I Messed Up Book Tag

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Hello everyone!

I was tagged by IcthusBookCorner to do the I Messed Up Book Tag! It was quite a while ago that I was tagged, but I had all my posts lined up and this was the only free spot lol.

A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently.

This is probably every character I’ve ever read. I’d probably have to say Theresa from The Maze Runner trilogy, Four from The Divergent series, and the AI guy from Illuminae. The AI was probably the worst because I couldn’t help but picture him as a human.

A character name that you have been pronouncing wrong.

Lol. There’s too many. Probably all the names from Beautiful Creatures and Minho from The Maze Runner. I always said it as “minnow,” or would over-pronounce the “ho” part. I don’t know.

An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure.

I know this sounds bad, but when the guys are more protective of their love interest and take charge. I hate when the girls are weaker and let the guy control them, but I like a little protective instinct, I think it’s cute.

A cliché character type that you like better on screen than reading about.

Characters like Bella from Twilight who are more moody and, I love Twilight, but whiny. Also, I can’t stand the standard jock or mean girl in a book, but they’re ok on screen.

Have you ever not read or completed a required-reading book for school?

Never. I love reading, so why wouldn’t I read required books. I also I want to read more classics, so school books are my excuse to.

Have you ever skipped (or wanted to) a chapter from the point of view of a character you weren’t interested in?

I have wanted to, but I’ve never done it. I’m afraid I’ll miss something big and be clueless at where I pick the story back up.

Have you ever cancelled social plans to read a book?

They don’t know, but many times, like more than a healthy amount. Don’t judge.

Thanks for reading!

-Taylor

Siege and Storm || Review

siege and storm.jpgPages: 435

Format: Paperback

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Square Fish

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

~ GoodReads Synopsis ~

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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     I am going to be completely honest, this book was so slow until like the last quarter, and that is exactly how it was for the first book. Apparently I didn’t do a review for Shadow and Bone, but I would have given it the same 3.5 star rating. Also, just because it was slow, doesn’t mean I didn’t love it, and does not mean I’m not totally excited to read Ruin and Rising, because I did and I am! (I’ll do the cross out thing for possible spoilers again.)

First I want to hit on the relationship Alina has with Mal. Maybe it’s an unpopular opinion, but I just don’t like them together. Like the only time she was physically attracted to him was when the Darkling pretended to be Mal. Other than that time, I can’t remember a time she physically wanted to be with him. I think Mal is really harsh on her, too. I get why, I get she’s never able to be alone with him and be with him, but she’s learning and adjusting to such a high role of power to protect and help so many people, including him, and he really just needs to lay off. I do hope something happens between Alina and Nikolai, which I’m sure something will from that certain comment toward the end that was adorable. I feel like in every single way, Nikolai is so much better for her. 1.) He understand what she’s going through and doesn’t treat her like she’s some arrogant pedigree, 2.) he actually shows an attraction to Alina, more than just a barely-there friendship, and 3.) she actually wants to be with him, I feel like.

As for Alina’s new power-hungry state of mind, I hate it. Like I get that she has these amplifiers that are making her this way, but I hate that frame of mind. It does add a little differentiation within the genre of YA fantasy because usually the heroine is strictly the heroine with no bad tendencies, so it is a littler interesting. Also, at least she’s developing through it. A lot of heroines show little development in character and even less development in understanding responsibility. I appreciate that Alina knows what is at stake (Ravka), and understand that it may cost her Mal, or her life, to save it.

AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE READ THIS BOOK, can we talk about the ending??? HER POWERS ARE GONE??? WHAT??? I’m flipping. I know they’ll probably come back some how, and she’ll probably get the last amplifier, but oh my goodness that was a shocker. I also hated how happy Mal seemed about it, like support your girl Mal, don’t be a butthole.

I guess that’s it, and I’ll try to put out a review for Ruin and Rising when I get around to reading it. Let me know down below how you feel about the Grisha trilogy and Alina’s relationships.

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

 

The College Freshman Book Tag

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Hello everyone!

I discovered another tag out there in the blogiverse, and once again I wasn’t tagged but I thought it would be fun anyway! Since I am going to be a college freshman on the 19th of this August, I found this tag pretty fitting.

It was started by Dawlyn and Krista at Little Blind Book Finds. And that’s all I have for you, so here’s the tag:

The Roommate
Roommates can be a hit or miss experience freshman year, especially when you don’t get the opportunity to pick who you room with. Name a character you’d love to be roommates with and one you’d hate to be roommates with.

So my roommate would probably be Annabeth from Percy Jackson because I feel like she wouldn’t get annoying and would give me space because she’s not super talkative and crazy crazy. I would probably hate being roommates with Bella from Twilight just because she’s so depressing.

Orientation
Before your freshman year officially begins, you typically go to an orientation to familiarize yourself with the campus. Orientation can be both exciting and scary as you’re experiencing something new. Name a book that you read to experience a new genre, or to familiarize yourself with a topic you knew nothing about. Did you like the book? What did you learn from it?

I read Illuminae to experience the science fiction genre since I hadn’t read much in that genre and I loved it! I’m trying to write a sci-fi short story and it definitely helped with the perspective of space and all that.

Homesick
It is normal to experience homesickness at some point after moving away from home for the first time. Name a book from your childhood that you love so much that you sometimes miss, and may even find yourself rereading it often.

Percy Jackson is definitely a series I keep coming back to. I read the original series in 6th grade and I’ve been reading the Heroes of Olympus series all throughout High School and now college.

Choosing A Major
Choosing a major is something every college student has to do at some point, but many students choose their freshman year. Hopefully your major is something you are passionate about. Name a book that you have read about a topic you are passionate about, or a character from a book that shares a similar passion as you.

I feel like there’s someone in the Mortal Instruments series that likes to write, but I may be totally wrong. If not, I’d have to choose Hermione because she loves to learn and read and those are two of my favorite things.

Join The Club
Joining different clubs and groups can often be an exciting thing to jump into as a freshman for some, and nerve-wracking for others. Name a popular book or book series that you didn’t think you’d enjoy, but ended up loving.

Again, Illuminae, because it’s written entirely through documents and I usually hate reading documents in books. Also, Scarlet, because I liked Cinder, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to read the rest of the series.

The All-Nighter
As a college freshman and a college student in general, all-nighters are pretty common. Name one book that was so good, you stayed up all night reading it.

THE NATURALS. I was up until two in the morning, when I usually go to bed around ten. The ending was just so great I couldn’t put it down. There were three plot twists in like five pages and it was amazing.

The Night Before It’s Due
Speaking of those all-nighters, they usually have something to do with that assignment you put off until the last minute. Name a popular book or book series that you put off reading for way too long.

The Mortal Instruments series. I still haven’t finished it lol. I just can’t get into it and I’ve only read the first book.

The Hangover
You may or may not have experienced a hangover… or 10 during your freshman year in college. Name a book that left you with a book hangover after you finished it.

A Court of Thorns and Roses and An Ember in the Ashes both left me with major hangovers and I read them back to back. Mark of Athena also left me with a huge hangover. I just get so into book worlds, and I’m not complaining, but it hurts to leave them.

On A Budget
Freshman year, you usually learn what it means to be a broke college student. Name a book that you remember buying even though you were tight on cash, because you just had to have it.

Pretty much all my books… but House of Hades. I recently bought it when I had like $40 left in my spending account since I’m trying to save for college.

English 101
General ed courses are typically all you take freshman year, and English is usually one of them. (Depending on the prof that could be a good thing  ) Name a required reading book that you loved. (it can be middle/high school or college)

There’s a few. I loved Hamlet in AP Literature, and I have no idea why because everyone else hated it; maybe I’m a closet Shakespeare lover. In that same class, I loved Candide by Voltaire. In AP Language I loved The Great Gatsby, even though I read it freshman year for fun, and In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. In pre-AP English, I loved reading The Catcher in the Rye as well. I think I have a thing for classics, but I never let myself buy them.

The Textbook
Part of being a broke college student is trying to find the cheapest way to buy a textbook. To make it worse, some freshman gen ed courses end up having no use for the book at all. Name a book that you spent money on and ended up not liking.

The Young World by Chris Weitz is probably my least favorite book. Ever. And I also didn’t really get into The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black and didn’t finish. I do plan on reading the rest of it eventually though.

Office Hours
All professors have office hours, and often times students don’t take advantage of them. Advice for freshman: go to office hours! It is a good idea to get to know your professors. Making connections with them can lead to great tips on assignments, internship opportunities, and job connections. Name a book (autobiography or biography) that you read to get to know more about someone you are interested in.

In middle school I read a book on Michelle Obama because I love her so much and she was the greatest First Lady. Other than that, I’ve never really read another biography for fun.

The Mean Professor
There’s always that one professor that no one likes, especially in freshman gen ed courses. Name a villain or any character you disliked, that you would hate to have as a professor.

As a professor, I would hate having Inquisitor Damian Rook from The Novice. I hate him so much. He’s such a classist, disrespectful butthole. I don’t think I’ve ever hated an evil character so badly right from the beginning. Arcturus is so nice and I’d beat Rook before he got the chance to hurt him.

Drop The Class
Sometimes It gets to the midpoint of the semester and you can’t take any more of a particular class, and decide to drop it. Name a book or author you thought you’d enjoy reading but ended up not liking.

I thought I would love Clockwork Angel since I love the 1800s, and London, but I really just thought it was pretty bland.

Life Lessons
I learned so many life lessons my freshman year of college. The experience made me learn so much about myself that I didn’t realize. Name a book that has made you reflect on life.

I’ve already mentioned it, but Mark of Athena really made me reflect on life. I don’t know why or in what way, but I feel like I understood myself a lot better after reading it. Also, The Great Gatsby really made me reflect on my life as well, but I feel like that’s the purpose of that novel.

Wow that took a long time, oh my gosh. If you do, or have done this tag, please link it down below so I can check it out! Thanks for reading!

-Taylor

Why I Switched From Blogger to WordPress

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Hello everyone!

Some of you were curious how my switch from Blogger to WordPress went and which one I prefer, so I’m finally posting about it! I believe it was only 28 days ago that I switched, so it hasn’t even been a month, but I really like it!

I had been thinking about the switch for a long time, on and off, but I never really committed to the transition just because I loved how my Blogger looked and it took forever to get it how I wanted it. But I realized that the majority of bloggers I knew used WordPress so with a little peer pressure I did it lol. Everyone said the biggest perk was making it easier for people to follow your blog since 1.) most people use WordPress and 2.) there’s a follow button on the blog that makes it way easier to follow other blogs. There is also a page, when you make an account, called Reader where you can read posts by other blogs you follow, making it easier to stay connected to other bloggers.

As for the transition itself, it was pretty easy- a lot easier than what I was anticipating. First it’s just making your account and choosing your theme (which you can change at any time) and then customizing it how you want. There aren’t many really good themes for free, in my opinion so I made all the titles and pretty much everything myself. It is extremely possible to create a great blog using a free template, even if you have no idea how to create headers and titles and stuff. There are plenty of online tools that make it really easy for setting up a pretty blog, or you could just use the template itself if you like it! I used to use PicMonkey to make all my titles and such, but the site recently turned into members only and I don’t want to pay for it. I had also used Pixlr, which I now only use. With some downloaded fonts, I actually like this way better. I would recommend using a 1000×400 pixel ratio for any post titles, and 1200×400 for blog headers.

Transferring all the posts was probably the easiest part. If you go to settings, then other, it’ll say on the top of the page “Back Up Content.” This will save your blog exactly how it is, post-wise, to your computer as a file. Make sure you know where it’s saved. Then when you go back to WordPress, go to settings and scroll until you see “Import.” Then click on “Start Import” next to “Medium,” find your file, and voila! Your whole blog is there! Any drafts and scheduled posts that you had will also be there, which made me extremely happy, and you can find them in your blog post section waiting to be posted.

As for getting followers and page views, it’s so much easier! And the stats are way better for tracking your audience- it even shows you how many visitors you had each day and your visitor to page view ratio. For followers, I earned twenty-five in my first three days, and I only had none on Blogger in its whole existence. With that being said, it was totally worth it for me. I was sad to lose my 3.5k page views that I accumulated, but I had 100 page views in the first three days as well. So from my experience, I think the transition is completely worth it!

In my case, I also kind of re-vamped my blog by using new title formats and changing the name of it from “TaylorAMartin” to “Taylor Is Reading,” my twitter handle. My blog also seemed a lot cleaner than Blogger, just in the lay out and format. Blogger, now, just seems a lot cheaper and messier.

The decision to switch is really personal and really just based off preference and which you find as an easier interface. With the results I’ve gotten from the switch, I would highly recommend it. The transition is never final, and I recommend keeping your Blogger for a while until you’re 100% sure you want to make it a permanent change. Also, make a post on your Blogger about the transition, so any followers can follow your WordPress now.

Let me know if you make the transition, and leave your WordPress link down below so I, and other readers, can follow you!

Thanks for reading!

-Taylor

A Court of Mist and Fury || Review

ACOMAFPages: 626

Format: Paperback

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

~ GoodReads Synopsis ~

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

     Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

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     Ok, so as I’m writing this, I literally just finished the book and flicked open my laptop. My hands are kind of shaking and my emotions have been brutally toyed with this evening so stay with me here. I’ll cross out the text if it may contain spoilers, so skip that sentence if you’re trying to avoid any spoilers.

First of all, you all know where I have to start… with these freaking boys. ACOTAR had me totally invested in Tamlin and I wanted nothing more than to be his little prancing faerie girl in the Spring Court. But nuh uh, now I kind of hope he gets a taste of his own medicine. I feel like Feyre is going to make the Srping Court implode and I’m so excited. I can’t believe I even hate Lucien now, like he was such a good guy and I know he still only has Tamlin’s best interests at heart, but Tamlin’s interests are disgusting. I’m really interested in how him and Elain will play out though. I feel like she’s going to want to be with him.

And of course the best of them all, Rhysand. He’s such a sweet person underneath his mask and the pain and torture he faced kills me every time it comes up. I love him to pieces. My favorite scenes of him were probably either when he just saved Feyre from Tamlin, when they were at the Starfall celebration, or when they were in that cabin place with all the paint 😉. I wanted to cry every time he spoke of being broken; he’s the most wholesome and beautiful person in fictional history. As he spoke of his mating bond with Feyre, and he started crying, I emotionally snapped inside. And the way Feyre reacted when she found out broke my soul for Rhysand because it’s not like it was his fault the bond was there, and why was it so bad? She liked him? How could she leave him crumbling, hurt, and in mud.

As for Feyre, she felt so real; she was just so raw. As she was going through her time of emptiness, it just felt like the most real and natural thing I’ve ever read. I actually could feel her sorrow and just plain nothingness, and could feel my heart melt each time Rhysand tried to lighten her and she just sat there, not out of arrogance, but just because so much was taken out of her. And I honestly liked her sex drive, like most YA novels block it out, for obvious reasons since teenagers read them, but it’s just a human feeling and I don’t think it should just be ignored most of the time. It doesn’t have to be descriptive, but just acknowledged because girls feel those things too, ya know?

The plot of the story was also amazing, of course, as it was created by the one and only Sarah J. Maas. There were little to no parts of the story that felt unnecessary, well I would say none of it because everything either built Feyre and Rhys’ relation or developed the story for this book or the next. I loved the snowballing effect that Maas used to build the story, like there was never a dull part because everything just built and built until that final explosion. And I’m disgusted by King Hybern and more so Tamlin for working with him. I cannot wait to see Rhysand and Feyre and their friends destroy both of them.

I am highly anticipating A Court of Wings and Ruin, and the reunion of Feyre and Rhysand. I will definitely have a review up for that one when I get around to reading it!

If you haven’t already, I seriously recommend reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, and then this book. They are both so beautifully written and have so much depth, it almost puts you in a trance.

Thank you so much for reading!

-Taylor

August TBR

5f86f-tbr     Happy August day one everybody!!

For most of us, this is the month we go back to school and different people have different feelings on that one. I always loved the first day of school and buying all new supplies, this year isn’t any different since I will be going to school as a college freshman! For those of you that don’t know, I will be an English-Creative Writing/Journalism double major at the University of Florida.

With going back to school means less time available for reading, sadly. I hope this month I will at least get to read these four since I don’t move to college until the middle of the month and can knock out maybe three of these books? Challenge accepted.

Let me know down below all the books you’re planning to read in August! Without further ado, here is my TBR for August 2017:

houseofhades.jpgThe House of Hades by Rick Riordan

It’s been like three weeks since I read Mark of Athena, and this book literally jumped to the top of my TBR and I couldn’t resist buying it. I need me some more Percy Jackson. The books are just so whimsical and magical-feeling, it’s so hard to read other books knowing I could read be reading this one.

 

 

twatd.jpgThe Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Having first seen it mentioned on twitter, I was immediately interested because I love all of your recommendations and I cannot wait to read this. It’s about a girl who’s best friend was taken by either a king or an emporer, I’m not sure. This king/emporer takes a new wife every day and kills her each night, so this girl volunteers to be his next wife to get revenge. My heart is already pounding in suspense.

 

diabolic.jpgThe Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

I am incredibly guilty of buying this book because it was only $3.97 at BAM and the cover was pretty cool. I have no idea what happens in this book, so I also feel incredibly bad about not being very helpful, haha. Here’s the gist from Goodreads in my own words: There’s a girl named Nemesis who is a diabolic (super badass) and protects a senator’s daughter with her life. The emporer, probably the villain, takes the daughter as a hostage of the galactic court, so Nemesis “becomes” her and travels to the court as the hostage. Then some badass stuff happens.

ACOMAF.jpgA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

How long has it been since I read ACOTAR? Too long. I’ve been needing this book for months, multiple long months. I love this series and I really don’t want to wait to read this any longer.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading!

-Taylor

The Book Life Tag

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Hello everyone! Today’s post is going to be a tag, because I love them and I always try to space them out so I don’t bore you guys. So without further ado… here is the Book Life Tag:

Who would your parents be?

There’s really not a lot of parents in YA series, and that makes me a little sad because parents are great. I’d probably have to choose Sirius as my dad, even though he’s only Harry’s godfather, and Percy Jackson’s mom. They’re both really caring and do everything to protect their kids. I would feel bad because they both technically sacrificed their lives for me, but I would love them. I really love my parents though… so if I could, I would choose them.

Who would be your sister?

Celaena Sardothien. How awesome would that be? She could teach me her assassin skills and stuff and I wouldn’t, hopefully, have to worry about her killing me.

Who would be your brother?

Probably Four from Divergent. He’s really protective and sweet and he’d probably look like my brother in a way since I have dirty blonde hair… that’s really the only similarity…

Who would be your pet?

Definitely Ignatius from the Novice! He’s a demon, so that’s scary, but he’s sooo cute and he’d be really helpful with his fire powers and stuff.

Where would you live?
     It’s a tie between Camp Half-Blood and Prythian. I think I’m leaning more toward Camp Half-Blood because I’d more than likely die in Prythian. I have enough Greek mythology knowledge to probably last me long enough.
Where would you go to school?
     Hogwarts. Done. Of course, like what else would I choose?
 
Who would be your best friend?
     Hermione, all the way. She has been my idol since I was like five, I was her for Halloween one year if anyone remembers that blog post. I would love doing research on the magical world and discussing it with her and hanging out with Harry and Ron with her. That’s been my life’s dream for forever.
 
Who would be your significant other?
     I really love my boyfriend, so much, but I’d have to say FRED WEASLEY. HE IS STILL ALIVE. Or Elias from An Ember in the Ashes or Leo from the Heroes of Olympus series.
UPDATE: I’m finally reading ACOMAF and I 1000000% choose Rhysand😍😍
     Let me know if you’ve completed this tag and link it down below! Thanks for reading!
                          -Tayor

The Novice || Review

novice.jpgPages: 350

Format: Paperback

Author: Taran Matharu

Publisher: Square Fish

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

~ GoodReads Synopsis ~

When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

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     Wow. Applause for Taran Matharu.

It has been forever and my search is completed. I have found a book that brings me back to those Harry Potter feels. At first the theme started to bug me a little, honestly, because it was just so much like Harry Potter, but the story really came into itself about halfway through. The school setting resembled Hogwarts, at least how I imagined it. The teachers even reminded me of Hogwarts; Arcturus was definitely Lupin, Rook was an even worse version of Snape, and Othello was Ron in certain aspects.

Maybe it’s just me, but that’s what I saw.

But don’t get me started on Rook that little… I don’t think I have ever blatantly hated a character from the very beginning like I hated Rook. Matharu crafted him so well as a villain. The reader usually, at some point, feels sympathetic toward the villain, but I felt none of that for Rook. As soon as he opened his mouth, I knew I wanted to kick him in the crotch, to be completely honest. He just has such a crappy personality, and he’s such a classist prick. Just thinking about him makes me angry, so I’m going to move on.

As for the demon summoning, it was fairly realistic. It did seem really real at times, like I forgot it wasn’t a thing when I stopped reading and I kind of wish it was. Other times it seemed a little far fetched, or even just too much of a hassle which bugged me a little, although I’m not sure why. I just didn’t like all the different tools they needed, specifically the leather they used to summon them and infuse. I like simplicity in a book. It didn’t seem real that the summoners infused the demons into the leather and needed it to summon it back. I think that’s just me, though, and it doesn’t hinder the story in any way. The history behind all of the summoning, as well as the history of the people and different character types, like the dwarves, elves, nobles, and commoners, is very in-depth. You can tell a lot of world building was done, and it is appreciated very much.

Initially, I imagined the main character being older, like 17 or 18, but he was actually 15. I kind of liked this because sometimes a little juvenile feel to a story is really nice, like the first few Harry Potter books and Percy Jackson. This doesn’t make it a middle grade though, it is definitely a YA fantasy, and I believe he gets older as the series progresses. Because of the ages of the characters, there isn’t really any romance, which I do hope appears in the next few books. Since I think Fletcher and Sylva will end up together. I would say Sylva and Othello, but Fletcher is the main character, so he has to get a love interest by the end.

ALSO the ending is great and the tournament they have to fight in is really well written. I was so tense while reading I actually got a little sore. So, if it’s slow in the very beginning, just wait it out, it’s worth it.

Will I be finishing the rest of the series? Heck yeah! By the ending I was so invested in the story, I was ready to read the sequel right then.

Would I recommend it you guys? Heck yeah! If you can, definitely give this book a read, especially if you’re not a muggle.

Thanks for reading!

-Taylor

 

Why I Don’t Read A Lot of Contemporary Romance

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     Don’t think I’ve written off the entire genre, that’s not what this post is about. This post is just a little rant about some of the YA contemporary out there, and more specifically, YA contemporary romance. I would never just assume that I hate a book because it’s a genre I don’t like. I am, however, not likely to pick up a more contemporary novel when there are other fantasy, sci-fi, ect. books that I really want. The only one I’ve wanted to buy recently is Fangirl because I want to read it before I read Carry On, and that’s what I really want to read.
      Dont’ get me wrong, there are plenty of things to rant about for YA fantasy, and a lot of the complaints are along the same lines, but I don’t really get into contemporary and I wanted to answer why I don’t. If you have any book recommendations that you think could change my mind about the genre, please comment them down below! I do want to get into the books, I just really can’t with the ones I’ve tried.
     The romance tales follow the same premise. There are some really good YA romance novels, like The Fault in Our Stars, that break from the commonalities, but for the most part, they follow the same plot. This can be seen in a lot of romance in fantasy novels, but there’s usually something that sets it apart, like a zombie apocalypse, or wizardry. In most contemporary romance novels, there’s a bad boy or a boy that stands out because he’s an extremely obnoxious football player or a super quiet good boy, and he goes for the shy quiet girl that was either infatuated with him or completely hated him. From there the guy usually does something wrong or the girl feels intimidated and leaves him, but they always come right back together without a problem.
     I understand that all books have a sort of template that sets up a traditional plot line for whatever genre, but there’s very little to set each book apart, especially when the novels come from the same author.
     They take place in present time on Earth. I don’t know about you guys, but when I read, I want to be transported. I want to be enveloped in another land or another time or some place that doesn’t exist. I, sadly, don’t travel, like at all, and when I have it was because I was moving, but I have never left the United States. So for me, books are my form of travel. It’s like I can pick up a novel and go on a round trip to whatever place I read about that day.
     The girls are sometimes dull. They’re always the same and they don’t usually have any real parts to them. Yeah, they’re relatable because they’re just an average girl, but they’re not usually strong or empowering in the romance novels, they’re just extremely average. And if the guy is extroverted or a bad boy, he usually runs all over her. I love relationships in novels, but I like when the girl takes some control, no matter how difficult the guy may be. There was one random novel I bought for like four dollars at BAM called The Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly, and I got like one hundred pages into it. It was a decent story, it was set in the fifties, which I love, but there was just no substance and nothing to keep the story moving. I had no idea what the story was even leading to because there was no plot in sight, just a girl falling for a guy who ran all over her.
     Someone always does something wrong. It’s either one person cheats or it’s something they said, or didn’t say, and that’s always the twist of the story. Why can’t someone get kidnapped? Where’s the brutal fight scenes? There are a lot of great contemporary books that are like that, such as Looking for Alaska (again John Green is great).
     John Green is great at adding that twist that sets his stories apart from the others, and I love his books. It’s just the books like Sarah Dessen’s that get to me because there’s really little substance. I went through a whole Sarah Dessen binge my freshman year of high school, and I devoured those books, but thinking about them now, they’re just not my thing. Every book is pretty much the same by Sarah Dessen, there’s just a few things that differentiate them, like ones on the beach, in one the guy is a druggie, in one there’s a baby that won’t stop crying. Those are really just the highlights that stand out to me because the plots all blurred together.
     I didn’t mean to offend anyone in any way, I just wanted to put my thoughts out there. I don’t read a lot of contemporary, so if there are some great books that you think will sway me, leave them down below and I’ll check them out!
     Thanks for reading!
                      -Taylor

Books I NEED To Buy

Books I NEED
     Have you ever gotten halfway through a series, but never continued it because you just don’t have the rest of the series and never think about it while book shopping? That’s my constant struggle. I always seem to start a new series and forget that I already had like twelve others I need to finish first.
     The next few book buying crazes I get into, I plan to buy at least most of these before I pick up another series, and don’t let me get anything else! Some of these are seriously killing me that I don’t have them.
    Here are all the books I absolutely need to get before I combust:

winterWinter by Marissa Meyer
Yes, I have not started Cress, but I will at some point so what’s so wrong about buying this one? Right? I’m just a collector.
torchagainstthenightA Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I have been counting down the days until this book comes out in paperback this August, on the 29th to be exact. The first book blew my mind!

 

 
ACOMAFA Court of Mist and Fury & A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
I have been looking for ACOMAF in paperback for sooo long it’s not even funny! I don’t think Books-A-Million even has the second book at all because evey time I go in there’s only the third in hardcover and the first book.

empire of stormsEmpire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
I may actually die without this book. I’ve been waiting for it to come out in paperback since I have the rest of the series in paperback, and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper, but I don’t know if I can make it.

 

 
Tthe elitehe Elite by Kiera Cass
It has been so long since I first started The Selection, like it was maybe two years ago. I really liked the story, and it was so light and easy, it’s just that there’s so many other great series that I keep finding or that keep coming out.
blood of olympusThe House of Hades & Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
I JUST BOUGHT HOUSE OF HADES. I’m so happy with myself. I might have to do some rearranging of my TBR…

 

 

 
ruin and risingRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Ok, so I haven’t exactly even started the second book, but I kind of loved the first book and they’re all so pretty, so why not have the whole series? Am I right or am I right?

geminaGemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
If you have any doubt about reading Illuminae, please don’t. I doubted liking this book so hard until I saw it in the BAM bargain
books section for six US dollars and impulse bought it. It’s an amazing story!

 

 

 

      Tell me down below any of the books you absolutely have to have, whether it’s a stand alone or part of a series!
Thanks for reading!
-Taylor