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:
- Show the award on your blog (image widget)
- Thank the person that has nominated you.
- Share 7 different facts about yourself
- Nominate 15 blogs of your choice *ERMAGAWD*
- Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination(hyperlink)
7 DIFFERENT FACTS ABOUT ME
- I have a Bachelors Degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a Masters in Business and Science.
- I am originally from Chennai, India and I came to the US when I was about 5 years old
- 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 🙂
- 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!
- 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*
- 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.
- 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:
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 🙂
“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
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! 🙂
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.
- 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.
- 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 haha
- 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.
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
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!
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!
Pick a book that left a lasting impression on you
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 🙂
Favorite first book in a series
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!
Pick some characters you wish didn’t exist.
“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
Pick your favorite last book in a series.
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.
Pick a book you think everyone should read
I would probably say The Hunger Games Trilogy because of how AWESOME it is. Plus, Katniss Everdeen is a BOSS 🙂
Pick a book with your favorite colors on the cover
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 🙂
Pick a dark and mysterious book
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!
Pick a long book
A long book of my shelf would probably be The Game of Thrones which I still haven’t picked up yet . . . haha
Pick a book with a cringe worthy romance
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!
Pick a book that brightens your day
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 🙂
Your favorite book kiss
My favorite would have to be Thorne and Cress in Winter . . . OMG everything about it was completely swoon-worthy!
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 ❤
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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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?
“True love is the most inconvenient kind.”
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication: April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
Rating – 3.5/5
This series was seriously out of my comfort zone since it was mostly romance driven;however, I decided to give it a chance. I kind of understood what to expect from this novel when I first picked it up since it was described to be a YA take on the “Bachelor in a Dystopian setting” but there were a few twists here and there which I didn’t see coming. Overall, I thought this was an “ok” series and it did have a bit of a second book slump so I had to give this a 3.5/5 stars.
Within this series, 35 girls are chosen to take part in The Selection which is basically a competition to see who will win the Prince’s hand in marriage. Doesn’t this sound familiar? 🙂 But the only difference from being similar to the Bachelor is the Dystopian setting where people are divided by castes (1 through 8 where 1 is the highest and 8 is the lowest). Our main character, America Singer, is from caste five and she does not wish to try out for the Selection despite her mother’s request. Another reason is because she does not want to part from her first love, Aspen. However, due to a sequence of events, she ends up signing for the Selection and her name is drawn along with 34 other girls. Throughout the novel and series, America undergoes multiple obstacles which she must overcome and feelings she must sort out before deciding to whom her heart belongs to – Aspen or Maxon.
- America Singer – Caste 5, Stubborn, Short-Tempered. America first entered the Selection with no interest whatsoever; however, the Selection soon changes her perspective on a few issues. Most people did find America to be a bit annoying and I can kind of understand where that’s coming from; especially in the second book. But she is also placed in a difficult position for both her past and present love life, so there is going to be a lot of drama.
- Prince Maxon – Kind, Respectful, Typical “Gentleman”; Maxon was a different male protagonist than any other book male character I’ve read. When we are first introduced to him, he almost seems perfect. This is probably because he rarely gets angry, is super respectful and always wants to seek the approval of his parents and because of that, he may seem to be a bit dull or lackluster. But with time, we do see that he does have his own insecurities as well. While I wouldn’t say he’s my absolute favorite character of all time, he did come close.
- Aspen – A YA book wouldn’t be complete without a love triangle right? This is where Aspen comes along, America’s first love. He does play a role in causing America to make the decisions that she makes but sometimes I feel like he just added confusion, especially in the second book.
I thought the first book was a decent start to the series. I honestly enjoyed seeing America’s interaction with the girls of the Selection and the little “secret” games Maxon and America played for the cameras. But then when we get to the second book, we enter a second book slump, at least for the first 3/4 of the book. We do see some major events which happen but its just the way America dealt with her issues which made her seem as a lot of people said before, a bit annoying. I think the last book was a lot better since she was more goal oriented and knew what she wanted and was striving toward it. And I have to say that the Epilogue of the series “After the One” was so cute to read. I think this chapter was in the collection of novellas but it should have been included in the actual book. Overall, it was an average read for me. If you like reading books with a little bit of drama and romance then I think you can pick this up.
“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”
Published – December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion
Rating – 5/5
Sometimes when you come out of a reading a great series like The Lunar Chronicles, you need something to pull you out of that reading slump. And MY GOD, this book did it for me. It was so intriguing and different from any dystopian books I have read. The characters were so lovable and I just ended up having so many feels when I went through these heart wrenching scenes here and there. it just crushed my heart.
The Darkest Minds takes place is a post apocalyptic/dystopian world where a disease called IAAN wiped away a majority of the young population. The individuals who do survive are left with peculiar superpowers but the government regards them as a threat and therefore, they are sent to “rehabilitation” camps which more resemble the environment of a concentration camp. This is where we initially meet our main character, Ruby. However, through a sequence of events, Ruby manages to escape this nightmare prison and joins a band of kids lead by their charming leader, Liam and together they venture off to discover a home or safe haven all while avoiding the bounty hunters who are trying to track them down.
- Ruby – Bold, Cautious, Survivor; Ruby undergoes tremendous character growth throughout the novel from a quiet, frightened girl to a strong fighter and I loved seeing her grow and accept herself for who she was. She grows with the support of her friends, Liam, Chubs and Lu and they were absolutely great together.
- Liam – Protective, Strong, Caring; I think I might have found a new book boyfriend; His sense of optimism and willingness to protect his friends no matter the costs is what makes him so admirable. But despite how perfect a person may seem, they do have their flaws as does Liam who holds a huge responsibility for his group and takes it hard if he makes a mistake.
- Chubs – Rational, Smart, Snarky; I personally loved Chubs, especially by the end of the novel. He is definitely the rational one of the group despite his snarky personality. He is quite loyal and committed to his group which is quite awesome!
- Lu – This girl is just adorable. She has this innocence about her but also a certain strength as well and I love her so much. A precious cutie who must be protected at all costs!
This book was completely different from other dystopian books I have read since it was diverse in terms of concept and execution. The writing was great. I honestly enjoyed how Alexandra was able to pull us into the dark environments the characters were in but also provide that suspense and thrill which keeps you glued to the book. The best thing about the novel was the characters. I absolutely loved the group that Ruby traveled with and their interactions were so awesome. I love how the author was able to create characters who are so relatable, it just makes reading so much more enjoyable!
Have any of you read The Darkest Minds or the entire trilogy? I haven’t read the entire series yet so let me know your thoughts! 🙂