Wrong to Need You – Irresistible attraction, sweet romance and family bonds

Wrong to Need You

Series: The Forbidden Hearts #2

Publication date : November 28th, 2017

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Publisher : Avon Books | Harpercollins

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 368

Synopsis : Oe wasn’t supposed to fall in love with his brother’s widow…
Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Jackson Kane fled his home, his name, and his family. Ten years later, he’s come back to town: older, wiser, richer, tougher—and still helpless to turn away the one woman he could never stop loving, even after she married his brother.
Sadia Ahmed can’t deal with the feelings her mysterious former brother-in-law stirs, but she also can’t turn down his offer of help with the cafe she’s inherited. While he heats up her kitchen, she slowly discovers that the boy she adored has grown into a man she’s simply unable to resist.
An affair is unthinkable, but their desire is undeniable. As secrets and lies are stripped away, Sadia and Jackson must decide if they’re strong enough to face the past…and step into a future together. (From Goodreads)

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20 Backlist Books I better get to in 2018

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Hello friends !
If you’ve seen my 2018 goals post, you know that I’m making it my mission to read more backlist titles as I was way too caught up in arcs and new releases last year. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I just think that there are older books out there that are as fantastic but get forgotten and overshadowed by new and shiny titles. So I really want to read some of those as well as hype them up a little bit as I’m sure there are plenty that deserve more love than they get.

Also. I chose 20 because I’m aiming for 2 books a month from March forward –although, I have already started working on this goal in January/February but I won’t include those books since… I already read them- but as this something I really care about, I hope I can make half my reads this year backlist. If not more. Just to balance it out a bit. Without further ado, let’s dive into the list. Genres and age groups are all mixed together and this is in a complete random order.

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1- Maybe in Another Life – Taylor Jekins Reid

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I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo in January and it was so brilliant it actually made it to my all time favourite books list. And although I heard that that’s Taylor Jenkins Reid’s best book yet I still am interest in reading some more works by her. It’s only natural that this would be the next one I pick up after the person I trust the most in this God forsaken planet said I should. So I hope to get to it at some point this year.

2- Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge – Paul Krueger

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Until maybe a month ago I had NEVER heard about this but then a mutual on Twitter said she was reading it and loving it which put it on my radar THEN a couple friends recommended it which got me thinking I REALLY need to read it. Plus, it’s New Adult Urban Fantasy. DO YOU KNOW HOW BAD I NEED SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN MY LIFE?

3- Shadow & Bone – Leigh Bardugo

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By now, everyone and their mother knows how much I adore the Six of Crows Duology, right? So it only makes sense I’d want to read Leigh Bardugo’s debut trilogy set in the same world. Now I was told it’s not as good so I’m not going in with any expectations. And I even debated whether or not I’d read it. But then one of my good friends got me the stunning new paperback so now I’m excited to get to it.

4- A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

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Everyone who’s read this one has told me it’s the most heartbreaking book they’ve ever read and that it needs a multitude of trigger warnings. So I definitely need to be in the right headspace to read. That being said, I’ve had the ebook for a couple years now so I’m determined to get to it sometime this year. Probably in the summer when I don’t have much on my mind.

5- Wrong to Need You – Alisha Rai

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I AM SCREAMING JUST THINKING ABOUT THIS BOOK!!!! I just finished Hate to Want you and it was AMAZING, plus Sadia being Muslim pakistani and queer, coupled with her personality made her my favourite character in the book so I NEED HER ROMANCE. Especially with how mysterious Jackson is and how complicated their history is. I just *clenches fist* NEED to get to it asap. Probably this month, if we’re being honest.

6- Girls made of Glass and Snow – Melissa Bashardoust

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This was one of my most anticipated releases of last year but I didn’t get to it. Not my fault though, hear me out. I was expecting an arc but it unfortunately never got to me so it got pushed to 2018. BUT NOW IT’S FINALLY HERE (and i’m currently reading it). This sounds badass and feminist with female characters supporting each other and whatnot, it also has an f/f Relationship and it’s supposed to be a Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber type story, so I’m REALLY hyped about it.

7- You Bring The Distant Near – Mitali Perkins

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Multi-generational stories are some of my favourites to read (hmm GO READ HOMEGOING), multi-generational is actually a buzzword of mine. If you use it to describe a book I’m gonna need to read it. So it’s only normal I want to get to this one this year. Plus I love stories that explore cultures and different types of relationships as well as how those relationships are affected by said culture.

8- Want – Cindy Pon

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*hides* ALL MY FRIENDS WHO HAVE READ THIS ONE LOVE IT. And it just sounds so freaking good. Seems like it tackles societal issues in a futuristic society and honestly yes please. I love discussion surrounding how societies function, inequalities within said societies, add teens who are trying to dismantle a defectuous system? SIGN ME UP.

9- They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

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This one has been judging me from my shelf for a solid five months. A close friend of mine surprised me with my own copy of it to cheer me up when I wasn’t doing well and she said she loved it and couldn’t wait for it to crush me as it did her (intense friendships yes lmao) and I’m a Silvera fan so I’m 90% sure I’m gonna love it too. But that would require me reading it. So I’m putting it on the blog to hold myself accountable.

10- A Torch against the Night – Sabaa Tahir

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I read An Ember in the Ashes back in June I think but I absolutely refused to read the sequel and then be left hanging until the third book comes out. SO, what i decided to do is to leave this one until right before A Reaper at the Gates gets released or even better right before I read it and read them back to back. I still haven’t decided how i’mm proceed yet.

11- Outrun the Moon – Stacey Lee

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My brain can’t compute how I still haven’t read this considering the fact that Under A Painted Sky by the same author is one of my favourite Historical Fiction books ever. Like? Am? I? Okay? I was honestly going to pick it up right after I finished the other one but I got distracted. so there’s no way I’ll let 2018 end without getting to this one, even if I have to read it on the last day of the year. Although, I hope I read it way before then.

12- Chameleon Moon – RoAnna Sylver

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This book is SoooOOOOOoo underrated and all the people I know who have read it can’t shut up about it and eventhough I haven’t read it, I’m sure it deserves more visibility than it has. This is another one I’ve been meaning to read for half of last year and kept postponing it from month to month until the year was suddenly over. So I’m doing it in 2018 folks. I’m reading and boosting the heck out of it.

13- A Line in the Dark – Malinda Lo

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I’ve actually never read any of Malinda Lo’s books and from what I’ve heard they’re good so I need to try my hand at them (or my brain or whatever). This is a mystery, with an all female cast I believe and an f/f Relationship, so yes again, I’m aaaall for it. Not gonna lie, I’ve heard mixed things about this one in particular and that weirdly makes me all the more intrigued to read it for myself and see on which side I’d fall.

14- The Library at Mount Char – Scott Hawkins

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This sounds like such the strange read. The good kind of strange and unlike anything I’ve read before. I’ve had the ebook for over a year but I somehow lost interest in it. Then few months back I saw a friend of mine who basically never gives books 5 stars GIVE 5 STARS TO THIS ONE (yes Joey, if you see this post, I’m calling you out) so that rekindled my interest and now I’m determined to read it this year.

15- The Weight of Feathers – Anna-Marie McLemore

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…DON’T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT!!!! I know I say that Anna-marie Mclemore is my favourite author of all times and YET, I still haven’t read her debut. Shame on me. Shame on my cow. But I have a gorgeous paperback now, so there really is no reason for me not to read it. And I hope to get to it this month. Because I’m dying to read it but I just somehow keep getting distracted. I’M NOT A FAKE FAN I PROMISE. Just a very easily distracted one.

16- Fire Boy – Sami Shah

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This one was recommended to me by Aimal, and she’s one of the few people I just automatically trust recommendations from. Every book I have read because of her has been great. I love Jinn stories because they’re what I grew up with so seeing them in fiction has this nostalgic familiar feels to it. This is supposed to be creepy and scary and have all the Jinn so I’ll definitely need to get my hands on it at some point this year.

17- The Reader – Traci Chee

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I’ve seen this one going around when it first came out but it didn’t really draw my attention (which is ridiculous since it’s called THE READER) until the sequel came out and I saw that I few friends of mine really love it and seeing how hyped they were about it got me super excited to read it as well. So this is another one I will be reading this month or next.

18- Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho

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This is another one I’ve had for a while but the I sort of lost interest until a couple friends recommended it to me which put it on my radar again. And I honestly don’t know why I lost interest to begin with? IT SOUNDS SO GOOD. I hope it doesn’t disappoint because that synopsis and people’s feedback got me having really high expectations for it. We’ll see how it goes.

19- Labyrinth Lost – Zoraida Cordova

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I’m not even exaggerating right now, this is a book I’ve been meaning to put on my monthly TBR since it the day I got the ebook (which is pretty much since it came out) but I somehow never did, and people I know love and I just wanna join the hype train and know what people are talking about and get excited about the sequel with them. Plus, brujas, and a bisexual MC and a female love interest. So duh I want to read it.

20- Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

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This is another one I’ve seen around but never really paid attention to but back in November/December everyone was reading it, taking about it and saying it’s one of their favourite books ever so naturally now I’m curious to see what all this hype is about. It’s supposed to have a focus on friendships and I’m all about that plus it also has a biracial MC and I’m really curious to see how that rep is done.

As you can see, I’m trying to branch out of YA and I don’t think it’s a conscious effort to be honest, I’m just finiding myself more and more interest in Adult Books and I really want to give it a try. I’m obviously still going to read a majority of YA but I’m happy to broaden my reading horizons.


That’s it until next time.

Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them?

What are some Backlist books you’ve been meaning to read but never got around to?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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To Sum-up: November 2017

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November has went by at a weird pace -for me. The days felt like they dragged but by the time night came I felt like it went super fast. Weird I tell you. Anyway, we’re about to go on to the last month of the year but I’ll spare you all the screaming about how yet another year has went by and will dive directly into the post. Continue reading

The Lady of Royale Street – Where Clumsy Grumpy Man meets Chaotic Woman

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Series : NOLA Nights #3

Publication date : August 21st, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Pocket Star

Genre : Adult | Erotic Romance

Page Count: 252

Synopsis : Alex DuMont is everything his brother Sol isn’t: regimented, serious, and devout. Between twelve-hour workdays, service to the church, punishing daily workouts, and bi-weekly therapy sessions, Alex is, as Sol once put it, “a kettle perpetually whistling as it boils itself to death.” So when Sol announces his marriage to Arianna Barrington, heiress and society sweetheart, Alex is the absolute worst choice to be his best man. Sol asks anyway and Alex reluctantly agrees. It’s only a week, after all, and Alex should be able to stop himself from throttling his big brother for a meager seven days. Probably. Maybe. Continue reading

Award #16: Sunshine… Again?

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Hello guys !

I’m here today for a second round of the Sunshine Blogger Award which I just realized is… the same award I did last time, but that was back in march so it’s fine, I think haha. This time around I was tagged by my friend Sinead @ Huntress of Diverse Books, thank you so much for nominating me.

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When Michael Met Mina – A Necessary Discussion on Islamophobia and Racism

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Publication date : July 28th, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Pan Macmillan Australia

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 354

Synopsis : Before Mina, my life was like a completed jigsaw puzzle but Mina has pushed the puzzle onto the floor. I have to start all over again, figuring out where the pieces go.
When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees – standing on opposite sides.
Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre.
Michael’s parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values.
They want to stop the boats.
Mina wants to stop the hate.
When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael’s private school, their lives crash together blindingly.
A novel for anyone who wants to fight for love, and against injustice.
  
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 5 stars

When Michael Met Mina

Content Warning: Islamophobia, racism.

(No Spoilers)

This was hands down the most difficult book I’ve had to read in my life. It’s just too personal and real to be an easy read, it hit too close to home, add that to the fact that I read it during a very difficult week for the muslim community… let’s just say that I was in a rough state. But I loved it, every page of it was amazing and brilliant and so spot on that I couldn’t help nod my head with every relevant phrase, sentence or comment.

The writing is straight to the point, no flowery prose of any sort but at the same time it is very emotionally loaded, it made me feel every struggle the main characters felt, every battle they were fighting, it helped a lot with getting me invested in the story very fast (not like I needed much convincing to begin with). Randa Abdel-Fattah does an amazing job in integrating political discourse into these people’s lives, deconstructing and giving counter-arguments for every islamophobic, racist, anti-refugee argument. And this is very proeminent through the whole book.

To be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting When Michael met Mina to be as confronting as it was, I knew it would be to some extent, because you can’t bring up the refugee crisis without it being that way but this was a lot. It never sugar coated any of the issues, any of the conversations, all of it was blunt and layed for the reader to experience, and to make them think. Which was hard for me to read, and I had to take multiple breaks while reading because I’d be either angry, shaking or crying.

I loved how brilliantly the author tackled Islamophobia as well as racism, not only through lived experiences (re: showing rather than telling) but also through discourse and thoughtful commentary. And she does so with so much care and empathy, I’ve never felt like it was harsher than necessary (because some things are bound to be harsh) or like it was some kind of political agenda, it was just refugees’ lives, things they have to deal with on a daily. It’s nauseating, it’s heartbreaking but I loved how in the middle of it all there’s was hope for better as well as a sense of community and family that is heartwarming.

Some of things that happened in the story (and happen in real life as well as even worse) were gutting, it wasn’t just the loud racist acts, it was also the micro-agressions, the jokes, the pokes and jabs. They really hurt. Some quotes from the book:

Was part of our contract here in this country that we should be walking around depressed and broken? Wearing our trauma on this outside? And what about everybody we’d left dead or living in fear back home? Didn’t we owe them? How could I just lead this ordinary life?

Here’s one from an anti-refugee that made me sick to my stomach, because it’s something I’ve heard many MANY times before, everytime before someone starts nitpicking from my culture and appropriating it:

I celebrate our diversity – so long as people assimilate to our values. I don’t have a problem with different foods and festivals. That enriches our country. But people need to fit in with the majority instead of trying to mark themselves as different.

And this last one is one of the many that made me cheer and clap as well as fall in love with the book even more:

“You want me to make it easier for you to confront privilege because God knows even anti-racism has to be done in a way that makes the majority comfortable?”

I love how through two POVs on opposite side, the author took appart every argument and misconception people have. Some of which are:

  • •”They can’t be racist, they are nice people” because if you’re not on their islamophobic, racist visor, Michael’s parents and entourage could be the sweetest. I loved how that was showcased through their nice interactions with family/friends vs. their borderline vicious (and sometimes straight up vicious) behavior when it came to refugees.
  • Racism comes in different forms. There are the big loud, disgusting acts as well as the casual racism that can seem harmless unless you’re on the receiving end of them.
  • You can’t expect marginalized people to craddle you while you face your privilege. And this is something I see so often that I yelled yes when I read it in the book, because it’s true, refugees (in this case) are going through enough for you to add the weight of your own discomfort to it.

There are so many other issues discussed in this book that this is just a small sampler of what awaits you if you decide to pick it up.

 Mina is such a strong, determined and caring character, she’s the kind of muslim rep (among others) I want more of. An independant, opinionated, brave girl who stands up for what she believes in, for her people and what’s right. I honestly loved seeing her become that girl because at the start of the book, living with *her* people, she was relatively shielded from the racism but onces that shield was off, seeing her bloom into the activist the becomes at the end was beautiful.

But Michael‘s transformation was better to watch because it was different from where I stand (where I stand being next to Mina probably hugging or high-fiving her). A lot of us believe what our parents tell us at that age, and even later in life, not questioning anything unless someone shakes those beliefs to the core (been there, done that) so witnessing his internal debates as well as him uncovering layers upon layers of privilege and using them for good was fantastic albeit not always pleasant to read. He was an example of what lack of education and one sided “opinions” (re: bigotry) can do to a person and how they can be overcome when the person is willing to listen and learn.

I loved how complex the characters were, staying as far away from stereotypes as possible not only with the refugees but with people on the other side of the debate as well. The cast only made the book more powerful. I particularly loved Mina’s family dynamic, with how close and supportive of one another they were. Speaking of characters, I am pretty sure Michael’s brother is written as autistic (even though the word is never used) and I cannot speak for that rep, so if any reviewers with autism have read this book I’d love to hear their thoughts on it.

All in all this was such a brilliant, thought provoking read that I would recommend to anyone, especially if you’re interested in knowing about Islamophobia, racism and microagressions as well as unpacking privilege. Highly highly recommend this one.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read When Michael Met Mina? If so, what did you think?

How did the discourse affect you?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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An Ember in the Ashes – The book that took over my life, beginning to end.

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Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1

Publication date : April 28th, 2015goodreads

Publisher : Razorbill – Penguin Random House

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 446

Synopsis : Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 5 stars

An Ember in the Ashes

Content warning: Violence, death, murder, rape, slavery.

(No Spoilers)

How do people review books they adore? Because I, for one, don’t know where to start with this one. First of all, this is a case of a book I’ve had on my TBR for a very long time, haven’t picked up and regretted it deeply afterwards. Imagine how different my life would be if I had been flailing about this book for the past 2 years. Iconic, glorious, but also full of feels, pain and withdrawl so a very small part of me is grateful I waited so long to read it. It’s been a week since I finished it (when I’m writing the review) and I still gasp from time to time when I think about it, I still have feels and I need to know my babies will be okay.

 

I never expected the writing to be quite beautiful and gripping. It’s intricate and yet very simple, Sabaa Tahir has a way with words that makes it seem easy and effortless. An Ember in the Ashes is written in dual POV from Elias and Laia’s perspectives and as much as they are different they’re equally good and I got invested in the two of them so much that I forgot to take notes like I usually do (hence why I’m find this review so hard to write).

I will be honest, there is no easing into this book, it’s fast paced and thrilling from start to finish, it’ll keep you on your toes, fearing for your beloved characters and you’re going to love it (at least, I did). Admittedly, the book takes around a hundred pages to pick up the actual plot but even those early pages are far from boring, they’re actually action packed as well because they are what sets the plot into motion.

The events in this book are very brutal, so I wouldn’t advise reading it if you don’t do too well with the topics in my content warning. The author doesn’t shy away from graphic descriptions of fight and torture scenes, they’re amazingly well done and terrifying. Everything about the plot is raw, brilliant and very well thought out, nothing seems unnecessary or out of place, no event holds the place of a page filler and I really loved that.

When I first read the book description and saw that the world is Ancient Rome inspired mixed with elements from my culture. MY CULTURE *excited squeals*. And since it is ownvoices, I wasn’t much worried about the authenticity part as I was worried about how those elements would work in that setting. AND IT WORKED GREAT, the worldbuilding was so seemless and everything is weaved together in such a mezmerising way and without one single info dump. I was sucked in from the start and fascinated by all the details that were added progressively to flesh it out and make it all real, and every added element was a welcome addition that never felt out of place.

I loved how the jinns, ghuls and wraiths were portrayed, the author described their powers versus describing their physical form which was awesome because we rarely (if ever) know what any of them look like, and there are gazillion different forms people claim to have seen them take, so bonus points for that. And the fact that they were sneaky, powerful and hella scary takes the gold as well because THEY ARE TERRIFYING. You don’t wanna mess with them.

Now to talking about my babies. And the other characters, the inconveniences.

Laia is my queen, not gonna lie, I haven’t loved a female character so fiercely since Lila (Shades od Magic), Inej and Nina (Six of Crows). She starts off thinking that she is a coward and a weakling because she abandoned her brother to save her skin (not a spoiler), which he told her to do. But staying would’ve meant her death too, so that wouldn’t be much help, would it? Anyway. As the book goes on, she grows stronger and more confident in herself and her abilities to save herself and her brother, and thus becomes more resourceful. I also loved how caring and fierce she was. In the smallest and most amazing ways.

Elias is the softest child in the whole wide universe. Okay, he’s not really a child, he’s 20, my age. But, that contrasts with the cold scary heartless brute image he has to convey as a mask soldier and that’s how he’s always perceived (As he’s first meeting with Laia didn’t fail to remind me). But -not so- deep inside he’s such a passionate and gentle soul. He cares about people, wants to change things because he hates them as they are and I just *sigh* I want to hug him and never let go.

Helene is a despicable woman I hated with every part of me. She’s the image of the white feminist girl who should get from her moral high horse because her morals are actual and utter shit. She treats the slaves like dirt and thinks her life is Worth more than theirs. I just wanted someone to shut her up. I learnt that she actually gets her own POV in book 2 and that, I am very mad about. Keenan is cute and all but the fact that he was after Laia was an inconvenience because I obviously ship her with someone else. That being said, I like how he was ready to help her achieve her goals without the whole unnecessary toxic masculinity trope.

There’s no actual romance in this book (but I know there will be in the future) well, actually, this is a bit of a lie because there are few things going on but nothing major and nothing I care about. I am glad it’s not there though, because it gave more space to the story to develop properly and for the characters to actually meet and know each other so I’m super excited to see how things unfold.

Which is why I need A Torch Against the Night. So so so so so bad. And I actually have it. But I’m fighting every part of me telling me to read it right now because Ember 3 is very far away and I’m nor willing to deal with the torture. I’ll be reading it soon though, I can’t resist very long.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read An Ember in the Ashes? If so, what did you think?

Who’s your favorite character?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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The Young Elites – A dark Anti-hero Origin story

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Series: The Young Elites #1

Publication date : October 7th, 2014goodreads

Publisher : G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 355

Synopsis : I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt. 
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 4 stars

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Trigger warning: Parental abuse

(No Spoilers)

I’ve had this book on my TBR for the LONGEST time. Since it came out actually, I wasn’t even part of the community back then, I was just watching some random Youtuber when they talked about it and I thought it sounded interesting enough. But the thing is, I didn’t read fantasy back then so it naturally got burried under a humongous TBR pile until a friend literally screamed at me to read it on twitter (that’s the only way to get me to read a book if you haven’t noticed), I finally caved and picked it up. And oh boy! I regret not reading it sooner because HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS AWESOME.

In my honest opinion, the writing is powerful. Adelina, the main character has a whirlwind of emotions raging inside of her and that really shows in the narration, I could feel every struggle, every pain and every darkness and there are a lot of those. And the descriptions were breath-taking, vivid and beautiful even in their ugliness. What it was lacking, and this really is the only complaint I have, is POVS. This is one of those books that should be told in multiple perspectives, there’s a rich cast of character that wasn’t explored to its fullest potential because of the one point of view we got. Well, almost. There were some chapters here and there that weren’t from the MC’s POV but not nearly enough and not from the characters I was the most interested in. (1)

The story is unique, the kind that’s lacking in YA (AND THAT WE NEED MORE OF). As  you’ve guessed it from the title of the post AND the synopsis of the book, it’s a villaineous character origin story, and a well executed one at that. Marie Lu has built a very dark and heavy vibe around her story and it is shown rather than told and I. live. for. that. That being said, this is a slow fantasy and if that’s not your cup of tea, better skip it. I, for one, didn’t mind it because it made space for good world building and character developpement. And I like both of those things.

BUT the plot is very worth it, it went down some roads I did NOT expect and it took me by surprise and broke me because WE CAN’T HAVE HAPPY NICE THINGS. I particularly liked the opening scene because for one it’s really strong and gets the reader intrigued from the start and it reminded me of one of my favorite classics which is THE LAST DAY OF A CONDEMNED MAN by Victor Hugo, if you’ve read both I’m pretty sure you’ve seen the similarities.

The world is… kind of confusing at first, it took me a little while to get a hang of the city names and situate myself properly but once that was done I thoroughly enjoyed the settings. The Young Elites’ powers are based on energy and emotions which was really interesting to read about, how different people respond to different emotions and how that affects the kind of power they have as well as their strength. I liked how the author also weaved simple things that we experience and explained them by integrating them fully in this world she created.

Adelina is such a well fleshed character. I loved how conflicted and at war with her own feelings she was and the most fascinating was seeing her gradually give in to the darkness, to her “true” self, ambitious, power hungry and villaineous. One thing I particularly appreciated about her and how Marie Lu wrote her is that she wasn’t strong from the get go, not even close, it took her work and time to gain control over her power and that is a nice change from the mainstream MC who’s good at everything she sets her hands on. All of this mean that she’s a lot inside her head, battling with her emotions and demons, figuring out wha to do and who to trust. (2)

(1) and (2) made that I didn’t really know much about the other characters, which I would’ve liked, especially the Daggers, they were very interesting and had a lot of potential. This doesn’t mean that they were cardboard characters because they weren’t but ya know… I wanted more of them, but Adelina being “an outsider” didn’t make that possible. The little I knew of them I liked and I made this game out of it and tried to come up with an adjective  and only one to describe each one of them, and this is what I came up with: Enzo the mysterious, Raffaele the graceful, Gemma the delicate, Dante the ruthless, Michel the artist and Lucente the playful.

And that’s it for this review, friends. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel, which is actually happening in a couple of days (when I’m writing this, by the time it goes up I’ll have read it and a few books after it haha) because the way The Young Elites ended has me very curious and excited for the future events.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Young Elites? If so, what did you think?

What did you think of Adelina’s transformation?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Semi-Hiatus Announcement

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Hello guys!

Today is discussion day, right? But I’m sorry to say that there won’t be any of those for a little while, there won’t be much of me at all for a little while and here’s why.

At the end of last week I got my exam schedule for the semester and it seriously freaked me out, I was so stressed (and still am, but 1% less) because I simply won’t pass if I don’t give up pretty much everything else in my life for the next couple of months. I started with deleting the twitter app because that’s so damn distracting, it becomes the most appealing thing in a mile’s radius when I’m trying to study. But as I made my study schedule I realized that something else would have to go.

Until yesterday, I was still in denial about having to give up my blog for two months but while I tried to find time to write this week’s posts I simply couldn’t. So yeah, blogging has to go too.

I have my exams starting April 26th until the very end of May, BUT I have to start hard core studying from now (I actually started a week ago) so I will officially be on hiatus starting today April 10th until May 31st. That being said, review are STILL going up because all of April’s are already scheduled and I can get away with writing one post a week. Otherwise, the backlog will get unmanageable. Other than that, no discussions, no tags, no any other posts. I’m bummed but I can’t add the stress of trying to squeeze in some blogging to the already immense stress of exams.

See you on the other side ❤

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TAG #27: The Fictional Boyfriend Tag

Hello guys !

We all love our books over here, right? So from fangirl to fangirl/boy, I must confess that I have way too many fictional crushes. And you probably do too. They’re my babies, my precious little things that I love more than those creatures called real people (WHAT ARE THOSE?) Anyway. When I saw the Fictional Boyfriend tag, I thought this would be the perfect occasion to display my babies to you all. AND DON’T YOU DARE STEAL THEM. They’re mind. But we can share, if you’re nice enough.

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I wasn’t tagged for this one per say BUT when I saw it in Cristina‘s blog @ My Tiny Obsessions blog back in February hmm.. I while back I just had to do it but the problem back then is that I just started collecting boyfriends. But now that this year is almost at an end, I have more than enough to fill these categories.

1. Most romantic boyfriend

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I’d have to stick to Cristina’s answer on this one. Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices is probably the most romantic character I’ve ever read about and I don’t think anyone can top him from that matter. The way he expresses his love, with words and gestures and even music is so precious *swoons*. I can’t help but love him.

2. Dark and moody bad boy with a good side

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Mmm… Maybe Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows? Like he’s most definitely dark and moody. Darkest and moodiest. And he definitely has a good side which he doesn’t show. BUT IT’S THERE. Somewhere deep. Very deep. He’s a bit tricky because he’s scarred and has a traumatic past and his coping mechanism would make it very hard to be his girlfriend. But I love him. And I believe in his good side so we’ll make it work.

3. Paranormal boyfriend

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Patrick from The Catastrophic History of You and Me. He’s dead and a ghost now so that technically counts as a paranormal boyfriend right? I say it does. Plus, I don’t have any other choice because I don’t date vampires, werewolves and the sort. (The Picture is exactly how I imagine him)

4. Boyfriend you want to tame

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Why would you go out with him if it is to tame him. pfft! *nasty stare* Though one that is definitely tamable is Luka Wolfe from Wolf by Wolf, he is A LOT. He has a big personnality, a big mouth and kind of the definition of a bad boy BUT all of that makes him what he is so I’m not sure I’d want to tame him. He’s just so darn sexy and funny and I don’t want to risk taking that away.

5. Boy you friend zoned

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Kell Maresh from the Shades of Magic trilogy. Don’t get me wrong I ADORE HIM but the thing is that I love Lila even more so if he’s hers I’m not touching him. Plus, I don’t really see him as a boyfriend. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT A FRIENDZONE IS, FADWA!! Darn it.

6. Your soulmate

Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. AMAGAAAAD !! He really is my soulmate and I love him beyond words. He’s like the male version of me, he likes to stay as much away from feelings as it is physically possible, he’s sarcastic BUT he cares so much about his people even if he’s not great at showing it. Add to that the fact that he’s hella sexy and handsome. Yup. GIMME.

7. Boyfriend you want to elope with

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Levi from Fangirl. He’d make an AMAZING husband. He’s so protective and caring, gentle and sweet. *swoons* and I can definitely see him being great with kids. Got carried a little bit too much there. Oops.

8. Boyfriend you’d venture anywhere with

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Josh from Isla and the Happily ever After. He is the cutest thing that ever crossed this earth. He’s an artist and likes to explore the world, so I’m sure he’d take me to some beautiful places and show me things that I would probably glance over otherwise.

9. Boyfriend you’d want to be stranded on a desert island with

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Oscar from I’ll Give you the Sun. I wouldn’t mind being stranded with him forever. Huh. Not at all. WHO WOULD THOUGH? He’s so dreamy and resourceful, I’m sure I wouldn’t starve and he’ll maybe even find a way to get us out of there.

10. Most badass boyfriend

I DON’T KNOW, THIS IS TOO MUCH PRESSURE FOR ME? A lot of them are badass and I can’t choose. Don’t make me. You can’t make me. Deal with it.

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Some new followers of mine, to welcome them!


That’s it until next time.

If you did the tag, go ahead and leave the link in the comments so that I can check it out.

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