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.

Tuesday, February 7

Ten Books That Could Do With a Little More Kissing 💋

Hello, beautiful people! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic resonates so well with me, as I'm an enormous fan of romance in novels - not so much novels that has nothing to show but the romance, though. 

Today, I'm going to list ten novels that could do with a little more kissing. Don't for a moment assume that this is me criticizing these authors for not including enough making out scenes. It's more of a case of me finding these relationships such #otps and #goals that I want MORE. So, bear in mind that these are, in fact, books that I rated 4 or 5 stars, because they're fantastic as they currently are.

Saturday, February 4

5 Reasons To Watch A Series of Unfortunate Events (A Netflix Original Series)

My love for A Series of Unfortunate Events - which I read when I was just a twelve-year-old cupcake with a craving for dark, atmospheric tales - isn't something I scream about here frequently for two reasons: a) I've gotten only halfway through the series and only six books were translated to Hungarian at that time, and b) I've forgotten so much from what went down in those books, because I have the worst memory ever. Like, so bad that I don't remember the exact plot of what I read last month, so recalling the plot of something I read eight years ago is the very definition of impossible.

Anyhow, given how obsessed I was with the series when I was younger it was a no-brainer that I'd watch the show as soon as it came out, AND WATCH IT I DID. Guys, it was spectacular, everything I desired and more. So, basically, my mission now is to make everyone else watch it, too, BECAUSE I LIKE TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY. For this very reason, I'm going to list the 5 most important reasons why you - yep, YOU - should start the show ASAP. You're welcome. 

Friday, February 3

Jenny Han - P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2)

"You can break my heart. Do whatever you want with it."

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

Wednesday, February 1

L. A. Weatherly - Broken Sky (The Broken Trilogy #1)

Welcome to a ‘perfect’ world.

Where war is illegal, where harmony rules.

And where your date of birth marks your destiny.

But nothing is perfect.

And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust?

From the bestselling author of the Angel trilogy comes Broken Sky – an exhilarating epic set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America and first in a new trilogy.

Received with thanks in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.

Broken Sky was a thrilling dystopian fantasy set in "a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America", as the blurb put it. Reading that the first time had me confused- would it be set in an alternate universe of America in the 1940s? But then that would hardly be dystopian, so what exactly would be the case here? 

Well, giving a unique twist to the Dystopia we usually see, the author has built a world set in the future, but there has been a strange regression in terms of technology and lifestyle that it all resembles what we know of America in the 1940s. And if that isn't intriguing in itself, we also have a power-hungry dictator obsessed with astrology, and it is astrology he uses to aid him in weeding out people with the "wrong" birth chart. These peope are said to be the root cause of the society's ills and they are ultimately arrested and sent to a correction camp. Terrifying, isn't it? Quite like the World War Two scenario and Hitler. You see what the blurb meant now? 

While I definitely don't believe in astrology, I've always been fascinated by how the personality traits and things described by it are often on point, so while this book didn't at first look like my usual cup of tea, there was no way I would have not tried this either. Am I glad I did? You bet I am. Broken Sky turned out to be a unique story told in the POVs of two kickass female leads. Read on to know exactly why this turned out to be a perfect first book in an trilogy!