TOP TEN TUESDAY: NEW-TO-ME AUTHORS

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

TOP TEN NEW-TO-ME AUTHORS I READ IN 2014

George R.R. Martin

I can’t believe it has been less than a year since I started the Song of Ice and Fire series… I had tried a few times before this but was very intimidated by the size of the books and also still wasn’t sure how I felt about the content itself, but OH MAN. Am I happy I started or what?! I still have to read A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons I’m just trying to savour it.

Books Read This Year: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords 

Veronica Roth 

I asked for the Divergent boxed set for my birthday in February, but didn’t actually read Divergent until the week before the movie came out and just devoured it. I ended up getting caught up in a ton of other books so I have only just started Insurgent and I’m loving it so far! However…. I have been spoiled for Allegiant so I’m worried it’ll ruin the experience.

Books Read This Year: Divergent, currently reading Insurgent

Tahereh Mafi 

I’m ashamed to say I have actually only read Shatter Me. There are far too many books for me to catch up on and far too little time. I read this book in one sitting on the beach in Peurto Vallarta, Mexico so it was a very pleasant experience… Thankfully I was smart enough to take 4 books on the trip since I whizzed through this one.

Books Read This Year: Shatter Me

Jenny Han

This is another situation where I keep acquiring books from the author and I do want to read them all but I just don’t have enough time in a day. I have the whole Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and I intended on reading it in the summer, but I held onto it so I could read it in the winter and wish for hot weather. I picked up To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before in September and absolutely adored it. I will definitely continue to read Jenny Han’s books.

Books Read This Year: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before 

Marissa Meyer 

Holy moly… Of all the hyped up series I am so extremely glad I picked up Cinder when I did. I was in a horrible reading slump in October and had so much school work to do but of course I laid down and started reading and this was just PERFECT.

Books Read This Year: Cinder, Scarlet 

Laini Taylor 

Okay the reason I was in a reading slump in the first place was because of Laini Taylor. I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and was just like staaaaaahp the feels and wanted to cry. I actually had the second one on hand but wasn’t sure how much torture I wanted to inflict on myself so I picked up Cinder and BAM two amazing authors in one month.

Books Read This Year: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight 

Rachel Hawkins 

When Rebel Belle came out I swear that’s all I heard/saw on BookTube and everywhere for like a month. So obviously I bought it. This was the first book I read on my trip to Mexico and I actually finished it on the plane ride there… So that was awkward. BUT it was so awesome! I didn’t think I would like it but it was so funny and kick butt and ugh. *high five* Rachel Hawkins.

Books Read This Year: Rebel Belle

Richelle Mead 

Let me just make it clear that I never marathon books. I literally just can’t. I have to take breaks when characters get annoying, or when things get to heated, or when something major happens… and you can’t do that when you marathon a series. That being said… on a whim I bought the Vampire Academy boxed set and marathoned the entire thing in a week, then proceeded to take the first one to work and force my coworker to read them so I had someone to cry with. I can’t help but attribute all of these feels to Richelle Mead. I currently have Bloodlines sitting on my shelf just waiting for the right moment.

Books Read This Year: Vampire Academy, Frost Bite, Shadow Kiss, Spirit Bound, Blood Promise, Last Sacrifice 

Rainbow Rowell 

And yet another author I first read in Mexico… I took Eleanor and Park on my trip and boy was that a mistake. Do you know how hard it is to be laying on the beach next to your sister and trying not to SOB because of the book you’re reading? I literally had to be like “I’ll be back in a bit guys I’m going to the room to reapply sunscreen” and as soon as I got there I burst into tears. THE FEEEEEEEELS. I eventually read Fangirl in September and actually can’t decide which made me cry more.

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Books Read This Year: Eleanor & Park, Fangirl 

Jennifer L. Armentrout 

Last but certainly not least, I picked up Obsidian, the first book in the Lux series, on a whim. I downloaded it on iBooks sometime in the summer when it was free and started reading it at school when I was bored on break. I probably finished it the next day… and immediately bought Onyx on iBooks as well (even though I hate reading books on electronics) because I thought it would make me feel less guilty for adding to be TBR. I finished that one two days later… Honestly, these books are such guilty pleasures, I haven’t continued the series yet because I am trying to cut down my TBR but I’ll probably pick the next one up when I’m in a slump.

Books Read This Year: Obsidian, Onyx 

I didn’t intend to write so much about each author considering I am suppose to be studying… but shit happens. I just started getting so excited and now all I want to do is read Insurgent. I’ll probably do that right now before I go to bed.

See ya!

xx

Jacqueline

p.s. I’M DONE EXAMS TOMORROW!!!!!!

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Cinder Book Review

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Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published: January 3rd, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Fairy-tale Retelling
Source: Bought
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis 

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the centre of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My Thoughts: 

Never in a million years would I picture myself reading a fairy-tale retelling of the famous Cinderella featuring her as a cyborg. Even when I bought it and heard all of the good things being said about it, I still had my doubts. I actually haven’t read too much sci-fi so the thought of this book incorporating these sketchy moon people who plan on waging war against earth was a little questionable for me. When I finished Daughter of Smoke & Bone last week I really wanted to dive into something equally as entertaining, and also start hacking away at my TBR pile, so Cinder seemed like the obvious next choice. Honestly, I don’t know what it is, I’ve either been reading some pretty stellar books lately, or I’ve just been in a really good mood while reading because I don’t remember the last thing I rated that wasn’t 5 stars…

This book was fantastic. It was funny, it had action, it was suspenseful… It was seriously just an awesome read. I took a class last year in University called “Fantasy and Fairy-Tales” and since then I have been on this fairy-tale kick. I’ve watched Grimm, I just recently marathoned all of Once Upon a TIme, and now I honestly cannot wait to continue on with The Lunar Chronicles. It was such an interesting, unique way to retell the classic (sometimes boring) tale of Cinderella. My absolute favourite thing about this book was the characters, so let’s chat about them shall we?

First of all, Cinder is awesome. She is so kick-butt, so sassy and just a really great character to follow. But, not gonna lie, her sidekick and android Iko might seriously be my favourite. Her personality is hilarious, she’s so funny, adorable, and such a good friend. The interesting thing though is people claim she has a “faulty personality chip” because, unlike other androids, she seems to have the closest thing to feelings/opinions that androids can get. She is just so loveable and the book definitely would not have been the same without her. As for Cinders family. I like the idea that one of Cinder’s stepsisters like her. Peony is so cute and you can tell she really loves Cinder, and that Cinder really loves her (contrary to her stepmothers belief). It’s really unfortunate that her sister falls ill with this plague, but I think it made a really good driving point for Cinder. AND AS FOR PEARL AND ADRI. Ugh. UGH. I can’t even. Let’s quickly applaud Marissa Meyer for making characters that are so very, HATEABLE. Every single scene with Adri and Cinder made my skin crawl. I wanted to reach into the book and give her a punch right to the esophagus. I actually have to stop thinking about them for a second because I seriously can’t.

And last but certainly not least, Kai. Prince Kai deserves his own paragraph, and not because he’s royal, but because he’s a pain in my ass. I guess at the beginning I was like aaaah Prince Kai, so cute, so handsome *swoons*. Then I was like hmmm this is definitely not gonna end well. Then I thought it would. Then I thought it couldn’t. Then I KNEW it wouldn’t. And oh dear it didn’t. But seriously, was anyone else like “what a JERK?!”. The boy should be HONOURED to have a romance with a kick butt lunar-cyborg. Are you really SO REPULSED by her metal parts? Because if you are, she deserved better anyways. I seriously hope he has a difficult future because he had his chance and he blew it.

I intended for this to be brief, but apparently I cannot contain myself from ranting. Last thing I wanted to touch on was the fact that everyone seems to rate this book high on predictability. Honestly, I don’t know if I just suck at predicting things or something (I absolutely did NOT predict the ending of We Were Liars), but I really didn’t automatically know where this story was going. Of course after a while with her visits to the doctor and him threatening her to absolutely stay away from the Kingdom while Queen Levana is there because you’re a lunar “shell” oh wait nevermind you aren’t a shell but I won’t tell you what you are. Yeah, after that I kinda understood who she was, but still it’s not like you knew how it was going to end. Maybe Marissa Meyer wasn’t trying to be sneaky and hide it, because whether or not you suspect Cinder’s true identity, it doesn’t change the crazy, action-packed ending. Also, I do like a little bit of predictability, because it kind of makes you feel like you’re in on a secret, like you know but the other characters (sometimes even the main one) don’t, so you get to be excited in the background like “COME ON DOCTOR JUST TELL HER” or “COME ON KAI, SHE REALLY DIDN’T KNOW”. It’s just fun.

Clearly, if you haven’t noticed this book gave me a lot of feels. So if you haven’t yet read it, or you weren’t too sure about it, I suggest you pick it up and give it a go. Even if you don’t LOVE it, it’s a really entertaining read and you definitely won’t be disappointed. Also, since I’m on such a fairy-tale kick, if anyone can recommend any other good retellings I would appreciated it!

xx

Jacqueline