★★★/5 | Goodreads
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
This was the first book of Holly Black I’ve read. Apparently, she writes a lot of faerie stories and fae types are something I didn’t really adventure into much. I’ve read a small amount of faerie books and haven’t enjoyed any yet, so I really hoped that this would be different. Although, I didn’t enjoy the whole ride, it was still an okay read.
This book was so over-hyped I was sure I couldn’t get it wrong by picking it up. And half-through reading it, I was still sure it was a pretty good book. But the ending kinda threw me off and made me regret a little bit to have read this book. I still bought the sequel, so hopefully I’ll try to motivate myself to read it 🤷♀️. Unfortunately, I bought the sequel before finishing the book and the ending kinda made me not want to continue the series, lol.
★★★★.5/5 | Goodreads
Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, good friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share it with, however, she just can’t seem to get it right.
After yet another relationship ends, Anne comes across a business card for what she thinks is a dating service, and she pockets it just in case. When her best friend, Sarah, announces she’s engaged, Anne can’t help feeling envious. On an impulse, she decides to give the service a try because maybe she could use a little assistance in finding the right man. But Anne soon discovers the company isn’t a dating service; it’s an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. She initially rejects the idea, but the more she thinks about it — and the company’s success rate — the more it appeals to her. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, so why wouldn’t it work for her?
A few months later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack. And against all odds, it seems to be working out — until Anne learns that Jack, and the company that arranged their marriage, are not what they seem at all.
I got into another reading slump post Shadow and Bone. I feel like that’s all I fall into, reading slumps. It’s really frustrating, because now that I’m done with school, I thought I would have more time to read all those books that are sitting on my shelves since forever. But I just couldn’t find another book to read and I felt like there’s nothing interesting coming out. I searched Goodreads for a couple of days, I went to bookstores searching around in vain. So, when in doubt, I thought it could be a good idea to reread one of my favorite books of all time. I went into my list on Goodreads and decided to reread Arranged by Catherine McKenzie. I wanted to be sure that was it was going to be a book I could count on to remind me why I love reading and a book that I knew the plot and characters were awesome. I had reread this book a couple of years ago and thought it couldn’t hurt to reread it a third time 😂.
I always enjoyed Catherine McKenzie’s books and even more because she’s from the same town as me and that we share the same name. I had met her once at a book signing and she was very nice 😁. Recently, I’m not as excited as before for her newer books, because they’re more on the thriller/mystery side and I’m not as invested in that genre that her previous books. But her first two books definitely marked me as a reader and they are in my list of all-time favorites.
★★★/5 | Goodreads
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
After reading Defy Me, I kinda needed something in the similar vein to fill the void I was feeling. So I literally searched on the internet “Books similar to Shatter Me” and this book popped up. Coincidentally, I had bought the book a couple years back, so that was a nice surprise. No need to go to the bookstore or pay extra for shipping. I heard really good reviews from this book, as well as its spinoff series, so my expectations were quite high.
In other news, I’m so excited to say that I’ve just got hired at a big hospital in Montreal, on the transplantation unit! I never thought I would be working at such a big and renowned hospital, everything’s feeling unreal, right now. I’m so excited to be learning more on organ transplant and work in a big team with various specialists.
★★★.5/5 | Goodreads
Will Juliette’s broken heart make her vulnerable to the strengthening darkness within her?
Juliette’s short tenure as the supreme commander of North America has been an utter disaster. When the children of the other world leaders show up on her doorstep, she wants nothing more than to turn to Warner for support and guidance. But he shatters her heart when he reveals that he’s been keeping secrets about her family and her identity from her—secrets that change everything.
Juliette is devastated, and the darkness that’s always dwelled within her threatens to consume her. An explosive encounter with unexpected visitors might be enough to push her over the edge.
I want to thank Tahereh Mafi for writing this book and giving me the feeling of wanting to read again after this awful long reading slump I’ve been having. School has been a pain in the ass and I’ve been so busy with my semester, I never thought I would write another review on this blog again. I was so out of the book community at one point that I completely forgot that Defy Me was coming out in April, making it a great surprise, tbh. I went to pick it up and gave reading another try and I actually read it in about 2-3 days. This book was such a quick read that I was left wanting more from Mafi. I’m definitely excited to see how it’s all going to conclude in the next novel.
Hi! I’m starting to realize that I have a really time management problem when it comes to this blog. I just wanted to post something to let you know that: 1. Yes, I’m still alive and 2. No, I didn’t give up on this blog. I’m just in the middle of my summer semester and I’m due to be done in about 2 weeks. Summer semesters are the worst because the course is condensed af and the weather is finally starting to clear up in Montreal but you still can’t enjoy it because you’re basically at school 24/7.
WWW Wednesday was formerly hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm and is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.
I’m in the middle of reading a book since my last one but I’m not doing a lot of progress since I’m in a hectic period of my critical care class. I have my first day on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for my internship and I’m extremely stressed. It’s definitely not helping that it’s a 12 hours shift 😪. So I thought it would be fun to have a small update with a WWW Wednesday. I don’t think I would be able to make it a weekly post since the chances of finishing a book every week seem slim, but I’m definitely going to try to make more similar posts (like Top Ten Tuesdays) to update more often this blog. And also because they’re really fun to do!
Anyways onto the actual post. The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
★★★.3/5 | Goodreads
Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.
As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie’s life–both professionally and personally–throughout a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick’s unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.
This title card was probably the hardest to make because I just wanted to add so much but the book cover was already beautiful as it was. So after basically an hour of playing around – adding and removing stuff – I just resigned myself and opted to leave it as it was, lol. This is probably one of the most aesthetic cover I’ve ever seen, I’m kind of bummed I have the Ebook and not the physical copy to display it on my shelf.
Anyways, yay for book #4 of the year! My goal of reading 1 book this year has been surpassed by 400%, which is ah-ma-zing 😂. I’m attributing this to procrastination, though, so I don’t know if it’s supposed to be a good thing or not 🤷♀️. Like I mentioned in my last post, I heard about this book through a BookTuber and what really attracted me was the medical aspect of the plot. I’m not a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, which is a shocker because I feel like everyone in my class is insanely obsessed with that show. I don’t like that show because of its over-the-top drama and unrealistic plots and portrayal of the medical field. So, I was hoping that this book was not going to be basically an episode of Grey’s on paper. I’m happy to say that this wasn’t a hit and miss and that I really enjoyed it!