The Girl The Sea Gave Back By Adrienne Young

synopsis:

Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed along the shore when she was a child. The Svell use her ability to cast the rune stones and see the future for their own gain. The memories of her family are long forgotten, and all she has left are the strange markings she bares on her body making her a Truthtongue. The Svell do not really like her and fear she is a curse that the Gods have sent to their clan. They end up starting a war with the allied clans not only to protect their new found power but to show that they are the one true clan. These events lead to untold secrets, giving Tova something she thought she will never be able to have again- a family.

Review:

I really wanted to love this book because I have been looking forward to reading it for so long. I’m not saying it was a bad book either, it just wasn’t for me. The premise of the story was rather interesting and I Really liked that it gave you a “Viking” kind of feel to it. It had cool weapons and bows and arrows. Honestly, who doesn’t like sort of thing in a fantasy novel? It had a lot of cool elements I typically like in fantasy and that was more than enough to have made me like it just a little.

Young did an incredible job with the world building in this novel. If her intentions were to make you feel cold, it definitely worked out well. There were several scenes in the book that really intensified my imagination and made me picture a snowy, cold world. Although I have never traveled to Norway, it really gave me those Nordic vibes.

What made me dislike this book is the fact that I felt absolutely zero connection to any of the characters. I am a Character driven reader and I did not feel anything for these characters. Tova has an interesting background and interesting capabilities but she lacked any sign of personality. She just resembled a bland piece of meat which could have had the potential to be a nice juicy steak (why did I compare this to food?). The other characters in the story made the story flow but I did not feel anything towards any of them either.

Ugh! This review feels very short but I really don’t have much else to say. I am being nothing but honest with you here. The story flows very quickly and its an easy read. I recommend it to you if you’re looking for something fast to read in between books. This was not a bad story, I just don’t think it was meant for me. I am sure that there are lots of people out there that will like it more than I did. I rated this 3.5 stars. If you decide to pick this up, please feel free to let me know your thoughts on it.

Happy Reading!

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing #1) By Hank Green


Synopsis:

This is the story about a young woman named April May and how she became instantly famous and part of something not only remarkable but very weird. While walking in the streets of New York at 3 AM, she stumbles across a huge statue. She finds it fascinating and praises this unknown artist for his attention to detail and taste in materials. April decides to call her friend Alex to make a video of this amazing giant sculpture and upload it on YouTube. The next day, April wakes up to a viral video. News begins to spread that there are Carls all around the world in major cities. Being that she was the first to encounter the Carls, she becomes an instant media spotlight and now has to deal with this new life and the consequences it brings along. The world is counting on April to find out what the Carls are and what they want.

Review:

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing was such a great book, that I am left with a scattered brain and I’m not sure where to start. I guess I can start by saying that Hank Green has great writing style. The book was easy to get into and everything seemed to flow nicely, which is something I needed at the time to give myself a bit of a break from fantasy. I like how the author incorporated modern pop culture, giving us a bit of the things a lot of people hold dear such as the band Queen and our dearly departed Freddie Mercury. I never felt bored and Hank’s writing is a huge part of that statement.

I really enjoyed all the characters. I like how we get to follow April May and get to see things in her perspective. I enjoyed her character Growth though at times she was unbearable, she managed very well. Alex is a great best friend and is always there to offer his suggestion when its needed. He doesn’t care for the fame and never let the spotlight change who he is. I didn’t care for Maya, I didn’t like how she treated April. Miranda was funny and Smart and had a huge role in this book, I don’t think April would have made it very far without her help. throughout the story, these friendships get tested as we see how Social media can make a huge impact on peoples lives and change personalities. We see that sometimes is best to stay safe and out of the spotlight.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing covers so many themes. It shows you how Social media has the power to bring fame but it can also create extremist, fanatical social groups with poor intentions. This is one of the themes in this book that terrified me. It also covers how our world deals with the fear of the unknown. I do think the book sugar coats the idea of a world invasion. I think that in reality, we will not deal with it as calmly and it will most likely start a worldwide panic. One of my favorite things about this book was the ending. It was like taking a bullet or should I say more like a punch to the face. I cant wait to read the next book in this series. I am left with so many questions and I want to know what happens next. Where are my answers Hank?

I am going to be honest and say that I went into this book blindly. I did not know anything about the plot or even what genre this is categorized in. I was simply interested in the cover and the fact that one of my favorite BookTubers really liked it. I recommend that you do as I did and just read it. Don’t even bother reading the synopsis, I guarantee that you wont be disappointed. This was a 4 star read for me and I highly recommend it.

Here and Now and Then By Mike Chen

Plot:

Kin Stewart is your average family man living in San Francisco with his wife Heather and his daughter Miranda. Everything in his life is normal except for one thing; Kin is a time-traveling secret agent from the year 2142. He has been stranded in the 1990s due to a sloppy completed mission, Kin has kept his past life secret from everyone around him including his family. Until one afternoon, a mysterious man appears in his back yard. His mission: bring Kin back home to the year 2142, where he’s only been gone for 2 weeks, not 18 years, to a family he doesn’t even remember. Kin struggles as he’s trying to adapt to his present while trying to keep in contact with his past. Although he means well, trying to keep communication with his past has led to a dangerous future for Miranda. Kin will do anything to go back and save her, even if it means breaking all the rules.

Review:

This book was such an engaging read. I enjoyed everything about it. For the record, I am a huge Doctor Who fan and this book is jammed packed with lots of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff. The story flows very well and has an abundance of characters. The premise of the story is very family-oriented. I think it does a good job placing together the meanings of being a parent and the limits you’d reach for your children’s safety. The author gave the impressions that he is definitely a fan of some pretty well-known pop culture TV-shows and movies such as Star Trek and Star Wars and of course, Doctor Who. For me, that was the coolest part of this book. I can appreciate a cool, geeky person when I see one.

The book has well-built characters. They are just people with normal people’s problems. I like that the author made strong female characters and how they’re just as important to the story as anyone else. The world-building didn’t change much from life as we know now. The author has a great depiction of the future and makes it feel clear and vivid.

I wouldn’t say this book is an adventure of any kind but it does have a plot and the sole purpose of keeping the reader engaged was fulfilled. In the end, I gave this book 5 stars. I really liked it and I definitely see myself giving this a re-read sometime in the near future, like the year 2142 (if I’m still alive by then). I think you’d really enjoy it if you like sci-fi and the topic of time travel. If you guys do end up picking this up, I would love to know your thoughts.

I do want to clarify that this book was a gift from the author and this does not affect my review.

Happy reading!

Parasites By Matthew Samuels

Hey guys!

I know it’s been a while since I last posted a review but I’m here now to make it up to you. I was contacted by Matthew Samuels (a month ago, maybe more) because he noticed I kept commenting on my friends review. I was given this book by the author, this does not affect my review. I was immediately attracted to the cover at first (I’m not going to lie) but when I read my friends review, I just knew I wanted to read it and let me just say that I’m really glad I did. This book had everything I wanted in a sci-fi story.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

The story is set on the planet Lyra where resources and the population are slowly declining. A scientist discovers a way where humans can travel through these patches in space called “thinnings.” With this technology, they’re able to travel to different planets in alternate universes in search for food and other forms of resources.

Alessia and Kael are explorers in Lyra traveling through these thinnings in search for valuable resources in order to extend the life span of their people. 2 years ago, Alessia’s father went on a mission regarding a clue for a more permanent solution to their dilemma. Her father never returned from the mission. 2 years later, Alessia and Kael stumble across the same clue her father ran into and are sent on a mission along with their bodyguard Basteel in hopes of solving the mystery.

I thought this book was very well written. One of the things I loved about the book was that it’s an easy read. What I mean by this is that it flows well and the author did not make it difficult for the reader with all the science/technological terms. The science was such an interesting aspect to the story. The author made it entirely believable as what we as humans can possibly overcome sometime in the future. I do believe that some day, we can have technological advances that will allow us to somehow travel through space.

This book is packed with amazing characters. I loved all of their personalities, all except one (he who must not be named). This one character was difficult to like but I think it was meant to be this way. Alessia is a strong female character with a little bit of a soft side too and though she shows it a few times, she can easily switch back to tough mode. Kael is funny and an undercover nerd. Basteel… I just love Basteel. He is just a sweetheart and I love his accent. Slyth grew on me. She started off as an annoying character, but she really had some huge character development and I enjoyed her growth. She became my favorite character despite having a snarky attitude.

The creatures the characters faced throughout their travels were so cool and unique and I could totally picture them in my head (I love when a book can make me do this). There are a lot of different worlds the characters visit, each planet was entirely different from the last, some habitable and some not so habitable. This made it more of an adventure since it did not make it seem like they traveled to rainbows and sunshine all the time. The characters actually go through dangerous obstacles in which they need to fight to survive. I did forget to mention that there was a scene that had me shed a few tears (I’m sensitive). I’ll just let that sink in a little.

So, do I recommend this book? Why yes, yes I do. I gave this book 5 stars. If you like space travel and aliens, then this is the book for you.

Again, thank you guys for stopping by and thank you to Matthew Samuels for sending me a copy, I loved it.

Happy reading!

The Bone Ships (The Tide Child #1) By RJ Barker

“They are rabble! Nothing! we are fleet! We are Hundred Isles and they cannot touch us”

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is doing good. I recently started a buddy read with my friend Jason (TravelingCloak). We decided to read The Bone Ships By RJ Barker. I really enjoyed this book. I will be honest, it was a slow start but I usually don’t mind when a book drags. I took this as an opportunity to get to know the characters, and I find it quite important in this story.

Synopsis: There are two nations at war. For generations, the hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of these ancient water dragons called Keyshan. The dragons disappeared but the war continued. Centuries later, the first dragon has been spotted and the first to catch it will win glory and stop this war.

As I said earlier, getting to know as much about the characters in this story is a must. The first hundred pages are very slow but they are very important. Because of this, you really get to know the characters. Joron is one of the main characters. The book starts you off with very little about him. What you do know is that he is a drunk and has given up on all hope he had. It slowly progresses and you get to know about his past in a more intimate way. He meets Lucky Maes, who is the second main character and they don’t necessarily meet in the best of ways. I really love the character development these two have. I had my fair share of emotions with Maes, as I wasn’t really sure if I liked her very much. There were times where I hated the way she treated Joron, but then I understood why and that she had her reasons. I feel that RJ did a really great job in making you care about the smaller side characters in the book without really giving you much information on their pasts.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the world. RJ did an amazing job creating these unique creatures that I have never really come across in any other book I’ve read. Even the dragon had a unique description, and I really enjoyed the attention to detail. The world these characters live in is very dark and the people seem to struggle, giving it a realistic approach. The naval battles were really fun. I really liked reading the battle scenes and experiencing the excitement and panic the characters had to undergo.

In the end, this book was fun to read. I really enjoyed the ending, it left me super emotional and I want to find out what happens next. I Honestly cant wait for the second book to be released. I rated this book a solid 4 stars. If you like pirates and naval battles, I think this will be your cup of tea. I hope you enjoyed, until next time my beautiful book friends.

Happy Reading!

House of Salt and Sorrows By Erin A. Craig

Hello everyone, I hope everyone had a great month of “October reading” and that you enjoyed your Halloween. I did not read much in October, I only read one spooky book, but I think it was more than enough to make me feel in the spirit of all things spooky.

For the month of October, I read House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig. When I first saw this book, I instantly fell in love with the cover. It is absolutely stunning and I knew I had to read it, but what I didn’t expect was the plot. There used to be 12 sisters, but tragedy has taken them one by one and only 8 remain. Annaleigh lives in a huge manor surrounded by the sea with her sisters, father and stepmother. Her sisters start disappearing into the night to attend mysterious balls, dancing till dawn, and leaving Annaleigh conflicted; either she stays or joins her sisters. Being haunted by ghostly figures, she starts to think that maybe their deaths were not accidental. Annaleigh must solve this mystery before whatever it is claims her next.

I’m really sorry if my synopsis is bland but I really don’t want to give away too much because this book is so worth reading, and I feel it would be best for your to find out on your own.

All the characters are great in this book. I honestly feel like this may be the book I had the most fun reading this year mainly because of the characters and secondly because of the plot. I probably said this about the last book I read, but I really think this one gives you the character development you crave when reading a book. There are a lot of names to remember, but the author does not make this difficult for the reader. They all have their own personalities and they harmoniously fit well in the story. I really enjoyed Camille’s snarky attitude when things were not her way. She definitely gives you the impression that she is the oldest sister and what she wants is what she gets. If you are a character driven reader, I think this would be a great book for you.

The author did an incredible job with the world building. I could smell the salt in the air as it was described in the book. I think I even felt as if I was by the ocean a few times as I read. Don’t even get me started on the creepy elements in this story. I don’t think I’ve ever felt goosebumps while reading a horror genre before, but this one definitely did it for me. This book also did a great job describing the deaths of Annaleigh’s sisters and this is something else I really enjoyed about this book (Oh, it was so descriptive and I loved it). I personally enjoy true crime and forensics, and when I read certain scenes that described a death of a sister, I instantly felt a spark (I hope this doesn’t end up making me sound crazy). I don’t think I can stress it enough in how much I loved it.

This book does have a romance. It is a cute romance, and although I’m not a fan of romances now as I used to be, this one I really liked. I love that the author did not let this drive the story, but also making it an important part of the story. The romance was in the majority of the story, but done in a very subtle way where you catch yourself cheering it on, not necessarily focused as much on it. I do want to mention this though, I did catch myself crying, so expect this if you’re a sucker for romances.

I think this sums up my review for House of Salt and Sorrows. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed it so much and I think I might of annoyed my friend (he shall not be named, but you know who you are) a bit with how much I enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book, I can’t stress it enough. It is so good and if you’re looking for a creepy book with a subtle romance, this is the book for you.

Ok, go read it.

Happy reading !

The Emperor’s Soul By Brandon Sanderson

“True art was more than beauty; it was more than technique. it was not just an imitation.”

Well hello again my amazing book friends! I’m coming at you with yet another book review and what an amazing book it was. The Emperor’s Soul By Brandon Sanderson is a novella taking place in the Cosmere universe. If you are not familiar with Sanderson’s work, the majority of his Books are based in this universe. With that little bit of information being said, you’re probably asking yourself “Gosh, when is she going to tell me her thoughts about this book?” Hmm… that is now!

I’ve never really read a novella before and sure didn’t expect this one in particular to be so short. This book was amazing. It packed a huge punch despite it being so small. It gives you everything you want from a fantasy novel in a small package. Let me start off with the plot. We have our main character Shai; who is caught replacing an item in the palace with a replacement she made using her power as a forger. An assassin has left the Emperor unconscious. With no one to rule, the Empire will fall. Shai is given a task; to create (forge) a brand new soul for the Emperor in the span of 3 months. She is locked in a tiny room constantly guarded and sealed by her own blood. Time is running out for Shai, she must make the Emperor a new soul and figure out a way to escape before her life is left in someone else’s hands.

Shai is an amazing main character. She carries a Great, sarcastic sense of humor. Shai takes pride in her work, she believes it is an art and shows no shame in what she does. She does not show fear when she is threatened, which makes her a strong female character. I really, really liked her. Since the book is being told through her perspective, you really get a sense of the environment she is put in. There is such great detail in everything that she does. The rest of the characters were very well developed and I found that amazing that such great character development existed in such a small book. I’ve always had an idea that a great character needs time to develop and that was not the case in this book.

There isn’t much to say about the world but I don’t really think there needed to be. The majority of the story is told in a small confined room and I don’t think the author really needed to go through such detail. Besides there not being a lot about world building, the magic system is quite interesting. Forgery, being an ability that lets you rewrite an objects history either making it as it was before or better. This magic system not only lets you rewrite an objects history but it allows you to be able to do it on yourself or another. I have never read a book with such a unique magic system and I found this one to be really interesting. The way Sanderson describes this magic system is pretty detailed all the way down to the detail of the stamp;He is well known in making unique magic systems and I think that is why everyone loves him so much.

If you’re looking for exciting action and adventure, this is not the book for you, but don’t let that discourage you from reading it. This book can give you an equivalent thrill with just the plot itself. It did have a small action packed fighting scene but nothing in comparison to a longer/ larger novel. I really enjoyed this part of the book because I found it to be very chilling and I honestly wish I could tell you about it, but it will give away some spoilers.

So as I come to the end of my review, this book was very enjoyable. If you’re looking for something short to read, you can definitely pick this one up and feel refreshed when getting back to your other books. With an empire on the brink of falling, a variety of characters and a great magic system to go along with it, why not take the chance and find something else to love? I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend it.

Happy Reading!