5 popular YA books I still haven’t read

There are so many books that are extremely popular and seem to be read by e v e r y o n e. That’s amazing of course, but with that comes some pressure for sure. I want to read them, but at the same time I’m scared they won’t live up to the hype, so I keep thinking “I will read this one next time, after my current read“. Repeat for ever, haha. Here are 5 of those popular YA books that are collecting dust on my shelf I still haven’t read. Will I ever read them? Who knows… I actually own all 5 of them, so I don’t really have any excuse not to.   To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and…

Share:

Review// To Best The Boys by Mary Weber

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope. In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition. With…

Share:

Review// Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #3)

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne. Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn. Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep. This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more…

Share:

Review// One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #2)

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail? With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent. In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other This review contains spoilers of the previous book in this series. My review of the previous book in this series// #1 This book was bought with…

Share:

Mini review// Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year’s Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . . Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan. Midnights was previously published as part of the My True Love Gave to Me anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins and Kindred Spirits was previously published as a World Book Day title. This review contains no spoilers. I got this book as a present Trigger warnings// N/A. Please inform me if I have missed something and I will update this section. This cute little book contains two short stories written by Rainbow Rowell, which were both publicated before, and illustrations made by Simini Blocker. I’ll talk about ‘Midnights’ first, and then about ‘Kindred Spirits’. Midnights is a story that takes place on multiple New Years Eves, right before…

Share:

Review// Evermore by Sara Holland (Everless #2)

Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress. The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one. This review contains spoilers of the previous book(s) in this series. My review of the previous book in this series// #1 I got this…

Share:

I thought I had turned into a slow reader

The last few years I’ve been calling myself a slow reader. Not just that, I’ve been embarrassed. Many times I have felt like a bad bookworm. I wasn’t able to keep up with all the new releases, and I haven’t read a lot of books overall, resulting in not really being able to make lists or do lots of tags. When I was younger and I had a library subscription, I read many many books. I believe I was at the library every few days to get new books, and I would often finish a book (or two) before dinner the same day I got it. I devoured books. If I remember correctly, I once read twelve books during a one week holiday. Then I got older and I somewhat fell out of touch with reading. Looking back at it, I just didn’t have the headspace for it, so it makes sense. The library moved buildings and got a modern…

Share:

Review// Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets. But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together. What could go wrong? With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely. And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the…

Share:

I have started to add trigger warnings to my reviews

Not so long ago I have started to add trigger warnings to my reviews. It had been something I thought about a lot before finally making the decision. I also asked on Twitter if people added trigger warnings to their reviews. I wrote: Hello fellow book reviewers! Do you add trigger warnings to your reviews? I’m currently writing a review and it feels wrong not to mention a possible trigger. (Also, is there a list with the main triggers or something?) The responses I got were very positive. Almost all answered with ‘yes’ and explained why. Most of it came down to this: people have realised how triggers can ruin someones well-being and want to help prevent that. I totally agree with that. I don’t want to be the reason someone picks up a book that gives horrible flashbacks, or a panick attack, or “just” makes them uncomfortable, which easily could’ve been avoided if I had added a little section…

Share:

Looking for Something?