The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

“Without their memories, they are lost.”

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Title: The forgetting (The forgetting #1)

Author: Sharon Cameron

The forgetting

Recommended to fans of: Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Defy the stars by Claudia Gray, The diabolic by S.J. Kincaid, Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas

Series: The forgetting series

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Romance, YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • The concept of this story is really interesting
  • Its kind of sad that everyone will forget everything
  • The world building for this book was great
  • Lilia wants Nadia to ease her own books, she doesn’t think she belongs in the family
  • So Nadia is the only person who remembers and she breaks the rules by climbing over the wall to explore 
  • OMG, Gray was one of the lost (But Nadia remembered that the glassblower chose his own son and in the ending part it was revealed that someone intentionally wanted him to be lost)
  • This book is confusing but mysterious
  • The romance is cute and progressive (I thought there would be a plot twist like they were in love already but Gray forgot, but that wasn’t the case)
  • Nadia and Gray’s discover of the Cannan project and that Janis can remember everything since she was the one behind everything
  • OMG, so Gray was initially spying on Nadia on Janis’s behalf but he didn’t tell her the entire truth
  • When Gray was forced to forget Nadia, it brought tears to my eyes
  • This book was tear-jerking and beautiful
  • It is part of a series, but the books can be read as stand alone book

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

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Title: Song of the current (book #1)

Author: Sarah Tolcser

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31450960-song-of-the-current

Recommended to fans of: Daughter of the pirate king by Tricia Levenseller, The chaos of stars by Kiersten White

Series: Song of the current

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Romance, YA, Fantasy

Rating: Did not finish 

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • I stopped reading at page 20
  • The story felt boring (probably because I haven’t read to the important part) but it didn’t capture my attention as I thought it would
  • It was one of those over-hyped books I didn’t like

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

When the sea is rising red (Hobverse #1) by Cat Hellisen

The sea is rising, one two three,

What will that get for Ivy and me?

Pelim House gave us bones.

Pelim House gave us stones.

When the sea is rising red, 

All of Pelim will drop dead.

 

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Title: When the sea is rising red (Hobverse #1)

Author: Cat Hellisen

When the sea is rising red

Recommended to fans of: Above by Leah Bobet, (TV shows) Rivervale, Gotham

Series: Books of Oreyn Series

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Romance, YA, Fantasy, Paranormal (Vampires), Dystopian, Fiction

Rating: 1/5 (Did not finish)

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

After seventeen-year-old Felicita’s dearest friend, Ilven, kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven’s death has called out of the sea a dangerous, wild magic. Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg’s caste system, and the whole city along with it.  

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • I read 2/3 of the book 
  • Protagonist is not relatable nor lovable
  • Book was cruder than i thought and seems like a historical fiction set in the victorian era, so why are they using the word ‘fuck’ inside? (The language doesn’t fit the world that was built)
  • After Felicita’s friend dies, and she runs away, the story just doesn’t get any more interesting
  • From the way Felicita thinks, I think that she is arrogant but analytical
  • Felicita meets Jannik, a bat (the story’s term for vampire) and they have a cute umbrella scene where Felicita is trying to hide from her brother
  • The title of the book comes from a skipping rope chant the children sing
  • Owen treats Felicita extremely bad
  • Okay, the book was cruder than I thought
  • Felicita gets beaten up, but some nice people help to clean her up
  • I feel that Felicaita lacks character and likeability and the story seems to go down hill after she ran away from home
  • I think the order of the things happening in the book should be rearranged (Maybe her brother, Owen forces her to marry someone from the rich house who is old and she refuses, then she runs to the other area to relive a new life, then she meets her friend occasionally until one day her friend stops coming and she realises that her friend killed herself THEN Felicita considers to return to stop all this madness that is going on in the rich houses (Or something that makes the story flow better)
  • Felicita and Dash’s kiss was sudden and she had sex with him even though she barely knew him?

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles #1) by AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller

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Title: Shadow Run (Book 1)

Author: AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25669098-shadow-run

Recommended to fans of: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan, Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan, Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo

Series: Kaitan Chronicles

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Romance, YA, Science Fiction

Rating: DNF (No rating)

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique. 

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary. 

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive. 

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power–and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • The authors should have included a glossary for terms and ship parts mentioned in the book, not everyone understands what they are talking about when its so technical about the mechanics
  • Nev exploding at Qole was kind of cute and challenging
  • Qole suffers from something called Shadow poisoning, which was not explain what it was when I decided not to continue reading the book
  • I think that they revealed that Nev was a prince too quickly, and the rest of the story felt that it wasn’t going anywhere and had no build up
  • The story felt long winded and slow
  • I stopped reading at page 70, did not finish this book

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Glow (Sky Chasers #1) by Amy Kathleen Ryan

“I wish you could have seen the sky”

“You have no choice but to trust us.”

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Title: Glow (Sky Chasers #1)

Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan

Glow 

Recommended to fans of: Defy our stars by Claudia Gray, The 100, The cage Series by Megan Shepherd

Series: Sky Chasers

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Format: Paperback

Genre: Romance, YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Rating: 3/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you’d been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?

Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth’s collapse, the ship’s crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader’s efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don’t know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them…

Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he’s the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren’t all from the outside.

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • Kieren ‘propsing’ to Waverly was cute
  • Kieren is the 1st successful space child that was born
  • New Horizon (a ship) attacked the Empyrean (The ship where the protagonists are)
  • Seth and Waverly had a past, but his dad is extremely creepy
  • New Horizon kidnapped the Empyrean’s children, the girls only
  • Captain Jones and other Men raped women on the New Horizon and gave them a ‘fertility formula’ which destroyed their ovaries 
  • This story took a sudden dark twist
  • Luckily, the mysterious lady (Jessica) wrote a note to inform Waverly about the survivors of the Empyrean
  • When Kieren had to tie the rope around the dead bodies, it was really sad, and also the boys didn’t respect him
  • OMG, which Seth and Kieren were trying to save the others, they got blown far away from the ship
  • I don’t get why Seth is so pissy and keeps bad-mouthing Kieren, Kieren’s the only one who’s doing anything and he CAN lead (Seth’s dad was killed by Kieren, thats why)
  • It would have been better if the author did mention who’s POV the chapter was going to be in
  • OMG, that was sick, while Waverly was unconscious, they took out eggs from her ovaries and fertilised them so that someone could get pregnant. WITHOUT her consent
  • Waverly’s leg is permanently going to make her limp, but the girls have cleverly used poems and essays to hatch their escape plan
  • Waverley called the rebellion during a sermon, but got shot in the arm while trying to rescue the Empyrean survivors
  • Waverly and Kieren’s reunion was heartwarming
  • Kieran shows signs of potentially ending up like Anna Mather
  • To be honest, I felt that a standalone book was enough
  • Not really interested in finishing this series

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

“When the flashback hits, I get dizzy. I’ve seen tons of doctors, and they all say it’s normal.”

Normal if you’re broken and glue isn’t strong enough to hold you together.

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Title: The Lovely Reckless

Author: Kami Garcia

The lovely reckless

Recommended to fans of: 13 reasons why

Series: –

Publisher: Imprint

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Romance, YA, Contemporary

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • Well Frankie’s mum is definitely not understanding
  • OMG, Frankie was trying to stop the fight and got elbowed
  • Sofia, Marco’s sister is so cute
  • Wow, Marco coming in to save Frankie was cool, but why was Abel betting on the races and gambling so much?
  • Marco’s attraction to Frankie is so cute
  • Wow, Cruz defending Frankie was cool
  • SO Frankie was drunk and made out with Marco, and he just blurted out something about rich people stereotypes
  • OMG, Frankie offered to race on behalf of Cruz, that’s insane!
  • It felt as though Frankie wasn’t happy when she was together with Noah, but feels more guilty about his death
  • (Quote) “Marco doesn’t stand in the hall and stare at girls or beg them to talk to him.”
  • Well Deacon could be mean, but at least he’s protecting Cruz from her dad
  • OMG, Marco’s dad was screwed up, at least Deacon saved Sofia
  • Frankie’s dad just assumed that Marco and Deacon are bad? I mean I understand he’s a cop, but there’s no solid evidence yet, but he also cares for his daughter
  • Okay, Marco stole the cars, but he had a valid reason but was extorted and left with no choice, but its wrong to steal too
  • The story addresses themes like the grey areas in any situation,loss, getting over loss, moving on, stereotypes
  • Marco feels a though Frankie doesn’t need to be fixed (This is so cute)
  • Okay, I’m so angry at Frankie’s dad
  • “How am I going to break his heart and mine – and walk away?”
  • OMG, the break up was so sad
  • OMG, Abel was gambling because he was trying to earn money to buy back his father’s belongings which his mother was selling
  • ‘The lovely reckless’ is the title of Abel’s father’s first song, awww
  • OMG, it was Deacon who killed Noah
  • The pepper spray was a life-saver, OMG Frankie crashed the car and Deacon went berserk, luckily the police came in time
  • The story was great and the plot twists were intertwined perfectly, the plot was reckless and the romance was lovely 😀

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

#famous by Jilly Gagnon

“Rachel, high school is exactly like a medieval court. Just without swords.”

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Title: #famous

Author: Jilly Gagnon

#famous

Recommended to fans of: 13 reasons why, Cinder & Ella, One Paris Summer, Mean girls (Movie)

Series: –

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Romance, YA, Contemporary

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • I think having the messages in the book was a really cute and creative idea
  • OMG, Rachel trying to get a photo of Kyle and him measuring her hand was so cute
  • Now Kyle is famous because of a hashtag, #idlikefrieswithTHAT
  • The book is seemingly sweet, but addresses issues like social media addiction and cyber-bullying
  • I don’t understand what Kyle likes about Emma
  • And with one random incident, we see how two people’s lives are changed forever
  • To be honest, I think that Kyle is liking the fame game too much, its growing on him
  • The story was a easy and light read
  • This story was inspired by Alex from Target, with the bullying as well
  • A french fries bouquet? Talk about a millennial approach to a girl’s heart
  • I don’t know, the media playing on the story of it and taking it so far until getting Kyle to ask Rachel to homecoming even though he doesn’t like her and has a girlfriend?
  • And now he’s girlfriend is upset too. I mean I don’t like Emma, but I respect that she’s Kyle’s girlfriend (Even though they are quite on and off)
  • This book makes me crave french fries (Am I the only one?)
  • At first I really couldn’t see the romance, but by half the book I could see the potential
  • The sudden kiss and development of the story was cute
  • I was thankful the bullying stopped and a lot of people like Rachel now
  • Emma just treats Kyle like a dog, at her beck and call and she’s being such a “mean girl”
  • Its a really cute read, characters were relatable and the story was well structured and flows smoothly
  • OMG, the author plays the violin too

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂