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: 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??

Duology Review: The Crown’s Game & The Crown’s Fate || Where the Crown lost its Fate in my Heart

Title: The Crown’s Game and The Crown’s Fate
Author: Evelyn Skye
Series: The Crown’s Game duology
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 416 and 427 pages respectively, Paperback
Published: May 17th, 2016 and May 16th, 2017 by Balzer + Bray respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The Crown’s Game:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air.

They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side. And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

The Crown’s Fate:

Magic is growing, shadows are rising, and the throne is at stake…

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.


As much as I love the beautiful colour combination of this book, I am disappointed to say that it didn’t live up to my expectations. I did have high hopes for this duology although the premise was unique but it still failed to make an impression.

When Vika is finally called for the role of an Enchanter, she learns there is another one in Russia, Nikolai and she has to fight him. Whoever stays alive until the very end, becomes the Tsar’s Enchanter. But when feelings come into the way, things become complicated and Pasha who is the heir to the tsardom best friend life falls into a dilemma because one is the girl he is falling for and the other is his best friend.

Soooo, the plot was kinda like the mini-hunger games except with only 2 participants and it involved actual magic! We are introduced to the two enchanters Vika and Nikolai, both whose characters I enjoyed individually. But can someone tell me when did the romance happen? Yes, they felt a certain kind of kinship because they both shared a magic which was a burden at that current point but other than how did the love happen, they didn’t even get to spend much time together as they had to plan for the next attack against each other. The romance was a big downfall in this book.

The book takes place in Russia, a different kind of Russia where magic still exists but other than some of the town descriptions, I found the world building very lacking. There was a lot of scopes but it didn’t live up to that point.Though I did enjoy the magic, it was pretty intriguing but I wanted mooore!! The plot twist at the end of book 1 was a little surprising due to which I wanted to continue book 2. But I thought it was going to creepy and stuff! It was but I didn’t feel the chill in my bones.

No, I am not being over-dramatic. Or I might be. It’s just in my DNA!
(Haha… yeah I couldn’t stop without a reference!!)

The pacing of both the books felt a little slow but book 2 was a bit more. The fact surrounding Nikolai didn’t hold much mystery and oh well… Also, unfortunately, Pasha wasn’t an interesting character either. And there wasn’t much character development in book 2 either but I’m glad at least he could hold down the fort. He mostly acted like a puppet like his sister told him to do and he was just, I don’t know he was not a memorable character. He was still okay until book 1 but his decision betrayed me but after that how much he repented didn’t matter much to me.

Overall, The Crown’s Game dulogy was an okay read, I wanted more of the magic stuff. It was there but I needed mooooore of it!! The writing flowed smoothly. And overall it was still engaging enough for me to finish the duology. Although most of the stuff had let me down, I’m still glad I gave it a try.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Sooo guys, what do you think about this duology? Have you finished it or are you still halfway? How was the experience for you??

Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli || Where Every “Side” was Relatable!!

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: Paperback
Published: April 11th, 2017 by PUFFIN
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love- she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness-except for the part where she is.
Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny, flirtatious, and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?


Can I tell you guys how much this book was relatable? Like on a cosmic level, surpassing the intergalactic milky way and crash landing on my heart.

Okaaaaay, that was too much but it’s the truth.

I think I am the probably the last person on this planet to pick this book up so late. Being an International blogger plus being broke sucks. Big time.

Anyways, onto this beautiful, relatable unrequited book. Uh… I literally felt I was in Molly’s shoes. Except for the twin sister part (which I had always wanted… ask my mom if you don’t believe me) and the romance part. Anyway, you get the point. I don’t know what Molly would say if she knew about my life. I dunno whether to laugh or cry at that but I’m okay guys. I’ll live. 😂😂

The Upside of Unrequited is a character-centric book which revolves around Molly along with her family and friends. There are so many things that I loved about this book and it really made me want to feel more comfortable in my own skin.

The Family Rep!

There are sooo rare YA books that mention parents and a good one at that. Molly and her sister, Cassie has the two best freaking moms in the whole universe along with their little brother, Xavier (who’s sooo cute!!). I loved the bonding between the moms and Molly and Cassie, it was filled with genuine warmth, love and care. I mean you could literally feel the vibe radiating from the pages dude…

And I adooooooored the relationship between the two sisters, God knows how much I long for that but I really loved that they were sister cum best friends. Of course, they had to go through up and downs in their twiny relationship but in the end, they mattered to each other the most and that was enough. And that brings me to the character growth was which tremendous and I absolutely loved it! The readers can see how Molly grows throughout the whole book and finally finds a firm place to stand on.

Body Positivity!

One of the things that I loved the most about Molly was that she was comfortable in her own skin. She calls herself fat (I PREFER THE WORLD FLUFFY THOUGH) in the book, but she doesn’t have a problem with that. But when other people body shame you, how much you’re okay with yourself, it’s still going to hurt a little bit. I know from my own experience (See! I told you I related with this on a cosmic level). There are so many body positivity movements but there are still people who body shame, when will they understand how much they lower the self-confidence of the other people. Do they even care? I dunno.

But I am proud to say I finally have a group of friends (ARMYs) who love and support me for who I am. But yes, I’m trying to lose my weight as I earlier said in another post because of my health-related issues, not because society thinks I do not fit in their norms. God! I told you I hate society! Anyway, I digress.

But one thing I can’t help but agree is that Molly’s thinking process is quite similar to mine. She sometimes overthinks simple things, is awkward at times and seriously bad at taking things anywhere with boys (I am living example of that) but her thoughts about guys never liking her back because she was fat, I somewhat agreed with it. I know, I know, I don’t believe that because I have plenty of beautiful examples of couples but I think there’s still that 1% doubt because I haven’t come across a guy like that till now. Even for a friend, and that is seriously disappointing.

This world needs more feminist boys too.

The Romance!

It was kind of exciting to see Molly finally admitting she actually liked a guy instead of just keeping it on her crush list. Cassie’s personality was the total opposite Molly and when she met Mina, they just clicked though I could feel what Molly was feeling, she wanted something like that but she didn’t want to float away from her sister too. I loved the fact how maturely, in the end, they talked it out. Anyway back onto the adorable romance.

Reid was such a goofball. It was definitely hard not to fall for him. (Why are there no goofballs here? Moi needs some goofballs in life.) I guess when you like the person and finally feel comfortable with the other, it’s easier to be open with them. That’s how Molly and Reid’s friendship started out. Goooood, I wanted them together from the first moment they met but it took some time. A loooot of time but I was perfectly okay with it. Those two are one adorably beany couple I love to death!!

Overall,

The Upside of Unrequited was a beautiful and relatable book which touched my heart. I fell in love with the characters, they were layered and dynamic and I loved how each of them was there for the other. I was seriously beautiful. Although there were some cliched moments that didn’t matter much because the sweetness of this book consumes you (on a cosmic level yo!). The writing flowed smoothly and was easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely, eagerly wait for Becky’s next book!

Recommend it?

Yes!!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think about it? 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??

Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde || Where the Geeky Queens were an absolute blast!

Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 288, Paperback
Published: March 14th, 2017 by Swoon Reads
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.


Soooo, the reason I’ve been absent this whole week is basically that I was unable to use my right hand and typing with one hand is… oh well! I am an accident magnet, you guys sure know that. I hurt my once dislocated right shoulder and baaaamn!! I mean hurting my foot just wasn’t enough, I had been suffering from it the whole of 2017, I had to hurt my hand too. -.- Right hand at that. I couldn’t do anything with it and it was immensely painful. Anyhooo, physiotherapy has been helping and it’s quite healed. Hopefully. It doesn’t turn the opposite way. Hopefully.

Anyway, onto this beautiful beautiful book.

First of all, I love the fact that the author is a Winchester girl and I absofreakinlutely loved the Supernatural references!

I had read a few books where going to a con and having a grand adventure is the main theme. This is the first book I actually enjoyed that stuff. I finished this book in a couple of hours, it was that good. And it was the perfect book to start my year with.

Queens of Geek is narrated in alternative dual POV of Charlie and Taylor who along with Jamie finally gets to fulfil their dream of visiting a convention known as SupaCon. Although Charlie meets her douche ex-boyfriend at the Con, she also gets to meet her crush. On the other hand, Taylor and Jamie have always liked each other but they had never taken a step forward thinking it might ruin their friendship. This adventure might prove that taking some risks are worth it.

Engaging Plot

This book was fun from the very beginning. And sooo effing adorable! I couldn’t get enough of it. The best friend trio aka Charlie, Taylor and Jamie visits SupaCon together to have the time of their lives.  Ah, don’t we all have this dream, I can’t waaaaait for mine. And thus begins the awesome adventure of the trio. I loved the convention as a whole, meeting new nerdy and awkward people like themselves, fangirling about fandoms, everything was so relatable although I haven’t experienced that as a whole. Taylor was especially there to meet her favourite author and that is a big dream of mine too!!

Awesome Characters

Aaaaaah! All the three characters were so freaking awesome! I loved the diverse representation and how the mental health issues were approached in this book.

Charlie is a bisexual, an outgoing person and a YouTuber who recently came into the limelight after appearing in a movie. Taylor is the total opposite, she is autistic and has anxiety issues. But I loved how both these characters balanced each other. I absolutely loved the friendship between these two! I absolutely loved the Girl Love!!! This is something we need mooooore. Jamie was another great character and an awesome friend. SupaCon really brought them more together.

The Adventure

The most fun part of the book was about understanding that some risks are worth taking. Charlie has never been with a girl before and she finally gets to meet the Internet sensation Alyssa Huntington who is also her crush. After meeting her she realises her feelings maybe not one-sided. Although things might have gone a little to fast between these two but I enjoyed it nonetheless. These two were sooo cute together and although I understood about Charlie’s insecurities about having an open relationship in public as a celebrity because her previous relationship already left a sour experience but I’m glad that everything came into the front and she was indeed brave in deciding to face it head along.

“You can’t pick and choose whose equality you support. That’s not equality.”

Also, I absolutely loved how she handled that freaking douche ex-boyfriend of hers. He really had the audacity to flaunt himself despite everything, I loved how they all put him in his place. Charlie was upfront and firm in her decisions and I absolutely admired her for that.

Taylor was the opposite. An adorable cute little potatae (like myself). Although she had no insecurities about her weight, but the hurtful comments were still offensive. And that my friends, was effing relatable.

“My bottom lip starts to quiver, but I keep going. “I fight every day, and too many times it’s just not enough and the fear wins. I’m so fucking weak and everything is so fucking intense and sometimes I really hate it.” I gasp, covering my mouth with my hands as the tears pour out of me. I didn’t mean to say all that. I feel exposed. Tears fill her eyes, too. “Can I hug you?” I nod, unable to speak. She walks around the table and hugs me.”

I could also relate how she was frozen when meeting new people or doing something in public. My body usually goes ice cold even in the hot and humid weather when I am in that kind of situations. Although I think I am getting better little by little. But it’s still frightening. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being an introvert but really want to overcome my anxiety problems. Aaaaah!! Anyways, she was indeed lucky to have a friend like Jamie by her side, aside from Charlie. The chemistry between them was sooo obvious and I was rooting for them since the beginning!! They were super duper cute!!

Overall,

Queens of Geek was an amazing read. It was fun, full of beautiful friendship and romance. I didn’t expect it to love it this much but reading this book was an awesome experience in itself. The writing was beautiful and the words flowed so smoothly, I didn’t realise when the time passed by. The pace was even throughout the book and the dual POV definitely kept things interesting. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Wilde.

Recommend it?

Do I need to say more?? 😀


Sooooo guys, have you read this book? If yes, how was your experience? What was the first book you started your 2018 with???

 

Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne || When the Game of Hating becomes more that just a Game

Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Pretty warm
Page Count and Format: 387, Ebook
Published: August 9th, 2016 by William Morrow
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive-aggressive manoeuvres as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job… But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.


Oooo why didn’t I read this earlier!!! My fault, my fault! (The cover might be at a little fault too!) I took ages to pick this one up and oh gosh, I was sooo not expecting how it all turned out. This book was right up my alley, and exactly what I needed after so many fantasy books. Honestly, I wouldn’t have picked it up if Raven @ Dreamy Addictions hadn’t recommended this to me.

Lucy and Joshua have always hated each other. Since the very first day, they started working face to face. And now they are up for the biggest fight in their working career and the one who loses has to leave the company for good. But this cat and mouse game is on the edge of something else, and they slowly begin to realise what they feel for each other maybe something more than hate.

Oh, my dear gosh!! What a beautiful angsty feel read and hilarious at the same time! I haven’t read this kind for quite some time now and I quite enjoyed it! Lucy and Joshua are at each other’s throat every day and they have no problem in showing that. They are quite well known in the whole office because of that. They absolutely hate each other’s guts. And I loved the continuous banter between the two! Sometimes they were too much, sometimes hilarious. The banter, sassy and witty remarks kept this book pretty interesting throughout its course.

“The trick is to find that one person who can give it back as good as they can take it.”

Lucy and Joshua both were amazing characters! Lucy was a cute furball of brightness and Joshua although was quite strict on the front and a jerk, but behind that facade was a caring and such a sweet guy. The tension between them was quite visible even though they were not aware of it from the very first. Although they couldn’t tolerate one another, they couldn’t stop helping each other at the time of their crisis either and with that began the understanding of new emotions and never had they faced any other who challenged them so much.

“He taught me things in the space of two minutes that the span of my lifetime did not.”

Honestly, it was such a fun ride! They figured each other out so perfectly and their chemistry was off the charts! It was like although they hated each other, they could absolutely complete each other’s sentences. It took a looot of time for them to catch up but I looooved the slow build up. It was absolutely perfect how everything was executed in the end and Lucy’s epic face off with Joshua’s father was the very best thing in this book!! Loved it so freaking much. It was bloodydamn hilarious and quirky! And I respected her even more for that.

Overall, The Hating Game was a quick and fun read, full of angst. The plot was executed neatly and I wasn’t bored for a second. The characters were amazing and managed to win my heart and I loved Joshua and Lucy together. They were like fire and ice but hella perfect for each other! The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to reading The Comfort Zone by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think about it? And if you haven’t, is it in your tbr? Are you looking forward to it?

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales || Where DJ’ing Opens Up a Whole New World

Title: This Song Will Save Your Life
Author: Leila Sales
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 288, Paperback
Published: October 10th 2013 by Macmillan Children’s Books (UK)
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

All her life, Elise Dembowski has been an outsider. Starting a new school, she dreams of fitting in at last – but when her best attempts at popularity fail, she almost gives up. Then she stumbles upon a secret warehouse party. There, at night, Elise can be a different person, making real friends, falling in love for the first time, and finding her true passion – DJ’ing.
But when her real and secret lives collide, she has to make a decision once and for all: just who is the real Elise?

An irresistible novel about hope, heartbreak and the power of music to bring people together.


I had this book for a looooong time. I can’t even remember how long but suddenly I picked up this book a few days ago and it didn’t take me much longer to gobble it up though I have to say I had a weird relationship with this book. But I love the cover!!!

Eliza has been a loner and outsider for as long as she remembers. She attempts a final try to gain popularity among her peers by taking one of the most dangerous and foolish methods that one can do but it doesn’t go the way she planned it. When she accidentally stumbles upon an underground party (Wish I would too. Ha!), she finds a passion in DJ’ing and she finally starts to feel as if she belongs but will that last long enough?

I had read so many mixed reviews about this book, so I was quite apprehensive at first. Also, I felt that book started pretty horribly. I immediately wanted to put it down, infact I was ready to DNF it but I just read to give a couple of more pages before I put an end to it. Thankfully I did so because as everything proceeded, I began enjoying this book.

“Don’t you ever want to have just one thing that no one else knows about, so no one can ruin it for you?”

Eliza was a flawed character. She was so desperate to fit in, that she forgot to be herself. Which is definitely the most important thing. #LifeLessonkids. Anyway, she didn’t even try to socialize but when it came to gaining popularity, she was ready to go down a horrendous path without thinking about the consequences. I was really angry with her character, in the beginning, I mean I understood but I still wanted her to stand up and face the problems head on but she always chose the easier way out.

“That’s the problem with life. You never get enough time to stare at your ceiling and try to figure out what’s going on.”

Finally, when she stumbles upon the nightclub and discovers DJ’ing (that was accidental too, kind of) she begins to feel a certain amount of joy and passion about it.

It was from then onwards I could see the real Eliza. Among Pippa and Vicky, I definitely loved Vicky. She didn’t judge and was really a good friend to Eliza. The romance aspect was little in this book and kind of weird, I didn’t like Char at all, he was all kinds of wrong, especially for Eliza. She deserved so much better.

“Throughout it all, you are still, always, you: beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable.”

Anyway, I loved how the book escalated. Eliza DJ’ing was one of the best parts of this book. She finally finds herself. And I loooooved the parents!! And how supportive they were of Eliza and protective at the same time.

Overall, This Song Will Save Your Life was a fun and quick read. The plot could have been a little better but I enjoyed the execution nonetheless. Also, I enjoyed Eliza’s character growth throughout the whole book. She was not exactly rude but too guarded and DJ’ing bought out the real her. I loved the friendship aspect of this book too and what Eliza did for Vicky!! The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think about it? And if you haven’t, is it in your tbr? Are you looking forward to it?

Review: How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne || Heartbreaking and Beautiful at the Same Time.

Title: How Hard Can Love Be?
Author: Holly Bourne
Series: The Spinster Club, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 480, Paperback
Published: February 1st, 2016 by Usborne Publishing Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Amber, Evie and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Amber’s story of how painful – and exhilarating – love can be, following on from Evie’s story in Am I Normal Yet?

All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.

And then there’s prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: love is hard.


Whoa, this book was an emotional roller coaster. I liked Amber in Am I Normal Yet? but in this book, we get to see her more closely and understand her and damn… I loved her sooo freaking much! There were so many times that I felt so bad for Amber that I kept hugging and patting the book.

Amber is excited to meet her mother after two whole years after she remarried. Although she is going to be away from her bffs, Evie and Lottie, she is more excited to form a new relationship with her mother. But her Summer starts going the exact opposite she was hoping for and on top of that, she starts to develop feelings for Kyle who’s working in the summer camp with Amber. He’s a notorious playboy according to her mother but the heart wants what it wants. Will she be able to handle everything?

Sooo, the plot may sound a little bit cliched. Yes, it was cliched but never have I ever loved a cliched book so freaking much! This was so much more than just summer romance, it dealt with Amber’s views of love and life. Amber always had body image issues for being “too tall” for a girl. This is clearly visible in the previous book as well and we can see how much self-confidence she loses because of that. I could relate to it on a personal level. And I could feel her struggle.

On top of that, she was clinging on to the hope of reconnecting with her mother who moved away two years ago after getting remarried. Damn, I could feel it that she was going to be hella disappointed. I mean, she was so happy and over-excited to meet her mother and what I dreaded came true, I felt so freaking bad for her. It broke my heart to see her hurting.

Kyle, on the other hand, was like a ray of sunshine she never expected in her life. That guy is seriously awesome, he is a forever kind of guy, that I could feel within a few seconds of being introduced to him. He was genuinely caring and sweet. And basically nice to everybody. Amber had a tough time believing such a boy could fall for her because the society’s standards were different. God, I hate that so much! Why does society get to decide what we are gonna wear, where we are gonna go, it’s our life and it’s up to us to decide that!!!

“Why would anyone get drunk? Why does anyone need anything like that to escape the world, when the world is its own antidote?”

Okay, before I divert any further, Amber was a tough girl but there’s a limit to how much she can handle. Luckily she had super-awesome friends who were a part of the Spinster Club as well, I loooved how Evie and Lottie encouraged her and boosted her confidence. Everybody needs friends like that in their life. 🙂

“Be you. It’s all you can ever be anyway. But own being you. It’s a fab thing to own.”

The romance was indeed cuuuuuute! And I very much liked Amber and Kyle together. They were adorable and why her mother was so apprehensive of him becomes clear later so. Seriously, I hated that woman. How could she call herself a mother? She didn’t even try… Although Amber kind of forgave her but it definitely wasn’t an easy thing to do but Amber’s last decision was quite weird, totally based on a whim! It just felt a little weird. But nonetheless, I’m glad how it all turned out in the end.

Overall, How Hard Can Love Be? is an interesting read. The writing flowed so beautifully, I didn’t want to put this book down. I loved how the plot was executed and I felt attached to the characters. I just wish some of the characters were developed more throughout the book, especially Amber’s mother but it was a satisfactory read.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think about it? And if you haven’t, is it in your tbr?

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?