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The ‘School Subjects’ Book Tag

Heyo! I was tagged by TheNeverEndingStory to do the School Subjects book tag. This is a first for my blog, which is incredibly exciting! Thank you so much, Leanne, for the tag! You should absolutely go check out her own School Subjects tag and, while you’re there, her whole blog, too. *wink wink*

This tag was originally created by Not-So-Modern Girl, so remember to check out her post (and blog) as well!

Just to clarify, I know you can choose films/shows on certain subjects, but I’m going to be keeping it strictly book-ish. So without further ado, let’s get on with the subjects: Continue reading “The ‘School Subjects’ Book Tag”

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon [Review]

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Title: The Sun Is Also A Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Format: eBook
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK Children’s
Release Date: Nov 3rd, 2016
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesNatasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

my thoughts

Nicola Yoon’s books are definitely illustrious in the book community. I’ve heard so many things about her works that I knew sooner or later I’ll read something of hers as well. As it seems, the time has come.

The Sun Is Also A Star centers around a science-minded girl who is trying to keep her family from being deported, a romantic boy on his way to an interview, and everything in between. Natasha doesn’t believe in fate while Daniel is convinced their meeting is anything but chance. As they spend the day together, he tries to convince her that they belong together by the way of the universe. Natasha is determined not to prove him right, but as they spend the day together Daniel’s words start to make sense.

I’ve been eyeing this book for a long time, partly because of the hype and mostly because of the cover. I saw it at the city book fair’s foreign editions stall and it was in that moment that it was decided that I’ll definitely be reading it (because at least I can find a copy here, which is a rarity.) Then I saw it on NetGalley and well, here I am. (Granted, a few months late, but still here.) To be quite honest, it’s been a month and I still don’t know how I feel about this book exactly. Continue reading “The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon [Review]”

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]

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Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance
Format: eBook
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release Date: Feb 9th, 2017 (UK)
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesLong before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

my thoughts

Marissa Meyer is an author who can definitely engage with her prose. I enjoyed her previous series, The Lunar Chronicles, and was looking forward to reading Heartless. Meyer has proved her skills with retellings, so I was sure this one would be good. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I still agree.

Before she became queen, Catherine was a girl with a dream of opening up her own bakery. Then she learns that the King of Hearts is planning on making her his queen. At a ball that is supposed to be her engagement ball, Catherine flees and meets the mysterious new court jester, who completely ensnares her with his charm. She cannot stop thinking about him and soon the two fall in love. But societal rules, a monstrous threat and a hidden agenda threaten to rip them apart. Catherine is determined to find a way to save her dream, save her newfound love and save her people all at once. But, as it seems, her attempts are futile as her fate has already been decided. Continue reading “Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]”

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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon [Review]

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Title: The Song Rising
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series:  The Bone Season #3
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Format: eBook
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: March 7th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesFollowing a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it . . .

my thoughts

I first read The Bone Season precisely three years ago. I waited half an year before buying it because I wanted to get the hardcover. However, I was so impatient that one day I just caved in and bought the large paperback version (not to be confused with the mass market paperback edition). I just couldn’t wait any longer, I was that hyped. Despite the rocky start I had with it, by the end it turned into one of my favourite novels. Then came The Mime Order which was even better. It was so spectacular, I read it three times – and I never reread books, unless they’ve completely blown me away. To this day I completely swear to this series and cannot recommend it enough. And let me tell you, if you thought nothing could peak over The Mime Order – think again.

The Song Rising is the highly-anticipated third book in The Bone Season series. Paige’s story continues exactly where we left it – when she and, consequently the audience, learns of a terrible truth and a shocking betrayal. But Paige has no time to recover from that revelation as she’s now Underqueen – and her reign is already collapsing before it has even had the chance to begin. Paige and her trusted allies must keep the people of the London criminal syndicate together all while simultaneously looking for a way to destroy Scion’s newest weapon that may just be the end of clairvoyance as they know it. Embarking on a dangerous mission, Paige will have to go to near impossible lengths if she wants to keep her people safe

This book is quite easily number one in my most anticipated 2017 books list. I’ve been waiting for so long that at one point it felt like the song will never rise *hehe* but here we are and, boy, did it RISE. Honestly, after getting blown away by The Mime Order, I was positive that now I’ll be ready for anything Samantha Shannon throws my way. I was wrong. So very, very wrong. The Song Rising not only surpassed The Mime Order, but it’s the paranormal sci-fi book to end all paranormal and sci-fi books. Or just books in general. Trust me when I say you definitely NEED this book, like yesterday. Continue reading “The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon [Review]”

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Dreadnought by April Daniels [Review]

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Title: Dreadnought
Author: April Daniels
Series:  Nemesis #1
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Format: eBook
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Release Date: Jan 24th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesDanny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, she was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But then her second-hand superpowers transformed her body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but between her father’s dangerous obsession with curing her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and the classmate who is secretly a masked vigilante, Danny’s first weeks living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined.

She doesn’t have much time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer, a cyborg named Utopia, still haunts the streets of New Port City. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

my thoughts

It’s no secret that I love superheroes. Very much. I used to appreciate a good one every once in a while, and a bad one a little too often that I would like, but this past year that appreciation blew up. (I blame my friends and the DCEU. Thanks assholes.) I found out about Dreadnought while I was on a animated teenage superheroes high and, well, you can all probably guess what happened.

Dreadnought takes place in a world not unlike ours – it IS ours, just more scientifically advanced and with superheroes. Danny is transgender and her primary worry is how to deal with being a girl when everyone is convinced she’s a boy. It’s definitely not dying-in-her-arms superheroes who aren’t supposed to even be able to die, nor are they fending off supervillains with incredibly powerful weapons that threaten to destroy the world. But as the current Dreadnought dies, he gives Danny his powers and with that comes the best gift she could ever receive – her outside finally reflects her inside. But her family just can’t seem to accept that Danny is a girl. Along with that, she now has to deal with her newfound superpowers, the Legion of superheroes who aren’t all positively inclined towards her, all the while balancing school, prejudice, her vigilante classmate, and her best friend being a douchebag. Oh, and a cyborg supervillain who wants to take over the world.

Listen, if you don’t want to rush off and read this book after reading the synopsis, well, then you’re wrong. (Or just not a fan of superheroes? Which I guess is okay. To each their own.) I definitely did want to do that. Granted, it took me longer than necessary to get to this book, and my expectations where through the roof, and while I can’t say I inhaled it, I can’t say I hated it either. Continue reading “Dreadnought by April Daniels [Review]”

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The Blazing Star by Imani Josey [Review]

32182684Title: The Blazing Star
Author: Imani Josey
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fantasy,
Format: eBook
Publisher: Wise Ink
Release Date: Dec 6th, 2016
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesSixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.

Great.

Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.

my thoughts

It’s very rare (at least for me) that after falling in love with a cover, I’d fall in love with the book’s insides as well. It’s either that I end up hating the book, despite the cover, or just enjoying it. When I first saw The Blazing Star’s cover, I was a goner. I mean, you have a beautiful girl (Can we talk about the importance of having a smiling girl of colour on a book cover? Because !!!!!!) and a beautiful graphic design at once. Can you blame me? Then I read the premise and I knew that I had to read this book, asap. Everything about The Blazing Star spoke of promise.

The story starts with Portia, her twin sister, Alex, and a freshman named Selene, who are taken back to Ancient Egypt after Portia touches a museum artifact. They now have to learn to navigate this land that is as foreign to them as they are to it, all the while searching for a way to get back home. But soon the girls learn that there’s a lot more than meets the eye, and their presence in Pharaoh’s Egypt is not quite so accidental as they had initially thought.

It took me a while to finish this book, due to my massive (and now year-long) book slump. I tried to pick it up multiple times over the course of three months, but I put it back down when I saw that it just wasn’t happening. I didn’t want the book to suffer because of my lack of desire for reading. But it’s a new year, as cliché as it sounds, and I’ve decided to sit on my ass and get myself back into books. With that determination, I finally finished The Blazing Star! And boy, am I glad that I did! Continue reading “The Blazing Star by Imani Josey [Review]”

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber [Review]

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Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Series:  (Untitled) #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: Jan 31st, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesWelcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

my thoughts

Scarlett has dreamed of attending the magical Caraval for years, even going as far as writing several letters to Caraval’s Master Legend. It’s when she least expects it that her letters are answered and Scarlett and her sister, Tella, receive invitations to attend this year’s performance. Scarlett is afraid of leaving her home, so Tella has to resort to trickery and the help of a random sailor boy to get Scarlett to the island, on which Caraval is being held. As soon as they arrive, however, Tella is kidnapped and made part of the show. Scarlett must solve the mystery and find her sister before the time runs out, in the meantime entangling herself in Master Legend’s twisted web of game and reality.

I found out about Stephanie Garber’s debut through book twitter – it hasn’t shut up about it since the novel was announced. A lot of people have been comparing it to The Night Circus, which immediately piqued my interest. I’m a huge fan of Erin Morgenstern’s novel, so I knew I had to get my hands on Caraval – if the people were to be trusted, that is. Having read it, I can’t say the two stories are anything alike, but there is definitely an air of similarity between them. This is said in the best possible way. I was really afraid that because of all the hype, the comparisons, and my own expectations, I will not enjoy Caraval as much, and I was right – I enjoyed it even more than expected! Continue reading “Caraval by Stephanie Garber [Review]”