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! πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜€

I gave this book three stars.

And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoy reading this! Thanks for reading πŸ˜€

Happy Reading,

Kimsiang @TheSpinesBreaker

Book Review | NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

Hello, bibliophiles!

A long while ago, I read Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover and it was good, but not so good (in my opinion). November 9 is only the second book by Colleen Hoover that I’ve read. All I knew before picking the book up was that the main characters get to meet each other only once a year and that is on November 9. I think that is all you should know too before reading it! πŸ˜€

Title: November 9

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 310

Publication: November 10th 2015 by Atria Books

Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary, Must-read πŸ˜‰

All I can say is, I love this book. From the first page till the last, from the poems (especially the poems) to every words, from the characters to the plots, and everything really.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I really like this synopsis here, I think it doesn’t give much away and I hope it makes you want to pick this book up :

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in LA together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9 is a funny, romantic, quiet emotional and a must-read. I blushed, swooned, almost cried, shouted at the characters, ‘awwww’ed when there is a romantic scenes, laughed and laughed. I really don’t have any words except I love this story and I recommend you read it! πŸ˜€

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Oh this though, I’m quiet sensitive to erotic scenes in books, I’m not exactly comfortable reading those scenes, so if you’re like me, underage (or not) and don’t like to read NA books because of those scenes, but you still want the romantic funny and emotional thing I mentioned, please pick this book up. This book wasn’t graphic and detailed when it comes to sex scenes at all, everything just feels so romantic. I also really like their book-flirting because Fallon is a bookworm and I lurrrrrvvvvv their jokes about that, the best really.

β€œIf we’re going to kiss, it has to be book-worthy.”

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I know this is a very vague review but I am afraid I would give something away that I think you should read from the book firsthand!

Again, I recommend it!

A million stars for this one πŸ˜€

Though, if you loved November 9 too, can you recommend me sth like it? XD I need moreeeee πŸ˜€

Thank you for reading and Happy Reading!

-Kimsiang @ TheSpinesBreaker

 

Arc Review | THE TRUTH by Jeffry W Johnston

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR, GUYS! I wish you all the best, books, money, happiness, and prosperity!

It’s the first day of Chinese New Year, and I’m presenting you with a book review of The Truth by Jeffry W Johnston.

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Title: The Truth

Author: Jeffry W.Johnston

Pages: 240 pages

Publication: 2nd Feb 2016

Genre: Mystery, Crime, YA

Source: Arc from Netgalley

*I received an e-arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t affect my opinion in any way.*

The Truth was a short read and I really enjoyed it. It was about Chris, a 16-year-old, who was kidnapped after he killed a teenager who intruded his house. The brother of the intruder, Derek, kidnapped/came up to Chris because he wanted to know ‘the truth’ about his brother’s death, and the story took place from there.

The story was told from Chris’s point of view and was divided into two parts: then and now. “Then” showed us everything that happened when Chris shot Derek’s brother, everything that Chris had to faced after he killed a thirteen-year-old teenager, how that changed his life and till the moment Derek kidnapped Chris. “Now” is during the kidnapping, how Derek forced Chris to tell “the truth” and when “the truth” was finally revealed.

I really enjoyed the book, I was a bit unsatisfied with the way it ended tho I like the twist at the end. But the story as a whole was really captivating and kept you on your seat and since it was quiet short, the 200sth pages was definitely worth it. There were some dull moments when Chris was talking about the past which made me down the rating by one star.

I rated it 3.5/ 5 stars.
Overall, I would recommend this book to those who fancies a short mystery/crime read!

The Truth was released on the 2nd of February 2016, so you can grab your copy now!


That’s all I have for this review, I hope you enjoyed it. I would love to know if you picked it up πŸ˜€

Happy Lunar New Year,

Kimsiang @ THESPINESBREAKER

Book Review | CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

Hello there!

I’m back today with a review of the book, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Let’s jump right in!

Title: Carry On

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 522 pages

Publication date: October 6th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA


 

Carry On, like other Rainbow Rowell’s books, is a fluffy, cute, warm read. I was very entertained throughout the book though I had a few minor issues πŸ™‚

If you have read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, you must have known about Simon Snow and Baz.

Carry On had about 6 POVs (Baz’s was my favorite) and it was about Simon Snow who was the chosen one, as in the greatest hero who would save the magic world from the villain, the Hundrum. Simon was sent off to the magic school to learn spells and stuffs; and there he had a roommate, Baz, who seemed to despise him and tried to kill him all the time. Also, Baz was a vampire. And the story kinda progressed from there.

It was heavily influenced by the Harry Potter series, which is one of the main issue I had. The reference was so obvious and that makes the story lacks a bit of originality.

Another issue I had was the ending, I just feel like the reasons and explanations didn’t make much sense and it wasn’t that epic. It didn’t go the way I wanted it to and the direction that it went, it wasn’t not good but I guess it was not satisfying enough.

Except those two points I mentioned, I really like this book. I especially love the relationships between the characters and the characters. I ship Simon and Baz soooooo hard. Like they are the hottest couple ever πŸ˜€ Rainbow writes in a way that her characters seem so real, the way they talk, feel, and react is how we interact in our everyday lives. That makes the character so flawed and lovable. (Agatha and The Mare was not my favourite lol)

Overall, I really like this story, it was very enjoyable. The humor was on point, relationship more than anything XD I really like Rainbow’s writing as I mentioned.

I gave this book 4.5/5 stars.


That’s all I have for this review! I definitely recommend this book. 

What about you? πŸ˜€

Happy Reading and Until Next time,

Kimsiang @ TheSpinesBreaker

 

 

Monthly Recap | January 2016 WRAP-UP

Friends! It’s the month of love and money! (Because I celebrate Chinese New Year and that means red pocket. XD)

I only read 5 books this month which is not a great start. I haven’t been blogging a lot too, like I posted less than 10 posts this month. Shammmmeeeeee! (I’m just mad at my laptop, Maxon (Yes, Maxon Schreave) because he’s been so slow and lazy and I want to get a new Mac-xon XD)


 

Let’s get on to the books I read:

I only did one review too!

  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson: 4.5/5 stars
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: 4/5 stars
  • The Next Together by Lauren James: 2.75/5 stars
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover: 5/5 stars
  • Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: 3.5/5 stars

 

Despite how broke I am (and have always been) I have a quiet decent book haul to share!

I mentioned in my earlier post that I went to Thailand and I got some books, five to be exact, which are:

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  • You by Caroline Kepnes
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover (which I read and loved)
  • Extraordinary Means by Robyn Scheider
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I also won a giveaway hosted by @nerdytalkbooksblog over on Instagram. I chose two books which are:

  • The Next Together by Lauren James
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them

Then I got myself:

  • The Rest of Us just live here by Patrick Ness
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition – which I get excited every time I touch it. Like, I’m weird, okay? okay.

Talking of HP, has anybody tried the new sorting hat test, on pottermore.com? Hi, I’m still in Ravenclaw πŸ˜€ (I’m in year 6 this year)


 

As for other posts besides book reviews, I created a new series called “Bookish Lists” which I list down a few points, discussing a bookish topic. I have made two posts so far:

And if you want to check out all the posts I made in January you can click here.


And that was my January! How was yours? I hope you had a great start and a great year to come πŸ˜€

Thank you for reading!

XOXO,

Kimsiang@ TheSpinesBreaker