Friday, 24 February 2017

The Waiting List: March 2017 Releases

The Waiting List is a feature hosted by PrintedWordsAnd, where I list some upcoming releases for the month that I'm most excited about! 

March 2017 Releases

1. Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell
Very Throne of Glass like, but I guess that's why this has enticed me. Rose is a slave who has found an opportunity to escape, but she finds herself being part of a rebellion plot and now she needs to figure out where her loyalty lies.

2. Seven Days of You by Cecila Vinesse
Sophia has 7 days left before she leaves Tokyo to go back home. When Jamie, her ex, arrives in Tokyo the 7 days she has left is a test to their relationship. I don't know whether it's because I'm going to Tokyo and it's set there or because it takes place over 7 days so I'm expecting it to be intense and fast paced, but we will see!

3. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
A contemporary about finding yourself, after being so sure in life before being confused and lost. Saenz wrote the amazing Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe series so I'm really hoping the writing will be as fantastic in this contemporary.

4. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
I relate to this so much being a child from a refugee family. This is a graphic novel that relays the tremendous sacrifices and efforts put into seeking a new life for your own family and the consequences it may leave on you.

5. The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) by Samantha Shannon
The third part to the epic fantasy that is now widely known within YA. I better hurry and read the second one first!

6. The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die #4) by Danielle Paige
Again, another sequel where I'm only on the second book - eep. But I did really enjoy the plot of this series as it is such a bizarre but fascinating adaption to the Wizard of Oz.

7. The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Wing idolised her brother Marcus, much like everyone else in their town, but when he drives drunk and ends up in accident that kills two people, she has to learn to cope with her brothers decisions and the effects it leaves on the people around her. Very, very deep.

8. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
Yes to thriller! Nemesis is introduced as Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies, which sounds epic already. A girl constantly dies on the day of her birthday but wakes up with no evidence of it struggles to discover what is actually going on in her life.

9. Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love
This is Adult thriller, where the leader of the gang is actually Lola, the supposed leader's partner. She controls their movements and I am so in this because it is a female protagonist who is pulling the rings - despite committing crime.

10. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I'm fairly sure this is on everyone's list for most anticipated release of the year, let alone March. I am so excited because Taylor wrote one of my favourite series and I am expecting so much from this.

Which Novel Are You Waiting For This Month?

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we list our top ten according to the a topic of the week. Check out future topics here

There are always going to be books that exceed your expectations or fall so hard that you're not sure why you even tried in the first place. I share five delightfully surprising books, and five just downright disappoint reads.

Top Five Surprisingly Great Books

1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
I think my surprise merely comes from the fact that the same author who wrote Twilight wrote this, and I fell in love with it.

2. The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett
Absolute favourite read of 2016! The Troupe was one of those TBR books that was about to become something I was going to give away. Thankfully I didn't!

3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I knew that it was Ready Player One was popular but because I'm not a huge sci-fi fan I just figured it would be enjoyable. Instead, I am now converted.

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
This entire series was amazing - right from the get go. I thought I got over the whole angel/demon fantasy phase but this sucked me right back in.

5. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
I stuck it out for a really long time with Shantaram and I do not regret it one bit. If you want thought provoking and just philosophical, this is the one.

Top Five Surprisingly Disappointing Books

1. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
I absolutely disliked this so much - from the characters to the story, I was so disappointed that it didn't turn out the way I expected.

2. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Finding Audrey was meh. I kept hearing about it but felt really underwhelmed.

If I had to name a book that I despise it would be this one. I was excited after reading Lockhart's other book and now I'm a little scarred.

4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
This is probably along the same lines as The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks but I actually DNF'd ACOMAF because I could not get past how much I was beginning to hate everything that was happening. So sad.

5. You by Caroline Kepnes
I read this awhile back and did not like at all. Now it is a super popular thriller and I'm a little taken back by it.

Which Books Have Delighted Or Disappointed You?

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is Absolutely Haunting

Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender 
Author: Lesyle Walton
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Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.


Walton creates a beautiful piece of work, not just a story but something much more, which has left such a strong impression on me. Her writing is whimsical and poetic, with such unique phrases and moments that captures the emotion so well. Despite having Ava recount her grandmother and mother's tale, I felt like I was right there with all three of them. I couldn't help but feel joy, grief or hope when they felt it. Walton excelled in storytelling and for that, even though, parts of the story may not have been realistic, she still succeeded in producing a fantastic novel.

"She spent her days trying to forget the sound of his voice, and her nights trying to remember."

I loved the story. I loved every single moment, even though most of it was so sad. I knew the book was going to have upsetting events, but I didn't think I would've felt so heavy from the grief. Along with Ava, I began to learn how heartbreaking love can be and the toll it takes on women. The effects it left on her grandmother and mother left scars that crossed over to Ava's generation. However, it also conveyed how much love there is beyond that of a man and a woman and how deep these emotions can travel amongst us.
"Just because love don't look the way you think it should, don't mean you don't have it."
I don't think I've ever read a novel that was so saddening but full of hope as well. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavender is such a memorable read, filled with strong characters, emotion and an overall beautiful message. It is a haunting read that will lift you up even through the all the sorrow that lays in the story. It's also so impressive that this is Walton's debut novel

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Talking Personal: Hello 2017!

I don't know how but we've made it to 2017 guys! The last time I caught up with you all was in October last year. Since then I've been up to a couple of things - many celebrations, lots and lots of work, and just great company.

I celebrated my 22nd with two big events. One was flying out to Gold Coast for a fun girls weekend, and the second a joint birthday party with my lovely friend.

My last trip to the Gold Coast was in 2012, so this time around it was a little different. I loved that we got to be kids again - we went to theme parks and rode on rides, took photos with the different characters and just took heaps of photos. It was chilled and such a good way to get away and take a short break. Downside was probably ending up there when Schoolies started. The place was teeming with year 12s, ready to celebrate the end of their final year of high school.

The party was definitely a highlight of the year despite being such a messy night. I do feel like that'll be the end of big birthday celebrations for me though.

I got to see Flume live with the ever so lovely Jack and Eadie as well, and it was a great time! I'm not a huge Flume fan but he sure knows how to put on a show.

Then Christmas came around and this time my aunty and uncle came down from Sydney to stay with us. They brought along their 2 year old daughter who is such a gem, and my absolute favourite! I love Christmas and everything about it so I was super excited and happy during December.

New Years my parents went away so I spent it celebrating with my group of friends. Chinese New Year and the Australian Open rolled around and that was really about it. 

2016 ended with heaps of highs and I'm hoping 2017 will bring many more memories. I hope you guys have a splendid 2017 as well.

What Have You Guys Been Up To?

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Love, love, love!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we list our top ten according to the a topic of the week. Check out future topics here

Top Romances In Books
In honour of Valentines Day, I wanted to take a look at all the romantic tropes and which books did them the best. PLUS share who my favourite couples are, because who doesn't love a good OTP.

Who Are Your Favourite Fictional Couples?

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