Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld review

  

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5 stars

Young adult, magical realism, superheroes, adventure


Synopsis: A group of teenagers with special powers have to use their abilities to save their friend from a dangerous situation.

My Thoughts: POSSIBLE SPOILERS (I try not to spoil but read my thoughts at your own risk) 

The synopsis of this kind of sums up this book… Yeah, it was that sad…I didn’t hate this book, but it definitely wasn’t what I expected. 

I bought this book for YALLfest, Scott Westerfeld was attending and I had never read any of his books, this one just happened to be coming out and I love superhero type stories, like X-men and the Heroes tv show. That isn’t really what I got.

I liked the idea of this, I actually liked some of the characters, the plot of the book fell a little short. The whole story took place in a weeks time frame, and for an almost 600 page book, that is way too long to get to the point. 

I only liked half of the powers, I thought Flicker was pretty cool (She’s blind but can shift her vision to other people’s eyes so she can see), and Anonymous (He is forgotten by people as soon as their focus is taken off him, the downside is that no one ever remembers him, which is sad to me) even though I felt really bad for him most of the book. 

But Scam (Has a second voice that always seems to know information to get him what he wants… Or from the plot of the story, it just ends up getting him in trouble) was just annoying, Crash (Can crash anything electronic, but has very little control over it and technology actually hurts her)  was pointless in my opinion and Bellwether (Can focus a group of people to a common goal), seriously… What was the point, and that Mob (Can feel and change the energy of a crowd) and Bellwether pretty much have the same power… It was just boring.

The plot wasn’t unique or interesting and I’ve seen a million other stories, movies and TV shows with the same plot, suspense and ending…

So I didn’t hate it, but to be honest, I wouldn’t tell someone else they should read it either… And if my copy didn’t have my name in it, I probably wouldn’t keep it on my shelf…  

Anyways, if you’ve read this, I’d love to know you’re thoughts, and thanks for reading 😊

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Top 5 Wednesday – November 25

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and the topics for each month can be found at the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group.

The topic for today is Books I’m Thankful For.

For this I chose 5 books that inspire me as a reader and made me fall in love with reading again for each one I picked up.

  
1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

This one is special to me, I never have any issues reading it, I can be in the middle of a slump and not want to read anything else but I will always be able to pick these up. I re-read them this year and it’s always such a fun world to be immersed in.

2. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

This is such a beautiful heartbreaking story. It follows a 12 year old girl who is murdered (in the first few pages so not a spoiler but it’s pretty graphic, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who has trouble reading anything to do with rape and murder) and it is from her point of view in heaven, watching her family move on and dealing with her death and the case of her disappearance. I thought it was beautifully written, and I have such a special place for this story… I plan to re-read this one soon since its been a few years now.

3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’ve mentioned this before, and it is special to me because I received an ARC for this one during a trying time in my life. So I wasn’t reading much then and when I picked this up, it reignited my love for reading which helped get me though the trials I was facing that year. This is about a boy who finds out about secret places in the world called loops, and the peculiar children who live in them… And the adventure they share trying to save themselves from the the evil wights and hollows 😱

4. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

I picked this one because I was not expecting to love this it, in fact, I hadn’t even planned to ever read it. This story follows a girl who’s parents create a device that can take you to different dimensions, with the idea that there is a different one for every decision that could have ever been made in your life. After her fathers death, she decides to follow the man who killed him into the dimensions he’s escaped to and bring him back to be punished. The description of this book doesn’t really convey that interestingly enough that I wanted to read it. It was chosen for a book club I was part of and I ended up loving it so much, it was one of my favorites of the year… Go figure lol

5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater 

If you plan to follow my blog, probably might want to go ahead and plan to see this series more than the times I’ve already mentioned it… I chose this because never have I wanted to marathon a series so bad, never have I wanted the final book to be in my hands so bad it drives me crazy. This series and and it’s amazingly diverse characters and it’s awesome plot line and just all of it, all of it… I love everything about it and I am sad it will end next year but I still need it, like now… So if it gets pushed back again past April… I may literally rip some hair out 😒

So that is my top 5 for this week, thanks for reading! If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to hear your thoughts 😊

Bye for now 😘

Made in the A.M. Book Tag

  So, I’m a pretty big One Direction fan, if you didn’t know… Not super “passionate” but I just love them 😍 So I kind of looked around and couldn’t find any kind of tags to do with their new album, just some general 1D tags… So I decided to create one for their newest album, Made in the A.M. If you or someone you know did already create this and I missed it, please let me know and of course I will give credit 😊 but hopefully this is the first and if you want to do it after me, I’d love that!

  
#1dmadeintheambooktag

1. Hey Angel/If I Could Fly: A book featuring angels or superheros or a character who could had wings

2. Drag Me Down: A book that lifted your spirits, a happy story

3. Perfect: A book that was the perfect read for you at the time that you read it.

4. Infinity/Never Enough: A book or series you wish would go on forever

5. Olivia : A book or series with a character named Olivia/Olive or even Oliver… Or one with a kick butt female character.

6. What a Feeling: A book or series that gave you the feels.

7. Love You Goodbye: A book or series that you didn’t like or love enough to keep or buy.

8. I Want to Write You a Song: A book featuring music prominently in the story

9. History: A book that you have re-read or that you have a long standing connection with.

10. Temporary Fix: A book or series you first loved after reading but changed your mind about later

11. Wolves: A book where a character turned out to not be who you thought they were.

12. End of the Day/A.M. A book that you stayed up way too late to read/finish
  
1: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld (Superheroes… Sort of lol)

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Happy book, makes me laugh every time I read it or watch the movie)

3. The D.U.F.F. By Kody Keplinger (Book I needed at the time, something light and cute… Perfect 😊)

4. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs (I wish I could have more adventures with this group of misfits, I just love them)

5. Books of Elsewhere series by Jacqueline West (Olive and her crazy adventures… And she’s pretty kick butt too 😉)

6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (So many feels!!!)

7. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins (I had planned to read the sequel until I realized that I forgot everything in this book… So I decided to unhaul it instead 😔… Plus mine doesn’t have the pretty pink cover ☹)

8. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (I mean the title says it all, I love this cute little book)

9. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (I’ve read this a couple times, and I love it more every time I read it)

10. The Ruby Red series by Kerstin Gier (I originally really liked this… Until I finished it and as time went on I realized how annoying the characters were and the insta love really did kill it for me)

11. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (I can’t say much without spoiling it, but if you have read it, you know exactly why I picked it for the wolf in sheeps clothing)

12. The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters (Definitely stayed up late while I read this one, it’s one of my faves)

Thanks for reading and I’d love for you to do this tag, I don’t know if any of my readers are 1D fans but if you are, please take this as a tag!

Bye for now 😘

YALLfest 2015

  
This was my first year going to the awesome festival, Yallfest 2015! It was an exciting weekend of firsts for me lol, so I’d thought I’d recap some of it for you. I had planned to take more pictures during the trip, but it was a lot crazier than I expected and I kind of forgot sometimes 😔 

My trip started off on Wednesday afternoon, flying from New Mexico to Arkansas to meet up with my friend Michelle from MichEllisLife, she’s an awesome Booktuber, you should check her out. 

We drove out on Thursday, left at about 9:30ish… And didn’t get to our hotel until almost 1am 😒 it was a long drive but we were taking our time and trying to enjoy the drive. We tried to use the food map for Diners, Drive Ins and Dives for food because we wanted to try some tv food lol. We ended up stopping at a place in New Albany, Mississippi called Latham’s Hamburger Inn where them make dough burgers… Which I guess is a hamburger pattie mixed with flour and fried on a hot griddle… We weren’t impressed, they were very small and to be honest, I didn’t get the appeal… But it was nice to try something out of the box. It was also a really cute little hole in the wall place.

  

Then we were off again, made it to Charleston, got our hotel, slept, got up early (cause we’re both moms and apparently have a really rude internal clock) and decided to just go hang downtown where would need to be for YallCrawl that afternoon. I wish I had taken some more photos of the downtown area, it had beautiful historic buildings and some really cool unique shops, even if they were 3 times more expensive than my average budget lol. I also wish we’d just gone to see the ocean as planned but we got a bit distracted by… Books lol

We ate breakfast at this cute little place called Kitchen 208, it was so good! If you are ever in Charleston, please have breakfast here, you won’t regret it. 

  
We spent the day checking out shops, where we only bought stuff from the cheap stores we can go to at home lol, Forever 21 and H&M… But it was still fun.

YallCrawl started at 3 and we were in lines for authors, Michelle kindly took my Zeroes book and got in line for Scott Westerfeld while I stood in line for Brandon Mull. I was so nervous, I’d never met anyone famous before, and never anyone who wrote something I loved so much… But he was very nice and he asked me the worst question to ask an introvert (a small talk question 😱), “Tell me a little about yourself” lol, but I tried and told him we were on a mommy trip and he told me about his wife and she did that sometimes too. 

Then it was off to Rae Carson for Michelle, I read her book also, but Michelle loved it more than me, and I didn’t have a copy anyway. I waited outside since they were only letting in a few people at a time, I didn’t want to take someone’s chance of meeting her. Then we headed to the lovely Victoria Aveyard and she signed my Red Queen book, she was so sweet!

We had dinner at this cute little healthy place called Black Bean Co. Oh so yummy! Cheap and good for you too!

  
We went to the Booktuber meet up in Marion Square and met some awesome people… I don’t remember most of them, I’m sorry… I know Rebecca from WhyMermaids was there, and Lainey from GingerReadsLainey, Caitlin from Book Chats, Cambria from Cool Beans Books and Marines from Mynameismarines and a lot of others that I just didn’t know or get to talk too 😔. Also, the coolest thing happened! We were just standing there chatting and Kiera Cass just came up and started talking with us! It was so cool and she told us about her new book, The Siren, which I kind of want to read now lol.

Shower, bed, wake up… YallFest!!!

We got there early, got some coffee, stood in lines all day (including 3 hours for Marissa Meyer, so sweet also). We met Julie Kagawa who I love so much and also Libba Bray who is definitely one of the coolest people ever!  She had a unique thing to write in all of her different books, it was awesome! We had planned to meet Nicola Yoon also but she wasn’t signing until 4 and we had a long drive ahead… So we made a hard decision, we hit the book tent and I bought a signed copy of A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis and Michelle got a couple signed books and we headed out… 

It was a long ride… And thank goodness Michelle was driving, even though it was rough for her because if I had been driving we might have died, I don’t know how she made it, I couldn’t focus on a thing by the time we got to Arkansas… Got to her house at 4am and we slept for a few hours and I decided I wanted to get through security at the airport early… So from 10:30 to 3 I was in Little Rock airport to Chicago… Then 4… Freaking… Hours… In Chicago airport and I made it home on the longest 3 hours flight ever at about 10pm… And went home and crashed… It took me a couple days to get enough sleep to make up for lost time but it was so worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat. We met some amazing authors, and some even more amazing fellow book lovers and I got to see Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and the Chicago airport for the first time! 

If you have never been to YallFest before, and you’re thinking about making the trip, do it! It was a blast, and if I go again I’d like to make some of the panels also because we missed those with the signings, so that would be my suggestion 😍

Thanks for reading, feel free to follow and if you were at YallFest or you want to chat about it, leave me a comment!

Top 5 Wednesdays – Books I Did Not Finish

Starters, this tag was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and the topics can be found at the Top 5 Wednesdays Goodreads group.

This week is the top 5 books I didn’t finish. 

Disclaimer: These are my opinions and if I mention a book you love, I don’t mean anything against you or your love for it, it’s just that it didn’t work for me.

I don’t have many books I don’t finish, but I have a good handful of ones I just couldn’t force my way through.  So I picked the ones I have decent reasons for putting down.

  
1. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

This is probably an unpopular opinion… In my mind, this series should have ended with the 3rd book, City of Glass. I did go on to read the 4th book, City of Fallen Angels but I gave it less stars than the others. I didn’t like what she did to Jace, I didn’t like the way the romance between him and Clary developed or Clary’s attitude in general. When I started the 5th book and it got crazier I decided the series was done for me. I enjoyed the first 3 in the series and that’s good enough for me ☺️

  
2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This is a tricky one, and I’m going to chock it up to overhype… I was expecting a bad ass assassin and I felt the main character was kind of a let down… I will say that I was kind of bordering on a reading slump when I started this one, so I might try and pick it again one day. Everyone seems to adore it and I honestly really wanted to love it, so since I have the first 2 on ebook, I won’t completely write it off.

  
3. Vixen by Jillian Larkin

The 20’s isn’t one of my favorite eras of history, and I picked this one up not very long after reading The Diviners by Libba Bray… And Libba did a much better version, better research and her characters resembled what I think people in the 20’s would act like. I thought the characters in Vixen were catty and way too modern in their thinking to be believable… 

  
4. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Gorgeous cover, interesting description, such high hopes, dashed… I didn’t connect with the characters, I was bored and I got 7 chapters in and still felt completely lost… So I just couldn’t bring myself to continue.

  
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Ok, first off, there is Nothing wrong with this book per say, and I’m only adding it because out of all the books I didn’t finish I couldn’t really decide which one to add for 5… So this is random… And the only reason I didn’t finish it was because I thought it was going to be a period piece, and it ended up being a modern story… I have another book by this author that I plan to read, The Demon King… So, yeah… If this one sounds good to you, go for it cause it has a pretty high rating just not something I was actually interested in.

So, there it is… Tell me your opinions (please be kind) if you did love these and you think I judged prematurely, or maybe you agree and they weren’t worth a second look… 

Thanks for reading!

Monthly Recommendations: Trilogies

This is my post for the Goodreads group for Monthly Recommendations and the topic for November is trilogies… 

This topic has made me realize how many trilogies I don’t actually finish… I should probably get on that 🤔

However, I was able to find 3 that I very much enjoyed to recommend 😀

  

1. The Royal Circle by Katherine Longshore

Now, these aren’t considered a true trilogy, I know. However, they all focus on 3 different woman in the court of King Henry the VIII. I felt the author really did her research and I’m a huge fan of the Tudor era of English history so it really intrigued me to read what the thoughts of the people living it might have been. 

The first one is Gilt, this follows the point of view of the best friend of Katherine Howard, the 5th wife of King Henry VIII. (Spoiler Alert: She is beheaded) If you know this era of history, you already know this… But it kind of gives you an insider look how how Katherine might have felt about everything going on, through the eyes of her friend, Kitty.

Second is Tarnish, this follows Anne Boleyn while she is being courted by King Henry VIII and how she felt about the situation. I really feel like she got a raw deal, and this offers a view on how she just wanted to be an independent woman, and the struggles she felt on how to achieve that dream while still being true to herself.

Third is Brazen, and it follows Mary Howard who was married to the only illegitimate child that King Henry VIII claimed as his own, Henry Fitzroy. It is kind of a love story, and it follows the struggles Mary had with being married at such a young age, wanting to fall in true love with her husband and the frustration the couple felt with King Henry refusing to allow them to consummate their marriage… This all happens at the same time as the downfall of Anne Boleyn as well. 

They don’t have to be read in order, obviously because they start with the 5th wife before the 2nd. But I really enjoyed them 😍
  

 

2. The WondLa series by Tony DiTerlizzi

This is a lovely middle grade series that I really enjoyed! It follows Eva Nine who grows up in this pod underground, with a robot for a caretaker. Then one day, they are attacked and Eva finds that there is a whole other world outside! She goes on an adventure to find other humans, and a whole bunch of other crazy stuff happens! It’s a fabulous story with lots of fun alien characters. The author also illustrated it and he is an awesome artist, it helps make the story unique 😍
  

3. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

This is her second Shadowhunters series that is set in the late Victorian period, another of my favorite eras of history. This story is also set in England and follows Tessa, a girl who has some pretty interesting powers… It also has a steampunk vibe going for it. I liked the characters better in this than The Mortal Instruments, and I always recommend this one first lol… Also, it technically happens first so 😏

Those are my trilogy recommendations, if you’ve read these I’d love to hear your thoughts, or if you have a series you think I need to read based on these, let me know!

Thanks for reading ❤️