Blog Updates, TBRs

February Reading!

Hey guys! It’s been ages since I did one of those monthly reading things (but if you think about it, I haven’t been doing blogging for very long either, sooo), and even though my reading for this month (as you will soon see) is a bit of a (diverse?) mash-up, I’m still going to try and make it look organised 😉

What have I completed this month so far?

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Related imageRating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

What am I currently reading this month – novels – for pleasure? 

Blue Lily, Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Image result for blue lily blueSynopsis: The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Image result for the falconerSynopsis: One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale

She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

What am I currently reading this month – for studies?

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What am I currently reading this month – ongoing non-fiction?

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Other current on-going reads…

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Sooo, that is all the books I’ve got going on in February! Also, please keep in mind I have upcoming exams, which means lots and lots of revision, which means lots and lots of time spent… which means limited time on reading (sadly). So, I’m not going to do a dedicated TBR for the month, I’m just going to see what happens – f I even get a book done this month (who knows?)… and stuff.

Anyways, you guys, tell me about your February reading? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned in this post?

Speak to you later!

Book Lists

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books I Don’t Talk About Enough

Top 5 Tuesday last week, Top 5 Series I want to read this year, was so much fun, so despite my pressing schedule, I decided to clear time to take part in it this time, too! This week’s topic is, Top 5 Books I Don’t Talk About Enough.

The Hunger Games

I’m sorry, ok? You might have come onto this post looking for some new amazing books to add to your TBR, and chances are, you’ve read this trilogy, watched this trilogy, and love this trilogy, just as much as I do. But I just had to! It’s one of my favourite books of all time, (the concept, the characters, the setting, the writing (even though some people may argue its not that spectacular), the everything) and if you read my review on it, you’ll get the ultimate fangirling version, but since we have some other books to get on to, I’m going to leave it here.

The Raven Boys & The Dream Thieves 

Can I even begin to explain how smart these books are? You simply cannot read them with a half-asleep brain. Trust me, I found that out the hard way, and I had to go chapters back and re-read because I genuinely had no clue what had happened. It’s so amazing (well, looking back it is, at the time I was rather annoyed with myself).

In The Raven Boys, yeah, the plot is really good. But let’s admit it, the majority of the people who love this book don’t love it because of the plot. They love it because of the characters. And I am in no way in the minority. The characters are amazing! Am I just boring, or is Blue anyone else’s favourite? My favourite Raven Boy is probably Gansey, just because he’s so cool. I could never have that much dedication over something so seemingly hopeless, and as much as I would like it otherwise, unless the subject really intrigues me, I generally dislike reading non-fiction.

At the time of reading The Dream Thieves, I was pretty exhausted, and I found the lack of actual action (I’m not sure what I was thinking at the time, of course there was action but the action simply didn’t catch my interest at the time), other than an increasing pace to a coming climax, somewhat boring. However, I went back to it and realised it had honestly just been me. That’s the reason I haven’t posted a review for this book, because when I did write it, it was such a big mash-up and I was like, you know what, let me just leave this! I had really mixed feelings on it, and I was trying to express my frustration but it just ended out all confusing. Even I was confused.

But if I read back, it was just my mood at the time. The Dream Thieves is an amazing book, and because I was forcing my way through it just to finish it, and not enjoying it because I wasn’t in a reading mood, I ended up kind of hating it, but going back to it (which I did), it’s amazing (I’m still leaving the review for now, though, it’s just complicated territory).

So guys, don’t pick up a good book when you’re not in a reading mood, you will end up ruining it! I learnt the hard way (again). I’ve only finished the first two books in The Raven Cycle, and I fully intend to pick up the next one (in fact, it’s on my dressing table) once I’ve finished the current reads I’ve got going.

The Woman in White

Look, I know this book is old, I get that. And I know, since a lot of people in this book-blogging community focus more on modern books (and new releases) there is a low chance any of you would have read this book (or even heard of it), from what I’ve currently gathered from what I’ve seen from everyone’s TBRs and reading preferences.

And there is no way I would have ever picked this book up if I hadn’t had to read it for a book club. And then (!) it was cancelled because the teacher of the club decided the book was too advanced for the people of this group since she felt that they would (personally) struggle, seeing their performances/feelings to the other books we had done.

I was kind of bummed. Ok, I was really bummed, because I was so excited for this book! I had never read a book as long as 800 pages before, and the concept really intrigued me. I had been looking forward to it, since I hadn’t ever read book like this before, and as a young teen, eager to explore new grounds.

I still read it though (clearly). And wow, it was one long and arduous read. I still definitely enjoyed it, I’d rate it a 4/5. It was a very longwinded book (and I don’t mean that in as much of a bad way as a good way…) It’s long! Sometimes it just goes on and on and on and I felt like giving up. But no, I was going to do this. I simply couldn’t pass off the opportunity to boast to everyone about reading an 800-page-book (no, really, my young teen mindset).

This book is complicated, intriguing, shocking. There was one time where I was so absolutely flabbergasted I just kept reading the same line over and over, unable to completely comprehend what had just happened. But it is an advanced read, the writing is very dense, but since I was accustomed to reading a lot of classics at that time, it wasn’t too difficult for me.

Either way, I didn’t get to discuss this book with my book club, so I can talk a lot about this book (as you can see from the previous paragraphs). I’m not done talking, so I may or may not end up doing a review on this, just to fully release all of my thoughts and feelings. If it wasn’t for this blog to vent my ranting (and fangirling) about books, I think I may have actually (finally) gone mad (if I haven’t already?…I guess its debatable 😉 ).

The Help

This is one of my most favourite books on this universe and I could read it a gazillion times and still love it just as much on my first read. Not a book to be missed! There may be some doubts on The Hunger Games, concern on The Raven Boys and skepticism on The Woman in White, but please, don’t walk away from this precious book!

I love the characters, the storyline, the whole setting, the every single thing from the fried chicken to white babies and moments that will leave you clutching your stomach from hysterical laughter (trust me, I know).

Anne of Green Gables

For those of you who know me well (or have been following this blog for a while and have read this and this post), you were probably waiting for this book to come up.  I mean, how could it not, you would think?

I’ve been loving this book since the age of eleven, and I can still talk and talk and talk about this book. The characters, their problems, their stories, how they grow and shape and become the amazing characters that I (and so many other people) love so much.

This book will always have a special place in my heart ❤️

And that is it for this post! Wooh! That was long, but it just comes to show that all of the books I chose for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday are 10/10 spot on, since I clearly can’t shut up about them (and guys, that is not a bad thing – let’s embrace it as epic bookworms!).

Have you read any of these books, and are any of the things I said something you would agree or disagree with? Which of these books are your favourite? 

Let me know about all your thoughts on this post! I would love to read them!

Speak soon!

Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet_(Official_Book_Cover)_by_Marissa_Meyer.pngTitle: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fun fact: Scarlet is based on little Red-Riding Hood

Summary: Our beloved cyborg, Cinder, is back with a new full-of-himself accomplice on a break-neck mission. Half way around the world, stunning Scarlet is on her own mission to find her Grandmother, who’s been missing for two weeks. Accompanied by this stranger (…Wolf!) that she decides to trust, she sets off to do so. These two kick-ass heroines will find that their two missions are surprisingly intertwined.

This book is goals. #bookgoals

I finished this in… 2 days? 3 days? Which think is a pretty impressive feat considering it is a whopping 454 pages long while juggling extra studies simultaneously.

~ the plot ~

“Besides, if you are who you claim to be, that makes you my true queen. Therefore, you have my loyalty.”

Wow. This really was not what I was expecting. If you read my review for Cinder, you would know I wasn’t too keen on it, having to force my way through half of the book and getting very bored in the process.

But I still intended to read the second book, Scarlet, and I’m so glad I did because it is such an immersing and intriguing read. It is jam-packed with plot twists round every page and it’s a proper rollercoaster of a ride with precious characters that enhance every step of the journey.

I had so many doubts and second doubts throughout this read. I tried to guess what would happen next, but I found myself wrong and then wrong again. It’s very surprising. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Cress – because I feel like now we have a proper crew and a mission with a clear purpose (because I feel like before it was a bit hotchpotch and they were like yeah we gotta do something but they hadn’t completed figured it out until the end of Scarlet)  and I love it all!

~ the characters ~

“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”

“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”

I couldn’t help sneaking a bit about the characters in the plot section above… and I’m sure its already obvious I love them all to pieces!

Cinder, I found is much more likeable in this book than in the first one, probably because she’s less thought and more action, which I prefer. Her beauty, I found, is emphasised a lot more here too.

“I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant.”

Scarlet is by far my favourite. She’s tough and has an undying love for her Grandmother which lead her to risking her life again and again. She is bold and brave. She’s also rash and impulsive, and can be somewhat stupid at times, and I kinda like that. It makes her more of a real character, though there were times were I was just face-palming. But I did relate to her, in a way.

“She sighed, annoyed at her restlessness. “So,” she said, disrupting Wolf in another backward glance.
“Who would win in a fight—you or a pack of wolves?”
He frowned at her, all seriousness. “Depends,” he said, slowly, like he was trying to figure out her motive for asking. “How big is the pack?”
“I don’t know, what’s normal? Six?”
“I could win against six,” he said. “Any more than that and it could be a close call.”
Scarlet smirked. “You’re not in danger of low self-esteem, at least.”
“What do you mean?”
“Nothing at all.” She kicked a stone from their path. “How about you and … a lion?”
“A cat? Don’t insult me.”
She laughed, the sound sharp and surprising. “How about a bear?”
“Why, do you see one out there?”
“Not yet, but I want to be prepared in case I have to rescue you.”
The smile she’d been waiting for warmed his face, a glint of white teeth flashing. “I’m not sure. I’ve never had to fight a bear before.”

Wolf, was the one I was having doubts about again and again. His presence really did bring about an array of questions, suspicion, but a tinge of hope. I try to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible (and if spoilers, I put them in white), so for those of you who have read this book, you know what I’m talking about, those of you who haven’t, well, you gotta read it to find out.

“I lied to you about a lot of things….but I meant every apology.”

Thorne, I found hilarious. I have to admit, a bit annoying at first, but once he proves his worthiness a couple more times you can’t really hate him. I definitely prefer him to Kai. I’m not sure about Wolf.

“He gaped at the controls. “Why is my ship talking back to me?”

Kai… I am annoyed. spoilers> why marry Queen Levana when that is obviously just officially dooming your country? Yeah, I get you feel helpless, but then at least try and work on some kind of… something… instead of officially making it impossible. Hadn’t Cinder warned him? He should’ve taken it more seriously since she risked her life and got thrown into prison and officially made herself Levana’s ultimate enemy?< Why? Why? Why?!

~ the writing ~

The writing isn’t anything too amazing, I think this book is more about the action and the plot than the descriptions and all. But it did a good job of portraying the story in a way that it flowed and all fit together.

I didn’t really have any problems at all 🙂

So that is my review for Scarlet! I hope you guys all enjoyed it!

Who is your favourite… Scarlet or Cinder? Do you prefer how the books begin with the main characters names or not? Kai or Thorne or Wolf?

Speak soon!