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!)

1. The Love Interest31145148

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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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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Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (spoiler-free)

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Today I’ll be reviewing perhaps one of the BIGGEST release of 2017 – A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. A massive thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me an ARC of ACOWAR and a beautiful A Court of Thorns and Roses Colouring book. This review is spoiler-free for ACOWAR, needless to say it will contain spoilers for ACOTAR (book 1) and ACOMAF (book 2). I have to say this is on my top 5 most anticipated release of 2017 – and it did not disappoint. But again, it’s Sarah J. Maas guys, it’s quite hard to be truly disappointed when she blessed the world with Rhysand, right?

Synopsis:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Rosesseries.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all. 

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Book Review: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (spoiler-free)

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After finishing Rebel of the Sands (book 1) by Alwyn Hamilton, I simply had to pick up its sequel – Traitor to the Throne. Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book, I found the second one to be really well written and I truly enjoyed it. It was a lot longer than the book 1 too. I would like to thank Allen & Unwin for providing me this review copy in exchange for an honest review. (This review contains mild spoilers for book 1 but none for book 2.)

Synopsis:

Gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

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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