Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Pariah by Anthony Ryan

The Pariah by Anthony Ryan
Published August 24, 2021

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Read this book in my August ARC vlog and this turned out to be a very character driven novel in a fantasy world! For the full review, please check out my reading vlog below!



Rating:
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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Mini Reviews | 38

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
Published September 26, 2017

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The only thing I wished about this book was having a short story featuring Sulli just because we have a main character from there and they are mentioned a few times but at the end of the day, there isn't a lot of backstory about that place and I find that quite interesting.  

Out of the 6 short stories, my favorites were definitely the first one and the last one.  They were both so whimsical and I loved how these stories were adapted into the Grishaverse.  I also had a few stories that I didn't like that much but I still found them to be intriguing.

What really stood out to me was how some of the stories seemed to be Grishaverse retellings of classic fairytales such as The Nutcracker or Little Mermaid.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and still need to pick up the latest duology soon.
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟1/2

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Published February 5, 2019

Review:
I definitely expected way more from this book because of all of the hype surrounding it when it came out.  Unfortunately it fell kind of flat for me.  While it was still intriguing in some areas, I expected a lot more.

What stood out to me the most was the beginning of the book because I was very curious as to why she killed her husband and then completely stopped talking for years and years.  However, as the book continued, it slowly became more of a murder mystery rather than diving into more of a criminal psychotherapist element which is what Theo was for.  

As for the plot twists, I definitely had an inkling before it was revealed so I was a bit disappointed because I was still hoping that there would be something surprising.   Unfortunately that wasn't the case.

Overall, I still found parts of it interesting but definitely did not live up the hype that I expected from everyone.
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟

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Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
Published July 31, 2018

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I was pleasantly surprised by this book mainly because I went in with no expectations whatsoever especially since I haven't heard too much about this book.  I really enjoyed the feminist messages in this book and how strong the women were.  What I find most interesting is that time and time again, there have been depictions and stories about women surviving themselves without any sort of influence of men and thrived.  And yet it is somehow men who is "dominant" in today's society...ANYWAYS.

Another thing I really enjoyed was the love intrest.  He was such a sweetheart and a soft boy.  However, despite me liking him, I didn't actually care about the romance itself.  I didn't find it realistic and it at times, it felt awkward between him and Mia.

Overall, there were parts I liked and parts I didn't care much for and unfortunately I don't think I will continue with the series as I'm not invested enough to find out what happens next.
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟

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Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
Published September 3, 2019

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I wish I could say that I'm shocked that I didn't enjoy this book as much but sadly, I wasn't.  I didn't care much for her debut book either but I had high hopes for this one since most of the reviews I heard were quite positive.  Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me.

My biggest issue with the book was the whole romance.  I never once understood the chemistry between the two main characters and I didn't get it.  Cool, they met at 4am on a random day and started chatting when she entered the bodega that he worked at but was that encounter so meaningful that they fell instantly in love?  I don't think so.  The romance was not at all relatable and felt very insta-lovey which I hate.

And since the entire book centered around the romance and with me disliking the romance, the book just overall fell flat for me.  I wasn't invested in the plot and what they were going through either.  Overall, this book wasn't for me and I'm super hesitant to pick up another book from this author.
Rating:
🌟🌟

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The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
Published January 22, 2019

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Absolutely adored this book and so glad that it didn't suffer second book syndrome like so many other trilogies out there.   I also loved how the author built up on the world building so it's so much more lush than the first book.  The politics between the various daeva tribes really fleshed out and I liked learning more about the differences between the daevas and the shafits.  

The various characters also grew and changed throughout the book as more information came to light and it was rewarding to read all of that. I'm super excited for the final book and hope to pick it up ASAP.
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

House of Dragons by Jessica Clues
Published May 12, 2020

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This book exceeded all of my expectations.  I didn't bother reading the synopsis right before I started this book so I was pleasantly surprised by everything that was happening from the "outcasts" who were chosen to the competition to the dragons and just everything.

I loved how dragons played such a pivotal role in this because a lot of fantasy with dragons usually use them as a prop.  However, in this book, they were very much front and center and I loved reading about the various kinds of dragons and their interactions with their respective riders.

All of the characters were so different and while yes, I agree that they were all very stereotypical archetypes, I also found them to be endearing mainly because of their interactions with each other.  I loved their squabbles and just reading about how they all tried to be rivals and enemies but also tried to work together.  

I also found the writing style to be well done as everything flowed nicely together.  I'm definitely intrigued to pick up the sequel so hopefully it does come out at some point after the whole drama that happened with the author earlier this year...
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Friday, July 16, 2021

I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee

I'll Be The One by Lyla Lee
Published June 16, 2020

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This was such a good read because I felt so seen.  There were just so many instances in this book that felt so relatable from the way how her parents acted at times to the k-pop references and so much more.  

As someone who is Asian and have lived with Asian influences her entire life, I can completely understand about the fat phobia culture that is very prevalent.  Even my own parents will comment about weight regularly so I completely understood where Skye is coming from.

I loved how the author and the MC tackled this problem head on without flinching and how Skye, despite all the comments and negative judgment she faced, still wanted to prove herself and go after her dream.  

Another element that I really liked was the queer rep because it is yet another taboo topic in the k-pop, or any Asian, industry and discussing about how being out and making it known can really influence people's perspective of you.  

Overall, this was a cute book and I loved all the messages.  I highly recommend it if you're looking for a cute inspirational book with some amazing messages and a very cute romance.
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein

Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein
Published June 23, 2020

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I wasn't sure what I was expecting but I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.  I loved reading about the romance, the gymnastic lingo and the whole Olympic competitive world.  

The one thing I would mention would be the trigger warnings.  There is a lot of mention about depression, sexual assault/harassment as well as a lot of emotional abuse that is mentioned throughout the book.  So if this is something that is triggering to you, please be mindful prior to picking up this book as this wasn't really something that was hinted at in the synopsis.  

My favorite would be the coach/gymnast relationship that was shown in this book.  I loved how Avery did such a fantastic job with helping Hallie become a better gymnast and giving her confidence when she needed some.  I also loved how aware Avery was of Hallie's mental health because that is so important as a young athlete facing tremendous pressure and expectations.  

Overall, I thought this book was fantastic.  I did wish there were more romance between Avery and Ryan just to really make that romance blossom a bit more.  That being said, this is still a fantastic book and I highly recommend it especially if you have gymnastic.
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟🌟

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