Book Rant – Glass Sword

Let me just start this by saying that I can never remember the name of this book. It’s just that unmemorable. I only got it because I did read the first one and I thought it would be good to try to keep up with some of the more popular fiction. I had so many issues with the first book by Victoria Aveyard that I don’t know what I was thinking when I gave in and got this book. I am about 200 pages in and I don’t even know how I got that far. It’s so repetitive. The first part of the book was “any one can betray anyone.” Like every other paragraph it just repeated that. Like, I get it. You can stop now. Now I’m on the part where she wishes Kilorn could live a normal life in the stilts in every other paragraph. It gets annoying. Like just say it once and I’ll get it. You don’t need to repeat it every damn chance you get. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t read more than like a page at a time. It’s just so bland. I don’t know how my older brother can like this book. It’s not even “ok.” It’s just blah. I’ll eventually finish this book but I very much doubt it will be anytime soon. I just can’t deal with Mare and her whining.

I feel like this book is barely moving forward and is just repeating steps in the plot in a different way. Oh, look we found one newblood, now let’s look for all the rest in almost the same exact way! No. Just. Take the fight to Maven and be done with it. I can’t stand all this running around not really getting anything done. Let’s not forget the fact that they’re also running from the rebellion because the rebellion betrayed them like almost every other YA. I’m tired of all these rehashed themes. I don’t care how original you try to make it. Do something that makes it truly stand out. Like how different An Ember In the Ashes and The Mortal Instruments series were. They were both pretty damn original compared to Glass Sword which rehashes pretty much themes from every other popular YA books right now. Dystopian. Powerful main protagonist who’s different in some way. Rebellion who’s motives are questionable. Evil dictator or king. 2 love interests for main character. Need I go on? How many different YA books does that sound like? I should honestly just give up on YA, but every so often I do find a good book in there. I don’t know. Oh well.

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Book Review – After You

After You by Jojo Moyes is the sequel story to Me Before You and takes place after the events of Me Before You with Louisa trying to pick up the pieces of her life when she get’s an unexpected visitor and gets into an accident.

I devoured this book, I really did. But I saw a review on Goodreads that I couldn’t help but agree with. After You was not needed. The first book ended well. Tragically. But well. Jojo Moyes could have left well enough alone but she didn’t. The fans wanted more so she gave them more in a truly fanfiction-esque style. Which was probably why I liked it as much as I did. I love reading some good fanfiction. But there was just so much in this book that was extra. The only reason why Lily existed, really, was to move the plot forward and to give Louisa a purpose and a conflict in her life. And while, due to the ending of Me Before You, Will wasn’t in the book at all we were never lacking his presence which I appreciated. A lot. Will was just as much a part of the story as he was at the beginning of the journey, but it also wasn’t the same. The fans flocked to this book because of their need for more Louisa. And Will and while they did get that they also got so much more. All in all, I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved it but i don’t know if it was necessary. I’d give it 4/5 stars.

General Update

Hello everyone. I feel bad not being on for a while not that anyone probably noticed. I still feel bad though. I’ve been busy with real life. Real life is so dull. Anyways, I few things I’m going to try to publish today. I read and finished After You, the sequel to Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. So expect a review on that. I started reading Glass Sword, the sequel to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. While I’m not finished with that I do want to rant about it so look forward to that. And to leave off another hand made bookmark. This one is for my coworker. Sorry for my questionable camera. I’ll eventually get an actual camera that isn’t my phone.

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Why I Find It Harder To Go From Temporary Fiction to Fantasy

Temporary fiction is rooted in what we know and a world we’re used to while fantasy is set in a world with all new rules and guidelines that we have to discover to understand. This is coming from a girl that for the longest time was only interested in fantasy and couldn’t be bothered with temporary fiction. That’s what happens when the first book you fall in love with is Harry Potter. I’m not really sure where or when I first started showing any interest in temporary fiction, but because temporary fiction relies on a world that we live in or is very similar it’s easy to just jump into the story. They one world that needs setting up is the protagonists small life and how he/she lives in that world. Fantasy, especially ones where they take place in their own completely fictions world, has more setting up to do. The best example of this is A Song of Ice and Firwhere George R.R. Martin not only has to set up a completely fictional world but he also has to set up the minor worlds of all the POV characters’ lives. That’s one of the reasons some people have such a hard time getting into the series. Reverse that completely to temporary fiction like John Green’s books and a book like Looking For Alaska and Green only has to state where in the states the protagonist lives and that gives a point of reference for the readers so Green can jump right into the protagonists life and story a lot faster than Martin can. It’s why I feel, with a few exceptions, temporary fiction jumps into the story a lot faster and while it can feel like it’s not moving at all at times it is in some very subtle ways. Both fantasy and temporary fiction have their pros and cons and both can be amazing just sometimes you need one or the other in your life.

Book Review – Me Before You

This book destroyed me and it was so amazing I plan on reading the sequel. This book is a very unconventional love story between a quadriplegic and his newly hired caregiver. All I can say about the synopsis is go watch the movie trailer. Normally this isn’t something I would read but the trailer drew me in. The characters are so real and human that you can’t help but to be drawn into all their happiness and triumphs and sorrows and failures. Louisa Clark is unexpectedly given a job caring for a man paralyzed from the neck down. He’s cold to her and she avoids him as much as possible until she starts treating him like he’s normal by calling him an “arse.” This book was a heartbreaking tearjerker and I highly recommend it to anyone with any interest in temporary fiction. And just be warned there is a sequel that you are definitely going to read after you finish the first book. After You. Don’t make the mistake I made and not have the money for it. This book was beautifully written with wonderfully human characters with all their faults. 5 stars definitely.

What To Listen To While Reading

I very rarely can just sit down and read. More often than not I need some kind of background noise when I read. TV doesn’t usually work because the talking distracts me. So I like to listen to music when I read. Which is a fairly common thing but what do I listen to? Sometimes I’ll just listen to a playlist in my iTunes of whatever artist I’m currently in love with but more often than not I like to use Pandora and just listen to instrumental music. The only time I ever listen to instrumental stuff for an extended period of time. I’m a lyrics girl, I love lyrics but they distract me when I’m reading usually. I have a Pandora station of like Lindsey Stirling and the Piano Guys (both of which I got to see live) as well as the Brooklyn Duo. It’s a great mix of pop songs covered by classical instruments as well as original work and occasionally classical work. It’s a great mix that I love to listen to when reading. The ads just get on my last nerve.

When You Finish A Really Great Book and Are Too Broke For the Sequel

I think the title speaks for itself for this post. I recently saw a movie preview for a book-turned-movie and it looked really interesting so I decided to get the book. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This book is a special kind of heart breaking and it was beautiful. Had me in tears and I loved it. (I’ll review it in another post.) Anyways, after I finished it I found out there was a sequel and I really want it but I am definitely too broke for it. I have no choice but to wait for Friday when I get paid. 😥 I had a chance to read the first 20 some pages of it at the bookstore before my friend and I went to see Deadpool and those first 20 pages were beautiful and I can’t get it off my mind. I go to read something else and as soon as I put that something else down my mind goes to After You, the sequel. I’m in deep…