Sunday, May 28, 2017

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare Review


OMG IT'S FINALLY HERE!!! After waiting for a year and two months for this book it is finally here and it cannot be more glorious!!!

This book picks up about a week after the events of Lady Midnight and let me just say that this book was just as mind blowing, plot twisting and heartbreaking as the first book, Lady Midnight. Usually i trilogies, the second book is sort of a let down but of course, with the queen Cassandra Clare that is never the case because this book is utterly mind blowing. 

The writing was beautiful and flawless as always and there were so many plot twists in this book I was at the edge of my seat the whole time! There is immense character growth in this book and things are so much more complicated than ever!!!

And the freaking book cliffhanger! OMG. And we have to wait until 2019 for the next book to come out...I can't. I know she's releasing the first book of a new series next year but I honestly rather she would release the final book of this series first because THE FEELS.

I did feel as if some parts of the book were a tad bit slow...like very few moments but they honestly didn't bother me that much! I love that in this book we got to see more of the Blackthorn siblings-Dru,Ty,Livvy and Tavvy and I was also super excited to see more of our lost (and now found) Herondale, Kit!

Also, seeing characters from past series really made me nostalgic as I've been reading this series for four years now and I've been so invested in the series every since. Seeing Jace, Clary, Magnus and Alec again really made me happy:) But I would've liked to see more of Simon and Izzy of course.

This series is very complex and very different from Cassie's past shadowhunter series such as the Mortal Instruments and The infernal Devices in that the problems or shall I say the climax of the book more and mostly with faeries. Faeries were so interesting and I really liked getting to see more of them and their nature!

I am extremely worried as to how the events of the next book will be and how Cassie Clare will solve all the problems and weave everything out because everything is in such a complicated mess!!!

Overall, I rate this book a 5/5 stars...as expected. This book/series is phenomenal and trust me, go read this book, you won't be disappointed.

Now I'm just praying that 2019 will come soon enough:( (Cries). 



Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee ARC Review


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue follows a tale of two friends on their grand tour of the 18th century Europe who stumbles upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt and war with pirates.

This book is fun, quirky with an LGBTQ romance and I highly enjoyed this book!!!

I was expecting a lot from this book and I was really surprised by how historically accurate it was!!! The main protagonist Monty was definitely wild and hilarious at times and he goes through tremendous character development in this book and I really liked seeing that by the end of this book!

I also loved the other characters such as Percy and Felicity and the character relationships in this book were so spot on!!! I definitely thought that at times the book was more character driven and plot driven and I'm not complaining;)

I also loved how Mackenzie Lee discussed the political views and the racial views during 18th century Europe!!! It was extremely interesting to see and I can definitely tell that the author did a lot of research beforehand writing this book which is always cool:)

I did think that the story got a little slow at times plot wise which was a tad bit disappointing and I definitely thought that the story could've picked up the pace...but there were few of those moments and the story usually got back on track so that was good:)

That's all I can say about this one!!! I really enjoyed it and it is very historically accurate which is always cool!!! I rate this book a 4/5 stars!!! Make sure to check this book out when it comes out on June 2017!!! 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han Spoiler Free Review


Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the third and final installment of the n=now trilogy (?) To all the boys I've loved before!!! So this series was supposed to be a duology but Jenny Han decided that she wanted to write another book about Lara jean so here we are! This book was unexpected but I was still thoroughly excited since I loved the last two books. 

And now that I've read it..I find myself surprisingly underwhelmed. 

See, contemporary books are contemporary books for a reason. When an author decides to add more to a contemporary world, it usually doesn't go well because there aren't enough elements in the setting of the book for the author to expand. That was pretty much the situation with this book.

This book was just so...boring. There was no plot, and sure, Peter and Lara Jean were all cute and fluffy and everything, but even that wasn't enough for my attention span to not wander. 

I loved Jenny Han's writing as always (No pun intended, hardy har har). but this book just lacked a plot, character development and honestly, I kind of wished this book never happened because now I ca't recommend this series as a whole...

I definitely recommend the first two books...trust me, they're great. This one??? Read it if you want to...you probably won't hate it. I won't either. But this book is so boring and bland compared to the first two, I can almost ensure you that you will be disappointed.

I rate this book a 3/5 stars. I'm kind of sad that I didn't like this book so much but still, and again I would definitely recommend the first two books if you haven't read them yet!

Thanks for reading my review:)

Friday, May 5, 2017

A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas Review!


OMG. The time has finally come. I think I can say that A Court of Wings and Ruin was one of the most anticipated books of 2017 in our book community. Like ever since it came out, everyone has been raving about it...like EVERYONE.

And it freaking deserves it!!!

I have waited for this for about a year now and omg it was so worth the wait. Sarah J. Maas always finds ways to surprise me with her writing, and her phenomenal stories and plot twists! (Yes there are plot twists in this book but then again what Sarah J. Maas book doesn't.)

That is all I can say without spoiling the book for you guys! I rate this book a 5/5 stars! I loved this book from the first page to the land and I was literally crying by the end of this book because omfg the FEELS. This was such a good ending to Feyre and Rhysand's story and even though theyir story is over, I'm so excited for the continuation of the series in the Prythian world!!!

So yeah. I'm just going to fangirl and you've been warned!!! There will be spoilers so don't read anymore if you haven't read the book yet!!!

FANGIRL TIME: 

1. Why am I feeling bad for Tamlin all of a sudden??? Like I hated him so much for the entirety of this series and I loathed him in this one as well but in the ending scene when he told Feyre to be happy and saved Rhysand from dying... I truly felt bad for him and amidst everything I found out that he still loves her...(Cries one tear...cuz I still kinda hate him)

2. Um...Mor is gay??? Okay, that's cool and I felt really bad for her when I learned her backstory about loving a human and all the tragedies of that but AZRIEL. Omg my Azriel has been pining over Mor for five hundred freaking years like WTF. I love Mor but girl needs to suck it up and tell him so that he can find someone else and live his life. Honestly tho...

3. Nesta and Cassian

OMG. I only hve a few things to say...I SHIP IT. I SHIP IT HARD. Was I the only one dying at their little moment at the end??? (Squeals)

4. Elain and Lucien

Fingers crossed that I'll get to see more of them in the next year but I'll feel like they will be so cute and I'm super happy about the character development that both Elain and Lucien went through in this novel. 

5. Feyre and Rhysand...mostly Rhysand

OMG They are like my OTP. I loved how Rhysand treated Feyre as an equal and in a lot of ways this book really portrays the idea of feminism really well as in women deserve to have the equal power as men and that is what I really love about their relationship. But besides that...isn't Rhysand just like the most perfect male species ever? Plus, my heart died for a few chapters when I thought Rhysand was actually dead. I'm serious I was about to jump off a cliff...

6. High Lords

I love getting to know the high lords a bit more it was super interesting! Also the meeting with the high lords and when Tamlin showed up??? Damn that chapter was phenomenal. 

7. Lastly, THE BATTLE SLAYED MY LIFE.

So yep. Those are my basic outline of thoughts after reading this book. I really loved it and my mind is still in awe mode cuz I keep thinking about it even though it's been a few hours since I've finished it. 

Hope you enjoyed my review/fangirl ranting!!!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sandhya Menon: Author of When Dimple Met Rishi Interview



Hi guys! So I recently read and reviewed the ARC of WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon and I absolutely fell in love with this cute contemporary! If you would like to read my spoiler free review on it, click here: Review

Make sure to check the book out when it comes out on May 30th!

I got to interview the lovely author, Sandhya about her upcoming release! I hope you enjoy it:)

Interview:

1. Has your own experience with Indian culture shape the setting for this book? How?

Definitely! I immigrated to the US at the age of fifteen from India, so I was already fairly old when I had to assimilate into a dominant culture that was completely different from my own. As a teen, though, my idea of what was "cool" began to come from US culture soon after I moved here, which caused a lot of friction with my immigrant parents! I used those experiences to show not just Dimple and Rishi's perspectives, but their parents' points of view, too.

2. In your novel, When Dimple Met Rishi, Rishi is afraid to pursue his passion because he is afraid of the not so successful outcome. Has that ever happened to you?

Haha, YES. I think this is something a lot of creative people can probably relate to. I've definitely gone into writing slumps because I've felt like I'd be writing stories for eons that no one would ever want to read. What a depressing thought! But the flip side is that I came to realize I write for me first and foremost, so even if no one ever read another word I wrote, I'd still keep on writing. (I might just have to get a day job to, you know, eat.)

3. Which character can you relate to more? Dimple or Rishi?

Oh, man, tough question and I can't just pick one. I've got equal parts of each of them in me, I think!

4. If you could sort Dimple and Rishi in to Hogwarts houses, what house would you put them in and why?

Dimple would be a Gryffindor through and through: She's tough, she's passionate, she's brave, and she's short-tempered.
Rishi would be a Ravenpuff (Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff combined): He's witty, wise, and creative, but he's also loyal and patient beyond belief!

5. What inspired you to write When Dimple Met Rishi? How do you organize your ideas?

I feel like the world is desperate for more happy stories of marginalized teens. We need stories besides ones where we are mired in adversity and challenges. And what's happier than love (of any kind--romantic love, parental love, friendship, etc.!)? :)

I organize my ideas using Word and Scrivener. So when I first come up with an idea, I jot it down quickly in a Word document dedicated solely to my ideas. And then I'll write up a one page synopsis if it's something I want to pursue. After that, I do an outline in Scrivener using the flashcard system before getting down to business!

6. Summer is coming up soon! What is a YA contemporary novel you would recommend to everyone?

I am a HUGE Becky Albertalli fan and she has two out now, so either of those! I also love all things Stephanie Perkins and Jenny Han. 

7. Lastly, what is your advice to aspiring writers?

Don't get sucked into your writing cave! The best thing you can do for your art is to get out there and rack up those life experience points. :)

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  And that was my interview!!! Once again, Thank you so much Sandhya for letting me interview you! Guys, When Dimple Met Rishi is honestly one of the best contemporaries I have ever read so make sure to check it out when it comes out on May 30th!



Monday, May 1, 2017

SPILL ZONE Blog Tour!


Hi Guys! So, I got to participate in Scott Westerfeld's and Alex Puvilland's new graphic novel, SPILL ZONE! And even better, I'll be starting off the tour this week!💥💥

So, for those of you guys who don't know what Spill Zone is about:

Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone.

The Spill claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn’t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone's twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these bizarre images, but getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death—or worse.
When an eccentric collector makes a million-dollar offer, Addison breaks her own hard-learned rules of survival and ventures farther than she has ever dared. Within the Spill Zone, Hell awaits—and it seems to be calling Addison's name.
                                                            Sounds Pretty Cool Right?


    I REALLY Enjoyed this book. This book was extremely fast paced, and action packed and I'm not a huge graphic novel fan myself-however, I found myself flying through the pages with this one! The dialogue is amazingly witty and quirky while delivering a rather dark adventure. Scott Westerfeld managed to weave a world full of adventure and heart and I found myself enjoying this book from the start to the finish.


        This book is SUPER COOL and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fast paced, fun and action filled read! This book is coming out TOMORROW, May 2nd!!! If you would like to buy/ Pre-order the book I will leave the link to that right here:

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                                                              Barnes and Noble

ALSO! As a part of this book tour, I got an exclusive photo from the authors that I got to share with you all!


So that was my blog tour post/ review for the SPILL ZONE TOUR!!! I highly recommend this one and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Make sure to check it out tomorrow, May 2nd when it releases and feel free to use the links above:)

Thank you guys for reading💕

                                                                 





                                                           





 
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