Waiting on Wednesday @ Breaking the Spine. Show off upcoming releases that you’re eagerly anticipating.


The only thing on my mind is the 10th Anniversary edition of Vampire Academy: 


I cannot wait for this to come out! 

It’s such a great book, it deserves so much attention. It’s a shame it had to compete with Twilight (another fave of mine), because it does deserve more love. Yeah it’s cliche and stereotypical, but it’s really fun and the world’s development is just…


What book are you waiting for to be released? 


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Top Ten Tuesday @ The Broke and the Bookish. Writing prompts (posted in advance) for “10 Books That …”

November 22: Thanksgiving freebie — tell us what you are thankful for! Books you are thankful for! 

Hey guys!

Right now I would’ve just touched down in  JFK Airport. This is my first Thanksgiving, ever!

Books I’m thankful for:

  • The Lux Series
  • Anything by Cassandra Clare
  • The Twilight Saga
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Vampire Academy



What books are you grateful for? 


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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Date. Link to your post about what you’ve read recently, are currently reading & plan on reading next … not active on Sheila’s blog right now.”– GirlXOXO



Today is the last day before I jet off to New York for 6 weeks. 

I have a plan to read 100 books this year, but I fell behind during my massive end of high school exams. 

I’m writing this in advance but hopefully I will have read most of these in the past few days, with reviews to come– so listen out on this blog for my thoughts. 

I’m trying to read all my print copies before I leave, so then I only need to pack my kindle. While I’m over there, I may use the various libraries that I’m geeking out to endeavour. 

So far this week (up to last Friday), I’ve read: 
The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride: Review 
Summer Days & Summer Nights: Review 
The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2): Review
Shadows (Lux 0.5): Review
Opposition (Lux, #5): Review

What are you reading currently? 

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While I’m away for 6 weeks in NYC for schoolies, I’ll try to prepare 6 weeks of book-related posts. Also, my reviews will irregularly be uploaded (depending on the speed I finish them). I’m still aiming to read 100 books this year, and am only now finding the time to catch up.

38 books to go!

You can view my goodreads account over here [x].

Once again, credit to GirlXOXO for inspiring me with a list of book memes to create posts about.

Be sure to check out my travel blog that’ll share a link to very soon. I first have to write all my posts for this blog before then, of course.

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Shadows Review

Shadows (Lux 0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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3/5 stars

It’s cute, but I still like Katy and Daemon waaaaay more. 

I found it really sweet to see Bethany’a family, and how they reacted to Dawson.

My favourite moment was seeing pre-Katy Daemon. That was bittersweet to see, so antihuman and antiromance. When Daemon said to Dawson, ‘I never want to be like you’ and in love, I died. It played on my heartstrings just that little bit more.

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It was worth reading just to see the ending, when Beth and Dawson “disappear”. I won’t say anymore for the sake of spoilers, but surely check it out if you’re a Lux nerd like myself. 

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The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan 

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3.5 stars.

AFTER 500 PAGES; THAT’S IT?



I think, so far, I prefer PJO. This series, so far, hasn’t had something actually happen.

1. Juno/Gaia –TBH any goddess, are being a pain.



2. Jason/Percy don’t know who they are and spend 500 pages each finding out the bare minimum



3. Both trios go on quests, but there’s no strong bad-guy for it to be intense. They had to have more humour or drama to be more interesting. (Which they weren’t, sadly) both quests kinda felt pointless, and the true importance was that the male protag concluded they’re from the other camp… great. Why did it have to take 500 pages? To build a relationship to the new camp/trio? Not worth it, Riordan! 



I enjoyed having Percy back.

I didn’t enjoy having the absence of Percy’s memories and friends. 

That wasn’t fun. 



Hazel was too much like Piper. I don’t know if this is because they’re supposed to be parallels of each other or if Rick can’t write original female perspectives (which could be understandable if he weren’t such a well acclaimed author with several credentials).



Frank was precious and if I’m honest, his chapters are v chill and boring for Riordan’s tales, but he was relatable in his teen angst and self confidence issues. He has such a pure spirit, I really hope he survives in this story. 

I NEED PERCABETH… WHERE THE HECK IS MY PERCABETH. RIORDAN FINALLY GETS THEM TOGETHER AND IMMEDIATELY RIPS THEM AWAY. WHY MUST I LIVE THROUGH THIS.


I’m really not looking forward to reading about Piper and Jason again… they were too whiney and 2 dimensional. I think Leo would fit in well with the Camp Half Blood gang, though.

Besides the characters, I don’t think I actually like the set up of the Roman mythology. Maybe it’s because I studied it for such a long time at school, or maybe I simply just like how Riordan portrays the Greeks. So far, the Greek mythology has become so lively and cool.

There was a moment in this book where Percy is taught the “war games” they practice, like extra hard Capture the Flag. Except they make all their games based on team work– like how the Romans practiced. 

When I read that, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes.



Let me see some heroic Percy, damnit!!!!

I don’t care for their shared victory. 

This probably reveals a lot about my own character and how I perceive the world, but eh- sorry not sorry. I want to see Percy being the one to rule the prophecy. Not some lame Roman demigods who believe that trust exercises and team work will lead to the win. It’s boring. I wanna see the underdog fight the impossible, with their buddies by their side. Have I seen this in the last series? Yes. Is it cliche? Yes. But what is Riordan’s stories if they’re not predictable and cliche??? It’s half the fun. 

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I probably wouldn’t read this instalment again.
Summer Days & Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins (Editor)

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2.78/5 stars
Read from October 02 to November 16, 2016

I wrote an individual review for each story as I progressed. I AM NOT HAPPY. This book made me go into not 1, but 2 serious book slumps. 

NEVER AGAIN WILL I READ THIS BOOK. 


There were a few I wished went for longer, others I wondered why they bothered to write it– those stories were awfully dull. 

Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail 
By Leigh Bardugo 
Rating: 5/5 

So being a book edited by Steph Perkins, about summer flings, in the span of a short story, for some reason I assumed they’d all be contemporary YA reads. But I just finished the first story and wtf the girl turned into the lochness monster and explored the ocean with her Bae?????? This is better than I expected. Extremely random, but so far, I’m loving it!


The End of Love
By Nina Lacour 
Rating: 5/5 

I was hoping for a lgbt love story and YESSSSSS I GOT IT! And!! It! Was! Two! Lesbians!! And an entire group with PoC! I sound a lil too much like Buzzfeed’s essays, but it was such a heartwarming, authentic lgbt love story, that didn’t put an edge to the gayness. I don’t think I’ve ever related to a character so much, and I’m sad to see after 20 pages that’s it.



Last Stand at the Cinegor
By Libba Bray 
Rating: 3/5 

This was way too much like Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. You know, the script scenes that worsened the writing?????? Ugh. It was somewhat funny to read the zombies and demons coming to life, but then Kevin decides to proclaim his long love for his crush, BUT HE SURVIVES! And it’s happily ever after– (boring.) it was the longest story so far and yet the worst.



Sick Pleasures
By Fancesca Lia Block 
Rating: 1/5 

“I wrote this story… maybe it’ll make you feel better” I’m sure this is a profound moment for the author but TBH all I read was some tattooed biker she almost had a quicky with. That’s it. All names were initialed, annoyingly. Idk, this wasn’t my forte at all.



In Ninety Minutes, Turn North
By Stephanie Perkins 
Rating: 5/5 

I’m dead– that was so so so cute and the guy (North) was so charismatic!



Souvenirs
By Tim Federle 
Rating: 1/5 

TBH that was boring and I didn’t like the couple. Wouldn’t read again.



Inertia
By Veronica Roth 
Rating: 2.5/5 

That was really cute! Roth’s writing has certainly improved since Divergent (which I still love). It was somehow son relatable and shocking at the same time.



Love is the Last Resort 
By Jon Skovron 
Rating: 3 /5 

This story put me in ANOTHER book slump. I’m not happy. The only thing I liked about this short story was when the gay son revealed his love for the hotel manager and the rich mother said she wasn’t homophobic but was disgusted the love interest was part of the help…



Good Luck and Farewell
By Brandy Colbert 
Rating: 1/5 

Nice and short, written nicely. TBH boring.



Brand New Attraction
By Cassandra Clare 
Rating: 3.5/5 

Classic Cassie Clare. I’m just not about the evil clowns. The love potion was my favourite moment in this story. I probably didn’t ship the romance so hard bc the male’s name was Lucas (just personal issue, not with the name).



A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong
By Jennifer E. Smith 
Rating: 1000000/5 

THIS STORY!!!!!! WAS!!! SO CUTE AND AMAZING AND REFRESHING YES 100% WOULD READ AGAIN! I NEED MORE! Awesome aspects:
– covers disabilities in a decent, respectable way
– has somebody w a disability as the main love interest
– awesome Hispanic edge to the mix
– still really cute and adorable contemporary read
– relatable protagonist (for me, the awkward girl who acts the same way w a crush)



The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
By Lev Grossman 
Rating: 2/5 

This last story was written well with a fun sci fi thrill, and I appreciated the gay touch. The only complaint I have is that it went off on a bit of a tangent.



So on average, my overall rating is: 58.3% 

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I’m so glad I finished this book, finally. Now onto greater things! I’m so behind on my GR reading challenge, I’ve gotta catch up.


The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

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5/5 stars

Read from August 21 to November 16, 2016

This story took so long to read, but that’s my fault… I never wanted it to end.

Is this story complete twific trash that’s been published with little editing?

Yes.

Thus, is this story weak with little originality from it’s paranormal genre?

Yes.

Is the love story foreseeable and cliche?

Yes.

Cal, why would you rate this 5/5 stars?

This is probably NOT worth 5 stars in other people’s minds.

I’m a chronic twific reader, for almost 6 years now. There is not a single day that goes by where I don’t read even a chapter from a twific. This was 100% entertaining for me, and I really enjoyed the characters (probably because my Twilight-obsessed-brain recognised the loveable characters Meyer created).

If you love a good fanfic, cheesy vampire romance and some hilarious one-liners with an edge of paranormal-sexy-mystery, this book is right up your ally.

My iBooks has saved sooooooo many quotes, I’ll definitely read it again.

I could write a really long review, but to be honest, it doesn’t need me to list everything great. Because everything was great.

The author made sure the deepen the vampiric world in a way Twifans focus on. Their was a new spin to the transition to becoming a vampire, and hierarchy of vampires and other paranormal creatures.

SOOOOOO WORTH THE READ! Do it if you dare!


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Heya!

MASSIVE blog posts will come AFTER I finish my HUGE exams.

HOWEVER, I still have one more exam in 5 days… so I took today off from studying to do a quick re-organisation of bookish goodness.

I’ve refined my TBR, mainly because I will have 20 free days of nothingness before my schoolies/vacation to NYC. Issue? I can’t bring any paper/hardbacks! Just my kindle.

I did a sneaky photoshoot while reorganising:

My Twilight collection so far… I just need a couple more books to complete it!

Read all of these in 19 days?

31 books in 19 days…

START WITH REREADING TWILIGHT

I’ll give a proper update soon! Thank you for all who continue to read my blog ❤

Now to update my Kindle TBR…

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Sleepover

Hello, blog readers!

More book memes will be coming to you, but I thought I’d first update you.

I’m still as obsessed to Twilight as ever. S much so that at the sleepover at best friend’s house had an entire hour dedicated towards Tashapolis’ exploration of the movie set.

At about 3:30 yesterday, my friend picked me up and we went to her formal (prom) dress fitting– very glamorous. I want to buy all the bridal dresses.

Then we went to Maccas (McDonalds), thank god. I needed some unhealthy food.

We headed home and binged watched 7 hours (we were up til 2am) watching the Secret Life of the American Teenager (‘Secret Life’).

So much safe sex education. So much.

We loved every second! Accompanied by lots, and lots, of tea. And rocky road. And chocolate. A jam toast.

Unfortunately, the biggest exams I have to take, are within a WEEK. The beginning English Modules, to start.

Every day from now on, I have to go to the library for study groups. I have no energy.

I’ve had a lot of fun getting away from my own household, even for a short afternoon. I can’t tell you how it feels to be in such a… loving(?) household. The ‘vibes’ really affect who you are.

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