Books that I smashed in May 2017

*No books are harmed while doing this blog

This is the first month that booksmashed became active, again and my reading life came back.

I read 6 books this month and I hope this will continue in coming months! 

These are the books I smashed in May 2017

Geekerella by Ashely Poston

4.5/5 โญ

Geekerella Booktalk

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

4/5โญ

Scythe Booktalk

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Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M Sullivan

4.6/5โญ

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles Booktalk

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

5/5โญ

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault Booktalk

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Daughter of Smoke and Boneby Laini Taylor

4.5/5โญ

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Booktalk

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Everland by Wendy Spinale

3.6/5 โญ

Everland Booktalk

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May 2017 became a good month for me. I hope it was good for you too! 
See you in June! 


Book Talk [#07]: Everland by Wendy Spinale

Book Depository

Pages: 312, Hardcover

Book Birthday: May 10 2017

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Synopsis: 

The only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Maraudersโ€”the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past Englandโ€™s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook? ยฉgoodreads


Overall thoughts:

This is my first Peter Pan retelling even though I started Tiger Lily ages ago I haven’t got a chance to finished it.  At first I liked it but as the story went on,  I felt like it was rushed. Some parts are too boring for me that I almost did not finished it.

 
Plot: 3.5/5 โญ

There isn’t too much of the plot, there are parts that are too boring that my eyes just passed those parts. Also the loves story between Gwen and Pete is too rushed that they’re just suddenly fell in love with each other with no definite reason and moment why and how that happened.

 Characters: 3.5/5 โญ

Gwen is a strong protagonist, she did ever thing for her siblings but as I said about the plot. I hope that we got to know more about the second characters, the lost boys and specially hook,  hook was an interesting character ever since the original Peter Pan but I hope we got to learn about Hook because he’s not really that bad.

Writing Style:4/5 โญ

Even though I didn’t like some of it, Wendy Spinale’s writing is interesting may be this is not the best book she wrote that caught my best interest but I would still like to try some of her works.

Waiting on Wednesday [#02]: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Pages: 373, Hardcover

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Book Birthday: June 06 2017

Synopsis: 

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasnโ€™t spoken her name yetโ€”and if he hasnโ€™t by now, thereโ€™s a chance he never will.


Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargoโ€”an arrogant courier with a secretโ€”and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark. ยฉgoodreads

  1.  The cover is to die for. I love covers with moons and ocean.
  2. The plot looks good. It has pirates and gods in it. It looks interesting.  
  3. It may be a love story,  action,  fantasy or adventure. 

Can’t wait to read it!  What is your most anticipating book for next month?  Let’s talk about it!

Book Talk [#06]: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Book Depository

Pages: 422, Hardcover

Book Birthday: September 27 2011

Synopsis:

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devilโ€™s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, sheโ€™s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and sheโ€™s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


Overall Thought: First, the cover didn’t do anything for me to read the book. It should have a book cover makeover. 

The world in this book is interesting, I wonder why didn’t I read this sooner and it has been out since 2011. What lure me in this book are the opening lines that I see in Pinterest and Tumblr. 

And I love angel books so I gave this a try, I never regetted it.  

The book is full of mystery that I couldn’t  sleep because I need answers. Through out the book I wondered who were the bad guys. I couldn’t wait to read the next book.  Probably going to read it after writing this. 

 

Plot:4/5 โญ

It was unpredictable, the plot twist are on point. As I went through the book, I kept on thinkInc about the possible outcomes and who is the “devil” that was written on the opening line, why was that devil connected to Karou then It all answered my question in just a snap (see what I did there๐Ÿ˜‰). What I don’t like was at the near end when Kaou found out everything and the flashbacks. I’m not a fan too much of it. But still I can’t wait to read what this bok has to offer. 

Characters: 5/5โญ

I can’t imagine what Karou went through when she can’t find doors to her family and I thought she will kill Akiva, an angel but then she was mesmerized by his above this world looks, and brought to her house. (If I were her,I think I would do the same. I like to kno w more about Brimstone and the other Chimaeras. 

Writing Style: 4.5โญ

This is my first Lain Taylor book and definitely not the last. Her world building is breaking my mind and the way she described every character and settings made my reading easier.  

Tag-It Thursday[#01]: The New Disney Princess Book Tag

I want to thank painfully fictional for tagging me to do this tag  and also Mandy and Zuky for making this tag. You guys are genius! 

The Rules:

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because thatโ€™s always good fun
  • Tag Book Princess Reviews and Zuky with our posts so we can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mine is this link and Zukyโ€™s is here)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

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Snow White       

THIS BOOK (LIKE THE MOVIE) STARTED IT ALL    

  Favorite Debut Book From an Author


Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robins on. I recently read this and I love it. It also has a connection to this tag. Read it if you want to know.

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Cinderella     

A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didnโ€™t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to Be a Total Jem

Aaron Warner from Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi. At the first book I was creeped out about Warner being obsessed to Juliette but when I read the rest of the books, he is just lonely and broken.  

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Aurora: Sleeping Beauty

SLEEPING BEAUTY

A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. I’ve been try ng to read for five years. FIVE YEARS! I tried everything. It just makes me sleepy. Maybe it’s not yet my time to be in this world.  

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Ariel: The Little Mermaid

UNDER THE SEA

A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting

Common  genre when the setting is water is mermaids and like this one, Syrena Legacy. what made this book cooler than the rest is the mermaids’ eyes or hair, I don’t know which but it is purple. 

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Belle: Beauty and The Beast

BEAUTY AND THE BOOKS

Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover

 Of course this would be Hermione from Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling. She is the first book lover came to my mind.

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Jasmin: Aladin

THE THIEF AND THE PRINCESS

Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didnโ€™t Expect to Love So Much)

I will choose Can You Keep A Secret? By Sophie Kinella. I read this twice and I never thought I would love this so much. 

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 Pocahontas

THE REAL LIFE PRINCESS

Name a Book that is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read

Diary Of Anne Frank. I started gaining interest to her when I watched a documentary about her on Facebook. 

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Mulan

THE PRINCESS THAT SAVED HER COUNTRY

Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

There are a lot of fierce heroine out there and it is hard to choose because I love them all but I will choose Penryn in Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy by Susan Ee. I choose her because she was scared but she needs to be brave for her sister and herself. 

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Tatiana: The Princess and The Frog

THE PRINCESS WITH THE COOLEST AND MOST DIVERSE CREW

The gang of Heroes of Olympus Series by Rock Riordan has the coolest and most diverse crew. Gods and demigods alike.

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Rapunzel

LET YOUR LONGGGGGG HAIR DOWN

Name the Longest Book Youโ€™ve Ever Read

Aside from my school books that I NEED to read no matter how long they are. The longest book I read is the Half Blood Prince with 607 pages.

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Merida: Brave

I DETERMINE MY OWN FATE

A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isnโ€™t Needed

 Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. I think this is the only book in my goodreads shelf that there’s no love story around but kept me interested about the story. I’m also thinking of writing a novel without a love story, Let’s hope I finish it.

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Anna and Elsa: Frozen

FROZEN HEARTS

A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting

 Now that I think about it, The only book that I think about is Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe may it’s because of the movie.

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Moana

HOW FAR Iโ€™LL GO

A Character That Goes on a Journey

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. It was really an adventure of a lifetime without knowing where you will end up. 

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There you have it!  Two weeks in the making for this tag but I really enjoyed. Also check out Hollie Ballard‘s tumblr to see these beautiful Disney princesses and her other artworks! 




Top Ten Tuesday [#02]: Most Kickass Literary Females

Let’s talk about the girls in book land who prove that girls can have powers too. 

This is only my top ten but there are a lot of literary females that are kick ass in their own ways!

1. June Iparis (Legend Trilogy, Marie Lu)

June is just 15 years old and she’s been climbing building like it’s nothing but what impressed me more is when she was studying her brother’s death and discovering secrets behind the government.

2. Penryn Young (Penryn Young and the End of Days, Susan Ee)

If being sting by a poisonous human-scorpion like monster and survive or slicing an archangel wings like it’s nothing is not kickass to you, you sort out your priorities. 

3. Libby Strout (Holding Up The Universe, Jeniffer Niven)

Being a kickass is not always about kicking asses physically and killing someone. Blah blah blah.  For me the another definition of being a kickass is being brave to show the people who you are and standing up against the bullies without hurting anyone. Libby Strout is truly a kickass.  

4. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling) 

Who wouldn’t choose Hermione as being one of the kickass literary females? She just punched Draco Malfoy in the face and did a lot kickass things mentally. 

5. Caelena Sardothien (Throne of Glass Series, Sarah J. Mass) 

She is one of the most kickass literary females ever. From what she’d been through since she was a child until now.  

6. Reyna (Heroes of Olympus Series, Rick Riordan) 

She is my favorite female character in Heroes of Olympus and being the leader of Camp Jupiter in such a young age. 

7. Ringer (Fifth Wave Trilogy, Rick Yancey) 

I’m thinking to put Cassiopeia in this list but as I think about it, I like Ringer more than Cassie (don’t worry it’s just a matter of point)

8.Isabelle Lightwood (Mortal Instrument Series, Cassandra Clare) 

Though I haven’t finished the series yet (2 1/2 books left) I like Izzy,  she is the second sassiest character in the book after Alec, I think it’s in their genes.  There are a lot of fighting scenes where Izzy looks cool 

9.Sophia Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones)

When Howl is having a hard time to transform into human again, Sophie did everything to save everyone even if it costs her life. 

10. Kit (Dear Killer, Katherine Ewell)

There has been a lot of mix thoughts about this book but I love it. Kit is a serial killer and the way she kills people with mostly just her strength really intrigues me. (I don’t know if that’s a good thing)

Book Talk [#05]- Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinsonย 

I would like to thank the publisher for sendingme an advance reader’s copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange f a honest review. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Title: Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault 

Author: Candace Robinson

Pages: 242, paperback

Book Birthday: May 16 2017

Genre: Retelling, Horror, Young Adult (ages 15 years old and older )

Synopsis:

Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfeโ€™s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

A book that intertwines horror with retellings.ยฉgoodreads


Overall thought: This is one of  the most terrifying book I ever read . May be it is because of the fairytales that are in this book and how the author played with them. The author just ruined my whole childhood in one book. But I really enjoyed it, I never read this fast for so long. Now I’m thinking about what is going to happen in the next book and how I’m going to sleep without having nightmares. 
This is one of my top reads for this year and my top 1 for horror section.

Plot: 5/5โญ

When it became from 0 to 100 real quick. It just started with a common contemporary beginnings but when it came tthe middle and entered the museum. My heart beats so fast that I couldn’t breathe properly and as the climax arrived, I thought it was the worse but trust me it’s not. The connection of fairytales and how the author played with it. It messed up my mind. I think me and Perrie will be together at a mental facility after all of this.  

Characters: 5/5โญ

I feel connected to Perrie as she went trough this adventure and scared for her on what is going to happen next. Perrie is the protagonist and losing her ex boyfriend and best friend/cousin is hard to take but being taken in this nightmare is unimaginable. Everytime they went to another portal I keep on praying for her safety specially when she entered the “Jack the Ripper” (A little teaser for you ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰). I almost had a heart attack.  I hope she will be fine at the end of this story and still sane.

Writing Style: 5/5โญ

I like to watch horror films but I’m the kind of person who covers her ears but don’t closes her eyes, because the sound effects and background music are more scarier than the movie itself. I never thought I would feel that way in a book that I just want to cover my ears because it’s to scary. Candace Robinson did a great job on describing sounds which is important in horror movies and even in books. The way she describe how it sounds makes me cringe. 

Pacing: 5/5โญ

This is a one sitting read as you cannot stop turning the pages and can’t wait on what’s going to happen next. I was so hooked by this book that I didn’t even knew that I was near end of the book.

Book Talk [#04]: Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me an advance reader’s copy through Net Galley in exchange of a honest review. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Title: Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles

Author: J.M. Sullivan

Pages: 360, paperback

Book Birthday: May 16 2017

Publisher: Pen Name Publishing

Synopsis:

“Always protect your queen.โ€

Ever since the outbreak of the Plague, life hasnโ€™t been easy, and for seventeen-year-old Alice Carroll, it just got worse. Her sister, Dinah, has contracted the โ€˜un-deadlyโ€™ Momerath Virus and without a cure, will soon be worse than dead. Sheโ€™ll be momerath.

Alice must leave the safety of the Sector and venture into Momerath Territory to find the antidote – if it exists. Chasing a rumor about a mysterious doctor with the cure, Alice falls down the rabbit hole into Wanderland, where ravenous momerath arenโ€™t the only danger lurking. ยฉgoodreads

Plot: 5/5โญ

This is my first Alice In Wonderland retelling and I’m not a huge fan of the movie or the original book but this retelling is beyond my expectations. I didn’t even notice it was a fairytale retelling. It also has a challenge that made the readers connect to the book snd the story itself. The story is unpredictable it will keep you guessing what will going to happen next. 

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5 โญ

 All the characters are mysterious, as I read the book I didn’t know who were the allies and who were not. Some characters made me think twce who they really were which made it challenging. Alice in this book made me off at first, I don’t know why I just don’t like her at the first chapters of the book may be it’s because she talks to herself too much. I know this is an Alice in Wonderland retelling but the characters are so on point. I can’t wait to find other Alice In Wonderland characters in the upcoming books of the series. 

Writing Style: 5/5 โญ

Even though this is an Alice In Wonderland retelling, the author made a different flavor to it . I think writing a retelling is hard as the writer tried his/her best not to copy the whole plot of the original story and writing it in a darker way, I can’t imagine. She gave the cahracters different voices that made them different from the original story. 

Pacing: 4/5โญ 

Pacing of this book was like a roller coaster to me. It was a rough start, It felt boring on the first chapters of the story that I almost didn’t want to go on but as I reached the climax, it felt like I couldn’t breath then the story went down again. From middle to end of the book everything became smooth.

Book Talk [#03]: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Title: Scythe

Author: Neal Shusterman

Pages: 435, Hardcover

Book Birthday: November 22 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster



Synopsis

Thou shalt kill.


A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end lifeโ€”and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scytheโ€”a role that neither wants. These teens must master the โ€œartโ€ of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.Thou shalt kill.


A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end lifeโ€”and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scytheโ€”a role that neither wants. These teens must master the โ€œartโ€ of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. ยฉgoodreads


I love its post-mortality concept. The idea of being immortal is cool that they need to have a job for people to kill people so they can control the global over population. In our world scythes are scary and just legends while in there world sycthes are respected and wore bright color robes instead of black.  The concept made me picked up this book.

But it felt like I was reading a series worth of story that is compressed to a 400+ page book, there’s a lot of things happening through out the book that it felt like rush, imagine riding a rollercoaster then when you got used to the adrenaline and starts to have fun, all of a sudden it came down and the ride’s over. That’s what I felt with this book.

It was in third point of view and we have two main point, Citra and Rowan. What I loved about being a scythe was they choose the least people who wants to kill others. They don’t even have a choice. Citra was the clever one and Rowan was the mysterious and confused type of kid. That made Rowan so interesting, I don’t know what was going on in his mind and he is more unpredictable than Citra because she has a lot of exposure than Rowan after things got out of control. It would be more interesting to find out what was Rowan been up to while Citra was doing her things done and he’s character development became quickly from 0 to 100. (from blades to flamethrower real quick ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰)

I love the author’s writing style, it is in third point of view so it’s not necessary to have the two to have a scene, he’s telling some scenes from other points that made the story even more deeper than the other books I read, and he introduced us to the antagonist way before the two main points and the antagonist met. Also the journal entries made understand world of Sycthes. 

Overall, I still enjoyed it even if there are shortcomings. The concept is interesting and there are a lot of characters I got attached to. I didn’t regret picking this up.