Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday #273: Book hangovers

Today's Topic: 
The Last Ten Books That
Gave Me a Book Hangover

Happy Tuesday! This week's topic is book hangovers. For me that means that I feel completely unable to pick up another book for awhile. I may pick a book up, read three pages, switch to something else, repeat. I don't know what causes it exactly, but it's definitely A Thing. 

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Perez
Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Weekly Recap: 2/8 - 2/15


Hi everyone! Well, the last two weeks have been a mess. I had my wisdom teeth out on February 3rd and I guess it was fine? I didn't have any complications, it just really sucked. One of the teeth was a lot more impacted so the recovery was a bit more difficult, but I'm mostly healed! The real WTF of the last two weeks is (shockingly) related to my dog. He went to the vet Thursday and we found out out had a double ear infection. He was given a 30 day medication at the office since we can't give him ear drops. Yesterday I took him back because he was acting really strange, even for him. Apparently he had a reaction to the drops and literally cannot hear now. So yay. His hearing isn't 100% gone and the vet says there's a good chance he will recover it, but I am mentally preparing myself in case he doesn't. *sigh* I'm supposed to run a 10k on Saturday and I just. I'm stressed. So all of that is why I've been a bit MIA lately - I just haven't had the motivation or energy to be particularly active on the blog. I'm trying my best!






The topic was YA fantasy ships for Top Ten Tuesday
Thursday ARC review of Girls With Razor Hearts


I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Thursday, February 13, 2020

ARC Review: Girls With Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young

Title: Girls With Razor Hearts (Girls With Sharp Sticks #2)
Author: Suzanne Young
Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 400
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Review for book 1

It’s time to fight back in this second novel in a thrilling, subversive near future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private high school that is far more than it appears to be.

Make me a girl with a razor heart…

It’s been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena quickly discovers that the outside world can be just as unwelcoming and cruel. With no one else to turn to, the girls only have each other—and the revenge-fueled desire to shut down the corporation that imprisoned them.

The girls enroll in Stoneridge Prep, a private school with suspect connections to Innovations, to identify the son of an investor and take down the corporation from the inside. But with pressure from Leandra, who revealed herself to be a double-agent, and Winston Weeks, an academy investor gone rogue, Mena wonders if she and her friends are simply trading one form of control for another. Not to mention the woman who is quite literally invading Mena’s thoughts—a woman with extreme ideas that both frighten and intrigue Mena.

And as the girls fight for freedom from their past—and freedom for the girls still at Innovations—they must also face new questions about their existence…and what it means to be girls with razor hearts.

Last year, Girls With Sharp Sticks became one of my unanticipated favorite reads! The mystery and dystopian aspects were enough to keep me constantly on the edge of my seat. I was so excited when I found out there would be a sequel that I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and I jumped right in!

Girls With Razor Hearts picks up immediately after the events of the first book. Mena and the other girls have escaped the school and have plans to bring down the corporation. This book was set entirely away from the school and, since the big mystery has already been found out, it had an entirely different feel.

Where Girls With Sharp Sticks kept me constantly engaged, this one was a bit less my speed. A big reason for this is the setting. Most of the book takes place in an average public school with two of the girls attending high school and navigating every day life. Mena doesn't understand why sexism is so prevalent in the school and immediately goes to work trying to change it.

On the one hand I really enjoyed this and probably would have even more as a teen. On the other, it was extremely on the nose. Nearly every man the characters come in contact with is essentially evil and it quickly became exhausting. As a woman who worked in a male dominated field for several years and, you know, exists in the world, I have encountered my fair share of misogyny and harassment. However, it was coming from literally every angle in Mena's world and it was a bit much.

While two of the girls are in school, the rest spend their time researching ways to bring down Innovations Academy. Although the huge reveal of the girls being AI has already come out, there are still a couple enjoyable twists and turns in this book. I do wish that a bit more was learned and more progress was made, but this was by no means a bad read.

If you enjoyed Girls With Sharp Sticks, you'll probably enjoy this one too. You'll enjoy it even more if contemporary YA is your genre! I'm excited to see what happens in the final book!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday #272: YA Fantasy Ships

Today's Topic: 
Favorite YA Fantasy Ships

Happy Tuesday! It's Valentine's week! Although I don't read many romance books, I do LOVE a great romance in fantasy. This week I'm sharing ten of my favorite romantic relationships in YA Fantasy (that aren't ACOTAR or Folk of the Air, you're welcome)! 

Radu and Cyprius | The Conqueror's Saga by Kiersten White
Scarlett and Julian | Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Nyx and Ignifex | Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Lou and Reid | Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Alina and the Darkling | The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (don't @ me)

Elisabeth and Nathaniel | Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Lilac and Tarver | These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Alyssa and Morpheus | Splintered by A.G. Howard
Kestrel and Arin | The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
Liesl and the Goblin King | Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday #271: 5 star predictions

Today's Topic: 
Books On My TBR I 
Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

Happy Tuesday! This week we're talking about 5 star predictions! These are always a bit dangerous because sometimes I'm just sooooo far off. Most of these are by authors I've previous loved though, so I feel a little more confident about making a prediction. I am SO excited for every single one of these!

A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer
Bright Raven Skies by Kristina Perez
Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian
The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

Master of Sorrows by Justin Call
The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke
What Monstrous Gods by Rosamund Hodge

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Weekly Recap: 1/26 - 2/1


Hi everyone! This week has been one long stretch of anxiety because I'm finally getting my wisdom teeth out tomorrow. I know I've been talking about it already for two weeks, but it's actually happening and I'm super nervous. I've spent the week being super overly dramatic and over prepared, getting everything I might possibly need for a full week of moping, although I doubt I'll have that long to mope. Haha! Aside from that, it's been a pretty chill week and I was able to get a bit of reading done! Hurray! I've been doing an absolutely awful job of preparing for my 10k at the end of the month, so... hopefully I don't pass out when that comes around. Send all the good vibes, please!





The topic was misleading covers for Top Ten Tuesday
On Wednesday I signed up for Pondathon
Thursday audiobook review of Sadie
On Friday I talked about reading with aphantasia
I watched horror and reality TV for Saturday Screen Time


I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!