WWW Wednesday (&reading update!)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme held by sam and the three Ws are:

1)What are you currently reading?

2)What did you just finish reading?

3)What are you going to read next?

What I am currently reading:

So far, it’s amazing. I love how badass and clever Kestrel is (even more than the first book) and absolutely love my baby Arin. Prince Verex and Risha also sound quite interesting and I think I might develop a crush on Verex too (we’ll see). Also, Tensen, i love side characters like him.

What I just finished reading:

So review will be up soon *pretends to not know how long soon is*

What are you going to read next?

The third book in the series, but probably not for a month. So I should deliver the news that due to having exams from 11th May to 11th June (my AS Level GSCE) I’ll not be able to put up any posts and not read any books either. But after 11th June, it’s summer holidays so lots of time for reading (and writing the story that’s been in my head for a long time) so yeah i’m very anxious and nervous and just so… I really need to do well in them or I’ll just be so disappointed in myself and feel like a failure so yeah :)))

Hope you guys are having a productive week and that you do well in your exams or whatever you are doing.

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This or That Tag

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This or That
Rules:

1. Mention the person on whose blog you saw this tag.
2. Tag up to 10 people.
3. Post the rules.

Hardcover or Paperback?

Though I love feeling the hardcover in my hands, paperbacks are much easier to hold and read and cheaper!!

reading while sitting or lying down?


I read while lying down.

snacks or drinks during reading?

If it’s an e-book I can have snacks/drinks but I usually don’t eat or drink when I’m reading a physical one because HELLO, it can get ruined.

fantasy or contemporary?

Fantasy ❤️

bookstagram/booktwitter or book blogger?

Umm while blogging is certainly fun, I’ll have to say book Twitter!

standalone or series?
Series (likely trilogies) because sometimes the story feels dragged on for 4 books but if it’s a really good series with an amazing world and characters, I’d like it up to 7 books even. And I like my contemporary to be standalones.

plot or characters more significant to you in a novel?
Well, I certainly want a book to have amazing characters that I can connect to and feel attached to but sometimes this isn’t the case… So I guess plot.

first POV or third POV?
Tbh, it doesn’t matter much to me. But usually the books I read are in third POV 🤔

audiobooks or ebooks?
I’ve never listened to an audiobook so I’ll have to go with ebooks.

So there you have it. This is my own made up edition of This or That. If I forget to tag you, and you’re reading this, do let me know your answers!
Note: the original this or that tag has different questions.

@ fuzzybookworm
@ araevg
@ nomadicworlds
@ reverberatedwords
@ booksofteacups
@ adrisblogca
@ bibliophagistreview
@ taylortalksbooks
@ avalinah
@ kelliesbookshelf

@ flyingpaperbacks

Book Review #5: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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This was my first Rainbow Rowell book, and having heard so much about the author, I was expecting to love it. However, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. So again, I’ll break it down to what I liked and didn’t like and you can decide for yourself.

What I liked: How both characters listened to music together and read comics together on the bus. I liked how Eleanor’s struggles were portrayed; she didn’t want Park to know about the names she was being called etc showed that she was struggling, and didn’t want even the person who cared about her to know. It was a quick read with some wonderful quotes (one of which I managed to remember):
“She didn’t look nice. She looked like art. And art wasn’t supposed to look nice, it was supposed to make you feel something.”
Besides that, I liked how the abusive relationship between her stepdad and her mother is portrayed; that it’s not easy getting out of one and how it had affected her psychologically. And a few times I could relate to her struggles of being fat shamed.

What I didn’t like: The romance. I didn’t know how it happened or when. Like one moment, Park is reluctantly letting Eleanor sit next to him, while cursing, and the next moment, he’s making out with her hand using his hand and I’m like ??. And suddenly Eleanor doesn’t think he’s annoying; now she wants to eat his face! Like it was stuff like this that made me roll my eyes. And what really really made me think ‘wth’ was the ending. It felt abrupt and unsatisfactory.
*spoiler* I get that they wouldn’t end up together, and it would have been fine, had the ending not been so abrupt. I know, everything that happened was sudden (I kinda figured out it was her step dad writing those things) but she just left? Like she didn’t even think about her siblings, like what if her step dad turns on her sister? After she ran, she could have stopped at least to call the police (get him busted for drugs if police didn’t believe he was abusive) or someone for help. And then, at the very end, when it’s been implied that Park might JUST be moving on (he goes to prom with this other girl), Eleanor sends him a postcard after refusing to read his letters for a long time. It didn’t make the characters sound flawed or struggling, but simply rude/selfish. Maybe it was just this way for me, but yeah.

However, I do plan on giving other books by this author a chance.

My rating: 3/5

Bookish Pet Peeves

Hiiii, hope you guys are having a productive day. So I wasn’t sure what bookish topics to blog about (as I’m quite new so feel free to leave links to book bloggers who are an inspiration to you in the comments).
Note: None of this content is meant to be offending or hurtful in any way. These are just things that annoy me, so that’s just my opinion and you don’t have to agree with it or change your habit for it.

1. When people dog ear the pages.

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Okay, you guys KNEW this was coming. I mean most people are annoyed by it. I mean if I don’t have a bookmark, I insert a tissue or wrapper or anything I find lying around, but I’ve never dog eared a page of a novel that I was reading.
(I dog ear college books because that’s for things I don’t understand tho.) I just don’t want to ruin the pages of a novel that I spent money on.

2. When there is cover change of a book midway through the series

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I know I’m not alone in this, and while I wait for a whole series to come out before I buy them mostly (so this doesn’t happen and because I can’t just forget about cliffhangers), I’ve heard a few people talking about this topic regarding An Ember In The Ashes, (haven’t read it yet). While I think representation of POC is important, and I’m all for it, I feel bad for people who had already bought the previous covers and now had to buy these new ones so now they have books that don’t match. (AEITA is a book on my TBR)

3. When there are actual people on the cover

I like those covers where the main characters aren’t drawn/ or their faces are turned away or not properly shown and it’s left to each reader to interpret the characters descriptions and paint an image of their own…. The books showing people etc ruin that. For example, the Winner’s trilogy (I’m on the 2nd book) has this main character shown on it in different dresses and holding a sword. And if only her face wasn’t shown, I would have ADORED those covers. Because of the bright colors of the dresses and the font.

4. When the books in a series are in different sizes.

I ordered SOC duology from an online bookstore (paperback edition) and they’re not the same sizes. (It’s still ON my TBR-)

5. When they publish movie covers.

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Again, related to the 3rd point. I have the first book of PJ with the movie cover and while I don’t hate it, I want the new covers that are so much better!

6. When people spoil books without posting a disclaimer.

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Do I even need to say this? Please remember not everyone has the time to read the book as soon as it comes out and NO, not everyone has read all these popular YA books so it’s still not okay to give out spoilers like that.

What are some of your bookish pet peeves? 

Book Review #4: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

(Spoiler free) 

THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THOSE I WANT TO THROW AT THE WALL FOR HURTING ME BUT BEING SO GOOD TOO.

It was an EPIC conclusion to the series, and left me devastated but utterly satisfied too. And that is what I want from the ending, to leave me satisfied (no matter how hurt) but not feeling like something is missing and lemme say MISS SCHWAB DELIVERED.

This  had more action, in almost every chapter and I loved how we got to see more of Irsa and how Kate made some interesting friends in Prosperity. I was waiting for the scene where they meet and it did not disappoint. Also, the new monster that fed on chaos, what a terrific creature, I absolutely loved reading its thoughts written like poems.

Victoria’s ideas are unique and captivating and her style of writing is amazing. How she showed us the different prespectives; of protangists and antagonists was real fun for me, I mean I always enjoy reading the villian’s point of view and what they’ve planned and how our heroes have no bloody clue about it!

August Flynn is my baby and I want to protect my smol monster from everything bad. Also, Kate Harker deserves more recognition as a badass female fighter! That ending though, you evil author. But a genius nevertheless.

My Rating: 5/5 

Quote(s): 

No. Because you wanted to be human. You had all this power, all this strength, and you wanted to throw it away—for what? A chance to be weak, helpless. I thought you were an idiot. But then I watched you burn alive for that dream. I watched you tear yourself apart to hold on to it, and I realized something. It’s not about what you are, August, it’s about who, and that stupid, dreaming boy—that wasn’t a mistake, or a delusion, or a waste of energy. It was you.”

What’s a book character you think that deserves more recognition?

 

Book Review #3: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity book #1) by Victoria Schwab:

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There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

OKAY BUT CAN I JUST SAY WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE THIS BOOK IS? I mean you go into thinking it’s going to have some dystopian cliches but that’s not the case at all. The story hooks you from the start and has you turning page after page to devour all the action and thrill. The book is set in a dark, spine chilling atmosphere and the monsters are so interesting to read about! Our female protagonist is a badass and sort of rebellious too, and her character is so strong!Besides that, let’s talk about our male protagonist who somehow manages to be a badass, as well as a smol soft lost puppy (for me at least). Romance between them IS NOT the main element of the story (barely there), but to see their relationship/alliance developing was wonderful.

The idea for this book was completely unique and original and it just grasped me from the start and left me thinking wow, Victoria is a genius! It’s relatively fast paced (while simultaneously the world at that time is being described to us) and leaves your heart hammering! Also, it doesn’t show the main characters as being completely good or bad but in “shades of grey”. I loved August’s relationship with his “sister” and human parents.

My rating: 5/5

Would I recommend it? YASSSSS

Quote(s) ; “Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.”

“Whatever he was made of — stardust or ash or life or death — would be gone.
Not with a bang, but with a whimper.
In with gunfire and out with smoke.
And August wasn’t ready to die.
Even if surviving wasn’t simple, or easy, or fair.
Even if he could never be human.
He wanted the chance to matter.
He wanted to live.”

“You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”

Okay, this book was written beautifully and it’s just amazing SO PLEASE GO READ IT AND THANK ME LATER. I read it a couple of months ago and I want to reread. *my ever growing pile of TBR glares at me* oh well. Anyways, what are some of the books that you read whose idea took you by surprise?

Book Review #2: The Glass Spare

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

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Synopsis: Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

So I had heard nothing about this book, though I had seen it’s cover circulating on my instagram feed and thought wow, it’s pretty. Then, I searched it up and the synopsis sounded so good that I picked it up. I have a bit of mixed feelings about this so first I’ll mention what I did not like and then what I liked;

Slow paced a bit, and at times I felt like it was more of a filler book than the first book in a series. I felt detached from the characters (except one, maybe?), and I didn’t understand just how the romance happened. One minute nothing and the next, they’re so in love. It wasn’t a particularly exhilarating read, everything felt distant.

However, the writing and the descriptions were pretty good and I could feel how the curse worked, it was described to such beautiful detail. There was some action and the complications of the curse kept me reading. Also, Wil has been made a strong heroin so that’s a plus. The world building was really good and complex. I liked how the family relationships among the royal family were portrayed. Though I don’t know if I’ll pick up the next book when it comes out…. maybe.

Overall, it was a nice read.

My rating: 3.5/5

Quote: “Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.”