Review: Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

April 20, 2015

Title: Things We Know By Heart
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publication date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.
Things We Know by Heart is the first book in a long time that I read at a stretch, without losing interest in between. I've either been taking forever to read books, or dropping them to pick up later and starting another book, or simply avoiding books in general lately. So this book has been such a relief! I still love books! In three words, I'd describe this book as 'emotional, introspective, and beautiful'.

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

February 8, 2015

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publication date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Orion
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
In an alternate universe, I would read Red Queen before I read Red Rising by Pierce Brown, and see if this book still feels like a really long ride of déjà vu.

Mare Barrow is a Red, the menial workers who slave for the Silvers, the super humans with superpowers and actual silver blood (sound familiar till now?) Once they come of age, if Reds are not apprenticed to anyone, they are conscripted and sent to fight an army in the borders of the land. Mare is on the verge of turning 18 and isn't apprenticed, so she's resigned to joining the army just like her three older brothers.

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

January 28, 2015

Title: Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)
Author: Pierce Brown
Publication date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Del Ray (Random House)
Genre: Science Fiction
The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.
Last year, something really dumb happened that made me stay away from Red Rising.

Owing to my fascination with book covers, a book's cover usually stays in my head for a long time, regardless of whether or not I've read the book. Sometimes I'll have forgotten the book's name, but the cover I'll remember. Around April last year, I'd started reading Half Bad by Sally Green, whose cover, if you remember, has a similar red & black combination. So after that, wherever I saw Red Rising, I brushed it off thinking I'd already read it.

Yes, this really happened. I am an idiot. -_-

Anyway, thanks to a fortunate turn of events, I did finally read Red Rising. It was the last book I started in 2013 and the first I finished in 2014. And man, what a great start to the new year!

2014 End of Year Bookish Survey

January 1, 2015

The survey is created by the wonderful Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner
I did the end of year bookish survey for the first time in 2013, and I loved it. I cant believe a year's gone by so fast, and here we are again!

Looking Back... Looking Ahead

December 31, 2014

I don't think it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that 2014 has been pretty much the most hectic year of
My. Entire. Life.

I was so determined at the beginning of the year to implement some new things around here, but things just kept happening without a break, and the blog very noticeably suffered from it. While earlier, it was more out of laziness than anything else that posts around here were sporadic, this year, inspite of truly trying, I realised that there comes a time when sometimes you stretch yourself thin, you wont be able to give your best to anything. And I wasn't ready to blog halfheartedly.

Oh, and in case you weer wondering about those *solemn voice*goals and resolutions*end solemn voice* I made at the beginning of 2014... I barely succeeded at any of them and they're not worth mentioning, honestly. I knew I should've never made resolutions :/

Since I'm so making lists, I thought it'd be fun to make a list of all that's occurred this year and look at it in all its glory.

Review: Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley

December 29, 2014

Title: Rites of Passage
Author: Joy N Hensley
Publication date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Comtemporary
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.

At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.
Do you guys remember the Disney movie Cadet Kelly? That real feel good movie with Hilary Duff? That was the first thing that came to mind when I read Rites of Passage's blurb, and also a huge motivator towards requesting this book. And guess what? There actually is a Cadet Kelley in the story! How cool is that?

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

December 23, 2014

Title: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Publication date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Do you know, originally, I had no intentions of reading this book.

I love high fantasy, and owing to my intolerance for anything short of amazing (when it comes to this genre), I don't start a fantasy series until I've heard/seen several positive reviews. Soon after Snow Like Ashes was uploaded on Edelweiss, I started hearing good things about it on almost all my feeds. A couple of weeks later, I caved and downloaded a copy.

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