Friday, September 30, 2016

Feature and Follow Friday ~ 3 ~

Hey all! 
How are you? :) 

Welcome to a new Feature and Follow Friday! 

This is a weekly blog hop partially hosted by Alison Can Read! Each week, there’s a question to answer! 

“What book or series does everyone seem to love, but you can’t stand? Why?

 Well I need to think about this: I already mentioned The Perks of Being a Wallflower last week, and don’t really think it’s fair to go through explaining that again. 

One series I can think of is Inkheart - Now I dont specifically dislike it, but I never really got into it. I thought the premise was interesting but I never really got into it much. 

Is there a book or series you couldn’t get into? 

Have a great day! 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Zenith, by Julie Bertagna

Hey all! 

I just finished Zenith, by Julie Bertagna! This is book 2 of the Exodus set, and is a re-read for me. If you want to see my review for Exodus, click here

"Sixteen-year-old Mara and her ship of refugees are tracking the North Star, desperate to find a homeland in the melted ice mountains of Greenland. The vast, floating city of Pomperoy is just one of the shocks that are not in their navigation plans. Unwittingly, the refugees bring catastrophe in their wake for Tuck, a gypsea pirate-boy, and also for Ilira - a land whose inhabitants exist in a state of terror at the top of the world.

Back in the drowned ruins at the feet of the towering sky city, Fox is beginning his battle with the cruel, corrupt forces that rule the New World. But separated from Mara, his resolve begins to waver . . .

This book starts right where the last one ended - Mara and her friends, a group of refugees, are on a boat on their way to Greenland, hoping that there is land there to live on. It’s 100 years into the future, and the Earth is basically a huge ocean due to global warming and ice melting. The first half of the book is them sailing to the hope of a new life. 

Mara is having a hard time leaving Fox, and knowing that they’ll never meet again for real really hurts. But she’s hanging onto the idea of being a leader, and bringing the group of people she met in the sky city to safety from the rising waters. 

In this book, a new character is introducted - Tuck, an pirate. Tuck is about Mara’s age, and sees his home destroyed... by her ship. Through several circumstances, he decides to abandon his group of pirates to to go a better future, and join Mara’s group. 

The rest of the book is basically them hiking through the mountains to find a big freshwater lake. 

I really enjoyed the whole environment aspect - at one point, Mara researches what Earth was like before the floods - it really emphasizes the idea that we know that the world is warming up, and that we should at least try to do something, before it’s too late. We know about sea levels rising, why can’t we do anything about it? 

(I swear, reviewing the middle books in a series is so hard! You already know the setting, yet there’s cliffhangers for book 3, so it’s like a filler book.. yet there’s spoilers and important stuff happening too! Get what I mean?) 

I feel like I could relate to Mara more in this book - she felt more realistic and had some reactions to little things that actually made sense! However, there’s some strange love-triangle-+1 thing going on that I’m really confused about. I’m planning on reading book 3 sooner than later, hopefully that problem will be resolved :) 

Anyway, that’s pretty much all I can say without spoiling it! I didn’t like this book as much as book 1, because I feel like this story was almost like an exoskeleton or something - it’s an amazing shell, but I feel like it could have gone so much deeper into the story! 

I’m giving this a 3/5 feathers!!

Have you read the Exodus series? What did you think about it? 
Also, do you have any realistic futuristic book recommendations? 

Have an amazing day! :D 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Feature and Follow Friday ~2~

Hey all! 
How are you? :) 

Welcome to a new Feature and Follow Friday! 

This is a weekly blog hop partially hosted by Alison Can Read! Each week, there’s a question to answer! 

“What’s your book betrayal story? Did someone borrow a book an never return it? A book you had super high expectations for, but then was let down?

I think that I mentioned this book before, but this was really my biggest book betrayal story. 

Since I was younger (early teens, I think), I heard tons about the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbowsky. One day, I saw it on sale in my local book store and thought why not? It’s considered to be a Teen/YA/Middlegrade classic, it’s a lot of people’s favorite, and there’s a general super positive hype surrounding this book like an aura. 

So I got it, and got straight into it. I was expecting something to surprise me straight from the beginning, but it didn’t. So I kept reading and reading and next thing I knew it was the end of the book. 

The least I can say was that I was disappointed - I could not figure out why this book was considered to be so amazing. I mean, it wasn’t bad, but I didn’t think it was amazing, either. 

You can click here to see my review. 

This is just my opinion - I completely respect and appreciate the fact that so many people enjoyed the book! It just wasn’t for me. 

Anyway, that’s my biggest bookish betrayal story. (Except for the ending of the Divergent series, but that’s too obvious =p) 

What was your book betrayal story? I’d love to hear it! Make sure to leave it down in the comments so we can discuss! 

Have a great day! 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Greek Mythology Book Tag!

Hey all! 

First of all, I want to extend a big thank you to Cloe @ Mornings and Epilogues for tagging me to do this! You really should check out her blog, it’s super nice! 

Since reading Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief when I was 11-ish, I’ve loved Greek mythology. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll remember that Erika and I did a mythology-themed read-along last October. (That’s almost a year ago! That’s incredible!!!) 

So without further ado, I present to you my answers for the Greek Mythology Book Tag! 

1. Zeus: God of the Sky and Thunder - The King of the Gods
- Your favorite book from any category
I hate these questions about favorites... but if we go with Dystopian, I need to say The Giver. That book for me is just way, way up there with my favorites! 

2. Hera: Goddess of Marriage and Fertility
- Cutest book couple 
So hard to choose... I kinda want to say Percy and Annabeth even though it’s a common answer... but they’re so adorable! ^^ 

3. Poseidon: God of the Seas and Earthquakes
- Book that drowned you in feels 
Oh, I wonder what I’ll choose for this category, I really have no idea... *Holds up Clockwork Princess*, I don’t know, any ideas, everyone? No? Ok then! 

4. Athena: Goddess of Wisdom, Handicraft and Strategic Warfare
- Series with the best world building 
Ok. There’s a lot of levels of world building. There’s literal from-nothing world building, then there’s world appropriation, or adding a hidden world to our existing one. There’s so many amazing worlds to choose from, thus I won’t go for the obvious Harry Potter answer. Instead, I’ll go with both a world appropriation answer and a world addition answer. For the first one, I’m saying the Stravaganza series by Mary Hofmann. Seriously, if you haven’t read these, please do and let me know what you think of them! I think they’re seriously underhyped! 
Then, for the world addition, I’m going to say the Percy Jackson series - they way the author builds greek mythology into our current world is just perfect! 

5. Hades: God of the Underworld 
- Favorite book with a dark/ominous plot
The Darkest Lie, by Pintip Dunn is an awesome mystery! 

6. Aphrodite: Goddess of Love and Beauty
- Most beautiful cover on a 2016 release 
I think I have to give this one to Rebel of the Sands. I can’t get over how beautiful the cover is!! I also really love those for The Sun is Also a Star and Passenger! 

7. Ares: God of War and Bloodshed
- Most violent book you have ever read
Fire Color One. It wasn’t really physically violent, but definitely mentally violent. 

8. Hephaestus: God of Blacksmiths and Fire
- Most swoon-worthy character
I guess Will Herondale? He’s not my favorite male character, but I guess it fits the description best. 

9. Artemis: Goddess of the Hunt and the Moon 
- Favorite awesome heroine 
Amani, Kady and Laia all deserve the title. (From Rebel of the Sands, An Ember in the Ashes and Illuminae). They’re quite unknown as characters but deserve more respect! 

10. Hermes: Messenger God of Thieves and Commerce
- Book with the best message
I’m going to say I am the Messenger - Its message basically says that simple actions can really help people out in times of need :) 

11. Hestia: Goddess of Home and Hearth
- Book with the most relatable story
The Mortal Instruments! Hahah no just kidding =P. Considering the contemporaries I have read, I’m going to say Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. I mean, a girl who’s in college, who loves books and who’s just growing up though it all? Yeah that’s like me! 

12. Demeter: Goddess of Agriculture
- Favorite bookish setting
OOh that’s a good question! Setting’s usually the most important in fantasy/scifi, so let’s start with that. I love the setting of Harry Potter, but I think I’ll stick with the setting in Stravaganza - renaissance Italy, I mean come on! But there’s so many others I love, such as Illuminae, the Mortal Instruments, Magonia or even A Court of Thorns and Roses! 

13. Dionysus: God of Wine and Celebration
- Most anticipated 2016 release 
Gemina! Gemina! Gemina! I absolutely can’t wait for this to be released! I pre-ordered a signed copy + book swag through The YA Chronicles and I absolutely can’t wait for it to arrive in the end of October! 
I’m also tempted to say A Torch Against the Night, but that was already published... so yeah ^^ 

And that’s it! :D I’ve been working on this for a while now, and have to get going, so I’m not going to tag anyone! But, if you saw this and think it looks like fun, please consider yourself to be tagged! I’d love to see your answers! :D 

I’ve had assignments due all throughout the week, and I’m working on my last 2 (finally!). Since my last review, I haven’t read anything and it feels so strange... I might just pick up a re-read or something to get me back into the swing of things tomorrow, after handing my homework in. Or maybe the Shadowhunter’s Codex. Hmm... we’ll see! 

Have a fabulous day! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Off the Page, by Jodi Picoult and Samatha van Leer

Hey all! 

I just finished (binge-) reading Off the Page, by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer! 

This book is a companion to Between the Lines, by the same authors. To see my review for that, click here!

And on Sunday, it was my birthday! I turned 20, it’s crazy to think my age starts with a 2! o.o 

"Sixteen-year-old Delilah is finally united with Oliver—a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale. There are, however, complications now that Oliver has been able to enter the real world. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to take Oliver’s role in Delilah’s favorite book. In this multilayered universe, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, but all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after.

This book was just as light-hearted and happy as Between the Lines! This book happens a few months after Oliver escapes his book, and winds up in the real world... but, if you've watched Enchanted, you'll know that royal characters who end up in our modern world usually don't have a single clue about what's going on.

And that's exactly what happens. 

This book follows Oliver as he tries to make sense of our world. He's both totally clueless and really popular at school, gets the sweetest things confused and makes the funniest comments. Edgar, the one he switched places with, is now in the fairytale, and starting to realise that he's missing home. Delilah is trying to deal with the fact that Oliver is the new popular guy at school. 

The book gets really crazy, plot-wise. There's constant mix-ups, with characters in the two worlds switching places both on purpose and by accident. Seraphima gets to experience what it's like to go to the mall, Delilah's best friend meets Edgar in the fairytale, even both the story dog and Delilah's pet trade place! The book is about trying to get everyone back in their place. 

This story is super light-hearted, quick to read, nicely paced and is hilarious at times - a perfect read in case you need a little pick-me-up! 

I really loved how clueless all of the storybook characters were, and how hard Delilah tried to introduce them to what living in the 21st century is like. This book really helps you understand the characters more, especially Edgar and Seraphima. It looks into the relations between the characters more, especially the family relationships. 

About that, there's one thing that I wish would have been done in this book - during both books, Delilah's mom is worried about her because she seems to be addicted to the story Oliver is from. Delilah keeps brushing it off, even at the end of Off the Page. I really wish that she would have sat down with her mom and everyone who knows about the living characters, and tell her what was happening. I think it would have strengthened their relationship so much... plus now Delilah still has to lie, and tell her mom that Oliver is Edgar. I feel like this is really a loose end in this book. 

I generally liked Between the Lines better than Off the Page. I feel like Off the Page was like one of those spin-off series where they use the same characters and just repeat what was popular in the main series to get views (TV series I mean). However, I did really enjoy it! 

I'm giving this 4/5 feathers! 

Have you read Off the Page? What did you think about it? Let me know! :D

Have a great day!! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Before Tomorrow Cover Reveal!

Hey all! 

My latest post was a review of Remember Yesterday, by Pintip Dunn. Remember? Well, the series is getting a novella! It will be released on October 31st by Entangled TEEN! 

What is it about? Well, let’s just say that this is something I’d love to read, because it’s centered around one of my favorite characters - Logan. 

Here’s the blurb for you guys! Doesn’t it seem amazing? 

"In a world where all seventeen-year-olds receive a memory from their future selves, Logan Russell's vision is exactly as he expects—and exactly not. He sees himself achieving his greatest wish of becoming a gold-star swimmer, but strangely enough, the vision also shows him locking eyes with a girl from his past, Callie Stone, and experiencing an overwhelming sense of love and belonging.
Logan’s not sure what the memory means, but soon enough, he learns that his old friend Callie is in trouble. She’s received an atypical memory, one where she commits a crime in the future. According to the law, she must be imprisoned, even though she's done nothing wrong. Now, Logan must decide if he'll give up his future as a gold-star swimmer and rescue the literal girl of his dreams. All he'll have to do is defy Fate.”
I can’t wait for a chance to read this! :D 
And now for the exciting part, the cover!! 

Isn’t it pretty? :D I love dragonflies, and the colors are so nice! I really want to get this series for my shelf, heheheh. 
Make sure to add it on Goodreads! 
Also, if you want to get a bunch of book swag  for this series, follow these instructions: 
Pre-order REMEMBER YESTERDAY, book 2 in the FORGET TOMORROW series, and register your receipt here, and you'll receive a copy of BEFORE TOMORROW to read before anyone else! Plus, U.S. residents will also get a bookplate and bookmark!
Want to learn more about FORGET TOMORROW and REMEMBER YESTERDAY? Click here.

Author Bio: 

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE and the forthcoming REMEMBER YESTERDAY.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at

Have a great day!!