Mid-Year Book Freak Out Book Tag

Saw this awesome tag on Mae’s blog – I decided to give it a go because it seems so much fun! I tag all of you that wants to do this tag! Let’s go!

1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

Oooh, this is a hard one! I’ll go with Brigid Kemmerer’s Letters to the Lost!!!! I’ve been talking non-stop to all my bookish and non-bookish friends and oh my – I highly recommend it to y’all! My spoiler-free review can be viewed on here.

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2. YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL OF 2017

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I mean the book gave me so many feels and actual heartache. I would have written a review but nah I couldn’t do it because it’ll just be me banging the keyboard incoherently with the caps lock on (the whole time).

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3. A NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ BUT WANT TO

Wintersong, probably. People won’t stop talking about it – so I’ll have to read it and see for myself hehe!

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Book Review: The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (spoiler-free)

31145102Heyo book lovers! Today I’ll be reviewing The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty! This book came out a month ago in the US and it was only released recently in Australia – I’ve waited for ages for this book! Thank you so much to Pan MacMillan Australia for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest review. This book is absolutely stunning – both on the inside and out. Now let’s get on with my review!

Synopsis:

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

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Book Review: The Waking Land by Callie Bates (spoiler-free)

9781473638730Hey booklovers! How are you? Sorry for being MIA for a while due to some personal issues, I am still getting my stuff together but in the mean time – I’ll be reviewing The Waking Land by Callie Bates! Thank you to NetGalley for providing my with an ARC in exchange for a honest review! Here it goes!

Synopsis:

It’s been fourteen years, since King Antoine took Elanna hostage. Fourteen years since her father’s rebellion failed. Fourteen years spent being raised by the man who condemned her people to misery. A man she’s come to love as a father.

Now 20, Elanna is about to be taken prisoner once again… but this time by her father’s mysterious righthand man.

Her father wants to reignite his rebellion, this time using Elanna as figurehead. He will tell his followers she is the legendary Wildegarde reborn, a sorceress who could make the very earth tremble.

But what no one knows is that magic really does flow through Elanna’s veins. Now she must decide which side she’s on, and whether she’ll use her powers for mercy… or revenge.

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Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (spoiler-free)

First and foremost, I would like to thank Date a Book (Hachette Australia) for sending me a copy of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandy Menon. The review is of my own opinion alone just FYI (just like all my reviews). This book was one of my most anticipated read for June and I really looked forward it. Unfortunately I was utterly disappointed. This book has left me conflicted and I truly wished I enjoyed it more. I really did.

Look, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I know that a lot of people out there absolutely love this book – but to me, meh – it just wasn’t my thing. But please, in no way I am discouraging anyone from reading this book – I’m just pointing out the things which I personally discovered and wish to share my experience with you.

Synopsis:

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.

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Book Review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (spoiler-free)

33857632Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer IS BY FAR MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF 2017 (no I am not joking)! First of all, I want to say a massive THANK YOU to the fabulous team at Bloomsbury for sending me a surprise copy. I’ve been looking forward to read it for so long because after getting a glimpse of the sample online I was immediately hooked. The story is heart-felt, emotional and brutally beautiful (in a good way). It has the ‘wow factor’ that I crave for in a special YA contemporary. You may ask, “Why should I read this book?”, well my friend, read on and find out!

Synopsis:

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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Book Review: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (spoiler-free)

32799280Hey guys! Today I’ll be reviewing The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, who is also the best-selling author of When We Collided. I’d like to thank NetGalley for providing me an eARC as this book has been one of my most anticipated novel of the year. This was a heart-warming read. Lord did an amazing job in writing themes that are perceived to be difficult to write, which I would elaborate in my review. This novel was cleverly written and the feelings are portrayed beautifully. Read on if you wanna know how I found it!

Synopsis:

When it all falls apart, who can you believe in?

Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.

Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.

It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.

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Book Review: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (spoiler-free)

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I would like to thank Hachette Books Australia for sending me a review copy of Flame in the Mist by Renée Adhieh, which is one of the most anticipated YA novels of 2017. I have to say I was expecting a brilliantly crafted story after hearing numerous praises about Adhieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn. Have you read it? Anyways, my point is that Flame in the Mist is a novel with very great potential, but there were many elements that I think could be improved to better suit the world and culture that the author is trying to put-forth. Read on if you wanna know my thoughts on this book.

Synopsis:

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

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April Wrap-Up

In a blink of an eye – BAM – April is gone. For readers – great – because it’s finally May and the wait for ACOWAR is over!!! (But for uni students – not so great – because exams are fast approaching and for someone who procrastinates too much for her own good – it’s definitely not ideal.) BUT HEY ON THE GOOD SIDE: IT’S MAY WHICH MEANS THERE WILL BE SO MANY NEW RELEASES! Oh and this wrap-up will be short and sweet 🙂

This month I’ve read (click on the link to read my review!):

  1. Rebel of the Sands (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  2. Genius: the game (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  3. Defy the Stars (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  4. 13 Reasons Why (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  5. Avenged: Ruined 2 (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  6. The Kiss of Deception (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  7. The Last of August (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  8. Duels and Deception (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

I’m actually SO proud of myself for reading a total of 8 eights (tbh it doesn’t feel like it) – especially with uni and med school and life going on. (But honestly though, how the heck did I manage this??? I’m like truly shocked? (Zero sarcasm there) I had like 3 assignments due this month??? Anyways I guess I have to make it up in May)

Books I bought for myself this month:

  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (I’m so excited to start this omg)
  2. Unite Me (WARNER TRASH HERE)
  3. The Chemist (the hardback was like 16 bucks so I simply had to ok)

Books I received/ won from publishers:

  1. Avenged: Ruined 2
  2. Genius: the game
  3. The Blood Miracles
  4. Defy the Stars
  5. Stalking Jack the Ripper
  6. Girl in Between
  7. A Kiss from Mrs Fitzgerald
  8. Wonderful Feels Like This

Books I’m MOST excited about that will be released in May:

  1. Lord of Shadows
  2. A Court of Wings and Ruin
  3. The Crown’s Fate
  4. The Love Interest
  5. The Traitor’s Kiss

And that’s a wrap everyone! How many books did you read this month? What did you think of them? What books are you most excited about in May? All the best for your reading next month! xx

Book Review: Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey (spoiler-free)

Hello lovelies! First of all I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me an e-ARC of Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey! I have read Anstey’s debut novel Love, Lies and Spies earlier this year and let me tell you – it’s really adorable. And with this new instalment – Anstey delivered a brilliant and enthralling story once again!

Synopsis:

Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…

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Book Review: Avenged: Ruined 2 by Amy Tintera (spoiler-free)

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“What goes around comes around” – Amy Tintera, Avenged

Happy release day to Avenged by Amy Tintera (aka sequel to Ruined)! I’ve been dying to read this ever since I finished Ruined last year – I was so hooked to the plot and characters. Since the review I’m doing is about a sequel, it will contain spoilers of Ruined (book 1) so I recommend that you only read this review if you have read Ruined – as I would hate to spoil that for you. But rest assured, this review contains zero spoilers for Avenged! Thank you to Allen & Unwin for providing me a review copy!!!

Synopsis:

Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister Olivia from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together vow to rebuild Ruina to its former glory.

But their fight has only begun. Olivia is determined to destroy everyone who acts against Ruina, but Em isn’t as sure. Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in Lera, she’s started to see another side to this war. And now that Cas has taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But Olivia suspects that Em’s romantic feelings for Cas are just coloring her judgement.

Em is determined to bring peace to her home. But when winning the war could mean betraying her family, Em faces an impossible choice between loyalty and love. Em must stay one step ahead of her enemies—and her blood—before she’s the next victim in this battle for sovereignty.

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