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.

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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

Why Waterstones Birmingham is the Best Bookshop in the World

Today I shall be making a post about why Waterstones High Street in Birmingham is quite clearly the best bookshop in the world. It’s clear that I may be a little bit biased but I can’t help but talk highly about this shop! Now I’m going to take you on a journey back to the 6th August last summer.

This is the day that my love for Waterstones Birmingham grew. Now let me just say first that I have been going to this shop for quite a while and it is where I buy most of my books however on the 6th August this shop became more than just a shop. This was the day that they announced that they were going to have a City of Bones fan party and I called up immediately and bought some tickets for me and my friends. It may be weird that I remember the exact day that I ordered them but that’s only because it was my cousin’s birthday. Now let’s skip forward a little bit to the 23rd August, the day of the fan party. Having watched the film two days earlier, me and my friends were very pumped and excited to go to this party. We’d never been to a fan party before and we were excited. However I was also incredibly nervous. Anyone who knows me will know that I’m usually an incredibly socially awkward person. So I was worried at the prospect of partying. However, when we finally arrvied all of my nervousness just disappeared(slightly) because it was just so much fun. We got to meet a lot of other fans and it was just a lot of fun. There was a quiz(which we completely failed at), a raffle as well as a special offer on all teen books!We got dressed up in shadowhunter gear and had so much fun. It was such a great party and I knew that I would always remember that day. We went home on a big high from such a great event.

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Now let’s skip forward a few months to April 2014 when they held their second fan party which was for Divergent. This whole day was great but the party was again ridiculously fun. We failed at the quiz again but we still had so much fun meeting everyone and talking to so many people that we had things in common with. After this in May they had their City of Heavenly Fire fan party which was probably their smallest party but it was still ridiculously fun. At this point as well, they had launched their own twitter account as well as their own blog(YABirmingham) and I had become a reviewer for them! Which means that they helped me make my dream of reviewing books come true and they’ve made me more confident with my own talents as well. For the next month, I grew close to some of the booksellers there, mainly Bex and Gem, who are main organisers behind the events(we love you guys!) and as well as this, I was started to get noticed in the shop by the other booksellers. Whenever I go in now, I always have a conversation with the booksellers, not just Bex and Gem, but also the other booksellers who aren’t involved with the fan parties!  All members of the staff at Waterstones Birmingham are kind and helpful and they are always lively and asking you about your lives.

Now in June 2014, we attended The Fault In Our Stars fan party but I won’t talk about this one that much as I wrote a whole post about it so click here to go see it. In July we attended the Solitaire Launch party which I also wrote a whole post about so click here to read that. They also held many events over the summer, none of which I was able to attend, but they all looked like so much fun! I was able to go to their Isla readalong which was so much fun! I went to their book club for The Maze Runner on Friday and that was also ridiculously fun and entertaining!  They are having their Maze Runner fan party next week as well as a number of upcoming events with authors and I can’t wait!

But let’s finish this post with a summary about why I love this particular Waterstones is the best bookshop in the world:

  • All the staff are really kind and they will help you with any problems
  • They go above and beyond for their customers
  • They want their customers to be happy
  • They hold fabulous fan parties
  • They know what we want and they help us
  • They’ve made me more confident as a whole
  • They’ve made a place for all us booknerds
  • They genuinely care about you

So that’s why I love this shop and you should definitely go check them out.

I LOVE YOU GUYS!
I LOVE YOU GUYS!

Their blog

Their upcoming events

Their Twitter(Waterstones Birmingham)

Their Twitter(YABirmingham)

I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you soon with a new one!

Sofia

September Book Haul

So we’re near the end of September and I’m pretty sure that I won’t buy any more books this month so I’m here today bringing you my September book haul. I thought I didn’t get that many books this month but I ended up getting 9 physical books. I got two books that I won in a giveaway, I got 1 book for review and I bought 6(even though I told myself I’d only buy two).

The first book I technically received at the end of August but because I was on holiday, I didn’t actually open the package until September and that book was Tape by Steven Camden. I won this in a giveaway on twitter at the beginning of August but because it was being held by Harper360, I had to wait for them to send it from America but it finally came and I’m so excited to read it. It sounds odd yet amazing and I want to read it soon but I don’t know when I will be able to read it. So thank you to Harper360 for sending me this book. The other book that I won this month was Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I opened the package and I spent about an hour trying to figure out where it came from but then I remembered that I had entered a giveaway for it a while ago and somehow I had won. I actually got this book on netgalley and I started reading it around June/July but I just couldn’t get through it. It wasn’t boring or anything, I just wasn’t in the mood for it. However now that I actually own the book, I might pick it up again soon since it is highly recommended.

The book I got for review this month was A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. I got this from the lovely people over at YABirmingham, so thank you very much! I’ve already devoured this book and it was fabulous. It was so great and you guys should definitely go pick it up because it’s such a unique romance story. This is actually the first book to be published by SwoonReads which is an amazing website where you can read various manuscripts and vote on which ones you want to get published. You can also upload your manuscript onto the site and have it reviewed and maybe even considered to be published one day so you should all definitely go check their site out. I also wrote a review for A Little Something Different so if you want to read it, click here.

So earlier this month, I went to ASDA with my mum and of course, I had to go to the book section. While the book section is limited there, they do have a lot of very popular books at great prices. The first one I found was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I’ve been looking for this book at a cheap price for such a long time because I absolutely adored the book. I also wanted the movie cover because the movie cover is beautiful so when I saw it in ASDA for ridiculously cheap, I had to buy it. While I was there I also saw The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Now I own all of Cassandra Clare’s books and I did want to buy this book but I was a bit hesitant. However, when I saw it in ASDA for a relatively cheap price I decided to just go for it and buy it. Hopefully, I’ll read it soon and I’ll like it.

I then went shopping with my family later on in the month and I went out to buy one book and that was Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. I  got this on my kindle on the day it came out and I read it but I had to buy the physical book. I own the rest of the series and I just needed to get the third one. Heir of Fire was my favourite book out of one of my favourite series’ so of course I had to own it. It is also stunningly beautiful. The UK editions are stunning and I applaud the cover designers. If they ever re-do the covers, I may just have to hunt them down. Of course I didn’t end up coming home with just one book. I saw The Death Cure by James Dashner in WHSmith and while this wasn’t one of my favourite books, I  had to buy it there and then because within the last year, they’ve re-done the UK covers for The Maze Runner trilogy and I had the first two in the original cover design but I was really struggling to find the last one in the same cover design. So when I saw it, I couldn’t pass it up because it might not be there ever again. The book was also on buy one get one for £1 so I had to buy another book, of course. I ended up picking up The Jewel by Amy Ewing because everyone is raving about this book and it sounds amazing. I’m hoping to read it sometime soon.

The final book I bought this month was The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. I again downloaded this on my kindle the day of its release but I had to buy the physical book at the next available chance I had. While I didn’t love the book as much as I loved The Fifth Wave, it was still interesting so I did want to own my own copy of it.

That’s all the books I got this month and I think I won’t be getting as much in October. I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia

Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley

Now after finishing The Infinite Sea(which shall not be getting its own review because I don’t even know how I felt about it) I wanted to read something that I would devour quickly so I picked up Rites of Passage, which was one of my most anticipated releases the year, and devoured it in just over a day. However I just couldn’t bring myself to write a review of it. My review will not do this book justice so honestly you should all just go read it. If you’ve never heard of this book(which is very probable), here is the summary for you:

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

There are many reasons as to why I loved this book so much. One of the reasons I loved it so much was because of how unique it was. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ve never read a book set in the military before. It was weird and unusual to see how military schools run because it sounds like so much hard work. Seriously, how does anyone survive through military school? I think everyone who has deserves a big round of applause for being so damn strong and brave. What I also loved about it was that it showed that sexism is still very much a problem today. The main character, Sam, is part of the first girls class at the DMA and most of the other students don’t think she should be there and she goes through a lot to prove herself. And this takes me on to another reason why I loved it so much. Sam was a strong character. Think of the strongest female protagonist you’ve read about. Now multiply that strength by about 100 and you still are not on the levels of how strong Sam was. Sam had it a lot worse than the other girls and even the other boys in the class. They kept pushing her, trying to get her to break so that she’d leave, but she never did. She wanted to stay and she fought hard. Even when her life was at risk and everyone was trying to get her to leave, she stayed. Sam may just be the best female protagonist ever(closely followed by Celaena of course).

What I also loved about this book was the wide range of supporting characters. Being part of a military school, she was part of a company and while some wanted her gone, some protected her with their lives. The other girls were strong too and I applaud them for making it through even one day of the school. Some of the other members, including Kelly, were just amazing. Also, I have to mention Drill. Drill was the drill sergeant in charge of her company and he was just fabulous. He protected, like he was meant to, despite his cadet colonels(mainly Matthews) making her life hell.

I honestly don’t know what else to say. This book was fast-paced and I just couldn’t put it down. A perfect blend of action and romance, surprising readers from start to finish. You guys should definitely go read this book. Joy N. Hensley has an amazing writing style and this was such a great debut novel. I can’t wait for any future books from her because if they are anything like this, I’m sure I’ll love it. The ending to Rites of Passage left it open so that there’s room for a sequel so I really hope there is because I want to know more about this characters. Let’s get down to my ratings:

Plot: 98%. The story line was just so perfect and I loved it so much.

Cover: 85%. It’s not the most eye catching cover but I do enjoy it.

Protagonist:  99%. She was amazing and perfect.

Characters: 95%. I loved all the characters so much(the ones I’m meant to like anyway).

Love story:  94%. Stunning romance that wasn’t instalove which makes me incredibly happy.

Writing: 98%. The writing was beautiful. I felt every single emotion while reading this.

Pacing: 98%. I was completely hooked from start to finish.

Overall: 98.2%.

This book was so amazing and this review really doesn’t do it justice. Go read this book now because I predict that this book may become big soon.

 

Sofia

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

I have been in the worst reading slump for the last two weeks and I took a week to read a book which is unusual for me now so when I finally picked up A Little Something Different, which was one of my most anticipated releases of the year,  I expected to take a whole week to read it. That did not happen. I read most of it last night and then read the last 50 pages or so this morning. This book was as cute and fabulous as I thought it would be. If you’ve never heard of it, here’s the summary for you:

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common – they believe Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. The bus driver tells his wifer about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them togehter. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. 

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together.

This book was so ridiculously stunning and romantic yet so original. I went into this book expecting it to be cute but it was so relatable. Within the first 20 pages, the book had already referenced 10 Things I Hate About You and Mean Girls. Let me start by going through why I loved the two main characters.

Gabe was definitely my favourite character. He was so shy and from the moment you meet him, you know that he is keeping something from the readers and from Lea. You still love him because you can see that he has problems and you empathize with him. That is why I loved this book because despite not being in Gabe’s mind, I still felt so much for him and I really don’t think I could have gained anything extra from being in his mind. Gabe had so much emotion and you learn a lot about him through his brother and his friends as well as learning a lot about him through his interaction with the others. Gabe was an incredibly enjoyable main character and I want him. I also really enjoyed Lea because I felt like she represented what a lot of people go through when trying to get someone to like them. She wanted to be with Gabe and she kept trying to get him to talk to her but because of Gabe’s shyness, she found it incredibly difficult and she got frustrated. This is how I feel a lot of people get within relationships. I mean I’m completely basing this off of my knowledge of relationships that I’ve gained from books and TV shows.

The unique part of this book was that it was told in 14 view points, none of which were Gabe and Lea. I really loved reading this book because it was so entertaining to see other people’s opinions of their relationship. It was like they were all shipping them together and I loved that because my life is based on shipping! I really wish Sandy Hall writes more romance books and hopefully set out like this(however it might make it lose it’s magic but I still want it). My favourite point of view was definitely Inga’s who was their creative writing professor. She really wanted them to be together so she’d said pair assignments but then get annoyed when this other girl called Hilary would work with Gabe. One of the view points was from the viewpoint of a bench which was odd and unusual and I was a bit cynical of it before hand but when I was reading it, it actually worked. It was a way to get in their conversations that they had when nobody else was around. Another viewpoint was from the point of view of a squirrel which was unusual and it was probably my least point of view of them all but I still loved it. They all wanted them to be together and I was shipping Lea and Gabe along with them!

This was basically me throughout the book as well as every POV in this book.
This was basically me throughout the book as well as every POV in this book.

This book had a unique storyline because despite it being a romance novel, it kept me hooked and I really didn’t want to put it down. At no point throughout the book was I annoyed or bored. It was all entertaining and even the part where they argued, I still wasn’t annoyed. I loved the whole of this book so you guys need to read it. It’s a new release from a part of macmillan called SwoonReads and this is their first novel they’ve published. You guys should read this definitely because it is so fabulous and this review is definitely not doing the book justice. It was romantic yet captiviating. I couldn’t put it down.

Let’s do my breakdown of my ratings:

Plot: 85%. While not much happened to keep me hooked, I still was and I loved it!

Cover: 95%. This cover is so beautiful and probably one of my favourite book covers of all time.

Protagonist: N/A. There wasn’t really a protagonist so I can’t really rate it based on this.

Characters: 90%. I loved all of them, except for maybe Victor!

Love story: 98%. I loved it so much but I just couldn’t give it 100%!

Writing: 90%. The writing was very beautiful.

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

Overall: 90.5%.

This gives it a 5 stars overall which  I would have given it no matter what because I loved it so much! You guys need to read this book because it was so fabulous and cute. You need to read it, okay?

Sofia

 

The Best Friend Book Tag ft PriyaPiggle

Last week a tag was created over on BookTube by TheBitterProductions and Benjaminoftomes called the Best Friend Book Tag and after watching it, I immediately asked my best friend Priya to do the tag with me. The tag was originally designed for YouTube but we’ve somehow made it work in blog format. How the tag works is that there is a list of topics and you have to guess what the other person’s answer would be and whoever gets the most right wins. How me and Priya have done it is that on this post, you will see her guesses and what my answers really are and if you go over to her post you’ll see my guesses and what her answers are. If you follow me but you don’t follow Priya, I strongly recommend you do because her blog is awesome.

Favourite Paranormal Romance

 Priya’s guess was Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare yet this wasn’t my choice because in my opinion it doesn’t count as a paranormal romance. I class The Infernal Devices as an urban fantasy series. Therefore my choice was not from that series but it was in fact Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead, the 5th book in the bloodlines series. This is a recent read but I absolutely adore this series and this has got to be my favourite one out of the whole series. It just makes me happy when I’m reading it and it’s just so fabulous and badass. I can’t even form words about why I love this series. If you want to know more about my thoughts, click here to see my review.

Oh look Priya, you got one wrong. :)
Oh look Priya, you got one wrong. 🙂

Favourite Dystopian

Priya’s original guess was Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas. We then disagreed about whether this counted as a dystopian book. I made her choose another one and she struggled. She spent about 10 minutes debating about what it was and complaining about how hard this is. Finally she decided to just say The Hunger Games(and she was sure she was 99% wrong) and she was in fact correct! I’m a fan of many dystopians but The Hunger Games will always remain my favourite(really Catching Fire is my favourite but I just went with the general series instead of a particular book). I don’t know why but something about The Hunger Games is just amazing and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Yay! You got it right :D
Yay! You got it right 😀

Favourite Contemporary

Anyone who knows me at all would know that Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which is a contemporary novel, is my favourite book of all time so of course Priya guessed correctly. I love Fangirl so much and I could talk for ages about why so instead just go check out my review if you’re interested.

You know me well so enjoy Darren.
You know me well so enjoy Darren.

Favourite Lead Female

I thought Priya would find this really easy but she did slightly struggle. She did finally settle on Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass and she was in fact correct. Celaena is definitely my favourite female lead because she is so kick ass yet funny. I love Throne of Glass so much, mainly because Celaena is such a fun character to read about.

I think you should give yourself a self five.
I think you should give yourself a self five.

Favourite Lead Male

This  one caused some debate and confusion over who actually counted in this category. We just decided to say that any male character who the book does focus on at points counts. Priya took a guess that my favourite would be Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices and of course she was correct. I love Jem a lot(as is evident in my list of my top fictional crushes) and I could honestly talk about him all day because he is just that fabulous but I shall not bore you with that. If you haven’t read this series, go read it now.

Favourite Trilogy

This category was again one that I thought was quite easy . Priya’s guess was The Infernal Devices and she was correct obviously. The Infernal Devices is competing with the Throne of Glass series to be my favourite series of all time but it is most definitely my favourite trilogy. It has everything I could ever want in a series and I love it oh so very much.

Favourite Standalone

This one was again fairly easy. Mine is of course Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and of course Priya got it right. If she didn’t, I would have been very worried about whether or not she knew me. As I mentioned earlier, I adore Fangirl and if you want to know more about why go check out my review which I linked above.

Favourite Author

This one was again quite easy. Anyone who knows me will know that Rainbow Rowell is my favourite author so of course Priya got it right. I love Rainbow Rowell a lot and if you want to know more about why check out my post about being a Rainbow Rowell fangirl and my post about meeting Rainbow Rowell.

Now I'm just inserting random gifs because I want to.
Now I’m just inserting random gifs because I want to.

Favourite Book Made Into A Movie

We took this to mean our favourite book to movie adaptation. When I originally saw this I immediately said that mine was A Walk to Remember but then Priya reminded me that while I love the movie and the book, the movie wasn’t very true to the book so I had to choose another one. Priya’s guess was Catching Fire and while that was a close second, it isn’t my top book to movie adaptation. My favourite book to movie adaptation is definitely The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I love the book and the movie very dearly. The movie was done incredibly well and it makes me emotional every time.

I guess the streak of being right is over.
I guess the streak of being right is over.

Favourite Love Scene In A Book

Priya’s guess was the scene in Lola and the Boy Next Door with the moon and the stars. However, while I absolutely adored that scene, I have to say my favourite love scene in a book is the scene in Fangirl where Cath reads the Outsiders out loud to Levi. Yes another answer that is Fangirl related. This scene was so amazing and romantic. I just want my own Levi already.

You were getting them all right!
You were getting them all right!

Book You Disliked

Priya’s guess was Little Women because she remembers when I was forced to read that in year 9 for school and I absolutely despised it. However that is not my most hated book. That would have to go to It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han, the final book in the Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. While I hated this whole series, this one just took the biscuit. Thinking about it makes me very angry because it was just so annoying. Urgh.

I'm judging Jenny Han for writing that series.
I’m judging Jenny Han for writing that series.

Favourite Villain

We took this to mean the villain that we actually love but we probably shouldn’t. Priya’s guess was Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter however he was not my answer. In fact, I didn’t even think of him. My favourite villain is in fact Warner Anderson from the Shatter Me series. I love Warner so very much, even in the first book. I really shouldn’t have liked him but I just couldn’t help falling in love with him.

Favourite Love Triangle

While I thought mine was pretty obvious, Priya did slightly struggle with it. She finally took a guess and guessed the love triangle from The Infernal Devices between Jem, Will and Tessa and she was correct. This love triangle was just written so perfectly and amazingly. I didn’t get annoyed with it at all during the books and I didn’t hate any of them. That dear authors, is how you write a love triangle.

Priya in the end got 8 out of 13 which is very good. If you want to know how I did, go over to Priya’s blog and read her post. Now it’s time to tag people. Since me and Priya know similar people, we’ve decided to tag 6 people altogether. I’m going to be tagging 3 of them and Priya will be tagging the other three. The three people I’m going to tag are:

So you guys need to go grab your best friend and see how much they know about your favourite books! Thank you for reading and make sure you’ve checked out Priya’s blog!

I love you Priya! You did amazingly :D
I love you Priya! You did amazingly 😀

 

Sofia

 

 

 

 

 

Liebster Award

liebter-award

 

I was tagged to do the Liebster Award by Erin. Thanks so much for nominating me because I’ve never been tagged to do it before. Here are the rules:

 

*You must answer 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.

*You must list 11 random/fun facts about yourself.

*You must pick 11 nominees with under 200 (ish) followers to answer your questions. 

*You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.

*You must let the person you’ve nominated know that they’ve been nominated.

Let’s get started by answering the questions that I was given by Erin:

1. Who is your favourite Disney Princess?

Hmm.. I’m not sure. My favourite disney heroine is Mulan but she’s not a princess. It’s probably either Belle or Rapunzel. Most likely Belle actually. 

2. What one possession could you not live without?

Joffrey my kindle. Joff is my life and if I didn’t have it, I would be really upset because then I couldn’t read all the books.

3. What is your dream job?

My unrealistic dream job is to be an author but I’d love to be an advertising manager for a publishing company such as Harper Collins or Simon and Schuester.

4. What is your favourite book?

Definitely Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I love it so much and I talk about it constantly.

5. Where would you visit if you had unlimited money?

New York, for sure. I’ve always been in love with New York and I would love to go there one day and visit Broadway as well as all the amazing book shops.

6. What has been the happiest day of your life so far?

This is hard but I’m going to go with the day I met Rainbow Rowell. It was such an amazing day and I actually wrote a whole post about it so click here if you want to go read it.

7. Who is your idol/ inspiration?

I have to go with Lea Michele. I have been slightly obsessed with her ever since Glee started and I think she is just an amazing and fabulous person who is very strong. She is definitely a very inspirational person.

8. Why do you blog?

I blog so that I can share all my opinions about everything I read. I started this blog thinking that no one would read it and I’m shocked to find that people actually do.

9. What is your most used app?

This is probably whatsapp because I am constantly messaging my friends and family on it.

10. What is the most important thing you have learned from your parents?

Don’t let other people’s opinions of you stop you. I’ve had problems with other people hating me in the past and my parents, especially my mum, helped me get through it.

11. What TV show would you ban if you ruled the world?

Oh I don’t know. I don’t hate any TV shows. Umm… probably one of those ridiculous reality TV shows like TOWIE or Made in Chelsea. I’m not sure though.

Here’s my 11 random facts about myself( most of these are probably on my 25 facts about me tag):

1. I hate crisps.

2. I also hate ducks.

3. My only two concerts that I’ve been to were One Direction concerts. I don’t even like them that much.

4. I love to bake but I’ve been lazy recently and I haven’t baked in ages.

5. I go to an archery club after school and I’m not actually that bad.

6. My favourite band is The All American Rejects.

7. I’m currently bingewatching Arrow. I’m on season 2, episode 15.

8. Speaking of Arrow, I have a slight obsession with Felicity in Arrow. I love her.

9. I love all the Spider-man movies, especially the new ones.

10.  I never cry at anything fictional.

11. My walls are covered in posters and various other things because I don’t like having plain walls.

Here are my 11 questions:

1. What was the first book you remember loving?

2. What is your most played song on your ipod?

3. What is the dreamcast for your favourite book?

4.  If you could create the perfect group of friends choosing fictional characters, which ones would you choose? Why?

5. What weird phobias do you have?

6. Do you have a fashion idol? If so, who is it?

7. If you could date any superhero, who would it be?

8. Who is your ultimate celebrity crush?

9. What currently airing TV show is your favourite?

10. Favourite musical artist?

11. If you could travel through time and go to any time period, where would you go?

I tag:

Yes that isn’t 11 people but I don’t know who else to tag! Hope you guys have fun and comment below when you’ve done it so I can check it out! Thanks for reading,

Sofia.

August Wrap Up

It is the end of August so here is my August Wrap Up. I made an August TBR at the start of the month so at the end I shall be comparing my wrap up to my TBR to see how I did. Also, I’ve scheduled this post to go up on the last day of August but I will be on holiday then as I am going to Turkey starting on the 25th August so this may not be all the books I read in August or it may be them all. I’m not sure if I will read anything while on holiday but we’ll see. Let’s get started on my wrap up. So far this month I’ve read 1 novella,1 manga,1 non-fiction and 8 novels.

The first book I read this month was Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. This is the fifth book in the bloodlines series and my favourite one yet. I really love this series and this was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and I absolutely adored it. Everything about this book was amazing. If you want to know more about how I felt about this book, click here to go read my spoiler free review. I obviously gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and I am dying to read the final book in this series.

The next book I read this month was a manga and that was the Clockwork Princess manga. The only manga I’ve ever read has been the manga versions of the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare so of course when the final book finally came out in manga form, I had to get it. I loved this manga because I thought it showed off the emotion of the book very well and the art was beautiful. However, it was slightly confusing at times. I think if I wasn’t such a big fan of the series and if I didn’t know exactly what happened and when it happened, I would have been completely lost at times. Nevertheless, I gave this manga 5 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read was Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando. I wasn’t planning on reading this book but I got in the post from Bookbridgr and I just decided to read it that day. I ended up reading the whole book in one day and I did really enjoy it. However there were some things I didn’t like about it so I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars. If you’re interested, check out my spoiler free review of it.

The next book I read was Alienated by Melissa Landers. I was originally planning on reading this on the plane but I just decided one night to pick it up and read it so I did and I absolutely loved it. This book was honestly amazing and I highly recommend it especially if you’re a fan of paranormal romance(I generally am not a fan of paranormal romance but this one was just amazing). I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and I also did a full spoiler free review on it so click here to read it if you’re interested.

I then finally completed the book that took me most of the month to read and that was In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis.This is the sequel to Not a Drop to Drink and it comes out in September. This book was great and don’t take my slow reading pace as a bad thing about the book. I was just feeling lazy and I was busy so I never got much time to read it. But when I did get into it, I loved it. I highly recommend this series as I believe it’s a great dystopian. I did a full review on it, so click here to go read it. I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read was a novella and that was the extra epilogue to The One that Kiera Cass released. This may be cheating but hey, it counts on goodreads. This was so wonderful and cute and amazing and everything I could have wished for. I was fangirling and flailing and just squealing with delight. I’m so happy that Kiera Cass has decided to expand the Selection series because I love it so much and I can’t wait for the rest of the books. I, of course, gave this novella 5 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read was Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. This book guys. It was utter perfection. I can’t believe this series is over. I want to mourn the end of such a fabulous series. If you haven’t read this series go pick it up now. I think Isla was my favourite out of the trilogy and I just loved it so much. Go check out my fangirly spoiler free review of it here. I also gave this book 5 out of 5 stars(duh).

The next book I read was Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Ahh. I enjoyed this book, I really did, but it was quite a disapppointment. It wasn’t what I was expecting but I still enjoyed it If you want to know my full opinion on it, check out my spoiler free review here. I ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read this month was Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. We had to read this for school but I ended up really liking it. I would have liked it a lot more if I didn’t have to fill in sheets and if I didn’t know what happened at the end. I still ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.

The next book I finished this month was Cursed by Jennifer L Armentrout. I enjoyed this book but I had quite a few problems with it. It was generally okay. I wrote a full non-spoilery review on it so click here if you want to go read it. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

The final book I read this month was the non fiction read of the month and it was Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele. I have been waiting for this book ever since it was announced and yesterday I finally got it on my kindle and I sat down and read it all day. It was amazing to read about her life and it was inspiring to read all of her tips and see all of her recipes. I really loved this book and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

Monthly Wrap Up:

Books at each star rating:

1 star: 0 books

2 stars: 0 books

3 stars: 2 books

4 stars:3 books

5 stars: 6 books

Favourite book of the month: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

TBR comparison:

  • Silver Shadows
  • Afterworlds
  • In a Handful of Dust
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Just Like the Movies
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Rebel Belle
  • Since You’ve Been Gone( I am currently reading this one though)
  • Alienated

I read 5 books off of my TBR list which isn’t that bad. And while I didn’t read that many books, I’m proud of my reading this month because I really enjoyed most of my books and I actually found time to read. I may have read more than this but this is a scheduled post so I don’t know. Whatever books I do read, I shall add to my September wrap up. I will not be doing a September TBR because I’m going back to school and I don’t know how much I’ll be able to read.

Victorious reading month! P.S. Get used to this gif, you'll be seeing it a lot.
Victorious reading month!
P.S. Get used to this gif, you’ll be seeing it a lot.

Sofia

August Book Haul

So it’s the end of August which means it’s book haul time. This is again another scheduled post since I shall be on holiday at the end of August but I’m pretty sure I won’t be getting any more books. This month I bought 4 books and got 4 from bookbridgr for review. Let’s get started.

At the start of the month, I finally recieved the three books from bookbridgr that I had requested in early July but took a while to come. The first one was Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando. I’ve already read this book and I really enjoyed it so massive thanks to bookbridgr and Hodder for sending this book to me. Click here for my spoiler free review. I recommend this book if you like contemporary books that focus more on friendship rather than relationships. The other two books I got from bookbridgr are both by Jennifer L. Armentrout who is a big author in the blogging and booktubing community but I have never seen her books in shops in the UK before. Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe that they are only now starting to sell some of her books in the UK. The first one I got was Cursed and I’ve never heard anyone talk about this one before. However the synopsis really intrigued me and I’ve already read it so click here to check out my spoiler free review. The last book I got from bookbridgr was Half Blood. I’ve heard quite a few people talk about this series before but it’s not her most well known series but it sounded interested so that’s why I requested and I shall be reading it soon hopefully. I also received a book from bookbridgr that I only recently requested and that was Day 21 by Kass Morgan. This is the sequel to the 100 which has a TV show that just recently aired in the UK. I’m excited to read these and I will probably read both of them back to back.

The final four books I bought from Waterstones, which is just the best shop ever. Most of their books are buy one get one half price so when I set out to buy only one book, I generally always come back with two. The first book I bought was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I have, of course, already read this book. I read it back in December but I love this books so much that I just needed to own them all so I finally bought a physical copy. The book that I bought along with that was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I finally bought the book that everybody raves about and I shall definitely be reading within the next month, for sure. I made sure that I bought the new pretty UK purple cover because it’s just stunning. I then went to buy Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins on it’s release day to complete my Stephanie Perkins collection. I’ve already read and loved this book. If you want to know more about my opinions on it, click here for my review. The final book that I bought alongside Isla was Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I’ve been wanting to read this book for over a year but I really disliked the UK original cover but they recently re-released it in the UK with the US cover so I bought it and read it and I was slightly disappointed but click here if you want to see my opinions on the book as a whole.

So that’s all the books I bought this month. My mum thinks I have a book buying problem so my book buying is going to be basically non-existent for the next few months.

Sofia