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Marvel Avengers Book Tag

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Happy Leap Day, everyone!

Sorry about this week’s general sluggishness; I’ve gotten over the hump of this week’s back-to-back quizzes and tests, so I’ll attempt to make up for it a bit this weekend. Behold Exhibit A.

I found this lovely tag over at Brianna’s Books and Randomness. (If you don’t follow her already, I highly recommend that you do!) Though I’m more of an X-Men fan myself, I still adore the Avengers and most of the MCU, so I thought this would be a fun tag to do!

Here we go…

IRON MAN: A BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD

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You all know exactly what the answer is for this one…but I swear that Good Omens made me laugh like no other book ever has.

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: A BOOK THAT SENDS A POSITIVE MESSAGE

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(Unpopular opinion: Cap. Is. Overrated. Except for in Endgame. My mind will not be changed.)

Despite the historical circumstances (and how the story ultimately ends), White Rose portrays a beautiful message that no matter what, hope will always prevail in the end, even in the darkest of times.

 

THOR: A BOOK WITH A CHARACTER’S STRENGTH YOU ADMIRE

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Arsinoe from Three Dark Crowns has always been my favorite of the triplets, personally; it takes a special kind of strength not only to battle for control of a kingdom, but to go against your own blood, to boot.

 

BLACK WIDOW: A BOOK WITH A BUTT-KICKING FEMALE PROTAGONIST

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I’ll say it once, and I’ll say it again…two words. Smoke ThievesBoth Catherine and Tash are true forces to be reckoned with.

HULK: A BOOK THAT MADE YOU ANGRY

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(I quote this line more than I’d like to admit…)

Ooh…there’s a long list, where to begin?

How about Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters? The premise seemed so inventive (and the cover was stunning…), but the dialogue just killed me…so stilted…

 

HAWKEYE: AN UNDERRATED BOOK THAT YOU THINK MORE PEOPLE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO 

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Anything by Sarah Maria Griffin, really. Both Spare and Found Parts and Other Words for Smoke are such inventive and unique novels; it’s such a shame how little attention they get.

 

*BONUS* LOKI: A BOOK WITH A TWIST OR A SURPRISE THAT YOU DIDN’T SEE COMING

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Without question, ThunderheadThe worst part about it was that I had to wait almost two years before I found out how that whole situation ended. Yeesh.

 

If any of you would like to participate, go ahead! Have at it! 🙂

 

Today’s song:

EEEEEEEEEE NEW MUSIC FROM CAR SEAT HEADREST I REPEAT NEW MUSIC FROM CAR SEAT HEADREST–

 

That just about wraps up this tag! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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My 5-Star Reads of 2019

Hi there, everyone!

As 2019 (and this decade) draws to a close, I’ve decided to make a comprehensive lists of all of my 5-star reads for this year, and, by proxy, my favorite books that I’ve read this year. Most of these are what’d you’d expect, if you’ve scoured my book tags and reviews, but I know there’s a few that I haven’t talked much about. These are in chronological order of when I read them, though their actual rankings vary a fair bit.

Now, without further ado…this year’s 5-star lineup!

 

KING OF SCARS–LEIGH BARDUGO

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Bardugo’s veritable masterpiece, all at once a rollicking adventure and an exploration of internal conflict, was my first 5-star rating of this year. And…Nikolai. ‘Nuff said.

Read my review here!

 

THE ILLUMINAE FILES TRILOGY–AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF

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I mean, I read all of these in the span of a few months, and I gave all three books five stars…

For good reason, I think. I doubt that we’ll ever come across a trilogy quite like this in a very long time.

Read my review (Illuminae) here!

 

NEVERWHERE–NEIL GAIMAN

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I’ve been a fan of Gaiman’s work for some time, but I chose this one for an English project, and I fell so in love with the fantastic world-building, as well as each and every character.

Find it on Goodreads here!

 

ONCE & FUTURE–AMY ROSE CAPETTA and CORI MCCARTHY

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A feminist, LGBTQ+ retelling of the legends of King Arthur…need we say more? A wonderfully fast-paced space adventure, reminiscent of Captain Marvel.

Find it on Goodreads here!

 

HONOR BOUND–ANN AGUIRRE and RACHEL CAINE

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Even more daring than its predecessor, Honor Bound is a complex space opera to die for.

Find it on Goodreads here!

 

TENNYSON: POEMS–ALFRED TENNYSON

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Yes, I was/still am that kid who sits in the corner reading depressing, 19th century poetry. Do I regret it? Absolutely not.

Find it on Goodreads here!

 

AURORA RISING–AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF 

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You’ve already sing praise of this one innumerable times, so I’ll just leave it at this: I FOUND MY DREAM BOOK, PEOPLE. THIS IS EVERYTHING.

Read my review here!

 

THE PIONEER--BRIDGET TYLER

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An inventive, heart-pounding sci-fi adventure, The Pioneer was very nearly flawless, and I’m itching to get my hands on the sequel next spring! 😀

Read my review here!

 

AN ANATOMY OF BEASTS–OLIVIA A. COLE

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Delving deeper and growing even twistier than its predecessor, A Conspiracy of Stars, this novel is dazzlingly well-thought out, the prime example of what speculative sci-fi should be.

Find it on Goodreads here!

 

THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES–RAY BRADBURY

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Did I mention how much I love sci-fi? No?

Ray Bradbury is a talent to be reckoned with, able to deftly weave together a thought-provoking story in the span of under 100 pages with ease.

Also, I was today years old when I realized that the hand on the cover has six fingers.

Find it on Goodreads here!

 

SOUL OF STARS–ASHLEY POSTON

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The epic conclusion to the Heart of Iron duology, Poston deftly wraps together a complicated universe of familial bonds and political intrigue. Love, love, love, LOVE…

Read my review here!

 

FAHRENHEIT 451–RAY BRADBURY

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Again, Ray Bradbury. I rest my case.

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Find it on Goodreads here!

 

SPARE AND FOUND PARTS–SARAH MARIA GRIFFIN

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A futuristic Frankenstein for the modern age, this is a grossly underrated writing, atmospheric and poetic.

Read my review here!

 

THE DEMON WORLD–SALLY GREEN

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The pulse-pounding sequel to The Smoke Thieves, Green delivers an even more potent punch of her signature world-building and fantasy action.

Read my review here!

 

HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X–JONATHAN HICKMAN

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The newest installment in the legendary X-Men mythology, Hickman weaves a mythical and symbolic world, with a hopeful conclusion and the potential of many mutant tales to come.

Find it on Goodreads here!

 

LIKE A LOVE STORY–ABDI NAZEMIAN

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Would you look at that…I think this is the only historical fiction in this post…

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A hearstring-tearing and poignant coming-of-age LGBTQ+ novel. So many feels. INFINITE feels.

Read my review here!

 

THE TOLL–NEAL SHUSTERMAN

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The conclusion to the unforgettable Arc of a Scythe trilogy, this novel is solid proof that Shusterman is a sci-fi author to be reckoned with.

Read my review here!

 

Man. What a year this has been…

 

Have you read any of these novels, and what did you think of them? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

 

Have a lovely rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Goodreads Monday (10/7/19)-Under the Dusty Moon

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme created by Lauren’s Page Turners. If you want to participate, it’s simple: just pick a book from your Goodreads TBR, and explain why you want to read it.

I’ve started to do a (safe and bookish) version of Russian Roulette when it comes to these TBR picks. My list grows longer every day, and as a result, I often forget hundreds (yes, hundreds) of books that pile up on my TBR. This was one of them…hopefully it’ll be good!

Without further ado, let’s begin!

 

GOODREADS MONDAY (10/7/19)–UNDER THE DUSTY MOON by Suzanne Sutherland

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Blurb from Goodreads:

She’s with the band, whether she likes it or not.

Victoria Mahler is the sixteen-year-old only daughter of rocker Micky Wayne, whose band, Dusty Moon, took the world by storm when Micky was just a teenager. The band broke up under mysterious circumstances, but, after years spent off the road being a mom, Micky’s solo career is finally starting to take off.

When an offer to tour Japan falls into her mom’s lap, Vic is left to spend the summer under the care of her distant grandmother, and without her built-in best friend. Fortunately, a boy with a secret geek side and a group of feminist game-makers save the season, and Vic starts to see herself as her own person, out from under her mother’s shadow.

But when Micky finally comes home — with a poorly chosen boyfriend in tow — all bets are off. Will Vic be able to maintain her newfound sense of self amidst the building thunder of Micky’s second chance at stardom? And through it all, will Micky still really be her best friend?

 

So why do I want to read this?

If done well enough, I thoroughly enjoy contemporary novels involving music. As some of you have gathered, I’m almost as big of a music nerd as I am a book nerd, so when a well-done, music-centric novel comes along, I’m sure to be engaged.

From what I’ve gathered, it seems similar to Sarah Nicole Smetana’s The Midnightswhich I found to be fairly well-written and executed. The lowish rating on Goodreads worries me slightly (3.07/5), but hey, don’t judge a book by it’s rating. I mean, Spare and Found Parts  has a 3.53, and I’d give it all the stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Anyway, that was a little off-topic. Essentially, what I’m hoping for in Under the Dusty Moon is a solid and emotional novel, with as many highs and lows as your favorite rock song.

 

Thank you so much for reading! Have a great rest of your day, and take care of yourselves! Stay tuned for a Book Review Tuesday tomorrow, and some more book tags to come! 😉

 

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Book Review Tuesday (8/13/19)-Spare and Found Parts

Hey, everyone, and welcome to this week’s Book Review Tuesday!

Remember how I said in my last post that I was REALLY wowed by Other Words for Smoke (you can read my review here), and I was really excited to read some other works by Sarah Maria Griffin? Namely, Spare and Found Parts? 

Well, I got around to reading it a few days after I wrote that post, and I must say, it was incredible! 

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A richly developed, futuristic world, with lush and atmospheric writing and a chilling story, reminiscient of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. And…dare I say…even better than Other Words for Smoke. And I ADORED that one.

Enjoy this week’s review!

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Spare and Found Parts

In an isolated town in the near future, the townspeople have all been devastated by an epidemic. Now, they all bear scars–metal limbs, eyes, hands, and feet, all created by Julian Crane, the now world-renowned scientist who revolutionized the world of prosthetics.

For as long as she can remember, Nell Crane has lived in the shadow of her father. Her epidemic scars aren’t as visible as others–instead of an appendage, her heart is made of metal, ticking like a time bomb inside her chest. Her father is always too engrossed in his work to pay her any mind, and to much of the town, she’s a freak, the girl with the metal heart who’ll never live up to her father. But after Nell discovers an abandoned, artifical hand on the beach, an idea comes to her–maybe she, with the right parts, can build a companion, a friend who truly understands her and doesn’t care about her inorganic heart and her legacy. Nell is determined to make her wish come true at any cost–but what will it mean for a world that fears computers more than anything else?

 

Spare and Found Parts was a success in all respects.

With a determined and strong-willed heroine, immersive and chilling prose, and a plot that was simultaneously poignant and enchanting, Spare and Found Parts is a truly unforgettable novel. 9.5/10 on my rating scale, 4.75/5 on Goodreads, and lots of love from the bottom of my heart.

On that note, this book is seriously underrated. I mean…it’s got a 3.53 average on Goodreads. I’m not saying that 3.53 is a bad rating, per se, but Spare and Found Parts does not, by any means, deserve a rating like that. It’s a little sad. I don’t know.

 

Like Other Words for Smoke, Spare and Found Parts is a standalone. These seem to be the two major YA books that Griffin has written, and I have no idea if she’s working on/will work on anything more in that vein. Fingers crossed that she is, because this world needs more of her brilliant storytelling.

 

Thank you so much for reading this review! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and enjoy summer while it lasts! (I start school again tomorrow… “Hello, darkness, my old friend…”)

 

 

 

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Book Review Tuesday (8/6/19)-Other Words for Smoke

Hey, fellow bibliophiles, and welcome to the first Book Review Tuesday of August 2019!

 

This one’s been on my TBR for a while…I don’t exactly remember how long, but a fairly long stretch of time, nonetheless. Anyway, I was just scouring through said Goodreads TBR while looking for somethign to check out at the library last week, and this one just happened to be available. I had virtually no expectations whatsoever (other than what came to mind from that ✨gorgeous cover✨), but Other Words for Smoke was an unforgettable, spine-chilling novel! With a perfectly-melded blend of small-town fantasy and an uncanny horror reminiscient of Edgar Allan Poe, this novel lends itself to be one of the best books of 2019.

Enjoy this week’s review!

 

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Other Words for Smoke

With their parent’s marriage falling into chaos, fourteen year old twins Mae and Rossa are sent to live with their estranged aunt Rita for the summer. Rita is nothing short of eccentric, and the twin’s cousin Bevan seems to have her fair share of shifty secrets. But the house itself holds the most secrets, and is home to two age-old powers–powers that require an ample amount of love, fear, and sacrifice. With Bevan slave to the more nefarious of the two, Mae and Rossa are left to discover the house’s secrets on their own. They knew that their summer wouldn’t be normal–but none of them expected anything as chilling as this.

 

 

WOW. Now THAT was a wild ride.

 

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Normally, I’m not quite one for horror, but Other Words for Smoke had the perfect balance of creepiness, whimsy, action, and intrigue. With an unpredictable cast of characters, rich, suspenseful writing, LGTBTQ+ representation, and a gripping plot that kept me reading for hours on end, this novel is a true fantasy-horror masterpiece. Also, I kind of imagined one of the characters having a voice like that of Sir Patrick Stewart, so that probably added a half-star to my rating. (Just kidding about the last part of that 😜)

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Solid 9 on my rating scale, 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads. I highly recommend this book. 🙂

 

This book is a standalone, but the author has another, more dystopian novel (called Spare and Found Parts) that came out a few years ago, but I haven’t yet read. I think it’s available on the Kindle library, so I think I’ll have to check it out soon… 😉

 

Before I go, let me just say that I’ve got a few plans for different posts coming up soonish, but they may or may not be halted by my going back to school in a little over a week…😬 Hopefully I’ll get to a few of them by the end of the summer. Stay tuned, folks.

 

Thank you so much for reading this review! Have a wonderful rest of your day, take care of yourselves, and keep on reading!