The Sword of Summer Review!

Started: April 8, 2016

Finished: April 24, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .


So, fair warning: This is no Percy Jackson book.

I’ll be honest: I wasn’t going to read this. I like Rick Riordan’s writing, but a book without Percy Jackson in it didn’t seem like a book that I wanted to read. I picked it up on a whim while I was at the library recently, and decided to read it. I won’t say that I was right about not wanting to read this, but I won’t say it was an entirely enjoyable read either.

The characters were great. They were spot-on in Rick Riordan’s style, and they reminded me of characters that would have existed in the Percy Jackson universe. They were funny, they were exciting, and they had such interesting backstories that I wanted to know more. My favorite character was probably Magnus, because he was just such a sarcastic character and I have a weakness for those.

The story was good. I have to say, I didn’t expect Magnus to die. I definitelydidn’t expect him to die in the first part of the book. But now that I’ve read it, I’m so happy that he did.

With the story focusing on Magnus’ life as an einherji, and the quests that come with it, it made Magnus into the hero that I wanted him to be. The plot was great, and it kept me interested in the story (at least when I had time to read).

I liked that the story was just a little bit darker than the Percy Jackson books. The PJO books were dark for children’s books, and the HOO books were a bit darker than those. This book seemed darker to me, and I’m not sure why, but I like that Riordan’s writing seems to be growing a little with his readers while still being able to be a children’s book.

On the other hand, the story is one of my main complaints about this book.

I don’t see how this book can be a series. I just can’t see how there can be a story that continues from this one with the same characters. Maybe different characters, but I just don’t see a series that could come from this.

I probably won’t be reading the second book in this series when it comes out, unless I pick it up on another whim at the library. I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would, but I wouldn’t recommend it for fans unless they’re big Rick Riordan fans or mythology fans. Overall, it was an okay book that I liked reading for the time that I was reading it.


NEXT READ: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Mean Girls Book Tag!

So, Mean Girls is one of my favorite comedies of all time, so when I saw that there was a book tag for it, I knew I had to do it.

This tag was created by TheBookLife on Youtube, and her video can be found here.

So let’s get started!


 

1. “It’s pronounced like Cady.”: Which fictional character’s name did you get completely wrong?

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. I pronounced Hermione so wrong until I saw the movies. I pronounced it “Her-me-own” instead of “Her-my-knee”. I’m still embarrassed about it to this day, to be honest.


 

2. “She doesn’t even go here!”: Which character would you like to place in a fictional world from another book or series?

As bad as it sounds, I would like to see Liam or Ruby from The Darkest Minds in The Hunger Games. I think they could probably win the Hunger Games if I’m being perfectly honest.


 

3. “On Wednesdays we wear pink.”: Repetition. Repetition. Which book gave you dejavu of another book whilst reading it?

Matched by Ally Condie reminded me a lot of The Giver by Lois Lowry, but in a really good way. I loved the story, and I loved the world. Some aspects reminded me of The Giver in some ways, but overall the story was totally original.


4. “You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.”: Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?

The first book in the Alphas series, Alphas. It was full of girls being catty to each other, and it was just the total opposite of girl power. The rest of the books in the series were so much better about it though.


 

5. “You go Glen Coco!”: Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.

I was rooting for Pattyn from Burned the whole time I was reading the book. I loved her, and I just wanted everything to work out for her. I loved her in this book, and the sequel. She’s a character that I’ll root for forever because she made me feel every emotion for her, and I just can’t stand to see her fail.


6. “Get in loser, we’re going shopping.”: How long do you typically spend at a book shop?

No more than an hour, because otherwise I would go bankrupt. If I’m in a used book shop, probably no more than thirty minutes because I will walk out with anywhere between 20 and 30 books if I stay there any longer than that.


7. “It’s not my fault you’re like in love with me or something.”: Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?

Honestly I would need an entire post series about how much I love Finnick Odair. So this one is pretty self-explanatory.


8. “I can’t help it that I’m popular.”: Which overhyped book were you cautious about reading?

I was so nervous about reading The Hunger Games because a friend recommended it to me, but it just didn’t seem like my kind of thing. I’m glad I read it now because Finnick Odair is the love of my life (see the above question), but back then I was just really apprehensive and reluctant to read it.


9. “She’s a life ruiner. She ruins people’s lives.”: We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.

I love to hate Clancy Gray from The Darkest Minds trilogy. He’s a horrible person, and he makes my skin crawl, but he’s just such a good villain that I can’t help but acknowledge that.


10. “I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.”: Your favorite fictional parents.

Lina’s mom from Between Shades of Gray is my favorite parent in any book. She made me bawl my eyes out multiple times, and she’s just the best parent in YA literature.


11. “That is so fetch!”: Which book or series would you love to catch on?

This series is my absolute favorite series ever. I have read this book so many times (the exact number is somewhere over 50) and I will reread it a million more. Most people know Maggie Stiefvater from her Raven Cycle series (which I also love more than I probably should), but I wish this one was as popular or even more popular than the Raven Cycle because it just means so much to me and I love it so much.


12. “How do I even begin to explain Regina George?”: Describe your ideal character to read about.

My ideal character is the type that is jokingly narcissistic. I’m not saying like completely arrogant and full of themselves, but a character that is seen to be talking highly of themselves and putting on a show about how pretty they are, and then later it’s shown that they’re actually this soft-hearted individual who cares about everyone else more than themselves (I’m looking at you, Finnick Odair). Those are the kinds of characters I like to read about.


 

13. “I just have a lot of feelings.”: What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of “the feels”?

I usually cry. I’m a big crier at books, and it just makes me feel better if I cry about the book. Then I’ll usually watch a Disney movie, and then go and tell my friends to read the book.


14. “Nice wig, Janis, what’s it made of?” “Your mom’s chest hair.”: Which characters’ one liners would you love to claim for your own?

Theodore Finch from All the Bright Places. If you read my review, which is here, then you’ll know all about my love for Theodore Finch. His one-liners are great, so I would have to pick him.


14. “Boo, you whore.”: Name a time a character’s decision has made you roll your eyes.

Alexis in From Bad to Cursed. I just wanted to yell at her because she was just. So. Stupid. I couldn’t believe how stupid she was. I just really want to rant about her choices, but then this would be, but I would need an entirely separate post for that. So I’m just going to stop here before this post is any longer than it already is.


 

Hope you guys enjoyed that as much as I enjoyed doing it. Like this post if you want to see more tags or leave me a comment with your favorite book tag and I’ll try to do it in the future! Thanks!

A Million Suns by Beth Revis Review

DISCLAIMER: This is the second book in the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis. Since it’s the second book, I’m giving you a SPOILER ALERT for the first one. If you haven’t read Across the Universe and you want to read it, then just ignore this review. Thank you!

Started: April 2, 2016

Finished: April 6, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies. But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.


Let me just get something off of my chest:

THAT CLIFFHANGER. AHHHHH.

Okay, now let me get to the review.

I loved Across the Universe when I read it a year ago. After I finished it, I searched and searched for A Millions Suns. My library never had it, the libraries around me never had it, and I had just about given up hope that I would get to read this book without having to buy it. But then, last week I walked in to my library and saw it sitting there, right in the middle of the shelf that I had spent a year checking. So I checked it out and immediately went to read it. And it did not disappoint.

I love Beth Revis’ writing style because it’s one of my favorite writing styles: unapologetically brutal and blunt. The writing in this series is both of those things, and just absolutely beautiful. I had the privilege of meeting Beth Revis at SE-YA 2016, and her writing style was one of the things that she discussed. Her writing is mesmerizing and interesting, so that was a big draw of this book and this series as a whole.

Another thing about this book and series that I love is the setting. Let me just tell you all: I. Love. Space. I think space is such a great setting for a story, and Revis uses it masterfully. The descriptions of the setting are perfect, and I just really loved the atmosphere of it.

The setting is part of what makes the story so great.

The story is so interesting to me. The conflict of living on a spaceship that is slowly falling apart, the joy of newly-found love, and the issue of trying to make a choice without actually having a choice. Those are all aspects of this story that interest me. The only aspect of this story that I wasn’t a big fan of was the revolution storyline because I’m just tired of revolution plotlines. Luckily, that didn’t last very long, and I’m actually looking forward to how it plays out in the third book.

The characters are the thing about this series that just seals it as one of my favorites. The characters are written so that the reader feels sympathy for them and falls in love with all of them. I fell in love with these characters when I read the first book, and I fell in love (and out of love a little bit) with all of them once again.

One of the characters I never expected to love as much as I do is Victria. I just glossed over her in the first book, but I loved her in this book. I was heartbroken about what happened to her, and it was honestly one of the most heartbreaking moments of this entire series.

Overall, I think this book was a great sequel to the first one because it made me excited to read Shades of Earth. So now I’m off to my library to see if they have it!


NEXT READ: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

Hello, all!

So, I wanted to do something fun for this blog, so that it can stay updated in between book reviews, so I’m going to start doing some book tags and book challenges! They seem fun, so hopefully you all will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy doing them!

So let’s kick this off with the Unpopular Opinions book tag!

This tag was created by TheBookArcher on YouTube, and I discovered it through JesseTheReader and abookutopia. Their videos can be found here, here, and here, respectively.

DISCLAIMER: I am not trying to offend anyone with my opinions, just trying to express them for the tag. My opinions are mine, and your opinions are yours, and I respect that. Now that I’ve established that, let’s get on with it!


 

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I tried to get into this book, I really did. My friends loved it, and my best friend kept begging me to read it. I read it, but I was so bored throughout the whole thing that I almost gave up. I tried to read the second book to see if it got any better, but I gave up. I will never finish this series, because I just can’t get through the books.


2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

This one is easy: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer! I love this series, as it’s one of the series that got me back into reading. I love the movies, and all the characters (except the main three, oddly enough), and the books in general. No matter how much hate these books I get, I’m always going to love them for what they did for me and how they made me feel the first time I read them.


 

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with

Um…I actually don’t have one for this. I tend to like the side of the love triangle that happens, so I don’t have one for this.


 

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for

Fantasy. I can’t get into it as well as other genres. I like fantasy, but I just can’t reach for it often because it takes forever for me to get into the story and the world.


 

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

Adam Parrish from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I liked him in the first book, but as the books went on, I just couldn’t stand Adam. There’s just something about him that throws me off and I just don’t like him.


 

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

John Green. I read The Fault in Our Stars and loved it, but all of his other books just did not appeal to me at all. I’ve read a couple of them, and I just didn’t like them. So, I can’t get into John Green.


 

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.

I’m almost sick of dystopian. It’s a bit better now that not every book that I see is dystopian, but it’s still going to be a while before I read a dystopian book again.


 

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. I saw this series online once, and I thought I was going to read it, but now I’m just like eh. I’m not going to read it now, because I just have no desire to read it.


 

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I love the book, but I love this movie even more. It’s the best adaptation I’ve seen of any book, and I just love it so much.


That’s it for the unpopular opinions book tag! Thanks for reading, and  I’ll be posting my review for A Million Suns by Beth Revis within the next week! See you then!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Review

Started: March 29, 2016

Finished: April 2, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.


I’m not sure what to say about this book.

Let’s start with why I picked it up.

I love E. Lockhart’s writing. I sped-read through the Ruby Oliver books, and every single one of them is on my favorite books shelf. So, when I saw that this one was coming out, I had high expectations. I didn’t have enough money to buy it when it came out, but when I saw it at my local used book store for $5.00, I had to buy it.

I expected to love it, or at least be able to give it four stars for “really liked it”. Instead, I can only give it three stars.

The writing was great. Lockhart’s writing style was on point, and I enjoyed it as much as I did while reading the Ruby Oliver books. There was nothing about the writing that threw me off with this book.

The characters were enjoyable, and I liked reading about them. For some reason, these spoiled, rich, pretentious kids entertained me and I wanted to know more about them. Nothing about the characters threw me off, either.

What threw me off was the story.

The story, which promised an unpredictable twist and an exciting story, was dull. I was bored, and there was nothing keeping me interested in this book. I figured out the main part of the twist, and once I knew I was right, the story lost all appeal. It was near the end of the book that I found out I was right, so I didn’t spend all of the story in resigned disappointment. I had been hoping that I was wrong and that there was a greater twist coming (which there was a part of the twist that I didn’t predict and I was pleasantly surprised).

The characters made the story bearable, but overall I was bored during the story. I liked the reading experience this book gave me, but it took me longer than it should have for me to finish it. I’m not sure I’ll recommend this book to anyone, but I like that I have it in my collections in case I ever decide to give it another chance.


NEXT READ: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

March Book Favorites 2016!

Hello all!

It’s the beginning of the month, so you know what that means.

It’s time for another monthly book favorites!

Now, you might be asking yourself a question: “Why didn’t she post a book favorites for February?”

Here’s the answer: I only read one book in February.

But here I am, and I’ve read four books in March, so let’s get started.

I’ve picked my favorite character, favorite cover, favorite title, favorite story, and overall favorite book!

Here we go!


Favorite Character:

Theodore Finch from All the Bright Places

I fell in love with Theodore almost immediately, and there was no turning back with him. He was a great character who was brilliantly characterized, and there was just nothing about him that I didn’t love about him.

Favorite Cover:

The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

This cover is just gorgeous. The colors are beautiful together, and the fonts match perfectly. This is just overall a beautiful cover.

Favorite Title:

All the Bright Places 

This title is just so nice sounding. It just rolls off the tongue when you tell people what you’re reading, and it matches the story perfectly.

And my favorite book overall of March is….

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven!

This is honestly no surprise, seeing how much pain and joy this book caused me. I felt the most for this book out of any other book I read this month. It was a great read, and it will stay in my heart for a very long time.

(Note: This one has an honorable mention with The Curiosities, because I cannot get over how much I loved that book. But ultimately, this one won out when I thought about it.)


That’s it for my March book favorites! I look forward to seeing what books April brings me (and hopefully no April Fools)!