Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

It took me a record breaking of over a month to finish this book, due to complications such as finals, procrastination, book con, and more procrastination. But without further ado, here’s the book review that I honestly don’t even wanna write cuz I’m always so tired no matter what.


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Name: The Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Katherine Arden
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Release Date: June 27, 2017

Synopsis

Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.

Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.

But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

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Book Review: Bellewether – Susanna Kearsley

I decided to remove whatever stuff I was talking about here in the intro, because right now, all I want to do is murder WordPress.

Layout change after layout change they think they’re making things better BUT THEY’RE NOT. THE LAYOUT OF EDITING ONLY GOT UGLIER AND UGLIER

AND I FINALLY CAN’T TAKE IT

BECAUSE THEY HAVE DISABLED SCROLLING DOWN A POST ON GOOGLE CHROME.

HOW THE SHIT AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE MY INTERNET LIFE WITHOUT SCROLLING!?!?!?$ER@#$R@

YOUR APP DOESN’T EVEN ALLOW EDITING AND JUST REDIRECTS ME TO THE WEBPAGE EDITOR ON CHROMES

Sorry. Back to the post.


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Name: Bellewether
Author: Susanna Kearsley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: August 7, 2018

Synopsis

It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

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Book Review: Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan

໒( •́ ∧ •̀ )७ it’s the last book in the series and I’d rather the series not end of it was honestly the most PERFECT ending I could ever ask for ( ≧Д≦)


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Name: Rich People Problems
Author: Kevin Kwan

Publisher: Anchor Books
Release Date: May 1, 2018 (1st pub May 23, 2017)

Synopsis

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside–but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park–a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore–Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage. As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband–a man hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China’s second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.

A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan’s hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.

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Book Review: China Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan

VA VA VA VOOM!

This series gets better by the book, honestly. With book 1, because I’ve watched the movie, some part of my brain was kinda distracted because I’m thinking both mediums at the same time. But now that I’m out of the cycle, my mind is taking in this book completely and completely well.

without further ado…


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Name: China Rich Girlfriend
Author: Kevin Kwan

Publisher: Anchor Books
Release Date: May 31, 2016 (1st pub Jun 16, 2015)

Synopsis

It’s the eve of Rachel Chu’s wedding, and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiancé willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be there to walk her down the aisle.

Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a world where people attend church in a penthouse, where exotic cars race down the boulevard, and where people aren’t just crazy rich … they’re China rich.

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Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

I’m so excited to finally read CRA and write a review on it! This has OBVIOUSLY been the craze of late 2018 and I finally got around to reading it :) I’ll also tie in some of my thoughts about the movie into this review. Hope you enjoy!

A little backstory: I remember a few years back when I visited my local bookstore every Saturday morning, I would always see the cover of Rich People Problems, thinking that it’s some sort of non-fiction judgment on Chinese society. Who would have thought that the first book in that series got turned into a movie?


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Name: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan

Publisher: Anchor Books
Release Date: May 20, 2014 (1st pub Jun 11, 2013)

Synopsis

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

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ARC Review: Monster – K.D. Elizabeth

Today is Monster’s publishing day!!! woop woop!!!!

Happy Book Birthday to K.D. Elizabeth, so proud to be on your street team and so honored to be able to read your books faster than others and love them greatly!


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Name: Monster
Author: K.D. Elizabeth
Publisher: –
Release Date: February 15, 2019

Synopsis

I’ve wanted to screw Rory Larson for twenty-seven years. Okay, fine, I’ve really wanted to screw her for only seventeen, but I’ve wanted her for twenty-seven. More specifically, since I was five and she dumped an entire container of multicolored glitter over my head.

It may have taken only a couple hours for my mom to scrub the glitter out of my hair, but I needed until college to finally get my first taste of Rory.
Then things went horribly wrong—and by horribly wrong, I mean she left me in my dorm, naked, wondering what the hell had just happened.

Fast forward a decade, and Rory still hates me. Loathes me, actually. Sure, she’ll inevitably say that I did something horrible, something irredeemable, that night all those years ago, but that’s just flat-out wrong. I’m completely blameless in the situation. At least, I’m pretty sure I am, anyway.

I deserve an explanation. So I’m enacting my evil plan. By the time the week is out, Jackson King is finally going to put an end to this unbearable twenty-seven-year itch.

Everything will be fine once she hears me out. Right?

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ARC Review: The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

This Advanced Reader’s Copy was obtained during Book Expo 2018, in which this will be an honest review in exchange for the book.

WOAH.

That was just insane.

I really don’t know how to write a review that will do this book justice, but I will definitely try my best :)


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Name: The Priory of the Orange Tree
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: February 26, 2019

Synopsis

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction–but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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Book Review: Miss ManKiller – K.D. Elizabeth

Finished this book from 11am to 3pm with breaks in between~~~~ The power of romance reads. Gets you real good.

I’ve been dying to read it ever since I heard news of it, especially since Book 1 was a blast (check out my review HERE), but since I didn’t have my Kindle and I can’t read it on my phone (too small) and my laptop (not a reading device. Its a gigantic mega thing!), I refused to get it till I got home for the holidays and here I am!


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Name: Miss ManKiller
Author: K.D. Elizabeth
Publisher: Vivre Libre Media
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Synopsis

Three years after a highly public accident and subsequent banishment from the sport, former professional triathlete Sara Jo Ramsey is still recovering from a debilitating injury. Holed up in her beautiful but run-down estate, Sara lives alone, interacting with the outside world only when absolutely necessary.

When her best—and only—friend announces she’s getting married, Sara’s days of hiding abruptly end. Before she knows it, Sara is pulled into a world of engagement parties, bridal showers, and bachelorette extravaganzas.

But the thing about weddings? They tend to bring up old memories. Memories Sara has spent ages trying to forget.

If only she didn’t need to be the maid of honor.

If only the best man wasn’t restoring her estate.

If only he wasn’t so damn attractive.

Gavin Harris has always been alone. By choice. But even the greatest of man-whores needs a best friend, and when Gavin’s friend proposes to his girlfriend—without telling him—Gavin’s previously ordered life is unexpectedly and unpleasantly uprooted.

Watching his best friend marry turns out to be harder than he’d imagined, especially when, as a wedding present, Gavin agrees to take over as the head contractor for a major restoration project. The house itself might be a restorer’s dream, but the woman inside? Not worth the headache.

If only he hadn’t agreed to be the best man.

If only he didn’t have to fix the maid of honor’s house.

If only he hadn’t spent three years avoiding her.

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ARC Review: Miss InstaPrincess – K.D. Elizabeth

I’m still gonna comment on how I no longer have visitors until I post something. What happened…?


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Name: Miss InstaPrincess
Author: K.D. Elizabeth
Publisher: Vivre Libre Media
Release Date: July 5, 2018

Synopsis

Lena Douglas may be a world-famous Instagram model, but she hates it. She’s a real InstaPrincess, reigning over her court of perfectly airbrushed selfies and avocado toast posts, but at twenty-six, she’s running out of time before the Internet moves on to a younger model. Starting her own fitness line is the perfect escape.

But the thing about new companies? They kind of need a little cash. A mentor who can show Lena how to run a business wouldn’t hurt, either. Fortunately, she’s rented the house of a man who could be her perfect business partner. If she agrees to accompany him to events as his date, he might just fund her line.

Too bad she doesn’t have time for distractions.

Too bad her new neighbor is stupidly attractive.

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Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella

New review here we go.

yes I’m doing this in English class because I’m not bothered to work on my World Literature essay, and I have no notes on me to come up with a proper topic!


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Name: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Bantam Press
Release Date: February 7, 2017

Synopsis

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?


Book Cover Comments

I kinda wanted the other cover, but some how it was this one!

Aesthetically very pleasing. I totally love the fonts used, and the little illustration of Katie was adorable. I can’t stop noticing how the placement of everything is just amazing. Gods.


The Actual Review

I didn’t realise it at first until I started reading this book.
That I purchased an Adult Fiction.
I usually go for YA, and I’ve actually never tried adult fiction before, so this is a totally new thing to me. It started off a bit slow, but it caught up really well later on, and it was super interesting and fun.

So this book would be more reflecting on real life situations and not so much beautiful falling in love whatsoever contemporary YA books, and the real life situations are on point.

Katie and Demeter both have troubles going through their lives, how their family affects their job, vice versa, relationship issues, as well as their love for their families. You’ll see how it all plays out when you read the book.

The unravelling of these two’s lives and their troubles, and how their relationship changed throughout the book was really interesting to see. While reading this book, I kept getting The Intern feels. Yes, the one featuring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. And then I rewatched The Intern after I finished the book.

I super love that the company this entire job surrounds is a brand logo/illustration company, and how Katie’s skills tie in with what she does back in the countryside when she goes there. And that’s the first domino tile that kickstarts everything.

The description of the countryside farmhouse seems pretty luxurious, honestly. I kind of want to go there and experience nature, because I’m a 100% nature person. And the elements and activities provided in the program of the hotel-camp business that her dad set up seems really fun as well. There were also a lot of humor inserted into the events that happened during the visiting of different guests.

Btw, there’s a heck ton of gossip and shade going on, and this is a really key point to the plot in the book. Why, I won’t tell you, but it’s how every bad turn on either Katie or Demeter, not spoiling you, started to happen, and what I like is that the book ended in a “solving mystery” way, which just makes things more interesting.

Last but not least, the cute sweet love involved in this book. Geez whenever Katie and her crush has interactions, my heart flutters like hell, and these two takes intimacy up a level. Totally love it. And the ending totally broke my heart :)


My Not So Perfect Life is a perfect chill read on a hot summer day or a cool autumn afternoon, suitable for anyone looking for a bit of the real world out there, a little bit of The Intern and a little bit of love.