Inside & Out Book Tag

Since I’m kind of in a reading slump, I thought I should at least be active in blogging and decided to do a book tag. I came upon it while reading a blog and this tag was originally created by MathomBooks, so here goes 🙂


Inside flap / Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough

It kind of depends on the book. Sometimes there’s way too much info and you find yourself knowing what to expect while reading a book and that’s just a turn off while on the other hand some books have way too little information which leads you going into it blind and next thing you know, you’re not that invested or actually interested in where the story is going. I think a perfect summary is one in which there’s neither too little or too much. A good summary is one that will immediately capture your attention and make you want to know more. For instance, Six of Crows, Dorothy Must Die, etc are just some that made me really interested in wanting to read it.

New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback, or hardcover?

Hands down for PAPERBACK. I’ve read more e-books in my life than an actual paperback copy but when I do read with a paperback, it’s somehow just so much better. It’s really hard to explain but as a fellow book lover, I’m sure you understand. 😉 I’m not so fond of audio books since I still haven’t completed listening to To All The Boys I’ve Love Before but hopefully I’ll get to it one day! Hardcovers are super pretty but they’re a little pricey and kind of hard to hold when reading.

Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why)

CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. I don’t think I could ever write anything in my books. I even hate making dog folds in them or getting food on the pages. I’m very OCD when it comes to my physical copies. 😀

In your best voice, read for us your favourite first sentence from a book.

Hmm. This is kind of hard but I’ll try.

“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”

hahaha. Killed it. Mic Drop.

Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

Not at all. I don’t think gender really matters when it comes to choosing an author although most of the books I have read are written by woman however there were some excellent books written by male authors too.

Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

Never. I feel like if I just go and skip ahead, I won’t bother reading the rest because I’ll already know how it ends. Where’s the fun it that? Also, that’s a risky move because what if it ends the opposite way of which you wanted it to?

Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

Definitely organized! But, I’m pretty lazy so there’s a high possibility that it just ends up in a mess. 😀

Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

Nope. I know how tempting covers can be (they’re like eye candy) but I always have to do some research first before I purchase.

Take it outside to read, or stay in?

To be honest, I’ve never read outside but I think I should at least try it once.

Well that’s it to the Inside & Out tag and I admit it was pretty  fun to answer. I tag you all to go ahead and share your answers with us 🙂 I would love to read it! ♥

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Out of Stock?

It’s kind of funny how when you really want something and it just so happens that the world doesn’t feel you should have it. In this case, I was really anticipating the final installment of the much loved series, The Raven Boys and to you know, read it in paperback format and get the whole experience. But guess what? THERE’S NO STOCK.

Of course, I live on the other side of the world where it takes like 3-4 weeks for things to get shipped here but luckily I’m a very patient person. Sometimes. 😀 I honestly have no clue as to why publishers and suppliers would not ensure that they are enough copies to be sold. I mean, don’t they want make as much profit as they can? I for sure would.

Anyway, it kind of sucks that I wasn’t able to get a paperback copy so I’ll just have to stick to the good old ebook copy. In the meantime, I’m just here dodging spoilers from everywhere until I come out of this reading slump.

RANT OVER. PEACE.

Were you able to get a copy? What did you think of the book? 🙂 (#nospoilers)

The Reading Slump And How To Fight It

Definition: Those crazy times where you just can’t seem to read anything. In other words, an avid readers nightmare.

Hands up if you’ve experienced a reading slump or are currently in one. These can range from a week, a month and sometimes even a year!

I think it’s safe to say that most of us have gone through this dreadful phase but if you haven’t, consider yourself blessed 😉

Recently, I’ve picked up 4 books that is at least 50% read and they’re all still under my currently reading shelf. It’s highly possible that I’m falling into the deep dark reading slump hole. Someone save me.

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Here’s a few (hopefully) helpful tips to get you back to one of the things you love the most:

  • Reread a favorite book – Personally, I find this method the most helpful one because rereading an old book that I really enjoyed helps remind me what I love about reading. It’s like a sour sweet that kicks your taste buds into action.
  • Listen to an audiobook – Listening to a book being read to you is a whole new experience. At first, it may seem a little strange but a good narrator can even make a bad book sound great. Plus, audiobooks are considered reading so at least you no longer have to feel guilty about not reading, you know?
  • Fan fiction – Sometimes it’s kind of fun reading about your favorite characters in an alternative story. It might even inspire you to write your very own fan fiction story. Maybe you could even write about Harry Potter blasting Bella Swan off the earth for her stupidity. I kid. 😀
  • Try something new – What I found effective is to just accept what you’re going through and move on to something else. Usually when I keep pushing, I just end up frustrated and moody. Spend time outside enjoying the sun, watch a movie or tv series, drawing or you could listen to songs, anything that doesn’t have to do with reading.

Do you have any other methods that can help fight a reading slump? Let me know in the comments below. ♥

Review: Dorothy Must Die By Danielle Paige

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Title: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige

Summary:

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

MY THOUGHTS:

RATING: 4.5 WICKED STARS

An insanely creative new retelling of one of the most loved stories out there, although Dorothy Must Die is definitely far from being a fairy tale. Take everything you know and forget about it because Dorothy, Glinda, the Tin woodman and all the other original characters, THEY’RE ALL EVILLLL and as it turns out, the once wicked witches are actually the good guys. Wait what?

Yup.

Right is Left and Up is Down.

The events that take place are quite gruesome and the author wastes no time showing anyone mercy. It’s one hell of a ride. The book starts out by introducing our pink haired heroine, Amy Gumm, who somehow ends up getting punched in the face by a pregnant girl at school. We then learn how miserable her life is and then suddenly a tornado hits and off she’s gone into the land of Oz. I especially loved how the tornado scene was written. It was exceptionally detailed which made it so exciting!

It’s kind of hard to describe how enjoyable this book is without giving away too many details. So let me assure you that you can expect crazy characters, awesome action scenes, intense and cruel situations, magic, no dreadful love triangles and a kick ass female lead who accepts her flaws and always wants to do the right thing. (Though sometimes I felt like she complained many just a little too much *shrugs*)

I just ordered the second book and can’t wait to see how the Wicked Will Rise. Hopefully it will be better than the first.

*featured image from here

Kung Fu Panda 3

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These are the kind of movies that make me feel like I’m a kid again. Kung Fu Panda was an entertaining and fun-filled film that kept me interested from the beginning till the end. It absolutely lived up to my expectations and was just as good as the previous ones.


About the movie:

Living large and loving life, Po realizes that he has a lot to learn if he’s going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor. After reuniting with his long-lost father, Po must transition from student to teacher and train a group of fun-loving, clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the kung-fu brethren unite to take on the evil Kai, a supernatural warrior who becomes stronger with each battle.


The visuals in this was amazing. I sometimes think about the effort that these creators and artists put into animation and it’s inspiring. They did a fantastic job in the colour, action sequence and the environment. I’m glad to see that this movie made almost double of it’s budget.

With the villain and chi stuff put aside, it was delightful to see the topic about identity and finding yourself, learning and spreading knowledge to others, as well as the combined love for Po from his biological dad and his adopted father. There were also some memorable life quotes in there!

Also, the other pandas were awesome and cute. Too bad there wasn’t much of the other main characters from the previous movies but as expected due to the plot. They’re still there though to leave an impression.

I would definitely recommend this movie, especially if you just want to de-stress and relax.

Cute, funny and fun, what’s not to love?

Have you seen Kung Fu Panda 3 yet? What did you think of it?

Review: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

22908448Title: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

Pages: 416

Format: Kindle

Published: March 3rd 2015

Summary: The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince is the event of a lifetime. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit. She’s a spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

MY THOUGHTS: 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

I just finished reading this and I’m not so sure as to whether the second instalment in the series deserves 4 stars. I might drop it to 3 but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see because the ending saved this book.

The Winner’s Crime follows the events of the first book. We see Kestrel adjusting to her new position as the future empress and Arin trying to manage his people’s new found freedom. Their both on different paths, trying to come to terms with their decisions and working through it. It’s painfully obvious that Arin and Kestrel are very much in love with each other, the yearning is pretty strong throughout the book but their circumstances obviously will never give these two a break.

On the romance front, there is drastic cut down from the previous book although there were a few moments that really tugged at my heart strings. This book did not shy away from all the terrible things. There’s torture, lies, deceit, attempted murder and much more. No character is left untouched, emotionally or physically. We also get to know a lot more about Verex and the emperor. It’s kind of funny how two people can be so different. Verex is a kind friend while the emperor, well you’ll just have to go read for yourself just how crazy this guy really is. In addition we also get to read more about Kestrel and her relationship with her father.

The pacing of this book was very slow for me. Certain parts felt draggy but then it would pick up with some very exciting scenes. It took me a long while to read this, I’m not sure if it’s because of me or the writing but I just wish the end scene came earlier or things should have moved along faster.

Nevertheless, the story was very enjoyable but it could have been better.

All I can say is that the ending left me feeling very excited for the last book and my anticipation level has shot up a notch.

Review: Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Format: eBook

Published: February 25th 2016

Summary:

‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
‘Maybe.’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.


 

MY THOUGHTS

Rating: 5 Stars

Here’s the thing with short stories, it’s either you love it or you hate it. I’d say Kindred Spirits falls under the category of I DAMN RIGHT LOVED IT. Going into this story, my expectations were quite low. I mean, how much can you expect from a short story, right? There is so much limitations when it comes to these stories that it’s hard for a writer to express themselves completely and for the reader to grasp the true meaning. It seems like Rainbow Rowell can write a story about a cat and dog falling in love and I’m sure it will be just as delightful as all her other stories. Her writing is so natural and easy going, you’ll want to read it forever.

Despite this being so short, she managed to write such deep characters. I was so ecstatic and surprised as to how much I could relate to Elena. Girl, my mum says I look 12, too! She’s smart, funny and a very likeable girl.

I’m not so sure as to why they thought it would be good idea to write “for older readers” on the cover because anyone who knows what’s it like to love and fangirl over something would be able to relate to this story. I’ve never watched Star Wars but I do understand most of the references.

The story begins with Elena joining a line outside the movie theatre so that she can be part of the epicness with her fellow Star Wars lovers but turns out, there’s only two other people there. I LOVED their interactions with each other. I feel like I’m failing at describing how good this book was, so I guess I’ll just pressure you into reading it. GO READ IT NOW. hahaha

It was so funny and entertaining. However, my favourite scenes were with Gabe, Elena and the pee scenes. I couldn’t stop laughing! 😀

I would definitely recommend this short story to anyone. It’s cute, humorous and entertaining.

PS: Rainbow, please write more short stories. I’ll do anything. 

 

It’s March. Where did February go?

Hi everyone!

I haven’t really posted anything recently. I had an assignment due this week and now there’s still 2 more to go for this month. I can’t believe February just flew by! I guess I wasn’t very productive during that month with all my procrastination from studying and reading. Hopefully, this month will be better.

WHAT I READ IN FEBRUARY

I am so, so glad that I read one the most amazing books that had magic in it. It was the perfect blend of fantasy, magic, heroes and villains, and strong characters. I don’t think I’ll be ever able to stop gushing about how amazing A Darker Shade of Magic was. Here’s my review if you’re interested 🙂 And I finally dived into the hype for The 5th Wave. Boy, was I disappointed. It had so much potential to be more, but it failed in many things. What ever happened to character development? It was enjoyable but nothing special.

(Wow. I just realised that I only read 2 books in the month of Feb. :O )

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WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

Ah, there’s something that’s worth mentioning. The Crown & Arrow by Renee Ahdieh is a short story(hold up,this is worth it even if you don’t like short stories) that tells the view from Khalid’s point of view. It was so interesting that I never wanted it to end. I wanted more. Thankfully, there’s going to be a 40 page short story released soon, so I’m looking forward to that. 😀

I’m almost done with the The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski. I’m hoping to finish it soon but I feel like I’m falling into the dreaded book slump. I’m also reading A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (YAY) loving it so far but all I want to know if WHENISLILANDKELLGOINGTOMEETAGAIN. 

WHAT I WANT TO READ NEXT

Hmm, I’m not really sure what I want to read next.There’s still a lot of books on my TBR that’s looking for some attention though I’ve read like the 2 chapters of November 9 by Colleen Hover so maybe I might read that. Do you have some recommendations for me? 😀

Waiting On Wednesday: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I seriously cannot hold my excitement for A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2)
by V.E. Schwab. IT COMES OUT NEXT WEEK. WOOHOOO.

I loved the first book and I hope the next one will be even better. Just a few more days to go. I hope I can make it. Here’s my review for the first book if you’re interested  A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows FinalFour months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.


 

What’s your waiting on Wednesday? 🙂

 

 

Teaser Tuesday #1

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is from The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski. I just started reading it yesterday, I’m 11% in and some serious things are happening already! 😀

“Of course.” She tried to ignore the weightlessness of her scabbard.

“Good. And what’s past is past, isn’t it?”

“Yes.”

-10% Kindle

About the book:


The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

20443207Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement… if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.


What’s your Teaser Tuesday? Leave me a link below and I’ll pop over to see yours. Thanks for stopping by ♥