Review: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan || Hilarious, Beautiful and Glittery!

Title: The Bane Chronicles
Author: Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: 467 pages, Ebook
Published: November 11th, 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It is not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he’s often called upon to fix the problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many. And Magnus has a way of making sure he’s in the right place at the right – or perhaps wrong – time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute…

Magnus was there, and usually in the middle of it. Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But these eleven stories shed a little light on his often inscrutable character. They are stories he probably wishes had never got out.


Soooo, Magnus Bane is not only my favourite warlock but also my favourite character in this entire freaking universe and cosmic galaxy! He is just out of this world awesome and an amaaaaaaaazing person!!! And hilarious 24/7!!

“You’re sarcastic twelve hours a day, but you’re almost never spiteful. You have a good heart under all the glitter.”

And yes, I am guilty of this starting this so freaking late! Anyway, this book is best to read after finishing The Infernal Devices trilogy and The Mortal Instruments series or after book 5 of TMI series.

First of all, this book is hilarious and made me fall in love with Magnus all over again. He’s really a sarcastic yet an awesome warlock full of glittery magic who’s ready to help his friends in need in any situations no matter what but doesn’t show his vulnerable side to just anybody.

The story begins in early 1700’s and goes all the way to present time that we get to see him in The Mortal Instruments series. In this book, we get to see the friendship between Magnus and Catarina and also dear old Ragnor Fell. As much as I adored Catarina and Magnus’s friendship, with Ragnor it was a bit… ehh you can say complicated! XD But entertaining as well! Especially their conversations were pretty much hilarious.

Among the 11 stories, The Rise Of Hotel Dumort and The Last Stand (also I think that this story was in the wrong order) felt a bit bland compared to the rest but Magnus’s wit and sarcasm made up for it.

“Magnus, you were trying to flirt with your own plate.”
“I’m a very open-minded sort of fellow!”
“Ragnor is not,” Catarina said. “When he found out that you were feeding us guinea-pigs, he hit you over the head with your plate. It broke.”
“So ended our love,” Magnus said.

Ooooh oh, we also get to see how Magnus’s love affair with Camille begun in the first place and how everything went up in flames later on. Magnus struggled to find a place which he could call home because whereas his friends came and went, he went on living endlessly being an immortal. He never showed how much it affected him but I feel like I have known Magnus forever, it’s… I can’t exactly explain but you understand the pain. I also loved the one where he saved Raphael! And we also get to see the one and only disgusting Herondale there ever was!! And baby Clary!

The most amazing and funny stories were the ones which involved him and Alec. Ah!! My favourite OTP of the century!! ❤ What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Already has Everything was pretty hilarious. Magnus’s even calls in a demon (for a different reason) but it ends up giving him dating advice! XD It was hilarious! Also, this was the only demon I liked! Also, in The Course of True Love, we get to see Magnus and Alec’s first official blunderous date which turns awesome because of some unforeseen events!

This was one of the most badass kiss of this century!

Last but not the least, this book ends with The Voicemail of Magnus Bane. This is the incident which happened in book 5 of TMI series when Magnus breaks up with Alec but I kinda forgot about the reason. I think I know but I am not totally sure about it. (If anybody 100% knows please let me know in the comments below!)

“Trust. It is like placing a blade in someone’s hand and setting the very point to your heart.”

Overall, The Bane Chronicles was a very pleasant and an awesome experience! Nothing can go wrong where there is Magnus Bane… um, well not exactly but one will never be bored as long as he is present! I enjoyed the narrative style and the pace was even throughout the book. I love the Shadowhunters universe so freaking much, so much that I never want it to end!!

Recommend it?

Why is that even a question!


Soooooo guys, have you read this yet? Are you a fan of Mr Bane? Also, have you started with Shadowhunters season 3??

Review: Nocturne by Heather McKenzie || Slightly Bland and Repetitive

Title: Nocturne
Author: Heather McKenzie
Series: The Nightmusic Trilogy, book 2
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 415 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: March 20th, 2018 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

I am hunted.
A pawn in a vicious game.
The only way I can protect the ones I love…
…is to disappear.

Finally free of her father, Kaya has the one thing that keeps her heart beating—Luke.

Blissfully content in his arms, everything seems perfect…until their world is shattered by a deadly invasion. When an old ally comes to the rescue, Kaya wants none of it. She is devastated to learn the identity of her attacker, and that she must do something truly heartbreaking if she wants to save the ones she loves. Sacrificing everything and sinking into bottomless sorrow, Kaya finds solace in an unlikely friend—one who shows her a different kind of love and helps her discover an inner strength she never thought possible.


The first book in this trilogy, Serenade was a pretty awesome and engaging read. Compared to that, the 2nd book felt slightly bland and repetitive. But I have to say one thing, the covers of this trilogy are really unique and beautiful!

Kaya is still on the run from her father who is only after her fortune. After an incident, she truly understands that she poses a threat to anyone near her, so she decides to bail alone. But surrounded by enemies on all sides, will she be able to hide or will she be betrayed?

A lot of stuff happened in the first book, Kaya learned the truth about herself and why she was held captive by her father and why he is after her. She ends up getting kidnapped by Luke but along the way ends up falling for her captor. I felt this book was more of a kind of filler because other than the introduction of few new characters, this book only contained running and hiding and it was devoid of any interesting surprises. But seriously, Kaya definitely has the most shittest parents in the whole universe!

One of the things that surprised me was, I actually started liking Oliver. His actions disgusted me in book 1 but after knowing the real reason behind it, he slowly started warming up to me. But… but I felt Kaya’s character was a kind of irritating this book! And on top of that, Thomas. What even!! She miraculously gets rescued after bailing on Luke and ends on a farm where she manages to get a job there and ultimately one of the guys there fall for her. Why is that everybody end up falling in love with the main heroine? I would have rather enjoyed it more if it was a purely platonic relationship. It would definitely have been more meaningful.

On the other hand, one of the new characters Marlene was absolutely my favourite. Born with a hideous birthmark on her face, she mostly stays away from crowds but a beautiful bond develops between her and Kaya. I loved the fact that Kaya stood up for her on more than one occasion! But the most awesome thing about this book was the bromance between Luke and Oliver! I didn’t even guess that anything slightly normal was possible between these two because they were always at each other’s throats. This was definitely a delightful surprise.

Overall, Nocturn was an okay read. The plot felt a little repetitive and this book could have been a little less lengthy in my opinion. The action and stuff were there but I wanted more of it but nonetheless, I enjoyed those particular parts.But the way things ended, I am definitely interested to know what happens next to our characters!

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Is it on your tbr?

Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour || Where I felt only Okaysh…

Title: We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCour
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 240 pages, Ebook
Published: February 14th, 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.


First of all, the cover is beeeeeautiful!

Second of all, I have no idea how to write a review for this book.

But imma gonna try.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anybody since her grandfather passed away. She is angry at the world, angry at herself, she hasn’t even spoken to her best friend Mabel who had sent her endless messages. When Mabel finally comes for a visit during the holidays, would Marin be finally able to open up and move forward?

That’s basically it.

This book didn’t have any solid plot, it was basically character-centric. Marin isolated herself from the world after her only companion since childhood, her grandfather passed away. This book mainly dealt with grief and how every individual handles it differently. But a certain fact about the grandfather part was a bit confusing… (if anybody knows please tell me what that was. -_-) Anyways, I wish there was some kind of plot development because the whole thing kind of stayed at once place throughout the whole book.

“The trouble with denial is that when the truth comes, you aren’t ready.”

This book was diverse. Marin is a lesbian and in the course of time, we get to know that Mabel is a bisexual. The two had a lot of history together since they were best friends since childhood. I would have enjoyed if there were more interactions instead of inner monologues. But this book was kind of peaceful? I don’t know exactly how to convey this feeling but I felt at peace after finishing this one.

“I was okay just a moment ago. I will learn how to be okay again.”

I enjoyed the flashback parts of this book where the actual romance takes place and I definitely loved the friendship between Mabel and Marin. Even without communication and a past history, some things never change. Although Marin had a hard time confronting her present, she finally did open up her heart, slowly.

“I learn that I am a tiny piece of a miraculous world.”

Overall, We Are Okay was a different kind of read. This book is not for everybody, especially because of the writing style which may not suit everyone’s taste. The pacing was slow due to which I felt bored at sometimes.But I am glad I could make it to the end!

Recommend it?

Yes.


Sooo guys, what do you think about this book? Have you read it yet? How was the experience for you??

Review: Saving Me by Sadie Allen || Where the Beautiful Message Was Worth Saving

Title: Saving Me
Author: Sadie Allen
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mental Health, [Young-Adult]
Trigger Warning: Depression, Attempted suicide
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 290 pages, Ebook
Published: February 22nd, 2018
Source: I received an eARC of this book from Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

On the outside, Ally has everything any teenager could want. She’s beautiful, popular, and athletic. She has the right friends, an adoring boyfriend, and the picture-perfect family.

Too bad it’s all a lie.

Every day she’s dying a little on the inside, drowning in everyone’s expectations and opinions, the weight of it all pulling her under.

She wants to do the unthinkable … until a boy with shaggy hair, unusual eyes, and a lip ring changes her plans.


This book was beautiful. First of all, I loved the fact that the author acknowledged that love is not the solution for curing mental illness but it definitely helps in the process. That love doesn’t always have to be romantic, it can be any kind of love and when you have a strong support system, your will to get better definitely increases. At least that much I can say from my personal experience.

Ally lives the life of a puppet. Although it might seem that she has everything, a perfectly planned future, a boyfriend and a gang of girlfriends but in reality, each and every one of her decisions are made by her father. Overwhelmed by everything, when she finally decides to give up, a ray of hope appears in the form of Sterling, a guy she has always considered way above her level but he shows her that there are things that are still worth fighting for.

Saving Me is seriously a beautiful book which touched my heart. The narrative flowed smoothly giving us a vivid picture of Ally’s life. Ally’s father is the dictator of her life who wants to fulfil his dream of becoming an athlete through her. I have seen real-life examples of these kinds of pressures and the endings are almost always not positive. This breaks my heart. Whatever happens, a person should have the whole liberty to live his/her life in a certain way they want. Of course, it’s the duty of the parents to guide their children when they are growing up or if they are making a mistake but when it crosses that level, it becomes controlling instead of caring.

On top of her father’s pressure, her cheating boyfriend was a cherry on top. That guy, oh my god!! I wanted to bash his head with a frying pan. Like seriously?!! How can someone be that dumb and shallow!! Anyway, I could feel Ally’s depression. I could empathize when she felt the world was closing down on her, choking her in every possible way. She didn’t have the luxury to share her troubles with the kind of parents and friends she had in her life. That’s where the importance of the support system comes in. When you have people cheering for you, it is a little easier to hold on to the hope. And seriously, every freaking one needs to understand what a mental illness can do to a person, and like very fast because even its the 21st-century, the world is still narrow-minded and we are losing way more people that way.

Ally’s support system came through Sterling and the friends whom she met in the theatre. I seriously loved that guy!! He was the ray of hope that Ally needed in her life and with him, she started finding a way out. Also, she had been an athlete her whole life but in the theatre, she gets to do something different, she discovers a whole new side of herself. Finding oneself is as important as loving oneself and that message was beautifully described in this book.

The only part which I didn’t like was the cliched jealous ex-girlfriend trope who cause unnecessary troubles. I would have loved if the book focused more on Ally and her new non-toxic new friendships and more of that instead of the drama. Nonetheless, I loved the faith that Ally and Sterling had in each other, despite everything their faith never wavered which I absolutely loved!

Overall, Saving Me was a great read! I enjoyed the plot and the character development throughout the book. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of Allen’s works.

Recommend it?

Yes!


Author Bio:

Sadie Allen lives in Texas with her husband and three young children. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, catching up on her favorite shows, or chasing her family around the house.

Author Links:

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Soo guys have you read this?? Is it on your tbr? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: Afflicted by Susanne Valenti || Where the Execution Beat the Cliches

Title: Afflicted
Author: Susanne Valenti
Series: Tainted Earth Saga, book 1
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Trigger Warning: Child Abuse
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 240 pages, Ebook
Published: December 15th, 2017 by Amazon
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Change carries on the wind, flows through the rivers and grows in the heart of the storm. Once it is set free, nothing can stop it from spreading like poison through the Earth and all its creatures. The planet is evolving and anything that wants to remain will have to adapt. The animals are learning to fight back while the plants grow beyond control. Kaitlyn and her friends must find a way to survive while everything around them becomes stronger and stranger. They can’t trust anything they thought they knew about the world. They can’t even trust each other. Rage and violence twists its way into the hearts of the contaminated: shaping them into something new. Something which cannot feel pity, mercy or love. Kaitlyn’s heart draws her towards the one person she knows can help them but can she find him in time? Safety lies just out of reach and they must find the strength to achieve it.

Seventy years before Maya discovered the Cage of Lies, Kaitlyn’s world is about to change forever. Afflicted is the first book in the Tainted Earth Saga, an action-packed dystopian romance filled with love, uncertainty and danger on every page.


Soooo, SooI am an idgit for delaying to read this book for so long. I kind of was in a dystopian slump but reading this would have definitely cured it!! Anyway, after watching Death Cure (which was sooooooo freaking awesome btw!!) this month, I wanted to read dystopia again and as expected Susanne did not disappoint.

Afflicted is the prequel series to the Cage of Lies series which I enjoyed veeeeery much. It was full of action and intrigue. This series depicts how things became the way they were in the Cage of Lies series. And this book just gave us a glimpse of the beginning and I am already excited for the rest of the books in this series!!! SooThis series is definitely a must read for zombie fans! (That sounds weird though… XD)

Things had been going the normal way for Kaitlyn and his brother other than the fact that their parents are called way too often into the new city where a permanent cage-like wall is being set up because of “terrorist” attacks. Then suddenly, random people are going violent and attacking people. They are banned to use the water from the river but somehow this disease is still spreading. But when the connection of their hometown is cut from the new city, will they be able to make it to the other way in time?

Oooh, this was such an exciting start for a new series. The plot although a bit cliched managed to hold down its charm and suspense throughout the whole book. The plot sucked me in from the very first page. Kaitlyn and her friends had been living their normal life until suddenly things start to become suspicious as people are getting violent and randomly attacking anybody on the streets. When things start to get real bad, the city had already decided to let a certain amount of people in from the danger. This already showed a glimpse of the government which we are going to get more in the next book and I already have a line of thought in that matter since I have read the Cage of Lies series.

I looooooved the suspense which kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire time. Especially when Kaitlyn and her friends were having a pretty normal day hanging out together but when they came out of the movies, the whole scenario had changed. The real story began from that point onwards. The action parts were definitely my favourite, I loved how clearly they were depicted but the most interesting aspect was the final chase to the city gates!!!

One of the things I love about Susanne’s novels is her kickass heroines. Although I didn’t immediately like Kaitlyn, she slowly grew on me. The fact I didn’t like about her was that although she wanted to get out of her relationship but she could do it because of petty reasons. Also, at first I thought that her boyfriend was not that bad but then he started to get on my nerves! I was so glad when Kaitlyn finally took a step forward and stood up for herself.

Aaaaaand I am definitely rooting for Lincoln who is Kaitlyn’s childhood friend and he had to leave his home because of the constant abuse he received from his father and a silent mother who did nothing. Those are waaaay worse!! Aaah! I hated her, she definitely didn’t deserve the title of a mother. Anyway, the sparks were crystal clear between Kaitlyn and Lincoln and they had a natural understanding between them which I loved. Kaitlyn’s relationship with her brother was too bad but I am reeeeeally hoping some development in that department in the next books!!

Overall, Afflicted was a great start to the Tainted Earth Saga. This book slowly edged from the normal world to the dystopian world and its full force would definitely be hitting us in the next book. The plot was fast-paced and the writing flowed smoothly! This book kind of ended in a semi-cliffhanger and I am dying to know what happens next!!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Soo guys have you read this?? Is it on your tbr? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: Fade to Us by Julia Day || Where the Moments Faded Away into Nothingness

Title: Fade to Us
Author: Julia Day
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Ebook
Published: February 6th, 2018 by Wednesday Books
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb:

Julia Day’s Fade to Us is a story about found families, the bond of sisterhood, and the agony and awe of first love.

Brooke’s summer is going to be EPIC— having fun with her friends and a job that lets her buy a car. Then her new stepfather announces his daughter is moving in. Brooke has always longed for a sibling, so she’s excited about spending more time with her stepsister. But she worries, too. Natalie has Asperger’s–and Brooke’s not sure how to be the big sister that Natalie needs.

After Natalie joins a musical theatre program, Brooke sacrifices her job to volunteer for the backstage crew. She’s mostly there for Natalie, but Brooke soon discovers how much she enjoys being part of the show. Especially sweet is the chance to work closely with charming and fascinating Micah–the production’s stage manager. If only he wasn’t Natalie’s mentor…

When her summer comes to an end, will Brooke finally have the family she so desperately wants–and the love she’s only dreamed about?


This book was somewhat okay. It’s kinda actually between 2.5 and 3 stars. I loved Day’s The Possibility of Somewhere, so I wanted to read this one too. Unfortunately, it didn’t manage to meet my expectations.

Brooke had her whole summer planned out, working as much as possible so that she can finally buy her own car. But when her step-sister Natalie who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome comes to stay with them for the summer. And when Natalie ends up getting a role in a play, her plans take another route. She decides to stay with her sister in the rehearsals so that she can come to the rescue her sister whenever needs her and there she also meets Micah whom she develops feelings for.

Sooo, I didn’t know what I was going into but I’m glad I learned about Asperger’s Syndrome. I felt that this book had a lot of potentials but it fell flat for me. This book is essentially character-centric and that’s what saved it from completely drowning. One of the things that I loved this book was how caring Brooke was towards her step-sister, Natalie. Although she unintentionally hurt Brooke a number of times but I loved the fact that she was protective of her and stood up for her whenever anyone badmouthed her, even to her best friend (who was really shitty btw). But it was a little weird that she never spoke her mind even when the lines crossed.

The thing that I did not like about the book was the romance. It was out of nowhere and a little insta-e. I understand they met during the rehearsals and Brooke also started working as an assistant there but I felt there was no chemistry between her and Micah. Not at all. It kinda felt forced. I would have loved if this book solely focused on Brooke and Natalie’s relationship and the growing bond between them. I wanted to see more of it. That simply would have been enough but oh well.

Also, I wanted to see more of their family together. It was clear that Brooke did not have the same kind of relationship with her step-father like Natalie and although it came to a conclusion, I felt it was rushed as well.

Aaaand as per following the cliched norm, Brooke makes the most foolish decision in the last part of this book before realising her mistake. Brooke felt like a mature character and this part kinda seemed out of her character because there were other ways to deal with that particular matter.

Overall, Fade to Us was an okay read. I liked the characters but this book didn’t leave much of an impression on me. I just wish a few things were executed in a different manner. Anyway, the writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I really hope I enjoy her next book!!

Recommend it?

Maybe.


Soo guys have you read this?? Is it on your tbr? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: The Lost Savior by Siobhan Davis || Where the Romance was Lost On Me

Title: The Lost Savior
Author: Siobhan Davis
Series: Alinthia, book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Science-fiction, Romance, Reverse Harem, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 344 pages, Ebook
Published: February 1st, 2018
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

They came from another world to protect her. Now it’s her destiny to save them…
Tori King is a normal senior in high school. Head over heels in love with her childhood sweetheart, she is busy making plans for college when a chance encounter with an alien bounty hunter turns her world upside down. Now, she’s experiencing terrifying changes and developing supernatural abilities that leave her questioning her entire existence.

Then the arrival of four hot new guys at school has everyone talking—especially when they become fixated on Tori, following her wherever she goes. She can’t shake them off, and as they grow closer, she finds herself drawn to all four of them in ways she cannot explain.

When they finally reveal their true identity, and why they’re here for her, she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie.

Because there is nothing normal about Tori King.

And she’s about to discover exactly how underrated normal is.

[From a USA Today, bestselling author comes a captivating new alien reverse harem series that is intended for readers aged seventeen and older. This is upper YA/NA crossover which gets steamier as the series develops. This book ends on a cliffhanger and cannot be read as a standalone.]


Ooookay. so I was very much excited to read a new science-fiction series by Siobhan because her last sci-fi series The Saven series is my absolute favourite!!! I definitely enjoyed this book but, to be honest, I don’t think this is my cup of tea.

Tori is leading the perfect life a teenager is supposed to, she has a loving boyfriend, amazing best friends and caring parents. But everything crash lands when Sadie is attacked by a freak and then four mysterious boys turn up in her school and they don’t seem to leave Tori alone. When she is finally confronted with the truth, Tori is left to make the biggest decision of her life that might cost everyone she ever loved.

Sooo, the plot was definitely interesting. Tori (I keep writing Sadie!!!!) has planned her life out with her boyfriend Jensen but she discovers a whole new side of herself when she and her friends are attacked by someone who did not seem to be quite human. And when the four mysterious boys turn up, she can’t deny the pull towards all of them. Their first appearance was a little Twilightish… not that I minded but anyway Sadie kept discovering she had more powers than she could imagine. That super-power part was amazing!

I think the main problem I faced with this book was the romance. Most of you who already know me here know that I rarely enjoy love triangles and this was more than I could handle and this was just the beginning. I did not feel comfortable reading reverse harem (One Draupadi was enough for me). 😦 I liked her relationship with Jensen after the boys turned it definitely turned sour and Tori was forced to keep it that way to ensure his safety since she understands that one attack wasn’t the last one.

I also felt that Tori was a little too perfect making her almost a one-dimensional character. I expected the truth to sink in slowly since she had a lot on her plate but Tori was too adaptable. I also noticed these with the other characters as well, everyone was just kinda perfect and that usually isn’t the case in real life, especially in high school. I just wanted more character growth though I am sure we are going to get that and the amazing world building (believe me, her world-building are super-awesome!!) in the next book. Among the boys, I think I liked Beckett the most, he’s the nerdy and shy guy. But the others came off as too dominant, especially Dane. Anyway, I most definitely loved the action sequences of this book.

Overall, The Lost Savior was a good read but not my cup of tea. I think people who enjoy reverse harem would absolutely love this book but it was the main reason I couldn’t connect with the characters much. The pacing was even and the writing flowed smoothly. For now, I am not sure if I want to give the next book a try or not. 😦

Recommend it?

Yes (if you enjoy reverse harem or don’t mind it.)


So guys, what do you think about this book? Do you want to give this one a try? Have you read any book by this author?

Review: Player’s Game by Desirae Clark || Where I Lost my Game in the Midst of Inconsistencies || Also, I’m Baaaack!!

Title: Player’s Game
Author: Desirae Clark
Series: Valentine Sisters series, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 186 pages, Ebook
Published: December 25th, 2017 by BLVNP Incorporated
Source: I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads): 

And when I turned around, I expected to see my annoying little sisters but was instead greeted by a familiar face. In the threshold stood Parker Brady with a devious smirk on his face and the looks of a god.

Samantha Valentine’s life turns upside down when she finds out her family is returning to her old town, Scottsdale. It took her a while to make the city her home, and now all of that is for naught, as she has to learn to settle in a quiet town again.

Parker Brady is perfectly happy to make a mess of his life after his best friend, Samantha, left him. He felt betrayed by his most trusted friend, and now he doesn’t care about anyone anymore. The only thing that matters to him is getting girls.

The two are not so thrilled when they meet after years of being away. Old grudges resurface from the past.

Will Samantha and Parker restore their broken friendship? Or will something else rise from its ruins?


First of all, heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey guys, I AM BAAAAAAAACK!! 🙂

(Goodness, I made way too many mistakes in the first post and published it before checking!!!)

Oh goodness, what a hectic month this was. Well honestly, I had it coming. That’s what you get for not studying the whole year. But oh well, I couldn’t concentrate on anything but I am doing better now… I think, it was a really a big issue but I felt like I haven’t studied this much my whole life. It was hilarious. Kinda. The exams were okay I guess? Eh, I don’t wanna think about that!

Well, I have started 2018 in a positive way. I hope it remains like that. 🙂

Also, I have 5k emails from you guys to check. Wish me luck.

Now onto the review. Before that, a short summary. Samantha’s mother’s job forced her to move away from Scottsdale but after a few of years, they are moving back in. She regretted losing her best friend the most who didn’t even bother trying to keep in touch. Now they are forced to face each other once again. It’s up to them to decide if they want their friendship to give another chance or let go of each other forever.

I’m going to do the point review thingy, okay guys.

🔘 The plot was cliched, it is based on second chance plus best friend romance trope which I looove very much. This book had a lot of potentials if executed rightly but I personally didn’t feel the element of something new.

🔘 The biggest problem I had with the book was, I felt there was way more telling than showing. I mean there’s a balance but I didn’t find that in the book which made it difficult for me to actually care about the characters.

🔘 Now, onto Samantha and Parker. I somewhat liked Samantha but I hoped she would have stood up for herself when she got to know a very important detail about her personal life despite being famous as the notorious prankster as a kid when she was still in Scottsdale. And when that thing proceeded to become a bigger issue, well she did handle it a mature way but it wouldn’t have come to the point if she had clarified earlier about that certain thing.

🔘 And Parker, I don’t know what to say but one thing is, he was a pretty crappy one. He completely cut off Samantha when she moved away. I was curious to know the reason behind it. He gave a pretty lame ass excuse. I was actually enraged!! I mean how could he have a grudge against a Samantha when he clearly knew it was not her fault. Even after realising that, he still didn’t. I think Samantha was better off than being with a guy who called himself her best friend. He was too immature and stubborn.

🔘 Also, the plot focused on way too much thinking rather than interacting. There were rarely one or two conversations the main leads had before they realised they had feelings for each other. It was weird okay. Just weird. The plot had too many inconsistencies that made no sense at all. Also, I didn’t feel the chemistry and Parker was way too bossy sometimes.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book. I thought I was going to love this one but it turned out the complete opposite. It was a light read but too much telling even spoiled that. The pacing was sometimes too slow and sometimes too face it was hard to keep track. Anyways. I hope my next read does not let me down.

Recommend it?

No.


Soooo guys, have you read this? Do you want to?

Review: The Way Back to Us by Jamie Howard // Where I was not much pleased with the way

Title: The Way Back to Us
Author: Jamie Howard
Series: Love Unplugged, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 230, Ebook
Published: December 12th, 2017 by St. Martin’s Swerve
Source: I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Gavin MacCormack found the one. He fell in love. Hard. Until one night he ran out for some ice cream and came back to an empty dorm room, closets bare and nothing but a quick hand-written note saying, I’m sorry. Those two words taught Gavin the meaning of heartbreak. A feeling he never wants to encounter again. And as the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning band he’s had plenty of opportunities for casual, no-strings fun, which is just the way he likes it.

Dani Winters has had more names than birthdays. On the run with her father for nearly as long as she can remember, she’s lived her life by three rules—always plan for the worst, maintain a low profile at all costs, and never let anyone get too close. Except she broke that last rule once and her heart has never forgiven her.

One chance encounter changes everything. Seeing Dani resurrects feelings in Gavin he thought were long buried, and this time he’s not letting her disappear without getting some answers. But Dani’s life is the definition of complicated and she’s playing with fire by letting Gavin back in. When the time comes to run again, Dani needs to decide if a life without love is worth living, or if it’s time to stop running and fight.


I hoped this book would be more enjoyable than book 2 which was the first book I read by this author. That’s why I decided to give this try. But unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I mean, it had its moments and the romance was the saving grace of this book.

For Gavin, Dani Winters was the one for him. But one day without any goodbye she disappears from his life leaving him shattered. After years, they come face to face with each other and realises their feelings for each other are still buried within. But Dani is still running from her demons. This might be their last chance to build something together or let go forever.

The thing is, the plot was waaay too common. I have read a number of books where the heroine is facing some extreme danger yet some simple communication would uncomplicate the matter but she decides to stay silent throughout the whole book until the end where a solution magically appears. *sighs* This plot has been overused so many times, it simply has lost its charm.

Though I have to say I didn’t see the plot twist coming just before it got revealed. But everything was too anti-climactic. I mean, it the story was following a certain pace but I felt the ending was too rushed and everything just happened all at once. It just didn’t make much sense to leave it like that, it would definitely have been better if some more explanations would have been given for the reason it happened and why it happened. I really wanted the backstory.

Anyway, the characters were the ones who did not let me put the book down. Gavin never got over Dani, for him she was everything and after she suddenly disappeared from his life, he stopped believing in love. A cliche, I know. Though I felt bad for the guy. He never gave up. Dani was a mysterious woman but everything could have been solved as a team but she chose to run away instead. But there were moments which made everything perfectly clear how much she still cared for him. The chemistry between them was electric but I wished there was more plot development.

Overall, The Way Back to Us was an okay read. Although the plot was cliched, I enjoyed the characters and the romance. The writing was smooth and easy to read.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


Sooooo guys, have you read this book? If yes, how was your experience? Or is it in your tbr??

Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate // Where the Notes somewhat touched my Heart

Title: Noteworthy
Author: Riley Redgate
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 336, Ebook
Published: May 2nd, 2017 by Amulet Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight.

Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped … revered … all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.


Sooooo, yes I am that 1% of the population on this galaxy who didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I have mostly read rave reviews of this book but this book just did not click with me. It’s the classic case of it’s me, not you I guess. Like, I do not completely dislike this book but there are simply stuff that I found lacking. 😦

Anyhoooo, this is going to be a smol list post review!

When Jordan’s parents decide to pull her out of her school due to the lack of funds and her not getting on any show due to her different voice, she asks for one last chance. And that chance comes in the form of a group known as Sharpshooters. But here’s the catch. It’s an all boy band. The fun begins when she auditions in the disguise of a male and gets into the band!

What I Enjoyed:

  • The gender bender aspect. This kind of plot is always fun to read about although it was a bit cliched (Or maybe I’ve simply watched too many K-Dramas like this!). A woman dressing up like a man in order to pursue her passion. The thrill of hiding, despite everything trudging through to achieve one’s dream, I really loved this aspect in this book.
“Sometimes, good intentions couldn’t do a thing except make you feel less alone, and sometimes that was enough.”
  • It was diverse. Our main protagonist Jordan is a bisexual Chinese-American girl who slowly discovers her sexuality throughout the book.
  • The characters. Each one of them was unique, I enjoyed the Sharpshooters as a whole, they were fun as well as serious about their music. I especially enjoyed Issac and Jordan’s friendship.
“Life’s not a Greek tragedy.’
After a long second, I shrugged. ‘I mean, if you didn’t sleep with your mom by mistake, that’s fine, but don’t go around acting all superior to the rest of us.”
  • It was humorous. This book definitely had its funny moments and I found myself laughing out loud during those particular scenes.

What I didn’t Enjoy:

  • It was boring at times. Sometimes I felt that the plot was moving nowhere. It was the same stuff all over again.
  • The romance. Although it’s an M/F romance, I wanted more depth in the relationship between the two characters which we didn’t get to see much. More development, more feelings and stuff ya know…
“It’s too simple to hate the people who have doorways where you have walls”
  • We didn’t get enough of Trav. Why Oh Why?? I didn’t exactly dislike the guy, no far from that, I actually thought he was going to be the main lead since he was brooding intense guy and he was the first one to capture my attention. Anyway, I wanted to know more about him, his backstory, what happened in the future but unfortunately, I didn’t get that. I wanted that soooo badly!! 😦

Overall, Noteworthy was a good read, it just didn’t leave any long-lasting impression on me. I just couldn’t connect with it but it’s definitely a book worth giving a try. I do not regret reading this book by any means, Jordan was a beautiful character and I loved her journey of how she discovers and accepts herself. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Sooooo guys, have you read this book? If yes, how was your experience? Or is it in your tbr??