Blog Tour: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (spoiler-free)

“The last person who called me by my true name was my mother, with her dying breath.”

OKaaaay, about damn time i whip out this review so today I’ll be reviewing Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian! A review copy was provided by Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review. (To my AU/NZ pals: I’ve got a giveaway for a copy of this book on my IG (@bibliomeds)! Do check it out!)

Let’s get into it!

*Trigger warnings*: racism, torture, bullying, discussion of rape, sexual assault (unwanted touching) death, violence, slavery, mental/emotional and physical abuse.

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32505753My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Publication Date: 24 April  2018
Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Firstly, I want to say that I was SUPER DUPER excited to read this one, it sounds so epic and promising, and if you don’t know already – I’m all about intriguing plots with smart heroines, rebellions that can go wrong in any second, thrilling romance with, of course, some unexpected betrayals and ass-kicking in between. Did Sebastian’s debut deliver to my hype? Let’s dig a little deeper and you shall find out.

Ash Princess, you guessed it, is actually a girl named Theodosia, or Theo. Theo’s mother was once the Queen of her family’s kingdom, before she was brutally murdered (in front of Theo) by the foreign army that invaded her country. And instead of killing Theo on the spot, the Kaiser (the “ruler” of the foreign nation), decided to keep her alive and use her as a reminder to her people that they are nothing but slaves to the Kaiser. So, ever since the age of 6, Theo suffered tremendously from the brutal punishments inflicted by the Kaiser.

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Book Review: Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza (spoiler-free)

A massive thank you to the awesome team at Penguin Random House for sending me a review copy of Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza! This novel is one of my highly anticipated LoveOzYA reads of the year and I’m thrilled to be writing a review of it!

Synopsis:

When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer ‘The Dying Girl’.

But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn…

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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: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills (spoiler-free)

“In truth, we are rarely all on the same page. More often than not, they’re all on one page, and I’m on a completely different one.” 

33275690This is the first Emma Mills book I’ve ever had the pleasure to read and I have to say I’m completely blown away! Foolish Hearts is a beautiful and honest story about love, friendship, forgiveness and acceptance, along with a clever parallel between the cast of Foolish Hearts and the cast of Shakespearean masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All opinions in this review are my own. Thank you to Pan MacMillan Australia for sending my a finished copy to review.

Synopsis:

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

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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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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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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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July Wrap-up

Hello book lovers! 🙂 It’s that time again for my monthly wrap up! July went by in a blink of an eye didn’t it! Anyways, I’ll keep this short and sweet! Here we go:

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

  1. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  2. Wreck by Fleur Ferris (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  3. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  4. The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  5. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) re-read
  6. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  7. Dream Me by Kathryn Berla (⭐️⭐️)

I managed to read 7 books in the month of July. Yaasss! Even though I was very busy, I am glad I still managed to read a bit! I’m currently reading Nevernight and OH MY GOSH it is so brilliantly well written! I even kicked myself awake at 5am just so I can read some chapters before going to uni! Comment your current read below!

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