TBR Challenge #6: Favorite Trope

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Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4/5

Why? So I picked this book for this theme because this graphic novel includes one of my tropes ever and that is the hate-love relationship. I love these types of love story of boy meets girl and they instantly hate each other, but as the book/series progress they eventually fall in love for each other. Now I’m not saying that this graphic novel will turn into that, since it is the first in the series, but it does have the essence of it. I think eventually there will be something there.

Review: I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel and seeing all the beloved characters again. Yes, I know I wasn’t a fan of this series before, but after I read Winter I was totally floored! So of course I had to pick this up since Iko is one of my favorite characters in the original series.

I’m glad that Meyer decided to do a spin-off series on the android, but I’m not that thrilled on the graphic part. Although the story is amazing so far, I think the graphic part didn’t quite hit the mark. Meyer’s books are always so vivid and detailed when she’s describing her characters, settings and world building. The problem is that did not resonate into this graphic novel. I would have love for her characters to be more vibrant and exciting, similar to her books.

That rant over, I really did love the story. I wish I waited a bit longer to get my hands on this so that I don’t have to wait so long for the next one. This volume is filled with so much action right from the start. I love that I get to see Scarlet and Wolfe again and the whole gang. I did wish that there would have been more Scarlet and Wolfe, but that’s ok, I actually wasn’t even expecting them, so it was a pleasant surprise.

That being said, I’m really excited to see what happens to Iko and her little adventure!

TBR Challenge/Motif Challenge #5: Something Different/Book to Movie

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Rating: 3.5/5

Why? I’m not the type who reads contemporary romance. It’s just really not my thing, I basically have less than 10 books on my shelf from this genre and I’ve read only 3 of these books, well 4 now. So I think this will qualify as ‘Something Different’ for me.

I’m also cheating this month because this can also qualify for my Motif Challenge that I’m doing which is read a book-to-movie novel.

Review: I’m pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book. It’s an easy read with a cute cast of characters, I mean there really aren’t that many, but I enjoyed those that Yoon included in her book. As far as protagonists go, I’m not a big fan of Maddy, I enjoyed her enough, but I really wasn’t that happy with her by the end. I understand the anger, I just don’t understand the hate. I’m not at all pleased that the author chalked up all rebellious as ‘it’s a teenage thing’. I would like to think that not all teens are like that. As far as the love interest, I’m also indifferent towards him. He’s not really swoon worthy or anything, but I do love the fact that he protects the people he cares about.

The one thing I did enjoy, for the majority of the book, is Maddy’s relationship with her mom and nurse, Carla. In fact my favorite character in the whole book is the nurse. I love the mother figure that Carla represent and the connection that she has with the protagonist. I did wish that there was some type of conclusion between her and her daughter, but unfortunately Yoon didn’t think it was pertinent to the story to include an ending for them.

This book reminded me of Romeo and Juliet as I was reading it, but with a modern twist. I’ve read better contemporary romance, but it’s still entertaining enough that a lot of people enjoyed it. I’m glad that the author decided to include different media formats, which I think helped me enjoy the book more. The first half of the book was great but after the climactic event, the book kinda went downhill for me.

I’m not really sure if I’ll be watching the movie, but I might look out for Yoon’s other book when it comes out.

Borrowathon TBR

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The second round of Borrowathon is happening between March 19 – 26 and I’m super excited! I’ve been putting off creating my TBR because my Lumberjanes didn’t come in from the library yet and I’m super bummed out!

Anyways, for this round of Borrowathon the host has created challenges and they’re all pretty interesting.

Here are the challenges:

Here are my potential reads for to this round of Borrowathon. They are listed according to the challenges:

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Try Before you buy: Truthwithch by Susan Dennard

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Try a New-to-You Author: State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy

A Book Recommended to You: Do Not Disturb by Scott Sigler or The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Clarke

A Book with your Favorite Cover: Do not Disturb by A.R Torre or Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen

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A Book that involves a Library in some way: File M for Murder by Miranda James

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I’m keeping my finger crossed that I’ll be able to read at least three of these books. I’m being realistic because I know I won’t be able to read all of them, but still keeping my fingers crossed. Plus, I really want my Lumberjanes to come in, if it doesn’t I need to grab something else for ‘A Graphic Novel’.

Let me know if you guys are participating in the round of Borrowathon and if not, please, please come join us and support your local Library!

TBR Challenge #3: Comfort Read Subgenre

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Plaster and Poison by Jennie Bentley
Series: A Do-it-Yourself Mystery #3
Rating: 3/5

Theme: Comfort Read Sub-genre

Why? If you’ve been to my blog before, you know that my genre preference is Mystery. I love everything that has to do with mystery, but my go-to within the mystery genre is cozy mystery. If I’m in a reading funk or I just want a quick read I always try to pick up my favourite cozy mystery. Fortunately there are thousands of cozy mysteries that has a wide variety of topics. One of these days I most likely will do a list of my favourite cozies.

For those who do not know what cozy mysteries are its basically just a story that doesn’t have too much gore or violence. Yes, there usually is murder, but typically there isn’t any graphic details on the crime scene. Also, most cozies that I have read revolves one specific protagonist, but there are other recurring characters. Basically, it’s like a t.v show, but in book format. Most of the time, one book focus on one mystery, but sometimes it does touch on a bigger story arc, but is not necessarily a major story. Therefore, technically, you don’t need to read the books in order. It will be helpful to start with the first book, however, since most of the time the main and recurring character(s) are described in depth.

Review: Avery Baker left New York City to start a business with her boyfriend Derek Ellis’. What started out as their usual home renovation ended up as a murder mystery, when Avery found a dead body in the soon-to-be new home of Kate and Wayne. Now, not only is she on a tight schedule to finish the house, she must also try to find a killer who is trying to ruin the lives of her closest friends.

I actually really enjoyed the third book in this series and most likely will continue reading them. The first two didn’t really get me love the series, and truth be told, this one didn’t either, but at least I enjoyed it enough to keep on going.

I’m still not entirely sure how to feel about the characters since I haven’t really connected to a particular one, not even the protagonist. I’m not really sure what it is about Avery that ticks me off, but I feel that she’s a bit too whinny, especially in this book. I understand that Avery’s reaction to her boyfriend’s ex-wife is realistic, but I would have hoped that there was less of it.

All in all the book was a pretty good cozy. I enjoyed the mystery and can’t wait to see what happens to the next book.

Motif Challenge: Undercover Thriller – Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

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Rating: 2/5
Protagonist: Kate Priddy

Synopsis: Kate experiences anxiety attacks and panic attacks, especially when her ex-boyfriend decided to kidnap her and lock her up. Wanting to get away from her surroundings she decided to swap homes with her long-distant cousin in America. Unfortunately, when she gets there, things start to become just as complicated and just as sinister as what she has left back home.

Review: I’m not sure if I’m being a little bit hard on my rating because I did enjoy some parts of the book and it did leave me in a suspenseful mess in the end, but I was really disappointed in the main character. I’m not really sure what about her I couldn’t connect with. For me, she was a very dull character, there really wasn’t much depth to her personality and I feel that the author focused too much on her anxieties that she didn’t really leave for anything else. I actually enjoyed the other POV of the other characters present in the book and those were the parts that left me in a creepy situation. The second half of the book is a lot more suspenseful than the first half.

As for the mystery/thriller part of the book, as I’ve said the last few chapters were a lot more interesting. I think the end really tied up the whole story and filled the cracks in between the stories of each of the other POV’s. I wasn’t at all surprised who the murderer is, but the twist at the reason why, was unforeseen.

I think this is one of the shortest reviews I’ve written, but really there’s not much to read. If you read the synopsis on Goodreads, that technically sums up the whole story, they really should change that.

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Ending: The end is what really made this book for me. So I’m not really sure I should spoil people for it, but oh well, the killer is the friend.

#TBR Takedown 5.0 Wrap-up

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In January I’ve been looking all over the place for a readathon I could participate in for this month, fortunately enough someone was able to tell me about #TBRTakedown! I had such a fun time participating in this readathon, but didn’t read as many books as I wanted to.

Here are the challenges:

  1. TBR Shelf for Over a Year
  2. Most Recent Book Haul
  3. First Book in a Series
  4. Catch up on a Series
  5. Out of your Comfort Zone

This was my actual TBR for the readathon, I’ve never actually read 5 books in one week, but I was feeling overly confident and pumped up.

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I’m a bit disappointed that my pumped up attitude deflated throughout the week. I’ve just been so busy with work and life that things just slipped up. I feel like last week passed way too quickly for my liking.

I was able to read 2 of the 5 books I planned on reading. In fairness I actually read the 2 books that’s been on my bookshelf forever! In reading these books I was able to cross-off two challenges. Here the books I was able to read:

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Storm Front
Author: Jim Butcher
Rating: 3.5/5
Challenge: Out of my Comfort Zone

When I look at this book I see sci-fi fantasy and since I have never read a book in this genre, I thought it would be out of my comfort zone. I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading it, and realized that it was urban fantasy. Therefore, it doesn’t really fulfil in that category, fortunately enough it does fulfil another category of the challenge: TBR shelf for over a year.

Review: This book has been on my shelf in forever and I was finally able to pick it up and read. This is actually the first adult urban fantasy I’ve read and I quite enjoyed it. I’m not a fan of the world building in this book because there are certain things that weren’t fully explained such us the Never World. I would have preferred that Butcher at least tried to touch up on it, but I figured he will since this is actually the first in a series. There are also other things that was introduced within, such as the White Council, but wasn’t fully explained. Like I said, a small chapter should have been given to explaining the wizarding world, which would have allowed me to understand everything a bit more. That being said, I still really enjoyed the book.

Harry is a wizard. He is also for hire. He investigates things that goes bump in the night and the unexplained. Occasionally, he would also act as a independent consultant in certain investigations that cannot be explained scientifically. In this first book, Harry was brought in to help find the suspect in abnormal death of multiple victims.

Although I found the world building to be lacking. I still enjoyed the mystery of the deaths. The ending was anti-climatic for me, but the other parts were funny to read. I enjoyed Harry as a main character, but he reminded me more of an adolescent teen, rather than a full grown adult. I didn’t really mind since his insecurities tended to be realistic. He never did question his ability as a wizard but more of his interactions with others. Which in his personal lifestyle the insecurities in understandable. I’m not at all sure how I feel about the other characters. Butcher didn’t really go into too many details about them, except for Mac, who I adore! Most likely I will  be continuing with this series so I’ll keep everyone up to date.

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World After
Author: Susan Ee
Rating 3/5
Challenge: Catch up on a Series

It’s been a while since I read the first book in this series and I loved it! It was actually the first angel book I’ve read during that ‘Angel’ phenomenon and it was the only I read. That aside, I know I wanted to continue this series, but it took me years to pick this book up. Either way reading this book allowed me to tick off the ‘Catch up in a series’ category of the challenges. Best feeling in the world when I finished this book!

Review: Like I said, I really enjoyed Angelfall and immediately wanted to pick this book up. Unfortunately, other books got in the way and I wasn’t able to read this until now, which I might say AGAIN, BEST. FEELING. EVER! Anyways, I was disappointed that this book didn’t blow me away as much as the first book. Angelfall was very unique and interesting at the time I read it and inhaled the book in a day. I think the main reason I didn’t enjoy this book is because of Penryn’s attitude towards her sister, Paige. I was so annoyed and disgusted at how Ee handled Penryn’s reaction on her sister’s surgeries. It was bad enough other acted the way they did, but her sister too much for a seven years-old. That being said, I still enjoy Penryn as a heroine. Besides her attitude, I love her as the kick-as heroine she is. Since I read the first book so long ago, I actually forgot so many of the characters especially Dee and Dum. I actually regret that because these two were the highlight for me in this book. I love the humor they bring in this dystopian world.

As for the progression of the story, it’s good enough that I want to continue the series. I won’t go into details on what happens in this book because it will reveal a lot from the first book.

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That’s it for me for this readathon. Great to be a part of it and can’t wait for the next one and hopefully I’ll be able to read 5 books.

TBR Challenge #2: New to You Author

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I See You by Clare Mackintosh
Rating: 3/5

Theme: New to you Author

WHY?: I’ve always love reading mystery books. I’ve been addicted to Agatha Christie since I was in high school. Then I moved to cozy mysteries, which obviously enough I love cozies and read them regularly. It’s only just been recently that I started picking up thrillers, ever since I read Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I didn’t like that book as much as I wanted to, but at least it got me to read more thrillers. That aside, I saw this book while I was on the train and I thought it looked really good. The cover hand me at first sight, when I read the synopsis, BOOM, hook, line and sinker!

This is also the first book I’ve read from Clare Mackintosh. I enjoyed her writing style, but the story left me underwhelmed. I heard this book is not as good as her debut novel, maybe I’ll try that one eventually.

Review: Zoe takes the train everyday to and from work. She takes the same train, sit on the same sit and walk towards work the same way. Unknown to her, she was being watched and her movements has been secretly monitored. I wasn’t a fan of this book. I really thought the story would take on a different path, unfortunately it didn’t take the way I wanted to. This book had a feeling of voyeurism and it did give me the creeps. Since I was reading this during my train ride to and from work, it made me almost paranoid that this could be happening. Still gives me the chills. That being said that was the only plus side for the book. I really thought it was a similar to You by Caroline Kepnes, a psychological thriller which totally messed me up for a few days. I guess that’s really my fault and not the authors, I shouldn’t have expected anything. So this rating is really a personal rating and not on the content or writing of the author.

I don’t really want to end this review on a bad note because the author really did a good job writing this book. I love the characters she created and at times the book did leave me in a creepy mood. So I have to give her props for it.