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Review: Goddess Interrupted

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Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

RTC

but oh my GODS the ending?!?!!!!!! (view spoiler)[homegirl is PREGNANT WHAAAAT (hide spoiler)]

REVIEW TIMMEEE:

meh?

K cool this book was fine. I was really just passing the time until my copy of ACOWAR was delivered. This book is super cliche, but I'm a sucker for it. It has the worst of love triangles, so if you really don't enjoy them; stay clear.

But since I'm somebody who likes to torture herself; I indulge in way too many to say I don't "enjoy" them.

Quotes from my Kindle that I highlighted:
"'I'm surprised he hasn't turned the Dead Sea into one big keg party by now.'"

"My mother was Henry's favourite sister."
.......... idc if it technically isn't incest; this is still super weird to think.

"'He gets busy sometimes,' said Ava... 'Now, this is our closet. I even talked Henry into letting me choose your outfits...'
QUEUE ACOMAF I…

Review: Of Neptune

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Of Neptune by Anna Banks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3/5 stars.



This was better than the last book... but it was totally unnecessary. This book just created problems than anything else. It could've ended in the previous book.

The writing was better than book 2, but I still think I need to reread book 1 and see why I rated this 5 stars. These books are mediocre, at best. It's a shame how downhill this trope-fest of a book, actually is.

QUOTES I HAVE ISSUES WITH:
"'With you, I'll take it any way I can get it.'
Awk-ward. Also, ew. 'Reed-'
'Too much too soon?'
'Too much anytime. I'm with Galen. We're going to be mated.' But I recognise the trace of doubt in my declaration.'"
This makes me cringe for many reasons. How is this anything like a believable teenager dynamic???



"'You don't know these people, and Galen isn't there to protect you. I'm coming to get you.'"
GOD FORBID SHE PROTECTS HERSELF.…

Review: Of Triton

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Of Triton by Anna Banks
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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WHY WAS THIS SEQUEL SO BAD??? I rated the first book, Of Poseidon, 5/5 stars!

:(

The writing started off really well, and then all of a sudden it turned to shit.

Nalia, Emma's mother, is the worst. She is poorly written and disturbing. A bit too much like Tris in Insurgent; infuriating.

Quotes I liked:
"feel like my lashes are coated with iron instead of mascara, pulling down my lids with a heaviness I can't fight."

'I like you, young prince. But you well know the law. Do not disappoint me Galen. My grandaughter is deserving of a proper mating ceremony.'"

Quotes that annoyed the crap out of me:
"Galen runs a hand through his hair. He knows how this works. Toraf will be useless until Rayna is sufficiently calmed down and happy again."
FOR FUCKS SAKE I DON'T EVEN WANT TO GO INTO THE SEXIST FUCKERY THAT'S IN THIS BOOK but you'…

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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SECOND TIME READING:
Is it possible to give this any more stars?
ALL THE STARS SEEN FROM VELARIS / 5 STARS.



idek why I cried at the end (view spoiler)[it was technically a happy ending (hide spoiler)] but I guess I'm just shaken from the emotional rollercoaster and I'm sad there's no more for me to read rn.

Most of you know; I have read all of the ToG books, and loathed them. But this series broke that hate I had for SJM's writing.

I just read over my original review (at the bottom of this one) and I need to clarify: although I rated it 5 stars back then; I still was so picky to SJM. I regret what I said. I honestly think... LM did not deserve the GR Best YA Fantasy, after all. I am admitting, finally defeat; that this book deserved it.

Updates/Quotes: WARNING: SPOILERS
April 27, 2017 – page 612
97.76% "2: "if they had removed th…

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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SECOND TIME READING
Rating change: 5/5 stars.

I was a bloody fool before; only giving it 3.75 stars. I spit at my past self. Forgive her: I was just salty I actually like SJM for once.

I've already reviewed this book, and it's already so wildly popular, so I'll save you guys the drabble.

Updates from this reread
April 24, 2017 – page 367
84.95% "2: My kink, you ask?
Why, it could only be Rhysand saying "good girl", of course."

April 24, 2017 – page 344
79.63% "2: I forgot about the party Rhys took Feyre to… wow was that part of this book????? I read these pretty much back to back and I'm shocked. I guess a lot more of this happens in ACOMAF, huh? ☺πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜πŸ˜§"

April 24, 2017 – page 344
79.63% "2: "'And, Feyre,' he added, his voice a caressing murmur, 'I don't like my belongings tampered w…

Review: The Dream Thieves

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5/5 RAVEN STARS.

This is going on my favourites shelf, that's for sure!

To get you up to speed with my thoughts and emotions, before I continue:

Updates/Quotes:
April 23, 2017 – page 411
93.62% ""'Don't say Dick Gansey, man. Do not say it. He is never going to be with you. And don't tell me you don't swing that way, man. I'm in your head.'
'That's not what Gansey is to me,' Ronan said.
'You didn't say you don't swing that way.'
Ronan was silent. Thunder growled under his feet. 'No, I didn't.'"
MIND BLOWN YES THANK YOU BLESS THIS STORY"

April 23, 2017 – page 367
83.6% ""We can pretend. Just once. and then we'll never say anything about it again."
HOLY CRAP THE FEELS I HAVE FOR BLUE AND GANSEY.
Are there any ships names I should be educated about? Coul…

Review: Six of Crows

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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This review is essentially spoiler free aside from talking about characters' personalities(?? also, anything accidental bc idk what would be a spoiler for those who have read Grisha sorry).

4.5/5 stars.

It would've been 5 if I knew more references; alas, I am a noob who immensely regrets not reading the Grisha trilogy before this.

Overall thoughts:
It was hard for me to get into, because we really do just jump into the world, so if you're wondering if you can read this without reading Grisha; bloody well just don't. Okay? DON'T. I regret it.Have I emphasised that enough? Cool.

It was a cool story. Not usually something I'd love, but the characters are what hooked me.

Do I think this story is overrated?
Yep. Totally. It's just like any other high fantasy in YA. I saw nothing outstanding from the rest.

This doesn't stop it from getting s…

Review: Gemina

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5/5 ILLUMINAE STARS MULTIPLIED BY A MULITVERSE'S POSSIBILITIES.

Oh.

My.

GOd.

I'm flabbergasted. I cannot comprehend. This book was BRILLIANT.

I don't think I'm capable of writing a full-blown review... I'm just sitting here in shock.

Just a few little things to note:
THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN ILLUMINAE. And I thought Illuminae was goooood. But this?

A thousand times better. No denying that.

It's like the two authors(/geniuses) read the minor complaints about the format and plotting of their state-of-the-art from the first book; and did some little tweaks in this one, and BAM. You take a 5/5 book, and make it 10000/5 stars.

This book was just... so perfect. I see no faults in it, at all.

THIS WAS SUCH A PLEASANT READ <3 I need to buy myself my own copy! ASAP.

Other quick notes; I read this a lot quicker than Illuminae. In my review for that instal…

Review: The Raven Boys

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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SECOND TIME READING

4.5/5 stars.

I LOOOOVED THIS BOOK, the second time round.

Guys. It was brilliant. I'm cringing at my previous review; I was an idiot (who obviously couldn't pay attention to the story in 40ΒΊC heat and reading it on my iPhone).

I'm confused on who the hell I'm supposed to ship Blue with.

Also, sue me; I can't help picturing Blue's hair... well... blue. Oop.

I felt like I was reading some weird fantasy fanfiction of Dead Poet's Society, as well as Looking for Alaska.

The character I cared for the least? Ronan.

But idk pls don't kill me, he may end up being my fave.

My only annoyance was how the book addressed all of Blue's family with just their first names. It was a bit confusing at the start to follow who Blue's mother was. I like that this book isn't written through first person, especially Bl…

Review: Illuminae

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.95/5 intergalactic stars.

OKAY SO THIS WOULD'VE BEEN 5/5 IF IT WASN'T SO HARD TO READ AND IF IT DIDN'T TAKE ME EXACTLY 2 MONTHS TO READ.

So it took me exactly 2 months to read this book and I've actually forgotten so much so I'mma share w/ yall my updates and then have a mini discussion at the end.

Long story short?

I loved the book. It was great. It was super unique. It was a long read. You definitely can't read this in a night. You must have patience for everything going on in this book. You must also like that 'quirky' device authors use in recent YA books, where a lot of conversations (actually; all, in this book) are written over IMs. Usually; I loathe it. But for this book? (mostly) Great!

Updates
March 31, 2017 –
page 450
 75.13% "Okay woah this is getting so weird with AIDAN being "in love" with Kady . It's good to come back to this book-- I haven't picked it up for age…

Review: Vampire Kisses

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Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5/5 stars.

This is such a short book, so I can't write much.

I really enjoyed it! However; it was super crigney.

I felt like I was reading the protag of a 12 y.o. girl (which she is not).

It's a perfect short story for a vampire read. It uses the worst cliches, and shoves them into the most popular cliche of the 21st century: hot, teenage boys. Fabulous.

But it does have a great ending, and it's written well.

I will totally read the sequels! These babies are so short, they could be one whole book.

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Review: Hunger

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Hunger by Michael Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4/5 stars.

Yoooo this book was goooood.

There was a quote somewhere near the end that went, just because they have superpowers, doesn't make them a superhero.

I can't say much because I feel like if I do, it'd just be a spoiler. Everything is well-written and intertwined.

There's so many characters to care about but, without spoiling anything, my fave characters are:

1. Sam. He's great. Angsty. I feel for him. 'Nuff said.
2. Caine. Bc what a great baddie.
3. Dianne. She's just the best side-ho in anything, besides Shego from Kim Possible.

So much happened in this book, but at the same time I feel like nothing happened. These books are a bit long, and it's a wonderful world that's been built, but... cmoooon why do each have to be so long. I just wanna see the smackdown. In both books so far, there's been a lot of setting-built up. I want more plot focus! (And there is; but the ratio isn't …

Review: How to Be Popular

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How to Be Popular by Meg Cabot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5/5 freaking dang stars.

I'm not going to write a full-blown review for this.

Here's the run down:

- I read this when I was 11/12.
- I got it for my birthday and my friend who gave it to me said "my mum thought of you and thought it would be good for you" you GUYZZZZ I didn't EVER want to touch this book.

This impacted me greatly during the incoming high school years-- I feel like I was more level headed about the fascination of popularity.

Why you should read this book:
- need chick lit but for a younger audience than most chick lit books
- need a bit of sarcasm and quirkiness
- need a bit of awkwardness like Bridget Jones who had a bit of pervy habits
- needed a cliche, happy ending (which is still the bomb)

This book is my fave and I hold it dearly to my heart. I kind of hoped for this experience in high school but lol nope I'm now in uni and realise I completely didn't meet my 12 year old…

Review: Reached

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Reached by Ally Condie
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5/5 stars.

So I'm not going to write full review because I read this entire thing this evening while babysitting my godmother's children. That was from 9pm-12am. It was kind of torture bc I'm tired af and I was miserable.

So this book was blurgh and idk if it's just bc I'm over the 3rd instalment of any dystopia trilogy but I found I was so beyond caring for Cassie and her baes in their love triangle. I enjoyed Xander on his own; but with both the boys pining over Cassia, it made me want to spoon my eyeballs out. Cassia was boring af and didn't seem worth it tbh. Is this how people feel about Bella in Twilight??? Dear god. I'm sorry for those people. (I actually really enjoy Twilight and that's also bc the sass levels in the Cullen clan are LIFE-- but in this book, without the sass or quirky family, it was pretty shite.)

I'm so happy this series is over! I'm sad I didn't LOOOVE it like I thou…

Review: Wintersong

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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7 BILION/5 STARS.

Me, currently and forever more: (I'm sorry if you don't like gifs I swear there's only 1 more pls don't let it stop you from reading how much I love this book)


I AM IN TEARS.

S. JAE - JONES; YOU ARE EVIL. I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK ENDED LIKE THAT.

I have tears running down my face as I write this review... THIS BOOK HAS RUINED ME.

Let's take a trip down memory lane, aka my notes/updates while reading this book, to see how far I've come:
1: Goblin's aren't my thing but this book is super popular atm and it looked nice in the library so let's give it a goooo :)
2: "OKAY I ONLY READ THE PREFACE AND I LOVE THIS BOOK (but ew Goblins how are gonna turn into sexy mythical creatures that teens fawn over????)
3: I'm confused who was the little girl from the preface was?

Was it Leisl or Kathe (her sist…