June Wrap Up and May TBR

I know I said this a lot, but HOW COME WE’RE OVER THE 6TH MONTH?? It feels like 2007 is only yesterday! It’s supposed to be Summer in my country but let me tell you, it’s been gloomy and rainy almost everyday. I don’t mind though, rainy days are the best days to sleep and read 😉

Remember when I said I want to slow down my reading this month? HA. It doesn’t happen. I guess it’s because I just have too much free time.
  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald // ✰
  2. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan //
  3. The Whispering of Trees {ARC} by C.Y Bourgeois // ✰
  4. Vicious by V.E Scwhab // ✰✰✰✰✰
  5. Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz// ✰✰✰✰
  6. Peter Pan by J.M Barrie // ✰✰✰✰
  7. Every Falling Star {ARC} by Lee Sung Ju // ✰✰✰✰
  8. Spellcaster {re-read} by Claudia Grey // ✰✰
  9. A Thousand Salt Kisses {ARC} by Josie Delmuth // ✰✰✰.5
  10. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater // ✰✰✰✰.5
I also read 2 books of Tintin when I was having a sleepover at my friend’s house. Oh well. There’s no such thing as too much reading, right?

I’m trying to mix some genre, but still trying to conquer contemporary this month.

  1. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
  2. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Caroll
  3. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  4. London Belong to Us by Sarra Manning
  5. The Game of Love and Death by Marta Brockenbrough
  • The Cursed Child plot is here feel free to read it, unless you dislike spoiler! There are things that I like, but the plot overall makes me unhappy…
  • And other than that, this month sucks because so.many.deaths. Christina’s death took me by surprise, I’m not her fan but I heard some of her songs through Youtube. I thought no one do that anymore??? The last one was what, The Beatles??? The Orlando shooting really makes me rage. IT’S 2016. WHY WOULD YOU STILL DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT? It’s hate crime, it’s homophobic, and anyone said otherwise have no sympathy at all. Also the Disney World accident? That’s truly terrifying. I think I’ll stay out amusement park for a while now. I won’t comment on brexit (I’m not british, I have no right to comment anything), but I do know the HUGE impact it will have to our world.
  • I watched S1 of The Royals and S4 & 5 of Supernatural. On the other note, I have to sadly said that I’m done with Teen Wolf. I try to watch S5B and just can’t get into it. I just don’t care anymore with the characters. It just doesn’t feel the same without Allison, Derek, Isaac, and it’s more Teen Supernatural than Teen Wolf. Also too much slow motion and “break dancing” (aka fighting) scene for me…
  • So… the state university test… well I didn’t get it. I’m pretty sad, but I learn to be ok with it. I believe dentistry isn’t for me, and there are a lot of other more skilled dentist on the way that deserves my place. I also believe God has plans for me other than being a dentist 🙂
  • I decided to cave in and created twitter…. and then I find out that literaryhuntress contains too many letters. Any idea? Help???

    Do Adaptations Affect Our Reading Experience?

     

     

    (If you ever seen this post before, I’m sorry. I accidentally posted this when it’s unfinished)

    As you guys might have known, I’m not the biggest fan of the latest trend in the movie industry, which is the book-to-movie adaptation. But recently, I finished The Great Gatsby, and I didn’t like it. I understand the main plot, but the beauty of the parties and the dialogues were kind of lost to me. But after watching the movie, I appreciated it even more, because it visualize the story and the atmosphere in such an amazing way. I might even rate it higher if I’m doing a re-read, because I just understand more than the first time. It makes me wonder whether adaptation actually affects our reading experience.

    The Great Gatsby wasn’t my first experience. I enjoy Pride and Prejudice, the plot is interesting, and I love how I felt being transported back to regency era. But again, the dialogue and the feels are lost to me (I confess, I really need to stop reading classics in English, bc I read Persuasion in translated version and loved it). But after watching the adaptation? FEELS. I giggled and blushed watching the whole thing. I understand why so many people love the classic so much. And after watch the movie and re-read the book, I did rate it higher, because I understand and feel more connected to the story.

    Can you hear me screaming/squealing/blushing/shipping them hardcore allover again????

    Another case is our beloved Harry Potter. I struggled with some of the magical creatures and location description in general, mainly thestrals. Buuuuut. After watching it I appreciate the beauty and complexities of the wizarding world even more.

    Other than visualization and atmosphere, lets not forget the chemistry between the lead actors. The chemistry between Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen makes me ship Darcy and Lizzie even harder. And as much as we hate the PJO and CoB movie adaptations, we have to admit that the chemistry between Logan/Alexandra and Jamie/Lily is A++++++. Not to mention the atmosphere of the soundtrack and the moment, it’s just perfect.

    So as much as I dislike adaptations, I have to admit yes, they do affect my reading experience. Especially if the cast are perfect, the atmosphere, the music and the graphic suits the book. I would enjoy the book even more on the second read, and if I haven’t read the book, I might even rated it really high just because the movie is amazing.

    Do you thing adaptations affect your reading experience?

     

    My Summer Reading List

    Hi everyone! I know we’re already halfway through June, but I’ve seen so many people posted their Summer reading list, so why not joining in? Afterall, I think it might help me to be more organized and tackle my tbr. This post would be separated into 2 section: book that I have to finish, and book that I might read. I try to read contemporary as much as possible this Summer, but we’ll see.

     

    The must read
    Seed by Lisa Heathfield // It’s about a girl that’s part of a cult and want an out. I think it would be different because I never read anything that sets in a cult!
    Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland // Greek mythology, I don’t this it needs more explanation xD
    A Thousand Salt Kisses by Josie Demuth // It involves siren or some sort of other sea creatures? It can’t get anymore Summer-y than this.
    Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson // Been wanting to read this book for so long, and Summer is definitely the right time.
    Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins // It’s time for me to continue with this series. I’m curious how david/harper/ryan would work together!
    Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins // Also want to continue with the series. It’s time for me to get back into the swoon worthy ness of Stephanie Perkins<33

     
    The might read
    Air Awakens by Elise Kova

    What’s on your Summer reading list?

    Infinity Dreams Award

    Hi guys! So Cloe @ Mornings and Epilogues nominate me for Infinity Dreams Award, like from ages ago, so today’s post is going to be about that. Thank you so much Cloe!<33 Now let's get started!

    Rules:
    1. Give 11 facts about yourself.
    2. Answer the 11 questions set by the one who nominated you.
    3. Nominate 11 bloggers to get this award.
    4. Ask the bloggers you’ve nominated to answer your own 11 questions.
    5. Bonus points: Answers your questions in a vlog!
    Facts:
    1. I used to dog-eared my books.
    2. I can’t cook. Well I can cook basics like noodles, eggs, rice, bacons, etc. But complicated meals? No.
    3. I’m 18, which means legally, I could get my driving license. But I still can’t drive because honestly, I’m scared. Reading those stories about crash and accidents really terrify me.
    4. I really like history. My favorite time period gotta be the Ancient Greek and Rome. They really facinates me.
    5. My dream job is actually to work for the Vatican or government, translating and preserving ancient documents. 
    6. I don’t like chocolate. Or sweets in general.
    7. I never went to any concert.
    8. I can’t dance. I mean, I could do it if it’s a performance. But dancing at parties? No. For some reason I just can’t get myself to loosen up and follow the rythm.
    9. I really want to travel the world.
    10. I speak Indonesian (I’m Indonesian in case any of you doesn’t know, so of course I’m really fluent in it) and English fluently, a bit of Spainsh, and currently learning Spanish, Latin and German.
    11. I took ballet and piano lessons as kid, but stop because of school. Now I really wished I never stop.
    Questions from Cloe
    1. Favourite TV show?
    Okay so I have a lot, but I think I’ll always love Sherlock. It’s just so brilliant and funny and I just love love it! (More Sheriarty and Johnlock pls!)
    2. If you could go to Camp Half Blood/Camp Jupiter or Hogwarts, which one would you choose?
    NOPE NOPE NOPE. More like go to school at Hogwarts, spend summer at CHB.
    3. Which book character would you want to be BFFs with?
    Can I have Isabelle Lightwood as my BFF? And also Puck? They’re both freaking awesome, my love for them is too much. Both of them are really badass, loyal, and funny.
    4. What mythical creature would you like to be?
    Phoenix!I just love those firebirds ever since I saw Fawkes in HP. Healing power, coming and going with flames? GIMME.
    5. If you had to live off one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    Potato! Mashed, baked, grilled, fried, you name it. I could survive based on potato HA.
    6. Truth or Dare, Never Have I Ever, or What Would You Rather? (and by this I mean the games, not the Sara Shepherd books!)
    Truth or Dare! They’re just so much fun because either you tell them your deepest, darkest and most embarassing things or you make a fool of yourself!
    7. Your favourite place to be?
    My bed. It’s just sooo comfy. It’s definitely my hardest goodbye, especially on mornings.
    8. One book you will never read again
    Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven. Usually when I dnf a book I will give it a second chance, but I don’t think so with this one. You could read my review here.
    9. Your favourite Greek myth?
    The Trojan War. Also Hades and Persephone. There’s definitely something about the Trojan War that facinates me. Either is Helen of Troy that launches thousands of ship, the fall of Achilles, or the way the Greek beats the Trojan. And Hapsephone stories are definitely heavily romanticized these days, but I believe Hades just lonely and the Olympians should’ve treat him better. And I think the idea of Persephone actually fell for Hades is really beautiful.
    10. What one magical power would you like?
    Electricity or controlling magnet (yes I watch X-Men). I mean, come on. In the world literally made of magnet and electricity, I’d be the most powerful person. *evil laugh*
    11. One language you would really like to learn.
    Latin. As I said, I want to translate ancient documents, and Latin is basically used really widely in the past because how great the Roman empire was. Latin is also the roots for English, Spanish, French, and many other languages.
    Question:
    1. Would you rather meet your favorite celebrity or favorite fictional character?
    2. What is the fictional item that you wanted the most? (for example, mine is Thalia’s Aegis)
    3. If you could change a book ending, which book would you change and why?
    4. Where do you want to live when you grow up?
    5. Would you rather: watch your otp kill each other or watch one of them kill the other person? *evil laugh*
    6. What animal that scares you the most?
    7. What is your favorite color combination?
    8. What is your favorite time of the year? (It can be your birthday, payday, superbowl week, etc)
    9. Sing or dance?
    10. Do you like extreme sports? (like skydiving or bungee jumping)
    11. Are you a dog or cat person?

    Book Review: Vicious by V.E Schwab

    Vicious
    by V.E Schwab
    E-book edition, 368 pages
    Published September 24th, 2013 by Tor Books
    ✰✰✰✰✰

    A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

    Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

    Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17910471-vicious

    After putting this book on my tbr for months, I finally read it this month guys! If you haven’t read this one yet, trust me, READ IT NOW.

    “Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”

    I love the topic about good and evil presented in this book. It’s just a matter of perspective. Like someone on the internet say, “Villains are the heroes of their own story” (except of course, the villain is the Joker who create chaos just for fun).  The characters are really complex and interesting and definitely make me wondering about the topic of good and evil. There is no heroes, nor villain in this book. All the characters are morally grey, trying to get what they want. It’s really refreshing seeing this kind of characters.
    I love especially, how V.E Schwab written Eli and Victor. Even at the beginning, you could sense that there’s something really wrong about them, that gives me chill. They’re both ambitious, extremely smart, and they posed to be friends but tbh I’m sure they actually hate each other. You can see how unhealthy their friendship is, full of jealousy and dark thoughts. Their descend into darkness was written beautifuly and tragicly. People that believed they’re messenger of the God honestly creep me out the most, but add genious-ness, patience and darkness that’s always been there, then the character actually managed to scare me. The whole thing makes the atmosphere of the story really dark and gritty, with all the dark thoughts about revenge, death and blood. But the characters also somehow have morbid sense of humour, which I really like. 
    I really like the relationship between the gang, a.k.a Victor, Mitch, Sydney, Dol, and Dominic. Victor could kill someone without remorse, but he has soft spot for picking up strays and actually care about them as friend. He actually considers Mitch as his friend (he panicked when he thought Eli shot Mitch!) and also let Sydney keep Dol. I love how protective everyone is with Sydney (even Dominic) and Dominic, as the newest member, decided to stick with them after those things happened. 
    My only complain is that I’m an impatient person, so I have pacing issue around the end, I literally scream “JUST DO IT!!” at my phone. But honestly, it’s really tense and keep me at the end of my seat, so I guess I’ll let it go. Also the ending. I literally cheered. MY BABIES YAY. It perfectly wrapped the story, albeit a bit loose. 
    Overall, I’m really surprised with how much I liked this one. I mean sure, I’ve heard so many people raving about Vicious, but I don’t really know if I’d like it, especially with the adult tag (which I think not so adult? It’s like between YA and adult). It doesn’t exactly blow me away, but it made me think. Highly recommended.
     

    Review Anthology #3: All the Genres

    Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson || Goodreads

    It’s the book everyone is raving about since last year. And it sounds really good and perfect for summer. But I guess this is another case of “It’s not you, it’s me” since I wasn’t really in the reading mood while I read this.

    It’s quite fun to read, I really like the experience and those beach nights they have. Emily’s growth is really visible throughout this book. And the relationships Emily has with her family is really heartwarming. I know her parents seem neglectful, but they actually care for her and will always be there if she needs them. But one thing that really bugs me is how dependent Emily is with her friends, Sloane especially. I think it’s important to show her character growth, but still.

    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr || Goodreads

    This one is a really beautiful book. I really enjoyed reading the story, but I also find myself struggling through some points in this book, especially in the beginning. I love how the author writes Marie-Laure blindness in a realistic way. Yes she’s disabled, but that doesn’t mean she stays in house or person around her are all protective. She’s still capable of walking around the city (through a lot of studying, patience, and still stumbling sometimes), read in braille, and even participate in the movement against the Nazi. She’s brave, smart, compassionate, curious and honestly such a beautiful and adorable soul. 
    I’m struggling through some of Werner’s narration because honestly, all that physics and math talk really giving me headache. Neverthless, I really love how passionate he is with radios (and physic in general), how naturally talented he is (I wish I’m that talented) and how good his heart is. He still cares for Frederick after all these years,  and his relationship with Jutta, Frau Elena and Volkheimer really warms my heart.
    I also cared really deeply for the side characters. Etienne, Volkheimer, Madame Manec, Frederick, and so on. This book really tugs my heart and make me feel for them.
    If you expect this book to be similar with The Book Thief, then you might be dissapointed. This book has heavier and darker vibe than The Book Thief, which is why I struggle with this book. But this book has the same beautiful prose and story within, so just hold on and try enjoy the beauty of this book as its own.

    Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray || Goodreads

    I really enjoy Lily of the Nile, but this book fell short for me.
    The writing is still incredibly vivid and powerful. I could imagine Mauretania, Rome and Selene’s dream. And the side characters totally stand out in this book. Augustus is definitely not a man to be underestimated. I kinda hate Juba, but I think he’s just blinded by his devotion to Augustus. I’m just really dissapointed with Selene in this book. She thinks herself so high and mighty, being the last of the Ptolemies, embodies Isis, queen of Mauretania and yadayada. She’s reckless, and just can’t see that the game she plays with Augustus is a political flirting, it could put both of them in danger, and creates Anthony-Cleopatra 2.0. I have no problem with Augustus storyline’s though. I know from the first book that his ambition and obsession with Cleopatra would lead him that way.
    Overall, I would’ve enjoyed this even more if it wasn’t for Selene. I still want to read the final book, but not anytime soon.

    Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan || Goodreads

    When I first find out about this series, this book is what pulls me in (I didn’t read TLH at that time), but yet this one is my least favorite in this book. After re-reading? WOW. I think this one would be in my top 3!

    The humor still gets me everytime, I even laugh out loud at some parts. I really like the writing style, it gives you new info about the greek myth, without feeling like reading a textbook. And I just noticed how ignorant and clueless Percy is in this book! But I guess that’s why he’s called seaweed brain, right? And Tyson is really adorable, protect him at all cost!! And the party ponies; I’m glad Mr. D isn’t in the mood for celebrating, because I’m 10000% sure disaster would happen if he parties with the party ponies.

    Overall I really enjoyed this the second time reading it, I guess I just appreciate it even more than the first time! 😀

    The Deserted Island Book Tag

    the deserted island book tag

    Hi everyone! Summer is coming and in anticipation of the hot summer days and tropical vacations to come, today I’m going to do the Deserted Island Book Tag. I saw this one is on Geraldine @ Coralling Books blog. This tag is pretty short, so let’s get started!

    Water // A book you simply cannot live without
    The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. By this time you guys must’ve known that this is my favorite series. EVER. I’m glad I read this series, meet the amazing characters and I have no regrets getting my heart ripped out so many times because of this book.

    Food // A book that is a close second on your favorites list
    (obviously food is my favorite over water but whatever) Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini. It’s basically about The Trojan War, which is one of my favorite Greek myth, so I’m really excited to read this and ended up really really enjoying it. It’s fast paced, have war, deaths, stabbing people, amazing powers, and of course, starcrossed romance! This series is a complete package.

    Shelter // A book that makes you feel at home and safe
    Percy Jackson series. I won’t say safe, because this book isn’t safe at all 😄 But the familiarity of the characters, the jokes, and greek myth in general makes me feel home.
    Flare Gun // A book you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read
    I think Sarah Dessen’s books are perfect for someone who doesn’t read. It’s light, not too cheesy, but it does speaks about family and friendship. Some of the stories are relatable to situations, so I’ll definitely going to recommend this book to someone who doesn’t read but love great romance. (If he/she doesn’t like romance then her books is not the one)

    Matchsticks // A book that warms your heart
    Sometimes contemporary and MG has way to make you go “awwww” to the story, so I have a lot of books from those categories. But the last one that warms my heart is All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The ability of the characters to hope, their fight, and their presistence really make me want to wrap them in a blanket and put them somewhere safe where WW2 isn’t happening.

    Compass // A book that directed you towards your love of reading
    I think my love for reading started since I was a kid, with those bedtime stories for kids. But the first novel that I actually read, that makes me want to know more about all the other books in the world is Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. I think it was okay, and it started my journey since after reading that I started to frequently visiting bookstores.

    ARC Review: The Whispering of Trees by C.Y Bourgeois

    The Whispering of Trees
    by C.Y Bourgeois
    E-book edition, 316 pages
    Published April 23rd, 2016 by Black Rose Writing

    Aggie Ksisak longs to be a normal teenager, but her coming of age includes a legacy as the most powerful Inupiat Eskimo shaman in history.

    Aggie embraces her heritage until a powerful demon spirit invades her dreams, threatening to destroy her and everyone she loves. Despite her overwhelming fear, she soon realizes she cannot reject her calling. Then her family falters, a close friend turns on her, and the demon reappears. She staggers, but recovers until soon after her sixteenth birthday when something unspeakable shatters her world.

    Filled with self-loathing and poised on the brink of death, the young shaman must dig deep to embrace her powerful birthright and reclaim her magic. But, even if she succeeds, will it be enough to save her?
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30059432-the-whispering-of-trees

    I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    So…. I was so excited to review this book because this is my first time receiving an ARC from NetGalley, and the description sounds really awesome. I mean, some sort of Eskimo tribe magic? Sign me up! I was expecting something like Brother Bear or Pocahontas (I know they’re Indian, but I mean I was expecting those kind of magic, shaman, old wise people, elders, etc). Well if you’re putting this book on your tbr because of that aspect, then prepare to be dissapointed. (Also it’s going to be a long review so prepare your popcorn)
    The problem with this book is it tries to cover so many problems. I think it’s better to write 2 different books, contemporary OR fantasy. It’s like the author googles “what problems are usually in a book” and use all of them. Let me list it for you: depression, suicide, pedophile, rape, disfunctional family, magic, romance, cancer, bitchy friends, deaths, teen pregnancy, birth defects, and religion. It makes this book unecessarily long and seemed unfocused. I guess this book should’ve been a contemporary? I was 50% into the book and the most magic we have is rattling trees and swirling gold in Aggie eyes.
    The writing style was also not my favorite. I got the impressions that this is a MG book, because of the cover and the synopsis but apparently our character is 15 going on 16?? Which also confuses me because the story feels juvenile for me, and the characters are really really immature.

    “You hurt me. I don’t know what you did to me, but you hurt me because I wanted your stupid cats. You hurt me on purpose and I’m telling my dad.

    I mean, what kind of 15/16-yo girl that fight and then threatened “to tell her dad”?

    It also overly detailed, does the author tried to incorporate purple prose in this book too? There are a lot of descriptions that could be cut off.

    As they watched the helpless babies, tears welled in Aggie’s eyes. “Somebody threw these babies away like they were garbage.” One shiny orb overflowed and trickled down her cheek.

    Okay, I don’t think you need to describe tears in that way? Also since Aggie cries a lot in this book, we get a lot of “tears/orb trickled/rolling down” her face thing, which is not necessary. I know how crying looks like thanks.

    “Okay. Say hello to Jackie and Sakari”, Sonja smiled in her direction then turned back to the show flickering on their big 60-inch flat screen.

    I’m sorry but I don’t see the relevance of how big her tv is to the story. Also the description definitely doesn’t fit her family condition. (her mom work in a library and her father is unemployed but they could afford 60 inch flat screen?)

    It also tries to be hip and cool by incorporating texting slangs, social media (PeoplePlace) that’s basically facebook, and swearing. And lastly, it doesn’t focused on Aggie only. We get insight of Sonja hanging out with her friends, Bishop and Billy talk, the teacher talks, and worse, seeing John and Sonja, Billy and his wife, and Mr, Dennings and his wife PDA-ing. No, I don’t want to see parents PDA-ing and the warmth and giggles and the FEELINGS that spread between them. It’s really unrelevant to the story.

    Each chapter is really short, but nothing happened really since like I said, this book has too many things going on and it took a lot of set up, so the pacing is crawling. I’m 50% in and I’m waiting for something big to happened and when it does happened it MAKES ME SO MAD. I literally cried because I just WHY. After all this problems you had in this book and set up you really have to add more issues?? I also think that was the point I actually considered dnf ing this book for real.

    The so-called magic is useless in general. Does it heal or do anything? No. The whole “you can’t help people unless they want to be helped” really makes me mad. Well then, I’ll just go to normal psychiatrist or doctor then. It works the same way, doesn’t it? If the magic element is deleted from the book, it would be a decent read.

    I think I would enjoy the romance, because it’s written as one of my favorite tropes, but the execution is just NO. The way she acted whenever the love interest do something is just ridiculous. Easily blushed, “jelly legs” and so on. It makes me cringe and wonder why does the romance exists in the first place.

    Now, let me point out the thing I disliked in details. Beware of spoilers, and as usual, highlight to see the content.
    1. Why Aggie’s father be unemployed out of nowhere? At the beginning they’re one big happy family and then suddenly the story shows that Aggie’s father is a drunk unemployed. There’s totally no mention that he was fired or anything before.
    2. Jane. What the hell was her problem? From the beginning she’s being a huge bitch. And can’t Aggie see that Jane doesn’t actually consider her as her friends? Friends don’t treat each other like that. And after Jane found out Aggie has been gossiping about her she goes “jane will come around”. Gurl, how dumb could you be? If I asked you to help my brother, and then he died, my family fell apart at his funeral, and I caught you telling people about my family business, I would not, at any moment, come back to you. Screw you. My brother’s death might not be your fault, but YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT MY FAMILY PROBLEMS.
    3. The rape scene. WHY DID SHE GET OUT OF HER FUCKING ROOM? Why did she acted brave and then can’t defend herself? And why doesn’t she ask for help? Yes she was threatened, but I think she’s a tough girl, she could handle uncle pervie? HA. (I’m sorry but at this point I lost all the care I had left for Aggie) I know, it’s her house and she could go anywhere she wants, but have some sense ffs. I mean, can’t she just tell her mother??? I literally cried not because I feel bad, but because I’m so pissed.
    4. Also, if I am Sonja, I’d left John since God knows when. Inviting his pedophile brother to live with his family even though he has a daughter is a BIG NO. Refusing to find a job and drink all the time, embarassing her daughter birthday party, and just being a useless shit in general. NOPE.
    5. The ending. Marriage? Really? They’re only 16/17. It’s a rash decision, and just ridiculous. Also, are those people really smart or what? Aggie’s grades was horrible during the whole ordeal, and yet she get into Harvard. Jackie to Julliard, and other characters to other famous uni. Just be realistic, it’s not that easy to get to those university. So yeah, another ridiculous thing. 

      In conclusion, I’m very very dissapointed. I was expecting for magic, but it was barely exists and instead I got this whole mess. From what I read, the magic element is an analogy for religion/consience. This book has too much going on, and instead of following one single plot, it keeps adding more and more issues. It’s an okay coming of age read, but the whole mess and experience really left a bad impressions for me. If only the (sorry!) useless magical element erased, I would enjoy the story more.

        May Wrap Up and June TBR

        We’re officially halfway through 2016! Seriously guys, it’s June now. We only have 6 months left of 2016. Where does the time go???
        May is a decent reading month. I read more physical books than e-books this month, which is unusual. I was in a semi-reading slump at the beginning of the month, because of one and other things. And I have exams at the end of the month, so I had to divide my time between studying, reading, preparing for graduation, and blogging. I didn’t complete the Spring bingo, but I think I did a pretty great job with it, all things considered.

        1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson ✰✰✰
        2. The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh ✰✰✰✰
        3. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ✰✰✰.75
        4. Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll ✰✰✰.5
        5. High Wire by Charles Ogden ✰✰✰
        6. Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan ✰✰✰✰
        7. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini ✰✰✰.5
        8. Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray ✰✰.5

        I also read Love & Misadventures by Lang Leav, but since it’s a super quick read, I didn’t update it to my reading challenge. You can read my review here.

          I try to slow down my reading this month, because last month I read A LOT of books, so this month I’ll only have 3 books on my TBR.

          1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
          2. Vicious by V.E Schwab (I promise, this month I WILL read it. No more proscasinating)
          3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Also this month, PROMISE)
          • I’m officially graduated from high-school! The graduation ceremony was on the 14th, and prom was on the 18th. It’s a bit sad and scary to leave high school and venture to the real world, but at the same time it’s also exciting! I’m finally free from school, from dress code and the rules. (At least for now).
          • I did my national state university exams on May 31st, and I’m so nervous. There was another way to get in the uni, by school grades and I’m so bummed that I didn’t get it (it was pretty close!) I wish I did well in the exams, but idk about the results…
          • I finished the 2nd season of Game of Thrones! It wasn’t as gory and explicit as the 1st one, and Tyrion is definitely my favorite character! (aside from the hound and Jorah). P.S: Is it weird that I ship Tyrion with Sansa? He just… idk seems nice with her.
          • I also watched X-Men: Apocalypse, and I think it’s great! I really liked it, but it just feels too long for me. Jean and Quicksilver is definitely the scene stealer, but not.enough.Erik! 
          • This is such an amazing month for bookish community. Jenny Han announced #3 book for Lara Jean series, cover for A Conjuring of Light (book #3 in A Darker Shades of Magic by V.E Scwhab) came out, and Cassandra Clare announced an adult series for Magnus Bane! I admit even though I’m tired with Shadowhunters (let’s be honest, Cassie is milking it.) but I’m excited for this new Magnus series. I mean, adult + Magnus + malec? The possibilities are endless!