Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

I cannot believe it is already at the mid way point of the year, and I read so many great books. I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I decided to do this anyway.

Best Book you’ve read so far:

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This is the first book I have read by Holly Black, and I was so glad to meet her earlier this year when she came to Boston. It had morally grey characters and a lot of political intrigue. I cannot wait to read The Wicked King.

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My favorite author wrote one of my favorite superheros and it was amazing. It was a sort of origin story of Batman, when he was just Bruce Wayne, a young billionaire with dead parents.

Best Sequel You’ve Read this year

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Of course. The ending of the Illuminae series gave me all the feels. I am so glad that I read this series.

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THAT CLIFFHANGER! This took everything that was Scythe and turned it up to 11. Great characters and I need to know what happens next.

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

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I loved the Illuminae series and I am excited to read his new series. I also heard good things about Furyborn, and the premise sounds good.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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I loved Vicious, and I was surprised that a sequel was happening.

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Two authors that I really like is writing a book. I am sold. Also since its Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli I am basically going to suffer and be happy about it.

Biggest disappointment

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Let me just say that the ending really dragged this book down. While it did have a good setting, I just couldn’t connect with the characters and the plot.

Biggest surprise

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These books are sort of outside of what I usually read. Eliza and her Monsters is a contemporary YA novel, which dealt a lot with fandom. The Poet X is a book told through verse, which is something I really don’t grab for.

Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

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I loved this book. A fantasy novel set within West Africa. I cannot wait to see how the series goes on.

Book that made you cry.

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Oh Jason Reynolds. How it did it take this long to finally read you books. I also made the mistake of reading this after I finished Dear Martin. Yeah, I was almost in a whirlwind of emotion.

Book that made you happy.

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A nice cute YA romcom, that truly made me happy and rooting for the couple. \

Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

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Last year I read Simon vs. and then I finally saw the movie this year. While it did make some changes to the adaptation I still loved the movie. Hopefully with this and The Hate U Give it will lead to better YA adaptations.

Favorite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)

Top 5 Other SFF Media

I loved writing the list, and seeing other lists of other faves that people like with the SFF medium.

 

That is my Mid Year freak out Book tag for 2018. I really hope the rest of year will also lead to a great reading year.

If you are reading this, consider yourself tagged.

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Eliza and Her Monsters by: Francesca Zappia

Summary:

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart

The Review:

This was a sort of recommendation via Amazon, after making some book purchases and it sort of stood out to me, mainly because of the premise and how it reminded me a lot of Fangirl.  Also if you have been following my blog for a while, you should know that I rarely read contemporary.

The main premise of the book deals with Eliza, who writes a webcomic called Monstrous Sea under the screen name LadyConstellation. She is also very popular online with her webcomic. In her normal world however, she is basically seen as weird and keeps to herself most of the time. Her two friends, Mark and Emmy are basically her online friends and they mostly talk about a show called Dog Days, that they obsess over.

Even though Eliza never meet either Emmy or Mark, you still give a sense of their friendship through their IMs and chats. Especially in this day in age in which your online friends can actually be your real friends and could still from a good relationship with one another.

She also meets Wallace, who is a fanfiction writer of her Monstrous Sea webcomic and doesn’t know that she is the author. I really enjoyed following their relationship. It did start off as bonding over mutual interests, but I think their was a lot of development between them to get me invested. I also liked that Wallace was a fleshed out character rather than just you typical YA love interest.

There is a lot of comparisons one could make with Fangirl, especially how it deals with the online communities and fandom in general. But I like that it deals with the mental health aspect a lot more than Fangirl did. Eliza, throughout the book finds out that she has anxiety after she kind of fainted in school.

I also loved seeing excerpts of The Monstrous Sea, which gives us a little more background of what Eliza created. I also really loved the artwork that the author included. It makes me want to read The Monstrous Sea.

In the end, I really enjoyed Eliza and Her Monsters. It was a nice read that dealt a lot with Fandom and online communities. I really enjoyed the relationship between Eliza and Wallace, and also the relationship between Eliza and her online friends.

Grade: 4.5/5