Good vs. Evil(?)

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer

5/5

“… If people wanted to stand up for themselves or protect their loved ones or do what they believe in their hearts is the right thing to do, then they would do it. If they wanted to be heroic, they would find a way to be heroic, even without any supernatural powers… it’s easy to say you want to be a hero, but the truth is most people are lazy and complacent…”

Where to even start with this one? Marissa Meyer yet again made me fall even more in love with her writing and her storytelling abilities. She’s an absolute GODDESS when it comes to coming up with these amazing ways to tell stories.

I’ve always been a sucker for superhero stories, getting to see all the awesome super powers out there and the origin stories of those characters. Then you add Meyer in the mix and her usual storytelling and we’ve got a likeable set of *gasp* villains. It’s so interesting to hear things from the “villain’s” side and seeing how they view the world and the “good guys”.

Nova’s story began with heartbreak and it was really cool to see where she was at all that time later, how the world developed around her, and how far she’s come. I loved Queen Bee and her hives, I loved Phobia and his ability to detect fears, Cyanide and his poisons/ his father-figure role, and everyone else on the Anarchists’ side. The more you hear about why they feel the way they do about the Renegades and the current way of life for prodigies, and everything else, it’s hard to disagree with where they’re at.

The Renegades side was really interesting to see because of how broad a range of characters we get to meet. Adrian (AKA Sketch, AAKA The Sentinel) was one of my favorite main characters, I loved his superpower and everything it entailed for him and I loved how truly good he was. He’s the perfect embodiment of the “good side”. I loved the idea of his parents being part of the Council and being a gay couple who adopted him after his mother died. MAX. I cannot get enough of his character and his abilities, and the doors that opened for the Renegades.

From beginning to end, this book steadily progressed and I just absolutely cannot wait to see where the story goes in the next one. I loved every moment between Adrian and Nova, and I loved getting to see the insides of the Renegade headquarters alongside Nova. It was so cool to be introduced to everything as she was and learn all the information as she did. This book did such a good job introducing you to the world, the characters, and everything else and I have absolutely NOTHING bad to say about this book. I’m so stoked already for the next book.


 

Currently Reading:

Pendragon: Raven Rise (page 1)

Roar (page 1)

-Laurenxx

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Pendragon- Book Eight: The Pilgrims of Rayne by D.J. MacHale

5/5

Goodness gracious, I don’t know what I was expecting when I started this book, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. What I got was much, much better than I ever could have hoped for.

From start to finish, this book was a complete and total mind-fuck and there was a new twist every other chapter it seemed. It’s starting to get crazy, everything is coming to fruition slowly and more and more questions are arising and I am so excited to read the last two books of this series.

As soon as Bobby decided to part ways at the beginning, I knew it was going to be a crazy ride on both sides and I was absolutely right. It’s like starting at the two sides of the Matterhorn ride and wondering which bobsled will reach the bottom first.

SO MUCH happened in this book, and it was hard to keep track of everything that happened from start to finish in this book. There was so much character development for Bobby, for Courtney, we finally got to know Dodger and I absolutely love him, and even for Mark. It’s been awesome to see how everyone is growing up and how everything is changing as the series goes.

Bobby made some tough choices in this book, especially towards the end, and I am quite excited to see how everything turns out over the course of the last two books. I am so stoked for this series.


 

Currently Reading:

Renegades by Marissa Meyer  (page 120)

 

-Lauren xx

 

All Kinds of Messed Up

Pendragon: The Quillan Games by D.J. MacHale

5/5 stars

I mean… wow. Once I started really reading, I flew through this book. I read 200+ pages in my last sitting alone and man, what a read. This book was so intense from start to finish, I can honestly say whenever I was reading I was on the edge of my seat.

So much happened in this book, but on the flip side, so much was introduced and shit was blown open left and right leaving me with way more questions than I could ever have answers for.

The last little bit of Bobby’s journal definitely gave me some hope for the future, but everything Saint Dane talked to him about only left more questions. Aghhh

This book reminded me a lot of a mix of The Hunger Games (which, in all honesty I think borrowed a lot from this book) but also a little with the competition from The Goblet of Fire in the whole last set of games. It’s always interesting to see parallels between different books, it’s always been something I enjoy.

But, because it was similar to those two books, it goes without saying that there were deaths, and it wasn’t a walk in the park. Not that any of Bobby’s adventures are, but this one went above and beyond anything he’d had to do before.

I knew there was something fishy about the games and where those two idiots came from, and I also called it with Green, but I won’t get into too much of that.

I’m so glad that Courtney is okay, but I’m livid with everything happening with Mark. I want answers and I cannot wait to pick up the next book to hopefully have some stuff explained.

Yet again, I have to thank my boyfriend for introducing me to this series and prompting me to read it.


Currently Reading:

Renegades by Marissa Meyer (page 23)

-Lauren xx

2018, Time to Get Tackled

Last year, Ashley and I (she’s no longer on here) decided to start a reading challenge that would allow us a way to read some of the books on our shelves. We both had a bad habit of buying a bunch of books but prioritizing certain ones vs. others and ending up with a whole bunch of books on our shelves that were, sadly, unread.

I absolutely loved it, because it allowed me a more structured way to let me choose some of the books I owned but hadn’t gotten around to reading. So, without further ado, here’s the reading challenge prompt for 2018! (this is meant to be a reading challenge, but if you’re on IG as well, feel free to tag your challenges as you complete them with #tackleyourlibrary2018 , I’d love to see your stuff! — UPDATED: picture for IG included at the bottom, feel free to repost it on there and tag me (@ bookschief_managed)


 

There are 15 prompts, I’m going to include  my choice for each one- all of them are books I own that I haven’t read yet. BUT if you just want to pick books you want to get from the library, books you want to buy or get in 2018, whatever it may be. Be creative, have fun!

1. Book recommended to you. Vendetta by Catherine Doyle. (recommended to me by Ash)

2. Pre ’17 debut. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

3. A book you can read in a day. Soul Eater, Vol. 2 by Atsushi Ohkubo

4. Book by a favorite author. Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

5. Book by someone of a different race/ ethnicity from you. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

6. Next Book in a series you’ve started. Golden Son by Pierce Brown

7. Book in a series you meant to read in 2017. The Gunslinger by Stephen King

8. Book with multiple authors. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

9. Book by an author local to you. Rose Society by Marie Lu (fellow Californian/ LA area resident)

10. Large book (400+ pages). Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

11. Past Goodread choice winners (or other award if you choose). The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan.

12. Book with an ugly cover. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

13. Book that starts with one of your initials. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

14. Cover buy. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

15. Non YA read. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman


If you guys are planning on participating, let me know, feel free to post your own so I can see it and I’ll go comment on and like yours!!

Here’s the picture for IG:

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-Lauren xx

Rain is a Good Thing

Pendragon: The Rivers of Zadaa (book six)

5/5

This one was amazing. I loved learning more about where Loor came from and actually seeing how the society there functioned. One of my favorite things about the series is seeing all the different worlds and the societies that exist in each one.

This one was interesting, seeing the difference between those that lived above ground and those that lived below, controlling the water. These societies were so interesting to read about.

Bobby grows so much in this book, from his humbling experience towards the beginning, to him training to be more physically capable. So happy to see him growing over each book, learning more as he goes, gathering information but also gathering more questions. But I love his resilience. Not everyone would continue trekking on after everything he’s been through.

The last probably 50 or so pages were the biggest mind-fuck ever. So much happened and so much was set up for the next book and I am so freaking excited to see what happens next. Gahhh

Thank you to my amazing boyfriend, yet again, for having me start this series.


Currently Reading:

Pendragon: The Quillan Games (page 23)

Renegades (page 12)

 

-Lauren xx

The Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag!

I was encouraged by the lovely lady over at Boston Book Reader to do this tag! Thanks for the encouragement, love! (:

CRUNCHING LEAVES: The world is full of color- Choose a book that has red/ orange/ yellows on the cover.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. Just look at that gorgeous cover!!

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COZY SWEATER: It’s finally cold enough to wear warm clothing- what gives you the warm fuzzies?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I just absolutely adore this trilogy and there’s no other way to describe them other than fluffy. I’ve read the trilogy at least ten times through and have yet to grow tired of them.

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FALL STORM: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding- Choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. There’s honestly nothing better to me on a stormy day than a cup of tea or coffee and any of the Harry Potter books. They’re just the most nostalgic books ever and are perfect for those rainy days.

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COOL CRISP AIR: What’s the coolest character you’d like to trade places with?

Karou from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, hands down.

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HOT APPLE CIDER: What underhyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

Arcana by Jessica Leake. I honestly wish that more people had heard of this book. I’m going to get the second one ASAP but I flew through the first. It’s so well-written and the characters and the world they have them set up in is perfect.

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COATS, SCARVES, AND MITTENS: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up- what’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

Infernal Devices/ Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Okay, so albeit it’s not a series I’m embarrassed by in any capacity. But it’s more because as much as I ADORE talking about the series and the world, I don’t like how often I’m interrupted while reading any of Clare’s books- especially when the majority of people ask about the show and that’s a subject I don’t like to touch with a ten-foot pole.

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PUMPKIN SPICE: What’s your favorite fall time comfort food(s)?

Sweet potatoes. (not my photo- came from: Potato picture )

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Well, that about sums it up! If anyone else wants to do it, go for it! There’s only a few days left in fall, that’s why I wanted to do it now! :p

-Lauren xx


 

Currently Reading:

Pendragon: The Rivers of Zadaa (page 63)

Halfway There

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5/5 Stars for this beauty yet again!

It’s officially hit a new level of “what the fuck” with this series. I think I probably yelled that at the book about ten times in the last 10 pages alone. Thank goodness I was home alone when I finished.

Aghhhhh. This book was so clever. I loved that the main species in this territory wasn’t human, it made it even more interesting and the world building once again was fantastic. But then- surprise- humans still exist in this territory, but not quite as expected. Shines a lot of light on the way we treat some of the beings on our planet, but I’m not here to talk about that. I’m here to talk about the book in all its glory.

MacHale is so good with character development and the characters truly being unique and *themselves* the whole time. I absolutely love all of these people and characters so much. And Saint Dane is one of the most incredibly evil, vindictive, and clever villains I’ve ever come across and my hate for him just increased exponentially.

Pendragon has got to be one of the most resourceful main characters ever and I love watching him learn as he goes. He’s got a good head on his shoulders and isn’t afraid to do what needs to be done. He’s one of the least static and most progressive characters ever without it being overkill. He’s still, after everything, under every layer, Bobby Pendragon and I admire that.

I’m really loving getting to see all the different travelers from all the territories and how they interact with each other. It doesn’t always run as smoothly as it could, but that’s realistic and I loved it.

I’m so upset that I have to wait a few hours to get my hands on the next book. I need it right now. Aghhhh.


Currently Reading:

Truthwitch – Page 15