WWW Wednesday 4/17

 

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Sam at Taking on a World of Words. The objective of the meme is to share with your viewers what you’ve recently finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you are planning on reading in the near future. Let us begin!

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Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Reading Aurora Rising has led me to the conclusion that YA sci-fi just isn’t my genre.

See, there was nothing remotely BAD about the book (hence the three-star rating), the general plot just didn’t appeal to me. And I think that’s because I view science and fiction as two completely different things. I’ve always been fascinated by all things related to space, matter, and time, and I’m even interested in pursuing a career path as an astronomer. But with all that being said, the idea of incorportating those topics into a fictional story just makes me cringe with distaste. And I’m honestly not sure why, because what’s so weird about creating a work of fiction based off of scientific ideas and theories? I dunno. Again, science and fiction are two things that I, personally don’t find compatible.

So now that I’ve explained my relationship with sci-fi, I’m sure it makes sense why Aurora Rising just wasn’t my cup of tea. But for all you science fiction geeks out there… you’ll probably love this book! Definitely check it out!

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Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

So, I’m actually in the midst of writing a review for this one (hehe), so I don’t want to share all my thoughts with you right now! But, I will say that I absolutely devoured this book! I’ve been in a dreadful reading slump for the past few weeks, and this book was captivating enough to pull me out of it! It’s so dark, mysterious, and compelling, agh I couldn’t put it down! I can’t believe I have to wait all the way until NEXT YEAR to get my hands on book two (can someone hit me up with an arc please?? yes, no, maybe so??). Anyways, I can’t say any more because I don’t want to spoil my review, which will hopefully be published in a few days! Until then, my lips are sealed!!

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Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small (23%)

I have mixed feelings about this one.

On one hand, the plot is very original (thank god for that, see my rant about recycled YA here) and the story itself is interesting enough to have me invested in it. The characters are complex and unique, and at the end of every chapter I’m left wanting to know more.

But unfortunately, there are some elements of the book that make me question the author’s capability to discuss mental health in a non-harmful way. I don’t want to dive too deep into this (after all, I will be writing a review for it once I finish it as it is an arc), but I think it’s important for me to take note of the fact that various mental illnesses, such as disordered eating, are being shown in the book but not actually acknowledged as ILLNESSES. For example, one of the protagonists, Marine, talks about how she is going to harshly restrict her food intake in order to make herself thinner for her upcoming ballet exams. It is also implied that she is jealous of a dancer who has her bones poking out of her skin since she is so thin. This is rather concerning to me, as the glorification of eating disorders is nothing to joke about. I hope that as the book progresses and as the characters continue to develop, the author will acknowledge that eating disorders are MENTAL ILLNESSES, not just simple methods of “getting skinny”.

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Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (80%)

I’ve said in the past that I have a love/hate relationship with the Shatter Me series, but at this point I think it’s just hate.

These books just keep getting worse and worse.

The plot of Restore Me is practically non-existent, as the events within the book move tediously slowly. Not only that, but the characters have become so unlikeable. Juliette is incredibly annoying, she does nothing but whine. And Adam and Warner are both douches, period. I honestly have no hope for the rest of this series. I highly doubt that I’ll read Defy Me (the next book in this series), and that’s if I even finish THIS mess of a book.

God give me strength as I push myself through the last 20% of this dreadful, dreadful novel.

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Okay.. let’s just take a moment to appreciate this cover. It’s stunning! The colour scheme is so eerie and grim, agh is it weird that I’m totally living for it?!

Anyways, let’s talk about the book itself, which I actually don’t know too much about. All I needed to see from the blurb on Goodreads was “a girl who can speak to gods”, “assassinate the king”, and “tip the scales between dark and light” and I was hooked. Many bookish friends of mine have been raving about this new release, so it’s about time I get my hands on it!

Hopefully the book is as good as its cover!

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Finale by Stephanie Garber

I can’t believe that after an agonizingly long wait, Finale, the third book in the Caraval series, is almost here! I couldn’t be more excited!

The previous books in the trilogy have been told in a single character’s perspective, Caraval in Scarlet’s and Legendary in Tella’s. It will be interesting to see how reading Finale is different, as it is told in the duelling perspectives of both Scarlet AND Tella. I hope in this book Tella gets to develop more as a character, for I’ve always found her very immature and shallow. Also, I hope we get to see a lot more of Scarlet in Finale because, much to my dismay, her character was practically non-existent in Legendary!!

Are you a Caraval reader?? I need someone to fangirl with in the anticipation of Finale’s release!!

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Well, that brings this post to an end!

I hope you enjoyed hearing my WWW’s! What are yours? If you have a blog and would like to share your WWW’s with your followers, consider yourself tagged! If you already have a WWW Wednesday post published, leave a link to it down below, as I would love to read it!

With that being said, thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Wednesday! ❤ ❤ ❤

 

4 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday 4/17

  1. Mahana @ Sapphic Library says:

    Great post! If you hate Restore Me then you definitely, definitely shouldn’t read Defy Me. I gave Restore Me 2 stars and Defy Me doesn’t even deserve a rating, it’s that terrible. This is coming from someone who used to call Shatter Me their favourite series of all time lol

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    • Octavia @MythicalReads says:

      Yikes!! Thanks for the warning, I won’t waste my time trying to force myself to read Defy Me!
      And I’m glad that someone else can relate to my love-turned-hate relationship with this series! 😂❤

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