“Choosing Your Own Fates” Book

“Choosing Your Own Fates” Book
Posted May 25, 2016 in Discussion / 1 Comment

HIIIII. Okay, so I haven’t been online much recently, but I’ve been pretty busy with schools and oh my God, exams are coming up. Wish me luck okay? ANYWAY, I have been thinking about books that I used to read, and lately, I’ve been coming back to those kinds of books that makes you choose your own fate. What? You’ve never read those kinds of books before? *gasp No worries, I’ll explain it for those people who has never read/seen them before. Basically, these types of books will make you choose your own fate. At the end of each short chapter, […]

Review: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

Review: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Posted May 23, 2016 in review / 1 Comment

This was one hella unexpected book because I never thought I would ever love it. AT ALL. But I did, good God I DIDDDDDD. I mean, the story line sounded so damn good, but the moment I started it, I was like woah, the writing is quite weird. It reminded me of the cowboy kind of writing? No? Backyard? No? Wtf am I saying. HMMM, I’m trying to figure out here, HAHAHA I’m sorry. But it sounds like those people with those funny accents, hicky?! SHOOT I’m sorry, I’m just throwing out random stuffs but HAHAH if you know, please tell me! […]

Armchair BEA Day Three: Beyond the Books

Armchair BEA Day Three: Beyond the Books
Posted May 13, 2016 in Armchair BEA / 0 Comments

Welcome welcome welcome to Day Three of Armchair BEA! If you have not participated yet, there’s still time to register for it. Today, we will discuss about the alternative form of reading, such as audio books, graphic novels, etc. I used to only read normal Young Adult print books. ONLY. Mainly because I loooove the smell of books, especially brand new books. BUT after awhile I realized that reading only YA print books is constricting my reading time. It limits my reading time as I could never read at night when the lights are out. I mean, yeah sure, there […]

Armchair BEA Day 2: Aesthetic Concerns – Books

Armchair BEA Day 2: Aesthetic Concerns – Books
Posted May 12, 2016 in Armchair BEA / 0 Comments

Oh look, we are now on the SECOND day of Armchair BEA and I kinda looooove the topic for today, to be honest. I’ve always been interested in the aesthetic concerns for books, mainly and what others’ opinions are of them. I mean, do you judge a book by its cover? Is it really something that could be avoided even if we wanted to? Are you obsessed with making book covers match each other? How important are the covers for you? I’m going to discuss more on that for today. Yes, I judge a book by its cover, every time. There, […]

Blog Tour: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You | Guest Post

Blog Tour: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You | Guest Post
Posted May 12, 2016 in blogtour, guest post / 0 Comments

Today, on the blog, we have Lily Anderson, the author of The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You. MAN, that title was a mouthful but I love it. I MEAN, HONESTLY, you’re worse than me. HAHAH jkjk. Anyway, so I managed to ask her WHY she wrote about comic books and genius kids, because truth be told, that wasn’t a popular topic when it comes to contemporary books. And here’s her answer: What made you write about comic books and genius kids? My first year as a school librarian, I had an eighth grade student who begrudgingly came to look for […]

Armchair BEA Day 1: Introductions & Diversity in Books

Armchair BEA Day 1: Introductions & Diversity in Books
Posted May 11, 2016 in Armchair BEA / 6 Comments

Omg BEA 16 is finally here! And if you’re like me, unable to go to BEA, be it due to the expensive costs or the overseas-thingish, well, there’s Armchair BEA for all of you. And this year, I’m finally taking part in ABEA so, I really cannot wait! So, let’s get this show on the road with introductions: INTRODUCTIONS 1. What is the name you prefer to use? Maryam. It’s pronounced as MAR-yum. 2. How long have you been a book blogger? I actually started book blogging 2 years ago? But it has only been less than a year that […]

DNF Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

DNF Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Posted May 10, 2016 in review / 0 Comments

These days I rarely type out long reviews for those books that I DNF-ed, but this book is special. I’m sure we’ve all heard of John Green, and I have to admit that as much as I love this dude (hey, Liverpool fan!), I do think that his books are a tad bit overrated. I’m sorry, that’s my personal opinion. But anyway, this book isn’t to bash him or whatever. I just wanted to clarify some mistakes, I guess you could say that, that were inside this book. They’re actually my reasons for DNF-ing this book. One of the reasons were the […]

Monthly Wrap-Up: End of April

Monthly Wrap-Up: End of April

Yep, I know that I haven’t done Monthly Wrap-Ups for a while now, but I didn’t have time. I kinda feel like I’ve been falling behind on blogging lately, and I’m trying my hardest to juggle school and blogging AND reading, especially since I’m aiming for that school scholarship so badly. BUT ANYWAY, how was your April? Here’s mine: SCHOOL, DEFINITELY. The start of school has been pretty much amazing, and I loooove all my modules. Mathematics, Engineering, Programming, AH YOU CAN BET THAT I AM IN HEAVEN. And then there’s the fact that I managed to make some pretty […]

Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
Posted May 6, 2016 in review / 3 Comments

Firstly, I have to say that the reason why I got interested in this book was because of Cait @ Paperfury. I kinda stumbled upon her review of Princess of Thorns, and OMG HAVE YOU SEEN HER SPAZZES?! So, the moment I saw this book at the library, I was just like, “Okay, wasn’t this the book that Cait spazzed about?” which resulted in me bringing it home. AND HOLY HELL, IT WAS GOOD. LIKE, SOOOOO GOOOD. You need to know that this book isn’t really a fairy tale retelling. Instead, it’s more of a fairy tale continuation, which is definitely surprising […]

Review: Ink (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun

Review: Ink (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun
Posted May 2, 2016 in review / 0 Comments

I have to admit that one of the reasons why I picked up this book was because of its cover. I mean, will you look at that prettiness?! *heart eyes* And then there’s also the story line, which intrigued me because the thought of drawings moving kinda scares me half alive. DRAWINGS? MOVE? What if someone draws a dragon? Or a snake? EEEEK. HAHAHA so yes, a part of me is actually fascinated by this, and I wanted to see how the story will be told. I think that my mind was blown since the first page, because I realize that […]

Blog Tour: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi | Review

Blog Tour: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi | Review
Posted April 30, 2016 in blogtour, review / 0 Comments

This book was genius and magical and all the beautiful things combined into one loveeeely package. I adoreeeee this book, and up till now, I’m still kinda sad that it’s over. The whole context behind the story was a little bit unfamiliar to me, as I’m not quite knowledgeable on its culture (Indian, I think?) but the first page in and I was hooked. Omg, the writing in this book was magical. Each sentence takes an emotion out of your being, and every emotion felt is so raw, be it happiness, heart break or just pure sadness. Each beautiful place was […]

Review: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Review: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Posted April 27, 2016 in review / 0 Comments

I should’ve known that anything written by Paula Stokes would be freaking fantastic, since everything she’s written so far have been amaaaazing. EVERYTHING. Even if she writes a whole book about cats, it would have been fabulous. If you haven’t read any of her books, you need to check them out RIGHT NOW. Girl Against the Universe was, again, unique in its own way from other contemporary books, because it discussed about something that we’ve never really encountered in our ordinary life. I mean, thinking that I’m unlucky on a daily basis is something I’ve never done seriously. It would […]

The Art of Selling ARCs (Or Not!)

The Art of Selling ARCs (Or Not!)
Posted April 22, 2016 in review / 0 Comments

I’ve never really discussed this topic because most people have already discussed and debated it for a really long time, and I mean, eventually, we get it. Right? I mean, selling ARCs are illegal. Period. But then I stumbled upon posts, not just one, but many posts recently about how technically selling ARCs are allowed because it’s YOUR book, and hence, you are by default allowed to do whatever you want with it. And these are people who received ARCs on practically a daily basis, people who I know, and I’m just here like EXCUSE ME? So, I’m just trying to clear up […]

Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Posted April 20, 2016 in review / 2 Comments

This book has shown me that I should never listen to people’s opinions and to actually judge a book myself instead of letting others do it for me. BECAUSE HOMYGOD THIS BOOK WAS GOOD and my friends said it wasn’t and do you know how much of a waste it would be if I hadn’t read this book? *shudders in horror* Four different people, and they’re really different, trust me, crossed paths with each other one way or another and it all started out this story. First, there was the spoilt princess, Cleo, who had never seen how badly the […]

Nefarious Tales: What if Villains Rule the World?

Nefarious Tales: What if Villains Rule the World?
Posted April 19, 2016 in blogtour, giveaway / 3 Comments

HULLO and welcome welcome to my evil laaaair, MUAHAHAHA. Jkjk. Of course I don’t have an evil bone inside of me. I’m all cute and cuddly. AHEM ANYWAY, today is the SECOND day for the Nefarious Tales blog tour, and I’m going to introduce y’all to a world where villains actually rule it ALLLLLL. And of course I’m not going to lump them all into one world, where’s the fun in that? I’m going to split them into alternate realities, or rather alternate possibilities, of worlds in which they actually win. WORLD #1: DOLORES UMBRIDGE YEP, I just had to start with Dolores Umbridge, […]

Review: The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan

Review: The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan
Posted April 12, 2016 in review / 0 Comments

I swear, Rick Riordan secretly wants all his readers to die of heart attack, because that was what it felt like to read this book. Practically every page turned is a new bout of heart attack. I should have listened to everyone when they told me that The House of Hades would kill me, but did I listen to them? Of course I didn’t. Instead, I went into this book with a hopeful heart, and obviously, Mr Riordan crushed it at every page. I mean, the dude started his book with this letter to his readers: “To my wonderful readers: […]

Review: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Review: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Posted April 11, 2016 in review / 1 Comment

Awwww, unpopular opinion time. I think I’m definitely one of the few people who did not really enjoy this book as much as I had hoped to. It didn’t reach the expectations that I set for it, which I admit, were pretty high. A few people told me that this was a Little Mermaid retelling, which made me quite excited, especially since the Little Mermaid was my favorite fairy tale of all time. But I honestly do not know if the blame is on me, or the book itself. Maybe it’s a little bit of both? Here’s the thing: I […]

Review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

Review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
Posted April 8, 2016 in review / 1 Comment

I looove this book with all my nerdy heart, because I spent the whole way through the book squealing about how relatable the main character is. And I really really need to purchase a physical copy of this book. BAAADLY. Bookishly Ever After was probably a book that all booknerds will love because it’s about a girl falling in love. The difference about this book and other typical contemporary books is that the girl is a booknerd. She’s really the hardcore type of booknerd that I’m pretty sure all of us are. And to fall in love, she actually uses […]

Review: The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

Review: The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass
Posted April 5, 2016 in review / 1 Comment

Okay, truth be told, I actually do not like Eadlyn at the start, because she struck me as bratty and spoiled, so unlike America. America was different in the way that she was strong and brave, and so-not-entitled. Eadlyn, on the other hand, was super entitled, thinking only for herself. She also had a very strong sense of independence and pretty much has something against guys. Like, she really really hates the Selection. For some reason though, my annoyance at Eadlyn kinda faded away after awhile because the side characters made up for it. America, Maxon and even her siblings, […]

SST April: The Island by S. Usher Evans | Giveaway

SST April: The Island by S. Usher Evans | Giveaway
Posted April 3, 2016 in blogtour, giveaway / 1 Comment

  THREE REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO READ THE ISLAND Reason 1 Star-crossed love. I’ve always been interested in stories about star-crossed lovers, because I find it intriguing to read about how two different people on the opposite sides when from hating each other to falling in love with each other. When I read the synopsis and realised that two enemies would have some sort of budding romance with them, of course I was interested HAHA. Reason 2 If you love Arrow, or being stuck on an island is your kind of thing, you should read this book. Because the […]