May 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up

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Polina
5 Stars 45 Stars
Defying Doomsday 23613983 8306761

 

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 Sondra
5 Stars 45 Stars
Hamilton: The Revolution  The Fixer (The Fixer, #1) The Long Game (The Fixer, #2) Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2) Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3) The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)
4 3 Stars
The Moth & the Flame (The Wrath & the Dawn, #0.25)  Soldier (Talon, #3) Stalking Jack the Ripper Snow White: A Graphic Novel

 

Sondra

This month I read 17 books and 2 novellas, and I feel pretty good about everything I read, especially since a lot of it was outside of my usual genre preference.

Favorite Book: Defying Doomsday. A really interesting premise with varied, enthralling short stories.
Least Favorite Book: Time Between Us. I expected a time travel novel to have much higher stakes; as it was, I was just bored.
Most Fun Book: The Trials of Apollo. I will never get tired of Rick Riordan’s writing, ever.
Most Heartwarming Book: Run. Girl friendship, always. The end of For Darkness Shows the Stars also made me super happy.
Most Painful Book: An Ember in the Ashes. Even on rereading, that third trial was just too much.
Most Surprising Book: Dread Locks. Incredibly scary and twisty.
Characters of the Month:  Charlotte (the perfect modern Sherlock adaptation; extraordinary but stil so human), Bo (my daughter who I will protect), Amanda (my other daughter who I will protect), Apollo (what a loser I love him)
OTPs of the Month: Jamie/Charlotte, Aly/Zed, and Kai/Elliot all make my heart really happy.
Friendship of the Month: Bo and Agnes, Apollo and Meg, Lily and Rose
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: THE WINNER’S KISS (for real this time), The Lies of Locke Lamora (also for real this time)

Sondra

This month I read 8 books, 1 Graphic Novel and 1 Novella. I was on a roll my friends! Not to mention I got completely hooked on Katie McGarry.

Favorite Book: This isn’t fair I read so many great ones ugh. Um… I think I’m gonna have to go with Crash Into You, it barely squeezed past The Fixer, but like I just really ship them.
Least Favorite Book: Snow White: A Graphic Novel. It had SO MUCH potential but ultimately fell flat.
Most Fun Book: The Trials of Apollo. Good god I haven’t laughed so hard in such a long time.
Most Heartwarming Book: Soldier. Really it was such a calm, easy reading experience I was happy.
Most Painful Book: Dare You To. I knew it’d be fine in the end but, UGH I didn’t want Beth to keep running.
Most Surprising Book: The Fixer/The Long Game! I was not expecting such an intense ride! I was expecting something much, much simpler. But I have to say I really loved it. I really need that third book to be a thing too!
Characters of the Month: All of Katie McGarry’s characters. They’re wonderful, they’re so well written and just wow I love this author and I’m now reading everything.
OTPs of the Month: Isaiah/Rachel. Ryan/Beth. Ember/Garret.
Friendship of the Month: So the friendship went through hell and is just now getting back on it’s feet but Isiah/Beth they’re good for each other as friends.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: The rest of Katie McGarry’s work, along with several of the ARCs I’m SUPER excited for!

 

February 2015 Reading Wrap-Up

Polina

February was a pretty good reading month for me, especially considering my classes are officially under way! I read ten books, one novella, several short stories, and what currently exists of an online series. I also read quite a bit more contemporary than I usually do, and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

1) The Queen’s Army/The Little Android/Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky by Marissa Meyer
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Brief Summary: Short stories in the world of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. Wolf’s backstory, Little Mermaid retelling, and teen Thorne being a little shit, respectively.
My Thoughts: The Queen’s Army is a must-read for any Lunar Chronicles fan. The Little Android is very well-written and very upsetting. Carswell’s Guide didn’t give me anything I didn’t already have, but it was a lot of fun.
Rating: 4/5

2) One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
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Brief Summary: Sheltered Armenian boy Alek meets resident troublemaker Ethan and they go on cute-but-slightly-illegal dates.
My Thoughts: Adorable and rom-com-y, and the New York background and Alek’s relationship with his family and culture gave it a texture I really liked.
Rating: 4/5
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January 2015 Reading Wrap-up

Polina

Hello, everyone! Since I’ve been so painfully behind on reviewing books this month, I thought I would post a big wrap-up on everything I read. In January, I read twelve books, one play, and one comic collection, which is particularly amazing since I spent the first half of the month in a bit of a reading slump (I finished Avatar and it was so good I felt like no book could fill the hole it left behind) and the second half starting school. I probably won’t be able to get as much reading done the next few months, so I’m just enjoying this while it lasts.

1) Everlost–Neal Shusterman
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Brief Summary: Two teenagers die in a car crash and discover a secret world of children and teenagers who died, but whose souls stayed behind.
My Thoughts: This was one of my favorite books in high school, so I was really looking forward to rereading it. Unfortunately, I don’t love it quite as much as I used to. The characters felt too trope-y and two-dimensional for my liking, the humor was sometimes overly childish, and there were times where the book just dragged on. Still, Shusterman’s concepts and worldbuilding are excellent; I loved everything about the system he developed in Everlost, and the way he just kept unfolding new surprises. I also really enjoyed the voice of the main character, Ally, and was interested in a couple of secondary characters. I’m looking forward to rereading the rest of this trilogy and the Unwind Dystology whenever I can get to it.
Rating: 3.5/5

2) Afterworlds–Scott Westerfeld
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Brief Summary: An eighteen-year-old moves to New York to work on her soon-to-be-published book, a paranormal romance about a teenage girl who gains the ability to speak to ghosts.
My Thoughts: Darcy’s story was unique, hilariously meta, and gave me an insight on the publishing world. I liked how flawed Darcy was, and the way her relationship with her girlfriend Imogen developed. However, I felt like Darcy’s many problems were resolved too quickly, and it bothered me that she didn’t face consequences for a lot of her mistakes. Darcy’s novel, which is told in alternating chapters with Darcy’s own adventures, has moments of good writing, but is thoroughly generic, based on insta-love, and very difficult to get through. That may have been the point, but it didn’t make the chapters any more enjoyable to read. However, I really liked the connections between the novel and the events in Darcy’s life.
Rating: 2.5/5 for Lizzie’s story, 4.25/5 for Darcy’s. I’m adding a little bit extra because Darcy’s story felt so fresh and new. 4/5
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