Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday | 31/07/2019

WWW-Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
This tag/meme is hosted on Taking on a World of Words. It’s a super simple meme, you just answered the three W questions.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Currently Reading:

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

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I immediately picked up this after reading the first one, I am loving this series so far!


Recently Finished:

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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This book has been on my TBR for forever. I ended up binging this book in two days. I loved it.


Reading Next:

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

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Can you tell I’m obsessed with The Remnant Chronicles?
I will definitely be reading this as soon as I’m done with The Heart of Betrayal.

Aion by Ludovic Rio

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I also have been loving graphic novels lately and I requested a few on NetGalley so I’ll be reading those soon too! Aion looks and sounds so cool and interesting, hopefully, it is as good as it looks/sounds.


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Books · Graphic Novels

Graphic Novel Review: Saga Volume 1+2 by Brian K. Vaughan + Fiona Staples

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Saga Volume 1 Synopsis:
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

Saga Volume 2 Synopsis:

The smash-hit ongoing epic continues! Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters something truly frightening: her grandparents!


My thoughts:
I got the first one on a complete whim, I’d heard great things about this series but I never read graphic novels. It was on Kindle Unlimited so I thought I’d give it ago and WOW was I surprised.
I had no idea what the plot was or what to expect at all. I knew it was a sci-fi graphic novel. That’s it. I have been on a sci-fi kick all year so far, so I thought this would be perfect. I was also going into a reading slump, I didn’t feel like reading a novel – which is why I randomly decided to get a graphic novel. Thank Gods I did! It has saved me from my slump!
I was HOOKED. I flew through this. It was weird and wonderful all at once. I’ve never been so addicted and invested in something so quickly. The story really took me by surprise. It’s an amazing mix of sci-fi and fantasy; it’s incredible.
I immediately downloaded the next one (volume 2) and devoured that in an hour.
Sadly, only the first two are on Kindle Unlimited (God damn it!) so I couldn’t binge the rest without paying. I am UPSET. I thought there were more on KU but nope. *Heartbreaks*
I am DEFINITELY continuing the series ASAP because I love it so much. I also want to kinda drag it out because the series is on hiatus and if I finish it all in a week I’m going to be waiting forever.

The Art – I am in love with this artwork. It is so so good. I love the colours used, every page is vibrant and exciting. It really is beautifully drawn. I love Fiona Stapes’ art style – she’s insanely talented. I think the main thing that put me off reading graphic novels in the past is that I’m picky/fussy with art styles – this was nailed it for me.

Good points:

  • Non-white, Non-human Main characters
  • Forbidden Love / Star Crossed Lovers
  • The artwork is AMAZING
  • Magic
  • Characters are so much fun!
  • Story is fast-paced
  • So quick to read

Warning: it is very graphic, sexually. There’s a lot of nudity and sexually explicit scenes.
Adult content, definitely not for kids/teen/the faint-hearted. I did not expect to see alien dick, but I did. There is also child abuse, not actually depicted, but it’s mentioned.

Volume 1 – Rating: 4.5 Stars
Volume 2 – Rating: 4 Stars


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Books · Discussion

Reviewing my 5-star predictions

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I have two posts up of Predicting 5 Star Reads (here and here) so I thought I’d give an update to what I’ve read/ haven’t read from the list and my ratings!

Both lists are made of 5 books but I managed to put Obisidio on both lists (oops).

From the first post:
Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor – Unread
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – Unread
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan – 4 Stars
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas – 3 Stars
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff  – 3.5 Stars

I don’t own Night of Cake and Puppets yet so I don’t think I’ll be reading that anytime soon. I do own The Fifth Season so I will definitely be reading that before the end of the year!
TBM – Not as good as I hoped but a solid 4 star read.
ACOFAS – One of the most disappointing books ever. It was crap.
Obsidio – Another disappointment, it wasn’t bad, I just expected better.


Second post:
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – 4 Stars
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – Unread
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Unread
Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – On hold

Skyward
– Was good but slow.
MoN – Will be reading this very soon!
Nevernight – Will also be reading soon!
POTOT – I tried to read it but I wasn’t feeling it. May try again in the future.

I’ve realised I’m not that great at predicting five-star reads. I think I go into books with way too high expectations. We shall see if the remaining books will be five-stars, only time can tell!


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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

200th Post! – Favourite Minor/Side Characters | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
T5W is currently on a hiatus for the summer, so no new topics. So I’ll be revisiting old ones. Today I’m doing: Favourite side/minor characters!

Hey guys!
This is my 200th post on my blog! I literally cannot believe I have written that many posts, it’s crazy! I never imagined I’d get this far, I didn’t think blogging would become such a big (and enjoyable) part of my life.
Thank you to everyone who read my blog! It means the world.
Onto the actual post – My favourite side characters:

1) Elide and Lorcan from Throne of Glass

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I kinda cheated here, picking two people, but they’re both from the same series. (That’s my excuse anyway) I LOVE ELIDE!! She’s literally my fave – she doesn’t come into ToG until midway through the series but she quickly became a fave. Lorcan – loveable asshole. He’s awesome. Elorcan is my fave ship in all of ToG!


2) TenSoon from Mistborn

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TenSoon is such an amazing character. I love him and the Kandra. Such a fascinating, unique race of creature. I love his sidekick thing he has going on with Vin.
(There are SO many great side characters in Mistborn, it was hard to pick)


3) Nikolai from Shadow and Bone
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If you’ve read my reviews for the trilogy you know how much I dislike it. However, my love, Nikolai was worth it. He was such a great character, full of personality and life. He made those books for me. I will forever appreciate his amazing, entertaining presence in the dire books.


4) Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Zuzana is such an amazing friend! I love her relationship with Karou, it’s so lovely!!
She’s such a badass too, despite being a human. I’d love to be friends with her, it would be so much fun. She’s the best. So underrated!



5) Ella Malikova from The Illuminae Files

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Gemina is my favourite book in The Illuminae Files – Elle was such a cool character.
She’s so underrated and underappreciated. Her relationship with Nik is adorable. I love her personality and humour. She’s one of my favourite characters from the whole series!


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Books · Review

Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo | More Disappointment

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Synopsis:

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.


My Thoughts:

Just when I thought I couldn’t be more disappointed with this series, I read this book.
I didn’t think it could get worse after Siege and Storm but it did, it managed to top Siege and Storm and be the worse in the series.
I had hope for this book, the reviews were amazing (why?!) and so I thought the story would just pick up and blow my mind. WRONG.

My god was this book boring. There were barely any good parts The first part was endless. It was so boring and slow; nothing happened for ages. I honestly don’t know how I finished this book – I guess I just hoped it would get better if I carried on.

The chapters in this book were longer and felt dragged out. I thought the last book felt dragged and full of filler but this one was even worse.  For a book that’s around 350pages, it feels as though it was 500+. It was too much of nothing. It just felt like the author had no idea what to do with this epic story she set up and it honestly went nowhere.

THAT PLOT TWIST – What. Was. That.
No spoilers but it was actually laughable. I literally just stopped reading and was shocked – in the worst way possible. It was ABSOLUTELY ridiculous and I cannot comprehend why anyone would think that was a good idea. It was one of the worst plot twists I’ve ever read.

The ending was awful too.

I AM SO DISAPPOINTED. I expected this trilogy to be so much better for the hype it has.

Is it time for me to stop reading hyped up YA fantasy? Probably.

Characters:
Alina: Character development WHO? Alina develops into an annoying, weak character. I was SO hoping for some growth from her but nope. Honestly, she spent WAY too much time loving Mal throughout the series and dude is trash? Mal and Alina are so wrong for each other and have zero chemistry – I don’t understand how anyone can honestly ship them? I don’t understand how as the writer you put a couple together and yet write them with no chemistry.

Mal: THIS BITCH. God, I hate Mal. He’s so useless and unnecessary. If he had been removed from the series it would improve by 50%. I honestly do not understand how anyone can like Mal. He’s terrible. Has never been able to deal with the fact Alina is powerful.
WHY try and make him important. He was USELESS for nearly three books and NOW he gets a purpose? NO. No. He cannot be redeemed, it’s too late. He’s forever useless to me.

The Darkling: WHAT HAPPENED. He turned out to be weak and lame. The ending was just too easy. So disappointed.

Nikolai: 
His absence was the death of this book. He is the best character by far in this series and the book failed without him.

The Apparat: Oh my goodness, this man. I mean most of the characters in this book are annoying but this guy takes the cake.

Rating: 2 Stars


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Books · Bookstagram 101 · Tips & Tricks

Biggest Bookstagram Mistakes + How To Fix Them

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Hey Guys!
Happy Sunday
Today’s post is continuing my Bookstagram 101 series; Biggest Mistakes. I’m going to be sharing some mistakes you could be making, that could be affecting your account and how to fix them!
If you want some tips for starting a bookstagram, you can check out my first post here!


Let’s get onto the mistakes:

1) Bad Lighting

I cannot stress enough how important lighting is!!
Use natural light – it’s your best friend in photography. Poor lighting can make your pictures look low quality, dark and dull. Light and bright photos definitely do the best on Instagram.
Fix: Take your photos by a big window or go outside!


2)Big Watermarks

Nothing ruins a pretty picture like a watermark. I know you don’t want people to steal your pictures, that’s fair but watermarks are so ugly when they take up a lot of the picture. It can be off-putting to some to follow someone who puts a huge watermark across all their pictures. It ruins the photo, in my opinion. I am always hesitant to follow people who use massive watermarks. We’re literally on there for the aesthetic after all.

Fix: Stop using the watermark/ Make it smaller/ Don’t place over entire picture


3) Dark Background

As mentioned before, light and bright is best. A darker background can work if you’re skilled but it isn’t always popular. Use a light or white background, plainer the better; you want your books/bookish items to be the centre of attention. Use can still incorporate other colours/patterns but keep it minimal and strategic!

Fix: Use a white/light coloured sheet


4) Not Engaging in the community

Engaging with other Bookstagrammers is KEY for a successful account.
If you’re one of those people who just posts, never uses stories and rarely comments on others’ posts and expect success then you’re doing it wrong.
Never engaging comes across as impersonal and distant, you want to be as active as possible – not only will this improve your likes/comments but you’ll make friends!

Fix: Use your stories, comment on posts you like, host/join shout outs! Be present in the community.


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Books · Review

Review: Obisido by Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #3) | OVERHYPED

 

*This review is spoiler-free but there may be spoilers for book 1 and 2*


Synopsis:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza–but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys–an old flame from Asha’s past–reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.


My Thoughts:
I had way too high expectations for this book. I thought each book in this series would get better and better, as I liked Gemina more than Illuminae. However, I found this pretty disappointing. It was by no means bad, it just wasn’t mind-blowing or amazing.

The plot – I find this to be slower-paced than the first two, I found myself bored and waiting for something good to happen. I basically force myself through most of it, it was uninteresting, I wanted to know what happened; it just dragged a lot. I wanted so much more but I think my expectations were just too high.

A lot of the plot is recycled from the previous two, it was very repetitive and predictable. So very predictable. I think that was the most disappointing part, was just knowing what was going to happen and how everything would wrap up. I wanted to be mind-blow and on edge but I wasn’t for most of it. The second half definitely gets better, it picked up a bit, not much, but enough for me to get more invested. 

The story takes place after the events of Gemina, so we follow all the characters from the previous books as well as a few new characters on Kerenza.
I have to say; I much preferred reading about the ‘old’ characters. I found myself wanting to get to their parts rather than read about the new characters on Kerenza. I really didn’t feel connected to these characters, like I did with the previous ones.
Asha and Rhys were just a bit bland, in my opinion.

I still really love the formatting/ layout of the book. It is such a cool and interesting way to consume a story and I think it works really well for a sci-fi novel. The drawings/ illustrations were really nicely done, as in the previous novels.

Characters:

Kady & Ezra: I loved seeing the main characters from Illuminae. Kady was always a favourite of mine, Ezra is okay. I liked following her character again.

Hanna & Nik: Again, I loved seeing these guys! They’re probably my favourites from the whole series, with the addition of Ella, I love her too!

Asha & Rhys: Meh. Didn’t really get attached to these two. I didn’t connect with them and I wasn’t really invested in their characters or story.

AIDAN: Why is a murderous, psycho AI system so entertaining? Literally one of the best parts of the whole series and especially this book. I love AIDAN. He’s creepy and interesting.

Rating: 3/3.5 Stars


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