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