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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Book Review: Genuine Fraud

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                                             ★★★★☆

Jule watched a shit-ton of movies. She knew that women were rarely the centers of such stories. Instead, they were eye candy, arm candy, victims, or love interests. Mostly, they existed to help the great white hetero hero on his fucking epic journey.”

I buddy read this one with the awesome Katherine @paperbackdreamer, if you don’t know her, check her blog right now because her reviews are great! Now, I didn’t know much of this book besides the fact that it was by E. Lockhart, who is an author that I like very much. It was Katherine’s suggestion to read this book and I agreed because I adored We Were Liars and I thought Lockhart wouldn’t disappoint me. And while she hadn’t disappointed, I have to say – wow. This book was one hell of a ride that I hadn’t been expecting.

This book will twist your mind and it’s going to be very confusing at times, maybe even frustrating. I adored the style of it, I feel like the way the story was told added so much to it. But I did take a lot of time to get used to it, because I haven’t any books that used it before. (yes, I’m evil and I will be vague about it, so you’re as surprised as I was, when you read the book)

It has compelling and unique characters. It challenges popular tropes, the male (anti)-hero supremacy, what is the role of women in the narratives. I think what I enjoyed the most about this book was Jule, the main character, how she builds and rebuilds herself through this novel, she’s not happy with her life as it is, so she gets herself out of this narration and builds an entirely new story for herself. Jule is an anti-hero, she’s someone you feel conflicted about liking, but someone you like nonetheless.

The book is very important to feminism. The writing was absolutely beautiful, but I expected it because in my opinion, Lockhart is crazily talented. I took away a star because the ending felt a bit rushed to me, this book was quite short and it left me feeling unsatisfied. Everything moved too fast and the conclusion wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. I felt like some things weren’t as well developed as they should have been, many things happened because of pure coincidences and it took away some of the enjoyment of reading this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, I thought the characters were very interesting, the plot was very thrilling and it kept me on the edge, so I can’t really complain because it was a great page-turner.

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What are your thoughts on this book? Do you usually enjoy reading thrillers? What are some of your favourites?

 

Mid-year book freakout

Hello, everyone! Can you believe it’s September already? I feel really sad right now! Let’s start with the questions, I’m already getting anxious about how easy summer went by. Also, I know that I’m somewhat late with this tag, but I really loved those questions. So, bear with me.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

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That’s probably Vicious by V.E. Schwab, it was pretty difficult to choose since I’ve read some incredible books this year. Therefore, I’ll have to mention East of Eden, Salt to the Sea and Six of Crows. They all are great reads and have brighten this year for me!

 

 

 

2. Best sequel of 2017 so far?

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I haven’t read many sequels this year, though I need to read Crooked Kingdom right now. I don’t know what I’m doing with my life. But I’ve read Infini by Krista and Becca Ritchie and while it can be read as a stand-alone too, it’s the second book in the Aerial Ethereal series. Great book, I’ve gave it a five/five stars!

 

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

33385229    SO MANY, you can say I lost count along the way. But I’m really interested in They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, mostly because I haven’t read anything by him yet and I have to start somewhere since everyone loves him and there has to be a reason for it, right? The subject is very interesting, there’s diversity, what else can a girl ask for?

 

 

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

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It’s got to be a Kasie West book, right? I love Kasie West, she’s the queen of fluff. She’s the author I reach for when I’m sad and I need to read light romance that will cheer me up and make me feel like everything is possible. Yes, she’s incredible like that. And Love, Life and the List sounds promising! Honorable mention: I’m also very pumped about Lovers Like Us by the Ritchie twins!!!

 

5. Biggest disappointment?

28763485For me, that’s The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, I really wanted to love this book, but it didn’t work for me, at all. Because while I love Yoon’s unique writing style, I didn’t like the coincidences that brought the MCs together, there were too many and it made the romance feel unrealistic.

 

 

6. Biggest surprise?

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, that book was so cute! I’m pretty sure I’ve read similar books when I first got into reading, so it wasn’t the originality factor that made me like it so much,  it was the characters – they were very loveable for me! It surprised me a lot because I got into it, thinking that it’s going to be another ordinary cute-ish contemporary. But it left me with a lot of feels.

 

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)?

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Taylor Jenkins Reid!! She’s amazing and I really need to read more from her because her books seem incredibly mature and she seems to be very skilled at dealing with important subjects and I love that in a author. One True Loves and After I Do sound very good to me and I can’t wait to read them!

As a debut author, I can once again mention Julie Israel!

 

 

8. Newest Fictional crush?

29975820Kaz Brekker, this guy seems so great, I just can’t. Like I mentioned before, I have no idea why I haven’t read the second book yet. I think it’s probably out of fear to be disappointed because of second-book syndrome and also because I’ve got spoiled – ugh. I hate goodreads so much.

But Kaz is mind-blowing, I love how mysterious he is, I love that he’s an anti-hero. I love that he’s a thief. I like everything about him and at some point, I’m going to face my fears and get my hands on that second book, so I can end up crushing even more on him!

 

 

9. Newest favorite character?

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Evelyn Hugo is my new favourite female character because wow, that woman is such a complex character. Also, I loved Inej and Nina very much in Six of Crows and Sydney from Vicious, but Evenlyn Hugo is my newest obsession, so, yes!

 

 

10. Book that made you cry?

25614492I don’t really cry while reading, I think I can count on one hand the books that made me cry (and some of those experiences are related to PMS-ing), but Salt to the Sea got some tears from me, I’m pretty sure of it. It was at the end and I was really moved and I think I might have teared up a bit. Yap. Great book. But better not read it in public! Or do it, who cares?

 

 

11. Book that made you happy?

136251Hahahaha! Who told you I read books to be happy? I love my books that bring me into a miserable mood for eternity! I’m just being dramatic. I finished the Harry Potter series this year and they made me very happy. I’m positive one distracted me from the pain of having external otitis, so yes! Those books are beautiful and a blessing to the world. Maybe I shouldn’t have picked a picture with the last book since so many deaths that will never be forgiven, do you hear me, J.K.Rowling??? But, it still made me happy, I was content with how it ended and the fact that all was well.

 

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year?

8621462Eh. Probably A Monster Calls. I’m not the person you should ask this question since I’m very picky about book to film adaptations. I also watched Before I Fall and hated it, also Everything, Everything which was cute, but not my favourite. So, I’ll go with a Monster Calls, yet the book is still much better!

 

 

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I don’t really know… I guess Red Queen. It was rant-ish and I’m always good at this type of reviews. You can check it out on Goodreads here. I’ve been somewhat bad at writing reviews this year because of college and my schedule has been chaotic. But with this one, I had fun because I gathered a list with everything I liked and disliked about it and lists are always amazing! Aren’t they?

 

 

 

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?

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I would have loved to go with Six of Crows, but I can’t since I’ve already mentioned it. So, it’s The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson! This is the Romanian cover and while it might not look impressive here, it’s really beautiful and also a monster of a book! It’s so damn intimidating.

 

 

 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I seriously need to finish The Silmarillion since I’ve started it a while ago, also I really want to read The Night Circus since it seems to be everyone’s favourite book and I’ve never read it.

 

 

 

Strange the Dreamer & Warcross Ebook Giveaway

I haven’t been a part of the bookish community on twitter for very long, but a thing I noticed just recently is how popular giveaways are! Therefore, I thought why not? Do you guys enjoy reading ebooks? I know there is a lot of debate on this subject and I have to say I prefer books that I can touch and so on, but that’s quite hard when you’re living in a country where it’s hard to access new releases, the translation takes a long time and the international fees are so high! Therefore, ebooks are a great alternative! I know they have been for me.

What’s your perspective on the subject? Tell me in the comments.

This giveaway will have two winners, there’s going to be a random selection and it’s internationally open! So, anyone can join!

(Also, I’m sorry there’s no widget for the giveaway, but you can still access the link! If there’s anything wrong and not working with it, tell me in the comments!)

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My Summer Book Wrap-up

This summer was good to me, I’ve read some awesome books, but I also had long periods when I couldn’t read anything. Even now, I’m struggling with a book slump, that is the worst, but I’m sure I’ll overcome it, at some point. Anyway, the summer ended and it’s time for a book wrap-up! I’ve read 22 books this summer and those are the ratings I’ve given them.

 

June –  I’ve read only two books (I blame the exams) 

 

 

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling – 5 stars

Coffee Boy  by Austin Chant – 4 stars

 

July – 11 books 

 

 

Sad Girls by Lang Leav – 2 stars

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K.Rowling – 5 stars

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch – 4 stars

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – 5 stars

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K.Rowling – 5 stars

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K.Rowling – 5 stars

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – 5 stars

Bad Girls Throught History : 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed The World by Ann Shen – 3 stars

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus – 4 stars

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – 4 stars

Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie – 4 stars

 

August – 9 books

 

 

 

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – 4 stars

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – 2 stars

The Tales of Beedle The Bard by J.K.Rowling – 4 stars

Vicious by V.E. Schwab – 5 stars

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – 4 stars

Warm Up by V.E. Schwab – 3 stars

The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway – 1 star

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – 5 stars

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones – 2 stars

 

Hope you all get some book recommendations from this post! What are your favourite books that you read this summer? Tell me in the comments!

Review – To All The Boys Series *spoilers ahead*

  1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

“You’d rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.”

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is the moment I fell in love with Peter Kavinsky.

 

2. P.S. I Still Love You

“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.”

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This book was perfect, except from the fact that it didn’t have enough Peter K. I just love the writing so much, the fact the story has so much to offer. It’s a tale about friendship, family, love, heartbreak, girl power and they’re all wrapped up in such a beautiful and special way. And Lara Jean is a character that I can really get. I understand her, completely. Also, there’s so much food porn in this book, gosh.
P.S. Jenny Han, I will always love you and your books.

 

3. Always and Forever, Lara Jean

“I like the way he looks at me, like I am a wood nymph that he happened upon one day and just had to take home to keep.”

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       I feel so sad about having to let go of Lara Jean and Peter K. once more, I really thought Jenny Han would not write another book, but here we are… I really wished this book had less drama than it had, but then again my graduation year was full of drama too. So, I can understand. Peter and Lara Jean were very cute and the end was perfect, I really am happy for my bby, light of sunshine Lara for choosing the best school even though that meant their relationship would be tested again and again, but then I really do believe in those two. If anybody is going to stay together, it’s them. The Covey Song sisters were so adorable and this series is totally the best when it comes to family interaction and sisters interaction. I was just so very emotional the whole time I read it and I flew through it, I think I might give it a reread sometime to see how I feel about it if I take some more time to let everything sink in.

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