Zero Repeat Forever – ARC Review

★★


28945665Let me start off this review by telling you all a little fact about myself. I like to begin reading new books at midnight. I don’t know why, but something about inconvenient hours of night makes me want to pick up a good story and start reading. So, it was at around midnight on a Saturday, well, technically Sunday, that I decided that I was going to read this book. I lied and said I would only read a few chapters, but we know that’s never how it goes. So, someway, somehow, I ended up reading this 496 page novel in one sitting. I didn’t stop reading until 5:30 a.m. when I finally read that last heartbreaking sentence. So, clearly, I liked this novel.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin – A Book That Should Have Been Shorter

★★


31451174Ok, how do I begin this rant.

My relationship with this series, as with all other Sarah J. Maas books, has been a bit rocky to say the least. The Throne of Glass series started off really high for me, went down hill, hit rock bottom, and then bolted up into the skies once again like a phoenix reborn. (I have the reviews of Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms if you want more details on that.)

This series was a bit different. It started it bad for me. I found little enjoyment in ACOTAR, and then got a little better, but I still didn’t really like ACOMAF (I know, how dare I), and then finally got pretty good here in ACOWAR. Still, I didn’t love this book. I wish I could have, but I didn’t. Yet, I must admit that I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would so that has to count for something.

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Mask of Shadows – ARC Review Of An Over Hyped, Underdeveloped YA Fantasy

★★


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I’m not gonna lie, for all the hype that this book seems to be racking up, it sure wasn’t that good.

The book starts out decently enough. It begins with a robbery as we are introduced to our gender fluid main character, Sal, and the competition that would change their life. Notice I used ‘their’ instead of he or she, for Sal chooses to be addressed as whatever they dress for the day. If he dresses as a man, he will be addressed as such. If she dresses as a woman, the same applies. This was interesting as I never read from such a POV.

And I guess that’s where the originality ended.

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T5W: August 9, 2017

Second Book is Best

When I saw the topic for this week’s T5W I was pretty excited. I thought it would be easier than it turned out to be. But, as it turns out, second books are usually my least favorite in a series. It seems that 25% of the time, the series gets better, with the second book, being the second best and the third being my favorite. Another 25% of the time the series goes down hill with the second book being again the second best, but the third being my least favorite and the first one being the best (looking at you Divergent). The other 50% of the time, second books are just pretty meh. So, this week I’m making this a top three because I couldn’t find another one that truly fit into it.

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Pretty on the Outside, Bitter on the Inside

Bad Books With Pretty Covers

We in the bookish community love to lie to ourselves. We like to pretend that it’s only what’s on the inside that counts. And while this is a nice sentiment and whatnot, a pretty little quote to put on t-shirts and mugs and stuff, it’s not always true when it comes to books. We love to judge book covers, it’s in our nature. Sure, the inside matters, as we are about to see, but let’s be honest with ourselves, our bookshelves are all about the aesthetic. At least, mine are. I am not ashamed to say that put all the ugly books in the back (sorry, not sorry)

So, without further ado, I am going to list a couple of extremely beautiful books. Book’s that would make my shelves shine. Books that I have read, and even bought, solely for the aesthetic of their covers.

Books whose deceitful covers have filled me with regret after reading.

Here we go.

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