The Poppy War review

The Poppy War

The Poppy War by R.F Kuang                                                                                            Source:*E-ARC from Netgalley
Pages:544
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Synopsis

When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late

Trigger Warnings

  • Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Violent rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Murder
  • Massacres
  • Brutalization
  • Mutilation
  • Torture
  • Substance abuse
  • Abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Relationship abuse
  • Human experimentation
  • Chemical warfare
  • Genocide

I got these from the author’s website and if you want to know more you can find that here.

My thoughts

Before I start this review I wanted to emphasise this is an adult book and if anything triggers you, you should look at the trigger warnings above.

This book was a hard book to get through. Not because of the writing but because of the subject matter. It is essentially about a world where war is on the horizon again and preparing for it. It’s about the brutality of war and the lengths people go to win it.It’s about a girl evading an arranged marriage to go to school.I really enjoyed the writing style but in some parts it was a bit vague,especially in the school years. 2-3 years went by but each major event happened in a few paragraphs. We were told what happened and didn’t get to see it in detail.The book is already 544 pages so I understand why it was shortened. I understand this is based on modern Chinese history and it is brutal. Other than focusing on war, the first part of the book is about Rin and how she overcomes the bullying she faces and tries to come out on top. I loved that this book had no romance as most books have them in some shape or form.

I really liked Rin and how determined she is to get what she wants. You watch her grow up and be herself. She faces a lot of racism because her skin is darker than others, she also faces hardships because she’s from a poorer distract. She shows them that that can’t stop her and hard work pays off.One of my favourite characters have to be Jiang. I think he’s really weird and essentric.He’s the character who brought a little light to a otherwise dark book. At least in the start of the book.

I don’t have much to say about this book,even though I’ve been thinking for days on how to write this.I might have to come and update this when I can artiulate my words. Just know I highly recommend this book.

5/5

*Thank you to netgalley and Harpercollins UK for the e-arc.                                                  All views expressed are my own.

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June Tbr

Hey guys!

I haven’t done a Tbr post for a few months because I had university and didn’t want to pressure myself to read some books and feel bad when I didn’t get to them all. Now I have finished University for this academic year so I feel I can get a lot more reading done.

So here are the books I’m hoping to read this month

The Burning Maze By Rick Riordan

I’ve actually already finished this!

The Assassins Blade By Sarah J Maas

I wasn’t sure which order to reread this series so I decided I would start with the prequels as the other books mention what happened in the prequels and I’ll know what they’re talking about.

Clockwork Angel

Continuing with my reread of Cassandra Clare books in anticipation of Queen of Air and Darkness.

Here are some e-arcs i want to get to.

The Poppy War by R.F.Kaung

I got approved of the e-arc of this book after it got released so i need to read it soon. I have a vague idea about what it’s about and can’t wait to read it.

You were made for this by Michelle Sacks.

Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody

I also got approved of this after it was released. I’ve heard a lot about this book and hope to get to it this month.

So those are all the books I’m planning to read this month.

How many are you planning to read. Which are you most excited for?

May Wrap-Up

Hey guys!

Here are all the books I read in May.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter

I really enjoyed this book and gave it 5/5. I wrote a full review which you can find here.

City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)

This was a reread and I really enjoyed it. When I previously reread the first two books a few years ago, I tried rereading this and could not get past a certain number of pages. I think it was around 100 pages. I’m not sure why. I think it’s because Clary is separated from the others for a bit and not much was happening. This reread, I got passed it and really enjoyed the book,but it’s not one of my favourites from The Mortal Instruments series.

I think I’ll give it 4.5/5.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this and say that they didn’t enjoy it because there wasn’t much action or plot. That’s the reason I enjoyed it. It was interesting to see the inner circle without an immediate crises that needed to be dealt with. I enjoyed just reading about their everyday lives. As for the sneak peak at the end,I’m very excited about who the next book is going to be about.

4.5/5

The distance between us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

I liked this book as it was just a quick and easy read. I don’t really have anything else to say. It would be a great book to read in the summer.

3.5/5

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

The Song Rising (The Bone Season, #3)

I liked this book too. I have to say though, this was more on the slow side and my favourite of the books out in this series would have to be the Mime Order, it had way more action and was very quick to read. I feel that this book was slow and took me a long time to actually get into the story and when I did,it finished too soon. This is the shortest book in the series at about 350 pages.

4/5

Sweet as a strawberry by Im fluent in sarcasm

Sweet as a Strawberry

I read this on wattpad and enjoyed it. I don’t know what to rate it and if i should even include it on here but I have.

Legendary By Stephanie Garber

Legendary (Caraval, #2)

I loved this book! I enjoyed it much more than the first and you can find my full review here.

5/5

These are all the books I read in May and as you can see I had a great reading month. What did you read? What was your favourite book?

 

Legendary(Caraval #2) review

Legendary

Legendary by Stephanie Garber                                                                                                  Source:*E-ARC from Netgalley
Pages:416
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Synopsis

Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

My thoughts

I read Caraval earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I gave it 4 stars and the review to it is linked here.

I loved Legendary!I really liked the characters and the relationships between them didn’t seem forced. I liked that we got to see from Tella’s point of view and what she was thinking in the last book and what her motives were. I wanted to get to know more about her in the last book and find that I like her better than Scarlett now! It was the other way around in the last book. The world was just as magical as it was in Caraval and sometimes what I thought as true was not. The stakes were much higher in this book than Caraval.The minor problems I had with Caraval were not present here.I have to say I loved all the characters and the relationships.

Spoilery review

Spoilers Ahead

Be Warned!

This whole story was very magical and I could never have guessed the turns it took. I thought that their mother just left them and didn’t even think to imagine that it had to do with something magical and that she would be the catalyst to the whole story. I’m glad that she was saved and hopefully we will get to know more about her in the next book.

I really liked Tella and Dante together and,as individuals. Their relationship was just how I like it. It didn’t seem forced or drawn out to much. I liked Dante in the last book and wanted to know more about him too. I didn’t exactly guess he was Legend. I kept going back and forth on who Legend was just like Tella was. When she was given blood and he called Julian,his brother, I was back to thinking he was Legend but then kept thinking it was done to confuse me. One thing, I was certain of was that Dante had something to do with Elantine’s heir. At that time, I thought he was actually the true heir,but it was just a part of Legend’s plan. I really hope that Tella and Dante/Legend get back together in the next book as he did say they have a lot to discuss.I think he really loves her as he freed the fates so she could be free.He’s protrayed as the villain, but here he definitely was the hero. I liked their relationship a lot more than Scarlett’s and Julian’s.

When we were introduced to Jacks’ in the ball, I had a feeling that he was Tella’s ‘friend’ but I did not guess that he was the Prince Of Hearts! I also thought that Tella would become his one true love but I did think that Tella would fall in love with him. I didn’t want that because I wanted her to be with Dante. I liked Tella with him too, but I thought he was too evil and manipulative for her to be with him. At least he kept his end of the bargain by bringing her mother to her,although he changed it to his means anyway.

Another thing I’d like to mention is Scarlett going behind Tella’s and Julian’s back to look for her fiancé or ex fiancé. I’m okay with her going behind Tella’s back because Tella had done a lot of things behind her sister’s back but I don’t like her going behind Julian’s back.I think there should be trust and it causes unnecessary drama. I hope she will tell him soon in the next book.

All in all, I loved everything about this book! The characters, the world, the pacing. I highly recommend this book!

END OF SPOILERS

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If this sounds interesting to you make sure to check this book out as it’s in stores today!

Are you planning on reading Legendary?Have you read it? What did you think?

*Thank you to netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the e-arc.                                                  All views expressed are my own.

The Good Daughter review

The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter                                                                              Source:Borrowed
Pages:656
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Synopsis

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

My thoughts

I read this on audiobook and out of the few audio books I have listened to, this is the fastest read. I read this in under two weeks while others took over a month.

I think after The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I had wanted to listen to more thrillers/ Mystery books on audiobook. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be fast paced and very interesting. It got me hooked right from the start,and I wanted to keep listening to it all the time. I don’t read mystery/thrillers as paperbacks but I think audiobooks is the right route for me to go to read these types of books.

I liked the different main characters and thought that they had a lot of depth and substance. I think my favourite characters would have to be Charlie and Sam. I can’t decide which sister is my favourite. They are both so strong and have through so much.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to start reading more thrillers and I highly recommend to check out the audiobook.

5/5

Did you like this book? Do you have any audiobook recommendations for me?

April Wrap Up

Hey guys,

I know this is very late but I have exams coming up so I haven’t had any time to post.Although, I’ve found the time to stress read!

So here are the book I read in April.

City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

I’ve been saying since the start of the year that I need to reread these in preparation for A Queen of Air and Darkness and I finally got to it. I loved these books and I forgot so many things that happened in it. I remembered the most important plot points and that’s about it.

5/5

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)

I really loved this book. I enjoyed it a lot more than the first one and I really liked that one. This one was more action packed and there was never a dull moment.  The characters were developed more and it was interesting to see Paige’s relationship with Jaxon.

5/5 stars.

I started some other books but I’ll talk about them in the next wrap up.

What did you read? What was your favourite read?

Ready Player One review

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline                                                                                                    Source:Bought
Pages:372
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Synopsis

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

My thoughts

i read this book because i bought this book a long time ago and heard about the movie. I wanted to read the book before i watched the movie.

I found this book to be an okay to kinda good read. I say this because it was quite slow in the beginning and nothing was happening plot wise, although it picked up later on.  It took me a long to get into it and actually enjoy reading it. I was going to dnf it at one point but didn’t. One aspect of the book I didn’t enjoy was the romance,which there’s not much of anyway. I found it to be too forced and too fast and weird for me. We didn’t get to see any development and just got a page or paragraph of what happened in a sort of past tense and that was it. I think they should have met sooner, which might have made me like it more. I was often confused by the 80s references,I did understand some of them.I didn’t connect to Wade’s character at all and liked Daito and Shoto the best. The ending is what I enjoyed most and is what I bumped up the rating for.

I’m still looking forward to watching the movie and see how well it’s adapted.

3.5/5

Have you read Ready Player One? What did you think of it?