Review: Darkness Follows (The Broken Trilogy #2) by L.A. Weatherly

Darkness Follows (The Broken Trilogy, #2)

Title: Darkness Follows (The Broken Trilogy #2)

Author:  L.A. Weatherly

Publication Date: October 1st, 2016

Format: Paperback (ARC)

Genres & Themes: Young-adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia.


Blurb:

Welcome to Harmony 5: a secure prison camp where the rebellious and the Discordant are broken. Amity is their newest inmate. The rules are simple here: obedience or death. Anyone caught trying to escape is executed. But former Peacefighter, Ingo, is prepared to risk everything for freedom. And in a world this dark, what has Amity got to lose?


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Review:

This is a spoiler-free review of the second book in The Broken Trilogy by L. A. Weatherly! If you haven’t read the first book yet then I wouldn’t recommend you to read this review.

Thanks to the publisher for sending my the physical ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

I took a long time to pick this book up. I received the ARC a few months ago and even though I loved the first book, I was a bit intimidated by this one. The reason is that a lot of things happened in the first book and I was a little unsure if I remembered most of it. I know, I could reread the book but the thing is I don’t reread books at all. Anyway, I took the plunge and started reading this book.

When I started this book I was like, “What the hell? When did that happen?” I’ll tell you why this was my reaction. The book starts with Amity in the court and she’s facing a trial when the first book ended with indicating nothing like this. Anyway, as we read more, we find out why or how she got into this situation.

Amity is in a camp for Discordants called Harmony Five which is like the worst nightmare. For the first 100 pages, we only read about the worse conditions she’s living in there. In the first book, the second POV was of Kay Pierce but in this book, it’s Mac Jones which was a little weird considering that in the first book, his appearance was only limited to less than a page. Anyhow, at the beginning, we don’t know for sure who he is or where his loyalty lies but he’s, somewhat, a major character. This is the reason why I was a bit confused at the beginning of the book.

Amity is in worse conditions and after living in that miserable camp in the miserable condition, she’s lost all the hope for a better future. All she wants is to survive and not die. She doesn’t care about anything or anyone else anymore.She has kind of become a cold heartless person who will whatever she can to survive. The first 100 pages only deals with her living there.

Then after like 100 pages and so, the book starts to get interesting and intense. We also meet Ingo Manfred – who played an important character in the first book – as another prisoner in the camp. I adore Ingo’s character. He is, no doubt, my most fav character from the series. He reminds me of Kenji from Shatter Me series. He’s honest, kind of annoying at times and tells Amity to get her shit together. He and Amity also fight a lot. They argue and bicker but work together and talk about deep stuff so of course, I ship them even though I’m 90% sure that they’re only going to stay friends and that hurts…

Oh and Collie. I loathe him with all my soul. I know he regrets everything and his story is ‘redemption story’ but I don’t care. He was a shitty person and he betrayed Amity. Because of him, Amity suffered so much and I’m gonna hate him forever for this. The other reasons why I hate him is because, honestly, I didn’t like him from the start and also because of my Ingo-Amity ship which probably will never sail but a girl can dream.

This series is, no doubt, one of my most favourite series of all time. The writing is praise-worthy. The world building is A+. I love the astrological element in the books. It makes the book more unique. I know most of us are sick of the dystopian books with the same old story. However, this one is brilliant. Both thrilling and powerful. I’m excited to read the last book but sad too because I don’t want to be done with the series.


About the Author: 

Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.

L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. You can follow her on Twitter at @LA_Weatherly

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May Wrap-Up

I only read 5 books in May and I read all of the 5 books in less than a week. My exams ended on 15th May and I read my first book – after two and a half months of no reading – on 18th May. Then I read another and then I read three more on Sunday when I held my very own 24 hours readathon. It went well. I read three books but then I stopped. I didn’t feel like reading.

I was reading 2 books at the same time (for the first time ever. But, it didn’t go well, in case you’re wondering) and I had just finished one. I’m in a kind of a life slump. I just wanna sleep and do nothing at all. Anyway, I haven’t written the review of the five books I read but I have rated some of them and wrote the review on my Goodreads. So clicking the title will lead you to my Goodreads review:


How many books did you read in May?


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My Top Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

These days I’m late to almost everything. I was obviously going to post this on Tuesday but due to my lack of motvation, I couldn’t. I had already written the post but was too lazy to edit it.

Anyway, I’m not anticipating a lot of books this year. The reason is that I’m not that active on social media anymore and that’s why I’m unaware of many of the (hopefully) good books releasing this year. I only know a few and I’m going to mention them only.


June

  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali – This is about a Muslim Hijabi girl who is also a photographer. This is written by a Muslim author and she’s such a lovely person! I’m really excited to read it.

July

Lucky in Love The Library of Fates

  • Lucky in Love by Kasie West – I hate this cover. It’s cheesy and really the kind of cover that makes me not to read a book but the things is; I like Kasie West’s books and that’s why I’m excited to read this one. I hope it’s not like By Your Side because I didn’t like that one at all..
  • The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana –  A book about Indian Folklore? I’M IN!! It’s apparently perfect for the fans of  The Star-Touched Queen – I actually abandoned the book – but I’m excited for this one!

September

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)

October

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)

  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – This is an anti-heroine “East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend” with witches and The Evil Queen herself. I’m in love with stories about anti-heroines and really excited to read this one.

November

Whichwood

  • Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi – It’s a book by my FAV AUTHOR! But that’s not the only reason why I’m excited. Here why: a) There’s a Hijabi on the cover b) THAT COVER! c) It’s a companion to Furthermore which, by the way, I adore! d) a dark Persian fantasy about a girl who washes dead bodies of people… Do I need to say more?

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.


What are the books you’re anticipating the most?

All About June Read-a-Thons!

I’m a little late posting this because I meant to post this earlier i.e on 21st May. But, better late than never!


Let’s start with the frequently asked question:

What is a Read-a-Thon? 

A Read-a-Thon is an event with a time period where you set a certain goal. Goals can be to read more books in that time period than you normally would or to read books centring around certain themes. 


I told you all that I am going to be participating in a lot of readathons to tackle my immense TBR! And because of this, I did a little research and found out some of the read-a-thons that are going to be happening in the month of June. I might not be able to participate in all of them because my practicals are also in June but I want to share my little “research” with all of you because these challenges are quite interesting and might help you to conquer that TBR … might.

So I’m going to share with you the read-a-thons that are going to be happening next month as well as the date they will start and the theme on which they are based upon!


Ramadan Readathon

(June 1-30)

  •  Read Books Written By Muslim Authors

This is definitely the one I’m most excited about! It’s taking place throughout the month of Ramadan and June and all you have to do is to read as many books as you can, written by Muslim authors to support them. There are going to be photo challenges and prompts and at the end of the month, there’ will be a giveaway!

You can find out more about the Read-a-Thon here. If you want some recommendations then click here.

Hosted by:  Zoya and Nadia.


Sci-Fi Summer Readathon

(June 1 – 7)

  • Read sci-fi books!

I think I might participate in it because there are some sci-fi books on my TBR that really need my attention. Click here to know more!

Hosted by: True Book Addict and Castle Macabre


Emojiathon

(June 1-30)

This one is based on emojis as the title suggests. There are many emojis with different challenges and your goal is to complete at least 4 of them. It looks really fun and I’m definitely gonna participate in it. Here’s a link if you want to know more about the challenges! 

Hosted by: , and


#AYEARATHON

(JUNE 5-11)

  • Catch Up/Finish A Series
  • Read A Book With A Character Your Age

I probably won’t be participating in this one even though this one was my second most anticipated one because my practicals are around the same time.

Here’s a link to the Goodreads group!

Hosted by: Ke-shaAlyssaKristina , KerriKatie


#becausedragonsRAT Round 2

(June 13-19)

  • Read As Many Fantasy Books You Like!

There are both reading challenges as well as photo challenges and but there are no restrictions. You can read whatever you want unless it’s something that doesn’t fit the Fantasy genre. There will also be a giveaway at the end of the month of 15$ USD Gift Card.

Click here to read more about this!

Hosted by: Jordan


Duodecathon

(June 24-30)

This is another yearly readathon. There’s a list of 12 challenges and you can pick one challenge to do each month, so by the end of the year, you have completed all the challenges. I know, we’re already into June but you don’t have to complete all the challenges, according to me…

Click here to find out more about this Read-a-thon and the challenges.


 These are some of the readathons I know about. If you know more, comment below and I’ll add them in the post!


Will you be participating in any of them? If yes, then which one? Have you ever participated in a readathon before?


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Review: Pulse: The Trial by R.A. Crawford

Pulse: The Trial

Title: Pulse: The Trial

Author:  R.A. Crawford

Publication Date: January 17th, 2016

Format: ebook (ARC)

Genres & Themes: Science Fiction, Young-Adult, Action.


Blurb:

It’s been 100 years since the inter-galactic organisation known as PULSE intervened to liberate the women of Earth. Now purged of its male population, the women have embarked on a journey to take their place in the all-female cosmic society.

In order to enlist in PULSE’s renowned military, earthlings Stella, Faye and the rest of their class must face the Trial. Only a few human women have ever conquered the perils of this three-day expedition across one of the most dangerous planets in the galaxy.

The girls must learn to work together in order to survive the threat of vicious alien beasts, scorching desert sands and icy mountain peaks, all while being hunted by an unstoppable and deadly foe.


Review:

Thanks to the author for sending me an eARC of the book in exchange for an honest review

This book was a really entertaining read. It’s an action-packed sci-fi book with badass protagonists along with a bunch of creepy aliens – one of them doesn’t even have a pupil. The best thing is that it’s really unpredictable so there’s no point predicting what’s gonna happen next or who’s gonna die.

This book takes place in futuristic Earth where no man is present and the Earth is inhabited by women as well as aliens. PULSE is an intergalactic organisation and to become a PULSE militant, earthlings have to go through a test or trial. The interesting thing is that they don’t know what or who they’ll face during the trial but all they know is that it will be on another planet and quite challenging and daunting. Only a few students can pass this test so you have to be really brave and smart if you want to win it because not passing the test means dying.

One of the things that I like about this book is that the characters are quite realistic unlike many other YA Fantasy heroines who are either an epitome of perfection or “the average-looking special snowflake”. Like, Stella is really impulsive and a bit stupid but you have to accept it because that’s her personality and stupid is what she is. The character development is also commendable. I like how the trial transformed and changed some characters while at the same time, new friendships forged among them.

The author has also done a great job at writing the book because the descriptions are quite vivid. While reading the book, the images came to my mind. So I think that the writing is done quite well.

What I Didn’t Like About This Book:

  •  The world building was weak. There’s no history on how the men disappeared or extinct and how the aliens came to Earth. I want to know when it all started, how everything happened.
  •  There was this character who appeared out of nowhere and I was like

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  • I mean, the author explained a little about her but it still was confusing. I would want to say more but I don’t want to spoil anything.
  • Stella – one of the main characters – was really annoying at the beginning. She was like “Oh, I’m the best” and blah blah blah. She was really stupid – as mentioned above – at the beginning of the book. Thank God, her character development was good because she got on my nerves way too much.

One of the coolest things about this book is the huntress. Yep, there is a crazy huntress on this other planet to make the test even more miserable because she’s on a mission to kill all of them. Although, it’s kind of like “How did that happen?” because the MC kills the huntress or wounds her badly and you think that she’s gone but then she appears out of nowhere.

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I honestly wondered if she possessed the philosopher’s stone or something because why the hell is she never dead? It honestly, got really annoying when she started appearing everywhere. Take a chill, girl.


I’ll recommend it to you if you like action packed sci-fi books but if you’re one of the sensitive readers, I wouldn’t. There are too many people dying in this book and it’s really graphical. I personally enjoyed this book a lot and I’ll definitely read the sequel!


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About the Author:

Ryan Crawford

R.A. Crawford has always been a big time sci-fi and fantasy fan. Most of his childhood was earnestly consumed by weekend-long Final Fantasy marathons, movies he certainly wasn’t old enough to watch, and books borrowed but never returned to the local library. After years of procrastination and despite working full-time his passion for rich space opera and high fantasy storytelling led him to finally put pen to paper on his debut novel. The resultant book, PULSE: The Trial, is the first in a series of books centered around an all-female galactic society.
Having never quite grown out of Star Wars novels, Star trek episodes, Green Lantern comic books and Final Fantasy video games Ryan currently rested in Surrey – UK where, along with his wife, he embarks on the journey of teaching his two children why Gimli is the best character in LOTR.

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Birthday Book Haul!

My birthday was last month and I wasn’t really happy about it because my exams were starting in 6 days and I was literally drowning in textbooks and stress. Although I turned 18 last month, I didn’t celebrate it with a huge party like the hero and heroines in many of our YA books do because I hate parties and being around a lot of people. So I ended up having a small dinner with my family which I really enjoyed.

Anyway, my sisters surprised me with some books and I also ordered a few for myself because buying books in my kind of stress-relief therapy.


Books That I Received as Gifts

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

This one is a Historical Fiction set during World War II and that’s the only thing I know about this book. My sisters bought this for me because The Book Thief is my most favourite book of all time and because of it, I want to read more of Historical Fiction. I’m actually planning on reading it soon because of that.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

It’s ironic that on my 18th birthday I received a children’s book. Anyway, I love Grinch and the movie so much so I really wanted to buy this book. My sister knew that I wanted it so she bought it for me. I was so happy when I unwrapped the box and saw it.

A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

A Place Called Here

There was a book fair at my sister’s college and she saw this one and ‘liked the cover’ so she bought this for me. I don’t know anything about the book but all I know is that Cecelia Ahern is a really famous contemporary writer and since I read contemporaries a lot, I’m hoping this one turns out good as well.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by  J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2

Arwah (@the.bookie.monster) is my bookstagram best friend and she sent me this one because she knew how much I love Harry Potter but never bought this one #ironic

Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unite Me (Shatter Me, #1.5, #2.5)

I ordered this one for myself but my sister wanted to pay as another birthday gift. This one is a collection of two novellas. One from Warner’s POV – which is why I ordered this because Warner is my husband *-* – and the other is from Adam’s POV. I’m not sure if I want to read Adam’s novella because I don’t like him.


 Books That I Ordered For Myself

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists

This an essay, I guess? I’m not really sure but I have seen this book EVERYWHERE. It’s also quite short like 50 pages long so I might include it in my 24 hours read-a-thon.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

I wanted to order the HB but it went out of stock so I ordered the PB of it. I don’t buy hardbacks because of how expensive they are but I really wanted to buy a hardback of this book because it’s one of my most anticipated reads of 2017.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

Cait @ Paper Fury raves about this book a lot and I wanted to read what it’s about. I have never read a book by Maggie Stiefvater and this one is her underrated one so I’m actually really excited to read it. Also, this book has cannibalistic horses…

Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Dreamology

The synopsis of this one is really intriguing… and creepy. The girl dreams about this guy Max to deal with her loneliness and one day real Max appears. It’s creepy but HOW? However, the  ‘real Max’ is nothing like the dream Max.

I have SO many questions, guys.


Let me know if you have read any of these books and if you have posted a review then leave the link in the comment section below. I’d love to know your thoughts and opinions about it!


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TBR Crisis! #SendHelp

I have mentioned in my last post that it’s been more than 2 months since I have read a book and I have also bought a lot of books during my hiatus so you can pretty much imagine the mess my reading life has become. My TBR has grown triple in size and… I don’t know what to do. It’s intimidating. Yeah, I can read all of the books but when you have like 15+ new books on your shelf and the old ones that you bought and forgot about, you’re in a serious crisis. You don’t know where to start, which book to read first and if you should start that new series you have been anticipating or finally finish the one you have been ignoring for so long. And let’s not even get me started on ARCs.

I have already mentioned that I’ll be participating in a few read-a-thons to deal with the immense TBR and I have already made my TBR for a few read-a-thons so I won’t be including those books on this list. I also won’t be including ARCs on this list. I’m only going to talk about the books that I have been meaning to read for a long time or/and they have been recommended to me by my friends too. At the end of this post, there’s a poll where you can vote for the book you think I should read first so let’s get started:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

This book is loved by all of my friends and has been recommended to me by them on multiple occasions. I bought the first two books last year but never really got around to reading it. However, I want to give it a try now. I’m not sure if I’ll like it or not because I’m not really a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas. I also don’t know how many books are in this series so like is this a trilogy or are they going to release more books? Let me know in the comments section!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

I have waited for this book for so long and I’m so happy that I finally have a physical copy of this book. This book has been on my TBR long before it was even released and now that I finally have it I’m SO excited to read it!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder

Another book that has been on my TBR for a long time and it’s also recommended to me by a lot of people so I’m really excited to read it. Some have even said that it’s quite emotional and I like emotional books because if you don’t know already, I have never cried while reading a book but ’emotional and sad’ books always make me feel my heart is being squeezed by some powerful force. That doesn’t make sense but I hope you understand anyway!

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

I read Everything, Everything last year and I enjoyed it even though I thought that the plot twist was meh. But, according to a lot of reviews that I have read, this one is better than Everything, Everything so I have high expectations for this one. Also is it just me who is not really hyped to watch Everything, Everything movie?

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

I can’t even tell you how much I want to read this book. It’s loved by everyone I know. EVERY. SINGLE. BOOKSTAGRAMMER. AND. BLOGGER. LOVES. IT.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

This was gifted to me by my sisters. They knew that I wanted to read more of Historical Fiction because The Book Thief is one of my most favourite books of all time and so they found this one for me. I’m actually quite anticipating this one. It is set in World War II and that’s honestly, the only thing that I know about it but I’m thrilled to read it.

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

And the last book that I’m including on this list is the one that I have been trying my best to avoid for the past few months because I don’t want this series to end. I love Percy and Co so much I jut don’t want to be done with this series. I always go to my shelf, pick up this book, read the first few chapters and put the book back on the shelf. Yes, I can always reread this book but it will never be like the first time. So I’m going to try to not avoid this book this time and I’m half-sure that I’m gonna fail miserably.


I was also going to include The Night Circus in this list but I forgot to add it in the poll and now I’m too lazy to go back and edit the poll. Anyway, I might read it in any of the Read-a-thons that are going to take place next month. I have a lot more books on my TBR but I will either a) read them during my read-a-thons b) ignore them till they actually take a shape of monster and eat me alive.

So that’s it! I have a lot more books on my TBR but I will either a) read them during my read-a-thons b) ignore them till they actually take a shape of monster and eat me alive.

Here’s a poll where you can help me decide which book I should read first.


Chat with me! Tell me all about the books you have been reading? Which book do you think I should read first? And why?


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