The Seven Stages of Hype

33276673The book tells the story of Morrigan Crow, a girl born on Eventide, who’s fated to die at midnight on her ninth birthday. She is spared when rescued by a mysterious stranger ,and after they are chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, they escape to a secret city called Nevermoor.

Morrigan’s rescuer, Jupiter, owns the eccentric Hotel Deucalion and has chosen Morrigan to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious society. The young girl must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent.

 

 

I think you can all agree that the hype was unbelievable for this book. I’d been hearing about this novel since at least the beginning of the year, which gave me plenty of times to go through the Seven Stages of Hype. While the stages are a little different depending on whether you like the author before reading the novel with said hype, if it’s a part of a series, or if people you know have read it, these are the Stages of Hype I endured with Nevermoor.Read More »

The Most Empowering Book of 2017

MoxieVivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Along with The Hate U Give, Moxie is the most important novel I’ve read all year. It was fierce and honest and left me wanting to riot. It was just phenomenal. I’d been looking forward to reading Moxie for a while, but little did I know that it would be so spectacular. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, you need to read this book. Moxie is one of the novels that I think transcends boundaries in its importance — it’s a book for everyone of all genders, and one that I’ll be recommending for years to come. It’s rare that you come across a book as raw and powerful as this one, but I’ve read two of them this year alone. A revolution is coming, friends, and words have even more power than most could ever believe.

Moxie is the story of Vivian Carter — a girl who’s fed up with the misogyny and sexism that permeates her high school. She’s sick of the sexist dress code checks that blame girls for distracting boys in classrooms by ‘showing too much skin’, the disgusting slogans on men’s shirts that promote women as nothing other than being objects for the male gaze and men’s enjoyment, and the casual dismissal of sexual assault and even rape. Inspired by her mother’s past as a kick-ass feminist in the ‘90s, Vivian decides to make a anonymous zine that brings the women of her high school together and prompts the beginning of a girl revolution. Read More »

I Hate Your Book (#sorry)

Have you ever read a book by an author that becomes one of you all-time favourites, only when you go to read other things they’ve written, you find yourself disappointed? This happened to me only recently, and while I didn’t despise the other books, I felt that my disappointment was magnified because of how much I adored their other book. And those books are Solitaire by Alice Oseman and This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee.

Radio Silence, Alice Oseman’s second book, is a novel I can’t stop talking about. It’s the best book I’ve read all year, and it’s one I can’t stop recommending to everyone I know. It was incredibly relatable and one that I saw so much of myself in. The characters were genuine and real, and I love every single one of them and want to protect my adorable queer munchkins. But Solitaire was different. I hoped to love it as much as I did Radio Silence, but all I was left with was supreme disappointment.Read More »

Cafe Chat with Kate O’Donnell

Untidy TownsSeventeen-year-old Adelaide is sick of being expected to succeed on other people’s terms. She knows she just has to stick it out at school for one more year and then she’ll be free. Instead, she runs away from her fancy boarding school back to her sleepy hometown to read and dream.

But there are no free rides. When Addie’s grandad gets her a job at the local historical society, she soon finds out that it’s dusty and dull, just like her new life. Things change when she starts hanging out with Jarrod, a boy who seems full of possibilities. But it turns out he’s as stuck as she is. And Addie realises that when you want something in life, you’ve actually got to do something about it.

Wow. I’d been excited to read Untidy Towns for quite some time, mainly because it’s #LoveOzYA and it has a gorgeous cover. (Yes, I’m superficial. Deal with it.) But when I finally got the chance to read it, I loved it even more than I expected. So much so that I’d consider it to be in my top five #LoveOzYA books of the year. The characters were just so authentic and the story itself was beautifully written and one that I could connect to on such a personal level. Kate O’Donnell absolutely blew me away with her debut novel, and I’m so excited to read whatever she releases next.

Adelaide felt like such a genuine character, and I know that so many high school students will be able to relate to her. She posed some of the same questions as I did, and I’m sure so many other teens do when at high school. How does regurgitating everything the teacher says in an essay make you ‘smart’? Why do our scores at the end of high school have to define where we can go to university and what we can study? Does high school really prepare you for the real world? Like Adelaide, it was really in my last year of high school that I became more aware of the restricting nature of that kind of a learning environment, and realised that I had to just play the game.Read More »

Halloween Reads

There's Someone Inside Your HouseOne-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

 

 

Well, this book was shocking. I spend the first half of this book appreciating it for being good trash — you know, like those terrible horror movies you watch just to laugh at them? — but in the second half I just wanted the killer to win. I wanted everyone to die, including myself if this book didn’t end soon. It was just so, so awful. I can’t sugarcoat how I feel about this book, and I’m sorry. I wanted to enjoy it. I wanted a great horror novel to read during the month of Halloween. But nope. I didn’t find my new favourite scary read in There’s Someone Inside Your House.

I don’t know why I expected anything other than what I was given from Stephanie Perkins — the author of the fluffy trash novels Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. I did enjoy those novels. I enjoyed them as much as I would enjoy any other trashy fluff novel that I can read a chapter of before falling asleep. There was nothing particularly stimulating about them, or nothing that made me think about something in a new way. They were just fun books.Read More »

Mini Reviews: The Sci-Fi Edition

Surprisingly, I’ve read a lot of sci-fi books in the past month. Seeing as my most-read genre is contemporary, followed by fantasy, I’d say that reading five sci-fi novels in four weeks is quite impressive. So I’m going to share my thoughts about them with you!

Invictus

Invictus

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

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TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN – Book Review

Let me get this straight — I’m John Green trash, and I’m not afraid to admit it. The Fault in Our Stars was my favourite book for about two years, so much so that I owned three copies of it and was adamant that I’d get an infinity tattoo once I was old enough. Suffice to say that since then my tastes have changed a little, and I’ve realised that nothing says Basic Bitch like having an infinity tattoo with the word ‘love’ written inside it in cursive script. That’s only second-worst to having the words ‘live, laugh, love’ written on your wrist in indelible ink.

Apologies if you have either tattoo. As long as you’re happy, that’s the main thing.

But because I’m John Green trash, I think it makes it even more acceptable for me to bash his books — in the nicest way possible, of course. Since coming to my senses about The Fault in Our Stars, I’ve realised that all of his books are pretty much slight variations of the same thing: someone who thinks they’re quirky but unmemorable falls for a seemingly unattainable human whose flaws are glamorised, and they both manage to learn some trite lesson about life while also recognising the confronting nature of their own mortality.

It’s been a while since I’ve read John’s other books, but I’m going to recap them all for you anyway. Just incase you haven’t read them, for some miracle.Read More »

Why I Hate Adam Silvera

33385229On 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.

 

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Okay, so here goes. They Both Die at the End is one of my favourite books of the year, if not one of my all-time favourites. I’m obsessed with everything Adam Silvera writes — and does — so there was never any question as to whether I’d pick up his latest novel. The first book I read by him was History is All You Left Me, which was released earlier this year, and then I proceeded to read More Happy Than Not. Both were phenomenal, to say the least.

I don’t know if this review is going to be able to encapsulate all my thoughts and feelings about They Both Die at the End, simply because I have a lot of them. Plus, I’m struggling to put them into words that accurately describe my emotions. I cried when I first touched a copy of this book, when I read the introduction by Adam Silvera, and all the way through. I was just one great big sobbing mess throughout, and I don’t apologise for that. I do, however, kind of hate Adam Silerva. Me being a blubbering mess and in a book hangover for a month afterwards was all his fault.Read More »

The Obligation to Like Books

The obligation to like books is a very real thing in the blogging community: whether those books be written by authors you know personally, or novels by authors from your home country, or because they’ve been hyped up by other prominent readers in the bookish community. But you shouldn’t have to feel obliged to like a particular book.

If there’s one thing I dislike about the bookish community it’s the idea that if you like a certain book, you’re a terrible person, and if you dislike a certain book, you’re also a terrible person. I understand that there are some books that shouldn’t be supported because of their problematic elements, but it’s also not okay to attack those for what they choose to read or not read — like or dislike.

But one of the most challenging aspects of being a reviewer, for me, is writing a negative review for a book I’ve felt obliged to like. I always try to share my honest opinion, even when I feel judged or like writing my thoughts out on my laptop crushes my soul slowly, but that doesn’t mean writing a “bad” review for a book I disliked has gotten any easier over the few years I’ve been blogging.

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Why GENUINE FRAUD was just… meh.

Genuine FraudThe story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

 

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