Posted in 3.5 Stars, Book Reviews, Reviews, Tween Book Reviews

Awkward (Awkward #1) by Svetlana Chmakova // Cute but Not As Good As Brave

23657454My Rating: ★★★ 1/2 – 3.5 stars


Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don’t get noticed by the mean kids.

Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

On her first day at her new school, Penelope–Peppi–Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she’s already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the “nerder girlfriend.” How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!

Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can’t help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he’s a member of her own club’s archrivals–the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!

The Review:

Compared to the second book in the series, this one is average. (Brave (the second book) is one of the best graphic novels I’ve read – honestly, it’s amazing READ IT NOW.) Awkward actually – well, the storyline is cliche. I got occasionally bored while reading it, but it was overall fun and a huge mood-lifter. Continue reading “Awkward (Awkward #1) by Svetlana Chmakova // Cute but Not As Good As Brave”

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Mystery Blogger Award // Who Paid Who to Give Me This??

So I got this back like, three? four? months ago and I’m finally doing this. Gotta admire my procrastination skills. (No really, it’s a talent.)

The main reason I, admittedly, put this off was because it looked daunting. But I decided that I needed to stop being lazy and do this thing! (This is part of my campaign to be ‘proactive’.)(I’m failing miserably.)(Except I’m doing this post so I’m only failing kind of miserably.)

Thanks to Anjali @ Coffee, Cakes n Books for nominating me for this! It’s very sweet and nice and unexpected. You all should check out Anjali’s blog, it’s amazing. *swoons* Continue reading “Mystery Blogger Award // Who Paid Who to Give Me This??”

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Down the TBR Hole #1

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story to help decrease the size of our TBRs. And since my TBR is over a thousand books, I really need to do this! So without further ado, here are the rules.


  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m going to be doing 8 books every week because I’m too much of an overachiever to do 5 (haha me, being an overachiever? funny) and too lazy to do 10. Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #1”

Posted in Amazing Heroes, Book Reviews, Reviews, Tween Book Reviews

Brave (Awkward #2) by Svetlana Chmakova // A Heartbreaking Story that I Relate to on So Many Levels

Image and synopsis via Goodreads

★★★★★ – 5 stars


In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different – math is hard, getting along with friends is hard…Even finding a partner for the class project is a big problem when you always get picked last. And the pressure’s on even more once the school newspaper’s dynamic duo, Jenny and Akilah, draw Jensen into the whirlwind of school news, social experiment projects, and behind-the-scenes club drama. Jensen’s always played the middle school game one level at a time, but suddenly, someone’s cranked up the difficulty setting. Will those daring daydreams of his finally work in his favor, or will he have to find real solutions to his real life problems?

The charming world of Berrybrook Middle School gets a little bigger in this highly anticipated follow up to Svetlana Chmakova’s award winning Awkward with a story about a boy who learns his own way of being Brave!

Jensen is this lovable, socially awkward boy – who I see a lot of Middle-School Me in (minus the lovable part 😉 ). Middle-school Me was a girl who had a lot of casual friends but no close ones. Middle-school Me was also painfully shy and sat in the library during lunch time because she couldn’t muster up the courage to ask some of the people she knew if she could sit with them. She thought there wasn’t any room for her at their table and she was scared of getting told no – or worse, someone saying yes but silently judging her. And on some days, she felt really lonely.

Maybe that’s why it was really painful for me to see the same feelings in Jensen. I recognized them instantly and I felt like I was right there with him, reliving certain moments. Continue reading “Brave (Awkward #2) by Svetlana Chmakova // A Heartbreaking Story that I Relate to on So Many Levels”

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Greek Gods Book Tag // Where I Overshare About Books

I was tagged by Lori @ Lori’s Bookshelf Reads for this. Thank you for the tag Lori! I’m very excited to do this! (Percy Jackson has gotten me addicted to Greek mythology, so anything related to it intrigues me.)(And this is literally called the “Greek Gods Book Tag”, so.)

The Rules

  • Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts!
  • You can use the graphics Zuky provides, but you don’t have to
  • Tag as many people as you want, but spread the love.

Alright, let us get started! Continue reading “Greek Gods Book Tag // Where I Overshare About Books”

Posted in 2 Stars, Book Reviews, Reviews, Young Adult Book Reviews

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) by Mackenzi Lee // Don’t Hurt Me, I Didn’t Like It! *hides*

Image and Synopsis via Goodreads

★★– 2 stars


Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

The Review:

Alright, now that a few weeks have passed and I finally forced myself to make time, I’m writing this review. And, as you can tell, I didn’t like the book.

There are reasons! So please hear me out before hunting me down and murdering me, because I’m aware this is a well-liked book. But there were also very big holes in the plot and the characters were…well, we’ll get into it.

Continue reading “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) by Mackenzi Lee // Don’t Hurt Me, I Didn’t Like It! *hides*”

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5 Books by Asian Authors Are Coming Out Tomorrow(!) // AHH I’M SO EXCITED

For those of you that don’t know, tomorrow, November 6th, 2018, is when FIVE FRICKIN’ BOOKS by Asian authors are getting released.

*squeals and jumps up and down uncontrollably*

Just. We’ve come so far. The fact that all these books with Asian rep are getting published really makes me happy because I’m Asian (specifically Indian). And when I was younger (so like, five years ago) this didn’t happen. Of all the books I read, only a few had Asian representation in it. And not seeing myself, at all, in the books I read really…let’s just say, if I had read a book when I was younger about an Indian girl, or just any Asian girl in particular, struggling with some of the issues my family and I struggled with (and still struggle with), I would’ve felt a lot more valid and seen. And it would’ve really helped me.

And as an Asian who’s hoping to be an author, it’s inspiring to see that these people have done it! I can’t wait to read these books. I’m currently short on money to get these books, but as soon as I can buy them, you can bet I will. (And you guys should too!) So without further ado, here are the books!

Continue reading “5 Books by Asian Authors Are Coming Out Tomorrow(!) // AHH I’M SO EXCITED”