[Monday’s Top 5] Books I don’t want to read anymore

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There were books I wanted to read so badly when I was younger but I never had the chance. Recently I reorganized my shelves and found these books I know I won’t read no matter how long they stay in my shelves. Why? They just don’t click anymore and I feel that I’ve found already many better and more interesting books.

So let me show you.


Blood Song (Blood Singer #1) by Cat Adams

Ι guess there was a period when vampires were a trend and we were all trying to find new vampire books to read. I am so over vampires now and I guess this book will just remain in my shelve forever or untill I’m bored out of my mind so that I can read it.

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Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed.

Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an abomination-something that should not exist-and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead. With the help of a few loyal friends-a sexy mage, a powerful werewolf, and a psychic cop-Celia does her best to stay alive. On the run from her enemies, Celia must try to discover who is behind her transformation . . . before it’s too late.


Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1) by Jennifer Estep

Ι don’t know why I wanted to read this one. I guess because of the Vampire Academy and because of all the greek references. I think it was a trend back when I wanted to read it because many of my friends have already read it.

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My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died…


Anew (The Archer’s of Avalon #1) by Chelsea Fine

Oh that’s easy. Back then it was the cool cover and the unique plot that had me wanting to read it. Today I find the plot a bit common and I feel like I can spend my time with more interesting books.

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Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery…until she met a boy with a familiar voice.

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet’s determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he’s kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet’s world becomes even more muddled. While she’s instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she’s impossibly drawn to Tristan–and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past…might just be the death of her.


The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

I am not sure about this one. It’s pretty popular and I still find it a bit interesting but I know I won’t read it. Too many books, too little time.

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Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


Wings (Wings #1) by Aprilynne Pike

I thought Faries were interesting but then I started reading about Angels and I gave up on wanting to read this one. Yeah and then it was werewolves and it’s still werewolves, so no. Fairies have to really wait for their turn… maybe forever.


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Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

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Tell me, tell me… you’ve read at least one of these books, right? I know you do!! What do you think? Should I reconsider?

[ARC of the month] netGalley arc presentation

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I am so excited because I have many ARCs to read this month and they will keep me busy. I have a difficulty reading books lately so knowing that I have to read the ARCs in order to review them will motivate me. I don’t know why I am not in the mood to read so much but I guess it’s because I am always on vacation and I have so many other things to do with my boyfriend and friends. I am so exhausted so when I finally have time to read I just can’t.

But enough of this, time for books!


Remember by Shannon Dermott

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Death is a killer and not to those who’ve died but for those that survive. It’s also an opportunity to change.

I’ve resigned to my place in the shadows until the one person in the world that matters to me more than my own life is taken from me. Then I meet him.

He’s everything I’m not.

Tall, dark, face like an angel, mouth like a sinner and tattoos and piercings to rival that of rock gods, in one word, he’s cocky. And he comes with his own personal fan club, great. (as I secretly apply to be president, okay maybe not)

Only our every meeting is suspect. I’m left to wonder why he only ever turns up when my life is headed south, backwards or upside down. His explanations are shady, and his hot and cold give me whiplash. But his lips on mine burn and take me places I’ve never been.

If only I can trust him. If only he reveals what he is? Then hopefully we won’t end up on opposite sides of a frienemy line, and I’m forced to take him down. Worse case is that he’s already planned to take me out first and not on a date, but in a dead kind of way.


Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

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Avery Crosslin is a talented young fashion designer with a bright future ahead of her. But when the company goes into liquidation, Avery finds herself without a job and a boyfriend who decides to leave her.

When her father falls ill, Avery is by his side day and night. But one evening she notices a young man, Joe, in distress and offers to help. Their instant attraction to one another is magnetic but even though she is unexpectedly charmed by the good-looking stranger, Avery tells him that she has to leave. He asks for her name and number, but she lies and tells him she has a boyfriend. At this point in Avery’s life, the last thing she wants or needs is more complications.

The next day, as Avery returns to the hospital to thank the nurses for taking such good care of her father at the end of his life, one of them gives her an envelope from Joe. It is addressed to “Brown-Eyed Girl.”

Avery knows she wants to see Joe again but she faces a dilemma. When she learns that Joe is the man responsible for her father’s death she is troubled.

Is there any hope of a future for them both?

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[VS Battle Saturday] The Hunger Games VS Divergent

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Recently I had this conversation about Hunger Games and Divergent and I mentioned that I prefer Divergent over Hunger Games. I hadn’t read any of the series when I watched the movies but Hunger Games was disappointing because of the cast and the plot so I dropped the idea of reading the book. Divergent on the other hand had awesome cast and world building and excited me to the point I read the book immediatelly after watching the movie. Maybe I should have read both series before favoring one of the two but I felt that way. Please don’t hate.

So this week’s VS battle is about your own opinion. If you had to choose between these two dystopian book series, which one would be your choice?

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

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The thrilling trilogy expertly described by Suzanne Collins. You enter a future world where every year two tributes from each district are thrown into an arena expected to fight to the death or get knocked out by other means. Only one can survive.



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One choice can transform you. Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed “perfect society.”

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Can’t wait to hear your opinion!!

[Review] To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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Sweet, cute and cheesy teenage drama! What kind of person doesn’t enjoy this kind of books? I know I couldn’t stop reading and the book was finished before I knew it, over a night.

Writing Style

Easy to read and follow the story. I love a book when it’s simple and comprehensible, without difficult words and without having the author to show off their knowledge. The transition from thoughts to action was good and made sense. The was flow from descriptions to dialogues and then back and I was satisfied that I wasn’t confused… not even once!


I have mixed feelings about Lara Jean. Even though she was almost an adult and she supposedly looked up to her sister who was so mature and all, she acted like a 12-yearl-old girl who had just found out about love and crushes and kisses, etc. I liked that she was naive and innocent but that contrasted with the fact that her best friend was the exact opposite. I mean you can’t have a best friend who practically hooks up with every guy available and act like sex is something so special and magical. Let’s be realistic, nobody is that naive while being surrounded by people like Chris. That was my only objection and I wish her character was stronger and more realistic.

I also didn’t enjoy the fact that she couldn’t decide who she liked. First it was Josh and then it was Peter but she coudn’t let go of Josh and then Peter treated her well etc etc… it was tiring. I mean, choose one and stick with him.

I totally disliked Josh. Come on!!! The dude was crying for breaking up with Margot one day and the next day he is just so in love with Lara Jean. Why is that teenagers ‘fall in love’ every day with a different person? Ι am that kind of person who can’t forgive such behaviors. Liking and trying to have both sisters is unacceptable.

Peter was decent. I could understand why he just couldn’t let go of Gev. Deleting somone you used to love completely from your life is not easy. Peter was so many years with Gev and it’s only natural that he cared about her even after they broke up. I wish Lara Jean could understand that. Sometimes he was a jerk but I could forgive him everything because he was caring. He treated Lara Jean like a princess and he didn’t have to, he was so nice to Kitty and he tried to make this happen.


I liked the book because I was reminded of my own love life. I used to write letters but of course I was throwing them away. Writing your feelings in a paper is just dangerous. Anyway, I think I am too old to read that kind of stories because instead of enjoying them I am being judgy and mean. I feel like protecting all these young girls from getting hurt and I end up being that way. It’s like I forgot how to be a teenager and how I used to change my mind about boys all the time. I had many crushes but at least I never ‘loved’ any of them. I won’t start again about the L word because I’ll be extra mean. The YA genre has started not to working anymore for me.

Ok so the point is that the book was not bad. In addition, it was pretty good and enjoyable. I’m just weird and strict.

[Book of the Month] July’s most read book

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Just like the author of the month, this post is based on my GR-list and WP-list. What do my friends in both sites read more? Time to find out.


I guess there are trends with books that come to the surface from time to time. This month Opal and The End Of Days were both either read or discussed by my friends. Well I guess The End of Days was because the book was recently published but why Opal? I was thrilled to know that even though the book was published two years ago it’s still a trend so I’ll announce it the book of the month!

I am not complaining! Having Pepe Toth featuring in my blog is always a pleasure, right?

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After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.


The two books trending in WordPress were Red Queen and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Well clearly the second one is the book of the month because it was practically in every post made by my friends.

I think I should read this since it’s so popular,

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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Have you read them? What do you think? And what’s trending among your friends?

[Review] Lorali by Laura Dockrill

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Colourful, raw, brave, rich and fantastical – this mermaid tale is not for the faint-hearted.

Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn’t exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from.

Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human.

But along with Lorali’s arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory’s bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?

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Arc kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Lorali is a cute, lovely book filled with beautiful, thrilling mermaids and pirates and adventure.

Writing Style

Laura Dockrill did a great job expressing every character’s feelings and made it possible to relate. It’s important to know what’s inside the mind of the heroes in order to be able to understand their actions. At first I found weird the way she wrote the book because there were many POVs and every POV had a different way of writing. I thought that it was confusing but then I realized that it was actually genious. I could see the difference in every character’s behavior and thoughts and it was easy for me to know which character is, everytime the writing style changes. I didn’t enjoy the small chaotic sentences in Lorali’s POV but I can understand the reason behind them.

[Heart. Bu-Boom. Listen. UP FOR BREATH.Tick. Tock. Legs. Heavy. Sink. Flap. Flap. Flap. In. Out. Calm. Like the fog.]

There were pages full with small confusing sentences like the one above. Yeah, Lorali’s thoughts were chaotic because she was experiencing new things and she was scared but I’d rather have a different description than this. I was unable to follow page after page full with these small sentences. I skipped. Btw that’s the only reason the book lost a star.

World Building

Mermaids. When I read the blurb I had in my mind the usual mainstream mermaids and I was so excited and relieved when I read that these mermaids were different. The Whirl. their kingdom was a mesmerising place, with sea forests and gardens and creatures and a beautiful castle. I approved of what I read. Mermaids weren’t born the usual way but they were humans who died and got a second chance in life. They were salvaged by other mermaids but I am not going to reveal more, you have to read. It was impressing. Also they had their tapestries in their tails and their memories and feelings could be seen there through colors and shapes and all. How awesome is that?

Also I liked the fact that there were modern pirates. I tend to forget the meaning behind the word ‘pirate’ and I’ve only connected it with old times. My mistake.


Lorali was entertaining. A mermaid that surfaced and got legs is always fun to read. I found cute all of her reactions and I loved how honestly naive she was because of her understandable ignorance. She was thirsty for knowledge and adventure; ready to live. Her fascination over pretty much everything was the best part and her will to trust Rory and the humans was sweet. I liked Lorali and I wish more female leads could be like her.

Rory was the nicest person I’ve ever read about. It was a bit odd to read the thoughts of a 16-year-old boy who is desperate to be a man because I am used to female leads but it was enjoyable. For the first time I could finally understand the struggles of a teenage boy. Actual struggles that normal teenage boys usually have. it was absolutely fun. Well yeah when he met Lorali his priorities changed but it was sweet to read step by step about how he fell in love with her and how he grew to be a man because he needed to keep her safe. I love when there is that kind of character development.

I am not going to talk about more characters because there were many and you also need to find out by yourself. I’ll only talk about the Sea, which was actually a character with feelings and thoughts. The Sea was a narrator and was part of Lorali’s journey, experiencing all of her adventures but mostly she was there to introduce us to the rest of the characters like the Pirates, the Mers and more.


I am not completely satisfied with how the book ended because I am a fan of happy ends. I am not saying that the book ends in a bad way but it felt like there will be more and to be honest I expect something more because there is more to see anyway.

In general

I found the book unique and interesting and even though there were some parts that I skipped because of the writing style I still felt the need to be generous and rate the book with four stars. It was worthy of my time and if there’s a second book I will definitelly reading.


[Laura Dockrill]

[Recommendation Thursday] His Frozen Heart by Nancy Straight

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Hello sweethearts! It’s been a while since my latest recommendation but this Thursday I was determined to post. It’s summer here in Greece and I have so many fun things to do so I keep neglecting my blog. Well I’ll try not to do it anymore. So for this Thursday I have a contemporary romance to suggest!

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For best friends, Candy and Libby, money is tight with hardly enough to cover their living expenses. When they are desperate for grocery money, the girls bet on their pool playing skills to add to their income.

A simple wager on a quiet winter evening has devastating results, with a stalker determined to kill them both. With Libby in the hospital after a vicious attack, and Candy being pursued by the same stalker, she vows to find Libby’s attacker.

What she finds is Dave, an old friend with a secret past filled with misfortune. Will Dave’s past provide the answer to all of Candy’s problems or will it become Candy’s worst nightmare realized?


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Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband and two children.

She has written eight novels (3 x Paranormal Romance, 4 x Mythological Romance and 1 x Suspenseful Romance). Nancy enjoys reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.

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What do you think about this one? Have you read it?

[Rant Tuesday] Book-ish Stereotypes

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Hey guys, it’s finally Tuesday and I am able to rant on stuff that bother me. It feels so good when I get them out of my system. Today’s Rant is a special one because it’s not about just one thing but about all stuff in books that make no sense in real life. Let me explain what I mean.

◆ Good, virgin girl gets the bad guy. I mean, seriously? Why virgin? She could be a good girl without being a virgin and she could find a guy who isn’t that bad. I admit these stories are catchy and I enjoy reading them but they’re completely unrealistic and fake fairytales. No, the bad guy doesn’t really change because he never falls for good, virgin girl. The bad guy will find a nice, pretty girl, who probably is experienced and fall for her.

It does happen but it’s so rare and I think this kind of couples has extincted.

◆ All girls except the main lead and her friends are trashy. That’s not even possible. It can’t be that all girls, except the heroine, want the hero in their pants but they don’t care about him. It’s not right that there are authors who actually present girls to be easy and ready to be fucked just because but the heroine is a saint who knows how to resist her urges. Bite me, this doesn’t happen. Yes there are easy girls and there are also girls who know how to say no but it’s not just these two categories for crying out loud.

◆ Redheads are instantly sluts. That offends me a lot because I used to be a redhead for a great amound of time and I am telling you that I am not a slut. I love my boyfriend and I am loyal as hell. Anyway it happens that redheads are described as easy and slutty in many contemporary books and the ‘redhead’ comes out as an insult and it has to stop. I still love my blood-red hair and I don’t want to feel like I am a whore because I am not.

All sex related stereotypes. The couple always comes at the same time, the girl always enjoys her first time and she even comes, the dude is always huge and gifted and experienced. Why am I even bothering? I should just read them and enjoy them while knowing none of it it’s true. Sometimes I wonder if the authors have sex because if they do they should have known that what they write is nonsense. Well maybe their sex life is perfect and that’s why they write all these stuff. Maybe they write about the sex they wish they had.

I don’t really mean to sound offensive but I am ranting on these things because I am also curious. I apologize if I offended any of you for some reason but this is just my humble opinion and don’t forget that I also feel insulted by some stuff.

Thanks for reading!

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[Review] Queen of Blood by Jill Myles

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For one hundred years, Seri’s people have lived under the thumb of the Blood, the cruel and mysterious rulers of Athon. Seri wants nothing more than to put food on the table and marry the hotheaded but handsome Rilen come spring. But when a noblewoman asks Seri to be her handmaiden, Rilen insists she move to the enemy’s castle . . . and spy on the newly arrived prince.

Prince Graeme has grown weary of his family’s curse. The Blood are powerful and immortal, but doomed to live in the shadows, flitting from lover to lover, always in search of the mythic Eterna—the one woman who will sate their hunger. Now his father has sent him to the outskirts of the empire to stamp out a rebellious Vidari faction. But when a wild and alluring Vidari girl shows up at court, he finds himself torn between following his father’s orders and following his heart . . .

A war is brewing between Athonite and Vidari, between Blood and man. As uprisings sweep through the land, Seri and Graeme find themselves at the center of a storm with only one choice: betray each other, or betray their people.

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So I was thinking about rating this book with 3 stars but I decided against it because I couldn’t find reasons to do so.

It was a quick, easy read. I had no trouble following the plot and I could relate to the characters. I loved the era the story was set in and I enjoyed the romance. So why would I rate this book less than 4 stars, right?

Let’s start with Seri, a Vitari girl who was trying to survive along with her family. She was going to get married and live a happily ever after. Everything changed when she was told that she was an Eterna, the other half of a Prince Blood and that she was meant to be with him. Seri didn’t like that and she fought till the end to change it. She tried to murder her Prince husband and worked as an insider in order to help her people start a revolution.
I was glad that Seri didn’t fall in love immediately and that she didn’t betray her life style over a man. She remained loyal to her religion and her beliefs. Yes, she fell in love with the prince but he was worth it and Seri deserved him.

Prince Graeme was lovely. He was nothing like his cruel father and brother. He was willing to make his kingdom better and fair and he was always trying for the best. When he found Seri he was patient and hopeful even though he didn’t want her as well. Eventually he saw how precious Seri was and he fought to win her heart and make her life better.

I loved the intrigue around the war and the mystery of plotting a revolution. I enjoyed all the attempts that Seri made in order to murder Graeme. The battle between what was supposed to be right and her morals made the character more real and approachable. I could relate to her and her thoughts or feelings and I could absolutely understand her dilemma.

I don’t have more things to say because I read the book over a night and I didn’t even thought about keeping notes like I always do. That’s a good thing.

I suggest you read the book in a summer night, while drinking wine or something cold and refreshing.

Thank you for reading.


[Jill Myles]

JILL MYLES is the author of the Succubus Diaries from Pocket Books. Jill also writes as Jessica Clare and Jessica Sims.

[Review] Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds… two races…and two destinies.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

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So much potential… wasted. This book could be the book of the year if it wasn’t so weird. The world building was amazing and the plot was unique and fresh.

The beginning was a bit depressing but I could handle it because it was about the other side of death. Aza was talking about how people don’t want to talk about death because it scares them.

[Death is the Santa Claus of the adult world. Except Santa Claus in reverse. The guys who takes all the presents away.]

I was shocked about how casually she was referring to death because it scares me as well but then I realized that if you’re sick and death is close then you probably have to come to terms with dying. Aza was brave and even if it was shocking she was right.

Also, I loved Jason and his relationship with Aza. I was touched everytime there was a chapter of Jason’s POV. How can a person be so sweet and loving? I seriously wish I had a friend like him, to be able to understand and see through me. He was trying so desperatelly to save her life and he didn’t give up on her even after she “died”. His grief was so realistic that had me crying.

[I never thought this would happen. I thought this would probably happen. I knew this was coming. I didn’t see this coming.]

We all hope for the best and even though we think we’re prepared for the worst, we’re not. It’s only human to have hopes that the worst scenario won’t happen. Jason felt so human to me.

Magonia was amazing with all these beautiful creatures and birds. I wish I would be able to see them. Ships and sails and pirates. It was incredible!

If it wasn’t fot the long, tiring sentences that I couldn’t follow and the weird dialogue style, I would have enjoyed the book. The sentences had the size of a paragraph, for example:

[Sleigh loaded down with memories and wineglasses and pots and pans and sweaters and grilled cheese sandwiches and Kleenexes and text messages and ugly houseplants and calico cat fur and half-used lipstick and laundry that never got done and and letters you went to the trouble of handwritting…..] this one goes on and on.

I was lost at the first line. Why use long unnecessary sentenses?

The dialogue sometimes had this formation:

[School Nurse: “You’re a miracle! You’re our miracle!”

Aza Ray Boyle: (retching noises)]

Why? Why were the dialogues like that? It was like I was reading a movie script or a screenplay. I didn’t need that.

Also I was lost everytime she was using () or {[[[]]]} or (&&&). What are these weird marks and what exactly do they mean?? I thought at first that () means something like ‘love’ but I am not sure. If you’ve read the book and you’re smarter than me please explain them to me.

[Caru yearns for home. For [({})]}]

What does that even mean??

And also explain to me why there were all these pi digits. Yes, I know they meant something deeper and that they were keeping Jason sane and ready to try for the best but why the digits were in front of me all the time?

I don’t know. I wanted so bad to enjoy this book because I really really really liked the story but I was so tired after reading it and I was almost glad that it was over. Isn’t it such a pity?


Maria Dahvana Headley is the author of the upcoming young adult skyship novel MAGONIA from HarperCollins, the dark fantasy/alt-history novel QUEEN OF KINGS, the internationally bestselling memoir THE YEAR OF YES, and THE END OF THE SENTENCE, a novella co-written with Kat Howard, from Subterranean. With Neil Gaiman, she is the New York Times-bestselling co-editor of the monster anthology UNNATURAL CREATURES, benefitting 826DC.

Her Nebula and Shirley Jackson award-nominated short fiction has recently appeared on Tor.com, and in The Toast, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Apex, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Subterranean Online, Glitter & Mayhem and Jurassic London’s The Lowest Heaven and The Book of the Dead, and will soon appear in Uncanny, Shimmer, and more. It’s anthologized in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Fantasy & Science Fiction, & Paula Guran’s 2013 The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, in The Year’s Best Weird Volume 1, ed. Laird Barron, and in Wastelands, Vol 2, among others. She’s also a playwright and essayist.

She grew up in rural Idaho on a sled-dog ranch, spent part of her 20’s as a pirate negotiator and ship marketer in the maritime industry, and now lives in Brooklyn in an apartment shared with a seven-foot-long stuffed crocodile.