3.5 stars · book review

Review : The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

Title : The Lady Rogue
Author : Jenn Bennett
Genre : YA historical-fiction, fantasy
Release Date : September 3rd, 2019
Publisher : Simon Teen

⭐⭐⭐½

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The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father.

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.

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top ten tuesday

Books I Rarely Talk About (But I Love Them!)

this week’s topic is books i rarely talk about in my blog, and not surprisingly, i have lots of books that fit into this category because apparently i like to talk about the same book over and over again. anyway, here’s some books that i love but never/rarely made an appearance in here :

her royal highness by rachel hawkins
this is the spin-off to royals (or prince charming), and it’s basically a sapphic love story set in a boarding school! this book gave me a lot of of wild child vibes, which is one of my favorite movie. oh, and did i mention it’s also a hate-to -love story?

letters to the lost by brigid kemmerer
i recently read this one (which is probably why i haven’t talk about it in my blog), and it’s wonderful. this book mostly deals with grief, but brigid’s writing is beautiful that i can’t help but loving this book.

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4 stars · book review

Review : Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Title : Royals
Author : Rachel Hawkins
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : May 1st, 2018
Publisher : G.P. Putnam’s Sons

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

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Why Do I Buy These Books?

hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

 

hi everyone! for today’s topic, we’re gonna talk about some reasons why i bought books. since i live internationally (where library didn’t exist!), i don’t have the luxury to buy any books that i want. so, i mostly buy books based on its plot and the review from fellow bloggers who have similar taste with me. that’s why, below i’ll talk about reasons beside plot that made me buy a book :

reasons #1
authors whose works i previously enjoy

the dark artifices, the last hours, and tales from the shadowhunter academy by cassandra clare

pretty much i bought every book that’s published after the infernal devices because apparently, i’m a trash for this series. the funny thing is, i haven’t even read the series that start it all, the mortal instruments (except city of bones).

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monthly recap

Monthly Recap : March ’20

i think we all can collectively agree that March is the longest and the worst month in 2020 so far. at the beginning of march, we heard about the new virus, and although it was scary, we all probably thought that we’re safe since it’s far away. but suddenly, by mid March, my university has fully gone online so we all could do social distancing since the number has gone up very fast. it’s been 20 days now that i haven’t walked out of my house, but it’s okay with hope that it’ll all pass quickly. on a happier and less depressing note, well, suddenly i got a lot of free time, but in exchange of attending class, my lecturers gave a lot of assignments. so yeah, it’s basically the same as before, except now i got to do it in bed and wearing pajamas. other than that, i didn’t really do anything since all my plans are basically thrown out of the window. here’s just hoping that april (my birthday month!) will be better for all of us.

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10 Signs You’re A Book Lover!

you’re a book lover when..

1. you have a special place to store your (many) books

be it a bookshelf or a box, you tend to keep your books in one place so it’s easy to find. also, if you have a bookshelf, you’ll arrange your books to your liking so you could stare at it all day (okay, not all day, but i definitely like to stare at my bookshelf sometimes).

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3 stars · arc · book review

ARC Review : Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington

Title : Meet Me at Midnight
Author : Jessica Pennington
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : April 7th, 2020
Publisher : Tor Teen

⭐⭐⭐

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They have a love-hate relationship with summer.

Sidney and Asher should have clicked. Two star swimmers forced to spend their summers on a lake together sounds like the perfect match. But every summer it’s the same—in between cookouts and boat rides and family-imposed bonfires, Sidney and Asher spend the dog days of summer finding the ultimate ways to prank each other. And now, the summer after their senior year, they’re determined to make it the most epic summer yet.

But their plans are thrown in sudden jeopardy when their feud causes their families to be kicked out of their beloved lake houses. Once in their new accommodations, Sidney expects summer to continue as usual. But then she gets a note—Meet me at midnight. And Asher has a proposition for her: join forces for one last summer of epic pranks, against a shared enemy—the woman who kicked them out.

Their truce should make things simpler, but six summers of tormenting one another isn’t so easy to ignore. Kind of like the undeniable attraction growing between them.

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Books I’m Going to Read This Spring!

hosted by jana @ that artsy reader girl

hey everyone!! it’s been quite a while since i wrote a top ten tuesday post, so i hope you’re doing well, eventhough there’s pandemic going on around us. because of said pandemic, my uni has officially going online for a month, which means i’m going to do social distancing as much as possible by tackling my TBRs and catching up on tv series. speaking of TBRs, here are some books i’m gonna read during spring :

1. chain of gold (the last hours #1) by cassandra clare
i just got this book yesterday and it’s even more gorgeous?! anyway, seeing it’s my most anticipated read of 2020, i’m 99.9% sure i’m going to read this one during spring.

2. the worst best man by mia sosa
i actually was reading this book when there’s an announcement from my uni that we’re going online, so i had to stop to take care of some things. definitely will continue it though, since how can i say no to hate-to-love? 😉

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monthly recap

Monthly Recap : February ’20

okay, serious question, but how did january last 1000 years and february last 0.56 day? is it because i did nothing in january, and i did like, 100 things simultaneously in february? i started my sixth (!!!) semester of college in the beginning of february, and a week into that assignments start coming in non-stop. on top of that, i became one of the coordinator in my finance club, so i also have organization duties beside college’s ones. at this point, to be honest i’m really tired, but since it’s my last full semester in college, i’m just trying to enjoy it.

aside from doing assignments, i didn’t do lots of things. i celebrated valentine’s day with my high school friends (as always), and it was fun. we only get to meet each other a few times a year, and valentine’s is one of those days. i have a 3-days-holiday to a nearby town with my friends, and it’s basically a culinary trip. i also finished chilling adventures of sabrina part 3 and it was AMAZING! it might be my favorite season yet. now i’m starting a new series called locke & key, and so far it’s intriguing.

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Love is in the Book // favorite tropes & book recs!

hi everyone! welcome to the valentine’s edition of top ten tuesday, where i’ll be talking all about my favorite tropes! pretty sure that my favorite tropes are also everyone’s favorite, so if you don’t have plan to celebrate valentine, you can always grab these books and celebrate with yourself. without further ado, here they are :

1. enemies-to-lovers/hate-to-love

who doesn’t love this trope? i’m 99% sure everyone and their grandmas love this trope. all those frustration and pent-up feelings that leads to attraction are very satisfying to read. enemies-to-lovers might have varying degree (from actual enemies to ‘enemies’ because of simple misunderstanding), but generally, i love them all as long as they’re not glorifying abusive behaviors. anyway, here’s some books with enemies-to-lovers trope that i love :

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