A Bookworms Bookshelf

I read a lot, like most people that must be on this site, and much by accident, this blog came to life and now here I am, creating this blog. I'm also on a bunch of other sites as well so you can find me on them by clicking the links.

 

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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Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 225 pages.

Saint Brigid's Bones: A Celtic Adventure - Philip Freeman

THIS DUDE FUCKED A FUCKING HORSE IM OUT GOODBYE CORMAC CANCELLED THIS IS TOO MUCH

Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 432 pages.

Saint Anything - Sarah Dessen

Ames is sketchy af I feel so uncomfortable reading whenever he's present

Attack on Titan: Junior High 1

Attack on Titan: Junior High 1 - Saki Nakagawa, Hajime Isayama

4 stars because it was so funny it had me crying in the middle of Tim Hortons lordt.

Reading progress update: I've read 59 out of 336 pages.

Attack on Titan: Junior High 1 - Saki Nakagawa, Hajime Isayama

"Armin your psychopath friends are here!"

"Didn't I tell you not to let anyone in?"

"Yes I know but they were going to give your grandpa an ass-pounding son!"

Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 336 pages.

Attack on Titan: Junior High 1 - Saki Nakagawa, Hajime Isayama

"Eren you're such a tool"
"This eraser is bigger than my anger issues."
"Is there anyone here who's not a future skinhead."
"You hair looks like a chia pet."

 

I'm fucking crying I cannot.

Sisters of Versaille

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

I stopped reading this mostly because I had to return it to the library since I couldn't renew it but anyway.

I should have technically been able to read this book in a matter of two to three days, it wasn't very long, but it was so boring that I kept finding reasons to NOT read it. I love me some historical fiction, really, I do, but something needs to happen in order to keep my attention throughout the entire book.

Nothing happened in this book. Nothing. At all. Louise had sex with Louis a bunch of times, the two of them fell in love, and then Louis got the hots for her sister and she was heartbroken over it, and it went on. That was pretty much the whole story.

I hated the plot of this story, to be honest I'm not even sure there was any plot to begin with because I sure as hell couldn't see it. The story started off with Louise and we read about how she gets to Versailles and eventually becomes the kings mistress. And I was okay up until the point when she does becomes the kings mistress, and then it just goes down hill from there.

I have to read page after page of Louise fawning over Louis, and how great he was and how sweet, smart, and gentle. Pages of her describing what other people were wearing, and going into detail about the dresses of the ladies, it went on and on. I didn't care. It felt like my brain was leaking out through my ears. I was so happy whenever the story was being told from the point of view of any of the other sisters.

I want to talk about everything that I hated about this story but I can't because nothing happened, there is almost nothing for me to talk about. The pace of it was so slow it could've put me to sleep, which is probably why I read this before going to bed every night.

The characters were almost as uninteresting as the storyline. This book is narrated by five sisters, and you'd think that with five sisters, they'd all have different personalities, but no, they don't. They're all exactly the same, each and every one of them. They have the same voice, the same thoughts, and they're all fake as hell. They're supposed to be sisters but instead they shit talk one another behind each other's back like okay, real strong bond you've got there.

Like I get it, you vent to someone whenever a friend or family member or co-worker does something that upsets you but that wasn't even it, Louise's sisters were just straight up shit talking her.

All of the sisters are so painfully polite and nice to each other whenever they're together, and you know that they're huge fakes because of how they feel when you read the story from their point of view. The only one who actually stood out, was Pauline. Pauline wasn't fake, she was straight forward about what she wanted, and she'd get it. Pauline wanted to be the mistress of the king, Pauline wanted to be the most powerful woman in France, and no one was going to stop her.

Pauline didn't even have to try and replace Louise as the kings favourite because Louise is such a pushover, and so dull that all she did was get out of the way and let Pauline do whatever she wanted. Pauline wasn't kidding when she said Louise was stupid, I thought she was just being a bitch but the girl was right, Louise is stupid.

But I can't even defend Pauline because she dethroned herself in the end so I mean. Marie-Anne was trying to be Pauline except she wasn't very good at it, but this girl probably had the most interesting sex life out of all of them so you know what, power to her. At least Marie-Anne figured out how sex worked and got her husband to do it right.

Honestly, if it didn't have the name of which sister was narrating at the top of every chapter, I probably wouldn't have been able to figure out who was telling the story.

The minor characters were equally uninteresting, and they all had the same personality traits. If you can't have your main characters stand out, then you could at least have one minor character that really stood out, but no. All of the women had the same nasty characteristics, and all the men were trying to kiss the kings ass.

And lastly, the one thing that I felt was extremely unnecessary to this story was the letters that the sisters wrote to each other because they were so dull, and so repetitive, I felt like I was at the beginning of the novel each time I came across one. I ended up skipping all of them altogether because I just didn't care.

For a debut novel, it wasn't bad. It was extremely dull, and the characters were all dull and copies of one another, but the writing itself wasn't bad. That being said though, I would not suggest writing from five different point of views in your debut novel, because even if you think you can make your characters stand out from one another, you probably can't.

Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 400 pages.

The Heir - Kiera Cass

we all know she's gonna pick kile just watch

Fire and Flood

Fire & Flood - Victoria Scott

A lot of people have been saying that this is almost exactly like the Hunger Games, and they're right, because it is. But unlike the Hunger Games, this makes no sense.

Characters:
Tella is a lot of things, but likeable isn't really on that list. She's so incredibly shallow and petty at the most inappropriate of times. Oh, and stupid. She is in the middle of a race to try and save her brother's life and the first thing that comes to mind for her when she meets Harper is how much she hates the girl because she's pretty. Sweetie you are pretty much in a survival show, focus on surviving oh my God. Tella is so focused on how everyone looks, she's so obsessed over it that she feels the need to mention it every few pages, move on! She has absolutely no idea how to survive in the wild, so she should have been dead after the first two days. 

Guy, just like his name, is a bland person. There is nothing about him that makes him stand out against other love interests in young adult novels, absolutely nothing. Hell, there was nothing that made him stand out against any of the other characters in the book. He stands around glaring and giving orders, and he and Tella have some weird romantic thing going on. For some reason they won't talk to each other about it so that they're on the same page because that makes too much sense and we need some angst up in here.

The other characters were also pretty uninteresting to be honest, I should've felt bad for them, or at least empathized with them, but I couldn't because I didn't care, the book didn't make me care. I cared more about the animals than I cared about the minor characters. There was nothing interesting about them, there was nothing that stood out, at all about any of them.

Titus can go rot in hell to be honest, he was garbage, and Tella should've sliced this dude up the first chance she got. He sexually assaults her, and Tella just completely brushes it off, she doesn't show any signs of it affecting her in any way at all, and I just, like no, stop. I have literally no words for how angry I was with how this book dealt with sexual assault.

Premise:
I don't know why anyone is competing in this race, some dude named Santiago messed with the forces of nature and the people working for him were like this is fucked up we should stop, and he was like no. So they decided to set fire to this lab holding all these animals, and Santiago's daughter died in the fire so he created this race to get back at the people who killed his daughter. Even though these people warned him that what they were doing was wrong. One race, fine, I guess I could accept that but who in the fuck was like, "This is brilliant, we should keep doing this," after it was over?

I don't know where any of these races take place, it's so vague about the locations, it just mentions the ecosystems and leaves it at that. And nobody bothers to even wonder where in the world they are. There are people in this race as young as 8, being away from school for 3 MONTHS, and no one has a problem with this? Maybe this is just me, but I'm fairly certain that someone is going to get suspicious when a kid disappears for three months, but that's none of my business.

And if you can pick anyone to compete in the race, please tell me why anyone would pick a goddamn child to compete in something like this?

Anyway
Let's talk about Tella though.

She finds a mysterious box in her room, with a message from someone telling her that they can cure her brother, even though doctors have already told her family that they can't. Who does this message come from? Tella doesn't know, she doesn't care, she just heads on out and does whatever the mysterious device in the box tells her because, fuck logic. How did this box get into her room in the first place? I don't know, and the book doesn't explain.

But anyway, she heads over to some empty museum, which sounds like she's about to get murdered, and finds some eggs, and instead of grabbing one and running, she stands around and looks at the eggs. She just looks at them, forget that it's a race, she's gonna take her time and describe each egg. And I'm somehow supposed to feel sorry for her when some girl nearly scalps her and steals the last egg.

Tella decides to chop off all of her hair because of the incident. She finds herself in a jungle, and it's a good thing that Contenders are allowed to team up because Tella would've been dead within 48 hours if they couldn't.

What about Guy? Guy is perfectly trained to survive in all of these terrains, how, I don't know? The book literally never talks about where he trained to survive in all four ecosystems. Are there any places that teach you hands on training for stuff like this that I don't know about? 

But lucky for Tella, she's able to make it halfway through the race through piggybacking off of everyone else around her.

Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 320 pages.

Salt & Stone - Victoria Scott

@ Tella: 

 

i swear to god if i have to hear about how attractive Guy is one. more. time.

Sacrifice: A Celtic Adventure

Sacrifice: A Celtic Adventure - Philip Freeman

Let me start off by saying that I liked this, I really did. So if I liked it, then why didn't I give it five stars?

What kept me from giving this five stars was Deirdre, and the writing, in that order.

Deirdre, while a great narrator and a likeable protagonist, was kind of bland to be honest. I didn't get much of a personality from her to be honest with you, there was nothing about her character that really stood out. She was just kind of there, telling the story but that was about it. I didn't connect to her in any way.

And my main problem with the writing was the pattern. It went from three pages of dialogue to three pages of info dump. That was pretty much how the story was told. There was nothing about the characters were doing while they were talking, no facial expressions, all I pictured was just two people sitting and talking for an extended period of time without fidgeting or doing anything.

The thing with info dumps is that it gives you too much to remember all at once so you end up forgetting all of it, it's what I've seen a lot of people do when they first start writing fanfiction. It wasn't that the information was boring but I would've remembered more about the characters and every person that died if all the information concerning those characters wasn't dumped on me all at once. I remembered absolutely nothing about anyone besides their names.

My favourite character, personally was Sister Anna, she was such a strong character, she didn't bullshit from anyone, she had built a life for herself, and she's not ashamed of her past. I would've loved to have read more about her, I wished she'd played a bigger role throughout the story.

I liked the details about druids and druid teachings though, I found them very interesting, and this is the first story I've ever read involving druids to be honest. I liked how the story paid attention to how hard it was to balance both druids and Christians at the same time and the tension that the two groups faced.

The story does deal with some sensitive topics such as rape so if you can't handle that then I wouldn't suggest reading it, but I appreciated the fact that it didn't romanticise the topic. But all in all, it was a pretty solid story.

The World Forgot

The World Forgot - Isla Neal, Martin Leicht

I'll be honest with you, it's been a while since I read this series so I couldn't remember very well what happened in the last book but I remembered the basic storyline of it all once I started reading the last book.

 

My friend actually asked me what I was reading when she saw this book and I honestly didn't know what to tell her. There's just no way to describe this series to someone. A lot had happened and there was just nothing for me to tell her about this book that would make it seem even slightly normal.

 

And to be honest with you, this book isn't normal and I love that about it.

 

It's so out there that I've never read anything like it, I loved how the authors managed to add in humour to the story despite the fact that the characters weren't in very funny situations. Elvie somehow managed to be sarcastic even when she was seconds away from being dead and I loved that about her.

 

It moved at a fast pace so there was never a dull moment and I haven't wanted to yell at characters for a very long time. Especially ducky because the boy couldn't stop throwing up for five seconds. I'm amazed he does barf every time he walks. I don't even really know how he made it through the entire book without dying to be honest with you, he always had his head in the toilet I don't know how he did it.

 

My biggest problem with the series was Elvie's dad and the fact that he was really childish for someone that was an adult. But in this book, you really get to see more of his character, you got to see the fatherly side to him and it was really great. He was always so supportive of Elvie and what she wanted to do, he gave her praise where praise was due, he was a really great dad.

 

Elvie grew up so much as a character as well, she still had the special qualities that made her Elvie, but she was more mature now, she checked herself so many times, she realised when she was doing something that she had promised herself never to become and she became the mother that Zee was never to her.

 

So all in all, I liked this book.

Eleanor and Park

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

I'm gonna be honest with you, I didn't really like Eleanor and Park. I mean enjoyed it, but I didn't really like it, and I really expected to after reading Fangirl.

I related to Eleanor, I understood the kind of abusive parents that she was coming from. Her mom pretty much neglected her kids and they had to live with Richie as well, which I'm not even going to go into the kinds of things that he probably did to Eleanor's brothers and sisters in addition to the nasty things he wrote in her textbook. I was pretty much screaming by the end of the book because I wanted him to get arrested so badly.

But I understood the fear that she felt when she was in the house, and I understood why she stayed in her room all the time in order to avoid getting in trouble with Richie. I felt for her when she felt completely helpless and unable to save her family, it's really easy to say "well her mom should've just taken them and left" but it's not as simple as that. 

What I didn't like about this book? The romance. Oh God I hated the romance with everything that was in me I hated this romance. It just wasn't believable.

At the beginning I was like okay I can see how the two of them developed a crush on each other and then they got all into "I love you" and stuff and I was like what? Slow down there friend, you haven't known each other for that long what are you doing?

Why are young adult novels so allergic to the characters just liking each other a lot? Why do they all have to fall in love within a week of knowing each other? Y'all are like fifteen what do you mean you're in love?

And the romance was what killed it for me to be honest with you. I didn't want to read the book because once the romance started up it just put me off. I'd have to deal with Eleanor and Park being all mushy and weird around each other and it just got really boring really fast. I didn't care about the romance and I most certainly couldn't relate or understand it, but maybe that was just me.

I did like the writing and the contrast between Park's family and Eleanor's family and I enjoyed the fact that Eleanor was so aware of the difference and how uncomfortable it made her and how she didn't know how to deal with it.

It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't a great book either.

Reading progress update: I've read 144 out of 295 pages.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews

I haven't laughed this hard or this often while reading a book in a very long time. Although I do wish Greg would ease up on the "my writing sucks ass" thing like we get the idea okay just tell the story.

Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 834 pages.

The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

this book is trying too hard to sound smart

Reblogged from Michael's Book Babble:

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Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later

Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later - Francine Pascal

I hated this book so much. It's been sitting on my shelf for up to two years now because a friend gave it to me as a gift (I forget what I had done for her)  because she knew that I liked books so I felt that because it was a gift I would give it a shot.

 

But I hated this book. In fact, I just went and threw it in my recycling bin. Sorry friend. I will not have this monstrosity sitting on my bookshelf.

 

One of the many things that I disliked about this was the fact that it kept switching from the past to the present as well as the narrative. I honestly, didn't care about the flashbacks, I could've done without them. They just meant I was wasting even more of my time reading the book. By the end of this, I just completely gave up on reading the flashbacks and skipped them, some of them weren't even anything new, it was just the same thing told from someone else's point of view.

 

The writing seemed incredibly choppy at times which made it awkward to read and when it came to the smut, this book is an example of doing smut without having to actually write it. It was embarrassing to read, I felt like I was being judged for having this book in my hand.

 

The plot, I don't even know what the plot of the story was to be perfectly honest with you. It just felt like the same thing dragging on for dozens of pages. It kept switching from Jessica's point of view to Elizabeth's and each time it was the same crap over and over. Elizabeth angsting over her sister's betrayal, her sister feeling like crap for betraying her sister's trust and on and on it went.

 

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It moved at such a slow pace, at times I began to wonder if time was even passing in the story because so very little was happening. Every single thing reminded Elizabeth of what her sister had done and Jessica did nothing but sob to Todd about how big a piece of trash she was.

 

It got tiring at some point. You know what, you made your bed now you have to lay in it. If you didn't want to lose your sister then you shouldn't have cheated on her with her own boyfriend. Both her and Todd are scum, if you wanted to be with each other, the simple thing to do would've been to break up with Elizabeth first and then go out with each other. 

 

This is why I hate stories like this so much! None of this bullshit would've happened if everyone would've just opened their mouths and talked to each other instead of going behind everyone's back.

 

"I couldn't help myself."

 

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You are a grown ass human being, not a goddamn five-year-old who sees a cookie and wants to eat it no matter what the cost. I couldn't help myself is not a proper excuse because you could've helped yourself but you chose not to because you decided that Elizabeth's feelings were completely irrelevant as long as you got what made you happy.

 

And Jessica has no right to be sobbing, she willingly did this to her own sister, she can sob and go "I love you," all she wants but the fact that she willingly did this to her own sister speaks volumes about just how far her affections for her own sibling went. She deserved everything that she got.

 

Todd was a jealous insecure piece of crap like you know what, don't even be in a relationship if you don't trust your spouse to keep it in their pants. Don't turn into the Hulk with your jealousy, take that somewhere else.

 

I just hated this book so much please love yourself and never read it. Buy this book as a present for someone that you hate if anything.

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