Thursday, 31 March 2016

Review for F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher

F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher


Blurb:

Helena Conway has fallen in love.
Unwillingly. Unwittingly.
But not unprovoked.
Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered, and not even a little bit careful.
It could all be so beautiful … if he wasn’t dating her best friend.
Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.
Until she doesn’t.


Review:

[18+ READ]

“Let people feel the weight of who you really are, and let them fucking deal with it.” 

Do you think a dream can change the course of your life?
It sure did for Helena.
The book opens with a dream where she sees what her life could be, should her life take that turn. Helena cannot shake off that dream and begins to see things in a different light. And that sets off a whole string of events that made me laugh, cry, go "aww..." and then some. I really do not know how to properly review this book. Its almost been a month and I'm still not sure. 

So my book buddy hounded me to read this book, relentlessly. When I finally did get to reading it - I. Could. Not. Stop! I stayed up all night reading and finishing this book in one sitting. It has been a while since that happened. And after I finished reading I spent a better part of the next day discussing the book with my book babe! *Bliss*

I cannot tell you enough about how much I loved the writing style. It just pulls you in and before you know it you are almost done with the book and it's almost morning, and you kinda forgot to sleep. No regrets here! 

I loved the wit and sarcasm liberally spread through the book. I loved some characters, hated some characters and just wanted to hit some of them at one point. You know, the usual for any book you love. Probably my favourite part was the fandom references, I've come to realize that if you throw in fandom references in a book, I'll love the book even more. Gotta stand by my fandoms.

I will say this, this is not the kind of book I would typically like, but the writing style makes all the difference to the story. I honestly enjoyed the book and it's now one of my favorites. I'll probably go and get some more books by Tarryn Fisher too!

Till Later!
oxox

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Update....

Hello lovelies!

I just got my PC back today. It had to be formatted because of some nasty virus that ate away at the files that are necessary to boot the computer.

I have been reading a lot though.

So I'll probably sit and write up a bunch of reviews and have them scheduled to be posted here or something of that sort.

I recently went to a book fair and treated myself to a couple books. This year I want to read more paperbacks! There is nothing like the feel of a book in your hand and the "new-book smell" or just the smell of books in general.

There are some exciting projects in the horizon, if they do come to pass, it will be wonderful.

Also I haven't updated here about my Mandarin learning. Its going well. I've cleared my HSK Level 1 satisfactorily. I suck at the listening part of the test. I think I'd do better if there was someone actually speaking in front of me rather than an audio. Only time will tell. Level 2 classes are almost done. Lots of homework this time around though. And I mean LOTS!

Found an article by Book Riot featuring podcasts that book readers would love. (Check it out HERE)

Do you all listen to podcasts? I've kinda been avoiding it, maybe I should give these a go? Let me know in the comments below which are your favourite podcasts!


On a side note would you guys like to have some sort of free printables? I see so many cute ones up on Pinterest and I would honestly love to try my hand at making some of my own. Lemme know about that in the comments section as well.


Till later!
oxox

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Review for Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Blurb:
The enchantment continues....

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


(Sort of edited mini blurbs for you! :P )
The Keeper: The Keeper is a prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, and it tells us the story of a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
Glitches: Glitches was a prequel to Cinder which was previously published. In this novella, we see the story of how Cinder meets her new family and the events that follow.
The Queen’s Army: The Queen's Army was a prequel to Scarlet which was previously released. In this one we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and the backstory of the alpha - Ze'ev Kesley.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: This one was the book that the author sent out to everyone that subscribed to her newsletter. Here we see Carswell Thorne's backstory and we meet the elusive Kate Fallow and get to see how that story played out from Thorne's POV.
After Sunshine Passes By: This was a prequel to Cress. Here we see Cress' backstory and how she ended up on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: The Princess and the Guard was a prequel to Winter, and I adored the story. Jacin and Winter feels!
The Little Android: This was a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
The Mechanic: The Mechanic was a prequel to Cinder where we see Kai and Cinder's first meet from Kai's POV.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century...


Review:

I honestly am loving this re-telling of stories trend. I think its such an endearing way to have a fresh new, sometimes twisted, take on the stories we love.

Stars Above was a collection of novellas all from the Lunar Chronicles universe. It was amazing stepping back into the book world and getting even more details and back stories about the characters.

Of course my favorite was Something Old, Something New. But honestly I loved all the new stories that were added. The whole book world is so well developed and well thought out that once you start reading it again, its like meeting an old friend. This series is definitely on my favorites series list!

PS: So excited for Heartless!!! 

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Series Review for Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Like most readers I hate cliffhangers. Never Never novellas had the worst cliffhangers ever! Since I just finished reading the finale for Never Never, I thought I'd post the whole series review together here.

Here's my reviews for Part I and II from Goodreads.

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Blurb:
Best friends since they could walk.
In love since they were fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.


Review:
AHHH!!! Sweet torture!!

I wish I'd have the patience to wait till the second book was out at least, but no I just had to read this book because the blurb was just that good!

All I can think of right now is how much I want the second book. Its got me all like:
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Anyway... Back to the book. It was really good as per usual, loved the characters and the plot is really intriguing. Grab a copy and accompany me in the torturous wait for part 2!

Can't wait for the next book. Maybe they could release part 2 early as well? ;)




Never Never: Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Blurb:
“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can't imagine, beckons to be found. 

“Where are you, Charlie?”


Review:
Why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why?!?!

Okay now that its out of my system....
Never Never Part Two... I loved the book even though sometimes I feel like its way too short and leaves me with more questions than answers. But I still love it because of the sheer mystery and enigma of the whole situation. There are so many theories spinning around my head, so many questions, so many possibilities!

All the readers who love mystery with a dash of romance, who have a healthy curiosity and a lot of patience, YOU WILL LOVE IT!

Compelling, engaging, mind-boggling!

Okay now for the actual review for the book I read this year!

Never Never: Part Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Blurb:
Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

Review:
“Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with.” 

Do you believe in fate and destiny?
That is the question which will determine if you like this book or not.

The series started with a bang. I could not stop reading and I could not shut up about it. I have had lengthy discussions about this series since part one came out. Part two was a little bit disappointing because as I said earlier (ie in the review above :P ) that it left me with more questions than answers. But it had set up the stage for Part Three to be amazing and even more mind boggling.

I have to say that I was a little disappointed by this installment. I think I just expected it to go in a completely different direction, because there were just so many little clues that pointed towards a more complicated answer than what we got in the book. I expected it to be a little darker, and I probably would have liked it better for it. The series had such a great build up and maybe because I was expecting a completely different outcome, I was a bit let down by it. 

It was like I was expecting a gut punch and all I got was a little tap. You know?

But that being said, I still adored the series. I loved the writing style and the characters. When you view your life as an outsider, without any prior knowledge about the people or worldly attachments, I think our whole perspective would change. This was what I found really interesting in this novella.

I liked the ending, it was a little cheesy/corny for my taste, but I think I can live with it.


If someone else has read this series, lets fangirl and discuss together!! Also if you haven't, and want to take a chance on it, read and then let's fangirl together! ;)

Till later beautiful people! 
oxox
TJ

Thursday, 3 March 2016

I've Been MIA.... Again..

Hello lovelies!

I haven't posted in so long!!! 2016 isn't off to a great blogging start, no?

Many apologies...

I've been so busy though!! And fun busy for the most part!

There was the internship where I got to do wonderful promotional graphics, interact with some pretty interesting people, handle so many different kinda jobs, and I was appreciated! You do not know how good that felt!

Then was my birthday, which did not suck, so that's a win. :P
Also the most weird and amazing thing happened. I somehow gained lots of likes suddenly on my FB page. I have no idea how, but thank you! I'll be posting more stuff there too now :D


In other news, 2016 is not off to a great reading start either.... But I have a feeling it will turn around soon. I've never been able to keep away from books for too long.

Last night I did not sleep at all and stayed up reading F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher. God! I loved it. I now want a Helena and I want a Kit and I want a Greer. And I want to be more like Helena. No inhibitions, being wonderfully weird. More on this book in a review soon. I promise. Next week max!

So  I guess its already turning around.

Also I'll update 2016 Reading Challenge soon!


I'll end with this. I just want to say that I appreciate each and everyone of you that takes the time to read my, mostly incoherent, ramblings and still sticks around for some more.

Also just a reminder, you are appreciated and you are not alone. Just putting this out there again, if anyone needs to talk or rant, I'm here.
Virtual hugs for everyone!
TJ