September TBR! #7

2017 is going so fast.. were nearly at the end of this year.

For the month of September I don’t think that I will be reading a lot of books, because i’m moving off to university/college.

Opposition – Jennifer L Armentrout (LUX #5)

Opposition (Lux, #5)

This is the last book in this series, and i’m already sad. I’m going to need more Daemon Black in my life. It isn’t enough.

Blurb:

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing..

Vicious (The Villains #1) – V.E. Schwab 

Vicious (Villains, #1)

As I am part of a bookclub, this months book we are reading is Vicious. I’ve heard a lot about this series, as well as the author. I’m quite excited to read this because I have high expectations.

Blurb:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

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My Instagram friend and I are going to read this book together. Jane Austen is a classic and we both enjoy reading them. (If you are interested please DM me on my instagram )

Blurb:

During an eventful season at Bath, young, naive Catherine Morland experiences fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who introduces Catherine to the joys of Gothic romances, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father’s house, Northanger Abbey. There, influenced by novels of horror and intrigue, Catherine comes to imagine terrible crimes committed by General Tilney, risking the loss of Henry’s affection, and has to learn the difference between fiction and reality, false friends and true. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, Northanger Abbey is the most youthful and optimistic of Jane Austen’s works.

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UNPOPULAR OPINIONS BOOK TAG #5

Emily from ‘Who Gave The Write’ tagged me in the unpopular opinions book tag! Thank you:)

1. A  POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES THAT EVERYONE LOVES BUT YOU DO NOT?

‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell. I know everyone loves this book but I couldn’t stand the characters. Eleanor, was vert confusing and over-dramatic. She started to shout at Park because he kissed a girl she didn’t like, when he was 12. If you haven’t read the book, Park is Asian, and I don’t want to get into detail how racist the author was towards Park. I’m just going to add a link of some of her quotes. I just felt at times that there were so many unnecessary parts. It also felt like nothing was going to happen in the book, mostly it dragged.

2. A Popular Book That Other People Hate But You Seem To Love?

I’ve heard a lot of negative things about Darren Shan’s ‘The Demonata Series.’ I read this series so many times as a child. It was probably my favourite series then, and I was hooked. ‘Slawter’ was probably my favourite out of all them. To be honest, it deserved better.

3. A Love Triangle Where The Main Character Ended Up With The Person You Did Not Want Them Too. Or an OTP That You Did Not Like.

An OTP (One true pair) I did not like was Nora and Patch. Patch, if i’m going to be honest, was a douche-bag. Both of them were annoying and pretty cringey.

4. A Popular Book Genre That You Hardly Reach For.

Science fiction. I’ve tried a few out and didn’t really enjoy them all too much. But, I might give this genre another go.

5. A Popular or Beloved Character That You Do Not Like.

Lincoln from ‘Attachments’ by Rainbow Rowell. This character has to be, the most boring-est character ever. I felt like there was nothing interesting going on in his life apart from reading emails. I didn’t really feel a connection to him, since he hardly did anything.

6. A Popular Author That You Can Not Get Into.

If you haven’t already guessed, Rainbow Rowell (I promise this isn’t a Rainbow Rowell hate page) I think her books are extremely over-hyped. There were so many times where I was reading one of her books and I just wanted to put it down.

7. A Popular Book Trope That You Are Tired of Seeing. (For example the “Lost Princess” “Love Triangle” “Corrupt Government”)

I’m not really a big fan of love triangles, they frustrate and annoy me. Like please, don’t play with my feelings mm k? I’m also really emotional, so when authors do love triangles, you can bet that I will cry. I don’t mind Corrupt Governments, since I am a fan of The Hunger Games and Divergent series.

8. A Popular Series That You Have No Interest in Reading.

Probably, ‘The Maze Runner series’ by James Dashner. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about these books, some of my friends enjoyed one book but didn’t enjoy the others. I’ve also seen the movie, and didn’t really enjoy what it was all about.

Also, ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny Han. I read the first three chapters and immediately hated it.

9.The Saying Goes “The Book Is Always Better Than The Movie”, But What Movie Or T.V. Show Adaption Did you Prefer More Than The Books.

Okay, even though I didn’t finish this book, and I didn’t like what this book was about, I have to go with ‘Thirteen Reasons Why.’ I think it was a spot on adaptation and you could tell how much hard work had gone into this series. But, I still hate it.

So, that was my unpopular opinions book tag! Which I, must say was very very fun to do.

Once again, Thank you Emily for tagging me 🙂

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AUGUST 2017 TBR #4

 

Beard in Mind – Penny Reid

(Winstons Brothers #4)

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I’m most excited to read this book, I’ve been a huge fan of this series, and have been wanting to read Beau’s and Shelly’s book! Beyond excited to start this.

Blurb:

All’s fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.
Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words. 
Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.
The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean missing out on what matters most. 

One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus 

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This book is something I wouldn’t normally read, however, after seeing amazing reviews on this, I picked it up. After reading the blurb, it reminded me a bit of ‘The Breakfast Club.’ This is probably one of the few mystery books I have ever read, so, I do have high expectations.

Blurb:

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Two by Two – Nicholas Sparks

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This too, is something I would not normally pick up, but, I really wanted to read a Nicholas Sparks book, and it was on offer. It was hard to say no. I’ve also seen all of his movie adaptations, so I didn’t want to read something of his, where I already knew the plot. Two by Two seemed perfect to me.

Blurb:

Sometimes the end is just the beginning . . .

Russell Green has it all: a loving family, a successful career and a beautiful house. But underneath his seemingly perfect world, cracks are beginning to appear . . . and no one is more surprised than Russ when the life he took for granted is turned upside down.

Finding himself single-handedly caring for his young daughter, while trying to launch his own business, the only thing Russ knows is that he must shelter his little girl from the consequences of these changes.

As Russ embarks on this daunting and unexpected new chapter of his life, a chance encounter will challenge him to find a happiness beyond anything he could ever have imagined.

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One of my friends actually recommended me this book, and I have been dying to read it ever since.
Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Top 3 Book series which are worth reading #3

I have to confess something. When it comes to reading book series, I can’t finish them. Well, most of them anyway. I get quite bored of the story, and sometimes the second or third book doesn’t have the same feel as the first one.

However, there are some book series which I have managed to finish and are worth reading.

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy – Sarah J Mass

This trilogy is defiantly worth the hype. It follows the story of a girl, Feyre, who hunts for her poor family, but manages to find herself in some trouble. She’s introduced to a world which is quite different from her own, involving magic, romance, action, friendship and love.

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When I also review books, I look at the authors writing, and I can say that the author, Sarah J Mass, does an impeccable job. Everything in this book is so beautifully and finely written. You actually feel like you’re in another world.

From beginning to end, it was extremely hooking. The characters were perfect, and very funny.

I highly recommend this.

2. The Lux Series – Jennifer L Armentrout 

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This series by far is my favourite. Katy, who just moves into a new town, finds out that she has this hot and jerkish neighbour, Daemon Black… Who’s also an ‘alien.’ Trouble follows them when Daemon marks Katy, which lights her up and attracts her to other ‘aliens’ (the bad people)

This book is absolutely hilarious. There were so many times where I had to physically put this book down and laugh.

Daemon Black is everyone’s dream guy. He’s arrogant and self-absorbed. Not to mention, hilarious. He will do anything to protect the ones he loves. Katy, on the other hand, is relatable. When she’s not trying to kill Daemon, she’s usually hanging out with his sister,Dee, Or she’s updating her book blog.

Daemon and Katy are actually #RelationshipGoals.  

3. Harry Potter Series – J.K Rowling

The Harry Potter Series is worth reading, worth obsessing.. It’s worth everything. *Spends money on so much Harry Potter merch*

I feel that this series is pretty self explanatory. But, it’s about a boy called Harry who is a wizard, and goes to Hogwarts, which is where all the other wizard children go. He encounters a lot of danger from the person who killed his parents, Voldemort. He finds friends, makes enemies, protects the people he loves etc.

This book has been my favourite, since as long as I can remember.

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(HUFFLEPUFFS RULE!)

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Suffering from a reading slump? Here’s the magical cure #2

Recently, I was infected.

My symptoms included:

  • Picking up a book and not being able to read past the first few sentences
  • Not going to the library
  • Walking past book stores without looking at them
  • Avoiding all book related posts on Instagram.

And the worst of all…

  • Actually talking to people

I was told that I was suffering from something called a ‘reading slump.’

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BUT, I found out that it was curable!

I just have to use one or more of these simple steps:

1. Re-reading a favourite book

You know the book which made you feel all the feels? The book which you could not put down? The book which you haven’t read in a while but you still think about it everyday? Get it out of your bookshelf and go and read it. By re-reading your favourite book, not only will it you feel better it might motivate you to read more books in the same genre or by the same author.

2. Bookstagram & Booktube

Believe it or not, Youtube is not only for watching cute kitten videos all day. Many booktubers, which is what the book community calls themselves, upload and discuss their favourite books, reviewing them, hauling them and also giving them away. They also share their amazing bookshelves and bookmark collection which makes you envious of them. Sometimes, hearing and seeing people talk about and share books, influences you to read.

With Instagram, you can follow some of the popular accounts on there or follow the hashtag #Bookstagram. (This totally motivates you to make your own bookstagram, which I have fallen victim too)

3. Listening to Audiobooks

One of the easiest ways to read a book, is to not read a book at all. If you’re lazy, you can listen to an audiobook instead of physically reading it. These audiobooks are very handy as you can practically read them anywhere: on the bus, in the car, in the shower, whilst brushing your teeth etc. Having someone read a book to you is probably the easiest thing ever, as it doesn’t require you to do anything.

4. Going to the Library

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Being in an environment where everyone else is either reading or doing work will pretty much influence you to do the same. After finding that perfect book to read, try out some of the chapters, and if you like it you can take it home.

Ever heard of the saying ‘Don’t knock it until you try it?’  This quote is perfect, for when you are at the library – you can try out a book which is a complete opposite genre to what you’re used to.

5. Setting Chapter Goals

By the end of each day or week, set a goal that you’re going to read x amount of chapters. Personally, this was ideal for me since, I love organisation as well as setting goals for myself.

After following all these steps, I am a complete mess.

I can’t choose which book I want to read since, it’s a new one every. single. day.

I also believe that I am suffering from a new kind of book-related illness. I’ve gone book crazy.

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I hope these magical cures heal you fellow book-readers.

🙂

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AUGUST 2017 WRAP UP! #6

Hello fellow book-readers!

August is sadly coming to an end, and these are the books I have read.

Beard in Mind – Penny Reid

(Winstons Brothers #4)

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Blurb:

All’s fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.
Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words. 
Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.
The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean missing out on what matters most. 

4/5 Stars

Penny Reid did an amazing job with this book, I loved every minute of it. I loved reading about all of the old characters, especially loving that Cletus’s and Jennifer’s relationship was taking place, right at the same time Beau’s and Shelly’s was.

My only criticism with this book is that we got a lot of Beau’s POV and not enough of Shelly’s. Other than that, this book was such a wonderful read.

One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus 

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Blurb:

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

4/5 Stars

I’ve mentioned in a blog post before that this is a book I typically wouldn’t pick up. However, I truly enjoyed it. This book was different. The books that I usually read either have 1 or 2 POVs, but this book had multiple POVs which is what I found so interesting.

All of the characters were involved in Simon’s death, but they were also dealing with other problems in their personal life. It was refreshing to see a book which looked at other aspects of their life rather than just the main plot.

There were many plot twists which just made the book all that more hooking. The author did an impeccable job at writing this book, everything was detailed well.

Two by Two – Nicholas Sparks

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Blurb:

Sometimes the end is just the beginning . . .

Russell Green has it all: a loving family, a successful career and a beautiful house. But underneath his seemingly perfect world, cracks are beginning to appear . . . and no one is more surprised than Russ when the life he took for granted is turned upside down.

Finding himself single-handedly caring for his young daughter, while trying to launch his own business, the only thing Russ knows is that he must shelter his little girl from the consequences of these changes.

As Russ embarks on this daunting and unexpected new chapter of his life, a chance encounter will challenge him to find a happiness beyond anything he could ever have imagined.

2/5 Stars

This was the first book I had ever read by the author, Nicholas Sparks, and hearing so much about him, I had very high expectations. Sadly, this book was a disappointment.

There were so many parts where I wanted to stop reading this book because it was just that frustrating. The book gave me a roller coaster of emotions, I was angry, frustrated, sad, confused and annoyed.

But.. I have to say that Nicholas Sparks is an incredible writer and does know how to hook the audience. Even though, I didn’t enjoy this book, the author did an amazing job of gripping and forcing me to finish of the whole book.

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Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

4/5 Stars

What an outstanding debut novel written by Angie Thomas.

This book is relevant in today’s society. It discusses how unjust and unfair the legal system is towards black people. In some ways, it helped me grasp a better understanding of how an reoccurring incident like this can change a persons life. Even though I secretly wished for an happy ending, I understood that not many happy endings occur in the real world.

This book inspires me to do something.

A must read.

Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx (Lux, #1-2)

Blurb:

Obsidian
There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot… until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he marks me. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Onyx
Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

5/5 Stars

I read this series every year, and it just gets better and better.

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The dreaded first blog post #1

Ahh. The firsts posts are always scary, and I dread them the most.

You have to be perfect and engaging? I’m about as entertaining as a rock.

Welp. This is going well so far..

Hi! My name is Zara. I’m a 17 year old, awkward teenager who spends her life watching cat videos and reading books.  If you would like to know more about me, be sure to check this out.

Okay.. Okay.. Ill get down to business now.

I’m beyond excited to share my book adventures with you all. In this blog I will be reviewing books, hauling books and giving some away! So stay tuned for that!

My favourite genres include: Romance, fiction, young adult, contemporary and historical fiction.

I am currently reading: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, and A Court Of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass. I will be posting reviews of these books very soon.

For now, I would like to say Goodbye, and I hope that you guys like this blog!

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