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. 

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.