Keep It Fresh Award / Book Tag

The wonderful Ashley & Sabrina tagged me to do the keep it fresh Award. A big thank you to them! If you like what I read (a mix of NA & YA romance) you will definitely love their blog.

THE RULES

1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.

2. Part AAnswer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.

3. Part BChoose your favorite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.

4. Part CCreate your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!

5. Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!

6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.

7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh!

 

Part A

1. STRAWBERRIES – NAME THE SWEETEST BOOK YOU’VE READ. (E.G. SWEET IN TERMS OF THE CHARACTERS OR IF THE STORY TAKES PLACE IN A SWEET WORLD… ETC.)

The Host by Stephenie Meyer, This book was such a breath of fresh air because you would think the aliens are the bad guys but Wanderer proved me wrong. She is always considerate and nice to everyone even though the humans treated her as shit. I couldn’t help but love her. She let herself trampled over by everyone but luckily she found Ian, a guy as sweet as her.

2. COCONUT – WHAT IS A BOOK THAT YOU WOULD BRING ON VACATION WITH YOU TO A TROPICAL DESTINATION? (OR IF YOU’RE JUST RELAXING AT THE BEACH…)

I would have answered On The Island by Travis Garvis-Graves but I feel like I have recommended this one enough. The Education of Sebastian and Caroline, I own the combined edition and it’s the perfect NA beach read! It’s one of my favorite duologies and I could reread it none stop. The story is sweet and dramatic (and a little taboo). I would highly recommend this duology.

3. PINEAPPLE – WHAT IS A BOOK THAT YOU DIDN’T THINK YOU WOULD LIKE BY JUDGING ITS COVER/SUMMARY/THE FIRST FEW PAGES BUT STARTED TO GROW ON YOU?

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh, I had read a few graphic novels but I never seemed to like them a lot until I read this one. I was not sure if I was going to like it but I fell in love with it. The FxF romance was amazing and seeing Clementine discover her sexuality was wonderful.

4. ORANGE – WHAT’S THE JUICIEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? (E.G. A BOOK WITH TONS OF ACTION, ROMANCE… ETC.)

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover has some hot scenes! The romance isn’t present immediately because the main characters start a friends-with-benefits relationship but it quickly develops into more!

5. WATERMELON – A WATERY BOOK (E.G. THERE WASN’T TONS OF SUBSTANCE TO THE BOOK/THE DETAILS WERE JUST TOO WATERY…ETC. DON’T GET US WRONG THOUGH, WE LOVE WATERMELONS!)

★★★★

My Lady Jane felt like a watery Historical Fiction. The details were blurry and the historical background wasn’t realistic. The characters were funny but there wasn’t a lot substance to it. It’s definitely a funny YA book but if you go into it for a good Historical Fiction, don’t.

6. DRAGONFRUIT – WHAT’S THE MOST UNIQUE BOOK YOU’VE READ? (E.G. UNIQUE IN WRITING STYLE, CHARACTERS, PLOT… ETC.)

Anything by Amy Harmon is unique. Her writing style, characters, plots basically everything written by her is original.

7. LEMONS – NAME A BOOK THAT MADE YOU FEEL SOUR. (E.G. THE EMOTIONS WERE JUST SOUR, YOU JUST FELT SOUR READING THE BOOK, OR THE BOOK INCLUDES SOUR CHARACTERS… ETC.)

Fairest by Marissa Meyer, contains the most sour characters ever. Levana and her sister are the most horrible characters, I have ever read about.

8. TOMATO – WHAT IS A WONDERFUL BOOK THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE MORE WIDELY KNOWN? OR A FANTASTIC AUTHOR WHOM YOU THINK DESERVES MORE RECOGNITION? (SINCE SOME MAY NOT KNOW THAT TOMATOES ARE ACTUALLY FRUITS!)

 

Transcendence by Shay Savage has a weird synopsis and storyline but the story is so original and unique. I really think that this book by Shay Savage should be better known.  Highly recommended!

9. APPLE – NAME A REALLY STEREOTYPICAL BOOK OF A CERTAIN GENRE JUST LIKE APPLES WHICH ARE TYPICAL FRUITS. IN THE END WAS THAT BOOK GOOD OR NOT? (E.G. A VERY TYPICAL CONTEMPORARY/FANTASY BOOK… ETC.)

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, is a stereotypical first fantasy YA book. It contains the “princess on the run” trope but when you continue reading the book (and the series) the book gets really good.

10. BLUEBERRIES – NAME A BOOK THAT MADE YOU FEEL BLUE. (ANY SAD, DEPRESSING BOOKS THAT YOU’VE READ?)

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, is such a sad, depressing book. The situation the characters have to live with is so sad. Their situation is so difficult and you really feel bad because even when there’re happy times, there is sadness. These kids have such a hard time. They have to raise their siblings, pay the bills and try to cope with their absent mother.

11. GRAPEFRUIT – ANY BITTER BOOKS? (E.G. A BOOK THAT WAS BLUE BUT MORE… DO YOU HAVE ANY BITTER RESENTMENTS TOWARDS CHARACTERS FROM A BOOK? ANY SOUR TURNED BITTER EMOTIONS? ANY UBER-HATEFUL VILLAINS?)

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, I resent the characters especially Aelin and Chaol. I felt betrayed by Sarah. She made them unrecognizable. I started hated them and they were not the same characters as the first 3 books.

12. LIMES – NAME A FUNNY BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ BECAUSE LIMES ADD FLAVOUR AND SO DOES HUMOUR WITH EVERY BOOK.

★★★★

The Score by Elle Kennedy, is a hilarious NA book. The love interests is always funny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part B

CHERRY – THE BOOK THAT INTRODUCES YOU TO YOUR FAVORITE GENRE.

★★★★★

Slammed by Colleen Hoover, introduced me to NA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part C

STRAWBERRIES & COCONUT & ORANGES –

Sweet characters, hot scenes & perfect vacation read!

★★★★

First Date / Book Tag

1. The awkward first date – a book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but lacked that spark for you.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo had an interesting concept going on but something was lacking for me. I think the characters were underwhelming. The only character I found interesting was The Darkling. I overall loved the story line so I hope that the main character (and Mal) get more developed in Siege and Storm.

2. The cheap first date –a book that turned out less than you expected

★★

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. The problem here was the hype. We were getting only positive reviews from people that got ARCs and I hyped myself up for this book. The story and the setting were bland. The descriptions were not whimsical and I felt like the author only scratched the surface. The story nor the characters had any depth. Stephanie’s writing was too simple for this story. When I hear carnival , I expect a lush and poetic writing style that fits the setting which I didn’t get. The characters were so boring and one dimensional so ultimately this turned out to be less than I expected.

3. Well-prepared first date – better than expected

When I read the synopsis for The Kiss of Deception, I thought this was going to be a cliché fantasy story but oh boy I was wrong. The first book does contain some typical YA tropes (love triangle) but the next books get so complex and interesting, it kind of blows my mind. The politics are definitely the most developed and complex aspect of this series. If you enjoy romance with politic intrigue, I highly recommend this series.

4. Hot but dumb – pretty book, not so hot on the inside

★★

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This book was a huge disappointing for me. The cover is absolutely stunning but Alexandra’s writing style was horrible for me. I felt like I couldn’t get through a sentence without falling a sleep. I have no idea why but her writing is heavy. The concept of this story sounded promising but ultimately fell flat for me. But what a nice cover!

5. Blind date – book you picked up not knowing anything about it

★★★★

Strange the Dreamer By Laini Taylor.  Booktubers and bloggers kept saying “go into this book without knowing anything” and I did that and I agree. This book is so mysterious, you need to go into it blind. It such a delight to discover the world that Laini Taylor has created. I did the same for Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I have never been disappointed with her books.

6. Speed dating – book you read super fast

★★★★★

The Host by Stephenie Meyer.  I read this 620 page book in 2 days! I was studying for test, I decided to pick up this book and ended up finishing the day after. I was so engrossed with the story and the characters, I couldn’t stop reading. When I wasn’t reading it, I was constantly thinking about it.

7. The rebound – a book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I read this one after reading the whole Throne of Glass series in one go and I was so overwhelmed by that series that I never finished An Ember in the Ashes but I’ll pick it back up in the future.

 

8. Overly enthusiastic date – a book that felt like it was trying too hard

★★

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. This book was trying too hard to be a creepy, thriller YA book. I just couldn’t stand anyone in this story and the intrigue and suspense was lack luster.

9. The perfect first date – book that did everything right for you

★★★★★

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor did everything right for me.

  1. interesting and captivating characters
  2. forbidden love story
  3. magical and inventive world
  4. beautiful writing style

10. Humiliating first date – book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked/ embarrassed to see reading in public for whatever reason

I’ll never be embarrassed by what I read but a cringy covers were definitely the original covers for the Off Campus by Elle Kennedy. I waited to buy the new covers because I couldn’t read the books where you have half naked men on the cover. No thank you!

New Adult / Book Tag (French – English Edition)

I found this tag on different French blogs and because I am a big fan of New Adult , I had to do this tag! I’ll try to translate the questions to English. Please do this tag and link it down below or recommend me your favorite New Adult book!

1. Quel est votre New Adult préféré ? (allez, on est gentille, vous pouvez en choisir 2 ^^)

Favorite New Adult read (max. 2)

 

2. Quel est le New Adult que vous avez choisi uniquement pour la couverture ?

New Adult you picked up for its cover

I just bought this one because of its cover.

3. Quel est le New Adult qui vous a le plus ému ?

Most emotional New Adult read

  • I want to add The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

★★★★

4. Quel est votre héros de New Adult préféré ? Celui qui vous émoustille, celui à qui vous avez pensé pendant des semaines et des semaines entières, qui a hanté vos rêves les plus fous.

Favorite male love interest (the one you thought about for weeks and makes you dream)

Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game.

I also have a big crush on Rhysand from the ACOTAR series but I don’t really count that as New Adult romance but he would be my first pick for sure.

5. Quel est le New Adult qui vous le plus déçu ?

Most disappointing New Adult read

I hate this book! This was such a boring. The road trip bored me to tears and both characters are full of clichés. I was so disappointed by this book because this book only gets praise. Huge disappointment for sure!

6. Quel est le premier New Adult que vous avez découvert ?

First New Adult read. The one that made you discover the genre.

★★★★★

I don’t know if this New Adult or Young Adult but this book definitely introduced me to the New Adult genre.

7. Quel est votre auteur de New Adult préféré ?

Favorite New Adult author

Elle Kennedy & Amy Harmon

8. Qu’est ce qui vous plait dans ce genre de lectures ?

Favorite aspect in New Adult books

Hahaha how is this even a question. Euhhh well the steamy scenes duh! But also the characters are older so I can relate more with their struggles.

9. Quelle est votre maisons d’édition préférée pour les New Adult ?

Favorite publishing house 

I would say Atria books (from Simon & Schuster) because they create some amazing covers for their books.

10. Quels New Adult voudriez-vous voir adapté au cinéma ?

A New Adult book you want to see adapted into a movie

I would love to see On The Island as a movie because the setting would be amazing and their adventure would make a great movie!

★★★★★

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag / Book Tag

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Sci-Fi)

I was a big fan of Twilight years ago but never read The Host. I kept hearing a lot of praise for The Host so I decided to read it. This was such a great surprise till this day I can’t stop thinking about it. I normally don’t like Science Fiction but the Sci-Fi aspect was not heavy for me. We follow Wanda, a host that has invaded earth with her race. I got really quickly attached to her and the other characters. Wanderer (Wanda) has been given Melanie’s body as a host. Melanie’s soul refuses to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanda mind with flashbacks of her past with her brother and boyfriend.

This book was a breath of fresh air. I loved Wanda and Melanie. I loved all of the characters and especially Ian and Wanda and Melanie’s brother. The close knit family aspect was wonderful. The love that I felt for this story and its characters slowly crept up on me and I highly recommend it!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (Urban Fantasy)

Oh man Cassie Clare just killed me with this sequel. We follow every character’s POV and adventure. The plot line becomes more complex and I loved it! The romantic development between characters were perfection. I loved every aspect of this book. I can’t wait 2 years for the next book!

 

 

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

The Darcy Monologues edited by Christina Boyd

This is an anthology of 15 stories inspired by Pride and Prejudice. Now, you know that P&P is my favorite classic and book of all time. I love Elizabeth and Darcy. We get 15 stories inspired by P&P so I am in heaven. I can’t wait to read and I have no excuse for not reading it because I received a copy of Jenetta Jones (one of the authors). The editor kindly sent me a copy because I couldn’t get it in Belgium.

4. Most anticipated release for the second-half of the year

Originally, I would have answered Now I Rise By Kiersten White but I am currently reading an eARC of it.

5. Biggest disappointment.

A Court of Wings and Ruin By Sarah J. Maas

*unpopular opinion* I still feel very conflicted and I don’t know what to rate it. A Court of Mist and Fury was my favorite book of last year and I had super high expectations for this finale book and it fell kind of short for me. I was set up for failure. I loved what happened but there were some aspects I would have loved seeing more of for example Amren! I hope that the next books in this series will deliver. I in no way hated this book but I was expecting for of it.

6. Biggest surprise.

★★★★.5

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (YA, Contemporary)

Wow, I was so surprised by this book! Firts of all, I rarely like a YA Contemporary book but this was such a big surprise for me. I just absolutely fell in love with this book inspired by You’ve Got Mail. The characters were great and their banter was amazing. Check out my review here.

 

 

 

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Kristin Hannah who wrote The Nightingale is my new favorite author. Her writing style is beautiful and I loved The Nightingale.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Cassian from ACOWAR became my new fictional crush.

9. Newest favourite character.

Allucard from A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab.

10. Book that made you cry.

★★★★★

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

I was bawling my eyes out for the last quarter of this book. I can’t say why because I don’t want to spoil anyone.

11. Book that made you happy.

★★★★★

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rorick and Bernie Su

A modern Pride & Prejudice retelling never fails to make me happy.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay and its movie.

Both were masterpieces. (Please read the book and watch the trailer & movie!!!)

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

It’s coming up on the 27th of June, it’s a review for Now I Rise by Kiersten White.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

 

 

The Unique Blogger Award

Read by Chris nominated me for the Unique Blogger Award and I feel so honored! Her blog is beautiful so please go check her out! 

The rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 2 people for the same award. (I am cheating and only tagging 2 people because I am lazy)
  • Ask them three questions

Chris’ questions

1. If you could have dinner with any three people, living, dead, or fictional, who would they be and what would you talk about?

I would love to have dinner with Rhysand , Feyre (from ACOTAR series) and Hermione Granger (HP). This may sound like a strange mix but these are like a few of my favorite fictional characters. I would love to hear about their life and how they are doing. Hearing them talk would be enough for me.

2. What book quote makes you laugh every time?

“Come on, Feyre. We don’t bite. Unless you ask us to.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

If you are obsessed with ACOMAF as much as I am, you know that this is the first line Cassian says to Feyre. This one sentence just  sets the tone for Cassian’s character and I love it. He’s one of the most funny characters in the series and this line makes me giggle/laugh every time. Cassian is just so charming.

3. If you were a character in a book, what would your role be?

I would love to be part of the Inner Circle and I would want to be the fourth-in-command the Night Court (aka Rhys). I would help with preparing for the war against the King of Hybern. I actually don’t care what role I would have, I would do everything to interact with them.

My Questions

  1. What is your favorite quote of all time? (and why?)
  2. What is your favorite cover but least favorite book? (and explain why?)
  3. What is your favorite book but least favorite cover? (and explain why?)

I tag

Bexnbookx (because I just found her blog and I love it!)

A Ravenclaw Reader (I have to tag a fellow Ravenclaw)

5171 Miles Book Blog (because she writes the best reviews ever)