Daisy Jones & The Six (2019) *Spoiler-Free* Review // HOW DID A STORY WITH SO MUCH POTENTIAL FAIL SO BADLY???

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Daisy Jones and The Six

AUTHOR: Tayor Jenkins Reid

SERIES: Standalone

GENRE/ AGE RANGE: Romance, Adult

PUBLICATION DATE: March 7th, 2019

ACQUIRED: E-Arc

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THE MONSTERS WE DESERVE BOOK REVIEW // Atmospheric + Pretentious = My worst read of 2018

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TITLE: The Monsters We Deserve

AUTHOR: Marcus Sedgwick

SERIES? Standalone

GENRE/ AGE RANGE: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

TRIGGER WARNINGS:

PUBLICATION DATE:  September 6th 2018

ACQUIRED: E-arc via Netgalley – Head of Zeus

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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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The Sandcastle Empire | SPOILER-FREE ARC REVIEW

The Sandcastle Empire by  Kayla Olson

my rating: ★★★★☆

tags: dystopian, young adult

goodreads rating: 3.64

The Sandcastle Empire

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

reviewsynopsis

When all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores…

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IT’S BEEN A WHILE

Okay, so it’s been quite a while since I’ve actually read a proper dystopia so this was quite the change of pace (and storyline) for me. Since I haven’t read a dystopian novel in what feels like years I really didn’t know what to expect with this, and it also didn’t help that I haven’t read a survival story like this is months didn’t really help. Honestly, I don’t know why I requested this book, but I am really glad I did? This book is a survival story, a dystopia (the general x group takes over, people run & hide) and a mystery all tied into one, and I seriously had a great time reading it.

THE ROMANCE

I think in general, the romance was my least favourite part of the novel. I didn’t feel like it was necessary for most of the novel and because of it some of the plot twists felt lacklustre and obvious.

IN SUMMARY

As a whole, I did really enjoy this novel but I thought the romance felt slightly forced, but I did really enjoy the novel.

So far this is a standalone, but you know how publishers are. Honestly, if they did continue this series I don’t think I would continue it, the story just flows so much better as one book wonder.

I feel like my review has come off as sort of negative, but I really did enjoy this novel and I would definitely recommend it if you feel like a change of pace or want to try something new (especially if you enjoy the mix of genres).

 

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EDITING EMMA ARC REVIEW

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager

my rating: ★☆☆☆☆

tags: contemporary, young adult,

goodreads rating: 3.67

Editing Emma: Online you can choose who you want to be. If only real life were so easy...

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

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When Emma Nash is ghosted by the love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any girl would do – spends the summer avoiding all human contact, surrounded by the Chewit wrappers he left behind.

Seeing Leon suddenly ‘in a relationship’ on Facebook, however, spurs Emma into action. She vows to use the internet for good (instead of stalking Leon’s social media), chronicling her adventures on her new Editing Emma blog.

But life online doesn’t always run smoothly.

From finding her mum’s Tinder profile to getting catfished and accidentally telling the entire world why Leon Naylor is worth no girl’s virginity… Surely nothing else could go wrong?!

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Before we get into this review I would just like to say this: if you liked this novel I am so so sorry.

MY OVERALL THOUGHTS

It has taken me a month and a half to get up the nerve to write this review. I hated this book from page one through to the last, I did not like anything about it and I don’t think it was a realistic depiction of any teenage girls life, let alone any blogger’s life.

There is a lot of internet stalking and I was so uncomfortable.

I thought I was done with Georgia Nicholson but this read exactly like a fanfiction of the series – the characters are all practically the same

THIS BOOK IS ABOUT A BLOGGER??

Okay, so technically the main character, Emma is a blogger and she blogs about her life, but I’m sorry no. This was just Georgia Nicholson but sub the diary for WordPress.

As a blogger, this book just didn’t ring home for me. I have literally never seen a person post so much, sometimes she would have blog posts that were like 2-3 sentences and then 5 minutes later she would post another word and then 5 minutes later a new paragraph, it was bullshit and it really rubbed me the wrong way.

EMMA (THE MAIN CHARACTER)

  • Emma is useless and petty
  • She is constantly lying to her mum about where she was or where she was going
  • She just needs to get over herself holy crap
  • She is obsessed with the internet (and herself) and her  self-esteem comes purely from a number of likes she gets
  • Emma is 16 years old and completely incompetent. She can’t cook pasta, I’m sorry but what the hell? Bolognese is not hard people!
  • Emma is manipulative (very much in the same way Georgia Nicholson is)
  • She is manipulative, rude, immature, insensitive and creepy.
  • Seriously, this is a *minor* spoiler but at one point she keeps someone’s band-aid (or, plaster for all you Americans) under her pillow which is absolutely DISGUSTING
  • Emma has no respect for anyone, especially adults – she is constantly rude to her mum/ on her phone in class
  • She is immature in the sense that she picks her senior subjects because a boy was also taking them – pure stupidity

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I honestly have so much more to say, especially about the lack of caring that seemed to be represented by the mum (she just hands out alcohol to minors wth??)

Also, on another note, Emma is involved with like, 5 or 6 boys throughout this novel and this is some of the most unrealistic and stupid shit I have read in a long time.

I’m sorry, but this is just not my kind of book. I am sick of irresponsible and unrealistic teenagers.

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THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END | SPOILER-FREE ARC REVIEW

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

my rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

tags: contemporary, romance, lgbt

goodreads rating: 4.37

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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

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When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn’t know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalised father, and his best friend and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it’s his last chance to get out there and make an impression. 

Rufus is busy beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he gets the call. Having lost his entire family, Rufus is no stranger to Death-Cast. Not that it makes it any easier. With bridges to mend, the police searching for him and the angry new boyfriend on his tail, it’s time to run. 

Isolated and scared, the boys reach out to each other, and what follows is a day of living life to the full. Though neither of them had expected that this would involve falling in love… 

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This was my first Adam Silvera novel so to say I went in with high hopes is an understatement. I’d heard nothing but good things about his previous novels and so I was elated when I got approved for an e-arc of his latest novel, and this was probably the novel I was most excited to read so it was a very happy day for me.

That being said, if you looked at my rating then you know that it hasn’t received the rating I assumed I would give, though a 3 star rating, in my book still constitutes a good book. A 3 star for me, means the book was still good but it was pretty average, for example, I rate the Mistborn novels 5 stars because I fall in love with the world more and more the more I read them. Whereas, I rate the Lux novels 3 stars so far, because while I get through them quickly and quite enjoy them, I find them quite average and don’t think they’re anything special.

I know I’m going on about this a lot but I do want to emphasise that I gave this a 3.75 overall, because while some parts were slow, I did really enjoy the novel overall and will definitely be picking up Silvera’s other novels later on.

Anywayyyyy… let’s get into the review!

Slow for the most part but I understand why – the book is set over a period of 24 hours so it kind of makes sense – you can’t race through lots of scenes and have a lot of action of high-pressure scenes when you’ve only got 24 hours to work with and have to keep the characters alive until the last chapter or two.

The last 20% of the book was phenomenal – it really captured the essence of the characters and showed how the characters had developed throughout the day, it pointed out their flaws and showed them at the very high point in their life. It made me love Adam Silvera and hate him at the same time, for making me fall in love with these characters, only for me to actually remember every few pages that the characters were going to die.

This was such an awesome concept for a book and I’m so glad that Silvera wrote it because he did it flawlessly. This book made me think, it made smile and it made me cry. I will definitely be shoving it under all my friends’ noses when it hits the stores.

I definitely recommend this book if you want something short that will hit you like a tonne of bricks, or as Miley Cyrus would say:

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If you’re totally on board for all that, then this is the book for you.

It’s been a while since a book has really pulled at my heart strings. I didn’t cry because it seriously takes a hell of a lot to get the waterworks going but damn, I was exhausted by the end of this one. The first two-thirds of this was pretty slow but by the last 20% is was reeling, I experienced probably every feeling on the emotions scale. I was going through the works, there was anger, happiness, sadness, everything under the sun. But, I definitely wouldn’t change anything about this book, it was a great read and it really got me thinking about how our actions can completely change our lives.

Another thing I really loved about this book is how it doesn’t shy away from the fact that the characters all have family and family plays a big role in the actions we take. One of the main characters, Mateo his best friend is a teen mum and he never shames her or talks down to her, he respects her and babysits whenever she needs a break. He loves their little family and completely respects Lidia (the mum) as a normal person. Also, it talks about how like with Lidia and Mateo (who aren’t actually together, they’re just awesome friends), family isn’t always blood. The other main, Rufus, has a completely different style of family, The Plutos and they’re completely amazing and I love them.

It’s actually just occurred to me that I haven’t actually talked a lot about the world yet, and it’s one of the best aspects of the novel, something to really pay attention to and think about when you pick this one up.

I am going to talk a bit more about some stuff that actually happened in the book, but I won’t go into depth, so this bit is still spoiler free, don’t worry!

  • At one point in the novel, a character actually says, “teen deckers these days”, which I found really interesting because people obviously still feel really bad when they find out someone is about to die but this has also been completely normalised. I mean, you have people complaining about kids being a bit dramatic or wanting peace and quiet when the kids are literally about to die in less than 24 hours, how harsh is that?
  • There’s also a Make A Wish sort of place called Make a moment in this book, and it was really interesting to see how bored all the employees are, at one point Mateo and Rufus are walking past someone in the foundation and the employee in charge of that station was completely absorbed in their phone.
  • The last thing about the world of TBDATE that I want to touch on, that I guess directly relates to what I was talking about before, is that all of this is totally normalised in their society. Someone calls you up at midnight, with a completely emotionless voice and tells you that you have 2 hours or less to live. The people calling you are just trying t get their shift over and done with so they rush through it and often call way after midnight, and so by default you have even less time.

I guess what I found most interesting about the world is that unless you’re actually a Decker, death really isn’t a big deal. Unless you got the call you know you’re going to be fine and so people don’t really worry about it at all, they can do what they like because nothing really affects them. The world is really complex and even if you don’t care for the story I think the world really makes up for any dislikes.

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  • I wasn’t blown away but I definitely enjoyed it enough to recommend it enough to friends.
  • SO SAD
  • Be prepared to think about this book for days after you finish it.
  • Awesome world, props to Silvera

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This is a standalone so I can’t also THEY’RE DEAD AND I AM HAVING FEELINGS

But, yes, I will definitely be picking up more of Adam Silvera’s novels.

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