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My TBR for Princess-A-Thon 👸🏽

Hello everyone! Already irritated by the title of today’s post? It’s no wonder since I RARELY (i.e. never??) join any readathons or reading challenges just because I am really moody reader who changes their monthly tbr’s multiple times (that is also the reason why you don’t see any tbr posts on this blog) and still doesn’t stick to it but this month I want to go out of my bookish comfort zone by joining a themed readathon hosted by Sage!

Princess-A-Thon runs from September 1st to September 30th and is all about (Disney) princesses. You can visit Sage’s original post with more info here. As soon as I saw all the challenges I knew I HAD to join.

In order to actually manage this readathon I decided to choose Team Faeri as my team so that I can make books count for 4 challenges. It was really hard to choose a team since they all have cool abilities and the design is amazing!! I also included some school reads which fit to the challenges I know I’ll have to read and  I want the credit points, haha + I used the same books a couple of times which is a bit boring but otherwise I know I wouldn’t be able to read that much.

I’ll update on my progress of the readathon either here or on my Goodreads account. Maybe, I’ll even write some kind of “wrap up” post but I’m not sure about that yet. Let me first show you my tbr though: Continue reading “My TBR for Princess-A-Thon 👸🏽”

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“Mulan meets Feudal Japan” (??) 🍵 | Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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Hello everyone! Before I start this review let me tell you that I was more than excited to finally read this book because – “Mulan meets Feudal Japan” – how cool is that?! I had never read anything by Renée Ahdieh before + it does help me add something to YARC (#YARC 2019 🏮🐯🥢 | Joining a Reading Challenge! + Updates). So, after months of it waiting on my digital want-to-read list I finally decided to pick it up. And, I’ll be honest with you guys: You have probably already heard me raving about Shadow of the Fox (awesome book, check it out!! yes you!). This book may have contributed a little something to me wanting to read books with similar settings as itself. But Flame in the Mist turned out to be quite different from what I expected… Continue reading ““Mulan meets Feudal Japan” (??) 🍵 | Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh”

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My (new and first!!) FAVORITE R+J RETELLING 🧜🏽‍♀️

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“Romeo and Juliet” – a romantic story you can basically put in any context, doesn’t matter the setting and get a good(?) story out of it. Used so much that it’s everywhere; books, movies, music, I don’t even know where else (on a cereal package, you say?). So, today I’m bringing you something old and something new, mixed with some magic. It’s definitely gonna be worth your time ALTHOUGH you have probably already read like 789 retellings, right?

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(VERY Belated) Happy Hanami! | Shadow of The Fox by Julie Kagawa 🏯🌸⛩️

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こんにちはHello everyone! I’m back with another fantasy-read based on mythology and this time it’s Japanese Mythology!! Well, I actually wanted to read this book much earlier but now that the cherry blossom season is over  I’m a bit late (that’s not new, is it?). I decided weeks ago that I want to read Shadow of the Fox as a spring read to hopefully experience that specific reading atmosphere I love while also finally doing something for YARC 2019 (more info on that: #YARC 2019 🏮🐯🥢 | Joining a Reading Challenge! + Updates). Didn’t go that well but today’s the day.  This might become a LONG blog post since I decided to do a discussion and let out all the feels, so I advise you to grab a cup of tea (green tea, maybe?) or a snack and I’ll start right away! (Please don’t forget that there’s a spoiler section which is highlighted at the end of the review!)

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Top 5 Oriental Books (retellings included!!) to read after watching “ALADDIN” 🧞‍♂️🌕🐒

Ahhh… I actually wanted to pick a quote as an intro for this post but I struggled deciding which one to use (“Do you trust me?” and literally every quote said by the genie are good ones). So, I’ll just explain today’s post instead; I have just seen Disney’s new adaption of Aladdin and thought about reads that have a similar setting or atmosphere as both of the Disney versions have. And, I want to say right at the beginning of this post that I’ve read none of these (but I want to!!) so this is kind of like a list of books you and we can look into to spice up our summer tbr’s! Some are Aladdin retellings, or 1001 Nights retellings, others aren’t but have a similar setting that might be what we’re looking for and what we might be able to associate with the “Aladdin-vibe” and atmosphere.

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Movie Countdown! 🎬 | The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 💛🧡💜

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Yes, I know, I know. I might already be late with reading this book and posting a review about it, considering that the movie adaption is probably out now??? But when I saw a copy of The Sun Is Also a Star at my library I had to grab it. This book is everywhere and I know a lot of people who loved it and whom I trust so better late than never, right (my personal reading and life?? motto)?

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Neil Gaiman and Norse Mythology is A GOOD COMBO ⚡

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After a long break of not posting anything on this blog I’m back with a collection of short stories a friend of mine recommended to me saying “I read this in one sitting and absolutely loved it!”. Now, after having borrowed it from her and finally finished it, I really want to talk about it. Before getting into the review I want to add that this was a really special and funny reading experience for me because this copy was annotated by two friends beforehand. So, I got to read their comments and write my own down and it is definitely one of the most fun ways to read a book. And, the more comments and people having already read it, the better!

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Mini Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus 🧢👱🏻‍♀️🏍️🔍

When I went to my local library one day and saw this book displayed on one of those round tables I had to pick it up because the sypnosis basically begged me to 1) add this to my tbr, 2) read it, 3) solve the case while either feeling a) challenged or b) like someone who is always right about their assumptions and is the one saying things like “I told you” and “I knew it”. This time it was option 3b) and here’s the mini review to it.


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published May 30th 2017
genre: ya, fiction, mystery, contemporary
one of us is lying on goodreads ( •⌄• ू )✧

my rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


I haven’t read a lot of books that belong into the “Ya mystery” category although I am a pretty big fan of everything that has to do with mystery as a genre. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about movies, tv shows, books, I think mystery is an amazing “combination genre” and I love it when readers can take part in the investigation of a murder, guess what’s really going on and who’s most likely to have done it. Firstly, I can tell that One of Us Is Lying had all this!!

“Things’ll get worse before they get better.”

The story is told through the POV’s of four students who coincidentally happen to all be suspects in this case. 4 People. Everyone has something to hide. No one wants their secret to be revealed. And they are all the incarnation of a stereotype that is a bit overused and which I wasn’t a big fan of. Nonetheless, every chapter is  from a different POV which turns the book into an interesting and fast-paced read.

“I stand and hold out my hand. She gives me a skeptical look, but takes it and lets me pull her to her feet. I put my other hand in the air. ‘Bronwyn Rojas, I solemnly swear not to murder you today or at any point in the future. Deal?’
‘You’re ridiculous,’ she mutters, going even redder.
‘It concerns me you’re avoiding a promise not to murder me.” 

I also did like the “unexpected romance” in this one since I think it made the story go forward in a good way but I have to admit that I didn’t feel attached to any of these characters though the author did her best to make them realistic while each of them struggled with their own problems. But all I could see were the stereotypes which was probably the reason why I didn’t share the thrill with them. At least, I can give a bonus point for diversity.  I rather felt like an all-knowing observer and in terms of who the murderer is (I won’t tell, hehe) that is a pretty good description of what my role was. You can solve this if you pay attention and I was thinking about it way before the actual end of the story. And, I don’t even want to brag, guys. I think it was kinda obvious.

Overall, it was a fast read which you can read and maybe even binge-read with great POV’s and a nice idea to it but to me One Of Us Is Lying was underwhelming and I missed something (was it tension, atmosphere,??, idk!). Regardless, I think that it was an “okay” read.


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Finally reviewing THE MOST HYPED YA BOOK I KNOW aka SoC by Leigh Bardugo

Well, well, well. Ladies and gentleman, I know that I am late, having missed the hype train a looooong time ago and probably even being the last bookworm on this planet reading and reviewing this well-known and well-loved (it has a 4.4 rating on goodreads if that’s not telling something i don’t know what does!!) fantasy novel. There wasn’t a place on social media I didn’t see pictures of this series pop up and  I learned the names of all six characters real quick. So, the time had come when I got the beautiful Collector’s Edition of SoC for Christmas.

Six of Crows is many people favs and while I had read a book by Leigh Bardugo (Book Review: Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo💥👊🏼) I hadn’t read any of her books set in the Grishaverse and I was rather disappointed by Wonder Woman Warbringer. But for this review I will act as if this never happend and through around all the fangirling, praise and FEELINGS. (*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡

I already apologize in advance for a book review that is way too long considering the 0,00001 complaints I have for it but I hope you enjoy me raving about it anyways. 

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#YARC 2019 🏮🐯🥢 | Joining a Reading Challenge! + Updates

I somehow rarely participate in any reading challenges or book tags and to be honest, I don’t even have an excuse for it. So, today is going to be a different kind of post because I’m… *drum roll*… going to change that this year!!!

I already set up my own reading resolutions and goals for 2019 (Setting Up A Reading Challenge 101 🖊️) and talked about my most anticpated releases of the year on this blog and to round things up I am joining the YEAR OF THE ASIAN READING CHALLNGE aka YARC hosted by Shelea (@Shut Up Shelea), Lily (@Sprinkles of Dreams), Vicky (@Vicky Who Reads) and CW(@The Quiet Pond) in order to:

  1. Read more diversely
  2. Participate in a Reading Challenge

The Challenge is about reading as many books written by Asian authors as possible throughout the whole year and that shouldn’t be that difficult considering all these releases coming out this year!! The bloggers included different levels depending on the amount of books you would like to read represented through cute little badges. I’m aiming for the very first level which is the Philippine tarsier since I’ve put my general reading goal down to 20 books. Therefore, it would be nice if 1-10 of the books are by Asian authors.yo5iek1

If you want to join the YARC as well you can sign up here and read the guidelines on any of the bloggers posts. I am really excited for this Reading Challenge and all the amazing books by Asian authors that are coming out this year. I’ll keep track of my reads through this blog post, my goodreads page and my bookstagram.


What I Read

1.) Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

2.) My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

3.) Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh