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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Divergent: Movie Review

I know this is something that is on most- if not all- of your minds in the book blogosphere. 

The Divergent movie (for me, at least) officially marked the end of one of my favorite trilogies. And thus, as you can imagine, there were A LOT of emotions and feels going on whilst I watched it.

I'm not going to do this like an official movie review or anything of that sort, because, lets face it Riya- you don't really know much about movies apart from the whole "OOOH CHANNING TATUM'S IN IT, MUST BE GOOD! *rates it five stars*" bit.

Hopefully, this is just going to be a post with a lot of pretty pictures and clips where all us Divergent-aficionados can share what we each thought of the book-to-movie adaptation.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Review: Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits, #3) by Katie McGarry

Release Date: November 26th, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: YA 16+
Genre/s: Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 474

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane.

 The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to.

But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

First off, let me just say what a huge Katie McGarry buff I am. Pushing the Limits is one of my favorite YA romance novels ever. Her writing is always raw, beautiful and painstakingly realistic. That being said, Crash Into You is probably my least favorite book in the series- although by normal standards it is pretty great, I just don't think it lived up to its predecessors. Nonetheless, as with all her books, I couldn't stop reading and was completely, wholly entertained for the span of the whole book.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (29)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight upcoming releases I can't wait to get my hands on!

                                             This week's WoW pick is...
The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin
It had to end sometime, but Mara had no idea it would end like this. Experience the mind-blowing conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy. 

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Release Date: June 4th, 2014

4. More. Months. I don't know if I'll be able to make it that long... I'm craving- absolutely DYING for my fix of Noah! *shifty eyes* I have no doubt that Hodkin will do the series justice (the extension of the release date rose my expectations significantly, to say the least)- but to be honest, I only really care about my precious Noah. I definitely have mixed feelings: sadness, because the release will mark the end of one of my favorite series and some of my most beloved characters, but also giddiness and excitement because HOLY CRAP what is going to happen?!

What are you waiting on? :)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Review: Just One Day (Just One Day, #1) by Gayle Forman

Release Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Rating: YA 16+
Genre/s: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year is coming soon!

I've been battling with some severe confusion and depression over the past few years... wanna know why? Because I couldn't see what all the fuss was about with Gayle Forman and her apparent ethereal, out of this world writing! As a book blogger, it is THE most annoying, exasperating feeling in the whole world, let me tell you, to not be able to gush over an author's amazingness with your other reviewer-friends. I only felt safe to get this confession out there after I read Just One Day, and now finally, FINALLY I too can rave about this impressive author's expertise. If you were like me before, and didn't really get her other books- perhaps you thought them slightly drab and cliché, do not fear. Just One Day is here!

This book is so much more than a girl-meets-boy story. What most appealed to me was not the romance actually, but Allyson- the MC's journey of self-discovery. Moreover, even though Allyson was looking for Willem, she was also searching for herself in a sense and along the way, trying to build up the courage to trust and love not only him, but herself. She started out fairly shy and timid; a devoted Shakespearean nerd, and she stayed that way. Too often are self-discovery novels about complete change and a new persona... when most of the time, the person you are has been standing right in front of you, waiting for your acceptance. Willem didn't change who Allyson was and her essence; he simply gave her the confidence and courage she needed to embrace it and flower.

A lot of reviews I've read of this book have mentioned how they didn't really love Willem's character, and I agree. It wasn't so much that he did something wrong... he just wasn't very likeable or swoon-worthy in my opinion. I'm not saying he should have been, it's just in this  hottie-ridden genre, there are so many amazing, engaging male lead characters that Willem's slightly platonic character didn't really leave a mark. The romance, however, was one of the best I've read this past year! Not too cheesy; so real and authentic with undeniable sparks, I don't remember reading a Contemporary romance that got me this excited!

GAAAHHH the ending!!! *fights back tears* So close! Just One Day started out kind of slow, but kept picking up pace throughout the novel, and didn't slow down- not even once! Forman didn't end it at the climax- which would have been woeful enough, but rather at the beginning of the climax! The paaaaain

Anyway... back to earth, Riya. So, I'm not gonna sugarcoat it or anything, but Just One Day is really one of the best YA Contemporary novels I've read all year. Seriously guys, pick it up- regardless of whether you're a Contemp. girl or a Dark Paranormal type of gal! Although, a hint of caution...... don't keep any sharp, lethal objects near your grabbing distance when nearing the end. 

*nurses purple bruise on knee* 

I warned you.
If you like this, try:

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

Golden by Jessi Kirby

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy, #2) by Wendy Higgins

Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: YA 16+
Genre/s: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 371

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things. 

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

Damn damn damn! Is it just Kaidan Rowe, or is it HOT in here?! Tantalising, exciting, romantic... this sequel was a whirlwind of emotions for me. I was hooked from the beginning till the last freaking punctuation mark. This was one of the five books I got from the library last week, and it was the ONLY one I actually finished. These days, with all the tests and shit going on, it takes a real gem to keep me satisfied, and this did even more!!!

These books aren't those type of self-searching, deep ones that keep you up late at night thinking about the cruelty of mankind and all, but they are so damn satisfying and entreating  Kind of like reality TV shows or like chocolate fudge brownies- they aren't really good for you, but they are so yummy. (I'm not really making sense, am I? :P) I think my favourite part of this sequel was the relationships between different characters. Although the plot could have been developed further, it was super refreshing to be back with Anna!

Kaidan was more charismatic than ever, which escalated the romantic tension between him and Anna to a place I didn't even know it could go! At some points it was so strangely dramatic (baking cookies?) I felt like bursting out in hysteric giggles- however, I managed to control that inappropriate urge. My love for Kaidan is no surprise, whereas my newfound respect and adoration for Kopano? I did NOT see that coming! It's not so much that I think he's good for Anna, but he would make some girl VERY happy, and towards the end I think for him it's the start of something new... *happy tears*

The ending was not as spectacular as Sweet Evil's, to say the least. I know it's supposed to be a cliffhanger, but it was less of 'HOLY SCHNITZEL WHERE IS THE NEXT BOOK' and more 'Ehh????' on my part, anyway. Nonetheless, that was just one flaw. And I would be lying if I said I didn't breeze through this like it was the last drop of water on a dessert island.

P.S. If anyone knows where a girl can get herself a Kaidan Rowe, could they let me know ASAP? 

**Note: My reviews are going to be a lot shorter from now on, as I don't have the time to plan them out as well as I could before. Sorry for the rambling! You guys rock!**
If you like this, try:

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1) by Michelle Rowen

Hemlock (Hemlock #1) by Kathleen Peacock

Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy #1) by J.A. London

Sunday, 15 September 2013

I've Missed You!

Before I even begin this post, I just want to say a HUGE sorry to all my readers and blogging friends out there. I have honestly been such a bad blogger, and there's no excuse for it! 

I would try and blame it on the newly hectic workload this dire school year's brought on, but that's no way out. There are so many amazing, dedicated bloggers who have managed and been managing their super busy lives and blogging so well. I can't tell you how much I miss interacting with all of you, reading your comments, book reviews and just being able to share my bookish adventures with everyone. 

So... I've made a decision. I'm going to try my best to post *at least* two or three times a week. And if that means less sleep and more eye bags.... well, bring it on! *clutches concealer* Because whenever I'm absent from this wonderful community, I just don't feel like myself anymore. There's a part of me that's constantly thinking about you guys, books, bookish guys... I mean, there's no escaping it, really!

I really want to be able to post as much as I can, and I'm hoping I'll be able to successfully juggle these equally important aspects of my life. 

Okay, enough with all the serious bamboozle! I have missed everybody SO much! What's going on? Leave me a comment below! *squeeee*

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