February TBR List

Reading progress prior to this month: 3/200. Shame on me-I know.

January being a very, very slow reading month for me really knocked me off my game. The number of books I have to read has been almost doubled but instead of trying to play catch up this month I’m going to focus on the books I really want to read.

When Dimple Met Rishi // I’ve been meaning to read this book since it came out last year without any luck. It’s finally at the very top of my priority list.

Put A Ring On It // It is valentine’s month after all so having a romance on the list is a must.

The Handmaiden’s Tale // Another book I’ve been meaning to read for the longest time finally making it to the top of the list.

Dear Martin // This book’s been compared to The Hate You Give and I enjoyed the parts that I got to read of the latter so here goes.

The Hate You Give // I actually started this one last year but someone decided to “borrow” it before I was done. It’s back now so I can read it before the movie comes out.

Only Ever Yours // Another romance cause one probably won’t be enough.

To The Lighthouse // This is the only book on this list that was on my January TBR pile. I started and enjoyed it before my reading slump took over so hopefullyI can finish it now.

Young Jane Young // Every part of me wants to read this book so badly. It’s loosely inspired by the Clinton/Lewinsky political scandal so I literally came all the way just for it.

I might read other books as well but these are my top priority reads. Have you read any of them? Do you make monthly TBR lists or do you just wing your reading? Spread love in the comments.

Peace and much love

A Court Of Wings And Ruin Review 

Author: Sarah J Maas 

Genre: young adult fantasy 

Rating: 3,9/5 stars 

​A study on how to wrap up a series that took us literally everywhere in just three books.

It starts soon after the events that ended ACOMAF with Feyre back at the Spring Court pretending to absolutely hate Rhys’ guts while trying to gather information about the Spring Court’s alliance with the king of Hybern. I can’t really say much about the plot withoutspoiling it but I will say that it’s mostly a war book. The war between Hybern and the rest of the “world” that’s the past two books have been building up to finally happens. Because of that, the plot is more focused on strategy and planning than on relationships like the previous two. That’s not to say that nothing happens on that front, a lot does. For example, we see another side to Tamlin that made me question he’s really the troll we all think he is. It doesn’t excuse or condemn his behaviour, it just sort of explains and shows a bit more of his perspective which made me realise just how complex the issues in and abusive relationships and abusive people themselves are.

Another important thing that happens is that we finally get to meet all the High Lords and they get to see Feyre’s full powers and some of their reactions are #golden. We also to see a bit more of Nesta and Elaine since they got turned into Fae at the end of the last book.

Mostly the book wraps up the series and at first I was a little confused because it’s only the third out of six books but then I heard that the next three books will be retelling the story from the perspective of some of the other characters (high-key hoping for Rhysand’s perspective on ACOMAF).

There were parts of the ending that were a bit too fantastical but then again, it’s a fantasy novel so I’m still not sure exactly how I feel about the ending. But I can’t wait for the next book with come out next year 🙆🙆.

All in all. Great book, good writing, great characters and character development and interesting plot. Read it. Tell me what your most anticipated release for 2018 is in the comments. Till next time. 

Peace and much love 

Xichavo Felicity. 

A Court Of Thorns And Roses  Review 

Author: Sarah J Maas 

Genre: young adult fantasy (although I think it should be new adult🙊🙊🙊)

Rating: 3,5/5 stars 
Feyre is a young hunter living in a world that’s been divided in half to “protect” the humans from the powerful and dangerous Fae who accidentally kills a Fae sentry thinking he’s an ordinary wolf. Soon Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court crosses the wall into human territory to claim the life of whoever killed his friend but instead of killing her like she expected, he takes her back into Fae territory forbidding from ever making contact with the human side of the world again. 

My notes say this is my favourite Beauty And The Beast retelling and I still can’t think of a reason to disagree with my original impression. It’s the classic story of a girl falling in love with a beast who isn’t really a beast but only appears to be a beast so we can all realise that true love is deeper than just appearances and other superficial things like that. 

I actually really like what Sarah J Maas did with the classic story and the high fantasy element she added. It doesn’t even feel or read like a retelling even though you’re aware that it’s one. And although you already know the plot since you probably read Beauty And The Beast as a child or at least saw the Disney movie SJM manages to makeit feel like a new story somehow. 

It’s actually my least favourite book in the series so far since in my head it just sets the scene for the greatness that is ACOMAF. Bu it’s still a really good book. The world it introduces us to is interesting although I have a few problems with its absolute lack of diversity. 

Final verdict: read it, even if it’s not exactly your cup of tea. At the very least, stop after you read ACOMAF since I feel it’s a very important book in YA and should be read as widely as possible. 

Do you like retellings of classics? If yes, which one’s your favourite? Let me know in the comments. Till next time. 

Peace and much love 

Xichavo Felicity. 

My Favourite Things About The Sun Is Also A Star 

Usually when I read books I make a list of everything that is wrong with them but every once in a while (a long while) I read a book that restores my trust in contemporary literature. Needless to say, this was one of them. TSIAAS by Nicola Yoon is one of my favourite books that I read this year and I didn’t want to review it because how do you review greatness really but I still wanted to post something about it. So here’s the list of my absolute favourite things about the book.

  1. The simplicity of the story. At it’s core it’s the story of two teenagers who meet and fall in love. The circumstances around them may make their situation unusual-with Natasha being about to be deported- or rebellious-with them being different races. But that’s just what the world sees. To them they simply met someone who they were attracted to and feel in love. Finish and klaar.
  2. Natasha. She is strong, she is smart and she has more drive and fight in her pinkie than some people have in their entire bodies. Her beauty is in her simply being her. Rarely do you find a black protagonist in YA or any other genre for that matter who feels as real as her. She is the truest portrayal of a black girl growing up in our time that I’ve ever read. I could literally go on forever but if you want more just go read the book.
  3. Daniel. Daniel is the cool summer breeze. Daniel is a raging winter storm. Just like Natasha, his beauty comes from his realness. His life is a lot easier than her’s so he’s a lot softer but that doesn’t mean he’s weaker. He’s full of life, passion and big poetic dreams. And although this is what makes him different from Natasha in the end they are the same because they are both just try to live their best lives.
  4. The writing style. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: NICOLA YOON CAN WRITE. It honestly has to be some sort of superpower that she has. You know, like how Goku can go supersan and Magneto can manipulate metals. TSIAAS is written in the simplest and loveliest of ways. It’s an easy read despite dealing with a few tough topics such as immigration, and racial and cultural stereotypes while simultaneously exploring things like insta-love, the interconnectivity of everything, and fate with being cringey.
  5. The multiple POVs. There were times while reading where some seemingly random secondary character would start narrating and I’d be like, “what do they have to with anything? They’re literally just driving the train.” But then I’d go on reading and two minutes later I’d be saying, “ohh. This makes sense. OMG how did she do that? Is it even human?” And again I’d be completely floored by Nicola Yoon’s writing abilities. 
  6. It broke all the “rules” beautifully in a real way without pushing anything down your throat or preaching. It just shows you what is and what isn’t. What’s real and what isn’t. What happens and what doesn’t. 

    IMPORTANT: The literary cynic that is me could not find anything even remotely not right with this book and so I gave it 5/5 stars. Go read it. 

    What’s your last 5 star read and what do you like about it the most? Let me know in the comments. Till next time.

    Peace and much love 

    Xichavo Felicity. 

    My Favourite Books Of 2017

    2017 was a good year in the literary industry. There was a lot more diversity in subject matters and characters in books that were “accepted” into the mainstream.Which naturally, made it a good year for book bloggers and other readers everywhere.

    Personally, I “discovered” a lot of great authors and books, some were new but most had been in the industry for a while. I was also a bit more intentional in my reading as I was trying to focus on works and authors that I really like and so my reading was a bit less diverse compared to other years. But with all of that said this was a difficult list to make since I really enjoyed the majority of the books I read. More than half of these were rereads which may count as cheating but oh well😊😊. And so in no particular order my favourite books of 2017  are:

    1. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon 
    2. A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J Maas 
    3. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    4. 1984 by George Orwell 
    5. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger 
    6. Steve Jobs Biography 
    7. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen 
    8. Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison 
    9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    10. The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

      Comment what your favourite book that you read this was and why.

      Peace and much love 

      Xichavo Felicity. 

      The Rest Of Us Just Live Here Review. 

      Author: Patrick Ness 

      Genre: young adult fantasy 

      Format: Hardcover  

      Rating: 4/5 stars 

      This book is not about the cool kids, the heroes, the ones who save our world from being destroyed by supernatural beings, the “indie kids”. Quite the opposite actually. It’s about the other kids, the normal kids, the ones that you know, just live there.

      Before reading this book I read a review that it was a bit boring since nothing really happens to the protagonist and his friends and family so my expectations were quite low which is probably why I was so pleasently suprised. 

      Each chapter begins with a paragraph explaining ‘the events’ or what’s happening to the indie kids before continuing with our story which follows a group of friends as they approach their senior year finals and try to stay out of the way of whatever’s happening and literally just finish school and graduate. 

      As a fantasy reader it was quite interesting to see how the rest of the town and it’s inhabitants are affected by all the crazy events that happen in every fantasy novel. In direct comparison to a fantasy this book is a bit boring but I think Patrick Ness wrote it to sort of broaden our view and comprehension of fantasy and as an ode of sorts to the genre. With that being said, I don’t consider the book to be a fantasy. It’s more like a contemporary YA set in a fantastic world and if you look at it like that it’s not only not boring it’s a very good good book with the coolest premise ever.

      Also big ups to Patrick Ness for daring to write about the normal kids over the cool kids and basically showing us the awesomeness of the everday activities and events that we take for granted as being boring. I want to say more about this book but if I do I won’t stop till I spoil it so maybe I’ll do a discussion post after this so I go into more details and basically just fangirl properly. 

      One thing I will add though is that I loved this book and the only reason I’m giving it 4/5 stars is because I don’t really believe in perfect books.

      I would highly recommend this book to anyone, including non-fantasy readers, people who don’t like reading since its an easy read and adults who don’t like YA since it doesn’t have any of the cliché YA tropes you hate. Thanks for reading and till next time…

      Peace and much love 

      Xichavo Felicity.