SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD 2.0

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Thank you to the wonderful Ellie over at Capitol Books for nominating me for this tag! If you guys haven’t done so already please go follow her, she is the sweetest 🙂 You can check out her answers HERE

RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

 QUESTIONS:

  1. HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU READ THIS YEAR?

    My current total as of today (October 7th, 2016) is 35 books. 2016 is the first year where I actually wanted to participate in the GoodReads challenge. My goal for the year is 40 books, which compared to a lot of other avid book readers is probably not much but I wanted to start with a reasonable goal and then work my way up year after year. By the looks of it, I think I am on track yayyy 🙂

  2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GENRE OF BOOKS?

    Definitely Fantasy and recently, Sci-Fi

  3. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PAST TIME APART FROM BLOGGING?

    Besides blogging, I love reading (obviously lol), watching Asian dramas, listening to kpop . . . wow I’m such a hermit lol

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  4. WHO IS YOUR ONE TRUE BOOK LOVE?

    JUST ONE??? WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME????

    . . . Well if I had to choose, I would probably pick Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles. He is just so funny and so sweet at times despite his flirtatious character and I adored his scenes so much! /faints

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  5. WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?

    Kung Fu Panda 3 lol

  6. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT?

    Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

  7. HOW OFTEN DO YOU BLOG?

    I try to update my blog weekly with new content but sometimes life gets in the way and it is not possible 😦  So I am trying to be ahead of all my blog posts and schedule them to post at least weekly so the blog remains active.

  8. DO PEOPLE IN YOUR REAL WORLD KNOW THAT YOU’RE A BLOGGER?

    Not everyone. Only a few of my closest friends.

  9. DO YOU HATE THE WORDS BLOG AND BLOGGER?

    Of course not! I love those terms! Being a blogger is something I am quite proud of since I am originally quite introverted but by having a blog I am capable of sharing my thoughts and feelings with the entire world and also meeting more avid readers like me 🙂

  10. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CURSE WORD?

    LOL I usually don’t curse that much. I don’t know why. It’s just a habit but I still can get irritated from time to time, I mean we all are human so we tend to get upset/angry but someone/something would have to make me really aggravated to make me drop the F bomb.

  11. WHAT’S YOUR AVERAGE READING TIME?

    It depends on the book. Some books I can finish in a day and some would take me a week. The time it takes me to read doesn’t necessarily correlate to the length of the book as one would think. For example, it took me a week to read Six of Crows but it wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy the plot. I actually loved the story and characters so much that I actually took my time reading it.

I nominate:

Theresa@TheCalicoBooks

Megan@bookslayerReads

Anushka Anand@Living In Pages

Misty@Mistybookspace

Gretchen@ChicNerdReads

Lia@LostInAStory

Saffy@FictionalGirl

Amber@EscapeLifeInThePages

Danielle@Books,Vertigo and Tea

Barefoot&Pregnant

Kelly’s Book Blog

Sorry if I tagged you and you have already done the tag! If you guys haven’t checked out these blogs, please do so. They are all so wonderful🙂

My Eleven Questions: 

  1. Name any book character which you can relate most to. What quality of them do you believe most resembles you?
  2. Who’s the best book boyfriend/girlfriend?
  3. What’s currently on your TBR?
  4. Name your favorite vacation spot you have ever traveled to.
  5. Who’s your favorite pet in a book?
  6. What is your favorite fairy tale or Disney movie when you were a child?
  7. What is you typical coffee order at Starbucks?
  8. Who is your favorite Marvel character?
  9. Why did you want to start book blogging?
  10. Name a unique quality about you.
  11. Do you have a favorite manga?

Have fun everyone! And please link your answers in the comments below 🙂  I would love to read your answers! 🙂

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Thank you!

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Thank you all for the support! This is so exciting! Yayyy!

I’m pretty new to book blogging and bookstagram so this is an awesome milestone for me! Ever since I have started, the entire community has been so welcoming and supportive so thank you all. As a way to give back to my followers I will be hosting a giveaway on my instagram coming soon so keep a look out for it! 

Thank you once again for the support and I will continue to make more great posts for you lovelies! 

Stars Above Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Marissa Meyer

Publication: February 2nd 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 400

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Rating: 4.5/5

Below is a quick recap of all the chapters within this collection of novellas

  1. The Keeper – Honestly, I will say that I didn’t completely enjoy this specific story since I thought it was just extra details and it didn’t really make me feel for any of the characters that much. It did give more background with Scarlet which I appreciated. In the second book we don’t really dive into her character – she was just searching for her grandmother – and we didn’t really get anything else or why she is so attached to her but I think this story shed more light on it. Maybe its because we didn’t see too much of their interactions in the second book and as a result, I couldn’t really understand their connection that well.
  2. Glitches – This story basically delineates how young Cinder first arrived at New Beijing and how she started her life with her Stepmother and Stepsisters. It slightly tugs on your heart and you start to see how Adri’s hate for Cinder began to grow.
  3. The Queen’s Army – This was a short story revolving around Wolf and how he was recruited into the Queen’s Army. I did enjoy reading about his character, the training process and how much he fought to not lose himself in the process.
  4. Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky – You all know how much I love Thorne and this was just absolutely hilarious to read. Of course you will find the occasional witty, flirtations dialogue from Thorne and it also gives us a small background on his character when he was younger. Usually we see Thorne as a light hearted, fun character but in this story, we dive deeper into his character and discover why he makes certain choices
  5. After Sunshine Passes By – Sweet, Precious Cress. She is one of my favorite characters in the entire series and I loved the transformation she goes through within the Lunar Chronicles to be brave. This story truly does capture her innocence and it crushed my heart a bit. She must be protected at all costs!
  6. The Princess and the Guard – Heartbreaking. That’s all I can say about this one. It is definitely one of the darker chapters within this collection of novellas and we see how both Winter and Jacin grew up together and how their friendship evolved into something more. Tension also starts brewing with Queen Levana and Winter and we see her cruelty and jealousy for her stepdaughter in more detail. I grew to appreciate Winter a lot more after reading this novella so I am thankful that Marissa gave us more background of Luna.EMOTION.gif
  7. The Little Android – WHY DON’T YOU JUST TAKE MY HEART OUT ALREADY? DAMN THE FEELS WITH THIS STORY! I honestly had my doubts when starting to read this since it introduces new characters (with a a small appearance by an old character) and it was a re-telling of the Little Mermaid. Prepare yourselves before reading this. This is NOT the Disney version. I still thought it was quite moving and Marissa Meyer has a way of making you feel for her characters which is why I love her stories.em
  8. The Mechanic – Another one of my favorites since this story is basically the first meeting of Cinder and Kai in New Beijing but in Kai’s perspective. When I first read the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder), Kai automatically captured my attention in the first chapter so it was pretty interesting to read from his perspective. Very cute!
  9. Something Old, Something New – Swoon worthy! The Final Epilogue where we finally say goodbye to all these awesome characters. It had me feeling all sorts of FEELS!

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If any of you guys read the novellas, feel free to share your thoughts below!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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Hello lovelies! Happy Sunday! I hope you all are having a great day. Recently I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award and I would like to thank the lovely Ellie over at Capitol Books for nominating me! I am so excited to share my answers!

To start off, here are the Rules:

THE RULES

  1. Show the award on your blog (image widget)
  2. Thank the person that has nominated you.
  3. Share 7 different facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice *ERMAGAWD*
  5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination(hyperlink)

7 DIFFERENT FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I have a Bachelors Degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a Masters in Business and Science.
  2. I am originally from Chennai, India and I came to the US when I was about 5 years old
  3. Besides hip hop and pop music, my other favorite type of music genre is Kpop; I really love the choreography, fashion and the infectious energy from the performances. Dancing is something that I love to do as well so when I see something with a good choreo, it automatically catches my attention 🙂
  4. The longest I have stayed up to finish a book in one sitting is 4AM and that book was An Ember in the Ashes. My mom woke up early that morning and walked into my room and was like “What the heck are you doing?” lol – If you guys enjoy a high intensity, action packed and suspenseful thrillers, you should definitely pick up this book since I absolutely loved it!
  5. My favorite Disney film of all time is The Lion King – which always makes me cry like a baby but I CAN’T HELP IT!!! *SOBS*
  6. I used to write so many fantasy stories with pirates, faeries, kings and queens back in the fourth grade. I even wrote a middle grade trilogy involving four kids, magic and solving mysteries around the world.
  7. I loved watching Anime when I was young. Some of my favorites were Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Cardcaptors, Digimon, etc I used to love Cardcaptors so much I used to pretend I was one lol

I nominate the following bloggers:

E.C. Orr 

BarefootAndPregnant

Rand0mbookgirl

Georgiana Darcy

Sammie@Bookshelves&Biros

Sam’s Little Corner

Sam’s Life In Books

Anna The Bibliophile

Miss Elizabeth

The Littlest Book Elf

Midori Reads

Bound To Be Me

IceBreaker694

Amanda@MyBookOpinionsSite

ALoveLornVirgo

If I nominated you and you’ve already been nominated, I am really sorry about that.

Please do give these blogs a follow, they are absolutely amazing 🙂

A Torch Against the Night Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“Failure doesn’t define you. It’s what you do after you fail that determines whether you are a leader or a waste of perfectly good air.” – 387

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Published: August 30th 2016 by Razorbill

Pages: 452

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Rating: 5/5

Usually when I go into sequels, I prepare myself for the second book slump, BUT THIS BOOK OMG! I absolutely devoured it in one setting. Just as the first book, it was addicting straight from the start and I could not put it down. It was hands down, one of the best sequels I have ever read! If you liked the first book, you will definitely love the second. Bravo Sabaa Tahir! 🙂

PLOT

A Torch Against the Night is a sequel to one of the best books of 2015, An Ember in the Ashes which was in my opinion, an explosive debut in the YA genre. This book picks up exactly where we left our characters – Laia and Elias – and both are on the run from the Marital Empire in order to free Laia’s brother, Darin, from the Prison cells of Kauf. Along the way, we are reunited with old characters and introduced to new ones as well.We also see Helene, one of the most painful and heartbreaking perspectives to read. As the Blood Shiike, she is faced with the gruesome task: capture her best friend, Elias, and kill him. The World continues to grow brutal and merciless with the dark forces involving the Commandant, the power hungry Emperor Marcus and the sadistic Warden of Kauf. All in all, Sabaa Tahir delivered a faced paced and heart pounding sequel which would have readers yearning for the third book.

CHARACTERS

  1. Laia – Laia is one the characters who undergoes tremendous character development. To see her transform from the first book to how she is by the end of the second was an absolute delight. She isn’t perfect. She does make mistakes which she is not afraid to admit and I do admire that quality about her. From a resolute survivor she becomes a bold and goal oriented fighter.
  2. Elias – Elias is just . . . /fans self. I think I might love him even more than I did the first book. I have to add him to my book boyfriend list lol He is just beyond amazing. He goes through serious turmoil and anguish in this book and my heart just couldn’t take it at certain times. Despite all that, he is still strong, compassionate and courageous and that is something worth praising 🙂 Moreover, I also enjoyed reading those sly and sarcastic comments he had in his head every now and then. lol it did bring a bit of comic relief hahafang
  3. Helene – One of the best additions to the book was Helene’s perspective. I have to admit, I did not quite love her character in the first book, but I did enjoy reading about her in this one. Since she goes through so many heartbreaking and internal struggles,  I couldn’t help but feel for her but her character development was spectacular! She was the perfect blend of strength and vulnerability – something that made her seem more human.

Besides the character development, writing and world building, the actual plot within this book delivered twist after twist to the point where it was just mind blowing. Nearly every chapter ends with a cliffhanger and it was nearly impossible to put the book down. Her writing style works so well with the fast paced plot since it never once slows down or gets tiresome to read. Moreover, the amount of subtext, inspiring quotes, and dialogue between the characters are the devices which actually shed a light and a glint of hope in this brutal world and maybe even in every day life. That is what defines a 5 star book for me: when a book, regardless of genre, becomes relevant to your own life.

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Now onto my my emotions which were pretty much all over the place with this book! Irritation, anger (maybe even rage at a few characters lol), fangirling over Elias lol, fear, heartache, depression. God, the list can go on haha

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Overall, I was satisfied with the ending of this book but I definitely want to know more about the upcoming plot lines. With that being said, I will definitely keep a look out for the third book. It has already become one of my most anticipated reads!

Have any of you read the Torch Against the Night yet? Let me know your thoughts below!

 

The MakeUp Book Tag

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And centuries later, Ash decides to do this tag . . . LOL First of all, I would like to thank Sam @ RiverMooseReads for creating this tag. Her blog is awesome so please go check it out!

Primer
Pick a book that left a lasting impression on you

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This is a close tie with an Ember in the Ashes and Six of Crows. After reading both of these books I had to take a few days to recover from the epic awesomeness 🙂

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Foundation
Favorite first book in a series

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The Darkest Minds is one of the most intriguing and explosive first books I have ever read in a series. The characters were brilliantly developed, the themes and plot lines were just so brilliantly woven together it was just an amazing read altogether!

Concealer
Pick some characters you wish didn’t exist.

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“Didn’t exist” seems kind of harsh lol Maybe a character who I wasn’t too fond of? In that case probably Adam from The Shatter Me trilogy and I won’t say much because of spoilers hehe

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Powder
Pick your favorite last book in a series.

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AKA my childhood and my all time favorite series (though the Lunar Chronicles is a close second). The wait for this book seemed like forever! But I immediately devoured it as soon as I got my hand on that marvelous masterpiece! That was how intrigued I was with the world and the characters and I am pretty sure every other kid reading the book felt as well.

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Pick a book you think everyone should read

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I would probably say The Hunger Games Trilogy because of how AWESOME it is. Plus, Katniss Everdeen is a BOSS 🙂

Eyeshadow
Pick a book with your favorite colors on the cover

these broken stars

I absolutely adore the cover for These Broken Stars. It’s just so gorgeous with our two main characters and the stars in the background. Plus, it’s also reflective of the story as well 🙂

Eyeliner
Pick a dark and mysterious book

172 hours

I would probably day 172 Hours on the Moon. This book is beyond mysterious and dark (and not to mention seriously creepy). I made a bad mistake of reading it at night. I swear, there were moments when I couldn’t sleep. I would definitely recommend it if you are into those thriller/dark type books. I would say the second half is more intriguing than the first but it’s still a good read!

Mascara
Pick a long book

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A long book of my shelf would probably be The Game of Thrones which I still haven’t picked up yet . . . haha

Blush
Pick a book with a cringe worthy romance

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Hmm . . . I don’t think I have ever read any books with a cringe worthy romance. I noticed a lot of answers for this question came from contemporary books which I normally do not pick up 😦 But if I can choose one, I would probably say Orange: The Complete Collection. I mean this is technically a manga but it fits this question. The romance is just so sweet but it never gets super uncomfortable. Plus, I loved the concept of this series, it was such a great, meaningful read. Highly recommend it!

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Pick a book that brightens your day

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Doon is one of those books which is a such a light read but entertaining as well. Everything about it from the Scottish setting, the magical elements, dual modern-fantasy worlds, and awesome characters made me adore this book. It isn’t anything too serious or too fluffy but it was right in the middle and it was one of those books which pulled me out of a reading slump and it definitely did make my reading experience a lot more brighter 🙂

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Lipstick
Your favorite book kiss

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My favorite would have to be Thorne and Cress in Winter . . . OMG everything about it was completely swoon-worthy!

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I tag

@GeorgianaDarcy

Sam@Sam’sLittleCorner

@BoundtobeMe

Sammie@Bookshelves&Biros

SquishyMaru@Barefoot&Pregnant . . . NOT

Please check these bloggers out! They are amazing 🙂 Sorry if you have already been tagged. You do not have to do it twice of course! Have fun and let me know when you are done, I would love to check it out!

Until Next Time, Keep Reading ❤

 

Top 5 Books of 2016 so far

Hello everyone! Hope your week is going well! We are more than half way through the year already! Can you believe that? My July reading was not so great but I am hoping to catch up this month haha  So far, I seem to be on schedule with my Good reads goal – completed 27 out of 40 books. So without further ado, lets get to the list:

5. Orange: The Complete Collection by Ichigo Takano

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– The most cutest and heart wrenching thing I have ever read; I was recommended this manga through a few reviews and I absolutely loved it. It does have that comedic humor we see in these types of literature but there was a deeper message behind it and it was so refreshing to read. I will have a review on this soon! 🙂

4. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Braken

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 – This was just an amazing start to a fabulous series. I absolutely loved everything from the plot line, the setting, and the characters! If you are looking for a great dystopian read, I definitely think you should give this one a try. If you would like a more in depth, spoiler free review, check it out HERE

3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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 – One word to describe this would be BRILLIANT. This was just beautifully written and even though the characters are flawed, the writer does a fabulous job of making you feel for them. The premise of this book was so intriguing it automatically captured my attention: Outlaws trying to pull of an impossible heist. Who wouldn’t want to read that? Check out my review HERE 🙂

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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 – This book kept me up until 4AM. Yes, 4AM. I read this in one sitting. That was how dangerously addictive this book was. As soon as I started reading, the story just takes off and there is never one dull moment. There is just so much action mixed with a thrilling and captivating story, it’s just too much of an awesome read! You can read a more in-depth review on my blog HERE

1. The Lunar Chronicles By Marissa Meyer

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– It’s official. This has become one of my favorite series of all time (after Harry Potter of course). I just loved how Marissa Meyer crafted this story as a fairy tale re-telling but with a scifi twist. How cool is that? All the characters in the stories were amazing in their unique way. Brave Cinder, Fiery Scarlet, Sweet Cress, and Crazy Winter lol I adore each and everyone of them. Plus, Cress and Thorne are relationship goals! 🙂 Definitely check out my blog for their individual reviews!

How about you guys? Do you have a top 5 of the year so far? Let me know in the comments below?