…..And That’s A Wrap Up!

2015 is coming to an end. Its been a great year for me in terms of books. I got into blogging this year and it has been so much fun! I met some really cool bloggers. And I’ve read so many, so many amazing books this year. I’ve read so many different books and so many different authors(mainly due to Goodreads).

So I thought I’ll do a kind of a yearly wrap up.(forgive me if its boring, this is my first time )

I have read 81 books this year( *sigh* so proud of myself), that also includes novellas. And most of them were amazing! So here are those amazing books,

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

 

The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa

 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Soul Eater Trilogy by  Eliza Crewe

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

Insanity Series  by  Cameron Jace

 

The Time Traveller’s Wife by  Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife

If I Stay Series by Gayle Forman

Me Before You by  Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by  Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)

So many awesome books……And that’s a wrap up!

Which are the best books you have read this year?  And Happy New Year! 🙂

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Reviews: The Distance Between Us By Kasie West

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About The Author

A stay-at-home mom of four children, three of them girls, ranging in age from four to 12, Kasie West hears lots of melodramatic versions of large-than-life events. She graduated with a BA in liberal studies, with a strong focus on linguistics and psychology, from Fresno State University. She lives in Fresno, CA.

 

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The Distance Between UsSeventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.
So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.
She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

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4 star

My Rating: 4.5 stars

I re-read this a few days ago, so I thought why not put a review up for it?

The Distance Between Us was a surprising read. I went into this not expecting much. Contemporary romances usually fail to impress me. But I fell in love with this one!

The Distance between Us is cute, funny, and sarcastic. Yes, sarcastic. I’m pretty sure this book is a mandatory read for those courses offering a PhD. in sarcasm.

So what did I love most in this book? Caymen. I loved her. She is witty, funny and normal.

“How come the dog isn’t named?” He reads aloud the title on the box. “‘Peggy and dog.’”
“Because people tend to want to name animals after their beloved pets.”
“Really?”
“No. I have no idea. I can give you the number of Peggy’s creator if you want to ask.”
“You have the phone number of this doll’s creator?”
“No.” I punch the price into the register and push Total.”

“I’d rather not see their eyes. Eyes can say so much. Theirs say, ‘I want to steal your soul so don’t turn your back on us.”

“Note to self: Caymen is very good at sarcasm.”
“If you’re recording notes for an official record, I’d like the word ‘very’ stricken and replaced with ‘exceptionally.”

Come on! How can you not love her?

I really loved how the relationship between Xander and Caymen developed. It was sweet and fun and aww… and *sigh*

I also liked how they weren’t exchanging ‘I love you’s ‘ within the first few chapters( you’d be surprised how often that happens).

And the banter between them is sooo cute!

“So Caymen…”
“So, Xander…”
“Like the islands.”
“What?”
“Your name. Caymen. Like the Cayman Islands. Is that your mom’s favourite place to visit or something?”
“No, it’s her third favourite place. I have an older brother named Paris and an older sister named Sydney.”
“Wow.” He opens the bag, takes out a muffin, and hands it to me. The top glistens with sprinkled sugar. “Really?”
I gently unwrap it. “No.”

“Caymen?”
“Yes?”
“You look terrified. Does this scare you?”
“More than anything.”
“Why?”
“Because I didn’t bring my mints.”

This is my first Kasie West novel, and I’m really looking forward to reading more books by her. I liked her writing and the characters she created.

The Distance Between Us made me smile, made me laugh and most important of all, it made me really happy.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

 

 

This Week’s topic is the top ten anticipated book for the first half of 2016.

All these books have made the list because they sound intriguing, different and really good. So here goes* drum roll*

1)Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Into the Dim

Release Date: March 1st 2016 

2)  The Girl From Everywhere by  Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)

Release Date: February 16th, 2016

3)  The Shadow Queen by  C.J. Redwine

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Release Date: February 23rd 2016

4)  The Girl Who Fell  by  Shannon M. Parker

The Girl Who Fell

Release Date: March 1st 2016

5)  The Great Hunt by  Wendy Higgins

The Great Hunt (The Great Hunt, #1)

Release Date: March 8th 2016

6) My Lady Jane by  Cynthia Hand , Brodi Ashton , Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane

Release Date: June 7th, 2016

7)  Burning Glass by  Kathryn Purdie

Burning Glass (Burning Glass, #1)

Release Date: March !st 2016

8)  Rebel Of The Sands by  Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

Release Date: March 8th 2016

9)  A Study in Charlotte by  Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

Release Date: March 1st 2016

10)  Bookishly Ever After by  Isabel Bandeira

Bookishly Ever After (Ever After, #1)

Release Date: January 12th 2016

2016 looks like a promising year. All these titles sound so interesting and I cant wait for them!

What are your top anticipated releases?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I need Santa To Bring

Top ten tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

 

 

This week’s topic is ‘ Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year’. So these are the top ten books I really want to own,

1. Harry Potter series

Cause, you know…..Its Harry Potter! I don’t own the physical copy, quite sadly.

2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Cause…..its Percy Jackson.

3. The Daughter of Smoke And Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

I loved Daughter of Smoke And Bone. Its one of my favourites and I desperately want to own them!

4. The Hunger Games trilogy

I love this trilogy so much! I already have Mockingjay, so I only need the first two.

5. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

This is again, one of my top favourites.

6. Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Cracked (Soul Eater, #1)

Oh My God!! this series is sooo amazing! I have the last two books, but I can’t seem to get hold of the first one.

7. All the Roald Dahl Books

I want all of them!

8. An Unfortunate Fairytale series by Chanda Hahn

9. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I just read these series, and it is amazing! Marissa Meyer is officially one of my favourite authors.

10. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

HeartlessMarissa Meyer has become one of my favourite authors. And I love Alice in Wonderland retellings/spinoffs.. Need I say more? And the plot is sounds so good!

I can’t wait till November 2016! Nope, nope. But hopefully, Santa can do something about it?

Seriously if I find all these books under my tree, I would literally die of happiness!

But Santa, I don’t mind if it is more than 10 books. I wouldn’t mind if on Christmas morning , my room looks like this,

Reviews: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

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About The AuthorCynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series with HarperTeen: UNEARTHLY, HALLOWED, RADIANT (an enovella) and BOUNDLESS. Currently she lives in southern California with her husband and two small children. She teaches courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University.

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Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy. Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side. As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny? Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

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3 star

My Rating: 3 stars

Unearthly was a pleasant and nice read. Unfortunately that’s all I can say. I went into this after reading rave reviews of amazing this book is. So I had really high expectations. Now, I wonder if I read the same book. Unearthly wasn’t anything spectacular. But there aren’t many faults with it either. I just wasn’t blown away.

Let me begin with things I liked:

  • I loved Clara. I related with her. The author captured the voice of a sixteen year old perfectly.
  • Clara and her mom had a good relationship. Her mom cared about her. She had a prominent role in Clare’s life. (Parents don’t seem to play much of a role in most YA novels).
  • The writing was really good. I liked Hand’s writing style. It was kind of …………. soothing.( weird, I know)

But for the most part, Unearthly was bland. Nothing really goes on. By the time something did happen, I had lost interest. The first half was spent by Clara mooning over a boy she is supposed to be protecting.

The plot was quite unique. But I wasn’t really dying to know what happens. Also, I didn’t feel 400 pages was necessary to arrive at that ending. The story had this great build up for an amazing ending. But the ending, I was left like….Really? That’s it? It was like someone had deflated a balloon.

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I waited and waited for this amazing thing to happen, but it didn’t.

Unearthly had so many things I usually fall in love with…but I guess this was not my cup of tea.

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hey Guys!

So I was nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by Zainabshykh of A Bibliophiles Obsession ,smileybooklover Kami Kam . Thanks you sooo much!!

Go check out their awesome, amazing blogs!

How does it work?

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy.—If you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (Or just simply pick the ones whom you think are excellent and definitely cannot miss them!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award—you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

7 Things About Me

So here we go!

  1. My favourite colour is yellow. Like I’m obsessed with it.

*sigh* such a beautiful colour.

2. I like to draw. I’m not really good, but I love it.

Here’s one of my sketches.

3. I love the rain, with lightning and thunder. The rain makes me very creative.

4. I fall down quite a lot. In fact, almost all of my shoes have a ‘history’. Once I fell down the stairs in a textile store,like from the top to the bottom. So. Embarrassing. At least I didn’t have to climb em’!

5. Being a book nerd, you would expect me to have friends who are fellow book lovers. But nope! All of them hate reading. When I start fangirling about a book I love, their faces go like

Gee, I wonder how we are friends!

6. I got into blogging because I needed to let out all the happiness/ frustrations I have  after reading a book, because nobody I know reads books, even my family.( refer no:5) It gets so lonely!

7.I love spicy food. like really spicy food! Where your nose starts running and smoke comes out of your ears .

So that’s some boring, random facts about me….

And I nominate these lovely bloggers!

Symone Books

Bookish Wander Lust

Emma, The Book Lover

Queenicaybooks

Fanatic Bibliophile

Chapter One Book Blog

Jbookish

Bookmark Chronicles

The Sassy Geek

The Girl Who Read Too Much

Congratulations guys!