and is offered a job to spy on the tournament from the inside to uncover a security problem. She then flies to Tokyo and the book is amazing.

I as soon as I started this book I was hooked. I didn't want to put it down. In other words I had to force myself to put the book down.

The characters were great. Emika is a strong character and extremely smart. Asher is probably my favourite character though and I think it is because his last name is Wing and I have a feeling he is a long lost relative of Day from Legend. Do not ask questions I have a long theory and I won't go into details. I also didn't like Hideo. I really thought I would like him as a character but I really didn't like him at all. Hammie though was amazing and she is my second favourite character in this book so far.

The gaming aspect of the book was really good and I really liked it. I am still a bit confused on how the games work though but other than that is was really developed.

This may be a spoiler to some people but I personally do not think this is a spoiler. If you are very sensitive you may want to skip this paragraph and jump to the next one. The romance in this story honestly is the thing that prevented this book from getting 5 stars and from it being on my top 4 favourite books of the year. I didn't like it and I wished it never existed.

If you avoided the last paragraph it is safe to read now. I predicted something that happened in the book and I kind of feel proud of myself.

Overall I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is also a duology for those of you who are curious.

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