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Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Mid-Year Freak Out’ Book Tag today! I was tagged by the lovely Azia from @The Uncharted World. Be sure to check out her Mid Year Book Tag after you have finished viewing mine! So, without further ado, let us get into the book tag!

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1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017?

O-One Best book? Excuse me? No, No! Please.. I have quite a few books to show you all. Below will be a list of them! 

Before you ask, there are actually a lot more books that I really enjoyed this ‘Mid’ year! But, unfortunately, I can’t think of anymore than I already have. So, here’s the list of books that I enjoyed so far this year! I will link all of the book reviews down below: 


2. BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR?

King’s Cage is the third book in the ‘Red Queen’ Series which I personally think that it is way better than the previous books- Red Queen and Glass Sword. Dreams of Gods and Monsters is, no doubt, one of my favourite sequel in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. It’s action-packed, full of twist and turns and it was beautifully written! (I highly recommend you to check both of these book series out!)


3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO READ?

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Oh my goodness! I have not picked this book up from the bookstore yet! Why have I not pick this beautiful book up yet? I am looking forward on me, picking this book up from the bookstore and reading it! I bet it’s going to be great because I loved the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ trilogy and Laini Taylor has a beautiful writing style.. So, Yes! I am looking forward on reading this!


4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

A list of my most anticipated release of the second half of 2017!

1. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater will be coming out on the 10th of October 2017. To be honest, I have not read any book by Maggie Stiefvater yet, but, this book’s synopsis sounds interesting and look at that beautiful cover, isn’t it gorgeous? Wonder

2. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, need I say more? This book is coming out on the 29th of August 2017. I can’t wait to read this book because firstly, my birthday is on the 28th of August. And secondly, I have watched the Wonder Woman film and I absolutely loved it! So, yes.. Can’t wait.

3. WarCross by Marie Lu will be coming out on the 12th of September 2017. I can’t wait to read this book because of the synopsis. It intrigued me! 

4. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. It is coming out on the 3rd of October 2017. I really want to read this book because of this:

“In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.”


5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

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This book disappointed me. I really thought it was going to be great! But, I was left there, disappointed. I have a review up for this book, I will link you to it if you want to know why I am disappointed with this book:

The Crimson Guild by Allan Walsh


6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?

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Noggin By John Corey Whaley! Oh my goodness! I loved this book so much! I really did not expect to like this book because the beginning was a little weird, but…BUT, I have grown to love the story after those beautiful unique weirdness!


7. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)?

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Marissa Meyer who wrote The Lunar Chronicles series also wrote Heartless. I am in love with Marrisa Meyer’s writing style! I can’t believe I have not read The Lunar Chronicles series yet! (I cannot wait to get the box set of it!) & [Regarding to the question above, Marrisa Meyer is one of my new favourite author!]


8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

Still Mare from the Red Queen Series, Guys.


9. NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER?

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Definitely Starr from The Hate U Give! Because she’s so sweet, brave and kind.


10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

None! At least.. Not yet? Wait! Wait! I have one for this: 

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I did cry when I was reading The Hate U Give! It was heartbreaking and it hurt my heart so hard.


11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

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Ensnared made me happy! I loved that ending so much! I might re-read this book soon. If you have not read this book yet, I highly recommend you to do so because this book is awesome.


12. FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR?

I re-watched the movie.. Does it count? I think it does, so… I have re-watched Mocking Jay: Part 2 this January and it was fantastic! I loved both the book and the movie! They are both fabulous unicorns.


13. FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?

Noggin by John Corey Whaley’s book review! I absolutely enjoyed the process of writing that review.


14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR?

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The Gracekeppers by Kristy Logan. The synopsis intrigued me and also I bought this book because of the cover. [I am so sorry, I shouldn’t judge the book by its cover but we tend to do that as a human being so… #Sorrynotsorry]


15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

The Twilight Saga, Beautiful Creatures series, Hush,hush series.. Etc!


This is the end of my ‘Mid year Freak Out’ book tag! I am not going to tag anyone so feel free to do it if you want to!

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Bookish Fun!

One Lovely Blogger Award

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing the ‘One Lovely Blogger Award’ book tag today! I was nominated by @Princess Blabbermouth to do this Award tag. Thank you Princess Blabbermouth for nominating me. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Post about the award.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 people.
  • Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

7 Facts about Me:

  • I love book sales! Whenever there is a book sale near my area or somewhere a little further from my home, I will try my very best to go to it because You can never miss a book sale…Right? And book sales only happen once in a blue moon, like seriously, blue moon.

 

  • I have a book buying problem. I buy books whenever I enter a bookstore because books are my life and I will die kill fish a dollar or two out of my already broken wallet to buy them.

 

  • I am a book nerd. Whenever people call me a nerd, I always say thanks to them because why not? Calling a human being a nerd is not offensive, it’s cool and we, bookworms, live for that beautiful title: NERD!

 

  • I love Money Plants. Money Plants are beautiful and their leaves are very pleasing to the eyeballs because of the amount of chlorophyll in them. I repeat, I LOVE MONEY PLANTS!

 

  • I do not like lending my books out to other people. I mean, they can borrow my books (Oh, my poor babies) but I have some book conditions/policies that they must follow:
  • 1. The book must not be damaged when you return it to me
  • 2. The book must not have words/notes written in it when you return it to me
  • 3. The book must not have wrinkled pages when you return it to me
  • 4. Just, return the book back to me in a perfect condition like before! 
  • 5. Do not break any of the rules or I will take revenge on your stuff.

 

  • On one hand, I love Hardcover and Floppy Paperback books because you can open the book up to the extreme.. If you get what I mean. On the other hand, I do not like Mass Paperback books because there are tiny words in it and you cannot open it up to the extreme or else you will break the spine.

 

  • I love book quotes. Book quotes are amazing and fantastic, for example:
  • “Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” ― Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor.

One more extra fact about me:

  • I love wishlists and I have finally made one for myself! Visit my wishlist here: Wishlist ❤

My Nominees:


This is the end of my ‘One Lovely Blogger award’ book tag! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

 

 

Book Review

The Giver by Lois Lowry || Book Review

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing a review on a book called The Giver by Lois Lowry today. The Giver is a Young Adult, Science Fiction following Jonas as he was assigned to be the Receiver of Memory. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own and this is a spoiler free review!*

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“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.”- The Giver, Lois Lowry.

Synopsis:

Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment injustice…or choice.

Everyone is the same.

Except Jonas.

At the Ceremony of Twelve, the community’s twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life’s work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off by comparing the book to the movie. I think the movie is much more entertaining and exciting than the book. (Oh gosh, I just committed a book sin. How dare me?) But seriously, the movie has much more elements than the book.

The plot of the book was very well-thought out but it lacked luster. There were plot holes here and there and it frustrated me throughout the book.

The world building for this book was great. I really liked how Lois described the things around our protagonist, Jonas. I also liked the idea of the world in black and white, it was fabulous.

The pacing for this book was fast, it took me a day to finish because it is 225 pages long. Although the story did drag a little but the pacing is still, overall, enjoyable.

If you are looking for a quick and science fiction read, I highly recommend you to check out this book.

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Writing:

Firstly, I enjoyed Lois’ writing style! It was crisp, epigrammatic and I wouldn’t say articulate because of the plot holes but still, I loved her writing style. Her writing style was different from the other books I have read and I will, of course, read more of her other work.

Secondly, I really enjoyed the way she described things, it was fascinating and once again, it did also spark my interest on reading more of the books she published.

Thirdly, I loved how Lois’ wrote about the relationship between The Giver and Jonas, Jonas and the memories, Jonas and the community and Jonas and his family members. It was truly a work of a phenomenal art.

Finally, I loved how Lois’ wrote about her imagination of  The Giver transferring the memories of the past to Jonas. It was a really unique way of transferring memories to another which is cool.

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Characters:

Jonas: I loved him. He was decent, kind, intelligent and brave. I really loved his character development in this book and he was the one character who kept me reading this book until I flipped to the last page.

The Giver: He is, no doubt, in my favourite characters list. I have to say, The Giver was a great character and even though we did not get much of his past in this book, I felt like I knew him.

Asher: Well, unlike the movie which contains a lot of scenes of Asher, Fiona and Jonas, the book does not contain a lot of scenes regarding to him. I loved Asher’s character in the movie and I was actually looking forward on reading more of him in the book but it was a let down.

Fiona: Again, Fiona did not really show up much in the book which disappointed me because I shipped Fiona & Jonas so much. 

Baby Gabe: I loved Gabe. He was a cute and playful child. I am glad that Jonas’ Father did not [Spoiler] and I am also glad that Jonas took baby Gabe with him.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 60% rating. I did like it and I am looking forward on reading more of Lois’ other work!

“They were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them.”- The Giver, Lois Lowry.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Giver! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

 

Book Review

Noggin by John Corey Whaley||Book Review

I am oddly touched by this book…

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing a book review for ‘Noggin’ by John Corey Whaley today. Noggin is a young adult, contemporary novel following our protagonist, Travis, who had cancer five years before his head was sliced off from his body and five years after his head was reattached to some other guy’s body. So, without further ado, let’s get into the book review! 

*Note: All thoughts and Opinions are on my own! And, also note that this is a spoiler-free review!*

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“Maybe we all just exist, all versions of us exist at times, and we have to figure out a way to get to each of them, to find each one and tell that version that it’s okay, that it’s all just the way it works, a concept too powerful to ignore but too complicated to explain.”- Noggin, John Corey Whaley.

Synopsis:

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the plot of the book. The plot of the book was very well-thought out and super unique in a way that meteorites are unique. While I was reading this book, I kept guessing something will happen, or something is going to happen, but, the plot of the book took a different turn and I was awed by it!

This book was quick, light and easy to read. It does not require much thinking but it requires reading and understanding, that’s all. Also, this book is a perfect summer read. Actually, it’s perfect for anytime of the year.

The pacing for this book was quick, like I have said earlier. I read this book in three-days time and I was really surprised by that because I have not been reading-well [Something like a reading slump? I guess?] for quite sometime until this book destroyed that little thing and I can finally read-well again!

The Family/Friendship aspect of the book was very well-seasoned! John doesn’t just put the idea of Family/Friendship aside like no biggie, he made the story much more interesting with them in it. 

[Just to let you know, this is an emotional read and prepare for a rollercoaster ride with this book!]

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Writing:

The writing style for this book was fantastic! It was crisp, declamatory, eloquent and sometimes, a little diffuse. Yes, I said it: A little diffuse. Not much, though. Just a few sentences and you will be back on track with the story.

I liked the flashback techniques that John used in this book. For example, a few chapters from the past and then a few more chapters back to the present day and then repeat.

I also liked how easy we get to follow the story. The story flows nicely and it doesn’t confuse the readers and like I have said earlier, it doesn’t require much thinking, so, I really liked the flow of the story. 

[This is going to be weird, but I also really liked the shocked faces of the people in the book. I don’t know why, but I find it funny]

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Characters:

Travis: He was a funny, smart and decent person. I felt bad for him while I was reading the book especially when [Spoiler]. He did make some stupid decisions sometimes, but considering the events that happened to him, I forgave him for doing so.

Kyle: I really liked his character development in the book! He was a kind and loving boy and he is no doubt in my favorite characters list! 

Hatton: He was a humorous and kind person and his character development in this book was really great as well. But, I really wish we have more in-depth with this character.

Cate: She was a great character. [I am not going to elaborate on in fear I would spoil something..]

Overall:

I am giving this book a solid 90%. It was a quick and light read and I highly recommend you all to give this book a try! 

“But in that moment I understood what they say about nostalgia, that no matter if you’re thinking of something good or bad, it always leaves you a little emptier afterward.”- Noggin, John Corey Whaley


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Noggin! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas || Book Review

Hey People! I am going to do a book review for ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas today! The Hate U Give is a Realistic, Contemporary fiction, following a sixteen-year-old Starr Carter after she witnessed her childhood best friend, Khalil who was unarmed, at the hands of a police officer. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!

*Note: All thoughts and Opinions are on my own! Also, this is a spoiler free review.*

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“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let’s start off with the family aspect of the story. I loved the way Angie wrote about Starr’s family. The strong bonding between Starr and her family members. The family aspect of the story is very realistic and I loved this book because of the love between Starr and her family members. 

Secondly, the pacing for this book was in medium speed. Not too fast, not too slow, just right which I really thank Angie for doing it because this book.. People.. This book pulled me out of my Reading Slump like a professional!

Thirdly, this was an impactful read. I cried at page 66 and I can’t stop crying since then. I did learn a lot of things from this book that I can apply into my life. (I am not going to spoil anything but I think you should read this book and find out about it yourself!) 

Finally, the friendship/boyfriend bond between Starr and her friends (Except Hailey) and Starr’s boyfriend. The friendship and boyfriend aspect of the story was very well thought out! I really loved how the friendship/boyfriend aspect was played out. 

Writing:

I didn’t really like the writing style for this book in the beginning because of the slangs. But, after some time, I have gotten used to the slangs and when it does not bother me anymore, I started to fall in love with Angie’s writing style! The writing style for this book was crisp and articulate and just… MARVELOUS!

Angie kept her writing consistence throughout the book! I love it when authors keep their writing consistence because consistency plays a huge part in books.

There’s some wonderful magic in Angie’s writing style too, it can make you cry in a second and laugh in another. It’s magical, seriously. I need more of Angie’s writing in my life. 

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Characters:

Starr: I loved her. She’s one of my favorite fictional characters now! Starr’s strong, brave and kind. Just, everything about her is wonderful and the fact that she’s a little afraid of her mother is hilarious. 

Hailey: She sure got on my nerves! I hate Hailey! Yes, Hate instead of hated. Starr treated her as a friend but Hailey? Ha! She did not! She’s an annoying child who does not know how to say ‘SORRY’ and.. (Okay, I should stop here before things get out of hand)

Seven: I loved his love for his sisters. He protected them with his life. Although Seven may be a little annoying at time, I found him to be hilarious and I loved his character development in this book!

Maya: Starr’s Best Friend. She’s pretty cool actually. I liked how she said all those stuff to Hailey and how she backed up Starr. I loved her character development in this book as well!

Chris (A.K.A Starr’s BF): I loved him! I loved his character development in this book too! He’s funny and he cared about Starr…like a lot. (Chris is also in one of my favorite characters list)

Overall:

I am giving this book a 99.75%. It was a well-written book and I think everyone should read it! (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO READ IT)

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May Book Haul

Hey Guys! I have a gigantic book haul to show you guys today. By saying gigantic, I mean 10 books. I am going to keep this introduction short today because there are quite a lot of books to cover? So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


I am really really really loving this book so far. It made me cry at page 66 and I can’t stop reading and crying since then. It’s really a good book, probably one of the best books I have read this year. 


2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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Synopsis:

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. . . .

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.


I watched ‘The Help’ movie back in 2011, and I loved it very very much. Until today, that movie holds a special place in my heart. So, I have decided to pick the book up and let me tell you this: I can’t wait to read it! 


3. The Gracekeepers by Kristy Logan

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Synopsis:

A lyrical and moving debut in the tradition of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood, introducing an original and commanding new voice in fiction

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives–offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.

Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.


Hands down. This is one of the most beautiful covers I have seen in awhile! But, I really hope that the story lives up to the cover!


4. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:

Arashitoras are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun, they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles. But the mission proves less impossible and more deadly than anyone expects. Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled arashitora for company. Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and the beast soon discover a bond that neither of them expected.

Meanwhile, the country around them verges on collapse. A toxic fuel is choking the land, the machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure, and the Shõgun cares for nothing but his own dominion. Authority has always made Yukiko, but her world changes when she meets Kin, a young man with secrets, and the rebel Kagé cabal. She learns the horrifying extent of the Shõgun’s crimes, both against her country and her family.

Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Shõgun pay – but what can one girl and a flightless arashitora do against the might of an empire?


Jay Kristoff wrote the illuminae files trilogy which I have yet to read… But, I am interested on reading his other works before reading the illuminae files!


5. The isle of the lost by Melissa De La Cruz

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Synopsis: 

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.


I bought this book because I was intrigued by the synopsis.. and the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? With that apple and the fonts? It’s so pleasing to the eyeballs.


6. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Synopsis:

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you’ve never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens.


I loved Marcus Sedgwick’s ‘The Ghost of Heaven’. And because I loved ‘The Ghost of Heaven’ so much, I decided to pick up his other work! I hope this book does not dissapoint.


7. Dangerous Creatures By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Synopsis:

From the world of Beautiful Creaturesa dangerous new tale of love and magic.

Ridley Duchannes is nobody’s heroine. She’s a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Anything. You can’t trust her, or yourself when she’s around. And she’ll be the first to tell you to stay away-especially if you’re going to do something as stupid as fall in love with her.

Lucky for Ridley, her wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn’t care if Rid’s no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves small-town Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters, and when the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link’s dreams are about to come true.

But New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link’s bandmates are keeping secrets. With bad-boy club owner Lennox Gates on her heels, Rid is determined to find out the truth. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what’s a Siren to do?


I have yet to read the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ series! (Why have I not read it? Sigh) But, I bought this book because I know I will want to read it right after I finish with the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Series. So, yeah.


8. Truthwitch by Susan Dennar

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Synopsis:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


I cannot wait to read Truthwitch by Susan Dennar!


9. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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Synopsis:

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.


This book sounds super interesting and I cannot wait to read it!


10. Between the spark and the burn (Between #2) by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Synopsis:

Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it’s easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.
The problem with River West Redding was that he’d done both to me.

The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet’s life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River’s other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn’t long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .


I do know this is the second book in the Between duology though. The first book being, “Between the devil and the deep-blue sea”. I will get the first book as soon as I feel like ‘marathon-ing’ the between duology. 


This is the end of my gigantic book haul! I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I do and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Bookish Fun!

Coffee Book Tag

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Coffee Book Tag’ today! I am not really a “Coffee-Drinker”, but, I really want to try out this tag and I would probably make a cup of coffee for myself later.

So, without further ado, let’s get into the Coffee Book Tag!

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BLACK: NAME A SERIES THAT’S TOUGH TO GET INTO BUT HAS HARDCORE FANS.

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Lord of the Rings is one of the hardest book series to get into- at least, to me. Unlike The Hobbit series which I loved, some of the scenes in the Lord of the Rings series are kind of boring, in my personal opinion. 

PEPPERMINT MOCHA: NAME A BOOK THAT GETS MORE POPULAR DURING THE WINTER OR A FESTIVE TIME OF YEAR.

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I find that Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle gets more popularity during the festive time of the year, because of the title, you know? SNOW.

HOT CHOCOLATE: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDREN’S BOOK?

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When I was younger, Geronimo Stilton was one of my all time favourite author and books. I believe that many children around the world love this author and his works!

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: NAME A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT FROM START TO FINISH.

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Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor definitely kept me on the edge of my seat from the start to finish.

(All the books that was written by Laini Taylor kept me on the edge of my seat because her books/stories are fabulous!) 

And please read the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ trilogy if you have yet to read it.

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STARBUCKS: NAME A BOOK YOU SEE EVERYWHERE.

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Although this trilogy has been around for seven years, it is still pretty popular and there are still people who rave about it. For example, me.

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THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: GIVE A BOOK BY AN INDIE AUTHOR A SHOUTOUT

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The Wheel Mages by Aimee Davis!!! I have a review for this book, I will be linking it down below, do check it out!

The Wheel Mages By Aimee Davis

OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF: NAME A BOOK YOU WERE EXPECTING MORE FROM.

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I was expecting more from this book, but unfortunately, the writing style did not work for me and I dislike this book because of that.

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THE PERFECT BLEND: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT WAS BOTH BITTER AND SWEET, BUT ULTIMATELY SATISFYING.

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The ending for this spectacular story is bittersweet, but ultimately satisfying.

If you have not read this book yet, please go and get yourself a copy now!

GREEN TEA: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT IS QUIETLY BEAUTIFUL.

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I find Fangirl to be very serene and the storyline is easy to follow. The writing style for this book was fantastic and crisp.

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CHAI TEA: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT MAKES YOU DREAM OF FAR OFF PLACES.

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Heartless definitely made me dreamed of far off places. The setting of this story is very dreamy and it will make you feel like you’re in the world of wonderland.

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EARL GREY: NAME YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC

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This book: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is definitely my favourite classic because it was so touching that it made me cry.


This is the end of the book tag! I am not going to tag anyone, so if you would like to do this tag, feel free to do it! Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this article and follow me via email/wordpress account to get notifications when I upload a new article! Bye!