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A Song Below Water 💫 Spoiler Free Review 📚 Blogtober #16

Title: A Song Below Water
Series Name: A Song Below Water
Author: Bethany C. Morrow
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020
Pages: 288
Publishers: Tor Teen
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

I was highly anticipating this book before I picked it up! A siren story with POC MCs & Black Lives Matter themes?! Sounded like the perfect mix of contemporary issues & fantasy elements. What could go wrong? Well, turns out a fair bit. I easily have more negative points than positive and while I did have a good time actually reading it and it dealt with some good topics the overall execution just wasn’t there.

So as I said I did enjoy the discussion on the Black Lives Matter topics. I enjoyed that the author blended the hate towards the black community in with the hate towards the siren community. I’ve also seen some own voice reviews that claim the book has good representation, so that’s a positive as well even if it’s not something I can directly comment on.

However, that and the general enjoyability of the audiobook experience is really the only reason why this book got the rating that it did. It isn’t necessarily bad but it could have been done SOO much better.

Firstly for the negative side of things, there is basically no world building or background given at all. You are just thrown in and are just meant to understand what is going on when really you have no idea. There were also a general lack of explanation for a lot of aspects and also a fair few references to things, events, etc. that just weren’t explained. As if you are magically meant to know the back story and understand the references.

The main thing that bugged me with A Song Below Water is that it was advertised as a Siren Story but kinda wasn’t. Yes it started out that way but after a certain point Tav (the siren) basically doesn’t matter anymore and it’s all about Effie. The story turns into Effie trying to find herself and figure out what she is. What about Tav? And the siren hate? And her accidentally exposing her voice? And basically everything siren related?
Also slight spoiler but when Effie’s species is revealed it’s one we basically hadn’t heard of and have no idea what it is but everyones just like yeah cool she is a ….. And that’s it. We are just supposed to be like ‘yeah, makes total sense’ and move on. Prime example of lack of explanation.

I did start reading this book physically but found myself pushing to get through it due to simply not feeling any connection towards Effie or Tav. I like Tav but there was not real connection there and the characters had no depth. They felt very flat and one dimensional which makes it hard to connect to them as they have basically no personality. So, I ended up swapping to the audiobook which definitely made it easier to read.

Overall I am not particularly impressed with A Song Below Water. This book had so much potential but it just didn’t quite hit the mark. I’m not sure if I will end up picking up book 2. I’m kinda curious but also not really that curious, so I don’t know. If the audiobook pops up on Scribd I may end up giving it a go but I don’t think I will go out of my way to buy it.

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Last Year I Was Reading… 💫 #6 📚 Blogtober #15

So, I’m joining a weekly feature that is kind of like a Throwback Thursday! Last Year I Was Reading… was created by ReadingMaria!

Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to? Be sure to link it back to my blog so I can see them!

This Year I Am Reading…

The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Katie O’Neill

This was so amazing! I’m sad that the series is over but I could read about these characters and these tiny creatures forever. This series is cute, has gorgeous art work, amazingly diverse characters & is just such a feel good book!

Last Year I was Reading…

When She Reigns by Jodi Meadows

When She Reigns is Book 3 in the Fallen Isles Trilogy which is an awesome fantasy series with a focus on dragons! I loved this series and book 3 was my favourite. In my opinion this series got better and better with each book. Definitely need to do a reread of these soon!


How can it really compare? While I loved When She Reigns it just can’t hold up against The Tea Dragon Tapestry.

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Goodreads “Want to Read” Clear Out #2 📚 Blogtober #14

So I thought it was time for another Clear Out on my Goodreads “Want to Read” Shelf. I have removed 79 books from my Want to Read Shelf this time around but last time I removed 180+ books! So if you want to check that out you can find that post HERE!

Basically all of these book are either sequels to books that I have read but I’m not interested in continuing or books I simply lost interest in. So, here are all the books I scraped!

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Top Ten Tuesday 📚 Books I own with the longest titles! 💫 Blogtober #13

Yes, I am jumping back on the Top Ten Tuesday band wagon but it may not be every week. I’m just planning on jumping in when I enjoy the prompt of the week. So these will be pretty random.

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Prompt: Super Long Book Titles

1. The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

2. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

4. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

5. The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter by Theodora Goss

6. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

7. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

8. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

9. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

10. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

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10 Black Authored Books On My TBR 📚 Blogtober #11

Today I want to talk about 10 books on my TBR that are by Black Authors that I am keen for! I own 6 of these physically but most of the others are on Scribd. So I’m hoping to read these soon!

1. Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

I was hoping to read Cinderella is Dead in September but I didn’t get the chance! So hopefully I will get to it in October. I love the idea of a dark Cinderella retelling so I am super keen for this one!

2. This is My America by Kim Johnson

This is my America is being compared to Dear Martin by Nic Stone which I LOVED so I’m interested! This also sounds like it deals with a bit of a mystery which I have been loving lately.

3. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

This is actually a Historical Fiction as it’s set in the 90s but it definitely gives me The Hate U Give vibes which I am currently rereading as I type this! I also got told by the person that served me at QBD when I bought it that it was amazing, so I have high hopes.

4. Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Dear Justyce is the sequel to Dear Martin which I read last year I think and LOVED! Dear Martin was a very short book but god damn did it pack a bunch! It was amazing but also extremely emotional and I hope Dear Justyce is just as good! Might just do a reread of Dear Martin before picking this one up.

5. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanna A. Brown

I have heard amazing things about A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and that cover is gorgeous! I also want to read more fantasy by black authors as I feel like most of the books by black authors that I read are contemporary. So I want to branch into other genres as well! So this is perfect for that.

6. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

Speaking of other genres, The Sound of Stars is a Sci-Fi! I have not even read the full synopsis of this book as I was SOO freaking intrigued just by reading the bold bit at the top of the Goodreads synopsis and also the bit on the front cover of the book!

Can their love of books and pop music save the world?
(Front Cover)

Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves forbidden pop music work together to save humanity?
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I am so keen for this!

7. A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories or Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope

A Phoenix First Must Burn is an anthology about “Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and hope” and I’m very keen! I hope to start this one at least in October and read a couple stories here and there. This cover is also stunning!

8. A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

A Blade so Black is a dark & black Alice in Wonderland retelling which just sounds like an amazing combo! There has been pretty mixed views on this one but I am still keen to give it a go!

9. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation has SOO much hype around release but I feel like it has kinda fallen off the planet since then. I didn’t get a chance to read it around release but I am still very curious about it and hope to read it soon. This is a Historical Horror/Fantasy which I’m down for!

10. The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

This is another Historical Fantasy and the synopsis for this one sounds really interesting as well. I’m also super keen for the historical aspect as I get the hint that this will deal with slavery and such which is a topic I haven’t read enough about.

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Graphics-A-Thon TBR 📚 Blogtober #11

Let’s talk about all the books I hope to read during Graphics-A-Thon!!

Graphics-A-Thon is a 9 day ReadAThon dedicated to reading Graphic Novels! It’s hosted by Destiny @ Howling Libraries, Ellyn @ allonsythornraxx & Rebecca @ Booksihly Rebecca
Dates: 11th – 19th October
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Read a book with BIPOC rep

Goldie Vance: Vol 1 by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams & Sarah Stern

Read a graphic with disability &/or mental health rep

The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Katie O’Neill

Read a graphic with LGBTQIA+ rep

Fence: Vol 2 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

Read a spooky graphic

Uzumaki by Junji Ito

Read a graphic you predict will be a 5 Star

The Avant-Guards: Vol 1 by Carly Usdin & Noah Hayes

Other possible reads

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How I Read Book Tag 📚 Blogtober #10

I haven’t done any tags in ages so I thought I would throw some in during BlogTober! This one was apparently created by EnyasCorner on YouTube but it no longer has any content on the account so I can’t be sure. The post I saw this on was from 6 years ago! But I like the questions, so let’s jump in!

1. How do you find out about new books to read?

At the moment Booktube & Instagram mostly. Also Facebook Groups are a good place to find recommendations as well! I haven’t really been reading blog posts lately as I just haven’t been in the mood but I usually get reccs from there too.

2. How did you get into reading?

I have always been kinda interested in reading and I used to read books when I was in primary school but then I didn’t read for most of High School until I received a copy of Switched by Amanda Hocking in a Dolly Magazine and read it and loved it and then read the other books in the series as well as other books by the author. I then read Vampire Academy & the companion series Bloodlines and then took another long break. It wasn’t until I discovered The YA Chronicles subscription box (No longer available) & the Book Blogging community that I fully dived into read again and I haven’t stopped since.

3. How has your taste in books changed as you’ve gotten older?

Fantasy has definitely always been my favourite genre with Sci-Fi, Mystery & Historical Fiction being my second favourites and I have never been interested in romances. However now I am kinda discovering that my taste is changing from Fantasy being my favourite genre to Mystery/Thriller/Horror being my thing. I love a fantasy with a mystery as well but I am gravitating more to Mystery/Thriller/Horror now than I am to any other genre.

4. How often do you buy books?

Often! I generally buy books in batches of 4 or 5 because then I can get free shipping through Angus & Robertson which is my go to store. I usually place an order anywhere from 1 to 4 times a month depending on cash at the time but I do tend to pre-order a lot too so those orders come in over a couple months.

5. How did you get into BookTube/Book Blogging?

I’m answering this for both as I have both. For Blogging I really don’t remember who I read or what made me think ‘hey I can do that’ but I love designing websites and I used to spend hours messing with my Tumblr accounts so I took some time and set up a blog through WordPress and my first post was a review of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton which is still an all time fave!
As for BookTube I’m also not sure what specifically made be do it but I discovered BookTube and at the time I was filming a lot on Instagram Stories for my Bookstagram account so I thought fuck it, why not do YouTube too.

6. How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?

I honestly don’t know how to respond to this? I finish the book and review it like usual? Depending on whether I liked the book overall I may continue if it’s a series. But that’s about it.

7. How often have you taken a sneaky look at the back page of a book to see if it’s a happy ending?

I have never actually done this. Or even ever been tempted really.

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Book To Movie/TV Adaptations I Want To Watch! 📚 Blogtober #9

Today I want to talk about some book to movie adaptations that I want to read. A lot of these have been out for a while but somehow I still haven’t watched them!

1. The Hate U Give

I loved The Hate U Give and have actually read is three times now but I am still yet to watch the movie! I’m sure it’s amazing and it’s definitely high on my priority.

2. Love, Simon

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was really good & I have been meaning to watch the movie for ages but just haven’t gotten there yet!

3. The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds is another I have read more than once but still haven’t watched the movie. I feel like this one kinda fell under the radar and wasn’t overly hyped. I hoping it will be awesome though!

4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one that I am worried about. I know that they made some major changes regarding the abilities of two of the characters, so this has always kind of put me off. I am curious to give it ago though and hopefully it is still a fun movie even if it isn’t accurate to the book.

5. Escape From Mr Lemoncello’s Library

I only found out a couple weeks ago that there is a Show for Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library but I am so keen! This is such a fun book and I hope the movie will be just as fun. Also this is technically a TV show but there is only 1 episode and thats over an hour and it covers everything that happens in book 1. So I’m not sure why it just isn’t a movie 🤷🏻‍♀️

6. The Book Thief

Another one I’m really not sure why I haven’t read yet. I read The Book Thief a few years ago and really enjoyed it but just haven’t watched the movie yet.

7. The 5th Wave

I haven’t actually read the book for this one but it is a book to movie adaptations so it counts! The 5th Wave was on my TBR but I just haven’t gotten to it yet but I have seen the trailer for the movie and it looks interesting so I’m curious!

8. Howl’s Moving Castle

This is another one I haven’t actually read the book of but I hear SO MUCH hype around the Howl’s Moving Castle movie so I want to give it a go!

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All the Stars and Teeth 💫 Spoiler Free Review 📚 Blogtober #7

Title: All the Stars and Teeth
Series Name: All the Stars and Teeth
Author: Adalyn Grace
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 4th, 2020
Pages: 368
Publishers: Imprint
Rating:

4.5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

Dark blue background with spine bones up either side of cover. There is a Boat on waves in the bottom left, Mermaid tail on the bottom right, skull surrounded by octopus tentacles in top left & two hands holding a crown in top right. In middle left & right is an identical decorative sword.

All the Stars and Teeth was amazing! This whole story and world is extremely unique and refreshing. Majority of the plot was unpredictable and it kept me on my toes. I also loved the pacing as it was mostly fast paced that made the books quick and engaging to read but there were also those few slower sections thrown in to really concentrate on world and characters.

While I don’t usually enjoy romance and while I didn’t particularly care one way or anything for the romance in this book I also didn’t hate it. It did feel natural and developed well rather than falling prey to bad tropes.

I really enjoyed the characters and most of them were very fleshed out and felt realistic. I also loved that most of the major characters were badasses and I was rooting for all of them.

The characters and the magic system is really what invested me in this book. I also really enjoyed learning about the backstory and building up the world. Everything was very well described & atmospheric.

Overall I really enjoyed All the Stars and Teeth and I am keen to get my hands on All the Tides of Fate which is set to release February 2nd 2021. I’m also very keen to see what worlds/magic systems that Adalyn Grace creates next after the All the Stars and Teeth duology is over. This one was so unique that I’m hyped to see what will be next!

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Top Ten Tuesday 💫 Books with Spring Coloured Covers! 📚 Blogtober #6

Yes, I am jumping back on the Top Ten Tuesday band wagon but it may not be every week. I’m just planning on jumping in when I enjoy the prompt of the week. So these will be pretty random.

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Prompt: Book Covers with Fall Colors/Vibes (or spring if you live in the southern hemisphere)

I’m Aussie so I will be talking about books on my physical TBR specifically that have Spring colour covers. For sprint I mostly think of Greens, Yellows, Golds, Purples & Pinks really. So let’s jump in!

1. Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller

2. The Other Side of Dawn by John Marsden

3. The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas

4. The Toll by Neal Shusterman

5. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

6. This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

7. Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

8. Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

9. Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

10. Mirage by Somaiya Daud

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These are all books that are high on my TBR and I’m super keen for all of them! Which one should I read first? Are there any in this list you loved?! Let me know!


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