Top 5 Wednesday: Books you’ve read because of blogging/Booktube

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

September 27th: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc.
–Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use

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.

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

While this maybe cheating because this book was on my TBR before blogging, it wasn’t until several bloggers recommended it to me because of my love of sci fi. It was an amazing book and I hopefully try to finish the series.

The works of V.E. Schwab

I decided to put all of her books on here. It started with This Savage Song, loved that and than I read Vicious which was amazing and all of a sudden she became one of my auto-buy authors. She comes up with these brilliant worlds and characters that you just want to keep reading her work.

The works of Adam Silvera

Earlier this year I read More Happy Than Not, which was an amazing book. I heard so many good things about his work and I think I read it when History is All You Left Me was coming out. Both of those books were amazing. I wanted to get They Both Die at the End but it was sold out at Boston Teen Author Festival, but I was still able to meet him.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I read Shadow and Bone, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, so at first I wasn’t interested in reading Six of Crows. Than I kept hearing so many good things that I had to check it out and it was amazing. A great plot with extremely well done characters.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I remember hearing about this book when Gemina, the sequel was about to come out . I was also afraid to read it because how hyped up it was, and the book was worth the hype. Even if the book is written unconventional it still had an engaging plot.

Those are the books I read because of Blogging/Booktube. What books were you introduced to because of the bookish community? Let me know in the comments below!

Our Dark Duet by: Victoria Schwab

Summary:

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?

The Review:

As a fan of the previous book, This Savage Song this book was of course one of my anticipated books of 2017. I am also a new fan of Victoria Schwabs work and she is one of my new auto buy authors.

The book picks up several months after the events of the first book, with both Kate and August separated from one another after what happened at the end of the book. Kate is basically living life as a nomad going from place to place and never really settling down. You can already tell that Kate has been through a lot and she is not the same person as she was at the beginning of This Savage Song. That is one of the strength of Victoria Schwab’s writing is how she can write characters and their development. Kate spends most of her time hunting monsters.

August is also going through some changes as well. He is still reeling from the events of the previous book, and he is not the same sweet, brooding boy from the first book. He realizes that he has to take the lead when some stuff is going down. He spends most of his time using his violin to reap souls, and every time he does so, it always pains him to do it.

The main plot deals with a new monster causing humans to turn on one another and the monster feeds off of that. It first comes to Prosperity, where Kate has started a new life for herself and than moves on to Verity which forces Kate to go back. I would say that the beginning of the book is a little slow, but I wasn’t bored by it. Kate and August are great characters and I loved seeing them together in This Savage Song, and when they were reunited in Our Dark Duet, that is where the story really picks up in the best way possible.

There are also some new characters that I liked. Soro, who is a gender neutral character who acts as a sort of sidekick for August. They were such a great character, and I kinda wish they were a bit more fleshed out.

I also thought the villains were good as well. The main villain was Sloan, who had his own POV chapters, and you really get a sense of his psyche. There is also Alice, who serves as a mini-boss character.

I felt the ending was a bit rushed. A lot of things were going on at once and I wish it was a bit slowed down in order for me to process a lot of the information, because a lot of emotional stuff does happen. It was an emotional whirlwind, in the best possible way.

In the end, Our Dark Duet, was a great conclusion to an already great duology. It really felt as if it was a final book. The characters go through so much and the ending is an emotional one.

Grade: 4.7/5

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Summer reads

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

May 17th: Summer Reads
–The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?

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.

Yes, Summer is coming, and even the Boston weather says so, also Summer is usually when I get a lot of reading done.

Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is always good at making small cute stories really good, and Fangirl is no exception. It has great characters and nice story about fandom in general.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Summer is also good for a nice thriller book, and Gone Girl is just that. It has a nice mystery to it, and a very compelling character in Amy Dunne.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is one of my definitive summer reads, mainly because I first read it a few summers ago and always read it every summer because it is that good. This is a very good book especially for those who are fans of 8-bit games and science fiction in general.

This Savage Song by: VE Schwab

This was by first taste of the amazing works of V.E. Schwab, and it wasn’t my last. This is an extremely great book to read over the summer, and I cannot wait for the sequel Our Dark Duet.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

No Mourners! No Funerals! One of my favorite books I read last year, and then I read Crooked Kingdom and loved that too. It was a really good heist book with amazing characters.

Those are my summer reads, while most of these books could be read at anytime. What are your favorite summer reads? Let me know in the comments below.

Hype or Like Friday: Best Reads of 2016

Happy Friday everyone, and also a Happy Holidays to you all,

The Theme for December is Year End reads of 2016 and the Book of the Month is A Thousand Pieces of You

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

December 23: Best Reads of 2016 – Tell us your top favorite books that you’ve read this year!

This list won’t be in any particular order because ranking my favorite books would be way tp hard for me to do because I read so many good ones.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

The sequel to one of my favorite reads of last, did not disappoint. It was an action packed sequel that upped the stakes. It also gave us so much character development for a few supporting characters of the previous book. I seriously can’t wait to read what what happens next.

Six of Crow Duology by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, the reason I included both books is because I read them both this year I loved this duology. It gave us great characters and I loved how they all interacted with each other. It also gave us a different view of the Grisha universe. I really wish Leigh Bardugo would write more about these characters.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

A very surprising good book. It was the first book I read from her and it made me want to read more of her work. While the beginning did start off slow, but from the middle of the book on it was action packed. I loved the characters in the book and I can’t wait to read more about them in Our Dark Duet.

Vicious by VE Schwab

After read This Savage Song, I wanted to also read Vicious. This book was really good. It kept me engaged from page one and didn’t slow down. This book really wanted me to read more of her work.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A book I heard so many good things about. This is a book that is very unconventional, told through IMs, chats, emails, and dossiers, and it still kept you engaged. I will be reading Gemina very soon hopefully.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A book that was on my TBR list for a while now, this book was also awesome. I loved how it mixed Greek and Roman mythology and put it in a Sci Fi world. I should also be reading the sequels very soon.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

I know it came out last year and everyone is talking about Empire of Storms But I still loved book, I like seeing how the series changed from the first book and seeing Cealena/Aelin grow as a character and also seeing a new favorite char cater in Manon.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

A historical retelling with a fantasy twist. I loved how it reminded me a lot of Monty Python and Princess Bride. Really loved this book.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

After reading and loving her Lunar Chronicles series, I was very excited to see how she handles the world of Wonderland, and it was amazing. I loved how she told the origin of the Red Queen and made it almost like Wicked.

Those are my favorite reads of 2016. What were your favorite reads of 2016? Let me know in the comments below.

Also my one year bloggiverasy is coming up. And I am doing a give away. Go to this post for more details. I am doing a Q&A so ask me anything either on this post or the previous post.

Hope you all have a fabulous holiday!

 

 

 

Gilmore Girls Book Tag

With the upcoming revival coming back and also the fact that the UP channel is playing an every Gilmore Girls ever marathon, why not do a tag of one of my favorite shows Gilmore Girls. And yes I am a Gilmore Guy. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I thought it would be fun to do. This tag was created by punksandpaperbooks.

Lorelai-A character with a witty or sarcastic sense of humor

Tyrion Lanniseter from A Song of Ice and Fire. As a former hand to King Joffrey, we always knew what to say in the toughest of times, and he always had a good wit about him.

Rory – Your favorite classic

Matilda by Roald Dahl. It was one of the first chapter books I read, and it is of course my favorite classic because I can relate a lot to the character of Matilda and her love for reading.

Luke – A book you secretly love, but are afraid to admit.

I pick Gossip Girl, while most would think of the show, and I know it would be a cliche for me to say this but, the book is better. I was in high school/college when the book came out, and it would be weird as a guy to say that I openly love Gossip Girl, but I do.

Lane – A musical character

I pick August from This Savage Song. He carries around his guitar not just because he loves music but it is also his weapon and how he uses his powers.

Dean- Your first book love (character or book you first loved!)

Hermione Granger, what can I say. I like my ladies smart and bookish.

Sooki – A book you’ve devoured

Champion by Marie Lu, it took an entire bus ride from Boston to Washington DC to read the book from start to finished and I loved it.

Jess- A book you love, that gets the most hate.

Despite what people may think of the story, I actually like the series a lot. I love the characters and how they interacted with each other. The movies, were pretty bad and didn’t follow the book.

Miss Patty – A book that was ruined by the hype

I was told that this was a Harry Potter meets Buffy, and when I finished the book I just felt a very “meh” feeling towards it. But this was a book I felt was way over hyped. I am currently reading Lady Midnight and I like what I am reading so far.

Emily Gilmore – expensive book

While the other Song of Ice and Fire books I bought were paperback, this is the only hard cover and boy it was very expensive compared to the other books.

Paris – An uptight character

Radu, from And I Darken, he was very whiny in the book and very uptight, hopefully like Paris he loosens up in future books.

That is my Gilmore Girls Book Tag. Can’t wait for Gilmore Girls to come out on Friday, in which I will be binge watching.

If you are reading this consider yourself tagged.

 

September Wrap up/October TBR

Hello eveyone,

With September coming to a close and October starting on Saturday I think it is a good time to do a wrap up of September, and I feel like it was a good reading month for me, especially with school starting for me and me trying to balance by school readings and my “fun” readings. So let me give you a recap.

What I read:

A Torch Against the Night by: Sabaa Tahir

Here is my review of the book. I gave it 5/5. It was amazing and loved it from beginning to end. Maybe best of the year so far.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Here is my review. I gave is 4.4/5. She was an author on my TBR for a while now and I am glad that I picked up the book and read it.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Here is my review. I gave it 5/5. A book series on my TBR for years, I finally decided to pick it up, loved it and am definitely going to read the sequels.

Sepentine by Cindy Pon

Here is my review. I gave it 3.9/5. It was a fairy underrated book, but I liked it very much. I loved the use of Chinese mythology. She is a very underrated author so check her out. (She also re-tweeted my review).

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Here  is my review. I gave it 4.4/5. With Crooked Kingdom out now, I decided to give this book a read, because I heard good things about. Loved it. Can’t wait to read Crooked Kingdom.

What I am currently reading

October TBR:

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

That is my wrap up for the month of September. I will hopefully read my TBR books for the month of October. If you have any recommendations I should read let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

This Savage Song by: Victoria Schwab

Summary: 

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. The first of two books.

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.

The Review:

Victoria Schwab was an author on my TBR list for a while now, and last week when I was at the library I picked up this book and decided to read it, and I really liked it.

Let’s talk about the characters. Kate is kinda your “F the world” type girls who always acts out and puts up a tough girl act. Even though her character may seem cliched at first, but as the book went on her character began to develop, and you got to see more her than just the spoiled daughter who likes to get into trouble.

August, while he may be the poor-tortured emo soul, which sort of reminded me of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer; in that he is a monster who has a “soul”. I also liked his character in the book. He was very closed off and it wasn’t until he met Kate that is where he came out of his shell. I also liked his relationship with his family, and even though his adoptive parents are human, he wants to be like them.

I liked the relationship between them. I also liked that it wasn’t a romantic relationship  and that’s what made the book stronger. Most times when authors write characters of opposite genders it seems like they have to be forced in a romantic relationship. The lack of romance between them made their character arcs a lot stronger and focused on their development.

I also liked the plot. It dealt with a shaky truce between the “monsters” and the humans, and how Kate and August are caught in the middle. While the first half of the book did sort of dragged on, but the second half is where the book picked up and did not stop. I also liked how the powers were used with musical instruments like with August and his violin and would take people’s souls. Also the book takes a lot of twists and turns, while some were kinda of obvious, other plots I really didn’t see coming.

In the end, this book was very good and Victoria Schwab is an author that lives up her hype and I am ready to read her other books.

Grade: 4.4/5