Books I have read recently #1

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I decided to start this type of review, since I always read about 30 to 40 books a month, which makes monthly reviews a pain to do.

So every few days or weeks I will be doing a “books I have read recently” review.

  • Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

I have been reading quite a lot of books by this writing duo and I just can’t stop, when I think they can’t get any better, I am hit with something more amazing than the last.

My review
Let’s start with the fact that we have a main character who is Korean American and whose name is Jimin (the BTS fangirl in me is over the roof!!!!!!!)
Anyways this book is about two friends who are at a point in their lives, in which they are in no relationship whatsoever, josh/jimin being recently heartbroken and Hazel who has been in love with him for the longest time. She has a very eccentric behavior and this seems to put off a lot of men (but as you can guess, this is what draws Jimin to her). So the two of them decided to get a date for the other so that they can double date and as you can probably expect this was disastrous.
You should read this if you are looking for the perfect balance of smutty, sweet contemporary romance that would get you out of a reading slump.

Rating

I gave this a 5/5 stars

  • Field Notes On Love by Jennifer E. Smith

So I have never read any book by this author but I am so in love with this book that I can’t wait to read any of her other works.

My review
This book is about a young British guy Hugo whose girlfriend breaks up with him a few weeks before they were to go on a long train ride across America. But now he has to figure out a way to still travel since his ex-girlfriend’s name is on all their tickets, so he decides to put up an ad, looking for someone with the same name as his ex-girlfriend.
As you can expect, across the pond his Mae who is living with her two dads and she is an aspiring filmmaker who has just been rejected from her dream program in the university she wants to attend. She is craving adventure and when she finds out about the ad, she believes one has been placed on her laps.
That’s how the journey of love and adventure begins between the two of them.
I just want the whole world to read this book!

Rating

I gave this a 5/5 stars

  • Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

I started the shatter me series last year and it is slowly becoming one of my favorite series of all time. I follow this series so closely and as much as I want to continue reading about this world, I just want it to end, I am so tired and heartbroken.

My review
Let me start by saying I flew through this book so fast.
This book picks up immediately after the ending of restore me (which happens to be the fourth book in the series) and I was just struck in the face with the repercussions of the event. Juliette and warner have been taken and a lot of secrets revealed, memories restored, families reunited and relationship tightened. The dead came back and the living died (I am trying not to give spoilers, because anything is a spoiler at this point, especially if you have not read the first 4 books)
One thing I would say is that I am all for the steamy scenes that Mafi decided that we were worthy of! I can keep raving about this series on and on.

Rating
I gave this a 4/5 stars

  • Indecent Exposure by Tessa Bailey

This was actually recommended to me by a friend and I can see the hype around it. Honestly I wasn’t too mind blown but I did enjoy it.

My review
I thought the story was so cute even though it had a lot of heavy underlining topics like alcoholism, drunk driving, prostitution, addiction and grief.
This book is about an Ireland Olympic gold medalist Katie who decides to go to New York for two weeks. This is where she meets Jack who is a recruit at the police academy. Their meeting was accidental, electric and they end up kissing on their first day. When he goes to the academy half-drunk the next day that’s where he finds out that she is the new firearms instructor!!! (cue dramatic music)
Okay so I had a few issues reading this book, it felt a bit drawn out and I felt it didn’t need to be that long. It dragged a bit but I really still enjoyed it.

Rating
I gave this a 3/5 stars

  • Fence by C.S Pacat, Johanna the Mad (illustrator), Joana LaFuente (illustrator)

This is graphic novel that I am currently obsessed with and as you can see above it is by C.S Pacat. If you don’t know who she is, she is the author of the captive prince series which I read last year and loved so much.

My review
I have currently read issues 1-8 and I am loving it. So it’s about this two guys who are fencers, one is Nicholas who is an outsider to the fencing world and all the practice he has gotten is in a rundown gym, he has talent but he lacks proper training and the other is brooding Seiji, who is a fencing prodigy.
Nicholas lost to Seiji in a local tournament and now he is hell bent on being better than Seiji, all I have to say is that he has a long way to go.
I really can’t wait to continue this. I do have to point out that the illustration is just so amazing and spot on. The colors the characters, everything is just so good.

Rating
I gave this issues a 5/5 stars

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ROYALTY THEMED BOOKS I READ RECENTLY

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Books with royals that I have read recently..

Red, white and royal blue by Casey McQuiston

This is a romantic comedy that focuses on the son of the president of the united states and prince henry of wales. This story is like a typical hate to love relationship but with a twist, there was so much going on in this book. This book is just so amazing, for me the characters really makes this book great, not that the story isn’t catching, I mean look at the high stakes in the relationship. I flew through this book and I ended up giving it a 5/5 stars. I can keep talking about this book forever but trust me this is one you want to pick up this spring.

E-copy was provided by St. Martin’s Press through Netgalley (if you don’t know what Netgalley is, read till the end)

Expected publication date is May 14.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Okay so this took me a while to finish, not because it was long but because it kind of dragged a bit for me. It’s about a girl who decides to seek adventure at Oxford where she ends up living down the hall from Crown Prince Nicholas. This book starts with her dating his close friend, then she falls in love with Nick then they broke up, then they got back together. It was a rollercoaster. I actually gave this book a 3/5 stars, just because the back and forth pissed me off. Notwithstanding, I really enjoyed the book even if it had me pulling my hair out!

If you are looking for a book with back and forth romantic rollercoaster type of relationship, this is the perfect book.

The Royals Series by Nichole Chase

This series consist of three companion novels. The first is about a simple graduate student who finds out that she is a duchess and has to move to another country in order to run her family’s estate but of course things have to be sweetened and burdened at the same time when she falls in love with the crown prince of the country. I can’t begin to express how cliché and expected this story was for me. Nevertheless, I really enjoy it, gave the book a 3/5 stars.

The second book in the series is about the princess who falls in love with the duchess’s best friend who arrives in advance for the royal wedding. Things get a bit steamy between the two and I really enjoyed this one better compared to the first book.

The third book is about the introverted prince who finally breaks out of his shell to support the single mother who has caught his eye.
Just so you know, my favorite was the second book.

Royals by Racheal Hawkins

So for me this book is a little conflicting and this is coming from someone who is trash for royalty books and romance.
This is about a girl whose sister is newly engaged to the prince of Scotland and is involved in a scandal that leads to her going to stay with her sister in the palace for the summer. But of course as it would happen, things quickly spin out of control and soon she is pretending to date one of the royal’s relative. Surely pretense become real and she begins to ponder on her heart and her emotions. This was an interesting perspective to read from and I really loved it. I gave it 4/5 stars.

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TOP 5 LAW THEMED KOREAN DRAMAS

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Having watched a lot of Korean dramas and I am already in love with a lot of actors, what I love more is Korean dramas that have main themes such as law. Finance or medicine.

There is just something about law themed dramas that just do it for me, the charisma, just picture that perfect lawyer in an immaculate suit in court saying all the relevant terminologies, gosh I just love it. Another thing, Korean dramas are just so well made that it seems that the viewer is a part of the drama.

So therefore today I will be listing 5 law themed Korean dramas you have to watch

1. Lawless Attorney

This one, I just finished re-watching and I just fall in love with it every time I watch it. Simply put, it is a legal thriller series that is set in a fictional city that is full of lawless and corrupt people. It was aired from May 12 to July 1, 2018 and I have since watched it about three times (I know I am obsessed with this drama). It is about this lawyer who considers himself to be a thug who would rather fight with the law rather than with his fists (not that he can’t do both), anyways he trying to avenge the death of his mother so he goes back to his hometown and starts a law practice along with another female lawyer who was suspended after hitting a judge because she believes he passed a wrong sentence. We get to see the growth in their relationship and their own personal growth and this drama is just so amazing.

Lee Joon Gi and Seo Ye Ji take lead roles in this drama and it is one you must watch.

This is definitely my all-time favorite law themed Korean drama!

2. Miss Hammurabi

I actually went into this drama having high expectations because I love Kim Myung Soo and he is such a great actor (definitely watch THE EMPEROR; OWNER OF THE MASK if you haven’t, he was so amazing in it) and he starred alongside Go Ara who is just phenomenal. This aired from May 21 to July 16, 2018.

This drama is a different take on the whole law drama theme as I rarely see law drama from the point of view of the judges. It really doesn’t seem to have any real depth to me, there is not a lot of a back story to this drama, but it deals with a lot of societal problems, such as rape, bribery, illegal filming, drunk driving, addiction and much more. There was a lot of punches packed in this drama and I believe it is one you need to watch.

3. Suspicious Partner

This one I really loved, I don’t know what it is about this drama but I just love it. Its focuses on a prosecutor and a prosecutor trainee who somehow end up working together on a mystery case of a psychopathic killer and they find out things about their past that they can’t even imagine. This drama is just so comedic and I could stop laugh all through. The characters were just so perfect, everything was just amazing.

It stars Ji Chang Wook and Nam Ji Hyun and it aired from May 10 to July 13, 2017.

4. Your Honor

So this one I am actually currently watching but I am so hooked and I love it so much. It is about this identical twin brother who couldn’t be any more different. One is a five time convicted criminal, the other is a high standing judge. One day the judge disappears and the criminal decides to fill his brother shoes while looking for his brother but while he is filling in for his brother we get to see how he struggles with the new position and what it takes to be a judge.

It stars Yoon Shi Yoon as the main character and it aired from July 25 to September 20, 2018.

5. Suits

This is actually based on the popular American TV series of the same name. it is focused on this young man who has a very good retentive memory but not a law degree. So honestly I was a bit disappointed with this drama and this is not because it is bad, it just that I was expecting a little spice having watched the American TV series. It just felt like I was watching the same drama only dubbed.

It stars Park Hyung Sik, Jang Dong Gun and Ko Sung Hee and it aired from April 25 to June 14, 2018

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3 POPULAR SERIES I WILL NOT READ!!!

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Looking through the books I have read, I realized that there are a lot of popular book series I have not read and have no plan of reading.

You might probably be saying ‘well never say never’ but I am pretty sure I don’t see myself reading any of these books in my near future.

You will notice that the 3 book series on this list are books that have movie adaptations. If I watch the movie adaptation before reading the book, then the percentage probability of me reading the book is 50%. If I enjoy the movie then I won’t read the book, if I hate the movie than I would read the book to investigate! Simple

All these book series have great movie adaptions and I don’t think I would be reading them.

1. HARRY POTTER

Harry potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J.K. Rowling, this is by far one of the most popular books in the world. The initial publication of the series ran from 1997- 2007. This is a book series I grew up hearing about but never read!

Then I was gifted the first film in the series and since then I watched all the films and I have to say that’s good enough for me. I am sure that the films are different from the book but I don’t think reading the books is in my near future.

This series is about a boy Harry Potter who finds out that he is a wizard and he discovers the truth about his birth and the death of his parents which leads to him attending a school of witchcraft and wizardry and with all school themed books, come friends and mystery that needs to be solved. At the same time the dark one rises and the only hope is Harry Potter (you probably know what I am talking about!)

2. TWILIGHT

Twilight is a series of vampire themed romance novels by Stephanie Meyer and its publication ran from 2005 -2008. The hype around this book was what did me out, I was never really into the vampire craze as lot of teenagers at that time. BUT I watched all the films and I believe I am satisfied with that. I don’t want to read about a vampire that is sparkling in the sun. oh please.

Reading this book series now won’t do it for me because the whole vampire romance trope is kind of over used and all over the place now and I am just tired of it.
This series is about a human girl Bella Swan who falls in love with the handsome and dashing vampire Edward Cullen.

3. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE

This is an epic fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin and its initial publication began in 1996 and its still ongoing! The first book in the series being Game of Thrones which is where the HBO adaptation title comes from.

This one I love so much; I follow the drama series so religiously. It is just so intense and so well made but it is the story that makes the movie and the story is so good.
This series is set in medieval continents, with alternating points of view of characters from different noble houses all wanting to sit on the iron throne. It is just so epic!

If I am going to recommend any of the movies adaptation, I would recommend Game of thrones but be advised that there are some scenes of nudity, battle, blood, flashes but other than that… it is just so epic!

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March 2019 TBR

Well so far I am having a great reading year and I feel March will also be great. There are a lot of great books I want to read this month. I am pretty excited because I have a few new releases which happens to also be on my most anticipated reads of 2019.

Here is the top 10 books I have on my TBR.

1. THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon

I have heard nothing but great things about this book. I really didn’t need to hear more after I heard the word DRAGON. There are freaking dragon riders in this book and there is nothing more compelling for me than that. I also know that there will be some feminist power in this book and I just can’t wait!

2. THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang

This has been on my TBR for years and I hope I will finally be able to read it this month. It is about this woman who has been living a pretty normal life until one day she is haunted by blood soaked images that force her to become a vegetarian. The synopsis is a little vague but I am pretty excited to get started.

3. THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell

This is one I have heard so little about, all I know is that it is about magicians, evil and it is in modern-day New York. I have never really read any magical oriented books that take place in modern day, it is usually historical and I can’t wait to get started

4. CROWN OF FEATHERS by Nicki Pau Preto

All I know is that the world is governed by warrior queens who rule a land whose heroes are phoenix riders. The cover is really cool and this is one book that I will allow myself to judge by its cover.

5. THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black

Faerie, definitely not the fairy dust sprinkling type. This is about a girl and her sister who were stolen and had to grow up in the high court of faerie but they really don’t fit in and the only thing Jude wants right now is to fit in. The Fae despises human and she is one but it become a love to hate romance with prince cardan the youngest and cruelest son of the high king.
I am so excited to start this one.

6. ERAGON by Christopher Paolini

This is an old one. It’s about a boy, a dragon and the adventure they go on together. It sounded like merlin to me, hence the reason why I picked it up. I am currently in the dragon hunting mood so I am really into reading books with dragons right now.

7. TRULY DEVIOUS by Maureen Johnson

I don’t read mystery but this one has been overly recommended to me and it would be insulting if I don’t read it soon. From what I can gather, it’s about this girl who goes to a famous private boarding school which has a mystery of its own. She wants to solve the cold case involving the kidnapping of the founder’s wife and daughter. It is YA mystery book and I can’t wait to see what the fuss is about.

8. DRAGON PEARL by Yoon Ha Lee

This book is under the Rick Riordan presents and it is set in freaking space. I don’t really read a lot of sci-fi but this one is said to be mythical and foxy, if you get what I mean.

9. LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber

This is the sequel to Caraval which I really enjoyed but I have had no motivation to pick this one up. I really want to get to it before the final book comes out.

10. GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

Everywhere I look, I see this book, hence the reason why it is on this list. I really know nothing about this book and I want to keep it that way until I start reading it. The cover sure is pretty.

+ other smutty romance novels that would help keep me level headed!

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February Wrap Up

I read 33 books in February!

I have to say I am having a great reading year so far. I am almost halfway through my reading challenge for 2019. I have a few favorites that I have read this month.

A lot of anticipated releases, a few ARCs, few recommended reads and a few favorite author recommendations.

I highlighted a few ways to help you read more books in a previous post, feel free to check it out. I will be adding one more tip to that list.

*pick an author and read at least three books by the author in one month. (this is because it helps when you are used to the writing style of a particular author and it also helps you to see how the author develops their story). The author I picked for February was LAUREN BLAKELY

So here is a list of 10 of the books I read in this month (the ones with the highest rating) and the rating I gave each of them.

1. THE KISS THIEF by L.J SHEN 4/5 ⭐

This happened to be the first book I read in February and I have to say it kept me pumped and in the reading mood. Without spoilers this book is about a girl who has grown up sheltered, having to meet certain expectations placed on her by her family. But one day things take an unexpected turn when her first kiss is stolen by a senator who is after her father!

It is really an exciting one that I hope you pick up.

2. 99 PERCENT MINE by SALLY THORNE 4/5 ⭐

After flying through the HATING GAME, I couldn’t wait to start reading this. I was a bit disappointed when I started this book because it was a bit slow for me but then after the first 50 pages it really picked up and I couldn’t put it down.

It is about a girl Darcy who is a twin and a guy who is her childhood friend and also a contractor who is repairing her grandmother’s house. Things get steamy between them and a lot of secrets spills.
This was just a funny journey for me. The banter between the twins is justso hilarious

3. MUFFIN TOP by AVERY FLYNN 4/5 ⭐

Being someone who is plus size this book was just so perfect for me because it was so real and I enjoyed the romance and the originality of the relationship.

4. ROYALS by RACHEAL HAWKINS 4/5 ⭐

If you dream of being a princess, or you love books that focus on them then this is the one for you.

It is about this girl who sister is about to be married to the crown prince of Scotland! Something happens and she had to go live in the palace for the summer and you can probably guess how it goes and it is just the gooey and lovey-dovey book to get you out of a reading slump.

5. THE RISK by ELLE KENNEDY 4/5 ⭐

Having been following this characters from the Off-Campus series, I just couldn’t stop anymore. This is the second book in the Briar University series with the first being THE CHASE.

This book is about the daughter of the head hockey coach who falls in love with the captain of the enemy team! You can definitely guess that this book is a whole-ass ride.

6.WHEN AUGUST ENDS by PENELOPE WARD 4/5 ⭐

This came out recently and I just had to pick it up. Its Penelope ward, I have loved every book written by her and this was not an exception.

Briefly it’s about this girl who has put her life on hold to look after her depressed mother after her sister committed suicide years before.

But one summer, a hot sexy guy who is 14 years her senior rents the boathouse and she can’t keep her eyes and mind off him. The only thing is she doesn’t know the secret he is hiding!

7. THE LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA by TAHEREH MAFI 5/5 ⭐

I can’t believe I didn’t read this book sooner because it is so sweet and precious. It focuses on a Muslim girl who wears and hijab and is attending a new school after 9/11 and as to deal with the backlash that stemmed from the horrific event.
It is just beautiful and I hope you do read this one. It was really different from other books by Mafi.

8. ON THE COME UP by ANGIE THOMAS 5/5 ⭐

This being one of the only two books that I gave a 5 stars in this month, it is really special and eye opening for me.
This books centers majorly on a girl called Bri who wants to rap. Saying more just gives you spoilers but know that it takes places a little after the ending of THE HATE U GIVE which was amazing.

9. THE OPPOSITE OF INNOCENT by SONYA SONES 4/5 ⭐

This was simply one of the easiest and most powerful books about rape and sexual deceit I have ever read. It is written in prose and it is very easy for you to read and understand.

10. KING OF SCARS by LEIGH BARDUGO 3/5 ⭐

The only reason I gave this 3 stars is because I was so confused with what was happening which leads me to advice that if you have not read the Shadow and Bone trilogy don’t read this!

I will be re-reading this when I read that trilogy. It is bout king Nikolai and his journey to get rid of the darkness living within him. The book itself is amazing and really enjoyable as there are a few characters I knew from the SIX OF CROWS duology but I believe I would have enjoyed it more if I have read the trilogy.

THANK YOU FOR READING

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5 books you need to add to your TBR

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With a lot of books being released and a lot more nearing publication date, my TBR pile is almost as high as Everest and I can’t wait to begin demolishing it.

But today I will be listing 5 books that I have read and you need to read now or anticipate their publication!
With no further ado, let’s get into the list

1. KING OF SCARS BY LEIGH BARDUGO

This was on the list for one of my most anticipated books of 2019, if you haven’t read it yet, click here.

BOOK RELEASES OF 2019

I just read this book and it picks up a bit after the SIX OF CROWS duology (which happens to be one of my all-time favorite series) I really won’t be going too much into this book, except it is about King Nikolai who has evil residing within him and the journey he takes to get rid of it. We get to see a lot of characters from the other books in the grisha verse.

I wish I read the SHADOW AND BONE trilogy before picking this one up and I would really advice that you read that one first before getting into this one.

2. ON THE COME UP BY ANGIE THOMAS

I can definitely see this on a big screen. I have to say that Angie Thomas as the hit factor and after the release of THE HATE U GIVE, I couldn’t see how better it could get but she did top that and it is so amazing. It is about this girl called Bri who wants to rap and break into the rap scene but surely things aren’t easy as she has to live in a society where rappers are viewed to be negative and hoodlummy and it is surely worse for female rappers as she is looked down on.

This book is just a whirlwind of emotions and one you definitely need to read.

3. THE UNHONEYMOONERS BY CHRISTIAN LAUREN

This is simply a hate to love romance about a girl called olive whose identical twin is unable to go for her honeymoon because of a flu.

This leads to olive taking the journey instead of her sister but what she doesn’t anticipate is that her brother in law which she hates would also be coming on the journey with her.

So she ends up spending the all-expense paid honeymoon with Ethan and they simply fall in love but there is nothing really simple about they love and their relationship.

This book is one you should watch out for, it expected publication date is May 14.

4. THE RISK BY ELLE KENNEDY

This is the second book in the Briar University series. After the reading the off campus series I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on this series and I have to say I don’t regret that choice, Elle is such a good writer, she keeps me coming for more.
This book is about the daughter of Briar hockey coach who falls in love with the charming and arrogant Harvard hockey captain, basically he is the enemy and she is sleeping with him. If you are looking for a book to make you cry, laugh and swoon this is the perfect fit.

5. THE BRIDE TEST BY HELEN HOANG

This is honestly my least favorite on this list but I can’t help but add it to this list.

I loved the cultural representation and the general plot, I just felt the relationship lacked some flavor. It is about a guy who has no deep feelings and is autistic and his mother as to go to Vietnam to get him a wife.

When she comes to America, she is not what he expected and he finds himself falling for her even when he didn’t understand what he was feeling.

The expected publication date is May 7

THANK YOU FOR READING

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Let’s discuss them in the comment section!

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