Category: top 5 wednesday

AYE, YOU SHOULD READ THESE BOOKS!

Posted July 19, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

I am sure most people can agree, but I am tired of reading books set in the western world. Like, don’t y’all realize how big the world is? I’d like to start with a disclaimer saying that I have not read ALL of these books, but the reviews for them are incredible and I need to read them as soon as possible. Some of these are books that I have LOVED and some that I have started and loved what I read. All of these books are also by authors of color, and I just rec y’all to check these out!

001. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Necromancy,  elemental magic, witches…  who could want more? This is a book I started but put down due to being busy and just haven’t had the chance to pick it up, but I absolutely loved what I read!

002. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Set in feudal Japan with Mulan elements, this book sounds incredible! I have yet to actually read this one and I definitely plan to do so soon! Renee has incredible writing and world building, so I know that I will love this!

003. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Another rec from this amazing author, no surprise here! I binge read this duology in a matter of days because her writing is so addicting! This is a 1001 Arabain Nights retelling and I just…  highly recommend you all read it!

004. The Fifth Season by N.K Jemison
I have seen this rec’d on book twitter and decided to just check it out myself and see what it’s all about! The synopsis on the back instantly grabbed me. This is another book I started but put down due to being busy, but this is such a unique dystopian and the way the book is being told is just… READ THIS!

005. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
And my final rec is this beautiful book. This is one of my all time favorite books. It is sort of hard to explain what this book is exactly about cause I don’t really want to give anything away. Just go and get yourself a copy, you will not regret it.

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MY FAVORITE BOOKS WITHOUT ROMANCE…?

Posted July 4, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 4 Comments

I actually did not realize how hard this topic would be because now that I think of it, almost all of the books I have read have romance as the main theme in them which is super annoying because sometimes I just wanna read a good SFF with zero romance and have friendship take the main… course… you get it right? So instead of listing books without romance, I’m going to list some books where romance takes the back burner of the story and isn’t like in your face oh my gosh this is too much.

001. A LIST OF CAGES by ROBIN ROE
Okay if you have read this, YES I KNOW, there is a romance but I felt like that wasn’t really important to the story at all. This is about a friendship between two boys and how important it is to be kind to one another. It’s a hard thing to explain but this book made me cry so hard and it was just amazing. You all should read it okay.

002. NYXIA by SCOTT REINTGEN 
This is a science fiction book that comes out in September. I was super lucky to get an arc of this incredible book. This is like a competition but in space to get the chance to go to Eden (I think) which is a planet that was found and already has life on it. There is this substance Nyxia that is supposedly super awesome. Again hard to explain because I don’t want to give much away but there is basically no romance and I can’t wait for you all to read this!

003. OUR DARK DUET by V.E SCHWAB
Or just the Monsters of Verity duology to begin with. This is kind of a dystopia where something happened and monsters are being made from acts of violent deeds. There is absolutely no romance in this duology which is super super refreshing because you know usually you find romance in dystopia books but this? Had none and I was living for it.

004. QUEEN OF BLOOD by SARAH BETH DURST
Another amazing fantasy… ADULT fantasy with no romance. This is set in a fantasy world where there is a spirit in everything you could possibly imagine and nothing is safe. The queen is the one who can control the spirits and protect the citizens. Basically, this is about a girl named Daleina who is in competition to be Queen while trying to find out why in the world the spirits are going haywire. My favorite thing about this book was the friendship between Daleina and her mentor Champion Ven. It was such a perfect friendship/fatherly type thing.

Alright. I tried but I could only think of four books because literally most of the books that I read have some element of romance in them, so yeah, here we have it!

What are some of your favorite non romance books?

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MY FAVORITE SIDEKICKS

Posted May 24, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 0 Comments

These are underappreciated characters who are often cast aside when they honestly deserve so much more attention. This is a short description this week, but let’s give some sidekicks some love, shall we?

CHAOL WESTFALL from THRONE OF GLASS

    He isn’t given the attention he deserves, in fact, it bewilders me that people straight up dislike him! Yes I know I know, he isn’t perfect and has a lot of flaws, but since when did characters have to be perfect? I am actually incredibly happy he is getting a novel all to himself and I can’t wait to see what is in store for him!

CAM from TRUTHWITCH

    This series is underrated, to begin with, but I did not expect to love this side character as much as I do now. They are strong, resilient and the kind of friend that I want in life.

GAIUS DAMORA from FALLEN KINGDOMS

    I don’t know if this counts because he has a big part in the series, just not one of the core four we follow. I honestly did not expect to love him as much as I do, in fact, he is my favorite literary villain of all time, he is just so evil and I honestly could rant about him all day.

LUCIEN from A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

   Lucien is seriously underrated. He deserves so much more and I believe he should get a chance on happiness. I know there are three more books coming out in this series so I am crossing my fingers and hoping that they revolve around him!

JULIAN JACOS from RED QUEEN

   Another character whom I believe is seriously underrated. I mean he is just not appreciated enough as he should be! He is intelligent, caring and wants to do what is right. Please YA, have more father figures like him!

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BOOKS THAT REMIND ME OF SUMMER

Posted May 17, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 2 Comments

When I think of summer, I think of contemporary books. Unfortunately, I don’t read contemporary because it is just not my thing? So I’m going to recommend you some books that give me summer vibes! Just a warning, all of these are fantasy because that is quite literally all I read.

 

EMPIRE OF DUST by ELEANOR HERMAN

   This is a retelling/alternate history of Alexander the Great as he was coming into power. This series is so underrated in my opinion and honestly, I would only read this if you love history and know about Alexander the Great… as well as being aware that this is a historical fantasy and not all events are accurate. Yes, I did toss in some shade. Anyway, I’m pretty sure this book literally takes place in Summer? It gives a lot of desert vibes and just, y’all should read it if you love this time in history.

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by RENEE AHDIEH

    The color of the cover should be clear enough. I mean it is bright red and it reminds me of July because that always seems to be the hottest month of the year (or if you live in Southern California like me, that would be October) But this is a retelling of 1001 nights where we have Khalid who takes a bride every night and the next morning they are dead. I am not going to give away much but this book was surprisingly good and I recommend you read it!

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by SABAA TAHIR

    Another book that I imagine takes place during the summer. Probably because the setting is in the middle of a desert. But my gosh this book isn’t talked about as much as I think it should be. This book also has the most beautiful cover I have ever laid my eyes on. This is the story of Elias and Laia and it gives off Roman Gladiator vibes and just… just read it.   Image result for empire of dust eleanor herman

 

 

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Okay So I know that this was cheating, but I could honestly only think of three books off the top of my head.

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Angsty Romances!

Posted March 22, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

This is top five Wednesday and the topic for this week is angsty romances. Gosh this is SUCH  cliche sometimes, but I am a huge sucker for a good angsty romance. There is just something about them that I hate to love and just… can’t stay away from. Some of these are canon, some aren’t— yet, I am not giving spoilers. Some of these are just characters I ship together and think that they would have SO much angst.

001. Cal Calore and Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I am a huge advocate for this ship like… I am one of those who shipped them from book one. But they have so many differences and it’s not just because of their blood and their status, but their ideals are wildly different. I mean I think they could work, but there would be so much angst.

002. Magnus Damora and Cleo Bellos from Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

This ship is chalk full of angst. The lead up to the start of their relationship is was rocky enough and even though they are now together the angst is still there, still going strong. But sometimes I just wish they could be happy because they deserve it okay?

003. Elias Veturius and Helene Aquilla from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I feel like I am the only one who ships these two. I just absolutely love the idea of them together Also don’t get me wrong, I do ship Elias and Laia. I just feel like these two would be great together but there would be so much angst because they are so different from one another.

This post is relatively short and these are honestly all of the angsty romances that I could think of off the top of my head!

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Books that utterly betrayed me

Posted March 15, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 4 Comments

I am so pumped to do this tag! This the books you have felt betrayed by or you can even include characters as well no matter how big or small the feeling is. Here is the link to the group!

001. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J MAAS
I was so betrayed by this book because I went into it thinking I was going to utterly hate Rhysand and I was seriously going to read this out of spite. Sarah made me fall in love with Rhysand and everything about him and his court I just UGH. Not what I was expecting, but I am glad of it!

002. CAPTIVE PRINCE BY C.S PACAT
I was hoping that I was going to get a sweet m/m love story and I read a lot of great reviews on it. Nope, not what I got. I am not even going to talk about this mess because it makes me so mad.

003. MAVEN CALORE FROM RED QUEEN.
Because of spoilers, I won’t say much. But if you have read this book than you know what I am talking about. View Spoiler »

004. THE DARKLING FROM GRISHA TRILOGY
I am mad and happy about this betrayal. Again if you have read it, you know but at the same time I feel like everyone knows who the darkling is.

005. KEENAN FROM A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT.
I didn’t like him that much in the first place, I felt he was a little unnecessary, but still. His betrayal shocked me and I didn’t see it coming at at.

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Favorite Sci Fi and Fantasy books

Posted March 8, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 2 Comments

So last month I participated in none of the T5W, partly because I had no time to post and because I had no motivation. I’m kicking myself in gear and getting back on track for this month and hopefully beyond! Here is a link to the group on goodreads and the topic for this week is well as you can see with the title, but it’s your favorite SFF books! This was incredibly hard because all I read is fantasy and the subgenres of fantasy.

001. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J MAAS
I was going to swerve so hard on this book because I was pro Feylin, but then I picked it up out of spite and it’s now in my top ten favorites. Now this series isn’t without it’s issues of course, but I absolutely love the characters and some of the messages behind the words. I feel like this series is so much better than Throne of Glass and you all should read it!

002. AN EMBER IN THE ASHES/A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT BY SABAA TAHIR
I am cheating, I know. But I just can’t pick between these two. This was one of my favorite sequals of 2016 and I just can’t explain my love for this series and Sabaa’s writing and her world. Elias Veturius is bae.

003. ILLUMINAE BY JAY KRISTOFF AND AMIE KAUFMAN
This book was such a wild ride. I’ve never read anything quite like it. Particularly because of the format which is a little hard to get used to but… It was incredible. The best part of the book is the character of AIDAN.

004. CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO
How could I not include this? This book was absolutely incredible, it was everything a series or duology finale needs to be and Leigh is just a master when it comes to writing, plots and characterization. Read this!

005. LUNAR CHRONICLES BY MARISSA MEYER
I had to include this entire series because it was phenomenal. This series was so hyped and I was nervous going into it, but I JUST HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THE CHARACTERS. Specifically Thorne.

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Favorite Polarizing books

Posted January 18, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Hello and welcome to another round of top 5 wednesday! This weeks theme is your top 5 polarizing books, meaning books you love but other people hate. Just a little disclaimer, we all have our different opinions regarding books and I do understand the issues with some of these books, but still. Here are my polarizing books!

001. THRONE OF GLASS BY SARAH J MAAS

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There has been a lot of discussions about this book since Empire of Storms and just a little disclaimer, I understand wholeheartedly about the issues with this series. I also completely agree with people on the issues of the sparse amount of diversity, ableism, queer baiting and abuse issues. But what I love the most about this series is the characters. I’m talking about Dorian, Chaol, Elide, Lysandra, Aedion, Manon… I just love these characters so much and they make the story for me.

002.CASTER CHRONICLES BY KAMI GARCIA + MARGARET STOLH

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A lot of people dislike this series but I LOVE it. This series got me back into reading after I stopped for some odd reason. But I just love everything about this book. I love the writing, the story, the setting… the characters *cough cough* Ethan. This series is just so special to me and means the world to me it will always be in my top favorites.

003. RED QUEEN BY VICTORIA AVEYARD

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This is the type of book that you either love or hate. I love this book and I get that there is nothing new or special about this book it’s the typical YA dystopia/fantasy. But there is just something that I can’t get enough of with this series. People also say it’s a straight up copy of the Hunger Games which I just… don’t see at all, but it’s your opinion and your right to feel that way. As I am typing this I feel what I love the most about this series is Cal Calore. He is probably my favorite character of all time and I love everything about him I just… I have a lot of feelings about this character.

004. FALLEN KINGDOMS BY MORGAN RHODES

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This book does have a lot of themes that people dislike and I get it but at the same time… I don’t? If that makes any sense. This series also has a lot of POV’s and topics people dislike but I think the author handles it fantastically. What I love about this series is the characters. This series is SO character driven and beautiful and I just love it beyond words.

005. TRUTHWITCH BY SUSAN DENNARD

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The moderator of this group also mentioned this book in her TOP 5 WED video and I feel the exact same way as her. A lot of reviews I see about this book has to do with the romance which I just don’t get because this book is certainly NOT focused on romance and there is no insta-love with this book. What I love about this book is the themes and how character driven this series is. This book is so big on friendship and characters inner struggles… so if you want to read a book with a female friendship. READ THIS. It is incredible.

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2017 Debuts I am excited for!

Posted January 11, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Hello and welcome to another edition of top 5 Wednesday! Here is the link for the group and I highly suggest you join! This weeks topic is 2017 debuts you are excited for and wow there are so many I can’t wait for so this was a hard list to narrow, but lets get onto it!

001. THE HATE U GIVE BY ANGIE THOMAS.

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I feel like a lot of people are highly anticipating this, but this is about a girl who witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend by a police officer. This book is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and I can already tell it is going to be such an important book!

002. EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES BY RHODA BELLEZA

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This takes place in space and it just sounds like pure magic, just here is the goodreads link. I am so excited for this book!

003. CARAVAL BY STEPHANIE GARBER

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There has been SO much buzz on this book. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews for this so I am most likely going to go into it with high expectations. From what I got from the synopsis, this has something to do with a circus. I don’t know exactly what it’s about but I hope it lives up to expectations!

004. FORGET ME NOT BY ELLIE TERRY

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This is a middle grade book and I can’t express to you guys how happy I am to see someone writing about this neurological disorder (that I have, so that’s what made me more excited to read this.) I really can’t wait to see how the author portrays this and I’m crossing my fingers it’s a good one.

005. ALLEGEDLY BY TIFFANY D. JACKSON

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I recently came across this on a 2017 anticipated list and the premise sounded incredible. I’m usually not a fan of things that do not have an element of fantasy in but, but I’m sure I will love this!

So those are my five highly anticipated debuts of 2017. Anything you are specifically looking forward to?

 

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2017 Goals

Posted January 4, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Woo, it’s 2017! As well as the first top 5 Wednesday for the year and this weeks topic is goals for the year. It can be bookish and non bookish and mine is a mix of both. Here is the link to the group which I recommend checking out!

001. READ MORE BOOKS.
I read sixty-two books this year. That is a lot for me. This year I am lowering my goodreads challenge to sixty books. By saying I want to read more books, I actually want to read more books that I know I will enjoy. I want to read more books that I already own pre 2017 because my increasingly growing TBR is wild.

002. BLOG MORE.
I want to focus a lot on my blog and bring more content that just book reviews, the top 5 and top 10 and book tags. This year I am partaking in many challenges and I am going to challenge myself to write a review for all the books I read for those challenges. I am also starting SOUNDTRACK SATURDAY and the link can be found here. I am also doing FANFIC FRIDAY where every friday I will choose a fandom and read a fanfic from it or share my favorites.

003. BE MORE CRITICAL.
When I read a book, I want to rate it based on how I truly felt about it. Because I feel a lot of books I rate four or five stars because of the hype train. Also I want to be more critical even if I rated it five stars and go more in depth with my reviews.

004. BUY LESS BOOKS.
I feel like everyone feels like this at some point, but I want to buy less books. I’m not going to count books that are on my anticipated books list or in a series I already own. I sometimes pick up random books because it sounds cool. To make better sense of this, I want to read more than I buy. This will probably not happen to be honest, but I will try!

005. BE MORE ATTENTIVE TO MY HEALTH.
This is my most important goal. I do work and go to school and sometimes I am just too tired to pick up a book. With that being said, I want to drink more water, I want to give myself a better sleeping schedule. I also plan to start journaling daily or well more like doing a major brain dump. I want to NOT overwork myself! I don’t want to stress about reading or anything.

So those are my goals for 2017 and I guess you should call it New Years Resolutions, but I feel like if I call it that then I won’t complete anything. So what are some of your goals for 2017? Or what is a goal that you will strive to complete?

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