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A Court of Thorns and Roses – Review

You were always too good for here, Feyre. Too good for us, too good for everyone.

*I received this book for free. It has not affected my opinion in the slightest. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) by Sarah J. Maas was one of my biggest TBRs this year. I’ve only just recently discovered the amazingness that is Sarah J. Maas, so when news of ACOTAR (and the possibility to gorge myself on more of her writing) presented itself, I fairly leaped for this book. I wasn’t blown away by it for a few reasons, but given that the same thing happened with Throne of Glass, I’m not all that disappointed. There were also a lot of (sexy) saving graces.  Continue reading A Court of Thorns and Roses – Review

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We All Looked Up – Review

It turned out that no amount of terror could stop the great human need to connect…

*I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads. This has not affected my opinion or review.*

When I received my copy of We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The blurb was a little vague, not entirely helped by the cover. I decided I would read a few pages, just to get a sense of what the book was like. I didn’t stop reading. Continue reading We All Looked Up – Review

The Conspiracy of Us – Review

You might be the treasure, but we’re the answer…

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall is a quick-paced story about a secret society order, and the sixteen-year old girl, Avery, at the heart of it. This book is probably the only book I’ve read that was really centred around a conspiracy, and the conspiracy was even better than I thought it would be. Although there were some things that irked me, overall, The Conspiracy of Us was a great read and a fantastic start to a new series.

17134589Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.

The plot of The Conspiracy of Us was great for me. There’s a lot of mystery behind figuring out exactly what everyone’s motives are, but especially what exactly the mandate means and who The One is. That was my favourite part. I always try to solve riddles in a book (even though I am terrible at it), and this one wasn’t one that I could crack. The book ends without us still knowing what everything means, so I’m guessing more of that mystery will bleed into the second book. The pace of this book was great. I wouldn’t have minded if it were a bit quicker, but I never found myself bored or skimming any parts.

What didn’t work for me were the characters – or really just Avery and Jack. Avery gave off this vibe of being a little all about herself; she was a little selfish. There are serious and very real consequences of her being romantically involved with her love interest but she still puts them both in a really terrible position. And while I understand how this served the plot, I’m not a fan of characters who can’t or don’t think beyond the right now moment. I also couldn’t understand the logic behind her judgment and the decisions she made.I just couldn’t understand her sometimes.*highlight for spoilers* I mean, you were just physically threatened with a knife by a stranger, and yet you remain in close proximity to him? You’re really having a hard time choosing between someone who lied to you and someone who physically threatened you (again)? Come on Avery, you can be smarter, more realistic and practical than that!

As for Jack, there wasn’t anything specific that annoyed me. It was more than he was a character I’ve seen before: the guy who seems tough but really has some vulnerability to him. It’s not a bad trope, but it is disappointing because then I don’t feel any particular connection to him that any other male leads with the same personality. Stellan, on the other hand, I really liked. He was funny in a fresh way, and I felt more of a connection between him and Avery than between Avery and Jack. I’m officially shipping Avery and Stellan. AvellanStavery. Averellan. Someone please stop me. 

Overall, I liked the plot a lot better than I liked the characters. The plot was original and unpredictable, while the two main characters fell a little flat. Even still, The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall was a great read, and I’ll definitely be continuing the series. I’m looking forward to seeing what mysteries the next book solved, and hopefully getting to know more of the secondary cast.

Waiting on Wednesday – Hello, I Love You

I love the Korean culture. Ever since I started watching Korean dramas, I’ve found myself sucked into their world: the music, the celebrities, the food, oh my goodness, the food. This is probably the biggest reason why I’m so excited for Hello, I Love You, by Katie M. Stout! Add in the fact that it’s said to have the feel of Anna and the French Kiss (which I loved) and Pride and Prejudice (which I loved) and I’m completely sold on the book.  Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday – Hello, I Love You

GIF Tag

The wondrous Ri @ Hiver et Café tagged me for the GIF tag! How it works is that the tagger gives a list of ten books which the tagged (me!) have to respond with a gif and a sentence. One thing you should know about me is that I love the TV series The Big Bang Theory, especially Sheldon, so that nutball will be my GIF star today. Here are the books Ri chose for me:

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Fantastic idea, but the execution left a lot to be desired.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This is my shit. 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Holy mother of badass, she’s fascinating in a way that makes me want to run and hide. (Based on movie, book TBR)

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The way I want to read this is ridiculous because this is supposed to be really good, but $20 for a paperback? #universitystudent

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I just couldn’t connect with the romance here.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Yes, damnit, I’ll eat those berries with you!

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

MAYBE I WILL BECAUSE YOU HAVE DESTROYED MY SOUL AND WHAT ELSE DO I HAVE LEFT BUT TO EAT MYSELF  INTO OBLIVION?

Vicious by V.E Schawb

Wow! Haven’t read this one, but it sounds like exactly the kind of grit and darkness I like in my novels.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Much like Sheldon’s dancing, this book gave a great effort, but the romance was stiff and…not the best to watch.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

I think I read this?

 

A good mix of books I liked and disliked, and I think Sheldon really captured the spirit of my feelings! I’m nominating the Steph, Kat, and Meg @ Cuddlebuggery, Helena @ Book Nerd Addict, and Axie Oh @ Books are Bread to participate in the GIF Tag with the following books:

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

3. Dorothy by Die by Danielle Paige

4.  The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

5. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

6. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

7. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

8. Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch

9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

10. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, or you can opt for its sexy (sexy?) alter ego, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James

Have fun!

Cress – Review

If there was one thing Cress knew about heroes, it was that they could not resist a damsel in distress…

Lately I’ve been feeling a little book restless. The past couple of books I read were disappointing and I’ve been feeling just apprehensive about picking up another book. I started Cress by Marissa Meyer before the restlessness kicked in but then I stopped halfway, just feeling like reading wasn’t what I wanted to do. I picked it up, determined to finish the mammoth book and I’m so glad I did because Cress  is the best book in The Lunar Chronicles so far, and totally got me out of my slump. The pace was perfect, the plot was compelling, always changing, and the romance was super swoony – just the way I like ’em.  Continue reading Cress – Review