Summer 2017 Wrap Up

It’s been an age and a half since I’ve done a wrap up. That’s because I’ve been reading very little. There has been so much going on this year that I’ve barely read. And I am seriously behind on my reviews. Anyway, here we go.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

the wrath and the dawn3.5/5 stars

I read this quite a while ago, back in June I believe. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. I was disappointed by some things, particularly the lack of stories. Still, I do plan to continue with the series and see how the story ends. I’ve also read two of the short stories that came with this series: The Mirror and the Maze and The Crown and the Arrow.

I have a full review of it, if you are interested.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

233956805/5 stars

I loved this book so much. It’s so freaking cool and gripping and beautiful and amazing. I adored it. I have a full review of this one as well and I urge you to read it. Seriously, it’s so cool! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

 

Attack on Titan vol. 1-3 by Hajime Isayama

131541504/5 stars

I enjoyed these, although I had already seen the anime twice, so they were a little bit boring, which is why I only gave them 4 stars. I also read them in e format, which I don’t like at all, especially for manga/graphic novels. So I’m just going to buy physical copies of the rest of the manga. I should probably do that soon. I really love the story!

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

162481134/5 stars

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I thought I  would. I don’t know why, but there was just something that kept me from loving it as much as I know I could have, and I can’t put my finger on exactly what that it. Maybe the writing? Maybe just the general state of mind that I’ve been in recently, I don’t know. It’s weird, but I can’t really tell. In any case, I’m going to continue with the series at some later time. I don’t have a review of it yet, because as I said, I am desperately behind on reviews.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

219562193.5/5 stars

This book was really slow to start. It took half the book for things to really start happening. However, it was very interesting once things did start happening and I get the impression that subsequent books will be more exciting, so I’m interested in continuing with the series.

 

Dreamland by Edgar Allan Poe

312088064/5 stars

This is sort of the “core” poem for Lord of Shadows, like Annabel Lee was for Lady Midnight. I really love Poe and I love that aspect of The Dark Artifices, so I obviously read the poem before reading Lord of Shadows and I liked it. Even though a lot of poetry leaves me cold, I always enjoy Poe’s poems.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

303128915/5 stars

This book was so freaking awesome. I keep forgetting how much I love the Shadowhunter books. Like, I’ll be excited about a new release, but no so excited that I’ll read it right away. But then I do read it and I’m like “Holy crap, this is so freaking awesome how did I forget I loved it so much?”. It’s really weird. But I’m always amazed by how good the books are. I guess it’s because urban fantasy doesn’t generally appeal to me, so I always have this weird mental thing. But yeah, anyway the point is this book was awesome. It was just awesome!

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

235921754/5 stars

This was a strange and interesting book. It was a bit slow to start, but it was a good mystery. Felt very Agatha Christie-y and I really enjoyed it once it got going. It had a very weird concept with the tree. It was a bit confusing, I’m not quite sure what was going on there, but that kept it interesting. I will try some other Hardinge books. I’m intrigued.

 

Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings by Johann Von Goethe

248742983/5 stars

This is a collection of thoughts and writings by Goethe’s. I found his ideas interesting and thought provoking, though I don’t necessarily agree with all of them. A great portion of the musings were on art and some of them were general and I could understand them, but then others were more specific and referred to the German art of the time, which I’m not familiar enough with to know what he’s talking about.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

122796165/5 stars

I just finished this books and I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to read it, because it was awesome. It was like sweet, sweet honey for my nerdy soul and it cheered me up and made me so happy. I was so excited reading it, I was so immersed into it. It’s one of those books that I just got completely lost in to the point where I would forget where I am and what I’m doing and just be completely immersed in the story. I recommend it for any and every geek out there. You will love it.

22 thoughts on “Summer 2017 Wrap Up

  1. Awesome wrap up! I’m planning on picking up The School for Good and Evil next and I can’t wait! I listened to the audiobook of Ready Player One last year and loved it! Awesome story and I Wil Wheaton was the perfect narrator for this story!

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    1. Oh and also!!! I bloody love Illuminae! I did a reread of it recently using the audiobook and highly recommend it as a reread or if you read along with the book! I need to get to rereading Gemina! I have had it sitting there since I listened to illuminae, so I just haven’t got to it yet.

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      1. I have them in paperback, but I would love to get the hardcovers with the see through dust jacket! Do they still sell those or where they a limited edition thing?! I’ve never seen the hardcovers in store so I don’t know and on Book Depository it just shows the cover.. But I would love to get those! But agreed they are expensive!

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      2. Yeah, I haven’t seen them in stores either. I’m in the UK though, and here a lot of books aren’t released in hardcover for some reason. But I got my copy of Illuminae from Amazon. Book Depository probably has them as well. If the edition is specified as hardback.

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      3. I’m in Aus. So we get the same editions as you generally. We usually get UK editions. But most of the bookshops I’ve been to only have paperbacks unless the book doesn’t come in paperback or it’s not released in hardcover yet.
        And yeah I have seen them on Book Depository but it doesn’t say anywhere whether it’s the ones with the see through dust jacket because if it’s not then I don’t really want it. I have the paperbacks, that will do.

        But I also have a problem. I pre-ordered Obsidio from Book Depository a while back while Jay was having the competition to get your name in the book. You had to prove you had preordered it to enter. But at the time they only had Hardcovers for preorder. So I will have a Hardcover of Obsidio but paperback of Illuminae & Gemina 😩😩 Hopefully I’ll be able to afford to get the Hardcovers or the first two at some point so I have a complete set not a mismatched one! 😩😩

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      4. Yeah, I don’t think they released the Hardcover in the UK. I don’t think there is any other hardcover edition but the see-through one. That’s the one I got. I doubt they also have an edition that isn’t see-through, especially given that they probably only released the hardcover in the US.

        It’s odd though, because they released Nevernight in hardcover in the UK with a different (better) cover than the US edition, but not Illuminae. I guess they were released by different publishers.

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      5. I hope so. I really want those covers! Hopefully I’ll be able to afford them soon and then I might giveaway or sell my paperbacks as I don’t see the need to have two copies when they are basically the same covers. Like if there was a big difference I would keep both but there isn’t.

        And that is weird. I picked up a paperback copy of Nevernight just after it realised at Big W for a pretty good price. Pity I didn’t love the book, but still. It is different publishers most likely.

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      6. Yeah, I’m waiting until I can afford the hardcover to get Gemina.

        Aw, that is a pity. I really lived Nevernight. But I guess that one’s more of a niche book. It’s pretty dark and brutal. I just have a thing for assassins.

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      7. It’s not that that worried me. I love a good violent and gory book. But I hated the romance. I didn’t like the main characters. I don’t recall who, but there was a murder that was blamed on someone else and they were punished brutally for it and then when they found out the truth and then that person wasn’t even confronted about it let alone punished.
        Things that don’t add up piss me off and that really did.

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      8. Yeah, but it did add up. They were all in a house of murderers and criminals. The fact that the other person managed to get away with murder and have someone else blamed was admired. The complete amorality of the book is one of the things I enjoyed.

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      9. It was unusual in terms of YA romances go. But I found it to be more realistic. It wasn’t one of those “soulmates, we were made for each other” type of thing, which is a common trope and it’s an appealing one because we all want to think there’s someone handmade just for us somewhere. And perhaps there really is. But the reality is that even if we do eventually find such a person, there are often others in our lives who are not really right for us. But that doesn’t invalidate the feelings that we do have, however brief or misguided. And I liked that that notion was explored.

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  2. I ADORE Ready Player One and I’m so glad you do to! I also agree that when I read the Wrath and The Dawn I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t really what I thought it was going to be.. but I am also definitely going to continue on with it as well!

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