Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a meme created by Marcia of To Be Continued, you can find the dedicated blog here.

Physical Books

Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty

The internationally bestselling author turns her unique gaze on the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves every day and what really goes on behind closed suburban doors.

‘I guess it started with the mothers.’
‘It was all just a terrible misunderstanding.’
‘I’ll tell you exactly why it happened.’

Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. A parent is dead. Was it murder, a tragic accident… or something else entirely?

Big Little Lies is a funny, heartbreaking, challenging story of ex-husbands and second wives, new friendships, old betrayals and and schoolyard politics.

‘Let me be clear. This is not a circus. This is a murder investigation.’

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K Rowling

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

 

 

eBooks

You Bring the Distat Near by Mitali Perkins

Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture–for better or worse. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve Bengal tigers and her Bengali identity–award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.

 

 

Feral Youth by Shuan David Hutchinson

At Zeppelin Bend, an outdoor education program designed to teach troubled youth the value of hard work, cooperation, and compassion, ten teens are left alone in the wild. The teens are a diverse group who come from all walks of life, and they were all sent to Zeppelin Bend as a last chance to get them to turn their lives around. They’ve just spent nearly two weeks learning to survive in the wilderness, and now their instructors have dropped them off eighteen miles from camp with no food, no water, and only their packs, and they’ll have to struggle to overcome their vast differences if they hope to survive.

Inspired by The Canterbury Tales, Feral Youth features characters, each complex and damaged in their own ways, who are enticed to tell a story (or two) with the promise of a cash prize. The stories range from noir-inspired revenge tales to mythological stories of fierce heroines and angry gods. And while few of the stories are claimed to be based in truth, they ultimately reveal more about the teller than the truth ever could.

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

In 1859, ex-East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne is trapped at home in Cornwall after sustaining an injury that almost cost him his leg and something is wrong; a statue moves, his grandfather’s pines explode, and his brother accuses him of madness.

When the India Office recruits Merrick for an expedition to fetch quinine—essential for the treatment of malaria—from deep within Peru, he knows it’s a terrible idea. Nearly every able-bodied expeditionary who’s made the attempt has died, and he can barely walk. But Merrick is desperate to escape everything at home, so he sets off, against his better judgment, for a tiny mission colony on the edge of the Amazon where a salt line on the ground separates town from forest. Anyone who crosses is killed by something that watches from the trees, but somewhere beyond the salt are the quinine woods, and the way around is blocked.

Surrounded by local stories of lost time, cursed woods, and living rock, Merrick must separate truth from fairytale and find out what befell the last expeditions; why the villagers are forbidden to go into the forest; and what is happening to Raphael, the young priest who seems to have known Merrick’s grandfather, who visited Peru many decades before. The Bedlam Stacks is the story of a profound friendship that grows in a place that seems just this side of magical.

What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Two struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

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Spookathon 2017 Wrap Up

Wow, so Spookathon is already over! It seems like it went by so quickly, but I also had quite a few bumps along the way…

Total books read: 2
Total pages read:
1,052
Number of challenges completed:
7

So I’m not sure if you’ve seen my TBR post for the Spookathon, but it consisted of three books: Feed by Mira Grant, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Snowman by Jo Nesbø. The first day of the Spookathon went well, I started reading Feed, but on the second day I had gotten up to page 209 when I decided to DNF it. I just really wasn’t feeling it, and I didn’t want to read another 400 pages, I was quite annoyed. So that same day I ended up picking up Gone Girl. But I was using Feed to complete the challenge: read a book with a spooky setting, so I had to choose another book in its place. I picked up Red Hill by Jamie McGuire and finished it in two days! I finished Gone Girl tonight on the last day of the Spookathon, and I ended up reading a total of 1,052 pages including what I read of Feed!

Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

CHALLENGES:

  1. Read a Thriller: Gone Girl
  2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title: Gone Girl (gone)
  3. read a book based on a childhood fear: Red Hill (zombies)
  4. Read a book with orange on the cover: Gone Girl
  5. Read a book that has a spooky setting: Red Hill

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Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet review

Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet
Published by Andrew McMeel Publishing on November 14, 2017
Genres: poetry
Pages: 240
Goodreads

Smoke & Mirrors is the third book from internationally bestselling poet Michael Faudet, author of Bitter Sweet Love and Dirty Pretty Things—both finalists in the 2016 and 2015 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards.

Michael Faudet’s latest book takes the reader on an emotionally charged journey, exploring the joys of falling madly in love and the melancholy world of the brokenhearted. Beautifully captured in poetry, prose, and short stories, Faudet’s whimsical and sometimes erotic writing has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of readers from around the world.

I was kindly provided with an e-arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

REVIEW

Smoke & Mirrors was quite different to any other poetry collection that I’ve read. It’s a compilation of quotes, short stories and poems, and it definitely is one of the most erotic collections that I’ve read.

As with all poetry books, there were some poems that didn’t mean anything to me, and there were those that really touched me. Most of the writings in Smoke & Mirrors were about love and the adventures he had with women, and a couple others explored alternate topics. My favourites were Pathways, A Dangerous Sea, How Can I move On? Rena, Second Best and Clarity. I would’ve liked to enjoy more of the poems, but I’m glad there were a few that I found breathtaking.

This poetry collection is something that can be devoured in one sitting, or enjoyed leisurely over the span of a few days. A lovely compilation, that many will find appealing. I will definitely love to delve into Faudet’s other poetry collections one day.

★★★

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Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rosecityreader and The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, be sure to visit their blogs!

Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Beginning:

The warning was short––said almost in passing. “The cadavers were herded and destroyed.” The radio hosts then made a few jokes, and that was the end of it.

Page 56:

“Hey!” he yelled to the corpses. “This way! Come over here!”
A few more turned in his direction, and then immediately stopped their plight to make a lumbering slow journey to the road. Their shuffling caught the attention of more, and then a whole section of them broke away from the church to trudge in our direction.
“Shit,” I said, my eyes darting between the corpses and the Toyota. I honked several times, too. “Get in the car!” I yelled

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The Listicle Tag: Top 5 Portrayals of Mental Illness in YA novels

I was tagged by Namitha over at Teen Memoir to do this tag, go check out her blog if you haven’t already! She’s the sweetest ❤

RULES:

  • Create your own listicle tag, using the prompt from the person who tagged you.
  • Tag the creator of the post (not-so-modern-girl!) so that she can read all your brilliant posts and see how the joy of listicles is being spread.-
  • Nominate as many people as you want!
  • Set those 5 people the subject/prompt of their listicle post!

TOP 5 PORTRAYALS OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN YA BOOKS

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Although this isn’t my favourite book, I think it’s the best portrayal of mental illness I have ever read. This novel is very heavily character-based, so we spend the majority of the story inside Aza’s head, as we experience her obsessive spiralling thoughts about disease and bacteria. And to be honest it’s terrifying! Aza doesn’t “cure” her mental illness by getting a boyfriend, and I loved how it showed that it’s a journey and can remain a constant struggle for a lot of people’s lives.

Read my review

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

This book is a fantastic portrayal of two teenagers that struggle with depression and the relationship they form with each other. The characters were mean, snarky and pessimistic, and at first, I found it quite negative, but then I remembered that this is what it was like to have depression. Everything is shrouded in a grey blanket and you hate absolutely everything and everyone. This book is quite similar to a John Green novel as it has all the philosophical deep quotes, with witting and intelligent characters.

Read my review

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

This book deals with a character that has anxiety and depression, but this one is different to the other books as the main character Eliza doesn’t enjoy going to public places as she has social anxiety. So she finds solace in her webcomic and interacting with people online. Eliza has a forms a relationship with Wallace and she has to navigate the relationship alongside her mental illnesses. The relationship didn’t “cure” Eliza’s anxiety and depression which was great!

Read my review

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This book might not be the obvious choice for many people, but I see mental illness as a huge part of ACOMAF. After Feyre’s traumatic experience in the previous novel, she is left with having PTSD. She has nightmares constantly that haunt her, she wakes up in the middle of the night and pukes her guts up every night. This novel illustrates how it’s imperative to have someone to understands and supports you, otherwise, it can be isolating. That’s why it was great that Rhys was also grappling with the same thing and stood by Feyre.

Read my review

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This book follows Cath in her first-year-old college and how she deals with her anxiety, specifically social anxiety. Going to college was a big step for Cath and her anxiety really interferes with her life, she locks herself up in her dorm room eating protein bars because she’s too afraid to go to the cafeteria. But it also shows how she begins to face her fears with the help of her friends Reagan and Levi

 

 

The topic I choose is: Top 5 books that deal with grief

Tags:

Teacher of YA / Ally @ Ally Writes Things / Dani @ Perspective of a Writer / Em @ Run Away With Dream Thieves / Celeste @ Scent of Books

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Published by Penguin on October 10, 2017
Genres: young adult, contemporary, fiction, mental health
Pages: 286
Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

REVIEW

Ah, I have so many conflicted feelings about this book! I still don’t 100% know how I feel about this book, and that’s going to make it even harder to try and express my feelings in a review. This book wasn’t bad by any means, I just feel like it’s definitely not a book for everyone!

I was excited but also worried about this book when I pre-ordered it, TFIOS is one of my favourite books, but then again I read that book 4 years ago, and 4 years ago I was a completely, and I mean COMPLETELY different person to who I am now. We all grow, evolve and mature, something I enjoyed 4 years ago, I might hate now. BUT it’s John Green, and I couldn’t NOT read his next book, right?

So the things with Turtles All the Way Down is that it’s a lot different to all the other books John has written in his time. This story is heavily character based and we spend the majority of the novel inside the head of Aza Holmes, who suffers from anxiety and obsessive thoughts; specifically, those to do with disease and bacteria. Now don’t get me wrong, some of my favourite books are character driven, but Turtles All the Way Down took it to a whole new level entirely. As readers, we were instantly thrust into Aza’s world and her thought processes. It was intense, to say the least, and quite often it was overwhelming. It was saddening watching these thoughts dominate Aza’s life, and I felt very upset, but not necessarily in a good way. There are those books (like TFIOS) that make you ugly cry so bad but it’s a wonderful type of heartbreak, while this book just made me sorrowful. But in contrast, I think if you’re looking for a brutally honest depiction of obsessive thought patterns then this book is just that, because WOW I haven’t read anything just quite like it.

I will admit I have gone through long stages of anxiety and depression, and oh man was it a journey, but that was a fair while ago and mentally I am so far beyond those stages now. Yes I get down now and again, I mean that’s natural, but I never really have those deep long lasting episodes. Becuase my mindset is so drastically different to how it used to be, I find it particularly difficult to relate to mental health stories nowadays. I think I might have connected more with Turtles All the Way down more a couple of years ago, or maybe I wouldn’t have, who truly knows right? Because of this, I didn’t end up fully relating to Aza, instead, I think it was more a tragic reminder of what was, and of what thousands of people are currently battling. But what I did love about Aza was that she wasn’t dumbed down, she was philosophical and she has some incredible thought processes. John Green is the master of creating realistic, intelligent and mature teenage characters.

John being John is an incredible writer, and he seems to be able to so eloquently explain the unexplainable. it’s those paragraphs and quotes that really hit you with John Green’s books, like “WOW, what an extraordinary way to illustrate that concept.” That’s what I appreciate the most of John’s writing, it’s so unique and has its own voice. It’s nothing like I’ve ever read before, it hits the nail on the head in the most beautiful and profound ways possible.

There really isn’t much of a plot in this book, it’s set off far to the side while mental health consumes the vast bulk of the novel. Going into Turtles All the Way Down, I expected it to be an entertaining adventure or Aza and Daisy uncovering the whereabouts of fugitive billionaire Russell Picket. But we really didn’t get to see much of that, there was a little bit of investigation and some discoveries but not enough to make a substantial plot in my opinion. Also, I felt like the romance didn’t lend much to the plot, as although it was pleasant at times, it also felt a slightly awkward, and I wasn’t shipping Aza and Davis hardcore.

Overall, I enjoyed Turtles All the Way Down, albeit not as much as I hoped to. it didn’t hit me right in the feels or produce that sensation in your heart that you can physically FEEL. It’s a John Green book that deals with the hard-hitting topic of mental health and it’s a harsh but raw depiction of the truths of obsessive thoughts. My favourite parts were the philosophical and unbelievable quotes that are classic John Green.

3.75/5

QUOTES:

“I was beginning to learn that your life is a story told about you, not one that you tell.
Of course, you pretend to be the author. You have to. You think you’re the painter, but you’re the canvas” pgs. 1-2

“The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely. “ pg. 7

“We were looking at the same sky together, which is maybe more intimate than eye contact anyway. Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.” pg. 9

“I wanted to tell her that I was getting better, because that was supposed to be the narrative of illness: It was a hurdle you jumped over, or a battle you win. Illness is a story told in the past tense.” pg. 85

“One of the challenges with pain—physical or psychic— is that we can really only approach it through metaphor. It can’t be represented the way a table or a body can. In some ways, pain is the opposite of language[…] I want to share something Virginia Woolf wrote: ‘English, which can express the thoughts of Hamlet and the tragedy of Lear, has no words for the shiver and the headache . . . The mere schoolgirl, when she falls in love, has Shakespeare or Keats to speak her mind for her; but let a sufferer try to describe a pain in his head to the doctor and language at once runs dry.’ And we are such language-based creatures that to some extent we cannot know what we cannot name. And so we assume it isn’t real. We refer to it with catch-all terms, like crazy or chronic pain, terms that both ostracise and minimise. The term chronic pain captures nothing of the grinding, constant, ceaseless, inescapable hurt. And the term crazy arrives at us with none of the terror and worry you live with. Nor do either of those terms connote the courage people in such pains exemplify.” pg. 89

“‘What gets me about that poem ‘The Second Coming’… you know how it talks about the widening spiral?’
‘The widening gyre,’ he corrected me. ‘‘Turning and turning in the widening gyre.’’

‘Right, whatever, the widening gyre. But the really scary thing is not turning in the widening gyre; it’s turning and turning in the tightening gyre. It’s getting sucked into a whirlpool that shrinks and shrinks and shrinks your world until you’re just spinning without moving, stuck inside a prison cell that is exactly the size of you, until eventually you realise that you’re not actually in a prison cell. You are the prison cell.'” pg 150

“Look up long enough and you start to feel your infinitesimality. The difference between being alive and not—that’s something. But from where the stars are watching, there is almost no difference between me and the newly mown grass I’m lying on right now. We are both astonishments, the closest thing in the known universe to a miracle.” pg 185

“As I looked at his face looking at mine, I realised the light that made him visible to me came mostly from a cycle: Our screens were lighting each of us with light from the other’s bedroom. I would only see him because he could see me. In the fear and excitement of being in front of each other in that grainy silver light, it felt like I wasn’t really in my bed and he wasn’t really in his. Instead, we were together in the non-senatorial place, almost like we were inside the other’s consciousness, a closeness that real life with its real bodies could never match.” pg. 192

“You lie there not even thinking really, except to try to consider how to describe the hurt, as if finding the language for it might bring it up out if you. If you can make something real, if you can see it and smell it and touch it, then you can kill it.
You think, it’s like a brain on fire. Like a rodent gnawing at you from the inside. A knife in your gut. A spiral. Whirlpool. Black hole.
The words used to describe it—despair, fear, anxiety, obsession—do so little to communicate it. Maybe we invented metaphor as a response to pain. Maybe we needed to give shape to the opaque, deep-down pain that evades both sense and senses.” pg. 231

“…an unwanted thought was like a car driving past you when you’re standing on the side of the road, and I told myself I didn’t have to get in that car, that my moment of choice was not whether to have the thought, but whether to be carried away by it.” pg. 251

““I don’t understand how you can be so inhumanly calm down here, fifteen feet below downtown Indianapolis, ankle deep in rat shit, but you have a panic attack when you think your finger is infected.”
“I don’t know,” I said. “This just isn’t scary.”
“It objectively is,” she said.
I reached up and clicked off my headlamp. “Turn off your light,” I said.
“Hell, no.”
“Turn it off. Nothing bad will happen.” She clicked off her light, and the world went dark. I felt my eyes trying to adjust, but there was no light to adjust to. “Now you can’t see the walls, right? Can’t see the rats. Spin around a few times and you won’t know which way is in and which way is out. This is scary. Now imagine if we couldn’t talk, if we couldn’t hear each other’s breathing. Imagine if we had no sense of touch, so even if we were standing next to each other, we’d never know it.
“Imagine you’re trying to find someone, or even you’re trying to find yourself, but you have no senses, no way to know where the walls are, which way is forward or backward, what is water and what is air. Your senseless and shapeless—you feel like you can only describe eat who you are by identifying what you’re not, and you’re floating around in a body with no control. You don’t get to decide who you like or where you live or when you eat or what you fear. You’re just stuck in there, totally alone in this darkness. That’s scary. This,” I said, and turned on the flashlight. “This is control. This is power. There may be rats and spiders and whatever the hell. But we shine the light on them, not the other way around. We know where the walls are, which way is in and which way is out. This,” I said. Turning off my light again, “is what I feel like when I’m scared. This”—I turned the flashlight back on—“is a walk in the fucking park.”” pg. 262-263

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Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a meme created by Marcia of To Be Continued, you can find the dedicated blog here.

ARC’s received

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Physical Books

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Hunger by Michael Grant

It’s been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ.

Three months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.

Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers. Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It’s the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.

But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.

The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.

Lies by Michael Grant

It’s been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.

As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?

Plague by Michael Grant

It’s been eight months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.

They’ve survived hunger. They’ve survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don’t just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they’ll escape – or even survive – life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

Plague, Michael Grant’s fourth book in the bestselling Gone series, will satisfy dystopian fans of all ages.

Fear by Michael Grant

Even though it’s been nearly a year since everyone over the age of 15 disappeared, the sun has continued to shine on the kids of Perdido Beach. Now, though, the gaiaphage has blotted out the sun and plunged the FAYZ into perpetual gloom. Divided and dispirited, the survivors face their greatest challenge – the darkness of their own minds.

 

 

 

 

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Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

The stunning conclusion to Rae Carson’s New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy, which Publishers Weekly in a starred review called “Simply terrific.” A historical fantasy brimming with magic, romance, and adventure—perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah Maas, and Westworld.

Leah Westfall, her fiancé Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. Includes a map and an author’s note.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle.
Here is a thing everyone fears: what it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

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Spookathon 2017 TBR

Hi everyone! This month I decided to partake in the Spookathon with will be held on the 16th-22nd of October. Here are the books I’m hoping to read in the coming week!

CHALLENGES

  1. Read a Thriller
  2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title
  3. read a book based on a childhood fear
  4. Read a book with orange on the cover
  5. Read a book that has a spooky setting

TBR

Feed by Mira Grant

Challenges: 2, 3 & 5

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Challenges: 1 & 4

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

Challenges: 1

The next thrilling installment in the Harry Hole series.

The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears Harry’s suspicions are confirmed: he is a pawn in a deadly game. For the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity. A brilliant thriller with a pace that never lets up, The Snowmanconfirms Jo Nesbø’s position as an international star of crime fiction.

 

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada rev

This Mortal Coil by Emil Suvada
Published by Penguin Random House UK on November 2, 2017
Genres: young adult, science fiction
Pages: 464
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When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta’s death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world’s leading geneticist, and humanity’s best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole’s genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.

Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world’s genetic tech. But it’s too late to turn back.

There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything.

I was kindly provided with an e-arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

REVIEW

OH MY GOODNESS, my mind is still reeling after reading this book! This Mortal Coil is genuinely one of the best, if not the BEST debut novel that I have ever read. An exhilarating story with plot twists around every corner, comprising of hackers, coding and gene-enhancement, this book will blow your mind!

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where genetic modification is widespread, you have a choice to either be locked up in bunkers by Cataxus, who seizes control of your being, or to be “free” out in the open where infected people roam, as you live in constant fear and paranoia… This brutal world made for an intriguing setting, and as the protagonist, Catarina is left to navigate the destructive world all by herself, we genuinely feel her permanent sense of panic and horror.

The characters in This Mortal Coil were unique in their abilities, as well as being fearless, courageous and determined. Catarina is a skilled hacker, she knows how to code and read any information provided to her, and her power over technology makes her deadly. Catarina is one of those defiant female characters that you can’t help but love. She had to face the most gruelling situations, and she was willing to get hurt in order to save other people’s lives. Cole is a black-out agent, he was born and raised as an experiment and had unusual superhuman abilities. Although Cole is immensely powerful, he has this sensitive and vulnerable side to him which I really enjoyed. Along with Leoben and Dax, the four of them worked collectively to unbury the cure, together they made an incredible team! I thoroughly enjoyed the romance between Catarina and Cole, it was so endearing and they didn’t argue about fickle matters, like most teenage relationships in books nowadays.

The plot was what really made This Mortal Coil a winner for me, it was so fast-paced and chock full of action, this book really read like a movie, and personally, I think this book would make an amazing on the big screen! As soon as I read the first couple of pages I was hooked, there was never a dull moment, you are hit with plot twists left, right and centre! You will never BELIEVE where this story takes you, it’s mind-blowing! And with that cliff-hanger at the end, I NEED the sequel NOW!

My review doesn’t give this book justice, but if hackers, coding, genetics, technology, secrets, enhanced humans, plagues and lots of plot-twists sounds even remotely interesting to you, then you definitely need to read This Mortal Coil! Please pre-order this book or pick it up from your local library when it’s released, you won’t regret it!

★★★★★

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag

Thank you so much to Rendz @ Reading With Rendz for tagging me to do this! Go check out her blog if you haven’t already, it’s amazing ❤

The Rules

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).

Round 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burn: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest, I don’t know why I even decided to pick this one up tbh. It wasn’t good.

Rewrite: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, I really enjoyed this book but I only rated it 4/5 stars. It still remains one of my favourite books though, because it got me back into reading after a few years of not picking up a single book! But it wasn’t perfect so I wouldn’t mind rewriting it.

Reread: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada, it’s funny how this one came up, I literally just finished it and it’s one of my new all-time favourite books! I would gladly reread it over and over again, I just need the next book!! Please, pre-order this book guys, it’s incredible!

Round 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burn: Super Human by Michael Carroll, I got this book as a gift and to be honest I wouldn’t have picked it up myself. I read this years ago and I distinctly remember disliking it, I can’t recall anything that happened or any of the characters.

Rewrite: Purity by Jackson Pearce, I read this book earlier this year and I it was okay, I didn’t totally agree with the main character’s decisions, but I think if this book was changed a bit it would be a lot more meaningful.

Reread: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S Lewis, I remember reading this as a child and enjoying it but I have forgotten a lot of what went on, it’s definitely due time for a reread!

Round 3

This one was actually really hard because I rated all of these 3/5 and felt pretty much the same way toward all of them!

Burn: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, sorry if you love this trilogy but I feel like it’s pretty overhyped, I read this last year and don’t really remember much. It’s not a bad book, in my opinion, it’s just meh, and it felt quite juvenile.

Rewrite: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, this book was alright, it was a lot of world building and foundation setting as it’s the first book. I don’t really remember that much but I did enjoy it, there are just a couple of things that could be changed.

Reread: How They Met: and Other Stories by David Levithan, although I probably won’t ever reread this, I LOVED some of the stories and David Levithan is one of my favourite authors so yeah….

Round 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burn: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, sorry guys but I’m one of these few people who didn’t enjoy this book. I just didn’t get it, I’ve watched the movie and I didn’t enjoy it either, I really wished I did though!

Rewrite: Night by Elie Wiesel, I’m not exactly sure how I could rewrite this one as it’s a true story so I can’t really change the “plot”, but maybe I’d change certain things to make them a bit more exciting. This book was an eye-opener to reality, it was really good but I rated it 4/5 so it obviously wasn’t perfect in my eyes.

Reread: Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon, this was another one of those books that spurred my love of reading again, and I won’t forget reading this in one day, I loved it so much! I definitely will actually be rereading this sometime in the future.

 

This tag was sooooo much fun, so I tag EVERYONE to do this!

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