Books that Ignite

We all know I have struggled with reading in recent years. I’ve begun seeking refuse in mindless television instead of books like I used to. Today I want to talk about books that reignite that fire in me. That piece of me that loves reading and has been pushed to the background for the last few years. It’s longing to be set free and these are the books that helped me do that.

If you are in a reading slump and don’t know what books to read to attempt to get you out of that pit I recommend these.

 

This book was a surprising love for me. I requested it from Netgalley not really expecting to love it as much as I did. It’s a contemporary which is not usually my thing, but somehow Sara Biren kicked off a reading blitz after so long of nothing. This book was simple and straightforward yet complicated and twisting at the same time. It shows how teens deal with grief in different ways and how death can change your life in ways you never thought possible. It was such a moving read and I finished it so quickly. Even if you are not a fan of contemporary I would recommend this one, because man, was it good.

I pretty much love everything that Sharon Cameron writes. This one was amazing and it had perfect twists that even I didn’t see coming. Fun fact with this one was years ago Sharon and I had lunch and she told me she was writing a book and “insert The Forgetting twist here” and she hid it so well in this book that I didn’t even realize this was the book we had talked about until the twist actually happened. I feel like that is so skillful of her lol because I knew the book was coming, but I had no idea I was actually reading it. The story with this is amazing and the world building and descriptions are on point. I knew exactly what this world looked like and there were so many clues regarding the twist ( minus the fact I already knew what it was) that when it was revealed I couldn’t believe how I didn’t catch it. Love, love, love this book!

 

I am putting both of these on here because they go together. Not just because they are in a series but because I read them both after the entire series as published so I had to immediately buy The Mirror King because Orphan Queen was that amazing. I should have known I would fall in love with this series because I have loved every single on of Jodi Meadows books, but these ones blew me away. It’s unfair to compare this series with the Incarnate series because they are both so amazing in different ways. I loved the characters, the world, the enemy, the conflict, everything about this book was pieced together so amazingly and I do not know how Meadows is able to create such amazing worlds.

 

This book came into my life at a perfect time. I had tried to get over my reading slump by checking out some adult books and some other random books and it wasn’t working. I was missing that perfect YA world to immerse myself into. There is just something about YA and the problems the characters go through that even at 26 I still relate to so much. This Savage Song was one of the first YA books I had read in months and I was so there for this world! Victoria Schwab is another one of my favorite authors and her books usually pull in so I was so grateful to have this book in my life!

What are some of the books you guys use to get you through some reading slumps?

October DNF Pile

Let’s talk about my Did Not Finish pile. Oh, boy. I’ve mentioned before about how I was going to turn my TBR pile around and ONLY add books that I know I would love. Well that didn’t work. There are some books that you think you will love only to find you can’t get very far into the book without groaning every time you open it. Then there are those books for blog tours you were shocked to get invited on so of course you have to read those! And last but not least, there are those ones from newer unknown authors whose review request was just so nice! That you felt obligated to read it.

Most of these books I started to read months ago and today I decided to DNF them. That’s not to say that you guys wouldn’t LOVE them, it’s just that I couldn’t do it. You may find that you enjoy them so if it’s something you’re interested in then go ahead and check them out!

 

 Start Date: April 7, 2017

How far did I make it: 13%

Oh this book. You guys I wanted to love it so bad! I originally thought it took place in a similar time period as the original Alice in Wonderland and I was really looking forward to some Pride and Prejudice and Zombies vibes and I did not get that. Maybe this book was really good? I don’t know, but months later I’ve got to put it down.

 

 

 

Start Date: July 12, 2017

How far did I make it: 15%

My last status update on Goodreads was, “There’s been quite a bit of info dumping so far and it’s just making me want to skip full pages :/” I really wanted to like this one too. It doesn’t have too many review on Goodreads and I wanted to write a good one for the author, but I just can’t. The opening chapter was really good, but then it kind of went downhill from there. It has a great plot set up and I felt like it could go far, but some of the characters got on my nerves and I just couldn’t get over some writing hiccups.

 

 

Start Date: June 26, 2017

How far did I make it: 20%

 

Okay, okay so this one was going to be a DNF…but….you guys I want to love this one so much that I want to give it like a tenth shot. I really do love the writing in this and I love the story, but it’s a bit too complicated for my liking. I am hoping that maybe if I give it another chance and can just get passed this opening it won’t be so bad!

 

 

Book Birthday: The Knowing by Sharon Cameron

Happy happy book birthday to THE KNOWING by Sharon Cameron. I loved The Forgetting  so much and I know I will love this book too! Sharon Cameron is one of my favorite authors and I know I can count on her to write a book I will love! Cannot wait to read it!

 

 

 

Scholastic Press

October 10, 2017

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

 

 

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Greenwillow Books

June 13, 2017

Our Dark Duet was a stunning conclusion to the Monsters of Verity duology. We get to go back into the world of Kate Harker and August Flynn.

At the end of This Savage Song we see August go dark and it was fascinating to see how a boy who once longed to be human changed from this experience. I loved that we saw him fall and not be the boy we all fell in love with in that first book. Getting to see him struggle in a different way than before was perfect. As I watched him walk around pretending to be this new version of August and even convincing himself at times, I could still tell that he longed to be who he once was.

We got to see a bit of Kate Harker outside of V-City for a bit and that was very nice. My only complaint is that we didn’t get to see her new friends again and we don’t know what happened to them. I feel like we spent some time getting invested in them only to have them never show up again. Yes, her time in her new city introduced us to this new big bad monster, but I still would have loved for those friends to pop up again or for her to connect with them somehow.

I loved so many aspects of this book from August’s character changes and growth to the way the battle came about. I love that there was this big bad monster that could turn people into raging nightmares. The new monster was a great addition to a story where monsters are already prevalent. He shows the chaos that already exists within all humans and even though he brought it out in the extreme it still showed that human beings exist with a level of chaos in them already.

One thing that was totally new to me and I like that Victoria Schwab introduced me a non-binary person. I have never ever read a book with someone who goes by the “They” pronoun before. At first, I will admit I was so confused! It took a while for me to get used to the fact that she wasn’t talking about multiple people. I love how Schwab explained Soro not only to her readers but to August and I love how August was like okay cool! And never questioned Soro about it. I can learn a few lessons from August!

My only complaint, and it’s not really a complaint (but kind of it is), but there are two major deaths in this book…and if you’ve read it you know what I am talking about. I felt like both of them were kind of given the Severus Snape treatment in that they could have been far grander because their characters deserved more. That being said, I feel okay with them because in war people do not always die in big grandiose ways. Both of these people died protecting those they loved or died doing something that would turn the tide in the war.

War is a terrible thing and I felt like this story really brought displayed that. I also feel like the conflict in this story could be applied to so many things today and that is so important! In America, we may not be living in an active war zone, but sometimes it feels like it and I like that this story, this fight, can represent so many things.