It’s Raining Book Reviews!

I think I’m starting to get a hang of this book reviewing business! I still have to start reviewing books immediately after finishing them, though. Oops.


A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab || 5/5

a conjuring of light

This is an amazing series! The world-building and plot are amazing, but I think that the most impressive part of this trilogy is the characters. They’re all so unique and flawed and they all have their own motivations. Schwab tackled multiple point-of-views really well and she was really good at creating suspense. I was terrified on behalf of the characters. This book definitely took a more tense turn and it wasn’t as carefree as the second book, A Gathering of Shadows(But that wasn’t very carefree, to begin with.)

Plus pirates. There were pirates. I love pirates.


The Rose Society by Marie Lu || 3/5

the rose society

Most of this book was boring for me and I had trouble finishing it. The end was great, though. The minor characters weren’t developed and the romance was weird and unplausible. I think the book would’ve been better without it, but I guess you can’t have a YA book without romance, right? There was a love triangle, too. I don’t usually have anything against love triangles, but I wasn’t a fan of the romance at all. I thought it was strange for not one, but two peoples to fall in love with Adelina. Also, the characters’ decisions were occasionally random and illogical without reason (A reason could be that they were heartbroken by the fact that they were planning to propose to their longtime boyfriend, but the engagement ring that they spent months saving up for was swallowed by a rogue seagull. This heartbroken-ness can cause a person to make illogical decisions.)

My least favorite part of this book was the planning sessions. I thought the plans were weak and undetailed. They were mostly winging it. And yet, usually, nothing went wrong.

I loved Lu’s writing style, though, which was apparent in her other book, Warcross.

There are two things that will usually make me instantly love a book: Pirates and anti-heroes. This book had anti-heroes, but I still didn’t like it.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee || 5/5

to kill a mockingbird

This book was great! I can’t believe I haven’t read it before now. My favorite part of this book was the various characters. They were all lovely, especially Atticus. The writing was beautiful and there were many amazing quotes.

I’m not planning to read Go Set A Watchmen, though. I don’t want my precious Scout to grow up.


They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera || 5/5

they both die at the end

This book takes place in a world that’s mostly like our own, but with one difference: Death-Cast will call you at (about) midnight the day you die.

So first, I want to talk about the idea of being alerted the day you’re going to die (if someone is going to die that day, they’re called a “Decker”). I feel like this is a paradox, sort of like time travel.

So, assume that you are an avid mountain climber and you are supposed to die on June 4 because your harness snaps and you fall down the cliff-side to your doom.

But at 12:05 a.m. on June 4, Death-Cast calls you and tells you that you’re going to die, so you decide not to go mountain-climbing because tumbling down a cliff seems like a painful and unappealing way to die. Instead, you decide to not leave your bed and just drink peppermint tea all day. Super safe.

You don’t die.

And because you didn’t die, Death-Cast didn’t call you that morning.

And because Death-Cast didn’t call you on June 4, you didn’t die on June 4.

You went mountain climbing and your harness didn’t break and you had a grand ole time.

Therefore, is everybody’s life extended just by the existence of Death-Cast?

Or would you have died on June 4 anyway by some other method? For example, by drowning in your peppermint tea?

Okay, let’s get to the review now.

I love the message of this book, which is to take risks and live life to the fullest because you never know how much time you have left.

My favorite part of this book was the characters. I loved Mateo and Rufus. The title (They Both Die at the End) is a huge spoiler and since I knew that they were going to die, I tried not to get attached. I failed.

The writing was amazing and there were a lot of quotable parts. (I thought it was weird that teenagers were coming up with these beautiful and poetic quotes about life and death, though. But I guess they’re dying. They have a reason to be profound.)

Silvera was great at writing suspenseful parts and light-hearted parts and I was smiling through a lot of the book, even though I knew what was coming (intense sadnesses). The characters were just so lovable. Silvera did well with multiple point-of-views, as well. I always knew which chapters were Mateo’s and which were Rufus’s based on what they said and how they said it.


Crooked Kingdom || 13/5

crooked kingdom

This one was a reread, but I don’t think I’ve reviewed it before. THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK. THE CHARACTERS! THE CHARACTERS ARE AMAZING! I love how much they grow throughout the course of the series.

Also, I love them.

They’re amazing

SQUEEEEEEEEE.

Sorry, I’m being incoherent.

Read it.


Currently Reading

I just finished Crooked Kingdom, and I’m not entirely sure what to read next (nothing seems as good afterward), so I’m trying out different books on my TBR to see what I’m in the mood for, so I’m at the very beginning of both Seraphina and Ready Player One.

seraphinaready player one


TBR

  1. This Mortal Coil
  2. The Midnight Star
  3. Red Queen
  4. The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Bones

17 thoughts on “It’s Raining Book Reviews!

  1. Ooooh, great list and wonderful reviews <3. I loved To Kill A Mockingbird. Definitely going to give They Both Die At The End a try. That sounds like something I´d read. ❤ As for the TBR list- I´ve read the Red Queen and The Midnight Star. Hope when you eventually get to those that you´ll like them more than I did.

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  2. Dude, what took you so long to read To Kill A Mockingbird?! 🤭🤭 You must read Go Set A Watchmen, it offers such an interesting perspective and further validates the concept of empathy explored in TKAM.
    And OMG Ready Player One! Let me know your thoughts when you’re done, it just seems like it’d be a really fun read.

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    1. I don’t know why I didn’t read it for so long. I definitely should have. I was also should’ve read Harry Potter and The Book Thief earlier.
      I’m still at the beginning of Ready Player One, but it’s really good so far. The writing style is lovely and the world building and setting are amazing, but there have been quite a few info dumps.

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      1. Harry Potter was amazing! I don’t know what I had against it.
        By info dumps I mean that the story will be merrily chugging away and then it’ll mention some movie or random person or thing that happened in the past and then it’ll spend a few pages explaining that thing in depth. Which is okay, but then when you go back to the original scene, it gets confusing. It happened more towards the beginning though, so I think it tapers off after you get past the history of the world.

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      2. There are those that so much hype is built around it that it makes you want to stay away from it sometimes… but Harry Potter, no!
        That sounds like something I wouldn’t mind tbh, histories of the world, movie, person can be really interesting but I guess I’ll have to see for myself.

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      3. My reasoning for not reading Harry Potter for so long was kind of weird, but I was a strange child. So one of my goals was to read the most obscure books I could find, which stopped me from reading Harry Potter when everyone else was reading it.
        Afterward, I didn’t really feel a need to read it. I finally read it once my brother was in fourth grade and read the entire series. He basically forced me into it. But I loved it. I think it’s better that I read it when I was older though, because I feel like I understand it better than I would’ve in third and fourth grade.

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      4. How on earth did he manage to read the entire series in fourth grade? Smart kid! Yes, I agree, it would perhaps take a little more experience to appreciate the advice and wisdom imparted in the books otherwise we might just come away with just the wonders of magic.

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      5. Most of my classmates read Harry Potter between 3rd and 5th grade. I might’ve been able to in fifth grade, but I wouldn’t have been able to truly understand it. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to read it in third or fourth grade. I was a voracious reader, but not a particularly strong one.
        My brother is in fifth grade now and he just recommended Ready Player One to me, which I’m currently reading. And I’m very impressed with him. And somewhat intimidated.

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  3. Nice reviews! I can’t wait to get to A Conjuring of Light. Especially because there’s pirates! I love pirates!

    Seraphina has been on my list for a while. I need to get it to it soon because, apparently, you have to read it before reading Tess of the Road. I almost didn’t realize that and purchased Tess.

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    1. Books with pirates=gold
      A Gathering of Shadows also had pirates. 😁😁😁
      I started rereading the series because Tess of the Road just came out. I think the order is Seraphina, Shadow Scale, and then Tess of the Road.

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