August Wrap-Up and September Currently Reading

And now it’s August 31st and my classes have started and organic chemistry is going to kill me. Seriously, I think this is the hardest class I’ve ever taken. Holy cow. So don’t be surprised if this is the last month where I read more than one book until December when classes let out for winter break. I’m already read for a nap.

So while I still have the energy to write about them, here are the books I read and the books I’m reading:

Y: The Last Man volume 6 by Brian K Vaughn
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 6: Girl on Girl (Y: The Last Man, #6)I’ve been slowly making my way through this series. This is by the same guy who writes Saga and this one is already completed, so I figure I’d pick it up. I don’t actually own any of the volumes myself but have been leeching them off Amanda as she buys them. So thanks :”D You save me monies and provide me entertainments. Also did I give this volume back to you yet, I forget.

ANYWAYS, this series follows Yorick, who along with his male monkey are the last two creatures with Y chromosomes on the planet. The world is written very rough-and-tumble. It’s gritty, funny, action-packed. And it has no shortage of strong female characters (because duh). This series is very different from Saga in both tone and art, but I seriously recommend checking it out. I have four volumes to go I think and I’m hoping the ending will be fantastic.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)Going into this book, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I was expecting a generic YA fantasy that would pull out a three star rating. Because while the plot was unique, the plot devices used weren’t. And honestly the main character was a pest at times. But Ms Raasch managed to pull this book off spectacularly. I found myself invested in the story and absorbed into the word despite a small list of cliches that I noticed. I actually wrote a review on this one, so if you’re interested, go check it out.

I’m highly anticipating book two of this series which is set to be released later this year. While I’m still not crazy about the main character, she’s definitely grown on me and I actually kinda sorta like her now. Don’t love, but like, which is enough for me.

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
RumbleThis is another book I wrote a review for and if you don’t follow my blog normally, I’ll let you know now that I hated this book. One star. I don’t even know how I finished it. I think I started hate-reading after a while and had to finish it from pure spite. So in the review I kinda tear it a new asshole.

If you like this book, tell me why, because I honestly don’t see the appeal. This was easily my lowest ranking book of the month. I’m hoping I don’t come across any more Rumbles for the rest of the year.

Amulet volume 1 by Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)This graphic novel was a breathe of fresh air after finishing Rumble. I enjoyed this, and I loved the art. The creatures in this story are fascinating. This is a middle grade graphic novel following a set of siblings as they discover an amulet that let’s them fall into another world. After reading only one volume, I know I want to read the rest. I’m slowly renting them from my local library so hopefully I’ll get through them sooner or later.

Also, I noticed I have a weird thing – animal sidekicks. See that bunny on the front? I thought going into this that I’d find that bunny annoying, but I ended up liking him. I do that a lot. When I saw the snowman on Frozen before watching it, I mentally decided ‘annoying’, but ended up loving him. Does anyone else do that with animal sidekicks or am I weird?

The Martian by Andy Weir
The MartianI wrote a review on this one as well and this is easily my favorite book of the month if not the year so far. It’s up there with The Chaos Walking Trilogy with out much I’ve been shoving it down people’s throats. If there is some way some how you don’t know the synopsis of this book yet, it’s about a guy who gets stranded on Mars and then is a smart ass about it.

It’s hilarious, I highly recommend it if you want to laugh at constant life-and-death situations and not feel bad about it. I listened to think as an audiobook and highly recommend you do so – the narrator they caught is just absolutely perfect.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A Monster CallsAnd this is officially my second favorite book of the month. I think I’m just a fangirl for Patrick Ness, he can do no wrong. A Monster Calls is about a boy named Conor and a Monster and a truth that the monster will see revealed. I read this very quickly. There are illustrations throughout it that just tie in so well with the tone of this book. It’s eerie without being scary, it’s unsettling without being off-putting. I really enjoyed this.

And I found out it’s being made into a movie and that Liam Neeson is voicing the monster. I think it’s a perfect choice :”D I can’t wait to watch it.

Legend by Marie Lu
Legend (Legend, #1)I got what I expected up going into this book – a semi-stereotypical story of a girl who discovers her government is corrupt and is now on a quest to take it down. Even though I knew it was cliche, I still enjoyed this book. The only problem I really had with it that kept me from getting fully immersed is the ‘the chosen one’ trope that runs strong in it. This fifteen year old girl and fifteen year old guy, only they can save the country. None of the adults. Nope, just them.

Once I got past that goofy piece of plot point, I could enjoy this book. I rated it 3.5 stars and am continuing the series.

So those are all the books I read this month. Like I said, it’s probably going to be a while before the list is this long again. So on to what I’m currently reading as we get into September:

Beauty QueensBeauty Queens by Libba Bray
You know what’s terrible? I might DNF this book. Not because I don’t like it – I do like it – but honestly I have no desire to read it. It’s weird. When I read it, I enjoy it, but all the other books on my list are drawing me in way more than this book. And it’s a library book that’ll have to be returned eventually, so… if I don’t pick it up again by the return date it’s getting DNF’d. I’ve already renewed it once, I think having it for six weeks and not finishing it should be an indicator that it’s time to let it go.

Yes Please by Amy PoehlerYes Please
This one I’m going to finish. I’m listening to it on audiobook and really enjoying it. Amy Poehler is pretty funny I think. :”D

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Yep, still chugging through this one. Ignore that I’ve been reading it since February. I’m reading this aloud with my SO so it’s more slow going but not an issue like Beauty Queens is.

Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy (Legend, #2)
This one I feel will be finished pretty quickly. I’m about 70 percent done with it and homework-depending, I’ll finish it by the weekend.

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
Reread for me, very much enjoying it :”D


A Storm of Swords by George RR MartinA Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
Lately this one has taken the back burner to the other books I’m reading but I’m still definitely going to finish it. I love this world so much :”D

And that’s all she wrote! What was your favorite book this month? Happy reading!

Book Review: A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin

My thoughts are swirling after reading this book. On the slim chance you don’t know already, this is the second book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, the first being A Game of Thrones. The first book, I rated 5 stars. This book, I feel I liked even more. Here is a synopsis from Goodreads, because I feel it gives the perfect amount of ‘oooh, ahhh’:

A comet the colour of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk at night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

The following may be accidentally spoilery. I won’t directly spoil without warning, but some of my phrasing of events might hint at things you might not wanna know ahead of time, so tread with caution.

A Clash of Kings is a spectacular continuation of A Game of Thrones. The character development for each character has furthered, the plot has thickened, the writing and imagery is wonderful as always. I think what I like the most about this installment is that more places were explored than just Winterfell, King’s Landing, The Wall and Vaes Dothrak. It gave me a larger picture in my head of who is where and what is happening when. The land this story takes place in I want to run around in. …with like fifty guards, but whatever.

Another thing that I really liked was that I began to hate characters I previously liked. Not because they’re bad characters, no, but because they’re developing so well that I know for a fact that if I ever met them in real life I’d hate their guts. The characters in this book to me feel like they’re real people, both the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’, but honestly, the lines between the two are starting to blur in this book and I love it. Some characters in the first book that I disliked I’m starting to feel sympathy for. Some I liked I know despise. Some I hated I still hate. *cough*Joffrey*cough*. Some I liked I now REALLY like.

The following in spoilery, I warn you! Skip to the next paragraph to get back to safe reading if you don’t wanna know! I wanted to mention these parts specifically, because they made me hate a particular character the most (and really like a couple others). Lemme start with this: Theon is a dickhole. Holy doody he’s an ass. I’m talking about two parts in particular: When he first meets his sister and when he ‘kills’ Bran and Rickon. The first, the fact that all he did was immediately see this woman as something to be gained made me sick. And when it turned out his sister was playing him, I laughed so hard and fell in love with his sister’s character. Asha is damn wonderful. At the end of the book, Theon’s fate is unknown, but I’m totally going to the store as soon as I’m done writing to get the third book, haha. So I’ll find out. I hope he’s alive so Asha can out-everything him more, haha. And for the second part… what a coward he is. I was in shock (I shouldn’t have been because of Martin’s rep, I know) but when it turns out he faked it, I was both happy and it made me dislike him all the more. If you’re gonna be evil, at least be good at it, goodness. That’s all for my spoilers.

And even if you didn’t read my spoiler, just know it actually made me like the book more. I loved hate-reading from that character’s perspective, it was fantastic. :”D

Overall, I loved this book. I want another book now. Lucky for me, it’s at the store and I can totally go get it.

Rating: 5/5 stars
There are so many punchable people.