Books, Original Post, YA Fiction

June 2017 Wrap-Up

One month of summer vacation is over. YAYYYYYYYYYY.

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I actually thought I’d read so much more this month, but I practically had no free time. Adding to all the classes and places I had to go to, there was barely a sense of organization in which I could manage my reading time, but I did what I could. 8 books, guys!

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Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer (4.25 stars): I think I read this on the very day I finished school and it was absolutely great. I liked it so much more the second time around. Scarlet and Wolf are EVERYTHING.

 

 

 

 

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Siege and Storm, by Leigh Bardugo (4 stars): This has to be my favorite of the series. The Darkling is still amazing, Alina’s sass in unreal, and Nikolai is my actual husband (among others).

 

 

 

 

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Lola And The Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins (4 stars): This was a cute little contemporary that managed to successfully blend relatable teenage themes with high doses of adorableness. You can read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

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The Year We Fell Apart, by Emily Martin (2.25 stars): I was really looking forward to this contemporary, but after reading it, I can clearly say that it bit off more than it could chew. My full review can be read here.

 

 

 

 

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Mortal Heart, by Robin LaFevers (4.25 stars): The His Dark Assassin series continues to surprise me with its twists and turns in a number of aspects, from political discussion to romance. Mortal Heart will forever be a fantasy favorite. You can read my review here.

 

 

 

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Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo (4 stars): This conclusion absolutely ripped me apart but I loved the pain. That ending had me in my feelings so bad, and if this series’ epilogue affects me so much, just imagine my reaction to Crooked Kingdom?! I’d probably go into cardiac arrest.

 

 

 

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13206828Cress, by Marissa Meyer (4.5 stars): Cress has always been my favorite of the series and it still is. I’m so ready for Winter.

 

 

 

 

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Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins (3.25 stars): While I moderately enjoyed this fast and cute contemporary, I was disappointed in lack of balance between deeper themes and fluffiness, the balance that made the other two books so enjoyable. Check out my review coming soon!

 

 

 

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Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3), by Robin LaFevers | political and spiritual and still badass

20522640Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

Expecting Mortal Heart to be the most ordinary of the His Fair Assassin series was a grave mistake, and while many signs point toward that expectation, this book contains more surprises and twists than the first two books combined. Dark Triumph still triumphs over it in certain elements, but that one and Mortal Heart both put Grave Mercy to shame. In fact, I can barely remember Grave Mercy.

LaFever’s writing is still sophisticated but never overbearing. It’s always served as some sort of hindrance throughout the series for me because there is such detail to go with the slow pacing, but I admire it anyway. Brittany’s political affairs and increasing turmoil are continued in the story, one of the most fleshed out elements in the series as a whole. I think it’s amazing that LaFevers can create such a layered political plot in a fantasy and still keep it somewhat understandable. While Grave Mercy was more dramatic and romance-heavy, and Dark Triumph was darker and psychological, Mortal Heart is certainly focused on the mythology and spiritual side of the series. There is more talk about the Nine Saints and we even learn about their interconnections and their individual followers. I’m usually not that into mythology, but the vastness and depth of LaFever’s world has made me a fan. Annith’s connection with the Nine and Mortain himself is expressed so poignantly as well, and it is definitely the best part of the book.

Annith totally took me by surprise. I had initially expected her to be the most ordinary heroine (now I think that honor goes to Ismae), but after going through all these trials and tribulations with her, she is on par with Sybella’s complexity. Her story is vastly different from the others (in more ways than one) and the amount of emotion and passion in her character was expressed well. While her personality does not come off as vibrantly as Sybella’s, she is still an incredibly relatable and admirable character, and I loved her growth from the start to finish of the book. Like I said before, her story is largely focused on the spiritual and mythological part of the His Fair Assassin world, and while I can’t reveal too much about it due to spoilers, the amount of twists and turns in this aspect are crazy. Her backstory is fully explored too and it only makes her character even more fascinating.

There is a romance, one that I was not completely on board with at first. Many reviewers say that it felt random and outlandish, and I did have to agree with them even if Annith and her love interest were pretty shippable. However, as the story goes on and Annith’s relationship with her lover fluctuates and grows, wow, it totally makes sense. If I say anything more I would be spoiling, but how LaFevers handled this romance is just amazing.

This series’ writing and pacing can put me in a difficult position at times, but there is no denying the complexity involved in the His Fair Assassin world, characters, and relationships. In the midst of the political, mythological, and romantic discussion, LaFevers still masterfully keeps up the badass vibe of our leading ladies while exploring the psyche of nearly every remaining character. Apparently there are two more books coming out in this series, which confuses but excites me. I’m totally looking forward to reading those and whatever LaFevers decides to write afterward.

-Haven

Books, Original Post, YA Fiction

It’s Monday! What are you reading? #1 (6/5/2017) – Haven

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Hey peeps! I hope you all had a great weekend. School has officially ended and I surprisingly don’t have much to do before my summer schedule kicks in. So I decided to inform you guys on what I’m reading now and what’s coming up next through this meme, considering I’ll have more time to read and blog now. Well, if my summer activities don’t kill me first.

What I read last week (the most recent one)

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Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #2): I finished Scarlet in about 7-8 hours on the day before school ended (we just had so much freaking time y’all), and I was surprised by how much more I enjoyed it this time around. Scarlet was always the weakest book out of the series to me before, but now I like it far more than Cinder.

Radio Silence, Alice Oseman: Everything you need to know about this book will be said in my review coming in a few days, but here’s a spoiler: I loved it. It’s brilliant, truly. I don’t mean to add to the hype, but I kind of do.

Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo: Second time around, it’s still a 3-star read, but considerably more entertaining than last time. Glad to see that this finally grew on me (somewhat).

What I’m reading right now

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Siege And Storm, by Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone #2):  I’m actually liking this one much more than I thought, even if I don’t think I’ll ever love it fully. But, Alina is a pretty snarky heroine and Nikolai is bae.

Up next

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These are the books I’ve borrowed from the library recently, along with Siege and Storm and Scarlet. It’s a pretty weird assortment, two contemporaries and a random high fantasy. But, expect these disjointed combinations throughout the summer as I’ll be making use of the time by catching up on all the series’ and standalones I’ve been meaning to read since forever.

Thanks for reading, guys! Feel free to leave a comment and tell us what you’re looking forward to reading this summer!

-Haven