#ASIANLITBINGO TBR

Hey Guys!
Today I have a TBR post which isn’t something I post a lot of but my friend Aentee also known as ReadatMidnight (Aentee also made the header I used!!) talked me into joining her AsianLitBingo and I’m super exited to be joining – read below to see what I’ll be reading!

1 – SFF WITH ASIAN MC:
For this one, I went with An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir as I have been meaning to re read this one for so long since it has been a while and really want a refresher before I go ahead and start book two.

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2 – HISTORICAL FICTION WITH ASIAN MC:
I’ve gone with a book that really intrigued me for this one Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng its a little out of my comfort zone genre wise but I have heard so much good feedback from friends so therefore I’m open to giving it a go and hope I enjoy it.

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3 – FREE SPACE
I absolutely had to go with Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh for this one, it’s a book I have been dying to read and this free space seems to be the perfect excuse to be reading it as soon as possible!

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4 – RETELLING WITH ASIAN MC:
This one was a tough one, I really wanted to re read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh since it is one of my favourite books of all time, but I feel as though already reading Flame in the Mist that I should branch out to more than just my fave Renee Ahdieh (hahah) anyway, so I will be re reading The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi as I would really be able to get on to the second book Crown of Wishes very soon!

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5 – CONTEMPORARY WITH ASIAN MC:
Obviously I HAD to go with Jenny Han’s latest book Forever and Always Lara Jean because I just adore this series and when I found out that Jenny was writing another book for it I just preordered it instantly! I can’t wait to see what the finale of this series has for me and lets hope my otp works out.

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Comment down below if you are joining this read along and also if you have read any of the books I’m reading!

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Aentee’s post: https://readatmidnight.com/2017/05/02/asianlitbingo-reading-tbr/

More details here: https://readingasiam.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/asian-lit-bingo-reading-challenge-announcement-and-master-post/

UPDRIFT BOOK REVIEW!!

UPDRIFT BY ERRIN STEVENS BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

For Kate Sweeting, love isn’t in the air. It’s in the water.

Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.

Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.

MY THOUGHTS:

I have never read a mermaid book, but always been in love with the little mermaid as a child and I’m so glad I picked this one up cause it started an obsession for me!

The romance in this novel was very nice and I loved the relationship between Kate and Gabe, their romance had me intrigued and addicted so much that I did not want to stop reading. I really loved that they didn’t have an insta love, and that they actually grew up together unlike a lot of books now days, it was really refreshing

I also love Errin’s writing style, I found it very easy to imagine everything that she created and it was all very clear and fast paced. The only thing that I could have wished for is more of the story, as I found that I flew through the book way too fast (Guess I’ll have to just have to wait until the sequel)

Overall, this book was a beautifully crafted, fast paced romance mermaid novel. This book got me absolutely obsessed with the genre of mermaid and sirens that I just wanted to find more. If you love The Little Mermaid or just mermaid books in general I think you will adore this one!

STAR RATING:4 OUT OF 5 STARS

HUGE THANK YOU TO ERRIN FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF YOUR BOOK FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/Updrift-Errin-M-Stevens/9780692544082

ALSO IF YOU KNOW ANY GOOD BOOKS BASED AROUND MERMAIDS OR SIRENS PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!!

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INTERVIEW WITH KATHLEEN GLASGOW

So today I have the pleasure of bringing you a very beautiful interview by the very inspiring author of Girl In Pieces Kathleen Glasgow! I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did and if you haven’t already read Girl In Pieces, I hope this inspires you to read soon!! Huge thank you to Kathleen from the bottom of my heart for answering these questions with all your heart and honesty, you answered them amazing!

How long did it take for you to write Girl in Pieces?
 
It took 9 years. Not because I’m a genius, or because it’s a masterpiece, but because life happens! I was working full-time, I had two babies, I lost my mother and sister…and all those things can make writing very difficult. Sometimes, life happens, and you have to let things sit.

Were any of the characters personality/traits taken from people in your life?
Charlie has little bits of my emotions, and certainly my scars, but her story is different than mine. If you are a writer, real life does creep into your work–how can it not!–because people are cool, awesome, strange, dangerous, and say the most interesting things. And you might give somebody’s funny or sad line to a character, or maybe a hairstyle–but those are window-dressing, really. Characters are funny that way–they take on a life of their own. They live on the page.
What’s one message you want people to get most from Girl in Pieces?
That it’s okay to be you.
Do you have any new works coming out soon in the near future? Is there anything you are allowed to tell us if so?
My next book is scheduled for summer of 2018 and right now, it’s called Seriously.
It’s a about a girl named Tiger; grief; skateboarding; first kisses;  and the sister she never knew she had.
What was your favourite read or 2016 and why?
Ahh! That question. I read so many great books in 2016 that it’s hard to say just one. I’ll mention, instead, some books that I think deserve a little extra attention: Teach Me to Forget, by Erica Chapman; Unscripted Joss Byrd, by Lygia Day Penaflor; Learning to Swear in America, by Katie Kennedy; and The Killer in Me, by Margot Harrison.
Did you have any second thoughts about publishing? If so how did you overcome them?
I never had any second thoughts because I never knew what to expect! At first, I felt a little naked after the book came out–like I said, some of Charlie’s feelings stem directly from my experiences with self-harm–but then I started to get the most heartfelt letters, videos, poems, and artwork from readers who were grateful that I’d told Charlie’s story, because part of her story was their story, and they finally felt heard. And that….made everything worthwhile, and still does.
Where did you find the courage to write such a powerful and touching novel that so many could say they relate to?
My mother and sister died while I was writing the book. I lost several layers of emotional skin. I was open in a way that I will probably never be again–and that’s where a lot of the book–the loneliness, the fear, the longing, the wanting to be loved, and to not be alone–comes from.
Would you have changed anything in the books final draft now that it’s published?
Nope.
Quick Round of Fun Questions:
Favourite Food?
Carne Asada enchiladas with green chile and a huge, icy Coke.
Favourite Actor?
Toni Collette. Would. Watch. Her. In. Anything. (P.S. I totally want her to play Ariel if a movie of Girl in Pieces ever happens)
Dream Place to Visit?
The Hebrides
Last Movie you watched?
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster
A Book that you Adore?
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Thanks again Kathleen for this amazing interview! You can find Kathleen and her debut novel here:

TRAPPED IN SILVER BOOK REVIEW!!

TRAPPED IN SILVER BY EMILY SOWDEN BOOK REVIEW!!

SYNOPSIS:

Courage comes from a shadowed place in our hearts; a blurred line that straddles love and sheer stupidity.
To seventeen-year-old Ava, wild woodcats, hungry stragglers, and simple-minded townsfolk are the evils she’s grown accustomed to. But when Ethan, an unusual man with eyes of smoke and fire opal, enters her world she quickly understands that there are worse things out there than drunken men and carnivorous forest creatures. She’s a specialised liar and a hell of a fighter, but against a group of animalistic men called Berserkers she struggles to survive the encounter as the desperate swing of a dagger is all it takes to change her life for good.
Half-dead and hunted by the Berserker’s leader when he forms a monstrous obsession with her, Ava escapes his pursuit in an unfamiliar land full of impossible creatures, unlikely allies, and the man she doesn’t know whether to kiss or kill.
But after dreadful news of her missing brother surfaces, Ava becomes more involved in the centuries-long war and begins to unravel the reasons behind her relentless nightmares, discovering truths long-buried in a violent history of love, loss and betrayal.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was everything I wanted and more. The writing was just divine and the building of the world was just magical and absolutely amazing and it was really quite hard to tell that this is Emily’s debut novel!

This book was filled with twists and turns that kept me on edge and made me not want to stop reading it. This book was packed with non stop mystery and magic!

The main character Ava was one of those kick ass main characters that you can’t help but just adore, she is also very independent and filled with sarcasm.

Overall, this book was very fast paced, mysterious and very action packed, filled with a world that’s very intriguing and a gorgeous writing style. I would recommend this especially to those that love Sarah J Maas’ book ‘A Court Of Thorns and Roses’ as the writing reminded me a lot of that series that I also absolutely adore. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel!!

STAR RATING: 4.75 OUT OF 5 STARS

ORDER HERE: http://www.bookdepository.com/Trapped-in-Silver-Emily-Sowden/9780995636507

BIG THANKS TO BEN FROM OFTOMES FOR KINDLY SENDING ME AN EARLY COPY FOR REVIEW!!

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THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR BOOK REVIEW!!

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR BY NICOLA YOON BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was very raw and honest, I loved the romance and basically just everything about this book, after reading Nicola’s first novel ‘Everything Everything’ I was really anticipating reading more of her beautiful writing and I can tell you I was not disappointed.

The romance in this book may have not been the most realistic and ever so coincidental (HOWEVER IT WAS VERY CUTE AH), however I still found that I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think one of the main things that I found to make this book for me is the characters.

Natasha and Daniel were both very funny, their characters were not your typical pair and had their own unique stories. I especially found that I really loved Daniel and found him to be a very cute, dreamy guy. Natasha was a very big lover of science and was a firm non believer of love.

I really loved the fact that Nicola brought the topic of illegal immigration into the book and made it very evident in the story, as it is something that isn’t evident as much in YA books and it was really refreshing to learn more on the topic.

The only slight thing I had trouble with in this book is that like Nicola’s other novel ‘Everything Everything’ I did find the ending to be a little predictive (Still didn’t make a big difference to me!) and also the change of point of views got me a little lost very easily as I personally am not good at following more than two different points of view. But thats all just personally me and I am known for guessing a lot of books endings (LOL).

Overall, I loved the diversity in this book and loved learning new things from this book as I read more. I also loved the characters, especially Daniel. I would recommend this to everyone, but more in particular I think that people that adored ‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell would love this too!

STAR RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

THANK YOU PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUSTRALIA FOR SENDING ME THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR REVIEW!

BUY HERE: https://penguin.com.au/books/the-sun-is-also-a-star-9780552574242

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BLOG TOUR: A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER BOOK REVIEW!

A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER BY SARA BARNARD BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS: 

Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

MY THOUGHTS:

I adored this book in every single aspect. I found that I related a lot to Steffi in a few of her situations and loved and adored her character. One of the aspects of Steffi that I really loved and related to was the fact that she had medication for her anxiety, which I personally have for my own anxiety.

The romance in this book was not what I was expecting it to be at all, usually the main troupe with mental illness books (saying that, not every book has this I know, but its evident in a lot) that the love from a significant other can heal a mental illness and honestly I don’t find it very true to the case in real life and instead of loving someone else to make you feel better I think it is important to love YOU. Anyway I’m getting off track here, this book certainly doesn’t have that troupe and the romance comes as Steffi is recovering and becoming better with her Social Anxiety.

I found the romance also to be very cute and the way in which they understand and communicate to each other I found to be very sweet.

Overall, I connected very greatly to this story as I personally have suffered from anxiety all my life. A Quiet Kind Of Thunder is very engaging, very beautifully written and very inspiring. I would recommend this to anyone, as it is a book that I think just about everyone could enjoy and get something out of, also has very diverse themes.

STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

THANK YOU TO PAN MACMILLAN AUSTRALIA FOR SENDING ME AN ARC FOR REVIEW TODAY

BUY HERE: http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781509810987/

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CARAVAL BOOK REVIEW!!

CARAVAL BY STEPHANIE GARBER BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval—Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

MY THOUGHTS:

This was a very highly anticipated read for me as I heard so many things about it and the synopsis really had me hooked from the beginning too.

This book was a very unique one for me, I myself have never read ‘The Night Circus’ to be able to compare it to that, but I still found that the world was very unique and the plot was very interesting and new.

As a debut author, I found this book to have a beautifully crafted world and a very flowing and lovely writing style that I absolutely adored! I would never have personally guessed that this book was a debut as the writing was very well established and feels as though the author has written many stories before. I found myself addicted to the writing, so much so that I ended up staying up wayyyy past my bed time to read more.

The relationship between the two sisters, Scarlett and Donatella (addressed as Tella). The sisters made the story for me as it represented family while is something that isn’t evident as much as I would like it to be in YA these days and it was really great to read about the two sisters.

Overall, I found Caraval to be very unique, fast paced and full of twists and turns. This book would be perfect for those looking for a good book that keeps you on your toes and also grips you in so that you can’t put the book down.

STAR RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

HUGE THANKS TO HATCHETTE AUSTRALIA FOR SENDING ME AN ARC OF CARAVAL FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.hachette.com.au/stephanie-garber/caraval

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