Renegades by Marissa Meyer

“Secret identities. Extraordinary powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.”

I had heard a lot about this book on Goodreads and Booktube. So I decided to finally pick it up, I love anything written about superheroes and supervillains. It is one of my all time favorite tropes. So this book sounded just up my alley.

In this book we follow Nightmare ( Nova Artino) and her trying to get vengeance for her Uncles death. We also follow Sketch (Adrain Everhart) and his journey trying to get Justice for his mothers death. Nova is an Anarchist while Adrian is a Renegade. Nova decides to infiltrate the Renegades headquarters by becoming a Renegade hoping to gain insight on how to hit the Renegades and bring them down. She slowly starts to become very morally grey rather than down right evil. She starts to notice that perhaps the Renegades aren’t as bad as people once thought they were, or perhaps it is a select few that abuse their abilities and places in power.

The characters in this novel were very well developed and unique. I loved the use of the abilities and how they were each so different but yet useful in their own ways. I also enjoyed the dynamic between Adrian and Nova and I am really rooting for a bit of a back burner romance rather than just some stolen looks. The Renegades are the “Heroes” in this novel, although sometimes even a hero makes mistakes and crosses the thin line into villainy. The Anarchists are exactly as their name represents although sometimes what seem deem as “evil” really does come from a good thought. This novel delves into the difference between good and evil and the reasons for such. I loved how it delved into the topic rather than the standard “These characters are good and these characters are bad.” It definitely left me with a lot to think about and consider.

The plot in this book was a bit messy in the beginning as we didn’t know who anyone originally was or why they were on the sides they were. As the story progressed we got a very deep insight into the characters and their reasoning’s. This made me fall in love with the characters and the plot. I wanted so much more in this novel…yes I know there is book two and I plan to read it in June. The main story line was so intricate and well written that I really want it to be a TV series or movie. I could see it doing very well. The plot twist at the end had me speechless, it definitely wasn’t where I thought this story was going to go. With that said, it did set up for book two and I cannot wait to delve into that one.

This book had so much going on and never any dry spots. There was constantly action or conflict which kept me entertained and enthralled throughout the whole process. I think Marissa Meyer has grown substantially as an author, and I plan to continue reading this series all the way through. I believe it is only a trilogy but time will tell. This is a novel I think whether old or young people will enjoy it. They will fall in love with the world and the characters.

I gave this book a 5/5 star and definitely have it set up in my top 10 of 2019 so far.

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber

“A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.”

This is book two in a trilogy. I read Caraval in 2017 and loved it, with all that said my tastes in books has changed. I did still enjoy Legendary but it was no longer a 5 star book for me.

In Legendary we follow Tella and her journey to hopefully find her mother. During this Caraval game she realizes things aren’t as fake or as real as she originally thought. Then Dante starts to show a romantic interest in her, even thought she believes she was fated to not ever experience love. This novel brings the Fates forward as they may or may not want to take over all power and rule the world.

I loved hearing from Tella rather than Scarlett, my only gripe with Tella was that this girl pissed me off so much. She was very rude to people and was irresponsible. She never considered how anyone would feel based on her choices, she just did what she thought she wanted. When the result would show she would get concerned about how others might feel to learn the truth. She seemed like a very selfish character and that drove me mad, when Scarlett in the first book was worried mainly for Tella not herself. I know each character is going to be different it was just frustrating.

I loved Dante in this novel, especially at the end *wink**wink*. He came off a bit strong and didn’t really know how to express his thoughts or wishes properly, but he saved Tellas life numerous times. He also tried to prevent her from making a terrible life altering mistake. When he saved Tella he was very sweet and vulnerable. He cared or cares for Tella and I really wanted the romance. Sadly we only got a taste of the romance before the end of the book came, I was very upset about this. I just want Tella and Dante to be happy and forget everything and everyone else.

The plot in here was very intricate and confusing in some parts. I did enjoy the part about the fates and how they were trapped in tarot cards. I also loved hearing about Tellas mother and her past. I however did not like the parts with Jacks, his character was just an asshole. Even in the ending when he may or may not have slightly redeemed himself I found him to be nonredeemable.

I gave this book a 4/5 star. I did enjoy it just not as much as I remember enjoying Caraval, I do plan to read Finale later this year.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Sarah J Maas is queen of Young Adult Fantasy in my books!

I knew this book would be amazing, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as action packed as it turned out to be. The Throne of Glass series has been much better than I expected. My goal is reading one per month and finishing the series. So now comes warning time. THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS, OBVIOUSLY AS IT IS BOOK FOUR IN THE SERIES. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED THEN DO NOT CONTINUE READING!!

So we once again follow Celeana Sardothien A.K.A Aelin. This book we follow her in her journey to save her cousin and spy on the King of Adarlan. We also follow Manon and her journey in finding out who she truly is and what she is willing or not willing to put up with. We may or may not have gotten an answer to the possible romance between Aelin and Rowan. We also may or may not have had a huge battle scene that had me on the edge of my seat.

The characters just get more and more developed and I fall more and more in love with them. I can’t believe this series has an ending already…I’m not ready for it. I want so much more time with these characters. Rowan and Aelin are my two favorite characters with Dorain coming in a close third. Alot of people have expressed hate for Chaol, while I don’t hate him I also don’t really like him. I understand why he acts the way he does in this book, he feels guilty about Dorian and feels like Aelin may have lied about more than he initially thought.

The world in here is beautiful and huge. We didn’t touch on very many places in this novel, but you can still tell how vast it is by the way the characters talk. This makes for very interesting story line when it doesn’t all take place in the same place. It’s also nice to see some beautiful places as well as some dark places. This made the contrast even more eye opening.

The war scene in this book was amazing, I couldn’t sit still and was on the edge of my seat the entire time. There is so much that happens with Aelin and Dorian. As well as with Rowan and Aedion. Lorcan coming to the rescue blew me for a loop as well, I was surprised they all made it out alive. When the thought of Chaol being dead hit, I was a bit heartbroken which is when I realized I didn’t fully hate him. I also realized I am starting to slowly like Manon as a character. Up until now I have dreaded her parts in the stories, but this book opened my eyes to the fact she isn’t a complete monster.

I give this book a 4/5 star and cannot wait to continue with this series!

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Another amazing Sanderson book? Or was it lackluster?

Happy Spring everyone, I can’t believe it is May already. This year is just flying by and it makes me a bit sad. I haven’t had a chance to just stop and enjoy 2019 yet. Hopefully during summer vacay with the kids I will be able to just relax and enjoy it. How has you’re 2019 been so far?

I decided to stop putting off Skyward and finally pick it up. This year I vowed to read more Sanderson and Skyward marks the fourth book by him I have devoured. I love his world building and his characters, I get so involved and enthralled that they are books I have a hard time putting down. With that said I knew Skyward was going to be no exception.

I found this book to be very different in some ways than most Sanderson, although different in a good way. This is a sci-fi dystopian young adult novel, set entirely in space. We follow Spensa and her journey in trying to become a pilot, the pilots are military that help fight mysterious aliens. Sadly it is believed that Spensas dad was a coward and tried to flee during a fight with the aliens. With her dad branded a coward everyone believes Spensa is one to, so she has to fight harder than anyone else. When she discovers a very ancient space ship she decides to try to rejuvenate it. She realizes later on that the ship is somewhat alive? Was her dad truly a coward? Are the aliens dangerous or just misunderstood?

This book made me feel so many things I don’t even know where to start. First off Spensa as a character has my whole heart. This girl is fierce and confident and I loved that about her. She doesn’t let anyone tell her she can’t do something, she goes out of her way to prove everyone wrong. She fights for what she wants and that is what I think girls need more of. Seeing other girls fictional or not fighting and not giving up. Also I think that the way Sanderson wrote her as a character was brilliant. I have heard a lot of people say that he sucks at writing female characters, with this novel I would definitely disagree. The other plus part to Spensa is that even though she is a female main character there is absolutely no romance. There are thoughts of other characters but nothing becomes of those thoughts.

Sanderson has accomplished another amazing book with brilliant world building. This book was so in depth with the world that it felt realistic, like it could be possible. This does happen on a random planet that isn’t earth and he describes it in perfect detail. There are so many layers to the world, that I was just as into the world portion as the action parts. The planet sounds like something he could’ve visited to do research for. Now I know that this is not possible, but it is written as if it could be.

This book didn’t have a single dry spot in my opinion. I couldn’t put the book down, there was so much happening. Whether it was in the air or during school, etc…. Brandon Sanderson had me hooked first chapter in. I wanted…no…needed to know what was going to happen and why. All my answers got answered in this book, but there was something missing and I am so happy that book two will be out later this year. I cannot wait to get my hands on it. If you are a fan of Star Wars you may thoroughly enjoy this book, it remind me of all the x-wing pilots, and basically them learning how to fly.

So basically my final reviewer opinion is that Brandon Sanderson is a GOD and you need to read this book ASAP. I will recommend this to anyone and everyone.

The Near Witch by V.E.Schwab

This was a most anticipated 2019 read of mine, I was not let down in the slightest.

I had heard many mixed things about this book, the main gripe I heard was that it wasn’t as good as her other series. My first thought was “Oh No, Will I like it then?” I sat down and thought about it, to realize of course it’s not! It was her debut novel, and I might add in my opinion it was a hell of a debut.

This book follows a little tiny place called Near, and the witch that used to reside there. This little place is a population of everyone knows everyone, so when a stranger rolls through people are curious. The day after the stranger is seen suddenly children are going missing in the dead of night with no trace.

I wasn’t sure initially how to feel about this book, but within 20 pages I was hooked. The characters in here are not her best characters but for being a debut novel the characters were beautifully written. I fell in love with all of them, and honestly wouldn’t mind a second novel. There is a romance in this novel, but it is such a small portion and doesn’t overtake the story. I enjoyed the romance and until it happened I had no idea I was even rooting for them.

The plot was intriguing and with it came history about the people and town. This makes books in my opinion much more enjoyable, then it isn’t just about the main characters it seems more realistic with history. The way V.E.Schwab writes this novel made it very mysterious and in a good way. There is a little of everything for everyone in my opinion.

This novel in my opinion just further proves she deserves her spot on my favorite authors list. After realizing this was a debut and I still absolutely loved it, I will read everything and anything from her. She has a way with words, and her characters that just makes me lost in the books.

I gave this book a 4.5/5 stars!

Next by Michael Crichton

This was my first book by Michael Critchton and I can say with confidence that if all his books have this type of writing style, he will quickly rise up in my favorite authors list.

This review may contain spoilers as this is a backlisted book, so be sure to proceed with caution while reading. I will try to limit them as best I can.

This book is so scientific that in just the prologue I was initially confused. He just threw us right into a situation and I had no idea what or why it was happening. With that said because of the way the book began I was hooked! I couldn’t put this book down for very long without wanting to pick it back up. There are so many things touched on in this book that even today seem to be happening in our world. This read like a dystopian, definitely not a far off in the future dystopian though.

This novel mainly deals with Genetics and DNA, and what can and cannot be considered genetic. The idea behind this is that they are finding genes to describe just basic human behaviour. This definitely shows that the world is not just black and white, there is still a lot of grey out there that needs to be placed in a smaller category. Especially when it comes to our genetics and what is and is not allowed.

This novel has a weird time zone issue. I am not sure if this book takes place in the future or the past. That made my reading experience even more enjoyable surprisingly. I didn’t want to know, it seemed like it might wreck how I felt about the story had a specific year been mentioned it would have seemed to far gone or too far fetched. I like that it just lets you place wherever you would like the story to take place.

You follow many perspectives in this book and each one is linked to the other but they have their own subplots. So in the initial portion of the book it was harder to follow than I was expecting. The more and more I got into the novel the easier it was to follow, and soon I was understanding everything including the Science talk (which forewarning there is a lot of that, so have a dictionary ready). We learn so much in this novel that I feel I need to make a list of what is fact and what is fiction in this novel, everything sounds so realistic and truthful.

I don’t really have any criticisms with this book, I found all aspects of it to be enjoyable. I would have liked it slowed down I guess so I could get my bearings sooner, however, I think if that were the case I wouldn’t have become so quickly entranced by this book. It would definitely cut down on the can’t put down feeling. I want to read more Michael Crichton and thankfully my fiancee is a pretty big fan so we have been slowly collecting his works.

April Reading Wrap Up

This month was a good reading month for me, especially since I had decided to participate in the O.W.L.s Readathon hosted by Bookroast on Youtube.

This readathon was based on Harry Potter. Basically there are 12 courses and 12 prompts. You choose a career and complete the prompts it ask for. With that I decided to choose the Librarian career. I did complete that as well as the remaining prompts. I completed all 12 this month and I am so proud of myself for it.

Thank you to Edelweiss, Netgalley, and Harpercollins Canada for providing me with advanced reader copies in exchange for honest reviews. I know that I am lucky to be granted the opportunity to read and review advanced copies and I do not for one minute take that for granted.

The books I read this month will also include the prompt it filled for the readathon as well as the format I read them in. I will also include the link to the goodreads page for synopsis and reviews.

  1. The Killer Across the Table – John Edward Douglas & Mark Olshaker (E-Arc) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42872122-the-killer-across-the-table?ac=1&from_search=true )
  2. Romanov -Nadine Brandes (Physical Arc) (Defense Against The Dark Arts – A Title Starting with “R”.) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40590407-romanov?from_search=true )
  3. Josh & Hazels Guide to Not Dating – Christina Lauren (E-Book) (Arithmacy – A Novel Written By Two Or More Authors) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40189670-josh-and-hazel-s-guide-to-not-dating?ac=1&from_search=true )
  4. Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson (Physical) (History Of Magic – A Book 10 Years or Older) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1268479.Warbreaker?ac=1&from_search=true )
  5. The East End – Jason Allen (E-Arc) (Herbology – Plant On The Cover) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39298096-the-east-end?ac=1&from_search=true )
  6. Who Are You, My Little Star – Penelope Boyd (E-Book) ( Astronomy – Title With “Star” In the Title) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25261355-who-are-you-my-little-star?ac=1&from_search=true )
  7. Nocturna – Maya Motayne (Physical Arc) ( Transfiguration – A Red Cover) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35561260-nocturna?ac=1&from_search=true )
  8. Scarlet – Marissa Meyer (Physical) (Ancient Runes – A Retelling) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13206760-scarlet?ac=1&from_search=true )
  9. Beautiful Player – Christina Lauren (E-Book) (Charms – Adult Novel) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17831614-beautiful-player?from_search=true )
  10. Beautiful Beginnings – Christina Lauren (E-Book) (Muggle Studies – Contemporary) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17831619-beautiful-beginning?ac=1&from_search=true )
  11. Nexus – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings (E-Arc) (Potions – Sequel) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37971411-nexus?ac=1&from_search=true )
  12. Next – Michael Crichton (Physical) ( Care of Magical Creatures – Land Animal Cover) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7661.Next?from_search=true )
  13. Skyward – Brandon Sanderson (Physical) (Divination – Futuristic Book) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36642458-skyward?ac=1&from_search=true )
  14. The Near Witch – V.E.Schwab (Physical) ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6931344-the-near-witch?ac=1&from_search=true )

Overall April was a very good month reading wise and I can only hope the rest of this year is just as good.

After By Anna Todd (Book VS Movie)

I’ve done this before and I plan on trying to make it a regular part of my blog. Let me know below if you guys enjoy stuff like this! Also this will be a huge spoiler warning as we are going to be talking about the Books and the Movie so if you haven’t read the books or seen the movie this post may not be for you. Without further ado let’s get into this:

First off I just read all the After series in February and while I know it is problematic it is a guilty pleasure and I feel no shame in admitting that. I fell absolutely in love with the characters and the books, even though there were problems I just wanted them all to work out and let them be happy. With that said I was so excited to go see the movie, I finally seen it Easter weekend and am now ready to spill my thoughts.

One of the first things that isn’t quite a comparison but I was not expecting was the movie combines all the books into one. This normally wouldn’t bother me as much but the whole plot of the books was about abuse and relationships and working on loving yourself before others. The movie didn’t seem to touch on these subjects much and that bothered me. With all that said I do know that Anna Todd did the movie all by herself directing wise and I knew some things would have to change, this seemed like one that wasn’t necessary and would’ve been better being a two movie series.

The actors and actresses that were cast were phenomenal for the characters they were playing in my mind. I can not think of anyone better, they were not A-list celebrities, they were new comers for the most part looking for their big break. I loved this fact that they got this opportunity and they all had decent chemistry. This made the movie less cringe worthy because the actors and actresses were comfortable around one another.

Now let’s get down and dirty with spoilers. I am going to start by saying all these opinions are my own, I did thoroughly enjoy the movie and would definitely watch it again, however, these are the things I liked, didn’t like ect.

I hated the fact this movie was so compressed. I wanted more, there is so much that happens between Hardin and Tessa in the books and none of that stuff got brought up. They had one issues (Which wasn’t an issue in the books at all) and then they broke up. Hardin wrote an essay for a class and the teacher gave it to Tessa and they were magically back together. This bothered me, this whole book deals with abuse and none of that was touched on. There was a chance to do something great for teens who deal with relationship abuse and Anna Todd missed it by a long shot.

I wanted them to show how Hardins relationship with not only Tessa but his dad improved, all at his own doing. How he grew as a person, not the easy way he had to bust his ass to learn to love himself and others in his life. I wanted to see how Tessa and Hardin fought for each other, they fought hard to make it work. I wanted to see more about the issues that came up due to friends and family. How they didn’t always communicate the best. There was so much left out that I feel like the condensed version was just all the sweet stuff and none of the bad.

The main issue in the movie was Hardin said he could make Tessa fall in love with him and then turn it off like a snap of the fingers. In the book the first major issue they have is because of something much worse. Hardin tells everyone he can convince Tessa to give up her virginity to him. These are two very different issues and I don’t think the first problem should have been changed. I feel like this movie is sugar coated and shouldn’t be. This series was raw, uncut, and very mature in my opinion. The movie should’ve been the same.

Molly and Zed were big parts in the books as well but in the movie they only had maybe 5 appearances and maybe 8 lines of dialogue. I can get over Molly not having much as even in the books I hated her, but Zed was a major plot point when it came to Hardin and I was mad that she left it out.

All in all the movie was still entertaining to watch, this is a case of in my opinion, the books are WAY better than the movie. However I do give the movie a 3.75/5 and would watch it again.

Nexus by Lindsay Cummings & Sasha Alsberg

First and foremost thank you Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for providing me with an electronic advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book was one of my 2019 most anticipated reads. I cannot believe I was able to get my hands on an advanced copy. It is bittersweet as I believe that is it for this series, as well as I devoured this book and my reading experience with it is now abruptly over. However, I do have a lot of spoiler free thoughts. This book is set to release May 7, 2019 so be sure to check it out.

Let’s go back a bit to reading book one Zenith. When I originally read this book was before I discovered what I did and didn’t like in novels, as well as the genres I wasn’t too fond of. With all that said while I did enjoy Zenith I definitely would not give it the 5 star rating that I once did. Looking back now and after reading steadily for the past two years I would give it a 3.5-3.75. With that said Nexus was very easily a 5 star for me, and I don’t think that will change anytime soon.

In Zenith I could definitely tell who had wrote what parts. That alone doesn’t make it a bad book by any means especially when I believe it was Sashas’ first publish work. In Nexus I could not tell who wrote what part, it all blended seamlessly which I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved how there really was no jumps or staggering, it all flowed perfectly making the reading experience much better than I initially thought I would have. I really do hope they continue writing with one another in the future because I would definitely try another book of theirs.

The characters were very well developed in this novel, we got to know them all a bit more. This made me fall in love with all the characters…even the bad guys. I understood how they each felt, and wanted them all to get what they wanted. Everyone goes through things and you can’t determine who has had it worse. The bond that is built between Andi and her crew is perfectly described and portrayed. They are a family and live like such, they would do anything for each other no matter the cost. With Dex involved more in this book I was sceptical of a romance and how they would include it. It worried me that this would turn into a romance disguised as a sci-fi. I am glad to say this was not the case. The romance in here was very little and in my opinion, perfectly placed. It came at just the right time and didn’t take over the main story line. I love romances like this one.

The plot in this novel was extremely fast paced, it threw me off the begin with. With how fast it initially seemed to move I was concerned that we would have a plot twist and the book would technically be over with 2-300 pages of filler. This was not the case, this book had so many different plot twists and turns and very little filler. As soon as I would pick this book up at the end of the day I would have to fight myself to put it down. There was so much going on, and it flowed perfectly so it wasn’t hard to keep track of the plot lines. With all that said the ending threw me for a loop…

This isn’t a bad thing by any means, I enjoyed the ending it was action packed and very enthralling. I however, expected the book to end a certain way as that seemed to be the way it was leading and I was devastated. I wanted a different outcome, now when I say a different outcome I don’t mean the way it actually ended. I was hoping for something a bit different, so when this book ended the way it did it blew my mind. I was not expecting it to end in such a manner, although looking at the Epilogue it does make sense as to why it had to end the way it did. I will say Lindsay and Sasha are queens of dramatic endings.

All in all this book was amazing, I thoroughly enjoyed it more than Zenith and again I hope they write more books in the future. I think even if you didn’t really enjoy Zenith you should give Nexus a shot. I will not guarantee you like it but in my case I liked it a lot more than I initially thought.

May TBR

I decided this month was going to be a boyfriend chooses my TBR. With that I only allowed 5 books to begin and if I complete those 5 then we will add more. This doesn’t include any e-books I plan. I will first list the books he chose than I will make a list of e-books I plan to read this month.

Boyfriends picks:
1. Rebel Rising – Beth Revis
2. Legendary – Stephanie Garber
3.The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson
4. Queen of Shadows – Sarah J Maas
5. An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The e-books I plan to read:

  1. The remainder of the Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren
  2. Opposite of Always – Justin A.Reynolds
  3. Dating You/Hating You – Christina Lauren
  4. Roomies – Christina Lauren
  5. The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller