Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish,
And has recently moved to That Artsy Reader Girl's site. 
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

I have had a really, lazy, reading year. I kept requesting books from Netgalley rather than reading the books I own. Some of them I've had for more than a year and haven't read yet. So, this is going to be a lot of repeat books for my TBR. Hopefully, I'll actually read them this time. This list is in no particular order, the covers are linked to the Goodreads page.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Music Monday: BLACKPINK

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up

So, Blackpink has a new mini album out, so I've been listening to it all weekend. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley || Friday 50/50: Favorite Book with a Short/Long Title

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Fifteen-year-old Aki Hunter knows she’s bisexual, but up until now she's only dated guys—and her best friend, Lori, is the only person she’s out to. When she and Lori set off on a four-week youth-group mission trip in a small Mexican town, it never crosses Aki's mind that there might be anyone in the group she’d be interested in dating. But that all goes out the window when Aki meets Christa.

Book Beginning:
The stars above me danced in the cool, Mexico sky. So I started dancing too.

My 56:
The nerves fluttered back into my stomach as I started walking. Up ahead, I saw a coffee shop and a drugstore. Suddenly all I wanted was to buy a magazine and sit down with a smoothie until it was time to meet up with everyone for dinner.

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50/50 Friday is a new weekly link-up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

Long Title
(I'm still reading the second book, so I don't know how much I like it yet.)

Short Title

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books so Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish,
And has recently moved to That Artsy Reader Girl's site. 
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

I read mostly fantasy, and we already covered the bookish worlds that would be fun (or not so fun) to visit. So I'm changing it up. Books are linked to my review and are listed in the order that I read them.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe

Title: Ruthless Magic
Author: Megan Crewe
Series: Conspiracy of Magic #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy/YA/Magic
Publisher: Another World Press
Publication Date: May 30th, 2018
Edition: Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Source: NetGalley
Purchase/Pre-Order: Amazon US | Barnes & Noble

In the contest to keep their magic, the only options; die... or kill.
   Each year, the North American Confederation of Mages assesses every sixteen-year-old novice. Some will be chosen. The rest must undergo a procedure to destroy their magical ability unless they prove themselves in the mysterious and brutal Mages' Exam.
   Disadvantaged by her parents' low standing, Rocío Lopez has dedicated herself to expanding her considerable talent to earn a place in the Confederation. Their rejection leaves her reeling—and determined to fight to keep her magic.
   Long ashamed of his mediocre abilities, Finn Lockwood knows the Confederation accepted him only because of his prominent family. Declaring for the Exam instead means a chance to confirm his true worth.
   Thrown into the testing with little preparation, Rocío and Finn find themselves becoming unlikely allies—and possibly more. But the Exam holds secrets more horrifying than either could have imagined. What are the examiners really testing them for? And as the trials become increasingly vicious, how much are they willing to sacrifice to win?

This is the second book I have read by this author. The first book was about four years ago, and I don't really remember it very well other than I found it a little boring.
This book is much better. Her writing has vastly improved since then, and I also just find the plot of this book to be more interesting. 

I really enjoyed this book, for the most part. The characters are really interesting and well developed. The plot was interesting, but the worldbuilding was a little weak, and the magic system isn't explained all that well. It's sound based, so the magic involves singing, but it's not really explained why. There's a real-world element that was added as a plot device that I don't really care for, they could have made up an event, and not use the one they did. There was also that with the story being told in dual POV first-person, it was sometimes hard to tell who was narrating. Our two main characters didn't really have very distinct voices. 

The side characters are, for me, sadly forgettable. This book has a lot of "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" comparison, and while I do see that to a degree the side characters who died in The Hunger Games were more memorable than the side characters in this book. Even the nameless characters from Hunger Games (Fox-face).

The trials, while interesting, were also sadly a little boring. The sense of urgency wasn't really there for me. Aside from some minor injuries, there didn't really seem to be that much danger, the group we are with during the course of the book get through the challenges fairly easily. 

This book has potential, there are just some issues that kept me from loving it.