Title: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Author: Claire North
Series: No 😦
Rating: 5/5 stars
Some of you might have seen me raving about this book on twitter and Goodreads over the past month. I know it’s still January, but I am fairly confident this book will enter my Top 10 list at the end of the year. It was at once an epic tale traversing through numerous timelines, and a quiet study on what make us human. Continue reading “Book Review: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August”
Title: Who’s Afraid
Author: Maria Lewis
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Disclaimer: I was provided with a review copy of this book by Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review.
I was excited about Who’s Afraid the moment I read the blurb. It mentioned rural New Zealand (for those who don’t know, I spent my formative years in NZ and have all the love for it), werewolves and promised action. It’s been a while since I’ve read urban fantasy as well, so I was eager to dive back into the genre. For the most part, Who’s Afraid was an engaging read, filled with elements you’ve come to love about paranormal tales, but with enough twists to stand on its own.
Aotearoa – With Werewolves!
For all her life, Tommi’s mother has never been frank about her heritage – hiding her in Scotland with brutal half-truths about her father and his family. With the help of her best friend, Tommi discover he may be a Maori man residing in rural New Zealand. As mentioned above, I was most excited about New Zealand being mentioned in the blurb, and basically could not wait for Tommi to land in Rotorua. From the get go, the setting is fraught with tension – she’s there to find her biological father and alleged rapist of her deceased mum. The truth she finds is even more horrifying, involving a Maori tribe of werewolves (I know! What a premise!) and truths about herself she’s not quite ready to uncover. Continue reading “Book Review & Tour: Who’s Afraid”
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
High school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school.
Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.
But love has a way of changing things.
Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.
Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying?
But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.
So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.
If she waits any longer, it may be too late.
Pre-order Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Kobo
This book was exciting in the ways it challenged our expectations and preconception about the YA genre. I feel privileged to be part of the blog tour. I want to share with you how this book turned tropes around on its head – as well as give you two book-inspired iPhone wallpapers to take away!
5 Ways THE GIRL WHO FELL Destroyed YA Tropes
1. The Side Characters’ Lives Doesn’t Revolve Around The Protagonist
It’s so often the case in YA that many side characters lose their agency, only fulfilling their purpose in the plot as either a dispenser of advice, or a motivation for the protagonist. We hardly glimpse at their own ambitions and plans. Their only goal seem to be servicing the main character in their story.
Zephyr’s best friend, Lizzie, defies this role. Yes, she’s an excellent friend who dispenses many warnings and advice, always steadfast and loyal. But she also has her own life outside: working towards her goal in becoming a journalist, and dealing with her own long distance relationship. Similarly, Gregg has his own group of friends and his own agency. They both love her, but they also love themselves – and that note made the book all the more authentic. Continue reading “Blog Tour: The Girl Who Fell + Giveaway + iPhone WallPaper”
Author: Susan Dennard
Series? Yes. 1 of 4 (?)
Rating: 4/5 stars
I have to be frank, the twitter promotion of Truthwitch had me very nervous about this book. I thought, surely, nothing is that good – my cynicism stemmed from a 2015 burned out from hype. Nonetheless, the day it was released, I sneaked onto Kindle and snagged myself a copy. My fears were alleviated, Truthwitch was a memorable read – filled with characteres I could root for. While I had minor issues with some of the relationships and plot points, I could see myself becoming a loyal follower of the Witchland series.
The Chosen Pair
“I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.”
The lack of central female friendship in fiction is frustratingly prevalent. We live in an age where movies are still getting a pat on the back for passing a rudimentary Bechdel’s test, for Chrissake! Truthwitch features a steadfast and crucial friendship between two fierce ladies, for that it won a lot of points in my book. When it’s hinted that the Classic Chosen One trope has been tweaked in favour of a Chosen pair of friends? My heart can’t take it, where has this storyline been all my life?! Continue reading “Book Review: Truthwitch”
Honesty in my reviews and interaction is something I have always strived for as a book blogger. As a community, book bloggers seem to value sincerity above all. With so many factors potentially influencing our opinion of a book, I personally find it easy to lose sight of my own opinion on a book. I’ll be working through my thought processes in this post, and I hope you can help me! Continue reading “Discussion: The Integrity of Book Blogging”
I have been wanting to highlight Six of Crows in a graphics post ever since I read the book. Everything is so quotable, everything is so shippable, everything is so amazing. See my full review for full on gushing.
Characters and quotes belong to the flawless Leigh Bardugo.
Character illustrations in wallpaper 2-4 are drawn by Kevin Wada as part of the Six of Crows promotional material.
Please don’t redistribute images or download links. Continue reading “Read At Midnight Designs: Six of Crows”
One of my 2016 resolutions is to read more diversely! Despite my best effort, my mood reading meant that I missed out on a lot of great diverse titles last year. I asked around on twitter, and it seems people were interested in a monthly book club – so here’s how to join in!
#DiverseYABC is a monthly twitter based book club focusing on titles of diversity: whether it be LGBTQIA, race, gender, ethnic, or cultural. Follow the hashtag and join in on tweeting their photos, thoughts and opinion on the current month’s title. There will be a 1 hour chat at the end of each month dedicated to the discussion of the month’s title and good old socialising.
Anyone with a twitter account can join by following the #DiverseYABC hashtag. Hop on it and use the hashtag to start chatting about the current title, or suggestion for future book club titles.
Bloggers can also add their review of the January title to the link up below!
The current title for January is Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli – this was decided by 155 votes over Twitter polls.
Even if you have read the book, you can still join in the discussion at the end of the month! In fact, I beg you to join us!!
Twitter Chat Date: Sunday 31st January, 1PM AEDT. Tentative, I noticed this is when most of the bookchats (that I’m awake for!) occur on twitter.
Add your review, discussion, graphics, opinion piece, whatever have you – to the linkup below!
Title: All The Light We Cannot See
Rating: 5/5 stars
First off, I have to thank the wonderful Jenna for constantly recommending this book at every opportunity. I don’t think I would have picked up this historical on my own – and would have missed out on the gorgeous story that lies within. If you’re wondering whether All The Light We Cannot See is the book for you, I have a handy list to help you find out below!
“But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Don’t you do the same?”
1. You Appreciate Beautiful Imagery & Lyrical Writing
Anthony Doerr is quite the wordsmith, he turns every sentence in this book into poetry. Yet, the writing remains light and approachable, never veering into purple prose territory. Whether we’re witnessing Marie-Laure experience the natural world in the absence of sight, or glimpsing at Werner’s captivation with the mystery of technology – the writing wraps us in with vivid imageries. Continue reading “Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See”