Review: Finding Eden, by K.R.S. McEntire

Finding Eden is the second book in The Eden Saga, but can be read as a standalone. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic US, where some people have mutations in their DNA due to the Bio Wars. Because of the potential danger they pose according to the government, extra Wardens are hired to kill mutants on sight.

Lilah is one of those mutants. Being able to hide her mutation, she was able to live a relatively normal life until a few boys were coming after her. Using her power for her own protection, she exposes herself as a mutant and has to flee from Chicago to Eden, a safe haven for mutants.

Adam is a newly hired Warden who is tasked with finding Eden and killing mutants. After searching the woods for a week, he meets Lilah and found the perfect way to find Eden and reveal its location to the Government. But as Adam starts spending time with Lilah, he learns that things aren’t always as they seem.

The book is engaging, I had trouble putting it down. It’s a light read that doesn’t require too much thinking. It’s a fun read, but I wouldn’t exactly call it good. The pacing is quite irregular and there are time jumps in inconvenient places. Some pretty important events were skipped. I would have loved to read how Lilah says goodbye to her family before leaving for Eden.

If Finding Eden was longer, it could have been a really good book. The writing style was easy to read but still descriptive and I liked that. With more information about the Bio Wars and a more regular pacing without as many time skips, it could easily earn 4.5 stars.

I highly recommend reading Finding Eden if you enjoyed the Shatter Me series! K.R.S. McEntire has a lot of potential as an author and I’m looking forward to reading more of her work!

PS I am IN LOVE with that cover

Review: The King’s 100, by Karin Biggs

Princess Piper Parish has always struggled with following the rules of Capalon, her kingdom. Love is seen as an unnecessary distraction in Capalon and things like singing, dancing, wearing dresses and eating sugary foods are prohibited. Knowing she is seen as a disappointment in Capalon, Piper leaves on a quest to bring back her mother after she received an anonymous note stating that her mother is still alive and being held in Mondaria, the enemy kingdom.

To enter the Mondarian king’s Mansion, Piper joins a group of performers. She meets singers, drummers and magicians and learns what it’s like to live in a world where people express their emotions. She experiences friendship, love, hot chocolate and many other things that aren’t allowed in Capalon, but will these things distract her from her quest to find her mother?

I loved this book. If circumstances allowed me to read it in one sitting, I would have. It takes some time getting used to the way of things in Capalon, but everything eventually clicked. Karin showed in her book that different countries develop in different ways. Capalons are more intelligent when it comes to new inventions and technology because they chose to ignore and suppress emotions, but Mondarians are more intelligent in the social aspect.

There are two things that stand out in The King’s 100:

1 – The characters are flawed. They aren’t portrayed as perfect people. They are 17 years old and they act like it. The characters make mistakes and sometimes they own up to it and other times they don’t. It’s a good break from the “The main character’s actions are always excused” trope, because Piper makes mistakes and she apologizes for them. I honestly think she rocks as a main character because of that.

2 – There is no real villain. Problems are all caused by cultural differences and stereotypes. Once characters got to know each other without prejudices, they were able to look past it and I think that’s a beautiful message.

Okay maybe I’ll add a third point that stands out in this book: the side characters, I loved them all (I’ll admit, all except one). I grew really attached to them and I can’t wait to read more about them in this series!

If you love The Selection or Grace and Fury, I highly recommend The King’s 100. You will definitely enjoy it!

 

Behind the Blogger Book Tag

The lovely Nikki Swift Reads tagged me in the Behind the Blogger Book Tag! She has an amazing blog, so go check it out!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn from allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

Why did you start blogging? & Why have you kept blogging?

I joined the Facebook group YA Book Stop – YABS to try out reviewing books on Goodreads. That’s when I found out that I really enjoy doing it. Thinking that my opinion didn’t really matter, I didn’t dare to take the plunge and start a blog. Fortunately for me, my friends convinced me otherwise! I started my blog to review books, but when I joined book Twitter, I found out that there are so many other things that I can post as well. I’m currently making a list of blog ideas to use in the future😊

The reason why I kept blogging is the community. I love seeing the support writers, bloggers, booktubers and so many others give each other. It’s a wonderful community and I’m glad to be a part of it.

What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

So far, I’ve only posted reviews and book tags. As I mentioned before, I’m currently making a list of other kinds of posts. It won’t be long before they come!

To answer the question, I’d say book tags. It’s a way to connect with the community and I love seeing what others write!

What are your top three favorite blog posts you wrote?

My three favorite blog posts are all ‘firsts’, so here they are:

What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

  • Dancing. When I dance, I forget everything that’s on my mind.
  • Being around water. It doesn’t matter if I swim, relax on the beach, sail or go scuba diving, water relaxes me.
  • Horse riding in the forest. Just like dancing, I forget everything that’s on my mind. The forest is beautiful and the steady walk of the horse relaxes me.
  • Last but not least, reading. Do I even have to explain?

What are three of your favorite things?

  • The first snow of the year.
  • Lightning.
  • Cinnabon. I wish we had one nearby😭

What are your proudest blogging moments?

I’d say starting my blog. It took a lot of courage, but I’m glad I did it.

What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

  • Reading.
  • Ballroom and latin dancing.

Describe your personality in three words

  • Naive.
  • Forgiving.
  • Open-minded.

What are your top three pet peeves?

  • Holes in socks.
  • Being blamed when I’m not guilty.
  • People stealing my food. I get annoyed even just thinking about it.

What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

I’m a plant killer. I don’t know how to keep them alive, they just keep dying on me!😭

I Tag:

My apologies if you’ve already been tagged. If you would like doing this tag as well, consider yourself tagged!

The Stay at Home Book Tag

Hey guys! Holly (The Writing Finch) tagged me in the Stay at Home Book Tag! This super fun tag was created by Princess of Paperback on Youtube and I can’t wait to answer the questions 🥰  If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

1. Laying in bed – a book you read in one day 

The Selection series! I read the whole series in 5 days: one book a day! I enjoyed them tremendously. They are short, easy reads with good world building. The Selection is like The Bachelor with a kick-ass heroine (who is awful at making choices, but that’s my opinion). I think I read the series about three times now, just because the books are so much fun and easy to read. 

2. Snacking – a book that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ read 

Okay. Let me just check my ‘guilty-pleasure’ shelf on Goodreads!
Even though I do really have that shelf, I don’t feel guilty for enjoying specific books and you shouldn’t either. Books are for pleasure (and pain and tears and anger) so everybody should be able to read the books they want without having to feel guilty!

But, to answer the question: the only book that comes close to being a guilty pleasure is After by Anna Todd. It receives a lot of low ratings on Goodreads because people think it glorifies abusive relationships. While I agree that it certainly can have that influence on readers, I personally don’t experience it that way. I know that the relationship of Hardin and Tessa is incredibly abusive, but that’s the fun about books: it isn’t real! I read books to experience things I never would in my real life, to feel with the characters, feel their pain and joy and frustration. That’s why I don’t feel guilty for enjoying After.

3. Netflix – a series that you want to start

Oh God, there are a lot of series that I want to start. I’d say the Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Shusterman. I’ve heard SO many good things about it and I bought the first book about a month ago, so I can’t wait to start!

4. Deep clean – a book that has been on your TBR for ages

Too many. I don’t think you want to see the list. I still have quite a few ARC’s to review, so my physical TBR has to wait a little longer. I think Bloodlines by Richelle Mead will have the most priority as soon as I finish my ARC’s. I enjoyed Vampire Academy a LOT and was so so excited when I heard Adrian Ivashkov will have a bigger role in Bloodlines, but I haven’t gotten around to read it yet.😭

5. Animal Crossing – a book you recently bought because of the hype

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I haven’t read a lot of SF, and I don’t really feel a pull towards the genre either. But I thought I’d give it a try and bought it. Unfortunately it has been waiting on my TBR shelf along with bloodlines…

6. Productivity – a book you learned from or had an impact on you

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. My wonderful boyfriend gifted it to me because he thinks I give too many f*cks about everything in my life. And it’s true, I actually do. That’s one of the reasons I read so much: to escape reality. Mark Manson really helped me see that it’s okay to not care and choose for myself sometimes.

7. Facetime – a book you were gifted

I think the most recent one is the Waterstones exclusive of House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas, with red sprayed edges.🥰I currently possess three editions of that book! I’m a HUGE fan of Sarah’s books, so I’m completely in love with the Waterstones exclusive.

8. Self care – what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself

I saw this question and had to think for a few moments. What have I done to look after myself? Not much actually, I’ve been too caught up in all my work for uni. I did start making an Aelin Galathynius funko, so I guess that counts? (I’m still looking for the Bella Swan Wedding Dress funko for Aelins body, so if anyone sells it or knows anything please let me know!).
The question reminded me that I have to look after myself more often. I think I’m going to start with studying in the garden instead of my room more often.

BONUS – An upcoming release you are looking forward to

I think most of the new releases that I was looking forward to, just came out! They are House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas, The Betrothed by Kiera Cass and Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’m mostly looking forward to A Vow so Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer, I can’t wait to read more about Grey!😍

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers to the questions, let me know in the comments what you think!

I tag:
The Bookish Hedgemom
The Daily Sunlight
Lu Reviews Books

Review: Red Moon, by Sein Ares

I received a free copy of Red Moon from the author, but this doesn’t affect my review.

Red Moon by Sein Ares follows several characters who each have their own journey to make. It mainly follows Elizabeth Raven, Mia Yuuki and Leo Aquarius, but it has some other pov’s as well. The story is set in an elaborate world with its own history, hierarchy and magic system. I have a lot of respect for Sein Ares, as he is one of the few authors who takes the effort to explain everything behind the magic system. Instead of the usual “This is his power and he has to keep in mind this and this or it will drain him”, it also explained how it works.

As I already mentioned, it’s a very elaborate world. The way Sein Ares handled the world building in the book, wasn’t the best way to give information to the reader. In Red Moon, information about the world was mainly given when characters explained things to other characters. While this is a good method to use in urban fantasy, the world in Red Moon is just way too elaborate to do this.

At first, I struggled with Red Moon. It was hard to follow everything because of the writing style. In the first half of the book, almost everything consisted out of characters speaking to each other. This made the book a bit amateuristic for me, especially because the characters always speak to each other in fighting scenes. An example is:

“This? Just an equalizer, to level the playing field.”
“Equalizer?”
Jenny planted her left foot forward and cleared the right leg out of the way. Her right hand arched back.
Tanya’s lips curled into a smile. “A Zeor dash? Interesting!”
She lifted her katana to the skies with both hands while putting her right leg forward. “I will knock you down before your wings reach me.”

After getting used to the writing style, it became harder and harder to put it down. I was able to see past the writing mistakes and really started to enjoy the story. I especially liked Leo, because he was an incredibly weak character in contrast to the rest. It was refreshing to read about a character with flaws that didn’t just disappear halfway through the book.

Red Moon is unique in every way. I haven’t been able to compare the world and the magic system with anything else. The book has its flaws, but I’m sure Sein Ares will write a good sequel with a little more practice. Red Moon is definitely worth the read!