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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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What book did you think would be a five-star read but wasn’t?

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Predicting 5-Star Reads! #2

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1) Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Brandon Sanderson is probably my favourite author.
This is YA and Sci-fi! Which are two of my favourite things.
I have no doubt I love absolutely love this – I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book! I can’t wait to pick this up really soon.


2) Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

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I love Laini Taylor’s writing! I did like Strange the Dreamer but it wasn’t a 5-star read for me. It was just too slow for my taste but I did love the main character, Lazlo Strange and the world it was set in. I’m hoping Muse of Nightmares will step up from the first one and be a 5-star read!


3) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I really enjoyed the first two Illuminae books. I have no idea why I haven’t picked this up yet but now I need to reread Gemina before picking this up. I liked Illuminae and I loved Gemina. So I have extremely high hopes for this book. I need to reread Gemina ASAP and get to this ASAP!


4) Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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As I just mentioned, I like the Illuminae Files, but I actually heard of this book long before the Illuminae Files. I saw an ad for it just before it was released and instantly added it to my Goodreads because it sounded good. It has been on my TBR ever since. So ridiculously long.

 


5) Priory of the Orange Tree

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This one is a bit of a wildcard. I tried to read The Bone Season by the same author and absolutely hated it. This, however, sounds like it would be something I would enjoy. I love high fantasy and magic and dragons. So I do have some hope.


chatHave you read any of these? Were they 5-star reads for you?

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Popular Books I’ll (probably) NEVER Read

Hey guys!
Welcome back or if you’re new welcome to my blog!
Today I’m going to tell you some books I literally do not give a damn about what so ever, therefore, won’t be reading them.

*Warning: Unpopular opinions ahead*

1) ANYTHING Cassandra Clare

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None of her books sound interesting to me. I’ve heard her stuff and she, in general, are problematic. So, I really don’t care enough to read her stuff.


2) ANYTHING John Green

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I am no contemporary lover but there are a few I like and I am willing to reading it. However, John Green’s books have no appeal to me. From everything I’ve heard about them, they’re overhyped and just not my thing at all.


3) Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

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I have zero desire to read the Harry Potter books. They literally have no appeal to me. I didn’t read them as a child, they have no nostalgia for me. It’s too late for me. I don’t even like the films, I barely made it through the first film. I was bored to tears. I thought it was really crap. So it’s safe to say I will never be reading these books.


4) The Book Thief by Markus ZusackImage result for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I’m really not a fan of historical fiction in general but WW2 especially. It’s quite possibly my least favourite time period ever. I have no idea why I dislike it so much. I learnt so much about WW1+2 in school that I don’t want to keep hearing about it. Don’t get me wrong; I know it’s a really important time but I find it so boring. Everyone loves this book but I just can’t bring myself to suffer through it.


5) Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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I realised I really hate anything circus related. I hated The Night Circus and other books with circusy things. From reviews from bloggers/booktubers I trust it just doesn’t sound good to me. I’ll give it a pass.


What’s a popular book you’ll never read?


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Things I LOVED About Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas | Discussion

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Hey everyone! Happy Saturday 🙂
This is a discussion/chatty post about Kingdom of Ash; so there will be SPOILERS!

SPOILER FREE review here

*SPOILER WARNING*


1) The Character Development of EVERYONE

Cannot praise SJM enough for the amazing character development for practically every character. Such a vastly different set of characters from the beginning, I have loved watching them grow. *sobs*

It’s so beautiful to see how far Aelin, Chaol + Dorian have come since the beginning. I am so glad they get to reunite and remain friends.
Manon’s character development has been insane, I started off hating her with a passion but now I actually like her.
Lorcan’s character development is another of my favourites! He went from such an ass to a total sweetheart and I live for it.

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2) The Ships

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This book was a bloody armada of ships.
My favourites being: ELORCAN. Followed closely by Rowaelin
Two words: Lorcan Lochan. I live for Elide and Lorcan. If this ship had sunk I would’ve lost my shit. They’re perfection.
Rowaelin are just goals, as always.

Least favourites being: Lysandra + Aedion & Manon + Dorian
I was totally okay with Lysandra and Aedion until Kingdom of Ash; these two are probably my least favourite characters but Aedion, GOD. In this book, Aedion is such an asshole. He treats Lysandra SO BAD. I hate him and I cannot believe she forgave him.

Even though I managed to actually enjoy Manon in this book, I still don’t feel like Dorian and Manon are well suited?? Everyone seems to love them but I don’t get it.


3) The Feels

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Cannot even tell you how many times this book made me cry. I cried so much. I think this book is the only book I have ever cried over multiple times throughout.
I cried for Aelin; her being tortured was heartbreaking.
I cried over the Thirteen; I seriously did not see this coming. ALL THE THIRTEEN GONE WITH MANON WATCHING. Cannot cope.
Even shed a tear for old Gavriel. So lovely how he sacrificed himself for Aedion. *sniffs*

ELORCAN getting together. Cries. Elide going out on the battlefield to find Lorcan and willing to die with him. Oh my god, the feels.


4) The Pacing

This book did not feel almost 1000 pages long. The pace was written so well; it felt so short?! I could’ve read double, honestly. Everything with perfectly placed, there were no slow or boring parts; it was just perfection.

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5) The Cover.

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Last but not least; the cover! I think it’s my favourite of the whole series. It’s just so damn gorgeous. The colour scheme is just to die for, I love the white background of all the books but this one is just perfection. (I definitely prefer the UK Paperback to the US Hardcover, not a fan of the yellow)


What are your thoughts on Kingdom of Ash?


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