Review: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Wow… just wow.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for the arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Releases September 15th, 2020

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Emotional, quick Review: !!!!!!!!!!! Oh F*** yeah. Yes yes yes !!!!!!! Adore. Black mc who is unapologetically herself and doesn’t back down for anyone, great queer rep (bisexual, wlw, non-binary with strict they/them pronouns to name a few), and a love triangle that’s actually good for once and had me screeching and punching my fist in the air!!!!! If that doesn’t draw you in, I don’t know what will.

I can’t fully remember how I felt going into this book. I was pretty excited seeing as this was my first ever arc, but the reviews before me were positive enough that I was anticipating a good book: I was not wrong, they were not wrong. This is a great young adult fantasy book.

If this book doesn’t gain a huge following and become one of the next big series to look forward to with each sequel, I’ll be very, very upset. Get on it, young adult fans, this is exactly what we need in this genre.

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September YA Releases I’m Super Excited to Read

Fall has always been a great time for book releases in the Young Adult genre. This September alone has so many great releases that my wallet is worried about also keeping up with the October and November’s releases. It’s a great time to be a reader with these books coming out.

I had a hard time narrowing this list down, but here are a few September releases that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

Honorable Mentions: Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin, A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik, and Fable by Adrienne Young

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Book Review: I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Quick Review: Ugh… not for me. Almost dnf’d it, kinda wish I had. I really wish my feelings towards this book weren’t so strongly negative and yet here we are.

Seven days. Seven days. The Earth might end in seven days.

I Hope You Get This Message follows three characters after Earth receives a message that their doomsday is coming – an Alien species has contacted them and said that they have 7 days before Earth will be eliminated.

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Mid-Year – Best Books So Far!

2020, huh? What a year so far. I can’t say being in quarantine helped my reading habits at all – in fact, I think it hindered it, but I still have managed to read some damn good books this year. Here we go, the best books I’ve read in 2020 so far (January-June)!

Honorable Mentions: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

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An Introduction

Do you remember the first book you devoured? I can, and I remember the elated feeling of joy that came from the experience, and the need to get the next book in the series NOW. If I don’t finish a book after having been sat in the same uncomfortable position for hours, having done nothing but read and think about that book all day, have I truly loved the book? The books that sit firmly in my heart are all books that left me gripping the pages tight, gasping, crying, and best of all, finishing them in record time – leaving myself hardly enough time to eat, sleep, or do anything else but read.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the type of reader to either love or hate what I’m reading. This isn’t to say that I never feel neutral about books, because boy do I ever, but what I’m trying to say is that I’m far less likely to waste my time finishing books that I don’t immediately get sucked into the world of. I struggle to finish books that my feelings towards are ‘meh’. I frequently put down books that don’t capture my interest right away and end up never picking them up again. If I do grab them again, it’s usually months down the road and often I have to force myself through the rest of the book. While sometimes it was worth it for me to push through, more often than not I end up regretting my decision and get stuck finishing a book that I rate 3 stars, or less. Now, I don’t do this intentionally, but with so many books out there to read, I find it difficult to care enough about books that I’m going to inevitably rate poorly when I can be devouring books I can’t get enough of.

On the other side of things, every once and a while, there comes a book that enrages me so much that I need to finish it out of pure spite. This doesn’t happen nearly as often as I devour books, but it’s happened enough to form a pattern. Quite often, they’re books that I started out thinking I was going to love; maybe the love story captured my interest, or the writing style sucked me in instantly, perhaps the premise sounded like something that was right up my alley and reminded me of other books I’ve loved in the past… regardless, these books have betrayed me in ways I wasn’t expecting.

The result of both devouring books I love, and finishing books I hate out of spite, is a dichotomous reading experience that I can’t help but love. I hope you join me on this journey of mine and find some new books to devour, read out of spite, or avoid all together.