Summer Bullet Reviews Ft. ACOTAR + Graphic Novels

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Hello, and happy summer! Today I’ve got some bullet reviews over several of the books that I have read so far this summer, including A Court of Thorns and Roses. I have also discovered graphic novels and all of their wonderful qualities. SO, I hope you enjoy!

tumblr_inline_nhxc3416fi1t2zl0yA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

  • I have FINALLY gotten around to reading this book (though I have yet to read the next two…)
  • It was really good! Though, it was soooo hyped that maybe my expectations were a little too high.
  • I really liked Feyre and Tamlin as characters, their personalities were very individual and their budding romance was really cute!
  • Unfortunately, I found the book to be really slow moving. There were some exciting, eventful parts, but they were not captivating enough for me.
  • The last hundred pages or so were especially boring in my opinion. It was just kind of the same thing over and over again. However, the VERY end was surprisingly good and made me eager to read the next book!
  • Is it true this is a Beauty and the Beast Retelling? Because I saw that somewhere and I can see the resemblance, but I never would have figured it out on my own…
  • SO, I really did enjoy the book, despite all my negativity. Maybe one day I will get around to reading the next two, (even though I literally have them sitting right here, just waiting to be read) and hopefully they can give me a little something more!

 

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  • Basically I had a sudden craving for some graphic novels and googled “best ya graphic novels” and this repeatedly came up.
  • THANK YOU GOOGLE for recommending me this wonderful book!!!
  • Nimona is absolutely adorable. She loves evil things and is kind of like a small child in a teenager’s body.
  • She comes across Ballister Blackheart (the local villain) and they become an amazingly wonderful, inseparable pair.
  • Oh, also Nimona is a shapeshifter, which makes her extremely valuable in their world.
  • The graphics are really neat and they have a fun, doodly vibe that enhances the lightness of the book.
  • The ending was very sudden and kind of confusing, but the rest of the book totally made up for it.
  • If you have never read a graphic novel or are looking for something new, I would highly recommend Nimona!!

 

The Legend Trilogy: In graphic novels!

  • I also found out that Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy has matching graphic novels!
  • Unfortunately, my local library only had the first two, so I have yet to read the Champion adaptation.
  • It was neat to see the characters really come alive in the pictures, which made for a great experience! However, they really lacked the detail that Lu has in her writing.
  • I did find the first book to move at an extremely fast pace, which would have been hard to follow had I not read the original books first.
  • Fortunately, Prodigy was waay better and gave so much life to the series.
  • If you enjoyed the Legend trilogy, you might want to check out the graphic novels!

 

Random thoughts:

  • July has been a really awful reading month for me, and its kind of sad. ūüė¶ I just can’t find books that I enjoy, and have no desire to finish the ones I am currently reading, even though they really aren’t terrible.
  • I have also been extremely busy, so blogging has not been happening a whole lot, though I recently came up with several great post ideas!
  • I can’t believe that July is over and school is growing ever closer…

 

Have you been having a lovely summer? Do you ever feel as if you will never find another great book again? What do you think of graphic novels?

New Releases in March & Bullet Review

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I have compiled a list of some of the books that will be released this March. Of course this is not nearly all of them, just some that I am excited for or have heard a lot about. I hope you can find some to add to your long list of things to read!

March 7

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zenter: A boy blames himself for the deaths of three of his friends, and he helps their families get through this hard time in unique ways. It sounds devastating, but I look forward to giving it a try!

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz:¬†This book is centered around family, friends, and the power of love. I’m super excited to read both this and Aristotle & Dante. (No, I have not read that one yet, but hopefully soon!)

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton: The sequel to Rebel of the Sands. I have heard wonderful things about this series, and I hope to read it soon.

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner:¬†A book with diversity and art. It can’t get any better than that! A deaf student gets involved in a graffiti war while trying to fit in at a new school, definitely sounds interesting!

March 21

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs:¬†I’m a huge fan of¬†Virals, so I’m willing to give any of the Reichs’ books a try.¬†Nemesis sounds full of secrets and mysterious happenings that require two teens to take action.

Shadow Run¬†by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller:¬†A sci-fi story with a young, female captain and an undercover prince aboard a spaceship. Hmm… sounds like a great book for Star Wars fans!

March 28

Blood Rose Rebellion¬†by Rosalyn Eves:¬†A novel for fans of The¬†Red Queen, a place where blood defines you. (I have not yet read Red Queen, but it’s on my shelf waiting for me!) Also, the cover is super great.

Radio Silence¬†by Alice Oseman:¬†A book about a girl who finds herself in the guy who’s in her favorite podcast. I heard so many good things about this one; I hope it lives up to the hype.

Strange the Dreamer¬†by Laini Taylor:¬†Librarians, dreams, and mysterious worlds collide in this novel. I was drawn in by the many questions in the summary, and I’m really excited for this one!

Bullet Review of Wires and Nerve

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I absolutely adore Meyer’s¬†Lunar Chronicles, and I was super pumped to read her newest graphic novel. I have never read a graphic novel, but it did not disappoint!

  • All of the original characters were present, and you can see what happened to them after the conclusion of¬†Winter.¬†
  • Iko is the main character of this series, and she has all of her quirks from the previous books
  • Levana’s lunar soldiers are still roaming earth, so Iko is working to get them back to Luna.
  • Unfortunately, it was a very fast read (I did not want it to end)
  • The pictures represent the characters and locations very well, however some were very different from what I had originally imagined them to be.
  • The plot moves quickly, but the book is fairly short.
  • I loved being back in Cinder’s world!
  • The graphic novel nature of the book adds some fun aspects; it gives the action scenes a totally different vibe than a normal book.
  • It’s Marissa Meyer OMG what’s not to like
  • Now I must wait a whole year for the next one to come out…

 

Chat with me! What March releases are you looking forward to? Have you read the Lunar Chronicles or Wires and Nerve? What do you think of them?

 

Top 6 Favorite Books of Ever

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For one of my first posts, I thought I would do something that kind of introduces me a little while sharing some books that are super great. Thus, I have settled upon six of my favorite books (and series) to share! It was very difficult for me to choose just six, but I have done it, and I hope you enjoy it! (The honorable mentions will be listed at the bottom because I still love them, too.) Side note: there is no particular order and I love all of my favorites equally. I have also compiled a list of some of the qualities I look for in a good book. So, to the lists we go!

*I am new to the wonderful world of book photography, so please try not to judge me too hard…

Best book qualities:

  • Dynamic & unique characters
  • Interesting & unpredictable plot
  • Writing with lots of details & imagery
  • Paints a masterpiece inside my head
  • Cute (but NOT overwhelming) romance
  • Includes a topic/thing I already enjoy
  • Provides a new perspective on something old
  • Aesthetically pleasing cover (I know, I know…)
  • Gripping summary/ informative blurb

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1. The Lunar Chronicles

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is an amazing series that incorporates retellings of classic fairy tales. It sends you to a futuristic world where cyborgs and all kinds of other crazy technology exists. Cinder, the main character (in the first book), is a cyborg who works at a mechanic booth to earn money for her evil stepmother. An unusual encounter with Prince Kai causes Cinder to become tied up in a war between the Earth and Luna (a society on the moon).

Each of the six books adds a new character, whom are all a part of a different fairy tale, excluding the last book,¬†Stars Above.¬†All of the characters contribute to the story in a different way, and they all play an important role. There are tons of super cute relationships, too! Overall, it’s a really great read, full of humor, romance, and fairy tales with a sci-fi twist. You can read the excerpts of all the books¬†here. There’s also a coloring book that goes along with the series, and a new graphic novel that came out last month!

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2. Percy Jackson & The Olympians

I know this is a very well-loved series, but I’m going to say it again. This was probably one of the first books that really got me hooked on reading. I enjoyed the sarcastic remarks and extremely relatable characters. They had magic powers and gods for parents, but so what? Their lives were super easy to relate to, especially in the way the Riordan wrote. His works are hilarious, passionate, and meaningful. This is a must-read book for people of all ages.

Even the second series is great,¬†The Heroes of Olympus. It maintains that level of humor while adding new twists and turns. Even more characters are introduced, and they all became so dear to me. I also loved the fact that I learned a bunch of stuff about Greek Gods, and I didn’t eve know it! Thank you, Rick Riordan, for creating such a wonderful masterpiece! You can read the excerpts of the books¬†here.

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3. The Illuminae Files

This is a fairly new series, but it is powerful. I came across¬†Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, at the bookstore, and the cover caught my eye. It’s extremely bright, so it drew me in. I was definitely not disappointed. It is written through various types of media, including emails, video surveillance, personal messages, and images made of words. This style of writing is not something I have seen before, but I loved it! The pictures add so much effect, and the book really wouldn’t be the same without it.

It is about Kady and Ezra, who have recently broke up. Unfortunately, their planet is attacked and people are forced to evacuate into spaceships. Everything basically goes wrong from there. Luckily, pictures and fun text makes it all better, right? Anyways, I instantly fell in love with the book. The second book,¬†Gemina, adds new characters with completely different goals. There is also a ton of science jargon (which I found super cool because I’m a nerd). The next book is scheduled to release in October of 2017, and I shall wait eagerly! The excerpt of the book can be found¬†here.

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4. Harry Potter

I know that you’re thinking Harry Potter is such an over talked about series, but it really is great! Rowling’s writing is beautiful and very detailed, and her characters are vivid with realistic personalities. You can relate to them and their everyday problems, despite the fact that they live in a magical world. Speaking of magical worlds, who doesn’t love a place where you can say something and then whatever task is done for you? A dream come true for lazy people, am I right! (I would know, as I am practically the queen of lazy).

Overall, it’s definitely worth your time if you have not read it yet. The writing, the world, and the characters are all fantastic, and you will instantly fall in love. Harry will make you wish to be a part of his world, and his friends will make you appreciate the power of friendship and love and the will to do good. It’s definitely worth the hype, and certainly deserves it.

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5. The Legend Trilogy

Marie Lu’s¬†Legend was an award nominee several years ago in my state, and I heard many good things about it. I decided to give it a try, and I fell in love. The rest of the trilogy did not disappoint either. Day is a criminal mastermind evading the law, while June is a well-educated young lady working for the military. Their futuristic society is fully equipped with a corrupt government and young people causing a revolution. Seems stereotypical, but the book is far from it.

I love, love, love the characters, and their relationship is adorable! You can relate to them, and the alternating POV allows you to connect to each character. Also, Day’s sections are printed in colored text that corresponds to the cover, which is fun. The cliffhangers and the ending might destroy you, but it’s totally worth it! I soared through these books, a little too quickly, unfortunately. Definitely will be a re-read for me in the future. If you’re looking for a good dystopian read, give¬†Legend¬†a try. You can read the blurbs¬†here.

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Unfortunately, I do not own a copy of We Were Liars, so I could not take a picture of it.

6. We Were Liars

This book basically ruined my life for a few days. It was SO powerful and emotional.¬†We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is phenomenal, gripping, and crazy good. I had a hard time figuring out what it was about, but I now believe that it is better to go in blind. I will say that Cadence is from a rich family, and they all spend the summer on an island. Stuff happens… and BOOM, plot twist. You will not even see it coming, dear friend.

I have seen many mixed reviews on this one, it seems people either love it or hate it. I just happen to adore it. The writing style was really unique. It was raw and full of emotion. Some readers said it was choppy and difficult to understand, but I thought that it was more powerful and meaningful that way. It showed more of the kind of person that Cadence is. I would HIGHLY recommend this one, at least give it a try. This book provides an experience that you do not want to miss. You can read (a very vague) summary here.

Honorable Mentions

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Maximum Ride by James Patterson
  • Virals by Kathy Reichs
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  • The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Chat with me! What are some of your favorite books? What qualities do you look for in a good book? What makes a book favorite-worthy?

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Review: This Savage Song by Victoria SchwabÔĽŅ

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date: July 5, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Series: Monsters of Verity, book 1

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city‚ÄĒa city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent‚ÄĒbut he‚Äôs one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who‚Äôs just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August‚Äôs secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

I picked out¬†This Savage Song¬†for an independent reading project for school thinking that it couldn’t be terrible. I was quite pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. I have not read any books by Victoria Schwab, so I did not really know what to expect. Her writing style is different from what I am used to, but I began to really like it and the characters.

Writing & Plot

I really enjoyed the book, however it started out a bit boring. Personally, I am not a huge fan of books written in third person, and this one was. That was probably part of why I had trouble getting in to it. Once I got used to it, though, I really started to appreciate all of the details and imagery.

The actual story itself did not pick up for a while, either. I was really confused for a while, and did not really know what was going on. There was no explanation of the types of monsters, the characters’ backgrounds, or the history of their city, Verity (unless I just missed it, which is quite possible). More solid information was given later on, but the beginning was confusing.

On a more positive note, I noticed that August would recall things that were mentioned beforehand, and the exact words would be in italics. It really felt like you could feel his thoughts and feelings, even though it was in third person. The words used were powerful and raw, exposing the characters’ emotions. I always love a book that makes you feel exactly what the characters are feeling, whether it be happy, sad, or something in between.

“Suddenly normal felt so far away. It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he felt human only after doing something monstrous. Which made him wonder if that brief glimpse of humanity was really just an illusion, an echo of the life he’d taken. An impostor sensation.¬†Leo’s voice came to him, simple and steady.¬†This is what you do. What you are. ¬†Ilsa’s rose to meet it.¬†Find the good in it.

 

Characters

The book follows two main characters, August and Kate. They meet at school, in unconventional circumstances. Kate is feared by many of the students, due to her father and many of the rumors that surround their family. August goes by another name, Freddie, so he is not recognized by anyone dangerous.

Kate is a very tough, determined character. She wants to prove herself to her father, who is ruthless and extremely powerful over the North side of Verity. I found her a little unrelatable at first, because she seemed very destructive and unwilling to follow rules. Later, though, her true motives are revealed, and she simply wants to be loved and accepted by her father. I really felt for her after that, and wanted her to find her way in the world without feeling the need to impress others.

August is a Sunai, the most mysterious of the three types of monster. There are only three Sunai, August and his brother and sister. He desperately wants to find a path that doesn’t involve being a monster and doing monsterly things. He wishes to be human and live a normal life. His father is in control of South Verity, so his brother works for the FTF, a military-like group that protects the town from the monsters.

August is an extremely lovable character; he’s cute and really relatable despite him being a monster. He has a simple goal in life: to be normal and accepted (which I thought was a prominent theme, so it will be discussed below). Of course, nearly everyone can relate to that. I was rooting for him throughout the book and wanted him to make peace with himself.

Many of the “background” characters were pleasant and had more important roles than I originally thought. Ilsa was very interesting, while Leo was tough and a bit rough around the edges (maybe in the middle too…). I enjoyed Ilsa’s unique and wise personality. She added a nice touch of feminine flair¬†that would have been lacking otherwise. Kate was less girly, so she did not quite fit that role. Anyways, every character turned out to be vital to the story is some way, and they all brought something unique to the story.

As for relationships, there weren’t very many, which was both disappointing and refreshing. I’m a sucker for a ¬†good romance, but it was very nice to have a book where the characters do not jump straight into a relationship. However, I do hope that something happens between Kate and August in the upcoming book(s).

Themes

I found there to be two prominent themes in This Savage Song, one of them being the power of music. Music is depicted as something that is very strong and can make people feel a certain way. August is able to use it to make normal people feel calm or far away from reality, and he can use it to disable and weaken monsters and criminals. Either way, it is a very powerful, tool that he has. It is similar in our lives, too.

As a musician myself, I know that I want to be able to pull the audience into the music that I am making and evoke certain emotions. Everyone listens to music, and we all have a favorite song. That song makes us feel a specific way, and we like whatever it may be. The music and emotions are described beautifully throughout the book, and there is no better way to connect with readers than through music.

Secondly, I found that both characters wanted to find some form of acceptance within their lives. They each wanted to be appreciated, cared for, and given a chance to break away from their stereotypes. Kate wants to impress her father and escape the rumors surrounding her family. For August, it simply means living a normal life that is far from that of a monster.

Everyone has wants to be loved, and has felt underappreciated or unimportant at some point in their life. Especially as teens, readers may feel this way. I think that we can all learn a little from this book: it is okay to be different. This message is powerful. I appreciate the things this book is trying to tell us, and Schwab has executed her plans wonderfully.

“A single, resonant note swept though the tunnel, and everything¬†stopped.¬†Sound vibrated through the air as he drew a second sound, and then a third, the chords fusing together as they formed. The music was like a blade, knifing through the dark.”

 

Overview

This Savage Song is beautiful and captivating. I had a very hard time putting it down. The characters were three-dimensional and realistic, while the futuristic society was described with finesse. There is SO much detail in this book, it was amazing! The ending was full of surprising twists and turns, and I shall eagerly await the next book, Our Dark Duet. (Unfortunately, it is not released until June).