December 2016 Holiday Book Haul🎄

Hi everyone!☺️

Well, this year flew by fast! It is currently New Year’s Eve (well, day), and I can’t wait for 2017 to arrive! I had a great year both with my life and my blog, and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store. For those who celebrate the holidays, I hope they were great and that you were able to spend some great times with your loved ones, as well as get (and read) BOOKS!😊💕

Anyway, without further ado, here is my last book haul of 2016:

Borrowed from the library:


Received from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review:


Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review:


Received as Hannukah gifts (yay!)

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(Haha, in the right photo, the gifts are not the books, but the K bookends. Thanks so much, Dad!💗 )

Received from author V.S. Nelson in exchange for an honest review:


Freebie from iBooks:


Thanks so much to author V.S. Nelson, Indigo, and publishers via Netgalley for all the ARCs, I definitely appreciate it! Also thanks to my family for the Hannukah gifts!💗

So tell me, have you guys read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? What books did YOU haul this month? What were your bookish holiday presents? Let me know in the comments below.

For the last time in 2016, au revoir!💜

This Lullaby Review

About the book:


Title: This Lullaby

Author: Sarah Dessen

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about?

Source: Hannukah present☺️

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads


Is it just me, or are Sarah Dessen’s books a little bit unmemorable?

I mean, I enjoyed this book and all, but writing this review a week after completing it, I’m having some trouble recalling things about it, which usually doesn’t happen!

Anywho, out of the 4 Dessen books I’ve read so far, this one has to be my second favourite. And yes, that does mean I can barely remember anything about the 3rd and 4th ones.

For a brief synopsis, This Lullaby revolves around a teen girl named Remy. Her mother has had five husbands on and off, so Remy knows what it is that makes a good relationship, and sticks by her rules. When she meets Dexter, she is attracted to him right away, even though he breaks some of her relationship rules. Will she let her gut or her heart win?

Remy was a good character… but I don’t really think she stood out in the sea of contemporary protagonists. She was everything you could possibly predict she’d be- whiny at first until she learns a lesson that changes her, has a good posse of friends… and the list goes on and on. The character development was good, but nothing super significant. And Dexter was just unmemorable, I’m sorry. The romance between Remy and Dexter was pretty cute, but unfortunately, that’s all I can really remember.

The only reason why I am giving this 3.5 stars is because of the lesson embedded in it. Not enough YA stories stress this, but I think it’s very important! Anyway, that lesson is that all good things are worth waiting for, and that you just have to let life take its course. And as those good things come, it doesn’t really matter how long they last, as long as you make the best out of them. As Dessen puts it:

“Some things don’t last forever, but some things do. Like a good song, or a good book, or a good memory you can take out and unfold in your darkest times, pressing down on the corners and peering in close, hoping you still recognize the person you see there” (This Lullaby 344).

Overall, This Lullaby was a good story with lots of potential, but the characters simply fell flat for me. This good rating is for the morals, and the morals only. Anyway, if you are a fan of coming-of-age romances and don’t mind unmemorable characters, then this book is soon to become a new favourite!

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Top Ten Thursday #33

Hi everyone!☺️

It is the last Thursday of the year, and thus the last Top Ten Thursday post of 2016! I would like to thank everyone for reading, liking and commenting on my Top Ten Thursday posts every week. If you have any future topics you’d like to suggest, then please let me know!

Anyway, I’ve been dreading writing this post for a while as I got to read over 250 books this year, but… today I will be rounding down to my 10 favourite books of 2016. It is going to be SO HARD to pick just 10, but anyways, here we go! (I won’t be explaining my choices this time as I’ve reviewed all of them but two, and they basically do all the talking😄 )




















And last but not least….





If YOU haven’t read these books, then you need to put them on your TBR right now! They are all too amazing to miss. Come on, do it. I’ll wait here (im)patiently.☺️

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Did you feel the love too? What are your favourite reads of 2016? Any of these books you didn’t like😟 ? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Hi everyone!😄

Lena @ bookfandom1001 has tagged me to take part in the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag. Thanks so much!💕 If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, then definitely go do so now for pure awesomeness!

Here we go!

A popular book or series that you didn’t like?


I unfortunately own this book in both English and French… I read the English version, and it was so boring!😫

A popular book or series that everyone seems to hate but you love


I don’t understand the fuss, guys! I loved this series, the books are all such light reads! The writing may not be amazing, but it’s the plot that had me addicted.

A love triangle where  the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don’t like?


I don’t want to spoil you guys on this one, but Autumn did NOT end up with the guy I wanted her to end up with.😤

A popular genre you hardly reach for?

High fantasy- it just doesn’t seem to interest me much, and some of the books I have read from the genre have left me unsatisfied. One of my bookish new year’s resolutions is to give the genre more of a try, though!

A popular or beloved character you don’t like


I didn’t love Gale. Something about him just made me apprehensive.

A popular author you can’t get into?


It’s not that I can’t get into Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series, it’s that I just don’t love it.

A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing (examples: lost princess, corrupt ruler, love triangles)

About 99% of YA contemporaries I read deal with a protagonist that has divorced or missing parent(s). I know that the authors are trying to get readers in those situations to be able to relate, but I think it has gone a little overboard- not EVERY SINGLE character needs to have separated parents!

A popular series that you have no interest in reading?


Sorry, Cassandra Clare fans. I’m just not interested.😦

The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?


I have said this many times and will say it again- I liked the movie more than the book for this one. I just preferred seeing the action on screen rather than reading about it, is all.

I tag…

  1. Sue @ Books from Dusk till Dawn
  2. Aralyn @ Paper Addictions & Magic
  3. Abby & Erica @ You Otter Read

If you have already done this or just don’t feel like it right now, it’s completely fine with me! I’d really like to see your awesome answers, though!☺️

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What books or authors do you have unpopular opinions about? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

ARC Review: White Jade Tiger

About the book:


Title: White Jade Tiger

Author: Julie Lawson

Genre & Age Group: Historical fiction, sci-fi, middle grade

Goodreads Synopsis:

1994 Sheila A. Egoff Children s Literature Prize Winner
1995 Silver Birch Award Shortlisted
1994 CLA Book of the Year Award Runner-up

On a trip to Chinatown, thirteen-year-old Jasmine steps through a doorway back in time and finds herself in the 1880s.
Jasmine is not sure she likes the idea of being stuck in Victoria while her father goes to China. But on a field trip to Chinatown, she changes her mind. Passing through a doorway in Fan Tan Alley, she mysteriously finds herself in the early 1880s. Adventure begins with a new friend, a journey to the Fraser Canyon during the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and a search for an ancient amulet. But Jasmine is not the only one searching for the white jade tiger “

Source: Thanks so much to Dundurn for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley


I was surfing Netgalley for something cool to read, and White Jade Tiger caught my eye. I really enjoy reading books about time-travel, as I like to see how life was/may be like in different eras. I feel like this book hit the nail on the head in that area!

For a synopsis, this book revolves around 13-year-old Jasmine. Her father is about to travel to China, but she is to be left at home in Victoria with other relatives. However, when she goes on a school field trip to Chinatown, she enters a doorway, and unexpectedly steps right into the 1880s, and with a new buddy, she embarks on a quest for an amulet and, hence the title, a white jade tiger.

I really liked Jasmine and her love for adventure. She was always very determined to get what she wanted, and it really showed in her persistence to go with her dad to China, as well as how determined she was to solve both quests posed to her. A lot of trouble came her way during her journey, but she was able to keep a smile on her face and kept on going, which I totally admire.

I thought the concept of this story was super awesome, what with the time-travelling and the quests. I haven’t read too much about the 1880s; but after reading this story, I have now been inspired to read and learn more about the history of China and Canada during those times.

All in all, this book was quite interesting, but that’s not to say that I didn’t get bored at times, as I felt that the beginning and middle of this book was really slow. Anyway, I’d recommend this one to tweens and teens looking for a cool story about time-travelling back to the 1880s, a mesmerizing adventure, and a brave protagonist, because I know you’ll adore this read!😊

Rating: 3.25/5 Stars

The Replacement Crush Review

About the book:


Title: The Replacement Crush

Author: Lisa Brown Roberts

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

True love can’t be strategized.

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Blogging


Ever since I heard that this story followed a book blogger, I NEEDED it in my life. As you know, I myself am a book blogger, so I knew that the protagonist would be my soulmate. So, I placed a hold for it at the library and waited… waited… and waited… until one day, the text came! The text saying that it was ready for pickup. So, I rushed to the library to get it, and then what ended up coming out of the book was pure awesomeness!

Haha, I hope you guys liked my little anecdote!😂 In short, I really enjoyed The Replacement Crush. It was everything I wanted it to be, but unfortunately, it did have some minor flaws.

For a short summary, this book revolves around Vivian “Viv,” whose crush didn’t want to admit that they kissed that summer. So, Viv decides to find herself a “Replacement Crush” to help ward off all the sadness she had to face, and thus makes a list of boys she knows won’t break her heart. When a new guy named Dallas comes to town, Viv doesn’t want to put him on the list, but… can she resist?

Viv, even though she is an awesome book blogger like me, did have her flaws. At first, I found her to be a little bit stubborn and whiny. I get that she was disappointed about her crush not reciprocating her feelings, but maybe she went just… a… little… overboard? It does flow well with the plot, though, so I didn’t mind too much. Despite all this, I have to say that I did warm up to her by the end of the book as she started to face her dilemmas with courage and bravery. Also, of course, we are both BOOKISH AND PROUD! (There should really be a flag for that, just saying❤️ .)

And Dallas. Oh my gosh, Dallas. That super dreamy, adorable love interest. I swooned over him for the entire book. If I can’t resist him, then I HAVE NO IDEA how Viv could.

Now Viv is a book blogger, but do they actually MENTION book blogging terms? Why, the answer is yes. There are mentions of ARCs, rating systems, book reviews, and more, and at times, we can even see glimpses of blog posts Viv has written, which is awesome!

The one minor flaw- ONE MINOR FLAW that this book had was all the drama. I wasn’t expecting it at all- I was only expecting a cutesy, fluffy romance. Now there are some books where the drama is completely fine, such as in another recent read called Winning, but the drama in this one was quite annoying and unnecessary.

All in all, The Replacement Crush totally met my expectations, however there were just a few tiny things that are keeping me from giving it a full 5 stars. Anywho, for avid contemporary romance fans wanting a relatable bookish protagonist, this book is soon to become a new favourite!☺️

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


Mystery Blogger Award 2.0

Hi everyone! Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating, and I hope you all have a great day!🎄

Nyse @ Hey It’s Nyse has nominated me for my second Mystery Blogger Award. Thanks so much, Nyse!💞 Be sure to check out her super cool blog- and give her the holiday gift of a follow!

As quoted by this award’s creator, the awesome Okoto Enigma:

“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.

And the rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 3 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s) (already did this in my last Mystery Blogger Award, it hasn’t changed)

So let’s get to it!☺️

My 3 facts:

  1. I am not currently celebrating Christmas- instead, I am celebrating Hannukah! It started last night with the lighting of the first menorah candle, and it will run until the 31st.
  2.  School is out until January 9th for me, as it is currently our holiday break! Depending on how many posts I schedule this break for January, I may be going on a mini hiatus at the end of next month because of exams. I will keep you guys posted!👍
  3. I love stuffed animals. They’re a guilty pleasure of mine😐

Nyse’s Questions:

What is your #1 goal in life?

Besides having a good career, family, friends, health and everything of sorts, one of my number 1 goals in life is to be happy. ☺️


Describe the purpose of your blog in 3 words.

Hmm… maybe bookish, informative, and fangirly?😌


If you could go back in time to any period of history, what year, where would it be?

 I’d probably go back to my childhood to feel all the nostalgia, and that would be around 2006-2013 ish, depending on what age I feel like being that day😝.


If you could be any animal, which animal would it be?

Since it is currently freezing cold, I feel like I should be a flamingo. My answer for this question changes all the time, but I just want to be somewhere hot right now!😫 Plus, they’re a pretty shade of pink!


Weird: Do the books you read affect the food you eat?

Um… no. Not that I know of, at least.😕

I nominate…

  1. Written Constellations
  2. Sarah @ Between the Pages
  3. From Me to You

You guys are under no obligation to participate, but I’d love to see your facts and answers!😊

My questions:

Stealing these from my last Mystery Blogger Award:

  1. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?
  2. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!
  3. What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)?
  4. Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.
  5. WEIRD: What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)

So tell me, do you agree with any of my answers? What would be your answers to my or Nyse’s questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

All the Bright Places Review

About the book:


Title: All the Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads


All the Bright Places had been on my radar for quite a while. Before I read Jennifer Niven’s newest book, Holding Up the UniverseI’d been pretty intimidated about this book- it just seemed to be a bit too depressing for my tastes. But when I found it on the library shelf one day, I couldn’t help picking it up and savouring Jennifer Niven’s writing once more.

For a brief summary, this book revolves around the dual POVs of Violet and Theodore (aka Finch). Theodore has an obsession with all things surrounding death, and he’s attempted to kill himself before- but is never successful. Violet recently lost her sister in an accident, and losing love of life with her. She just wants a new life away from the town she’d grown up in. When Theodore and Violet find each other, they bond right away. With his help, Violet starts to heal, but Theodore takes a turn for the worse…

I did like the characters of this story, but I found that they weren’t the most memorable. I mean, of course I felt bad for them, but at the same time, I found myself having a bit of a hard time relating to them. To me, Violet pulled through her grief quite well, but Theodore… well, let’s just say that he was a whole different story. He may have helped to develop Violet, but he did the complete opposite for himself. I actually found that to be quite interesting, as I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before in a YA book! What is usually the case is that both characters develop immensely, but I really appreciate how selfless Theodore was in wanting to help Violet over himself. But the truth is… I think he needed the help more than she did.😁

That ending! I saw it coming, but I wasn’t expecting it to happen that way. As much as I’d love to tell you guys all about it, I’d better keep my mouth shut, as I don’t want to give anything away and keep you guys from reading this book! *tries to zip lips*

Overall, I could totally see all the bright places things about this book, but there were definitely dark spots, too. For Jennifer Niven’s YA debut, though, I’ll take it. In fact, she did improve quite a bit with Holding Up the Universe. Anyway, those looking for a story with fabulous writing and a good romance shouldn’t miss All the Bright Places!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Winning Review

About the book:


Title: Winning

Author: Lara Deloza

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

House of Cards meets Election in this wickedly entertaining story about an uber-ambitious high school junior.

Whoever said being nice would get you to the top?

Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High—and it’s time to make it official.

Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.

With the help of her trusted friend Sam, she devises her most devious plot yet. She’ll introduce an unexpected third competitor in the mix, one whose meteoric rise—and devastating fall—will destroy Erin’s chances once and for all. Alexandra can run a scheme like this in her sleep. What could possibly go wrong?

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Blogging


After reading some great reviews of Winning, upon seeing it at my library, I decided to check it out and see if my opinions compare. It turned out to be a great story- but this is not to say that it didn’t have its share of flaws, either.

For a quick summary, this book is told from the perspectives of 4-5 high school girls. Alexandra, the main protagonist out of the 5, is one of the most popular girls at their high school. Her dream is to become homecoming queen, and she’d do anything to win it. But Alexandra’s chances of winning are suddenly lessened when a bubbly new girl named Erin comes into the picture- Alexandra decides that she must do something tedious to her in order to secure her spot at homecoming queen. But plans like this do have their setbacks…

Okay. The characters. Ugh- there were two aspects that had me wincing. First, all those unexpected POVs… I was just expecting there to be one, Alexandra’s, but then a few other girls turned out to narrate, as well. It does not hint in the synopsis that more than one girl will take the lead, so I just wanted to warn you to be ready to keep track of a lot of characters if you decide to pick up this book.

Secondly, the characters themselves weren’t the most loveable. All of them were deeply flawed in their own ways, and many of them made decisions that made me want to scream at them. There were just way too many POVs to talk about each of them individually, but let’s just say that Alexandra was the worst of them all. She was downright mean, selfish, and brash, and only seemed to care about her own feelings. I did see where a lot of them were coming from, though, as I myself am also in high school, and thus, I was able to relate to a lot of them.

Anyway, let’s push aside the disappointing characters for now and focus on all the good stuff that came out of this story. The plot was super engaging and mesmerizing, and there were plot twists everywhere! It had me sitting on the edge of my seat, turning the pages like the world was about to end. I also really liked how this book ended, and in my opinion, the right person got chosen to be homecoming queen😉 .

The morals of this book were also amazing! It really showed how everyone is a winner, no matter who they are, no matter if they are declared to be one or not. Everyone is good at different things, and just because someone doesn’t win homecoming queen doesn’t mean that they aren’t a good person. Let’s face it, only one person can win out of what is probably hundreds, and in retrospect, it’s pretty much just a crown. Crowns can be bought almost anywhere. I definitely understand how someone may like the recognition of becoming homecoming queen, but it won’t help you in the long run, and it’s honestly better to focus on being a winner in other things that can actually get you somewhere, like academics.

All in all, Winning was a great story with lots of juicy drama-it’s basically just the characters I had a bit of an issue with. If you’re a teen in high school looking for a coming-of-age book with lots of competition and drama, then this book is your win!😉

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Top Ten Thursday #32

Hi everyone!👋

Tomorrow marks the start of my winter break, and on Saturday, Hannukah is starting for me, as well!😊 (And Sunday is Christmas, too, for those of you who celebrate it☺️) To celebrate the upcoming holidays, for this week’s Top Ten Thursday, I have decided to conjure a list of books that are on my holiday wishlist. I’ll let you guys know ASAP if I got any of them, or if not, I’ll let you know of any books I did get!

So without further ado…



I LOVE LOVE LOVED Nicola Yoon’s debut Everything, Everythingand it was one of my best reads of 2016. Thus, I am in NEED to have this one in my hands!😫 ❤️



I’m quite interested in watching and attempting gymnastics, and I haven’t read too many books incorporating gymnasts- hopefully that will change with this book!



I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about Illuminae- plus, from flipping through a copy at my local library, the formatting is awesome!



This book is about a reality show, and it looks really interesting, so I’m hoping to get my hands on it ASAP.☺️



I really liked the books I’ve read so far from The Lunar Chronicles, so I really want to read Marissa Meyer’s new book, Heartless! Everyone’s been raving about it, and I really want to join in on the fun.❤️



It’s TAHEREH MAFI, guys! Enough said😉



I have been starting to be a huge fan of Kasie West, and this book seems to be just as cute and fluffy as the last 3 instalments of hers that I’ve read😊.



The Loose Ends List looks like a super sweet, coming-of-age story, and I hope to get my hands on it soon!😊



I’ve been hearing AMAZING things about Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda, and plus, it includes OREOS!😋 



Last but not least, Flawed by Cecelia Ahern looks like a pretty cool story, and I really look forward to reading it.☺️

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What’s on your holiday wishlist this year? What holiday(s) do you celebrate around this time of year, if any? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜