Wednesday, 2 December 2015

A Final Update...?



You might have already guessed this from my extremely long absence but I've been thinking about going on a really long hiatus or quitting blogging altogether. I haven't been blogging for long, I only started a few months ago, so I'm still uncertain about quitting? This was kind of a test to see if I could handle it before I made my blog more official and invested more time/money into it but it seems like I couldn't handle it.

I love reading and putting up little reviews on Goodreads so I thought blogging would just be an extension of that. It wouldn't be a big deal if I already loved the hobby, right? That's what I thought but as time went on, it started feeling more like work than fun. I'm not sure why because I loved interacting with you all. My favorite thing about this whole experience was reading comments and replying and having support and giving support to fellow readers! It felt so comfortable and simple.

But recently, I've started medschool and gotten a new part-time job. Life in general has become hectic. I have to dig out time to read, yet alone collect my thoughts up for reviewing and blogging. I thought fun lists and the sort would encourage me to blog more but I still can't seem to keep up and enjoy myself. I end up feeling more drained and stressed than ever before when I should be feeling relaxed.


So, I just want you all to know that Fictional Skylines will be on hiatus until I can find it easier to handle blogging like during the summer. I would say it's very to close to quitting blogging altogether but I'm indecisive and don't want to say goodbye to you all forever! I'll miss you all, every one of my sweet followers who always left long and interesting comments or just small, sarcastic remarks that made me laugh. I appreciate our short but meaningful friendships so much. It always lit up my mornings to read all your comments and I will miss that.

You can still find me around the internet though: I'll occasionally post mini-reviews on Goodreads because I do love reading and reviewing too much to quit completely. My email (fictionalskylines@gmail.com) is also open if you have anything to tell me.

Until then, it's been a fun and memorable few months in the blogging community. I was welcomed openly and it was easy to interact with everyone. Thank you so much for everything and goodbye for now!

I'M REALLY GOING TO MISS YOU ALL.


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

September 2015: Slumps, Sickness & Slumber


You can already guess that this month wasn't a whirlwind for me and yet, I'm still shocked that September is over already!? 30 whole days just zipped by even if I was doing anything but zipping. I'm already getting my Halloween groove on just in case October ends in a flash (not that anyone celebrates Halloween in the middle of the desert but still).

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Ten Books To Read If You Liked Throne of Glass


"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Ah, I've only had the motivation to do this one meme for 3 weeks in a row, oh dear! 0_0 Is this what you call a blogging slump? Eeek, I really need to be more active. I'm going to publish some already prepared posts that I felt shy about posting before and I think I'll be starting another weekly meme. I know some people hate those but it keeps me motivated to blog so please recommend some weekly memes/features that you enjoy doing in the comments below!

That aside, this week's TTT is really hard. I decided to lean on the genre I'm most comfortable with and that's the gloriously endless fantasy genre. A lot of people think Throne of Glass (I'm speaking of only the first book here because I have yet to start the 4th book to talk about the whole series) is the greatest YA fantasy starter to ever exist but to be honest, there are several just as good (some even better) fantasy starters out there. So today I'm going to recommend some to you!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR


"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I've been gone for over 2 weeks, I know, I'm so sorry for the sporadic blogging! I've been very ill lately and only recently got better. I had to go through a couple of intravenous therapies and stay on a strict diet of juices & fruits only so I didn't have the energy to do much of anything :/ 

But still I have a whole bunch of Fall reads I want to get to and I know some of these aren't brand new releases or anything but I still really want to read them!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Top Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish


"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Sorry for the late post today, guys! I was so excited and ended up D-E-A-D yesterday because it seemed like the entire kpop industry agreed to drop a teaser or a music video or a stage performance all at once. That sounds lame but you have no idea how it gets when you stan so many bands and fangirl with so much emotion haha.

Anyways, this week's topic is easy because I'm always bad at completing series :| It's an ancient curse that I have been burdened with since before I was born. Only a few Chosen Ones have been seen through until the very end like the Percy Jackson series and Harry Potter. But here are the series that continue to face the trials and tribulations of being started by a multifandom reader ~

Friday, 4 September 2015

Extremely Long & Emotional Review: Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed


Title: Written In The Stars
Author: Aisha Saeed
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Date Read:  July 30, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

5 Fictional Characters That Will Be Missed


"Ju Jabbers" is an original feature in which I have random discussions about books, life, movies, and a myriad of other things. It's an open door to what I hope will be a fun and somewhat thought-provoking little corner of the internet.

This is going to be a really sad, really SPOILER-filled post (Spoilers from these series: Harry Potter, The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games and Throne of Glass)  but it's also very important to me. I'm going to be listing 5 fictional characters who died and who I still miss. And yes, I do miss dead fictional characters. I'm lame and sentimental like that. Of course that doesn't mean I treat their deaths with the same weight as real deaths but gosh, we're humans and we're allowed to feel emotional about anything we want to feel emotional about, right?

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

I'm Finally Back?!



Dun, dun...dun? I'm finally back after 1 month and a half. Yeah, my vacation extended for way too long and I feel so weird looking at the huge screen of my laptop after ages without it! I think I completely forgot how to use blogger, everything is so uncertain and I'm just staring at the keyboard like "what do...I....do?" 0_0 

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Hiatus Alert!


My bag is like this at the moment, no joke. I need all the paperbacks to survive.

It's that time of the year again where I have to travel to The Homeland and shake hands with relatives I've never seen since I was 2 years old and hang out with cousins I never knew were born until now and say "I'm not dancing, no way, bro" at an auntie's wedding and end up getting blisters on my feet from dancing till 4 AM.

Basically, I'm going to be traveling for about 2 or 3 weeks to a land where WiFi is uncertain or non-existent. And even if the Almighty Internet was strong as heck, the electricity goes out at least 3 times every day. Yeah, that's the kind of place I come from but I still like going there so that says a lot about me. I don't even know why. Maybe it's the whacky people and the drama?

Actually, yes. The drama is so vibrant and fresh. I'm always that one creep grinning widely in the background as cousins break into a brawl or when the kids are shrieking because a lizard was found in Urooj's teacup or when an old, respectable aunt is having a Vision into the future and everyone is gasping and getting on their knees. I love how it's always like a crazy variety show.


Anyways, where was I? Oh yeah, lack of WiFi. Because there will be no internet, there's no chance I'll be posting. I'm going to be gone for 2 or 3 weeks or MAYBE EVEN A MONTH too so dang, you'll all probably forget I even existed by the time I'm back. But don't worry, I'll be reading all the books whenever I can and I'm going to be posting a bazillion arguably fun reviews when I'm back!

I'm not going to be scheduling any posts too. I've always seen this blog as a place for me to share and interact about bookish things while I can. It's not a place where I dump my thoughts into a pit and walk away. That's not how things work here so I won't be posting anything at all until I get back. I'm unpopular enough to get away with it hehe(^_-)≡★

Please be more than free to drop some awesome beach read titles or suggest books that you've loved reading while you were on vacation! I'll be sure to go through all your suggestions before I leave :") 

Have a great time blogging and reading everyone! I have to say, I'm upset that I'll be missing out on quite a lot of posts over the weeks but I'll be sneaking peaks at your recaps to see what you've been up to while I was gone on the Other Side Of The Wall. See you soon ~


Review: Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall


Title: Sugar
Author: Deirdre Riordan Hall
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date:  June 1, 2015
Date Read:  July 15, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩
Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession



"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Doctor: What seems to be the problem, Ms?
Me: I just realized that I haven't gone book shopping ever since I left Canada, which was like 3 whole months ago. Am I alright? Is this healthy, considering I used to buy at least 1 book per week? Is th-
Doctor: Ms, I think you might be overthinki-
Me: -is a sign of decline? Am I becoming too preoccupied with the real world? Should I take a break from existing and hibernate with my bookshelf for a few weeks?
Doctor: Ms, you can't read while hiberna-
Me: WHO AM I? DO ALIENS BELIEVE IN CAPITALISM? WHY DO KPOP ARTISTS MOCK FELLOW BANDMATES THAT HAVE DARKER SKIN WHEN THEIR MELANIN IS CLEARLY A BLESSING UPON THIS EARTH? DOES OBAMA STILL WATCH ANIME BECAUSE I NEED TO KNOW IF HE SHIPS SASUKE WITH SAKU-
Doctor: *walks out of clinic*
Doctor: *calls in his resignation*
Doctor: *dyes hair bubblegum pink, gets a tattoo on his face & catches the first plane to Zimbabwe*

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Pixar Book Tag!



The graphic was made by the tag creator Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales and I had to use it because it was so cute (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ And I can finally say I've been tagged to do something now! Accomplishment achieved. It's all thanks to Jillian's Books, who is a sweet marshmallow with a seriously intriguing blog! 

This tag combines 2 of some of my favorite things: books and Pixar movies! Ahhh, Pixar. I think the first Pixar film I watched was Finding Nemo in the 1st grade and everyone in my class (especially me) cried at the end because we were all so relieved for Nemo. Ever since, I watched these movies with my brothers, mostly as a way to stop my smallest brother from crying, but I ended up enjoying them as much as him (maybe even more). So this tag will be a hoot ~ 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read


"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This list could go on forever because I'm a slow reader and also a wary reader but I usually like jumping onto the hype train even if it leads to another train wreck. I guess I just want to experience the feels that everyone else is feeling so I could join in on their exciting conversations. The following books I might read or I might not, depends on whether I think the hype is "deserved"~

Friday, 3 July 2015

June 2015: Good Trash, Diverse Shows & Hansol Memes



Half off 2015 has passed already and I don't even know what I did with my life for 6 whole months. I don't even know what happened ever since 2012 to be honest. So to avoid feeling like my life is flying by without me knowing, I decided to join in on the monthly recap posts that summarize your life for the month. I guess I like remembering the little things that happen in my life but not to the point that I have an urge to write in a journal (although my artsy fartsy side would love more than anything to have a decorative diary). A monthly recap sounds like the perfect balance!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015


"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Well, this was a hard one because I'm the slowest reader in the world these days (or I have way too many distractions) and I've only read 29 books this year. Just. 29. And my Goodreads goal is 80, wOAH, okay, I need to step up the pace a LOT. I still ended up liking most of the books I read this year, so that's always a plus, but off the top of my head I wonder if I can even come up with many favorites...

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre(s): Contemporary, RomanceLGBTQIA
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date:  April 7, 2015
Date Read:  June 22, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Reading Habits Tag





I figured since you all know next to nothing about me, why don't I share my reading habits with you? Nobody tagged me but then that's my case for all the tags so let's just storm on ahead. If you've done the tag already then you can leave a link to that post in the comments because I'd love to check out your answers!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

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


Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Release Date:  May 5, 2015
Date Read:  June 11, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

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.

Okay, I'm finally getting around to reviewing this and I have to say, I'm torn between 3 stars and 4 stars. The last 40% of the book is no doubt a full "heLL YEAH" out of 5 but the first 60% was so slowly paced and devoid of action that I was on the verge of DNF-ing this and moving on. Luckily, I didn't and there was one single reason for this...it was a picture that someone shared from Sarah J. Maas' Pinterest...and it was...captivating...

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 8 Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015


"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
2015 has already been a year of so much diversity and there is even more greatness to come so I'll tell you my most anticipated upcoming releases that I'm already clearing space up for on my shelves. I couldn't come up with 10 off the top of my head so there's only 8~


1. Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo - Released on September 29th 2015 and I'M STILL CROSSING MY FINGERS THAT NIKOLAI WILL SOMEHOW SHOW UP. Also, just look at that cover *_* All of Leigh Bardugo's books have perfect covers.

2. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer - Released on November 10th 2015 and that's so far away but this book is supposed to be 800+ pages so I guess it's warranted.

3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - Released on October 6th 2015 and this is Drarry fanfiction and nobody can convince me otherwise.

4. The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu - Released on October 13th 2015 and although I wasn't that impressed with the first book, the epilogue gave me so much hype!

5. The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent - Released today on June 9th 2015 so go get yourself a copy because even though the blurb sounds cheesily like a lot of other books, a lot of bloggers are impressed by the worldbuilding of this story!


6. A Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves #1) by Morgan Rhodes - Released on June 23rd 2015 and I really want to read this because of the urban fantasy taking place in TORONTO. Not New York or Chicago or [insert any American city ever] but TORONTO, CANADA aka where I spent most of my childhood in.

7. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness - Released on August 27th 2015 and this book is going to mind-blowing, I just know it.

8. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera - Released on June 2nd 2015 so this is cheating but for some reason my local bookstore still doesn't have this book that everyone hails as phenomenal.

That's all I have and it's surprisingly few. I guess I'm just not as aware of any other releases as much so please let me know of any other books you're excited for that's not on here!

Also, October is going to be a crazy release month and I've always wondered why publishers do this, releasing so many books near to each other, because wouldn't people be too preoccupied to get yet another new release? Instead, if it was released in an obscure spaced away time like "The Rest of Us Just Live Here" in  August, then wouldn't it better for the book's popularity? Yeah, I clearly don't understand much about publishing/marketing strategies ha.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall




Title: A Little Something Different 
Author: Sandy Hall
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date:  August 26, 2014
Date Read:  May 29, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating: ★★★✩✩
The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.
Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....


Friday, 22 May 2015

Ju Jabbers: YA Protagonists As The "Backbone of the Family"


"Ju Jabbers" is an original feature in which I have random discussions about books, life, movies, and a myriad of other things. It's an open door to what I hope will be a fun and somewhat thought-provoking little corner of the internet.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Ju Recommends: 7 Books to Read When You're Sick


I've been plagued with summer colds ever since I got off college but only recently they've taken a turn for the worse and busted into fevers.


It's a huge nuisance because:

(a) I now have the attention span of a fruit fly.

(b) Who invited you to the party, Headaches and Sluggishness?

(c) If I sleep any more, I'll morph into Sleeping Beauty.

(d) I can't rely on my favorite TV shows because the screen is too bright and the background music is too loud and why the heck is that guy coming back to life again?

(e) Air? Never heard of it. All I've ever known of is Augmentin and Kleenex.

So basically, I can't focus on anything, my head is about to explode and I do not have the strength to deal with complex, political strife. But I still want need to read. The problem is that anything like A Game of Thrones is going to end up being thrown against the wall.

In these dark times, what are the perfect bookish companions?

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass


Title: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre(s): Dystopia, Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Date Read:  May 11, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating: ★★★✩✩
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Genre(s): Contemporary, LGBTQIA
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date:  February 21, 2012
Date Read:  May 8, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Dante can swim. Ari can't. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari's features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Anime Alcove: Terror in Resonance Review



"Anime Alcove" is an original feature where I talk about the other huge love of my life apart from books: cartoons *serious poker face*……..just kidding! I mean anime (yes, there's a difference, don't fight me on this). Here I'll be reviewing series, analyzing characters like an otaku and trying not to let my inner fujoshi take over. It'll be insane and fun so I hope any of you anime-loving passerby join in!  

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read


"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Most books I want to devour as soon as possible but then there are some books that I wouldn't touch with a 10-feet pole, not even if the world was crashing around me and these were the last books on Earth. It's not that it's unlikely for me to read them. It's that I'll actually try to make a conscious effort to avoid these books as much as possible:


1. Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James: I made the mistake of reading Fifty Shades of Grey and then attempting (and failing) to read Fifty Shades Darker but I definitely won't be touching this last one. From what I hear, this is where the serious abuse happens aka where you cannot at all deny that abuse did not happen. I don't want to read about a highly problematic relationship being portrayed as the ultimate happiness.

2. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto: Mary Sue protagonist and her asshat twu luv plus the writing is not loved by anyone so even though that cover is beautiful, I'll pass.

3. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: Unnecessarily long series full of way too much girl-on-girl hatred (that may or may not be stopped later but I'm not taking the chance).

4. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith: The show frustrated me to no end and from what I know, the books frustrate even more.

5. Crossed by Allie Condie: The first book Matched was so excruciatingly bland and I was not interested in anyone or anything. It brought nothing new to the YA dystopian genre but it did have beautiful writing.  



6. After by Anna Todd: This is One Direction fanfiction but that's not what turned me away. It was the snippets of horrible writing and a horrible male lead that made me run far, far away.

7. Unhinged by A.G. Howard: Yet another asshat twu luv is found in Jeb, who was so suffocatingly controlling in the first book that I pitied Alyssa and her bad decisions.

8. Allegiant by Veronica Roth: Divergent was okay, Insurgent was boring and from what I hear, Allegiant is a mess. Veronica Roth had a great idea but I think she didn't develop it until after the first book because everything fell flat.

9. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover: A lot of people hated this one so I have no idea why they are turning this particular book of Hoover's into a movie. Bad decisions, people.

10. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: I tried reading this before and died of boredom. It didn't help that Ethan was so whiny and Lena was a walking cliche.

If you liked one of these books a lot, then do please tell me why and I might change my mind, who knows (✿◠‿◠)

Monday, 4 May 2015

Review: Paper Towns by John Green



Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Speak
Release Date:  October 1, 2008
Date Read:  February 2014
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating:  ★★✩✩✩
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date:  February 10, 2015
Date Read: April 17, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating:  ★✩✩✩✩
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except... her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Ju Jabbers: 'Shadowhunters TV' Cast Updates


"Ju Jabbers" is an original feature in which I have random discussions about books, life, movies, and a myriad of other things. It's an open door to what I hope will be a fun and somewhat thought-provoking little corner of the internet.
Hey, everyone! Some exciting news has just been dropped: we have another casting for the Shadowhunters' TV show, which I think you all probably know is an ABC reboot of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who X


"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This is my first Top Ten Tuesday but it's something I've been wanting to do for ages after stalking everyone else's lists. For this one, I decided to go with "Top Ten Characters Who I'd Want By My Side In The Event of A Zombie Apocalypse" (ha wordy, I know). It's going to be tough because I want to choose characters that will genuinely help me and who I want to help too but what if I love them so much that I'd make stupid decisions for their sake? Or what if they have to be sacrificed? Or what if they sacrifice themselves? (ಠ益ಠ) Let the struggle begin:
  1. Kenji Kishimoto // Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Argh I feel so cruel already but you need a guy like Kenji at all times. He can keep a cool head even if there are bombs exploding all around him or even if he's separated from the rest of his teammates. Plus, he really knows how to break the tension with his no-holding-back humor.
  2. Penryn Young // Angelfall by Susan Ee: Dang, this girl is resourceful! It helps that she's already been through an apocalypse herself but looking after a disabled sister and a somewhat insane mother as she navigates gang-ridden streets? Truly, Penryn-dono has mastered the art of survival.
  3. Linh Cinder // Cinder by Marissa Meyer: This one's kinda obvious because no shit, you need a skilled mechanic in an apocalypse but the thing is, Cinder is also the "mom" figure of her crew what with her being practical but empathetic towards all her "children". She is their go-to person in the darkest moments and although that pressure is hard for her to carry, she still crack her knuckles and does it like a boss mom.
  4. Daenerys Targaryen // A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin: Well, we need her and her dragons because if there's one thing Jon Snow has ever known, it's that fire burns zombies and who else is the most fiery being in the entire fictional world?
  5. Magnus Bane // City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: Okay, so it sucks that Magnus already has to be a lackey for "Team Good" but he does it in style, man, and when everything in life becomes nothing but bone and gore, a little sparkly shine would be majorly uplifting.
  6. Edilio Escobar // Gone by Michael Grant: I have an infinite amount of respect for Edilio Escobar. He's the kind of guy who will bury the fallen if he has the time but he's not so idealistic that he won't pick up a gun and shoot when he needs to. Honestly, Edilio will never get enough of the respect that he deserves.
  7. Annabeth Chase // The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: Strategist #1, who can escape the clutches of her biggest fears despite having a broken leg and no one to help. Also, there was that time when she escaped the very pits of hell so yeah, Annabeth is a no-brainer.
  8. Levi // Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama: Although him being a neat-freak might be problematic, Levi treats his fellow humans as his first priority and isn't afraid to touch a bleeding soldier to comfort them in their last moments. That kinda thing, beating your own OCD to comfort someone, is a very important thing to have when shit hits the fan. Plus, Levi isn't called a "one-man army" for nothing.
  9. Connor Cobalt // Addicted To You by Krista & Becca Ritchie: He hails from a genre that is the complete opposite of a zombie apocalypse but I don't doubt for a second that Connor can survive just as well as anyone else. Heck, he would probably survive longer just to prove that he can because he's addicted to challenges. Or more like, he's addicted to winning.
  10. L // Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba: Strategist #2 because even though he's ultimately on the side of justice, he isn't afraid to dabble in deceiving ways to reach his final goal. That can be great but it can also be scary whether you're on his team or not. But, hey at the end of the day, it's all about survival, right?
That's the end of my weird list but I'm really looking forward to doing more of these Top Ten Tuesdays because I'm such a listomaniac ~ Who do you guys think make the best zombie apocalypse teammates?

Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer


Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre(s): Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Date Read: March 19, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Monday, 27 April 2015

And So It Begins...


Hey, procrastinating passerby!


My name's Ju and I'm an 18 year old opinionated girl that gets emotionally attached to everything from my toothbrush to a dead cat rotting in the middle of a road. Lol, just kidding...I think. (⊙‿⊙✿)

Three things that you should probably know about me:
  1. I read anything from hotel shampoo ingredients to Don Quixote. Seriously, my tastes are so varied, I don't even know what they are anymore.
  2. I have a huge obsession with anime because its absurdity makes me smile no matter how crappy my day is.
  3. I'm very bad at small talk but if you came up to me and asked me something like "is the sexual objectification versus sexual freedom argument unnecessarily over-complicated?" then I'll easily talk to you for a long time. I don't know why I'm like this but my brain just blanks when people ask me stuff like "Whassup, how was your day?"
Anyways, I've finally decided to make a blog because I wanted a way to express all of my passions but not just to friends/relatives who unintentionally looked the other way whenever I go on my spiels. I also might have made this blog to be a gushy fan in my own little corner of the internet, heh.

So what can you expect from this site? Well, I'll be posting the good ol' book reviews but also character spotlights, Top Ten Tuesdays, random lists about life (because I adore lists), bookish discussions and my very own "Anime Alcove" feature, where the otaku in me pops out. Another thing to look out for is a review rampage for the next couple of days since I'll be transferring my coherent Goodreads reviews to this blog!

Also note that I don't intend for this to be a formal place because I'm a really goofy person at heart. There will frequent use of slang, GIF's, caps-lock and fandom-speak. I'd love to chat about anything and check out your blog too so don't be afraid to drop a comment on your way out.

For now, here's to yet another reason to spend time on the internet (ノ◠‿◠)ノ*:・゚✧