TOP TEN TUESDAY: Favorite Books With Single-Word Titles

Time for another Top Ten Tuesday! The theme for the week is “Books With Single-Word Titles”.  I was confused. Should I just list random books with single word titles? Or should it be books I have read? So I went with the single-word titles that I enjoyed.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Emma by Jane Austen


Persuasion by Jane Austen

Rebecca by Daphne du Murier

Arabella by Georgette Heyer

 

Frederica by Georgette Heyer

 

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Transcend by Jewel E Ann

Kulti by Mariana Zapata


 

TAG : SUMMER GOALS BOOK TAG

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So, Summer is almost over where I live. But that doesn’t mean I’ll miss out the chance on doing this fun tag! Thanks to Ashley for tagging me in this! I’m sorry for my delayed take on this tag, though.

A Series You Plan on Finishing by the End of the Summer

The Mistborn series probably. It’s a series I’ve been wanting to pick up for more than a year now.

A Romance You Plan on Reading by the End of the Summer

There are a lot of romances on my TBR. But I’m looking forward to Perfectly Adequate by Jewel E. Ann. It comes out at the end of September.

 

A New Release You Really Want to Read

I’m planning on starting Well Met by Jen DeLuca soon. Fingers crossed I like it!

A Bookish Goal You Want to Accomplish

For now, finish the 8 or so ARCs still waiting on my Netgalley list, and not send requests for any more ARCs in the meantime.

A Non-Bookish Goal You Set for Yourself for the Summer

To learn swimming! I’ve just started swimming classes. It’s about time I get over my fear of water.

Read on the Beach or in a Park?

Both. I’m not discriminate about places when reading. All I need is some quiet and calm around me for that.

Go-To Summer Read: Cute Romance or Thriller?

Cute romances all the way!

What’s Your Biggest Dream/Goal in Life?

One thing I’ve realized in life is that nothing goes according to plans. So no, I just want to be happy whatever I end up doing!


I won’t be tagging anyone this time, but feel free to do the tag if you’re interested. Do let me know in the comments if you’re gonna do it!

 

BOOK REVIEW : JERSEY SIX


How far would you go for revenge?

A hit-and-run accident leaves Jersey Six orphaned and homeless on the streets of Newark, shattering her dreams of school dances, pink nail polish, and a diploma.

Eight years later, a burn victim with amnesia wanders into Jersey’s barely-existent life. She resists his efforts to form a friendship until he reveals knowledge of the person responsible for derailing her future. Through their unusual friendship, she discovers a way to avenge the deaths of her foster parents.

All she has to do is destroy the world’s biggest rock star.

In the ultimate game of sex, lies, and manipulation, can Jersey discover the truth? Or will she be blinded by attraction, deceived by love, and destroyed by her past?


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I felt so much anger when reading this crazy story!

When I read the synopsis, I thought it would be a lot like Cruel Intentions. But it wasn’t.

Jersey has been living rough in the streets since her foster parents got killed in an accident when she was 15. 8 years later, Chris – a burn victim suffering from amnesia comes her way in the local gym. He remembers bits and pieces from his past. And he also claims that he knows the guy who killed Jersey’s foster parents. So Jersey takes him under her wings and lets him live with her, so that when he can remember everything and reveal the mystery behind the death of her foster parents, she can kill him.

Then Jersey has a meet-cute with Ian. She has no idea he’s a rockstar. He decides to take pity on her and offers a job to her. Without knowing what the job is, she takes it up because she’ll get a place to live in and free food. But she also convinces him to take Chris with them. They join his crew for a tour. Jersey and Ian share a mutual attraction. But then Chris claims that Ian is the guy who killed her foster parents. He encourages her to seduce him and then kill him.

Okay. The plot had enough meat to keep me going. I didn’t know what to expect.. Well, rather, what I expected didn’t come to fruition. But  there was definitely enough mystery to keep me interested, even while I kept saying to myself ‘WTF is going on!’.

I just could not tolerate Jersey as a heroine. She has had a horrible childhood. She’s been subject to all kinds of abuse and whatnot. But that did not justify her violent, unpredictable and over-reactive behavior to me. I found her to be really unbalanced. And I completely abhorred her erratic treatment of Ian.

She meets this guy she has no idea about. And she takes everything he says for face value. I’m talking about Chris here. He has amnesia and only can recall fragments from his past. And she just lets that misguide her into playing this push-pull game with Ian. I found her character to be contradictory. She finds it hard to trust Ian but could do that easily with Chris. She can’t trust Ian and yet takes advantage of all the benefits of being with him.

Ian has provided her with a stable life and she is so bloodthirsty and obsessed with one incident of her past that she is ready to kill him if he proves to be what she thinks he is. She also has minimal regrets for her wrongs. And then in the end, she does something I consider to be unforgivable.

Ian was frustrating in his own right. If he came clean right at the beginning, all this lunacy would not ensue. But I guess, we wouldn’t have this story then too.

I don’t mind books about protagonists who are flawed as much as Jersey is. But we don’t really see her redeem herself. We don’t see her recover from her erratic and manic behavior. We don’t see her go to therapy or any conscious attempt to right her wrongs.

I usually love Jewel E An’s unique stories. She has a unorthodox writing style that appeals to me. But this one just totally missed the mark for me and turned out to be my least  favorite book by her.


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★★☆☆☆

TOP TEN TUESDAY : FIRST 10 BOOKS I REVIEWED FOR MY BLOG

Happy Tuesday, people! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. And the topic this week is the first 10 books I reviewed. I’ve never really reviewed seriously before starting this blog. So here are the first 10 books I reviewed for this blog –

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Transcend

The first of a duology with a reincarnation twist. There were 3 primary characters who all made my heart all achy.

My Rating : ★★★★★

 (Goodreads)

 

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Not So Nice Guy

A friends-to-lovers romance with enough fluff and sweetness to give you diabetes. If you’re in mood for a light and cute romance, this is it for you.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

 

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The Simple Wild

An atmospheric book that made me feel part of the world. At the center of it is a girl’s journey of self-discovery and the theme of family.

My rating: ★★★★★

(Goodreads)

 

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Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10)

The finale to my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Kate Daniels remains at the top of my list of favorite badass heroines.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

 

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Epoch (Transcend #2)

An emotional conclusion to the beautiful story we saw start in Transcend. The 3 characters in this book are very close to my heart.
Interesting fact – The covers photos of both the books actually have a role to play in the book.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

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Letters to the Lost

A heavy read on two characters who are dealing with grief in different ways and connect through letters left on a graveyard. I feel that the depth of this book was plagued by some cliches. The romance was minimal too. But it’s got a beautiful message about how first impressions can be wrong.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

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Good Luck With That

A beautiful read about friendship, addiction, self harm, obesity, mental illness and the importance of self-love.

It is not an easy read. But it has some meaningful messages that I feel we all need in our lives.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

One of my all-time favorite friends-to-lovers romances. It’s got an amazingly quirky heroine who is not afraid to be herself. It’s also got a Korean hero. *Swoon*

Worth a read if you like friends-to-lovers trope.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

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The Girl Made of Clay

A woman who has always had to look after herself is now now has an added responsibility to look after her estranged musician father after he is injured. Things are not all good with her pilot husband flying away frequently too. The father-daughter relationship was my favorite part of this book.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

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Sadie

Perhaps my favorite crime-suspense-mystery of last year. A very difficult read about a teenager on the run to find the man behind her younger sister’s death.

My Rating: ★★★★★

(Goodreads)

 


It was great revisiting the books I reviewed at the beginning of my blogging journey! ^_^

Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Another Tuesday is here. Another interesting prompt. For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is weekly blog meme created and hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s prompt is Book By My Favorite Authors That I still haven’t Read.

In most cases, a favorite author for me is someone all of whose books I loved. I think I tend to read all the books by my favorite authors. But there are some cases where that doesn’t happen or yet to happen. I’ll talk about those authors here. Time to revisit my guilt.


 

Lethal White Series | Rober Galbraith : I owe J. K. Rowling a lot. Harry Potter has a occupies a huge part in my life and heart. It’s the series that made me fall in love with books. So I still can’t figure out why I can’t make myself start this series.

 


The Cursed Child | J. K. Rowling : Well, it’s a more of a play than a book. It’s also not really written by Rowling but rather based on the story by her. So, technically this might not even count as a book by her.

Okay, here’s the thing, I was dubious about the whole thing since it was announced. And I’ve heard enough things about the book from my friends to never be interested in touching this book. I don’t want to let any flawed piece of work ruin my nostalgia for the books. I’m happy with where the books ended. I’ve also read enough Harry Potter fanfiction in my days to have curbed my thirst for any future stories in the Wizarding World. You know what I’d like, though? A book based on the Maruarders.

 

Saving Francesca | Melina Marchetta : I love Melina Marchetta. I have read every book by her except this one. I even read the second book ( The Piper’s So) set in the same universe as this. Saving Francesca has evaded me most probably because it was her second book. But I do plan to read it. I just need to dig down my TBR hole.

 


Looking For Alibrandi | Melina Marchetta : This was even before Saving Francesca so it’s even deeper down my TBR hole. To be honest, I’m not very confident about starting this book any time soon. But it all depends on my whims, really. And I DO tend to be very whimsical with my reading moods.

 

Infinity + One | Amy Harmon : Same case as above. I’ve read all books by Amy Harmon other than this. Except, I don’t think I’ll ever read this book. The theme of the book is that of Bonny & Clyde which is just not my thing.

 

   

Faeries of Dreamdark | Laini Taylor : Another series deep buried in my TBR list. I don’t know if and when I’ll ever get to start this series.

 

  

Innkeeper Chronicles | Ilona Andrews : What made me a fan of Ilona Andrews was the 10-book series of Kate Daniels. By the time I was done with that, she was about tor release Hidden Legacy which became another favorite. I already had 2 of her incomplete series I was in love with. I didn’t have the time or energy to start another incomplete series.

 

   

The Edge | Ilona Andrews : The same case as above. When I discover an author I like, I usually go from the most recent of her releases to her earlier ones. Now that Kate Daniels is over, I might get more motivation to start these 2 series now. You know what would motivate me more, though? Better covers.

 

          Holding You

Holding You Duet | Jewel E. Ann : Jewel E. Ann is a writer who is slowly climbing to the top of my contemporary authors. She gets better with each of her new releases. But her earlier and older releases are not as impressive. This was her earliest work and going by the trend of everything else I’ve read by her, this could be her least impressive work. And I’m not really tempted by the blurb or the reviews it’s gotten. Meh.

 

The Grisha Trilogy | Leigh Bardugo : She’s a recent favorite. I loved her Six of Crows so much that I don’t think I’m capable of not liking any of her books. I definitely will read the Grisha Trilogy soon. Sooner even than any of the other books on the list. It should be a crime not to read everything by Leigh Bardugo. And I don’t want to partake in this crime any longer. If only there weren’t additions to my TBR list every day.


So, I might not harbor guilt for not having read all of these books, a few of them maybe – but definitely not all of them. Hopefully this partial guilt trip down the lane will make me start the books (I DO feel guilty about) asap!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

Helloooo peeps! I’m back with my entries for Top Ten Tuesday. I sadly missed doing it last week. I’ll try my best not to repeat that as I really enjoy these things.

The topic for this week Top Ten Hidden Gems (AKA the books that I think deserve more recognition and wasn’t marketed or talked about much).

Without further ado, here goes my list.



 

Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

This 10-book series is criminally underrated. Kate Daniels is one of my all-time favorite badass heroines. This urban fantasy series is like a mixture of Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If only they were marketed better. Look at half of these covers and tell me if you’d check them out without hesitation. It still surprises me that I did. Thank God I did!


 

Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

I’ve rarely seen such beautiful world building and brilliant writing in a fantasy series. Lumatere Chronicles and its diverse ensemble of characters – with their own arcs – are very close to my heart. It’s a mystery that Lumatere Chronicles is not as popular as it should be. Is it because the author is an Australian or was it the timing of the publication? Whatever it is, this series deserves all the accolades and love.


 

From Sand And Ash by Amy Harmon

This book about a Jewish girl and a Catholic priest during the World War II deserves a lot more love and buzz than it received. It’s not the most intriguing historical fiction you’ll ever read and romance is the more focal-point; but the emotions it invokes in you are no joke. Amy Harmon did her research and delivers with a masterstroke.


 

How to Kill A Rockstar by Tiffany Debartolo

Contrary to its name, this book is not for aspiring-murders. It’s for lovers of love stories, music, and writing so beautiful that every line strikes a chord with you. Tiffany Debartolo needs to write more books.


 

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Not only Foolish Hearts, every book by Emma Mills is a hidden gem. She writes female friendships like nobody else. She writes YA like nobody else.


 

Angie Pallorino Series by Loreth Anne White

                                     

I randomly discovered this series recently and was intrigued by the cover and blurbs. I ended up devouring the books in 3 days. I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of these books before. It’s a gritty and hard hitting series with an edgy heroine. Perfect for fans of mystery, suspense and crime thrillers.


 

Love Me With Lies Trilogy by Tarryn Fisher

Okay, I wouldn’t call these books unpopular. But I feel that they’ve been boxed into a certain category by general readers. This series feels so much more than a Contemporary Romance to me. This was not even a mere love triangle like I assumed it to be when I saw the synopsis at first. It felt like a character study on what people can do for love. I’ve never enjoyed unlikable characters as much as I did here. I wish everyone could read this series.


 

Hydraulic Level 5 by Sarah Latchaw

This little known gem apparently started off as a fan-fiction. But don’t let that deter you. This is no 50 shades of grey. It is about two lost souls. This book deals with issues like mental diseases, grief, and of course, extreme sports.


 

Transcend Duet by Jewel E Ann

                                                     
I feel like I’m the only one I know who’s read these books. I’d like more of my friends to read this series, and if that’s impossible, then I’d want to make new friends with people who’ve read this series.


 

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one, considering that it was a spontaneous pick. There was a freshness to it that I appreciated.  A sequel was released very recently. I plan to start that soon.



 

So, this was my list of books that haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly, that I think deserve some recognition, in my opinion.

A few of these books have admittedly done well but not as much as they deserved, in my opinion. Interestingly enough, while making this list, I was thinking of all the books that I found to be overrated. Now, that’s another list I wouldn’t mind making! =^-^=

 


 

I hope you enjoy this list. Let me know what you think about it. Do you agree with any of my choices? Leave your thoughts below. I’m also interested to look at your lists too! So join in on the fun!

Book Review: Epoch (Transcend #2) by Jewel E. Ann

 

Who do you choose between your soulmate and the love of your life? What are the limits that you can cross for your love? Should you cross them? At what point do you stop looking for answers and let go?  Can you defy your fate? Do you have the right to decide the fate of someone else’s life?

“I think a part of you will be mine to love in every life.”

These are some of the questions that went through my mind while reading Epoch. I never thought I’d be thinking such deep thoughts when I’d read the first of the Transcend, the prequel to Epoch.

Swayze has dreams for her life. Dreams that involve Griffin, the love of her life. And yet, she can remember memories from another life. Memories that makes her aware of exactly who the reason was of the death of the person whose memories she remembers. And although she loves Griffin from the core of her being, she also can’t let go of Nate. Nate who tells her that she is the reincarnation of Daisy, his first love. Daisy – who died the year Swayze was born. Daisy – whose life is so entangled with Swayze that she can’t escape those memories.

Epoch is all about Swayze fighting to learn more of her past. Swayze is not the brave and carefree Swayze we saw in Transcend. She is scared for her life. She knows the man who was responsible for Daisy’s death is roaming freely and she has nothing to prove her claims. She loves Griffin. She wants to grow old with him. But she can’t stop thinking about Nate. He has an allure to her that goes beyond her soul. And Nate’s daughter Morgan too. These two are her connection to a past she can’t let go of. And Griff is the future she wants.

“What if some people are meant to pass through our lives instead of walking along beside us?”

Griffin knows Swayze is the one. He is ready to start his life with her. But Swayze is so hell bent on finding the truth behind her memories, that Griff feels like he’s losing her. He is ready to do anything to make Swayze feel safe. But is that enough?

“I’m not going to watch you self-destruct. I’m not going to watch you fall in love with another man.”

Nate has lost the two loves of his life. He only had his third and final love, his daughter Morgan before Swayze stormed into his love. Discovering his first love and his best friend in her was a relief for him. But now he is conflicted by the separate space Swayze has created in his heart, separate to the part of her that is Daisy. But Swayze is not his and he can’t selfishly keep her from her life, a life which was perfect before she met him.

“It’s just what’s always been in my heart. You died, but I lived and so has my love for you.”

We see these three characters struggle with the curveball life threw at them in Epoch.

This book wasn’t perfect. Many readers might be frustrated by Swayze’s indecision throughout the book. I was frustrated too. But I never got annoyed with her. The author was successful in conveying Swayze’s inner turmoil to me, and I really felt for her. At one point, when Swayze reaches a decision, my heart broke. And then when another twist comes, my heart mended and slightly broke again. But then the epilogue mended my heart again and some more.

This book had a shocking twist that made me actually stop and think about how I felt about it. I didn’t expect that twist from this book. But by the end of the book, I was comfortable with that twist.

Normally, I detest love triangles. And I’m always on a team. But this duology felt more than a mere love triangle to me. It was more than about who she ends up with. I was invested in a happy ending for all three of them, even if neither of them got the girl.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget Swayze, Griff or Nate.

In the end, neither Swayze nor the readers do not get all our questions answered.  But I think there’s a beauty in that. The beauty in letting go.


 

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Book Review: Transcend (Transcend Duet #1) by Jewel E. Ann


“In another life, she was my forever.”

An unexpected tragedy leaves Professor Nathaniel Hunt a widower alone with a newborn baby.

He hires a nanny. She’s young, but well-qualified, with a simple life, a crazy name obsession, and a boyfriend she met at the grocery store.

Over time, he discovers she knows things about him—things that happened before she was born—like a hidden scar on his head, his favorite pizza, and how he cheated on a high school Spanish test.

She speaks familiar words and shares haunting memories that take him back to over two decades earlier when he lost his best friend in a tragic accident.

“I’m afraid of what’s going to happen when you realize I’m not her.”

Transcend is a sexy, mind-bending journey that uncovers possibilities, challenges beliefs, and begets the age-old question: is there life after death?


 

“A single touch can say things twenty-six letters can’t even begin to say.”

Some books stay with you long after you read them. Transcend was one of them.

This book has had me so strongly in its grasp from the very first line. And I was drawn right from the beginning. Some books take a long time for you to slowly drown in it. To engage you from the very first line? That in itself is a gift for an author.

The plot was just as the blurb describes but yet so much more. I don’t want to spoil it for you. Just if you believe in fate, you’re gonna love this book.

However, it’s quite clear that this book plays with the theme of reincarnation. And that was the only thing that had me dubious about starting the book. Reincarnation is not my thing, really. But the blurb had me fascinated and so I went in any way. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t disappointed.

I was afraid about how the book would play out the reincarnation plot but the author handled it in such a believable way. And she wrote the characters so beautifully.

I’m in love with the female protagonist. Swayze was strong, fierce and vulnerable all at the same time.

The two male characters had me so conflicted. Like, they both seemed perfect to me. Griff might just take the award for the best book boyfriend. He seemed so perfect at times that it felt unrealistic. Because let’s face it – not guy can be this perfect. Nate, on the other hand, had my heart aching for him. I felt like splitting Swayze up so that both guys would get their happy endings. Yeah, I’m crazy like that.

“The people in our lives give color to our existence. When we love, we choose to let part of our heart—part of our soul—live inside of another person. Their happiness is our happiness. Their grief is our grief. And when they die … part of us dies too.”

I need to be able to relate with the characters for me to like a book and sure enough, I loved Swayze. Something in me resonated with her. It also helps that Nate and Griff are so polar-opposites and yet equally swoon worthy. I wanted to give them hugs.

This is a read I won’t easily get over. I have high expectations from Epoch now!
Jewel E. Ann, don’t let me down!


My Ratings: ★★★★★