Book review: The Harper Effect By Taryn Bashford (1 star)

(I received a free review copy for a blog tour)

“Without tennis, what’s the point of me?”

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The Harper Effect By Taryn Bashford

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 1 star

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Harper has been living the dream as a tennis player, but her coach tells her that she doesn’t have what it takes to go pro. When she confides in her childhood best friend, who happens to be her sister’s ex, her feelings for him are rekindled. She is paired off with Colt, a mysterious and brooding tennis player who becomes her doubles partner as they train to become the best in tennis.

Honestly, I actually really enjoyed this book and would have given it a 4 star rating. Why did I give it 1 star rating instead? Because after I finished the book, I chanced upon an incident that happened to a fellow book blogger and I was not going to stand by and not support my fellow book bloggers. The book blogger (Happy Indulgence) wasn’t a fan of the book and the author claimed that she had a vendetta against her and wanted to take legal action. After seeing what went down, I was so upset and I had this book review for a blog tour, so I changed it to a spotlight post instead so I could address this issue in a separate review.

It is not cool to bully book bloggers. We aren’t paid to book blog and we spend hours of our time reading the book and crafting a review after for our readers and our followers to see. We are bridges between the books and audiences as through our reviews, people can decide whether they like the book and whether they would like to pick it up or not. And everyone has the freedom to voice out their opinions so I was really upset about the entire incident and felt so sympathetic to Jeann over at Happy Indulgence. (view her post here )

I actually really liked the angst between Harper and Colt, but don’t really appreciate her breaking the sister code. I did find the story dramatically painful (In a good way) and actually really liked that this book was raw and realistic especially with the characters. I really liked the progression of events and loved that we got to decode Colt’s character along with Harper. The story did tug at my heartstrings.

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Book review: Don’t cosplay with my heart By Cecil Castellucci (4 stars)

“After her family was wiped out of time, she couldn’t find North. No one could.”

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Don’t cosplay with my heart By Cecil Castellucci

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4 stars

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When Edan cosplays as her favourite character, Gargantua from Team Tomorrow, she feels strong and powerful, and it helps her to escape her family mess, distancing best friend and confusing crush.

This novel gave me low-key Miraculous Ladybug vibes, I don’t know why. I was hoping for more anime influence in this book since personally, when I hear the word cosplay, I always think about anime first.

Okay, Yuri and his friends are such pricks, urgh. I definitely preferred Kirk. I personally didn’t really like Edan as I felt that she is pretty childish. I love that we see how similar Edan and Gargantua are and how Edan’s story kind of follows Gargantua’s origin story.

Although I didn’t connect emotionally with the characters, I definitely connected with the story and loved the overall set up and pay off.

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Book review: Arcatraissa by Lacy Sheridan (3.5 stars)

(I received a free eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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Arcatraissa by Lacy Sheridan

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Cassie has never believed in magic, despite her ailing aunt claiming that faeries are real, she knows they are not. When Tae, a faerie, has his sister taken, Cassie and Tae’s world collide at Arcatraissa.

I did wish it was slightly more distinct when switching POVs, but I enjoyed the book. The world building reminded me of the movie Epic. I liked the story progression and the simplistic storyline that was filled with drama.

Fans of faeries would enjoy this book (I’m not a big fan of faeries), but I did wish for more romance even though I enjoyed the world building.

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Book review: The Darkest Part of the Forest By Holly Black (3 stars)

“They are twilight creatures , beings of dawn and dusk, of standing between one thing and another, of not quite and almost, of borderlands and shadows.”

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The Darkest Part of the Forest By Holly Black

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 3 stars

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Hazel and her brother Ben live in Fairfold, where they live alongside Folk of the Air and a horned boy who sleeps in a glass coffin and never wakes. When they were younger, they would weave stories of the horned boy being a Prince and the two of them would be the knights who saved him.

I liked the overall pacing of this book, the story was easy to digest and the world building was pretty effortless. I liked the progression of the novel, but I wasn’t really impressed. I did like the twist but I wasn’t emotionally connected to the story and felt that it was ok in general.

I didn’t connect with the characters at all, but the concept of this book was great.

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Anime Review: Anohana (3.5 stars)

Anime Review: Anohana (3.5 stars)

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Genre: Slice of Life, Drama, Supernatural

Number of episodes: 11 (Completed)

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Synopsis (Taken from Kissanime):

Jinta Yadomi is peacefully living as a recluse, spending his days away from school and playing video games at home instead. One hot summer day, his childhood friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma, appears and pesters him to grant a forgotten wish. He pays her no mind, which annoys her, but he doesn’t really care. After all, Menma already died years ago.

At first, Jinta thinks that he is merely hallucinating due to the summer heat, but he is later on convinced that what he sees truly is the ghost of Menma. Jinta and his group of childhood friends grew apart after her untimely death, but they are drawn together once more as they try to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. Re-living their pain and guilt, will they be able to find the strength to help not only Menma move on—but themselves as well?

(Review)


-secret base! I heard this cover a long time ago and was shocked to suddenly hear it in an anime I have never watched before!

Jinta is haunted by Menma, a childhood friend who passed away years ago. Menma has a wish she wants to be granted, but can only happen when all of the five friends are gathered, so they try to fulfil Menma’s wish so that she will die in peace.

Jinta doesn’t attend school and I think it’s probably from trauma. This anime had really strong Orange vibes! It was pretty slow paced but pretty good. This anime has a more brusque and manly way of telling the story.

I love how this anime really shows how someone’s death can affect those around them, how they each blame themselves for her death. Gosh, this anime sent chills down my spine.

Romance was pretty complicated, so definitely pay attention to their body languages! The way the story unravelled really helped to keep the mystery of the entire ambiguous wish .

This anime was really tear jerking so I would recommend preparing tissues!

Have you watched this anime before? Let me know some of your favourite anime in the comments down below!