I’m not thankful for all books?

This week’s top 5 Wednesday topic is: books you’re thankful for. Of course I’m thankful for books in general, I don’t know what my life would be without them, but these are just a few special books!

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. When I was younger I thought that my love of reading wasn’t normal and was really insecure. This book showed me that being a fangirl is okay!
  2. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I read this recently and I haven’t enjoyed a contemporary in a while. This gave me the hope that I can enjoy a contemporary!
  3. The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino. So much wisdom in this book!
  4. Divergent by Veronica Roth. This is one of the first YA books that I fell in love with.
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This rekindled my love for YA (I was losing hope in the genre before I read this).

What are some books that you’re really thankful for? Let me know in a comment!

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I haven’t read a book this good in a while! (spoiler-free review)

Title – Zenith

Author – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Rating – 5/5

Release Date – January 16th, 2018

Publisher – Harlequin Teen

Format – ARC (received from publisher; thank you so much!)

Zenith is an epic sci-fi novel following Androma Racella, or, more commonly known as the Bloody Baroness. Androma and her crew travel the galaxies upon the Marauder, trying to escape their past and earn a living. Full of action, a dynamic cast of characters, and emotion, Zenith is perfect for sci-fi lovers and even those new to the sci-fi genre!

Wow, just wow. I’m writing this review right after having finished the book and I am speechless. I didn’t know what to expect since I’d never really read a sci-fi before, but I can definitely say that I am looking forward to reading more from this genre.

Zenith hits you with action and intrigue right at the beginning. Flashbacks are thrown in as chapters between chapters from the present, drawing you into the story. A vast and complicated world is hinted at and explored as you continue reading which just always leaves you wanting more. The beginning had me hooked onto the story and it made the whole book so addicting; the 500 pages felt like nothing! This is what I love at the beginning of a novel, something to hook me in, and I haven’t read a book this good at doing so in a long while!

I loved Androma right off the bat. She’s known across the galaxy as a killer, but she doesn’t kill mindlessly or without remorse as many other characters in YA seem to. This made her feel so real and not closed off/cold; it made it a lot easier to empathize with her.

I loved the Marauders through and through. Gilly was adorable (in an insane way because she’s literally the gunner of the Marauder), Breck was so protective yet so kind, and I really connected to Lira (it’s so nice to read about a character that enjoys reading; all in all she just had an attitude that resonated with me).

Dex was an alright character. I wasn’t over the moon about him, but he was very swoon-worthy at times. He definitely did grow on me as the story progressed.

As for the other characters, I couldn’t believe how good the authors were at changing my opinion on someone in an instant! Nor and Valen were characters who changed my opinion on them pretty much every time they made an appearance. Usually I get really attached to characters and changing my opinion is hard to do, so that’s another thing to add to the author’s endless list of talents. As for all of the other characters, I could go on and on about all of my thoughts and feelings about them but I feel like that could lead me to spoilers, so here’s a summary of my thoughts: I adored how well written and unique each and every single character was.

Lately I’ve noticed myself getting sick of the typical YA romance (which is usually cheesy), so Zenith is so refreshing and such a genre-saver (yes, I just made that up, it’s a thing). It focused heavily on friendship, specifically between the Marauders which made my heart so happy, I love a good friendship! The romance was discreetly sprinkled throughout the novel which I thought was perfect and really appreciated.

The multiple perspectives The multiple perspectives were so well done and added a lot to the story, especially to the flow of it. They were used to smoothly implement flashbacks which were then used to give background information. This meant, no info-dumps; FLAWLESS.

Now, the plot-twists! Just thinking about them makes my heart stop. I couldn’t see anything coming, the unpredictability of this novel was absurd! Sometimes I thought I predicted something, but I was always wrong. These twists left me in varying states of shock: my jaw literally dropping, my heart stopping, my eyes sweating, you name it, I felt all of the things. This book plays with literally all of your emotions.

I think that if you enjoy sci-fi, you would totally love this book! Something less obvious is that if you enjoy heist novels (ex. Six of Crow) then you might love Zenith too because it has a heist feel!

I really really really really (do you get it now? haha) enjoyed this book and I recommend it to literally anyone! It’d be good for any reader, whether you like sci-fi or not! You can preorder this book now and even submit your proof of preorder to get a stunning preorder gift! I am so beyond grateful to have received this book in advance and I hope you all check it out in the new year when it’s released! I can’t wait for it to come out so I can fangirl with everyone!

Are you planning on reading Zenith? Let me know in a comment!

I hear my TBR screaming

Hello book lovers! This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is Nostalgic Book Boyfriends! I’m going to share with you all the fictional boys I loved (and still kind of do) when I first started reading YA!

  1. Tobias from Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. Gale from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  4. Finnick from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  5. Caleb from Divergent by Veronica Roth

Thinking of the answers for this post made me really want to reread these trilogies. They were what got me into YA and I reread them so many times. I still adore these bookish boys and now my TBR pile’s going to suffer because I want to reread two whole trilogies AGAIN.😂
Who are some of your original book boyfriends?

Such a good sequel! (spoiler-free review)

Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 4/5

Release Date: September 20th, 2016

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Format:  Hardcover

Crooked Kingdom is the second (and final) book in the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo; a companion series to the Grisha trilogy. After the action and risk in Six of Crows the Dregs were expecting a break of some sort, but they got the exact oppposite. The crew is tired and weak, still grappling with what happened at the end of the previous book. The world is trying to hunt down a very important secret that the Dregs have knowledge of which will challenge the Dreg’s abilities. Full of action, intrigue, and a roller coaster of emotions, Crooked Kingdom is an amazing sequel and conclusion.

I enjoyed Crooked Kingdom a lot more than Six of Crows but I still feel like I couldn’t fully connect to the characters. I feel like what happened with Six of Crows happened with this book, I read it at a busy time and didn’t really have the time to immerse myself in the story. I want to reread this duology because everyone loves it and I feel like I would love it if I read it in a more timely manner.

Like with Six of Crows I felt like the flashbacks were really abrupt and I found myself confused and wondering where we were in the story (present or past).

I loved the references to the Grisha trilogy in this. There were so many more references and that made me so happy because I adore the Grisha trilogy. I feel like you should definitely read the Grisha trilogy before this duology, you’d get so much more out of it!

Crooked Kingdom was a lot more action packed than Six of Crows. The characters all went on different exciting missions rather than the one mission focus that they had in Six of Crows.

While I don’t mind the characters in this duology, I feel like none of them really developed other than Matthias. I connected the most to Matthias because he grew so much as a character throughout the duology whereas I felt the other characters remained pretty much the same from start to finish.

Something I really appreciated about this duology is how talented Leigh Bardugo is at multiple perspectives. Each character has their own distinct voice and I was never confused as to who’s perspective I was reading from.

The ending of Crooked Kingdom broke my heart. As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t connect too much with the characters, so I didn’t cry, but it did make my heart hurt. As time has passed since reading the book, I feel like the ending didn’t leave a lasting impact on me though.

I can see why so many people adore this duology but I just couldn’t connect to it as many seem to be able to. I have a feeling it’s because of my life circumstances at the time of reading them (I was really busy) though so I really want to reread them some time to see if my opinion changes.

What did you think about the Six of Crows duology? If you haven’t read it, are you planning to?

 

 

I’m on a Book buying ban??

I didn’t buy any books this October, I won two of these in giveaways on Goodreads and the other one is an ARC from the publisher! I guess my non-existent book buying ban worked out this month!

Goodreads Giveaway Winnings:

  • Bleak Landing by Terrie Todd
  • Bonfire by Kristen Ritter

ARC from publisher:

  • Zenith by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg

I am so excited to read and review all of these; huge thank you to the publishers!

 

I hope this doesn’t fail too…

My October TBR was a little bit of a fail (I only read 2/4 of the books on it), so I’m hoping that this month is better!

Here’s what I want to read this month:

  • Zenith by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker

I hope that I have more reading time this month because this is quite an ambitious TBR for me…

What are some books that you want to read in November?

Octobercoaster

Hello book lovers! I hope you all had a good October! As you can tell from the title of this post, my October was pretty wild, lots of stuff happened that caused so many different emotions.

The first thing that happened this month was that I got my first job! I’m not a Tim Hortons employee and I am so excited!

Something sad that happened was that my fish died! I buried him in the flower garden which I thought was nice because one day he’ll be part of the flowers there! I loved having a fish so I’m still debating whether or not to get a new one.

It was Thanksgiving here in Canada this month! I had a lovely time with my family and Thanksgiving dinner was amazing as always (thank you Grandma!!).

I participated in two readathons this month (#ReadathonbyZoe and #SavvyReadathon) but, as you may be able to tell from my wrap up this month, they didn’t help too much with my reading since I was so busy!

In October I got my first ever requested ARC from the publisher! I got Zenith by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg; I am so excited to read and review it! Keep an eye out here for my review!

What I read in October:

  • Lost in September by Kathleen Winter – 2/5 (click here for my review)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – 4/5

I didn’t read that much because school was hectic. I’m hoping that November is a better reading month!

What were some of your October highlights? 

I am aMAZEd… (spoiler-free review)

Title: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Rating: 4/5

Release Date: August 5th, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Format: Movie Tie-in Paperback

Goodreads Synopsis: click here

My review:

The Maze runner by James Dashner is the first in an action-packed post-apocalyptic survival dystopian trilogy.

In the past year or two I’ve felt myself moving away from the dystopian genre because I had read so many and they were starting to get repetitive. The Maze Runner, as a dystopian, blew me away! Everything about it is so unique; I’ve never read a book like this, it was so refreshing.

I only have a few complaints so I’m going to get those out of the way first. I thought the book dragged on sometimes, but I realized near the end that there was a point to this. The point was that the characters don’t have any memory of the past, so they’re trying to figure things out just as we are as readers. Every aspect of the book was necessary to developing the story and setting up the world.

I appreciated how well developed the Glade and Maze were. I could form a vivid image in my mind of the setting. It was really eerie how descriptive things were when it came to the atrocious creatures called Grievers. It was helpful though because it made it easier to put myself in the character’s shoes. I don’t know how to describe it other than that this book read like a movie.

Something I LOVE in books are plot-twists. They add so much to a book and to the reading experience. I loved how this book was predictable, but timed so that you would predict what was going to happen like less than a page before it happens. Then it would happen and you’d be like “OH MY GOSH.” Sometimes your predictions are completely wrong and you’re blown away because the book made it seem like your prediction is the only thing that could happen! This made the book so exciting because you never really knew what to expect.

The characters felt so real, it was awesome! They didn’t act fearless like many YA protagonists, they showed that there is no such thing as fearless. They showed a full range of human emotions, another thing a lot of YA protagonists don’t usually do. Considering the circumstances they all were thrown into, the relationships between them felt very accurate and plausible. Also, Minho, Newt, and Chuck must be protected at all costs. I love these characters so much!

I really enjoyed the language they used. They came up with terms that were unique to them, the Gladers, which was another accurate-feeling aspect of the story considering how long some of them had been in the Glade and away from regular civilization. Their sense of humour was really enjoyable too.

I feel like a lot of people don’t enjoy this book, so I guess my enjoyment of it is another one of my many unpopular opinions.

Have you read The Maze Runner? If so, what’d you think? If not, are you planning to? Let me know in a comment!

I’m…well…LOST, this book lives up to it’s title! (spoiler-free review)

Title: Lost in September

Author: Kathleen Winter

Rating: 2/5

Release Date: September 12th, 2017

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Format: I received an ARC through the publisher from a Goodreads giveway

Goodreads Synopsis: click here

My Review:

Lost in September follows Jimmy Blanchard (or, so he thinks, James Wolfe), a veteran in his 30s who is grappling with PTSD.

I thought this was going to be a fully historical fiction book, but it felt more like a literary fiction. I didn’t enjoy this all that much, mostly because it wasn’t what I was expecting. The writing style made the story feel spacey and strange.

I want to clarify, I don’t have any experience with PTSD and have never read a book where the main character/narrator has PTSD, so maybe the writing style was meant to reflect his mental illness. I’m not sure, but if you are, please inform me.

At the beginning of the story there is really no context given. I think you have to read the synopsis before starting the book so you know somewhat what’s going on. I usually just skim synopses because I enjoy going into books blind, but this was a book where you cannot do that. I recommend reading the synopsis of this in detail before starting it.

Some parts of this book made me feel really uncomfortable. I think it’s mostly because this is a 30 year old many and I probably couldn’t relate to him and his feelings/thoughts even if I tried.

The book continuously switched from past to present, but it was all in first person so I was usually confused and never knew if the characters were in Jimmy’s real life or from flashbacks. I wasn’t really ever sure what was going on throughout this whole book to be honest. Again, this may be because the author is trying to show the reader what it’s like to have PTSD. If this is true, then the author did a great job. Other than that, I’m not sure what else to say.

This book’s saving grace was the last 50 or so pages. I actually started understating the story and appreciate the writing style. The ending also packed a punch!

I think that if I reread this in the future, now that I know what to expect, I would enjoy it a lot more.

Have you read this? Can you inform me on the matters I was confused about in the review? Let me know in a comment!

I don’t even know what to say… (spoiler-free review)

Title: Tower of Dawn

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5/5

Release Date: September 5th, 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Indigo Exclusive Hardcover

Goodreads synopsis: click here

My review:

Tower of Dawn is the sixth installment in the epic fantasy Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. It follows one of our main characters, Chaol Westfall who was absent during the previous installment, Empire of Storms. Tower of Dawn takes place during the same timeline as Empire of Storms. Yes, contrary to popular belief, this book is crucial to the main story line, you need to read it if you’re planning on reading the conclusion.

Ah, where do I begin? Well, this book was a lot more than I expected it to be (and I had very high expectations, Chaol is one of my favourite characters). Personally, I have always really loved Chaol so this book was ideal for me haha. I do think that, veen if you hate Chaol, this book will (maybe not make you love him) but at least make you appreciate him more.

Okay, the brand new characters that we meet in this book are amazing! I want to focus on the royal khagan and family. Right when they were introduced, I was intrigued. They gave me weird vibes. They’re all so unpredictable, but my favourites of the family are Hasar and Sartaq, I was drawn to Sartaq the most though. I also really loved Nesryn’s family and wish we got to see more of them!

The different families introduced in this were all so amazing, but the “family” at the Torre Cesme was my favourite. The dynamic between the healers was so wholesome, so many good vibes.

When Sarah J. Maas put #yrenetowers on one of her Instagram posts about Tower of Dawn, I was so excited! In The Assassin’s Blade I loved Yrene’s character and wanted more of her story, so that made Tower of Dawn even more perfect (yes, I didn’t know that was possible either). Seeing more of Yrene’s character and story was so amazing, she’s such a realistic strong character!

I cannot speak from personal experience on the wheelchair/disability rep, so here is a review from someone who can: click here. I feel like it’s important to get views on things from people who have experience with it, so I encourage you to check out that review. There is so much representation in this book on all accounts, which I think was awesome and refreshing!

I wasn’t a huge fan of Nesryn in Queen of Shadows, but this book gave her character the attention she deserved. Her character development made me appreciate her so much more! I can’t wait to see more of her character.

The plot twists in this book though! I was literally left breathless by some of the information revealed in this, it was all so unpredictable!

In summary, I adored this book and it is definitely one of my favourite installments in the series, Sarah J. Maas is so talented and I am so grateful that I discovered her books! I want to keep my review spoiler free, so I’m going to stop writing here.

Sarah J. Maas still remains my favourite author and I will never stop recommending her books.

Have you read Tower of Dawn? Are you planning to? Let me know in a comment!