Review of The Heartbreakers

Friday, 13 October 2017
It's Friday the 13th in October and of course I'm reviewing a non-Halloween-y book. Classic Liran to not come up with a good enough Halloween post for the week. (Side note: I started writing this review forever ago but I'm just finally posting it now. In the time that I've started writing this review, I've managed to read the sequel and review it. Whoops.)

Book: The Heartbreakers

Author: Ali Novak

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Music

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: "When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.

Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?

Review: This book is 5 Seconds of Summer fanfiction. Don't argue with me on this.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, this book is so cute and so easy to read. Its got that fanfiction feel without (technically) being fanfiction (which is great if you are into self-insert fanfics). The plot is kind of predictable, but that's not necessarily always a bad thing when you want a nice, easy read.

I also really like that Stella's family wasn't dysfunctional and that she got along really well with her siblings. It was cute to see her bond with her sister and care for her in the novel.

This is definitely one of those books that you shouldn't start reading right before bed because you'll stay up all night finishing it. And it's not even that long, so even though it's 3am you think that you'll be able finish it soon so you'll keep reading. Anyway, it's highly addictive so be careful.

This is one of those books you should take to the beach (lol it's so cold out but I know it's warm enough somewhere) because it's the perfect beach read!

Because I'm finishing this review having also read Paper Hearts, I can confirm that I do think I prefer the first book. It's way cuter and I think Oliver and Stella's story is just overall more interesting and fun to read.

Halloween Reads: Wednesday Addams Edition

Friday, 6 October 2017
Wednesday Addams is my personal icon. I love that girl. She just gets me to be honest. Also we both wear a lot of black.

So in honour of my icon and life goals, here are some books I'm sure Wednesday herself would love!

1) Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

Why Would Wednesday Love It: Wednesday, our little possibly homicidal princess of Halloween would love a girl who tries to solve the case of the infamous serial killer. Wednesday would also probably do the same thing if she was the protagonist of the book.

2) Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu 

Summary: Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Why Would Wednesday Love It: So this is not a Halloween themed book, but I'm sure Wednesday would be all over a feminist revolution. Especially if it pisses people off.

3) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 

Summary: Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.

Why Would Wednesday Love It: This book is so messed up just like Wednesday. She'd probably also want to read the new Noah Shaw book too.

Yay for Halloween, yay for October, and yay for fall because it's so nice outside right now. More Halloween posts coming soon!

Random Friday Update

Friday, 29 September 2017
So I was on the subway this morning and I totally forgot that I owe you all a post for today.

I guess I could just tell you all about some basic updates.

  • The cover for Contagion by Erin Bowman will be revealed on October 9th. (This is a big deal because I love Erin's books in case you didn't know.)
  • The TeensRead Preview is tomorrow and unfortunately I can't be there in person, but I will for sure be joining in online! 
  • I have a Facebook page for this blog
  • I have been swamped with things to do.
  • Halloween themed posts coming soon maybe? Lol I'm waiting for October.
Yeah I guess that's all. See you all next week! :)

Review of The Ends of the World

Friday, 22 September 2017
I know I rave about this series all the time, but it's for a good reason. I am highly obsessed with these books! Side note: I meant to have this written and up earlier but I'm the worst. Sorry!!

Also, I got a new Facebook page for my blog. I couldn't get the @empressofbooks handle because apparently Facebook doesn't like it when you put the letter b after the letter f (so dumb I know) so the link is and you should all go like it because lol I might use it soon I don't know we'll see.

Oh and I've been doing a good job being consistent with my Instagram. I'm @empressofbooks on there if you want to find me! :)

Book: The Ends of the World

Author: Maggie Hall

Publisher: Penguin

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller

Rating: All the stars ever. And then some.

Summary: The Circle is hers. But Avery West has lost everything else: her mother, the family she’d just found, and the one boy she trusted. In their place are unfathomable power, a staged relationship that makes her question every real feeling she’s ever had, and a mission to find the cure to the virus that’s made her own blood a weapon.

Then disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world. To clear their names and the growing rift between the families of the Circle before the world dissolves into World War Three, they’ll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great’s tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world’s salvation—or destruction.

Avery will have to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice—for the world, for family, and for love—in this conclusion to the Conspiracy of Us series.

Review: I don't know if I say this enough, but if you haven't read of The Conspiracy of Us yet, you should go pick it up right now. I'm serious. Go read the first chapter and tell me that you're not even remotely intrigued by the book. I seriously doubt that'll happen because this series is just so good.

The Ends of the World somehow managed to be even better than Map of Fates (and we all remember how much I loved Map of Fates). There was definitely still a lot of that action and mystery that the first two books had which I loved because it made the book very fast paced. I was so happy it didn't drag out unnecessarily the way so many books nowadays seem to do. (Lol the shade.)

I would recommend to someone who hasn't reread this series as many times as I have (please don't judge I know I have a problem) to at least skim over the last few chapters of the second book, as the book does somewhat rely on the reader remembering the basics of what happened in the second book. I personally didn't mind this (maybe because I've read these books too many times if that's possible), and overall I'm not a fan of books summarizing what happened in the previous book(s).

The book also does a great job of closing up loose endings, making it a satisfying conclusion to anyone who isn't me and wants more books in this series regardless. Penguin, please let Maggie release more books in this series. It deserves more books and more love!

As for Stellan, he was amazing in this book. Maggie, I fully expect a spin off series about him and a novella with all of the steamy scenes with him you had to cut out of the book.

Overall, if you're looking for something with the action of the Heist Society series, and are kind of obsessed with books with secret societies than this series is perfect for you. And if you've read the first two and came here wondering if you should pick up the third book, the answer is obviously YES!!

This book gets a strong recommendation from me, and is now one of my favourites!

It even gets this fancy stamp of approval from me!

Why I Love Bailey

Friday, 15 September 2017
So I tweeted this out yesterday. 

And then Bailey (who is the literally the sweetest) replied with:

And then I was like:

So here we are. This is my post dedicated to why my friend is so bomb and why I'm so grateful to have her in my life. (You can tell me how this isn't book related all you want but at the end of the day this is my blog and I'm just trying to get back into the habit of blogging once a week and it's hard so be nice please.)

1) She's so precious.

Bailey is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and she's so precious and kind and I honestly don't deserve to call her my friend.

2) Her blog is amazing.

You should go follow it right now: (And she actually blogs about books um maybe expect a review from me next week.)

3) She's always there when you need someone to talk to and she gives great advice.

I love DMing her because I know that she's never going to judge me no matter how many times I mess up. (And I mess up a lot lol my life is a mess right now always.)

4) She's gorgeous.

I mean have you seen her face? She's stunning.

5) I just love her because she's Bailey.

And that's enough for me.

Sorry not sorry this isn't the post you wanted from me, but I'm just trying to get back into the swing of things and I promise I'm trying to think of good, quality, book-related content for you all.

Love you all.

Books I Don't Know If I'll Read #1(?)

Wednesday, 6 September 2017
So this is pretty self-explanatory. Here are some books I don't see myself picking up in the near future.

1) Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Ugh I can't stand Chaol. What a whiny little brat who has the most uninteresting character arc in the entire series. And to devote a whole book to him? Yeah right. Maybe I'll read this one day, but I don't have enough patience for this right now.

Also, this was supposed to be a novella? And Sarah J. Maas has some series issues with lack of editing down, so I'm really not in the mood for a poorly edited, filler-filled massive beast of a novel dedicated to Chaol of all people.

Next time give me more Rhys please.

2) Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie 

I just don't care enough. It doesn't matter how many of these authors I like, I still couldn't care less for this collection of short stories(?). Cool concept but for some reason I just couldn't care less so I'm not reading it.

3) Zenith by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg

Lol this one doesn't even need an explanation. All the things I've heard about this book are negative. People have been saying that it's awful and that it reads like a copycat of a bunch of other popular YA books. I think I'll pass.

I'm sure I'll think of more books I don't want to read the second I post this, but I hope you enjoyed this random post.

Three Years of Blogging

Friday, 14 July 2017
I honestly can't believe it's been three years since I decided to start this blog. Even though I've gone through a name change (I like Empress of Books so I doubt it'll be changing anytime soon), not much has changed over these past three years blogging wise (except that I used to blog like everyday and now I'm not nearly as consistent).

This blog still means so much to me though, and I'm so thankful to anyone who has ever read any of my blog posts. It means the world to me that someone would ever take time out of their day to read something that I wrote. Thank you.

Also to everyone I've met because of this blog (virtually or in real life), you're all amazing and I hope I can meet you all in person/see you all again in the future!

So I don't really know what I should blog about for my three year blog anniversary, but I'm sure as always it will be full of rambles. Some things never change lol.

I guess something I could do would be to give my updated thoughts on Throne of Glass (which was my first review), and see how my opinions on that book have changed.

First off, I was so far up Chaol's butt it hurts. In retrospect, I hadn't read Heir of Fire yet (I'm pretty sure it came out a few months after that review went up) and I had hopes that maybe Aelin and Chaol would reconcile (lol). Obviously I hadn't met Rowan yet, but let's just say my feelings towards Chaol are the complete opposite now. I can barely tolerate him now.

Also, I used to be so into Sarah J. Maas, and I still like her but lol the ACOTAR series is better than the ToG series (I hadn't read any of them yet because THEY HADN'T YET BEEN RELEASED!!! so don't judge). I was a SJM fan before she was a NYT bestselling author.

However, I'm really thankful for ToG in a way because when I'd just started blogging, no one I knew had really read them yet (I'm pretty sure that was the year I started trying to get Jaimie from Jaimiesam who I've known since forever to start the series), so blogging gave me a platform to talk about the books and all my thoughts.

So in true me fashion, I'm posting this in the evening because I had work yesterday and was too tired to write this post when I got home.

One more time, thank you thank you thank you to everyone who has ever read this blog, and to you, whoever you are reading this right now.

You've helped make my blogging dream come true.