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WWW Wednesday | 23/10/2019

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?

Recently Finished:

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

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I HAVE FINALLY FINISHED!
It took so long to get through but I am finally done. (also kinda disappointed more in my review here)

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig (Audiobook)
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Such an amazing read, great for those with mental health problems (mainly depression + anxiety). This book really hit home with me and I recommend it to everyone. Even those without depression and anxiety because it could help put into words how people with those illnesses feel and live.
The book is read by the author himself, which makes it so much more personal.


Currently Reading:

Crownbreaker by Sebastien De Castell (Audiobook)
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Last book in the Spellslinger series! I’m so excited and sad about this book. It has been an amazing series so far, I cannot wait to see how it ends.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (reread)

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I have to read this for class, this is a reread for me and I’m actually looking forward to seeing what I get from it this time around + studying it.
I’m probably going to switch back and forth audiobook and physical for this.


Reading Next:

For Uni:
Emma by Jane Austen
Ivanhoe by Walter Scott

For pleasure/review:
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
Giant Days by Allison, Treiman + Cogar


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The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

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Hey Guys!
I wasn’t tagged to do this but I thought it would be a quick + easy post to do!
I’m having to bulk write and schedule posts as I STILL don’t have wifi in my uni flat. It is the bane of my existence. I have a shitty landlord + useless letting agent so what can I do 😦 😦

Anyways, onto the tag:

Greed – What is the most expensive book you own? Which is the least expensive?

Most expensive currently: A Game of Thrones Illustrated Anniversary Edition
(but I have some books preordered that cost more, so this will soon change)

Cheapest: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – which I got for 20p at a summer fate bookstall.


Gluttony – What book or books have you shamelessly devoured many times?

ACOTAR series.
I am trash for SJM and will continue to devour anything she puts out. Her stuff is so easy to binge over and over.


Lust – What attributes do you find most attractive in your characters?

Humour, sarcasm, passion + strength.
Such a power combo.


Envy – What books would you like to receive as a gift?

Literally any. I’m grateful for all the gifts I receive but books would be amazing!
I have a whole Amazon Wishlist dedicated to books people can buy me!


Pride – What book or books do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?

Any classics or anything I’ve read for uni.
I study English Literature, so I’ve read a fair few classics. Plus studying EngLit makes people think I’m an Intellectual Reader™


Sloth – What book or series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?

All of them

The Stormlight Archive, it’s HUGE. I’ve read the first book but only 3 books are currently out and it’s going to be literally 10 books long…
I’m holding off as long as possible but I also really want to read it now -___-


Wrath – What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Leigh Bardugo
I love some of her characters but storywise it’s just not impressive.
The Shadow and Bone trilogy is trash, sorry not sorry. Two of the character in it are great (The Darkling + Nikolai) but are SO under-used! So disappointed in those books. I’m glad I read Six of Crows first. But upon rereading it’s still not amazing and certainly not a favourite. Her writing has definitely improved but overall meh. But I really liked the characters in SoC. I have no idea whether to continue with her books or not.


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Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday 04/09/2019

WWW-Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Sorry, for the lack of posts/replies to comments.
I moved to uni on Sunday and my place still doesn’t have Wifi 😦 It’s been such a pain.
I’ve currently gone back home just to use wifi, luckily, my mum’s isn’t super far from my uni flat.

WWW Wednesday 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:

I am still reading Nevernight from last week.

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Recently Finished:
Nothing 😦
I’ve been super busy packing for uni and moving into my new place that I haven’t been reading at all. My insomnia has been really bad lately, too. I can’t read as much when my insomnia is playing up as my concentration isn’t good.
Reading Next:
I’ll probably read Godsgrave then Darkdawn next. I am actually getting into Nevernight and enjoying it now, it took me a while but I’m getting there! I’m sure after I’m done I’ll want to pick up the next two and binge the series.

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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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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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ARC Review: No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter (Spoiler Free)

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Synopsis:

It’s not my body that’s holding me back. It’s more of a problem that people keep telling me it should.

Meet Emily Daly, a stylish, cute, intelligent and hilarious seventeen-year-old about to start her last year at school. Emily is also fat. She likes herself and her body. When she meets Joe at a house party, he instantly becomes The Crush of Her Life. Everything changes. At first he seems perfect. But as they spend more time together, doubts start to creep in.

With her mum trying new fad diets every week, and increasing pressure to change, Emily faces a constant battle to stay strong, be her true self and not change for anyone.


My Thoughts:
This is NOT an own voices review – I just want to start off by saying: I am not fat/plus-sized; therefore, I cannot relate on a personal level to Emily in that sense. I can only give my opinion on the way things come across.

It’s YA contemporary – Super quick and easy to read; you can fly through it in an afternoon. It’s easy to stay engaged with the story and I did find myself wanting to read on. The book definitely got better as it went on; at the beginning, I didn’t know whether I’d like it or not. The plot is engaging and interesting, I was instantly invested in the story and I wasn’t bored during it at all.

Emily, the main character, isn’t someone I instantly took to. She had some decent development and grew on me by the end. She’s still by no means one of my favourites, she was just okay. Her friendships were nice, I liked the dynamic between the characters. It all felt realistic and relatable and not forced at all.

The romance – a little predictable, as most YA romances are. But it wasn’t cringy, the thing I struggle most with in YA contemporary is secondhand embarrassment – I hate OTT cheesy romances but this one wasn’t!
I liked the ending though, in regards to the romance, without going into spoilers: GOOD FOR EMILY!!

Body Positivity:
At the start, Emily does a lot of telling that she is happy and accepts herself but it rarely shows.
Examples:
About her friend’s weight loss – ‘There was a lot less of her to hug back.’ – It makes Emily seem insecure, from the fact she has to comment on it in a negative way. Just because she doesn’t want to lose weight and change herself doesn’t mean everyone feels the same. (That being said, she is a teenager and I can understand her frustration/self-doubt)

Love interest – Emily is worried about boys finding her unattractive because she is fat.
‘crushing despair at how much more difficult the whole thing is going to be because of… well…this body […]’ – this to me isn’t someone who confident and comfortable in themselves. Why would someone who’s happy being fat think it was a problem being fat when dating/meeting boys? I just think this part was a little unnecessary.

Emily DOES get so much better throughout the book though. Eventually, becoming more confident in herself and not allowing her body hold her back. I like the fact Emily doesn’t conform and resists changing! I think the overall message of the book is really good; it is nice to see a plus-size/fat main character – especially a teenage one. I think all kinds of diversity and representation is important. It’s refreshing to read about and important that everyone can find themselves in represented in books!

I also think Emily’s mum’s story/struggles was really well done. It shows how insecurity/self-hate can follow you throughout your life and how never learning to love yourself can have a real impact on your life, happiness and your kids.

Rating: 3.5 Stars


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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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