Reading Recap | 2015


Hi, guys! How was your holiday? I still have a few days until school starts 4 days until I'm back to the hellhole I finally managed to crawl out of a week ago. And guess what! I managed to survive 6 months in hell! I did okay, I guess.

Okay, so, on this post, I'm just gonna list all of the books I've read this year. Which, if we're also counting the mangas I read, is a lot. But, if we're not counting the mangas, then perhaps it's just around 60-70 something.

Waiting on Wednesday | Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: March 8th, 2016
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 720
Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

I am beyond excited for Cassandra Clare's new addition to her Shadowhunter World: her upcoming series, The Dark Artifices. Lady Midnight will be the first book in the series.

Girl Falls in Love with Her Stalker | The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) by Rick Yancey
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release date: May 7th, 2013
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Pages:  460
Source: Bought it
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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the lucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

I'm gonna be frank. The only reason I read this novel in the first place was because I know that the movie is coming in 2016. I'm a big believer of the whole 'read-the-book-first-before-you-watch'. If the movie isn't coming, then maybe I wouldn't have read it. Or, maybe.. there's a chance I would read it just because it's so hyped. Then, it turned out that The 5th Wave is perhaps not as good as they say.

Spectacularly Thrilling and Swoon-Worthy | Winter

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: November 10th, 2015
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Pages:  862
Source: Bought it
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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
Opening the first page of Winter, I had no doubt that, once again, I would be mesmerized by the world of Meyer's imagination. By the end of the bookwhich turned out to be the longest book I've read in my whole 16 years of existence, I was feeling all kinds of emotions. I was relieved, satisfied, thrilled, yet sad and distressed because one of the best series I've ever read just ended. But, well, every hello ends with a goodbye. Therefore, I had to say goodbye to Cinder, Thorne, Kai, Cress, and all of the Rampion crew.

I'm going to try and make this review spoiler-free for the sake of those who haven't read the book, but I would probably tell something spoiler-y accidentally. But, well, I'll try my best.

Should Have Been Only One Movie | Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Director: Francis Lawrence
Release date: November 20th, 2015
Casts: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Realizing the stakes are no longer just for survival, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) teams up with her closest friends, including Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Finnick for the ultimate mission. Together, they leave District 13 to liberate the citizens of war-torn Panem and assassinate President Snow, who's obsessed with destroying Katniss. What lies ahead are mortal traps, dangerous enemies and moral choices that will ultimately determine the future of millions.

I watched this movie 2 weeks ago and I didn't really have time to write a review back then because 2 days after watching this, I was gonna have 2 weeks full of exams.

So, here are my thoughts about the movie.


(Don't say I didn't warn ya!)