Review: Monstress Vol. 1 – Awakening

Monstress Vol.1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

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[ Goodreads ] Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.

Rating: 4 stars
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Review: Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

 

 

[ Goodreads ] Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

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Short Movie Reviews: The Innocents, Black Swan, The Wave

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Lately, I’ve been trying to come up with different types of posts for my blog other than book reviews and I decided to try and do some short movie reviews of some movies I watched recently for the first time. 

My taste in movies is as eclectic as my taste in music is – so basically, it’s a bit over the place. I love action, adventure, fantasy (though it’s not usually done very well especially if based on a book), comedy and historical movies. Animation movies and Marvel movies are my favorites. (By the way, I judge/rate a movie based on how entertaining/enjoyable it is for me and not for anything else (with some exceptions, perhaps). 

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Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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 [ Goodreads ] The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.

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September: the new semester & reading goals

The more accurate title of this post would be ‘the new semester: I won’t have time to eat and sleep properly, much less to read’.

The truth is that this semester might be the one that kills me busiest yet. Due to some circumstances, I only took 4 subjects last semester (instead of the recommended 5) and so this semester I need to take 6. Furthermore, I also need to include driving classes and hydro-gymnastics classes in my schedule. (To be clear, my actual college classes only start on the 11th.)

It’s my third and last year of college and I really want to push myself more. Oh, and there’s one thing I forgot to mention: I’m going to London for 8 days in the middle of October which means I’ll miss 3 classes of each of my subjects(!) I’m mildly freaking out about this and almost regretting my decision to go (almost) but it probably won’t harm my grades that much (I hope). Or at all in some cases. In others, I just keep telling myself that I can probably ask for extra work, do assignments early…. My own mother told me to stop over-thinking things so I’m probably going to be okay, though. 

I’ve decided I’m not going to set any reading or writing goals for this month/ or maybe for this entire semester for obvious reasons. After finally writing something in July, I spent basically the entire month of August procrastinating but the truth is I don’t really regret it. It was my last month of holiday. I read great books, watched great movies and I ate well and slept about 9 hours a day. Basically, what I’m saying is that it’ll be great if I have time to read and write but I can’t be mad about it if I don’t. 

I am hoping to finish the books I’m currently reading, however, and maybe finish complete my TBR list from my Summer TBR post, which includes:

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  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • Queen of Shadows
  • Empire of Storms
  • Traitor to the Throne
  • Spice and Wolf Light Novel vol. 2
  • The Hobbit

 

 

 

 

August Wrap Up!

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It’s the end of another month. Honestly, I can’t believe it’s September already. This year is going way too fast. This was my last month of holidays and I can’t say I read as much as I wanted but it wasn’t a bad month, in general. 

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  • Monstress Vol 1 – Awakening – 4 stars
  • A Darker Shade of Magic – 4.5 stars
  • Strange The Dreamer – 5 stars
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – 3.5 stars

 

Review: Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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[ Goodreads This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
 

Rating: 3.5 – 4 stars  (a.k.a. I enjoyed it but it’s got some flaws so I’m not entirely sure how to rate it)

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Review: More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

 

[ Goodreads ] In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. 

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. 

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Favorite Book Series!

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This is my 101st post, so I decided to something ‘special’ and talk about my favorite series (as if I don’t do that on a regular basis). (My 100th post was the Shiver review, but I only realized that after I posted it.)

I have a few favorite series and they’re all from different genres and have different aspects, and have a different number of books among them – and it’s just hard to somehow rate them ‘fairly’. These are all listed on my About page but in this post, I’ll be talking more about my ‘main’ favorites and basically promoting them shamelessly and recommending them. ( FYI, this is going to be a long post.)

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Review: Shiver

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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[ Goodreads ] For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever. 

Rating: 4  stars

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