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Spoiler-Free Review of Whisper of the Tide

I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When the first book in this series came out I was so interested because I wanted to read a new pirate-esque novel and the cover looked so beautiful to me. Once I finally got around to reading it I was pretty satisfied but not as much as I hoped to be. Once I saw that Whisper of the Tide was available to request I did so because I was interested to see where Caro and Markos go.

At the beginning of the book I was reluctant, but I felt it was only because I wasn't used to the authors writing style. After I got further in I realized that it was just me. While I enjoyed the idea of the book I just couldn't bring myself to read it because I just I wasn't interested in the characters or what they were doing. To me, the story felt very tropey and predictable so I couldn't immerse myself in it. I DNF'd this book at around 20% because the plot didn't pull me into it.

I will say howe…

Spoiler-Free Review of The Poet X

I received an advanced copy from the publisher via LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is a story told in verse about Xiomara Batista. It details her struggle with her devoutly religious mother, the trouble she has with men constantly catcalling her, and more than anything else the struggle of not being able to truly be herself.

At first, I was a bit reluctant with this book because it was written in verse but as soon as I got into it I didn't even notice. For me it read like a book, and when the poems got more abstract looking it just added to the story rather than pull me out like I thought it would.

The characters of this book are so easy to fall in love with and the story is something that I feel everyone can relate with to some extent. The story deals with the lack of freedom because of parents, first love, finding who you truly are, and so much more. And not only is this story all-encompassing like that but there is so much represen…

Spoiler-Free Review of The Knowing

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Imagine a world in the far future where every 12 years every person forgets all the details of their existence. This is the Forgetting. Now imagine a world even further where things have changed and now no one can forget. This is the Knowing.

The Knowing is a companion/sequel to The Forgetting but can be read as a stand-alone novel. In The Knowing, we follow Samara, a girl who is one of the Knowing and remembers every moment of her existence. This book takes place roughly 300 years after the events of The Forgetting, and while I wasn't too into it, I still really liked this book. It was hard for me to get into at first because I missed the original characters of The Forgetting, but I eventually got used to it.

I found that this book did a good job expanding on the past events of the world I really enjoyed the easter eggs that it left about the previous book. The story, I found, wa…

Biggest Disappointments That I've Read

So I'm pretty sure we've all been in a situation where you're so excited to read a book, and when you finally get to read it it's just not living up to the hype. Today I'll be sharing with you the most disappointing books that I've read.

Up first we have We Can Be Mended by Veronica Roth, which is an epilogue to the Divergent series. If you've been here before you might have seen my review on this, and to put it in short this book was 30 pages of my life I'm never going to get back. If you're interested in my thoughts on it click here, but be warned, there are spoilers!

Next, I have They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. Don't get me wrong, I really liked this book, but it just didn't live up to my expectations. I read History Is All You Left Me before reading this book and I was really just expecting something different and more than what I got.

One that I still can't get over is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. The cover was so beautifu…

July 2018 Wrap-Up

July was a pretty successful month with 7 books read, four of them being ARCs that I had to read and review. The ARCs that I read were Aetherchrist by Kirk Jones, Mean Girls by Micol Ostow, The Radical Element by Jessica Spotswood, and Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers by Sarena Ulibarri. To see my thoughts on those click the links on the titles!
The first book I read for my own pleasure was Beasts of Burden Vol. 1: Animal Rights, which is a graphic novel about a group of pets that encounter some supernatural forces in their neighborhood. If you'd like to see my full thoughts on this then click here!
The next book was Long Way Down by Jason Reynold which I read for a book club. The story follows a black teenage boy whose brother was recently shot and killed, and now wants revenge for those who killed his brother. While riding down the elevator of his apartment he sees people that try and talk him out of getting revenge. I found this book to be in the same vein as The Hate U Giv…