Book Review: Radio Silence (+ Podcasts Recs)

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★★★★★

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong? Frances is been a study machine with one goal. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside. Then Frances meets Aled, and for the first time she’s unafraid to be herself. So when the fragile trust between them is broken, Frances is caught between who she was and who she longs to be. Now Frances knows that she has to confront her past. To confess why Carys disappeared…Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has. Engaging with themes of identity, diversity and the freedom to choose, Radio Silence is a tor de force by the most exciting writer of her generation.

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I can hear you all screaming “Marta, finally! You’ve read the best book out there, it only took you 2 years to get to it, but you’re here at last.” 

And yes, I’ve finally read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and I adored it. I think this also means Oseman is officially one of my favorite authors, she convinced me with her writing style, the amazing themes she has in her books (platonic friendships, so much diversity, subjects that are highly related to the fandom). Every book of hers is so original and I just love her mind, how she makes her characters have artsy hobbies, be three-dimensional and most importantly, they don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to be interesting.

Books that focus on friendships and family are so important to me, they are refreshing and they are very much needed to remind us all that romance isn’t everything in life.

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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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Book Review : Rosie Loves Jack

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 ★★★★☆

Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they’re split up, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home. Even cross London and travel to Brighton alone, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though any girl might find that hard, let alone a girl with Down’s syndrome. See the world through new eyes in this one-in-a-million story about fighting for the freedoms that we often take for granted: independence, tolerance and love.

 

This book is everything. I adored reading Rosie’s tale, her dedication to Jack and their relationship was amazing to read about, the lengths she went to stay with him and help him. It was phenomenal. I have never read a book with a protagonist who suffered from Down’s Syndrome and this book made me aware of many more things that I didn’t know about. The author, Mel Darbon, has helped people with learning disabilities through her voluntary work and it shows because Rosie’s characterization is very thoughtful and realistic.

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Book Review : Sky in the Deep

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★★★★☆

Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating. 

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Trigger warnings : lots of violence, torture, slavery, attempted rape. 

I was so nervous about reading Sky in The Deep since I got so obsessed with Vikings (again!) this summer and I wasn’t sure how I will feel about a YA Vikings-inspired book, but it lived to the hype and to my high expectations.

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Book Review : In Search of Us

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★★★★★

“The funny thing about beauty, James writes, is that in no way does its presence negate the truth of suffering, of injustice, of pain, but it does stand stalwart in its own right, as its own truth.” 

Ava Dellaira did it again for me and I might have to call her one of my favorites authors now because I thought there was no way she could make me this sad after I’ve read Love Letters to the Dead. I knew what to expect. I was coming in prepared, but somehow she still managed to break my heart. HOW? Just how?

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Mini Reviews : In Other Lands, Undead Girl Gang & Blood Water Paint

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Hello, everyone! Today I’m going to write three mini reviews, two of these books I’ve read during the exam session, therefore I’ll apologize in advance for possibly being vague about things. Let’s say I might not remember a lot of things from those books – that’s what learning 9 textbooks afterwards does to you, sadly. Have you noticed how I never miss an opportunity to complain about college? I hope you all did.

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1. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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★★★☆☆

I had quite high expectations getting into this book, I was promised lots of witchy cool stuff, diversity and friendship and I feel like I was a bit robbed. The book was diverse, though, I liked that, but the plot – it was very difficult to take it seriously. And I didn’t connect to any of the characters, Mila made some awful decisions from time to time, she and Riley barely seemed to be BFFs, Riley annoyed me all the time. I don’t know, for me, this book was a mess. It’s quite a shame because I’ve heard great things about the author, I’ll probably try her contemporary novels, though. I’ve seen lots of people loving this book, so maybe it is a case of ‘it’s-not-you-it’s-me’.

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ARC Review : Bound to You

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★★★☆☆

Thanks to Macmillan US for providing me with this copy of Bound to You, this hadn’t affected my review or rating in any way.

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I was looking forward to reading this book, I really hoped it was going to be a five star because it started out very well and the pacing was perfect, but some things just didn’t work for me.

I still think the book was lots of fun, I enjoyed most of it and I’m sure many of you will love Bound to You.

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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

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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!)