Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Informative, Paranormal, WWW Wednesday, Young Adult

WWW #5

Once again, it’s been a WHILE since I’ve done this. I’m going to just cover what’s been happening in October for me, so here goes nothing!

For those of you who haven’t seen these meme before, it started over at Taking on a World of Words and consists of a few simple questions:

The 3 W’s:

What are you currently reading?

-What did you recently finish reading?

-What are you planning on reading next?



What are you currently reading?

Now. 3 books really isn’t that bad for me. I’ve been “currently reading” a couple books as buddy reads with my boyfriend for the past year, but those are still major works in progress, so this is what *I* am currently reading. I’ve been on a fantasy kick.


What’ve you finished recently?

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


What’re you planning to read next?



What are you reading? Any of your favorites on here?

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday #16: Extraordinary Book Titles (from my TBR)

Well, it’s been a minute since I’ve actually taken the time to sit down and pull this up- especially on a Tuesday. But the last couple months have been especially rough. So, here I am making an effort and I’m hoping it’s just the beginning of some more consistent posting around here. *fingers crossed*

This meme, for those of you who aren’t aware, was created over at The Broke and the Bookish and they’ve since passed the torch over to That Artsy Reader Girl and she comes up with a topic each week. If you guys would like to join, do it! It doesn’t even have to be 10, you can make it whatever number suits your needs or desires!

**All links below for book titles will lead you to the respective Goodreads page!



 

Here’s my list, in no particular order:

1. The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

2. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

3. Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

4. Again but Better by Christine Riccio

5. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

6. The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

7. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

8. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

9. The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab

10. Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine



What’re some of your favorite book titles? comment below and let me know!

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Fantasy, Young Adult

Josh, Hazel, and the Chamber of Secrets

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Going to do both a full review for Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and a mini-review for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ! (I’ve still got to come back and write another review for White Hot Kiss and Sanctuary/ Containment , so I’ll be back at least a couple more times this week!


Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Read: 10/4/19

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Guys, I don’t read as much contemporary as I would like, but when I come across one that calls out to me, I always give it a go. This was one I just had a really good feeling about, and thanks to the positive things my BBF Ashley had to say about it, I grabbed it from the library as soon as I could. I’m so glad I did. This played out in my head like a movie and I legitimately can picture everything in my head as if I actually watched it. It’s insane, but that’s how realistic this book was.

I started and finished this book in the same day (not quite one sitting because I had to stop to make dinner and stuff) because I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know how things ended. I had to know what happened with the characters.

Hazel was the absolute best MC ever. She’s a 3rd grade teacher with a flair for all things quirky. Think Ms. Frizzle meets Luna Lovegood and you’ve got Hazel. She was so true to herself after having watched her mother do the same as an equally quirky woman and I admired that greatly. Watching her as she interacted with others and just the way she held herself overall, I absolutely adored her. Not only was she strong and independent, she was a warm, caring, thoughtful person who also had her faults and wasn’t afraid to address them.

And then we have Josh. I loved Josh so much and watching his character develop was amazing. He really came out of his shell when he started hanging out with Hazel and I loved how he came back into her life. I loved watching their dynamic change as Hazel wormed her way into his life. Her friend Emily said that Hazel has a habit of latching onto people until they love her and watching that in action with Josh was awesome.

Both Josh and Hazel had great relationships with their parents and getting to witness that was really cool because that doesn’t happen in too many books. Her mother was a nurturing, caring, and quite quirky woman, and she took such good care of Hazel through everything and was so good at listening to her daughter and respecting her daughter’s opinion when she shared it. And Josh’s parents were traditional Korean parents and getting to see some of their culture and traditions was awesome as well.

I enjoyed this book from start to finish and I’m so glad that I read it. If you guys are looking for a great, funny rom-comy book, but one that does things just a little differently, check this book out. Give it a shot, because it’s a fantastic read.



Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Read: 10/2/19-10/7/19

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ughhh. I do love this book and the whole concept of the Chamber of Secrets legend was super interesting as well- I mean, a secret chamber hidden in the school for more than 1000 years? How cool would it be to find that? As always with the first couple books especially, I think Harry, and the series itself, is still a little juvenile and more whimsical than intense. But, that sense of nostalgia hits so hard with them. My sister read the first 3 books to me before the 4th was released, we went to the midnight book release starting with the 4th and that’s when I got my own copy and read the rest on my own.

With this book, I honestly feel so bad for Ginny. Poor girl writes in a diary like any 11 year old girl would and all hell breaks loose. I loved getting to meet Dobby and really start learning even more about wizard culture.

Definitely not my favorite of the books, but I love it all the same.



-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Finally the Finale

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Finale by Stephanie Garber

Read: 8/24/19-9/2/19

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Boy, what a ride. I still remember reading Caraval for the first time and just absolutely falling in love with the world and the characters and now here we are at the end. Stephanie Garber, I love you and this series and your creation so much, this will forever be a favorite series for me.

We’re swept away into more magical places and locations and we get to see more of our characters true nature than ever before and this book was just so satisfying as an ending to this amazing trilogy.

I love both Tella and Scarlett. Everyone always asks which sister I like better, but I don’t know if I could actually answer that question because they’re both amazing in their own ways. I loved that no matter who was narrating, I could tell immediately without even reading the name at the beginning of the chapter because each sister has such a unique voice and feel and I think that speaks volumes on Garber’s ability to write.

Both sisters have gone through so much since the beginning of Caraval and I loved watching their growth throughout the books. Neither of them strayed from who they truly are, but they both came into their own and really grew up over the course of these books and I just adored that growth.

I want to say so much about what happens throughout this book, but maybe I’ll come back to that another time because I would hate to ruin the magic that was this book for anyone.

I loved that this book was so focused on the Fates and their backstory. The concept behind them was so intriguing to me, I’ve always been a sucker for anything that involves fates, gods, mythology, any of that. So that aspect of these books just made me love them that much more.

The ending of this book was perfect, I absolutely love how things were wrapped up and I cannot wait to get my hands on any other series or books Garber writes in the future.


-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Young Adult

Apocalyptic Dandelions

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Project Dandelion by Heather Carson

Read: 8/8/19

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

First of all, a HUGE thanks to the lovely author, Heather Carson, for sending me a copy of this book! I probably would’ve picked this out based on the cover alone if I’d seen it at a bookstore, I’m honestly in love with it. But, onwards with the review!

Trigger warning for this book: rape. (This scene is addressed in the review, so please be aware!)

Okay, so the storyline behind this book was beyond intriguing. I’m all for post-apocalyptic stories and stories that lean on that Lord of the Flies behavior when it comes to groups of kids trying to hack it on their own. BUT, I feel like there was so much to the world that we didn’t get to learn about. I know that it’s only book one, but I feel like if this had been expanded and was a 300+ page novel, it would probably be one of my favorites. It just felt like it needed that bit of fleshing out to really drive some things home.

There was a lot to this book that I did enjoy very much.  I loved the setting, the simple design for their underground bunker and how it functioned for the kids, but again, I feel like there could’ve been some expanding on that as well. This had to have been some long-planned contingency plan, so why were all the kids so out of the loop with any kind of information? I liked that there was legitimate conflict and that things played out in a way that was actually feasible, that’s always one of my biggest pet-peeves when it comes to apocalypse stories, things just play out way too conveniently and that wasn’t the case here.

I honestly liked Katrina as a many character a lot. She stood up for herself and her beliefs and didn’t back down in the face of a bully. The whole group mentality leaning towards those who could make them feel the most secure in the moment really did play out as I would imagine it would, so I definitely appreciated that as well. The side characters were great, but once again, I wanted more from them. Mia and James were probably my favorites after Katrina, but there were several characters I despised and a lot that we really didn’t learn anything about.

The couple things that bugged me: some typos/ misplaced words, which I could get past and I understand, especially with indie books. There was a scene where someone is allegedly accused of attempting to rape a girl. She insists they don’t do anything to the guy, and the guy complains that she was lying, that he went to comfort her, she came onto him, then proceeded to freak out. Either way, it wasn’t really addressed, nothing seemed to come from it, and aside from it causing a fight between two characters, I feel like that could have occurred under different circumstances and that particular part wasn’t needed.

The entirety of this story takes place in only two weeks, and I do feel like some of it was moved a little too quickly, but that just goes back to the fact that I wanted it to be longer. I wanted so much from this book and I feel like I barely got to scrape the surface. I’m fascinated though, and will most definitely be picking up the sequel when it’s released!


What’ve you been reading lately?

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

(Wild)er… Girls.

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Read: 7/31/19- 8/7/19

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

We don’t get to control what hurts us.

Ughhh. I’m honestly conflicted with this book. On the one hand, I did really enjoy the story, on the other, I feel like I walked away with more questions than were answered and that always kinda leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Again, it wasn’t bad, but I also wanted more.

Here’s the one thing that super duper put me off and probably one of the reasons I can’t give it even that 4th star: I didn’t like any of the characters. Any of them. I didn’t find myself rooting for anyone or getting upset when something happened to someone. It was actually surreal as things would happen to characters and I found myself just sort of lackadaisical about each incident.

I found myself uninterested in even finishing the book on more than one occasion, but I pushed through and finished the book and I’m kinda pissed about that. The ending wasn’t really an ending, there are SO MANY things left with loose ends or gaping holes and there isn’t even a confirmed second book that I can see, so I’m left feeling even more underwhelmed.

I did really enjoy the Tox and was happy with how things played out on that front, for the most part. I liked getting to see how it changed each girl, how it affected the animals and plant life on the island. I don’t want to give anything away on the info we receive surrounding the Tox, but I was pleased with that part of the book at least.

The other thing I had a problem with was the fact that, in all honesty, not a whole lot actually happened. There were a lot of flashbacks and chapters that really didn’t progress the story or make a whole lot of difference. It was an interesting read, and if a second one comes out, I’ll read it to get my answers.


Who’s read this themselves? What did you guys think?

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Deviation

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DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff

Read: 6/25/19 – 7/9/19

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Sometimes you don’t know you’ve crossed the line till you’re on the other side.”

Oh boy. It’s hard to believe how quickly everything has progressed for these poor characters. This book really pushed the storyline forward and presented us with even more twists and turns for these poor characters. Right off the bat, we meet some new characters and the way Kristoff manages to weave them into the story so naturally is brilliant.

Lemon. Poor fucking Lemon. She’s gone through hell and back already and yet here she’s tossed around yet again and in for a whole new ride. From beginning to end, Lemon’s chapters were my favorite because I just absolutely adore her and I was always so invested in what was going on with her. She’s such a strong little badass and I just absolutely love her so much.

Zeke. I can’t imagine what’s going on in his poor head. I mean, when it really comes down to it, he’s only had a couple years to learn how to control his emotions. Even if he did it quicker than humans, that’s still leaving him with the emotional control and understanding of a child. And with all the shit he’s gone through, it’s a wonder he’s not bat-shit crazy.

CRICKET. My poor little baby. Not going to lie, Cricket’s POV always made me so sad, it’s honestly hard to have to watch him obey orders and stuff when he really doesn’t want to. But boy does he have some development in this one. So proud of him.

I want to just write about everything that happened and everything I loved and hated, but that would mean loads of spoilers and I’m not about that. All I can say is, no matter how hard I tried to anticipate the next twist, I was never able to guess what was coming next. Kristoff has got a knack of keeping you on your toes until the last page, and always making you want more afterwards. Thank you, Kristoff, for what I’m sure is going to be a horrible book hangover.


 

-Laurenxx