Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

After reading Cinder, I am confident that Marissa Meyer is one of my new favorite authors. This sci-fi Cinderella retelling is absolutely incredible. Even as I write this I am listening to Scarlet on audiobook. I am in love with the characters that Meyer created . 

Linh Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in the plague addled city of New Beijing in the Eastern Commonwealth of Earth. She’s worked like a slave for as long as she can remember under the hateful eye of her stepmother. When she unexpectedly meets the crown prince and the sister she loves contracts the plague, letumosis, Cinder’s world is turned upside down and she is send unwillingly on a journey of self discovery and rebellion. 

I am still reeling from this story. I loved every second and was captivated by every page. Sci-fi is not the genre for which I usually reach, but I definitely need to change my ways because Cinder blew me away. 

Cinder is sarcastic, stubborn, and misunderstood. Her voice is so pure and relatable, you will not be able to help falling in love with her character. Not only Cinder, but Kai and Iko and all the other characters were amazing. Levana is one of the best/worst villains I’ve ever read. She’s evil and nasty parading as beauty and kindness. I can’t stand her and I think my hatred of her is only overshadowed by my hatred of Dolores Umbridge. 

What I loved most about this novel is that, while there are subtle nods to the original fairytale, it is most definitely unique. Marissa Meyer absolutely killed it with his book. 

5/5 stars. 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Fandoms I Am No Longer In

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is somewhat sad because I have to write about things that I once loved. Due to varying degrees of circumstance, I have no further interest in these fandoms at the present time. 
As always the Goodreads group for Top 5 Wednesday can be found here. It is hosted by Samantha @ThoughtsonTomes and was created by Lainey @gingerreadslainey. 

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

I read the first book in this trilogy and absolutely loved it. I was caught up in it’s popularity and sucked into the story…and then I was spoiled for the end of Allegiant. I was so angry about the controversial ending that it completely ruined my love for the series. I do not plan to continue on and given the controversy surrounding Veronica Roth’s newest release Carve the Mark, I doubt I will be picking that up either. 

2. The Walking Dead 

I ADORED this show for the first four seasons. After that, I felt the plot went downhill and all of my favorite characters were either dead or were going to be killed (I was spoiled for several major character deaths, thanks to one of my rude Facebook friends). I just couldn’t take the emotional trauma. I may continue this show someday, but it seems unlikely at this point. 

3. Once Upon a Time

Honestly, I just completely lost interest in this show. It’s not that it wasn’t good; I loved the first two seasons. I just got caught up in life and fell behind. As time passes I realized that I have no desire to get back into this fairytale show. 

4. The Vampire Diaries

After the whole Catherine thing…just no. I was too pissed to go on. The Originals is WAY better anyway. 

5. The 100

This show just smacks you in the face with tragic feels all the time and my little heart couldn’t take it. I will most likely get back into this one, but there will be many tears when that happens. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this list! If you did leave me a like and a comment and tell me some of your left behind fandoms. I will talk to you guys in the next one! 

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Guys. I am in love. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell follows Cath, a freshman in college, who is less than enthusiastic about her impending college experience. Her twin sister, Wren, has abandoned her and their shared love of Simon Snow (a book series about magicians) on favor of independence. Cath is alone with her fanfiction and anxiety in a world of strangers until her roommate Reagan and Reagan’s friend Levi coax her out of her shell and show her how much fun college can be. 

The characters were definitely the best thing about this story. They are all real and relatable; they have good qualities and flaws and could be real people. I cared so deeply for these characters and I was very sad when the book ended and I couldn’t read about them anymore. 

I LOVED this book. This was my first Rainbow Rowell novel and I was not disappointed. I’m sure I speak for a lot of people when I say that I relate to Cath on a deep and personal level. While Harry Potter is my Simon Snow, I related on almost every level to Cath and her struggles. Even if you aren’t a fangirl or fanboy yourself, this book is still full of fun. The romance is adorable, the plot is compelling, and the characters are amazing. Fangirl explores deep issues such as the desire for acceptance, divorce, and abandonment. I truly think that anyone could enjoy Cath’s story. 

5/5 stars. Would HIGHLY recommend. 

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Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’ll be honest here, I was expecting a little more out of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’ve heard so many good things about this book series, and my hopes for loving it were high. It was interesting and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. 

Shatter Me follows Juliette Ferrars, a seventeen year old girl trapped in an insane asylum because her touch is lethal. Craziness unfolds as she’s hunted for her abilities and she tries to survive in the destroyed world. 

Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is beautiful, however I felt that it almost distracted from the story. I listened to the audiobook of Shatter Me, and was a bit confused by the flowery style at times. I think that I’m going to read the ebook of Unravel Me to see if I like that format better. 

The characters were definitely compelling, especially Kenji. He was hilarious. The world was terrifyingly realistic. The idea that humanity could screw up the Earth so much is hardly a new concept, but it is scary because it is possible. 

I was a a little bored while listening to this book, but that’s not unusual for the first book in a series. I’m still hopeful going into the next book. 

I ended up giving Shatter Me 3/5 stars, but that could change as I read on. 

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Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection is a very popular YA novel that follows America Singer, a 17 year old girl living in a world driven by an eight tiered caste system in which ones are the royal family and eights are the homeless, poverty-stricken members of society. America is a five, the caste of artists and musicians. When the crown prince of her country comes of age, there is a competition held known as The Selection in which girls are chosen at random from the various castes for the chance to be chosen by the prince as his wife and future queen. Despite being opposed to the contest, America finds herself part of it and must navigate the confusing waters of palace life. 

The best part of the book is definitely the characters, specifically Prince Maxon. I love any book that gives me a new fictional boy to fangirl over and The Selection, definitely delivered with Maxon. He is sweet and caring and everything a girl would want her prince to be. America is a little different. While I don’t dislike her, some of the things she does and says don’t make much sense to me. She’s a bit annoying but seems to be a good person overall. 

If you like The Bachelor, you will like The Selection. The book is essentially the show set in a dystopian society. Although, when reading you don’t even really care about the society because you are too wrapped up in what is going to happen with the romance. 

I very much enjoyed this book. Fast paced and fun, it was one of those quick and easy guilty-pleasure read to which you get addicted and fly through. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something fast, fluffy, and entertaining. 

4/5 stars for entertainment. 

Review: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

I’m going to give you guys fair warning: I am a major Twilight fangirl. I read the books for the first time during my freshman year of high school and like thousands of teenage girls in 2008, I was completely obsessed with Stephenie Meyer’s debut series. Now, as an adult woman, I find myself sucked back in to the small town of Forks and the paranormal world that Meyer created. Life and Death is the same story with an intriguing new twist: almost all of the characters have been gender swapped. I went into this expecting to enjoy it purely for the nostalgic fun, but I didn’t expect to love it even more than I loved the original book. 

Stephenie Meyer said in an interview with Christine Riccio of PolandBananasBooks on YouTube, that people constantly comment that Bella is too much of a damsel in distress. When told this, she thought that no one would say that if Bella was a boy, and thus the idea for Life and Death was born.
I was totally entranced from the beginning to the exciting end. While the story is almost exactly the same, the subtle differences brought a fresh perspective to the story. I very much enjoy the male point of view and watching as Beau fell for Edythe. The vampire being a total badass female was something I greatly appreciated too.  

I am very aware of the problematic elements in Twilight and some of those elements are still present in this version. However, I must admit that those elements did little to diminish my enjoyment of story. Reading is about having fun and I definitely had fun with Life and Death. 

Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and believe that it is a must read for all my fellow twi-hards out there. I believe fans of Bella and Edward will adore Beau and Edythe. It was lovely to revisit this story with a fresh twist. 

4.5/5 stars

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Need More From

I know this is late again, but motherhood is hectic y’all. The Goodreads group for T5W can be found here. The group is hosted by @thoughtsontomes and it is wonderful so come join us for fun weekly topics. 

Here are the top five authors I need more from:

1. J.K. Rowling

How can I not put the queen on my list? Please give me a series about the Mauraders and Lily. I need it deep down in my soul. Also we can totally pretend that Cursed Child doesn’t exist and get a bunch more next gen stories. I would be so happy. 

2. Suzanne Collins

I haven’t really heard anything about Suzanne Collins since The Hunger Games. All I do know is that I loved her famous trilogy so much and I need more of her wonderful story telling.

3. Cinda Williams Chima

Ok, so we just got a new book from her and have been getting them fairly regularly for awhile, but I am a glutton and I always want more. I love love love her books and I need everything she writes ever. 

4. Simone Elkeles

I adored both Perfect Chemistry and her Paradise duology. They were some of my very favorite books in high school and I would be delighted to read more of her writing. 

5. John Green

It’s been forever and a day since The Fault in Our Stars. I think it’s high time for a new John Green novel. Pretty please? 

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