Reviews

Review: ‘More of Me’ by Kathryn Evans

31915217I received a copy of More of Me by Kathryn Evans from Indigo to review and share. It sounded like a very interesting coming-of-age/sci-fi crossover that I could get behind. It was released last year in the UK, but only came out in North America on June 13, so it’s still new to me!

Synopsis: Teva is the sixteen version of herself, having emerged like a butterfly from the cocoon of her former self, Fifteen. But don’t worry… Fifteen is still around, along with 10 other previous versions of her. The old versions of Teva are forced to stay hidden in their rickety old house, while the latest version continues to live their life as if nothing weird is going on. But #16 isn’t planning to let her life be taken over at the end of her year… she’s going to figure out how to save her life, and maybe save the lives of all the Tevas that came before her.

“I have grown in strength inside her. Filled her cells with mine until we must split apart. It’s not my choice – that’s how it’s always been for us.”

Finding something to compare this book to is hard, but I couldn’t help but see similarities between it and Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. On the very surface, both books have a main character with a rare and weird disease and a very overprotective mother. Beyond that, you have a girl yearning to be defined by something more than her disease, the mystery of how all this happened in the first place, and a journey of self-discovery. While More of Me is obviously much more fantastical in nature than Yoon’s book, it was still very grounded in reality with all the highschool drama that most girls would face. Teva still has to put up with flaky friends, boyfriend squabbles, and the general awfulness that comes with being a teenage girl in this society.

Unfortunately, the most interesting part of the book (ie. the fact that this girl literally grows a new version of herself every year) was often lost in a lot of that stereotypical highschool drama. The science behind her condition wasn’t explored much, leaving me feeling like a) the author didn’t do more research, or b) the author thought that she didn’t need to put real science in a YA novel. I often found myself skimming through the book looking for words that would indicate that we had finally returned to the parts involving all the Tevas because they are what make this book unique and different from all the other contemporary YA stories out there.

This book would be good for teens who are interested in trying the sci-fi genre, but still want their complicated teen love story and friendship drama. I would honestly be interested to find out how Teva’s life progresses after the end of this book, as there are many questions left unanswered. There is much more that could be done with this concept.

LC rating: 3-stars

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop: Sidebar Organization

Q: How do you organize your blog in terms of what is in your side bar? Do you have categories and defined sections in your side bar? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

A: My whole journal aesthetic is meant to be pretty but clean. I try to keep my social media stuff right at the top to ensure that people can find me all over the web. After that, I added my affiliate link, along with search bar, categories dropdown, and recent posts widgets. I don’t really have any plan after that stuff. Instagram feed, Goodreads updates, and anything else goes below. Although my final piece is always my disclaimer post. I want people to know that this blog is just me speaking (or my guest bloggers) and that we are allowed to have opinions about stuff that don’t necessary reflect those of our employers or other people in our lives.


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer that runs from Friday to Thursday.

Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop: On Being a Book Blogger

13123079_1157980684254034_234305926168773810_oQ: What is the most fun part/aspect of being a book blogger? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

A: I love being able to share my favourite books with people who care about books as much as I do. The community of book bloggers is really great. We all support each other so much, which I think is really amazing. I also really like the creativity that comes from writing and building posts, taking #bookstagram photos, and just playing around with the whole design of my blog.


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer that runs from Friday to Thursday.

Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Sunday Post

Sunday Post: May 21, 2017

IMG_5590I’ve been trading postcards and care packages back and forth with my friend Elyse @ Just Murrayed ever since she moved away to BC. Now another friend is moving to Halifax and so I’ve made her my East Coast postcard pal. This made me realize how much I love getting mail, so I joined Postcrossing to start sending and receiving postcards from all over the world. I’m super pumped! Are any of you on Postcrossing?

🍁 = Canadian Author 📔 = Bought  📚 = Borrowed

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the-history-chicks-logo-200One of my coworkers told me about The History Chicks podcast and it sounded really interesting. I haven’t listened to podcasts in a long time, but I’m definitely hooked on this one.


desk_stretchesMy newfound postcard hobby has me walking over to the mailbox and post office a lot lately, so at least I’m getting out of the house for something other than work. I have been working in the store a lot this week, which means a lot of lifting and bending. I have been trying to remember to stretch more since I spend a lot of my down-time and time at Job #2 sitting.

Do you do office chair stretches? I feel like a total dork doing them. I would rather just go for a walk or something.



Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop: To Keep or Not to Keep

Q: What do you do with books you no longer want? Do you donate them? Do you take them to a half-price bookstore? Does a friend or family member benefit? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

A: My first inclination is to share my unwanted books with the people I know, because they might like a book that doesn’t speak to me. I will usually bring these books to work or pass them to a family member. If I don’t think I know anyone who will like them, I will bring them to a charity shop. I really want to try Bookcrossing though. I think it would be so much fun to see where a book has gone around the city/country/world.

My own question to my readers is: Do you use Bookcrossing? If not, would you?


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer that runs from Friday to Thursday.

Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

 

Reviews

Review: ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ by Sarah J. Maas

23766634Okay kids, strap in, we’re doing this! I haven’t written a review in a while, but I figured it was about time. If you know my writing style, you can be fairly certain that there won’t be any spoilers for A Court of Wings and Ruin in this review. So don’t fear if you haven’t finished (or even started) this book.

Synopsis: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

“We’re all a broken, in our own ways – In places no one might see.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin

I was really hoping for this book to be as good or better than A Court of Mist and Fury, but I was disappointed. That’s not to say that it isn’t a good book… it just isn’t as good as ACOMAF. I often had the feeling that I was being smacked in the face with very heavy-handed retellings of fairytales and myths. The very obvious ones that made me cringe were adaptations of Snow White, The Swan Princess, the parting of the red sea, and the Passover ritual of blood above the door. Sure, the first book was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but you knew what you were getting into with that book. The second book was basically a retelling of the Persephone myth, but it was done in a subtler way. I just had such high hopes after being so blown away by ACOMAF.

This isn’t to say that the entire book was disappointing. There are many great relationships and characterizations that made me really happy. Nesta’s character development was huge and genuinely made me like her a lot more than I previously did. I understood her motivations in the first two books even if I didn’t like her, but Maas really seems to be making an effort to give her “villain” characters more depth. As in reality, there are very few people who are truly good or evil. Maas makes a case for many of the characters who are classified as the bad guys, showing that their actions make perfect sense when viewed in the context of their personal experience.

While I’m sure that most of you know why people are freaking out over Mor, I won’t say anything other than how impressed I am that Maas was able to articulate the feelings of so many people within one speech. Being able to see myself represented in works of fiction is a privilege I didn’t realize I had until recently, but I am grateful to the authors who write diverse characters. It’s not only important for the people these characters represent, but also for people like me so I can learn more and become a better human.

LC rating: 4-stars


Have you read this book? What did you think? Will you continue reading the series, or did you feel like this was a good ending?