Blog Tour + Book Review: Moon Chosen: Tales of A New World by PC. Cast

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Title: Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World
Author: PC Cast
Series: Tales of a New World
Release Date: November 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Retail Price: $18.99
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Coming of Age, Adventure

“Become that which I see, mind and heart your image will be, salvation for these beloved three,”
PC Cast, Moon Chosen: Tales of A New World (ARC edition)

PC Cast’s Moon Chosen truly transports you to a new world. This novel was such a thrill ride! I found myself addicted to the story and I’m so glad this book saved me from my very long reading slump. There are so many elements of this book that made it a wonderful read.

I have to begin by talking about Cast’s writing style. Her writing style is one of the absolute best, this novel was so beautifully written that every word and every sentence painted such a vivid picture and story in my brain. It almost felt like every word was a colour and all the words blended together to create this artwork of a story. Everything is described in such depth and beauty! One of my favourite parts of the story was when Mari was pairing with Regel, her dog and although I have never had a dog, Cast’s description of Mari’s feelings made it feel like I had a dog before. Every character’s thoughts were so different, yet PC Cast managed to somehow make all of them flow and it is her writing style that makes the book a great read.

I also love how many different stories there were in the story. Often I hate jumping from perspective to perspective, story to story but I love how PC Cast managed to balance the two different characters- Nik and Mari together in one book. The story flowed and made sense, switching between the two lives gave the reader a break from one character and at times left you page turning to find out what happens next. At first, I was kind of confused as to who the two characters were and how they were related but as the story progressed they interlaced like webs and the story manage to fit together so well. About a quarter through the novel, I was predicting Nik and Mari’s relationship- I honestly thought they were brother and sister!

The characters are so much fun to read about because although they are totally different to us they were sassy and all had unique personalities. I loved Sora’s character although she was a bit shallow and I couldn’t forget Mari who I also really enjoyed reading about. I think Nik’s character still need more development and story to it but I’m sure we’ll be able to see more of him in the next few books. When Mari’s mother died, I was definitely not expecting that to happen!

The only main issue I had with the book was how slow some parts of the book were. I still enjoyed reading it because of Cast’s writing but looking back on the novel, I thought not much really happened in the first part of the book. Maybe it is due to the world building which was really well done. I clearly understand the ways of both tribes and it wasn’t hard to understand any of the terminology. However, I do wish the novel was more fast paced. PC Cast’s Moon Chosen was really a great read- the writing, character development, world building and multiple storylines really created a bow for this book. It wrapped up like a great little present and I’ll definitely be there for the next installment of this series!

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if you liked these books, you’ll love moon chosen: tales of a new world:

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This was part of a blog tour run by Pan Macmillan. Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan. I received PC Cast’s Moon Chosen from Pan Macmillan, in exchange for a review.  Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in this post.

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Book Review: Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt

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dsc_0213_fotorTitle: Tell Us Something True
Author: Dana Reinhardt
Release Date: June 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Coming of Age

Dana Reinhardt’s Tell Us Something True is a simple but incredibly intriguing read. I’ll admit that when I picked up this book I was unsure about whether or not I would really like it- the plot sounded cheesy and the colour of the cover wasn’t really doing it many favours. However, the moment I read about River and the more I delved into the story I was addicted. It was an easy read because River’s voice has the typical voice of any teenage boy but the storyline made the novel extraordinary.

Tell Us Something True kind of reminds me of a modern West Side Story cross Beauty and the Beast. It might not make much sense but what I’m trying to say is I love how Reinhardt takes completely two different characters each with bad histories and makes them fall in love. I love seeing how their relationship developed and how their stories interlaced. When I discovered that Penny’s helper was Daphne’s mother my brain was exploding because I would never have guessed. Reinhardt really does take this classic foundation of a romance story and adds layers upon layers of new elements to create this fun read.

I also really like the character development of River because his coming of age and development are clearly evident, which I believe is an important theme in the novel. River grows from this dependent, young teenager to another more mature and older boy. I loved reading about who he was and then reading about who he then went on to become.

Dana Reinhardt’s Tell Us Something True is definitely a great read if you are looking for a fun, easy contemporary read. I think they only thing that let me down was the fact that it didn’t give much of a WOW factor but I believe that it was still a really intriguing novel!

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if you liked these books, you’ll love tell us something true:

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what did you think of tell us something true? let me know down below!

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Habits and Changes I’ve Made To Kickstart A Good 2017

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Hello! Hello! Hello!

I haven’t talked to you guys in what feels like ages and I am so very sorry! I had exams and the school year was overwhelming filled with back to back activities and I couldn’t find the time to sit down and blog about my life.

Anyway because I have only just gotten back into reading because of a busy few months, I decided to post something a bit more “lifestyle” like. I was thinking about things I have done lately and there are a few things changes and habits I’ve begun to hopefully make me a happier, healthier and more motivated person. I felt like there were just somethings this year that have left me with a lot of negativity and bad vibes. However I want to change that before 2017 years so I can make 2017 the best year. I thought I would just shre these things with you in this post!

What are somethings you do to make you a healthier, happier and more motivated person?

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-05-34-10bullet journalling

Never in a million years would I have imagined myself spending the time every week to bullet journal but I do not regret starting this habit. I love bullet journal- it is not only calming but gives you a sense of achievement. There is just something about sitting down and planning what is coming up, what you have done in the past week and organising your daily habits and goals. I love how bullet journalling is not just like a diary you can personalise it to suit you and it also is a way to shine your personality. The satisfaction you get from flicking through your journal is indescribable. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this habit until next year!

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I know you must be thinking:How is We Heart It supposed to make you a more motivated person? but hear me out. I love hearting photos that just make me happy. There are so many photos out there on we heart it that leave you with a since of wanderlust, excitement, adventure and pleasure. Keeping the photos you like on a canvas makes it easier for you to look back on them and realise the goals you want in your life. The photos I all heart are things and ideas I want to be able to tick off my bucket list and taking the time to heart these photos every day makes me a more motivated person.

motivational videos


I recently found this youtube channel called Motivation Grid and I am addicted to their videos. Usually I hate cheesy videos and articles but these videos are magic they leave you with this really great sense of determination that makes you feel like you can conquer anything. If I ever feel down or in need for motivation I will watch on of these videos! If you ever find the time to watch a good video you have to check out this youtube channel.

elevate brain training

Elevate brain training is basically this app that enables you to train your brain every day with three fun mini games. I love using this everday because not only does it leave you with a sense of satisfaction you also get to play a bunch of mini games whilst training your brain. I know the science behind daily brain training is controversial but I guess there is no harm in trying it out. Its free and easy to join as well!

There are just some of the little changes and habits I’ve added to my life to make me a more positive and motivated person! What are some good habits you have?

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PS: Stayed tuned for my book reviews and other exciting posts I have up because I have just finished exams and school! 🙂

 

“Spring Is In The Air” Spring Reads

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Hello!!

I haven’t talked to you guys in what feels like ages. I guess you could say I was taking a little bit of a break. These past few months have been quite busy and the next few months will be busy as well but I’m going to try my best to read as much as I can. I was also in a reading slump which didn’t help much with my motivation but I’m starting to gain it back!

Although it may be Fall in many other places in the world, it is spring where I am and because of that, I decided that it would be a good idea to share with you three books I’m going to read this spring as well as recommend two books that remind me of spring. For me, spring is one of those beautiful and blissful months, I feel love and romance in the air as well as something blooming like flowers. Contemporaries are a perfect fit for spring reads because they are filled with romance, highlight the blooming of something new and are usually beautifully written. Many of the books I’m going to mention today are contemporaries for this very reason.

what i want to read this spring:

I want to read so many adorable, romance contemporaries this spring because they always fill me with so much happiness and positivity. There is just something so satisfying about the wistful and heart fluttering feeling after you finish a contemporary. Here are three books I want to read this spring:

Have you read these books? What do you want to read this month?

my two spring read recommendations

I have so many spring recommendations and it would take me an eternity to list all of my recommendations. Here are two recommendations for a good spring read:

dsc_0035_fotorTo All The Boys I’ve Loved Before | Jenny Han

There is no way I would have skipped this novel because this novel literally screams spring. It’s adorable and fills my heart with joy. I love the storyline and the characters are so relatable. It is the perfect spring read!

My Life Next Door | Huntley Fitzpatrick

This romantic contemporary also reminds me of the romance filled atmosphere that spring brings. This story is a whirlwind of an adventure. I love reading about the romance between the two characters and there is just something about this contemporary that makes it one of my favourites.

These are some of my favourite spring reads and some books I’m planning to read this month! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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The Girl From Everywhere: Time Travelling Destinations + Mini Review

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Title: The Girl From Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  7/10
Genre: Time Travel, Adventure, Romance

Today, I decided to spice up my normal reviews by giving you a mini review of Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere, whilst telling you two of the destinations I would love to go to if I had a chance to time-travel. One of the main features about this book is the unique time-travelling elements they have incorporated into the novel. I’ll begin with my mini-review! 🙂

The Girl From Everywhere was a really enjoyable and light read. I loved the story line because Heilig takes the overused time travelling plot and puts it into a new light. I love how the main character time travels to Hawaii because Hawaii is such a tropical and beautiful place. Furthermore, Heilig writing makes you want to turn the page over and over again.

However what disappointed me in this novel was that I thought there were too many elements. I didn’t think the romance was developed very well as there were too many issues and complications happening at the same time. It was hard for me to follow the love triangle which wasn’t really much of a love triangle. Nevertheless, Heidi Heilig’s character development of Nix was really well done. I thought Nix’s personality and morals really transformed from the beginning to the end. I can’t wait for the next book because I’ll definitely be following Nix’s story. Hopefully, in the next novel the relationship development will improve!

the two time-travel destinations i want to visit

If you didn’t guess already a lot of the book revolves around the concept of time travel. I’ve always wanted to time travel- go back in time and fast forward to the future. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have the chance to time travel. Here are the two destinations I would love to visit if I had the ability to time travel!

Late 1800s London

A weird choice you may say but I would love to visit the London in the late 1800s. Maybe it’s because I love The Infernal Devices so much but I’ve always thought this time period would be so much fun to visit. Imagine being thrown into this  new world where everyone wore suits or nice dresses, the Big Ben overlooking the whole entire town and the cities with bustling people. It probably wasn’t this majestical in reality but I can dream. I’ve always been a city girl and 1800s London is a mix of contemporary with vintage. The perfect match. This would definitely be one of my first destinations. (PS: I also get to see Will Herondale and who wouldn’t want that 🙂 )

My Younger Days…

I know I’m still young and I probably can’t really talk with much experience but something I’ve learnt very recently is to take in the moment because when you are older and you look back on it, you regret the days you didn’t relish the memories and moments. I would love to go back in time and to experience some of the best days, weeks, months and years of my life but at the same time I want to be able to know what’s going to happen in the future. I don’t want time to fly and that’s why lately I’ve been trying to take up lots of new opportunities and experiences because you never know where they are going to lead you!

I hope you guys loved this post! Tell me if you have read Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere! Did you like it? Where would you travel to if you had the ability to time travel?

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“Caramels + an contemporary” Teaser Tuesdays | August 16th

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HIYA!!

How is everyone? Today I am finally back with a Teaser Tuesday as I know I haven’t done one in ages. I love updating you guys with my last finds and my current read. As I mentioned a while ago, I have fallen into a reading slump but I’m trying to curb that this week as I haven’t really received much homework. What have you guys been reading lately? Anyway, I’m currently reading:

caramel hearts by e. r. murray

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I’m currently reading this adorable contemporary titled, Caramel Hearts, which is by E.R. Murray. I haven’t really gotten into the book yet as I only just started it but based on the blurb it sounds adorable. I am hoping that it won’t be too immature because I’m getting “Everything, Everything” vibes! However, it is a romance and I need a good break from fantasy:

“I spin on my head and head down the corridors towards Science, pretending I can’t hear Sarah when she calls my name,”
– Caramel Hearts, E.R. Murray

what do you think? have you read caramel hearts? don’t forget to let me know about your current read down below!

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Book Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

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Title: The Leaving
Author: Tara Altebrando
Release Date: June 2016
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  6.5/10
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Thriller

The Leaving literally throws the reader into the midst of a twisting and turning plot, that leaves them on the edge of a thrilling ride. That’s exactly how I felt why I was reading this. The format and the way this book has been written really made it seem like a real story, although it is not actually reality.

One of my favourite features of this novel is its layout. I haven’t read Illuminate yet but the layout of Illuminate is very similar to the leaving. Certain letters are bolded, the words are written in a certain format to convey thoughts and emotions and in addition, words are put into different text boxes to display signs and certain memories. All those things put the book in a three-dimensional edge and it makes it so much more real. In fact, it’s like reading a victim’s diary.  Another feature about this novel is its different point of views. I’m not a huge fan of multiple points of views as I am always confused as to who is who but this was different. Every character had a different story and I love the most point of views were the actual victims.  There are so many unanswered questions from the beginning that you can’t help but turn page after page after page because you just want to find out what has happened.

The plotline was really original and unique. I don’t read thrillers every day and reading one like the Leaving really opened my eyes to this genre. However, the ending was what let me down and this may sound contradicting but the genre also lets me down. Sometimes, I felt like the book was leading to nowhere. Characters went back to their families and they want to know what happened, that is the main story but sometimes I felt like the story really fluffed around the edges and it made it difficult to find out what was really happening. The ending was such a disappointment there are way too many unanswered questions and I think the storyline didn’t really fit the ending. I don’t know if it was just me but I was so confused by the end of the book that I felt like I was reading it just to finish off the book. Perhaps, I need to go  back and read it again but I definitely missed something. I also wished there was something more. I want to know what happens to them in the future.

I think something else that let me down was the emotional attachment. I didn’t feel any emotions in the story, I was just curious about what was going to happen. Reading The Leaving made me felt like I was reading a police report, I want to know what happens so badly and who the culprit is but I never really feel any connection to it. That’s what was lacking in this novel. However, it was a really good read in terms of the thrill and excitement.

if you liked these books you will love the leaving:
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I haven’t written a review in ages! I hoped you enjoyed this one! Will you be reading The Leaving? Have you read this novel? Let me know!

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lessons i’ve learnt in the month of june

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DSC_0360_FotorOrganisation is key: It may seem super simple but one thing that can change your mood and positivity is your organisation. I’ve been really trying to utilise my planner lately and although, I still have a fair bit of practice before I master my journal it is safe to say that writing to-do lists and taking five minutes out of your day to plan and organise your life is a serious benefit. Using my planner in the last three weeks of the month has felt like I’ve removed a heavy burden off of my shoulders. The next step is to start a bullet journal but knowing my “perfectionist-mentality” I don’t know if it’ll go so well.

Your happiness and attitude are only determined by one thing- yourself: Before you think, “She is such a cheesy person,” hear me out. This might sound super simple but I think getting caught up with our busy lives often causes us to forget to take some time out of the day to enjoy yourself. To put it into context, I go to school every day and whilst everyone is complaining about going through this regime for the next three years of our lives, it is really easy to fall into the same trap. I definitely fell into this trap last month and it was definitely not healthy. I dreaded going to school. However, recently I’ve been trying to change this outlook because why should I dread school? I should be so grateful for this chance to go to school, to enjoy being with my friends and just having an overall warm atmosphere.

Don’t let bad news + failures get to you: Something I still need to work out til this day and something I will probably struggle with for a very long time, but it’s something that I’m improving on bit by bit. However at the start of the term I would always feel horrible after hearing even the littlest of bad news and that definitely did not do me any favours what so ever. I expected the worse in everything and nothing could make me feel better even if the failure/bad news wasn’t really that bad. It was getting to me and it was getting worse and worse. However, I’ve soon realised that there is no point in letting bad news get to you because you are only ever wasting your time to dwell on the past when you should be investing your time into the future.

Stop forcing yourself to do things you don’t like and just learn to say no:  I wish I figured this out sooner but I’ve just realise how important this is. You may think that forcing yourself to do something you don’t like is just a part of every day life but if you have the choice to quit…quit. I recently joined a sports team that I normally join every year and every year I dreaded signing up, going to the training and the competitions. Don’t get me wrong I adore sport but when it came to this sport, it gave me all kinds of motivation and I just remeber feeling horrible the day I had training because I knew I would be wasting more than an hour doing something I didn’t like. So, I quit. I asked to leave the team and although they were disappointed they understood. The whole time I dreaded the coaches reactions when I said I would quit but when I said no their reactions weren’t as bad as I thought.

favourite songs to put me in a motivational mood:

watch this video to put you in a motivational mood, trust me this video is amazing:

 

Hopefully, I didn’t make this post too cheesy and have instead motivated you to do things. I know that my blogging routine hasn’t been the best this month but I’m trying my best to get some exciting posts out and updating myself with all of your blogs.

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One extremely long #tbr list…

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HELLO!!!

Winter has struck here, where I live and it has been frigid cold every day. I’m hoping every day that I won’t catch a cold and every day consists of warm blankets and toasty heaters. However, another important thing that warms me up on a winter day is a good book. I haven’t been reading as much as I would like. (Blame it on Gossip Girl) This means that my TBR list is piling and piling with books. Today I decided to show you some of the many books on my TBR:

romance contemporaries

Contemporaries are vital to make me feel warm and fuzzy inside because the romance in them fills my heart with joy. I’ve been craving contemporaries for a very long time and I can’t wait to fall in love with the characters in these books!

series and trilogies

I need to find a good series ASAP because I’ve been in a mini reading slump for ages. I miss jumping into exciting new worlds and having my heart wrenched from various plot twists. Which series do you think I should read next?

plus more:

I don’t just have contemporaries and series on my TBR I also have other stand-alones and upcoming releases that have been sitting on my TBR for ages!

So that is my tbr!!! Hopefully, I’ll get around to some of these books soon! Collecting and reading the synopses of all these novels have just gotten me so so excited to read them!

What is are some novels on your TBR? 🙂

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“Time Traveling + Hyped Releases” Teaser Tuesdays

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Hiya!!!

I have not done a single Teaser Tuesdays in a hundred years and so today I decided to due a Teaser Tuesday!!! It is the second week of school and everything is actually going great. Well…except for a few things here and there but overall everything has been pretty cruisy! What have you guys been up to recently? I’m currently reading:

the girl from everywhere by heidi heilig

I recently got this novel and although I am not that far into the book, I have been loving it! The main character is so likeable and I love the concept of the novel. I haven’t read many time travel novels and I am sure this book will be a time-travel that I will be recommending. However, I can not jump to conclusions yet! I do know that this novel has been hyped up since its release and so far I think it has been living up to my expectations. Here is a little teaser of the novel:

“My thoughts scattered like chipped ice, and my vision blackened at the edges, as though I was staring through a spyglass,”
– The Girl From Everywhere, Heidi Heilig

what are you reading this week? have you read the girl from everywhere?

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