Reading Rush Wrap Up

Hi everyone!

So last week was the Reading Rush (formally known as Booktubeathon)! It was my first year participating and I had a great time! I thought that today I would share with you all what I managed to read in the last seven days!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky 

Challenges:
-Read a book with 5 or more words in the title
-Read and then watch a book to movie adaptation
-Read an authors first book

My rating: ★★

Everyone and their mother has read this book so I won’t spend much time on it. Unfortunately I did not like it at all. I originally gave it three stars, but after thinking about it I’m dropping it down to a two star read. My main problem with this book was how the tough issues were handled. In this 200 and something page book there was content warnings for suicide, rape, domestic violence, abortion, sexual abuse, etc. I don’t feel like any those things were talked about enough. It seems like they were just mentioned but then brushed off. Chbosky didn’t take the time to fully address how serious each topic was. That really bothered me. I know some may not agree with this and that’s totally okay. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins

Challenges:
-Read a book you meant to read last year
-Read a book in the same place the entire time

My rating: ★★★

I actually had no plans to read this book during the Reading Rush but after Perks was a flop I needed something fun. Prince Charming (formally titled Royals) was really cute! Some good ole YA fluff was just what I needed. The romance was super adorable. Who doesn’t love a fake dating story? I can’t wait to pick up the next book in this series! I’ve heard some pretty great things about it!

The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Challenges:
-Read a book with purple on the cover

My rating: ★★★★★

I reread this in preparation for the sequel that comes out in August. I still absolutely love this story and I want more people to read it. Here is my mini review from when I read The Raging Ones last year…

The three main characters stole my heart. The friendship between them is incredible. It started out a little rocky but it evolved into such a strong bond. From the start I had a feeling there was going to be a love triangle between them, but I was extremely happy when that didn’t happen. There is a romance in this book though & it’s seriously the cutest!

This world is so interesting. It’s a place where the sky is purple and it’s always snowy…that just sounds so pretty. Everyone knows the exact day they are going to die and they are separated into three groups (Babes, Fast Trackers and Influentials) depending on when their death day is. The authors do a fantastic job at setting up all that info.

Court, Franny and Mykal dodged their death days, which is supposed to be impossible. The *connection* that they share is so fascinating. It’s something that is kind of a mystery throughout the whole book.

There were many twists & turns in this book but the ending was definitely something I didn’t see coming. I never even thought about it as an option. I can’t wait for the next book…I need to know what happens ASAP!!

Memento by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Challenges:
-Read a book with a non human main character 

My rating: ★★★★★

This is the prequel novella to The Illuminae Files! I loved this so much, it was fantastic. In just 82 pages the authors made me fall in love with new characters and then broke my heart in two. I don’t know how Amie & Jay do this, but they are magical. I loved getting to see how & why AIDAN is the way it(?) is. I literally just finished this trilogy a few months ago, but I’m already itching for a reread!

So there it is! I competed all seven challenge with just four books! I am pretty happy with that. Next year I really want to do better at planning so Ican actually read seven books in seven days!

Let me know how your Readig Rush went!

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May Book Haul

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since my last book haul on the blog. I decided to change things up last moth & posted April’s haul over on my bookstagram.

I did some major damage in May. I don’t really know how it happened, but it did…

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
This is the companion to The Kiss Quotient. I’ve said multiple times how excited I am to read this…so I won’t say it again! Hahaha

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
Okay this book sounds awesome, but  I haven’t heard anyone talk about it. Have you read it?

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
This book literally screams summer!

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 
This is the third book & final book to The Illuminae Files! I already read it and LOVED it! Go check out my review.

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aquire
I actually don’t know much about this one, but I do know it’s sci fi, which I have been loving lately.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
This was the book pick for Owlcrate’s May box! Definitely getting Mulan vibes from the synopsis!

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
This is the first book in a new trilogy from this writing duo! I’ve heard good things about it so fingers crossed.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This is a public service announcement… GO READ THIS BOOK!! I finished it two weeks ago and let’s just say Alex & Henry are my favorites for life!

Finale by Stephanie Garber
Yes, you do see three copies of Finale…don’t judge!w This is the conclusion to the magical Caraval trilogy. The three copies I have are the original US, the UK paperback and the Owlcrate special edition. I love them all so very much!

What books did you haul last month??

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Review | Obsidio

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FROM BOOkS 1 & 2! READ AT YOUR OUR RISK!

Title: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Pages: 615

Publisher: Random House

My rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? 

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. 

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Illuminae review

Gemina review

What a finale! I said in my Gemina review that this story was going to go out with a bang & yep, it sure did!

I cannot stress this enough, if you can listen to the audiobook for this trilogy…DO IT! You won’t be disappointed. They are unlike anything I have ever heard. The audio adds to the thrill!

If you have read my other reviews for The Illuminae Files, you’ll know I love the multimedia format! I won’t blabber on about it again though. Just know that I am in awe of the work that Amie & Jay put into these books. They are literal perfection.

In Obsidio we see all of our favorites…Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, Ella & AIDAN! I’ve become very attached to these characters & I love them all so much. We were also introduced to new characters. Asha Grant, who is Kady’s cousin & Rhys Lindstrom, who is a past love interest of Asha’s. At first I was unsure whether it was necessary to add them to the last book, but I ended up really liking them. I do wish we would have met them sooner, but I can totally see why they were introduced when they were. Their story is crucial to the plot.

The suspense was turned up to a 15. Forget being on the edge of my seat, I fell off & was in the floor. There were a few scenes that literally left me in shock. I had to stop reading and take a breath because they were so intense. My emotions were on that roller coaster yet again. With the non stop action & this being the conclusion, I was in constant fear for all the characters.

While I liked the ending, I can see why some people wouldn’t. I’m not going to spoil anything but I will say…it all wrapped up a lot different than I expected it to.

Overall, Obsidio was a fantastic comclusion. It’s safe to say that this trilogy is one of my all time favorites! I’m sad to see it end, but it’s one that I will definitely reread over and over again!

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May TBR

I have a pretty small TBR this month. I’m for sure reading these three, but as far as the rest of the month goes…I’m just going to play things by ear!

Finale by Stephanie Garber

The wait is almost over! This is the last book in the Caraval trilogy & I am SO ready for it!!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I’ve heard AMAZING things about this book! My original plan was to read it in June, but I just can’t wait that long.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I am no where near prepared for what this book has in store!

What will you be reading in May??