June Wrap-Up: The Bibliologist

June Wrap-Up + The Highly Anticipated, Glorious, Mid-Year Recap Remiscing My Favorite Reads of 2017 So Far

June Wrap-Up: The BibliologistSo. It’s the second of July. 2017 IS MORE THAN HALFWAY GONE. That means we’re due for a nostalgic discussion of the best books I’ve read this year.

Ignore my evil laughing in the distance. It’s totally normal. You’re gonna be fineeee.

Before we get into that, though, I’m going to wrap up June real fast!

I’m wrapping up the month a little later than usual because I was scrambling to finish one last book and bring my reading total from three to four, which is still kind of sad, but what can I do.

(That effort was a failure, if you’re. I never finished the fourth book in time. #MORTIFIED.)

Even if I didn’t read all that much this month, I had such a fun time of it!! I got to indulge myself in sci-fi with Illuminae and Gemina and in fantasy with The Young Elites. I’ve been wanting to read something by Marie Lu for a long time, so it was great getting to do that!

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The Post Where I Finally Tell You the Announcement I’ve Been Holding Since May… #Awkward

Remember that surprise I was talking about that I was supposed to announce last month? Well your dear Bibliologist is a little lazy and forgetful, and she forgot to make the announcement. 🙈 SHAME ON ME, SHAME ON ME.

But I’m finally making it, so…lay off.

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu: 4/5 Stars

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – Review

This was a strange book.

Seriously, it was.

It had a different feel to it than any book I’ve read before, and even reviewing it feels different. It was really difficult to decide whether it crossed the line to four stars or stayed back at three, and honestly, if I wasn’t reading the sequel right now and enjoying it, I’d give it a three star rating, no recommendation, and call it a day.

But I’m finding that it’s worthwhile to read for the next installment. Even if my feelings for The Young Elites were…different.


The Young Elites by Marie Lu: 4/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Not Recommended

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

Sequels are hard. They’re hard to write, they’re hard to read, they’re hard to enjoy. And it’s super hard to not compare them to their precursor.

Remember InsurgentCatching Fire, and Glass Sword? Case in point.

At first, Gemina was a little like that. After all, it’s only expected, right? I’m pleased to inform you that it didn’t stay like that for long. It was out of this world.

(…had to.)

I’ve had to wait a bit before writing a review for Gemina because I needed to calm down. And give myself some therapy. And ceremoniously return it to its place on my shelf. You know where I’m going.

So I present to you, The Review. Pray I make sense.

BEWARE, THOSE UNFORTUNATES OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT YET READ ILLUMINAE. YOU MAY BE SPOILED.

If you are one of those unfortunate beings, let me steer you over here instead, where we can chat without spoiling the series for you. You’re welcome.


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Science FictionAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

It’s been a few days now since I finished Illuminae. Maybe a week. I’ve been trying to write a review ever since I flipped the last page, and the words just don’t come.

I NEED SOME TIME, Y’ALL.

Illuminae blew me away.

It’s one of those books that leaves you slightly breathless, and well, speechless too.

I’m hoping a week is long enough to let the book settle and fade so I can write a mildly coherent review. Though it’ll probably just sound like vague screaming anyway. THIS IS GOING TO BE A MESSY REVIEW, JUST SAYING.


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Science FictionAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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My Summer TBR + Summer Recs

Guys it’s June! It’s JUNE! It’s. Finally. Summer!

Which means, above all else, there’s more time to read. (Because, books.)

So to make a dent in my excessively long tbr for 2017, here’s ten books I’m promising myself I’m going to get to this summer. Hold me to it, guys.

There’s a short little rec list at the end of great books to read this summer as well. 🙂

Let’s get into it!


1. Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

I read Shadow and Bone a few months ago (my review is up here), and I’ve been dying to finish the series ever since. This series is the last one I have left unread of Bardugo’s, and she’s basically my favorite YA author ever, so I’ve been holding out, saving the rest of the Grisha trilogy for as long as physically possible. My self control is wearing out…

So of course book #2 is on my list.

First.

FIRST.


2. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Obviously a continuation of the same thoughts above. 😉 Though I’m going to have such a hard time finishing it because I JUST CAN’T TAKE IT WHEN I FINISH SERIES’ OKAY?! (Especially Leigh Barudgo’s… *blubbers in the distance*)

I’m still super excited to finish the series, though, and finally find out what happens in the end!

The characters are all written so well, the plot is so fun, and the world is so vivid and beautiful that I can’t wait to return! 😉

So consider a visit back to Ravka in my future, yeah?

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Leigh Bardugo Quote Series: 6.4.17

Unlike last time I did a quote series, I’m going to try my best not to smother you in quotes. Every. Day.

That wasn’t the smartest thing.

I hope you enjoyed your few days rest, because we are back at it again.

SHARK. BAIT. HOO HA HA.

Anyway.

This time I’ve lettered one of my favorite humorous Crooked Kingdom quotes. Of course it’s Nina Zenik’s.

Here’s a peek at it before it got digitized:

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The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan: 5/5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan – Review + Final Thoughts on the Percy Jackson Series

I loved The Last Olympian. It was my favorite book of the Percy Jackson series by a long shot, and was just the kind of conclusion the series needed, in my opinion.

In this review, I want to talk about the Percy Jackson series as a whole too, so at the end I’m going to share some of my final thoughts on it. 😉 Savvy?

Let’s get into it!


The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Middle-Grade / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 12+ / Recommended

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

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Leigh Bardugo Quote Series: 6.1.17

I wanted to celebrate the coming of summer with some of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite authors, Leigh Bardugo. I did this in spring with quotes from Jane Austen, and I think it was a rather fun way to ring in the new season! So well…a Leigh Bardugo Quote Series is here.

You’re welcome.

Today’s quote is from Crooked Kingdom, the second and final book in the Six of Crows series. It’s one of Inej’s mantras, so of course I loved it.

Of course.

You guys will be very familiar with fabulous-Inej-Ghafa-quotes by the time I’m done with you. *evil laughter fades into the distance*

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May Wrap-Up: The Bibliologist

May 2017 Wrap-Up: Lots of Crazy. Lots of Cool.

May Wrap-Up: The BibliologistMay has been crazy. Crazy awesome, but crazy nonetheless. I’ve brainstormed new blog ideas, caught up with Marissa Meyer’s works through Heartless, hauled quite a few books, and finished up the Percy Jackson series.

I’ve been stressing out about my unofficial Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule and have been forcing myself to read more (which usually doesn’t happen—I’m almost never in reading slumps), and I really don’t want to be. I want this blog to be focused on my excitement for amazing books, because I love reading and blogging; not because I feel obligated to. I may not be posting as much as I have this May, but it will be regularly and consistently. 😉 I’m still figuring this whole blogging thing out, haha!

And now for the other beginner-blogger-confession… I have failed you, reader! I said there was an exciting announcement this month…but I was horrible and forgot to announce it! WOW MARIE. So check back early this June for the announcement! (I promise I’ll make it. ;))

I’ll be posting a review for The Last Olympian early this June, along with my summer TBR and some other surpirses, so stay tuned!

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