Book review: Catherine by April Linder (did not finish)

“I need you to know I’m not funning away from him. I am running towards something.”

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Title: Catherine

Author: April Linder

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Romance, Mystery, Contemporary, Retelling

Rating: Did not finish

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?

Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years—a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her—starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.

Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery.

(Review)

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

Chelsea finds out that her mother is alive, she goes and tries to search for her.

The story is told in a dual POV.

Although I did like the mysteriousness and suspense surrounding the book, it didn’t manage to keep me entertained and I stopped reading at page 120.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir (3 stars)

“There’s something in the maze.”

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Title: Suspicion

Author: Alexandra Monir

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Rating: 3/5 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

There’s something hidden in the Maze.

Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.

Haunted by her parents’ deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin’s untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.

All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion’s aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself–and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?

(Review)

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

Suspicion was haunting beautiful, like wandering around a library at night.

Imogen’s family manor was burnt down 7 years ago and she has moved to America. When a letter tells her that she is left to inherit the estate, she finds out bone-chilling secrets that are all interlinked.

The suspense and build up of the book was great. The plot twists were awesome and each revelation sent more shivers down my spine. The ending was nice, but slightly open ended as well.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book review: Love and other foreign words by Erin McCahan (Did not finish)

“There’s a lot more to meaning than just words.”

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Title: Love and other foreign words

Author: Erin McCahan

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: DNF

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Can anyone be truly herself–or truly in love–in a language that’s not her own?

Sixteen-year-old Josie lives her life in translation. She speaks High School, College, Friends, Boyfriends, Break-ups, and even the language of Beautiful Girls. But none of these is her native tongue — the only people who speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn’t always like, and the best friend who hasn’t said a word — at least not in a language Josie understands.

(Review)

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

Josie thinks that everything is a language, she is also extremely overprotective of her sister.

I stopped reading this book at page 75, I couldn’t get into the story and it seemed as though it wasn’t heading anywhere. The story seemed a little weird to me and I wasn’t a fan of the characters.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book review: The one thing by Marci Lyn Curtis (Did not finish)

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Title: The one thing

Author: Marci Lyn Curtis

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: DNF

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won’t invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago,Maggie’s rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn’t interested in rehabilitation, not when she’s still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie’s whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she’s ever met. Ben’s life isn’t easy, but he doesn’t see limits, only possibilities. After a while, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn’t have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she’s currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the magnetic lead singer of Maggie’s new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben’s brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future…before she loses everything she has grown to love.

(Review)

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

I stopped within a few pages as I couldn’t get into this book. I was pretty much confused while trying to understand the setting for the story.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

The Book Feels Tag!

Hello bookish friends! I was tagged for this quite a while ago by the lovely Rhea from Bookchanted Do check her blog out!!  Taylor from Tay’s Infinite Thoughts is the creator of the book tag! There aren’t any rules except linking back to the person who tagged you and the creator.

 

A Book/series that made you smile or laugh

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The most recent? The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I was crazy over this series and finished the books in 3 days (Talk about addicted). It had a Twilight yet fresh feel, and the characters and great story had me hooked the to story and I am still hung over.

 

A Book/series that made you sad or want to cry

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It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt

I remembered tearing throughout this entire book, and I’m not even sure why! The story was pretty good, but the redemption arc was definitely what did it for me! It’s definitely an underrated book that should be read more!

 

A Book/series that you love

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, To all the boys I’ve loved before series by Jenny Han, When It’s real by Erin Watt and a lot more, but here are a few

 

A Book/series that you didn’t particularly like

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Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

I’m one of those people who unfortunately didn’t like the book. I think if I had gotten through the first few chapters, I may have ended up loving it.

 

A book/series that was made into a movie that you liked

I actually haven’t found one yet. A lot of books I’ve read actually haven’t been made into movies. I do love quite a few TV shows though, like 13 reasons why, The Shadowhunters.

 

A book/series that was made into a movie that you didn’t like

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

I actually watched ALL the movies before I even gave the book a go, but many people were complaining that the movie was trash. I felt that it was okay, but pretty cheesy. When I read the first book (I didn’t continue the series), I immediately agreed that it was the book to movie adaptation that spoiled this book.

 

A book/series you have mixed feelings about

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The Selection series by Kiera Cass

I definitely agree with Rhea on this one! I loved the first three books of the series, but the last two just didn’t click with me.

 

A book/series you haven’t read but are totally excited about

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The Royals series by Erin Watt

I still haven’t managed to read this series yet, ugh.

 

A book/series that made you angry

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Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

I was so annoyed with everyone else except the protagonist of this novel!

 

A book/series you feel like you can relate to

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I definitely agree with Rhea again over here! I really could relate to Cinder and Cress. I really admire Cinder and probably would be best friends with Cress.

 

Have you guys read any of these books? Feel free to tag yourself and let me know in the comments below!