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. 

Saturday, April 1

2017 SerendipiTea Tour - J. M. Sullivan: The Wanderland Chronicles

Hello lovely readers! Today I'm here with a special post - I have the honor of kicking off the 2017 SerendipiTEA tour that is fully focusing on supporting and highlighting debut authors. 

Obviously, I'm all for boosting new authors, and I'm super-satisfied with my assigned author J. M. Sullivan, whose debut novel - that you can read more about in this post - is an Alice in Wonderland retelling, first in a series called The Wanderland Chronicles. 

Continue reading to find out more about Alice, learn a bit about J. M. Sullivan and to enter to win some awesome-souce prizes. 

Thursday, March 30

Iain Reading - Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #3)

 “We have a saying here in Iceland. Without a book in his hands, a person is blind.” 

Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls.

Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into - and out of - all kinds of precarious situations.

This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages - armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.

Thursday, March 23

The Disney Book Tag

Hello everyone! *waves* Today I'm here with a cute, little tag that I hope will put a beautiful smile on your face, as anything Disney movie related is bound to do. The Disney Book Tag was created by Katytastic who came up with ten different questions all of which are related to ten HUGE Disney movies you'll see in this post. EXCITING, RIGHT? 

If this bland as hell description of what this post contains didn't manage to convince you to click on "continue reading", let me tell you that THERE ARE GIFS, LOTS OF GIFS. 

*click on the covers for Goodreads*

Tuesday, March 21

Top Ten Most Unputdownable Books of, Well, Ever

Hello everyone! I'm really pumped for today's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic, because it's all about short and/or quick reads. I'm always on the look out for such novels, as they are immensely helpful when I feel like I'm going into or coming out of a reading slump. So much so that a few weeks ago I wrote post about short as heck novels that will help you get out of a reading slump. And the best thing about that post? All those books are less than 300 pages long, SO YAY, they're truly short as heck. CHECK IT OUT HEREEnd of promo, for sure. 

So, as I've already done something concerning short books, I'm going to scream about ten books that were totally unputdownable - I mean, I may not have read all these novels in one seat, because #reality (meh) forced me to take breaks, BUT they are books that I definitely WANTED to read in one seat. SO, they totally count, okay? 

Thursday, March 16

L.A. Weatherly - Black Moon (The Broken Trilogy #3)

Welcome to New Manhattan, home of dictator, Kay Pierce, and her enemies in the resistance...

Leading them is Amity. Working undercover for them is the man who betrayed her.

Because even when her world is broken, Amity will risk her life to fix it. 

Set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America, Black Moon brings this epic series of corruption, romance and intrigue to an explosive finale.

Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing UK.


Well. You can't say I didn't try.

But since just yelling at you to read it won't do it, let me elaborate. Black Moon was adjfklmnqrtyamazing and you should consider picking this trilogy up right now if you haven't already. Okay? Okay. And now that that's out of the way, bear with me as I try to explain just why I think Black Moon is the best series-ender ever.

Tuesday, March 14

Top Ten Books I'm Aiming to Read This Spring - But (Knowing Myself) I Likely Won't

TOP TEN TUESDAY IS OFFICIALLY BACK, EVERYONE! This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today's topic is all about my spring TBR. Now, I love making these type of lists, because it's a fun way to sort through my TBR, but damn, do I suck at actually picking up the books I wished to. I still have hope for these ten books, though, because they all look absolutely delicious, so chances I will actually get to them sooner rather than later. WE'LL SEE. 

*click on the covers for Goodreads page*

Saturday, March 11

Robin Roe - A List of Cages

“A girl turns onto our hall, eyes red and sad, and as she passes, Adam sends her a smile. Her whole face brightens and she sends him a smile back. Hate ricochets, but kindness does too.”

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost 
both boys their lives…

Thursday, March 9

K. M. Walton - Ultimatum

"It's what we're programmed to do. We don't know how to find common ground, Vance."
He rests his forehead on the glass. "Maybe we should start trying sometime soon."

A gripping, emotional story of two brothers who must decide what's more important: family or their differences.

Oscar is misunderstood. Ever since his mother died, he's been disrespected and bullied by his family, and he seeks refuge in his art. Vance is a popular athlete and wishes his brother would just loosen up and be cool. It was hard enough to deal with their mother's death without Oscar getting all emotional. Vance just wants to throw himself into partying, to live.

But when their father's alcoholism sends him into liver failure, the two boys must come face-to-face with their demons-and each other-if they are going to survive an uncertain future.

Saturday, March 4

Donna Freitas - The Happiness Effect: How Social Media Is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost

Sexting. Cyberbullying. Narcissism. Social media has become the dominant force in young people's lives, and each day seems to bring another shocking tale of private pictures getting into the wrong hands, or a lament that young people feel compelled to share their each and every thought with the entire world. 

Have smartphones and social media created a generation of self-obsessed egomaniacs? 

Absolutely not, Donna Freitas argues in this provocative book. And, she says, these alarmist fears are drawing attention away from the real issues that young adults are facing. 

Drawing on a large-scale survey and interviews with students on thirteen college campuses, Freitas finds that what young people are overwhelmingly concerned with--what they really want to talk about--is happiness. They face enormous pressure to look perfect online--not just happy, but blissful, ecstatic, and fabulously successful. Unable to achieve this impossible standard, they are anxious about letting the less-than-perfect parts of themselves become public. Far from wanting to share everything, they are brutally selective when it comes to curating their personal profiles, and worry obsessively that they might unwittingly post something that could come back to haunt them later in life. Through candid conversations with young people from diverse backgrounds, Freitas reveals how even the most well-adjusted individuals can be stricken by self-doubt when they compare their experiences with the vast collective utopia that they see online. And sometimes, as on anonymous platforms like Yik Yak, what they see instead is a depressing cesspool of racism and misogyny. Yet young people are also extremely attached to their smartphones and apps, which sometimes bring them great pleasure. It is very much a love-hate relationship. 

While much of the public's attention has been focused on headline-grabbing stories, the everyday struggles and joys of young people have remained under the radar. Freitas brings their feelings to the fore, in the words of young people themselves. The Happiness Effect is an eye-opening window into their first-hand experiences of social media and its impact on them.

Thursday, March 2

Iain Reading - Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #2)

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. 

After flying across North America Kitty's journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. 

This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

Wednesday, March 1

2017 March Releases That Have Us Biting Our Nails

Hey everyone! It's been quite some time since Ruzi and I created a new releases post, and we were pretty okay with that until I got the sudden urge to scream and flail about some über-exciting books being published in March, so here I am, dragging Ruzi along with me. However, this doesn't mean that we're  bringing back our monthly release posts, because we're lazy as fuck, so WHO KNOWS how we'll feel about making a similar post next month. 

In this post we have 4 releases to show you that we're just super-duper-excited for, and we added some of our thoughts and hopes for these novels too because since you're here you might as well stay for a bit longer and listen to us spout nonsense...some more, that is. The covers lead to Goodreads. HAVE FUN READING OUR POST! 

Saturday, February 25

Mini Reviews of Two Less Than Stellar Novels: Hold Back the Stars & Take the Key and Lock Her Up

Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left.
None of this was supposed to happen.
But perhaps this doesn’t need to be the end…

Adrift in space with nothing to hold on to but each other, Carys and Max can’t help but look back at the well-ordered world they have left behind – at the rules they couldn’t reconcile themselves to, and a life to which they might now never return.
For in a world where love is banned, what happens when you find it?

The princess is dead. Long live the princess.
Centuries ago, the royal family of Adria was killed…or so everyone thought.

Now Grace Blakely knows the truth: There was one survivor, and that survivor’s blood runs through her veins. This simple fact could cause a revolution—which is why some people will stop at nothing to keep it from coming to light.

There is only one way for Grace to save herself, save her family, and save the boy she loves. She must outmaneuver her foes, cut through the web of lies that has surrounded her for years, and go back to the source of all her troubles, despite the risk.

If she wins, she will inherit a throne.

And if she loses, she will inherit the fate of all the dead princesses who came before her.

Thursday, February 23

L. A. Weatherly - Darkness Follows (The Broken Trilogy #2)

Welcome to Harmony 5: a secure prison camp where the rebellious and the Discordant are broken. Amity is their newest inmate. The rules are simple here: obedience or death. Anyone caught trying to escape is executed. But former Peacefighter, Ingo, is prepared to risk everything for freedom. And in a world this dark, what has Amity got to lose?

The second in a brand-new YA trilogy with an exhilarating mix of irresistible romance, breath-taking action and thrilling mystery. Effortlessly fuses the old-style glamour of 1940s America with the corrupt menace of a futuristic world in a hugely original twist on the steampunk genre - Blitzpunk. Darkness Follows is a chilling and compelling journey of revenge, survival and love.

Tuesday, February 21

Ten Books That Failed To Meet My Expectations

Hello everyone! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is a tad bit negative, as I'm going to list 10 books that have gravely disappointed me since October. BUT WORRY NOT, you are 10000% allowed and welcomed to tell me the reason you loved these novels. No, honestly, I'm interested in different opinions from mine, so discussion is always cherished. 

Now, without further ado, let's jump right into these less than stellar novels I've read in the last couple of months. 

Saturday, February 18

Short, Quick Reads To Get You Out Of That Mean Reading Slump

Struggling with a reading slump is something most bookworms go through at least once or twice a year, and it can be a bitch trying to get out of it. One thing I love to do when this happens is rereading, but as I've already wrote a post explaining why that can be the best thing ever I decided to share with you my second method of conquering those damned reading slumps.. It won't come as such a surprise after the title, but here it goes - I like to pick up short books that are said to be quick reads that'll have me on the edge of my seat. (This post is also useful for those who're behind on their Goodreads challenge and want to catch up, just saying.)

Now, I'll have two categories in this post - 1) books I read and loved, and 2) books that didn't work for me, but may work for you. I won't go into detail about any of the books, just simply write down how long they are. Of course, the number of pages may vary between different editions. 

The covers link to the book's Goodreads page.

Hope you'll find your next favorite read here! 

Thursday, February 16

Maggie Harcourt - Unconventional

Funny things, words. Big words, small words; words that are bigger on the inside and packed with tight feeling. They can make us fall in love, and they can break hearts and we're powerless against them.

Lexi Angelo has grown up helping her dad with his events business. She likes to stay behind the scenes, planning and organizing...until author Aidan Green - messy haired and annoyingly arrogant - arrives unannounced at the first event of the year. Then Lexi's life is thrown into disarray.

In a flurry of late-night conversations, mixed messages and butterflies, Lexi discovers that some things can't be planned. Things like falling in love...

Tuesday, February 14

10 Fan-Freaking-Tastic Hate To Love Relationships

Hello lovelies! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is all about romance, relationship and love, due to today being Valentine's Day! After some thinking, I decided to dedicate this post to ten hate to love relationships that were fan-freaking-tastic. I honestly thought it'd be hard to find ten of such relationships that I loved, but it seems like I'm quite a big fan of this trope, so reducing my list of favorites to ten ended up being a huge problem. BUT I MANAGED. 

Let me present the ten bestest hate to love romances I've ever read about & I couple of honorable mentions. LET'S FANGIRL TOGETHER.

Thursday, February 9

Review of Two Circus-Themed Novels: The Night Circus & Caraval

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.” 

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. 

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air. 

“Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or performance. It's the closest you'll ever find yourself magic in this world.” 

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved 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 far-away, 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. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.