The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk // Review

The beauty that remains

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk. 

Release Date: March 6th, 2018.

Genre: Contemporary.

My Format: E-ARC provided by NetGalley!

Purchase on Amazon!


Summary:

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Despite the odds, one band’s music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind. 


My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read that is solely about loss, and those affected by it. I really enjoyed it. I lost my brother this past June, so I related to these characters greatly. All 3 characters were likable in their own ways, but I do wish there was more overlapping. I don’t see the point in having 3 different point of views when they don’t overlap until the last couple chapters. Besides that, I did like this book.

Pros:

The Characters: The characters were definitely the strongest part of this novel. I loved everyone, including those that were lost. My favorite was definitely Logan, mostly because I related to his story the most. I loved the way we were shown different types of mourning, because everyone deals with loss in their own way. This novel definitely portrayed that.

The Subject Matter: This book touched upon some important topics, loss being the obvious one. Besides that it looked upon alcoholism, depression, anxiety, drunk driving, and suicide among others. Not only was all of this included, it didn’t feel forced. It wasn’t there for the sake of being there, it was present to further the story.

The Diversity: All 3 main characters were a minority: A black girl, an Asian girl, and a gay boy. Ashley didn’t stop there, though. Even the side characters were diverse.

The Music: Another main plot point was the underlying theme of music. Another way all the characters were related, besides losing someone close to them, was their involvement with a band titled Undying Lovely. It was a cool addition to the story, and I feel it helped further the plot.

Cons:

Multiple POV’s: Let me say this first. I did enjoy all the POV’s within this novel. My issue lies with the point… All three of these characters could have had their own story without affecting the others. I wish there was more overlap between their story lines, but this wasn’t really a major issue. It didn’t necessarily negatively impact my reading.


Overall, The Beauty That Remains was a much-needed look at loss, and how it affects different people. It was very necessary, and I can’t wait to pick up a finished hardcover.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.

Would I Recommend?

– I definitely would recommend. Anyone who has experienced loss, and even those who have not, may even gain something extra from reading this novel. It’s an important one.

 

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December 2017 Wrap-Up!

My final wrap up of the year… and it was pretty mediocre. I had big plans this month, ones that had me reading 16 books… and I only got to 9. 9 is nothing to scoff at, but I wanted to read more. Anyways, let’s move on.

As always I will be talking about these books in order of least enjoyed to most.

9. The French Girl by Lexie Elliott.

the french girl

I received an E-Arc of this on Netgalley with high hopes of enjoying it… but it was a huge let down. The characters weren’t likable and were bring, the story was very slow-moving (Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but this book had nothing to make up for it.), and the ending was very lackluster and predictable. I was actually angry when I finished reading this because I never felt the pay off I usually do when I finish a book. This book will be released on February 20th.

My Rating: 1/5 Stars.

My Review!

8. Deadman Wonderland Vol, 05 by Jinsei Kataoka.

deadman wonderland vol 5

I’m not going to say much about this volume, other than the fact that it was my least favorite so far in the series.

My Rating: 3/5 Stars.

7. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

all the bright places

I have heard so much about this book, so I finally decided to pick it up. I did really enjoy it, but not as much as I thought I would. I felt like the characters were just the embodiment of their mental illnesses, and it just didn’t do it for me. I will have a full spoiler review coming out for this book, as well as a lot of the books in this wrap-up. Trigger warning for depression and suicide.

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars.

6. Everland by Wendy Spinale.

everland

This book has been on so many TBR’s, so I am glad I finally read it. I really enjoyed it, and it was the first time I have ever read a Peter Pan retelling. It stuck so close to the original story, but it did its own thing as well. I am not completely sure how to explain it in such a small space, so I will leave the link to my review below.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.

My Review!

5. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.

wonder woman

I am a HUGE DC fan, so when this companion series of novels written about DC characters by different YA authors was announced I was ecstatic. This did not disappoint. It is my first Leigh Bardugo novel as well, so I was introduced to her. This novel’s main point was female friendship, something I wish to see more of in literature, YA in particular.

My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars.

4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

acotar

I finally did it, I read a Sarah Maas novel.. and I can say, with confidence, that I will probably love everything by her. This book blew me away. It was nothing like I was expecting, which was a good thing. Feyre, the main character, was a kick ass female. As of now I am definitely team Tamlin, but that can change… which I assume it will based on the public’s love for another character. Enough rambling, moving on. I did have a couple of issues with this book, but overall I enjoyed it.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.

3. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.

Hollow city

This was a reread, so I decided to put it in the 3rd spot. This is my all time favorite book, so I knew what the rating would be. You all know my thoughts on this series, so I wont waste time here. Excited to *finally* finish this series.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars.

2. Nyxia by Scott Reintgen.

nyxia

This is one of my all time favorite books. When I read this I didn’t think anything would beat it, at least this month, but then I read my number 1 book… anyways. This book was amazing and everyone should read it. It was very diverse, and just all together very fun. Review to come!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars.

1. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake.

one dark throne

This happened… AHHHH. The first book was a high 3 for me, so when I read this book I was SHOOK. This was everything I wanted with the series. My favorites changed, the characters I disliked became my favorite… people died…. I don;t even know what to say. Full review to come.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars.


Those are all of the books I read in December! One Dark Throne was actually the last book I read in 2017, so that was a great way to end the year.

There will be reviews for Wonder Woman, One Dark Throne, Nyxia, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and All the Bright Places. Keep the look out for those!

What did you read in December?

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott // Review

the french girl

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott. 

Release Date: February 20th, 2018.

Genre: Contemporary/Mystery.

My Format: E-Arc provided by NetGalley!

Pre-Order on Amazon!


Summary:

They were six university students from Oxford–friends and sometimes more than friends–spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway–until they met Severine, the girl next door.

For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group’s loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can’t forgive, and there are some people you can’t forget, like Severine, who was never seen again.

Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine’s body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she’s worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate finds herself buried under layers of deception with no one to set her free.


My Thoughts:

Transparency is very important to me when it comes to reviews… and this was my least favorite read of 2017. I didn’t like anything about it, and I am not afraid to tell you that regardless of this being an ARC or not. I feel as if the characters didn’t develop at all, and they were all unlikable, the setting was boring, as well as the actual story line… There was nothing redeeming about this novel for me.

Cons:

The Characters: The characters in this novel were SO boring. There was absolutely no character development, they were all unlikable (which would be ok if they weren’t boring.), and they just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t care what happened because the characters were just so boring. The main character especially, I just wasn’t a fan.

The Plot: I was very excited to receive a review copy of The French Girl because it sounded good, but then I read it. The execution was way below par, and I feel like an interesting plot was made boring.

The Execution: This is kind of similar to the plot, but I had to touch on it. I don’t think that anything was done necessarily well within this book… this is opinion, but I personally just didn’t get it.

The Ending: The ending is what solidified this being my least favorite read of the year. It was such a let down… I was hoping it would maybe gain some of the lost ground the rest of the book made, but I was mistaken. It was predictable, poorly executed, and just plain dumb.

The Romances: AHHH, I hated everything about the relationships and romance in this book. The relationships seemed unhealthy, the crushes felt forced, and I just couldn’t cheer for any of them. It felt as if the author wanted to include them solely to have romance.


Overall, this mystery came off as a snore fest. It is a debut, so I will give the author a second chance if she ever comes out with another novel.

My Rating: 1/5 Stars.


DISCLAIMER: As I stated before, these are all opinions. I have read many reviews from people who enjoyed this book, so don’t let this review dissuade you from picking it up.

Thank you for reading my review of The French Girl by Lexie Elliott!

Blogmas Fail/ Going Forward.

This is going to be a short post about the future of my blog. I failed Blogmas around day 12… and I feel terrible about it. Life was busy, so I couldn’t do much. Moving on!

I decided to stick to a schedule going forward. So here it is!

Sunday- Miscellaneous content will be posted on Sundays such as Tags, Discussions, and other.

Tuesday- I will also be posting miscellaneous content on Tuesdays.

Thursday- A review will be put up every Thursday.

Friday- I will continue doing my Down the TBR Hole every Friday!

I have been playing with the idea of switching to YouTube for a while, but until I make the final decision this will be the schedule here on my blog!

The first week of January will be all of my end of the year videos. Thank you for understanding.

Down the TBR Hole #6

My Goodreads TBR is RIDICULOUS. It has books I own and do not own, so I will be doing them ALL! This meme was started over on Lostinastory, which you can find here!

Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

CURRENT “TO-READ” SHELF- 430 Titles…


51. The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke.

the girl with the red balloon

Date Added: May 11th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: This seems to be a magical historical fiction… I don’t even remember when I added this to my TBR, and upon reading the synopsis again I realize I don’t have any interest left.

The Verdict: REMOVE.

52/53. Awethology Light/Awethology Dark by the #Awethors.

Date Added: May 11th, 2017.

Do I Own Them?: Nope.

The Judgement: I know nothing about these, but they are very high rated story collections…. I’m keeping em’!

The Verdict: KEEP.

54. Final Girls by Riley Sagar.

final girls

Date Added: May 11th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: The slasher genre is one of my favorites in movies, so I want to read more about it in books. This is also becoming a movie!

The Verdict: KEEP.

55. Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder.

orphan island

Date Added: May 11th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: Upon rereading the synopsis I am still very interested in reading this novel.It sounds very unique.

The Verdict: KEEP.

56. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.

theres someone insode your house

Date Added: June 29th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: This is the book I most want to read at the moment, but I haven’t picked up my copy yet. I guess that answers the question.

The Verdict: KEEP.

57. The One by Kiera Cass.

the one

Date Added: July 24th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: Nope.

The Judgement: This is the final book in the original Selection Trilogy, so hell yeah I am reading it.

The Verdict: KEEP.

58. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter.

alice in zombieland

Date Added: September 19th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: I do on Kindle.

The Judgement: I really wanted to read this when I first found out about it, but as time passes I lose interest, Especially since I heard there isn’t even technically zombies.

The Verdict: REMOVE.

59. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

little fires everywhere

Date Added: September 25th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: Nope.

The Judgement: I have heard nothing but good things about this novel from people I usually agree with. All I know is that this involves a custody battle, and that is all I really want to know.

The Verdict: KEEP.

60. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.

i am number four

Date Added: September 25th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: I actually had no interest in reading this series, but my roommate pretty much BEGGED me too. I will try it for him.

The Verdict: KEEP.

61. The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz.

the gallery of unfinished girls

Date Added: September 25th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: I haven’t really read much lesbian or f/f romance books, so this seems like a perfect start. I also would like to read more books involving art.

The Verdict: KEEP.

62. Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu.

four weeks, five people

Date Added: September 25th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: The synopsis of this book seems very interesting, but the reviews put me off. Most of them state the lack of “recovery” in this book. That being said, I don’t want to waste my time with a book I won’t enjoy. If I see a deal, I’ll grab it though.

The Verdict: REMOVE.

63. First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy.

first we were iv

Date Added: September 25th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: Although the premise sounds interesting, I think I am going to read the book’s I own by the author before I add any more to my TBR.

The Verdict: REMOVE.

64. Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager.

queer there and everywhere

Date Added: September 25th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: Nope.

The Judgement: A book about queer historical figures throughout history? I need to read this.

The Verdict: KEEP.

65. The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood.

the darkest secret

Date Added: September 25th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: This seems like the typical missing person thriller. I must have added it when I was in a thriller kick. It is said to be slow and predictable… bye.

The Verdict: REMOVE.


***33.3% Removal Rate***


Finally, some progress. I decided to do 15 this week, I may stick with it but who knows. As always, thank you for reading! Let me know what you thought of any of these books if you have read them!

Down the TBR Hole #5

We made it 5 weeks into this thing! I have only managed to remove 3/40 of the books I have went through so far, but I own the majority of them so far… So let me live! I believe I should be getting into my non physical TBR soon… or not I don’t know.

Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Current “To-Read” Shelf- 407 Titles.


41. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin.

blood for blood

Date Added: December 14th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: I read Wolf by Wolf with very low expectations, and it actually surprised me. I would like to continue with this series soon.

The Verdict: KEEP.

42. The Girls by Emma Cline.

the girlds

Date Added: December 15th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: Yes.

The Judgement: A book about a Mansonesque cult? I was hooked right when I heard about this.

The Verdict: KEEP.

43. What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi.

what is not yours is not yours

Date Added: December 19th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: Yes.

The Judgement: I actually put this book down a while ago because the first couple of stories bored me. I do want to give it another try because I remember buying this book full price, oops.

The Verdict: KEEP.

44. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas.

dangerous girls.jpg

Date Added: December 19th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: Yup.

The Judgement: I tried this one out before… and I wasn’t hooked. So many people love this book, though… nope, it had its chance.

The Verdict: REMOVE.

45. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan.

daughter of deep silence

Date Added: December 20th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: Yes.

The Judgement: Similarly to Dangerous Girls, I have started this but put it down… but for a different reason. I was enjoying this, but I forgot about it.

The Verdict: KEEP.

46. Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl.

royce rolls

Date Added: April 16th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: I love reality tv, so when I heard about this book I added it to my TBR so fast… but I have lost interest since then. The reviews also helped make this decision.

The Verdict: REMOVE.

47. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

the raven boys

Date Added: April 24th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: Yes.

The Judgement: I have never heard a bad review of this book, or series for that matter. Easy decision.

The Verdict: KEEP.

48. (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn.

(dont you) forget about me

Date Added: May 5th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: Upon rereading the synopsis of this book it seems like the weird type of book I would love. I may have to get this from the library soon.

The Verdict: KEEP.

49. Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

amy and rogers epic detour

Date Added: May 5th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: Nope!

The Judgement: This is the only Morgan Matson book I haven’t read, and I NEED it.

The Verdict: KEEP.

50. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.

every heart a doorway

Date Added: May 5th, 2017.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: This is probably the book that I most want to read, but don’t own. EVERYONE loves it. I NEED IT!

The Verdict: KEEP.


*20% REMOVAL RATE*


Well, we finally got past the wall of books I already own… I hope…

Starting in January I am really going to try to knock some of these first 50 books off by reading them.

(Also, I realized the reason there are such big chunks in my Goodreads TBR is because I forgot I used to use Amazon as my wish list… so I will add all of those over when I’m not lazy! Good luck me.

Everland by Wendy Spinale // Review

everland

Everland by Wendy Spinale. 

Published by Scholastic Press on May 10th, 2016.

Genre: Retelling…

My Format and Page Count: Hardcover // 312 Pages.

Buy on Amazon


Summary:

The only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook?

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.”


My Thoughts:

Everland was a very fun read. I enjoyed that it was nothing more than a quirky book written for enjoyment. I love retellings that stay true to the original, but also stray away so they become their own story. This did that perfectly, taking an old tale and making it new, while not venturing too far away from the old. You root for all of the characters, but also somewhat feel for the villain. All in all, this was a very solid read.

Pros:

The World: Wendy Spinale did a great job turning London into a dystopian wasteland. I was very intrigued about the setting, wondering how far gone it really was. It lent itself greatly to the story.

The Characters: The characters in this novel are very root-able. They stay loyal to some of the characters in the original tale, and even offer up some that didn’t necessarily have a place before.

The Villain: Hook was written very well. At times you feel bad for him, but at others you hate him. That is how you know the author has talent.

The Retelling: I loved the way this story was retold. It took the story of Peter Pan and put it into a dystopian. She stayed true to the original story, but made it her own. There are aspects here and there that reference the original and make you think.

The Fun: I was not sure how else to label this one. This book comes with a very fun reading experience. I really needed something like it, so I am happy that I decided to pick this one up.

Cons:

Repetitiveness: My only real issue with this novel was the repetitiveness. There were certain quirks some of the characters had that were pointed out way too much, such as Pete’s “crooked smile”. I could have done without hearing about this every page.


*SPOILER SECTION*

The Family Reunion: I knew as soon as the professor was introduced that she was the mother. That being said, my knowledge of this didn’t really take anything away from the story. It was just very predictable.

Jack the Traitor: I didn’t expect Jack to have such a large role in the book. It is something I think will be revisited in the future even though Jack didn’t leave with the group.

The Deaths: I don’t really think there were many deaths in this book. I can only remember Smeeth and a couple of the minor lost boys. I was a bit surprise that Smeeth died at the hands of Gwen instead of Hook, though.

Hook’s Fate: I have no idea what hooks fate is now that Gwen cut his hand off and left him. I do feel for him and hope that he will return as a protagonist… One can dream. Also, time for the hook hand?

*SPOILER SECTION ENDS*


Overall, this was a very fun read that stayed true to the original story of Peter Pan, but added its own twist.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.

 

My Life in Books Tag!

I have seen this tag a few times, and I have always been interested in doing it. So here we are… doing it. I haven’t been tagged by anyone, but I want to do it!

1. Find a Book for Each of your Initials. 

J- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. 

R- Ready Player One by Earnest Cline. 

K- The Kiss of Deception Mary E. Pearson.

2. Count Your Age Along Your Bookshelf: What Book is it? 

Landline by Rainbow Rowell. 

Landline

I am 18. I DNfed this book last year, but do want to read it eventually. 

3. Pick a a book set in your city. 

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. 

nyxia

I am from Detroit, Michigan. This book is set in space, but the main character is from Detroit… I kind of cheated. 

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to. 

Everland by Wendy Spinale.

everland

I’d LOVE to travel to London, England. Obviously, I hope it isn’t in ruins like in this novel. 

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color. 

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. 

fates and furies

I honestly have no idea what this book is about, but this is my favorite shade of my favorite color, blue. 

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of? 

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. 

the bad beginning

The Series of Unfortunate Events Series was my childhood, so this is where all of my fondest memories reside. 

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading? 

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. 

Scarlet

This book wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as Cinder. I was expecting it to be amazing, so it took me a while to read. I am actually going to read Cress this month, though. 

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

It by Stephen King. 

it

This is definitely the biggest book on my shelves, so I will be very proud the day I finish this. 


There you have it, my life in books! I hope you enjoyed this post! Thank you.

Down the TBR Hole #4

Here we are, week 4 of Down the TBR hole! So far, I haven’t been very productive, but once I make it through the bulk of my physical TBR things hopefully will change. Let’s get on with it!

Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

CURRENT “TO-READ” SHELF- 405 Titles…. I broke 400, oh no.


31. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

to all the boys ive loved before

Date Added: May 31st, 2016.

Do I Own It?: No, but I own the sequel.

The Judgement: I have been wanting to read this forever, but I just haven’t found it anywhere for a good price. When I do I will probably read it right away.

The Verdict: KEEP.

32. Frostbite by Richelle Mead.

frostbite

Date Added: July 5th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: Yes.

The Judgement: I really enjoyed the first of this series, so I will definitely be picking this up… and it is on my TBR this month, so that will be soon!

The Verdict: KEEP.

33. Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins.

summer days an dsummer nights

Date Added: July 6th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: Yes.

The Judgement: I read the first 2 stories of this last summer and never continued. I have read My True Love Gave to Me and thought it was decent, only having a couple of stick out novels. I do think the stories in this book sound to be more up my alley, though.

The Verdict: KEEP.

34. Lumberjanes, Vol 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson.

lumberjanes vol 2

Date Added: July 23rd, 2016.

Do I Own It?: No.

The Judgement: I read a lot of graphic novels and manga, but you won’t see a lot in this series. I don’t add them to my TBR on Goodreads. With that out-of-the-way, I did enjoy the first in this series.

The Verdict: KEEP.

35. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

pride and prejudice

Date Added: August 2nd, 2016.

Do I Own It?: 3 editions….

The Judgement: In all honesty, I don’t really think I will want to read this anytime soon, but I will force myself to one day. Sometimes it takes a push!

The Verdict: KEEP.

36. Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs.

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Date Added: August 19th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: Not only do I own it, it is my prized possession. Signed and personalized by my favorite author!!

The Judgement: Ransom Riggs is my favorite author. Miss Peregrine’s Home is my favorite series. Enough said.

The Verdict: KEEP.

37. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.

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Date Added: September 12th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: I own the audiobook.

The Judgement: I have actually listened to over half of this and LOVED it, but I stopped listening. I realized I can’t really do anything else while listening or else I don’t retain anything.

The Verdict: KEEP.

38. This Savage Song by V. E Schwab.

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Date Added: August 16th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: Yes.

The Judgement: I actually DNFed this a bit back, but not for the content. I just wasn’t interested at the time, but I do want to finish this.

The Verdict: KEEP.

39. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty.

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Date Added: December 6th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: No!

The Judgement: This is where the conflict begins… I read Big Little Lies and loved it… It actually became one of my favorites. The plot of this book sounds interesting enough, but the reviews are mixed, most being 3 stars. This will be checked out of the Library before I buy it.

The Verdict: *Hesitant* KEEP.

40. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

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Date Added: December 10th, 2016.

Do I Own It?: Yes…

The Judgement: To be completely honest, I do not think I will like this book. That being said, I still will try it out since everyone loves it and I already own it.

The Verdict: *Hesitant* KEEP.


*0% Removal Rate!…* 


Wow. I mean whatever, I am not going to stress over my ever-growing TBR.

Like I said before, I may do a blog in which I try out 5 of my hesitant reads and give my thoughts upon reading them. Would you enjoy that? Let me know!

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen // Review

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Nyxia by Scott Reintgen.

Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on September 12th, 2017.

Genre: Science Fiction.

My Format and Page Count: Hardcover// 384 Pages.

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Summary:

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.


My Thoughts:

This is one of, if not the, best book I read this year. I enjoyed it much more than I believed I would, and I am very happy that I decided to give it a go. The characters were diversely written, each having their own characteristic and reasons to be loved. This was a very character based novel, but the plot was almost just as important. Humanity was examined, and I definitely appreciated it.

Pros:

The Characters: As stated before, the characters were the main driving force of this novel. They felt so real, and there was someone for everyone to relate to. The diversity was heavy within this book, having 8/10 of the main cast being POC. Even the antagonizing characters were written beautifully.

The Plot: I usually don’t go for science fiction, but the plot of this book drew me in. It was executed very well, and it kept me hooked throughout. Something about a competition between broken teenagers that takes place in space is interesting, who would have thought?

The Themes: I felt as if the themes that were examined in this book were important. Most of the characters were from poor backgrounds, so that was an interesting angle. The examination of humanity and what is important was also very present.

The Ride: This novel was crazy… I won’t say anything else, but it was a ride. Buckle up.

The Ending: Once again, I can’t say much here but I really enjoyed the cliffhanger ending, and I will be pre-ordering the sequel as soon as it goes up.


*SPOILER SECTION BEGINS*

Everything stated below is a spoiler. You have been warned.

Kaya: Kaya was my favorite character, so her death broke my heart. I actually had to put the novel down for a bit… I was pissed ta first, but I came to realize it was necessary to propel the rest of the characters and their stories forward. I still am sad, though.

The Other 10: I have seen people say they called this, but when they revealed there were 10 MORE competitors I was surprised. I thought about it before, but I never thought it would actually happen… At first I wasn’t happy, but it definitely added to the novel.

The Ending: Just when you think that you can relax, they throw the final twist at you. The bottom 4 have one more chance to come back, but they must kill whoever else is in their pod. I was very proud when Emmett didn’t kill Roathy, though. I am interested to see how Isadora will react in the sequel.

*SPOILER SECTION ENDS*


Overall, this book was a fast paced science fiction thriller everyone should give a chance.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars.

Let me know if you have read Nyxia below! What are your opinions on it?

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.