May Wrap Up | I really need to catch up with 2016

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It’s so cold here in Australia. I can’t believe winter is only starting, please send the blankets and hot chocolate.

Hello June!

Let’s start with some June TBR. It’s time for me to catch up with 2016 releases and I guess June is a good time to start. Click on the titles to see their Goodreads page.

The Way to Game the Walk of ShameIvory and BoneThe Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks, #1)Heir to the Sky

  • The Way to Game the Walk of Shame | Jenn Nguyen with its rather long title and cute sounding blurb. A fake relationship between an ice queen and a bad boy? I’m in, where can I get a copy?
  • Ivory and Bone | Julie Eshbaugh is all about the cavemen romances. Honestly, I think I’ll either hate it or love it, there will be no in between.
  • The Trials of Apollo | Rick Riordan … why have I not bought this yet?
  • Rebel of the Sands | Alwyn Hamilton which I have bought but have had no motivation to pick it up. Anyone recommend it?
  • These Vicious Masks | Tarun Shanker because X-Men with Jane Austen sounds epic.
  • Heir to the Sky | Amanda Sun I just want the cover, like with all Amanda Sun books XD

Bye May!

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How was your May? Did you get a lot of reading done? Hopefully more than I did! What are you looking forward to this month?

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Wild Swans by Jessica Spotwood

The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….

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The short version:  Just like Ivy, this book needed something special about it to become extraordinary… unfortunately it did not.

I wish I felt that way about something. Consumed by it.

Forget all the special one tropes you’ve read in YA because Wild Swans gives you Ivy, a girl born into a family of extraordinary women with extraordinary talents. Her grandfather has high standards for her, building her up for greatness but she just hasn’t found her calling yet. It’s very relatable to me and I think it will be to a lot of teenagers, almost out of high school but not quite. We’re all expected to have our lives set out before we are even 20 but that’s a lot of pressure for a major life decision.

It took me a few false starts but once I got into Wild Swans I could not put it down. If you’re friends with me on Goodreads you can see that I spent a month reading this XD I really enjoyed reading the middle bit of the book, it became so addictive to read. But the ending…it was like a storm that kept building and building and then suddenly its all sunny skies. WHAT THE HELL? Book, you promised me one thing and that was a good ending but you didn’t give me that!

Although the concept was good I felt like the characters themselves were really frustrating. It wasn’t just the really pushy grandfather but it was more Ivy herself. She was just so placid and obedient that it drove me crazy. She doesn’t like to push the boundaries and as the protaganist that meant that the plot was lacking that extra something. The only character I kind of liked was Erica, Ivy’s mum, who kicked the drama right up. She was a very interesting character who’d gone through the same experiences as Ivy but turned out so different. I would’ve really liked to see her POV because it would’ve had a bit of spark at least.

3

Big thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy via Netgalley. 

The Autumn Book Tag!

So some of you might be thinking, what the hell Prima it’s obviously not autumn, are you crazy? The answer to that would be no, but I’m Australian. So while all of you enjoy your flowers and sun, I will be snuggled in a blanket 😀 I was tagged by Reg @ She Latitude, go check out her awesome blog!

What is your favourite thing about autumn?

I like sleeping and the problem with sleeping in Australian summers is that its just too damn hot to even relax. In autumn, I literally sleep in seconds. I just love wrapping myself in my quilt to become like a human burrito XD

What book reminds you of your school days?

LOL I’m still in school but I think it’ll be Percy Jackson. All the feels.

What cover reminds you of autumn?

One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths, #2)

THE LEAVES! FALLING! If that’s not autumn, I don’t know what is.

What is your favourite horror or halloween story?

Umm… I guess the only halloween story I’ve read is probably the one from My True Love Gave to Me XD

What is your favourite horror or halloween film?

Does Halloweentown count? I have seen no horror ever, I would probably be in a constant state of paranoia if I did. I watch an episode of Bones and have to check under my bed every ten minutes!

What fall book release are you looking forward to?

Girl Against the UniverseI was really looking forward to Girl Against the Universe… time to find a copy now!

What autumn movie release are you anticipating?

Alice Through the Looking Glass looks real good. The first movie was awesome, just so crazy and fun… hopefully it’ll be the same for this one!

What are three books you plan planned to read this autumn?

I actually planned to read so many autumn releases. These included Rebel of the Sands, The Unexpected Everything and Girl Against the Universe. I’m so behind 😦


I know it’s not autumn until September for some of you and for the others, autumn is almost over so whenever it is, I tag you!

Top Ten Tuesday: Loved you to (bookish) death

You know when you love a book so much that you end up hating it? Or when you hated a book so much and ended up loving it? This week it’s all about the books you loved, then hated, then loved, then hated…


1. Ink | Amanda Sun

Ink (Paper Gods, #1)This book went from ok to amazing after a couple of rereads. I remember I really complained about the instalove but the main couple was pretty cute so I was willing to overlook it XD

2. Twilight | Stephanie Meyer

Twilight (Twilight, #1)I was actually a fan of Twilight. Not a Twihard or anything but I liked it enough. I mean Stephanie Meyer can write but Twilight was not an example of that.

3. The Host | Stephanie Meyer

The Host (The Host, #1)I have to talk about The Host if I mention Twilight! I remember borrowing this one from my library and really hating it. The intro is really slow and I just couldn’t get through it. The next month I tried to read it again, got past the intro and into the amazingness.

4. Bloodlines Series | Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)Ah, my on off relationship with this series. I go through moments of just pure fangirling to analysing why it got so bad at the end.

5. Fallen | Lauren Kate

Fallen (Fallen, #1)One of the first angel stories I ever read. I’m pretty sure it’s not as good as I thought it was XD

6. Riley Bloom Series | Alyson Noel

Radiance (Riley Bloom, #1)Ok, I was just really excited by small things when I was younger. I’m so sure that I would hate this book if I read this today.

7.  Spellbound | Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellbound (Spellbound, #1)This book seemed really cliched the first read but my inner fangirl was unleashed the next time.

8. My Love Lies Bleeding | Alyxandra Harvey

My Love Lies Bleeding (Drake Chronicles, #1)OMG how could I forget my obsession with this series. I literally stalked the author’s website so much.

9. Incarnate | Jodi Meadows

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)So this was probably one of my first YA reads… good times.

I was so close to ten this week! Damn it!! Anyways, do you see books different after a while? Do you go and actually change your ratings? Let me know 😀

Dorothy Must Die | Love the dress, hate her

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I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

My thoughts in one picture:

Oh Dorothy Must Die, you started off so well with you being a dark, twisted retelling of Wizard of Oz and descriptions so vivid I kind of wished I was in the book. I was even willing to overlook how annoying Amy was but no, it was not meant to be.

Do you ever get this feeling when you’re reading a book that you’ve read this before? Dorothy Must Die was like that… but at the same time not. I can pinpoint exactly what I hated so much about this book which doesn’t happen often. I’m really torn about this book because it’s got such a great world and an amazing concept but the main characters just made me so angry.

Amy Gumm is not special at all in book terms. It’s like she was written by someone holding a checklist all like “Ok so bad parents, check. Angst from troubled childhood, check. Is a giant ass screw the system person, check. Has some weird coloured hair, check”. HOW MUCH MORE TROPE CAN YOU SHOVE INTO A SINGLE CHARACTER??

“No one does this right away, not even me,” Nox said quietly. “You have power”

Oh yeah, I forgot about the special one trope. It’s not like it’s shoved into my throat every second book.

The romance was really sad and I don’t mean sad like in The Fault in Our Stars, I mean sad because it should’ve had so much more. I don’t normally mind instalove but in Dorothy it’s freaking crazy. Amy and Nox literally don’t even talk more than a couple of sentences and suddenly, they’re a couple. There was no chemistry, no romantic buildup just a makeover. A literal spit take scene included. It’s also worth mentioning that this is the bar for most of the character development in the book. We meet the character, we get a few lines out of them and then they’re killed off because who knows and who cares 😀

If that wasn’t enough disappointment, [spoiler]AMY FUCKING SCREWS UP AND DOROTHY DOESN’T DIE. THE BOOK IS FUCKING CALLED DOROTHY MUST DIE, SO WHY DOESN’T SHE???? [end spoiler] It made the ending so anticlimatic and it was pretty funny how much shit went down in the last chapter. It was as if it was a setup for the sequel…

Sidenote: I got around to researching it and turns out it might be picked up by CW. I was not surprised. Dorothy is very CW material, by that I mean it just emanates YA from its pores.

TL;DR: Basically, good world building does not work when inhabited by shitty characters

2.5


So have you read Dorothy Must Die? What were your thoughts (especially on that stupid ending)? By the way, is the sequel any good because I want to know what happens but I honestly don’t think I can stand another book of Amy. Anyways, let me know 😀