5 BOOKS I WILL NEVER SHUT UP ABOUT AND WISH EVERYONE WOULD READ | is anyone surprised?

Hi Guys, I’m a nerd and I obsess over things. But what’s new?

So, I’ve noticed this year that I tend to talk about some of the same books quite frequently, so today I’m talking about those books in the hopes that you guys will get the hint that I want you guys to read them and that I might finally start talking about some different books (take your bets on how long that will last).

Remember, if it’s in red, it’s a link!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)STALKING JACK THE RIPPER – KERRI MANISCALCO

😮 😮 😮 What?? But, Ellyn you never talk about this series. Yeah, no.  IS ANYONE EVEN SURPRISED AT THIS POINT??????

Have I actually written a blog post this year where I didn’t mention this series in some capacity?

I read book 1 of this series last year and really enjoyed it but never got around to continuing the series. And then I was on vacation and I randomly decided to put the audiobook for book 2 on while I was obsessively doing word searches AND YOU GUYS THIS BOOK SERIES HAS DONE SOMETHING TO ME. I ended up finishing the audiobook in 2 days (it wasn’t even on double speed what) and then re-listening to the first book and then immediately re-listening to book 2. I don’t think I’ve ever done that in my life.

I am now obsessed with Jack The Ripper, murder mysteries and I’m pretty sure I think about this series every day. This is a fantastically gruesome series full of complex murder mysteries and one of my favourite MCs I’ve ever read from.

 

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY – SEANAN MCGUIRE

Okay, so recently I’ve been noticing that I’ve been talking about this series a lot lately since book 3 came out last month. But, since then I have also noticed that there is a substantial amount of people that don’t really dig the series.

What I would recommend with this series is for you guys to learn about the series. All the books are diverse and all dramatically different to each other.

Book 1: Every Heart A Doorway – A murder mystery

Book 2: Down Among The Sticks and Bones – Gothic, Dracula meets Frankenstein; character based

Book 3: Beneath The Sugar Sky – The action-adventure everyone seems to be expecting from book 1; a fun and colourful adventure

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

SIMON VS. THE HOMOSAPIEN’S AGENDA – BECKY ALBERTALLI

Finally a fun contemporary with no murder or gore!

Simon is such a fun book, really easy to read in a couple of hours. There will also be a movie (Love, Simon) coming out around March, though for some countries it might come out months later, unfortunately.

Personally, I much prefer a murder mystery over a contemporary but Simon Vs really defies my expectations. It is a bunch of fun and I find that it really goes into questions like why don’t straight people have to come out which I really enjoy. Also, Simon and Bue are really forking adorable.

 

Lost Boy

LOST BOY – CHRISTINA HENRY

YES, LOST BOY IS BACK AND I REGRET NOTHING. It’s been about a month since I talked about this and I figured it was about time I gushed about it again.

I never cared about Peter Pan and never thought I would and then this book, this bloody book. Lost Boy got to me, you guys. Like, I said, I’ve never cared about Pan but then I read this book and suddenly all I think about is how Pan got to Neverland, and why cant Hook leave and how the hell was Neverland even created. Honestly, I’m seriously debating just studying the hell out of this world and just going full out lit major on the original classic.

Also, we all know this by now, but dark books are my jam.

 

Invictus

INVICTUS – RYAN GRAUDIN

I don’t often read books about time travel because for my past experience with these types of books, there’s usually very minimal actual time travel (excluding The Time Traveller’s Wife – though I haven’t finished that yet, so don’t @ me). So, I love this book, more so because it has a really fun and unique cast of characters but also because the main focus is, you guessed it… TIME TRAVEL, YOU GUYS WHAT.

I honestly, wasn’t sure about this one and I wasn’t even going to pick it up but damn, am I glad I went out on a limb and picked it up. Invictus really made me get back into YA towards the end of last year and really made me want to pick up some more time travel books.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE BOOKS ON YOUR TBR? HAVE I CONVINCED YOU YET?

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SILENCE | I’m hella deaf you guys

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a different and more #real kind of post. I’ve never gotten quite this serious with you guys but lately, it’s occurred to me that I don’t really know that much about you guys, and or do you know all that much about me.

This year one of my low-key goals was to write more Life Chats posts so I’m doing that today by talking with you guys about my disability!

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What’s it like to be deaf? Well, let me tell you my experience so far…

BEING DEAF

First up, being deaf is not as easy as it sounds. Ha, I made a joke. It’s funny when I do it, but, not when you do it.

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way – I am deaf. I am hearing-impaired. There is technically a difference and I understand that difference, but I have always (well, not always) referred to myself as deaf so you can fight me. I am completely deaf (absolutely no hearing) in my right ear, but I also do not have 100% hearing in my left, so basically I’m not supposed to listen to loud music, but just try telling that to my 12 yr old depressed self who was obsessed with screamo.

(yes, I still cringe looking back at that time)

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  • I miss out on so many conversations & never understand song lyrics.
  • My parents didn’t even notice until I was four. They just thought me getting the alphabet and every song ever wrong was cute. Well, I still get sh*t wrong and it’s not cute.
  • Am I ignoring you or did I just never notice you were speaking in the first place?
  • I am constantly being told to stop ignoring people.
  • Yo, where’s my representation?
  • I hate music that uses both headphones to play music. Does that make sense? Like, when the drums play through one earphone but the lyrics play through the other. Great, now I can only hear one element of the song. It’s not cool or edgy, it’s ignorant and rude and makes me cry.

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BUT, THERE MUST BE A POSITIVE, RIGHT?

What I love most of all about being deaf is being told I’m not. Like, wow I’ve gone almost 18 years of my life thinking I couldn’t hear properly but now you’ve come along and fixed me with your able-bodied, privileged and unsolicited opinions. Thanks, but no thanks.

Seriously, I’ve yet to find a perk to this. Yeah, you think it’s funny or cool when you say shit like, “Oh, but you can just ignore people on commend though, right?”. First of all, I’m not ignoring anyone, I just literally cannot hear you. And second, I would rather have the ability to ignore people rather than have everyone judge me for thinking I was.

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THE FIRST STEP IS ADMITTING YOU HAVE A DISABILITY

Yeah, you heard it (I didn’t) right, I legitimately had to admit to myself that I had a disability. For so much of my life it had jsut been a thing that people told me I had. I’ve been half deaf since birth so it had never been a big thing for me… until it was.

For most of my life (let’s say the first 12 years) I was just cruising along probably missing a lot of conversations, but I was cruising and everything was fine. My grades were fantastic, my friends and teachers were totally understanding and life was going great.

And then I started high school, the Big Cahoona. And, suddenly I could tell. Oh shit, I’m deaf. Like, it suddenly became a big deal. All of a sudden I was constantly having to remind my teachers that I couldn’t understand what they were saying, I was having to explain to my friends why I couldn’t sit at the back of the classroom (something, after 5 years, none of them ever seemed to grasp). Suddenly my only having half the hearing everyone else had was a big deal.

It was an honest to God, hard process, to go from not really needing to think about anything aside from which side of the classroom I was on t having to constantly remind people to please let me stand on the other side if we’re having a conversation. It is a harsh and terrible process. Nobody else in my family is deaf – it’s sort of that thing that we all knew about but never talked about.

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Yeah, yeah I am.

I am deaf and it is not easy.

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PET PEEVES

DON’T CALL ME, DON’T FORKING DO IT

I know you probably just forgot, but could you take a minute before you press the call button to remember that I cannot hear for sh*t on the phone.

WHAT WAS THAT? WHAT DID YOU SAY? OH, I’M SORRY, COULD YOU SAY THAT AGAIN?

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I get it, you think you’re funny. But, you’re not. At least, where I am in my life right now, I cannot laugh with you about my disability, I just don’t find it funny.

It’s not funny to me and as soon as one of us leaves the room I will start crying – my disability might be a joke to you, but it’s not to me.

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WAIT, YOU’RE DEAF?

Yes, I am. Do you feel shitty now? Well, you shouldn’t. I’m pretty good at reading lips at this point. But, if you harp on about how you never realised I will hurt you because I know that you weren’t aware, it was pretty obvious.

NOT EVERYONE REMEMBERS

Disclaimer: I’m not sh*tting on anyone but this stuff really annoys me.

High School is a hell hole and teachers can barely remember your name, let alone the fact that you have a disability. On occasion (or if you have hearing aids) you will get a teacher that actually remembers and understands that it’s not easy, but generally, you have to remind them every couple of lessons. It’s not a fun time.

This is the one that hurts the most: I have two friends. that’s it and I’m fine with it. But, my friends never remember that I’m deaf, it rarely occurs to them that I need to stand on their right sides so I can hear. It doesn’t occur to them that I can’t talk on the phone or that I’m going to need the subtitles. I know that they’re not deaf but it still breaks me heart a little everytime they forget one of the little things.

THE BIG ONE: WHY DON’T YOU WEAR HEARING AIDS?

Yes, you heard that right folks, I don’t wear hearing aids. Because I don’t want to and at the moment I don’t feel like I need them. Sorry if that offends you but it’s my body and I can do what I want with it.

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Contemporary Recommendations!

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with some new contemporary recommendations. I tried to make each a bit different in tone and story because I know that for me, at least, sometimes contemporaries all feel the same. 

Remember, if it’s in red it’s a link!

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)

ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.

Queens of Geek

QUEENS OF GEEK

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favourite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Everything Leads to You

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU

Just out of high school, Emi Price is a talented young set designer already beginning to thrive in the L.A. film scene. But her artistic eye has failed her in one key area: helping her to design a love life that’s more than make-believe. Then she finds a mysterious letter at an estate sale, and it sends her chasing down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life. And along the way, she finds Ava, and at long last, Emi’s own hidden life begins to bloom.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY CONTEMPORARIES? WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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TOP 5 POTTERVERSE CHARACTERS (is this bad timing???)

UPDATE: Okay, so don’t @ me because I know this is bad timing. J. K. Rowling is being a dick, but I still want to be able to think about the Harry Potter series positively, otherwise, my whole childhood will go up in flames.

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Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a bit or a more chill type of post. Today all I want to do is talk about some of my favourite Harry Potter characters. I have a top 3 but today just for shits and gigs I’m going to hurt my brain and fit the Potterverse characters into a list of 5 people.

NUMERO UNO, O GREAT ONE WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR FRANCHISE?

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^ I mean come on, look at this guy!

Yeah, fight me. I love this guy – he made the first film for me.

He’s fantastically (haha, I crack myself up) kind and he really cares about his animals, something I can’t help but relate to. I feel like this video (I really recommend watching it) also really made me love him more, Newt Scamander is one of the few characters I can think of that doesn’t display the typical masculine crazy buff form that men usually take on, also, he has feelings and that makes him an immediate A++.

NUMERO DOS, O GREAT ONE ALL YOU WANTED WAS A DRAGON

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^Before Newt Scamander, there was… Hagrid.

Until Newt Scamander’s franchise came around my fave was always Hagrid.

Hagrid, aside from Mrs Weasley, is basically the one who raises Harry. He’s always there for him and can you guess, HE ALSO LOVES ANIMALS I GUESS  I HAVE A FAVES TYPE.

NUMERO OH FFS IT’S NUMBER 3 AND I’M NOT SPANISH

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^hell yeah he is!

I mean give me a break. Every time he turns up in the books I just start smiling. All he does is talk about his love for Quidditch and I can’t help but admire his love for the sport. I mean, come on, you can’t just cancel Quidditch!

04 THIS GUY, HE COULD’VE BEEN THE ONE… THE CHOSEN ONE

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^if that isn’t me lol

Of all the characters I relate most to Neville (just call me Nermione, because my other half is stuck in a book). I mean, he is most known for his awesome character development, He doesn’t like violence, he loves his friends but, he will fight you.

05 THIS CHICK. SHE CRAY.

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^priorities amirite?

Luna Lovegood is honest and crazy goals. I mean this chick is just the forking loveliest. She’s completely genuine and just such a good friend. I mean, she has a freaking mural of her friends on her ceiling, who does that???

I think there’s a theme with all my faves. They’re all nice people and they’re all genuine. I just love it, you just know who they are without even getting to know them all that well. That may sound shallow, but I don’t mean for it to sound that way (I would obviously love to be friends with all these people), I just really appreciate that they don’t have hidden motives or secrets – they’re just living their best lives and being nice people.

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WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE POTTERVERSE CHARACTERS?

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THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD (feat. my dog)

Hey guys today I’m coming at you with an award I was recently tagged in. Being tagged is a huge honour so thanks to Melanie @ Melanie Loves Fiction, I really appreciate it and you guys should totally check out her blog!

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THE RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

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THE QUESTIONS 

Remember, if it’s in red it’s a link!

NAME THE FIRST BOOK THAT COMES TO MIND. GO!

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)

I am currently listening to Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor as I write this so, there you go!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW OF ALL TIME?

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Either Pushing Daisies of Parks and Rec – honestly, they’re both so good that I couldn’t choose.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR?

Without a doubt, Kerri Maniscalco. She is the author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and if you guys know anything about me then you know I love this series.

DO YOU READ ARCS? WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ARC YOU’VE EVER READ?

I do read arcs though, I don’t read them that often.

My favourite arcs so far have been:

FRIDGES ANT FRIDGESStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) The Sandcastle Empire They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Strange The Dreamer – while I didn’t enjoy this as much as I would’ve liked, I felt honoured to be accepted for an arc.

The Sandcastle Empire – this has to be one of the only dystopians I’ve enjoyed since I stopped reading the genre a few years ago.

They Both Die At The End – again, being accepted for an arc of this book, was a total honour.

3 BOOK CHARACTERS WHO ARE MOST LIKE YOU?

FRIDGES ANTFRIDGESMy Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1) Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) Queens of Geek

FAVOURITE ANIMAL?

I’m a dog person but my favourite animals are actually cows. I don’t know why but they are just the strange gassy creatures I have chosen to obsess over in this life.

(Here’s a pic of my dog, because who doesn’t want to look at dogs? ^ yeah, she’s a fruitloop)

FAVOURITE BOOK CHARACTER?

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

AUDREY ROSE WADSWORTH IS MY LORD AND SAVIOUR OKAY GOOD NIGHT

WHICH BOOK DO YOU WISH YOU COULD FORGET SO YOU COULD READ IT FOR THE FIRST TIME AGAIN?

Not Harry Potter purely because I think if I read it for the first time now I probably wouldn’t care as much and maybe wouldn’t even get past the first book.

And, saying Stalking Jack The Ripper would make this too repetitive soo…

Maybe one of these??

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FAVOURITE BOOK AS A CHILD?

FRIDGES ANT ANTS ANTANTSThe Golden Door (The Three Doors Trilogy #1) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1)

  • The Three Doors – This is one of the best trilogies I have ever read and it is definitely a favourite, not just a childhood favourite.
  • Harry Potter – Duh.

BOOK YOU WISH COULD BE TURNED INTO A MOVIE OR A SHOW?

FRIDGES ANTS ANT ANTTruly Devious (Truly Devious, #1) Lost Boy Wild Beauty

Truly Devious and Lost Boy should both be tv shows and Wild Beauty would be a really great indie film.

BOOK YOU’RE REALLY REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2018?

FRIDGES ANEscaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2) Legendary (Caraval, #2) Supernova (Amulet #8)

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YOU’VE BEEN TAGGED

Michelle @ Chellesbookramblings

Scrill @ Vicariouslyvoraciously

Dorine @ Lostinmypaperworld

Michelle @ Imanadventurest

Sophie @ Blameitonchocolate

Rebecca @ Mylifeasasportsfangirl

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YOUR QUESTIONS

1 What’s been your favourite read of 2018 so far?

2 Shout out to the last person you followed, and the last person who followed you!

3 Do you have any readathon plans this month/ year?

4 Do you have any weird obsessions?

5 What are your top 5 anticipated 2018 releases?

6 What are you currently reading?

7 What were your top 3 favourite reads of 2017?

8 Do you read and eat at the same time?

9 Have you ever considered being a part of Booktube?

10 What bookish world would you most like to travel to?

11 What is your favourite blog post to read? & What is your favourite to write?

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WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR?

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15 TIPS FOR NEW BLOGGERS

Hey guys, this is the time of year when a whole bunch of people take the plunge and start blogging, so I figured why not write some blogging tips! Also, this is helping me to calm my self down lately!

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1. DON’T GO CRAZY

you don’t need to post every day and you don’t need to be perfect.

2. TAKE YOUR TIME

Don’t try to churn out posts constantly, you’ll only stress yourself out.

3. BE A BAMF

It’s your blog, own it

4. DON’T STRESS YOURSELF OUT

Take a chill pill, sit your ass down, think about what you really want to talk about and talk about it. And then go have a sleep, you’ve earned it.

5. BE YOURSELF

Talk about what you want to talk about – enjoy yourself.

6. DON’T STRESS ABOUT STATS OR FOLLOWERS

They really don’t matter – there will be followers who read every second post and there will be spammers and people who never read another one of your posts again.

This sounds fake, but at the end of the day stats don’t matter.

7. TALK TO PEOPLE

Tak to people It’s fun and it’s an easy way to make friends! Also, you’ll get some great book recs this way!

8. LEARN TO LOVE & APPRECIATE BLOG HOPPING

It’s an easy way to becoming a part of the blogging community and it really helps you understand the ins and outs of blogging. Also, it’s an easy way to find new people to follow.

9. BE CONSISTENT

Consistency will save a life. Honestly, having a schedule is something I’ve never been good at but am working on, and I’m already wayy less stressed than I was last year.

10. TELL THE TRUTH

Be honest with yourself and with your followers. If you don’t think you can get a post up then don’t try to push it, take the day off and get some sleep.

But also, don’t create a dishonest persona on the internet. Be yourself and no one else.

11. WE DON’T NEED YOUR LIFE STORY UNLESS YOU WANT TO TELL IT

Don’t feel obligated. ever.

12. DON’T STRESS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA

You don’t need all the media, if you don’t want to maintain a booktube than you don’t have to. If you don’t want your media to be book central, then you don’t have to.

13. MAKE FRIENDS

Friends are great. You can buddy read with them and ask them questions and honestly, they will just make you happy whenever they pop up in your notifications.

14. WRITE YOUR IDEAS DOWN

Trust me, you’re going to think of something great and you’ll think you’re going to remember it but you won’t and then you’ll east your feelings and rewatch The Good Place again.

15. TAKE A BREAK IF YOU NEED TO

Taking a hiatus has been known to save a life so don’t be afraid to take a break and come back whenever you’re ready.

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DID I MISS ANYTHING?  DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE?

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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

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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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HAVE YOU READ ZENITH? DO YOU THINK YOU WILL PICK IT UP?

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