May Wrap Up + Book Haul

May was a bad month for me personally speaking! Blogging last week was tough, if you guys noticed I wasn’t around much. I am also drowned in work and get so tired at the end of the day, writing for the blog becomes difficult. Though, I have read a lot of books.

I am hoping that June is much better. So I am hoping to get some more posts up and work some ideas I have for the blog. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Books Read

 

Book Haul

ARC’s

 

Bought

 

Giveaway Win

I won this book from Armchair BEA

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Phew! Those are a lot of books! And all I read were four book! :p

Harry Potter is mine!!! Yaay! I have been saving up for the book set since ages!

Personal 

I am starting Uni again in the month of August and I have made up my mind to enjoy as much as I can with my friends and family. With that in mind, I went to Lonavala for a trip with a few friends to celebrate a birthday! I don’t have a lot of pictures since I was so busy enjoying myself. Next time, I promise I will!

We stayed for 3 days in this huge farmhouse with lots of food, games and dancing! It was a lot of fun.

 

How many books did you buy/get in May?

Have you read any of them above?

Let me know in the comments below. 😀

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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 😀

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Top Ten Tuesday meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Usually, if I want to keep reading within the same genre, I go on to Goodreads and find a list of books that fall under the same genre. Once I have a list of books I like, I buy the Kindle version of the books. And if I really love the book, I go buy the physical copy.

But these books were all bought simply because I saw them on the kindle store and either the name intrigued me or the cover. For the majority of the books in this list, I will be honest; I do not know what they are about. They are all on my TBR list.

 

I have read The Testing series and you can read my review here.

What are the books you bought on a whim? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What did you think of them? Share the link to your Top Ten Tuesday and I promise I will visit! 😀 

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!

Continue reading “Mini Book Review: The Testing Trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau”

Mini Book Review: Eleanor And Park And Saint Anything

I haven’t posted anything for a while but that does not mean i haven’t been reading. In fact I have been reading a lot. Work this week was very crazy and I just could not write anything. I had a Top Ten Tuesday post ready but when I posted it the formatting was terrible, so I had to take it down.

Anyways, I am doing a mini review of all the books I read this week. I am trying something different so let me know if you like it. Continue reading “Mini Book Review: Eleanor And Park And Saint Anything”

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Book Cover Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard
Book Review Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian YA

Series: First in a new series

Publisher: Harper Teen / Orion

Publication Date: February 10 2015

Hardcover: 320 pages

Rating: 1/5 DNF

Synopsis:  The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the center of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? Continue reading “Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard”

The Ultimate Book Tag

So I came across this tag on Kath’s blog The Last Reader and loved with the questions. I couldn’t wait for anyone to tag me so here I am doing the tag even though no one has asked me to.

Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Not sick but I do have headaches. Not always though.

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I’d have to say Run Baby Run by Nicky Cruz. It’s an autobiography but the way he has written it is so beautiful. He described the thug life in a way that it kept me interested and yet scared me a little.  Continue reading “The Ultimate Book Tag”