Series I Won’t Finish – Part 5

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these and since then, I’ve started some more series that I’m just not interested in continuing. I will obviously not be mentioning any of the series I mentioned in previous posts, you can check those out if you’re interested.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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I have not been shy about how much I hate this book. It was just not a good time for me, I didn’t enjoy anything about it. I have a spoiler free review and a spoilery rant about it. Check those out if you want to know my thoughts, but I have 0 intention of ever continuing with this series.

Legacy of Orisha by Tomi Adeyemi

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Read Children of Blood and Bone and it was just such a disappointing book. I didn’t hate it exactly, but it was so mediocre and boring and just not well written. Which is a shame cause it had so much potential. I have also reviewed this. So I have no intention of reading the upcoming books in the series, I even unhauled this one.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Same as Children of Blood and Bone, I just did not enjoy this series. I thought I would, I was excited by the synopsis. But it was so underwhelming for me. I just didn’t care. I unhauled it as well. There’s a sequel coming out next year and I just have no intention of picking it up.

The Rime Chronicles by Mindee Arnett

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I got the first book Onyx and Ivory in a Fairy Loot and I read it and was completely underwhelmed by it. I could tell that the author knew about horses, which I enjoyed. But otherwise it was just a lot of meh and wasted potential. The next book comes out this June, but I’m not going to pick it up.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

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I have tried reading two of Sara Raasch series and they both fell really flat. Her story ideas are always so cool, but then the execution falls flat for me and I don’t feel compelled to continue. I don’t remember whether I mentioned Snow Like Ashes in one of my other posts, but that’s her other series that I’ve tried and just have no interest in continuing.

Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart

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Again, this book was completely underwhemling. I don’t care in the slightest what happens to the characters. I just… meh. I don’t care.

 

I Dare You Book Tag

I was tagged to do this 100 years ago and I completely forgot. I was tagged by The Book Mermaid, so thank you for tagging me and sorry it’s taken me so long to actually do this.


Which book has been on your shelf the longest?

I don’t know honestly. I have books that I’ve owned for as long as I can remember.

What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current readThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I’m rereading this and I’m loving it all over again ❤ This series is underrated.

Last readOur Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab. I adored the book and the duology and I love everything Victoria Schwab writes.

Next read: I don’t know… I don’t usually plan what I’ll read next. I’m a mood reader, so whatever I feel like. Maybe The Runaway King which is the sequel to the book I’m currently reading. Or maybe I’ll finish one of the 15 books I’ve started reading and abandoned halfway through for no reason.

What book did everyone like but you hated?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I know not everyone loved it, but a lot of people did and I hated it.

What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but you probably won’t?

Haha, there’s a list tbh. Um… The Silmarillion is probably on that list. I’ve read the first half or so of the book 3 times and I never finished it. I want to read it, but I also can’t seem to commit to it. The Odyssey is another one.

What books are you saving for retirement?

Maybe I’ll finally read The Silmarillion when I retire. I feel like that’s a retirement book.

Last page: read it first or wait until the end?

Wait until the end. I don’t like spoilers.

Acknowledgements: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Definitely not a waste of paper. Even if they may not always be interesting and may not be interesting for everyone, I think they’re important. It’s important for the author to acknowledge the hard work that went into creating the book and the people who did that hard work.

Which book character would you switch places with?

Uh… I’m pretty sure I’ve answered this question before and like I said then, there aren’t many characters in the books I read whose lives I envy lol Maybe like… Church from The Mortal Instruments. He has a pretty sweet life… for the most part. I mean, everybody wants to be a cat, right?

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (place, time, person)

Plenty. The Mortal Instruments reminds me of high school because it’s one of the last series I read before I graduated. TFIOS reminds me of a hot summer day because I read it on a hot summer day and I remember wondering around town in blistering heat trying to recover after it.

Name an interesting book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. This is a really fun book totally recommend. I don’t know if the way I acquired it is particularly interesting, but I can’t think of a better one. I got this book in an airport. I was travelling from London to Vienna and my flight got cancelled, I had to spend the night in the airport and then the next day the flight almost got cancelled again (it was only delayed, thankfully but I had a good scare). So as I was waiting to find out if my second flight would be cancelled, I saw this book and the title caught my eye because I felt like it was very relevant to my situation. It was just one damned thing after another.

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Uh… does a birthday qualify as a special reason? Otherwise, I don’t think so.

Which book has been with you most places?

My Bible. I take it pretty much everywhere.

Any required reading in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Sadly, no. I still dislike the books I had to read in high school as much as I did when I had to read them.

Used or brand new?

I don’t mind. I would say I get about half and half. I actually like used books. There are some things that I don’t like. Like if the pages are torn or written on. But I don’t mind yellowed pages and worn covers. Of course, I also love pristine, new books. I like both and I like having both. I like my shelves to be a mixture of new and well loved books.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Possibly, but I can’t think of any right now.

Have you ever read a book that made you hungry (cook books included)?

Harry Potter!

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I don’t think I actually have such a person. I’ll consider any recommendation, but I’m usually a pretty good judge of whether I’ll enjoy a book or not, so if it doesn’t sound like something I’ll enjoy, I won’t really prioritise it no matter who it comes from.

Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. I don’t normally read adult romance, let alone enjoy it, but I loved this one. Similarly, Tangled by Emma Chase.

 

 

#NotAll Book Tag

As per usual, I stole this tag from Thrice Read.


#NOTALL COVER CHANGES – A COVER CHANGE YOU LIKED

I’ll have to go with Caitlynn’s answer and say Throne of Glass. I mean there’s no comparison.

#NOTALL TROPES – A TROPE YOU’LL NEVER TIRE OF SEEING

Probably bad boy with a tragic past and a soft chewy centre. Don’e ask why, I just eat that shit up like nothing else. *coughs* Herondales *coughs*

#NOTALL INSTALOVE – YOU INSTALOVED THIS INSTACOUPLE

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Hmmm… this is a pretty tough one. I really don’t like insta love. But I guess my answer is also Caitlynn’s answer. Because I liked Karou and Akiva and while I guess you could say their relationship is insta love-y… it makes sense once you read the second book.

#NOTALL LOVE TRIANGLES – AN EXAMPLE OF LOVE TRIANGLE DONE WELL

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Will-Jem-Tessa. The only love triangle I’ve ever read that I genuinely loved.

#NOTALL PARENTS – BOOKISH PARENTS THAT, YOU KNOW, PARENT!

Hmm… I’m gonna go with Mrs. Weasley.

#NOTALL VILLAINS – A VILLAIN YOU LOVE

I mean… I love a lot of villains. Sebastian from TMI, Viktor from Vicious (I know he’s kind of the protagonist of that book, but really everyone’s a villain in that one), Severus Snape (more of an anti-hero, I suppose, but still), Cardan from The Cruel Prince (I just finished that book and honestly I don’t know what to do with myself). Though I don’t really think he was the villain of that story. They’re kind of all villains. AIDAN from Illuminae; The Darkling from The Grisha books… I could go on. I love me some villains.

#NOTALL CHOSEN ONES – A CHOSEN ONE YOU CAN GET BEHIND

Harry Potter.

#NOTALL HYPED BOOKS – A BOOK THAT LIVED UP TO THE ACCLAIM

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There are quite a few, but I’m going to go with the most recent. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I LOVED this so much I want the next one NOW.

#NOTALL *INSERT FAVOURITE GENRE* – A BOOK YOU’RE NOT KEEN ON FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE

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Fantasy. And really there are plenty. Most recently read, Everless by Sara Holland. I enjoyed it because I was just in the mood for mindless entertainment, but it wasn’t very good.

Then we’ve got my two most hated fantasies ever: Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. We all know how I feel about these books. If you don’t, then click on the titles and you’ll find out.

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Rasch. I didn’t hate this one, but it was just meh.

#NOTALL *INSERT LEAST FAVOURITE GENRE* – A BOOK YOU LIKED FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T OFTEN READ

Adult contemporary romance. And for this, I have two of them:

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid, which I liked so much I read it twice. And Tangled by Emma Chase which I also really enjoyed.

 

The Grinch Book Tag

This tag was created by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and I think it’s great because it gives me the opportunity to rant about stuff, so I’m down.


1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out : Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill

 

For this I’m gonna go with  Red Queen  by Victoria Aveyard. I was okay with the first book. I enjoyed it. But then Glass Sword happened. And we all know how that went (if you don’t, then you can check out my rant about it).

2. Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone : Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hate it. I hate it so much (I have a rant about that as well) and so many people love it. I know there are people who hate it too, but it was even nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards… what? What? I just can’t. I’m sorry, but how even? That book is a waste of paper. Trees were killed for nothing printing that.

3. Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration : Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can’t pick a villain!)

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The guy from The Wrath and the Dawn. What’s his name? I can’t remember. The childhood friend. He was just in the way. He didn’t really do much in the book and when he did, he messed things up. Just stop it guy. Tariq? I think that was his name.

4. You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real: Name a book you were spoiled for

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Hmm… I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve really been spoiled for any books. At least not in any major way. Maybe Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince cause I knew about Dumbledore. But I can’t really think of anything else. I’ve been pretty good at avoiding spoilers.

5. It’s freezing outside: Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with

Any of the characters in the Inheritance series. I just could not get them at all. Also the girls from The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I enjoyed the story. And I even liked the characters, I just didn’t feel very connected to them. Same goes for the eponymous Sabriel by Garth Nix. I enjoyed the book and the characters were good, but they just didn’t click with me.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings : Name a couple you couldn’t stand

Scarlett and… whatever his name from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hated everything about that book, not least of all the romance.

All the relationships in Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Another waste of paper and one of the worst cases of insta-love and love polygons in the history of YA.

Chaol and Celaena from Throne of Glass. I just do not like that couple. I just don’t.

7. That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of : show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for a while, and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of

Oooh boy. I have so many. But I’m a book hoarder. To be fair, a lot of these I didn’t buy and they aren’t strictly speaking mine, so probably once I settle down somewhere for more than one year at a time and decide to move all my books from my parent’s house, I’ll leave some of those behind. But anyway, here are some books that I own and just don’t have any interest in reading (and I will focus on books that I own personally, whether I bought them for myself or received them, but I won’t mention the books that are technically my family’s books, but because I’m the only person in my family who consistently reads, they’re mine).

Inheritance by Christpher Paolini. I’m actually considering donating this, because it’s just taking up space and I’m never going to read it. Ever.

Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Curie. Again, 0 interest in this book. I won it in a giveaway that I don’t even know why I entered. Probably will end up giving that one away as well.

The Odyssey by Homer. I’ve had this for a couple of years and I just never feel like picking it up. I do want to read it eventually, so I’m going to keep it. But I just have no motivation to read it at the moment.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheri. I’ve read about half of Inferno and I just… can’t. It’s in verse and I can’t focus on it. I want to read them though. Just not now.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett. I’ve read about maybe a third of this book and it was just not what I was expecting it to be so I stopped. I want to read it eventually, cause it was good, but I really don’t feel motivated to at the moment.

I’m going to stop at 5, but there are plenty more.

8. Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer: Name a character death you still are mad about (warn people for spoilers! You can also use TV or movie deaths)

***SPOILERS FOR MISTBORN, SIX OF CROWS, HARRY POTTER, HUNGER GAMES, LORD OF SHADOWS***

I’m mad about a lot of deaths, okay? I’ll put headers for each book/series, so if you haven’t read it and don’t want spoilers, you can skip that paragraph.

MISTBORN

Kelsier. Why? Just why? I’m not over it, I get why he needed to die. But no. I’m so mad.

SIX OF CROWS

Matthias. That was so unnecessary and I am mad. I’m so mad. I can’t cope with it, I yelled at the book and i cried and I just don’t understand why.

HARRY POTTER

Hedwig and Dobby. It’s just not okay. Neither of them deserved to die and just why? A lot of people died in HP and most of them are tragic and heartbreaking but I can’t get over those two. They didn’t need to die.

HUNGER GAMES

My baby Finnick I am so mad. I can’t articulate how mad I am about that. I refuse. In my mind, he’s alive and happy with Annie they have tiny little children and a little fishing cabin.

Cinna. The best side character in YA literature. I can’t handle it. I am wounded.

LORD OF SHADOWS

I’m still mad about Livvy. I could not believe what I was reading. What is Ty going to do without her, I can’t even. My brain reuses to accept it. I feel like the next book will begin with Julian waking up from a nightmare and none of it is true.

Also, I can’t remember what book this was in, but I recently read it and it was this random rider on a horse and the rider did something stupid and the horse was like torn in half and it was so graphic. I suffered. I can’t for the life of me remember what book it was. But I know the MC was watching this scene unravel and I was so mad. Maybe it was Uprooted by Naomi Novik? I don’t know.

9. The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers: Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long

Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. That series just goes on and on. I don’t even know how many books there are to date, but way too many. At least 15 and with no intention of stopping anytime soon. That series is not that good. It doesn’t need that many books.

Also, I’m sorry but I’m starting to think Throne of Glass should come to an end. I feel like one more book and then that’s it. I kind of think that Tower of Dawn was a bit unnecessary. I mean, I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t say for sure. But I think I would have been happier to just get a conclusion instead of that one. Because Empire of Storms declined in quality compared to the others and I want it to end while it’s still good.

10. The Grinch : Name a main character you HATE (No villians again!)

Mare Barrow from Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I hate her so much, I want her to die and rid the world of her insufferable self-righteousness and self-importance.

Scarlett from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. She’s stupid and hypocritical and I’m just so done with her.

Snow from Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Ugh, another stupid, whiny and self-righteous one. I hate her.

These are the ones I really hate. I actually don’t often hate characters. Like, they may annoy me, but then I usually don’t care enough to really hate them. I’m just annoyed, but to mention a few: Lissa and Rose from Vampire Academy, Chaol from ToG, the girl (forgot her name) from The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

Mid Year Book Freak-Out Tag

I know it’s quite some time past mid year, but… oh well. I did this tag last year as well (timelier then), out can check that out here.


Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

6547258For this I probably have to go with The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Although I’ve read a few awesome books so far this year (honourable mentions go to Illuminae, Nevernight and A Conjuring of Light), this one just kept me up at night reading and I was just so excited to talk to everyone about it and that hadn’t happened in a while. I have both a spoiler-free review and a rave review of this, if you’re interested to know more of my thoughts about it.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

32200595This one goes to A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab. It was such a great conclusion to the series. There is so much going on, we lern so many new things. I loved it so much, I felt all the feels and I NEED to get to her other books. I love her writing and her imagination so much. She writes such compelling stories and characters and I just don’t even know why I haven’t read all her books yet! I have a spoiler-free review of this one as well, if you would like to read more of my thoughts on it.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

297489251Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Again, another author whose writing I love so much, and yet I still have to finish Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I still don’t have my hands on Strange the Dreamer and I want it because it’s beautiful and I bet on the inside it’s beautiful as well and I can’t wait to read it!

 

 

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

32055872Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I loved Nevernight so much, Jay Kristoff is one of my new favourite authors and I want to read this book yesterday! This actually shares a release date with Tower of Dawn, which I’m also quite excited about, but not as much as I might have expected. Was a bit disappointed with Empire of Storms and Chaol is not really my favourite character. So Godsgrave wins this time. And I’m so excited about that cover! It’ll look so pretty along with the first one!

Biggest disappointment

caravalstealing snowCaraval by Stephanie Garber. That book sucks. If you’ve been following my reviews, you know how much I hated that stupid book. If you haven’t, then you can check out both my spoiler-free review of it and my rant review. The biggest disappointment position is actually a joint one, and Caraval shares it with Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. I also have both a spoiler-free review and a rant review of that if you want to know more, so I won’t go into too much detail about why I hated it because I don’t want to ruin my day.

Biggest surprise

28448287Hmm… this is difficult. I don’t think I’ve really read any books that surprised me so far this year. Maybe Replica by Lauren Oliver, because I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. it was far more insightful and clever and bold than I thought it would be and I went through it really quickly. So I guess I was a little surprised by it, but I can’t say it was a big surprise. I have a spoiler free review of it if you want to read more of my thoughts on it.

 

Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

4735144Jay Kristoff. I’ve read two of his books already and loved both. There’s something about the wit of his writing that gets me and I will read pretty much anything written by him. I really have to catch up with his other books. I can’t wait to see what other delights he has set in store.

 

Newest fictional crush

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Ahem… I’m okay. Ignore what just happened…

 

 

Newest favorite character

This is kind of hard… either Mia Corvere from Nevernight, AIDAN from Illuminae (although… Kady and Ezra as well, if I’m being honest) or Kit Herondale from Lord of Shadows. I’m currently about two thirds through Lord of Shadows and what can I say, I just can’t resist a Herondale. It’s a tough question to answer, because there isn’t any one character that stands out dramatically above the others, there are just a lot of really good characters that I love.

Book that made you cry

a monster callsI don’t think I have an answer for this. I can’t remember reading any book that made me cry this year. Oh actually, I may have cried when reading A Monster Calls. Like, not properly cried, but I think my eyes got a bit watery. I do have a review of A Monster Calls if you want to know more of my thoughts. It’s a really powerful book, I thought and I do recommend it to anyone.

 

Book that made you happy

Again, I’m not sure I have an answer for this. I can’t think of a book that made me particularly happy. I mean, all books tend to make me happy just because I love books and I love seeing them and having them and arranging them on bookshelves, but beyond that, there wasn’t any specific book that made me happy.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

23395680caravalnevernightlord of shadowsLord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. It’s so pretty! And it looks so nice with Lady Midnight and I’m happy. I have the edition with the dark blue pages and it’s so cool and I love it!

Other honourable mentions for beautiful books are IlluminaeNevernight and Caraval (even though the book itself sucks, I can’t deny that it’s beautiful to look at).

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I’d like to read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and maybe some more Laini Taylor and V.E. Schwab. And I need to continue the Mistborn series.

Top Ten Books With Covers That Don’t Reflect the Inside

Top Ten Books With Covers That Don’t Reflect the Inside

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is book covers. I’ve chosen to tell you about 10 books that have covers that are simply discordant to their content. Whether the cover is beautiful and the book isn’t, or the other way around, or the cover simply has nothing to do with the book.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This book is gorgeous. Both the UK and the US editions are just so beautiful, I can’t even! But the actual story is absolute shit. I hated it so much, but it’s so beautiful that I’m never going to get rid of it. I have both a spoiler free review and a rant review of this, if you would like to know more about it.

Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

Another one where the covers are beautiful, but the books are just not. Well, the first book was okay. I absolutely hated the second one. I obviously haven’t read the third one because I’m not subjecting myself to another book of rage and frustration, but yeah… I hated Glass Sword. You can check out my review of it if you are interested in knowing more.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter series by Melinda Salisbury

This series has such cool covers! And it’s so… boring. I’ve only read the first book, but it was so boring that I cannot imagine what happens in two more of them. I am telling you, this was a 250 page book of nothing happening.

The US Editions of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor

These covers don’t do the series justice. The UK covers are stunning, but I would not be interested in these books at all based on these covers. They’re kind of ugly. And they really don’t have anything to do with the plot. What close ups of girls wearing masks or makeup has to do with this? I don’t know. This series is so beautiful and the writing is magical and these covers just don’t reflect that.

Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder

I know there are some other editions of the books, but these covers make no sense to me. To me, this looks like some period romance/court intrigue series. It’s not. These covers just do not reflect the content of the books at all, in my opinion. Based on these covers, I would never buy these books. They’re not necessarily ugly covers, but they speak to me of a genre that I’m usually not very interested in.

The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

I don’t think this series has an entire set of matching covers. There are like 5 different cover editions at least and none of them are complete as far as I could tell. It’s so annoying. And what’s even worse is that all those editions are just varying shades of bad. The one in the picture is the edition I hate the most. It’s just so… bad. It does not do the series justice. The series is awesome! I want them re-released in a nice edition where they all match. Is that too much to ask?

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

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It’s a really nice cover… I just don’t understand what a butterfly has to do with anything. I suppose the two halves of the butterfly could represent Sidonia and Nemesis, one soft and one sharp and serrated. But… why butterflies? They did that for Replica by Lauren Oliver as well. It’s like they have no idea what to put on the cover, so they just slap a butterfly on it and call it a day.

The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer

Again, very aesthetic covers, just… what do they have to do with the books? I suppose the theme of black, white and red does capture the vampire-y, but why an apple, a petal, a ribbon and whatever else? Could have been some objects that reflect the story somehow? I mean, I like these covers. And they’re so iconic by now, that everyone would recognise them. But I just wonder what the thought process was when first printing this. “Hmm… so this is a book about vampires. It’s called Twilight… let’s put an apple on the cover.”

The US editions of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

Both the US hardback and the US paperback editions are just hideous. This looks like some shitty comic-book covers. They’re so, so ugly and this series does not deserve such ugly covers. Thankfully, the UK editions are really cool. I’ve only read The Final Empire so far, but it was so amazing, I can’t wait to read the rest of them. I have both a spoiler-free review of it and a rave review if you are interested to know more of my thoughts.

The US covers of the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

These aren’t horrible, but they certainly don’t do the books justice. The UK covers are much better and I feel also capture the essence of the series much better. I absolutely adore these books, it’s one of my favourite series. I have reviews of both The Name of the Wind  and of The Wise Man’s Fear, if you are interested.

February -April 2017 Wrap Up

It’s been an age since I’ve done a wrap up. I think probably the last one was in January. That’s because I didn’t read much in February. Or March. Even April has been only okay. *sigh* Life just kept getting in the way. Anyway, here are the books I’ve read since January. I have reviews for most of them, so I’ll link those if you are interested.


 Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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5/5 stars

I think this is the only book that I read in February. At least it was a good book. I loved everything about it and I cannot wait for the second one to come out. This book was just badass. I have a spoilerfree review of it, if you would like to know more.

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

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5/5 stars

The conclusion to her Shades of Magic series. It was SO. FREAKING. GOOD! I love this series so much and Victoria has been announced as a guest at YALC this summer and I just can’t wait to meet her! It was such a good conclusion to such an awesome series. It made me feel feelings, okay? I also have a review of this, if you would like to know more of my thoughts.

 

The Waste Land by T. S. Elliot

3/5 stars

This is not so much a book. It’s just a long poem. I don’t read a lot of poetry, and when I do, I often don’t enjoy it. This was the case with this. I felt that there was too much background reading that was necessary to understand this poem and I didn’t get it. I feel like everyone should be able to take something out of a good poem, regardless of whether they’ve read as extensively as the poet has.

 

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

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This was a re-read for me. I was deeply into a reading slump and I wanted something light and easy to read, but also kind of clever and engaging. I read this book last year and was surprised by how much I loved it. I really enjoyed it the second time around as well, and it actually helped pull me out of my reading slump, at least a little. I have a full review of it if you’re interested.

 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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This is the second book in The Raven Cycle series. I liked it a lot more than I liked the first one. I’s not that I didn’t like the first one, it’s just that this one cleared up a lot of the things that had me confused in the first book.  It was a little bit slow in terms of the plot progression, but there was plenty of character development, so I didn’t really mind. I also have a review of this one.

 

Replica by Lauren Oliver

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The first Lauren Oliver book I’ve read. I enjoyed it quite a lot, I read it in one day. I thought the way it was written was very engaging and I really liked the themes it explored. It’s almost entirely character driven, so it may not be for everyone. The plot really wasn’t that good. It wasn’t bad, it was just meh. But I got the impression that the plot was more of a backdrop for exploring the themes the author wanted to explore, so it didn’t bother me. Check out my full review if you want to know more.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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UGH. THIS DAMN BOOK FRUSTRATED ME SO MUCH! I was so disappointed by absolutely everything about this book (except for the cover). I had to skim the final 150 pages. It was just boring and badly written and ugh! I have both a spoiler free review of it and a spoilerific rant, so check those out if you want to know all the reasons for which I hated this book.

 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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My newest obsession. This is the first book that I read this year that kept me up until 3 am. I just could not put it down. I loved it so much, I need to read the rest of them ASAP! I don’t know why I haven’t read Brandon Sanderson until now, but I have now joined the fanclub. Give me all the Brandon Sanderson. I have a spoiler free review of it and a spoilerific rave as well.

 

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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I hated the guts out of this book. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but you can be sure I will have one hell of a rant about it! It’s coming. I requested this book from NetGalley in September 2016. I started reading it in September 2016. I finished it in March 2017. You can imagine how much I hated it. I almost never DNF books. I push through even when they suck. But I very nearly gave up on this one. It was horrible. I hate it. I HATE it. Stay tuned for my review.

Sabriel by Garth Nix

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This is a pretty old book. It feels like the ancestor of YA. It was really interesting, it follows a necromancer, which was really cool. I really liked the world and the magic and the atmosphere of the book. Unfortunately, I had a problem with the writing style. I couldn’t connect to it, and that made me not really connect to the characters. Still, I will be continuing with the series, as it seems cool. I haven’t got a review of this one yet, but it should come soon.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K Rowling

5/5 stars

I’ve been re-reading the HP series. I audiobooked this one this time around and found I really enjoyed it. I listened to the Stephen fry audiobook, and it’s good. I’m currently listening to Order of the Phoenix. I wouldn’t recommend audiobooking it if this is your first time reading the books. But as a re-read, the audiobook is great.

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Spoiler Free Book Review

caravalRating: 1/5

Genre: YA, fantasy

First published: 2017

Author: Stephanie Garber

Synopsis: Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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I have not been this frustrated with a book since I read Glass Sword.

Another book with an absolutely GORGEOUS cover (especially the UK edition that I have) that is painfully disappointing. It just had so much potential and it failed to deliver on every. single. level.

Characters? What characters? They’re so one dimensional, a cardboard cutout has more depth. The only character I felt anything about was Scarlett and the only thing I felt about her was frustration. There was a ridiculous insta-romance and all the characters had the stupidest motivations ever. It was just lazy writing. Everything was just convenient, without really being explained.

The plot? It was so lame and predictable. Like I said, everything was oh, so convenient. And it ended in a stupid, lame cliffhanger and I was just like… I don’t care. I really don’t care. It was advertised as being a book about some magical circus-like performance. Nope. Nope. it felt nothing like a magical performance. It was more like a scavenger hunt on a magical island. Which would also have been a cool premise… but it’s not what the book was advertised to be.

The worldbuilding was almost nonexistent. Whenever something was convenient, it would just be there. Like oh, the main character needs something, well here it is. It’s part of the world. No explanation. Doesn’t really have any impact on anything other than that specific thing that it’s convenient for. Lazy, sloppy storytelling.

Also, the writing was just… it tried to hard. And it was weird. The descriptions were so… awkward. You could tell that the author was trying to write very beautifully and poetically, but it wasn’t. Not everyone can pull off beautiful, magical, poetical writing. And that’s okay. But they shouldn’t try to force it.

I can’t really say more than this without spoilers, so if you’re interested in my full thoughts on the book, check out my rant post about it. I will definitely not be continuing with this series.

Spring Book Haul

I have decided that for this haul, I would do a video because some of the books that I have to haul are just so beautiful and I wanted to adequately fangirl over them, which is difficult to do through pictures and text. If you don’t feel like watching a shitty, badly edited 12 minute long video of me rambling on about book, then I will put a list of the books in my haul with all relevant links below, so keep scrolling past the video. If you’re okay with a shitty, 12 minute long rambly video, then enjoy.

Books and links

Cradle and All by James Patterson

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Dodger by Terry Pratchett

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

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A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

Amazon | Goodreads | Review

*Also review of A Darker Shade of Magic A Gathering of Shadows

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Depository | Goodreads | Review

*Also review of The Raven Boys 

Replica by Lauren Oliver

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Book Depository | Goodreads | Review

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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The Valentines Day Book Tag

Yeah, I know Valentine’s Day is gone. But honestly, if you were expecting me to do this on time, you don’t know me very well. I actually have a couple of tags and a couple of reviews backed up that I just haven’t found the time to do. Soon, hopefully.

Anyway, I was tagged to to this by Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek. Thank you so much Heather for tagging me. You can check out her blog, it’s cool. And now, onto the tag!


1.) Stand Alone Book You Love

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I’ve read a few great stand-alones, but the most recent and the first to come to mind is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I have a full review of this beautiful little book, if you want to read more of my thoughts on it.

2.) Dystopian Book You Love

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Even after all this time (and many, many dystopians under my belt), I think The Hunger games is still my favourite. This is the series that really got me into YA literature and it will always be special to me. Plus, it’s awesome!

3.) A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this series is SO underrated and it deserves to be talked about more. Go read Artemis Fowl!

4.) Favorite Book Couple

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Feyre and Rhys.

Art by Charlie Bowater

5.) Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Read Yet

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There’s a long list of those. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken is on example. Or The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve read Cinder, but not the rest of them. And many others, really. There are a lot of popular books that I haven’t read yet. So many books, so little timeeeeee!

6.) A Book With Red on the Cover

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I loved this book so much! Keep an eye out for my review which should (hopefully) come up soon. It was brilliant. I can’t wait for the next one!

7.) A Book With Pink on the Cover

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The German (original) edition of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I’m currently (slowly) making my way through it. I don’t know why the cover is pink and not red, but there you have it.

8.) You were given a box of chocolate what fictional boyfriend/ or girlfriend would given them to you.

RHYYSSSS! Or Kaz Brecker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Rhys by taratjah and Kaz by Coralie Jubénot

9.) You are Single on Valentines Day. What Book would you read? What TV show would you watch? What Movie would you watch?

Well, to be honest I’m not that fussed about Valentine’s Day. Like… if you have a SO, then sure that’s great. Celebrate Valentine’s Day. But if you don’t, then it’s just another day really. It’s not special to me in any way. So I have no answer for this question. I would read whatever my current read is and watch whatever I felt like. For example, this Tuesday, I watched Life of Brian with my friend (Monty Python is everything).

10.) You are in the Book Store. All of a Sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What New Release will you love?

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Oh boy. This sort of implies I’m aware of recent releases. Although, I was in Waterstones a couple weeks back and I saw this gorgeous hardcover of Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I nearly bought it, but there was also a gorgeous hardcover of Nevernight and I’d heard more about that one, so I ended up buying it in the end. Still, I’ve read some amazing reviews of Caraval as well, so if I found it again, I would definitely buy it.

I tag you, yes YOU to do this. Because our love for books is equal all year round, so who cares if Valentine’s Day has passed, right?