Review One: Why Don’t You Just Rip My Heart Out Won’t Ya

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Genre: YA | Contemporary |
Goodreads rating: 4.17
My rating:  ★★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives (Goodreads).

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This book you guys. This book. I should’ve reviewed this sooner, because my memory is getting fuzzy, but I really need to review this anyway because I loved it and it deserves more attention.

One is written in poems. Going in I had no idea what to expect, but damn was this a good move. It worked really well with the story, made me feel like I knew the characters better and made it so much more emotional (which it already was). The story itself was beautiful, but I don’t know if it would’ve made the same impact if it hadn’t been written in verse.

Now, since my memory is a bit fuzzy and because I love making them, I’ll be summing up why I loved this book in a list

  • It’s about sisters!!
  • The rest of the family plays a huge part as well, and so do their new friends, but initially it’s still about the relationship between Grace and Tippi
  • Though they’re still clearly individuals
  • But the bond between them is so beautiful
  • I didn’t know much about siamese twins before reading this book, but it really sounds like the author did a lot of research and I think a lot of people will understand (and treat) siamese twins better by reading this book
  • The cute friendships that are formed during the book
  • The way it was written made me feel more involved in the twins’ life
  • Slightly predictable, but it doesn’t matter because it’s just so beautifully written and it’s so easy to get into
  • You just can’t stop reading

It’s just very beautiful and you should read it okay

I’m very sorry for that not so very helpful review, but I tried. I tried to get you all to read this beautiful book if you haven’t yet. I hope I convinced you all.

Have you read this yet? What did you think? Or do you know another book that is written in verse that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!

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Character Coming To Life in A Character in Reality

Genre: not sure? contemporary but with some fantastical elements?
Goodreads rating: 3.0
My rating:  ★

 

 

 

 

 

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What would you do if a character in a novel you wrote actually came to life? What if the character learned his whole reality was just a construct created by you, the story’s narrator? In A Character in Reality, Detective Gladstone, a fictional character from the narrator’s Flaming Locket series, gains consciousness and steps out of a novel into reality. He adjusts to the real world with the narrator’s help, picking up insights along the way about what it means to be human. He eventually becomes too real to exist in the narrator’s fiction and is stranded in reality, taking up acting as a profession. He likes this work because he can be fully directed and have pre-written lines to say, just like in fiction. But when he becomes too famous, people catch on that he was originally a character from a novel, and an extremist anti-illegal immigrant group does not want him living in reality. The group believes that characters from a book belong in a book, not in the real world. Gladstone must face down the group’s leader and in so doing fully self-actualize, becoming a much loved American hero in the process (Goodreads).

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DISCLAIMER: I was given a copy of the book by the author. This doesn’t affect my review

I really liked the concept of this one. I’m always a sucker for the idea of characters coming to live, so of course I really wanted to read this one. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t for me. To organise my thoughts, I’ll be making a list (cause YAY LISTS)

  • The writing isn’t that great. A lof of ‘he did this’ and ‘he did that’
  • Also a lot of telling instead of showing
  • The characters were very flat. I don’t know anything about them
  • There wasn’t really a plot until way too late, which made it really boring (Robert did this, Robert did that)

My biggest problem with this book though, is a bit of a spoiler, though you can guess that this will happen. While the narrator warns Robert that no one can know he is fictional, it is found out eventually. I found the way other people found out super unrealistic. Someone notices the similarity between Robert and the character he was in the book he’s from, and people immediately think that they are the same person, thus that Robert came to life. They don’t think the character might be based on him or anything like that, and the narrator admits that Robert and fictional Robert are one and the same, instead of using this easy excuse (he was offered money, but the whole ordeal felt really ridiculous to me). Then Robert is shunned and it’s clear that the author wanted to parallel the xenophobia in America (especially since at some point the elections come into play and it’s clear that the candidates are based on Hillary and Trump). But here’s the thing. Robert is a white, cis, straight abled man. I couldn’t find a description of him, but if he wasn’t white he should’ve been described that way and his main love interest is incredibly racist, so she wouldn’t have dated him if he weren’t white. The way Robert was used as a metaphor for what is going on in America right now (and in the rest of the world) and for racism and xenophobia really felt wrong to me. Especially when at the end of the book he is deemed a hero and an inspiration to all minorities, when the only reason he was ‘discriminated’ against was because he was fictional (there were protesters in the book who were like ‘fictional characters are taking our jobs!!’ clearly a metaphor for immigrants ‘taking’ jobs). It just didn’t sit well with me.

So in short, I really wouldn’t recommend this book. I didn’t like the metaphor at all and the writing wasn’t that great.

Have you read this book? What did you think? What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!

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Friendship to the Max! | Lumberjanes Review

Last year I read quite a lot of comics, but one of my favourites was Lumberjanes (which is still ongoing yay!) So what is Lumberjanes about? Good question.

Lumberjanes is about:

  • Girl scouts
  • Adventure!
  • FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX
  • Gods
  • Magical and supernatural creatures
  • Magical/supernatural woods that are probably alive
  • Mysteries!
  • Camping
  • Healthy, supporting girl friendships
  • ADORABLE relationship between the girls and their cabin leader
  • TRANS CHARACTERS
  • TWO GIRLS SLOWLY FALLING FOR EACH OTHER AND BEING HELLA CUTE
  • That’s not the only same-sex relationship tho
  • Unique characters
  • AND LOOK AT THEM
  • THEY’RE NOT ALL WHITE

Aaand I just realised I also basically listed the reasons why you should read Lumberjanes oops.

So Lumberjanes is about five girl scouts and their cabin leader who discover that their camp isn’t really normal, nor are the woods the camp is in. They’re very badass and smart, yet also funny, loveable, with their fears and flaws. The Lumberjanes motto is basically ‘friendship to the max’, which is at the core of the story, even though it explores other kind of relationships and important issues as well. It’s kind of hard to explain it, because Lumberjanes can be a bit odd, especially in the beginning when you have no idea what’s going on, but it’s definitely worth it.

I can’t even put my love for Lumberjanes into words. I have so many feelings for it.

Other reasons why you should read it:

  • Very pure and cute and fun and hilarious
  • Though it also gets intense
  • Did I mention the diversity (not just among the main characters!)
  • Also I love how the smollest of them all is super strong like hell yeah
  • And it shows that there are different kinds of intelligence
  • The art style is so cute and pleasing to look at but can also be emotional when needed and the hilarious expressions are so on point
  • The worldbuilding!
  • It’s so relatable 
  • Gender roles? Who needs those?
  • Because I said so

Are you reading Lumberjanes? What do you think of it? Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!

PS. THIS IS A SCHEDULED POST I’M SORRY I NEED TO TAKE A MOMENT TO BE PROUD OF MYSELF 

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The Hunt Has Begun Again | Shadowhunters Review 2.01

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WARNING: If you haven’t seen the episode yet and don’t want any spoilers, don’t read this review. I’m going into details

TIME TO REVIEW SHADOWHUNTERS AGAIN! I really enjoyed doing this last year, as it made me love and analyse the show more. Plus it made me remember the previous episodes more which helped because usefully I have a terrible memory. Only a week has passed and I’m already like ‘who’s that’ ‘what’s that’ ‘WHAT IS HAPPENING’.

ANYWAY. The premiere was a solid start to what seems like a really good season. The first season only got better and better in my opinion and it looks like season 2 will continue that pattern. From the beginning on it already seemed that Dom’s acting only improved. So did Kat’s, but I feel like Dom had more opportunity to shine in this episode. I really liked the way he portrayed Jace’s hurt and omg can we just get him away from Valentine already? I mean just this one day is enough to mess him up. I really hope the writers and Dom will get the consequences of what Jace is going through right. So far I’m really impressed with his acting, especially compared to early last season. The way his eyes shifted when Valentine tells him Jocelyn left him was just really good.

Let’s talk about a few changes they made  now that they have a bigger budget! I’m really happy with the new seraph blades (though sad to let the lightsaber jokes go) and runes. They’re small things but it just looks so much better. AND THAT OPENING. I had already seen it, but to see it during the episode itself made it even better. And no more weird slow motion effects bless. Look, I won’t criticise the special effects because honestly, I don’t really care that much and while their budget is bigger now, it still probably isn’t that big. As long as the effects make sense I won’t complain. The slow motion effects last season just didn’t, since sometimes they were used and sometimes they weren’t. And the vamps had a different slow motion effect that made them look really really slow instead of fast? It was weird so I’m glad to see them go.

‘Clary’ actually being Valentine didn’t surprise me at all, since I guessed that that would happen ever since we saw the first trailer and Jace threatens (what probably is the real) Clary and tells her he’s sick of her mindgames. So yeah, maybe the promotion team shouldn’t have added that scene lol. I wonder how often Valentine is going to use this trick. Right now it won’t surprise me if Jace will be leaning towards Valentine’s side, as Valentine is manipulating him through and through. He told him Jocelyn left him to die and then Jocelyn tries to kill him. To make things worse Valentine took the arrow for him. Also taking him to those vampires? Valentine knows exactly what he’s doing (and while I hate it I also love it because I love calculating, manipulative villains like this. AND ALAN VAN SPRANG). Anway, it won’t surprise me if Jace will be very conflicted on which side he should be on (also Valentine’s speech on how one blood of demon blood means you’re evil and you can’t control your urges? That’s going to mess him up badly) but in the trailer we saw him threaten who he thought was Valentine. So I’m really interested in seeing how things will play out.

Also when Valentine is like ‘it made you stronger’ when Jace tells him how much he screwed up, it really reminded me of the ‘you fucked up a perfectly good … is what you did. Look at it. It’s got anxiety’ meme.

What did bother me about these scenes was the flashback Valentine showing Jace of him experimenting on unborn Jace. Isn’t he supposed to look younger? I watched the flashbacks of episode 6 again and the experiments can’t have happened that much later that Valentine looks that old. I mean, after the Uprising Jocelyn ran away with the Cup, and they all looked really young then. I get that the actor they used last season may not have been available, but this was just Alan in a wig. 

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I’m also interested in seeing Clary and Jocelyn’s relationship. I’m still so happy that the show has chosen to show the adults and their relationship with the younger ones. Clary has all the right reasons to be upset with her mom, but Jocelyn isn’t wrong in wanting to protect her daughter as well. I mean, she thinks Jace is Valentine Junior and watched him break the Accords and then save Valentine. Can you blame her? Really interested in seeing how this will play out. And I hope we’ll get more Jocelyn and Luke soon! I pretty much melted when Luke refused to leave the Institute because he wanted to stay by Jocelyn’s side. They love each other so much and they have such a healthy relationship.

I’m really conflicted on Victor Aldertree. I absolutely LOVE the actor (did anyone see his Tuesday Takeover on Instagram? What a babe) but I’m not sure yet about Victor. I don’t blame him at all for not trusting Jace; he looks incredibly suspicious. And Jocelyn is not only Valentine’s ex-wife, she was an active member of The Circle and pretty much his second in command. So yeah, can’t blame him for that. But it looks like he doesn’t care much for Downworlders either. He has no sympathy for Simon when he says it’s almost dawn and he has nowhere to go. Also time to bring back my weekly appreciation for Alberto’s acting because he sounded so small and scared my poor son. AND HIS FACE WHEN THE WEREWOLVES KICK HIM OUT. WHY YOU DO THIS.

Speaking of good acting: Matthew! He captured Alec’s worry for Jace and the Parabatai bond so well. The hurt in everyone’s eyes in the first scene when Alec lets it out on them though. They’re such small things but it’s done so well. And we got so many great Malec scenes in which Alec knows he shouldn’t let it out on Magnus and apologises and they actually frickin’ communicate and just ajbfshgd. I love the Shadowhunters writers so much for writing them so well and for writing them as a healthy relationship. And Magnus pointing out that Alec shouldn’t have said that he ‘did so much for him’ because not marrying Lydia and coming out, that was all for him just carry me to my grave already will you. The way Matthew and Harry deliver these lines and look at each other and just act with each other. You can carry me off now.

I also really missed Clary and Simon’s friendship. They’re so cute together and so comfortable with each other. Also can you believe Simon cockblocked himself – iconic

Other things:

  • So glad to see my bae Lydia again I swear if she dies
  • SO MANY ICONIC LINES ‘The Clave being unhelpful? Who’s shocked? Show of hands?’ ‘Get off my docks’ ‘I’m a vampire I’m running slow for you’ ‘First rule of Shadowhunting: don’t give anyone your phone or stele’
  • Lydia and Izzy being smart and working together in the beginning of the episode hell yeah
  • When Clary, Jocelyn and Luke are having a serious conversation and Simon just goes very cheerfully ‘hey guys!’
  • Clary and Izzy silently communicating and Izzy comforting Clary and them training together seriously where is my grave I love these gals so much and their relationship
  • Encanto‘ Simon where did you learn that oh my god. Is that even a real thing?? I headcanon that Rafael thought him that just to mess with him
  • Also when he went to sleep he put his arms like a vampire what a nerd
  • ALEC CALLING MARYSE OUT ON HER BULLSHIT
  • I aspire to be as dramatic as Magnus. When Alec asks him to stop his magic training thing and he just dramatically throws it backwards and hits the lamp so Extra™

How did you feel about this episode? Let me know in the comments!

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We Awaken: Cute, Dreams, Ballet and Asexual Rep

Genre: YA | Contemporary | Fantasy
Goodreads rating: 3.36
My rating:  3.5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.

But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price. 

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DISCLAIMER: I was given a copy of the book by the author. This doesn’t affect my review

One word to describe We Awaken is: cute. When I finished it I was filled with warm, fuzzy feelings. I loved the relationship between Victoria and Ashlinn. They had their problems, misunderstandings and fights, but they talked it out and it was a healthy relationship. They made sure that the other was comfortable and happy. They loved each other so much. It was so frickin pure and made me so happy. And the fact that they were both asexual and that the book explored this? Yes please? I’m not an expert on asexuality, but I found it very relatable and from what I’ve read about asexuality it felt like good representation. It also fought stereotypes head one (like the plant one)

The beginning was a bit slow, but once the pace picked up I couldn’t stop reading. I felt like the writing became better throughout the book as well (not that it was bad in the beginning or anything). I wasn’t sure where the plot was going, thus why I gave it 3.5 stars and not higher. I definitely love the book though, and I think everyone should read it.

The way Victoria dealt with her grief was also very relatable and it was definitely an emotional book at times, even though a lot of it was very fluffy and cute too.

Oh and the fact that Ashlinn was basically the sandman was really cool too, though I wish that had been explored a bit more.

Moral of this review: READ IT.

Have you read We Awaken yet? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

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Review Timekeeper: Just Go Read It Trust Me

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Genre: YA | Fantasy | Steampunk
Series: Timekeeper #1
Goodreads rating: 4.21
My rating:  ★★★★summary

Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Omg guys where to begin? I loved this book so much – definitely one of my favourites this year. The only reason that I gave it four stars is because it felt a little bit predictable at times, but that didn’t stop me from loving it AT ALL.

First of all the worldbuilding is so cool. Victorian London steampunk-style has been done before, but the world is ‘controlled’ by clock towers. That sounds kind of creepy, but they just keep time from running normally. It is a bit confusing at first, but throughout the book it’s explained more and more and I loved the background story of how this society came to be with the Greek Titans. Not just that, these ‘myths’ were seperately told in the story and while at first I thought that would ruin the pace, it didn’t. At least not for me. It was just so unique and I loved it.

Then there’s our protagonist Danny. Not only is his father trapped in a town which means he might never see him again, he’s also been in a horrible accident himself that could have killed him, giving him PTSD. I could relate so much to Danny that I cried. It was so accurately written and I just want to give Tara Sim a hug as a thank you.

Speaking of which, in this Victorian London homosexuality isn’t a crime (though it is frowned upon by a lot of people) and women are fighting gender roles. Bless. Danny’s best friend Cassie is a mechanic (a regular one like in our world who works on cars) and his colleague (and maybe friend in the sequel? I’m digging their possible friendship) Daphne is a clock mechanic which is unheard of especially since she’s also half-Indian.

And of course the romance. Guys the romance is so beautiful. It’s so pure and emotional and cute and did I mention beautiful and healthy and oh my God I love it so much. It’s just?? I have no words?? For the book tour I’ve created a playlist so listen to that below and the cute songs on there will give you a taste of what it’s like. But seriously favourite romance of 2016.

While it took me a while to finish this, it was in no way because of the book it self. I had a concussion for two to three weeks so I couldn’t read and then I got super busy with school, but when I finally got around to reading it I couldn’t put it away. Though at times it felt a bit predictable, there were still twists and turns, lots of action, lovable characters and scenes… Gosh just read it you won’t regret it (I hope). This book deserves all the attention and love. I don’t even know how to put it into words. Just know that I need to get my hands on a physical copy.

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“You’re everything. You’re… You’re chaos and order and everything between. Like sunshine kept back by clouds. Like the entire world’s imploded inside you, but all I see are the stars are sewn into your skin. You’re filled with soft, dark music. I hear it all the time. Your music.”

Flaws – Bastille
Fire N Gold – Bea Miller
Fix You – Coldplay
The Scientist – Coldplay
Find My Way Back – Eric Arjes
Bring Me Back To Life – Extreme Music
My Fault – Imagine Dragons
Once In A Lifetime – Landon Austin
Suspension (Acoustic) – Lights
Ordinary Human – OneRepublic
Always – Panic! At The Disco
I Get To Love You – Ruelle
War of Hearts – Ruelle
Wake Me Up – Sam Tsui
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Sleeping At Last
For Him – Troye Sivan
Youth – Troye Sivan
Shiver Shiver – Walk The Moon

And if I got you excited, enter the giveaway to win a finished copy! (U.S. and Canada only) Click here to enter

Have you read this yet? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

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Mini Reviews: Unremarkable One-Star Reads

Genre: Fantasy | possibly middle grade since it’s meant for younger readers
Series: Chronicles of Dragon #1
Goodreads rating: 3.70
My rating:  ★

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Nath is a special ~snowflake~ warrior. He is a man destined to be a dragon. In order to become a dragon, he must save the dragons.

For countless years Nath has been on a quest to become a dragon, but his meddling with the other races tends to get in the way. The way of men is not the way of Nath Dragon (yes he’s a dragon/about to become a dragon and he’s literally named Dragon) his father has warned him. Yet, Nath, unable to control his fascination of the world men, elves, dwarves and even the despised orcs, tends to get caught up in their affairs. To earn his scales, there is a high road he must follow.

With his close friend and ally, Brenwar the Dwarf, Nath, armed with a magic sword he calls Fang (not to be mixed up with the cute dog), travels to the Mountain of Doom (not inspired by LotR at all), the Free City of Narnum and to Orcen Hold where nothing but trouble awaits.

Will Nath Dragon, hero of the realm and protector of dragon kind choose the right path or wind up on a dark one? (Goodreads. Mostly. With my sarcastic commentary)

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I didn’t know anything about this when I downloaded it (come on it was free on Amazon how could I not give it a shot) except DRAGONS. I love dragons, but I haven’t read that many dragon books let alone good ones (maybe it’s really time to give Eragon a try but those books are HUGE. And COMMITMENT. GAH). As you can tell from my rating, this one wasn’t good either.

The protagonist was unbearable.

”Just do what you always do, Dragon.” That’s what I call myself, and I talk to myself a lot.

Lame much?

Nath Dragon is my name; saving dragons (and other things) is my game.

The heat didn’t bother me; I was used to that, but it wrought damage on my glorious mane of recently mangled hair.

Okay look, I love characters like Apollo that are in love with themselves, but Apollo is hilarious (and Rick Riordan gave him beautiful character development) but this made me want to gauge my eyes out. He was full of himself and I’m not sure why. It was super annoying.

Ooh and let’s talk about the sexism! Except for one, all of the female characters are just there to confirm how handsome our protagonist is and being sexual objects. At one point the protagonist describes how difficult a language is by saying ‘more difficult than women’ excuse me. There is one scene in which all the women are just fawning over him and it was disgusting to read. It sounds like they may have been siren instead of regular women, but it was still degrading and just ugh. As soon as the protagonist has passed they’re already all over the next guy. Just no. And it’s not funny how many times the women were described by just their frickin’ hips.

Also the writing is just… bad. And awkward

”What? I can’t come back?”
An impatient tone took over his voice like a dam about to break.
”NO! Take with you that which you need.”

It happened quite a few times that dialogue was written in caps lock out of nowhere, not making sense at all. And the sound effects oh my god. This is such a pet peeve of mine. Sometimes it’s done right. This is not the case. ‘Clang! Clang! Clatter!’ No. And how the hell is ‘THAAAAAAROOOOONG’ supposed to sound like? What the hell is that?

Just this book man. The blatant sexism everywhere, the annoying protagonist, the plagiarism (Mountain of Doom can you at least try to be original), bad writing and there’s just nothing memorable about it (I marked quite a few things and made some notes)

Genre: YA | Fantasy
Series: Legends of Dimmingwood #1
Goodreads rating: 3.50
My rating:  ★

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In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the cruel Praetor, young Ilan, born with the powerful gift of her ancestors, has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection with a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand.

But as Ilan matures, learns the skills of survival, and struggles to master the inherent magic of her dying race, danger is always close behind. When old enemies reappear and new friendships lead to betrayal, will her discovery of an enchanted bow prove to be Ilan’s final salvation or her ultimate downfall?

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What was the plot? Don’t ask me. Cause I have no clue. Who knows what the Praetor’s motives are? What living in that world is like? Not me. The entire thing was just pointless and everything was just meh about it. What a great review *pats self on shoulder*

Genre: YA | Fantasy | Post-apocalyptic
Series: Tales of Nevaeh #1
Goodreads rating: 4.07
My rating:  ★

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Welcome to Nevaeh— a world where technology no longer exists, but magic does.

Long ago, the violence and radiation of the terrorist wars killed America. Those left dwell in a world of ritual and magic where ten dominions struggle for supremacy and a dark power rises to claim all.

Areenna, the only daughter of the King of Freemorn, is barely eighteen, yet her psychic ability is strong. She is summoned to ‘The Island’ and learns that the fate of her world is in her hands. She must undertake a perilous journey to save Nevaeh from destruction. But she will not travel alone.

Mikaal, the son of the High King of Nevaeh, has as much at stake as Areenna. Their quest takes them through haunted wastelands filled with mutants while an evil force does everything in its power to stop Areenna and Mikaal—for it wants Nevaeh as its own.

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Okay so I loved the concept of this one. I thought it would be pretty interesting to see the aftermaths of nuclear wars and radiation, which led to magic. But it was super confusing. They’ve got a new language and they have new animals (because of radiation) but the animals are never described so I’m just supposed to guess what they look like? Some point later one character does kind of describe them, but I felt like it should have been explained sooner. Also there’s this time jump, where we went from the future to the past back to the future which was a bit confusing.

And the names. Not all of them, but a lot of them are regular names but backwards. The name of the world, Nevaeh? Heaven. One Kingdom is named Tolemac, which is Camelot backwards. A queen is named Enaid, which is Diane backwards etc. It was annoying once I noticed it, and lazy.

It was boring, the writing was meh, the characters were meh. Everything was just meh. The worldbuilding could’ve been so interesting, but since except for one character, no one knows what the world used to look like, I had no idea where they were supposed to be and what happened to a place we now know pretty well. I wanted to know more about what happened to our world, but that’s not what I got. Also it’s super vague, but terrorists became some weird creatures called ‘The Dark Ones’ and I have no idea what they can do really. I mean they control people? But the rest? It was all just vague and confusing. The concept was interesting, but the execution not so much.

Guys the theme of these reviews is just MEH. Originally I was also going to include Darkness Reigns, but I just don’t have anything to say about it? Except – guess what – MEH. Have you read any ‘meh’ books lately? I sure hope not! Let me know in the comments

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