Bookblogger TMI Tag

Hello! It’s been a while, I know. Don’t hate me because I know that I have been neglecting this blog and I apologize! After the 12th December, I will hopefully be back to posting regularly but as of now I have mocks next week and I have busy revising. But today I thought I’d take a well-earned break and finally write a new post! Yes, I did choose to do a tag that has 50 questions but I’m going to hopefully make the answers as quick and snappy as possible so that I don’t bore you. This tag is based off of the Booktuber TMI tag which was created by JiixBooks. That tag was based off of the original TMI tag which was created by Carrie Hope Fletcher. I changed a few questions so it wasn’t youtube based so lets get going.

1)Whose clothes style from a book character do you like?

I think I might say Lola from Lola and The Boy Next Door because while I wouldn’t wear the clothes she wears, I love her sense of style and how she’s not afraid to wear whatever she wants.

2)Your book boyfriend/ fictional crush? 

I have soooooo many book boyfriends. My ultimate one will always be Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games but my other top 3 are Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices, Levi Stewart from Fangirl and Cricket Bell from Lola and The Boy Next Door. I have made two top 10 fictional crushes lists in the past but they have changed since then and they are no longer true.

3)Ever loved a character but than started hating him/her?

There are a few that I have liked but don’t like anymore but the one that came to mind was Lissa Dragomir from Vampire Academy. I loved her in Vampire Academy however when it came to the bloodlines series especially Silver Shadows, she just lost all the respect I had for her. If you’ve read Silver Shadows, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. How dare she?

4)Biggest/Longest book on your shelf?

This is probably City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare or Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

5)Heaviest book on your shelf?

Definitely City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. That book is basically a brick.

6)Do you have any book posters?

My room is covered in posters. Some book related, some book to movie related and some TV show related. All the book and book to movie ones I own are:

The Fault In Our Stars 2013 tour poster, The Hunger Games movie poster, City of Bones Simon movie poster, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie poster, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince movie poster, The Fault  In Our Stars movie poster, We Were Liars book poster, The Fault In Our Stars book poster, Half Bad book poster, The Hobbit movie poster, City of Bones movie poster, City of Heavenly Fire book poster, Harry Potter book poster and various smaller book related photos etc.

7)Do you have any book themed jewellery?

Yes actually I do! I own a Mockingjay pin, Arwen’s necklace from LOTR, an Angelic rune necklace from TMI and a Deathly Hallows bracelet.  I made myself a necklace that said Jem on it but it broke.

8)Book OTP?

I have many but the ultimate one has to be Finnick and Annie from The Hunger Games

9)Favorite book series?

I have to say The Infernal Devices because I just love and adore that series.

10)Favorite Book-to-movie soundtrack?

I love the soundtrack for If I Stay and also the Catching Fire score is amazing.

11)A book story you miss/ wish would continue?

Umm, all of them? Is that a viable answer? Meh that’s my answer anyway.

12)Favorite stand-alone?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. If you don’t know why I love this book, I shall direct you to my detailed review.

13)Since when do you read books?

This question is worded weirdly. I was reading when I was young but I think I started really getting into reading when I was 10 but then I stopped reading and started again when I was 12 and I’ve been obsessed since then.

14)Which Hogwarts house are you in?

Slytherin, no matter what anybody else says.

15)Quality you look for in a book?

There isn’t a specific quality I need in a book. I love a range of books that are very different from each other.

16)Favorite book quote?

“One must always be careful of books and what is inside them for words have the power to change us.”

Tessa Gray, The Infernal Devices.

17)Favorite author?

Definitely Rainbow Rowell(go check out my post about being a Rainbow Rowell fangirl). But I also love Tahereh Mafi, Sarah J. Maas, Stephanie Perkins, Cassandra Clare, Rick Riordan etc.

18)Favorite book cover?

I have to say Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi because that cover is just so stunning.

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19)Action or Romance?

This really depends on my mood. At the moment, I’m in the mood for some romance but tomorrow, I may want to read some action.

20)Where do you go when a sad moment happens?

To my bed or to someone who has already read the book and I started complaining at them.

21)How long do you need to finish a book?

This really depends on various factors. How long it is, how busy I am, whether I’m enjoying it, what’s actually happening in the book etc.

22)How long is your mourning period?

This differs for every book but generally I don’t usually have one.

23)Least favorite book?

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han.

24)Turn on in a character?

Sweet and kind.

25)Turn off in a character?

Arrogant.

26)Reason I started my book blog?

I wanted to share my opinions about books and I wanted somewhere I could say whatever the hell I wanted without getting a lot of hate.

27)Name a scary book?

The Mara Dyer trilogy is the scariest book series that I’ve ever read but that’s because I don’t read horror.

28)Last book that made you cry?

I never cry in books….

29)Last book that you gave 5 stars?

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

30)Any favorite book titles?

My True Love Gave to Me, A Little Something Different, Crown of Midnight, Isla and the Happily Ever Afrer, In a Handful of Dust, The Fiery Heart, A Grimm Warning and so many more.

31)Last book you read?

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins.

32)Book you’re currently reading?

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins.

33)Last book adaptation you watched?

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – part 1. FABULOUS MOVIE!

34)A book character you always wanted to talk to?

Adrian Ivashkov because I feel like he would be amazing to talk to.

35)An author you always wanted to talk to?

Since I have briefly talked to Rainbow Rowell, I’m going to say Tahereh Mafi because I adore her.

36)Favorite book snack?

I never eat while reading. I sometimes drink hot chocolate while reading.

37)Book world you want to live in?

The wizarding world.. duh.

38)Least world you want to live in?

Any dystopian world. Especially Panem. Never Panem.

39)Last time you smelled a book?

I can’t even remember.

40)Weird insults used in books?

Pansycake is a bit odd, I think.

41)Favorite romance book?

I’m going to say that Rainbow Rowell’s books don’t class as romance books so I pick all three of Stephanie Perkins novels. Especially Isla. And Lola. And Anna.

42)Do you write?

Occassionally, but I have absolutely no idea what to write.

43)Favorite magical item?

Umm, a wand? I have always wanted a wand.

44)Your quidditch position?

I don’t know at all. Maybe Keeper or Beater.

45)Name a song you connect to a book

I connect so many songs to books but not because they relate to them but because I was listening to them repeatedly when reading the book. For example, I related any song on Night Visions by Imagine Dragons to The Maze Runner because I was listening to them  constantly while reading that trilogy.

46)Favorite book related chat up line?

” Hey I love that book you’re reading.”

47)Have you ever used it?

Ha ha ha ha ha ha, no.

48)Favorite book fandom?

So many fandoms are great. I have to say the Harry Potter fandom because they are always the best.

49)How many books do you own?

Around 146 but that doesn’t include all the books that I have given out that haven’t been returned to me.

50)Who do you tag?

Makayla and Priya.

So that was the very long winded bookblogger TMI tag and I hope you enjoyed it. Hope to see you soon with another post.

Sofia

I just realised that there are no gifs in this post at all so enjoy a beautiful Grant Gustin.
I just realised that there are no gifs in this post at all so enjoy a beautiful Grant Gustin.

 

October Wrap Up

It’s the end of October and I’m kind of just sitting here wondering where the month went! I feel like this month went incredibly fast and the end of the year is fast approaching. Anyway, I read 8 books this month and I’m quite proud of that despite the fact that I’ve read much more before because my mocks are fast approaching and revision has basically taking over my life. Let’s get on with the actual books I read.

The first four books I read this month were the 2nd,3rd,4th and 5th books in the Covenant series by Jennifer L.Armentrout; Pure, Deity, Apollyon and Sentinel. I really enjoyed all of these and this series is just a whole load of fun. I wrote a whole series review of it so click here if you want to read that. I gave each book 4 out of 5 stars because while I enjoyed them, they weren’t some of the best books I’ve ever read.

The next book I read this month was The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan, the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series. I really loved this book because Rick Riordan can do no wrong. He wrote another fabulous book that was amusing yet still heart breaking at times. However, one complaint I did have about the book was that even though it was a great book, it wasn’t the best conclusion to the series. I felt that it was too easy at the end and we also didn’t really get to see happy endings for our favourite characters. The only character whose ending I was satisfied with and that I felt had a nice ending was Nico. I still ended up giving this book 5 out of 5 stars because I did really love it.

The next book I read was My True Love Gave to Me by various authors but all edited by Stephanie Perkins. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it did not disappoint. I loved most of the stories and I didn’t want them to end. I wrote a whole post about it so if you are interested, click here to read it but I of course gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read was Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle which was another book that I was looking forward to reading and it was great. I loved the story and it was the perfect romance book however the ending did slightly annoy me because it was quite open. However, Rebecca Serle did tweet me saying that there was going to be a sequel so I’m very excited for it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and I did a whole review on it so click here if you are interested.

The final book I read this month was Half Bad by Sally Green. After my friend kept recommending this book to me, I finally picked it up and to be honest I’m not sure how I felt. It was interesting and the story line was great however I didn’t feel anything towards the characters at all. Also at the start it kept changing from first person to second person narrative and that really bugged me. I ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 stars because I’m unsure about how I felt towards it.

Favourite book of the month: My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins.

Books at each star level:

1 star: 0 books

2 stars: 0 books

3 stars: 1 book

4 stars: 5 books

5 stars: 2 books

Overall, this was a good reading month I think because I enjoyed most of them. Hopefully I’ll read some great books in November too. I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia

 

October Book Haul

So it’s the end of October and I got quite a few books this month.I bought 6 books this month, 1 free book and I got three books for review. However before I start a little side note, at the YABirmingham Maze Runner fan party I got a few free books in the raffle(which is where the 1 free book came from) however I gave most of them away because they weren’t really books that interested me. Let’s get on with the books I got that I did keep.

The one free book I got this month was The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne. This was the only book I was interested in keeping and while I’m writing this Holly Bourne is actually at Waterstones Birmingham right now doing a signing with James Dawson and Non Pratt however I couldn’t go. This book does interest me and I will read it someday however I don’t see that day being any day soon.

I got one book for review from YABirmingham and that was My True Love Gave to Me by various authors so thank you to Gem for giving me this one! I absolutely adored this book because it had some of my favourite authors of all time in it. I did a full review on it so click here to go read that. I highly recommend this book though because it is amazing. The other two books I got for review were from Bookbridgr so thank you very much! The first one was Lips Touch by Laini Taylor which is a collection of three short stories I believe. I was really interested in this book and I was going to pick it up straight after My True Love Gave to Me however I didn’t particularly like Laini Taylor’s story  in that collection so I was a little bit put off. However I shall be picking it up eventually but just not now.The other book I got was The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith which I already read earlier this year before it’s release so click here to read my review of it. I enjoyed this book and I recommend it if you are looking for a good romance.

The first book I bought this month I bought from the school library magazine and I technically bought it last month but it came this month and that was To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I read this earlier this year and I completely loved it. It was one of my favourite books of this year and it is definitely one of my favourite romance books. I didn’t write a review of it however because I couldn’t find a way to put my thoughts about this book into words. However I highly recommend this book. It was amazing. The other 5 books that I bought this month I bought today when I went to some charity shops with my mum. I bought The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan and yes I have already read and loved this series but in the UK they changed the cover design of this series around a year ago and I had the first and last one in the original cover design so I have been looking for them desperately in the original covers and I finally found it! I also bought The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick because I read Boy21 and Forgive Me Leonard Peacock earlier this year and I loved them both so I do want to read his other books and this is by far his most popular book. Since we went to charity book shopping I of course picked up some Sophie Kinsella books because they are always in charity shops. I bought the second and third books in the Shopaholic series, Shopaholic Abroad and Shopaholic Ties The Knot. I read the first book in this series earlier this year and I liked it so I really want to continue on with the series. The final book I bought was Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella and I have to admit, I don’t know what this one is about. It’s got to the point where as soon as I see the name Sophie Kinsella, I automatically buy it without actually looking at what it’s about.

That’s all for this month and I shall see you soon with an October wrap up. Thank you for reading.

Sofia

Taylor Swift TV Tag

The Taylor Swift Book Tag which was created by TheBookLife has been circling booktube for a while now but recently Kayla over at BOOKadoodles changed it a little bit to make it a TV tag and I thought I’d do the TV version because I’m obsessed with TV right now. Little note, I tried not to use the same show twice because then I can talk about more fabulous shows. I also changed some of the categories slightly to make it so that I could include more shows.

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together- a TV show you once loved but don’t anymore

I’m probably going to get a lot of hate for this but I have to choose Teen Wolf. I used to adore this show and I used to be addicted to it however the new seasons just weren’t that great. I haven’t even finished Season 4. A lot of people say that the new seasons are better because they are more serious and scary but honestly the main reason I loved the first two seasons was because it was cheesy and funny. I’m just fed up with the show because I actually find it kind of boring right now.

Our Song – A TV show that is like your home/comfort zone

For this one I had to choose Friends because it is my ultimate favourite TV show of all time. I even made a whole post about why I love it so much so click here to go read it. I practically grew up with this show and it’s made me who I am today, as cliched as that sounds. Whenever I’m sad, sick, angry or just bored I can always go back and watch Friends to cheer me up.

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The Best Day – A TV show that makes you feel nostalgic

I think for this one I should pick Doctor Who because this was again another show that I grew up on and while I don’t watch it anymore, I loved it when I was younger. I was obsessed with it during the 9th and 10th doctor eras but I just stopped watching when Matt Smith came into it. Maybe I should watch it again but I just really can’t be bothered.

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Love Story – A TV show with a forbidden love

I struggled with this one but I eventually picked Nikita because in the first season Nikita and Michael’s love was strictly forbidden since they were on enemy sides however that didn’t stop me from shipping them. I love this show and their relationship was fabulous.

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I Knew You Were Trouble – A TV show with a bad character that you couldn’t help but love

For this one I just had to pick Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl. I mean he is the ultimate bad guy in the first few seasons but that didn’t stop the whole fandom from loving him. The fact that he was beautiful may have helped but he was also just incredibly charming. Also who could resist that wink of his? And the lip bite? He is fabulous.

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Innocent – A TV show that was spoiled for you

Many TV shows have been spoiled for me but I’m going to go with the latest one that was spoiled and that was Arrow. During the summer, I watched all of season 1 and 2 of Arrow but I basically knew everything that was going to happen because of Twitter. I knew about a certain death in season 1 and I knew all the plot twists. However that did not stop me from loving it.

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Everything has Changed – A TV show with a character that goes through extensive character development

I also struggled with this one but in the end I chose Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory because has really changed over the course of 8 seasons. He has become more social and has learned to accept friendship and relationships. You could just look at his relationship with Amy through the seasons and see how much he changed. I mean come on, that kiss on the train? Hell yeah.

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You Belong With Me – A TV show you can’t wait for the DVD of

I have to choose The Flash for this because even though it has only just started, I need the DVD already so that I  can watch it again and again and again. It’s such a great TV show that everyone needs to watch because it’s fabulous and Grant Gustin is in it and he’s amazing.

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Forever and Always- Number one TV couple

For this one I have to repeat a TV show and say Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl because I have to pick them. Their relationship was amazing but if you want to know more about other TV couples I love, check out my post about it but I must say that list has changed quite a bit since I made it.

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Come Back, Be Here – A TV show you miss watching/binge-watching

This is going to seem weird because I only caught up on this show yesterday but I have to say The Mindy Project because I have completely caught up on it and  I have to wait for the new episode and that makes me sad. I need more Danny and Mindy and Jeremy and Peter and Tamra and Morgan in my life. I can’t wait for the new episodes.

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Teardrops On My Guitar – a TV show that made me cry a lot

Season 5 of Merlin. Need I say more? The tears fell while I was watching that. How dare you BBC? On Christmas Eve too.

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Shake it Off – A show you love and makes you want to shake off the haters

I have to choose The New Normal because I loved this show so much but it was cancelled after the first season because people didn’t like the fact that it was about a gay couple but seriously, this show was amazing and fabulous and I want more of it.

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Mine – A TV show that will forever hold a place in your heart

This may seem weird but I’m going to have to choose Glee because while I don’t like the show anymore, the earlier seasons were basically my life and I was one of the biggest Gleeks ever. Glee really changed how I felt about certain things and it made me slightly more confident and for that, Glee will always hold a special place in my heart.

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That’s it for the tag and I’m going to tag everyone who wants to do it but especially Priya and Makayla because I want to see your answers. Thanks for reading.

Sofia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favourite Book Covers I

Hello! Today I thought I’d do a post about some of my favourite book covers. However, there are many fabulous book covers so I shall be doing this in parts over the next couple of days/weeks. These parts are not organised in any way and I’m just literally going to be showing you the covers and telling you why I love them so much.This list is going to include books I’ve loved, books I’ve disliked and books I haven’t even read yet but I plan on reading. Let’s get started.

Legend Series by Marie Lu

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Look at how stunning those covers are! I love the fact that they don’t have too much on them but instead focus on one big thing that actually relates to the story! However, these don’t look as pretty on my bookshelf because I have the original Legend cover which isn’t sold anymore, except for in Spanish so of course my series does not match at all. Sigh. Cover changes suck but I have to admit these new covers are so gorgeous, I can’t even tell you how much I enjoy these covers(especially Champion).

 

Covenant Series by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Aren’t they absolutely stunning? These covers are simplisitic with no people on them at all(which is a big deal considering the covers to her Lux series) but also the fact that each one has different colour just makes me love them anymore. The new UK covers are also similar to this but slightly different however I love both. I don’t know why I love these so much but I do. ( check out my whole series review if you’re intrigued by the covers)

Gone series by Michael Grant

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Here are the UK and US covers of this series. Can you tell which ones I like? The simplicity of the UK covers just make it look so much more dramatic than the US covers which are just ridiculously cheesy. I own the first two books in this series but I haven’t bought the others because they were originally sold with coloured pages(different colours for each book, another technique I love in a book design) however now they’ve stopped doing it and I can’t have two with coloured pages and the rest without!

 

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

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This cover, I’m not sure why I like. However I do really enjoy it because it is again simplistic. Plain black background with a dog tag on it. I’m not sure what else to say about except for the fact that I love it and it represents the book amazingly. ( Also if you’re interested check out my review of this book).

Not A Drop To Drink duology by Mindy McGinnis

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These covers are literally book porn. I could stare at them for hours because that is just how beautiful they are. I  love how they follow a trend in the series and how they are set over a beautiful landscape, which really represents the book. The complete rawness of the covers represent the books exactly and I love that about it.( Check out my review of the first book here and my review of the second book here).

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

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How can one not love these covers? Yes I would prefer them much more if there wasn’t anybody on them or even if they looked less awkward but I love them none the less. I don’t know what this series is about, all I know is that they have beautiful covers and I want to own them.

 

Okay that was the first 6 of my favourite covers. In total, I have 48 so I was thinking of splitting this into 8 different posts that I will post over the next couple of weeks because then they won’t be too long and it will hopefully give me something to post every week. Thanks for reading and see you next time.

Sofia

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle

Today I’m going to review a book that I have been looking forward to for a while so when I received a copy via Netgalley I was very happy. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and this book is released in the UK on the 23rd October. If you’ve never heard of this book, here’s the summary for you:

The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen.

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

I was immediately drawn to this book because a) I’m a sucker for romance stories and b) it is about a girl who is cast in a major book to movie adaptation. I did actually end up enjoying it as well. Once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down and I kept reading until I finished. Every time I tried to put the book down and go back to sleep, I kept thinking about what was going to happen next so I had to pick it up again. It was fast paced and despite there being no action, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened.

Paige was an interesting main character. Her views about major book to movie adaptations really made me think about how some big actresses may feel about appearing in them e.g. Jennifer Lawrence. She was constantly worried about messing it up or not doing it right for the fans. And when she went out to go sign books, her shock over the screaming fans really made me think about how hard it must be for these stars to deal with screaming fangirls. I am definitely not a screaming fangirl but it made me think about the way people view actresses. Paige found it hard to deal with the major change in her life that acting bought about, despite it being something that she has wanted for her whole life. Basically throughout the whole book ,she was dealing with some sort of issue but I didn’t mind it. I didn’t actually dislike her which is good.

Now here is where it gets complicated. The boys. Rainer was introduced quite early on in the book and we were made to like him and while he was cute and adorable, I was quite skeptical of his actions. He was too good to be true in my opinion and then when Jordan entered, I immediately loved him for some reason. I did end up liking both the boys because Rainer was sweet where as Jordan was brooding. Though I have to say I personally prefer Jordan myself but I do like them both for Paige. Saying that, the one thing I disliked about this book was the ending. I felt that it was rushed and a lot of the big things that we were waiting to happen happened within less than 50 pages. I also didn’t like who she ended up with and the actual ending. I mean, what about the other two movies? Did the fans like the movie? Surely her feelings would change? Also how did the book in the book end? Who did August choose? And another main question came from the beginning. Does she know that she chose the wrong person? I’M SO CONFUSED.

Never the less I really enjoyed the book as a whole so I’d probably give it about an 85% so 4 out of 5 stars. It is enjoyable and I do recommend you pick it up when it is released. That’s all from me today. Thanks for reading and see you soon.

Sofia

My True Love Gave To Me by Various Authors

Look how beautiful the UK edition is!
Look how beautiful the UK edition is!

Hey! Today I’m going to review a book that was probably one of my most anticipated releases of the year and that is My True Love Love Gave To Me. Why was I so excited for this book? Well first off it’s a selection of 12 winter romances and if you know me at all, then you know that I am a sucker for romance stories. The main reason I was so excited for this book was because of the amazing authors involved in it. It is all edited by Stephanie Perkins, who I absolutely adore, and it includes stories by Rainbow Rowell(EEP!!!),Jenny Han, David Levithan, Gayle Forman. As well as this it included some authors who I’ve never read anything by but I have heard nothing but good things about and these are Laini Taylor, Kiersten White, Holly Black, Ally Carter. It also included some stories by some authors that I’ve never even heard of such as Matt De La Pena, Kelly Link and Myra McIntyre. So I think it’s fair to say that I had very high expectations going into this book and it did not disappoint! While I didn’t enjoy some of the stories that much, most of them were amazing and I loved them all. I have been trying to figure out how to structure this review for quite a while now and I’ve decided to do a mini review for each story and rate each one seperately. Let’s get started.

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

The book  started off with Rainbow Rowell’s story so I was immediately in love. Rainbow Rowell’s story was about two friends called Noel and Mags and it was structured in a similar way to One Day by David Nicholls. Every mini chapter was set on New Year’s Eve, exactly a year later. I honestly fell in love with this story. Rainbow Rowell has this thing where she can make you fall in love with characters really easily but I didn’t expect to fall in love with them so much in a short story. Noel was outgoing whereas Mags was somewhat shy and I loved the contrast between them. I am officially under the impression that everything Rainbow Rowell writes is pure gold. This was probably my favourite story in the whole book and I’ve already reread it about 3 times. Overall this story obviously got 5 out of 5 stars.

Bascially me at the end of the story.
Bascially me at the end of the story.

The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link

Well this one was slightly disappointing. First of all a little sidenote, I was under the impression that these would be 12 winter romances that were set in our world. However, this story had some supernatural element to it, I think. I finished this story almost a week ago and I’m still not quite sure what happened in it. I really didn’t understand it at all. The main protagonist, Miranda, wasn’t anything special. I didn’t really feel anything towards her. I didn’t like her but I didn’t dislike her. She was just there. And I felt similarly about the other characters. I think it might have been the writing but I’m not sure.I have never read any of her novels but I don’t think I will be. I just didn’t feel anything while reading it and that really disappointed me. I can’t give this story higher than 2 out of 5 stars but I feel really bad about it.

What even happened in that story? I still don't even know.
What even happened in that story? I still don’t even know.

Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena

I really really liked this story. I have never even heard of this author so after the experience I had with the Lady and the Fox, I wasn’t expecting much but I loved it. The story follows Shy who is catsitting for his boss but Shy has a little bit of a money problem so he is therefore quite hungry. He then makes friends with the girl in the apartment above and they start to get to know each other. The reason I loved this story so much is because it was so real. Shy didn’t want to let on that he was starving and he tried so hard to hide it. I really did sympathise with Shy. I also really enjoyed Haley. She felt real as well because she wasn’t just some posh rich kid. The writing was great too so I would probably give this story a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han

This one I’m not quite sure how I felt. As a story, it was great and I loved reading about Natty and her experiences. However, as a romance story I felt it slightly lacked a little bit of the romance. The story follows Natty who is Santa’s adopted daughter and on one Christmas Eve, she goes with her dad to give out the presents and meets Lars in Sweden.Lars, the main love interest, was missing from the story and I felt as if it was a case of instalove because she knew nothing about him. I still really loved the story but I don’t think it filled the criteria of what I was expecting it to be. Due to the fact that I still really enjoyed the story, I will give it a 4 out of 5 stars but it would have probably been 5 out of 5 stars if there was more romance in it.

It’s A Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS STORY. Okay, this story along with Rainbow Rowell’s story were just utter perfection and they just made the book even more fabulous. This story follows Marigold who is convinced into buying a Christmas tree by North, a salesperson as the Christmas tree place but when they get to her apartment, there isn’t any space for the tree because there are boxes everywhere. So North helps her clean and sort out her apartment. I loved this one because both the characters were fabulous especially North. North was a perfect mix of Levi from Fangirl and Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door. If this was a fullblown novel, I honestly think North would end up being near the top of my fictional crushes list. I loved how he helped her and she still took a while to realise that he liked her. Ahh this story was perfect and this of course got 5 out of 5 stars.

Me going crazy with my shipping throughout the story.
Me going crazy with my shipping throughout the story.

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan

I really enjoyed this story because it was a nice break to the others. First of all, this story was about a gay couple so it was different to read about that. Also this book isn’t about falling in love but it is just about being in love. The couple in this story are already together but the main guy is dressing up as  Santa as his boyfriend asked him too in order to please his younger sister. and it makes you realise how much he loves him. In fact, the other half of the couple doesn’t appear until the end. I loved learning about their relationship and about how much he loved him. The older sister was just really annoying in this story but I can get over that. I would actually probably give this story a 5 out of 5 stars.

Krampuslauf by Holly Black

This was one that I didn’t particularly like as much. It started off really promising and I did end up liking it but the end and the romance disappointed me. I feel like it’s better to not know what it’s about.The main character was nice and I liked her but I didn’t particularly like the romance or the magical aspect of it. However, the writing was great and I understand why most people love Holly Black as an author. Due to the fact that I loved the writing and I enjoyed the main character, I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 stars and I will definitely be picking up more of her books.

What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman

This story was interesting but the one thing I didn’t enjoy about it was the focus on the race of the main love interest. The main character would constantly think about the fact that he was black but I don’t understand why she was so obsessed with it considering the fact that she didn’t grow up in an area that is racist or where there is a lack of black people. However, the romance felt realistic and beside from that one flaw, Sophie was a great protagonist and I loved to see their one night of exploring. I feel like their romance was how you correctly do a romance short story so I gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McIntyre

I really loved this one because it reminded me a lot of A Walk to Remember which is one of my favourite movies of all time. The main guy is a troublemaker who is forced to do community service after he does something stupid and the main girl is the reverend’s daughter. I loved reading about why he causes trouble and also about why she is the way she is. I thought this story felt real and I felt really invested with the characters despite it being a short story. I would probably give this a 5 out of 5 stars for a short story.

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White

I really enjoyed this one too because I felt as if the main character was real because the story doesn’t mainly focus on the romance but also on her and her growth.This story was about a called called Maria who works at a diner and then a new chef comes along. There were quite a few issues in this story that were dealt with nicely and of course the romance was amazing. Ben’s knowledge of food and his ability to know what people want to eat without asking them was so great and I wish I had it. However, I didn’t like the way it ended. I felt like it was a bit of a cop out ending.I would also probably give this one a 4 out of 5 stars.

Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter

This story would have been so great if it wasn’t labelled as a romance story. While there was a romance and it was somewhat cute, I cared a lot more about her relationship with his aunt. This story followed a girl called Lydia who swapped airplane tickets with someone who wanted to go to New York and ended up staying with that girl’s “boyfriend’s family. She moves in with his aunt for the holidays and it was interesting to see her get close to the family and realise what being part of a family feels like. I would probably give this story a 4 out of 5 stars.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I didn’t like this one at all and that made me sad. It wasn’t set in modern day and it again had a paranormal/supernatural aspect to it and I just didn’t enjoy it. I was confused as to what was happening and I found the characters to be bland. They didn’t develop much in my opinion and I felt as if the romance was a bit odd. However one thing I did enjoy was the writing because it was beautiful. I know understand why everyone loves Laini Taylor’s writing and I shall definitely be picking up the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series at one point. I would probably give this story 3 out of 5 stars but that is purely based on the writing.

Despite the fact that when you do an average of all the ratings it adds up to 3.75, I had to give this book 5 out of 5 stars because the stories I loved, I really loved so they would be more than 5 stars if I could. I highly recommend this story especially if you like romances. Thank you for reading.

On the US cover, the characters on the front of the book!
On the US cover, the characters on the front of the book!

Sofia

 

Covenant series by Jennifer L Armentrout

For the last two or three weeks, I have been reading the Covenant series by Jennifer L Armentrout. I got the first book, Half Blood, for review and I was meant to review it but I almost immediately starting reading Pure, the second book in the series. I started binge-reading the series and I couldn’t remember what happened in which book so I thought I’d just do a series review. Now my overall opinion of this series is that it is a good solid 4 star series. It wasn’t the best series in the world and it was quite predictable some times but I did keep reading it because I just wanted to know what happened. Now let’s talk about some of the main characters.

Alex is the protagonist and she is very much like Rose from Vampire Academy. Actually, the first book in this series was basically almost an exact copy of the first Vampire Academy book which made me like it a lot less but as the series progressed, it started becoming its own thing. Anyway back to Alex. I did really enjoy her as a character because she was strong and kick ass. However, she did make so many stupid decisions and I was just facepalming a lot of the time because she just did stupid things. She also forcused a lot on Aiden when she should have really been paying attention to the horrible situations she was in.

Every time she thought about Aiden in the middle of a fight,
Every time she thought about Aiden in the middle of a fight,

Aiden was quite a swoon worthy main character. At first I didn’t like him because he was quite like Dimitri from Vampire Academy. However, as the series went on, I started falling slightly in love with him. He isn’t one of my favourite fictional crushes but I did like him quite a lot. He kicked ass. Whenever she described him when he was fighting, I was just shocked at how perfectly he fought. I loved him as a character but one thing I didn’t like was the fact that every time him and Alex were together, they were constantly making out. Like seriously, could they not just spend some time just talking and not having sex?

Every time they were making out.
Every time they were making out.

The other side characters were quite interesting. I loved Seth as a character which you might not agree with if you read the series but I loved him. I also loved Caleb, Olivia, Deacon and Luke as well as all the other characters whose names I’m just blanking on. They all brought a different thing to the series and I loved them all.

The plot line of the whole series was actually quite interesting and action packed. I didn’t enjoy the first one as much but the rest of the series was just unpredictable(most of the time). I didn’t want to stop reading because I just wanted to know what happened. I do recommend this series if you are looking for something fun to read because it is just basically a series that is fun and not much else(in my opinion).

I would give the overall series 4 out of 5 stars and each book also got 4 out of 5 stars from me as well. I will be picking up Jennifer L Armentrout’s lux series because her writing was really addictive.

Plot: 80%. It was predictable at times but I did really enjoy it.

Covers: 90%. The new UK covers are so stunning and I want to own them all.

Protagonist: 75%. She was kick ass but sometimes so annoying.

Characters: 85%. They were all generally good supporting characters.

Love story85%. It was great but they made out too much!

Writing: 80%. It was addictive but it wasn’t very beautiful

Pacing: 85%. I was completely hooked the whole way!

Overall: 82. 86%.

Thanks for reading this review and I’ll tell you soon.

Sofia

High School Musical Book Tag

So earlier this week, I was just watching some booktube videos as you do during the day and then I cam across this particular new and original book tag and I just knew I had to do it because it combines two things that I love very much; High School Musical and books. This tag was created by April Brooks over on booktube so click on her name to go see the original video. Let’s get started:

Start of Something New – A new favourite genre/author/series

For this one I’m going to go with the series that I’m currently reading which is the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I read Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout during the summer and I wasn’t the biggest fan but I am currently on the 4th book in this series and I’m absolutely loving it. It’s not the best series but it’s addictive and I don’t want it to end. The first book in this series is Half Blood and  I strongly recommend you pick it up, especially if you’re into paranormal romance. I didn’t like the first one as much because it seemed like an exact copy of Vampire Academy but as the series went on, it just got better and better.

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What I’ve Been Looking For – A book that has everything you’ve ever wanted

Definitely Alienated by Melissa Landers. I absolutely adore this book so much and it had everything in it. Action, adventure, romance, science-fiction, politics, gangs, bullying etc. It just fits in to every single category and it was perfect. If you haven’t read this book yet, what are you doing with your life? Go read it now. Or if you still need convincing click here to go read my review of it. I cannot recommend this book enough.

This is clearly the better version.
This is clearly the better version.

 Fabulous – A book with the biggest diva

I couldn’t think of a main character in a book who is a big diva so I’m going to go with a side character and that is Celeste from The Selection trilogy. If you’ve read this trilogy, you’ll understand why. She wants everything her way and she’s just annoying. Like urgh woman stop thinking about yourself all the time.

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Stick to the Status Quo – A stereotype defying character

I’m going to go with Nico DiAngelo(mainly because I just finished The Blood of Olympus and I’m in a really Nico DiAngelo mood) from the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series. If you’ve read House of Hades, you’ll know why. Nico has such a soft spot in my heart and I love him so much. He doesn’t deserve all the hate he gets especially considering all the crap that he has been through.

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The Boys Are Back – The best bromance

This one is so easy and the answer most definitely is Jem and Will from The Infernal Devices. I mean come on, they are so close. They’re closer than brothers and their relationship stands above anything else in that series. They don’t let people get in the way of their close friendship and they just stick together until the end!

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What Time Is It – Your favourite summer read

I don’t really read any specific books during the summer however there are 3 books I think I may be reading almost every summer and those are the three Stephanie Perkins novels. I love them so much and I read them constantly to cheer myself up.

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Everyday – If you had to look at one book cover every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

You’re making me choose just one?! That’s unfair. I guess if I had to pick just one it would definitely be Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. That cover is so beautiful and stunning. The colours just go so perfectly together. I love the whole series and how they all match with the eyes but Ignite Me is my personal favourite.

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Just Wanna Be With You – A Book You Couldn’t Put Down

There have been so many books that I just wanted to keep reading but the most recent one was Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley. I read it in probably less than 24 hours because I just wanted to know what was going to happen next! If you haven’t read it go read it. Click here if you want to know more about my thoughts on it.

hsm-just wana be with you

Scream – A character that frustrated you

 

So many characters have annoyed me in books before because it takes a lot for me to really love a character.But the one that has annoyed me the most is definitely Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. I don’t even want to talk about her because just thinking about her annoys me.

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High School Musical – Your favourite fictional school 

Does this even need to be a question? HOGWARTS. My answer will always and forever be Hogwarts.

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Humuhumunukuapua’a – The most ridiculous book/scene/character you have ever read

I’m going to go with a book that I only recently read and that was Hung Up by Kristen Tracy. The whole premise of the book was interesting but the actual characters were idiots. Like seriously did no one teach them about stranger danger? There were numerous points in that book where I wanted to bang my head against the wall because of how stupid they were.

Tumblr has no gifs of this song. Like seriously, what are you doing Tumblr?
Tumblr has no gifs of this song. Like seriously, what are you doing Tumblr?

Spring Musical Medley – The happiest ending

This may seem weird but I think that The Infernal Devices had quite a happy ending for a series. It ended happily and it kept everyone satisfied, especially with that epilogue. I applaud you Cassandra Clare for creating a perfect ending to such a perfect series.

This is the only gif I could find related to this song. Seriously Tumblr, get on it.
This is the only gif I could find related to this song. Seriously Tumblr, get on it.

 

So that’s it for the High School Musical book tag but I’m just sitting here thinking about all the neglected songs! We’re All In This Together? Gotta Go My Own Way? When There Was Me and You? Can I Have This Dance? All for One? Breaking Free? You Are The Music In Me? Work This Out? I Don’t Dance? Bop To The Top? BET ON IT? All such great songs that have been neglected! I’m so sorry songs. If I had any imagination at all I would add you all on but I just can’t think of categories so I’m sorry! I LOVE YOU ALL!

How the neglected songs must be feeling right now.
How the neglected songs must be feeling right now.

Sofia

September Wrap Up

So, it’s the end of September  and I feel really bad because this month I just got caught up in school work and I have been busy during the weekends. I just haven’t been making sure that I have time to blog so I’m sorry I apologise. I’m currently in the middle of some posts which I’m probably going to schedule just so that I upload some posts in October. As well as posting less, I’ve also been reading less. This month, I’ve read 6 books but one of them was very long so don’t judge  me. Next month, hopefully I’ll have more of a schedule so I’ll be reading more and posting more hopefully. Now let’s talk about the books  I actually read this month.

The first book I read this month was of course Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. Now I must say this book took over a week for me to read because I just couldn’t find myself to just fall straight back into the world because it has been almost a year since I read Crown of Midnight but after I got past the first 100 or so pages, I fell into the book and I just loved it so much. The reason I haven’t written a review of it is because it is the third book in a series and I can’t write a review of it without talking about what actually happened in it. This is my favourite book in the trilogy because it was so fabulous. I can’t even tell you why I loved it so much because I loved everything about it and there was nothing I didn’t like. There were new characters in this book and I loved them all. BUT THAT ENDING! The ending just made really excited for the next one because oh dear lord what even happened?  I need to know what happens next. Seriously Sarah J Maas? After the cliffhanger at the end of Crown of Midnight, I thought Heir of Fire wouldn’t have a cliffhangery ending but it did! And it was an even worse ending and I just need to know what happens next! Obviously I ended up giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read was A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. This was a really cute fast paced contemporary romance that I read in less than 24 hours. I really needed to read this after that ending to Heir of Fire and this book was just everything I needed. It was a cute romance that was just told in 14 different points of view so it wasn’t just your ordinary romance story. I wrote a whole review on this book so definitely go check that out if you’re interested. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because it was fabulous.

The next book I read was The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. I was so excited for this book because I read The Fifth Wave the week it was released and I really loved it so I had really high expectations for this book. However it was slightly disappointing. The first half of the book was so slow and it took me so long to read it. However the second half was really action packed and I loved the second half. However, the second half wasn’t about Cassie or Evan. It focused on Ringer and I did love her a lot more in this book. However I was expecting more Evan Walker in the book and that really depressed me. I couldn’t write a review of this book because I just don’t know what I’d say.  I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because the second half just bumped it up higher.

The next book I read was another book I read in just over 24 hours and that was Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley. I had been so excited for this book for a couple of months now because it just sounded so fabulous and unique. So when I did finally get around to reading it, I just fell in love with it so much! I loved it so much and I somehow managed to put my opinions about it into a review so click here if you want to watch it. But honestly, this book is so unique and different and everyone really needs to read this book because it teaches you about so much.

The next book I read was Half Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout. Now I shall be writing a review of this very soon because I got it for review from Bookbridgr. But let me just say a few things. Throughout this whole book , I was convinced that I was reading Vampire Academy with the names changed. These two books are really similar but I did still enjoy Half Blood, especially towards the end. I am currently reading Pure, the second book in this series and I’m loving it a lot more. I did give this book 4 out of 5 stars but look at for a review coming out soon hopefully!

The last book I read this month was another book that I read in less than 24 hours and that was Hung Up by Kristen Tracy. I wanted a quick light-hearted contemporary that I would just fly through really quickly so I picked up this one. I did fly through it quickly because it is told entirely in phone calls but I just didn’t like it at all. The two main characters were really annoying and I just found the whole situation completely unbelievable. Some of the conversations they had weren’t really appropriate conversations for two people that had actually never met before. I ended up giving this book 2 out of 5 stars.

Monthly Wrap Up:

Books at each star rating:

1 star: 0 books

2 stars: 1 book

3 stars: 0 books

4 stars:2 books

5 stars: 3 books

Favourite book of the month:  Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

I didn’t have a bad reading month but I could have read more and hopefully I will in October! I’ll see you guys soon with another post.

Sofia