Showing posts with label a thousand pieces of you. Show all posts
Showing posts with label a thousand pieces of you. Show all posts

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Meet My Book Boyfriends feat. The Seafarer's Kiss, Starflight & more


Meet the reason why I stuck with most of these book series. 

Sometimes cute boys are 100% a reason to keep on reading and swooning!








Magnus from BOYS THAT BITE by Mari Mancusi
One of my first book boyfriends ever! Magnus is the most awkward vampire you'd ever meet and I love him to death. He's so weird.

This series is awfully underrated in general, if you like humor and vampires, this is such a fabulous pick.


Lieutenant Paul Markov from A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray
If you know me, you know that he's e v e r y t h i n g.

Lieutenant Paul is the shy royal guard of Duchess Marguerite in the Russia!verse and I love him more than anything in the world. Cute boys who love science are the best. Don't let this pretty white boy fancast fool you into thinking this is a book you should pick up though, make sure to read my linked review because this book features dubious consent.

Pyotr from VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler
Another Eastern European scientist for the win! Pyotr is a sassy little dork. He's hilarious, with a smokin' bod and sometimes a little shy. I love him.





Dimitri Belikov from VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead
By now you've probably noticed that I tend to have a type.

Dorky Eastern European dudes are always at risk of joining this list. Dimitri is one half of the biggest OTP I have - him and Rose make the perfect badass fighting vampire couple and calm
and collected Dimitri is the perfect match for hot-headed Rose.





Doran Spaulding from STARFLIGHT by Melissa Landers
This one's a first. I usually don't like the rich arrogant billionaire type but something about dear old Doran really got me. I'll tell you once I manage to pinpoint it.



Havamal from THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember
I'm actually so embarrassed by this because the book has a sapphic main couple. And of course, problematic me is swooning all over the dude. Havamal is an aspiring king's guard and an absolutely ripped merman with a heart of gold. I mean, come on. How was I supposed to resist. Christ.




Who are your book boyfriends?

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Favorite Covers, Surprising Books, Excitement | 2016 End of Year Book Survey

I can't believe 2016 is over already. This really didn't feel like a whole year. Let's hope 2017 brings everyone of us some good things. Buckle up, this one's a long one.

This tag was created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner.





1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Mh. I think I'll have to go with A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray. That book totally took over my blog and social media this year.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Several! LIFE AS WE KNEW IT really disappointed me, because I love disaster books. WITHER, RED QUEEN, and SIX OF CROWS were also massive disappointments.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Probably BUMPED by Megan McCafferty. I totally didn't expect this to be about over-the-top religious teens. Mixed with a world where teens are eager to get pregnant, I was very disturbed.


 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Omg that's totally LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Córdova. I was -so- annoying about this book, but it's so good, y'all. Bisexual latinx witches. C'mon.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Best series: Firbird by Claudia Gray.
Best sequel: TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU by Claudia Gray
Best series ender: Firebird by Claudia Gray.

You know why? Because I never finish book series! This is the one series that I even picked up the sequels for this year.



6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Sarah Crossan joined the glorious ranks of my new contemporary favorites. I welcome her into my blog, y'all will see her around.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Probably SOMETHING WICKED by Debi Chestnut. I don't read a lot of Non-Fiction, but books about ghosts and the paranormal always pique my interest. This one scared the @'#!+ out of me.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
UNNATURAL DEEDS by Cyn Balog. One sitting wonder, read completely while I was in the waiting room for a doctor's appointment. Totally hooked me on reading more of her books.

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I'm not a rereader. If at all probably A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray because I've got a book boyfriend in there that I already dearly miss.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
I need to stop answering with A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU .... I did the exact same thing with READY PLAYER ONE last year, where is my self-control... ehhh... WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke is quite pretty.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
I don't know, these are getting so difficult. Maybe Pyotr from VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler? I really liked him.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moira Fowley-Doyle maybe. I like her style a lot and even though her book didn't really quite line up with my personal taste, I'll be checking out more by her for sure.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall, no contest. The first book with a chronically-ill character and great representation that I've read and forever cherished.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 
I'm really ashamed of reading WITHER by Lauren DeStefano so late. That book came out ages ago, I feel like I totally missed the 2010 dystopian craze. Super embarrassing to be so late to the party.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
*clutches heart*

“Everything he’s done, everything he gave up and risked for me: Paul did all that without the slightest idea of being loved in return.”

― Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You


16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Oh lord. I don't know how I did this the last time, the longest seems to be LAST SACRIFICE by Richelle Mead with a whopping 608 pages apparently. Don't know about the shortest one.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
I guess this one's going to BUMPED by Megan McCafferty again for the weirdness factor.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
GRAND DUCHESS MARGUERITE AND LIEUTENANT PAUL MARKOV FROM THE FIREBIRD SERIES BY CLAUDIA GRAY OKAY NO CONTEST DON'T EVEN

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I don't think I have one this year.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Previously this year? Or previously before 2016? Because I totally don't have one for the latter, I refuse to put any books that were less than three stars in this category. Another blank then.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
This one might be POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder. It was solid, but I don't really have a desire to read the rest of the series, totally didn't care for the magical elements.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Oh I guess if we have to go with Pyotr from VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler then. Eastern European scientists are my jam.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel, that one messed me up. Space robots, yessir

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Mhhh, difficult. I remember being very impressed with Tara Sim's debut TIMEKEEPER. Steampunk world where time is controlled by clock towers. Super imaginative and fun.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Again, VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler. The Taming of the Shrew is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays and a retelling of that is always super fun to read for me.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Ho boy, ONE by Sarah Crossan is a tearjerker deluxe. Poetry about conjoined twins. You always know what'll happen to fictional conjoined twins before even reading the book, so you can imagine.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember. Give me more African lesbians please!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES again, I was Advanced Crushed™.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT again. Nobody has a magical mind quite  like April Genevieve Tucholke.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Probably RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard. I just don't get it, it's so many books fused into one. I'm not even mad about the book I'm mad at the friends who thought I'd like this, haha.



Feel free to leave the link to your tag in the comments so I can look!



 Last year: Best and Worst Books of 2015 | End of Year Book Survey

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Friday, December 9, 2016

7 Popular books I really DIDN'T expect to like...but I loved them

I'm one of those weird people who shy away from popular books JUST because they're popular. I feel like they always end up disappointing me so I don't even try. 

Usually. Here are some popular gems I loved!





#7: MISS PEREGERINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN - Ransom Riggs
On the one hand, this was really a disappointment because I was expecting horror and got a heartwarming story about freaky kids. But it's good. It's really super interesting and weird. I love weird.

#6: ANGELFALL - Susan Ee
I haven't read many books involving angels before (I will know, HELLO new favorite monster), and I'm very iffy about post-apocalyptic novels. I loved this. I loved Raffe, the love interest, and I found the world insanely fascinating.


#5: OBSIDIAN - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Idk what I thought when I read this. I DON'T like paranormal romance much. I read all five books in the series in like a month. It's just so good.

#4: THE 5th WAVE - Rick Yancey
I honestly had no clue that this was about aliens when I picked it up. I was expecting some weird war book set in the 40s. (IDK DON'T ASK ME WHY)



#3: READY PLAYER ONE - Ernest Cline
I know, I talk about how much I love this all the time. But it's just so good. I don't like video games and don't like virtual reality books much, and don't know anything about 80s culture. Why was this so genius?!

#2: A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU - Claudia Gray
I had no idea what this is about when I picked it up. Now it's one of my favorite books. Well-done time travel is my kryptonite. And I'm lowkey totally in love with the love interest.

#1: ALIENATED - Melissa Landers
The surprise of the year. I've always loved aliens and paranormal romance, but read a couple not so nice alien YA books this year. I've almost lost my faith in this premise, but ended up loving this one about an alien exchange student to pieces.


What are some popular books you didn't expect to like?

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Favorite 2017 Releases, Surprising Favorites, and Books I'll Never Read | Pokemon GO TAG



Everyone and their mother is playing Pokemon Go at the moment so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and do the Pokemon Go tag!



#1: STARTERS: A book that started your love for reading.
TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer. The first book series that had me legitimately read books in a single day. I remember getting the third book, ECLIPSE, finishing it on the same day and just lying on the floor for a couple of hours. People give Stephenie so much crap for that series, but I will always always stand by her.

#2: PIKACHU: An iconic classic that you'll always love.
BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley. Probably the first book I had to read for school and genuinely enjoyed. That ending will forever haunt me. Such an excellent book.

#3: ZUBAT: A book you lost 
interest in because it's literally everywhere

THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas. I really wanted to read this back when I first found out about it, but people on tumblr are so incredibly annoying about it, my dash is just this book - so I sold my copy. I actually wrote a whole post about why I don't like to read hyped books.

#4: DITTO: A book that reminds you of other book (tropes) but you still love anyway
THE HUNTER by L.J. Smith probably counts? Swoony dark but sensitive evil love interest. Mary Sue protagonist, love triangle (ish) - But hell, that books from the 90s, L.J. Smith's one of the pioneers of early YA, she invented all'a'y'all! 

#5: SNORLAX: A book/series you have not started because of their sheer size.
AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman. I gave that book to my brother because I really just am not in the mood for a huge book like that right now. Also yeah, I really don't want to start this now that the TV show is everything people are talking about. Not reading this for a couple years!

#6: GENGAR: A book that kept you up at night
SOMETHING WICKED by Debi Chestnut. It's about paranormal entities and a non-fiction book and holy smokes, I read this at 4pm or something and had to turn all the lights on because I was so scared out of my mind.

#7: NIDOQUEEN/KING: A bookish OTP
If you know me, you know that answer. Marguerite and Paul from A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray.

#8: RAPIDASH: A fire-hot, fast-paced read
UNNATURAL DEEDS by Cyn Balog messed me up. I mean what did I expect from a book that starts with an actual murder and is told in retrospective. I read this within a day, the twist is insane, this whole story just messed me up, I... I just.

#9: EEVE: A series you'll never get tired of seeing spin-offs for.
Usually I am absolutely 100% against stuff like that and definitely dislike authors who beat the dead horse for money. Well, if Claudia Gray decided to publish a bunch of spin-offs for the Firebird series.... I'm trash for this series.... I can't help it...

#10: MAGIKARP: A book that was surprisingly awesome.
I'm still not over WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke. Didn't see this awesomeness coming at all.

#11: LEGENDARY: An overhyped series you're still excited to read
I stay away from hyped stuff. Genuinely, I'm not excited for any overhyped books right now. I'm more looking forward to the loads of books that are going to be published in 2017.

#12: MEW/MEWTO: A collector's edition you wish you owned.
I don't do collector's editions. I don't even do multiple editions! :D 

#13: POKE-EGG: A debut novel you're very excited for.
Oh lord. Loads. Not only one. I'll probably make another post about all the books I'm looking forward to that are yet to come out very soon. Here are my current 2017 favorites:
  • WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE by Lana Popovic: Girls who can manipulate beauty through magic. Hello, I need this immediately. Goodreads
  • SEA WITCH by Sarah Henning: The witch from the Little Mermaid gets her own book. I love me a good villain story! Goodreads

#14: LURE-MODULE: An auto-buy author
Sophie Kinsella! I trust no one with chick-lit aside from her.

#15: SERVERS DOWN: A book release you've been waiting on for forever
A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU by Claudia Gray. Just gimme that conclusion, it's been 84 years.


The original tag was created by Aentee @ Read At Midnight. Here's a link to her post.


If you like the tag, feel free to leave the link to 

your version in the comments so I can see!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

[Review] A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) - Claudia Gray: Dimensional Travel and Parallel Universes





In A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU, Marguerite is determined to hunt down Paul Markov, the man that killed her physicist father and subsequently fled into a parallel universe.

What intrigued me: Time travel books are my krypronite. This is only dimensional travel, but well - close enough.

YES to parallel worlds

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU teases with a killer premise. Parallel worlds. Science. Physics. Sci-Fi. Action.
And the strange thing is, it actually delivers. The first page hooked me and I was absolutely invested in the story. The world building is impeccable, the parallel worlds Marguerite and side kick and other love interest Theo travel to are both fascinating and shockingly plausible. 

Yep, this one is one of the dreaded YA read with a love triangle - but hear me out: Gray actually manages to make this one quite endurable because Marguerite never really develops more than brotherly feelings for one of them. I'm not going to tell which one, it would spoil all the fun. The romance we get though, is breathtaking.

Emotional punch to the gut

It's a literal punch to the gut. I was so invested in the romantic storyline that would, and sometimes wouldn't happen, depending on which parallel universe they were in. Gosh. I suffered with Marguerite, I swooned with her, I cried with her.

Gray has this wonderfully easy to read, clean writing style, but whenever we have a romantic scene, she bang out sentences that just make you look up and reevaluate your life. Or start ugly crying. Seriously, if you want swoon and all the feels, this is your pick. For the love of god, I lost my heart in the Russian parallel world. If you've already recognized it, Saint Basil's Cathedral is pictured on the cover. A huge chunk of the novel is spent in Moscow in a wonderfully Romanov-era storyline that WILL murder your feelings. 

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is really a spectacularly written, unpredictable book version of a box of chocolates. From high tech worlds, to regency worlds, to something inbetween, I promise you'll enjoy at least one of the fantastic worlds Claudia Gray has so incredibly carefully crafted. And hey, the time travel plot is also pretty neat. And the love interest.  Dear God, the love interest. Prepare to have your heart broken.

But one thing that I have to remark and that negates a lot of things I enjoyed about this book is that it features dubious consent/rape. And that is not addressed until book three. A character in this has sex with another character that is unable to consent. And this is not okay. And this is not okay if not addressed properly. I loved this book and consider this to be one of my favorites, but I must knock stars off this rating for this horrifying thing.


Rating:

★★★☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is the parallel world novel that I've been waiting for. If you love a good romance with a side of fast-paced action, pick this gem up.

Trigger warning for dubious consent/rape.



Additional Info

Published: November 4th 2014
Pages: 360
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA / Sci-Fi / Parallel Worlds
ISBN: 9780062278968

Synopsis:
"Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected."(Source: Goodreads)

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