Sisters & Cake | The Siren by Keira Cass




I can't believe how good this was. The storyline was engaging, the characters were gorgeous little human beans and the cover is beautiful (gotta mention the cover). I have to say though, the original cover is kind of terrible. That font does not work, at all.

Honestly, I went in with low hopes, sure the idea was pretty original but would it be another one of those cliché love stories? One of those books where friends and family go out the window as soon as you meet a boy? Well, yes and no.



First and foremost, is the sisterly bond that the four sirens share. This is so IMPORTANT. How often in mainstream YA books do we see girls supporting girls like that? Not very often, I can tell you that (although perhaps it's down to the books I've read). From what I've seen, a great deal of womanly interaction in other books is either spiteful (mean girls), pitying (look at that ditz), casual acquaintances or best friends who read like casual acquaintances. 

Couple examples from my recently read:
Cruel Beauty where she hates both her sister and her aunt.
Merciless where she's terrified of every other girl there
Renegade where the mother is the tormentor
The Glass Arrow where she despises other girls for being 'weak'

And that's just to name a few. Yes, these are literally the last four books I read (excluding those that I can't describe without spoiling something). How devastating is that? There's always some kind of girl on girl hate, which is super unhealthy. We need to love each other! Not tear each other down.

on girl on girl hate
I think that's part of the reason I adored this book so much, just the absolute togetherness of it all. They really looked out for each other, hell, they loved each other. They cared for each other when they were sick and went of of their way to make the other ones happy. Decades of living together as teenage girls will probably do that to you - again, none of that petty hatred going on here! I loved how Kiera Cass made the enemy something external (illness, parents, being mute) rather than a dispute between people who are meant to love each other.

True, the whole relationship thing did intrude slightly. But the way it was weaved in lessened the impact. I loved Akinli with the fire of a thousand suns, because he's just so pure? and innocent? and sweet? Why must you do this to me. It's a big change from that stereotypical 'bad boy, whose only good for you'. Everyone loved Akinli, including that little old lady from down the street. He was that adorable!

His family was pretty rockin' as well (why am I talking like this?). There was no backstabbing brother, no jealous conniving sister and no over protective parents. There was just a shit ton of love and support, which was wonderful. The only truly main controversial figure in this story was the sea or Her. She loved the girls, or at least she thought that she did, but she couldn't express that so the girls would be able to understand. She could read people's thoughts, but I don't think she could interpret them quite right? In the end, she made the right decision though. Proving dedication, and more importantly, love.




The Siren by Kiera Cass


 From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a captivating stand-alone fantasy romance.
Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?
The Siren was previously self-published; this brand-new edition has been completely rewritten and redesigned.












So would I recommend this book? Yes, a thousand times yes! Truth be told I cried a little at the end (because I'm a big sap, and I just found it so bittersweet), but that just kind of indicates how good it was. It actually made me feel something, despite me usually being an emotionless robot. Hold on, I just kind of contradicted myself there. Um, what I'm trying to say is normally I don't form as strong as a connection as I did with this book. But when I do form those connections, I'm a terrible cry baby? Yeah, something like that.

Stacking the Shelves (1)



Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme, usually posted on Saturdays, that is hosted by tyngasreviews! Click here to go to their page. They can probably explain it a little better than I can, so here's the description that they give it! Hope it's okay that I used a paragraph from your post tyngasreviews.

We are all book lovers and the need to share our enthusiasm is sometimes overwhelming. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
If you’re anything like me, you are probably hoarding books and even though you are excited about your latest book arrival, it might be a while before you get to review it and Stacking The Shelves is a good way to express your undying enthusiasm for those titles!

So what books did I get? To be completely honest, it wasn't a great book buying/receiving month for me. There were literally no book sales on (okay, so there was one) and I spent quite a bit of time overseas on holiday. Couldn't really find too many affordable english books where I went :/ Having said that, I did discover a little book fair a couple of days ago - where I managed to pick up a couple of books. I also ordered a few on book depository! One book hasn't arrived yet, so I haven't included it in this list.

BookDepository

The Alloy of Law has been on my 'to buy' list for aGES. I've actually got the second and third book in this series, but I couldn't read them because I hadn't read the first! Considering how much I loved part one of these books (The Mistborn Series), I was really eager to get started with these. Although in the end, I think I waited nearly a year to get this book after I finished the first part. 

Nevernight just came out, but as soon as I read the synopsis, I was in love! Unfortunately I didn't receive the version that has black on the pages, but it's still a gorgeous book. Plus, it's a hardcover! I've only recently started buying hardcovers over paperbacks (when I have the money), because I've realised how pretty they look on my shelves AND how much easier they are for me to read. Because I hate stressing about how I'm bending the spine when reading paperbacks (#don'tjudge).

Audible

Wink, Poppy, Midnight has been on my tbr list for ages as well. I was actually considering buying this from bookdepo but the narrator(s) of this sounded magnificent, and I had just started my free audible trial. So why not?

The Queen's Poisoner was another book that I received for free. Well, I had a voucher. I don't think I had ever come across this book before I started searching audible's archives, and the cover just jumped out at me while I was scrolling through my options. The synopsis and reviews (yes, I am guilty of looking through reviews when I choose my books), meant that I downloaded it almost right away. I got the sequel as well!

The Thousandth Floor is the book I'm listening to right now. It's been described as 'gossip girl set in the future' which, surprisingly, has turned a lot of people off it. Personally I adored gossip girl (the tv show anyways), so this description made me want to read it even more. I mean, petty teenage girls mixed with floating self driving cars? Sign me up!

Second Hand Book Fair

Darkness Becomes Her was an impulse buy to be completely honest. The synopsis seemed interesting and the deal was 3 for $10, so into the basket it went!

The Lies of Locke Lamora was something that caught my eye a couple of days back. I'm not sure if you guys know, but a special edition of The Final Empire is out! It's in celebration of it's tenth anniversary, and the same guys who published that also published a tenth anniversary edition for this book. I was going to buy the anniversary edition, but I saw it in the sale and figured I better read the actual book first (duh).

Dark Triumph is the sequel to Grave Mercy. I honestly thought that they were standalone, and that you didn't really need to read the previous ones to understand what was going on. After some research I found that was not the case, and I haven't read or got the first book *sigh*.


Do you have a lot of book sales or fairs where you are? If not, where is your favourite place to buy books? Some of my favourite places include thriftshops and outlet book stores (when in England), although where I am right now, books are extortionate even when they're on sale! I think the cheapest book I can get here is around 4:1 compared to England.

What am I? A Sheep. | 4 Books I Haven't Read, Because Someone Else Hates Them



I have a bad habit of judging books based off their reviews. I think I covered this a little in my other post Reviews: Are We Influenced by Others?, which also gets the opinions of a couple other book lovers for reference. I get influenced extremely easily, especially if theres floods of negative reviews all criticizing the same thing. I'm pretty sure that it's happened more that four times, but these are the ones of the top of my head. 

Any John Green Books


Manic Dream Pixie Girl Syndrome. We were having a chat about books in class, and this came up. Need I say any more?
"that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures." - as described by Nathan Rabin

Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight by M. E. Thomas


At first glance, this book looks really really interesting. The concept is unique (I haven't come across many books about BEING a sociopath) and I think the cover manages to convey what the book is about. Well, probably. I didn't get very far into in.
Countless reviews have called this book 'uncohesive' or 'disgusting' and apparently the author is 'extremely vain'. Me, being the sheep that I am, put the book down as soon as I had checked out of the library. Forgetting why I picked it up in the first place, it just suddenly didn't seem like a book that I would be interested in reading. Why did I do that? *this is me being sad, but also continuing to not read the book


The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead


I haven't really read any of her other books, the Vampire Academy series right? Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of vampires to be completely honest. I think that might of had a little bit of influence in my decision to not pick this up (I'm sorry!), but literally every review that I read said that they were 'disappointed' in it. So, that's a no for me.




Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


At first, I wasn't reading this book because I'm not the biggest fan of contemporaries. The cover was cute and everything, but I was worried that the story was just going to be a rehash of something that had already been written (which most stories are tbh, it's the characters that make the books interesting imo). Then, I stumbled upon a couple of posts talking about how racist the book was. Truthfully, I only went back to the article once, but whenever I catch sight of the book I always have the nagging feeling of guilt and unease if I were to pick it up. So I haven't.

read more about the book being racist here and here



Have you read any of these books? If so, can you understand why I didn't read them or are you judging me super hard right now? I'm loving my first choice of gif by the way, if you haven't watched (the UK version) of Skins, you definitely should! Oh but please don't start with the US version, it's not that great. To put it nicely. Oh, and please let me know if you find the number of gifs in the post too distracting! It would be really helpful to know, thanks in advance!

Metaphors and Death | Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Finally! I've managed to take my own pictures, albeit not very good ones. Yes, those are feet in furry blue socks, not weirdly coloured ice cream. Just, uh, in case you thought that was what it was.
I saw this for $6.90 in a second hand sale, and I had to make an effort to look like a normal human being. Because goddamn, I was freaking out inside. I've literally waited months, ALMOST A WHOLE YEAR to get this book (and everywhere else is selling it for so much!). It didn't even matter to me that the book was slightly dented, creased and had a slight bend. I actually starting reading it the day after I got it (well, I went on holiday and OBviously had to bring a book to read)



They were the same characters in the last couple of books (duh), and I loved getting to see them in all of their glory again. This was a pretty character based book, which some people complained about, but I think there was just around the right amount of characters and action. Plus, we get to see new places and meet new people which more than makes up for it! There's a particular new city (you'll know it when you see it) that I thought was especially creative on Sanderson's part. I loved how unique it was! Oh, and the world building for all of it was fantastic. We really get to add on to what we already know.


We get to explore Megan's powers, which end up being quite different from what she originally thought they were. We also got to so Prof's powers in full flow, although seeing it was terrible. Not the writing, but what he did with it. AGH why must you break my heart like this? We also learnt a little more about motivators, and finding out how they actually get made is kind of interesting and super easy. Seriously?? That's all you had to do? Good thinking on Knighthawk's part though. It was also pretty fun to find a little bit about Prof's past, whereas he's previously been really quiet on all things personal. This is, of course, slightly dampened by the fact that we're only learning this stuff to find out his weakness - but um, I'll take what I can get.


It was a bit more 'campy' than the other ones. In the beginning there were a few too many of David's metaphors aka overkill, and quite a few were made while he was thinking to himself. Like yeah, I get that's how he thinks, but most people don't think in metaphors every two sentences. Even if they are horrendously bad at them. The campy-ness did make it a tad more fun though, placements of SOME of the metaphors (that were said out loud) were hilarious and just kind of made everyone look at him a bit funnily. Er, and lovingly of course.


One issue I did have with the characters, is how easily they gave away information. I get that the book is young adult, and he normally writes adult - but it went a little bit like this. POW BOOM (heroes get hurt, heroes get healed) I'll never tell you the secret! (a five minute conversation occurs) I've changed my mind. Here, have all of my darkest moments, my first born child and the blood from my veins! I hate to break it to you Sanderson, but that's not how real life works. Even the realish life of a world where super villains run rampant, and there's a red blob of light in the sky - that isn't the sun. I mean, probably.



Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
★☆
When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.
David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when the Reckoners’ leader struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back…
But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.










So would I recommend this book? I mean, aside from the fact that this is the last book in a trilogy and most people will feel inclined to read this once they've read the other ones, I'd say definitely go for it! If nothing else, I was just happy to be back in the world again and meet all of the familiar faces. Sad that the series is over, although I now have all three books on my shelf, just waiting to be picked up again. Something that I will hopefully do in the future.

Antiheroes & Fairytales.




This picture has no relevance whatsoever, but I wanted to have a nice picture for the little thumbnail thingy. Oh, and I'll be reviewing the last three books that I've read! They're only five sentences long, so don't worry about them eating away at your time.



Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge ★★☆

I wasn't expecting it to be so good. I loved the story line, which was kind of a mix between beauty and the beast, rumpelstiltskin and a crap ton of greek mythology. I also found myself gradually falling in love with the characters. Which is funny, because I absolutely loathed them at the beginning. Especially Nyx, she's all over the place




The Merciless by Danielle Vega ★

You know that icky feeling of dread you get after watching a horror movie? I felt that way after reading this. It definitely didn't help that I had to go and walk the dog afterwards, in the dark, with no flashlight. Also, the binding and cover of the hardback version of this is one of the most beautiful things I've seen. It actually kind of reminds me of bibles, which is especially relevant considering what actually happens in this book (bad, scary things happen).


The Archetype by M.D. Waters ★

I'm not entirely sure what to think of this. It was a clusterf*ck of something, I'm just not entirely sure what it was. I didn't hate it per say, but there's a strong amount of dislike riddled in there somewhere. Yet, I also kind of liked it. So sue me. 




I'm going to be mean, and ask if you can review the last book you read in 5 words. Excluding the title and author of course, you can make them as long as they have to be. Although, I have  just realised this week how annoying the blogger commenting system can be. That's one thing wordpress has going for it I guess. 




Books That Took You the Longest to Finish


Just in case anyone was wondering, this is definitely not me. It is however, an accurate representation of what I look like when a book is getting me down and taking way, way longer than expected.

I have been really, really really inactive (I think my last post was actually in summer) and I’m feeling guilty about it, but I’m not really sure why tbh. I was hugely lacking in the creativity department and I still am, so I thought I would start my hopeful return with a top five Wednesday. If you’re interested in joining in, and doing your own top five wednesday - feel free to look through this group for the topics!



one. The first on my list is Money by Martin Amis.

This was a book I had to read for school. For some awful unknown reason, the mere fact of a book being ‘for school’ puts me off entirely. I’m not even sure why! On the same school reading list as this book was ‘We need to talk about Kevin’ which I have actually wanted to read for years, but the whole school thing put me off and now here I am with an unfinished book. I actually didn’t mind this book, albeit it did get extrEMEly repetitive in some parts, it was entirely and wholly messed up - which is what I look for in a book (don’t lie, I’m sure some of you do to).

two. The next is Wool by Hugh Howey.
I actually loved this concept, the characters, the world and the little twist at the very beginning (yes at the START of the book, goddamn it’s devastating). Yet I found myself drifting off or getting distracted with other things, all the while having a massively huge (two words that mean the same thing in a row? what am I doing) book nestled on my lap. I’m not sure why, the plot was engrossing and interesting, and I loved the main characters! Although, now that I come to think of it they were quite a bit older than me . . . but that hasn’t stopped me from loving a book before. Hm. So yeah, entirely in the dark with this one. If you’re a subconscious mind reader and know why it took me so long to finish this book, let me know.

three. The third book is the Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons.
I’m not sure this actually took me that long to read, but it felt like ages. Especially in that awful second part where literally nothing happened. It made me want to cry from boredom, and not even the adorable wolf/dog that kept popping up made me enjoy it. I mean, yeah, maybe Kristen wants us to feel what she’s feeling trapped in solitary, but isn’t Solitary supposed to be a better place for her than the prison/home? I think she actually states that at one point. Yet the interactions and things that happen in the home are way, way more exciting than hearing her look at a stream, think about a boy and rile up the gaurds. Especially the last point, there was a hella lot of that. 

four.
Imma move on to more graphic things, because I can’t think of any more literary books that took me ages to finish (I probably got rid of them in my moving house clean out and cant find them on the shelves. A graphic novel that I couldn’t finish straight away is the DC comics, villain omnibus. I think it took me a year to actually get through all of the stories. Now you may be saying but you’re not meant to read omnibuses all in one go! which is very true, but uh, I’m a bit astounded that it took me a frckin YEAR. *sighs in disappointment with myself*

five. I also had a bit of trouble with the official illustrated guide to twilight?
Although I hadn’t even read the books, so I have no idea why I was even attempting to read it. I finished in the end, but I still have no clue to what the hell is going on in the series. 










POssibly completely off topic, but do you guys leave reviews for all of the books you don’t finish? Because I’ve seen loads of them littered around good reads, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about them? I think I’ve left two reviews like that, when in reality that’s probably not even 10% of how many books I haven’t finished. I think reviewing the entire book can be a bit misleading for those who only look at the average, especially since you haven’t really read the whole book so you can’t make a good enough judgement of it. Anyways, maybe that’s just me. ps. scream queens has started up again, if any of you want to watch it.

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