Queen of the Books

AKA the time I conquered reading.

 

 

All hail, cuz I done goooood. Well, as long as you don’t count the flop that was my attempt at the Fairy-a-Thon. If I’m being honest, I completely forgot about the challenges for this one. I read so many books, and gave out so many 5 stars! Are you jealous?


 

Username: Evie by Joe Sugg [Graphic Novel] – 2 stars. The premise was so good, and the hype was real. Unfortunately, the execution doesn’t match. On the brightside the artwork was gorgeous.

 

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – 2 stars. Ugh. Nope. I’m not sure if this is a series that I will be continuing. I dislike these characters. I really do.

 

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer – 3 stars. This didn’t hit me in the feels like Twilight did, but the ending redeemed it for me. As much as I would miss Nessie, I appreciate that Edythe gave Beau the choice that Edward never would have given Bella in book 1. Jessamine and Archie are my new Twilight OTP, hands down.

 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – 3 stars. I wanted to love this one because JOHN GREEN, but it was average and I wasn’t in love with any of the characters. The story was fine, but mere curiousity kept me going and now I want to try David Levithan as a solo author.

 

 

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer – Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. This one is very Stephenie. An almost insta-love relationship, heavy on vivid descriptions and a false sense of security. I grew to love the romance and the action but it was a bit slow, hence the uncertain rating.

 
Superfail by Max Brunner [Graphic Novel] – 4 stars. Oh how cute can one book be??? I loved it. LOVED IT! We tag along as a group of defective superheroes attempt to save the world from The Man with No Name, and what ensues is a series of mishaps that are just to adorable to ignore. Release date: October 17, 2017. Get this one!

 

Caraval by Stephenie Garber – 4 stars. The ending saved this one for me, otherwise this would have been a 2.5 star read. I didn’t much care for the characters or their story, but I did like the idea of the game itself. However, the little teaser that the end left me with has me intrigued to read the next book. Hopefully it stops at book 2, otherwise this one would be equally drawn out and possibly bordering on painful.

 

With Malice by Eileen Cook – 5 stars. Now I need more Eileen Cook in my life. I loved the writing and the mystery of the whole thing and I felt so sorry for our main character. To have such extensive memory loss must be terrifying, made only worse by the fact that you’re being accused of killing your best friend. Horrifying.

 

If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch – 5 stars. OMG! I can’t wait for you all to read this one. I’ll do a full review closer to the release date (Jan. 11, 2018). Stay tuned

 

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – 5 stars. How I missed the Lunar Chronicles and that wonderful universe. My only qualm with this book was the lack of Iko. My three favorite of the short stories were: After Sunshine Passes By (poor Cress), The Mechanic and Something Old, Something New. The little glimpses into my favorite character’s past and that one beautiful look at their future, was everything that I expected to get from this collection.

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini – 5 stars. Be prepared to have your heart hurt and your blood pressure raise because this one touches some nerves. A beautiful story of two women who deserve happiness and peace, but instead get saddled with abuse while living in war torn Afghanistan. This one hurts guys, but it’s so worth it.

 

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In progress: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index (10% complete), Mask of Shadows (9% complete).


BOOKS READ: 11

PAGES READ: 4150 plus 35 pages of Mask of Shadows and about 13 pages of Juniper Lemon = 4198

 

What have you read for the month? Tell me, tell me!

 

Dee ^_^

 

What a month!

It’s been a good month for reading. I managed to read a total of seven books! And I enjoyed them all, which is the biggest miracle here if I’m being honest. Without further adieu, my June reads:

 

 

june 2017 wrap up

Gemina4 stars. All I can say is that I NEED book three right now! I need to know how this all ends. This series is addictive and I finally understand all the hype around it.

Heartless5 stars. Honestly, I don’t know when I drank the Kool-Aid, but I’m a happy customer as far as Marissa Meyer goes. It didn’t take much convincing for me to feel for Catherine’s story. She went through so much that her demise to the dark Queen that she becomes is almost understandable. Almost. Her signature ‘off with their heads’ was refreshing, though there were a few more heads I wanted to roll, namely her mother’s and the King’s. Overall, a wonderful story that I wouldn’t mind more of, but would be willing to accept as is.

Homegoing5 stars. I’m not normally one for character based books, needing plot drivers to sustain me. But, Gyasi knew just what to do to keep me entertained. Such rich histories all connected by a single thread. Beautiful.

Hunted3 stars. Not as amazing as I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless. I was definitely interested in hearing more from the Beast than I was to hear from our Main Character (whose name has since evaporated from my mind. Oops?). He was haunting and eerie every time we were graced with his POV.

Illuminae 4 stars. Same as I said for Gemina. As soon as I was finished with this one, I immediately began the next. Addictive.

The Girl Before3.5 stars. Well, this is what it’s like to witness Stockholm syndrome first hand. I wouldn’t mind giving Rena Olsen a second try.

Waking Gods5 stars. BOOK THREE NOW PLEASE! That is all.

 

Have you read any of these? What did you read this month? I want to know (because I am shamelessly nosey).

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye May

AKA This was long overdue…

MAy 2017

I read a lot during my ‘downtime’, which was the only good thing to come out of May. Honestly, you could tell me that May didn’t even exist and I would accept that as truth, that is how little I was aware of the month passing. Here’s a full recap of my reads for the month.

I Never (ARC)by Laura Hopper 1 star

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This book…Lord, this book. I ended up skimming the last few pages because I could take no more of the torture. I felt like I was seated in a sex-ed class, that I didn’t sign up for, while the instructor preached at me while also judging me for even being at the class in the first place. The POVs didn’t feel genuine to me and I reaaaaally didn’t like the MC.

On the positive side, it was a fast read. I really wanted to love this book but this was not what I was expecting at all. I am not the target market for this book, quite clearly.

 

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly 4 stars

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A very interesting read and I could see now why people complained about the ‘white saviour’ trope in the movie.

 

Geekerella by Ashley Poston4 stars. A full review of this will be coming soon.

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli5 stars. An author I would definitely read again.

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I’m not big on rereading books, but this book would definitely be the exception. Becky Albertalli’s writing is smooth and feels authentically teen, so much so that I added Simon VS the Homosapiens Agenda onto my TBR immediately after finishing this one. It is cute, and fluffy, and heartbreaking and gaaah! I don’t know how to be coherent about this one…

 

One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus4 stars

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This is one of those thrillers that, if you’ve got a keen sense of observation, you should be able to figure out whodunit. But, the ride to getting there is simply enjoyable, and if you think it starts off slow and builds you are wrong. Right out of the gate we get right into it and these poor teenagers go through the most stressful moments they will EVER experience. I loved Nate, our resident misfit/outcast/scapegoat, more than any other character that we met. I also really loved the conclusion, there were warm and fuzzies.

So many shady characters, such horrible friendships. Have I mentioned that I loved Nate? I did? Okay.

TW: There’s a forced outing in this one, so please go in knowing that. It’s never okay to declare someone’s sexuality/gender without their permission.

 

Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed #2) by Lara Adrian4 stars

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This book is exactly what you would expect it to be: steamy paranormal romance with lots of dark violence. It would have gotten five stars if not for Eliza. Ugh.

 

Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed #3) by Lara Adrian3.5 stars

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Tegan is the only thing that saved this book for me. Because, Eliza. Ugh.

 

 

In May I also started, but did not finish:
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel (ARC)
Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed #4) by Lara Adrian
A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

 

 

Dee Dee’s bookshelf: currently-reading

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Dee ^_^