Review of "Loveboat, Taipei" by Abigail Hing Wen

Thank you to HarperTeen for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Loveboat, Taipei was a stunning book. It was a perfect mixture of Crazy Rich Asians meets Frankly in Love.

To start, the writing was beautiful. In so many scenes I could feel such deep emotion in the text. I felt like I was right next to Ever when she was being scolded or praised, it all felt so genuine and real. The whole story just seemed to flow together in such a natural and easy-to-understand way, and it never felt like there was unnecessary information that was being forced onto me.

This book also dealt with and acknowledged racism and Asian stereotypes, and while I can't directly relate as a white reader, I still felt the power in them and how they were handled. Ever shows us that she's proud of who she is and where she comes from, and when facing a racist man in a restaurant she doesn't stand down against him.

Ever also lands in a situation where her feminin…

June Releases and TBR

For the month of June there's only three books that I'm looking forward to.

First and foremost is Ghosts of the Shadow Market By Cassandra Clare with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link, and Robin Wasserman. This is a collection of short stories following Brother Zachariah from the various Shadowhunter books. I love all the stories from the Shadowhunters universe and I can't wait to see the stories of Brother Zachariah. This is going to be released on June 4th.

On June 25th, DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff is being released. This is the second book following LIFEL1K3, which takes place in a dystopian future of the United States where a girl finds the remains of an android boy named Ezekiel. I'm a huge fan of Jay's writing style and the worlds that he creates and I can't wait to see how he expands upon the ending of the last book.

The final book I'm looking forward to also comes out on June 25th, and it is Wicked Fox by Kat Cho. This book follows Gu Miyou…

A Big Wrap-Up & Update on the Last Couple Months

So, it's been quite a while. I've been really busy with school stuff the past few months with leading the stage crew for my schools drama club, finishing off senior year strong, and preparing for college, but I'm back! I should start posting more regularly from here on out (hopefully!), so prepare for more posts.

As for books that I've read so far this year, I'm just going to break it down by month and give the book titles and ratings as to not overwhelm you with too much information.

January: 9 Books

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster - 3/5⭐The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - 5/5⭐ (reread)Lumberjanes Vol. 10: Parents' Day by Shannon Watters - 5/5⭐The Backstagers Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV - 5/5⭐The Backstagers Vol. 2 by James Tynion IV - 5/5⭐Check, Please! #Hockey Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu - 5/5⭐Animus by Antoine Revoy - 4/5⭐Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill - 5/5⭐The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - 4/5⭐ February: 3 Boo…

Most Anticipated Reads of 2019

So far there are a few books that have been announced for 2019 that I just can't wait to get my hands on. Today I'm here to tell you my most anticipated releases for this year in the order of their publication.

To start off there's only one book that has an unknown publication date, and it is Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, the second book following Carry On. I loved the first book in this series so much, and I didn't expect to hear about a second one, but when it was announced I got so excited about it!

Coming up soon on January 29th is the release of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, which I already have preordered. This book follows King Nicolai after the events of the Grisha Trilogy and I cannot wait for it to be delivered!

Going into March on the 5th is the second book in the Legacy of Orisha series, Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi. I really loved the world building and magic system in Children of Blood and Bone so I can't wait to see where the s…

Top 5 Favorite Books of 2018

Over the span of this year I managed to read 72 books and from those, I have picked the top 5 which I enjoyed the most, so without further ado here are my 5 favorite reads from 2018.

1.) Up first we have Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, which is the final book in the Dark Artifices trilogy. I started this series at the beginning of the year and once I finished Lord of Shadows I could not wait for this book to come out, and let me say it did not disappoint. The ending of Lord of Shadows left me needing to find out what was going to happen, and with all that went on in this book, it was well worth the wait. This book took us to places we've never gone before and went deeper into Shadowhunter mythology and I loved it so much.

2.) Second on the list is Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, which is the final book in the Throne of Glass series. Although I have had problems with some parts of the story, I still love the characters and world of these books and seeing it come to a…

Spoiler Review of Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Just a few days ago I finished Queen of Air and Darkness, which is the final book in the Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, and I am speechless. The Dark Artifices is my favorite series by Clare yet and I was so happy to see it wrapped up.

I love seeing the relationship of the Blackthorn family, and seeing all of them together in this book made it even better. The death of Livvy was so devastating at the end of Lord of Shadows but by having them all together again at last helped.

One thing I love about this series the most is the relationship between Kit and Ty, I just adore the way they act with each other and how Kit would do anything to make Ty happy. At the end of the book when Kit decided to leave with Jem and Tessa I was so sad because there was still business left between him and Ty, but I guess I'll just have to wait for the Wicked Powers to see what happens.

This book did take a strange turn for me when Emma and Julian were transported to Thule, because a large fo…

Spoiler Review of Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

It's been quite a while since I last posted but I have finally returned with another review! Not too long ago I finished reading Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas which is the final book in the Throne of Glass series and I absolutely loved it!

Throne of Glass is one of my favorite series and although my feelings have changed for it over time I still love it. The main thing I struggled with throughout the series was the abrupt change in relationships from Aelin and Chaol to Aelin and Rowan. It just felt so unnatural to me and I couldn't stand it, and although I learned to live with it, it still did bug me. The other thing was the unnecessary sexual scenes that are thrown in because, in my opinion, a young adult book should not go that far with something like that.

In this book, I found that the relationship was a lot more bearable because they weren't constantly wanting to get with each other and the series was brought back to its roots with all the battle and action that was…