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Book Haul | Tanushka

Hi fellow readers! Welcome back to Tamya’s Reading. This is my first book haul post, from my book haul from March 7th… yup, almost a month after I bought the books. But that doesn’t matter. While I was at the Salvation Army store, I decided to look at the book section, and while carefully checking every single book to make sure I did not miss one, I found some I want to start reading.

  1. Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz

2. Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

3. Marley & Me by John Grogan

4. The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston

5. Shiver by Karen Robards

Until next time,

T

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I Am Back / Tanushka

Hello Nocturnal Book Club blog readers 🙂

Yes, I have been away for some time now. That’s is why I decided to make this brief post. Many things happened and I tossed to the side my blog and posting here in NBC. But I am currently writing some new blog posts and hopefully I will be posting here and in my blog in no time. I am also in the process of opening my own candle making business, more info on that soon. Thank you so much to all of you for supporting Nocturnal Book Club blog. That is all for now, stay tuned for some new blog posts soon. 🙂

Have an amazing day everyone,

-Tanushka

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A CLASH OF KINGS REVIEW|LAUREN

No Spoilers, a general review

“A man does not fly like a bird, but one foot moves and then another and one day a man is there” – Jaqen H’ghar

I love reading these books! After watching the tv series, it’s nice to know more about the source of the materials, and grab details I didn’t have the opportunity to know before. I love the multiple point of views and the way the characters interact with one another. Some things in the book are different than the show, but overall I enjoy both in their decisions. I love how the ending leads me to want to read A Storm of Swords at this moment, and the route the book takes to get me to that point. I feel like I’ve become closer to the characters in the book, rather than the tv show. Anyways, I really enjoyed reading this!

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ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS REVIEW|LAUREN

I was so excited to go into this book! Unfortunately, overall it didn’t meet my expectations. By no means was this a bad novel; I thought the writing style was interesting and I loved the different cultural influences that went into the characters. The main disappointment was that some of the description, imagery, was unnecessary and caused my mind to wander; it was hard to focus on the book and not become distracted, while in Maggie Stiefvater’s other novels, I couldn’t stop reading. The love stories felt rushed and unrealistic, with characters falling in love without having a deep conversation, sometimes any conversation first. The end felt rush and didn’t conclude all the problems that began and progressed through the story, which was irritating. The concept of miracles and darkness was very interesting and I loved how it developed. The answer to the climax of the darkness was interesting to me and solved a huge problem that the Soria’s allowed for many generations. The novel as a whole was good, but could have been better.

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ALMOST MIDNIGHT REVIEW|LAUREN

These two story stories were so cute!! Personally I loved Kindred Spirits more than Midnights, but both amazed me!

Midnights

I loved how Rainbow Rowell began with a short snippet of the present midnight, enough to leave a cliffhanger, and then travels through all the previous New Year midnights with Noel and Mags. Some parts were slow for me, or not completely mind-blowing so I gave this short story a four out of five stars in rating. I thought it was suspenseful, and even a little frustrating, every time Noel would look at Mags right before midnight but then a different girl would kiss him. It was clear he wanted to kiss Mags but didn’t know how she would feel about it. Real need did not arise in Noel until they had been separated because of college, and I loved how he could not stand being without his other half.

Kindred Spirits

This is one of my most favorite pieces by Rainbow Rowell! I love it when I get to read about a true fan of something and experience my life in theirs. I love how Gabe is closed off from Elena in the beginning and she has to earn his friendship. When she realizes that they go to school together, and Gabe gets embarrassed I thought the drama was so juicy and I loved how Elena went out of her way to make sure she was kind to him and have him forgive whatever she had done wrong in the past. AND Star Wars!! This short story was just amazing.

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CLASSICS VS. NEW BOOKS|ANA PAULA

Most of us have been reading for many years, however, when we encounter intellectuals who’ve read only classics during all their lives, it can be kind of overwhelming. Even if we don’t want to admit it, even for us, classics can be a challenge to fully understand, so we normally stick with new literature. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

Classics are seen as these immensely acclaimed works of art, and that everyone is forced to read. But I believe (as many other authors do), that they should be read because of love, not by force. They, like every other book, should come to our lives when it’s time for us to read them. And, besides, as new books, they all teach us very different things. But that applies to new books too!

Both kinds of literature are valuable, they enrich us, and they teach us things about the world and ourselves.

Read whatever you feel like, and remember, if you haven’t read something, it means it’s not time yet.

 

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Review – ALL THE WRONG CHORDS by Christine Hurley Deriso

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Scarlett is living with her grandfather for the summer shorty after her brother dies. When she is introduce to a local band she falls for the bad boy, but what happens when she starts taking notice in another band member, not to mention they asked her to join the band.

Okay, things I liked about the book, Sacrett, I liked and felt for most of the time. I liked the idea of the story, but there are things I found bothersome. Declan the bad boy was definitely a jerk, but there was something in the book where he revealed a personal thing and I didn’t like the way the other characters treated it as if it wasn’t a big deal. It does not excuse him for being a player and a jerk, but I found that part to be insensitive.

I also felt like when her best friend revealed his big secret, her sister was acting like she was overreacting. If I were Scarlett I would have been super mad and extremely hurt.

It ended in a good way, but this book just lacked a whole lot of feeling out of me.

3 stars

*I received an arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I reviewed this book for my blog LovelyAlisonReads

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Synopsis:
Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy–a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can’t pass on an opportunity like this, and she can’t take her eyes off the band’s hot lead singer either. Is real happiness just around the corner? Or will she always be haunted by her brother’s death?

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Favorite Books of 2017 (Top Ten)|LAUREN

Hello everyone! This is a list of my top ten favorite reads of 2017, in order from my absolute favorite to least, even though I loved them all. I gave all of these reads a five out of five stars.

History is All You Left Me

By: Adam Silvera

This novel was just stunning. I became invested in the characters quickly, and went on an emotional roller coaster.

Vicious (Villains #1)

By: V. E. Schwab

This book was unexpected and is way underhyped. I was going into it with high expectations and it completely blew my mind.

A List of Cages

By: Robin Roe

This novel touches on really serious issues that are not written about often in YA and it’s a real eye opener.

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

By: Victoria Schwab 

Personally I thought this sequel was a huge step up from This Savage Song, and I loved it!

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)

By: Leigh Bardugo

Loved this sequel more than Six of Crows, so if you have read the first one, I would definitely say continue on!

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)

By: Sarah J Maas 

I loved this book, but A Court of Mist and Fury will always be the best book I have read!

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)

By: Cassandra Clare

I personally enjoyed the sequel much more than Lady Midnight, can’t wait for the next one!

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)

By: Sarah J Maas

The book is by Sarah J Maas, of course it made the list!

Gemina (Illuminae Files #2)

By: Amie Kaufman, and Jay Kristoff

Loved the sequel SO much more than Illuminae, the series had a glow up in my opinion.

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1)

By: Brittany Cavallaro

I loved the first book in this series! The sequel sadly disappointed me, but I’m holding out for the third book!

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LITTLE BROKEN THINGS BY NICOLE BAART REVIEW| LISA

Little Broken ThingsLittle Broken Things by Nicole Baart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I had a deep affection for broken things.”

My Synopsis

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart is the story about the bounds of sisters, family, and marriages. Readers of all ages and backgrounds can connect with the complicated and sometimes toxic relationships represented in this touching story. After receiving a cryptic message from her estranged sister Nora, Quinn meets up with her back in their hometown. Without any explanation, Nora drops off a strange six-year-old little girl in Quinn’s care. Through piecing together the broken relationships of their family, Quinn discovers the truth of who exactly the little girl is.

Theme of Relationships

This story focuses on the many relationships we have in our lives. Those described in the book include mother-daughter, sisters, husbands, and friends. The first characters we meet in the story are Quinn and her husband: newlyweds still growing their relationship. Quinn even admits that she thinks she loves her husband more than he loves her. Baart states, “Quinn ached for him, for something more than a mere wedding band to bind them together. She was his, heart and soul and body and mind and anything else she had to give. Quinn just didn’t know if he was hers in the same way.” This scenario might not be true of all romantic relationships, but it is something I have experienced in the past. The we meet Nora, the black sheep of the family. Quinn and Nora are the perfect example of sisterly relationships: As different as they are, they are still an important part of each other’s lives. Baart states, “Anger and affection made awkward dance partners, and Quinn couldn’t decide whether she loved her sister in that moment or hated her just a little.” Then we have the whole family. On the outside looking in, they are the perfect family, but as truths are revealed, we discover the broken links in their family. Baart states, “The tension between Nora and her parents was often thick and suffocating and JJ’s superiority was unbearable. Quinn had longed for happiness, for peace. For banter around the supper table and maybe the odd family movie night with popcorn and laughter.”

My Recommendations

I think this would be a great read for a book club. It has a lot of in-depth topics and themes that can be discussed at length. I really enjoyed how the story came full circle at the end, and I think this book brings up a good topic: How long should we keep toxic relationships in our lives.

And the Sanford girls were fierce and determined, tenacious and brave. The sort of women who refused to give up. Who knew that all the loveliest things were broken. An in all the broken places they were strong.”

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