Top Three Thursdays #10

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (30/03/17) is: Fantasy Standalones of 2017 I Want to Read

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Book Review – Definitions of Indefinable Things

Title: Definitions of Indefinable Things

Author: Whitney Taylor

Genre: Young adult, contemporary

Published: By HMH Books for Young Readers on April 4th, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Reggie Mason believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in. She encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.

Thoughts

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

I liked this book but found it difficult even though I finished it in one sitting. It was very different from what I usually go for and at the very least, it gave me a unique perspective on mental health. I’m not sure how critical I can be because this isn’t up my alley – some parts worked for me while some parts didn’t. Overall, an interesting read that I wish I could have enjoyed more.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

I would recommend the book to people who like a fairly accurate representation of mental health issues (depression in this case).

For the food, I would recommend ice cream again as the main character works on an ice cream truck (Okay, it’s scorching hot here and I use any excuse I can get to wolf down some ice cream). In terms of music, some really soft piano music would do the trick, like Debussy.

Links

Book: Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Book Review – Nikki White

Title: Nikki White: Polar Extremes (Nikki #3)

Author: Jack Chaucer

Genre: Young adult, science fiction

Published: By Smashwords on March 24th, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

When Nikki Janicek sprints from the 200-degree sauna out into the 100-below darkness wearing nothing but bunny boots, at least she’s not alone. She already has survived months of solitary confinement, a forced swim with sharks and a scary journey to the South Pole. It’s all part of her training for a six-person, one-way mission to Mars. Nikki wants to go, but not with The Bridge — a space-obsessed company that abducts, controls and violates people. She wants to free her father, her former lover and herself. And she’ll attempt it with the help of the young man who shot her seven years ago.

Thoughts

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

I’d like to thank the author, Jack Chaucer, for providing me with the rest of the series for free although I had only been approved for the ARC of the third book by Net Galley.

Let’s start with our protagonist. I did enjoy how she was becoming easier to like, making tough choices and growing as a character.

This book was all about redemption, change and second chances, which is good but I’m still conflicted about Thomas. I just can’t picture him as anything but the guy he was in the first book.

In terms of setting, Antarctica was literally the coolest choice ever. I fell deeply in love and I just didn’t want any of the characters to leave at all. I liked this a lot better than the second book, but I think it fell short of the first one.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

I would recommend this book to those who have read the previous books in the series (helps to read in order) and those who dream of going to Antarctica one day.

For food pairing, I’d go with vanilla ice cream because of the setting. I don’t have any particular recommendation for the music – some ambient nature sounds such a crackling fire would be best.

Links

Book: Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Blog | Goodreads | Twitter

Top Three Thursdays #9

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (16/03/17) is: Favourite Booktubers

‘Booktube’, as it is popularly known, is the community of book lovers who post videos about books and related things on YouTube. Common videos one can find are book hauls, recommendations, reviews and other fun content. I discovered Booktube in November 2016 and have since then fallen in love. Here’s a look at my top three favourite channels.

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Book Review – Quests of the Kings

Title: Quests of the Kings (The Quests of the Kings trilogy #1)

Author: Robert Evert

Genre: Fantasy

Published: By Diversion Publishing on March 14th, 2017

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Summary

Plain and ordinary Natalie, a sixteen-year-old peasant girl, loves listening to stories about famous adventurers, but the thrilling action of the kings’ quests seems far removed from her everyday life. However, after a violent run-in with Brago, a ruthless adventurer who believes Natalie is a threat to his mission, she is dragged unwillingly into the latest contest. When one of Brago’s cruel plots separates Natalie from her protectors, she must become as strong and cunning as the adventurers of old to save her friends and stay alive.

Thoughts

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

The only thing I liked about the main character, Natalie, was her name. She was like a study in contradictions. I found her character problematic because she is portrayed as a man-hater and if that’s supposed to be a feminist view, I don’t agree with it at all. So much time is spent examining Natalie’s feelings that the bigger plot takes a backseat. This book didn’t quite meet the expectations I formed when I read the blurb. I just feel that I will not be continuing with the series because the characters didn’t appeal to me at all.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

I would recommend this book to die-hard fans of the author.

I wouldn’t pair any food or music with this one because they might just turn out to be more interesting from the book itself and distract from the experience.

Links

Book: Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Website | Goodreads | Google+

Book Review – Shadows of the Forest

Title: Shadows of the Forest

Author: Emma Michaels

Genre: YA fantasy

Published: By CHBB Publishing on November 4th, 2016

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary

Lily has struggled all her life to come out of the shadows of her abusive past. After a fatal car accident injures her twin brother, Cole and her, she wakes up in a strange place where she has to follow a set of bizarre rules. The story follows Lily’s journey as she sets out to seek answers and get her twin brother back.

Thoughts

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

After going through a few reviews, I did see that some opinions claim that abuse victims aren’t like how the author has portrayed them. Even so, I could really relate to Lily’s self-esteem issues as a non-victim in real life and I loved seeing her grow in the book. It was the character’s journey that made me give this a 4-star rating. Also, the cover is beyond gorgeous.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

I’d recommend the book to readers who love to see a good brother-sister relationship and for those dealing with self-esteem issues not necessarily stemming from abuse.

For the music, I’d recommend some ambient outdoors music with the rustling of trees, a bonfire crackling and other such noises, which I feel would go very well with the main setting.

Forests always remind me of berries since I’m a vegetarian and those would be the only edible things for me if I ever went into a forest without supplies, so I’d pair it up with something like blueberry pie or a strawberry tart.

Links

Book: Website | Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Website | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | LinkedIn | Google+