Hasini's Blog

Hi guys! Welcome to my blog!

I'm a bibliophile and a 3rd year med student. My passion has always been reading books, so I thought I'll start a review blog and voila! Here we are! :D

As always, feel free to share your thoughts on my reviews and lemme know what books you love!


Monday, November 30, 2015

ARC Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Read from May 02 to 06, 2015
"The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.
Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.
Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.
Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.
But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.
Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut."

I never thought I'd like this book as much as I loved reading it now!!! I was wishing for a sequel before I even ended reading it! I was so much in love with it!

I absolutely love Elizabeth! I love the fact that she's named Elizabeth and that she's so badass! She was a very good protagonist and had the reader's liking from the first chapter!

The plot wasn't very complex or vast. Sometimes it was pretty easy to guess what's coming next, but what really had me was the characters! Boecker built her fictional characters into real - life beings and that was magical! I was so absorbed by the characters throughout, and every characters had their own distinct personality. I was so attached to the characters after I finished reading this!

I also found the romance in this book very touching. It was subtle and passionate at the same time and it was so beautiful! <3

Overall, the author should be proud of what she's come up with because this is one of my favourite witch/wizard stories and I'm so hoping for a sequel right now! I just can't get enough of Boecker's writing!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Book Review: Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth

Read from March 02 to 14, 2015
"One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent."
When I was done with this, what really impacted me were the friendships and sibling relationships in the story. I personally thought rhat the romantic relationships weren't much to talk about. 

I'm not a huge fan of FourTris. Their issues that keep getting in the way of their relationship just kept annoying me a lot and I was pretty tired of their relationship in the end.

But I was really emotional over Caleb and Tris, Zeke and Uriah, and all the friendships. I was fangirling so hard when the whole 'gang' got together in the epilogue! 

Also, I found the whole concept of the plot interesting but the story was too stagnant at one point that I just went into a reading slump! 

So, overall the story was okay because of the relationships but I'm definitely not happy with the 'flat' quality of the writing!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Instagram Giveaway Winner!

Last month, I had a giveaway on Instagram to celebrate my 1K followers on there - shocker! - and also to celebrate me leaving home soon to start uni! My good Insta buddy @patriciacrowther78 won this giveaway and she ordered a paperback copy of Salt & Stone.

Recently she received her giveaway win through Book Depository and I'm so happy to post this pic of her new book!

Also, make sure you check out her Instagram cause her pics are absolutely amazing! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Review: Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth

Read from February 20 to March 01, 2015
Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.
Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever... because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead."
Honestly, I didn't like this book much when I started it because of Tris's whole suicidal thing, but it got way better once she got over it!

I kept putting off reading it at the beginning but then I was hooked when it got better! Tris is honestly a really good protagonist when she's done doing the whole suicidal stint! I love how independent she is; she's independent but dependant on people in just the right doses to make it believable enough!

Tris and Tobias's relationship is not something I'm huge about! They have so many ups and downs, and it's honestly hard to keep track of them! But I'm a huge Tris fan though because she's pretty awesome! 

Also, it's really hard to figure out who is a good guy in this book, and that appealed to me a whole lot! Tris has known most of them for just weeks; how is she supposed to know what their true motives are? 

And the Insurgent title had a whole new meaning to me by the end of the book! I actually get pretty emotional about how perfect this title is for this book! 

Then, there's that cliffhanger ending! It just blew my mind because I don't think anyone guessed that! Really nice twist there! I'm really excited for Allegiant now! 

My February Wrap-up

I read 2 books, ebooks, and a couple of Weather Warden short stories this month! So, my February Wrap-up is: 

My fave Feb book has got to be Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine! It was an epic ending to an epic series! 😍

My February Book Haul

I received so many books this month! It's crazy how many giveaways I won too! 3 giveaway in a row is one hell of a lucky streak!!! 

This February I bought 8 books:

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Undeniable by Liz Bankes
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
Shadow by Amanda Sun (Kindle)
Bound By Honor by Cora Reilly (Kindle)
Wait For You by Jennifer L. Armentrout (as J. Lynn) (Kindle)

My gorgeous giveaway wins are:

Dictatorship Of The Dress by Jessica Topper
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (ARC)
Court Of Fives by Kate Elliott (ARC)
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I'm so psyched to start reading these! I'll have to read the ARCs real quick and I've got to reread The Iron Fey series because it feels wrong to start The Iron Knight after being disconnected from the series for so long! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

'Anna and the French Kiss' is here!

After weeks of waiting, my last giveaway win is here! And it's so beautiful I could cry!!!  This has got to be one of the prettiest covers I've got in my library! I'm in love!!! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review: Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth

Read from February 14 to 18, 2015
"In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her."
Reading Divergent was a lot like when I read The Hunger Games trilogy. It wasn't as good as I was lead to believe it was but I'm just loving the kickass female protagonist! LOL!

Divergent wasn't as "amazing" as I was told it would be, but still it was pretty good. I wasn't as invested in the characters as I am when I read 5-star rated books,  but I wasn't totally disconnected. I was still concerned about Tris and Four and the rest of her friends, so the tragic deaths that happened were pretty sad.

I actually liked the characters and I felt that Abnegation Tris was a lot like me when I was attending school! LOL! Tris getting initiated into Dauntless was like me graduating from school! So, yeah, Tris was a very relatable character!

Also, I really liked the Divergent universe! It was very dystopian and that appealed to me a lot! My favourite faction has got to be Dauntless cause I just love the whole jumping off trains and zip lining down buildings thing! This book was fun to read cause of those Dauntless scenes!

I also liked how the primary focus of the story was about Tris getting initiated into Dauntless and that Divergence wasn't the biggest concern in the story. It nicely shifted Tris into this good vs. bad situation that is gonna hang over the rest of the series. 

Overall, Divergent was a pretty good book but I expected it to be better. I have an inkling that if I'd read this when I was younger I would have enjoyed it more. Reading YA when I'm in that stage where I'm shifting into NA is pretty confusing.

my Goodreads review

Book Review: A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1) by Sue Grafton

Read from February 08 to 12, 2015
"PI Kinsey Milhone 32, in a pretty California town, gets her first case. Laurence Fife was a slick divorce lawyer and slippery ladies' man until someone killed him. Released from jail after 8 years, his wife Nikki wants the truth. But the trail is cold, and at the end is a chilling twist - a second eight-year-old murder and a brand new corpse."
This book was an okay read. I just picked it off the shelf cause I was hungover about the Weather Warden series ending but it turned out a bit better than I thought it would!

The beginning was not that interesting cause nothing actually happens much. Even Kinsey doesn't seem to give a damn about the case so that part of the book was pretty "dismissive" about the case.

But I found Grafton's writing style interesting so I hung on.

The excitement genuinely starts to build up somewhere beyond the halfway point of the story. Clues start popping up and the case seems to matter more. Frankly, that's how Kinsey's attitude changes so the story just drifts with her.

However, it wasn't the kind of excitement that has you cheering on the protagonist and gasping when pitfalls turn up; no, it was more like a clinical assessment on the part of the reader. I wasn't actually connected with Kinsey and all I was really concerned about was ending the book, which is frankly a dreadful way to end a story.

So, all this story really was, was a one night stand sort of thing. I don't feel any commitment to read the rest of this series and I don't feel the tiniest bit attached to any of the characters much.

my Goodreads review

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Book Review: Total Eclipse (Weather Warden, #9) by Rachel Caine

Read from February 02 to 05, 2015
"Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin has defeated her longtime enemy and saved the world—again. But at what cost? Standing at the ground zero for the last attack, Joanne, the Djinn David, and the Earth herself have been poisoned by a substance that is destroying the magic that keeps the world alive.
Joanne and David have already lost their powers, but that's just the beginning. The poison that has seeped into the planet is destablizing the entire balance of power, bestowing magic on those who have never had it and taking it at critical moments from those who need it. It's just a matter of time before the delicate balance of nature explodes into chaos, destroying mankind—and every living thing on Earth—with it."
I was grinning like a sappy fool by the time I finished this! That ending was so perfect, both for the book and the series! I'm still grinning like an idiot! LOL!

I really don't know how to write a proper review for this book since all that's going on in my mind is happy babbling! LOL! And there were so many shockers and twists, so I really don't wanna spoil anything!

This series finale was very hardcore and absolutely action packed! Also, it was steamy and nerve-wracking! It absolutely felt like the apocalypse was coming and that was amazing! It was such a roller-coaster really, something good happens, then something absolutely horrible happens and then again something good.

I just absolutely loved Jo, David and Lewis in this! I just cannot stop loving them; they have got to be three of my favourite fictional characters ever!!! And I don't wanna spoil anyone, so I'm gonna have to be veeeeeery vague here, but know that major stuff happens to all three of them and it's epic!!!

And that epilogue! I wish Lewis had made an actual appearance in it rather than a mention but either way it was amazing! I was bursting with happiness once I made my way through the epilogue because it was everything!!!

I'm so happy tight now that I actually she'd some happy tears and am feeling so sappy! Haha! This series was downright amazing! I've never felt so strongly towards fictional characters as I've felt for Jo, David and Lewis! They're like my fictional BFFs right now! And I'm so glad I picked up Ill Wind when I did because it's one of the best decisions I've ever made! This series turned my heart to mush and I don't think I'll ever be able to let go of it! Absolute perfection! And I don't think there are enough words to describe how amazing and perfect this series is! This series is one of the best things that ever happened to me! :')

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Cape Storm (Weather Warden, #8) by Rachel Caine

Read from January 31 to February 02, 2015
"Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin and her new husband, the Djinn David, are running from a malevolent hurricane bent on destroying her. Joined by an army of fellow Wardens and Djinn onboard a hijacked luxury liner, Joanne has lured the storm into furious pursuit. But even their combined magic may not be enough to stop it-nor the power-mad ex-Weather Warden controlling it..."
I didn't realise how emotionally invested I was in these characters until I read Cape Storm. Once I put down this book I was feeling so sad and desperate and hopeless, which is pretty much what the characters were feeling by then.

This book has got to be the emotional roller-coaster of this series so far. It hurt me so bad to read this. Everything was dark and desperate throughout this story.

Cape Storm was all about dark themes. It was all desperation, anger and sadness all rolled into a book.  Everyone is emotional and everyone is going through a tough time, so it really impacts the reader's mind. It had this really dark apocalyptic feel throughout.

It was so hard to see Jo, David and Lewis getting hurt so bad when  you've been with them on their journey for 7 books in the series so far. Unspoken secrets (or not-so-secret secrets) were finally brought to light and those scenes were painful to read. I'm feeling so scarred by how emotionally raw this book was.

I'm dreading reading the next book; not just because it would be the last but also because Cape Storm ended on an enormously pessimistic note. I'm just so scared to see how this series ends and at the same time I don't want it to end!

Cape Storm left me completely emotionally scarred. I couldn't even write a coherent review after I was done reading!

All in all, Caine's writing is amazing and I'm so unprepared for what's coming in Total Eclipse.

my Goodreads review

My January Wrap-up


How AMAZING is that?!? This is like, double my normal wrap-up! What an amazing way to start off 2015!!! I'm the happiest person on the planet right now!!!

So, here are my January reads, which is actually 4 books and 4 ebooks:

It's really hard to choose the best of the month since they were all pretty good, but I'm gonna go with Thin Air and Gale Force for January's best reads!

Book Review: Gale Force (Weather Warden, #7) by Rachel Caine

Read from January 28 to 30, 2015
"Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is on vacation when her Djinn lover, David, asks Joanne to marry him. She's thrilled to say yes, even if some others may be less than happy about it. 
Unfortunately, Joanne's pre-marital bliss is ended by a devastating earthquake in Florida. And she can't ask David and his kind for assistance. Because the cause of the quake is unlike anything Joanne has ever encountered-and a power even the Djinn cannot perceive."

I don't even think I can write a coherent review right now 'cause the feels are explosive!!! THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE BEST BOOK IN THE WHOLE SERIES SO FAR!!!

This is downright one of the best books in the series! Dawn impressive writing too!

Okay, so Wardens and the Djinn working together is so badass! Especially when David and Lewis team up! Like, it's so badass!!! *.* Seriously though, the Wardens and Djinn teaming up took this series to the next level! Amazing stuff keeps happening and it's just downright badass!

Jo and David were so amazing in this book! Since I don't wanna reveal major spoilers, I'm gonna have to be pretty vague here, so all I'm gonna say is that the two of them are amazing in this book, and I really can't say they don't deserve each other!

And Lewis! Oh my God! Lewis and David are definitely my baes! I have never felt so drawn to any hot fictional characters as I am to these two! They're both so badass, and I don't think I'm ever gonna end up in a relationship since these two just raised my standards to infinity times infinity! LOL! Seriously though, these two have got to be the hottest fictional characters I've ever ever ever "met"!

And the bad guys were badass too! There were so many shockers in this book! The Sentinels are pretty badass when it comes to being evil SOBs, so I'm really itching to land a punch on them!

When it came to good guys vs. bad guys showdowns, Caine gave it her all 'cause I've never read better showdowns in this whole series than in this! It was all so badass!

Ultimately, all I can really say to sum up this book is "badass"! Caine brought writing to a whole new level with this book and I'm so happy that I picked up this series! One of the best decisions of my whole life!

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Thin Air (Weather Warden, #6) by Rachel Caine

Read from January 26 to 28, 2015
"After preventing Mother Earth from destroying the planet, Joanne Baldwin lost her memories thanks to Ashan the djinn-and they will remain lost forever unless Joanne can recover her identity-and destroy the demon who is impersonating her, fabulous shoes and all..."
I read this book in like, TWO DAYS!!! OH MY GOD!!! *happy dance*

Thin Air has got to be the most thrilling book in this series! It was like Ill Wind all over again: Jo vs. the world, which is one of the best combos possible in this series!

Another plus point about this book was that we had hella lot of action from David and Lewis!!! I mean, the two of them teaming up is way hot, and that just made me love them even more!

And then there was ET aka Evil Twin! She was pretty nasty and I pretty much hated her! The reasons why I hated her where pretty much the same reasons why Jo hated her! XP LOL! And I was pretty much as mad as Jo was when I realised how fooled everyone was by ET! Ouch! :(

There were some pretty cry-worthy moments in this book. Like Jo and Imara scenes. Those were so sad! I might have shed a tear or two (or more).

And THAT ENDING!!! OH GOD IT WAS AMAZING!!! I was giggling and gasping the whole time and it was amazing! OMG OMG OMG!!! Since I don't wanna spoil that awesome ending, I'm not gonna say what happens, so all you're gonna know is that it was awesome!

Overall, I loved this! The series sort of got pulled back to its original race-against-time sort-of style, compared to how tragic Firestorm was, so I'm majorly ecstatic over that! :D


my Goodreads review

Book Review: Firestorm (Weather Warden, #5) by Rachel Caine

Read from January 22 to 26, 2015
"Rogue Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is racing to New York to warn her former colleagues of the impending apocalypse. An ancient agreement between the Djinn and the Wardens has been broken, and the furious Djinn, slaves to the Wardens for millennia, have broken free of mortal control.
With more than half the Wardens unaccounted for in the wake of the Djinn uprising, Joanne realizes that the natural disasters they’ve combated for so long were merely symptoms of restless Mother Nature fidgeting in her sleep. Now she’s waking up—and she is angry...."
OMG! I can't believe Caine ended this with that cliffhanger! Now I'm just dying to move on to the next book!!!

Like the rest of the series, this book was pretty good! I think readers felt more in tune with Jo in this book because she was going through such a difficult time and obviously, I totally sympathised with her situation! Like her, all I could think about was "when is this gonna end?"

I liked how other Wardens and Djinn were more involved in this book! I'm happy that Lewis and David were very much involved in this book 'cause those boys are all Jo and I live for! LOL!

I also loved Imara, Jo's and David's daughter. She and Jo had this really interesting mother-daughter dynamic going on, and I just melted whenever David got all fatherly with her. Such a cute family. And that's exactly why my heart got ripped up at the end...

And, of course, I loved Ashan's character. He may be the villain but his sass level is very interesting! LOL! He's pretty good at his job!

And now I'm gonna have to finish this off 'cause I'm so impatient to start the next book right now! I'm dying to see what's next!

my Goodreads review

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Book Review: Windfall (Weather Warden, #4) by Rachel Caine

Read from January 12 to 22, 2015
"You think you’re having a bad day? Joanne Baldwin has lost her job as a Weather Warden and saving the world doesn’t usually come with a decent pension plan. It also doesn’t come with any guarantees of landing a day job that won’t suck or finding a mystical cure for her critically ill Djinn lover. Burdened with a difficult sister in need of rescue, accused of weather-related murder, and finding herself in the middle of a Djinn civil war … well, Joanne’s bad times are just getting worse.
With enemies approaching from all sides, not to mention mounting credit card bills (Manolos don’t come cheap, you know) Joanne is praying for a windfall. But the mother of all hurricanes approaching the Florida coast isn’t quite what she had in mind." 
This was so so so so much darker than I ever thought this series would go! Ending this book was a lot like going through a terrible life experience and then being unable to grasp what the hell happened!

I just love the characters; that simple fact never changed! I loved the old and the new characters. Caine's characters have so much personality that it's hard to think of them as fictional! That's one amazing thing about her writing!

Also, I feel as if the series matured into something bigger with this book. New variables were thrown in, new dangers, new allies, and a whole new plot! Honestly, this book was a "storm". There was so much going on and everything matters.

I loved the interludes! You don't realise who is talking in the interludes until you approach the end. And that had quite a big impact; when you do realise who's voicing the interludes, you wish you had read them more keenly. That was really sad! And since I don't wanna expose major spoilers, I sound like a lunatic! Lol! But really though, I'm more upset than I thought I'd be by the tragedy towards the end of the book.

I'm excited to see what the rest of the series will be like, since Caine ended Windfall with quite a huuuuuuuuuge cliffhanger ;)

my Goodreads review

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book Review: Blubber by Judy Blume

Read from January 16 to 18, 2015
"It's easy to bully someone, especially when they're weak and different, and everyone else joins in the game. That's why they all call Linda 'Blubber', including Jill. Jill can't stop joining in, even though she can see how much Linda is hurting."
When I started this book, I was pretty upset with how narrow-minded Jill was.  It frustrated me to no end and I really didn't like her character.

But it wasn't until Jill became victimised that I understood what Blume was trying to point out.

They're kids and their focus doesn't extend much past their own problems. It's the popular kid that's the focus point of all the bullying. And everyone takes part in bullying as long as they're not the victim. It's pretty sad to see how it just unroll from there, especially when I've never experienced anything that cruel at that age.

I especially loved the author's note at the end where Blume honestly explained the situation in real life, which really got to me.

The ending was pretty significant too. There was no significant conclusion there; to me, that implies that regardless of the cruelty of bullying, life goes on as normal.

Overall, this book may be a book for younger kids, but reading it is important for all age groups. It gets a very important message through to the reader. That in itself makes this book a very deep one.

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Looking For Alaska by John Green

Read from January 08 to 14, 2015
"Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same."
I was definitely not prepared for this level of awesomeness! John Green is just so amazing and I think I joined his fan club! :P

For starters, the Before section of the book was all fun and games and all the rest of adolescent life moments. I tabbed so many pages in this section because I just loved his writing! His analogies were genius and just so beautiful! His writing just carried me through the book, and the only word that comes to my mind to describe how I felt is 'spellbound'.

I felt the mood shift once I reached the After section of the book. It got more serious, darker and more philosophical (sort of, I think?) I've tagged markedly less in this section. The beginning of this section was truly, painfully sad. It just broke my heart; my vision blurred a bit with tears even (I hate getting emotional when reading). But the mood lightened towards the ending, and even though it wasn't as light-hearted as it was in the beginning, it was less tragic. I couldn't help realizing that Green pretty much mimicked the natural process of grieving here: you don't forget but it gets easier with time.

Subverting the Patriarchal Paradigm made me laugh so hard! And it was so beautiful though! I just love how they carried it out to move on from the tragedy. This was a huge turning-point, and I'm just glad that Green made the reader her(or him)self feel that.

Looking For Alaska was absolutely beautiful, in my opinion. It showed life for what it is, and it didn't hesitate to show the reality. This book taught me so much, and I feel so lucky for having come across this book. I don't think I've learned this much about life from a fiction book! Haha! I'm so excited to see what the rest of John Green's amazing books are gonna be like!

my Goodreads review

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Book Review: My True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan & Kelly Link

Read from January 03 to 12, 2015
"If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons to stay indoors and fall in love."
I buddy-read this with @bookswithchai on Instagram

MIDNIGHTS by RAINBOW ROWELL = This story was really cute and it's sort of something I wish would happen to me. LOL! I really loved Noel! ;)

THE LADY AND THE FOX by KELLY LINK = This story was a bit disjointed, in my opinion. I was pretty confused thought out the story but was a bit less confused at the end :P

ANGELS IN THE SNOW by MATT DE LA PENA = I loved this story! It had so much sentimentality in it and that was beautiful!

POLARIS IS WHERE YOU'LL FIND ME by JENNY HAN = Aw! This broke my heart!!! It was really beautiful and I loved Natalie! Han's writing is awesome!!!

IT'S A YULETIDE MIRACLE, CHARLIE BROWN by STEPHANIE PERKINS = OMG I loved this story!!! Marigold and North were so cute and I just loved the two of them together! This story absolutely warmed my heart! :)

YOUR TEMPORARY SANTA by DAVID LEVITHAN = Wow, this story went so deep! I really enjoyed it though! :)

KRAMPUSLAUF by HOLLY BLACK = I really liked this story too! That ending was so meaningful and I loved the party! XD

WHAT THE HELL HAVE YOU DONE, SOPHIE ROTH? by GAYLE FORMAN = I loved this too! It was all so beautiful and I just wish something like this would happen to me! As always, Gayle Forman's writing is amazing!!!

BEER BUCKETS AND BABY JESUS by MYRA MCENTIRE = I loved this story too!!! It was so cute and I loved Vaughn! A very nice Xmas story!!! :)

WELCOME TO CHRISTMAS, CA by KIERSTEN WHITE = OMG this story was so sweet!!! It was brimming with Christmas warmth and I just loved it so much!!! :)

STAR OF BETHLEHEM by ALLY CARTER = This story was really beautiful! I loved everything that happened and it was such a wonderful story! :)

THE GIRL WHO WOKE THE DREAMER by LAINI TAYLOR = This was an okay story but I expected better!

my Goodreads review 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Book Review: Chill Factor (Weather Warden, #3) by Rachel Caine

Read from December 29, 2014 to January 03, 2015
"Weather Warden extraordinaire Joanne Baldwin, who protects the human race from monster storms, was killed, reborn as a Djinn, and then restored to her original form. She's been through a lot – and stuck her neck out many times – to save innocent lives. Now she is rolling the dice to stop an infinitely powerful, deeply disturbed kid from destroying the world...

A teenager has holed up in style at a Las Vegas hotel with the most powerful Djinn in the world, planning who knows what kind of mischief. The Wardens' senior leadership is dead, Djinn are disappearing, and a secret society wants to help Joanne destroy the teenager, even if doing so kills her again. But everyone in Vegas has a game going, and Joanne has to learn the rules fast because the stakes have never been higher – and all hell is about to break loose..."
This book was darker than the two books before it! New elements were introduced, tragedies happened, miracles happened and Jo stayed the sassiest heroine ever! :P

I'm in love with Jo's character! She's so strong and so sassy and so awesome! I'm gonna keep rooting for her no matter what! Also, I just keep loving more and more of her and David! This book had so little of them together but I loved the few moments they shared, and that ending killed me! :'( Buuuuuut, I'm still giggling over the (spoiler) that happened! ;)

I'm pretty torn about Lewis! But I still love his character! Also, I love the team-up that happened at the ending 'cause that was a whole overload of awesomeness! :P

Once again, I'm pretty happy with how the story turned out but am still so unhappy that I don't have the paperback with me! Sniff, sniff! But I loved the plot twists that made me swear my head off and the characters that made go head over heels for them!

my Goodreads review

My December Book Haul

Here's my December Book Haul!!!
I bought so many books last month and I'm so happy that I did! XD Most of them are from Magrudy's and the rest from Sarasavi Bookshop :)
Here's my book haul:
The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black 
10000 Ghost Stories by Lisa K. Weber & Jason Hook 
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini 
Half Bad by Sally Green 
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 
Nevermore by James Patterson 
The Selection by Kiera Cass 
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
10 books in total!!! How awesome is that?!? :D

My December Wrap-Up

WOOHOO!!! I read 5 books last month!!! :D
I read these three books, a borrowed book and an eBook! I'm so happy about the progress! :D
My Christmas Wrap-Up is:
Where She Went by Gayle Forman - 5/5 stars.
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux - 3/5 stars.
Ill Wind by Rachel Caine - 4/5 stars.
Villainous Victorians by Terry Deary - 5/5 stars.
Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine - 4/5 stars.
Aaaaand my favourite book of December 2014 is Where She Went by Gayle Forman :)

How about you guys? How many books did you guys read for Christmas? :)

Book Review: Heat Stroke (Weather Warden, #2) by Rachel Caine

Read from December 22 to 29, 2014
"Accused of murder, Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin was chased across the country—and killed—by a team charged with hunting down rogue Wardens.

Five days later, Joanne had a lovely funeral and was posthumously cleared of all charges. Her human life was over, but she had been reborn in Djinnhood. Now, until she masters her enhanced powers, Joanne must try to avoid being "claimed" by a human. But when a hazard that only a Djinn could sense infiltrates Earth's atmosphere, Joanne must somehow convince someone to do something about it—or the forecast will be deadly. So who said being all-powerful was going to be easy?
I loved this! I wish David appeared more in the book but I still loved! It's hard not to like Jo! ;)
The plot is so much more complex than in Ill Wind and I absolutely loved it! I loved the new characters and the new complications!

I loved how less "localized" the story was in this! It had more hero material and higher stakes! I also loved how all the big shots are more intertwined in the story!

And the ending was so awesome! It was all so fast-paced and exhilarating! I just loved it! Everything was happening so fast and I was literally on the edge of my seat trying to keep pace with the story! Lol!

All in all, I loved this too and I can't wait to see what the next book has in store! Also, I wanna read more of David and Jo! They're so perfect for each other! :)

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1) by Rachel Caine

Read from December 19 to 21, 2014
"First in the new Weather Warden series... 
Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life...
Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast...  "
OMG I loved this!!! Seeing all the not-so-positive reviews on Goodreads, I thought I might not like it, but this is actually pretty good!

I loved Caine's universe here. The powers of the Wardens were complex and goddamn powerful, and that was just totally cool!!! And Jo's superior abilities were mindblowing! I love how Caine explores the Wardens' power over their elements; she makes it so complex and beautiful that I've decided on labelling Wardens as totally cool! ;)

Also, I love Jo! She's so sassy and such a smart-ass that I can't help loving her character! And OMG, David is such a hottie!!! And I'm in love with their relationship!

And I love Lewis!!! It's so hard not to! That dude's so hot and totally swoon-worthy! I'm just so in love with Daniel and Lewis!

I loved Caine's writing! Her style is really attention-grabbing and I just can't stop reading what she's written! Love it!

Overall, this was one hell of a roller-coaster ride and I enjoyed it every step of the way! And that ending was shocking!!! ;)

my Goodreads review

My November Wrap-up

I'm glad to say I'm not worse than I was last month! This time it's four books as well! Same as last month!
Here they are!

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini - 5/5 stars
To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - 5/5 stars
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini - 5/5 stars
If I Stay by Gayle Forman - 3/5 stars

It's really hard to which was my best read of the month; definitely To All The Boys I've Loved Before or Inheritance. Those two were incredible!

So, I'm not sure whether I can keep up my pace this month as well because it's gonna be such a busy month, but I have already finished my first December read, so I have faith! :)

Stay tuned for reviews, guys! :)

Book Review: Where She Went (If I Stay, #2) by Gayle Forman

Read from November 30 to December 01, 2014
"The stunning sequel to Gayle Forman's international best seller, If I Stay - Now a major film starring Chloe Grace Moretz.

If you had a second chance at first love . . . would you take it?

It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life. And three years he’s spent wondering why. When their paths cross again in New York, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Perfect for fans of John Green and David Levithan,
Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance."
Wow! This is such a huge leap from the first book! It's like, not only did the characters mature but so did the author! It's such an amazing experience!

I loved it from the moment I started reading it! I found it hard to believe that the same person who wrote If I Stay ended up writing this awesomeness!

From the first chapter, I was hooked! I loved Adam so much, and am so happy that Forman decided on doing this book in his POV! I actually liked the change in POV between the two books! In my opinion, it allowed the reader to understand both the characters and love them both! That was really nice!

I missed the classical music that was such a major part of If I Stay but I still can't find fault with this book! Really, it was amazing!

And that ending melted my heart! It was just so perfect and I would never ask Forman to change it! Really beautiful!

Overall, this book was faaaaaaar better than its predecessor and I am so glad I decided on continuing to read this series because this book was so worth it!

my Goodreads review

Book Reviews: If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman

Read from November 29 to 30, 2014
"'Just listen,' Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.'I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.

'Stay,' he says.

Everybody has to make choices.

Some might break you.

For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they're all about a future full of music and love, a future that's brimming with hope.

But life can change in an instant.

A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone. Except one.

As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.

Haunting, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming,
If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you've lost - and all that might be.

Includes interviews with the stars of the film, Chloe Moretz and Jamie Blackley."
Well, this was an okay read. I liked it but I didn't feel the story much. I don't hate it but it was as emotional as I expected it to be. Frankly, I had higher expectations.

Mia was pretty cool and I really liked her family. I was actually quite inspired to try out the soundtrack of this book because I really loved how passionate she was about music.

I'm really happy that this was more of a family thing than a romance-centred story! That I loved because that's what it should be about!

This book actually made me tear up twice! And I love that! :P

Overall, this was okay, but I started the sequel already, and that seems better.

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Inheritance: Or The Vault of Souls (The Inheritance Cycle, #4) by Christopher Paolini

Read from November 13 to 29, 2014
"It began with Eragon....
It ends with

Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if
they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chance.

The Rider and his dragon have come farther than anyone dared to imagine. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaesia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the spellbinding conclusion to Christopher Paolini's worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle."
I just finished reading this seconds ago and OH MY GOD I DON'T KNOW HOW TO COPE WITH THIS ENDING!!! It was so beautiful, so amazing, so epic! I will respect Paolini forevermore because of how genius his writing is! Hands down genius!!!

It was so hard when I started nearing the end of the book and I kept putting off reading continuously because I really didn't want it to just end! The whole series is one of the most amazing I've read and Inheritance was just the epic ending it deserved! So damn amazing!

I connected so much with the characters and it was so heartbreaking at the end! Eragon, Saphira, Murtagh, Thorn, Arya, Nasuada, Roran and everybody else in this series will be forevermore an unforgettable part of my life! I don't think I'll ever let go of them! :')

This was such an amazing, epic, beautiful ending to one of the best series I've ever read and I don't think I'll ever not get emotional over this ending!

Se onr sverdar sitja hvass.

my Goodreads review

Book Review: To All The Boys I've Loved Before (To All The Boys I've Loved Before, #1) by Jenny Han

Read from November 24 to 27, 2014
"To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all."
I have no idea how to describe how amazing this book was! Absolutely amazing!

From the first, I loved Han's writing style! It was so conversationalist, and that just formed this deep bond between me and Lara Jean! I just absolutely loved all the characters though, especially Lara Jean!

This made me feel all the emotions; I was sighing, laughing, shouting, scolding! The whole spectrum of emotions! Haha!

In a way I think I absolutely loved it because I was able to connect with the Song girls's experiences: the death of a parent, taking care of the family, trying to keep it together, being inexperienced in the dating front, etc, etc... So many connections and that just made me love this more!

This book is a must-read for all people out there and Jenny Han just got an express ticket to my favourite
authors club! ;)

my Goodreads review



2014 was such an amazing year, and I got introduced to so many amazing new things! What I really got down into in 2014 was #bookstagram! I started my book photography account sometime in August and now I'm all the way up to 900+ followers, which is so amazing! 

I wouldn't be posting reviews semi-regularly either if I hadn't started my Instagram, so yay! :P 

Thank you so much, guys, for standing by me and supporting my blog and Instagram! I hope y'all have an amazing 2015 and that all your dreams and hopes will come true!

Also, I'm really sorry I didn't post throughout November and December but I've been busy with family trips and whatnot! I'll be posting my reviews and wrap-ups real soon, so stay tuned! :)