Top 5 Wednesday – Jan 27

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and the topics can be found at this Goodreads Group.

This weeks topic is Disappointing Eye Candy, or books you picked up because they were beautiful and they didn’t live up to your expectations.

In no particular order…

  

1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I am in the minority with this one, I know, I’m sorry. I didn’t enjoy this at all, the writing style was unique but I didn’t enjoy it. The story had too much “woe is me” and “I’m so in love with the boy” elements and it just wasn’t for me. But the covers of the whole series are gorgeous.

  

2. Jackaby by William Ritter

This is a Sherlock Holmes type story, and I love this topic so much. However, this one didn’t deliver for me. The story line was flat, the characters were annoying and I didn’t enjoy the plot. I also read this around the same time as the Lockwood and Co. series by Jonathan Stroud which I adored and was so much better.

  

3. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

I have never read the Bluebeard fairy tale, so I honestly don’t know if it was close to being a good retelling or not. I thought the main character was stupid and the bad guy was sadistic and I didn’t like the writing style of this story either so… Just a big no.

  

4. Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

I’m not usually a mermaid fan but I was drawn to this, it is beautiful. The story was pointless, it had a ton of characters with very little backstory. The plot was a little weird and so many things were introduced but not explained and it left me asking myself what the point was.

  

5. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

If you read or noticed my previous post, I didn’t like this book. The characters were annoying and unrealistic, the plot line was so heavily influenced by the insta love romance that I wanted to throw the book so many times… I couldn’t because it was a library copy, but I wanted to.

So that’s my 5, what are some that you’ve picked up for their covers and were disappointed?
Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye 🤗

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Passenger review – Spoilers ahead

  

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️ 2/5 stars
Synopsis: Etta, a 17 year old violinist discovers she comes from a family of time travelers. She is sent on a journey to find a powerful object and has to navigate this new world around her in order to save her family.

Young Adult, romance, fantasy, time traveling

My thoughts (there WILL be SPOILERS included in this)

Disclaimer: If this is a book you loved and you really don’t want to hear anything negative about it, please don’t read this. I also want to say I’m sorry if it is one of your favorites, it just goes to show that not every book is for every person and I mean no disrespect to you with what I’m about to say.

Again, SPOILERS AHEAD, if you haven’t read this and are going to.

My very first comment will be this might have been a 4/5 star review if there had been one element removed from this whole story and that is, Nicholas… I have very little negative things to say about his character, save for the fact that he was extremely hot headed and resorted to violence first in every questionable situation. 

The fact remains that the romance in this story killed the entire book for me. Their dialogue was so corny and repetitive, in whole chapters and not just small bits.

Also, this whole thing mirrors the Ruby Red trilogy so much that I couldn’t get past it. I didn’t particularly enjoy that one either, but this book was worse. 

Let me point out some of the similarities: They both feature time traveling families, a powerful object that needs to be found/completed, a bratty side character who likes to be in charge and get her way Charlotte/Sophia, a main character is who thrown into this world without any training, a horrible insta love romance and a big bad mean guy at the top of the pyramid who wants to control everything.

Come on…

Back to the romance, which ended up being half of the plot of this book. Was so unrealistic it made me angry… You cannot, fall that intimately in love with someone you have know for 4 days… Yes they were on the ship for longer, blah blah, but they hardly spoke… So I’m going off the 4 days they were traveling. Sorry Etta, you can’t know him that well… You don’t, bottom line, and I’m still mad that they slept together… Also that he swings, fights, or shoots at the first sign of anything out of the ordinary, hitting her with a bullet twice in the middle of these encounters! But she still is like, it’s ok because we’re in love and I understand him.

Ahhhhhh!

It also bothered me that the only reason Etta was a violinist was to write in the parts about hearing the time travel passages… Why was she so quick to give up on music when it had been her whole life… 

The only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 was because, some of the time travel was ok. Because there were a few moments in the book that I was like, that’s interesting, it gets an extra star…. That’s it. 

Who would I recommend this book to… No one to be honest, and I hate saying that because I don’t like to do negative reviews but by the end of this book I was beyond annoyed with it. 

I guess if you really love romance that is quick and corny and some time travel, you might like this… I seem to be in the minority of people who don’t so, who knows.

If you have read this and you disagree or agree with me on anything, let me know in the comments… If you haven’t read this, I really hope you didn’t read my review because I was really open and I’m sorry if you did cause I spoiled it. I had to get this out though, I couldn’t wait to take this back to the library 😢

Thanks for reading

Until next time, bye! 😏

Top 5 Wednesday – Jan 20

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and the topics can be found at this Goodreads Group.

Today’s topic is Buzzwords, which are words that you find in a synopsis or that are mentioned in a description of a book that automatically makes you want to read it.
Going to count down from 5 for this one…

5. Adventure 

I love adventures, I love when there is a book with a goal and the characters have to go through all kinds of crap to get to it… This is one reason why I love middle grade so much, because there are a lot of those. 😊

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, The Vengekeep Prophesies by Brian Farrey
      

4. Tudor dynasty/late Victorian

I’m bunching these two together for this one but they are both historical fiction. If it has anything to do with King Henry VIII, his wives, his court, his children etc… I will read it. Also, anything in the late Victorian period, which is the end of the 19th or early 20th century before the booming 20’s, I will also read it. I love it!

Tarnish by Katherine Longshore, The Luxe by Anna Godbersen, These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
      

3. Psychology 

I have this weird fascination with characters who have psych stuff going on, wether they are in rehab or have a mental disorder or if it’s a book about asylums or what not… I’m automatically drawn to it.

White Oleander by Janet Fitch, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Identical by Ellen Hopkins
      

2. Ghosts

I love scary things, so anything to do with ghosts or spirits… Creepy things that go bump in the night, hauntings etc. Yes 😏 

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

       

1. Fairies/Fae

Oh yes, anyone who knows me well would probably have guessed this would be my number 1. I love fairies, anything to do with fae and pretty much immortal creatures… Elves are kind of close to this also. I also hunt all the time for fae books that are unique and don’t use A Midsummers Night for their storylines. Because it happens a lot, and even though I still enjoy those, I still look so hard for this unique ones.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman, The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
    

Those are my buzzwords, if you agree or have thoughts on mine let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye 😀  

What Are You Reading Wednesday 

This is a Wednesday prompt created by It’s a Reading Thing.

Info here

Questions

Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:

1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

  
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

2. But a year after they’d gone from friends to something more, she’d placed second in a competition that she – and everyone else – had expected her to win.

3. I would love to live in this world, who doesn’t want to be a time traveler… 

What are you reading this week?

  
Thanks for reading

Until next time, bye! 😀

Walled City Review

  

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Star Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 Stars

Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Synopsis: Dai, Jin and Mai Yee are all in the Walled City for different reasons but all 3 must face the harsh reality of their environments and make hard choices to secure a better future.

My thoughts: (no spoilers)

How do I even begin with this one. 

This book floored me, it was so incredibly written.

It follows 3 characters. 

Dai is living in the city because of something tragic that has happened in his life, and he is trying to find a way to clear his name so he can leave.

Jin is a girl who is pretending to be a boy, living in the city searching for her sister whom their father sold.

Mai Yee is said sister and lives in a brothel owned by the most powerful drug dealer in the city.

Ryan Graudin is such an amazing writer, I was so connected with all of these characters. I felt what they felt, I empathized with their struggles, I felt almost as if I was in this world following them around every time I picked it up. Or listened to, I had the audiobook as well as the kindle book.

The world they live in was so vivid, brutal and sad but I had no problem picturing it. They were so real, their dialogue, their choices, their hope. 

I loved the way the plot line came together, that each character had a different piece to the puzzle. I loved the bravery of the characters but that they still sometimes had doubts and fears, it made it feel more realistic.

I really can’t say a lot without giving away too much of the story, I feel like this is one you really have to experience without knowing too much about it. 

However, if you are sensitive to triggers, there is a lot of violence in this… People die, and not nicely, there are brothels and drugs and just plain awful things that happen. This is a world where the authorities have no say, it is basically a small city run by a drug lord that always gets what he wants. If that’s not something you are comfortable with, please don’t read this… 

If you are ok with a realistic storyline that involves some uncomfortable things, then I think it is a fantastic read. I love Ryan Graudin’s writing style, and that she completes the story making it well rounded and addictive.
I felt at a loss for words on how to describe my thoughts accurately with this one, I loved it but I’m not sure I can convey exactly why in all the words. I think it was fantastic, if someone was thinking of reading it, I would say yes! Go for it… Bottom line right there.

Thanks for reading

Until next time

Bye! 😊

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace – Review

  

 Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5 stars

Release Date: January 26th, 2016

Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery, Horror

Synopsis:  Breezy wakes up by being dug out out of the grave she’s been in for a year and finds the man who dug her up dead by her own hands. Her journey to discover the truth about the monster she has become leads her through some dangerous situations. (I can’t really give you more than that without giving too much away)

Personal thoughts (no spoilers)

First, let me start off by saying what I liked about this book.

I thought the idea of this was fantastic, the different monsters and the idea of them living among us was fascinating. Stuff like this always grabs me.

The way this book was written was mysterious, it threw you right into the middle and continuously gave you more info the more you got into it. This kept me intrigued, I wasn’t ever bored and I was throughly invested in knowing what was going to happen. I needed to know!

Also, no romance! Thank goodness for an author who didn’t feel that her characters needed to fall in love to make the story interesting. I don’t mind romance sometimes but it is not needed for every single story.

However, without spoiling the story I need to say that I was disappointed in this book. I don’t feel like all the questions were answered. There was something missing, I don’t know what it is specifically. There were a lot of characters introduced and while most of their stories received endings of sorts… I was not personally satisfied with them, I wanted to know more about the world of monsters, the different things they could do in more detail than I received… Maybe even some better back story. I didn’t get that.

But I did enjoy reading it, it was possibly just a personal thing that I didn’t like the ending. I wouldn’t want that to deter someone from picking this up because it was a very fascinating idea. 

I would recommend this to someone who likes paranormal mystery books, and while there was a pretty nasty character in this that would possibly be scary… It was only borderline horror, but still decently creepy.

Big thanks to Epic Reads and Katherine Tegen Books for sending my the ARC to read and review 😍

If you’re planning to read this, or have read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts 😀

Thanks for reading

Until next time, bye 😘

What are you reading Wednesday

This months Top 5 Wednesday’s didn’t end up being topics I had enough info for so I decided to do something different.

I found this topic on the blog It’s a Reading Thing and I thought it sounded like fun!

This week I’m actually in the middle of several books, because I got a little overzealous when the new year started but I decided to go with the one I’m almost finished with because it’s amazing.

But here are the questions for this post:

#WAYRW
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:

1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

 

1. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

I decided to read this because my book BFF raves about this book all the time, I tend to like books she loves… Idk if she has the same luck with stuff I read lol but I’ve read a few that she loves and they’re usually good 😍 you can check out her review of this book on her channel MichEllisLife if you’re interested.

2. “She would never leave him. Not for the world. Not even for us.”

“My thoughts are still a raging typhoon—speeding around and around—so loud I can barely hear the other girls as they talk about their time behind the doors.”

3. I wouldn’t want to live in the world. It’s very brutal and pretty scary. With the gangs and brothels and drug lords… No thank you, I’ll just read it.

What are you reading this week? What do you think, are you enjoying it?
Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye 😀