If & Then Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone, and here is another If &Then Thursday,

If&Then Thursdays is a book meme created by Alex@ Young at Heart Books. How do you participate? It’s easy! All you have to do is choose two books that are somewhat related in theme, writing style, genre, etc. Tell us how they are similar and why we would like them! All recommendations should be made in this format:

“If you like Book A, then you might enjoy Book B”

If you liked:

This is one of my favorite book trilogies, set within a dystopian world. June and Day are some of my favorite characters. It is action packed and has a lot of twist and turns. It also a someone who majored in political science, I also loved the use of politics.

Than you might like:

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?

Why: Both books deal with class issues, an illness that is killing the poor population and corrupt governments and corporations who may or not be responsible for the outbreak. Also see a lot of similarities between the characters of Day and Jason, who are trying to make their world better.

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Books for your Hogwarts House (Gryffindor)

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

June 7th: Books For Your Hogwarts House
— Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!

Last year I took the Pottermore quiz and discovered that I was a Gryffindor

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Mainly because this book deals with overcoming many hurdles, and both Laia and Elias both through pain and loss throughout the series so far, and no matter what they have shown bravery.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

From the moment Katniss screamed “I volunteer” she was a Gryffindor, risking her life to enter the Hunger Games knowing that she may die in order to protect her sister. In doing do she started a rebellion and became a symbol for that rebellion.

The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

In my opinion both Day and June are Gryffindors, and like Katniss both becomes symbols of a rebellion and want to make changes happen. June is very intelligent and it shows throughout the series and Day comes across as very brave.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

While the crows could vary on which Hogwarts house they belong to, I will focus mainly on Kaz. Kaz as a Gryffindor is has a leadership role and his job is to lead the crows through their heist. He also cares about every one of them in his own way.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Kinda like Six of Crows, most the characters can belong in many other house (Cress in Ravenclaw). But Cinder definitely belongs in Gryffindor. She is brave, intelligent and when the chips are down she keeps fighting.

Those are my books for fellow Gryffindors. What Hogwarts House are you? What books would you recommend for your Hogwarts house? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books to Get you out of a reading slump

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:
February 22nd: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump
–Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let’s talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump!

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Another great topic, mainly because I have reading slumps and it took a really great book in order for me to get back on track.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I read this book during one of my reading slumps in which before that, the previous books I read I either DNF or was just plan bored by them. An Ember in the Ashes got me back on track. I was action packed, had well developed characters and left you wanting more.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Another great read, especially if you haven’t read anything in a while. While it may seem like a beach read. It is a very dark and disturbing book that you wouldn’t want to put down.

Legend by: Marie Lu

Another great and action packed book with a lot of twists and turns, especially if you haven’t read something in a while or was just burned by the previous books you read.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

If you are looking for something unconventional to read, I would recommend Illuminae because of how different it is from everything else that I have read and it seems refreshing to read a book like that.

The Shadow Queen by: C.J. Redwine

As a fan of fairy tale retellings, of course this you get me out of a slump. I read it just last summer and really loved the book and it got me back on track with reading. Also the cover looks amazing.

Those are the books that I would recommend to get me out of a reading slump. What books are great to get you out of a slump? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Hamilton Book Tag

Okay, here is an exciting Tag and it is based on one of my favorite musicals Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which is a telling of the founding father Alexander Hamilton. I wasn’t tagged but this excites me so I am doing it.

The musical is very good, which I may review because every song is good. If you can’t afford tickets because Broadway tickets listen to soundtrack on spotify  and you will not regret it.

The tag was originally done by maureenkeavy

The Room Where It Happens | Book world you would put yourself in

At 11 years old, who didn’t want to live in the Wizarding World and go to school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Schuyler Sisters: An Underated Female Character

Sabriel from Sabriel, who I see as a badass warrior but is never really mentioned along side the other leading leadies of YA

My Shot | A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

Jonas from Falling Kingdom, I know he was a bit whinny in the first book but that never stopped him leading a rebellion against the king.

Stay Alive | A character you wish was still alive

Enough said.

Burn | The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

If you have read the series, you know why.

The Reynolds Pamphlet | A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

For Gone Girl, this it me by suprise. Steelheart was the defination of what I didn’t see coming and the less I say about The Song of Ice and Fire the better.

Non-stop | A series you marathoned

After reading Cinder I juped right into Scarlet and Cress and then waiting pratically a year and half for Winter.

Satisfied | Favorite book with multiple POVs

This is what I think is the definitive fantasy series and that really nails how to do multiple points of view.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story | A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

Lunar Chronicles really nails how to do fairy tale retelling and mixing in Sci Fi while telling a compelling story.

Harry Potter, after almost 10 years since the publiation of Deathly Hallows, the fandom is bigger and better than ever.

Helpless | A relationship you were pulling for from the very start

From the first few page, who didn’t want to see them together.

Ten Duel Commandments | Favorite fight scene

Cinder vs. Levena, the Luke vs. Vader of the series

Say No To This | Guilty pleasure read

I don’t care what anyone says, I thought the books was awesome, and better than the TV show.

Right Hand Man | Favorite BROTP

Will and Jem, Brolationship goals.

What’d I Miss | A book or series you were late to reading

Just started reading a few months ago and so far it is amazing.

That was hard but very fun. Thanks for reading!

Legend by: Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu is the first book of the Legend trilogy, which is a dystopian novel much like Hunger Games and Divergent.

Summary (Via Goodreads):

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

My thoughts: While the summary gives a brief synopsis of what the book is about, what I really like about the book is the political intrigue that is included. First let’s describe the characters. My favorite character is June. What I like about her is that she goes through an arc within the book from Republic prodigy to fugitive. She is both very intelligent but also a fighter and uses both to solve a majority of the problems she goes through. Then there is Day or Daniel, who is a Republic fugitive who is accused of murdering Metias and gets caught up in the Republic’s government conspiracy. What makes Day great is his love for his family, and his willingness to protect them.

Other supporting characters include Tess, a girl Day takes care of, Commander Jameson, one of the lead Officers in the Republic, Thomas, another Officer of the Republic, Kaede, a women from the slums and a former pilot, and Anden, who has a brief role in this book, but a major role in future books. The supporting cast also does a great job adding to the story and plays a role in the books twists and turns

Another main strength of the book is the political intrigue. The US is now split into two countries. One side is the Republic another is the Colonies. A main comparison would be North and South Korea in which two countries are engaged in a “Cold War” with one another. Also that comes with it is the twists and turns that the story takes and without getting into spoiler territory in truly surprises you. This is a very great first book in a great trilogy.

Grade: 4.5/5