Review: The Elite & The One by Kiera Cass || Where I finally bid goodbye to this series

Title: The Elite and The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, book 2 and 3
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 323 pages, Paperback
Published: April 23rd, 2013 and June 5th, 2014 by HarperTeen respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The Elite:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever- and America is still struggling to decide where her own heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen, who she always thought was the one?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want–and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

The One:

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.


I read the first book in this series back in 2015 and since then the whole series has been collecting dust on my shelf and this year and I really wanted to finish all the unread books/full series from my shelf, so my finally picked this up. Honestly, I’m just glad I’m finished off with this series because it has been one of the most disappointing ones. Anyway, you can read my review of The Selection, here.

“Love is beautiful fear.” 

When America came to participate in the Selections, her heart wasn’t truly in the competition but it was before she came to know Maxon. Now her heart is torn between him and her first love, Aspen who’s a soldier in the palace. The competition’s getting more fierce day by day and then there are the rebel attacks which are getting frequent as well. And when she realises the truth which changes her whole course, which path will America choose?

The Selection failed to make a mark on me because it was way too predictable though it had some good moments. Thr rebel attacks were one of the most interesting aspects of that book and I was really looking forward to more of it but there was seriously nothing in The Elite. Frankly, I didn’t quite understand the purpose of this book. I didn’t hate America like I have read so many reviews but her indecisiveness really irritated me. There is at least some point where one understands what one’s heart truly craves but America couldn’t till the very end of the last book. Seriously! It felt like she was close to deciding whom she wanted but the very next minute she was running away from that. Anyway, the plot doesn’t move anywhere in the 2nd book, it mostly swayed back and forth on the same point. I just wish this book would have more substance than the frustrating romance.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. 

It was only ever yours to break anyway.”

The One was definitely better than The Elite. This book did focus on the rebel sub-plot but just not as much as I would have loved. America’s indecisiveness continued in this book too and by this time, I had kinda already stopped caring but it was still infuriating. Maxon was such a sweet guy and when she asked for space, he gave her that but when Maxon asked for the same thing, she felt hurt and betrayed. Dude, why? She was pretty much doing the same thing behind his back, I didn’t know why she acted like a hypocrite.

Anyway, I didn’t really like Aspen anymore than I did in book 1. He kept appearing wherever I least wanted him to!! Celeste’s character gave me a whiplash but I definitely enjoyed her character but the thing with Kriss was kinda all of a sudden and oh well, it was all weird. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the plot twist but it was kinda already ruined for me and hence didn’t have much impact on me. Though the ending part made me emotional and with everything going on, I was really afraid at one point but the ending was definitely the saving grace of this whole trilogy, all the loose ends were wrapped up everything finally fell into place. And thank freaking goodness, the choosing ceremony finally happened!

“But even now I know this isn't a fairy tale. 
I know that we'll have hard times, confusing times. 
I know that things won't always happen the way we want them to and that we'll have to work to remember that we chose this. 
It won't be perfect, not all the time.

This isn't happily ever after.

It's so much more than that.” 

Overall, The Elite and The One were an okay read. The plot was predictable but neatly executed. These two books were definitely a fast read and the pace was even throughout the two books. I didn’t want to read book 4 after finishing this trilogy and it ended here for me.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So guys, what do you think about this series? Is it one of your favourites or did you not enjoy it as much as you had hoped?

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Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell || Where my feelings turned into a mushy gushy mess!

Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Standalone
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, LGBT, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page count and format: 517 pages, Paperback
Published: October 8th, 2015 by Macmillan
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here – it’s their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words – to every ‘chosen one’ who ever had more on their mind than saving the world…


This book was my 3rd Rainbow Rowell read and I looooved it so freaking much!! Though I wish I would have bought this book a little later because the new cover is sooo amazing and beautiful!! You would already know this if you have read Fangirl, Carry On originally started as fanfiction by the protagonist Cath in Fangirl and I enjoyed the snippets of the story so much while reading that book and I was so freaking excited when this came out as whole story instead (not anyway related to Fangirl). Anyhooo, this book was really a ride I won’t ever forget!

Simon Snow has to deal with a lot being the chosen one and everything becomes more chaotic in his life with his girlfriend breaks up with him and he realises he has feelings for his enemy, Baz! And then there’s the Humdrum who has been after Simon since forever and his mentor has been keen on avoiding him for the last few months. With everything going on, how will Simon face the ultimate challenge when he comes face to face with the truth?

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This book was a blast! I think I decided to pick it up later because of the similarities with Harry Potter. And I could see why other reviewers were saying so but I only felt that only felt during the beginning of the book because a whole new story develops as the plot proceeds. Though I definitely have to say it’s a book heaven for Drarry shippers! Anyway, let’s come back to the plot! Simon Snow is the chosen one, destined to be the greatest mage of all times and the one to be able to defeat the Humdrum. But his life isn’t that simple, although he is the chosen one he is not able to control his magic and he sometimes just “blows off” when things become too hard to handle. This book definitely started off strong and managed to keep my interest throughout the book.

Simon is just an adorable mushy character and I loved him to death! Although Baz, his roommate who he doubted was a vampire and he was his mortal enemy, still Simon was worried sick when he didn’t show up when the term started. I was so giddy with excitement, I could see how much he cared for Baz with realising it himself. The only complaint I have is that I really wished Baz would have shown up much earlier, it would have been awesome to see more of their bantering it was really hilarious at times and laced with humour. 

#Basicallythewholebook XD Credit: Source

Carry On was divided into multiple POVs, though it mostly consisted of Simon’s voice, it was pretty interesting to read other POVs too, especially Baz’s though I really didn’t understand the need to include Agatha’s POV because her chapters were bland and boring just like her personality. Her sudden crush on Baz and then suddenly realising he was bad and childish, I didn’t quite understand her change of feelings. Simon’s obsession, well not quite obsession but the thing he had with Agatha was quite weird too because it was so clear they didn’t have any true feelings for each other but were just together because it was perfect in everybody’s eyes and Simon’s urge to have Agatha back in her life was extremely weird. Again. That’s the only time I wanted to shake him hard enough until those thoughts flew out of his pretty brain. Though I think it was because he saw things the same way as everybody else and did not realise his true need until he got out of that relationship and began to see things differently with the help of a certain someone. *Ahem!*

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On the other hand, Penelope was a great character. She reminded me of Hermione and she was quite fun to read about, I loved the friendship she shared with Simon and from the very start, you get the feeling that it’s a kind of friendship that lasts a lifetime, maybe even more. Anyway, Baz’s chapter were the ones I loved the most! He had a wicked sense of humour and for the first time, I didn’t feel irritated when he was doing the exact opposite of what he was feeling because I understood where he was coming from and gosh ALL THE FEELS!! I was silently cheering when they finally started working together to solve a particular case and thus, the actual journey between them started. The chemistry between them was GAAAH!!! Too much, too good! And when they finally kissed, my feelings were everywhere, I had to re-read that particular page a couple to times to make sure it was really happening because it caught me off-guard, I definitely hadn’t expected that to happen but OMG, it was just sooo good!

The plot twist was another thing which caught me off-caught and it was definitely was one of the wow factors of this book because yep, did not see that coming either! I really loved how the entire thing with the Humdrum was executed, it definitely made things more intriguing. Also, the thing with the mage and Lucy’s POV were interesting enough to keep me glued to the pages. But the spells stuff was quite silly though, I would have enjoyed that part more if there was a different yet a unique aspect to that part. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed how the things were tied in the end, although it was a little bitter sweet, I was completely satisfied with the ending!

Overall, Carry On was a freaking fantastic read! The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I soooo loved the romance between Simon and Baz which left me wanting for more. The writing was quirky and fun to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I really needed this book in my life, I seriously didn’t think I would enjoy it this much but it was so worth it!

Recommend it?

YES!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think? Did you love it or was it just meh for you? Or is it still waiting in your tbr?

Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2017!

Hey, guys! How are you all doing?

I didn’t read quite as many books as I usually do but it was a good reading month though a rather slow one. I also had planned two more review posts but I didn’t quite feel like writing it. Scheduling really helped me in July and I wish I had done it in this month as well. Hopefully next month! Anyway, let’s jump into today’s post, shall we?

Books I’ve read this month:

YA:

      

NA:

   


Books I’ve reviewed this month: 

4/5 stars

Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock

Thieves 2 Lovers by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield

Omega by Jus Accardo

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Free by Susanne Valenti

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

The Irish Getaway by Siobhan Davis

3/5 stars

Fallen Heir by Erin Watt


Other Stuff:

  • I posted a review of the show Eyewitness which is a must watch!.

Life Updates:

Well, August was another unproductive month for me. It seems like I’m stepping ahead one step and going back two. It’s really frustrating. And I’m not even trying. 😦 I can’t seem to focus on anything but I really need to try.

On the other hand, the only productive thing in this month was the Scribbler Challenge where working on the prompts were pretty fun. I’m kinda sad it’s coming to an end with only one prompt to finish. Another thing that came out of this challenge was it did give me a new story idea. So yay! Oh, and I can’t forget I finally got into K-pop this month, more specifically BTS! I had actually listened to Blood, Sweat and Tears when it came out but I hadn’t given it much thought so when my friend out of the blue started talking about the BTS nonstop, I either had to change my seat or join the cult! XD So I decided to check it out first and now my day starts with their songs and ends with them. ❤ I’m sooo in love!

Anyway! I bought This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab this month. Also, my package of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo finally arrived! Though I can’t wait to read Godsgrave and Wonder Woman next month!!


So guys, how was your August? Did we have any book in common? What are your plans for September? Are you looking forward to any particular book?

Review: The Irish Getaway by Siobhan Davis || A quick and sweet read!

Title: The Irish Getaway
Author: Siobhan Davis
Series: The Kennedy Boys, book 3.5
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 269 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: August 31st, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The Kennedy Boys go wild on vacation in Ireland!

It’s the summer before they start college, and Faye and Ky are visiting her home turf together—it’s Ky’s first time in Ireland, and her first trip home since her parent’s tragic death.

After a blissful three weeks on their own, they welcome the rest of the Kennedy clan when they arrive on Irish soil for the vacation of a lifetime.

Watch the sparks fly as family emotions run high and the Kennedy boys’ party up a storm, creating mayhem and madness wherever they go.

This dual POV short novel should only be read after Keeping Kyler.


After all the chaos, the Kennedys along with Faye head out for a much-needed vacation. But wherever they go, trouble follows. Will they be able to enjoy a normal holiday like any other people or will chaos break loose again?

*A Little Spoilerish!*

This book wonderfully fills the gap between Keeping Kyler and Loving Kalvin. All our favourite characters are present in this book and it was indeed a fun ride. Kyler and Faye, as usual, were inseparable from each other and we also got to see a bit of a mature side of their relationship. They were in the stage of their relationship that despite everything jealousy had no place and I seriously loved their trust in each other.

All the other Kennedy boys were pretty fun to read about. Kent was notorious as usual and the other didn’t back out of mischief if they got any chance. Faye and Whitney’s relationship was pretty rocky, though we did get a glimpse of how their relationship could be, I really hope Whitney is able to overcome whatever’s holding her back from fully embracing Faye as her sister. And it was great to see Faye with her people, after all she went through, she deserved this happiness.

Overall, The Irish Getaway was a pretty good and engaging read. Though I felt the much-needed punch was missing, the characters made up for it. The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters all over again. I loved the romance between Kyler and Faye. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. This book was a pretty fast read and I easily finished it in two sittings. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series! I’m so freaking excited for Brad’s story!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you read any previous book in this series?

Daydreaming Discussions: Things That Make Me Hit The Unsubscribe Button!

daydreaming discussions

Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

So, there are a lot of things and each differs for a different person that makes us wanna hit subscribe a certain blog and there are also a few things which make us hit the unfollow button or just not follow at all in the first place. So, today I thought why not make a list of the things that makes me say no, nope to a certain blog! Here goes…

1. Cringeworthy Layout

So, of course, this is number one on my list. I love aesthetically pleasing things and if a layout is literally hurting my eyes, I am usually the one to skip. It doesn’t have to be super gorgeous but at least easy on the eyes. Blog design is the first thing someone notices before the content and if that isn’t good enough, people are likely to say goodbye even if the content is good. Of course, there are exceptions if I fall in super love with the content but it’s very rare. I seriously struggled with layout stuff in the beginning and I seriously still cringe when I think about the blog layouts I chose when I was still a newbie. xD

2. No Reviews

Being a book reviewer, I usually follow book blogs. Yup, I think that’s all I follow. xD But I have seen some blogs which are said book blogs but there are literally no reviews, at all. For me, reviews are a must if I want to follow a blog because otherwise what else would be there to fangirl about. There are discussion posts and other awesome tags but if it’s without reviews, then it’s a no for me.

3. No Commenting Back

This is the one I hate the most. I don’t get why somebody won’t reply back, like ever! Commenting is one of the things, that not only I but almost every book blogger loves the most because that’s how basically we all interact with each other. And I have seen a few bloggers who don’t even bother to reply, even on their own blogs. So, you guys can understand what usually happens if this continues…

4. Book Bashing

This is also one of the things I hate the most. I mean of course not everybody is going to like every single book, each of us have a different opinion about a particular book but when somebody instead of stating the issues they have with the book, starts bashing the book and sometimes the author as well, it enrages me. Even if it’s a book you don’t like, it doesn’t mean you can insult the author’s hard work just like that. I usually hit the unfollow button straight away if I find a review on a blog that I am already subscribed to.

5. Posting only book blitz/cover reveals/tags

This is kind of simply too repetitive as there’s no other creative content than the said things. I also occasionally participate in book blitz and cover reveals but if a blog has only that, then it’s just not interesting enough. I love and enjoy reading tags but if a blog only has tags, it is bound to get repetitive one day or the other.


So guys, what are the things that make you tick off a blog from your list? Do we have any in common?

Review: Fallen Heir by Erin Watt || Where my expectations crash landed

Title: Fallen Heir
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals, book 4
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 295 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: August 28th, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.


Guys, I’m going to say this straight out, this book didn’t meet my expectations. 😦 I fell in love with Paper Princess, which made my expectation level go way up and beyond and Easton is my favourite character, so I was eagerly waiting for his book but damn… this book had its moments, that’s why I’m giving it a three instead of two but overall I am disappointed.

Easton Royal has it all, money, fame and a long list of conquests and all his attention shifts to Hartley, a.k.a the new girl in town. Hartley has too much on her plate right now and she can’t avoid any more distractions but Easton is not someone to give up easily. Despite the attraction, Easton settles on being friends with her but he wants her, can he woo someone like Hartley who doesn’t even want him back?

The plot of Fallen Heir was intriguing enough to keep me reading but at the same time, there was nothing new. Easton is a notorious playboy and all his attention shifts to Hartley when she accidentally catches Easton in a compromising situation. Despite her promise of not saying anything, Easton doesn’t leave her alone. At first, she’s just a conquest to him when she keeps on saying no but slowly he discovers a friend in her as well and I loved that. He was not willing to let go and he really came to care about her. I enjoyed the chemistry between Easton and Hartley though they didn’t act upon it until the very last.

I fell in love with Easton so bad in the previous books. There was a reason he stood out among all the Royal boys and why most of us readers adore him the most. But I felt that Easton was missing, he was still the same person, the most charming and notorious Royal but something was different about his personality. I understood his issues but he seriously irritated me sometimes, especially his impulsive decisions. I wish we got Hartley’s POV too because sometimes it got monotonous. But that ending though!!! I don’t think anybody saw it coming, it was like BAMN! Straight in the face! I sooo need to know what happens next!

Overall, Fallen Heir was a good read. The plot although cliched was executed neatly. I wanted more character growth and I really hope I get that in the next book. The writing flowed smoothly and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely going to be picking up the next book in this series!

Recommend it?

Yes.


So, guys what do you think about this book? Are you eagerly waiting for it? have you read the previous books in this series?

Review: Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne || Feminism, mental health and positive female friendship!

Title: Am I Normal Yet?
Author: Holly Bourne
Series: The Spinster Club, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mental-Health, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 434, Paperback
Published: August 1st, 2015 by Usborne Publishing Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?


This book was such an epic read!! I breezed through it in no time. Though the beginning was a little slow and I was kinda afraid because of the hype surrounding it but then I understood why everybody loves this book so much!

Am I Normal Yet? follows Evie’s journey as she tries to live a normal life while struggling with her OCD and anxiety. But she is finally taking a step forward, she is ticking off all the things that she has always wanted to do in high school except one, being in a relationship. She wants to tick that off her list too but she can’t even tell her best friends about her condition, will she be able to handle love?

“Mental illnesses grab you by the leg, screaming, and chow you down whole.They make you selfish. They make you irrational. They make you irrational. They make you self-absorbed. They make you needy. They make you cancel plans last minute. They make you not very fun to spend time with. They make you exhausting to be near.”

This book was sooo freaking good. It dealt with so many important topics and it was so relatable! Evie is finally trying to get back to a normal life and be just like the other kids her age but she can’t completely erase anxiety and OCD out of her life. They take a toll on her every day and it’s a daily battle she has to fight. This book dealt with the importance of spreading mental health awareness and the aspect of mental health was handled realistically in this book. Not only that, I LOVED the perfect blend of feminism in this book too.

“Do you ever wonder,” he asked, “how we decide what’s mad and what isn’t? There’s so much crazy stuff in the world – everything’s a mess most of the time – but then people who can’t handle it are called mental and have films made about them… But what if they’re just reacting to the weirdness of the universe? Isn’t it more weird to just think everything’s okay, when it clearly isn’t?” 

Despite making two great friends like Amber and Lottie, Evie is reluctant to share that part of her life, afraid that they might turn her back on her and think her as a freak. As much as I wanted Evie to be open to them, I could understand where she was coming from. But yes, if she was more open to them, facing her problems might have been a little easier but try telling that you to heart. Damn you, heart! There were plenty of situations where it broke my heart, I just wanted to be there for Evie, I wanted to hug her and be there for her, it completely shattered me how she had to face those situations all alone.

From the moment she met Guy (what a weird name! seriously!!), she felt something towards him. Their attraction was visible but damn you, Evie! She deserved so much better than someone named Guy. From the beginning, that boy was anything but trouble and I guess, Evie was attracted towards the bad boy image more than him. The thing between them never felt right to me and it was kinda proved rightly so. I seriously hated Evie for how she treated Oli. I understood, I goddamn understood but she lied to hide more lies and that bothered me very much. She should have at least spoken up about it without taking sides. But I was soooo glad to read the last page of that book and I seriously wanted more.

Anyway, I loved the friendship between the trio. I envied their friendship, it was kind of a friendship that lasted forever. Evie, Lottie and Amber made quite an epic team and their idea to start a spinster club was damn awesome. I wish I could be a part of that team too. Jane was the only friend who knew about Evie but she now has to deal with their friendship falling apart due to Jane’s new found relationship as well. I could so much relate to her feeling overwhelmed and don’t even get me started on anxiety. Despite her daily struggles, despite everything, she was indeed a brave soul.

“Everyone’s on the cliff edge of normal. Everyone finds life an utter nightmare sometimes, and there’s no ‘normal’ way of dealing with it… There is no normal, Evelyn.”

Overall, Am I Normal Yet? was a great eye-opening read. The plot was executed in a realistic way and I fell in love with the characters despite their flaws. It dealt with so many issues which were treated in a sensitive and compassionate way. The writing was beautiful, smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I already have book 2 and I can’t wait to dive into it.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think about it? And if you haven’t, is it in your tbr?