Welcome to NOVELLIQUE, a newly refurbished book reviewing website – containing everything you’d expect from a blog talking about… books. Let’s get to know each other, starting with the GOODREADS TAG (inspired by XTINEMAY) as part of TAG TUESDAY.
Q: Last book you marked as read?
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
Q: Currently reading?
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?
Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.
But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.
Windhaven by George R R Martin & Lisa Tuttle
Among the scattered islands that make up the water world of Windhaven, no one holds more prestige than the silver-winged flyers, who bring news, gossip, songs, and stories. They are romantic figures crossing treacherous oceans, braving shifting winds and sudden storms that could easily dash them from the sky to instant death. They are also members of an increasingly elite caste, for the wings—always in limited quantity—are growing gradually rarer as their bearers perish.
With such elitism comes arrogance and a rigid adherence to hidebound tradition. And for the flyers, allowing just anyone to join their cadre is an idea that borders on heresy. Wings are meant only for the offspring of flyers—now the new nobility of Windhaven. Except that sometimes life is not quite so neat.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
Q: Last book you marked as tbr?
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
“I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble”
Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated.
Q: What do you plan on reading next?
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling instalment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Q: Do you use the star rating system?
While I do try to be accurate with my goodreads ratings, I prefer to use a percentage rating – the 5* scale is differently interpreted by everyone. Generally a book under 4* on goodreads is considered unpredictable although goodreads itself considers 2* to be an “okay” book.
Q: Are you doing the 2016 reading challenge?
I’ve started a 2016 reading target of 50 books, although due to study commitments I’m currently 11 books behind schedule. I’ve never attempted a reading challenge through goodreads before and to be honest I’m not treating it as a serious goal.
Q: Doth thou have a wishlist?
Yes, I have an amazon wishlist along with my tbr list (which mostly consists of books I don’t already own).
Q: What book do you plan to buy next?
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – so far I’ve read a borrowed copy of Cinder and since enjoying it so much, I’ve been meaning to buy the entire series.
Q: Favourite authors?
Q: Have you joined any groups?
That’s a wrap! If you’d like to take part in the goodreads challenge/tag, all you’ll need is a goodreads account – while you’re there, why not add me? Find me here to see what I’m reading and recommending in real-time.