Review: I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

I Love You So MochiTitle: I Love You So Mochi
Author: Sarah Kuhn
Genres: Young Adult comtemporary
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Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement. She’s obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel brave, fabulous, and like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother sees this as a distraction from working on her portfolio paintings for the prestigious fine art academy where she’s been accepted for college. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi’s estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.

When she arrives in Japan, she loses herself in Kyoto’s outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival–and meets Akira, a cute med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. What begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.

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This was absolutely adorable.

I Love You So Mochi is about a girl visiting her grandparent’s in Japan for the first time and trying to figure out what exactly her passion is. She also meets a very cute guy who works as a mochi mascot for his uncle’s mochi stand and they develop a romance.

I basically loved everything about this book, except for the main plot of finding one’s passion. It was pretty clear from page one what exactly Kimi’s passion is and the fact that it takes her the entire book to figure it out herself was kind of frustrating. It would’ve been so much more interesting if she actually didn’t have a passion and she spend her time in Japan finding something new she loved and actually discovering herself. Finding out what makes her happy, instead of already knowing but just not connecting the dots yet. Lees verder

Review: The Battle by Karuna Riazi

The Battle (The Gauntlet #2)Title: The Battle
Series: The Gauntlet #2
Author: Karuna Riazi
Genres: Middle Grade Fantasy
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The game begins again in this gripping follow-up to The Gauntlet that’s a futuristic middle eastern Zathura meets Ready Player One!

Four years after the events of The Gauntlet, the evil game Architect is back with a new partner-in-crime—The MasterMind—and the pair aim to get revenge on the Mirza clan. Together, they’ve rebuilt Paheli into a slick, mind-bending world with floating skyscrapers, flying rickshaws run by robots, and a digital funicular rail that doesn’t always take you exactly where you want to go.

Twelve-year-old Ahmad Mirza struggles to make friends at his new middle school, but when he’s paired with his classmate Winnie for a project, he is determined to impress her and make his very first friend. At home while they’re hard at work, a gift from big sister Farah—who is away at her first year in college—arrives. It’s a high-tech game called The Battle of Blood and Iron, a cross between a video game and board game, complete with virtual reality goggles. He thinks his sister has solved his friend problem—all kids love games. He convinces Winnie to play, but as soon as they unbox the game, time freezes all over New York City.

With time standing still and people frozen, all of humankind is at stake as Ahmad and Winnie face off with the MasterMind and the Architect, hoping to beat them at their own game before the evil plotters expand Paheli and take over the entire world.

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I wasn’t exactly sure whether I wanted to write this review at first. I guess this is where I admit that I absolutely despise writing negative reviews. Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true because I kind of love writing negative reviews. Just, that feeling of letting all of the frustrations you have over a book out and just ranting your heart out? Amazing. I just have a lot of trouble with posting it because I’m incredibly sad that I didn’t like this book, and I kind of don’t want to admit that I didn’t like it. So I’ve been putting writing this off for a very long time. I mean, I even wrote a whole post about why I don’t want to write this review instead of actually writing this review.

The thing is: I’m very disappointed in this book. And me being very disappointed in a book doesn’t happen very often, because I generally know what I like in books so I tend to only pick up books that I’m very likely to love. But this book had so many elements that I should love and I still didn’t, and I wasn’t sure what do to with that. Lees verder

The End of the Year Book Tag

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Hi everyone, I’ve seen quite a few people I follow do this tag and I really liked it, so I thought I could maybe do it myself, too! I know almost every single blog post or youtube video started this way but it’s true; I can’t believe the year is almost over! It somehow simultaneously went by incredibly fast, but it also definitely dragged on so long. Anyway, let’s not dwell on that too much because time is a social construct and it just stresses me out, and just get into the questions.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Honestly? Not really. I don’t really want to put a time-related pressure on what I read because that makes reading a lot less fun for me, and it also doesn’t work with me being a huge mood reader. I mean, I’ve been reading The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee for months now and it’d definitely be nice to finish it before the end of the year, but I have to be in a very specific mood when reading historical fiction or I’ll enjoy it less, and I don’t want to do this to this book because it’s really great and I don’t want to ruin that for myself.

A few other books that I’m currently reading and I’d like to finish before the end of the year are Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green, Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher, and Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough. But again, I won’t be mad if I don’t finish them in the next two months. Okay, maybe a little. Lees verder

Check-in: YARC 2019

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Hi everyone! As some of you might know, a few of my wonderful friends CWLilyShealea Vicky decided to host a year long reading challenge called Year of the Asian, where the goal is to read as many books by Asian authors as possible. At the beginning of the year I decided to participate, made a sign-up post including a TBR, and set myself the goal to read 21-30 books so I could get the adorable tapir badge.

I know I’ve read quite a few books by Asian authors this year, but I hadn’t really kept track of how many. That’s why I thought it might be a good idea to do a check-in post; to see how many books I’d already read, and how many books I still had to read during these last 2.5 months of the year. And maybe tell you a little about which books were my favorites. So, here’s a list of books by Asian authors I’ve read this year so far:

1. No More Heroes by Michelle Kan
2. The Storyteller by Traci Chee
3. Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh
4. Love Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

5. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
6. Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
7. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
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Review: Rogue Heart (Rebel Seoul #2) by Axie Oh

Rogue Heart (Rebel Seoul, #2)Title: Rogue Heart
Series: Rebel Seoul #2
Author: Axie Oh
Genres: Young Adult sci-fi
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NEO BEIJING, 2201. Two years after the Battle of Neo Seoul, eighteen-year-old telepath Ama works by day in a cafe and moonlights as a lounge singer in a smoky bar at night. She’s anonymous, she’s safe from the seemingly never-ending war, and that’s how she’d like to stay. But then PHNX, a resistance group specializing in espionage and covert missions, approaches her with an offer to expose a government experiment exactly like the one she fled. Soon, Ama is traveling with PHNX on a series of dangerous assignments, using her telepathic powers to aid the rebellion against the authoritarian Alliance.

As the war ramps up, PHNX is given its most dangerous mission yet: to infiltrate the base of the Alliance’s new war commander, a young man rumored to have no fear of death. But when Ama sees the commander for the first time, she discovers his identity: Alex Kim, the boy she once loved and who betrayed her.

Now, Ama must use her telepathic abilities to pose as an officer in Alex’s elite guard, manipulating Alex’s mind so that he doesn’t recognize her. As the final battle approaches, Ama struggles with her mission and her feelings for Alex. Will she be able to carry out her task? Or will she give up everything for Alex again—only to be betrayed once more?

Part heist novel, part love story, Rogue Heart is perfect for fans of Marie Lu’s Warcross and Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.

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At the beginning of the year one of my closest friends Elin and I decided to buddy read Rebel Seoul together. And while I was super excited about the book and I really thought I was going to love it I just… didn’t. I liked the world, the politics and the characters themselves, but I couldn’t connect with the writing at all and I strongly disliked the romance. And while I usually don’t pick up sequels for books that I give a less-than-4-star rating to, I couldn’t help but request Rogue Heart when I spotted it on Edelweiss.

I have to admit that I deeply regretted this decision about 2 seconds after I requested it. I mean, I already have so many other books to read, why request one I’m not all that interested in? But I got accepted, and when I made a Twitter poll asking people to decide which ARC I should pick up first this book won. So I picked it up, and I’m so, so happy I did because this book was absolutely incredible. Lees verder

Wrap-Up: September 2019

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Hi everyone! I have to be up-front and say: I have no idea if these are the books I read in September or if I accidentally added some from August. I was a bit of a mess in August and I didn’t update Goodreads in a while and never made my August wrap-up so I have no way of checking but I think it’s right? Hopefully?

Anyway, life is kind of strange right now. I graduated back in July so I don’t have school anymore, but I also don’t have work but I’m looking for something and I have a lot of appointments and it’s just… very stressful. I’m not the best with change and not knowing what to expect, and that’s kind of all that my life is right now, so it’s hard. But I’m taking it day by day and I’m still enjoying myself, despite the anxiety. And I read quite a few good books this month!

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock – This one was recommended to me by my lovely friend Romie and it was very different from books I usually read but I loved it a lot, which was a very nice surprise. Thank you, Romie! ❤
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty – I read a lot of middle grade and because I’ve been seeing this everywhere and people seem to be loving it I had high expectations of it, but it was just… fine? I liked it, but I’ve read so many middle grade books that are better.
Color Me In by Natasha Diaz – The writing in this one is SO FREAKING GOOD. Just, WOW.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – This one was also recommended to me by Romie but it sadly wasn’t for me and I DNF’d it. Lees verder

October YA Releases I’m Excited For

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Hi everyone! A few weeks ago I made a list of my most anticipated middle grade releases for the second half of the year, and I thought I should follow this one up with YA releases. There’s quite a few really great YA books coming out in October, so I thought I’d share the 8 I’m most excited for with you! 

Crier’s War by Nina Varela (October 1st) – I have to admit I’m not the biggest fantasy fan so you don’t often see me reading fantasy books, but I’ll definitely make an exception for this one. Besides the fact that this book is f/f and the fact that I’ve seen lots of people rave about in on my timeline, I’ve also been following the author on twitter and the way she talks about this book makes me want to pick it up RIGHT. NOW.
Rogue Heart by Axie Oh (October 8th) – I’ve already read this one and it’s SUCH a good one! It’s the sequel to Rebel Seoul and I have to admit I didn’t adore this one, but Rogue Heart? AMAZING. I already loved this world and the politics, but the character development in the sequel is great, and I also really, really enjoyed the plot.
By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery (October 8th) – The author of this book has been on my radar for a while, and when this cover was released I knew I had to add it to my tbr. I’m such a sucker for pretty yellow covers! I also really like the synopsis of this one and I have an e-ARC of the book so I really hope I’ll be able to get to it soon!
Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor (October 15th) – I’m an absolute sucker for YA sci-fi and I’m so happy that there’s quite a few new one’s coming out this month, but this one has an aro ace lead? There’s sapphics? And after reading the synopsis again, I truly can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Everything about this sounds so incredibly good!

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