THE LUNAR CHRONICLES SERIES REVIEW *MINOR SPOILERS* // Cress x Thorne is kind of problematic??? Kai is boring???

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Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m coming at you with my review of the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! I started buddy reading this series with my bookish bestie Rebecca in January of this year and just finished reading it last month! Overall, it was such a positive experience and I can’t wait to buddy read a new series with Rebecca as soon as we can make it happen!

Main TW for the entire series: death, manipulation (emotional, physical), murder, rape, loss, non-consensual kisses & relationships, abuse, injury, loss of limbs/body parts

↣ Just in general, the series can get pretty dark especially in Fairest and Winter

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JULIET TAKES A BREATH SPOILER-FREE REVIEW // A book everyone should read

JULIET TAKES A BREATH

my rating: ★★★★☆

tags: LGBTQIA+, YA, Feminism

goodreads rating: 4.27

Juliet Takes a Breath

Thank you to Riverdale Avenue Books for supplying the e-arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

All opinions are my own.

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Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favourite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.

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“Feminism. I’m new to it. The word still sounds weird and wrong. Too white, too structured, too foreign: something I can’t claim.”

Juliet Takes A Breath is a must read, not just for women, but for everyone. I will admit that it might be more relatable for women, and in particular women of colour. But, I think this book and the character of Juliet is what makes the book so special. She learns so much in this book and I think that is the point. She makes the story relatable for some readers and she makes it a slap in the face for others.

This story handles feminism and what it means to be a woman. Juliet goes through every feeling under the bus in this book and learns so much throughout her short journey in the novel. She learns some really helpful tips and tricks on how to make your period easier to handle, which I’ll be honest I had never heard before but, will definitely be trying out in the future.

“You control the energy in your body. Never forget that, Juliet.”

This book is fantastic and I think everyone should read it. Juliet is a really interesting character and I think there is definitely something to learn from her and her experiences, no matter who you are. What I loved most about this book was that it took me for a total learning curve. I have very little in common with Juliet. I am white, straight and share pretty much none of her experiences, I also don’t live in the US.

“None of the clothes were made to fit me. None of the people shopping in there look like me.”

On that note, what I learnt from this book was something particularly interesting about the store Banana Republic. I have never really heard of the store so learning about its history was quite interesting and very disturbing.  It’s actually kind of horrible that I had never heard about their history but, I guess that is the kind of world we live in now.

Juliet Takes A Breath also goes into the education system and how we are often not taught about our own histories. We are rarely ever taught about the “bad side” of the history of our own countries and that often leads to ignorance. I  personally related to this because I know that Australia’s past is certainly not squeaky clean, but we really don’t learn about it at all in school.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t recommend it enough. if you’re looking for a short and bingeable modern contemporary to put on your tbr, this is perfect!

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ZENITH SPOILER-FREE ARC REVIEW | not all bad, not all good

ZENITH: SASHA ALSBERG & LINDSAY CUMMINGS

my rating: ★★☆☆☆

tags: science fiction, young adult, debut novel

goodreads rating: 3.19

publishing date: January 16th, 2018

Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)

trigger warnings: rape, non-consensual kiss

reviewsynopsis

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

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If you want to check out any of my notes I wrote while I was reading Zenith you can find them here.

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I’ll be honest, this book has more issues than anything else. That being said, it is Sasha Alsberg’s debut novel and you can’t expect a debut novel to be perfect (though, Lindsay Cummings, her co-author, has written at least 5 other books).

Before I really get into the review, I’ll just get into my overall take away from Zenith is that it felt rushed. I feel like they released their 60 page version of Zenith (it was going to be serialised) and then they got picked up by a publisher and then all of a sudden they have to get a whole book out and it wasn’t ready or they weren’t ready. Either way, the book doesn’t flow or make sense the same way I feel like it would if the authors had been given more time to write then the novel would have come together more easily.

This started as a 60 page ebook and turned into a 530 page book. There will also be a second novel though I don’t know if it’s a duology or if there will be more novels in the series.

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So, unfortunately, I think that I need to preface this review by saying that I am not here to hate on Sasha Alsberg or Lindsay Cummings. I requested this book on NetGalley because I wanted to help to support Sasha, I am pretty excited for all the Booktube books that will hopefully be starting to pop up every now and then. I did not pick up the book to hate on Booktubers, and I will not be hating on the authors, only reviewing the book.

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This book was a lot of things. Like, a lot. 534 pages of a lot.

THE POV PROBLEM

Basically, there were too many povs. I ended up forgetting whole characters because some were quite sparse compared to others. And also, some characters were just so terribly introduced that apparently there’s a character called Brek (Brec? Breck??).

Honestly, who knows.

Who do I remember? Dex, Andi & Valen… that’s basically it. I really couldn’t tell you any of the other names because honestly, a part from the last 20ish pages, the book just wasn’t memorable for me.

THE WRITING PROBLEM

The writing is choppy. No offence to Sasha but, the writing kind of reads the way she speaks. Honestly, the writing (and plot) is a bit everywhere & it doesn’t always make sense, but 60 of the time we get the overall message.

The writing is also quite formal in the dialogue. I mean, these people are a team, they’ve known each other for a while and they’ve gone on multiple missions together, so why do they talk to each other like they’re in a work meeting? But, then again dialogue is usually pretty formal in ya lit… so maybe I’m nitpicking.

THE PACING PROBLEM

This is a heist in space, that is the main plot of the book. And yet, you’re not even halfway through the book and the heist is over. And now, e have 300 pages of just… what? Extra crap?

Why is the story over 300 pages before the book is over? It makes no sense. If you want us to learn more about the characters then you should tell us about the characters, something that really didn’t happen in Zenith.

THE CHARACTER PROBLEM

  • Forgettable
  • Similar backstories – whom le fuck?
  • Characters are poorly and overly described – I don’t remember anything about any of the characters. I honestly (while reading) forgot there was a character called Brek (I think) and until I went to write this review I forgot she was even a character. I was watching a review in the background and I honestly had to pause the video and go re-read my notes because I had no idea who that was.
  • Weird descriptions – “angry as a wet feline” ????

OKAY, BUT WHAT WAS ACTUALLY GOOD, THOUGH?

  • Yay, for good female team development.
  • The authors clearly care about the story and their characters
  • BADASS WOMEN WRITTEN BY BADASS WOMEN
  • Short chapters
  • Lots of action
  • The girls are badass, pretty and they’re not emotionless – not a combination you see all that often
  • If you start reading and you get into it, it’s not hard to read the book in a day

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  • This was nothing but rushed.
  • Choppy writing.
  • Words are thrown at you and never explained.
  • Nothing is ever explained.
  • Soo many characters.
  • Good female team dynamic.
  • dumpster fire

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  • debut novel (Alsberg)
  • female empowerment
  • corny, not totally fleshed out
  • didn’t always feel like we were let in on the story (certain terms were thrown around without us being told wtf they meant
  • the audiobook was the only way I was going to get through the book
  • did nothave to be as long as it was
  • slightly redeeming/ intriguing ending but I still don’t know if I will continue, probably not unless curiosity wins out
  • RUSHED

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Honestly? I really don’t know.

Overall, I had a pretty bad time reading experience with this book. Though, I did appreciate the female empowerment aspect.

There will be a second book but I really don’t know if I will continue, I would have to read some reviews and see some awesome improvement in the writing before picking it up.

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Anne Of Green Gables The Graphic Novel| SPOILER-FREE ARC REVIEW

Anne of Green Gables: The Graphic Novel

my rating: ★★★☆☆

tags: graphic novel, classic

goodreads rating: 4.19

Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.

The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.

Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.

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THE GOOD

You know what this graphic novel really did for me? It gave me some serious nostalgia for Anne of Green Gables and made me go on a serious Anne x Gilbert binge!

This is a really cute and short read so I recommend it for that reason. It is also really easy to read and it flows pretty well. I would only recommend this if you already know the plot well though, if you’ve seen the film or any of the shows you should also be fine. This graphic novel is fun and a good half hour catch up of everything that happened in the novel if you forgot what happened.

The main thing I want to let you guys know though is that you really have to have read the book before the graphic novel.  You will miss quite a bit of information as a lot of the scenes or conversations are boiled down to the main points and a few scenes are left quite out of context, so know that before you into it.

THE MEH & SOME ADVICE

First off, we should talk about the artwork. This is a graphic novel so the artwork is pretty darn important. I have to say that from the reviews I have read, a lot of people did enjoy the artwork, but personally, for me, the artwork is the main reason I would probably not buy this. Compared to other graphic novel adaptations, like they did with A Wrinkle In Time.

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I think with the graphic novel there were more negatives than positives for me. however, I know so many other people really loved it so take my word with a grain of salt.

Aside from the artwork, my main issue with this was purely that it was so fast-paced. Anne of Green Gables is not a fast-paced novel but I was able to get through the graphic novel in half an hour. I will say though, this graphic novel really put into perspective how absolutely creepy one of the relationships (involving a teacher, you know what I mean guys) was and how much people didn’t care about it.

I said before that I think you guys all need to read the book or watch the movie before you get to this. That is because not all the scenes or conversations are explained and are often out of context like the author just skipped a whole chapter and we time travelled too far forward. It was annoying and I didn’t like it, I was only able to understand because I had read the novel so many times as a child.

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  • This is a good catch up if you’re about to read book 2 but don’t want to read the first.
  • Short, easy, not too many words
  • Weird artwork (just my opinion!)
  • I probably won’t ever re-read this.

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