Book Talk [#10]: Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Pages: 400. hardcover

Book Birthday: May 30 2017

Synopsis:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart. goodreads

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It is an easy five star read. One of the most meaningful read this year.

This has been the talk of the town in the book community specially in instagram because of its bookstagram worthy cover. But this book is just about the cover, the story is more beautiful than the cover.

I read a lot of webcomic/webtoons lately (probably going to talk about it in #randomfandommonday) .

It was an easy fun read,probably a roller coaster ride for me. I laughed how  Eliza Mirk’s life is similar to mine and maybe to all of us. She loves to stay inside her room, talks only to her online friends, and her troubles with her family that is different and couldn’t understand her passion about her art. It’s not hard to get to the world because some of us are going through it or at-least been in that situation.

It also has some excerpt from her book, the Monstrous Sea and a lot of really cool drawings. Dear author: can we get the complete webcomic of Monstrous Sea? PLEASE. It’s awesome!

This book also made me rethink to continue my novel. It inspires me to do what I love the most no matter what happens.

This is for everyone who still questions their life and what they want to do. This book may help you.

P.S: I don’t know if it’s because I’m on my period or what but I had a good cry on some part of this book but don’t worry they’re happy tears.

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Book Talk [#09]: Flame In The Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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Pages: 393

Book Birthday: May 16 2017

Synopsis:

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is v iciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires. ©goodreads

Overall Thoughts: 

Everyone’s saying that it is a Mulan re-telling but it is not. It set in Japanese Historical Era which is rare in young adult genre. 

I’m excited about this since January and it didn’t dissapoint me.  Everything is well written and I fell in love with the characters. The mystery behind MarikosI can’t wait for the next book.  

Plot: 5/5⭐

They say that this is a Mulan retelling but it is far from Mulan, Flame in the Mist is more interesting and more cooler and badass. The similarities of the both stories are the protagonist disguised as a man (though in this book she disguised to join the group who tried to kill her) and it tackles about how hard for women to live in a world that only acknowledges men and how they stand up for their rights. 

It has full of action, mystery and I got to know more about Japanese  Cultures and some Japanese vocab,and the gender inequality the woman experienced in those time not just just in Asia but the world.

Characters: 5/5⭐

The characters are unpredictable, the mystery behind Mariko’s attepmted murder and the history of the emperor and his friends that keeps me on turning  the pages. There are mystery in all characters and Renée made a good job o cover their true self.  

Romance is not necessary in the book because Mariko is #strongindependentwoman but let me tell you, there are a lot of guys around her that made it unpredictable who will end up with her. 

Writing Style: 5/5

The way Renée wrote it in different perspective makes it more interesting, I got to know more about the characters. It was a smooth read forme may be it’s because of how detailed it is. 

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Book Talk [#08]: Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me an advance reader’s copy through Net Galley in exchange of a honest review.


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Pages: 352, hardcover

Book Birthday: June 06 2017

Synopsis:

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi’s dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth’s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth’s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi’s the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she’s convinced he’s been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth’s charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight’s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he’s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford. ©goodreads


Overall Thoughts:

I almost did not finished this, there are not much of action scenes and most of them are not developed. the world building is too weak that I had a difficulty reading it.

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Plot: 2/5

I was disappointed, While I was reading the synopsis of the book, I was excited that it has a lot of action and with aliens this is an awesome book but all I got is the talking. three-fourths of the book was just talking. The remaining one-fourth, it became a little bit better but I still didn’t like it.

Characters:2/5

the characters did not do much. It has many characters but for me some of them are unecesseary and didn’t help in anything. Miguel is not a flirt in the book, I don’t think his a flirt, the author didn’t convinced me that he is a playboy. And what disappoints me is that there aren’t much of alien interaction that I looked forward to while reading the synopsis.

Writing Style: 2.5/5

It was monotone and whenever I tried to read this I end up falling asleep. the world building is not enough to imagine what is happening in that world.

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June 2017 TBR

Here are the books I want to read this month and hopefully I will stick with it until the end of the month.

I am only planning to read atleast 5 books this month and you will get the chance to choose one book for me to read!

Books for review (I got through Netgalley)

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Just as I said above you can help me to choose from this books for me to read and also you can tell my why I read the book!

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Random Fandom Monday [#02]: Top 5 Classic Asian Dramas

These classic dramas introduced me in watching Asian Dramas. These are mostly Taiwanese and Korean Dramas

1. It Started With A Kiss/ They Kiss Again (Taiwanese) 

This might be one of my all time favorite Taiwanese Dramas. The first season was released on 2005 and the second season was 2007. This is a Taiwanese TV adaptation of a very popular manga Itazura Na Kiss that has been adapted in different series in different Asian countries. This drama was about a dumb and bubbly girl who fell in love the smartest but a cold guy in her school and how she did everything to make him fall for her.



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2. Meteor Garden (Taiwanese) 

This is a 2001 classic. I was 3 years old when this was released but I think I watched this when I was 4 or 5 years old.  This is also an Japanese manga to Taiwanese Drama adaptation, it was from a popular manga Hana Yori Dango, where we follow a poor girl who entered a school for rich people and encountered four richest and most handsome but arrogant boys known as F4. 


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3. Lovers in Paris (Korean)  

This was released on 2004. I’m not the one who got addicted to it but my mom (it runs in our blood) so we didn’t had a choice but to watch it too.  It was about a woman who wanted to pursue her film career in Paris but ended as a maid of a wealthy young man.


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4. Boys Over Flowers (Korean) 

This is the reason why I got addicted to Asian Dramas, again. This is the Korean adaptation of Hana Yori Dango. This was released on 2009 and until now never forget how handsome Kim Bum is (my cost Korean Boyfriend😂😂)

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5. Autumn’s Concerto (Taiwanese

I never thought that I would fall in love with this drama, it was in a Romance-drama genre that I don’t usually watched but this has some plot that will never let me forget it.  It was released on 2009 and it was all about a poor girl who met a rich guy and fell in love but they got separated and after many years they met again.  

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Books that I smashed in May 2017

*No books are harmed while doing this blog

This is the first month that booksmashed became active, again and my reading life came back.

I read 6 books this month and I hope this will continue in coming months! 

These are the books I smashed in May 2017

Geekerella by Ashely Poston

4.5/5 ⭐

Geekerella Booktalk

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

4/5⭐

Scythe Booktalk

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Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M Sullivan

4.6/5⭐

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles Booktalk

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

5/5⭐

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault Booktalk

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Daughter of Smoke and Boneby Laini Taylor

4.5/5⭐

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Booktalk

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Everland by Wendy Spinale

3.6/5 ⭐

Everland Booktalk

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May 2017 became a good month for me. I hope it was good for you too! 
See you in June! 


Book Talk [#07]: Everland by Wendy Spinale

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Pages: 312, Hardcover

Book Birthday: May 10 2017

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Synopsis: 

The only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook? ©goodreads


Overall thoughts:

This is my first Peter Pan retelling even though I started Tiger Lily ages ago I haven’t got a chance to finished it.  At first I liked it but as the story went on,  I felt like it was rushed. Some parts are too boring for me that I almost did not finished it.

 
Plot: 3.5/5 ⭐

There isn’t too much of the plot, there are parts that are too boring that my eyes just passed those parts. Also the loves story between Gwen and Pete is too rushed that they’re just suddenly fell in love with each other with no definite reason and moment why and how that happened.

 Characters: 3.5/5 ⭐

Gwen is a strong protagonist, she did ever thing for her siblings but as I said about the plot. I hope that we got to know more about the second characters, the lost boys and specially hook,  hook was an interesting character ever since the original Peter Pan but I hope we got to learn about Hook because he’s not really that bad.

Writing Style:4/5 ⭐

Even though I didn’t like some of it, Wendy Spinale’s writing is interesting may be this is not the best book she wrote that caught my best interest but I would still like to try some of her works.

Waiting on Wednesday [#02]: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Pages: 373, Hardcover

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Book Birthday: June 06 2017

Synopsis: 

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.


Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark. ©goodreads

  1.  The cover is to die for. I love covers with moons and ocean.
  2. The plot looks good. It has pirates and gods in it. It looks interesting.  
  3. It may be a love story,  action,  fantasy or adventure. 

Can’t wait to read it!  What is your most anticipating book for next month?  Let’s talk about it!

Book Talk [#06]: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Pages: 422, Hardcover

Book Birthday: September 27 2011

Synopsis:

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


Overall Thought: First, the cover didn’t do anything for me to read the book. It should have a book cover makeover. 

The world in this book is interesting, I wonder why didn’t I read this sooner and it has been out since 2011. What lure me in this book are the opening lines that I see in Pinterest and Tumblr. 

And I love angel books so I gave this a try, I never regetted it.  

The book is full of mystery that I couldn’t  sleep because I need answers. Through out the book I wondered who were the bad guys. I couldn’t wait to read the next book.  Probably going to read it after writing this. 

 

Plot:4/5 ⭐

It was unpredictable, the plot twist are on point. As I went through the book, I kept on thinkInc about the possible outcomes and who is the “devil” that was written on the opening line, why was that devil connected to Karou then It all answered my question in just a snap (see what I did there😉). What I don’t like was at the near end when Kaou found out everything and the flashbacks. I’m not a fan too much of it. But still I can’t wait to read what this bok has to offer. 

Characters: 5/5⭐

I can’t imagine what Karou went through when she can’t find doors to her family and I thought she will kill Akiva, an angel but then she was mesmerized by his above this world looks, and brought to her house. (If I were her,I think I would do the same. I like to kno w more about Brimstone and the other Chimaeras. 

Writing Style: 4.5⭐

This is my first Lain Taylor book and definitely not the last. Her world building is breaking my mind and the way she described every character and settings made my reading easier.  

Tag-It Thursday[#01]: The New Disney Princess Book Tag

I want to thank painfully fictional for tagging me to do this tag  and also Mandy and Zuky for making this tag. You guys are genius! 

The Rules:

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun
  • Tag Book Princess Reviews and Zuky with our posts so we can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mine is this link and Zuky’s is here)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

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Snow White       

THIS BOOK (LIKE THE MOVIE) STARTED IT ALL    

  Favorite Debut Book From an Author


Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robins on. I recently read this and I love it. It also has a connection to this tag. Read it if you want to know.

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Cinderella     

A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to Be a Total Jem

Aaron Warner from Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi. At the first book I was creeped out about Warner being obsessed to Juliette but when I read the rest of the books, he is just lonely and broken.  

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Aurora: Sleeping Beauty

SLEEPING BEAUTY

A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. I’ve been try ng to read for five years. FIVE YEARS! I tried everything. It just makes me sleepy. Maybe it’s not yet my time to be in this world.  

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Ariel: The Little Mermaid

UNDER THE SEA

A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting

Common  genre when the setting is water is mermaids and like this one, Syrena Legacy. what made this book cooler than the rest is the mermaids’ eyes or hair, I don’t know which but it is purple. 

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Belle: Beauty and The Beast

BEAUTY AND THE BOOKS

Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover

 Of course this would be Hermione from Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling. She is the first book lover came to my mind.

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Jasmin: Aladin

THE THIEF AND THE PRINCESS

Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)

I will choose Can You Keep A Secret? By Sophie Kinella. I read this twice and I never thought I would love this so much. 

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 Pocahontas

THE REAL LIFE PRINCESS

Name a Book that is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read

Diary Of Anne Frank. I started gaining interest to her when I watched a documentary about her on Facebook. 

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Mulan

THE PRINCESS THAT SAVED HER COUNTRY

Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

There are a lot of fierce heroine out there and it is hard to choose because I love them all but I will choose Penryn in Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy by Susan Ee. I choose her because she was scared but she needs to be brave for her sister and herself. 

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Tatiana: The Princess and The Frog

THE PRINCESS WITH THE COOLEST AND MOST DIVERSE CREW

The gang of Heroes of Olympus Series by Rock Riordan has the coolest and most diverse crew. Gods and demigods alike.

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Rapunzel

LET YOUR LONGGGGGG HAIR DOWN

Name the Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

Aside from my school books that I NEED to read no matter how long they are. The longest book I read is the Half Blood Prince with 607 pages.

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Merida: Brave

I DETERMINE MY OWN FATE

A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed

 Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. I think this is the only book in my goodreads shelf that there’s no love story around but kept me interested about the story. I’m also thinking of writing a novel without a love story, Let’s hope I finish it.

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Anna and Elsa: Frozen

FROZEN HEARTS

A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting

 Now that I think about it, The only book that I think about is Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe may it’s because of the movie.

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Moana

HOW FAR I’LL GO

A Character That Goes on a Journey

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. It was really an adventure of a lifetime without knowing where you will end up. 

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There you have it!  Two weeks in the making for this tag but I really enjoyed. Also check out Hollie Ballard‘s tumblr to see these beautiful Disney princesses and her other artworks!