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Review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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The Sun is Also a Star

by Nicola Yoon

Release Date: November 6th 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Available on: Amazon | B&N

book summary

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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The first book I’ve read after a year-long reading slump. It was worth every moment.

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Review: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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Turtles All The Way Down

by John Green

Release Date: October 10th 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Available on: Amazon | B&N

book summary

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

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This is my second John Green book after Paper Towns, and while I loved Paper Towns, I find myself torn about this one.

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Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves #7

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! This feature is hosted @ Tynga’s Reviews

I didn’t get much books this month so this will make for a very short post..

Ebooks:

The Leavers was an abrupt purchase because I read the summary and I found it interesting. The other two books, Warcross and Three Dark Crowns, I was waiting for since they’ve been announced. And I got them all for $1.99. Bonus!

Paperback:

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Which I’m currently reading and I think it’ll be the longest book I’ll read this year, it’s 500+ pages long.

Added to my Goodreads TBR:

 

Wrap Ups

January Wrap-Up & February TBR

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Yep, I’m back to blogging. Last year has been very eventful to me, speaking of real life. I got engaged in the beginning of the year and by September I got married and the time between has been spent shopping, planning, reservations and lots of freaking outs. I was a mess. Needless to say books were the last thing on my mind. Eventually, it all turned out well in the end.

In 2018, I’ve set a reading goal of 100 books, which I think won’t be able to make but we’ll see how things go.

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I have only read three books in January but I got more books to read in physical copies or in ebook.

Books I’ve finished in January:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (★★★★★/5)

I enjoyed this book so immensely which I didn’t expect to be honest. I’ve read Everything, Everything and while it was good it wasn’t that memorable. However, and despite the slow start and getting used to the format, once I started connecting to the story and the characters I wasn’t able to put it down.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (★★★★★/5)

Starting this I thought “this is going to be an emotionally heavy book to get through” which wasn’t exactly the desired mindset for someone who is coming back from a reading slump, if you know what I mean. It turned out I wasn’t completely wrong. It dealt with issues of the African American and the American societies but the narration was very light. It was even hilarious at some points in the book.

Girl of Glass by Megan O’Russell (★★/5)

This was sent to me by the author herself to review and I couldn’t not finish it. It’s a YA dystopia novel which is very basic and has been done too many times. Parts of it reminded me of tv shows and other books honestly. But I liked the writing style even though the change in narration was abrupt. A longer review will be posted soon, fingers crossed.

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My February TBR (I hope I can stick with it)

  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld .. it’s a Pride and Prejudice retelling and I love P&P..
  • Ever the Hunted by Erin Summersill
  • Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon .. I saw a lot of praise for her books and decided to try it out.
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne .. which I already finished ^_^
  • Warcross by Marie Lu .. I don’t know what to expect really..
  • Wrong Means, Right End by Varsha Dixit .. It’s an Indian author and I wanted to try reading for different cultures this year..

I intended to make this list short as possible so I get breathing-room for any spontaneous reading chance 😀

that’s all for me, what about you guys???

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Review: Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker

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Mercer Girls

by Libbie Hawker

Release Date: May 10th 2016

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

Available on: Amazon | B&N

book summary

It’s 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town—leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

Schoolmarmish Josephine, tough-as-nails Dovey, and pious perfectionist Sophronia see their chance to exchange their bleak prospects for new lives. But the very troubles that sent them running from Lowell follow them to the muddy streets of Seattle, and the friendships forged on the cross-country trek are tested at every turn.

Just when the journey seems to lead only to ruin, an encounter with a famous suffragist could be their salvation. But to survive both an untamed new landscape and their pasts, they’ll need all their strength—and one another.

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my thoughts

I picked this out from Netgalley free ARCs not because I knew it was a pieces of reality. I just picked it because it has a nice cover. Shallow maybe but not so after I was done with this book.

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Review: The Tethering by Megan O’Russell

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by Megan O’Russell

Series: The Tethering #1

Release Date: October 17th 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Available on: Amazon | B&N | iBooks

book summary

All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.

Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover.

When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?

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Thanks for the author, Megan O’Russell, for providing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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DIY

Bookish DIY: A Divergent-Inspired Mug

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Hey there, it’s been a looooooooooooong time since I’ve been here but I blame my reading slump for that. I’m currently buying books I don’t plan to read any of them but good for post-slump phase I guess 🙂

So, I’ve had this need to do a DIY inspired by a book that I love. It was like an itch to do it and one sleepless night I had this idea of having a bookmark mug. Since I have a plenty of mugs laying around my room and my bookmarks were all over my drawer, I thought why not decorate one of the mugs and place it on my shelf in front of all the pretty books. And since I absolutely adore the Divergent series, I picked the all factions’ symbols to display all around the mug. That turned out pretty amazing.

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It’s so pretty isn’t it..

Here are the steps:

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I got the factions’ symbols from Living Locurto. She did an awesome Divergent theme party printables that I used for this mug..

I had loads of fun doing this cute little DIY and it looks so pretty on the shelf in front of all the books. Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did.

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Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter 

by Melinda Salisbury

Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1

Release Date: February 24th 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Available on: Amazon | B&N

book summary

A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner.As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

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Review: Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame

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Book 1 of Imperfect series
Release Date: April 23rd, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Available on: Amazon | B&N

book summary

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her-people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity. When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions-by experiencing them herself. Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated-in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

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Review: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

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by Charlie N. Holmberg

Release Date: June 28th 2016

Genre: Adult, Fairy Tale

Rating: ★★★

Available on: Amazon | B&N

book summary

Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.

When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.

During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.

From the author of The Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption.

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I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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