Colourless ★★★☆☆

3.5 stars

I read this book on my phone and it was something I picked up when I had down time and didn’t want to pull out a physical book. This was an interesting book and since it wasn’t long it didn’t really take me long to finish. Technically I would have finished it faster if I had read it in one sitting.

*I was sent this book by the author and this in no way affected my review.*

Goodreads Summary:

In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.

To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but a myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.

Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.

Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.

Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.

Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.

Their only target: Annabelle.

My Review: 

I really liked this book but it wasn’t jaw dropping amazing or anything. It was just a plain book that I never really found myself being eager to pick it back up. I mean this in the sense that some books make me want to read them as soon as I’ve put them down but this book didn’t really have that charm for me.

The main character wasn’t the worst and I didn’t really have any problems with her but sometimes she would fall a little flat. Other times she would be great and she really did want to do good for the people in her town. I like that there is a little bit of romance building between her and another character but nothing has really happened yet. This is a book that focuses on plot and the problems the main character faces instead of her potential love interest.

Theres also a gay couple in this book! The couple isn’t perfect and they are shunned by society but in the end both are willing to die for one another. Thats not really a spoiler because neither one dies in this book. This is a gay couple I can get behind because they both love each other but are forced to act a certain way to keep their bloodlines pure and not anger the congregation.

The magic system in this book was a little odd but it wasn’t anything difficult to understand. I didn’t feel as much resentment for the Magicians or Monks that I felt I should have and I would have liked there to be a little more for me to hate. I know they want to kill our main character but I just felt that they weren’t the most hate worthy villains I’ve ever read about

I’m interested in the next book as this seems to be a series but I may not be interested once it actually comes out. This book came out in August of this year and as such, it will most likely take a while for the next book to come out.

They Both Die at the End ★★★★★

4.5 stars

I’ve never had the chance to read any of Adam Silvera’s other books and after reading this one, I might need to pick them up. This book was a short contemporary read that I really enjoyed. I ended up flying through this book in about a day and I still haven’t decided if I’m okay with it.

Goodreads Summary:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

My Review:

I loved the two main characters and how they were such opposites and yet they connected so well. Sometimes people are just too different from one another but in this case, they were perfect for each other. Even though there were multiple points of view in this book, they were done in the best way possible. Each “chapter” was short and it never got confusing as to who was talking. I also liked the way that whenever a character who wasn’t Mateo or Rufus was the subject of a chapter the author started the chapter the same way.

This book didn’t make me cry because I obviously knew what was going to happen but I could definitely see myself re-reading it and crying if I’m in a mood. I wouldn’t suggest reading this book if you’re looking for something light-hearted but I mean who picks up a book titled They Both Die at the End and expects something happy.

I really like how they both end up finding themselves in each other and ending their last day together. This book was an uplifting read for the LQBTQA+ community because they both end up finding someone on their last day and if they can do it then anyone can. It’s something that every person in the community wants to hear and even though the book is sad, it is also meaningful and wonderful. Obviously, I loved this book and would really recommend it to anyone in the LGBTQA+ community.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a contemporary read that is cute and also sad. This book is a little risque and maybe not for kids younger than 15 but as I’ve said before, everyone knows their own limits and can make their own decisions. I’m definitely going to pick up his books in the future and I hope that maybe you guys decide to pick this book up!

4 Reasons to Read Rebel Mechanics

So many of you thought the idea to do a review like this was great so I thought I’d do another for a book I might not have reviewed other wise!

★★★★

I ended up giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars!

1. It has really cool magic and even though only the rich, upper crust people have it, you get to see a lot of it in this book. I really liked reading about how their magic worked and how many of the magisters, or magpies, stopped learning how to cast their own spells because they’ve made everything automated.

2. I love historical fiction and this is a version of that, even if it really doesn’t feel like it because of how made up it all feels. Then again, if you’re going to write about how the American revolution didn’t happen because the British had magic then I guess you do have to make up a good portion of it. I know that in the third book there are mentions of the Colonial Assembly and I really like how the author is writing about how the Americans still would have won eventually.

3. There is love and betrayal! I know most people don’t like love triangles but the one in this book isn’t even that concrete. The main character, Verity, has two love interests but when you finish the book it is obvious who she ends up with and there isn’t really any debating who she is with throughout the book. To me, this is just how the real world works. Sometimes a relationship will work out but sometimes you have to move on and for Verity, moving on just meant she ended up on the other end of the triangle. I also ship this new relationship so I may be a little biased because they’re adorable together.

4. The main character is 15. Verity is 15 and she’s helping start the non-magical American revolution. I love Verity as a character because once you realize how young she is, you realize why she sometimes acts like a child. That being said, I can only really think of one big scene where that happens. She is so composed and interesting to read about because you’re always finding out new things about her.

Dreamology ★★★★☆

3.5 stars

THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE!! When I’m in the mood for it, I absolutely love mushy romantic stories and this was just that! Of course, everyone knows how it’s going to end but I just love all the cute moments and everything about the story. This is exactly the type of book you read if you’re in a book slump because it’s only 300 pages and you just get swept away in the unrealness of the love story

Goodreads Summary:

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

My Review: 

I read this book in a day and every time I put it down I kept finding myself thinking about it because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. While the ending might have been predictable, the events leading up to it weren’t. Of course, the book follows a basic romance book outline but with the added detail of the book having dream melding in it made it so much more interesting.

I really enjoyed reading about Alice and overall she was an okay character that handled most situations alright. For a junior in high school, some of the things she does can be seen as too childish but I never held any of that against her.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the relationship between Alice and her mother. I know it was essential to the plot because it gave Alice the nightmares but it just really hurt me to see how her mother never talked to her. I know that not all mothers have the best motherly instincts and the character wasn’t put there for anyone to love but I just wanted better for Alice. This isn’t really a negative about the book, it definitely wasn’t something that made the star rating change, it was just something I wanted to mention.

I also want to say, the 3.5 star rating isn’t because I didn’t love the book. Because I did. I just feel like the book isn’t something any more than four stars, which is why when it comes to a full star rating it’s got 4 big ones. I just feel like this book was more than three stars because it was exactly what it set out to be with a little extra something thrown in there.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is in a reading slump or just wants a cute, quick, contemporary read. I can definitely see myself picking this book back up when I find myself becoming less interested in reading.

Strange the Dreamer ★★★★★

4.75 stars 

Not only is the outside of this book gorgeous but the inside is stunning as well. The only reason I didn’t give it a full 5 stars is because the beginning was a little hard to get into for me but that was because of what I was doing so. If I had to give it a full star rating it would totally get 5 stars. I really cannot wait to read The Muse of Nightmares when it comes out in 2018!

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Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

I definitely say this everytime I do a tag but no one tagged me to do this lol. It just sounded interesting and since I haven’t had much time to read this was a nice way to take a break and write about some books that I love (or don’t love for that matter).

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Three Dark Crowns ★★★☆☆

3.5 stars

I got this book in an Owlcrate subscription box and I loved reading it so much. I read it around Halloween of 2016 (yeah I’m posting this late oops) and it definitely fit the atmosphere. It wasn’t a long read by any means and I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

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