Book Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

The Renegades, also known as prodigies, are humans with extraordinary abilities. They established peace and order after war left their world in ruins . They are the symbol of hope and courage, and are seen as superheroes to everyone except the Anarchists, the villains they once overthrew.

The Anarchists also have extraordinary abilities, but they want to overthrow the Renegades and are seen as the villains. They believe that the Renegades are all about control and they want to bring them down so that everyone has free will and are able to make their own decisions.

Nova is an Anarchist and hates the Renegades. She is on a mission for vengeance and when she and the other Anarchists come up with a plan to take down the Renegades, she sees her chance to make things right. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice. As they grow closer, neither one knows that the other has a secret identity.

I was actually really surprised by how much I loved this book. I loved The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless and thought maybe I would only like her fairytale retellings, but this book blew my mind.

I loved the characters and all their different abilities. I can’t even choose which side I like more, there are things that I love about both. The way all these different personalities come together to make these groups of people is great. I also thought it was so awesome that Adrian has two dads. I wasn’t expecting that at all.

I enjoyed the story so much. I think it’s something new and fresh, I can’t tell which side is bad and which side is good and that doesn’t happen very often I don’t think. I loved the cliffhanger ending and didn’t see that coming at all to be honest. I can’t wait for the conclusion in November.

Renegades was a 5 star read for me. I could not put it down and I never wanted it to end. I don’t even have anything negative to say about it except that I wanted more! I highly recommend this book so definitely check it out.

Keep reading…Lola


Christmas Haul Part 2

These are the books that I bought with gift cards that I got for Christmas. I also have some preordered books coming in the next few months.

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough. This is about a girl who dies for 13 minutes after drowning and when she wakes up she’s got questions about what happened to her.

The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. This follows a girl who has short term memory loss and can’t remember things that have recently happened, but then she kisses her friends boyfriend and remembers it.

Psycho by Robert Bloch. This book is based on Norman Bates.

Even If It Kills Her by Kate White. This one is about two friends Bailey and Jillian. While in college Jillian’s family is murdered and they grow apart. 16 years later, Jillian shows up saying that the man conicted of killing her family may be released because of new DNA evidence.

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner. I’m not sure what this is about except that a newlywed couple move to this town and shortly after something happens and their lives are shattered.

How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather. This follows a girl named Sam, who is a descendant of one of the men responsible for the Salem Witch Trials.

Haunting The Deep by Adriana Mather. This is the follow up to How To Hang A Witch and it follows Sam as she starts having dreams about the Titanic, as things from the ship start showing up.

Tales Of Rapunzel. I got books 1, 2 and 3 in the series. Secrets Unlocked, Opposites Attract and Friends And Enemies. These are just tales of Rapunzel inspired by the TV Series.

Meet Cute. This is an anthology by lots of different authors. I got it mainly for Huntley Fitzpatrick’s story. It’s short stories about the first time meetings of the different characters.

The Search For The Sundrop. This is the 4th book in the Tales Of Rapunzel series.

These are the books that I got as a gift from a friend for my Kindle.

Wounded by Laurell K. Hamilton. This is a short story in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series.

Darker by E.L. James. This is Fifty Shades Darker from Christian’s perspective. This is definitely a guilty pleasure read. Don’t judge me 😁

A Desperate Place For Dying and A Lovely Wicked Rain by Scott William Carter. These are the 2nd and 3rd books in the Garrison Gage Oregon Coast Mystery series.

I have actually read a few of these books already and loved them so look for that in my wrap up. I can’t wait to dive into the rest of them.

Keep reading…Lola

December/January Book Subscription Boxes 

These are the books that I got in book subscription services in December and January. Because I’m doing two months worth I’m not going to give a synopsis for each one but if you’re interested in any you can leave me a comment or check them out on Goodereads.

December Book Of The Month:

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen.

December Bookcase.Club:

The Messenger Of Fear by Michael Grant.

Midnight Theif by Livia Blackburne.

December My Thrill Club:

Invasive by Chuck Wending.

Afterparty by Daryl Gregory.

The DVD was Secret In The Walls.

January Book Of The Month:

The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn.

January BookCase.Club:

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

January My Thrill Club:

The Penny Dreadfuls. This includes Dracula by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Abigale Hall by Lauren A. Forry.

The DVD was Hide And Seek.

I’m really excited for these books and can’t wait to crack them open.

Keep reading…Lola

2018 Reading Goals

Here are the 2018 reading goals that I am setting for myself. I’ll do a half year check in and a year end results post as well. Here’s to reading…

1. Complete the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. This includes the main prompts as well as the advanced prompts.

2. Participate in Book-Tube-A-Thon and complete all reading challenges.

3. Participate in Spookathon and complete all reading challenges.

4. Participate in a third Readathon sometime in 2018.

5. Read 3 classics that I haven’t read before.

6. Read 3 books that have been on my shelves for more than 2 years.

7. Work on my TBR. I want to try to just read books that are on my shelves. Minimal library books and buying new books.

8. Limit book subscription boxes. I have cancelled my YA Reading Club and plan to cancel Bookcase.Club when my prepay runs out. I think I will continue My Thrill Club and Book Of The Month I am only going to get books from Book Of The Month if I am planning on reading them within a couple of months. I just need to limit my intake of new books that I haven’t read until my TBR is down some.

9. Book buying ban. I need to stop buying new books. My TBR is so huge right now I just need to stop for a while. I have some preordered books but I will not buy any new books until June.

10. Finish the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella. I read the first 3 books and Becky is really getting on my nerves so I kind of just want to finish up the serie’s. I have liked the books and gave them 4 stars but her character is just irritating.

11. Book unhaul and Giveaway. I want to get rid of books that I know I won’t read and instead of bringing them to my bookstore for store credit to buy new books I’m going to do a giveaway instead.

So those are my reading goals for this year when it comes to my reading. Does anyone else make reading goals for themselves for the year?

Keep reading…Lola

Top 17 Books of 2017

This blog was so hard to write because I read so many amazing books in 2017 but I managed to get it down to my top 17. I also have reviews for most of them if you’re interested. These are in no particular order because that would have been impossible.

1. This should come as no surprise that My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick is on this list. I talk about it all the time and I think it’s an answer for every tag I do! This is a YA novel about teenage neighbors falling in love. Of course there are some obstacles and issues that arise but the romance is the cutest I have ever read in YA.

2. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich is the story of a bad boy and good guy who have to compete for the love of a girl and whoever she doesn’t fall in love with will have to die. What they don’t plan on is falling for each other. I loved this book so much even though it doesn’t have the greatest reviews.

3. Final Girls by Riley Sager was I think my favorite thriller that I read this year. I loved the parts that read like a slasher film and got a Friday The 13th vibe. I was also completely shocked by the reveal of the killer. I’ve read reviews where people said they saw it really early on, but that was not me.

4. I read the Miss Peregrine trilogy so quickly. I couldn’t get enough of the Peculiars and their world. Ransom Riggs became a new favorite author of mine in 2017.

5. Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a Queen Of Hearts retelling and I loved it. I always love reading the stories about how villains became the characters we know and love to hate.

6. I read this book early in 2017 but it stuck with me throughout the year. In Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman, Anna’s sister dies in a car accident the night of her high school graduation. Anna finds a list of things her sister wanted to do that summer, so along with their childhood friend Cameron, she sets off doing all the things on her list.

7. Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This is about two sisters who run away from their abusive father to play the game of Caraval. This interactive game turns into something more when Scarlet realizes that the objective is to find her kidnapped sister Tella.

8. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. This book was absolutely crazy. Things got weird the further you got and then just when you thought it ended, you are left with a stunner of an ending. My jaw dropped and it’s all I could think about for days.

9. The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is a mystery thriller that follows a travel journalist named Lo. On the first night of the cruise, she wakes in the night and believes she sees a body being thrown overboard but when she tells the ship’s authority, they tell her that there was never an occupant in that cabin.

10. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is another mystery thriller. This follows a couple who leave their baby alone in their apartment while they go to a dinner party next door. Upon returning home they find their door open and their daughter gone.

11. Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schreiber is the conclusion to the Vampire Kisses series. This is the 9th book and after having invested so much time with this series I was so happy with the way it ended.

12. I watched the movie first not realizing that it was based on a book but I immediately had to pick it up. Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley follows two teenage boys who fall in love during the 1970s. Nathan and Roy became one of my favorite couples of 2017.

13. Reality Boy by A.S. King. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book. I really enjoyed it. I loved Gerald and just felt all the feelings when it came to him. I hated his mother and older sister. And I loved the romance between Gerald and Hannah.

14. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. I loved this book and the way it was written. The story is told using diary entries and police reports. I have a love hate relationship with stories that are told this way. Sometimes I feel like I miss half the story and I just lose interest but this was definitely not one of those times. This was a fast read and I loved it.

15. Arena 3 by Morgan Rice. I loved this post apocalyptic trilogy. It reminded me of The Hunger Games and Divergent mixed together. I was so happy with the way this ended and it just became a favorite of mine. I also really loved Ben and Brooke.

16. I really wanted to put a graphic novel in this list because I read a few that I really loved. I chose Wires And Nerve by Marissa Meyer. I loved going back into the Lunar world and getting to see all of my favorite characters. I loved getting more of Iko, she has become one of my favorite non-human characters.

17. I could not do a favorites blog and not include Nicholas Sparks. See Me is his first mystery based story and I loved every part of it. He did not disappoint and I loved the relationship between Colin and Maria. Nicholas Sparks will forever be my favorite author.

Those are my top 17 favorites of 2017. I can’t wait to see what this year has to offer in the way of books. See you next year! 

Keep reading…Lola

January TBR

I can’t believe it’s 2018! I hope everyone had a good new year and I’m so excited to see what this year has in store reading wise. These are the books that I want to read this month. I’m only choosing 3 because I might do a readathon if I have the time.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I can’t wait to read this book. I’m excited to read something by Marissa Meyer that isn’t a fairytale retelling. I’m hoping that I love this just as much as I do The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. I wasn’t able to pick this up in 2017 but I am definitely going to read it this month. Ruth Ware has become one of my favorite authors. I am also participating in the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge and this I’m reading for the “book from a celebrity book club” prompt.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I wasn’t going to read this but then I heard so many amazing things about it that I just had to pick it up and I’m going to try to read it this month. I am also reading this for the PSRC “book about death or grief” prompt.

Those are the books I want to read this month and hopefully I’ll be able to participate in a readathon and get some more books read.

Keep reading…Lola

December Wrap Up

These are the books that I read it December. I didn’t read as many as I wanted to because it was just such a busy month, but I got lots of books that I’m excited to read this year!

The Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffmann. I loved this story so much and can’t believe that I didn’t read it until now. 5 stars.

The Christmas Hope by Donna VanLiere. This was such a sweet and heartbreaking Christmas Story. This is the fourth book I’ve read in this series and they get me every time. 5 stars

Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews. This was another nice little Christmas read. I started it last year but couldn’t really get into it but decided to give it another try this year and I did enjoy it. 4 stars.

Little House On The Prairie Christmas Stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder. There are four short christmas stories in this little book and I enjoyed them all. I’ve actually been thinking about rereading this series soon. 5 stars

And then I just read some children’s picture books because I love to do that at Christmas time. Don’t judge me! Haha

The Nutcracker and The Night Before Christmas. These are A Little Golden Book editions. 5 stars

The Twleve Days Of Christmas and A Christmas Carol. These are Paragon editions. 5 stars

And last I read this very pretty edition of The Nutcracker. 5 stars

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and had a safe and happy new year. Here’s to 2018 being an amazing reading year!

Keep reading…Lola

2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

So I decided at the last minute to participate in the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. I did the challenge in 2016 and read so many good books that I wouldn’t have even picked up normally so I’m hoping this will help me pick up some of the books that have been on my shelves for a while. I posted the list of prompts down below if anyone else would like to participate. I also recommend joining the Goodreads group and going to the POPSUGAR website as well.

Happy New Year!

Keep reading…Lola

Christmas Book Haul

These are the books that I got for Christmas. I also got gift cards for Book Outlet and Barnes And Noble so I will be doing another haul when those come in. I am so excited to read all of these new books!

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins. This is a young Adult thriller.

Thank You For Being A Friend by Emma Lewis. This is a Golden Girls book that has all kinds of information about the girls and fun little quizzes and recipes.

Tangled: The Manga by Shiori Kanaki. I can’t wait to read Tangled in Manga form.

Belle’s Library. This is a collection of literary quotes and inspirational musings from all the books Belle loves.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. This is about a teenage girl who writes lyrics to a song on her desk and the next day finds that someone has continued those lyrics.

Before Ever After by Stacia Deutsch. This is a middle grade Tangled Before Ever novel.

Tangled The Series: Take On The World-The Cinestory. This is the first three episodes of the Tangled TV Series in comic form.

Tangled Before Ever After: The Cinestory. This is Tangled Before Ever After in comic form.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs with art by Cassandra Jean.

Hollow City Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs with art by Cassandra Jean.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I don’t know much about this except that it’s about a boy who’s mom has cancer and I think they make up a story to help him cope with it or something.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I don’t know much about this either but it’s by Marissa Meyer and I am so excited to read it.

Golden Girls Forever by Jim Colucci. This is a behind the scenes look at The Golden Girls and it includes information about every single episode ever made.

The Beauty And The Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot De Villeneuve. This is the Minalima illustrated edition and it is so beautiful.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas. I believe this is a Young Adult mystery about a group of girls.

Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales Of Villainy. This is edited by Ameriie and features short storis by various authors including Marissa Meyer, Adam Silvera, Susan Dennard, Renee Ahdieh and more. This was also in collaboration with 13 BookTubers who gave the authors prompts in which they had to base their stories on. Some of the BookTubers are Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JesseTheReader) and Zoe Herdt (readbyzoe).

I am so excited to read these books I don’t even know where I am going to start. I hope everyone had an amazing holiday and got lots of books!

Keep reading…Lola

On The Twelfth Day Of Blogmas

My True Love Gave To Me…

Twelve Crazy/Disappointing Reads.

These are books that I either thought had disappointing endings and I would like for them to be changed or books that had crazy endings that left my mouth hanging open.

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsh. This was an amazing book but I was disappointed with the ending. I wish there had been more of a conclusion to the story.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey. I did not like the ending of this trilogy at all. I hate when you put so much into a character and really like them just to have disappointment in the end.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. This was a crazy ending, but I also wish there was a little bit more to it. I would have liked to see what happened immediately after it ends.

The Prince Of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson. I was disappointed by the ending of this book. I felt like it ended too quickly and there wasn’t much of a conclusion.

Final Girls by Riley Sager. This had a crazy ending. I was not expecting the identity of the killer and I was floored.

Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin. I enjoyed the ending of the first book, but the ending of this book not so much. I really enjoyed the book, I just wish it had ended differently.

Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley. I liked this book a lot. I was a little disappointed with the ending because it wasn’t really clear what happened.

Cujo by Stephen King. I watched the movie years before I read the book. The movie ends completely different than the book and when I read the book I was in shock. This was a crazy ending for me because I wasn’t expecting it.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I liked this book and I liked the ending, but I do wish that there had been a prologue or something to tell us what things were like after a few months or so.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. This had such a crazy ending. I loved it. The mysteriousness of it was amazing and the end was such a surprise. 

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. This ending was so crazy and shocking. My mouth fell to the floor and I couldn’t think abut anything else for days. I didn’t see the ending coming at all and I think this is the most surprising ending I have ever read. 

The Here And Now by Ann Brashares. I was a little disappointed with the ending of this book. I wish that there had been more of a conclusion and less of an open ended question.

I loved all these books regardless of the endings and highly recommend them all.

This concludes Blogmas 2017! I hope everyone has had fun and I look forward to next year.

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates and if you don’t then Happy Holidays to you during your celebrations!

Keep reading…Lola