Top 5 Wednesday (16)

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About

I love this topic because I love to complain (hey, at least I’m honest about it). When I was getting my bachelor’s degree we read a study on how people bond more over mutual complaining than positive experiences. Basically, those ranting bitch sessions with your friends and/or SO are bringing you closer together! This is in moderation, obviously. Nobody like a negative Nelly that complains about eeevvvrything. 

Prepare for the petty train to arrive at the station, because it’s about to get nit-picky in here. 

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Adults who are either absent or morons in a YA or NA novel. 

  • Absentee parents
  • Parents who never listen to their kids
  • Parents who are basic idiots in general and refuse to acknowledge what the hero/heroine has shown them multiple times. GET IT TOGETHER. 

.2.

Love Triangles. I loathe these. Someone always gets hurt and my second hand-embarrassment and compassion is always bleeding out for the one who doesn’t get “picked”. The one who isn’t chosen always seems to get some consolation prize love interest or is totally fine with “just being friends” all of a sudden. Hogwash


.3.

Covers with someone’s face on it. This one is probably weird, but I like being able to picture the characters in my own head and develop how they look by interpretation of the the text and their personality. I don’t mind if it is illustrated, I just don’t like the ones with cover models on them. 


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Continued misunderstandings between characters. One or two is fine, but I can’t stand when I’m reading a book and the two characters keep failing to communicate and then by result misunderstand each other’s intentions. JUST TALK IT OUT ALREADY. 


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Arrogant protagonists. There is one in particular that I have in mind, but I’m going to dive into my issues with her during next week’s “naughty list” topic. I’m not a fan of characters who fail to listen to their advisers because they always think they know best. I do like, however, seeing the plans foil because of the arrogant protagonist 😈 *heh heh heh*😈, but if the protagonist continues to make the same stupid decisions I’m over it. 


That’s it! Thanks for reading, and be sure to leave your link below so I can check yours out!

Top 10 Tuesday (14)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

This one was a little harder because many of my favorite books are about zombies or set in a dystopian world. Neither of which I would like to be a part of, lol. 

As always, click on the book cover for a link to purchase the book and click on images to be taken to their source. I credit all art I find, but please message me asap if I have gotten the credit or link wrong so I can fix it or remove the image.

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Hogwarts. This is probably going to be on 90% of people’s lists, but it’s definitely my #1 bookish setting I’d love to visit. Actually, can I just live there?


.2.

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Velaris – A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Post-war though… Yeah, I know the picture above isn’t actually Velaris, but it always reminds me of Velaris when I see it. 🙂


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300 Fox Way in The Raven Cycle series. Blue’s house is so hectic and chaotic. I couldn’t live there, but I’d love to visit and experience the chaos first hand. 


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Credit: Disney and Walden Media

Narnia. It was my first fantasy novel that I read so something about that place will always hold a special place in my heart. 


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Atlantis. There are so many variations of Atlantis, so it’s hard to choose which one. I’ve always been intrigued by the original story of Atlantis in Timaeus and Critias and how the city came to fall, by Plato. 


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The Lunar Chronicles Universe. I couldn’t pick just one setting here. I want to visit Scarlet’s farm, New Beijing, Luna, and the Rampion. The Lunar Chronicles remains one of my favorite series. 


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Antica. Preferably this would be post war as well, but the world building in Tower of Dawn made me fall in love with it. I want to go see the mountains and Ruks with Sartaq, the Torre Cesme with Yrene, and the beautiful Oasis with—well never-mind. Hasar was arrogant and self serving and I want nothing to do with her. #StillBitter


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The Capitol from The Hunger Games. I know it’s kind of crazy, and I definitely wouldn’t want to stay long. 


.9.

Chicago in the Divergent series. Alright, so like above, I wouldn’t want to stay long, but I’d still like to visit. Actually, I really just want to do the zipline. 


The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

The Gender Game by Bella ForrestThe Gender Game (The Gender Game #1) by Bella Forrest
Format: Audio
Narrator: Rebecca Soler, Zachary Webber
Series: The Gender Game
on October 28th, 2016
Genres: YA, Dystopian
Source: Audible
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars

PREPARE TO ENTER AN ALL-NEW WORLD...

A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates's world by gender. Women rule the East. Men rule the West. Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus...

Ever since the death of her mother, Violet's life has been shadowed by bad luck. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now after two unfortunate incidents resulting in womanslaughter, she has been sentenced to death.

But one decision could save her life.

One decision to enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy defies Violet's identity, but she must sacrifice everything if she wishes to survive the forbidden kingdom... including forbidden love.

How much of yourself could you give up to keep yourself alive?

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Review of the story:

I have been meaning to read a Bella Forrest novel for a while. I know she has the Shade of Vampire series, but I’m really picky with vampire stories so I never checked them out. To be honest, I didn’t go into The Gender Game with high expectations because I know Ms. Forrest pumps out books like crazy (like 4-5 books a year). I have found with other independent authors who crank out books that quickly that sometimes editing is sub-par, but as long as the story is good I generally don’t mind. With that being said, the book was better than I expected. Yes, there were a few issues: the letter at the end (don’t want to spoil it) felt too convenient and disingenuous to the story, some characterization for a major character in the book was a little underdone, and the world building left me wanting more. However, The Gender Game also had some great elements to it: 

-Strong and likable female lead character
-Unique dystopian world in a genre overflowing with unoriginal ideas
-Lots of action
-Quickly paced
-Just enough romance to tease you, but not to overpower the narrative
-Also, The author clearly did research on MMA fighting and the fighting scenes never felt forced
 

Overall, I enjoyed the book and will be continuing the series. I will likely not do reviews on this blog for the following books, but I will review on Goodreads, as I find doing reviews here for sequels not very helpful.  

Review of the audio:

I’ve been a fan of Rebecca Soler since listening to the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I thought it might be difficult to separate Cinder’s voice from Violet’s, but I found it relatively easy as I was drawn into the story. Rebecca Soler remains to be one of my favorite narrators, as she brings life to characters through her superb voice acting abilities. Zachary Webber only did a small portion at the end of the book, but I have also listened to him before and enjoy his voice. 


 

The Gender Game is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, which I highly recommend if you’re not already a member. It’s only $10 a month and soooo worth it! There are even a lot of books with audio included! Click below for more details about the Kindle Unlimited program, if you’re interested.


four-stars

The Friday 56 (6)

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

This week I chose 56% of  of The Gender Game by Bella Forrest. 


Barely breathing, I felt my consciousness return to the sunny world around me. To Samuel, tugging at my impatiently. But I remained staring at the house. The silence was more disconcerting than the screaming.”


I also participate in “First Lines Friday”, to see the first lines of this book head over to that post by clicking here


A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender.
Women rule the East. Men rule the West.

Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes.

But one decision could save her life.

To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. But abiding by rules has never been her strong suit, and when she is thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom … including forbidden love.

In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive…


 

The Gender Game is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, which I highly recommend if you’re not a member. It’s only $10 a month and soooo worth it! There are even a lot of books with audio included! Click below for more details about the Kindle Unlimited program, if you’re interested.

First Lines Friday (14)

First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.

Here are the rules (as outlined by Wandering Words):

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

I’m using this book for my Friday 56 as well, so if you’re interested check it out here.



Scroll down for more info about the book.


A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender.
Women rule the East. Men rule the West.

Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes.

But one decision could save her life.

To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. But abiding by rules has never been her strong suit, and when she is thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom … including forbidden love.

In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive…


 

The Gender Game is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, which I highly recommend if you’re not a member. It’s only $10 a month and soooo worth it! There are even a lot of books with audio included! Click below for more details about the Kindle Unlimited program, if you’re interested.