Saturday, July 14, 2018

City of Bones (Spoiler Free) Review

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Date Read: 5/20/18

Actual rating 3.5

The Mortal Instruments is my least favorite series in the Shadowhunter world so far. I read City of Bones for the first time in 7th grade. It has been awhile. I actually did a book report on this book when I first read it.

City of Bones in the first book in the TMI series. We follow a girl name Clary and she wittiness a murder only she can see and there is no body left behind. She thrust into the shadowhunter world and ends up on looking for something which I do not want to say because it is not in the synopsis and I do not want to spoil the book.

If I were to be totally honest, I do not like Clary or Jace. Both of them are probably my two least favorite characters in the series. Clary is not that bad in this book, but as the series continues, she gets more and more annoying. Everyone says Jace is dreamy and amazing but personally I do not like him.

Despite not loving the two main characters, I do love Isabelle, Alec, and Simon. All three are some of my favorites. I did not really like Simon that much till later on in the series when I first read it but I definitely like him more in book one on my reread. Same goes for Alec. I do wish we saw more of these three characters in this book but they will play a bigger role in future books and I am looking forward to that.

I definitely think if you are interested in this series that you should dive into TID first because the world building is better and it is easier to understand than in this one. In City of Bones we kind of dive right into the story with very little development since Clary is very single minded and not really into learning about the world unlike Tessa, TID, who is more interesting in it and everything is better explained since she is trying to understand what the world is.

Yes I am glad I reread this book and I do plan on continuing my reread.

For those of you curious on my opinions on the adaptations, the movie is meh (Lily Collins was great) and the TV show is shit.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Glass Sword (Spoiler Free) Review

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Date Read: 5/8/18

I read Red Queen in the beginning of 7th grade. Now I am in 10th grade. It has been awhile. I wanted to continue on with this series and I really did enjoy the first book. Despite Red Queen not being one of the most original books, I remembered a lot of it and was ready to dive into Glass Sword. Sadly this book was a disappointment. (I did look up spoiler reviews of Red Queen before reading this book)

In this world the people with silver blood have powers and those with red blood do not. Our main character Mare has powers and is a red blood. Glass Sword takes place after the events of book 1 but because of spoilers, I am not going to give you a synopsis.

I heard mixed reviews about the second installment. I went into Glass Sword with very low expectations and still did not enjoy it that much. The beginning was slow and boring. I felt like nothing happened. I mean things did happen, it just was not exciting. I considered multiple times whether or not I should DNF it or not. I ended up pushing through and I am glad I did because the middle chunk of the book was actually good. The ending was eh so overall the book was just okay.

I felt like this book was longer than it had to be. The entire story, I felt at least, was entirely based on who you can trust or not.

There were a grand total of zero characters I loved. I mean I did like Farley and the rest I do not care about. I actually found the main character Mare to be extremely unlikable in this book. I remember liking her in book one but sadly not in this one. She made some very not so smart decisions and was very annoying. I did not like her narration that much as well. What I did wish for was that we saw more of Maven. Maven is a very interesting character and I actually do want to know what is going on in his world. Cal was eh. Kilorn, eh. Did not care much about them.

Would I have enjoyed this book more if I read it a year ago? Probably. I think my reading taste changed slightly since reading Red Queen and I ended up finding this book eh. If you want to read a book with an original concept, this series is not for you, but if you are okay with it, I would say give it a shot since everyone has different opinions on everything. I probably would not continue with this series to be honest since I do not really care to know what happens in the future books. Only time will tell though.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Renegades (Spoiler Free) Review

Renegades (Renegades, #1)Title: Renegades
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Renegades #1
My rating: 5/5 stars
Date Read: 4/21/18

I finally read Renegades and I freaking love every moment of it. I cannot believe this book took me so long to get too. I picked this book up because I was in a mood to read a book superhero related since Infinity War comes out soon and this book seemed like the perfect read and it was.

Marissa Meyer is one of my all time favorite authors so I did have a feeling I was going to love this book before I read it but I did not expect to love it this much. Meyer is known for her retellings and this book is not a retelling.

Renegades takes place in a world where there are prodigies with powers. In a way, it is sort of like the X-Men but not really. The good guys are the Renegades. They helped defeat the villains and helped rebuild society. In this book we follow two characters, Nova and Adrian. Nova is an Anarchist. She does not like the Renegades and Adrian is a Renegade.

From page one, I wanted to know what happens next. This is a huge book and I manage to fly through it. A lot of people say that this book was to long. I mean it is long, but I did not think it was to long. I really liked every moment of it.

I really enjoy the superhero and villain concept of this book and found it unique to the YA world. If you are a fan of Marvel or DC, you will probably like this book. I am not a fan of DC as the only DC movie I liked was Wonder Women, but I am a huge fan of the Marvel Universe.

Also Adrian has made it to my fictional crushes list. I mean it is hard to get on that list so congratulations!

Overall it is hard to get all my thoughts down without spoilers, and I am doing my best. I am currently writing this review and hour after I finished the book and I am still processing my thoughts. You know, is hard writing reviews for books you love so much! I will definitely be reading the sequel.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

American Panda (Spoiler Free) Review

American PandaTitle: American Panda
Author: Gloria Chao
My rating: 4 /5 stars
Date Read: 4/11/18

American Panda focuses on a Taiwanese American girl name Mei. She is a 17 year old and is starting her first year in MIT. Her parents sacrificed a lot for her and have planned her entire future out. She is to become a doctor and marry a Taiwanese guy that her parents approve. Mei however hates germs and has no interest in becoming a doctor. She also has a crush on a guy who is not Taiwanese.

I am half Taiwanese half Chinese and am born and currently live in America. Unlike Mei's parents, my parents are less strict than Mei's when following the Taiwanese and Chinese traditional culture. As long as a get good grades and study hard, they are happy.

Mei's and my life are very different, but they are also very similar. While reading this book, I did learn a lot about the Taiwanese culture that I did not know about. I did understand how Mei was feeling about both cultures and how being raised Chinese (Taiwan is and is not part of China. It is hard to explain) in America and accepting both cultures. It is had. Some of the small things like not knowing and never watching some of the TV shows that most Americans watch and having know idea what they are talking about is something we both have in common and I found that I did relate to Mei a lot throughout the story even though my parents have adapted a American Chinese Taiwanese lifestyle while her parents followed a strict traditional Taiwanese culture.

In this book Mei struggles with the decision of whether or not she wants to follow the path her parents set for her in the future, or confront them and tell them she wants to make her own choice. Her brother did not follow the path he was given my their parents and was actually disowned from the family. This of course makes Mei even more nervous to tell her parents.

This book was cute and I really liked Mei as a character. The writing was the thing that I was not the biggest fan of. I did like it, but it was not the best and it did not blow me out of the water. I felt like this book was missing something that would of made it amazing and I think it was the writing. I thought some parts would be a bit jumpy like it needed another scene to be there before the next scene happened. It may just be me because I know some people really like the writing.

Overall I really did enjoy this book and I would recommend it. It is an own voices book and as an own voices reviewer I can say that the representation is accurate from my point of view.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

May Wrap-Up (2018) + A Very Ambitious June TBR

Today I am sharing my May wrap-up and June TBR. In May I read a total of 5 books which is great considering that it was a crazy month. Since summer vacation is starting this month, I also have a crazy TBR. This is going to probably be a bad idea since I will be going on vacation on the 20th but oh well.

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)The first book I read in May was a reread and that book is Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I gave this 5/5 stars. If you did not know, I am rereading all of the Shadowhunter books in preparation for Queen of Air and Darkness. Clockwork Princess is probably my favorite Cassandra Clare book and I love it to pieces. This is the third book in The Infernal Devices trilogy. The story takes place in Victorian London. I love all the characters especially Will, Jem, and Tessa. Charlotte is definitely an underrated character and deserves more love. I highly recommend this trilogy.

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)The second book I completed was Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard which I gave a 2.5/5 stars. I did not hate it, it just was not my favorite and I had issues with it. I read Red Queen when I was in 7th grade and really liked. I finally decided to pick up Glass Sword and it was eh. I did remember what happened due to the hype and me reading some spoilery summaries but not remembering what happened in the previous book did not effect my enjoyment. The only character I really cared about was Maven. I did not care about Mare, Cal, and the others at all. In fact, I do not really like Mare that much. The fist half of the book was also really boring since nothing really happened. I may pick up the next book or I may not. I have no idea.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
The third book I finished was another reread and that is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I did lower by rating from 4 stars to 3.5. I still liked it but in all honesty, The Mortal Instruments is my least favorite Shadowhunter series. I am not a huge fan of Clary and Jace. I actually finished the series for the story line and Isabelle, Simon, and Alec because they are amazing. Overall I am glad I reread this book since it has been awhile since I read this book and I picked up so many things I missed the first time.

The Astonishing Color of AfterTh forth book I read was The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan. I love this book and gave it 5/5 stars. It was exactly what I wanted to read at the moment. The main character is half Taiwanese half White. I am half Taiwanese but half Chinese. So we are similar in a certain way. I love that this book takes place in Taiwan. I have been there before and I loved it. Yes night market food is amazing. There are also a lot of flashbacks in this book and I really liked them and I felt they added so much to the story. This book does have a trigger warning for suicide and depression.

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
The final book I read was In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park. This is an autobiography about a North Korean girl and how she escaped North Korea. This book was powerful and emotional and it is not an easy read. I do think that this is an important book and everyone should read it. I learned a lot in this book. Knowing everything that happens in this book happened in real life makes this story 20x more powerful. I do highly recommend it. Due to it being an autobiography, no rating.

Onto my very ambitious TBR. I have 10 books on my TBR this month and I do not expect to read them all.

1. My Oxford Year (current read)
2. I See London I See France
3. City of Ashes
4. Empire of Storms
5. Love and Gelato
6. The Star Touched Queen
7. Famous in Love
8. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
9. The Demon King
10. Flawless.

Do I expect to read every book on this list. No. But I need options. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you in my next post.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Click'd (Spoiler Free) Review

Click'dTitle: Click'd
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Series: Click'd #1
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Date Read: 3/31/18

Click'd is the book I needed at the moment which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. I need a easy read that was short and this book was just that. I read Every Last Word last year by the same author and I loved it so much. When I first head about Click'd I knew I had to read it because the concept sounded so cool and I am glad I did.

This is a middle grade book following a girl name Allie who is a 7th grader and is really interested in coding and quite good at it. During a summer camp called Code Girls, she creates this app called Click'd. The app helps connect two people with common interests together. Her app becomes viral in her school and then she notices a glitch she has to fix before the coding competition in order to beat her rival.

I am actually planning on studying computer science at the moment and I loved seeing the pros and cons of coding and it helped give me an insight on some problems I would face in the real world when it comes to code.

I do want to say that this book has a very important friendship element. I love that Allie has a great group of friends and that her parents are present in the book. I know. No romance to which was a refresher. It is a middle grade which could contribute to the no romance but still.

Even though this book focuses on Allie trying to fix the glitch in her app, she still does other things like play soccer in her free time.

Overall I do think this is an underrated book and more people should read this. Tamara Ireland Stone is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite authors.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Spoiler Free) Review

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightTitle: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author:Jennifer E. Smith
My rating: 1/5 stars
Date Read: 3/18/18

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was a book I really wanted to love. I went into this book with low expectations and still somehow did not like it.

I wanted to read a cute contemporary book and I thought this one was it. I read Jennifer E. Smith's other book This is What Happy Looks like and really enjoyed it. This one though was not for me. The story had so much potential and it ultimately let me down. I rarely give books one star because I usually DNF it before I finish it but this one was short so I ended up pushing through it. I actually skim read the second half.

This book follows a girl name Hadley who misses her flight to London by four minutes. She is on her way to her father's wedding. Hadley does not have a great relationship with her father and has never met her soon to be step mother. At the airport she meets a guy who sits in her row on the plane. They talk and eventually go there separate ways. It sounds like and is a classic contemporary. Yep instalove is back but you can kind of tell by the title.

Despite knowing that there was going to be instalove in this book, I still did not care about the love interest or the "romance." In my opinion, the love interest and Hadley had zero chemistry. I am not going to lie, instalove is not bad if done right.

The one thing that annoyed me the most was actually the writing style. This book is told in third person in present tense. This particular writing style is extremely hard for me to get into. It also made the story awkward in certain point. As soon as I started the book, I already knew this read was going to be eh because of the writing. If you read Three Dark Crowns by Kendre Blake and do not like the writing style and it affected you enjoyment of that book, do not read this one, you will have the same problem. At least I did. Would I enjoy this book more if the writing style was different and I honestly think so.

Hadley was not perfect which is one thing I did appreciate. She had flaws. Her family is not perfect but both of her parents, though separated, still love her and care for her.

Overall did not like it and it was not for me.

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