October Book Haul and Reading Wrap-Up!

I’d been feeling so uninspired lately that I couldn’t even write a proper wrap-up or haul post. I guess it’s the side effect of not using your blog or writing anything for months. I’ll have to return by taking baby steps… again. Oh well, at least I’m finally back!

Wrap-Up!

I didn’t have an eventful reading month because October was The Month™ in which I had all these college tests. The Before Months™ were all the preparatory and stressed-about-the-tests month. Anyway, I read three books in October and I enjoyed all three of them! My review of Shadow and Bone will be posted in a week!

And the Trees Crept In The Graveyard Book Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)


Book Haul!

I bought 3 books in October and won the 4th book in a giveaway. I bought two from two separate bookstores after years. I don’t remember the last time I went to a bookstore and bought something that wasn’t published in the 20th century, and I’m not joking. That’s why I only buy books online. Anyway, the four books are:

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) One of Us Is Lying The Girl in the Flammable Skirt


So this is it! If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you think below or leave me a link to your review ❤


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Review: A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan

A Place Called Perfect

Title: A Place Called Perfect

Author:  Helena Duggan

Publication Date: August 1st, 2017

Format: Paperback (ARC sent by the Publisher)

Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fiction, Fantasy

Blurb:

Violet never wanted to move to Perfect.
Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time?
But Violet quickly discovers there’s something weird going on – she keeps hearing noises in the night, her mum is acting strange and her dad has disappeared.
When she meets Boy she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have been stolen away…and that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!


Review:

Thanks to the Publisher for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Let’s talk about that gorgeous cover for a moment! I’m a sucker for beautiful covers and this one is so incredibly done by the artist. Not just the cover but the map and the inside of the cover is just as much gorgeous and gives you a better insight of the world, which, I found really helpful!

The book is about Violet who moves into this town Perfect with her parents and the town is run by two brothers, George and Edward Archer. Everyone in the town is blind and anyone who arrives in the town loses their sight as well… which is really weird.. and fishy. Anyway, Violet’s father is an ophthalmologist and he was asked by the Archer brothers to come to this town to investigate and find a solution to this problem. BUT, that’s not the only crazy thing about the town. Suddenly, Violet’s mom starts to change and she starts to act all weird and not like herself, and then her father disappears. Then there is another character Boy who is looking for Violet’s father because of some mysterious reason so Violet and Boy teams up to find where her father is in this creepy town!

Let’s talk about this town which is so creepy, guys! Everyone and I mean, EVERYONE in this town is perfect in a creepy sort of way. All of them follows the rules strictly. They live by the rules and there is no rebellion or even a bit of resistance among them. The person who doesn’t follow the rules – even the minor ones – is said to have some kind of a disease and is treated immediately. Everyone was so weird to the point that it was kind of scary.

The writing was really easy to get into. I didn’t have to struggle or push myself to read more pages to get into the book but I was immediately hooked on the first page. I enjoyed the author’s writing. The author describes the world and characters perfectly. You get a visual image of everything that you’re reading in the book and that’s quite commendable.

The characters were incredible. I enjoyed the I enjoyed the scenes with the orphans the most. The little ones teaming up for their rebellion. I also enjoyed Violet and Boy’s adventures and their sweet friendship.

I had two problems with this book; 

It wasn’t unpredictable and there were no plot twists. There were some minor twists but you could literally see them from a mile away. I was two chapters in and I already knew what was going to happen. As much as I enjoyed this whole adventure story, I wish that there were turns and twists that were unexpected.

Second is that the adults were really irresponsible in this book! Like they can literally feel the Archer brothers being creepy and weird and still they wanna stay in the town. They don’t even listen to their only daughter.

All in all, I think this book is perfect for a middle-grader as it’s aimed towards them. I loved creepy books as a 13 years old (*cough* R. L. Stine *coughs*) and If I read something like this one – both adventurous yet creepy – I would’ve loved it, no doubt. I highly recommend it for children as well as adults!


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About the Author: 

Helena Duggan is from Kilkenny, a medieval, haunted city in the south of Ireland. She’s pretty old, like 31 or something but her friends say she’s never grown up, so like she’s probably really only 13 in brain years. She writes stories for people her brain age and they are always full of adventure cause she gets bored really easy. She’s also a graphic designer, that means she draws pictures for a living, she also colours the pictures in though so it’s pretty tough work. If you’d like to talk to her, just send her an email to helena@helddesign.ie


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Review: Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

Beasts Made of Night

Title: Beasts Made of Night

Author:  Tochi Onyebuchi

Publication Date: October 31st, 2017

Format: Paperback

Genres & Themes: YA, Fantasy, Nigerian

Blurb:

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.

A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy.


Review:

I have mixed feelings about this one. So I’m going to divide this review into what I liked and what annoyed me in the book.

What I Liked:

  • The Concept and the Idea of the book are quite fascinating. It’s unlike anything I have ever read and so, I found the story quite unique. It’s a Nigerian-influenced fantasy about sin-eaters; a group of people or ‘aki’ who Eat people’s sins and afterwards, the beastly forms of the sins are tattooed on their bodies. This is done in order to cleanse the society of any sins.
  • Taj’s Character was fun to read. He is a sassy, witty and irresponsible yet the most skilled and talented aki though his immaturity also annoyed me sometimes.
  • The other female characters; Arzu and Aliya, both opposite of each other as one is a good fighter while the other is a bookworm respectively yet both are equally badass. I think that it’s quite amazing that Aliya, even though a bookworm, is also shown as a badass because most of the time the badass protagonists in YA are the rude and ready-to-kill-anyone type.
  • This book gives off the dark and creepy vibes and there’s an eerie atmosphere throughout the book and I love it! I love dark fantasy and this one was quite dark.
  • What I loved the most is that this book has a character named Zainab. !!!! This is the first time I have read my name in a fantasy book(!!!!!!!!) and you bet I screamed at the top of my lungs when I read it.

What Annoyed Me:

There are a lot of things in this book that annoyed me so brace yourself because here is the long list:

  • The world-building wasn’t great. The world wasn’t fully explained and for the first few chapters, I was so confused. I couldn’t understand a lot of things.
  •  There’s stupid insta-love or more like an obsession. I mean, Taj meets Princess Karima a few times and he’s obsessed. Literally. He starts saying things like She’s the light that will bring me out of darkness blah blah blah shut up. It annoyed me to the point where I wanted to throw the book on the wall and I’m not exaggerating at all. I would’ve tolerated the romance if there was any chemistry but nothing. It was like he was spell-bound and not actually in love. He even had better chemistry with Arzu who “didn’t find him attractive at all” and Aliya. Actually, he had a lot of chemistry with Aliya.
  • Another thing which is not nicely explained in the book is how a normal boy/girl transforms into an aki. Do you just kill the beasts and Eat the sin? Or is there a whole process they go through?
  • Taj’s sins tattoos don’t fade, unlike everyone else’s, which isn’t normal but no one wonders why? Not even Taj. He has talked about it at least three times on different occasions in the book but never that he wants to know why that happens.
  • The book is not unpredictable. If you have read a good number of Fantasy books then you can definitely guess what’s coming. I was surprised by one thing that happened in the last two pages but not like blown away or anything.
  • The writing style was quite average, mediocre and felt all over the place.

I know that the review makes it sound like I hated the book but I didn’t. I enjoyed the book. As I have mentioned before, the story is unlike I have read anything before. I just feel that the idea could have been executed better.

I recommend it if you wanna read diverse fantasy. I have to warn you; the insta-love was extremely annoying but if you can ignore that then definitely give this book a try!


Rating:

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About the Author: 

Tochi Onyebuchi is a writer based in Connecticut. He holds a MFA in Screenwriting from Tisch and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. His writing has appeared in Asimov’s and Ideomancer, among other places. Beasts Made of Night is his debut.

 

 

 

 


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Sp00ky TBR!

Guess who’s finally BACK?
Me!
If you don’t remember me then here is my smol intro:
I used to be an active book blogger posting reviews, tags and whatnot before studies, exams and college tests took over my life about two months ago and I had to stop blogging because of studies.
Anyway, I’m back and I wanna be an active book blogger again and rant about books and tv shows. I don’t know how active I will be but I’m gonna try my best!

While you lot were reading horror books late at night and scaring the freak out of yourself, I was studying textbooks and missing out on all the terror. I still, however, wanna read spooky books even though October is ending and November is starting. By now, I have read only two books with ghosts in them (And the Trees Crept In and The Graveyard Book) and I still have a TBR I wanna finish! So here are some spooky and some not-so-spooky or fantasy/mystery books that I wanna read this month and in November.

Spooky/Horror Books!

ItFinal Girls

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Mystery/Thriller Books!

He's Gone He Will be My Ruin One of Us is LyingMy Sister RosaHere Lies Daniel Tate

Fantasy Books!

The Night CircusStalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)PULSE: Moonlighter (PULSE, #2)

And a Contemporary book if I get too scared (because I’m sure I will)

It Only Happens in the Movies


these are the books on my TBR! Let me know if you have read any of these or if you have any spooky recommendation for me! 


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September TBR!

September will probably be the month where I won’t be reading a lot of books… again. Not only do I have another test (kill me pls) but 3 of the books on my TBR are tomes. If you don’t know what a tome is then,

a tome is a large and heavy book usually longer than 500 pages. 

so a moment of silence for my little soul.

I will also be participating in #AYEARATHON for this month. The theme is to read as many Standalones as you can and the challenge is One Word Titles. The readathon will take place from 4-10 September. First, I’m gonna share with you my tbr for the readathon and then I’ll share with you the books that I wanna read this month in general.

#AYEARATHON TBR!:

Wonder Heartless Ageless The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Ageless by Paul Inman
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (not really a one-word title but I really wanna read it and it’s a standalone so…)

Now, let’s move on to the tomes books I wanna read this month:

September TBR!:

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) It

  • Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (I have already started this one and I’m like 30% done with it)
  • Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
  • It by Stephen King (It’s 1200 pages long. 1200 FRICKIN’ PAGES. It will probably take me a whole freakin’ month to finish this bad boy. I’m D E A D. I might start the book during readathon and read like 50-100 pages a day or something)

 


My TBR includes 7 books in total and I’m honestly not sure if I’ll be able to read all of these books but I’m hopeful that I might get anywhere near so I’ll give it a try, at least. 

Let me know what you’re planning on reading this month!


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June-August Reading Wrap-Up!

Hi, everyone! I’m back with yet another post. I should probably ‘be back’ with a  post telling you all where I disappeared but let’s just face it; you all are either sick of me telling you about my sudden and unexpected hiatus or you’re used me to disappearing from the face of internet now and then without giving you any reason why I actually disappeared.

Anyway, I was gone because I had to study a lot for my medical entrance test and I’m still amidst all these tests but I was like, screw it. I miss blogging and I’m gonna post something on my blog. So here I am… I won’t be writing about every single book that I read because no one wants to read a post that long unless it’s a controversial one… So let’s get started:

Books Read in June!

I read only 5 books in June because I was suffering from a deadly reading slump and also because I was 9000% lazier (than I already am) due to Ramzan. It was more like a 3.5 stars month for me because I gave only one book 5 stars – which, by the way, was a reread – and the others 3-3.5 stars. I didn’t write any review because of my laziness. The books are:

Never Ever (Never Ever, #1) Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3) Amina's Voice Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) Three Little Words

 


Books I Read in July!

In contrast to June, July was an amazing reading month for me. Not because I read a lot of books but because I read and loved all of the books except one. I only read 5 books but most of them were 4-5 stars. Only one was a 1 star read but I knew I was going to hate the book before starting because but I only read it because it was short. So… no regrets. Anyway, 3 of the books I read were a part of series. Two being the last books. Both left a gaping hole in my heart. The books are:

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) The Accidental Fiancee Black Moon (The Broken Trilogy, #3) The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5) The Border

I also started Cress by Marissa Meyer but I stopped midway because of studies.


Books I Read in August!

Now, August was an amazing reading month for me! I read 9 books in August!

It’s been such a long time since I read 9 books in a month and oh God, I missed it so much! This month was a 3-stars month for me because most of the books were either 3 or 2 with only one or two with 4 stars. Now, I won’t go into details of the books I read because NINE BOOKS! so yeah…

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) The Grownup A Place Called Perfect

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The BFG The Twits Another World


So, that was my June – August Wrap-Up! I know, I didn’t read a lot of books but oh well, I’m happy with the amount I read anyway!

Let me know how many books you read in August in the comments section!


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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!