Ship of the Dead: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 3

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Ship of the Dead: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 3 by Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy
# of Pages: 410
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 8
Pace: I audiobooked this
Plot development: 9
Characters: 8
Enjoyability: 9
Ease of Reading: 9

Summary from Goodreads:

Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This is the third and final book in Magnus’ trilogy. Overall, I did like this trilogy, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite. I feel like Rick has definitely written better.

Characters:
I think my main problem with this trilogy is the fact that I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters. I didn’t really like Magnus all that much, not gonna lie. And I felt like I never really got to know the side characters well enough to really like or connect with them. This book was very diverse, and I usually don’t have a problem with the, but it just felt so forced in this book.

Plot:
I thought the plot of this book was good. It could be a little confusing at times, but overall I thought it was very creative and a fun storyline to follow.

Writing:
I’ve always been a huge fan of Rick’s writing, and this book definitely read like a Rick Riordan book, so I enjoyed that aspect a lot.

Definitely check out this trilogy if you’ve read Rick’s other books.

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The Circle

The Circle

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Genre: Dystopian/Futuristic

# of Pages: 497

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars (Ikr, ouch)

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely not.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 3

Pace: 5

Plot development: 2

Characters: 2

Enjoyability: 2

Ease of Reading: 3

Summary from Goodreads:

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.

As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.

Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

Before I start, I would like to say that if you did enjoy this book, that is perfectly okay. We are all entitled to our own opinions. My opinion just happens to be very negative.

This book was horrible. I did not enjoy it at all. And that really sucks because I wanted to like this book because the movie is coming out, and Emma Watson’s in it.

The characters were absolutely awful, and I think that’s what made this book practically unbearable. Mae had no depth or development, and she kept making such stupid horrible decisions. She was so naive, and such a boring and flat character to follow. Who knows though, maybe Emma Watson will do such a good job as an actress that I’ll enjoy the movie version of Mae.

The plot was also incredibly boring. I was tired of this book by page 150, and I still had 350 to go. I was hoping for a much more exciting story. I also wasn’t expecting Mae to be so boring. Like in some books I’ve read and liked, when the plot was kind of slow, the characters were fantastic, but in this book both the characters and the plot were awful.

The ending was also horrible, like what the heck Dave Eggers. It was like he was trying to write a modern version of stuff like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, but he ended up writing a really boring book that didn’t open my eyes in any way like those other books did.

So I’m sorry I only gave this book one star, but that’s all it deserved in my opinion.

Hopefully the movie will be better. My expectations are definitely really low now.

 

Feed

Feed

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Genre: Science-Fiction/Dystopian

# of Pages: 300

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Is this a series? If so, will I continue?

No, this is not a series.

Do I recommend this book?

Yes, if someone is looking for a quick, intriguing read, I recommend it.

Ratings:

Quality: 8

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 7

Enjoyability: 8

Ease of Reading: 7

Summary from Goodreads:

We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.
So says Titus, whose ability to read, write, and even think for himself has been almost completely obliterated by his feed, a transmitter implanted directly into his brain. Feeds are a crucial part of life for Titus and his friends. After all, how else would they know where to party on the moon, how to get bargains at Weatherbee & Crotch, or how to accessorize the mysterious lesions everyone s been getting? But then Titus meets Violet, a girl who cares about what s happening to the world and challenges everything Titus and his friends hold dear. A girl who decides to fight the feed.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This book was very interesting and intriguing to read. It was cool to see the world in this futuristic setting, because even though it was very different than how the world is now, there were some very similar things. I think this book is similar to Fahrenheit 451 because it teaches us that if we’re not careful, we will end up in a society that is completely controlled by technology.

Some parts of the story were confusing, because I didn’t understand some of the terminology. On the other  hand though, it was kind of fun to try and decipher the new words.

The main character was not terrible, but it was just really hard to connect with him. The ending also wasn’t very satisfying, and it was kind of confusing.

 

 

 

Gemina

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads :Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

My Opinion (spoiler-free): This was a really really good sequel to Illuminae. I enjoyed it and had such a fun time reading it. This was such a unique sequel. I was afraid it was going to be like identical to Illuminae, but it had the perfect amount of similarities and differences.

I loved the main characters so much. I can’t quite decide if I liked this pair of characters or the pair in Illuminae more. They were both fantastic.

I had heard before reading this book that we would see the characters in Illuminae, and I was really happy they did cross paths. At the same time though, I really appreciated the fact that this story was a whole new story, not just a sequel for the characters in Illuminae.

This book series is such a great step above all other young-adult books. Like I’ll never read anything like this series. It’s so unique. I highly recommend it. 🙂

Nemesis

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Nemesis by Anna Banks.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads: Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

My Opinion: (NO SPOILERS YET)

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the whole idea of this world, and I thought it was really cool. I’ve honestly never read anything like this, and I liked that because it’s really hard to read a fantasy book that’s not like some other book. The only “negative” comment I have about this is that there were some decisions that the main characters made that just annoyed me, but I managed to forgive them. Haha.

Now I know a lot of people haven’t read this book yet, because it doesn’t come out utill October, but I received an ARC. I’m gonna post my spoiler part of this review anyway in case someone else out there has read an ARC too. And then after the book comes out all of you can come back and read this part. 🙂

SPOILER SECTION!!!! DO NOT CONTINUE READING IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK!

So let me start by saying that I, of course, ship Sepora and Tarik. I honestly did from the first time I was introduced to both their characters. I really liked the relationship that was formed between them.

I really liked Tarik’s character in this book. Like I wish I could personally know him, cause he seems like a fun person. Lol.

I kind of talked about this earlier in my review, but I just wanted to say again how much I enjoyed reading about this world. I loved the whole Spectorium thing, and that Sepora has to make it to keep her energy up. I thought that was such a unique, cool idea.

I was kind of mad at Sepora though throughout this book. I don’t understand why she was so against using her ability to Forge and help people. She could use it to save so many people dying from the Plague, but for some reason she doesn’t want to do that, and that made me mad.

I actually didn’t like the first kiss between Sepora and Tarik. It just felt really rushed. But don’t get me wrong, I totally shipped them at that point, I just needed a longer build up.

There were a couple quotes in this book that I just had to share with you guys, because the writing in this book was beautiful, and there were so many good quotes.

On page 257 (of my book):

Sepora: “Name one thing of which you can appreciate the beauty of without dissecting it into fragments.”

Tarik: “You.”

Sepora: “What?”

Tarik: “You, mistress. I don’t question your beauty or how you came to be in such great supply of it. I  simply allow myself to admire it.”

I thought that was so cute. I loved all the little conversations between Tarik and Sepora.

On page 345 (of my book):

“Because he loves her. Yes, he’s sure of it, as sure as he is that the sun will set over the Bazaar and that the moon will rise in its place. Against his will, he loves her.”

*sigh* that one makes me smile 🙂

I also got mad a couple of times at Tarik towards the end. I don’t really have a specific reason, just some of his choices that he made drove me crazy.

I really liked that at the end Tarik and Sepora were put into an arranged marriage. I think that’ll add a fun twist to the next book. I’m excited to read about how they work it all out.

So those are all my thoughts! Hope you’re as excited as I am for the sequel. 🙂

Ignite Me

13188676.jpgIgnite Me by Tahereh Mafi is the third and final book in the Shatter Me trilogy. Overall, this was a good conclusion to the series. It was probably my favorite book out of the three.

Summary on Goodreads: With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

My Opinion: So for my non-spoiler-y opinion I just want to say that so much happens in this book, it’s gonna be hard for me to say a lot with out spoiling. I do want to say that Juliette was a lot less annoying in this book, which was good, and that I loved where the story went. It was fun to read, and I really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend reading this series.

So now for my spoiler-y section. If you haven’t read the book leave now. If you have, let’s discuss it.

So first I wanna talk about Juliette and Warner’s relationship. I was frustrated in the beginning because Juliette was being annoying again (no surprise there), and she wouldn’t confess how she felt about Warner, unit everything with Adam went down. But after Juliette finally stopped denying how she felt about Warner, their relationship was super cute.

If you’re still an Adam and Juliette shipper after reading this book, I’d just like to ask, “Why?” Adam was so mean in this book, and it broke my heart. I’m definitely a Juliette and Warner person, and I don’t think I’ve ever switched views so drastically before in any book I’ve read. I was just kind of sad that things between Juliette and Adam didn’t end better. I wish they could’ve parted as friends. But of course Adam just had to have all those melodramatic meltdowns. He was just so mean to Juliette and it made me so mad.

One thing that blew me away in this book was Juliette’s character development. I mean wow, she changed so much from the beginning of this series to now. She’s no longer that annoying character who was scared of her own shadow. She’s now learned how to take control of her own life and body. Which brings me to mention that I loved that she can now touch people. I think that is great way to show that Juliette has finally accepted who she is, and that was just beautiful.

I also applaud Tahereh Mafi for the other ways she showed Juliette’s character development. Like you can see it on all three covers of the books. The first one is like an eye that is crying and drowning in it’s own tears, just like Juliette was destroying herself because she feared her own body. The second book is an eye that’s like frozen, because in Unravel Me, Juliette is stuck. She doesn’t know where to go, or doesn’t know what to think. And then on the third book cover we see an eye that’s like blossoming with flowers, because that’s what Juliette did in this book. She blossomed. She finally grew up and accepted herself for who she was. So I thought that representation was beautiful, not to mention the fact that the Shatter Me trilogy book covers are breathtakingly beautiful. Another cool thing I noticed is that in the first book Juliette crosses out her words. A lot. Because not only is she scared of herself, but she’s also just scared to say how she feels. Then in the second book we see those lines go away some, but they’re still there. But in the third book there were no words crossed out, cause Juliette finally stopped being afraid of saying what she felt. I think those representations are what make Tahereh Mafi such a fantastic writer. I mean she is probably one of my favorite authors just because her writing style is so beautiful.

Going back to the plot of this book now. Lol, I got sidetracked. I loved that when Warner found out that Adam and James were his brothers that he wasn’t mad, but instead he wanted to get to know them. That really touched my heart and made me happy. James and Warner were so cute together, and I loved that.

That also brings me to talk about Kenji and Juliette’s relationship. It was like my favorite thing ever. Kenji is definitely my favorite character, and I just loved the way the two talked to each other. You could definitely see that they were best friends. And a thing that surprised me about this book was that I laughed a lot. I didn’t think I would be laughing in such a serious trilogy like this one, but the laughs were a nice comic relief that lightened the mood. Just more proof that Tahereh Mafi is an amazing writer.

The one thing I didn’t like about this book was that I finished it and I still have a lot of questions. Like did Anderson have an ability? Will Kenji and Adam find love? Where will everyone live? Will Warner and Juliette rule together? What new government system will they set up? What do Warner, Adam, and James do together to get to know each other? I just really wanted to know a lot of things like that. I wish there could’ve been an epilogue book, haha, I just had so many unanswered questions.

Overall, I enjoyed this trilogy, even though it was a bit frustrating at times.

4 3/4 out of 5 stars

 

Unravel Me

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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi is the second book in the Shatter Me trilogy.

Summary from Goodreads: Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

My opinion: So here’s my spoiler free opinion first, and then I’ll get into all my thoughts on the plot. First I wanna say that this book caused me a lot of conflict. I had such a hard time deciding for myself how I wanted the story to go. I also want to just say that I did not like Juliette in this book. She was being selfish, annoying, and just an overall frustrating character. If you read the first book, you might as well read this one too. Lol. It was good, and I liked it, it just wasn’t as good as book one.

Ok, now for all my thoughts on what happened in this book, so if you haven’t read this yet, go read it, come back, and we can discuss everything that happened. And a lot happened.

So I want to start out by talking about Juliette’s relationship with Adam. I was really mad and sad about their whole relationship throughout this book. I was mad that they were keeping things form each other, like Adam wouldn’t tell Juliette about his ability, which was kind of a big deal. The fact that we now know Adam is weakened when he’s with Juliette created so many problems for me. I really wanted Juliette and Adam to work, but now I don’t really know how I feel about it anymore. I mean, if I were Juliette and I found out that I was actually weakening the man I loved by being with him, and that at any moment I could accidentally kill him, I don’t know about you, but I’d probably stay away, because I wouldn’t want to hurt him. At the same time though, I feel so bad for Adam because it kills him to not be able to be with Juliette, and I admire him for trying so hard to make the relationship work, but if he continues to try so hard, the relationship is going to seem too forced. So that whole thing caused me to kind of look for other opportunities for Juliette. That’s where Warner comes into play. I absolutely despised Warner in the first book, so I went into this book feeling the same way. I actually really like the fact that we find out Warner actually gets stronger when he’s with Juliette. I think that created a cool side to the story. I love books where it’s not obvious who the main character is going to end up with. A lot of the time you read a book and the author steers the reader toward a specific person so that it’s obvious who they’re gonna end up with. This series is different though, because at this point I have no idea who Juliette’s gonna end up with. When I was reading this, I hated that Juliette was giving Warner a chance, but looking back on the story now, I kind of think he might deserve it. I mean it’s his fathers fault that he turned out to be the way he is. I loved that we can see his character development in this story with scenes like the dog scene, where Warner helped the stray dog. It shows us that he’s not a complete monster. I was really mad though during that scene where Warner and Juliette got all intimate, because I fell like Juliette was just being so cruel to Adam by doing that, but also so cruel to Warner for falsely leading him on. As you can see, Juliette just made me really angry. Then we also find out that Adam and Warner are related, and can I just say that I was so proud of myself cause for the first time ever I predicted the plot twist before it happened. Anderson was a real jerk though. He freaking shot Juliette in the chest right in front of Warner. I was really scared there for a sec, cause I actually thought she might die. Then we end this book with Juliette and Warner in the same place, and we have no idea what happened with Adam and Kenji. Oh, and can I just say that I love Kenji. He’s honestly my favorite character at this point. And I loved that speech he gave Juliette at the beginning of the book where he yelled at her to stop being so selfish. She really needed that slap in the face.

So, overall I left this book feeling very frustrated with Juliette and I’m still not sure who I want her with: Adam or Warner. I just need to finish the trilogy to form my whole opinion.

4 out of 5 stars