February ’16 Wrap Up

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Hello everyone!

I am here to talk about the books that I read in February. The books I’m going to talk about today are only some of the ones I managed to read this month. I read three books during the Rainbowthon 2.0 readathon, you can check out those books in my wrap up here. I feel like I did okay this month. Not as much as I’m used to reading in the beginning of the year but solid for me. I read a total of 13 books, 12 books and one novella, which is nice and solid and I enjoyed most of them.

Here’s what I read in February:

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Around the World in YA Book Tag

Around the World in YA

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Hello everyone!

I am back today to do another tag. Keep expecting these because it seems that all my friends decided to tag me in something all at the same time!

I was tagged by the lovely Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny to do the Around the World in YA book tag. (Yes, I stole the image from you). Basically all I have to do is pick a few countries and share my favorite Young Adult books from that country. Which is a lot harder to do than I thought because I picked quite a few books that were Adult before I realized I had to change them. But I got my stuff together and managed to pick 8 countries in total.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Review – Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Book Review - Storm Glass

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Storm Glass (Glass #1, Chronicles of Ixia #4)

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Publication: July 30th, 2013

Publisher: Mira Books

Format: Kindle Edition, 432 pages

Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Paranormal

Read: January 2016

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4 Stars

Synopsis
As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowan understands trial by fire. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan’s glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal’s unique talents to prevent it from happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic. Yet the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control her powers…powers that could lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
As always with this author, this book is action packed and super fast paced. There’s a lot of tension, danger, magic, intrigue and suspense. It has all the great qualities that I enjoyed in the Study trilogy that comes before this book. Also, we travel a lot with the main characters in this book and we get to see more of the other clans as well as new forms of magic which was awesome.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
You all know how much I enjoy Maria’s writing style. It’s very straight forward and fast paced. It’s addicting, descriptive and really detailed so it makes it really easy to be absorbed by the plot. Unfortunately, when you change the main character you change the voice, and this time in particular it was a bit more immature than I’m used to from her books.

Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
My biggest complaint in this book would have to be the characters. When I started reading this, I was expecting Opal, the main character, to be similar to Yelena and it made me really excited. But unfortunately, they are complete opposites. Opal is really insecure about herself and her magic. She’s whiny and immature and it took me a while to like her. She slowly got her stuff together and managed to show that she was caring and sometimes smart and powerful. But it took too long for me. Then we have two male protagonists which was annoying. I was expecting one stand out male and a slow burn romance when I first started but it didnt turn out that way unfortunately. I don’t know much triangly the rest of the series will be but I found  the development of the romances really weak and quite bothersome. Both boys are very different and come from completely different places and I already knew I liked one more than the other and he ended up being the least shone in the entire book. It was really disappointing considering how much I loved the characters in the first trilogy.

Emotionally

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Book Traveling Thursdays Feb. 25th – Share the Love

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Hello everyone!

It’s the last Book Traveling Thursday of the month! This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is share the love: choose an underhyped book that you think everyone should read. I kind of had a hard time with this one. It’s really hard for me to tell when a book is underhyped. In the end, I picked a book that I really enjoyed last year and that I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Feb. 24th – Worst Love Interests

T5W Feb 24

Hello everyone!

It is that time again when I share my Top 5 Wednesday for the week.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Worst Love Interest. Lainey had a suggestion to have at least one negative topic a week and this is the one for this month. Not surprisingly, this was one of the easiest topics for me to fill out. And also not a surprise that this entire list is filled with male characters.

SO let’s get started!

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Liebster Award #2

Liebster Award 2

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Hello everyone!

I am here today because my lovely friend, Melanie @ Melanie Noell Bernard nominated me for the Liebster award! Thanks so much!!

This is my second time doing it and it’s actually quite cool to be recognized by fellow bloggers on your efforts.

Rules:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Review – Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

Book Review - Fire Study

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Fire Study (Study #3, Chronicles of Ixia #3)

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Publication: August 15th, 2012

Publisher: Mira Books

Format: Kindle Edition, 448 pages

Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Paranormal

Read: January 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
The Apprenticeship is Over. Now the Real Test has Begun.
When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder able to capture and release souls spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena’s unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena’s fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before….
Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself and save the land she holds dear.

Critically

Plot – 5 out of 5 stars
I loved how Maria does plot. It’s always extremely fast and full of action packed adventures and magic. It’s full of tension and overloaded with dangerous situations that keep you on your toes. There’s suspense and intrigue and it makes you want to completely devour the pages to find out what is really going on and how everything will  turn out.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I am a huge fan of her writing style because I feel like it lends really well to the type of plot that she creates. It’s very straight forward yet simple. There’s a lot of explanations and descriptions but they don’t overwhelm you in a way that makes it feel like an info dump. It feels a lot like the main character is speaking out her situation so it’s dry and sarcastic and has a great displacement when it comes to all the different elements. Totally addicting and I want more.

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
Hands down, one of my favorite parts of this entire trilogy are the characters. Yelena is my absolute favorite female character of all time. She’s opinionated and kind and smart (most of the time) and totally kick ass. But at the same time, she’s stubborn and wayy too independent so that sometimes it gets in her way instead of helps her. She’s very powerful but she was a little on the annoying side in this installment because she was just so fixated on doing everything on her own when it was completely unnecessary. Having said that, I loved her character development, not only in this book but the entire trilogy and I adore her with all my heart. All of the amazing, complex and intriguing supporting characters that appeared in the series are in this book and it made me so happy to meet old friends. It was also great to get to know some of them a little bit better, specially Opal who is the protagonist to  the Glass trilogy which is a companion to these books. It was really bittersweet to get to the end of this particular journey with them but I can’t wait until I can read the Soulfinder trilogy and see more of Yelena.

Emotionally

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Inside Out Book Tag

Inside Out Book Tag

Hello everyone!

Yes, it’s time for another tag. I was tagged by Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny so thank you so much! I absolutely adore this movie. I’ve watched it at least three times, twice in English and once in Spanish. I honestly would love to see how my emotions look like but sadly Disney hasn’t made an app for that yet.

Rules are very basic. Pick a book for every question represented by each emotion.

SO let’s get started!

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Freadom Speaks About YA Romances and Unrealistic Expectations

Freadom Speaks about YA Romances

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my discussion feature, Freadom Speaks!

Valentine’s Day was a few days ago and I was originally going to talk about this that week but I decided that this is more of a downer kind of discussion than an uplifting kind so you’re getting it a week later! Yay!

Considering February is the month of romance, a lot of people (including myself) are reading contemporary or books heavily focused on romance. So I decided that it would be a great time to talk about this idea that came to me after watching a video by Whitney @ Whitty Novels called ‘”Outgrowing” YA Fiction?’ That’s a topic for another time but one line she said in that video hooked me. She was describing a typical YA romance where usually things turn out great and at sixteen you’ve found the love of your life when she said:

“Thank you all YA books for that false sense of hope.”

That got me thinking about YA romances and how they’ve sort of given me unrealistic expectations on how relationships should look or be like. That’s what I’m going to talk about today.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Traveling Thursdays Feb. 18th – Crying Is Not So Bad

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Hello everyone!

I am running out of ways to say that it’s time for Book Traveling Thursdays. This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is crying is not always bad: choose a book that made you ugly cry. There has only ever been one book that’s made me ugly cry. It happened in 8th grade, during my second period Choir class. We had a free day and were listening to a few new songs for our show. And then I just started bawling my eyes out and all my friends freaked the hell out. All I could do was sob and point at the book.

SO let’s get started!

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