Wrap Up: May 2017 (and June TBR)

SO delayed!!

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This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information The Nightingale Circus (Broken People, #0.5) Supergirl: Rebirth #1 (Supergirl 2016, #1) Secret Wars #0 (FCBD 2015) Secret Wars (2015-) #1 (of 9) Then Comes Love (Then Comes Love, #1) The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) Time in a Bottle The Time Keeper City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

This is What a Librarian Looks Like by Kyle Cassidy

This book needs to be in all libraries. I deserves to be noticed and I think that this was easily one of the best reads for me this year. See review here.

The Nightingale Circus by Ioana Visan

I really enjoyed this novella, as I do with Ioana Visan’s work. I want to read Broken People so I can find out more about the circus and the people that use it as their safe haven. See review here.

Supergirl: Rebirth #1 by Steve Orlando

This was a different and fresh view of Supergirl for me. I enjoyed this short piece and I’m definitely considering reading more about her. See Review here.

Secret Wars #0 by Jonathan Hickman

It’s about time I started this event. I think everything was summed up pretty well in this piece. Review to come soon.

Secret Wars #1 by Jonathan Hickman

I thought this was a pretty good start to the whole event. Definitely got me even more intrigued. Review to come soon.

Then Comes Love by Lindsay Detwiler

A cute, funny, quick read. I really liked this book and enjoyed it tremendously. See review here.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I’ve had this book for a few years and I took way to long to actually read it. I really liked it and I want to read the rest of The Giver Quartet. See review here.

Time in a Bottle by Kathleen D. Tresemer

I had a few issues with this book mainly because the proper trigger warnings weren’t applied but I really did enjoy the writing. See review here.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

This was definitely one of the better books I’ve read this year. I can’t believe I took so long to get to it. See review here.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

And so the reread continues! I loved this read a lot more the second time around and seeing my babies growing up is always a pleasure. See review here.

Total Read: 10 Books


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Revival, Vol. 3: A Faraway Place The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

ARCs (I swear this list is getting shorter)

Sleight Heartborn Loving Ashe: Book 1 of the Celebrity Series Soothsayer: Magic Is All Around Us (Soothsayer Series #1) Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale, #1) Unseen (Breaking Free Book 1) Teeth: The First Bite (Teeth, #1) Jaeth's Eye (The Agartes Epilogues, #1) Demolition Love The Labyrinth Eve The Soul Reaper The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #1) Can't Buy Forever

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Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1)Goodreads Synopsis

“I have great honor,” The Giver said. “So will you. But you will find that is not the same as power.”

Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment injustice…or choice.

Everyone is the same.

Except Jonas.

At the Ceremony of Twelve, the community’s twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life’s work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?


In The Giver, things such as inequality, conflict…choice in general are foreign concepts. Everything and everyone are assigned to what and who they’d be best suited with. No one argues with this because that would ruin the image of perfection.

After I finished this book I had to take a few days to gather my thoughts because I honestly had no idea how I felt about the story as a whole. Lois Lowry wrote what is in my opinion a great book. The idea of the plot is just so…out there. Like, imagine a perfect world. Imagine if people could achieve this perfect world, where being ‘different’ isn’t a thing. Everyone looks the same, acts the same, and there’s no room for judgement, rudeness or conflict.

I didn’t read the synopsis, which is not unusual for me so I went in not knowing anything really. The idea did occur to me that yes, a world where there’s no hate, no war…no hunger, would be perfect and amazing. I found myself wishing for just that but then I stopped to think: at what cost would all of this be possible? And that right there is the punchline to the joke that in actual fact is not a joke at all.

This book is categorised as ‘Middle Grade’ and I personally believe that that’s only because of how old the main character, Jonas, is. He’s eleven when all this starts so he’s starting to see the world in a new light. Asking more questions that in this community, one is not supposed to ask. There’s nothing middle grade about this book though. I found this to be horrific but not in a scary close-your-eyes way, more like…when the image is put in your mind, and you think of what goes on behind the scenes, it’s frightening. I think this is where the term ‘ignorance is bliss’ comes in. These people don’t know what they’re missing, so it’s not a problem for them.

I did like that this was told from a child’s point of view. Jonas has this innocence about him. He starts out as a curious kid and in the end, he’s fighting for his life. All because of him knowing the truth. Not many people like change, but I think this was taking it to a new level.

Heaven alone knows why I took so long to get to this book because I thought it was amazing. Once I had a free moment, I finished it and I couldn’t decide where I stood with everything. I’m still in a state of- I want to say confusion.

Lois Lowry did an excellent job with this book. I greatly enjoyed her writing style and look forward to continuing The Giver Quartet.

Read: 13 May 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 1 July 2014
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Lois Lowry

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eARC Book Review: Extracted by R.R. Haywood

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In 2061, a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world.

A desperate plan is formed. Recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

Safa Patel is an elite police officer, on duty when Downing Street comes under terrorist attack. As armed men storm through the breach, she dispatches them all.

‘Mad’ Harry Madden is a legend of the Second World War. Not only did he complete an impossible mission—to plant charges on a heavily defended submarine base—but he also escaped with his life.

Ben Ryder is just an insurance investigator. But as a young man he witnessed a gang assaulting a woman and her child. He went to their rescue, and killed all five.

Can these three heroes, extracted from their timelines at the point of death, save the world?


I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Extracted tells the story of three people who were taken from their respective timelines at the point of their deaths-extracted- and are now looked to be the last hope at the world being saved. Very ‘Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope’-esque.

The synopsis for this book alone was well thought out. It doesn’t say much, but it gets you interested, which is precisely the point. As this is the first book in the trilogy, we don’t see how the mission turns out as a lot of world and character building takes place.

We don’t really get too deep into the time traveling because even though this is a time travel novel, it’s really not. The fact that people could travel through time was not what the main point of this story was. Sure, it was because of the invention of a time machine that started the unfortunate end of the world, but it was the saving of the world and how that’s going to be done that was more important in this book. I’m actually hoping that in books two and three we’ll get to travel a bit more…you know, when we’re sort of out of the immediate sight of danger.

When I first started this book I was so confused. I understood that each of the characters, Ben, Harry and Safa’s- extractions were being described in detail so that we as the readers could get a better understanding of how exactly that worked and I liked that part…it was the after that bothered me. Instead of the POV’s being separated by chapters, they were separated by paragraphs, it was more lines actually, and with no warning that the POV was changing. It was my only peeve about the book really. It would’ve probably have been more annoying though if we had to go through the same scenario three times with each character since all three of them were the main character.

Ben was a bit slow on the uptake and the one who I think got the worst end of the bargain. He was plucked out of his life and thrown into this new world where all of a sudden all these impossible things were now possible. He had no training for this and obviously didn’t know how to cope with all this unfamiliarity.

Harry was a hoot. This guy, the one who goes back the furthest seemed to almost blend in seemingly. Sure, he had his set way of doing things but he was a soldier. He was taught to obey. There’s no room for ‘no’.

I did not like Safa. I felt like even though it wasn’t intentional on her part, she was very…bossy. I don’t know how else to explain it. To me it was like that because she was the only female of this group she had to overcompensate and prove that she had the guts to do what they could, that she could be strong too. I’m glad that she was a powerful character in that sense but it got to the point where whatever she said went. By the time the words ‘Let him be a man. Give him his dignity.’ rolled around I was like thank the Heavens! Someone finally said it.

Overall, I thought this book was amazing! The writing was perfect and I didn’t want to stop reading. This story is still working it’s way through all the sections of my mind. I’m really interested in getting my hands on Executed-the second book- because I need to know what happens next we were kind of left with a cliffhanger. I’m glad I decided to request this book. No regrets at all.

Read: 7 February 2017
Rating:★★★★

Publication Date: 1 March 2017
Publisher: 47North
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: R.R. Haywood

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eARC Book Review: True Born by L.E. Sterling

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Welcome to Dominion City.

After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.

The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…

And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.

When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?

As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.


I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

On the state-continent of Nor-Am, Dominion is the biggest and widely populated city. This is where Lucy and Margot, previously-conjoined twins live. Lucy is the ‘timid’ one while Margot is more daring, which leaves Lucy responsible for covering up for her.

There was a great Plague that left behind a mutation, if I could call it that. The world was basically divided into three: Lasters, Splicers and True Born. The Lasters are basically ‘dead men’. The mutation eats them up and they have no money to help them…not that it would help. Once you get the plague, there’s no going back. The Splicers are those that buy themselves more time. They keep paying to have their DNA altered to survive longer. One thing that’s never talked about is True Borns. To be a True Born means to be an abomination.

Nolan Storm and his team – Jared, Penny, Malcolm and Kira are hired to be security detail for Lucy and Margot. After Margot goes missing, that is when the ball really drops.

Characters: I found Lucy to be a bit annoying and since she was the Main Character, I had to deal with that through the entire book. She got whiny at times and I wanted to scream at her. She was seventeen, about to turn eighteen and she was acting like some bratty six year old. That got old real quick. Lucy was kind of stupid. She’d be advised or told ‘don’t move’ and what does she do? She moves and ruins the plan. Also, what I didn’t like was when she and Jared were talking, he mentioned something about how she should go to school so she could be smart and find an Upper Circle guy (he was being insulting, but he had a point) and she replied ‘I don’t have to be smart for that’. Seriously woman! What I really couldn’t stand was that there seemed to be no character development. Lucy started out as a timid, shy character then suddenly she blew up and grew some balls, but she regressed. How does one regress after becoming so confident? And the fact that she never, not once stood up to her parents irks me.

Jared, this guy though. I didn’t like him. He had his moments but they weren’t enough to make me like him. He had some points that he made regarding Lucy, and I’m glad he tried to knock some sense into her. I still thought he was kind of insane.

Rest of the True Borns (good ones) – I liked all of them. I personally feel that the story would’ve been better if there was more of a focus on them. This book is after all called True Born. We learnt their history, which was appreciated, but I feel that they deserved a longer time in the spotlight. I would’ve wanted to know more about their powers. I feel that with there being and Upper Circle and then the True Borns, there was a divide. Lucy and Margo weren’t exclusive to one, and I think that’s what made this story seem like it was all over the place. They never really belonged.

Fox Family/Upper Circle – These people are cruel and vindictive and they’re so secretive, of course everything would blow up in their faces.

Likes: I honestly liked the concept. I liked what the basis of this story was. How being a True Born isn’t in fact a mutation but more of a progression from what being a human is.

Dislikes: I wasn’t a fan of the execution. As I mentioned, the story seemed all over the place. There was no character development and I was confused a lot of the time.

Overall Thoughts: I didn’t hate it though. One thing I expected was for them to actually reveal what Lucy and Margot were. I read the entire book waiting for that moment that never came. It was disappointing. I don’t see myself continuing this series whatsoever.

Read: 2 May 2016
Rating: ★★.75

Publishing Date: 3 May 2016
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: L.E. Sterling

 

 

eARC Book Review: Embers by Susanne Valenti

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Alone in the darkness, memories threaten to overwhelm him. The truth of what has happened haunts him day and night. It would be easy to let go. To forget who he was and where he came from. Easier if he didnt exist anymore at all. Every moment is a reminder of what he had and what he has lost. But there is one thing worth living for, fighting for, breathing for. He made a promise. And he intends to honour it


I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Spoiler Warning! This book is impossible to talk about without spoilers and spoiling Broken (book 3) so I urge you to read books 1-3 in the Cage of Lies series if you don’t want to be spoilt. Read at your own risk.

Embers is a novella that takes place within the Cage of Lies Universe. Its best read after Broken as the book itself is a spoiler.

I’ve been missing this series so much even though I read Broken back in January. This book starts out with Coal being locked up in the city and Commander Roberts (sound familiar?) and Lucretia (ugh!) are ‘in charge’ of his…care.

Everything about Coal was, is and will always be perfect! He was as badass as I remember, which is great because I love him so much. I think this book solidified the fact that he’s my favourite character. This story made it clear how strong of a person he really is and it was funny how this other character told him that for a guy who wanted to die, he was really good at living. Shank, the character I was talking about is a dweller-which makes me skeptical but he kept Coal sane so he’s okay in my books. I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing him again in the future. Commander Roberts is a *bleep* and Lucretia is an even bigger *bleep* than him. These two characters are so hateful and despicable but funnily enough they’re the ones you love to hate. Gregor…groan! This guy is just…can he die already?

What I liked about this book was well, EVERYTHING! It was all perfect and I thank Susanne for writing such amazing works. The scenery, the plot, the friggin’ execution! Perfection is what it was.

For dislikes? Not. A. Single. Thing.

And the award for the book I’m currently in love with goes too…

MORE PLEASE!

Read: 13 March 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

 Publication Date: 31 January 2016
Publisher: kdp
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Susanne Valenti

Check out my reviews of the other books in the Cage of Lies Series here:

  1. Chained
  2. Cut Glass
  3. Linked
  4. Broken

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…


Mare Barrow is a Red but an accident reveals that she has Silver powers. With the divide in this horrible world she lives in, this is seen as something that cannot happen. She’s abnormal, something that should never have been. Because of her unique-ness, it’s decided to hide her true heritage and so starts this wild dance of crazy. I knew then that with so many secrets that have to be kept, this was going to blow up in the hugest way.

I chose this book for the Genre Challenge for February which was Paranormal. I had heard mixed reviews about this book so I was a bit skeptic going in. I didn’t need to worry though, barely 50 pages in and I had already settled my like for this book.

Now, it’s known that I do not like predictability and man does Victoria deliver unpredictability on a silver platter. Sure, some aspects were obvious but who doesn’t throw cliche in once in a while? SPOILER-ISH STUFF COMING!!! I totally had that feeling I had while watching Frozen and Anna and Hans were in that room where he said that line. You know the one. This only happens near the very end so I was like nooooooo!

To me, this book lives up to the hype. I loved it and immediately I knew I was going to need the next book because I just need to know what happens next. The romance aspect of this book is a bit much for what I’d want in a book with this kind of content…warning people, Love Triangle! I was shaking my head about it but it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been.

The writing though, oh man the writing. The action kept me on my seat. This is what I want when I read. I want to be surprised when I turn the corner. I was to go ‘wow, I did not see that coming’. When I read the first chapter (which is about 12 pages in my copy) in only a few short minutes, I knew this book was going to be a quick one so I did what I usually do…I prolonged it and took my sweet ol’ time reading it. Loved this book, one of the best I read so far this year and I look forward to reading both Glass Sword and Cruel Crown.

Read: 25 February 2016
Rating: ✮✮✮✮

Publication Date: 10 February 2015
Publisher: Orion
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Victoria Aveyard

Book Review: The Walking Dead Vol.2: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman


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An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. This volume follows our band of survivors on their tragic journey in search of shelter. Characters live and die as they brave a treacherous landscape littered with packs of the walking dead.


I read Days Gone By sometime last year and really enjoyed it but I definitely enjoyed this volume a lot more. I watch the TV show and got through the first five seasons in a week. I wanted to read the comics because I know so many things were changed.

Miles Behind Us picks up where Days Gone By left off. The gang is on the road looking for shelter and Lori is still a bit shook up after the ending events of the previous volume.

In this volume we meet a few new characters, Hershel, Maggie, Tyreese and a few others that we might be familiar with in the show. This is only the second volume of a bigger series so we’ve still got a long way to go. The fact that the world as everyone knows it is gone is still at the forefront of everyone’s mind and there’s nothing more the gang wants than to be safe and able to take care of their families.

I’ve decided to cast out my knowledge of the show for the continuation of these comics because I want to experience this in a new light. I like where the story seems to be going and once again, Robert Kirkman’s writing is amazing. The art is great as well. When I first took the plastic off my copy of Days Gone By, I was surprised to find that it was all grey tones (thanks to Cliff Rathburn), no colour at all. I like it though, it makes me go through the comic a lot faster since there’s no colours to distract me. The detail on the faces are superb. I mean look at this:

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So much is captured in one drawing. These talented people came together and created this amazing book. I look forward to continuing this series no matter how long it takes me since it currently seems never-ending.

Read: 17 February 2016
Rating: ✮✮✮✮

Publication Date: 1 April 2004
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Illustrator: Charlie Adlard