Riders by Veronica Rossi

Riders by Veronica Rossi Review

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Riders by Veronica Rossi
Series: Riders #1
Published by Tor Teen on February 16, 2016
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Nothing but death can keep eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

While recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine, and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

I had been eagerly awaiting Riders, so I was so happy to hear that I had won it from Veronica Rossi PH. Rossi’s concept of the Four Horsemen sounded so interesting to me, and I got started on it right away after getting it on my Kindle app.

And then I got started on it, and I absolutely loved the way Veronica Rossi framed the story. It’s told through the recounting of the main character, Gideon, which was so different, especially since as the story went on, there were also things happening in real time. But as the book went on, it got worse, and as I had time to think about the book when I wasn’t reading it, it got even worse.

And from the summary, you should know Gideon dies and gets resurrected, along with an armband and the ability to make others angry. And then he’s told that he’s War by this girl who shows up out of nowhere, Daryn. Guess what also shows up out of nowhere? Instalove.

And then I don’t even know why Gideon would follow Daryn, because she gives the vaguest reason why it’s important to find the other three, and I personally was not convinced over why I should trust this person I had just met and go around America risking my life looking for three other people.

The other characters didn’t have much development either. Seriously, Gideon and this other guy somehow ended up hating each other at first and I have no idea why. I seriously do not understand how the two ended up hating each other so quickly, but all the other relationships were rushed too.

The relationships are all flimsy, and there’s such a rushed feel to everything. Most things definitely weren’t developed enough, and if you never spot those, then you’ll be okay with the book because the plot is entertaining enough. But if you’re picky about the depth of relationships in books, take a pass on Riders.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Plan What Now?

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I was dreading my Microeconomics midterm, because no matter how much I studied, my brain still felt empty. It didn’t help that I had no clear idea how to study for it, and I was expecting not to do so well on it, but I didn’t expect to get half of the questions wrong for a 20-point test.

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Lettering Books from the Library

Last fall, I was poking around the library catalog and found absolutely no fiction (I found them later, though). But then I thought of lettering books, and after a lot of scouting around the library website and Goodreads, I managed to turn down all the flailing happiness and narrow things down from “GET EVERYTHING” to three books to borrow. And because they’re all gorgeous books, I took the opportunity to photograph them the first rare moment the sun decided to bless Shanghai.

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Goodbye, 2016’s February

Time really flies when you’re busy, because now February is ending, and then it’s going to be three more months until it’s the end of yet another semester. (And yes, midterms haven’t even started and I’m already obsessing over what to do for the summer.)

in one word: restart

I started out the semester with this goal of planning all my days so I could be able to make time for other things, such as blogging and reading. And that actually worked out on the first week, but fast forward to now, and I’m constantly trying to get myself to make time for all these other things I want to do. I want March to be the month where I make lettering and blogging a weekend thing.

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Lettering Process for All the Mysteries of the Universe Design

The whole reason why I went to letter the quote “I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand,” was because I saw two people on Tumblr (whatlovelybooks and boneseasonofglass both have great blogs to check out) talking about how they wished there were merchandise for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I had never read it, but I wanted to challenge myself at the time, so I asked them what quote would they like.

I ended up fulfilling it about a month later, because ironically, my university work just cleared up the week before finals. I did everything to avoid studying, by calling my mom, calling my friends, and working on the Aristotle and Dante quote. It was some really productive procrastinating, I would say.

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Sunrise and Sunset at the Bund

For last semester, my finals ended on a Thursday, and I had Friday free. And I don’t know how I even got the idea, but I planned to go the Bund to see the sunrise. Since the Bund and that area is one of the biggest tourist areas of Shanghai, and I didn’t really enjoy the giant swarms of people that I saw during the first time I went there.

The morning, though, is a completely different experience.

Sunrise at the Bund banner

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Haul from the Winter Break

By the time this goes up, I’m in Shanghai already. I hope by that time I haven’t died a million times inside over the cold yet. That, or the university work ends up getting to me.

But while I’ve been home, I did get some things over my winter break. When I looked at them all, I realized that I actually had a haul of sorts, and I have a lot of things I could say about them, so here’s something I haven’t done in a while: a haul post.

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A Brief Update. Oh, and Take a Survey for Me?

Survey watercolor lettering

I’m headed back to Shanghai exactly one week from now, and I don’t feel excited at all. I’m feeling quite the opposite. I don’t like winter, and being away from friends and family that I’ve known for years is hard enough, being in a community where you don’t feel connected to anyone and feel a pressure to connect to everyone makes it even worse. And now that I know how hard it is, I feel tired at the thought of it.

And one thing that keeps me together is this online space I have that I can access no matter where I am. It’s such a constant, and I’m so happy I somehow stumbled into all this two years ago. I spent my vacation doing nothing worthwhile, but I’ve been planning and thinking about things that I could do, and now, that actually gets me excited.

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2016 Goals + A Free Goals Checklist Printable!

2016 Goals + A Free Goal Checklist Printable

It’s a brand, spankin’ new year. I spent 2015 on autopilot; I spent my very long summer just lazing around, and then I was in college, where I spent all my time just doing and barely thinking to cope from day to day. Flash forward to a few days ago, when my winter break had just started and I had done a lot of reflecting and thinking about the eventful year, and I got the urge to make some goals for 2016. And at the end of this post, I’ve got pretty little goals checklists you can download and print out.

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A Good Blog Theme Leaves A Good Impression

A Good Blog Theme Leaves a Good Impression

Doing a job interview is nerve-wracking, even if it is for a position as one of your school department’s social media manager. When I got there, though, I wasn’t expecting the interviewer to gush about my theme; I had put the blog in my resume because I was applying for a social media manager, and putting my blog in there seemed like a great way to stand out for the competition and show that I did have the skills for the position. But throughout the interview, I remained flustered by her praise of the blog theme.

People have been complimented my blog theme plenty of time online, but this was the first time I had ever seen someone get really impressed by the theme offline. And it’s such a different experience from the one I was used to online. And that whole event wouldn’t leave my mind, and it really got me thinking about the impression a good blog theme can make, as well as what exactly is a good theme.

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