REVIEW: This Mortal Coil – Emily Suvada

33876440Title: This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1)
Author: Emily Suvada
Rating: ★★★★½

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending me a finished copy of this book!

I’m so mad at myself for sleeping on this book for a year, especially with all the rave reviews I had seen for it. This Mortal Coil had everything I loved in a Dystopian novel, and reminded me why that genre used to dominate my bookshelves. 

From the first chapter, I was instantly pulled into this story. The action starts right off the back, and continues throughout the entirety of the book. This Mortal Coil was fast-paced and full of twists and reveals that kept me riveted. The entire concept is extremely intriguing. I’m the first person to admit that anything involving coding and hacking goes way over my head, but even with all the science terminology and technical jargon, I never found myself overly confused and could (for the most part) follow along with what the characters were talking about. And there’s a really neat The Walking Dead undertone here that mixes so well with all the Sci-Fi elements, which creates a dystopian story unlike any other I’ve read – and one that I absolutely loved. 

Were there a lot of tropes in here? Yes. Did I mind? Not one bit. The author did such a fantastic job crafting this book, that even the few predictable plot points and romance tropes seemed to fit perfectly within the story. I’m really thankful that I received this in anticipation of reviewing This Cruel Design, because I don’t know what I would have done if I had had to wait a year between books. This Mortal Coil is a spectacular debut perfect for fans of science-fiction, dystopian settings, and compelling characters. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Author’s I’d Love to Meet

Happy October! 🎃 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme for this week was authors we’d like to meet, and as soon as I saw it I couldn’t wait to start writing out my post!

1. GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
Although this list is not in any particular order, I have him on top because this man seems to be near impossible to meet. The only appearance he’ll be doing for his upcoming book, Fire and Blood, is a signing in New Jersey. I’m really hoping that once he finishes and publishes The Winds of Winter, there will be more opportunities to see him.

2. LAINI TAYLOR
Laini was at this past BookCon, and while I had intended to go to her signing, I had another event at the same time, so I gave the ticket to my mom to get my books signed. My mom said she was so friendly and took the time to talk with each person, and I think of all the signings I ended up missing, that was the one I regretted the most. Thankfully, Laini has an appearance at a bookstore not too far from me next week, and I’ve already reserved my spot to meet her!

3. LEIGH BARDUGO
I would love for the chance to meet this Queen of Young Adult Fantasy. She’s one of the most popular authors, and so tickets for her signings/meet and greets always sell out super quickly. I really hope she goes to BookCon again next year so I can finally meet her!

4. ROSHANI CHOKSHI
She has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I was so glad to see her name listed under the authors list for YALLFest! Meeting her is already top of my list for things to do while I’m there, and probably one of the events I’m most excited about. 

5. TESSA DARE
I always talk about how much I love her books and how she’s the author I always recommend to Historical Romance newbies. She’s truly one of the reasons I really became to enjoy reading books in that genre, and I would love nothing more than to meet her. 

6. KATE QUINN
Another author whose books are one of my absolute favorites. Her books are always so well written and researched, and after her most recent release, The Alice Network, I’m itching for more by her! I hope one day there is an opportunity for me to see her in person

7. J. K. ROWLING
As the author of the Harry Potter series, there’s no way I wouldn’t include her on this list. She’s another author who’s rarely seen out in the wild (at least for signings) and I would do anything for the chance to meet her.  

8. ADRIENNE YOUNG
Sky in the Deep was one of the best books I’ve read this year, and it quickly became one of my favorites. I was equally excited when I saw that she would also be appearing at YALLFest and that I would have the chance to meet her!

9. JENNIFER ARMENTROUT
She seriously impresses me in the way she can write books of all genres and age groups. I think have everything from her YA contemporaries to her YA paranormals, from her NA contemporaries to her adult romances. I’ve been wanting to meet her for such a long time now and I hope it happens one day soon. 

10. SARAH MACLEAN
Another HR author whose books really got me hooked on regency romance. Her books are some of my favorite in that genre. She’s going to be at KissCon – what appears to be a romance novel convention – next spring right near me, and after looking at the list of authors appearing, I think I may try to attend!


Are any of your favorite authors on my list? If you could meet anyone, who would it be? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Literary Huntress for tagging me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! 💕 These questions were so unique and I had a lot of fun answering them!

Rules

  • Thank and link to the blog that nominated you
  • Answer the questions that were set for you to answer
  • Nominate eleven blogs and give them eleven questions to answer

1. What is your favorite folk tales or mythology? Growing up I was always big into Greek mythology (and still am), but in recent years I’ve become very interested in learning more about my ancestry and so I’m really into reading all about Celtic mythology and Irish folk tales. They’re so much fun to read about and I enjoy feeling that connection to my family’s past. 

02. Would you rather be an older or younger sibling? As I am the older sibling, I would prefer to be the youngest considering everything my young brother got away with – and continues to get away with – that I never did. Although I’m sure if you asked him, he would say he’d rather be in my shoes as the oldest 😂

03. What is your most anticipated release for 2019? The book I’m most excited for is The Kingdom of Copper (The City of Brass #2) by S. A. Chakraborty, but at the same time she keeps dropping hints on twitter about it that are making me nervous! 

04. What is your favorite season? 🍁 Fall 🍂

05. Would you rather drop your book in a body of water or left your book somewhere you could never go back to? I don’t know, this is such a Sophie’s choice 😩 I guess if I had to choose, I would leave it somewhere I could never go back to. Then at least it wouldn’t be ruined and if someone found it they could enjoy it (or attempt to find the owner!). 

06. What is your favorite thing to waste time? I spend more time than I care to admit on Goodreads lol. 

07. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl, definitely! 

08. What is your first language? English

09. Do you like deckled pages or not? Why? Ugh no, deckled edges are THE WORST. I hate both the look and feel of them. 

10. What is your favorite comfort food? A delicious, hot pepperoni pizza. 

11. Which book will you give for your children/niece/nephews/next generation? I plan to pass on my Harry Potter books, my The Magic Tree House series, and my collection of Dr. Seuss books to my children. 


I tag the following blogs for always brightening up my feed! Don’t feel pressured that you have to do this – especially if you’ve already done one – it’s all for fun! 

Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile | The Bibliophile Girl | Another Book in the Wall | Thrifty Bibliophile | A Book. A Thought. | The Book Cover Girl | Synopses by Sarge | That Bookshelf Bitch | The Bibliophagist | Bionic Book Worm | Jenna Bookish 

 

1. What’s your favorite thing about the fall?

2. Which author graces your bookshelf the most?

3. Do you have a favorite animal?

4. What is one country you would love to visit?

5. Do you subscribe to any monthly book boxes?

6. Would you rather meet your favorite author or favorite character?

7. What’s your favorite TV show to binge watch?

8. What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

9. Which fall release are you most looking forward to reading?

10. What is your favorite post you’ve written?

11. When you’re not reading or blogging, what are you doing?

 

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2018

Is it just me, or are these months flying by faster the closer we are to the end of the year? I started classes at the end of August, so September was a more stressful month for me in terms of balancing work, school, blogging, and reading (and my skin paid for it 😩). I really can’t believe we’re already heading into October, but I’m so excited that it’s finally fall! 🍁🍂


37946451RULE: The best way to describe this book would be Three Dark Crowns meets Pretty Little Liars. I think a lot of people didn’t enjoy it too much because they kept comparing it to Three Dark Crowns and found it lacking, but I am actually one of the few people who didn’t enjoy Three Dark Crowns, and so I really enjoyed Rule! While the concept may not be all that unique, it had an interesting premise and a story full of political intrigue, secrets, and lies. The story moves fairly quickly and I had no problem staying entertained by all the secrets and schemes. I loved how the story kept me guessing throughout, and even by the end we’re left with unanswered questions and plenty of speculation. There was a major cliffhanger at the end and I’m looking forward to the sequel! ARC provided by the publisher.  [review]  ★★★½

32855090SANCTUARY: I won’t lie – the cover is 99% of the reason I decided to pick this up, and it seemed to have pretty good reviews. However, I sadly ended up not enjoying it that much. The plot is an interesting mix of Alien meets The Darkest Minds, and while the premise sounded good, there was a lot lacking. A good portion of the book was painfully slow, and didn’t really pick up until the very end. I did appreciated the fact that although this is a science-fiction novel, there wasn’t a whole lot of difficult jargon to figure out.  ★★½

26157983FIERCE LIKE A FIRESTORM: I think I technically could have marked this as DNF, since I really only flipped through the last portion of the book just to see what happens at the end. I really loved Wicked Like a Wildfire, and so you can imagine my disappointment in this. I was enjoying this for the most part, until it took a strange turn for the worse smack dab in the middle of the book, and it just went downhill from there. I don’t hand out one stars too often, so if you’re really curious as to what went wrong, you can check out my Goodreads review.  ★

36111620THE GOVERNESS GAME: It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Tessa Dare, and that I always highly recommend her to people wanting to try Historical Romance. Her books are always well-written, interesting, funny, steamy, and super entertaining. I typically don’t like the governess trope in romance books, but I loved this. I think a majority of my love for this book comes from the fact that the heroine, Alex, was so similar to myself, and we all enjoy being able to connect with the characters we read about. Seriously, if anyone is debating reading a Regency Romance for the first time, pick up a Tessa Dare book. I promise you will not be disappointed!  [review]  ★★★★

36039298THE TOWERING SKY: These books are so much fun to read. If you enjoy shows like Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars, than I think you would really like this series. Similar to the previous two books, this was fast-paced and full of secrets, lies, drama, and plot twists. The near-future setting is so realistic and believable, and the I love all of the characters and their story lines. This was the perfect ending to the series! ★★★★

20821614YOU: This has to be one of the most unique and eerie thrillers I’ve ever read. Told entirely from the second person, it’s a dark, gritty, and completely creepy story in which the narrating protagonist is stalking you. The writing absolutely brilliant. I don’t think I’ve ever read another book quite like this. There is something to be said when an author can make you feel tense and anxious while reading, and yet at other times root for and sympathize with a sociopathic stalker. I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel, and I can’t wait to binge watch the tv series once all the episodes are out!  [review]  ★★★★

36952596BLANCA & ROJA: Anna-Marie McLemore continues to write such creative books full of magical realism, and I think this may be my new favorite of all her stories. Lush writing, beautiful descriptions, and a cast of wonderful characters form this book that is simply breathtaking. The setting and writing in give the book a very fairytale-esque atmosphere, and it was magnificent. The writing is lyrical and magical and really draws you in from the first page.There is a diverse cast of characters, and there is so much to love about each one of them. All four POVS have a distinct voice and contribute beautifully to the story. An unforgettably beautiful story of love and hate, jealous and friendship, and the bonds we form with others. ARC provided by the publisher.  [review]  ★★★★★

36430924BENEATH THE CITADEL: I wanted to love this so badly; it’s fast-paced, full of action, and has a great cast of diverse characters, but ultimately it just felt flat. Other people seem to be loving it, so I really think this is a case of “it’s not the book, it’s me.” The story starts out right in the middle of action, which was good in that the book jumps into the action and continues at a fast pace from there. However because of the way it’s written, there are moments when a lot of information is dumped on you, other times when I felt like I was missing something, and some parts where the book seemed to jump around. There was a diverse cast of characters, and each of them had their own flaws and unmistakable personalities. And while I appreciated them all, I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, and I think that also had an effect on my enjoyment. ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.  [review]  ★★½

34842042THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS: This a very different book than what I think most people are expecting, and that’s going to end up being either a good thing or a bad. This is an extremely different sort of book than Narnia, so if you’re expecting a whimsical story full of magic and mythical creatures, this is not that book. This a very character driven book, that deals with important issues and heavy subjects such as familial bonds, war, grief and guilt, depression, and mental illness. The writing is poetic and really quite lovely, and I found myself enjoying the slower pace. ARC received through #booksfortrade on Twitter.  [review]  ★★★★

39508596WILDCARD: It’s not often that I enjoy sequels better than their predecessors, but this was so good! I liked it even more than Warcross: there was so much more action, plot twists, and reveals. It was very fast-paced, full of nonstop action, and I couldn’t seem to put it down. And in true Marie Lu fashion, she ends the book in a way that while not everything is wrapped up all nice and tidy, she gives you a hint of happiness at the very end. ★★★★★

36009911DAWN OF LEGENDS: I don’t even know where to begin with this one. A combination of way too many POVs, plot and character regressions, and looking at spoilers to confirm my worst fears led me to saying “NOPE” and putting this down. This is not the way to end a series. Now every time I look at my bookshelves and see the other three books I’m going to feel sad. This was a giant clusterfuck of a book and a huge disappointment. If you’re so inclined to know more about what happens and what I hated so much, check out my Goodreads reviewDNF @ 23%

29906017REIGN OF THE FALLEN: Let’s all be honest here – this has probably one of the best covers of the year. It’s gorgeous. The story itself was fast-paced, full of necromancy and other magic, with an interesting premise and world-building. The romance that happens towards the latter half of the book bothered me in that there was really no build up and it came across as insta-lovey, but also because of the relationship of the love interest in regards to another character of the book of importance to the protagonist. ★★★

37904177WAR OF THE WILTED: The second book picks up right where the first ended, and thankfully there is no second book syndrome here! This was a fast-paced book full of continuous action, forward-moving plot points, and character development. There’s so much going on that it’s difficult to set the book down, and I ended up cruising through it easily. There were a few parts that annoyed me – in particular, some of both Rose’s and Rayce’s actions started to get on my nerves – but overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really wish there were more romantic scenes between Rose and Rayce, but hopefully I will get my wish in the third book! I’m looking forward to the next book and the conclusion of the series!  ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.  ★★★

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First Line Friday #2

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). The book I picked today is one that contains a highly  important message, especially with everything we see in YA books these days being. You can check out my review of the book here!

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ABOUT THE BOOK

29102896Title: Bad Romance
Author: Heather Demetrios
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: ★★★★

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.