Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han- Book talk

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“Nothing good happens after two a.m. Unless you happen to be a fan of watching people play flip cup for hours on end. Not me. No, I’d much prefer to be in my flannel pajamas with a cup of Night-Night tea and a book, thank you very much.”

-Lara Jean Convey Song in Always and Forever Lara Jean

It’s not new news that i am IN LOVE with Jenny Han’s “To all the boys i’ve loved before” trilogy. So this past school break when my family and i went to Sri Lanka for tonne of family weddings i of course HAD to read Jenny Han’s newest book “Always and Forever Lara Jean” (despite the fact that there wasn’t much time to read) which i ADORED OBVIOUSLY. Along with the others, this book is a quick read and you can easily finish it in one day (making it a perfect summer read). I will say that the order in which i like the books is in the order that they came out because i just REALLY REALLY enjoyed the first time i fell in love the story and the characters *ehm* Peter Kavinsky. So, if you haven’t read this trilogy yet i suggest you purchase or borrow all three of them and cozy up and read them because you are seriously missing out, and then come back to discuss.


Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


*SPOILERS*

There is SOO much that i want to say but i’m going to cut it down because then i’d be writing forever, so i’m going to start with how much i ADORED Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship as a whole. It’s so rare to see couples in this stage of their relationship in contemporary books and we are always left with wanting more, so i’m glad i got to see the growth of  their relationship of the course of the three books. I adored the part when Peter thew her a surprise birthday party by enacting her favourite scene from ‘Sixteen Candles’ and when he woke her up in New York so they could watch the sunset together and how supportive and loving he is AND how well he gets along with her family especially Kitty (it makes my heart so happy to read those scenes) Peter is the ULTIMATE PERFECT boyfriend.

“I like the way he looks at me, like I am a wood nymph that he happened upon one day and just had to take home to keep”.

-Lara Jean Covey Song in Always and Forever Lara Jean

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetFrom the very beginning i knew she was never going to get into UVA because of how much she wanted to go there, of course there was going to be a complication. But then she got into UNC and i was so proud of her and i was glad she wasn’t going to William and Mary anymore because going there was just going to be a waste of a year because it was just going to be ‘temporary’. When Chris was like “let’s go visit the campus right now” and Lara Jean agreed i was so happy that she was going and she was going with Chris whom we didn’t see enough of until this scene.

Once again i really enjoyed the family dynamic and the newest addition to the family, Trina. She was just amazing and the kind of mum that Kitty needed in her life especially since Lara Jean and Margo would no longer be at home for her. My favourite aspect of the book and basically all the entire trilogy are the very real family moments they have, simple things like Trina calling margo out on leaving her hair in the drain, and Margo’s boyfriend not being allowed to stay in her room and Margo feeling uncomfortable with Trina around all the time in her childhood home. It’s the little things like those that made me fall in love with this book. Kitty as always was the cutest and the sassiest and her sarcastic remarks were my favourite thing to read. Lara Jean’s love for planning the wedding kind of reminded me of myself and of how much i love to design and decorate parties and events and anything really. I loved reading Lara Jean trying to find the ‘perfect choc-chip cookie recipe’  those scenes were so cute, especially the one with Kitty and Peter waiting impatiently to eat the cookies

“I could never be with someone who didn’t understand how important my family is to me”.

-Lara Jean Covey Song in Always and Forever Lara Jean

I rate this book and trilogy a 5/5 because it was just that good!


Taraana
xx

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Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz – Booktalk

Having just read The Sun is also a Star Nicola Yoon which is a story about a family getting deported back to Jamaica, Something in Between was almost like the happier version of The Sun is also a Star. I don’t want to spoil Nicola Yoon’s book but i do want to say that if you liked The Sun is Also a Star then you might enjoy Something in Between and they share similar plot points and family struggles.


It feels like there’s no ground beneatscreen-shot-2017-01-21-at-3-41-33-pmh me, like everything I’ve ever done has been a lie. Like I’m breaking apart, shattering. Who am I? Where do I belong?

Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her. Pretty and popular, she’s studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship.

And then everything shatters. A national scholar award invitation compels her parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all and the very real threat of deportation.

For the first time, Jasmine rebels, trying all those teen things she never had time for in the past. Even as she’s trying to make sense of her new world, it’s turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman. Jasmine no longer has any idea where—or if—she fits into the American Dream. All she knows is that she’s not giving up. Because when the rules you lived by no longer apply, the only thing to do is make up your own.


After reading Something in Between i came to the realisation that there are so many people that are struggling with the same thing that Jasmine and her family are struggling with and that this issue should come up more often in our topics of discussion. I enjoyed the concept of the book immensely and the story but obviously i had a few issues with the book since i gave it a 4/5 stars but otherwise it was amazing.

SPOILER DISCUSSION

The were multiple times in the book where i was almost in tears like the time when she received her scholarship and told her parents and instead of being happy for her they gave her devastating news that they were undocumented citizens and that she couldn’t accept the scholarship. I felt so unbelievably bad for her because she had been working so hard her whole life to get into a university but it backfires and she is at a loss.

I was in happy tears when she told her cheer team about her situation and they were all their for her, hugging her and telling her that they were going to be there for her. It made me realise how important it is so have a supportive group of friends that we love you no matter what.

My least favourite aspect of the book was probably her relationship with Royce especially the beginning, i don’t know why but it felt too cheesy. I wasn’t a fan of his cheesy pick up lines our texts but as their relationship progressed he grew on me and i didn’t mind him at all.

I have to say the most shocking part of the book for me was when Royce proposed to her. And although it made sense that if they got married she could stay in America i was like NO NO NO. They just got together and NO girl wants to get married for some legal reason, and i was super stressed while reading the part where that went to the courthouse but i was sooo relived when she came to her senses and said no to him. In the end she did accept Royce’s help from his father and i was so glad that they didn’t get deported after all and the Jasmine got the life she wanted.

xx
Taraana

 

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo-Book Talk

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Six of Crows is one of those books that you start reading and you feel like you could read FOREVER because its just SO SO GOOD. This book was everything EVER. It was one of those books that reminded me of why i love reading, and i one hundred percent recommend it to everyone.


Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him ricProcessed with VSCO with c1 preseth beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


The plot of this book is so unbelievably perfect. It kept me on my toes at ALL times and made me keep reading until my eyes had to rest. But if i had to be honest it took me about 25 pages to properly get into the story because of the new world and different writing style but that was the ONLY problem i had with this book and it’s not even a proper problem, so if this doesn’t persuade you to read the book i’m not sure what will.

“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”

The characters that Leigh Bardugo created are so incredible. Even though there are six different characters, each with a different point of view, Leigh Bardugo was able to give all her characters a fully developed personality that makes you beleive you’ve known these characters forever. My favourite aspect of this book has to be the friendship between all the characters, their conversations and interactions were what i LIVED for. And i can’t forget to mention Bardugo’s phenomenal writing style. Her writing style is the kind that you wonder HOW DOES ONE WRITE THIS PERFECT? It’s magical, hilarious and absolutley beautiful. Definitely a 5/5 book.


SPOILERS

Okay so where should i start?  (the rest of this book talk is basically incoherent fangirling talk) 

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The Raven King by Maggie Steifvator-Book Talk + The Raven Cycle series discussion

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A couple of days ago i finished The Raven Cycle series and i loved it to pieces. This is one one the most unique series that i’ve ever written from the plot to the writing style, it’s sooo different but sooo amazing and i’m really glad i read this series. And although a lot of people thought the ending was rushed or needed more pages, i think that it was written so we feel as though the characters live on after the book is over and not just to the last page of the book. I also loved how it tied a lot of lose ends together but left us questioning some things too.


All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caimg_0366ught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


I didn’t looove every single book in this series but i have to say The Raven King was by FAR my favourite of the series. Mainly because we got more information as to what was happening and i LOVED the dynamic and the dialogue between everyone soooo much. The dialogue has to be my favourite aspect of these books especially everything Ronan Lynch says.

“To think you could have been dreaming the cure for cancer,” Blue said. “Look, Sargent,” Ronan retorted, “I was gonna dream you some eye cream last night since clearly modern medicine’s doing jack shit for you, but I nearly had my ass handed to me by a death snake from the fourth circle of dream hell, so you’re welcome.”
Blue was appropriately touched. “Ah, thanks, man.”
“No problem, bro.”

SPOILER SECTION

When we were first introduced to Henry Cheng i didn’t like him. I was so wary of him, constantly thinking that he was going to ruin the gang’s friendship or SOMETHING. But it turned out that he was just trying to help and that he was an amazing guy and understood Gansey just like Ronan, Adam , Noah and Blue. The scene where Henry was trying to help Gansey’s fear of hornets and told him his secret was the moment i knew i loved him as much as the other’s. I loved how he easily slid into their group and that Toga party was the best.

“But it wasn’t that Henry was less himself in English. He was less himself out loud. His native language was thought.

And we HAVE to talk about Ronan and Adam. I knew from the second book that there was something going on between them and then in this book they finally addressed it and it was amazing. I loved how Adam went to talk to Gansey afterwards and how happy Gansey was that Adam spoke to him about it. And everything about them just made me happy. I also adored the entire time they were in the Barns revealing all their truths to each other especially when Ronan FINALLY told them that he was the one who made Cabeswater.

“He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn’t want it to be over.”

Obviously there are a hundred other things that i would love to say but that would mean that i would be writing forever and you would be reading until your laptop battery ran out.

So, i want you know who is your favourite character, mine is Ronan Lynch and let me know in the comments below!

xx
Taraana

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meaghan Spooner-Book Talk

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I read this book in two days! It’s been so long since i’ve done that, just sat and read for hours on end and it made me soo happy. Ever since i wrote the book talk post on ‘These Broken Stars’ i have adored all the books that came after it. Although, i have to address the fact that i did not write a book talk for ‘This Shattered World’ because i was having writer’s block  at the time i still loooved this second instalment in this ‘companion-trilogy’ ( i don’t know what to call it). And ‘Their fractured Light’ did not disappoint. It was basically everything i wanted in this last book, the only downside of this book for me would be that i don’t think i’ll ever really understand the whispers and i”ll talk about that later in my spoiler review. But overall i have to say i’m pretty satisfied with this last book and i definitely think if you enjoyed the other two books in this trilogy then you should read this last one. And just to give you something to look forward to, if you were still if-y about reading this last book (no major spoilers) i’m telling you that at some point in the book all the main characters from the pervious books are working together, and it’s so perfect. I give it a 4.5 stars out of 5. So now if you haven’t yet read ‘Their Fractured Light’ , read it and then come back so we can discuss in the spoiler section and through the comments below. Also isn’t the cover just gorgeous? I’m so happy i have this book in physical copy which my friend Az over on Aztheblogger got me as a gift, it’s so pretty on my shelf!


Goodreads Summary

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.


SPOILER SECTION. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare-Book Talk

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Last month I read “Lady Midnight” by Cassandra Clare and IT WAS EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED IN THIS BOOK AHHHH. I waited a bit to type out my thoughts because right after i finished “Lady Midnight” i was a mess and i don’t think my post would have been coherent. As you can tell i loved it sooo much. I wish i could have read it in one sitting but unfortunately school and assignments exist so that didn’t happen. One of my favourite things of this book is that Cassandra Clare’s writing style improved a lot in comparison to “City of Bones” which is her very first novel. I also loved how we already knew the main characters from “City of Heavenly Fire” and because they already knew the world and we knew the Shadowhunter world so well it made it more fun to read since there wasn’t much world building. As always i loved how Cassandra Clare entwined all the different story lines and all the characters from her other Shadowhunter chronicles. I absolutely loved Cassandra Clare’s new instalment in her Shadowhunter Chronicles and i cannot wait to read more. If you haven’t already started any of the Shadowhunter chronicles i highly recommend you do they are full of magic, romance and humour that will leave you wanting to only read in this world forever.


Goodreads summary

In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

Now i am going to spoil the book so if you haven’t read “Lady Midnight” or any of the other Shadowhunter chronicles and Tales of Shadowhunter Academy then i suggest you read it before you read this discussion. I’m not going to be going into a lot of detail like i would like to, instead i’m just going to talk about the parts that really stood out to me and of course my favourite parts.

So, the first character that we get introduced to is Kit. I knew he was going to be an important character in the book but i had NO FREAKING CLUE he was going to be The Lost Herondale a.k.a. Christopher Herondale. Like i swear to god when Tessa said “Come on now”, “On your feet, Christopher Herondale. We’ve been looking for you a long time” i dropped my book (don’t worry i just dropped it on my bed) and i was like shitshitshit-holyfreakingcrap-whatevenishappening. I was so happy though and now he”l live with the Blackthorne family and Emma and it’ll be the best thing ever ahhhhhh i can’t wait. And i think Ty and Kit (Christopher) might become really good freinds maybe even parabatai!! This was definitely one of the biggest revelations after the whole Malcolm thing.

So one of my favourite parts of this book was ho Cassandra Clare managed to include nearly all of my favourite characters from her other Shadowhunter books into this book and it gave me all the feels. (except i would have loved to have a whole chapter on Simon and Izzy’s engagement party. Maybe Cassie could write a novella on that and how Simon proposed also WHEN ARE JACE AND CLARY GOING TO GET MARRIED AHHHHHHH AND WHEN ARE JEM AND TESSA GETTING MARRIED. And Cassie another favour? Can you write about that too? hehehe) Like reading Emma talk bout Jace in a ‘celebrity’ way made me giggle so much and hearing about Max and Raphael made my smile so much that my cheeks hurt i loved how Cassie was able to include them in parts of the book without seeming too force-full.

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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella-Book Talk

Last week i finished reading Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella and i loved it so much! I had been meaning to read it for a really long time but i put it off 23305614.jpgbecause i thought the book was intended for a slightly younger audience and other stupid reasons but it was absolutely amazing, i flew through it and it’s definitely worth the read.I really enjoyed the humour, and my reaction after finishing this was that I want to read more Sophie Kinsella ASAP!

Finding Audrey is hilarious and i was able to relate to it so many ways. Although the book does have a serious aspect it is full oƒ jokes and hilarious family conversations. Audrey as social anxiety and the book is about the emotional  journey that Audrey takes and how she deals with her anxiety.I appreciated that it was a light hearted book that still dealt with a serious topic like mental illness in a respectful way! It also has an enormous family aspect. Sophie Kinsella shows how Audrey’s family supports her and encourages her. But despite this emotional aspect the book is light hearted and is the perfect book if you are looking for a funny light hearted read with a funny narrator.


Goodreads

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.That’s the end of the non-spoiler section so if you have read it you can read on, if not go read it because it it totally worth the read. 


One aspect that i really enjoyed from this book was the documentary that Audrey had to film (they probably my favourite parts to read) . I loved how it told Audrey’s story from a different angle. I especially loved Audrey’s progression throughout the documentary , how at the beginning she was always behind the camera and gradually towards the end she was in front of the camera and even allowed other people in her family to film her.

DAD
Frank, what are you doing? What's happened to my screen?

Dad's bland, seaside wallpaper has been replaced by a leering graphic character from LOC.

FRANK
You needed a new wallpaper. Your one was rank. Now we need some new sound settings...

He clicks the mouse and 'Boomshakalaka' blasts from the computer

Dad completely loses it

DAD
Stop that! That's my computer...
(He gets up and stalks to the door).
Anne? Anne?

Another detail that i enjoyed about this book was that it is about one of those loud, crazy, families often torn apart by arguments, but ultimately very close and loving towards one another. The interactions Sophie Kinsella creates between the members of Audrey’s family make this book very funny and touching too.

I liked how Linus and Audrey’s relationship was not the main focus  but it made her happy and added a cute romance to the book. I also liked how Linus wasn’t the reason she was able to get through her anxiety (as it refers to in the summary) but he was another important person in her life that supported her and encouraged her to take risks.

The ending of the book was perfect too. I loved how in the end the family and Linus and his friend were able to come to an agreement and they all played LOC in the living room and Audrey’s Dad filmed it and how in the end the dad was playing LOC.

Okay so i feel like i have ranted on enough and now i have to decide on my favourite scene (there are waaaayyyy too many) which is really hard. But i think i have narrowed it down. So, my favourite scene was when Audrey’s Mum caught Frank playing LOC after he told her he was doing his french homework by spying him through his bedroom window.

‘FRAAAAAAAK!!!’
I jump a mile, and feel myself start to hyperventilate. Mum is at the window, staring in, her face some monstrous demon. I mean, I’ve never seen her look so furious.’Chris!’ she’s yelling now. ‘COME HERE I’VE CAUGHT HIM RED-HANDED!’
How is she even up there? The windows of the playroom are, like, nearly two meters off the ground outside.
I glance at Frank, and he looks genuinely a bit freaked out. He’s closed down LOC, but she saw it. I mean, There’s no way she didn’t see it.
‘You’re for it’, I say.
Shit‘. Frank scowls.’I can’t believe she would spy on me’.

xx
Taraana