Saturday, 27 February 2016

Waiting On March

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



1. Beyond the Red by Ava Jae 
One ruler. One alien. Both framed for assassination. In an alien/human world? Yes please!

2. The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home (Fairyland #5) by Catherynne M. Valente 
The finale to Fairyland is much anticipated! I'm excited but also sad that this modern day fairytale is about to end.

3. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker
I'm guessing this is about dysfunctional relationships and the dangers a person may possess despite them talking about loving you. 

4. The Crown and The Arrow (The Wrath and The Dawn #0.5) by Renee Ahdieh
I am obsessed with this series and anything that can feed my withdrawal until the next book comes out is most welcome. 


5. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Reigate 
Seven view points of high school dramas. I haven't read a contemporary in awhile so I'm excited!

6. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tulchoke
A boy named Midnight is definitely a character I want to read about. 

7. The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and The Dawn #0.25) by Renee Ahdieh 
Need I say more?

8. The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski 
We've reached the ending of this series and whilst I loved the first book I have yet to read the second one. Hopefully the release of this will motivate me to! 

What Books Are You Looking Forward To?



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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Creepy and Captivating With "Night Film"


Title: Nightfilm 
Author: Marisha Pessl
Publication Date: July 16th, 2013
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On a damp October night the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty.

For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid.

The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality.



Review


My love for psychological thrillers/thrillers was completely satisfied after reading Nightfilm and I definitely think it's a must read!







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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Books I've Enjoyed Outside Of My Comfort Zone

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

Top Ten Books Out Of My Comfort Zone That I Enjoyed Recently 

So I don't necessarily have 10 to list, but I do think that's because I enjoy a variety of genres that it's hard to find ones I don't read regularly. That and maybe there are some genres I haven't dabbled in yet because I tend to read amongst Young Adult and few Adult genres only. If you have any recommendations definitely let me know!


1. Inside by Chris Judd
I rarely read non-fiction novels, let alone auto-biographies/biographies, but Chris Judd's self narrated novel was definitely interesting for me. I've always loved him as an AFL player but this gave me a little more insight into his life and what made him how he is. 

2. Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1) by K.A Tucker
Not a huge New Adult fan but this series, especially this book, drew me in and did not let me go. Highly recommend if you like this genre! (Full review)

3. The Host (The Host #1) by Stephanie Meyer 
Sci-fi's also another genre I tend to steer away from because I don't have a huge fascination for it but this was thrilling and addictive, albeit it is a mix betweens sci-fi and romance. (Full review)

4. Picnic At Hanging Rock by Lindsay Joan 
I do like classics but I would have to admit they are out of my comfort zone, especially the earlier novels. Most of it is due to the language used by Picnic at Hanging Rock is easy to read and the plot is intriguing and gripping. 

5. Shantaram (Shantaram #1) by Gregory David Roberts 
Adult fiction is something I do enjoy but Shantaram's size and the content of it was really intimidating. I managed to plow through and am so glad I did! (Full review)

What Books Did You List This Week?



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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Talking Personal: Counting Down Summer

Look at me, almost two months into the year and still on the blog grind. I mean I deserve a hi-five right? 

It's pretty much the last month of Summer now and the weather's starting to become dreary and wet. I'm trying to get as much sun as I can before I'm doomed to 6 months of gloomy, freezing weather.  What I am excited for though is Winter fashion! I do find that there's something a bit more classy with this seasons style than summer. 


I'm still working as many hours as possible but in between them I've seen friends, celebrated the last few 21st in my social circle and have gone on brunch hunts. I love that I'm also getting to know my workmates more and actually developing really good friendships! 

My family also celebrated Lunar New Years, which means the year has officially started - at least for our culture. I love that LNY brings the family together and I got to see relatives I don't see often. I also love that my mum pretty much cooks up a massive banquet for us to feast on. Definitely a major perk. 


Highlight of the month would be seeing A$AP Rocky live though! His concert was every bit as exciting as I expected - he has a presence about him that draws the crowd and energises them. It wasn't the most well behaved crowd but I was so into the moment it didn't really matter. I was sad to find out I didn't save all the videos I had of him though so I'll have to resort to clips I find on the internet. I am a huge fan of hip hop so it was amazing to see him in concert!

Also wanted to share my favourite song of the month as a result of seeing Deadpool. Now that is some movie, absolutely hilarious and worth the watch. Just keep in mind it is very inappropriate so be age conscience. Without further ado!



It hasn't been overly exciting month but because uni is about to start again, I've been planning my last semester and researching different options for further study and career options. It all sounds so daunting and I am definitely not ready for full time adult life. 

That's pretty much it for this month. Hope you guys enjoy the final days before March comes around.

How Has Been February Been For You?



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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Cute And Easy But Not As Impactful in "Finding Audrey"


Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publication Date:
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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family. (Source: Goodreads)



Review


Finding Audrey is one of the few young adult novels I've read addressing teenage issues that can sometime be swept under the rug by society. Whilst I appreciate Kinsella's attempt to raise awareness on such events, I wasn't entirely sold by the premise of the novel.

The best thing about reading Finding Audrey was the fact that it made me laugh out loud. I rarely read books that actually crack me up, and whilst the jokes may have been corny or childish, it was still funny to read.

Other than that it was a very easy read, cute at times when Linus and Audrey started to explore their relationship further.

However, what was unsatisfying was the fact that while there was a big fuss around the events that traumatised Audrey, Kinsella only alludes to what happened without a full explanation. I really wanted to hear what brought about the change in Audrey - a full recount without sparing the details. Instead, I had to guess and deduce based on the clues. I also didn't find Audrey's recovery to be as realistic or as empowering as I wanted. It's hard to see a young girl struggling to even look at her parents in the eye but meet a young boy and start to make not just baby steps, but almost giant leaps. It was almost like a race although, much like any story, the journey isn't as smooth as planned.

I do think that Audrey's feelings of anxiety and uncomfortableness, her struggles with adapting to a normal life, was relayed in a way where I could grasp it emotionally and sympathised with her. At the very least it was relatable and meaningful towards readers.

The characters themselves had only one sense of direction, especially Audrey's mum. I found her so annoying for being overly protective, old-fashioned and trying to relate to her children but failing to.

I know many readers do enjoy Finding Audrey and I did think it was a good read, just not as impactful for a novel wanting to raise awareness on serious issues.



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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Songs That Would Make Great Novels


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

Top Ten Songs That I Think Would Make Great Novels
1. This topic was super hard. 2. I pretty much listed songs I love to listen to. 3. This pretty much explains my music taste.


1. Wicked Games - The Weeknd
A damaged person wanting to heal themselves through desperate means before resurfacing (lel that's too much, just listen to the song).



2. We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez
Classic romance novel pretty much. But I'm obsessed at the moment so don't judge.



3. Let's Get Lost - G-Eazy ft. Devon Baldwin
Picture this - two strangers meeting and re-discover themselves. Cliche? Yes. Does it work though? Yes.


4. Dear No One - Tori Kelly
When a young girl learns of strength, independence and becomes an empowering lady. Boom.



5. Strange Love - Halsey 
Um. Dysfunctional couple? Two opposites being attracted? It seemed like a good idea at the time.



6. Killing Me Softly - The Fugees
You could either see this as two musicians falling in love or literally have it turn into a sick, twisted thriller. What do you think?



7. I'm In Here - Sia
I would write this into a novel raising awareness on depression/anxiety.



8. Fifteen - Taylor Swift
If you listen to this it's pretty much a story waiting to be written - a very relatable one at that.



9. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
I know it was made specifically to portray the loss of Paul Walker but this could make the saddest novel of all time as well.



10. Sunday Morning - Maroon 5
Road trip novel anyone?

Share Your List With Me!



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Thursday, 11 February 2016

"The Wrath and The Dawn" Was Breathtakingly Beautiful

Title: The Wrath and The Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and The Dawn #1
Publication Date: May 12th 2015
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In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets? (Source: Goodreads)

Review


One word. Breathtaking. That's pretty much how The Wrath and The Dawn made me feel whilst reading it. I was in a massive reading slump, but when I delved into this book I was immediately drawn into the intricacies of the mystery and the setting. I pretty much fell in love with this book!

1. Ahdieh's writing is vivid and captivating. 
It painted brilliant imager of the characters, setting and even emotions each character experienced. At times it was quite flowery, but the prose was still beautiful and invoked so many feelings. The pace was fast and intense, meaning I wasn't left bored or felt like it dragged. I think the number one thing was that I read this in one day and I would say it was due to Ahdieh's writing.

2. There was an even mix of romance and mystery.
I knew that this was going to primarily be fixated on Shahzrad and Khalid's relationship development, but I'm so glad that there was development with the mystery behind the deaths of each wife. There was also a mix of magic, which opens up so many more possibilities for the next novel and I hope is explored more as well. I'm not a massive romance reader so I'm glad there was a balance and it was done well!

3. The premise kept me heavily involved. 
I know this is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights but even so, it's a different take, combining modern ideas with an interesting past - especially with the setting. I found both Ahdieh's world and character building to be creative and ingenious, boosting the quality of the read. Not only that, but I was also 100% involved with Shahrzad and Khalid's relationship. It's strange that I was rooting for such a dysfunctional couple but the ship has sailed so far for me to jump off.

I am super excited to get my hands on the next book and continue on with the adventures. I am worried that by setting the bar so high for the first book, the second might not live up to standard. Fingers crossed though!!

The Wrath and the Dawn is engrossing and addictive. It created storms of emotions in me and was the best read to start the year off.




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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Celebrating Valentines Day


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

Top Ten Favourite Romantic Quotes
I'm not a crazy romance reader but I am a sucker for beautiful quotes, especially those that express feelings of affection - and in celebration of Valentines' Day I wanted to share them with you guys!





















What's Your Favourite Romantic Quotes?


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Thursday, 4 February 2016

January Wrap Up

On The Blog


First month of the year done and dusted! This month I got back into blogging, for the millionth time, so these are the first few posts for the year!

Top Ten Tuesday 

 I talk 3 months of absence on the blog and what I've been up to!

February new releases I'm excited for!

What the past year has looked for me reading wise!

I revamped my blog as well, which actually hasn't been publicly announced or "gone live" but TAH-DAH! It's not 100% what I want it to be, but progress will be perfect right? Let me know what you guys think!


Reading Time


The year has started off quite well, if I do say so myself! Watch what I've read for this month.


Favourites



     



Reviews


      


What Was January Like For You?



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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Settings I've Loved

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

Top Ten Historical Settings I Love
I am a massive history buff, and it excites me when authors incorporate historical events into their novels - real or not. Any setting that is vivid, memorable and enticing immediately become my favourite to visit over and over again. 


1. The Tudor Period; 15th - 17th Century England
Hands down, any novel that is set during the Tudor era immediately peaks my interest. I don't particularly love all of them but for the most part I have enjoyed majority of those I've read. In particular, Philippa Gregory novels have fed my obsession. Maybe it's how scandalous and thrilling the setting is written as but the Tudor Period stands as my favourite setting to read about. Ever. 

2. The Roaring Twenties; 1920 America 
Books like The Great Gatsby, The Shifting Fog and The Diviners series are set during this booming period of gorgeous fashion, upbeat music and prosperity. There was an edge to everything, although what I love most is probably the flapper fashion - The Great Gatsby movie does a stellar representation. I mean it's referred to as "roaring" for a reason. 

3. Greek Mythology Era 
I don't have a specific date/era for this so if you do, please let me know! I've read The Odyssey by Homer and it cemented my love for Greek Mythology - anything to do with the gods and heroes. It's fascinating, at times exaggerated, but makes it so much more entertaining. 

4. World War II; 1939 - 1945
The standout for this period would be The Book Thief for me, because although it's set during this period, it isn't overpowered by the war only. My Brother Jack is also a great read during this historical period because it portrays the affect the war has on Australia, not just for Europeans. 


5. Bombay 1980's
This is a little different but I was drawn to this period through Shantaram. It was a rough house for sure, but for some reason the period was also bustling and exciting - seemingly bringing in a lot more foreigners and possible growth for the country. Definitely different to India that I've seen portrayed these days. 

6. 19th Century England
The quaint, simple lifestyle of England during this era is perfectly demonstrated through a vast number of literature, although my favourite would be Pride and Prejudice. I love the charm it has, as well the mannerisms and speech. Not to mention countryside England would've been such a picturesque scene. 

7. The War of The Roses; 15th Century England 
This is pretty similar to my love for the Tudor times. I think I'm very much fascinated by the evolution of England's monarch and this is a setting drenched with constant bloodshed and wars. It provides a backdrop that is scary but sets up for the Tudor Times. 

8. Russia 1920's
This stems from reading Tsarina as well as my interest in monarchs again. It's fascinating to read about the fall of the Tsars, the set up towards it happening and what Russia was like, which led to the events. If you have any other novels you've read in this era, leave a recommendation!


Which Periods Do You Like Reading About?



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