Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publication Date:  February 4th, 2014

Format: Paperback

Genres & Themes: Science Fiction, Young-Adult, Fairytale retellings.


Blurb:

Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.


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Review: 

This book was PERFECTION. It was so good. So so good! I’m still not over it. I was a bit sceptical reading it because I thought that I might not like it as much as I loved Cinder. So I went into this one with low expectations because I also have read people say that it’s their least favourite in the series but I’m sure you know by now that I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed Cinder. This book is absolutely phenomenal and I dare you to fight me on that.

What I LOVE About This Book: 

– The new characters introduced in this one; Scarlet, Wolf, Captain Thorne are all amazing. My favourite one is, undoubtedly, Carswell Thorne who is one sassy and adorable lad. Scarlet is an amazing protagonist. I love that she is opinionated, firm and determined person. Wolf kinds of confuses me. He seems dangerous and powerful but at the same time, he’s as shy as a little puppy.

–  This book is more action-packed… which I love. There’s more action and story in this than in Cinder which focused more on the world-building. Of course, there’s brilliant world-building in this one as well but we are more focused on the plot now.

A lot of things have happened and plot twist that I wasn’t expecting at all. It’s like this book has taken an entirely new turn in the story and I’m excited to see where the story goes from here.

– The friendship between Thorne and Cinder and the whole squad (including Iko).

– Although the book was heavy at times, I didn’t want to put it down. I was so freaking hooked on every single word. I did, however, put it down after a certain plot twist because I wanted to digest it and let it sink.

What I Didn’t Like:

– The change of perspectives felt really drastic at the beginning. I got used used to it after some time but at the beginning it felt really sudden and kind of put me off.

– If you’ve read the book then you might know what I’m talking about and if you haven’t, well, skip this one. The exchange between Wolf and Scarlet at the end was honestly so cringy. I ship them but it was so…. I mean, they both met like what? 4 or 5 days ago and he’s like asking her to be his alpha female and I guess it’s normal when you’re half wolf and half man but…

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That’s it. These are the only two things that I didn’t like. But, they didn’t annoy me to death so that’s a good thing lol.


All in all, Scarlet is one of the best book sequels I have ever read, and if you haven’t read it yet (maybe because you didn’t like Cinder or you’re just procrastinating like me) then I definitely recommend you to. I’m hoping that Cress is even better than this one!


June Book Haul!

It’s hard to believe but I have kind of stopped buying books. I don’t have any problem with buying books but I don’t want them to just collect dust on my shelf. That’s why I’m trying to read the books I already own before buying more. I also have no idea what to buy anymore.

There are total 4 books in this book haul. Out of the 4, I only bought two books this month. One I bought myself and the other came in the May box of Absolutely Booked. The remaining two are the ones I won in a giveaway recently.

Let’s start with the books I paid for:


Nimona The Names They Gave Us

  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson  – I requested this one from this online bookstore and they didn’t tell me the price but shipped it to my house (Who does that?) Anyway, when the book arrived, the courier asked me that it cost Rs. 1200 ($12) and I was shocked. I know that it was going to be expensive but a paperback for 1200? Like even a hardback is cheaper. I paid them anyway because I couldn’t turn away the book so when I opened my package and took out this glorious book, I was #shook. It was glorious! The illustrations and the story and the characters. I wanted to read it right away but I didn’t because I wanted to savour it. So in short my money didn’t go to waste.
  • The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord – I received this book in Absolutely Booked Box – a bi-monthly subscription box in Pakistan. I honestly have no idea what this book is about and I have never read anything by Emery Lord so I don’t really have ‘high expectation’. But the cover is pretty and it’s glittery so even if the book doesn’t turn out to be okay, it will still look good on the bookshelf and in bookstagram pictures.

The other two books that I won in a giveaway are:

Beasts Made of Night Norse Mythology


If you have read any of these books, let me know what you think about them in the comment section! 🙂


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Review: Darkness Follows (The Broken Trilogy #2) by L.A. Weatherly

Darkness Follows (The Broken Trilogy, #2)

Title: Darkness Follows (The Broken Trilogy #2)

Author:  L.A. Weatherly

Publication Date: October 1st, 2016

Format: Paperback (ARC)

Genres & Themes: Young-adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia.


Blurb:

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?


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Review:

This is a spoiler-free review of the second book in The Broken Trilogy by L. A. Weatherly! If you haven’t read the first book yet then I wouldn’t recommend you to read this review.

Thanks to the publisher for sending my the physical ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

I took a long time to pick this book up. I received the ARC a few months ago and even though I loved the first book, I was a bit intimidated by this one. The reason is that a lot of things happened in the first book and I was a little unsure if I remembered most of it. I know, I could reread the book but the thing is I don’t reread books at all. Anyway, I took the plunge and started reading this book.

When I started this book I was like, “What the hell? When did that happen?” I’ll tell you why this was my reaction. The book starts with Amity in the court and she’s facing a trial when the first book ended with indicating nothing like this. Anyway, as we read more, we find out why or how she got into this situation.

Amity is in a camp for Discordants called Harmony Five which is like the worst nightmare. For the first 100 pages, we only read about the worse conditions she’s living in there. In the first book, the second POV was of Kay Pierce but in this book, it’s Mac Jones which was a little weird considering that in the first book, his appearance was only limited to less than a page. Anyhow, at the beginning, we don’t know for sure who he is or where his loyalty lies but he’s, somewhat, a major character. This is the reason why I was a bit confused at the beginning of the book.

Amity is in worse conditions and after living in that miserable camp in the miserable condition, she’s lost all the hope for a better future. All she wants is to survive and not die. She doesn’t care about anything or anyone else anymore.She has kind of become a cold heartless person who will whatever she can to survive. The first 100 pages only deals with her living there.

Then after like 100 pages and so, the book starts to get interesting and intense. We also meet Ingo Manfred – who played an important character in the first book – as another prisoner in the camp. I adore Ingo’s character. He is, no doubt, my most fav character from the series. He reminds me of Kenji from Shatter Me series. He’s honest, kind of annoying at times and tells Amity to get her shit together. He and Amity also fight a lot. They argue and bicker but work together and talk about deep stuff so of course, I ship them even though I’m 90% sure that they’re only going to stay friends and that hurts…

Oh and Collie. I loathe him with all my soul. I know he regrets everything and his story is ‘redemption story’ but I don’t care. He was a shitty person and he betrayed Amity. Because of him, Amity suffered so much and I’m gonna hate him forever for this. The other reasons why I hate him is because, honestly, I didn’t like him from the start and also because of my Ingo-Amity ship which probably will never sail but a girl can dream.

This series is, no doubt, one of my most favourite series of all time. The writing is praise-worthy. The world building is A+. I love the astrological element in the books. It makes the book more unique. I know most of us are sick of the dystopian books with the same old story. However, this one is brilliant. Both thrilling and powerful. I’m excited to read the last book but sad too because I don’t want to be done with the series.


About the Author: 

Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.

L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. You can follow her on Twitter at @LA_Weatherly

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May Wrap-Up

I only read 5 books in May and I read all of the 5 books in less than a week. My exams ended on 15th May and I read my first book – after two and a half months of no reading – on 18th May. Then I read another and then I read three more on Sunday when I held my very own 24 hours readathon. It went well. I read three books but then I stopped. I didn’t feel like reading.

I was reading 2 books at the same time (for the first time ever. But, it didn’t go well, in case you’re wondering) and I had just finished one. I’m in a kind of a life slump. I just wanna sleep and do nothing at all. Anyway, I haven’t written the review of the five books I read but I have rated some of them and wrote the review on my Goodreads. So clicking the title will lead you to my Goodreads review:


How many books did you read in May?


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My Top Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

These days I’m late to almost everything. I was obviously going to post this on Tuesday but due to my lack of motvation, I couldn’t. I had already written the post but was too lazy to edit it.

Anyway, I’m not anticipating a lot of books this year. The reason is that I’m not that active on social media anymore and that’s why I’m unaware of many of the (hopefully) good books releasing this year. I only know a few and I’m going to mention them only.


June

  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali – This is about a Muslim Hijabi girl who is also a photographer. This is written by a Muslim author and she’s such a lovely person! I’m really excited to read it.

July

Lucky in Love The Library of Fates

  • Lucky in Love by Kasie West – I hate this cover. It’s cheesy and really the kind of cover that makes me not to read a book but the things is; I like Kasie West’s books and that’s why I’m excited to read this one. I hope it’s not like By Your Side because I didn’t like that one at all..
  • The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana –  A book about Indian Folklore? I’M IN!! It’s apparently perfect for the fans of  The Star-Touched Queen – I actually abandoned the book – but I’m excited for this one!

September

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)

October

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)

  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – This is an anti-heroine “East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend” with witches and The Evil Queen herself. I’m in love with stories about anti-heroines and really excited to read this one.

November

Whichwood

  • Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi – It’s a book by my FAV AUTHOR! But that’s not the only reason why I’m excited. Here why: a) There’s a Hijabi on the cover b) THAT COVER! c) It’s a companion to Furthermore which, by the way, I adore! d) a dark Persian fantasy about a girl who washes dead bodies of people… Do I need to say more?

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.


What are the books you’re anticipating the most?

All About June Read-a-Thons!

I’m a little late posting this because I meant to post this earlier i.e on 21st May. But, better late than never!


Let’s start with the frequently asked question:

What is a Read-a-Thon? 

A Read-a-Thon is an event with a time period where you set a certain goal. Goals can be to read more books in that time period than you normally would or to read books centring around certain themes. 


I told you all that I am going to be participating in a lot of readathons to tackle my immense TBR! And because of this, I did a little research and found out some of the read-a-thons that are going to be happening in the month of June. I might not be able to participate in all of them because my practicals are also in June but I want to share my little “research” with all of you because these challenges are quite interesting and might help you to conquer that TBR … might.

So I’m going to share with you the read-a-thons that are going to be happening next month as well as the date they will start and the theme on which they are based upon!


Ramadan Readathon

(June 1-30)

  •  Read Books Written By Muslim Authors

This is definitely the one I’m most excited about! It’s taking place throughout the month of Ramadan and June and all you have to do is to read as many books as you can, written by Muslim authors to support them. There are going to be photo challenges and prompts and at the end of the month, there’ will be a giveaway!

You can find out more about the Read-a-Thon here. If you want some recommendations then click here.

Hosted by:  Zoya and Nadia.


Sci-Fi Summer Readathon

(June 1 – 7)

  • Read sci-fi books!

I think I might participate in it because there are some sci-fi books on my TBR that really need my attention. Click here to know more!

Hosted by: True Book Addict and Castle Macabre


Emojiathon

(June 1-30)

This one is based on emojis as the title suggests. There are many emojis with different challenges and your goal is to complete at least 4 of them. It looks really fun and I’m definitely gonna participate in it. Here’s a link if you want to know more about the challenges! 

Hosted by: , and


#AYEARATHON

(JUNE 5-11)

  • Catch Up/Finish A Series
  • Read A Book With A Character Your Age

I probably won’t be participating in this one even though this one was my second most anticipated one because my practicals are around the same time.

Here’s a link to the Goodreads group!

Hosted by: Ke-shaAlyssaKristina , KerriKatie


#becausedragonsRAT Round 2

(June 13-19)

  • Read As Many Fantasy Books You Like!

There are both reading challenges as well as photo challenges and but there are no restrictions. You can read whatever you want unless it’s something that doesn’t fit the Fantasy genre. There will also be a giveaway at the end of the month of 15$ USD Gift Card.

Click here to read more about this!

Hosted by: Jordan


Duodecathon

(June 24-30)

This is another yearly readathon. There’s a list of 12 challenges and you can pick one challenge to do each month, so by the end of the year, you have completed all the challenges. I know, we’re already into June but you don’t have to complete all the challenges, according to me…

Click here to find out more about this Read-a-thon and the challenges.


 These are some of the readathons I know about. If you know more, comment below and I’ll add them in the post!


Will you be participating in any of them? If yes, then which one? Have you ever participated in a readathon before?


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Review: Pulse: The Trial by R.A. Crawford

Pulse: The Trial

Title: Pulse: The Trial

Author:  R.A. Crawford

Publication Date: January 17th, 2016

Format: ebook (ARC)

Genres & Themes: Science Fiction, Young-Adult, Action.


Blurb:

It’s been 100 years since the inter-galactic organisation known as PULSE intervened to liberate the women of Earth. Now purged of its male population, the women have embarked on a journey to take their place in the all-female cosmic society.

In order to enlist in PULSE’s renowned military, earthlings Stella, Faye and the rest of their class must face the Trial. Only a few human women have ever conquered the perils of this three-day expedition across one of the most dangerous planets in the galaxy.

The girls must learn to work together in order to survive the threat of vicious alien beasts, scorching desert sands and icy mountain peaks, all while being hunted by an unstoppable and deadly foe.


Review:

Thanks to the author for sending me an eARC of the book in exchange for an honest review

This book was a really entertaining read. It’s an action-packed sci-fi book with badass protagonists along with a bunch of creepy aliens – one of them doesn’t even have a pupil. The best thing is that it’s really unpredictable so there’s no point predicting what’s gonna happen next or who’s gonna die.

This book takes place in futuristic Earth where no man is present and the Earth is inhabited by women as well as aliens. PULSE is an intergalactic organisation and to become a PULSE militant, earthlings have to go through a test or trial. The interesting thing is that they don’t know what or who they’ll face during the trial but all they know is that it will be on another planet and quite challenging and daunting. Only a few students can pass this test so you have to be really brave and smart if you want to win it because not passing the test means dying.

One of the things that I like about this book is that the characters are quite realistic unlike many other YA Fantasy heroines who are either an epitome of perfection or “the average-looking special snowflake”. Like, Stella is really impulsive and a bit stupid but you have to accept it because that’s her personality and stupid is what she is. The character development is also commendable. I like how the trial transformed and changed some characters while at the same time, new friendships forged among them.

The author has also done a great job at writing the book because the descriptions are quite vivid. While reading the book, the images came to my mind. So I think that the writing is done quite well.

What I Didn’t Like About This Book:

  •  The world building was weak. There’s no history on how the men disappeared or extinct and how the aliens came to Earth. I want to know when it all started, how everything happened.
  •  There was this character who appeared out of nowhere and I was like

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  • I mean, the author explained a little about her but it still was confusing. I would want to say more but I don’t want to spoil anything.
  • Stella – one of the main characters – was really annoying at the beginning. She was like “Oh, I’m the best” and blah blah blah. She was really stupid – as mentioned above – at the beginning of the book. Thank God, her character development was good because she got on my nerves way too much.

One of the coolest things about this book is the huntress. Yep, there is a crazy huntress on this other planet to make the test even more miserable because she’s on a mission to kill all of them. Although, it’s kind of like “How did that happen?” because the MC kills the huntress or wounds her badly and you think that she’s gone but then she appears out of nowhere.

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I honestly wondered if she possessed the philosopher’s stone or something because why the hell is she never dead? It honestly, got really annoying when she started appearing everywhere. Take a chill, girl.


I’ll recommend it to you if you like action packed sci-fi books but if you’re one of the sensitive readers, I wouldn’t. There are too many people dying in this book and it’s really graphical. I personally enjoyed this book a lot and I’ll definitely read the sequel!


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About the Author:

Ryan Crawford

R.A. Crawford has always been a big time sci-fi and fantasy fan. Most of his childhood was earnestly consumed by weekend-long Final Fantasy marathons, movies he certainly wasn’t old enough to watch, and books borrowed but never returned to the local library. After years of procrastination and despite working full-time his passion for rich space opera and high fantasy storytelling led him to finally put pen to paper on his debut novel. The resultant book, PULSE: The Trial, is the first in a series of books centered around an all-female galactic society.
Having never quite grown out of Star Wars novels, Star trek episodes, Green Lantern comic books and Final Fantasy video games Ryan currently rested in Surrey – UK where, along with his wife, he embarks on the journey of teaching his two children why Gimli is the best character in LOTR.

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