Alex + Ada Vol. 1

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Alex + Ada Vol 1 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Publisher: Image Comics

Published: July 16, 2014

Rating: 4/5

Alex + Ada is a graphic novel about a guy who lives in a futuristic world where androids exist. And his grandmother ends up sending him one for his birthday and that’s where Ada comes in. Ada is an android. 

I’ve heard so many good things about this graphic novel and I picked I up at barnes and nobles one day. I’m so glad I did because I loved it! I liked the storyline, the characters, the art style! All super interesting! I just think it’s a totally cool plot line with something that in science fiction is often present. Androids aren’t a new idea,  but I loved how the creators really sort of made it unique for this story! 

Alex is a pretty cool character, he’s very against androids and doesn’t see the use for them. While he embraces technology he doesn’t use everything new. It’s interesting to read about someone who isn’t all that fond of the new advancements, and it added a lot of the plot. Ada was precious, and while it was hard at first to get attached to her I really ended up liking her. 

I’m definitely going to have to check it out at the library since they are so expensive! But I really want to read them so I hope I’m able to get a copy somewhere soon! I’ll be posting reviews for those as well once I finish reading them! 

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read them and your thoughts on them, as well as other recommendations you have for graphic novels! I’d love to know! 

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The Moreva of Astoreth

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Publisher: Blackrose Press

Published: March 24, 2016

Rating: 4/5

The Moreva of Astoreth is a science fiction novel following a favored granddaughter of a Devi goddess Astoreth, Moreva is being punished for failing to perform her duty. She is banished and sent to Mjor, a village in the backwaters of the Syren Perritory. Once there she takes the role of custodian/spiritual leader/commander of the Astoreth garrison that is stationed there.

Normally the only type of science fiction I read that is really science fiction is Star Wars; but I dived right into this one and I really enjoyed it! It was such a cool idea, the world was so complex and unique! The characters were interesting, the plot was different, the world was interesting to read about. Overall I really felt myself opening up more to non-Star Wars science fiction! I think my only issue was that at times she really went into detail about things that I felt weren’t necessary, so I felt it was a little long winded.

Moreva was really interesting to read about. She really developed as the story went on. At first she was a bit annoying but I really grew to like her. I felt that when I first started reading, I had her pegged and she would continue to surprise me as the story went on, which was something I really enjoyed about her. I liked that about her, it made her well rounded rather than flat. I liked her interaction with the different characters, such as Laerd; the chief of Mjor. He was interesting too, along with the many different characters introduced in the novel. As mentioned before, she really writes interesting characters that are well rounded who develop as the story goes on. I think my favorite character besides Moreva was Teger, who she develops some attraction towards him even while he acts gruff towards her. That was funny to read about! I loved reading their dynamic and their interaction overall!

I highly recommend this book to science fiction/fantasy lovers! You won’t be able to put this book down once you start it! You’ll love it! Such a solid read with awesome writing and plot!

I’ll be including links to the author’s pages and buying links down below!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book, as well as your thoughts on it! Is it something you would be interested in? Have you read something similar to it? Let me know down below!

Thank you Tia and Black Rose Press for letting me read and review this awesome book! I had a fun time reading it!

 

Website: http://blackrosepress.com

Twitter: RoxanneBland2

Amazon: B017JY331W

B&N: 1122928113

Kubo: the-moreva-of-astoreth-3

 

Heir of Fire

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas 

Publisher: Bloomsbury 

Published: September 2, 2014

Rating: 5/5

This book has really rekindled my love for high fantasy and this writer/series. I loved it so much before and then I read this book and it blew me away! Heir of Fire continues on after Crown of Midnight left off following Celaena on her journey to confront her heritage. 

Let me tell you now: this book fucked me up. 

I don’t think I ever repeated to someone like I did with Celaena. She felt so real, her emotions after what happened to her in CoM. SJM really captured depression and grief and made it feel so real through her words. I felt in Bose moments that I could really relate, as I mentioned before, to Celaena. I felt her sadness, and it was so real to me that I just couldn’t help but feel it with her. I know what it feels like, but reading it through her eyes made it look so different. I honestly think THIS book is one of my all time favorites of Sarah’s. Hands down. 

When we meet Rowan, he was so interesting to read about. I adored him as the book went along, seeing him open up more to her was just awesome to read, and it really showed growth and character development. I just felt she did such a great job of creating such a tough, hard, complex character that you really got to see open himself up for you as you read along. She just has a way of creating amazing characters. Both her book series can attest to that. 

I really enjoyed also Dorian and his complex storyline in this book. He really matured into a character that I really stared to like a lot. I felt so bad for him in the end with what happened, after finally finding happiness it was stolen. But I think it was with Chaol that I got a big shock. He took a really interesting turn personalility wise that it was really frustrating. I had so man urges to shake him to his senses that it killed me! I felt bad for him after everything that happened with him and Celeana, but after a while I got over it after his attitude in this book. It was just so irritating that at times I ciikdnt control my words and would cuss him out! I loved that about this book though, that I got so into it I had fits of rage! 

Overall I really loved this book and had I the power to give it more than 5 stars I would have! I loved it that much! The writing, the plot, the characters, and world was just fantastic and I love diving into these books and losing myself. 

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on the book, as well as the series and characters in general! I’d love to know!

One More Giveaway

So I went to The Grove in Los Angeles and attended the Sabaa Tahir signing with a friend of mine! The panel was awesome, and was moderated by Nicola Yoon. Since I only needed one more book signed by her, I decided to get a copy of each book and offer them up in a giveaway! Here are the books I am giving away. One grand prize winner will win these beautiful books! I’ll be posting the link down below for that.

If you don’t know, An Ember in the Ashes is a high fantasy novel following Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier. You follow Laia as she risks her life to save her brother from the very people Elias is working to become. A Torch Against the Night is the much anticipated sequel, which picks up right where Ember ends.

At midnight September 19, the giveaway goes live, so good luck to everyone! Can’t wait to see who the winner is!

Link for the giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Giveaways!

Hey everyone! I am doing two giveaways! One is for Resurrection: An American Journey book by WH Wisecarver, and another is a signed copy of A Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson which I got signed at one of her tour stops! Hope you all decide to enter and let me know if you have any questions for me.

Good luck to everyone!

 

PS: The giveaways are worldwide!

PPS: The Beauty of Darkness giveaway starts at midnight so keep checking to make sure it has started!

Resurrection giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Beauty of Darkness giveaway:a Rafflecopter giveaway

Resurrection: An American Journey

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Resurrection: An American Journey by WH Wisecarver

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Published: June 26, 2016

Rating: 3.5/5

Resurrection: An American Story the second book in a series, follows Leila Freyan as she sees how dangerous Kirk Danner’s secrets really are. It’s a political science fiction novel that really gets to the truth of some topics that are prevalent in today’s society. I was given a copy in exchange for a review, so thank you to the author and the amazing publicist! 

After reading the book I had different feelings. I was honestly a little confused with a lot of the talk going on in this book. Some of it was a bit political and I didn’t really understand it. I really enjoyed the science fiction aspect of the novel though, so in a way I focused on that rather than the political talk. At times the plot was a bit hard to follow as well, mainly because I had not read the first one so things that were important skimmed over my head because it didn’t make sense why they were for a bit. I sort of went into this book wondering what the main plot or idea was but it didn’t decrease my overall enjoyment of it. The topic was also really interesting. It gave off a US history book that was science fiction vibe. Which honestly is what it was, they had mentions of important events and people in history and I thought it was cool to include them in there! It was a totally unique plot line and I thought that was so cool of him to do! 

I loved the writing style and overall the writing had me hooked on the story. The characters were so well thought out; they were interesting as well as unique. While there were so many different people it seemed that I had trouble for a bit remembering who was who, they were very well rounded characters. I really loved and enjoyed that the different characters represented America’s many different societies. Characters aside, I definitely should reread this once I read the first book. Since I hadnt read the first book I wasn’t sure about events and people so I highly recommend reading the first book then continuing on. But then again reading this book got me interested in his work so hopefully I get a chance to read the first book as well!

Overall I loved the flow of his story, that things started with a bang and ended pleasantly. This book is definitely something to check out especially in this day and age where politics seems to be at an all time high. If you’re interested in that kind of stuff this book might interest you more than most! Again this book isn’t an easy read, but I felt it was super clever, hooks you right in, and really can be fast paced. If you’re interested in finding out new ideas in older topics you’ll find this book up your alley!

Stay tuned for my next post which is a giveaway of this book! I’ll be doing a giveaway post for both Resurrection: An American Journey, as well as another book I got! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts! I’d love to know! Have you read other books like this? Let me know in the comments as well!

 

Diverseathon TBR 

Hi everyone! So I am participating in the Diverseathon that is happening this week 9/12- 9/19! It is a week long reading event where you read and discuss diverse books and topics! There is no challenges for this, you just read as many as you want and talk about the topics with others in the book community. I will leave the YouTube channels for the people who are hosting it down below!

Let me get onto the books now!

Here are the books that I will be reading:

First is the one I am currently reading: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This is about a girl who is allergic to everything, and a guy moves in next door and they strike up a friendship The main character is Japanese/Black.

Next is Simon VS The Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli, which has a gay main character.

I am also planning on reading Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, which from what I’ve heard has some homosexual characters in it.

Lastly is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sanez. I’m almost everyone has read this since everyone is talking about it but it also deals with homosexuality.

Not pictured (mainly because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get to them) are Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour which has a lesbian main character. I also would like to attempt to read South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf which also has a lesbian main character.

Once this is over I’ll be posting my wrap up for this. Let me know if you’re participating in the Diverseathon and what books you plan on reading! If you have other recommendations let me know! I would love to check them out!

WhittyNovels: https://youtu.be/lSS3I-s2yJo

MonicaKWatson: https://youtu.be/-BqhVPoZrF8

LCMarie19: https://youtu.be/WZyJqXotJxI

SquibblesReads: https://youtu.be/Y4FOmJ3jjd4

 

Unbroken: A Memoir

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Unbroken: A Memoir by Bethany Granholm

Publisher: Createspace

Published: May 30, 2016

Rating: 4/5

Unbroken is a touching story about a young woman growing up and making her way in the world. She overcomes so many trials and comes out a strong woman, and you get a front row seat to it all in this novel. 

First off I would like to thank the author Bethany for offering me a copy of this book to read and review. As well as for sharing her amazing story in such a fascinating book. After reading it you really understand how hard it is for people to make a life for themselves and it gives you respect for them and all their accomplishments. I appreciate how open she was about everything, it really gave me insight I didn’t have before. 

I really enjoyed this book, I felt the writing was great, it was fast paced and you really got to know her as the book went on. She was very personal in this book and again I have major respect for people who are willing to be as honest as she was. I liked reading about her family, and her life as a child traveling. That must have been so interesting to see so many different things as a child. I think the hardest part about this book is reading about someone going trough things like addiction and assault. You just want to help and sadly you can’t. You can only read about it and be in awe that they overcame situations like that and came out stronger. 

It was beautiful reading about her love for her children. While I don’t have children right now, my own parents affection for me as well as her writing, really helped me feel her love for her children. Again it was such a beautiful thing to read, and you really got to see how they ended up changing her life. After reading this book, you realize also how much children can be considered little miracles after tough times in life. 

Overall I highly recommend this book to everyone. I hope people really take the time to read this book and appreciate the struggles others go through to try and live a better life, not just for them but for their families as well. Again I wanted to thank the author for letting me read her beautiful story and wish her all the best in her life. Thank you again for sharing your story to the world! 

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts! I’d really love to know! 

 

And I Darken

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

Publisher: Corgi Children

Published: July 7th 2016

Rating: 5/5

And I Darken is the story of a girl named Lada, after she and her brother were abandoned by their father in the Ottoman Empire. Lada and Radu now face off both as siblings and rivals for the affections of Mehmed, the son of the Sultan.

Once I started reading this book I got sucked in right away! Lada was such a fierce character and also a very violent person as well. I really liked her overall, and while she sometimes was a little too much to handle, I enjoyed what she brought to the table. She wasn’t just brute force, she also had a quick mind, it reminded me almost of Kestrel from “The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski. They both have quick minds and think tactically about things such as strategies.

Black Ice

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Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Published: October 7th, 2014

Rating: 5/5

Starting out with this book, I was a bit nervous. I had never read a Becca Fitzpatrick book besides the first 10 pages of Hush, Hush. I sadly could not get into it, and put it down. Black Ice was completely different, I dove right in and got sucked in right away. The novel follows a girl was about a girl named Britt who trains to backpack the Teton Range. Her plans get derailed when her ex-boyfriend joins the group. After getting stranded in a blizzard, Britt and her best friend have to find a way to survive after meeting two fugitives who hold them hostage.

The story had so many twists and turns; I would have one idea figured out then something would twist it all around! The characters were interesting, the plot was great and while the idea had been common the way she executed it was so vastly different! I got drawn into the drama going on with Britt and her friend, with Britt and her captors, and afterwards when everything is revealed.

Overall I felt that Britt was a really good character in this story. I loved her spunk, and her ability to survive in such intense conditions that she was faced with. I really felt that she was someone to almost admire in a way. She was a real person in a contemporary novel, not a woman in a fantasy novel. She almost felt relatable in a sense. I loved that idea that I felt connected to her and her story; that it could almost be me in a sense if I was trained like she was.

Mason was to complicated to me. Not in a bad way of any sorts. It was just that I would hate him for a bit then adore him. I flipped back and forth with him and I felt that really gave me a different view of him. I could see his faults and mistakes, as well as his good points. Overall I loved his story line, and his need to finish what he set out to do. Probably my favorite character in this book besides Britt. He was really unexpected honestly, but a good surprise.

Calvin was just an a-hole…I didn’t like him from the start. That’s all I can really say about him. There was a second where I was like “okay he’s redeeming himself in my eyes” then I was like “never mind”. His sister, and Britt’s best friend, just annoyed the piss out of me. I can see why they’re related. They are definitely siblings. Same thing for her as it was for Calvin; never liked her from the start, felt that Britt could get a better best friend.

Overall I again really enjoyed the story and felt that it was a solid read. Makes me interested in reading more of what Becca Fitzpatrick writes, so I’m sure I’ll be giving Hush, Hush another shot in the future.

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this book if you’ve read it! For those that have read Hush, Hush, let me know your thoughts on that series and whether you recommend it after all or not! I’d love to know!