Waiting on Wednesday – Week 98

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight on upcoming books that I'm DYING to get my hands on!
First off...

Wow, one year has passed by so quickly!

I'm excited to start the new year and of course, finally get to a TON of books I'm been wanting to get to... but unfortunately first comes the dreaded exams... DAN DAN DAAAN. Anyway, here's to the Waiting on Wednesday – Week 9-8!

This week's WoW is:
The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

A mysterious and visceral page-turner about a seventeen-year-old girl who unravels the secrets of her alternate personality, reminiscent of the film Memento.

You live and you remember.
Me, I live and I forget.
But now-now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she's missed bits and pieces of her life. Molly suffers from dissociative identity disorder, and since she was a little girl, she's played host to Mabel, a completely separate and individual personality. When Mabel is in control, Molly experiences the blackouts she's been so scared of. But now Mabel is letting Molly in on her secrets; she's letting Molly remember. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led...and the love that she can't let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.

July 8, 2014 ● Goodreads

This one reminds me of Pretty Girl-13, and I'm super excited for this one. Dissociative Identity Disorder is such an interesting topic and I'm interested to see what this one will bring. Bring it on 2014!

Happy New Year! What are you waiting on?

Top Ten Tuesday – Week 40

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's top ten is: Top Ten Books I Read in 2013.

I haven't done one of these in AGES! I think the last time I did one must have been in June :O. Anyway, better late than never, right? It's hard picking out the best of the best, but since I haven't *ahem* actually read as much as I wanted to this year, it should be slightly easier than y'all you read probably a gajillion more books. Anyhoo, here's the dish– and in no particular order:

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

This one was absolutely amazing. I was completely blown away by it! I need to re-read this one definitely after mock exams.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

This was definitely the book I fan-girled the most about this year. The second book, The Elite is fantastic as well, and I'm DYING for The One next year (and also super sad to see it end). Fingers crossed for America and Maxon!

Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

WOW– this was heart-pounding, suspenseful and gut-wrenching all in one. I was freaked out, I was shocked and I was completely thrown overboard by this one.

The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik

Here's to the book that had me smiling all the way through! Cute and funny, this was my first Claire LaZebnik novel, and definitely not my last :)

A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison

A fan of Hamlet, this was an excellent retelling! I really enjoyed how the author embodied some of the elements from the play and added her own twist to it.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

This one was gorgeous and moving– one of the few I can actually say is a masterpiece of YA literature.

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Goodreads My Review

Again, like Pretty Girl-13, a heart-pounding contemporary, very moving and very powerful.

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Goodreads My Review

I think probably one of the books I read earlier this year, but still it was a brilliant re-telling of Alice in Wonderland and I'm excited to dive into Unhinged!

Catherine by April Lindner

Goodreads My Review

This one was intriguing, and had me wanting to dive right into Wuthering Heights. Loved the dual perspectives and the elements that had been placed into this fabulous retelling.

Alright, coming down to the last spot was tricky, but I'm going to have to go with...

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

This one was as entertaining as the first and totally left me wanting more. It's humorous, it's snarky, it's everything that I would want in a contemporary.

Of course, we have a couple of runner-ups:

Anyway, that's all for now as we say goodbye to 2013 and HELLO to 2014! I'm excited, especially since there are so many books coming out that sound absolutely fantastic. Let me know what your top ten are in the comments or what books you're looking forward to!

Happy Last Day of 2013 Guys!

Warrior by Ellen Oh

Warrior by Ellen Oh

Release Date: December 31, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: The Dragon King Chronicles, Book 2
Rated: YA 14+
Format: eGalley
Source: Edelweiss
Buy: AmazonThe Book Depository

Read my review of Prophecy HERE

First an outcast, now a hero.

But her fight rages on.

Kira, the yellow-eyed demon slayer who fiercely protected her kingdom—and the crown prince—has been proclaimed the Dragon Musado of the prophecy. With the defeated the evil shaman.

But it wasn’t enough. 

Hansong is in chaos. The Demon Lord’s minions have infiltrated the city, treason is brewing among the military ranks, and Kira is buried by the overwhelming loss of her parents. She’s also plagued by the annoying feelings that blossom whenever she’s around Jaewon. But she is determined that nothing will stop her from finding the second treasure needed to fulfill the Dragon King’s prophecy. Not even the army of half-breed demons hot on their trail. If only she could learn to trust others…

Her father always said one person can change the world. Will it be Kira?

I managed to get Warrior as an eGalley and that was what launched me into reading this amazing fantasy series. I loved Prophecy, but I'll admit, I was a little bit afraid of getting into this one. Quite a lot of series have a really bad follow-up to the first book, or one that doesn't live up to what happens in the first book. However, I'm happy to say that Warrior was as awesome as the first book. I was completely blown away with the action and plot in this one! I enjoyed the return of characters, the plot twists and the new character developments with this second instalment and it just left me hungry for more.

This book's events takes place ten days after where Prophecy leaves off. I like that I read this as a continuation because everything was so fresh in my mind, concerning the plot and characters in the first book, and that just made me love this one even more. I tend to forget things quite often, so that's why it's really important that I read a series in one go!

We get a slightly more feminine side to Kira this time round – slightly meaning a teensy spoonful – as she battles her emotions towards *certain* characters, emotions that might mean more than just friendship. I love Kira, she's such a kick-ass character! However, I feel that there's some lack of connection to her character. It might just be the third-person narrative though, because while we find out how she reacts to certain things, there's a lack of describing how she feels. It's pretty much what's on the outside (besides her inner thoughts) and some general comments. It didn't bother me much in the first book because I was more interested in the world-building, but in the second I was looking forward to learning more about her character, but was a little let down instead. Other than this though, I do love her determination and will-power.
The return of old characters! Of course, we have the Taejo, Kira's brothers, Major Pak, Jaewon, Brother Woojin, Seung, and the adorable dog Jindo. I love them all, and feel like while we don't learn much about their characters, their roles in the book are significant. We also have the return of a character from the first book (I'm not spoiling this!) and so there's a lot of conflict on whether or not to trust this person. 

While the romance was barely there in Prophecy, it's featured a lot more in Warrior. I was quite glad that it didn't take up and overshadow the important events, but was there nonetheless. I'm kind of split about it, because I don't think I know Jaewon's character still as much as I would have liked to, but it's still an interesting development, especially as Kira hasn't grown up with much of female influence, and so I thought Oh depicted her struggle really well.
The ending was pretty intense. It was actually quite Lord of the Rings-esque, because it ended in a cliffhanger, and now I desperately need the next book! So much happens, and the epic journey is clearly not yet at it's end, which leaves me excited for more.

Warrior lived up to my expectations and even soared far beyond that– this sequel to Prophecy will entice fans of the first and will leave them hungry for more. Ellen Oh's storytelling is masterfully epic, and will have you spellbound with her take on Korean myths and folklore. I'm excited to learn more about the next book, because I can't wait for the journey of the Dragon Musado to continue. More please!

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Life of a Blogger: Favorite Movies

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by Jessi at Novel Heartbeat. It's to show the more personal side of me– the non-bookish-and-bloggy side! This week's topic is Favorite Movies.
If you all have known me and/or my blog for a while now, you'll know I LOVE movies. Absolutely love 'em. I'm in fact, at the moment, applying for film at several universities. So... this is going to be a tricky post without me adding like a bajillion movies to it.

Best Movie
I've actually only seen this once, but my gods, it's definitely one of the best movies I've EVER seen. The Pianist is a masterpiece, and if you haven't seen it, you definitely should, but be warned, it's really emotionally scarring and will have you in tears.

Ever since I was 5 or 6, my mom, my younger sister and I would engross ourselves with romantic-comedies. Most of them featuring Meg Ryan in fact– You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Hanging Up, Addicted to Love... you get the point. We still watch rom-coms, even re-watching hilariously cute ones like Just Like Heaven and Kate & Leopold, which by far, might be the best one I've watched. Sure, today's rom-coms are cutesy as well (Letters to Juliet, Confessions of a Shopaholic), but they lack that spark that the older ones did. Oh well!

Best EPIC Movie
(I couldn't just list one of them)
I'm sorry Harry Potter fans– While I actually haven't read the LOTR books and have read the HP books, I prefer the LOTR movies to HP. My argument stands– I didn't like some parts of the HP movies, but LOTR I loved them ALL, including The Hobbit Part 1 and 2. It's just flawlessly epic! I've seen these movies a millions times by now, and don't mind watching them again and again and again.
Other epic movies of course I've come to love would be The Hunger Games and Catching Fire (OH MY GOD THE FEELS GUYS THE FEELS AND THAT ENDING OH MY GODDD), Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness (CHRIS PINE AND BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH... and yeah, I haven't seen the original ones, sorry guys), and you get the idea :)

Best Horror Movie
I'm very limited when it comes to horror movies, because I can't STAND them. My dad did buy me a whole boxset of 20 or 30-something Alfred Hitchcock movies so I'll have to dive into those, but I'm kinda lost with my choices: The Woman in Black, Mama, The Hole... and I think that actually might be it (lol). But I recently saw The Woman in Black live, and it was FABULOUS, and I love Daniel Radcliffe's portrayal in the movie, so yup this is actually one of the only horror movies I can stand– and have watched three times!

Best Period Film
The amount of times I've seen this movie! I've seen the BBC version after watching this one, but I must say, because probably I've seen the 2005 movie version SO SO SO many times, I love it the best! I love period films and some of them are absolutely amazing: Sense and Sensibility, Anna Karenina, A Little Princess, The Secret Garden, Ever After, Finding Neverland, and so many more.

Best "Old" Movie
One summer my mom bought a whole bunch of old movies, and we ended up watching three Audrey Hepburn movies: My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's. After watching I Love Lucy I have a love for black and white films and old films (The Artist was amazing [even though it was recent] because it did an amazing job of being close to an old film!). Roman Holiday was absolutely amazing though, and definitely my favorite out of the three.

Best Musical
I don't even think there's a competition on this one for me! I pride myself for knowing almost all of the songs from The Sound of Music, and I LOVE Julie Andrews. Other musicals I love include: Oliver and My Fair Lady. I really want to see Funny Girl because of Barbra Streisand but have yet to find a copy. Oh well, SOON!

Best Animated Movie
Of course, as a child I was fed with animated movies. My favorite was The Little Mermaid, which tied in with Hercules, because I mean that movie was HILARIOUS. Recent animated movies that I love would include The Lorax, Tangled and I really want to watch Frozen but of course, exams unfortunately come first :(

Well, that settles it– hopefully you've learned a little bit more about me from this, and this sounds like a really good meme, so I think I'll attempt it every so often, if not every week, because I think it's a nice little break from reviews and such :)

Waiting on Wednesday – Week 97

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight on upcoming books that I'm DYING to get my hands on!
I've been put off by a couple weeks because of school work etc. so unfortunately number 100 has also been pushed back and won't be before the year ends :( Oh well, here's to number 97!

This week's WoW is:
After the End by Amy Plum

"I have no idea what is truth and what is fiction. I'm all I've got now. I can't trust anyone."

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

May 6, 2014 ● Goodreads

I love Amy Plum's Die For Me but I've never gotten the chance to actually finish the series (2014 goal: DO THAT!). Anyway, I'm glad finally someone is picking up on WWIII because I feel that's kind of one thing that YA has never really picked up on, or at least, I haven't really seen it anywhere. It sounds a lot like a thriller and some some really exciting plot twists. It's on Edelweiss so I should be grabbing this one soon!

Merry Christmas! What are you waiting on?

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Release Date: January 2, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: The Dragon King Chronicles, Book 1
Rated: YA 13+
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
Buy: AmazonThe Book Depository

The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms... is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope...

Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

Wow. When a fantasy is done-well it's amazing, and ladies and gents, this was not only done-well but done-to-perfection. Prophecy was a breath of fresh air mingled with the foundation of all great fantasy novels. It was not only fantasy though– to my delight, it's also blended in quite a lot of Korean mythology. I feel that Asia is completely under-represented in YA fiction, and I'm so glad that some of the stories from this culture are integrated into this novel.
The reason how I came about to picking up this book is because I actually got an eGalley of the sequel, Warrior. I've heard so many people rave about this book, being one of the strongest debuts this year with a totally kick-ass cover, and so I knew that I would never really get the chance to read this one until WAY later in the future (my TBR pile is just massive). I'm so glad that I got the chance to, because I fell instantly in love. Literally, and I'm not exaggerating, from the first line, I was sold.

Kira! For some reason or the other, I kept picturing Mulan, the Once Upon a Time television series version, as her...and for a good reason! They're both such incredible characters– girl power truly represented here folks. I like that she's an outcast, and has to keep hiding the pain. Though the book is told from a third-person point of view, which totally worked by the way, you could really see why she needs to constantly put on a cold exterior. Being a female warrior truly must be tough, because some of the things she has to go through, whether it's socially, physically or emotionally, is quite sad and you really can sympathize with her character.
The supporting cast was also amazing. Even though there are so many names and being only somewhat familiar with Korean culture, I was still actually able to recognize who was who, and didn't end up confused like I normally do with fantasy novels and the billion minor characters. I loved the prince, Kira's cousin, and Kawn, Kira's brother, as well as some interesting developments with what I hope is a possible love interest. I was just glad the whole story in fact did not revolve about a teenage girl finding love when clearly the story line is so much more important. It was a refreshing take on fantasy, compared to so many others where in fact it becomes more about the romance than what is actually going on. Points to Ellen Oh for this!

Prophecy is a promising and enticing beginning to what will be an amazing trilogy. I'm excited to find out more about the stories in Korean mythology, because the little additions here and there in this story were fantastic, and really made the story richer by adding much more depth. Ellen Oh's debut is absolutely riveting and spellbinding, and will be sure to capture the attentions of readers of all ages. I'm hooked onto this series and can't WAIT to venture in Warrior.

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Release Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Series: Starbound, Book 1
Rated: YA 14+
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Buy: AmazonThe Book Depository
GoodreadsWebsite (Kaufman) Website (Spooner)

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

These Broken Stars? I'm in awe. Literally: jaw-dropped-eyes-wide-in-shock awe. This book was SO freakin' amazing! I fell in love with the characters from page one, and found myself flipping pages, longing to go back to the book when I couldn't. I was hooked into this fantastic world of romance, and intrigued by the deadly mystery.

It's no surprise when I say that I was desperate to get my hands on this book. When Disney-Hyperion – oh sweet, kind Disney-Hyperion – actually managed to send me a copy for review, I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to finally read this book. It's one of the most talked about books this year, as well as the book that has everyone squealing over the cover. Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? I'm not just talking about the cover– the story and characters are amazing as well, and you will not be disappointed.

It takes me a few seconds to understand what he means. He's watching me, brows lifted, expectant.
Then it hits me. He doesn't know who I am.
–p.  20 (ARC* copy)
*text is subject to change in the final copy

The chemistry between these two characters is TO DIE FOR. I love how it isn't insta-love and there's no dreaded love-triangle that comes up (thank goodness). In fact, their characters, aside from a very flirty conversation at the start, it turns into "hate" for the both of them.
I will admit, that with Lilac I was torn between liking and hating her at first. She seemed a little whiny – during Tarver's perspective definitely – and really spoilt. Then again, I loved reading her side of the story, and how much tension there was between her different lifestyles as well as her somewhat-secretive skills and past. Her character development was really well done, and in the end I fell in love with her. Tarver I adored from the get-go. He's charming, he's sweet and his character has good moral values, not lost his head amongst the world of glitz and glamour. I also enjoyed his backstory and the memories that unfold along the way about his past and his family.

I also really enjoyed the switch in perspectives. It really helped to build up the suspense in the novel as well as understand each character so much better. There's also these little interview bits between each chapter which I found really foreshadows what's to come. It's interesting to see how as the story plays out the interviews become more gripping as the action builds up and Tarver is asked about what happened when they crashed on the planet.

"You next encountered her...?"
"The day before the accident."
"What were your intentions at that stage?"
"I had none."
"Why not?"
"You're joking, right?"
"Major, we aren't here to entertain you."
"I found out who she was. That it was over before I even said hello."
–p. 13 (ARC* copy)
*Text is subject to change in the final copy

The world building is unquestionably breathtaking. I was completely sucked in by the gorgeous descriptions that Kaufman and Spooner have created. When a setting is done justice, the whole book becomes ten times better. The characters and storyline is already fabulous, so you can only imagine how much MORE fabulosity there is when there's a fantastic world that has you captivated. I mean, it's hard enough to describe the world we live in, but to actually create a new one? I've so much respect for authors who write fantasy and dystopian or science-fiction, because creating a world that should seem believable is a tough job as I can imagine, but these two have done it so flawlessly that it seems almost effortless!
Do be prepared for some HOLY MOTHER OF GOD moments, because these do happen quite often in the book. The pace at the start is quite slow, but this get like pushed into high-action after things start to crumble away and all hell breaks loose. What I liked was that it didn't stay on that high note and settled back into a slower pace, because then there was a lot more room for surprises with every plot twist and turn.

It's taken me a while to write this review, but it is only because I find that the books that I love the most I often find it the hardest to review. These Broken Stars is one of the best books I've read, not just from 2013, but in YA. This collaboration between Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is beyond brilliant, and I'm desperate for the next instalment!

**Thank you so much to Disney-Hyperion for sending an ARC copy for review!**

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The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Release Date: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rated: YA 14+
Format: eGalley
Source: Edelweiss
Buy: AmazonThe Book Depository

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how. 

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

I'm a sucker for contemporaries, so it was no surprise that I really, really wanted to read this one. The adorable cover, the enticing blurb– I was hooked onto my quest for finding a copy of The Promise of Amazing to read, and when it popped as an eGalley available to download, you can imagine the squeal of glee I let out involuntarily. 

However, after reading it I must say: I was a little let down. I'm frustrated, because I wanted to love this book so much, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I'm usually fine with clichéd romance stories, but for some reason this just got under my skin and I didn't end up enjoying it for the most part.

When it comes to romance in this book, I felt that there was one thing missing, and is often the case for insta-love stories, and that is the struggle that leads up to the romance. After performing the Heimlich maneuver on Grayson – admittedly, this was my favorite part of the book – I felt that the romance was a little too rushed. It was like girl saves boy, looks into his eyes and BAM, CONNECTION! I mean sure, there was a little bit of conflict here and there, with "Oh, he's such a douche... but he's so hawt", and this "struggle" was pretty much one-sided. I really didn't see much resistance when it came to staying away from Grayson, which I'll admit, must be a heckuva job because physically, he's actually really hot. 
Which brings me to point number two, Wren doesn't really seem to have a spine. Until the end I think, it's pretty much like this: if Grayson screws up, he talks to her and then kisses her and poof! all is forgiven. It made me nearly claw my eyes out people. What happened to female power? Standing up for yourself and making sure he's really sorry for what he's done?  *shakes head slowly* nope, she's really clingy and that's what I HATED about Wren.

There were things that I did like concerning the characters:

1. Grayson's hotness (which we've already covered).
2. Eben, probably the best supporting character.

AAANNNDDD, I think that's it. Honestly, I loathed Wren's character. Her whole world revolves around Grayson after they meet. Ugh. Barf bag please? I think there was an overload of cheesiness. Grayson even wasn't that good a character (other than the much-mentioned physical appeal). He was a certified A-class douche who could be charming, but what he does other times is honestly repulsive, no matter how his conscience  goes against it.
The supporting characters didn't play much of a role in this book. I felt that there was an absence of character development for some of the minor characters, and that the book solely focuses on Wren and Grayson's romance. Luke was the only character, and probably Ava as well, who actually got some characterization, but other than that, there was just a bunch of names, a short mention, and some dialogue. That's it! I'm obviously no author (oh gods, could you imagine that? Everything would be in brackets or would have hyphens!) but I mean, if the book had been a little longer because it was for character development, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it much more.

I'm really sorry that this wasn't my cup of tea, because I honestly wish that I could have enjoyed it more. Nonetheless, I'll be sure to check out the next book Robin Constantine writes, and hopefully it'll be a much better experience than this one was. But hey, if you're looking for a not-so-fluffy-read that centers primarily around romance, then The Promise of Amazing is definitely for you. 

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Waiting on Wednesday – Week 96

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight on upcoming reads which I'm DYING to get my hands on!
WOW. Okay, 4 more to go my lovely bookish friends! What will be number 100??

This week's WoW is:
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

June 10, 2014 ● Goodreads

I seriously can't wait for this! And the cover is absolutely GORGEOUS– it was released recently and I still can't get over it's dark and thrilling undertones that make one heck of a cover. I've been following Lindsay's blog when she was "just" (we are never "just") a blogger, and I love that this is happening for her! Love her blog and am sure to love her book as well :D

What are you waiting on?

Social Media: Tumblr

Memes. Tom Hiddleston. GIFs. Benedict Cumberbatch.
These are a few of my favourite things (on tumblr).

I'm absolutely obsessed with this. I probably started having a tumblr a couple of years ago, probably just a few months after I created this blog, but never really used it until last year. I'm addicted now and it's extremely frustrating. Originally, I created a tumblr so that I could post my reviews on it. Turns out, now my Confessions of a Readaholic tumblr is for book related posts, particularly with movie adaptions and author tumblr posts.


Yeah, thank goodness for easy re-blogging, because otherwise I would be exhausted, frustrated, crying on the floor or staring wildly into space. Or all of the above. Who knows.

Anyway, I just wanted to introduce the tumblr-side to my life, because it's completely different to what I am on this blog.

Rabiah Sees the World – http://rabiahseestheworld.tumblr.com

**Yes, that is a Benedict Cumberbatch GIF while I screenshot the page.**

This is my personal tumblr. I use this for anything that's hilarious, anything delicious, any movie or tv show that I love, and so on. This is the NON-bookish side of me. The bookish side is at...

Confessions of a Readaholic – http://iliveforreading.tumblr.com

On this one, while I originally wanted to post up my reviews and link it back to this blog, I went against that. Instead, now I reblog book-related posts, author's thoughts, memes of books, GIFs of movies that are based on books, funny book related thoughts and so on.

My Wishlist – http://thingsrabiahwants.tumblr.com

**Picture is misleading. There's a bottle of lotion or soap or something just a small scroll down...**

This is the final blog I own, where I can be that materialistic hoarder that I secretly am (well, in my imagination). Jewellery  Makeup, Soaps and Lotions, Books, etc. anything I want to own, goes down here.

And there you have it ladies and gents, the Tumblr world that I live in for some of the time during the day. I must say though, it's very addicting. Sad to say, it's sometimes the reason I don't get too many posts up on here. *hehe*

Anyway, do you have a tumblr? Let me know in the comments– I'll follow you!

Waiting on Wednesday – Week 95

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight on upcoming books that I'm DYING to get my hands on.
And the countdown continues! Only 5 more W0W posts until I hit the big 1-0-0!

This week's WoW is:
Frozen by Erin Bowman

**Contains spoilers from book 1, Taken**
The Heists were only the beginning.

Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.

Now Gray has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in a world built on lies, Gray must constantly question whether any ally—or enemy—is truly what they seem…

April 15, 2014 ● Goodreads

I loved Taken (read my review HERE), and I'm really looking forward to reading this one! I requested for a copy for review, so hopefully sometime early next year, I'll get the chance to read it before it comes out, but nonetheless I still hope to get a copy inevitably to read!

What are you waiting on?

Books for the IB

We're always going on and on and on about the books that we've been forced to read for school, so I thought it would be cool to do a post about the books that I've had to study for the IB, grade 11 and 12. For those who don't know, the IB (International Baccalaureate) is a school system, and I take Higher Level English Literature.

Books in Grade 11

Essays by George Orwell ● Goodreads
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie Goodreads
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Goodreads
Hamlet by William Shakespeare Goodreads

We also did some poems by Derek Walcott and John Donne. I must say, even though I might have resented them at first, I honestly LOVE the texts I did last year. They were amazing. I must say, my favorite would have to be Hamlet because I'm a higher level theatre student as well. I really got exposed to so many authors this year, particularly with a focus on the diversity of nationalities, and this really helped to understand contextual details as well, with the conflict in some of the countries represented, either within one or with others. Or, y'know, even just an uncle and a nephew that have it out for each other.

Books in Grade 12

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez Goodreads
Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen Goodreads
Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong Goodreads
The Awakening by Kate Chopin Goodreads


The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison ● Goodreads
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut Goodreads
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy Goodreads

It's only been two-ish/three-ish months into school, and we've ALREADY covered 4 novels! Pretty impressive huh? But yeah, I LOVE the range of novels we get to study this year– it's two units, we finished reading and studying the novels for the Works in Translation unit (the top three books) and now we're onto the Art of the Novel, staring with The Awakening. We have three more examination texts to go though, so it seems like a lot of work.
Some of these I initially didn't like, and I still can't really get into Paradise of the Blind, but my English teacher is absolutely AMAZING with convincing us into liking these novels. It's crazy. I swear, even though I'll say that I hated some of these before reading, I will warm up to them inevitably.

These texts are really different from what we studied in grade 9 and 10 – The Great Gatsby, Educating Rita, Animal Farm, and Julius Caesar – but it's been an interesting two years so far, and I'm excited to delve into the upcoming books!