Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

Book: Atlantia 
Author: Ally Condie
Genres: YA, science fiction/dystopian

Can you hear Atlantia breathing? 
For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long silenced—she has nothing left to lose.  
Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the corrupted system constructed to govern the Divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.-Quoted from Goodreads

My Rating: 3/5 STARS
My Review:
Atlantia is a book I've been wanting to read for years now.  Years ago I read the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie and I really enjoyed that series so I decided to pick up her next book even though it has took me years to do that.

In Atlantia people have been living underwater in specialised dome-like cities for years after it became too toxic for people to live Above (on land) and once you reach the age of 16 or so you can choose to leave the underwater city of Atlantia and live Above.  The people of Atlantia are taught that the people who go Above don't live as long as those in Atlantia.  So this story is about Rio who has always wanted to go Above but she promises her twin sister (who doesn't want to live Above) that she'll stay with her and so on the day of the choosing she chooses to stay but she is shocked when her sister decides to suddenly go Above instead.

The choosing ceremony at the beginning of the book had me really reminiscent of Divergent and so I was worried it would be too similar but it wasn't.
I found the world of Atlantia to be really interesting, the way things were described really painted a good impression of the world in my head.

I liked how the story was about Rio trying to find her way back to her sister, I liked how that was the main focus of the book.  I didn't feel much of a connection to any of the characters and I thought some of them were a bit boring.  The plot was good but it was also predictable.

Overall I enjoyed reading this book, it was a quick fun read.  The main thing I liked was the world of Atlantia.  And even though none of the characters really stood out to me and I thought the plot was predictable I still found it to be an enjoyable read.  

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Book Review: White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews

Book: White Hot
Series: Hidden Legacy book 2
Author: Ilona Andrews
Genres: adult, urban fantasy, paranormal romance

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan. 
Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada's "talent." But there's no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice . . .

My Rating: 4/5 STARS
My Review: 
White Hot introduces a new investigative case for Nevada when Cornelius (a character introduced in Burn for Me) comes to her for help.  His wife was murdered but no one gave him any answers as to why so he goes to Nevada.

White Hot is a great continuation of this series.  It has the same elements I loved in the first book and more.  It has a great engaging plot with the political feuding behind the Houses and their magic.
I really liked how the romance between Nevada and Rogan developed in this book.  I felt the connection between them and I liked how it grew throughout the book.
We find out more about Nevada's and Rogan's background in this book and I really liked that because it added a lot to my view of them.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and if you liked the first book in the series then you'll most likely love this book too.  The plot and the relationships between the characters are really ramped up in White Hot and I think it's a great continuation to the series.

Friday, 30 June 2017

June 2017 Wrap Up

In June I read five books and DNFed two.  
Here is a list of them and some of my thoughts on them.

Lord of Shadows (book 2 in The Dark Artifices trilogy) by Cassandra Clare - 5/5 STARS
As expected, I loved this book. It was a great sequel to Lady Midnight and I love how real the characters feel.  I am so excited for the third and final book in this trilogy but I can't believe we have to wait so long for it!

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley - 5/5 STARS
I felt so many different feelings during this book, it's a highly emotionally charged book.  And I think more people should definitely read it as I think this book is a very important book.

Burn for Me (book 1 in the Hidden Legacy series) by Ilona Andrews - 4/5 STARS
I really enjoyed this book.  I liked the characters and thought the world was very interesting.  If you're looking for a new urban fantasy series then I'd really recommend this book. It's one of those 'don't judge by its cover' books. 

White Hot (book 2 in the Hidden Legacy series) by Ilona Andrews - 4/5 STARS
I thought this was a great continuation to the series and I really liked finding out more about the characters in this series.

The Wrath and the Dawn (book 1 in The Wrath and the Dawn series) by Renee Ahdieh - 2/5 STARS
I was really disappointed by this book.  I've wanted to read it since it came out but I really didn't like it.  I didn't like the characters and found the overall storyline to be boring. I won't be reading the next book.

The two books I DNFed were:
The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

I'm really happy with my reading in June, I read a lot of great books.  Also in June I watched the anime Yuri On Ice.  I loved it so much, it was so fun to watch (and that intro is so addictive).  Another thing I watched in June was Westworld, the tv series.  I really loved this too, there were a lot of twists and turns and the world was so interesting.  I can't wait for season 2.

What did you read or watch in June?

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- Best Books I've Read in 2017 So Far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is: Best Books You've Read in 2017 So Far.
So far this year I've read 27 books and I've enjoyed a lot of them but I've decided to keep this post simple and list my favourite five.

Solanin by Inio Asano 

Lord of Shadows (Book 2 of The Dark Artifices trilogy) by Cassandra Clare

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera 

A Court of Wings and Ruin (Book 3 of the ACOTAR series) by Sarah J Maas

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley 

What are some of your favourite books of this year so far?

Friday, 23 June 2017

My Summer TBR 2017

It's already a few weeks into summer but I thought I'd do a post about the books I plan to read for the rest of the summer.  I didn't read many of the books I planned to read in my spring tbr so hopefully my summer tbr goes better.

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

Atlantia by Ally Condie

Dreamin' Sun Vol 1 by Ichigo Takano

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinsters Club book 1) by Holly Bourne

What books are you planning to read in summer?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- Series I've Been Meaning to CONTINUE But Haven't Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
The week's topic is: Series I've been Meaning to Start but Haven't.  But instead I'm changing it to: Series I've been Meaning to Continue but Haven't yet.

Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong
I've read the first two books in this series (Omens and Visions) but I really need to get around to continuing with this series.

The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken
I read the first book in this trilogy a few years ago but I still haven't picked up the next book in the series.

Fever series by Karen Marie Moning-
 I've read the first six books in this series and I've really enjoyed them but for some reason I haven't read the 7th book (Burned) yet.  I do have the book on my kindle so I hope I can get around to it soon.

Psy-Changling series by Nalini Singh
I've read the first two books in this series.  It's quite a long series so maybe that's why I've been slow to continue with it.

Age of Legends trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
I've read the first two books in this trilogy but I haven't picked up the last one.  Part of the reason for me not continuing is that I've kind of forgotten what happened in the first two books and this trilogy doesn't really leave a lasting impression on me so I don't really know if I do want to finish this trilogy or not.

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
I've read the first four books in this series and I really like this series but I'm not too sure if I want to continue with it or not.

Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
I've read the first three books in this series and I know some people choose to stop there and not continue with the series as the first three books are their own story and it concludes that story arc in the third book.  But I have read the blurb for the fourth book and the premise sounds really interesting so I am looking forward to reading the rest.

The Chronicles of Ixia/Study series by Maria V Snyder
I've read the Poison Study trilogy and I've also read the 4th book in the series (the first book in the Glass trilogy) and although I enjoyed the Poison Study trilogy I found the 4th book to be just okay.   

The Others series by Anne Bishop
This is a series I've decided to take my time with.  I've read the first three books in the series but I need to pick up the fourth book.

Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
I really like this series and I've read the first 8 books but I haven't gotten around to reading the 9th or 10th that are out but I really should because I feels like I haven't read these books for a long time.

What series have you not got around to continuing yet?

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Book Review: Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews

Book: Burn for Me
Series: Hidden Legacy book 1
Author: Ilona Andrews
Genres: adult, urban fantasy, paranormal romance

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. 
Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive. 
Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

My Rating: 4/5 STARS
My Review:
I love the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews so I was really interested to read another new urban fantasy by the same authors.  Burn for Me has been out for a few years now but the second book was just recently published so I decided to (finally) start this series.  And I'm glad I did because I really liked this book.

In Burn for Me magic is passed down through generations after the government created a special serum that gave people magical powers and I liked how that was explained, it was really interesting.

I really liked the main character, Nevada, and one of my favourite things about Burn for Me was Nevada's family and the relationship they have with each other.  Nevada runs an investigation company with her family, which includes her mother, grandmother, her sisters and her cousins.  It was so much fun to read about their family dynamics and I loved how protective they were of each other.

I really enjoyed the overall storyline, it was exciting and fact paced.  I found Mad Rogan (the main male character and love interest) interesting to read about.  How his character and his background are described makes me want to read more about him to try to figure him out.  I really liked the relationship between Rogan and Nevada although I would've preferred the romance side of their relationship to go more slower.

Overall I really enjoyed this book.  I liked the characters and I thought the storyline and world was exciting and fresh.  I think if you're looking for a new urban fantasy/paranormal romance then you should definitely check out this series as it does not disappoint.