Friday, October 31, 2014

October Book Haul - 16 Books!

Hello!

I'm back with my October book haul! Once again, for my thoughts, please see Goodreads!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Monday Reviews - Rebels by Jill Williamson

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Rebels by Jill Williamson. I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange of an honest review.

Before I get to the review, a quick synopsis.


In this third book in the series of fantasy/dystopian novels from award-winning author Jill Williamson, three teens must try to hold on to their values amidst the subjugation and lies of the government.

In this final novel of the Safe Lands series by Jill Williamson, Mason and Omar discover the true meaning of Liberation-a secret the Safe Lands have long kept from their people-but find they are trapped in the low lands with this crucial information. Meanwhile, Levi is forced to turn his attention elsewhere when his new wife, Jemma, is captured and becomes the Safe Land's new queen. His only choice to save her may be to take up the role of undercover vigilante that Omar began, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government. But will that be enough to expose the Safe Land's lies and bring freedom to the people? And will they even want it if it comes?





Overall, I enjoyed this trilogy and this final book was no different. It is Christian fiction, and some of those views and values did come out throughout this series, but it wasn't in-your-face or shoved down your throat. 

It was a very well done dystopian story with a lot of gritty topics. There's love, hate, betrayal, but also more mature topics, like forced in-vitro pregnancies and drug and alcohol abuse. I would definitely say this is for the older YA readers who can handle that sort of thing.

I think that it was a very good conclusion to a very good trilogy. I gave Rebels by Jill Williamson a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday - Books I Wasn't Expecting to Like But Did

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want more info, you can check out the Goodreads page here!

This weeks topic is top 5 books I wasn't expecting to like but did once I gave it a chance. I feel like I stick within my specific bubble and don't really like to venture too far out of that bubble. However, there have been times where I have stepped out of that bubble and I have been glad.

Here is my list!

5. The Selection by Kiera Cass

Many people weren't a huge fan of this trilogy, or I guess now series, but I really enjoyed it once I gave it a chance. I got originally from the library and have since refrained from purchasing it because I don't know if I want to get it in paperback to match the novellas or get it in hardcover and be able to buy the new books in hardcover when they are first released.

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 

Anyone who knows me knows I am not big into fantasy. And this was a fairly high fantasy trilogy. However, I got the first book from the library and loved it so much I bought it and the rest of the trilogy! If you are new to fantasy, I would definitely recommend this trilogy!

3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I was first skeptical because the series is classified as a "children's series" which to be perfectly honest, reading for the first time at 17 years old, didn't strike me as something I wanted to do. But, once again, my trusty library showed me the way! I read the first book and 15 pages in knew I was going to be placing an order for the box set!

2. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

I don't like vampires. I never read Twilight or The Vampire Diaries but I did enjoy this book. And maybe I will pick up another vampire book soon.
















1. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Aliens? Come on! Not to mention the hype surrounding this book/series! But I downloaded it when it was available for a free ebook and read it in one day. Next thing I know, I am buying the whole series, in the brand new bind ups and paying for express shipping to get it sooner! But this is one that I definitely recommend!















There you have it! My top 5 books I wasn't expecting to like, but did!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Reviews - Throne of Glass

Hello everyone!

Before I start off with today's review, I just want to apologize for not posting on the blog last week. As some of you may know, I am in my final year of high school and it has been quite stressful and busy. I just didn't have time to write a post and if I did I was just so exhausted and went to bed early.

However, I am hoping this week will be better and I plan on writing some posts in advance to make sure there isn't a week where I don't have posts up.

Also, I am more active on my Instagram, if you want to see more daily what is going on book wise. You can check out my profile here.

Ok, now that we got that out of the way, let's get on with the review!

Just this past weekend, I picked up Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I wasn't too sure what to expect from this book, I am not too big on fantasy and paranormally things, but I figured I would give this series a go.

And I loved it!

I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, like I said, I am usually not the biggest fan of fantasy and that sort of thing, but I can honestly say that this was a really great book.

If you are new to fantasy or you just don't love it that much, I would definitely recommend this book!

I loved Celaena's character and how she was so independent. She didn't take orders from anyone and she was her own person. I know that some people complain that she is too soft, and yes, I will agree there were times where she let down her guard for the love interest but that is to be expected! I am glad she did and I still saw her as a kick-butt assassin.

Overall, I gave Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas a 5/5 stars on Goodreads.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday - Books with Terrible Covers

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want more info, you can check out the Goodreads page here!

This weeks topic is top 5 books with terrible covers. I have to say, I am very excited for this one, I have quite a few books that I would really love a cover change or books I don't want to buy because of the terrible covers.

5. Gone

These covers are just bad. I don't know who came up with the idea but the old covers with the brooding, dramatic looking private school/public school kids is just not doing it for me. The new covers aren't terrible, but not great either.









4. The Knife of Never Letting Go

Honestly, all I can say is that the UK covers are so much better.









3. Perfect Chemistry

Wow! This was such a good book, but the cover was so bad. Not one I would voluntarily read in public!










2. Pushing the Limits

These books wouldn't be so bad with the dust jacket off right? Wrong! The cover is printed on the hardback, so even if you take the jacket off, its still there. Another one I wouldn't want to read in public. The covers are actually the reason I haven't picked up this series, which is sad because I have heard so many good things!













1. Shatter Me

I love the covers with the eye, and I would love to get them all in hardcover. Except I can't. I can get this really bad silver one with a girl on it in hardcover and the rest with the eye, but not all with the eye in hardcover.