Book news

5 Sequels To Look Out For In 2017

2017 promises to be quite an exciting year for books especially YA. There are plenty of sequels releasing this year to  keep you busy and today I’m about to delve into some of them

Wayfarer (Passenger #2)

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The sequel to passenger has already been released but I haven’t gotten around to it yet and I AM SO KEEN. Passenger was an incredible book for wanderers and the adventure types and I’m sure Wayfarer would be the same!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3)

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When I heard a third installment was coming into this series I screamed. These books are so light and fun and they take you back to being 16 and young and stupid

The Illuminae Files #3

The last two books in this series have left so many questions inside my brain. I am buzzing for the entire story to all come together and for some mad space time theories

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A court of thorns and roses #3)

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So Sarah J Maas writes series that you get totally obssessed with and this is no exception. This has got to possibly be the most talked about sequel of the year

Throne of Glass #6

Following on with the SJ Maas trail. The sixth installment in her long standing series is also set to be out this year and I cannot wait for her to just deliver the amazing work that she does every year.

 

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Does Anyone Even Read Anymore?

As I look around myself, I see more and more people choosing more convenient and instantly rewarding forms of entertainment.

Now there is nothing wrong with that but I can’t help noticing that the average person (especially my age) does not read books anymore. It is a novelty if I find a friend who enjoys the same books as me let alone enjoys reading at all.

We’d rather go on facebook or watch Netflix or watch the movie adaptation of the book rather than read the book itself. Forget reading thought provoking classics or discussing ideologies. Those are the things of the past and just not cool anymore.

I know there are programs that promote reading all the time and with movie adaptations the YA genre has received this whole new generation of readers. But I’m talking about real books: Dickens and Dante and the Odyssey. Timeless, precious book that people need to read once in their life.

Maybe that’s why the retail price on books increases significantly every year or the number of my readers diminishes every year. No one even reads anymore

Book news, Discussion, recommended

If You Like This…You’ll Also Like This

So who doesn’t like book recommendations. Especially around this time of the year when we’re all trying to better ourselves and broaden our horizons. So here goes

If you like….

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You will also like…

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Both books filled with these sweet love stories that encompass mental health issues and body image and growing up. It’s almost a given that if you’ve read one you’ll read the other

If you like….

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You will also like..

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If you love a good contemporary read, these two books are your go to! One takes you around Paris and its romance while the other has its own charm with high school romances and yummy recipes.

If you like…

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You will also like…

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Illumnae is heavily focused on science-fiction and takes place outside of Earth yet it’s got humour and philosophy, which is where it is similar to WALU. We All Looked Up goes behind the philosophical meaning of existence as an asteroid prepares to destroy Earth.

I hope you found some good reading suggestions in this post. Don’t worry, I hope to do many more in the future because who doesn’t love book recommendations?

Book reviews

10 Things I Love About Magnus Chase And The Hammer Of Thor

The second installment in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan was even better than the first one. I came up with ten reasons as to why this book and series is a must read for all young adults out there.

It addresses sexuality

When a gender fluid character was introduced in the novel I absolutely loved it. This is the first YA novel I’ve read which openly discusses gender fluidity and the stereotypes associated with that. What is even more incredible is that Magnus, our protagonist, is attracted to this said person which goes to show that you can love whoever you want to love.

It addresses religion

This was also one of the first novels which openly discusses Islam and its practices. The novel just helps to open people’s minds and I think that that is important in today’s society.

It’s adventurous

Moving on from the heavy topics. The novel is FUN. You get to visit all these different worlds and the characters always get themselves into these weird scenarios which have such creative solutions.

It has diversity

This novel and I believe all of Rick Riordan’s novels introduce the reader to such a large group of diverse people. We have social outcasts, smart people, homeless people, criminals, fashionistas, you name it.

It addressees homelessness

At the begin of the series Magnus is a homeless guy which means that for the rest of the series we hear a lot about Magnus’ experience being homeless and what it feels like. Given that Rick Riordan has a younger dynamic to cater to, I believe it’s important children are bought up learning about the topic of homelessness.

It’s educational

Not only are the readers learning all these life lessons. We also get to learn sign language because one of the characters is deaf and of course we learn about Norse Mythology

It’s emotional

Not going to elaborate on this one because feels

It’s funny

As with all of Rick Riordan’s novels, this one is peppered with dad humour and funky jokes that make it quite entertaining

It’s captivating

I found it very hard to pull myself away from reading and doing something else because every chapter had me turning the pages.

It ends on a cliff hanger

As usual. But this is an exciting cliff hanger because Magnus is about to meet one of my favourite characters in the next installment!

Book reviews

Book Review | Holding Up The Universe

Jennifer Niven, once again, turns a simple love story into a beautiful life lesson that readers will be sure to remember. To be perfectly honest, I am still recovering from reading All the Bright Places which I read many months ago. Holding up the Universe similarly tells the story from the dual perspectives of a boy and a girl who experience different hardships in the same circumstances.

We have Jack Masselin who is the “cool guy” at school and from the outside it seems like Jack has it all together but his family is falling apart and he has this rare disorder which inhibits him from recognising faces. On the other hand there is Libby who is labeled America’s Fattest Teen and along with her weight she also has to constantly deal with the loss of her mother. When Jack and Libby meet, the reader is taken on a journey where two teenagers try to tackle the weight the universe bestows upon them.

The thing I love most about Jennifer’s novels is that she integrates her own life experiences into her stories. This enables the reader to form a connection with the author and hence, you’re more susceptible to agree with the message the novel is sending. While this novel was not as emotionally scarring as All the Bright Places, it was just as powerful.

Libby’s weight issues and following her development in the novel from being a homebound girl to this confident young woman encourages all insecure chickens out there to just be comfortable in the skin you’re given. Through work of fiction, Jennifer has managed to spread a positive message which I’m sure resonates with a lot of teenagers. Not only that, by integrating diversity in race, gender, weight etc. the reader is challenged to break stereotypes.

The novel also raises awareness about face-blindness which I had no idea about before I read this book. I absolutely love the fact that apart from life lessons you’re also learning science in this novel. You’re learning how to speak out if you have a problem and about the effects of cancer and loss on a person.

Instead of writing a typical boy-girl romance and leaving it at that, Jennifer delves deeper into the issues that continue to haunt young people in today’s society.

Rating

5

Film review

Film Review | Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Filled with thrill, adventure, and a whole lot of laughter, this film adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children written by Ransom Riggs and directed by Tim Burton did not disappoint.

I’ve anxiously awaited the release of this film ever since word got around about its production last year. Now, I assumed they would follow the plot of the books and make like a series of three films but after watching the film, I believe they’ve condensed the contents of all three books quite well.

The film follows the story of Jacob discovering the Peculiar Children’s house and the thrilling adventure that follows the kidnapping of Miss Peregrine by one of the Wights. While there was a possibility of the arc of the film getting boring. Tim Burton perfectly maintained mystery, delivered adventure and satisfied everyone.

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I absolutely loved the way he captured the peculiarity of it all, adding a bit of humour which was befitting for the younger cast and audience of the film. The mid World War 2 era was captured well with costumes and music and the landscape of whether it be Florida or Wales was spot on.

As soon as I saw they’d cast Asa Butterfield for the role of Jacob I was convinced there would be no one who would befit the role better. Special mention should go to Eva Green who plays Miss Peregrine and did a stunning performance.

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At the beginning, I was a little iffy that Emma (played by Ella Purnell) had the peculiarity of floating whereas in the books she can conjure fire, which happens to be Olive’s peculiarity in the books. All very confusing for non-book readers I know but as the story progresses I can see why there was a switch in peculiarities and how Emma ends up playing a much critical role in the film. But I still think the female protagonist should’ve had a badass peculiarity such as conjuring fire.

Overall, it was an incredible adaptation. I think Tim Burton and Ransom Riggs really took book to movie adaptations to a greater level where they took the idea from all three novels and created this amazing film that takes you on a peculiar journey.

New blog posts will be going up every second day in November and every single day in December!

book haul

$100 Book Haul 

Since I finally have time to read, I decided I’d go crazy and buy a few books! So here is, a $100 book haul

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


First up, there is the sequel to Illuminae which was my absolute favourite book last year and I cannot wait ahh!

Magus Chase & the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan


Another sequel I have been dying to read. Rick Riordan is forver my favourite author and I cannot wait to dive into this world of beautiful Norse mythology

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven


If any of you have read All the Bright Places know how amazing Jennifer Niven is and I cannot wait to read another book from her

I also got a couple non fiction books

Quiet by Susan Cain


I just find personality really interesting and I’m an introvert so I’m super excited to learn stuff about myself

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur


I think these types of prose/poetry books are becoming a trend. I absolutely love Beau Taplin’s wiritng and this seems similar. Also Rupi’s Instagram is goals

That was my $100 book haul. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books. I’m posting every second day in November and every single day in December!

Book reviews

Book Review | Thanks for the Trouble

Title: Thanks for the Trouble

Author: Tommy Wallach

Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis 

28383534Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.

From the celebrated author of We All Looked Up comes a unique story of first and last loves.

 

Okay so I absolutely whizzed through this one, it was short but it was also adventurous and exhilarating.

You know when you’re just stuck in a rut and you need a refreshing book to get you out of that rut? Thanks for the Trouble did that for me. But it also made me think a lot deeper into things.

Having met Tommy now I could pick out his inspirations behind writing this novel the way he did (It was inspired by films surprise surprise). But I could also understand his ideas about teenage love and time and life.

Written in the form of a college application Thanks for the Trouble takes you on this journey condensed into one weekend where there is diversity through our handicapped protagonist, I mean having a protagonist who couldn’t speak out into the wide world must’ve been really challenging but was done really well. There’s also Zelda who is so insightful and she makes you question the darkest parts of yourself, about moving on and Zelda’s just the kind of person who’d walk into your house and give you a wake up call with the question what are you doing with your life?

I could go on and on about the characters but the story itself is so good you know? I mean the entire universe of adolescent mishaps is captured in this novel, at times i felt this novel’s writing echoed John Green or Stephen Cbosky’s novels. We have the whole Parker coming of age by confronting his fears about his father’s death and his mother’s inability to move on and his ideas about love.

The ending. As with all the Tommy Wallach novels I’ve read (a total of two) the ending remains ambiguous. And I really like the message he’s trying to send about high school relationships and, I’m starting to feel like I appreciate realistic albeit cynical endings to the typical boy ends up with girl endings.

Rating

5

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Books I Wish I Could Read

So I have no time.

And no money.

And I’ve read all the books on my bookshelf.

Do you see my problem yet?

So I decided to make a wishlist for all the books I’d love to be reading currently but I can’t because school or sleep deprivation.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater 

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Just look how beautiful the cover is and it’s the last book in the series and I am absolutely DYING to know what’s gonna happen!

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

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This just came out like yesterday but I need me some Rick Riordan in my life like right now

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

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I have been meaning to read this book for a solid five years now but never got around to it like UGH

 

Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach

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Okay so I don’t know much about this book but Tommy is one of my all time fav authors and he’s coming to my city like next week and AHH

PS: I still Love you 

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Ever since I read the prequel I’ve wanted to pick this book up, I mean I liked the first book but I didn’t love it you know so this one’s always been on the back bench

I hope you enjoyed looking at my wishlist and let me know what books you’re wishing for currently!

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Book reviews

Book Review | The Yearbook Committee

Title: The Yearbook Committee

Author: Sarah Ayoub

Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis: 
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The school captain: Ryan has it all … or at least he did, until an accident snatched his dreams away. How will he rebuild his life and what does the future hold for him now?
The newcomer: Charlie’s just moved interstate and she’s determined not to fit in. She’s just biding her time until Year 12 is over and she can head back to her real life and her real friends …
Read More at Goodreads 

 

To be perfectly honest, I am quite impressed with this book, I mean my expectation going in was a light contemporary read about love and life (stereotypical much?)  however, the Yearbook Committee is about so much more: Mental illness, bullying and psychological stuff-ups that I can’t even begin to describe and yet, they are so prominent in high school.

The Australian high school hierarchy is captured so accurately, it was refreshing after reading endless American novels about cheerleaders. The voices of the characters weren’t too distinct I must admit however, the dialogue was very well written and although the character journeys weren’t so obvious, it added an element of reality. I mean we don’t all turn from bullies into superstars in the span of 300 pages do we?

The writing felt a bit basic I must admit but it was suitable to the events in the book because I was always worried it would turn too melodramatic. The down-to-Earth way the book is written meant that events weren’t too predictable and the element of surprise in the end was delivered perfectly.

The Yearbook Committee just does such a great job of encapsulating the problems Australian teenagers face from winning scholarships to drugs while at the same time, it addresses larger societal issues such as living with a disability or broken families.

Rating

5

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