Tuesday, 8 August 2017

ARC Review Rant: Girls Made Of Snow & Glass by Melissa Bashardoust


Release Date: 5, September, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages: 400
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Source: Publisher 
Rate: 5/5


SYNOPSIS

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.
 

REVIEW

This story revolves around 2 girls, Mina & Lynet. Mina is a cold hearted queen while Lynet has an extraordinary skin, she can't feel cold. Mina is full of selfishness, she can't remove it, she can't even cry. When Mina's husband whose also Lynet's father dies, one shall be the Queen. Both are powerful both care for eachother too. One will win: love or bigotry.
HANDS DOWN BEST FANTASY OF 2017! Words can't even explain my love for this book. Guys guys MINA IS SUCH A BOMB CHARACTER. I know you'll hate her but I loved her alot. Lynet is such a cute but bad-ass character and then we have Nadia * _ * So many good female characters. The concept of a glass heart is so purely enticing. The more you read the more you start becoming curious. The character growth of Mina is so awesome. It all happens with the help of Nadia. Mina's father is such a horrible person. Every cell of my body hated him. Like he's just so vile and evil and idek what to say. I also felt like that Lynet's father should have just moved on and started a healthy relationship with Mina. I might sound evil lol but sometimes you gotta move on. Neverthless the bonding between Mina & Lynet was so beautiful like ♡ & oh Bashardoust is one amazing fantasy writer!
Overall, JUST PRE-ORDER THIS BOOK RN LIKE YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE. K BYE.


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Review Rant: Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock


Release Date: 1, August, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Pages: 320
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher
Rate: 4/5


SYNOPSIS

A new spin on the classic smart-girl-and-bad-boy setup, this witty contemporary romance shows how easily a friendship – even one built on an elaborate lie – can become so much more.

Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A’s and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever. It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow―especially when you really, really want it to be the truth.

With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that TV shows and movies have always promised. Through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are “just friends.” But that might be the biggest lie of all.

Debut author Tiffany Pitcock delivers a spot-on depiction of first love and the high school rumor mill in Just Friends, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.

REVIEW 

This cute YA contemporary revolves around a shy girl Jenny & the hot playboy of the school, Chance. When Jenny & Chance both end up lying about their childhood friendship for an assignment, Jenny's life changes. She becomes social but for Chance his ever collapsing problems are becoming more chaotic. Is this fake relationship just fake? Or something's really going on? Will Chance be able to solve his depressing issues?
This review was supposed to be published yesterday but I'm so busy these days. Nevermind, so I really don't read much YA romance novels as they sometimes are too cheesy or unrealistic for me. But oh boy! Just Friends was such a beautiful read. It wasn't just about romance struggles. But also about a teen struggling with problematic parents which is really a touchy subject for me. I noticed a great character growth in Jenny. She becomes more outdoorsy. While Chance's life sadly becomes really really chaotic. The way they both struggle is just so amazing to read. The author is literally made for writing cute romance novels. This novel wasn't even way too much cheesy.
Overall, a nice YA romance novel, with a struggling protagonist. Loved this book! Would recommend to everyone! :)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Review Rant: The Crowns Of Croswald by D E Night


Release Date: 21, July, 2017
Publisher: Stories Untold
Pages: 312
Genre: Fantasy
Source: JKS Communications
Rate: 3/5

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SYNOPSIS

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
 

REVIEW

This novel is kinda like a Harry Potter retelling. Ivy Lovely is living a miserable life until she discovers she's a witch. She then sets off for Halls of Ivy, the prestigious school for witches. But Ivy isn't normal, her blood is royal & now the Dark Queen seeks her blood & crown. Can she beat the Queen?
The plot of the novel resembles alot to Harry Potter. I enjoyed it but it becomes annoying too. The story was pretty predictable as everything is really like Harry Potter. The concept of human world & magic world was kinda confusing. The story was pretty magical but it was really fast paced and kinda felt disordered. I liked the characters & Ivy was pretty amazing. I liked her bubbly character alot!
Overall, it was an average read & had its flaws but it's an amazing novel for middle grade readers. I would definitely recommend it to middle grade readers especially if they enjoy HP! 


Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Liebster Award Tag

I was tagged by the wonderful Niamh for the Liebster Award Tag! She asked me some questions which I'll be answering in this post plus I'll be tagging 11 bloggers in the end of the post and ask my 11 questions & so the cycle goes on.... ♡

Do you use Instagram alongside your blog? If so does it help your views?

I do use instagram along with my blog (I'd love it if you'll follow me @voraciousbookling)! I don't really think it helps with my views. My most of the traffic comes from Twitter.

Do you have a schedule or do you post as and when you can? What is your reasoning behind it?

I used to have a schedule and I used to follow it strictly but my life has become so busy as this year will be the year when I'll be choosing my uni so there's no schedule anymore. :( I'll be back properly from December 2017.

Do you have any blogs you read religiously? If so who are they?

Aaahh!! First of all I love all the lovely people who regularly comment on my blog!!! I love reading their blogs & content! You all are super bomb! ♡ Shoutout to Blodeuedd & Anna for regularly updating their blog plus Diva Booknerd too as her reviewing style is LOVE & lovely Avalinah as she's really fun to talk to ♡

Have you attended any blogger events? If so what were your thoughts? If not are you wanting to attend any?

OMG! I so wanna attend a blogger event but there are really less bloggers in Pakistan so no blogger events sadly!

When did you start blogging? 

I started this blog in May 2014! It used be so embarrassing! Crappy English lol :D with no idea of book reviewing!

If you could befriend any celebrity/ blogger/ influencer who would you befriend?

I would love to meet all my fellow book bloggers & all the people I have befriended on Twitter & Instagram. A really big list :D

What is your ultimate goal in life?

I want to have a good career & have all the publishers send me ARCs :D & also to visit BEA & YALC.

What book/ movie have you most recently read/ watched?

The book that I recently read is Broken Branches by M Jonathan Lee & it's been a long time since I'v watched a good movie.

Where would you like to live the most?

I would love to live in my homeland forever!

What is your dream holiday?
Some place, Shopping, me, books, Best friend!!!

Do you have a bucket list? What are you working towards?

At the moment, my ultimate goal is to get in a good uni and make a career. 

Here are my questions:

* Why did you start book blogging?
* What kind of diverse characters do you wanna see in novels?
* You're book blogging goals?
* Have you ever been to a book bloggers event or book signing? How was your experience? 
* You're favourite bloggers?
* Your favourite book to movie adaptation?
* How old is your blog?
* What to you love the most: Instagram or Twitter?
* You're views about Instagram's algorithm? 
* What attracts you the most: book cover or synopsis?
* Something that you want to confess to publishers or authors?

I Nominate:


Farhina

Zainab
Zoey
Diva Booknerd
Anna
Nadene
Blodeuedd
Olivia
Avalinah
Angel
Mehru





Tuesday, 18 July 2017

ARC Review Rant: Broken Branches by M Jonathan Lee


Release Date: 27, July, 2017
Publisher: Hideaway Fall
Pages: 294
Genre: Mystery, Horror
Source: Publisher 
Rate: 3/5


SYNOPSIS

'Family curses don't exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don't think so.'

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.
 

REVIEW

This book revolves around Ian Perkins & his family. There is a family curse that has been ruining the lives of Perkins' Family since forever. When Ian movies with his son, Harry & wife, Rachel, they start to suffer from the curse.
This book was one hella depressing read. I didn't expected it to be so deep. The characters are very deep-ish. Ian is a really confusing character. His wife Rachel is an extremely patient person,  she remained with her husband through thick & thin. His son Harry was a really adorable addition to the novel. Talking about the plot, it was confusing but really cinematic. The writing quality of the author was pretty great. The novel is really slow but in the end it kinda starts to become fast. The way the tragedies has been described is pretty awesome. 
Overall, it is a nice rainy day read. Won't really recommend to people who have suffered great loss or are depressed. A well written read with chill-spining scenes.