Waiting on Wednesday: My Lady Jane

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. It showcases all those no-yet-published books that we can’t wait to read!

This week’s ‘Waiting On Wednesday’ pick is:

Title: My Lady Jane

Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ahston and Jodi Meadows

Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date:  June 7th, 2016

My Lady Jane

For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.
Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

This seems like a fun book to read! A historical fiction with a dash of humour and a sprinkle of magic 😛 I haven’t read much historical fiction, but I’m trying to expand my genres I read.

Plus, it’s been co-authored by three authors! I’ve heard of two authors writing a book together, but not three.

What’s your WoW pick this week? Are you looking forward to My Lady Jane too?

Have a lovely Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

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Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Title: The Wrath and The Dawn 

Author Renee Ahdieh

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

Standalone or Series: Book 1 of a duology

Published: May 12th, 2015
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One Life to One Dawn.
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and break the cycle once and for all.

“It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. To want something so much—to hold it in your arms — and know beyond a doubt you will never deserve it.”

I now have a new addition to my list of favourite books.

I absolutely ADORED The Wrath and The Dawn.

THE STORY: Each night, Khalid ibn al-Rashid – the Caliph of Khorasan – takes a new bride and has them killed at dawn. When Shahrzad’s best friend is killed, she vows to get revenge and in order to do so, volunteers to be his next bride. She keeps herself alive by spinning tale after tale every night, so that Khalid is forced to spare her life for another day. Soon, she realizes that Khalid isn’t a murdering madman, but rather a boy with dark secrets, which Shazi is determined to find out – even while she starts to fall in love with Khalid.

Why I Loved This Book (And Think You’d Like It Too)

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Happy New Year + 2016 Resolutions!

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I CANNOT believe it is 2016 already! It may sound clichéd, but it feels like 2015 passed in the blink of an eye. I started my book blog last year in October, and it’s slowly yet steadily growing!

But there’s so much more I want to accomplish – with my blogging, reading and writing too. So I’ve decided to make some resolutions (or goals) for 2016, and putting it on my blog will make  me more accountable. Read on for this bibliophile’s 2016 resolutions!

  1. SCHEDULE MY POSTS.Most of my posts are written a day or two before they’re published (like this one :P). Thus, my blogging schedule is kind of sporadic – and I want to change that. I want to blog more often and more regularly this year.
  2. KEEP A BULLET JOURNAL. Bullet journals are all the rage now, and I’ve read really positive reviews about them. I’ve started journals before, and absolutely failed at maintaining them. But bullet journals seem more interesting and useful because they’re like an organizer and diary rolled into one, where I can keep track of my thoughts, ideas and tasks.
  3. MAKE MORE BLOGGER FRIENDS. I think the best part of the book blogging community is getting to know other bloggers who love to fangirl over books just as much as I do!
  4. COMMENT MORE ON OTHER’S BLOGS. Enough said. *looks guilty*
  5. READ 40 BOOKS THIS YEAR. This isn’t much compared to other bloggers’ reading goals of 100 or 200 books, but juggling university and assignments and internships and blogging is hard. Thus, I’ve kept a realistic (for me) reading goal for myself that I can achieve and gloat over later! XD
  6. READ MORE GENRES. Fantasy is hands-down my favourite genre EVER. But this year I want to read more contemporary and paranormal books. I haven’t even read extremely popular The Raven Cycle series yet – whose last book is coming out this year. *hides face*
  7. FINISH A WIP. I have tons of scenes or moments from different stories written down, but I’ve never actually finished a story. Once, I wrote 12,000 words of one story before deciding I hated what I’d written and never touched it again.  So this year, my resolution is to build and finish one of the many fragments of stories I have lying around in my laptop.
  8. PARTICIPATE IN NANOWRIMO. 50,000 words in a month is scary. And I felt that if I didn’t reach that word count in the end, it might just crush my spirits more. But this NaNoWriMo, I will participate and I don’t care if I don’t reach the word count as long as I have a go at it.
  9. ENJOY BLOGGING. I don’t want blogging to become a chore. I don’t want to worry about stats and followers and views. I don’t want to have ARC envy. Blogging is work, but its work I want to enjoy.

And those are my 2016 blogging/reading/writing resolutions! What are your 2016 resolutions? Let me know! 

Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Title: To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before

Author Jenny Han

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Standalone or Series: Book 1 of a duology

Published: April 15th 2014
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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

“My letters are for when I don’t want to be in love anymore. They’re for good-bye. Because after I write in my letter, I’m not longer consumed by my all-consuming love…My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was a hard book to review, because I have such mixed feelings about this book. I loved the cover and the title, and a story of secret love letters being sent out not to one, but five people sounded really fun to read. However, I felt that this book was a bit of a let-down. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy parts of it, but the story wasn’t what I really expected.

Firstly, the letters weren’t the main focus of the story. They were more of set-up for another plot point to take place – and then they just sort of took a back seat for the rest of the story. Which disappointed me, because I picked up this book for the letters!

I also felt that there was a lack of plot. The story and the romance sort of meandered a bit here and there, and the ending wasn’t really satisfying. I found it anti-climactic. I know it’s meant to be part of a duology, but most of conflicts were left unresolved.

Lara Jean Song was a confusing character. Confusing because she could be endearing at times, but also annoying. I empathised with her at parts – her love for books, her relationship with her sisters, her desire to be a better older sibling. But there were also moments where she acted really silly – and that frustrated me. As for the romance, there were cute moments sprinkled throughout the book – the trip that Lara Jean and an unnamed character take – but at the end,  Lara Jean does not change or grow as a character, and neither does the love interest. AND AGAIN, I didn’t like the ending.

But I did enjoy reading about the three Song sisters. I liked that the sisters were half-Korean, because it’s always nice to read about diverse characters. It was interesting to read how Lara Jean’s relationship with her sisters shifts as changes came into their life. There are fights and snarky moments and tears and sibling love. But I didn’t like Margot, Lara Jean’s older sister. She was very patronizing toward Lara Jean. And okay, maybe the ending made me slightly more sympathetic toward her, but still. I felt certain actions were unjustified, and she was one of my least liked characters.

Will I be picking up the sequel? Yes. ‘Cause I want that proper ending, darn it!  Also I’ve made a pact to finish the series I start, unless I absolutely HATE the book. 

Who would I recommend this to? People who don’t mind a slow read and at times annoying characters. People who like contemporaries or stories about sibling relationships. 

 

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Have you read this book? If so, were you disappointed by the ending too? What did you think about Lara Jean? Let me know in the comments!

Waiting on Wednesday: Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

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‘Waiting on Wednesday’ was started by ‘Breaking the Spine’ and spotlights those not-yet-released books that I just can’t wait to read!

Title: Love, Lies and Spies

Author: Cindy Anstey

Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Publication Date: April 19th, 2016

Love, Lies and Spies

Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s travelling 
companions . . .   and Juliana herself.

I absolutely love the cover for this one, it’s just so pretty! And the title – Love, lies and spies? It’s just the perfect combination. This book seems to be really witty and charming, with a cute romance to boot! And I’m already sure I’ll love the characters 🙂

Click here to read an interview with the author Cindy Anstey by Swoon Reads!

What do you think? Are you looking forward to this book too? What was your Waiting on Wednesday pick? Let me know!

Have a lovely Wednesday! 

 

Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I’m Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is original feature/weekly meme that was created at The Broke and The Bookish. 

It’s hard to do a top ten for this topic, because everyday I discover a another book that’s releasing in 2016 and sounds amazing! But these titles are ones I’ve recently discovered that have stuck out to me because of its plot or cover or genre. The titles are listed in no particular order, though. Click on the title to link to it’s Goodreads page. Enjoy!

 1.  Revenge and The Wild by Michelle Modesto

This book is described as a ‘wild west urban fantasy’ novel, a combination that I have never read before.  In the words of Goodreads, it’s about an orphan girl who must prove that the wealthy new family in town are the cannibals who killed her family years ago. Interesting, right? Also, the main character Westie sounds tough and badass – and she has a powerful mechanical arm.

2. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The setup for this book seems similar to Throne of Glass as it’s about a king who holds these ancient magical duels to decide who will become the Imperial Enchanter and his most trusted advisor – but in a Russian setting. I love the Throne of Glass series, so I’m excited for this one too! It has fantasy and magic and romance and is set in Imperial Russia, so what’s not to love?

3.  Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

As someone who often also wishes her life was like something out of a YA fantasy novel, the title and blurb for Bookishly Ever After had me hooked immediately. It seems like a cute contemporary romance – and its coming out in January, so its not too long of a wait!

4. The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

Superstitions. Old traditions. A missing girl. I found the cover really eerie and it’s what caught my attention first. This is categorized as mystery/thriller/horror – and I’ve not read much of this genre, so I’m looking forward to this one.

5. The Heir and The Spare by Emily Albright

The Heir and The Spare’ was inspired by the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton! Can’t wait to read it.

6. Daughters of Ruin by K. D. Castner

“Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren have lived together since they were children. They are called sisters. They are not. They are called equals. They are not. They are princesses…and they are enemies.” Need I say more?

7. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

‘Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end.’ This one looks so interesting. It has time travelling pirate ship – and romance!

8. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

This one’s involves time travel as well, but I couldn’t help but include it! This one blends fantasy and historical fiction and has been described as ‘Outlander’ for teens. Sixteen year old Hope gets trapped in the twelfth century after finding out that her mother was part of secret society of time travellers, and seventy-two hours to get back to her own time. Sadly, it’s only coming out in March!

9. The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

“In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.”

10. Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

From what I got of the author’s website, Underwater is about ‘seventeen-year-old Morgan Grant who struggles with agoraphobia after a tragic incident at her high school’. It seems like a heart breaking yet ultimately heart warming and uplifting story.

   So those are my top ten 2016 debuts list. What do you think? Were any of these on your list too? Let me know and have a lovely Tuesday!

Sneak Peek Review: The Forbidden Wish

I actually finished  ‘The Forbidden Wish Sneak Peek’ a couple of days ago – courtesy of NetGalley and consisting of eight glorious chapters. However, university assignments got in the way and I wasn’t able to write a review (of sorts) about it till today.

To put it simply, I loved it! Aladdin is still the rugged boy thief we know and love – but this time with a darker side to his personality. Zahra is a jinni with a mysterious and traitorous past. I really want to know more about the friendship between her and Roshana. Caspida is the beautiful rebel princess, who also happens to be Aladdin’s ticket to revenge. All the characters (so far) are wonderfully mysterious and intriguing. And there doesn’t seem like any danger of insta-love between the main characters!

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