Book Playlists // Map of Fates

Tuesday, 15 March 2016
I totally thought these were in chronological order and then I remembered that one song fits two scenes really and I don't know anymore. Anyway, I loved Map of Fates in case you didn't know, and as always, BEWARE OF MAJOR SPOILERS FOR MAP OF FATES WITHIN THE LYRICS AND EXPLANATIONS!!! 

Lyric Breakdown: 

Talk Me Down - Troye Sivan 

"I wanna sleep next to you
But that's all I wanna do right now
And I wanna come home to you
But home is just a room full of my safest sounds
Cause you know that I can't trust myself with my 3AM shadow
I'd rather fuel a fantasy than deal with this alone"

Map of Fates opens up with us finding out that Jack and Avery have been sharing an apartment. When Avery can't sleep, she crawls into bed with Jack--her kind-of boyfriend. I don't know, but something about Talk Me Down screams Jack and Avery.

Everybody's Watching Me (Uh Oh) - The Neighbourhood

"I told you I would tell you everything you want to know
You want me to tell you now
You pressure me to shout it
Need to hear about it
Think that I would count you out"

This really reminds me of Avery and Jack approaching the Saxons and telling them some of watch happened and what they discovered, but not all of it.

"Uh oh, where can I go?
Everybody's watching me"

Basically, everyone watches Avery 24/7 because she's the most important member of the circle (since she has purple eyes). However, they often have to sneak away to try to find the second bracelet.

Castle - Halsey

"Sick of all these people talking, sick of all this noise
Tired of all these cameras flashing, sick of being poised
Now my neck is open wide, begging for a fist around it
Already choking on my pride, so there's no use crying about it

I'm headed straight for the castle
They wanna make me their queen
And there's an old man sitting on the throne that's saying that I probably shouldn't be so mean
I'm headed straight for the castle
They've got the kingdom locked up
And there's an old man sitting on the throne that's saying I should probably keep my pretty mouth shut"

As the girl with the purple eyes, Avery is sort of seen as the closest thing to a leader the circle has. Also, her father locks her up and tries to marry her off to whomever he wants. (Because obviously he's not a feminist.)

Drive - Halsey 

"Would it really kill you if we kissed?"

This applies to both Jack and Avery, and Stellan and Avery. Honestly, I wouldn't be mad if she ended up with either one. They're both just so perfect!!!!! (And there's always fanfiction.)

Dollhouse - Melanie Martinez

"Places, places, get in your places
Throw on your dress and put on your doll faces.
Everyone thinks that we're perfect
Please don't let them look through the curtains.

Picture, picture, smile for the picture
Pose with your brother, won't you be a good sister?"

Surprise! Saxons = Order (no, I could have never called that in a million years because that was an EPIC PLOT TWIST). This perfect family actually consists of a bunch of power-hungry people who want to talk over the world.

Milk and Cookies - Melanie Martinez

"3, 4, baby, won't you lock the door?
5, 6, I'm done with this"

This sort of reminds me of when they kidnapped Avery and then her escaping with the help of her friends but mainly Stellan.

"Do you like my cookies? They're made just for you
A little bit of sugar, but lots of poison, too

Ashes, ashes, time to go down
Ooh, honey do you want me now?
Can't take it anymore, need to put you to bed
Sing you a lullaby where you die at the end"


Female Robbery - The Neighbourhood (I recommend listening to the EP version due to the last line, but that's the only difference.)

"I bet they planned it all out,
Like the shows
Went everywhere I go.
Walked in the store right behind me,
Stood in line right beside me and followed me to my home.
I'm sure they figured it out early on
That I would never run.
That they could shoot but that's no fun,
'Cause then they're killing the stolen son."

Lydia and Cole followed Avery and the gang everywhere, and this lyric kind of reflects how in depth that went. Again, really great plot twist.

I Know You - Skylar Grey

"I believe, I believe you could love me
But you're lost on the road to misery
And what I gave to you
I could never get back
Don't complicate it,
Don't drive yourself insane
Say what you will but I know that you want to stay"

This reminds me of that bathroom scene on a train on the way to Cannes and those two people in the bathroom and their relationship as a whole. Okay, I'm done.

Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? - Arctic Monkeys 

"Somewhere darker
Talking the same shite
I need a partner
Well, are you out tonight?
It's harder and harder to get you to listen
More I get through the gears
Incapable of making alright decisions
And having bad ideas"

And then Avery and Stellan went to a bar and things happened and they drank a bit.

Sex (EP Version) - The 1975 (Quite frankly, I just prefer the EP version. The album version is okay, but the EP version is better.)

"And this is how it starts
Take your shoes off in the back of my van
Yeah my shirt looks so good,
When it's just hanging off your back
And she said, "Use your hands and my spare time—
We've got one thing in common, it's this tongue of mine."
She said
She's got a boyfriend anyway"

So when Stellan and Avery got back, they started to make out...

"Now we're on the bed in my room
And I'm about to fill his shoes
But you say no
You say no
Does he take care of you

Or could I easily fill his shoes?
But you say no
You say no"

...And then Stellan stopped them from going all the way (at which point I was like "nnnnooooooooooooo!!!!!!")...

"You've all got boyfriends anyway"

...And then I was kind of mad at Stellan for stopping it. Like, WHY??? YOU TWO OBVIOUSLY HAVE FEELINGS FOR EACH OTHER??? HAVE YOU NEVER HEARD OF POLYGAMY???!!!

Here's the actual playlist on Spotify if you'd like to listen to it.

So that's my Map of Fates playlist and explanation. I hope you liked it! 

Review of Burning Glass

Thursday, 10 March 2016
'Tis the year of the epic Imperial Russia-inspired fantasies. (And I couldn't be happier.)

Book: Burning Glass

Author: Kathryn Purdie

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

Review: It was really good. Like, really, really good. Like, I-can't-wait-a-whole-year-for-the-sequel good.

I liked Sonya as the character. She was complex and developed throughout the book. I felt bad for her (especially in the beginning when everything sort of went to hell). I also really liked her relationship with Anton. (To be honest, the only thing Burning Glass needed more of was Anton because he is so swoon-worthy!!!!!)

And THAT. WORLD. BUILDING. THOUGH. A++!!! It was so, so good, and so well-developed that it made reading this book that much more enjoyable. (I'm a sucker for a good fantasy world.) All the praise to Kathryn Purdie and her phenomenal writing!!!

Yes, there is a love triangle, but I don't really care whether or not there's a love triangle in a book, and I shipped her with only one of the men, so I was completely fine with it. Also, both of the men are different, so it's not like she's choosing between two guys with the same personality and similar features.

Burning Glass is definitely one of the best fantasies I've read in a while. It's like candy: you eat it all up in a really short time period and then you're left waiting a year for the sequel.

***Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My opinions were in no way influenced.

Review of Map of Fates

Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Map of Fates is out today and I loved it so, so much. 

Book: Map of Fates

Author: Maggie Hall

Publisher: Penguin

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller

Rating: All the stars ever.

Summary: Two weeks. 

That’s how long it took for Avery West’s ordinary life to change forever: In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle’s enemies, and fell for a boy she’s not allowed to love, just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny. 

Now, Avery crosses oceans in private jets to hunt for clues that will uncover the truth about the Circle, setting her mom and herself free before it’s too late. By her side are both the boys: Jack—steady, loyal, and determined to help her even at the expense of his own duty—and Stellan, whose connection to Avery grows stronger by the day despite her best intentions, making her question what she believes at every turn.

But at the end of a desperate hunt from the islands of Greece to the red carpet at Cannes comes a discovery that not only changes everything, but could bring the whole world to its knees. And now Avery is forced to face the truth: in the world of the Circle, no one is what they seem.

Review: All. The. Praise. (All of it.)

This book is quite honestly one of the best sequels I have EVER read. So well done. 

Map of Fates is so, so good. Like, The Conspiracy of Us was phenomenal, but Map of Fates was the best of the best (that made no sense). It was holy grail, what even, #icanteven...


I think that's all I can say without spoiling it or The Conspiracy of Us. 

Just know that I will be singing all the praise for this book throughout the year. It is quite possibly *the* book of 2016. (It's early, but I have a feeling it might reign supreme.) 

Just go pick it up already.

Review of Dear Emma

Thursday, 3 March 2016
There was so much snow yesterday, but at least it's Thursday!

Book: Dear Emma

Author: Katie Heaney

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: Harriet, the author of her college newspaper's pseudonymous student advice column "Dear Emma," is great at telling others what to do, dispensing wisdom for the lovelorn and lonely on her Midwestern campus. Somehow, though, she can't take her own advice, especially after Keith, the guy she's dating, blows her off completely. When Harriet discovers that Keith has started seeing the beautiful and intimidating Remy, she wants to hate her. But she can't help warming to Remy, who soon writes to "Dear Emma" asking for romantic advice.

Now Harriet has the perfect opportunity to take revenge on the person who broke her heart. But as she begins to doubt her own motivations and presumably faultless guidance, she's forced to question how much she really knows about love, friendship and well-meaning advice.

Review: This was soooooooooooooo cuuuuutttttteeeeeeeee!!! (Yes, it was that cute.)

I loved the whole "advice column helping people" premise. I liked how the story progressed throughout the novel and how Harriet had to deal with the consequences of what she does. As a protagonist, I liked Harriet, as she was very relatable (she's a little older than the average YA protagonist, but still young enough that I think YA readers will like her too).

The book went by pretty quickly as it's a light and easy read with good pacing and good characters.

Overall, I would recommend Dear Emma if you're looking for a fun, quick read!

***Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.