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Books I Read Because of the Online Book Community

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The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
This is a YA fantasy dystopia that focuses a lot on romance. This trilogy was on booklr a lot. I’m not going to lie, I only read this book because of the cover.
Click here to read my review.

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The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy) by Marie Rutkoski
This is YA fantasy about a girl who falls in love with a slave, who is undercover to start an uprising. I used to see this trilogy lot on Booklr, and once I started seeing people say “Don’t read this trilogy because it’s problematic!” posts everywhere, I did the opposite and read the first book.
Click here to read my review.

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover is a New Adult romance author. Hopeless is her most popular book to date. Her books are pretty popular amongst romance readers.
Click here to read my review.

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This is a YA romance dealing with depression and suicide. When this first came out it was compared to The Fault in Our Stars (one of my favourite books) and Eleanor & Park (one of my most hated books). Since I kept seeing it everywhere, I needed to find out for myself if it was worth the hype.
Click here to read my review.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs
This is a pretty popular YA paranormal book that has been around for a while, and is always brought up around Halloween.
Click here to read my review. 

 

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Books to Read Without the Synopsis

darkmatter

Dark Matter is a adult science fiction thriller about multiple realities.

thegirloffireandthorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the first book in a unique YA Fantasy trilogy with POC. Be sure to read the novellas with this series.

uprooted

Uprooted is a high fantasy standalone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a dragon with scales or fire breathing abilities.

salttothesea

Salt to the Sea is a historical fiction novel about the ship Wilhelm Gustloff.

thefaerieguardian

The Faerie Guardian is the first book in a clean YA fantasy romance series about the Faerie realm.

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Books I Had a Hard Time Reading

And I Darken by Kiersten White

I marked this DNF around 41%. At first, it was unique and I found the plot and setting interesting. Once the characters became teenagers, I got annoyed and started hating them.

The plot painfully slow, and I got bored, so I decided not to finish it.

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This is going to come as a shocker for a lot of you, but I didn’t like Red Rising. Merge The Hunger Games and Uglies, and put it on Mars, and you have this book. I marked this DNF around 39%.

Again, annoying characters, and slow plot.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I love the Grisha Trilogy, but I just couldn’t get into this. I got 31% through before I couldn’t read anymore.

Interesting characters, but slow plot. I might try again someday, but it’s unlikely.

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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The first 15% was interesting, but then I got bored with all the travelling that went on for about 30% of the book. I read 48% before the mile long descriptions started to annoy me.

I felt zero connection to any of the characters, and someone spoiled the series finale for me when I was reading this.

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I don’t remember when I tried reading this, but I remember my mom and brother both read and loved it, so I tried reading it and couldn’t get very far into it.

I didn’t like the movie either.

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Now for the books I finished and had a hard time reading.

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I had a really hard time reading and finishing Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I have very little desire to pick up another one of her books (aside from The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy).

ACOWAR

Sarah J. Maas did an outstanding job writing ACOTAR and ACOMAF. A Court of Wings and Ruin just didn’t live up to its predecessors and bored me silly. Maas can’t write consistent character personalities at all either, and almost ruined Rhysand for me.

queenofshadows

Another SJM book I had trouble with was Queen of Shadows because I HATE what she did with the story and with all the characters.

Abundanceofkatherines

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green is probably one of the most pointless books I’ve ever read.

isla

I LOVED Anna and the French Kiss soooo much, I devoured it in one sitting. Lola and the Boy Next Door was cute. I was dying for years to get my hands on Isla and the Happily Ever After and kept waiting for Stephanie Perkins to post updates on its release. My expectations were so high and I was so disappointed.

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Death Note: A Netflix Movie Review

Death Note is one of the most loved anime series of all time. This movie is already getting heavily criticized. No surprise there. When has a live action movie ever done an anime series justice?

The screenwriters and director took the concept and a few events from the original source material, then made their own re-imagined version. When you separate the anime from the movie, and ignore the awful acting, it’s not too shabby.

In the anime, Light has a rough transition period after first writing in the Death Note. In this movie, he goes on a criminal killing spree just to impress Mia. Mia and Light have a Joker and Harley Quinn toxic relationship, become crazy with killing power and betray each other.

Pros:
– The special effects and gore weren’t too cheesy.
– L and Watari’s relationship was portrayed well.
– It kept me entertained.

Cons:
– A 12+ hour anime series shoved into around 90 minutes = Hella rushed, and a lot of important things left out.
– Mia was an annoying cheerleader, and didn’t get her own Death Note.
– The high school scenes were cliché with a school dance, detention bullies, cheerleaders and football players.
– So many plot holes. So. Many.
– The cliffhanger ending was terrible.
– Ryuk wasn’t the same 😦

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Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Title: Archer’s Voice
Author: Mia Sheridan
Date Published:
January 25, 2014
Genres:
New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads: When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

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Archer’s Voice is told in first person point of view and follows Bree and Archer. Bree’s chapters are present day, she’s on a road trip from Cincinnati, Ohio after witnessing her father’s murder and finds a little lakeside town to stay at for a while. Archer’s chapters start out with childhood flashbacks where we see his family life with his alcoholic and abusive dad, and his mother who is in love with his dad’s cousin. Later on, Archer has some present day POVs.

Not long after being in Pelion, Maine, Bree comes across Archer at the grocery store, and is intrigued by his mysterious silence. She asks some people around town about him only to find out he’s the town weirdo, but she still feels drawn to him. The day her dog slips through his property’s gate is a blessing.

Although Bree felt a connection when she first met Archer, their romance gradually builds up and starts from a strong friendship before getting to something more intimate. I absolutely loved Bree and Archer’s friendship, and Bree’s dedication to help Archer learn how to live his life outside his property and the grocery store. I really enjoyed the sexual tension between them, but once they started having sex, I was kind of put off. Sex scenes in books make me uncomfortable, especially if there are words in them that make me cringe, like the word “cock”.  I also hate the words “belly” and “tummy” for some reason. Haha.

“I’m afraid to love you. I’m afraid that you’ll leave and that I’ll go back to being alone again. Only it will be a hundred times worse because I’ll know what I’m missing. I can’t…” He sucked in a shaky breath. “I want to be able to love you more than I fear losing you, and I don’t know how. Teach me, Bree. Please teach me. Don’t let me destroy this.”

There some family owned town political drama in this book that got on my nerves, but there’s a good reason it’s there. The second half of the book was also kind of boring and knocked the star rating down for me, but the ending was exceptional.

For some reason this book reminds me of New Moon (Stephenie Meyer)+ Ugly Love (Colleen Hoover) + Confess (Colleen Hoover). Haha. So if you like CoHo, definitely pick this one up.

I think it’s important to note that the dog does not die.

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Being by Kevin Brooks

Title: Being
Author: Kevin Brooks
Published: January 1, 2007
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Mystery
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Goodreads Synopsis: “The Fugitive” meets “Blade Runner” with a Kevin Brooks kick in this heart-stopper about a boy who discovers he’s not one hundred percent human.

It was just supposed to be a routine exam. But when the doctors snake the fiber-optic tube down Robert Smith’s throat, what they discover doesn’t make medical sense. Plastic casings. Silver filaments. Moving metal parts. In his naked, anesthetized state on the operating table, Robert hears the surgeons’ shocked comments: “What the hell is that?”

“It’s me,” Robert thinks, “and I’ve got to get out of here.” Armed with a stolen automatic and the videotape of his strange organs, he manages to escape, and to embark on an orphan’s violent odyssey to find out exactly who–exactly what–he is.

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Robert Smith (who made me think of The Cure every time I read his name) is a sixteen year old boy who has spent his life going from foster home to foster home. In the beginning of the book he’s in the hospital for a routine endoscopy. During the endoscopy, the doctors discover he isn’t fully human and that he’s full of machinery. Robert wakes up in a different room than he fell asleep in and his stomach cut open and doctors and strange men in suits standing around him.

Robert takes the anesthesiologist at gunpoint and goes on the run, where he meets up with a girl named Eddie who makes fake IDs, hotwires cars, and sells drugs, and they run away to Spain together.

I was really into this book when it first started because it was super intense, but as time went on, and not a single question was answered, I started to get annoyed. In the last chapter I thought I’d finally find out what/who Robert is, or who the men in suits are, but the book just ends on a violent note. I thought maybe there was a sequel, but there isn’t! Had there been answers, this would have been a great book, but there isn’t a single answer and now I can’t help feeling like I wasted my time! 😦

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Dinner with King Solomon by Matshona Dhliwayo

 Title: Dinner With King Solomon
Author: Matshona Dhliwayo
Series: N/A
Genres: Novella, Fantasy, Christian Fiction

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Kevin hits rock bottom after he loses his business, and his wife leaves him for a younger man and gets custody of the kids. On the night Kevin is about to commit suicide, he hears a knock on the door and King Solomon is there. Solomon gives Kevin a bag of gold coins and asks him to invite him to dinner. While having dinner, Kevin asks Solomon questions and his life is changed for the better.

Dinner With King Solomon is packed full of wisdom and apologetics in its <100 pages.

The author has given me permission to share this book and/or his other book Lalibela’s Wise Man with reviewers, so if you’re interested email me at JournalOfABibliophile92@gmail.com and I will send you the PDF(s). 🙂

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Title: Lord of Shadows
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: May 23, 2017
Genres: YA, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Goodreads Synopsis: Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with herparabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

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Before I say anything about Lord of Shadows… I love Cassandra Clare’s books, but every series she’s written so far has had its one dud with me. Out of The Mortal Instruments series, City of Fallen Angels was my least favorite. Out of The Infernal Devices, Clockwork Angel was my least favorite and almost made me not want to continue with the series! (TID is my favourite series out of the Shadowhunter Chronicles so far).

Lord of Shadows bored the hell out of me, and I struggled through almost all of it! It took me just over a month to finish it. In the past, I could read one of Cassandra Clare’s books in a few days up to a week, and she’s always been known to get me out of a slump.

Things started off great and picked up where Lady Midnight ended. Then it became love triangle after love triangle, lies and relationship drama, and not a lot happened plot wise. I feel like Cassandra Clare was trying way too hard to be all-inclusive. The story focuses too much on Mark/Kieran/Christina, and I’m pretty sure she’s setting the stage for them to have a polyamorous relationship. Markierstina as I’ll call them made the story drag for a large part of the book, and the angst between Emma and Julian wasn’t even the good sort of angst. This book could have been condensed down to 400-500 pages, not 700. So. Much. Filler.

The only part of the book that didn’t annoy the crap out of me? Kit and Ty.

Despite the cliffhanger ending, I’m not in any hurry to read the next installment whenever that comes out IN TWO YEARS, because Lord of Shadows has ruined the series for me, and made me stop caring.

Does anyone else find it weird how both A Court of Wings and Ruin and Lord of Shadows mention MMF threesomes, and how they’re considered young adult?!