Nevernight Review + GIVEAWAY!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff 🌌

5/5 🌟’s.

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Synopsis from Goodreads: “The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?”

As soon as I got this book I felt the need to start it because the cover looked so gorgeous and I had a feeling that it was going to be a good book and I was right. Nevernight is right up there on top of my favorites list with TOG series and TFK series ❤️

I didn’t know what to expect from this book and I got into it without knowing anything and that worked as a perk for me because had I read the synopsis of the book I wouldn’t have been as surprised and I would have tried to predict everything .. And frankly I think that would make the book less interesting.

The world building in this book is very descriptive and phenomenal and I was gripped by throat from the very first page ✨ The characters, oh boy the characters are just AMAZING .. I honestly was interested in every single character that was mentioned in this book even the animals 🐴 and Mia is just the perfect antihero kickass girl 💪🏼 I hated her and loved her at the same time but the love ruled out the hate and to see her grow and develop throughout the book is just heartwarming and entertaining.

So if you know me you probably know that I freakin hate flashbacks, I just do. The beginning of the book had a couple of flashbacks and I was like “Oh no…” but as I kept on reading I fell in love with the author’s way of writing and I also fell in love with this book’s flashbacks. The way the author played with the flashbacks is just amazing and I was insanely hooked! It took me longer than usual to read this book and that’s because there are so many informations in this book (especially the footnotes) and I honestly didn’t want to miss out on anything and I wanted to fully comprehend and digest everything. I also was busy with my best friend’s wedding and I really wanted to take the book with me to the wedding (IT MATCHED MY DRESS!) but yeah they had to snatch out of my hands just so I wouldn’t look weird 💁🏻 anyway as I was saying it took me about a week to finish it (I usually finish a book within 2-3 days) but I didn’t get this “ugh I’m bored I wish I could be reading something els” feeling which I usually get when I read a book for more than 3-4 days and that says a lot.

I know many people are not impressed with the author’s way of writing this book but I certainly was. I loved everything about this book and I honestly wouldn’t want a thing to change 📖 I’m a reader not a critic, the book was written for us to enjoy not to complain about (I totally don’t understand why anyone would complain). I loved it soooo much and I can’t wait for the next book to be released!! Do you have a favorite character? I really love Mia and I was also a bit obsessed with Cassius I mean they call him The Lord of Blades so that’s something ⚔

GIVEAWAY!

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I’m givingaway a UK hardcover copy of Nevernight with a poster, bookmark and a signed book plate! The winner will also receive a Luna Lovegood Funko pop figure, Infernal devices ring and ofc AN EMPIRE OF STORMS MAGNETIC BOOKMARK BECAUSE THE BOOK IS OUT SOON!!

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TO ENTER:

  • Repost this picture once on Instagram (No need to spam people!) using the tag #HAYASNEVERNIGHTGIVEAWAY
  • Mention me in your caption but don’t tag me please ❤️.
  • Must Follow @Hayaisreading.
  • The giveaway is open internationally 🌏.
  • If you’re under the age of 18, please ask your parents (or a guardian) for a permission to give out you address.
  • Mention 3 of your friends who you think are interested in this giveaway in the Instagram comment section.
  • one entry each person 👤 No giveaway accounts and accounts must be public!

 

The Giveaway will end on the 10th of September Good luck to you all ❤️

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The Wrath and The Dawn

The Wrath and The Dawn 🏹

5/5 🌟’s

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Synopsis from Goodreads: “One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart.”

The only thing that I could think of right now is HOW DID I NOT PICK UP THIS BOOK EARLIER? it was amazing. The world building is beautiful, descriptive and magical ✨ The characters in this book are amazing .. Most of them are unique and complex but I’m sure you’ll fall head over heels in love with them. So this story was inspired by A Thousand and One Nights so it has that Arabian theme to it and it’s really interesting and fascinating .. I’m not kidding when I say it’s such a page turner.

Shahrzad is an interesting character that I didn’t know what to feel about till the middle of the book because she’s strong, sassy and a bit bratty yet I couldn’t justify some of her actions at the beginning but now that I finished the book I can’t help but admire and love her because she’s amazing. Khalid on the other hand is a whole other story. He had me from the moment I read “Boy-King” and I won’t deny that 🙈 I really love how the side characters have their own story and they’re just as important as the main characters, you rarely ever read that in books but it’s something that I absolutely love.

If you’re looking for a new, interesting and fast-paced YA duology then check this out because it has Romance, Fantasy and everything you’d ever need in a book.

I think I’ve over done it with the brightness in this picture ✨

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding 🎓

3/5 🌟’s

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Synopsis from Goodreads:”A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It’s practically every girl’s dream. 

But not Jules McCallister-Morgan’s. 

I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn’t get to be the editor of my school’s long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to “live a little,” or boys. 

At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell**.

And before Alex Powell betrayed me***.

I know what you’re thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don’t understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I’m not going down without a fight. 

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* Okay, I sort of did. But it’s a sore subject.

** I mean, I guess everyone knows about Alex Powell? Two years ago, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about viral video boy band sensation Chaos 4 All. Two years ago, Alex Powell was famous.

***Some people think I’m overreacting. But this. Means. War.

Filled with romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that’s sure to have you falling for The New Guy.”

This book is fun and entertaining ✨ However I was expecting the story to be more about the whole boy band drama with Alex being the “villain” in the story but it actually wasn’t. It was still fun although I kinda dislike the main character Jules because she can a bit obnoxious but as I read more about her I realize that she’s 17 years old and she’s naïve and she’s supposed to be that way so I can’t really hold that against her. It’s a fun, light and quirky book that I finished in a day.

Summer Books Recommendations ☀

Many people ask me to recommend books for them and to be honest that freaks me out because I KNOW that each one of us has a different taste in books and the fact that you might not like the book i recommended to you is scary. However, I won’t let that stop me from raving about my favorite summer books and in the end you can always pick whatever suits your taste. YOU SHOULD STILL DOWNLOAD/READ A SAMPLE BEFORE PURCHASING ANY BOOK just to see if it’s something worth buying.

Summer days are long and hot so fun, fast paced and cute books are the best type of books to take with you to the beach, swimming pool or even if you’re staying at home 👙🌊

🐠 SUMMER SERIES 🐠

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  • The Summer I Turned Pretty series by jenny Han is a page turner that’s filled with emotions and adorableness. I read this series a very long while ago and then i reread it a year ago and i still felt the same way about it and i couldn’t put it down even though i already knew what’s going to happen.
  • Airhead series by Meg Cabot so this is not particularly a summerish series but it’s fun and creative. If you have read any of Meg Cabot books then you must definitely want to read this. Meg Cabot books are funny, cute and very easy to read. If you’re new to reading and you want something that will help you enjoy reading more then check this out.
  • Whispering Pines series by Jen Calonita consist of two books that are not really connected, like it wouldn’t matter that much if you didn’t read Sleepaway Girls to read Summer State of Mind but the are some characters that shows up in both books and I’m sure if you start one of them then you want to read the other but do start with Sleepaway Girls. These books are really fun and they’re about camping and meeting new people. It’s a Middle Grade/Young Adult series so it’s another easy read that’s totally cute.
  • Belles series which is also by Jen Calonita has the rags to riches Cinderella kind of story and it’s very interesting especially if you like stories like that and it’s all about the high-school drama and trying to fit in but it’s very delightful and it’s filled with cute moments. It also reminds me of Korean Tv drama so if you like Korean Tv dramas then check this out!
  • Broken Hearts & Revenge series by Katie Finn (pen name for Morgan Matson) is the ultimate summer series and it’s all about revenge. There’s a lot of high-school/backstabbing drama that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat and trust me when i say you will not be able to put this series down.

🐚 SUMMER STAND-ALONE 🐚

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  • Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin is actually a series but i only read the first book and i was satisfied with how everything ended so i didn’t feel any need to read the second book. This book is about two girls with a very different lifestyle that go through a lot but at a certain point their lives collide and you get to experience both lifestyles and that’s really interesting.
  • The DUFF by Kody Keplinger is so good! it’s really fun and it’s really hard to put down because once you start it you want to finish it. It’s not exactly a summery book but i did read it in summer and that’s why i felt the need to add it to this pile.
  • Morgan Matson is an amazing author and Since You’ve Been Gone is one of the best books that i have read by her. Don’t be fooled by the title because i thought that it was going to be one of those books that will get me depressed but it was absolutely fun. It’s all about breaking out of your shell and trying out new and different things. It’s light but also deep… it’s perfectly balanced and It will make you laugh, tear up and smile.
  • One Of The Guys by Lisa Aldin is totally underrated. So it’s about a tomboy girl who does something extremely stupid and get her self in an all girls school, having to wear a skirt and act like lady was pretty tough for her but she ends up starting this “new” business where she hire her male best friends as dates to her fellow female classmates and it’s absolutely fun until she realizes that the most sought-after guy that she’s hiring is the one that she might actually be in love with. It’s one of those fun summer books that you finish in one sitting and yeah it’s a bit cliché and cheesy but in the most delightful way.
  • Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg will turn you into a puddle, that’s how cute this book is. It’s all about friendship and love. It’s an easy, light and fun book to read when you’re in a reading slump or you simply want a fun, fast-paced book to read after finishing off a huge fantasy/sci-fi book.
  • Kasie West is probably the queen of Contemporary books because i absolutely loved all of her contemporary books and I’m dying to get the one she’s releasing soon! So you have got On the fence, The Distance Between Us and The Fill-in Boyfriend each one of them has a different story and different characters. However, they’re all set in the same world and some of the side characters show up in more than one book.
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick is a beautiful summery book that talks about friendship, love and being honest. The fictional male character is very swoon worthy and I’m sure you will have a major crush on him. The story is beautiful and touching and there are many cute and funny moments that you will adore.
  • The Siren by Kiera Cass is a unique story that talks about the ocean and the sirens. It’s worth reading especially if you love new, different and unique stories. It’s not a fun, light book because you see people struggle in this book but there are many cute moments and it’s a gripping story that you won’t forget easily.
  • I read Roomies by Lindy Zart last year in summer and boy was i obsessed! it was totally adorable and funny. If you love love-triangles then this book is for you. This book will turn you heart into mush from all the cute moments that are in it.

 

Talking about all of those books make me feel a bit nostalgic and i honestly think that i need to reread many of those books! i hope that you find this post useful and you enjoy my recommendations

Book Reviews

Worlds of Ink and Shadow

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

4.5/5 Stars

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So first off I want to make it clear that I know absolutely nothing about the Brontë siblings (I’m probably the only person 😂) which is good somehow because I feel like now I know them from scratch although the book is fictional, at the end when I read the “after world” things started clicking and making sense and now I’m dying to read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights because they’re written by Emily and Charlotte and all of those people/characters that mean so much to me. The idea of this book is so brilliant to the point where you lose conscious of reality and you start believing everything in the book. I absolutely loved the story and the moral meaning behind it and I actually feel like those characters grew on me although I read the book in a very short period of time, I straight up flew through the pages and now I’m really curious about the Brontë siblings. It was a really good book that I truly enjoyed reading 💜. One more thing .. I need an Alexander Rogue in my life 🎩. 

Hotel Ruby

Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

3/5 Stars

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It’s a mysterious, complex and a twisted book that talks about a grand hotel that the main character Audrey, her brother and father are staying in on their way to their grandmother house after their mother (wife) died. Hotel Ruby is not like any other hotel it’s fancy, luxurious and also mysterious. While she’s staying there she meets a hot guest called Elias and many other people but like I said before hotel Ruby is not like any hotel and it holds many secrets. I enjoyed this book and I enjoyed the way it ended because I wasn’t expecting to end that way but it did and that’s just awesome

Da Vinci’s Tiger

Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

3.5/5 Stars

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Da Vinci’s Tiger is a brilliant book, at the beginning I found it a bit hard to fully understand and digest but it became easier at the end that might because you kinda get used to the way they communicate and the setting grows on you. I would have rated this book 2.5 stars but I found the ending really good and realistic. The author creativity is amazing to the point where you start to feel the depth of her devotion to the art world, it certainly made me more interested in art and Leonardo Da Vinci

The Queen of The Tearling

The Queen of The Tearling

2.5/5 Stars

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This book like many other books talk about a young girl turning to a queen but what’s different about this is that girl knows that she’s a queen and she was trained for that her whole life, you actually get to see the way she adapts to being a queen and how her actions can effect her whole country. This book is good but it didn’t interest me at all, in fact for me it was slow paced compared to other books that have similar stories but at the end of the book i felt like 20% of me got interested in the book and the other 80% of me was like “WHY IS TAKING SO LONG??!?! PLEASE END MY MISERY” 😂💔 I’ll read the second book but not soon.

Better off Friends

Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

5/5 Stars

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I just finished this book and I’m so high with happiness right now! So let me explain what this book is about, this book talk about two best friends .. A boy and a girl. It begins with the beginning of their friendship and you (the reader) get live their friendship with them and ofc face off all the struggles they had to face. As they grow older they start to feel something more but is this worth losing their friendship over? Guess you have to read it to find out ❤️ This book is the perfect book to read around valentines time, specially if you Love this type of romantic books ✨ I went through this book really fast although I had to stop to study but trust me if I didn’t have to do that I wouldn’t have stopped reading! I just loved everything about this book, it was light, delightful and cute. I also felt like I can really relate to Macallan (the heroine) and how she likes distractions … Just putting that out there 😂.