Cover Characteristic | Green Covers

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Cover Characteristic is a weekly meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Each week, they post a different characteristic and you have to choose 5 of your favorite covers that feature that characteristic. This week’s characteristic is green covers. The following list is in no particular order.


1. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me

2. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater's Daughter

3. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception

4. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone

5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire


What are some of your favorite covers with the color green on them? Comment down below or link me to your own Cover Characteristic post!

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Stacking The Shelves #2

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where you share the books you’ve added to your shelves recently. This can include books that you’ve bought, borrowed, or received as gifts/for review, whether they be physical books or eBooks.


Library Books

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Bought

The Wrath and the Dawn


What books have you added to your shelves recently? Which book are you most excited to read? Let me know in the comments or link me to your Stacking The Shelves post!

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Friday Finds #5

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads this week!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Series: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publication Date: March 1, 2012

Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 295

Synopsis: Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

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I first heard of this book quite a long time ago. I never really knew what it was about; I only knew that some people loved it and others hated it. I didn’t give it another thought until April when the trailer for the movie was released. The trailer made the movie and, in turn, the book seem really funny and interesting. I added the book to my TBR and waited for a time when I was in the mood for a funny and quick read. That brings us to present time. Since I had just read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (which was a really heavy and emotional book), I decided I needed something to make me laugh before continuing on with another fantasy novel. So I went to my library, checked out Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and started it later that night.

The book actually started out okay. I laughed at a few things and I liked the informal tone the author used. As it went on, however, I got more and more tired of it. I especially didn’t care for all the profanity. Normally, I don’t mind if there is a swear word here and there. In this book though, it seemed like every other word was something inappropriate. I know that some people probably would think the profanity adds to the humor, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

As for the characters, I didn’t like them either. Apart from Greg and Earl, no one else seemed to have any sort of personality. I didn’t connect with any of the characters. They were either annoying to me or I felt nothing towards them. I also found myself not caring what happened next – I was just trying to finish the book.

Overall, I think this book is really hit or miss; either you love it or you hate it. Unfortunately, I was part of the latter group. As for the movie, I might still watch it. I don’t see myself going to the movie theater on opening night or anything, but if becomes available on Netflix, I might give it a try.

1-star

1 star

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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An Ember in the Ashes

Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 446

Synopsis: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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This book has been so hyped up for the last couple of months that I’d be truly shocked if you’ve never heard of it. Sometimes when books are too hyped, it makes me not want to read them. This wasn’t the case for An Ember in the Ashes. As soon as I heard this book’s synopsis, I immediately put it on my TBR. It sounded so intriguing and different from other books I’ve read. I can tell you straight up that I wasn’t disappointed at all.

However, the book started off sort of slow for me. Since this pretty much was the only negative quality for me, I’m not complaining too much. In fantasy books, I need time to get accustomed to the world, the characters, and any new terminology that may be used. After I got more comfortable in understanding these things, I really got interested.

I ended up loving a majority of the characters in this book – apart from our villains of course. Laia and Elias were strong main characters. The way they interacted with one another was very realistic considering the world they live in. Also, I liked how the author didn’t push a huge romance angle on them right from the start. Sometimes in novels, one character will excuse every other negative quality the romantic interest has just because that person is attractive. I thought it was very refreshing that Laia didn’t do that. Laia was always taught that Masks weren’t to be trusted, so it took her a long time to trust Elias.

As for Helene, I didn’t think I would like her. However, even though she made some questionable choices, I ended up really feeling for her. She probably had it the hardest of any other students at Blackcliff Academy. She was the only girl so she constantly had to prove herself. She also had to deal with ignorant, pig-headed guys like Marcus who see her as someone who needs to be conquered. Helene did an excellent job at holding her own and I really respected her for that. As for Keenan, I didn’t completely love him, but I didn’t dislike him either. Like Laia, he has experienced so much pain and loss. He’s trying his best to move on and make some change. For some reason though, I just couldn’t truly connect to his character.

Whether it be having their eye cut out at age 5, being abandoned by their mother, losing their whole family, being enslaved for years and being tortured every day, etc, each character experienced some sort of tragedy. While the things that happened to them were horrible, I found that they helped me to connect emotionally to each character. Sabaa Tahir did a wonderful job of making her characters feel very authentic. She is such an excellent writer that she even made me feel a moment of sympathy for one of the book’s most horrible characters, Marcus.

Overall, I really loved this novel. The writing, characters, and plot were fantastic. I’m so glad there is a sequel because the ending was just not complete! I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Recommended to: Those who enjoyed The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, and Red Rising by Pierce Brown.

4-5-stars

4.5 out of 5 stars

 

Happy Book Birthday To… (#3)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here. Without further ado, Happy Book Birthday to the following books and their authors!


P.S. I Still Love You

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Author: Jenny Han

Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 337

Synopsis: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

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The Cage

The Cage

Author: Megan Shepherd

Series: The Cage #1

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 400

Synopsis: When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon


 Daughter of Deep Silence

Daughter of Deep Silence

Author: Carrie Ryan

Series: N/A

Publisher: Dutton Books

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Pages: 375

Synopsis: I’m the daughter of murdered parents. I’m the friend of a dead girl. I’m the lover of my enemy. And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon


Are any these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited to read? Let me know down in the comments!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #2

It's Monday What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where you share what you read in the past week, what you hope to read this week, and anything else in between!


Between Monday, May 18th and now, I’ve completed the following books:

Last 3 reads (14)

I didn’t read as much this week as I did last week. However, last week I participated in Bout of Books read-a-thon so I really pushed myself to read a lot. This week was a lot more laid back. Still, I finished 3 books, which I’m extremely happy with!

What I want to read next:

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I actually have no clue which book I’m going to read next. These are a few books from my TBR that I have in mind though. After reading An Ember in the Ashes, I think I want to take a small break from fantasy and read something more light-hearted. That being said, I probably won’t read The Wrath and the Dawn or The Girl at Midnight straight away. I really want to dive into those soon though!


Have you read any good books recently? What do you plan on reading next? Let me know in the comments!

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Cover Characteristic | Swords

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Cover Characteristic is a weekly meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Each week, they post a different characteristic and you have to choose 5 of your favorite covers that feature that characteristic. This week’s characteristic is swords. It took me awhile to find 5 covers that I liked that had swords on them. Even then, I’m not sure if some of them even qualify as swords. Oh well. They’ll have to do! The following list is in no particular order.


1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass

2. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight

3. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Crime

4. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites

5. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Legacy of Kings


What are some of your favorite covers with swords on them? Comment down below or link me to your own Cover Characteristic post!

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Friday Finds #4

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads this week!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Sequels I Need to Read

Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you give ten answers to the topic for the week. To find a list of upcoming topics, go here. This week’s topic is a freebie. Since I had already wanted to make a post about this topic, I decided to just include it in my TTT post!

The other day as I was looking at my bookshelf, I realized that there are quite a lot of sequels I haven’t read yet – whether they be part of a series, trilogy, duology, etc. For this post, I’m only including books that have already been published. Also please note that these are in no particular order.

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