Welcome to booksteastories, where I post on Wednesdays and Sundays, or at least I try to. Sometimes my teammates in the group project I am doing will not leave me alone, so I have to do that instead. But anyway:
If you have no idea what on earth I could possibly be talking about, do not worry. WWW Wednesday is a meme that is hosted by Taking On A World Of Books (previously hosted by A Daily Rhythm). If you decide to join in, comment and leave a link to your post. Then you can go and check out what everyone else is reading. All you have to do is answer three simple questions: what are you reading now, what did you recently read and what will you read next. And ta-da! You are done!
Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist
With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. Some say it’s a gift. But to Lexi it’s a curse—one that keeps her friendless and alone. All that changes when Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club. But Jane doesn’t go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi’s help. In life, Jane was everything Lexi is not—outgoing, happy, popular. But in death, all Jane wants is revenge. Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible
Remember how I kept promising you guys that I would reread this and give you a review even though literally no one asked for it? Yeah, that’s what I’m doing. This time, I am taking notes! Therefore, I shall be able to give proper feedback, hopefully. I will also try my best to tell you why I liked the book and if the rating drops upon a closer inspection.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulhurst
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.
If the word read was used to mean ‘finished reading’ then this book would not fit the criteria. I struggled with it all week last week and I didn’t finish. The characters were annoying and I suppose that was the main thing for me, however it wasn’t the only thing. The religious belief that was so important to the characters was not explained at all, the world-building was confusing — I kept forgetting which countries were where and why I should care (ha), the metaphors and similes were also occasionally incomprehensible. I wrote a full review on goodreads and if you want to know more then you can check it out here.
Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
I’ve had it for around/more than two years and I’m thinking of finally reading it. And its a paperback copy! I don’t have that many paperbacks, I have no idea why I haven’t gotten around to it sooner. Is it good? I’ve tried reading Becky Albertalli’s writing before and it hadn’t gone well, I ended up dnfing both books (Leah On The Off-Beat and The Upside Of Unrequited). Should I give them another chance?
If you are like me and aren’t in the US and/or don’t have any money but still want to help, you can watch this youtube video created by Zoe Amira. All the proceeds made from ad revenue and however else you make money on youtube (It’s explained there) go to an assortment of funds and organizations (there are also various links to petitions in the description). You can play it on mute, but play it all the way through, without pausing (if possible). There are even more of these types of videos (here, here, here and I’m sure you can find more).
Be careful and goodbye!