A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: October 16th, 2018

Dates Read: October 18th 2018 to October 19th 2018

Pages: 320

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: contemporary, young adult, romance

Goodreads blurb:

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

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Unhealthy Relationships in Books | Discussion

I know I have a post about yelling at people to stop excusing abusive behaviour. I’m here to now explore the topic about books that explore unhealthy relationships and friendships and romanticise them. These are the books that promote negative, jealous behaviours in relationships that are really clear warning signs to get out of a relationship. Basically, it really is just an extension of my stop excusing abusive behaviour post which you can read here.

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi | Review

Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. Recieving an eARC of this book did in no way impact my thoughts, feelings or rating. 


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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: January 15th, 2019

Dates Read: October 23rd 2018 to October 27 2018

Pages: 400

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: young adult, fantasy, magic 

Goodreads blurb:

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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Best Reads of 2018 | Discussion

I read so many incredible books in 2018. I was truly blown away by the content I was reading and absolutely adoring. It seemed at some stages I found some new favourite authors. They were everything I could have wanted and they made 2018 one of my best reading years to date. Something I can’t believe. Obviously, this is not a complete wrap-up of what I loved in the year and I am sure that I will stumble across something else when this goes live, as is my life. However, at this moment here is a list of the best books I read in 2018. Turns out I had a lot of favourite books, oops. 

Going to keep this introduction short because there are quite a few books. So, without any more babbling from me – these are the best books of 2018. I did try to keep it specific to 2018 releases as well, but one 2019 release did sneak in. This list also isn’t in order.

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Most Disappointing Reads of 2018 | Discussion

This may be my favourite post I have had the opportunity to write this entire year. I am someone who thrives on reading people’s negative thoughts, even if it is a series or book that I adored. I am all for differing opinions and I love a critique. I read some amazing books in 2018, quite a few mediocre ones and not as many disappointing books as I had previously thought. Looking at this list, it is definitely not the longest one that I have had. However, I am excited to share it with y’all!

If you disagree with any of my thoughts, that is absolutely fine. These are my opinions and my opinions alone. I also do require two books that release in January 2019 and that is because the disappointment that overcame me was so strong they had to be included. They were two of my most anticipated releases and now they definitely are not. I’m also posting this pretty early, so oops if I end up hating any more books before the year is up.

Anyway, let’s jump into this list!

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Birthday Book Tag | Book Tag

Today is my birthday! I am officially 21 and I can do everything I have been doing since I was 18 – yay, Australia. I saw this Birthday Book Tag on Dezzy’s blog in November and figured it is literally the most perfect tag ever to do on your birthday.

20 was a wild year for me. I made some incredible friends, made some really tough choices and even got my first job after graduating from university. It is truly such a gift to have even reached 21 and maybe one day I will do an in-depth review on the struggles I faced and why I am so blessed to feel as if I overcame them.

Anyway, enough babble by me! Let’s jump into this tag! Again, go check out Dezzy’s book tag because her posts are fabulous.

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The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: August 22nd, 2017

Dates Read: October 1st, 2018 – October 2nd, 2018

Pages: 389

Publisher: Avon Books

Genre: contemporary, historical fiction, romance

Goodreads blurb:

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing. 
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

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