The Valentine Book Tag

Hi guys,

Valentine Day is right around the corner and that calls for a romantic date wi…. JOKES. I’m part of the single squad. But not to worry, Valentine’s Day to me just means lots of cheap chocolate and of course, a book tag. This tag was originally created by Jo ReadsBooks. This seems like a really fun and seasonal tag to do :). Let’s get started:


1. Favorite Couple Ever – You want to have their relationship!

This is such hard question because I can think of SOO many couples I love. But my alltime favourite couple would have to be America and Maxon  from the Selection Series. This is mostly due to my love of Maxon, but they are such a adorable couple and I was rooting for them the whole series.

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2. Relationship that never happened – You wanted them to get together but they never did. 

Hmm, this is a hard question but I would have to go with Marius and Éponine in Les Misérables. The unrequited love she has for him is heart wrenching to read/watch. She took a freakin bullet for him while handing him a letter from her love rival in her dying moments.

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3. Your crush – ANY character!

Surprise, Surprise, My answer would have to be Maxon from the Selection Series because is just so precious and charming and adorable *swoon*

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4. Worst Relationship – A couple you wanted to break up because the character was awful/deceitful/abusive/etc.

Okay, I’m gonna put a twist on this question and say Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. Don’t get my wrong, I loved the romance in this book and I really like who Juliet chose, but I still don’t think it was the healthiest relationship. SPOLIER ALERT:

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Even though I love Warner, he was a very manipulative and abusive person. Yes, he did have a terrible past and has his side of the story, but that doesn’t make what he did to Juliet in the past just disappear.

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5. Your Favorite Love Triangle

Ughh, I do not like love triangles so I honestly don’t have a good answer for this question.

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6. Your Favorite Tragic Love Story – like Romeo & Juliet – No Spoilers! – A couple whose relationship was cut tragically short.

I don’t really think this book falls into this category, but I would have to go with Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I loved this book so much and the ending makes me get so emotional.

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So that’s it for The Valentine Book Tag. I invite any of you to participate in this tag. I hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day, whether you are with a special something or single 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading this tag as much as I’ve enjoyed doing it♡

Signing off, Ash xx

1 year blogiversary!

Hi guys,

I can’t believe that I totally forgot my 1 year blog anniversary! I started this blog January 21, 2016 and I’m so happy that I did.  My first ever post was Review- Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. Starting a blog has been such a great way to express my love for literature and blogging in general. I know last year that I wasn’t the most active, but I’m going to try my hardest this year to post regularly. Thank you so much for everyone who has followed this blog 🙂 Love you all xx

Signing off, Ash xx

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Book Review- P.S.I still love you by Jenny Han

20698530Title: P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Synopsis: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

 


“Lara Jean, I think you half-fall in love with every person you meet. It’s part of your charm. You’re in love with love.”
P.S. I Still Love You


My Review: I remember finishing ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ in one afternoon. It was a whirlwind of cuteness and once. I was in love with how adorable it was. So I was obviously ‘quite‘ excited to delve into this book. Unfortunately, I was left quite disappointed.

My reaction after reading this book: 

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Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a BAD book, but it wasn’t a great one either. I feel like this book was quite a step down from the first book. It didn’t have the same spark. My main problem with this book was the romance. Yes, I understand that it’s great to have relationships in books that are realistic and that I can’t always be rainbows and unicorns. BUT Lara Jean and Peter just felt like different characters. Lara Jean was acting immature and Peter was acting like a massive asshole. Ughh, I read this book for the cute romance and I wasn’t feeling it. There was no character development and no real plot in this book. And you’ll never guess it…. ….ANOTHER BOY WAS INTRODUCED!!!

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Yes, John Ambrose McClaren was a perfectly nice boy, but WHY does there always have to be a love triangle in every YA book?!? I’m getting quite sick of it frankly.

The thing I love about Jenny Han’s books is is the family aspect. I love reading about family relationships ( One of the reasons why I love Gilmore Girls) and Lara Jean’s family is on all levels of cuteness.

Overall, this book was a fun read and had it’s cute moments, but I definitely didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one.


My rating :  ★★★  ( 3/5 )


Let me know in the comments if you have read this book and what your thoughts on it are♡

Signing off, Ash xx

Christmas Book Haul!

Hi everyone❤︎

Merry Christmas!!! I hope everybody is spending this wonderful day with loved ones ❤︎ I would just like to apologise for being so inactive on this blog. I’ve been very busy lately and I’ve been taking a break from social media for a while. But I think I’ve finally gotten out of my blogging slump and I’m eager to start again. So let’s begin the book haul! This year, I’ve received 5 books for Christmas. I’m so incredibly grateful to have such a loving family who understand my books needs. Here goes:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by Jim Kay- THIS BOOK IS MY PRECIOUS BABY WHICH I WILL PROTECT AT ALL COSTS!!!! I know I’m a little late getting this book, but I’m so excited to finally own my own copy. I can’t wait to read through it 🙂

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray


Fun Fact:  It’s coming up to my 1 year blog anniversary! I started this blog on January 21, 2016 and I’m so happy I did. In 2017, I’m going to make a real effort to try and blog every week.


Have you read any of these books? How was your Christmas? Let me know in the comments below❤︎

Signing off, Ash xx

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Reads

Hi everyone❤

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I’m in the mood to read some scary stories. I LOVE reading scary stories. Horror movies… not so much. Halloween isn’t really my thing, but I still like getting into the spirit. I’m planning to spend my Halloween either watching Psycho or Carrie (1976) on netflix 🙂

So I was wondering if you guys would be able to recommend some scary novels for me to read. The only scary books I’ve read so far are Anna dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and Say Her Name by James Dawson. Oh, and of course the classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (what nightmares are made of).

How are you planning to spend your Halloween? What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read? Let me know in the comments♡

Have a Happy Halloween🎃🎃🎃

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Signing off, Ash xx

Review-My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

MySisterRosa_RCcvr.inddTitle: My Sister Rosa

Author: Justine Larbalestier

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller

Synopsis: Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control.

Che’s little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che’s convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn’t hurt anyone yet, but he’s certain it’s just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world – and the world from Rosa?


“Rosa ticks off everything from the Hare Psychopathy Checklist except for promiscuity, driving too fast and other adult sins. Give her time.”                            – My Sister Rosa


Fun Fact: My Sister Rosa is an Australian book!

My Review: This book captured me from the start. It was a very intriguing and enjoyable read. How can you not resist reading about a psychopathic 10 year girl? It’s hard to review this book without giving it away, but I will do my best.

The characters in this book are incredibly realistic. Che is a very relatable and likable character that actually SOUNDS like a teenage boy. Che believes, no, knows that his sister is a psychopath. Nobody but Che knows what Rosa is, and he’s the only one who can protect the world from her evil ways. I haven’t read many books with male povs so this book was a nice change. As Che is the main character of the book, we also learn about about his friends, interests and love life.

Rosa is a twisted, creepy and very disturbing little girl. She looks like the perfect little girl-blue eyes, blonde hair, dimples- but is the complete opposite. She has no empathy or remorse. She uses and manipulates people for her own gain. She enjoys seeing people in pain, even inflicting it if she has to. Throughout the book, you never quite knew what Rosa was going to do next.

The plot of this book can become quite tiring at times. The first half of this book progressed quite slowly, leaving readers anticipating for the climax of the story. But then….. we were hit with a MAJOR PLOT-TWIST.  I’m still reeling after how intense the ending was.

Another amazing point about this book was the amount of diversity in it. SO MUCH DIVERSITY. There were white people, black people, half Asian people, lesbian characters, a non-binary character and more. I can’t say I can name many books that has as much diversity as My Sister Rosa.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. You will not be able to get over the ending.

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My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5)


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Let me know in the comments if you have read this book and what your thoughts on it are♡

Signing off, Ash xx

Which Cover Wednesday #5

Hi everyone❤

Which Cover Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sue’s reading corner in which two different covers of the same book are compared to choose which one is better (in my opinion). Let’s begin:

  1. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

    I have not read this book yet but it is on my TBR list. Both of these covers are very visually appealing, but I think I would have to go with the the 2nd (right) cover because of its simplicity and font.

2.  Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz

Based on the plot, I would have to say that the 1st (left) cover fits better, but I personally prefer the the 2nd (right) cover. The colours work really well together and the font look so pretty.

3. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

This is a very easy choice for me, I love the 1st (left) cover. The font, the colour scheme, the picture… it all works so well together and suits the theme of the book.

That’s all for this week:) Have you read any of these books? Tell which book cover you prefer❤

Signing off, Ash xx

The Aussie Book Tag

Hi everyone❤

Today I’m going to be doing The Aussie Book Tag after I saw @headinherbooks do this tag on her blog. This tag was created by  @PicnicReads and @HappyComes. This seemed like a really fun tag to do and who doesn’t love showing some pride for their country 🙂 Let’s get started:


K O A L A

{A character you want to cuddle ALL DAY LONG}

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V E G E M I T E

{A book you love that everyone else hates}

Hmm, this is quite a hard question to answer because I usually dislike books that other people love. After scrolling through my Goodreads and watching too many booktube videos to count, I would have to say ‘The Maze Runner”. Now, while I didn’t LOVE this book, I did enjoy it and wanted to continue the series. When I read (and listened) to some of the reviews, I was quite surprised to see that not many loved the book.  (Fun Fact:I hate vegemite).

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S O C C E R O O S

 {Favourite fictional squad}

Okay, I’m going to go with the obvious of the Harry Potter squad. I loved reading Harry Potter when I was younger (still do) and I loved the friendship and dynamics between Harry, Ron and Hermione. It makes me nostalgic just thinking about it!

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S O U T H E R N   C R O S S

{Most recent 5-star read}

I don’t give many books 5 stars, so my most recent book would have to be One by Sarah Crossan. I gave this book 4.5 stars, which is close enough 🙂belle

P A T R I O T I S M

{Favourite book by an author from your country}

I loved the book My Sister Rosa by  Justine Larbalestier. This is a great book by a great Australian author. Comment if you would like a review on it!Australian_Flag_Flying_animated.gif

E C H I D N A

{A book you like to look at, but it physically hurts to read}

This was another hard question as the books I don’t like usually don’t have nice covers either but one that comes to mind is The Accident Season by  Moïra Fowley-Doyle. The cover is quite creative and appealed to me, but I hated the book 😦

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N E D  K E L L E Y

{A book that is really grim, but an iconic must-read}

I have 3 books for this question :Chinese CinderellaThe Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank and My Sister’s Keeper. All these books as so depressing but are absolute must-reads and I adored reading them (that sounds bad).

 

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P A V L O V A

{A light, and fluffy book that you can’t help but love}

I can think of SOOO many books, but the first one that popped into my head was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I absolutely loved this book and I’m pretty sure I read it in one sitting. This is such an adorable and sweet book. GO READ IT!!!

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M I L O

{A genre/author you reach for to get you out of a reading slump}

Contemporary reads can always get me out of a slump. They are very light and easy reads that always make me feel happy afterwards 🙂


So that’s it for The Aussie Book Tag. I invite any of you to participate in this tag, whether you are Aussie or not!

I hope you enjoyed reading this tag as much as I’ve enjoyed doing it♡

Signing off, Ash xx

 

 

 

July Book Haul

Hi everyone❤

Sorry I’m posting this haul so late,  I don’t know why I’ve taken so long. Last month, I accumulated a total of 5 books (which is a lot for me!) Here goes:

IMG_1228Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard- Isn’t the cover just gorgeous! I knew I had to get it when I saw it for only $10. I have been hearing great things about this book and the plot seems justIMG_1224 up my alley.Very excited to read it!

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass- I have already read this series and absolutely adored it. I think we can ALL agree when I say that this series has one of the most beautiful covers. Click to read my review on IMG_1229‘The One’ by Kiera Cass

Just a Few Inches by Tara St Pierre.- I received this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This book deals with the issues of body image and self-confidence and it’s a great read. Click here to read my review on this book.


Last Month, I read a total of 7 books:

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (4/5)

George by Alex Gino (3.5/5) Click here to read my review on this book.

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher (3.5/5)

99 Days by Katie Cotugno (4/5)

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (3/4) Click here to read my review on this book.

The Wrong Boy by Suzy Zail (3.5/5)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (4.5/5)


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Have you read any of these books? What books have you purchased this month? Let me know in the comments below❤

Signing off, Ash xx

 

Book Review of ‘Just a Few Inches’ + Author interview with Tara St Pierre

Hi everyone❤

Today’s post is a special one as I have both a book review and author interview with Tara St Pierre! The author of the book:‘Just a Few Inches’. This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or review of the book. So let’s begin this post with the interview I had with the lovely Tara St Pierre:


Me: What were your ideas/ inspiration for writing Just a Few Inches?

Tara: I was standing in the checkout line at a drugstore or supermarket, casually glancing at the magazines. I was struck by how many of them featured headlines about ways to shed pounds and/or inches. This over-emphasis of how women “have to” appear was distressing. But it was one particular headline that utilized the word shrink that caught my attention, saying “shrink your waist” or something like that.

Being a fan of classic science fiction movies, my mind did some free-association and connected with the 50s film The Incredible Shrinking Man. I imagined a scenario where a teenage girl influenced by these magazine covers and television ads would unnecessarily want to be a little bit smaller, only to find that she was getting smaller in a very different way.

After that, I researched factors that may play a part in society’s perception of body image. Is it the media? I could explore this question by giving my protagonist Carrie have a career goal in journalism. Is it competition with each other? I could explore this question by giving her boyfriend an ex-girlfriend that may want him back. Is it fashion dolls girls play with? I could explore this question by shrinking Carrie down to that size. Once these questions—and ways to address them—were developed, I knew I had something.

Me: How long did it take for you to write your novel?

Tara: My inspiration for the novel came in the mid-90s, and back then, I wrote maybe the first six or seven chapters of the novel. I was much less experienced with plot outlining back then, and I was writing with very little idea of where the story was going to end, so I stalled. Over the years, I’d revisit what I had written, maybe make a few changes, but I was never able to move forward.

In early 2014, I was looking at the first chapter and I saw one of the things I was missing. Carrie needed a career goal, and it made perfect sense for her to want to go into journalism. Who better to comment on the media than someone who would have some understanding of it? Then I wrote the prologue (renamed as “Before”) and epilogue (“After”), and I had the bookends of the story.

Once that happened, I sat down with a calendar and planned the second half of Carrie’s senior year in high school—from the Valentine’s Dance, the Prom, all the way to Graduation and slightly beyond—matching her dwindling height to the various events. After that, it took about six months to write the first draft, and then I spent almost a year revising and tightening the story.

Me: Have you always wanted to be an author?

Tara: I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and I’ve always enjoyed creating stories. I’ve written lots of things, and they’re in various stages of completion. I write at whatever pace I like and whenever I have free time, so I don’t know if I could ever be a full-time author with deadlines to meet.

Friends of mine have enjoyed my stories, so when I learned about self-publishing options, I decided to research further. It seemed like a good fit for me because I don’t look at my writing as my primary career—I have one of those. I write because it’s part of who I am, and it’s exciting to share the stories and have people respond positively to them. Sure, it would be cool sell millions of copies, but until that happens I’m grateful for every sale I get.

Me: Are you currently writing/ planning on writing any upcoming novels?

Tara: Of course I am! I’ve got several other projects that I’ve worked on over the years that I hope to revisit and finish. Also, a new idea came into my head within the past month, and I can hear the protagonist’s voice screaming to get out. I have the ending of this idea—particularly the antagonist’s true motivations—all figured out, and I may start drafting the first chapter soon.

Me: What was your favourite part about writing your novel?

Tara: Doing all the math involved! I wanted Carrie’s shrinkage to follow a predictable pattern, so I had to create a mathematical equation for it. Because she gets smaller, everything appears larger to her. I needed to calculate how much larger so I could better describe it from her point of view.

Also, in order to capture what her world looked like to her, I explored my house from different perspectives. Sometimes, I’d walk around on my knees to see what I could reach. Sometime, I’d lie on the floor and look up at things. I’m sure I looked a little odd, but it was all to make the book feel that much more real.

Me: And finally, what is your favourite book of all time?

Tara: How do I pick just one? Obviously, the Harry Potter series is phenomenal, and I can’t wait to read Cursed Child. I’m also a big fan of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, primarily for its structure. I love how he told two first-person stories in a seamless way.


 

 

25636813Title: Just a Few Inches

Author: Tara St Pierre

Genre: YA contemporary, Romance, Sci- Fi

Purchasing links:

AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00XX8HGUS

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XX8HGUS

Synopsis: All Carrie Roberts wants is to be a little bit smaller.

To fit into the perfect dress for the Valentine’s Day Dance. To look beautiful for her boyfriend, the school’s star basketball player. To keep his jealous ex-girlfriend, a rival cheerleader, away from him. And to be noticed by her classmates.

Exercising and dieting don’t work, but an advertisement for weight loss pills promises a quicker solution to her problem. As time runs out, she takes more than the recommended dose until she’s just a few inches slimmer. Heads turn when she arrives at the dance, and the wonderful night with her boyfriend is beyond what she dreamed it would be.

Days later, Carrie discovers that her body is changing in ways that should be impossible. While her doctor searches for a cure, she desperately turns to her friends and family for support. Everyone is noticing her now whether she likes it or not, and even the media is intrigued by her incredible story. Getting everything she once wanted has created new problems—problems that are growing more terrifying every day.

Because Carrie Roberts is shrinking.

We all have the capacity for incredible achievements and incredible change, but those come from the inside, and none of it will happen while we’re obsessing about what’s on the outside.

– Just a Few Inches

My review: This book deals with the serious issues of body image and self-esteem in a great way. When Carrie sees a beautiful red dress while shopping with her friends, she knows she needs to wear it to the Valentine Dance. But the dress is a little too small for her, so she resorts to taking diet pills.She achieves her goal and fits perfectly in her dress on the night of the dance. Everybody is stunned at how beautiful she looks. But the diet pills don’t seem to be wearing off and she keeps on losing weight. Oh, and she also starts losing inches. Yes, you heard me right, she actually starts shrinking. Carrie can’t believe it and tries keeping it a secret. But then things start getting out of hand. Her shrinking is growing at a fast rate and there’s seems to be no end to it. How can Carrie stop shrinking?

This was a great book and I’m surprised at how much I liked it. The plot is unique and something that I haven’t ever read before. The book progressed quickly and I got hooked straight away. Carrie had a normal life. She was neither fat nor chubby in any means. She was an average height and lead an active lifestyle as a cheerleader. She had a loving family, boyfriend and group of friends. So why did Carrie decide to take diet pills INSECURITY is the answer. This book accurately deals with insecurity and why we succumb to it.

What I love most about this book is the vivid descriptions. Each chapter title had the progress of Carrie’s weight or height, which really added to the realism of the story. As Carrie keeps on shrinking, the story is shaped on how she views the world. It amazed me how much detail was put into the book for the readers to imagine how much Carrie was shrinking and how she viewed her surroundings. The comparisons in the book kept on making me imagine myself in her position *shudders*. This book was intense and gripping. I didn’t want to put it down, I HAD to know what would happen to Carrie.

This book is very realistic. I know, that sounds weird considering the book is about a girl shrinking. But it truly is. The characters were realistic and easy to relate to. The romance in the book was more of side issue, but it was still cute to read about. I enjoyed that it wasn’t too over the top. Carrie was a very strong character and it was actually really scary to imagine what she was going through.

I really enjoyed this book. It was very powerful, but in a subtle way. The way this book deals with body issues was very impressive and it was a very interesting read. I highly recommend reading this book, the story and message stays in your mind for a long time.

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My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5)


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Let me know in the comments if you have read this book and what your thoughts on it are♡

Signing off, Ash xx