Book Reviews in 50 words or less!

Over my blogless year, I accumulated quite a lot of unfinished reviews and also some that were never started. They’ve just been sitting around in the drafts. But it is time to release them… in a shortened version because 1) I am my lazy self and 2) there’s too many. Onwards!

Geekerella | Ashley Poston

Geekerella by Ashley PostonFandom! Teenage heartthrob actors! Blogging! Ok, that might’ve just described a trashy Wattpad story but somehow Geekerella weaves it all into a heartfelt plot and some pretty amazing characters. All the cliches are there in full force but they’re just so much better in this book.

Rating: 4/5 stars and big thumbs up! Side note: the cover is gorgeous, love the illustrations.

Wanderlost | Jen Malone

Wanderlost by Jen MaloneGave me some serious wanderlust feels. I considered hopping onto the next plane to Europe after reading this. A great book about breaking out of your comfort zone. Pretty standard YA contemporary otherwise, would recommend to people between books or looking for a light read.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Legend | Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu12 year old me would’ve loved this book. It has the dystopia, the romance, the rebels. But to 17 year old me, it seems like it borrows off The Hunger Games and Divergent. Well written and dual perspectives were well integrated but it just doesn’t feel fresh.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Bellamy and the Brute | Alicia Michaels

Bellamy and The Brute (Bellamy and the Brute, #1)The eerie tone over the whole book was amazing. It really made the mystery of the ghosts that much better. Interesting twist on Beauty and the Beast and honestly, one of the better fairytale adaptations.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Girl Against the Universe | Paula Stokes

Girl Against the UniverseI can do this review in 3 words: GO READ IT. So many feels in one book.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Under a Painted Sky | Stacey Lee

Under a Painted SkyThis is one of my all time favourite reads. There’s a great balance between friendship, romance and adventure. To top it all off the protagonist is Chinese and pretends to be a guy… just YES!!! Don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing like Mulan. Give it a read and you’ll see!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars. Two thumbs up and also a not so subtle nudge to make you read it 😀


6 reviews down! Woo hoo! Anyways, have you heard or read any of these? What do you think of them?

Till next time!

♥ Prima

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Weekly Wrap Up | In which I actually read

This week has been one of rediscovery. Rediscovery of reading, rediscovery of blogging and also rediscovery of Big Time Rush and my 12 year old fangirling of them. So in honour of this, get ready for the BTR gifs 😀

First of all, I’m going to be a bit egotistical and applaud myself for actually posting anything this week. How do people do this daily?? You crazy people deserve a standing ovation and a giant ass crown.

I finally got around to reading some books on my TBR pile…. aaaand also some that weren’t. Finished Renegades by Continue reading “Weekly Wrap Up | In which I actually read”

WWW Wednesdays: 22nd November 2017

WWW Wednesdays

First thing on the new and improved Panda Hearts Books: joining WWW Wednesdays! Hosted over at Taking on a World of Words, the meme consists of answering the following questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading…

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Hello World… Again!

After my fail of book blogging over the past year and a half – that is the total lack of posting – I think it’s a good time to re-introduce myself.

Hi! My name is Prima. I’m 17, fresh out of high school. Since my final exams finished a very long 2 weeks ago, I’m in a permanent “What now?” mood. After 2 weeks of sleeping in till midday and staying in bed until the afternoon watching Youtube, I’m finally ready to regain my love of reading and blogging.

Confession time: over the past year and a half, I’ve kind of grown out of my fascination with YA.  Honestly, I’m sick of the tropes and the ships, the expected romances but for some reason all I can read is YA. Refer to my Goodreads Reading Challenge for proof.

Reading has always been fun for me until high school just made it…. well those who are in and have been in high school know what I mean. The constant analysing of textual integrity, author purpose and literary techniques shattered my enjoyment of reading trashy rom com books. However, it did open me up to the idea of reading for something other than enjoyment, for understanding of humanity and the power of language.

So I’m back but with extra deepness and realness. Before I sometimes wrote posts in a way that seemed really unnatural to me and I’m going to try to express everything in a way that is truthful to me. Honestly, I’m just warning you for the awkwardness and bad jokes you might feel through my future posts 😀

Where am I going with Panda Hearts Books? I’ve always wanted to do more bookstagramming and now I have a decent phone camera, now’s a good time as any! I’m also going to figure out a solid theme (hopefully soon) and how to use Twitter (hopefully also soon) (also follow me on Twitter… is this how you self promote lol). Will try and get into the hang of regular posting.

Anyways, first thing I’m going to tackle is my currently reading list, on which some books have been on for months:

  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  • Warcross – Marie Lu
  • Renegades – Marissa Meyer
  • Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
  • The Impossible Vastness of Us – Samantha Young

Looking for some other great books to read. Comment down below some of your recent faves!

♥ Prima

Reading Slump Pity Party

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And here we are again at my annual reading and blogging slump, 2 (or is it 3 now?) months and counting. I can solve one of those problems by posting so here’s a post 😀

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Welcome to the first session of the Reading Slump Pity Party. While other blogs may provide some actual helpful advice on reading slumps, we here on Panda Hearts Books are here to sit next to you on the floor and cry with you. I know it’s tough but we can all get through it if we stick together. Yes, there might be tears and blood shed along the way, but it’ll be worth it. Let’s discuss the 5 stages of the reading slump:

1. Denial  | The “I’m just in the middle of a slow bit, it’ll be over soon” stage

Take for example Passenger by Alexandra Bracken which I started in March and still haven’t finished. To this day, I will swear on my right hand that I’ll finish it. Ah, yes the taste of sweet sweet denial.

2. Anger | The “WHY AM I STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SLOW BIT?” stage

Ok, so a month later and the book still hasn’t been read. Just stay calm, it will happen. UGH THIS IS PAIN! I SHOULD BE FLYING THROUGH IT LIKE I NORMALLY DO!!

3. Bargaining | The “Ok, I’ll watch some Youtube then read before I sleep”

We all know you ain’t coming back from Youtube, it’s a deep dark hole.

4. Depression | The “I’m a terrible reader. I’ve let down the whole book community” 

Maybe in between this bookish existential crisis you read a couple of books but you just hate all of them… ALL OF THEM! How is that even possible? And then you go back into the crisis and just lie on the floor.

5. Acceptance | The “Yes, I am in the middle of a slump” stage

Say it with me “I am undergoing a slump and that’s ok.” Ask your friends for some recommendations, scan your Goodreads for something to read and say you’ll pick up a book soon. Good. Now you can go back to lying on the floor again.

… But seriously, in need for books that give me feels.

♥ Prima