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

monthly wrap up

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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review; thirteen reasons why

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Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

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review; scarlet

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Scarlet
by Marissa Meyer

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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review; enchanted

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Enchanted
by Alethea Kontis

It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past – and hers?

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the DNF shelf; vampire acadamy

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Vampire Academy
by Richelle Mead

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

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review; cinder

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Cinder
by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl…

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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top ten; reasons i enjoy the starbound trilogy

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Each time I think ‘this is it, this is the best Top Ten Tuesday The Broke And The Bookish have come up with’, they prove me wrong. Each. Time.

I can’t say I feel bad about it though.

I mean, this time, the category is so broad that I thought it would take me forever to come up with an idea.

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Then I realised one very important thing – I love The Starbound Trilogy. So much. Ever since I picked up These Broken Stars because the cover was GORGEOUS and I fell in love, I’ve loved the series. I thought it would suffer from the sophomore slump.

It did not.

It just got better.

So I figured, why not spread my love for the books, the characters, in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? Why not give you guys ten reasons I love The Starbound Trilogy?

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Note: All fanedits posted in this post were made by me for tumblr, because I love the series just that much. (I love it so much, I’m even making fanmixes! Stay tuned for those.)

  • The romance of it all.
    I mean. Guys. The first novel has literally two characters throughout the whole thing, and was so, so wonderfully written that I fell in love with them both, fell in love while they fell in love, and it was just magical.

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  • Each story is self-contained;
  • but also so wonderfully interwoven.
  • THE ROMANCE OF IT ALL.

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  • Strong female characters.
    Whether they’re physically strong or mentally or emotionally, they have layers and are allowed to be human and vulnerable. Even the side characters! (Sanjana Rao, amiright or amiright?)
  • Strong characters in general.
    They’re wonderfully fleshed out and individual, and just great.

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  • Characters that are allowed to be vulnerable lemme just sit here and cry a little.
    Like I said, strong and human and flawed, but fleshed out and made relatable. Even the villain was made somewhat relatable. I mean. You don’t get any better than that.

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  • The whole aspect of the OTHERS being given development too!
    I thought they would just be a mythical/mystical figure that we would not be made to understand, but nope! Their Fractured Light gave some answers as to what the beings were, and how they got there, and – almost all my questions were answered, which is EXACTLY what I want from my stories.
  • Did i mention the romance of it all?
    Because seriously, you guys. Each love story was so individual? And I don’t just mean the romances between the leads, but also the romantic notions in the stories. I just – I have no words.

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  • The world building.
    We see so many different planets, all developed enough to understand the people and their lifestyles and their characters! IT IS SERIOUSLY SO AMAZING I RECOMMEND THIS SERIES TO EVERYONE EVER.

Bonus; the fact that the authors are so here for interacting with fans. They respond to tweets (EVEN ONES THEY ARE NOT TAGGED IN YOU GUYS), they reblog fanart and edits (it has happened to me, with bonus flattering comments!), and they don’t dismiss fancasting ideas!

( I am totally speaking from personal experience here. I’ve had the pleasure of having Twitter conversations with both Meagan and Amie after I finished the first book. Mostly just me flailing at them. AND THEY RESPONDED. And then after I finished the last? This happened:

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I didn’t even tag either one of them in my tweets??? BUT??? SO INVOLVED AND READY TO INTERACT??? How could you not love them?)

So yeah. Ten reasons to read The Starbound Trilogy. If you have already, tell me what you thought of them! What would be your reasons when telling someone to read them?

Also what was your Top Ten this week? Link me below! Or if you didn’t make a list, tell me ten things that could fit in this category in a comment!

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review; steel

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Steel
by Carrie Vaughn

Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.

The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate’s life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.

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