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I'm so proud of myself for not giving in to the Pokemon GO hype just yet. I've never felt this socially excluded in my life. All I hear on Twitter is Pokemon this, Pokemon that. I figured the only way I could introduce myself into the hype without downloading the app was to do this book tag. Thanks to the lovely creator Aentee over at @ Read At Midnight for creating this super fun tag!
It's weird that I don't own physical copies of the series and yet they were the first books I read (and loved) that jump-started my love for reading. I borrowed these from the library when I was a kid (GASP shocking I know) and closely followed the release of each of the books in the series. At the time, they hadn't all been released and I had to wait for the next books to come out. This series will always go down as my top favorite even though it's middle grade, and I probably wouldn't enjoy it as much today. I will never forget the way I felt while reading each of the books and being immersed in Pseudonymous' obscure and mysterious world. I was so obsessed that I actually emailed the author and requested an interview (receiving no reply). I highly recommend this if you've got kids or younger siblings and want to get them into reading something other than Animorphs and Magic Tree House.
Of course it had to be a book I was forced to read in school because I wouldn't be reading classic's on my own time. Although I liked George Orwell's Animal Farm, I enjoyed 1984 far more because it was brutally realistic. If you've read this book, you'd know that the ending takes a turn for the worst. The MC's actions are overshadowed by this totalitarian government, which doesn't seem so far off into the future. The book talks about one thing that today's society lacks and it's privacy. Just like the society in 1984, we too are being watched by the government. Our every move, documented. Our conversations, recorded. I just know that sometime in the future I will want to revisit this book and have real world discussions.
Lady Renegades is the third and final installment in the Rebel Belle trilogy by Rachel Hawkins. I read Rebel Belle early in its release and to be totally honesty, it's one of the books that got me into blogging. I loved it so much considering how much of a naive teenager I was. I always got sucked into the crazy and chiche YA stories because I didn't think there was anything else to i t. After reading the first book, I was so excited for the second installment and was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the publisher, however I found myself not liking it as much as the first. Actually the events that went down in the second book were so messy and ridiculous that I wasn't looking forward to the final installment. You can read my review for book two here.
Prior to this book's release, the synopsis immediately captured me with its promise of historical elements and a secret society. However, I did not intend for there to be one of the biggest tropes in YA. And that, my dear friends is the stupid and annoying LOVE TRIANGLE. Yes, there is a freaking big and ugly love triangle in this book, which to be 100% honest was super angst-y and annoying. As much as I hate to admit it there is indeed a very cliche YA trope! But I will continue to love this book and follow the series because of the authors many historical references, character development and incredible imagery. I was shocked at how the author could fit so many places in just one book!
If I had a nickle for every time someone told me to start this series, I'd own the bank. It's not often that I let large books intimidate me. After all, I did trek through all of Sarah J. Maas' books and anyone who's read those must know how big those monsters are. I know most of this book is compiled of documents and pictures, which in turn makes it easier to read and faster to get through. I just can't handle how freaking large it is. I'm also not familiar with the author's previous works so it's not as easy for me to just pick up the book and ensure myself that I will enjoy it. I know I'm a huge let down to all that are obsessed with this book and are circling Jay Kristoff like a swarm of bees in anticipation for the sequel.
I remember when I first started reading this book, it was 12 a.m. in the morning. I normally read my books around that time. It was foolish of me, actually, to read a Sarah J. Maas book late in the night. But I did it anyway because I didn't have a chance to read ACOMAF when it first came out. I waited. Waited for the hype to die down and for someone to tell me that the matter was life and death. And... HOLY. SHIT. I swear that I didn't stop reading until the sun was banging on my window. This book. If not for the swoon-worthy romance scenes, it'll keep you up just because there are twists at the end of every chapter. If you read ACOTAR and thought it was mehhh, I would suggest trying the sequel. It will make you feel things you've never felt before.
#FEYSAND!! NEED I SAY MORE?
Colleen Hoover has a knack for writing romance novels. In one way or another, we are all suckers for a good romance. I can't exactly pinpoint what about Hoover's books that make them so fast-paced and easy to get into. They just are! I'd recommend reading any of her books for readathons, as they are extremely gripping romances that'll keep you guessing till the very end.
I know this is a book tag, but I can't come up with any book series I've read recently with spinoff series. The Vampire Diaries movie got a spinoff series called The Originals. You could say that I liked the spinoff series 100x more than the original show. They take place in the same time span but the characters and setting of The Originals interest me more.
Sadly, not a big fan of the TMI series. If I had read it earlier in my years I think I would have really enjoyed it. I was hesitant to start this series because of all the hype surrounding TMI. But in all honesty, this series wasn't as hyped up as TMI when I was reading it. It seemed like a good decision at the time, and I'm glad I picked it up. Otherwise, I would have never been introduced to my one true love, Will Herondale.
Oh lordie. Yes, I'm reading Harry Potter for the first time this month. Yes, I'm loving it so far. Yes, you can chat all about it in the comments or to my DM on Twitter. I can't tell you how many people congratulated me on finally starting this series.
I never really repurchase books but when a collector's edition releases for a book I really enjoyed, I don't mind spending the extra money. I own the collector's edition of Insurgent and so I'd like to purchase the other two books as collector's edition.
Girl In Pieces is Kathleen Glasgow's debut novel that releases on September of this year. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author, so you can only imagine how eager I am to get into my copy. It's about a girl named Charlie who, at a young age, loses a lot of people in her life. In an attempt to forget all about it, she depends on self-injury to numb her misery. Early reviewers have praised Glasgow's touching story saying that it brings hope and . I'm glad to see authors taking that giant step to writing about sensitive topics in YA.
At this point, I will buy anything that Sarah J. Maas conjures out of her fantastic head. After reading ACOMAF it's clear to me that whenever I read her books, I'm immediately sucked into the world and the characters. I feel things that I often never feel when reading books from any other author.
We, Sarah J. Maasians, understand how great writing takes time. And so we have patience...
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