The Under-Hyped Books Read-A-Thon Wrap-Up!

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Hi guys!

So I’m a bit late on wrapping up my Under-hyped Books Read-a-Thon but here it is! Results: I was a major failure. Complete and total failure. I read 2 books but they were fairly short too. (The participation page is here.)

Here’s what I read—

The MIS-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson

did read and finish it. I’m thinking of doing a “reading” instead of a review to be honest. Dunno what I’ll actually end up doing but I’m thinking…

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff

I just tried the book on a whim (borrowed from the library) and it has under 5,000 ratings too. It’s a short story collection written in verse so I quite enjoyed it.

Johannes Cabal: #1 The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

I didn’t finish this book but I read about 100 pages or so, about 1/3 of the book before setting it aside. I actually ended up selling this book because I wasn’t really enjoying it so I have given it up for good actually. It reminded me a lot of Good Omens by Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman and I couldn’t finish that so this poor book stood no chance.

The read-a-thon did inspire me to read more under hyped books so I’ll continue doing that…regardless of the fact that the read-a-thon already ended. I picked up, read, and completed The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde because of it as well (has under 5,000 rating) and loved that too. :)

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Made You Cry

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I HATE crying. Seriously. It pisses me off.

Top 5 Books That Made You Cry

5. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Yeah, my eyes got a little bit misty there at the end. :(
(Don’t you dare judge!)

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4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

I think we all cried. Also, this book tied with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
R.I.P Sirius Black

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3. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

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2. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

It’s among one of the most beautiful children’s picture books I have ever read.

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1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Please feel free to leave a link to your Top 5 Wednesday post, I would love to see what you have for the week! If you have read any of these titles, share your thoughts below. :)

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Review | Lux: #4 Origins by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ABOUT THE BOOK

Published: Aug 27, 2013
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Edition: Paperback
Length: 364 pgs.
Series: Lux Series, Book 4

THE BLURB

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

GoodReads | Amazon | BookDepository

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*MAJOR SPOILERS*

I am so extremely disappointed in this book, I’m tempted to just stop with this book and not continue on…read on to find out!

Issue number one is the plot. After the jaw-dropping cliffhanger at the end of book three, I was expecting my mind to be completely blown away by this book. But I am extremely sad to report that in the 300+ pgs. of this book, not a lot happens. At the end of the novel, I found myself thinking that the author could have easily ommited about half of the book and just made a lengthier last book and called it a day. We begin with Katy’s capture but sooner into the book than I expected, Daemon eventually ends up right next to her in a cell. And this is where most of the nonsensical scenes are stuffed in. Just a lot of conversations that could have been omitted and, as much as I love me some Katy and Daemon scenes, after a few pages I started to feel rather frustrated at the slow progress of the story.

Issue number two are the deaths of Andrew and Ash. I didn’t really understand the point of them (as characters) anyway but their deaths just seemed kind of pointless. Having kidnapped Katy, Daemon, Beth, and Dawson, our entire group of protagonists had enough reasons to take revenge so I really didn’t see the need to have a couple people die along the way anyway.

Issue number three is Katy and Daemon’s relationship. There were one or two moments in the book where I felt like their relationship was a bit awkward. Maybe this was just me but I always rated them not only as one of the most passionate couples but also a couple that is always at ease with each other. In Origin, I missed the comfortness of their relationship.

Issue number four is something very specific actually and perhaps a bit of personal issue as well. There is one point in the book when Katy and Daemon have to change their identities and they adapted the names from one of Katy’s favorite YA books (I assume favorite because would you really chose a name from a book you hate?). Katy is renamed Anna and Daemon is renamed Kaiden from the Sweet Evil trilogy. Now if you read my review back before the release of book two in that series, you know why this became an issue for me (Read the Sweet Evil review). Let me explain…

The Sweet Evil trilogy is about the sons and daughters of the seven deadly sins. The male lead is the son of Lust (typical) and Anna had something to do with drugs I believe (also, she was a virigin—go figure). Kaiden, as per his father’s “commands,” has to have sex with everything that has a pair of boobs (I think it was something about spreading and inspiring most lust). But he goes beyond daddy’s expectations and also has sex with underaged girls brought over by his father’s acquaintances (the “madame”) so they can be sold off into prostitution. My issue with Kaidan (and the book as well as the author) was 1) he feels no remorse even though he says he doesn’t want to do this 2) he goes nuts over Anna kissing a guy when he is still having sex with other girls 3) he charms all the girls he has sex with so they fall in love with him thus they have a better experience which implies he’s pretty much raping these girls (having sex with a girl while she’s under the influence is rape!). This is the guy whose name Daemon adapts.

When I went to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s review of Sweet Evil, I discovered that she loved the book and wanted to “lick Kaiden”. My stomach literally dropped.

I am not sorry about the fact that I cannot and absolutely will not support anyone who is not only a rapist and a pedophile but a giant fucking ass.

So when Daemon becomes Kaidan, the entire story from that point on was completely ruined for me. I am sorry—but it just was. Now it’s become so hard for me to get that image out of my head. It ruined the entire book for me. I am completely aware of the fact that is a really minor issue but because it ruined the entire book for me, I can’t pretend or will it to go away.

Overall, this book barely scrapped a 2 star rating from me. I’ll continue on with the fifth book but only because it will be the final one.

This review is also available on BookLikes and GoodReads. 2star

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Wished You Read Earlier

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Oh man, I have so many choices for this one. All of these books I truly love so the reason’s pretty obvious for each of these.

Top 5 Books You Wished You Read Earlier

5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. I. Rowling

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3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
(I own separate copies)


Please feel free to leave a link to your Top 5 Wednesday post, I would love to see what you have for the week! If you have read any of these titles, share your thoughts below. :)

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The Under-Hyped Books Read-A-Thon!

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Hi guys!

It would have been nice to participate in the recent BookTube-a-Thon but clearly, since you have not seen any posts from me about it, I did not take part. I am, however, taking part in another read-a-think starting tomorrow. This one, though, is a big different because it meant to target certain kind of books.Perhaps you’ve heard of it, perhaps not, that is the point of this post. I am going to be participating in the Under-hyped Books Read-a-Thon!

The GoodReads Group Page has all the details and more information (as well as several books you can choose from)!

The Under-Hyped Read-a-Thon will begin starting tomorrow, July 21st, and continue all the way through Sunday, July 27th. The primary purpose of this read-a-thon is to dedicate as many reading hours as possible to books that have been under-hyped. The creator of the read-a-thon has chosen to pick out books under 5,000 ratings on the Goodreads page but this is not a rule, just a suggestion on how participants can pick out their reads. I’m not going to really follow this rule because I get the feeling people are going to get hung up on this number and pick out books that are reasonably well-hyped but still somehow have under 5,000 ratings. Not to say there is anything wrong with reading those books (regardless of the ratings, reading is always a positive activity) but well…I’m going to try and stick to the main purpose of this read-a-thon.

How did I pick books? Simple: having spent the past year reading blog posts and watching BookTube videos, I feel like I have a good knowledge of what books people have and have not talked about. So I’m going to be picking out books that bloggers and vloggers have not discussed combined with books that have never made the home page (bestsellers) of bookselling websites such as Barnes and Noble, BookDepository, Amazon, etc (and maybe books under 5,000 ratings).

Here’s my TBR:

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors — It’s a YA chick-lit with a sprinkling of angels.

The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson — A non-fiction book. It’s small but I’ve heard it’s somewhat a complex read so I hope I’ll get through it.

 

The Official Quotable Doctor Who by Cavan Scott and Mark WrightDoctor Who might be popular but the books aren’t.

Johannes Cabal, the Necromancer by Johnathan L. Howard — Seems like a fun book! Haven’t heard too much about it from anyone else. I bought it mostly because I was interested.

City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte — *currently reading…I haven’t heard too much about it and it’s got under 5,000 ratings (techincally) so fair game…


If you are participating, please feel free to share what you will be reading. If you are not, join in! It’s never too late. I’m pretty sure if you look closely enough at your shelves, you’ll find books that not many people know about.

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Review | Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Uh, no…just…no)

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

ABOUT THE BOOK

Published: July 8, 2014
Genre: Adult Fiction
Edition: Hardcover
Length: 308 pgs.

THE BLURB

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

GoodReads | Amazon | BookDepository

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*SPOILERS*
(and a whole lotta of swearing)

Imma rip into this book like nobody’s business…so watcha Rowell fans, it’s about to get pretttty ugly. :D

I have several issues with this book so I’ll try to keep this as short as I can while still explaining with clarity what I did and did not like about this book. Starting this book was exciting for me because this is my first Rainbow Rowell book and let’s face it…there’s so much hype. I was kind of nervous. And the beginning wasn’t so bad, I still had high expectations, but after a little while…when things didn’t change…it wasn’t looking too good.

One of the biggest issues with this book is that it doesn’t do such a good of actually portraying one of important main characters: Neal. Other than at the beginning and at the end, with a few phone calls in between, we never really get to know Neal. This book follows Georgie’s perspective as she tries to figure out how to fix her marriage and herself and as the synopsis states, she does this by connecting with her husband from the past but the problem is…she’s married to the Neal of the future. From what we do know, Neal doesn’t seem to have changed much since his marriage with Georgie but after about seventeen years or so…yeah, it’s pretty rational to assume every person does change (even if a little). And throughout the book, Georgie connects with Neal in order to find out what went wrong and when she seems to have come up with the answer…I kept thinking: OK, but this is not your Neal…you can’t possibly think just talking to the old Neal will help your situation with the current Neal (current Neal has kids—which you would think he would consider when taking off but more on that later…) So that is one of the largest problems because by the time I got to the end of the book, I was like…WTF? That’s it?

That leads me to another problem I had with the ending (and the whole story itself). This book takes place over the course of a week (or two) and each day we see Georgie think things through and all that and by the end of two fucking weeks it feels like she suddenly has all the answers. I don’t know about this crazy, perfect world Georgie McCool lives in, but in the real world, nobody fucking changes just because they say so. And for Neal (Neal of the future) to actually accept that was just naivety. I mean, seriously, these two idiots have two children (LIKE two human beings that they are responsible for!). So when Neal just takes her back, I was like…this nut job is the mother of your children and she has been ignoring them for the majority of her life. Do you really fucking think she’ll change just because she “promises” she will? Really, Neal? Really?

Neal…let’s talk about him for a minute now. Other than the fact that we barely even know this dude that is our MC’s “happily ever after,” I want to talk about the fact that he, too, plays a part in the dilemma that is a part of Georgie’s and his marriage. Albeit a much smaller part than Georgie, but if you live with someone for seventeen years and still can’t be open and honest with them about your feelings than…well, sir, you really can’t expect it to last very long. That’s the problem with Neal. When Georgie tells him she has to work Christmas day, he clenches his jaw, packs up the kids, and heads home to mommy—without saying a goddamn thing! If, after so many years, he hasn’t the guts to say it like it to his wife than I really can’t be expected to feel that bad for him. I don’t care what his “nature” is, Georgie is his wife. I expected him to yell, scream, fight but…nothing. How these two strangers got through even those first seventeen years of their marriage is a fucking miracle.

And that moment with Seth…what the fuck? I did not understand the point of that scene…what was the use of that? Is Adult Fiction now doing that really childish, cliched thing with the love triangles too (for fuck’s sake!)? Considering nothing was really solved in this book for me, it’s sad that this was the only intense moment in the book (the moment of confrontation that I was expecting to happen with Georgie and Neal) and it seemed to have no fucking purpose!

As for the writing…it was generally OK. I like that is was light in tone but considering even in this light-hearted approach, Georgie and Neal’s marriage wasn’t considered seriously was the big, fat issue for me.

Perhaps it was because of all the hype and the praise I’ve heard about Rainbow Rowell but I really expected a novel more mature than this one. I’m not married but I’ve been around married couples all my life—some have made it and some haven’t it—and I don’t think I have to have any prior experience to know Georgie and Neal sure as heck ain’t gonna make it…good luck to their kids, though. I am going to try, though, to read another Rainbow Rowell book but this time, I’m not going to expect anything.

P.S. I gotta be honest, I’ve only read little chick-lit, but the one book I’ve read by Sophie Kinsella (I’ve Got Your Number) was muchmuch better than this book.

OK, I’m done for the day…go nuts with the insults if you want…

This review is also available on BookLikes and GoodReads. 2star

Top 5 Wednesday: Top Cover Buys

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I haven’t been to a bookstore and made an impulse purchase…like ever. So this is going to be a bit tricky.

Top 5 Cover Buys

5. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Total cover buy! I barely even looked at the synopsis or reviews for this one. Should have. But didn’t. I was recommend the book before and that plays into my purchase too but only a very small part.

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4. We, the Drowned by Cartsen Jensen

The synopsis does appeal to me but I got it in a week of having seen it mostly because of the book cover. You gotta admit though—it’s epic.

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3. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

OK, the synopsis, again, does appeal to me but the cover…I mean, come on! It was such a wonderful, hardcover book! And this flat image does not do it justice…the actual copy shines!

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2. Emma by Jane Austen

really wanted a Penguin Threads copy so I chose this to be one among the two that I bought. Eventually, I would have wanted to read Emma and gotten a copy but at the time I bought it, I didn’t really plan on reading it. So…total cover buy.

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1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

was going to read this sooner or later but again, when I got the opportunity to buy this, I bought it. Can you really blame me though? Can you really?


Please feel free to leave a link to your Top 5 Wednesday post, I would love to see what you have for the week! If you have read any of these titles, share your thoughts below. :)

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