Meeting Sarah J. Maas!!

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Oh my Gods, guys! So I just got back about an hour ago from Sarah J. Maas’ book signing here in Borders, The Curve, Malaysia, and I am still reeling from the entire thing!! I can’t guarantee how coherent this post will be, but really, can you blame me?

I left home around 4 p.m. and reached Borders around 4.40 p.m. where I met up with Carmen, a fellow book blogger and friend I had previously only conversed with online. That in itself was great because we were supposed to meet up last year at a book sale but it didn’t work out. We were both filled with nervous/excited energy, so we went for a walk around the mall. The whole time talking about books, catching up and fangirling (really loudly, too) without any particular destination in mind. When we were done with that we made our way back to Borders and ran into another book blogger friend, Jasmine, whom I had only recently got acquainted with on Twitter.

The three of us set up camp outside the event area at 5.10 p.m.. Not long after, Jean, walked up and asked to sit with us. Of course we said yes, and not long after, we were like friends who had known each other for years instead of minutes. Crazy fangirling ensued, to which passersby looked at us like we were indeed crazy. That was when I realized that my introvert self is actually not so shy when around book lovers. With more than an hour to kill, we went on and on about books, often squealing and making other incoherent noises.

Then, we were each handed a small piece of paper to write our names on. Which we put on the page we wanted Sarah to sign. By then, there were already groups of people camping out alongside us. Sometime before 7 p.m. we were told to register at the registration table, which due to strategic planning we were sitting right next to, before we were ushered into the signing area. My friends and I were the first four to register so we got front row seats (our very own bench!). The staff were busy arranging the seating and which row would go out first for the signing, while we eagerly anticipated Sarah’s arrival. At first we were told that we could only get her to sign 2 books per person and I was like, “noooo, I brought six of them.” But then, to our pleasant surprise, they informed us that we could now each get 3 books signed. Eureka!

Not long after that, Sarah was spotted, and even if you didn’t see her, the screams from fans were enough to “hint” at it. She walked from the back to the front and stood towards the left, still not in the event space but pretty damn close. I took a video of her entrance, but since WordPress won’t let me upload videos, I’ve captured a few frameshots.

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She was fully visible at first, but then she was mostly hidden behind the bookcase. The fourth photo above is actually her peeking out from the bookshelf. Not long after, she walked into the area, and I, along with every other fan present with a healthy pair of lungs, screamed (you know those screams of excitement).

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Soon after taking a seat, her husband, Josh walked in and on the way to his seat he gave Sarah a couple of pats on the shoulder. Which got a huge response from the crowd.

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Sarah was just like “#papamaas”. She talked about how Josh sat behind her at the event in Manila and, “the Philippines, they really liked the look of him. His signing line was as long as mine. They wanted him to sign their books. So he’s available tonight.” From what I know of the pair of them, they are #GOALS.

It started off with a Q&A session. The MC asked a question (for the life of me I can’t remember what it was) and after that the fans took the reins. I can’t recall exactly what questions were asked but I do remember most of the answers.

  • Some of Sarah’s favorite TV shows are The 100, Teen Wolf, Black Sails and The Great British Bake-Off.
  • Josh is a master baker.
  • If Sarah were stranded on an island and had to pick one of her male characters to save her, she would pick Rhysand. Because he has wings and could fly her away from there. Secondly, if she had to die on an island, doing so with an attractive guy would be the way to go. Also, this is a spoiler for A Court of Mist and Fury, highlight to read : Rhysand can teleport.
  • If Celaena were to be in a reality show, it would The Real Desperate Housewives. Because there’s politics and the whole frenemies thing which Celaena would love.
  • She faced many struggles as an aspiring author, internally, and externally from friends, family, teachers. They said nobody reads fantasy and to write something different. Even as a published author she faces these struggles and there are times when she doubts herself. But she always lives by, “it’s not how many times you fall, it’s how many times you get back up.” She told us to follow our dreams and not to limit ourselves. It was all very inspirational and I found myself tearing up at some parts. Trust me, if you were there to experience it, what with the atmosphere and all, you would too.
  • Someone made a request for her to promise not to kill Rhysand (I think) and while she couldn’t make it, she did promise not to kill Fleetfoot. Saying that she wouldn’t put us through the emotional trauma of losing a pet, like in Harry Potter and all. So, we can rest assured Fleetfoot is safe from the hands of death. I repeat, FLEETFOOT IS SAFE.
  • In order for her to write about a character, they have to have a name first. It helps her get into their psyche and story.
  • Sarah does not come up with her character names by smashing her keyboard (reference to a Tumblr post). She does however look up baby names online and joked that she searched for “sexy Irish warrior” names.
  • There may or may not be a character with the name Bellarke in Empire of Storms or ACoMaF (sorry, I’m not forgot which!), named after her favorite ship from the TV show, The 100.
  • Sarah can’t get enough of Bellamy from The 100!
  • She loves binge watching TV shows, as you know, “research”.
  • In terms of the ToG TV show news, she does not have any actors in mind to play the characters. Appearance matters the least to her, what’s important is that the actors are able to convey the characters’ emotions on screen. The only thing important about appearance to her is that people of color in the books remain people of color on screen. She is not a fan of Holloywood’s white washing.
  • In terms of ACoTaR film news, she would like for there to be more females on board the project.
  • The maps in the ACoTaR books will change according to Feyre’s knowledge of the world.
  • She does not agree that book to movie adaptations have to always be terrible. Sometimes, an adaptation is ruined due to it sticking to close to the book and not exploring and becoming its own.
  • Sarah has watched the latest Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, four times now.

The Q&A session was not only such fun, but also serious at times. Perfectly balanced. Once it ended, we proceeded to the book signing part of the event and just like in Manila, Josh signed our books too. Since it started from the left to the right, as opposed to us sitting from the right to the left, I was the third to get to Sarah, with Carmen going first, Jean, second and Jasmine, fourth.

While Jean got her books signed, Sarah talked about how when she was on the way from Sunway Pyramid (she had a signing there) she saw the sky and hoped it wouldn’t rain.

Before I knew it it was my turn. I handed her my books (ToG, The Assassin’s Blade & ACoTaR) across the table and she opened it saw my name and asked, “Hi, Tasha. How are you?” I was like, “great!” Yes, it even sounded like it had a exclamation mark. I wasn’t nervous per se, but clearly I was something. I told her how she is the first author I have ever met in person and how I “don’t even know what to say.” She was so gracious about it and said something along the lines of, “you saw how weird I was out there. It’s okay, you’re not the only one.” To which I answered with a chuckle, “I’m weirder.” She just laughed. Sarah, the amazing person that she is, talked to me and believe it or not I was completely at ease. All I can say about that is Sarah has a talent of putting people at ease and making them feel comfortable around her. While she signed the rest of my books, I asked her about her thoughts on Malaysia and she told me that she had only been here for about 24 hours but she already loves it. I was so comfortable that I started talking about food and how she should try the local food here. When I asked whether she would visit Malaysia again, she said “yeah!” I thanked her profusely for writing her phenomenal books and for coming to Malaysia. She replied with a, “no, thank you for coming out tonight!”

I got Josh to sign my “Meet-the-Author” pass and Throne of Glass. I was so grateful for that and went all “Oh my Gods. Thank you so much!” Then, in what seemed like an all too short encounter, my turn was over. (In between all of that conversation was some gushing, which Sarah handled really well.)

On the way out I was given a swag pack of 6 Throne of Glass badges. Carmen was right there waiting for me and there was a lot of “Oh my Gods!!” and “that just happened!!!” going around. We were both just hopping around, squealing and living in the moment.

The following passages are written one week after the ones above, because I was away and there was no WiFi.

Okay, so, me being me, I went back for seconds. The first time around I was the third in line; this time I was the second last. What all does being second last entail? One hour of waiting in line. I wasn’t complaining then and I’m not complaining now, because let’s be real, I would have queued half a day to meet them again.

Somehow, I ended up chatting with the girl behind me and her little brother. She hadn’t read any of Sarah’s books, so she was really nervous about meeting her. Surprisingly, I wasn’t. Nervous, I mean. So I talked to her about how sweet and totally unintimidating Sarah is. Then we talked about our favorite books, and even though we were stuck in the same spot for a good 20 minutes, time just flew by. In a very exaggerated blink of an eye, it was my turn again and guess what? Sarah recognized me! She was like “Hi!”, then she got a good look at my face and went, “hey, you again!” YES ME AGAIN BECAUSE I CANNOT GET ENOUGH AND I AM DESPERATE. Of course, I didn’t say that, instead I said, “hi! Yeah, this is the last time, I promise.”

I passed her my books and then we got talking. Mostly general stuff, until…

Me: I LOVE your hair. It’s just GOALS.

Sarah: Thank you! I love your hair. The curls are so beautiful. Are they natural?

Me: Aww thank you. Yep, all natural.

Sarah: There, I have to spend hours rolling mine to get it looking like this and yours is just…  some hand movements

Me: But yours is still so pretty and like, always perfect.

So there we were just smiling at each other and chatting about hair. God only knows how I didn’t completely lose my cool right there and then. Praise the lord, I was able to function like a normal person and have an actual conversation.

After a bit more talking while she signed my books, we wished each other goodnight and there was a lot of thank yous and I hope you come again. With a “Have fun in Malaysia!”, it was over.

My mom and I stayed till the very end, because we still had to wait for my aunt to pick us up and what better place to wait than there? Sarah and Josh took photos with the staff and organizers before leaving and as much as I wanted to ask to take one with them, I didn’t, because they were rushing to get to KLCC and I was already more than happy with what I had gotten. So, they left with an entourage and I left with a smile on my face, 6 signed books and an unforgettable experience.

It was only then that I lost all sense of the word “chill” and started freaking out. Like, major fangirling. I MET SARAH J. MAAS. SARAH LOVES MY HAIR. BRB, FANGIRLING. I kept going on and on about how amazing and inspiring it all was. Since that wasn’t my mom’s first day being my mother or her first time seeing me fangirl, she took it all in stride.

Meeting Sarah J. Maas was a surreal experience that I will remember and treasure for the rest of my life. Not only was it completely unbelievable, it was also incredibly inspiring. She will make you want to go home and get back to your writing projects that you had cast aside. She will make you believe again. Like she told us,

It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, what matters is how many times you get back up.

I achieved at least 5 of my goals that day. I mean, I met one of my favorite authors! I also got to meet tons of bookworms offline, as opposed to connecting on social media. AND I MET SARAH J. MAAS! In this week, I have looked at the photos taken at least once a day and it never gets old.

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Here’s hoping we get another visit from the lovely, Sarah J. Maas soon. ❤

P.S. I know this was a really long post, but I wanted to include every little detail of that fantastic day.

P.P.S. Special thanks to Sarah J. Maas and Josh for coming to Malaysia; Borders for holding the event and my mom for being our photographer.

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A Penny For Your Thoughts #1: Misconceptions About Bookworms

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Hello loves. Today I bring to you my very first discussion post. I’ve been wanting to post one for a very long time, but I always find a reason not to. (Excuses mostly.)

Before we get started, here’s an intro to this feature:

A Penny For Your Thoughts is a new feature on my blog where I discuss different subjects every week. Basically, it’s a discussion feature with a fancy name. 😉 I intend on having a discussion at least once a week, more if I have the time.

I want you to know that I am very open-minded and I appreciate honesty above all else, so please be comfortable when letting me know your opinion on a matter.You don’t have to worry about offending me if our opinions vary, I like seeing things from other people’s perspective and it would be a boring world if we all had the same opinions on everything. 🙂

Also, if you have any suggestions for discussion topics please comment below or shoot me an email at headinthecloudsheartinthebooks@gmail.com


As you can tell by the title, today I’ll be discussing a few misconceptions I’ve noticed people have about us, readers, and who we are.

1. Books, 24/7 books

While it cannot be denied, the significance of books in readers’ lives, it also isn’t the only thing we have going on. Some of us might enjoy gaming alongside reading, or maybe catching up with the latest TV shows. Who knows?

The problem is when people think ALL we know is BOOKS and ALL we do is READ, and question us when we are seen without a book or having some other hobby. Or even better when they give you an accusatory stare, like you’ve just been caught cheating! Because clearly, to be a bookworm is to have a book plastered to your hand(s) at all times with your nose buried in it and only speak of literature, otherwise your bookworm status is open to questioning.

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Let’s just say this person likes to eat. Do you expect said person to just eat, eat and EAT?

I guess my point is it’s perfectly fine for someone who loves to read to have other choices of entertainment. All while not having to explain ourselves like a bunch of outlaws. You can be a book lover and love other things without feeling guilty about it.

2. Speckies here; speckies there; speckies everywhere.

This is what some people think we look like:

This is such an inaccurate assumption. There is no rule saying, if you read, you have to wear glasses. Just the same, doesn’t mean if someone wears glasses, by default he/she is a reader. That is simply not how things work!

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3. Straight-A students

Let me make it clear, there’s a huge difference between reading works of fiction and textbooks. Reading fiction- non fiction, even- isn’t automatically going to make us top students. So, people can stop saying things like, “I thought you read a lot of books!” and “you read, isn’t that supposed to make you really smart?” when we don’t turn out to be the first place in class.

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Like everyone else, we could be straight A students, average students or even bad students. Unless the exam is Zombie Survival 101, book related or seeing the world in multiple POVs, I wouldn’t be so quick to bet on all of us getting an A.

4. Antisocial, the lot of us

Yes, some of us may be antisocial, but not all of us. It isn’t right to put all of us in a box and label it “antisocial”. The rest of us could just be more selective about who we spend time with. Personally, I’m not opposed to hanging out with my close friends every once in a while. I usually find myself having more fun than anticipated. For me it’s all about the people I spend time with. With the right people I can be very sociable.

Not to mention, some readers are also social butterflies and happen to enjoy the company of people as much as they do reading.

All that said, there are antisocial bookworms.

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One thing I think we can all agree on:

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To summarize, we are seriously misunderstood beings.

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So, there you have it, my very first discussion post. Keep in mind that was just my opinion on the topic. What are some misconceptions society has had about you? 

Remember to leave a comment and be completely honest, so we can discuss- debate too.

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1 Year Blogiversary!

Hi everyone! Today morning I woke up and got a notification on WordPress informing me that I’ve been blogging on Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books for one whole year!

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I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I created this blog. A year well spent with you amazing, diverse people.

I could cite stats and follower count and stuff like that, but those seem trivial in comparison to the memories I created with you lovelies. So instead of attempting to one up that, I just want to say thank you for an entire year of your companionship. Thank you for the comments. To be honest, 365 days of this blogging thing hasn’t dampened the excitement I feel reading your comments. (The fact that I write anything worthy of getting comments is surprising, says the self-deprecating voice in my head. ) Thank you for the fangirling. Because, really, who else can I freak out with over fictional worlds and equally fictional men?

Looking back at my blog and its posts, I realise that it isn’t very personal. All you really see is this teen fangirl who is crazy in love with books and fictional characters. I assure you there is much more to me than that. So for this second year and the many years to come (hopefully), I strive to be more personal on my blog.

To start, here’s a little about me:

• I try my best to be honest with everyone and appreciate it when they are honest with me. It has mostly worked, except for when I get asked about my feelings. At that, I have grown skilled at lying or at least, sidestepping the truth. Because, what I’ve learned- the hard way- is that everyone will ask you how you feel about this and that, but only some actually care about what you have to say. The rest just ask for the sake of asking. Even worse are the ones who judge you for it. I know I sound bitter, but that’s really not my intention. For me it’s just facts that I have come to terms with. Which is why those that truly care and can find it in them not to be judgemental, are some of the rarest, most beautiful souls to walk the earth. For them, I am grateful everyday.

• I’ve liked baking since I was little, when my mom and I used to bake together and she’d do the ‘grown up’ stuff and I’d handle the kiddie parts, like adding in chocolate chips and eating the cookie dough- something I haven’t grown out of. I was convinced that we should bypass the actual baking part and get right to eating the cookie dough. Actually, I’m still convinced.

• One of my all time favourite movies is Love, Rosie. I re-watch it all the time and I cry every single time. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend you do.

That’s all for today. Once again, thank you so much for 1 year of blogging! I hope to interact more with you, fellow bloggers, in the years to come. Giant hugs to everyone! ❤

OTPs Are Everywhere

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Hello bookworms! It’s Valentine’s Day! In conjunction with that, I have decided to post a Valentine’s Day/love related list. This post is going to be a list of my bookish OTPs. It isn’t going to be easy, picking out fourteen out of possibly hundreds (I exaggerate), but I’ll try my best.

Follow the hearts…

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Derek ❤︎ Chloe

from

The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstong

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“So,” I said. “Seems you’re going to be stuck with me for a while.”
He smiled. A real smile that lit up his whole face.
“Good,” he said.

“You’re crying?” he said.
“No, I- ” I tore my gaze away. “Just dust. From the path. Simon’s that way.”
I tried to pass him, but he stooped, trying to get a loom of my face. When I wouldn’t let him, he caught my chin. I jerked back, flinching at his touch, heart thudding at it, too.
I told myself Simon was wrong. I’d never be dumb enough to fall for Derek. But I had. With him so close, my stomach kept doing weird flips. It wasn’t fear. It hadn’t been fear for awhile.
“You have been crying,” he said, voice softer.”

I ship these two so much!! It took so long for them to get together, which was understandable but no less frustrating. I even got my mom to read this series and you know what? She ships them too. I reread this series all the time- even now when I have so many books unread- and I always look forward to the parts with them. Okay, okay, I even skip pages to get to them.


Yelena ❤︎ Valek

from

The Study series by Maria V. Snyder

“You’re right. And so was my snake.”
“Snake?”
He pulled my arm out to expose my bracelet. “When I carved this my thoughts were on you, love. Your life is like this snake’s coils. No matter how many turns it makes, you’ll end up back where you belong. With me.”

“Yelena, you’ve driven me crazy. You’ve caused me considerable trouble and I’ve contemplated ending your life twice since I’ve known you…but you slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”

“When you warned me that you would test me from time to time, I thought you meant spiking my food. But it seems there is more than one way to poison a person’s heart, and it doesn’t even require a meal.”

These two are so intense! Together they make a power couple and are equals in every way. I can’t begin to explain how happy I am that Maria V. Snyder is continuing on with this series because it’s one of my favorites (and OTP, remember?). If you’re one for Fantasy, give this series a go and fall in love!


Clary ❤︎ Jace (Clace)

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The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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“There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.”

“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.”

“I stabbed you. With a massive sword. You caught on fire.”
His lips twitched, almost imperceptibly. “Okay, so maybe our problems aren’t like other couples.”

Am I the only one who pictures Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace and Clary when reading the books? Because I seriously cannot envision any other actors as them (Jace & Clary).


Magnus Bane ❤︎ Alec (Malec)

from

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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“I’m—sorry about being a lousy date,” Alec muttered.

“What are you talking about?” Magnus asked. “You’re a fantastic date. You’ve only been here ten minutes, and I already got half of your clothes off.”

“I think of myself as a freewheeling bisexual,” added Magnus.
“Please never say those words in front of my parents,” said Alec. “Especially my father.”

“So I’m your first ever Shadowhunter, huh?” Alec said when they separated at last.
“You’re my first so many things, Alec Lightwood.”

Ahh, I cannot even with this couple! MALEC FOREVER!


Isabelle ❤︎ Simon (Sizzy)

from

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Simon hid the fact that he was inordinately pleased by this. “Are we officially boyfriend and girlfriend? Is there a Shadowhunter ritual? Should I change my Facebook status from ‘it’s complicated’ to ‘in a relationship’?”
Isabelle screwed up her nose adorably. “You have a book that’s also a face?”

“I am here to determine my relationship.”
Simon goggled. She couldn’t be talking about him. Could she?
“Do you see that man?” Isabelle asked, pointing at Simon. Apparently she was talking about him. “That’s Simon Lewis, and he is my boyfriend. So if any of you think about trying to hurt him because he’s a mundie or–may the Angel have mercy on your soul–pursuing him romantically, I will come after you, I will hunt you down and I will crush you to powder.”

“Oh, Lord Montgomery, what do you mean to do with me in this bedroom when you have me all alone? An innocent maiden, and unprotected? Is my virtue safe?

‘I, ah- what?’

‘I know you are a dangerous man. Some call you a rake. Everybody knows you are a devil with the ladies with your poetically puffed shirt and irresistible pants. I pray you will consider my innocence. And my poor, vulnerable heart.’

Simon decided this was a lot like role-playing in D&D, but potentially more fun.”

As you can already tell, these two are dorkishly adorable!


Jem ❤︎ Tessa (Jessa)

from

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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“You speak of sacrifice, but it is not my sacrifice I offer. It is yours I ask of you,” he went on. “I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain. But I love you enough to hope that you wil not care that I am being selfish in trying to make the rest of my life – whatever length – happy, by spending it with you. I want to be married to you, Tessa. I want it more than I have ever wanted anything else in my life.” He looked up at her through the veil of silvery hair that fell over his eyes. “That is,” he said shyly, “if you love me, too.”

“Wo wei ni xie de,” he said, as he raised the violin to his left shoulder, tucking it under his chin. He had told her many violinists used a shoulder rest, but he did not: there was a slight mark on the side of his throat, like a permanent bruise, where the violin rested.

“You — made something for me?” Tessa asked.

“I wrote something for you,” he corrected, with a smile, and began to play.”

“I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain.”

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Will ❤︎ Tessa (Wessa)

from

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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He seemed to realize she was staring at him, because the cursing stopped. “You cut me,” he said. His voice was pleasant. British. Very ordinary. He looked at his hand with critcal interest. “It might be fatal.”
Tessa looked at him with wide eyes. “Are you the Magister?”
He tilted his hand to the side. Blood ran down it, spattering the floor. “Dear me, massive blood loss. Death could be imminent.”

He bent to put his cheek against hers. His breath against her ear made her shudder with each deliberately spoken word. “I have wanted to do this,” he said, “every moment of every hour of every day that I have been with you since the day I met you.”

“I thought perhaps that when you told me you did not love me that my own feelings would fall away and atrophy, but they have not. They have grown every day. I love you now more desperately, this moment, than I have ever loved you before, and in an hour I will love you more than that”

I know, I know. Jessa and Wessa? le sigh Can you blame me though?


Magnus ❤︎ Cleo

from

The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

Magnus had come to a horrible realization. One that he knew would cause him nothing but pain and suffering from that day forward.
But there was no changing the truth of it.
He had fallen in love with her.

“In the shadow my father has cast over my entire life, you are the only light I can see anymore. And, whatever the cost, I refuse to let that light be extinguished”

She was his princess. No. She was his goddess. With her golden skin and golden hair. She was his light. His life. His everything.
He loved her more than anything else in this world.

I hardcore ship these two people. HARDCORE.

Maybe it’s because the thought of waiting for the next book in the series, Crystal Storm, is agonizing, but I haven’t finished Frozen Tides. I really need to though, because more Cleo+Magnus= happy shipper.


Shahrzad ❤︎ Khalid

from

The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

“Her conviction wavered further. “I told you; don’t try to own me.”
“I don’t want to own you.”

She swiveled her neck to meet his gaze. “Then never speak of sending me away again. I am not yours to do with as you will.”

Khalid’s features smoothed knowingly. “How right you are. You are not mine.” He dropped his palm from the door. “I am yours.”

“You are ridiculous, Khalid Ibn al-Rashid. I am just one girl. You are the Caliph of Khorasan, and you have a responsibility to a kingdom.”
“If you are just one girl, I am just one boy.”

I just cannot even with this couple. Words cannot describe the beauty of this pair and book. Not to mention that letter at the end. Do you remember? Do you? If you do, you understand my pain.

May cannot come soon enough.


Eleanor ❤︎ Park

from

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.

He made her feel like more than the sum of her parts.

“Nothing before you counts,” he said. “And I can’t even imagine an after.”

She shook her head. “Don’t.”

“What?”

“Don’t talk about after.”

“I just meant that… I want to be the last person who ever kisses you, too…. That sounds bad, like a death threat or something. What I’m trying to say is, you’re it. This is it for me.”

To speak of this couple would be to speak of the ending and we don’t speak of the ending. Ever. Therefore, we shall not speak of this couple.


So, there you have it, 10 of my OTPs to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Single or not, I hope that added some looove to your day. Do we share any OTPs? Do you find them as swoon worthy as I do? LET’S FANGIRL TOGETHER! 😀 Happy Valentine’s Day and chat with you soon! ❤

The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet || ARC Review

28601381Title: The Secret to Letting Go

Author: Katherine Fleet

Series: –

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Entangled: digiTeen

Pages: 367 pages, Kindle Edition

Publication Date: February 1st 2016

My Rating: ★★★★½


One summer can change everything…

Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.


Hi all! I just finished reading this book and here I am writing this review- already! I usually give myself some time to think about the book and my thoughts on it, but this time is different because I already have my thoughts sorted out and I know exactly what to say. So, let’s get on with it!

If you’re new to my blog, you should know that I just can’t stay away from Entangled Teen books. I was drawn to The Secret of Letting Go the moment I saw its cover and read the blurb. (Because YA with some mystery and published by Entangled is so on. So on. Pretty cover’s just a bonus, guys.) 😀

I feel like this is a book you need to go into not knowing much, so you can properly enjoy the surprises and plot. What you need to know is that this book is beautifully written and will suck you in like a vortex. The writing while straightforward, is beautiful in an effortless way. The story alternates between Daniel and Clover in first person POV every few chapters or so.

Clover is unlike any character I’ve encountered before. She had her share of secrets and lies but she when it came to things not related to her past, she was so honest and straightforward. She didn’t see the need to lie about the way she felt or beat around the bush when she wanted to know something. Whether it’s about kissing or her feelings, she’ll just come right out and say what’s on her mind, often putting others on the spot. Having grown up the way she did, she was also pretty clueless about boys and social events. So she often spoke about those matters in a somewhat innocent manner. It was so refreshing to see the world the way Clover did. With innocence, wonder and compassion- unjaded by her past.

Daniel on the other hand is the exact opposite. He had the tendency to overthink and complicate everything. He liked to see things logically and was tinged with sadness after his girlfriend’s death, which he blamed himself for. I feel like he ran a bit hot and cold throughout the book but like he said, he’s not perfect and you can tell he put it a lot of effort. He had his own demons to face but he was always ready to defend/save Clover. Like Clover he has his flaws but that just makes them more believable.

Together, Clover and Daniel made a perfect team. They had a lot to teach and learn from each other, which they did. Clover changed the way Daniel saw and did things. She taught him to see and savor the finer things in life. Together, they lived in the moment until they couldn’t and had to face what was coming. Their relationship isn’t an easy, rosy one but it’s realistic and so are the choices they make.

Not only was I invested in the main characters, the supporting characters also had my attention. I loved Amelia, Daniel’s twin sister, who is the opposite of him with her tendency to act before thinking. I am now convinced that Amelia and Sam, Daniel’s best friend, need their own book because I need more of their relationship. Make it happen, please!

This book keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next and exactly what happened in the past. It’s like a puzzle and you’re given pieces of the puzzle gradually, so you have to connect the dots as you go and maybe you’re right, maybe you’re not. The only way to know is to keep reading.

Kudos to Katherine Fleet for keeping it real. I realised there were a lot of times where she could have taken the easy way out and just handed us a HEA, but she didn’t. She made it realistic, even if that meant asking the hard questions and going the long way. So you get full closure and nothing’s left unresolved.

One of the matters this book addresses is our habit of taking things for granted. To be honest, we are all guilty of that crime. We get so used to our luxuries and having our family and friends around that we stop appreciating them like we should. Seeing Clover and how foreign basic things are to her and the thrill of having loved ones, it makes you grateful for what you have. I just wanted to hug everyone after reading this book.

Overall, The Secret to Letting Go is a story about facing your fears, putting the past behind you but not hiding from it, and sacrifice. It’s fast paced and hooking so you will not be able to put it down, nor will you want to. I know I was hooked to it from the start to finish, and read it in one sitting, ignoring the rest of the world but only temporarily. I highly recommend this book to everyone. We can all learn a thing or two about life from Clover and Daniel.

We can’t change the past. All we can do is move forward.


That’s it for this review. I hope you enjoyed it and consider checking out The Secret of Letting Go because it truly is an exceptional book. If you’ve already read it, how did you find it? Chat with me in the comments! Hugs. ❤

Top Ten Tuesday #7: TBR Newbies

booksTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, it was created because of their love of lists and all things bookish. There are different lists every week and you can check out the topics on their website, they post some of them beforehand.


 

Only 19 days into 2016 and I’ve piled up my TBR with books- new and old.

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?



Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.



Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

21414439On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

25467698Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.


Defy by Sara B. Larson

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Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?


School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino

21798470Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who subjugate a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.

As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn’t an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.


The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet

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One summer can change everything…

Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.


A Court of Mist and Fury

17927395Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


 

Never Ever by Sara Saedi

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Wylie Dalton didn’t believe in fairy tales or love at first sight.

Then she met a real-life Peter Pan.

When Wylie encounters Phinn—confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome—at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.

Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where nobody ages beyond seventeen and life is a constant party. Wylie’s in heaven: now her brother won’t go to jail and she can escape her over-scheduled life with all its woes and responsibilities—permanently.

But the deeper Wylie falls for Phinn, the more she begins to discover has been kept from her and her brothers. Somebody on the island has been lying to her, but the truth can’t stay hidden forever.


Some of these books haven’t even been released yet but they are the latest additions to my TBR which is why I featured them. Do you see anything on my list also on yours? I hope you find some books on my list interesting enough to add to your TBR. Remember to leave a link to your TTT so I can check it out. Hugs! ❤

Mini Update

Hi guys! I just got back from an evening/night out with friends. We watched The 5th Wave and it was actually quite good. I can’t compare it to the book though, as I haven’t read it yet. What I can say is I am now very much in a reading mood (I was just telling my friend how I couldn’t seem to read or blog much this past week, alas, my saving grace has come), so I’ll be getting back to Red Queen which I had to put down because I either had other things to do or couldn’t really get into it. Right now, there’s nothing I’d like more than to read it, so read it I shall.

I’ll write up a review of The 5th Wave movie once I’ve read the book, which I am looking forward to reading.
Toodles!

Update:
This post was originally written on the 15th of January at 11 p.m., but I slept off and didn’t get much reading done or manage to post this- until today. I am still very much in a reading mood and am really getting into Red Queen right now. Later! ❤