A Bookworms Bookshelf

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I like to use gifs a lot because they represent my feelings towards books a lot. I've read through a lot of reviews and as a result, I view books a little bit differently than how I used to. 

 

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Crystal Storm

Crystal Storm: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes

I figured I would leave one long review about the entire series since I've read all of the books that have currently been published as a whole so here we go.

First of all, I love this series, like despite everything that I'm going to complain about, I love this series to the point where I went in search of fanfiction for it. Like it makes me want to scream and cry and throw stuff in frustration, mostly because of Magnus and Cleo. That being said, I still have a couple of issues with it.

 

Concept of Time and Theon Ranus
I've come to realize that my biggest problem with this series is the concept of time. You know when you read a novel and it's like oh it's December, it's September, it's Monday or Friday etc. Okay well that doesn't exist here. Like I get that in Mytica they wouldn't have the same month names and stuff but like I need some form of indication that time is actually passing because everything felt like it was happening in a matter of weeks instead of months. And it's this reason that I've come to realize is why I was so irritated with the whole Cleo/Theon love line throughout the book.

I never got the sense that Theon and Cleo actually knew each other for a very long time so to me it seemed like insta love even if they did know each other over the course of a few months. And on top of that, Cleo kept going on and on about him and dangling him over Magnus's head like four books after Theon died, like hun, get over it. And it just frustrated me to no end, because Magnus literally did so many kind things for Cleo and again and again all she did was throw in his face that he killed Theon and like stomp all over his heart. But like props to Magnus for sticking by his guns.

Cleon and Magnus
Look I love Cleo and Magnus, I really do, I could spend hours reading fanfiction about the two of them being together, and I would if there was any for me to read. That being said, it drives me crazy when these two fight because the arguments that they have with each other stopped being valid like by book three or four because by that point you could tell that they were in love with each other. They literally get into fights over the dumbest shit like get over it and move on. Half the time I'm convinced that the two of them are literally just trying to start shit with each other just for the sake of it like there's literally no reason to fight at all.

And Cleo spends half her time being like "Thank you for reminding me of who you truly are Magnus" like bitch what? He saved your life like three times literally what the fuck are you talking about? Like sure he was a dick at the beginning of the book but he's literally kind to her and compliments her and basically gives her whatever she wants like all the time like Cleo what are you talking about? I mean sure he killed Theon but Theon had the personality of like a cardboard box and it wasn't even that deep to begin with like who cares?

Literally every time Cleo tried to start shit with Magnus and vice versa this was the only reaction I could come up with

Like why can't y'all just love each other like regular people. And then Cleo had to be all dramatic when that thing happened to Nic in this book and blamed it on Magnus. Like, Magnus didn't kill Nic, he was just holding him responsible for something that Nic did, he was being perfectly reasonable, I mean yeah, he threatened Nic but like Cleo knows perfectly well that Magnus wouldn't have laid a finger on her. Like she literally threw such a fit when Magnus didn't do anything wrong.

And honestly yeah, I'm bitter that Magnus and Cleo didn't bone as often as they should have, I'll fully admit that but I'm still holding out hope for Immortal Reign so fingers crossed y'all.


Jonas
Jonas is great and all but he's literally terrible at everything he does and I appreciate the fact that it's acknowledged throughout the books like honestly how is he not dead yet is a mystery but he's cool I guess.

Nic
I love Nic as well but he needs to loosen up on Magnus like Magnus tried to save Mira's life, there's literally nothing he could've done that would've saved her, let it go and hate on Gaius stop this nonsense.

Also not gonna lie, Lucia is interesting and all and her journey as she grows as a person is also interesting but like I also don't really care that much for some odd reason like I appreciate it, but it's like irrelevant to me. I'm very neutral towards her entire character.

Also the way that the book is written is in a kind of telling you instead of showing you kind of way which I know is a problem with like a lot of people and like I wasn't crazy about it but it didn't bother me or hinder my enjoyment of the book, it was just kind of glaring me in the face as I read through the books is all. Like I just couldn't help but notice it.

I can appreciate how cut-throat Amara and Gaius are though, like they drive me crazy but I can appreciate their schemes to take over the world using the Kindred.

Sometimes I felt like the books were going in circles or stalling for some reason, because quite a few of the scenes felt repetitive and like they just didn't need to be there, like some of the stuff definitely could've been cut out and either replaced with different scenes or allow for other scenes and like plot points to be expanded on even more.

I loved Felix which is no surprise because he has a very Sirius Black type of vibe to him if you know what I mean. Like I always look forward to his scenes because I just know that he's gone say something funny shit and I'm just so ready for it. He didn't deserve to be used by Amara like that.

I loved Magnus so much, I don't know why but I was just digging the whole tortured soul thing throughout this book and I usually don't but like it was hitting me in the feels this time around. And especially when he bares his heart to Cleo I'm honestly like a sobbing mess in the corner of the room it really isn't pretty. He's just so soft and mushy and smol on the inside and I just want to protect him from harm. And then I cry even harder when Cleo returns the feelings and it's like the sun is suddenly shining out of his ass and Magnus is like I can't believe this is real and I'm just here screaming

Magnus better not fucking die in the last book, I swear to God, I don't know how I'm gonna deal with his death if he does die like it'll be too much for me, save my son y'all. Please, save my son from death, he doesn't deserve this suffering.

Reading progress update: I've read 214 out of 343 pages.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, John Kerr Tiffany, Jack Thorne

Scorpius is so precious, my baby, must be protected at all costs. The friendship between Scorpius and Albus is so pure, so healthy, so loving (and a lil gay let's be real here).

Reading progress update: I've read 351 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

SHE FUCKING CRIES BLOOD SHE LEGIT CRIES BLOOD I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS THIS SO EMO I FEEL LIKE IM READING MY IMMORTAL ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!

Reading progress update: I've read 330 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

these are the most lifeless characters i cannot they're so robotic

Reading progress update: I've read 276 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

Ray has the personality of a rock and on top of this he serves literally no purpose like at all except to provide extremely unnecessary romance. Like honestly he should've just died his survival doesn't do anyone any good at all.

 

Sita just gets more aggravating with every page.

Reading progress update: I've read 172 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

"He is like my child now, as well an my lover."

That's fucking creepy and pedophilic please stop.

Reading progress update: I've read 172 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

ITS BEEN 3 DAYS HOW HAVE YOU FALLEN IN LOVE IN 3 DAYS? HOW COULD YOU THROW AWAY THE PROTECTION OF GOOD YOUVE HAD FOR FIVE THOUSAND YEARS FOR SOME CRUSTY BOY YOU JUST MET THIS IS SO STUPID.

Reading progress update: I've read 114 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

wow that plot twist totally wasn't obvious

Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

It's only the first page and this already sounds pretentious as fuck you'd think the main character was some fedora wearing meninist instead of a girl

Reading progress update: I've read 410 out of 454 pages.

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

Every time the story goes back to Kai I get distracted because I picture him like this

and that's very distracting

Reading progress update: I've read 302 out of 448 pages.

The Rivals of Versailles: A Novel (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy) - Sally Christie

i am disturbed to say the least

Reading progress update: I've read 138 out of 284 pages

The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot

Lilly was not this irritating in the movie I'm glad Mia told her to shut up because I was about to start yelling and oh my god Mia is so blind to the fact that Michael has a crush on her.

The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot

Reading progress update: I've read 84 out of 283 pages.

Reading progress update: I've read 195 out of 400 pages.

Remembrance - Meg Cabot

holy shit i did not see that coming, although in hindsight i probably should have since it was fairly obvious to figure out but i was just not quick enough to put it together.

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary - Joseph Conrad

Let’s get right down to it folks: I hate this book. I hate it with a burning passion, and I’m experiencing severe dislike for my English teacher for making me read this pile of shit. She’s a lovely lady, but I don’t understand why she hates me because there’s no other reason as to why she would make me suffer through this book.

 

I know that this is considered to be some great literary masterpiece, and in the words of my teacher, an existentialist novel but watching paint dry is more interesting than this novella.

 

I’ve read a lot of books that were written in the 1900s or set in the 1900s and dealt with racism but none of those books have made me nearly as uncomfortable as Heart of Darkness did. I know, I know, racism is a thing but that doesn’t make me any less uncomfortable by the amount of times the n word was used throughout this novel, or the many times where black people are referred to as “savages,” “enemies.”

 

Moving beyond that, after reading this entire book, word for word, page for page, I cannot tell you not onething about it beyond what my teacher talked about in class. After reading one entire page, I couldn’t tell you what happened on that page. There is a problem here when I can’t tell you what a book is about after reading it. I have no recollection of any of the events that happened in this book.

 

The story didn’t really go anywhere, there wasn’t a point to it, it was just Marlow talking about an adventure that he had which nobody asked to listen to in the first place. By the end of the story, I don’t think anybody on the ship with Marlow, besides the other narrator, even listened to what he said. I know I’m supposed to care about the events that occur and all the symbolism and stuff, but I couldn’t bring myself to care at all.

This is supposed to be deep and meaningful because it talks about human nature and the darkness in our hearts and yada yada yada but I don’t care.

 

I locked myself up in my room for days on end so that I could focus on this novella and absorb it and understand it, and I cannot tell you what happens in this story. I can’t believe trees actually died so this piece of shit work could be printed on it.

At the Edge of Empire

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire - Daniel Kraus

This is the type of book where it's either your cup of tea, or it isn't. I personally enjoyed this book very much, from the writing, to the characters, I thought it was really interesting.

The main complaint with this book is that it dragged on and didn't go anywhere, and I can understand why. The purpose of this story is to tell the life of Zebulon Finch, as narrated by Zebulon himself. It takes you from his childhood, to when he ran away from home, to him becoming a gangster and so on.

I enjoyed the writing of the novel, as well as the pace. With the exception of Zebulon getting extremely horny every once in a while at the sight of an attractive girl, there wasn't any purple prose, there was enough to paint a picture and keep things interesting. Zebulon's narration of his life was witty and honest, he didn't sugarcoat anything, even if it meant showing him in a bad light.

Every person that Zebulon meets serves a purpose in shaping in his character, and all of these people come back to him throughout his life and change it again. Every character in the story is different, has different personalities and stands out, I was actually able to remember them throughout the story. Sometimes these characters turned out to be exactly how you thought they would be, and sometimes they were a surprise and turned out to be someone completely different.

I liked the fact that the story actually acknowledges that Zebulon breaks every law of science and actually makes an attempt to discover as to how Zebulon is still functioning even though he is dead. The story doesn't ignore the fact that Zebulon's body is decaying because he is dead, how the sun and hot lights affect him, how he looks compared to everyone else.

Not every character that is introduced in the story is meant to be liked, in fact, most of them are terrible people, and yet, I didn't find myself hating them the same way that I have a burning hatred for two dimensional characters in other novels. You could understand them, for example, the Barker, he was a terrible man, but it was hard to hate him. He was struggling to survive, just like everyone else was, he did what he had to in order to survive. Zebulon himself isn't a very likeable person to begin with, and yet throughout the story, I didn't find myself necessarily liking him, but I could understand him as well as why he did the things that he did. He tried to right his wrongs throughout the novel, he tried to become a better person despite the fact that he failed continually. Every character in this book changed in some way, whether it was for the better or for the worse, they changed, and personally, I felt the character arcs were perfect.

The situations that Zebulon found himself in were especially interesting, so interesting that I had to plan time to read this book because once I started I couldn't stop reading. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I would recommend giving it a shot just to see if you're interested.