Fever 1-5 by Karen Marie Moning (Spoiler free!) // Should I read the rest of the series?

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Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Fever is this amazing adult paranormal/fantasy series. The first 5 books can be considered one “set” and then the next 4 are the aftermath and a new crisis happens.

Here is my problem, I loved the first  5 and everything that happened. I know book 6, Iced is about another character and then book 7 is about Mac again? I’m not 100% sure.

I’ve been looking at the Goodreads reviews and basically I don’t know if I want to continue with the series and possibly start to dislike it, or just leave it like it is with it’s nice ending and move on.


Here’s the synopsis of the first book, Darkfever:

MacKayla Lane’s sister is murdered and Mac is left with a message from her right before she dies on her phone. Mac goes to Ireland to find out who killed her sister and gets involved in the world of the Fae and the good and evil that exists in the world. She also discovers new strength, powers and has to deal with new challenges like who to trust and how to stay alive. 

My Thoughts:

I really loved this series! At first I wasn’t sure because the first 2 books weren’t as in your face Fae but as it continued and the plot twists and cliffhangers slowly murdered my heart.

Seriously the endings of Faefever and Dreamfever had me scrambling to get the next books and I skipped over so many books that were in my TBR that I was supposed to read to finish the first five books.

The romance is there with the sort of love triangle that had me wanting SOMETHING to just happen for about three books and then when something I did I was so giddy inside. I thought that I had trouble choosing who I wanted the romance with Mac to be with but it turns out there really wasn’t that much triangle-ness if you know what I mean. There was only Mac x (SPOILER).

The world that Karen Marie Moning creates just sucks you in and you just need to keep reading to see what happens next.

My Rating:

5 stars!

Verdict:

I loved reading the first part of Mac’s story and the beautifully intricate world of Fae that is created in these books!


Have you read these books? Can anyone help me out with my dilemma? Is it worth it to continue the series?

Thanks for reading!

-Calliope

P.S. How satisfying was it in the beginning of Dreamfever when Mac and SPOILER were finally together! (Even though it was sad Mac turned SPOILER and was SPOILER by those stupid Fae princes that Darroc commanded, ugh!)

The Bold Type // Pilot Review

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The Bold Type

The Bold Type is a new show on FreeForm and focuses on three girls who work at Scarlet, a fashion magazine. It airs every Tuesday, taking the spot of Pretty Little Liars.

I watched the first episode and felt kind of fuzzy afterwards. Being a journalist is a career path, one of many for me, that I could picture myself in. Basically, the show follows my dream job.

I loved all of the characters and how the show didn’t shy away from and wasn’t scared to talk about real things that women deal with.

While I did love the pilot, the thing that I realized is that it’s a bit unrealistic. Sure the show is very cute and I’m going to definitely continue watching. There’s feminism, diversity, sexuality representation and hot relationships! Hello yes please!

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Despite all of those positives, the girls, one of them who is still an assistant, all wear these fashionable outfits and hairstyles that make me totally jealous. And as I was feeling jealous I realized that it’s not realistic, no assistant in a journalism office looks like a well put together celebrity that could walk down a fashion runway. (Maybe I’m exaggerating a bit).

It’s also New York City, which costs a ridiculous amount of money to live in a nice part of. As newbie journalists, these girls are living the life let me tell you. Also one of the girls is the social media director after working there for only two years I think.

I definitely am fascinated with the journalism world and do I want to be these girls half the time while watching? Of course! But I will be watching this show with some reservations, just so I don’t get my hopes up that this is how the job field in NYC journalism really is.

And also it’s not like the Bold Type is a how to guide to becoming a journalist, it’s a drama comedy about three girls who work at a magazine. If it was realistic, it would be boring and sad if I’m being honest, because the girls wouldn’t have moved up so quickly at Scarlet or live in nice apartments by themselves.

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Final thoughts?

I liked the pilot and will be watching more! I’m just going to live my high school journalist dreams through the Bold Type from now on! I loved the feminism and female power in the show! I also love all the chemistry between the characters and that the boss lady wasn’t the scary evil boss and actually more of a mother figure to the girls!


Have you watched the Bold Type? What do you think?

-Calliope

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh Review!

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Page Number: 393 pages

Publication Date: May 16th, 2017

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary)


Goodreads Synopsis:

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book! Renee Ahdieh is such a beautiful writer and her books have such unique characters.

I like to think of this book as Mulan meets Girl of Fire and Thorns, (By Rae Carson).

The cover is eye catching and gorgeous and Mariko was such a strong character to follow throughout the book.

I also loved the romance! At first I thought Mariko would have romance with one character but it ended up being the other and I was totally fine with that!

Some of the backstory with the shogun and Japanese culture was unfamiliar to me and confusing to understand but I loved reading about it because that’s what books are for! To educate on topics you might not otherwise read about or know.

The main antagonists of the story I feel are the typical antagonists expected of an emperor/divided family type story, so I’m interested in seeing if the next book proves me wrong.

I loved the feminist aspect with Mariko and Yumi and how Mariko didn’t let her gender define her limitations. I also loved how some of the important men or boys (man boys?) in the book didn’t let gender shape their image of Mariko either.

There was sort of a plot twist at the end that I’m unsure about and it’s weird how it seems like a realistic fiction type story set in the past but really it has magic. I’m a little worried about reading the next book because with the Wrath and the Dawn duology, I loved the first book but didn’t like the second one as much, so once again I’m looking forward to be proven wrong!

My Rating:

5 stars

Verdict:

I felt so many emotions and there were so many gasp worthy scenes followed by awww moments! I’m looking forward to reading the next one!


Have you read this book? What did you think? Let’s chat! 

-Calliope

WWW Wednesday // July 12th, 2017

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Hello! I’m back with a WWW Wednesday!

This is a cool weekly post hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading

The premise is to basically answer these three questions:

1. What are you currently reading?

2. What did you recently finish reading?

3. What do you think you’ll read next?


I’m currently reading Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

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I’m really enjoying the Fever series and each book just keeps getting more thrilling and insane!

Also if I’m being honest with myself, I’m not going to continue reading Lord of Shadows again until all of my e-books from the library are finished, so probably one more week until I can finish this baby up.


I just finished reading the Flame in the Mist

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I really liked this book and how Mulan met Girl of Fire and Thorns. I’m excited to see if the next one lives up to the same expectations! Review coming soon!


Next, I’m going to read When Dimple Met Rishi, Mirror Me, and the Girl Who Fell

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When Dimple Met Rishi has been on my radar for a while now so I’m so glad I finally have it checked out to me!

Mirror Me is an ARC that Tara St. Pierre kindly sent me to review, so watch out for that on July 25th when my review goes up.

Lastly the Girl Who Fell happened to be in my overdrive wishlist so I checked it out because it I put it there, it must have been there for a reason so I can’t wait to read it!


That is all! Thanks for reading!

What are your three W’s? Let’s chat!

-Calliope

My favorite books from the first half of 2017!

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Hey! We’re halfway through the year! I’ve read 56 books so far and I ‘m excited to see what I read later this year!

I just the mid-year book freak out tag, which you can click here to see! In that tag I didn’t think I was able to show what my favs have been so I thought I’d dedicate a post for it!


My favorite YA contemporaries have been:

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My favorite young adult fantasy/fiction/dystopian books have been:

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My favorite Adult/Adultish books have been: 

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My favorite New Adult and Middle Grade books have been:

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And that is all! There haven’t been any books I’ve read that I hated this year so far, I don’t think I rated any book lower than 3 stars this year!

Yay! Some of the 3 and a few 4 star books didn’t make it into this post just because they weren’t memorable enough or cause I thought they were okay.

Which books have you read that you loved so far this year?! Do we share any in common?

-Calliope

2017 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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Hello friends, Raven @ Dreamy Addictions tagged me to do the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag, which is fitting considering we just started the second half of the year! I’m also 4 books ahead of schedule with my Goodreads Reading Challenge, having read 54 out of my goal of 100 books!

I also did this tag in 2016, you can look at it here


1. The best book you’ve read this year

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I couldn’t choose just one, so my top two picks are ‘A Conjuring of Light’ by V.E. Schwab and ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ by Sarah J. Maas.


2. Your favorite sequel of the year

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‘Bloodfever’ by Karen Marie Moning. My best friend introduced me to the Fever series and I have seriously been loving it. I just got the third book and can’t wait to read more!


3. New releases that you haven’t read but really want to

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‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ by Sandhya Menon and ‘Flame in the Mist’ by Renee Ahdieh are two of the books I’m really hoping to get to this month in July and are my highly anticipated new releases for this month as well!


4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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Duh ‘Wonder Woman’ by Leigh Bardugo since I did not manage to snag a copy at BookCon. Also Marie Lu’s new book, ‘Warcross’ and then also the 6th Throne of Glass installment, ‘Tower of Dawn’. 


5. Your biggest disappointment

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For some reason despite its beautiful cover, ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ did not impress me and I don’t know why. I think the time travelling thing just really confused me. Also The Girl from Everywhere was another disappointment along with Snow Like Ashes and These Broken Stars.


6. Biggest surprise of the year

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I really enjoyed ‘The Murder Complex’ by Lindsay Cummings which surprised me because based on reviews I read I heard it wasn’t that great, but I am glad that I enjoyed it!


7. Favorite new to you or debut author

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‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas hands down. I didn’t even need to think about this one.


8. Your new fictional crush

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Hmm probably Barrons from the Fever series. Despite the shenanigans that the author keeps hinting about him that we don’t know so I can’t tell if he’s a good or bad guy.


9. New favorite character

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Definitely Vin from the Mistborn series. Don’t shoot me…but I still haven’t read the third book despite reading the first two waaaay back in January…soz


10. A book that made you cry

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‘Code Name Verity’ definitely. Such an emotional book. Also I re-read ‘The Book Thief’ for school and almost cried again while reading.


11. A book that made you happy

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This cute thing, ‘The Upside of Unrequited’ by Becky Albertalli.


12. Your favorite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year

I don’t think that I’ve been to the movie theatre at all in 2017, I know I saw Fantastic Beasts and Miss. Peregrine back in 2016 but huh…nope


13. Favorite book post or review you’ve written this year

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My ‘Beastly Lights’ review that you can find here


14. The most beautiful book that you bought/received this year

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This gorgeous conclusion also known as ‘Always and forever Lara Jean’ by Jenny Han.


15. What are some books you need to read by the end of the year

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Clearly a lot of books…I’m reading Lord of Shadows right now! But I had to stop because my e-books are expiring soon…also most of these books are birthday gifts from last September…also the Ruby Circle was on my 2016 tbr part of the mid year book freak out tag…


I tag: 

The Orangutan Librarian

Lillian @ Lair of Books

Wendy @ Raising my Book

Dimple @ Enthralling Dimple

Lauren @ Comma Hangover


Feel free to do this tag if you want to as well, link back to me and I’d love to check it out! 🙂

I hope you have a wonderful day,

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June 2017 Wrap Up

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So June is over and we’re now into July. Why is 2017 flying by so fast? Soon it will be September and I’ll be a senior in high school!

Since it’s half way through the year I want to do a discussion post where I talk about what’s been going on for the entire year so far as I’ve been absent from blogging so keep an eye out for that!


This month I read 12 books, and I’ve finally caught up to my reading challenge of 100 books on Goodreads! I wasn’t reading much because of school but now I’m finally good and reading again! (Also reading 3 quick romance novels helped I think).


First up I read ‘The Girl from Everywhere’ by Heidi Heilig because it was a school library book that was due so I had to finish it. I also read ‘Code Name Verity’ by Elizabeth Wein which was such an emotional roller-coaster. 

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I gave ‘The Girl from Everywhere’ a 3 star rating only because it was so long and boring it felt like. I liked the characters and plot but it just dragged on! I also think this might have to do with the fact that I was reading this the week before my final exams and regents, so it felt boring but that just might have been my mood from studying. (Ha, studying, me?? Funny, studying for physics didn’t get me anywhere and yet I didn’t study for U.S. and got a 99…)

‘Code Name Verity’ also felt long but the later half of the book really picked up and had my emotions running all over the place and I ended up giving it 5 stars!


I read some YA contemporary. ‘Always and Forever Lara Jean’ by Jenny Han and two LGBTQ books, ‘The Upside of Unrequited’ by Becky Albertalli and ‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by Benjamin Alire Saenz. 

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‘Always and Forever Lara Jean’ was the perfect conclusion to the Lara Jean trilogy in my opinion. I was a little upset when there were like 50 pages left and no conclusion or resolution in sight, and though it wrapped up pretty quickly at the end I still loved it!

‘The Upside of…’ in my opinion wasn’t as good as Becky Albertalli’s other book ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I still thought it was great nonetheless. Some typical YA tropes were included such as insta love and parents who let YA characters do whatever they want, but parents were included! And they were not the typical parents! I gave this book 4 stars and thought it was super cute.

I absolutely loved Aristotle and Dante! That Aristotle tricking me and playing with my emotions like that. I must admit, when the accident happened my heart almost stopped but it turned out okay. 5 star rating, I also loved how parents were included in this book as well!


I read some adult/NA romance also!

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I went on a bit of a Sabrina Bowen spree this past year, but I skipped number 2 in the Ivy Years series, and went right on to number 3. Gimme that male/male NA, yes please! I gave all three books 4 stars and I thought they were so cute with dealing with different issues (in the Sabrina Bowen books’ case). Dating You Hating You was such a cutie also but pretty predictable. I also love me a hating to loving story so that could have been part of my love for it.


And lastly I read some bits and pieces from YA fantasy to Adult, to MG fantasy. 

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I’d been meaning to read ‘The Iron Trial’ by Cassie Clare and Holly Black since its release a while ago but I forgot about it and since it’s middle grade it wasn’t really on my radar. Then my brother brought it home from the library the other day so I kidnapped it, read it and returned it. I really like it, and I gave it a 4 star rating.

‘The Murder Complex’ by Lindsay Cummings really surprised me at how good it was because it was a debut novel and I’d heard mixed reviews. If I read it earlier before all of the books that are similar to it, or if it was published earlier I think I would have given it a 5 star rating. But it did resemble many dystopian books that I have read so I gave it a 4 star rating.

‘Our Dark Duet’ as usual with Victoria Schwab was amazing, not much to say here except I neeeed some Kate and August novella where we have more making out pleaseeee!

I lastly re-read ‘The Book Thief’ for school because that’s the book I’m writing my extended essay (4,000 word essay for IB) on. Reading it a second time made me realize how even more amazing and genius it is, 5 stars obviously. Now that I’ve finished the book I have 1,500 words due in two weeks so I better get started.


I hope you enjoyed my wrap up! Let me know what you read this month, and link me up to your wrap ups, I’d love to check them out!

I’m really going to start posting more and being more active, I swear!

-Calliope ❤