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10 books with best-friends-to-lovers themes — August 15, 2017

10 books with best-friends-to-lovers themes

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Hey all!

The Broke and The Bookish are finally back from hiatus!

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The topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is 10 book recommendations for ______ (our choice). Now, English is a hard language. (Says the person who knows English better than her mother tongue) I wanted to recommend books to readers looking for books with best-friends-to-lovers storylines. I did not know (and was too lazy to figure out) how to phrase that to match the topic exactly. 😅

Anyway! For the past few months, I’ve been on a romance-reading streak. If I had to pick one storyline theme which would almost always hook me in, it would be best-friends-to-lovers. Therefore, here I am to share a few of my favourites with the theme.

 

[1] Searching for Beautiful by Jennifer Probst

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I cannot say HOW MUCH I adored this book! This was my first book by the author, and after this I read the rest of the series by her as well. And as I expected, I pretty much loved them too. (Reviews coming soon)

Gen and Wolfe’s relationship progress/growth was so beautiful to see. Also I really liked Wolfe. He’s such a sweetheart!

You can read my detailed review here.

 

[2] Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen

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Lila Wilder is a shy nerd and she’s done being that. She wants to be sexy and desired for a change. She recruits her playboy best friend Beck to help her since he’s her best bet on getting the transformation right. But as she starts to show off and change, Beck falls for her. She’s still the same in personality, though, so that’s good.

 

[3] Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

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Firstly, when I read the book (more than 5 years back) it was called Where Rainbows End. Years later when the movie came out, it was named Love, Rosie and they changed the book’s name as well??? Um hello, I AM NOT AMUSED. I hate when book covers are changed when movies are made. And I hate it even more when they change the book’s NAME itself. The movie wasn’t nice enough, anyway. #thebookisbetter

Onto the story. This was my first book by the author and I ADORED it.

The story is narrated through notes, letters, postcards and online chats. The writing format isn’t the usual, and I LOVED it. We’re taken over 40 years through these, starting with notes passed in class and birthday invites. I really liked reading their relationship growing through written correspondence.

 

[4] Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

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I liked the relationship between  Arizona and Carter while they were platonic. I liked the chemistry between them after they moved out of the platonic category. But the transition was VERY sudden. That’s one tiny thing which put me off. One minute they were just best friends and the next minute—BOOM—sexual attraction. Um, okay?

I liked Arizona the most. I loved her character, how she got a degree before understanding what she actually wants to do in life (be a cook). She actually snuck into lessons at an academy as she couldn’t afford them! #yasgirl

 

[5] The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

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This was such a cute YA book! I LOVED the MC and how badass she was. She’s also a coding geek, so I obviously loved that. Except she’s WAY more into coding (and is a genius) than I am. #myinspiration

I do plan on writing a whole review soon, so look out for that.

Her romance with a fellow geek was SO ADORABLE. There was the usual teen awkwardness, doubt and angst, but I loved that she went for the best friend instead of the hot guy like the norm (not that she ever even considered the hot guy).

 

[6] Leo by Mia Sheridan

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Evie and Leo met in foster care when they were kids and through the flashbacks, we see how their relationship went from friends to more than. I adored the flashbacks and young Leo. ❤

And another thing I liked about this book was Evie. She worked two small jobs for a living and she does it unapologetically, seeing no shame. She’s fine as long as she’s happy and I love that.

 

[7] Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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Taylor and Jamie are best friends, and both of them want to be more but are afraid of ruining the relationship they have by confessing to the other. THEY ARE SO ADORABLE. I loved seeing them finally confess and get together.

 

[8] Swear on this life by Renee Carlino

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First of all, a brilliant story.

We start with Emiline reading a well praised book by a J. Colby. The shock? It’s her own story. The characters are EXACTLY like her and her childhood best friend Jase. She then goes to find the author, who is, obviously, Jase.

Click here to read my review.

 

[9] The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer

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This story is about movie star Kendall and her best friend Payton. (Hello diverse read)

I absolutely adored reading this story, especially since it was my first lesbian romance read. The transition from best friends to lovers was as awkward and beautiful as I expected, and I really liked it.

 

[10] Here’s to Falling by Christine Zolendz

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This heartbreaking story is about Charlie and Jase. We see their tragic childhoods, where only they were the good parts of life, then the falling out and meet years later. Honestly, I couldn’t write a proper review when I read it and still can’t. (I also really want to reread this book now.)

 


Aand that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

Do you like best-friends-to-lovers themed books? Which are your favorite? Have you read any of the ones I’ve mentioned? Also, if you’ve published a Top Ten Tuesday do comment the link so I can check it out!

5 MORE books I loved but haven’t reviewed (because I couldn’t NOT talk about these gems) — July 25, 2017

5 MORE books I loved but haven’t reviewed (because I couldn’t NOT talk about these gems)

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I’m finally done with all my finals! My last lab final was YESTERDAY and I’m feeling so great right now. FREEEDOM! (For a small bit, anyway)

I did a post on 5 books I loved but haven’t reviewed last week, but it was actually supposed to be about TEN books. It became into a loong post, so I thought I’d do a part 2 with the other five books, which is this post.

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quickly inserting a Pinterest graphic here because I made one 😛

Let’s dive in.

 

[1] A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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If you’ve been in the book community for a while, you WOULD have heard of ACOMAF. If not, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? GO CHECK OUT THE BOOK, LIKE, RIGHT NOW. (Not kidding. Btw this is the second book in the trilogy so please check out A Court of Thorns and Roses first)

There are about a gazillion reviews on ACOMAF out there. Most of those contain one or more of the following:

  1. Extreme flailing over anything and everything in the book
  2. Mostly about Rhysand, though, because OH MY WORD, RHYSAND MY BAE ❤
  3. Also the awesomeness of The Inner Circle/The Court of Dreams
  4. ALL THE ROMANCE AND SMUT
  5. Rhysand purring, talking, walking, flying, BREATHING
  6. Badass female characters
  7. FEMINISM
  8. Also, did I mention Rhysand??
  9. Oh and the reviews most likely contain a lot of sentences in all caps.
  10. BECAUSE NORMAL SIZE DOESN’T DO JUSTICE

Before I try to climb out of this post and shout in your face about this book, I shall stop.

I took the easy way out and decided that there are already enough reviews out in the world, and I might as well keep myself (relatively) sane by not even trying to write the review. #sorrynotsorry

[2] All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

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This is not one of those books that leave you extremely happy and hopeful by the end. This is not those 5 stars.

This book gets 5 stars because it TOTALLY and COMPLETELY WRUNG my heart out and left me hanging as a speechless ball of sadness.

  • This book is about two people. Two very inspiring people. They’re what the common people of the world went through during World War 2.
  • First, we’ve got Marie-Laure who is blind. Her relationship with her father and how she went about in life was so inspiring. I LOVED reading from her POV. She lived in France, before moving later when the Nazis took over Paris.
  • Then we’ve got Werner from Germany. He is really good with machines and can pick apart and fix things. This intelligence takes him far in the Hitler Youth and later he diverges.
  • For a LOT of the book, we get the story in 2 parts—that of Marie-Laure and that of Werner. Their individual journeys from when they were kids is shown.
  • Only very later, through every single decision and consequence, they meet. I DID ask myself why did the author drag the backstory so much. But later I realised that every small thing from their backstory matters.
  • This is not a love story. This is a story about two people from two countries and war. This is a story about those small things that common people went through. This is a story about those very short moments of happiness that some managed to have.

If you didn’t gather, I am VERY passionate about this book. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to write a proper review, because I want to talk about EVERYTHING (including spoilers). I really want to reread this book soon, because even though it seems boring for a long while, when everything comes together it is a BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECE. And I think this is one of those books that don’t lose their charm through rereads.

[3] Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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First, can I take a paragraph to talk about the absolute AMAZING GEM that Lady of Midnight is? I had a VERY hard time choosing between LoM and LoS to talk about here. I haven’t reviewed both. Because HOW. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO PUT MY FEELINGS INTO BOXES? LoM was bloomin’ amazing. But somehow, LoS TOPPED IT.

*calls bestie* Hem, save my heart plis I’M DYING.

^ that was legit me. When I could get away from the book for about two minutes, I frantically texted and sent voice notes to both my best friends GUSHING about anything and everything in the book. That book was LIT.

It’s got

  • Julian effing Blackthorn.
  • HE IS A BLOOMIN’ GENIUS.
  • Emma who is badass and sarcastic, but she was also quite annoying in LoS with her hot-and-cold signals to Julian.
  • THEN THERE’S JULIAN. His plans, schemes, and everything he devised?? I. WAS. AWED.
  • We got to see Magnus and Alec’s kids! WE GOT THEM FAM. I don’t need anything else!
  • MARK BLACKTHORN. That cinnamon roll ❤ Whyyy was he so cute and charming and the BEST EVER.
  • I started REALLY LOVING Kit Herondale in this book. Obviously, we got to see way more of him in this book and YAS I LIKE. My favourite was interactions between him and Ty.
  • And of course, we’re not done talking about everything PRECIOUS in this book without talking about..
  • TY BLACKTHORN. I would totally claim him if I wasn’t shipping him with Kit so much. HE IS SUCH A CUTIE PATOOTIE I WANT HIM. I absolutely loved reading all of his parts.
  • Also, #hellyes to proper autism representation.

This book left me in pieces by the end. All the highs, lows, twists and everything… and then we get THAT ending. Whoa. Name me speechless.

 

[4] Leo by Mia Sheridan

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I don’t think I’ve mentioned a romance book until now. I usually review all the romance books that I love. I probably COULD review this one as well but.. I just don’t feel like.

Have you ever read a book and not wanted to talk about it so that no one will argue or say something against it? That’s me with this book. If I go on Goodreads and see the reviews, I probably would find a few reviews that would change my view-point. Even if I read the book again critically and I made observations, I might not like it that much. But I DON’T WANT TO.

It’s not very special but this book left me feeling so good in the end. Leo was my first Mia Sheridan book, and one of the first adult romances I read and I simply don’t want to ruin that feel I got. I am sentimental about this book, and I don’t deny it. I don’t know why I’m so reserved on it, but I am.

Here’s what the book is basically about:

  • Evie and Leo met in foster care when they were kids, and they connected immediately. They fell in love and made promises about always being together against the world, as you do.
  • But then, Leo gets adopted in their teens and they’re ripped apart. For all the new promises made about writing letters, calling and keeping in touch regularly, Evie never got contacted by Leo again.
  • Years later, a stranger named Jake appears and claims to be Leo’s friend. He says that on his deathbed, Leo made Jake promise to check up on Evie.
  • Cue sexy attraction and love. Also slight suspicion because why did Leo never call???

There was a twist in the end, and I figured it out a couple chapters in advance but OH MY GOSH. I really liked the story, okay?? okay. That’s it.

 

[5] Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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I read this book for the first time in my early teens. That was before I knew Goodreads and the internet book community. I simply saw it in the library and picked it up. It remains to be one of my all-time favourite books. Until now, I’ve reread the book and watched the movie multiple times. In fact, this was the first book-to-screen adaptation I’d seen, and the one which made me believe that books are always better than the movie.

The charm of the book wasn’t there in the movie. Even though this book is actually small, there was SO much cut out in the movie that it could as well be a different story. I quite hated the movie. There was HARDLY ANY RESEMBLANCE.

  • The book is about Ella who, as a baby, was given the “gift” of obedience. Whatever someone tells her to do, she HAS to do it, or she doesn’t feel well.
  • This fact is kept secret, though. Only her she, her mother, and another person know.
  • Her life becomes even more hellish when her other dies and a step-mother and two stepsisters are added into the mix.
  • One day, in the cemetery, she meets the young Prince and they become friends.
  • Ella is sent to a boarding school (for young girls) and we get those shenanigans.
  • Also, there’s this really nice friend Ella makes.
  • What I loved most was how the book wasn’t about ONE thing. It wasn’t only about the curse, or the Prince. It was them plus her determination to not let the curse stop her from anything and how she went on to live her life.
  • There is a moral in this story disguised under curses, fairies and ogres. It’s that nothing can stop you if you have the determination to push through it.

I think this is the perfect book for kids and pre-teens. Maybe older peeps might not love it as much, but since I’m already in love with it, I don’t mind reading it even now.

 

 

Aand I think I’ve written mini-reviews for all of these. This post has become longer than the last one I wrote! So I’m gonna quickly stop now and enjoy some freedom from exams (by reading books, of course). Adios, peeps!

 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Are there any books that you have LOVED but haven’t reviewed? What are your all-time favourite books? Let me know in the comments!

 

5 books I loved but haven’t reviewed (warning: LOTS of fangirling and all caps sentences) — July 18, 2017

5 books I loved but haven’t reviewed (warning: LOTS of fangirling and all caps sentences)

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Hey y’all! I just got done with my first lab final (which was yesterday) and I felt the inspiration to blog. Only, what to blog, is the question.

Since the peeps over at The Broke and The Bookish have gone on hiatus for their Top Ten Tuesday meme, I have to actually think myself on what to blog?? I only started doing TTTs for a short while now, but it’s great, and so fun to blog about! Therefore, since I’m new, there are YEARS of TTT memes I haven’t done yet. I picked this topic for today.

Fact: this post was actually to contain TEN books, as per the TTT norm. But after I wrote about 5 books, I realised this had turned into a big enough post and stopped. #sorrynotsorry? 

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I DON’T review every book I read, and therefore there are a lot of books I haven’t reviewed. Somehow, I tend to not review quite a few of my faves, simply because I don’t know WHAT TO SAY. HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO PUT ALL THESE FEELINGS INTO COHERENT SENTENCES, PERSON? HOW? THERE ARE TOO MANY FEELS. *true life crisis, right there*

 

[1] Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Seriously though. How do people review this book? (If you have, how, you genius person?)

Here’s a list of everything I had feels over (i.e. reasons why I couldn’t write the review)

  • Cath. I mean, come on. She’s basically me. I related SO BLOOMIN’ MUCH that I simply COULD NOT put her awesomeness, nerdiness, kind sister-ness (I just made up a word because I’m still not coherent enough to write about this book, FORGIVE ME), and fangirl-ness (there you, I made another word).
  • Levi. I MEAN—how. Levi was/is/always will be the guy of my dreams. He doesn’t read? No problem! LISTEN TO ME RANT ABOUT BOOKS. Plus, he didn’t care about Cath’s twin (even though she’s way hotter, apparently). He LOVES CATH. HE WAS PERFECT FOR HER.

(Honestly, though. I wouldn’t mind a guy who doesn’t read books. I wouldn’t have to worry about spoiling him about everything. All I want is someone to rant to about books. Thanks.)

  • Cath’s fam. I loved that her family and all those issues were brought in as well. I would have been SERIOUSLY PUT OFF if there was no family shown. But there was actually a lot of it, and it felt so real, okay? Okay.
  • I’ll stop here, otherwise this will become an actual review.

Gotta say, though, there was ONE tiny little thing I didn’t like about the book. Simon Snow. Cath’s fandom. We were given tiny snippets in between and I could make out neither head nor tail of it? I don’t think they were in order, either? I was one really confused little pumpkin. Plus, the snippet/story in the end? I understood it, but a friend who read the book on my recommendation didn’t. I think she was confused about the whole book, actually. #different_people_different_views

Also, when the author wrote a book on Simon Snow (fandom in this book), I read and LOVED it. It was like reading fanfiction, in book form. 💙

 

[2] Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Aah we get to this book. *rubs hands together in preparation*

Note: this is book 3 of the Throne of Glass series in case any of y’all didn’t know.

After that BOMBSHELL of a reveal in the end of Crown of Midnight, I could NOT WAIT to get to this book. And boy, was this book the BEST EVER.

Why was this book so great?

  • WE FOUND ROWAN.
  • We get to see Fae, finally. And it’s very exciting.
  • We get a lot of Rowan. THAT MAKES ME HAPPY.
  • ROWAELIN and ALL THE ROMANCE OMG.
  • I cannot tell you how much I love this book because of the huuge parts with Rowan and Aelin. I LOVED seeing their relationship grow from hate/detest to friendship to something more.
  • I was struggling to choose between Dorian and Chaol with Aelin, and then we get Rowan and I threw the other ships out the window. NO THENKS BYE.
  • Also, we get to see Maeve. Gotta say, I enjoy reading about bitchy villain characters. Mostly, I like bitching about them, and Maeve gave me that. (I’m hoping she’s, at least, put to her place by Aelin and crew in the following books)
  • Aelin’s PTSD, depression and sad feelings were fianlly shown in this book. I felt the first two books quite unrealistic because even after going through so much, Aelin seemed fine?? Um, excuse me, whut? But there’s actual dealing with and recovery in this book, and I love that.

I almost picked Queen of Shadows (book 4) to talk about instead, but I enjoyed HoF way more. QoS had a few characters acting like dumb-heads and I was NOT amused.

 

 

[3] Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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This book contains:

  • GEEKS
  • SupaCon (which is like ComicCon so I. AM. SOLD.)
  • YOUTUBERS. This has got to be the first book I have read which has YouTubers in it. Like, yes, show me more about their lives. Show me behind-the-scenes. Yes.
  • LGBTQA+ representation. #hellyes Also, THE ROMANCE IS SO CUTE AND ADORBS I CAN’T EVEN. (I ship them so hard, you don’t know the half of it)
  • BRILLIANT autism rep. THANK YOU FOR THAT. YES I WANT MORE. (but there isn’t more so I have a few measly tears)
  • TWO CUTE ROMANCES?! We get not ONE dream adorable romance but TWO. I do not have enough feels-capacity. I need to go borrow a friend for this. (“borrow a friend”?? What am I even speaking.)

Are you glad I haven’t written the review? Because I’m pretty sure half the review would contain caps. And you won’t be able to read normal-sized sentences anymore because what are those puny lil letters nah they’re not important. #truelifeissues

 

 

[4] Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Okay so, I’m getting real. I didn’t like the first book much. I didn’t like the second book much either. But I LOVED THE THIRD BOOK SO MUCH I COULD GO TO HELL FOR IT. #nolie

Why do I love this book so much?

  • BECAUSE WARNER. (I don’t want to give away spoilers by saying his first name but I really want to *sobs*)
  • _____ WARNER IS THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO ME. (I put the spaces because I called him by his full name in my head and it feels so mundane when I simple say Warner) (I need better life issues)
  • I WANT HIM.
  • Also, Juliette and Warner and all the feels and smut and love and EVERY. SINGLE. THING.
  • Oh, and I cannot forget Juliette’s best friend Kenji. I loved him for two books and liked Warner but then the third book finally showed Warner properly and I rearranged my priorities. (I need better priorities as well)
  • Warner jealous is MY FAVOURITE THING EVER.
  • Warner as a lover is also my favourite thing ever.
  • WARNER IS ALSO MY BAE

(Someone tell me where I can go get a life) (but the fictional life is SO FUN)

 

[5] Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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In all honesty, I DID plan on writing a review on the book. I had notes and everything in app. BUT, the thought of putting it all into proper words and sentences and order it in a review… I kept procrastinating until it was too late and I just abandoned it.

So what I liked about the book:

  • It’s PLOT
  • The ROMANCE. HI I WANT THAT STORY. I WANT THAT ADORBS STUFF. I WANT THAT FALLING IN LOVE STUFF.
  • Yes, it DOES have a love triangle (which I was also slightly miffed about because WHY)
  • But then.. I started shipping both the pairings?
  • I am supposed to choose between a perfect Prince (who is also a lil rebellious and miffed that some girl had enough guts to leave him standing at the altar when he didn’t have the guts to do the same) and a badass assassin (who wants to kill her and has a secret agenda but then falls in love with her)???
  • Also, did I mention the prince and the assassin become BESTIES?? UM HELLO WHAT IS GOING ON HERE I NEED TO CHOOSE BUT I CAN’T—aargh!
  • But of course there’s also a plot with ancient prophecies and ancestors and hidden stories and whatnot.

Granted, I did not like the MC much but gotta say, she’s got balls to run away like she did.

 

 

Aand I’ve talked in caps enough for today? Ya think? I’ve got another final in two days and I’m gonna go study for that. Ciao, peeps!

 

Are you a book blogger as well? Have you gone through this crisis of to review/to not review? Did you manage to push through and write, or are you like me and avoid it altogether? What are some of YOUR favourite books that, if asked to, you wouldn’t be able to write coherent reviews for? Let me know in the comments!

Top ten 5 star reads of 2017 (yet) — June 27, 2017

Top ten 5 star reads of 2017 (yet)

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Hello again!

The topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the lovely peeps over at The Broke and The Bookish is Best books you’ve read in 2017 so far. And I’m here to share exactly that. So let’s kick it off with..

we were liars1. We were liars by E. Lockhart

I didn’t pick up this book until this year, and I really wish I had earlier because it’s so good! If I had to describe it in one word, I would say it was haunting. For DAYS after I finished reading it I couldn’t move on. SUCH a good book. And the twist in the end, oh my gosh. Hats off. My heart and I were a mess after I turned the last page.

Goodreads

kiss-of-deception2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

This has been sitting in my TBR for so long (ever since I saw the favourites YouTube video by Sasha Alsberg) and I finally got around to it this year, only to finish the whole trilogy in three days because I LOVED IT. The first book was the best, and it got me so into the series. Also, can I say how the love story panned out was amazing? Totes made me love the characters so much more. At times I was very confused whom to ship (because hello love triangle) but I liked both the developments.

P.S. I hated the ending outcome because nothing felt right but the journey was really good.

Goodreads

queens of geek.jpg3. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Two kinds love stories which all us geeks dream of happening, that too in SupaCon (which is like Comic Con)! It’s basically all my geeky dreams coming true. And the thing is, I don’t know which I would prefer because BOTH are #geekylovelifegoals. I read the book in one sitting and was so giddy by the end, I was on a happiness-high rest of the day.

Goodreads

307241324. Geekerella by Ashley​ Poston

Talking about geeks.. this is one other story I loved. I was looking for books like Queen of Geek when I came upon this one.

Geekerella reminded me a lot of Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram, especially since both are variations of Cinderella, only with geeks and a comic convention. Nonetheless, I loved the book and especially how the love story came about (which is also quite similar to that in Cinder & Ella, now that I think about it).

Goodreads

love-and-gelato5. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Italy, Pizza, Gelato, weird homes, very unlikely-looking father figure, a mother’s diary talking about her love in Italy, and a cute boy bringing a cuter romance. What could go wrong?

Read my complete review.

Goodreads

a-list6. A list of cages by Robin Roe

The book made me feel so darn much, I still remember how worn out my heart was in the end. I think my heart finally shattered when I realised the title’s meaning while reading. I totally recommend the book to anyone and everyone.

Read my detailed review.

Goodreads

reason to breathe.jpg7. Reason to breathe by Rebecca Donovan

I DEVOURED this trilogy in two days. And every book made me feel so much and also left me numb that when I desperately tried to write a review, I simply couldn’t. I couldn’t sort through my feelings.

It’s story isn’t something very phenomenal and you might argue that there are so many other books with similar storylines, only better. But the way it’s written and narrated pulled me in so deep and refused to let go.

I CRIED after the first book, and I immediately went online to check if there’s a sequel because that COULDN’T be the ending. I had refused to accept that as the ending. There’s so much pain in this book, and I think it’s shown pretty well.

Goodreads

a conjuring of light8. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

A BRILLIANT ending to the trilogy. Can I just mention how I’m still blown by the world building in this series? It’s definitely one of my favourite trilogies.

Read my detailed review here.

Goodreads

my sister's keeper.jpg9. My sister’s keeper by Jodi Picoult

I only picked up this book after a close friend read it and said that I HAD to read it. And I’m SO GLAD she pushed me to read it soon.

I felt so much during the course of the story, and the multiple POVs were written really well. This is one realistic story which shows that, sometimes, there is no solution which ends with everyone happy and satisfied. And this story drove it home that there is so much pain in people’s lives, and that I’m really lucky to be living a normal life.

I know that it’s a popular book, and there’s even a movie based on it (which my friends insisted that I must not watch), but if you somehow haven’t read the book, I definitely recommend you pick it up ASAP. And also clear your schedule for later as you’ll be in a book hangover.

Goodreads

alex, approximately.jpg10. Alex, approximately by Jenn Bennet

I’ll say it—I love relationships that build online as well as offline. It’s like falling in love with both sides of the person. And I do stand by the ideal that people’s inner real self is the anonymous one online.

This is a story of Bailey/Mink and Porter/Alex through them connecting online and also falling for each other offline, before they figure out that they’ve known each other for way longer online. The only part I didn’t like throughout the book was how clueless Bailey was. The clues were right in front of her and she didn’t put it all together until Porter, giving up on her figuring it out herself, showed up as Alex.

The romance was so cute, though. I love cute romances in YA.

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Aand I’m going to sign off abruptly here because my finals have (FINALLY) begun. I’ve read about 20% of my course syllabus and I’m still procrastinating right now. I NEED TO GO BYE.

 

Have you read any of these books? What’s your opinion? And do drop a link to your TTT of the week, if you’ve published as well!

Top Ten series lying untouched in my TBR pile — June 20, 2017

Top Ten series lying untouched in my TBR pile

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the peeps over at The Broke and The Bookish to help bloggers with blog post ideas. This week’s topic is Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t. There are so many in my TBR, I’m intimidated enough to move to Miami and change my name to Cosima (yes I stole that from Orphan Black). So, allow me to share with you ten series which have been lying untouched in my TBR since the STONE AGE.

1. Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab

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Books in the series:

  1. This Savage Song
  2. Our Dark Duet

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2. Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Books in the series:

  1. Snow Like Ashes
  2. Ice Like Fire
  3. Frost Like Night

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3. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

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Books in the series:

  1. The Orphan Queen
  2. The Mirror King

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4. Uglies by Scott Westerfield

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Books in the series:

  1. Uglies
  2. Pretties
  3. Specials
  4. Extras

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5. Hex Hall trilogy by Rachel Hawkins

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Books in the series:

  1. Hex hall
  2. Demonglass
  3. Spell Bound

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6. Half bad trilogy by Sally Green

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Books in the series:

  1. Half Bad
  2. Half Wild
  3. Half Lost

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7. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Books in the series:

  1. An Ember in the Ashes
  2. A Torch Against the Night
  3. Untitled
  4. Untitled

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8. Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

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Books in the series:

  1. Ivory and Bone
  2. Obsidian and Stars
  3. Untitled

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9. Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Books in the series:

  1. Poison Study
  2. Magic Study
  3. Fire Study
  4. Shadow Study
  5. Night Study
  6. Dawn Study

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10. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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Books in the series:

  1. The Final Empire
  2. The Well of Ascension
  3. The Hero of Ages
  4. The Alloy of Law
  5. Shadows of self
  6. The Bands of Mourning
  7. The Lost Metal

Goodreads

 

What series are lying untouched in your TBR? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Don’t forget to drop a link if you’ve done this week’s TTT as well!

Top ten (or five) awesome dads in YA — June 13, 2017

Top ten (or five) awesome dads in YA

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Hello again!

The topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the awesome peeps over at The Broke and The Bookish is a Father’s day freebie. I’ve taken it to talk about some really cool dads in YA books.

Now, since I haven’t read much YA lately, and also am lazy to go way back into my read list (mostly because I’ve forgotten most of the books), I came up with only five. Better something than nothing, right? So here we go.

1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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It’s the first book in the trilogy (still can’t believe Han wrote a THIRD book!) and I instantly fell in love with Lara Jean’s dad. He is cute, supportive, a little nervous raising three girls alone, kinda awkward, and so DARN CUTE OMG. I love his character.

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2. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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Even though Lina didn’t know Howard until the beginning of this book, I love how their relationship grew and how Howard turned out to be such a good dad. He learnt with everything was just the best ever. Howard is GOALS for how dad’s, and parents/family in general must be in relevance to raising a kid. You make mistakes, but you learn and you grow. You love.

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3. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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Okay so technically we didn’t get to see Elle’s dad because he’s dead. But through the flashbacks and memories, we DO find out a lot about him, his geeky side, how he was as a dad, etc. He was TOTALLY an awesome dad. If I could share my geekiness and fandom self with my dad, I’d totally jump on the chance. There was the tiny mishap of remarrying and leaving Lina to the step-monster when he died, but it’s not his fault! He was a good dad!

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4. On the fence by Katie West

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I honestly don’t remember much about this book, but I do remember that the dad was really nice. So yeah.

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5. Dreamology by Lucy Keating

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I remember Alice’s dad! Even though it’s been so long (a few months?) since I read it. Woo, go me!

He was forgetful, eccentric, thoughtful, also kinda unnerving because he could read Alice like an open book being a neuro-scientist. He uses his facts about the brain to figure out her antics and it was kinda cool. I really liked him ❤

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And that’s it for today. Thank you and have a nice day. (I’m kidding. We used to day this in the end of our section of the morning assembly in school. “And that’s it for the news today. Thank you and have a nice day.” It just suited here 😛) (I shall shut up now)

Who are the best dads you’ve come across in YA books? Have you participated in this TTT as well? Link me up to your post!

Ten things than will make me NOT want to read a romance book ASAP — April 25, 2017

Ten things than will make me NOT want to read a romance book ASAP

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Hey y’all! Welcome back to another TTT post!

Top Ten Things is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and The Bookish.

The topic for this week is Top Ten Things that will make me want to NOT read a book immediately (or something along those lines..) but when I was thinking what I would write under it, I realised most of it are pet peeves about romances. So I tweaked the title and viola!

1. POV synopsis on Goodreads

When the synopsis on Goodreads is written in perspective of (one of) the MCs. I HATE that. Most time it leaves the synopsis looking vague and I end up not picking it up because I’m worried I won’t like it.

2. Dumb MCs

Does this qualify as a point? What even is a dumb MC?

You know those girls or guys who literally use no brains to make decisions and simply coast through life, whining about their problems but actually doing nothing about it? Then they keep making mistakes and taking stupid decisions simply because THE HEART WANTS WHAT IT WANTS? Well, STAHP. I CAN’T TAKE THIS NO MORE. I need substance and actual reason besides “chemistry”and “who-knows-why-love”. If the two don’t match, or the other is a jerk, and the MC FRICKING KNOWS IT but doesn’t leave because LOVE??? Yeah, no.

(I realise my “explanation” makes no sense with the title of the point but I don’t know how to say it so cut me a break, knife. Okay? Okay.)

3. Too darn controlling romantic interests

Usually found in Adult romance books, where the guy is usually a bajillionare with a hot bod and “intimidating” looks with a killer smile that could melt you into a puddle. Of course, he’s also paranoid and spends a fraction of his cash (which is worth double the female MC’s life and also mine) employing bodyguards for her, having her followed, mysteriously pays for her shopping before she finishes purchasing etc etc. The girl also usually ends up doing something only after thinking of/obtaining permission from him, like, WHAT. GURL, HAVE SOME INDEPENDENCE. If he’s controlling you, LEAVE. Gosh. I HATE such stories from the core of my heart. Ugh.

4. A bunch of Goodreads reviews rating the book 5 stars, are ARC reviews AND showcase pictures of celebrities they imagine the MCs to be (where the guy usually is portrayed half naked)

I can handle one or two such reviews, because every book blogger has their right to review their preferred way. But if most of the reviews (especially in a row on the top) are such, I get a fishy feeling. They also quote many lines from the book, which totally turn me off the book. But above all, it’s the character casting. CAN PEOPLE CHILL WITH THE SHIRTLESS GUYS FOR A SEC? THANKS.

5. Too fast-paced romantic relationships

If it looks like there’s no real connection, or the couple are moving way too fast with no base/time taken to build the relationship, I’m out. It’s unreal. I also would rather they didn’t move in two days after they met, one and a half days after they slept together, and half a day after saying heartly stuff. Um, no thanks, bye.

6. Where MC falls in love with stalker/kidnapper/abuser etc

I just can NOT see these scenarios happening. I’m sorry to all the authors and reviewers but I refuse to read a book where the MC ends up with the person who caused her pain or meant unwell. And then suddenly love her? Yeah, right.

While looking for Goodreads lists on NA romances, I’ve come across a couple books where the MC falls in love with her kidnapper/stalker and I couldn’t get out of those pages fast enough. It’s listed somewhere near the top, too! Is it just me who thinks this?

7. Jerk guys and dumb girls who keep forgiving the guys cuz chemistry/sexual tension/love.

HE CHEATED ON YOU (OR) LIED TO YOU ABOUT EVERYTHING (OR) WHATEVER ELSE (OR) EVERYTHING AND HOW CAN YOU FORGIVE AND GO BACK TO HIM SEVERAL TIMES. WHY EVEN. YOU DESERVE MORE.

8. Where the guy sleeps with every girl until “the one” who is the first person to reject him and also turns out to be a virgin

The first fact is fine. But the last part? Toooooo darn cliche. Done too much already.
No thanks.

9. Where kids are rude to their parents for absolutely no reason

They’ve spent years of their lives for you, have been nice to you and are the best. But, no. I shall be an angsty teen who goes against her parents for no reason and blames them for everything I should b blaming myself/my ex/my love interest for.

10. When the guy is a lovesick puppy and has no life besides living around the life of the girl

YO GUY. HAVE SOME INDEPENDENCE. K BYE.

Seriously, though. I think I’ve only come across one such book (whose title I forgot because I was so eager to forget it) and I hated it enough. Not again. I hated it.

Did you participate in this week’s TTT as well? What are the things that make YOU want to stop reading/not pick up a book? Do you relate to any o my points?

7 books I need to read ASAP — April 20, 2017

7 books I need to read ASAP

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As every other reader and book blogger, even I have an over-flowing TBR. Which means, it’s time to prioritize (when is it not). Here are 7 books that I’ve decided I need to read ASAP to keep up with everyone else and not be left behind crying “waaaaaaaaait”. (That would only damage everyone’s ears who are around me)

1. The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole

One of my friends has been THREATENING me to get me to read this series for MONTHS. I’ve been promising that I’ll read it next week, after this book, after this review etc but haven’t yet. I must must MUST read it soon.

Here’s the synopsis of the first book, Poison Princess:

20759393She could save the world-or destroy it.
Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future-and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Derveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.
With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

Buy links: Amazon IN || Amazon US || Amazon UK || book depository

2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This book is so hyped online, and I’ve been reading glowing reviews about it, that it’s made my want to read it so much more. I want to join in on the hype too (or not, who knows). But I better read it soon, otherwise by the time I get to it the book blogosphere would have moved on to some other book (which, again, I would read late).

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Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

Buy links: Amazon IN || Amazon US || Amazon UK || book depository

3. Traitor to the throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Sequel to Rebel of the Sands, which was absolutely GORGEOUS (both cover and story), and anticipated by me for over a year, I can’t believe I’ve let more than a month since the release go by without reading it yet. I was pretty much on the precipice of dying because of the cliffhanger! Need to read it really soon.

31574408Rebel by chance. Traitor by choice.

Gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

Buy links: Amazon IN || Amazon US || Amazon UK || book depository

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This has got to be one of the most loved diverse books online. I’m seeing it everywhere nowadays. I got the ebook a week back but I’m yet to read it.

32075671Sixteen-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.

Buy links: Amazon IN || Amazon US || Amazon UK || book depository

 5. The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Everyone loves it! My best friend read it recently and kept raving about it to me, but also scolded that I haven’t read it so he can’t discuss completely. I must read it too. It’s almost like everyone I know has either read it or are reading it.

Here’s the synopsis for the first book, The Final Empire:

12968705A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields.

But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy – the magic that lies in all metals.

A word of mouth success in the states the Mistborn trilogy has, this year, broken onto the New York Times Bestseller list. The time is ripe for its success to cross the Atlantic.

Buy links: Amazon IN || Amazon US || Amazon UK || book depository

6. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

After reading Shades of Magic trilogy by her (and LOVING it), I really want to read more of her books. Plus, I’ve heard a lot about this one and can’t wait to see what it’s about. It’s been on my “priority” TBR for a while now, but I still haven’t gotten to it?! Like, why am I not able to?! I’ve also listed it for my 2017 Beat the Backlist challenge. So… yeah. ASAP.

this-savage-songThere’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Buy links: Amazon IN || Amazon US || Amazon UK || book depository 

7. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

I’ve been seeing this book in just about every blog recently. And it’s also very frequent in my Instagram feed. It’s THAT popular! And everyone is raving about it! I want to rave with them too! Aargh!

31020402.jpgThe thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

Buy links: Amazon IN || Amazon US || Amazon UK || book depository


And those are the books I need to read, like, YESTERDAY. But ginormous TBR and busy college lives don’t mix well. Soon I’ll have to schedule in time to read. Ugh.

Enough about me and my moaning. What are the books that you are DYING to read THIS SECOND? Have you read any of these books that I’ve mentioned? What did you think? If you haven’t, are they on your TBR? 

Ten things that will make me want to read a book INSTANTLY — April 18, 2017

Ten things that will make me want to read a book INSTANTLY

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Hey y’all!

I’ve seen Top Ten Tuesday posts going around for a long time but since I scheduled most of my posts way ahead in time, I didn’t participate. I decided to do a few posts a month around the time it’s published, SO here I am doing my first Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and The Bookish.

1. It’s blurbed by one of my favourite authors

I shall be there to check out the synopsis, reviews, ratings etc etc immediately. If so-and-so has blurbed it, it MUST  be good because he/she HAS TASTE, OKAY?

2. The MCs (Main Characters) meet during travel

i.e. on an aeroplane, cab, bus, train, ship etc. It feels like a great beginning when they meet on travel, and the second I find books with such beginnings, I’m on that shiz! Pretty sure I even talked about the best meetings on a guest post a while back.

3. Reviews that call it ADORABLE

ADORABLE. ADORBS. SO CUTE. Words that draw me in instantly. What can I say? I’ve got a thing for adorable stories and characters.

4. MCs who are artists

Writers, painters, designers, tattoists, musicians, cooks, actors—you name it. Stories focused on these careers immediately get my attention. Maybe because I don’t know many (read:know hardly any) people who go in that direction professionally in real life.

5. Also, MCs studying engineering

Whichever engineering stream it is. Simply because I’m an engineering student as well.

6. Showcasing/set in touristy cities

Italy, Spain, Tokyo, France, INDIA (just going to subtly add in promo for my own country. Real subtle.) etc. Places which have diversity, history, tradition etc.

7. Secret-baby romance trope

A while back I went crazy and read all romance novels I could get my hands on with secret baby romance tropes. Literally. I COULDN’T STOP. I also couldn’t read many which were listed on Goodreads (because not all are available in India *cries*). Sad lief. I will make a post on it talking about my favourites ones, though. Stay tuned.

8. Anything centered around fandoms, geeks, nerds..

and the like. Example: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde which I absolutely ADORED.

9. NA romances set in college

I’ve actually run out of such books to read?? Like, none of the ones remaining sound good enough??? I’m hopping onto NetGalley to find ones I would like now???? Never thought this day would come. Especially not this soon.

10. Dystopian

I somehow am always drawn to dystopian novels. Anything in those lines will have me give a few minutes of attention, at least.

And we’ve come to the end of my first TTT!

What characteristics make YOU want to read a book immediately? What draws you in? Have you published a post on this week’s TTT as well? (If so, don’t forget to comment your link so I can check it out!) 

2017 Beat the Backlist #2 — March 12, 2017

2017 Beat the Backlist #2

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This is a reading challenge hosted by NovelKnight to help conquer our TBRs. The main point is to finish reading books that are on your TBR and released BEFORE 2017. So this year’s releases don’t count. Read NovelKnight’s original post.

I already posted my list once, which you can see here. But now that I’ve made (only some) headway, I thought I’d update my list.

First, review of the last one:

  1. We Were Liars by E. Lockheart. Read it. 5/5.
  2. The Summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han. Read it. 2.5.
  3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Read it. 3/5. (my review)
  4. Frostfire by Amaznda Hocking. Haven’t read it yet. I’m not wanting to, to be honest.
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Read it. 2/5 (my review)
  6. The Rest of us Just Live Here. I NEED TO GET TO THIS.
  7. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab. I’ll get to it, but let me read A Conjuring of Light, first, please?
  8. The thousandth floor by Katharine McGee. Haven’t read it yet.
  9. Seven Days of you by Cacilia Vinesse. No idea what this book is, right now, even. Haven’t read it.
  10. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Read it. Loved it. 5/5.

So I’ve read only half the list. But, at least that, right? I got side-tracked later and just read random books.

Here’s my updated list of BTB TBR (with synopsis and links because I can’t believe I was so rude to not provide them earlier):

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

outlander.jpgThe year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I got a chance to get a free audiobook credit for any book I wanted in return for a review by eStories and I picked Outlander. Maybe I should have picked a smaller book because this is a 34 HOUR BOOK OMG. And due to some glitch, I’m not able to download it offline to listen in bus rides everyday which makes it so hard for me to finish it. Most my tasks usually involve thinking and I can’t listen to audiobooks while studying etc. I’m hoping to find some time soon, but I don’t know.

Goodreads || Amazon IN || Amazon US || Amazon UK || book depository ||

2. History is all you left me by Adam Silvera

history is all you left me.jpgWhen Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life

I’ve heard so much about Adam Silvera’s books, especially this one, and I HAVE TO GET TO IT LIKE RIGHT NOW. (But obviously, right now is flexible because I want to read #allthebooks)

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3. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

the rest of us just live here.jpgWhat if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…

Love the title and synopsis. Heard so many good things about this book. This is staying in my BTB TBR.

Goodreads || Amazon IN || Amazon US || Amazon UK || book depository ||

4. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

neverknight.jpgThe first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

I actually started reading this, but got through only one chapter. Sigh.

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5. Kiss of deception by Mary E. Pearson

kiss-of-deceptionA princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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6. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

this savage song.jpgThere’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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And that’s it for now! I’ve kept this list shorter so it won’t seem daunting and also because I know that I’ll simply end up reading books “I’m in the mood for” as usual. I’m prioritising what books to read as well.

Are you participating in Beat the Backlist challenge? What books have been on your TBR for SO LONG that you have to pick up and read NOW? Because otherwise you might get crushed under your massive TBR. Also, make lists like these, they help.

 

 

Things you should keep in mind when asking me for book recommendations — January 26, 2017

Things you should keep in mind when asking me for book recommendations

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All of us who read a lot have been, at least once, asked for book recommendations. I get asked a lot because I used to be the only one in my school in my year who read so much. Seeing how I was all the time happy, crazy and talking about books like they’re reality made a lot of my friends want to read and see what the big deal was.

This was very cool, because I managed to convert quite a few of my friends into readers. One of my friends, even though she complains about me putting books before anything else, said that she admires how I don’t have any life (read: friends and dating) problems because I’m totally content and happy with my books. This has also followed me to college where I’ve made two people interested in reading. Only one actually followed through, but it’s the thought that counts right?

Here are a few of my tendencies when asked for recommendations:

1. I will ask what type of book do you want.

Sure, they won’t know really but I would like to narrow down genres and certain things. Example: Anything specific you want to read about-like vampires, fae? Anything you don’t like? Love story? etc

2. You have to keep me updated on any and all feels you have while reading it

‘Cuz I love that. It reminds of my thoughts when I first read the book, and it just feels so nice to see them have the same feels, confusion, love and hate when reading. I love knowing what’s coming up and just waiting for them to get to it. It’s almost like I’m reading it again through them.

3. Do NOT ask me “are you sure this book is good?”

IT’S PHENOMENAL. WHY DO YOU THINK I’M TELLING YOU TO READ IT?! That’s an insult.

4. If you don’t like the book, don’t tell me the details

Just let me down gently by saying something like, “this book isn’t my type, thanks though” or “I’m not a reader, I give up.” Do NOT spew hate to me or talk about all the things wrong with it. I WILL FIGHT YOU. GENTLY WALK AWAY.

5. When I say he’s mine, HE’S MINE

I have this one friend I recommend a lot to, and every single time I say in advance that “(this-guy) is MINE and you cannot claim him” but she DOES. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. She loves the book, she comes to me, and says that RHYSAND IS HERS?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME. NO. NO. NO.

I had to convince her so many times for MONTHS to read ACOTAR and she kept saying that she doesn’t think she’ll like it. Finally, she does and I told her in the beginning that Rhys is mine but in the end she comes to ME and says that he is HERS and that I don’t get him?! Excuuse me, you ungrateful tomato, I WAS THE ONE WHO INTRODUCED YOU TO HIM AND THE FACT THE I LET YOU SEE HIM IS A BIG THING. You didn’t even want to read the series! I made you! *cough* I’m sorry but I hate that. I had to rant.

Be a grateful little pastry and understand that he’s mine and you can only feast your eyes on him. Bye.

 

So these are a few things I will be listing out to any one who asks me for book recommendations from now on as a warning.

Do you have any such tendencies when recommending books? Or even when you let someone borrow your stuff? Let me know below!

7 2016 reads that I want to re-read — January 23, 2017

7 2016 reads that I want to re-read

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2016 has flown by! It’s 2017, my first semester end exams are over and I’m trying to chill as much as possible before the start of next sem (which is just days away!). Although not that great in other areas of life, the year was pretty good reading-wise. I did manage to read more books in 2015, but I can say that I’ve done a lot of other things in 2016 (such as blogging!).

So! Out of so many books, which would I want to reread, so much that I’d give it time away from new books? And I’m going to try to keep this to 7 books max, prioritize and all, you know.

(I won’t even mention ACOMAF because I’ve reread it several times and I’ll just do it whenever again. No setting aside time for it. ACOMAF just happens <3)

*Click on the book covers to go to Goodreads pages

before-we-were-strangers1. Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

This is such a good story! I love how the two lovers found each other again after years and how their relationship was forming again. And the twist in the end ❤

I really want to reread this book and relive all of it.

 

lady midnight.jpg2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

When I finally got to read it after my 12th grade finals, I greedily devoured all of it in a day and I think I might have just skimmed through minor details. I want to reread it and pay attention to it, noticing details. It’ll almost feel like I’m reading it for the first time.

 

 

rebel-of-the-sands3. Rebel of the sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This was one really good book. I think I voted for this in the Goodreads choice awards for debut author. I also want to reread it because I’m pretty sure I’ll hardly remember anything when the sequel come out.

 

 

tell-me-three-thingd4. Tell me three things by Julie Buxbaum

This YA book was just so adorable that I couldn’t leave it! After reading the last line, I reread the last chapter a minimum of five times because it was just perfect and I didn’t want to let go of it. It put me in a book hangover.

Read my review of this book.

 

261988975. The Crown by Kiera Cass

I liked the first three books in this series, but really disliked the fourth and would not have bought this if not for the cover. Since I got it, I read it, but I went into it having not much expectations and assuming that it won’t be good as well. It actually turned out to be pretty okay in the end, and I think I should reread the book to give a fair judgement.

Read my review.

my-lady-jane6. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodie Meadows

This was SUCH a lovely book, I just have to reread it. I cannot stay without rereading it. Maybe as I’m going in knowing what I’m going to get, it’ll feel different, and hopefully even better. I enjoyed reading this book so much.

Read my review here.

 

imperfect-chem7. Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame

This book was so so so adorable with an amazing protagonist, who was different that the usual ones we get, and I loved it. This book made me laugh, squeal and beam so wide my cheeks ached. Obviously, I want to reread it.

 

 

 

And those are the books I want to reread. What are some books read last year that YOU want to reread? Have you read any of the books I mentioned as well? Comment down below and let’s chat!

 

A Classic A Month challenge — January 8, 2017

A Classic A Month challenge

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Another reading challenge I’m participating in! This one is hosted by my friend Charley from awriternamedcharley. (My laptop is running out of charge so I’m going to do this fast)

This challenge is basically the title: to read one classic every month of this year. I don’t like reading classics so this will give me some motivation.

(Also, Charley I hope you don’t mind that I’m combining the signing up post with the announcement of what book I’ll be reading.)

For this month, I’ll be reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte which I also listed in my Beat the Blacklist challenge.

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Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? Have you read Jane Eyre? Do you want to?

My “read 50 books released this year” challenge — January 5, 2017

My “read 50 books released this year” challenge

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Hey everyone!

So, a few months into last year, I realised that I was reading a significant number of books released just that year. This was mostly because I kept track of the books releasing and which I wanted to read. I even put them up on sticky notes in a ladder type of thing on my wall! As I read the books, I removed the sticky notes and the gaps would make me proud, lol.

Therefore, sometime in, I decided to make this a side-goal/challenge of mine. To read 50 books that were released in the same year. This also helped in keeping up, being a book blogger and all.

Today, I will be listing all the books under this challenge, and how much I rated them! I’ll also be linking my reviews, if I’ve published them yet.

*All the title links lead to Goodreads pages

  1. Aced by K. Bromberg ★✩✩✩✩ (review)
  2. Never Never part 3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher ★★★✩✩
  3. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer ★★★✩✩
  4. Submerging by C.S. Johnson ★★★★✩ (review)
  5. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare ★★★★★
  6. Beauty’s curse by C.S. Johnson ★★★★✩ (review)
  7. Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes ★★★★★ (review)
  8. Rebel of the sands by Alwyn Hamilton ★★★★✩
  9. Remembering by C.S. Johnson ★★✩✩✩ (review)
  10. Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins ★★★★✩ (review)
  11. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead ★★✩✩✩ (review)
  12. Tell me three things by Julie Buxbaum ★★★★★ (review)
  13. Too late by Colleen Hoover ★★✩✩✩ (review)
  14. Chasing Eva by Camellia Hart ★★★✩✩ (review)
  15. In real life by Jessica Love ★★★★✩ (review)
  16. The raven king by Maggie Steifvater ★★★★✩
  17. Cometh the hour by Jeffrey Archer ★★★★✩
  18. Because I love you by Tori Rigby ★★✩✩✩ (review)
  19. Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein ★★★★✩ (review)
  20. The Roommate by Carla Krae ★★✩✩✩ (review)
  21. Smut by Karina Halle ★★★★✩ (review)
  22. The Crown by Keira Cass ★★★★✩ (review)
  23. The midnight society by Rhonda Sermon ★★★✩✩ (review)
  24. Endangered by Dani Hoots ★★★★✩ (review)
  25. The unexpected everything by Morgan Matson ★★★★✩
  26. A court of mist and fury by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★★
  27. If we were a movie by Kelly Oram (review) ★★★★✩
  28. Summer of Irreverence – The rock star by Cathrine Goldstein ★★★✩✩ (review)
  29. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan ★★★★✩
  30. My wolf and me by India R. Adams ★★★✩✩ (review)
  31. Suffer love by Ashley Herring Blake ★★★★★ (review)
  32. Anomalies by Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman ★★★✩✩ (review)
  33. Cleat Chaser by Celia Aaron and Sloane Howell ★★★★✩
  34. In the after by Elisa Dane ★★★✩✩ (review)
  35. Painting Sky by Rita Branches ★★✩✩✩ (review)
  36. Under a million stars by Rita Branches ★★✩✩✩ (review)
  37. P.S. I like you by Kasie West ★★★★✩ (review)
  38. It ends with us by Colleen Hoover ★★★★★ (review)
  39. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi ★★★★✩ (review)
  40. Swear on this life by Renee Carlino ★★★★★ (review)
  41. Empire of storms by Sarah J. Maas  ★★★★★  (review)
  42. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling ★★★✩✩
  43. Marry Your Billionare by C.J. Anaya ★★★✩✩ (review)
  44. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand ★★★★★ (review)
  45. The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh ★★★✩✩ (review)
  46. Hunter by Sarai Henderson ★★✩✩✩ (review)
  47. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★✩
  48. Lessons in gravity by Jessica Peterson ★★✩✩✩
  49. Holding up the universe by Jennifer Niven ★★★★✩
  50. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland ★★★★✩ (review)
  51. When We Collided by Emery Lord ★★★✩✩
  52. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon ★★★★✩
  53. Dreamology by Lucy Keating ★★★★✩
  54. What light by Jay Asher ★★★★✩
  55. Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg ★★★★✩
  56. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★✩
  57. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken ★★★★✩

(As you can see, I surpassed the self-challenge)

I did this thing, after reading about it somewhere, where you write the book you read in a small piece of paper, fold it into a chi and put it in a box kept for this. The initial goal was that you put in the names of all the books you read in a certain year and open it up at the end of the year and see. I did it for a while, then I got bored and also guilty about the wastage of paper. So I stopped that and just made a list in a notebook. If you’re wondering, I now use those chits as decoration for bookstagram photos and such 😛

Every time I finished a book and would mark it in Goodreads, I would also check the date of publishing and if it’s 2016, I would write it down in my list. This way, I have the whole thing compiled and am easily able to copy it onto to this blog post. I loved doing this, and I think I will do it for this year too.

Do you have a personal challenge like this? Do you know how many books, released this year, you’ve read? What do you think about setting a similar challenge for yourself and joining me this year?

The Burn, Rewrite, Reread book tag — October 24, 2016

The Burn, Rewrite, Reread book tag

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Hey everyone!

I saw this tag over at The Book Window and it looked interesting and fun, so I’m doing it! Basically, you use the random sort option of Goodreads in your read shelf(I couldn’t find the option so I just typed my own link in and it worked lol), take batches of three books in order (no cheating!) and say which of them you’d burn, rewrite and reread.

Round 1

Burn: Under The Never Sky

Rewrite: um.. this is hard.. Roommates

Reread: Just Like That. I was surprised that I liked this book so much, actually.

 

Round 2

Burn: Princess in the spotlight. I read the whole Princess Diaries series in middle grade, I don’t know why, but I didn’t really like it. I also might be burning this just so I could rewrite the other book..

Rewrite: UnderCovers. This story had so much potential but I DNFed it a few chapters in because I just didn’t like the male MC and it sucked. Definitely rewrite.

Reread: Sharp Objects. Wow that was good. (My review here)

 

Round 3

Burn: Although I really liked this book… The Name of this book is Secret. I cannot burn the other two books.

Rewrite: Whyy do you do this to me Goodreads.. why?! I’m cringing as I say this but.. City of Bones. I can never rewrite The Duff better.

Reread: The Duff, obviously. Stars, I cannot believe I chose this over City of Bones **sobs in a corner** **I have betrayed my fandom**

 

Round 4

Burn: Fifty Shades Darker. Duh.

Rewrite: The Partner. Although I highly doubt I could write anywhere near as good.

Reread: The Indigo Spell. I loved the Bloodlines so much, more than Vampire Academy actually.

 

Round 5

Burn: Fall into forever

Rewrite: Anomalies

Reread: Tempted. House of Night was my first series of fantasy. I read it even before twilight. I would like to go back and read but it’s twelve books.. and not worth that much effort and time anymore.

 

And that’s it! If you find this tag interesting, go ahead and do it! Also link this post or let me know so I can read it!

Ciao, peeps!