April Wrap Up | Best reading month so far!

I read 13 books this month! WHAAAA?! Anyways, I’m really happy about it. Its been a great reading month. 😀 

Let’s get started!


Title: The Martian by Andy Weir

Pages: 385 pages

Read: 22-03-15 to 09-04-15

Format: Audiobook

Review: I really enjoyed this! Full review here.

Rating: 4


Title: The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

Pages: 460 pages

Read: 04-04-15 to 10-04-15

Format: Paperback

Review: I really enjoyed this! Full review will be up soon!

Rating: 4


Title: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Pages: 315 pages

Read: 10-04-15 to 12-04-15

Format: Paperback

Review: I really enjoyed this, although I liked The Fifth Wave more. Full review will be up soon!

Rating: 4


Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Pages: 290 pages

Read: 11-04-15

Format: Kobo e-reader

Review: I really enjoyed this, and I’ve officially read all Jenny Han books! I am in love with her writing. Full review will be up soon! Till then enjoy this edit I made for the book. 🙂

                                                         Rating: 4


Title: Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K.Rowling

Pages: 635 pages

Read: 13-04-15 to 16-04-15

Format: Hardcover

Review: A re-read, obviously! Full thoughts here. 😀

Rating: 5


Title: Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Pages: 385 pages

Read: 16-04-15 to 18-04-15

Format: Kobo e-reader

Review: I freaking loved this one! Full series review will be up very soon.

Rating: 4 HALF


Title: Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Pages: 385 pages

Read: 18-04-15 to 19-04-15

Format: Kobo e-reader

Review: This was my least favorite of the series. Full series review will be up very soon.

Rating: 3 HALF


Title: Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Pages: 350 pages

Read: 19-04-15

Format: Kobo e-reader

Review: I liked this one better than Lola, and I guess it was a good concluding end. Full series review will be up very soon.

                                                         Rating: 4 


Title: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Pages: 465 pages

Read: 20-04-15

Format: Paperback

Review: I enjoyed it, but not loved it. Definitely not the best of Sophie Kinsella books. Full review here.

Rating: 4


Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Pages: 315 pages

Read: 22-04-15

Format: Kobo e-reader

Review: A re-read, obviously! Full thoughts here. 😀

Rating: 5


Title: Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Pages: 300 pages

Read: 25-04-15 to 28-04-15

Format: Kobo e-reader

Review: I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it. Definitely has potential to turn into a great film. Full review will be up soon.

                                                         Rating: 3 HALF


Title: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Pages: 160 pages

Format: Kobo e-reader

Review: Definitely not your usual NA read. I cannot wait for Part.2 cause CLIFFHANGER! Review will be up soon

Rating: 4 HALF


I also read The Wicked + The Divine: Vol1 but since I’ve mentioned it already in other wrap up, I won’t here.

What did you guys read? I hope you’re having a great day. 🙂

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The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han | Book Reviews

Title:

The Summer I Turned Pretty | It’s Not Summer Without You | We’ll Always Have Summer

 


Author:

Jenny Han

 


Series/ Stand Alone:

The Summer Trilogy


 Genre:

Young Adult / Contemporary


Publication:

2009 – 2010 – 2011


Format:

Kobo


Pages:

295 – 290 – 290


Summary:

Book 1 – When each summer begins, Belly leaves her school life behind and escapes to Cousins Beach, the place she has spent every summer of her life. Not only does the beach house mean home away from home, but her favorite people are there: Susannah, her mother’s best friend, and her sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has been chasing Conrad for as long as she can remember, and more than anything, she hopes this summer will be different. Despite distractions from a new guy named Cam and lingering looks from Conrad’s brother, Jeremiah, Belly’s heart belongs to Conrad. Will he offer his to her? Will this be the summer that changes everything?

 


Book 2 – Last year, all of Belly’s dreams came true and the thought of missing a summer in Cousins Beach was inconceivable. But like the rise and fall of the ocean tide, things can change– just like that. Suddenly the time she’s always looked forward to most is something she dreads. And when Jeremiah calls to say Conrad has disappeared, Belly must decide how she will spend this summer: chasing after the boy she loves, or finally letting him go.

 


Book 3 – Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she’s almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. Conrad has not gotten over the mistake he made when he let Belly go even as Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it’s now or never–tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good. Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face a truth she has possibly always known: she will have to break one of their hearts.

 


Review for Book 1 –

I’d heard many people talk about this book everywhere and was really excited to read it because I read a trilogy she co-wrote with Siobhan Vivian and really enjoyed it.

This book was really fast paced and short. A perfect summer read. It dealt with issues like family, friendship, crushes, love, heartbreak, and was so much more than a typical boy-meets-girl contemporary.

But the characters definitely secured a place in my heart. Belly, the main character was really a fun person to follow as the two guys she had known all her life, actually noticed her as a girl and not a part of themselves for the first time.

Jeremiah was such a funny and cute guy. On the contrary, Conrad was a dark handsome brooding guy.

I wish there was more on Belly’s brother though. He seemed perfectly brotherly and sarcastic. 😀

I adored Susannah and Belly’s mother’s friendship. I wish to be like that in the future.

The setting was great. A summer beach house. Three guys. One girl. Perfect.

I finished it in one sitting and really enjoyed it.

 


Review for Book 2 –

*Might contain mild spoilers*

My first thought was this book didn’t have the second book syndrome like many other trilogies and series usually have. I felt my heart break when Susannah died and Belly’s mother got hollow and like a living corpse, it just showed how much her best friend meant to her.

In the start, when Conrad and Belly were together, it was like the cutest thing ever, because they were my OTP from the start. But things changed when Belly, being the bitch she is yelled at Conrad at his fucking mother’s funeral. Like, how can someone be so shallow and selfish?

And then because Conrad turned away from Belly after that, Jeremiah being the sneaky bastard he was, grabbed the chance and snogged the girl his brother was in love with! And Belly, being naive, completely let herself get swept over by the affection Jere was showing, not even pausing to think, and thinking that she was totally over Conrad.

When they returned back home, I felt nostalgia seeping into me cause the first book made me fall in love with the beach house.
CONRAD WASN’T GOOFING AROUND WASTING HIS LIFE! WHY COULD NO ONE SEE THAT? 😥

But when he gave Jere the thumbs up to try out with Belly, like she was a toy he was done with, I felt really bad. That was so stupid.

Jeremiah was a son of a bitch who went to prom 5 times with different dates, and if that doesn’t show you his character, he just wants things he can’t have and things his bother has. Like affection from their father and Belly’s love.

I hate Belly and I hate Jere (of course I realize it later on but still, my feelings are pretty intense)

But I still absolutely adore Jenny Han’s writing and I connected to some of the characters and some scenes. :’)

 


Review for Book 3 –

*spoilers*

Holy shit. This was so unexpected…
I did think Jere would try and date Belly, but what I didn’t know was that they would go to this extent and that Belly would ACTUALLY think that Jere was her soul mate after all.
And my poor Conrad, my heart was just breaking for him, because of the stupid mistake he made while giving Jere the thumbs up.

Now on to the spoiler section-

WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. FUCK?
Wedding? Are you kidding me right now?!

They dated for two years and yet Belly didn’t understand that he wasn’t the right guy? Or maybe she was doing this to get over Conrad…
Conrad did such a great thing when he expressed his feelings to Belly FINALLY.
And that Belly chose him over the asshole who had cheated on her. Even Susannah had known since the start that it would be Con and Belly and I wanted to mentally high five her even though she wasn’t there. Belly’s mom understood Conrad and possibly also liked him more even if she wouldn’t admit it.
When the fathers got involved, shit got real. And seriously, who gets married so early?
The ending was perfect. :’)
I enjoy Han’s writing and devoured the whole trilogy. It just made me yearn for summer!

 


Quotes:

 

“Moments, when lost, can’t be found again. They’re just gone.” 

 

“It’s the imperfections that make things beautiful”

 

“Would you rather live one perfect day over and over or live your life with no perfect days but just decent ones?”

 

“I wondered if this was the way old crushes died, with a whimper, slowly, and then, just like that—gone.”

 

“But just because you bury something, that doesn’t mean it stops existing.”

 

March Wrap Up

1 trilogy, 2 graphic novels, 1 play, 3 fantasy books! Good enough for me, what did you guys read?


1. Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef, Erryn Altabef

Date Started: 01-03-15

Date Ended: 11-03-15

My Rating: 3

My Review: I enjoyed this book. More thoughts here.


 2. & 3. Sandman Planeta Volume 1 and 2 by Neil Gaiman

Date Started: 13-03-15

Date Ended: 14-03-15

Rating: 3 and 2 hearts respectively.


 4. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Date Started: 13-03-15

Date Ended: 13-03-15

My Rating: 3

My Review: I had to read this for uni. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. 


 5, 6, 7. The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han

Date Started: 16-03-15

Date Ended: 17-03-15

My Rating: 5

My Review: LOVED IT. Full review here!


8. A Magic Dark And Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic 

Date Started: 15-03-15

Date Ended: 26-03-15

My Rating: 5

My Review: LOVED THIS. Review here! I literally could not sleep after reading it.


 9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K.Rowling

Date Started: 24-03-15

Date Ended: 24-03-15

My Rating: 5

My Review: Re-read again. Loved it,obviously. Review here.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title:

Red Queen

Author:

Victoria Aveyard

Published:

10th February 2015

Stand Alone/Series:

Red Queen Trilogy #1

Pages:

400 pages

Format:

Kobo eArc

Genre:

Fantasy/YA

Why I read it:

It was one of my most anticipated releases of 2015.

Summary:

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn’t know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

Review:

I’m having a major book hangover because of this book. I don’t know where to start! This book follows a society where Silver-Bloods rule whereas Red-Bloods are the slaves, and serve. They’re currently in war with another Silver-Bloods nation and more Reds are falling day by day. The Reds are kept in really bad condition when the Silvers enjoy all the pleasures. A typical dystopian novel where the weaker class rebels against the ruling class to make their living somewhat better. But wait. The Silvers have superpowers like telekinesis, manipulating metal, earth, water, having extra strong hands, etc.

So when a Red is found out having powers in front of all the High Houses, and its impossible to kill her off, the Royal Queen and King decide to lie and make her one of them. The events which follow are completely action packed and interesting. I’d like to know more about certain places mentioned in the book, just mentioned. The love triangle (?) was a bit annoying cause it was pretty evident who Mare, the protagonist liked, and was outright naive. The other two main characters Cal and Maven were interesting. The Queen was a bitch, obviously. The King didn’t seem to make an appearance much. Mare’s family is what we can connect to. The Reds are the people we connect with, and the Silvers are the people who were cold and calculating. The rebellion was the best thing she could believe could happen, and so she joined up. The training and magic part was the best, as well as the ending because the plot twists everywhere were okay, but the last one literally blew my mind!

There was info dumping in the start, but which series doesn’t have that? And this time, I realize I didn’t mind it at all. The action kept me wanting more and I couldn’t stop. I have not read Red Rising by Pierce Brown or the Selection, but I’ve heard fans of those books will enjoy this book since it has many similarities.

Quotes:

This is the true division between Silvers and Reds: the color of our blood. This simple difference somehow makes them stronger, smarter, better than us. 

I’ll teach you what it’s like to know fear.

The gods rule is still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.

It is impossible. It is foolish. It is our best chance.

I guess causing pain is all I’m good for.

We’re objects up there, living statues meant to serve.

What my people are doing to you and yours is wrong to the deepest levels of humanity. Oppressing you, trapping you in an endless cycle of poverty and death, just because we think you are different from us? That is not right.

What I need and what I want are two very different things.

As beautiful as this world is, it’s just as dangerous. People who are not useful, people who make mistakes, they can be removed.

To look powerful is to be powerful.

There is nothing wrong with being different.

Rating:

5

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Ashes To Ashes By Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Title:

Ashes to Ashes

Author:

Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Published:

Published September 16th 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Stand Alone/Series:

Book #3 in the Burn for Burn trilogy

Pages:

390 pages

Format:

Kobo

Genre:

YA/Paranormal

Summary:

New Year’s Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.
After Rennie’s death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn’t left with Reeve… If Kat had only stayed with Rennie… Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same.
Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?

Review:

Holy mother of god, this book was creepy. It took a paranormal turn in the plot and definitely got more exciting. The romance part was meh, didn’t enjoy it as much. The revenge just turned super serious and now two of the three girls are a target too. This book was very fast paced and super action packed. However, it was kind of predictable too.
But the writing was gorgeous and I read it in one sitting and was excited, so it wasn’t really that bad. Also, both the authors have a different style and so you catch on that the book is written by two different people, so that’s kind of cool.
The book in itself was not better than the other two, I think. For me, the first book was the best followed by the second and the third book in a tie.
*le rant begins* I was not satisfied with the ending at all, cause my OTP sunk and it irritated me to death. Ugh. I did get annoyed because of the cover change. Why change the design for the last book in a trilogy? Idiots.
*rant over*

Quotes:

*sorry for the lack of quotes in this one, I didn’t highlight any while reading cause I was on a roll and this one is the only one I found on goodreads*

“Years from now this will be what I remember when I remember my spring break senior year. It will be this moment right here. The smell of chlorine on his skin. The way the sun dips slow into the water before it disappears. The first time I ever told a boy I loved him.”

Rating:

4