The Poppy War || gruesome and compelling

There has been so much hype for this book online since the time it released. I added it to my list and was waiting for the paperback's price to go down so I can own it as a physical copy. Sadly, it never went down.* I finally caved and got the ebook just in time to participate in the Autumn is for Asia read-a-long happening on Instagram. The Poppy War is the buddy read book for September, and it gave me the motivation to finally read this tome.

An Ember in the Ashes || a great plot with great characters

Title: An Ember in the AshesAuthor: Sabaa TahirGenre: FantasyCategory: Young AdultSeries info: Book 1 of the An Ember in the Ashes series Goodreads Why did I wait so long to pick up this book?! I've had it on my TBR ever since it's hype first started online and I've had the paperback for MONTHS now.… Continue reading An Ember in the Ashes || a great plot with great characters

Best Reads of 2018

I should probably name this blog post "top ten books of 2018" so I'm restricted to a certain number. But I also really want to shower aprreciation on all the books I loved, you know? We're almost a week into 2019! How many times have you written 2018 instead of 19 while writing the date,… Continue reading Best Reads of 2018

Two Dark Reigns || lackluster tbh

Note: there are spoilers for books 1 and 2 in this review.

I didn't expect much going into the book. I thought the series was supposed to be a duology (which was why I picked it up when One Dark Throne released) but it got extended to four. I found the ending of book 2 very messy as well. Honestly, I do not remember the second half of book 2 at all.

Poison Study || finally knocking it off my TBR

This book has been on my TBR for AGES. It's one of the earliest books in my TBR on Goodreads. I was at the bookstore the other day and found a used copy of this book for a low price so I bought it, solely to knock it off my TBR. I really wasn't sure if I still was interested in it.
The Plot
We follow Yelena, who is given the choice to be the food taster for the commander of Ixia or be executed for her crime. After living for a year in the dungeons, she jumps on the chance of being alive a little longer...

My Plain Jane || as good as I expected

I read My Lady Jane, book 1, and I absolutely loved it. I added this to my TBR immediately. While I know that expectations set you for disappointment, this one did. I expected a lot of humour, fantasy elements and a story that'll take me for a spin. And I got it.

I should also mention: I really disliked Jane Eyre. I heard so much about it but I just found the romance stupid. Which was sad. But this retelling took everything I didn't like and changed it, also subtly mocking some stupid things that I mocked.

Legendary || was actually different than Caraval?

I read Caraval last year and I LOVED it. I even tweeted about it and my tweet was quoted in the UK paperbacks. It was lovely. I really liked the idea of Caraval. The game which is real or not and you're questioning everything while in the race to win the game.

While I liked Legendary, it still felt short of Caraval for me in the ways that I liked Caraval. Legendary had more of a personal plot line with many things weighing in. It did not have the actual Caraval on the forefront. 

Note: There are spoilers for Caraval below.

The Night Circus || fully magical

I've seen The Night Circus talk online for a looooong time and when I saw the (beautiful) paperback. I'm also getting my fantasy mojo back (after a LONG time) so this is the perfect time.

I have to say, I'M SO GLAD I READ THE BOOK. Oh my gosh. It's the most magical book I've ever read. No competition whatsoever. Want a book with magic? Poof, here you go The Night Circus that will show you what you SHOULD be dreaming about. Because let me tell you, this story goes way beyond our best dreams.

#7d7bReadathon wrap-up // 7 books in 7 days

I love readathons. If you don't know what readathons are, they're virtual events where many readers read during a certain time-frame and there may be prompts for what books to read, challenges, reading time goals etc. They're super fun because others are reading at the same time and it motivates you to read even more.

While I love readathons and want to participate in all of them, I'm usually unable to. Every time a readathon interests me, I either have plans or a lot of work to do. And this time was no exception. But I really wanted to participate. I just got out of my reading slump of over two months but still wasn't back to the same reading pace as before. I thought this readathon would help, and it did!

The #7d7bReadathon was hosted by @ecstatic_yet_chaotic on Instagram with the goal of reading any 7 books in 7 days, 16th through 22nd July. 

Children of Blood and Bone || unpopular opinion alert!!!!!

I was so excited for this guys!!!! I spent even quite a bit of money on buying the book. I was pumped. Couldn't wait for my exams to finish so that I can start reading it.

Who knew I'll hate it so much. In fact I wanted to sell it back and get another book ASAP because I don't want to hold on to it. Going for that in a couple hours.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen the annotating and the frustration. Well I'm here to went it all out in a non-spoiler review. I have many annotations. Let's go.

If you loved the book, you might not want to read this review.

Top Ten Books Of 2018 (So Far)

This has been a year of rereads for me. I think I've spent more time rereading books than reading new ones, and honestly I'm fine with that! I've gotten to revisit many of my favourite books and gave feels or notice something I missed before.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this week's topic is Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far). Although I haven't read as many new books to have 10 books I really loved, I have read enough books.

So I'm just going to list the best 10, which aren't really all that I totally loved. It'll be ordered best to good.

W: Two Worlds // Kdrama review

Welcome back to another Korean drama review where I talk about anotherone of my favourites so far! This was the fourth Kdrama I watched and I did not expect that I would like it this much What's the show about? What if you went into your favourite fictional world? What if you met your fictional crush and fell in love with him/her for real? What if THEY fell in love with YOU?

10 book series I’ve given up on

The best thing and the worst thing about book series is reading multiple books before you reach the end. If you like the series, it's a blessing that there are more books but if you don't like the series, it's not good. Especially for those who want to know the ending but have to trudge through multiple books for it.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl and this week's TTT topic is Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish and it's perfect because I actually have quite a few series that I've given up on recently.

A Court of Frost and Starlight || why does this exist???

I'm a fan of Sarah J. Maas. I have the first four books of Throne of Glass series and I also have ACOMAF and ACOWAR. I was super excited about this book. More about my baes from the series? Bring it on!

Needless to say, I was disappointed.

The story takes place about a year after ACOWAR and the book is supposed to be some sort of epilogue or segue into the next series about the same characters (probably starring Nesta). There were a lot of things I didn't like so let's do it in a list...

The Cruel Prince || too much hype

The Cruel Prince has been receiving SO MUCH PRAISE in the book community. I was a little afraid of the hype so I waited until the hype went down a little before reading it. 

I'm glad I did because although the book is pretty good, I didn't like it enough to hype it up as much as I've been seeing. If there was no hype and I didn't have any expectations, I probably would have liked it better because now I feel like it's not lived up to the hype.