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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10 Books I’d Read Before the End of 2017

Books I wanna read before the end of the year? This is the tough question I’ve been asking myself. You see, med school this semester is CRAZY – I’ve got 4 modules: neuroscience, pharmacology, gastrointestinal medicine and psychology/human development (see? it’s overloaded) – so I don’t even know if I’ll HAVE time to read books other than the ones I have to review. So yeah – I’ll let you know in this short post about the 10 books I’d read before the end of the year! (the books are listed in no particular order, and are subject to change but who knows haha!)

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I got sent a copy of this from Pan MacMillan (thank you!!!), and I am so pumped to read it! It’s by an Australian (Brisbane born) author, so I just HAD to check this one out – its Goodreads synopsis can be found here! I am pretty sure it was a YA book choice for BOTM club two months back or something. But anyways, it’s about spies (handsome spies), competing for their “mission” and gosh, it’s a LGBTI novel too so I’m even MORE excited to get started with this one! I heard it’s super funny at the start too!

2. Roar29939048

This is a very hyped book, I’ve heard mainly good things about this fantasy novel – which is good news! It’s about a girl with without storm magic (I think), and I heard that it’s got some pretty cool badass world building and angsty warriors (I made that last part up, don’t trust me on this). Again, I got sent this from Pan MacMillan so look out for my review soon! Synopsis can be viewed here.

3. Strange the Dreamer

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After being confronted by multiple individuals, I’ve decided to give Strange the Dreamer a go. However, I had an unfortunate mishap with Book Depository – my first copy had a printing fault (rip) and was missing all the pages prior to page 27 – I mean one cannot properly start a book without the first 26 pages right? Anyways, my replacement copy just arrived yesterday and I’ll do my best and push it up my TBR so I can finally experience the magic of this book!

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Book Review: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (spoiler-free)


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Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab has been one of my most anticipated release of 2017. And once again Schwab managed to ‘wow’ me to the point I had tears in my eyes and made me reflect on everything. It was bold, heartfelt, raw of emotions and most of all – a brilliantly crafted novel. I wasn’t going to write a review, because I thought I would just ramble about how amazing it was, but I felt the need to write out my thoughts. This review is spoiler-free for Our Dark Duet (book 2), but it will contain mild spoilers for This Savage Song (book 1).

Synopsis:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

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May Wrap-Up

May, aka the month of FULL-ON FEELS. I just finished Lord of Shadows and let me tell you: I’m a wreck. I am deceased. I need help. (#savewingyee) But putting that aside, I’m still gonna do a monthly wrap-up because this would be my last post until I finish my exams – which is next week. So yeah! I’ll keep this short and sweet 🙂

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

  1. Traitor to the Throne (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  2. A Court of Wings and Ruin (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  3. On the Fence (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) – re-read
  4. Flame in the Mist (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  5. Letters to the Lost (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  6. The Names They Gave Us (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  8. Lord of Shadows (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

I read 8 books again this month (wow). I’m once again shocked – I just really hope I studied hard enough that I’ll pass my exams – despite spending so much time reading. Still, I have zero regrets.

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Book Tag: Harry Potter Spell

I was tagged by Bekka from Pretty Deadly Reviews to do the Harry Potter Spell Book Tag! This is my first time doing on so I’m quite excited! (*squeal* because it’s Harry Potter theme!) Anyway, this tag was originally created by Kimberly Faye Reads. Let’s get to it.

1. Accio – the summoning charm. An upcoming release you cannot wait to get your hands on.

Oooh, this is a hard one! (Let’s be honest here) For the purpose of this tag I’ll go with Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab! I am so excited for it! If you haven’t read book 1 of the series This Savage Song, you’re surely missing out!

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2. Alohamora – the unlocking charm. Favorite series starter.

Hands down The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! I’m total trash for the Raven Cycle so no surprises there. Here are my 10 Reasons you should read The Raven Boys.

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3. Cheering Charm. A book that gave you all the warm fuzzies.

I gotta give this one to Kasie West’s P.S. I Like You. It’s super cute and moving as well. I relate to the character a lot so it’s a winner for me!

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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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