{Bookish Review} Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)
By: Neal Shusterman
Published on: November 22nd 2016 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genres: Dystopia (YA)
Source: Library

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

I'm not a very big fan of dystopian reads but somehow the summary of scythe convinced me to give it a try. A world where there is no hunger, no disease, no war and no misery. Plus the fact that there is no death except for death by scythes' hands to keep the population under control. These are what got me thinking about how the story will turn out.

We first learnt about Citra and Rowan (what unique names they have) and their families and how they first came into contact with the scythe who will eventually take them as apprentices. The world building is realistic and kept me engaged throughout the story and I'm impressed by how the story unfolds--the unexpected twists and turns that had me hanging by the edge of my seat.

I really enjoyed reading Scythe, especially about the character growth of Citra. Once I have finished reading Scythe, I went to hunt for the second book immediately. That's how much I really want to continue reading the story.  I'll recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading this genre.

{Bookish Updates} 3 June 2018

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It has been almost a month since the last Sunday Post on Bookish Michelle! I put the blame on procrastination and laziness. Didn't get to read as much as I wanted to in May but I will have more time in June since I have reduced the number of my weekend classes. My legs gets tired easily from hours of standing in classroom and  they cramp in the middle of the night while I sleep. It's very awful... That's the downside of pregnancy I guess. I won't be working July so I'll have even more time to read. I'm soooo looking forward to that!

Did some doodling for my online greeting card shop. The website has been down since January as my partner and I were too busy with work to focus on creating new designs. Meanwhile, I've started on working on my graphic tablet and graphic design programme and created a new logo for the shop. My partner is super happy with it and prefers the word version over the round logo version.

I've been taking some drawing and watercolour lessons on Skill Share as well and I'm liking it so far. I'm on 2 months trial and if you'd like to try it out, you can do so via this link here. It's a 2 months trial and if you decide to pay for premium after the trial, I get a month too. ;)

I guess that's enough update for today. On with the bookish stuff!
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New Books For Bookish Michelle

  • Scythe - Have always wanted to read this and I managed to get a copy from the library! Review coming up this week since I've finished reading it.
  • Dating the Undead - The title caught my attention as I was walking around the library. Borrowed it even though the rating on Goodread was just so so. Hope it's good!
  • Stormswept - Sabrina Jeffries is one of my to-go historical romance author. I didn't know she wrote under other pen names as well.
  • The Creakers - Got to know this book through my Goodreads feed. Some book blogger read this and like it. I'm reading this at the moment. Just started though.
  • Thunderhead - Sequel to Scythe. Scythe is sooooooo good that I borrowed the ebook from the library immediately after finish reading. The library near to my place doesn't hold a copy... 
I just hope that I'll be able to finish reading all the books that I've borrowed. I had to return Alex, Approximately because my loan period is up and I can't renew the book. I couldn't really get into the book but I'll try again!

{Bookish Finds} Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1)
By: Laura Sebastian
Published on: April 24th 2018 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genres: YA Fantasy

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.
Found this book in the catalogue from one of the local bookstores in Singapore and the super short summary there caught my attention. I went to Goodreads immediately and found out that this is actually the first book in the trilogy which was released this year. This means to say that if I were to get this book, I have to wait for quite some time before being able to continue the story. Should I get this? Will you get this book if you are interested in it, like I do?

{Bookish Finds} Power of Five by Alex Lidell

Power of Five (Power of Five #1)
By: Alex Lidell
Published on: May 4th 2018 by Danger Bearing Press
Genres: Fantasy

Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they can’t allow—or resist.

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out... Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn.

River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to... a female. A mortal female.

Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing—a mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for anyone... especially for Lera herself.

Power of Five is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel.
The cover! Just look at the cover, will you? Such a stunning cover worthy of attention. (I'm sorry that I picked books based on covers... but hey, it works well!)

Having said that, I think that the plot is compelling as well. I'm really interested to read this book but the thing is that this is a series. Not too sure if I can wait that long to read the next book in the series. Ah well, I'll keep this book under my radar.

{Bookish Updates} 6 May 2018

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Had a not so hectic week as compared to last week as I've managed to squeeze in some reading time after I knocked off from work at night and before going to sleep. Accidentally fell asleep twice during the week though as I was really tired. Did I mention that I'm into my third trimester of pregnancy? Perhaps that's what made me really sleepy.

Finished a book this week! So, yay to me! Intending to read more since I've stopped providing the short story writing services for others but I have plans to write some children stories of my own (that'll come later, if I don't procrastinate..) I'm also trying to pick up some cute drawing skills from reading those tutorial books. Hope it'll come in handy for my greeting card store online (which is still undergoing 'renovation').
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New Books For Bookish Michelle

Boo... :'(
But then again, I've got many books from my TBR pile to read.

{Bookish Review} The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart

The Last Chance Matinee (The Hudson Sisters #1)
By: Mariah Stewart
Published on: March 21st 2017 by Gallery Books
Genres: Romance
Source: Library

From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes the first novel in her all-new series, The Hudson Sisters, following a trio of reluctant sisters as they set out to fulfill their father’s dying wish. In the process, they find not only themselves, but the father they only thought they knew.

When celebrated and respected agent Fritz Hudson passes away, he leaves a trail of Hollywood glory in his wake—and two separate families who never knew the other existed. Allie and Des Hudson are products of Fritz’s first marriage to Honora, a beautiful but troubled starlet whose life ended in a tragic overdose. Meanwhile, Fritz was falling in love on the Delaware Bay with New Age hippie Susa Pratt—they had a daughter together, Cara, and while Fritz loved Susa with everything he had, he never quite managed to tell her or Cara about his West Coast family.

Now Fritz is gone, and the three sisters are brought together under strange circumstances: there’s a large inheritance to be had that could save Allie from her ever-deepening debt following a disastrous divorce, allow Des to open a rescue shelter for abused and wounded animals, and give Cara a fresh start after her husband left her for her best friend—but only if the sisters upend their lives and work together to restore an old, decrepit theater that was Fritz’s obsession growing up in his small hometown in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Guided by Fritz’s closest friend and longtime attorney, Pete Wheeler, the sisters come together—whether they like it or not—to turn their father’s dream into a reality, and might just come away with far more than they bargained for.
Picked up this book after reading Kim's wonderful review over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I wasn't disappointed at all! However, I did find the prologue confusing because the author tries to introduce the characters in the book--the 3 sisters and a bit of their lives. There's too much information unloading for me but once I got past that, everything's fine.

What I like about this book is the connection between the characters in the story and how they slowly build up their relationship while being 'forced' to stay in the small town to rebuild the theater that belonged to their family. The plot is cliche but somehow, I still enjoyed reading what happened to the ladies. The part I like best is when Allie's daughter came on board during her school break. It's so refreshing to read about her. Her enthusiasm seemed to jump out from the book.

The Last Chance Matinee is a light read which I really enjoyed but the main problem is not over yet and to be continued in book 2 which will be released in the middle of this month. Gasp! Can't wait to read the second book to find out what happens next!

{Bookish Finds} The One You Can't Forget by Roni Loren

The One You Can't Forget (The Ones Who Got Away #2)
By: Roni Loren
Published on: June 5th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres: Romance

Most days Rebecca Lindt feels like an imposter...
The world admires her as a survivor. But that impression would crumble if people knew her secret. She didn't deserve to be the one who got away. But nothing can change the past, so she's thrown herself into her work. She can't dwell if she never slows down.

Wes Garrett is trying to get back on his feet after losing his dream restaurant, his money, and half his damn mind in a vicious divorce. But when he intervenes in a mugging and saves Rebecca―the attorney who helped his ex ruin him―his simple life gets complicated.

Their attraction is inconvenient and neither wants more than a fling. But when Rebecca's secret is put at risk, both discover they could lose everything, including what they never realized they needed: each other

She laughed and kissed him. This morning she'd melted down. But somehow this man had her laughing and turned on only a few hours later. Everything inside her felt buoyed.

She felt...light.

She'd forgotten what that felt like.

I love the feel of the cover. It's just so sweet and heart-warming. Happened to see this book on some blogs and that piqued my interest in the book. I guess I'll be picking up the first book in the series before this one is released in June. There's still some time left!

What do you think about this book? Are you interested in reading it too?