Books Left Unread #112

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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:

Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore

Thicker Than Water

 

I love the concept for this story and the cover isn’t bad to look at either. However, I’m not sure why I haven’t picked it up yet. Have you read this? Let me know!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Children of Blood and Bone

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:

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

 

 

From Goodreads:

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

 

GAH! Who isn’t excited for this story??

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite OTPs

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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…

Favorite OTPs

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m listing my favorite OTPs. ❤

 

Everyone in the Lunar Chronicles

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Kestrel & Arin

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

 

 

June & Day (queue the ugly crying)

Legend (Legend, #1)

 

 

Penryn & Raffe

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Tarver & Lilac

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

 

 

Kady & Ezra

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

 

 

Attia & Xanthus

Blood and Sand

 

 

Tris & Four (or maybe just Four… shirtless)

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

 

 

Elle & Darien

Geekerella

 

 

Jax & Robb

Heart of Iron

 

 

Naomi & Abel (does this OTP count?)

Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1)

 

 

Who is in YOUR favorite OTP? Are they on my list? Who would you add? Let me know!

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Books Left Unread #111

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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:

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)

 

Since I am a sucker for a dystopian book/series, I had to have this in my collection. WELL, I have it but I haven’t read yet. 😦 Have you read this? If so, what did you think?

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Review: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

 

 

When I borrowed this from my library, I was rather excited to start as most reviews I’d seen were glowing. How could someone not want to read a book like that? Shortly after I started I realized that this probably wasn’t going to be my cup o’ tea. ADHD books are hard for me to connect with so I found myself at arm’s length with everything.

Short recap: Lily is a brilliant young lady who has ADHD. She has chosen to take herself off of her medication and things don’t exactly go the way she hoped or planned. Along the way she runs into Abelard, a boy she had interactions with many years ago. Abelard has Asperger’s Syndrome and immediately forms a bond with Lily. These two form the most unique couple.

I know that blurb above sounds like of choppy and rough, but it was the best way I could think to describe the story. I did not connect to any part of this other than the fact that Lily was raised on classic literature. That was rather cool in my mind. Her father, who was a raging drunk, would read scholar-worthy classics to his daughters. This is were Lily obtained her love for literature and her ability to reference said text. Throughout this story, she refers to her relationship with Abelard as that found in The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, which was a published work of letters written between two star crossed lovers. Since Lily had ADHD and Abelard has Asperger’s, it is difficult for the two to communicate the way, say, you and I would communicate. They texted alot by using only quotes from this particular story. That is sweet but how many teens know this historical book? Not many, that’s for sure. The more they referenced it, the more interest I lost in the story. They constantly referred to themselves as “boyfriend and girlfriend” but I never read where they officially started dating. Should that matter? Eh, to me it did. It was simply assumed that they would become exclusive without it being said. Sorry, but I’m not the type of reader that assumes anything. There was just no build up of emotions, no budding romance, nothing! It was sort of an understated instalove by both parties and BOOM! relationship city, population Lily and Abelard. The way it was thrust into the story made me feel like I skipped some chapters. It didn’t feel….  natural.

Please don’t hate me or come at me with pitchforks but I had a harder time understanding Lily’s character. Her ADHD made furious, especially when she would talk a mile a minute about something that was said to her years ago that nobody else remembers. Plus, I was constantly confused when sentences like, “Sclur your blashes” and “Don’t come in – you haven’t inspreefed ayftey procols” were used because I had zero idea what was going on. Not at any point in time was it explained that this is how Lily’s brain understood things as a dyslexic and off of her ADHD meds. Oh, did I not mention that she was dyslexic? She is. Again, this was something that must be assumed by the reader. I’m not that smart of a person so sometimes I still need things explained to me. It took me far too long to figure out what was going on and I wasn’t a fan of that.

I think what was really missing from this story was Creedle explaining the basic knowledge of someone that suffers from ADHD. I do not have ADHD, nor do any of my friends, family, or coworkers. I know nothing of the symptoms, causes, or severity of this diagnosis. I really would have appreciated being given some type of explanation but it was not found in this story.

I’m a little unsure of what the overall plot of the story was supposed to be. I know that Lily wanted nothing more than to graduate high school and spend the summer with her father who was a farmer/goat herder. (She later finds out that he is, in fact, not doing that any more and she inherited her ADHD from him.) She ends up having brain surgery instead? I was utterly and totally confused. The ending was not what I expected, nor did it give me any resolution whatsoever. The entire story was nothing short of confusing. I was bored most of the book and found myself skimming just to get through it.

I know there are readers that loved this story and I truly wish I could have read it through their eyes. I never connected to the story nor did I understand the plot. Maybe I’m just not the right reader for ADHD stories… either way, this was not what I was expecting or hoping for.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Obsidio

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:

 

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

 

 

From Goodreads:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

 

*I NEED THIS BOOK YESTERDAY!* I have to know how this story continues!!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest

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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…

Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest

 

The Archived

The Archived (The Archived, #1)

 

 

Pivot Point

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)

 

 

Sabriel

Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)

 

 

Scarlet

Scarlet (Scarlet, #1)

 

 

Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer

 

 

Written in the Stars

Written in the Stars

 

 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

 

 

Made You Up

Made You Up

 

 

Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

 

 

Wither

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

 

It was not easy for me to narrow this down to just 10 books… I have a lot of books that have been on my shelves for years! Either I met the authors and got the books signed, they are just too pretty to get rid of, or I still have an interest in reading them… either way, I have to do something about my ever growing TBR! Maybe do better at reading what I have? Sure… when authors and publishers stop putting out amazing new books. 😉

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