Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Missing by Kelley Armstrong || Kelley Armstrong Does It Again


Here's the thing: I don't read thrillers. I don't like them. BUT I love Missing, and also Armstrong's other YA thriller, The Masked Truth, which I guess means that they are the exception to the rule. If you are like me, and don't like thrillers, I highly suggest you try Armstrong's YA thrillers, as they are amazing and will truly blow your mind. Also they just have really great characters in general. Go read them.
I won an ARC of Missing last July at a signing she did.


- Winter Crane is a truly amazing character. She felt so real to me: she had her vices and her virtues, her quirks and habits, basically all the things that make a person. Not only that, but she was survival savvy: she can hunt, trap, track and lots of other things. I also related very much to her need to escape from her tiny home town.

- It's so fast paced and exciting I literally couldn't put it down. I love that type of book.

- The ending was insane, and the bad guy was definitely not someone I suspected. It was mind boggling.

- The romance was super cute, and I totally ship it.

- All the other characters were well fleshed out, and like Winter, felt real.

- THE VILLAIN OMG. SO CREEPY AND EVIL. 10/10 awesome villain.


I think I should explain here that Gemma is my real name. Mironiel is the elvish translation of Gemma. I'll explain this in more detail in my April Wrap Up.





- So you know how I said I thought the romance was cute and I shipped it? Well although it was cute and all, I did feel that it was very rushed. Almost to rushed to be realistic, but maybe that was also the fault of the pacing, which was very fast (which was a good thing, as mentioned earlier)

- I really didn't like Lennon. I don't know why, but ugh. I just didn't.


And those were my thoughts and opinions on Missing by Kelley Armstrong! Do you like thrillers? Have you read any of her books? (you should) Have you read Missing? Do you want to? (you do.) Tell me all in the comments!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Geekerella by Ashely Poston || Fandoms Meet Fairytales and I'm So On Board


Now here's the thing, right: I am an absolute sucker for contemporary books about fandoms and fangirls! (e.g Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Queen of Geek by Jen Wilde, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson) So OBVIOUSLY I had to read this Cinderella retelling, except this one has a hole ton of fandom. And conventions. And cosplaying. Basically everything I love. There will be slight(?? maybe?) spoilers.
I received Geekerella as an ARC from Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review, so thanks to Quirk for sending me a review copy !




- SAGE. OMG. I loved her. She was such a sarcastic, adorable cinnamon roll. She has green and piercings, and thinks she's a badass. Oh and did I mention that she's obsessed with Lord of the Rings and drops references to it every other line?? Me and Sage are basically 'kindred spirits' to quote Anne of Green Gables.

- It's SO geeky. I LOVE IT.

- One of the settings of the book is a convention, and it's great.

- This book doesn't make fun of or trivialize fandom life and fangirls. It's very respectful of how wonderful fandoms are, and how other people in your fandoms can be like family. I really liked that, because so often in pop culture, fandoms get made fun of, and that really makes me upset.

- It was a quick, easy read, and I read it in about three days. I had a lot going on at the time, otherwise I would probably have read it in less.

- Danielle, or Elle, our main character, is a blogger and it's great.

- I really loved how the ballroom scene played out, and also the way he found her and put the shoe on her foot. It was a 'YESSS' type moment.

- The acknowledgements. Now I know these are not part of the actual story, but I don't care. Ashely talks about how magical fandoms are, how they are like a family, and how powerful fandoms really can be. Because I believe that what she says is important, here's part of the acknowledgements for your enjoyment:

"This story would never be possible without fandom. And I would never have picked up a pen if not for fanfics. That was my community, where I grew up- in the midst of flaming reviews and shipping wars and OTPs and AU!fics and headcanons and songfics and half-baked homages to My Immortal. In high school, when I felt sad or helpless, the commenters and reviewers and friends I met in fandom helped me realize I wasn't ever as alone as I thought.
And yeah, there might not be real magic in this world, but there is the power of fandom-- the power of passionate people who, when working together, can birth movies out of canceled one season sci-fi shows, resurrect fictional towns like Stars Hollow, and create endearing fan musicals that will last far longer than its Muggle counterpart- and that kind of magic will never disappear.
So I want to thank you. You the reader. You, who cosplays and writes fanfiction and draws fanart and runs a forum and collects Funko Pops and must have hardcovers for all of your favourite book series and frames for your autographed posters. You, who boldly goes.
Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? It that OTP or children's card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy?
That is never a waste of time. Because in the end, we're all just a bunch of weirdos, standing in front of other weirdos, asking for their username."  



- The romance was SO cliché. I mean, I know it's a retelling of Cinderella, but their entire relationship was based off of text messaging (they didn't even know what the opposite person looked like! And they also never even phoned each other, and yet they were both convinced that they loved each other. Weird, right?) However, once they met, they got together, and then when it cuts to about a year later, they are still together, so I guess things are working out for them. Which is good, because I do ship them. You know what would really have made this book stand out more than it already does?? Making the prince a girl, so that it was a f/f relationship. (That's a good idea for a story. I might write a f/f Cinderella tale one day.)

- Elle was a little...weak. Like, it took her a long time to stand up to her horrible stepmother and step sister, and when she did, it didn't really end well for her because she was kinda weak about it. BUT it's all part of the Cinderella story tropes, and I guess if you are writing a Cinderella story, those tropes are necessary.





Geekerella by Ashely Poston was pubished on April 4th, 2017 by Quirk. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield
fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.


So, have you read Geekerella? (HINT: YOU SHOULD) Do you like contemporary books about fandoms and fangirling?? Tell me all in the comments below!

Monday, 10 April 2017

March Wrap Up || I've found a new favourite book. Help.


So I read a nice number of books this month! I also discovered a new favourite series! Let's get into this wrap up.

BOOKS I READ:

- The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman. LET ME SHRIEK ABOUT HOW GOOD THIS BOOK WAS. So I really liked the first book, but I was unsure of how and where it was going. The Dark Days Pact vanquished those feelings. It was wonderfully dark and stabby. 5/5 stars.

- The Young Elites by Marie Lu. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART. I finally read The Young Elites. It was SO dark and stabby. Clearly there I have a penchant for dark, stabby books. 4/5 stars.

- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkensass. What's this? An adult fantasy? YUP! And this book, my friends, is part of a new favourite series. It's called the All Souls trilogy, and it's paranormal. It's got witches, vampires and daemons. It's got huge libraries, and the main character is a historian who reads lots of old manuscripts and books. Basically I love it. 5/5 stars

-Optimists Die First by Susin Nielson. Sadly me and this book do not like eachother very much. I didn't like it's representation of anxiety, nor the cliché trope-ish romance. However, it was very quick and easy to read, and I did like the side characters a lot. I did a review for it HERE.

- We Are Okay by Nina de la Cour. Well um...that was simultaneously well written and deep, but boring. 3/5 stars



BOOKS I BOUGHT:
NONE! Because I'm saving my money. This is extremely hard, as there are so many books I want to buy.

FANDOMS NEWS:

-The 13 Reasons Why Netflix show premiered, and everyone so far is adoring it.
- Fall Out Boy confused all their fans recently by uploading an old video of them playing Sugar We're Going Down Swinging live from like, 2005. What does this mean?! A NEW ALBUM?? ARE THEY GOING BACK TO THEIR OLD PUNK/EMO ROOTS?? I NEED TO KNOW.
-Danisnotonfire released two videos in the space of two months. What have we done to deserve this. Also, did a robot replace him? (fyi the videos were hilarious and great)
- On the DanandPhilGAMES channel, they played a RPG game that Phil made when he was 14, and it was a work of art. Honestly. It had an amazing(phil) plot, insane plot twists, well developed characters and tbh I would totally fund a remake/sequel with original music and art this time.
- Frank Iero released a new song and it's great.
- The new DanandPhilCRAFTS video was highly entertaining and then suddenly very disturbing. #softandneat


MARCH PLAYLIST:
So this category was originally named Music Recommendations, but I though calling it *name of month* Playlist would be cooler. And here's what I've been listening too. I highly recommend you check these songs out on Spotify.  
  • Mirrors by PVRIS. I love PVRIS, they are such a great band, and Mirrors is an amazing, haunting song.
  • Some Say by Sum 41. I can't believe it's taken me this long to get into Sum 41. I kept putting off listening to them. BUT I've listened to all their albums and I now consider myself a fan.
  • Little Ways by Moonlit Kit. I found this band because the key boardist is the key boardist for Lindsey Stirling, and she was promoting their first song, Little Ways. It's a great song, and honestly I'm really excited to hear more from this band.
  • What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost by Taking by Sunday. I love Taking Back Sunday, and this song is such a jam. I love it.
  • Dirty Laundry by All Time Low. Okay, I didn't like this song at first. It was really different from their other stuff. But I gave it another chance, and now I'm obsessed.
  • Last Young Renegade by All Time Low. ANOTHER ATL SONG. Honestly this song was a lot more like their older stuff, and I really love it. I'm so excited for the album.
  • Loud (Fuck it) by Motionless In White. THIS SONG IS MY ANTHEM.
  • Outlaws by Green Day. Amazing song.
  • Getting Into Heaven Can Be Hell by frnkiero. GAH A NEW SONG IM SO EXCITED I LOVE IT. ALSO HE'S RELEASING A NEW EP SOON CALLED 'KEEP THE COFFINS COMING' AND I LITERALLY CANNOT. EVEN.
  • Liability by Lorde. I relate so much to this song and also I'm so excited for her new album.
AND THAT WAS MY MARCH WRAP UP! Have you listened to any good songs/albums this March? Any good books?? Anything exciting happening in your fandoms?? Tell me down below!


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielson || In which this book totally befuddled my thoughts on it.


Did I love this book? No. Do I hate this book? No. *cue book reviewer crisis* I literally have no idea how to review this book, but I shall endeavour to try. I recived this book as an ARC through Netgalley (so thank you to the publishers)




- It was funny. The characters make some good jokes, and there are some hilarious situations (mostly involving cats.) 

- The characters were well done. The side characters that is, particularly Koula. She was my favourite character. I think Susin should write a whole book on Koula. I want to know so much more about her; I want to see where she goes in life.

- CATS CATS CATS! I kinda adore cats. There were a lot of cats in this book, and they were all named after book characters. #COOL

- Petula loved to read! yay for bookworm characters!

- Petula's parents were pretty awesome, very understanding and supportive. #YAY FOR GOOD PARENTS

-I really enjoyed Susin's writing style!



- Petula's 'anxiety' was not a very good representation of anxiety. It felt more like OCD (for example, she washes her hands for two rounds of Happy Birthday every time she washes her hands) I have  rather severe anxiety (it fluctuates. Sometimes it's really bad, and other times I feel more okay) , and I just....did not feel any connection with how it was represented. But I do also know that anxiety affects people in different ways, and that means that everyone's experiences with anxiety will be different. I have seen people say that they thought it was well represented, so do not take my word for law. This is simply my opinion.

- THE LOVE TROPE. This has got to be the most over used, annoying trope EVER. Basically it goes like this: Girl has mental illness. Girl meets boy. Girl falls in love with boy. Boy somehow magically cures girl of mental illness (or something similar). And that's exactly what went down in this book. Please allow me to roll my eyes.


I gave Optimists Die First two stars because I did like it. Apart from those two major problems. However, I also did enjoy Susin's writing style. I will definitely try Susin's other books in the future. 
                                                                              
AND THAT WAS MY REVIEW OF OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST. Have you read it yet? If so, what are your thoughts on the representation of anxiety? Have you read any good books about anxiety? TELL ME ALL IN THE COMMENTS.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Janurary + February Wrap Up || I forgot about the January wrap up, so I've combined it with the February edition.


So January happened, and somehow I completely forgot to do the wrap up post. How could this happen? Did my mind run off? Did I get eaten by the dark pits of the internet? Did I sleep to much? Probably. So, today I am bringing you my January + February Wrap Up. Fun fact: I started writing this post on the 3rd of March, but didn't post it until today because I was to lazy to take pictures, and I ended up only taking two pictures. I sincerely apologise. Anyways, on with the wrap up!

WHAT I READ:
- Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs. I don't normally read anthologies, but since I'm rather a big fan of the Miss Peregrine trilogy, I caved in and read it. You can read my review here:
4/5 stars

- You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Leviathan. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! It was a complete spur of the moment read, when I saw it at my library and thought the cover was cool. I loved it. It was like drinking pure happiness. 5/5 stars

- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess. Wizards? Magicians? Cool female protagonist?! YES PLEASE. I really enjoyed this one. It wasn't the most original, but it was definitely very fun, and I read it really fast. 4/5 stars.

- Heartless by Marissa Meyer. OH MY GOD LET ME FLAIL AND SCREECH ABOUT THIS BOOK FOR SECOND. OKAY I ADORED THIS BOOK SO MUCH AND IT TORE MY HEART OUT (hehe see what I did there?) AND IT WAS SO. GOOD. AND THE CHARACTERS WERE AMAZING AND THE FOOOOOOOOOOOOD AHHH THE FOOD. You can read my full review here:
5/5 stars

- Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken. What an improvement on the last book! Passenger was so hyped, and I ended up sort of liking it, but not loving it. Wayfarer, while at times slow, was so much better! It was exciting! The plot was good! The characters were cool! The ending was satisfying and realistic! Alexandra Bracken did a good job on this book! 4/5 stars.

- The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman. What's this? An adult historical fiction book?! This was an.....interesting read. I didn't love. It's an anti hero story, and a very good one. But I really, rather strongly, disliked the main character. However, if you like that type of thing, this book is definitely for you! It's saving grace was that I loved the story line, and the setting. Bonus points because it's based on a true story! 4/5 stars.

- Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth. Everyone has been hating on this book, so much, and while I have tried very hard to see the things that people claim are in this book, I can't find them. I'm not the only one. Go read Sabaa Tahir's post on this here: http://sabaatahir.tumblr.com/post/156055223595/how-can-you-support-veronica-roths-book-its
And here's a post Veronica Roth herself wrote, answering the question of racism: http://sabaatahir.tumblr.com/post/157326375570/question-what-do-you-say-to-allegations-of-racism
As for the 'ableism' in the book; I find it hard to believe that Veronica Roth, a woman who herself suffers from chronic pain, would write something ableist.
4/5 stars.

 King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard. AHH MY POOR HEART. This was one of my most anticipated books for 2017, and it did not disappoint! I needed the next book like, yesterday. Read my review here:
5/5 stars.


BOOKS I BOUGHT:
- Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs. I saw the special edition in my local bookstore, and had to buy it..even though it cost the price of two books.

- King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard. I love the cover. It's so gorgeous!

- A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I had just finished binge watching the BBC Sherlock (again) and decided I needed more Sherlock in my life. Don't judge.

-Reqiuem by Lauren Oliver. I got this book, in hard cover, in near perfect condition, for free from my library's free shelf. Let that sink in.

WRITING:
Lately I have been SO unmotivated. And exhausted (maybe that's why I still haven't finished Gearbound?? Maybe it's also my anxiety telling me to forget it because everyone will hate it?? Who knows.) I've been working on the same chapter of Gearbound for...wait for it. THREE WEEKS. THREE WHOLE WEEKS. It doesn't help that tumblr and youtube have consumed my soul. So basically, in the whole of January + February, I wrote one chapter. BLERGH.

FANDOM NEWS:
- We got the trailer for Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I haven't read the book, but I will be as soon as possible so that I can watch the movie.

- We got the Before I Fall movie, and apparently it sticks the book like crazy glue?! I need to watch it.

- We're getting another Mary Poppins movie, called Mary Poppins returns, and Emily Blunt has been cast as Mary.

- Shadowhunters season 2 has been doing quite well! Everyone seems to be liking this season a lot more than last season.

- 13 Reasons Why is becoming a Netflix show! And we got a trailer! And it was so good. I have high hopes.

MUSIC RECS:
OOOKKAAYYY. So it's been a long, long time since I've given some music recommendations, but here I am. So I discovered this local pop punk band called Carried Away. They are super small, but their music is SO. DAMN. GOOD. Plus, they're female fronted, which isn't something you see to often. Check out their bandcamp here and their youtube here.

SO. THAT WAS MY JANUARY AND FEBRUARY! WHAT WAS THE BEST/WORST BOOK YOU READ IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS? HAVE YOU BOUGHT ANY BOOKS? OR ARE YOU ON A BOOK BUYING BAN BECAUSE YOU'VE RUN OUT OF ROOM *cough me cough* ARE YOU WRITING ANYTHING? HAVE YOU LISTENED TO CARRIED AWAY? QUICK TELL ME EVERYTHING! IT'S BEEN TO LONG SINCE WE LAST CHATTED.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard Spoiler Review || My Heart Is Completely Shattered


*heavy breathing* *distant screaming*
SOMEONE HELP ME MY OTP BROKE AND I CANT FIX IT EVEN DUCT TAPE CANT FIX IT.

Right so King's Cage. Book three of the Red Queen series, and one of my highly anticipated books of the year. IT WAS SO GOOD.
And by good I mean it messed with my emotions and torn my heart out. Glass Sword was very good, but slow. It was far slower than the first book, and it took me awhile to finish it. I am pleased to say that King's Cage was paced far better. It was never slow. It was a roller coaster from start to finish., with plot twists and plenty of battles. That's pretty much all I can say without spoiling it, so if you haven't read it, don't read any further!





- We saw a lot of character development, especially from Mare and Evangeline (who I actually don't hate anymore??!! WHAT IS THIS WITCH CRAFT) Mare in Glass Sword was very....unlikable and confusing. She progress in a really good direction in this book.

- Victoria Aveyard is such a good author that you will actually pity Maven. MAVEN. But like, I still hate him. But I pity him. "Monsters are made" is a very strong theme here, and it's a very true one. Props to Victoria for making us pity Maven.




-I'm a sucker for epic battles, and the last half of the book was pretty much just one giant battle.


-Evangline. EVANGLINE IS SO EPIC. In the first two books she was just this angry punk who was on Maven's side, and we didn't KNOW her. But happily for us, Victoria decided to add in her perspective, and we got to see how her mind works. SHE'S......SHE ACTUALLY HAS FEELINGS? SHE'S HUMAN?! I DON'T HATE HER??




-We also got to read from Cameron's perspective, and she is another character from book two that we didn't really know. I didn't like Cameron as much as Evangeline, but her perspective was a refresher from Mare.

- The plot was a lot more driven in this book, unlike Glass Sword which sort of meandered all over the place.




- OKAY SO THAT ENDING. I AM NOT OKAY.  THIS IS NOT OKAY. HELP.

-I really disliked Cal in this book, mainly because of the end, but I found him in general to be rather bland and not interesting in this book.




Overall, I really loved King's Cage! It was very exciting.


And that was my review of King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard! Tell me, have you read it yet? Do you like the Red Queen series? If so, which book was your favourite (so far. We still have to wait for book four) What is your most anticipated books of the year, and have you read any of them yet? Comment down below!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Read Before You Rate || REASONS WHY RATING BEFORE YOU READ A BOOK IS HARMFUL FOR ALL PARTIES CONCERNED


I got the idea for this post a LONG while back(like a year and a half ago, I think) after watching @emmabooks video on this topic. You can watch her video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNBiJ_Pc-fI
So you know how on Goodreads you can rate a book that you haven't read? How you can rate a book you are excited about months and months before it even has a cover?? or a title?! This is harmful for everyone, readers and authors. (Unless of course you are lucky enough to have gotten your hands on an ARC and therefore have a valid opinion.) Let's discuss this using lists, because I like lists. Everybody likes lists. Lists are fun. Lists are organizational.




  • It gives a false idea of the book, and creates false hype. For example, if everyone rates Cassandra Clare's new book 5 stars before it comes out, it creates the illusion that people have read it and loved it. All the hype creates high expectations which are most likely going to be dashed to pieces. The reader will then give it a bad rating and review because it didn't live up to the hype. Which was false in the first place.

  • When that person gives that book a bad rating/review, they are affecting other people's view of that book, the sales of the book, and thus the author's income. Isn't it best to make sure that the book is given a fair chance?

  • The point here is that by rating it before it comes out, you are inevitably hurting the author. And that is not something that we want.

  • You are also hurting the reader. They saw that everyone was giving it 5 out of 5 stars, and became super excited and was thinking, 'AW YES I AM SO GOING TO LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK'. They then wasted ten hours or so to read the book, and the book didn't deliver. How could it? It's impossible to live up to that kind of hype/expectations.

  • This can also work the other way around. If a lot of people didn't like an author's other books, they will often go rate the author's new book badly simply because they hated the other books. 'I will never read this book, since their other books was SO BAD!1! 1/5 stars' is something I see a lot.

  • Now this REALLY hurts the author. Like, REALLY HURTS THEM. If everyone rates it badly before it comes out, a lot of people aren't going to want to buy it. "I looked it up on goodreads and it had a bad overall rating! Definitely not wasting my money on it." Now that poor author's sales have been affected, causing it to not do well.

  • This has happened so many times. A good example of this would be Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven. So many people hated the description for some reason (which makes no sense) and then rated/reviewed badly.

  • In conclusion, DON'T RATE BEFORE YOU READ. It's basically a form of lying. Lying is wrong. It hurts people. We're all guilty of it (I used to do it too until I watched Emma's video)
And that is all. COMMENT TIME! WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS SUBJECT? DO YOU THINK RATING BEFORE YOU READ IS A GOOD OR BAD THING?