Top 5 Wednesday (14)

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

The topic this week is….

I always fancied myself a reader, but until I became a part of the blogging community I didn’t open myself up to the vast amount of books that the world has to offer. Below are 5 books or book series I only read because of blogging hype (for better or for worse). 

Click on the book cover to go to Amazon to purchase or read a synopsis. 


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A Court of Mist and Fury is probably one of my favorite books of all time. ACOTAR and ACOWAR were decent, but ACOMAF is a masterpiece. I never would have picked up ACOTAR if not for the blogging community though. To go along with this, I also started Throne of Glass after finishing ACOMAF, but it felt redundant to list ToG as well. My review of ACOTAR is here


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Contemporary YA is really not my jam most of the time, but I picked this one up because of all the hype. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the read! My review is here.


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Another one of my favorites on this list is Illuminae. I love this book so much! If you have a chance, I highly recommend listening to the audio book as well. It’s wonderful! My full review is here


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If there was ever a book series to surprise the pants off me it was The Raven Cycle. I usually prefer plot driven books and get bored with tedious world building and ongoing character development, but Stiefvater really captivated me throughout this whole series. I think I read all four books in about a week! My review for The Raven Boys is here


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I have to end this list on a downer. I read ADSOM because I kept seeing it on every blogger’s list of “must-reads”. Ugh. This book was agony for me to trudge though. I’m not sure if it was the book or the narrator though, as I listened on audio. The narrator is different for the second book, so I may give it another try….maybe. My full review is here.


Top 5 Wednesday (12)

I’m actually doing this post on time! *go me!*

This is actually surprising because my whole life has been consumed by ACOWAR the past couple of days. I’m only about 1/2 way through though, so no spoilers! 😉 


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

The topic this week is….

 


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Illuminae and Gemina – I mean, come on. The Hardcover editions are particularly awesome. Read my review of Illuminae here


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Wintersong….Admission–I haven’t actually read the book yet! *hangs head* Here’s why though. Once I found out it will have a sequel I wanted to wait. I’ll probably read it closer to the release date of Shadowsong (January 30, 2018)


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I actually didn’t like these covers for a while because I thought they were a little bland and overall meh. They’ve grown on me though and I love them now. Maybe I’m biased to the covers because I love the books so much though, lol.


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I didn’t love Cruel Beauty (3/5 stars, read my review here) and I haven’t read Crimson Bound yet, but the covers of the series are great!


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Six of Crows by [Bardugo, Leigh] Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows by [Bardugo, Leigh]

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. I haven’t had a chance to Insta these books yet (I have a Kaz candle coming in the mail <3 ), but the hardcover versions are pretty awesome. Not only is the cover art bad ass, but the page edges are gilded (or colored? IDK if it’s still gilded if it’s not a gold color?) black and red. I’m just hoping they don’t come off when I’m reading, as I have heard some complaints about that. :/

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I wonder how many lists had Sarah J. Maas books on them? #UnpopularOpinion….I love the books but I dislike the whitewashed look of Celeana on the covers of the Throne of Glass Series because I was completely surprised in the book when I read she had blonde hair, and I still picture her with more white hair than blonde because of the covers. I think I would probably love the covers if it wasn’t for this one thing because I thought Empire of Storms in particular was awesome, if not for this one peeve of mine. 


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA
Format: Audio and Hardcover
Narrators: Olivia Taylor Dudley , Lincoln Hoppe , Johnathan McClain, full cast
Description
(Source: Amazon):

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
      The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
     But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
      Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.”


Review:
Wow. This book brought out my emotions more than any I have read in a while. One minute I was laughing at Kady’s sharp tongue, and the next I was crying at people’s last messages recorded and held in a ship’s black box (the box that is recovered after a plane, or in this case a spaceship, crashes). I’m not really much of a cryer while reading so the fact that this book made me cry three separate times speaks to how great this book was for me. 

Illuminae caught my attention right off the bat, as the very first page made me LOL.

…though profanity remains censored as per your instruction. Sure, the story kicks off with the deaths of thousands of people, but god forbid there be cussing in it, right?”

I wanted to point out that the book grabbed my attention right away because I am someone who usually requires 2-5 chapters to start getting connected with a book and the characters. 

I did something with this book that I have never done before: I got the audio from my library, but found that I started to get confused on the timeline of events so I bought a hard copy of the book to follow along with, and I loved it. The audio is amazing because there are 20, yes-TWENTY, voice actors! There are even sound effects as well! I think if you are only listening to the book you are missing out on an important aspect of the book though. The art and structure of the book is fantastic and entirely unique. I’ve already bought the second book (Gemina) in both audio and hard copy as well so I can follow along again. 

The format of the book being files and dossiers makes it seem like a mystery unfolding before your eyes. I kind of felt like a detective who was reading a case file. There is a huge plot twist in the book (that caught me 100% by surprise, and I am usually pretty good at guessing any twists) so I can’t really say much about the plot. I can tell you that it has lots of action, a little bit of romance, a crazy AI (AIDAN, why do I kind of ship him and Kady?!🙊🙊), a kick ass heroine, and lots of tear jerker moments. 

Read.This.Book.

Rating:

   

Final Thoughts:
– If you have the chance, listen to the audiobook while following along with the physical copy. It’s so much better that way, IMO.
– As soon as I’m done with my ARC TBRs in April I am going to reread this book. After some of the plot twists I want to go back and see if I can find any clues. 


It’s Monday, what are you reading? (10)

This is a weekly feature hosted over at Book Date.

Hey everyone! I missed last Monday’s post so this one will summarize the last two weeks!


            

Everything, Everything: Review here (4/5 stars), Contemporary YA
Beauty of the Beast: Review here (5/5 stars), Historical Romance, Retellings
Confess: Review here (4/5 stars) Contemporary Romance
Maybe Someday: Review here (4/5 stars), Contemporary Romance
Maybe Not: did not review, but read review of Maybe Someday to get more info on it (3/5 stars), Contemporary Romance
City in Embers: Review here (5/5 stars), NA, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
The Barrier Between: Review here (5/5 stars),NA, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Across the Divide: Review to come (5/5 stars),NA, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
From Burning Ashes: Review to come (5/5 stars),NA, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Ugly Love: Review to come (4/5 stars), Contemporary Romance
Defy the Stars: Review here (4/5 stars), YA, Sci-Fi, Space Opera
Alex: Review to come (4/5 stars), Contemporary Romance

Gah! I’m so far behind on reviews! I’m going to try on catching up this week instead of reading so much. I hate being behind. I’ll be doing mini-reviews of Across the Divide and From Burning Ashes for two reasons: 1. they are sequels 2. I blew through the series so quickly that they all started to run together. 


  

Illuminae: I’m listening to this on audio right now and loving it so far. It’s a little confusing sometimes but what an awesome audiobook.
Garrett: I read the first book (Alex) and loved it. It’s contemporary romance. 
Slammed: I’ve been on a Colleen Hoover kick lately, but I’m having a hard time getting into this one. So many people love it though so I’m going to push through. I think it’s because the characters are a little younger than her usual books (18).