Book Reviews, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

The Worst of Enemies

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

11/18/18-11/26/18

5/5

Well. That happened.

I think it’s safe to say (as of like 5 books ago) that Marissa Meyer is one of my absolute favorite authors. If all the books of hers that I’ve loved weren’t enough, going to her signing and seeing how amazing and down to earth she is just melted my heart. Marissa, I would gladly have you officiate my Lunar Chronicles themed wedding (for those of you who didn’t hear her “FAQ’s” that she answered on her tour, she not so jokingly said she would LOVE for someone to ask her this).

This book picks up not too long after everything that went down in the first book, it wasn’t IMMEDIATELY following, but it wasn’t years later either. Our Sentinel is now going out and about and capturing criminals left and right and our dear Nightmare still hates him. Meanwhile, Nightmare manages to royally piss Adrian off and he now has a vendetta against her. Bum bum bummmmm.

Guys. Guys. Now they’re archenemies. *gasp*

That aside, this book was really cool for a lot of reasons. We got to see more behind the scenes stuff for how the Renegades operate. The weapons and artifacts department was so freaking cool. I loved the introduction of both Callum and Snapshot.

The pace was so well set, once I got reading, I honestly couldn’t stop. One little thing after another kept happening, all building up to just sheer chaos and it was honestly beautifully done.

It was also extremely cool to see some of Ace’s powers in action and sort of understand exactly what the Renegades were up against when he was at the height of his power with the helmet.

Overall, I adore this book. Nova manages to irk me left and right though with her blind devotion to Ace’s cause. She even had a few moments of doubt that made me want to scream at her because she so obviously fits in better with the Renegades. But I think that’s a big part of the point Meyer is trying to make… none of us are completely good or bad. None of us are strictly villains or heroes. Look at Frostbite’s team. Look at the Sentinel. Look at Nova. Most of us lie somewhere in the middle and that’s why neither side should be in power 100%. There needs to be some rules and regulations, to an extent. But this book really managed to make that gray area a lot bigger, especially with the introduction of Agent N. GAH.

That last 50 pages was so beyond intense, I’m still processing everything that happened. All I know is that Frostbite has got to be one of the absolute worst characters (in the sense that they’re just plain horrible as a person) I have ever witnessed.

I absolutely cannot wait for the next book to come out.


-Laurenxx

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book signing, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Hollywood Visits

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On Sunday, I had the chance to go to a book signing for Marissa Meyer. Now, I bought the tickets for it back in July (you didn’t need to buy tickets, it just included a copy of Archenemies, so I bought two) and have been dying for this night ever since. It didn’t disappoint.

First of all, if you don’t know who Marissa Meyer is for whatever reason, she’s written The Lunar Chronicles, Heartless, and Renegades. This particular book tour was for the second book in the Renegades trilogy, Archenemies.

Marissa has got to be one of the most down to earth authors I’ve ever had the chance to go see. She started it off with a series of FAQ’s that she tends to get when she’s on tour to allow for the audience to ask some different questions afterwards. I loved that idea, because we still got the answer to things like, “Who’s your favorite couple from the books you’ve written?” (she said it’s like a mom choosing a favorite child, it’s impossible to choose) and she was so quirky and real when answering the questions.

I was also quite fortunate because I’ve got a popular blogger friend named Sara, over at What a Nerd Girl Says who got front row seats because she’s worked with the publisher previously. So, she got a plus one and invited me to sit up front with her while our boyfriends (who have been friends since high school) wandered the amazingness that is The Last Bookstore. If you guys haven’t had the chance to visit, I highly recommend doing so if you’re ever in LA, or just looking up pictures of the place because it’s without a doubt the largest and most incredible bookstore I’ve ever been to. Marissa even deemed it “the most hipster bookstore ever.”

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I always love going to book signings, just being around everyone who’s into the same books and authors you are and feeling surrounded by people who understand is such an amazing thing. If you guys get the chance to go see any of your favorite authors, I highly recommend doing so!

They did a poll with people placing their votes with post-it notes for their favorite Marissa Meyer couple and Cinder and Kai from the Lunar Chronicles won! If you guys have read her books, who’s your favorite couple? Mine is definitely Cress and Thorne, but that’s because they’re my favorite characters.

She was on my bucket list of authors I’d like to see, but I will always go to hers from here out if I get the chance. I’d love to go to a Marie Lu, Jay Kristoff, or Sarah J Maas signing if I ever get the opportunity.

Who’s an author you’d like to meet if you get the chance?

-Laurenxx

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

Top Ten Tuesday (#5): Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

For those of you who haven’t heard about this one yet, check out where it originally came from at: The Broke and Bookish and then where it moved to at That Artsy Reader Girl if you’d like to participate in the future!

Okay, I actually kind of LOVE this topic. There are so many books that I personally use in order to get myself out of reading slumps, but I’m excited to see what books other people use in order to do the same thing!

So, let’s get this show on the road!



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1-3. Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Anna Perkins

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve read each of these in order to get myself out of a reading slump. I just adore the characters and I love the progression of each story and relationship.


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4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Ughh I love these ones so much. The humor in all of these never fails to get me out of a slump, especially with them being fairy tale retellings and having that lovely aspect of also being sci-fi related.


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5+6. Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Once again, I love visiting the characters in these books so damn much! The humor and the story lines just make me so happy every time I read them.


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7. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Because, I mean, how fucking amazing are thee books? I could read them any time I’m in a slump and just re-immerse myself in the world and the magic.


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8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I’ve read this book probably ten times at least and I just adore it each and every time. I love Charlie and I love his way of speaking to the reader.


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9. The Firebird Chronicles by Claudia Gray

Because these books are just so. freaking. good. I love the characters and the concept and I love visiting all the worlds within these books.


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10. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Because OH MY GOSH. These books are so damn good and I just absolutely CANNOT wait for the next book to come out. But the first was so good and I read it the first time in the middle of a HARD slump and it worked perfectly.


Any books you use to get out of slumps on this list? 🙂

-Laurenxx

Fantasy, Informative, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday! (#4): Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Hey, it’s Tuesday again! So that means another Top Ten Tuesday!

If you guys haven’t seen this meme around yet, you can go take a look and see where it started at: The Broke and the Bookish and then where they sent it for safekeeping at: That Artsy Reader Girl

This week’s topic is Popular Books That Lived Up to the Hype. So, I’ll be posting a mix of books that I read because of the hype, and those that I read and was a part of the hype.



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1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I adore this book. I devoured it and just absolutely loved the way that he told the story. This was a book that was well-deserving of the hype and I am so glad they made a movie for it when they did.


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2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

This series was one that I was DEFINITELY a part of the hype for. I lived and breathed everything Harry Potter from the time I was 8 and on, so we’re going on 18 years here. This series is what sparked my love for reading, and I know it was the same for a lot of people in my generation and that’s why I have to say this series is one that lives up to the hype no matter how you spin it.


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3. Literally anything by Rick Riordan

I know most of the hype surrounding Uncle Rick has to do with Percy Jackson, but I really do think that all of his books are worth the hype. He’s got a way with writing all the gods and demigods and really researching the mythologies.


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4. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Another series I was a part of the hype for. I’d already been reading The Mortal Instruments by the time this came out, so I jumped in at the beginning. The time period these took place in made it such a cool setting for the Shadowhunters and the steampunk aspects. And the villain in this series was fantastic.


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5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This one I’d heard about for ages but didn’t start reading until about a month before the final book was out. Actually very happy for that, I would have died if I had to wait the full amount of time between books.


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6. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I know this one was hyped just because it was Marissa Meyer, but to me it not only met, but exceeded my expectations. I adored this book SO MUCH. I cannot wait for the second one, I’ve already got tickets to her signing!


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7. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvated

Loved these book so freaking much. Blue and the boys were just the best group of characters ever!


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8. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Another one that I picked up from the beginning and absolutely adored from page one. And Legendary managed to keep the hype up and definitely surpassed expectations.


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9. Arc of a Scythe series by Neil Shusterman

I mean, another book series to constantly rip you heart out. But, man! Did this book and its sequel live up to the hype. Probably one of my favorite series ever.


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10. The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

Need I say more? I was late to the game when it came to these ones, but the first book was one of the best first books to a fantasy series I’ve ever read!


-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

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