ARC Review: Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

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Source: NetGalley

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: June 1, 2017

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…
Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.
When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…
Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts, Follow Me Back is the first book of a new duology. Written for the online generation, this thriller will keep you guessing right up to the shocking end.

Rating (Goodreads): 4.3 stars/5

Review:

The plot of this story was unique and very different from the books I usually read. What I loved most about the plot is that it was filled with suspense and mystery which motivated me to read more and more until I found out what truly happened. With every chapter, the tension kept increasing and with it, the excitement and thrill doubled. The main characters, Tessa and Eric, were portrayed in a very realistic manner. I also liked the way the tweets were shown because it showed how connected they were while being apart from each other. This may seem weird, but I actually enjoyed reading the police transcripts that were in between some chapters. Apart from being mysterious, the book also had an edge of romance in it which was okay, but I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as the element of suspense. Also, I think the book tries to convey the message of being conscious when one uses any sort of social media. Overall, the book was a good read and I would recommend it to readers who are looking for something new and exciting!

My favourite quote from the book:

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for the ARC of Follow Me Back in exchange for an honest review. 

What are your thoughts on Follow Me Back? Let me know in the comments section below. 😀

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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It’s about time that I write a review on this book. I read Rebel of the Sands a few months ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It’s an action-filled adventure with an aura of romance and mystery…my favourite kind of book! 😉

Synopsis (Goodreads):

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Rating (Goodreads): 4 stars/5

Review:

Everything in this book deserves a big round of applause. I really admire the author for being able to vividly describe the setting and plot. This book had me glued from the beginning to the very end. Amani’s journey is inspiring, to say the least. She disguises herself as a boy in an attempt to leave her conservative town, Dustwalk. There are so many reasons behind her decision to leave such as her uncle forcing her to get married and not being able to pursue what she loves. However, the most intriguing part is that she isn’t alone in this journey as she has a companion named Jin, a mysterious foreigner. The words that the author has used to describe the setting makes it seem so realistic. It is as if I were living back in time in a desert and witnessing the adventurous journey of Amani and Jin filled with ups and downs. The manner in which the characters support each other throughout the novel is heart-warming. Of course, adventure plays the most important role in this novel, but the aura of mystery and romance adds up to the excitement of the book. Overall, this was a great read and I would definitely recommend you to read the book if you’re looking for something magical, fast-paced, and adventurous!

My favourite quote from the book:

“I wasn’t up to no good. Then again, I wasn’t exactly up to no bad either.”

What are your thoughts on this book? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below. 🙂

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

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Quote of the day:

Why I love this quote? 

A lot of us are afraid to speak our mind simply because we are cautious about what other people will think. However, I’ve realized that the best thing you can do is to be yourself and speak your mind because that way, you’ll be able to make new friends who accept you for who you are without any judgement. Speaking from the point of view of fandoms, you should be proud of the fandoms you enjoy being in. Remember, it doesn’t matter what other people think as long as it brings a smile to your face! It’s not uncommon to see people judging others based on their taste in music, TV shows, books, and so on. However, we must realize that we live in a diverse world, and we should appreciate the differences in people rather than judging them for it. Anyway, the point is:

  1. Speak your mind! Don’t be afraid. 
  2. Be a proud fangirl/fanboy!
  3. Be unapologetic because you are entitled to have your own likes and dislikes. 

Since it’s the last day of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge, I want to know your favourite book quotes! Feel free to share your choice of quotes in the comments section below. 😀

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

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Quote of the day:

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Why I love this quote? 

This quote speaks to a lot of us in reality. Our day-to-day experiences shape us into the person we are today, whether good or bad. We all experience something new every day. It may be making a new friend, being betrayed by someone, learning something new and so on. Collectively, all of this shapes our personality irrespective of our age. In the end, it’s all about learning from our mistakes and engaging in self-improvement. From my personal experiences, I can surely say that I’ve changed a lot since the past year. And, there’s nothing wrong with changing who you are as long as it remains positive.

Can you personally relate to this quote? Let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been tagged for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge yet again.

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Before I start, I would like to thank mybookfile for tagging me. She posts great book reviews and tags, do visit her blog! 😀

Since I’ve already participated in this challenge twice before, I decided to select my top three favourite book quotes this time. 🙂

Quote of the day:

Why I love this quote? 

First of all, I love Paulo Coelho’s writing style because it’s philosophical yet fun to read. This quote in particular is my favourite because it motivates and inspires me to work hard in order to make my dreams come true. Undoubtedly, we all have dreams be it big or small, but we don’t want our dreams just to remain dreams. We want our dreams to turn into reality, and that only happens with conviction, perseverance, and diligence. In fact, the possibility of our dreams coming true is what drives us towards achieving them. This adds to the zeal of life!

What’s your favourite Paulo Coelho quote? Let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

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The Stationery Book Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been tagged for the Stationery Book Tag.

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Before I start, I would like to thank Jasmine @howusefulitis for tagging me. She posts great book review and tags. Do visit her blog! 😀

Let’s get started:

  1. Pencils || Favorite MG or children’s book

    Matilda by Roald Dahl.
    I would write Harry Potter, but I believe that it’s fun for readers of all ages and not only children!

  2. Pens || A basic staple for any reader

    Definitely, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. If you haven’t already read this book, please read it as soon as you can. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

  3. Notebooks || What books do you own multiple copies of

    I usually don’t prefer keeping two copies of the same book due to lack of space on my bookshelf, unless it’s an extraordinary limited edition that I cannot resist buying.

  4. Markers || A book with a beautiful cover

    Image result for beautiful broken thingsI love the color and golden detailing of this book cover. It looks so pretty!

  5. Glue || Two characters that work well together even if they aren’t together

    If they aren’t together? That’s a hard one to think about… because most of the characters who work well end up getting together as per my predictions…

  6. Art kit || What completed series do you own

    a. Harry Potter

    b. The Hunger Games

    c. Divergent

Nominees:

I nominate all the book lovers! Feel free to post a link to your answers in the comments section below. I’d love to read them. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! 

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The Pokémon Go Book Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been tagged for the Pokémon Go Book Tag, which was originally created by readatmidnight.

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Before I start, I would like to thank mayathebookexplorer for tagging me. She posts great book reviews and tags. Do visit her blog! 😀

Let’s get started!

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To be honest, I’ve been a book lover ever since I was a child. I used to read a lot of =Enid Blyton books and Disney books when I was younger. The one book I remember and still have on my bookshelf is the 1994 edition of The Lion King.

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To Kill A Mockingbird will always be one of my most beloved classics. It’s an amazing book with a very powerful plot.

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I would have to choose The Fault In Our Stars, sorry! I really wanted to enjoy reading this book, but it just didn’t appeal to me as much as John Green’s other books.

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I can’t think of any book right now. But, I am tired of reading one overused trope…the love triangle.

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The Throne Of Glass series. I know, I know, I should have probably started reading this series sooner. I promise I’ll get started before 2016 ends.

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Gone Girl! Seriously, the plot twist at the end was just unimaginable. I couldn’t help but think of the other possible ways in which the story could have ended.

Pokemon-Tag07-NidokingQueenMy latest favourite would be Jonah and Vivi from When We Collided.

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A Court Of Thorns and Roses. I really enjoyed reading this fast-paced book, the story was very captivating.

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I don’t think I’ll ever be tired of reading Harry Potter spin-offs, haha.

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The Raven Boys! I did not expect it to be that good, seriously. After seeing so many book bloggers loving the story, I decided to give it a read, and I’m so glad that I did.

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I think I would have to choose the Throne Of Glass series again.

Pokemon-Tag15Mew-MewTwoLike Maya, I wish I owned the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Deluxe Illustrated Edition. Ah, it’s so beautiful!

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I’m pretty excited to read You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner. But, the publication isn’t due until next year.

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Some of my favourite auto-buy authors are, Gayle Forman, Danielle Steel,  J.K. Rowling, and Rainbow Rowell.

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SO MANY BOOKS! However, I’m most looking forward to reading The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. The story is indeed very interesting, and I can’t wait for it to be released. Only 8 more months to go…*smiles weakly*

I tag everyone! If you’re a fan of Pokémon and Books, you’ll have tons of fun doing this tag. Feel free to drop a link to your answers in the comments section below. I’d love to read them. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! 😀

-The Jouska

The Book Scavenger Hunt Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been tagged for the Book Scavenger Hunt Tag.

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Before I start, I would like to thank Beth @readingeverynight for tagging me. She posts great book reviews, tags, and much more. Do visit her blog! 😀

Let’s get started!

FIND…

  1. A Book with the letter ‘Z’ in the Title or Author’s name:
    The Book Thief

    4.35 stars/5

    This is one of my all-time favourites! If you haven’t read this book yet, you’re really missing out.

  2. A Classic:

    4.24 stars/5

  3. The Oldest Book on your shelf:
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    4.49 stars/5

    This is the 1994 edition of Disney’s Lion King.

  4. A Book with a key on the cover:
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    4.02 stars/5

    The name says it all…

  5. Something on your shelf that isn’t a Book:

    I have a quote frame like the one above sitting on my shelf amidst the pile of books. Apart from that, I also have few collectables.
  6. A Book with an Animal on the cover:

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    4.13 stars/5

    I couldn’t find any book with an animal on the cover, so I decided to pick one of my sister’s favourite book series, Geronimo Stilton.

  7. A Book with a Girl on the cover:

    4.3 stars/5

  8. A non-YA Book:

    I love cookbooks, and I have so many of them on my shelf. However, this one’s my favourite because it has all kinds of baking recipes, tips and tricks!
  9. A Book with Stars on the cover:

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    3.94 stars/5

  10. A Book with Golden Letters:

    3.93 stars/5

    I haven’t got a chance to read this book yet, but the cover looks so pretty!

Nominees:
I tag everyone! If in case you decide to do this tag, feel free to let me know in the comments section below. I’d love to read your answers!

That’s the end of my scavenger hunt! I had lots of fun hunting for books as it brought back good old memories. I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! 🙂

-The Jouska

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

MY LADY JANE

Synopsis (Goodreads):

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

Review:

I know I’ve been saying how much I loved reading this book, but it’s time to write a proper review on it! When I first heard about My Lady Jane, I wasn’t very keen on reading it because I’m not much of a history fan. However, after seeing a whole lot of positive reviews on this book, I decided to give it a shot. (And, I’m so glad that I did!)
The fact that this story is co-written by three talented authors is intriguing, to say the least. This book has the perfect blend of history, romance, humour, and magic. The intense and powerful scenes will have you craving for more, seriously. The story is told from the point of view of three characters, namely: Edward, Jane, and G. When it comes to character portrayal, the authors have done a great job by making use of puns, arguments, and other hilarious statements. To be honest, I felt like the characters were enacting a play right in front of me. The most interesting part of this book is that the story seamlessly flows from one scene to another without any interruption. It’s safe for me to say that this book went way beyond my expectations.

My favourite quote from the book:

“We’d fight much less if everyone would just sit down and read.”

I would definitely recommend this enthralling book to all readers looking for a fun, relaxing read that will instantly uplift your mood! 🙂

-The Jouska

 

The Reader’s Confession Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

First things first, I wasn’t actually nominated to do this tag, but it looked fun and so I decided to give it a go.

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I would like to thank Beth @ betwixt-these-pages for encouraging me to do this tag. If you love book reviews and tags, you should visit her blog. 😀

Let’s get started!

  1. Have you ever damaged a book?
    Never! I treat my books as if they were my children.
  2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?
    Never! The people who let me borrow their books trust me with their heart and soul, and I have to respect that.
  3. How long does it take you to read a book?
    During the weekdays, I usually read a chapter or two before I go to bed. However, during the weekends, I try my best to read at least two books. On an average, two to three books per week.
  4. Books that you haven’t finished?
    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, it just sits on my shelf staring at me. Also, it makes a wonderful show piece because the cover is so pretty and sophisticated.
  5. Hyped or Popular books that you don’t like?
    Please don’t hate me…
    The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.
    Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding.
  6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?
    Not really, I think I’m pretty open with my book choices. Hence, I don’t mind sharing them with others.
  7. How many books do you own?
    I don’t really have an exact count of how many books I own because some of them are on my shelf and others are stacked up in my cupboard.
  8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?
    Definitely, a fast one if I’m enjoying the book. On the contrary, if I’m not really into the book, I drag it on for a little longer.
  9. Do you like to buddy read?
    Well, I haven’t really buddy-read before, but I guess it would be fun.
  10. Do you read better in your head or out loud?
    Most of the time I read the P.O.V’s of different characters in their voice. So, if I were to do that out loud, people would think I’m crazy, haha. I’m sure I’m not the only one who reads this way, right…?
  11. If you were allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?
    I’m going to have to agree with Beth on this one. Kindle is a very smart and practical answer because it is technically one book with millions of sub-books in it. 😉

I tag everyone to do this! If you’re interested in doing this tag, feel free to let me know in the comments section below. I would love to read your answers. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading my confessions!
What’s your biggest reader’s confession? Let me know in the comments section below. 
😀

-The Jouska