To Sum-up: November 2018

 

2018 November

Hello friends!

November has come and gone, and we only have one month left in 2018 (thank God), which also happens to be… MY BIRTHDAY MONTH! *pretends to be more excited than she really is*. This month was a good one overall, and I hope December is even better.

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The Poppy War – Brutal, timely and terrifyingly brilliant

 

The Poppy War

Series: The Poppy War #1

Publication date : May 1st, 2018

Publisher : Harper Voyager | Harpercollins

Genre : Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 544

Synopsis : When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.

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Let’s get you started on Audiobooks ft. Recommendations

 

Audiobooks

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that I was fervently against audiobooks, not for everyone mind you, I just could not get into them and confidently said that they weren’t for me. But earlier this year, in March, I had started a new rotation with a long ass drive to and from the hospital I was assigned to, and I had to kill time so I decided to give them another try. It took one audiobook, the right one, to have me hooked, and now I can’t stop. Continue reading

Word Wonder’s TBR Expansion: Books with Transgender and/or Non-binary Main Characters

 

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve added to my recommendations series (since August to be precise) but we all know I was in a slump and when I got out of it I wanted to take things easy and since these posts take A LOT of time and Energy to put together and I really didn’t feel up to writing one at all. Up until a couple weeks ago so good news, WE’RE BACK FOLKS! I’m not going to be making them monthly anymore, these post will happen maybe once every three months or so because of the aforementioned reasons. I’ll stop rambling now and get on with a list of books with non-binary and/or transgender main characters. Continue reading

Spreading the Love: Favourite Bookstagrammers

 

 

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I’m back today with another post where I decide to spread my love of some amazing bookish content creators. I made the first post a couple moths ago about 10 of my favourite book bloggers, this time around, it’s bookstagrammers. I want to shine a light on some bookstagrammers that put a lot of work and energy into their posts and the end result is fantastic. I’ve been on Bookstagram for a few months now (you can follow me here, hehe) and I’ve seen and followed so many amazing accounts in that time, some of which I’ll share today, others I’ll share in future posts. Continue reading

Foolish Hearts – The book that feels like the warmest of hugs

Publication date : December 5th, 2017

Publisher : Henry Holt | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for. (From GoodreadsBut mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for. (From Goodreads)

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The Hate U Give – …Little Infants Fucks Everybody

 

The Hate U Give

Publication date : February 28th, 2017

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Publisher : Balzer + Bray | Harpercollins

Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary

Page Count: 444

Synopsis : Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Pansexuality in Literature

 

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My name is Alexis and I’m a pansexual booktuber who goes by The Sloth Reader. When Fadwa called for people to make guest posts regarding their specific marginalizations, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. I’m constantly in awe by the wonderful queer content being produced lately, but I’ve yet to find more than a few books that feature a character that is pansexual. Continue reading

Hurts to Love You – Amazing conclusion to an amazing series

 

Hurts to love you

Series: Forbidden Hearts #3

Publication date : March 27th, 2018

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Publisher : Avon | Harpercollins

Genre : Adult |Romance

Page Count: 384

Synopsis : Well-behaved women don’t lust after men who love to misbehave.
Heiress Evangeline Chandler knows how to keep a secret . . . like her life-long crush on the tattooed hottie who just happens to be her big brother’s friend. She’s a Chandler, after all, and Chandlers don’t hook up with the help. Then again, they also don’t disobey their fathers and quit their respectable jobs, so good-girl rules may no longer apply.

Gabriel Hunter hides the pain of his past behind a smile, but he can’t hide his sudden attraction to his friend’s sheltered little sister. Eve is far too sweet to accept anything less than forever and there’s no chance of a future between the son of a housekeeper and the town’s resident princess. When a wedding party forces Eve and Gabe into tight quarters, keeping their hands off each other will be as hard as keeping their clothes on. The need that draws them together is stronger than the forces that should shove them apart . . . but their sparks may not survive the explosion when long-buried secrets are finally unearthed.(From Goodreads)

Rating: 4.5 stars

Hurts to love you

CW: Heavy drinking, emotionally abusive parent, on page sex.

(No spoilers)

This series is over and I am one sad romance hoe. It shredded my heart to pieces and mended it back together more times than I could count and I loved every single minute of it. I reasonably know that this isn’t the last we’ll see of them since there will be a spin-off three book series but I WEEP, I need more now. Hurts to Love You was such an amazing bitter sweet ending to an amazing romance trilogy, and here is why:

I’ve already been over how great Alisha Rai’s writing is in both previous books’ reviews so I won’t go into more detail about that. One thing I really loved though is how heavily it relied on introspection, and not in the annoying way where characters get caught Inside their heads and we don’t see much else of the story. Here it was super well done, in a way that showed the characters tapping into their messy thoughts and tangled feelings and acting accordingly.

Hurts to Love You follows Eve, who’s Nicholas’ little sister from the first book and Gabe, his childhood best friend. And this book has some tropes I absolutely love. First we have age gap, I believe they’re a little over a decade apart. and it’s so well done, Because them growing up together can make that very merky territory to navigate, but the author made sure to specify that he was never attracted to her until they came back into each others’ lives a month from the start of the book. While the sweet fool that is Eve has always harbored a crush on him. The other trope that is present here and that I’m absolute trash for is forced proximity, they literally HAVE to spend time around each other and seeing the attraction play out is my favourite thing.

Now, Eve. I loved her and some parts of her and the way she reacts and interacts with the world resonated with me very deeply. She’s put together, appears confident but in truth is very insecure with a very flimzy self-esteem that was maintained by her abusive father all throughout her life. She’s sensitive, kind, super smart and driven and hella ambitious, which is one of my favourite combination of qualities in a heroine.

Then we have Gabe who…frustrated the heck out of me. Don’t get me wrong, I love him, but he can get so caught up inside his head sometimes that he messes up. Bad. He’s a super decent guy, also buff and super tattooed which…helps too. He has these walls built around himself, for Good Reason but then the minute Eve starts cracking them he freaks out and says and does all the wrong things which in turn makes her do and say all the wrong things and IT’S JUST A MESS!!!

Their mutual pinning was iconic and agonizing to read and I’m pretty sure I yelled more than one “JUST SAY WHAT YOU REALLY THINK” at my phone. Lucky I was in my room and no one had to witness that. One thing I really loved though is how he’s there for her no matter what’s going on between them, helping her sort through her trauma related feelings and easing her anxiety.

One common theme through the series is family, and I love how that emphasis grows with each book being at its most in this book, bringing forth family relationships both blood and found. The family “drama” thickens in Hurts to Love You and proves to be much more complicated than we’re led to believe in the first two books. And the strong bonds between the different characters are put to the test and come out of it stronger than ever. Another relationship I adored is the one between Eve and her best friend Madison, they’re so supportive for each other and that’s something I never get tired of.

The ending was super satisfying although I would’ve liked for it to go a liiiittle differently. No matter how much I loved this one, Wrong to Need You has a special spot in my heart and is still my favourite out of the bunch.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Hurts to Love You? If so, what did you think?

Which Forbidden Hearts’ book was your favourite?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Down the TBR hole #1

 

Down the TBR Hole

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Like, I said in my September wrap-up Down the TBR hole is a new (to the blog) feature I will be doing bi-monthly (instead of weekly like the original thing). Because lord knows my TBR needs saving. I just keep on adding to it and forgetting what I even added to it so hopefully this will help me both clean it up and remember some books I used to be excited about and that ended up slipping my mind. This was created by Lia, formerly @ Lost in a Story. Continue reading