Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Vampire Academy Review

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Date Read: 4/17/17

This book is trash, but addictive trash. The perfect book if you are in a reading slump and need something that is not hard to follow and addictive.

I never read a book based on Vampires (unless TID, TMI, and TDA count). Yes, I haven't read Twilight yet and yes, I don't plan on reading it because I already know I will hate it.

Vasilissa, Lissa, is a Moroi, which is a type of vampire that is mortal, can tolerate some sunlight, and possesses some magic. She has a rare gift and has to be protected from the Strigoi, the immortal vampires who are more powerful. Rose Hathaway is a dhampir which means she has both human blood and vampire blood in her system. She can eat normal food and has no problems standing under the sun. If you are still confused, don't worry, the book explains what each one is very well.

This book is told in first person and we follow Rose Hathaway's point of view. Rose and Lissa ran away from the St. Vladimir's Academy and escaped for two years. Now they are caught and sent back to the academy. There are stuff that happens but I feel like if I tell you what it is it may ruin the enjoyment of the book so I am not going to tell you.

The writing style is easy to follow. It is easy to figure out what is happening making it easy to just dive into the story. I will say though that at times, I found the narrator a bit annoying mainly when she repeats herself on how attractive a guy is over and over.

My favourite character by far is Christian. I wished we saw him a bit more throughout the book. He is a student that is "invisible" at the academy meaning no one really notices his.

Rose and Lissa's friendship is amazing. A female friendship in a book, sign me up. I feel like we need to see more female friendships in books. Authors you can still have romance and strong female friendship! Both Lissa and Rose stand up for each other and try to do what is best for one another and I loved that aspect so much. I am the book focused a lot on the friendship.

I do recommend this book for reading slumps and overall did enjoy it. The main reason though why I gave 3.5 stars and not 4 is because it didn't really stand out to me.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stalking Jack the Ripper Review

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 4/5 stars
Date Read: 4/15/17

Stalking Jack the Ripper is one of the books I went into with extremely low expectations. I've been hearing a lot of mixed reviews on it. To be honest I never thought I would pick it up. I am so glad I did though.

This is a Jack the Ripper retelling. If you don't know Jack the Ripper is a murderer in London in the past. He is one of the most famous yet know one knows who he really is.

The story is told in first person and we follow the point of view of Audrey Rose Wadsworth. Audrey Rose breaks societies exceptions. She often sneaks off to her Uncle's laboratory to study the human body. She studies the body's of the Ripper's victims trying to solve the murders and figure out why he is doing it and who it is.

When reading I had so much fun trying to solve the mystery myself. I kept changing my opinion on who the Ripper is. Did I get it right, no, but I won't tell you who I predicted was the Ripper.

Audrey Rose is a strong female character. I liked reading from her point of view. She is a character that does not like to be told what to do, but is also very curious and her actions made sense most of the time. She was such a good character.

Thomas is also a main character. He is one of my favourite characters and I shipped him and Audrey Rose together so hard. When I was reading I was like ship don't sink, ship don't sink. I won't tell you if it sunk or sailed. You have to read it to figure it out.

Note this book does contain pictures and some of them are not that pleasant.

The beginning was really slow and I wanted to DNF at first. As the book went on it gradually got better and better till I could not put it down. After the first half I was hooked. I felt like the beginning nothing really happened which is probably why I was bored in the beginning. I am so glad I gave it a chance. I need the sequel now!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stand Alone Recommendations 1.0

Today I will be sharing with you some of my favourite stand alone books. I like stand alone books because it does not require too much commitment.

Since You've Been GoneThe first book I will be recommending is Since You've been gone by Morgan Matson. This book follows a girl named Emily Hughs who is shy and likes to hide behind her outgoing BFF Sloane. One day Sloane disappears and no one knew where she went. The only thing she left behind for Emily was a to-do list. Some of the list has easy things like going apple picking at night. Other things are crazy like skinny dipping. Emily believes that if she completes the list she will find Sloane. Along the way she meets new friends. I love this book and I think it is more of a summery book since it takes place during summer. I really love the story line and characters.

Second Chance Summer I also have to mention another Morgan Matson book. This one is Second Chance Summer. This book is about a girl named Taylor and her father receives unexpected news. He decides to spend the summer in their beach house. Taylor hasn't been there since she was 12 and at 17 she now has to face everything she left behind including two of her past very good friends Lucy Marino and Henry Crosby. We do get flashbacks telling us what happened. I really enjoyed this book and I love the family element in it. It added so much more to the story. Again,  I highly recommend it. 

The Book Thief The next book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is a historical fiction novel following a girl named Liesel Meminger. She lives in Germany during Word War II. As you can tell from the title, she steals books. One thing interesting is that it is narrated by death. It makes the book very unique and interesting. Death sometimes spoils parts of the book but it still is so interesting. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.

Salt to the Sea Another good book that takes place during World War II is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This book follows four different characters point of view from four different countries. The story is very powerful. It is so hard to explain. It has to do with getting to safety. I did love the writing style and I found the story very informative as well.

The Night Circus The next book is the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. In this book, the circus comes to different places and towns without any warning. The circus only opens at night. I recommend going into this book without knowing much about it. The writing style is beautiful and it is so atmospherics. It does have similarities to Caraval by Stephanie Garber and I did like it better than Caraval so if you liked Caraval I think you will enjoy this book. I do not recommend reading this during a reading slump.

The Scorpio Races The final book I have to recommend is the Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvator. This book is told in first person by two different characters named Sean Kendrick and Kate "Puck" Connolly. They both live on an Island and every November their is a race called the Scorpio Races, where people race horses and Water Horses. Water horses eat meat and live in the water. Sean Kendrick is a returning champion and has his own reasons to win this particular race. Puck to never planned on entering the race but fate hasn't given her a choice. She is the first girl ever to enter the races.

Those were my standalone recommendations and I hope you check some of them out! Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

This Is What Happy Looks Like Review

This Is What Happy Looks Like (This is What Happy Looks Like, #1)This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
My rating: 3/5 stars
Date Read: 4/9/17

I recently got out of a reading slum and I can feel another one coming. I decided to pick up a cheesy quick read and this is the book I needed at the moment because I no longer feel the slump coming.

This Is What Happy Looks Like starts off when Graham Larkin accidentally sends an email about his pet pig Wilbur to the wrong person being Ellie O'Neil. They start talking through Email however, their names are never mentioned to the other person. Graham is a really famous actor and is playing a part that is being filmed in Maine where Ellie lives. Ellie however wants to avoid the cameras and the life of a star.

This was a really fast read and perfect for reading slumps so I will be reading the authors other books when I feel a slump coming. I will say though I did find some problem. I really liked the beginning of the book. It was interesting and I wanted to know what happens next. As the story progressed I started to loose a bit of interest. Ellie has a secret which we learn about really fast and when it was revealed it was like okay we knew it for awhile and it was not a surprise. I found the pacing a bit odd. This book takes place throughout one month. The first few days took up a huge chunk of the book and the last three days took up another huge chunk of the book and the middle of the month was shoved in the middle of the book, but I felt like it would of been okay if it was a bit more developed.

This book is written in first person. We follow the point of view of the two main characters, Ellie and Graham. I personally like Ellie's POV better. I feel like I liked Ellie better than Graham in general. I cannot pin point why. I just did.

Overall I do recommend this. It is cute and a quick read and again perfect for a reading slump.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Salt to the Sea Review

Salt to the SeaSalt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
My rating: 4/5 stars
Date Read: 4/4/17

I use to hate historical fictions. After reading a few of them I started to like them. Since I was in the mood for some historical fiction I decided to pick this one up. I loved it. It was very interesting while at the same time teaching me about the events that happened. This story takes place during world war II. If you love historical fiction I highly recommend Ruta Sepetys books.

Salt to the Sea follows four different characters. The book is told by all four of their point of views. The chapters are extremely short so it feels like you are reading very fast. One thing to note is that it changes perspectives every few pages. Sometimes even less than a page. If you don't like books told in multiple point of views Salt to the Sea may not be the book for you.

I found the beginning very confusing to be honest. The perspectives jumping every few pages made it hard for me to figure out what was going on at first. But eventually it all made sense and I fell in love with it.

This is not exactly a happy book. It takes place again in World War II. I only read one other book that takes place in World War II, the other being the Book Thief and I actually like this book better.

The book is told in first person and the narrators are teenagers. The characters names are Emilia, Florian, Joana, and Alfred. All the characters are from different countries. Florian from Prussia, Emilia Poland, Joana Lithuania, and Alfred I forgot or they never mentioned it. He was on the boat 99% of the book. In this book their is hardly any romance but there is still a little. The romance was not overdone which made the book better.

Overall it is one of my favourite historical fictions and I highly recommend it. It taught me a lot about the time period and about World War II. I

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Popular Series I haven't Started Yet.

Today I am talking about popular Series I haven't started yet. I am super excited to read all of these.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)The first sereis I have to talk about is Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I heard mixed reviews about it but I still really want to read it. I have absolutely no idea what this books is about. I know it has to do with vampires in a school and there is a character names Rose? I will be read it and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. No Spoilers.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)The next series is a very popular series. The A Court of Thorns and Roses Series By Sarah J. Maas. I haven't read it. I know. Shame on me. I plan on starting it soon. I am just waiting for the third book to come out because I feel I want to marathon the first three books. This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It follows a girl named Feyre and she kills a wolf and she is taken captive by the faerie king. Do not quote me. I honestly am not sure if I got the synopsis correct. I am super excited to start whenever I do start it!

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)The next one I will be talking about is The Darker Shade of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab. I have read her  Archives series and I did enjoy it and am anticipating the second book. A Darker Shade of Magic take place where there are different colour worlds? Something like that. I know that there is a Black London and a White London, something along those lines. The last book was recently released and I know so many people are loved it. My goodreads feed was literally all A Conjuring of Light when it was released.

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)The next one is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I really want to read this and the movie stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. Sold. I heard so many good things about it and I don't know much about it other that it is sad and that many people cried. This is a duology so I guess it counts as a series right? I do plan on reading this book this year.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)The next series I am going to talk about is another trilogy. The Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. I heard mixed reviews about it. It is about a girl named Juliet and everything she touches breaks. Yes? I don't really know. I usually go into my books without knowing much about it. I know there is a love triangle in it. I remember seeing so much about this trilogy during the dystopian era and I haven't seen much about it lately but I still do want to read it.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)The next one is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor. Like Shatter Me I heard a lot about it a couple years ago but the hype has now died down. I know this book is about monsters and that's it. Taylor's other book Strange the Dreamer has recently come out and it is motivating me more to read this book. And I really like the cover. the blue really stands out and it looks very pretty.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is another series I haven't started. I know it follows a girl named Mara Dyer that has no memory of an accident. I heard a lot about it and I know a lot of people like this trilogy but I lot of people are not a fan of it as well. However, I am excited to start it and I will hopefully, like all these other books, get to it soon.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)The last series I have to talk about is This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Like I mentioned before I only read her Archived series and I do recommend that series. I heard that this is not her best book but the concept is so unique and the cover is gorgeous. This book takes place in a world where monsters are born when bad things happen (something along those lines don't quote me on it.) One of our characters is a human and the other is a monster. The monster wants to be a human and the human wants to be a monster. Even though I heard it is not Schwab's best book, I still am really excited to read it.

Those are some of the popular series I haven't read. Have you read any of these? If you have please comment below your thoughts. No spoilers please. Also tell me which ones I should books up on my TBR. Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Anna and the French Kiss Review

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 3.5 or 4/5 stars still deciding
Date Read: 3/26/17

I feel like I am one of the only people who hasn't read Anna and the French Kiss yet. I did it. I finally read it. It was a really enjoyable and cute.

We follow a girl named Anna and her father sends her away to SOAP (School of America in Paris). Anna goes to Paris and she is not enthusiastic about it. In the beginning of the story she meets a group of people Meredith, Rishmi, Josh, and Etienne (St. Clair).

I thought this book was cute. It is a fluffy read and I would recommend it to people in a reading slump. However this book is not for all people. If you are not a fan of contemporary I am not sure if you will like this book. Just a fair warning.

Anna does make a HP reference in the beginning of the story and it made me fangirl.

My favourite character is probably not one of the popular characters. Rishmi. There is something about her that I love. I can't pin point what it is. She seems realistic and she is super smart. Etienne is a funny character I will admit. Unpopular opinion, he is not my favourite character. I started to find Etienne annoying at some parts of the book. Anna. Anna is a character I am not sure how I feel about. I really found her irritating at times to be honest. I found some of her actions making me cringe as well. Can't say too much due to spoilers.

This book does have its cheesy moments too.

If you don't know French Google Translate can be handy. They only say a few words in French but it helps with pronunciation.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and if you are a contemporary lover, you will LOVE this book. I do plan on finishing the series one day.

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