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WWW Wednesday – May 23rd, 2018

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since my last WWW post, and I thought it would be nice to inform you guys the books I’ve been reading!

I’ve actually been in a reading slump (which sucks) but these are the books I’ve been trying to read here and there, so we’ll see which one sticks!

If you didn’t know, WWW Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:
-What are you currently reading?
-What did you recently finish reading?
-What do you think you’ll read next?
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Books I Predict to be 5 Star Reads!

Hello everyone! I’ve been seeing this around the book community for awhile, and I thought it would be fun to share with you guys the books that I predict might be five star reads!

Obviously these might now actually end up being 5 stars, but a girl can dream!


Children of Blood and Bone
By: Tomi Adeyemi IMG_5096

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory! The hype and buzz surrounding this book is insane! And the premise of this book is definitely right up my alley so I can’t wait to read it as soon as possible!
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Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Behold, the one and only series I own in which I have a different edition for each installment 😂 + spoiler-free review!

Title: Hero at the Fall
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
My Rating: 4.25 stars! ⭐️
Description:
When gunslinging Amani Al’Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she’d join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn’t have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn’t exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.

My Review:
A fantastic end, to a fantastic trilogy. This is one of those series in which I am so not ready to let go of yet.
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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Spoiler-free!

Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
My Rating: 3.5 stars! ⭐️
Description: 
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

My review:
If you have any interest in mythology whatsoever, you have to pick this book up.

Essentially each “chapter” is one mythological tale. So it’s basically a whole book full of mythological tales, like the title suggests. But they do still have some semblance of order, leading up to Ragnarok, the end of everything.

I really liked the formatting of this book, especially since it was nice to be able to finish a section of the story right away. It gave you that feeling of wow I’m flying through this book really quickly. The stories in here are so compelling and so well-written, that you just want to finish the whole chapter to find out what happens!

AND, I listened to the audiobook for this, and Neil Gaiman was the perfect choice! (I love when authors narrate their own books! It just adds that extra element since you know exactly the type of tone being portrayed).

His narration is absolutely fantastic, and he really does have that “story-teller” voice that is great for a book like this.

The only problems that I had with this book, is the fact that some tales weren’t as enticing to me as others, so I found myself somewhat bored at times. There were also a lot of names and people in some of the chapters, in which I started to feel a bit overwhelmed.  But, there were definitely a handful of stories that were my favorite, like the Mede of Poetry and Thor’s Hammer.

This is going to be a short and sweet review, since there isn’t much else for me to say, other than READ THIS BOOK! It’s such an entertaining read and I feel like it’s perfect for a long road trip! (Also, I highly recommend the audiobook since the narration was pretty perfect!)

Thanks for reading!
-Ashley
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May TBR! 🌸 [2018]

Hello everyone! During the month of May, I know I’ll be a teeensy bit busy with schoolwork, so I probably won’t read a majority of these books on the TBR, but a girl can dream. 😂


Hero at the Fall
By: Alwyn Hamilton 6187iagi2bl-_sx323_bo1204203200_

Remember last month when I said this was a PRIORITY read for me? Yeah, still didn’t get to it because I suck. However, I did end up actually rereading the first two books, (Rebel of the Sands & Traitor to the Throne) so this is definitely definitely definitely my next read.

A Court of Frost and Starlight
By: Sarah J. Maas acofas-us

I do have a love/hate relationship with Sarah J. Maas and her books, (which is why it’s taking me AGES to finish the Throne of Glass series) but I do think I’ll pick this one up this month, especially since the novella is SO TINY. But I’m not as excited for these books as I used to be? IDK.

A Gathering of Shadows
By: V.E. Schwab A Gathering of Shadows Final

I still have to actually go out and buy this book, so it’s still unsure if I’ll actually get to it this month, but I do have to read it quickly before I forget everything that happened in book one! I try to avoid rereading books if I can help it! 😂

Gemina
By: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman 9781780749815_1

WOW I’m actually going to attempt to finish this one! I’ve been reading it on and off for literally the past year and a half, but for some weird reason I’m not enjoying it as much as Illuminae! 😕 Maybe it’s because of the new characters or the newish setting…but I just gotta push through since I hear Obsidio is fantastic! I’m currently on page 379/663.


That’s all the books I’m planning to read…not too ambitious, but I’ll definitely try to knock a few of these out!

Let me know in the comments what books you are planning to read, as well as if you’ve read any of the ones I mentioned!

Thanks for reading!
-Ashley

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Spoiler-free!

Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
My Rating: 4.25 stars! ⭐️
Description:
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.
Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.
Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

My Review:
This is actually a reread for me, in preparation for reading the final book in this trilogy, Hero at the Fall! I think I made a good call in rereading the first two books in this series before the finale, especially because I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH!

And I know a lot of you have read this first book, feeling a bit meh about it, BUT TRUST ME, TRAITOR TO THE THRONE (the sequel) is honestly phenomenal. It’s one of my all-time favorite books! I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend continuing on, just to read the amazing sequel.

In Rebel of the Sands, we follow a main character who has the full intention to leave her town Dustwalk and is striving for a better life elsewhere. Amani has such strength and toughness to her character, but also carries this realistic nature that you can’t help but identify in yourself as well.

Straight off the bat, she disguises herself as a boy to attend a sharpshooting contest (one in which she’s obviously going to win because she legit never misses a shot) and stumbles upon a foreign boy who is a whole lot more than he seems.

Onto the review itself, I definitely think that rereading this book again made me focus more on the world-building and the details I know will come into play in the second book. It was like my brain fine-tuned on the parts that I know are important, which obviously isn’t something that first time readers will be aware of.

I will say this, it is a little difficult to keep track of everything that is going on. I’m not saying that there’s a whole lot of info dumps, it’s just that for some reason, certain parts in this book can be easy to forget? I don’t know what it is, it’s just that I started to get so invested in one part of the story, that I totally forgot about another thing that occurred previously.

Even though (so far) my preference in this trilogy is the second book…Rebel of the Sands still has a whole lot to offer. It’s such an amazing setup novel and the arcs of each character carry on through the next book as well. It’s a constant development and it’s so good! Amani is an awesome main character to follow, especially since her decisions are rational and make sense.

Also, there are a lot of wtf moments in this book as well as in the sequel, and a little warning: the author is not afraid to kill off characters.

Overall, this is a trilogy I highly recommend to you guys, especially if you’re looking for something you can binge super easily! It has amazing characters and such a strong plot, that you’ll for sure miss these books once they are over!

Thanks for reading!
-Ashley

Another Book Haul!

Hello! I’m here with another book haul, but this time it’s not as big as the last one I posted two months ago lol.

ALSO, I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR 200 FOLLOWERS! I couldn’t believe it when I saw it on the corner of my page…I completely flipped out! Thank you so much! I’ve interacted with so many amazing bloggers and it’s awesome to properly interact with people who share the same reading tastes as you! I’m so grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve met in the blogging community!
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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Spoiler-free!

Title: Scythe
Author: Neal Shusterman
My Rating: 4.25 stars! ⭐️
Description:
Thou shalt kill.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

My Review:
Wooooooow what a book! Can you believe it, I haven’t read a dystopian novel since 2015?! That’s 3 years! I was so shocked when I found out the last one I read was Angelfall by Susan Ee.

I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed this book so much was because of the long gap I took from reading Dystopian novels. It’s still not my favorite genre, but from time to time I do enjoy it!

This book has such an interesting premise. Basically generations ago, (because of the highly advanced technology) humans had developed a way to sustain their life even after death. So if you die, you can easily be brought back to life, or choose when you want to revert to a different age. However, since Earth cannot support every single life, individuals called Scythes were introduced, to randomly eliminate lives in order to keep the population under control.

In this book we follow the perspective of two characters, Rowan and Citra, who have been taken under the wing of Scythe Faraday as apprentices—in which one of them will actually move on to become a Scythe.

I think my favorite thing about this book, was the whole concept of Scythes. It was definitely something that kept me so invested in the book, and wanting to find out more of how they originated. (WHICH WAS SO INTERESTING!) I loved reading the Scythes diary entries at the end of each chapter since it really gave us insight to how much killing had affected them.

I also enjoyed how much this book made me think. It arises all these questions on mortality and humanity as a whole, as well as different opinions characters have in this book that can be seen as morally correct or incorrect.

It was interesting to read their thought process behind those specific beliefs, which was also provided by the diary entries.

As much as I enjoyed the book, this was one of those cases where I found the plot of the story to be more interesting than the characters themselves. It felt like they weren’t developed enough for me, or that I didn’t know them well enough to form a better connection to them, especially our two main characters Rowan and Citra. (I felt the same way towards the romantic aspect of the book based on the fact that we barely saw any proper interaction between the characters).

Coming off of this, I felt like each chapter length was too short. There were some parts of the book where I felt like part of the story itself wasn’t developed thoroughly enough? Like they would be at one place but immediately the chapter would end and something totally different was occurring.

It threw me off a bit, especially since I wanted to see a specific characters reaction or the journey to this place but instead we just jumped from one chapter to the next.

ALSO, (something I just wanted to mention as an aside) to those of you who have read this book, did you get any vibes from the book Animal Farm by George Orwell? Especially with the ten commandments part? I was totally getting Animal Farm vibes and I kept comparing the two books, and I found that to be SO cool.

Regardless of all these little bumps that caused me to lower my rating, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend this to any of you who have been feeling the dystopian genre lately! It’s definitely a thought-provoking book and a series I am certain to continue very soon!

Thanks for reading!
-Ashley
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March Wrap Up! [2018]

SORRY THIS IS SO LATE! But yay for reading enough books to make a wrap up! I managed to read 5 books in March, and even though it’s not an alarming amount, I’m still really pleased with it because I am the slowest reader ever. (which I feel like I mention in every single wrap up of mine).


Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 30975382
I read this during my attempt at a 24 hour readathon, and I can’t believe that it was in March? For some reason I feel like I read this months ago lol. (That’s also probably why you shouldn’t binge read a book in a day 😂) This was such an entertaining read for me, it has gladiators, female warriors, romance and kickass fight scenes. Plus the ending to this book was so crazy.

51c7igsoyhl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
I listened to the audiobook of this one AND I LOVED EVERY SECOND. Yes, my rating isn’t that high but I really think the audiobook enhanced my experience a lot for this one. Like the title says, this book is filled with a bunch of mythological tales, told in Neil Gaiman’s brilliant, lyrical writing. It was nice to be able to read one whole chapter or “story” and then take a little break to read the next tale later on. I highly recommend this to all you mythology lovers out there!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 51s-zq92brl-_sx331_bo1204203200_
Another amazing read! Can you believe it, this was my first ever V.E. Schwab book, and I couldn’t be happier that I started with this one! If you didn’t know, ADSOM follows our main character Kell, who is known as an Antari for their ability to travel between 4 parallel Londons. It’s such a cool concept and V.E. Schwab excuted it perfectly. I did feel a bit iffy on some things, but you can read them more in detail in my review.

8755776City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.25
I am so glad that I was able to complete a small chunk of my yearly goal, which was to complete The Mortal Instruments series. Yes, I still have one more book left to go, but I know for a fact that I’m actually going to follow through and finish it now. City of Lost Souls is definitely one of my favorites of the 4 I read so far, which I’m really pleased about. I felt like we mostly got a full development of our characters, and I really am going to miss a lot of them when the series is over. Review. 

Circe by Madeline Miller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ + favorite read! 9781408890080
Behold my favorite read of the month…(and one of my all time favorite reads EVER!) Am I really surprised that this book blew me away? No, I was expecting nothing but greatness from Madeline Miller. This story follows Circe, an immortal goddess born from the Titan Helios. Throughout the novel we follow her struggles and insecurities with fitting in with the immortals around her, as well as trying to come to terms with her love for mortal life. It’s a beautiful story of determination, growth, and the reality of eternity. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. (Especially if you’re into Greek Mythology) YOU NEED TO READ THIS! It comes out April 10, 2018! You can read my full non-spoiler review here!


Thank you guys so much for reading…I hope I managed to convince you to read at least one of these books, since I had a pretty great reading month! Let me know your favorite read of March!

-Ashley
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