Tuesday, April 26, 2016

13 Reasons Why You Should Read The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn book cover
TITLE: The Wrath and the Dawn
AUTHOR: Renée Ahdieh
GENRE: YA Historical Fantasy & Romance
PUBLISHING DATE: May 12, 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she;d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzard has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

5 Cliché Scenarios in YA Literature I’m 99.9% Sure You’ve Encountered

If you’ve been reading a lot of YA books like I am (well, I’m pretty sure you are – I mean, if you haven’t, then how on earth did you find your way here?), then you’ve most probably encountered a ton of book clichés to the point that you already know what’s going to happen in the book before it actually, like, happens.

Maybe some books don’t follow these clichés, and that’s great! If you know a title or two, then feel free to recommend me some in the comments below. But for now, I am going to amuse you with this short list of young adult clichés that’s happened in a gazillion books already.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Mortal Instruments Book Tag! (I’M STILL HUNGOVER OKAY, I’M SORRY)

If you’ve been a victim of my Twitter or Goodreads feed, then you’re probably aware of how obsessed I am with The Mortal Instruments, or the Shadowhunter Chronicles in general. I’ve read The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments and Lady Midnight, and have yet to read The Bane Chronicles and Tales From Shadowhunter Academy, but I’ll get there.

In the meantime, I shall bombard you all with intense fangirling using this glorious tag.

(Also, thank you so much Celine (@ Celine Reads) for letting me know about this wonderful tag. I found it on her blog, and you can check out her own answers here.)

SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t read TID or TMI, then please read at your own risk.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

City Of Fallen Angels – City of Heavenly Fire: Come, Darling, Let Us Cry Together (and like before, minor & major spoilers below, SO BEWARE)

TITLE: City of Fallen Angels
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
PUBLISHING DATE: April 5, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
GENRE: YA Romance, Paranormal & Urban Fantasy

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Short Chapters or Long Chapters?

Mara Was Here: Short Chapters Or Long Chapters? Which do you prefer?So, currently I’ve been writing an outline for my untitled novel. I don’t know if I’ll ever stick to this one, but the gist of it really appealed to me and I think it would be totally awesome to write about it, so I am. ‘Nuff said.

Moving on, as I was writing my outline, I realized something: Some of my chapters seemed a bit... short. I ended up writing more stuff into them to make it longer (yet still interesting), but then I thought, should chapters really be that long?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Love That Split The World: Wait, why is there so much science talk?! (+ Discussion about the ending!)

TITLE: The Love That Split The World
AUTHOR: Emily Henry
GENRE: YA Contemporary, Romance, Magical Realism
PUBLISHING DATE: January 26, 2016 by Razorbill


Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Conversations: Diverse Books and the Kind that I Love the Most

Phew, it’s been a while since I did another meme post during the weekend! Recently, I’ve decided to join in on Geraldine and Joan’s new meme, Conversations. Every fortnight, they will post a question to be answered that will hopefully spark up discussions!

If you think this is extremely rad, then check out Geraldine or Joan’s posts for more information.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Have You Ever Hesitated to Read a Book Before?

Imagine this: It’s time to read a new book. You look through your TBR and find that book you’ve always wanted to read. But, something’s holding you back. The question is, what’s holding you back?

Hopefully I’m not the only one who experiences this (I may be weird, but I’ve done enough Google Searches in my lifetime to know there’s someone out there who’s at least nearly as weird as I am). I don’t know about you, but I’ve hesitated a lot before reading a book on my shelf. And here are most of the reasons why:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

City of Bones – City of Glass: Well that was intense (also some major & minor spoilers below, BEWARE)

TITLE: City of Bones
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
PUBLISHING DATE: March 27, 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Friday, April 1, 2016

March 2016 Recap: In which TMI Has Completely Ruined My Life - and Also, I've Made My Own Instagram!

It's time for another monthly recap! (Yes, I know it's April now and yes, please just go with it. My apologies.) Now, let us get on with ze wrap-up.

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