Are we ready for me to go on a complete rant? If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know that I have a love-hate relationship with The Maze Runner trilogy. I recently watched the adaptation for The Death Cure and I really enjoyed it, so much so that I started to rethink my opinions about the original Maze Runner books and I took it upon myself to reread the entire series to give it another chance. Boy was that a mistake. If anything, the love-hate relationship has now devolved into just a hate relationship. The book series is really quite terrible, especially when compared to the movies, which is a sinful thing to say for a reader I know. So today, I’ll be taking you through the reasons why I didn’t like The Maze Runner book series. Spoilers ahead.
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The Gone series by Michael Grant is an epic post-apocalyptic sci-fi with the most hideous covers about what happens when everyone above the age of 15 suddenly disappears in a town in California and all the remaining children are surrounded by an impenetrable barrier that cuts them off from the rest of the world. Also, kids start developing supernatural powers and weird mutations start popping up. Oh, and there’s an evil “Darkness” that’s in the dome (known as the FAYZ) with them. The biggest recipe for disaster if I’ve ever heard of one. This is a young adult series but Michael Grant certainly does not shy away from the gore and horror that comes with such an apocalyptic story and it reads like a Stephen King horror series (not that I’ve ever read Stephen King but I imagine this would be how he writes). I definitely would not recommend this series for people who are squeamish. It is horrifying and nearly vomit-inducing to read about but much like a train wreck, you just can’t look away. Being in the post-apocalyptic genre, the series also has much social commentary to make and much to say about society and the way it’s run. It is overall a fascinating and action-packed series that will take you to the limits of humanity and beyond.
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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is a paranormal-type series following Blue, who comes from a family of psychics but has no magical abilities of her own, and four prep school boys as they follow ley lines and other magical things in search of a dead Welsh king. Strange synopsis right? Well, the series overall is pretty strange too. It’s super hyped on Booktube and everyone absolutely loves it but I don’t think it really suits me. The story is too weird and the paranormal elements too far out of my comfort zone that I couldn’t really get into it.
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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is a sci-fi series retelling the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. The combination of the sci-fi genre and fairytales is an interesting one and doesn’t seem like it should work, but man, it totally does. This series is just so fun and lighthearted and an absolute joy to read. It made me smile and I would totally recommend it if you ever need a pick-me-up. Full review with spoilers below the cut.
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Today I’ll be reviewing my favorite series of all time, the Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman. I have so much love for this series and I don’t even know how I’m going to do it justice with my review but I’m gonna try. There will be spoilers because you can be damn sure that I’ll be gushing like a waterfall throughout this review.
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This summer, I took on the rather daunting goal of reading the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, at least the first two series. I never really intended or wanted to read them but they just get so much hype on Booktube that I just felt like I should read them so that I could understand what people were talking about. It was a rollercoaster of a journey to say the least. I read them in publication order so the two series kinda intertwined for me and just felt like a giant 9-book series. Still, I shall review them separately because I had very different feelings for each of the series.
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The Girl on the Train is about an alcoholic woman who witnesses something out of the window of a train and finds herself entangled in a mysterious web of lies and deceit, not exactly unwillingly. It’s based on a supposed best-selling novel but if you saw my post about my Most Disappointing Books of 2016, you’ll know that I didn’t really think much of the book. I wasn’t really planning on watching this movie after I missed it in the theaters but then I saw Luke Evans in Beauty and the Beast and I just had to see more of his work. So that was basically my sole reason for watching this movie haha.
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