Jul 10, 2018

10 amazing books I've read in 2018 so far.

One half of 2018 is over and behind us. Never mind that I am still emotionally in 2017 - I wouldn't be surprised if tomorrow is 2019. Why is time flying, really??? - but it means that it's time to look back at the first half of 2018 and see if I've made progress - verdict, I haven't. I haven't actually read much this year, as I would've liked to, but I read some really good books, so here's a list of my favourite reads of 2018 so far!

Jul 2, 2018

Julian Winters talks Running With Lions, queer rep and diversity in sports || Interview + Giveaway

Running With Lions was a book I was sleeping on until Book Expo week. I still wonder how the book managed to completely fly under my radar until then, but a few recommendations, and that wonderful cover and blurb was enough for me to get sold on, and I went for it. And man was I glad for that decision. Running With Lions is an adorable, soulful and warm book about a group of such endearing characters who are inclusive, authentic and crafted with so much heart. The book is an instant rec, and today we have the author Julian Winters over at the blog for an interview! I got to meet Julian at Bookcon, and he was delightful, and I hope you guys enjoy the interview. And don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end!!!

Jun 18, 2018

A beautiful summer romance || What If It's Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli

Title : What If It's Us
Author : Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli
Publisher : Harper Teen
Release Date : October 9th 2018
Synopsis :

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

Jun 15, 2018

Book Expo Recap : Day 1 & 2 ( + Giveaway!!! )

Hello my fellow bookworms!!!

I've been missing in action for some time but you would have known why if you follow me on social media! I was on a 15 day trip to NYC, mainly for Book Expo and Bookcon, and it was absolutely amazing! I am finally back home - and jet lag is killing me - and I am so excited to share all of my stories with you.

Before we begin, I ma going to do the recaps as three parts : part one is of Book Expo, the next of Bookcon and then the recap of all my other NYC shenanigans. Today is the time for Book Expo stories, and stick by me if it gets long - I do go on when I tell stories - because there's a very exciting giveaway if you brave it all.

This year's Book Expo trip is a little extra special. It's the last one before I set off to college, and even though I am moving to the USA, and I'll be much closer to New York than now - in the same continent! gasp! - I guess future plans are a bit uncertain at this point, so I was kind of mentally preparing myself for a last Book Expo. Plus the trip rolled around at a time where I was kind of slipping into a bad mental health space, so it was a very welcome distraction. So to say that I was excited is an understatement.

May 20, 2018

An ultimate guide to YA books with mental health representation || Mental Health Awareness Month

It's Mental Health Awareness Month! So I thought of compiling a list of books with mental health representation and are neurodiverse. Special thanks to Inge and C.J. who helped me out in the exhausting search for titles. While I hope that you guys find some good recommendations, I am also aware that some titles might not be perfect, so feel free to let me know if I have mistakenly included any problematic books. And feel free to let me know the titles I have missed in the comments!

May 11, 2018

15 movies of Shah Rukh Khan you must watch before you die || A list by Nisha Sharma

Hello bookworms, today I have a very exciting guest and post for you all. You guys know how much I love my desi YA reads, and the upcoming My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma is one of my most anticipated books of this year! The book promises a lot of bollywood-esque fun and pure desi madness. Today, we have the author of the book in question, Nisha Sharma over at the blog today to give some expert bollywood recommendations!

Because Shah Rukh Khan is the ultimate Bollywood hero, and the book is a tribute to Bollywood, today Nisha is listing her favourite Shah Rukh Khan movies, masterpieces you have to watch before you die!

May 8, 2018

A fallen princess rises as a queen || Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Title : Ash Princess
Author : Laura Sebastian
Publisher : Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date : April 24th 2018
Synopsis :
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

May 4, 2018

An unforgettable tale of human emotions || Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Title : Girl Made of Stars
Author : Ashley Herring Blake
Release Date : May 15th 2018
Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers
Synopsis :

"I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that."

Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara's friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn't know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn't help that things have been strained with her ex and best friend since childhood, Charlie.

As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.

May 2, 2018

9 standalone fantasy novels for those who are horrible at series

If you're a series abandon-er like me, either because you're commitment phobic, or because you can't remember anything from the first book by the time the sequel releases, you know the struggle to find those rare gems - standalone books. Especially if you're looking at the fantasy genre. I mean, not that I have anything against series, but standalones are life savers for anxious beings like me, and so so satisfying. So today, I have a list for fellow souls like me, here are the YA fantasy standlone books you should all check out!

Apr 29, 2018

A lush, romantic and relevant fantasy || Song of Blood and Stone by L.Penelope

Title : Song of Blood and Stone
Author : L.Penelope
Publisher : St.Martin's Press
Release Date : May 1st 2018
Synopsis :

A treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers.

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive--an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack's mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it's people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda's Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

Apr 21, 2018

Vampire books you all need to read

It seems that bookworms' love for vampires is as undead as the mythical creatures. When one would think that the trope is long forgotten, twitter surprises me by reminding just how much the YA community loves the bloodsucking creatures, which was the case a day or two ago when the talk of the day was vampires. So I tried to recall all the awesome vampire books I've read during that time I was obsessed with them ( come on, you've all gone through that phase ) and here's a list of books you all need to read!

Now before we go into it, I kinda omitted the really big franchises. The duh ones, like Twilight, Vampire Academy ( as much as I want to badly add the series) and House of Night. So these are kind of medium popular and lesser known recs.

Apr 12, 2018

Folktales not myths; region not religion || A guest post by Sayantani Dasgupta

Hello bookworms. First of all, to all my fellow tamil and Sri Lankan readers, happy new year! 

Today, I am extremely excited about the post I have for you all. We have a guest post by the amazing Sayantani Dasgupta, author of The Serpent's Secret, a fabulous desi MG which is hands down one of the most exciting 2018 books. Moreover, I am even more excited about what the guest post is about, it's a topic that I myself have always had strong feelings for - the blurred lines between mythology, history, religion and folktales when it comes to talking about culturally diverse books, especially but not limited, to desi books.

Mar 13, 2018

Because girls can be nerds too || Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner ( A discussion review with Gabrielle )

Today's the official release day of one of my favourite 2018 releases and the sophomore novel of one of the best people ever! Whitney Gardner's amazing story Chaotic Good comes out today, and I teamed up with my fellow Lankan bookworm Gabrielle - go check out her blog everyone - to tell you all why you should read this beautiful story! Also I am really excited because we're doing a little play on Dungeons and Dragons with this review, and have some cool art courtesy of Gabby, so let's get down to business! :D

Title : Chaotic Good
Author : Whitney Gardner
Publisher : Knopf
Release Date : March 13th 2018
Synopsis :
Cameron's cosplay--dressing like a fictional character--is finally starting to earn her attention--attention she hopes to use to get into the CalTech costume department for college. But when she wins a major competition, she inadvertently sets off a firestorm of angry comments from male fans.

When Cameron's family moves the summer before her senior year, she hopes to complete her costume portfolio in peace and quiet away from the abuse. Unfortunately, the only comic shop in town--her main destination for character reference--is staffed by a dudebro owner who challenges every woman who comes into the shop.

At her twin brother's suggestion, Cameron borrows a set of his clothes and uses her costuming expertise to waltz into the shop as Boy Cameron, where she's shocked at how easily she's accepted into the nerd inner sanctum. Soon, Cameron finds herself drafted into a D&D campaign alongside the jerky shop-owner Brody, friendly (almost flirtatiously so) clerk Wyatt, handsome Lincoln, and her bro Cooper, dragged along for good measure.

But as her "secret identity" gets more and more entrenched, Cameron's portfolio falls by the wayside--and her feelings for Lincoln threaten to make a complicated situation even more precarious.

Mar 6, 2018

Ten quotable quotes I love

Out of the bazillion words that make a book, some stand out so much, either because of their meaning, significance, symbolism or just because they're so pretty. Today let's highlight such words, memorable quotes that I have grown to love from the books I've read.

Also, since most quotes seem to grace merch these days, this is also a chance to showcase some gorgeous art and merch!

Feb 19, 2018

Sarah Glenn Marsh talks Reign of the Fallen, queer rep and #ownvoices narratives.

Reign of the Fallen is hands down one of the most exciting releases of 2018. The gloriously queer and beautifully captivating fantasy is a book I'll instantly recommend to everyone. The book's MC Odessa is so badass yet so relatable, and it's impossible not to love her. 

Today we have the author, Sarah Glenn Marsh over at the blog to talk about the book, and she revealed her inspiration, her view on #ownvoices narratives and some exciting insider info!

Feb 13, 2018

10 underrated love stories of YA

Happy early Valentine's Day all of you!!! :)

 Of course, this time around the year, we always talk about romantic reads. Or flail over our OTPs. Or muse over our non canon ships. However, we sometimes talk about the same ships over and over again. I love myself some Sydrian mention, and I would always flail over Kaz and Inej, but today I wanted to spotlight the underrated love sagas of YA that I absolutely love.

Feb 8, 2018

The tale of the daughter of the dessert || Reign the Earth by A.C.Gaughen

Title : Reign the Earth
Author : A.C.Gaughen
Publisher : Bloomsbury
Release Date : January 30th 2018
Synopsis : 
Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

Feb 6, 2018

Here's an ode to the senior citizens of my TBR

My TBR list is an ever growing mess. I neglect taking a look at it, in fear of entering the dark hole of Goodreads out of which I won't be able to return for a while. But at times when I do pay a little visit to the shelf, I notice some books I have added ages ago - we're talking 2012/13 - and still haven't read. The interest of a bookworm can sometimes be so fickle.

Here are ten senior citizens of my TBR, some I hope I'll get to really soon, and some I probably won't ever take up.

Jan 23, 2018

The story of female Spartacus || Blood and Sand by C.V.Wyk ( Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway)

Title : Blood and Sand
Author : C.V.Wyk
Publisher : Tor Teen
Release Date : January 16th 2018
Synopsis : 

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus...

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus...

Jan 16, 2018

#Lovefiltershate || Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Title : Love, Hate and Other Filters
Author : Samira Ahmed
Publisher : Soho Teen
Release Date : January 16th 2018
Synopsis : 
A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape--perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.

American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

Jan 10, 2018

The story of teenage Bruce Wayne || Batman by Marie Lu

Title : Batman : Nightwalker
Author : Marie Lu
Publisher : Penguin Random House
Release Date : January 2nd 2018
Synopsis :

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.