Best Books of 2015

Hey guys!

I am so sorry for not posting in such a long time, I have been away and so busy but I have finally found some time to sit down and write this blog post. It feels so good to finally write a new post. Since its the end of year, I decided it would be a great idea to write the top 5 books I have read this year!

  1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    This is by far one of the most fun books I have read this year. It was quirky, relatable, funny and has lots of drama, which is the perfect recipe for a contemporary! I can’t believe I didn’t get to this earlier because I honestly missed out on so much. If you haven’t gotten around to this novel yet, I suggest you drop everything and head out to the bookstore today! 🙂
  2. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    A touching novel that made me shed a river a tears, All The Bright Places was definitely a highlight. I love novels that make me cry because it is just amazing to see how one book can make such a big impact! All The Bright Places was thought provoking and just made me stop a realise the backstories and hidden emotions of the people we pass by everyday.
  3. Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
    This was a given because Dimitri and Rose…who can’t forget one of the best couples in YA fiction! 🙂 Nevertheless, I have always loved the series and it was sad to see it finally come to a close but the ending sure was satisfying and I am so glad that it didn’t disappoint.
  4. Every Last Breathe by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    This was a major novel of my 2015 reading adventure because Jennifer L. Armentrout has always been one of my favorite authors! So to find out one of my favourite series by hers was ending was exciting yet heartbreaking. #teamroth for the win! I loved the finale and upon finishing the book a wave of happiness came!
  5. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
    Surprisingly, this novel blew me away! I was craving for an original fantasy with a good romance and storyline and finally I stumbled across this series. I fell in love with the characters and the world. The final book, which came out this year was one of my favorites!

That’s all for my favorite books this year. I will definitely be posting as the holidays start to slowly approach :)! Who else is excited for Christmas? Presents! Presents! Presents! And that also means hot chocolates, peppermints and books! I will definitely be posting up a TBR list soon for Christmas! What was your favorite book that you read this year?

Now that the holidays are approaching, I know we will all be watching lots of youtube videos to get into that Christmas Spirit and holiday joy. I love this youtube channel run by my good friend, Ellie. It has books, fashion and everything you will ever love. I will link it here! So don’t forget to check it out!

Thanks guys!

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Top Five Contemporaries!

Yes, it is another one of my top five posts and today I have my top five contemporaries that I absolutely adore! By the way, these aren’t in order because I can never decide which ones are my favorite! What is your favorite contemporary? Comment below!

1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
By far this has been my favorite contemporary since I first read it ages ago when I was in my first-stages of becoming a bookie. I love how this novel explores themes that are so hard to find in not just contemporaries but any young-adult book. I loved how it is set in a retro America and I love how realistic the novel is. It doesn’t sugar coat our society, our people and love. Even though the ending is *cough* tragic *cough*  I love how it isn’t your typical “happily ever after” story!

2. Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
More like the cutest novel on this universe, I absolutely loved this book. It had everything needed for a perfect contemporary- a cute boy, a city of love and a relatable main-character. The writing is perfect and it leaves you aching for an amazing love story like Anna’s and Isla’s and Lola’s. I love how at the end of each of her novels it ends in a cute and satisfying way! CAN SOMEONE PLEASE FIND ME A ST. CLAIR?????

3. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This book is one of my most loved books on my shelf! It is filled to the brim with your typical teenage drama and is told by a girl, who was relatable in ways that is different to your normal relatable girl. I really don’t know what it is about this novel that stands out. However, I absolutely love how page-turning this book is! Every scene is tension film it keeps you wanting more and more. It is a really different contemporary romance that gets you sucked into a love story that everyone will enjoy reading!

4. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Similar to the way To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before left me feeling, I love finishing a good book that leaves you warm on the inside. Saint Anything definitely did that for me. The romance was really cute but not over the top cute and the main character was not cliche. She had a lot of depth to her that is not often found in contemporary romances. She had her problems and I loved watching her grow into a person that was a better her.

5. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nirven
Similar to Eleanor and Park, it is a more realistic and truthful contemporary that really explores the dark side to a teenager’s mind. I love how it is a cross between Eleanor and Park and The Fault In Our Stars. However, it is still vastly different and unique to the two novels. I loved the themes this novel explores and it really made me feel feelings that I never usually feel. I cried so much by the end and I highly recommend it!

These are my top five contemporaries! What are some of yours?

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Taylor Swift Book Tag

Heya! I haven’t done a book tag in ages… so, I am doing one today. I recently got tagged by Famtaq to do the Taylor Swift tag, she has a great blog and you should definitely check it out! Lets get started on the tag:

  1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together- pick a book series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then you wanted to break up This would have to be the Harry Potter series. Now before you all butcher me, I used to “try” to be obsessed with the Harry Potter series because everyone else used to be “OH MY GOD! It is the best!” but internally I used to despise it. I guess I don’t really like the layout of the plot where all the boring stuff, like going to school, would happen in the beginning making it really hard to get through and then in the last quarter of the book we would get this really big scene with Voldermont. It followed the same routine throughout the series and that is probably why I don’t really like it.
  2. Red- pick a book with a RED cover. The first book which popped into my head was… you guessed it, Vampire Academy but I also really like House of Hades!
  3. The Best Day- pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic. That would have to be the Percy Jackson series because I read it when I was quite young and I’ve pretty much grew up with the characters!
  4. Love Story- pick a book with forbidden love
    SOOOOOOO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM. I recently read Amanda Hocking’s Kanin trilogy and there is definitely forbidden love in there! Oh! The! Pain! A review will definitely be coming soon.
  5. Innocent- pick a book that someone ruin the ending for
    Allegiant, I learnt about the ending before because I had a friend who told me as I didn’t think I would read the book. I started the book a month after, but don’t worry I still cried so much! 🙁
  6. Everything Has Changed- pick a book character that has gone through extensive character development
    This is honestly one of my favorite Taylor Swift songs but anyway back to the point, Lara Jean from the Two All The Boys I’ve Loved Before duology goes through really extensive character development and you can clearly see that towards the end of the two books.
  7. I Knew You Were Trouble- pick a bad character you couldn’t help but love
    I really don’t know… I’m one of those people where if the bad guy is a bad guy, my view won’t change for the entire book. For example, I hated Warner (Shatter Me Series) from the start to the end and I was still on team Adam at the end of the book. Roth in the Dark Elements series was bad for about a book- does he count?
  8. You Belong With Me- pick a book you are highly anticipating
    7 MORE DAYS TIL EVERY LAST BREATH!!!! Wooooo!!! I am highly anticipating this series! I can’t wait! I am also waiting for the last book in the 5th Wave series to come out, as well!
  9. Forever and Always- pick your favorite book couple
    This is too hard!!! At the moment, since I just finished reading the series I am really shipping Ridley and Bryn but my favorite book couple of all time has got to be Will and Tessa.
  10. Come Back, Be Here- pick the book you would least likely let anyone borrow, in fear that it will be returned in a ruined state.
    I have a fair share of “book-borrowing” stories and they do not go down well. I still lend out my books, but my favorite copy of City of Bones was destroyed by one of my best friends and I have been much more careful, nowadays. I would probably never lend out my Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods book because it is too fragile and beautiful and also my Infernal Devices trilogy because of how much it means to me!

That’s all for the tag!!! I hope you enjoyed my answers and I will tag anyone else who wants to do this!   #lovebooks❤

3 Days, 3 Quotes #3

Heya!
This is the final post for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes series! Today’s quote is from the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before duo-logy by Jenny Han!

“When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.”

Like yesterday’s quote, I really like this quote because of how true it is and how beautifully written it is. I love these two books and may have a review for the the two books soon!

Here are three bloggers I’ll nominate today:
Too Many Books Not Enough Shelves
The Enchanted Book
Adventuring Through The Pages

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Review: Burn For Burn by Jenny Han

Title: Burn For Burn
Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Release Date: September 2012
Series: Burn For Burn
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Chick Lit

Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian collaborate together to bring a chilling contemporary, drama novel, that revolves around three girls who just want sweet revenge. Burn For Burn is the first novel in the Burn For Burn trilogy that tells the story of revenge through three different perspectives. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian create a unique and entertaining contemporary story-line that is different to the normal “cutesy-romance”. Burn For Burn is different and sets a haunting mode on teenage drama. This book is perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars.

Burn For Burn is set on a small island, Jar Island, where there is a typical school with typical teenagers. There are those who are smart, those who are superficial and then there are those who are quiet but are plotting vengeance. Three girls- Lillia, Mary and Kat, each have been hurt and torn apart by three completely different people- Alex, Reeve and Rennie. Together they team up to target each person to bring them down, one by one and nothing is going to stop them.

*Warning: Spoilers ahead for Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian*

I honestly highly enjoyed this novel. It is a fun read as you watch their revenge plots slowly unfold. It was pretty much everything I love in a contemporary novel. It was heavy, chilling and witty but still quite realistic. It is set in a typical high school, with typical teenagers which made the story really relatable, which is an aspect I really enjoy.The storyline was really thrilling and surprisingly enjoyed reading from three different perspectives. I did get mixed up at times between the three characters but Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian conveyed the “teenage-girl” thoughts through their writing.

Kat is a girl who’s worse enemy is Rennie and Alex and she is one of the main perspectives in the book. However, she was one of the characters which I didn’t really like mainly because of her reckless nature and kind of crude attitude.  She seemed like a girl who doesn’t have a care for the world and all she cares about is what she wants. I didn’t like how she jumped to conclusions about “Rennie’s group” but she was the one who thought of the plan for the “revenge plot”. I am excited to see how Kat ends up at the end of the series because right now she is kind of hanging in the middle without a particular purpose.

Lillia was the most relatable character, mainly because I’ve been in some of the situations she has been through more than once. Everything she does is to leave a good impression or just out of kindness which is a position we all have been. She was the most normal out of the three and is definitely my favorite for that reason. Mary was also a main character and even though it was hard to relate closely to the character, she still went through lots of character development which was a highlight. I felt really sympathetic towards her character and Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian really showed Mary’s fragile ego through her backstory, which is something I really enjoy reading about in a character.

However, at times in the novel I did laugh and it wasn’t because of the jokes that were cracked, it was because of the seriousness of the revenge plot and how they were making a mountain out of a molehill. They were over reacting a bit much and it made it more superficial than it should have been. Lillia wanted deep vengeance on a boy, who was a close friend and was so called “dating” her sister. It wasn’t that big of a problem yet they destroyed Alex’s car and scattered his personal poems all around the school. They were also drugging people which was just way too over the top. It was really funny how much revenge they wanted from people that did fairly minor things to the girls.

The drama was superficial but it was entertaining at the same time because we are all guilty of overacting to what people said about you. My favorite theme they explored in the whole book was revenge. I had so much fun reading about how their revenge plans turned out and what they did to avenge Alex, Reeve and Rennie. One of my favorites was the home-coming queen plot, where Lillia turned out to be home-coming queen instead of Rennie.

We ended with the home-coming ending in a disaster. There are still many unanswered questions which is why I am highly anticipating to read the next book. I am also excited to see what they will do next and what their next revenge plots will be. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this fun and twisting book. I haven’t read a book like this one at all and I highly recommend it!

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