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Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Angsty Romances

T5WIt’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a weekly book meme hosted by Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes and Lainey from Ginger Reads Lainey. If you’re new to Top 5 Wednesday and want to participate, check out the Goodreads group for information and weekly topics!

This week’s topic is Favorite Angsty Romances!

definition: “angst” adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters

*note: these are in no particular order (except maybe the first two)*

  1. Juliette and Warner from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Alright, so if you really know me then you KNOW that Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series is my favourite series in the entire world and I would quite literally die for Warner! And if you’ve read the series you might agree with me that these books are full of angst, especially Ignite Me. I’ve only just re-read this series at the beginning of this year but god, just thinking about it makes me want to re-read it all over again! The relationship between Warner and Juliette is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Their romance is definitely full of angst, despair, frustration, love, strength, power, they’ve got it all. 10/10 would recommend 😉

  1. June and Day from the Legend series by Marie Lu

I almost didn’t remember this series because they’re not on my shelf since I got them from the library! I read these a long time ago but I remember feeling a lot of angst while reading these. June and Day are two teens in love who can’t be together at the end of book 2 due to certain circumstances that I can’t mention because I don’t want to spoil anything *winks*. Anyway, in the third book you experience a lot of angst between these two! There’s a lot of fighting, action, love, loss and pain. I really loved this series and the romance between these two. Very angsty, very emotional. (Damn, I really want to reread this series now!)

  1. Allie and Noah from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The NotebookWe all know Allie and Noah’s love story. If you haven’t read the book then you’ve probably seen the movie at least once (or ten times) and cried all the way through. This book/movie does not quite match my own definition of angst but I’d say it definitely has an angsty touch. I don’t think I need to explain, you guys know all the scenes! Just take a look at the rain scene or the “What do you want?” scene!

  1. Lou and Will from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before YouAlright, I don’t think I need to explain this one either, right? I’ve seen the hype around Me Before You for years! I’ve only read the book last year shortly before the movie came out and I totally fell in love with it. Sure, there are some issues and I know that some people don’t like this book that much but I think it’s a great book. Will and Lou definitely have an angsty relationship and it was both heartbreaking and beautiful. I really enjoyed the movie, too, but I might have been influenced by Sam Claflin. He is just a gorgeous human being, isn’t he?

  1. Adam and Mia from Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

Where She WentWhere She Went is the sequel to If I Stay. While I didn’t like If I Stay as much as I expected to (it just didn’t live up to the hype!), I adored Where She Went! I thought it was so much better than the first book! It takes place 3 years later and is told from Adam’s point of view; Adam and Mia are broken up, they’re older and more mature, and they meet again and inevitably have to revisit the past. And I just remember feeling so much angst while reading this book! Gayle Forman’s writing was so incredible and fitting, she really knew how to pull at my heart strings and pull the angst out of my chest!

Honorable Mention:

  1. Will and Layken from Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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This is the first (and so far only) CoHo book I’ve read and I have to say I really enjoyed it! I read it last year and to be honest, I don’t quite remember much of it *oops*. I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads though, so it must have been good, haha! All I know is that I really liked the romance between Will and Layken. It was your typical angsty, teenage love story, sometimes a tiny bit too cheesy and dramatic for my liking, but it tugged at my heart and had an angsty feel to it. I definitely have to re-read this some day!

That’s it for my Top 5 Favourite Angsty Romances for now! I know there’s loads of other angsty romances out there and I have a lot of the books on my TBR so I hope I’ll get to them soon and maybe do a part 2?!

Also, I know I’ve been very vague when talking about these relationships but I didn’t want to spoil anything!

Thanks for reading,

Jackie x

Tell me about your favourite angsty romances! Are any of them on my list? What is your #1 favourite angsty relationship like EVER? Please let me know in the comments below, I’m always looking for recs 🙂

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Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Mailbox Monday. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I’ve had quite a successful week when it comes to book mail! Let’s take a look;

(all these pictures are taken by me, if you want to use one of them I’d love it if you could ask me first, and please give credit and link back to my blog!)

ember1A friend of mine has been nagging me about Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes series for ages! I’ve been meaning to buy and read it for a looong time but I never got around to it. I keep a wishlist on Amazon and I check it every day to see if the prices of the products have changed. And, surprisingly, when I went on Amazon a couple days ago and saw that these were a little cheaper than usual I bought them immediately!

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Then we have the Six of Crows Duology, wooo! You guys know how badly I want to read them because I literally never shut up about it! I was so excited to get my hands on these and now they’re finally here! I bought the box set because it was cheaper than buying both books individually and I totally love it! Also, the covers are absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to get back into Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha universe 🙂

 

 

helpisla1Last but not least I bought Stephanie Perkins’ Isla and the Happily Ever After (yes, I know I haven’t even read Anna and the French Kiss but I will soon, okay? I promise!) and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. I’ve seen parts of the movie a few years ago and I’ve been meaning to watch the full thing for a while now. But then I saw the book was on sale for like 2 bucks so I just had to get it!

And that’s a wrap!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? And did you buy any new books this week? Let me know which ones in the comments below!

Jackie x

Reviews

Review: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo | (semi-) Spoiler Free

Ruin and RisingTitle: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published: June 17th 2014 by Henry Holt and Company

Pages: 422

This is the third book of the Grisha trilogy and while the review doesn’t contain spoilers for Ruin and Rising, there will be some for  the first two books of the series! (There’s also a mini-spoiler for R&R but I give you a warning so don’t worry!)

(via Goodreads): The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

“Don’t let me be alone.”

(I just thought I’d add that quote because it had me shook and crying for days!)

Wow, what an ending to the series! This was definitely the most emotional read for me, I literally cried 7 (!!!) times, no joke! Don’t ask me why I genuinely have no idea why Ruin and Rising made me so emotional.

Honestly, I don’t even know where to start. I loved this book SO much, it might be my favourite out of the three? Or maybe it’s Siege and Storm? Or Shadow and Bone? God, I don’t know, I really can’t choose.

What I like about Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy is that there’s almost never a dull moment and never a filler chapter. Something is always happening whether it is an action scene or a fight or an angsty scene between two characters, it’s never boring. Leigh Bardugo made sure that in all three of the Grisha books something always happens at the end of the very first chapter. It was never just an introductory chapter but there was always that little something that introduced some kind of action and made it exciting from the start. It immediately captured you and made you want to read on!

I very much liked the group and their dynamic throughout Ruin and Rising. Sure, we lose some characters along the way but the remaining people always stick together. They’re loyal, they defend each other and they are always ready to protect each other no matter what. They probably wouldn’t admit it but they’ve all developed a good friendship with each other and they share a certain trust.

There are one or two scenes where it’s just the girls all gathered together that I really loved! In Shadow and Bone we have this typical girl-against-girl fight between Alina and Zoya (a trope that we are all tired of). But their relationship with each other as well as with the other girls developed quite nicely. Even though they’ve had their differences before, they have really become good friends who like tease each other and stick together!

LIL SPOILER ALERT:

The scene where they’re all gathered in Alina’s room and try on the dresses Nikolai had delivered to her room and they tease Alina about Nikolai and the ring was so great ahhhh I loved that!

END OF SPOILER!

Nikolai is still my favourite character of the entire Grisha trilogy. God, I can’t even tell you how much I love him. Obivously, he’s not perfect but, like, UGH, I need someone like him in my life. He is so charming, kind, sarcastic and funny (and very handsome, obviously), he always says the right thing, he loves when Alina quotes him (*swoons*) and he’s always scheming. He loves his country and would do anything to keep Ravka and its people safe. Nikolai is so brilliant, like, he is an actual mastermind. And the king of my heart ♥

And, well, I still like the idea of Nikolai and Alina together. He has respected her since they first met and he never forces her into anything. He respects who she is and what she wants, he trusts her and he truly cares about her.

Mal has really evolved in the third book. He despised the court, took every chance to get away from it, he treated Alina like crap a lot of the time and undermined her and her strength and power. But he took matters into his own hands and he turned out to be a good leader of the group that everyone learned to respect and follow. I still think he is a meh character, there’s just something about him that throws me off.

By the way, can I just say that the Darkling deserved better.

Yes, he was evil and killed a lot of people but he was a good villain. He was so complex and in the end he had good intentions and he was basically just a boy who scared of being alone.

I won’t say too much about the ending of the book but I did love it. It was sweet and realistic and kind of perfect. It made me feel very nostalgic. I cried so much while reading like the last 2 chapters because I thought it was just so beautiful :’)

There were one or two things that kind of irritated me, I guess? I don’t want to spoil anything but if you’re interested I think I mentioned them in my first-reaction goodreads review.

ALSO, can we talk about that one scene like in the middle of the book for a second??? I won’t say too much but the one with the Darkling and Alina and Nikolai and Baghra, you know the one? It had me SHOOK. Literally shocked but also shaken like… wow. It was so incredibly unexpected. And great in a sense because it was so unexpected. It hurt and it was painful but I loved it? If you know what I mean? I love that Leigh Bardugo always manages to catch you off guard. You think everything is fine and BOOM she surprises you! Anyway that scene made me cry A LOT!

Yeah, a lot of crying done in this book. Thanks, Leigh Bardugo 🙂

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I think it is a perfect ending to the Grisha trilogy! Now I can’t wait to read the Six of Crows duology, woooo!

⭐⭐⭐⭐  (4 out of 5 stars)

Don’t forget to check out my review of Shadow and Bone as well as Siege and Storm. And follow me on twitter if you’d like!

Jackie x

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Spring Bloggiesta 2017

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Heeeyyyyy, it’s almost time for this year’s spring Bloggiesta! This is the very first bookish “meme” I am participating in and I’m very excited!

What is Bloggiesta, you’re asking? I think the hosts explained it very well;

“Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing.”

So, all you gotta do is write your very own to-do list and post it to your blog. It doesn’t matter how long or short it is, it’s your blog after all! You may also link it here so other Bloggiesta participants can see it and show you love and support!

The spring Bloggiesta takes part from March 20-26 so you still have plenty of time to write a to-do list if you want to participate 🙂

Here is my Spring Bloggiesta To-Do List!

re-write/organise my review policy
write my E&E and R&R review 
☑ choose 1-2 weekly memes to participate in (T5W, T10T)
❏  schedule blog posts 2 weeks in advance
☑ do at least one mini challenge (updated/cleaned up my sidebar)
❏  create more graphics for blog posts etc
☑ re-organise review archive (I didn’t really change anything lol)
❏  write and schedule Mystery Blogger Award blog post
☑  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs
☑ participate in at least one Twitter chat (I hope I can make the other two!)

Head over to the official Bloggiesta blog for more info!

Let’s do this! 😀

Jackie xbloggiestastart

Reviews

Mini Review: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling/Chrystal S. Chan

*thank you to Netgalley and Udon Entertainment for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*jungle book

 

Title: The Jungle Book

Author: Rudyard Kipling, Chrystal S. Chan

Genre: Graphic Novels, Children’s Fiction

Published: April 3rd 2017 by Udon Entertainment

 

I was very excited that I was approved to receive this “The Jungle Book” graphic novel since The Jungle Book has been one of my favourite stories as a kid!

I don’t usually read graphic novels so I was very interested in how the graphics influence your reading experience. And I can tell you I wasn’t disappointed!

This adaptation is in Manga form which means you have to read it backwards and from right to left! I used to read Mangas when I was younger but it was still very confusing at first. You get used to it after the first few pages though and it gets very enjoyable.

I particularly loved the graphics of this adaptation! They were so detailed and unique and it made the whole reading experience so much better. They really help you visualise the story (since the action is literally right there in front of you!) and it makes reading and taking in information so much easier. It was great to see the story move along so fast, you could literally breeze through the story! And you don’t only get to read what the characters are saying but you get to see their facial expressions and body language. I think that is a big pro about graphic novels!

In any adaption you add or leave out certain elements of the original plot and it was done very well in this version. You could see the outline of the original story with a few unique quirks here and there.

What I really liked was that all the poems that were a part of the original book were a part of this adaptation, too! But in this adaptation they weren’t positioned at the end of each chapter but rather where it was fitting for the story and I must say they each fit perfectly in their respective slots.

I very much enjoyed reading a slightly different version of one of my favourite childhood stories!

⭐⭐⭐⭐  (4 out of 5 stars)

This graphic novels is published on April 3rd 2017 and if you want to get your hands on it head over to https://mangaclassics.com/ and get your copy 🙂

Have you read the actual Jungle Book book? Did you see the movie? Did you watch a lot of Disney movies as a kid? What is/was your favourite Disney movie?

 

Reviews

Review: Death’s Queen by Janeal Falor | Spoiler Free

book*thanks to Netgalley and Chardonian Press for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Death’s Queen

Author: Janeal Falor

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published: 6th March 2017 by Chardonian Press

Pages: 118

(via Goodreads): “Nameless. Unknown. Alone.

An assassin without a name, born to kill. Owned by a vicious man who refuses to call her anything but girl, she is forced to commit atrocious acts of violence. Vowing to take her future into her own hands, the seventeen-year-old decides to risk everything on one act of defiance—drinking from The Death Drink. The beverage kills most whose lips touch it—only allowing those who are destined to be royalty survive the first sip. 

Powerful. Revered. Hunted. 

To the astonishment of the nation of Valcora, she imbibes it and lives, which crowns her queen. Thrown into a life of royal intrigue, she now has a purpose—to rule with the fairness she was never shown. Despite her altruistic plans, it becomes apparent that someone wants her dead. The new queen must use her training from the former life she only wants to forget in order to stay alive long enough to turn her kingdom into something she can be proud of. She’ll hold onto the crown… or die trying.”

Death’s Queen is about a nameless female assassin who has been following her master’s orders and committing murder all her life. One day she realises how much she despises to kill and leaves the only home she’s ever known. For days she lives on the streets, her mood and will to live slowly slipping away until she decides to end her life by drinking from The Death Drink – it either kills you or crowns you as the new queen. To her surprise she survives and gets thrown into a new life at the court, having people bow down before her and follow her orders and wishes.

With only 118 pages this was a quick read but that is by no means a negative thing, I actually enjoyed it!

I really liked our anonymous main character. We don’t get to know much about her, look-/personality-wise until a few chapters in, which makes her very mysterious and difficult to figure out at first. The people of the court and country don’t know that their new queen is a former deadly assassin but there are still people who want her dead due to her new position as queen. As the story progresses we don’t only get to see her deadly, fierce side where she takes down any man who tries to kill her, but also another more sensitive side. She has difficulty opening up to people or showing emotion and she trusts no one around her. With the exception of the young guard Nash who now is her newly appointed Head Advisor. He keeps her company, takes his time to explain politics to her and also how to act as a queen.

She also does a lot differently than all the queens before her. She changes rules and doesn’t let anyone talk down on her or try to talk her into something she doesn’t want to do. If she doesn’t like a dress, she lets them make her a new one. If she isn’t okay with the court’s courtesy rules she lets people know it. I like that she has a mind of her own and only pursues what she thinks is right. She opposes the council and only ever really listens to Nash.

I liked how her and Nash worked together but I do have to say their relationship developed a little too quickly for me. I think the whole story took place within a couple of weeks so they could have developed feelings for each other, sure, it just seemed a little too fast for my liking. But maybe I just felt that way because the book only has 100+ pages, I’m not sure!

The story was very fast-paced and there are some unexpected truths that are revealed throughout the story. If you’re looking for a quick read with a bit of action, betrayal, life at court, a little side-romance and a badass female character you should pick up Death’s Queen!

⭐⭐⭐⭐  (4 out of 5 stars)

Check out the goodreads page and grab your copy on Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK)!

Reviews

Review: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo | (semi-)Spoiler Free

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siege-and-stormTitle: Siege and Strom (The Grisha #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published: June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Company

Pages: 435

This is the second book of the Grisha trilogy and while the review doesn’t contain spoilers for Siege and Storm, there will be some for  the first book of the series!

Siege and Storm continues where Shadow and Bone left off. Alina and Mal are on the run from the Darkling. After crossing the True Sea, they try to make a new life for themselves on foreign land while keeping their identities hidden. Things take an unexpected turn and Alina will have to pick between her power, her country and her very first love.

Damn, Leigh Bardugo really knows how to write her books, they keep leaving me speechless and gaping. Her writing is so vivid but also so simple, it made it very easy to envision the world and the events that happened throughout the book, especially the fight scenes! They played in front of my eyes like a movie! She does it so well and effortlessly, I genuinely love reading what she writes.

I do have to say the beginning was just a teeny tiny bit slow for my liking but once the action picked up I forgot all about it! It ended up being really fast-paced, one thing happened after the other and you never knew what to expect! Just like the first book, Siege and Storm was full of action, suspense and unexpected twists and turns.

I love that everything about these books is so unpredictable. I didn’t know what to expect from this book, sometimes the second book of a trilogy doesn’t turn out so well and they’re boring and labelled as “fillers” but this one did not disappoint! I can’t decide if I liked it more than the first one or not!

Now, let’s talk about the characters, shall we?

A lot of new characters were introduced in this books that I really liked. The twins Tamar and Toyla (whose names I keep mixing up, oops!) were quite enjoyable and I liked them from the start. They’re both very loyal, always keep their word and do what is asked of them. And they’re strong as hell, I bet they could tear anyone in half! Even without Grisha powers!

We were also introduced to Nikolai, the new love of my life. I don’t know how he did it but I fell in love with him so deeply, I’d probably die for him if he asked me to. I’m not going to say too much about him because that would spoil some surprises but he is just a genuinely great person. He is witty and humorous, very handsome, unpredictable and even a little mad sometimes. He’s so very charming, he’s ambitious and driven, smart and innovative and he needs to be protected at all costs! God, I really do love him. I really liked what Alina said about him in the book and thought I’d share the quote: “He’d transitioned effortlessly from the role of a glib adventurer to arrogant prince, and now he became a beloved commander, a soldier who laughed easily with his companions and knew each commoner’s name.”

Alina went through some more character development in this book. She keeps growing and changing, for the better and sometimes even for worse. I like that she is a lot more sure of herself and her powers. But sometimes she says/thinks/does things that I’m not a fan of and I don’t know if it’s her power and greed for the next amplifier or the Darkling’s influence.

I don’t really have any opinions on the Darkling if I’m honest? He was barely in this book and I can’t decide if he has good or bad intentions and what he really wants from Alina. A lot of people seem to love him but I just can’t form and opinion yet.

The same applies for Mal. I liked him in Shadow and Bone and I was happy that Mal and Alina ended up getting together in the end! But in Siege and Storm both of them have changed. Mal doesn’t like Alina’s power and who she has become, he isn’t there for her when she needs him and he keeps distancing himself from her. And Alina is getting hurt in the process, over and over again. I get that they have been best friends since they were little kids and she has been in love with Mal for a long time but she deserves better! Someone who treats her right and supports her! But the both of them want the other to be someone they’re not and it’s taking its toll on their relationship.

A concept I would very much like though? Alina and Nikolai. Though they’re very much platonic in Siege and Storm I think they’d be good together! But, I mean, if Alina doesn’t want him I’ll gladly take him!!! My precious prince ♥♥♥

All in all I can say it was a thoroughly enjoyable book and I have become a big fan of the Grisha universe! I’m very excited to read the last book of this trilogy!

⭐⭐⭐⭐  (4 out of 5 stars)

Get your copy on Amazon (US) or Amazon (UK) or go to the goodreads page!

Also, check out my review of Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) if you haven’t already.