Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yachtPersephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.

AuthorCarrie Ryan

PublisherDutton Books

Number of Pages375

GenreMystery Thriller

Where I acquired this bookYA Fandom Frenzy

When I read this bookNovember ?-30

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 8

Pace: 7

Plot Development: 8

Characters7

Enjoyability7

Ease of Reading: 10

When I met the author, she described it as Arrow (the show on the CW) meets Revenge (the show on, I think, CBS). I just caught up on Arrow a little while ago, and the rest of my family was obsessed with Revenge (and by obsessed I mean that it was playing 24/7 for months, especially because everyone was at a different spot in the series). The premise itself sounds fantastic and I did find it interesting; however, it felt like it dragged a little bit in some parts and other parts were skimmed over when I felt there could have been more there. The ending was also a little disappointing to me because it felt anticlimactic. The story had small things throughout that gave me hope for the ending, but I felt it was wrapped up a little too quickly. The way I am describing it right now makes it sound like a horrible book, and it really is a good book, it just wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. It is still an enjoyable read, and I would recommend it as a quick read, because it is a stand alone.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 4 stars

Let me know if you have read this in the comments below. What did you think about it?

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Oblivion by Jennifer L Armentrout

Synopsis from Goodreads: Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

AuthorJennifer L Armentrout

PublisherEntangled Teen

Number of Pages1005

GenreScience Fiction

Where I acquired this book: Kindle

When I read this bookDecember ?-16

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 10

Pace: 10

Plot Development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Now my review may seem overly generous, and maybe it is because I am a huge fan of the Lux series, and this is the first three books told from Daemon’s perspective. Daemon is one of my favorite characters because he is snarky and always cracks a joke, even when he probably shouldn’t, but at the same time he is vulnerable and kind. I loved his and Katy’s relationship, even when they were arguing with each other all the time. I think that is one of my favorite things about their relationship, because it makes it believable. They don’t instantly fall in love with each other. They bicker over little things and tease each other incessantly. They don’t always agree on everything, but at the same time, they work really well together, because they understand that they can’t agree on every little thing, so they agree to disagree and move past it like normal couples do. This book completely lived up to my expectations (which were set pretty high from all of the other books). I loved finding out why Daemon did some of the things he did (especially in the first book) and also learning some more about his past that we didn’t completely get to see from Katy’s perspective. If you loved the Lux series and were hesitant to read this book, I am telling you now that it is a must read. On the other hand, if you haven’t read the Lux series, then I would suggest reading those before picking this one up, though I guess you could probably read them in any order.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 5 stars

Let me know what you thought about any of the Lux books below (No spoilers for those who haven’t read them!!).

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2016 Reading Challenges

Wow, it’s weird writing 2016. It feels like just yesterday it was 2015… Oh wait! Anyways, the new year is a time to set goals for yourself, and these are the goals I have set for myself this year.

First off, I want to read 50 books this year. I am starting my senior year of high school soon, which means I am looking at and applying to colleges this year, so my life may be a little hectic, but I think this is a fair goal, especially since I came so close last year.

Another challenge I was interested in trying out this coming year is the Once Upon a Book Challenge created by Books for Thought. The challenge is to read as many retellings as you can. There are more details on points in her post on it, which is linked in the name, but I think it will be fun. Also it is nice to have a challenge where I can’t really fail. Plus I want to get more into retellings since I have loved the ones I have read so far.

I also want to try and write more reviews on here. I have finally caught up on the books I read last year, so those should be coming up soon, but I want to try and post a review within about a week of reading it if at all possible.

What are your goals for 2016? Anything new, fun, or exciting?

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2015 Challenge Wrap-up

Since we are ringing in the New Year tonight, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my successes and failures of 2015 before moving forward with the year. I know this is a little cheesy, but I swear it feels like I was just saying this same thing yesterday rather than a year ago, but anyways, here ya go.

So my first goal of 2015 was to read 75 books, which I later changed to 50 books; however, I failed this challenge, only reading 43 books this year. 😥

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The second challenge was the I Dare You Bingo. I was able to complete the following challenges.

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So even though I didn’t complete the whole thing like I planned, I think I did pretty well.

I also wanted to do the Epic Reads wheel; however, I quickly found out that I am a mood reader, so I couldn’t get into some of the books for certain months.

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The last challenge I set for the year was to post on here once a week, and that was an obvious failure. Sorry.

How did your 2015 go? Let me know below. Overall this wasn’t my best reading year, but there is always next year.

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Christmas Bookish Haul!

Hi!

I thought I would show you guys all of the Bookish things I got for Christmas this year, so here they are!

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The first thing I got is this cute blanket from Barnes and Noble with famous quotes on it. It is so cozy, I literally carried it around with me all day. Plus, it smells like books. My family thought I was insane, because I kept sniffing it all day.

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The next thing I got was the Paper Towns movie. I have been pestering my parents about this, because I want my mom to watch it with me, and now she can!

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This one is one of the best gifts I got for Christmas! I got Morozova’s collar from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. My mom was asking me what I wanted for Christmas and we found this amazing website called Hebel Design that sells a whole bunch of amazing book inspired jewelry. I freaked out when I saw this collar, but then I saw the price. It wasn’t an unfair price for the amount of work that must have gone into this, but it was $72. I immediately told my mom that I wasn’t expecting her to get me it, because I hate getting really expensive gifts because I always feel guilty, so when I opened it up on Christmas morning, I was completely shocked and over joyed to find out she had bought it.

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Whenever a holiday comes around, my family always asks what I want, and I usually tell them I don’t want anything, but this year, I asked for the new shadowhunters covers (they are just too beautiful to pass up). I couldn’t be happier with them. My mom wasn’t too happy with my choice because I already own all of the old covers, but I just had to have them.

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The other two books I got were the third and seventh Harry Potter books because those were the only two I didn’t own, and I am planning on finally reading them over break.

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My Nana bought me this adorable mug that says Eat Sleep Read, and I can’t wait to drink hot chocolate or something in it later, though knowing me, it will probably just sit on my bookshelf because it is just so cute!

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Something you might already know is that I have an obsession with journals. I try to use up one before I write in another, but it doesn’t stop me from buying new ones all the time. It is also my go to gift for my non-bookish friends. I love this new one because it’s leather and simple, but it still looks kind of fancy.

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And the final amazing present I got from my Nana is a new desk! I always had to do all of my homework and blogging on the floor in my room, because my sister took over my desk in the playroom. Now I have a space just for me to do all the things I need to do. I know this isn’t necessarily bookish, but it kind of has to do with my blog (or at least that’s what I am telling myself to justify it being in here).

I had one of the most amazing Holidays this year, and I hope you all did as well.

Tell me what you all got over the holidays. Any books or bookish items? Anything else you are super excited about getting?

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