WWW Wednesday #33 (November 18th, 2015)

Hello everyone! I’m kind of late to the party with this week’s WWW Wednesday, as the day is basically over, but as this is kind of my little record of the books I’ve been reading (since I’ve been MIA on Goodreads), I decided to do it anyway!

Feel free to join in on the meme (hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words) by answering the three questions below:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

Winter

Unfortunately I started pretty late with this due to time reasons so I’m not too far into it, but I’m loving Winter so far! I really wish I didn’t have to take so much time on school-related things, but oh well. Can’t wait to read more of Winter and see what else is held in store for me!

Recently Finished

Surprisingly, I managed to finish A Madness So Discreet! Yay! I’m so glad I decided to read this, it was really worth the hype for me and it was a super good read! If any of you are on the fence about reading it, well, you have my recommendation. (Even if that doesn’t mean much to you… :P)

And I also finished Eternal this week! I didn’t think I’d be able to fit in both this and A Madness So Discreet this week, but I did so I’m glad about that! It was great re-reading Eternal.

Read Next

Now that I finished my re-read of Eternal, I’m ready to go ahead and finish off the trilogy with the long-awaited third book Unspoken! Aaaah I’m super excited!

I didn’t get to start The Weight of Feathers this week, but it’s on the list and I’m hoping I’ll be able to get to it soon!

The Dead House is also still on the list, and although I doubt I’ll be getting to this one, my fingers are crossed.

Surprise surprise, Ink and Bone is still on my list! I swear guys, I will read this. Someday…!


So that’s it for this week’s WWW Wednesday! I know it’s pretty late, but feel free to link your WWW anyway because I’d still love to come check it out! ❤ Let me know any thoughts you may have down below!

Hugs and Happy reading!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

 

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I passed my goal…now what?

Hey everyone! This is going to be a pretty short post, but I’m currently in a little debate here and I’m unsure over what to do, so I’m turning to you guys! It might seem kind of silly that I’m stuck over a seemingly easy question, but oh well. You guys all know by now that I can be really indecisive about things, right? 😛

So, I passed my Goodreads goal! A while ago, it seems. I didn’t realize for a while since I kind of lost touch with updating my reading status for the books I read, but recently I decided to add the books I had read over the past couple of months to my Goodreads shelf. And so I found that I have passed my goal of 150 books—by give or take 10 books! I definitely didn’t expect that. But now, I’m faced with the ultimate question. Should I increase my goal or should I just keep it at what I have now?? I mean, there’s still a month and a half left of 2015 for me to get some reading done, right? Not that school is going to let me do that, but you know what I mean.

Which is why I need some help. And some opinions! Have you completed your goal already? What did you do? And even if you haven’t reached your goal yet, I’d still love to know what you think! Tell me below how your challenges are going, and whatever thoughts you may have! I’d appreciate even the tiniest comment. 😉

Enjoy your Monday! (Difficult to do, I know…)

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Around the World in YA Book Tag!

Hello everyone! I’m back with another tag today, the Around the World in YA Book Tag, which was created by a fellow blogger, Becca from Becca and Books. I was tagged by Raven @ Dreamy Addictions and although I’m VERY late on this, better late than never, right? Thank you so much, Raven!

Alright, so the rules are simple. List a country, and then show which favourite book of yours is set in that country. You can use the countries I have used, add your own, or use completely different ones! (*I’m also going to be tweaking the rules a bit and use books on my TBR as well, not only books I’ve read*)

Sounds like fun! Let’s see how I do, shall we? 🙂 Covers link to Goodreads!


France

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light

This is a book that’s on my TBR—and no, this time I’m not going with Anna and the French Kiss as per usual. 😉 I feel as if I’ve used that book well more than enough and you’re all probably getting frustrated with me for not having read it yet. LOL. But I digress. I’m going to go with Romancing the Dark in the City of Light, which is set in Paris! It’s on my TBR and I can’t wait to read it.

Germany

The Book Thief

This is a book I haven’t read either, but I definitely plan to! Set in a past era of Germany, The Book of Thief seems to be a common topic of discussion and I want to join in. 😉

England

Clockwork Angel

I was debating to choose between TDI and Harry Potter, and as you can see, The Infernal Devices has won out! I love this series so much. ❤ (Although HP is amazing as well, don’t get me wrong!)

China

Cinder

I’m going to go with the common answer I’ve seen for this; Cinder by Marissa Meyer! I love this book and series so much! The book that started everything, Cinder was an amazing read. And it’s set in a futuristic New Beijing, so it’s a good fit. (*Wink* See what I did there? Cinder—Cinderella… shoe…you figure out the rest.)

India

Tiger's Curse

Although the Tiger’s Curse series isn’t constantly set in India, a lot of it is, and the whole series is based on Indian mythology so I’m counting it for this one!

Russia

Shadow and Bone

Okay, so I’m stretching the rules quite a bit for this one considering how it’s not actually set in true Russia. Shadow and Bone and The Grisha trilogy are set in a Russian-influenced fantasy world, so I guess technically this wouldn’t count as a book set in Russia… but I’m using it anyway! #Ijustwannabreaktherules

Egypt

Ink and Bone

I’m actually following the rules for this one… kind of. I haven’t read this book yet, but I have definitely been planning to for quite some time! (Though you know that if you’ve seen several of my WWW posts lately, lol.) I hope I get to Ink and Bone soon!

Canada

Anne of Green Gables

One of the few novels set in Canada, Anne of Green Gables is my choice for this one! It’s kind of sad and disappointing how few novels are set in Canada. It’s almost always the U.S, or some other foreign country. Oh well. At least there is this classic novel to have Canada remembered in our books! 😉


 

So those are my choices! Feel free to tell me what you think in the comments! Now, it’s your turn. If you want to do this tag, go for it—I’ll add your name to the post if you tell me below—but I’m going to tag a few people to start off:

I would tag a bunch of other people if I could, but unfortunately I’m running late on time and have to leave or I’ll miss the bus! So please, tell me, if you want to do this tag, or if you don’t want to, no problem! If you’ve already done the tag, I apologize in advance!

Happy tagging! Hugs!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

EXCLUSIVE Q&A Interview with Amy Engel, Author of The Book of Ivy!

Hello everyone! Today I’m happy to present an exclusive Q&A interview with Amy Engel, the author of The Book of Ivy and its sequel, The Revolution of Ivy! (You can check out my review on The Book of Ivy here.) Thank you Amy for accepting to participate in this interview!


Q: What was your inspiration for The Book of Ivy?

A: Honestly, I’m not really sure. I just had an idea about a girl forced to marry a boy she was coached to kill and the rest of the story flowed from there. I’ve always been really interested in family dynamics and the ways in which our families influence us, so that definitely had a big impact on the story.

Q: The Book of Ivy is a YA dystopian duology. Are there any other genres you think you’d be interested in writing?

A: I think I’d like to try a YA contemporary at some point. And I love dark, suspenseful books as well.

Q: What was the biggest challenge for you when writing The Book of Ivy and/or its sequel?

A: The biggest challenge was just the pressure that came with writing a sequel. I wanted to make sure I was true to the characters and their journey, and I didn’t want to disappoint fans of the first book. There’s a lot more expectation with a sequel.

Q: Do you have any other novels (or ideas) you’re currently working on or planning to work on?

A: I wrote an adult novel, The Roanoke Girls, which is being published in early 2017. It’s a gothic suspense novel and I’m working on edits for it right now. Once those are done, I plan to start something new, but I haven’t nailed down exactly what yet.

Q: What advice would you offer an aspiring author?

A: Read as much as you can. Write even when you don’t feel like it or aren’t inspired. In order to write, you’re going to have to make some sacrifices with your time because there are only so many hours in a day. Grow a thick skin. Learn to take criticism well. Work hard to develop your “voice” as a writer. Believe that good things can happen.

Q: Did you have any specific people (yourself included) in mind when you were creating your characters?

A: No. I rarely base characters, even loosely, off people I know in real life. Ivy, for example, isn’t based off anyone I know and is actually very different from me in a lot of ways. When I was writing her there would be times I would stop and think, really, that’s what you’re going to do, Ivy? Because her choices were so different from the ones I would’ve made. But that’s a lot of the fun of creating characters. It’s like you get to live a dozen different lives instead of just your own.

Q: What has your journey to being an author been like? Did any part of being a published author take you by surprise?

A: My journey to being an author feels like it took a long time, but I know in the grand scheme of things it really didn’t. I wrote my first YA novel a few years ago and tried to get an agent, to no avail. So I trunked that book and then had the idea for Ivy. Again, I tried to get an agent and I got more interest, but many of the agents who read the book didn’t think they could sell another dystopian novel to publishers. That’s when I found Entangled Teen and sent them the manuscript. I waited a couple of months while they read the book, and then they made an offer of publication. I was thrilled and they’ve been amazing to work with! For my adult novel, I went back into the query trenches and was lucky enough to have multiple offer of representation. I signed with Jodi Reamer of Writers House and she sold the book to the Crown imprint of Random House in May. I think the thing that’s surprised me the most about being a published author is the amount of waiting involved at every step of the process. I’d heard that publishing was slow, but it’s REALLY slow. It definitely teaches you patience. But it’s worth it all at the end when you hold your book in your hands!


So there we have it! Thank you so much Amy for answering my questions! I loved The Book of Ivy duology and it was a pleasure to have you on my blog today.

Now, you readers tell me: Have you read The Book of Ivy duology? Do you want to? (Of course you do! RIGHT?!) Tell me whatever thoughts you may have below! 

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Note: *Credit for the featured image goes to the owner, I did not make it myself.

WWW Wednesday #32 (November 11th, 2015)

Hello bookworms! Can you guess what day it is today?? (If you guess Remembrance Day, then you aren’t wrong, but…) It’s Wednesday once again and that means it’s time for another… (Do I even need to tell you) WWW Wednesday!

Feel free to join in on the meme (hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words) by answering the three questions below:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

I’ve decided to start A Madness So Discreet this week seeing how it’s a library book and I want to make sure I have the time to finish it! I’m not too far into it yet (thanks, school) but it’s pretty good so far!

I’m still in the process of completing my re-read of Eternal, but I have my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to finish it this week! There’s not that much left of it.

Recently Finished

Library of Souls was a great read! I’ve kind of lost my touch with creepy stories (AKA I’ve become more of a scared-y cat) since the last time I read a creepy story was probably at the beginning of this year. XD So this turned out to be a really chilling read for me, and I loved it!

Cress was a last minute addition to my reading this week! I decided, since Winter is being released soon, I should re-read Cress so I have more of a clear view of everything that has happened. I would’ve re-read the whole series but I didn’t have the time. And re-reading Cress was, of course, an amazing experience. (AND NOW WINTER IS HERE YAYYYY!!!)

Read Next

I will definitely be reading Winter as soon as possible! I mean, come on guys. IT’S FINALLY HERE. *Dances around crazily* I’m hoping my recent habit (of reading newly released books a month or so later) will not intrude here.

Unspoken is the conclusion to the Shadow Falls After Dark series, and after I’m finished Eternal, I will definitely try to get to this. Equally sad and excited to read it! 😉

The Weight of Feathers, The Dead House, and, as usual, Ink And Bone are still on my read next, and although I don’t know if I’ll manage to get to these, I will certainly try! (But I think we all know it ain’t gonna happen this week…sadly.)


So that’s it for this week’s reading! Now it’s your turn to talk—though I know you guys would love it if I talked all the time—by telling me: What do you think, what you’re reading this week, and whatever thought you may have! (And don’t feel shy to stop by to say hello! <3) Also feel free to link your WWW posts as well, I’d love to come check them out.

Happy Wednesday, and for those of you in Canada, remember to wear your poppies!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

I Can’t Wait For These Book to Movie Adaptations!! | Top Ten Tuesday #28 (November 10th)

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

I feel like I’ve done this kind of topic before, but I’ve decided to go ahead with top ten book to movie adaptations I’m looking forward to! Are you ready? Let’s do this.


1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

After the big flop of the movie adaptation of City of Bones, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare has been given another chance to win our hearts—this time as a TV show! You all know how excited I am for this. Technically this isn’t supposed to be on the list as we’re talking about book to *movie* adaptations, but oh well. Can’t wait for this!

Shadowhunters

2. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

According to IMBD, this book-to-movie adaptation is set to be released December 25th 2016 in the U.S—for which I’m super excited! It’s definitely far away, but it’s exciting to know this amazing book will be turned into a movie. Can’t wait!

MissPeregrine'sHomeforPeculiarChildren_bookcover

3. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

Set to be released sometime in January 2016 if I’m not mistaken, The Fifth Wave stars Chloe Grace Moretz (If I Stay) and is definitely something I’m looking forward to! I enjoyed the book and I’m hoping this turns out good too. Check out the trailer here if you haven’t already!

The 5th Wave

 

4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen/Seth Grahame-Smith

I haven’t read the book for this one, but I’m definitely intrigued by the trailer of this! Putting a twist on the classic tale of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, this one seems unique for sure. Trailer found here if you want to see it!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth 

The first part of Allegiant is set to be released this coming March 2016, and I’m hoping it will turn out to be good! A teaser trailer for this was released if you want to check it out.

Allegiant Movie Poster 2

6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I can’t wait to see how this emotional story will be translated onto the big screen! I loved this book so much. Set for March 18, 2016, Me Before You stars Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke in the leading roles, and I’m super excited! I just know this is going to be a movie to keep your eyes on.

Me Before You

7. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Supposedly set for a release of October 14, 2016, A Monster Calls is quite far away, but I’m still really excited at the prospect of a movie for this! My only wish is that they don’t screw it up. I mean, the book isn’t that long, so I truly hope they won’t be cutting out any important bits! I loved this book.

A Monster Calls

8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Another HP-verse movie! I know this is set before the events of the original HP movies, but I’m super excited all the same.

Fantastic Beasts

9. The BFG by Roald Dahl

Super excited for this as well! Ah, childhood favourites. There’s an older version of this already, and I’m intrigued to see how they’ll do this one!

The BFG

10. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

I actually had no idea this was going to be a movie! I haven’t read the book yet though, definitely planning on changing that soon! Apparently this will be including Hailee Steinfeld and Robert Sheehan in the leading roles. I’m intrigued!

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

 

Honorable mention: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 —Aren’t we all excited for this one?! 


So there we have it! Book to Movie adaptations I’m excited for. These are basically all set for early or late 2016, *sniffle* but on the bright side at least they’re in the making and aren’t too far away! I’m hoping with all my heart none of these are stopped being produced!

What movies on here are you looking forward to? What other book-to-movie adaptations (that aren’t on this list) are you excited for? Let me know in the comments!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

The Be Thankful Challenge | TAG

♪Hello from the other side!!♪

Sorry, had to do that. Kind of currently loving this Adele song!

So yes, hello bookworms! It’s been a while since my last post, sorry about that! I’d say I hope you missed me, but I know you did. (RIGHT?!!) I know I missed you guys! So, after a long absence, I am returning with the Be Thankful Challenge in which I have found myself to be tagged in a while ago—thank you Catia for tagging me! She is a lovely person and has a wonderful blog. I command you to all give her some bookish love because she deserves it! ❤

Since the whole Thanksgiving theme is about being thankful and such, this tag would’ve been great several weeks ago when it was Thanksgiving here in Canada, but better late than never, right?

The Thankful Challenge

The Rules:

  • Share this image in your blog post.
  • Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for.
  • Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for
  • Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part

5 people I’m thankful for:

  • My family. I think this is a pretty common choice! Even though we have our regular arguments and squabbles, at the end of the day, I love them. They’ve almost always supported me in everything, and I don’t know what I would’ve done without them! 😀
  • My friends. They’re all crazy, but I love them and they’ve stuck with me through a lot. I’m so thankful that I have such amazing friends! We’ve had our fair share of drama and issues, but we’ve managed to get through it all and now we’re stronger than ever. 😉
  • The blogging community. Must I say any more? I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. I’m so grateful to have gotten the chance to have become friends and to have chatted with you all, because you have no idea how much of an impact you have on me. Seriously guys. I don’t know where I’d be without you! ❤
  • My middle school English teacher. Might seem like an odd choice, but it is partly due to this teacher of mine that I started blogging in the first place and fueled my love for writing, so I will forever be thankful for this teacher!
  • My Favorite Authors. Or any author who I’ve read! Because it is because of them that my love of reading has even existed, and because of them that I have been introduced to such incredible books. So thank you, authors! XD

5 things I’m thankful for:

  • Books. Come on, you had to have seen that coming. Books led me to live a thousand lives, and I will always be grateful for its existence!
  • My ereader. It’s a lifesaver! Whenever I’m going on a trip, I take a few physical books, but mostly I depend on my ereader which holds a bunch of books I have collected over the years, and which also happens to be waterproof! 😉 It has served for me to also not pay attention in class before as well… lol.
  • Music. Next to books, music is another one of my loves! It is absolutely fabulous, and again, I will always be grateful to have it!
  • Internet. It’s kind of scary how dependent we are these days on the internet! But I wouldn’t have it any other way, so long as I get access to the internet—I don’t know what I’d do without it! There would be no blogging, no Google, nothing, if we didn’t have the internet. Oh, the horror!
  • Chocolate. This one is pretty random, but necessary! I don’t think I would’ve normally come up with this as an answer, but since I’m currently snacking on a Kit Kat bar, I decided that this is an important choice. Chocolate, thank you for existing.

So that’s it for the Be Thankful Challenge! I know it mentioned in the rules to tag 5 bloggers, but I’m going to be skipping that and taking the easy route–-if you like this tag, tell me below and I’ll be sure to tag you! I’d love to know what you’re thankful for, so even if you don’t do the tag, feel free to tell me in the comments.

Now tell me; which one of these are you thankful for as well? Am I the only one who thinks chocolate is something to be thankful for? OH, and: who else has Hello on repeat?! 😀

I hope you’re all enjoying your Monday! (And happy belated Thanksgiving for those of you who celebrate it! :P) Lots of love to you all!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn | ARC Book Review

Forget TomorrowForget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

4 stars

Publication Date: November 3rd 2015
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre(s): Sci-fi, Dystopia, Young-Adult
Series Status: Forget Tomorrow Series #1
Page Count: 400
Source & Format: Publisher via Netgalley, ebook

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.

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Hey everyone! In case you didn’t catch it from the title, today I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn! (Thank you Netgalley and Entangled Teen for sending me this e-ARC for review! Please note: All quotes mentioned in this review are from the uncorrected proof and may be changed in the final copy—which was released 2 days ago, by the way.)

In a nutshell; a dystopian and sci-fi novel set in a futuristic world, Forget Tomorrow shares refreshing ideas with characters I found to be engaging and relatively realistic. If you’re looking for a unique YA dystopian novel, or a well-written novel from a debut author, I recommend giving Forget Tomorrow a shot!

Plot

In Forget Tomorrow, we are introduced to a world where the future of every citizen is dependent on their future memory that they receive when they’re 17. In most cases citizens are fortunate to see themselves in the career they’re interested in, etc. But then there are the cases where the future memory shows them committing a crime, and as a result, they are locked up. For me, personally, I really liked this concept, as not only was it a pretty unique idea in itself, the plot allowed for several intriguing issues to be addressed and Dunn made it so that the story line was gripping and generally memorable. I’m going to mention here though that I’ve read from several other reviewers that this book was very similar to Minority Report, and that if you have watched MR, Forget Tomorrow might not have as much of an impact on you. Having said that, for me, the plot of this novel was definitely one of the things I liked a lot.

As a side note, Dunn also wastes no time in introducing readers to the characters and her world, and that was refreshing. I mean, the first few pages are pretty normal, but it doesn’t take long for the story to really get going, and you all probably know by now that I often enjoy books that don’t take too long with intros. (Not that I dislike any books that do.)  Right about 30 pages in I was already hooked and put in a heart-thumping scene which kick-started emotional investment in the story. And the cliffhanger at the end! I definitely can’t wait to read the sequel to this book.

Characters

Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the character right away, I must praise Dunn’s creation of Callie. I didn’t have much hope for her at first, but as I read more of the novel, I saw how much more there is to Callie—and I loved it. She had flaws, she made mistakes, and most of all, her love for her sister is beautiful and strong.

If you’ve been around in the book blogging community for a while—or if you’re a reader at all—you probably have noticed the lack of parental bonds and familial affection in YA novels. Either it’s dead parents, kidnapped parents, absentee parent, whatever parent, the case remains the same; hardly ever any parents. It’s become actually quite rare to have parents that actually care and are aware of things going on. (But that’s a discussion for another day.) What really stood out to me in Forget Tomorrow was the emphasis and focus on a sibling bond. Parental bonds are rare, but to me sibling bonds are even rarer, and I absolutely adored how Dunn incorporated Callie’s love for Jessa as a focus point in the story. (Of course, there were other familial bonds included as well, which only made the story better.)

You are the candle that shines when all power is extinguished. The proof that love exists when life is snuffed out.
When all my layers are stripped away, when everything I know is turned inside out, all I have left is  this.

My love for you.

It’s the only thing they can’t touch.

-Callie, about Jessa

The thing is, the strength of love is often addressed in YA novels, but it’s so rare that we’re talking about the strength of a sibling love, a sisterly bond. Being an older sister myself, I’d do anything for my younger sister, and I’m so happy to finally see a representation of that in a YA novel. Callie’s love for her sister was so strong, I admired, empathized and rooted for Callie by the end of the novel, no matter what other issues I had with her character.

Another thing I found to be really well-done in Callie’s character was her personality, and her development. Callie had flaws—which is what made her a better character. She can be selfish, she’s fearful (of heights, swimming, etc.) but this made her all the more real and I was able to relate to her. Her selfish moments did sometimes get a bit cumbersome, but they were something I only registered, not exactly something I disliked. I definitely appreciated how Callie wasn’t ignorant of when she was being selfish; it was usually quite the contrary of that, actually.

Selfish, a voice inside me roars. Self-centered, inconsiderate, pathetic. The amount of my selfishness makes me dizzy with disgust, but I can’t help myself. Even as I loathe myself for trying, the words pour out of me, searching, reaching, grasping for another solution.

How honest and relatable, is it not?

So, moving on to Logan, Callie’s love interest. Although he’s a perfectly fine character and usually would be the split image of someone I’d love, I’m not completely sold on his and Callie’s romance—or his character at all. Really, there’s not anything glaringly wrong with Logan; it’s just my opinion that he felt a bit dull. Or something. A terrible way to describe it, I know. Bottom line; I didn’t enjoy him as much as Callie, though he was still okay. (LOL I’m feeling kind of guilty for this very short and unclear paragraph on Logan when I look back at all my thoughts on Callie…I hope I’m making at least a little bit of sense!) Unfortunately my thoughts on the other characters were similar to that of Logan’s—though that isn’t to say I’m not interested in learning more about them!

Writing Style

And last but not least, I want to mention how much I enjoyed simply reading the words in this novel. With its vivid imagery and simplistic-yet-not style, Pintip Dunn took me by surprise with the writing in Forget Tomorrow. Everything I read popped into my brain immediately, and it was a fun experience to simply read the writing because it was all so well-written. Dunn did a great job in first person narrative, getting Callie’s voice across through the words clearly and effectively, as well as thoroughly showing Callie’s internal struggle, which did loads to get me even closer to Callie’s character.

Overall…

If you’re looking for a more different kind of dystopian novel than the average ones out there, Forget Tomorrow should go up on your list! A book of many themes and messages—including sibling bonds, making your own destiny and finding who you really are—Forget Tomorrow will definitely leave a strong impression. An important thing that stuck out to me was the familial bonds in this, which aren’t shown enough in most books. The fact that it was represented in this novel made everything so much the better. The intriguing world Dunn has created is gripping and intriguing, both something I recognize and something completely new (though for some it may not be the case). Dunn’s writing is wonderfully suited for the story, creating vivid images and hooking the reader. A solid 4 stars read! Definitely going to be keeping my eyes out for the sequel next year.

A little wrap-up of everything I’ve said:

  • The futuristic world was hooking and intriguing
  • The cliffhanger at the end of the book has me eager to read the sequel
  • Callie’s love for her sister was beautifully portrayed; this sisterly bond is one of the main reasons I liked this book so much
  • Callie herself was a great character, with flaws (that she’s aware of)
  • I was a bit iffy about Logan (and a lot of the other characters who aren’t explained as much), though he’s not a bad character
  • The writing was incredibly beautiful and took me by surprise (in the good way) coming from a debut author.

So, the time has come for the verdict: Do I recommend you gobble this up? Definitely, if you’re looking for a good YA dystopian/sci-fi novel to read—or if any of the above points interests you!


Let us forget tomorrow and talk about this book today! (Don’t even know if that made any sense—truth be told I’m only focusing on the [admittedly pretty bad] pun. LOL.) Point being; I’d love to know what you think of this book! Does it intrigue you? What books have you read that includes familial bonds? (‘Cause I’m in desperate need of having more books with family. I’m serious, guys.) Let me know whatever thoughts you may have down below! ❤

Hugs! 

Until the Next Meal, Analee

WWW Wednesday #31 (November 4th, 2015)

It’s Wednesday once again, which means it’s time for another WWW Wednesday! It’s been pretty hard this week to find time to read, but I’ve managed so far…somehow.

Feel free to join in on the meme (hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words) by answering the three questions below:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

-I’m almost finished Library of Souls; I wasn’t really planning on starting Eternal, but I started it yesterday afternoon since I didn’t have my copy of Library of Souls and only had my e-reader with me. But anyway, I can’t wait to finish LoS!

-As for Eternal (which is a reread, by the way), I’m not too far into it yet since I’ve been pretty busy as well as since I have been concentrating on finishing LoS. But I’m liking it!

Recently Finished

-A Monster Calls was one of my last reads of October, and it was amazing! I loved it so much, it was a great book. Gripping story, with incredible writing and the illustrations were an added bonus. I’m hoping to have a review up on it soon after I get some ARC reviews out of the way!

-Ice Like Fire is the sequel to Snow Like Ashes, and although it had some iffy parts of it, I still really liked it. Now it’s just the torture of waiting for the last book to come out that’s bothering me!

Read Next

-Ink and Bone is on my list once again for this week’s Read Next (honestly, I don’t even know why I keep putting this on here seeing how I seem to have no particular inclination to try it out at this time)! Surprise surprise. I keep telling myself I’ll read it, but I never seem to…

-I recently found A Madness So Discreet at the library so I’m thinking of giving it a shot this week, if I get the time. It seems really good so I am looking forward to reading it! Also, the cover looks pretty cool. XD

-I am attempting to reduce the amount of unread books I own (not that it’s working, but let’s ignore that), and so I have decided to add The Weight of Feathers to this week’s Read Next! I don’t think I’ll be able to get around to this one, but I hope I can.

-The Dead House has been a popular October read! The time for spooky stories has kind of passed by now, but better late than never, right? It seems pretty good and I guess I’ll be putting my scare-tolerance to the test with this one!


So, what do you think of my reading choices? (Because, me being me, I need—and love to hear—your opinions! :P) What book should I read next? What are you reading this week? Feel free to link your WWW if you have one!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

I Need Another Book From These Debut Authors ASAP | Top Ten Tuesday #27 (November 3rd)

Hello everyone! It is time, once again, for a Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! I’m really excited for this week’s topic;

Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel (because when you love a debut you just are ITCHING to get your hands on the author’s second book) or Top Ten Sophomore Novels That I Loved Just As Much If Not More As The Author’s Debut (no one hit wonders heeeere!)

I’m going to go with the first choice (Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel) because 2015 has definitely been a great year for debut authors! Let’s get on with the list, shall we?

Becky Albertalli1. Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was simply fabulous!! (If you need some more proof of its fabulousness, you can go check out my review on it here. LOL aren’t my self-promoting skills on point?!) I can’t wait for her next novel!

2. Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the AshesSabaa Tahir

Her debut An Ember in the Ashes, was amazing!! I absolutely devoured it , and I simply can’t wait for the sequel, which will be called A Torch Against the Night. Sounds intriguing, no?

Nicola Yoon3. Nicola Yoon, Everything Everything

Everything, Everything has been the talk of the bookish community for such a long time, and it’s been quite hyped up! I’m going to have to add to the hype and say I really enjoyed this novel and really can’t wait to read more from this author. 😉 Seriously, this author has skills.

4. Pintip Dunn, Forget TomorrowPintip Dunn

I received Forget Tomorrow from the publisher via Netgalley (review coming soon) and I’m so glad I did! It was a really entertaining read and Pintip Dunn surprised me (in the good way) with her great writing style. I’ll be looking forward to the sequel of Forget Tomorrow as well as any other future novels she writes!

Francesca Zappia5. Francesca Zappia, Made You Up

Made You Up is another book that I loved! A book about schizophrenia, I really loved the story and the characters. Zappia’s writing is great, and I’d definitely be up for reading any of her future novels!

6. Victoria Aveyard, Red QueenVictoria Aveyard

Red Queen was an enjoyable read—I can definitely see why it’s so hyped up. Although maybe it isn’t flawless as some people make it out to be, it’s still entertaining and is a promising start to the series. Definitely looking forward to Glass Sword and any of Victoria Aveyard’s future novels!

Renee Ahdieh7. Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

If you’ve been following Book Snacks for a while (or at least ever since I read this book) you know how much I loved The Wrath and the Dawn! I was absolutely blown away by this book (and how much I enjoyed it). Its sequel, The Rose and the Dagger, isn’t being released fast enough!

8. Jennifer Niven, All the Bright PlacesJennifer Niven

Although All the Bright Places isn’t her only novel, I’m counting it for this list since it’s her first YA novel—and I’m hoping it won’t be the last! This emotional story was amazing and I’d be quite heartbroken if she has no more other YA novels in the works.

Maggie Hall9. Maggie Hall, The Conspiracy of Us

I read and reviewed The Conspiracy of Us near the beginning of this year, maybe February? I haven’t mentioned it much on this blog, though I’m not sure why… The Conspiracy of Us was a thoroughly enjoyable read! The sequel, Map of Fates, is being released sometime this coming January, and I can’t wait! Maggie Hall is definitely an author to have on your radar.

10. Maria Dahvana Headley, MagoniaMaria Headley

However mixed opinions Magonia may recieve, it’s undeniable that Maria Dahvana Headley has created an intriguing world with her creativity and beautiful writing. I enjoyed Magonia well enough and I will definitely be looking forward to its sequel and any other future novels from this author!

Honourable mentions—Debut authors whose book I want to read: Emma Mills (First and Then) , I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above), Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not), Virginia Boecker (The Witch Hunter), Anna-Marie McLemore (The Weight of Feathers), Melissa Grey (The Girl at Midnight), Jasmine Warga (My Heart and Other Black Holes) AND A LOT MORE.


So these are my top choices for debut authors who have me looking forward to their future novels! Do we have any in common? Are any of these authors’ books on your TBR? What debut authors have you looking forward to their sophomore novel? Let me know whatever thoughts you have—and feel free to link your TTT as well! I’d love to come check it out.

Happy Tuesday! Hugs and lots of love to you all! ❤

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Monthly Wrap-Up | 2015 October

Hello bookworms! You all know it’s the end of October, so here’s a little recap of this month’s blogging and bookish events!

Books Read

Books Reviewed

Book Tags

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Book Snacks Babbles

Why Do You Re-Read

Other Posts


I think that’s it for my blogging and bookish wrap-up! I suppose this month went pretty well, all things considered. Second month of school and all, I’m surprised I managed to get so much reading done. So tell me; how has your month gone by? Good? Bad? Did you complete whatever TBR you had in mind for the month? Let me know in the comments! I won’t bite. (I never do.) Feel free to link your own wrap-up as well if you want! ❤

Until the Next Meal, Analee

2015 November Book Releases

October is over! Now it’s time for November!

My rhyming game is on fleek, guys.

Ahem, let’s ignore my little dorky quip there. Hello bookworms! Today is November 1st, which means the time has come for me to share the upcoming book releases for the month. There aren’t as many must-buys for me this month it seems (my wallet is crying in joy), though there are several books I’m looking forward to the most! Anyway, let’s get on with it! All book titles link to Goodreads, as always.

November 1st

November 3rd

November 5th

November 9th

  • Sidespace by G.S. Jennsen (Aurora Rhapsody #4)

November 10th

November 16th

November 17th

November 19th

November 23rd

November 24th


So that’s it for November’s upcoming book releases! Several books I definitely can’t wait for—Winter, I’m looking at you—and it definitely seems November 3rd and the 10th are big days for new releases. Also, is it just me or are there a lot of NA releases coming up?

But either way, tell me; What do you think of November’s releases? Which books are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to chat with you all! 😀

Happy first day of November! Hugs! 

Until the Next Meal, Analee