review; the chaos of stars

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The Chaos Of Stars
by Kiersten White

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up – which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance – so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic – and dangerous – complications… and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family.

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review; unspoken

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Unspoken
by Sarah Rees Brennan

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met… a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

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review; illuminae

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Illuminae
by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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meet your match; the fantasy edition part 1

cupidMeet Your Match is a creation of the Violet Team for the Book Blogger Creativity Project, organised and hosted by the wonderful Nori @ ReadWriteLove28. It is a genre-based quiz that will prompt a suggestion for your next read. If you’ve read the book you’re suggested at the end of the quiz, well, that’s okay! Let’s talk about it, and you can try with another quiz next time around.

This was planned as a monthly feature, but for now we’re starting slow, with just a few basic genres, though we hope to recommend a variety of genres and topics.

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  1. What are you looking for in your protagonist?
    a) a teenage girl trying her best to protect the people she cares about while keeping her secrets.
    b) a group of young people who have developed powers they do not understand and are struggling to find their place.
    c) a young woman who knows what she wants in her life but has to hide half of herself in order to reach her goal.
    d) a teenage girl and her friends from different walks of life, who come together to solve a mystery even while keeping secrets of their own from each other.
  2. What sort of tropes are you looking for in your fantasy story?
    a) forbidden love and family secrets.
    b) hidden depths and shadowy secrets haunting characters’ steps.
    c) a big family secret that the protagonist is not aware of at first.
    d) a self-fulfilling prophecy, pretty much.
  3. What sort of conflict are you looking for?
    a) something that affects a large group of people but is ultimately personal.
    b) a darkness spreading in the shadows that is affecting innocents and loved ones.
    c) between two classes of characters, with wide-reaching consequences.
    d) between what the characters want and what they know to be true.
  4. Which of these lines are you most intrigued by?
    a) ‘Hurting someone you loved was even worse than being hurt. That stayed with you longer, and weighted you down all through the night into dawn.’
    b) ‘Idealism is just an escape from reality. There is no utopia.’
    c) ‘I saw the void beneath the surface of the world; it threatened to pull me under.’
    d) ‘A realization that even if you had discovered the future, it really didn’t change how you lived in the present. They were truth, but they weren’t all the truth.’

If your answers to the questions were dominated by As, consider checking out Spellcaster by Claudia Gray, a story about a young witch working with a young man under a family curse to break both the curse, and prevent a disaster threatening the town they live in.

If your answers to the questions were mostly Bs, The Diviners by Libba Bray might be more your speed. Set in 1920s, the story follows a young woman with a supernatural gift who falls into a hunt for a murderer, intertwined with stories of other young people with gifts caught in their own troubles.

You might want to check out Seraphina by Rachel Hartman if your answers were mostly Cs, a story that involves mathematical dragons and a young woman who gets caught between the factions of dragons and humans when a member of the royal family is murdered.

Or if your answers were mostly Ds, you might want to check out the popular The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, a story about unlikely friends getting caught up in a strange and sinister twist of fate.

 

Two more quizzes to go this week! Be sure to check out Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor‘s Contemporary quiz tomorrow and Tiffany @ The Bookish Thought‘s Historical Fiction quiz on Saturday!

In the meantime, what suggestion did you end up with? Have you read it? Is it already on your TBR? Do you want to put it on your TBR? Let me know!

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top ten; book blogger facts

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke And The Bookish has such a broad topic that I got a bit confused for a second as to what I wanted to do. I mean, facts about me? As a person or as a blogger or as a reader?

It made sense to put together a list of book blogger facts about me. What I did, I will admit, is check out Cait @ Paper Fury‘s What Does A Book Blogger Actually Do? and 10 Things Book Bloggers Should Not Be Worrying About and see what applied to me as a blogger.

A lot of the things on Cait’s lists applied to me so, here we go!

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  • I started book blogging, on Tumblr, a few years ago, but I was mostly putting up reviews and reblogging (and creating!) edits and quotes.
  • I think I’ve read less since I started this blog than before I had it. Oops?
  • I keep telling myself I will set up a schedule but have not yet, leading to inconsistent posting. It’s a good thing I have a backlog of reviews from my Tumblr to transfer over, right?
  • I have never gotten an ARC. And – I don’t really care? I mean, I never read well under pressure, and that’s all ARCs are for me, for some reason…
  • I am pretty sure this format and theme will slowly evolve and change but I’m hoping it won’t be too drastic that it becomes jarring for people. #aestheticstress
  • My TBR keeps increasing, while my Read pile remains the same size. Help me.
  • A lot of times, I wonder if I’m simply saying things people have already said before and that’s why I don’t get hits and comments.
  • The amount of “WHY DON’T PEOPLE TALK TO ME???” I feel has become ridiculous.
  • I have only had the one book photoshoot, and I keep telling myself I will have more, but I never sit down and plan them out. Again with the not being scheduled enough, I guess.
  • I don’t know what I’m doing most of the time, but I’ve been enjoying myself, and I’ve made a few new bookish friends, so that’s a good thing.

Well, ten facts about me. Any of these resonate with you? Link me to your Top Ten facts too! Or just post them below.

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review; princess of glass

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Princess Of Glass
by Jessica Day George

Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other’s countries in the name of better political alliances–and potential marriages. It’s got the makings of a fairy tale–until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.

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hashtag twitter book chats;

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a proper discussion on the blog. June was unproductive for me, and on some fronts, July looks like it might be the same. But I’ve had this in my drafts for a while, and I’ve finally gotten down to actually finishing up this post!

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I think almost all book bloggers agree that twitter chats are a good basis for not just getting to know more bloggers and getting to interact with more like-minded people, but also for finding more books to add to our TBRs! (Maybe too many? Nah. No such thing as too many!)

I was taking part in a few twitter chats before I had switched blog platforms from Tumblr to WordPress, and I have enjoyed each chat I have participated in. I think I was lucky, when I started participating in chats, because the time differences meant the chats were happening around lunch time for me!

(Now? Not so much. Early mornings are not my friends.)

There are a few chats I try to always take part in – and a few more I’ve been missing by just a few hours because the timings don’t match. But someday! For those chats? Someday.

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The first chat I ever participated in was Nori @ ReadWriteLove28‘s #RQWN. #RQWN stands for Random Questions With Nori, and it is hosted infrequently. But it is ALWAYS fun. And fair warning, it inevitably brings up food. Be prepared to get hungry during the chat.

brittany twitter

Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles hosts #BBTC every Sunday at 8PM EST. #BBTC stands for Book-Themed Twitter Chats, and every week, Brittany hosts a chat about a different upcoming novel. Not only does Brittany post teasers from the novel, the author is always a part of the chat too!

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thebooktraveler twitter

Every last Tuesday of the month, Emily @ Emily Reads Everything and Sarah @ The Book Traveler host #BHPChat, or Blog Hop Party Chat. I’ve only participated in one of these so far, but I had SO MUCH FUN, and I’m hoping to participate in July’s #BHPChat later this month.

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Unfortunately, timings have not matched up for me to participate in either #Fandomso or #yafeministchat, both hosted by Kristen @ Kaycee Writes. But I’ve gone through the hashtag on twitter, and it looks like the chats were quite the discussions! Definitely going to try and be there for the next chat.

storysocial twitter

#storysocial is hosted every Wednesday at 9PM EST by Kristen @ She’s Novel and Jenny @ Blots & Plots. This is a chat for writers, but it’s definitely given me inspiration for blog posts, and made me think more about what I’m reading. It’s a little more slow-moving than the bookish chats, but it’s widened my circle of writing friends quite a bit.

I am sure there are more chats. I’ve seen fellow blogger friends participate in other chats that I have not been able to make, for whatever reason. But these? These are the ones I love and have had a chance to participate with.

What are your thoughts on twitter chats? Which ones have you participated in?

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top ten; books that are under rated

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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve taken part in The Broke And The Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday, but this one intrigued me. I mean, books that I enjoyed that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads.

My first thought was, how do I check how many ratings there are?

(Thankfully, they were kind enough to provide suggestions on their blog, and I used the first one, and it was simpler than I thought.)

My second thought was, did I actually enjoy these books?

Also – wow, I’ve read books that have A LOT of ratings…

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Some of these books come from the same series, and some are books I read ages ago, but all are books I remember enjoying when I did read them.

  • I read Bon Bon To Yoga Pants on Wattpad before it was published, and my god, was it worth the read. I loved it. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series, if I’m honest.
  • Has there ever been a fairy tale reimagining I have not loved? Not really. Lili St Clair’s Tales Of Beauty And Madness series was fascinating. Wayfarer, the second in the series, is a Cinderella retelling, and what a retelling it was!
  • Following that was the final in the series, a Little Red Riding Hood retelling called Kin. A little dark (but then they all are), and a lot of fun.
  • I received Tales From A Tiny Room as a gift from my best friend. A signed copy of short stories by a Singaporean author. Being Singaporean myself, I have to admit that I went in with a hopeful and positive outlook. I was not disappointed.
  • I’m still waiting on more in the Kate Stanley series by Jennifer Lee Carrell. Haunt Me Still was the second book in a mystery series revolving around secrets hidden in Shakespeare’s works. Much like how Dan Brown writes about secrets in history, except Shakespeare!

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  • The finale of Meagan Spooner’s Skylark trilogy was exactly the end I wanted. Lark Ascending ended on a hopeful note, answering almost all my questions but leaving enough questions for open interpretation to the future of the world.
  • The enovella set before For Darkness Shows The Stars, Among The Nameless Stars, sets up the world and the story for the Persuasion retelling, and it’s just great. Highly recommended.
  • I’m not usually one for reading published Austen fanfiction type stories, but I am and always have been fascinated by Mary Bennet’s story. Hence The Pursuit Of Mary Bennet, which was sweet and romantic in all the right ways.
  • I find it a little shocking that Steadfast didn’t have more ratings. I loved the story, the world Claudia Gray has created.
  • The finale of her series, Sorceress, was amazing, and I hope more people will read this series if only so I can yell about it more. (Hmm, maybe I should make a blog post just about this series… I do love it so. I’ve even made edits!)

And there you have it. My top ten books that are under rated on Goodreads. Have you read any of these? What are your top tens this week?

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review; princess of the silver woods

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Princess Of The Silver Woods
by Jessica Day George

When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor’s twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.

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june 2016; it’s a wrap

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It’s coming to the end of the first month of summer. Or well, for some, it’s summer. I come from the land of perpetual summer. Or at least I used to. I’m back here for a break, anyway.

I’m used to the heat. And the inactivity that comes with it. But then again, I do go through bouts of inactivity, even with blogging. It’s a really good thing I have a backlog of reviews to slowly post. I’ve been managing with that for a bit.

The thing is, I’ve got the ideas for blog posts – even saved some of them as drafts – but no motivation to actually write them. Oops?

Take this month, for example. I wrote a total number of ONE discussion post! Which was a Top Ten post. I came up with three post ideas that I have drafted, and a series of posts I plan to do every couple of weeks. Why I didn’t write them out? I wish I could tell you.

I wish I could say I haven’t been able to write new content on this blog because I’ve been busy reading, but that would be a lie. I didn’t even manage to finish the one book I was reading before I had to return it to the library. Why? I honestly have no idea.

Seriously, this month has been the month of inactivity for me. It sucks, and I have no idea why. It might be a result of the change of my travel plans… The trip that I was supposed to be taking next month got pushed to this one, there were some last minute things to be done, and reading and writing fell to the wayside.

Here’s hoping you’ve had a more productive month. Tell me all about it, and let me live vicariously through you!

I hope next month is better.

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