Books Left Unread #182

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

The Mystery of Hollow Places

Have you read this one? Is it on your TBR?

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DNF Review: Love from A to Z

Love from A to Z

This may be quick as I do not enjoy writing DNF reviews but believe they are necessary so readers can see that not ever book is for everyone.

I made the decision to quit this and move on after only 20-something percent into the story. As a reader, I know what I like and do not like in a story, along with what works for me. This, my darlings, did not work for me. The number one thing that stood out to me was the immature-sounding voice of the MC, Zayneb. She was suspended from school after an outburst. Okay, I get that. But how her inner monologue voice was that of a twelve year old instead of a high school student. She sounded petulant and bratty. That mixed with the fact that her parents chose to send her overseas to start her spring break early did not jive for me. That did not feel like a punishment, it sounded like a treat!

On top of that, she has INSTALOVE with a boy she met on the plane ride to Doha, Qatar! I’m out. I don’t do instalove – ever. It was unbelievable, unrelatable, and not my cup of tea. She meets Adam on the plane and queue her immature boy crazy voice that gushed about how cute his hair was. I was not on board for that. Then she ran into him again after setting in at her aunt’s house and sparks continued to fly? Nope, I’m done.

I really wish I could have gotten into this story as everyone loved it but sadly it just did not do anything for me. I didn’t like the shallow characters and weak plot. If you read this and loved it, I wish I could have read it through your eyes. I tried, and sadly failed to enjoy this.

ARC Review: Steel Tide

Steel Tide (Seafire, #2)

I could hardly wait until the next book in this series came out because I loved… loved Seafire so much. This series is proving to be such a sleeper powerhouse and I’m thrilled that it is happening. It is full of badass females, action packed scenes, and no forced romance (WHOO!).

Book 2 picked up right where Book 1 ended. Caledonia had been gravely injured during her epic battle, lost her ship, and lost her crew. What else does she have? Determination – that’s what. She had been rescued and taken in by the most unlikely of groups – former Bullets known as Blades. Caledonia teamed up with the Blades and set out with the plan to take back her crew she called her sisters, and her ship, if possible. On top of that, she wanted… no, needed to find out what happened to her brother Donnelly and if she could save him at the same time. Does Caledonia have a few tricks left up her sleeve? Can she pull this all off?

This was such a wild roller coaster of an adventure! I had no idea Parker could take a female pirate crew and turn it into one of the most action packed adventure I’ve read in the longest time. The cast was just as brilliantly written in this book as they were in the first. They all continue to grow, learn, develop, and mature while still retaining their flaws that made them come across relateable and human. Caledonia was and will forever be my most favorite lead female character. She rose to nearly every challenge she was faced with with humility, confidence, and determination. Those alone were admirable enough. The fact that she was also realistic and believable. She knew the dangers she would put herself and the new crew in, but she didn’t force anyone to do anything they were not comfortable with. Then, if the situation changed, she would step back, reassess and make a new plan. Brilliant. The rest of the characters were just as enjoyable, especially Pine and Triple.

The pacing of the story was masterfully done. Dare I say this book could possibly outshine the first in the series? This did not read like a second book in a series, nor did it suffer from second book syndrome. It was everything I always needed a second book to be. Parker did not let me down and I’m grateful for that.

As you can tell, I’m struggling to write this review because this book was just SO GOOD! Plus, I don’t want to give anything away! I want you to read this series and gush about these characters, this world, this story as much as I am. Please put it on your TBR if you have not already.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl the Sea Gave Back

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Girl the Sea Gave Back

From Goodreads:

The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home. 

Is this on your TBR? Let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With

TTT

  Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…          

Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With

  • Emika Chen
  • Audrey Rose Wadsworth
  • The Golden Trio
  • June & Day
  • Kestrel
  • Scythe Curie
  • Jem Carstairs
  • Everyone from The Lunar Chronicles
  • Nova
  • Travis (The Serpent King)

This was not an easy list… who would you like to be besties with?

Books Left Unread #181

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

This Is Our Story

Gah, no good reason I haven’t read this yet. Have you read it?

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ARC Review: Frankly In Love

Frankly in Love

This book slayed me. I mean… GUTTED me in the best way possible. Do not let this simple cover fool you – this book has been sent to destroy you. I’m going to do my best to give you a spoiler free review. Enjoy!

Frank Li wanted to find love and not with a girl that his parents pick for him. He had his eyes set on one in particular but she would never have his parents’ approval. So what does a good son like Frank do? He fakes a relationship with a girl his parents do approve of so he can pseudo-date the girl he really wants to date. What could possibly go wrong?

While this seemed like a simple book of “boy who wants to find love”, it is anything but that. The story that lies in between the pages of David Yoon’s debut will leave you in tears. Yoon tackled topics like racial profiling, privilege, culture, and more. He took a hard look at these hard hitting and sensitive topics and presented them with the grace and beauty they deserved. It was nothing short of masterful.

Frank Li, the protagonist in this story, was complex, gritty, real, flawed, and relatable. He was nothing more than an dork with a solid best friend that would help him hide a dead body if necessary who thought he knew what he wanted out of love and life, but life had other plans for him. He had moments where he was serious, others where his wit had me in tears with laughter, and yet more where he couldn’t say something without sticking his foot in his mouth. I wanted nothing more than to be his friend in real life. He was brilliant.

There really is so much I want to say about this book but I cannot because I won’t give anything away. GAH – it is SO DANG GOOD. Please, please get this when it comes out! I need people to gush with! It will leave you a bit spell-bound, wonder struck, and wondering how the hell this could be Yoon’s debut. The author writes like he’s done this a billion times before. This was everything I never knew I needed in a book.