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Leaving Ordinary: Encounter God Through Extraordinary Prayer
Donna Gaines
Progress: 65/192 pages
The Walking Dead, Compendium 1
Cliff Rathburn, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore, Robert Kirkman
Progress: 8 %
Lola XOXO, Vol. 1
Siya Oum
Progress: 16 %
Psalms, 1-72 (Journibles: the 17:18 Series)
Robert M. Wynalda
Progress: 132/336 pages
The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
Progress: 31/311 pages
The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey
Progress: 156/457 pages

Red Queen

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

I can't do this book. I really can't. I was so excited to read this too but, yeah no it's not happening. I got to about page 100, past my first typical DNF mark and it's just not for me. I was expecting dystopian and got a dystopian high fantasy mix. I kept comparing this to the BIRTHMARKED trilogy which is fucking phenomenal, but it felt like a combo of The Selection which I read because it's a train wreck and I can't stop, and a wannabe Katniss. I am probably super alone in this but I tried. I really couldn't do this.

Vivian Divine Is Dead

Vivian Divine Is Dead - Lauren Sabel

  Check out my blog for the full review at Rachel Blogs.

This book wasn't much, it's easily forgettable and not something I'll go out of my way to recommend, and the synopsis was super misleading. This was much more "privileged white girl goes and experiences Mexican culture because someone might want to kill her" than a thriller with twists and turns. I never really felt like her life was in danger, and I was never really concerned that she would make it out alive. I figured out the majority of the "twists" ahead of time, but I really thought this was going to be a way more suspenseful book. It wasn't that witty either as the synopsis says, it just was kind of blah all over.

Young Avengers Volume 3: The Gig to Save Reality (Marvel Now)

Young Avengers Volume 3: The Gig to Save Reality (Marvel Now) - Kieron Gillen

Just...amazing. My first real superhero comic series and I'm in love. Helps that it's Gillen and McKelvie though! Because now I find myself distraught when I don't see McKelvie's art...well not distraught, but it doesn't feel real. Anyway, this was an amazing series, and easy to read as someone who has never read a Marvel comic in my life.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 3

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 3 - Gurihiru, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Gene Luen Yang

They address the issue of cultural appropriation and all, but then it's just...suddenly okay. I love Zuko and to see the person at the end that he brought back was amazing. I had read these before but I forgot what had happened, so onto "The Search"

Habibi

Habibi - Craig Thompson Utterly beautiful and haunting.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1 - Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gurihiru The writing is done really well, the storyline is amazing and series quality and the characters stay in character! What more could I ask for? Except less Kataang and less sweetie because zutara is absolutely everything.

The Witch Must Burn

The Witch Must Burn - Danielle  Paige Really obsessed with Paige's writing and knowledge of Oz. Also, this was from a perspective I wasn't anticipating. So ready for "The Wicked Will Rise" on Tuesday!

The Chance You Won't Return

The Chance You Won't Return - Annie Cardi I'd been eagerly anticipating this book for awhile, and recommended it multiple times to my book club but it wasn't ever picked, so I just decided to read it. And I'm so thrilled I did. I saw various reviews of either five stars or not very many and I tend to be the person who doesn't like the book when it's like that, but I LOVED this book. (Holy run on sentence). I found that how Alex was trying to find normalcy was something teens would totally do, and there were so many just beautiful quotes throughout this book that really moved me. I think it's really poignant to see a girl who really doesn't know how to deal with her mother's mental health, and a family who doesn't know how to get through to her. It was utterly beautiful, and one I will recommend highly to so many others. Really, it was sad but beautiful, and will stay with me for a long time. The only reason this isn't 5 stars is because while I wasn't sure what I was expecting from the ending, and it wasn't a TERRIBLE ending, it also didn't seem fulfilling to me?

Zodiac

Zodiac - Romina Russell This book is more like 4.75. I rounded up. WELL HOLY SHIT BALLS this book was good. It was real good. And I feel like I disagree with a lot of the people who think this is just another love triangle gone wrong kind of thing. This book has some of the MOST AMAZING world building I've ever seen, and maybe that's because I was obsessed with astrology for a really really long time. It did take me awhile to get through this book, but it was so worth it. I needed to finish a book and I'm so glad I finally committed to this one. The ending was crazy, and despite some weird awkward lines when it came to love, there was also some amazing parts as well. I love Rho's movement in the book, and after that ending, I can't wait to see what's next. OBSESSED.

Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die - Danielle  Paige OH MY GOD SO MANY FEELS I CANT

Saga Volume 4

Saga Volume 4 - Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan First five star for the Saga series. Well earned.

Saga, Volume 2

Saga, Volume 2 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples This just gets better and better, I have to admit it wasn't over hyped, but I don't see it as five stars like I feel most people do. The plot lines continue to develop, and I'm intrigued. I'll probably be all caught up by the end of the day which kind of sucks because then I'll have to wait forever for more. The illustrations are brilliant though, and even better on the computer.

Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls

Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls - Wendelin Van Draanen Full review to come but: this book was a solid three stars until the ending which earned it a high four, including the very last page with I think one of my new favorite quotes.

Saga #1

Saga #1 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples I read and review books on The Reading Picnic. Check it out!

So this graphic novel was super hyped to me by a few people, and I'll admit when I finished it last night I was curious what would happen next and committed to reading the others.

Now, I can't stop thinking about what happens next. This may be a problem.

I've never really been into graphic novels, I've read a few here and there, I think I read one about some Zodiac Chicks when I was in seventh grade, and they're beautiful and all, but I tend not to focus on how beautiful they are and focus on plot. Probably because I read novels like...24/7. But this was intriguing. I was promised Star Wars meets Game of Thrones, but I don't...honestly really see either of those. I see a world of it's entire own new creation. And it reminds me a bit of the world I've seen in [b:Zodiac|20821306|Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)|Romina Russell|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1404743153s/20821306.jpg|40167162] and from what I've seen of "Battlestar Galactica". Maybe it's because too many things are said to be like GOT when...they really aren't and it's just to entice readers, but I digress.

Some of it was really funny, and some of it was very adult, and I enjoyed how those themes seemed to move flawlessly through the novel, and how easily you could move from one to the other. I find one of the most intriguing characters the freelancer who wants to save the six year old girl (whose name is currently escaping me). And I'll admit, I was ready for this to be cliché, and was usually sure how something would turn out but then it didn't, so that was refreshing.

Overall, I really enjoyed it, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next novels. I'm anxiously awaiting payday at this point. I honestly feel like this might be the year of graphic novels and manga for me. High four stars.

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Dark Places

Dark Places - Gillian Flynn I review books for The Reading Picnic. Check it out!

So, I am totally obsessed with [b:Gone Girl|21480930|Gone Girl|Gillian Flynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1406511734s/21480930.jpg|13306276]. It's obvious, and whenever people ask me what to read next I usually ask, "Have you read [b:Gone Girl|21480930|Gone Girl|Gillian Flynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1406511734s/21480930.jpg|13306276] yet?" So any time someone talks to me about it, I immediately remembered that I needed to finish Dark Places.

This book was good, and has everything I love in fiction books, twists and turns, cults (I have a whole shelf on Goodreads for cults) and a good old whodunit like I'm watching "The First 48" or "Law and Order SVU"

It wasn't Gone Girl, but I'm not sure if anything CAN be [b:Gone Girl|21480930|Gone Girl|Gillian Flynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1406511734s/21480930.jpg|13306276], but Gillian Flynn is a master, that's for sure. Especially because you can see how much her writing and mastery has grown throughout her books. She seems to have perfected the art of unexpected plot twists, and I absolutely loved how your perspective of characters completely changed throughout the book. She's a wonderful wonderful author, and I would recommend her writing to pretty much anyone. She has a way of making really really uncomfortable topics, somewhat bearable, and even if they make you feel super uncomfortable you read them anyway.

Seriously I'm in awe.

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Kingdom Hearts, Vol. 4

Kingdom Hearts, Vol. 4 - Shiro Amano This finished it off nicely! And I was so happy to see Belle who is the greatest princess of all time show up. This was such great easy mindless reading and the ending wasn't disappointing. For my first manga series it was awesome!