Where am I with reading in 2017?

So, I dont know if you guys know  this but my reading challenge this year on goodreads was of a mere 25 books only! Because of school and now that I’m in  the ninth grade, life was getting hectic and I also had a tough time completing my last year’s goal but somehow I managed and so this year I decided not overestimate my reading speed/reading time and I went with 25 books only.

Half of 2017, was spent away from the online reading community and bookstagram. I practically had no free time and was only online to post the reviews of the few books I read. That was it, then school and everything got super hectic with exams so I was behind by 2 books 😬😬 unbelievable yes I know! So when my 20 day holidays began I decided to read 10 books, impossible again but I’m doing it, not very well i might add. I have 4 more books to go and about 3 days, so yeah I’m pushing myself but I’m not sure I’ll be able to complete it.

 But i did finish 6 books, so its not that bad. Anyway, right now i I have one book left to complete my reading challenge for 2017, well that was kinda expected because it was just 25 books. But I really want to finish reading atleast 30 books, you know? Ahh, let’s see.

 What about you? How far have you reached with your reading challenge? How many books did you plan to read this year?

Review: The Dazzling Heights

NAME: The Dazzling Heights

AUTHOR: Katharine McGee

GENRE: Drama, thriller, sci-fi, YA,

MY RATING: 5/5

BLURB:

New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…

Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden—even if it means trusting her enemy.

Watt just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him…no matter the cost.

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.

But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.

MY REVIEW:

The Dazzling heights blew me away! It was even better than the first book and that is kind of impossible because the first book was marvelous. I cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book. Full of teenage drama, rich kids doing bad things, dark secrets, all of it I absolutely loved.  The Dazzling heights was my most anticipated release of 2017 and oh, it surpassed all my expectations.

Keeping readers on the edge at all times, huge and unexpected twists all of it was just so good. It was sci-fiction combined with drama, all of it an extraordinary combination that floored me. Impeccable plot, strong character description and amazing writing, this book was perfect! It had it all, love, drama, an interesting story and OH MY GOD an absolutely nerve-racking ending. I cannot wait to read the next book.

Something that sets apart this book and makes it so unique is the captivating characters and their own point of views and the way all their lives entwine and the sudden change in the story and dangerous cliff hangers. A beautifully written and put together story that engrosses its readers, this book was almost impossible to put down. I read for hours at a stretch and because I have horrible attention span, it was surprising. I never normally am able to read a book for long, oh but this one I read and read and read!

I honestly thought that all the characters were very intriguing and loved how each of them was described and portrayed but my favourite, I have  to say was Watt. Watt’s a computer genius who has an illegal quant and he’s trying to get away from Leda, who is forcing him to hack for her and along the way somehow I start to love Watt and his sarcasm and wit! He just is amazing ❤

I have never been more hooked on to any book ever. It was incredible and im really running out of adjectives to describe The Dazzling Heights. Do yourself a favour and go read this series right away, you will not regret it. A huge thanks to Harpercollins India for a review copy!

Update!

READING:

Hey guys. So I just finished reading The Dazzling heights and wow, it was amazing. Everything about it was perfect. Review will be up shortly!

Also, remember that goal I had of completing 10 books in my 20 day holiday, well only one  is left and I’m done with 5 books, do you think I can complete it? I dont know lets see, but I’m trying my best to achieve my goal.

MUSIC: 

So I’m currently obsessed with Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes” and Zayn Malik’s “Dusk till Dawn” and ofcourse Dua Lipa’s “New rules”. You hvae got to check  out these songs guys, they’re golden! ❤

BOOKSTAGRAM:

I’ve been changing my theme, planning   to buy a dslr and so many other things, if you aren’t already following me, you should my username is @fangirlalert07_ (shameless self promotion :*) 

That’s it guys! Also could you please check out my review of Windfall, it is one post behind. Do read it please and let me know what you think of the book!

Review: Windfall 

NAME: WINDFALL

AUTHOR: JENNIFER E. SMITH

GENRE: YA, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY 

MY RATINGS: 3.5/5

HOW I ACQUIRED A COPY: PAN MACMILLAN INDIA  THANK YOU 🙂

REVIEW:

The story revolves around the protagonist “Alice” who’s parents were killed when she was 9 and so she moved in with her uncle and aunt and her cousin “Leo” who is also an important character. “Teddy”, Alice and Leo have been best friends since forever. For Teddy’s 18th birthday  Alice buys  him a lottery ticket at a gift, as a joke, their life changes! This book talks about the events that takr place afterwards, luck, love and sacrifice. 

I liked this  book very much. With a very strong premise of unexpected luck and beautiful writing, this book captured my heart. I found it very sad at some parts too, which made me cry and when books do that, they’re very, very special. What I enjoyed most was the very unique and quote interesting story that follows the 3  protagonists. It describes their unbreakable bond, family and importance of people in your  life and Luck. Strong backstroke to support the characters and the descriptive and slow flow of the book was something I really enjoyed! The writing was amazing! I loved the ending of each chapter and how each sentence seemed like a very intricate and thought of quote. 

The book was slow for me, but it was still very, very good. This is a must read for all contemporary lovers! I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I did. 

My Giant TBR 

Hey guys! So well, a huge tbr is something we all suffer from. We as book lovers always, always have an unlimited number of books to read. And the quote “So many books, such less time” is created for us, guys. Tell me if you agree?!

So right now, my holidays are going on and its for about 20 days, so I decided to read 10 books in these 20 days, yes I don’t think it is possible but I’m doing everything I can to complete this. I’ve already read 2 books but Oh, well lets see if I can complete the rest 8?! It’s going to be a real challenge. 

So here’s a few books of my never ending tbr:

1. Windfall (also, currently reading though its off to a slow start)

2. The secret history of us

3. How To Disappear 

4. You don’t know me but I know you

5. The Dazzling heights

6. Ramona Blue

7. Three Dark Crowns 

8. Nothing 

9. Lord of Shadows

10. Not if I see you first

11. Geek Girl

12. Nevernight 

Omg can’t believe there are so  many and I’m not even half done. Wow. Well, tell me if you relate to this.

Review: It only Happens in the Movies 

Okay guys, I cannot even begin to describe how good this book was. It was unique, and honestly, completely changed my thoughts about “happily-ever after romance movies”. 

I don’t know why I didn’t read this earlier. A beautiful book about a girl who despises love and romance films that show us that love lasts forever. “Audrey” the protagonist used to believe in the happily ever after fairy tale endings that movies always portrayed. She herself was named “Audrey” because her so in-love parents named her afrer Audrey Hepburn the famous romance movie actress. I loved Audrey not because she was cynical and despised love. But because she was right. She saw through the layers and as pessimistic as she may have been, well she was right.

But then comes “Harry”, the basic bad-boy who flirts with every girl he sees. Audrey has learnt better than  to give her heart to some bad-boy and is determined to stay away from Harry and all the drama. But slowly Harry’s layers come off and she sees him for who he truly is and she can’t help but fall for him. A tale of two people. One who was stormed off of love and a clichéd bad-boy. 

The book was absolutely amazing. It was just so good. Holly Bourne is one of my new favourite authors. She is so talented. I would’ve never even expected such a book to be ever written. But abutting I say will not do real justice to exactly how beautiful, different and captivating this book was. It was a whole new opinion that we as readers don’t normally come across. A lovely story, one that brought me to tears. It made me laugh and cry and made me fall in love with the characters. And you know What? IT REALLY ONLY DOES HAPPEN IN THE MOVIES. 

If you hate romance movies, this one’s for you and even if you love romance movies, it still is  for you. Read this masterpiece guys, I promise you that you will love it.

Review: It’s About Love 

NAME: Its about love

AUTHOR: Steven Camden

GENRE: Contemporary, YA fiction 

RATING: 5/5

Amazing. A little cheesy if you’re not into contemporary, but amazing. It was so perfect, the way the plot was built and the story it was a magical combination of beautiful words and a strong plot. 

Different from the cliché romance novels. A book about two people who love movies more than anything. 

“He’s Luke. She’s Leia. Just like in Star Wars. Just like they’re made for each other.”

Steven Camden has written this entire book so well, that every line to me sounded like the best quote ever. Am definitely not exaggerating but not everyone would share the same opinion as me. 

A book about love, when I received this I did not expect anything more than a normal college romance. But it was so much more in every way. I partially enjoyed it so much, because of the fact that it revolved around the love for movies and well, I absolutely love movies. The story was uniquely written as a script and I loved that. This is the second book I’ve read of Steven Camden and I completely am in awe of his writing. 

Two people bonded over their common interest of films. Friendship turned to love. But that wasn’t the only thing in the book. It spoke about family, beginings, revenge and love. The bond of brothers. The difference between right and wrong. About exploring, understanding and a fresh start. 

Character development was good. Plot and story was excellent. Writing was the best. I ended up liking  this book lot more than I had expected. And I feel like I enjoyed this a little extra because i had only been reading very straight and non-contemporary books, that this one turned it around for me. I do enjoy non-YA books but sometimes I just gotta have that little change.   

Not  saying that this book was perfect, because nothing ever is. The starting was a bit difficult for me to grasp because of the different way of writing, but soon I got the hang of it and enjoyed it. The start was a bit monotonous too, but the plot soon had unexpected twists that kept me hooked.

On the whole a beautiful book and I would personally reccomend this to everyone. If  you think after reading the title that its some boring love story, well no its not. Its lovely. A huge thanks to the publishers for a review copy.

Top chick flick and contemporary reccomendations

It might sound horribly clichéd but yes, it’s true. I love everything contemporary from chick flicks, to romcoms to books about love. 

I just enjoy them so much. I don’t even know why. Everything in the movies and the books, if only it was real. Which brings me to book that I recently got “It  only happens in the movies”. This book sounds so good and just looking at it, I cannot wait to read it.

Also, my current read is a contemporary too, haha. It’s a book called “It s about love”, well…. can you  blame me. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I’m sure many of you also love chick flicks.

So here I present to you some amazing reccomendations of chick flicks/ rom coms:

1. 10 things I love about you.

2. Mean girls 1 and 2

3. The notebook

4. Titanic

5. Bride wars

6. Legally blonde 1 and 2

7. The Princess Diaries

8. Letters to Juliet 

9. Serendipity 

10. Sweet home Alabama

And here’s contemporary novel reccomendations:

1. Elanor and Park

2. Faingirl

3. Tape 

4. Girl online 1 and 2

5. Geek girl

6. The  boy is back

7. The  boyfriend list

8. Our chemical hearts

Have you guys read any of these? Let me know in the comments. And  also this is a little different from the usual reviews, so tell me if you’d like more such posts.

Review: Against all odds

NAME: Against All odds 

AUTHOR: Danielle Steel

GENRE: Fiction

RATINGS 4/5

“Taking chances is part of life, but when you bet your future against the odds, its a high-risk game.”

This book was lovely. It was different, and exciting. A book about a worrying mother, who is very disappointed about the decisions her children have made for themselves and thinks that there is no chance of the decisions ever working. 

Against all odds was a very unique book and such that I normally wouldn’t read but oh, wow, was I impressed? It was so good. The plot, story, character development, all of it. Danielle Steel has done an examplary job writing this book. This was only my second book of her’s and I think that she has become one of my favourite authors now.

The book deals with real life issues, problems. Complicated relationships, high risks and arrogant decisions. It circles around  how people manage their life after taking a decision so shocking and if they succeed against all the odds or if they fail. Beautiful book, amazing story and a lot to learn from it. 

It was a little slow at the beginning byt by the end it had me in tears of joy and wanting more. Quite and emotional tale about a close knit family and how they help each other get through tough times  in life.

Would totally reccomend this book if you enjoy such tales, but it is always worth a read. A huge thanks to the publishers, Pan Macmillan India, for a review copy ❤

Updates!

Hey guys. I’ve been away for sometime now and I  thought I should update you with what’s been going on ❤

Reading:

I’m currently reading this really amazing book, Against all odds by Danielle Steel. Its quite unique read and different for me. But I’m loving it, halfway through it.

Music: 

So on the music side, its been quote slow because I’ve had tests and exams this entire month. 

So some of my new favs/all time favs:

1. Look what you made me do

2. Dusk till Dawn

3. New rules

4. Fetish

5. Feels

So that’s it on these two fronts. Exams and all are on and its been pretty busy. Haven’t been that active on bookstagram either. But i have a whole bunch of books left to read and review. And I’m positive I’ll finish all of them by end of next month atleast  ❤

Sorry for the inactivity, will post many more updated. Be sure to follow me on instagram: @fangirlalert07_