My pockets aren’t ready…

Good morning or whatever time of the day you’re in, readers!

As broke as I am right now, I can’t verbally describe how excited I am, or how much I want to have all these glorious gems in my hands right now. Therefore, I decided to share them all with you instead, hoping it’d calm me down a little bit. 🙂

Lads & Gents, I present you my most anticipated book releases of July, August, and September 2016.

1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J.Maas (Throne of Glass #5)

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Goodreads | September 6th 2016 by Bloomsbury Childrens

I know you expected this, hah. But seriously, give me this book already, I need it like two years ago. I have some requests tho, I want more Dorian, and more Dorian, and more Dorian. Thank you.

2. A Torch against the Nights by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes #2)

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Goodreads | August 30th 2016 by Razorbill

I mean, who’s not excited for this? Even though, An Ember in the Ashes is not my most favourite book of last year or something, I still enjoyed it immensely and I just know TORCH is going to be amazing.

3. It ends with us by Colleen Hoover

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GoodreadsAugust 2nd 2016 by Atria Books

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Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant.

With this bold and deeply personal novel Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all too human characters, “It Ends with Us” is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

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I loved November 9 by Colleen Hoover, I mean like love love love a lot, and I want more of that, so can someone just give this book to me right now? okay, Please?

4. Furthermore by Tehereh Mafi

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GoodReadsAugust 30th 2016 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

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There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

On her quest to find Father Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

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I wasn’t the hugest fan of the Shatter Me trilogy but I still really liked it and I can’t deny that Tehereh’s writing is just beautiful and I love the poetic style. Even though, Furthermore is a middle grade novel, I’m still super excited to read it.

5. The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katharine McGee

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GoodReads | August 30th 2016 by HarperCollins

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New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

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I mean, don’t this book just sound awesome and unique? Plus, the cover is so gorgeous *swoons* And it looks like there is going to be an amazing set of characters too! New friends, yay!

6. Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff

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GoodReadsAugust 9th 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books

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The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

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I’ve never read anything by Jay Kristoff except Illuminae, but this book sounds awesome and dark 😀

7. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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GoodReadsSeptember 6th 2016 by Delacorte Press

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Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

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I’m so excited for this, it sounds right up my alley. I really wish this tackles depression well and I hope to love it! 😀


And the list ends here, I’m trying to limit myself, okay? :’))

So wut bout u? Comment down what books you’re pumped for this summer :))

Happy Reading,

Kimsiang @ Stories&Brushes

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Look who’s backkkk…(Catching Up)

Oh my god guys, it’s been three months!

This is Kimsiang, the blogger behind Stories and Brushes, formerly known as The SpinesBreaker. I’m not an imposter, see?

I am still alive, yes, I apologize for my absence these few months. Please don’t hurt me. Yet. I have reasons.

So, I’ve been procrastinating a lot, I know I know, it’s bad.

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But besides that, during these past three months, I’ve been making a lot of arts too. (Oh fun fact: I paint, if you don’t already know that lol.) So I’ve been spending a lot of time with my watercolor palette, painting and do brush letterings and stuffs. Talking about paintings, I was thinking of posting art journals on here too (hence, Stories and Brushes lol), I would love to know what you think of that, Do you want to see it? 🙂 I mean I’d totally understand if you’re here solely for the book parts 😀

Besides paintings, there have been a lot of family reunions stuffs and I’ve been very busy, I had to go to provinces several times. But I’ve been documenting my trips a lot too because my new-or not new- interest is photography.

Also, I was taking a new course at school called Media Studies, which is about filming and stuffs. And I had two filming projects, the first one is a short 3mins documentary film about Coffee, and the second one is a 10min long film on homosexuality 😀

I’m really proud of them and I’d show it here if I’m not too insecure about myself as I was in the films :// Do you want to see it though?

So, all of those stuffs combined, resulted in very little reading time for me. Well, part of the reason is also because of my reading slump, I’ve just been so lazyyyyy. I only read about 5 books during the three months I was away. 😦

Anyways, YES I AM PICKING UP THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES AND I’M ON BOOK FOUR!I love City of Glass but City of Fallen Angels is not hooking me up so far, I’m still excited and glad I picked this series up. 😀 I’ve been catching up abit more on my reading challenge which motivates me a lot of come back to the blogoshpere, and I’ve just missed blogging so much.

So, yeah, hi guys! I’m really looking forward to interact with you guys, find out about the latest bookish news, read everybody’s posts and just fangirl 😀

It’s been a while, but I hope you haven’t forgot about me lol.

Sorry about the lengthy post, looking at it like this, three months is quiet a long time even though I still can’t believe we’re halfway through 2016. That’s kinda sad really, for me, I feel like it’s so fast, and I don’t know what to do with my life, and that’s very depressing. *sighs* lol


Anyway, hoping to see you again in my next post!

Until then, Happy reading,

Kimsiang@ Stories&Brushes


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Book Review | A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah.J.Maas

Bonjour, compadres! 

(Okay, I don’t know French.)

If you know me at all, you’d know that I’m a hardcore Throne of Glass fan (did I just say hardcore? K.), I really like the series, it’s one of my favorites of all time, and Sarah.J.Maas is also one of favorite authors. So now you’re wondering why I’m just reading ACOTAR right now? Becauseeee financial crisis and then I kept putting it off and off, until recently I got hold of the book and read it! In a few words, I loved it, though I had a few issues and I still prefer the Throne of Glass series.

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah.J.Maas

Pages: 416

Publication: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Magic, (NA, I’m not sure ://)


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a Fae in the woods, the Fae’s friend arrives at her house to demand retribution for it and dragged her to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.”

Characters

Feyre: I really like Feyre as a character and reading from her perspective was fun. I like that she has her own mind, that she is strong and passionate (and she paints! I paint too. Okay, that was awkward.) But Feyre is hot-headed woman and she tried multiple times to get herself killed (not intentionally, just too passionate). Feyre is kinda the quirky, kept to herself characters, the kind that has a lot in her mind but only says so much, in other words, she is so like me that’s why I love her so much.

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.”

Tamlin: As for our male protagonist, the supposed hot sexy swoon-worthy high fae. I love Tamlin, don’t get me wrong, I love that he cares, he tries, and he’s just so good and perfect. Tamlin, whom I expected to be a cold-hearted High-Fae turned out to be very kind and deary. Did I mention I’m a sucker for romantic hot guys? Tho I feel like I don’t know much about Tamlin’s personality, and his relationship with Feyre was not enough, I don’t know I just want them to have more time together, do more things together, more closure because for now I am not aboard the ship because i can’t see them together yet!

Lucien: who is also a Fae and he resides with Tamlin too. I really like Lucien. I feel like he’s a mysterious character even though we were given a lot of back stories about him, I just feel like I can’t predict him yet. Sometimes he’s cool, sometimes he actually cares. Sometimes I think he’s hot and young, other times he sounds like my dad.

Rhysand: I love Rhysand. (I’m climbing the stairs to board the ship. I also sensed a love triangle. Is it Feysand? I’m completely on board.) I was never a fan of bad boys, but this time….. I don’t know why I like Rhysand so much even when he showed up only in the end. I hate the thing he did to Feyre, you know, when they went to the parties, but I love him when he’s like behind-the-scene Rhysand. Anyway, Rhysand is a High-Fae too, he came from another court, the night court, while Tamlin and Lucien were from the spring court.

“Rhysand stared at me for long enough that I faced him.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Amarantha, the villian. I love to hate her! I mean she’s evil and her evilness makes sense so I love to hate her LOLOL. Amarantha basically controls the whole Fae kingdom, and she’s obviously not a good ruler therefore there’s war.

Then we have the world building, I loved it. I loved the magical creatures Sarah created, they were new and fascinating. I loved the world, that they are divided into courts, the Faeries. The world is unique and rich and big and just there’s a lot more to explore. I can’t wait.

The writing style is of course, perfection and captivating. Sarah’s writing is always very entertaining yet poetic, like very sentimental but easy to read at the same time. ❤ and sometimes she’s just giving you life lessons, your mom’s style.

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

As for the plot as a whole, I loved it too. I felt it was slow at times, Feyre was always in the house, but because of the fascinating world, there was always fascinating things that caught me in the story. I also really liked the twist at the end, I didn’t at all expect the story to go in that direction, and it was a very interesting direction of course. I only had a problem with the main relationship, Feyre and Tamlin, I feel like it wasn’t so exciting and they need to be together more. Other than that, it was amazing.

“Because I wouldn’t want to die alone, I said,and my voice wobbled as I looked at Tamlin again,forcing myself to meet his stare.Because I’d want someone to hold my hand until the end, and awhile after that.That’s something everyone deserves, human or faerie.”

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah. J.Maas is a retelling of the classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast, with a twist with Faes. The story and the world were rich and you’ll be fascinated from the first page to the last to the characters and you’ll love the steamy romances!

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”

Overall, I gave ACOTAR 4.5/5 stars.

I honestly have no idea what the sequel is going to be about, I just know that I can’t wait!


 

Happy Reading,

Kimsiang @ STORIES&PAINTBRUSHES

 

Book Review | Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Greetings, friends!

Like everybody else, I know about Sophie Kinsella and the shopaholic series, tho I’ve never read them but I heard they are amazing and hilarious. (Okay, I don’t know why I said that, I was just trying to prove that I’m not from a cave.) I’ve also heard amazing reviews about this one, so I was very excited to pick it up and it didn’t disappoint! 🙂

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Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Pages: 286 pages

Publication: June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA, Contemporary


Finding Audrey follows Audrey, a 14-year-old teenager, who has a severe case of anxiety after being bullied that she can’t even go out or have a social life and she needs to wear sunglasses even in her house to avoid eye contacts.

“It won’t be forever. You’ll be in the dark for as long as it takes and then you’ll come out.

As she is only 14, Audrey’s voice did sound a bit young tho it wasn’t much of a problem for me.

The story focused a lot on Audrey’s family as Audrey was always home. Her mom and dad were the stereotyped mom that was obsessed and believed everything the daily mail said and did whatever it takes for her son to stop playing video games. Her dad was the type that always agree with the mom even when he didn’t know what it was. I mean it was pretty cliche but it was very entertaining. And Audrey’s brother, Frank, a video game addict who wanted to play video as a career. Frank had his video game friends home often to practice for a video game contest which you could win a lot of money. One of Frank’s friends, Linus, caught Audrey’s attention. And a relationship was developed but there was Audrey’s anxiety issue in the way and blah blah.

“Although, as Leonardo da Vinci said: “Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge,”

Like I mentioned I really liked the family relationship in here, even though it wasn’t that realistic, I liked that it made me laugh. As for the romantic relationship between Audrey and Linus, I think it was very cute and all, with the note-passing and Linus being so sweet and just understood Audrey. However, it was a bit of an insta-lovey which I didn’t really like. I mean one moment Audrey was still struggling with anxiety then she kinda liked Linus then they were a couple.

“No!” Linus sounds really shocked. Shocked, embarrassed, discomfited. Kind of mortified. Like he can’t believe I would say that. (I’m getting all this from one syllable, you understand.)”

Another issue I had with the book was that we weren’t given a background story of Audrey’s anxiety. I want to know what happened to Audrey in the first place, what triggered her social anxiety and more.

“Sometimes I hope I’m building up a stockpile of missing laughs, and when I’ve recovered, they’ll all come exploding out in one gigantic fit that lasts twenty-four hours.”

In Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella dealed with social anxiety in a light funny way but with respect. I find myself relate a lot to Audrey’s issue especially the eye contact one as I’m pretty shy lol.

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 stars.

I would recommend this book to you if you’re looking for a light fluffy comedy read. I have a friend who refuses to read anything related to depression or anxiety or just anything that is very emotional because, she said, she feels kinda suffocating with all those stuffs. So if you’re like my friend, I definitely recommend this book, because it gives you glimpses about what it’s like to suffer from anxiety too. 

Blog Awards | The Sunshine Blogger Award

Good day, everyone!

Starting this month off with an award! I was nominated by Ariana over at The Quirky Book Nerd for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Ariana! Ariana is very talented with blogging and her blog is amazing, check it out! 😀


 

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-Thank whoever nominated you.

-Answer the questions.

-Pick five bloggers to answer your questions.


 

Ariana’s questions

1. If you could travel to any period in time, where would you go and why?

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I would go to the golden age which is the 1920s Paris or sth but there was a war going on so… I think I’d go to 1960s New York or London or Paris. Mostly it’s because I really like vintage stuffs and the fashion in bot era too.

2. What is your favorite under-hyped novel?

The distance between us by Kasie West. I think the reason most people don’t pick this book up is because of the cover, and I totally understand that. But really, this book is one of the best contemporary romance I’ve read! 😀 it’s funny, quirky, sweet, romantic, swoon worthy and everything really.

If you want to know more about this book, I’ve a book review here.

 

3. What type of music do you enjoy listening to the most?

It depends on my mood, really. I like sad songs but also pop rock R&B sometimes. 🙂

4. What are three books you absolutely refuse to read?

50 Shades of Grey, Twilight, The Mortal Instruments. Just…no interest I guess? Tho I’ll definitely pick up the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

5. Do you prefer series or standalones?

I’m not sure on this one. It, again, depends on the story. :///

6. What are your favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptations?

Love, Rosie. It’s one my favorite movie and I cried! Just know i don’t shed my tears that often which is like twice a year so this movie is definitely something eh?

My least favorite book to movie adapt rink is The Scorch Trials. It’s not the same as the book most of the movie. Tho I really like the quality and filming styles and stuffs. It’s very cool and pretty.

7. What is one food you never get tired of eating?

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French Fries. I mean, come on, who  doesn’t love French fries? I’m a French fries monster!

8. What are the most difficult and most rewarding things about blogging for you?

Blogging daily is very difficult because I tend to procrastinate a lot and there’s like a million things I want to do in a day :(((

The most rewarding thing is the nice comments and fangirling! 😀


 

Nominees…

Annelise from The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange

Aldii from Perfection in Books

Mariana from fireheartbooks


 

My Questions…

  1. Do you judge books by their covers? What is your favorite?
  2. What is your spirit animal?
  3. Which Hogwarts houses do you belong to?
  4. What is your worst fear?
  5. What is one thing you used to hate about yourself?
  6. Black or White?
  7. Your all-time favourite animated movie?
  8. Describe yourself in one word 😉

And that’s all for this post! Happy Reading!

Love,

Kimsiang @THESPINESBREAKER

Monthly Wrap-up | February 2016 wrap-up

Hi, friends!

February has come and gone, this year is travelling at the speed of light! At the beginning of this year, I set a reading challenge for myself, which is to read 80 books. Looking at the result of these two months combined, I’m starting to feel like my goal is a bit too ambitious.

Anyways, let’s get to wrap-up!

Book haul

I have been on a book buying ban from the middle of February because guilttttt! But the first half of February I acquired two books and they are *drums roll*

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  • Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by  Sarah.J.Maas

Wrap-up

Looking on the bright side, I read 7 books this month, which is quiet an improvement.

The books are:

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  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella – 4/5 stars
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover – 5/5 stars
  • The Truth by Jeffry.W. Johnston – 3/5 stars
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah.J.Maas – 4/5 stars
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 4.5/5 stars
  • Me before You by Jojo Moyes – 5/5 stars
  • Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider – 3/5 stars

Blog posts

Looking on the not bright side, I posted very little in February. I posted only four posts and all of them are book reviews:


And that’s all I have for this wrap-up. I hope you enjoyed it. How many books did you read this month? Did you get any new books? Feel free to comment down below! 😀

I wish March will be great for you!

Love and Happy Reading,

Kimsiang @ TheSpinesBreaker

Book Review | THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James

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Title: The Next Together

Author: Lauren James

Pages: 356

Publication: September 3rd 2015 by Walker

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Mystery, Romance, Contemporary


I won this book from a giveaway hosted by NerdyTalksBookBlog over on Instagram. Ever since I heard of this book and read the synopsis, I was so sure I’m going to love this, like this is exactly my cup of tea.

How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

I thought it was going to be a cheesy romantic emotional read, turned out it’s more of a sci-fi mysterious read and that’s not exactly my cup of tea, not to mention a bit boring.

The Next Together follows Katy and Mathew and their love story in four different timelines as mentioned above. We have 1700s when Katy is Lady Kady and Mathew is her servant, this one the most boring for me. Then we have 1800s when Katy disguised herself as a boy and worked for Matt, there weren’t much written about this timeline but I still skipped some. In 2019, they were already married and in this timeline we get to see how they communicated via notes and emails which were meant to be funny but it made me roll my eyes because it’s sometimes overdone. The last one is 2039 which was my favorite until the instal love happened. 

This book was told from third person, and it wasn’t all texts as I mentioned. There were files, notes, maps, emails and such attached too. At the end of each timelines, before we get to the other ones, there were these error code things that intrigued me the most in this whole book. It’s like someone is behind all this, someone who arranged for them to meet. As I mentioned, the scifi thing is not my type but I do like this concept, though in my opinion I really prefer it to be like fate or STH, like they ARE destined to be together.

Anyways, I really like that this book was a combination of all genres that exist except erotica maybe. There were mystery, romance, sci-fi, dystopia, war and more. I mean it could have gone so much worse.

I did find it a bit boring still and also just tired with all the tropes such as insta-love, overdone comedy scenes, and such which is so annoying. To be honest, I skipped a few scenes even because this book kinda slowed me down and I just wanted it to end so…-.-

And the ending! I didn’t get it. Questions not answered and just, i don’t get it at all. 

I heard this is going to be a series or duology which I don’t think I’m going to pick up, I’m not that interested :////

I wouldn’t say I recommend this book, it was not bad, just not that good I guess. But if you are intrigued and want to give it a try, tell me what you think when you finished it. I hope you like it better than I did. 😀

I gave this book three stars.

And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoy reading this! Thanks for reading 😀

Happy Reading,

Kimsiang @TheSpinesBreaker