Books · Wrap-up

Monthly Wrap Up | August 2019

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Hey guys!
I can’t believe August is over! It flew by.
I’m moving out tomorrow so I know I won’t be reading much today (and definitely won’t be finishing any more books). So I thought I’d post my wrap up today!
I didn’t get as much reading done as I wanted but I had a decent month.

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The first book I finished was The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. I LOVED THIS. What an amazing conclusion to an incredible trilogy. I am obsessed.
New favourite YA fantasy series for sure!

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review for The Remnant Chronicles here!

 

 


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Next, I finished the audiobook of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*Ck by Mark Manson. This was okay. At first, it seemed like a fun way to approach self-help and improvement but the attitude got boring fast.

Rating: 3 Stars

 


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Next, I finished a graphic novel: *Rose by Denis Lapière and Émilie Alibert / Art by Valérie Vernay.
I requested this on Netgalley, I didn’t know anything about this before reading. It’s a cool mystery story with paranormal elements. I was really surprised by this, I don’t normally read mystery, especially not in graphic novel form, but it was a great read.

Rating: 3.75 Stars
Review here!


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Next, I read another graphic novel: *Aion by Ludovic Rio.
I requested this on Netgalley, all I knew is that it was sci-fi and the artwork looked cool. I’m SO glad I got this! It was such a cool story and really, really enjoyed it!

Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 

 


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The next book I finished was *Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron.

Rating: 3 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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Lastly, I finished another audiobook: The Humans by Matt Haig.
I enjoyed this, it was funny and entertaining. It started off really well but gradually got less entertaining + I didn’t really like the ending. It’s still worth a read though!

Rating: 3.5 Stars


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Mine was definitely The Beauty of Darkness!

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Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday 28/08/2019

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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:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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I’m not far into this yet; I’ve been reading it for a few days and have barely made a dent, it’s just not gripping me so far. I’m intrigued to see what everyone loves though, so I keep going. I NEED to know what the hype is about but so far: Meh.
Recently Finished:

The Humans by Matt Haig (audiobook)

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I finished this yesterday – it was a good listen! It was funny and entertaining, I didn’t like the ending much but overall it was very enjoyable.
I gave it 3.5 Stars!

What I might read next:

Once I finish Nevernight I want to pick up Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, obviously.
Then a repeat from my last WWW:
The Good Luck Girls because I haven’t managed to read that yet.


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Books · Review

Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Spoiler Free)

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Synopsis:
Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.


My Thoughts:

This is the first YA book I’ve read by Sanderson and the only non-Cosmere book I’ve read. I LOVE his fantasy books so much, they’re my favourite books ever. I was so excited when Skyward was announced because I love YA + Sci-fi + Sanderson. I don’t know why it took me so long to read this!

The beginning started off really well – I was interested and intrigued from the start. Sanderson is really good at creating interesting and gripping concepts/ideas.

The middle – It got a bit slow and repetitive. I found myself getting bored through most of the middle chunk. It definitely picked up again towards the end.

Ending – As with every Sanderson novel: the ending was SO GOOD. He really knows how to end a novel perfectly: the story is wrapped up but it leaves you wanting more and to continue.

Is it as good as his other books? No. I think adult fantasy is his strong point but he did YA sci-fi really well. I’ll definitely be continuing this series!

Characters:
Spensa: I really liked Spensa, she was different from the usual YA heroine. She was quirky and weird – which I really enjoyed! I know a lot of people didn’t take to her right away but I definitely did. I thought her personality and attitude were really refreshing to see.

Side characters: 
Most of them were really meh. I did really like the AI system though. It was so cool!! Also loved Doomslug; I love companions/pets in books!
I really didn’t like ‘Jerkface’ and I seriously hope no romance happens between him and Spensa. It would be seriously unnecessary.
I’m hoping for more development with friendships in the next book!

Rating: ★★★★

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Books · Tag

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

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1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.

I could write a whole post just on this question.
The Name of the Wind springs to mind first. I really do not like that book. It took me forever to read, I thought I would love it. So disappointed.

2. A Popular Book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
A lot of people really hate this book. I honestly loved it, still love it; it’s one of my favourite books.

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.

*Spoilers for Throne of Glass*

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Always kinda wanted Celaena to end up with Dorian. I didn’t like Celaena x Chaol AT ALL. I’m not huge on Aelin x Rowan but they’re okay. I fucking hate Dorian x Manon. Don’t even get me started.

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.

Historical Fiction
I find it so boring!

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Sorry not sorry. He’s an ass and the justification for his behaviour/action is frankly ridiculous.

Manon from Throne of Glass.
It literally took me until like half of KoA to warm up to her. I just don’t understand her hype. She’s horrid. (I love Abraxos though)

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

Leigh Bardugo.
This year I’ve read the Shadow and Bone trilogy and reread the Six of Crows duology and honestly, the whole Grishaverse is ridiculously overrated. It’s just not that good.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

I REALLY hate the villain redemption trope.
I absolutely HATE it when an author sets up a really good villain, has them do loads of awful things but then gives them a redemption arc, undoes/justifies all the bad stuff and makes them into a total softy. PUKE.

*cough cough* Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi *cough cough*

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

Super unpopular: HARRY POTTER.
I never read them as a kid, nor did I watch the films; I don’t have the sentimental attachment/nostalgia to make them good. I have zero interest in any of JK Rowling’s work.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

Stardust for sure! Such a quirky, weird but fun film. I love every moment of it.
It is an amazing adaptation; the book isn’t bad but the story is so much better on-screen.

 

I’m not going to tag anyone specifically but feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to do it!


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Books · Review

Series Discussion: The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson (SPOILERS!) | NEW Favourites!

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This is going to be a discussion of The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson –  this is going to be a bit more informal/ just me gushing. There will be SPOILERS for all three books! My Spoiler-free Review is here.

Let me start off by saying: OH MY GOD I AM IN LOVE.
Why had I been sleeping on this series? Why is this series not more hyped up?!
I hardly ever hear anything about these books, they deserve so much more recognition. Quite possibly my new favourite YA fantasy series.

I love the fact in book one you don’t know who’s the assassin and who the Prince is. I thought this was such a cool idea – I’ve never read anything like it before. I actually guessed wrong about who was who! Even though looking back it’s super obvious. I thought Kaden was the Prince because at the festival thing that happens he knew all the words to songs – I assumed that meant he was the Prince as I thought Princes would be educated on other religions. I assumed Rafe was the assassin because he knew nothing of Morrighan religion/culture and since the assassin was from Venda I thought he wouldn’t be as educated as they are known to be ‘barbarians’. AND Rafe hid the body of that bounty hunter guy.

The World:
I loved this world. I found it fascinating!
The worldbuilding lacks a bit in the first book, but I loved it in the rest of the books. I love how unique and different the three kingdoms were from each other.
I personally love politics and religion in fantasy it really helps build the world and give you a feel of the culture.

The Magic System:
The ‘magic’ was an interesting one, it was kinda magic but not really? The gift is basically like this world’s version of being psychic but with restrictions. I have to admit I’ve never read anything similar so points for being quite unique. I thought the fact the gift was passed down to the First Daughters (usually) – this was different. Obviously, it’s not a very ‘magical’ magic system but it was well written and I thought it was fascinating regardless.

The Writing:
I love Mary E. Pearson’s writing style. It was a breeze to get through, I devoured these books in a week. Despite the last book being huge (almost 700 pages), I FLEW through it.

The Characters:
Lia: FINALLY a badass, strong female character who is consistently strong and a decent human being. She is everything I’ve always wanted from a female lead character. I love her personality; she’s outspoken, strong-willed and such a great person. I love that she doesn’t dwell/whine about her mistakes/choices in life, she takes it all in and tries to move on and solve the problems. There is nothing I hate more than a whiny character complaining about their bad decisions and mistakes instead of trying to correct them. Lia is not like that, thankfully.

Rafe: I loved Rafe from the beginning. Even when I didn’t know whether he was the Prince or the Assassin. I was rooting for Rafe and Lia from the moment they met basically. I found Rafe really easy to like, he was just such a great character and great love interest. There were moments where I had my doubts – like when he started to get controlling – I thought Lia and Rafe might not work out. I thought there was going to be a bit of a Tamlin incident where he starts off alright but then turns into a possessive asshole to set up the next relationship. I am SO happy that didn’t happen!

Kaden: I liked him. It took a while but he did grow on me. I didn’t really take to him in the first book but over the next two books, I began to like him more and more. I feel sorry for him, his family life and being tossed out like trash – so sad.
Kaden and Pauline – SO CUTE OMG. I love that he’s so good with her and her baby!

 

Ratings:
The Kiss of Deception – ★★★★.5
The Heart of Betrayal – ★★★★
The Beauty of Darkness – ★★★★.5

Series Rating: ★★★★.5

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Books · Review · Series Review

Series Review: The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson (Spoiler Free)

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“It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered.” 

Synopsis for Book One:
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighbouring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.


My Thoughts:
My faith in YA fantasy has been restored!
I bloody loved this trilogy! It was amazing from start until finish. I binged the whole trilogy, I was seriously hooked and obsessed. I haven’t been so dedicated to finish a whole series without a break in a long time. This series was seriously everything I expected and more! I am so glad I bought the whole trilogy at once. I had a feeling I’d like this series, based on reviews I’ve seen from people with similar taste as me, but I didn’t think I love it quite this much!

This was a slower pace than my usual preference but I was hooked! I usually like my fantasy fast-paced, as I tend to find a slower pace less gripping but it couldn’t be more wrong for this series. Everything was so well written and interesting that I couldn’t stop reading. There isn’t a huge amount of action but there is a huge amount of intrigue! I was instantly invested in Lia as a character and her life/safety and love interests!

The Worldbuilding:
The world is interesting but it’s slow world-building, especially in the first book. You don’t really get much insight into the world in the first book. It definitely got better as the books went on. I ended up loving this world. All three Kingdom mentioned/appeared were unique from each other and all fascinating!

This series features a lot of politics and religion – both of which are really well written and easy to understand and super interesting to learn about. The second book, in particular, is mostly political intrigue – if you aren’t a fan of political driven fantasy, this may not be for you.

The magic system isn’t the most ‘magical’ magic system but it was still cool and fascinating. It is very simple but well written – there’s no chance of being confused.

Characters:
I was instantly invested in all the characters and loved all their interactions. There aren’t many books where I don’t hate at least one character but I can honestly say I liked everyone.

Lia:

I LOVE LIA.
She is the strong, badass YA heroine I’ve been waiting for. My faith in YA fantasy has been restored. I loved everything about Lia and her character, journey, relationships, etc. She was just great. She is strong-willed, outspoken and a decent, caring person.

Rafe & Kaden: I’m not going to say who is who because of spoilers!! But both guys are really well written and great! I definitely preferred one over the other, won’t say who/why –  it would give a lot away.
Both have a great but bumpy relationship with Lia and they have a kind of rivalry between each other.

Ratings:
The Kiss of Deception ★★★★.5
The Heart of Betrayal ★★★★
The Beauty of Darkness ★★★★.5

Series Rating: ★★★★.5

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Books · Tag

The Book Interview Tag

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Hey Guys!
Happy Saturday.
Today I’m going to do a tag! It has been a hot minute since I did a tag, so I am long overdue! Tags are one of my favourite posts to do, so I’m happy to be back with another.
Luckily, I was tagged by SakhileWhispers to do this tag, thanks for tagging me! 🙂
(Not sure who originally created this tag but if you know comment!)

Name:

Eleisha // Leisha

Age:

22

Favourite Genres(s):

Fantasy + Sci-fi

Favourite Male Authour(s):

Brandon Sanderson, George R.R. Martin, Sebastien De Castell + Rick Riordan

Favourite Female Author(s):

Mary E. Pearson, Sarah J Maas + V.E. Schwab

Sidenote – I just realised all my favourites are white. I need some diversity, man!


Forever Favourite(s):

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What Was Your First Book of 2019?

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How Did You Like It?

It was okay, not my favourite but it was a decent read. I honestly don’t remember much, it wasn’t overly memorable or anything revolutionary.
You can check out my review here for more thoughts.

What Was Your Last Book of 2018?

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How Did You Like It?

I LOVED rereading it!

What Do You Look For In A Book/What Makes It Really Stand Out?

Strong female characters, gripping plot, humour + magic systems.

Do You Collect Any Particular Sets/Editions of Books?

I have the collectors editions of Mistborn, A Game of Thrones, Throne of Glass  + Vicious. I cannot wait to get more!

Do You Prefer Ebooks, Audiobooks, or Physical (Hardback or Paperback?)

I love all formats but my preference is a physical paperback, followed closely by audiobooks!

Do You Keep Books You Didn’t Like or Get Rid Of Them?

I get rid of them; I don’t have the space to keep books I’m never going to reread again. I also don’t see the point of keeping a book I didn’t like? Like no.

What Literary Character Best Defines You/Do You Best Relate To?

There isn’t a character I would say defines me or that I relate to completely.
I can relate to parts of characters such as Lia from TRC – she’s a great, strong female character who’s sassy +independent.  Also Vin from Mistborn, she’s a strong character who’s had a hard life but is still a badass. I relate to her anxiousness around others/ her preference for being unnoticed.

I tag:  Cait @ Functionally Fiction | Susan @ NovelLives
+ anyone who wants to do this tag!


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