Tuesday, August 29

Hella Underrated Historical Novels


Hello everyone! Today it's time for yet another Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic - this time we all could pick a genre and recommend 10 underrated, hidden gem novels. In the past few years, I've been getting more and more into Historical Fiction - both the Adult and YA sections of it - and so I decided to list 10 of my favorite HF novels that deserve more buzz. 

To make the list more interesting, I'll go from most to least well-known (according to the #of Goodreads ratings), so you'll probably know less and less novels as the post progresses - and doesn't everyone love to find new recommendations!? I sure do, even if my TBR is close to tackling me to the ground, because these books as impatient as fuck.

I'll include the cover, goodreads link and blurb of each book mentioned, so expect to be convinced to read them all. ;)

Sunday, August 27

3 Reasons Why The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli Worked for Me

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Thursday, August 24

Magical & Adventurous Sisters in Odd & True by Cat Winters

"In the world of grown-ups, you see, practical thinking is king; dreamers are fools and madmen. How ridiculous that is. I've decided I'd rather be foolish than ordinary."

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.




Tuesday, August 22

Characters I'd NOT Like To Hang Out With At School


Hello you beautiful people! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) - and I'm dreading writing this yikes - is a school freebie, because school is starting very soon. *cries all the tears* I am HEARTBROKEN, you all. 

BUT, I do want to make this list as fun as possible to cheer everyone on who a) has to go back to school/uni soon, b) already had to go back to school, in which case, I'm sorry, that sucks, c) those who work all year around, because y'all rock and it's ALWAYS about school, which you might not be able to relate to all that much anymore.

So, obviously, I'm going to make a list of characters I would not want to be friends, because, hey, who doesn't love to see their faves being dragged!? I'm kidding, there'll be no dragging, only some #real reasons why these characters would make horrible friends. Let's get right onto them.



Saturday, August 19

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu Brings ALL the Girl Power

Moxie Girls Fight Back!

It's time to fight like a girl!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv's mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the '90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother's past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.





Thursday, August 17

Suspenseful, Riveting and Harrowing - After the Fire by Will Hill

The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out.

What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?




Tuesday, August 15

Chilling Novels for Those Who Like 'Em Dark


Hello everyone! I'm so so SO glad Top Ten Tuesday is back, because, as a lover of lists, I've been missing it so much. I broke my brain trying to think of a cool topic for today, something that maybe not a lot of people would be doing, and finally decided next to dark books with truly disturbed characters that will surely make you sit tight with nerves until - or even after - you finish the book. 

Now, these aren't necessary horror novels, many are mysteries, but they all contain some dark shit, be that the characters or certain scenarios. I'll tell you in a few words why each is worth reading and even share some quotes to make you all really feel the dark, chilling atmosphere of these books. 

Saturday, August 12

The Regal Critiques Review Final Girls by Riley Sager


Photo by Allef Vinicius


"But somehow we screamed louder, ran faster, fought harder. We survived."


Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.


Thursday, August 10

Magical Realism, Small Town Vibes and Complex Characters in The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murpy

“But really, aren't there bits of magic everywhere we look? We've just stopped seeing it that way.” 


What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.




Thursday, August 3

A Grand Tour, Flirting With Trouble and Fun awaits you in The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with lacquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.” 


Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.



Tuesday, August 1

August New Releases To Die For

Photo by Prasanna Kumar

Hello everyone! As it's the first day of August we're here with all the upcoming new releases of the month that Ruzi and I are excited about, and let me tell you, there are quite a lot! I was actually very surprised to see just how many books I'm looking forward to this month, at least one of which is one of my most awaited releases of the whole year (yeah, it is Wonder Woman: Warbringer, you guessed it right). So, on one hand, I'm really sad it's already August, because that signals the end of summer (and I love summer), but I'm also really glad, because FINALLY, I CAN GET ALL THESE BOOKS. Let's take a look at what "all these books" are, shall we? 

To get to the books' GR page, just click on their covers.