[Book Tag] Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2016)

Hello, readers!

This will sound absolutely crazy, but we’re more than half-way through 2016. I feel like I’m wasting my life and I’m literally running out of time. (Dramatic moments lol). I really have a lot I want to acheive and seeing others doing great in their lives just makes me super jealous. As for the bookish side of things, I have only finished 20 books (out of my 80 books reading goal) this year so far, I’m still excited to do this tag and see my answers 😀

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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Best book you’ve read so far in 2016

I had a pretty hard time answering this first question already lol, not because I have too many favourites but it’s the opposite. I haven’t read a book that just blew me away into pieces completely. But The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson is definitely high on the list.

My review here.

img_1353Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016

I have only read sequels to one series this year and that is The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I’m currently on book four, City of Fallen Angels. So far, my favourite installment in this epic series is book three, City of Glass. I lurrrrvvvvv that book. Simon is my bae. ❤

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

ACOMAF, The Unexpected Everything, The Crown, Lady Midnight, I really can go on forever 🙂29559052

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I know you expected this, Empire of Storms by Sarah.J.Mass.

I recently uploaded a post dedicated to this topic, give it a check out here.

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Biggest disappointment

The Next Together by Lauren James. I was so excited for this book because everything in the synopsis sounded right up my alley, but sadly, I didn’t really enjoy it.

Full review here.

Biggest surprise

The Rest of Us just Live here by Patrick Ness. I’ve heard a lot of disappointed reviews about this book, and as someone who has never read anything by Patrick Ness, I was pretty nervous getting into it. Who knew, this book actually got me out of my reading slump at the time! I really couldn’t get into this book in the first chapter but it gets better chapters by chapters. I love the simplicity of Patrick Ness’s writings and the characters are amazing.

Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

This author is probably only new to me hah, my new favorite author is Cassandra Clare, the author of The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Lady Midnight,…

Newest fictional crush

Simon Lewis from TMI. Simon is bae. He just is.

Newest favorite character

Isabelle Lightwood from TMI as well. Isabelle is so badass and sweet and I just love her 🙂

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Book that made you cry

None. I mean I’m not a crying reader. But right after I read Me before You by JoJo Moyes, I was feeling pretty bad already so I went and watched the movie trailer and I almost cried, like I could feel it rush up a bit lol.

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Book that made you happy

November 9 by Colleen Hoover. You’d know how much I loved this book if you read my review here lol.

Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

I have only seen Me Before You, which I didn’t really like. Honestly, I felt nothing watching the movie, when the book is like one of my top contemporary reads.

Favorite review you’ve written this year. 

The shame is now here. I’ve been absent from my blog 70% of the time and obviously I haven’t written that many reviews. But let me see…

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I really want to finish The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, and Lady Midnight, basically the whole saga 😀


And that’s the tag! If you want to do this tag too, please don’t hesitate to consider yourself tagged by me!

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you have a nice day!

Happy Reading,Kimsiang @ Stories + Brushes

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

Book Review | QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah.J.Maas

At first, I thought I was gonna skip QOS review because I was done when WordPress kinda delete my post of the reveiw, who knows when I woke up the next day, I felt the need to fangirl. So here it is.

I read it! YES! And my life is complete, well not really, Sarah.J.Maas still have controls over the next two books. PLEASE DONT KILL THEM OFF. I WILL TRADE MY SOUL FOR THEIR LIFE TT

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Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah.J.Maas

Pages: 645

Publication: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury UK

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Magic, Awesomeness, Sassyness

Source: Bought

As you know, or if you don’t-you know it now, QOS is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah.J.Maas. If you haven’t started on this series, what the heck are you even doing in your life? If you are reading this review for reassures if the books are worth a try, YES IT IS. It’s the best thing in the whole wide world. For me.

WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST THREE BOOKS! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

To keep it short: Love the plot. Love the writing style. Love the characters! OTP!!!! #Rowaelin

To be more detailed:

  • The plot:

After Celaena/Aelin was sent to Wendlyn and met the most amazing human creature ever walks on earth, Rowan, she came back to Rifthold for revenge, on both Arobynn and the King of Adarlan. Her journey, of rescuing Aedion, her revenge on both monsters were action-packed and amazing of course, and other awesome stuffs was just spectacular, there are even more surprises, magic, actions.

  • The Writing Style:

I love every single word. It was beautiful and entertaining. There was a quotsy effect to the writing, like I wanted to highlight so many stuffs! I love the humor in this book! However tense the situation was, there were still humors which were just perfect.

  • The characters:

*bows to Sarah.J.Maas for creating Rowan, Aedion, Aelin, Dorian, Lysansra and all the awesome people*

Aelin is like my ultimate female character crush right now. She’s so badass and I lurrrvvv her. I love her sass, but we also see her grow up, her murdering plans/combat skills were brilliant, also how she thought for the better of her people and friends, not making all the wrong choices anymore. I can really see her as a queen.

Did I mention Rowan? Did I mention Rowaelin? Seriously I totally agree that the next books in this series need to be NAs.

Dorian, my love. I CANT EVEN. I love Dorian even more than Rowan, from the beginning and ofc until the end.

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Sarah tortured me with those parts that were from Dorian POV and the Valg prince inside him. WHY DID YOU DO THAT? Thanks the wyrd, he survived.

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I hate Chaol for the 2/3 of the book, then he was okay again. I still don’t get why he treated Aelin like that. Sorry to all Chaolena fans, for me I don’t really like him from the beginning so… but it still bothered me since the conflict or sth came out of nowhere.

I like Lysandra a lot. Her badassness was perfect and her friendship with Aelin is just so awesome! I’m really glad there’s a female companion for Aelin. I’ve heard that she appeared in the Assassin’s Blade before this, so I recommend you read the Assassin’s Blade before reading QOS. Even though I haven’t myself lol. It’s not just Lysandra part but I noticed many other references from TAB even though I’ve only read two out of the five novellas. So I think you should read the Assassin’s Blade first!

In this book, we still have Manon chapters which I enjoyed even more than the last book. I found her stories and her character very interesting and I love that there were more depths/informations to her life and the people around her.

In Manon’s side of story, there was an introduction of a new character, or not so new if you remember her from HOF, (which I didn’t, I just knew lol) it was Elide Lochan who was the daughter of Lady Marion? (I’m not so sure what her name is lol) I just know that Lady Marion sacrificed herself told Aelin to run when Aelin’s parents were murdered? as I remembered lol. So there were a few chapters from Elide point of view and I found them so boring. I totally skimmed through those chapters, and I don’t really care about her throughout the story, tho I would love to see her reunion with Aelin.

And a brand new character, Nesryn Faliq, a city guard and Chaol’s friend. I like Nesryn characteristic but I wasn’t attached to her or anything. There were some scenes she was just there and didn’t shine. There were also scenes I really like her attitude.

And for Aedion. I didn’t fall for him the third book but now-he is my bae and you can’t take him away from me. Aedion added so much more to the book, and I loved him!

Also I just want to add that the bromance, Chaol and Dorian, Aedion and Rowan, were so strong that I died.


And now on to the spoilery section. There are quiet a few things I want to talk/fangirl about.

Spoiler Alert if you haven’t read QOS, please go read it and come back so we can discuss!

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The first issue is of course the relationship/hatredship between our queen and our captain guard. Even though my ship is not Chaolena, it’s abit confusing and I felt like I missed something. and everytime they meet and argue, it’s just wrong?

The second issue is that Aelin and Dorian killed the king of Adarlan off a bit easily? like it was so long until they finally face him but the killing was so short and easy? I want him to fight back but they defeated him and he died a long painful death. Tho I was having a hard attack! THE KING KNEW ABOUT CELAENA AND AELIN! like it felt so dangerous! At that time this song was on and it has the tune of a eating heart which made me even more scared and excited! (it’s sth by Of monsters and men, I’m not sure if the song is Empire or Crystals)

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And when Arobynn put the ring on Aelin. I can’t believe she was all prepared! I love Aelin so much!

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Thats all the problems I have with this book except that last part, lets fangirl!

First, #Rowaelin #Rowaelin #Rowaelin.

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I’m kinda stuck between wanting their friendship to remain forever and ever with no romance but then they match together so well! Their chemistry works well for both friendship and romantic relationship!

ME when Aelin nearly beheaded Dorian while rescuing Aedion:

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I’m also very interested in Kaltain’s appearance in this book, She defeated a Valg rince inside her by herself! She’s just so awesome! I wish her Shadowfire didn’t burn her up as well in the end so that we’ll get to see more of her power in the next books!

On to the underground scene! I love history! And that Erawan! I can’t believe it’s actually Duke Perrington. Like I was wondering from the beginning that why did the king trust him so much since you know the king was a monster and didn’t trust anyone, and he seemed so close with that Duke.

That action scene between Aelin and Manon tho. I was quiet surprised at how good Manon’s fighting was because you know Aelin killed Baba Yellowlegs who is a Matron! And that was even before she was trained with our Fae prince! But it seemed like Aelin’s and Manon’s skills matched. :///

Also what is it you think about Manon’s gold eyes that made the Valg prince inside Dorian so scared of her that Dorian could come out at that moment? And when Manon flew to Rifthold to tell Aelin about Dorian *screams because of happiness

And ship Manorian? is that their ship? I’m not aboard the ship yet but we’ll see in the next book!

Talking about ships, Lysandra and Aedion…I can imagine!!!! SAIL SAIL SAIL. As for Nesryn and Chaol, I’m abit nonchalant about that? Idk they can do whatever.

Oh and this killing Arobynn and switching his will thing was awesome! I was grinning in satisfaction the whole time! Lysandra YASS!

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The ending too! Aelin returned to Terrasen! like WTF? GIMME THE NEXT BOOK!


In conclusion, there were a few confusing WTF moments, but nevertheless considering the sassness and enjoyment level were 999.99, it made up for all the flaws! I can’t help but love the characters and plot!

5/5 stars ofc!

Happy Reading,

Kimsiang XXX

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