Book Review: The Girl in the Broken Mirror (Blog Tour)

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Girl in the Broken Mirror international blog tour

 

I want to thank Savita Kalhan for asking me to join the blog tour for her wonderful book, it’s a real honour to be a part of this as the subject is very important and everything about this book touched me entirely.

This hadn’t influenced my review, nor my rating for this book in any way.

I encourage you to check the other blog hosts, they are all amazing bloggers and I’m sure their reviews are going to be stellar!

 

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On College – NA & YA Recommendations

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Hello, lovelies! First of all, happy valentine’s day!! I hope you’re having a great time with your beloved! If you’re like me and your beloved is a book, remember to give it lots of hugs and kisses on this special day.

Secondaly, today I’m going to discuss the college representation in Young Adult & New Adult literature and I’ll focus on the differences between the two and what I would love to see more of. I’ll offer examples of the books I’ve read with a college setting and hopefully you wil get some book recommendations along the way.

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Get to Know Me

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Hey, everyone! I was tagged for this by Karen Jo @sincerelykarenjo, her blog is adorable, her bookish pictures are so cute and her posts are amazing, so please check out her blog, guys, because you won’t regret it! Thank you, Karen Jo for tagging me, this tag looks very exciting and I’m sure I will have a great time doing it!

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 Favorite color and do you have the book in that color? 

        My favourite color is red and I do have a book in that color and that is The Wrath and The Dawn. I took a picture of it, but it looked very basic and the light was weird, so  I’m just going to give you this absolutely perfect cover.

 

 

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    Describe yourself in 3 Book Characters?

This is cruel and very difficult, but I will try!

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Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone because it’s very hard to get me out of my comfort zone. I’m a shy person, who rarely does adventurous stuff (unless you count travelling). I’d probably benefit from a list like the one Emily gets from Sloane, just saying!

 

 

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 I’m shy and introverted and bookish and at some point, I’ve written and published (on wordpress, really) fan-fiction. Even now, I love writing fanfiction, I just never publish it anymore, but yes! Definitely, a lot like Cath. She was a very relatable character and I adored reading about her because wow, girls, are we sisters? Also, very similar college experience (besides meeting a nice boy, still waiting on that).

 

 

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Bronwyn because I’m pretty sure I’ve been categorized as the nerd, who never, ever breaks a rule all the time. (It’s not really that true.) I mean, I love slamming patriarchy all the time, but I guess you could say that I’m the good girl who has it figured out.

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Hyped books yay or nay? If yay, what was the most hyped book you ever read? If nay, what was the most hyped book you decided not to read?

 Ah, that’s not how it works for me. There are hyped books that have been very much worth the hype and overhyped books that were terrible. But no matter how good it was or how good I thought it was, I always wait for the hype to die before I pick it up. I can’t remember a time where I read a hyped book when people were still buzzing about it. I’m going to answer both questions because there have been cases for both.

Yay – Probably Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!

Nay – Twilight, probably… (though I’ve read the fourth book, but you don’t want to know the story for this one)

 

Recommend one book per season. Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter

Spring

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Winter

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Name one book that wrecked you emotionally.

  I think I’ve said it before, but Ruta Sepetys’ books usually wreck me emotionally, she has an incredible power with words, she can reveal the very essence of humanity, be it good or bad. And I adore her.

 

Name a book that you always recommend to everybody you know.

Well, you probably already know the books I always recommend, but for the sake of the question. The Lord of the Rings series, The Winner’s Trilogy, the Addicted series/Like Us series, Kasie West books, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Secret History, A Song of Achilles and PJATO.

What book would you recommend with tea and cookies?

Any book. DUH. But Rainbow Rowell’s books might be perfect in a mix with tea and cookies!

 

What is your guilty pleasure book?

New Adult books, especially Zapata books because they are so addicting and I can’t stop reading them, even though there’s a lot of drama and sometimes it’s very irrational or whatever.

 

Favorite dessert and a book that reminds you of that.

Cupcakes and totally Long Way Down (and Hothouse Flower) because Raisy feelings and because Daisy has a sweet tooth just like me!!

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Are you a procrastinator? What book have you been procrastinating reading?

Sometimes, I guess. The Silmarillion and The House of Hades, these two poor books have been on my currently reading shelf for so long, I feel ashamed. I will hopefully read them at some point!! And also Crooked Kingdom, a book I should have read a year ago and haven’t. But I own it now and it’s on high-priorities list.

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I tag the following people (and everyone else who wants to do the tag) :

 

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Book Review: The Wrath and The Dawn

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 ★★★★★

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.”

My reactions while reading this book can be summed with one gif :

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   My appreciation for this book is huge and quite difficult to put into words because I don’t know what to praise first (I mean it, I’ve been writing and deleting for three minutes because I can’t make up my mind!).

There’s absolutely nothing I disliked about this book, it’s a gem of a book. The Wrath and The Dawn has a slow-burn romance, strong heroines, complex heroes, family involvement (even if it’s just to mess up things) and an interesting take on love triangles.

This book is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, the atmosphere in this one is very mysterious and magical. It has prophecies and powerful stories, revenge and learnt lessons, rebellions and love. The main character, Shazi is a very bold heroine, she made me scream a few times ‘learn me your ways, queen!’ I loved her wit, her sarcastic retorts and most of all, her loyalty. It’s a quality I admire in people and in characters alike and Shazi is so loyal to her family and friends that some decisions were very difficult for her to make. And it was very interesting and also a bit painful to watch her struggling between her heart and her mind.

Khalid was a surprise for me, I didn’t think I would love him as much as I do, because it’s hard to love somone who kills his brides, right? Well, yes and no. I’ve fallen utterly in love with him and I can’t wait to read the sequel to see more of this new side of his. I won’t say muhc about him because I feel like you should get into the book not knowing much, it’s better for you to do that, go through the stages of disliking Khalid because Shazi does, starting to fall for his little gestures and then finally being in too deep to go back.

The plot was exceptionally executed, there were so many threads and plot lines going on through this book and I was a bit worried that Ahdieh might not be able to bring to put all of them together. But it was perfect, I feel like the twists happened at the best time possible and everything was amazing (except for Ahdieh trying to kill me with that ending, but fortunately I can start the second book right now, so who wins?).

I adore Despina, I hope people adore her as much as I do and that she’s not a underrated character because she’s perfect!! I feel like she’s such an enigmatic presence and I want to know more about her past and how she met Jalal. Just give me all the juicy details.

Like I’ve mentioned above, I really adored Ahdieh’s take on love triangles so far, it’s a healthy way to present relationships. Not everyone is lucky enough to stay with their first loves, some of us will probably always care for that person, but there will be other relationships out there for us. Maybe people with whom we are more compatible and that’s perfectly alright. I will keep my fingers crossed for Shazi to stick to her decision and not change her mind about it (thus making the triangle – a stereotypical love triangle).

This book is a solid five stars to me and I can’t wait to read the second book, so I can add this duology on my favourites list.

 

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Did you read The Wrath and The Dawn? What did you think about it? (and if it’s on your TBR, what are you waiting for??? Go and read it!)

 

Wonder Woman Book Tag!

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Hey, everyone! I was tagged by Angelica @The Book Cover Girls and Nessa @justbeingNessa, thank you very much, both of you for this! I adore Wonder Woman and I adore your blogs. Go check their blogs out if you haven’t already because they are gorgeous!

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Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to…

    I think I can hear all of you sighing and thinking ‘omg, she will choose Middle Earth again, I know she will’. And I would under normal circumstances, but since I love you and I hate to be annoying, I’ll go for something else.

 

 

 

Both these universes seem phenomenal and I would love to escape in any of these. I can imagine myself doing Ravenclaw-ish stuff at Hogwarts and being besties with Hermione. And then there’s the PJATO universe that I would adore because gods and adventures (I think this one would be a bit more dangerous with all those easily-annoyed gods).

 

London: A hyped book that let you down…

 

 

 

As a college student and a ‘new adult’, I’ve been trying to familiarize myself with this genre, I tried to find some hidden gems in it. And both of these books were super hyped and I thought ‘okay, I will give them a chance even though their covers aren’t the best’. (I want to know what’s up with new adult books and those hyper-sexualized covers) But they were very disappointing, I find new adult love interests so insufferable and cocky all the time. Who falls for this kind of guys?

 

Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (i.e. good personality)…

 

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           I think this book has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen, it’s so breath-taking. I could marry this book cover. And the concept of the book is incredible. Check it out!

 

     Lasso of Truth: A book you hated…

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This is hands down, the worst book I’ve ever read. Forget all your hated, despised books. This is the worst thing you might read. I’ve read it back in 2014 when I was still innocent and not very prone to ranting about book, but this is my reviewit’s full of complaints and gifs that have people wondering how stupid someone can be. The abuse represantion is awful, the relationship is based only on lust while it’s sold as something very deep, the heroine slut-shames other girls constantly and makes very stupid decisions. Just ugh.

 

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad that you need a shield…

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I’m pretty positive this book made me cry a bit. It’s because of Andrew Minyard who is always trying to be such a tough cookie, but who has suffered so much and deserves better from this world. Please go read this series and if you haven’t like the first book, please try the second one because this series gets so much better!!

 

Ares: a villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate them…

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Peter Pettigrew, he’s not even that scarry, he’s just so coward that it gets gross. I couldn’t hate him through the books, I just felt very sorry for him because I felt like he was very spineless and weak.

 

The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation…

       I will steal Angelica’s answer and go with SJM books, I feel like there are many books out there that need a better LGBT+ representation, but what’s worse than not having any representation, is trying it or putting it in your books just to please the fans. And that’s what I sometimes get the feeling some authors do.

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Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag…

I tag the following people :

And anyone else who wants to do the tag, consider yourself tagged by me! Kisses and many, many hugs!

 

 

Bookish Playlist

Hey, sweethearts! Today, we’ll talk about books and music – together! I want to mention some songs that remind me very much of some books and then I’ll give you some recommendations for music that you could listen to while you’re reading. Warning : it’s mostly going to be instrumental because if you’re like me, it’s hard for you to focus on reading and also listening to music that has lyrics. Yeah, let’s get into it!

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  1.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – this is my current read and I’m a bit obsessed with it and that’s why we’re starting with this book. Down below are two songs that are perfect for it!!
  • Soap & Skin – Me and the Devil. The lyrics are down below and I get chills only listening to the song, it’s pretty fitting for the main couple in this one.

Early this morning
When you knocked upon my door
And I say: hello satan
I believe, it’s time to go
Me and the devil
Walking side by side

  • Second song that I find very fitting for Anna Karenina as a character (especially near the end of the book) is : Fleurie – There’s a Ghost. I adore Fleurie, she has an amazing voice. Check out some of her songs (especially Hurts like Hell).

There’s a ghost, she’s wearin’ my face
At parties being introduced with my name
Just a skeleton of bones, wearing nothing but clothes
And she is paralyzing.

 

 

 

2. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han – I adore this series so, so much and I’m going to leave some songs here that I find very suitable for this fluffy, adorable series.

I like me better when I’m with you
I like me better when I’m with you
I knew from the first time, I’d stay for a long time, ’cause
I like me better when, I like me better when I’m with you.

You told me this is right where it begins
But your lips hang heavy underneath me
And I promised myself I wouldn’t let you complete me

I’m trying not to let it show, that I don’t want to let this go
Is there somewhere you can meet me?

 

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3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I’m going to read Crooked Kingdom this month (hopefully) and I need to get excited about it, so let’s see what songs are best for this book.

  • Fall Out Boy – Light Em Up – this is such a badass song and it’s perfect for the crows!!! I adore these kids so much, I can’t wait to read the second book to see what happens next.

Be careful making wishes in the dark
Can’t be sure when they’ve hit their mark
And besides in the meantime I’m just dreaming of tearing you apart
I’m in the details with the devil
So now the world can never get me on my level.

Wrap me up in Chanel inside my coffin
Might go to Hell and there ain’t no stopping
Might be a sinner and I might be a saint
I’d like to be proud, but somehow I’m ashamed.

All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don’t make any sudden moves
You don’t know the half of the abuse

 

 

 

4. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians + The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan – these series are amazing and I have so many headcanons about it!

  • Halsey – Young God – I’ve had this song as a ringtone for a year or something. I adore it and it’s very Percabeth. Fight me if you don’t agree, lol!

But do you feel like a young god?
You know the two of us are just young gods
And we’ll be flying through the streets with the people underneath
And they’re running, running, running.

But you’ll never be alone
I’ll be with you from dusk till dawn
I’ll be with you from dusk till dawn
Baby, I’m right here
I’ll hold you when things go wrong.

 

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5. The Secret History by Donna Tartt – read!!! this!!! book!!! you’re welcome. 

  • Halsey – Hold Me Downhalsey and TSH is perfect, really. I feel like The Badlands is perfect for this book and also Devil In Me is great for this book too, but I don’t want to over-use Halsey.

My demons are begging me to open up my mouth
I need them, mechanically make the words come out
They fight me, vigorous and angry, watch them pounce
Ignite me, licking up the flames they bring about.

Throw me in the landfill

Don’t think about the consequences

Throw me in the dirt pit

Don’t think about the choices that you make

Throw me in the water

Don’t think about the splash I will create

Leave me at the altar

Knowing all the things you just escaped

 

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6. Caraval by Stephanie Garber – this is such an atmospheric book and that’s why I will chose creepy, mysterious songs.

It’s dark in my imagination
I dont wanna think about it now
Is it all in my head
Are you somewhere waiting for me?

He chased me and he wouldn’t stop
Tag, you’re it, tag, tag, you’re it
Grabbed my hand, pushed me down
Took the words right out my mouth
Tag, you’re it, tag, tag, you’re it.

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If you want to listen to music while reading, check out this playlist, it’s amazing!! It’s got amazing tunes and a very warm feeling.

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Do you like listening to music while reading? What do you think of the songs I chose for these books? Do you know any of them?

The Halsey Book Tag (+some of my book aesthetics)

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Hello, sweethearts! I adore Halsey and when I found out this book tag existed, I was so excited. I had to do this! Right now. Let’s get right into it!

 

1. Castle – Your favorite queen.

 

 

Arwen (from Lord of The Rings trilogy) and Lissa (from Vampire Academy), they are some great ladies, that I enjoyed reading about. The only complaint of mine is that Arwen doesn’t make that much of an appareance in the books.

 

2. Hold Me Down – A series you just can’t seem to quit no matter how hard you try.

 

 

I want to reread The Winner’s Curse soon, because I can’t seem to find any other book as good as this one. I adored the romance between Arin and Kestrel, the way Kestrel’s brain is a weapon and she doesn’t need to know how to use a sword to be badass and strong. Captive Prince is a series I’ve read in less than a week because of how much I enjoyed it.

3. New Americana – The fictional friend group you’d want to be your fight-the-apocalypse squad.

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Can you imagine how cool it would be to fight in the apocalypse with Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper and Wylan on your side? It would be so badass and also one of the best experience ever because you could totally befriend Inej and Nina, Nina and I would be bonding over sweets, I’m sure of it.

4. Drive – A couple that needs to communicate (better).

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Kestrel and Arin, once again. I’m sorry, but these two are so frustrating in the second book when it comes to communication. But I liked it because it was relatable, at least to me. I’m bad at communicating, understanding cues when it comes to relationships and seeing someone dealing with similar circumstances was so great. (Also, this is my aesthetic of them. I really miss doing them)

 

5. Hurricane – Your favorite standalone.

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt is by far, my favourite stand-alone. I’ve been putting off reading another book by Tartt just because I have huge expectations. This book is so goood, it’s murder club, it’s got greek culture, latin culture, intellectual over-pretentious kids. Sign me up.

 

6. Roman Holiday – Cutest contemporary couple.

 

Lara Jean x Peter K. & Simon x Blue are goals. They are so cute and sweet, and these books are the types that will make your face light up and you’ll smile like an idiot for hours.

7. Ghost – Most tragic breakup.

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This was awful to bear. I feel pain as I talk about it, four years later. Kendare Blake, you’re a life ruiner.

8. Colors – One of your faves who hurts you a lot because they make TERRIBLE decisions.

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Everyone in this book makes such horrible decisions, but then I guess you expect it from the synopsis. But god, I wish Agatha Christie gave us a break with all those horrible decisions. Still 10/10 would recommend the book.

9. Strange Love – A character a lot of people don’t get, but you absolutely love.

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Daisy Calloway is such a cutiepie and I’ve seen so many people call her immature and say her depression isn’t real. But I will keep adoring this beam of sunlight. Bye.

Bonus/ Honorable Mention : Chaol. #chaoldefensesquad

 

10. Coming Down – A book with the best sexy times.

I’m not that big on sexy times, because most of the times they end up being very awkward. The Ritchie twins are the only ones that write sexy times that I don’t feel awkward reading, tbh.

11. Haunting – A book or character you’re still thinking about.

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Evelyn Hugo is a star and I can’t stop thinking about her and how I want to be like her, to be so determined and always get what I want and never give up on my dreams.

12. Gasoline – Favorite self-destructive character.

ME! Can I say me? Oh, no, I can’t… Because I’m not a character, but boy, am I self-desctructive.

 

These two classics struck me as self-destructive and Frankenstein also destroyed me a bit. I still can’t believe I was capable to endure all that pain.

13. Control – Your favorite villain.

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This is a nice one, you’ll never know what hit you. Trust me!

14. Young God – Characters that secretly worship each other.

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Victor and Eli from Vicious, behind all that hating and bitching about who is the worst, you can’t tell me they don’t secretly worship each other and love each other’s intelligence. I’m so happy Schwab will actually read a sequel.

15. Walk the Line – Best retelling or reworking.

 

I’ve read Ripped Pages recently and I adored it, M. Hollis is a queen and you should definitely check it out!

16. Is There Somewhere – OTP with obstacles.

 

Andrew and Neil from All for The Game, are a slow-burn couple and I loved every little bit of their journey. And then there’s Anne and Richard III, I don’t believe in the Tudor propaganda and I don’t believe in Shakespeare. I know Richard wasn’t as bad as they made him to be and if you’re interested in another point of view about him, go read Sunne In Splendour.

 

17. Empty Gold – An OTP that became a NoTP.

idk???? Look, I’m loyal to my ships, I’m going to take my otps with me to my grave. If I ship someone, I don’t give up on them. And I have a very good intuition when it comes to ships that aren’t what they seem to be. So, I have no answer for this one.

18. Trouble – A toxic relationship you still ship even though you know better.

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I ship Dramione, I said it! I know Draco is a little asshole in most of the books, but I feel like they would have so much chemistry together. Have you seen that scene where Hermione punches Draco? Quality stuff.

Hope you enjoyed the Halsey tag! Do you like Halsey? What is your favourite song of hers? And have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned?

Also, if you want to do the tag, please consider yourself tagged. I’m not going to tag anyone this time because it’s a very old tag and probably lots of people already did it…

 

 

The “Nope” Tag

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Hi, beautiful people all around! (my introductions get cheesier and cheesier with time, please note this)  I was tagged by Ash and Lo @ Windowsill Books, if you haven’t checked their blog yet, please do it, because they are amazing and their posts are incredibly funny and cool. This book tag is one where I’m going to rant about things I didn’t like in books, some of my opinions might not be very popular. But know that if I didn’t like a book, it doesn’t mean that it’s wrong for you to like or that I have something against people who liked it. With this being said, let’s get into the questions!

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NOPE. ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

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This book has so many awful characters that never get what they deserve and the ending so awful because there’s no resolution. You have those people who learnt absolutely nothing, who are definitely wrong for each other, but who get back together despite everything. And that’s not romantic, it’s just sick.

NOPE. protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

I’ve read two books written by Katie Cotugno, I read them because they are advertised as light romances, fluffy and so on. And sometimes I love to get into those simple romance contemporary. But these are annoying and frustrating because the heroines make the dumbest choices all the time. In 99 Days, there’s a love triangle, where the heroine constantly cheats and doesn’t even feel all that wrong about it… In How to Love, I felt like the heroine was weak and that the change she saw in the guy was definitely not there.

NOPE. series: a series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it (or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore).

I’m sorry for this one. I know you’ll hate me.

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I can’t be bothered with this series anymore. It’s just getting too much for me. I’ve talked before about not being able to continue after Heir of Fire in Unpopular Book Tag and Books I’ll never read.  So, check them out if you want to know my opinion on this series because I don’t want to bother anyone by repeating myself.

NOPE. pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.

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Anna and Étienne because cheating. I should have mentioned cheating in my most hated tropes because I hate it. I don’t understand why people find it romantic that someone would cheat on somebody else to be with you. It’s not. It’s hurtful for that person and it sucks. What’s romantic is breaking up with the person you’re with, when you start developing feelings for somebody else. It’s the most romantic thing ever.

NOPE. plot twist: a twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.

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This book was a huge mess and miss for me. I know many people loved it and I can understand it, but it’s not for me and the plot twist was meh. I don’t remember if I saw it coming (I think I did), but I didn’t like it.

NOPE. genre: a genre you will never read.

I don’t really have one. I’m trying not to limit my reading preferences, I’m trying to read more books besides the ya genre. And I don’t have a genre that I will definitely never read. I tend to not go for Historical Romances  and Erotica (because they don’t do much to me).

 

NOPE. book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

I will cheat and use the same answer as Ash and Lo because besides Mass Market Paperbacks, I don’t have much of a hatred towards any other formats. I can read Mass Market Paperbacks too, but I hate what happens to the spines of these books. It’s tragic.

NOPE. trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

Every trope I mentioned in this post. But also, books where the non-white characters are always the villains, books where mental ill people get an awful representation (read rebeccamills01 ‘s comments on my post).

 

NOPE. recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

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I tried to, but it was very slow and I wasn’t getting into it and then I read some reviews that made me understand that this series isn’t for me. Also, I don’t think it’s nice that the series is advertised as being YA, when it seems to be more NA.

NOPE. cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Pretentios metaphors that make no sense.

NOPE. love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

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Eliza deserved better than the treatment she got from Wallace, you can say that he had his reasons, but at the end of the say what he did was very close to emotional abuse.

 

NOPE. book: a book that shouldn’t have existed.

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Colleen Hoover first posted this on wattpad and it felt a lot like a bad fanfiction, the plot was awful, the romance made no sense, the heroine wasn’t relatable at all, she made stupid choice after stupid choice. And I feel like it was a bad decision for Hoover to publish this in paperback or whatever.

 

NOPE. villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

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Smaug. I wouldn’t like to cross him, he was so terrifying in the movies. I guess Benedict’s voice helped a lot to make him so creepy. But I’ve got chills only thinking of the dragon (though he was a bit dumbish at some parts), but he scares me a little bit more than orcs or Sauron.

 

NOPE. death: a character death that still haunts you.

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The real death in the Fellowship of the Ring and the not-quite-death one too! I won’t give you details because maybe there are still people who don’t know what I’m talking about. But the real death was very emotional and I cried the first time I watched it, the book also made it pretty emotional. You know I talk a lot about the LOTR trilogy and while I hold the books very dearly to my heart, the movies are even better. (blaspemy, I know)

 

NOPE. author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

I know Judy Blume was a huge thing back in the day, but my experience with her was pretty bad. Red Queen was also awful for me, I have a review on Goodreads that you can check out if you want to see why I disliked the book so badly that I don’t want to continue the series or read anything by Aveyard any time soon. 

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Now, the people I’m going to tag are :

  • Marie @drizzleandhurricanebooks
  • Emma @thoughtsofabrowneyedgirlblog
  • Rebecca @mylifeasasportsfangirl
  • Jackie @toomuchofabooknerd

Top 5 Tropes I absolutely hate

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Hey, guys! *waves*

Today I will write my first book chat and I hope you will enjoy this topic, I know I have lots of things to say on this matter. (And I hope you will have too!)

Do you ever start reading a book and it’s amazing up until something very cliché comes up, an over-used trope, something you can’t seem to be able to digest? And after that, nothing is the same. The entire book has been ruined for you in just one crucial moment. Because you’re just fed up with reading about the same tropes all the time. I know it happened to me many times before, that being the reason why I’m here – writing this post. The tropes aren’t listed in any particular order. So, let’s get right into it!

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1. The character who is absolutely gorgeous, possesses all those incredible skills/traits, their milkshake brings all the people to their yard and yet they complain about themselves all the time.

I can understand low self-esteem. Okay. I can. I have my own share of it. But I’m not talking of low self-esteem. I’m talking of authors making those very detailed descriptions of absolutely gorgeous characters (full lips, beautiful wide eyes, etc.) and then making them say how unattractive they are. I mean, if you want to write this exceptionally beautiful character, at least, own it! It’s not believable when you describe them in such attractive ways just to have them dismiss everything they’ve said before and then act very insecure.

An alternation to it is the special snowflake or the character who is not like all the others.

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2. The Absent Parents

This happens so much in ya literature, it got tiring. These teenagers aren’t orphans, but sometimes it seems like it because their parents never show up, they never even mention their parents. Nope. Nothing. They give parties whenever they want. They go out and fight demons/monsters/whatever without having to worry about their parents. And I’m here being almost twenty and not being able to miss two calls from my mom without her worrying and getting pissed off at me. Totally unrealistic. And family bonds add a lot to the plot, so I wish ya literature will stop using this trope. I know the whole family thing might not seem as exciting as conquering the world, but trust me, it’s pretty important!

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3. Romances that are described as being great and life-changing when they’re actual very abusive.

I keep thinking about myself and how media (movies, tv shows and books)  gave me very unrealistic expectations of love when I was a teen. When I was 14 years old, I had those stupid ideas that it was romantic not to show your feelings, it was romantic for the guy to act like a total asshole, ignore you and act unavailable as long as he acted nice once in a blue moon and liked me. I’m pretty sure, boys acted like bad guys too, just because movies depicted it as such an attractive thing. When it’s really not. It’s not healthy and your relationship will go nowhere. Just stop telling teenagers that it’s okay to accept abuse and ill-treatment for love. Love is supposed to be something else entirely, it’s about having someone support you in order for you to grow as a person, it’s about having someone who treats you right by your side.

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4. Girl hate and slut-shaming

There are so many books that include girl-on-girl fights and you might argue and say that it happens in real world. I’ll give you that, it happens. But that doesn’t mean it’s a positive thing. Women are constantly pushed to compete against each other, to tear each other apart. So, why would I want to read about this in books too? Why would you want to promote this by including girls who fight over a damn boy? Two people can fall in love with the same person, but you know what they can do in this situation? Be respectful to each other. At least, ignore each other. What is not okay is making the MC insult, slut-shame another girl just because she’s with the guy the MC wants.

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5. Insta-love/Insta-lust.

WHY? why? WHY?

Whenver two characters just met and they’ve already made heart eyes at each other or lusted for each other in the first paragraph, I’m out! I’m sorry, but I can’t stand it. Relationships don’t work that way. It’s true that some people are instantly attracted to each other, it happens, but they still have to work on their relationship, deepen it and move past the initial only-lust aspect. It’s not realistic when characters say their I love you’s after one day, one week or one hour of spending time together. It’s not realistic when you’re trying to sell me this amazing, earth-shattering bond between two characters who barely said ‘hello’ to each other. Just saying.

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What are some of your most hated tropes?

Are there any overused tropes that you like even though you are aware that they aren’t very original?

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The End of the Year Book Tag

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Hello, lovelies! I’m back with another book tag, I really think they’re exciting and I prefer them to book reviews, but I’ll do my best to find a balance between these. Anyway, this tag was created by Ariel Bissett on youtube and is about how we prepare for this end of the year book-wise. Let’s get started!

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

YES. yes. YES. I’ve been incredibly bad at finishing books this year, I don’t know whyyy! I have two books for this, they are both on my currently reading shelf, but I haven’t focused on them for a long time and these are :

 

With The Silmarillion I have an excuse because it’s a very heavy book, one that you read alongside with others because you need some distraction. It’s very mythology-packed, it’s the ‘Bible’ of Middle Earth, it’s the genesis of this universe. But with The House of Hades, I don’t have many excuses, besides the fact that I’ve read this series in a very chaotic manner and now I ended up not remembering any facts anymore.

 

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

That’s not really how it works with me. I read whatever I’m in the mood for. I’ve been known to read wintery books in the summer, summer books in the winter and so on. But this one has been on my radar for some time and it gives huge vibes of autumnal book.

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3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

October is my birthday month and I feel like it’s always been such a great month for book releases and this year it isn’t disappointing me either. Just look at these beautiful babies and there are more, but these are the ones I’m most excited about!

 

 

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

So, so, so many. You can see my shame from here, growing each year with each popular release that I haven’t read yet even though everybody else and their cats had.

 

 

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

Hmm, I have very high hopes for all the books above, but especially about The Hate U Give and Crooked Kingdom. I feel like these two books have high potential to end up being my favourites.

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

No, I can’t say that I did make plans for 2018. I have a resolution – to read and finish more of my uncompleted series because I have a huge shelf with unfinished series and it’s time to get a hold of it.

That was it, what are some of your plans for 2018? And are you happy with what you accomplished so far in 2017?