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Audiobook Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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“Even in the Future, the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”


Synopsis:
A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.


Plot:
I had no idea what to expect from this plot. A Cinderella Sci-fi/Fantasy retelling? I didn’t even know if it would work but it did! So well! The plot was interesting, there was nothing overly mind-blowing about it but it was very much enjoyable. As with most YA, the plot twists are pretty predictable. I guess the ‘big’ plot twist early on, however, this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story, thankfully. The ending was really good, it was well paced and gripping but ended on a bloody cliffhanger! Definitely left me wanting more.

I really enjoyed the world, it was so interesting to get to know (and I really want to see more) I really like futuristic sci-fi, this book makes me want to read more sci-fi.
In terms of worldbuilding, it could’ve been expanded but there was enough to make me interested. Enough glimpses that I now want to know more, which is always good.

Overall, though not a 100% original, mindblowing book, Cinder, was such a joy. It was fun. Sometimes you don’t need a book to blow your mind or make you question your life. You just need a bit of fun. I’ve been in a slump lately and this was just the pick-me-up I needed. 
Characters:

Cinder: I really enjoyed Cinder as the main character! She was interesting, her story was cool. I like that there’s a lot of mystery behind the character, it added intrigue. The whole cyborg-Cinderella character is such a cool twist on the original. It’s nice to have a non-human main character for a change. There are prejudices/struggles with being cyborg which is a fascinating concept.

Kai: I was under the impression the story would be told just by Cinder, so Kai was a nice surprise. I enjoyed his perspective, seeing the world from his point of view and seeing Cinder from someone else’s view was a nice touch. Also, I love the little friendship thing he and Cinder have, so cute!

Narrator: At first, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy the narrator of this audiobook. I didn’t take to her voice at first but as time went on I find it fine. It wasn’t the best narrator ever but it wasn’t too bad. (Except for a really questionable Aussie accent the narrator did at one point, it was quite cringy)

Rating: 4 Stars


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Books · TBR · Top 5 Wednesday

Books at the Top of My TBR| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Top of Your TBR

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Being my favourite author, this book is pretty high up on my tbr. I really, really want to get to this soon. It’s a pretty thick book though, so I don’t know when I’ll have time. Uni starts again next weeks and I have a million books for class to read. *sobs*



Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

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I was *supposed* to read this last year. Didn’t get around to it. Oops.
I really enjoyed Strange the Dreamer so I do really want to know what happens. But again, it’s not the smallest book and if it is like Strange the Dreamer, it’s not going to be a quick read.



Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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I got this for Christmas, it’s literally been on my TBR since it was announced, it’s time to finally bloody read it! It sounds so good and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it, I have such high expectation. Hope it doesn’t disappoint.



The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Another Christmas present (I actually got the boxset), I want to read at least the first book by the time the film adaptation comes out. I’ve never read any Patrick Ness before but I’ve heard great things, so I’m super excited to dive into a new series! (Especially as all the books are out and I own them)



Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

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I’ve been meaning to read more of Sara Barnard’s novels after loving A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I was lucky enough to be sent an arc of Fierce Fragile Hearts, which is the companion novel/sequel of this. So I thought I better read this first!


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TV/Film

Most Anticipated 2019 Movies!


Happy Monday! 
Though today is ‘Blue Monday’ – which is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. Err. No thanks.
Thought I’d changed it up a bit for today’s post, I want to expand my blog a bit and include Movies/TV too! Since there are loads of movies coming out this year, I decided to share the ones I’m looking forward to most!


How To Train Your Dragon 3
(Feb 1st)

I AM SO HYPED FOR THIS.
Literally, have been waiting years for this film. I absolutely adore the HTTYD films. One of my all-time favourites. This trailer legit made me cry. I am such a baby. I am so sad these films are ending but I cannot wait to see it!


Shazam! 
(April 5th)

Not the biggest DC lover. I do, however, LOVE Wonder Woman but this trailer actually looked good. Plus, Zac Levi!? Since WW 1984 got pushed back to 2020, this will have to suffice. Here’s hoping it’s good!


X-Men: Dark Phoenix
(June 7th)

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I LOVE the X-Men franchise. Probably my favourite of the Marvel films. (Sorry not sorry)
Even though I don’t think Sophie Turner is the best Jean Grey, I am still excited for this film. Can’t wait to see my faves, Eric and Charles, together again! *Swoons over Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy*


Spider-man: Far From Home
(July 5th)

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Star Wars Episode IX 
(December 19th)

Currently untitled and no poster yet.
Probably the most anticipated film of my life (since TFA anyways). Star Wars is my favourite franchise ever and I cannot wait for this conclusion. Praying this film can save the sequel trilogy. I loved The Force Awakens, but The Last Jedi was such a letdown.


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Books · Favourites

BEST Books I Read in 2018!

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Happy Saturday!
This post is going up way in later than I anticipated but oh well! Still wanted to share my favourites from 2018. This post is going to be all the 4.5-5 Star reads from 2018. This includes books that were released at any time. (I am terrible at keeping up with new releases) All links to my reviews are below! (If I posted one)
This doesn’t include rereads.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas


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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Most Disappointing Reads of 2018| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Most Disappointing Reads 2018

I read a lot of disappointing books in 2018. It wasn’t the best reading year for me, quality wise. Sadly.


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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After reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and everyone hyping Wuthering Heights, I for sure thought I would love this. I never expected to hate it. But I do. I literally hate this book and it was the biggest disappointment. It was boring. Dull. Worst characters ever. I don’t understand the praise. It’s literal trash.


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

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Okay, so I talked about this one last week because I’m not excited for the sequel.
This was such a disappointment, I cannot even express. It was so overhyped. I was expecting to fall in love with this and have a new favourite book after all the rave reviews. But, no. It was so mediocre.
Beyond overhyped.


The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

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Another book I expect to love and severely disappointed me. It has amazing reviews and ratings. It’s even compared to Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. All I can say is how dare anyone compare this utter trash with the masterpiece that is The Raven Cycle. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is literal art. The writing in this is horrendous, the characters are horrendous, the plot is horrendously boring. There’s nothing to like??
Just no. Seriously. NO.


Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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This wasn’t a bad book. But I didn’t love it. I couldn’t really get into it. I sounded like something I’d really love but I don’t think the execution was what I expected/wanted.
It’s a cute book. A little too cheesy for me. I can see why people love it.
I was just disappointed



A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

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It actually pains me to have to put a SJM book on my disappointing reads list. *cries*

But this just. No. SJM. I’m sorry. I didn’t love it.
It was so mediocre and cringy. SOOO disappointing. I wanted to love it, I really did.
It’s really boring and I am sick of Feyre’s perspective. I loved reading from the others’ perspective, I wish the whole novel excluded Feyre’s POV and was just from everyone else’s. She just beyond annoying at this point. *sigh*


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Review: The Girl King by Mimi Yu | Blog Tour

Hey guys!
I took a little bit of a break from blogging but now I am back!
What better way to get back into it than with a blog tour!
I am so excited to be apart of The Girl King blog tour! I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC of The Girl King in exchange for a review.

The Girl King by Mimi Yu | Book Review and Blog Tour

The Girl King

Synopsis:
Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead – a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally – and an army – if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Nok wants to keep his identity secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved . . .

Alone in the volatile court, Min’s hidden power awakens – a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign . . . or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.


Plot:
The plot is definitely a slow one, especially at the beginning. At the start, I was intrigued and hopeful but the middle chunk of the book was just too slow. There’s a lot of build-up and background information going on. (I read the ARC – which is an uncorrected proof. How much of this ended up in the final copy, I don’t know) It did feel unnecessarily long in places, with editing down it could’ve been great. The last 150-200 pages were the best, they were gripping and interesting – I was really engrossed at this point. At almost 500 pages, it really needed to pick up before then. It was pretty long winded, I feel it would’ve been better condensed down.

The world-building; simplistic and minimal. There are hints and glimpses of the world but not enough, in my opinion. The parts of the world and magic we did see, were so interesting and cool – I just wish there was more to it! Hopefully, the sequel will enlighten us.

As with a lot of YA, it has its tropes. A lot of the plot twists and turns were pretty predictable. Nothing was particularly surprising, there was no ‘shock factor’ because you could see what was going to happen.
Nothing was overly original, it wasn’t bad at all. Just nothing new, really. It’s the same fantasy story of the royal claiming back their throne – just with a slightly different setting.

The Magic system(s) were fascinating and probably my favourite part of the novel. I really liked the different kinds of magic featured. I really want to learn more!
The writing style is also really nice, in places it was so well-written. It definitely has potential.

I don’t know if this is a duology, trilogy or series but it has the potential to be great if developed further. I look forward to the sequel and will definitely be continuing the series!

Characters:
Lu:
The older of the two sisters. Dubbed the ‘Girl King’, her father’s favourite, and thought to become his heir. She’s cocky, believes she’s going to rule, and ‘badass’ – Aka Princess who can fight.

Min: The younger sister who feels inferior to her sister – living in her shadow kinda vibes. There’s nothing wrong with Min’s POV but it wasn’t the most interesting perspective to read from, it takes a while for her chapters to get interesting.

Nok: I liked Nok’s POV the best. I thought his character was interesting and there was mystery surrounding who he is and where he comes from etc. Probably one of the only things keeping me gripped. I did like the friendship that develops, that was pretty nice to read.

Rating: 3 Stars

*Thank you to Alex @ Orion Books for sending me an early copy for review!


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Hyped 2019 Releases I Don’t Care About| Top 5 Wednesday

 

t5wwTop 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is:  Hyped 2019 Releases You Don’t Care About

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1) Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi


I read the first book last year, early as I had an ARC but I was just underwhelmed. I literally couldn’t care less about the characters and the story was just slow and boring?? I honestly didn’t see the hype at all. I did plan to continue the series, still might, but I just don’t care about it at all.


2) The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

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Similar to what I said above, got an ARC of this, was underwhelmed. I have since forgotten every single thing that happened. It was completely unmemorable. Before I read the first book I thought it had interesting concepts but the execution fell flat.
I was bored throughout the first book and I definitely won’t be continuing this series any time soon, if ever.



3) Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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Oh look Cassandra Clare’s release another Shadowhunter’s series. I never bothered reading The Mortal Instruments series, it just doesn’t interest me at all. But every time Cassandra Clare releases a book there’s so much hype, it’s unavoidable. Another Shadowhunters series though?? Really?? Don’t care.

This sentiment basically applies to all things Cassandra Clare though. I just do not care.
Sorry, not sorry.



4) The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

 


Okay, so no shade to this one. I just didn’t really enjoy Geekerella by the same author so I’m not really excited about this one. Geekerella was just okay, in my opinion. I may pick this one up in the future but I’m in no rush to read it.



5) Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena

No shade to this one either. I’m not the biggest DC fan, I really liked the Wonder Woman film; that’s about it. I read Catwoman: Soulstealer because SJM. But Superman? Just boring to me. I didn’t read the Batman book or Wonder Woman. I just have zero interest in Superman or Batman so I won’t be picking those up. I *might* read Wonder Woman one day but who knows.


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