Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Yes. (Shatter Me) #2
Pages: eBook. 461
Source: Shelf
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopian | Supernatural
Published Date: January 1st 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins



Goodreads | Book Depository | BAM!
Summary:

tick
tick
tick
tick
tick
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.




My Thoughts:

This was definitely better than the first book. There was brilliant character developments from more than one character. We got to read about some characters that were introduced in Shatter Me and we also become acquainted with some new characters. The plot gets deeper and much more complicated, things get tangled, and emotions fly high. Alliances are created, broken, and repaired in many different ways all throughout the story.
___________________


“Tattoos, for example, are very hard to forget. I think there's something about the impermanence of life these days that makes it necessary to etch ink into our skins. It reminds us that we've been marked by the world, that we're still alive. That we'll never forget.”

                                            ____________________
I think I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first half. However that is not implying that the first part wasn't also good, I just liked the second half more. The character dynamics get more in-depth, the world building gets a bit more explored and we get a whole lot more powers. All-in-all it's some crazy fun and Kenji just makes everything so much better. If Tahereh ever decides to write a book in Kenji's perspective I'll be a super happy camper.
___________________

“You sick piece of shit," Adam says to him, his voice low, measured.
"Such unfortunate language." Warner shakes his head. "Only those who cannot express themselves intelligently would resort to such crude substitutions in vocabulary.”

                                            ____________________
Tahereh's books are easy, fast reads, and Unravel Me is no different, even though it's the biggest book within the trilogy. If you've read Shatter Me and Destroy Me then why are you waiting to pick this book up? Trust me, you want to read this installment, it's good. And then you're gonna want to continue onto the other books. I know from personal experience.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Love-A-Thon: Mini Challenge | High Fives

This is a challenge to celebrate some of your favorite things. Now... I couldn't pick just one for each of these topics. That's just too much. It's impossible, really. Especially for me. So I picked a couple for each. I hope no one gets upset if I didn't list you. You are all brilliant, don't think you're not. Keep being yourself and stay fabulous.


Books? Outlander, Fangirl, Percy Jackson series, Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Harry Potter, clearly, but I didn't want to be so obvious)
Genre? Fantasy is my all time favorite, I just love it so much with all it's intriguing craziness. Paranormal/Supernatural is either second or third with Historical fiction, I could never deny myself a good Romance, and lastly there's the Classics. (Can that be considered a genre? Probably not. Oh well.)
Author? Rick Riordan I love all his characters and the unique way he twists different mythologys into his own little play things, Tahereh Mafi has a beautiful and poetic writing style that I absolutely adore, Sarah J. Maas has amazing plots and characters in her stories and she knows how to keep her readers on their toes, Rainbow Rowell makes me feel all the feels and then some, Jane Austen created complex characters and interesting dynamics, Emily Brönte created a haunting and powerful prose that still rattles my bones when I think about it.
Blogger? Mel from Thedailyprophecy has a beautiful blog that I'm totally jealous of, Cait from Paper Fury has funny posts that I absolutely adore, Sky at Further Up and Further in makes me want work harder to better my writing and to do it more often, Alexa our wonderful host, created this awesome event and has great posts, also she's a fan of fantasy which is definitely a plus.
Book Merchandise? I sadly don't have a lot of book merchandise. Only a couple of things.. like a mockingjay pin and a Harry Potter sweater. I want to get more though. Lots more. When I can. For not I just look at all the merch that I want. Like all the cute bookmarks I keeping seeing, the Harry Potter Time-Turner necklace, Ravenclaw leggings. So many things I want. Haha!

I hope I didn't ramble on too much. This was a lot more fun to do than I was expecting. I almost feel like I went a little too crazy. But I like it, I'm happy.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Love-A-Thon: Mini Challenge | One Can Only Quote

It's the last challenge of the Love-a-thon for today guys! A mini challenge actually. And I'm supposed to share some of my favorite quotes. So, here I go!

There are so many more I wanted to post but I ran out of time!! Shame on me. 

Book Blogger Love-a-Thon | Getting to Know Me

I'm so excited to be joining in on this little event! It seems like it's gonna be fun!

1. What’s your name?
Lyndsey

2. Where in the world are you blogging from?
I don’t want to be too specific so I’ll just say I’m in the Eastern US area.

3. How did you get into blogging in the first place?
I just wanted to talk about books and fangirl about things with people who’ve also read these books. None of my friends in ‘real life’ read for pleasure. It’s a bit disheartening. So one day I was strolling through YouTube, somehow discovered BookTube, then that lead me to finding Book Blogs. It was an adventure to say the least.

4. How did you come up with your blog name?
Uhh… I don’t know…. Musing means to be absorbed in thought, contemplation, or reflection and fiction is obvious. Literature. I just felt like it all fit and I like how it sounded.

5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?
I read a lot of different genres, mostly fantasy and young adult.

6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
I do Waiting on Wednesdays. Usually I’ll post monthly recaps or I’ve been planning on doing some more random discussion posts.

7. Best blogging experience so far?
I really love doing the Bout of Books read-a-thons. Those are so much fun with a whole bunch of people joining along with the different challenges and blog hopping.

8. Favorite thing about the blogging community?
The positivity, acceptance, and overall enthusiasm of the community are by far my favorite things about them.  

9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015!

10. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
I think this book called TheGenius and the Muse by Elizabeth Hunter is extremely underrated. It’s an adorable, wonderful story about love and heartache and it deserves its props! Trust in Advertising by VictoriaMichaels is really good too.


11. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
I really love Kenji from the Shatter Me trilogy. He just seems like the funniest guy I’ve ever had the pleasure of being acquainted with and he makes me smile all the time. Though he can be a major jerk sometimes… so maybe I should go with someone like Celeana Sardothian from Throne of Glass. Another great option.

12. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
This may come as a huge surprise (*my use of sarcasm*) but besides reading I like to write my own stories, or draw a little, or listen to music/watching TV. Simple things.

13. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
Clothes. Lots of clothes of all different styles. Or fandom memorabilia, those are always fun to have.

14. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
Probably I See Fire by Ed Sheeran. I love that song with a fiery passion. It speaks to my soul at a deep, emotional level and claims it without any restraint.

15.Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
I want them to fix the disaster that was supposed to be an adaptation of the Percy Jackson series. I want everything redone and I want it writers, or producers, or whoever makes the decisions, to STICK to the original story. Things must be flawless this time ‘round!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #18

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Ice Like Fire
Sara Raasch
Expected Publication: October 13th 2015


Synopsis:
It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

Okay, so no. I have not yet read Snow Like Ashes... But! I do have the book and was planning on reading it either this month or next month. In turn, this still gives me a lot of time where I'll have to wait for the sequel in vicious agony. So don't spoil anything for me! But I already know I'm going to want this book. I've heard only good things about the first one.
 

Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi




Title: Destroy Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Yes. (Shatter Me) #1.5
Pages: eBook. 109
Source: Shelf
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopian | Supernatural
Published Date: October 2, 2010
Publisher: Harper

Goodreads | Book Depository | BAM!

Summary:

Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.



My Thoughts:
I loved this novella so much! I think my favorite part about this installment is the fact that it was written in Warner’s perspective.

In my opinion, Warner is an extremely fascinating character, especially after reading this story. Even during Shatter Me, if you read my review of that, you’ll see I was always drawn more to Warner than to Adam. For now however, I’ll keep myself from expressing my feelings for Adam until my Fracture Me/Ignite Me reviews. I also really like how the story picks up right from the point when Juliette shoots Warner. The novella allowed me the opportunity to understand Warner’s thought process more and gave me a chance to really appreciate him as a person. Because to be honest, while also stating the obvious… he seemed like a cold-hearted pervert in Shatter Me. Which I can say with confidence is not the case!
_________________

“People seldom realize that they tell lies with their lips and truths with their eyes all the time.” 

                                _________________

Tahereh made Warner an amazingly complex character, and successfully puts multiple different layers within each different character, giving them so much life inside her world of words. In this story we were introduced to new characters and reacquainted to a few minor side characters. This was a very quick read; I was able to pick this book up and finish it all within one sitting. It added more depth into the world and showed more aspects of how people were forced to live. And I can't forget to mention how many brilliant quotes are riddled all through this book. This will definitely get you in the mood for continuing onto Unravel Me and give you all the Warner feels. At least it did for me.
_________________

“My opinions,” I say to him, quietly this time, “should not so easily break your own. Stand by your convictions. Form clear and logical arguments. Even if I disagree.” 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo



Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Yes. The Grisha #1
Pages: eBook. 358
Source: Shelf
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Published Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Goodreads | Book Depository | BAM!

Summary:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

My Thoughts:
I will start off by admitting that I didn't really know what to expect when going into this book. I knew a little about the plot or the characters going into the story, because I didn't read the synopsis or anything regarding that, and I think doing that made my reading experience better overall. So if you're at all like me, and like to be surprised as you read, then I suggest you stop reading this right now and go pick up that book. It's brilliant and that plot twist was completely unexpected. I really enjoyed the characters, and the witty banter that went on between them throughout the pages, though I was a tiny bit disappointed that my ship got blown out of the water before it even really got moving, which was extremely uncool.
____________________

“The problem with wanting," he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, "is that it makes us weak.”

                           _____________________

The way the magic set up within this world is really interesting, almost like the 'faction' system in Divergent in some way. I also really liked how there was some unconventional magic included into the system. I liked the slight diversity and unique aspects it brought to the story as a whole. I also really enjoyed the Russian feature that the book revolved around. There was a mixture of characters that I both liked and didn't like and as the book progressed my opinions were changed here and there. The plot twist near the end was absolutely mind-blowing, it shattered my sad little soul to pieces, and then laughed maniacally as it stomped my heart into the pavement. I don't want to say too much about it because spoilers, but crap, I was not prepared. 
___________________

“You're shaking."
"I'm not used to people trying to kill me."
"Really? I hardly notice anymore.” 

                          _____________________

Apart from the few characters that just so happened to end up on my non-favorites list, there wasn't much I didn't like about this book, if anything.  The writing style was simple enough to follow along with, the characters were easily distinguishable between one another, and overall this was a quick and fun reading experience. I don't have the second book so I don't know when I'll be able to continue on with the series, but I'm hoping it'll be within the near-ish future, and I'm hoping my heart doesn't become even more damaged in the process.