Wrap Up | June Week 3

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Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #2) by Ryan Graudin // ★★★★ // I FINALLY READ THIS! I clearly needed #YALC to pressure me into reading this one. I did enjoy it, and thought it was a great alternate history book. I do wish there was more of the actual Axis Tour in this one? For example, I wanted more of her experiences riding the bike, instead of just seeing the stop points, fights and racing time. 

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones // ★★★★ // Another one I should have read ages ago. I felt like one of the only people on this planet who hadn’t read this or watched the movie. I thought it was a cute story, and it made me laugh several times. The plot is somewhat convenient, but it is a middle grade book so I don’t mind really. 

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton // ★★★★ // Yup, another one I read way after the hype. And another one I really liked! I do think the ending was quite abrupt, and I want to read the sequel. I might wait with buying it until I’m at YALC though. 

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Wonder Woman // ★★★★★ // If I could rate this a 11 out of 5, I would. I absolutely loved this movie. I adored Gal Gadot, who did an incredible job portraying Diana Prince. I loved Chris Pine, who played the supporting character called Steve. I loved the story, the humor, the awkward bits, the side characters, the 3 minutes in which people suddenly spoke Dutch… I loved everything. I think Patty Jenkins did an amazing job as a director. I’m not a film critic at all, yet I found myself really admiring the cinematography and coloring of the shots? Anyway, go watch it.

Howl’s Moving Castle // ★★★★ // I couldn’t just read the book, and not watch the movie. This movie is SO DIFFERENT from the book! The only things that are the same are the character names and the title. But I still really enjoyed it? Calcifer was sooooo cute in this. Completely different than how I’d pictured him, but adorable nonetheless. 

Skam // ★★★★★ // It’s over. I can’t believe the series has ended. If you haven’t watched this Norwegian TV show, please do. I don’t speak Norwegian either, but there are some lovely fans who have taken the time to translate the clips. This is now one of my favorite shows ever. It’s the first teenager-in-high-school series I have actually found to be relateable.


So that was everything I read and watched this week! Have you read any of these books? What did you read and/or watch this week? If you’ve watched SKAM, let me know so we can ramble together!

Review: The Dragons of Nova

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The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova

Genre: Fantasy, (New) Adult

Release date: 11 July 2017 by Keymaster Press
Rating: ★★★★★ – I adored it.
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I received this book from the published in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.

I won’t provide a synopsis of The Dragons of Nova, as it is the second book in the series. If you want to see the synopsis and my thoughts on the first book, The Alchemists of Loom, you can find my review here.

 

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It’s been months since I’ve written a review, and I feel like I’ve lost my touch. If I ramble in this one, I apologize. I’m pretty much always a rambling mess when talking about my favorite books though, so you might not notice a difference. As always, my reviews are spoiler free!

WORLD

If you haven’t read the first book yet and have no idea what this is about, let me catch you up. This story is about Loom and Nova. Loom is where the humans (and Chimeras) live, while Nova is the country/world of the dragons. Years ago, the dragons invaded Loom and conquered their world. Loom’s previous Guild system was adapted: instead of everyone studying at whichever Guild they were interested in, you now have to stay at the one you were born in. If you happen to be not-so-good at whatever that Guild does, you’re pretty much dead.

Dragons also possess magic, while humans do not. This is where the Chimeras come in. Chimeras are humans who have dragon organs implanted. This allows them to use a limited amount of magic. However, too many dragon organs will rot the human’s blood, and they will die too.

I really love this world. In the first book, we explored Loom and its different territories (each Guild has a territory). In this book we also get to see parts of Nova. As we explore more of the world, we also expand our knowledge of the world and different people’s opinions on it. For example, Arianna (one of the MC) hates the dragons for destroying her world. Yet there are other humans who argue that the dragons saved them. If not for them, humans would have used up every resource and died. I liked seeing the world through different people’s eyes!

PLOT

Obviously, I can’t say much here. However, I can say that this one did not suffer from second book syndrome. If you’ve seen one of my recent wrap ups, you’ll know I also read the second book in her Air Awakens series. That one felt mostly like a filler book to me, in which nothing really happened. That’s really not the case with this one! So much happened, and I was astonished by the time the ending came around. 

Honestly, there were so many surprises in the last half I spent most of my time thinking: “Wait. WHAT?” 

CHARACTERS

I’ll only talk about the main characters, so as not to spoil anything.

Arianna. I’m just in love with this woman. She is such a fierce badass, and I am in awe of her. But I wouldn’t want to come across her in a dark alley. I probably wouldn’t survive. 

Cvareh. I find Cvareh to be an interesting character! He’s a dragon from the Xin family, and in the second book we learn more about him and his family. The first book mainly focused on his character and who he really is. Now, family dynamics are thrown in. I am so fascinated by his family -and especially by Petra. There’s also more of a political aspect to this book, because the dragon society is very political and backstabby (I made that word up, I know).

Florence. I feel like Florence grew most of all throughout this book. I found her journey fascinating, especially when her views on the world were challenged. She’s a woman to look up to, that’s for sure. 

There are so many other fascinating (and utterly terrifying) characters, but I don’t want to spoil you on this story.

IN SHORT

I adore this new adult fantasy series. I really enjoyed the first book, The Alchemists of Loom, when I read it last year. I certainly wasn’t disappointed by the sequel. In fact, that ending left me wanting (and needing) more. I can’t wait for the third book because I need to know what happens next!

It was science, as Eva would say. And science existed beyond right, wrong, and fear.

5 of My Favorite Minor Characters

This was actually a Top 5 Wednesday topic last month. But since I was on hiatus during the month of May, I never really got to participate in this topic. I thought it was pretty fun, so here I am a month later with my 5 favorite minor characters. Minor characters are not the same as side characters: side characters still play a bigger role in a story than minor characters do.

Galadriel // The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien // I am forever bitter about Galadriel. I feel like she wasn’t included nearly enough in The Lord of the Rings itself -probably because she was a woman… I haven’t read the Silmarillion, and I hope she plays a bigger role there. She’s just amazing.

Nyx // Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop // I didn’t know whether Nyx counted as a minor character, because this series basically consists of only main and side characters. Everyone gets a voice in it, which is why it’s so vivid. Nyx is a vampire, and she dresses in black velvet. Just because she thinks the stereotypes are hilarious -and because she wants her prey to know what’s coming for them…

Nightblood // Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson // Nightblood is a sword. A sword with a desire to kill and maim. And it’s so hilarious, I laughed out loud several times while reading this book. 

Nymeria // A Game of Thrones (ASOIAF #1) by George R.R. Martin // Nymeria is Arya’s direwolf. And I love her.

Seamus Finnegan // Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling // I am intrigued by Seamus, really. Aside from his ability to explode anything, he also had some character growth in The Order of the Phoenix. From barely being allowed to go to Hogwarts to fighting with the DA.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Unlikeable Protagonists

It’s time for another #T5W post, and this one is all about unlikeable protagonists! I think this is such an interesting topic. I always thought you had to like a character to be able to enjoy their story. In the past few years, I’ve changed my mind. A character needs to be intriguing, but not necessarily likeable. Anyway, let’s get into it. As always, all the Top 5 Wednesday information will be in the description of my video. 

  1. Every single person in The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  2. Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. The Biologist in Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
  4. Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  5. Darrow in Red Rising by Pierce Brown

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start for Ages

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, we’re talking about series we’ve been meaning to start!

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson // I really need to read this… But it’s so intimidating! That paperback copy is like 1200 pages long and so heavy.

Insurrection (Insurrection #1) by Robyn Young // I’ve had the first two books in the trilogy on my shelves for 2 years now, I think. And I still haven’t read them. This is historical fiction set in the 13th century and it’s about Edward of England, and a possible Scottish civil war. Sounds intriguing! 

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin // I adored her Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and Broken Kingdoms, so I’m really excited to read more of her works. I still have to read the last book to the Inheritance trilogy, but I’ll get to that eventually too. 

Stormbird (Wars of the Roses #1) by Conn Iggulden // Another historical fiction book! I bought this book and the sequel in a book sale maybe 2 years ago and I still haven’t read them. Do you see a trend here? This one is also set in England but this time during the 15th century! 

Age of Myth (Legend of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan // Michael J. Sullivan is one of my favorite authors. I wanted to read this book immediately when it was released last year, but I didn’t. I generally prefer paperbacks, and they first only had hardcovers and then the paperbacks were extremely expensive. BUT a copy is now on its way to me, and I will definitely read this during the summer. 

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence // I still have his Prince of Thorns on my unread shelf, but this one just looks incredible. It’s about a girl called Nona, who was brought to the Convent of Sweet Mercy (assassin nuns!) when she was eight, bloodstained and accused of murder.

A Natural History of Dragons (Memoirs of Lady Trent #1) by Marie Brennan // This really sounds amazing. It’s about Lady Trent, a famous dragon naturalist. She’s basically telling her story throughout these books (which is why they’re called the memoirs, obviously). Dragons though!

Malice (Faithful and the Fallen #1) by John Gwynne // I have no idea what this is about. I know it’s epic fantasy, people love it and the cover looks amazing. I’m going into it blind!

Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) by Brian McClellan // The synopsis of this one starts with: “The Age of Kings is dead… and I have killed it.” EPIC?

The Red Knight (Traitor Son Cycle #1) by Miles Cameron // I have no clue what this is about. I know it’s fantasy. I know many people like it. I know I bought the second book during a sale. Still need to buy the first book though…


Those are 10 series I’ve been meaning to start for a while! Have you read any of these? Which one should I give priority to?

Reading Wrap Up | June Week 2

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The Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling // ★★★★★ // Yes, I continued my re-read this week and read The Order of the Phoenix again! I actually enjoy this one more as an adult than I did as a teenager.

The Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling // ★★★★★ // Still on the re-read train.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë // ★★★★★ // SURPRISE! I read another classic, and actually loved it this time. Jane Eyre took me completely by surprise because I didn’t expect to love it at all. I flew through it, and actually couldn’t put it down.

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skam

I am so in love with this series. Skam is a Norwegian TV show about the lives of a group of teenagers in high school. It’s so realistic and well done, I’ve never been this invested in a show about teenagers. It addresses friendship, feminism, religion, sexuality, refugees and immigration, etc. It’s just incredible. Currently, season 4 is being released and it’s all about Sana. Each show focuses on a different character from the group. The clips are also not released per episode. Instead, if a scene happens on 15:14 on Thursday, it gets posted on 15:14 on Thursday. You never know when the next clip will be released!

All the Yousana feels though. All of them.

Also, tonight I’m going to see Wonder Woman! I’m so excited, you can’t even imagine. 


That’s everything I read and watched this week! What did you read and/or watch? Have you seen Skam? Or Wonder Woman?