Reviews: Girl Online


Title: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: August 2015

About The Book

GIRL ONLINE is the stunning debut romance novel by YouTube phenomenon Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella.
I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has – I can’t believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! – and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes…
Penny has a secret.
Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

– Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

If you’ve been wondering what Girl Online is about, it is this-

Introduction to our main character Penny’s life, embarrassing things happen, Penny meets cute boy, they fall in love, they do happy stuff, the obvious twist and finally a happy ending.

Girl Online uses almost every YA Trope:

  • Insta ( Insta) love
  • generic brother
  • generic love interest
  • Parents absent at convenient times
  • Angst because apparently communication is a forgotten art
  • The gay best friend
  • The mean girl
  • The popular guy who actually likes the “plain” MC

Everything! It has everything!

Girl Online also touches upon anxiety and panic attacks. It was why I wanted to read it in the first place.

I had thought Girl Online would be about a girl who escapes reality via writing, copes with her anxiety through writing.

I was wrong. It’s about a girl who meets a boy and falls in love in a few days. For about 200 pages, they do lovey-dovey stuff like- go to a secret restaurant, spend Christmas together with their families…etcetera etcetera.

And I love cute stuff! But that is all that happens! Also I expected anxiety to play a more prominent role in the story.

I liked the dynamic between Penny and her best friend Elliot. I loved Elliot. I was more interested in his story than Penny’s.

I didn’t like Girl Online, not because it was cheesy. I love cheesy romances. I love tropes(when done properly). I don’t mind reading 300 pages of fluff and cuteness. My problem was with how it was written.

After the first couple of chapters, the writing got sort of uninspiring.

Penny’s blog posts are supposed to be heart touching and inspiring! It’s her story- her battle with anxiety. But I felt nothing!

The writing is what you expect from maybe a wattpad novel or an unedited draft. Not from a #1 NYT Bestseller!

I was very disappointed.

My Rating-

1 stars

Do I recommend it? 

No. Girl Online was not a very good book. Don’t make it a priority on your TBR.

Have you read Girl Online? What did you think of it? Is Girl Online on your TBR? Do you plan to read it soon? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Books I Plan To Reread

I started this blog on May 15th 2015. Since then I’ve read a lot of books. Like a lot. 118 to be exact.  I read a lot of wonderful books( it was like discovering magic). Many became my favourites.

When I wrote a post on books I loved the year I started blogging, I realised I didn’t remember the story of half of them!

Like literally nothing! Plot? nothing! Characters? I couldn’t even remember their names!

I mean, yes, I have a bad memory. Unless I love the book, I usually forget everything about it. But these are books I loved!

So I decided I’m going to reread some of my favourites which I haven’t read in a long time. I’ve chosen five books/series and I want to read it all by…say April 2018?

It would also be fun to find how my opinions have changed about these books!

Also, don’t worry! I will remember everything this time. EVERYTHING.

1) The Iron Fey series

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)The Iron DaughterThe Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3)The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey, #4)

The Iron Fey series was one of my first proper YA fantasy book. It had magic, fey, and a sarcastic talking cat (Oh Grimalkin we could be such good friends). And I’m sure this is probably the only series where my OTP never sailed…

Also I never finished The Iron Knight, maybe this time I’ll finish the series and finally start the spinoff!

2) Fangirl

FangirlOkay, I’m cheating here.

I read Fangirl in summer 2016 (I think). Since then I’ve read it a couple of times. So I do remember the story VERY well.

But I love (love) Fangirl and I WILL read it again.(And nobody can stop me! bwahaha!)

3) Daughter Of Smoke And Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)

I loved DOSAB. I remember drawing ‘True Story’ and the Eyes on my palm, like the tattoos Karou had.

I know I’m always talking about how I love Laini Taylor, especially after reading Lips Touch (my one true love). But I don’t remember anything about DOSAB. Nothing! I didn’t even remember the freaking character’s names! I actually had to search Goodreads to find out! (Scandalous, I know!) I haven’t even read past book 1, so I will finish the series this time.

4) My Lady Jane

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)Again I remember loving it, but no idea of what happened whatsoever.

There were people who could turn into animals, a king, a princess, a conspiracy…that’s all I remember.

It was funny, and entertaining and so easy to love. I mean the dedication is this:

“For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”

5) The False Prince

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, #2)The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy, #3)

I enjoyed The False Prince IMMENSLY. At least that’s what I remember. Also an orphan , a missing king and…..some stuff happens….. I do have a horrible memory! I mean how can you forget something you loved? How is that even possible? (I also plan to finish this series too).

Ps. Do you want to read any of the above books together? We can do a buddy read!( By the way, I’ve never done a buddy read, so I have absolutely no idea how it works).

Have you read any of the books I plan to reread? Have you reread any books? Have your thoughts changed about a book after a reread? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! 

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Mini Reviews: Wonder


Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date:  February 14th 2012

About The Book


I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

Wonder is the most adorable book I’ve read in 2017. I just wanted to hug the book and lay on my bed ( with that silly smile I had after reading it).

So Wonder is about Auggie ( who has facial deformity) who is starting 5th grade. He was homeschooled and had never studied in a mainstream school. Wonder follows Auggie’s journey through 5th grade.

What blew me away was how well all the characters’ POV chapters worked together. There are multiple POVs. So many POVs. It’s a recipe for disaster. It’s not supposed to work! But it does!

We have chapters from Auggie, his sister Olivia, his friends Summer and Jack, and even from Olivia’s boyfriend Justin! All in a 300 pages book! It’s astonishing. It never felt too stuffed or forced. I was never annoyed by the change in POV in each part. Each character had a unique voice. They all had beautiful character arcs ( especially Jack and Olivia. I love them so much).

We even have a Julian chapter. It was like an addition, after the story had ended ( I’ve seen it being listed on Goodreads as a novella. My edition had it in the book itself). To be honest, I wasn’t going to read it. I loved how the book had ended and I kind of despised Julian(he was on of Auggie’s main bullies).  But I’m so glad I didn’t. It was so wonderful! So don’t skip that chapter ( it’s not exactly a chapter. Sort of a part, like 100 pages long).

My Rating-

5 stars

Do I recommend it? 

Yes! Absolutely! Wonder has become one of my favourites! Please(please) add it your TBR! It’s so good! You will love it so much!


“The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.”

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” 

“Sometimes I think my head is so big because it is so full of dreams”

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Have you read Wonder? What did you think of it? Is Wonder on your TBR? Do you plan to read it soon? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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TTT: Books I Loved The Year I Started Blogging

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

I started this blog on May 15th 2015. I had just completed 10th standard and it was summer vacation. It was a long vacation (very long). I had nothing to do.Except reading (obviously). I read a lot that summer. A LOT. I read 20-30 books in those 2 months. I had a lot of time, plus I’m a super fast reader.

Anyway, I kind of rediscovered my love for reading, joined Goodreads and discovered book blogging. I looked fun, so I made one of my own. Boredom can make you take really great decisions.

I’ve been in love with book blogging ever since. I read many books that year (than I had never before). I found some amazing books that year.

So here are some books (series) I loved the year I started blogging.

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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Time Traveler's WifeCinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Cracked (Soul Eaters, #1)

1) Percy Jackson series

“It’s funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.” 

Truth be told, I never expected to like Percy Jackson. It was a big thing when I was in 7th grade. Unfortunately, I was able to resist the hype. I put it off for years!

Finally when I was in 10th, when finals were near, procrastination took control and I finally read it! I basically binge read all the 5 books ( when I get stressed I HAVE to read!)

I loved it so much! For some reason I had always thought PJ books were very serious ( it’s the covers. The awful, repulsive  covers. Someone should redesign them. And remove all evidence of  the evil one’s existence. They are that bad).

2) The Iron Fey series

“Oh, look at that, he’s heard of me. My fame grows.”

The Iron King introduced me to the world of Feys. It was love at first sight. The world Kagawa built was so beautiful!

3) The Hunger Games Trilogy

“May the odds be ever in your favor!” 

The Hunger Games was my first dystopian series. I love it for it’s characters, the brutality and the general horror of the concept of  Hunger Games.

4) The Time Traveller’s Wife

“Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”

The Time Traveller’s Wife was heartbreaking. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it has become one of my favourites.

5) The Lunar Chronicles

“Being raised on Luna seems to really mess people up. She wouldn’t be the lovable cyborg we’ve all come to adore.” 

Cinder was one of the first books I added to my TBR when I first joined Goodreads. However, I had no idea what it was about. The original blurb was very (very) vague, and I was hesitant.

I read all 5 books (I’m yet to read Stars Above) in a week (ah, good times). Since then, I’ve become a bit obsessed with the series. I also became a hardcore shipper with TLC.

6) Me Before you

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” 

I stayed up all night to finish Me Before You. By the end, I was a crying mess. Eyes red, running nose… the whole nine yards . It was cute, adorable and heartbreaking.

I don’t know if I’ll read the sequel though. 8 have a feeling it won’t be as nice. So for now, it’s in the back burner.

7) The Mortal Instruments

“Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.” 

Er… I’m not sure I’m in love with this series anymore. But I loved it the first time I read it. Demons, swords, magic and romance… What more can you ask for?

I read The first 3, and I was very satisfied with the ending. So I put off reading the 4th for a few months. I did try okay? I started, but I had absolutely no interest in what was happening! I even attempted a (failed) reread! Finally I accepted that it was time to move on.

I did love The Mortal Instruments, but I kinda feel like I’ve outgrown it now…

8) Daughter Of Smoke And Bone

“Once upon a time, an angel lay dying in the mist.

And a devil knelt over him and smiled.” 

Oh Lani Taylor! I just love her writing so much. It makes me feel all warm and tingly.

DOSB was my first experience with lyrical prose. So it was a very magical experience. I should have probably started with Lips Touch because it’s SO MUCH more amazing. Seriously, please please please check out any of her books (I’ll be tackling Strange The Dreamer very soon).

9) The Truth About Forever

“Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.” 

Truth be told, I don’t remember anything about this book. I read it 2 years ago okay!? (stop judging me).

I do remember being in a daze after reading TTAF. I loved the characters and I really wanted a catering job (like the characters).

Maybe I’ll do a reread?

10) Soul Eaters series

“I hear myself laughing, screeching, cackling. The world is red hot and pulsing. On fire […] I stroll down the corridor and the flickering fluorescents celebrate my passing, humming in praise. I spin, bow and hum along. Bloody footprints trail; bloody fingers smear the walls.” 

Soul Eaters is probably the most badass series I’ve read.

Crusaders, demons, swords and a soul eater, surprisingly it was also  a book about friendship.

I loved Meda, my adorable homicidal half demon. Honestly, she is my role model.


So we come to an end of another Top Ten Tuesday. Which are books you loved in your first year of blogging? Do we have any in common? Have you read any of the books in my list? Leave you thoughts in the comments below!(leave a link to your TTT too!)

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TTT: Books I Struggled With

Top ten tuesday

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

Another Tuesday, Another TTT. This week I’m going to list 10 books I struggled with.

Reading is hard okay? Sure, there are amazing books that you just gobble up, but those are hard to find. Usually you’re left with books that takes a while to love. So you’ll have to trudge through it.

So here are some books I struggled with.


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Reviews: Everything Everything


Title: Everything Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers


About The Book

Summary from Goodreads:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am
certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
My Thoughts

If I’m being honest, I didn’t have high hopes for Everything Everything. I remember being excited when I first added it to my TBR 2 years ago. But now, the blurb just didn’t draw me in. So I think the main reason I didn’t like it is because it’s not really my kind of book.

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Mini Reviews: The Iron Butterfly


Title: The Iron Butterfly

Author: Chanda Hahn

Publisher: Word Circus

About The Book

The Iron Butterfly

Summary from Goodreads:

Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.

Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an unlikely Denai to befriend her. After finding a home at the Citadel as a servant, Thalia’s worst nightmare comes to life and she begins to show signs of power. Scared and unable to control her gifts, she tries to hide her past to fit in among the Denai. But the Septori want their latest test subject back and will stop at nothing to retrieve her, dead or alive.

My Thoughts

“Down in this hell, silence was more than golden; it was the difference between life and death.”

Chanda Hahn is one of my favourite authors and I adore her ‘An Unfortunate Fairytale’ series. So I was really looking forward to reading The Iron Butterfly, which unfortunately didn’t win my heart.

The Iron Butterfly follows Thalia’s journey after she escapes torture and imprisonment by a mysterious group called the Septori.

I felt the first few chapters were the best part. The world Hahn creates is both new and captivating. I enjoyed Thalia’s journey to the the Citadel, along with Joss and his uncle.

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