Some Kind of Wonderland by Tara St. Pierre: Book Review // A trip to the land of melancholy

Title: Some Kind of Wonderland
Author: Tara St. Pierre
Standalone
Genre:  Contemporary, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 175 pages, Ebook
Published: June 10th 2021
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Trigger warning: Divorce

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Sometimes we all need an escape down a rabbit hole.

Since her parents’ divorce, Allyson’s only source of comfort and refuge has been within the pages of Alice in Wonderland, which her father used to read to her every night. Now a quiet and shy teenager, she auditions for her school’s production of the story, despite having no previous acting experience. But no one knows Alice like she does—she’s memorized every word—and she believes that getting the part is the only way her father will return for her.

Instead, she is enlisted as an assistant to the stage manager, and she runs afoul of the drama queen cast in the role she desires. Shuffling between a full deck of actors, a fidgety time-obsessed director, and an over-caffeinated costume crew, can Allyson navigate the bizarre world of high school theater? And how will her mother feel when she finds out it’s that story?

As fiction merges with fact and her present reality uncovers past memories, what curious things will Allyson discover—and how much will she grow—along the journey through her own kind of Wonderland?


Some Kind of Wonderland was such a good read. Allyson has always been daddy’s girl, but after her parent’s divorce, her father moved far away after remarrying. Allyson’s refuge has always been Alice in Wonderland, of which she shared special memories with her father since it was always her go-to bedtime story as a kid.

When her school announces the drama of Alice in Wonderland, she tries out for the main character in the hopes of bagging the role so that her father would finally come to visit her. Luck doesn’t seem to be on her side since she ends up as a production assistant rather than the main role. Allyson’s character development was one of the aspects I really liked. She develops from a shy girl to someone learning to take opportunities. She tries to be an understudy in hopes of getting the chance to play Alice, a character she has really immersed herself into.

Her desperation and longing for her father broke my heart. She missed the hell out of him and just wanted a chance to see him again. She also matured throughout the book. Her belief about her father coming to her show if she only plays Alice to understanding what she is currently missing out on. It was heartbreaking when she finally realised the relationship with her father was never going to the same again.

Since this book narrates Allyson’s point of view, I was also wary of her mother initially. She had never been close with her mother and after the divorce, she had somewhat distanced herself. I would have loved it if the mother-daughter relationship was given more focus, but both of them trying to understand each other better was portrayed beautifully.

The story alternates between the past and present; however, the flow was seamless. I actually liked how the past was incorporated in each chapter as it gave a little more detail about the character’s past and didn’t feel like an info dump. Overall, I loved taking this journey with Allyson, which was full of friendship and family values.

You can also check out my reviews for the author’s previous books- Just a Few Inches and Mirror Me!

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you read it yet?

Dual Review: This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab || Where the Monsters Failed to Grab My Attention

  

Title: This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet
Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity duology
Genre: Fantasy, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 411 pages & 470 respectively, Paperback
Published: June 7th, 2016 & June 13th, 2017 respectively by Titan Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:  

Blurb (from Goodreads):

This Savage Song:

Kate Harker and August Flynn’s families rule opposite ends of Verity, a grisly metropolis where violent acts summon real monsters: bloodsucking Malchai; clawing Corsai; and soul-stealing Sunai. The truce that keeps the families at peace is crumbling, and August is sent to spy on Kate. But when Harker’s men try to kill her and pin it on the Flynns, August and Kate find themselves running from both sides, in a city where monsters are real…

Our Dark Duet:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.


First of all, I couldn’t stop bawling my eyes out after I finished this duology in the morning. I’m still sad.

Secondly, every time I read August, my mind immediately started playing A to the G to the U to the STD, I’m D’boy because I’m from D.

I didn’t mind though. That song, umm… rap is my jam! I never thought I would love rap, like ever and here I am, all thanks to BTS. Anyway, I should return to the actual review…

I definitely enjoyed this duology but I think my expectations were too high because V.E. Schwab is a pretty hyped author and this dulogy was my first read from her but unfortunately I didn’t fall in love with it. *Black sheep alert!!* Anyway, so I thought I would do a list post review instead of the ones I usually do!

Verity is a city divided into two and they are filled with monsters, the flesh-eating Corsai, the blood-sucking Malachai and the soul-consuming Sunai. Those who follow Harker are protected under him and the South is protected by the Flynns. But they are on the verge of war. When Kate Harker and August Flynn’s world collide, either chaos will break out or peace will finally prevail.

The things I loved-

  • Kate- She made a strong protagonist. I was rooting for her from the very start and I loved her character growth throughout the duology. She was something else when we were first introduced to her, she desperately wanted her father’s approval but as the book proceeded, she learned to stand her own ground. She fought fiercely for what she thought was the right thing to do and I really, really loved that about her.

  • Ilsa- Something about her just made me love her. She was sweet yet fierce. My heart broke after reading her backstory, I so wished a gentle person like that didn’t have to go through so much. And in the 2nd book, I think she somehow knew what would happen to her, that’s why she did that instead of August. That shattered my heart. My poor little heartu…
  • Alice- She was the perfect amount of bad and creepy. I enjoyed her character more than the actual villain. She was sly and only Kate dead. I really hated her but she was a villain I would not forget.
  • The action- The fighting and stuff was pretty awesome. Those scenes were engaging and kept me on my toes. I definitely wanted more of those.

The In-betweens-

  • August (A to the G to the U to the STD….) I liked his character but he didn’t end up on my favourite list. Of course, he had a bigger problem and those were definitely hard to overcome but his resolute always seem to falter and only when Kate urged him to do the right thing, he finally listened. But I loved that he was loyal and wouldn’t leave his friends in danger. He just wanted to experience life as a normal person but for someone like him, life wasn’t exactly a piece of cake.
  • The monsters- They were creative. Definitely creative, I’ll give you that but I thought I was going to be scared a little. It was creepy at times but not that horrifying. Among the Corsai, Malachai and Sunai the last monster, Chaos Eater definitely took the prize. Now that, was indeed terrifying.
  • The plot- Unfortunately didn’t blow me away. I liked it but I just didn’t feel totally invested in the story. I definitely enjoyed the Our Dark Duet more than This Savage Song, although the first book definitely had its moments. But the second book was so much more and things took a more different and violent turn and I loved the unpredictability of it.

The things I didn’t love-

  • Sloan- Eh, shoo you, villain. He was the big bad wolf but every time I read about him, I would just feel meh. I didn’t enjoy his character much. I was not impressed by his villainy. Nuh huh.
  • Pace- The pace was kind of all over the place. The first book started out pretty slow and it mostly focused on Kate and August but the second book was much better regarding pace. They faced a much bigger scenario and I enjoyed how things were executed from there onwards.
  • That ending- Why oh why… *runs away sobbing*

Overall, the Monsters of Verity dulogy was an interesting read but not intriguing enough for me. I enjoyed the plot but I wasn’t 100% invested in it but I definitely enjoyed the characters. Although this series is not a major hit for me, I’m still glad I gave it a try because it definitely had its amazing moments.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what did you think about this duology? Was it a big hit for you or did it fell flat? What was the thing you loved/hated the most in this series?

Review: Thrax by Christina Bauer || Blog Tour || Combination of kickass and awesome

Welcome to my tour stop of Thrax by Christina Bauer hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can find the full tour schedule here.


Title: Thrax
Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Angelbound Origins, book 4
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 300 pages, Ebook
Published: June 27th, 2017 by Monster House Books
Source: I received an eARC of this book for this blog tour via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

*Beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books in this series.*

Myla Lewis has married Prince Lincoln, and now they’re expecting! All the after-realms rejoice. Myla should be happy too, but she has a serious problem. The day after their honeymoon ended, Myla’s real husband disappeared.

The man who’s sharing her bed is an imposter.

Myla tries explaining about “Evil Lincoln,” but no one will listen. The reason? People think that Myla’s supernatural pregnancy is making her cray cray. Mostly because that’s what Evil Lincoln is telling everyone, and that man’s a great liar. What a creep.

There’s no way Myla will take this lying down, though. She’s going to rescue her man, and she has a pretty good idea where he’s being held. With her best friend, Cissy, along to help, Myla sneaks off to Earth. All she has to do is blend in with the humans, avoid Evil Lincoln, and find her real man before the baby arrives. How hard can it be?


Like the previous books in this series, Thrax was a compelling and a fun read. I was hooked from the very start and this book did not fail to surprise me. I enjoyed the ride pretty much throughout the book!

After going through so much together, Myla and Lincoln are finally married and they are expecting. But something goes horribly wrong after their honeymoon. Lincoln is there but he is not her Lincoln. It doesn’t take her much time to understand her real husband is somewhere else and she has to face yet another evil ploy. With the help of her best friend, will Myla be able to rescue Lincoln before it’s too late?

What I love the most about this series is, it’s such a fun and fast read. Another thing that I liked about the writing was that the action sequences were the most fun to read, usually they not my most favourites but in this book it definitely was.  Once you start the book, it’s pretty impossible to put it down, I ended up finishing it in two sittings. Thrax started off with Lincoln and Myla’s honeymoon which is soon disrupted after a particular incident where real Lincoln is replaced by “Evil Lincoln”. It was pretty easy to tell he was not the real guy because the real Lincoln would never behave or treat Myla like Evil Lincoln did.

Myla is a kickass heroine, she is not someone who is willing to just sit and watch. She believes action speaks better than empty words and so she set sail for an adventure. Of course, Cissy is there to help her, she’s the best! I love how she believed her about Lincoln when nobody else would. Myla’s experience on Earth is different and the enemy is more powerful which brings forth a new challenge for Myla. I loved her character growth throughout the book. She really turned from the Great Scala to a Queen. She didn’t back down even though too much was at stake, even her unborn baby but she fought back for what was right. And as always, I loved Lincoln, he was there beside Myla in whatever decision he took, I loved his unconditional love and support towards her.

The only thing I found a little unrealistic is that Myla is kinda perfect in every way even though she evolved a lot in this book. Also, I thought after everything Lincoln went through he would be weak but it seemed nothing could weaken him a bit because he fought side by side after his rescue. Anyway, I still loved these characters to bits!! Evil Lincoln was seriously irritating and so was Ethan. That guy! Seriously, I didn’t expect him to go to that extent but oh well. He definitely got what he deserved!

Overall, Thrax was an engaging read. I loved how the plot was executed and the characters kept me interested throughout the book. I enjoyed the action and the adventure. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast-paced throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best-selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult bestseller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you started this series yet? Have you read it or is it in your tbr?

Review: The Elite & The One by Kiera Cass || Where I finally bid goodbye to this series

Title: The Elite and The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, book 2 and 3
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 323 pages, Paperback
Published: April 23rd, 2013 and June 5th, 2014 by HarperTeen respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The Elite:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever- and America is still struggling to decide where her own heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen, who she always thought was the one?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want–and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

The One:

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.


I read the first book in this series back in 2015 and since then the whole series has been collecting dust on my shelf and this year and I really wanted to finish all the unread books/full series from my shelf, so my finally picked this up. Honestly, I’m just glad I’m finished off with this series because it has been one of the most disappointing ones. Anyway, you can read my review of The Selection, here.

“Love is beautiful fear.” 

When America came to participate in the Selections, her heart wasn’t truly in the competition but it was before she came to know Maxon. Now her heart is torn between him and her first love, Aspen who’s a soldier in the palace. The competition’s getting more fierce day by day and then there are the rebel attacks which are getting frequent as well. And when she realises the truth which changes her whole course, which path will America choose?

The Selection failed to make a mark on me because it was way too predictable though it had some good moments. Thr rebel attacks were one of the most interesting aspects of that book and I was really looking forward to more of it but there was seriously nothing in The Elite. Frankly, I didn’t quite understand the purpose of this book. I didn’t hate America like I have read so many reviews but her indecisiveness really irritated me. There is at least some point where one understands what one’s heart truly craves but America couldn’t till the very end of the last book. Seriously! It felt like she was close to deciding whom she wanted but the very next minute she was running away from that. Anyway, the plot doesn’t move anywhere in the 2nd book, it mostly swayed back and forth on the same point. I just wish this book would have more substance than the frustrating romance.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. 

It was only ever yours to break anyway.”

The One was definitely better than The Elite. This book did focus on the rebel sub-plot but just not as much as I would have loved. America’s indecisiveness continued in this book too and by this time, I had kinda already stopped caring but it was still infuriating. Maxon was such a sweet guy and when she asked for space, he gave her that but when Maxon asked for the same thing, she felt hurt and betrayed. Dude, why? She was pretty much doing the same thing behind his back, I didn’t know why she acted like a hypocrite.

Anyway, I didn’t really like Aspen anymore than I did in book 1. He kept appearing wherever I least wanted him to!! Celeste’s character gave me a whiplash but I definitely enjoyed her character but the thing with Kriss was kinda all of a sudden and oh well, it was all weird. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the plot twist but it was kinda already ruined for me and hence didn’t have much impact on me. Though the ending part made me emotional and with everything going on, I was really afraid at one point but the ending was definitely the saving grace of this whole trilogy, all the loose ends were wrapped up everything finally fell into place. And thank freaking goodness, the choosing ceremony finally happened!

“But even now I know this isn't a fairy tale. 
I know that we'll have hard times, confusing times. 
I know that things won't always happen the way we want them to and that we'll have to work to remember that we chose this. 
It won't be perfect, not all the time.

This isn't happily ever after.

It's so much more than that.” 

Overall, The Elite and The One were an okay read. The plot was predictable but neatly executed. These two books were definitely a fast read and the pace was even throughout the two books. I didn’t want to read book 4 after finishing this trilogy and it ended here for me.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So guys, what do you think about this series? Is it one of your favourites or did you not enjoy it as much as you had hoped?

Review: Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh || A satisfying conclusion || Blog Tour

Welcome to my tour stop of Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. You can find the full tour schedule here.


Title: Obsidian and Stars
Author: Julie Eshbaugh
Series: Ivory and Bone, book 2
Genre: Prehistorical, Fantasy, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 368 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: June 13th, 2017 by HarperTeen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.


Obsidian and Stars definitely was an interesting conclusion to this series, one that I definitely enjoyed. You can read my review of book 1: Ivory and Bone, here.

After the betrayal and the fight with the Bosha clan ended, everything finally seemed at place. Mya is ready to be betrothed to Kol but then the unthinkable happens, Chev, the High Elder of her clan as well as Mya’s brother decides to announce Lees’s, their sister’s marriage with Morsk, someone she despises. Mya sees the only option out is to take her sister’s place or run but when more trouble comes their way, how will she face them alone?

The plot managed to hold my attention from the very start and I finished it in two sittings. Ivory and Bone ended on a calm tone with the two clans, Manu and Olen coming to an understanding. I loved Mya and Kol together and I loved the chemistry between them. But soon enough Mya has to take a tough decision in order to save her sister from marrying Morsk which kick-started another new adventure.

When Mya and Lees run away, the end up on a totally new land where they find Noni, a runaway from the Tama clan. I loved how it didn’t take Mya a second to accept her as her own when she saw how much trouble the little girl was in. She defended her with all her power and proved how much worthy she was off. And I equally loved Kol, who stood by her side no matter what although sometimes it felt Kol wanted their relationship to succeed more than Mya but I was glad to be proved wrong in the end.

This book was indeed a little bitter-sweet but I loved the way everything was executed. The action and the adventure kept me on the edge and I was so eager to know what happened next. And how things ended, I couldn’t have been more satisfied.

“That’s why I like the blackest nights-the darkest, obsidian skies of winter. When the world is coldest and darkest, the stars shine brightest.”

Overall, Obsidian and Stars was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and the characters kept me engaged throughout the book. I loved the romance between Mya and Kol. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast-paced throughout the book, I didn’t feel bored, even for a second. I am definitely looking out to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

JulieJulie Eshbaugh is the author of the upcoming Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.

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Review: I’m Not in the Band by Amber Garza || Refreshingly cute!

Title: I’m Not in the Band
Author: Amber Garza
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 279 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: June 12th, 2017 by Entangled: Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

I like Kassidy Milton. There, I said it. She’s funny, beautiful—even though she doesn’t know it—and my favorite kind of weird. But I can’t tell if she’s into me or just trying to get close to me for a chance with my famous twin brother instead. I mean, it has to be me. I am the better-looking one.

But Kassidy has some demons, and she’s not good at letting people in. That happens when you’ve been hurt by someone close to you. I can relate. Trust is a funny thing; it’s hard to gain but easy to lose. I might just learn that the hard way.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book includes a snarky heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, crazy best friends, your favorite music, and lots of feels.


This book was a really sweet read and what I was in the exact mood for.

Archer is always foreshadowed by his twin, Ross who is the lead singer of The Playlisters. He can’t believe a girl like Kassidy can actually like him and not get swept up by his brother. But Kassidy has some issues she’s not ready to share with Archer yet despite their mutual attraction and Archer has been deceived before. Will it be too late when they both realise trust is a two-way street?

This book was pretty fun and refreshing. I love a rock-star romance but this one actually included the brother, a twin even, of the rockstar as the main lead which was actually pretty enjoyable. Archer has always lived in the shadow of his brother and plenty of girls have tried to get close to him in the hope of knowing his brother, even his crush. So when Archer’s path crosses with Kassidy at The Playlisters concert, he is pretty surprised to find a non-fan who had only come to the concert because of her best friend. I enjoyed the friendship between them but it was pretty clear they both had trust issues. Nonetheless, I loved the romance between them but I wanted more!

I understood Archer’s self-doubt about whether Kassidy wanted to be his real friend or was in just like the other girls but sometimes it went too far, even felt a little whiny. Kassidy’s issue was really a serious one and I was glad how she was able to forgive herself in the end. I definitely enjoyed the character development throughout the whole book. The minor characters were interesting to read about as well, especially Archer’s best friend.

Overall, I’m Not in the Band was a good read. The plot was neatly executed and I enjoyed the characters. I loved the chemistry between Archer and Kassidy. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Has it peaked your interest yet or is it already in your tbr?

Review: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson || A classic example of love/hate relationship

Title: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane
Author: Ingrid Paulson
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 150 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: June 6th, 2017 by Entangled: Teen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.

As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn’t entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.


This book was a twisty ride. It had its fair share of ups and down and the hate to love trope is one of my favourite and I did enjoy how it was executed in this story.

Sterling is a master prankster and Harper’s life no longer remains the same as soon as he steps foot into her life. Harper follows a strict rule policy in her life but the more she follows them, the more Sterling breaks them. But with her brother falling off the rails, Harper is forced to shake hands with the enemy. What will she do when she finds herself falling for the enemy and will she be able to save her brother with time?

Although the plot was predictable, it was still an enjoyable read. It was hate at first sight for Harper the minute she saw Sterling. Harper loved rules, she lived for rules especially after her mother passed away but after Sterling joined her school, it became nearly impossible her to do anything. He was always one step ahead of her in everything no matter what but when she saw her brother following Sterling blindly and falling into trouble for that, she decided to take matters in her own hand. I enjoyed their love/hate relationship but sometimes it was too much and too repetetive. 

It took Harper a while to figure out that Sterling, despite being a notorious rule-breaker, he was the only person who was actually trying to help her brother out but her ego didn’t allow her to see that. She was too up-tight due to which I had a hard time connecting with her. Nonetheless, Harper and Sterling formed a strong duo and though their plan was a bit immature, it was clear that they both cared for their siblings. The romance was rather mild but the chemistry between them was pretty good.

Overall, Why I Loathe Sterling Lane was a good read. The plot was executed neatly and although bits and parts felt a little draggy, I ended up enjoying this book. I also loved the character development throughout the book. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Do you think it’s up to your forte?

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, book 1

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 352 pages, Ebook

Published: June 7th, 2011 by Quirk Books

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

A mysterious island.



An abandoned orphanage.



A strange collection of very curious photographs.



It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.



A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


My Thoughts

This book was quite a unique read. I enjoyed the characters and the worldbuilding so much.

Jacob doesn’t believe in his grandfather’s tales about the mysterious island and the people living in it but when things take a turn for the worse Jacob is determined to find out about these peculiar children. What he finds out could actually lead him to more complication as he realizes the peculiar children could actually be dangerous and all of them might still be actually alive. Will Jacob fall into more danger in his quest to find about these peculiars or is danger already following him?

The plot was really refreshing and I enjoyed reading the way everything was executed in this book. Jacob is just a sixteen-year-old kid who used to believe in everything his grandfather said but as he grows up, he thinks all the stories are just his grandfather’s imagination until tragedy strikes. I liked the detailings of this book and the pictures although not terrifying were definitely creepy.

There were so many characters in this book and that added a lot of layers to it. I liked Jacob, although he was sometimes unsure about his decisions but he did handle them maturely. Miss Peregrine was a unique character, I definitely enjoyed reading about her and all the other peculiars were quite fascinating as well. Emma was another character on which this book focused more than the others, that was quite obvious with her history and I did like her character but

Emma was another character on which this book focused more than the others, that was quite obvious with her history and I did like her character but the romance between her and Jacob felt a bit odd. It felt a bit forced. Nonetheless, all the other aspects of this story were quite enjoyable.

Overall, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a great read! I enjoyed the plot and all the characters were unique. This book took us to a wild adventure which I greatly enjoyed. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I haven’t picked up the other books in this series yet but I hope to pick the up soon!

Recommend it?

Yes.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Movie Review

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Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson

Release Date (US): September 30, 2016

My Rating: 3 stars


My Thoughts

  • I enjoyed the movie but not as much as the book.
  • The cinematography and the visuals were really, really good.
  • The cast was awesome! I loved Eva Green who played Miss Peregrine, she was so freaking fantastic. I also loved Ella Purnell who played Emma. But Asa Butterfield who played Jacob in this movie left me a little unsatisfied.
  • Although the romance is very little, I definitely liked it more in the movie.
  • I felt the movie focused on enjoyment rather than plot development.
  • Although there are quite a lot of difference in the movie from the book, the 2nd portion of the movie diverted a lot from the original and the ending was changed completely and that’s why the movie ended up being standalone. Maybe, that was the reason there was so much difference.
  • Nonetheless, I loved the acting and the action, especially the last fight was pretty enjoyable and I would definitely recommend this movie!

Lets Chat

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Review: Running Back To Him by Evelyn Rosado

Title: Running Back To Him

Author: Evelyn Rosado

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Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 192 pages, Ebook

Published: June 8th 2016 by Fade To Black Publishing, Inc.

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

A few white lies and a couple of pretend kisses never hurt anyone, right?

Seventeen-year-old Magnolia Graham just got her heart thrown in a blender. Or at least, that’s what it felt like when her star quarterback boyfriend dumped her. And she’s been ousted from the uber-exclusive inner circle of popular girls in school. There’s only so much drama one ex-geeky, Chewbacca fan-girl can take in one day.

She needs to find a way to put out the fires–fast.

Everyone knows that the best way to get over a breakup is with a hookup—a fake hookup, that is. Enter Kellen, football wunderkind with lip gloss-melting good looks, and newly single after also being dumped. When Magnolia, asks Kellen to be her fake boyfriend, he’s down for the sham.

Only one problem…Magnolia’s been in love with Kellen all her life—and he’s got absolutely no idea. Somewhere between the innocent hand-holding and breath-stealing kisses, lines become blurred and Magnolia realizes the true meaning of the hashtag #ItsComplicated.


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This book was pretty cute! I loved how the story flowed as well as the characters who were pretty amazing!

Magnolia loves being popular and under the spotlight but it’s taken away from her when her hotshot quarterback boyfriend breaks up with her in front of the whole school. Her best friend tells her to stage a fake relationship to deter the negative attention from her and the best person to do it with is none other than Kellen, her ex-bestfriend. But things become complicated when she realizes that she still has feelings for Kellen but does he feel the same way?

This book was so much fun! I love best friends to lovers trope, it’s my second favourite. Mags used to be best friends with Kellen but suddenly one day everything just changed between them as they faded out of each other’s life. I was so sad to learn what had happened with her in the past, it actually made me cry, nonetheless I understood why she used popularity as a facade to hide her real self. I loved how the story spanned out and I also loved to see how they both got to know each other once again though they were not the same person they used to be.

I loved Magnolia, at first I was a little bit confused what to feel about her but after I leaned the reason I understood though I loved how she slowly eased back to old self with Kellen. I liked Kellen as well, he was great guy though he did take a few bad decisions but I’m glad he had the guts to stand up for them. They were just so cute together! I absolutely adored them. I also enjoyed Justine’s character, she was a great best friend and I freaking loved what they both did towards the ending. It was hilarious and awesome!

Overall, Running Back To Him was a great and cute read! The plot was handled neatly and I loved the characters development throughout the book. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I would definitely love to read more works by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Just a Girl by Ellie Cahill

Title: Just a Girl

Author: Ellie Cahill

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Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 277 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: June 21st 2016 by Loveswept

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

In this pitch-perfect novel from the author of When Joss Met Matt (“One of those books that make you forget everything around you.”—Sophie Jordan), a rock ’n’ roll diva must choose between her career and her heart.

After getting kicked out of her own band—by her own boyfriend—Presley Mason finds herself back in Wisconsin, helping her parents run their renowned music store. Instead of belting out powerhouse vocals to sold-out crowds in L.A., she’s stocking shelves and inspecting rental violins. But the shop isn’t all bad: When she’s vacuuming up late one night, she bumps into the guitar teacher with the smoldering amber eyes and the killer tattoo. And that’s when things take an interesting turn.

Presley soon finds that Paul Kellerman is as good in bed as he is on guitar. So why isn’t he stoked to share his band, Jukebox Bleu, with her? Turns out Paul has crippling stage fright, which he’s been self-medicating without much success. But when Jukebox Bleu’s lead singer gets called for military service, the other members beg Presley to front them. Even though she swore never to mix men with music again, the temptation to perform is almost as intense as her chemistry with Paul. Now Presley must decide what’s more important: a second chance at love . . . or rock stardom.


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This is the second book I read by Ellie Cahill after Call Me, MaybeThis was a fun and lighthearted read which I enjoyed but there were a few factors which stopped me from enjoying it fully.

Presley is a famous rockstar but after getting kicked out of her own band and by her own boyfriend, she returns to her native town, to her ever fun loving parents. There she meets Paul at her parents’s music store where he teaches guitar. Both of them are instantly attracted to each other but Paul is in a band and Presley swore to herself that she would never she involved with a musician again and then she gets offered to be a part of the band when their lead singer goes away. Would she be able to handle everything once again or will she mess it up before everything begins?

The plot was pretty good but it could have executed in a much better way. One thing bothered me from the start was that when Presley got kicked out of her own band, why didn’t she take any legal action or state the truth to everybody? I don’t know… this thing is not even explained. Other than this, I liked Presley but her parents were super cool, I loved how everything was with them. Presley tried to stay away from singing as well after that incident but I liked how Paul managed to make her fall in love with music once again. The relationship between Presley and Paul was kind of insta-attraction, I would have liked more if they had taken a bit more time to know each other before jumping each other’s bones.

I liked Presley as a character but I couldn’t understand some of her decisions, like the first one I mentioned in the above paragraph. Another one was totally stupid when she decided to break up with Paul when she decided she was going to join their band, she didn’t even give a thought about his decision which was a pretty crappy thing to do. I liked Paul but he had some serious anxiety issues, I was glad when he finally decided to get help. All the other characters were pretty fun and I liked all of them.

Overall, Just a Girl was an okay read. I enjoyed some aspects of this book and some I didn’t. The characters were okay and I had a little difficulty in connecting with them. Nonetheless, I liked the romance between Paul and Presley. The writing was easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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