Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano (The Internment Chronicles #1)

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Original Title: Perfect Ruin

Year Published: 2014

Published by:  HarperVoyager

Number of Pages: 356

First Sentence: N/A (because I don’t have the book at hand :/)

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

In the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream, unless you get too close to the edge.

It is forbidden to think about the world beyond the edge, and too much curiosity leads only to disaster. The loss of her older brother taught Morgan that lesson: he jumped and fell.

With the support of her fiancé and close friends, Morgan resumes as normal a life as possible as she struggles to accept her brother’s decision. Until the incredible happens and the opportunity to investigate the city’s deepest secrets becomes impossible for her to resist.

Nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will learn – or whom she well lose.

My thoughts:

This was a really enjoyable book. It has been on my shelf for years (no, literally years) and I finally picked it up to read. I am really glad I did because it was exactly what I needed at the time. Around the end of last year and the start of this year I was in a horrible and continuous reading slump. Every single book took me ages to read although I’m usually a fast reader. This was the book that finally got me out of it. Yes, it took me some time to get into it, mostly because of the slump, but as soon as I did the pages seemed to fly by. It was such a good read and I’m glad for several reasons that I chose to read it when I did.

Our main character, Morgan, was super lovely and I really liked her. She was badass when she needed to be as well as curious about the world, but also being insecure and obviously shaped by the environment she had grown up in. Being sheltered your entire life and living with strict rules will shape the way you act and think, and I loved the balance the author managed between this learned behavour and the curious minds that we humans are born with.

The plot was super interesting and although I can imagine that it isn’t a super original idea, most of it felt original to me. Elevated human beings living in a floating city, sheltered from the world below. It was really fun to read and the addition of a murder made the plot so much more interesting. I will say that some of the blurb above is faulty which had me confused when I first read the book. Morgan’s brother is not dead, he has just suffered a severe trauma. This made the book different from what I thought it would be when I read the blurb. Different, but almost better than I had imagined.

Do I recommend it? 

 

Yes, I do.

 

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TTT: Cover theme freebie!

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and Bookish.

This week’s theme is a cover freebie, meaning anything we want as long as it’s connected with a cover. My freebie theme will, therefore, be top ten illustrated covers.

 

#FridayReads

My reading goal for this weekend is to finish Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett and Eldtronen by Rick Riordan (it’s the Swedish version of The Throne of Fire). But I am currently reading 8 different books, so I’m gonna try and get that number down to a more manageable number. I have no trouble reading 8-10 different books in one go, but I get really stressed over the time it takes me to read them (which is longer than usual since I split my time between 8-10 different books).

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Also, I’d like to say a quick little thank you to those who have used my affiliate link (you can find it on the sidebar) to buy books from BookDepository. It’s not much yet but it means the world to me. Remember, any profits goes to improving this blog. I’d like to try and have some giveaways in the future, but at the moment I’m a poor student so can’t really afford it (most of you are in the same boat). Therefore, the profits I make from being an affiliate will go to funding stuff like that.

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and Bookish

This week’s topic is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book. There are many things that have me avoid books but here are the things that have me running from a book.

  1. Omegaverse – absolutely hate it.
  2. Mpreg – if you want to male characters to have a baby, either have them adopt or gender bend one of the characters.
  3. BDSM – do what you want in the bedroom, I don’t care. But reading about certain kinks and stuff like BDSM just have me cringing like crazy.
  4. Daddy kinks – HOW IS THIS A THING?! There is nothing sexy about calling somebody “daddy”.
  5. First Person POV – It took me two years to pick up and read The Hunger Games because it was written in first person. Some authors manage this very well and I have read great books written in first person, but it is definitely something that has me sighing in annoyance when I open a new book.
  6. Love triangles – Ok, love triangles can be quite OK. But having your female main character hooking up with two guys is usually completely unnecessary and creates some drama that is just irrelevant to the plot. However, having a character being interested in two people is just fine. I have had crushes on more than one person at a time.
  7. Low Goodreads ratings: Yes, I look at the ratings. Anything under 3 makes me avoid the book.
  8. Instalove – sure, I believe in love at first look. But having a character losing their shit because they instantly fall in love is just not realistic and it’s not fun to read. Give me som build up people!
  9. Unnecessary romance/sex – sometimes romance can be a very vital and interesting part of a book. Sometimes it seems like the author has just added it because it’s something that should be a part of a book. Nah, sometimes reading a book without romance or sex is even better than reading a book that has all these things without them feeling relevant to the story.
  10. Cheating – like why? If you love somebody stay faithful. If you don’t love them like you once did then do the decent thing and break up with them!

Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr (The Blackwell Pages #1)

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Original Title: Loki’s Wolves

Year Published: 2013

Published by:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Number of Pages: 358

First Sentence: Matt walked through the center of Blackwell, gym bag in hand, jacket thrown over his shoulder.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok, that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters–wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds, all bent on destroying the world.

The gods died a long time ago.

Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history–because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt’s classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.

However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids–led by Matt–will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen’s lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.

My thoughts:

This was a really fun book. Lately, I’ve gotten really into the Norse mythology and this book was, therefore, perfect for me to read at the time (I read it around Christmas). It was fun and used the Norse mythology in a very interesting and pretty original way.

I really enjoyed the characters. We have three main characters: Matt, Fen and Laurie. The were all very interesting and bring something unique to the plot. They were fun to read about and I really enjoyed getting to know them.

The plot was also really interesting. The fact that pretty much everyone in the little town was descendants from the Norse gods was an interesting take on the myths and also created an interesting atmosphere for the actual plot. It meant that the author had to come up with a good reason for why our main characters, and the people they pick up throughout the book, were extra special. Not special, but EXTRA special. This I thought that the author did very well.

Strangely enough, my issue with this book is that I wanted more! I wanted more of the Norse mythology and how it was tied to the characters in the book. Sure, there was a lot of it and things were probably withheld from the plot because they will be explained in the other books.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do!

 

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My blogging process…

Whether you are interested or not, I will tell you all about my blogging process and where I do my writing. There are no shocking facts here, many of you who blog might recognize yourselves.

I do not blog at a set time every day, instead, I sit down and write when I have time for it. Whether that is early morning, during class when things get boring or late at night doesn’t really matter to me. I should probably introduce some sort of blogging schedule to ensure that I stay consistent with my updates. But in that case, it might start to feel like a job, which is something I definitely don’t want.

The worst thing though with my current “system” is that I can literally be “editing” a post for several months just because I never sit down and finish writing that post.

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I have a perfect desk, perfectly set up and ready for me to sit down and write. Instead, I sit on the couch with the computer on my lap and grumble about not being a hundred percent comfortable. Life is hard.

And this is my horrible wrist being horrible. I need a wrist support to write on my computer, otherwise, my wrist starts hurting real bad.

So that is pretty much what my blogging process looks like. If you are a follower of my blog and actually read it, you also know that I can be super inconsistent when it comes to blogging. Some months I post every single day and some months I only post once. My plans for the future of this blog is to be more consistent and also to add some weekly features that aren’t book reviews.

Do you have any suggestions for what I could add to make the blog more intereting?