June 2016 WrapUp: The Revenge of the Slump

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It’s the end of June already gah!!! I’m probably not the only one developing crazy murder hate feelings towards time right? Yeah, you can’t tell me you haven’t been fantasizing about carefully stalking time, tackling it to the ground and the tying it up in a chair in the basement and yelling, “WHERE’S THE MONEY KAREN. WHERE’S THE MONEY!” (And yes I know what you’re probably all thinking… coo-coo (pun-intended) and yes exams are next week, you get it now?)

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I just got out of the most traumatizing reading slump of my life you guys! Six whole months! 6 months of me being unable to pick up any book… I get the shivers even thinking about it…

It’s absolutely a testament to my sheer will and strength that I was able to drag myself out of that. To be honest, I’ve never felt more betrayed by my own mind, refusing to hold interest in anything fun and fiction. For one horrifying second I asked myself… “Is this the end?” “Do I…” gulp, “Do I not…” shiver, “Do I not like books anymore??” The possibility was to horrid to face so I got to work.

First thing I did, I picked up A Court of Frost and Starlight because I’ve always loved S.J. Maas and if anyone was going to save me it was dear old Fayre and Rhysand… Not even 20 pages in I felt my interest waning… then disappear. Reading about how sex starved Rhysand and Fayre were just didn’t seem to cut it anymore.

That’s when I knew I had to pull out the big guns, if I was to have any hope of getting out of this! The Last Namsara practically jumped into my hands. Dragons. Ok. Yes. This was the one, I just knew it.

It wasn’t the one. The one turned out to be small but also big, funny and heartbreaking. Yep, Save the Date by Morgan Matson got me out of my slump. It’s always the contemporaries that get you. Fantasy rarely pulls people out of slumps.

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Okay okay,  The Tale of the Slump is over I promise! In the month of June I finished a total of 3 books and went partway through 2.

The Completed Books

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (★★★★)

You know those books you pick up, the ones that you immediately know you’re going to love just by reading the first few lines. This was one of them for me. I literally flew through the pages. It was such a quick read but at the same time also being heartachy. Plus ITALY!!!! And let’s not forget the gelato.

Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch (★★★★☆)

Companion/Sequel to Love and Gelato. As soon as I was done with the first one I immediately started reading Love and Luck so it was one continuous story for me. I love how these books aren’t about mushy gushy romantic love but focused more on the self-love/family love side of things. Oh and IRELAND!!

Save the Date by Morgan Matson (★★★★☆)

Ah dear sweat reliable Morgan Matson… Reliable because you can always count on her to write something amazing. No arguments. No complains. Amazing. I wrote a whole word vomity review here.

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Hmm I just realized I gave all three books 4 stars but if I was being really honest I’d probably give Love and Gelato and Love and Luck 4.5 stars each but I’ve got no idea how to input the half star thing so what the heck.

The Uncompleted Books

  • The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Dumplin by Julie Murphy
  • Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

That last heading should’ve probably been called, Books I Hope to Actually Finish Reading Next Month Because The Darkest Legacy Releases Next Month and I Am Freaking Out.

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Book Review: Save The Date

Book Reviews, contemporary, Romance

Somehow Morghan Matson made a book about a girl with a raging case of Metathesiophobia (fear of change) and mild abandonment issues feel all around epic and chaotic and beautiful…

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When I first picked up the book I remember thinking that the rando make out scene right at the start of the book was weird and to be honest I almost even put down the book (this was the prologue I think), I was so disappointed because I thought this was going to be the vibe of the entire book. I’m so glad I kept reading! There was a point to the initial creepiness and it was fun seeing how it all unfolded. This was classic Morgan Matson but this time with a larger and somehow even more dramatic cast of characters.

Also I’m always in awe of authors who can successfully pull off books in which the events occur over the course of 2 or three days. Like where do you find all the activity to fit into 300 pages. If a book was written about my life if would probably be this; got up at a time we would generously call morning, grabbed a pile of anything edible, promptly lay in a semi-paralytic state for the next 10 hours reading/binge watching/youtubing something. The action scenes would be pee breaks lol.

This book. This book was non stop chaos and that was awesome and all but there reached a point when I just wanted things to slow down a bit, even when it was down to the last 50 pages crazy stuff was still going down.

To be honest I’m probably just being nitpicky, this book make me nostalgic for the big crazy family I never had and at the end of it all I felt my heart strings tug at how it all ended. I may or may not have had some dust in my eyes I needed to wipe away at the end of it all. Morgan Matson didn’t write the perfect book with the perfect ending with every story line nearly taken care of. It wasn’t the perfect ending because it’s life. She wrote about life in all its glorious messiness and sometimes the way we see people isn’t who they actually are.

PS: Aww the Andy and Clark cameo you guys! I died! And Duke!

PPS: It wasn’t until like chapter 10 that I got the headings! It was so stupid. The stupid OR kept confusing me lol, like the first one, it was Or, Never Trust Anyone Named After a Fruit. What is this Or?? Head slap moment! I was reading it wrong! It was Chapter One OR Never Trust Anyone Named After a Fruit.

RATING:

★★★★☆

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ABOUT BOOK

32333338Title: Save the Date 

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary

Pages: 432

Release Date: June 5th 2018

Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

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Book Review: Love Hate and Other Filters 

Book Reviews, contemporary, Romance

Fact: I love reading books about Indian and Chinese culture because [what most people don’t know] there are so many parallels you can draw between African and Asian cultures and you just never get that when you read books written by white authors.

love.pngThe most hilariously relatable thing was the auntie/uncle thing… you know, how every woman//man you meet is auntie or uncle regardless of whether they’re related to you or not.

Another similarity is the agonizing pressure to always have your like figured out. I mean the pressure! Oh my gosh the pressure to get married is insane. Like in my culture (Zambian) as soon as you’re done with your education (preferably in med, law, economics or engineering) the wedding bells better start ringing. I remember a few weeks after my cousins graduation someone literally walked up to her to ask if she had any prospects for marriage. I’m like geez the girl just graduated, chill the eff out. We just laughed it off even though that’s how it is.

Now I’m supremely lucky having been born in the motherland because I’ve always been surrounded by people who look like me and never had to face things people my color face on a daily basis; racism, prejudice, brutality, the list could go on… It’s almost ironic how we’re the ones who gawk at the white people because we have so few lol.

On the actual book! I found I didn’t like this as much as I thought I would. Don’t bite me okay but this book felt really pretentious like the author was trying so hard to make it something it just wasn’t . Like you need to be a certain kind of author to pull off certain types or writing tastefully and she failed. An example: “The orange paint and vanilla interior remind me of a Creamsicle. Sometimes I have the urge to dart out my tongue and lick the hood and see if it tastes like summer” *eye roll*

Don’t get me wrong but books that brings awareness to important issues always deserve to be read but the this book just let me down in a lot of ways. The plot felt stretched, and the characters, god Maya made me want to stub my thigh with a fork. The girl’s reasoning was so frustration! I mean she was comfortable flirting with a guy knowing full well he was involved with someone else, I mean as long as she felt really guilty about it then it’s cool. WTF!?? Gahhh!

Anyway it’s nice that books with POC are finally becoming mainstream in ya, and this book definitely has its good parts but overall it wasn’t for me.

RATING:

★★★☆☆

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ABOUT BOOK

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Title: Love, Hate & Other Filter

Author: Samira Ahmed

Pages: 281

Publisher: Soho Teen

Release Date:  January 16th 2018

American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

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February Wrap Up 

Wrap-Ups

It’s March! Wut?!

BOOKS

February really flew by, didn’t it! These days it’s like you blink and an entire month is gone, it’s crazy. I read a total of 4 books this month which is a little disappointing because my average is usually a little higher and a lot of people in the bookish-sphere read like 15 which is crazy (pure evidence of wizardry I say!). Anyway the four books I read are :

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling – ★★★★★

I was really surprised by this book. I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did because I really hated that murder mystery she wrote. Big cast and even bigger drama, sooo good!

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover – ★★★★★

This book was beautiful. CoHo is master at creating beautifully flawed characters that are utterly relatable and not just the main too the entire cast is fully flushed out and human in a way most fictional characters aren’t.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – ★★★★☆

I totally was expecting this book to be a typical dystopia so I was really hesitant because I’m so tired of the genre but it wasn’t like that at all. It was such a unique spin on the whole utopian society thing.

Love Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – ★★★☆☆

I love books about Asian (especially Indian and Chinease) culture because there are so many parallels’s to be drawn from their culture and African culture. It was nice to read a book with a character I could really relate to because of how similar our cultures are. That said I had a lot of issues with this book (which I’ll be talking about in a full review.)

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And here are the books that I started in February and was really hoping to complete before the month-end but oh well c’est la vie and all that.

  • Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings (73% read)
  • I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (69.6% read)
  • A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole (39% read)
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (17.9% read)
  • Shatter Me by Tahareh Mafi (14% read)

I’m hoping I’ll be done with them in a weeks time because look a all the new shiny books coming out! Obsidio!! I weep!

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Books I want to read in March. This is not a definite T.B.R. list, I hate making tbr lists because I never stick to them anyway so this is more of a wish-list (as in what I wish and most likely will read this month)

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: Don’t look at me like that.
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (!!!!!!)

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TV/FILM

Oh my gosh, February has been so good with the movies and TV. Some TV shows I’ve been compulsively watching this month :

  • Marvel’s Inhumans Season 1: One word; yawn.
  • How to Get Away With Murder Season 1-3: Been binge watching this show all month and all I can say is everything Shonda Rhimes touches is TV gold.
  • The Bachelor Season 22: Not-so-guilty pleasure, this show is just too delicious. Arrrrieee!!
  • Date My Family South Africa: I stumbled across this show and it is hilarious. It’s a dating show were one lucky guy gets to go on 3 dinner dates with 3 different families. He then picks the family he likes best and gets to go on a date with the girl whose family he picked. Trick is that he never sees the girls until after he’s made he’s choice.
  • Date My Family Zambia: So glad I stumbled across Date My Family SA because it led me to this which is even funnier and because everyone is so much more desperate on this one.

I didn’t watch a lot of movies this month and the ones I did watch aren’t worth mentioning because everything pales in comparison to Black Panther. This movie you guys! Mmm I’ve got a lot to say! I think I’ll do a whole separate discussion post about soon.

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MUSIC

And lastly some music recs. The songs below were my most played this month. I listen to a lot of edm, hip hop, rock, afro pop and hip hop and whatever genre Sam Smith sings in so if you’re into that you’ll definitely enjoy these (click links to listen on youtube)

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You know what just download the entire Black Panther soundtrack, its great! Anyway thanks for reading.


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YSMS #1: Disaster Dinner 

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Your Story, My Story is a meme I created here on May The Ray. The way YSMS  works is that you take a story (book, movie, whatever you like) whether in whole or in part and then relate it to a real life true story, something that actually happened. Sharing stories about ourselves is a great way to get to know people which is why I created this meme. I want people to get to know me through the stories I share. I wanted to make this blog a little more personal (not just book reviews and the like) so I hope you guys enjoy.

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In The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling, Samantha is hosting a dinner party but completely forgets about the casserole she had been preparing and it ends up burning which completely ruins the meal. She still serves the casserole even though its borderline disgusting. The drama between the dinner guests ends up ruining the even more.

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A couple of years ago myself and a tiny group of people were invited to this dinner thing at a mutual friends house. So we arrive to this thing, sit down at the table and are served.  I remember there had been nshima and pasta for those who didn’t wan’t nshima. There was chicken in tomato and onion sauce. The sauce was black which was very unusual. I take a bite of my nshima and sauce and almost gag you guys. I immediately meet eyes with the girl sitting opposite me and her eyes are practically bulging in shock. I brave another bite thinking maybe the first was a fluke. Nope still bad.

The host walks in and is like, “Why is nobody eating?” We’re all such wimps so we start shoving food onto our plates and into our mouths, muttering mmmhh’s and yumm’s. At this point I’m internally gagging.  It was so bad you guys.

Then after apprx. 30 mins of everyone politely poking their food and making polite convo, one girl (lets call her A) gets wine drunk and suddenly announces, “B, why you always talking about me.” B looks up in confusion.

A is like: I know you were talking about me, just now.

B: What are talking about?

A: I heard you whisper my name to C.

At this point we’ve all ceased our polite poking of the food.

A: What did you say about me?

B: I really don’t know what you’re talking about.

A: I heard you.

B: I didn’t say anything about you, ask C. 

Everyone turned to look at C, who just shook her head fearfully.

A: You’re lying.

B rolls her eyes and makes to dismiss A but A isn’t having it, she lunges across the table and grabs B by the boob. Plates and glasses titter precariously. All I can think to myself is; When did I end up on an episode of Real Housewives?!

A: Tell me what you just said about me!

A: She’s always fucking talking about me!

Things escalate fast from then, B ends up hiding in a bathroom, with A pounding on the door, screaming for her to stop being a coward, to open up. Everyone is begging A to calm down, but girl has lost it. She keeps screaming that B was a bitch who is always talking about her behind her back.

The host of the dinner was somewhere pouting in a corner. It was a disaster in the best, most entertaining way possible. B basically had to flee for her life

I can’t believe no one saw this coming. Put a bunch of black girls in one room and it’s either going to be the most fun or the most dramatic time you’ll ever have. Last I heard the two girls haven’t spoken since.

**FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW NSHIMA IS THE STAPLE FOOD IN MY COUNTRY. IT’S A LUMP/CAKE MADE FROM MAIZE FLOUR (WHITE CORNMEAL) AND IS EATEN WITH SIDE DISHES (USUALLY MEAT STEWS).

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#T5W: Favorite Romance Novels

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes on goodreads. Topics are posted for every Wednesday of the month and for this week the topic is Favorite Romance Novels.

Romance as a genre is very under-appreciated in lots of circles. So recommend your favorite romance books. These are books where romance is the main genre, not a secondary one. 

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Set in WWII Russia, this is a heart-breaking tale of what happens when two people fall in love during one of the most horrific times in history. The Bronze Horseman is one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read and even without the romance there is still so much that can be taken away from this story.

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Love at first sight or “insta-love” is a tricky trope to get right but if executed correctly an amazing love story will emerge, which is exactly what The Sun Is Also a Star is. This book follows the lives of two characters (who couldn’t be more different meet) who meet and fall in love over the course of a day.

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Everybody loves a good Cinderella story and nothing says Cinderella quite like a Will-and-Kate-esque love story. This book –at first glance–  could seem like a Will and Kate fan-fiction but it’s got so much more depth and by the time you’re a third into the book you forget about the real life couple and are totally invested in the fictional one.

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I know critically A Court of Mist and Fury is the better romance, the better book even, but A Court of Thorns and Roses just has a special place in my heart. It just feels timeless and classic to me. ACOTAR is a loose Beauty and the Beast retelling which just makes me love it even more because I absolutely love the classic.

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This books reads like a chick-flick movie and thats a compliment! Hate-to-love stories are just the best! The Hating game follows Josh and Lucy who come up for the same promotion when it just so happens that they absolutely hate each other. A battle off wills ensues when they both realize they both want the job. And when tension reaches a boiling point Josh and Lucy are faced with the possibility of maybe love.

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I didn’t realize until I was making this list that I don’t read a lot of romance, which is weird because I thought I read a lot of it. Anyway I had fun making the list and I hope you guys enjoyed!

Let’s chat! Do you read a lot of romance? What are some of your favorite romance novels? Do we share some favorites? Let me know in the comments!


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Without Merit Book Review

Book Reviews, Romance

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Okay, okay, after years of denying it, I finally can confess to myself that Colleen Hoover is the queen of contemporary. She just absolutely fucking nails it EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. and I just have to give credit were its due.

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Now I’ve read everything from Slammed to Ugly Love, Maybe Someday, It Ends With Us etc… so I can say with complete confidence that CoHo’s writing has grown steadily more woke as the years have gone by.

She never shies away from the “difficult” topics covering subjects that range from disabilities to gender-based violence to depression. She covers a wide spectrum often times with incredible insight. CoHo deserves every book grammy and oscar out there.

OK enough with the gush. Lemme talk about the actual book, Without Merit. The word-of-the-day was PERCEPTION. In the book CoHo tackles the fickle and often hilarious intricacies of family politics (I love me some good family drama). I especially love the realisation that PERCEPTION is a big part of our relationship with other people maybe even more so our families/personal relations. I don’t want to touch on a lot because (like all Colleen Hoover books) Without Merit is one to be read with the littlest amount of foreknowledge to fully appreciate what the author was trying to accomplish.

On the issue of characters, I’m absolutely in love with the entire cast! CoHo is master at creating beautifully flawed characters that are utterly relatable and not just the main too the entire cast is fully flushed out and human in a way most fictional characters aren’t.

The book is unputdownable (seriously! I read the entire book in a single night). Everyone absolutely needs pick this up.

RATING:

★★★★★

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ABOUT BOOK

33280872Title: Without Merit

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 384

Publisher: Atria Books

Release Date: 3rd October 2017

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

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Book Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada 

Book Reviews, Science Fiction

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This Mortal Coil is perfect for fans of post-apocalyptic zombie novels. This book is definitely a fresh and unique addition to the genre, fusing futuristic science-fiction with the zombie apocalypse trope. This Mortal Coil is a book about Catarina, the daughter of a world renowned coder and geneticist, who must save the world from a deadly plague after her father (the worlds best hope) is kidnapped.

tmc quoteOkay so This Mortal Coil hit the ground running with an intriguing first chapter and you would expect the book to get better from then on but nope, Emily Suvada kept shooting and missing just like her boring main character. I mean this girl had a saviour complex the size of a small continent and it gets annoyingly annoying as the story progresses. This girl had the tendency of reasoning in circles, it was just. so. annoying. and at times downright confusing.

When we get down to the world Emily Suvada created there’s so much potential but it was totally ruined by random info dumpy moments that I couldn’t even understand half the time. I mean, I don’t think we needed to delve that deeply into the genetics of things or the techy/code talk (but thats probably just me).

Another thing that really bothered me was the fact that there would be moments were I was totally immersed in the world and then something would come up that breaks the reality of it. Like Ed Sheeran in Game of Thrones. Small moments that make you go, huh? This shouldn’t exist in this setting. But fuck, who cares right!

Don’t even get me started on the side characters. The entire cast could be replaced with talking bricks for all the personality they had. The romance (which blessedly wasn’t the driving plot of the story) felt forced and awkward. The twisted love polygon just had me rolling my eyes.

Oh man, it seems like I’m totally trashing this book but it wasn’t all bad. There was action and mystery and a plot twist I did not see coming. Give this book a chance, you never know…

RATING:

★★☆☆☆

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ABOUT BOOK

35072280Title: This Mortal Coil

Author: Emily Suvada

Pages: 425

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: November 7th 2017

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

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Every Day by David Levithan Book Review

Book Reviews, Romance

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If you haven’t read this book yet but have picked up The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, I think this is a book you would really enjoy. Not because the stories are anything alike but because they share a lot of the same themes.

everyday quoteLemme start of with a little honesty, I only picked this book up after watching the movie adaptations trailer and getting really intrigued. I’m glad I did because I ended up really enjoying this book. What I loved most about this book was the authors accurate portrayal of how, in just one day, you can learn so much and yet so little about a person.

Every Day begins when A wakes up in the body of Justin. Yes, everyday – without fail – A wakes up in a different body, a different life, with no knowledge of who it will be next. Everyday A lives by this simple rule: Never get attached and never interfere, until one day A meets someone he thinks is worth breaking that rule for.

It was definitely a unique experience having to work my mind around a lead character with no gender. Which just speaks to David Levithan’s skill, at no point did it seem like A was leaning towards one gender,  and as you go along with the story you just consider A as both/none, the way A saw himself.

I’m struggling to come up with words to explain how this book made me feel. Its like stumbling across a a little stream, the water flowing gently, the sun creating small, fleeting, dazzling effects on the surface. That is what this book is simple, quiet, magical.

It wasn’t  just all sparkles though, considering this book is a romance, I think it definitely could have been executed better, especially the moment A falls in love. I don’t want to go into detail but it really frustrated me.

RATING:

★★★★☆

*Can I just say, Pretty Little Liars forever ruined the letter A for me. In the beginning my mind kept flashing back to evil A.

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SYNOPSIS

13262783Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

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#t5w: Forgettable Books

Top 5 Wednesday

top 5 wednesdday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes on goodreads. New topics are posted for every Wednesday of the month. For this week the topic is Forgettable Books.  There are books that whether you loved or hated them at the time, you just don’t really remember… In no particular order :

shiver

 I can’t even remember if this was a trilogy or not. Ha! I actually really love Maggie Stievfater’s work (The Raven Boys) this just happens to be her less memorable one, I think everyone can agree with me. Unless you’re a bowl of custard. 

under

 Whenever I try to remember anything about this book I hit the black void in my brain that swallows the details of books I read. All I can remember is something about a dome and the world falling apart, I don’t even know if I’m remembering the right book. I do recall really enjoying this book though, even though I can’t recall anything about it.. 

isla

 Honestly everything after Anna and the French Kiss was unnecessary in my opinion but Isla and the Happily Ever After especially. All I remember about this book was that Isla was hella annoying, don’t know why she deserved her own book. 

bf

 Anything by Kasie West is forgettable in my opinion. This is going to sound mean but I use her books as a sort of palate cleanser between books. They’re short and fluffy and utterly unmemorable. They’re good for getting out of slumps, that I know for sure. 

oracle

 I love Rick Riordan and I remember loving The Hidden Oracle (Book 1, Trials of Apollo) when I first picked it up in 2016 but for the life of me –  now that I want to pick up book 2 – I can’t seem to find one remember anything about it. It’s too bad. I’m too lazy to reread the book so I’ll probably never read book 2.. 

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That’s if folks. Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to hit that follow bottom 😉😉.