The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

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The Murder Complex

Goodreads says: An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

The Murder Complex was one of the books I really wanted to read, because so many others seemed to love this a lot. The premise of the book was really interesting and different from the other popular YA dystopian novels. Unfortunately this wasn’t as good as I hoped it to be.

The beginning of the book was promising I really liked how Meadow loved her family and wanted to protect them, especially her little sister. I also thought Zephyr was really interesting as a character and how we didn’t know if he was going crazy or what. From the moment these two meet I felt like all of it started to go downhill. It’s total instalove between them and it seems that even though both of them did pretty bad things to each other still love seems to conquer and forgive all.

From that point onward till the end of the book there weren’t really any plot twists that surprised me. Some of them seemed to solve really easy too, like the situation at the end of the book with Zephyr. It just seemed majorly convenient to tumble upon answers to every problem they were presented.

Overall I feel like this book could have been much, much better with better character and plot development and with less instalove. Have you read The Murder Complex? What are your thoughts on it?

25 Bookish Facts About Me

I saw this tag @ paper fury’s blog and decided that I wanted to do it myself too. So let’s get started!

1. I have all the books in The Immortal Instruments-series and I haven’t read any of them. I know this is really bad, but I promise to start it before I watch the tv-series.

2. I love Game of Thrones – series but I haven’t read the latest book yet. I am currently rereading them though so I might get to it in 2016, maybe?

3. I am currently taking part on #readwomen at Tumblr. Basically you read only books by female authors in December. I’m really loving this and if you have any recommendations on what I should read, tell me down on the comments!

4. I haven’t read that many books from Finnish authors. This makes me little sad because Finnish is my first language and I really should know more about books published in my own country.

5. Most of the time I forget to return books back to the library and have to pay the fee for that. I just don’t want to give up any of the books, you know…

6. I usually read over 100 books in a year but this year I had major reading slumps and have read only about 60 books. Instead of reading I have been playing games. A lot of games.

7. I tried to booktube but decided that I liked writing the reviews more than talking about them to camera. Everything is just not right for everyone.

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My lovely bookmark collection ❤

8. I really REALLY want to reread Mistborn-series. I have wanted to reread them from the moment I read them all. Also I need to get the beautiful white editions of them.

9. Most of the books on my bookshelves are unread. And I still go and buy more books. And go to the library and get more books from there.

10. I would love to have a cat or a dog. Then we could curl on a bed together with books.

11. I can’t really decide on one favorite author. Or on 1 favorite book. There’s just too many of them!

12. I love listening to bookish podcasts. It almost like talking with other people about books. Except you are listening.

13. I love Scribd. I got it this year and there are so many beautiful books for me to read. And audiobooks.

14. Oh yeah, I love audiobooks. I’m still trying to find the right amount of listening audiobooks but I am totally in love with them.

15. I don’t really care if my books are hardcover or paperback. For me the beauty of the books is that they show that you have read and/or loved them. But I also love beautiful covers on my books too.

16. I haven’t gotten my little sister to read books. Just couple days ago she told me that reading is so boring. Le sigh.

17. I am still trying to find my own style of reviewing books. I love reading other people’s reviews and really want to write reviews that inspire other people.

18. Patrick Rothfuss is one of my all time favorite authors and I have read only one book from him. I have both of the books in his series, I haven’t just gotten around reading the second one yet.

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19. I have almost as many mangas as I have books. And I have actually read most of them.

20. I love knitting and reading at the same time. Luckily my boyfriend gave a bookseat as a present couple years ago. Also audiobooks.

21. I love taking pictures of my books but I feel that they are not pretty. At all.

22. I have read the 1st Percy Jackson book and didn’t like it. I feel that those books aren’t just for me. Maybe if I had read them when I was younger things would be different.

23. I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell a little while ago and loved it. I so much wanted to write fanfics after reading it but I feel like I am not really good enough writer to do that.

24. I really want to read more non-fiction. But I always seem to get distracted by fiction books. So if you have any good non-fiction recommendations, please tell me!

25. I really want to read more classics next year. So I am going to start by reading all the books by Jane Austen. I already read Pride and Prejudice by her and even though it wasn’t my favorite novel, I can understand why people love her writing.

I  don’t know who to tag to do this, so if you are interested please do it! Also leave a link here so I can come and check your 25 bookish facts.

Currently Reading & Library Haul

Hello everyone! It’s been some time since I have lastly written here. These past few months I didn’t read that much at all, mostly I just played games: Pokemon, Legend of Zelda etc.

Then this past two weeks I went to the library several times, read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas and from there started my reading again. On the pictures down below you can see all the books I have currently from the library and the books I am currently reading.

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Library Book Haul

From these books I have already read The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings which was a fast read but not as good as I hoped it to be. I might post a review of it, to talk about why I didn’t like it as much as I hoped I would.

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Currently reading

Currently I am reading The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I am enjoying both immensely. I am taking my sweet time with The Luminaries because it’s a huge book and reading it makes me feel that I appreciate it more if I don’t read it in a hurry. The Winner’s Curse beside it is a nice, fast read and the plot really intrigues me. I haven’t gotten really far into it yet but I can’t wait to see what happens.

Dear readers, what are you reading at the moment? Let’s talk about them down on the comments!

Library Haul #1

This week I moved to my mother’s because I got a job for the next month near her. Because of this I decided to go to a library because my mom lives so far away from it. I actually went twice on a one day there because the book I was having on hold came later on the same day.

Library Haul
Library Haul

I mostly borrowed Finnish books because I really want to start reading those too. I feel that I’ve been ignoring my own country’s literature for far too long because of all the YA other countries publish. I’m not saying that those YA-titles are bad, but I think I should know more about books that are published in Finland.

The Demon King
The Demon King

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima was the book that I had on hold and which came couple hours after I had gotten the other books from the library. I can’t wait to read this because of everybody seems to love this series. I don’t know much about what happens on this but from what I read from the back cover it seems really interesting beginning of the series.

Have you read any of these books? Which should I start with? Let’s talk on the comments!

Bookish Bingo

One day I was on Twitter as usual when I came across a tweer about bookish bingo. I followed the link back to Pretty Deadly and learnt that it was Bekka’s challenge that she organized every season. It seemed such a fun idea that I decided to take part on it.

I’ll be keeping track here how I am doing on this challenge by reviewing every book that I want to take part on this. Also I might do some kind of wrap up-post every month.

Are you taking part on bookish bingo? Any recommendations on the books I should read for this? Let’s talk down on the comments!

Weekly Wrap Up 30.08.15

Weekly Wrap Up
Weekly Wrap Up

I was little bit hoping that today I could tell you guys that I’ve read both Moby Dick and Game of Thrones this week but that didn’t happen. I’m about 40% through with Moby Dick and 30% through with Game of Thrones. I am enjoying both, but some times I just feel that Herman Melville described too much things, like the whole chapter on whiteness. Hopefully I can finish them both next week because the week after that is #BookBuddyAThon that I am taking part in.

I actually finished two audio books this week! The first one was Armada by Ernest Cline and the second one was Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Both of them were 3 star books for me. I’ll be posting a review of both of them some time in the future. I also read bunch of comics one day, Lumberjanes, Blue Is the Warmest Color and Bee and Puppycat. These I actually read from Scribd. Scribd is described as a netflix for books because it has graphic novels, ebooks and audio books and you can read as many as you want for a small monthly price*. I got two months free starter there so I decided to try it out and at the moment I am really liking it. I also started reading For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreud and I am about 8% through it.

How was your week? Do you have Scribd? Let’s talk down on the comments!

*This actually changed so that you get 1 credit per month that you can use to listen 1 audiobook.

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

The Republic of Thieves
The Republic of Thieves

Today I’ll be continuing reviewing the books that I read during Bout of Books. As you have might guessed from the title of the post, this time I want to talk about The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. It’s the third book on his Gentleman Bastards-sequence and I just LOVED this book! I feel that the books just keep getting better and better in this series. Without further ado, let’s get to it why I loved this book so much! (Ps. There most definitely might and will be some spoilers if you haven’t read the series)

“That’s how luck works, lad.
You can bitch all you like about how things could have been more favorable for you, but rest assured things can always be worse.
Always.”

I feel that this quote just sums up the series perfectly. Every time Locke or any other characters feel that things couldn’t go any worse, something happens and makes everything 10 times worse than before. In the beginning of this book, things aren’t looking so good for Locke because he’s slowly dying from the poison he got in the last book. He’s starting to give up when a bloodsmagi comes to them and offers a deal. From this the story really starts and we follow Jean and Locke competing in political election against their old friend, Sabetha.

“Sloppy idiot,” Sabetha muttered at last. “You’re trying to be charming. Well, I do not choose to be charmed by you, Locke Lamora.”

Finally we get to meet her! I have been wanting to read about her from the moment I realized that there could be this awesome female character on this book too. Of course there have been other awesome female characters that I have enjoyed reading about but Sabetha was one of the bastards and the one to steal Locke’s heart. Was she as good as I expected to be?

I don’t really know actually. She was sassy, clever and awesome character but still I enjoyed more of her younger shelf on the interludes than in the main plot. I think she was more fleshed out in that and it could be also that that the interludes showed us how Sabetha and Locke fell in love with each other. Also there was the whole Gentleman Bastards gang on the interludes so that’s one more reason why I liked it better.

“I was badly misinformed, I deeply regret the error, go fuck yourself with this bag of money.”

From that we get to the plot which I didn’t find as good as in the other books. In the other two books I felt that the Gentleman Bastards were actively doing something (thieving) but in this book they just seemed to talk. Of course you really can’t go thieving when representing a political party but I would have liked there to be action, like how they did and what pranks they did against Sabetha would been nice to read. It felt that this book was more of an interlude to introduce Sabetha finally (!) and drop some bombs about Locke and his past. Oh, those things that we find out! I still don’t know what to believe.

I’m really interested to see what happens next in the series. Hopefully it’s more like the first two on the series than the third one. Still it’s going to be over a year still before we get the next book. Have you read The Gentleman Bastards – sequence? What are you thoughts on it and especially on the third book? Let’s talk about it down on the comments!

Ps. What you think about my new review style? Good or bad?

Batch review 1: Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels
Graphic Novels

Hi everyone! Today I am going to review the graphic novels that I read during Bout of Books 14; Thor: Goddess of Thunder, Ms. Marvel: Generation Why and The Wicked and The Divine: Fandemonium. So, Let’s get started!

Thor
Thor: Goddess of Thunder

Thor: Goddess of Thunder

Firstly I want to say that I haven’t read any Thor related comics before. I have actually read very little superhero-comics so this is definitely a new territory to me. That said, I loved this story of the new Thor. I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone anymore that the new Thor is a woman. We don’t know who and not having a lot info I’m not even trying to guess. The art in this volume was really beautiful, I just wanted to stare on the pictures and at the same time I wanted to really know what was going to happen next. The plot was really good too, it felt easy to start to read this even without reading any of the previous volumes. The thing that really made me fell in love with this volume was the characters and their development. We see the new Thor throughout it, coming to terms with her new powers and in the end she is this really bad-ass woman who doesn’t stop even if it’s hard. The old Thor’s transfer though is more impressive in my opinion. Throughout the volume he grows and comes to terms with that that he isn’t the Thor anymore and tries to find his place in the universe. There’s so many characters that I really want to talk about because this seemed to be really character driven story. If you have read this and want to talk about it, comment down below!

Ms. Marvel: Generation Why
Ms. Marvel: Generation Why

Ms. Marvel: Generation Why

This is the second volume in this new arc of Ms. Marvel. I love how it portrays black, Muslim teenage girl as the main character and it seems that I am not alone in this because the volume 1 won a Hugo-award! I really loved the 1st volume’s art and so I was little bit surprised when I saw that it was so different on this volume. It wasn’t bad in any means, I just needed little bit time to get used to it. Otherwise it was as good as the 1st one. I loved Kamala (did you know that Kamala means terrible in Finnish :D) and I’m really intrigued to see what happens on the 3rd volume.

The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium
The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium

The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium

The art on this one is so colorful. That was my first impression on the 1st one as well as this one. I think with this one I got more in to the plot and what’s happening. There was just too many characters in too small place introduced in a small 1st volume and in this they had more time and space to properly concentrate on the characters. And you can see it definitely on the size of this volume too: in the 1st volume there’s 144 pages and on the 2nd has 168 pages. It actually feels much thicker than that. The one thing that I want really say about this is that THE CLIFFHANGER. Like how, what, how? I am not buying single issues so I wont see how this can continue after this before the 3rd volume comes out. AND I CAN’T WAIT.

Have you read any of these graphic novels? Tell me your thoughts on them, or if there’s some other graphic novels that I should be reading, down on the comments!

Bout of Books 14 Wrap Up

Hi everyone! Bout of Books 14 ended yesterday and I’m little bit sad about it. I have so much fun every time and I didn’t want it to end this time either. Luckily they’ll be organizing next Bout of Books on January next year and there definitely be other read-a-thons before that to participate in. If you know any fun read-a-thons, recommend them down below!

Bout Of Books: I read pile.
Bout Of Books: my read pile

Little statistic of my Bout of Books:

~ 14 books started, 11 books finished
~ 4 graphic novels, 4 mangas, 5 books, 1 audiobook
~ 2459 pages read
~ 6h 51min listened
~ numerous cups of coffee drank

I started reading Moby Dick by Herman Melville on Saturday and A Game of Thrones by G.R.R. Martin on Sunday and because they are both massive books, I didn’t finish them before the end of Bout of Books. Also I’ve been listening to Armada by Ernest Cline throughout the week and get half through it. I’ll be hopefully posting some kind of reviews of these books I read last week here on the blog.

I’m pretty impressed when I look at this numbers. Before Bout of Books started I was in a serious reading slump and it seems that participating on a read-a-thon helped me get over it. Also it made me start a booktube-channel! At the moment I’m doing them in Finnish but if you would be interested I could try doing a video on English too. I’m just little bit conscious of my accent because I’m not native English speaker.

How was your Bout of Books? Leave links to your blogs/youtube channels down below on the comments so I can visit them!