I’m realizing, while looking at my stats for this blog, that I haven’t been posting very regularly on here. Which I feel badly about. I guess I’ve just been so busy with life stuff that I sort of forget how many days go between posts. Time flies when you’re having fun, and sometimes when you’re not. 😉
Anyway, to make up for it, I’m posting two reviews in one! I also thought this might be a bit easier for everyone, since the two books I’m reviewing are the second and third books in a series: The Raven Cycle. I reviewed the first book in this series, The Raven Boys, a couple weeks ago after finishing it in just a couple days. You can read that review here. Since then, I’ve marathoned the next two books, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue (click the titles to view their Goodreads pages). And if you know me at all, you know I can fly through a series when I’m enjoying it. My bookish friends have told me that The Raven Cycle is like a black hole that’s sucking me in. And maybe it is. But through all the fangirl feelings, shipping, and browsing the internet for fan-art and tumblr posts, I’ve been enjoying the ride into oblivion.
I’ve been so busy with all the stupid adult responsibilities I have, I haven’t had time to read, post on bookstagram, or post here. It’s the lamest thing ever. Growing up isn’t all unicorns and free books, guys.
Anyway, in the small amount of free time I have, I’ve been looking around for inspiration for my next blog post (that’s this one!), and while I have a list of things I could write about, writing about coffee on a day when I could really use another cup seemed like fun. A few people I follow have done the Coffee Book tag, and while I feel like one of them might have tagged me (code for: I commented my undying love for the tag and they awkwardly told me I should give it a go 😂). So, I’m sort of tagging myself. But that’s okay because I’m an independent person. 😉 And since I haven’t technically been tagged, I’ll take the suffering away from you by tagging anyone who reads this who would like to do it! It’s perfect for a rainy day post, when you need a hot beverage. And on that note, is anyone else craving autumn? Or is that just me? It’s my favorite season for a reason, and while I like summer, it always feels a little too long.
I was nominated for the Liebster award, which is an awesome award to help encourage the discovery of new blogs! 😊 Since the folks around here are lovely, I was nominated by two different blogs, meaning I have a lot of questions to answer. The rules of this award are simple:
Thank to blogger(s) that nominated you
Answer the 11 questions given to you in your nomination
Nominate 5-11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers
Inform those people that they’ve been nominated
Give them 11 (mostly book-related) questions to answer
So, to start out, I was nominated by Aralyn from Paper Addictions and Magic. Read her post here. And awhile back (maybe an embarrassingly long time ago) I was also nominated by Lauren from Comma Hangover, and you can read her post here. Thank you so much to you both! You’re both amazing.💙
Since I have two sets of questions to answer here, I’ll start with Lauren’s.
I haven’t been back at this blogging for very long, so I’m really honored to have nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award, not just by one other blog but two! So thank you so much Neha from Inky Affairs and Lisa from The Not So Secret Life of a Fan Girl. You both are amazing and your blogs inspire me so much!
This award is given to anyone who inspires their readers and brings sunshine to the blogging community! It’s amazing to receive!
The terms of this award are simple:
Thank the person(s) who nominated you
Answer the Questions that were given to you
Nominate other bloggers for this award and give them your own questions to answer!
Notify those others bloggers of their nomination
Since I was nominated by two different people, I’ll split the questions they gave me into two sections 😊 First up are the questions from Lisa:
Its been a long time. I think months. And I’m so sorry for that! When I started this blog along with my bookish Instagram, I was so excited and caught up in finally being able to talk about my passion for books, that I forgot that I’m in nursing school. And let me tell you, it takes up a lot of time. I’ve barely been able to find reading time, much less time to blog! But, all that is going to change, because today I took my final exam of nursing school! My graduation is this Thursday! 🙂 I’m so happy to have time away from school before I continue school for a higher degree, and get some reading done!
So, this means I’ll be blogging a lot more! I am planning on also posting some reviews for a few of the books I was able to squeeze in during classes 😉 Plus new reviews and book news!
I hope you can all forgive my hyatius and are pumped to join me in many book-related conversations!
Happy Sunday! Or happy Easter! Or happy Passover! Or happy whatever religious or non-religious holiday you may celebrate! I’m not very religious myself, but quite open-minded 🙂 I respect all beliefs!
The good news! It’s review time again! *holds for applause*
Yesterday I finished reading The 5th Wave. And let me tell you, it was awesome. Somehow, this book had totally escaped my book radar all this time. I hadn’t even heard of it until I was at Barnes and Noble a couple weeks ago, and saw it in its own display becasue it is being made into a movie. By the way, the movie is set to be released January 29th, 2016. And man, am I excited 😉
But, back to the book! This entire story was so interesting. There wasn’t a single point in all 457 pages that I was bored. From the first chapter, I was pulled completely into Cassie’s world. I found myself questioning a few of her actions at the beginning, but as the book went on, I came to understand her motivation. And found myself wondering how I would act in the same situations. This book certainly gave me some food for thought. It also gave me some trust issues 😉 Which you’ll understand more of once you get to the end.
The ultimate question: what is the 5th wave?
The good: I love the writing style! Switching between points of view, especially all in first-person, can come off as confusing. However, the author did such an amazing job separating Cassie’s POV from Zombie’s, and gave us very interesting opposite perspectives. The plot took a lot of twists and turns, some of which I guessed and some I didn’t see coming. But even the twists I guessed correctly didn’t feel obvious or overdone. The entire story still felt fresh, even after a long row if dystopian novels I’ve read before this one. I was worried that the alien angle would feel old, but I was so wrong. I loved how they were written. The mystery and intelligence that the author gave our villains was refreshing and actually made me love to hate them even more. I also loved the mind-bending emotions I felt while reading! I would read something, and feel pretty confident in it, until another situation came along, and I would start second-guessing myself. Overall, this is one of the best dystopian novels I’ve read in a long time, and may have just jumped to the #1 spot on my list. I cannot wait to get my hands on The Infinite Sea! Oh! The ending! Bittersweet, with just enough conclusions that it wasn’t an awful cliffhanger, but not not enough that I could get by never reading the squeals. The perfect kind of ending, in my opinion 🙂
The just okay: Okay, maybe I’m still running on the emotional buzzing of this action-packed adventure, but I can’t really think of any negatives! I could see how some people who don’t like that buzz of adrenaline wouldn’t love this novel. However, I love that feeling. So, I guess the negative is I don’t have the second installment yet 😉 But that’s not the authors problem.
I’m giving this book 5+ stars! It’s an amazing ride of action, plot twisty sci-fi, intrigue, and romance. The characters are
realistic enough that I cheered on their triumphs, worried for their well-being, and cried for their heartaches. Check out this book asap! Its a book that deserves a Harry Potter/Hunger Games-type fandom!
Thanks for reading, loves! You are all amazing! Follow me for more reviews coming soon! I’ve got a couple ARC waiting for me 🙂
Before I get into the review of this book, I want to mention that the Significance series is one of my all time favorites. I’ve read all 4 previous installments at least 10 times. This series is one that I can always fall back on like a loyal friend. It’s guaranteed to get me out of a reading slump, becasue it’s the perfect combination of romance and paranormal genres. Sometimes I just like my romance without any drama 🙂 And in the previous novels, Caleb and Maggie were always a united front against every obstacle. And I love that. So, since I am such a huge fan of these characters, I was so excited to get my hands on this book! Undeniable Chosen is set in the same world as the other Significance novels. However, it is about 25 years in the future. And it is about Caleb and Maggie’s daughter, Ava and her new significant (from a rival family, the Watsons), Seth.
First off, I don’t think it is necessary to read the other Significance novels before reading this one. Ms. Crane writes in enough backstory that a new reader would get the gist of the past. But, I think you should read them anyway, before or after 😉
Second, I’ll confess I was a little bit nervous to read this book. Mostly becasue of my attachment to the characters in the first novels. I thought maybe I would miss reading about them; that these new characters wouldn’t measure up. But I don’t even know why I was worried. Ava and Seth are written so well, I couldn’t help but fall in love with them while they feel in love with each other.
The good: This new story didn’t feel like Caleb and Maggie’s story re-written. Ava and Seth have a story all their own, and I loved reading about them. From their first meeting and imprint (which didn’t go anything like I imagined), to their first fight, their first kiss, their first ‘I love you’s’, and their first battle against the Watsons, I was swept away in their love story. I loved that some storylines from the other novels carried over into this one. I also loved that this book had a lot more paranormal aspects than I expected. The supernatural was mixed in quite nicely with the romance, and helped tie up some questions towards the end of the book. The ending was satisfying, but left enough unanswered questions that I can’t wait for the next installment!
The just okay: I will say there were times when I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to hear from some characters, but only got brief mentions of them. I would have liked Ava and Seth to have more interactions with various Jacobsons. However, those were fleeting feelings, and probably stem from my love of the other installments. Ava and Seth kept me quite entertained in their world.
Overall, I would give this book 4.5 stars! It had a little bit of something for everyone 🙂 Lots of passion, action, romance, and wisdom. Shelly gives her characters a lot of depth, which I think makes them so much more relatable. She also always includes a feeling of togetherness in the Jacobson family, which makes the reader feel all warm and loved. Just another reason to read 😉
Thanks so much for reading! Follow me for more reviews soon, including one for The 5th Wave!