Numero Uno – On books and love

So I have this theory, which probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone but I’m going to ramble on about it anyway because this is (or will be) my new year’s resolution. That is, to write about stuff that springs into my mind with little regard to what others might think.

Books

Right, my theory. I reckon that people fall in love with books quite the same way we fall in love with people. With the pure exception that with books, we’re allowed to have ‘affairs’, lots of them. It’s technically not cheating because books have affairs too, they reach out to so many other people and have relationships with each and everyone of them that it’s only fair that we do the same. But well, we’ll save that for another post. So quite simply, books are basically like humans.

Some books look attractive and they suck you in with their gorgeous appearances which mask their rather hollow body. You get attracted to them purely for superficial reasons but when you start prying and getting to know them better, you realise that there’s really nothing in there that attracts you at all so you either stick it on a shelf and neglect it or you just try to pass it on, in hopes of finding a better one. One that makes you laugh, pushes the ends of your mouth upwards. One that challenges you to NOT fall head over heels with it, knowing well that there’s no way you’ll be able to escape it’s wit and prose.

Some books draw you in with their potentially amazing content and when it’s proven to be true, who cares about the graphics that encompasses what’s inside? They win you over so thoroughly that it might well be wrapped be newspapers and you’ll still pet it fondly and hug it to sleep (or at least have the urge to).

And then there are those books that you fall in love with but when you try to explain what is it about the book that you love, other people just DON’T seem to get it? They might envy your relationship and feel happy that you’ve found such an amazing book but they’ll never really get it.

You see, because books, like people, have chemistry with their readers. Not everyone experience the same chemistry and feelings for the same book. You might be falling head over heels with an amazing book, but the same relationship just doesn’t work out with another person. There’s no one to blame, but chemistry, really.
Are you seeing what I mean right now? There are so many parallels, it’s insane. Like when you’re reading a book, it’s like you two are on a date whereby the whole world seems to melt away and you’re swallowed up into this other world where only you and your book (and characters) exist.

If you actually made it to the end of this entry and don’t feel weirded out (this is considering I actually have an audience), feel free to say hi or recommend me a book that you love! New friends are always such a delight, and I mean new Internet friends, not real ones whom I have to make awkward small talk with.

Imagination - books

Master’s Sun Mid-drama Review

Blog revival! Yay!
Well, this is not quite a blog revival but rather a feeble attempt at blogging once again (and also to expressively fangirl over a kdrama!). It’s funny how I used to update my livejournal so often in the past, but yet I’m having such immense problems at coming back to blogging and putting my thoughts, or really just randomly typing nonsense into this blog. It has come to the point whereby I get the urge to actually post something but I eventually chicken out at actually putting a post out there on the Internet. Which is really funny because I’m pretty sure that not many people would be reading this or even if there will be a person reading this. But giving it further thought, it might be thanks to my inane need for perfection… Well, that’s another story. Without further ado, let me proceed to my main aim of this long awaited (hah) post.

I’ve recently been watching a kdrama that has ended some time ago and has garnered a pretty decent amount of hype, which was very well deserved I might add.

Master’s Sun aka 주군의태양

This drama is penned by the Hong sisters, who have pretty much gained their following with dramas like Delightful Girl, Choon Hyang, My Girl, You’re Beautiful and My Girlfriend is a Nine Tailed Fox, just to name a few. Kudos to you if you can guess which one of those I just named made it on my all time favourites list!

Master’s Sun has a pretty well known main cast of So Ji Sub playing the male lead, Joo Joong Won (L from Infinite plays the young JJW, squee!); Gong Hyo Jin playing the female lead, Tae Gong Shil and Seo In Gook as the second male lead, Kang Woo. If you’re familiar with kdramas, these people shouldn’t be strangers but to be quite honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of both main leads. Yes, don’t shoot me. They are both pretty solid actors but I’ve never seen anything from So Ji Sub, except Sorry, I Love You and Cain and Abel, and both dramas didn’t really do anything for me. And well, as for Gong Hyo Jin, I just never really found her all that attractive. Call me shallow or what will you but I usually pick my kdramas based on the casting, because really, how many kdramas have interesting storylines?

But thankfully, I’ve decided to give Master’s Sun a go, which is a first because I was attracted to the cast at all and the drama basically made me eat my words and falling in love with the story and the characters. I will give the Hong sisters credit for creating such nuanced characters in almost all of their kdramas, without losing their unique quirks that just seem to appeal to the audience, including me of course. Also, I think the main reason why I finally decided to pick this up was purely for the ‘ghost’ factor in the storyline. Ah, right. This brings me to the synopsis of the drama. /facepalms

Synopsis
The story revolves around a woman who can see ghosts and a man who tries to protect her, and is described as a drama with horror and romantic elements infused together.

Joo Joong Won (So Ji Sub) is a miserly, greedy and conceited CEO, who measures all human relationships through money. Meanwhile, Tae Gong Sil (Gong Hyo Jin) is a melancholy and tearful assistant, who is able to see ghosts after an accident and thus suffers from insomnia. She lives a very reclusive and closed-off life due to her ability.
The story is being touted as “soul healing” drama that brings together very different types of people: one who can see and hear things that no one else in the world can and another who only hears and see things he wants too. As Joo Joong Won starts to believe in Tae Gong Shil’s claim of being able to see ghosts, these two people will grow together in faith and in character.(koreandrama.org)

So there you have it. Although I will say, the synopsis is pretty crap, as I find most synopsis to be. The horror factor is pretty high in this one, I mean with the premise of ghosts and a character who sees and interacts with ghost, you can’t really run away from that. But I kind of got used to it, because it was pretty obvious that after the ghosts scared you with their initial appearance, they start to fade back to their human form and I could brainwash myself that they really are just actors who have an immensely thick amount of white makeup on. So yeah, that’s my coping mechanism when I watch this, but if you’re not good with horror, I recommend you stay far away. The one thing I did love is that we get a new mini story (with the ghosts) every say two episodes? And all of them so far, I’m only up to Episode 7, are the touching and emotional sort and I’m a sucker for those. Plus it really helps you to get over your initial fear of the ghosts.

Also, like I mention earlier, the Hong sisters have an amazing capability to create the best characters to ever grace the kdrama-verse. These are characters with hilarious quirks, one-liners and EXPRESSIONS that will probably stick with you for a long time. So Ji Sub was amazing and I think after watching this drama, I have a whole new take on the phrase “get lost/꺼져” complete with Joong Won’s hand gestures. I mean, seriously, I will just allow the gifs to speak for themselves.

Got them all from tumblr

So yep, basically just watch the show.  Like I said, I’m only halfway through but I just felt this NEED to share, I guess mainly because my friends don’t really do kdramas… And I always get these feels when I chance upon a gem. I Hear Your Voice was spectacular but that is probably another blog post waiting to happen. I may or may not do another one when I’m done with this show, but if you have watched Master’s Sun, watching or planning to watch this, do drop me a comment! I will happily switch on my fangirl mode and talk feels with you.

Toodles!

[ARC Book Review] Pantomime by Laura Lam

Pantomime by Laura Lam [ARC]

Publication Date: 5 February 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Rating: 4/5 stars
R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

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My Thoughts

I really have to apologize for the lateness of my pretty long overdue review and a huge thanks to Goodreads and Strange Chemistry for an ARC copy of Pantomime which I won in a GR giveaway.

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The circus had been unlike anything I could ever imagine and I could not walk away. I wanted to be a part of the magic, create it and wield it with such skill that it looked effortless. I wanted to fly.

This quote perfectly describes how I felt when I was reading Pantomime. To be honest, I have never read a book that took place in a circus and I’m quite appalled at myself because I really do quite like the circus. Pantomime has taken that liking and deepened it into a fascination and love, in particular for this very circus. What I really loved about this book was that the world building was done beautifully. The vivid descriptions of the circus and various acts transported me into the circus tents and I felt like I was one of the circus go-ers, looking at everything in awe and wonder. Pantomime is one of those books that you have to read and savor every detail to appreciate the atmosphere.

I also really liked the characters in this book, from Gene and Micah, our protagonists, down to the characters Micah meets in the circus. This is when I don’t really want to spoil the book by going too much into the characters because there’s a pretty huge secret revolving around our protagonists and well, I think it’s better for readers to uncover it themselves. But let’s just say, that Micah is a pretty unique character, in my eyes at least. It took me a while to really connect with this character but his journey of self-discovery got me rather emotionally invested and I grew to love him.

Unfortunately, Pantomime ends on a cliffhanger which caught me by surprise because I actually expected it to be a standalone and it did annoy me just a bit. There is also a love triangle present which didn’t irk me hugely but I think I would enjoy it more if it didn’t exist. I do think it’s essential for a certain character’s growth though, so well, I’ll let this one slide.

All in all, I would recommend Pantomime purely for it’s amazing circus elements, gorgeous prose and world building. If you love circuses, this one will not disappoint you. And if you don’t, I have a feeling this book will make you just the bit more intrigued by the circus. The sequel to Pantomime comes out in 2014 and I simply can’t wait to read it.

[ARC Book Review] Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black [ARC]

Publication Date: 14 February 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Rating: 1/5 star
Vanessa doesn’t believe that her sister is a runaway. She wouldn’t leave her family behind without saying a word. The only way Vanessa can discover the truth behind her mysterious disappearance is to follow in Margaret’s footsteps, but to do so she risks her sanity and maybe even her life . . .

Vanessa Adler is one of the talented few to get a place at the acclaimed New York Ballet Academy. Between backbreaking rehearsals for the school’s production of The Firebird she desperately tries to find out what happened to her sister before she vanished. There are rumors that the pressure of performing the lead role, the same role Vanessa is now rehearsing for, drove her mad. Other girls have gone missing too. Can the role be cursed? Vanessa’s new relationship with leading-man Zep only seems to complicate things further. What is he hiding from her and can she really trust him?

Black Swan meets Gossip Girl in this thrilling first book in a new series. Sexy, sinister and full of secrets, readers will be hooked on Dance of Shadows from the first page. Look out for the sequel in 2014.

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My Thoughts

Sigh, yet another book that fails to live up to it’s gorgeous cover.

I was pretty excited for this because the premise sounded pretty promising and like what many have been saying, it could possibly be like the Black Swan of YA novels but unfortunately there were so many problems with this book that I honestly couldn’t have liked it as much as I tried.
The largest problem of them all and one can basically kill or make a book for me are the characters. I can ay that there isn’t a single character in the book that I liked or could relate to. Vanessa, as the female protagonist, was horribly one-dimensional, shallow and made pretty stupid decisions. I honestly couldn’t understand or connect to Vanessa and it just felt like she didn’t have a brain of her own. There were a few instances in the book (I’m going to just avoid spoilers) which should have raised the red flag but Vanessa chose to either ignore or she just refuses to acknowledge it’s existence. The rest of the characters were equally flat and I honestly could barely even differentiate them at times.

The second issue that irked me was the insta-love and infatuation going on between Vanessa and Zeppelin. I mean, he freaking breaks up with his girlfriend before he even had a real conversation with Vanessa. R.I.G.H.T. Plus there was the pre-requisite love triangle with Justin, whom was supposed to be mysterious and all but just seems like a stalker to me.

Finally, the writing was really mediocre. I might not be the best judge of this but I can safely say that the writing, in no way, managed to engage nor captivate me one bit. It reads a bit awkward and the pace is horribly slow. Ballet-wise, I’m not a dancer so the terms and all were pretty fine by me, I can’t say the same for a professional dancer or anyone else who has taken ballet though. I actually liked the prologue and was pretty intrigued but the book moved so slowly that I began to lose all interest. Well, that plus the less than awesome writing and flat characters. And the problem with having a prologue that clearly hints (a VERY strong hint that is) at paranormal ongoings in the school, is that you can’t possibly move the book at a snail’s pace or your reader is seriously going to get very frustrated at your protagonist for not figuring it out when it’s already blatantly in the readers’ faces. So yep, I think it’s safe to say I won’t be picking up the second book.

[Book Review] Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber

Publication Date: 24 May 2012
Publisher: Razorbill (first edition – self-published)
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

4.5 flaming hot stars.

I’ve swooned over Graham in the Between the Lines and Where You Are and now I’m totally swooning over Landon Lucas Maxfield. I need to kowtow to Ms Webber for creating such hot, swoon-worthy and extremely mature (pretty much flawless I might add) male characters. But I also need to cry hysterically like a mad woman because her books have officially killed my expectations for real world guys in the sense that I’m pretty sure no guy I meet, will EVER live up to such standards.

Ms Webber’s books should be handed out to college guys (I guess high school would work too) just to let them know what they are up against and what we girls are expecting. Her books should be marketed to guys as ‘The Guidelines to Capturing a Girl’s Heart”. I do realize that by now, I’m starting to sound a little mentally unsound and psychotic.

At the risk of sounding totally shallow, I must add that apart from the clear reason stated above, I did also adore the friendship between Erin and Jacqueline and the way that the rape issue was handled. It didn’t take place just for the sake of drama and was portrayed in a realistic manner while illustrating the seriousness of this issue. Which in my opinion, is why this book should be marketed as New Adult and not just because of the sex scenes like the marketers have been yapping about. Although the sex scenes in this book are seriously well written and wonderfully steamy (;

Lastly, I would just like to shout out to Lucas, Graham (yes, I am aware that they are fictional) and all guys out there who might be similar to these two guys, but I have not had the fortune of meeting.

& if you are ever looking for a girlfriend

But for now

 

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Great Imaginations

[Book Review] Speechless by Hannah Harrington & The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Publication Date: 28 August 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: 4/5 stars

Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret.

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.

My (short) Review

You can be surrounded by people and still be lonely. You can be the most popular person in the school, envied by every girl and wanted by every boy, and still feel completely worthless. The world can be laid at your feet and you can still not know what you want from it.

The thing that first drew me to this book was the wonderfully simple cover that from far looks just like a blank paper. Speechless. This book is very aptly named and beautifully written. I honestly don’t quite know how to put my feelings about this book down in words as I always do the books I love.

I can cut myself some slack somes. Because I’m a work in progress. Because nobody is perfect. At least, I acknowledge the mistakes I’ve made, and am making. At least I’m trying. That means something, doesn’t it?

I think this quote perfectly sums up why I liked Chelsea so much. She starts out as a very flawed character but at the end of the book, I don’t find that she has become a saint either. Yes, I still think that she has flaws but at the very least, she did look at herself and try to change.I can definitely appreciate that.

I really loved her new group of friends as well. Asher and Andy are both pretty hilarious and Sam is just downright sweet. I also loved how the romance between Chelsea and Sam played out. The pacing for the story was pretty spot on.

How it seems so impossible that someone could look at them, see how plainly they care for each other, and find anything ugly or shameful or worthy of hatred in it, when all I see is something beautiful.

Speechless also touches on the issue of bullying and homophobia, but it was done in a way that doesn’t feel like it’s trying to shove what’s morally right down your throat. Rather, it is done in a more pensive manner which I really liked. It makes you think love, hatred, friendship, forgiveness and so much more. This was one YA contemporary that thankfully lived up to it’s hype and made me fall in love with Harrington’s writing and characters.

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Publication Date: 27 April 2010
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Rating: 2/5 stars

Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being haunted by Kenny G!

My (short) Review

Warning: This book (not review, BOOK) will spoil some classics if you have yet to read them.

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
2. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Alright, consider yourselves warned, now onward to my short review.

Silver Linings is one of those books that I wouldn’t normally pick up and probably wouldn’t if not for wanting to read it before I watch the movie. From the trailer, I expected a pretty light hearted book with quirky characters but what I got was really different, although not entirely in a bad way.

There were chapters that made me smile and chapters that made me teared but at the end of the day, I don’t love this book. I saw a review on Goodreads saying that Silver Linings is like an adult Perks and I guess I do agree a little. So it’s probably the case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ for this since I didn’t exactly love Perks either.
If you actually read this post right down till the end, yay for you and me!
I hope my reviews were at the least bit helpful and comments make me very happy, so leave me one? :D

[Book Review] Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Publication Date: 3rd January 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: 3/5 stars

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland – known as The Death Shop – are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild – a savage – and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile – everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

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Favourite Quotes

“She looked up. “A world of nevers under a never sky.”
She fit in well then, he thought. A girl who never shut up.”

“It was the lion grin she’d only seen a few times. Sweet and engaging, with a hint of shyness. It showed a whole part of him she didn’t know.


My Thoughts

From the moment I set my eyes on this gorgeous book, I fell in love with both the title and the cover.

Rossi’s Under the Never Sky debuted in early 2012 with a bang and I have been hearing many good things about this book, so I’ve finally decided that now would be a good time to start, since the second book in the series will be released soon. This was one book that I excitedly dove into but emerged pretty disappointed. I honestly expected to love or at least like it VERY much and I did try my hardest to, but unfortunately, Under the Never Sky never did reach my expectations.

Storyline

UtNS is placed under the dystopian, sci-fi category which I guess is part of it’s marketing after the dystopian hype, but this book barely fits under the dystopian category. It’s definitely much more science fiction and even then, I don’t think hardcore sci-fi readers will fancy this too much. The main storyline is pretty normal, with your two protagonists from different worlds going on a journey with a somewhat similar goal, to save their loved ones. The problem lies with the world building, which is very basic. Nothing is very much elaborated on or even explained and I was left wondering if I missed out reading anything cos I simply didn’t understand how exactly Aria’s and Perry’s worlds worked. The pacing of the book started out slow and only picked up towards the later end of the book.

Characters

This was another huge problem for me and the main reason why I didn’t love the book. I don’t dislike any of the main characters but unfortunately, I didn’t love them either. Everyone’s gushing over Perry but for me, it’s like he’s sweet and really funny at times but him and Aria’s characters just fell a bit flat for me. It might be the alternating third party POV at work here that didn’t allow me to feel fully engaged with both characters but I was sorely disappointed with this.

But then ROAR happened, and all was good.
Roar was truly the highlight of the book for me (Perry comes at a close second), he made things more light hearted and was just being his awesome self. I really hope he appears more in Book 2 (with Liv!) and he does have a novella that I have yet to read, so yay for that!

Romance

One of the things that I did love about this book was that there was NO “insta-love” nor a love triangle.

I know right, colour me amazed.
The build up for Aria and Perry’s romance was pretty spot on and the pacing was well done so when they finally did get together, it felt right. But okay, that very one scene about violets? That was something that wasn’t for me, it just felt too cheesy and awkward. Everytime Perry mentioned about Aria’s violet scent, I felt a strong urge to snigger.

Final Verdict

Well, I wouldn’t strongly recommend this book to everyone but if you are in the market for a very light dystopian/sci-fi read that has an ample balance of romance and action, I would say you can check out Under the Never Sky. But quite honestly, there are other books that I find to be much better written than this. I will read the second book though, just because I’m pretty curious to see how things will play out from here. Fingers crossed that it will be much better!

Love always, E.

PS. My first book review is finally up!
If you managed to finish reading this, pleaaaase let me know what you think? <3

Here’s to an awesome 2013

For the first time ever in my life, I attended a countdown party!
Or rather, I counted down to the new year with a friend and a few hundred other strangers… But I guess the main point was that I actually got off my lazy ass and welcomed the new year a little differently from how I usually would. AND I was rewarded with pretty awesome music (THERE WAS A DISNEY MEDLEY. All is good) and a gorgeous fireworks show, for free!

Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.

For about ten minutes and then we had to spend close to an hour getting to the train station to get home.
Story of my life.

Still, I would like to wish everyone who is actually reading this, a very happy new year.
May 2013 be filled with awesomeness and love <3

happy2013

Love always,
E

 

Book Challenges – 2013

So I just found about book challenges and decided to take part in a WHOLE bunch of them since it sounds like fun, I like to make lists AND I need to up my reading by a whole lot.
For now, they are mostly based in the Goodreads groups that I’m in, but I’m exploring those conduced by book blogs too.
Yay!

Are you participating in any challenges? Share them with me!

Sign-Ups - Hobbitsies
Goal: 12 books (or more) by debut authors in 2013

1. Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black – Review | Goodreads

 

Sign-Ups - Bookish
Goal: 11-20 (A Friendly Hug) books published BEFORE 2013

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
2. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – Review | Goodreads
3. Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
4. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Clare Legrand
5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
7. Angelfall by Susan Ee
8. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick – Review | Goodreads
9.
Speechless by Hannah Harrington - Review | Goodreads
10. The Diviners by Libba Bray – Review | Goodreads
11. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Review | Goodreads
12. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Random Riggs – Goodreads
13. Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis – Goodreads
14. Bleeding Hearts (Drake Chronicles #4) by Alyxandra Harvey – Goodreads
15. Blood Moon (Drake Chronicles #5) by Alyxandra Harvey – Goodreads
16. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – Goodreads
17. Easy by Tammara Webber – Review | Goodreads
18. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – Goodreads
19. Bloodfever (Fever #2) by Karen Marie Moning – Goodreads

Goodreads Challenges 

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I will be updating this through next year and will put a link under my “The Girl” page, if anyone is even reading this…