Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff - Book Review

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
                                          Publication Date: August 11, 2016
My rating: 4 stars

*Looking up from the pages of the notebook, I rub my bloodshot and blurry eyes*
O, hello there, gentelfriends. I almost did not see you there.
*Picking up the pages lying all around, I'm trying to make, somehow, order in the chaos*
Forgive me about the mess. It has been a very long time now since I last reviewed a book. Especially a book as... other as Nevernight.
*Clearing my throat*
I think I got this now. Or almost got it. Whatever the case, I am ready to begin.

But before we start, a fair warning to you lot: for those of you who have yet to be immersed into Nevernight's dark pages, I shall recommend not to proceed beyond the 'full review (with spoilers)' sign.
Apart from that, do not fear to read ahead.
After all...

Never flinch.
Never fear. 

And never... ever forget. 

Let me start by saying Nevernight is not your conventional kind of story.
And I expected nothing less from Jay Kristoff.

Which is why it took me about 100 pages to really get into Nevernight.
Because trust me, as much as I am going to sing serenades about this book in the future, In the beginning... I was weirded the hell out and beyond confused. 

Not surprising, considering Jay Kristoff created here a whole new world.
And by a whole new world I don't mean a fantasy world resembling the 18 or 19 century with some kind of fantasy twist. No, I mean a different world entirely. The kind of world that has three suns. The kind of world that only has night every two years. The kind of world with its own tradition, its own gods, its own races and even its own language. 

Just imagine being thrown one day into a different planet.
That's what the first 100 pages of Nevernight felt like. 

Not to fear, though, because we humans also have very high adaptation capabilities, and soon enough I found myself reading Nevernight smoothly.
Either it was because the writing style got better or because I simply got the hang of it (probably both), what matters is that I started to really-truly enjoy it. 

Which is why I urge you to give this book until 100 pages in before deciding to leave it.
Because I know how tempting it is to stop reading Nevernight at the beginning. I only managed because I trust Jay Kristoff and I was obsessed with this book for so long now that I refused to jut give up.
Best. Decision. Ever. 

How would I categorize Nevernight?
There have been many debates on the matter.
I won't lie, this book has some very explicit scenes of violence, sex and language.
Which means, if you know for a fact you are uncomfortable with such explicit scenes, Nevernight is not for you. 

If you want to read this book because you heard so much about Jay Kristoff and want to see what all the fuss is about, yet are uncomfortable with the themes of Nevernight, Illuminae was created just for you. A non-debates YA story of sci-fi twists, Illuminae would be just as Epic - if not more - as Nevernight. 

If you are, however, comfertable with such explicit scenes, or... well, are watching\reading games of thrones, no matter what age you are, you can read Nevernight with ease.
Seriously, though, Game of Thrones is even more explicit and brutal than Nevernight is. So if you watch the show... consider yourselves able to deal with the darkness of Nevernight. 

But despite all the darkness and the adult themes of this book, never forget Mia is a 16 year old girl. Obviously not your conventional one, but still one nonetheless.

Mia (our fearless protagonist), is a YA that some very adult stuff happen to her.
Even in the world of today, children don't always stay innocent. Bad, dark, heartbreaking, shuddering stuffs happen to them. Not everyone manage to stay away from the darkness before they reach adulthood.
Mia hasn't.
What makes the difference is how that child, that teenager, adapts and deals with it. Do they become good? Evil? Do they break? Become stronger? Do they fight back? Do they give up? Do they accept? Do they take revenge? Is it worth it?
That's the story of Mia. A young girl who instead of letting the darkness beat her, let the darkness in. She let it shape her so she can one day take revenge on the people who killed her family and destroyed her life.
To do that, she must become one of the most fearless assassins in the republic.
But first... she must learn.
Welcome to the Red Church (a.k.a: the school for assassins).  

*Full review (with spoilers)*

prepare yourself for my random thoughts.
Here we go: 

I think the footnotes are pretty cool and unique, but they didn't contribute much to the story for me.
Whenever I read them, I got distracted from the story and it was harder to get back in. Or, at times, they were just too long and all I wanted to do was keep up with the story rather than read them.
So eventually I stopped reading them all together, and I still understood the story perfectly. 

It's true that the footnotes are part of what makes Nevernight unique, but they are by no means the most important part.
The story, the character, the writing style, the world... everything about Nevernight is so incredibly other.
For some, it's going to be the bad kind of other. 
For the rest, it' going to be one hell of an epic, amazing and mind blowing ride of otherness. In the best way possible, of course. 

"… humph …" "Pfft."
"… grrr …"
"Shut up."
"… grow up …" Laughter rang and the shadows smiles.

Oh, how I loved Mister Kindly and Mia's banter.
They are so cute together.
Their bond is both heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Who wouldn't want a shadow cat as a loyal companion?
After this book, I sure as hell want me a Mister Kindly. 

"Maybe we should start with the letter S." 
"S for stubborn. S for stupid. S for smart-arse."

"S for shut up."

"See, that's the spirit."

But none was quite as funny as Mia and Tric's banter.
Those two are the perfect couple.
At times, bantering hilariously. At times, teasing and being all sweet and romantic. And at others, arguing. 

Like I said: Perfect.
I ship them to the the three suns and back. 

"You're his," her mother hissed. "You're his." 
O, Daughters, is anyone else thinking what I'm thinking? That Mia is... Scaeva's daughter? That her Darkin abilities come from him?
Of course, her mother could have meant the darkness of Mister Kindly, but she said his and not it. 
Not to mention... we did get the sense her mother and Scaeva had some sort of... past (just before he ordered his men to seize her mother, brother and Mia).
Could it be?
But that begs the question: does Scaeva knows? Does he even suspect? After all, he did order his men to drown Mia. Did he do it because he doesn't care? Or because he doesn't know?
Or perhaps none of this is true and Mia isn't his daughter after all.

Our Miais a cigarillo addicted heroine.
That's a new one. 

I knew someone Major, someone Mia truly cared about, was going to die eventually.
And even after Carlotte\Lotti died (which wasn't much of a shock but was indeed sad. I really started to like that girl), I knew it wasn't over. I was constantly terrified for Tric.
I had a feeling... I had a really bad feeling... he was going to... and then he really did... and now I'm just... 

*taking a shaky breath*

Nevernight's dreadful page 553.
I knew it was coming. I thought I was ready.
I wasn't. 

Despite having this feeling from the very beginning that something was going to happen to Tric... when it actually happened, I went into shock mode.
Finding out Ash's betrayal (and her brother, but who cares about him? I mean, didn't you think it strange when he had absolutely no reaction to Lotti's death, despite them being allegedly very close?) at the very same time when Tric... when Tric... you know what, was just another shock to the system.
We knew some big revelation was going to come, but I still did not see it being Ash. At all.

After years of excessive reading of fantasy, sci-fi and overall madness (in the best of ways, I assure you), I got to this one conclusion about death in books: Don't believe it's true until you see that person actually dying (preferably when you're by his side as it happens) and their body buried or burned to ashes (as you watch it happen), that gets thrown into the wind (again, you need to be there every step of the way for verification).
And even then there is still a possibility they are somehow still alive\will get resurrected.
So no, I do NOT believe Tric is dead.
It may just be my desperation talking but Tric CANNOT be dead. I refuse.

List of proofs of Tric Not Being Dead:

  • We didn't actually see him dying. Granted, he was stabbed in the chest and then thrown from a very (very) high place (which does not bode well with his survival but I don't care!), but we did not actually see the light dies from his eyes like we saw in countless other deaths in this book.
  • He and Mia didn't even have a chance to talk to each other after their outburst. No goodbyes, no hellos, no peace, not anything. They didn't even talk with each other for a long time before he... *didn't die*. I do not believe this is how their story ends.
  • Tric is Mia's first (and possibly only) love. She never opened herself to anyone besides Mister Kindly. Tric was the one person she ever loved in that kind of romantic way. Now, are you going to tell me he just gets killed off like that? Not even in any heroic kind of way? Not even without a goodbye kiss? No. Way.
  • Probably the most important proof of all: There was no body.
    You know what that means, don't you?
    A missing body\an not found body is a dead giveaway that said person could still be alive.
    After all, there is absolutely no finality in saying: that person is dead but his body was never recovered. How can you ever believe he's truly dead, then? You'll always wonder. 

List of possible ways Tric could have survived:

  • Remember, this is a magical world. Key word here: Magic. As long as there is Magic... anything can happen.
  • It's highly possible Marielle is not the only weaver alive. Actually, it would make less sense if she is. Maybe... maybe some other weaver found Tric and healed him.

  • We already saw one ghost in this story. If Tric really is dead - which he isn't - can't he just... return as a ghost somehow? He does have unfinished business, after all.
  • We are talking about Tric here. The guy is one of the best assassins in their class. It's not too far fetched, with his skills, that he could have somehow survived this.

Jay Kristoff, I'm telling you right now: you better bring him back.
I don't care what Magic you'll have to concoct for it.
Consider this a threat by the power vested in me by our lady of Blessed Murder.
Tric has to be alive.
He has to.

*Side note: wow, first denial, then bargaining and now anger. I'm quickly moving through the stages of grief*

Bastard to the rescue!
O, Goddess, that was such a sweet moment.
We just witnessed Tric's "murder", everyone has been kidnapped and Mia was knocked away. And then... among all the darkness and murder and mayhem, that horse we hated so much and never thought we would see again was somehow able to bring back hope. 

And darn it, now Cassius is dead too!
I was way more upset about it than I thought.
I think I really started to love this guy. He was badass, he was invincible, he also had a soft side like Mia and now he's... gone.
Eclipse's rection to his death was... heartbreaking.  

Speaking of badass...
Can we just marvel for a moment at how freaking amazing Mia is?
That scene when the church was attacked and Mia went on a killing spree... just wow. And later, when she went on a rescue mission to save her Shaiids... "you go, girl!"
But it's not just her skills that make her amazing. It's not just the fact that she's one of the best assassins in the world. No, it's because she doesn't lost sight of what truly matters.
She doesn't lose herself, no matter what.
And that's her true strength.
Because in a world of blood, murder, assassins, darkness and evil... Mia Corvere has every reason to become as ruthless, as brutal and as murderous as they come.
She could have killed that innocent boy and taken her place as a blade. To avenge and familia.
But she didn't.
Because Mia doesn't follow blindly.
She doesn't become what others want her to be.
She isn't Glass and she isn't Iron.
She is steel.
She is something else.
And she can't be bound to others will.  

Seeing Mia from the eyes of an outsider... darn, that girl is terrifying. 

I was really glad when Eclipse joined Mia.
Mister Kindly's jealousy is so funny, but the three of them can really make one hell of a team.
I can't wait to see this new dynamics between them in the next book.
Which also, by the way, I can't wait to see how it will be called\when it comes out\its cover and... when can I read it already?

Is Mia's brother... alive?
He would be... what, six now?
Where is he? With Scaeva, perhaps?
Why has he been saved?
What is going on?

And now for probably one of the biggest questions of all:
Who do you suppose is the narrator of the story is?
Is it too much to hope it's Tric?
Because that would mean he's still alive. 

That page at the beginning gives me the feeling it's either Tric or Mister Kindly. Or... maybe - crazy idea coming - Mia's brother?
It's too soon to tell.
Jay Kristoff did, however, say we already met that person. And the narrator of the story obviously love\loved Mia.
We only know of two people who love her that much: Tric and Mister Kindly.
I have a feeling the narrator is Mister Kindly but I desperately want to be wrong about it, and to find out it's Tric.
O, Daughters, please. 

And now... before we wrap this book review up, here are my favorite\memorable quotes from Nevernight (because you know how I love quotes): 

"You'll be a rumor. A whisper. The thought that wakes the bastards of this world sweating in the Nevernight. That last thing you will ever be in this world, girl, is someone's hero."
Mercurio handed back the blade.
"But you will be a girl heroes fear."

"If I were going to name my blade," Mia said thoughtfully, "I'd call it 'Fluffy'." 

Tric snorted with laughter. "Fluffy?"
" 'Byss, yes," the girl nodded. "Think of the terror you'd install. Being bested by a foe wielding a sword called Souldrinker… that you could live with. Imagine the shame of 
having the piss smacked out of you by a blade called Fluffy."
"You're a little frightening sometimes, Pale Daughter."
She gave him a wry smile. "Only a little?"
"Well, most times, you're just plain terrifying."

"That bastard Solis," Tric hissed. "I wanted to gut him for what he did. Gave it a roll, but he knocked me flat on my arse and kicked me senseless."
Mia looked over the new bruises on Tric's face, shook her head. "My brave centurion. Riding in on high charger to save his poor damsel? Hold me, brave sir, I fear I shall swoon."
"Sod off," Tric scowled. "He hurt you."
"The Revered Mother said he does it all the time. Sets the tone in his classes on the first smart-arse stupid enough to raise her head." "Enters Mia Corvere, stage left," Tric grinned.

Own nothing, Mercurio had said. Know nothing. Be nothing.  
Mia breathed deep. Swallowed hard.Because then you can do anything.

When all is blood, blood is all. 

Cassius and the Ministry had no clue. No idea at all what she was made of. But he knew. 
Iron or glass? They'd asked?
Mia clenched her jaw. Shook her head.
She was neither.
She was steel. 

"… though I have no face, believe me when I say I am scowling the pants off you right
now …"
Mia rolled her eyes. "Yes father." "… of course, a state of pantlessness seems to be your goal, so perhaps I should stop …" "Yes, Fatherrrr." 
"… Do not take that tone of voice with me, young lady …"

"The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their mark on us."

A few thought her some thing from the abyss, some demonic servant of Niah set in their trail. Others mistook her for a horror from the Whisperwastes, a monstrosity spat into being by twisted Magiks. But as she wove and swayed among them, blades whistling, breath hissing, the swiftest among them realized she wasn't a deamon. No horror. But a girl. Just a girl. And that thought terrified them more than any deamon or horror they could name.

"If you should see if in your wanders by the Hearth, tell Tric hello from me."
Swordbreaker's eyes widened.
The girls' voice was soft as shadows.
"Tell him I miss him."

*Side note*:
Can you hear that? This is the sound of my heart breaking.
I thought the worst was over but that lined killed me inside.
"Tell him I miss him."
*sobbing for all eternity*. 

I loved this book. 
I loved Nevernight.
And despite taking a while to get into it... I never, not once, could have been called bored or indifferent as I was reading it.
It was Epic.
It was amazing.
It was badass and dark and funny and, yes, even at times sweet, and unique and differentAnd I loved it to pieces.
So yes... all that's really left to say is:
when is the next book?

*Side note: The Two Steps From Hell music should be this book's soundtrack*

"You're wrong. No one dies alone. When someone dies, the part of them that lives inside someone else also dies."  
-- SAO 

"Revenge is the act of passion. Vengeance is the act of justice." 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Would You Rather...? Book Tag

Getting to terms with my mild blogging slump, I thought I was bound to endure it and wait for it to pass.
But then...
Then I saw the Would you rather Book Tag, and the need to blog was back!
Am I cured from my slump?
I do now know.
What I do know is that I want to do this tag.
And so... I'm going to do this tag!

*Would you rather read only trilogies or standalones?*

Definitely trilogies.

There was a time I didn't even want to read standalones.
Just like how I love movies but I absolutely love TV shows, I always loved trilogies\series better than standalones. I just couldn't deal with the fact that it was just one book and that's it. It wasn't enough. I wanted more.

These days I do read standalones (and a few of them are even on my top favorite), but not much. I can't stop myself from getting disappointed when I see a book that has no continuation. Especially if it's a book I really want to read.
What can I say, just one book in a story isn't enough for me. 

*Would you rather read only male or female authors?*

*gasps* what is this torture?

If I had to choose, if I really had no choice in the matter, I would say... female authors.
My poor, poor heart is dying. Jay Kristoff, Rick Riordan... I'm so sorry. 

Some of my all times favorite authors are male, but most of my all times favorite authors - and authors I read in general - are female.
Which is definitely not on purpose.
I just noticed that, for some reason, 99% of the authors I read are female. Go figure.
And yet... no, how could I live without reading any male authors books? I refuse. 

*Would you rather shop at Barnes & Nobles or Amazon?*

I actually never shopped at Barnes and Nobles before, so...
I'll have to go with amazon on this one.
Even though my preference is actually neither but rather Book Depository.
The shipment is free and the books arrive to me within a week. Honestly, what more could I ask for? 
With amazon... the shipment costs a lot + it takes about two weeks for the books to arrive.

But. I have an amazon kindle and it's honestly a life savior. So yes, I'm sticking with amazon on kindle and with book depository on physical books. 

*Would you rather read five pages per day or five books per week?* 

What is this question? How can any reader survive reading just five pages per day? This is the definition of insanity. Soon, you'll see readers going around zombie-like from reading deprivation.

True, 5 books a week is... a lot. And for someone who loves to read, saying it's a lot of books really means it's a lot of books to read in just one week.

Yet the chances of me going insane from reading only five pages a day (five pages! Not even 5 chapters!) are much higher. Not to mention, said 5 books a week can always involve short stories and such. We don't always have to read a 700 pages long book, you know. 

*Would you rather all books became movies or TV

TV shows!
Sorry, movies, but I always proffered TV shows best.
Plus, with TV shows... there is always room for telling the story of the whole book\series. And also for improvement.

I can already think of a few book series that could make one hell of a TV show.
Take The Lunar Chronicles, for example. Can you even imagine the awesomeness of it as a TV show? 

*Would you rather be a professional reviewer or an author?* 

As much as I love reviewing books and share my thoughts with you guys, I've been wanting to be an author for a very-very long time now. My entire life, it would seem. Way before I even started reviewing books.

I'm going to go all the way forward with this dream. If really given the ultimatum between reviewing books or writing books, writing stories is always my first choice.

But, hey, it doesn't mean I can't have a blog anymore. I mean, how many books do I actually review on Magiverse? (see The pressure of Writing Book Reviews post for reference).
As much as I love reviewing - and would even like to believe I'm quite good at it (yeah, right) - I'm a far better fit to writing stories, I assure you. 

*Would you rather only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven't read before?*

I used to re-read a lot in the past.
But ever since joining goodreads somewhere back in 2013, and discovering the gigantic booksphere... "what? re-read? me? but there are so many books I still need to read!"
Yeah... so, not a re-reader anymore.
Don't get me wrong, I still re-read books - and love it! - but books just keep coming out. And... let's face it, you can't just re-read your top 20 favorite books again and again and again or you'll end up hating them.
And I do not want to end up hating my favorite books. Everyone needs a break sometimes, even from the things they love.
So if push comes to shove between re-reading and keep reading ones you haven't read, I choose keep reading on.  

*Would you rather be a librarian or a book seller?*

At first, I thought book seller.
Because it means being in on all the newest books.
But then I really thought of what would suite be best and it's definitely a librarian.

There is no denying working in a library is much less stressful and much more soothing than being a book seller.
So the books may not be as new as I love them to be, but a library is a magical place, somewhere I can feel free. And that's all that matters, really.  

*Would you rather only read your favorite genre or every genre except your favorite?* 

I choose my favorite genre.
Which is fantasy.
I cannot live without reading fantasy. Seriously.
Choosing this genre means I'll lose some amazing non-fantasy authors but the fantasy world is so vast and big that I don't see myself ever getting enough of it. I'll always have what to read when it comes to fantasy. 

*Would you rather only read physical books or e-books?*

Physical books, if I could only.
I would have absolutely LOVED to read every single book as a physical copy. It's not that I don't love or appreciate e-books - not at all - It's just that 99% of the books I read are e-books. It really makes an addicted reader want physical books desperately. 

The curse of living in a faraway land where English books are extinct and the shipping cost it treacherous.
Sounds scary, doesn't it?
Well that's where my loyal kindle comes in to save the day!
If not for my kindle, I would be either bookless of moneyless right about now.
Both terrifying ideas, because without money you can't buy books.
So yes... if I could, I would only read physical copies (:
Being as it may, I'm content with my kindle, too. 

And that's it for the Would you rather...? book tag.
I had fun doing this tag.
It was also a great reprieve from my blogging slump.
You know how frustrating a blogging slump could be, don't you fellow bloggers?
It's truly horrible.
On the bright side, I managed - with great difficulty - to write another post!
I'm trying to slowly get back. If my posts may seem a little bit off... know this is the blogging slump talking.
I shall see you again very soon (probably with a very emotional Nevernight review) (:
Until then...

A Great Big World - Come On

"Book are my happiness. As long as I have my books, I'll be alright." 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Discussion: Colleen Hoover's books - Is there such a thing as too many feels?

Now listen, fellows, I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about Colleen Hoover; her writing style, characters, her stories and her as a person.
I've long ago considered Colleen as a queen of writing. 
I would pick up anything she ever publishes. Anything.
She's so ridiculously talented, it's impossible not to. 
Whether I'll be able to finish it or not, that's the real question and the reason for this post. 

Do you know the feeling when a beloved characters dies?
What if the character doesn't die but keeps getting bad things happen to them over and over again, how would you feel then?
Really, it depends.
On what? On how emotionally connected to the characters you are.
And that all depends on how far the author has brought you to care for those characters. 

Imagine three people reading the same book.
At the end of the book, the protagonist dies.
One would feel great lose, sadness and depression.
The second would feel mildly sad but otherwise capable of quickly moving on.
The third one would feel nothing at all, put the book aside and forget all about it. 

As you probably know, if you read a colleen Hoover's book (well, maybe except for Maybe Someday), her books tend to have a... dark twist to them, and deal with some very sensitive subjects.
It's funny, really, because it's because Colleen can bring me to care for her characters so deeply that I'm unable to stay in the story when things are getting... way too dark for comfort.
It's because I fall for Colleen's books from the first page that when things take a dark turn... I just can't deal.

Am I prudish about darkness in books?
Not at all.
It may sound like a paradox but even though I am the type of HEA (all the way), I'm also the type who loves the darkness in books.
There are times, however, that It's impossible for me to deal and I end up bailing on the book. Like with Colleen's books.
I never quite understood the exact reason of why it's happening to me. Of why sometimes it works and sometimes it just doesn't.
But I believe it has to do with how good the author is of getting me into the story and characters.
And Colleen? One of the things I love about Colleen is how she's able to bring us all the happiness and swoon worthy moments and heart warming moments in the world before surrounding us with an ocean of of darkness. All in the same book. 

At one moment, you're swooning and laughing. At the other, you're heartbroken and crying.
Yes, She's that talented. 

Honestly? I'm not sure I made much sense in this discussion. 
I think I even managed to confuse myself. 
I was trying to portray my feelings about Colleen Hoover books, 
and that's how it turned out.
Like with writing a review, it's hard to capture the complexity of your feelings.
Feelings, after all, are not thoughts. They are something else.
When we try to capture them into words, it's like attempting to catch a tornado in a jar.
Sure, some of the wind will get in, but the tornado itself is still blasting and exploding with air.
You either end up either getting sucked in, turning your words into a mess of incoherent gibberish,
or slowly retreat back, savoring the bit of wind you got.
But that's just me talking. What about you

"Whatever this is and whatever we're doing seems too good and too right and too perfect and it makes me think of all the books I've read and how, when things get too good and too right and too perfect, it's only because the ugly twist hasn't infiltrated the goodness of it all."  
-- Hopeless, Colleen Hoover

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Alphabet Book Tag

I give you... the alphabet book tag!
The picture, by the way, is from the musical Matilda.

After hours of desperate search for a fitting picture, I suddenly remembered the pictures I saw for this play while doing The Musical book Tag
All I had to do was use a quick online photoshop and voila.
I love this picture. It makes me want to see the musical. 

So. I was tagged for this tag by the lovely Esther from Chapter Adventures (thank you Esther!). 

The rules? 
Basically, you need to fill each letter on the alphabet with a book you read or a book that's on your TBR.
Then, you mark the books you read with: 
✓ . 

Even though this tag is simple and not really thought-provoking, I find it important. Why? This tag is a great way to introduce you to books I read\want to read that I hardly ever mention on the blog. We bloggers do have a tendency to talk all about our most favorite books while accidentally forgetting there are so many other books we read.  

Which is why now I'm going to mention all the books I never\hardly mentioned on the blog before.
Let's go! 

The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke   

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver  

Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan 

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige 

Fallen by Lauren Kate   

Graceling by Kristin Cashore   

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson    

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher   

Journey's End by Rachel Hawkins 

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson   

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff 

The Martian by Andy Weir    

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher   

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout   

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder   

The Queen of All That Dies by Laura Thalassa 

Rules of Thieves by Alexandra Ott 

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins    

The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram   

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi  

The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen  

Wither by Lauren DeStefano  

Age of X by Richelle Mead (I know, I know, it doesn't begin with the letter. Weirdly, I couldn't find anything else) 

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando 

World War Z by Max Brooks (Yeah... same here)  

Who do I tag?

2. Lauren from Wonderless Reviews

And, of course, all my other blogger friends - and random blogger strangers - are welcome to do this tag.
And to those I tagged - you can feel free to do or not to do this tag as you wish (:

And yet, there are so many books still not mentioned.
Well, we can never expect to mention them all, can we?
I did try my best to mention the one I least mentioned\not at all on Magiverse.
Some, I liked. Some, I loved. And some, not so much.
But that's the point of this tag - to talk all about the books that are left forgotten in the face of our favorite ones.
What do you say? Have you read any of these books?
You know I always love to hear your thoughts! (:
Until then...

"Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books." 
-- Matilda, Roald Dahl