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! 🙂

Ask and you will receive

So yesterday night I was having one of those ‘2am thoughts’ moments and was sobbing myself to sleep, I suddenly missed all those toxic people in my life that I had already cut off.

I took my anger and sadness out on twitter, venting on how people think its easy for the INFJ to door slam, thinking we no longer feel a thing. Thinking that we could do it so easily because we were used to locking people out of our lives and seeking solace in loneliness.

This was what I tweeted

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Someone actually replied me, mentioning that “It was the hardest thing we ever had to do, but when we’re pushed so far, we no longer have a choice.”

And I replied ” I totally agree, we do the door slam as a last resort and in the process, a fraction of us dies.” And I didn’t realise how true it was till it was said out loud.

Yes, people may have found our door slam rude and uncalled for, and even childish, but its our way of rebelling against the world that has decided to silence our words and emotions. The door slam is the last way we communicate with that toxic person to let them know that they have hurt us enough, and this slam is where we draw the line. To us, we will treat you as though you’re dead, but it doesn’t change the fact that we will still miss you and still care for you even though you hurt us so deeply.

We have to close these doors which reek of toxic because there’s no other choice but to protect ourselves before the toxic kills us from within.

So, I decided to check out the person who was replying to my tweets and realised that the person was having quite a shitty day too, and offered her a virtual hug.

Do you see how decayed this world is? Until the fact that we find more solace and comfort in the words of random strangers then the ones around us?

When we’ve been screaming so much that our throats have run hoarse and we can’t keep screaming while drowning in water because nobody actually hears us? They don’t see the tears we cry at night, but the masks we wear to prove to the world that we can fit in with society.

But the thing is, we were never born to fit in. Each of our purpose is not going to be the same as the other person beside us, so there’s no point trying so hard to fit in because we never will. But for INFJs, we always seem to NEVER fit in, no matter where we go. Thats why we seek solace in things that will hopefully be eternal like nature, music, knowledge, etc..

I remember praying to God and asking him to quickly let me meet my soul mate, even if its the wrong time, but instead, he sent me to another person who was suffering just like me. Maybe its God’s way of telling me I don’t have a soul mate, maybe it’s his way of telling me to be patient and focus on more healing first.

We never really figure out God’s intentions with us immediately, but in due time, we figured out why things happened like that 2 years ago after another 2 years, but in that process, we learn something that makes us wiser and stronger.

So for everyone who’s fighting their crazy battles, keep hanging on, you’re never alone, even if you feel you are.

And for those who think they are broken, you’re not. You don’t need fixing. You are just different, and different is good.

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! 🙂

Books and music book tag!

Hello, I’m finally doing another book tag since I suddenly started googling it today😂

I saw this book tag on chellesbookramblings.wordpress.com (do check her out!) but the original book tag was created by Debbie at debbieslibrary.wordpress.com (Do check her out too!)

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but wanted to give it a shot since, who doesn’t love music?

I enjoy pop music and some of my favourite artistes are, Demi Lovato, Simple Plan, well anything that has a good tune

Here are the rules:

  • Tag the creator of this tag and the one who tagged you
  • Pick 5 songs (or more) that you just have to listen whenever they are played
  • Pick the books/characters you think fit that song the best, and explain why you pick this book/character for this song
  • Tag some friends!
  1. Mama by Jonas Blue ft. William Singe
  • This song definitely reminded me of Geekerella by Ashley Poston which I just recently read. The protagonist, Danielle (or better known as Elle), desperately needs to escape her horrible life with her stepmother and her step sisters and her perfect escape is into the world of Star Field.
  • This song talks about escaping troubles and just living life in the now, without a care in the world
  • When Danielle meets Darien, he is her perfect escape as he understands her pain and everything

2. Sorry not sorry by Demi Lovato

  • For this song, I thought of Mare Barrow from the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, she’s treated like a trophy after the Silvers discovered she is a red blood, but has silver abilities and they parade her around like a doll.
  • But more to that, this song represents her in the 3rd book, after she’s experienced all the trauma and pain, it tells us all that- She can no longer be controlled by them, and she’s not sorry for that

3. Promise me no promises by Cheat codes ft. Demi Lovato

  • Can I first mention how much I’m hooked on this song right now? And the music video looks lit😍 (Okay, If the music video has any dystopic elements, I LOVE it)
  • For this song, I thought of the Crewel world series by Gennifer Albin, I just read the first book and just felt that the book was really suitable for this song

“Oh na na, Just be careful, na na”

“Love ain’t simple, na na”

“Promise me no promises”

  • The people around Adeline keep expecting her to go with the norm now that she’s the next Creweller. And now that she has escaped to earth with Erik and Jost, she can’t promise anything
  • But I think this song is more fitting for the relationship between Jost and Adeline, where they promise each other no promises, because they themselves have no idea how this will turn out

4. Crying in the club by Camila Cabello

  • This song, I have never heard it before, I just randomly picked it in the youtube suggestion side bar from the previous song’s video
  • The moment I heard the first line of the song, I immediately thought about The lovely reckless by Kami Garcia
  • The entire song also shows the protagonist, Frankie’s character arc when she goes from a crying mess into a girl who’s reckless and no longer crying in the club

5. Rock bottom by Hailee Steinfield ft. DNCE

  • I really liked this song since I listened to it awhile back, by re-listening to this song, I immediately knew what book that fit it
  • The Shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi, especially the relationship between Juliet and Warner. Its a love hate battle between the two of them until the final book

 

Feel free to try out this tag and let me know you’ve done it and I’ll check it out! Hope you liked my song choices and their respective book choices along with it! Have a great day😉