Fall Time Cozy Book Tag


The best part of fall? Lattes, chilly morning, rustling leaves, pumpkins.. and hoodies! I’m a practical sort of person and let’s be honest, I wear yoga pants/sweats and hoodies most of the time, so you bet I’m wearing one now. And sipping hot chocolate because I couldn’t be bothered to head out for a latte 🙂

Thanks to Charley @ Booksandbakes1 for tagging me! She has an awesome blog 🙂

Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color – choose a book that had reds/oranges/yellows
on the cover

This book is everywhere! The hype! It sounds like a journal or collection of stories like a file? Anyways, so so cool. I’m definitely reading it as soon as I get the hold from my library.

Cozy Sweater – It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the
warm fuzzies?

I am so predictable, I know, I know. But seriously, Etienne St Clair makes me have mini heart attacks. He is just so.. not sweet, but lovable? Um, hot? Why is that only now I realize that I can’t really describe him?

Fall Storm: The wind is howling & the rain is pounding – choose your favorite book OR
genre that you like to read on a stormy day

Again, predictable. But I haven’t read this for a long time: 4 years. And if I do reread it, it will be my first time rereading it. This one just seems like a fall/winter series.

Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Percy Jackson. Can I just be him? Or better yet, can I be his friend? That would be the second most coolest thing, right next to me having to never get out of the comfy clothes that I’m wearing right now. We’d surf the waters, swim and have fun together and life would be awesome. Percy and Parneet, oh look it even sounds good!

Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest,
hottest thing?

This is a pretty well-known book, but I think it’s really great and everyone who enjoys YA should give it a try. I believe I gave it a 5 stars and I don’t know why I haven’t read Winner’s Crime yet, but this book was so good! (Can you tell that I’m running out of adjectives?)

Coat, Scarves, and Mittens – The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up – What’s
the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

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I don’t own this one and I don’t want to. When I read the first book, it was okay. Not great, but bearable. But after the second book, it got so hard to even get through it. What are these books? I’d die of embarrassment and shame if someone ever saw me holding it, but I wouldn’t do it in the first place.

Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite fall time comforts food/foods?

I had this a couple of days ago, so no, I wouldn’t have again this season, but it was still great. A bit too sweet for my taste—I would have preferred a bit spiced—but worth having nonetheless!

Now usually I’d just say I tag everyone, but this time, I tag everyone who loves the fall season. It could be anything about it, spiced pumpkin lattes or fuzzy socks 😀

Oh this was a short, sweet post! I’m currently writing a series review for the Grisha trilogy so you can expect that post to be up sometime soon 🙂 Anyways, have a great day!

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


I loved it. This book was just so…so.. I can’t even describe it. Please forgive me if I’m unable to put in words how I feel about it, but I’ll try my best to show you. Maybe I should stop judging books by their covers. It’s a habit, but it needs to be controlled. I thought that this book would be a sweet and cute contemporary read. It was not. And it blew me away.

It’s a bit weird that these adventures in books sometimes start as projects for school. They met at the ledge of the bell tower, but they went to the places because of the geography project. It was really lovely to see how Finch and Violet’s gradual friendship turned into something a little more.

I didn’t really get Theodore Finch. I read the whole book, slowly, word by word, especially paying attention to all the things he said, all the things that he did. But I don’t understand him. And maybe it’s better that way, because that’s what makes his character special. He was just the most interesting, most confusing, best character ever. He changed a lot through out the book, and so did Violet, along with him.

Violet was a badass girl. Before her sister’s accident, she was carefree and liked to have fun. Now, she wishes to go back in time to fix all of that and thinks it was all her fault. Finch did not really cure her, he just helped her realize that somethings are beyond our control and that there’s more to the world than guilt and hidden grief.

I don’t know what it is about this book but it makes me want to sing, run, write, travel, cry, swim and wander. It makes me want to reach for the stars and make wishes on falling ones. It makes me want to leave a mark in the world, everywhere I can. Maybe it’s just me, but this book made me feel more than I thought words on a page could.

I had read many reviews about this book saying that it made them cry and it was heartbreaking, but somehow, while reading this beautiful piece, I forgot all that and I couldn’t think properly. I didn’t cry while or after reading this book. I feel that my feelings for the book I sob for—and this happens only once or twice in a few years—are strong, but they usually diminish with time. The wound that this book left me with will probably not heal, and I don’t want it to. I want to remember this book, the absolute beauty of it, the brightness, the glow.

The thing I realize is, that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”

“What a terrible feeling to love someone and not be able to help them.”

Cinder by Marissa Meyer


I have no idea why I didn’t read this before. I saw it in the library about a year ago, and I still made no move to pick it up even though The Lunar Chronicles is so popular among humans of the book world! I guess it was the fairytale retelling part that turned me off it because I wasn’t very fond of them, but now I’m starting to take more interest in this area.

This is a surprisingly fresh take on Cinderella, and it made me more interested in fairytales. The whole Lunar colony on the moon and cyborgs and androids on Earth living among humans was very interesting and I think the incorporation of that made this story stand out to me. Also, the fact that this takes place in the future is really cool.

The plot is pretty strong, with secrets and lies embedded in it like ID chips. There are some clichés like Cinder is an orphaned child and a war still waging on that has changed everything, but there was also a lot of originality, surprisingly. And, oh, Queen Levana is a whole new story. She made my blood boil and I couldn’t hate her any less.

Cinder and Kai are very unique characters—Cinder, the cyborg kickass mechanic, and Kai, the charming heartthrob prince. Cinder is the perfect protagonist with a good sense of humor and , but she is kept real by her insecurities of being a cyborg. I liked her patience with her step-family and all the wrongs they did to her. I practically seethed when her step-mother tried to stop her from going to the ball and ordered her to do chores. I hated the step-mother and the step-sister, and felt empathetic towards Cinder.

And did I mention Cinder is a cyborg with really cool abilities like a whole database installed in her? So freaking amazing.

The romance is very light, which I’m a bit grateful for because although it is a nice addition to stories, it sometimes completely takes over the plot. And so, overall, this was a really great book and I ended up giving it a full five stars.

Song

Human by Christina Perri

I think this song ironically connects with the book because cyborgs like Cinder aren’t given much respect and thought to be machines who don’t have any feelings.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson


‘Summer’ is in the title, on the cover and in the description. Was there any reason to not read this? I think not. A beautiful summer read, intended for the beach. Warning: keep a box of Kleenex beside you if you are emotionally sensitive.


I have heard so many good things about Matson’s books that it was hard to go into this one without high expectations. And this book did not disappoint in the least. There was a lot of character development here, as there had to be, and it was not only for Taylor, the protagonist. Her whole family had to change a little due to the given circumstances.

The plot was a bit slow-going, and in my opinion, that really added to the charm of the story. The mistakes that Taylor made and the effect that had on her friends wasn’t going to disappear in a few days. It took them time to adjust and be comfortable with their new settings and all this made everything more believable. I also learnt many life lessons while reading this and it taught how to appreciate things in life. It taught me to not take the amount of life in my life for granted.

The amazing part of this story was how real it felt. The problems, the grief, the joy—it all seemed to jump out of the book and engulf the reader. I was in tears by the end of the story because it was so beautiful and heartbreaking. Along with feeling real, it also was realistic. For me, the ending either makes it or breaks it, and this ending really made the whole story worthwhile.

This book made me long so much for the beach, and after reading this, I am definitely going to be spending much more time with my family, and by the ocean. A perfect read for the summertime, and especially in your teens, when there is still enough time to correct every mistake that you’ve made.

Favourite Quote: “A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted- mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.”

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine | ARC Review


*Thanks to Penguin Random House and NAL for giving me an ARC for review. This does not affect my review and all opinions and thoughts below are my own.

The publishers weren’t messing around when they said this book was like the Harry Potter series. It might not be similar in plot, but the feel of the story was the same and magic plays an important role in both. Jess Brightwell helps his father in his business, book smuggling, in a time where personal ownership of books is illegal and the Great Library controls everything. Life is already hard, but it gets worse when Jess is enrolled in training to become a Scholar, a part of the Library.

The book, even though it is a dystopian novel, wasn’t hard to get into, and I found myself anticipating and loving every part of it. The author launched into the story from the start, and I barely knew anything about the world, or the characters in the beginning but as the plot progressed, little by little the traits were revealed and the true natures of the characters caught up to me, and this made reading the book all the more fun.

The action scenes—and there were a lot of them—were all wonderfully written and the suspense in the book was carefully measured—I wanted to keep reading, but I didn’t feel like I was in any hurry to get to that part by skipping the rest of the scenes, as sometimes happens when there is a fair amount of tension.

Overall, the book was very entertaining, skilfully penned and the ephemeras—which I now know that are like written memorabilia—after each chapter kept the story going and really provided an insight of stuff happening in the rest of the world. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series—this book swept me away!

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June Wrap-Up | July TBR


Ahhhhhh! I’ve just wasted 12 days of my summer break. It feels good, but I’m kind of dreading the end of it, even though I have a full two months left 😀 It’s so hot here in Vancouver—approximately 30°C—but the days are really beautiful and the nights are pleasantly warm. The weather is perfect for reading, playing outside and just spending some time 🙂

Updates

I’ll be reading much more this month, and in August, because I’m free! Well, I still have three more years of high school, and many more years of university, but at the moment, I can just relax 🙂

JUNE WRAP-UP (click on books for reviews)

The feeling after finishing is so good, I think I might be addicted to it. I’m pretty happy with myself because I managed to finish about 4 books in 12 days.

★★★★★ 5 stars

★★★ 3 stars

★★★★ 4 stars

★★★★½ 4.5 stars   (click for review)

★★★★★ 5 stars

World After and Finding Audrey were the best books this month.

JULY TBR

I should really only list books that I am 90% sure I will read—’cause 100% won’t happen 😉

Well! Aside from World After, I didn’t read any of my TBR books.. (I had to stop in the middle of Red Queen because I had to return the book) so this month’s TBR is a bit tentative and it might change.

These are such popular ones! Haha, I have too high expectations for these 🙂 A lot of Morgan Matson and Jenny Han here, don’t ya think?

Click here to view eBook details for Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Click here to view eBook details for To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

~ Parneet @ The Enchanted Book

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


The writing style was really unique but it was weird, too. At the start, I wasn’t pulled in, and it wasn’t the most interesting for the first few chapters, but things began to get better after a few pages.

I am so grateful there was no insta-love here, even though the book was about how Blue would either kill Gansey, or was his true love. In this book, she actually likes Adam, but I really hope there is some Blue-Gansey romance in the future, because I think the two would be lovely together!

Gansey was my favourite character, quite possibly because he was rich but did not let that affect him. He always tried to be better and even though he seemed very powerful, he actually was a bit self-conscious and doubted that people liked him. His character was really well-developed, maybe even more than Blue’s. Adam, Ronan and Noah were just as great and I honestly could relate to all of them.

The story was confusing some times, and not coherent at others, but it was very intriguing and there was a pull to it. A magical pull into a supernatural book. I felt like the whole supernatural aspect could be explained better, because it was just told, not shown.

One of the best parts was that although the story was about the boys and Blue as a group, they also had their own problems to deal with, along with the obstacles that came their way on their hunt for Glendower. I’ll be continuing the series, especially because I’ve heard that The Dream Thieves is better than this one!

Favourite Quote: “You are being self-pitying.”
“I’m nearly done. You don’t have much more of this to bear.”
“I like you better this way.”
“Crushed and broken,” Gansey said. “Just the way women like ’em.”

(I liked broken-Gansey just a teensy bit more than normal, put-together Gansey.)

My Rating:  ★★★★½   4.5 stars