K WELL OH MY F***ING GOD. I read the next two books in the Throne of Glass Series (Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire) and they were so f***ing amazing, I don't even know how to put into words how much I absolutely adored them. I WOULD write reviews on them, but they would honestly just be so spoiler-y because I cannot talk about them without completely gushing over every plot twist and all of my favourite character moments. JUST UGGGG. Like Throne of Glass I thought was fun and whatever, but these next two. JESUS. The story takes off and gets so wild GAH. I honestly think that this may be my new favorite series. The characters are insanely good, the plot is just.. wow. It's incredible. By the end of the third book, I officially fell in love with Calaena, and there are so many other fantastic characters that get introduced (like Manon - hollaaaaaaaa) and wowowow. The story just gets more and more epic. I WILL SAY that the writing isn't the best I've ever encountered. But seriously, who cares. The story is the shit. BUT YA great great books. Both 5/5 stars. Check them out if you haven't already. The 4th book comes out in September (I think), and I'll probably just be dying until then, so. Cool.
Alright people! It's that time! Back at it with the reviews awwww yeeaahh. BUT K FIRST let me just point out how god awful that synopsis is... Like I just used what was on the back of the book and wow. It's not even that accurate and it's way over dramatic. Totally gives you the wrong impression of what the book is actually about. There was also this other little blurb on the back that I didn't want to include because it was legit spoilery like ew why are publishing companies giving us these shitty synopsises. ...Synopsi? What is the plural form of that word? SO MANY QUESTIONS. Lol but ya anyway, to get right to the point of it, this book is totally badass and reads really easily. It delivers consistently in entertainment and excitement, but lacks in sentiment and depth. But it turns out that that's not even an issue, because it's just so damn fun to read that you forget to really care about indepth character and relationship development. Plus it's the first book in a series of (supposedly) 6 books, so we have plenty of time to find out more about the characters and build more meaty relationships. So whatevaaa.
As for the lack of character development, the characters were by no means bad, and for once the main character didn't completely annoy me throughout the entire book, but there just wasn't a lot of depth to them, and they made some really dumb/unrealistic decisions. Its one of those instances where things start happening really fast and they don't seem to be genuine and its kind of lame. But the plot is so fun, and the characters are lovable all the same, so its not a huge issue. Celeana is pretty coooool too and like yay-girl-power-being-a-female-assasin-who-kicks-boy-butt, but honestlyyy she did do some things that were so painfully stupid like uggg, I don't want to spoil anything, but there was a certain aspect to the plot that was so OBVIOUS and Caleana was just not on the same page with me (lol is that a pun?) and it got really annoying. BUTTTT when it came to the final chapters of the book, and like the last 50 pages, oh my gaaawwwd, she was so rad and I love her like it's fine that she was actin' dumb.
Despite it's few issues, this book is really good and like wow. So fun to read. At some points I was seriously talking/yelling out loud about the characters and was getting soooo into the story that I was actually jumping around in my bed just freaking ouuuutt. That was pretty awesome, like I can't remember the last time I got so invested in a story! I think the next books in this series will just keep improving upon the plot line, and just get better and better. I can't judge this one too hard for not being perfect, because some of my very favourite series also started off not so strong, and yet they turned out to be more and more amazing as more content was added. SO YAY, I would definitely check this one out if you're into a fun, fast-paced read (and really, who isn't...) ALSO I know it's technically in the "fantasy genre," and personally, sometimes that's an intimidating label for me, but realsies, though there are lots of fantasy elements in this story, it still reads in a very relatable way. You know what I'm sayin'? Like the characters are pretty modern (in their personalities, NOT in their basic logic skills -__- <-- thats a "not impressed" face) so it gives it some realism. WHEU SO GO CHECK IT OUT. 4/5 stars yo.
Me during the last 50 pages:
So last week I said in my "So its Been a While..." post that I would choose from one of three books I wanted to get into and yay I picked Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas! Ahhh I'm so excited to final start this series :) I'm only 70 pages in so far, but its already totally kick ass. The main character is supposed to be all girl power and awesomeness, so I can't wait to read more of her and see what happens. Wheu! I have a feeling that its going to be a fun one to review.
K so I'm freaking out right now. I saw these books on Goodreads and lost my mind! P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han is a companion novel to one of my favourite books from last last year, To All the Boys I've Loved Before. I knew that they were releasing a companion novel to it, and I've been excited to read it ever since I finished the first book, but wheeuuu I haven't seen the cover until now and wow its so beautiful!! :) Such a perfect match to the first one yayayay I cannot wait until it comes out on May 26th!
And then oh my gosh. THE HEIR by Kiera Cass... Like what?! Her Selection Trilogy is one of my favourite guilty pleasures and I had NO IDEA that she was writing another book in the series. I legit screamed when I saw it and read the synopsis on Goodreads. Oh my god oh my god oh my god, so excited to read that one! It comes out on May 5th ahhhhh I'll be counting down the days!
Alright, I am soooo excited to write this little game review for Pokémon Alpha Sapphire! I've always loved Pokémon, but I've have never been so into the series as I am now :) The first Pokémon game I ever played was Pokémon Emerald for the GameBoy Advanced, which was the companion game to Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire for the GBA. Alpha Sapphire is a actually a remake of the original Sapphire game for the GBA, that's been translated into the amazing new 3DS graphics platform, which was developed first for Pokémon X and Y in 2013. Compared to the old graphics used in the original games, the new 3DS gameplay is tootttaallllyyyy amazing and I really love seeing how far Pokémon has come. BUT YA, its so cool seeing this remake, and experiencing the Hoenn Region (name of the region in the Pokémon world where this game takes place) in the new graphics. Makes for a really immersive gaming experience.
Basically, Pokémon is a a game where you go on an adventure and encounter different creatures, catch them, and battle with them (whether against wild Pokémon, other trainers, or bad guys). You also challenge gym leaders in order to earn trainer badges, and your ultimate goal is to become the Pokémon Champion by defeating a group of trainers called "The Elite Four," as well as the existing champion. Oh. And you can catch 'em all. Duh. LOL there are many different dynamics in the game that make it challenging, like all of the different Pokémon "types", of which there are currently 18. Some of these types are Grass, Fire, Water, Rock, Ghost, Psychic, etc. Certain types have advantages or disadvantages over others in battles, which gets you to strategize your gameplay and team-building in order to be successful in battles. Each Pokémon also has a unique distribution of "Stats" which gives them a whole other level of advantages and disadvantages, and there are also certain "Natures" and "Abilities" that add to this dynamic. For me, I find the stats and natures stuff to be a bit too confusing, and I don't pay much attention to it during my gameplay. I find that if I focus enough on just the typing, that works well enough for me :) LOL hardcore fans would probably be annoyed by that, but whatevaaaa, you can play how ever you want. It can be as complicated or as uncomplicated as you make it to be. There are still more components to this game that I could go on and on about, like breeding, evolutions, mega-evolutions, move-sets, online-battling, trading, and a multitude of other things, but since that would take a million years, and because I'm not particularly an expert on any of them, I'll just stop there.
I love this game sooo so much, and obviously, there are many different things yo do. Although I love almost all aspects of this game, my favourite things to do are fight the gym leaders and earn badges, collect/catch my favourite pokémon, and level up and evolve my pokémon (the evolution cut-scenes are so exciting! ahh!). Some of things that I didn't absolutely love were the region (which had to many fricken water routes - something that a lot of people don't like about the Hoenn region), and the Elite 4 trainers and battles. None of them really stood out and WOW I had such a hard time beating Glacia (stupid Ice types). The Champion, Steven, is totally awesome though! Plus the "starter pokémon" that you get to choose from at the beginning of the game are some of my favourite starters! I chose Treecko because he's adorable and because he's a grass type, which is sweet. LOL Anyywaaayyy, this game gets a 5/5 obviously, and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone! Ugggg there is still so much more that I want to say about this game but I should probably stop before this post gets out of hand. But basically, if you haven't already checked this game out, you totally should! Even if you've never played a Pokémon game before, you'll have no problem getting into this one (even if the mechanics seem a little confusing at first, you'll start figuring out the typing system in no time) and I'm sure you will really enjoy it :)
ALSO, one last thing that I thought would be cool LOL. This is the team I used to challenge the Elite Four the first time though. YAY they are some of my favourite Pokémon! The top row from right to left are Ninetales, Vaporeon, and Espeo, and on the bottom row from right to left we have Sceptile, Gardevoir, and Banette :) Love them!
Myyyyyyy goodness, its almost been a whole year since my last blog post, how crazy is that?! Time goes by sooo fast, but it also feels like a million things have happened since the last time I blogged. But my gosh, how fun is it reading all my old posts ahhhh :) I love this blog so much, and I really want to get back into creating some content for it! I don't know how well I'll be able to keep up with it, or how regular my postings will be, but I'm going to try my best! School is so busy and stressful, and that shiz has to come first, but I think that updating this blog will give me some well needed excitement and a sense of achievement that I've been missing lately.
So wheeeuu I've got a couple good ideas, and since school is kookoo crazy busy all the time, I won't have a lot of mental energy for reading (since I spend a large majority of my week reading my well-loved, but brain-taxing, psychology textbooks!), so I won't be posting exclusively about books like I had been doing. I have some pretty fun plans for different kinds of blog posts though, which I think will be just as fun and exciting as my book ones :) I still do want to get back into reading, and I think I'll start with some easy, light YA reads (which are also always so fun to review so yay, bonus!). Down below are some of the options I'm thinking of picking up at the bookstore this week. I'm only going to choose one, and I'll make a post later on this week revealing my choice!
Also! Since I was gone for so long, I thought it would be cool to post a few pics from the past year to kind of show off what I've been up too. LOL they're not the most amazing pics, but they're all from some of the best days/times that I've had in the last few months. So that's gotta count for something :)
"The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just... disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try... unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait... what?"
AIIIIGHT. So this book was pretty guuuud. I didn't love it as much as I thought I would going into it, but still, it ended up being a fun and entertaining read, so that's good enough for me! The concept of the to-do-list was adorable and, in my opinion, perfectly executed. The only real downside of the book, which is the reason why I didn't fall in love with it, was that there was a lack of character development and really, for me, it fell just a bit flat on the emotional front.
BUT YYAAAAAA, the list Sloane leaves for Emily and how Emily goes about completing that list is super fun, and I think it helped keep a good pace throughout the book. I couldn't wait to see how she would handle the different tasks as they got more and more strange, so that really made it an entertaining and quick read. But the character development was seriously lacking for me. I just wasn't involved or attached to any of the characters the way I would have liked to have been, so although it was entertaining, there was no deep connection to the story. I was a bit bummed by that because I like getting really immersed into a story and the characters, but this was still really cute to read and I still liked the characters enough, so I still enjoyed the book, ya know? BUT K can I just point out one thing? LOL the name Frank. Of all the cool names the author could have picked (and did pick, cause Sloane is pretty unique) she picked FRANK? There's nothing wrong with that name, but every time it came up I couldn't help but giggle because I don't know, I feel like Frank is a name for an older man, not one for a teenage boy. LOL not that the name matters at all, just thought it was funny.
So like I said before, super fun, super cute, and definitely a great YA contemporary that shouldn't be missed. Despite my few problems with it, I did enjoy it overall. While it wasn't anything spectacular, it was light, easy to get though, and entertaining enough. Lacked a bit in the emotional aspect, but who needs feelings, right?
Feelings at the end of the book:
Aaaaand its a wrap! What a fabulous week of reading :) Not gonna lie though, I got absolutely nothing done on Friday or Saturday.. LOL but I figure that's okay because everyone needs a party break here and there! But anyway, in terms of read-a-thon stats, I completed 4 books, 1 novella, and got just over halfway through another book, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. So i think overall it was a very successful first-read-a-thon, and I can't wait until the next Bout of Books, which will take place in August! Wooooo
Total Pages Read: 1488
Books Completed: 4.5 + 1 Novella
P.S. My favourite book of the read-a-thon was definitely To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
"A beautiful and distinguished family.A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
Well. That's pretty much as vague as you can get. Yet somehow, still not vague enough. K. This book was good, no doubt. I might get a little rant-y in this review, but I really did enjoy this book despite the many ways in which it bugged me. First I'll just say that if you've never heard about this book, don't continue reading this review. Don't read any reviews actually, just go pick it up right away. Because that's seriously the only way that you'll be get the full experience. K so bye.
Alright. So here are some of the problems that I had with this book. Because its been so hyped up on the internet, and because everyone keeps saying they have "to lie" about the ending, ITS PRETTY OBVIOUS once you start the book that there's going to be some twist ending. And if you're anything like me, you immediately start looking for clues and signs to figure out what that twist might be. It's not hard to figure out, either. So then the rest of the book you're just kind of waiting for shit to go down, and not really getting "the full experience" of being totally surprised in the end. WHICH IS STILL FINE, because the book is still really awesome, even if you figure it out early on. But man, I really wish I wasn't such a little detective. I can only imagine how much better this book would have been if I hadn't read the "we have to lie about the ending" comments on the internet. GAH. SHUT UP. LOL. But k, one more thing that really irked me was the writing style. It was choppy and dull, which now, come to think of it, the dull part is probably intentional because it adds to the suspense and reflects the character themes.. okaaay, that's actually pretty cool and smart I guess.. BUT STILL it read so slow. Which isn't fun. That ending thooough, woooow. Even though I knew what was going to happen, it was still pretty emotional, and I even shed a couple tears, so that was cool. Plus the characters were super neat, and it was interesting to see the family dynamics unfold. So overall, it was a pretty sweet book, even though there were a couple issues.
IT WAS GOOOOOD, go pick it up. Sorry if this was a little spoiler-y, but I tried to warn ya in the first little bit up there. Is anyone even reading this though? Am I just talking to myself? LOL probably. Cool :)
Feelings at the end of the Book:
WOW. Who would have guessed.. :-|
Still sad though.
Yay! I put some books together and took this pic to complete the Rainbow of Books Challenge, hosted by Neon Yeti Reads. Although, I'm just realizing that I put the books in the opposite order.. lol dang. But oh well, still looks pretty :) What a fun challenge!
Books I used:
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
Sever by Lauren DeStefano
Revived by Cat Patrick
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? by Louise Rennison
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
P.S. I've read all of these books except Wanderlove!