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Review: I'll Give You the Sun

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I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5/5 stars.

Yep. People are going to slaughter me for not enjoying this book.

I'm sorry. You can read the reasons in my updates…

Overall, I'll just list a few things for why I didn't like it:
- "art"--> pretentious
- author's voice didn't give me enough diversity for it to capture my interest. It felt like a really monotonous narration FOR ME. Pls don't kill me. Pls.
- I like books to calm me but the angst in this book made me extremely anxious and I'm sorry but if I'm getting little anxious episodes; I ain't ever gonna love the book.

These are all personal reasons so don't look at my review as a guide!!

I'm so glad to return this to the library. I'm super disappointed, I find the blurb very misleading… :(

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Review: That Summer

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That Summer by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5/5 stars.

This was my first ever audiobook; and I finished listening to it within 1 day. I speed it up to 1.5x, because I find Americans are quite slow at talking.

A few thoughts on the format itself;

wonderful speaker, however I'm really confused why everybody but Haven had a bloody southern accent??? She had a more western, Valley accent, which left me in hysterics when I heard every southerner accent. Also, when the speaker read the NY accents, I shed a few tears of laughter, as earlier this year I spent 6 weeks in NYC, and know this accent was priceless.

It sounded super Aussie. And that's coming from an Aussie. I think the speaker had a nice drawl for it; but how she pronounced the 'r''s was very Aussie.

Okay, review of the plot:

Absolutely amazing. Extremely witty, with great heartfelt, adolsescent revelations. So relatable.

I was feeling disturbed 80% of the time, which incapsulates that stage we a…

MOVING BLOGS

Hi friends!

Exciting news..... I'VE MOVED TO WORDPRESS!

Please go follow/subscribe over there if you wish to read my content. Depending on the success, I may return back to beloved Blogspot. But I'm just a bit scared after being hacked the other day.

Thank you for reading, I look forward to hearing from all of you over on my new page :D

My Blog has been Hacked

Somebody has rifled through my settings, and changed a lot. For example, they changed my settings to say this blog is Adult Content.

OMG it is NOT.

Please be patient. I will soon clear everything up. I'm sorry if something in consequence to this mishap, has inconvenienced you.

Killer Headache

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Hey guys,
I've been hoping to do a bunch of stuff today (transfer blog to Wordpress, read a book, and do some photography). Unfortunately at midnight last night, I woke up with my jaw locked. Which happens. But I never usually wake up from it. I've been in an immense amount of pain for all of the day-- I even caught the bus back to and from (on the way back, I caught the same bus as my brother, who was returning from school-- his face captured priceless embarrassment) the doctors. The doctor ended up giving me some strong pain killer. Woo. 

The Shadowhunter Chronicles Ranked Best to Worst

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I just answered this in a poll from Goodreads, and I thought you guys may want to know which Cassie Clare books are my most favourite! Her books have been some of my absolute favourites, and with so many, it's hard to rank them. Needless to say, I enjoy all of them; aside from City of Bones. That book is boring (for me).



My order, from most fave to least:
Clockwork Princess
Lady Midnight
Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Lord of Shadows
City of Lost Souls
City of Glass
City of Heavenly Fire
City of Ashes
City of Fallen Angels
City of Bones

Which Shadowhunter book is your favourite?

Booktubeathon 2017 Starts Tomorrow!

For those who don't know (like I didn't); watch the video explanation from the beloved Ariel. 

I'm excited to see heaps of content from all my booktubers! Next year, hopefully I will join. I wasn't ready this year. But when I turn 18, I wish to start my own channel-- as well as keeping up with blogging :)

Are any of you participating in Booktubeathon 2017? 

The Sunday Post #5

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The biggest piece of news I have this week is....

I WON A GIVEAWAY!

WOOOOOOO

I NEVER WIN THIS KIND OF STUFF!


The book is Fragile Chaos by

I'm eager to read and review it.

Saturday Review of Books #2

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This week I've reviewed: The Prophecy Sisters
Little Women
Night World (Volume 3)
and...
I Was Here

Did you guys review anything this week? Or if you don't review; did you complete any books this week?

Review: I Was Here

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I Was Here by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4/5 stars.

I highly recommend this to anybody who enjoys:
[bookcover:Thirteen Reasons Why|29844228]
or
[bookcover:Paper Towns|6442769]

Initially picking this up, I felt pissed off. I just read the blurb and came to the realisation this isn't the sequel to [bookcover:If I Stay|4374400]. I got this as a gift from a friend last year, and she said it was the sequel. I shoved it into my pile of books that I was never going to read, because I couldn't stand the movie adaption and didn't bother with the book.

But this year, about ago, I read [bookcover:If I Stay|4374400]. It was in my library and I thought, why not? I don't own the first one, only the second one, so I may as well. It was fine bla bla bla I didn't find it profound or anything.

But within the first page of this book; I was hooked. It brought me back to, what I like to call, my Reading Renaissance, back in 2014. I got into the fad of contemporary novels, …

Exploring My Bookshelves #3

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Happy Friday, bookworms.
So my bookshelf is too big in my tiny room to take a full frontal shot, so this is taken from my position on the floor, attempting so masterfully to capture it. 


Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts #1

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Again; welcome to a new book post meme :D



Girl xoxo summarises it as: Write a post that features a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Then share it in the link-up at the hosts’ blog.

Simple enough!

This is my library book TBR pile with my faves-- caramel musks. 



Review: Night World Volume 3

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Night World Volume 3 by L.J. Smith
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1.5/5 stars.

Summary:

wow this sucks

they all suck

I read this bc it's one of the last things on my shelf that I haven't read and I've read the other 2 packages.

This is the worst in the trilogy.

Book 1: 1 star.
Book 2: 2 stars.
Book 3: 2.5 stars.

If anybody wants my copy, I'll gleefully give it away.

Waste of time :/

Same plot; different names. Predictable, unnecessary.

Such a shame.

Me:


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Should I Move to Wordpress?

The title explains itself. I'm always interested in blog communities, and you guys know how much I love Goodread's community.

Most of the people I follow use Wordpress, while I use Blogger to host my blog. It's always inconvenient to sign in as a guest on so many people's posts. I love Google. Really, I do. But Blogspot doesn't even have an app anymore.

I could transfer all my material over, it's really a matter of whether you guys would follow me over?

Wonderous Words Wednesday #1

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Welcome to a new book blog meme, everyone!



Girlxoxo summarised this meme to be: "A weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love."

If you've been up to date with what my CR is, you'd know I've been painstakingly slowly making my way through Empire of Storms. Well I've noticed the word is:





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Reader Workouts #3

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My main goal for this week is FINISH EMPIRE OF STORMS.

Oh my gosh, it's taking me way too long to read. I don't know why, but I'm just not as keen this time to binge read it.

What are you reading goals this week?

Review: Little Women

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5/5 stars.

LOVED THIS STORY!!!

My only update was:
"Beth is my fave.

Fave moment (so far): Amy trying to be a lil bitch (as usual) and says samphire instead of vampire. Priceless.

Jo's deadpanning keeps me inthralled in this book.

It's just so sweet <3"

I have nothing else to add. I really enjoyed it.


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MAKE ME READ IT READ-A-THON 2017

Heya guys,

So I've decided to join a fantastic idea called Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon, created I think???? by Tea and Titles.

I'll update soon which books I'm adding. I definitely suggest you guys to also join in.

I have to see how uni work goes etc. But the poll will be linked here, and it'll be over on my Goodreads page.

Would you guys consider joining in?
UPDATE: YOU CAN NOW VOTE OVER ON MY NEW BLOG, CONSTANT RAVING REVIEWS. 

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #5

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This week, I've recently read:
Close Liaisons (The Krinar Chronicles #1)by Twist Me (Twist Me #1)by and... The Siren by
All the meanwhile I've STILL been currently reading Empire of Storms. THIS BOOK IS TAKING ME WAY TOO LONG TO READ. I'm past half way though! 

Review: Prophecy of the Sisters

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Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Time for a mini review because... eh. Not bothered. This book isn't worth doing a full review on, I'm sorry.

I really want to! Because I read this book for a Blind Reading challenge .

But I found it wasn't very interesting.

It has a few similarities to Beautiful Creatures in the fantastical family, sister showdown kind of vibe. But it's historical fiction.

Was that necessary for the plot?

Probably not.

I did like the Celtic mythology taking a place in all of the witchery.

Would I read on? No. Sorry.

Sorry, buddy reader Gav, for making you read this! It wasn't that great, but it met most of the criteria?

I guess that's the price then, :/.

This was my first assigned reading challenge, I'm not sure if I'd do it again. I like the challenge but when it's books like these, I don't want to do them (-- just for the criteria).

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Review: Dorothy Must Die

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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's YA Reads

3.75/5 stars.

This book was written wonderfully! I loved how well written and developed the world of Oz was; especially the reharacterisation of Dorothy. Absolutely brilliant.

It just wasn't one of those plots I'm crazy about. But if you're into badass heroines, with a twist of a fantasy retelling-- you're going to LOOOVE this book!! :)

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Review: Made You Up

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Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's YA Reads

4/5 stars.

This is something I've seen on my feed for years and I've finally borrowed it from the library! Hooray!

I really enjoyed it. Well written. TBH: not a lot happened, but I really didn't mind her thoughts and narration. Great protag. Cute, fluffy romance that wasn't intensified at all. Loved that. It felt very natural.

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros #2

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Today's intro will be from Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith. I'm excited to read this-- I'm about to buy a few of her books for the first time. She's my best friend's favourite author-- I've been putting her books on my TBR for years. 




Preview courtesy of Goodreads.

Review: The Raven's Wing

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The Raven's Wing by Frances Watts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's YA Reads

4.75/5 stars.

I LOOOVED THIS!!!

What a cute novel. I didn't think it was at the start, but I was already hooked because Claudia (protag) was sassy as hell and very spirited. She was sooooo enjoyable to read.

I honestly was shocked that her and Marcus became a thing. I was so sure that Marcus hated her. Their love story is cliche as cliche Ancient love stories can be; but I still loved it???

This was recommended to me from my fave librarian who runs my YA book club. She was raving about it because of how accurate everything was. And I am pleased too, as the big history head I am. That was very impressive. Bless, Watt. You've written a lovely novel.

It only has a fraction of a star taken off because I'm unsure if I'd read it again. And is this a stand alone? Bc I want MORE. I need MORE. PLEASE, WATT, WRITE MORE!!!

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Bookmark Monday #3

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Usually I read a book in 1 sitting, and other times if I do pause-- it's on an eBook or audiobook.

My birthday is coming up, and I've asked for some cool bookmarks besides my Book Depository ones :)

Here's what I've collected on Pinterest: 





Which one should I get? Which is your favourite? 

Review: The Forever Song

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The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's YA Reads

3.5/5 stars.

Awwww this is it :')

Such a great vampire read- heaps of gore that's described well. A mediocre romance that has its struggles.

Fantastic trilogy! Would gladly reread.

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Stacking the Shelves #2

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From girlxoxo, her description of this Book Meme is:

All about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Recently, on Goodreads, I've added these to my TBR pile:
Song of the Current (Song of the Current #1)Eliza and Her MonstersThe Love InterestInvictusJane, UnlimitedThe Whole Thing TogetherWindfallZen in the Art of Writing

My main influence were Booktubers, especially Katytastic and Sasha Alsberg. I loved watching all of their BEA and Bookcon vlogs :D




Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays #1

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This week, I have reviewed the following books that fall into either the genre Sci-Fi or Fantasy (aka everything I read anyways):

Rapture (Fallen Angels)
&
The Return: Nightfall (Vampires).

Review: Since You've Been Gone

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Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's YA Reads

1.5/5 stars.

Yep. That's all. I don't want to review this. I almost DNF at page 244. But I was determined to finish it.

This was a bad book.

I feel like the whole thing was written by somebody in the 7th grade. It was shite.

Basically; Sloane made Emily's life interesting, before she pulled a Margo from Paper Towns and ditched this boring, pathetic excuse for a teen girl. Emily is he worst person I've ever had to read about.

She is dull. That is it. She's not even 2 dimensional. She's.... she's........ 1 dimensional. She's the worst.

This sucked and I'm sad that I had to sit through that.

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Thursday Quotables #2

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Hello everybody!

Today's quote is from Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (my queeeen):

“I've always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect." His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. "The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It's just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.” 
Check out my reviews to the Lux series here: (hint-- they're some of my favourites!) 

Wishlist Wednesday #3

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Wishlist Wednesday is where I pick a book off my TBR pile that's really caught my eyes lately, and can't wait to get it on my shelves!

So I recently just went through my Goodreads TBR shelf, and ordered it in number of how badly I want to read it. It took hours and hours, re-reading long lost blurbs I have forgotten.

But here it is:

You can go through all 186 books that I've ranked here.

Anyways, even though these are at the top of my pile, I can't wait to purchase Holly Black's The Cruel Prince.



I'm really ino the Fae world at the moment, thanks to SJM, and I'd love to finally read something by Holly Black. I have read some of her work that's been with Cassandra Clare, but I'm curious how she is without interference of my other favourite authors.

Review: The Return: Nightfall

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The Return: Nightfall by L.J. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's YA Reads

3.75/5 stars.

This wasn't as good as the previous volume, but it had a lot of Delena so YAY IM HAPPY!

But Damon was possessed so technically it wasn't REAL Delena.

I'm still accepting it bc I'm desperate.

I really don't care for Bonnie or Matt anymore. There was an attempt to have a major subplot about them, but ugghhhhh I don't care. I didn't want to keep up with it. I was just dying for the continuation of Delena.

But I can tell Delena isn't end game which sucks (for me).

My fave moments;

1. When Damon was possessed and made Matt and Elena do weiiiird stuff oml.
2. When Damon was holding out his arms for Elena (this is such a DID story blurgh) and was willing to die for her (ahhhgg! And yet Elena was like: I miss Stefan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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Tell Me Something Tuesday #5

To request or not to request: how do you limit ARC requests?
Well I usually don't get many, so it's not an issue. But usually I limit myself to 1-2 per month, and they have to be in the genre's a reaaaaaally like. Not a vague book that I may enjoy-- but something either in YA; romance, paranormal or fantasy. 

Quick Lit #1

Here's the books I've reviewed over the past week, with a mini-summary: 
1: The Thousandth Floor
If you like Gossip Girl, you'll love this. But also it's a bit weird (INCESTY).

2: The Mime Order
Wasn't as good as the first book, but still a solid 3/5 stars.

3: Spark
Just your run-of-the-mill dystopia. Wasn't that great, but wasn't the worst!

4: If I Stay
Not worth the read.

5: The Vampire Diaries
Books 1 and 2
Book 3
Book 4
OH MY GOD, FREAKING AMAZING. 
I BINGED ALL OF THEM IN A DAY. BLESS.


Review: Great Expectations

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's YA Reads

What a fantastic book!!!! It covers so much, through such an interesting time period. Loved it :) beautifully written!!

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Review: Rapture

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Rapture by Lauren Kate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's YA Reads

4.5/5 stars.

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! I can't believe this is over :(

The ending was perfect-- way better than I ever could imagine! It's so bittersweet :'S

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The Sunday Post #4

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Happy Sunday, bookworms!

So I typed this post last Sunday, since the next morning I would have switched my internet to NBN and temporarily was out of wifi for the next 1-2 weeks. I hope I'm still alive.

During this week, at least... I hope (since I don't know; I'm writing this in advanced) I read Empire of Storms, Obsidian, and started my pile of library books.

Last Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, I went to the library to study and do some of my winter course for uni. That's a lot of condensed reading and assignments. Ick.

I hope you guys have had a good week :D

Cover Characteristic #6

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Happy Sunday, my dudes!

I hate Sundays, but hey, look at all these nice books with the theme of: HEARTS.