Showing posts from July, 2018

Spoiler-Free Review of Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

I received an early copy of this book from the publisher via Library Thing in exchange for an honest review.

Glass and Gardens is an anthology of short stories all about futures with worlds that are essentially utopian, or in short an optimistic version of steampunk. Overall I gave the book 3/5 stars because it wasn't my cup of tea in the end. Take a look down below for what I have to say about each story, going from highest rating to lowest.

The Spider and the Stars: 4/5 ⭐️
The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees: 4/5 ⭐️
These two stories were my favorites out of the anthology. I found The Spider and the Stars to be such a cute and interesting story to read about a future where humans learn to love bugs, and The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees was a hopeful story about a sentient mechanical tree who was soon going to stop functioning.

Caught Root: 3/5 ⭐️
Fyrewall: 3/5 ⭐️
New Siberia: 3/5 ⭐️
These three stories were also enjoyable to me, but in the end, didn't capture my attention…

Spoiler-Free Review of The Radical Element

I received an early copy of this book from the publisher via Library Thing in exchange for an honest review.
A while back I received an ARC of The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood which is a collection of historical fiction short stories that focus on dauntless girls in history. Overall I gave this 4/5 stars, but here are my individual thoughts on each story.
Daughter of the Book by Dahlia Adler: 4/5 ⭐️ This story I found to be really interesting because I've never read anything with a Jewish main character and I really liked having a look into the religion. I thought this was a sweet little story about going for your dreams and I enjoyed it.
You're a Stranger Here by Mackenzi Lee: 3/5 ⭐️ I'm a big Mackenzi Lee fan but I was surprised at how much I didn't like this story. I just didn't find it to be interesting and couldn't get into it at any point in time, but I did partially enjoy it because I do love Mackenzi's writing style.
The Magician by Erin B…

July 2018 Owlcrate

July's Owlcrate theme was Strange & Unusual and this box was filled with so many goodies!

To start we have a Funko Pop keychain from Stranger Things, and mine was Dustin! Next, we have a box of mints that's Ouija Board inspired with the mints in the shape of the Ouija Board planchette. After that, we have a little thing of pushpins in the shapes of skulls to go with the creepy theme. The Raven Cycle item, which I was really excited for, is a wallet with the quote "The head is too wise, the heart is all fire." on it. A Miss Peregrines inspired pennant was included with the words "Stay Peculiar" on it, and under that in the box was an art print featuring a whale floating through the sky with books and such on his back. Lastly was a Harry Potter inspired item which I just love, and it's a Luna Lovegood sticker that's printed with the quote "Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am."

To finish up the book of the month was My Plain …

2018 Birthday Bookhaul

It was my birthday recently and I got some new books, and I definitely have more on the way, but for now here is my birthday bookhaul!

First up I got some books from a little bookstore while I was down the beach, and when I'm down there I usually try to buy things I usually wouldn't buy from Barnes & Noble. I picked up three books while I was there and they are:

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste NgCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin KwanThe Outsider by Stephen King All the rest I bought from Barnes & Noble, and here are those:

Illuminae & Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (I already had Gemina)Our Dark Duet by V.E. SchwabA Natural History of Dragons by Marie BrennanMalice by John GwynneThe Shadow of What Was Lost by James IslingtonThe Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson So I got a total of 10 books so far with more on the way and I can't wait to get into them! I'll update with more when I get them, so until next time, bye!

Spoiler-Free Review of Beasts of Burden: Animal Rights

The other day when I walked into the library I work at my coworker hands me this graphic novel and told me that I had to read it because of how good it was. I fully trust her opinion so obviously, I read it right away.

The Beasts of Burden are a group of pets that live in a little place called Burden Hill. Everything is going normally until one day a dog starts noticing whimpering and whining in the night with no others nearby and fears that his doghouse is haunted.

From this point forward things turn to the strange. A dog is found dead on the side of the road, a boy is found sleeping in one of their dog houses, an overwhelming amount of black cats begins to show up along with their owners. As things get more supernatural the dogs and the single cat go off to get to the bottom of things.

This book was so good and I still can't get over it. Not only was it filled with such adorable and sweet moments, but there was also a fair share of heartbreaking scenes and parts that left me on …

Spoiler-Free Review of the Poppy War

About a week ago I finished reading the Poppy war by R.F. Kuang and am glad to say it's one of my new favorites.

The book follows Rin, a war orphan, who works to get into the most prestigious military academy in her country, Sinegard. It follows her studying to take the test to get in, her learning at the academy, and the eventual war that she is caught in.

This book is loosely based on the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Rape of Nanjing, along with having elements of drug use, self-harm, abuse, suicide, and other things. Because of this, there are a lot of trigger warnings and while I do highly recommend this book because of how much I liked it, if you aren't able to handle these elements then please don't force yourself to read it.

I loved the way the author built the world up right from the beginning and continually added on little by little so as to not overwhelm the reader. I also loved the story itself, because I'm such a huge fan of fantasy it was the perfect t…

Spoiler-Free Review of Mean Girls

Thank you to Scholastic for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is exactly what the title says it is: Mean Girls. For those who don't know, the movie Mean Girls follows Cady (pronounced Katy) Heron, a new girl in school who was previously homeschooled. She ends up getting in with the popular girls, The Plastics, in her school and tries to take down their leader.

Mean Girls is one of my favorite movies, I mean who doesn't like it? I enjoyed this book so much because it was the movie put into a book format with a little extra added in to make pretty.

I loved this book so much and I give it 4 out of 5 stars because although it was great there wasn't enough to make it something entirely new. It was a classic movie put into words and was such a nice quick read overall. For fans of the movie and those who have never heard of it, you should read this!

June 2018 Wrap-Up

The month of June was pretty successful with a total of 8 books read.

To start I read three graphic novels. The first was Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares, which is a prequel to the Red Rising series. I really enjoyed the art and story of this and the background it gave for where the series starts, so for this, I gave it 5 stars.

I also read Lumberjanes Vol. 8: Stone Cold, which is a part of the Lumberjanes series, and I also gave this 5 stars. The last graphic novel was Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening, and I enjoyed the story and art of this but I found it a little hard to get into, so I gave it 4 stars.

The first book I read this month was LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff which takes place in a futuristic America where it has mostly been destroyed by a nuclear explosion and follows a girl who ends up saving an android. I really enjoyed this because I love Kristoff's writing so I have it 5 stars.

Next, I have Death Wish which I got a free copy of to give an honest review, and I ga…

Spoiler-Free Review of Aetherchrist by Kirk Jones

Thank you to Apex Book Company for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Aetherchrist by Kirk Jones was a fascinating read, to say the least. It reminded me of an episode of Black Mirror, a twisted version of today's world where a man keeps seeing his own death playing over and over again on TV.

I will admit at first it was hard to get into because the author goes right into the story with very little world building and descriptions, but as the story goes on it's easier to understand. I found the story to be a perfectly haunting sci-fi thriller, but there were a few things I had problems with.

The author's writing is all around good but every now and then I read some phrases that I just couldn't help but cringe at. The other thing was the weird, to me uncesseccary, sexual scenes that in my opinion really added nothing to the story. Even though I had trouble with these things, once you really get into the story they become less noticeable.

Overall I g…