January Wrap-up

Hey guys! It’s been months since I’ve done a monthly wrap-up! So here it is: my January Wrap-Up post for 2018! I managed to read quite a bit this month!

The books I’ve read this month: (click on the title to see the book on Goodreads!)

  1. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
  2. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
  3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
  4. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) – read my review on here
  5. The Secret History by Donna Tartt (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
  6. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (⭐⭐⭐⭐) – read my review on here
  7. The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
  8. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
  9. Confess by Colleen Hoover (⭐⭐⭐)

I managed to read 9 books this month!!! I’m so happy that I enjoyed most of the books I picked up this month! I do wish that I enjoyed The Cruel Prince a bit more as it was a very hyped book – I gave it 3.5 stars on Goodreads but I rounded it up to a 4 stars. Did you read any books that I read?

Books I bought for myself in December last year and in January:

  1. Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
  2. Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook
  3. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  4. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
  5. They Both Died At the End by Adam Silvera
  6. Everless by Sara Holland

Books I received from publishers:

  1. Ringer by Lauren Oliver
  2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  3. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Possible (and likely) books that are on my February TBR:

  1. Ringer by Lauren Oliver
  2. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
  3. A Different Blue by Amy Harmon
  4. Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
  5. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

How many books did you manage to read this month? Which was your favourite read? Mine was a tie between Foolish Hearts and The Secret History! What books are on your February TBR? Got any books on your wishlist? (feel free to use my affiliate links to get your copies haha! it really helps me out!) Anyways, Happy Reading lovelies!

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Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (spoiler-free)

Before I start my review I want to say something: this is the very first time that I read Holly Black’s work (the author is also known to be the Queen of Faerie). It’s a super hyped-up book over on Bookstagram – which is one of the many reasons I’ve been so excited for this book! Thank you Allen and Unwin for sending me a review copy!

Synopsis:

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Top 13 Reads of 2017!

Hello guys how have you been? It’s been ages since I last posted – let’s just say that things got so hectic over the last month! Anyways – in this post, I’ll be sharing with you my top 13 reads of 2017! Let’s get started!

13) Frostblood

I was sent this delightful novel penned by debut author Elly Blake at the beginning of the year and it truly is a gem of a kind! Frostblood is a treasure box of gorgeous proses, elemental powers, internal kingdom turmoils and a lush romance. The writing is beautiful and intricate and it got me out of a long slump! Read my full review of Frostblood on here.

12) Avenged

The second instalment of the Ruined series is absolutely brilliant! Tintera managed to keep the striking momentum from book 1 right into book 2! Let’s just say shit went down badly in this one – and it’s absolutely action packed! I also love the development of each character! See my full review of Avenged here.

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Mini Review: Lucky In Love by Kasie West

30285562Hey guys! Today I’m reviewing Luck In Love by Kasie West! This review is gonna be like my Nevernight one where it’s more on the informal side. Enjoy!

Synopsis:

Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

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The Raven Cycle Book Tag

So … a day or so ago while I was productively procrastinating from studying, I went on a wild 3 am search for some new The Raven Cycle fanart (I was desperate), and I encountered Anna @ Annaish who did a Raven Cycle book tag – AND I KNEW THAT I HAVE TO DO IT ASAP (and alas, I finally got the time to write this by procrastinating even more). Here we go:

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  1. In the books, Maura is the relaxed mom that is Blue’s friend more than an actual mother. Who is your favourite mom character?

Mrs Weasley From Harry Potter!!! She’s the kindest, most caring and loving mother, and she is a hella brave too (recall all the duel scenes)! She’s different from Maura who is more chill, but Mrs Weasley also has her quirk too and will fight you if you *sobs* hurt her family.

  1. Adam wanted to go to Aglionby so he could one day escape where he came from. Have you ever dreamt of living somewhere else? Where?

I surely have! I’d dreamt of living in England, not necessarily London but that would be nice actually, but just anywhere in the UK would be epic. Scotland would be nice too, no way I would complain about that.

  1. In the second book we meet the Gray Man. He is a hit man who loves poetry. Name a book that you thought was going to be one thing but turned out to be something else.

For me it was November 9 by Colleen Hoover. It was my first ever CoHo book, and OH MY GOSH, I did not expect it to be ONE HECK OF A RIDE? I read it on a family trip bad choice. My heart self-combusted after that book. Both good and bad ways such strong emotions are occasionally bad for the heart I’m telling you.

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September Wrap-up

Hey guys! It’s that time again for my (very belated) monthly wrap up! September’s gone in a blink of an eye and I’ve only managed to read *sob* two *sob* books. Before I get too emotional to that – I have some news for you!

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Book Review: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland (spoiler-free)

32969999Heyyy hey guys! It’s been so long since I’ve posted, but I’m going to make up for it by presenting you this (in my opinion) awesome review of Krystal Sutherland’s new novel – A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares!!!

(Thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for sending me this novel in exchange for my honest review! This in no way affects my thoughts or opinions of this book.)

Synopsis:

Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.

The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.

Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love.

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August Wrap-up

Heyo book lovers! 🙂 It’s that time again for my monthly wrap up! August went by too quick in my liking and my exams are getting closer every week *sobs*. Anyways, I’ll keep this post short and sweet! Here we go:

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

  1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  2. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  3. Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  4. Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell & Fiona Wood (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  5. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

I managed to read 5 books in the month of August (since life got in the way). Med school is crazy this semester and I’ve been VERY very busy. I have one week off uni (study week) starting today so I hope to binge read a book or two during this time! I’m currently reading A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmare by Krystal Sutherland (whom I’m meeting in a few weeks), and yeah~ it’s alright so far, (I’m not over 10 pages in though).

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Book Review: Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond (spoiler-free)

34145337Today I’ll be reviewing Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Let’s get on with it:

Synopsis:

On Roanoke Island, the legend of the Lost Colony—and the 114 colonists who vanished without a trace more than four hundred years ago—still haunts the town. But that’s just a story told for the tourists.

When 114 people suddenly disappear from the island in present day, it seems history is repeating itself—and an unlikely pair of seventeen-year-olds might be the only hope of bringing the missing back. Miranda Blackwood, a member of one of island’s most infamous families, and Grant Rawling, the sherrif’s son, who has demons and secrets of his own, find themselves at the center of the mystery.

As the unlikely pair works to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony, they must dodge everyone from the authorities to long-dead alchemists as they race against time to save their family and friends before they too are gone for good.

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Mini Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (spoiler-free)

[Hey there, this is an informal mini review that I decided to post on here (not that my formal reviews are entire formal but you get what I mean). This review is more like a truckload of feelings I have for this book put together coherently with the best of my ability. So bear with me.]

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