Ten Things I Want to See More of in Books.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish.
This week’s theme is Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist.

So I obviously haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in quite awhile but I was actually really excited for this one because I have plenty of things I would love to see more of in books.

  1. First is a pretty obvious thing, I would love to see more asexuality within books. Main characters who are on the asexual spectrum, relationships between asexual character, friendships, anything really. Because, let’s be real here for a second I’m pretty much over your typical relationship being huge plot devices.
  2. More prominent platonic friendships and even relationships. Because hey, that’s a thing. And those can be so important!
  3. Aliens. Good aliens. Real aliens. Not the disappointing development that was the 5th Wave. I just want more aliens.
  4. LGBTQIA+ main characters in genres beside contemporary. Not that I don’t mind reading contemporary books. But it’s definitely not my favourite genre to read and it really sucks not having those main characters in the genres that I love.
  5. More characters outside of the normal gender spectrum please! I would love love love to have more non-binary characters. As someone who is non-binary I would be nice to have more relatable characters. I know the hardest part of this is that I think its a little different for everyone when it comes to being non-binary. So even when I have read books with characters outside the gender norm I have trouble relating, so please more main characters that aren’t just the norm!
  6. Kind of a continuation of number 4 – less books about coming out and less about them being LGBTQIA+ and more just having those character go through the whole story and them being LGBTQIA+ not be relevant or important to the plot. Maybe I need to delve outside of YA to find this? But still, I’ve been out for 10 years as of this summer and I’m not about the discovery anymore. I’m more about just reading about them in the fantasy + sci-fi worlds that I love.
    • Side note – I know that YA is geared towards teens, which having stories about coming out and discovery can be and is so freaking important. But also reading about LGBTQIA+ characters who are just living (in whatever world) like every other character can also be very encouraging. And like I said earlier maybe I need to look for this elsewhere in the book world but I think it could bring a lot to YA too. (Maybe I should just write a post about this).
  7. Now I don’t read a lot of historical fiction but YA books set during the Renaissance would be really kind of awesome. It’s just one of my favourite time periods for art.
  8. This is a big one for me, more main characters with anxiety. Especially characters with all different levels of anxiety because it’s different for everyone. And again, not just in contemporary either. One of my favourite set of books, Consider and Contribute (which I have an ARC review coming for Contribute soon!) by Kristy Acevedo combines an MC with an anxiety disorder and aliens (+ space and other cool things) beautiful and I JUST WANT MORE OF THAT PLEASE.
  9. Possible unpopular opinion? But seriously, books that chance MC POV’s every book bother me so much. This is me side eyeing you Graceling Realm Trilogy. I can get so invested in characters and then BAM new MC in the book and I’m just usually left like ????? Of course there are a few exceptions, the only reason I finished the 5th Wave books was because of the MC POV change to Ringer.
  10. Last thing here, I would love to see more books writing in the style of Sleeping Giants/Waking Gods and even Illuminae/Gemina! I think it’s super fun and can be a bit of a relief from heavier books. I’m always up for something grabbing my attention and these books do in their crazy cool formatting. So more like them please!

Are any of these things you would also like to see while reading? Let me know!

ARC Review: In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis

34218098Title: In Ageless Sleep
Author: Arden Ellis
Genre: Science Fiction, LGBTQIA+, Romance
Publication Date: April 12th 2017

Synopsis: Mal is a spy, a misanthrope, and a coward; growing up in the brutal Reaches has taught her that honor is a quality best left to the dead. Her latest mission: to hijack a cryo-ship carrying the brilliant daughter of the Sovereign King, and deliver her straight into enemy hands.

But when a vital component of the ship’s cryostasis system malfunctions, the only person who can keep the unconscious passengers alive is the woman Mal was sent to kidnap. Alone together on a ship of silent sleepers, Mal must remember that she and Aurora are enemies—or risk them becoming something much more dangerous.

Please note that I received a free eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review: What can I even say about this book? It has a beautiful cover which I really loved. It was a fairly short read compared to what I usually read. So I really felt like it lacked a lot of development in characters and even the plot. Which really lead me to feel like this story was more unbelievable with each page. There wasn’t a lot of ways to connect with the characters despite the female/female romance connection.

That all on its own was weird enough. I understand the whole enemies to lovers trope but I feel like that wasn’t what this was. I mean, Mal (the main character) was pretty much holding Aurora hostage the entire time? And being a creep by watching Aurora every time she was put back to sleep. Like??????? How is that not concerning? Maybe I’m just not into the whole enemies to lovers trope that much but still. I feel like there’s a line where it becomes too creep and just not right.

All of this was really disappoint because I mean it had so many elements of a story that I thought I would enjoy. But unfortunately it went down hill real fast. Now, the rest of the plot wasn’t terrible. I like that it was in space and epic space ship battles. That I definitely wanted more of. I feel like for me that the story would have been ugh more success if there was more of that and less of the ‘romance’.

Overall, super disappointing and probably wouldn’t recommend.

Netgalley Review: Black Bead by J.D. Lakey

28869444Title: Black Bead (Black Bead Chronicles #1)
Author: J.D. Lakey
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: June 8th 2011

Synopsis: If you liked Avatar and Ender’s Game, you’ll love Black Bead!

On a savage, outlying planet an enclave of psionically-trained humans have built a utopian, matriarchal society that lives in harmony with all life. Leaving behind the polluted and corrupt world in which they lived, they colonized a new home far from the eyes of the galactic empire. Shielded from the rest of the galaxy by the dangerous beasts that inhabit their lush, forested world, the village lives a simple life under their Home Dome. But their goal was more than just to live in peace – they wanted to create the perfect human who could bring peace to the galaxy. Rather than merely cloning themselves, they began to manipulate genes in order to create a race of mutants with enhanced telepathic powers. Under the direction of the ruling coven, each child of the Windfall Dome is tested at a young age to asses their abilities – a test which is can plot the course for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, Cheobawn – the daughter of the ruling First Mother to the dome – is marked with the Black Bead on her Choosing Day, a symbol of bad luck and shame. It seems the child the village had placed so much hope in would not be the future ruler they had hoped for. Yet there is something powerful about her that the elders don’t understand. Finally of age, Cheobawn is chosen to join a pack to act as the psychic Ear on a foraging mission outside the dome. She knows this is her chance to prove herself. But something sinister stalks them and each member of the pack must draw on their unique strengths and a lifetime of training if they want to survive to see another day. In her visionary new series, The Black Bead Chronicles, author J.D. Lakey invites you to journey along with Cheobawn, Megan, Tam, Connor, and Alain as they use their wits and their Luck to unravel the mysteries of the deceptively bucolic life beneath the dome in this coming of age metaphysical science fiction adventure.

Please note that I received a free eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review: This was a book that randomly peaked my interest on NG and was surprised when I actually sat down to read it. Now, usually I feel weird about books that take place in a very short period of time. I like having good development in characters and in settings. So when I start Black Bead and got more invested in it, I realized the entire time line of the book happens in about a day or so. And to be honest, usually that alone deters me from reading a book. I tend to feel like I’m not getting enough from the book but I must say Black Bead surprised me.

I actually really enjoyed the story. Though having such young characters as the main focal point was also something I wasn’t used to. Especially because this was classified as teens & ya but the characters were between the ages of 6 and 10? So at first I was a little ??? when it came to connecting with the characters. But that became less of a factor as I read more. It really made me step back and change the way I usually think when it comes to the characters. Part of me wanted to expect more but at the same time I was blown away by their developments in such a short time.

What I really loved about this book was the world building aspects and an interesting magic system they had established. It definitely had the vibe of some previous dystopian/post-apocalyptic ya books I’ve read. Which I think is really what helped my connection to the story. You have a city within walls and only certain people can go outside those walls. And once you are outside those walls, it’s this luscious untamed wilderness and I fell in love with.

Now the main plot itself, is about a pact of young kids who finally get to go outside the walls. But of course, deviate from their designated path and find themselves on an adventure to stay alive. Now, the main character, she was given a black Bead because of her failure of a test of magic. Now this kind of taints her amongst the community but she is able to go with this group of kids and in the end, they wouldn’t have made it through their crazy adventure without her.

So I definitely really liked the message as the characters grow to accept her and such. And even with my initial surprise over the age of the characters and the way the plot ties timed, I thought this was a really good book. I’ll even probably pick up its sequel.

Have you read this? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

ARC Review: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

30134847Title: Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017

Synopsis: In the gripping sequel to Sleeping Giants, which was hailed by Pierce Brown as “a luminous conspiracy yarn . . . reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z,” Sylvain Neuvel’s innovative series about human-alien contact takes another giant step forward.

As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.

Please note that I received a free eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Waking Gods was definitely one of my most anticipated sequels after reading Sleeping Giants (you can read my review for it here) last year. And I’m going to straight up honest with you, I think Waking Gods blew Sleeping Giants out of the water. It was intense and face-paced and you never knew what was about to happen. I’m not sure if this has to due with the fact that this book is not young adult or what, but I felt like Waking Gods pushed past limits I don’t see often in the books I’m reading. I loved every minute of it and I really really hope there is another book after this one because if there isn’t that would just be mean.

I think the characters were way more developed in this book, or maybe I just felt like I knew them better. And I know better than to get attached to characters, I’ve learned my lesson the hard way so many times and yet I became so attached and invested in these characters. I wanted to see them succeed, I wanted to see them help humanity thrive again and it was probably one of my favourite sets of character developments to watch. Of course, Sylvain Neuvel knew exactly every single heartstrings to pull and even still, he left me wanting so much more from these characters and their battle to save humanity. The one character that I really loved reading was Rose, I think her character has, by far, one of the best developments in a book that I’ve read in a really long time. I honestly can’t wait to see where he takes Rose’s character from her.

Now, I just want to briefly talk about the aliens of these books. We really don’t know much about them and that obviously adds an air of mystery around them. And its killing me, I need to know more, I want to know everything I can about them. I really hope we get some good aliens and not the disappointment that was The 5th Wave.

But anyways, I digress. From the very first page I was on the edge of my seat, the plot never stalled out or had long mind numbing scenes. The action was always just the right amount and they kept you on your toes guessing as to the events to come. And let me tell you, I was not prepared for many of those events. I just wasn’t. And I’m still not over some of them. But thats what makes a really good book for me and I hope it does for you too.

Waking Gods is everything I want in a book. There was no huge focus on relationships, there was action and epic fights, strong female main characters, apocalypse events and of course, aliens! And let’s not forget the books awesome format, written in interviews and file dossiers!

May the Fourth Be With You, an anniversary post. 

Just thought I’d write a little post about the 4th of May. Now most know it as Star Wars Day which is awesome (even though I’ve only seen the original three and Phantom Menace when it came out in theatres). So I’m definitely not up and up on all the new movies. I know, I know, but let’s be honest here, I’m terrible at watching movies. I’ve maybe watched a handful of movies all year (my favourite was The Arrival!). But I’m sure one day I’ll catch up on them, for now though I’ll stick with my love for the four that I’ve actually seen.

13255917_10154914701187796_8626199267656120252_nThe real reason for my post today is that Star Wars Day is also the day I got married (at the ripe ol’ age of 22). Our wedding was really small, there were only five people including us. But it was pretty perfect. We got married in this outdoor chapel on a beautiful sunny day on a maple syrup farm (along Route 66 lol). We actually did one of our photos in spirit of Star Wars Day. Which is actually pretty hilarious because my Wife has never seen a single Star Wars movie in her life.

Now, if you don’t know, I’m a Canadian whose been living in the US off and on for the last couple years. So we actually rushed a little bit to get married. Marriage Equality wasn’t even fully legalized when we decided to get married. Luckily enough, the county beside ours was accepting all marriages a month before it fully went legal in June. We had wanted to wait but I had to go back home in Canada at the end of May. Which, let me tell you, being separated less than two weeks after being married was harder than the first three years there we spent as a long distance relationship.

When I went home we both had no idea when I would be able to return. That was one of the hardest times of my life. So I went home to Canada and worked my ass off the entire summer. By the end of August though I was able to come back and I’ve luckily been here ever since.

And so, in these three years of marriage we were separated for the first three months, we bought our first house and slowly filled it with 7 wonderful animals who are definitely my babies, aha.

I can’t even begin to tell you what she means to me. We originally started dating in 2011 and we’ve been through a crazy amount of stuff. But I can tell you that we are stronger now than we’ve ever been. And I’m grateful every day that we’ve been fortunate enough to build this life together.

Anyways, I know this post is really but if you’re reading this I hope you had a great day and may the fourth be with you!