June Wrap Up

So I’m not doing a TBR for July because I start a 12 week internship and I’ll just read whatever I want. I don’t have a goal of how much I want to read but just to read.

So I read 7 books this month which is decent considering how terribly it started out.

Winter by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #4)

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Pages: 824

Genre: Si-fi retelling

Format: Ebook

Read from May 29 to June 04

Review

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Pages: 445

Genre: Comtemporary

Format: Ebook

Read from June 08 to 09

Review

Goodreads link

 

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (The Heroes of Olympus # 4)

house of hadesPages: 597

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Ebook

Read from June 11 to 14

Review

Goodreads link

 

 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #2)

lolaPages: 384

Genre: Romance

Format: Ebook

Read from June 17 to 18

Review

Goodreads link

 

 

Isla and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #3)

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Pages: 339

Genre: Romance

Format: Ebook

Read from June 18 to 19

Review

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

a court of mist and furyPages: 640

Genre: Fantasy retelling

Format: Ebook

Read from June 20 to 22

Review

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio

wonderPages: 313

Genre: Contemporary

Format: Paperback

Read from June 23 to 25

Review

Goodreads link

 

 

Chew Volume 10: Blood Puddin’ by John Layman and Rob Guillory

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Pages: 128

Genre: Comic Fatasy

Format: Paperback

Read on June 21

No review

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Top Ten Tuesday – Desert Island Pick

Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic is:

Ten Books I would take to a Desert Island

So first of all I’m quite upset I’ve been taken to a desert island right now because all my anticipated books are coming out in the next few months so they aren’t included in this because I haven’t read them yet.

1.  Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.

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I loved this book so much and I really just want to continuously reread it but other books exist at the moment. Also it’s got two story lines in it so that’s like 2 for the price of 1 right?

 

 

 

 

 

2. Chew by John Laymen

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This is my favourite comic book series and I love it and will always read it and reread it and the omnivore editions are huge so I’ll take the first one with me, please and thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I have some issues with this series; mainly that it continued but I loved the first book and I want to take it with me and it will exist in a world (island but whatever) where it’s only one book and I’ll be happy and I will have Brimstone and it will all be ok.

 

 

 

 

 

4. The Martian by Andy Weir

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Here comes my strategy, Mark Watney survived on Mars…. I’m sure I can pick up a few tips. Plus it’s funny and if there isn’t anyone around to make me laugh then I’m sure going to take a book to make me laugh – I do need to stay sane on this island.

 

 

 

 

 

5. After the End by Amy Plum

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Again, survival techniques, she grew up in a camp in the middle of nowhere, Jeneau, give me your wisdom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. The Invasion of The Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling UK

So this is better than the first book and I’m super annoyed that because of this island I’m not going to get my conclusion. But this book will remind me that my life could be worse.

 

 

 

 

 

7. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

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So I love Witchers and I can’t not have them so this book is to remind me about them and hey, I might even make that bestiary I so want to make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

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I just love Magnus Bane so he’s coming with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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I know! Two Cassandra Clare books but I need to be reminded of the Shadowhunter world because it’s my favourite fictional world and I just want it with me and you can;t stop me.

 

 

 

 

 

10. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

a court of mist and fury

I haven’t read this yet but everyone seems to love it and I’ll be damned if I don’t take a Sarah J. Maas book with me and if I’m going to have a massive book hangover after it then I at least want to be alone and have no commitments and to just wallow in my self pity and regret.

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Series: This is such a good series and really enjoyable with a great element of mythology that keeps it really interesting.

Book: So this is the weakest in the series for me and it took me forever to read it but I’ve come this far that I’m glad I picked it up.

Brief Opinion 7/10

So this book is good even though it’s the weakest in the series. There’s just too much happening that causes it to go slowly and it took a while to get through it. However, it’s still an enjoyable story but is just slow and much slower than the others. I am looking forward to the final book but I am wondering how it is going to go because it seems like it will be a slower story which isn’t always my favourite way for books to end. I like an action packed finale that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Full Review

Characters

So there are a lot of characters and perspective which I usually enjoy but it’s all gotten too much, there’s just too many people and you’re jumping between the storylines and it really slows everything down. I really enjoyed the growth of Leo and Frank in this book and they really shone as characters and developed significantly. I enjoyed their perspectives and they were the ones I looked forward to reading. I didn’t really enjoy Percy and Annabeth, but I wasn’t really interested in that storyline when it was first presented.

Setting

So there are a lot of different places and areas that are interesting which is iconic to the Percy Jackson books, it’s full of history that is enhanced by being in Europe and in historic cities. There’s a lot of namedropping and limited exploration but it’s still interesting and done well.

Story

So they’re trying to find the Doors of Death in the House of Hades and to close them. But there are a lot of stops along the way and a constant onslaught of enemies that it gets quite overwhelming because everything is getting constantly messed up. I didn’t enjoy the constant change in perspective between Earth and Tartarus; it just got a bit boring in Tartarus because it all just seemed the same?

Plot

So a lot has fallen into place and it’s really enjoyable to have all the points and the connections coming into play from the previous books but also the history and mythology of the gods. I like how well thought out everything is and connected.

Writing

The writing is very much iconic to Rick Riordan and the Percy Jackson series upon it’s simple and light nature, but I much prefer the dialogue compared to the description.

Villain

So Gaea is weak? I don’t know, she’s meant to be this opposing force but she never wins or succeeds and it’s just kind of hard to take her as this bad evil thing because she isn’t doing well…… I get it but there needs to be some defeats to take her seriously.

Goal

 So they’re on the way to stop Gaea now and I’m sure it’ll be interesting but I’m not sure how much I’ll enjoy it.

You can also read my review of The Mark of Athena to see how I felt about the previous book.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Series: I have been really enjoying reading some lighter books and these are fun and quick and engaging. So if you’re looking for that then try them.

Book: It wasn’t as good at the first but I think it was a less interesting situation but made up for it with how interesting Lola is.

Brief Opinion 6/10

So I did really enjoy this because I’m struggling to read fantasy at the moment which is new for me. It isn’t as light and fluffy as the previous book but I really enjoyed it still. I didn’t like how moppy and emotional that Lola was and I especially didn’t like her relationship with Max and I think it was overkill about how much the author tried to get you to hate it and it wasn’t entirely necessary. I kinda wish this story just focussed on “The Boy Next Door”, it would have just been a more enjoyable story for me. There was enough there to make it happen while still going with the same storyline but we never got much of it till half way through and at the end.

Full Review

Characters

Lola – She’s quirky and different and at first I was a bit thrown by it but as it built it really did suit her and the story. She is very impulsive and I don’t want to call her young and naïve but she is inexperienced in her life. The thing is, she had her creative outlet how Anna had film but there was just a bit more substance to Anna. I would have liked to have explored Lola’s fashion side a bit more as well as any other interests because we don’t really see them.

Max – He was so flat and boring and was just a typical all round awful person. I think with Lola being in a relationship with him we should have got some redeeming factor for it to make sense but I don’t think the author wanted us to be torn between who we liked. And if she wanted that why didn’t she just write about Cricket.

Cricket – So I like geeky smart boys and intelligence is attractive. So Cricket was right up my street, I liked the mechanical nature and the strange goofiness to him. We do get a little bit of development from before and after and if it was explored more I think he would be a better character because he’s just the sad longing boy for quite a bit of the story.

Parents – I decided to write Nathan and Andy together because I struggled to tell the difference between the two except for the fact that Nathan was more protective. The parents were overkill in the story in how they were involved in the relationship and they seem like nice people but I didn’t like the over protective nature of them and then them trying to manufacture a situation for themselves. They treat Lola like she’s her mum and that’s really unfair to put onto a child.

Setting

The setting was mediocre, it was interesting that it was in the ‘rich’ neighbourhood I suppose but there wasn’t much else. I don’t really know much about San Fransisco so I would have enjoyed more exploration.

Story

I liked the story and the premise but I do wish it was only focussed on the relationship between Lola and Cricket and there wasn’t a Max in the picture. I liked that Anna and St Clair were involved however minorly.

Writing

The writing is so easy and quick and has a lovely flow and enjoyable. You just speed through them and I just enjoy the break.

Check out Anna and the French Kiss

Anyone Interested in Buddy Reading.

So there are a lot of popular books and series that I haven’t read because I’ve not had the incentive to read them so I thought that having someone else there to talk with them about might be nice. Also if there are people out there that feel the same as me then it may work for them.

So here’s series that I’m interested in but haven’t found the time to start.

Winger by Andrew Smith

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Firebird by Claudia Gray

Air Awakens by Elsie Kova

The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons

Loreien Legacies by Pittacus Lore

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Shatter Me by Tahered Mafi

Any V. E. Schwab book!

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite 2016 Releases

Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

So I’ve only read a few 2016 releases so I’ll list them and then the others will be books I’ve enjoyed in 2016.

1. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

rebel of the sands

So I did enjoy this book but it was not as incredible as it was originally made out to me. I enjoyed the setting and the magic system but the characters were a bit lackluster for me but I am really focused and critical of characters so it may be down to me expecting high quality characters.

Rebel of the Sands Review

 

 

 

 

2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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So this was incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed myself but it did take me forever to get through but was so worth it and I loved being back in the Shadowhunter world and can’t wait for the sequel.

Lady Midnight Review

 

 

 

 

3. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

raven king

So I was really looking forward to the finale of the series especially after Blue Lily, Lily Blue but it was as amazing as I wanted it to be unfortunately and the story did not go how I expected. It took a while to get into things when from the ending of Blue Lily, Lily Blue it seemed like it was all going to be action in this book.

The Raven King Review

 

 

 

4. Until the Beginning by Amy Plum

until the beginning

So this is one of the most unappreciated series out there and I loved this second book once I could get my hands on it.

Until the Beginning Review

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

final empire

So this wasn’t what I was expecting but it was such a good story and plot and a great team of characters and I’m really glad I got around to it and read it and I don’t know when I’m going to get to the future books but I definitely will.

The Final Empire Review

 

 

 

 

6. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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This is also one of my favourite books I read because so much happened and I need to know what happens afterwards, luckily Empire of Storms is out in September!

Queen of Shadows Review

 

 

 

 

7. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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I’m late to this bandwagon but I love this series and the kingdoms and the magic and history and there’s a lot going on but it is so engaging and interesting.

Falling Kingdoms Review

 

 

 

 

 

8. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

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I recently read this because I’m trying to finish this series to get to the Trials of Apollo. It’s not that it isn’t a good series it’s just that I don’t have much time and I’ve been putting it on the back-burner but I really enjoyed this book even though it was so chaotic.

The Mark of Athena Review

 

 

 

 

9. The Martian by Andy Weir

martian

This is probably one of my new favourite books and everyone should read this because it’s hilarious and such an interesting story. The only downside is that I want more but Andy Weir doesn’t really have any other novels.

The Martian Review

 

 

 

 

10. Winter by Marissa Meyer

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I love the Lunar Chronicles so much and a lot of people do but I just love the story and the characters and the retellings. And this was a great behemoth of a final book.

Winter Review

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know your favourite 2016 releases you’ve read or some of the favourite books you’ve read in 2016.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Book: Definitely read this, it’s superb. I know most people have read this and I’m late to the game but it is really good.

Brief Opinion 8/10

This is a really good book and it’s well written and well-paced. There is some angst and drama that’s dragged on just a little too long and not enough payoff in the end but overall it’s a well put together and enjoyable book. I enjoyed how the story grew and developed and that another story was weaved in, another book that did this well was Afterworlds and it’s an element I really enjoy.

Full Review

Characters

Cath – She was so awkward and clearly has social anxiety but I could relate to her in the fact that I have my issues with people and try and stay out of their way but her complex comes down more to her childhood and Wren. She is a very selfless but naïve character but I was rooting for her and I wanted her to have the best for herself and grow and gain new experiences.

Wren – So at the beginning I wanted to like her especially with Cath’s descriptions and past experiences and memories but as the story went on I built up some serious resentment and just wanted to shout at her or for Cath to stand up for herself and shout at her.

Reagan – So I’m pretty much Reagan in terms of her personality without the parties and the multitude of guys. But I’m pretty confident and strong willed and blunt. I don’t think we would make great friends though but would appreciate each other.

Levi – I like this guy, he’s decent and kind and I just couldn’t help but smile! Like it was infectious and I was reading it, I couldn’t imagine him in real life because I’ve got one of those smiley faces that everyone always comments on. We would be good friends I hope.

Romance

It was nice how it wasn’t instalove and I wasn’t sure where it was going to go, if it was going to happen or not even though I knew it did? I liked how the two characters interacted with each other but it was still really awkward like Eleanor and Park. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to read Rainbow Rowell’s work though.

Story

The story was really interesting and it was different knowing that Carry On is actually released. I really enjoyed a second layer of writing but it wasn’t too much to distract from the story and I was much more interested in Cath’s story. I liked that it had an interesting premise but was set in the year of the first collage year’s life. It had a good level of interaction and didn’t rely too heavily on being in classes but enough to give the illusion of how busy she actually was.

Writing

It’s so engaging and enjoyable and have such a pleasant flow that I read it in two days which I rather rare for me. I loved the insight into a writing element and the level of detail conveyed about fandoms and an internet life and how things have changed. Had I not known the fanfic was based on Harry Potter I would never have guessed it. It did feel like a completely different story but with the same level of love and hype of the Harry Potter books.

End

So I’ve got a feeling that Rowell likes to leave at an incomplete but acceptable ending and since I’ve read Eleanor and Park I was accepting of this. But it was a relatively good and clean ending.

I don’t know what I’m going to read next because I want to read this next and I’ve never really had that feeling before but we shall see.

Let me know if you’ve ever wanted to reread a book straight after finishing it and what it was in the comments.

Also check out my review of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell