Monday, August 15, 2016

THE NEWBIE'S GUIDE TO READING! | Mystery Recommendations

Hello lovelies, 
Uh .. I'm falling behind on posting again!!!! Whyy do I do that?!!!! 

Also I'm totally breaking the rules with my posting schedule and am posting on a Tuesday. I know, rebellious ha?

Now if you forgive me - *crosses my fingers you do*- today I'm going to recommend you all the mystery/thriller books that I have read and loved! I also put in the goodreads links and links to any reviews that I have written! 

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
3. Passenger by Lisa Lutz
4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Goodreads | My Review
5. Never Never trilogy by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
6. The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn
Goodreads | My Review

Have you read any of these? If you did, tell me in the comments down below!
Have a great day♥

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

REVIEW | My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Trigger warning for suicide

This follows Aysel, a science nerd who battles with depression and wants to commit suicide so she starts searching for a suicide partner on a website and finds one who lives really close; Roman. Roman is a star athlete who is extremely popular, but battles with his own suicidal thoughts. The pair decides to make a Suicide Pact and decide to plan their deaths together.

This book was absolutely beautiful. First off, the writing was easy to read so the book felt like it was very fast-paced. The author put this tone in her writing that is inviting to read which made me read this in 2 sittings (which is rare for me because I haven’t picked up a book since April). I found that later, the author wrote this based on a personal traumatic experience which made the story more heart-felt than it already is.

Aysel was an admirable character. She seemed a little bit fiery and irritable at first, but in the end she had problems of her own. To be honest, I didn’t feel for her story as much as I felt for Roman because I didn’t get any backstory from her until the very end which really annoyed me. On the other hand, Roman was the highlight of this whole entire book. I loved him and my heart ached for him in every page I turn.

The contrast between the two characters was intriguing.  It was an amazing representation from the author that anyone can suffer from depression. The most popular guy in school who seems to have a perfect life can suffer from depression and contrary to that, the girl who walks the hallways with her face down while listening to the whispers of her schoolmates. It is great to shed light on the fact that you never ever know what somebody else is going through, no matter how happy or sad they seem on the outside.
I recommend this book to everyone, it’s amazingly written with very lovable characters, but be cautious, this is definitely a tear jerker. This book is extremely sad throughout the whole thing so mentally prepare for it!

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Saturday, August 6, 2016


Hello loves,

So today I'm sharing the top 10 books I'm planning on reading this summer! The list will definitely vary and expand. Also, I ran out of post ideas for now, so if you guys left me post suggestions in the comments, I'd truly appreciate it!♥

Here are the books that I'll start this Summer and hopefully get them all done since I'm in a terrible slump. 

1. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
2. How to Love by Katie Cotugno
3. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

4. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
5. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #2)
6. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

7. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
8. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oaks
9. Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

10. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

What do you have on your summer TBR list?! I'd love to know♥

Monday, August 1, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #8 | TOP TEN BOOKS I NEED TO BUY!

TOP TEN TUESDAY is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday♥

So today I'll be listing all the books that are currently on my to buy list. This week's topic is perfect because I was just compiling this list to actually buy a week ago when I got back into the swing of things with reading and blogging.

I honestly can't believe I want so many books and am recovering from a slump..

1. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas #4
3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
6. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
8. The Sacred Life of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
9. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

10. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater #2

What are the books that are on your to buy list?! Comment down below, I'd love to know!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Finds #13

FRIDAY FINDS is a meme hosted by ShouldBeReading, it's where you showcase the books that you've discovered by browsing or that have been recommended to you and you've added them to your TBR.

1. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

2. The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
3. Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review | Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Goodreads Synopsis

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

3.5/5 stars

Amani is a girl that lives in a Dustwalk where nothing ever happens, where she doesn't feel happy but trapped. She wants to do everything to get out of there so she can accomplish great things. Since she was young, she taught herself how to shoot and she is very freaking good at it. The story begins in Pistol Pit where Amani is dressed up as a boy so she can win a shooting competition and there, she meets a foreigner guy and the story takes off from there.

This is a western book mixed in with some middle eastern elements which I loved, because the names are Arabic and I'm Arabic as well so that was cool! I loved the world, it is centered around Djinni and it's nothing like I've ever read before. My first instinct while reading this book is that it is catchy, but I found it so hard to grasp the world. I was ever so confused and I found that the author dumped all the information about the world through a story and wanted to DNF it, but I was shocked with some revelations that I couldn't let it down.

Halfway through and I still didn't get the political aspect of the story. I found that the author didn't do that well with the explanation of the world and that is the only reason my rating was low despite loving everything else about this book. Personally, I find info dumping to be the worst, but I didn't mind it too much when we came to the middle of the book. It didn't ruin it for me which I found surprising - except for the fact that I thought about DNFing it.

Let's come to the romance. I loved loved the romance in this one. It wasn't prominent and the story didn't revolve around the romance which I loved. The two love interests in this book were great companions which perfect chemistry. Amani's love interest who is the foreigner (it's said in the synopsis so its not a spoiler) is just the perfect man. He was so mysterious which is something so admirable when it comes to hot mcs in books. I just need the author to write more about his life before he met Amani PLEASE. I am so interested in his life and we saw little snippets of it through this book, but I just need more.

Since this is the first in a series, the characters weren't fleshed out like how I wanted them to be, but that's okay. Hopefully we get some novellas and some insight into the character's lives more in upcoming books. Amani though was amazing. I loved reading from the perspective of such a bad ass character who is a great shooter and is an on-point leader as well. She took every risk she had the opportunity to take, but her decisions were well thought of. She was reckless, but not dumb which I truly admired.

The writing was impeccable. The book had me hooked from the very first chapter and it says something about how good the author is in capturing your attention. The book was so easy to power through, it was my first book to fully read and enjoy since I'm in a terrible slump. One thing that I really liked was the feminism aspect of the book. No one seems to mention this, but women are so stepped on in this one and it shows how oppressed women are and it's so sad. I really loved seeing a female character not taking shit from everyone for once.

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Hello hello! 
Yes, I'm not dead. I haven't been posting lately because I'm too busy with school and I've just finished my first year of college soo.. you know what that means! More blog posts and hopefully more reading. I have been lacking on motivation lately, but I'll be back at it in no time. 

Here are the books that I'm hoping will pick me up from my slump because it's bad.. These are the ones that I currently have and will be reading soon. *fingers crossed*

Also expect a review to come on Wednesday! It's an exciting one.

1. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
3. The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
5. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
6. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp 

Did you read any of these? I want to know your opinions so link me to any reviews you've done on these books if you have any! 

Also guys, quick question: what is your favortie pick me up book? Please leave them in the comments below! 

Have a great day♥

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