Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so excited to talk about the third and final book in Tahereh Mafi’s fabulous Shatter Me trilogy. I freaking loved this book so much. It gave me all the feels, there was so much character development, and it was just fantastic. I highly recommend this entire series because I love it so much. This is a dystopian series, but it doesn’t really feel like dystopian. It feels like a mixture of dystopian and fantasy, and its just great. But since this is the third book, this review will spoil you for the first two books in the series, but will not spoil you for the third. So if you haven’t read the first two books, then I suggest you leave, read them and then come back and we can discuss them together! So goodbye for now!

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout Shatter Me and Unravel Me, don’t read any part of this review.***

Now let’s get into the review!

Synopsis:

“With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.”

My Thoughts:

Wow. This book broke me and put me back together and just made me feel so many things…I absolutely loved this book. I think it was a fantastic finale to the series. Like I am super critical about finales because most finales are too rushed and aren’t very great. I’ll be honest. I would say I do not like the majority of the finales of series that I have read, especially for Dystopian series. Like the endings to those series are always so bad, and this finale to a Dystopian series was just absolutely fabulous.

I’m still kind of numb from reading this just because its’s kind of late, and I just marathoned the last 200+ pages of that book in one sitting with no breaks. My brain is a little bit foggy, but this book just hit me right in the feels on multiple occasions. I teared up several times, for happy times and then also very frustrating, angry and sad times. This definitely hit me in all of my feels, and I just really loved the emotional aspect to this book and this series.

But we really need to talk about Juliette. The amount of character development this girl has gone through over the course of this series is kind of crazy. In the first book, she was kind of still not okay. She wasn’t in the right mind. She was suicidal, terrified, paranoid, and very weak. She trusted no one but Adam, and that kind of hurt her. Adam made her weaker. He liked her being weak because he wanted to be the hero and the protector, but we will get into that in a minute.

And then in the second book, she is finally starting to use her powers a little bit more, and she is working on her trust issues. She learns to trust a lot of great people who want to make a difference in the world. And then in this book, she was very strong, and she was not backing down. She was learning that you definitely cannot assume things about people when you don’t know them because those assumptions tend to be very misguided and often quite hurtful. She learns who she really is, what she can do, and she learns to become emotionally vulnerable, and that it is okay to be vulnerable at times. This strong, passionate woman in this book is so different from the girl we came to know in the first book, and it was just a powerful and very beautiful transformation.

Now we have to talk about Warner. I don’t know if you are aware of this or not, but I have been a die-hard shipper of Warner and Juliette (I really don’t know what the ship name is, but I love these two regardless). Now you wouldn’t really know who Warner truly is if you didn’t read the Destroy Me novella that occurs between Shatter Me and Unravel Me. But you get to see who Warner truly is versus how everyone perceives him. He is the epitome of someone who could actually kill you, but is in fact a cinnamon roll. I freaking love him, and I will ship these two until the day I die.

But Warner is actually a really good guy when you actually know him. We come to know the lengths to which he will go to help Juliette and some other people I can’t name because spoilers. But just know that there is a reason to everything he does, and he truly does care very deeply for Juliette and, unlike Adam, he doesn’t want to protect Juliette and to hide who and what she truly is. He wants her to embrace every part of herself and be able to protect herself. He wants her to embrace her strengths and annihilate her weaknesses. He just wants to see her be the best and strongest version of herself that she can possibly be, and I just love that. Also, the man is freaking hot. Just saying…

Now let’s talk about Adam. I am going to be completely honest here. I spend the majority of this book wanting Adam dead. Like the turn that his character went through in this novel was crazy dark and pretty violent. I did not like his character at all. He would not listen to a thing Juliette said. He analyzed things before knowing the facts, and he just became crazy violent, had severe rage issues, and just couldn’t understand why Juliette would trust Warner. But that’s kind of his fault because he wouldn’t let her explain anything at all. I just hated him, and he didn’t even become tolerable until the last forty or fifty pages of the novel. And I suspected just because of his absolute hatred of Warner that he was in cahoots with someone in this novel, but turns out he wasn’t. But I will never trust his character ever again after this novel.

I just want to briefly touch on Kenji. Can we just appreciate his character for a minute? Can we? I freaking love his character. I love his friendship with Juliette, and I just love him as a person in general. He’s funny, he’s warm, and he is just a really great friend to Juliette. Now I’m not saying he doesn’t do a stupid thing here and there, but he is just a really great guy, and I kind of want a Kenji in my life because he is just such a great person and a great friend. I just love him.

Obviously I am going to touch on Warner and Juliette a bit. I will say I spend the majority of this book just saying, “Just make out already!” because I was kind of getting frustrated with Juliette and Warner not saying what they are feeling (that’s more on Juliette, though), and just being together. But when they did get together, it made me all kinds of happy, and I literally have not been able to stop smiling because I love them so much, and I am just so glad they ended up together because they both deserve each other. I just love them.

Overall, I think the plot was very interesting, there was a crazy amount of character development, and I just really, thoroughly enjoyed the last installment to this trilogy. And I absolutely loved Tahereh’s writing, as always. Just the way she says things in this novel just hit me right in the heart, and I just love her writing style. But I am so happy I finally decided to read this, and I am looking forward to reading more works by Tahereh Mafi.

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And there you have it! That was my review of Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. What is your current favorite dystopian series? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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November TBR

Hey, guys! I can’t believe another month has gone by. October flew by like a witch on a broomstick! (Get it? Witch? Halloween? October? I am pathetic…) I had a lot of fun getting back into reading last month and hope to continue the trend this month. But you never know. My first semester of college is getting close to the end stretch!  Its pretty crazy. I have finals week after this month, so I am pretty terrified of passing all of my classes (I am pretty sure I am failing my math class). Anyway, let’s just go ahead and get into the books I hope to get to this month!

The first book I want to try to get to is Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

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This book is the second and final book in the Six of Crows duology and I have been meaning to read this for what seems like forever. Six of Crows is a fantasy novel set in the same world as Leigh’s fabulous Grisha Trilogy and we follow six kickass characters who are trying to pull off the biggest heist in existence. It has a fabulous world, kickass characters, a badass story line, and amazing writing. What more could you want? Which is why I am super excited and also terrified to see how everything is going to go down in the finale!

The second book I want to read is The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan.

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This is the second book in Rick’s hilarious and kickass Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. This series features laugh out loud humor, amazing writing, kickass characters, and an amazing story line. This particular series also is centered around Norse Mythology, a topic many don’t really know about, which was exciting when I read the first book, The Sword of Summer. I started this book, but took a break and now I just want to finish it! I am barely fifty pages in and I am laughing to the point I am practically crying. Its great! I am very excited to finally finish this and discuss it because I know it is going to be a good one.

The next book I want to read is The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski.

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This is the second book in The Winner’s Trilogy and I am so freaking excited to read this. I really enjoyed the first book, The Winner’s Curse, and that ending was super unexpected, at least to me. It totally made sense, but it sort of threw me for a second. I really enjoyed Kestrel’s character and I am very excited to see where Marie takes her character in this installment. This story is dystopian, it is amazing and thrilling and a little bit unexpected. I never expected to enjoy the first book as much as I did. If you are curious as to what my spoiler-free thoughts are or what that book specifically is about, my spoiler-free review is up. Again, super excited to get into this one!

And the last book I want to try to read is Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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This is the first book in Jennifer’s Wicked Saga and I am so excited to finally get to this. I really have been in the mood to read more of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books ever since I finished Oblivion, so I immediately started reading this one when I finished that. I am currently reading this and I am loving it! I really love the way Jennifer has woven the story so far and what she has done with Ivy’s character. Also, the humor in this book is on point! This book is centered around New Orleans, Fae, and epic romance. I didn’t know this until I started reading it, which made me even more intrigued as to how the story will go about, so I am very excited to see how the story progresses!

And there you have it! Those were all the books I want to try to get to in the month of November. What book are you most anticipating reading this month? I am so excited to get to Crooked Kingdom, especially since Madeline @ The SFF Bookshelf has been raving about it! But that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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October Wrap Up!

Hello! I actually managed to pull myself away from Netflix and I read some good books this month. I actually managed to read seven books this month, which I am actually super proud of. Though I do mourn the days when I could read 8-10 books in a month (those were the days when I could sneeze and pass my high school classes; I spent the majority of the time reading rather than listening to my teacher). I actually really enjoyed all of the books I read this month, and I am really excited to talk about them, so let’s get into it.

The first book that I read this month was The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas.

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This is the last novella in The Assassin’s Blade bind up and I really enjoyed this. It is a continuation of the rest of the novellas, which I highly recommend you check out. These are all prequel novellas to the Throne of Glass series. This definitely was not my favorite in the series, but it was still really good. I liked all of the character development we saw, the overall storyline, and the writing, per the usual. I ended up giving this 4/5 hearts and my review is also up.

The second book I read was The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.

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I finally finished it, guys! I was supposed to read this for a readathon back in August, but that’s when my reading slump hit me and I never finished it. But I knew I had to finish this now or I never would. And I completely loved it. I loved all of the characters and the story line and friendship and romance and it was just so good. This is my second favorite book that she’s ever written, my first being Since You’ve Been Gone. In this novel, we follow Andie Walker who is the daughter of a pretty important congressman. Because of this, she pretty much has her entire life mapped out, but that goes on hold when her dad becomes involved in a scandal. Her dad takes a break until the scandal blows over, so Andie does one thing she never thought she would do: she gets a job as a dog walker. And then she meets Clark. That’s all I am going to say without spoiling it. But Clark was definitely my favorite character that she’s ever written. He is nerdy, funny, caring, and just an all around great guy. I love him so much. I ended up giving this a 5/5 hearts and my spoiler-free review is also up, so you should check that out, if you would be interested in all my thoughts.

The next book that I read was The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

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This is the first book in Marie’s Winner’s Trilogy and I really enjoyed this. This is a dystopian novel that follows Kestrel, the daughter of the General and she lives a privileged lifestyle. She is against slavery and despite being the General’s daughter, she can’t fight. One day, she wanders into the slave auctions by accident and impulsively buys the slave, Arin. And the story takes off from that. This book was very intriguing, complex, and just really good. It surprised me with how much I ended up liking it. I ended up giving this a 4.5/5 hearts, and if you are interested in my spoiler-free thoughts on this, my review is up.

The next book that I read this month was Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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This is the second book in the Illuminae Files series and this book was freaking amazing. Like if I could have given this a 10/5 stars on Goodreads, I would have. Because this is a sequel, I can’t really tell you what it is about, but know that it is science fiction and it is the most unique book I have ever read. This series of books is written with files and IMs and emails and journal entries…It is just so cool and so fun to read. I also read this before and during Dewey’s Twenty Four Hour Readathon and finished it. I ended up giving this 5/5 hearts.

The next book I read this month was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.

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If you don’t know what this is, what rock did you crawl out from under? This is marketed as the eighth Harry Potter book, though I disagree because its a play and it wasn’t really centered around himself. I also read this for Dewey’s Twenty Four Hour Readathon. In this book, we follow Albus Severus Potter, a moody teenage boy who despises everyone except his best friend, Scorpius. They both do stupid shit that puts their life in danger and just in general, this book taught me that teenage boys are freaking idiots. I don’t want to say too much about this, but I was pretty on the fence about it upon completing it. I liked things and I didn’t like things. I have very mixed feelings about it. I ended up giving it 3.5/5 hearts and if you are interested in knowing my thoughts, opinions, and feels, you definitely should check out my review.

The next book I read was Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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This is a companion to the Lux series, a book series centered around aliens and romance and sass and general badassery. In this companion, we get Daemon’s perspective in the story. If you get the print version, you only get the first book in his POV, but if you get the ebook version (which I did), then you get the first three books in his perspective and I am so glad I did. It was so cool to see his perspective on everything. It really gave us a more well-rounded view of the story and what really went down. It was super satisfying and I really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend you read this if you enjoyed the Lux series. It was really good. I ended up giving it 4.5/5 hearts.

And the last book I read this month was The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain.

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This is the first and only work I have ever read by Mark Twain and I wasn’t too impressed with it. This is a short story I had to read for my English Composition class at the University and it was definitely different. In this story, we follow a man whose name we don’t know that apparently got offended by someone in this town called Hadleyburg, which is apparently the most incorruptible town in existence. This man, filled with bitterness and loathing, decides to corrupt the incorruptible town by using letters and money to tempt even the most sanctimonious of residents. I had problems with the writing style and on telling who was speaking in this story at times, even if it did have a good message on greed and corruption. I ended up giving it 3/5 hearts.

And there you have it! That was my October Wrap up! I am very satisfied with the turn around I have had this month with the amount that I read. I ended up reading seven books this month! I am officially out of my reading slump and it feels so great to be free of that awful three month long slump. What are you currently reading? I am currently reading two books, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (so good!) and The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. I am really enjoying the both of them. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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October Book Haul!

Hello! So I didn’t actually think I was going to do this post because I didn’t think I bought enough books this month because I had planned on putting a book-buying ban on myself. That didn’t exactly happen and now my bank account is suffering. For real this time, though, I am not going to be buying any books in November. My TBR is large enough already. Let’s go ahead and get into the books I bought in October!

The first book I bought is Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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This is the second book in the Illuminae Files series and this was actually a preorder because this book came out on October 18. We follow two different characters than the ones from Illuminae, but it is absolutely necessary to read Illuminae first because the two stories tie themselves together. I can’t tell you much about it other than it is uniquely told through texts and emails and IMs. It is really cool. It is also pure science fiction and it is fabulous. Gemina topped Illuminae, which was awesome (Yes, I already read it), but I will talk more about my thoughts in my monthly wrap up.

The next book that I bought is The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan.

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This is the second book in the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan and I am so freaking excited to get into this one. I am about fifty pages into this one and didn’t really have time to read it anymore, but know that I am literally laughing out loud in this book. The humor is at an all time high and I really appreciate it. The first book, The Sword of Summer, follows Magnus Chase (obviously) who is living on the streets of Boston when he is forced to meet someone his mother always told him to stay away from. And what do you know? He ends up learning he is the son of a Norse god. That’s all I can say about it. But know it is great and you definitely should pick it up. And then read this one so we can discuss it together in my review!

The next book I bought is The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski.

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Can we just sit back and admire the beauty of this cover? It is freaking gorgeous. I bought a used edition of this book on Amazon for like three dollars and it was so much better in person. It is hardback, its bound by library binding without all of the annoying stickers and it has deckled edges. What more could you want? But this is the second book in The Winner’s Trilogy, so I can’t tell you much about it. The first book, The Winner’s Curse, focused on Kestrel, our main character, who is the General’s daughter who makes an inpulsive decision that bind a boy named Arin to her. That is literally all I can say without spoiling it. But it is so good. Highly recommend! I am super excited to get into the sequel!

The next book that I bought is Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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This is the first book in the Falling Kingdoms series and I have been wanting to read this book for so long. I actually bought this when it was marked down on Book Outlet, despite me being on a hugely strict book buying ban. Like I absolutely cannot buy anything else. But I had to get this. I don’t know what it is about other than there is a character named Magnus and this is fantasy. I don’t want to know more. I just really want to go into this book blind. I have heard nothing but fantastic reviews and I am so excited to read this!

The next book that I bought was Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes.

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Yes, I also bought the second book in the series. I never said I make good decisions! *hides under pile of books* Once again, I know nothing about this book or this series, but I know it is amazing, according to Sasha of Abookutopia on YouTube. She has been raving about this series. I actually bought this and Falling Kingdoms because they were almost completely out of stock on Book Outlet and the bargain price would be gone soon, so I just went ahead and bought these two. I have no impulse control, okay!

And the last book that I bought in the month of October is Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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I actually bought the ebook version of this because it has three books in one rather than the one book in the print version. If you aren’t aware, this is the first three books of the Lux series in Daemon’s point of view. I have wanted to read this since it came out last December. I just never got around to getting it. But I am so glad that I did. I am currently reading this and I started it last night. I ended up staying up until 5 am reading it and I finished the Obsidian portion of the book. That’s the first book in the series and it is over 350 pages. I devoured it. I haven’t stayed up reading like that in years and it felt so good to do that! But anyway, if you don’t know, this is a series with aliens and sass and sexiness and just general greatness. You should go into it pretty blind. These books are super easy to read and are the one thing that always gets me out of my reading slumps. This series, in a way, is like a piece of candy. It doesn’t provide you with any nutritional value, but damn it is good. I highly, highly recommend this series!!

But there you have it! That was my October Book Haul. This is going to be the last book haul you see until my Christmas/December/Birthday Book Haul (my birthday is at the end of December), possibly my last one for this year. I am not going to be buying any books whatsoever for the rest of the year. I have way too many on my TBR anyway. What book did you read to celebrate Halloween? I, unfortunately, didn’t have the book I wanted to read here with me at the University (I was going to reread The Forbidden Game by L. J. Smith), so I just read my usual pile of fantasy books! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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Book Review: “The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski | Spoiler-Free

Hello! Today we will be discussing the first book in Marie Rutkoski’s bestselling The Winner’s Trilogy, The Winner’s Curse. In a few words, I ended up loving this book. I have been slowly but surely getting over my reading slump and it has felt so good to get back into reading. I have been able to read despite having a ton of midterms, so I count that as a win. On the topic of this book, it is a Dystopian novel with romance in it, but it isn’t (at least in my opinion) strictly a Dystopian Romance novel. Anyway, let’s go ahead and get into the review.

Synopsis:

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
They were never meant to be together. As a general’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.”

My Thoughts:

This book was definitely super different to anything I have read in a while. It is the first dystopian I have read since The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. The weird thing with this book is I was cheering on the Valorians instead of the Heranni. For once, I was not on the opposing side of the rebellion. I don’t really ship Kestrel and Arin. I have mixed feelings about his character and I definitely do not trust him. I think that the decision that Kestrel made was noble, but will end up biting her on the ass in the next book.

Regarding Kestrel’s character, I ended up really liking her. She has a fire in her that won’t be put out. She’s a fighter and I really enjoyed that about her character. As I said, I do have mixed feelings about Arin. I did not trust him from the beginning. I hated how he was going to be putting Kestrel in harm’s way to get what he believed needed to be done. That really rubbed me the wrong way. God, I did not like him at points. But he changed over the course of the novel, so I just have mixed feelings about him.

Regarding Cheat’s character, I hated him with every fiber of my being and when something happened to him, it gave me the most intense amount of joy. He got what was coming to him is all that I can say. Overall, I would say this is a very complex and amazingly written novel. I really loved the story line and Marie’s writing style. It was super easy to read, which I appreciated. The character development was on point and I just ended up really enjoying this.

On a side note, I did end up taking off half a star just because the pacing was a bit slow at times. I think it dragged a little bit at certain points in the novel, which is another reason it took me a while to read this (about two weeks). But I still really did enjoy this book.

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And that is going to be the end of this review. What is your favorite dystopian that you’ve ever read? Mine remains The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken because it so good. Highly recommend if you haven’t read it yet! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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October TBR

 

Hello! Its finally October! As many people in my dorm at college say, its the start of Halloween! I honestly wouldn’t know because I have never celebrated Halloween due to superstitious parents. Nevertheless, I usually try to read one book with horror elements in it. But let’s get in the books I plan on reading this month!

The first book I want to try to get to this month is The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas.

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This is the fifth book in the bind up The Assassin’s Blade, and I really need to read this. I have been wanting to finish those novellas, but for some reason I have no motivation to read it. I can’t read Queen of Shadows until I read this, which means I can’t buy Empire of Storms. I can’t buy that book until I read QOS. I just wish I had the motivation to read. Instead of reading, I have been rewatching The Vampire Diaries on Netflix. I feel the shame!

The next book I want to read this month is The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

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This is the first book in The Winner’s Trilogy, and I have started this book, but I stopped reading it after 122 pages. Reading Slumps suck. But this is a dystopian novel and our main protagonist, Kestrel, is the general’s daughter who is a terrible fighter, but amazing musician who impulsively binds a slave, Arin, to her. That’s all I can say without spoiling you, but I have loved it so far and am pretty upset with myself for not finishing this. Also, can we just sit back and admire this gorgeous cover? It is so beautiful! Not going to lie, that was 95% of the reason I bought this book…

The next book I want to try to get to is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.

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Everyone on heaven and earth knows what this book is and seems to have a different opinion on it. From what I can gather, you either hate this book or you love it. There is no in between. I am very curious as to why so many people have different opinions on it, but I think I will be okay with it just because I am not viewing it as the eighth Harry Potter book. They should not have marketed it as such, which is why so many people have a problem with it, I think. But I guess we will see what I think of it.

And the final book I am going to try to read this month is The Diviners by Libba Bray.

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I’ve been trying to get myself to finish this book all year and it hasn’t happened yet, so I am going to audiobook this. I am reading this in the spirit of Halloween, since it is a pretty dark book, I’ve been told, and from what I remember, parts of this creeped me the eff out. This is set in 1920’s New York and it deals with murder and mayhem and magic and fantasy and action and WHY HAVEN’T I READ THIS YET. It sounds right up my alley! *frustrated Allie noises* I am very excited to try to complete this.

And that is it. Those are the books I plan on reading this month! What book are you most excited to get to on your own TBR this month? I am very excited to finish The Winner’s Curse. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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I Am the Reader Book Tag!

Hello! Today I coming to you guys with a book tag that was actually created by Penguin Random House to celebrate the release of The Reader by Traci Chee, which came out on September 13. The book will definitely be out by the time this post is up, so you should definitely check it out. Its a book about this girl who flees with her aunt after her father is brutally murdered. Her aunt teaches her survival skills, but when she is kidnapped, the girl, Sefia, discovers something her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book. The society she is a part of is completely illiterate and this book is the key to finding out how to rescue her aunt and figure out what really happened the night her father was murdered. This sounds super interesting and complex and I will definitely be picking this one up soon. Let’s go ahead and get into the questions!

1: Choose one word to describe being a reader.

This is actually a really difficult question for me, but the first word to pop into my head is Wanderer. I believe that all readers are wonderers. We all want to travel to the beautiful places we read about in books. Our eyes are full of wonder of the worlds we only wish were real. We wonder and we look at things differently, more differently than anyone else on the planet! We as readers experience the world in a way that those that don’t read do not. I feel like reading just give us a sense of wonderment that everyone else misses out on.

2: What is the very first book you fell in love with?

While I have read a ton of books, especially when I was younger, the first book series that really made me love reading and fall in love with reading as a kid was Maximum Ride by James Patterson. I wasn’t allowed to read Harry Potter growing up, so I ended up reading this series instead and I fell in love with it. I loved the story and fantasy / science fiction elements to it. I just fell in love with the characters and this really gave me the sense of loving reading and enjoying falling in love with worlds that this writer created. It just gave me a sense of wonderment and lead to me becoming a huge book freak!

3: Hardcover or paperback?

This is probably shocking to those who have seen my bookshelf. I have so many more paperbacks than I do hardcovers, but I actually do prefer hardcovers. Paperbacks are so much cheaper, which is why I buy them, but I definitely prefer hardcovers because they are so much more durable, they stay open much easier, and they are just much more visually pleasing to me, especially on my bookshelf.

4: How has reading shaped your identity?

This is such a complex question; I could create an entire post about this! But I honestly do not know where I would be without reading. I would not have the friends that I do. I would not be studying for the career that I am. I wouldn’t be the same person. I have no idea who I would be. I would be completely different because reading really has shaped my entire world. It has changed my life. I don’t really want to know who I would be without reading because she would not be someone that I would want to be, I can promise you that. Reading has always been my escape from the difficulties in my life. Reading is my identity, honestly.

5: What book do you go to when you need to be comforted?

I’m sure you all know this answer, but how could I choose anything except Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell? When I am feeling crappy and depressed, I read this book. It always makes me feel better and always grounds me and brings me back to myself and who I am. Cath is such a reflection of me and that is how this book always comforts me and brings me back to the here and now, to myself.

6: Who taught you to be a reader?

For me, this is many people, but the person that I definitely remember encouraging me the most to read is my grandmother (Mawmaw, as I call her). She is the reason I got back into reading. I stopped reading until about the seventh grade when she told me to read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (which not only got me back into reading but also got me into the genre of YA) because she really enjoyed it. So I did. And that is how I got officially back into reading and haven’t stopped for more than a few months at a time (reading slumps are a bitch) since then. She is always recommending books to me and encouraging me to keep reading and to keep writing, and she is just such an inspiration to me. I love her to death!

7: Describe your dream reading lounge.

Okay, I’ve thought about this a lot. I want a separate room in my own house where I have bookshelves galore, but inside that room, there is a bookshelf that when you pull out the correct book spine, it opens up and there is my secret, huge bookish lounge. In this lounge, there are tons of bookshelves, there are the most comfortable couches in the world, and to get from bookshelf to bookshelf, there is a library ladder (like from Beauty and the Beast) that will take me up and down shelves and that is super fun and is really fast. There is also a slide because I have a balcony and need to get down to the shelves and…can you tell how much I’ve thought about this? I’ll just stop there before I get too carried away, but this is my dream. It will be real when I have enough money.

7: What book made you change the way you see the world?

There are so many book that have influenced how I see the world, but the one that really sticks out to me is Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens. This is a book that not many people can read because it explicitly deals with self harm and depression and rape. This book changed my perspective on rape. Most people see a rapist as a man who jumps out from the dark and rapes you, someone you don’t know, a stranger. Which is true, some rapists are strangers, but most of them are people you know. This just really shed a light on that as well as depression, which I personally have dealt with and am dealing with. It deals with self harm without the use of a blade. It sheds light on so many dark topics that no one wants to talk about and I think they should. This book just changed the way I look at everything and I think that everyone who can handle these topics should read this book.

8: Who do you tag?

I tag:

Madeline @ The SFF Bookshelf

Jenna @ Reading With Jenna

Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile

Emily @ Books & Cleverness

Celine @ Celine Reads

And that is the end of this tag. I encourage you all to participate in this! You’ll definitely have to comment the link to your post below if you decide to do this tag. What is one word to describe being a reader? Leave your answer in the comments below! Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you next time.

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Book Review: “Unravel Me” by Tahereh Mafi | Spoiler-Free

Hello! So I am back with another spoiler-free review, but let me clarify that this is spoiler-free for Unravel Me, the second book in the Shatter Me series. This will most definitely spoil you for Shatter Me. However, if you’ve read Shatter Me, feel free to continue to read, but if you haven’t read Shatter Me, you should probably leave now. So goodbye!

And one more thing. You have to read the novella Destroy Me, which comes in between Shatter Me and Unravel Me. It is completely mandatory reading. There is a ton of character development for one of the characters in this series and you would really enjoy this book so much more if you read that first. You won’t really get the full effect of this book. So please do not read this book without first reading Destroy Me.

Plot:

In the sequel to the fantastic first book in the series, Shatter Me, we follow Juliette who is now a part of Omega Point, a rebel faction that wants to overthrow the Reestablishment. But things will never be simple for her or easy. Juliette struggles with her lethal touch and the consequences it causes.

Her powers are evolving and with it, she becomes much more destructive than she ever thought possible. The thought of Adam should bring her comfort, but he is keeping something from her and she is desperate to find out what. As things begin heating up, she realizes she will never be truly free from her touch or from Warner who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

My Thoughts:

This book was freaking amazing. As much as I enjoyed Shatter Me, I enjoyed this one much more. Even though Juliette really annoyed me just because she was mopey and antisocial and could not do anything without looking to Adam for guidance, she eventually grew out of that and I really enjoyed her character much more when she started to become more independent. There was so much character development for Warner (as you see in Destroy Me), Juliette, and Adam. There is a war going on and there was so much suspense and action and romance in this story and I really appreciated that. It was gorgeously written and I don’t think I mentioned that I am a full-on Warner and Juliette shipper. And that totally has to do not only with this book, but also with Destroy Me. I just really understand him now and I want him with Juliette. Adam can go screw himself for all I care. All in all, a fabulous installment in this trilogy.

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Love You All to Luna and Back,

Allie

 

Dystopian Book Recommendations

So I haven’t done a recommendations post in a bit, so I figured it was high time to do one! I love the genre of Dystopian. I fell in love with it when I read The Hunger Games, and have since continued loving it. If you’re not sure if it was Dystopian, the trait that all of them have is it deals with what seems like an improved society is actually flawed and there might even be a government being overthrown in the course of the series. That is pretty much the baseline for every Dystopian novel out there. So if you think that is a trope, that’s actually a genre, so if you don’t like it, don’t read it. And now I am rambling…let’s just get to the books!

So the first one that I highly recommend you read is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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If you don’t know what this is about, what rock did you crawl out from under? Anyway, this is a trilogy that centers around Katniss Everdeen who enters into “The Hunger Games” because her little sister is chosen and she doesn’t want her to die. So she volunteers for her. Essentially, the actual games consist of about 24 kids (I don’t remember the exact number) who are basically killing each other until there is only one left. That last one becomes a victor and they get to spend the rest of their lives in peace.

The next one I recommend you give a try is Divergent by Veronica Roth.

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This is the first book in a trilogy, but the rest of the series sucks, so you should just read this one. It follows our main character Tris Prior who is conflicted about what faction she is in. She follows her heart and uncovers a world of corruption. The factions are Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (Brave), Erudite (Wise), Amity (kindness and peace), and Candor (Truthful). It is a pretty basic storyline, but it is still really good, and I love this book. So you should definitely check it out.

Another book I recommend you check out is The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

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This is the first book in a fantastic Dystopian series. What is really cool about this book is the titles of the books make a sentence. So the first book is The Darkest Minds, the second is Never Fade, and the third is In the Afterlight. So, The Darkest Minds Never Fade In the Afterlight. I thought it was cool. Anyway, it surrounds this girl Ruby who is put in a concentration camp for kids with powers. She is broken out and ends up meeting these other kids with powers. There is love and an epic road trip adventure, and I really love this book. I highly recommend you check this out.

The next book you should read is Matched by Ally Condie.

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I loved this story. Now I don’t recommend that you read the rest of the series. Just read this first one because the rest of the trilogy was so bad that I couldn’t get completely through the second one. This is pretty much about this girl Cassia who is matched with her best friend (who the government deems to be her soul mate), but she falls in love with this outcast named Ky. It is really cute and really fun. In this world, there is no culture. No music. No poetry. No history. No read or writing. No books. Nothing. It is so interesting, and I really enjoyed this first book.

Another book that I recommend you check out is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

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This is the first book in a completed trilogy of the same name. I am probably going to be reading the sequel to this pretty soon. I absolutely loved this first book, and I am so excited to see where the rest of the series goes. It follows this girl named Juliette who is in prison because she accidentally killed someone (her touch literally kills), but one day the people who put her in there (The Reestablishment) decide she could be of some use, so they let her out and in exchange, she has to work for them. This has some of the most beautiful writing that I have ever read, and I highly recommend it.

The final book I think you should consider reading is Legend by Marie Lu.

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This book was one that I read so long ago, but I remember enjoying it immensely. I loved the characters and the action and the world…it was just a fantastic book. From what I remember, it is told in dual POVs, June (a wealthy military prodigy) and Day (a wanted criminal). June’s brother is killed and she is told that Day is the one who supposedly did it. So she wants to avenge him, but figures out what is really going on and what lengths the country will go to to protect secrets. This reminds me that I really need to read the second book…

So those were my Dystopian recommendations. I hope you enjoyed this post and you should let me know in the comments if I should do more posts like this. Thank you so much for reading this, and I will have another blog post up soon, so I will see you then.

Love You All to Luna and Back,

Allie