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Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Book Review

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Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Square Fish

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Pages: 387 Pages

Release Date: January 8, 2013

My Review: ★.5/5

“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.” 


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Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga | Book Review

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Title: Kiss of the Royal 

Author: Lindsey Duga

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 386 Pages

Release Date: July 3rd, 2018

My Review: ★★★★.5/5

“Wouldn’t it also mean that love really exists? It’s just a nice thought, that’s all. That an emotion, a force, could be so powerful as to stop all the evil in 

the world.”


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Unpopular Opinions!

Okay, so if you know me personally, you know that for some reason I just am very rarely in the majority when it comes to my book reviews. Books people would sell their kidney for, I just don’t like… at all. So, I thought today was a great day to spread negativity and to throw some shade at some favorites! I’m totally joking, if you love these books that’s incredible, but sadly they just weren’t for me. 😦

  1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red queen.jpgOkay, so this isn’t an extremely unpopular opinion, but I just cannot stand this book. I’m just going to list my reasons instead of going into a full on rant:

  • the main character is SO TRIVIAL AND ANNOYING
  • this book is SO predictable (in my opinion)
  • the pacing is absolutely horrific, I struggled so much with certain parts
  • there is no depth to the characters; I built no emotional connections
  • LOVE TRIANGLE (and bonus! IT’S ALL THE MC TALKS ABOUT)
  • SO MUCH POTENTIAL!!! This book could’ve been so amazing if Aveyard focused more on the rebellion and the long standing battle between Reds and Silvers instead of Mare’s love triangle!!!
  • Overall,  it really isn’t a horrible book, it is just so basic and had so much potential to be something new and incredible.

2. The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu

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I read this with a friend after reading and LOVING Legend by Marie Lu. Everyone FREAKED OUT about how DARK and twisted these books are. I DON’T GET IT. Now, I enjoyed the first two books and gave them an average rating, but I in no way found the main character to be “dark”. She wasn’t even morally gray in my opinion, she had reasoning for whatever dark thoughts she did have (which to me weren’t all that dark but oh well). Also I kind of hated the last book in the trilogy whoops.

3. Warcross by Marie Lu

download (1)This book was the greatest disappointment of my life… I really shouldn’t have read Legend first because, to me, it all went downhill from there. This is the most recent Marie Lu novel I’ve read and first, I struggled so much to get through the beginning. It wasn’t a bad book by any means, it was just literally a complete copy of elements from all of her other books, especially Legend. Even an EXACT NAME was reused, which really just got to me. They aren’t even set in the same universe! Despite this, the book picked up and I loved the descriptive action scenes that Marie Lu does so well. Then once again, the end of the book was a struggle. I could stand it not being creative in the middle because I really enjoyed the characters. BUT, this should have been a standalone. I don’t care what anyone says, the ending to this book was FORCED. It would have been 3 million times better as a standalone and no one can convince me otherwise.

4. Simon vs. the Homosapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

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This book has a VERY problematic and offensive line about lesbians that I did not like, but disregarding that, this book was just average in my opinion. I’m sorry, but the writing didn’t blow me away, the plot wasn’t crazy or unique, and it was just an average contemporary for me. 

 


Okay, I think that is all I have at the moment for unpopular opinions. Please let me know some of yours in the comments!!! (ALSO THE LAST BOOK IN THE KISS OF DECEPTION SERIES WAS HORRIBLE AND AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP THROUGH AND THROUGH COMMENT IF YOU AGREE BECAUSE FOR SOME REASON THAT IS AN UNPOPULAR OPINION.)

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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold | Blog Tour – Playlist

First I’d like to thank Penguin Teen (or Penguin Young Readers) for sending me a review copy and allowing me to be apart of the blog tour for THE STRANGE FASCINATIONS OF NOAH HYPNOTIK! I’ve already posted a review for the book that you can find here! and for this blog tour I created a music playlist!

The playlist is on Google Music, but I’ll list all of the songs on this post. Each song on the list will be a link to the playlist, so you can just tap them to hear the song! Thank you again to Penguin, and I hope you all love this playlist!

PLAYLIST

  1. Everything in its Right Place by Radiohead
  2. Madness by Muse
  3. Daydreaming by Radiohead
  4. Space Oddity by David Bowie
  5. Across the Universe by The Beatles
  6. Twin Size Mattress by The Front Bottoms
  7. Never Saw It Coming by Tigers Jaw
  8. Escape Plan by Tigers Jaw
  9. In Bloom by Neck Deep
  10. Swimming Pool by The Front Bottoms
  11. Gold Steps by Neck Deep
  12. Wait you know who Frankie Muniz is right? by Panucci’s Pizza
  13. Modern Love by David Bowie
  14. Changes by David Bowie

This book gave me very angsty-teen vibes, so most of them are alternative/pop punk songs about finding your way in life, friends, being young, etc. I really hope you all like it! In my opinion, it really captures the feeling of the book, and even has songs that are mentioned throughout the book! I’d highly recommend listening to this while reading the book, which I would also recommend! This book was unique and refreshingly modern compared to anything else I’ve ever read.

Head on over to my Instagram @theradiantreader to see my creative photo for the blog tour! 🙂


ABOUT THE BOOK

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The New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland brings a speculative twist to his latest novel. The result: an incisive and deeply humane story with the feel of Haruki Murakami for teens.

“An epic wonder”* from the bestselling author of Mosquitoland

This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.

Then Noah → gets hypnotized.

Now Noah → sees changes–inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories–in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations . . . 

A stunning surrealist portrait, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is a story about all the ways we hurt our friends without knowing it, and all the ways they stick around to save us.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland, and his books have been translated into a dozen languages.

 

 


BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

WEEK ONE

May 7 – The Blonde Bookworm – Review

May 8 – Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + My Strange Fascinations

May 9 – Forever Bookish – Review

May 10 – Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile – Playlist with Graphic Quotes

May 11 – Adventures in YA Publishing – Author Q&A

WEEK TWO

May 14 – The Nerdy Girl Express – Review

May 15 – A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Graphic Quotes

May 16 – BookCrushin – Review + Playlist

May 17 – Mind of a Book Dragon – Review

May 18 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Author Guest Post:  What Would Your Strange Fascination Be?

WEEK THREE

May 21 – Pop! Goes the Reader – Wallpaper

May 22 – The Young Folks – Author Q&A

May 23 – Page Travels – Creative Instagram

May 24 – Bookfoolery – Review

May 25 – Dazzled by Books – Candle Creation Post + Review

WEEK FOUR

May 28 – Paper Trail YA – Author Q&A

May 29 – Snowandbooks – Review + Aesthetic Board

May 30 – Reading Writing and Me – Book Review

May 31 – The Radiant Reader – Playlist + Creative Instagram Picture

June 1 – We Live and Breathe Books – Review + Moodboard

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner | Book Review

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Title: These Broken Stars

Author(s): Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Publisher: Disney Hyperion 

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

Pages: 384 Pages

Release Date: December 10, 2013

My Rating: ★★★★/5

“And there it is, against all hope, like the sun peeking out from behind the clouds. The smallest hint of a smile.” 


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