Favorite Quotes of May

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May reading went by pretty quickly. Unfortunately I didn’t get as many books in as I would have liked, to be honest, I think the reading might start to slow down a bit which is really unfortunate. Anyway, here are the best quotes from the books I read.

“I am different from what my world demands I be. And I am not worse for it.”
Victoria Aveyard, War Storm

 

 

“It is strange, I thought, how we always recognize our best memories in hindsight.”
Tanaz Bhathena, A Girl Like That
 
“ I think my heart knew you were mine long before I ever realized it.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Frost and Starlight

 

“Nothing is ever quite right, is it, after a parent dies? No matter how well things go, something always feels slightly off…”
Jenna Blum, Those Who Save Us
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War Storm

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Author: Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen Series #4

Pages: 662

Goodreads Synopsis: War Storm Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.
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But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Review:

I was devastated at the end of King’s Cage. I felt betrayed by Cal just like Mare did. Luckily Aveyard leaves off literally hours after Cal’s betrayal so there is no time jump between stories which I appreciated a lot of.

For Farley, for my family. And still, always, for him.

Speaking of stories, this one is in the perspective of Mare, Mahan, Cal, Iris and Evangeline. I love that Aveyard does this, it really makes the story more impactful for me. Not only is there this character development, but you get a glimpse into each of these characters perspectives instead of only one character thinking they understand the other.

“But we all still have the ability to choose, in the end.”

Oh did I mention character development? There’s a lot of that, and each character in this story has some part to play, I can honestly say that this is the first YA fantasy story where I didn’t find any of the characters annoying (okay, Mare at one point but really not enough to point out). These kids are trying to figure out who they are, what’s important to them and fight a war, it’s a lot to take in and they are acting more like adults than the adults.

Speaking of war, Aveyard finds this perfect blend to connect the two wars we’ve been reading about in this conclusion. Props to her for doing so.

But here’s the thing. I need more, the ending left me unsatisfied. I didn’t get the closure that I wanted which really stinks. I needed just one more chapter. However there is a rumor of novellas in the future that I hope is true.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Book Review: Those We Save Us

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Author: Jenna Blum

Pages: 479

Goodreads Synopsis: “For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy’s sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturmfuhrer of Buchenwald.

Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother’s life.”

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Review: I didn’t LOVE this book but I did really enjoy the perspective of Germany during WWII. The only other book I’ve read in the perspective of Germany was The Book Thief, and while I’ve read numerous WWII stories, this was the first the examined what life for a German woman during the War may have been like. The story goes from the present to the past with the story of Anna during the War. The story examines what I’m sure is true on how women felt they needed to survive during the War. But it does more than that, it shows that not all people are one dimensional during this time period, while some were exactly how you would expect, Blum dives a little deeper to bring to life an understanding that might have been considered one sided for so long.

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Let’s be honest, we all know I enjoy interpretations of WWII so even if this story had some spots that felt a little long, my rating is still going to be high mainly because I feel every story, every perspective and every interpretation during a time of such hatred and unnecessary evil deserves to be understood and read.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Book Review: Rainbirds

Author: Clarissa Goenawan

Pages: 323 pages

From: Book Of The Month Club

Goodreads Synopsis: “Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko’s sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago.”

“But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off. As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind.”

20180505_082637.jpgReview: Book of The Month Club does it again. I have yet to find a book in their list that I’ve read and haven’t enjoyed. Now, I didn’t love this one but I did really enjoy it. If I didn’t have the club I wouldn’t have heard of it. Ren Ishida, what an interesting character he was, still young enough to not be an adult and still reeling not only from his sister’s murder but also from why she left him so many years ago, he is trying to put all the pieces back together. At times, I wasn’t a huge fan of Ren but his story is an interesting one that helped me get by the fact that I didn’t find him a very lovable character.

The story follows unexpected twists and turns while Ren tries to understand who his sister really was, coping with the death of his best friend and trying to understand what kind of person he, Ren Ishida wants to be. There’s a lot of self discovery in this one in a somewhat backwards way.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars