TOP TEN TUESDAY : CHARACTER THEME SONGS

Top Ten Tuesday is here! The topic this week is an Audio Freebie. So I’ll use this opportunity to attempt to list out my favorite characters and what I feel could be their theme songs.

I actually am a huge fan of music and tend to listen to music while reading. I also somehow always associating certain songs with stories or characters even. So there will always be a song that will remind me of a book or a character, or I’ll feel like listening to certain songs when reading a book. I guess I take my music seriously!

But I’m determined to have some fun with this one!

Top Ten Tuesday is a Weekly Blog Meme currently hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.


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Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

Fight Song – Rachel Platten

Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion

So I saw this one fanmade tribute video to Hermione with this song on Youtube a while ago. And voila! I got introduced to a song that never fails to remind me of my most favorite female character of all time.

Youtube | Spotify | itunes

Charlie Kelmeckis (The Perks of Being a Wallfower)

Radiohead – Creep

I want you to notice
When I’m not around
You’re so fuckin’ special
I wish I was special

This one’s too easy and obvious for anyone who’s read the book.

Youtube | Spotify | itunes


Eleanor Oliphant (Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine)

Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

This song gives this feeling of blurred lines between reality and imagination that reminds me a lot about Eleanor.

Youtube | Spotify | itunes

 

Rhysand (A Court of Roses and Thorns Series)

Imagine Dragons – Demons

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

Rhys likes to think of himself as a monster and a demon – which he’s not. But this song is perfect for him.

Youtube | Spotify| itunes

Kate Daniels (Kate Daniels)

Brandi Carlile – Raise Hell

I’ve been down with a broken heart
Since the day I learned to speak
The devil gave me a crooked start
When he gave me crooked feet

Kate Daniels was groomed from her childhood to raise hell.

Youtube | Spotify| itunes

 

Lucy Hutton (The Hating Game)

Coldplay – Strawberry Swing

They were sitting
They were talking in the strawberry swing
Every moment was so precious

Strawberries, anyone? This song takes my mind to a happy place, just as the book does. I also think this song could even work as a theme song to Josh & Lucy’s love story.

Youtube | Spotify | itunes

 

Froi (Lumatere Chronicles)

Ray Lamontagne – Empty

Will I always feel this way
So empty
So estranged?

Froi struggles a lot with this feeling of emptiness and not belonging to anywhere throughout the series. I listened to it a lot when reading Froi of Exiles.

Youtube | Spotify | itunes

 

Sarai (Strange the Dreamer)

Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

And I’d give up forever to touch you
‘Cause I know that you feel me somehow

I think this song perfectly captures Sarai’s longing to be loved and accepted.

Youtube | Spotify | itunes

 

Rose Calloway (Calloway Sisters)

Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire

Looks like a girl, but she’s a flame
So bright, she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try but you’ll never forget her name
She’s on top of the world
Hottest of the hottest girls say

A fiery song for my fiery girl!

Youtube | Spotify | itunes

Victor Vale (Villains)

Zack Hemsey – Vengeance

Before the fire and stone
Before your world is gone
Have you some patience
Cuz I will have my vengeance

This song just screams Victor Vale! I also feel that the whole vibe of this song goes perfectly well with the series.

Youtube | Spotify | itunes


Well, what do you guys think?

 

 

 

 

TAG : FAVORITE MUSIC

The lovely Tales of a Bookworm tagged me to list some of my favorite music. Also, please make sure to send some love her way, she is ill and has been feeling blue!

Here’s to hoping that she recovers soon!

Also, asking me to name my favorite music is like asking me about my favorite book. I have so many of them that it’s tough to narrow them down to a few. So I’ll just tell you guys about some of the songs I’ve been religiously listening to recently. I guess they reflect the sort of mood I’ve been in myself.


Damien Rice – It takes a lot to know a man

 

Cigarettes After Sex – Apocalypse

 

Ray LaMontagne – Empty

Joni Mitchell – A case of you

Leonard Cohen – A thousand Kisses Deep


I’m not gonna tag anyone. But I’d really like to learn about the songs you’ve been recently enjoying? Make sure to hit in the comments below!

BOOK REVIEW : DAISY JONES & THE SIX

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.


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You know those books that rip your heart apart and then mends it back? This was one of them. Except my heart doesn’t feel very much mended. There is an ache. And it’s the worst kind of ache.

The way this author explores addiction in this book is just too stark and raw. The addiction felt like a character itself. It was fascinating to see how differently all the characters dealt with their addictions. These characters were all too real. Billy and Daisy especially. Billy is a man I’d respect a lot if I met him for real. That doesn’t mean he’s perfect. In fact, he’s as imperfect as one can be. He’s a larger than life character with an ego too big. He also got on my nerves a lot and did things that I didn’t wish for him to do.

If this book has a heart then that lies in Daisy Jones. I can’t remember the last time a character made me feel so many things at the same time. I just wanted to hug her and tell her that she’s not alone. She’s the baddest bitch with the softest heart. I won’t lie, I even shed some tears for her. She just made me feel really sad. If nothing else, I’d suggest everyone to read this book just for her.

The music plays such a big part in this story. If Daisy is the heart of the story then music is its soul. I hear that a web-series is about to made based on this book. And my heart is not ready.

Do I recommend? Absolutely. It’s not an easy read. But if you love rock n’ roll, music, damaged characters and feel connected to a story, this one’s definitely it for you.

I now need a really fluffy romance to get over this book. Any recommendations?


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★★★★★


 

ARC REVIEW : THE GOLDEN BRIDE

Can Olivia survive the crime and Gold Rush fever of 1849…and the countless marriage proposals?
A series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

The Daughters of the Mayflower series continues when Olivia Brighton finds herself widowed and working her brother’s restaurant in San Francisco during the height of the rush for gold. Even though she receives at least twenty marriage proposals a day, she will never marry a gold miner. Her brother’s friend Joseph Sawyer has gotten caught up in local politics and the plight of Chinese in forced labor. The more Joseph gets pulled into investigating crime in the city, the less Olivia sees of the compassionate man. And just when she thinks she could love again, a fire threatens to steal all hope.


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Set in the Gold Rush of 1849 in San Francisco, this book does not really paint a pretty picture of that time – slave trade and all.

Olivia is recently widowed and starts off the book with guilt about her husband having lost his life within 6 weeks of their marriage, and still holding grief over her parents’ death 3 months ago. She moves to San Francisco all by herself to live with her brother Daniel who runs a popular restaurant there. She meets Joseph, a close friend of Daniel and also a gold miner. Olivia, who does not want anything to do with gold miners, falls for Joseph pretty soon, and the feelings are mutual. There’s also a connection to the previous books in the Daughters of the Mayflower through a journal Olivia finds of her ancestor who also had to move to America. Also, Joseph with the help of Daniel, wants to help rid their town of all things nefarious…. And, yeah, that’s pretty much the story.

I found the plot to be lacking anything impactful. It just seemed to meander a lot without anything ever happening. There were talks of danger lurking and an ‘unseen benefactor’, but things just never came alive and the pace never picked up. The romance between Joseph and Olivia was sweet enough, and yet felt a little bland to me. But the author did manage to paint an accurate picture of the Gold Rush with all its debauchery, so props for that.

It was a decent enough read, but the writing was not to my taste.


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★★★☆☆


Publication Date: 1st April, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)

Links – Amazon| Goodreads | Book Depository

BOOK REVIEW : MY OXFORD YEAR

Set amidst the breathtaking beauty of Oxford, this sparkling debut novel tells the unforgettable story about a determined young woman eager to make her mark in the world and the handsome man who introduces her to an incredible love that will irrevocably alter her future—perfect for fans of JoJo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks.

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was thirteen: Study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

When Ella discovers that her English literature course will be taught by none other than that same local, Jamie Davenport, she thinks for the first time that Oxford might not be all she’s envisioned. But a late-night drink reveals a connection she wasn’t anticipating finding and what begins as a casual fling soon develops into something much more when Ella learns Jamie has a life-changing secret.

Immediately, Ella is faced with a seemingly impossible decision: turn her back on the man she’s falling in love with to follow her political dreams or be there for him during a trial neither are truly prepared for. As the end of her year in Oxford rapidly approaches, Ella must decide if the dreams she’s always wanted are the same ones she’s now yearning for.


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I love it when a book completely blindsides me. My Oxford Year was such a pleasant surprise!

Okay, let’s talk about the surprises first. First things first, I’d expected this book to be about a forbidden romance between a professor and a student. It wasn’t. There were characters who gave the first impressions of being stereotyped. There was a girl who I thought would be villainous and cause problems for the main couple. I couldn’t be more wrong. That mystery surrounding Jamie turned out to be something entirely opposite to what I envisioned. I was expecting a easy-breezy read but the depth of the writing took me aback.

I was completely taken by Jamie and Ella. I could feel their chemistry as if it was something tangible. I savored their conversations about poetry and literature. These two seemed to be made for each other. I loved Ella. She’s emotionally stunted in the way that she refuses to be in love. Her ambition for contributing to a change for her country was beautiful. I love it when a female character knows what she wants and is not afraid to pursue it. Jamie was the quintessential Brit gentleman. I was charmed by him within a few pages, even though he was a bit of jerk to Ella the first time they met. But I wanted to see more of how his mind works. I’d have loved to read his point of view.

Another complaint I have is with the classic ‘Fade to Black’ mechanisms. Now, I prefer my reads not to have too many intense sex scenes but I also don’t want to see the obvious attraction and the flirting and then bam! flash to the morning after. Would it hurt to let us see a little more of what leads to that? Also, the ending? It could not completely satisfy me. I know that it was the realistic ending but my poor heart needed a better closure.

This book was to a huge extent more about Ella’s journey to self-discovery  than the romance. And I loved both the journey and the romance. Five stars because of what this book made me feel.


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★★★★★


 

Top Ten Tuesday : Recent additions to my Goodreads TBR

Hello all! So, I don’t have a list of books I want to read just for Spring 2019, like the topic of this weeks TTT suggests. So I’m just going to list the recent additions to my Goodreads TBR.

Top Ten Tuesday is currently being hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.



Well Met: An enemies-to-lovers rom-com set in a small town. Count me in.

 
Releases – September 3rd.

 

 

Skyward: So what if I haven’t been able to read Mistborn yet? I’m still allowed to add another book by Brandon Sanderson to my TBR. Okay?

 

Releases – November 6th.

 

 


Sapphire Flames: The latest book on the Hidden Legacy universe which I really love. I’m excited to meet my favorite cast of characters.

 

 

Releases – August 27th.

 

The Seduction Expert: A contemporary romance with the main theme of women empowerment? Can I resist?

 
Releases – May 27th.

 

 

Husband Material: This one’s about a widow who relies on data and algorithms to find balance in her life. The premise interests me. But the reviews have been mixed. So I might not end up reading it. Who knows?

 

 

Releases – December 30th.

 

 

Passion On Park Avenue: I can always trust Lauren Layne to appease my heart with a good romcom. This one has the enemies-to-lovers trope that I simply adore. And it’s about 3 friends. Definitely ticks all the boxes for me.

 

 

Releases – May 28th.

 


Messy, Wonderful Us: A women on a journey to Italy to find out more about her mother with her best friend on tow. I always love myself a good fiction focusing on families and friendships. I hope to not be disappointed by this one.

 
Releases – May 30th.

 

 

Say You Still Love Me: K. A. Tucker? Yes. Second chance romance? Yes. A rich girl and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks? Yes. Please please don’t let me down!

 

Releases – August 6th.

 

 


The Friend Zone: The maid of honor about to secretly go through a medical procedure which would make her unable to conceive. A best man who wants a big family some day. The attraction is real. So is the conflict. I can’t wait to see how the author handles such a great premise!

 

Releases – July 9th.

 

The Bride Test: I liked The Kiss Quotient a lot. But I’d have loved it if I’d read it when I was in a mood for the kind of romance it was. So I’m hell bent on picking up The Bride Test, a sequel to the Kiss Quotient, when I’m in the right mood for this. But make no mistake, I’ll definitely read this one.

 

Releases – May 7th.

 

 


 

 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : Sequels That Felt Unnecessary To Me

The topic this week is standalones that need a sequel. As much as I want to read more about some characters from a book, unplanned sequels are always a tricky thing. I’m too dubious to wish for a sequel because it might ruin the original story. And I didn’t want to miss another week of TTT. So I just thought of doing a completely opposite topic. I’ll be talking about series that I felt should’ve had less or no sequels.

Btw, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.


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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
: This series should’ve been wrapped up in one book. The story in the second book simply did not deserve a separate book. The third one was not bad but I still think that it should have been one book.

 


Monsters of Verity: I absolutely loathed that ending. I can’t believe I read a whole book just to read that ending.

 

 

 

 

Elements of Chemistry: Turning a romance with minimal and simple plot into a trilogy? Yeah, no.

 

 

Me Before You: I didn’t read either of the sequels but I’ve heard enough to know that it was the worst idea ever!

 

 

 

The Royals: Just…. no.

 

 

 

 

Tristan & Danika: In case it hasn’t been clear yet, I have a serious issue with romances getting sequels with the same main couple. Particularly romances which have couples getting together and then breaking up due to a misunderstanding. That does NOT deserve 3 books.

 

 

Vampire Academy: 6 books in the series. 3 would’ve been more than enough.

 

 

 

 

 

Divergent: The most horrible and awful ending in the world. The third book felt like a book with entirely different world of characters who just shared the names of the people I rooted for in the first two books. And the extra books on Four also didn’t do any justice to the characters.

 

Outlander: By that third book, I was just done, and was in no mood for continuing the series. The writing was amazing, okay? I just did not care any more about the characters.

 

 

 

The Hunger Games: Not a fan of the series. But I liked Catching Fire. Mockingjay felt like a disservice to the series, though.

 

 

 


I might as well have named this Top Ten Unpopular Opinions of Mine. I just feel what I feel.

ARC REVIEW: TROPHY LIFE

ARC REVIEW: LITTLE LOVELY THINGS

A mother’s chance decision leads to a twist of fate that is every parent’s worst nightmare.

Claire Rawlings, mother of two and medical resident, will not let the troubling signs of an allergic reaction prevent her from making it in for rounds. But when Claire’s symptoms overpower her while she’s driving into work, her two children in tow, she must pull over. Moments later she wakes up on the floor of a gas station bathroom-her car, and her precious girls have vanished.

The police have no leads and the weight of guilt presses down on Claire as each hour passes with no trace of her girls. All she has to hold on to are her strained marriage, a potentially unreliable witness who emerges days later, and the desperate but unquenchable belief that her daughters are out there somewhere.

Little Lovely Things is the story of a family shattered by an unthinkable tragedy. Played out in multiple narrative voices, the novel explores how the lives of those affected fatefully intersect, and highlights the potential catastrophe of the small decisions we make every day.


This was not an easy read…

Claire, a medical student and a mother of two, gets afflicted with an allergic reaction to a double dosage of vaccine while driving her two daughters, and it’s so bad that she has to pull into the nearest gas-station to go to the bathroom, on the verge of vomiting and passing out, leaving her two daughters sleeping in the car. That’s the last she sees of them because the couple of Moira and Eamon, Irish travelers come across the kids, and Eamon impulsively decides to abduct the girls.

This was such an intricately weaved tale, with complex characters. It was fascinating to read the point of view of the couple who abducted the kids too. Moira, in particular, was a destructive character with multiple layers. Then there was Jay White, a Native American with a supernatural sense of insight. There preternatural themes playing throughout the book, with dreams playing a major role. But it was the interplay of guilt and blame between Claire and Glen that really stuck with me. None of the characters were perfect, Claire the least. In fact, I was frustrated with Claire more than any other characters. But I also felt so much compassion for her!

The writing was sublime and subtly descriptive, if at times too unorthodox, which might not be for everyone, because it did disrupt the flow of my reading at times. But Maureen Joyce Connolly is definitely a debut author to look out for.


★★★★☆


Publication Date: 2nd April, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)

Links – Amazon| Goodreads | Book Depository


BOOK REVIEW : MAKE ME BAD

As Clifton Cove’s resident “king”, he thinks he’s entitled to anyone and anything.

The trouble is, I’ve spent my whole life following the rules and playing it safe. I know what it feels like to be the good girl. I’m the police chief’s daughter and a librarian—for adorable children, no less. My wardrobe consists of colorful sundresses and baggy jeans. I might as well have a Post-it stuck to my forehead that reads: Yup, she’s a virgin.

An all-nighter with a fictional hunk is about as exciting as my life gets, until one day, fate decides to take pity on me and shove me straight into the path of Mr. Off-Limits himself.

Oof.

Just as I suspected, every inch of him promises to be my demise. Up close, he’s tall, menacing, dangerously handsome—the type of man who’s never spent a single moment worrying about the opinions of others. A well-behaved girl would do as she’s told and avoid him at all costs, but I’m overdue for a little rebellion.
No more Friday nights sprawled out on the couch in my comfiest pajamas. No more wishing I had the courage to misbehave.
Everyone thinks Ben is going to ruin me.
They think he’ll chew me up and spit me out.

Well, Ben…go ahead.
Tempt me. Taunt me.
Make me bad.


My favorite kind of romance – slow burn! And burn it did.

Ben and Madison were just too cute. Their growing friendship, flirting, banter, and just that overall chemistry they had going was simply irresistible. I adored Madison. She is my favorite kind of sweet, bubbly, down-to-earth heroine. And Ben was my favorite kind of ‘not-so-nice-guy’. Get my not-so-subtle-reference? You won’t if you aren’t a R.S. Grey fan like me!

I loved the forbidden aspect to Ben and Madison’s romance, with them coming from two different corners of the town, with her father and brother bearing disdain towards anything to do with Ben and his riches. But what I loved the most was the slow and simmering chemistry and tension between the two. The jealousy, the ache, the playing with fire – it was exactly everything I want in my romance reads!

This book might not have been perfect, but it was perfect for my taste. Five fluttering stars from me!


★★★★★