Spring Bullet Reviews

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Hello everyone, and happy spring! I have been meaning to do this post for a really long time now, and I am finally getting around to it. It is a compilation of mini reviews (aka bullet reviews, because BULLET POINTS) of several books that I have read in the past few months. Hopefully you can find even more books to add to your TBR or discover a new opinion on something you have already read.

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Replica by Lauren Oliver

  • First, I loved the uniqueness of the two-in-one thing. It really made for a fun reading experience! (I did get tired of flipping it over after a while though)
  • I chose to read it in alternating chapters from Gemma and Lyra’s points of view, though I have heard the stories can be read in any order or combination of alternating views.
  • I really enjoyed the characters! They were all individual and contributed something unique to the story.
  • Things were constantly happening! I was never bored at any point in the book. There was always something going on that kept the story moving forward.
  • Also, Lauren Oliver’s writing is generally just really great, and it makes the stories even better!
  • There were tons of plot twists and unexpected surprises. (That’s one reason I would suggest reading it in alternating chapters, because they go at the same pace, and reading one may spoil the other perspective for you.)
  • The whole concept was great, with the mysterious Haven Institute and its ties to each character.
  • Overall, a really great, captivating read! Here is the excerpt if you are interested!

 

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Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

  • I am a really big fan of Brendan and Kathy Reichs’ Virals series, so I was eager to read this one.
  • I maybe had my expectations a little too high, but I still enjoyed the book.
  • It had a lot of twists and turns that I did NOT see coming. There was one especially big one (in my opinion), but I will not say any more than that…
  • I did not really seem to connect with the characters all that much. Min just seemed very distant and unrelatable, Tack was more like the underappreciated childhood friend, and Noah would change his views constantly.
  • THAT SAID, I still liked all of them, I just was not as connected as I would like to be. However, Ethan and Sarah just got on my nerves. I know they are supposed to be like the “bad guys,” but I just didn’t enjoy their presence at all.
  • I sometimes would get confused about whose point of view I was reading (Min or Noah), and I would have liked to see more of a difference in their styles.
  • As I mentioned earlier, there are a ton of different things going on and many, many twists and turns. It had an interesting plot that kept me waiting to see what was coming next.
  • I mentioned a lot of negative aspects, but I really did like the story! It was not similar to anything I have read, and it was enjoyable!
  • Check out the description!

 

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

  • This has been on my TBR forever, and I finally decided to pick it up.
  • I’m super glad that I did, because this book is really light, fun, and creative.
  • First, I was surprised by the element of dystopian. I did not know that their world was based upon a caste system and interesting history, fully equipped with rebels and battle scenes.
  • The romance was blended nicely with the dystopian, and it made for a unique combination.
  • I really liked all of the characters! They were all really fun and enjoyable. Especially May, America’s younger sister. She always made me happy!
  • America starts out with this really great, loving, kind boyfriend named Aspen. WELL let’s just say The Selection happens and Aspen is not quite so great anymore.
  • Enter the wonderful Prince Maxon!
  • He is so adorable! Like, he’s very intelligent and prince-like, but he’s also funny and provides a fresh perspective for America.
  • I enjoyed their relationship and America’s relationship with the other girls in the Selection.
  • Overall, I’m glad that I started this series, and I hope the rest is just as amazing! It’s such a fun, likable read!
  • Here’s the blurb!
  • I have also finished The Elite and The One as of right now, and I have the next two ready to go!

 

Have you read any of these books? If so, did you enjoy them? Do you ever have the need for a book that is just a simple, fun read?

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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