Book review: Archon (The books of Raziel #1) by Sabrina Benulis (Did not finish)

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Archon (The books of Raziel #1) by Sabrina Benulis

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Rating: Did not finish

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Angela has reccently been released from a mental institution after 2 years and now is attending Westwood Academy. She is a blood head with red hair and white skin.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while and was extremely disappointed by this book. The synopsis promised a ton of things, but I was mainly left confused. It was darkly weird and no matter how hard I tried to keep up, I couldn’t understand the story or like any of the characters at all.

The book was definitely dark, with the protagonist having tried many ways to kill herself and it reminded me of The daughter of smoke and bone plus The shadowhunters.

Trigger warning: Suicide, self-harm

The concept was interesting, but the pacing was extremely slow and the world building was lacking for me. I did not care about the characters although they did show a lot of promise.

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Book review: Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez (2 stars)

(I received a free eARC from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review)

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Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction

Rating: 2 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Annarenee is the only member of her family without superpowers, but she is smart and loves swimming. But the government suddenly decides to end the Genetically Enhanced Assets (GEA) project, her family is forced to relocate and Annarenee’s dreams are slipping through her fingers. And things become worse when Ren, a hot superhero is paying too much attention to her and his ex is nipping at her heels.

The world building was okay, but it doesn’t seem to explain their powers or how GEA came about. It was an ok story, but it wasn’t very memorable for me. I wasn’t excited or liked the characters and felt that a lot of things that happened were too convenient for the story.

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Anime Review: Nil Admirari no Tenbin: Teito Genwaku kitan / The scales of Nil Admirari: The mysterious story of Teito (5 stars)

“A person’s fate is in a constant state of fluctuation and change.”

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Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance

Number of episodes: 12 (Completed)

Rating: 5 stars

(Review)

Tsugumi is a noble and wants to marry someone she doesn’t know to help her family, but then her brother, Hitaki, suddenly tries to kill himself and they find a mysterious book in his hands. Tsugumi is then thrust into the world of the ‘ Imperial Library Intelligence Asset Management Bureau’ (a.k.a. Fukuro) and the Fukuro are tasked to get rid of these books/tomes that cause it’s readers to experience a surge of intense emotions. After the accident with Hitaki, Tsugumi is able to see the ‘auras’ of these books and she decides to join the Fukuro to prevent any more people trying to kill themselves.

Music was eerily creepy and it definitely seemed dark since the first episode. Aside from that extremely weird intro with the whole cabaret thing going on and the outro with a ton of eye candy for the girls, the story definitely looks promising.

Hayato is my main favourite here, but Akira follows closely behind as a good second!

I love that the protagonist, Tsugumi, was quickly convinced and motivated to respond to the call of action. I love that it’s so book-centric and focuses on how books could negatively and positively affect people! It was full of action and twists and turns.

Trigger warning: suicide and death. (I feel the need to put this here because this anime is definitely one of the darker ones I’ve seen, although it’s targetted for girls.)

It was exciting to see how the entire anime and story unfolded, it was definitely darker than what I expected and I love the revelations in this story. I LOVE the build up until the final episode. I loved seeing Tsugumi and Hayato together and would LOVE to see a season 2 (So far no news yet)!

Have you watched this anime before? Let me know some of your favourite anime in the comments down below!

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Book review: Sky in the deep by Adrienne Young (3.5 stars)

“We find things, just as we lose things, Eelyn.”

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Sky in the deep by Adrienne Young

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical, Romance

Rating: 3.5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Eelyn fights alongside her Aska huntsman against an ancient rival clan, the Riki. But on the battlefield, she sees her dead brother of five years, fighting alongside their rival, the Riki. Faced with his betrayal, she is forced to spend winter in a Riki village, alongside people who wouldn’t hesitate to kill her. But when the village is raided by a clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn has no choice but to trust Friske, her brother’s friend and unite the rivalling clans to work together.

I liked the brusque and raw writing style, it was really captivating and helped to bring out the story and world building. I wished that there was a map, though, but I did enjoy the world building.

I liked that the two rivalling clans ended up working together, thanks to a common enemy and thanks to both love and death. I generally did enjoy the book, but I didn’t feel that it was really memorable in terms of characters.

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Blog Tour + Book review: The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh (3.5 stars)

The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me
Olivia Hinebaugh
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 22nd 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she’s been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.

But then everything changes.

When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls’ restroom. But things with Theo become complicated quickly, and Lacey is soon not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but hers as well.

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Author Bio:

Olivia Hinebaugh loves all stripes of literature for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she can be found writing freelance, making art, discovering new songs on spotify, texting her writing buddies, or folding laundry. She lives near Washington, D.C. with her spouse, three kids, a dog that looks like a coyote, and a one-eyed cat. The Birds, The Bees, And You And Me is her debut novel.

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(I received a free eARC from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

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The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh 

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 3.5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Lacey is the last person who should be dishing out sex advice, since she’s never even kissed a boy before. She hates breaking the rules and is solely focused on her music along with jamming out with her friends Evita and Theo. But everything changes when Lacey realises that her school is doing an extremely poor job of teaching proper sex-ed, she decides to rectify things by offering advice and contraception to those in need. Things with Theo spiral out quickly and soon, she is not only hiding everyone’s secrets, but her own as well.

There is a lot of talk about sexuality and embracing it in this story and I would definitely recommend it to all! It’s a great feminist story that deserves the spotlight since it doesn’t shy away from educating people about sex.

I love that Lacey, the protagonist, isn’t judgemental and is willing to stand up for what she believes in and offers a helping hand to anyone who needs it.

Story-wise, it was okay, but the message is definitely important and this book is a great way to get it around! It teaches us a lot about the importance of consent and being comfortable. It was very personal and inspiring and is definitely one of the books that should be picked up for 2019!

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