Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review||| An Inheritance of Ashes by: Leah Bobet


Rating: 4/5 stars

Standalone

Format: Paperback ARC

Page Count: 391

Published: October 6th, 2015

Publisher: Clarion Books (HMH)

Thank you to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company for sending me an early review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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"Six months ago, the men of the lakelands marched south to fight a dark god. 

Weeks after the final battle was won, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister, Marthe, are still struggling to maintain their family farm—and are waiting for Marthe’s missing husband to return. After a summer of bitter arguments, Hallie is determined to get Roadstead Farm through the winter—and keep what’s left of her family together, despite an inheritance destined to drive them apart. 

But when Hallie hires a wandering veteran in a bid to save the farm, every phantom the men marched south to fight arrives at her front gate. Spider-eyed birds circle the fields, ghostly messages writes themselves on the riverbank, and soon Hallie finds herself keeping her new hired hand’s despite desperate secrets—and taking dangerous risks. But as she fights to keep both the farm and her new friend safe, ugly truths about her own family are emerging—truths that, amid gods, monsters, and armies, might tear Roadstead Farm apart. 

Leah Bobet’s stark, beautiful fantasy explores the aftermath of the battles we fight and the slow, careful ways love can mend broken hearts—and a broken world."

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Very rarely do you find standalones that are fantasy-esque, and if you do there's no guarantee that they will even be good. Let me take all your worries away as I sit down with a nice cup of tea, by a cozy fire, and recommend to you An Inheritance of Ashes by: Leah Bobet. 

This book follows two sisters and their struggle to maintain a farm, both during and after a more... 'supernatural' war. Leah Bobet really describes the dark environment that these two women, and all the other townsfolk, are living in. As I was reading I had to, no joke, get up and eat something at various points in the story. It felt like I was transported to this world where if you didn't harvest the crops, or if your animals weren't doing well, then you would starve. (Which happened to be the least of the characters' worries.)
The tone of the book was dark, yet hopeful. You have your family fights, the two sisters struggled to maintain a relationship when almost everything was built on a tower of lies. Yet at the same time you have supernatural beings referred to as 'Wicked Things,' I believe, falling from who knows where, causing havoc. It was interesting to see the family aspect become intertwined with the supernatural war aspect. 

Characters:

When reading, I thought I knew what I was going to say in regards to the characters but looking back now I have no idea. In the beginning of the book I thought both Marthe and Hallie, the sisters, were huge brats. I didn't get why they kept arguing over stuff that was completely stupid. However, as I got into the story I felt like I understood both women better. Marthe and Hallie both had some inner demons, their father was abusive and their uncle had 'abandoned' them. The sisters had stopped truly trusting each other and I think they just didn't know how to rebuild their relationship. The book isn't super focused on Marthe so I never got super attached to her. However, I could relate to Hallie on a few things, such as trying to weigh if lying was a better option than telling the truth. (I think we can all admit that we've done this at least once to spare someones feelings.) 
Other characters included Heron, Tyler, and Nat. (Obviously not the only characters that show up but they were mentioned more frequently.) 
I have no feelings toward Heron, I didn't love him but I also didn't hate him either.I thought he was fairly complex, as far as his motives, his background, and his feelings. Heron definitely had a lot of inner turmoil throughout the book. You only get to see his true feelings in a few scenes, but all those scenes were written incredibly well. 
I LOVED Nat. I didn't LOVE any other character in this book besides Nat, excluding the barn animals. Nat was a "say what I wanna say and don't give a crap" kind of girl, which may have been annoying if not for her being the voice of reason. I felt like Nat was saying exactly what I was saying in my head. That being, "will you stop arguing and lying and get to apologizing already?!?!" As much as I loved Nat, she definitely was mentioned a 'just right' amount of times. She served her purpose in the story-line and I was satisfied, as a whole, with her character appearances.
I didn't like Tyler... at all. At first I thought he was kind of cutesy, I actually felt sympathy for him since he was injured in the war, but that didn't last long. He acted kind of douche-y on-and-off. I felt like his character was pretty hot and cold. Sometimes he would be a little sweet heart but then other times I would want to slap him because he was being a whole other level of rude. So, overall, definitely not a favorite of mine.

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Though the world was dark, there were a few bright moments. Watching a community come together to defeat a common goal was pretty great. It only goes to show that if people work together then we can do some pretty great things, even if this is a fictional worlds. There were some other aspects that I liked that were more on the ridiculous side. One being that all the barn cats had 'Gus' in their names. Ex. Gus, Gussy, Gussy the third, etc. That definitely made me laugh a little.


I recommend this book to: people who enjoy books with fantasy and/or family aspects. 
I'd also recommend to anyone who wants a taste of fantasy but isn't looking to commit to a series.


Favorite quotes:

"The worst part about learning to lie was the way you lied to yourself. How the lies seeped into, and tainted, everything true."


"You never see how large the things you've planted grow until it's too late."


"'There is no such thing as an enemy the day you find yourself dying alone.'"





Have you read AIOA? What did you think?

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Edition

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.


Currently lying on the couch, sick *insert hacking cough* so what better time to type up a TTT? It's also Tuesday and I needed to type this post up anyways but that's besides the point....

Today's topic is:

Top Ten books I wouldn't mind finding under the Christmas tree...or something like that


....minus the long list of 2016 ARCs that look amazing.









I don't think I'll be getting any of these for Christmas (mostly because I didn't ask for any of them xD) *regrets life decisions* but if they happened to appear magically I wouldn't be disappointed....





Happy Holiday's!

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!
:D


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Warning this guide contains common sense: Rules to live by in the Blogosphere (#1)


Before we even get into this post I want to start out by saying that I am in no way trying to force you to follow any of these "rules." Matter of fact, these aren't even so much rules as they are personal things that I try to remember when being active in the book/blogger community. A few of these "rules" are in regards to more negative things that people have been doing in the blogging community, situations where you should use common sense. However, that pretty much covers the list. I hope you enjoy! :)

Update: I've decided to make this into a mini-series of sorts. I was going to make one long list of "rules" but I've decided to spread the list out so your not reading for hours (lol) I'll try to post a different themed list every single week for the next 2/3 weeks so keep checking back :)



Concerning requesting/reviewing books

Rule #1:
If you email a publisher and they 

A. Don't respond 
or
B. Respond telling you that you've been rejected

DO NOT email them back. Keep in mind that publishers can only send out books to a select few people and sometimes you just won't be one of them. The only time where it's appropriate to request again AFTER the publisher has rejected you is on Edelweiss (or at least that's what I think.) Just remember not to go too crazy with the re-requesting.


Rule #2:
Try not to request a book directly from an author. Some authors are kind and they will forward your request to their publishers but others may just ignore them. 

It is not an authors job to send you their book.

It's NEVER okay to be rude to an author because they can't whip their book out of thin air so they can send it to you. Heidi Heilig (author of The Girl from Everywhere) was on Twitter earlier talking about how some people were giving books 1 star on Goodreads just because they weren't given an ARC of the book. Not only is that extremely rude and childish but it also doesn't help an authors career. You may not realize it but many authors are dependent on the success of their book: by trashing their book for no reason you are affecting their future in the book industry. 
Please, please, please just think before you do something like that.



Rule #3:
Try not to be too smug for having ARCs. If you've ever received and ARC before then you know it feels pretty great. It's super exciting to know you have a book before anyone else does, and of course it's okay to share! It's always nice to say thank you to the publisher through social media as well as to share with the author how excited you are for their book. But please, please, please don't be rude or snarky about it. By rude or snarky I mean posting pictures of the book EVERY DAY or saying something like: "I have the book and you don't HAHA YOU SUCK." (Okay so those aren't good examples but you get where I'm going.)


Rule #4:
Be truthful with stats when requesting from a publisher. Sure you can say that you get 20,000 views a month and be pretty much guaranteed to get the book based off of numbers but that's not the right thing to do. Honestly, that's pretty much why you should be truthful, it's the right thing to do. Plus, if a publisher finds out that you've been lying to them then you probably won't get accepted for review copies anymore...


Rule #5:
Uphold your side of the bargain. I think that when you agree to review a book for a publisher your almost agreeing to the terms of a contract. 

"We'll send you this book if you read and review it."

Even I forget this one occasionally *gasps*
It's hard to read and review books in a timely manner, I'll admit that. (That's also a reason why you shouldn't request more books than you can handle, and why you should only request books that you are actually interested in reading.)



Thank you so much for reading! 

Comment below and tell me what some of your "rules of requesting" are, I always love to hear back.

Have a lovely day everyone!
:D

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (What # is this anyways?)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine


It's time for yet another WoW and today I'm doing another 2016 debut. Any surprise here? I don't think so. If you've been to my blog before you may have noticed that I have a love for 2016 debuts. There are so many fabulous ones coming out next year that I'm dying to get my hands on.
Today's pick is one that doesn't come out for a little less than a year *cry* so it's a little bit of a wait... But I couldn't help myself so here it is:








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"Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return."



This book sounds absolutely FANTASTIC. I'm so excited for September 2016 because it'll be coming out then *squeeeeee* Plus the cover is gorgeous *all the heart eye emojis*



What books are you waiting for?


Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!
:D


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: So I struggled this year...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 



Hello friends! It's Tuesday and you know what that means... *cough* another Top Ten Tuesday *cough* I've been dreading a TTT post that has today's particular theme because, well, I've been a sucky reader this year. I don't even think I made it to 50 books *single tear* One of my bookish new years resolutions will definitely be to prioritize reading more (since apparently the struggle was real this year.) 
Anyways... Today's TTT topic is:


Top Ten Best Books
 I Read In 2015 


(The following are listed in no particular order since I loved all these books :)





So maybe I haven't finished Winter yet.... But I'm trying to! (...and it's fabulous so far so I'm sure it deserves a spot on this list :)

As far as my favorites from my favorites list goes (if that makes any sense xD)
I think that Don't Look Back definitely ranks as highest, or at least one of the highest, up. This book was absolutely fantastic and I 100000% recommend it to everybody. The romance isn't too over-powering and the story is creepy and fast-paced. I couldn't stop reading!
*realizes I didn't write a review for this book*

That may mean I have to re-read it and I definitely wouldn't complain if that's the case.

Though I rave about Don't Look Back I completely recommend each and every one of these books! If you haven't already then add them to your tbr pile for 2016 :)




What were a few of your favorite books that you read this year?
Let me know in the comments :)


Thanks so much for reading!
I hope you have a fantabulous day
:D


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Review||| This is Where it Ends by: Marieke Nijkamp


This is Where it Ends

Rating: 3.5/5

Standalone

Format: E-ARC

Page Count: 292

Published: January 5th, 2016

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Thank you to Netgalley and SourceBooks Fire for providing me with an ARC :) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
"10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival."

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Just based off the synopsis I knew this was going to be a dark book. I'm honestly not sure how a book about a school shooting wouldn't be. I deeply admire Marieke for writing about such a sensitive topic, not everyone would go for it but she did and I have to at least give her props for that. However, I didn't really enjoy reading the book.


For me, books are an escape from all the crap that happens in our society. This is Where it Ends was no escape, in fact, it was just another reminder of our sad reality. About halfway through the book I was ready to be done with it, which usually isn't a good feeling to have while reading. I felt like it took me a millennia just to get through a book that takes place over the course of 54 minutes. (When in reality it only took me a few days.)

This book is actually told from multiple POVs, and by multiple I mean like 5 POVs. I don't know about anyone else but that's a lot of different perspectives for me to keep up with. For the first 20% of the book I was straight up confused. I was having a lot of trouble visualizing the character's appearances, which was mostly my only problem with the multiple POVs. 
You know how sometimes when there are multiple POVs you tend to favor one over the other (at least that's what I tend to do.) There was none of that in TIWIE but that was more due to the fact that I didn't particularly like any of the characters.

Throughout the book there are several flashbacks. Some involving the shooter, Tyler, and some just being being family moments. I assume the flashbacks were there to help move the story along as well as give you a reason to be attached to these characters, since you barely see them. However, I just didn't feel anything for them. Of course I felt bad when someone died or when someone lost a love one but it wasn't because I liked that character it was more because that's my nature, being the human that I am. 

It felt as if the story got slightly repetitive in some places. After the third time of someone saying "I need to go protect ...." I was just done. Going along with the "I need to protect..." I thought that some of the characters were just being straight-out stupid. The shooters sister, Autumn, repeatedly tries to go confront her brother and every single time he shames her and threatens her life. You can't reason with someone who is INSANE. Some people believed they were being brave by standing up to the shooter, and maybe that's true, but it was also a pretty stupid thing to do.

Looking back, if things wouldn't have gone the way they did then the ending wouldn't have been what it was. (If that makes any sense xD) I guess I could understand some of the characters actions but that wasn't always the case.

Since this book is focused on a sad, modern occurrence it wasn't hard to predict the ending. As soon as you read the synopsis you theorize about how it will end, and let me just tell you it ends exactly how you think it will. There are no plot twists or betrayals just a crazy teen with a gun that decides to go kill innocents.

There was a particular spot in the book that bothered me, don't worry it's not a spoiler, where one of the characters (Tomas) sees a pretty girl that he wants to ask out. Keep in mind everyones life is being threatened at this very moment. He thinks to himself that if he saves her maybe she'll finally notice him and he can take her on a date, so he goes and saves her. This really irks me because it just seems like such an inappropriate thing to put in a book about a massacre. (Sorry just had to get that out)

One thing I loved about this book was the modern twist it had. There was a use of Twitter messages throughout towards the ends of the chapters. You get to see the media trying to interact with these high school kids. I got pissed off as soon as the reporters started going on Twitter and attempted to try and interview these kids. They are locked in a room while being shot at and all you care about is getting answers to stupid questions?!?! (Only slightly ironic because that's something a modern day reporter would do.)

Anyways...

I thought this book was okay overall. It didn't particularly blow me away and when I was done reading I felt like I needed to see cute animal GIFs.



One of my favorite quotes was:

"I never realized courage was so terrifying."


I'd recommend this book to: People who like contemporaries about more serious subject matter.



Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!
:D



Friday, December 11, 2015

What's small, kicks butt, and (when manipulated just right) can get you excited to read? Taglines.


I was just lying around, avoiding homework, and came up with the idea to do a post completely focused on book tag lines. Being me, from time to time I'm super lazy and won't read the synopsis of a book, sometimes the cover is enough to persuade me for or against. But a good tagline can convince me that I NEED the book. Sometimes one badass sentence is all you really need to get you interested. I had fun going through all my books and looking for tag lines that I thought would be... interesting. I'll admit that I haven't read all of these books but you know there's always next year.
Anyways...
There are suspenseful tag lines, creepy tag lines, cutesy tag lines, and even tag lines that coordinate with the title. But most give you some reason to get excited to read the book.






Tag lines that coordinate with the title


The first book that came to mind for this category was Don't Look Back by: Jennifer L. Armentrout. 

"Don't Look Back
 you won't like what you find."

is a brilliant use of a tagline. I know that between the creepy cover and the tagline I couldn't wait to start this book! 

(P.S it was amazing so please pick it up if you haven't already :)






Tag lines that contrast with the book cover



"Sometimes live chooses you" is the tagline for Forbidden by: Tabitha Suzuma. This specific line could be used on a summery contemporary as well. However the line mixed with the creepy cover gives it an eerie twist. I mean it is about incest.... *awkward silence*
*casually moves on*
"Curiouser and curiouser!" is the line used for Through the Zombie by: Gena Showalter. While you say the tagline in a more perky fashion the cover sends a different message. (Yes, it took me a few months to finally notice the zombie girl reflection xD)





The intense tag lines that win at life (aka Shatter me tag lines)




As far as physical appearance these books have it all. I mean, the covers are gorgeous, but those tag lines though. 

"Fear will learn to fear me"  

Such a badass line!

Aren't you at least a tiny bit interested to see what the book is all about, to explore the story further? Of course you are! 

"They want to find me. I will find them first."


and

"My touch is lethal. My touch is power."

SO. GOOD. 

Who comes up with such brilliant lines?

A magical wizard?


(I think yes)




















Ooooooooh what's that one about? tag lines




Everything about Six of Crows draws readers in. From the gorgeous cover, to the title, to the black stained pages, to the bold red letter words. 
That's right.
It's hard not to notice them, the red is a huge contrast from the blacks and grays of the book. They jump out at you and you MUST read them. 

"SIX DANGEROUS OUTCASTS.
ONE IMPOSSIBLE HEIST."

and BAM you want to read the book. Who are these dangerous outcasts?!?!? What's the impossible heist?!?! You need to know!


First thing you notice about Red Queen is it's GORGEOUS AMAZING BEAUTIFUL FANTABULOUS COVER. As your eyes scan this masterpiece you come upon a tagline that reads:

"POWER IS A DANGEROUS GAME"

Between the bloody crown and the tagline that promises some political controversy (probably in a royal family) you can't help but be drawn to the book.
*buys so fast*





This post has been brought to you by:

A READER'S (quirky?) IMAGINATION


I had a ton of fun writing this post and I hope you had 
just as much fun reading it :) 

In the comments tell me what your favorite tagline is (or if you love any of the tag lines mentioned in this post.)

Thanks so much for reading and have a magical day

*waves*



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday


Wow, I haven't done Waiting on Wednesday in FOREVER. Nonetheless I'm doing it today :)
There are a ton of books that I've been eagerly anticipating recently (by a ton I mean A TON.) The amount of 2016 debuts that are releasing within the next year is insane so it's hard to narrow it down to just one for today. (If you want to see a longer list of the debuts that I'm anticipating then you can visit last weeks TTT.)
Today I'm going to be spotlighting:













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"Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets - thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran's magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar's plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk - it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN is a lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian mythology."




So this book sounds AMAZING and Roshani is the sweetest and ahhhhhhhh just so excited! Plus the cover is gorgeous (I mean look at the gorgeous colors.) Overall just super excited and I'm flailing in anticipation for May. xD


What are you waiting for today?




Thanks for reading!
Hope you have a wonderful day 
:D



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: The Fangirl is released



I haven't posted in a little while and I apologize but school has been a little demanding *cough* stop giving me homework, teacher *cough* but I'm back today. :)
Today's TTT Topic is one that I'm especially fond of (ok a little more than fond more like obsessed with.) 

Top Ten 2016 Debuts I'm looking
forward to



Heidi is the best, this cover is GORGEOUS, and that synopsis is just UGH neeeeeed.





Diana Gabaldon blurbed it + time travel + Scotland + So much yes





Roshani is the sweetest and this cover is gorgeous. Combined with the synopsis I'm dying over here.




I know I've said it a 1000 times but the cover is beautiful!!! Plus the Russian setting mixed with magic has me itching to get my hands on a copy.




I haven't heard of any other books like this one! Once again the cover is to die for and the synopsis sounds crazy wonderful.




Detectives? Crimes? An Investigation? I needed this book yesterday.
(Plus the cover is. so. pretty.)




Sarah from The Ya Book Traveler loved this book so I think I'm going to love the book as well! (The cover is gorgeous + there's a bada** female) I'm in :):):)




This book sounds intense and I'm kind of a lot in love with the concept. 
(Guess what? This cover is gorgeous as well!)





Sonya has to sense the intentions of would-be assassins. Can this book be in my hands already? *Gazes into future*
(the coverrrrrrr *insert heart eyes emoji*)




I recently got and e-arc of this book and I'm hoping to get to it soon! I'm so so excited because blackbeard. BLACKBEARD?!?! 
(Do I even need to mention how fabulous the cover is?)





The MC lost her arm to cannibals. When was the last time you saw that in a book?!
The cover is gorgeous and the fact that the book has magic is enough for me to be EXTREMELY interested. 





This book had me at assassins. The cover is beauteous (as you can see) and any YA fantasy book that follows an assassin or families of assassins is a must-read for me.





This is actually my current read and it's AMAZING. (The cover is... well ya know)
Definitely look out for this one next year!



I tried to limit myself to no avail xD

Thanks for reading, 
Have a wonderful day!
:D


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review||| The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by: Katherine Howe



















The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by: Katherine Howe


Rating: 2.5/5

Standalone

Format: Library hardback

Page Count: 400 

Published: September 15th, 2015

Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

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"It’s summertime in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.

As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose petal lips and her entrancing glow. But there’s something about her that he can’t put his finger on that makes him wonder about this intriguing hipster girl from the Village. Why does she use such strange slang? Why does she always seem so reserved and distant? And, most importantly, why does he only seem to run into her on one block near the Bowery? Annie’s hiding something, a dark secret from her past that may be the answer to all of Wes’s questions . . .
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Oh this book. Back in early September I went to the library and decided to get all the books (because who doesn't love free books?) TAOAVS was one of the many in my haul. At the time I was really feeling the plot line and I was like "I'll start it RIGHT NOW" ... so that's what I did. I can tell you one thing and it's that this book didn't take me a short period of time to read. Actually, it took me over a month and it's only 400 pages, which isn't anything too drastic. I'm not sure if I lost interest or if I was too busy worrying over all the new-releases but this book just took me FOREVER to finish. So let's get into my actual thoughts on the story.

I was immediately intrigued by the prologue (or chapter one but I can't remember which it is.) The narrator is discussing an old newspaper, nothing too drastic, when all of a sudden you begin to hear about a fire that massacred a ton of people. The tone of the novel was eerie and I loved it.
Then we start to get into the actual story. I definitely wasn't as drawn in as I was with the prologue but still I trudged on. I didn't really pick up on everything that was happening and I wasn't instantly in love with any of the characters either. The story was told in parts that followed two different character, Wes and Annie. The first part, which followed Wes, was pretty lacking in content, nothing really happened. 
After part 1 we flip over to part 2, which followed Annie. I was instantly confused when it was her POV and I didn't feel unsettled like I think I was supposed to feel. 
... and it really didn't get much better.
I kind of began to catch on to "the big reveal" when I wasn't far into Annie's POV, so finding out some things about her past weren't as surprising as I wish they would have been. 
There is one point in the book where Annie is just running around the streets screaming about how confused and scared she is. This wouldn't have been a big deal if it hadn't continued for a good 3 pages. It was extremely dragged on and I just wanted to start skipping pages at that point.
As much as I didn't really enjoy Annie's POV I really didn't enjoy reading Wes's POV. Wes's parts were just pretty average until the end, even then they weren't super interesting.
After you get a good chunk of the way into the book you begin to see the Pov's changing in no specific pattern. I personally really hate when this happens, especially when a book is told in 3rd person similiar to Allegiant. I couldn't tell who was talking and it's annoying to flip back through the book to check.

As far as the characters...
We have Wes, Annie, ... Wes's friends and his girlfriend? Who's names I've long forgotten at this point. Wes started out as a shy film guy, at least that was my interpretation. I really liked him because it was refreshing to not read about a douche canoe main guy for once.Yeah, well that didn't last. I felt like he had a very double-sided personality. He had a cute nice-guy exterior but then towards the end he cheats because... well I still don't understand why. 
MADDY *remembers girlfriends name*
So Wes and Maddy meet at a seance towards the beginning and Maddy immediately doesn't mesh well with me. I think she was supposed to be seen as an "I can take care of myself bad-a**" but she comes off pushy and needy and just... *shudders.*
Both of Wes's friends were douche bags. We had one who was pushy and had one-sided expectations; then we had the one friend who got all the girls and worked at a super fancy clothing store. Both had smug attitudes and I couldn't stand scenes that included them.
Annie was just meh. I didn't really hate her but I didn't connect with her. Actually about the not hating her part...
Towards the end she has her head in the clouds and she makes some idiotic decisions. Actually I guess everyone does. There were so many ways to avoid what happens in the end but apparently no one in this book has a smidgen of common sense.  

Overall, I really just didn't like this book. I was hoping for an eerie contemporary but all I got was annoying characters and a few confusing chapters. However, after reflecting on the book I couldn't find a ton of things that I would change about it. I truly believe that this just wasn't my type book and someone else could find enjoyment out of it. If the synopsis sounds interesting then you may just want to give the first few chapters a try.


Favorite Quote:

"... A minute can be an eternity, sometimes."

(P.s I have a TON more quotes on my Tumblr 
because if there's one thing this book has it's the amazing quotes.)


Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!
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