ARC August Update: Week Three

August 27, 2015

Week 3 was awesome! I completely rocked the socks off this week :D

Review: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

August 25, 2015

Title: Dumplin'
Author: Julie Murphy
Publication date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Five Things You Should Know About Dumplin'

ARC August Update: Week Two

August 19, 2015

Week 2 has gone by very slowly. I had to really struggle with staying on track, but I still managed to kind of meet my goal.

ARC August Update: Week One

August 12, 2015

Week 1 of ARC August finished a few days back, and I'm very happy to say that I wasn't a complete failure! Yay!

Review: Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

August 10, 2015

Title: Kinslayer
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publication date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin's Press)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Steampunk
The mad Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously – by endorsing a new Shōgun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead.

Yukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kagé rebellion. But Yukiko herself is blinded by rage over her father’s death, and her ability to hear the thoughts of beasts is swelling beyond her power to control. Along with Buruu, Yukiko’s anchor is Kin, the rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo’s clutches. But Kin has his own secrets, and is haunted by visions of a future he’d rather die than see realized.

Kagé assassins lurk within the Shōgun’s palace, plotting to end the new dynasty before it begins. A waif from Kigen’s gutters begins a friendship that could undo the entire empire. A new enemy gathers its strength, readying to push the fracturing Shima imperium into a war it cannot hope to survive. And across raging oceans, amongst islands of black glass, Yukiko and Buruu will face foes no katana or talon can defeat.

The ghosts of a blood-stained past.
For the first time ever, I'm about to write a review right after finishing a book. I usually wait for a little time to pass, so that I can process everything and think before putting pen to paper, in the interest of objectivity. But with Kinslayer, I highly doubt I will ever recover from the pain this book has wrought on my heart. So there is no point in me trying to be objective, because that is not going to happen.

Just saying, because if you're looking for an objective review, (as much as I appreciate blog traffic), I'd suggest you head elsewhere. 


There are NO spoilers ahead for those who have not read Stormdancer. Yes. I am a kind soul.

Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

August 6, 2015

Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Publication date: August 27, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen (Harper Collins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.
Have you ever finished a book and then wondered whether you like it or love it, and haven't been able to make up your mind about either? (or maybe I'm the only one who's so obsessive?) Well, that's what's happening with me and The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Hopefully, by the time I get to the end of this review, I'll have made up my mind.

Also, milestone reached. THIS IS MY FIRST PATRICK NESS BOOK YAAAYYYYY!!! *throws confetti everywhere*

I'm Joining The ARC August Bandwagon!

August 2, 2015

Okay, this is super last minute guys, considering that August has already started, but hey, better late than never, right? 

For those of you who don't know, ARC August is a month long event organised by the ladies over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. where we tackle our piled up review copies. It's pretty chill and low pressure, and a good way to cross out books titles from those page long ARC lists.

I found out about ARC August a few days ago, but had no intention of joining at the time, because of uni and life crisis and stuff. But now, I've got some unexpected free time on my hands (classes at uni have been suspended indefinitely), the 'crisis' has passed somewhat, and after having a look at my Edelweiss pile up of books, I figured I better get my butt moving.