#1KBE A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Reading Challenge | Sign up + TBR

#1KBE A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Reading Challenge | Sign up + TBR

Hello, I am basically back from the dead and to kickstart my comeback and to make myself get back into the habit of reading, I am doing the #1KBE A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Reading Challenge. This started two days ago and in my usual fashion, I am starting it very late.

What is A Thousand Beginnings and Endings?

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is an upcoming anthology featuring retellings of mythology and legends from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The collection is edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, and will feature stories from a variety of authors.

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How am I participating?

Every prompt from the image above is an author and to complete the prompt you have to read one of their published book/short fiction/poetry/article. The challenge is completed when you finish four prompts in any direction.

I am reading from the top left-hand box and moving to the right. And here is my TBR!

32333174Cindy Pon – Want 

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined Hungry
by Shveta Thakrar (Goodreads Author)
3.44 · Rating details · 9 Ratings · 1 Review
When a rakshasi — a monster from Hindu mythology — awakens after centuries,she’s very, very hungry.to change things, no matter the cost.

Hungry by Shveta Thakrar
When a rakshasi — a monster from Hindu mythology — awakens after centuries, she’s very, very hungry. (No Cover because this was a short posted on Tumblr)

28688476Melissa De La Cruz – Something in Between 

Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her. Pretty and popular, she’s studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship.

And then everything shatters. A national scholar award invitation compels her parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all and the very real threat of deportation.

18798983The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Okay!! This is a very rushed post but here is the TBR and I’ll get started on this very quickly!

 

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Book Review: Replica

Book Review: Replica

Rating: ★★✩✩✩ (2/5)

[So I actually wrote this review back in November, but for some reason, I lost it in my drafts and forgot to publish it]

Replica follows the lives of two seemingly different girls – Lyra, a test subject locked away in a research facility, and Gemma, a lonely teen whose investigation in her family’s past leads to her meeting Lyra and slowly unravelling the truth behind her family.

I tried, really tried, to read and enjoy this. I truly did. Its plot and concept from the outside scream a perfect read for me. Especially with the creative layout, the book can be read from one POV or alternative. I set myself up to read an excellent book, but it just didn’t grab my attention.

You get the impression of an exciting sci-fi novel, but it’s just a very cheesy YA romance with a sci-fi tint. It starts off interesting (I read the chapters alternatively), watching the lives of these two girls and how they differ but you can guess what happens. Nothing is surprising because it’s been done so many times and Oliver doesn’t add anything that makes it stand out, aside from reading format.

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Book Review: Waking Gods

Book Review: Waking Gods

Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

I received a copy of this via Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review!

After the events of Sleeping Giants, where a crew had located pieces of an unknown being which were scattered across the world and put them back together again. Now in the second book of the series, Neuvel takes the story and raises the stakes and gives us a terrifying insight into what an alien invasion might be like.

Set ten years after the first book, the US has formed a defence group in order study Themis, the giant robot that was found previously. We’re quickly brought up to speed on what the characters have been up to: Vincent and Kara are still piloting Themis. Rose is still trying to recollect herself after her memory loss. Everything is quiet until another one comes – much larger than Themis and possibly even more dangerous. Everyone must come back together in order to solve the mystery as to why.

The Themis Files is truly one of my favourite series. It’s just so much fun and has so many surprises.  So much happens in a short amount of times. And you’re led to believe that Themis is good but things have changed so much. The pacing is so fast but still leaves a readable plot. Things get violent but not in a gory descriptive way, it was very horrific to read half of the stuff that happens in here. It’s a very powerful follow up to Sleeping Giants.

For some reason with the first book, it took a while for the style of narration to grow on me. I wasn’t even sure if I had liked it back then but now it really appealed to me and I love this style. Something about it – the interviews, journals, and radio – really works for me now. Our mystery narrator was also a question mark for me in book one but all my questions about him were answered and we really do see a vulnerable side to this all-powerful narrator. There’s also a spark that came from reading Sleeping Giants that I felt like it was missing here but it’s still a worthy sequel.

Overall, an interesting sequel that carries over the stakes from the previous novel. And that epilogue was truly a shock. I thought this might be a duology since the story felt close to being finished but Nuevel drops a bomb off a cliffhanger. I truly cannot wait for the next instalment.


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tw: major character deaths, sudden death (if you’ve read the book and feel like I’ve missed something out, please tell me!)

Blog Update: Currently reading + TBR | 18th October 2017

Blog Update: Currently reading + TBR | 18th October 2017

Let me start this post with I’m sorry for being so inconsistent the past few months. Result’s day and starting university really took a lot out of me, and I’m only now just starting to get into the rhythm of blogging again.  I’m currently now studying sociology at a local university. I’m currently three weeks into it, and I really enjoy it so far. The reading is a struggle to get through but it’s interesting. My enrollment was sort of messy.  It’s all done online, but I had issues with my account because the system mixed me up with my sister (sigh) and it took some time to get that fixed. I hadn’t been on the campus before the first day so I was rushing around, trying to find my place. (My university has multiple campuses around the city) And it took a good few days to wrap my head around my course and what I was trying to do.

My freshers’ week was quite straightforward, we went through multiple talks about the courses and the university system. I found a friend on the first day who I hadn’t spoken to in like three years, we weren’t very close back then but we quickly found a common interest (God bless k-pop for getting rid of awkward moments) And I’m SO grateful for the ISOC at the university because most of the friends I made in the first few weeks were from there.made in the first few weeks were from there.

Now that I’m settled in, I’m slowly coming back to this site which I’ve sorely neglected for months. And I thought I’d do a comeback post showing you my reading list and my TBR!

Currently reading 

28458598When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic.The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways

My thoughts so far: I’m really, really enjoying this so far. Rishi is definitely my favourite of the pair. I just find him and his side of the story more relatable. The plot is very different and I really enjoy the initial clash between the two and the adorable banter they develop over time.

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#ArcAugust Wrap Up

Okay, I’m going to need someone to remind me to never do two or more reading challenges at once because I have zero planning skills. I managed to read all my books within the month but it was a rush since I developed the biggest reading slump, then result’s day happened and I was working a lot as well. But here’s my wrap up of the books I read for ArcAugust and my thoughts on them!

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Mask of Shadows

A non-binary thief enters a royal competition to join an elite group of assassins to avenge their past. An interesting fantasy novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. While there were moments where it felt slow and Sal’s personality took a while to take a liking but nonetheless one of the better books I read for #ArcAugust! It’s quite like Throne of Glass in the way that I know I would find myself enjoying the sequel better because it’s getting to the part of the plot that interested me since both spend a lot of time with stuff like training and fighting.  3/5

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

I.. actually don’t remember much about the main plot of this for some reason aside from some major plot points. But I do remember really enjoying the portrayal of friendship groups in this, it was quite intense but there were some really sweet moments. 2/5

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#TheReadingQuest TBR

If you haven’t yet heard, #TheReadingQuest is a video-game themed reading challenge hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight between August 13th and September 10th! I don’t want to repeat everything because the rules are quite long, so if you’re interested in participating make sure to check out the sign-up post for all the details.

The challenge is kind of like a bookish bingo where you aim to read as many books as possible that follow the prompts on the board. However, you to choose one of four characters whose path you must first complete before embarking on another journey. (another one of the characters, if you complete early!)

I’ve chosen to begin as the Rogue, with multiple side quests. I’ve opted to not do another character if I finish early because the likelihood of me finishing early is very slim. So if with some luck I do complete everything, I would continue to do more side quests.

All of the character art was created by the amazing CW @ Read, Think, Ponder, and the resources for creating your own can be found in the sign-up post.

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