Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DNF Review: Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre

This is breaking my heart, but it has to be done. I had mixed feelings about book one, Mortal Danger. But I still really wanted to read the sequel. But then I got it months ago, and I didn't feel like reading it. But this week I wanted to try. But I'm so sad to say that I did not like it one bit. But I wanted to so badly.

I liked it so little that I had to DNF it at page 148. This does not happen often. I do not stop reading books. I don't like it. But with this one, I don't think I will be able to read more. I have no want to read more. I don't care what happens next. And it is the worst thing to feel. I will try to explain why I'm not finishing it.

I had a lot of bad thoughts about this book. I will try to not talk too much about it, as it will only be negative. Sigh. But I do love sharing how I feel, so I'm going to do that. My first issue with this book was the writing. I didn't enjoy it. It wasn't bad, so I didn't have any hate towards it, but it wasn't good either. I did not feel connected at all. And nothing happened. So little talking. And the kissing scenes and such were described badly, I thought. I didn't like how Edie was thinking and talking. You know, shit hitting the fan, was mentioned so many times in these 148 pages. That annoyed me a lot. Sigh. Didn't like it. I'm weird that way :)

I really wish I could have loved this one. As I adore Ann. She's such an amazing person. And I have loved a lot of books by her. But this series was not for me. It was so overdone. All the monsters and what not. I felt nothing for them. It didn't make sense to me. That whole immortal game or whatever. First, I didn't remember it that much. Second, it just annoyed me so much. It made no sense. It wasn't exciting. I felt nothing for it. And that is just heartbreaking. I'm sure others will love it. Probably. I don't know.

Then there was the characters. I did not care for Edie at all. She was being silly. And Kian. Why does he love her? I saw nothing about her. The romance wasn't good. A few kissing scenes that weren't exciting. Then there was the potential love triangle with the Harbinger. Sigh. So annoying. Probably nothing, but I don't know. Point is: Nothing about this book excited me. I was bored. I didn't like what was happening. I didn't like how they talked. I just couldn't stand to read any more, and that is depressing. Didn't like it.

Not saying more about this book now. Just a maybe spoiler. I peeked a tiny bit ahead. Someone important dies. There is time travel at the end. What the hell. This is just so not a book for me. I wish it was, but it wasn't. There is too much of everything, I felt like it could have been better without all the weird things. But yeah. This book just was not for me. I'm sad about not finishing it, but I also do not want to pick it up at all. So I guess I'm done with this book. Depressing, but true. Not a book for me.

I'm so sorry that I wasn't able to finish this book. That I didn't enjoy it more. But it just was not for me. I wanted to love it, but I could not. I'm curious to know what others feel about this book, though, as I have seen some mixed thoughts already :) Either way, I adore Ann. And I have loved four of her books, and two short stories by her. But not every book is for me. This wasn't. But I'm forever thankful to Macmillan Kids for sending me this ARC for review. <3 Thank you so much. You guys are the best :)

DNF
 

Waiting on Wednesday #194

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

THE COPPER GAUNTLET (Magisterium #2)
BY CASSANDRA CLARE & HOLLY BLACK


Goodreads Description:

Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.

It’s not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.

Call escapes to the Magisterium -- but things only intensify there. The Alkahest -- a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic -- has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes -- and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.

As the mysteries of the Magisterium deepen and widen, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take readers on an extraordinary journey through one boy’s conflict -- and a whole world’s fate.


Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Scholastic Press
Pre-Order here and here

Oh, how I want to read this book right now. I adored The Iron Trial so so so much. <3 And I think this sequel sounds like it will be even better. Just, ugh. Wishing I could read it already. Anyone have an ARC they wouldn't mind sharing with me? :D Really, really excited for this book. <3 It looks and sounds so amazing and I just loved book one so much. I cannot wait to know what happens next. Ack. So excited and so worried too. I adore Call so much. <3 See my cover reveal post for this gorgeous thing here :)
What are you waiting for on this magical Wednesday? 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #24

 
Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015




1. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.
I can't begin to say how much I adored this book. It is oh so special to me. The writing is perfection. And it is told in such a special and different way. I adored every page. I loved Kady and Ezra so much. I can't wait to re-read it.







2. The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas.
I adored all three books in this trilogy oh so much. But this third one was my favorite, I think. It was so stunning. And heartbreaking. I adore the romance between Titus and Iolanthe. It's the sweetest. This final book was perfection.







3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer.
This book cannot not be mentioned on my best books read. Because it is stunning. I loved getting to know Levana more, though I ended up loving her. Ugh. It is not going to end well. These books by Marissa are the very best.






 
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab.
I was surprised by how much I loved this book. I couldn't have loved it any more. It was so perfect. Full of magic. And such stunning characters to read about. I adored the writing. And I loved the world. I can't wait to read more.






5. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski.
Yes, this book broke my heart, but I also loved it to pieces. Kestrel and Arin are amazing. I just want them to be together. Sobs. But yeah, this book is amazing. I love this world so much. That ending is the very best. Loved it.







6. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson.
This book was so special. And I am beyond thrilled that I loved it so much. The writing is beautiful. The plot is amazing to read about. I just adored the whole journey. And I loved the main character, Lee, so much. She's amazing.





7. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman.
I adored this sequel and final book. Waited so long for it, and to me the wait was well worth it. The story is so epic and amazing to read about. I adored Phina so much and I loved getting to know her more. This book was amazing.







8. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows.
This precious had to be included. Because I loved this book a whole lot. Wil is the best character to read about. She's fierce. And I adored the romance so much. Sigh. And the plot. So good. That ending was evil. And the best one.







9. The Uninvited by Cat Winters.
I loved this one oh so much. I adore Cat. And her books are amazing. This was my favorite of hers. The plot is stunning. The characters are amazing. The twist surprised me oh so much. The romance is perfection. Loved it so.






10. All the Rage by Courtney Summers.
This is one of the best books I have read. It is heartbreaking. And it made me so angry. But it was also so beautiful and real and honest and I adored it. The writing is so so beautiful. The characters are all amazing to read about.






I haven't done a Top Ten Tuesday in forever. Almost two years now since the last time. But today I really felt like doing it, so will see if I do it more times too :) Really wanted to share the top ten books I have read so far this year. But, well, I have only gotten to read 50 books so far this year. Which is just so depressing. But I haven't been in the mood to read, as my health has been awful this year. But I have read some amazing books, so sharing a bit about them :D I'm not counting re-reads. Best of those were the His Dark Materials trilogy. <3 Plus many more. Loved all of these. What is on your list this week? <3

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme held by The Broke and the Bookish :)

Cress Tuesday #88

There are some awesome news that I must share. Short stories book coming! Stars Above. <3 Yaaay!
I adore sharing these Cress Tuesday teasers every Tuesday. I love finding new teasers to share. It's all kinds of fun. I shall be sharing these until November, when Winter comes out, most likely :) As you know, I adore Marissa Meyer. She is all kinds of amazing. She's so kind and sweet. And she writes such perfect books. I have loved all her books and short stories so far. I'm dying to read Winter. <3 See the very gorgeous cover reveal for it here. I'm also dying to read her upcoming book, Heartless, which will be out next February. Oh. I cannot wait. I haven't been brave enough to re-read Cinder, Scarlet & Cress just yet, but I shall be doing so soon. As I love these books oh so much. They are the bestest. I hope you have all read these books by now. And if not, you really should. I hope you are all enjoying these small and awesome teasers from Cress :) See all the previous Cress Tuesdays here. <3 Have you read it yet?


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Kai scooped his hair off his brow, staring at the holograph that floated above the conference table with a mixture of horror and awe. Part of him wanted to laugh. Not at all because it was funny, but because there didn't seem to be any better reaction. The holograph showed the planet Earth. And all around it were hundreds of small yellow lights, many clumped above Earth's most-populated cities. Hundreds of tiny spaceships. They were surrounded.


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Things are not going well for Earth in this book. I love how Kai tries to fix it all.

Huge thank you to Marissa Meyer and Macmillan Kids for letting me share these gorgeous Cress Tuesday teasers with you all. <3 They are the bestest. Thank you so much. I hope you are all loving the teasers :D I know that I am loving finding them and sharing them with you all. If you haven’t yet read Cress, I hope these teasers are making you more excited about it. <3 I’m sharing all these teasers from my stunning hardcover of Cress. Well, from one of my copies. I might be owning a whole bunch of them :D

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cover Reveal: Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

I cannot wait to read this book. And I adore this cover so much :D And oh my gosh, have you read that amazing summary? This book sounds awesome. I think I will love it. Because I loved another book by Kate, (Don't You) Forget About Me. It was pretty amazing :) And I think Down With the Shine might be even better. <3 And weird. And awesome. I simply cannot wait to read it. And oh, I think the cover is stunning. <3 I love it. It isn't possible to pre-order this book just yet, but soon, I hope. <3 Have added the links below to where it will show up, sometime. But ahh, yeah. This book isn't out until April 26th. Which is forever away. Sobs. Wishing I could read it now. <3 Anyway. I simply can't wait to read this book. It will be amazing. Really hoping for a romance in it too, hih :D What do you think of the cover?


There's a reason they say "be careful what you wish for." Just ask the girl who wished to be thinner and ended up smaller than Thumbelina, or the boy who asked for "balls of steel" and got them-literally. And never wish for your party to go on forever. Not unless you want your guests to be struck down by debilitating pain if they try to leave.

These are things Lennie only learns when it's too late-after she brings some of her uncles' moonshine to a party and toasts to dozens of wishes, including a big wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was abducted and murdered six months ago.

Lennie didn't mean to cause so much chaos. She always thought her uncles' moonshine toast was just a tradition. And when they talked about carrying on their "important family legacy," she thought they meant good old-fashioned bootlegging.

As it turns out, they meant granting wishes. And Lennie has just granted more in one night than her uncles would grant in a year.

Now she has to find a way to undo the damage. But once granted, a wish can't be unmade...