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Tag Sunday – Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

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I’m back for another Tag Sunday! This week I saw this tag over at A Book. A Thought. You can also find the original tag on Youtube HERE.

So let’s get into it!

* I’m not using my usual tag graphics only because some of these questions are crazy long and won’t fit in my graphic and be readable!*



A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like

If you want to know why you can find my Spoiler Free review of Me Before You HERE & my Spoilery review of Shiver HERE

A Popular Book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love

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 A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like

As I’m not a huge romance fan I don’t generally get hugely attached to romances in books. I also HATE love triangles, so I’m going to go with the OTP I don’t like and that would be.

SPOILERS

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Is it Mia & Tric? I think that’s them, I didn’t enjoy this book so I kinda forgot basically everything and had to look it up in my review.

A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for

Romance, I never pick up straight romance books.

A popular or beloved character that you do not like

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Prince Kai, if you want to know why I have a mini rant in my review which you can find HERE!

A popular author that you can’t seem to get into

I don’t really have an answer for this question because I don’t have an author that I have read multiple of their books and I couldn’t get into. But I will mention a couple that their first book didn’t impress me and I’m not racing in to pick up another!

For Jay Kristoff I am referring to his books that are just him. I absolutely LOVE The Illuminae Files but the first book by solely him I read was Nevernight and I didn’t love it.

A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

Love Triangles & Insta love are big ones but the main one I am REALLY sick of is the bad parents one. It doesn’t really have a name but I’m talking about how most YA books the MC’s parents are either horrible people, dead, they abandoned them or just aren’t home enough to look after them.

I’m just going to go in order of the last 10 books I read to see how many show this trope. I will not name the books to avoid spoilers.

Father Dead, Mother turns out to be a bad guy
Wasn’t a YA book (The Hobbit)
Father cheats on mother
There but absent from house a lot of the time
Father Dead & Step Mother is a bitch
Adopted father who is bad guy in the end
Weren’t really involved in book but did care
Given up by parents
Never around and doesn’t pay attention AT ALL
Mother dead & abusive father

That is litterally the order from the last 10 books/series I read! Like where are all the good parents! Where are the families/parents like Weasleys, the Women of 300 Fox way & Mav and Lisa from The Hate U Give!

This is a trope I am so over!

A popular series that you have no interest in reading

The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

So this is a series that I haven’t finished the books. But I am going to go with Season 1 of Shadowhunters. I really enjoyed Season 1 and I didn’t enjoy book 1 & 2. I didn’t like Season 2 though, I thought it got a bit weird and I was also told that Clary & Simon never get together in the book and yet they did in the show and I’m not okay with changing something that major in an adaptation, even if I didn’t love the book! They just shouldn’t do that shit!

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Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 2 people in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest 2 followers! These will also be only followers that I follow back as well as there is no point in tagging someone I don’t follow.

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Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins – Mini Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science
Author: 
Jeannine Atkins
Genre: Middle Grade Historical Biography (Written in Verse)
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 208 (Hardcover
Publishers: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Rating:
5 Star

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A novel in verse about three girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists.

Maria Merian was sure that caterpillars were not wicked things born from mud, as most people of her time believed. Through careful observation she discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented her findings in gorgeous paintings of the life cycles of insects.

More than a century later, Mary Anning helped her father collect stone sea creatures from the cliffs in southwest England. To him they were merely a source of income, but to Mary they held a stronger fascination. Intrepid and patient, she eventually discovered fossils that would change people’s vision of the past.

Across the ocean, Maria Mitchell helped her mapmaker father in the whaling village of Nantucket. At night they explored the starry sky through his telescope. Maria longed to discover a new comet—and after years of studying the night sky, she finally did.

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So this review won’t be the same as my usual reviews because this isn’t a normal book. I’m not going to talk about the characters besides saying that they are all awesome women who were brave and made a difference in science. I’m also not going to talk about the plot like usual as I don’t do that for books that are about things that really happened, I’m not going to judge someone’s life, that’s just off to me.

This is the first book that I have ever read that was in Verse and I really enjoyed it. It made it a really quick and easy read. At the end of the book, the author explains that she took the facts of what happened in each girls life and then just filled in the gaps that weren’t recorded in history and I really enjoyed this. I love learning things but at the same time, I’m not going to sit down and read a text book or something like that, so reading it this way was great! I got to learn about some amazing girls and their lives but at the same time, it felt like a fiction novel.

I’m pretty sure this book is counted as middle grade as well so that also added to the ease of reading the book as all the terms that were used were easy to understand. As the girls in the book were around 15 at the time, there were never any scientific terms that I have no idea of the meaning of. So I also enjoyed that as I have read some Sci-Fi books and had no idea what I was reading as I haven’t done any scientific studies higher than High School Biology, so I only know the basics.

I also enjoyed the slight hints that the author added to slightly link the books together in the first story I didn’t notice this, but in the second one there were little hints of moths and then in the third, there were little parts talking about painting moths & fossils. Those little touches were fun.

And just to add something from my normal reviews, I really like the cover! It is gorgeous and I also love the colours of the hardback itself, I love the combination of the bright pale green & dark blue!

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I highly recommend this book! It is a quick easy read and you get to learn something at the same time! It’s beautifully written and about some amazing girls!



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The Life Siphon by Kathryn Summerlot – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Life Siphon
Author: 
Kathryn Sommerlot
Series Name: The Life Siphon
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: March 10th, 2017
Pages: 504 (iBook)
Publishers: Kindle Direct Publishing
Rating:
4 star

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The kingdom of Runon has created the impossible: a magical energy source that siphons life from the nearby lands and feeds it back into Runon itself. On the edge of the forest lives a quiet ranger named Tatsu, who is watching the drain grow closer to his home country of Chayd.

Arrested for crimes against the crown, Tatsu is taken to the capital’s prison, where the queen offers him a deal. If he travels into Runon and steals the magical source that powers the drain, she will return his freedom. Caught in the unimaginable aftermath, Tatsu knows that the only hope is to stop the siphon before it swallows the world.

More and more, he finds himself at the mercy of the destruction the siphon leaves behind – and everything he has ever known will fall apart in the revelation of its horrifying truth.

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I received a copy of this book through Story Cartel in Exchanged for an honest review.

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I really like the cover of this book, it’s fairly simple and I like the colour scheme. I also enjoy how it links to the book.

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The writing of this book was enjoyable. It was easy to understand and everything about the world was explained well. Some of the names of characters & places were hard to figure out how to pronounce and I still don’t know how to pronounce ‘Yudai’.

This book was a little predictable at times, there were a couple things that I guessed before they were shown in the book. It wasn’t enough to be annoying, but it was still a factor that I didn’t love.

There were also a few tropes in this book, I won’t mention which, but there were some common tropes that you come across often in YA fantasy.

I enjoyed the world building but I hope there is more if there is the next book. What we did learn though was interesting and described well. I also wish there was a map as it was hard to keep track when there was traveling involved.

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The plot was enjoyable, but as I said before, a little predictable. This was an interesting plot and even though it contained some well-known tropes I still enjoyed it a lot.

The plot was fairly action packed and I didn’t want to put this book down. There were slower parts where we got to learn about certain characters which were nice as well.

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Firstly I really enjoyed that this was from a male POV. So many YA fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian books I have read lately are from a female POV, so it was nice to have a change. I also like there was a male & male friendship in this book too. Again, a lot of books I have read lately are a female MC with a guy best friend. So for this, it was a refreshing book for that reason.

Tatsu was an interesting character, he was caring and would always try and do what he thought was right. Alesh kind of annoyed me for most of the book. I do like her love for her sister Ral though and what she would do for her. Ral I still don’t fully understand but she was always around and her happiness helped others at times. Yudai was probably my favourite character in this book, he was kind and caring but also a little spoiled and would automatically insult when he felt any type of threat, which was funny at times.

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Overall I really enjoyed this book but there were a couple problems I had with it too. I hope this is a series and we will get a sequel as I want to know what happens next and also I want to see more of the world and learn more about it.



On Goodreads, this book is part of a series but there are no other books indicated in the series so we will have to see if this story continues!

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BookTubeAThon 2017 TBR

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The BookTubeAthon 2017 was my first ever ReadAThon, so I thought it was fitting that I did it again this year! This time the BookTubeAThon runs from the 24th to the 30th of July! I am also participating in the Duodecathon & Biannual Bibliothon at the same time! They cross over eachother! Yes it is going to be a tad crazy!

July Duodecathon TBR HERE (19th-25th)

Biannual Bibliothon TBR HERE (23rd-29th)

& also the BookTubeAThon (24th- 30th)

You can find the announcement video HERE

And you can find the announcement of the reading challenges HERE

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1. Read a book with a person on the cover
2. Read a hyped book
3. Finish a book in one day
4. Read about a character that is very different from you
5. Finish a book completely outdoors
6. Read a book you bought because of the cover
7. Read seven books



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Read a book with a person on the cover

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Read a hyped book

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Finish a book in one day

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I chose the Great Gatsby for this mainly because it’s a really short book and I should easily be able to read this in a day, I will also be reading this one first so that I can get it done in the 24 hours without having to put another book down to read this one during a day.

Read about a character that is very different from you

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For this, I chose a book with a straight male as I am a Bisexual Female, so there is a fair bit of difference there

Finish a book completely outdoors

I will not be completing this challenge. I live in Australia and at the moment it is the middle of winter and in the next few weeks it is meant to get pretty cold, so I’m out for this one.

Read a book you bought because of the cover

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I didn’t buy this book because of the cover as I quite simply do not buy books only because of the cover, I don’t have the money to waste on books I won’t like. So I’m more going for I first checked out the synopsis of this book because it had a beautiful cover.

Read 7 books

So I need to add 2 more books to complete this challenge, so I chose to shorter books that I got through the InstaFreebie thing and already had on my iBooks app.



So that is all for my TBR! Are you participating in the BookTubeAThon, let me know in the comments and if you have posted a TBR then send me the link and I will check it out!

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Biannual Bibliothon 2017 TBR

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Okay, so yes I am a little crazy! 3 ReadAThons in a less than 2 weeks time frame. I know… I’m nuts! Originally I wasn’t going to participate in the Biannual Bibliothon but I managed to get most of the books I plan to read for the BookTubeAThon challenges to fill challenges for the Biannual Bibliothon too, so here I am!

July Duodecathon TBR HERE (19th-25th)

BookTubeAThon TBR HERE (24th-30th)

& also the Biannual Bibliothon (23rd- 29th)

So I’m not going to go into details about the ReadAThon, you can find their video announcement HERE for all the details!



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1. Read the Group Book (Flame in the Mist)
2. Read a book from one of the hosts favourite genres
3. Read a book that has been or still is banned
4. Throwback Challenge (A Book over 300 pages)
5. Book to movie adaptation – Read & Watch
6. Read a book you’ve been somewhere other than BookTube
7. LQBTQIA+

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Read the group book (Flame in the Mist

I won’t be doing this challenge as I have already read Flame in the Mist & didn’t enjoy it, so I don’t want to reread a book I didn’t love.

Read a book from one of the hosts favourite genres

– Kassie – Magical Realism
– Caz – Historical Fiction
– Brittni – High/Epic Fantasy
– Emma – Diverse Books
– Kelly – Dystopian/SciFi
– Red – Paranormal
– Momo – Urban fantasy

I am choosing a book that is kind of a mix of  Kelly – Dystopian/SciFi & Brittni – High/Epic Fantasy

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Read a book that has been or still is banned

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Throwback Challenge

For this one, I am choosing the previous challenge of ‘Read a book over 300 pages’

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Book to Movie Adaptation – Read & Watch

Read a book you’ve seen somewhere other than BookTube

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I have seen this tonnes on Bookstagram as it has a gorgeous cover that you can’t help showing off!

LQBTQIA+

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I am reading this via audiobook as I don’t own any LQBTQIA+ books that I haven’t read and I am on a book buying ban so I had to find a book or audiobook that was on  Scribd as I have some credits built up there. And this is what I found!



SO THAT IS ALL FOR MY TBR! ARE YOU PARTICIPATING IN THE Biannual Bibliothon, LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS AND IF YOU HAVE POSTED A TBR THEN SEND ME THE LINK AND I WILL CHECK IT OUT!

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Top 5 Wednesday – Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World
–I know this is a long title, but I couldn’t figure out how else to word it and still get the point across. Talk about books that are set outside of the Western World (so outside of North America and Western Europe) or if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places (so no medieval setting fantasy!)

This will be books I have & haven’t read



1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Have Read)

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This is set in a Fantasy Beijing (New Beijing)

2. Soundless by Richelle Mead (Have Read)

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This is set in a fantasy Asia

3. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman (TBR)

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Based on East Asian astrology

4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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This is set in a fantasy Middle East

5. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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This is set in a Historical Fantasy Russian



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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: 
Neil Gaiman
Genre: Adult Fantasy Horror
Publication Date: June 18th, 2013
Pages: 235 (paperback)
Publishers: Headline Publishing Group
Rating:
3 and a half star

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Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark

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This is actually my first dip into the world of Horror and I honestly had no idea what to expect from this book. And I still kind of don’t know what I feel about the genre as I didn’t find anything in this book scary, it was just a fantasy story to me.
That is probably just me though, even as a kid I never got scared from scary movies or anything like that and I don’t have any crazy fears so it might be just me that doesn’t find this book scary.

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The only issue I had with the writing was the swapping back and forward from past and present in the start of the book. It only happened once or twice and then just stayed in the past till the epilogue. But when it was swapping back and forward I got a little confused as there was no indication that it was happening, so for a could paragraphs I was a little confused until I realised that we were back in the present.

Besides that I enjoyed the writing, it dragged you in and also flowed pretty well for most of the book.

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Honestly, the plot is just kind of mysterious. I can’t think of a better word for it. Nothing in this book was rounded off, which is something that usually drives me insane, but in this book, it worked without annoying me somehow.

I wouldn’t exactly say that the book was action packed as it never really had that fast paced feel of an action packed scene like normal. However, a lot did go on. There was a fair bit of knowledge dumping throughout, but that was expected, being a fantasy standalone that is just over 200 pages.

There was also one particular thing that happened right at the end that I just thought was a bit rushed and shoved in and didn’t really make sense and as I said, nothing is summed up in this book, so it was just kind of left there and I’m still confused.

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I liked Old Mrs. Hempstock the most, she was mysterious but also loving and caring. Ginnie was a bit of a confusing character, she felt a tad bland at times and then at the end it annoyed me that she shows no emotion really to what happened. Lettie was also mysterious, okay they kind of all are mysterious.

And as I’m writing this I am only now realising that the protagonist was never named in this book! I just checked on goodreads too and in the ‘Characters’ it says ‘The Nameless Boy’.  That’s really interesting and I have never read a book before that we didn’t learn the name of.
Anyway, I feel like this book is about a child realising that there are bad things in the world, or something similar to that and that is exactly what happened to The Nameless Boy. He discovered things and grew.

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Overall I enjoyed this book, I had a couple small issues and am still a little confused, but overall it was a pretty good book. Defiently mysterious and a little magical and I just wish that things were explained more, I think I just need more of this book.



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Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Daughter of the Burning City
Author: 
Amanda Foody
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: July 25th, 2017
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Harlequin (Australia)
Rating:
4 and a half Star

You can find this book on the Harlequin Australia page HERE and you can preorder from Dymocks or Book Depository!

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A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

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*THANK YOU TO Harlequin (Australia) & NETGALLEY FOR GIVING ME AN EGALLEY OF THIS BOOK IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.*

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Both the cover above and the other cover are gorgeous. I especially love the colour and how simple most of it is except the city of tents at the bottom. I also like the smoke around the text representing the smoke over the city.

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I’m loving Amanda Foody’s writing, especially for a debut author, this book is amazing. The world building in this book was amazing, Foody created a crazy and unique world that was so easy to vividly imagine. I also really enjoy that this is a standalone book, stand alones are unique in fantasy writing and having a book that was this well done and rounded off in 400 pages is remarkable and also refreshing. I can’t wait for what she comes up with next!

There was one little thing that confused me a little, and this may be a little spoilery. But our main character has no eyes, yet she can still see. At first, I was so confused because they didn’t actually say at the start that she has no eyes yet can see, it was just said that she had no eyes. So when they said that she saw something or noticed something I was so confused. And then there was a point where she was crying and I was just thinking HOW?!?!? It wasn’t until later in the book that it said she was crying but then said well actually she was sobbing because she couldn’t actually cry. I think overall that could have been explained a bit better from the start.

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This book is not only a YA fantasy but also a mystery! This book was unique in every way and had so many unexpected twists and turns that it was hard to put the book down at times. When going into this I wasn’t expecting such a mysterious book so I was joyfully surprised because of it. This book was a bit slower at times, but during those times it allowed for that amazing world development that this book had.

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I really enjoyed that this book was mostly about family. Sorina was an enjoyable character and I liked seeing her develop. She also always felt real, her struggles were still there, she didn’t just one day wake up as badass female as it seems like most YA characters do after something bad happens.
Luca is a mysterious and interesting character and I won’t share much as I don’t want to spoil anything. But I did enjoy his character, he was loyal even when everything was kinda going to crap.
Kahina was the kind and caring motherly figure that always knew what Sorina needed to hear, even if she didn’t want to hear it.

I also loved all of her illusions, they reminded me of the Peculiar Children in some ways as their gifts and powers were just so unique. They were all so loyal to their family and would do anything to keep each other safe. Some we got to know more than others. Venera was the fun reckless sister and Nicoleta the one that held them all together. I liked Hawk’s gift the most out of them all, I mean who wouldn’t want to be able to fly?!

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Overall I really enjoyed this book! The world building, the characters, and the mystery are all amazing in this book. This book was beautifully written and I can’t wait to see what’s next from Amanda Foody!



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Tag Sunday – Fight Like a YA Girl Book Tag

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So I’m back for another tag Sunday! I saw this tag over at ChellesBookRamblings so be sure to go and check out her answers!

I may be doubling up with some of my answers.



Rules

Thank the person who tagged you.
Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
Tag as many people as you like!



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Alex, with her gift she literally uses her mind haha

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Rose!

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Amani & Hermione!

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Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 2 people in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest 2 followers! These will also be only followers that I follow back as well as there is no point in tagging someone I don’t follow.

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: 
Morgan Matson
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
Pages: 449 (paperback)
Publishers: Simon and Schuster Children’s
Rating:

4 star

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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

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This cover is alright but personally, I don’t like books with people on the cover, but that’s just me. But besides that it is a nice cover, it would have made more sense to have them eating pizza or something as it seemed like they hadn’t actually been to that ice cream place before Emily has to go there..

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I really enjoy Morgan Matson’s writing. This is my third book of hers I have read and I have enjoyed it in all three. Her writing is quick and easy to read and also always has some added feature in it. In The Unexpected Everything it was parts of a story written by a character, in Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour it was scrapbooking & playlists and in this one it was playlists and the list. However this one was a bit less interesting, I would have liked it done more in the style that Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour was done as it looked like someones actually book or paper that has just been scanned and chucked into the book. I would have liked if the list was written in Sloanes writing, not just normal text. I also wished the playlists looked more like screen captures of Emily & Franks iPods, rather than a table with the song names and artist. That would have just added that little bit more. Also, I read this via an eBook, so it might be designed differently in the physical copy, I don’t know.

I also enjoyed that there were sections that were Emily’s memories and they weren’t exactly in any order, they just happened to somehow match the current situation of the book, which I really enjoyed.

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I thought this book was really interesting, even from the synopsis the bucket list type thing that was suggested sounded really interesting. This book, though was action packed and extreme it was still fairly full on. Except for at the very beginning this book is fairly fast paced for a contemporary. Matson skipped over all the boring parts and just got to the main plot, which I enjoyed.

As some of you will know I’m not a huge romance reader and this is a romance. However this wasn’t too heavy on the romance, it was kinda there and then at the end it’s more prominent but it didn’t take away from the actual plot.

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I enjoyed Emily as a character and liked seeing her develop and grow in this book. Her struggle was something that a lot of people have to deal with, so I enjoyed seeing that represented in the book. Frank was also enjoyable, he was fun and intelligent. He was a good friend, was caring and picked up on the little things about people easily.

Collins at first I thought was a bit of a tool but I began to like him a bit more towards the end. He started showing the real him towards the end rather than the show he puts on for everyone else. Dawn was an interesting character, she kinda just turned up quickly, but it also felt realistic of how she became friends with them all. I am disappointed that we didn’t get to see what happened in the end with Emily, Collins & Dawn.

Sloane, we mainly only see through the memories, as she disappears, just like the synopsis says. I didn’t really know what to think of her as mainly all the memories were fun things and showed their friendship. But there was also a certain memory that I didn’t particularly like and I don’t think she made the best choice, but overall she was fine. Sam we barely saw but I didn’t like him, he was a bit obsessive and a jerk… I don’t know what to think of Gideon (I don’t know if that is spelled right but I can’t find his name in the book as he isn’t mentioned much and I’m trying to find it on an eBook..). Anyway, I don’t really know what the point was of him being in the story. It was kinda left unfinished with him and I just don’t know what to think. I don’t support what Emily did though when it comes to him…

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Overall, I enjoyed this book and only had a few small issues. This was a light and easy read. This would also be a good ‘summer read’… That honestly doesn’t mean much to me being Australian, but I get the idea.



HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON IT?!
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