Stacking the Shelves #1

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reality Reality about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Books Purchased

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  1. City of Bones 10th-anniversary edition: After two months of serenading it from afar, I finally got this beauty in my hands! I’ve been flipping through it, and it really makes me want to re-read City of Bones. Unfortunately, I have so many books to read at the moment that it can’t happen. *sigh*
  2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: This purchase is the result of both my love for Holly Black and pure peer pressure. Half my Instagram feed is dedicated to it!
  3. The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan: Trudi Canavan has a really good reputation when it comes to the fantasy world. I remember a time when I couldn’t watch a fantasy recommendations video on youtube without her name popping up. So I finally decided to pick up her first novel and give it a go!
  4. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman: ‘Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities.’ ….need I say more?

Books Borrowed From the Library

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Books for Review

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What books did you get this week? 

OTP Book Tag

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I know this tag is relatively old and I was not tagged by anyone but, in my defense, I really like it. What can I say, I’m a rebel. Plus, I firmly believe there is no better way to get to know a bookish person than from their OTPs.

So here we go!

An unpopular OTP that you ship

Raise your hand if you ever started shipping two characters that could never be because of fanfiction.

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I see you Dramione fans in the back, don’t even try to hide! My experience though involves two certain pjo characters. Before the gift that is Solangelo was created or we even knew that Nico was a lgbt+ character, PJO fanfiction (which, yes, I read and wrote) was full of Thalia x Nico- dabbed Thalico- stories.

And I loved them! There… I said it. It’s the writers’ fault! They made them so compatible!

An OTP that you didn’t ship at first but do now

This took a lot of thinking- and browsing on Goodreads- because, usually, I am that reader who ships characters from basically the first chapter they meet. But, I managed to find one!

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Alyssa and Morpheus from Splintered! I was a bit conflicted about this particular pairing in the beginning as we first meet Alyssa crushing on Jeb, her best friend. And, truthfully, I really liked Jeb while Morpheus was a bit of a villain for me for most of the book. But, in the end, I couldn’t help but root for him and his cunning and endearing personality. There was also an undeniable pull and so much chemistry between him and Alyssa that couldn’t compare to her relationship with Jeb .

By the way, look at that cover!

Pick your most hated OTP

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This was the first book I’d started keeping notes about. All of them, unfortunately, were about how unhealthy and frustrating the relationship between Abby and Travis was…

Pick an OTP that took way too long to happen

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Penryn and Raffe from Penryn and the End of Days! Those two took the entire trilogy to finally get together in the last 10 pages! They also spent the better part of a book apart. I’m also still waiting for a better epilogue from you Susan Ee, because that one was a disgrace to this beautiful trilogy. Or a 4th book, I’m not picky…

Pick your favorite non-cannon OTP

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Kami Glass and Rusty Montgomery from Unspoken. Granted, I just posted a review of Unspoken raving about how much I love the relationship between Jared and Kami-and I still love them- but! Rusty is always there for Kami- even when Jared is too busy brooding- and the chemistry between them is undeniable. Also, Jared was a bit annoying in Untold while Rusty was too cool for his own good.

Pick your favorite BROTP

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I adore Simon and Clary from the Mortal Instruments!  Their friendship is so pure and moving and literal goals. There is profound love, respect, and trust between them and they always have each other’s backs.

 Pick an OTP you adored in the books but not as much in the adaptation

I have realized that most adaptation couples just don’t do it for me. They always translate too cheesy in the screen and, sometimes, there is no chemistry. Zilch. Zero. But two specific couples come immediately to mind.

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  • Percabeth: I think I speak for the entire fandom when I say they really did go in a whole other direction when it comes to the books and the characters. Also, plot inaccuracies aside, what was up with Annabeth’s hair…
  • Clace (on the Tv show): This is one of those too cheesy couples. Well, if I am being honest, the entire show is a bit too cheesy for me… I tried, I really did. Two whole seasons I tried.

Pick a popular OTP that no matter how hard you tried you can’t ship it

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The couple in Rebel Belle. I actually don’t even remember their names… I think his name was David? And her name was Rebecca? I really can’t tell. And that’s exactly the problem. The couple wasn’t memorable for me. I never became invested in them or their relationship however much I tried.

Pick your favorite LGBT+ OTP

Where do I even begin? Magnus and Alec from the Shadowhunters Chronicles? My babies! Will Solace and Nico d’ Angelo from PJO? These two cuties make my heart! Rufus and Mateo from They Both Die at the End? I’m still crying by the way…

Pick your all-time favorite OTPs

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My two all-time favorite OTPs will always be Clary and Jace from the Mortal Instruments and Percy and Annabeth from the PJO series. No other couple can take their place as number one!

But, because I do have a whole list of almost equally loved OTPs, here are some other favorites in no particular order:

  1. Will and Tessa, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  2. Henry and Charlotte, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  3.  Magnus and Alec, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  4. Alex and Aiden, the Covenant series by Jennifer L Armentrout
  5. Tate and Jared, Bully by Penelope Douglas
  6. Penryn and Raffe, Angelfall by Susan Ee
  7. Noah and Mara, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkins
  8. Tana and Gavriel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  9. Levi and Cathy, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  10. Simon and Blue, Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

WWW Wednesday #1

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The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you’ll be reading next! You have to answer three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you just finished?
  • What will you be reading next?

Recently Finished Reading

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I just finished When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon! It was the best contemporary I’ve read in a while; incredibly geeky, cute and funny! I’m currently working on my review but it probably will be going up after my review of Untold (The Lynburn Legacy #2).

 

Currently Reading

As I finished WDMR the previous night I have not yet picked up another book. But I am definitely in the mood for a fantasy book. Can’t deny my true calling for long it appears!

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Reading Next

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So even though I have no idea which book I will be reading today, I know the one after will be Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. I’ve heard that it is nothing short of amazing and deals with feminism and girl power. Sign me up! Aaaand I also really need to read it before the 30th.

 

What are you reading?

Review: Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan

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  • Title: Unspoken
  • Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Pages: 370
  • Publishing: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: September 11th, 2012
  • My Rating: 5/5

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She didn’t spend her childhood silent about her imaginary friend, and is thus a bit of an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, she has a best friend, runs the popular school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head. 

But all that changes when the Lynburns return. . . .    

My Thoughts

Let’s be real. There was no way I was not going to love a book that was set in a town called Sorry-in-the-Vale and included places called the Sorrier River or the Really Depressed Quarry.

Unspoken was a dark and addicting story full of romance, mystery, and magic. It had a diverse female lead, a slow-burning romance and a kick-ass secondary cast that only added to the story.  I was effortlessly swept into Kami’s story and captivated by the dark, gothic tone of the book and the relationship between not just Kami and Jared but the entire cast of characters. I also loved how Brennan managed to combine in her book the perfect amount of eerie, creepy scenes with humorous moments that made the book a little lighter and easier to read.

Brennan’s writing talent showed in abundance throughout the book. She was able to conjure up so much emotion in a single sentence; have you laughing one moment and aching the next. But, most importantly, she somehow managed to successfully portray the mindset of a girl sharing her thoughts with someone else; capture the level of intimacy, intensity and dependency of such a relationship.

Kami Glass was one of my favorite female leads to date. I loved how she differed from what we typically expect a YA fantasy female lead to be; she was a character of Japanese descent with a short and curvy built. What made her stand out was not her appearance, but her loud and quirky personality. She was fast-witted, wore colorful and funky clothing to match her personality and, my personal favorite, had the journalism bug. I loved how her reporter personality didn’t constantly put her into dangerous situations (another YA trope) but actually helped the plot and was an important part of the story. Her plans didn’t cause more problems (made for some very funny situations actually) but actually proved fruitful.

The romance in Unspoken definitely belonged in the slow-burning category. The developing relationship between Kami and Jared was intense, full of angst and aching moments; but it made sense. These were two people who thought each other a figment of their imagination, a mental rock to lean on, an escape from reality. I understood the reluctance, the insecurities that stemmed from the knowledge that someone who knows every single thing about you was suddenly flesh and bone. But, throughout the book, there were those small, intimate moments where it was evident how much love there really was between them. And, honestly, I was a sucker for it. It also showed how well they knew one another. They worked effortlessly as a team, always at sync, and the banter between them flowed naturally.

However, what ultimately made me love this book were the secondary characters and the overall friendship element of the book. Every single one of them stood out for their unique personality and their own contribution as a part of The Nosy Parker (the school’s newspaper and Kami’s team). I would start dissecting every single one of them- because I loved them that much- but that would take too long, so I’m just gonna say…they are awesome. So, so awesome.

Overall, I’m so glad I decided to finally read Unspoken (it sat on my TBR pile for almost 3 years…) I actually thought it would be a mediocre read and it ended up being one of my favorite books of 2017. It had fantasy elements, mystery, amazing characters, lots of creepy moments to make you feel unsettled and funny one-liners to make you laugh out loud.

5/5 stars

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2017 But Didn’t Get to (and totallyy plan to read in 2018)

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Okay, before I begin this list I’d like to make an attempt at justifying myself. Here it goes.

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Due to my last two years being spent focused on studying for my final exams, which, in my country, is a two-year process, my reading time was reduced significantly. This, I’m ashamed to admit, led to me not having continued some of my favorite series. So, let this shameful list begin.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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If you know me, you know that The Mortal Instruments, and generally the Shadowhunter Chronicles, is my all-time favorite series. But despite that, I have not finished The Infernal Devices trilogy. *hides in shame* I know. Don’t even say it. And, yes, before you ask, I’ve read City of Heavenly Fire so I have been spoilt for Clockwork Princess. Blasphemy, I know.

2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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I am actually dying to read The Dark Artifices but I really want to reread and finish The Infernal Devices first. I guess this year will be the year of the Shadowhunter Chronicles for me. You will not see me complaining.

3. Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

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Now let’s move to my other favorite author, Rick Riordan. I adore both the PJO and the HoO series, and when I read Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer in the beginning of last year, I loved it just as much. I just need to get around to reading the rest of the trilogy.

4. Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

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If there is a book that I know will make all my dreams come true, it’s this one; and I cannot believe I still have not read it. A book in the PJO universe with PJO characters and cameos? Sold. With the ever-sassy Apollo as the protagonist? Double Sold.

5. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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This is one of those books that I know I’ll love but still have left sitting on my bookshelf for the past year, staring at me….just sitting there. I really need to get to that. The movie coming out in 2019 with Tom Holland is also a huge motivation.

6.Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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I loved Fangirl when I read it a couple of years ago. Well, actually, who didn’t. But I still haven’t read Carry On even though I know every single person who’s read it has adored it. Also, my best friend is currently guilting me into reading it so I guess I have no choice anymore.

7. IT by Stephen King

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I bought the book last year and kidded myself into thinking I would read it before the movie came out. Yeah, that didn’t happen. But I am very excited to finally pick it up and the fact that I loved the movie makes me even more willing to dive into this 1000+ page book. ( Unpopular opinion, I know.)

8.The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rufus

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This is a book that I’ve heard only good things about. Readers loved it. Reviewers loved it. My best friend who’s read it loved it. The squirrel across the street loved it. I have to read it.

9. Uprooted by Niomy Novak

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Naomi Novik is very popular in the Fantasy genre so I would love to get around to reading Uprooted this year and experience her awesomeness first hand.

10. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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Finally, this book. If I did this list every year for the past four years, this book would be in all four of them. Each year, I tell myself I will pick it up. Nope. Never happens. *sighs* Fingers crossed 2018 will be the lucky one.

Review : They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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  • Title: They both die at the end
  • Author: Adam Silvera
  • Pages: 368
  • Publishing: Harper Teen
  • Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
  • My Rating: 5/5 stars

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

My Thoughts

Can something be so heartwarming and heart-wrenching at the same time? Because Adam Silvera has achieved just that with his new book.

They Both Die at the End is my first Adam Silvera book, and I have to admit it’s a beautifully written one. It conveys a vital message about life and what it means to be living, rather than just existing; how you should make every day count. Also, the entire idea is mind-blowing. A world where you are notified about your death 24 hours before it happens. Fascinating, and utterly terrifying.

I was surprised by how much invested I became in both character; individually, as well as in their developing relationship. By the end of the book, I felt so close and familiarised with both characters that I just wanted to hug them and never let them go. Even though I’m always a little reserved when it comes to dual PoVs, I could clearly picture them in my head. I sometimes find that this way of writing can prove a little troublesome as, in some books I’ve read, the characters fused into one voice in my head and I could no longer tell them apart. This was a success nonetheless. Each character was unique, voice and personality wise.

The relationship between Rufus and Mateo was so special and beautiful. It felt surprisingly natural and not at all forced despite developing in the span of fewer than 24 hours. They both helped each other become better, made incredible memories and found love in less than 24 hours. I could not help but root for them, feel for them, laugh and cry with and for them.

Individually, both Rufus and Mateo were incredibly real, flawed and human characters. I think Adam Silvera might be a master in creating believable characters.

Mateo. *sighs* Can a person so generous and innocent even exist? Can we just agree that he should be resurrected and protected because he is that precious? Maybe in an island far away. With Rufus. On a beach. Yep.

Rufus was one of those characters that show a hard exterior but are such softies on the inside. His loyalty and love for his friends were impossibly heartwarming, and the pain he carried with him heart-breaking. His street talk, though, I find extremely hilarious. He would say the most meaningful things, ending it with a ‘yo’.

Overall, They Both Die at the End is full of beautiful messages about life and even life lessons. It has scenes that will make you laugh but, truly, it is packed with moments that’ll move you and make you think. And cry. Man, there are some tearjerker moments in there… Even reaching the final pages you’ll wish it’d become cliché and they would live and aghh.

READ IT. It is beautiful, heartwarming, heartbreaking and so so meaningful.