Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan | ARC Review

Many thanks to Inkyard Press for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

A reserved Bangladeshi teenager has twenty-eight days to make the biggest decision of her life after agreeing to fake date her school’s resident bad boy.
How do you make one month last a lifetime?

Karina Ahmed has a plan. Keep her head down, get through high school without a fuss, and follow her parents’ rules—even if it means sacrificing her dreams. When her parents go abroad to Bangladesh for four weeks, Karina expects some peace and quiet. Instead, one simple lie unravels everything.

Karina is my girlfriend.

Tutoring the school’s resident bad boy was already crossing a line. Pretending to date him? Out of the question. But Ace Clyde does everything right—he brings her coffee in the mornings, impresses her friends without trying, and even promises to buy her a dozen books (a week) if she goes along with his fake-dating facade. Though Karina agrees, she can’t help but start counting down the days until her parents come back.

T-minus twenty-eight days until everything returns to normal—but what if Karina no longer wants it to?

Rating: 1 out of 5.

a lot of things annoyed me but the way the Muslim aspect of this book was handled-

i am rage🙂


this was my first Muslim rep book and the disappointment and frustration im feeling is unfathomable and i was so excited ughhhh

okay, but before i get into the negatives and start ranting, i’ll say the good stuff:

-the anxiety rep in here and how the main character dealt with it was pretty good.
-how the MC fought for what degree she wanted to pursue was amazing. parents should never be forcing their child to do what something they dont want to do.
-the sibling relationship was sweet.
-this was a pretty quick read.

thats it.

and i was actually loving this in the beginning.😭 all my highlights literally showed my happiness at how the MC being Muslim was incorporated into this book. all the arabic words, her praying, other religious mentions-

then there was the MC dealing with anxiety and the pressure her parents put on her, and i felt bad for her. she was dealing with so much and was so scared to speak up about not wanting to be a doctor. her parents were absolutely ruthless when it came to discussing a change in career paths, they just went ahead and chose her future for her and i despised them.

but of course what happens next? the white boy comes into her life teaching her to be stronger, believe in herself (etc) and brings her happiness

….

silence

it’s not even that it was a white boy bringing her happiness that got me annoyed, but how the parents were villainized when it came to religion (but i understand them looking like villains when it came to not allowing her to pursue an English major — that made sense) and that of course it was the white boy who saved her from the pain and sadness she was feeling.

literally what pisses me off so much is that she’d constantly complain of the things her parents would forbid her from doing that you know, are because it’s not allowed in Islam??? like i totally am with the main character when it came to her parents not allowing her to pursue the career she wants. parents 100% should not be doing that, it’s really messed up, especially with the pressure put on their child. they really should just be happy with what their kid wants to grow up to be, and that’s the one thing i disliked about her parents.

other than that–what the hell?? the MC constantly makes out her parents to be the bad guys for other stuff, when that’s not even true ohmygod. for one thing, you aren’t supposed to date guys/have boyfriends/kiss the opposite gender in Islam. It’s not that her parents are evil and do this as a personal attack, its haram (forbidden). Yet the main character here literally is like “i want happiness, why cant they let me have be with him” — girl, im with you about wanting to find happiness with the job, but you know…shouldn’t you be faithful to your religion and understand that it’s not allowed to date so your parents are right to tell you it’s forbidden?? i am confusion. and im the same age as this girl and i know this. i dont hate on my parents???

i obviously understand that this was marketed as fake-dating trope, so im not surprised with how some of the things turned out, and she can go ahead and date the guy, but it just really makes me angry me that the main character makes her parents look evil for telling her that she isn’t allowed to date? sigh

okay, but all of that i just said — maybe some wont mind it, it’s probably just something only i and some others would be annoyed with. i just feel like if you’re gonna write about a Muslim character, don’t break that rule and cast the parents in a bad light?? idk. either way, don’t make out your parents to be evil because they won’t let you date. and it’s not even something that we need to be pitied for or looked at in horror, like what the other characters in this book did when she told them. it’s part of what we’ve learned in our religion, so respect it.

i swear, i feel like this book was trying to push the idea that all Muslim parents are strict to this degree and are harsh. it’s in no way like that. maybe some are, but the same could be said with any other race/religion — it’s just that with Muslim rep books (and cough Netlfix shows), the parents are for the most part portrayed as villains.

and yes, i saw that the MC would constantly say that she knows her religion isn’t bad, she knows her parents aren’t evil, but her actions and what she’d say/do after… she says she understands but she would still complain about them the next few pages, saying how they’re unfair?? she’d be so bitter about it and then she breaks said rules😐

but again, one thing I did love was seeing the MC go against her parents when it came to doing the degree she wanted and not what they wanted. definitely a lot of people can relate with being forced to become a doctor, engineer, or lawyer. im thankful that my parents have never pushed me to become something i dont want to be.

i just hate what this book implies. i hate that people who will read this may think that all Muslim parents are controlling and cruel to their children. i hate that some may even pity us for some of this. just no. i can tell you that im proud to be a Muslim and proud of my religion. i don’t think any of the rules/what we’re forbidden to do is harsh at all. it makes complete sense in my eyes and i love my parents. i love everything about Islam.

now let’s get to the love interest. I DESPISE Ace with every ounce of my being. he’s legit the typical white bad boy who’s secretly a softie inside once you get to know him. i do not care about him. He’s so cheesy and im all here for the cheesiness BUT NOT THIS. so many cringey scenes and i did not see the chemistry between the two at all. sure, they had kinda similar situations when it came to their families, but like?? thats it?? i dont like either of them, but especially the main character.

i seriously think in general, if an author is going to incorporate religion into a YA contemporary, then you should actually follow through with the religion?? bc if you’re not going to do that, then literally what’s the point-

and if you’re going to end up casting the religion in a negative light, then again…what’s the point?? unless you’re just trying to make others think badly on said religion?? Whether it’s Christianity, Muslim, Hinduism, Judaism, etc — follow through on those teachings. dont bother writing about a religious character in a book if you’re not even going to follow through on some of the rules and villainize the parents. thankfully at least the MC would eat halal food, occasionaly pray, and understood that getting drunk was haram. but the dating and kissing, casting her parents as evil in those aspects…no🤚

and it’s sad, because the author is Muslim so i thought it’d actually follow through on that. like the author probably didn’t mean to show Islam in a bad way, but that’s how it looked like to me. i think that maybe non-Muslims or people who aren’t really familiar with Islam will probably like this book, though.

i saw in other reviews that the Bengali rep was done poorly too — im not from Bangladesh, so i cant say anything bc i wouldn’t know, but thats so sad it wasn’t done well either 😦

anyways, im not going to waste any more of my time with this book. all i’ve gained from this is that i should never trust books with Muslim reps without having first read reviews by Muslims themselves. i shouldn’t have had high expectations🤡

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕒 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕨𝕖𝕣𝕖 𝕖𝕩𝕔𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕖𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕕 𝕦𝕡 𝕓𝕖𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕒 𝕕𝕚𝕤𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕠𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕥? 𝔸𝕟𝕪 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕨𝕚𝕤𝕙 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕕𝕝𝕖𝕕 𝕒 𝕣𝕖𝕡 𝕨𝕖𝕝𝕝?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

February 2021 ~ Wrap-Up

Ah, once again we reach the end of another month. But wow, I know February is a short month still… it passed by so fast. At least we’re getting closer to the end of the school year.🥳 thank god

I remember saying at the beginning of February that it’d be a great month… haha yeah, I believe I jinxed myself smh I should know better.

I definitely did read amazing books, I mean — I got to read two of my anticipated books of 2021 in the same month. But you know I actually don’t like that because after I’d finish them I WAS PUT INTO A SLUMP. So not fun.😥

And then there was school, but I’m not going to talk about that.

Anyways I guess I was still able to read a decent amount even getting into two slumps😂


Average Rating: 4.0


Chain of Iron: ★★★★★ (my review)

Hot British Boyfriend: ★★★★ (my review)

Crown of Midnight: ★★★★ (my review)



We Are the Fire: ★★.5 (my review)

A Court of Silver Flames: ★★★★★ (my review)

Six of Crows: ★★★.5 (my review)


It was both Chain of Iron and A Court of Silver Flames that got me into two slumps. I absolutely loved them so much, that I was just stuck in a book hangover in what felt like forever. They were just so beautiful sdfsdf even now I can’t stop thinking about them.

I literally didn’t read for a full week in February because of these books smh. Thankfully I’ve been able to get out of these cursed slumps, ahhh dont jinx it again, me.

I’m glad that in the end I was able to read what I set for my TBR except for one book. The Burning God has still yet to be read and I blame a certain individual who gave out a spoiler of the ending of the series… they could be lying but I don’t know, now I’m not in the mood to read TBG and I was so excited😭😭 I have no idea when I’ll read it now 😦

And FINALLY I read Six of Crows, hehe now I just need to read Crooked Kingdom and then I’ll be ready for the tv show😎 which btw if you haven’t already seen the trailer or just want to rewatch it like meHERE IT IS!!!

Jesper’s wink gets me every. single. time.

AND THE DARKLING AHHHH BEN BARNES IS PERFECT * swooon *

Okay, now I’ll stop.

Anywas, I can’t wait for March and to see what that brings!! Slowly we’re getting closer to freedom summer ahhh then we’ll be able to read as much as we can ehehe.

ℍ𝕠𝕨 𝕨𝕒𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝔽𝕖𝕓𝕣𝕦𝕒𝕣𝕪? ℝ𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕖𝕤? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕗𝕦𝕟 𝕠𝕟 𝕍𝕒𝕝𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕖𝕤?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

We Are the Fire by Sam Taylor | ARC Review

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

well, this got progressively better as I read

but still sobs it felt like torture😭🤚


so happy I’m done.


Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but it was unbelievably slow. It got much better in the 2nd half, but there were still many parts that would just drag on and I was dying.

While I didn’t love An Ember in the Ashes , I did thoroughly enjoy it so I was pretty excited for this book when I saw that it for fans of that series.

It is very unfortunate that I was disappointed.💀


But I do see how the two are similar — the way the commanders/rulers in both books treat their soldiers/slaves is very cruel and there’s a rebellion plot to overthrow said rulers. oh how i’ve grown to despise that plot

Also, I’d like to say that I loved Pran and Oksana, but I didn’t. It was definitely interesting seeing the two main characters already in love with each other from the beginning but ehhhhh I don’t like them and I don’t like their romance.😕


Although I will say—and yes, I know something’s wrong with me—that I started liking Pran a lot more when I saw him kill others for the good of the rebellion.

I mean, at least he knew when to make hard decisions even if it made him feel like a monster. I applaud him for that. don’t question my sanity

Oh, and even though I didn’t like the romance at all, it was interesting to see the author have Oksana and Pran struggle with their relationship throughout the novel, since both had different ideas of freedom.

How far would they go to get what they wanted? Would they have to become the monsters they very much despised to get their freedom? Many questions were raised along the way — it was nice to see the complexity of the situation they were in.


So yea, even though this definitely felt like torture forcing my way through this book, it wasn’t totally bad maybe just for me.

And I was actually in a cursed slump before this and I think I’ve been cured??? Like I was so bored with this book that I now I really feel like reading a super good book. (cough ACOSF) So THANK YOU for saving me.


(2.5⭐)

Buddy read with amazing friends, Katie @ Whispering Pages and Alex @ The Scribe Owl <33



Thank you Xpresso Book Tours for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

𝕂𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕠𝕗 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕨𝕖𝕣𝕖 𝕖𝕩𝕔𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕓𝕦𝕥 𝕤𝕒𝕕𝕝𝕪 𝕕𝕚𝕕𝕟’𝕥 𝕞𝕖𝕖𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕖𝕩𝕡𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕤?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

We Are the Fire by Sam Taylor | Blog Tour & International Giveaway

Hello, hellooo. Here’s my stop for this blog tour. Ahh thank you Xpresso Book Tours for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Andd it was a buddy read with Alex @ The Scribe Owl and Katie @ Whispering Pages — go check out their blogs, both are just * chef’s kiss *

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We Are the Fire by Sam Taylor
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: February 16th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

As electrifying as it is heartbreaking, Sam Taylor’s explosive fantasy debut We Are the Fire is perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes and the legend of Spartacus.

In the cold, treacherous land of Vesimaa, children are stolen from their families by a cruel emperor, forced to undergo a horrific transformative procedure, and serve in the army as magical fire-wielding soldiers. Pran and Oksana―both taken from their homeland at a young age―only have each other to hold onto in this heartless place.

Pran dreams of one day rebelling against their oppressors and destroying the empire; Oksana only dreams of returning home and creating a peaceful life for them both.

When they discover the emperor has a new, more terrible mission than ever for their kind, Pran and Oksana vow to escape his tyranny once and for all. But their methods and ideals differ drastically, driving a wedge between them. Worse still, they both soon find that the only way to defeat the monsters that subjugated them may be to become monsters themselves.


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At the tower, the messenger led them through the metal doors with iron bars twisted in the shape of a leaping fire demon, the same demon fronting the Tuliis’ uniforms and tattooed onto the messengers’ necks. They climbed three flights of spiraling stairs and stepped into an office where [Commander] Tamm, seated behind a wide steel desk, pointed to a pair of wrought-iron chairs across from her. “Have a seat. Would you care for coffee? We’ve all had a long night.”

Pran had lost count of how many times he’d seen this game from Tamm, opening meetings with pleasantries whether she intended to praise or punish. It kept Tuliis on edge, and even he couldn’t help the way his heart tightened over what might follow. He perched on the offered seat, stretching out his leg, which throbbed after all those stairs—would it kill the Commanders to meet with him on the first floor?—and accepting the cup of coffee Tamm offered. But he didn’t drink it, and neither did Oksana as she settled into the next chair, watching Tamm as if the woman were a viper coiling to strike.

“I confess, Nayar,” the Commander said, dumping sugar and cream into her own cup, “I was astonished to see you in the courtyard. Foul shape you were in, when you returned.”

“All Tuliikobrets were summoned to the courtyard, and I follow every order.”

“I trust you’ll extend that same diligence to your next role.” Tamm took a long swallow of coffee. “We need more trainers. Better trainers.”

“T-trainers?” Before they could rattle in his hand, Pran set his cup and saucer on the desk, because trainers meant— “Congratulations are in order.” Tamm beckoned behind them, and another messenger swooped into the room carrying two tunics, the leather demons on them a harsh orange. The messenger gave these to Pran and Oksana, along with long-handled flint starters.

“Welcome to Hellion rank,” Tamm said. “Effective immediately, you are reassigned to the Bronze Bonfire troop. After your commendable attempts tonight to stop the Scarlet Embers . . . Well, we need Tuliikobrets of your caliber in leadership roles. We must instill in young fighters the importance of following commands. Even when it’s painful.” She glanced blatantly at his bad leg.

What the Commanders needed, really, was to replace the Hellions they’d just cooked alongside the Embers. Hellions were young Tuliis’ first instructors, training them to become emotionless puppets who burned on command.

They did as expected of loyal Tuliikobrets. And if he and Oksana wanted to walk out of this tower alive, they’d embrace this new role.

Beside him, Oksana said nothing, her face a blank mask. But the tips of her ears had gone as red as her hair, as they did whenever she was barely holding herself together. But maybe, Pran considered, this new rank didn’t have to be a snare that entangled them further in the Commanders’ power. Maybe they could craft it into something else.


About the Author:

Sam Taylor grew up in Arizona’s deserts and now lives among Connecticut’s trees. She spends her days writing, being mom to the world’s cutest boys, whirling through dance workouts, and baking too many cakes. She does not possess fire magic, but does have one fire-colored cat. We Are the Fire is her debut novel.


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I hope you enjoyed this post and once again thanks to Alex and Katie for buddy reading with me!! Definitely looking forward to future buddy reads hehe <33

𝔻𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕠𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕋𝔹ℝ? 𝔸𝕣𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕒 𝕗𝕒𝕟 𝕠𝕗 𝔸𝕟 𝔼𝕞𝕓𝕖𝕣 𝕚𝕟 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝔸𝕤𝕙𝕖𝕤 𝕠𝕣 𝕝𝕖𝕘𝕖𝕟𝕕 𝕠𝕗 𝕊𝕡𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕒𝕔𝕦𝕤?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce | ARC Review

After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend.

When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she vows to avoid making the same mistakes as she did with the last guy she liked. Which is why she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested in—if he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his.

But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

That was actually…cute?!?!

But Will here was nowhere near as perfect as Will Herondale. swoooon

im weird, i know


But wow, I wasn’t actually expecting to like HBB. After being warned, I went into this with very low expectations, so maybe that’s why I ended up really liking it? ahaha who knows.

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After being publicly humiliated due to a * ahem * misunderstanding at a high school party, Ellie wants nothing more than to disappear.

And what better way to do that then to run away to England? I mean, I’d totally do the same.

But really, there was just another spot open to study abroad, and so Ellie took that chance. There, she meets with three others from her school, and our charming hot British mate, Will. Of course, she automatically has a huge obsession crush on him. And the other way around.

Ahhh ✨insta-love✨. Or is it really? I guess obsessing over him isn’t the same as love.

Anyways, from the blurb alone it sounded like any typical contemporary romance novel but oh how more complicated and amazing it was.

I admit, I wasn’t really a huge fan of Ellie — like she was pretty cool, and her hobbies were really cute bUT HER OBSESSION WITH BOYS


Now she’s what you call boy-crazy. But Ellie did (kinda?) tone it down on the boys. Definitely a difference when you compare her from the beginning and the end. Still, there were so many moments that made me cringe ahaha and secondhand embarrassment asdsadfs poor Ellie.

And ohmygod her friends were adorkable. (they were a very diverse cast too😏) One played Quidditch, one could beat-box, and the other was such a nerd — I loved it. They’re such dorks, and that’s what makes them so lovable.


I could not get enough of the places they visited in Europe. sdfdsfds I’ve always wanted to travel to England. The accents especially omg it’s amazing. All the places to visit ughh my school should really have a study abroad in England smh I’m going to petition for one.

The ending was very satisfying as well. Loved the way the author handled it.

All in all, if you’re looking for super cute read, looking for some diversity, and can handle the MC’s obsession with ~de boys~ I think you’ll enjoy this too!!

I still want a hot British boyfriend tho-



Buddy read with the amazing Alex @ The Scribe Owl. Loved buddy reading with you! ❤

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Thank you Harper Teen for sending me an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!!

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕝𝕒𝕤𝕥 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕨𝕒𝕤 𝕒𝕓𝕤𝕠𝕝𝕦𝕥𝕖𝕝𝕪 𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕒𝕕𝕠𝕣𝕒𝕓𝕝𝕖? 𝔻𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕠𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕋𝔹ℝ?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

🏹February 2021 ~ TBR🏹

Happy February!!!

I’m so so so excited for this month. SO many new releases, buddy reads with some amazing people and of course, it’s the month of ~love~

Already this month has gone off to a great start. I’ve already finished two books ahhh hopefully it continues that way <33

Here’s what I’ve planned:


Can you hear me screaming??? I was so so lucky to get a physical ARC of one of my 2021 most anticipated reads at the end of January!! I still can’t believe it😭 I’ve already finished reading it and ohmygod guys you are not ready for what Cassie’s planned. and i just found out that Chain of Thorns is BEING PUSHED BACK SDFGDSDF WHY IS THE WORLD SO CRUEL

more info on that here * sobs *


Me and Alex @ The Scribe Owl are doing a buddy read for our ARCS of Hot British Boyfriend. It’s been a lot of fun ahhh so happy to have done it with her!!


Yes, I’m finally getting back to my buddy read pals’ TOG Marathon. We’re re-reading and ohmygod ALL THE FORESHADOWING IM NOTICING. * shook *


I know, I’m FINALLY reading this😂 I’m doing a huge buddy read with others except I’m very, very behind and by that — I mean, I haven’t even started💀 I realize I have way too many buddy reads going on at the same time, but I’m going to definitely start in a few days!!

We’re all ready for the tv show.😎


This is another buddy read I’m planning on doing with both Katie @ Whispering Pages and Alex @ The Scribe Owl. Super excited for this, especially since we’re all doing blog tours and it’s for fans of The Ember in the Ashes series. Hopefully we won’t be let down🤞


Of course, I’m totally hoping to finish TPW series and read The Burning God. oh god, how I actually fear for my life. Everyone who has read the series hasn’t come out the same.

I’m too young to die :’ )


Last but not least, I couldn’t not plan on reading this in February — my second most anticipated read this year, A Court of Silver Flames. Although the cover’s colours are…questionable, I so can’t wait to read about Nesta and Cassian’s story!!

Queen SJM blessing us again.🔥


I’m definitely hoping to read more than this sdfdsfgdfds I can already tell my heart’s going to break even more this month with some of these books…ahhh how fun pain is.🤡

Also, I know I’ve been posting less than usual — know that it’s because of school ughh the new quad has just started and already my teacher’s are torturing with so many assignments * sobs * don’t they understand that I want to read?? smh these monsters.

So if you see drop off the face of earth know that it’s because of school or I got lazy

𝔻𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕤𝕖 𝕠𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕋𝔹ℝ? 𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕞𝕠𝕤𝕥 𝕖𝕩𝕔𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕠𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕡𝕝𝕒𝕟𝕤?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

🏹January 2021 ~ TBR🏹

Ahhh it already feels like the year is passing by fast! Not complaining of course, especially because now there are only 5 more months left of school!!!😭🥳

January actually wasn’t a bad month. Compared to others months I definitely didn’t have as much 5 stars, but I did find a new all-time-favourite ahhhh The Dragon Republic was seriously just amazing and I’m so much in love with Kuang’s world and characters.🥺

I also, surprisingly, got some ARCs in although unfortunately none of them were favourites😅 (altho there is one, but technically i started in January and finished it in February so that doesn’t count lol)

And then there were some novellas that I read that were just heartbreakingly beautiful ughh just thinking about them now makes me want to burst into tears.

Here’s everything I read~


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Goodreads


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

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That’s 9 books I read, with an average rating of 3.94 ayyy I’m actually happy about that — I feel like I’ve been giving 5 stars too easily, so one of my goals in 2021, is to be a little stricter with my ratings. 5 stars should be reserved for the true masterpieces, although I can’t help if nostalgia gets in the way😆

All in all this wasn’t a bad month, although in terms of blogging I’d say that it was ahaha I missed some days and have felt a little overwhelmed in posting/not in the mood, but I’m sure February will be better!

I believe it’s school making me feel like this.😂

ℍ𝕠𝕨’𝕕 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕗𝕚𝕣𝕤𝕥 𝕞𝕠𝕟𝕥𝕙 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕪𝕖𝕒𝕣 𝕘𝕠? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕗𝕒𝕧𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕤? 𝔸𝕟𝕪 𝕤𝕡𝕖𝕔𝕚𝕒𝕝 𝕘𝕠𝕒𝕝𝕤?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

Love in English by Maria E. Andreu | ARC Review

Sixteen-year-old Ana has just moved to New Jersey from Argentina for her Junior year of high school. She’s a poet and a lover of language—except that now, she can barely understand what’s going on around her, let alone find the words to express how she feels in the language she’s expected to speak.

All Ana wants to do is go home—until she meets Harrison, the very cute, very American boy in her math class. And then there’s her new friend Neo, the Greek boy she’s partnered up with in ESL class, who she bonds with over the 80s teen movies they are assigned to watch for class (but later keep watching together for fun), and Altagracia, her artistic and Instagram-fabulous friend, who thankfully is fluent in Spanish and able to help her settle into American high school.

But is it possible that she’s becoming too American—as her father accuses—and what does it mean when her feelings for Harrison and Neo start to change? Ana will spend her year learning that the rules of English may be confounding, but there are no rules when it comes to love.

With playful and poetic breakouts exploring the idiosyncrasies of the English language, Love in English tells a story that is simultaneously charming and romantic, while articulating a deeper story about what it means to become “American.”

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Huh. I never thought English could be so complicated in the eyes of others.

Maybe I shouldn’t make fun of my mom for her English😂 who am i kidding? it’s hilarious


This book really did a good job in showing how much people struggle moving to a new country and being forced to learn a new language in order to try blending in.

Ana is a 16 year old high schooler whose just moved from Argentina to New Jersey, U.S. which is the result of her father who she hasn’t seen in 3 years. Considering she’s been speaking Spanish her whole life and has only started learning English for a few years, she of course isn’t used to it, so Ana is put into ESL.

From there she’s able to connect/relate more to the others because they also are in the same situation she’s in and so she meets Neo, a boy from Greece. Of course they bond well together. But then she also meets Harrison, ~le americane boy~, and instantly has a crush on him…can you see where I’m going?

aye, it’s the horrid love triangle.


But the good thing is that it didn’t really play a huge part in the story, or maybe it didn’t feel like that to me, since this was short anyways. It was mostly just Ana trying to understand whether she was in love or not and what really is love.

I could tell that the author was putting in her own experiences into this book and I liked how she did it. I would say I can’t imagine how humiliating it is to not understand what others are saying while they laugh at you, but ahahahaha it’s happened a few times *war flashbacks* cant say i didn’t deserve it tho lol

In the end I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either, hence the rating of 3 stars. I couldn’t really care much for the characters but that’s probably just me. I think for those who can really relate Ana, they’d love her and her growth throughout the novel.

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Thank you Harper Collins Canada for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

𝔻𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕠𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕋𝔹ℝ? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝕙𝕒𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕦𝕘𝕘𝕝𝕖 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕤𝕡𝕖𝕒𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕒 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕝𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕦𝕒𝕘𝕖 𝕚𝕟 𝕒 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕔𝕠𝕦𝕟𝕥𝕣𝕪?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria | ARC Review

Orphaned and forced to serve her country’s ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don’t matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.

In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible—she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was made. Or why his father—their nation’s greatest traitor—once tried to destroy the automatons.

Suddenly, the Scriptorium isn’t just trying to control Karis; it’s hunting her. Together with Alix, Karis must find her brother…and the secret that’s held her country in its power for centuries.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Ahhhh I never thought I’d live to see the day when everyone around the MC gets a love interest except for the MC herself.

Beautiful. wish i could say the same abt the book💀

AND THERE WAS STILL NO DEATH aRe YoU kIdDiNg Me?!?!

But that’s just me. I’m sure anyone who’s okay with characters that don’t kill their enemies, will love this. this is what happens when you’ve just read the poppy war

Although, I must say it’s unrealistic that you go through a WHOLE book dealing with basically a war between team good and team evil and NOT ONE PERSON ON EITHER SIDE IS KILLED. nO CASUALTIES. AT ALL.

That’s totally realistic. Yup, totally.

But again, this might just be me because of how used to I am with death in YA novels but I don’t know…you’d think some of them would’ve died. AT LEAST THE VILLAINS. WHY NOT THE VILLAINS??? ohmygod I cannot with this book-

Which brings me to another point—the villain. My dudes, I don’t know how anyone would be afraid of this “Magistrate” when he’s as bland as a piece of cardboard. Where’s the personality?? Where’s the evil actions he does?? There was more telling than actually showing.

The characters would basically just talk about how much of a monster he is and how anyone who goes into “The Magistrate’s Library” (yea I know, very terrifying) didn’t come back out normal because the Magistrate was cruel to them. Yes…but what exactly did he do? There were no details — just “oH he’s SO EVIL. thAT MONSTER. hoW COULD thAT mAN do thAT to my brOTHER” etc etc.

Tell me, what’s the point of a villain if he’s doesn’t even drop a hint of dread in the reader?

(now THIS is what I call frightening)

I know I probably sound very salty, but it’s just very frustrating. I felt NOTHING at all for the characters. Nothing They’re all basic.

Ahahaha the plot too — Karis is looking for her brother after being separated from him years ago. Then one day she discovers an automaton, Alix, that can speak and act of its own will, which of course, is surprising considering automatons haven’t been working for hundreds of years, and even before, automatons were always controlled by human beings. He’s ~speshul~

Anyways, she uses him to escape from the Scriptorium, the place she was held prisoner-but-also-not-prisoner (if that even makes sense) as a slave (tho she did have some freedom in learning things) and from there things escalate and eventually turns into what? Yup, a rebellion against the Magistrate and those who’ve been making them suffer for so long.

It goes on, and on…and honestly? I’m kind of tired of the basic rebellion plots, with it’s basic heroes, basic villains, basic everything. It’s been used way too much and at this point, I think most of us can agree that we’re tired of it. Or at least it could be used and have some ✨creativity✨.

How would you make it creative? I have no idea.

I’m sorry. I’m making this out to be worse than it actually is, but there were actually some parts that I liked.

For one thing, as I mentioned in the first line of my review — the main character, Karis, is asexual, which I’ve never seen in a YA Fantasy book before so that was awesome.

Between Alix & Karis and Dane & Karis, it was just platonic love and that is just so beautiful. We don’t get enough of that in fantasy novels for the main character and that is not okay. I’m totally a sucker for romance, but this change was nice and I loved it.

Also, it was really cool seeing through Alix’s POV. The only POVs I’ve ever read from are through humans, so to see through an automaton’s for the first time mind-blown

Though I wouldn’t say there’s much of a difference between Karis and his. I’d sometimes have to go back because I’d forget whose POV I was reading from since they were kind of similar.

So yeah, other than nobody dying at all during a full-out battle, the bland characters, and basic plot…this was an alright book I guess.

I definitely recommend this to those who like all the things I pointed out that I didn’t like, or if you’re simply looking for a book that’s very diverse!

This just wasn’t for me, and I am sad :((

(2.5⭐)

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Eternally thankful to Harper Collins Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

𝕋𝕖𝕝𝕝 𝕞𝕖, 𝕕𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕝𝕚𝕜𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕣𝕖𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕠𝕟-𝕥𝕪𝕡𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕡𝕝𝕠𝕥𝕤? 𝔻𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕡𝕣𝕖𝕗𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕟𝕔𝕖𝕤 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕡𝕝𝕠𝕥𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕒𝕓𝕠𝕦𝕥? ℍ𝕠𝕨 𝕕𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕗𝕖𝕖𝕝 𝕒𝕓𝕠𝕦𝕥 𝕫𝕖𝕣𝕠 𝕕𝕖𝕒𝕥𝕙 𝕚𝕟 𝕒 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜? 𝔸𝕣𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕟𝕠𝕣𝕞𝕒𝕝? unlike me

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall, #1) by Julie Kagawa | ARC Review

Eternally grateful to Inkyard Press for sending me an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All quotes in this review are subject to change upon release date.

You may have heard of me…

Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Prankster, joker, raven, fool… King Oberon’s right-hand jester from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The legends are many, but the truth will now be known as never before, as Puck finally tells his own story and faces a threat to the lands of Faery and the human world unlike any before.

With the Iron Queen Meghan Chase and her prince consort, Puck’s longtime rival Ash, and allies old and new by his side, Puck begins a fantastical and dangerous adventure not to be missed or forgotten.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Wait, hold up. Wrong story.”

3 stars for the actual story and that extra star is for all the Ash scenes I was blessed with🥺

yes, I know this is Puck’s book but…there was also Ash swoooon


First thing’s first — The Iron Raven is a spin-off of the The Iron Fey series, so while you don’t necessarily have to read that before this, I highly recommend it!!

There’s a recap of all that’s happened in the other two series, so that’ll mean spoilers…and I mean, you’d be missing out on meeting the Ash, aka the love of my life. fangirling


BUT anyways, this isn’t about Ash so I’ll stop now.

Puck finally got his story and I have to say…I’m a bit conflicted on how it turned out to be.

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“The Nevernever could be crumbling under our feet, and you’d make a joke about it.”

Robin Goodfellow–our very own Puck, has always been dismissed as the ridiculous fool who takes nothing seriously and his very own name instills fear into others because of the chaos he wreaks.

Basically, he’s bad news.

But we love that about him. at least most of the world does I’ve always been a #TeamAsh, but Puck is still one of my favourites. And wow, reading from his POV and seeing all his thoughts…I have to say that it gets dark .

Puck always seemed to be cheerful & uncaring about a lot, but damnn he’s totally different on the inside and it showed. The amount of times I wanted to cry over Puck’s pain :(((

And I loved that we got to learn wayyyy more about Puck’s past. Like A LOT more and how he used to be centuries ago. Really makes you understand him so much more <333

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“Generally, I find a dagger is a much better alternative to stopping someone’s heart than a surprise party.

There’s far less of a chance they’ll stab you back.”

Yes, she sounds very concerning but I adore that. Nyx is supposedly Puck’s new love interest and she’s super cool. Puck himself called her an Ash 2.0 and I CAN SEE THAT.😂

The way I want to talk more about her, but I think it’s much better if you see for yourself.😏 I’ll just say that she’s very very skilled assassin and Julie made many references to Sailor Moon that related to Nyx.

But as much as I did like her, I found the romance between Puck and her a little lacking :/
Although, it’s probably just a me thing, but I literally shrieked and had a goofy smile on my face every time I saw a MeghanxAsh scene.

I was living for those moments.

Ash started to say something, and she glared at him. “Unless I don’t get any rest from the constant hovering of an overprotective Winter faery who is worried that I’m not getting enough rest.”

Ash slumped in defeat. “Fine,” I heard him say. “As you wish, my queen. But if you pass out or fall asleep during the fight with the big monster, I get to be ‘unbearably overprotective’ for the next month.”

AHHH WHY DID I FIND THAT SWOONY???🥺💞

Lowering her arms, Meghan swayed on her feet, then collapsed into Ash’s arms.

I wish I could fall into Ash’s arms 😦
yes, clearly something is wrong with me, i know

But you can’t have an Iron Fey book without our ✨favourite✨ cait sith– Grimalkin. He was as ‘helpful’ as always and the star of the show other than Ash ofc. His “Because I am a cat” responses were as infuriating hilarious as always. You could give me a whole series on Grimalkin and I’ll read it.😹

wait, that’s actually a really good idea…if Julie did that, I’d die of happiness.

“We’ve learned a lot since then. When I first came through here with Ironhorse, I was younger, and much more…” She paused.

“Reckless?” Ash said quietly beside her.

“Impulsive,” Grimalkin added up front without turning around.

“Prone to shrieking?” I put in, not about to be left out.

The Iron Queen glared at us all. “All those things, I suppose,” she said in a flat voice that hinted at retribution later on.

That moment when they all gang up on Meghan😂 They’re not wrong tho

Now the reason why I thought of this story as deserving a 3 star is because it kinda felt like it was lacking the same magic that I felt the original series had. There’s definitely been lots of improvement in terms of writing, although I’ve always loved Julie’s writing.

There was also (and might just be me) the amount of times I saw “smirk” being used AND IT WAS SO ANNOYING. Like the characters can smirk and all, but when they’re smirking basically ever five pages, ahahahaha that’s just too much.

sTOP SMIRKING.

nO MORE SMIRKING.

if the next book I read has a lot of ‘smirks’, I’m gonna throw it across the room and burn it

Ahhh this has successfully made me want to reread The Iron Fey series.

I’ve been apart from Ash for far too long.

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕒 𝕤𝕡𝕚𝕟-𝕠𝕗𝕗 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕕? 𝔸𝕟𝕪 𝕪𝕠𝕦’𝕣𝕖 𝕤𝕦𝕡𝕖𝕣 𝕖𝕩𝕔𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕗𝕠𝕣? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕀𝕣𝕠𝕟 𝔽𝕖𝕪 𝕤𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕