waiting on wednesday | 17/8/2016

waiting on wednesday is a weekly event hosted by @breaking the spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

title: a torch against the night (an ember in the ashes #2)
author: sabaa tahir
publication date: 30 august 2016
publisher: razorbill


so as to not provide any spoilers for those who have not read the first book, i’ll be providing the synopsis of the first book instead. if you want to check out this book’s synopsis, click here.

an ember in the ashes [goodreads]:

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

“Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be.” – An Ember In The Ashes (An Ember In The Ashes #1), Sabaa Tahir


confess by colleen hoover

title: confess
author: colleen hoover
rating: 3.75/5 stars
synopsis [from goodreads]:
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

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Update: Where I’ve Been

Hi! It feels good to be back🙂 I have been so busy lately especially since it’s streaming year for me in school which means we have to decide on the subjects we’ll be taking for the next 2 years.

My school only offers a science stream, so it’s either double science or triple science and I’m thinking of taking up Physics + Chemistry along with Core Geography and Elective Literature.

I haven’t been reading much this year due to my hectic schedule, and now that I have more time, I’ll be trying to update this blog more frequently!! I’ve been in a huge reading slumo for the whole year so I haven’t read many books.

I’m currently reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell as well as Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! I’m also currently  working on my Confess book review so stay tuned for more updates


best books of 2015

this is the place where i will be featuring some of my favorite books of the year. each category will only have one winner and 2 runner-ups. i’m not sure if anyone has done this before me, so i’m just creating these questions myself. the books are not necessarily all 2015 releases, they just comprise of the books i read during 2015 Continue reading

winter by marissa meyer

title: winter
author: marissa meyer
rating: 4.75/5 stars
synopsis [from goodreads]:
When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.
Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.

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