Sunday, 30 November 2014

November Book Haul

Hey guys! I'm back with another haul!

The month of November was the first month of my holidays as such I went on a buying spree! I am also taking this opportunity to let everyone know that I will be heading to Korea in a couple of days and will be visiting several bookstores there! If I do buy any books, I will post another book haul then!

Total Book Haul as of 14th October 2014: 5
Books Bought as of 14th October 2014: 5
Books Received for Free as of 14th October 2014: 0

The Bane Chronicles

by Cassandra Clare


I'll Give You the Sun

by Jandy Nelson

My True Love Gave to Me
Twelve Holiday Stories

Edited by Stephanie Perkins

The Final Empire
Mistborn Book 1

by Brandon Sanderson

A Thousand Pieces of You
Firebird #1

by Claudia Gray

*All images do not belong to me. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #20 - This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted on Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection by me is:

This Shattered World
Starbound #2

Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Publication Date: 23rd December 2014

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Page Count: 390 Pages

Summary from Goodreads: 
The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

My Thoughts regarding this book:
Honesty time. I have not read These Broken Stars yet, the first book of this trilogy. However, I am very interested in it and I intend on getting to it like super soon. I still intend to get this book because I want to see all the covers together :D

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #19 - The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted on Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection by me is:

The Bane Chronicles

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publication Date: 11th November 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Page Count: 464 Pages

Summary from Goodreads: 
The Bane Chronicles follows the adventures of immortal warlock Magnus Bane, a fan-favourite character from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series.

Ever wanted to know why Magnus Bane is banned from Peru? Or what he got up to during the French Revolution? Or what he bought Shadowhunter Alec Lightwood as a birthday present? Read this book and find out! Originally released as individual e-only short stories by  Cassandra Clare  in collaboration with fellow YA authors and friends, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. This gorgeous hardback brings all ten stories together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.

My Thoughts regarding this book:
Two words. Magnus. Bane. Nuff said.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Book Review - Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Love, Rosie
By: Ceclia Ahern
Publication Date: 1st December 2006 (This edition)
Publisher: Disney, Hyperion (US)
Page Count: 512 (paperback
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Romance  Fiction
Source: Purchased

Rating: 3.5
Sometimes you have to look at life in a whole new way...

From the bestselling author of PS, I Love You comes a delightfully enchanting novel about what happens when two people who are meant to be together just can't seem to get it right.

Rosie and Alex are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex gets the news that his family is leaving Dublin and moving to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to see each other in a more romantic light. Devastated, the two make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges in the U.S.

She gets into Boston University, Alex gets into Harvard, and everything is falling into place, when on the eve of her departure, Rosie gets news that will change their lives forever: She's pregnant by a boy she'd gone out with while on the rebound from Alex.

Her dreams for college, Alex, and a glamorous career dashed, Rosie stays in Dublin to become a single mother, while Alex pursues a medical career and a new love in Boston. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel, structured as a series of clever e-mails, letters, notes, and a trail of missed opportunities, Alex and Rosie find out that fate isn't done with them yet.

From the gifted author of PS, I Love You comes this charming, romantic, addictively page-turning novel that will keep readers laughing and guessing until the very last page.

So I gave this book a rating of 3.5. Since I changed my rating system, this is the first time I guess a book a 3.5. Boy am I disappointed in this book. I first got into this book because I loved the trailer and I honestly expected better and hoped for better. However like my rating system describes, this book was barely readable.

What I am Loving:
The beginning of the book was beautiful. It really was. I fell in love with the characters, the plot and everything. I had such high expectations for everything. I was really rooting for Rosie and Alex and their whole story. I was not disappointed with the start. However not so much the back. Let's talk about that now...

What I am Unsure Of:
Um the middle and the end. I didn't like it. I kinda hated it actually. I knew the plot was cliché but seriously. It was so bad! The characters were just making rash unrealistic decisions throughout the book, never thinking, and like what the hell. Nope. Just Nope. It was like a cat and mouse race which never ended. Also, the fact that this race lasted from their young age to their fifties and FINALLY getting together was just too unrealistic for me. I'm sorry. I can't. I believe in love. Just not this love. Not anymore at least. I really did want it to work out. So badly. I went into it with so much expectations and hope and just everything went wrong. They should NEVER have ended up together. Sorry no. Just NO.

Final Verdict:
I liked the starting just not so much the middle and the end. I would still recommend you to read it if you wanted something sweet to pass the time. I just don't think you should bring in too high of an expectation though. Sorry!

*All pictures and graphics do not belong to me. I take no credit at any of it.
** All opinions are mine and are in no way influenced by anyone or anything.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #18 - A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted on Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection by me is:

 A Thousand Pieces of You

Firebird #1

Author: Claudia Grey

Publication Date: 4th November 2014

Publisher: Harper Teen

Page Count: 368 Pages

Summary from Goodreads: 

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

My Thoughts regarding this book:
That cover is just absolutely beautiful. Also that premise. I can't. I really want that book in my hands like right now! I can't wait for it! Oh gosh! Just one more month! <3

Sunday, 2 November 2014

October Wrap-Up

Books Pledged to Read in 2014: 60 Books
Am I On Track: Yes
Books Read So Far: I lost count whoops sorry!
Total Books Read For October: 4
Do look out for the book reviews too:)
Maximum Ride Vol 8 by James Patterson
illustrated by Narae Lee
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
I thought I read more during October but turns out I was wrong. First I finished my end of year examinations, than I read all of these is in a frenzy and ended the month with a reading slump. Sighs. 

So anyways, what are some books you've read this month? Do comment down below and let me know ;)