28 Mar 2016

[Travelling] Rome

So last month I had the amazing opportunity of going to one of my dream holiday destinations, Rome. My boyfriend's family very kindly asked me whether I wanted to go with them, and I really couldn't refuse. I was a bit afraid that the weather would lessen our experience of the city, but we were extremely fortunate and it was only rainy on the last day there. 
Rome was one of those destinations that books made me want to go to. It was firstly because twelve year-old me was obsessed with mythology and read every single book I could find on it. Usually those books were huge non-fiction library books, the kind that only university students bother reading - it hadn't even crossed my mind that something like Percy Jackson might exist, which is why I only read those books last year. I had a serious fixation on Greek and Roman mythology.
I couldn't wait to go to Rome and Athens and be able to enjoy that much history and mythology.
A few years later, when the mythological fever had abated a bit, I read Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, which made all that desire of going to Rome surge up again.
I can honestly say that I was completely awestruck during those few days we were in Rome. It was wonderfully satisfying, at at the same time, it lit up a hunger for more. I wouldn't say I'm done with Rome - I feel like there's too much left to explore -, and I will definitely return.

 Have you ever been to Rome? Would you like to? Let me know! :)

26 Mar 2016

[Review] Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge

Author: Rosamund Hodge
Original Title: Cruel Beauty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: January 28th, 2014
Finished Date: April 18th, 2015
Pages: 342
Read in: English
Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.
Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom - all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfil her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle - a shifting maze of magical rooms - enthrals her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
Source: GoodReads


This is a very peculiar book. I'm glad I went into it knowing little more than that it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I can't decide whether this was beautifully weird or weirdly beautiful. Maybe it was both. The point is that this book should not have worked. But it did.
This book takes most of my buzzwords - greek mythology, Beauty and the beast retelling, morally grey characters - and blends them together in a complicated and strangely woven plot.
If you're looking for a great, out-of-the-box read, I definitely suggest picking this one up.

«Demons are made of shadow. Don't look at the shadows too long or a demon might look back

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.

23 Mar 2016

[T5W] - Books you DNF

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey at Top 5 Wednesday.
This week's topic is the Top 5 Books we DNF. As you might know, I've been in the biggest reading slump of my life, going on almost two months of no reading at all. That being said, I've picked up and put down a lot of books during this time period. Some of these are really DNFs, books that I did not finish and do not think I'll pick up ever again, but some of them are just books I wasn't in the mood for but will definitely try again later.

5. Winter, Marissa Meyer

DO NOT KILL ME. I love the Lunar Chronicles. Seriously, I love these books. I'm not sure whether it was the fact that this book is enormous or that if I finished it, it would finally be over that put me off, but I guarantee that I'll read this. Eventually.

4. The Diviners, Libba Bray

I read a few pages of this until I got that horror vibe. Then I put it down. It's not that I wasn't enjoying it - I actually was -, it's just that I'm very peculiar when it comes to horror. There are times when I devour it and times when I just can't. I will definitely try this again.

3. A clash of kings, George R. R. Martin

I made a pact with myself that I would read these books. To be honest, I've been so spoiled for the story that I feel like there's not much I wouldn't see coming, but the sheer size of it was enough to terrify me into putting it down. I will pick it up again, though.

2. Don't forget to breathe, Cathrina Constantine

I tried reading this for about five months. I don't think I ever got past page 50. I'm not sure whether or not I'll give this another chance. If you think I should, please let me know.

1. Fallen, Lauren Kate

This was awful. I might go as far as saying it was the worst book I read last year, and I'm pretty sure it is responsible for the current reading slump I'm in. I tried, I really tried. I read about 75%, but I just couldn't anymore.

What were some of the books you DNF? Let me know! :)

21 Mar 2016

[Wrap-up] Winter Reading Wrap-Up!

So it's been a while since my last wrap-up, and as I've been in the biggest reading slump of my life, I decided to do a collective wrap-up of all the books I read between December and February. 

  • Vampire academy, Richelle Mead
  • Everything, everything, Nicola Yoon
  • The goddess test, Aimee Carter
  • Fallen, Lauren Kate
  • The iron king, Julie Kagawa
  • The shining, Stephen King
  • Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone, J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Killing Sarai, J. A. Redmerski
  • Reviving Izabel, J. A. Redmerski
  • Beautiful disaster, Jamie McGuire
  • Just listen, Sarah Dessen
  • Existence, Abbi Glines
  • Ugly love, Colleen Hoover
  • The Mayfair moon, J. A. Redmerski

Top 5 Winter reads

5. Everything, everything, Nicola Yoon

4. Killing Sarai, J. A. Redmerski

3. Vampire academy, Richelle Mead

2. The shining, Stephen King

1. The iron king, Julie Kagawa

Obviously, I excluded Harry Potter from this top 5 since it was a reread.

What were your favourite Winter reads? Let me know! :)