Thursday 25 February 2021

Anti-Haul Weekly

One of Us is Lying

By Karen M. McManus


The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them

My Thoughts:

This is one of those books that a lot of people have read, but I don't think I've seen anyone talk about loving it. Like this is no one's favourite book and I don't think I can waste my time on a subpar thriller/mystery novel. Also, I was curious, but not enough to read the book. I did look up who the killer was and might I say, what a fucking cop-out. Like I haven't even read the book and I'm pissed off for the people that did spend all their time reading that book. I could maybe see myself reading another book in the series cause I don't think they are all about the same people, but I'll have to wait and see if any of them sound good to me.

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Sunday 21 February 2021

Books I have Preordered Pt 2

I was looking back through some old posts and I noticed this post I did about 3 years ago where I just talked about books I had on preorder. I completely forgot that I made that post and I decided to do another one just for fun. I also just wanted to mention that if you are able to you should consider preordering books you are excited about. It helps support authors you like as it tells their publishers that their book is in demand and will sell. I always like to preorder books I'm really excited about, especially for debut authors.

1. Better Together: A Novel

I have high hopes for this next book. I know the reviews for her first book were really mixed and I can definitely see where that comes from. I'm excited to see where she chooses to go from there. I'm of the opinion that a good author can only get better. Now that she's had that first book under her belt, I feel like this one will be a lot better.

2. Bridge Of Souls 

I've decided I love this series and I want this series to have a million books in it. I just want it to be one of those kids book series' that have like 20 books before ending. That would be the dream. I'm so excited for this release.

3. Chain of Iron

This is probably my most anticipated book of 2021. Of course, I had to preorder it. I want it as soon as I can possibly get it.

4. A Court Of Silver Flames

I've been waiting for this book for so long that I'm kinda scared to read it. I'm really excited though and I got the Indigo Special Edition so extra exciting!.

5. Rule Of Wolves

I haven't actually read the first book yet, but I know that once I start I'm going to want to binge read them so I decided I needed to have it for when that does happen.

6. Witches Steeped In Gold

This is so exciting. I mentioned this in my most anticipated books of the year post, but they had me at Witches. It was an immediate preorder. Also is this cover not gorgeous? I want that on my shelf.

7. Daughter Of Sparta

I've forgotten a little bit about what this book is about, but I did that on purpose because I do know it sounded good and I was really excited. I want to go into this knowing the bare minimum. It sounded really good though, it must-have for me to have preordered it.

8. Any Way the Wind Blows

I've been dying to read this final book since I finished the last one. After reading that last book I had this renewed sense of excitement for reading about these characters. 

9. She Drives Me Crazy

I'm a sucker for an LGBTQ+ high school romance. This is an enemies-to-lovers romance between a basketball player and a cheerleader as you can see from the cover. 

10. The Nobleman's Guide To Scandal And Shipwrecks

After finishing the last book I've been dying to catch up with the characters and get to know the youngest brother. 

11. Mister Impossible 

This is another book where I preordered it without finishing the first book because I know that once I start this series I'm going to binge read it.

12. You Will Get Through This Night

I mentioned before that I don't usually read YouTuber books, but I feel like this one is a little different. I like Dan Howell and I actually want to read his story, plus he actually had help from a psychologist to help him with accuracy. I actually think this is going to be a good book. 

13. The Last Confessions Of Mara Dyer And Noah Shaw

I am simultaneously excited and terrified to see how their story ends. Things are not looking too good at the moment, but I have hope that they will get better. Fingers crossed. 

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Thursday 18 February 2021

Anti Haul Weekly

Tiger's Dream
by Colleen Houck


A tiger left behind.

A goddess in need of an ally.

Stranded in a time and place he never wished for, Kishan Rajaram must carry out his destiny of assisting the beautiful yet extremely irritable goddess Durga. This daunting task is not made easy by the fact that he must also face the truth about the girl he loves and the brother who stole her away.

When the wily shaman Phet appears and tells Kishan that Kelsey needs him, he jumps at the chance to see her again. In his efforts to save her, Kishan discovers that the curse he thought was over is just beginning. As time unravels around him, Kishan realizes that the fates of all those he holds dear lie in hands.

The goddess’s power hangs in the balance. Kishan has no choice but to sacrifice the unthinkable to fight the dark forces swirling around the woman he’s charged to protect. As he does, he discovers that love and loyalty create their own magic and accepts that he must decide his destiny once and for all.

Tiger’s Dream is the conclusion to the epic Tiger’s Curse fantasy romance series that left you breathless.

My Thoughts:

This was one of my favourite series' back when I was 13. Now looking back, it wasn't very good. I actually have an ARC of this, but after trying several times to start reading it I realized I'm not 13 anymore. I'm not interested in reading this last book. This series was good back then because I didn't have a huge reference list. Now that I've read more books I know for a fact I would just be reading this book to not like it. This book is a bit of a spinoff from the original series and it's about two characters I don't give a flying fuck about. I was so excited to read this book back then, but it just took the author too long to write this. By the time she finally came out with it I was kinda over it. I feel like if you are writing a book for a very specific age group like Young Adult, then you can't be releasing a book so far in the future. Your target audience that has read your books from the beginning has grown up and you need to realize that sometimes they will outgrow your writing. I don't think any of my friends who I read the original series with actually read this book. 

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Monday 15 February 2021

Ranking the Shadowhunter Books

First things first, I'm only ranking the books I've read. I'm a little behind and there are a few books that I haven't read yet so if there are some missing it's because I haven't read them yet. I like ranking things. You like seeing me rank things. My favourite will probably be a pretty big surprise. Don't skip ahead. Also SPOILERS I will be mentioning little things here and there so proceed with caution.

16. Bane Chronicles

"Magnus thought once again of the blue-eyed man standing in his parlor."

This should come as no surprise. This book was the weak link. I don't know a single person that actually really loved this book. Especially no one that would put this book above anything else. 

15. Shadowhunter Codex

"The Great and Tragic Love of Jonathan Shadowhunter and David the Silent, by Clary Fray, Aged 17.

Yes, I'm putting this above Bane Chronicles. While this wasn't a real story, it still had character from the writing in the margins, plus it had really pretty artwork. Bane Chronicles was boring and had no artwork. I stand by this decision.

14. City of Bones

“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?"
"If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

I think I've read this book and seen so many adaptations of this book that I've kinda started to hate it. I'm never rereading this book I can guarantee it. It has a special place in my heart because it was the first, but the writing wasn't very good. And the plot could have been better. Cassandra Clare has just progressed so far past this book that it's hard to look back. 

13. Clockwork Prince

“Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you?
“It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.”

I kinda don't remember this one much. I remember Tessa and Jem getting engaged. And I remember not hating it so it's at least above City of Bones.

12. City of Ashes

“I don't want to be a man," said Jace. "I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can't confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead."

I reread this one a couple of years ago and it was a lot better than I remembered it being. It still isn't my favourite Shadowhunter book, but I have a newfound appreciation for it. It's a pretty good book. 

11. Clockwork Angel

“Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?"
"They ate it too," Will reminisced. "Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”

The Infernal Devices were never my favourite Shadowhunter series, however, they did include my OTP Will and Tessa. I love those two. I will always love those two. The two of them give me butterflies.

10. City of Fallen Angels

“You're the first Shadowhunter I've ever met."
“That’s too bad,” said Jace, “since all the others you meet from now on will be a terrible letdown.”

This was kind of a filler book, but a good filler book. I really enjoyed what was happening and it really set the next book up for success. This book was building up this tension that completely paid off in the next installment. 

9. Queen of Air and Darkness

“Faith isn’t never having any doubts; it’s having what you need to overcome them.”

So much happened in this book, good and bad. It was 100% a good book but I felt like it was left off with too much of a cliffhanger. It was the final book in that trilogy but it was really just a bit of a midseason break. This is going to carry on into the next series and I felt like that left me hanging in a way I didn't really like. I would have appreciated more of a close to that chapter. Now I have to wait a while before getting any type of closure.

8. City of Heavenly Fire

“I did not make a pie,” Alec repeated, gesturing expressively with one hand, “for three reasons. One, because I do not have any pie ingredients. Two, because I don’t actually know how to make a pie.”
He paused, clearly waiting.
Removing his sword and leaning it against the cave wall, Jace said warily, “And three?”
“Because I am not your bitch,” Alec said, clearly pleased with himself.”

This is the only Mortal Instruments book I've only read once, but I remember it well enough to still love it. I will always remember Alec's iconic line. You know the one. It really made me love him as a character.

7. Clockwork Princess

"Marry me, Tess. Marry me and be called Tessa Herondale. Or be Tessa Gray, or be whatever you wish to call yourself, but marry me and stay with me and never leave me, for I cannot bear another day of my life to go by that does not have you in it.”

That epilogue still makes me cry. Also, I said Will and Tessa were my favourite so them finally getting together makes this book an immediate yes for me. 

6. City of Glass

“I am a man" he told her, "and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown.”

If this had been the series finale I would have been happy with it. It had a great story arch and brought everything to a peaceful close. I'm glad the series didn't stop with this one because I feel like the second story arch really elevated the entire series, but I definitely wouldn't have been mad if it had ended here. It was at this point that I really got into this series and I just binged the rest of the books that were out at that point. 

5. Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy

“I love you. I love you without the memories. I love you right now."
Isabelle said in a calm voice, "I know."
Simon stared at her. "Was that...," he said slowly. "Was that a Star Wars reference? Because if it was, I would like to declare my love all over again.”

I know, this is surprisingly high. Hear me out though. This book had me so excited for everything that was coming. It was so cool seeing into the lives of characters we hadn't met yet. We met James and Matthew and got to see a little into what their friendship was like and what their lives were like. We even got to see some of James' cool Shadow powers. This collection of stories were just so exciting. And we finally got to see Simon and Izzy get together for good. It was so satisfying. 

4. Lady Midnight

“That's not the spirit of the law, Emma. Remember? The Law is hard, but it is the Law."
"I thought it was 'the Law is annoying, but it is also flexible.”

When I say this book was a gamechanger... I read this book and I was in awe of how far Cassandra Clare had come as an author. Obviously in her past series' there were lots of characters with fully fleshed out stories, but this book was like that but on steroids. This book had a main character, but all the other main cast of characters shared equal "screentime". Honestly, the main characters were probably the least interesting characters in this book. There were so many interesting characters with interesting lives and storylines. It was during this book when I realized how much I loved this world she had created.

3. Lord of Shadows

“There were valuable first editions of books in the enormous library, most of them had been scribbled in by some idiot named Will H.”

I didn't think it could get better than Lady Midnight, but then it did. After this, Queen of Air and Darkness was a bit of a letdown, I have to say. This series was probably Cassandra Clare's strongest overall so far. Amazing characters and amazing plots. 

2. Chain of Gold

“Will sat down beside his wife and pulled her into his lap. “I am going to kiss your mother now,” he announced. “Flee if you will, children. If not, we could play Ludo when the romance is over.”

This one took me a surprisingly long time to read, but I loved every second of it. I think not completely devouring it right off the bat really helped me savour the story and the characters. This was really the best of both worlds. We got to see old beloved characters from past books and we were introduced to so many new characters. They all had amazing plotlines. I loved them all, I mean except like two or three characters. Even characters that were "bad" I could see where they were coming from. There was just so much empathy in these characters. Even if I didn't like what they were doing, I could understand why they were doing it. 

1. City of Lost Souls

“Basia coquum," Simon said. "Or whatever their motto is."
"It's 'Descensus Averno facilis est.' 'The descent into hell is easy," said Alec. "You just said "Kiss the cook."
"Dammit," said Simon. "I knew Jace was screwing with me.”

This may be surprising or maybe not. If you've been reading my blog for a while you would know I loved this book. It's probably the book I've reread the most out of all of Cassandra Clare's books. I can't get enough of this one. I know it definitely isn't everyone's favourite though. So this book isn't the best probably in any category I've talked about previously, but I couldn't find it within myself to not put it at 1. It holds too much sentimental value and just general nostalgia for me to put it any lower. If I was stranded on a desert island and I could only bring one book with me it would probably be this one. It's probably one of the funniest books in the series. 

How would you guys rank them? I would love to know!

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Wednesday 10 February 2021

Anti Haul Weekly

Every Morgan Matson book

(Got this picture from Mostly YA Lit)

My thoughts:

I realize I could have stretched this out and done a post for every book, but they all sort of blur together for me so I don't really care to do that. Her books were huge a few years ago, but the hype just died. I read one of her books (don’t ask me which one. I don’t remember and I don’t care to look it up) and I felt like I had read every single one of them. It was a really garbage book and really made me not want to read any of the others. All I remember is that the main character's best friend disappeared and then she immediately went after her best friend's ex-boyfriend. It was after that that I realized me and Morgan Matson were not compatible. For me there are two types of fun contemporary romances: The ones like these that just are not very good, and the ones that are just so fun to read, they aren't too heavy, but still so fun. I got no joy from reading that one book. 

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Saturday 6 February 2021

Antihaul Weekly

Warm Bodies 

By Issac Marion


R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.
And then he meets a girl.
First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn't want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight. 

My Thoughts:

This week I decided to talk about Warm Bodies. I have to be honest here and say I completely forgot this book existed. I remember when the movie came and everyone was obsessed with it. I liked it enough for the time, but honestly, wouldn't watch it now. I added the book to my list because I thought I wanted to read it, but with time and newfound wisdom, I realized I do not in fact find it that interesting. This book follows a zombie main character as he finds love. I don't know about you, but the idea of having a love interest who is rotting kind of killed the vibe. It's gross. I'm not into necrophilia. I get it's supposed to be a comedy, but from watching the movie I know I'm just not invested enough in their story to ever read the book.

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