Book Review - Renegades by Marissa Meyer

January 15, 2018

   Guess which book my lovely sisters picked to get me for Christmas? RENEGADES <3. I've been waiting to read this book since it came out, but now that I've finished it ... I have some mixed feelings.

Book Review - Renegades by Marissa Meyer [post title image]

3 Stars

   And I was so looking forward to having Renegades be a four or five star book, because Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series was incredible. But sadly, that didn't happen. I think it definitely could have been a four or five star book, except for that fact that there was some content in the book I didn't enjoy.

From The Back Cover

Renegades by Marissa Meyer [cover image]

    Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

   The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

   Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

the epic stuff

-   The superpowers. So CONFESSION: I have never seen any superhero movies (*sobs because I want to*), which means I won't know if anything in Renegades was terribly cliche. But that aside - I loved the superpowers in this book! They were so unique, and I especially loved Adrian's. It was really fun to read a book with some many different powers.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer - Bookshelf Picture
-   The size. I can't help it - I love massive books! And Renegades is a whopping 556 pages, good gracious. My sisters told me to guess my gift when they gave it to me on Christmas morning, and I guessed it pretty much by size alone! They were surprised - but DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE my book-guessing powers, y'all xD.

-   Adrian and Nova (and Max!). Again, I couldn't help it! The characters are my favorite part every time! xD But Adrian, Nova, and Max were especially good. Adrian broke out of quite a few cliches that I expected him to fit into, that was quite a pleasant surprise. And feisty Nova was lots of fun! Max was great, too. I really wish he'd been focused on more, I liked him a lot. But Marissa Meyer always writes great characters, so I wasn't surprised in the least about how much I enjoyed reading about the cast of the Renegades.

the disliked stuff

Renegades by Marissa Meyer - Bookshelf Picture
   - There was content that I didn't need. The kind of relationship Adrian's parents had was what bothered me the most as far as content goes (not mentioning it in so many words as I do have some pretty young readers on my blog). If I'd known about it beforehand, I might not have chosen to read Renegades, but I kind of jumped in blind for how much hype this book got xD. Anyways - as Adrian's parents weren't focused on a lot, I chose to continue reading Renegades, so that I could at least review it for you guys. If it hadn't been for that content, Renegades probably would have gotten four or even five stars from me ... but since there was a conflict of belief in there for me, I can only give it three.

   - The language. So, it wasn't really the fact that there was language that bugged me - I'm used to books having language (I don't condone it, but I've learned to expect it sometimes) - but I was surprised by it, because the rest of Marissa's books have been a little cleaner language-wise.

   ... yeah, so that explains why Renegades only got three stars. All in all, it was an engaging story that I really enjoyed, and I wish I could give it a better rating. I'm really curious to see what Renegades's sequel will be like, and I'm hoping I'll be able to give it a higher rating than I gave this one ;).  

~ Savannah Grace

have you read Renegades?
what's your favorite Marissa Meyer book?

7 Best Books I Read In 2017 + 7 Books I Can't Wait For In 2018

January 13, 2018

   If you read my 2017 Recap post, you probably know that I read a lot of books in 2017 (136, if you were wondering). I've done two posts that are kinda like this before - a 7 books for your summer tbr, and 7 for your fall tbr - and now I'll be showing you my 7 favorite five-star reads from 2017 that should be on your tbr.

7 Best Books I Read in 2017 + 7 Books I Can't Wait For In 2018 [post title image]

   I read 136 books in 2017, and 14 of them more five-star reads. So (with lots of screaming and pulling my hair out and flopping on the ground), I managed to wittle it down to my seven favorite five-star books I read in 2017 for the sake of this post.

   If you are not prepared for your tbr to grow (*cough* me *cough*), please leave now xD.

   In no particular order, here are my 7 favorite books from 2017!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

   I was very excited when I heard that Marissa Meyer was going to do a retelling of the Queen of Hearts, but I wasn't sure how she was going to pull it off? I mean, to give the Queen of Hearts a realistic backstory = #HARD. But she pulled it off splendidly! I was drowning in all the feels (and I may have had more fun with this book than I normally would have, because I read it with my sister xD), and the whole thing was very epic. Loved it.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

   Do you want to know how long I've been hearing hype for Stiefvater's books? FOREVER. So when I found a gorgeous, like-new copy of The Scorpio Races at a thrift store, of course I bought it xD. And I've been hooked ever since I read that line on the back of the book - "it is the first day of November, and so, today, someone will die". Epicness. I can see why some writers call Stiefvater Queen xD. I haven't read any of her other books, but this one was magic.

The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby

So do I have a book that I randomly picked up on a whim on this list of my 7 best reads from 2017? YES I DO. I was at a book sale with my mom and sister (and gathering so many books that a lady came up to me and asked if I wanted a bag xD), and found this one. The cover looked really cool, and I thought I might have recognized it, so I added it to the pile. And GRACIOUS, am I ever glad I did that. This book is a gem, I loved it so very much. And the characters are GOLDEN, so of course that helps xD.

A Time To Rise by Nadine Brandes

   Can I just say that I don't know WHY it took me so long to get onto the Out Of Time bandwagon? I didn't read A Time To Die until I reviewed it for the Time To Rise blog tour, but after that first book, I was HOOKED - and now A Time To Rise (the last book in the trilogy) has made it into my top 7 from 2017! I love this series, so, so much, you have no idea (honestly, if anyone ever asks me for book recommendations, this is always one of the first series I will mention), and its ending didn't disappoint (even though I was sad that it was over *cries*). It definitely deserves to be on this list.

The Warden And The Wolf King by Andrew Peterson

   So Jonathan and Faith were the ones who convinced me to give The Wingfeather Saga a shot, and WHAT WAS I DOING before this series entered my life? (being a smol pathetic bookdragon, that's what) It's such an epic, epic series, and every book is better than the last. And this book (the finale) is INCREDIBLE and full of feels and I just love it. Obviously, it had to be on this list xD.

Some Kind of Happiness and A Branch Of Silver, A Branch Of Gold

   And we're squeezing these two in together, just because I don't own them, and thus was not able to take pictures of them (#sadness). But that doesn't make them any less worthy of this list! Anne Elisabeth's A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold is a stunning MASTERPIECE, it's so beautiful <3. And the same can be said of Some Kind Of Happiness, I love that book so much. And both of these two were rereads, so they must be pretty good to make it onto this list when I was reading them for the second/third time.

   So there are my best five-star reads from 2017! But that year is behind us, isn't it? I can't read any more good books and credit them to the lovely 2017 ... but I CAN start looking forward to the epic books that are coming to us in 2018! SO here are 7 books that I'm waiting (very impatiently) for in 2018 ...

Reclaiming Shilo Snow, Unbreakable, and Fawkes - 2018 YA releases

  Can we just mention how beautiful those three covers look together? Stunning <3.  BUT that's besides the point (or is it? *cough* #shallowbookdragon) - I'm beyond excited for Unbreakable, Reclaiming Shilo Snow, and Fawkes! Especially Fawkes. I've been waiting for another Nadine Brandes book since I finished the Out Of Time Series xD. So I'm counting down the days until I can purchase these beauties. 

The Traitor's Game, Legendary, Tess of The Road, and A Thosaund Perfect Notes COVERS - 2018 YA releases

   Again, THE COVERS <3. I can't with covers. And I hope the insides of these books live up to their beautiful outsides! I'm super excited for each of these books (beacuse CARAVAL SEQUEL and our own lovely CAIT DREWS and then there is a GORGEOUS DRAGON on Tess of The Road), but I'm especially excited for The Traitor's Game.  Jennifer Nielsen has not managed to disappoint me yet, so I'm extremely excited to see what she does with this beautiful book.

   *squints* AND ... none of those books come out for multiple weeks. HOW EVER shall I survive??


   If I never come back, you can rest assured that I died of suspense. We'll see what happens xD.

~ Savannah Grace 

what's the best book (or three!) that you read in 2017? 
what's a book that you can't wait for that's coming out in 2018? 

2017: RECAP

January 9, 2018

   Guess who's late  to posting their 2017 recap post?

   ... who, me? Of course not, why thinketh you such things xD.

2017: RECAP [post title image]



136 books read --- 80 new-to-me --- 14 five-star reads
Five-Star books from 2017
All the GORGEOUS five-star reads of 2017!

(my aesthetic heart is not pleased by the garish Anne Of Green Gables cover in the top corner, but we'll all have to roll with it, because that was a good book xD) Not a bad amount at all, if I do say so myself! I got roughly one five-star read a month, and I found TONS of new stories that I love. I'd ramble about them all here, BUT I have a 'best books of 2017' type post coming, so y'all will just have to wait until then xD.

But I do have to mention that only five of those five-star books are rereads, and I'm really glad about that - I'm so happy about the new authors/series/books I discovered this year! I can't wait to ramble all about it in my soon-to-come bookish post (trust me, it's gonna be a big one xD).   

writerly things

I worked some on Killing Snow, but my biggest accomplishment was completely finishing my Snow White retelling, Forgotten! It's honestly been one of the most fun stories I've ever written, but also one of the hardest. If it doesn't win the Rooglewood writing contest that I entered it in, I'll definitely start thinking about getting it traditionally/self-published. But I won't know that until April 2nd, so you guys will have to wait until then to hear what my future plans are.

And this next year looks like it's going to be another epic one! I'm REALLY hoping to get Killing Snow finished in time for Realm Makers, but as it's still in first draft mode, that's probably not going to happen xD. But I'm going to shoot for it anyways! Between the two Camp NaNo's that are coming up (which I'm super excited for), I might just make it ;).

NaNoWriMo Collage
thank you to Katie Grace for the Christmas gift, and to FaithSong and Athelas for the Mitchtam pin! You guys are the best <3

   And these are only four OF my favorite posts from 2017 xD.

     ...wherein I tell you how I did with my 2017 goals, and what I'm going to be shooting for in 2018...

Goals from 2017:

- Read 100 books + read/review one new release each month

   HAHA the new releases thing didn't happen, but I read 136 books! I read very few books that were actually published in 2017 (maybe ten or fifteen?), so I'm going to try and do better with that in 2018 xD.

- Create a tag and/or linkup + be diligent in my blog series

   NOPE, and ... sort of. It took me awhile to get through the series, but I did end up doing it :D.

- Be more diligent in journaling

   Yes and no. I did really well at the beginning of the year, but it kinda trailed off. But I'm letting it count, because I did a lot more art in my journal after the writing trailed off ;D.

- Start (and keep up with!) a 2017 memory jar

   Wow, I was just shooting to be an overachiever, wasn't I? This didn't happen, either xD.

- Write a _________ draft of a novel or novella 

   I'm literally fine with letting all my other goals slide because I CONQUERED THIS ONE. I wrote so, so many drafts of my Asher Grey novella, and I did a good deal of work on my Killing Snow novel. So I'm happy <3.


   So this year is gearing up to be an insane one, but I'm still going to give myself a few goals to shoot for...

- Comment on blogs more often + post more consistently

   Yeah, you guys have probably noticed that I don't do very well with this xD. But I'm working on it! I'll try to do better in 2018 ;).  

- Read 150 books 

   If I read 136 in 2017, I can (hopefully) read more this year! But we shall see whether this happens or not, because 2018 is gearing up to be an INSANELY busy year. If I die, you'll know why. (*cough* I got buried under my tbr pile *cough*)

- Publish something

   Whether it be an actual novel/novella, or just a piece of flash fiction in a magazine, I'd love to actual put something out there for you guys in 2018. Hopefully this will happen!

- Pitch a project at Realm Makers

   Somebody kill me now. This is probably the most terrifying goal I have xD. And I'm not entirely sure it's going to happen, because there's only a 50/50 chance I'll have a manuscript done when I go to Realm Makers in July. But we'll see! ;)

   ... yeah, I'm not setting too many goals for 2018, just because 1) I don't do goals very well, I normally just go with the flow and, 2) 2018 is gearing up to be pretty crazy. But I'm excited to see how much gets done in 2018!

   ALRIGHTY, there's the end of my 2017 recap! One more thing before I go scuttling off to work on that bookish post - I'd be much obliged if you guys could take a few minutes to fill out this survey. I'm working on planning out what's coming for Scattered Scribblings in 2018, and I'd love your input on it! You guys are the best ;). 


~ Savannah Grace

how many five-star books did you read in 2017? 
what's one of your goals for 2018? 
and link to one of your favorite posts that you wrote in 2017 in the comments!

Podcast Review - Bright Eyes by Aimee Meester

January 3, 2018

   *gasp* What is this? Not a book review? A podcast review? Do we even do such things??? 

   Of course we do. Accept no limitations, people - especially when it comes to my weirdness xD.

Podcast Review - Bright Eyes by Aimee Messter [post title image]

4.5 Stars

   Bright Eyes is the first podcast I've ever listened to (I think), so I had no idea what to expect - all I knew was that something new was coming out, and it was called Bright Eyes, and everyone had to listen to it (this is what happens when there is hype, you guys)! So when the first episode came out, I plugged my headphones in and pushed play - and then I was hooked and THERE WAS NO RETURN.


Bright Eyes cover art
cover art by Stacia

The Athena Institute trains the best and the brightest of humanity for a future among the stars, and Trish Odessa has counted herself lucky to be among that handful of students. The Bright Eyes Project is a final real-world-experience test of their abilities that she is all-too-prepared for -- until her ambitious and overcurious boyfriend Milo goes missing right before the start of the test. Thrown into the role of starship captain, a role for which she's woefully underprepared and underqualified, Trish seeks to prove herself as a capable student and find Milo along the way, even if that means questioning the mysterious and sometimes-menacing Institute that oversees her every move.

the epic stuff

The mysterious plotline. The plot kept me on the edge of me seat the whole time! And I was super surprised (in a good way!) by how everything played out. Normally I have at least a teeny idea of what could happen when I'm reading a book with a mystery in the plotline, but in Bright Eyes? I had NO IDEA what was going to happen! It was lovely and glorious and I was all over it.

Athena Institute Logo
Sci-fi. I love sci-fi, but only when it's really good sci-fi, and sometime I have a hard time finding books like that. So I wasn't sure what I'd think of a sci-fi podcast, but OH MY <3. The sound effects were awesome, and I loved how they made the Bright Eyes podcast feel so sci-fi. It was epicness. This thing was better than a good deal of sci-fi books I've read. xD

- The soundtrack. The soundtrack fit this podcast like a GLOVE, it was so perfect. Honestly, Bright Eyes wouldn't have been half as good as it was without all the epic music. And the end credits music for episode 10? PERFECTION. It was all perfection, you guys.

THE CHARACTERS. Trish, Milo, Maddie - even Jude! The characters were my absolute FAVORITE part of the whole thing <3. (also just MILO. I wanted more Milo! He seemed like such an epic character and we did not see him enough, oh gracious. And whoever voiced him did epic - even if Milo didn't appear much, I think he was the best voiced character in the podcast, honestly). Trish was such an awesome main character, I loved being in her head, and I feel like her character arc was really good, too. 

It ended so well. If you've been here for any amount of time, you probably know that I am seriously picky about endings. Endings of anything - books, movies, podcasts, you name it. And Bright Eyes ended SO. WELL. (can I have a moment to just go AHSLGASLJHGALJSG? Thank you.) I loved it so much <3. 

   Okay I should stop before I blow up my blog with ravings over Bright Eyes.

the disliked stuff

Just a few smol complaints. Number one - I WANTED MORE MILO (okay that's not really a complaint but STILL), and sometimes I think Trish could have been voiced a little better (only sometimes - overall, she was very epic, Sydney did a great job voicing her). Other than that...yeah I can't even think of anything else. Overall, Bright Eyes is stunning!

   And the gorgeous final episode of Bright Eyes released at midnight on January 1st, and I woke up early the next morning to listen to it in the dark before my siblings woke up. So much fun xD. If you haven't listened to this podcast yet, where have you been? Shoo. Go listen to it. You won't regret it!

~ Savannah Grace 

have you guys listened to the Bright Eyes podcast?
who's listened to the finale already?
chat with me, y'all!