3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge: Day 3

Hi everyone!👋

Welcome to the last day of the 3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge! For one last time, thanks a million to Sam @ River-Moose-Reads for tagging me! Here are my day 1 and day 2 posts.


For one last time, the rules:

•Thank the person who nominated you
•Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
•Nominate three one new blogger each day


The Quote:

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller


I tag…

Casey @ adoptabookaus💜


Thanks so much again for reading, guys! I hope you enjoyed these quotes!😛😂

Au revoir!💜

Emmy & Oliver Review

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Title: Emmy & Oliver

Author: Robin Benway

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging

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I have seen a plethora of bloggers rave about the characters and overall sweetness of Emmy & Oliver. Until the day I picked it up, however, it wasn’t really one of my plans to read it- but since there was a copy of it in my local library and because it looked cute, I decided, why not?

Just as I anticipated, I adored this book! Although it does cover some sensitive topics such as kidnapping and betrayal, I found that the overall tone was quite light-hearted. The characters were strongly crafted and there are some valuable morals to be taken from the reading of this novel.

Emmy & Oliver revolves around a high schooler named Emmy. Some years ago, one of her best friends named Oliver suddenly disappeared, turning out to have been kidnapped by his father who did not live with him at the time. Flash forward all of these years, and now he is back home. Despite the fact that they hadn’t spoken since they were kids, Emmy wants to revert right back to being friends with Oliver. But Oliver is scarred from his ten years away- will they still be able to bond as friends… or possibly even more?

Emmy was a flawed character, but that is a-okay with me. A character cannot truly come to life without having flaws- flaws are what helps them develop by the end of the novel. In our case, Emmy kept some secrets from her loved ones and this really annoyed me at times, but if I were to leave that aside, she was an extremely kind and warm character to read about. She was upbeat and gregarious and she gave loads of useful advice to other characters when they were in need of it, proving that she was very intuitive as well.

As said before, Oliver was definitely scarred from his past, which is likely an understatement. Absolutely no one should have to go through what he’d experienced in his mere seventeen years of life. In spite of this, his heart was built up with bundles of sweetness and I’m glad that he was able to share it with both the characters and the readers.

This book’s plot wasn’t its strongest feature by a long shot. It was predictable and slow, but although the events didn’t necessarily stick out to me, it was the immense character development that kept me amused throughout.

All in all, I can for sure see myself recommending Emmy & Oliver in the future to fans of heart-warming contemporaries. It was certainly flawed in some aspects, but the amazingness about this book for sure overweighs all of the tiny bits of blandness.

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3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge: Day 2

Hi everyone!💜

Welcome to Day 2 of the 3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge! Thanks once again to Sam @ River-Moose-Reads for the tag! You can view yesterday’s post here.


Just a refresher of the rules…

•Thank the person who nominated you
•Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
•Nominate three one new blogger each day


The Quote:

“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for them.” ~Morgan Matson, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour


I Tag:

Alexandra @ Twirling Pages💞


Thanks for reading, guys! Make sure to come back tomorrow for one last quote!

Au revoir!💜

3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge: Day 1

Hi everyone!💞

I have been tagged by the marvellous Sam @ River-Moose-Reads to partake in the 3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge. Thanks so much, Sam, and be sure to check out her gorgeous blog!💜

So let’s start!


The Rules:

•Thank the person who nominated you
•Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
•Nominate three one new blogger each day


The Quote:

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss


I Tag:

My first tag is going to be the amazing Alex @ Whimsy Pages!💞


Thank you guys for reading, and be sure to come back tomorrow to see my next quote!💞

Au revoir!💜

Things We Know by Heart Review

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Title: Things We Know by Heart

Author: Jessi Kirby

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging

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Upon my first glimpse at this book’s synopsis, I wasn’t fully convinced to pick it up. I don’t know, something about it just steered me away. One day, however, I had a change of heart- I couldn’t resist seeing what was behind that adorable cover. In brief, my process of picking up Things We Know by Heart was due to a big case of cover love!

This book blew me away, and even that is an understatement. After having read this one, one thing I can say for sure is that it has earned a special spot in my heart. Almost everything about it was absolutely perfect- I felt extremely engaged and emotionally connected to its plot and characters.

To provide a brief synopsis of the story, it follows the footsteps of a girl named Quinn. Her boyfriend Trent had gotten killed in a car accident a year earlier, leaving her wretched. His organs were all given out, and Quinn reaches out to those who received them so she could still feel in touch with Trent. To get some closure on his death, she seeks out Colton, the recipient of his heart. Soon enough, she finds herself falling in love with him- same heart, but two different people. But Colton has no idea that it was her boyfriend whose heart he’d been given…

I liked Quinn as she was extremely kind, however I didn’t particularly appreciate the fact that she kept the secret about her boyfriend’s heart from Colton for so long. Nevertheless, I do understand that it was to have a bond with him without all of the pressure from the loss of Trent, and thus I respect this. In my opinion, everything else about her made her very likeable and memorable.

I LOVED Colton even more than Quinn! He’d gone through so much trouble and yet stayed so strong, and while reading I could just picture him as this gorgeous, dreamy-looking guy. I shipped Quinn and Colton so hard, but at the same time I wanted a little bit of Colton all to myself. Do you get what I’m saying?!

This book had the perfect length and pacing. At just over 300 pages, even the slowest readers will be able to finish this book in a jiffy. I was kept on my toes and sucked in throughout the entire story. I also found that the writing was straight to the point and very engaging. Every word had its relevance in the novel, and I much prefer that to books that go on and on about how a character’s outfit looked that day.

To sum it all up, if I had the time and the patience to, I would learn every word of this book by heart. It was absolutely astonishing and I doubt I could have had a better time reading it. Unlike many fluffy books I read, this one definitely gave me some feels but stayed fluffy at the same time- it had great emotional balance! If you are into gushy and cheesy (in a good way) contemporaries that break your heart in the beginning and then sew it back together by the end, then Things We Know by Heart is the one for you.

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Don’t Even Think About It Review

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Title: Don’t Even Think About It

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, magical realism, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

A contemporary teen novel with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) and Bras & Broomsticks!

We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn’t expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.
So stop obsessing about your ex. We’re always listening.

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: By browsing the shelves of my school library

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Magical realism is one of my favourite genres. Magic in fantasy books doesn’t always work for me, but I adore when tiny sprinkles of magic are added into contemporaries. Thus, when I read the synopsis of this book, all I expected were good things.

Unfortunately, Don’t Even Think About It lacked that- dare I say it- magical touch. The tone and the writing style were both very juvenile-sounding and the plot was strange and more dramatic than expected.

This book is all about the sophomores who attend a New York City high school. When they get flu shots one day, the side effects include extreme telepathy- soon enough, everyone could hear each other’s thoughts. This causes a lot of drama to the point when the teens no longer know who to trust. Will the telepathy be fixed, or if not, will the students learn how to use it properly and effectively?

As I write this review, I finished reading this book less than a month ago, but I can’t remember any of the characters for the life of me. There wasn’t even really a protagonist, for goodness sake! The characters were all so bland and forgettable and they made no impact on me as a reader; I remained unmoved. I need to oversee good character development in order to fully enjoy a book, and in this story it was just completely absent.

Hence the juvenile writing style, the plot was just as weirdly young-sounding and basic. All it revolves around is the students’ telepathy; that is literally it. Although the book was under 300 pages, the redundancy of all the telepathy drama made it seem much longer!

To sum it all up, I’m afraid that I just didn’t find too many redeeming qualities about Don’t Even Think About It. It didn’t work for me, and thus I am handing it a (probably too generous) 2.5 star rating. Because of the one-dimensional characters and repetitive storyline, I don’t think that teens will appreciate it as much as tweens getting a head start into YA will.

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November 2017 Book Haul

Hi everyone!👋

Another month is done, so here’s another book haul! I had an extremely busy November, but I was still able to get in a few good reads which I was quite thankful of. If I read at least 10 books this month, then I will be able to beat my 2017 reading challenge of 200 books, and I’m only hoping for the best!💜

So let’s get started!


Borrowed from the library:


Bought from Indigo:


Received from author Deanna Cabinian in exchange for an honest review (thank you so much!)


So tell me, how was your reading month? Did you haul or read any goodies? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

The Book Thief Review

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Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Genre & Age Group: Historical fiction, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

A story about, among other things: A girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. Winner of the 2007 BookBrowse Ruby Award.

Winner of the 2007 BookBrowse Ruby Award.

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: Who doesn’t know about it?

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I feel like I was one of the last readers to hop onto the bandwagon for this book. As long as I have been into the YA genre, bloggers have constantly been raving and recommending this book to others. Although I enjoy reading about World War II, the long length intimidated me for the longest time so I kept on procrastinating to read it.

When I finally gave in and decided to give The Book Thief a read, I was amazingly astonished. Even though it took me longer to read this book over several others because of the slow pacing and length, it was worth every second.

For those of you who don’t know what the story is about, it follows a young girl named Liesel through the eyes of Death itself during World War II. When she learns to read, she starts stealing books and sharing them with her supportive neighbours, including a Jewish boy who hides in her family’s basement. To escape the woes of the war, Liesel reads all the time, but will it eventually get to be too much? Will she have to sacrifice her life because she reads books rather than paying attention to reality?

I found Liesel to be adorably innocent, and I guess that is both good and bad. It was good because we got more of a focus on her love of reading than on the terrible war, but bad because she was ignoring reality for the most part and blocking it all out with books. Nevertheless, I adored her passion for reading and I thought she was a very kind character.

I as well definitely appreciated the aspect of family we oversee in this story. Much like Anne Frank hid in an annex during World War II, the Meminger family hid a boy named Max down in their basement. They interacted with him with a welcoming mindset and that was one thing I loved about this novel. Hiding Max came with some fatal risks, and I’m glad that Liesel’s family was supportive and didn’t care if they were shamed for doing what should have been considered as a good deed.

My least favourite part of this book was most likely the incredibly slow pacing of the plot. Hence the mere 550 pages of the story, it takes a very long time to progress and I sometimes got bored during the slower parts. If I were to push that completely aside, though, then I loved virtually every other aspect of this book, which includes the interesting POV of death.

Having read and adored this novel, I will not hesitate to read more from Markus Zusak. His writing style and imagination are both amazing and although we all know how horrible the concept of war is, Zusak captures it in a way that all teens will comprehend and value. If you have not yet gotten around to picking up The Book Thief then you should do so now- before I steal all of your other books and replace them with this one!

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ARC Review: Kiss Me in New York

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Title: Kiss Me in New York

Author: Catherine Rider

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s Christmas Eve at JFK in NYC.

Charlotte is a British student, waiting for a flight home after the worst semester of her life. Anthony is a native New Yorker, surprising his girlfriend at the airport after three months apart. Charlotte has just been dumped, and Anthony is about to be dumped, right in the middle of the holiday crowd.

Charlotte’s flight is canceled when a blizzard blows in, and Anthony can’t bear to go home. So, they set out into the city together, clutching a book Charlotte picks up in the airport gift shop: Ten Easy Steps for Getting Over Your Ex. For this one night, they’ll focus on healing their broken hearts … together.

Step-by-step, the two struggle to put the past behind them. But the snow is so enchanting, and the holiday lights are so beguiling, that soon their shared misery gives way to something else. Soon, they’re not only over their exes — they’re falling for each other.

Then a subway ride splits them up by mistake. Will they reunite before Charlotte’s flight leaves New York forever?

Source: Thanks so much to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for providing me with a physical ARC of this book!

How I Found Out About It: Indigo newsletter

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I am always a sucker for an adorable holiday romance story. I don’t celebrate Christmas myself, but I just love the idea of characters kissing under the mistletoe and catching snowflakes with their tongues. I also adore reading about the Big Apple, so put two and two together, and here you have Catherine Rider’s Kiss Me in New York!

I have to admit that this book does not have the world’s most original storyline or characters, but that’s okay with me. It was a short, fast-paced read that did nothing but make me happy and prepare me for winter, and that is exactly what I look for in my contemporaries.

Kiss Me in New York follows the footsteps of a girl named Charlotte over the course of one Christmas Eve in New York City, where she has spent the last semester miserably studying. Her plans to fly home to the UK in time for Christmas are shattered when her flight is delayed because of a blizzard, and to add on to that, her boyfriend from college had just dumped her. Enter Anthony. He too has just been dumped in the middle of the airport, so when he and Charlotte meet, they decide to get over their exes together with the aid of a special book to help people do just that. It works miraculously- to the point when they’ve become interested in each other.

Neither character stood out very much to me, so what I want to touch on more is the romance between them. It was adorable (that is probably an understatement), yet at the same time unrealistic. I mean, I know next to nothing about these things, but who would break up with their partner and get over them in a night using a book and then find a new fleeting romance within 12 hours? Definitely not me, but given Charlotte’s circumstances, I thought it was fine. Again, the purpose of this book is to make you smile and get you into the holiday spirit, and I’m thankful that this romance novel made me do just that.

I have read a fair share of books about fleeting romances. Kisses on a Paper Airplane, The Sun is Also a Star, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, you name it. After a while I probably won’t remember this one as well as some of the others, but what I will remember are the giddy emotions that its premise and setting gave me. If a book like this is able to make me FEEL something, then to me that is a wonderful read.

To sum it all up, Kiss Me in New York is not meant to be the most unique, mind-blowing story out there, but a feel-good novel that makes you want to explore the Big Apple and all of its quirks during the festive winter season. In my opinion it’s not worthy of 5 stars, and probably not even 4, but if you want to check out a nice, breezy book to pump you up for wintertime, then this one is for sure worth a read.

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*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*

Mystery Blogger Award 8.0

Hi everyone!😊

Welcome to my 8th Mystery Blogger Award! This time I’ve been nominated by the amazing Sam @ River-Moose-Reads! Thanks so much, Sam, I really appreciate it!💘If you haven’t taken a look at her gorgeous blog, then what are you waiting for?

So let’s get on with it!👌


The Rules:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog. 

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

6. You have to nominate 10-20 people.

7. Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog. 

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

9. Share your link to your best post(s)


The Philosophy:

This award was created by the awesome Okoto Enigma, so be sure to check them out, too! Here is their philosophy behind creating the award:

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma


My Facts:

1. Lately I’ve been thinking about pursuing a career in sciences instead of law like I originally wanted. I don’t know, law seems really dry to me and I’m just not sure if I’m interested enough to take it on. I also may pursue a career in literature, hoping that there are some good jobs available in my future! It’s fine, though- I still have a while to decide.😊

2. I am extremely organized and I really like planning ahead. In fact, 99% of the posts on this blog are scheduled so I’m not rushing to write them at the last minute!

3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was the last young adult novel I’ve reread in a very long time. The only reason I reread it, though, was because I had to read it for school. But I loved it, so all is good!💜


Sam’s Questions:

Would you rather drink polyjuice mixed with cat fur or be cursed to talk in limericks only?

Probably limericks; polyjuice mixed with cat fur just seems disgusting!😳


How many minutes to midnight is your TBR?

I guess it’s around thirty minutes to midnight- it’s not about to topple me over, but I do still have quite a few books on there that I want to get through. I mean, it’s only 125 books right now, so that isn’t so much, I guess?🤷‍♀️


How do you organize your bookshelf?

Since I just got a new one, I don’t have a set way of organizing it yet. I was away at a convention the weekend I got it so my parents arranged it for me, and I’ve got to say that I like the way they did it. Here’s a picture:

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(My apologies, it isn’t the clearest!)

Worst bookish/reading habit?

Sometimes if I am utterly bored by a book, I will skim through it and tend to miss important details or tiny ones that come up later in the story. I know, it’s bad! If I do this, then I know that the book isn’t a 4.5 or 5 star read.🙅


(Weird/funny) – Make a closet cosplay for a book character. Put a picture (of just the outfit or of you wearing it). Why did you pick each piece?

I’m unfortunately going to have to skip this one for now. I read mostly contemporary and to be completely honest, I usually just skip over the parts where they describe what a character is wearing. And I read too many books to remember anyway, so it would be hard for me to come up with anything for this one. Sorry, guys!😔


My Questions:

1. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?

2. Share your favourite meme or GIF!😂

3. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!

4. Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.

5. (Sort of) weird: What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)


My Best Posts:

I am proud of all of them and I can’t choose one!


I nominate…

1. Imogene @ Amidst the Pages

2. Emma @ Emma Janelle Reads

3. Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

You guys have no obligations to participate if you don’t wish to, it’s ultimately just for fun! I do really look forward to reading your answers if you do decide to, though!💘


So tell me, do you agree with any of my answers? Disagree? How would you answer my or Sam’s questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜