Favourite YA couples

It’s the month of love and what better way to celebrate V-Day, Gal-Day or Me-Day than to go over some sweet romances we’ve lived vicariously through in some amazing books? Whether you’re in a relationship with someone or single, seeing love described in this way, in these situations, are always something precious to behold.

Forbidden love

This is one of my favourite tropes for romances – although I would hate to be in that situation myself as that would just plainly suck. But in a story, especially when you’re rooting for those two people to conquer all odds, I find it very satisfactory when their happily-ever-after is eventually achieved. They must all be really patient people ’cause I for sure would hate not knowing how it would all end.

My favourite couples for this particular love trope are:

  • Emma Carstairs & Julian Blackthorn (The Dark Artifices series) –
    Their whole relationship screamed FORBIDDEN on it, and I just lapped it all up. Oh, my poor Julian who feels so deeply yet can’t do much about it.
  • Suze Simon & Jesse de Silva (Mediator series) –
    I mean, Jesse’s a ghost and Suze is human so that basically means it’s impossible for them to be together, right? Yet they were perfect for each other, totally balancing the other out. It also totally helps that Jesse was muy caliente.
  • Will Herondale & Tessa (The Infernal Devices series) –
    I loved Will so much in that book, particularly the The Clockwork Angel where it turned out that he wasn’t being so awful for no reason. The feels were very very real for me throughout this whole series (sorry, Team Will all the way – no offense to Jem)
  • Cinder & Kai (Lunar Chronicles series) –
    My heart broke so hard for Cinder for her general situation, but her sweet moments with Kai could only come to a bittersweet ending, right? The long wait to see how a cyborg mechanic could win the heart of a prince was totally worth it though!

Slow-burn chemistry (or just pure chemistry!)

The stories where the characters realistically go through the stages of love makes it all the more realistic, you know? Not all of us are going to go through life with the highly romanticized versions that are so often seen in romance novels. I love these kinds of relationships as I wait with tingling impatience for these individuals to finally acknowledge what is there between them.

My favourite couples for best chemistry goes to:

  • Lady Helen & Lord Carlston (Lady Helen series) –
    While not much happens sometimes in the romance department between these two amidst all the battles they face, it’s undeniable that there’s something brewing in the space between them. I, for one, adore kick-ass females to find just as amazing men who truly appreciate them for who they are.
  • Beth & Ryan (Pushing the Limits series)
    For two people who initially couldn’t have been more different, their ferocity was really hiding some hot chemistry that ultimately led to their individual growth. The unlikely pair that was meant to be.
  • Isla & Josh (Anna and the French Kiss series)
    Forget about Etienne & Anna! Isla and Josh completely steal the show with their sometimes fast-paced but equally capturing love story. In the City of Lights, what more can one want for a pair that burns brighter than the stars for each other? Unexplainable connections just make my heart sigh happily.

Complicated emotions

And last of course, there are those relationships that just are complicated from the start. Whether they liked each other, hated each other, or it was unrequited love, there’s something to be said about the beauty of finding your way to each other even through all of the things that seem to be too large to overcome.

And the contenders for this category are:

  • Wanda & Ian (The Host) –
    Although they’re no Bella & Edward – for which that could be a really really good thing – their relationship was initially hostile (hello, alien) but turned into real care and love as they got to know each other. If anything’s complicated, it’s this pure piece of relationship between a human and an alien who loved her human host more than her own life in the end.
  • Jemma & Ryder (Magnolia) 
    Talk about the opposite of Romeo & Juliet. They didn’t want anything to do with each other no matter how much their mothers wanted them too. Yet, underneath hate, another equally strong feeling may just be there all along. Can you resist that kinda relational discovery? I sure couldn’t.
  • Abby & Cooper (Love, Life, and the List) –
    I am a sucker for best friends to fall for each other. To me, that’s the ultimate form of a relationship as it’s definitely beyond just the physical. What better foundation than a solid friendship? Complications getting to that conclusion aside, of course.

    I hope you all had a wonderful month/day filled with love. No matter where our life situation may be, I hope we all had the time and chance to share love with someone/some people in our lives. After all, there is nothing greater than love in this life.


January Wrap-Up and TBR

It’s a new year and I’m trying to be a new me – which basically means I’m trying to update more often with blog posts to keep you all mildly entertained.

My January has been a crazy month. I am juggling not one, but TWO jobs, making it very hard to find time to do what I love to do: READ. And if I’m not reading, then how can I be blogging?? Well, here’s to trying to fit in time and being more regular with my posts. And to think that I always assumed school kept me too busy from doing all of this.

What have I read this month?

Sadly, not as much as my loftier goal for this year has so far shown. I hope as I adjust to my new work schedule there’d be better time management in between it all. One can only hope *fingers crossed*! But seriously, adulting life can get so tiring.

Anyway, what I have read has been mostly amazing, really kicking off the year to a great start with books that I’ve fairly enjoyed!

  • Favourite book: Letters to the Lost by far BLEW me out of this world – and into Dev and Juliet’s
  • Most surprising book: The Traitor Prince made my heart pound in a way that neither of its 2 predecessors could
  • New author book: The Queen’s Rising had a whole lot of potential with its world building and history so I can’t wait for book 2!

Feel free to check out my thoughts on any of these books as you browse around! And in case you’re wondering, yes, I will be posting the review for Into the Bright Unknown soon.

Current Readings

My current books that I’ve started are a mix of both books I think I’ll really enjoy and those that I’m lagging slowly through (although I REALLY do wish that I could love it).

  • Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Lucky in Love by Kasie West
  • The Academy by Katie Sise
  • The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
  • I Am Loved by Wendy Blight

I kind of hope that I can get through all of them as I hate DNF’ing any book unless it’s highly improbable that I’ll ever finish it. Life has been getting busier so time is precious yet I find myself dragging in my heels when I consider just turning in the book and closing it for good without reaching the end.

Have you read any of these yet? Any opinions on these titles? And do you ever the feel the same about just calling it quits on a book?

Up Next! TBR List

Oh man, where do I even START? There are so many books I just need to zip through, yet I’m the type of person who likes to enjoy the story – especially if it’s an AMAZING one – and take my time in the world that the author has lovingly crafted. I dunno about you, but I don’t understand how some people can read hundreds of books in a year. Maybe I’m just one of those slower readers but that must take so much time!

And I totally wish I could be one of those people! Why wasn’t I born with the ability to read faster??

Anyway, here goes – at least for my most pressing books on my TBR list. And you can hold me accountable for how far I get through this list in February. Hopefully not a pitiful few, which I suppose we’ll just have to see.

  • The Reader by Traci Chee
  • The Speaker by Traci Chee
  • Firstlife by Gena Showalter
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  • Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
  • Everlife by Gena Showalter
  • More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

The problem is, I never know when I wake up the next morning what mood I would be in. I could be totally for starting up a new fantasy the night before, but suddenly, I feel like I need a good laugh and a sappy/cute romance. Or vice versa. What a conundrum! Only time will tell how I fare.

How do you manage to find time to read? And any of these books also on your TBR?


Best of 2017 & Most Anticipated in 2018

A bit late but better now than never, right? I hope you all had a great 2017 year and that the new one has started off well! To kick off 2018, I’m giving you my top 5 favourites from last year and the top 5 books I most look forward to reading 🙂 Let’s see how many are similarly on YOUR list.

Top 5 favourites in 2017

5) Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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I absolutely adore Cinderella (Disney version, of course, since the Grimm’s Brothers were just a bit TOO grim for me) – whether it be the movie or any retelling based on the story. Having a sci-fi geeky version was like a dream come true. There’ve been some retellings in the past set in some contemporary world that just didn’t live up to expectations so I was nervous going into Geekerella, but I was pleasantly surprised. If you haven’t read this book yet, I very much encourage you to!


4) Walk the Edge / Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

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Very rarely do I love the middle and final book more than the initial book in a series, but Katie McGarry has a way of hooking me further into her stories as she goes along. Although I didn’t have the greatest opinion on Nowhere but Here, the following books far surpassed my expectations and I adored these badass biker guys who found girls who loved them for who they were but encouraged them to be the best that they could be at the same time. If you haven’t read any of Katie’s books before, honestly, you need to run to a store now and get your hands on one. She’s one of my go-to contemporary novelists and I would automatically read anything she writes these days. No matter if biker dudes aren’t really my thing.


3) Lord of Shadows / Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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I don’t even know if I have to say anything about these books. Come on, it’s Cassandra Clare. While I admit I didn’t love her first series that propelled her to fame and fandom, I recognize her amazing talent in writing stories that immerses the readers wholly while maintaining a pace that never bores. I adored her second series, and so it’s no surprise that I love The Dark Artifices series as well. Plus, forbidden love between badass partners who can kick butt? Where do I automatically sign up? It’s like it has my name written on it in invisible ink.


2) Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

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I’m not the hugest fan of contemporaries but Kasie West is one of my only contemporary authors that is on auto-buy. The interactions between her characters and the very realistic situations they face are easy to read with heartwarming messages as they learn to become more of who they are meant to be. I’m picky when it comes to contemporaries, but she has never disappointed me yet, especially with her latest release that just came out at the very end of 2017. It is SO worth it to go out and find one of these bad boys and pick it up for a quiet weekend/weeknight evening of reading. TRUST ME.


1) The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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Just because this was one of the very last books that I finished in 2017 doesn’t mean that’s why it’s at the very top of my list. Yes, it’s been on my mind since I’ve finished but the book was honestly a very solid historical fantasy that had my heart racing in ways that very few books have elicited from me lately. I adore a good fantasy filled with action, magic and loveable characters, but placed in a some world that completely engulfs me like I AM one of these characters is a sure mark of an excellent author. I don’t know what makes YOUR heart race like this, but this is what makes me happy so yes, The Last Magician has stolen my heart and very well deserves the top spot of my 2017 list.

Top 5 most anticipated in 2018

5) The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

the fates divide -veronica rothIn the second book of the Carve the Mark duology, globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfill their fates. The Fates Divide is a richly imagined tale of hope and resilience told in four stunning perspectives.

Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

Honestly, after what happened in Carve the Mark, I wanted a bit more to the story. I wasn’t as impressed by book 1 as I had initially hoped, but after all this time, I am really geared up for what’s to happen in book 2 (that would hopefully by far surpass the slowness in book 1 preparing for this). April 2018, you better come sooner!


4) Legendary by Stephanie Garber

legendary -stephanie garberThe sequel to the New York Times bestselling and #1 IndieNext Pick Caraval, following Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella, on a journey to the empire’s capital to fulfill a dangerous bargain.

Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to her New York Times bestselling debut novel Caraval.

This year’s Caraval has concluded. Tella is alive—and safe, to her older sister’s relief. But Tella has secrets she has been keeping from Scarlett. Secrets like what Tella promised in exchange for the sisters’ invitations to Caraval in the first place. Secrets about the person to whom these promises were made. And secrets about Julian, the Caraval player who won Scarlett’s heart.

Afraid of revealing the truth to the person who loves her most, Tella runs away to Valenda, the capital of the Empire, to find the mysterious correspondent whom Tella owes. But in the nights leading up to Elantine’s Day, a cross between a masquerade ball, a jubilee, and Caraval, no one is to be trusted . . .

I have no idea how any of you can stand the longer than a year wait for book 2 since Caraval. I loved Scarlett and Julian together, but I’m very excited to see a bit more into Tella’s secrets that started it all. And I sure hope there’s only better things in store for Julian and Scarlett or I may very well implode with frustrated impatience. Stephanie Garber has taken us all by storm with her debut novel and May 2018 can’t honestly come soon enough!


3) Allied by Amy Tintera

allied -amy tinteraIn the final book in the New York Times bestselling Ruined series, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.

Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces.

But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead. The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.

I was so saddened to hear that Amy won’t be giving out ARCs for this final novel in the Ruined series! I don’t know why all the amazing books always come out in May, but I need time to speed up so I can get my hands on this novel. Aside from pitting sisters against each other (quite a common theme post-Kendare Blake), I am dying for resolution for Em and Cas since day 1. I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for romantic tensions that keep apart people who love each other. Ugh, totally dying here waiting for May 2018 to arrive. I need this book to LIVE up to my expectations.


2) Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

queen of air and darkness -cassandra clareDark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

Forbidden romance, anyone? I was terrified that it was only a joke that this book went up for its publication date as it once said 2019. Like, 2019?? That’s WAYYY too far off to have to wait for this conclusion. I absolutely need this book right now. And you can never go wrong with Cassandra’s books in this beautiful world she’s created beneath our very own. The Dark Artifices series has only lived up to the hype these books have been given after all these years. Is it wrong to hope that December 2018 isn’t too far off either? I mean, we’ve just made it into the year 2018 but the struggle is real.


1) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

obsidio -amie kaufman & jay kristoffKady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

I’m scared from reading this synopsis, but I want this. Badly. It’s been over a year since Gemina and I’m ready for this high-octane space adventure to come to its explosive conclusion. I need resolution for these characters! And as my most-anticipated book of the year, it’s thankfully coming out earlier than the rest in March 2018. I am positive it’ll live up to my expectations and more. Obsidio, I am waiting for you. No pressure or anything.

So, now that we’re in 2018, what did YOU love most in 2017 and what do you look forward to?