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Weekly Reading Recap

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I bought a VR headset and a PS4. Wonder how this will cut into my reading time. This was also supposed to be out yesterday with Series Spotlight today but do to VR, it’s a day late. Ooops.

Currently reading: 350364

Finished reading: Hidden PiecesheartlessGrace and Fury36076501

Reviewed: Losing the FieldThese Rebel Waves

What I’m hoping to get to next week: 18065780Truth Lies Here to read

Grace and Fury to review

Books read it 2018: 94

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 31

Contemporary: 50

Fantasy: 26

Sci-Fi: 4

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 3

Misc: 1

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Book Review: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

These Rebel Waves

These Rebel Waves

Release date: August 7th 2018

4 stars

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.
Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.
Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.
As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

Sara Raasch has done it again. I loved the Snow Like Ashes trilogy, completely flew through each book and didn’t want to put it down. This was more of the same. Great characters, plenty of world-building within political fighting happening, plenty of twists. It was the type of book that makes me feel like it will be a long read because there’s so much detail, the plot can move slowly at times, and there are plenty of supporting characters to keep track of, but with Sara Raasch’s books I never seem to have a problem with that. I could keep all the characters in order, I understood the political fighting that was happening, and the plot didn’t seem slow to me because I was so absorbed into the book.

There were three main POV’s. We had Lu, a child soldier trying to put that life behind her as her parents were now important leaders on the island of Grace Loray; Dex, a feared pirate(or Stream Raiders as they were called) who smuggled the magical plants of Grace Loray into Argrid; and Ben, the prince or Argrid who was fascinated by the forbidden magic of Grace Loray. All three of their lives are tangled together before they even knew it and it was interesting to see how it all came together. There were some twists I didn’t see coming, and I love looking for clues. They all had interesting relationships with the people by their sides and I enjoyed seeing how those relationships changed over the course of the book.

The plot was pretty politically heavy. There weren’t many fight scenes or chase scenes but instead it focused on scheming and outsmarting opponents. Ben’s storyline centered on how magic was forbidden in Argrid and people could be put to death for working with it, but he must work with it as his father, the king, ordered. Lu and Dex’s were more focused on Grace Loray, the island that Argrid had failed to conquer but was attempting peace talks when a representative of Argrid went missing. To prevent war, and the Stream Raiders being blamed, they had to find out who was behind the kidnapping.

The last quarter or so really picked up the pace with so much happening. It didn’t feel like too much to keep up with, just a lot of action and a lot of twists. And the ending…well I need the next book right away!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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So many book to movie trailers are so close to releasing! I can’t keep up!

Currently reading: 36076501

Finished reading: 22296822LegendaryThese Rebel WavesLosing the Field

Reviewed: 33914010

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Grace and Furyheartless to read

Losing the FieldThese Rebel Waves to review

Books read it 2018: 90

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 31

Contemporary: 48

Fantasy: 24

Sci-Fi: 4

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 3

Misc: 1

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I DNF’d too quickly. I don’t DNF books so I did a twist on this one. Top Ten books I almost didn’t pick up.

10. They Both Die At the End They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera. Even thought I love Adam Silvera, I was very unsure about going into this one because of the title. I don’t think I’m over it yet.

9. throne of glass Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas. It felt like everyone was talking about it and it couldn’t be as good as everyone was saying right? Wrong.

8. Nightwalker Batman: Nightwalker – Marie Lu. You’d think after so many movies Batman’s origins would feel overdone but Marie Lu put a great spin on things.

7. prisoner big Prisoner of Night and Fog – Anne Blankman. I didn’t think I would like historical fiction. I was very wrong.

6. until friday night Until Friday Night – Abbi Glines. I have read a lot of Abbi Glines books but I did almost avoid this new series, thinking it would be more of the same as the Seabreeze and I wanted something different. Going back to high school, centering around the Football team, and tackling some very now issues had me hooked.

5. goodbye The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. I have siblings so a sibling’s suicide was something I had to think hard about before I picked it up.

4. vampire academy big Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead. I’ve mentioned before that I was very over vampires by the time was debating even starting this series but it definitely rekindled my love for them.

3. all the bright places All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven. I was warned this was a hard read so I didn’t read it right away. It was definitely a hard read but very worth it.

2. hunger games big The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins. Wasn’t too sure about being entertained by the concept of kids being forced to kill kids. But there’s so much more to this series.

1. harry potter Harry Potter – JK Rowling. I was reading James Patterson and John Grisham when Harry Potter first hit shelves so going back to a “kids” series seemed like going backward. I got over that feeling quickly.

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May Wrap-Up/June TBR

2018 is almost half over. How did that happen?

May Wrap-Up:

Stormwake Storm Wake – Lucy Christopher.

Disappearance of Sloane The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan – Gia Cribbs.

Allied Allied – Amy Tintera.

Bird and the Blade The Bird and the Blade – Megan Bannen.

image Past Tense – Star Spider.

image Monday’s Not Coming – Tiffany D Jackson.

Contagion Contagion – Erin Bowman.

Sanctuary Sanctuary – Caryn Lix.

Geek Girl Geek Girl – Holly Smale.

War Storm War Storm – Victoria Aveyard.

My Plain Jane My Plain Jane – Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton.

36502054 Sea Witch – Sarah Henning.

32051912 The Alice Network – Kate Quinn.

35294262 Aftermath – Kelley Armstrong.

Infamous Infamous – Alyson Noel.

Channel of Peace Channel of Peace – Kevin Tuerff.

33914010 Now is Everything – Amy Giles.

June TBR:

LegendaryHidden PiecesGrace and Fury

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Love Simon is officially out on digital release! I might be watching it tonight.

Currently reading: Losing the Field

Finished reading: 33914010Channel of PeaceInfamous35294262

Reviewed: Sanctuary

What I’m hoping to get to next week: LegendaryThese Rebel Waves to read

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Books read it 2018: 86

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 31

Contemporary: 46

Fantasy: 22

Sci-Fi: 4

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 3

Misc: 1

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten bookish worlds I’d want to live in or wouldn’t want to live in. I did 5 and 5.

Would:

5.simon homo sapiens The Simonverse – Becky Albertalli. I wouldn’t want to go back to high school but hanging out in Creekwood sounds like fun.

4. Heart of Iron The Spaceship in Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston. The danger might just be worth it to hang out in space with this crew.

3. vampire academy big Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead. But only as a vampire, not as a feeder.

2. hobbit The Shire – JRR Tolkien. I feel like the Shire would feel like a place that was made for me.

1. harry potter Hogwarts – JK Rowling. Because it’s Hogwarts.

Wouldn’t:

5. fellowship Mordor – JRR Tolkien. It doesn’t sounds like fun.

4. glass houses big Morganville – Rachel Caine. A city where vampires are in charge…I feel like I would die for getting mouthy.

3. the selection Illea – Kiera Cass. I hated the Caste system.

2. divergent big Divergent Chicago – Veronica Roth. I don’t feel like I would fit into any of the factions.

1. hunger games big Anything in The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins. Either I or people I loved could be reaped.

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Book Review: Sanctuary by Caryn Lix

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Release date: July 24th 2018

4 stars

Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.
As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.
But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.
At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.
As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.

The first thing that caught my attention about this book was the concept of the world. I was on a Sci-Fi binge when I picked this up and it(plus Contagion and Netflix’s Lost in Space) was exactly what I needed to satisfy my space craving. A futuristic world where companies can buy cities, teenagers with powers are sent to a jail in space, and a survival story all wrapped into one.

The book was all in Kenzie’s POV, a teenage guard whose parents worked on Sanctuary. Her mother was in charge of the whole complex and when circumstances left them as the only two to man the jail, Kenzie stepped up beyond her junior guard duties. Kenzie was proud of her status that she’d worked so hard to achieve, though still felt like her co-workers saw her as a kid. The plot really picked up once she found herself locked in one of the floors housing some teen prisoners and learned more about them, their conditions, and the real reasons they landed behind bars.

A lot of the teens Kenzie met were only mentioned briefly but there were a small group who she banded together with when Sanctuary seemed to be under attack. I really liked the supporting characters, from Kenzie’s love interest Cage, to Cage’s sister, Cage’s best friend Matt. I wouldn’t have minded seeing an occasional POV from Cage thrown in but Kenzie was a great narrator. Through her we got to see the differences between being a corporate citizen(city owned by a company) and government citizen(city not owned by company) and that the way things were run was not fair on many people. The more she got to know the prisoners, the more she questioned her beliefs.

At first I wasn’t sure how the two separate ideas(the more dystopian corporate/government citizens with power sent to space jail and the sci-fi space station under attack) would mesh but they melded together quite well. It will definitely be interested to see where Caryn Lix takes things from here(and there better be more coming because I need more).

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Series Spotlight: Ruined by Amy Tintera

Thursday I’m going to be putting the spotlight on a book series and talking about it. It might be one I’ve read, one I’m reading, or one I haven’t gotten to yet, depending on what I feel like talking about that week. This week’s series is one I just recently finished and it was a favourite.

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The Ruined series by Amy Tintera

Review status: 2/3. Ruined, Avenged

All books are released, own in hardcover.

I was hesitant going into this one even though I loved the Reboot duology since I’d seen this one compared to The Selection and I have mixed feelings on that series. This one did suck me right in though. It had great characters, interesting magic, and plenty to keep me reading.

Favourite character: Aren. It really didn’t take me long to fall in love with him. He could be sarcastic and brutal but he had a good heart and was protective of the people he cared about.

Favourite book: Avenged. We get so much more of the sister dynamic between Em and Olivia, plus even more Aren.

Status: Finished.

Author status: Auto-buy. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by her.

Next up from Amy Tintera: Allied just barely came out but hopefully there’s something new coming next year.

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Binge watched season 2 of 13 Reasons Why in a 24 hour period. Not my smartest decision. My brain was not in the mood to read the types of books I’d chosen so it was harder to get into them. Something a little heavier might be in order this week.

Currently reading: 35294262

Finished reading: 3205191236502054My Plain JaneWar Storm

Reviewed: Contagion

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Infamous33914010 to read

My Plain Jane to review

Books read it 2018: 82

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 31

Contemporary: 42

Fantasy: 22

Sci-Fi: 4

Dystopian: 4

Historical: 3

Misc: 1

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