Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

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

March 8th – Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books *BooktubeSFF Awards Crossover Topic!*
–In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time!

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.

Science fiction and fantasy books are usually my go-to genres that I love reading.

Disclaimer: What I won’t put on the list because I feel I talked about them a lot already: Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, Ready Player One, and Lord of the Rings. Those are very obvious choices to me and I want to discuss other books I read.

Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy by Timonty Zahn

I know it is not in continuity any more but I strongly recommend this series to any Star Wars fan because it does give us a glimpse of the expanded universe, and also one of my favorite Star Wars villains Admiral Thrawn.

A Darker Shade of Magic by: V.E. Schwab

I could also put other V.E. Schwabs books on the list as well, but this is one of my favorites. I love the use of magic and the different Londons that was introduced to this world. Kell and Lila are some of my favorite characters, and I want to see where the story takes them.

The Illuminae files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A very unconventional, unlike anything that I have ever read, in the best way possible. While the format may put some people off for a bit, it is very worth it. It is action packed, has great developed characters, and a great story.

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

I am currently reading Golden Son, at the moment and I am enjoying it very much. Red Rising was an amazing book that I would like to call The Hunger Games in space. Red Rising was one of my favorite books I read last year, and I am so glad that I am continuing  the series.

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Another one of my favorite books, the Six of Crows duology is one of my favorite series. It also has one of the best ensembles I have read in YA, which reminded me a lot of the crew from Firefly. It has a great plot, well written and developed characters, and it is also a heist novel which is always good.

Those are my Top 5 science fiction and fantasy books. What are your favorite science fiction and fantasy novels? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books you finally want to read in 2017

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

December 7th – Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017
These are those books you meant to read in 2016 or 2015 or 2014 and never got around to. Those books that have been sitting on your TBR for a while, and you really want to get to. These aren’t upcoming 2017 releases; these are older books that need your love too!

I think I need to give myself a New Years resolution for books and why not address it in this topic.

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.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I remember hearing so many good things about it and have been putting off for many months, and hopefully once the year begins I could finally read this book because I am always looking to add more fantasy.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The sequel to one of the best books I read this year, Illuminae loving that book and I definitely want to read more of the story. I loved how unconventional Illuminae was, and I heard the sequel is really good.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

I love alternative historical fiction, and this book keeps catching my eye at bookstores and libraries. The premise alone sounds amazing and I heard great things about the book.

Golden Son/Midnight Star by Pierce Brown

The sequels to Red Rising, one of my favorite books I read this year and of course I have to read the sequels. From what I here the sequels are as amazing as Red Rising and I want to see more of what the story has to tell.

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I keep seeing this book at bookstores and the blogosphere and I have heard great things about. The premise sounds amazing and always wanted to read books within an Arabian setting.

Those are the books I want to read in 2017. Have you read any of the books on my list? What books do you want to read in 2017? Let me know in the comments below.

 

All the Series EVER (Read, Reading, To Read) Tag

Happy Sunday everyone,

It has been a long time since I did a tag post and I saw this on Donna at  Cholatenwaffles, and thought I should give it a go. This tag was created by Fadwa at Word Wonders.

I like that this tag will tackle book series that I have finished or will be finishing and also go over my favorites.

Series that I have finished.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Overall rating: 5/5

One of my favorites. Love this series so much. A great mix of fairy tale retelling with science fiction.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Overall rating: 4/5

One of my favorite trilogies, with Katniss being one of my favorite characters. I love the world it is set in, and is one of my favorite dystopians.

Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

Overall rating: 4/5

Another great dystopian series. Love both characters of Day and June. While I felt the ending was off it was still an amazing series.

Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

Overall rating: 3/5

While I really loved the first book, and second book was pretty good as well, it was the third book that fell off, and I am not talking about the ending. It was a series I felt that was getting weaker.

The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner

Overall rating: 3.5/5

I actually really liked this series. I know it has its problems, but I loved the characters and how they interacted with one another.

The Darkest Minds trilogy by: Alexandra Bracken

Overall rating: 3/5

I thought this series was good but overrated. I liked the concept of kids with powers but I didn’t really feel that the powers connected with the story and I also felt that the powers were not clearly defined.

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

Overall rating: 5/5

I know, I know. But I love this series so much. What more than I can say.

Series I am currently reading:

The Young Elites trilogy by: Marie Lu

I loved her Legend trilogy and so far this series is amazing. Can’t wait for the last series to see how it ends.

Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

I recently finished the first book and loved it, and kicking myself into wondering how I didn’t read this series earlier.

An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir:

I loved both of these books. This is one of my new favorite series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Throne of Glass/ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.

After seeing most of my blogger friends reading both of these series, I decided to start reading them, and I like them both. I am on Queen of Shadows right now and I really like this series so far.

Six of Crows duo-logy by: Leigh Bardugo

I wasn’t a fan of her Grisha trilogy, but Six of Crows blew me away and I loved it. Can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom.

Books to be read:

Labyrinth Lost by: Zoraida Cordova

The premise looks amazing and I like to see more diverse authors coming into YA

And I Darken by Kiersten White

I am usually not a cover person, but the cover looks great, and I have heard some good things about the book so far.

There is my tag list. Is there any other books or series I should read? Let me know in the comments below.

I also Tag:

Alex at Young at Heart

Megan at Book Slayer Reads

Aria at What Aria Loves

Jillian at Rant and Rave Books

And also YOU. If you are reading this consider yourself tagged.

Have a good one.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Summary: 

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

My Review:

This was a book that was on my TBR list for years and also was very hyped up as well. So I decided to take a risk and but they book, and thankfully it didn’t disappoint me at all. If a book can emotionally wreck me within the first few chapters you know its a good book.

If I were to described the book it would be Hunger Games meets Ender’s Game, with a little bit of Harry Potter, mainly the school that the Gold’s go to which is a very twisted Hogwarts.But it also had a Count of Monte-Cristo feel to it.

Darrow, is what I would like to describe as a older version of Ender, trying to rise up in the world but is held back by his status as a “red”, after something terrible happens he tries to infiltrate the Gold caste by enrolling in the institute to destroy the system from within. I love Darrow as a character in the fact that while he has brute strength it is his smarts that help him get ahead.

I also liked a lot of the supporting characters mainly, Sevro, who thinks more like Darrow even though he is a Gold and Mustang, who is a good female character that doesn’t fall for the common female YA tropes, maybe towards the end but I like that it was laughed off.

I love the plot of the book. It is basically if Hogwarts hosted a very twisted version of the Hunger Games, in order to find a future leader. It reminded me a lot of Lord of the Flies in that sense, where there are factions or “Houses” that each person is in and they have to make sure they get out on top while destroying or aligning with other houses. The book takes a lot of twists and turns that I really don’t want to spoil for anyone. I also liked how politics played a role in the “games” and making sure who won. That is where a lot of the references to Roman/Greek culture comes in.

I also loved how much Greek/Roman mythology was in the book. Using the names of those Gods to describe the Houses, which really tied well into the plot of the book.

I also loved the world that the book was set in, Mars. You don’t see a lot of books set on Mars or space for that matter, and Pierce Brown really did a good job at setting up the planet Mars as a setting for this book and why the human population lives there.

In the end, I am so glad that I read this book and I cannot wait to read the other books of the series.

Grade: 5/5