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 have another review for you guys today! I was looking at the website Netgalley the other day because used to use the website a fair bit until a few months ago. At that time I’d requested and received a couple books I ended up not finishing cause I didn’t really like them. Since I didn’t finish them, I also didn’t review them. Which if you’ve ever used Netgalley, you know is a bad thing. The whole point is to receive advanced copies of books in exchange for reviews. So, I haven’t shown my face around that website in awhile. 😉 But decided to go back, because I really likd it! I thought I’d try to make myself seem like less of a schmuck by downloading a couple “read now” books (these are books you don’t need the publisher’s approval to receive. They are there for the downloading if you have an account with Netgalley) and review those, so publishers know I’m back in the game.
Anyway, long story short, the first book I chose was Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg, the same author who write the Paper Magicians trilogy. I really want to read those books too, but that’s another topic. This book was listed as an adult fantasy novel, which seemed interesting, and I also love the cover. The description made this book sound whimsical and magical. Sort of a fun fairytale type of story. It’s about a woman who has no memory of her past or heritage, but can bake emotions into her pastries. She can make you feel strong, loved, happy, hopefully, and lots of other things by infusing her magic into your morning muffin. Now, I’m a small-time baker, so I loved this concept from the beginning. If you’d like to read the entire book synopsis, click here for the Goodreads page.
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:
So, last night I finished reading the first book in a trilogy by Veronica Rossi titled Under the Never Sky. I didn’t have a lot of background on this book, only that it has a beautiful cover and is set in a dystopian future. I’ve seen pictures of it going around the bookstagram universe, but no one had really said what it was about! So, I decided to jump into it without any knowledge and surprise myself! First off, I loved the writing style! I usually search Pinterest for some pretty pictures and quotes for you guys. And I usually like 2-3 quotes that I pick from. But with this book, I found like 8 quotes without even trying! There was a lot of wisdom in this book. A lot about the importance of self-discovery and independence. However, it doesn’t really feel like you’re getting food for thought while you’re reading. The story transports you to a universe so much like our own that it’s relatable, but different enough that it’s engaging. The story switches back and forth between two points of view, the Dweller Aria and the Outsider Perry. In my experience when books change POV, there is an exciting character and a boring character. When I’m reading from the exciting character, I’m totally into the story. And then it switches to the boring character, and I’m wondering if I’ll miss anything if I skip ahead ;). That was not my experience at all with this book! Aria and Perry are very different characters who each have something to offer the story. And obviously, if the writing from an alternate character is done well, it can be a big hit (I’m looking at you, Grey). So, now that I’ve discussed it way more than I was planning too, lets get into some mild spoilers!
~~Caution! Small Spoilers Ahead~~
The Good: Okay, when I started this book I expected a crazy future world that was generally uninhabitable for humans. Because that’s all dystopian novels, right? It’s what we love about them! I did not expect some awesome superpowers as the result of forced evolution! In this world, Rossi has given me one of my favorite things: a touch of paranormal in a normal world. Some of the characters I have come to love are Marked, meaning they are identified as having a super sense, such as amazing hearing, a sense of smell that allows you to feel emotions, and immaculate vision. If that’s not cool enough, there is something wrong with the sky. Its called Aether, and apparently in real life, it’s an element theorized by medieval scientists to explain gravity and traveling light (read more about that on Wikipedia here). But, back to the book! The Aether is causing massive storms that seem to involve lightening and tornadoes, and basically desolate the land in their wake. I think including this in the story not only gives an easy plot line to work with for future installments, but also really brings the world to life. I’m all about details! Also, the romance here! I’m a sucker for some forbidden love, and Perry and Aria have that in spades. I really enjoyed how their relationship changes from the beginning to end. It’s not “insta-love”, but a quiet progression, and that’s what makes me love it. Lastly, that ending! There was a major plot twist there that I didn’t see coming, related to Vale. And I’m usually a pretty good guesser. Prepare yourselves!
The Just Okay: Alright, there really wasn’t much I didn’t like about this book. I do wish there had been a little more
background story on Roar and just more Roar in general, but I’m sure we’ll get that in future books. He is one of my favorite characters. Otherwise, I’m pretty happy with this book! The ending had just enough cliff-hanger that I want more, but not so much that I wanted to write the author an angry letter 😉
So, there you have it! If you have read this book, leave me your thoughts about it in the comments! I’d love to hear some other opinions!
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 🙂