Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781408870082
Pages: 344
Read in: January 2017
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Goodreads Summary:

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.


I have such mad respect for Emery Lord right now, mostly because of her stories and the way she manages to cram such beautiful prose about so many different things into the space of about 300 pages.

When We Collided is a fictional “love story that’s set in the same world as mine”, as Lord says so in her author’s note. However, it’s so much more than that – it’s a brilliant tale that weaves so much depth and awareness between every single line. I appreciated the love story, all of the characters, and I admire the ending that was written. Continue reading

Roseblood by A.G. Howard: Release Day Blitz + Giveaway!

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Happy release day to Roseblood – or should I say ROSEBLOOD – by A.G. Howard! I am yet to read this book, but judging from the raving review and synopsis, it seems to be living up to the hype and I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

I’m happy to announce that yes, there is a giveaway for a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and Mask! Unfortuately, this giveaway is only open to residents in the US, so if you happen to live outside the States (like myself), I’m optimistic that there will be other opportunities to win more bookish goodies. However, if you are interested, all the details are further down in this post.


About The Book:

Title: ROSEBLOOD

Author: A.G. Howard

Pub. Date: January 10, 2016

Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 432

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Totally Meant to Read but Didn’t

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Hey guys! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish as usually, is basically my 2016 shame masterpost. The topic of today’s post was 2016 releases that I totally meant to read, but never ended up getting around to reading. There were quite a few books which I didn’t end up reading, so here is my list of shame:


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This was one of the books I was really intrigued by, but it’s honestly just been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I actually did try to read it a little while back, but I got completely sidetracked and never ended up finishing it. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Debuts of 2017

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Welcome to the first post of 2017 on this blog! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme that’s hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today’s topic revolves around the debuts of 2017 I’m most excited for. So without further ado, here are my top ten most anticipated debut books of this year:


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This sounds a little like the Night Circus, which I read about a month ago, so I’m interested to see how the author will tell this story and see how it plays out. I also just love how elegant the cover is for this book.  Continue reading

December Wrap Up | 2016

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So December has now come to a close, and what a year it has been! So much has happened in the past year, with both good and bad experiences to reflect on. I think the main thing for me was that I finished high school (which honestly seems so long ago even though it’s only been two months) and also that I’m moving on with my life.

December wasn’t the reading month I wanted it to be, but I did manage to complete my Goodreads challenge of 60 books! I’m really proud since there was so much going on between school, keeping up with extracurriculars, and although I was busy, I did manage to read that many books this year and so I’m really happy with that. That being said, I did only manage to read 4 books and 1 novella, as I was extremely busy with my job (which was surprisingly draining given that all I do is stand around all day). Despite that, the books I did read were all worthy of my time so in order of which I read them:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I technically started reading this in November, but only finished it early this month. I really enjoyed it, despite the cheesy ending which I mentioned in my review.  Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Reads of 2016

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Hey guys! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish as usual, is all about my top reads of 2016! I read so many amazing books this year, which made it really hard to compile this list since there were so many books I wanted to include but couldn’t. So in no particular order:


Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

I was pleasantly surprised when I reading this book, because I enjoyed CoHo’s writing so damn much. It was addictive, dramatic but there were so many elements that just brought the whole story to life in my head. Continue reading

Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Publisher: Vintage Books, Random House
Release Date: May 24, 2012 (Originally Sept 13, 2011)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978009955479
Pages: 490
Read in: Nov – Dec 2016
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Goodreads Summary:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.


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The Circus arrives without warning.

I think this opening line is a really intriguing line that makes you curious enough to read it. It sets the tone and mood for the rest of the book, and sets up the world that shows you the unexpected. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the writing, the whimsical worldbuilding and the bizarre cast of characters. However, you’re introduced in such a loose way with literally no strings attached between each little plot line it takes a while before it all comes weaving together, like finding the right path in a labyrinth after getting lost for days (okay, not that extreme but you get the point).  Continue reading