Wonder Woman Book Tag

This tag was created by Amber @ Amber’s Books and More on Youtube.
And thanks to DuskAngelReads for tagging us!

Onto the tag~

1. WONDER WOMAN: YOUR FAVORITE BADASS FEMALE BOOK CHARACTER

 

My girl Mare is badass and shoutout to Tally from Uglies! Uglies has been out for a while now, but its really what got me into the YA genre so I owe Tally and co. a lot!

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Review: ‘Soundless’

I LOVE Richelle Mead. I read all of the Vampire Academy books within a week a few years ago. I remember my parents had to keep taking me to the library because I devoured them so fast. I also read some of her spinoff series, Bloodlines, and enjoyed that as well because Adrian is AMAZING. But how did I feel about this book?

 
Title: Soundless

Author: Richelle Mead

Series: Standalone

Rating: 2/5 stars

Summary

I didn’t like this book. And I was so surprised because I have loved everything else that Richelle has written. This just didn’t grip me and didn’t leave me wanting more. The book is about a group of people living on the top of a mountain. They are all deaf and some have even begun to lose their eyesight. Nobody knows why but they all accept that it is a part of their life. Many work in a mine and send metal down to the village at the bottom of the mountain, and then food is sent up in exhange for what they produce. Two villagers, our main character Fei as well as another man Lei, dislike this system and journey down the mountain to find out the truth.

Likes

First, what I did like was the general landscape that was painted. Richelle does a very good job of explaining setting so that you are truly immersed in a story. I felt like I was on that mountain with those people and I felt their pain as well. The book was very emotional at points because you really felt for the people on that mountain and you wanted to help them just as Lei tries to do. I also found the unique representation of those who are deaf to be interesting in this book. 99% of this book has no spoken word in it, just italicized sentences that stood for the signing the characters used to communicate. I haven’t read a book in the past that has had deaf characters in it so while I thought that was interesting to have, there is another reason for their deafness, which is a little strange.

Dislikes

Now to what I didn’t like about this book. The characters weren’t powerful enough for me to fall in love with them. They carried the main summary of the story but they didn’t make me swoon and didn’t make me have strong emotional reactions to what they did–those were reserved for the harsh plot points. I also didn’t find the love story in this book to be that compelling. After reading other books by this author, I had higher expectations for the main male lead and thought that the love story would play more of a part. That is just an opinion and my comparison to other books by this author, but I think the love story was unnecessary in this book. The story is tragic, and heartbreaking, but I think it was meant to be that way in order to strike a chord. I also thought that there would be more elements of Asian culture in this story. I think I sort of expected it with the setting of the book and I enjoy learning about new cultures, so it was a disappointment on my end.

Recommendation

I would recommend this book to someone who isn’t afraid of a ‘real’ story that has an optimistic ending. I am sure that in other terms, events like this have happened throughout history. It is painful and raw, which is also something I would use to describe this book.

Happy reading! ~ Taylor

Review: ‘Invictus’

OH MY GOD. I randomly got this book while giving a secret password at the Hachette booth at BookCon. I received the Cruel Prince and then saw this book lying there and asked if I could take a copy… I am so happy the lady said yes!!!!

 
Title: Invictus

Author: Ryan Graudin

Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5 stars

Pub date: September 26, 2017

I received this book as an ARC from BookCon. This is an honest review.

Summary

Wow. Honestly, I didn’t even know what this book was about when I picked it up. I just loved the cover and had heard people getting it at BEA, so I figured it was probably a good read. I read the blurb and found that it said it was a mixture of Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy… WHAAAT? That caught my eye right away and I dove into this book headfirst, which is honestly the only way to dive into this book. This story follows Far, a boy from the future that is trying his hand at theiving and time travel. Yeah, they TIME TRAVEL in this book. His ship is called Invictus, and along with his crew and a new unlikely guest, they fight to stop time from destroying itself.

Likes

Okay I know you’re probably overwhelmed with that whole summary. But, seriously, this book was amazing. I fell in love with the the characters and the story and I desperately wish this was a series because I would pick up the sequel in a heartbeat. The main reason I loved this book was because of the story. It was just so unique and enthralling and there were plenty of historical elements to the book, including the Titanic, old France and Rome. I found this historical elements fitting into the story perfectly and who doesn’t love a little time travel? There are also a few Doctor Who references in this book, including the use of blue box as a sort of exclamation. Oh, I should mention: there are a few made-up swears in this book that are kind of adorable and I love them. The second thing I loved about this book were the characters. I have to say my favorite was Imogen. I related to her awkwardness and need for fantasy hair (mine is ombré dark pink!). She was also one of the smartest people on the Invictus crew and she dazzled everyone with her historical knowledge, which they needed to effectively complete missions without detection.

(Dis)likes

There isn’t much I disliked about this book. It was a pretty long one, rounding out at about 450 pages in the ARC copy. I didn’t feel like it was rushed and I felt that all of my questions were answered by the end of the book. Again, I wish that there were more books coming because the story was so unique and fascinating, but it’s okay. I will definitely be checking out more of Ryan’s books!

Recommendation

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Doctor Who, or time travel, or anyone who wants a great read. It was so fantastic to have a great book after a little bit of a book depression (I DNF’d a couple of books yesterday ):) and be lifted up by this fantastic tale.

Happy reading! ~ Taylor

A Very Bookish European Tour!

Hey all! I did a poll on Twitter to see if you guys would be interested in this post and it got overwhelming reviews, so here we are. I traveled to Europe in July for a few weeks (and I miss it terribly) and I stopped some bookish places along the way! I felt a little bit like Monty, Percy and Felicity from GGTVAV with my whole ~tour of Europe~ thing going on…

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Review: ‘The Darkest Part of the Forest’

Well. Here I am, trying another Holly Black book. Because I want to like her books, I really do.

 
Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Author: Holly Black

Series: Standalone

Rating: 2/5 stars

Summary

I… Didn’t like this book. At all. If it was longer, I would have not finished it (DNF’d, in reviewer terms). It was ~170 pages so I figured I would suffer through it and try to get myself to like it. But I just couldn’t. This story follows Hazel and Ben, who wake up a faerie prince and then some serious stuff goes down in the rest of the book.

Likes

I will say I gave this book 2 stars because I did see the potential it had and I liked the plot of the book. I thought it was interesting to have a town plagued by faeries, who think faeries are real, and make deals with them on occasion. I thought having the faerie Prince rise was a neat idea and to have the characters stop this beast that awakens as well. Ben is also eventually revealed to be gay in this book and I also liked that because it was very gradual and felt very real when dealing with the other characters’ reactions. I felt this book was for younger readers (more on that later) and if more young people read this book, I think they could relate to Ben if they are also struggling with the coming out process or exploring their sexuality.

Dislikes

Now, to what I didn’t like. I feel this book moved way. Too. Fast. It was only ~170 pages and so much happened that my head spun. I think elaborating a bit would have made it much more enjoyable and I would have been able to feel like I was in that forest, with the characters, instead of just seeing a quick summary of what happened. I also did not really care for the writing. I have read other Holly Black books in the past and I didn’t like one of them (Coldest Girl in Coldtown) but I liked her Curse Workers series A LOT. I think that series had more of an adult/YA feel to it and this seemed very middle grade to me. I Googled it to make sure it wasn’t, and it’s in teen/YA on Amazon, so I just didn’t get that feel. I also have a ton of unanswered questions because the book is so short and hurried, that I would have loved to find out the answers to and had a little bit more elaboration and detail.

Recommendation

I would recommend this book to younger readers, probably not past 12-13. I think if you enjoy a quick and painless read then this would also be a book that you would like to pick up!

Happy reading! ~ Taylor

Review: ‘Words In Deep Blue’

Words in Deep Blue is the perfect summer read to take to the beach or read poolside. If you love books (I’m going to assume you do), this book is for you.

Title: Words In Deep Blue
Author: Cath Crowley
Series: n/a – Standalone
Rating: 3/5 stars

This story takes place in Australia, which, if you know anything about the author Cath Crowley, will make sense – since she is Australian. I didn’t know this going into the book so it was a delightful surprise when I listened to the audiobook and immediately heard Australian accents rather then American ones I’m used to! Happy surprise! Personally I think this is a book better read rather then listened to – there were specific parts I liked, but if you can, I’d recommend reading this one over listening to it.

It’s told in dual perspectives – best friends since childhood Rachel and Henry – and told via letters. The main setting is a bookstore owned by Henry’s family called Howling Books. Inside the store is a “letter library” – books that aren’t for sale, but that customers can write notes in, underline their favorite passages, or leave letters in for someone else to find. Throughout this story, the characters all leave letters to each other in specific books and they write back to each other. Now you may be wondering, why write letters when you could talk face to face? Sometimes things you can’t say in person can be said better when written down. I really liked this concept and wish I knew a bookstore in real life that had a “letter library” (if there is one that exists, please let me know!)

This is a story about book lovers, for book lovers. Many well-known books are mentioned through this story and it’s fun to hear what the characters each think about the books or what meaning it might have to them. This is about how even if things seem like they’re falling apart, sometimes you can find comfort in the books and the people already around you if you just ask – and sometimes writing a letter will help.

But at the end of the day, the story isn’t about just the books. It’s about the people who read them and the notes and letters they leave behind. It’s an imprint of themselves and of a moment in time – and that’s what will stick with me from reading this book.

Overall this was an enjoyable summer read and if you’re looking for a contemporary book, I would recommend this one. Its fast paced and leaves you smiling and feeling for these characters.

~Missy