Calendar Girls #3: Best Fairytale Retelling.

Calendar Girls is a blog event hosted by the bloggers Melanie Noell Bernard and Flavia the Bibliophile, inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, they decided to use a specific theme for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, to help bloggers interact with other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across! If you’d like to know more you can check here and here.

July’s theme is Best Fairytale Retelling, and my pick is:

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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer.
Oh my goodness! It was so hard to pick just one book this month. One might argue that I’m a little too into fairytale retelling for an “adult”, but frankly I don’t give a damn because they have so many incredible books, I swear to God.

So after a lot, and I mean A LOT, of back and forward between books, I’ve finally settled on Cress. This isn’t particularly best book from this category, because let’s face it there are some breathtaking books out there — I’m looking at you The Forbidden Wish —, but it is a favorite to me for the following reasons:

• Cress is probably one of my favorite characters of all time;
• This book is so much fun, I laughed nonstop;
• THORN IS MY BABY DON’T TOUCH ME;
• I loved seeing the dynamics and how it developed;

Still, I get it that it all feels very generic to be considered the best. But for some reason, inexplicably to me really, I hold this book close to my heart, I find it so beautifully written and developed, with relatable characters, even though I could never relate to their awesomeness!

Okay, now I feel like I should at least mention some of my other favorites that could totally have been my pick:

The Forbidden Wish — I already mentioned this one before, but let’s do it again because honestly, just go pick up this masterpiece guys! + review
Peter Darling — SO SO LOVELY! + playlist
A Court of Mist and Fury — Yep, I’m totally not bringing up the first or last book because we all know this one was the best out of the trilogy. Except for the Elriel scenes in ACOWAR because babies!!!!
Walking On Knives — This one isn’t out yet but I’m putting it here anyways since I’m super excited about it because 1) THE LITTLE MERMAID and 2) f/f romance.

So this is it! What about you guys? Do you love fairytale retelling as much as I do? What are your favorites?

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Trope Tuesday #13: Road Trip Romance.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

With the summer almost upon us, I’m looking for some summery books, and in doing so I’ve come across Road Trip Romance, which can be considered a very popular trope between summer books. The name itself is pretty self-explanatory, it’s when two or more people decide to, for whatever reason, make a road trip and somewhere in between they fall in love and/or discover themselves.

Summer books are one of my favorite things to read, and with Road Trip Romance being a somewhat well-known part of it, I have read some books with it. For me it’s complicated though, I love the idea of it, the road trip vibe and everything along with it. But I’ve never read a great book with this trope. Ever. And I have read quite a few so maybe that’s just not achievable.

I have a few books that I read and liked it, they’re good books but not quite there yet, you know? Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour was super cute, very summery and I really liked the characters. I know everyone loves this book, I’ve seen so many good things about it, and it’s not like I hate it or anything, it is a nice book, I really can’t find something to criticize about it, I just didn’t love it. Another one is You Are Here, I really liked the idea of this book, it was original and I enjoyed reading it. I like the author a lot, but her books can be very slow paced and sometimes boring, which was the case with this one unfortunately.

I’m not a huge fan of John Green, but he does have the road trip feel down when he writes about it, and he does have a couple of books that has a lot of road trip in it, so if you’re into it, you might want to check them out.

What do you guys think about this trope? Love it or hate it?

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Waiting On Wednesday #7: The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana.

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books that they are eagerly waiting for. This week I’m waiting on The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana.

32766747The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana.
Expected publication: July 18th 2017.
354 pages.
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Blurb:
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?


Indian folklore, a troubled kingdom, an inescapable fate, and romance. CAN YOU HEAR ME SCREAMING??? I NEED TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK!!

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Top 10: Overrated Books.

Have you ever saw a book everywhere and people are always talking about it, but when you read it, you were like “huh? is that it?”. It’s not that the book is bad exactly, but it just doesn’t live up to the hype.

11870085The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
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Mini Review: I remember my friend recommending this book to me when it came out and she was so excited about it that I had to give it a chance. Well, I actually gave it two chances, because when I finished the first one I honestly didn’t like it, so I tried it again to see if maybe I missed something, and I did like it a little bit more, but overall, it was still very meh to me.
The story is so slow paced that I was bored through most of the book, the romance was cute but I still didn’t feel anything towards the characters. 

fifty-shades-coversFifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James.
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Mini Review: I actually only read the books recently because I sort of liked the second movie so I decided to give it a chance. Boy do I regret it. Look, there are so many things wrong with these books that if I started naming them I’d never stop. It’s just utterly ridiculous. 

17838528The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.
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Mini Review: This book wasn’t necessarily bad, it just didn’t catch my attention as it did everyone else’s apparently. I honestly thought about dropping this book around a hundred times during the first half of it. I didn’t like ANYTHING about it throughout most of the book. Which didn’t make any sense to me because I loved Since You’ve Been Gone so much.
The writing is good, I like Morgan Matson’s style and I wanted to like this book. So I started focusing on the things that I could relate or enjoy reading about and not the main plot and characters. And those things turned out to be mostly just the girls friendship (only at times) and Clark (rarely).
Nevertheless, Andie was still so annoying and Toby reminds me of an old friend that I have mixed feelings about so I don’t completely love her.
Bri was so relatable to me and I think once we started seeing more of her without Toby (which only happened by the end of the book and there was so little of it) I started enjoying the reading a lot more.

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.
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Mini Review: When I started reading this, I actually enjoyed it. I fell right into the hype and I was super excited about everything. But then when The Raven King came out and I had to go back to that world, everything was so messy and confusing. So I looked back to the other books and I realized that although I did care for the characters, the main plot was so flawed and complex that it was impossible for me to actually enjoy it.
The writing is horrendous and by the end of it I was just done with everything. I just feel bad that even though the characters were great, the story couldn’t deliver anything worth reading.

h_deliriumseriesDelirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver.
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Mini Review: I read this series years ago, I was so attracted to the plot that I thought it’d be an amazing series. Well, it wasn’t that it was a bad trilogy, but when I got to the end I was not only disappointed but also indifferent towards basically everything. I didn’t really like the characters, Alex particularly, they were just overall annoying to me so it made me not enjoy the books as much as I could I guess.

2232854623174274Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard.
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Mini Review: I have not yet read the third book of this series and I probably won’t to be honest. But the two books I did read didn’t really make me want to continue on with this saga. Look, it’s not that story is bad, it’s just too much. The whole thing feels like a mixture of a bunch of young adult series put together. The only character that I liked was Cal but he was not enough to make me want to go through with this. I just hope he gets the ending he deserves and please, for the love of God, don’t give Maven a redemption arc. He does not deserve it.

6442769Paper Towns by John Green.
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Mini Review: Honestly, how can people actually like John Green’s books? They’re just soooo boring I can’t even handle. I mean, sure his ideas aren’t bad, but he stretches it out so much it ends up more of a annoyance than something I’d enjoy reading. And this book was no different. The characters were dull and I didn’t care for any of them to be honest, and the ending was so unsatisfactory yikes.

 

15745753Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
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Mini Review: I really don’t understand how this book is so hyped up. Yes, it is cute. But that’s all it is, the plot is lacking, as in, basically nonexistent outside the romance and the characters aren’t relatable or endearing. And the ending was just disappointing really.

 

7260188Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins.
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Mini Review: I loved, absolutely loved, the first two books from this trilogy. And it’s not that I hated this one per se, but it was just ridiculously unfair. A lot of characters died for literally no reason. The ending was disappointing and honestly just wrong. 

 

8755785City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare.
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Mini Review: One of the things that bothered me the most in this book is how much it showed Emma and her gang, I mean it’s okay to introduce the characters but to make them such a huge part of the book when the story isn’t around them it’s preposterous. I was so annoyed by that it put me off from reading the series those characters actually belonged to. 
The writing was not only bad but it completely ruined everything that had already been built in the past books.
Another thing that was ridiculous was the hype Cassandra Clare made about a lot of  main characters dying when in reality that didn’t quite happen. I don’t like when something is build up and it isn’t delivered.