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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones | Book Review

Hi everyone!

About a month ago, I started reading Wintersong, intrigued by it because I knew that it was about goblins and kidnapping, and now I’m happy to say I read it. Although, I didn’t quite love it–I’m giving it around 3.5-3.75 stars–it was definitely enjoyable, so I hope you stick around to continue reading this review.

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One thing I would like to point out is that you should definitely go into this book without knowing much. If you’re aware that it is about goblins, and that it has really beautiful writing, I think you’re set. What I realized while reading was that the synopsis given on the inside of the book as well as the one on Goodreads actually spoils part of the book. That is, I kept expecting the story to move forward more quickly, because what was happening was already given in the synopsis itself. It turned out, however, that the synopsis basically tells you what happens for at least a third of the book. So: if you want to be slightly more surprised, I recommend not reading a summary.

(This review will be spoiler-free).

Things I Liked:

As I mentioned already, I loved the writing. It was probably my favorite part of the book. It’s flowy and nice-sounding and really sets the atmosphere of the book. The world is super interesting as well. You want to continue reading purely because of the fact that everything is so mysterious and dark. Literally: when I think of this book, I imagine the color scheme of the (beautiful) book cover–dark blue laced with shining silver.

Another aspect I really enjoyed was the character development. By the end of the novel, Elisabeth is basically entirely transformed. When we first meet her, she has no self-esteem, doesn’t know what she’s doing, is bitter and unsatisfied with her life. Throughout the novel, she finally finds herself and her music. I also really liked the fact that her music was such a central aspect of her story, as books often erase hobbies and passions for plotlines.

Things That Could Have Been Better

My biggest complaint for this book is that nothing happened. I could have skipped a good 100 pages, and I would have understood what was going on because that’s how slow it was. I was expecting Elisabeth to do something besides stay weepy and mourn and lust, but she didn’t, most of the time. And this is coming from a person who can usually read slow books–I just couldn’t deal with it. It felt really repetitive at times, so much so that the romance got boring and even the beautiful writing didn’t faze me. It felt like I was reading the same lines over and over again.

I also wish that the author had expanded the world of the novel. There was so much more to know! It could have been so much more adventurous and interesting if something had actually happened. Don’t get me wrong: I usually enjoy character-driven books–I LOVE characters, even if the plot isn’t amazing–but for a book that was supposed to be a fantasy, I was expecting a little more action. So many things went unexplained; and I assume that they will be elaborated on in Book 2, but still.

Overall, however, I did end up liking this book because it had a really different taste to it. I’m not really sure if I’ll get to the second book, just because I don’t know if I can deal with another super slow book in a long time now.

Have you read Wintersong? Did you enjoy it, or were you one of those that thought it was mediocre?

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3 Year Blogiversary!

Hey everyone!

Today, February 2017, marks the completed third year of this blog, AloofBooks. I’ve spent three years on here, talking, writing, reading, sharing. Three years of learning about new books, of ranting about things I hate, of letting the world know how I feel. This is (probably) the longest period of time I have continued something purely because I want to, and I am so glad that I did.

When I first started this blog, I was an 8th grader who wanted to show her mom that I could do something good about all the books I read for fun. In 9th grade, it became my platform for telling people about my struggles, and how little I could read. This continued onto 10th grade–and now, I’m in the second half of my junior year, and I can say that I have changed so much since the first time I started this little blog. I have nearly 500 (!!!) followers on here–which I think is a pretty big number for a blog–and although I can’t be quite as nearly as active as I was in the past, it’s still wonderful.

Thank you to all of those who have stuck with me for three years, to all of those who still read my posts and talk to me about anything and everything, and most of all, thank you to books: for letting me be passionate about something.

Love,

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YA Books of 2018

Hey guys! Every year, I usually make a post of the new year’s book releases that I might want to read. Usually, I do it way before we enter into the new year, but this time, I’m a little late. (Obviously, since it’s already February).

Here are the links to the previous posts in this series:  2016 // 2017

As always, bolded means priority/I’m extra excited and italics means the book is a debut. I hope you find this list useful, since it took a while for me to choose which books to include.

 

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black — January 2nd
  • Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu — January 2nd
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed — January 16th
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert — January 30th
  • Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones — February 6th
  • Sightwitch (Witchlands #0.5) by Susan Dennard — February 13th
  • Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare — February 20th
  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena — February 27th
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi — March 6th
  • Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #4) — March 6th
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — March 13th
  • The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton — March 13th
  • The Fates Divide (Carve The Mark #2) by Veronica Roth — April 10th
  • The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan — May 1st
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas — May 1st
  • On The Come Up by Angie Thomas — May 1st
  • My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma — May 15th
  • From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon — May 22nd
  • Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber — May 29th
  • Save the Date by Morgan Matson — June 5th
  • Smoke In The Sun by Renee Ahdieh — June 5th
  • A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Ember Quartet #3) — June 12th
  • Not The Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi — June 19th
  • My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Multiple Authors — June 26th
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik — July 10th
  • Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton — July 31st
  • Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas — August 7th
  • These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch — August 7th
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson — August 7th
  • Fierce Like a Firestorm (Hibiscus Daughter #2) by Lana Popovic — August 21st
  • Mirage by Somaiya Daud — August 28th
  • Untitled by Kiera Cass — September 20th
  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White– September 25th
  • Untitled (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer — November 6th
  • Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare — December 4th
  • Untitled (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu — ???
  • Untitled (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas — ??? 
  • Untitled by Marie Rutkoski — ???
  • The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor — ???

What are your most anticipated reads of 2018? I’d love to know!

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson: A Pleasant Surprise

Hey guys!

About two weeks ago, when we had just entered 2018, I picked up An Enchantment of Ravens on a whim. I kind of just felt like trying it out; since I knew it had faeries in it…until I got hooked. I hadn’t felt like reading something avidly in such a long time, and it just felt so good. Even when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking of it and the characters.

So–I decided I might as well tell you guys a little bit about it in this review-raving post. (This is spoiler-free, so don’t worry about it).

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Isn’t the cover SO beautiful?

I personally think you don’t really need to know much about this book before going into it. It’s barely 300 pages; so if you learn too much about it, then it might spoil the book for you. The only things you should know are: it’s about faeries, and it has beautiful writing.

Now, just a heads up: this is one of those books that’s definitely a hit-or-miss. For me, it was a hit. I get why people wouldn’t like it as much–but for me, I could overlook the flaws because my enjoyment outweighed the things that would usually bug me. In fact, it was kind of out of the ordinary for me to enjoy a book like this.

Normally, I despise instalove. I’ve written so much about how much I hate it; and I still do. An Enchantment of Ravens had instalove. I still love it. For such a short book, I became so invested in the characters that I didn’t care about the fact that the romance took place in such a short bit of time. That said, let me tell you why I loved this book.

  • The writing was so pretty. Reading it, I thought I was a faerie myself, floating through this mystical world. It was poetical without the long, wordy descriptions some books have.
  • loved the characters. Yea, yea. Isobel could be stupid sometimes; she fell in love super easily, etc. etc. I didn’t care. She was also passionate and stubborn about what she wanted; she didn’t give up easily and that’s what made the story nice. Rook? I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. As a reader you expect him to be all stiff and annoying and like a trickster, but he’s actually such an innocent smol bean. He’s cluelessly adorable, but at the same time–he’s not stupid.
  • The WORLD. Anyone who knows my taste in books knows I am an absolute sucker for anything faerie related. Do books include intriguing worlds with faeries/fey who can’t lie and have all the nature-y stuff related to them? Cool. I’m in. And this was just that. Rogerson took my image of nature-bound faeries who couldn’t lie right out of my head and put it in her book.
  • And just about everything else.

Again, I feel like I need to clear this up: this book had a lot of flaws. Besides the instalove, there were a lot of plot holes that I feel like could have been addressed had the book been longer. But in actuality? I didn’t really care. I liked the fact that not everything had been cleared up, because it let the intrigue of the book stay.

My only complaint is that I wish this book was longer, since Rogerson definitely could have extended it to answer some questions. At times it felt like it was slightly rushed, as if the author needed to fit in the plot in an X amount of words. I just wish that there was another book to look forward to, especially since certain conflicts could be extended more. (Though I’m not complaining about the ending we got!)

Regardless, if you couldn’t tell, I loved this book, and I can’t wait for any other books Margaret Rogerson has to offer us. ❤

Have you read this book? How did you like it? I’d love to chat!

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My Year in Books: 2017

Hey guys! This is a bit late; as I had originally intended to post about all the books I read in 2017 beforehand, but oh well. This year, I read a total of 15 books–the least I’ve read probably in my entire life, at least in terms of reading for fun. So that’s why, I guess I can list out all the books I read and what I gave them.

The first book I read in 2017 was The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, which I gave five stars. I think this was probably my favorite book of the year, and I’m so happy I met Nicola herself because I just love it so much!

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2. Next, I sensitivity read The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman (which is going to be published July 31st, 2018, so you should definitely check it out then!) and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to. It was a wonderful book with a Muslim (!!!) main character and beautiful writing.

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3. The third book I read was The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan–which was long overdue. Although nothing will be the same as when I first read Rick’s books, this one brought back lots of memories and had me feeling nostalgic. (4 stars).

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4. Next up I read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and quite sadly, it was pretty disappointing. I ended up giving it around 3-3.5 stars. I had such high expectations, and they just weren’t met.

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5. My Lady Jane, by multiple authors–I gave this one 4 stars. It was super cute, funny, and definitely a very enjoyable read.

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6. A Court of Wings and Ruin–unfortunately, this was also one of my disappointing reads of 2017. It felt too long, and too unnecessary, with parts that didn’t sit quite well with me. I liked it, but definitely not enough to give it more than 3.5 stars.

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7. Lord of Shadows, by Cassandra Clare–but of course. Loved it; and I mean, was that really a surprise? 4.5 stars.

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8. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (4 stars) and (9) Our Dark Duet (3.5 stars)–both of these books I also really enjoyed, but I did expect something a little more, which is why I didn’t give them higher ratings.

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10. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han–AH, the cuteness! I loooved this bittersweet conclusion to one of my favorite contemporary series. This was extremely adorable and satisfying, and I’m so happy that Jenny Han has blessed us with this series. (4.5 stars)

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11. Windwitch by Susan Dennard–besides The Sun is Also a Star, this was probably my favorite book, and definitely my favorite fantasy. I thought I wouldn’t like it as much as I did Truthwitch, but I found myself super immersed in the story and loving the characters even more. ❤ Definitely 5 stars.

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12. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin–probably the most badass book I’ve read in a long time. The main character was awesome, the plot intricate, and the ending left my heart beating faster. (4.5 stars)

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13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger–I had to read this for school, and I had actually already read it before, so that’s why I’m not considering it one of my favorite books. That said, this is definitely my favorite classic ever, despite its flaws. 5 stars.

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14. The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin–this was by far the most disappointing read of 2017 for me. I gave it 2 stars, with my expectations so high in the sky crumbling on top of me. I’m not even sure if I want to continue the series.

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15. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas–this was, probably, the most important book I read in 2017 and the most profound one, too. I don’t even need to say anything else because everyone knows how good of a book it is, and if you don’t, you should probably read it too.

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…and that’s it! Overall, despite the fact that I read so little, the books I read weren’t all that terrible, though I did have more expectations of some books that weren’t met. I found that books I didn’t expect much from I ended up enjoying a LOT more, so I’m going to try to keep my expectations lowered from now on.

What were YOUR favorite/least favorite books of the year? I’d love to know and discuss, so please leave a comment!

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2017: My Year in Review

Hi everyone! It’s currently 10:16 P.M. where I live, and I just took a practice SAT and decided that I should probably talk about 2017 on my blog a little bit.

2017 was…interesting. To say the least. It was for me, by far, the fastest passing year. I had ups and downs, and I don’t really know how to rate it, because how can you just rate an entire year? An entire year of memories, an entire year of thoughts and experiences and people and conversations? You can’t just rate it. But I guess you can think about it, muse over it. So let me tell you guys my feelings that I can put into words:

In terms of books, this year was terrible for me.

I read a total of 15 books, with my goal being at 20 (I later changed my goal so I could have my Goodreads Reading Challenge complete). I mean, I don’t really know what I was expecting, but seeing this meager number is still saddening. In 2015, I read 93 books. 2016, I read 35 books. I think you can tell when high school drastically changed my reading?

That being said, I was pretty pleased with all of the books I read, so that’s the bright side. I think I am going to make a different blog post with all of the books I read, so I’ll leave that for later (along with my favorites).

I started my junior year of high school, and finished sophomore year up.

I just need to survive one more semester more until I’m a senior! And so, until then, I am expecting to be unable to read/blog a lot. Afterwards, I think things might get better. More importantly, though, I think I have come to terms with something that scares me even now.

I’m never going to be reading or blogging as avidly as I was before.

This is the hard truth that I’m still having trouble swallowing down, purely because it is so hard for me to let go of things. But I think I can live with this fact. I can deal with it. Does this mean I’m quitting blogging, or that I don’t like books anymore? No. It’s just that…books can’t be the center of my life as they used to be anymore. I was obsessed; it wasn’t just a hobby, and I miss that. I truly do. Two years (even more) later, though, I’m realizing that it wasn’t healthy. I didn’t spend time or think about other things. It was a little too much.

That said, I can’t wait for all of the new books being released and all of the new posts I will write in 2018. I just wanted to let you guys know because I might blog a little bit more about non-book related things from now on. (Although the main purpose of this blog is still books, so don’t worry).

Like I said before, 2017 had its ups and downs. There were moments where I couldn’t stop crying because of school, staying up late, trying to study but understanding nothing. There were days where I was so sick of everything that my only motivation was to reach the end of the week. But there were also moments where I couldn’t stop laughing with my friends or family, moments where I felt so happy I would go to sleep smiling, moments of being foolish and giggling and being a little too loud. For the first time since 8th grade, I finally connected back to some of my old friends (whom I realized I had missed too much). One day of the week, I forget about school at least a little bit when I spend time with them, and this started in 2017.

In 2017, I realized just how much I love being around kids and babies in general. In 2017, it hit me how important to me being Turkish is, and how much I love history and languages and words. I competed in Poetry Out Loud–not placing–but I realized that I was pretty good at it. In 2017, also for the first time in years, I started trying out drawing again. Not a lot, but much more than before, and it felt so good to be able to see that I can create things! I became so much closer to my current friends at school, through the goofiest things, and I’m so thankful for all of them.

There are countless other memories that I made this year, whether good or bad. Some are too personal to share on here, where everyone can see and judge, and some I am likely forgetting. But as I mentioned, I need a place to talk about all of my emotions, so here we are.

I have no idea who will read this, and at this point, does it even matter? Here’s to 2018, everyone.

End: 10:42 P.M., December 31st 2017.

Love,

Silanur.

 

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The Grinch Book Tag

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, and I saw this one over at Lila’s blog, and decided I might as well do it myself. So, let’s begin!

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Also…I’ve always felt terrible for the Grinch omg 😦

1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out // Name a book/series/character that started out well and then went downhill.

Since I just finished The Becoming of Noah Shaw, I might as well use that for this question. If you’ve read my review, you know how disappointed I was by this installment. I know, technically it’s the first book in a series, but you can’t really read it without already having read Mara Dyer. So yes–this book definitely fits, since I loved the Mara Dyer trilogy SO much more.

2. Annoying relatives won’t leave you alone // Name a book that you did not enjoy but everyone else seems to love, and it will not stop haunting you.

It’s literally been three years, but I still don’t understand why everyone loves I’ll Give You The Sun so much. All I remember was that it was insta-lovey and just…not that good. (I will still literally rant about this book guys–it’s never going to end).

3. Your pets keep knocking over your Christmas decorations // Name a character that kept on messing everything up for everyone.

OHMYGOD how annoying the main character was in The Kite Runner! I remember liking the book when I read it last year, and the character development was good, but he was just so goddamn selfish and I could not get over it.

4. You hear your parents putting presents out and learn that Father Christmas is not real // Name a book you were spoiled for.

I’ve been spoiled for sooo many books, but here are some off the top of my head: Allegiant, City of Glass, Clockwork Princess, Heir of Fire…all of the mainstream books that I would have loved even more if I hadn’t been spoiled.

5. It’s freezing outside // Name a character you just couldn’t warm to.

August Flynn from This Savage Song. It’s not that I didn’t like him; he was fine, but I just couldn’t bring myself to care that much. At the end of the duology, because I wasn’t really emotionally attached, I didn’t end up having my heart broken like everyone else, even though I had enjoyed the books in general.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is being played a lot on the radio, giving you anti-romantic feelings // Name a couple that you just could not stand.

Will I ever stop screeching about just how much I hate Aelin and Rowan? I hate them so much that I changed the font of this text for the first time in my life. I just…can’t. I hated Rowan from the start; ever since he started abusing her and I despised it when Sarah turned their relationship into a romance. Blegh.

7. The scratchy homemade jumper that you got for Christmas years ago but have never worn // A book that has been sitting on your shelf for years that you are not motivated to read, but do not have the heart to get rid of.

Sadly, my sister gave me The Knife of Never Letting Go (haha, get it, I don’t want to let go of it) about two years ago, and I even got it signed(!), but I just haven’t picked it up yet and I’ve kind of lost interest. The sad thing is, I KNOW if I just start it, I’ll enjoy it, but I don’t have the motivation to. The other thing is, I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it purely because a) it was a gift and b) it’s signed.

8. Grandma has gotten run over by a reindeer // Name a character death that you are still mad about.

*spoiler alert for Lord of Shadows by Cassie Clare*

My heart is still broken over the fact that Livvy died. I know that if she hadn’t, then the book wouldn’t have been as good as it was, but still. It was so tragic, because Livvy was so innocent and just hadn’t deserved to die, but it absolutely broke my heart.

9. Shops are overcrowded with shoppers for the holidays // Name a series with too many books, or that went on too long.

This one is really tricky, because I will always always ALWAYS harbor a special place in my heart for Rick Riordan’s books. That said, even I–a die-hard PJO fan–admit that the world of gods and monsters that Rick once created so uniquely is kind of overdone at this point. His new series (Not the Heroes of Olympus) all follow the same types of tropes with similar character archetypes, and although I understand that it is meant for a younger audience, I feel like it is a bit much.

10. The Grinch // Name a main character that you absolutely hate (not a villain).

I already kind of talked about him, but I’ve never hated a character who is not a villain with the passion that I hate Rowan with. I never warmed up to him; never thought he was as amazing as everyone made him to be, never shipped him with Aelin or any of that. Honestly, I wish he would die. (I am very aware of how controversial my opinions on him are).

Anyway, that’s it for this tag! Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my ranting!

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