Around the World in Eighty Days+Tea

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My tbr list is getting quite ridiculous at this point. This time, instead of a review (since I haven’t finished reading this novel-guilty of all charges), I will be telling a little story. For old times sake, as a child we always have a classic story that we know by heart. For me, the novel was Around the World in Eighty Days. I heard the abbreviated version from my mom in a local library. If memory serves me correctly, she read a translated version to me too, in Mandarin. Even in another language, the action was incredibly captivating.

7 or 8 year old me, on the edge of my seat (or a tiny stool) keen to listen to the next crazy situation. My lovely mom willing to sit on a tiny stool too to read to me :). Is the train going to fall off the bridge? Will Phileas be captured by the police? They did not back it back time! My dramatic sighs that were too loud for the library could be heard clearly. Or with the time difference, they did make it back in time? Anyhow, only pleasant memories are entailed with the adventures around the world.  Continue reading

Lady Midnight

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Title: Lady Midnight

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 8th, 2016

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Number of Pages: 668

Summary: In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
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Eternal Darkness (ARC)

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Title: Eternal Darkness

Author: J. F. Johns

Date Published: January 11th 2016

Number of Pages: 342

Summary: The world is divided between humans and cyborgs.
Scarlet Lock is neither.
She is a soldier created to kill on command. But her memory has been erased and when she awakens in a government facility she soon discovers that this new world is a dangerous place, full of government secrets and cruel experiments performed in the name of progress.
With the help of a group of cyborgs, Scarlet will fight to uncover the truth and transform the future of the new world she now lives in.
Eternal Darkness is full of suspense, action and romance and will make readers question what it means to be human.

This novel was provided by the author as an ARC. This review is not biased and is purely an honest opinion.
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End of Days Review

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Author: Susan Ee

Publication Date: May 12th 2015

Publisher: Hodder

Pages: 344

Book Number in Series: Penryn and the End of Days, 3

Summary: End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all. Continue reading

The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Number of Pages: 464 pages

Date Published: November 4th 2014

Publishing Company: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Books Number in Series: Mara Dyer, 3

Summary:

“Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed; guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.”

“PLAY ME.

My gaze flicked to his hand. His fist was curled around a small tape recorder. I moved his fingers—still warm—and pressed play. A male voice started to speak.

‘Do I have your attention?’ the voice said.’” Continue reading

We Were Liars Review

Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Number of Pages: 227 pages

Date Published: May 13th 2014

Publishing Company: Delacorte Press

Summary (slightly modified):

A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Go and read this book now, because you can’t know anything about it if you want to enjoy it. If you read this review it is at your own stake. The smallest details are spoilers. My rating is 5 out of 5. Now go and read it!

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Review

Title: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Review

Author: Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods (Translator)

Number of Pages: 263 pages

 Date Published: November 1997

Publishing Company: Penguin Books, Ltd

The title explains the book itself. In the eighteenth century, a woman gives birth to Grenouille. Grenouille is very strange, to say the least (one strange thing about him is that he has no scent.) The story just continues to follow Grenouille’s life. How as he grows up,  he captures scents and then gets obsessed with making perfumes. Then, he comes upon the scent of virgin girls and from there, Grenouille wants to make the ultimate perfume. Continue reading