March Wrap Up (2016)

It’s time for our March wrap up! Cass and I read a lot of books this month and we would like to share some of our thoughts on what we’ve read!

Bia:

 

 

Dr. Moreau            As the first science fiction novel published in England, I was expecting this to be weird… but not THAT weird. We follow a young man whose ship wrecks in the middle of the ocean. He is rescued aboard another ship sailing by and soon finds himself on an island with a once reputable doctor and his assistant. It doesn’t take him long to learn why the doctor is experimenting on an island no one knows about and starts to question his own morals. I’m glad science fiction has evolved since then because if it were all like Dr. Moreau I would be continually freaked out.

3 / 5 stars

summer of chasing mermaids            I was expecting a lot more from this story. Now, that’s not to say that it was bad necessarily, but it wasn’t what I was looking for. We focus on a young girl who lost her voice in a terrible boat accident. For her and her twin sister, singing was everything. After this tragedy, Elise moves away from her home near the Philippines and moves to America to live with her cousin. There she meets a boy (of course, haha) and eventually learns to love him and her new self. I was really hoping to love this story but I couldn’t really connect to any of the characters. That being said, the writing itself was well done and I won’t rule out her other books just yet.

3 / 5 stars

missperegrine            Ransom Riggs really surprised me with this book. Miss Peregrine’s is his first published novel so I went into it expecting some flaws, which obviously there are, but because of this, I was thoroughly surprised. The writing style is quite poetic which reminds me a little of Shatter Me, (makes sense since the authors are married) but it is also very gripping. The story moves along really quickly so I was never bored with what was going on. I was also expecting it to be creepy, and although the pictures definitely contain a creepy factor to them, the story itself was not. Jacob is relatable and all the peculiar children are unique. My only problem with this book is that I didn’t love Emma and Jacob’s romantic relationship. It felt forced and all around, kind of weird. Can’t wait                                                to read book two.

4 / 5 stars

 

 

saving june            I loved this story! The characters are genuine, strong and raw which is exactly what I want in a contemporary. When Harper’s older sister commits suicide her entire world changes. She grew apart from her ‘perfect’ older sister years ago and when she dies, Harper does whatever she can to make it right; which means going on a road trip to California to sprinkle her sister’s ashes over the ocean (a place she always wanted to visit). Tagging along with her is her best friend and a stranger her sister used to be friends with. Along the way, Harper learns more about her sister, learns how to love and more importantly figures out the kind of person she wants to be. I love all the relationships in this book, the constant                                                               bickering between Harper and Jake is always amusing.

4 / 5 stars

Ill meet you there

If you’re looking for a book to make you cry sad, happy and mad tears, then say hello to I’ll Meet You There. This book made me feel so many feels, and it goes something like this:
Girl + Boy: friends/co-workers
Boy: joins the army; girl: stays home
Girl: wants to go to art school; boy: returns home from war sans limb
Girl: starts falling in love; boy: asshole (of course he is)
Boy: realizes he’s an asshole; girl: tries to move on from said asshole
Girl + Boy: have heart-to-heart meltdown
Girl + Boy = LOVE
And all of this together equals my heart in pieces on the                                                        floor… in the best way possible.

4.5 / 5 stars

lady renegades           So, as usual with this series, Harper is badass and reaches sass of unattainable magnitudes. However, she is also very vulnerable in this last book of the trilogy and super strong. I would not be able to handle it all if I was Harper. I cannot say much about this because it is the third book but I can say that Rachel Hawkins’ writing is fun and the plot moves along really quickly. The only negative thing I have to say is that it is too short. I was hoping for more, but I guess that means I enjoyed it so much, right?

5 / 5 stars

nimona            I loved this graphic novel. The art style is so well done, consistent and clean, and the writing is fresh. Together it’s innovative and unique. The author did a great job keeping Nimona true to her age while also making her brave and persistent. I loved the subtle (or maybe not so subtle) relationship between Lord Blackheart and his former best friend Sir Goldenloin. My favourite character is probably the Doctor, a minor role but quite important to say the least. I hope Noelle does more of this kind of work because I really enjoyed it and I want to read more.

5 / 5 stars

rebel of the sands            Debut novel from Alwyn Hamilton and I’m already itching for the second book! The world she created is so incredible, with monsters and powers, and yet it is still so incredible based on our own world, discrimination against those who are different and those who are female. Amani is a strong, independent woman who is so ruthless it left me dumbfounded and I couldn’t help laughing. Jin is… well he’s bae, that’s for sure. I really loved how their relationship grew and Hamilton handled it beautifully. Yes, there was an initial attraction but that was all it was; physical attraction, and she paced the love that followed very well. I can’t wait to read more about this world, and SPOILERS ahead >>>> ……………………………… we get to meet her Djinn father, so I’m                                                                excited how she writes him in.

5 / 5 stars

salt to the sea            THIS BOOK… I have so many words, and yet no words at all. Ruta did such an incredible job writing about a REAL event in our history that is so unfortunate and tragic, and killed millions of people: WWII. More specifically, the people lost on the ship: Wilhelm Gustloff. I wanted to cry the entire time reading this book but I forced myself to be separated from the characters because I knew most of them would die. No one should have to go through something like that, especially people that young and yet, not many people know about the real tragedy that is Wilhelm Gustloff. I feel for those so few survivors whose voice is forgotten, and even more for the numerous lost… who will never have a voice at all.

5 / 5 stars

Lady midnight            I don’t know what to say… I’m still very emotional from reading this. Cassandra Clare ALWAYS DOES THIS TO ME! I just feel like SOS. What I can say is I love this and need book 2 ASAP. ASAP I TELL YOU…. Okay, I’m okay…  (no I’m not….)
Emma + Julian
Emma + Cameron
Emma + Mark
Mark + Kieran
Mark + Cristina
Cristina + Perfect Diego
OH MY GOODNESS, WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE RIGHT NOW…
(I will hopefully make a more coherent review when my thoughts                                                 are… well coherent)

5 / 5 stars

Cass:

This what Cass read: (she currently has no words and so, will get back to you lol)

Thanks for reading! Let us know if you’ve read any of these, and if not, what was your favourite book you read in March!

Sincerely,

B ❤

 

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Liebster Award!

Hello Bookies!

We were nominated by the lovely My Random Blog to do the Liebster Award so here we go >>>>>>

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This is an award given to small bloggers to help them gain more views and get recognized. 

The rules for the award are as follows:

Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.

  1. Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.
  2. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  4. Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer.

So let us begin!

Questions Given To Us By My Random Blog:

1. What is your favourite food?
B: POTATOES! Any version of it.
C: It’s a tie between pizza and burritos.

2. Do you have any pets?
B: Nope!
C: Yes! A dog; breed: Lhasa Apso; name: Copper; age: 1 year and 1 month.

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3. What is your favourite book series?
B+C: The Infernal Devices!

4. Where would you like to visit before you die?
B: Only one place?… Paris (cliché I know!).
C: Wales.

5. What is your favourite TV-Series?
B: Completed: One Tree Hill ❤
Current: Once Upon A Time!
C: One Tree Hill!

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6. What is the last movie you watched?
B: Deadpool… I think.
C: Zootopia!

7. What do you do in your free time?
B: READ and listen to music… Yes, at the same time.
C: Read or Sketch.

8. What is your favourite superhero?
B: Superman!
C: Batman!

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9. Do you like to cook or bake?
B: Yes, I do.
C: I like to eat.

10. What is your favourite colour?
B: Baby blue.
C: Grey

11. Why did you start your blog?
B+C: Because we love to read and meet new people and this is a great way to put our thoughts of a book out on the web for others to see!

Eleven Random Facts About Us

Bia:

  1. I love to sing and people say I sing well
  2. I’m studying French in school
  3. I’m very OCD about my book collection
  4. My three favourite nerdy things are Superman, Harry Potter and STAR WARS
  5. I’m the ‘mom’ of my group of friends
  6. I can speak 3 languages
  7. I have the cheesiest, corniest jokes of all time; but I find them hilarious
  8. I love to watch anime
  9. I am a Ravenclaw at Hogwarts and an Erudite in the Divergent world
  10. Ian Somerhalder is my celebrity crush
  11. My thumbs are double jointed

Cass:

  1. I always sleep on the left side of my bed; away from the window, facing the door
  2. I know how to speak Portuguese
  3. I can eat an entire burrito bowl in 8 minutes
  4. My dog is my child
  5. I have always been able to draw, since I was 5
  6. I’m petrified of clowns
  7. My favourite movie is Forrest Gump
  8. I can tie a cherry stem with my tongue
  9. I can rap
  10. I talk very quickly
  11. I have a vinyl collection

Our Questions For You:

  1. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
  2. Which fictional world would you love to visit?
  3. If you could have a conversation with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
  4. What was the last book or movie that made you cry?
  5. If you had a time machine but it could only be used once (round trip), which would you visit, the future or the past?
  6. What is one thing you cannot live without?
  7. What is your biggest fear?
  8. How big (or small) is your To Be Read pile?
  9. Do you think you could survive The Hunger Games?
  10. If you could take a fictional character and make them real, who would you choose?
  11. How has reading changed your life?

NOMINATIONS:

We would like to nominate these lovely souls to do this as well:

Simply A Book Drunkard

ThePandaBookBlog

Paradox

KatReadsAlot

Back to Books

Ampersand Read

Bookish Queen Blog

Thank you so much to My Random Blog for nominating us!

Don’t forget to let us know if you do this! We would love to read your answers!

Ultimate Recommendations Part 2!

Hey Bookies!

I’m back with more recommendations! For those of you who love science fiction and fantasy, my first Ultimate Recommendations list included some books you HAVE to read! You can check it out here!

Now, for those of you who enjoy reading about a more realistic setting, keep reading, because I’m sure one of these contemporaries/romance novels will catch your eye!

1. Young Adult Contemporary:

A. Sad Contemporary: 

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Contrary to what the authors name is, this book is no happy, colourful slide with a pot of gold at the end. It’s a heartbreaker and a tearjerker. Sometimes we all need to cry about someone else’s life rather than our own right? No?… Just me then. Well regardless, Rainbow Rowell will make you feel something and you cannot help falling in love with Eleanor and Park’s love story and how their love may be what sets them free or completely destroys them in the end.

B. Funny Contemporary: 

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Just looking at these covers reminds me of how happy I was when I first read it! Her characters contain just the right amount of wit to make you laugh and smile with happiness. Stephanie Perkins is so good at making a realistic love story that I am a bit (maybe more than a bit) frustrated she hasn’t written another book yet!

C. Deep Contemporary: 

9. song will save

If you like reading about real life illnesses and how they affect someone in their youth, then you should look into this book. I think it is a great way for people to see the nature of bullying for what it is: despicable, terrible acts of cowardice and this book definitely has something to say about it.

D. Happy Contemporary: 

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I love this book for how light and fluffy it is! It doesn’t take itself seriously, which makes the story so great to sit back and enjoy. I love the relationship build up of the two main characters and I love that the ending is bittersweet; very realistic.

E. All Combining Contemporary:

3. Saint

A contemporary list would not be completed without Sarah Dessen! She is so great at combining all of the above aspects as well as familial ties and real life hardships together. This book is my all time favourite of hers.

2. New Adult Contemporary:

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Colleen Hoover is pretty much THE name of new adult fiction so it would be wrong not to include her in the list. Unfortunately, I have not read Colleen Hoover’s books so this is C’s recommendation to you since she has read her work. According to her (and I take her opinion very highly), Confess and Maybe Someday are two of her best!

3. Adult Romance

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Oh yes, it’s Nicholas Sparks! If you have never read a book by Nicholas Sparks and you LOVE…. well, love? Then there is a problem! For a divorcee, he sure knows how to write em! I would personally recommend The Rescue (I think C would agree with me) and I also really enjoyed Safe Haven.

And we are done! Another list of recommendations for you lovely readers! I hope you enjoyed and I should have another list up soon!

Sincerely,

B ❤

 

Ultimate Recommendations!

Hey Bookies!

So today I thought I would recommend some of my favourite books to you from multiple different genres. This way, you can each find something that you like! This is inspired but the March challenge C and I are doing on our Bookstagram. Hope you enjoy! (:

1. Fantasy:

A. Regular Fantasy:

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Is there another answer besides Harry Potter? If you guys haven’t read Harry Potter yet because:

1. it was before your time – you should still read it because HP is timeless and I guarantee you will find something to love,
2. it was after your time – once again, it is timeless and you should not fear reading a middle grade book when you are middle aged, or older,
3. you don’t think it is your ‘thing’ – just you wait and see!
4. you are intimidated by the length of the series – no need to fear, audiobooks are here! Besides, you will be so swept up in the Wizarding World that you won’t notice the time fly by,

And/Or

5. you have never heard of it until now – ……………….. Uhm, welcome to planet Earth young Alien. Please read Harry Potter so we can be friends!

B. High Fantasy:

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If you have never read anything by Brandon Sanderson but you are a fan of high fantasy, then you are missing out! Sanderson is the King of Fantasy! Although, like with any high fantasy series, I suggest giving yourself plenty of time to learn and immerse yourself in this new world. It is full of all the great things a fantasy series needs:

  1. Badass Characters – Sanderson gives us a variety of characters of all ages and they  are each smart and totally kick butt!
  2. Fantastical Creatures – there are some creepy beasts in this book! Like eat your dead body and graph your bones and flesh onto my body, weird!
  3. A Cool Magic System – oh yeah, we definitely get that here! There are certain metals that when swallowed, contain magical properties and allows you to have a special ability. Of course not everyone can do this, and very few are able to use all metals.
  4. Politics – the political system in this series is interesting, and I don’t even like politics!

And Finally,

5. the seemingly impossible to defeat villain – the King! or is he really the villain?

                     C. Urban Fantasy:

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Honestly, I recommend anything by Cassandra Clare and if you do decide to read her books, I suggest you read them in the following order:

  1. City of Bones (TMI)
  2. City of Ashes (TMI)
  3. City of Glass (TMI)
  4. Clockwork Angel (TID)
  5. Clockwork Prince (TID)
  6. Clockwork Princess (TID)
  7. City of Fallen Angels (TMI)
  8. City of Lost Souls (TMI)
  9. City of Heavenly Fire (TMI)
  10. The Bane Chronicles
  11. The Shadowhunters Academy
  12. 12. Lady Midnight (TDA)

What is EXTREMELY important here is that you read Clockwork Princess BEFORE City of Heavenly Fire, or else you will be terribly spoiled and you will most likely regret that decision for the rest of your life; just a heads up!

Also, The Bane Chronicles and Shadowhunters Academy do not necessarily have to be read at that specific time, you will be just fine having read them after Lady Midnight.

2. Science Fiction:

Although The Martian The Martian and the Red Rising Trilogy Red Rising Care very popular right now, if you love science fiction, you need to read:

Illuminae

This book is out of this world!! (pun intended) I had chills reading this which primarily has to do with the futuristic, advanced, computerized technology that begins malfunctioning, working on its own accord and eventually develop… feelings? So creepy!

Or you can try:

Starflight

This one has a completely different plot than Illuminae, but it is so great! Fast paced and intense; I mean there are space pirates in this book! Talk about a book starting on the right hook… am I right? (yes, I know my jokes are lame)

That is all for now! I didn’t want to make this post super long so Ill be posting a continuation of this very soon with more genres! Stay tuned!

Sincerely,

B ❤

Harry Potter Spells Book Tag!

HP Spells Book Tag

Hello Bookies!

So I saw this book tag floating around a couple months back and I knew I had to do it. This tag was originally created by Kimberly on her blog which is KimberlyFayeReads. Check her out, she’s great for making this! Also, I have seen different versions of this tag however I will be using Kimberly’s model. Let’s get started! >>>>>>>

1 - Accio1. An upcoming release you need to get your hands on right now.

The Winner's Curse

The second book in this series left me so damaged, I need this now!

2 - Alohomora

2. Your favourite series starter.

2. Anna

I loved this book so much! Etienne and Anna together are so cute and it was a great introduction to these characters that we get to learn more about in continuing books.

3 - Cheering Charm

3. A book that gave you all the fuzzy/warm feels.

3. Saint

This is my favourite book by Sarah Dessen. All of her books are so great and personal but this one just pulled at my heart strings more than the others.

4 - Aguamenti

4. A book that made you ugly cry.

4. City of heavenly

Ugh, this book! Just rip my heart out, stomp on it and shove it back in my chest and that would be less painful than this book!

5 - Expecto Patronum

5. A hero/heroine you want to protect you in your real life.

5. vampire

If Rose and/or Dimitri were to be my personal body guards…? Yeah, you can bet your money I would be safe. Too much badassery for one relationship!

6 - Lumos

6. A book you intentionally spoiled for yourself.

6. mistborn

pfft… what? I’ve never spoiled a book for myself…

7 - Imperio

7. A book you wish you could make everyone read.

7. Illuminae

This book is soo good! Everyone should take the time to read this book. not only are the story and characters great but the format makes this so incredibly unique. Also, the possibility of this technology is not far-fetched at all…. which is scary to think about.

8 - Engorgio

8. A book/series you wish never ended.

8. Meet you

I recently read this book and it was very well done. I wish we could get more from Heather Demetrios with these characters. I’m hoping for a prequel about Dylan maybe? Her pregnancy and falling in love with Jesse? That would be fun.

9 - Wingardium Leviosa

9. A book with an uplifting message and/or ending.

9. song will save

There are some sensitive topics (suicide, bullying, depression) within this book, but I think the message at the end (fighting back, loving yourself, finding your passion and going for it) are really important.

10 - Obliviate

10. A book you wish you could forget.

10. The taming

……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Just no.

11 - Anapneo

11. A book/series that gets you out of a reading slump.

11. rebel

This book is so much fun even with the fact that she is a warrior. It’s sure to help you out of your reading slumpiness.

12 - Jelly-Legs Jinx

12. A swoon worthy hero/heroine.

12. Jem

Ah, Jem Carstairs ❤

13 - Aresto Momentum

13. A book that had you dropping everything else for in order to finish it.

13. Alive

This book is amazing! It’s action-packed and surreal, I loved it!

14 - Crucio

14. A book that was painful to read OR that broke you.

14. salt to the sea

This book broke me to pieces. I wanted to crawl in my bed and cry after reading this. I can’t believe shit like this actually happened… and continues to happen. It breaks my heart.

15 - Rictumsempra

15. A book that made you laugh out loud.

15. nimona

This graphic novel is awesome!

16 - Expelliarmus

16. A book you wanted to make fly (ie throw).

16. shatter me

Juliette seriously needed to grow some lady balls in this book. For those reading this, she gets better, but it does take a while, give it time!

17 - Portus

17. A fictional world you wish you could visit.

17. Starflight

Space Pirates!! Not that I would ever want to come into contact with one of them..

18 - Stupefy

18. A shocking plot twist/ending you were not expecting.

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I’m sorry… were you expecting a book cover there? Well, there’s a twist for you.

19 - Avada Kedavra

19. A character death that destroyed you.

19. HarryPotter

I think we all know by now… But if not, then I’ll just leave it at this.

20 - Finite Incantatem

20. The best book conclusion.

20. Reckoning

I love Kelley Armstrong so much. This book was great. It was satisfying but still hinted at possible adventures in the future, which we eventually see in her other books.

Thank you so much Kimberly for letting me use those Spell scroll pics. I have included 2 spells of my own to add to this tag!

21. Sectumsempra

A book that hurt you it left you with a book hangover.

21. Testing

So much death….

22. Petrificus Totalus

A book you finished in one sitting.

22. boyfriend

This book is just the cutest!

And that’s it guys! I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you want to do this tag than please do! Also, comment your link so we can read your post as well and don’t forget to credit Kimberly for creating this tag!

Sincerely,

B