Monthly wrap up

September Wrap up

I know I am a bit late with this post but I have been travelling over the weekend and recently it takes me a lot of time to come home from work. But even if it is a bit late, I decided to do it.

So what I have read in September:

  1. A discover of witches (Book 1 in ‘All Souls’ Trilogy) – Deborah Harkness

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2.Shadow of night (Book 2 in ‘All Souls’ Trilogy) – Deborah Harkness

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3. The book of life (Book 3 in ‘All Souls’ Trilogy) – Deborah Harkness

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4. Warcross – Marie Lu

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I’ve read ‘A discovery of witches’ and ‘Shadow of night’ long time ago but I have totally forgotten what’s happening and I have purchased ‘The book of life’ long time ago (be it 2 years?). So I have decided to read it again and I remembered how much I love it. The book series is awesome and fandom is great as well. Every year they have annual Read together where everyone re-reads the books chapter by chapter each day. Sadly, this year I couldn’t participate because when they started with book 1, I was reading through book 3.

Warcross was on my to-buy list ever since I heard about it and then I just decided to purchase it one night. I have already wrote a review for it so I here it is.

Books read: 4
Pages read: 2338

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Review

Warcross by Marie Lu >> Review

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Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA
Pages: 353

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

I’m back with another review, the only one for this month. But better one than none!

I’ve heard so many people talking about Warcross and it is a big thing over on Booktube. But I like books with nerdy theme. I bought it and decided to dive into it after finishing the trilogy I was reading. I was seriously amazed by the book. I’ve never read anything by Marie Lu before but yet, it was great. Her writing style is so good and I like the way she describes things.

I specially like nerdy books with main female character like Emika. Emika could be any of us, seriously. We could all end up struggling to pay the rent one day and then, we won’t really choose how to get money, specially if we live in a city like New York where she does. Emika’s way is to be a bounty hunter and a hacker. (Seriously, I want to learn how to hack *maybe I shouldn’t say this online*) When she hacks the Warcross game at the start of the Championship, she becomes a star over night. She is scared to end up in a jail because why wouldn’t she?! But when she gets the offer to go to the Tokyo, with all her debts payed away and her rent safe, she doesn’t think too much.

The book is fast paced and I could barely put it down (because I need to work). It is also addictive in a way. I would say – addictive just like the Warcross game itself is. Every one of us would probably enjoy living in the Warcross; you can be who you want to, have awesome friendships, dream job, dream house, perfect life. What I liked about the book is it’s futuristic part. Specially in Tokyo and the bigger cities where free Wi-Fi everywhere is a normal and common thing. The technology is going forward every day and maybe in few years, we will have something like Warcross.

There is romance happening in this book, yes, but that’s not the main theme which is nice. Sometimes YA books can be all about romance. Which would be a disappointment about this book. The main theme is Emika and her life and how she deals with balancing work, championship and a blooming relationship.

The characters are very diverse and everyone has a reason to be in the book. Our main character Emika is rainbow haired and tattooed, independent girl which I think is great. Not only it is showing girls that they can be different and independent, it also shows them that they could be something in technology field. We all know that the technology field is still mainly guys’ perspective.

I would recommend this book to everyone who is into Sci-Fi, strong girls, nerdy books and YA.

Rating: 4,5* out of 5

Tag

The Harry Potter Tag

I’ve found this tag on Danielle’s blog and decided it could be cool to do it since I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. So, let’s give it a try.

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WHAT HOUSE ARE YOU IN?

I’m a Ravenclaw and proud one by that. I have always felt like one and I believe I am. Pottermore sorted me into Ravenclaw so let’s trust it.

WHAT IS YOUR PATRONUS?

Tiger according to the Pottermore

WHAT IS YOUR WAND?

Elm wood with unicorn hair core, 10 ¾” in length and unyielding flexibility

WHAT WOULD YOUR BOGGART BE?

Dead family and friends T_T I couldn’t stand that. That would be so bad for me

WHAT POSITION WOULD YOU PLAY IN QUIDDITCH?

None, I would watch it. I am so bad at sports that it is better just to watch it.

WOULD YOU BE A PURE BLOOD, HALF-BLOOD, OR MUGGLE BORN?

I am going to go with your familiarity with the series being the deciding factor for blood status.

Muggles: People who haven’t seen the movies or read the books
Muggle-borns: People who have only seen the movies
Half-bloods: People who have only read the books
Pure Bloods: People who have read the books and seen the movies
Deatheaters: Pure Bloods that look down on Muggle-borns

So, looking at this I’m a Pure Blood.

WHAT JOB WOULD YOU HAVE AFTER GRADUATING HOGWARTS?

I’m not sure; I like doing divination in private life (but with oracle cards) so maybe something with it? O.o

WHICH OF THE DEATHLY HALLOWS WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

The invisibility cloak!!

FAVORITE BOOK?

I will have to choose The Deathly Hallows

LEAST FAVORITE BOOK?

The Chamber of Secrets

FAVORITE FILM?

Deathly Hallows 2

LEAST FAVORITE FILM?

Order of the Phoenix; so much cut out.

FAVORITE CHARACTER?

Luna Lovegood; I love everything about her and her character.

LEAST FAVORITE/MOST HATED CHARACTER?

Dolores Umbridge with no surprise here

FAVORITE TEACHER AT HOGWARTS?

Professor McGonagall!

LEAST FAVORITE TEACHER AT HOGWARTS?

Dolores Umbridge. Was she even a teacher?

DO YOU HAVE ANY UNPOPULAR OPINIONS ABOUT THE SERIES?

I don’t think I do have some

IF YOU COULD SAVE ONE CHARACTER FROM THE FINAL BATTLE, WHO WOULD IT BE?

Fred Weasley! I.. Can we get Fred back? It broke my heart into pieces.

 

I tag my friend Dora over at Berries and Books

Thank you for Reading

Review

Review: The Job Blower by Melinda de Ross

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The Job Blower

Author: Melinda de Ross
Genre: Romance, chicklit
Pages: 166
Camilla Jackson is an ordinary young woman with an extraordinary knack for attracting disaster. When she is fired from her job as a secretary at a law firm, she realizes she has no idea what she wants to do next. Every job she does land ends up tragi-comically.
But when she meets the drop-dead-gorgeous journalist, Carter Evans, her life seems to brighten. Until she discovers that he hides some very deep and painful scars.
It remains to be seen if she will be able to help him heal and, in the process, find her own path in life. That is, if she manages to overcome her accident prone nature, which gets her into serious trouble…
THE JOB BLOWER is a lighthearted, laugh-out-loud Romantic Comedy, the kind of book that you will keep in your bookshelf and reread to brighten your days and spice up your nights.

Review:
I am back with yet another review of Melinda’s books. I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to be the first one to actually get e-book version of this book because it sounded so funny. And trust me, when you give me funny, romance and chick lit book, I’m all about it. Knowing Melinda’s writing style, I knew I won’t regret it.
The book starts off with Camilla getting fired for something she did yet again. Oh well, being in your 20s, living on your own and losing a job is never a good combo. So she tried to find any job possible (and I mean any). Even if she has some success, she blows every job.
On the other hand, she meets Carter. Oh yes, that sexy Carter (hey, at least he looks sexy in my eyes/mind). They meet by accident but them falling in love is not accident. He helps her to deal with herself a lot as much as she helps him fall in love again and open up himself. I would love to tell you more about how they got close but I don’t think I could do it without spoiling a book and that’s something I wouldn’t like to do.
As much as this is a chick lit book to me it wasn’t like the usual ones. I don’t know, Melinda has some kind of effect on me that her books always keep me turning the pages (hell, I’ve read this book in like 2 and half hours and on my E-reader app it had around 280 pages). Her characters are well written and well detailed and you just meet them through the book. It is not like she gives you everything you will find out about the character all at once. You get hooked with the characters and their life and just the way they are. You get the know the characters slowly as if you are meeting an actual person. Which is what I really like. I like to get to know the character slowly, it feels like I’m meeting a friend. At least, that’s what I like about the books. What I also like about the way she is writing her characters is, you are not able to predict their moves and what they are going to do next. When I’m able to predict things, it just ruins everything for me.
Now, don’t think that there is huge action happening on the each freaking page as in; oh my god, they are travelling somewhere, they are having sex or something else. No, there is something else that keeps your eyes and mind on the book. I think that it is how Melinda is making characters so real life. Yes, there are some typical bookish elements but somehow and sometimes you are able to feel like it can happen to any person out there. It just keeps you going.
My last thoughts are that Melinda should have a lot more readers than she already has. She deserves it, trust me. So if you are looking for the new summer read or you like chicklit and romance genre in general, try out with this book. I don’t think you will regret it.

Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)

Best regards,
toyangi aka Ana

Review

Book review: Ruined innocence by Melinda De Ross

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Tittle: Ruined innocence
Author: Melinda De Ross
Genre: Romance, Mystery (a bit)
Pages: 170

In the legendary Transylvania, a castle belonging to Countess Erzsébet Báthory is discovered. Cameraman Hunter Cole and broadcast journalist Serena Scott arrive to make a documentary about the discovery, and the sinister Hungarian noblewoman, known as the most prolific female serial killer in history.
The two Americans could cope with roughing it in a fifteenth-century castle, with no modern amenities. They can even cope with each other, despite their initial mutual dislike for one another, which gradually turns into a mind-blowing attraction.
But when two girls are tortured and killed in Báthory copycat style, the nearby village is shaken to the core. In terror, they wonder who will be next…
*WARNING: Intended for adult readership only. This book contains strong language, violence and explicit descriptions of sex.

Review:
When Melinda asked do I want to review one more of her books, I immediately said yes. Since I loved “Unabrigded” a lot, I was pumped to read another book by her. I’ve got this book as an e-book from the author (I should put disclaimers right?).
I’ve never read anything about Countess Bathory so I didn’t know much about her before going to the book. Aside the thing that Melinda wrote in her book. But reading a synopsis made me want to read a book. The book starts with Serena getting call from her boss that she needs to go to Transylvania with Hunter. She doesn’t know Hunter that well and is not so keen on him but hey, work is a work and she’s gotta do it.
They are settled in the castle from the countess and I can tell you, it is everything but modern. No normal electricity, no warm water, no internet. Nothing that we are used to currently. But Serena and Hunter need to cope with it. Not only that they need to cope with the castle and their living situation, they need to learn to work with each other. Hunter is really a guy that will protect you in any situation, at least that’s what I am thinking.
They start falling for each other but in that time, a weird things start to happen in the small village they are living in. They have two problems they need to solve; their love and them as suspects.
This book was nothing I’ve read before. There was a lot of history inside and it made me want to read it even more. The love part wasn’t that big part of the book. Or maybe it is just because I was so under impression of the historic parts?! But I for sure enjoyed the book. How the love between S&H bloomed. It wasn’t like they saw each other and were in love. They needed to accept things about each other and I think that’s what real life is. Mystery is also part of the book. At least in some way.
Melinda’s pace in this book is really nice. She is not jumping from one thing to another, she really gives us (readers) time to get to know each character but still keeps you interested in the book. The plot twist that happens in the book makes you want to read the book until the very end so that you know what happens next. I know I’ve did that.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance. But if you are sensible like me, you may be affected with nightmare/weird dreams after finishing the book.

Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)

Best regards,

Ana aka Toyangi

Review

Book review: Unabridged by Melinda De Ross

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Tittle: Unabridged
Author: Melinda De Ross
Genre: Chicklit
Pages: 219

Ironically, it all starts with a popular book about BDSM. When Angelina Jameson steps into her boss’s office armed with an acid article about ‘Billionaires, BDSM and Blah-blah-blah’, she thinks her career will take off. But her career aspirations drop into second place when she finds herself face to face with her nemesis.
Blade Spencer is the new editor-in-chief of Unabridged—the literary magazine where his ex-lover Angelina works. For three years, since she fled small town Jamestown without a word of explanation, they haven’t heard from one another. Now, when they meet again, the past and all the feelings they once had between them come rushing back, making them realize their love has never died. But can they reconcile their new circumstances and the changes that have occurred during the three years they were apart? Neither is the person the other used to know.
Then there is the faceless shadow who hunts them from the dark, driven by obsession and greed…
*This book contains strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.

Review:
Hello, it’s me! From the other side… No, wait, no.. I meant, with another review. Sorry!
This time, I’m reviewing “Unabridged”, another chick-lit book. I’m a sucker for a chick-lit and romance, I gotta admit that. And this book just reminded me how much I love chick-lit.
Let me start with the cover. It is gorgeous! Look at that pretty blue. I mean, there is even cat (*coughs*Rat*coughs*). My two favorite things on the cover. Apparently, Melinda also likes blue. Aaaaand, she did this cover herself. One talented author, I must admit.
The book was pleasurable to read. Yeah, it really starts with a popular book about BDSM and throughout the whole book I was thinking, which book it is. I mean, I think I know the answer but maybe I should ask Melinda. Angelina is great character and she is also a feminist. I am feminist myself and I loved her article. Let me give you a snip of it:
“Can you imagine a powerful woman, a woman in control who knows she is smart, strong and capable enjoying BDSM? Can you imagine Cleopatra – one of the most representative female figures in history – with her ass in the air in front of Caesar, getting a whipping or wearing a leash? If there has been any whipping going on in that royal tangle, I bet she was the one to do it. A woman like that would never dream of being anybody’s submissive.”
There is more to that article and seriously I was clapping after I read it. Because the whole article made sense to me. The thoughts that never left my head after reading this book were “Is Melinda also feminist and what she thinks about them?”.
Blade, oh Blade.. In my mind that guy looks so sexy and hot. Strong and powerful but still with a soft spot for Angelina. A huge soft spot. *chuckles* I loved how Melinda wrote out his character. He wasn’t boring or being super like cheesy. He was just right.
The story is also great, it kept my total attention the whole time. I didn’t want to put book down but sadly, it should’ve happen because life happens as well. Yes, it has strong language and descriptions of sex but I don’t think it is that bad as you can find today. I think there books with stronger language and detailed descriptions. I am almost 24 years old so it is not a problem for me to read this book and I’m not really that sensitive about this topic. The book ending was hilarious. The last chapter made me crack with laugh non stop. I loved it so much!
For the last part of my review there is only one question left: Who is Zorro Kalashnikov?

Rating: **** (4 out of 5)

Until the next time,
Ana aka Toyangi

Review

Book review: Love from Paris by Alexandra Potter

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Title: Love from Paris
Author: Alexandra Potter
Genre: Chick lit
Pages: 358
How far would you go for love?
When new boyfriend Jack stands her up at the airport, Ruby Miller dries her tears, jumps on the Eurostar and heads to Paris. She thinks she’s going there to visit an old friend and have a total break from romance. But the City of Love has other ideas.
A locked apartment where time has stood still, a bundle of long-lost love letters and a flirtatious French lawyer sweep Ruby into a mystery that spans over seventy years. Who is the author of the letters? Why did the owner of the apartment close up the shutters and flee Paris before the war, never to return? And what secret was she hiding?
As the mystery deepens, Ruby turns love detective but it’s not long before the ghosts of the past throw her own love affair into jeopardy.

Review:
The second book in the series “The love detective”. In the first book Ruby goes to India and meets her boyfriend Jack. I won’t tell you much about first book because I would probably spoil it as no one before so you better go and buy the first book, ok?! Ok! Let me get started with review then.

Truth to be told, I’m not huge fan of France or Paris. Or at least I wasn’t before reading this book. Alexandra described Paris really nicely and offered me other side of French people. Yeah, I know it is all book but let me believe it. I love how she mentioned small streets worth visiting more than popular streets because that for sure is true. I believe that small streets have more soul to them than big, popular streets.

In Paris, Ruby meets Xavier aka Hot french guy (hey, he looks hot in my head ok?! no judging here!) by accident. Since her best friend, Harriet, needs to work Ruby decides that she will discover Paris by herself with map in her hands. While searching for Louvre, she sees Xavier who offers her to be her guide. Nope, that’s not the first time they’ve met. Not here to spill all the beans about their meeting, tsk.

Let’s just say that page 175 or the first page of chapter 19 blew my mind. Alexandra wrote whole page just about bookstore and how Ruby feels there. I think that every booklover can find themselves at this page. “What I really mean is, I lurve books. I’m obsessed by them. Even addicted.” Tell me that this isn’t pure truth if you love books.

But there is one quote that is stuck in my mind after reading this book and that is.

“Sometimes we all do things that are reckless, we must all take risks,” he says, fixing me with his slate grey eyes, “because it’s that which makes us feel truly alive.”
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“But what if you risk losing everything?” I challenge.
“What is everything?” He throws it back. “A life without adventure and thrill is not a life.”

The last sentence.. The last sentence blew my mind totally. Because it is true. It made me question myself how many of us is actually living a life? We live only this fast paced life where we run only after career and live as fast as possible. But why?! Why do we live like this? I think something needs to change sooner or later.

Tell me what you think about this book if you’ve read it.

Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)

Until the next time,
Ana aka Toyangi