The Hating (Loving) Game by Sally Thorne

Now that I’ve got no exams left, I can read, read and of course read.

This is the second book I’ve finished this month (I will talk about the first one in another post)

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Title: The Hating Game

Author: Sally Thorne

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Now, now this is what I am talking about.

Joshua and Lucy’s relationship reminded me of Chuck and Blair’s. All the games they play, challenges. How they observe details about each other quietly – sounds familiar.

This book was so easy to read (a bit too short, I needed more) and the witty dialogue made it so entertaining. The most positive point about it was the absence of a love triangle. Of course, there were some jealousy moments, but c’mon, the plot didn’t revolve around 2 men-1 woman. This change was refreshing.

The main characters are definitely 99,9% real life cases. The one who pleases everyone because she wants to be liked, but she stands for herself when needed. The one who is hated by everyone, but in reality he’s a shy sweetheart. The dynamic between these two have melted my icy heart.

I appreciated how their relationship started as lustful, later developing into powerful love. Joshua is supportive, doesn’t want anything in return and helps Lucy with every step.

It was very refreshing to read a drama-free easy romance. If you want a cheeky story sprinkled with sweetness, The Hating Game is your ideal choice. Sally has definitely debuted like a queen.

★★★★/★★★★★

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Death Note rant

If you get easily butthurt, I want you to leave now.

Now, after watching the new Death Note (Netflix of course) trailer, I am going to tell you some wrong things about it.

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  1. Without sounding racist, this is a typical Americanised story. Shallow, filled with some appealing (to a superficial audience) explosions. This Netflix adaptation is a typical action movie you just pick when you are bored and want to relax your brain (after not using it at all)
  2. Can you see Nat Wolff as Light? Because for me, Nat Wolff is synonym with ‘not a suitable actor for such a complex role’. It’s not his fault, of course. And he probably has evolved since (the trash) Paper Towns turned out to be (I am sorry -or not- if you are a big John Green fan, but what did you expect?) Image result for death note netflix
  3. Twins. This guy is probably a good actor but I am sad that they are using him to just say ‘HEY WE ARE NOT WHITEWASHING THIS, HERE YOU CAN HAVE L’. L’s vibe with those bags under his eyes is probably what kept me going.
  4. I don’t know if that female from the trailer is supposed to be Misa, but okay. Why does he look like this is going to be a sappy romance when Death Note is anything but romance. Light is either asexual/gay/ or suffers from narcissism.
  5. People matching the diagnostic criteria for narcissistic personality disorder use black and white thinking, called splitting, as a central defense mechanism; they separate mental concepts into good versus evil, say, as an attempt to stabilize the sense of self in order to preserve self-esteem. Throughout the series Light certainly does show clear indications of perceiving himself as purely upright or admirable and others who do not conform to his will or values as purely wicked or contemptible.

  6. Death Note is not your typical action-love story Hollywood wants you to believe. It’s a political satire and plays on ideas of ‘Justice’. It is much complex than : boy gets power and decides to be a God.

I am annoyed that so many people are going to view this as as very simplistic story when, in fact, it is not.

So, what do you think? Please do argue if you think I’m wrong. I respect everyone’s opinion and I am not saying that the actors are not talented or anything. I am going to watch this anyway because I love Death Note. (and rants)

June is what you were looking for

June is the new releases month. Even though I haven’t read the first volumes well, I am still over-excited. There you go.

06/06/2017

Song of the Current (Song of the Current #1)

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

13/06/2017

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

Obsidian and Stars (Ivory and Bone #2)

After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.

27/06/2017

Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2)

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

So which one are you excited to read?

May Release Recommendation

So, this month on May 9th, this book has been released and I can’t wait to read after I finish my exams.

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An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

How to escape your reading slump. 5 effective tips

Do you ever feel like reading, and you might as well drown in your TBR but you just…… can’t?

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Bad news? Yup, you are very ill.

Good news? I have the cure.

I mean, I’ve suffered multiple reading slumps. They are very very annoying.

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Tip #1

Make a list of what you want to read. 

Sometimes it helps seeing your goals on a piece of paper or a sticky note right in front of you.

Tip #2 (this is very risky, because it can aggravate your illness)

Trust your favourite book. Reread.

It can sometimes raise the bar too high and push you deeper into a reading slump.

But rereading a favourite and playing it safe, it can help. Best case scenario, you’ll be finishing tons of books in no time. Worst case scenario, you will read that book for the rest of your life,nothing else.

Tip #3

If you don’t like playing it safe, try something new. 

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Short stories (Ha, creepypasta because sleep is for the weak), novellas, poetry. Read something easy and short.

Tip #4

Go to the library

Seriously, don’t say you got no money for buying books. Go to that library and pick one book.

Or just look around at people reading, maybe they will inspire you.

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Tip #5

Just read

Read when you eat, read when you have some free time. A page, a chapter, five. Just keep reading. Eventually, you will remember how it feels to finish one book in one day.

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In the end, you read because you love books. Never NEVER feel like you are forced to read.

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A Court of ruined souls and shattered minds by Sarah THE STARS ETERNAL Maas

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Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR 3)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

My feelings are raw now and I can’t stop crying because I’ve just finished this book ….everyone knows how much these books mean to myself. I am probably the most emotionally invested. I wanna say that I was surprised by my ability of anticipating most of it. I always thought me and Sarah think alike. 2 plot twists have destroyed me. I will try to keep this as spoiler free as possible.

Firstly, the beginning was unecessary but necessary, do you get me? It was that stupid thing humans do, for the pleasure of doing it. The character development (Feyre reminds me of Juliette sometimes) is just brilliant. Feyre is a proud baby bat now. Still broken, sometimes afraid, but she can handle herself. The journey, the way she protects Lucien, how she just doesn’t give up made me cry.  1/5

Secondly, Rhysand. Rhysand is terrified, panicked, horrified. He could get his mate outta that hell with 2 snaps of his fingers. But he doesn’t, for he knows that she’s the ruler of that hell. He knows he could handle it and because she is his equal, he trusts her. I cried, I cried, I cried. Rhysand is that kind of character who wants everyone to value themselves, but he doesn’t. He would sacrifice himself for what he loves, still calling himself ‘unworthy’. The power dynamic in their relationship is what I am hoping for.  His speech made me cry. 2/5

Thirdly, Mor, Azriel, Amren, Cassian – I am so glad they are alright. I missed everything. I missed their banter . I will miss them. I was very pleased that we get to see more of the oh-so-mysterious Azriel. Morrigan oh Morrigan. She really annoyed me at times (SAILING TOWARDS MY NESSIAN SHIP ), but everything she’s endured in order to keep that ‘something’ (keeping the spoilers from you) part of, only, herself was admirable. She’s easy to love. Cassian damn him I am ready to read the next novels (hopefully, with his and Nesta’s story). I am sorry that I doubted the tiny monster Amren. 3/5

TAMLIN. I’ve known this would happen. Quite the precarious balance. I told myself that if anyone essential dies while Tamlin gets his redemption, I will rage. Meh. Everything’s flowery at the Spring Court. ‘Be happy’ -Cried here too so, there we go. 4/5 (THAT DOESN’T MEAN I LIKE TAMLIN. He’s that character who doesn’t deserve my hate, but I still childishly despise him. )

The whole book. I can’t believe this is the end. *I stopped crying a few minutes ago. I can feel the tears coming back.* I’ve finished this so fast because I couldn’t stop from reading, but there is regret. Regret that it’s the end. These books taught me so many things. Everyon eventually came together to save their world.  I know what I am looking for. Always search for a Rhysand,because listen to me, they exist. But not because you can’t live without one. BECAUSE LISTEN AGAIN, YOU CAN LIVE FINE WITHOUT A RHYSAND (cough Feyre the huntress cough). But if you ever fall in love, make sure you get treated as a queen, as an equal, and don’t settle for less.  5/5

If you ever feel you don’t belong somewhere, run. If you don’t find a place for you, maybe there is none.Create one. Search for it. Never give up on your dreams, it doesn’t matter how impossible they are.

This book totally wrecked me. 

One last thing before I will attack you with my favourite quotations. I will make an ACOTAR playlist (Youtube + Spotify). This is not the end.

To the stars who listen and dreams that are answered. 

You belong to all of us, and we belong to you.

Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.

Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.

It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it – not be broken by it.

One life may change the world.

Night Triumphant- and the Stars Eternal.

Why should I be scared of an oversized bat who likes to throw temper tantrums

I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… the wait was worth it.

The great joy and honour of my life has been to know you. To call you my family. And I am grateful – more than I can possibly say – that I was given this time with you all

there was not enough time in life to waste on hatred. On feeling it and putting it into the world

it is the family you make, not the one you are born into, that matters.

This is a treasure. This book is my heart and I can’t explain how much I love it. I give this book the night sky, only five stars are not enough.

Never forget the Nephelle Philosophy, my overgrown bats: What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.

Also, it’s never too late for learning how to fly. Ask Feyre.

Buy this beauty