Where Have I Been?

Hi guys!!

This won’t be a long post just a little update to let you all know I am alive and not abandoning the blog again:

  1. The reason I was away for so long is because I was on vacation in Dubai! But those who follow me on Twitter or Instagram must already know that.
  2. I have a lot of posts to write and a lot of ideas as well. One of them will be documenting my visit to Dubai and the rest will be all the tags and awards I have been tagged in.
  3. I have a question for you guys: See, I have never done a travel post before, so let me know what you would like to know about Dubai and I will try and cover those points in the post.

Yeah,that’s about it for now! I am super excited to be back, because I have missed blogging and talking to you guys!

 

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Book Review + Discussion: A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court Of Mist And Fury Review

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Action & Adventure, Dating & Sex, Depression & Mental Illness, Epic, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction,High fantasy, Love & Romance, New Adult, Retelling,Romance, Young Adult

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2

Publisher: Sunnyside Press

Format: Kindle

Source: Bought

Publication Date: May 3rd 2016

Synopsis: 

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.


My Review:

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

I am diverging from the way I usually review books because there is so much to say and the format is too restricting.

ACOTAR was released quite a while back, but I never read it. Don’t ask me why I don’t really remember. Yet, it was always on my TBR and just three days back, I started reading the book. I am not going to review ACOTAR because, well, I have so much to say about ACOMAF.

Let me just begin by saying HOW AMAZING THIS BOOK IS!

There was so much going on in this book and so much this book made me go through. This book was exquisite in its joy and sorrow. It made me angry, made me cry, made me laugh, made me feel for the characters. Gosh, I am running short on words. The characters go through such development and it’s all so natural, it was amazing to read. The themes in the book were so very strong. Themes other YA books steer clear from yet Maas centered the book AROUND trauma and PTSD and so much more. Anyone who loves to read fantasy should read this book. Heck everyone should read this book!

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Pace: 5/5

Overall Rating: 10/5

Have you read the book?

If not, you should!

And once you have, come back and  talk to me, please!

I have so much to say. 😀 


Spoiler filled discussion starts below! Please do not continue reading if you haven’t read both the books. You’ve been warned.


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Breakfast at Poldark’s Cover Reveal

 

There is something so beautiful about good book covers, isn’t it? So, when I was presented the opportunity to reveal the cover to this book, I couldn’t say no! I love the cover and I am hoping you guys will like it too. 

Synopsis

DREAMING OF THE PERFECT MAN?

Kate Golightly needs to move forward and what better way to do that then with a trip to the Cornish coast with best friend and boss, Izzy. The sea wind is just what Kate needs to finally relax and begin to let go of her past. Except she’s suddenly got one big reason to panic! She RSVP’d ‘yes’ to the Queen Bee of her high school’s wedding saying she’s bringing her boyfriend (she doesn’t have one) who looks just like Ross Poldark!

With only two weeks to find the Poldark look­alike of her dreams Kate is under a lot of pressure for the Cornish coast to deliver…A hilarious and moving romantic novel from bestselling author, Samantha Tonge. A must­read this summer!

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Where can you find the book 

Goodreads / Amazon UK / Amazon US


About The Author

Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it’s a dog. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A GJSUzgHdlove of fiction developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. A desire to write bubbled away in the background whilst she pursued other careers, including a fun stint working at Disneyland Paris. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. She has sold over 80 stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, “Doubting Abbey”, from CarinaUK HarperCollins, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Game of Scones won the 2015 Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

You can find her here: Facebook / Twitter / Website 

 

Summer 2016 Comment Challenge

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This June  I will be participating in the Comment Challenge, hosted by Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense and Lonna @ FLYLēF. The best feeling as a blogger,  at least for me, are the comments. It feels great to know people find my posts good enough to spend time commenting! Which is why the Comment Chllenege is a perfect challenge for me. It will not only helps with comments, but with finding new bloggers via blogs and social media!

The Details of The Challenge

 

  • This challenge will run June through August.
  • You are welcome to sign up for one, two, or all three months (a sign-up post will go up a month in advance for each month and will be open for three weeks).
  • Bloggers will be paired up for one month and will be required to comment on each other’s blog posts.
  •  If you sign up for more than one month, you will have a different comment partner each month.
  • To allow a bit of freedom, you will be able to choose how often you would like to comment on your partner’s blog (options include 5-10 or 11-20 posts).
  • Social Media Option: If you’d like to give your partner further encouragement through social media, we will do our best to connect you with bloggers who are active on the same platforms.
  • Giveaway: at the end of August, we will be giving away two bookish prizes. Please note: this giveaway will only be open to participants.

Click here and to go to the sign-up page.

 

Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

I have decided to change the way I review. I like how this format gives me more room to talk about the book. I will try my best to leave the reviews spoiler-less. If there are spoilers, I will make sure to mention that. 

tumblr_nx422uooqd1u2yb1ko1_1280Title: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: Fantasy, Young-adult fiction

Series: Book 1 in a series

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

 

Synopsis:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


How did I get this book: Bought

Format: Kindle Edition


My Review:

I know I am far too late to when it comes to this book or series for that matter. I read mixed reviews about it when I first came into the market. Yet, it never made me want to read it. With the recent release of The Crown, I was intrigued enough to read the series. Thank god I did, I didn’t know what I was missing out on!

Plot

The plot was really addictive. I finished the book in a day and a half! I kept looking for a place to stop but that never happened. Every chapter left me wanting more. Everything from America’s life before The Selection, to her life in the palace, her relationship with Prince Maxon, the other girls, her state of mind with both men in her life (Prince Maxon and Aspen); everything led to my need to know more.

I did see a lot of similarities with The Hunger Games.

  • America choosing to be a part of The Selection for the people she loves, just like Katniss.
  • Two men fighting for her love similar to Gale and Peeta.
  • A group of girls fighting for a guy without all the bloodshed of course.
  • Even the maids reminded me of the makeup and hair crew Katniss had.

I still loved the plot though because I realize a lot of books are similar. Ideas are bound to overlap at some point.

Pace

The book started off a little slow but the excitement and the pace increased as America started competing in The Selection. The slow pace, in the beginning, wasn’t off-putting and I really loved all the background that was explained in the first few chapters. The reason for why she didn’t want to be a part of The Selection was something I could relate to. Not because I became a Princess or anything (I wish I was, though) but because I understand the uncertainty and fear of leaving a loved one behind ( with me leaving the love of my life behind and all).

Characters

America Singer

Initially, I found the name America Singer really strange but grew to love it over time. Her character was well written and I fell in love with her as the book progressed. There were times I wanted to shake her because he annoyed me so much. But I realized she is a teenager and she was thrown into a world she never wanted to be a part of. Her confusion and indecisiveness were something I grew to understand.

Prince Maxon

This guy is my new boyfriend! I fell in love with him immediately. My love for him has nothing to do with him being a prince or being handsome but because he just so imperfectly perfect! His awkwardness was so refreshing and His elegance was so down to earth! This character was written beautifully, the mix of awkwardness and elegance was so lovely to read. The friendship between him and America and the way they slowly fell in love with each other was so different from what I usually read.

Aspen

Well, what do I say about this guy? He was an equally well-written character. The love he has for America and the way he kisses her are what I want for myself. What I didn’t like, yet still understand is how he pushed America into The Selection but didn’t like when she did start falling for Maxon. Even with that element, I am so glad the author didn’t push the same old “love triangle”. My patience for love triangles is wearing thin.

Overall, this is one of those ‘feel-good’ books.

Do I recommend it? Hell yeah!

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 3.5/5

Pace: 3.5/5

Overall Rating: 4/5

 


About The AuthorKiera Cass

Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a B.S. in History. She grew up in South Carolina and lives with her husband and two kids in Christiansburg, Virginia. She is also a #1 New York Times bestseller.

Just like me, she loves office supplies and desserts!

 

 

Have you read the book?

What are your thoughts?

Do you like this new review style?

Let me know in the comments below!

I love talking to you guys 😀

 

Mini Book Review: The Testing Trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau

Recently I have been obsessed with dystopian books and in my hunt for more hunger games and divergent, I came across this series. This series is perfect for dystopian lovers, it has everything we could ask for. A bad government, a ‘chosen few’, deadly challenges to prove yourself and of course a love story!

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