An Epic Heist Story Set in Futuristic Taipei — Want by Cindy Pon {Book Review}

Want by Cindy PonTitle: Want (Want #1)
Author: Cindy Pon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 13th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Duology
Genre: Young Adult – Sci-Fi

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: LOVED this book!

What it’s about:

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?

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Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about my favorite season: FALL. And what goes perfectly with fall? That’s right, reading! So naturally my fall TBR is huge and intimidating. But here’s the top ten books I’m planning to tackle first this fall!

(Sidenote: as this post goes live, I’ll ironically be enjoying my last taste of summer for this year while I’m on holiday in Tenerife (and hopefully getting a lot of reading in…). So please excuse me if I’m a bit late in replying to comments and bloghopping – I promise I’ll catch up soon!)

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Ten Reasons Why I Love K-Pop Boyband BTS

Ten Reasons Why I Fell In Love With K-Pop Boyband BTS

Hi everybody and welcome to a new Something Different Sunday, where I talk about… well, something different than books.

If you’ve been following my blog, you probably already know I love music. Music of soo many different genres. You’ll probably also already know that I recently discovered K-Pop and to my surprise, fell in love with the genre. I already talked a bit about K-Pop in general in previous editions of Something Different Sundays, but this time I wanted to go a little deeper into my love for one band in particular: BTS.

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Castle Plots, Forbidden Magic and Chocolate Mysteries — Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder {Book Review}

Poison Study by Maria V. SnyderTitle: Poison Study (Study #1)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: March 1st, 2007
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked this book

What it’s about:

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

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BREAKING: I Fail At Reading Challenges, Even The Super Cool Ones {#TheReadingQuest Wrap Up}

The Reading Quest Character Card FINAL

The Reading Quest was a reading challenge based entirely on a video-game quest, which took place between Sunday 13th August and Sunday 10th September, 2017 and was hosted by the lovely Aentee of Read At Midnight, with artwork by CW of Read, Think, Ponder. This is a look at my “achievements” in this challenge.

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Throwback Tuesday: The Ten First Books I Ever Reviewed (& What I Think Of Them Now) {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a throwback freebie. I’ve been blogging for almost two years now and well… the time sure does fly! So as a little throwback I thought it might be fun to talk about some of the first books I ever reviewed for this blog, and see if my feelings are still the same or not? Sound like fun? Yay, let’s do this!

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The Ultimate Demigod Squad — The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan {Book Review}

The Mark of Athena by Rick RiordanTitle: The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked this book

What it’s about:

Annabeth returns in the third installment of the biggest series yet from Rick Riordan, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Half-blood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six—who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land—Greece itself—to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery…

With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

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Ten Books I Struggled To Get Into But Ended Up All-Time Favorites Anyway {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s Top Ten is all about books that I struggled to get into. Now, beginnings are something I usually struggle with. As much as I love reading a new story and getting to know new characters, the beginning is almost always a struggle.

I start reading and find I have to force myself to continue reading. But usually when I’m reading and get a few chapters in (this can be from the 2nd or third chapter, but it can also be about halfway the book), I start getting invested in the story and attached to the characters. And THAT’s when I switch from forcing myself to read to really enjoying a book. And this struggle with beginnings is something that’s a ME-thing, not a BOOK-thing. Because some books or series that have become my all-time favorites started as a book I was really struggling to get into.

You may be surprised by some of the books I had this issue with…

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August 2017: The Month Of… Wait, Weren’t We July Like Yesterday? {Monthly Wrap Up}

August 2017

Hi guys, and welcome to my August wrap up!

So I know it’s pretty standard to say that time flies, but seriously, where did August go? I am seriously so confused, like why is time going by so fast and I still feel like I’m getting nothing done? Even though, when I wrap it up below, it turns out I did get some things done. Just not as much as I would have wanted, ha! (Adulting is exhausting, lemme tell you!)

So without further ado, let’s get into my wrap up for August!

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Ten Reasons Why The Red Winter Trilogy Is THE Hidden Gem YA Fantasy {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

As you may have guessed from this weeks’ title, I’m kind of cheating. The actual post for today should have been ‘Top Ten Hidden Gems in X Genre’. But, as I have explained in the past, I am the absolute worst at discovering hidden gems. My TBR consists mostly of a huge backlist of popular books I still need to get to. I very rarely pick up a book when I have not heard about it before or have not been recommended it by my bookish friends. It’s a big shame of mine and I’m constantly working on it. Add to that the fact that I just got out of a reading slump and well, I wouldn’t be able to give you any hidden gems that I haven’t already talked about before.

However, I did discover one magnificent, glorious hidden gem this year so I figured “Why not talk about that series in particular?” I mean, it’s not like I’ve already raved about this in the past. Or sneakily tried to include it in pretty much every Top Ten Tuesday since. Right? Erm…

Anyway, with that said, please allow me to introduce you to the wonderful Red Winter trilogy by Annette Marie and present to you TEN reasons why it’s THE hidden gem you need on your YA fantasy lovin’ bookshelf!

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