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Let Me Gush About Brooklyn 9-9

In “Let Me Gush About”, I talk about TV shows or movies that have changed my life one way or the other and that I would like to share with you ! DON’T GET THIS ARTICLE WRONG !!! THIS IS NOT A REVIEW. ITS JUST ME GUSHING ABOUT SOMETHING I LOVE PASSIONATELY. 

Today, I’ll be discussing Brooklyn 9-9 and my never ending love for Andy Samberg. 

What is this show about ?

Brooklyn 9-9 follows the life of the detectives of Brooklyn’s 99th Precinct. Watching Brooklyn 9-9 has been a game-changer in my life. It reminded me of things I tend to forget : to be hopeful, ambitious and brave. I think that too often, people (the ones who don’t know what it’s like to be overly invested in the lives of fictional characters and absorb their personalities) look down on TV shows, or literature, as just this “thing” that helps them pass the time. But TV shows and books alike have had a huge impact on my life. And Brooklyn 9-9 keeps on doing that. The way this show excels at balancing comedic timing with heavy topics is simply brilliant.

Brooklyn 9-9 is a show that educates without ever being condescending or belittling. It’s a show that, in my opinion, is deeply rooted in love and it shows. It reminded me to be unapologetically myself but also to not shy away from caring. It taught me about trauma and that not dealing with it is NOT EASIER. 

The Characters 

Jake Peralta, a goofy, caring, frat-boy type of character that’s actually Really Not what you think he is gonna be. basically the only man i stan. 

Amy Santiago, an ambitious, organized Queen (she’s also latina) who’s not afraid to go after what she wants but is also Soft AF. 

Rosa Diaz, a fierce, badass, bisexual latina (her arc, yall, her ARC)

GINA LINETTI. God, does she need an introduction ??? Simply put, a Goddess. 

damn right.


Raymond Holt , the captain of the 99th precinct (he is also black and gay and an Icon

Charles Boyle, a smol bean who loves to talk about cuisine and be Soft but is the most dedicated friend you could ask for. 

Terry Jeffords (a black lieutenant, father of two kids, he loves yogurt)

Scully and Hitchcock because yes, they’re a pair. you can’t have one without the other. facts : they’re a whole mess but then again, so am i. 

I’m glad this show exists because it’s inclusive and diverse and real. It’s okay to be yourself, whoever you are. It’s okay to want things from life, to want more. It’s okay to care and to love and to give and it’s okay to receive. 

Do you watch Brooklyn 9-9 ? Tell me what you think ! 

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Rating : ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎

Dear Ijeawele educates but never belittles. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is eloquent without ever being condescending. Her manifesto is smart, simple and brilliant.

“Everybody will have an opinion about what you should do, but what matters is what you want for yourself, and not what others want you to want.”

I especially loved the way she talks about marriage, likeability and sexuality. I have been very interested about how we internalize certain  ideas and concepts (such as marriage, virginity etc.). 

Women, each to a different degree have been forced to fit in these molds or else, they would be deemed inadequate. There’s always been the matter of what a woman should and should not be, how she should and shouldn’t dress, how she should want this but not that etc. and it was heart-warming to read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie put these thoughts into words.

“Female goodness is as normal as female evil.”

The way she addresses double standards and gender roles is brilliantly put. Navigating life is hard and debunking these social constructs doesn’t always come naturally which is why I think that this manifesto is necessary

Have you read Dear Ijeawele ? What do you think ? 

Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry

Rating : ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎

ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 
Hello Girls comes out on August 6th ! 

TW : physical abuse and manipulation

“Why did people lie ? With their words, with their voices, with their bodies, with their beautiful houses and beautiful clothes and sometimes even their faces ? Why couldn’t everyone just be what they were ? Monsters should look like monsters.”

Between the ages of 12 and 15, I dreamt of running away in a Thelma and Louise way (not because my life was horrible, but because of my imagination and vicariously living through movies and books). Now that I think of it, if I had had to actually think a plan through… I would’ve been found dead somewhere (and not even in a ditch, probably just because I choked on a piece of broccoli. That didn’t make any sense, I don’t even like broccoli but it’s out there now).

The story follows Lucille and Winona, two seniors in high school, as they run away from their hometown.

☞ The characters 

Winona and Lucille do have very distinct backgrounds but are united by their profound friendship and their love for each other. Friendship Can Save Your Life and in that way, this book celebrates this type of friendship (which I love to read about) which is a pure-hearted, complete love for each other (and reminded me although the stories have nothing in common, about the way Blue describes her friendship with the Raven Boys).

While I enjoyed the premise of the story a lot, I thought that the two main characters weren’t distinguishable enough in the narrative. I liked the writing style despite that fact. Some parts I thought were predictable. This book talks about the male gaze and how crushing it is which I thought was very well put. The ending was okay but left me unsatisfied.

☞ Here’s what I disliked

The story felt like it was building towards a climactic point…  except there was none. The girls go through a lot of dark stuff (A LOT) but it felt like the stakes were completely overlooked ? They did all these things but there were no consequences ? And so all of this happens and then… nothing, it’s the end. Which left me disappointed. Obviously I didn’t want them to end up in prison nor die a very tragic Thelma and Louise’ death but I wanted at least, something to happen. 

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE SHADOW AND BONE TRILOGY + THE SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

“The Monster is me and I am the Monster”

King of Scars takes place after the Ravkan Civil War (aka the Shadow and Bone trilogy). The book follows Nikolai Lantsov as he navigates being the King of Ravka along with having a monster living inside of him. Let’s get into it ! 

The characters

When it comes to characterization, Bardugo is nothing short of a pro. I love how she writes characters and I already felt emotionally attached to these characters since we’ve known them for a while now. The Softness of her characters being balanced with their strength just makes my heart flutter. The thing I like the most is how these two components are mixed together to give me Soft to be Strong realness. 

☞ Nikolai, King of Ravka, Absolute Cinnamon Roll  : Nikolai such a lovable character and exactly (for better or worse) the type of characters I fall for (using sarcasm and jokes as a defense mechanism ? um. heck yes). I enjoyed his character progression but boy was it slow. Despite this, I can’t help but fall head over heels in love with him. Nikolai is being crushed by the weight of his responsibilities and his will to make right by Ravka and its citizens and at the end, I couldn’t help but feel for him. 

☞ I loved seeing Nina again especially because she has such a great potential and I definitely think this “potential” will be explored even more in the sequel. She’s an intriguing character, that balances between being very assertive and authentic with being witty and honest. I adore Nina because she makes me want to be unapologetically myself. In KoS, she deals with the aftermath of Matthias’ death and her grief made my heart ache. That being said, I liked how Bardugo emphasized on Nina being a soldier and it just reminded me of Her Strength and wow, I love her. Needless to say, Nina made my dead heart beat and I am grateful.  I also CANNOT wait to see where her relationship with Hanne goes (I loved their dynamic because I strongly believe that Nina needs to be challenged but that she also needs someone who’s gonna call her out and Hanne. might be that person ? fingers crossed

☞ Zoya Nazyalenski. I would let her straight-up PUNCH me in the face. That’s all. In all seriousness though, I love how Zoya’s arc is moving. Back in the Shadow and Bone trilogy, I didn’t feel any type of ways about her ? I was intrigued and  found her clever and cunning but lacking any sort of depth that could make me empathize with her as to why she was the way she was. But here, we actually get to see the face behind the mask, the feelings behind the very carefully curated version she puts out there. Zoya refuses to be vulnerable as she sees this as pure and utter weakness. Seeing her withdraw herself from situations where any type of emotional vulnerability was involved felt refreshing and a novelty because you get to see how Zoya thinks (also the fact that she had a POV was so COOL). 

Tamar and Tolya. i’d die for you BOTH. just letting u know. Isaak, my dude, they did u DIRTY and i’m sorry. 

The plot

My main problem with KoS is the pace. After reading both SoC and S&B, I understand that it’s part of Leigh’s writing style. The beginning felt very slow and I didn’t mind it until it felt like we weren’t getting an actual plot.  I understood the stakes but the story unfolded too slowly for me to be truly invested. 

I loved learning about the Saints and I love how Leigh Bardugo describes her world. It’s very atmospheric and it truly feels like you’re there. I was a bit confused by the Fold and everything happening there ? (alternate dimension?) 

Finally let’s talk about the ENDING. Oof. Okay, I had Thoughts™️ when I read the ending. It felt like a “Ah Shit, Here We Go Again” type of moment but one that I was truly SHOCKED with.  Bringing the Darkling back is a BOLD CHOICE. In the words of Kat @ PaperbackDreams “He’s already crusty and musty, and now that he’s been in the ground, he’s certainly dusty”.I’m excited to see what the sequel brings and where his character goes because although I disliked him I thought he was a super well-written villain and I do love to hate villains sooo. yeah. 

Those are my thoughts on King of Scars !
Have you read it ? What did you think ? I’d love to know ! 

The Reading Rush 2019 TBR

It’s my first time participating in the Reading Rush (previously known as BooktubeAThon) and I couldn’t be more excited. The Reading Rush is a week long readathon (from the 22nd to the 28th of July) for book lovers all around the world (you can find their website here !) It was started in 2013 by Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay

FYI : my username on the Reading Rush website is @noareadsbooks if you wanna add me ! 

I’ve been in a reading slump for the last few weeks and not in the greatest mood to read. However, I can feel my reading mood coming back and I’m so happy to fully get back into reading (especially because I always get the most reading done during July).

The readathon comes with 7 fun challenges to spice up your TBR but also help you choose what you’re going to read ! Here are the 7 challenges, along with the books I hope to read during the readathon !

1/ Read a book with purple on the cover

God Bless This Cover

For this challenge, I’m picking Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallero and Emily Henry, which gives off strong Thelma and Louise vibes and I got an arc for it (the book is out on August 6th 2019 !)

2/ Read a book in the same spot the entire time

I’ll be reading Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi because it’s really short (it could also count for challenge 3 but I wanna read 7 books because I’m extra that way 🙂 ) 

3/ Read a book you meant to read last year

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by VE Schwab. I’ve read the first two books last year and intended to finish the series before the end of 2018 but miserably failed. I shall conquer my never-ending TBR one way or the other.

4/ Read an author’s first book

Red Rising by Pierce Brown which I’ve been wanting to read for a while ! (also not at all because of this review or its first paragraph)

5/ Read a book with a non-human main character

I could go on a 30 minute rant about how THIS IS NOT KATY YALL

Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’ve been slowly making my way through this series and I can’t wait to start book 3. Daemon is fine and all but Katy… oof, I stan One Badass Independent Bitch and it’s her. 

6/ Pick a book that has five or more words in the title

A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause. I don’t know much about this book except that it’s about fashion but I’m excited. 

7/ Read and watch a book to movie adaptation

I’ve been giving this one a lot of thoughts and I decided I’m gonna give myself multiple options because I have no clue what I’ll be in the mood for: 
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 
Or maybe something different entirely ? I have no idea ! 

That’s it for my TBR (let’s hope I stick to it!) 
Are you participating in The Reading Rush ? What are you planning on reading ? Let me know below !

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

It reminded Adeem of one of the poems his sister had shared with him once, one by Rumi. In the poem, Rumi banters with God over life’s usual philosophical questions: what to do with that pesky thing called a heart, where to focus one’s eyes, etcetera, etcetera. But when Rumi asks God what to do with his pain and sorrow, God tells him, “Stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

tw : suicide attempt (in the past, not depicted), mental health issues, 

Some books just stick with you for reasons beyond your immediate comprehension. This is what happened with I Hope You Get This Message and I. Ever since I’ve finished it, it quietly sat in the back of my head. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the end of the world a little (dark, much ? a little but it’s not that bad) and thinking about how We as Humans hurt the Earth and how it’s eventually going to fight back and We (and the future generations) will (are) suffer(ing) from it greatly.

I Hope You Get This Message follows three characters, Adeem, Jesse and Cate as they experience essentially the end of the world. An entity known as Alma warns humans that they will terminate our existence in the next seven days. All hell breaks loose and our main characters try to navigate this announcement however they can.

Rishi’s writing is beautiful and fluid. It’s also full of little gems of wisdom (“Be kind, Adi. Life’s too exhausting as it is to hold on to anger so tightly.” OOF)

✨The characters 

💜Adeem

“It’s convenient to sit back and do nothing when everything goes to hell,” continued Adeem, only a little quieter. “People like him blame the problems we face on the natural order. Or God. Or a lack thereof. But the moment we sit back and do nothing while everything falls apart—that’s why we have problems in the first place. That’s why this is happening.” 

Adeem is Pakistani-American and so is the author ! Adeem goes after his sister who, after coming out to her religious Muslim family, ran from home (without saying goodbye to Adeem). I really felt Adeem’s struggle : while he is angry at his sister for running away and abandoning him, there’s also this part of him that wishes she had trusted him enough to know he wouldn’t have rejected her. I appreciated the way Rishi described sibling relationships because most of the time, they’re far from simple and I always love to read about it. 

💜Jesse

“The thing about wanting to die was that people always assume it’s the constant pain that gets to you, the pain that convinces you to do something, anything, to make it stop, and Jesse’s depression was painful at first, all sporadic tugs and pulls beneath his skull, like a stubborn specter that clung to his mind with sharp teeth.”

Jesse was my favorite character. His reaction to Alma is to pretend he built this machine that’s able to communicate with the “aliens” and this attracts a bunch of people desperate for just a little bit of hope. This opened my eyes about how much emotional baggage we carry as human beings and how easy, almost natural, it is for us to assume that everything is okay when really, everything is Really Not. Jesse’s relationship with his mom was beautiful and heartbreaking and I’ll talk more about him in the “themes” section. I really did love Jesse’s evolution/thought process throughout the book and I thought he was well-written and complex. 

💜Cate was probably the character I felt the “less” about. She didn’t strike me with her personality or her arc. Cate decides to leave her mom to go find her dad, whom she’s never met (which is a brave thing to do). Her resilience truly was something to admire but I can’t lie to you and say she will stick with me (unlike the book in its entirety for example). 

✨ Themes ✨

1) We are not our parents and other complex family intricacies. The reason why I loved Jesse so much is because of his relationship with his family but also his thought process when it came to his relationship with his dad. 

Sure, crows manipulated. Crows deceived. But crows also survived—it was their trickery that kept them alive.”

I felt Jesse’s anger and personal conflict. It reminded me that We Are Not Our Parents and that trauma needs to be dealt with because unfortunately, it doesn’t just go away

“But I don’t want you to keep pretending you’re okay. I don’t want you to keep downplaying the hurt you feel like you’re not even human. You keep it up—all these lies to yourself, to other people, and soon you’re not going to know who you are.”

Jesse is definitely a character that will stay with me for some time. 

2) Companionship is Important and it’s something fundamental that we gravitate towards. Finding friendship, and I mean Real, Unapologetic, True Friendship is rare. It’s not something that happens on a daily basis. This book reminded me why I love to read about friendships (and if you need to know anything about me, it’s that it’s my favorite thing and I literally cannot shut up about it). 

3) Hope is not Dumb, it’s Necessary. At some point in the book, Jesse is confronted with his utter rejection of Hope as a driving factor of humanity. 

“You wanna know why people believe in you? It’s because hope gives people something to hold on to. It makes them feel better. It gives them a reason to keep fighting. People need hope right now, Jesse. Desperately. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”

While on the one hand, I deeply understand Jesse’s point of view, I also truly believe that Hope Is Necessary. And to be completely honest with you, it’s with that type of dialogue that Rishi made me fall in love with her writing. Her way of putting things into perspective and moving me to the point of tears needs more recognition. 

“But isn’t that the point of hope? And faith, even? That you have it and you hold on to it and you protect it, even when it’s impossible? Isn’t that when you need hope the most? You can’t blame people for wanting to feel better.”“You know, the worst part of it all,” said Corbin, “isn’t that you were profiting off people’s hope. It’s that you look down on people for having any hope at all.” 

I feel like this book was emotionally violent for me on two different levels : 

✨ one is that it is really brutal : the reality of the matter IS that some kids have to grow up way too fast and that it’s so fucking unfair but it is what it is. While the three MCs are teenagers, this book is also a testimony that sometimes kids have to grow up too fast, and they have to face things they’re no ready to face that are yet inevitable. 

✨ two is that there’s an inherent softness to what Rishi is saying. There’s this quote in the book “remind the ones you love there’s something still worth fighting for” and it reminded me of Keanu Reeves (9:51) on Stephen Colbert. I don’t know how to put it into words eloquently so I’ll just shut up and ask you to read the book. 

My Only “Criticism”

I wish there had been more light-heartedness. Okay hear me out, yes it’s the end of the world (or at least the end of A World aka as we know it) BUT there was some serious potential to (for lack of better words) “lighten” the story a bit (maybe that’s just a personal preference and honestly the author did this very well at some point : “Man,” he choked. “Your body doesn’t give a shit about timing, does it? That’s why we’re in jail? Seriously? Did it not get the memo about the impending alien attack?” “Are you . . .” Cate blinked back her disbelief. “Adeem, are you asking me if my uterus knows about Alma?” )

ALSO I WANT TO FRAME THIS QUOTE :“What do you think we should do, just snooze our way through the freaking apocalypse?” (probably because it’s what I would do)

In Conclusion

I loved this comment about the end of the world and the inherently brief nature of humanity. The ending did not fully satisfy me (actually it didn’t satisfy me AT ALL) but I think it’s the reason I liked it (paradoxical, I know). I’m a sucker for looking at a book in its entirety and not just focusing on One Thing I Disliked. And with I Hope You Get This Message, I enjoyed it in its entirety, and its message. 

June TV Shows Recs (Aka My Current Watchlist) #1

June was a great month for watching TV shows. While the school year doesn’t give me all that much time to truly indulge in some careless binging time, I’m interning this month, meaning I don’t have any homework to do when I get home (thank God). When it comes to TV shows, I’m pretty open to watch anything and everything, there are no limits, no comfort zones. I’m willing to try it all. So this list is a bit all over the place. It’s not really recommendations (although I could absolutely do that if that’s something you’d be interested in) but I tried to implement a few “for lovers of” in my lists.

Recently Watched✨

1) The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (4/5 stars)

Recommended for lovers of horror who also love to shed (more than) a couple tears.  Although this is a pretty scary TV show (I’d rate it at a 6.5/10, 10 being The Most Terrifying Tv Show To Ever Exist ?), it’s also a beautiful story about family and acceptance. There’s something about it that is heartbreaking yet hopeful and I really enjoyed it. 

2) Peaky Blinders Season 1 (3.5/5 stars)

 

Finally finished season 1 and while it was good, it didn’t blow my mind. That being said, I’m currently watching season 2 and it is truly Great. With Peaky, I feel like it’s the atmosphere and the characters that really do it for me. Some moments make me gasp and have me on the edge of my seat. Let’s see what the next season bring !

3) Killing Eve Season 2 (4/5 stars)

I’m rating Season 2 at 4/5 stars because if I compare it to Season 1 (5/5 stars), I didn’t like it as much. That being said, Killing Eve is a groundbreaking TV show with incredibly complex, layered female characters with a side of psychopathy and palpable tension, I’m in. Although like I said, I preferred Season 1 but Season 2 is NOT to be looked down on. Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh are honestly two of the greatest actresses of our generation and they should be treated and respected as such. I adore this show but I do wish it had ended a bit different because it felt a bit redundant.
 

4) The Society Season 1 (4/5 stars)

While the premise is interesting and compelling I feel like the execution lacks a bit. This TV show really has the potential to be That Bitch when it comes to plot and I do feel let down with season 1 (much like Under The Dome, for the sake of comparison). That being said, the characters’ behaviors are intriguing and this idea that they have to essentially emulate a new society in order to survive is inthralling, for sure. But let’s be real, the Only Reason I’m staying is called Grizz and that’s that on that (okay, I do adore Kathryn Newton too). About Grizz (because I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t gush about him) : he just made me remember how much I stan Soft Boys (granted one of my most recent posts are my Top 5 Fave Male Characters in YA and I do admit they are ALL soft, no exceptions) but God, do I adore Grizz Visser. 

Currently Watching  ✨

  1. Euphoria because you better believe I will support Zendaya until I die. I don’t have a fully formed opinion yet. Euphoria is shocking in a way but it also feels realistic and not like a show trying to emulate high schoolers (hum hum every show I ever watched while in high school). 
  2. Peaky Blinders because Tommy gives me strong Kaz Brekker vibes and Liv @ StoriesForCoffee gushed about it on Twitter and I have to continue watching it.
  3. Mindhunter : lovers of true crime with an eerie atmosphere. If you want true crime, this is perfect for you. However, for me personally, I can only do one episode at a time (like one a week) because I find really dark and I’m not always in a good mindset to be watching something like this. 
  4. Friends : I watch Friends while eating breakfast and I truly do enjoy it. I never watched Friends in a linear way and I know this show has been hyped 5ever and everybody is tired of it and I get it. BUT, Friends is a nice reminder of what friendship is supposed to be like (loving, supportive and healthy) and I do adore the dynamics between the characters. That being said, I’m here for Chandler and Phoebe. 

To Be Watched✨

  1. Barry Season 1 because Bill Hader and there never was a clearer answer

  2. Suits Season 1 because I am a law student after all and I wanna not only live vicariously but also pretend my life will be as exciting as Harvey’s. 

  3. Big Little Lies Season 2 : for lovers of murder, women supporting women and Zoe Kravitz. Meryl Streep is part of the cast of season 2 and while she might not be everyone’s fave, I do admire her acting skills. 

 

What TV shows have you been watching ?
Do you have a favorite ? Let me know below ! 

June Wrap-Up And TBR + A Little Reading Update

A Little Reading Update, first ! 

June was not the best reading month which is disappointing to say the least. Even though this is still called Wrap-Up and TBR, I won’t be putting any specific books to read in my TBR. This year, I’ve come to realize more and more that I’m very much a mood reader and that TBR are a HUGE NO for me, they just don’t work. I feel like if I turn reading into somewhat of a chore, it’s pointless because it’s really not why I read. I’ve always read because 1) I wanted to 2) I love it.

I’ve had a little bit of a slump these last two months (even though I still am about 8-10 books ahead on my reading schedule) and I haven’t been enjoying anything as much as I wish I would. I maybe haven’t been in the right headspace and the last six months have been a little tough on my mental health and specifically my anxiety/stress but also just my relationship with myself. I’ve been in a dark mindset lately and I hate it so much because I truly have been getting better and better since I left high school (which is not to bash my HS experience, it was alright, I just personally wasn’t). So if I had One Thing to put in my July TBR, it would be to find the books that made me fall in love with reading in the first place. The summer is when I get the most reading done so I hope this year will be the case. 

Let’s get to the wrap-up !

Books Read :

Roundup : 8 books read in June 2019

⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎Stars : 0
⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎Stars : 4
⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ Stars : 0
⭐︎⭐︎Stars : 2
⭐︎Star : 0 
DNF : 1

🌺Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (4 stars) : Good book with a solid mystery, good writing, truly addictive (physically couldn’t put it down, i promise)

 

🌺Marriage for One by Ella Maise (2.75 stars) : this was really disappointing, you can check out my review if you wanna know the details !


🌺Ruckus by L.J. Shen (2 stars) : started out great but then went downhill, real quick.


🌺Always Human by Ari Walkingnorth (4 stars) : SO CUTE, I loved it. 

🌺The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman (4.5 stars) 

🌺I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi (4 stars) : I’m gonna have a review coming out soon for this one ! This was a big surprise and it really stuck with me.

🌺Finley by Ella Frank (DNF)

🌺Cress by Marissa Meyer (4 stars) : This installment is the first where I can confidently say I’m invested in the characters and the plot. They’re all much more fleshed-out and they were given proper agency where it felt like for example in Scarlet, we were kind of lost, searching around for meaning around this whole mission aka How To Deal With Levana (who btw, makes for a great villain but I wish she’d step up even more). I can honestly say that Meyer’s writing has improved a lot with this one. 

 

Currently Reading :

🌺Atonement by Ian McEwan : I’m SO excited to be reading this because I’ve heard so much about it 

🌺The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum : I’ve never read this as a child, only seen the movie which I loved so I’m giving it a shot ! 

🌺The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater : I have honestly no idea what to expect with The Raven King. I have literally zero expectations because I love this series a lot and if I start expecting things, I know that I will be disappointed and I’m NOT ABOUT THAT LIFE. 

🌺King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo : I’ve put this one down simply because… I forgot about it. Ugh, I’m annoyed @ myself !!!

🌺Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare : It feels like I’ve been reading this one for ages but I’m excited to see where the story goes. I just wish I’d read this faster. 

What books did you read in June ? Let me know below ! 

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ 

“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”
 
Can you hear that ? That’s the sound of me being relieved because this book is All That. Finally, my expectations were met and it feels… so good. 
 
Cress is the third installment in the Lunar Chronicles, which is essentially a retelling of some iconic tales such as Cinderella or the Little Red Riding Hood. Cress is based off of Rapunzel. That being said, that’s where it stops being a retelling.
 
The Lunar Chronicles are set in the future where the Earth is in conflict with Luna (the Moon) ruled by Queen Levana. While book 1 and 2 weren’t my favorite, book 3 is in my opinion completely different. The main problem I had with the past two was that the story wasn’t fleshed-out enough. The side characters ended up being less developed than the main and it made for a very unbalanced cast of characters. This installment is the first where I can confidently say I’m invested in the characters and the plot. They’re all much more fleshed-out and they were given proper agency where it felt like for example in Scarlet, we were kind of lost, searching around for meaning around this whole mission aka How To Deal With Levana (who btw, makes for a great villain but I wish she’d step up even more). I can honestly say that Meyer’s writing has improved a lot with this one. 
 
The characters
 
Cress is the main focus of this book. She’s a girl who’s been raised on a ship (a satellite maybe?) and is in charge of doing Levana’s dirty work (aka surrounding the Earth with Lunar ships while remaining undetected). Cress undergoes a lot of abuse at the hands of her “mistress” Sybil, the Queen’s right hand woman. She’s verbally and physically abused to make sure she doesn’t disobey her orders. While Cress started out as a very naive almost sheepish character, she grows into her own character with her own personality by the end of the book. She was a bit overshadowed by the main plot and the other characters but it didn’t feel disproportionate. Like I said, the story becomes much more fleshed-out so Cress’ personal struggles were implemented nicely with the rest of the plot. 
 
One thing I particularly enjoyed was the depiction of Cress’ anxiety and the way she deals with it, by imagining she is someone else.
 
Cinder : While I sometimes struggle with the Chosen One trope (i.e Cinder), it didn’t bother me that much in this book. I loved Cinder’s progression and how she finally starts to claim her title. “She didn’t think she’d ever felt so invested in her identity, and determined to claim her place. It was a strange feeling, bordering on pride.”
 
Thorne, YOU HAVE MY HEART BREAK IT IF YOU WANT. Cinder and Thorne’s relationship : A+, I Stan Friendship. Thorne truly is one of the Softest character in the Lunar Chronicles (ironic) and I love him so so much. His relationship with Cress, although somewhat very predictable, ended up being one of my favorite things about this book. Their relationship is 100% my favorite from the series. 
 
Iko : I Love Her. “In another life, we could have been sisters, and I feel it’s important to acknowledge that.” A blank stare. A blink, every six seconds. “But as it stands, I’m a part of an important mission right now, and I cannot be swayed from my goal by my sympathy for androids who are less advanced than myself.”
 
Winter is introduced as the niece (?) of Levana and I’m so excited to learn more about her (she gives off Nelly Crain vibes and it’s an understatement to say that I’m here for it). Her potential is infinite. 
 
“But you are crazy.” “I know.” She lifted a small box from the basket. “Do you know how I know?” Scarlet didn’t answer. “Because the palace walls have been bleeding for years, and no one else sees it.”
 
In Conclusion
 
What I admire the most about Marissa Meyer’s writing is the fact that she mastered this transition between book 2 and book 3 and lit back my interest in the story. Her ability to build up a plot is quite impressive : while it felt empty during book 1 and 2 (which does serve a purpose but I personally prefer to be literally thrown in and I’m too impatient for a slow build-up), book 3 reminds me of that little something that still made me enjoy book 1 and 2 but it’s also giving me So Much More. 
 
Have you read Cress ? What did you think ?
I’d love to hear your thoughts, tell me below ! 

Top 5 Favorite Male Characters in YA

While making this list, I think I discovered I might have “a type” which I would either called the Secretly Soft Boys or the Obviously Soft Boys. Either way, they’re all pretty soft.

Kaz Brekker : Not a surprise I know. After all, I am basic. Kaz is unlike any character I’ve met and I’ve rarely enjoyed a character arc as much as I’ve enjoyed reading about Kaz’s. Morally grey, unlikable, throws a guy overboard for hurting his crush, I’m in. I won’t gush about him any longer, he’s well aware.

Will Herondale : I could try and not put him on this list but I would be purely lying and I won’t do that so yeah.  His evolution throughout the series was great and he truly is a soft boy at heart and that’s what I’m here for.

Ronan Lynch : I hate that I love him. He’s provocative and twisted but he’s also… not. Even though he would beat me with his shoe for saying this, I again strongly believe he’s a secret softie even though it’s probably deeply DEEPLY hidden.

Daniel Jae Ho Bae : like I said in my review of The Sun Is Also A Star, Daniel seems like a part of my personality I can’t seem to escape. Daniel is hopeful and a dreamer. He’s a poet and what I like the most about him is that he’s not as naive as you could think. He still sees things as they are and that doesn’t stop him from being a hopeless romantic.

Carswell Thorne : The irony. Soft Captain Thorne. He’s charming and I’d definitely say he’s my “guilty pleasure” type favorite male character. I didn’t love Marissa Meyer’s writing until Cress. However, this third installment just has my whole ass heart and so does Captain Thorne.

Who are your favorite male characters in YA ? Tell me below ! 

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