9 Things You Require of Your Bookish BFF

1. Casually Uses Book Quotes in Everyday Conversations

 
If you’re truly a bookish BFF, it shouldn’t be too hard.

2. Updates you on bookish news, even though you already know

  

HOW ELSE WOULD WE FANGIRL TOGEHER HELLO.

3. Is Shamelessly a Fangirl with you

  
The gif says it all.

4. Cosplays with you on the daily

  

TRUE FRIENDSHIP RIGHT THERE.

5. Goes to all the bookish events with you

  
6. Lends you all their favorite books and vice versa

 
How else would you know if the friendship is real?

7. Knows who all your favorite authors are
 
THIS IS CRUCIAL.

8. Listens to you rant about your least favorite books

 
Can’t have the good without the bad.

  9. Does Bookish challenges with you

  

Because everything’s more fun with a friend!

 

 

End of Days | ARC Review

Title: End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days #3)

Author: Susan Ee

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Rating: 5/5 STARS!!!!!

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.
After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other? 

Story Arc/ Plot

That. Was. EPIC.

As usual, this book had a strong story arc with absolutely no plot holes, one conflict after the next.

The plot was full of all the things we love about the series: Humor, epic battles, and Raffyrn!

The book was utterly satisfying and though I’m sad the series was over, I couldn’t ask for a better conclusion!

Everything was fast-paced and it felt like I was watching a movie. And, of course, it was full of action!

Writing

Susan Ee has a really great writing style for her stories. It’s very simplistic, but at the same time it’s really goes deep into descriptions so that you always have a crystal clear image in your mind.

World Building

So, since this is the last book in the series, there obviously wasn’t much of any world building.

Characters

OH MY GOSH THEY’RE ALL AWESOME AND I LOVE THEM!!!!

Penryn is heroic yet unsure as usual and all together awesome. Raffe is his usual arrogant angel self. The twins..please hold on a minute while I burst into laughter.

The character interactions are the most fantastic thing about this book! Obviously, the Raffryn conversations are the best.

I felt like the characters, especially Penryn, really grew into the best they could be in this final book.

Overall, THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING PLEASE READ IT.

Reader’s Problem Book Tag!

I was tagged by the bodacious blog A Bookworm’s Perfect Apple! Go check out their blog, it’s epic!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

20,000 books ain’t got nothing on my TBR!

I am a full-on mood reader, so if I’m feeling like reading a light-hearted contemporary, I’ll read that. if I’m in the mood for high fantasy, then I’ll read that.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Absolutely not. I read for fun, so if I’m not enjoying myself, it’s not worth it.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

First off, I never have this problem. I mean, my challenge is set for 105 books, and I’ve already read 55! But if for some reason I fell drastically behind, then I will read every tiny little picture book I can find and complete that challenge.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

Erm. I don’t.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Internet! I find someone in the blogosphere or on Goodreads who shares my feelings and rant with them.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I’m really not much of a book crier. I know, I’m heartless. But if a book really REALLY hits me hard, I might cry. And if it’s in public, I just ignore the creeped out looks.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? 

Eh. I’m too lazy. I will read an overview/discussion of the book instead.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

Oh, I SO disagree. Believe me, I want my books to remain perfect. But books are meant to be shared and spread and loved. So if someone wants to borrow one of my books, I will gladly lend it to them.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Netflix.

‘Nuff said.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

All of the books.

And when I run out of money, I cry.

This is how I deal with my problems😂😂

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Right away! If I’ve gotten ARCs, I’ll read those first, then I’ll read all the books in order I got them, or whatever mood I’m in!

TAGGING TIME!

I tag:

Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Infinite Booooks

Josie the Bookworm

And you!

Have fun!

Fangirl | Review

Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult, Comtemporary

Rating: 5/5 STARS!!!!!

Synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Review:

 
IT WAS SO CUTE. 

This book is definetly a fun, feel-good, and hilarious read. Not to mention, INSANELY relatable.

This was the second time I read this book, and even though I really remembered nothing, I can still say IT WAS EVEN BETTER THE SECOND TIME.

INSANE character development! Cath changes so much and it’s so much fun to wacth!

This is one of those books that just inspires you to do something. In the case, it was writing. OH IT WAS SO GOOD.

All of the characters were so funny and quirky and I laughed out loud SO MANY times!

If you’re looking for a funny, feel-good book, Fangirl is PERFECT! 

Comment below if you want to Fangirl with me! (See what I did there?😏)

Second Chance Summer | Review

Title: Second Chance Summer

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis:


Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love. 

Review:

I’m still crying after a week. So many emotions. So many.

Morgan Matson has a really clever sort of writing style. It’s not a descriptive, metaphorical type that you usually find in fantasy and etc. It’s more of the kind that makes you feel every emotion vividly, and it effects the way you think, which is perfect for contemporary. 

Character development = ON POINT. Another one of Morgan Matson’s talents is definetly character development. I don’t want to spoil anything, even minorly, but it’s a big part of the story.

I liked how there were so many serious moments balanced out with more light hearted moments. Also, female friendships are heavily highlighted in the book, which I LOVED.

I would definetly recommend any of Morgan Matson’s books for those who don’t usually read contemporary. 

The Ultimate Book Tag!

A big thank you to Shannon and Briana for tagging me! 

  

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Yes…

*sigh*

If I could read in the car I would finish books much, much faster.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is, to me, so unique and poetic and absolutely addicting.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I haven’t read Twilight so…
But even then, Harry Potter because:

  1. Hagrid
  2. The Weasley Twins
  3. Magic

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

Yep! Basically homework, pencils, ballet shoes, notebooks, etc.

5. Do you smell your books?

What, why would you think that?
*sniffs book*

6. Books with or without little illustrations.

I can appreciate some illustration, but I prefer to use my own imagination.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

To be honest, I’ve never really experienced this. 

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Actually, yes! When I was little (5 or 6), me and my family would always go to the Politics and Prose bookstore, and there was this one picture book, Eat Your Peas, that I wanted so desperately. Every time we went there, my mom said she would get it for me the next time. Then, one day we just didn’t go there again. I still don’t have that book.
Okay, that sounded funnier in my head

9. What is the tinniest book on your shelf?

I have a lot of Indian comic books that are really thin.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

The Bible.☺️

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes, I LOVE writing. I can see myself as an author, but I think I would work in publishing while writing.

12. When did you get into reading?

As soon as I learned to read!

13. What is your favourite classic book?

Pride and Prejudice or Little Women.❤️

14. In school what was your best subject? Language Arts/English?
I think my best subject is English. Or Literature. Basically just writing essays.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

I would graciously accept, but mention I’d read the book before. People will usually offer a gift receipt and tell me to buy one I’d never read before. If they don’t, I’ll just remark on how I thought the book was unique or interesting and keep it.

16. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
When I get busy, I just don’t have time to blog, which isn’t necessarily a bad habit, but it does happen.

17. What is your favorite word?
Flapdoodle. It makes me so insanely happy that that is a word. Also dashing, especially when British people say it.

18. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
A nerd. A full on nerd.

19. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Okay, I absolutely despise vampires, but even then, totally fairies. If I could be a faerie or a human, I’d probably pick faerie.

20. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels because Angelfall. Susan Ee. DUH.

21. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves, spirits scare me. Then again, half men half wolf people scare me too.

22. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Vampires, because zombies give me nightmares.

23. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Forbidden love because I find it much more heart wrenching and much less overused than love triangles.

24. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Well, I enjoy both. It really depends on the mood I’m in, but usually I’m more for those action-packed scenes with a few love scenes mixed in.

Okay! I tag:

ALL OF YOU! 

Mwah!😘

The Glass Arrow | Review

Title: The Glass Arrow

Author: Kristen Simmons

Genre: Young Adult, Dysopian

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning. 

Review:

A big thanks to Tor Teen Publishing for sending me this book! This in no way affects my review.

The Glass Arrow is one big ride of intense adrenaline and emotions. I loved it!

The world-building flowed really well, but there were points in the beginning where I was still intrigued, but it was a little slow. Though it is a dystopian setting, a lot of things felt more like fantasy, which I LOVED.

Okay, Kristen Simmons’ writing style is amazing! It’s simple, but packs in all those metaphors and details. I could see every scene perfectly in my head.

The second half of the book was full of even more cliffhangers than the first, leaving me at the end of every chapter like this:

 
I am so SO happy that Kristen Simmons avoided a chliche romance that would have been so easy in this setting. Instead, she opted for a sweeter, more unexpected one.

The way everything was wrapped up in the last 10 pages was BRILLIANT. I had no idea how it was going to happen, but it worked out perfectly!

Overall, this was an amazing book with heart stopping moments, emotional roller coasters, and intriguing world-building, and an addicting writing style. Though I am disappointed there’s only one book…

 

    

Coffee Book Tag!

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

 

 I stumbled through this book because of all the fans, but just like black coffee, I really never got into.

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

  

I’m choosing the popular choice for this one. For some reason, the Harry Potter books have a very festive feel.

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favourite children’s book?

  

This has been one of my favorites for so long! So sad, yet so good!

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

  

This trilogy is full of so much action, and I love that so much! The dual POV always ends in cliffhangers, making you want to read each chapter! Plus Day and June…❤️

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.

 


Oh, Starbucks, how I love thee. ❤️

Red Queen has been receiving a bunch of hype right now, and personally, I think this book deserves it.

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout

 


😊👌 Great book. Set in India. You should read it!

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

 

 

*ducks rocks thrown at me*

Sorry, sorry, sorry! I loved The Fault in Our Stars, but Paper Towns didn’t do much for me. 😪

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

 

 

I don’t know how satisfying this was, but it was definetly bittersweet.

OH THE FEELS.

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! 

All-Time Favorite Fantasy Books!

If you weren’t aware, fantasy is my favorite genre, so I thought I might share some of my favorite fantasy novels among the many I’ve read. 😊

  

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

And pretty much every other book Rick Riordan has written. The Greek mythology woven into these fast paced and HILAIRIOUS books is to die for! These novels might also be known as the stories of my childhood.

 
 The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

Do I even need to explain? They’re full on high fantasy novels with beautiful characters, addicting writing and PERFECTNESS. 

 
The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse was amazing, but The Winner’s Crime was SO FANTASTIC AND INCREDIBLE AND HEARTWRENCHING beyond belief! I can’t wait for the last book in this trilogy full of political intrigue, wonderful romance, and writing that’s like butter on a perfect pancake of a book. (The best comparisons always include food.)

See my review for The Winner’s Curse here, and the review + discussion for The Winner’s Crime here.

  

 

The Harry Potter Books by J. K.  Rowling 

Um. DUH. I actually need to reread this series, it’s been so long!
 

 

The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

The Shadowhunter worlds is amazing and fantastical and PERFECT. I especially love The Infernal Devices, because historical fiction combined with shadowhunters is just my cup of tea. Or my cup of coffee, because I hate tea.

*Fears tea lovers*

 
 Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Though I have yet to pick up the rest of this series, I LOVED this book. Laini Taylor’s writing is so very beautiful, and the wonderful sort of plot twist brought everything together so ver perfectly.

  
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The next two books in the series didn’t live up to this one, but Shadow and Bone still makes my all-time favorite fantasy! I love how it’s partly based on Russian folklore and woven together so perfectly. LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!

 
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I’m so eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in this trilogy! Why? Because this book was AMAZING!

If you want to know more, or if you want to seriously fangirl with me, check out my review + discussion here!

That’s it for my all-time favorite fantasy reads! Have you read any of these? Do you have any fantasy books you want me to review? Comment down below, it makes my day!❤️

Becca💕

We Were Liars | Review

Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart 

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. 

Review:

I started off the book liking it, but not being OBSESSED. There’s a bit of a mystery that does keep you reading, and the writing style is very poetic and unique. But like I said, I was liking it, but not really grasping for more.

Then. The end. It was incredible! Don’t worry, no spoilers, but there’s definetly an insane plot twist and sort of OHHHHHH moment. The way everything came together, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

Even if you’re completely into the beginning , you need to read to the end so you can have your mind blown.

GO READ IT.

  

Comment if you’ve read it because I NEED TO FANGIRL!!!!!

Becca💕