Lost by Donnielle Tyner


After the meteorite crashed on Earth, it released a mist that changed the DNA of some soldiers in the second World War. They are known as Caelians and have different powers called Talents, and they live along with Norms- Talent-less humans. Sadie is an orphan and doesn’t have the ability to harness her talent yet. Until one day, she meets Kian.

It started off at a good, easy pace and I enjoyed it until around the middle. The beginning of the story was great and it felt like it was gearing up and a surprise would come later on in the book but it all just fell a little flat. I did like reading it but it wasn’t captivating or

The writing was simple but I found the conversations between the characters to be forced and even sometimes, awkward. Most parts of the book felt dull and I couldn’t bring myself to be as invested in the story. The plot line had great potential, though, and the history of the Caelian magic was very interesting even if there wasn’t a lot of it.

I didn’t buy the romance between Kian and Sadie, though. It might be because of the time in the story and how it spans over a few weeks, but it wasn’t convincing enough. They only met about two times before she started falling in love with him. I didn’t particularly connect with Sadie’s character either. She was likable, yes, but she is very ordinary and lacked the traits that makes a good main character. I found it hard to relate to her.

Despite all my little complaints, it was a good book with a great background story. I especially liked the prologue piece and it drew me in from the first page. I would have liked the book to be longer! I was just beginning to distinguish the characters and recognize them individually.

Please don’t be discouraged by my low rating for books. It was a good read. It is just that after book blogging, my rating and views have changed and I tend to unemotionally rip its different components apart when reviewing. 🙂

A copy of this book was given to me by the author for review.

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Top Ten Characters Who Love Books as Much as We Do


So it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday. I haven’t done one for a few weeks, and this one definitely stirred something, so enjoy! In no particular order, as always:

1. Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

 

He can recite quotes and lines from books by heart and likes reading. Will is just awesome in all ways, don’t we all agree?

2. Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

    

Is it a coincidence both of them like each other?

3. Jess Brightwell from Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

    

Jess is training to be a scholar and he must protect books. But in a world where personal possession of books is illegal, Jess “has ink in his bones” and can’t stop himself from reading. I don’t actually know who could play Jess, but this guy seems a close guess. (Haha, that rhymed 🙂 )

4. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling

    

I don’t know if Hermione actually reads YA or something like that, but she’s definitely at the top of the class. Textbook reading counts, right?

5. Cath Avery from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

    

She writes fanfiction of a story very similar to Harry Potter. If she isn’t a book nerd, I don’t know who is.

6. Katy Swartz from Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

   

Katy is a book blogger, and so are we! Yep, let’s just post the cover picture as Katy, because. how. convenient. Seriously, some book covers, though.

7. Matilda Wormwood from Matilda by Roald Dahl

   

Along with Hermione, you just know this was bound to happen. Just look at the cover if you don’t believe me. This book is about a girl who starts reading at a very young age. And she can move things without touching them! Telekinesis at work is pretty amazing, I tell you.

8. Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

   

I remembered this one when I looked at Alina’s post over at Radiant Reads. I’d forgotten that the daughter of Athena would obviously be a book nerd, and she is!

I’m going to leave this at 8, because I can’t think of any more and I’m pretty sure all of these are already mentioned by every single blogger, but there you go 🙂  Are there any more guy book lovers? Because I think the male population here is pretty low!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


The writing style was really unique but it was weird, too. At the start, I wasn’t pulled in, and it wasn’t the most interesting for the first few chapters, but things began to get better after a few pages.

I am so grateful there was no insta-love here, even though the book was about how Blue would either kill Gansey, or was his true love. In this book, she actually likes Adam, but I really hope there is some Blue-Gansey romance in the future, because I think the two would be lovely together!

Gansey was my favourite character, quite possibly because he was rich but did not let that affect him. He always tried to be better and even though he seemed very powerful, he actually was a bit self-conscious and doubted that people liked him. His character was really well-developed, maybe even more than Blue’s. Adam, Ronan and Noah were just as great and I honestly could relate to all of them.

The story was confusing some times, and not coherent at others, but it was very intriguing and there was a pull to it. A magical pull into a supernatural book. I felt like the whole supernatural aspect could be explained better, because it was just told, not shown.

One of the best parts was that although the story was about the boys and Blue as a group, they also had their own problems to deal with, along with the obstacles that came their way on their hunt for Glendower. I’ll be continuing the series, especially because I’ve heard that The Dream Thieves is better than this one!

Favourite Quote: “You are being self-pitying.”
“I’m nearly done. You don’t have much more of this to bear.”
“I like you better this way.”
“Crushed and broken,” Gansey said. “Just the way women like ’em.”

(I liked broken-Gansey just a teensy bit more than normal, put-together Gansey.)

My Rating:  ★★★★½   4.5 stars

February Wrap-Up and March TBR


Oh. It’s time for the wrap-ups and TBR, isn’t it? It’s going to be a showcase of shame, so come on in, and settle down—my treat :P. I could just type up a whole paragraph of excuses for why I couldn’t read enough, but I’m only going to mentally chastise myself and hope for the best next month.

FEBRUARY WRAP-UP (click on the books for the reviews!)

I read 4 books this month, with one of them being a children’s chapter book. Shame. I know I said that I would read more this time, and I did, although by one actual book. But it’s not enough. I seriously need to jump on the reading bandwagon in March, or else. . .

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Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

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One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (re-read) [review coming soon]

Geronimo’s Valentine (I read this for Valentine’s day 😛 haha) [no review :)]

MARCH TBR 

Again, my goal is to read more (obviously!) and to post reviews more often. I think that if I don’t remove books from this TBR until I have read them, I will feel bad and end up reading them soon. At least, I hope it works for this month 🙂

Ever Darkening by Janeal Falor

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Your Beautiful Heart by Lauren Scruggs

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I have 31 days to do this. A lot of time to read, considering spring break is hitting the school year this month, and I’m excited! A lot of books on my TBR and a handful of time is all I need to hop on this reading challenge.

* Oh, and I did limit my watching of Teen Wolf and the Vampire Diaries 🙂 And that’s the only reason I could shove in one more book 😛

My Dangerously Bad Reading Habits


I have mentioned before some of my bad habits as a reader. I realize now that I have many more of these. Do you have these habits too? We’ll see.

1. Judging a book by its cover. Very, very common reading mistake. I know in my heart that a book with a boring cover could be just as fun as a book with a pretty cover, but my brain thinks otherwise. It’s hard to defy your brain, you know.

2. Reading too many books at the same time. This is dangerous. As a result of this habit, Rebel by Amy Tintera and Matched by Ally Condie are on hold right now. I am in the middle of them both but can’t continue because I keep finding more books to read and start them as soon as I can get my hands on them. Which, if I try, is pretty fast.

3. Skimming over some sentences that I don’t understand. I tend to do this sometimes when I try a new author, which I do a lot. All authors have a different way of writing and it’s confusing when you can’t understand what they mean. I also tend to skim over parts that I don’t have interest in- politics, boring character talking, etc. I try not to, but it’s a habit.

4. Trying books in only tested-and-tried genres. I know, I know. I should go out and try it. But that’s the problem. I can’t get myself to pick up a book that is not contemporary, young adult or horror. And it took time for me to accept the horror books. I always like the visuals better.

5. Speaking in the voice of the character, to get a better understanding. Now, this isn’t really a bad habit but it’s one I’ve been trying to break. I feel that I can understand a character’s voice and way of speaking better if I try it out.

6. Skipping to the end of the book and/or chapter. Oh, this is a VERY bad one. I have spoiled so many books for myself this way. So many plot twists and sudden appearances have become useless.

If you read the title properly, you’re probably wondering how any of this is dangerous’. It is. All of these habits make me prone to insta-death. Yes, I die when I make stupid mistakes like turning the page and getting to know that William Herondale has a ***SPOILER***very nice heart. ***SPOILER*** It hurts to know that you missed it coming in the first place, and also destroyed the suspense. There are similar reasons for all them, but if I started discussing those too, we’d be here for a long time.

What are YOUR bad reading habits? Are they worse than mine? Tell me in the comments below.

– The Enchanted Book