Sequels I Haven’t (Yet) Read (1/?)

Hello readers, and happy Friday to you all!

I feel like I am the absolute worst when it comes to reading sequels. I may absolutely love the first book, but there are so many other books to read that I end up forgetting to read the follow-ups, even though I buy them. Sequels often sit on my shelf, staring me down in shame while I sleep. Honestly, the fact that this is part 1 of who knows how many posts should tell you just how bad I am at continuing series.

Anyway, today we’re going to start with 3 series I have yet to continue. Today’s theme is going to be “Books I gave 5 stars but whose sequels I haven’t gotten to”

1. Reboot by Amy Tintera


My boyfriend gifted me the Reboot duology for our first Christmas together, and I read this first book very soon after. I clearly loved it, giving it 5 stars on Goodreads, and yet I still haven’t read its sequel, Rebel. I really cannot tell you why I haven’t picked it up yet – is it because I fell behind on my ARCs? Is it because I’m worried it will not be able to live up to the expectations set by the first book? Am I just way too worried about the characters? The honest answer is all of the above, probably.

2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project

After I read this book I gave it to my grandmother to read. She ended up loving it so much that she bought me the sequel, The Rosie Effect. I started reading it, but I found myself getting really antsy when things started going wrong for the main character, and I grew so uncomfortable with the situation that I had to stop reading it. I get too emotionally invested, and sometimes that investment gets in the way of my reading. I’m not sure when I’ll pick up The Rosie Effect, but I’m sure my guilt will eventually force me to pick it back up.

3. The Gypsy King by Maureen Fergus

The Gypsy King

Clearly, I enjoyed this book enough to give it a 5-star rating when I read it in 2013. Once again I picked up the sequel, A Fool’s Errand, prepared to plough through it, but my emotions got the best of me and I had to stop reading it. I just got way too invested in the characters and became too concerned about how things were going to work out. It sounds really weird when I type it out, but I also wonder if it is now something I’ve outgrown. Maybe if I try reading it now I’ll actually be able to get through it!

4. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen

The honest reason why I have not read A Crown of Wishes is that I got so overwhelmed by all the other ARCs I had to read that I fell into a slump. I had an ARC of ACOW, but ended up pre-ordering a finished copy so I could get the novella Night and Death and because I needed to have both of these pretty books on my shelf. I am hoping to be able to finally read it within the next month, but who knows at this point.

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


I can’t even think of a reason for having not yet read Crooked Kingdom besides my endless TBR pile. I pre-ordered the SoC box set to get some pre-order swag, and I’ve taken plenty of photos of it on my bookstagram, but I never did when up reading it. I’ve managed to avoid most spoilers, thankfully, so hopefully it’ll still have the same force on me when I read it that Six of Crows had.


That’s about it for today, folks! Is anyone else as bad at reading sequels as I am, or am I alone in this?

Thank you so much for reading, and we’ll chat really soon!



Writing Wednesday: What’s a Character Without a Plot?

Good morning, lovely blog viewers!

Today is the beginning of a new series that I hope will “WIP” (hehe get it?) my writing butt back into shape: Writing Wednesday! As you can see from my “My Writing History” page, I used to do a lot of writing a couple of years ago, but my time management has been lacklustre at best, and my writing has suffered because of it. By starting this series, which will range from discussions about the problems I have with writing to quickly-written prompts/writing exercises, I’m hoping to get my creative juices flowing and maybe solve some problems in the process, all the while hearing from you about your writing!

Today I’m going to discuss a problem I’ve always had, which is the habit of thinking up characters before I think of an actual story. Now, whenever I have thought of an actual plot before characters, the characters themselves have come to me pretty easily. The first trilogy I wrote was a plot first, but the characters came rushing out of my brain almost immediately.

Unfortunately, I have a bit of trouble when it goes the other way around.

That’s where I’m at right now with my soon-to-be WIP. There’s a character bouncing around my head, itching to be written on a page, but no story to put them in. I could tell you what they look like and what their personality is like, but right now they’re just floating in vast nothingness, waiting for gravity to pull them towards a purpose. I can’t even decide whether I want to put them in a contemporary or an action-adventure (possible sci-fi/fantasy). These are two very different genres, and my character could grow in two very different ways in both.

So, what’s a girl to do when she doesn’t have a story for a her character? Here’s my plan:

1. Think about the story you want to tell.

There’s likely a reason why I came up with this character, and so there must be a storyline that also fits this reason. What kind of message am I trying to get across with this character? What is this character supposed to represent? What kind of story will best showcase and develop the messages that I am trying to get across? This will probably take a lot of thinking and self-reflection, but if that’s what it takes to get me to the outlining stage, then so be it.

2. Be open to inspiration.

I should start reading more books and taking in more story-like content. I need to listen to more music and open my mind to the possibilities that lay ahead of me. You never know where inspiration may strike, but it may not have the opportunity to strike if I don’t expose myself to more creative works.

3. Write more.

On that creative note, maybe all I need is a good word-vomit, you know? Maybe if I can get my own creative juices flowing with short stories and ten-minute prompts, then more stories will spring forward and give me something to work with.

Whatever the solution, this is definitely a problem that is going to take some time and focus to fix. Luckily I’ll be going on a kind of retreat very soon, so hopefully inspiration will strike while I’m there!

Have you ever had this kind of character-without-plot writer’s block before? How did you solve it? If not, what kind of problems do you find you run into when writing? Let’s discuss them in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading, and have a lovely day!


Anticipated Releases: July to September

Good morning everyone, and happy Monday to you all! Today I continue my Most Anticipated series by discussing five books that are being released during the next three months: July, August, and September! Once again, these are in order of release date, and not preference.

1. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana – July 18th, 2017



No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

I will admit that I fell really hard for this cover and title, but the story also kept me excited. It sounds like a wonderful, magical adventure, and I always need more of those in my life.

2. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – August 29th, 2017



She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Heck yES give this to me immediately – please? Hot on the heels of the widely-acclaimed Wonder Woman movie, this book sounds like it brings a story that I would also love to see on the big screen. A descendent of Helen of Troy? Lots of lady power? Sign me up!

3. Warcross by Marie Lu – September 12th, 2017



For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

I’ve been meaning to get into more science fiction, and this book sounds right up my alley. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was a wonderful introduction to videogame-based books, so naturally I’m stupidly excited to read another one. Maybe this will be another book I can share with my boyfriend, who also loved RPO!

4. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu – September 19th, 2017




Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

I had seen this book here and there for a bit, but it was more recently that it made greater appearances on my timeline after a certain review site had some choice comments about it that many, many people did not agree with. Needless to say, I am now itching to get my hands on this book, and maybe pass it on to my younger cousin when I’m done so that we can bond over it.

5. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – September 26th, 2017



Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

From debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that emerges when we embrace our true selves.

It wasn’t until very recently that I heard about this book, but the cover and the description have me totally hooked. As a biracial person myself, any biracial rep makes me super excited, but I also feel like as soon as I read this book Kiko is going to become my little baby and I will want nothing but the best for her. I am ready for this book to pull my heartstrings.


What books are you excited for over the next 3 months? Which titles did I miss? Let me know in the comments!

As always, have a lovely day, and I’ll (hopefully) talk to you Wednesday! ❤

~ Becca

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on JANUARY 17th, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.


Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date of Publication: October 14th 2014

Dates Read: January 7th to 17th, 2015


If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

Buy It From: Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

My Rating:  ★★★☆☆

There isn’t really much that I can say about my rating in relation to the book.  My True Love Gave to Me is an anthology of short stories, and with each one so different, there were bound to be ones I didn’t like and ones that I loved.  I definitely had high expectations for this book, which might have ultimately been my downfall.  A lot of them were just “meh”, with a couple that stood out above the rest.

My Top Five Stories:

  1. Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
  2. It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
  3. Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter
  4. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
  5. The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

(Bolded are the ones that particularly stood out)

Overall: Wasn’t in love with as many stories as I’d hoped I’d be, but still managed to find some gems that I will remember fondly.

Review: Monstress Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda


Publisher: Image Comics

Date of Publication: July 19th, 2016


Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.

Buy It From: Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

My Rating: ★★★★★

I didn’t really know what to expect when I picked up Monstress from my library’s shelf. All I knew was that the cover art was gorgeous, and that I hadn’t read a graphic novel in a while.

Now that I’ve read it, I will tell you this: it is a violent, dark, mysterious adventure that may just blow your socks off.

This first volume doesn’t give too many details about what the heck is going on, which I can imagine has frustrated and will continue to frustrate people. I was not personally bothered by it, though, because the storytelling is so beautifully done that I was hanging on every single word; the authors gave me just enough information to keep up, but never enough to figure it all out in the beginning. If you like suspenseful stories, I highly recommend this one.

I am totally fascinated by this matriarchal world that the characters live in, with all the cat-like creatures and non-human beings. Why are they at war (actually this is answered in there, but I won’t spoil it)? What happened to Maiko that has caused all of this to happen to her? What are the stories of the other characters? I hope to learn more about the different group leaders in future volumes!

I also want to mention that the reveal/cliffhanger at the end left me sitting in my chair, contemplating everything I’d just read. Honestly, this graphic novel is just so cleverly written, with so much intensity that my brain was exhausted by the time I finished it. A good kind of exhausted, though.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the art. Its dark colour scheme suited the feeling of the story so well, adding that extra layer to pull you into the world. The clothing and hair were full of movement, the characters and setting detailed beyond any other graphic novels I’ve seen, and I must say that, though there are many, many instances of bloodshed and violent imagery, this may be my favourite art style.

Overall: A beautifully written and illustrated story that’s not for the faint of heart, but I definitely recommend it to anyone who can handle it!