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Review: If I Stay

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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3.5/5 stars.

I tried to watch the movie 2 years ago; but didn't even make it through 20 minutes. I was so confused and it seemed like she was chasing some bad guy that wasn't really meant for her. I was bored and didn't understand the point.

But reading the book was a lot more interesting (but still a meh overall; just in comparison to the movie). Adam seemed like a better character than he was in the movies, too. You saw the meaning behind their relationship already way more than in the short amount of the movie I saw.

It was good: but overhyped.

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Review: The Eternity Cure

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The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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3/5 stars.

Well written. Exciting plot line. Great characters.

It was just too drawn out.

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Review: Spark

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Spark by Rachael Craw
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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4/5 stars.

Classic YA. Simple romance. Idk what else to say?

Great.

It won't be very memorable, besides the fact that I enjoyed reading it. The story was written wonderfully and clearly, which is all I've ever asked (besides being interesting- and this was).

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Review: The Mime Order

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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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3/5 stars.

So it may be a low rating because some ASSHOLE who sat near me in the library decided it's appropriate to have a 3 freaking hour long phone call. Jerk.

I could barely focus on this book.

But I really loved the ending, where Jaxon and Paige had a show down. Yaaaas.

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Review: The Thousandth Floor

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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3.5/5 stars.

This was super disturbing. Yes, I'm referring to Avery and Atlas. As well as Leda. What the actual fuck.

This WAS like Gossip Girl- but all the Serena angsty bits. And guess what I hated about GG?

Anything to do with Serena or Dan.

I've always been a Chuck and Blair kind of girl.

Leda was one hell of an antagonist. I guess she's Jenny after things go dark? Or Blair. But Blair never kills anybody. (Seriously wtf).

Anybody on the lower floor bored me. I won't say much else about them.

It doesn't matter that Avery and Atlas a step siblings. They are still related. Their parents like to bone each other. That isn't cool for them to start boning either. We don't really hear what Atlas thinks, but for Avery-- her love is so superficial.

They're nasty, unloveable characters.

But I've got to read the next one, for sur…

Review: My Life Next Door

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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2.5/5 stars.

This book was fine. It was worth a 50%. You've gotta like a few things to accept this book for anything higher than 2.5/5 stars:

1. Instalove. This is a major component of the novel that I was truly shocked about. Like the timing. This must be a world record for how quickly they "truly" fell in love.
2. A book that doesn't really have a point, besides the romance. This book kind of went off track than what I imagined, and I reached 50% and realised this wasn't about the build up of their romance?? It was this odd, not really grounded suspense about a character called Clay.
3. You've gotta like the simplicity and predictability of Romeo and Juliet. I don't think this point needs to be explained.

I'm not mad at the book, it wasn't dreadful by any standards. I just feel that it had no chemistry. It didn't…

The Sunday Post

Happy lazy Sunday, guys.

Here's a recap of the past week in reviews:
Holding Up the Universe
Ask and Answer
Change Your Life One Day At A Time
My Life Next Door

What's been your favourite read this week?

Soundtrack Saturday #3

Happy Saturday!!!

Criteria for the mini soundtrack:
Include a song that you think goes well with the beginning of your chosen bookInclude a song you think fits a character in your chosen bookInclude a song that represents a relationship in your chosen bookInclude a song that fits the ending of the bookBook: Lord of Shadows by Cassie Clare <3 <3 <3
1: Friends by Ed Sheeran (Emma and Jules// Cristina and Mark)
2: Girls Your Age by Transviolet (Jules becoming dark/Anabelle and Malcolm)
3: Durban Skies by Bastille (Mark and Kieran)
4: No Rest For the Wicked by Lykke Li (Livvy. Jules. Anabelle. Emma.)

What do you guys think?

Book Beginnings #3

Emerge by Tobie Easton 

"“I can’t swim. No matter how sparkly and tempting that water is. No matter how it glistens in the sunlight, ripples in the California breeze, or reflects the swaying palm trees. One quick dip and my legs will go poof."

This book seems like it has a pretty setting!!! And how funny that the first lines are about a mermaid not being able to swim???

I can't wait to read this!

Review: A Change Your Life One Day at a Time: The Ultimate Manual for Living a Long, Healthy and Happy Life

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A Change Your Life One Day at a Time: The Ultimate Manual for Living a Long, Healthy and Happy Life by Dr. Ilona Boniwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Some of these are questionable: like "get hitched". Obviously if I'm reading this, there isn't a lot of that going on.

Aside from that, this is such a fun book. I've borrowed it from my library but I think I'll need to buy it! I'm totally going to stick by it.

Such a good book for anybody, like me, likes mindfulness therapy. It's something I would definitely find helpful when I'm not with my psychologist.

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What's Next Thursday #1

Happy Thursday! Today's Blog Meme is discussing what books I'm want to read next, but can't decide which one to read. Hopefully you guys can tell me which in the comments below!!!

I want to read a stand-alone contemporary YA, with romance and angst. I usually read fantasy novels with heaps of sequels, but I felt like changing it up :)

1. The Romantics
2. Alex, Approximately
3. The Upside of Unrequited
4. We Are Okay
5. Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Have you read any of these? Which should I read next?

Library Loot #4

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Here's what I've borrowed from the library this month. I can't wait to divulge into them! :D


What have you borrowed from your library?

Reader Workouts #2

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So for this Tuesday's Book Meme, I'll be talking about how I just reached my Goodreads Reading Goal of 150 books for this year!!!


How are you guys going with your reading goals? How many books did you pledge/aim to read?

Review: The Ask and the Answer

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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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3.5/5 stars.

This was so intense! Wowza!

This kind of reminded me of Insurgent, where Viola and Todd have different political ideas on how to solve the end of the world??

But Todd is the Tris in this book.

Annoying oblivious, and doesn't listen to anyone. Oh well!

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #4

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Hey guys, this week I'm going to try and do my book blog memes. Woo! Be sure to comment to tell me your thoughts.

I'm on winter break at the moment, which will only be brief because I signed up for an extra holiday class at uni.

Recently I've been reading my free kindle ebooks that are horrible. No... they're not horrible. Just trashy. It's all those funny romance novels. But they're fun quick reads, and now I've reached my goal of 150 books for this year!

Next up I'll be rereading the Throne of Glass series, and the Raven Cycle.

What have you been reading this week? 

Review: Holding Up the Universe

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Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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3.75/5 stars.

This story started with some really fucked up scenes. Like Libby writing she's fat in the school's toilets/walls. Um. Angst overload.

Besides that, this story was so interesting to read. I've never heard of the face blindness Jack has.

Jack was more bearable to read than Libby. Libby and I think similarly, but she has some weird ass coping mechanisms.

This story was written in a good enough way. It could've had prettier phrases, but overall it was a splendid contemporary YA.

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Review: Finding Audrey

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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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2.5/5 stars.

Okay so I'm not really going to rant about this book. It was fine. Basically; nothing happened. It was an accurate portrayal of the thought process of certain mental illnesses, like my own, and I just didn't feel like reading about it. I read to escape that.

- Audrey thinks like I do, except for saying the term 'stupid'.
- Audrey is pretty 2D.
I hate that her mum is one of those people who listen to the Daily Mail, dear god.
- Linus was poorly written.
- IT HAD SCRIPTS IN IT. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I SCREAMED OVER SCRIPTS BEING THE NEW FAD. NO. I'M CHOOSING A NOVEL FOR IT'S MEDIUM. THERE'S ALREADY SUCH A WIDE CHOICE (ebooks, audiobooks, hard, soft, paper, etc)-- WHYYYYYYY WOULD I FEEL THE NEED TO READ A SCRIPT? IT'S LAZY WRITING. AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT.

Besides that, it was fine. I feel indifferent after reading it. I just …

Review: Carve the Mark

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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2/5 stars.

Sorry, VRoth. I love you.

But this sucked. I was bored. It just wasn't my thing. I didn't feel excited ever. There were 2 sentences I liked in the book, I highlighted them for the review, but to be frank- I'm not bothered.

I feel like nothing happened for 10000% of this book. I know for sure nothing happened in the first 1/3.

The reason I didn't like this was because I was conscious I was reading he words for every second. I was never immersed into the story. Don't you guys hate that feeling? Or is it just me feeling that way for certain books?

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Review: The Bone Season

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5/5 stars.

Damn I've been handing out a lot of 4's and 5's this week-- I promise I'm not usually this easy going. I've just had some incredible luck!

I honestly thought I'd get bored of this book. It had the high fantasy of ToG, and when I saw the maps and FREAKING GLOSSARY (which intrigued me but I reached he 4th page and was dying)-- I thought I was doomed.

I've seen this book everywhere in bookstagram and GR. I'm glad I can finally say I've read it. Because, my friends;

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!

The protag is what I wish Cel/Aelin would've been in ToG (what a shit character omfg I won't get started I'm sorry)-- Paige was so interesting, and well developed.

I loved the plot twists-- it was intense every second. You could really feel yourself being submersed into the realm they live in. This world wasn't half a…

Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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3.5/5 stars.

It was really interesting! I loved the crazy and well thought world that has been created!!

The only thing tbh that I'm deducting stars for is the dog being able to talk- it was disturbing and made he drama seem less effective.

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Review: The Raven Boys

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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3/5 stars.

I promise I would've loved this if;
1. It wasn't ONLY available on my phone in tiny font (I love reading on my kindle; but on the iPhone it just makes my eyes hurt).
2. It wasn't a 40°C day and I'm melting.

It was just super hard to follow when I was hot and in pain (my eyes looking at my iPhone screen).

I'm still really confused so if anybody can actually explain the plot that'd be great thank u!

All I understood;
- she's clairvoyant
- Noah is a mystery
- I like Adam and his storyline (tbh honest it's a bit Nate from GG S1)
- Gansey is as interesting as his name (why is he usually the person in focus? I thought Blue was????)
- Whelk is bad
- 2 of them are roommates (but I didn't gather much from it)

Right?

Help me somebody I really wanna love this series

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Review: How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire

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How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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3/5 stars.

It could've been worse; but it could've been better.

It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. But this was published in 2005, and since 2005-- the world of vampire FanFiction was evolved, and my standards have too.

Honestly it wasn't as cringey as I thought it'd ever be??

I feel indifferent to this book. It had 2 enjoyable, lively characters, it was just the author's narration that was a bit bazaar. But that's a romance novel for you-- the author words things with strange synonyms and hits the thesaurus hard.

Their love story was only slightly too superficial for me. They had a very cheery journey. Pretty much fluff.

The smut scene was extremely underwhelming- so if you're reading it for this reason, ignore it.

The first half is basically in the mind of a dentist. That's it.

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Review: Lord of Shadows

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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First half of the book was 4 stars.
Second half of the book was 5 stars.
4.5/5 stars overall.

I have sat on my bed for half an hour trying to gather my thoughts. Any spoilers ahead will be tagged, if possible.

Overall, this book was good. I've been reading a lot of SJM lately, so switching to CC's writing was a bit hard. I found Cassie's writing to have a lot more dialogue; which I have developed a disliking to. Many chapters in this book made me feel like I was reading a script. I certainly preferred the latter half of the book; the drama finally picked up. The last 200 pages had me hooked, but for any newcomers to Clare's work, I wouldn't be surprised if they DNF after the first 200 pages. I didn't mind, because I'm used to her character building nowadays.

Positive stuff:
The diversity in this book was out of this world. Phenomenal. You …

So Close to the Ending

I'm in the last hundred pages of Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare; and I don't want it to end.

We have to wait TWO YEARS for the ending. I can already feel myself dying.

I'll be in my 20s by then???????????????????????????????????????????????????

CASSIE; GURL. I AM NOT OKAY WITH THAT.

Review: The Chemist

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The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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4/5 stars.

This was such an awesome read! For anybody having doubts because, ohhh, it's written by the Twilight author-- forget about it. This is adult fiction at its finest!

It was written beautifully and smoothly, such a pleasant read.

It had some humorous scenes, but what I loved most was the suspense.

My only other note is that I hate Kevin. Which you're supposed to. So well done, Steph. Another fantastic read!

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Review: Never Always Sometimes

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Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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4.5/5 stars.

I loved it!

It's promoted like CRAZY for "John Green fans". I'll tell you what: it's even better than John Green. It's his work; but with realistic, un-pretentious teenagers, who have decent epiphanies (okay JGreen still has good writing, in just saying, I have a slight disdain to his books- especially the older I grow, but this book was superb!).

The first part was 2.5 stars. But by the end, it was thrilling. It portrayed teenagers dead-on. I loved it.

I highly recommend for a quick contemporary read!! :)

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Review: The Van Alen Legacy

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The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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2.5/5 stars.

That's right. This is the first one that I've actually raised the rating.

This instalment was way better than the rest! I enjoyed the tension and build up. It wasn't AS predictable.

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Review: Revelations

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Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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2/5 stars.

I do admit, these do get better the further you go along the series.

However the main issue is; they have so many subplots and other lives BUT ONLY 200 PAGES???

It is not going in nearly enough detail. It's pathetic.

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Review: Masquerade

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Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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2/5 stars.

This was better than the last.

But to quote page 155: "Yawwwn".

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Review: Blue Bloods

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Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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2/5 stars.

I'm super disappointed in this one. I thought I'd like it so much I borrowed half the series. I'm still going to read on, but please note: I also DNF this within the first 20 pages.

It's bland, it's dull, predictable and poorly constructed.

It's like a very, very bad version of VA (a fave of mine).

It was written way too immaturely.

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Review: Me Before You

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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3.5/5 stars.

From the reviews I knew it was going to be a sad ending. And I like Will's choice. It was sucky, but I respected him a lot. I think I would relate to his attitude.

And yes. This all happened within 6 month. You know what? I still classify that as instalove, and I wasn't terribly attached.

It still made me feel my feels though. Fantastic afternoon read while I'm PMSing.

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Daily Log

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Good evening, bookworms.

TGIF!

I hope you've had a productive week. I just spent 11hrs doing my EDUC assignment, Aboriginal Studies homework, and other readings for history classes. I'm knackered. My legs won't stop quivering. I was so tense...

My reward?

I reborrowed the entire series of Throne of Glass.  That's right ladies and gents; I'm giving this series another go.

Why?

I simply adored SJM's other series; ACOTAR. You can read my reviews for book 1 and book 2 here.

Book 3 will be posted sometime in August/September, according to my queue.

Have a happy weekend! I'm gonna indulge in (hopefully) a rekindled love,

the other one

Review: The Hating Game

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Review to come.

I just need a second to process how much I love this book. Clue; look at my updates.

I LOVE THIS BOOK.

REVIEW:

10000000/5 stars.

Yep. My first favourite of the year.

So idk where to start in reviewing this. I found this book because it popped up on my feed that somebody liked one of their friend's reviews about it. I remember they loved it dearly, but I checked out their account and saw they were addicted to smut. I'm typically a YA reader, so I was pretty much turned off it. Still, I added it to my TBR pile.

In no way was I in a hurry to read it, but as I was rushing out from my closing library a few days ago, I caught my eye and I knew I had to borrow it. I don't know what it was. But that bloody book was calling to me.

Okay so I think I'm going to review this book by going through what happens in the story. The end will definitel…

Review: The Immortal Rules

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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3.5 stars.

This was awesome and a good old fashion, well written and in depth journey into the realm of vampires.

I loved the whole world's set up. I could rave about it for days.

The only think I didn't like?

Was the boring, 2D character…

Dear old, bloody Zeke.

He's predictable and useless in the story.

That's all.

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