Monday, November 2

[Review] Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) - Marissa Meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer
Original Title: Scarlet
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Finished Date: August 15th, 2015
Pages: 452
Read in: English

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. 
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
Source: GoodReads

For starters, the one thing that really surprised me in this book is that we continue following Cinder's adventures, as well as Scarlet's. I thought that each book would be centred on a different character, meaning that this one would revolve around Scarlet, and that maybe we'd only hear about Cinder through other characters' POVs.
I was very glad that was not the case. Even though I felt that this book was overall weaker than the previous one - especially because of the part the romance played in it, but I'll explain that in detail in the spoilery section -, it was still a wonderful story full of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.
I ended up liking Scarlet as a character very much - maybe even more than I like Cinder. And of course there's the awesome addition of Carswell Thorne. I mean, Captain Carswell Thorne. With many of the characters from Cinder out of the picture, I was afraid this book would end up being dry or that I just wouldn't have enough time to get attached to another set of characters. But I did.
I honestly don't really know what to expect from the next two volumes. I thought I knew where this one was going and I really had no clue, so I think I'll just wait to be blown away.
If you haven't yet read the first book in the series, Cinder, go check that out. You won't regret it.
The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

Thursday, October 29

[Review] Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles, #0,5) - Marissa Meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer
Original Title: Glitches
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: January 18th, 2012
Finished Date: August 1st, 2015
Pages: 32
Read in: English

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. In Glitches, a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch…

Source: GoodReads


There won't be any spoilery bits to this review as it is such a short novella.

This was very bittersweet. In a way I loved it, because even though it made me very sad it gave insight into Cinder's childhood as well as her friendship with both Iko and Peony. But at the same time, it was so short. And it made me so mad at Adri. I can't even, you guys. This series is taking over my life.
I always feel very strongly for characters when they're children, especially if there's any kind of abuse involved. Reading this and seeing first hand how Adri psychologically abused Cinder was awful. The part where she decides to be useful and puts Iko back together was so sad. And then that ending with Garan where Iko and Cinder have that first friendship moment left me a bit hollow inside.

This is really very short, and if you have read Cinder, I suggest you read it - it won't take long, and it'll provide some background on Cinder's character.

Click here to see my review of Cinder:

Have you read this? What did you think? Let me know! :)

Tuesday, October 27

[Top Ten Tuesday] - Scary Books I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish, through which we share our top ten list on the weekly topic.

This week, the original topic was a Halloween themed freebie. I have not read many scary or Halloween-ish books - definitely not enough to fill in a top ten list -, so I decided to instead list all the scary books (at least they look and sound scary to me) that I have in my TBR.

Scary books I want to read

1 - Dracula, Bram Stoker
This is one of those classics that I've been meaning to read for such a long time it's ridiculous I never got around to it.

2 - Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Another one of those classics I've seen a ton of interpretations of, but never actually read the real thing.

3 - Coraline, Neil Gaiman
I remember thinking that if this book was at least half as creepy as the Tim Burton film, there was no way this could be a children's book.

4 - The graveyard book, Neil Gaiman
This is the book I always have recommended to me when I say I never read Neil Gaiman, so I'm hoping it'll be good. If the title is any indication, this'll be creepy as hell.

5 - The woman in black, Susan Hill
I must admit that I committed the biggest sin a book lover can commit. I watched the film first. I'm sorry, I didn't know about the book! I am curious to read it though and see what the film left out.

6 - The shining, Stephen King
I've actually already started this book, but ended up putting it down. I was enjoying it, but as I was going through a reading slump, I couldn't find the energy or commitment to finish this huge book.

7 - The unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin
Everyone says wonders about this book, and I can't wait to find out what is up with it. It sounds very mysterious. 

8 - Interview with the vampire, Anne Rice
I believe this to be something of a modern classic. And I have yet to pick it up. At least I never watched this film.

9 - The diviners, Libba Bray
Ugh, I can't believe I haven't read this yet. I've had it for a while, and I also have an ARC of Lair of Dreams waiting to be read, so I'll have to read this one soon.

10 - Anna dressed in blood, Kendare Blake
This book sounds creepily awesome. I don't think I've ever read about ghosts before, and I can't wait to dive into this one.

 What are the top scary books on your TBR? Let me know! :)

Monday, October 26

[Review] Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) - Marissa Meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer
Original Title: Cinder
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Finished Date: July 17th, 2015
Pages: 390
Read in: English

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Source: GoodReads


This is seriously awesome. Please, check it out. I have no idea why it took me so long to pick it up, it sounded amazing and it really didn't disappoint. This is both science fiction, a futuristic envisioning of Earth and a fairy tale retelling, which honestly sounds like it shouldn't work, but it does. The book has that kind of quality or feeling to it that fairy tales seem to possess, which is that even though everything is kind of predictable in the sense that you know everything will turn out all right, you can't help but enjoy it.
Cinder is a reimagining of Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg mechanic. Even though you know she is Cinderella, don't believe there are no surprises. Don't think you know where her story is going, because trust me, you don't.
This was an awesome ride, and I highly recommend it.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

Friday, October 23

[Review] Hopeless (Hopeless, #1) - Colleen Hoover

Author: Colleen Hoover
Original Title: Hopeless
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: March 7th, 2013
Finished Date: April 16th, 2015
Pages: 416
Read in: English


Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
Source: GoodReads


I don't get this one. I thought Hoover was growing on me after I thoroughly enjoyed Confess (click here to see that review) but this one was definitely not for me. A lot was happening - too much was happening.
I could see the big reveal coming from a mile away, and it honestly was so angsty and dramatic that I couldn't connect to the characters in any level. It felt just like I was watching it happen, but I didn't really care.
There was insta-love, there was drama, there were unrealistic situations - all in all it was a bunch of things glued together, and it made the book seem like a jumbled mess.
This might have been much better had Colleen Hoover decided to tackle only one of the million issues this book deals with.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

Monday, October 19

[Review] Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2) - Laini Taylor

Author: Laini Taylor
Original title: Days of blood & starlight
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: November 6th, 2012
Finished date: April 17th, 2015
Pages: 517
Read in: English

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.
This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

«(...) In these days of blood, there was no luxury of choice. Death ruled them all.»
This is it, guys. It doesn't get much better than this. This book was perfection.
The thing about Laini Taylor is that she can write the most beautiful words that make it seem as if though you were reading a fairytale, but her plotline, her characters, her whole world feel so real and so raw you can't help but wonder if there isn't always a bit of darkness to every fairytale. This book is a beautifully crafted piece of heaven. It is not a happy book - it is a hopeful one.
I can't really go too much into detail here, seeing as it is a second book in a trilogy, but if you're wondering whether or not you should read this - DO IT.
Even though I seriously can't wait to see how this trilogy comes to an end, I really don't want to do it at the same time. I love this books, and as soon as I read the next one, it's over. I'm just not ready for it to be over.
Daughter of smoke & bone (Book 1) - ★★★★

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

Wednesday, October 14

[Review] Life and death (Twilight, #5) - Stephenie Meyer

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Original title: Life and death - Twilight reimagined
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release date: October 6th, 2015
Finished date: October 11th, 2015
Pages: 442
Read in: English

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Source: GoodReads


Life and death is a complete gender swapped version of Twilight, written by Stephenie Meyer to prove that Bella wasn't really a damsel in distress, but a human in distress. Did Stephenie prove her point? I'm not sure, but I really think not. What Stephenie did was show us in not such big words what a screwed up society we live in. But I'll get into that in the spoilery section of this review. The point is this is not Midnight Sun.
Now, what everyone wants to know: IS IT WORTH BUYING?
Let me start out by saying that I'm not a Twilight hater. I started out as a gullible Twilight lover, actually. As I grew up, I begin wondering why my 14/15 year-old self loved this book so much. I went back and reread it. I did not enjoy the story that time around, but I couldn't deny the feeling of nostalgia that came with reading it. You see, back in 1999, 6 year-old me began reading the Harry Potter series. I got a new book every few years, and can you guess what I read in between? The ones that were already out. So by 2007, with the release of the last Harry Potter book, my reading life fell to a standstill. I was in a book hangover for a very long time, during which I read mostly classics.
It's easy to see why Twilight revolutionised my reading - I began reading YA again. I began reading fantasy again. And even though I loved Harry Potter with all my heart, I could finally move on.
It sounds overly dramatic, I know, but everything feels this way when you're 15.
So back to the question, do I believe you should buy this book?
Unless you want to read the Twilight series for the first time, and never came in direct contact with the franchise, in which case, if you're curious enough, go ahead.
If you're just super super curious but don't wish to spend that amount of money on it - lets be honest, the cash cow is moaning right now - and you already know Twilight, try reading the spoilery section to make sure you really are that interested.
All in all, I didn't hate this book - I actually thought it was better than Twilight in some ways -, but I couldn't really take it seriously. Because even though the characters were gender swapped, their dialogue and especially Beau's inner turmoil remained mostly identical to their opposite gender counterparts. 

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

Sunday, October 11

[Review] Tangled (Tangled, #1) - Emma Chase

Author: Emma Chase
Original Title: Tangled
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: May 20th, 2013
Finished Date: April 13th, 2015
Pages: 256
Read in: English


When rich, handsome, and arrogant meets beautiful, brilliant, and ambitious, things are bound to get tangled.

Drew Evans makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York's most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He'll tell you he has the flu, but we all know that's not really true.

When Katherine Brooks is hired as the new associate at Drew's father's investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy's life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

How can one woman turn a smooth-talking player into a broken, desperate man? By making the one thing he never wanted in life the only thing he can't live without.
Source: GoodReads


Despite the spoiler warning down below, I wouldn't worry too much about spoilers. And that's because I only managed to read about 20% of the book. Nothing had happened between the main characters yet. Why didn't I read more?, you ask. Well, it seemed to me like Drew had a cronic case of asshole. And I really dislike reading about presumptuous pigs who enjoy degrading women and think of them as lower beings only fit to have sex, cry and be, as he called them, bitches. No thank you.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

Thursday, October 8

[Review] Confess - Colleen Hoover

Author: Colleen Hoover
Original Title: Confess
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Finished Date: April 9th, 2015
Pages: 306
Read in: English


Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
Source: GoodReads


Yes. This book finally made me understand why people seem to praise Colleen Hoover so much that they almost treat her as a GOD. This was so much better than what I anticipated, I can't even put it into words. It wasn't perfect - there were some things that didn't really set quite right with me, but it was powerful. It was moving. It was beautiful.
As in Maybe Someday, which I've also read and reviewed (click here to go see that review), Colleen decided to transcend the written word as a way to tell her story. In Maybe Someday she used music to complement the story. In this book she used paintings. Beautiful, soulful paintings. And I don't even like paintings all that much.
The story was heart-wrenching, and even if it was a bit too much at times - which, lets face it, is Colleen's style - it still managed to throw me off with a big revelation that changed everything.
If you're looking for a good NA, go pick this one up.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

Tuesday, October 6

[Top Ten Tuesday] - Books and series I did not (and most likely will not) finish

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish, through which we share our top ten list on the weekly topic.

This week, the original topic was the ten bookish things I want to quit, or have quit. I decided to adapt this topic into something that would make a bit more sense to me, and thus, I'll be listing the books and series I did not (and most likely will not) finish.

Top Ten Books and Series I did not (and most likely will not) finish

So there are a lot of books I read and don't necessarily love, or even like at all. But I do always tend to finish the book anyways. Which is probably why in this list of 10, only 2 are books I marked as DNF and the other 8 are just series which I don't intend to continue on with.

1. Hush, hush, Becca Fitzpatrick
I only read the first book, and it seriously pissed me off. I couldn't believe some people counted this book amongst their favourites. It was badly written and transmitted all the wrong values. If you wish to read my in depth review, click here.

2. The house of night series, P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast
I read the first volume of this series a while ago. In short, I do not recommend. At all. When I finished, I remember thinking very clearly that it was the worst thing I'd ever read. It probably isn't as bad as I remember it, but I thought it was so ghastly that I wrote a very very descriptive and in depth review on GoodReads (you can read here my very long rant about it in Portuguese) and it sort of became a joke between me and my sister how bad it was. Nowadays, whenever I say I've read an awful book, my sister asks me how bad from one to Marked. I guess it withstood the test of time. Just not in a good way.

3. Tangled, Emma Chase
It wasn't until I started writing this and actually went looking for this book on my shelf that I noticed it is not only a book, but a series?! And a very loved one. I don't get this, sorry guys. This was one of only three books this year I did not finish. And trust me, it takes a lot for me not to finish a book. I read tons of awful books, and I almost always finish them, usually so I can avoid the "but it gets so much better in the end!" comments. This time I just couldn't do it. In this case, the protagonist pissed me of. He was a sexist brute pig of a man, and I did not care for his view on the world (or women) at all. I stopped after about 50 pages. I have no objection to reading erotica at all, my not liking this book had nothing to do with the genre - I stopped before anything had even happened between the main characters. Don't worry, I have a full rant of a review coming up explaining why I didn't like it in detail.

4. The wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Maggie Stiefvater 
This is the example of a beautiful writer and a terrible plot. I did not like this book because the story felt forced (and to be honest similar to Twilight) to me. The characters were not intriguing, I wasn't emotionally invested in the plot at all. This was a stereotypical YA paranormal romance, full of insta-love and protagonists with no self-respect. But God, the writing. The writing was phenomenal. It was lyrical and poetic and it made me read the boring story about the plain people, because I was under its spell. I definitely won't read the rest of this trilogy, but I already have The Raven Boys on my TBR waiting for me. You can also read my opinion on this book here.

5. Fifty shades of grey, E. L. James
Here's the thing - I don't really count this as read or DNF. I'm not interested in reading it. I tried reading it and it was terrible. I only read about 20 pages, and I was already bored to tears and very unimpressed with the writing. So I skimmed it. I did not like what I read. And so I put it to rest, never to be seen again in my shelves. Again, I have nothing against the genre, but this was no good.

6. Septimus Heap series, Angie Sage
I have no idea why I didn't like the one book of this series I read, Magyk. It was the first in a Middle Grade/YA (I believe) fantasy series, and it was promising. Why didn't I like it? I have no idea. I can't remember anything about it. All I know is that whenever I think of it I get really uneasy and uncomfortable and I have no intentions of picking it up to find out why. I do a great job blocking out unpleasant memories. That might be why. I honestly couldn't tell you.

7. The coldest girl in Coldtown, Holly Black
Holly Black was one of those authors that had been on my TBR for a long time. Like Cassandra Clare, she seems to be one of those YA authors everyone says wonders about. I tried reading this last month. It started out okay, but got weird very quickly. And that's okay, I'm not opposed to weird. Weird is good. I got to about 25%. By then, I just gave up. I didn't really like the lore, I didn't like or connect to any of the characters, especially not the main character, and I didn't see it progressing. I can't even explain how bored I felt while trying to read it, honestly.

8. Too far series, Abbi Glines
This is not bad exactly. It's just not very good either. I only read the first two volumes, and I don't intend on carrying on. If you're looking for easy to read romance that is not actually too badly written and that can check all the clichés at once, this is your series! Go for it!
I don't exactly like to read a book where I can tell from the start how everything will end (even though there was a plot twist I didn't see coming), and I especially hate it when things are thrown in the plot just to create drama between the characters. Those situations that would never happen in real life, because in real life people just talk to each other instead of assuming everything? Yep. Not a fan of those.

9. The vampire diaries, L. J. Smith
I tried. I read the first four volumes, I believe. But I also watched the TV series, and that honestly ruined the book series for me. I don't watch TVD anymore, because it just got ridiculous after a while. And Joseph Morgan left, so I had no more motivation to watch it (I did watch 5x11, though, because honestly, how could I not?!). The thing is, the TV series was well explored in the first few seasons, and it changed the original so much I just have no inclination to read it and become permanently confused. Besides, look at that cover.

10. Gossip Girl, Cecily Von Ziegsar
The same applies here. I did follow the first few seasons of Gossip Girl, and I didn't try reading the novels until I was already watching the show. This show didn't change as much as TVD did in terms of plot and characters, but it still felt like a waste of time to read them. Plus, it was way more entertaining to watch the TV series, I'm not going to lie.

 All images were obtained through GoodReads.

What are the books and series you didn't finish? Have you also had any problems with any of these books? Let me know! :)

Sunday, October 4

[Review] Emerald Green (Precious Stone Trilogy, #3) - Kerstin Gier

Author: Kerstin Gier
Original Title: Smaragdgrün
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: October 8th, 2013 (December 8th, 2010)
Finished Date: April 3rd, 2015
Pages: 451
Read in: English


Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along. Emerald Green is the stunning conclusion to Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red Trilogy, picking up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.
Source: GoodReads

Final Rating: 

I was so sad when I finished reading this series. Not because the ending itself is sad, but because I was so disappointed. The first book was so good, it’s hard to believe the total downfall that took place in the next two instalments.
It was a light story and still fun to read but it had so much potential that I felt like it was lacking. It could have been much more developed than it was. It was overall a good story with a very convenient ending. But I’ll let you be the judge of that.

You can find my reviews for the other books in this series here:
Ruby Red - ★★★★

Sapphire Blue - ★★☆☆☆

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

Monday, September 28

[Review] Maybe Not (Maybe Someday, #1.5) - Colleen Hoover

Author: Colleen Hoover
Original Title: Maybe Not
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: November 24th, 2014
Finished Date: April 4th, 2015
Pages: 129
Read in: English

Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not.
When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.
Or maybe not.
Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.
Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?
Maybe not.
Source: GoodReads

Final Rating: ★★.5 out of 5

Well honestly, I don't even know where to start. This was an extremely popular novella - everyone seemed to love it. I didn't even know it was about Warren and Bridgette; I really thought it would be about Sydney and Ridge's downfall. And I might have enjoyed that more.
The problem I had with this was the problem I have with almost every NA out there: the virginalisation (is that even a word?) of the characters. I mean, no, Bridgette was not a virgin necessarily, but never having had an orgasm? Seriously? I find this hard to believe, that's all.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

Tuesday, September 22

[Review] The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Original Title: The perks of being a wallflower
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: February 2nd, 2009
Finished Date: March 31st, 2015
Pages: 232
Read in: English

"I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day...or wondering who did the heart breaking and wondering why."
Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
Source: GoodReads

Final Rating:  out of 5

Please don’t hate me for this. I mean to offend no one.
I had heard wonderful things about The perks of being a wallflower. And by that I mean that it is many people’s favourite book ever. Yep. I was expecting greatness. I was expecting mindblowingness (And no, I don’t even care that that word does not exist. It does now). Instead, I got the meh of an awkward teenager’s life. And note that teenager is a term applied loosely here, considering Charlie sounds like he is a seven year-old.
Don’t get me wrong, it is a very real portrait of the (very) early years of teenager awkwardness. It is also kind of boring. Especially if you see the big twist/reveal at the end coming from the beginning, like I did.

I am a very strong advocate of reading the book before watching the film/tv adaptation, so even though I knew there was a film I did not watch it, but I seriously believe its potential to be better than the book was.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

Tuesday, September 8

[Wrap-Up] July + August!

Hello friends!

I hope you had a lovely summer.
Welcome to the post where I grovel at your feet, apologising for taking so long in posting something. Anything.
It has not been easy these past couple of months - I'm afraid I've been suffering from summer laziness. You know, uni ended, I had tons of free time for the first time in months, and all I wanted to do was sleep. I didn't even read much, unfortunately.
Wow, this all sounds so lame.
Anyway, I'm not going to make excuses, as we can all see I suck at them.
I'm really sorry I've been gone this long, and I hope it won't happen again.
As I've said already, these past two months I've been mostly sleeping. And eating. And then sleeping again. And sometimes, in between, I managed to squeeze in a bit of reading time. Not as much as I wished to, and certainly not as much as my TBR pile needed me to. I can tell you, however, that uni is starting back up again, and my reading is picking up again too. I'm pathetic, I know. Who the heck waits till life starts getting incredibly busy again to get a move on their biggest time consuming hobby?
Anyway, here are the books I read during July and August:
  1. A court of thorns and roses, Sarah J. Maas
  2. Alienated, Melissa Landers
  3. Night of cake & puppets, Laini Taylor
  4. Wedding night, Sophie Kinsella
  5. The heir, Kiera Cass
  6. Cinder, Marissa Meyer
  7. Go the f**k to sleep, Adam Mansbach
  8. Deathnote Vol.1, Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
  9. Scarlet, Marissa Meyer
  10. Glitches, Marissa Meyer
  11. The queen's army, Marissa Meyer
There were some surprises amongst these books, and some disappointments too. I'll be posting reviews during September, so watch out for that.

Which books did you read during these months? Do you have any recommendations for me to read in September?

Let me know :)

Tuesday, July 7

[Top Ten Tuesday] Hyped Books I've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish, through which we share our top ten list on the weekly topic.

This week: Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

So there are a lot of hyped books I've never read, and there was no way I could make a top ten of them, because I really can't measure hype. So I decided to make a top ten of the hyped books I've got on my shelfs and I've never read. That way, I'll actually be able to sort through them in this century. Here they are, in no particular order.

1. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
I haven't really been in the mood for a psychological thriller. I've heard several different people whose opinions I trust and value raving about this book, so I'm sure I'll like it. Eventually. When I get to it.

2. The book thief, Markus Zuzak
I'm actually very curious about this one. The only reason I have yet to read it is because I don't own it, my sister does, and it is currently being borrowed by a friend of hers. Therefore, I imagine I'll read it soon.

3. The night circus, Erin Morgenstern
I feel really bad about not having read this one yet. Although it was a cover buy for me, I really became very curious about that incredibly vague synopsis. Everyone seems to love this, and I can't wait until I can read it and finally understand what it's all about.

4. The giver, Lois Lowry 
From what I understand, this seems to be an obligatory school reading in the US, or something like it, because everyone seems to have read this for school. I obviously didn't read it in school and I'm really interested in it, especially with the movie out now.

5. Shadow and bone, Leigh Bardugo
The Grisha trilogy seems to be getting a lot of great reviews, and I have yet to start it. I'm not really sure why, it looks like it is right up my alley, but when you have so many books to read, some just get forgotten, despite your original excitement to read them all. This looks like it has a kind of magical Russia theme to it, and I honestly can't wait to dive in.

6. The unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin
This is another one that has been on my TBR for ages, but I just haven't picked it up yet. I think mainly it was because I didn't want to start a new series when I already have so many to finish, but now I just have to. I'll make use of this summer and try to catch up on my series.

7. 1984, George Orwell
Okay, so this one I know exactly why I haven't read it yet. I don't know if I'm the only one to feel this way, but I'm always a tiny bit apprehensive when it comes to reading hugely famous books like this one. It is supposed to be a great book, but what if I don't like it? That happened when I read The Princess Bride (I still love the movie though) and I was so disappointed. I'm willing to give this a try (finally!) and I really hope it does the hype justice.

8. Vampire academy, Richelle Mead
I have the whole series sitting on my shelf and have yet to read a single book. I'm ridiculous.

9. Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell
I like Rainbow. Her books are always light-hearted and funny. I've had this one on my TBR for a long time, and it's another one I can't really explain why I haven't yet read it. I'll do so soon.

10. Cinder, Marissa Meyer
And it's the second time this book makes it to a Top Ten Tuesday list. Looks like I'll have to start reading it soon.

 All images were obtained through GoodReads.

What are the hyped books you've never read? Have you also yet to read any of the books I've listed? Let me know! :)