📚 August Wrap-Up 📚

Hey everybody, today I am back with my August wrap-up. I can’t believe August is already over, I’m starting school on Monday and I’m not ready. At least it’s my last year of school, soon this will all be over! Anyway, today I want to show y’all the 9 books I read in August & other stuff that has been happening.


Books I read

august wrap up

  • Final Draft by Riley Redgate: I read this for the Booktubeathon, I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The story is lowkey boring and predictable, but the writing didn’t bother me, so I’m up for reading another one of her books. 2 stars
  • Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them: This was so boring. I feel like the illustrated edition is way more enjoyable because you can actually see the beasts, but this was so boring. It’s 80 pages long and it took me 7 days to read because I just couldn’t put myself through that. 1 star
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: I read the illustrated edition of this for the booktubeathon and I had such a great time. I love Harry Potter and I obviously loved this. The illustrations are beautiful, I can’t wait to read these to my kids. 5 stars
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater: As you can see, I read the German edition, that’s why you might not recognize the cover. I really enjoyed this one, the pacing was a bit slow and it took like 180 pages for the book to find its footing making me read it slower. Overall, super enjoyable, you could definitely tell that the series was coming to a close since it was the third book in the quartet. 4 stars.
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater: This was the best finale ever. To be honest, I hate finales in series. I always feel like they’re underwhelming and I have way too high expectations so I always end up loving the second book in the series more, but that is so not the case for The Raven King. It was such a good ending to the series, I cried so much at the end, especially when I think about one certain character, it really bums me out. 5 stars.
  • Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka: I have a lot of thoughts about this. This is a debut novel (sort of) and the writing really isn’t all that. I love the idea behind this novel, but I thought the execution wasn’t that great. There’s amazing diversity in this book though and it was exactly what I needed after watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, but the main character bothered me because I felt like she could never learn from her mistakes and there was a love interest that annoyed me so much because it was so obvious who was going to be endgame and it was just a huge waste of time in my opinion. 3.5 stars
  • Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I reread this for my two year blogiversary and I loved it so much. I’m going to be rereading this series before The Darkest Star comes out in October, and I honestly cannot wait. It was great to be back with all my faves and there was just so much nostalgia, I loved it so much. 5 stars.
  • Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout: After rereading Obsidian, I was like: Oh yeah, let me read like the first chapter of Onyx, just to see what happens because I can’t remember’, I ended up reading the entire book in one day. I don’t know why, I couldn’t stop it was so addicting. I love this series. 5 stars.
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: I didn’t enjoy this book all to much as I was hoping I would. The scenes sometimes were so detailed that I’d be reading for so long and they would still be at like a trailer park or something. I love Zu and Liam though, and I’m not 100% sure if I’ll continue the series, but I will definitely read the Darkest Legacy because I feel like I could like her more as a main character than Ruby. The book was just way too similar to Shatter Me and quite frankly I enjoyed Shatter Me more so I’m going to finish that series first. For the people that have read both series (or at least only the first books like me) Ruby = Juliette, Liam = Adam, Clancy = Warner. That’s all I’m saying. 3 stars.

Book to Movie Adaptations I’ve Watched

I only watched two, and I have review for both of them, but I really want to talk about them again. The To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie, was so good. The characters were represented amazingly, I loved the movie so much. I really want to rewatch it soon, it just was that good. It definitely deserves all of the hype that it’s getting and more and I really hope we get a sequel, because honestly John Ambrose McClaren was looking like a snack and Netflix just blew it completely out of the water. 5 stars.

Then two days ago I watched the movie adaptation for The Darkest Minds. The story was still there and everything and the movie was enjoyable, plus the characters were spot on, I loved movie Zu and Chubs, but they cut away some parts which I thought were really important to the story/ cutting them away made the motives seem illogical. By cutting away so much, they really made the connection between Liam and Ruby seem extremely insta-lovey, and it made it seem much more like Ruby had control over her powers when the entire book is basically about her struggling with her powers and her never being able to control them?? I doubt this movie will get a sequel since the movie was a little bit of a flop and it’s really generic. 3 stars.


Blog

This was the last month where I post every week day. I can’t keep up with that while I’m in my senior year, so I will be cutting it down to three times a week and maybe even taking a hiatus from January until June. It hurts me so much to do that, but I have to prioritze school and this year is really important, so it really sucks. I feel like maybe I’ll pop in every now and then but I don’t really think so.

Plus, I don’t think I’m going to be doing TBR’s again. I did one for this month and I just felt so stressed to read the books I put on my tbr. The TBR was really ambitious, and it put me under a lot of pressure, so I’m thinking that maybe for the next while I’ll be doing a tbr type thing, where I talk about the books on my night stand. Because basically the books on my nightstand are the ones that I’m planning on picking up next but not in a definite space of time, if that makes sense. I just don’t want the pressure of a tbr.


So yeah, that was my August wrap up. August flew by me entirely and I’m not ready for school so wish me luck, I will definitely need it. 🤗🤗

🎬 The Darkest Minds Movie Review 🎬

the darkest minds movieHello everybody, yesterday I went to the cinema and I watched The Darkest Minds movie with my two best friends. I had read the book (well almost) but they haven’t at all, and I feel like their perspective really helped me write this review.

Let’s begin now, this movie is one and a half hours long and for the first half hour you get 55% of the book and for the remaining hour you get the last 45% of the book. That really didn’t help anything because in my opinion like that they left out a lot of very important information and friendship growth. I get that you cannot include everything in the movie because there only is so much time and the book is a bit longer, but the way they translated it into a movie made Liam and Ruby look insanely insta-lovey and made it overall way too predictable.

That being said, they sure as hell did nail the characters. They used a lot of the dialogue from the book and Chubs and Zu were done amazingly. My friends are such big fans of Zu and Chubs. They did get a lot of the scenes right, but they made the chemistry between Ruby and Liam feel forced and wrong and instalovey and they totally didn’t show how untrusting Chubs was the entire time of Ruby and how they really became friends. Plus the movie didn’t really present how bad the camps truly were, I mean, I think they didn’t even name the camp where Ruby stayed for 6 years of her life. Plus, it really wouldn’t have been that hard for them to include Ruby’s grandma, because the entire time in the book she just wants to get to her grandma, which makes so much more sense than her wanting to go back home to her parents who already forgot who she is.

Overall, I don’t really know what I thought about the movie. My friend said that they had pretty bad CGI and they kept overdramtasizing everything which I also think is true. I don’t know though because I thought the movie was enjoyable, but then they would leave out points and make the story illogical and I get why at the end of the movie they had to sum some things up to make it go quicker, but part of what happened didn’t even really happen and it was just to make the movie more dramatic, which at the same time I do understand but I just don’t get why they always have to do that.the darkest minds movie 2.jpg

WWW Wednesday: August 29th, 2018

Sometimes, we have really good WWWs. Last time, I was able to show four books as my finished reading, but it’s not always like that and I’m here to say: it’s okay if you’re not reading. Things get in the way. I barely read all week because I am being super unproductive and I just cannot get myself to do anything besides fandom quizzes but oh well. In case you didn’t know, WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over on Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: I’m still currently reading The Darkest Minds. I read like 20% on Thursday and then I didn’t touch the book at all until today when I tried finishing the book before I watched the movie (which, obviously, didn’t work out for me.) I’m kind of enjoying this book, I don’t know, I kind of don’t like Ruby. And for me it’s just way too similar to Shatter Me. Ruby and Juliette both can’t be touched or else something bad happens that they can’t control, Liam/ Adam comes along and gives them hope for a better life and then there’s Warner/Clancy who are both the son of a super important political/military person who want to use Juliette/Ruby as a weapon, so. I think maybe I’ll continue the series but I’m not 100% sure since I also just started Shatter Me and I enjoyed Shatter Me a lot more. Maybe dystopian isn’t really for me because I gave Shatter Me only 3.75 stars and I’m really leaning towards 3 for The Darkest Minds. But I really want to read The Darkest Legacy because Zu is the main character and I love Zu.

Recently Finished: ….

Next Read: I already know what my next read is going to be. I’m going to be picking up A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab because I’m finally going to be buddy reading it with my best friend. We’ve been planning this buddy read since December and books just kept getting in the way, but now it’s really happening and I can’t wait.

🏷 The Cliches Book Tag 🏷

Hey everybody, today I am back with another Tag Tuesday, as always. I totally forgot that I didn’t write a post for today so this is a bit later than my usual timing, but I still hope that you enjoy this tag!

to all the boys I've loved before book series covers1. Actions speak louder than words. A book that wasn’t or couldn’t be better than the movie.

So I have obviously also fallen onto the hype train of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and in my opinion the movie is slightly better than the movie. What bothered me is that in the book it seemed like Lara Jean thought like a child and it felt things were over exaggerated and everything was overly dramatic, but it came across so much better in the movie. I feel like they really nailed the movie and I really want a sequel.

a court of thorns and roses2. The grass is always green on the other side. A rags to riches…or riches to rags story.

If you look at it in an obscure way, A Court of Thorns and Roses is lowkey a rags to riches story. In the beginning of the book, Feyre is hunting and she’s thinking about providing for the family and hoping that they will get through the winter then she’s whisked away to live in a super fancy manor literally forever and is only involved with High Lords that are super rich. So, yeah.

simon vs the homo sapiens agenda cover3. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. A parent-child relationship you loved.

I really like the Spier family from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I really loved them together as a big bunch, especially when it came to Simon’s sexuality and basically how they were and acted as a family. They’re basically my favorite fictional family and they were portrayed great in the movie.

Lux-Book-Series.png4. You can’t judge a book by its cover. A great book that NEEDS a better cover.

See the Lux Series needs better covers in general, but the fact that they had to change all of the covers for the last book bothers me. I don’t really like bind up editions so that was another mistake, so all I want is to have a matching cover of Opposition for my other books. Because when you look at the series on my shelf the first four books are all so dark and dramatic, and then there’s this bright teal Opposition, which just bothers me a lot.

the cruel prince5. You can’t please everyone. A book you hate/love that everyone loves/hates.

Hate is a strong word, but I really really really really disliked the Cruel Prince. I understand why people like it, it just really wasn’t for me. It felt so dragged and like it would never end and then he throws her into a river. I can’t.

moxie6. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. A book you are a better person for having read.

I feel like Moxie really changed my perspective on a lot of things and definitely changed me as a person. I loved the book so much and Moxie really opened my eyes for a lot of things.

7. Love is blind. A book with a disabled character OR actual blind love.

I’m so upset that I can’t answer this question. Sure, there’s a lot of blind love, but I want to focus this on disabled characters but I just don’t know of any. Please let me know in the comments books that feature disabled characters and I will definitely check them out.

girl on the train8. Ignorance is bliss. A book you know is bad but don’t want to admit it or a book you don’t want to read in case it’s bad.

I’m gonna twist this question around because of how similar it is to the 10th question, and my twist is: a book you read that is so bad you never want to think about it.’ See, I like that prompt a lot more, and for that prompt I’m picking Girl on The Train. My hate for Girl on the Train is no secret on this blog, I really hated it. There was an unclear time line, it was way too long and overly boring, the main character annoyed me so much and the only good part was the last 5% but it’s just not worth it. I hate thinking about this book because it always makes me super angry.

fangirlspecial29. There is no time like the present. Your favorite contemporary book.

I have a lot of favorite contemporaries. Contemporary is my favorite genre so it’s really hard for me to pick a favorite. However, I do think that I’ll go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because that is my favorite contemporary book of all time don’t @ me on this. 😂

six of crows10. Better safe than sorry. A book you don’t want to read in case it’s bad or vice versa!

I’ve mentioned it a couple of times here and there before, but I’m really scared of reading Six of Crows. Six of Crows is such a highly acclaimed duo in the book community, I’m so scared of thinking that it’s bad and hating it and being shunned by the community. I don’t know why, I feel like everyone loves it and I’m scared.

So this was my take on the Cliches book tag, I had a lot of fun and if you did too, go ahead and give it a go! Until next time, bye! 🤗 🤗

 

9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno // Spoiler Free Review

9 days and 9 nightsTitle: 9 Days and 9 Nights (99 Days #2)

Author: Katie Cotugno

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: May 1st, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ¾

Goodreads Summary (99 Days): Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

Hey everybody, today I will be reviewing 9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno. This was my first read for the booktubeathon so I read it back in July, but since I already have so many reviews waiting, I figured now would be a great time to post it because the second book is set at the end of summer, and when this goes up, it will also be the end of summer.

This book really surprised me because I really didn’t expect a sequel of 99 Days to be released, even though I did want one when I read the first book over 2 years ago. This book generally has a different tone than the first book, and it follows a very different story.

I personally loved to see how far Katie Cotugno has come since 99 Days. I did enjoy 99 Days a lot, but I really think the sequel is a lot better than the first book. Now, one of the things we all know that I love in books is depth, and this book certainly had that. Our main character Molly is still battling  with a lot of her issues from the past  and it shows the struggle of trying to be someone others would like, but not staying true to yourself.

At first, I didn’t really like the direction this book was going in, but then towards the end I was totally on board with it. The writing might not have been the greatest thing in the world, but I think it served the book well. The main character Molly is currently in her summer between freshman and sophomore year at college but amazingly she mentions her mother much more than the 16 year olds do in YA, funny huh?

I think the book did a great job of portraying characters. They were all very different from each other and I liked that even though this book was really on the shorter side, Katie Cotugno didn’t waste any time to really flesh out the characters.

Plus, I really didn’t expect to enjoy it that much. I mean, I did, Katie Cotugno always has a great entertainment value to her books, but the last book I read from her, Fireworks, was kind of a miss for me so I lowered my expectations. I love low expectations though, you can never be dissapointed. But, somehow, I could not put this book down. I started at like 8pm or something reading it, and I stayed up until 1:30?? Albeit, It probably wouldn’t have been that long but I did have a very traumatic experience with an insect in my room that took away an hour of reading.

Even though I have a lot of positive thoughts, I don’t really think this book will be something I’ll remember for the ages. I think it’ll be something that if someone asks me if I’ve read it I’ll say yeah, and not gush about how much I loved it. I don’t think it will be that memorable for me.

This book series generally is for someone who can deal with more problematic reads. The books really aren’t perfect, but they have a great entertainment value. Plus, the thing that I loved most about this book is that it didn’t have one of the elements that it did in the first book which I just do not condone, so it was really great to see that. This book is great for people looking for a quick, summer read, but maybe not if they’re looking for their next favorite book or generally a 5 star book.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout // MY TWO YEAR BLOGIVERSARY

obsidian-by-jennifer-l-armentroutTitle: Obsidian ( The Lux Series #1)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Entangled Teen

Publisher: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Release Date: May 8th, 2012

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Hello everybody, today I am here on my official two year blogiversary. I officially started my blog up two years ago on this day (I also had my one year blogiversary back in June because I started up my blog again nearly a year later because I never posted and that’s when it really begun for me, but this is the official blogiversary) with my introduction post, and I came back to reread Obsidian and review it again to just see if I have changed my review tactics over the year, if my thoughts have changed, so let’s jump right into it! Plus, I would highly recommend checking out my first review of Obsidian because I kind of find it really funny (and cringey) and I kept laughing while reading it, but I still had some good points.

Starting this book, I was really scared. I was scared that I hyped the book up too much in my head and it wasn’t going to live up to the ridiculous expectations that I had, but, it really did live up to my expectations. I love this book, this book is the reason that I started blogging and reading this book as a blogger, I oddly felt so at home. When Katy talked about writing a Waiting on Wednesday post, I gasped, because I also write Waiting on Wednesday posts occasionally. I loved being even more in touch with the blog side of things this time around.

At first, I had a little bit of trouble getting into it. I knew so much about Daemon, I know who he really is, and seeing him at the beginning is just such a mind fuck for me. I obviously still got into the book right away and I flew through it.

I loved being reintroduced to the Lux world, and my favorite thing is the banter between Daemon and Katy. I lived for that. I kept laughing and I was all for it, this is some really high quality banter.  Side note: I just read my review from when I read it 2 years ago and I said the banter got on my nerves?? who am I?

I literally cannot pick out a single bad thing about this book, and I know that’s kind of biased, but even after having read so many books in the mean time, my opinion on this book hasn’t changed at all. I love the characters, I love the setting, I love the world, this book is perfect. It’s so easy to read, it’s such a fun ride the entire time and you won’t regret picking up this novel. Plus, Daemon is very attractive.

Happy 2 year blogiversary to me! I decided after reading this book to reread the entire Lux series before the first book in the spin-off series The Darkest Star comes out on October 30th. I can’t wait honestly, after rereading Obsidian, I woke up in the morning and I went to the second book, Onyx, because I wasn’t 100% sure what happens in it, so I was like: oh yeah, I’m gonna only read the first chapter. Sike, I ended up reading the entire book and I need more, but I need to read some other books in between, and I’m not getting The Darkest Star until my birthday, so I still have some time.

✨ Recent Purchase ✨

Hello everybody, today I am back with something I haven’t done in a while. I haven’t bought any books recently which I am super proud of myself for, my tbr pile just keeps shrinking and shrinking, which go me honestly. I kept reading books at the same amount as I was reading them, so my tbr pile never shrunk (I still have 60 books on my tbr like I did a year ago, but I bought 50 books in the meantime), but alas, today I bought a book that I can’t wait to share with y’all and I can’t wait to read.

Dance of Thieves_FINAL 9.18Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Goodreads Summary: A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

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I can’t wait to read this book because it is the first book in a spin off series that’s set in the same world as the Remnant Chronicles, I really hope we hear more from the characters from the Remnant Chronicles as this follows completely other people, but I can’t wait. Mary E. Pearson did such an amazing job at creating the Remnant universe, honestly you can tell how much work she put into it. As you can see on the map, it has 3 Kingdoms, but one isn’t at all like the other and I love that so much. I can’t wait to read this, September here we come!

I obviously haven’t read this yet, but I saw a couple of people saying that it’s better to read the Remnant Chronicles before you read this to understand the world building better and the series is one of my favorites anyway, so please pick it up!