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Inside the Mind of My Second Favorite Character | Shadow Me

Shadow Me (Shatter Me, #4.5)  by Tahereh Mafi
Release date: March 5th, 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Pages: 112
Source: Bought it
Fan favorite character Kenji Kishimoto narrates this gripping companion novella to Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, set during the explosive events in Restore Me!

Juliette is still reeling from Warner's betrayal, and Kenji is trying to balance his friendship with her with his responsibilities as a leader of the resistance against the Reestablishment. Things get even more interesting when an unexpected person from Omega Point’s past surfaces.

The ending of Restore Me left readers gasping, and this novella full of Kenji’s signature sass and big heart is the perfect story to tide fans over until Defy Me, the shocking fifth book in the Shatter Me series, hits shelves in April 2019.

More Like A Crystal of Tears and Agony | A Crystal of Time

Crystal of Time (The School for Good and Evil: The Camelot Years, #2) by Soman Chainani
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: March 5th, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, MG, YA
Pages: 624
Source: Bought it
In this fifth instalment in Soman Chainani's New York Times bestselling fantasy series, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie, Agatha, and their friends must find a way to overthrow the sinister evil that twists lies into the truth and seeks to rewrite their story.

A false king has claimed the throne of Camelot, sentenced Tedros to death, and forced Sophie to be his queen. Only Agatha manages to escape.

Now Agatha and the students at the School for Good and Evil must find a way to restore Tedros to his throne and save Camelot . . . before all of their fairy tales come to a lethal end.

I don't even know where to begin!

I have been waiting for this book to come out FOREVER, no kidding. The cliffhanger on the previous book made me as crazy as a duck on fire. As soon as the pre-order announcement came out on twitter, I practically ran to my Kindle and pre-ordered it on the same day. I've never felt more invested in something harder than I have this series. Thanks to Soman Chainani for that, I guess.

Before we begin the review, let me summarize the book for you. Basically, a lot of characters are imprisoned since the end of Quests for Glory (including Tedros, but excluding Agatha, but sorta including Sophie). So, their only hope for escape is Agatha. However, she can't save everyone on her own and has to look for help. BUT, there's no one she can ask for help from since basically, every kingdom except a few is on the false king's side.

So, let's begin the review, shall we?

It Should've Stayed as a Trilogy | Restore Me

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4.5)  by Tahereh Mafi
Release date: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Pages: 435
Source: Bought it
Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?


Review

I decided to finally write this review a year after I've finished the actual book. I was writing this series' novella which has the POV of my favorite character when I realized I haven't even written this one yet. Way to go, Inas.

So, let's start, shall we?

Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Sort of | Just for Clicks


Just for Clicks by Kara Dowell
Release date: February 19th, 2019
Publisher: Amberjack
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 352
Source: Received from NetGalley
Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they're expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as "just Claire"? And what should Claire do about Mom's old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don't sound like Mom's perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .

Asian Prince and Black Princess' Love/Hate Relationship | Kingdom Cold


Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle
Release date: February 14th, 2019
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 278
Source: Received from the Author
Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?

One must fall.



Review

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Don't read this book. Because once you do, you won't be able to stop and not any kind of cosmic forces would keep your eyes away from it even for a second. Believe me, I've been there.

Flying While Pooping? | Timmy on the Toilet


Timmy on the Toilet by Peta Lemon

Publisher: Quirky Picture Press
Release date: April 25th, 2018
Genres: Children
Pages: 41
Source: Received from the Author
Timmy is walking to school one day and saves a fairy in distress. He is granted a wish but accidentally wishes that he could fly whilst sitting on the toilet at school.

Join Timmy on his adventures flying on the toilet and find out what happens when the fairy grants him another wish for looking so daft!







Review


In this book written by none other than Peta Lemon herself and illustrated by Maria Dasic Todoric, we'll be joining an innocent boy's adventure on his flying toilet! This children book is full of colorful illustrations and imaginative rhymes! What more do you need?

Anyway, let's get on with the review:

The Evolution of Trash Bins! | The Bins of Cotteridge Down


The Bins of Cotteridge Down by Peta Lemon
Publisher: Quirky Picture Press
Release date: November 23rd, 2018
Genres: Children
Pages: 34
Source: Received from the Author
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In a corner of England lies an old town.

A curious place – it’s called Cotteridge Down.

Cotteridge Down is not at all clean.

But the smelliest, filthiest place ever seen.

Festering rubbish is left on the ground.

Cruddy old carpets and boots lay around.

The smell is revolting! Too much too bear.

Even the rats packed and left in despair.

Fed-up and cross with the state of the place.

An empty street bin says, “What a disgrace!

Right, that’s it, enough is enough.

Now it is time for the bins to get tough!”


Join the Bins of Cotteridge Down as they teach the litter bugs a lesson and carry out the greatest cleaning expedition ever known!

Can the bins save Cotteridge Down before it is too late?

And will they get a Royal seal of approval?

The Bins of Cottridge Down is the third rhyming picture book by Peta Lemon and Maria Dasic Todoric. With hilarious illustrations and an important message about respecting the environment, the Bins of Cotteridge Down will have to be read again and again!

Review
Oh my God. It feels like forever since the last time I wrote a review! It's just been too hectic because I was always either too lazy or too busy. But now I decided to just write anything that comes into my mind no matter how shitty it is. So, here goes another review of a rhyming picture book by Peta Lemon! In case you didn't know, I and my friend, Firly, reviewed one of her books before here.

Here are some points that I concluded while reading this 34-pages book:

Crazy To-Do List and Missing Best Friend | Since You've Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release date:May 4th, 2014
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages:374
Source: Bought the Audiobook
It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um...

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what?

Review

Hello, people! I’m back with another review. However, this time, I won’t be reviewing a book that I read, but rather a book that I listened to. Yup, that’s right. I listened to the audiobook! It’s my third ever audiobook and I was IMMENSELY, OVERWHELMINGLY, SHOCKINGLY satisfied and happy with it.

I am so glad that I gave this book a chance because I haven’t exactly had pleasant experiences with Morgan Matson’s previous books. I mostly thought her books were boring to the point where I fell asleep many times. Granted, I fell asleep quite a few times listening to this audiobook, but it was because I was too tired and not because this book was too boring or bland.

Clout in the Cloud | Moral Panic

Moral Panic by K. M. Ecke
Publisher: Self-Published
Release date: March 16, 2018
Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Pages: 374
Source: Downloaded it
If anything can be hacked, nothing can be trusted.

Tanner Moore is at the top of his game in the high stakes world of big technology. As chief technology officer of Paragon, the largest corporation in the world, he is about to release the greatest convenience innovation in the history of commerce: drone delivery service to every inch of the globe.

But when an interview with journalist Amy Noral is secretly recorded and published by the clickbait media, Tanner’s fall from grace is swift and brutal.

Tanner is fired, publicly condemned as a terrorist for comments he never made, and kidnapped by a mysterious vigilante group who use surveillance data to track and kill their enemies. Tanner must navigate their underground world full of violent zealots and mental manipulation to find his way to freedom, or see his drone technology used as the most advanced assassination tool ever devised.

***

Moral Panic explores the collision of the most extreme elements of politics, ideology and technological media manipulation. It navigates through a maze of modern surveillance with a skeptical eye on the data-driven world we live in, to bring an awareness of the possibility of such a story coming true in the real world.

Review

Hi! New guy here. As a good friend of Inas, I decided to take up the offer for reviewing books together with her. I love books, and had read quite a lot of her library. It's a great opportunity to write reviews for her! My taste is quite different from Inas, though. I am trying to write my own stories in my spare time and have my own share of criticisms from my peers, so I've decided to format my reviews to what I think works best in conveying my thoughts. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Now, without further ado: the review.

Nirvana for Geeks | Ready Player One


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Release date: August 16, 2011
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Pages:374
Source: Downloaded it
In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

Review

Oh, well. 

It's about time I finally got around writing this review that I have been planning on writing since months ago, but I was always too lazy to do it.

I read this book mainly because of the hype that surrounded the movie adaptation a couple months ago. I fell in love instantly with the trailer of the movie when I watched it last year and my immediate thought was "heck, i need to really read the book this time". So I did.

Here are the things that were constantly in my mind while I was in this roller coaster ride: