Saturday, June 24

Colleen Nelson - Blood Brothers

Close as brothers, Jakub’s and Lincoln’s lives diverge when Jakub gets a private school scholarship and Lincoln is lured into a gang.

Fifteen-year-old Jakub Kaminsky is the son of Polish immigrants, a good Catholic boy, and a graffiti artist. While his father sleeps, Jakub and his best friend, Lincoln, sneak out with spray paint to make their mark as Morf and Skar.

When Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school, he knows it’s his chance for a better life. But it means leaving Lincoln and the neighbourhood he calls home.

While Jakub’s future is looking bright, Lincoln’s gets shady as he is lured into his brother’s gang. Jakub watches helplessly as Lincoln gets pulled deeper into the violent world of the Red Bloodz. The Red Bloodz find out Jakub knows more than he should about a murder and want him silenced — for good. Lincoln has to either save his friend, or embrace life as one of the Red Bloodz. 

Thursday, June 22

Claire Barker - Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog: Best Friends Forever

Knitbone has a problem. His beloved owner Winnie and her bonkers parents may be forced to move and leave Knitbone behind! Can the spirits of Starcross, a gigglesome gang of ghostly animals, help Winnie save her home?
A wonderfully whimsical new series, jam-packed with mayhem, chuckles and woofs!

Saturday, June 17

Royal Rantings: Here's How You Write a Problematic AF Book

I recently had the absolute privilege of reading what must be the most problematic (read racist, Islamophobic) pile of shit ever. It certainly is the most appalling book I ever came across, and I knew I just couldn't review it without tearing it to pieces, and I told the author as much- I got it for review even after stating that I was Muslim which somehow makes it all the more terrible. I could have easily DNF-ed it, but I kept waiting for it to redeem itself at least a little bit, and part of me was just morbidly curious as to how things would turn out. Spoiler: not so great.  

What made the author think I would enjoy something like it I'll never know, but today I'm here to help you through writing a problematic af book- with excerpts from the very book I was talking about. I need this- catharsis or whatever you call it, I just need to get it all out of my system after keeping silent about it for so long. 

I'll just be listing down all the things I can think of, in no particular order. Follow just a couple of this (in case one is too mainstream) and you're good. 

Wednesday, June 14

Vicki Covington - Once in a Blue Moon

In Once in a Blue Moon, Vicki Covington’s new novel set during Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, change is in the air. 

Readers follow a diverse community of renters in Southside Birmingham through one transformative year. Abraham Kasir has properties scattered across Birmingham, but the ones on Cullom Street hold a special place in his heart. So does his newest tenant, Landon Cooper, a transplant from one of the city’s ritzier suburbs. 

Landon’s a psychologist managing her own mental illness in the face of divorce and downsizing. Her upstairs neighbor, Abi, is a country girl trying to shake her rural roots even as her father’s illness pulls her back home. Across the street, Jet is a former prostitute reeling from an uncovered truth about her birth mother. Jet has a crush on her neighbor Sam, a weed dealer paying his way through college and wrestling with his dreams for the future. 

Mr. Kasir acts not just as a landlord but as a father figure to each of them—and most of all to his grandson, Jason. Fresh out of high school, Jason is trying to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps while his own father struggles with drug addiction. 

In league with other great Southern novelists including Anne Tyler and Fannie Flagg, Covington writes with tenderness and humor while asking important questions about family, faith, race, class, and—ultimately—hope.

Friday, June 9

The Chocolate Book Tag

Almost half the year has flown by and I still haven't done a book tag over here, can you believe? That's certainly cause for concern and I'm fixing that right now! The lovely Uma @ Books. Bags. Burgers. did this one over at her blog recently, and I just knew I had to do it. It's chocolate after all, how could I resist?

Wednesday, June 7

Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Magician

Hi guys! Today I'm here with a Waiting on Wednesday post, and forgive me if this post turns out to be quite weird, because a) I haven't done one in years, and b) I'm currently studying for my exams, so I'm typing this up real fast. In any case, let me introduce you to a fantastic as hell book, called The Last Magician, that is releasing this July.

Also, don't be confused - yep, I'm still on a hiatus, but, ya know, the #devilsowncontest is taking place, and I'm not about to lose all those entries I could get by writing a WoW post. SO ENJOY! 

PS: Here's a link to the contest if you want to know more!

Tuesday, June 6

The World's Shortest Hiatus Ever

I'm officially calling off the hiatus from my end.

I know, I know- it's been less than a week (5 days to be precise) and what am I even thinking, playing with your poor feelings?!


Um, okay- let me try better. I really can't pinpoint exactly why but this hiatus feels too much like abandoning the blog altogether and it just so breaks my heart. Also, I know I probably might be needing a little break (Vera certainly thinks so), but there are just so many books that need flailing about and so little time that letting this whole month go waste seems like such a pity. 

I might also be needing a hiatus more sometime later this year (it's the final year of my BSc, in case you're wondering) than right now. See my dilemma? I could slack with the blogging now when things are relatively less busy at uni and regret it later or just go on blogging like I always do (last minute posts and what not) and take a break- maybe take a break- later when I'll really need it. Well, I could take two hiatuses (hiati would sound so much better), but that's out of the question- I physically cannot.

Or maybe I just have attachment issues. Say what you may, and I'm sorry, but you're having to put up with me much sooner than you anticipated. 

Hello! It's nice to be back.

Thursday, June 1

YA Books Releasing in June 2017 We Just Need in Our Lives (& We're Going on a HIATUS)

Well, hello there you lovely, lovely people! June's upon us already (because we obviously love to rub it in your faces on a monthly basis about how time's just flying) and we are here with all the new releases we are looking forward to this month. But before that we have a small, small announcement to make. 

Peter Bunzl - Moonlocket (The Cogheart Adventures #2)

Storm clouds gather over Lily and Robert’s summer when criminal mastermind the Jack of Diamonds appears. For Jack is searching for the mysterious Moonlocket – but that’s not the only thing he wants.

Soon, dark secrets from Robert’s past plunge him into danger, because Jack is playing a cruel game. Lily and Malkin, the mechanical fox, must stay one step ahead before Jack plays his final, deadly, card...

Saturday, May 27

5 Reasons to Read Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winters

...I am Miss Nobody.

Rosalind hates her new secondary school. She's the weird girl who doesn't talk. The Mute-ant. And it's easy to pick on someone who can't fight back. So Rosalind starts a blog - Miss Nobody; a place to speak up, a place where she has a voice. But there's a problem...

Is Miss Nobody becoming a bully herself?

Thursday, May 25

All the Psychopathic Awesomeness in My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

“Didn’t anyone ask you where your parents are?"
"They asked. Especially about my parents."

"What did you tell them?"

"I said I ate them."
"Jesus, Rosa.”

What if the most terrifying person you'd ever met was your ten-year old sister?

'I promise,' said Rosa. 'I won't kill and I won't make anyone else kill.'

I can't see the loophole. Since the guinea pig there's been nothing. Months now without Rosa killing as much as a mosquito.

As far as I know.

Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control.

Che's little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che's convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn't hurt anyone yet, but he's certain it's just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world - and the world from Rosa?

Saturday, May 20

Sandhya Menon - When Dimple Met Rishi

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. 

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? 

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. 

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not? 

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Thursday, May 18

Geraldine McCaughrean - Where the World Ends

“After the world ends, only music and love will survive.”

Every time a lad came fowling on the St Kilda stacs, he went home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is...

In the summer of 1727, a group of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stac to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them. Why? Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they have been abandoned to endure storms, starvation and terror. And how can they survive, housed in stone and imprisoned on every side by the ocean? 

Saturday, May 13

The Eurovision Book Tag

I'm pretty certain a lot of you guys know that I'm from Hungary, but I don't think I've talked about my obsession with Eurovision on the blog before. If that really is the case then imagine me shaking my head super-hard right now, because I'm so in love with the Eurovision Song Contest that it's one of my biggest goals in life to attend it at least once.

The time has FINALLY come for me to flail about Eurovision, because, based on the idea of Clare from Dual Reads, she, Ann - her sister and co-blogger - and I have created this fantastic book tag that flawlessly mashes together two of the best things ever, books and Eurovision. 

To be able to repeat doing this tag again next year, I'm going to include books I read in 2017 so far - Clare is doing the same thing, while Ann is choosing from a wilder range of books. Go ahead and check out their post here.

Thursday, May 11

5 Reasons To Read Alice by J.M. Sullivan, a Retelling Filled With Bravery,

"His head exploded. I’d never seen someone’s Head explode."

“Always protect your queen.”

Ever since the outbreak of the Plague, life hasn’t been easy, and for seventeen-year-old Alice Carroll, it just got worse. Her sister, Dinah, has contracted the ‘un-deadly’ Momerath Virus and without a cure, will soon be worse than dead. She’ll be momerath.

Alice must leave the safety of the Sector and venture into Momerath Territory to find the antidote - if it exists. Chasing a rumor about a mysterious doctor with the cure, Alice falls down the rabbit hole into Wanderland, where ravenous momerath aren’t the only danger lurking.

Tuesday, May 9

Ten Things I'd Love to See More of in Books

Hello lovelies! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is something I'm excited to do, because it's about ten things I'd love to see more of in books, and, boy, are there MANY things I wish were more present in books. Let's jump right into these, shall we?

PS: Obviously, many of these ARE in some books, but I wish even MORE books had them. 

Saturday, May 6

Unsatisfactory Portrayal of Hungary: Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

“Some rebels are made, not born”

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.

One of the most dreadful things that can happen to a bookworm? Having been waiting for a title for the looongest time, thinking it's going to rock your socks off, and then it turning out to be one of the biggest disappointments of the year. Readers, let me introduce you to Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves, one of the best examples of this phenomenon.

PS: Forgive me if I seem to be overly critical - this was a huge let down after being enormously excited about it being set in Hungary, because, hey, I'm Hungarian. *waves*

Thursday, May 4

Introducing You to The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles- and Giveaway!

Hello everyone! Today I'm very excited to spotlight a very promising adventure set half a millennium ago in the land that's now called Hawaii. The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles has sorcerers, volcanoes, shape-shifters and more!

Tuesday, May 2

Ten Spring-tacularly Flowery YA Covers

Hello everyone! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is a cover freebie, and, as we're still a month away from the end of spring, I decided to share with you a couple of covers that have gorgeous flowers on them. So, lay back, and let your eyes feast on these fantastically pretty book covers.

Monday, May 1

May, 2017: The Month That Has ALL The New Book Releases

Hello, you beautiful human beans! Can you believe we are done with 1/3rd of the year already? It's kinda funny how we keep saying this every single month but it's amazing how fast time flies. We can't wait for 2018 already, and knowing time, it sure would be upon us very soon. *snickers*  Anyway, this month we are bringing you some of the new releases we are the mostest excited for-  it would have been impossible to list all the books we are looking forward to, so we are giving you our top picks. Without further ado, have a look at all the awesomeness we'll be blessed with this May! 

Saturday, April 29

Conquering Kingdoms Book Tag

Hello guys! Today - courtesy of Clare from Dual Reads, who told me she'd be interested in my answers - I'm doing the Conquering Kingdoms Book Tag. This tag is styled after The Falling Kingdoms series, which I've never read, if you're wondering, BUT THE QUESTIONS ARE TOO COOL TO PASS ON. So, here I am. Hope you'll enjoy. 

Thursday, April 27

Fierce Female Friendship and Lovely Romance in 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

“I love you, Allison. It happened when I wasn’t looking for it, when I didn’t know I needed it. But I fell in love with you so quickly and so smoothly. So without question.” 

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

rape and terminal cancer

Tuesday, April 25

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

If you regularly participate in Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish), or just like to check out other people's posts, you likely know that today's topic - stuff that will make us turn away from a book fast as hell - is the exact opposite of last week's. If you've seen that post of mine, you saw (and hopefully liked) how I mentioned two books that I picked up exactly for that reason. I'm not doing that today, because the books I could bring up for some of these categories don't deserve to be promoted. At all. 

When reading my post, some of you might wonder how do I know about all those things without reading the book itself? Thanks to all the kickass bloggers' review in the community - SO THANK YOU EVERYONE for your insightful thoughts. KEEP ON BEING AWESOME. 

Please don't forget that everyone has the right to decide against reading a book based on anything (blurb, reviews, quotes) AND sharing that with the world, telling their reasons. 

Sunday, April 23

Peter Bunzl - Cogheart (The Cogheart Adventures #1)

Some secrets change the world in a heartbeat. . . .

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart. . . .

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.

Thursday, April 20

Oh, I've Read This Book! ...Or Have I?

Have you ever read a book and then thinking back, discovered you've forgotten parts of it? Have you ever read a whole book and then promptly forgotten all about it? Because then, congrats! You've got book amnesia.

I consider myself a classic case of recurring book amnesia- many are the times when I've forgotten things about books I've read. It maybe something trivial like the name of a side character to something major, like a huge chunk of the whole story. Or on rare occasions, it may even be... wait for it... a whole freaking book

Tuesday, April 18

Top Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

Okay, you guys, today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic? One of the most interesting and coolest ones I've ever done, so I'm EXCITED. I'm not 1000% sure how others are crafting their lists, but I'm going to share with you ten things that make want to pick up a book instantly, which is not to say that I'll actually pick up these books. 

Instead of going into a long explanation about why I'm attracted to these things in books, I'm going to share with you two examples in each category that I picked up for that very reason and that I loved. All the books listed are 4 and 5 star reads, so they come highly recommended. READ THEM.

The reasons are in no particular order. 

Saturday, April 15

A Spectacularly Diverse Book: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

"You don't need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want."

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Thursday, April 13

2 YA Historical Fiction Novels With Strong, Capable Heroines: My Lady Jane & A School for Unusual Girls

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

Welcome to Stranje House.

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle them in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…

Tuesday, April 11

Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I've Read

As I've had to miss the last two weeks' Top Ten Tuesdays (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish), I'm not going to have a long-ass intro here, because I want to get onto the books already. But, just so everything's clear: today's topic is about unique books we've read. 

I managed to find these 10 beautiful and wonderful books fairly easily, because every single favorite book of mine is somewhat unique TO ME, at least, right? However, I did try to describe why I think they're original and creative and all the good things in the world to make you all read them, because they're SO GOOD. Pinky swear. 

Saturday, April 8

My Life in Books Tag

Hello, you lovely human beans. I hope you've been doing well. Me, alas, not quite so much. I've been having a nightmare of a couple of weeks, with uni draining me of life- possibly quite literally, I must add. Anyhoo, for today's post, I decided to do a book tag I stumbled upon at Dreamland Book Blog for two reasons- no, make it three. One, I haven't had time to READ. It's appalling, I know, but I've simply not been able to make time for reading...priorities and all that, you know? Two, it's been ages since I did a book tag, so why not? And three- these questions looked like fun, so again, why not indeed?  

Thursday, April 6

20 Opening Lines From Books That *Will* Rock Your Socks Off

A few years ago, I read an article about a bookshop that chose to advertise some of their novels by sharing their first chapters on little pamphlets. I loved that idea, loved it, and have wanted to share something similar on the blog ever since, a few days ago I finally decided to write this post. 

As I was looking through some of my favorite novels, somehow, I started to concentrate on the opening lines (here, by that I mean 1, 2 or even more sentences that are strongly connected), instead of the whole first paragraph of books, thus the title and topic of this post. However, I'm pretty sure I'll be back with a somewhat similar post, only about killer first paragraphs in the near future, because it was fun to sort through my beloved novels, looking for the ones that have the best opening lines. 

Monday, April 3

Freakishly Exciting YA Books Releasing in April 2017

Hello, everyone! While my April is going to be pretty hectic, full of studying and shit, because my exams start around the middle of May, I'm still pretty darn excited for this month, because of four super-duper awesome looking books releasing. I think it's pretty common for more Contemporaries to be released in the spring and summer time, which is totally showing on my list, as 3 of the 4 novels I can't wait for are lovely sounding Contemporary novels. 

Without further ado, let me introduce you to four YA books that sound like the perfect Spring and/or Summer reads.