Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielson || In which this book totally befuddled my thoughts on it.


Did I love this book? No. Do I hate this book? No. *cue book reviewer crisis* I literally have no idea how to review this book, but I shall endeavour to try. I recived this book as an ARC through Netgalley (so thank you to the publishers)




- It was funny. The characters make some good jokes, and there are some hilarious situations (mostly involving cats.) 

- The characters were well done. The side characters that is, particularly Koula. She was my favourite character. I think Susin should write a whole book on Koula. I want to know so much more about her; I want to see where she goes in life.

- CATS CATS CATS! I kinda adore cats. There were a lot of cats in this book, and they were all named after book characters. #COOL

- Petula loved to read! yay for bookworm characters!

- Petula's parents were pretty awesome, very understanding and supportive. #YAY FOR GOOD PARENTS

-I really enjoyed Susin's writing style!



- Petula's 'anxiety' was not a very good representation of anxiety. It felt more like OCD (for example, she washes her hands for two rounds of Happy Birthday every time she washes her hands) I have  rather severe anxiety (it fluctuates. Sometimes it's really bad, and other times I feel more okay) , and I just....did not feel any connection with how it was represented. But I do also know that anxiety affects people in different ways, and that means that everyone's experiences with anxiety will be different. I have seen people say that they thought it was well represented, so do not take my word for law. This is simply my opinion.

- THE LOVE TROPE. This has got to be the most over used, annoying trope EVER. Basically it goes like this: Girl has mental illness. Girl meets boy. Girl falls in love with boy. Boy somehow magically cures girl of mental illness (or something similar). And that's exactly what went down in this book. Please allow me to roll my eyes.


I gave Optimists Die First two stars because I did like it. Apart from those two major problems. However, I also did enjoy Susin's writing style. I will definitely try Susin's other books in the future. 
                                                                              
AND THAT WAS MY REVIEW OF OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST. Have you read it yet? If so, what are your thoughts on the representation of anxiety? Have you read any good books about anxiety? TELL ME ALL IN THE COMMENTS.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Janurary + February Wrap Up || I forgot about the January wrap up, so I've combined it with the February edition.


So January happened, and somehow I completely forgot to do the wrap up post. How could this happen? Did my mind run off? Did I get eaten by the dark pits of the internet? Did I sleep to much? Probably. So, today I am bringing you my January + February Wrap Up. Fun fact: I started writing this post on the 3rd of March, but didn't post it until today because I was to lazy to take pictures, and I ended up only taking two pictures. I sincerely apologise. Anyways, on with the wrap up!

WHAT I READ:
- Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs. I don't normally read anthologies, but since I'm rather a big fan of the Miss Peregrine trilogy, I caved in and read it. You can read my review here:
4/5 stars

- You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Leviathan. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! It was a complete spur of the moment read, when I saw it at my library and thought the cover was cool. I loved it. It was like drinking pure happiness. 5/5 stars

- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess. Wizards? Magicians? Cool female protagonist?! YES PLEASE. I really enjoyed this one. It wasn't the most original, but it was definitely very fun, and I read it really fast. 4/5 stars.

- Heartless by Marissa Meyer. OH MY GOD LET ME FLAIL AND SCREECH ABOUT THIS BOOK FOR SECOND. OKAY I ADORED THIS BOOK SO MUCH AND IT TORE MY HEART OUT (hehe see what I did there?) AND IT WAS SO. GOOD. AND THE CHARACTERS WERE AMAZING AND THE FOOOOOOOOOOOOD AHHH THE FOOD. You can read my full review here:
5/5 stars

- Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken. What an improvement on the last book! Passenger was so hyped, and I ended up sort of liking it, but not loving it. Wayfarer, while at times slow, was so much better! It was exciting! The plot was good! The characters were cool! The ending was satisfying and realistic! Alexandra Bracken did a good job on this book! 4/5 stars.

- The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman. What's this? An adult historical fiction book?! This was an.....interesting read. I didn't love. It's an anti hero story, and a very good one. But I really, rather strongly, disliked the main character. However, if you like that type of thing, this book is definitely for you! It's saving grace was that I loved the story line, and the setting. Bonus points because it's based on a true story! 4/5 stars.

- Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth. Everyone has been hating on this book, so much, and while I have tried very hard to see the things that people claim are in this book, I can't find them. I'm not the only one. Go read Sabaa Tahir's post on this here: http://sabaatahir.tumblr.com/post/156055223595/how-can-you-support-veronica-roths-book-its
And here's a post Veronica Roth herself wrote, answering the question of racism: http://sabaatahir.tumblr.com/post/157326375570/question-what-do-you-say-to-allegations-of-racism
As for the 'ableism' in the book; I find it hard to believe that Veronica Roth, a woman who herself suffers from chronic pain, would write something ableist.
4/5 stars.

 King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard. AHH MY POOR HEART. This was one of my most anticipated books for 2017, and it did not disappoint! I needed the next book like, yesterday. Read my review here:
5/5 stars.


BOOKS I BOUGHT:
- Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs. I saw the special edition in my local bookstore, and had to buy it..even though it cost the price of two books.

- King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard. I love the cover. It's so gorgeous!

- A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I had just finished binge watching the BBC Sherlock (again) and decided I needed more Sherlock in my life. Don't judge.

-Reqiuem by Lauren Oliver. I got this book, in hard cover, in near perfect condition, for free from my library's free shelf. Let that sink in.

WRITING:
Lately I have been SO unmotivated. And exhausted (maybe that's why I still haven't finished Gearbound?? Maybe it's also my anxiety telling me to forget it because everyone will hate it?? Who knows.) I've been working on the same chapter of Gearbound for...wait for it. THREE WEEKS. THREE WHOLE WEEKS. It doesn't help that tumblr and youtube have consumed my soul. So basically, in the whole of January + February, I wrote one chapter. BLERGH.

FANDOM NEWS:
- We got the trailer for Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I haven't read the book, but I will be as soon as possible so that I can watch the movie.

- We got the Before I Fall movie, and apparently it sticks the book like crazy glue?! I need to watch it.

- We're getting another Mary Poppins movie, called Mary Poppins returns, and Emily Blunt has been cast as Mary.

- Shadowhunters season 2 has been doing quite well! Everyone seems to be liking this season a lot more than last season.

- 13 Reasons Why is becoming a Netflix show! And we got a trailer! And it was so good. I have high hopes.

MUSIC RECS:
OOOKKAAYYY. So it's been a long, long time since I've given some music recommendations, but here I am. So I discovered this local pop punk band called Carried Away. They are super small, but their music is SO. DAMN. GOOD. Plus, they're female fronted, which isn't something you see to often. Check out their bandcamp here and their youtube here.

SO. THAT WAS MY JANUARY AND FEBRUARY! WHAT WAS THE BEST/WORST BOOK YOU READ IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS? HAVE YOU BOUGHT ANY BOOKS? OR ARE YOU ON A BOOK BUYING BAN BECAUSE YOU'VE RUN OUT OF ROOM *cough me cough* ARE YOU WRITING ANYTHING? HAVE YOU LISTENED TO CARRIED AWAY? QUICK TELL ME EVERYTHING! IT'S BEEN TO LONG SINCE WE LAST CHATTED.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard Spoiler Review || My Heart Is Completely Shattered


*heavy breathing* *distant screaming*
SOMEONE HELP ME MY OTP BROKE AND I CANT FIX IT EVEN DUCT TAPE CANT FIX IT.

Right so King's Cage. Book three of the Red Queen series, and one of my highly anticipated books of the year. IT WAS SO GOOD.
And by good I mean it messed with my emotions and torn my heart out. Glass Sword was very good, but slow. It was far slower than the first book, and it took me awhile to finish it. I am pleased to say that King's Cage was paced far better. It was never slow. It was a roller coaster from start to finish., with plot twists and plenty of battles. That's pretty much all I can say without spoiling it, so if you haven't read it, don't read any further!





- We saw a lot of character development, especially from Mare and Evangeline (who I actually don't hate anymore??!! WHAT IS THIS WITCH CRAFT) Mare in Glass Sword was very....unlikable and confusing. She progress in a really good direction in this book.

- Victoria Aveyard is such a good author that you will actually pity Maven. MAVEN. But like, I still hate him. But I pity him. "Monsters are made" is a very strong theme here, and it's a very true one. Props to Victoria for making us pity Maven.




-I'm a sucker for epic battles, and the last half of the book was pretty much just one giant battle.


-Evangline. EVANGLINE IS SO EPIC. In the first two books she was just this angry punk who was on Maven's side, and we didn't KNOW her. But happily for us, Victoria decided to add in her perspective, and we got to see how her mind works. SHE'S......SHE ACTUALLY HAS FEELINGS? SHE'S HUMAN?! I DON'T HATE HER??




-We also got to read from Cameron's perspective, and she is another character from book two that we didn't really know. I didn't like Cameron as much as Evangeline, but her perspective was a refresher from Mare.

- The plot was a lot more driven in this book, unlike Glass Sword which sort of meandered all over the place.




- OKAY SO THAT ENDING. I AM NOT OKAY.  THIS IS NOT OKAY. HELP.

-I really disliked Cal in this book, mainly because of the end, but I found him in general to be rather bland and not interesting in this book.




Overall, I really loved King's Cage! It was very exciting.


And that was my review of King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard! Tell me, have you read it yet? Do you like the Red Queen series? If so, which book was your favourite (so far. We still have to wait for book four) What is your most anticipated books of the year, and have you read any of them yet? Comment down below!