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.

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

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  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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Review: There’s Something About Sweetie

There's Something About Sweetie (Dimple and Rishi, #2)

It is no secret that I have had a rough relationship with Menon’s books. Either I was not in the right mood to read them or I was just not the right reader. Either way, I adore the author and chose to give her third book a chance. I’m happy to say I did enjoy this more than the first two but I still had some issues with it.

The main thing I want to point out about this novel is that it was a wonderful and important #ownvoices book. The diversity found within the pages was outstanding. The protagonist, Sweetie, was excellent, powerful, and strong. She felt like a motivational leader, one that could inspire young readers to stand fast in their beliefs and know their self worth. While she was strong, she was still very insecure. I don’t know if that was included simply to move the story along and make her come across more relateable but it felt like that was all she did in her own head was comment about her body size. But to her friends and family, she was outspoken and confident about her size… so which was it? I know that may seem minor but it stood out in my head.

As for the rest of the characters, not so much. I did not enjoy Ashish’s character much. He did not feel genuine in my eyes. Everything he did and said felt forced, choppy, unbelievable, and just downright extreme. His POV chapters had me rushing to get through them because I wanted to hear from Sweetie’s POV instead. Ashish and the forced love triangle with his ex was not necessary. I saw everything about that hot mess coming a mile away.

This was a super quick and fluffy read so there was not much slowing the pace down. I already mentioned the unnecessary plot with the ex and I found myself mentally drifting away when that topic came up. I did not care what happened because it had been played out hundreds of times in other books. One part of the book that I would have liked to know more about was Sweetie’s mom’s history. Maybe a little more info on her backstory would have helped explain why she was so incredibly hung up on Sweetie’s weight. I get the, “I want what is best for you!” mentality, but there had to be a deeper reason why her mom was focused on her daughter’s weight in a negative way.

While I enjoyed this more than the first two books, I still could not fall madly in love with it. I tried, I really did. I had my issues, I rolled my eyes a lot, I shook my head. I won’t be highly recommending to anyone but I won’t push someone away from it either. It fell somewhere near the “meh, it was alright” on my lists. I believe I will still continue to read Menon’s books, hoping that the next one I read hits me right in the feels.

Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Redesigns ~ The Good and The Bad

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  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…          

The Good and The Bad

I am posting the ORIGINAL covers, not the redesign. Let me know which ones you think should NOT have been redesigned.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
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City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
Seafire (Seafire, #1)
The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)
Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)
Undead Girl Gang