All citizens within the soaring black walls of Revinia have metal Singers grafted into their skulls at birth. The parasitic machines issue a form of auditory hypnosis called The Music, keeping their minds malleable and emotions flat. All artistic expression–especially real music–is strictly prohibited.
On the edge of the city, nineteen year old Ronja struggles to support her cousins and disabled mother. A chance meeting leads to her kidnapping by an underground resistance striving to preserve the human spirit. Violently severed from her Singer by the brash young agent Roark, Ronja revels in her newfound freedom until the consequences of her disappearance begin to unfold.
The first in a trilogy, Vinyl is a story of loyalty, passion, trauma, human connection, and the extraordinary power of real music
It has been so long since I’ve read a good Dystopian I don’t read them much anymore, I’m glad I gave this one a chance. While it’s is naturally similar to other books in the genre it stands out, the plot is original the world is slightly steampunk and interesting. The steampunk elements are both a high and a low, they added a unique element, but the world is ultimately underdeveloped. There was a great opportunity to create a richly detailed steampunk world, maybe (hopefully) the next book will further expand the world. There is so few steampunk anything I would love to watch and read more in the genre, and I’m glad I found a book that fits into it.
The story was engaging and well written it pulled you in and kept you captive. Your given just enough information in the beginning to make you keep reading to learn more. Then the last half was filled with action, emotional twists and surprises. The characters are all likable and the romance is one I can actually tolerate! I actually enjoyed it there is undeniable chemistry between Ronja and Rorak and I’m excited to see their relationship develop further. Ronja is a wonderful, sassy protagonist her adjustment to her new freedom, and all the things it could cost her, was authenticity done. This is a solid dystopian, with a great cast of characters, that brings something new to the genre.
As I write this my Goodreads TBR is 182 it might still seem large to some but this is the lowest it’s been in a long time, in years. I have been going through my TBR a lot recently and I think I’m finally done narrowing it down. I got less and less picky each time I went through it today when I started it was around 230. I decided that there was no way I was going to read all of 230 of those books. Many of them have been on there for years it was definitely time to acknowledg that I’m never going to read them. I thought it would be fun to go through what made me decide to keep or get rid of a book, and share some of the notable books I kept and removed.
What I kept
- Fairytales and retellings: My love of fairytales is the one constant in my reading tastes I will never grow tired of them. If someone says a book reads like a fairytale or is inspired by them then I immediately add it to my TBR. Examples: The Shadow Queen, Tiger Lily, The Forbidden Wish.
- Historical fiction: I have really been in the mood for Historical fiction so therefore all the ones on my TBR are staying put. They all sound appealing so I will definitely be reading some soon. Examples: Under a Painted Sky, Among the Red Stars, Code Name Verity.
- Must read books: I kept most anything that is widely considered to be something everyone should read. Or that is loved by the entire blogging community like A Darker Shade of Magic. Other examples: The Book Thief, Wonder.
What I got rid of
- SciFi: I don’t like Sci-fi books I want to like them but I can’t seem to get into the genre. I think the only kept about three that looked to good to remove, hopefully one of them will be the one sci-fi book I actually like. Examples: Red Rising, Ender’s Game, Zenith.
- Books I couldn’t remember: If it had been on my TBR for a while and I couldn’t remember what it was even about then I removed it. I clearly was not going to read it anytime soon. No examples because I didn’t keep up with what I got rid of and can’t remember exactly.
- Books I had already tried: There was a few books I had read a few chapters of but never got back to. There’s some I kept because I genuinely want to read but just wasn’t in the mood at the time. The ones I got rid of are mostly hyped books that I don’t think I’m going to pick up again. Examples Walk the Earth A Stranger, Tower of Dawn, Perks of Being a Wallflower.
There are obviously other reasons for keeping or removing a book from a TBR but those are some of the main things. Mostly though I just took off books that no longer interest me and I’m sure a lot of you are going to disagree with my choices, but I think I choose well. There’s simply not enough time to read every book I have to be choosy and not wast time reading bad or okay books. I only have time to read books I love of course there’s no way to know for sure if you like it until you read it and this is why bookworm are forever agonizing over our TBR’s.
I thought it would be fun to share with you the first review I ever wrote and see how I have grown as a reviewer. The first book I ever reviewed is All the Bright Places, I reviewed it on February 17th 2015. That’s almost exactly three years ago it feels like I’ve been reviewing books a lot longer then three years. I will insert my review below for you guys then tell you how my thoughts on the book have changed.
This book is marketed as The Fault in Our Stars meats Eleanor and Park I haven’t read The Fault in are Stars but I have read Eleanor and Park and I see very little similarity’s between the two. I’m getting really tired of the this book meats this book thing, All the Bright Places is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park but it definitively stands on its own. Its very original the characters were realistic although I would have liked to see more of the minor characters.
Violet had a lot of fantastic character development throughout the novel. Finch is complex and quirky and I loved him I liked his point of view better then Violets. I’m not normally a fan of alternating point of views but this one was very well done the characters both had very distinctive voice, the romance was cute, the last half of the book felt rushed and the ending was predictable but well done. The writing is wonderful and overall this book is thoughtful honest and lovely.
Well I don’t think it’s too bad for a first review but now I would completely cut the first paragraph and go into more detail. I’ve definitely learned to be more critical and how to better explain why I did or didn’t enjoy a book. I am positive that if I were to reread this that I would not enjoy it as much, and I’m sure I wouldn’t call it original. But part of what I adore about reading is that where you are in life can greatly effect how you feel about a book.
When I read All the Bright Places I had just begun to read contemporary and this was the first hard hitting one I ever read. Now I have a lot of books to compare it to and my reading tastes have changed. I originally gave this four stars if I were to read it now I would probably give it three maybe even two. It’s hard to say exactly how I would feel about and I don’t remember it too well. I know though that the book did not stick with me for long like I originally thought it would. I have since read contemporary stories that deal with important topics with a lot more care.
This year I’ve decided to post a list of my favorite things I discovered or did each month. I don’t have many this month January mostly consisted of listening to Disney music, going to work, reading and cuddling with my cats basically it was pretty typical. I also spent a ridiculous amount of time watching YouTube videos.
The Last Jedi
This was my most anticipated movie of 2017 I went to see it on New Years day, watching Star Wars is the perfect way to start a new year. I absolutely love this movie I have my complaints with it but overall it is epic. I don’t know why people have so many issues with this movie I think it’s amazing. I love the message of learning from failure and I didn’t mind that it was often dark, Star Wars has always had dark moments, it was still extremely hopeful. I loved the direction the movie took the Star Wars franchise needed a little something different.
Tangled the Series
I started watching this just because it was Tangled and that’s my favorite Disney movie at first it was a little too silly. But it got better and I was surprised by how invested I become it is now one of my favorite shows. I adore the new characters, the style of animation is so pretty and the story is actually very good. Plus there’s some pretty good songs that are written by the same people who wrote the music in the movie. I am so glad the original team came back it would not have been the same without Mandy Moor and Zachary Levi.
Netgally and Hoopla
I started using Netgally again this month and I’m quickly getting redacted to it. I also discovered Hoopla which is a library service that’s similar to Overdrive but they of course have different things. They have, movies, shows, and music as well as a ton of books and the best part is that there are a ton of comic books. Comics are so expensive and while I would much rather read physical copies I’ll take what I can get. The only downside is that you can only barrow six things a month.
Sky in the Deep
This book is epic it’s about a girl whose clan has been at war with the Riki centuries. One day she’s on the battlefield and sees her brother who she thought was dead fighting with the enemy. What follows leeds her to question everything she believes in. Sounds intriguing right? it has lovely writing, wonderful characters, and epic battles. It doesn’t come out until April 24th I will be posting a review closer to its release. I would definitely recommend picking it up when it hits shelves or requesting it on Netgally.
I have been at a loose for post ideas lately and I think this is probably not going to be the most interesting of posts but it’s all I can think off right now. I figured since I have been reading a lot recently that I would give you guys a reading update. I’m going to share with you the books I’ve recently read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next. I have already read seven books this month and an half way through another one, I don’t usually read more then five books a month. They have all been short which is mostly why I’ve read so much four of them were comics that only took me a few hours to read.
Books I’ve finished
- Runaways vol 1 & 2: Very fun and filled with teen angst but I’m not in a hurry to read the next installment.
- Paper girls vol 1: This is my favorite read of the year so far.
- This is not the End: This one was quite different, I don’t even know what genre you would label it as, I had some issues with it but overall it was good.
- Rapunzel’s revenge: The story was sweet but I wasn’t a big fan of the art style.
- The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One: I think I like this better then her first collection I did feel like it was occasionally reparative though. I really liked the overall theme and messages and found many of the poams to be empowering.
- A Wrinkle in Time: I can understand why this is a classic but I personally don’t love it. But I’m am very excited for the movie the effects look spectacular. It does look like it will deviate from the book but I don’t think I’ll mind.
- The Shadow Queen: I’ve only read the first two chapters of this it’s good but I don’t think I’ll finish it before my library loan expires. I got distracted by the next book on the list and now I’m not really in the mood for this one.
- The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe: I’m liking this a lot more then I thought I would I’m not even sure what compelled me to pick it up maybe it was because of how cold it’s been.
- The Girl Drank the Moon: I actually already started this but it’s been over a month so it doesn’t really count as being currently read. I would like to finish this soon I just keep getting distracted by other books but I think I’ll puck it up again soon.
- Prince Caspian: I think I want to read these slowly so I will probably read about one a month. I might not even get to this one in February there’s a lot of good books coming out or that have just come out and I want to catch up on new releases.
- The Radical Element: I’m so excited that I got approved for this on Netgally! I adored A Tyranny of Petticoats I can’t wait to read more stories about dauntless girls written by equally amazing and inspiring women.
I’m planning on preordering Sightwitch abd Heart of Iron and I will most likely read them as soon as I get them I’m so excited for them. I normally don’t buy books often but seeing as how they come out around by birthday and how there by two of my favorite authors I decided to treat myself. I was going to buy these in store so I wouldn’t have to wait on them to ship but it’s going to be cheaper to order them online.
What’s the best book you read recently? What are you currently reading? And what do you plan on reading next?
I’ve already talked about my favorite books of the year today I thought I’d share my most disappointing reads. Luckily there aren’t as many disappointing books as there are favorites. There are two other books that I didn’t like much but decided not to include because I didn’t expect much from then to begin with. These aren’t all my least favorite books off the year, just the ones that turned out not to be as good as I anticipated.
Long May She Reign
I hadn’t known much about this when I picked it up at the library but the synopsis looked promising. I was excited that it was a standalone I hardly ever find standalone fantasy novels and the cover was beautiful. This book had a lot of things I would usually like, I love royal intrigue but the mystery and the politics fell flat, as did the characters. My biggest problem with this one is it’s depiction of mental illness, I was initially excited to see mental health being talked about in a fantasy novel however it was ultimately handled poorly.
The Hundredth Queen
I had seen many positive reviews for this but I remember that it ended up not being my cup of tea. I know I didn’t like the romance, I can’t remember almost anything else about this book. I don’t think it’s an awful book but it clearly didn’t stick with me.
Spider Gwen vol 0 & 1
I did like these comics however there disjointed. I often felt like I had missed something and would go back and still not find the information I was looking for. The storytelling wasn’t the best I do like the characters though and the story was interesting enough. I do think I’ll continue the series but I won’t be buying any physical copies and I now regret asking for then for Christmas last year.
When Dimple Met Rishi
This is another one that I liked just not as much as I was expecting it was cute and light. I think it needed more time spent on it the characters and story were intriguing but I enjoyed it less and less as the book progressed. I would have liked more of a focus on coding and there was a cluster of side characters that got on my nerves.
What are your most disappointing reads of 2017? I hope there isn’t many.
When I first started this blog I had so many ideas and even though I was nervous about putting them out there I was mostly excited. Now I’ve been blogging for almost two years and recently that excitement has faded. Blogging turned out to be harder then I expected, and I’ve gone on many unplanned hiatus’s, but I’ve never before though about quitting. Right now it’s something I’m seriously considering.
I haven’t been doing well with blogging this year and right now my stats are worse then when I first started blogging. This is mainly because I haven’t been posting often or constantly. The stats aren’t really why I’m thinking of quitting it’s the lack of motivation that’s making me consider it I simply don’t love it the way I used to. I’m discouraged when I started out I had a lot of goals and I haven’t reached most of them, I’ve never gotten an arc ,or participated in a blog tour, or interviewed an author. I have tried to do those things but it ultimately didn’t work out maybe it’s partly my fault for not posting enough. I think that I simply don’t have enough of an audience to achieve those things and yeah numbers aren’t everything but they still matter. When you spend a lot of time creating something you want it to be seen otherwise what’s the point?
I have put a lot of effort into this blog I spent forever on each post rereading it dozens of times trying to make it perfect. I’m very proud of myself even though I’m definitely not the best at this whole book blogging thing it is still so fun. Blogging has led me to some amazing books and it made me sure that publishing is the right career for me. So even though I didn’t get everything I wanted from it it was still enjoyable.
Maybe next week or month my motivation will come back and I’ll look back at this post, and feel like I was being dramatic. But if I do come back things will be different. I’m not getting much fulfillment from this blog anymore if I decide to keep blogging I will blog about more then just books. I do think I will come back just not right away, I’m never gonna stop writing book reviews and I’ll probably post an end of the year wrap up. But I won’t be fully back until at least the beginning of the year. I need to figure out exactly what I want from this blog and go back to creating content I’m excited about.
I have read a fair amount of mental health centered books and a lot of them didn’t handle the topic in the best way. Despite the many mental health centered YA books that are out there the industry still has a lot to learn. I have read some books that I feal deal with the topic of mental health in a considerate, and accurate manor.These books are mostly contemporary’s as I have found that mental health is not often represented in science fiction and fantasy that is something I would like to see more in fantasy.
I know many people disagree with me and think charecters with mental health issues have no place in fantasy but I think fantasy should (to a degree) reflect the real world. The characters at the very least need to be realistic. You want to be able to connect with the characters, plus if the story has similar themes to what’s going on in the world it makes it easier to get invested in it. I also think there should be more characters with mental illnesses in books that don’t center around that illness, your mental illnesse does not define you, books should reflect that. There should be more books that are about life after the character decides to get help, often books end right when the character makes that decision, we need more books set during recovery.
You have probably heard off this one before it seems to be the most popular YA book with anxiety rep and for good reason, while it is never stated that Cath has anxiety it is clear that she does and I think it’s done well. I highly recommend listing to the audio book it is a big reason why I adore the book so much, I don’t think I would have had as great of an experiene if I hadn’t listened to the audio book.
Queens of Geek
This book is is so cute and nerdy and characters are all lovable dorks. I loved that it was set at a con it made for such a fun and quick read. This is an own voices novel for anxiety and Asperger’s.
The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennett
If you watched the Lizzie Bennett Diaries then you know that Lydia went through something awful this is about her dealing with the repercussions off that. Lydia deals with a lot of anxiety over deciding on her next step after graduating community college, its really about her figureing out where and who she wants to be. It is also one off the few YA books I’ve found that’s about life after high school.
Girl Against the Universe
This might be my favorite mental health book it was honest, hopeful and heartwarming. It’s about a girl coping with PTSD from a traumatic experience when she was younger. Overall it’s a really sweet book.
All of these books do have varying degrees of romance but none off them are love cures all stories, and the romance does not take away from any off the plots but rather adds to them.
Thank you for reading let me know if you’ve read or plan to read any of these books, and if you have any recommendations for me please let me know.
Today is September 1st which means, as every Harry Potter fan knows, it’s time to go back to Hogwarts. To celebrate this important and magical day I’m going talk about why I’m proud to be a Hufflepuff.
Hufflepuff doesn’t have a particular aptitude like the other houses to some this means were lame but really it means Hufflepuff is the most inclusive house. Helga Hufflepuff didn’t care about whether or not your a pure blood or a muggle born. According to the sorting hat when the founders were discussing who to accept Helga said “I’ll teach the lot,
And treat them just the same.” Helga Hufflepuff sounds like a great lady she’s probably the best person out of all the founders.
Some don’t like that Hufflepuff takes all the rest and see it as Hufflepuff taking the rejects Hufflepuff does take the oddballs and I think that’s grand. I love being a Hufflepuff because it takes all the rest Hufflepuff house is for the people who don’t fit in, for ordinary people who are kind and hardworking. Hufflepuffs are friendly and dedicated. We might not be the smartest the bravest, or the most astute but we are extremely nice and that does count for something. It counts for a lot actually.
I want to see more Hufflepuff hero’s I want more Newt Scamander’s more characters whose biggest strength is their compassion and thoughtfulness. Characters like Newt who are quirky, kind and sensitive are usually the side kicks I was glad to see one in the spotlight, it’s time Hufflepuffs become the heroes of more books and movies. I especially want male characters who are considerate and humble I’m so tired of angsty YA love interests I want more kind and soft boys in YA.
I’ll leave you with this quote and a reminder that J.K Rowling once said Hufflepuff was her favorite house and that we should all want to be Hufflepuff’s. And I agree we should and who wouldn’t want to be in a house that accepts everyone and treats them all fairly, plus we have a badger as a mascot, badgers are great. #badgerpride
“You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil.”
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Why did it take me so long to get around to reading it? I could have had these characters in my life a whole two years sooner. Even though I had heard good things about this book I never had that much interest in reading it but I was in the mood for some high fantasy and this book was the first one to come to mind when deciding my next read. I was so glad to see that the library had Truthwitch and Windwitch and I was so happy when I started reading and found everything that I had been wanting, and more. This book has a lot going for it at first I was slightly overwhelmed by all the characters and information but I quickly caught on. The world is spectacular there are a ton of different witchery’s and each one is awesome, the scale of the world is way bigger then what I usually come across in YA fantasy.
This book started out with a bang and the adventure never stopped, there was a lot going on yet it was all interesting and wonderfully woven together. Everything was well plotted and well executed. Truthwitch is a fantastic novel it has everything you could passably want in a fantasy book: magic, epic battles, grand adventures, political intrigue and fierce characters. I love the characters I was attached to them within the first twenty pages. There’s plenty to love about this book my favorite thing is a tie between the world and the friendship. The relationship between Safi and Iseults is so pure it is definitely the most strongly and realistically crafted friendship I’ve ever come across in a book. All of the relationships are excellently done and have a lot of depth to them.