First, let’s consider the reading challenges. At the beginning of the week, I had picked out seven books to satisfy all the challenges that Ariel put forth for this year’s BookTube-A-Thon (click here to read my BTAT TBR post). I had big plans to spend my Floridian vacation by the pool with my Twitter open in one hand, and a book in the other. Unfortunately, one big thing got in my way of this dream: school. This summer I decided to take some online classes, and I ended up having to prioritize my school work over BTAT. LAME. So while I could hear my phone’s Twitter notifications going off in the distance, I was stuck in front of my computer writing various essays. *sad face*
In the wake of all my schoolwork, I did manage to read three books this week, which is more than I could ever ask for in a typical week.
The coin toss said that I had to start off the week with My Lady Jane. After that, I moved on to binge The Darkest Minds so I could watch the movie (I haven’t yet lol, but I definitely will this week though, don’t you worry), and finished with Ignite Me. You know what that means, right? MINI REVIEWS ARE IN ORDER!
My Lady Jane, by: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?
My Rating: ★★★★★
Traditionally, I’m not one to like historical fiction, but this book is SO MUCH MORE than its genre. This story takes history and flips it on its head; it adds magic, tons of comedic elements, and cute romance that is to die for.
The Darkest Minds, by: Alexandra Bracken
Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
In preparation for watching the movie adaptation of this book that was just released last week, I was very excited to pick this book up. Going into it, I didn’t know much about it, except that it was one of the dystopias that came out during that four year period where every popular YA book was set in a dystopian society (a time that I lovingly call “The Hunger Games Era”). The only background information I had about this novel was that (1) I’d heard people rave about it, and (2) there were kids with superpowers.
Ignite Me, by: Tahereh Mafi
My Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
I read the first two books in the Shatter Me trilogy last year, and after hearing that Tahereh was coming out with a new trilogy in the same world, I wanted to finish out the series. Granted, I didn’t remember the little details about Shatter Me and Unravel Me, but I felt like I remembered enough to forge ahead. Maybe I was wrong, but this last installment left me disappointed after enjoying the other books. (MINOR SPOILER WARNING IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IGNITE ME YET).
When I wasn’t reading this past week, I spent some time completing the first five days of Instagram challenges. (But, Ashton, what about the last two days?) Great question. The final two days of my BTAT experience were filled with a 13-hour car ride, and one of the worst colds I’ve ever had (it was so severe, that on Thursday, my dad got me a box of 180 tissues. On Sunday, they were gone. I also had a pretty nasty fever, and was just not up for taking pictures.). The good news is that I’m (almost) all the way healed, and am coming back to the blogging/bookstagram world with full force! *cue applause noises*
Overall, though I didn’t get to read all the books I had planned, I still had fun interacting with all my fellow book lovers out there this past week! Let me know if you participated in the BookTube-A-Thon, or if there are any other read-a-thons I should be on the lookout for in the comments.
Your sniffly blogger,
Because this absolutely insane - the craziest thing I'd ever done. Worse than giving a one-star review, scarier than asking for an interview with an author I'd give my firstborn to eat lunch with, more stupid than kissing Daemon.
— Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.