Top Ten Tuesday | Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles

Happy Tuesday, bloggers!

I haven’t posted anything until October. But this topic sparked my interest, so I’m back with a new post!

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The next prompt is book titles that would make great song titles.

Enjoy the post.

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The Cliché Book Tag

Hey, everyone!

This week has been stressful yet invigorating. I haven’t had any time to be around much since my Mom and I have been staying over at the hospital. She’s finally finished chemo (woo!), so I’ve been dead to the blogging world.

I didn’t want to ease back into my posts with anything too difficult. So when I saw this tag on Rachel Tea Reads, I knew it’d be a good start. If you haven’t checked out Rachel’s original post or even Rachel’s blog, take some time and do it!

I hope you like the post. Have fun!

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Review | Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Published by: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: November 6, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction, Superheroes, Fantasy

Page Count: 471

Rating: 4.5/5

Source: Purchase

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As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.

As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist—a group of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most. But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.

In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew—Ruby, Oscar, and Danna—are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also the feelings they have for each other.

The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their city—and the world—as they know it.


“Once we have total power, what’s to keep us from becoming villains ourselves?”

Have you ever anticipated reading a book but were afraid of doing just that? I didn’t know how to prepare for when I read the sequel to Renegades. How could I since I didn’t want it to disappoint me? So even though I went in with no expectations, Archenemies is the story I was hoping for and more.

Moral dilemmas, internal battles, and questionable beliefs play pivotal parts in the sequel. And characters are often challenged and tested by them. Although the storyline is slow in some places, I feel that character development and growth will keep readers demanding more from the Gatlon City foes and heroes.

I eagerly dived into this superb universe. I never thought I’d like reading about superheroes, but Marissa makes you love them all the more though. Archenemies quickly takes off from the explosive ending in Renegades. Gatlon City is seeing an increased crime wave while Nova battles with her duty and responsibility as a Renegade and as an Anarchist. Drugs and weapons flood the streets, but the Renegades, the idolized heroes of the city, uncover a new weapon that may stop crime for good, Weapon N.

I love finding storylines that make readers question what they’d might do. And Archenemies excels at that inner conflict. While the first novel gives you some development, the growth with the two protagonists will intrigue Marissa’s following. And I’m happy to say that I enjoyed seeing how Adrian (Sketch and the Sentinel) and Nova (Nightmare and Insomnia) play into their roles. Each character sees how their worlds clash against each other, but now they aren’t naïve by just trusting in their own views.

While this growth takes the spotlight, some of the action and other characters are pushed into the background, which I hope wouldn’t happen. Marissa’s main characters are compelling, but I wanted more substance with the secondary ones. I love how Nova transitions from one life to the next. She is my favourite out the roster. And the inner conflict she faces gives you an inside view of how difficult her need to avenge her family and her duty as a friend will quarrel with each other.

This sequel is more character driven than anything else. And I can’t help but commend Marissa for pulling off this feat. The characters will always stand above the action scenes, I say. I want to see how this world unfolds, how Adrian and Nova’s budding relationship will turn out, and if Gatlon City will survive when the Renegades and the Anarchists finally confront each other again. I wasn’t expecting to love Archenemies, but now I can’t wait for the final novel!

The Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Morning, lovely bloggers!

Christmas is quickly approaching. I’ve been all over the place lately, and I need to catch up on everything, especially blogging (I apologize for the future attack on your blog feed, which will soon be blowing up). So thankfully, my holiday break has officially started, and it’s definitely needed.

I found this great tag on Kristin Kraves Books. You’re missing out if you haven’t visited her blog, so head over there now!

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Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

 

My two favourite bloggers Jess and Teagan, from Fiction No Chaser, tagged me. And I nearly squealed when I read the title. I’m in love with Beauty and the Beast and can’t get enough of the retellings. So I can’t pass up this tag.

So let’s get onto it, shall we?

 

Tale as Old as Time | A Popular Theme, Trope, or Setting You Will Never Get Bored of Reading

Enemies-to-lovers trope. I’ll support this trope until my dying day. I wouldn’t be surprised if I mention it on my tombstone.

 

Belle | A Book You Bought for Its Beautiful Cover That’s Just as Beautiful on the Inside Too

I had no expectations coming into An Enchantment of Ravens. Many readers compared it to A Court of Thorns and Roses, and those comments worried me. But this debut novel is so much more than that.

 

Gaston | A Book Everyone Loves That You Don’t

As much as I wanted to love this sequel, I didn’t enjoy reading it. I felt so confused at the beginning and wasn’t sure what was happening. And when I found out, I just wanted to throw the book at the wall.

 

Lefou | A Loyal Sidekick You Can’t Help But Love More Than Their Counterpart

I WANT TO HUG CRICKET SO MUCH. It’s the most adorable sidekick. And its attitude and sass just make me love it more.

 

Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, and Cogsworth | A Book That Helped You Through a Difficult Time or Taught You Something Valuable

I rarely talk about Ami’s work. And I feel I do a disservice to one of the most talented authors I’ve ever read. The Birth House is an eloquent, heartbreaking, and poignant debut novel. Even though the main character, Nora, is quiet, she speaks for the women who can’t stand up for themselves.

 

Something There | A Book or Series You Weren’t Into at First But Picked Up Towards the End

Even though I enjoyed reading it, I wasn’t sure if I’d love the book. It is the first Marissa book I read, so I wasn’t a Lunar fan yet. And I was close to not finishing it. But now, I can’t wait for the sequel!

 

Be Our Guest | A Fictional Character You’d Love to Have Over for Dinner

Will Herondale!!! He breaks my heart every time I think of him. But more importantly, I want to discuss books and bash the ones he hates. And I have an overwhelming urge to hide rubber ducks all over the house.

 

Tag Time!

Jill | NinaKristin | Aimee | Norrie | Amber | Jennifer | Kalina | Hamad | Lily | Mara

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I’m Glad I Didn’t DNF

Hey, everyone!!!

And guess what day it is. I’m excited for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. For this week, we have to talk about books we’ve DNF’d. Let me admit this: I rarely DNF. I don’t know why. Maybe I feel that I can’t do the book justice until I read the entire thing, or perhaps I’m just a stickler for finishing books. So I’ve picked the books I’m glad I didn’t DNF.

 

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

How can I possibly put an Aveyard book on this list?! Well, there’s always a first. I adore the Red Queen series, but I didn’t like the ending of War Storm. And I wonder if I’ll be able to write a review in the near future because I’m so undecided about everything. But the series is over, and I can’t help but still love it regardless of the ending.

 

The Wicked Deep Shea Ernshaw

Sometimes I enjoy a slow burn, and The Wicked Deep proves just that. I fell in love with the design of the book, especially the external design. But I felt like I couldn’t connect with the characters. But I soldiered through, and I didn’t believe I’d read the last page.

 

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Batman has been in my life long before I can possibly remember. Even though I’m a big Marvel fangirl, Batman owns a good chunk of my nerd heart. So I knew I had to read this book. I honestly thought I’d DNF it though. The pacing may throw you off, but wait until the end.

 

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Yes, yes, you all know I’ll read anything ACOTAR. And I thought this book may piggyback onto that fandom. However, Margaret proves the readers wrong by creating a lush, imaginative, and lively faerieland. The fae actually have a weakness, and they aren’t truly human. I thought I’d trash this book, but I was wrong.

 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I loved this series. I felt the pace in the first book might have persuaded me to put down the book, but I fell in love with the characters. So I had no chance to put this back in my TBR list. I’m glad I persisted since this series is one of my favourites.

 

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake,

I’m not a fan of characters cheating. I’m also not a fan of women stealing other women’s boyfriends. I hate when authors pull that kind of trope. It spoils the book and the reading experience. I would like nothing more than to see those two characters die a horrible and painful death.

But the overall story and worldbuilding are what save this story for me. And I’m hoping to get to the sequel…soon.

Top Ten Tuesday | My Fave Picks of Villainous Female Characters

Apparently, I’m on a siren and pirate theme lately. I adore them both and can’t get enough of them. So let’s get to the post, shall we?

For my latest Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’m picking my favourite (and somewhat new) female characters who are wicked, cutthroat, or just plain villainous.

Some of these books aren’t published yet, but I couldn’t help but highlight them here. So here we go!

 

Lira from To Kill a Kingdom

A siren princess who rips out the hearts of princes? HELLO THERE. I’ve been waiting for you to arrive, Lira. And I’m not disappointed.  To Kill a Kingdom surprised me, and it is one of my favourite books of 2018. And have I mentioned Alexandra is a debut author? Well, she is, but you cannot tell though.

 

Alosa from Daughter of the Siren Queen

I’m still reading this book, but I quickly jumped into it once I finished Daugther of the Pirate King. I love this series. Alosa is the captain of an almost all-female ship, Ava-Lee. She’s not afraid to kill or betray someone to get what she wants. I love her, and I’m giddy when I get to the scenes of her and Riden, a cinnamon bun pirate (somehow believable, trust me). Squee. 😊

 

Lada from Bright We Burn

Okay, is that a pomegranate?! Please tell me there isn’t a pomegranate on this cover. 😐

Bless Lada for her evilness. I adore her even if I want to smash her half the time. I know how history goes in her (well, in “his”) life, so I’m kind of freaking out over the last book. But I want to see it through. She gives you real goals in life. Never let a man tell you what to do, make yourself into a weapon, fight for what you want even if you have to slit some throats…Uh, forget that last part. I swear I’m nice (I’m really not 😂).

 

Keris Veturius (Commandant) from A Reaper at the Gates

I want to rip the skin off this woman’s body since she is by far the worst character I’ve read in such a long time. But Sabaa writes her so perfectly that I love to hate Keris. I would say that the world she lives in has made her into the woman she is, but we all know she’s a bitch with a capital C.

 

Nova from Renegades

I admit: I harshly rated this book, and when I look back at my review, I wonder why I was so negative. But like I’ve said before, I loved the characters in Renegades. It reminds me of the new generation of X-Men. Nova, my smol ball of ruthless fluff, spoke to me. And I’m truly looking forward to see how she’ll deal with her conflicting emotions and loyalties.

 

Upcoming Favourite

I don’t usually add more than five picks to this post, but I think the book below deserves a mention:

Evie from The Sea Witch

So this book isn’t out until July. But I know I’ll more than likely love it. We get Ursula’s POV and backstory. Yasssss. Praise the sea gods. Yes, Leigh Bardugo gave us a taste of this character, but I need a full book. The synopsis doesn’t give you a lot of details as to how the author weaves in this storyline, but I’m intrigued to see how Evie evolves.

Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Published by: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Page Count: 556

Rating: 3.75/5

Source: Purchase

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Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


“There are many dangerous people in this world. but there are also many good people. Brave people. No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that. So long as there are heroes in this world, there’s hope that tomorrow night might be better.”

Imagine that the X-Men have won, supernaturals reign, and humans no longer control the world governments. Now, throw in political intrigue and mystery, compelling characters, and a solid world-building, then you have Renegades.

Renegades, human prodigies with supernatural abilities, rise from the ashes of a ruined society after they dethrone the Anarchists, who previously ruled. When these villains find a chance to destroy the Renegades, they send in Nova Artino, who wants nothing more than to avenge her family. But loyalties are tested when she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy.

Renegades is my first book written by Marissa. I’ve heard a lot about her Lunar Chronicles series and even bought most of it on a whim. I enjoyed reading this book, and it contains some interesting themes, which I loved, and character conflicts that will surely hook you in. But I can’t quite bump up my rating. I took a long time reading it, and I usually finish a book within a week. However, more than a month has passed since I’ve cracked open Renegades. At this point, I’m a bit disappointed with some scenes, but not the book though.

Clearly, the X-Men series inspired Marissa. You have a prodigy who steals another person’s powers (sound familiar?). Yes, undoubtedly, it’s hard not to see the similarities. However, she introduces new supernatural abilities, like ones Adrian possesses (and no, I won’t spoil you there). The nerd in me groaned at some Renegades and their powers. However, I loved the characters. Nova lost her family when she was young, and she builds quite an impressive hatred for the Renegades, who didn’t save them. Her anger and growth make the story complex. Adrian is the exact opposite. While he lost his mother and wants to find the murderer, he shines with justice.

Even though I found character dialogue and fighting scenes lacking, Renegades is a solid and refreshing play on the fantasy and sci-fi front. The characters, their inner battles, and their development and history stand out the most. Additionally, how Marisa represents diversity also adds to the story. All these qualities are what kept me reading.

Marissa’s world-building will delight new readers and her dedicated following. I was curious to see how she might craft this unique universe. And since the Renegades series is a duology, I was hesitant, not quite sure what she can pull off. But she does so naturally. I wanted to delve into this dark, gritty, and healing world, where the minorities are the rulers, not the humans. And the politics will also intrigue any sci-fi and fantasy lover looking for intricate storytelling.

If you’re a Marissa fan or are looking for something new, Renegades is your next read. I’m eager to see how she wraps up this new series.

 

“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”

Book Haul: November 2017 Part II

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I’m so late with this post, but life kind of decided to dump everything on me. So here it is! I lucked out with my Christmas haul, and I’m eager to read new stories and to find more authors.

Which book are you looking the most forward to in your Christmas haul?

Merry Christmas, everyone! 🎄

 

Book Haul Lineup NOV pII 2017

 

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades is my first Marissa book, and I’m liking it so far. When I first heard of Marissa’s latest novel, I was intrigued by how the author has put the superheroes in charge. You don’t always see that in stories. I’m interested to see how this book plays out!

Goodreads | Indigo | Amazon CAN | Amazon US | Book Depository

 

Warcross by Marie Lu

Well, I have yet to read one of Marie’s works, but I’m excited to get into this book. I haven’t heard anything bad about it. I’m not a huge science fiction reader, but just look at that cover. I’m excited to read Warcross.

What do you like about this book?

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The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Badass female lead, fantasy, secrets, and DRAGONS. You had me at dragons. The blogosphere has been buzzing with this book, and I couldn’t wait to grab it when I saw it in Chapters. I’ve heard of other dragon fantasy books, but most haven’t interested me the most as this one.

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