Month: January 2017

5 Underrated Books I Read in 2016

5 Underrated Books I Read in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So. I know, I know, the name of this meme is Top Ten Tuesday, not Top Five Tuesday but five was honestly the most I could come up with. Look, I didn’t exactly read a lot of books last year so I don’t have a lot of options to choose from… ? Through the Dark by Alexandra […]

Posted January 17, 2017 by Emz Chang in Meme / 3 Comments

Is Originality in YA Dead or Not? Part 2

Is Originality in YA Dead or Not? Part 2

Last week, I went over why originality is dead, especially in YA. I talked about archetypes and how a truly original story can technically never exist. But our discussion doesn’t end there. There always has to be a “but” right? Like I said last week, thanks to tropes and motifs, I think the baseline, the foundation of stories can never really be original. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think books can’t be unique, that there’s no difference between Book A and Book B even […]

Posted January 13, 2017 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 1 Comment

I Won’t Be Going to BEA in 2017

I Won’t Be Going to BEA in 2017

Ever since I started blogging in 2012, I’ve always dreamed of going to BEA. A convention to meet fellow bloggers and readers with the bonus of an opportunity to meet authors and potentially receive ARCs of books that are high on your TBR? Count me in! There’s just one problem – the price of tickets. If I were to attend BEA, it would definitely be a large investment, especially given that I’m currently a college student without a job. I probably won’t have to pay […]

Posted January 12, 2017 by Emz Chang in Life / 2 Comments

Fame or Shame? Names From These Broken Stars

Fame or Shame? Names From These Broken Stars

‘Fame or Shame?’ is a new feature I’m writing. How well do the characters live up to the names bestowed upon them? That’s the big question for the Seer of Names. Did it fail or nail influencing authors to give characters a particular moniker? Is its naming power its claim to fame or source of shame? First up, we’re dissecting the names of the two main characters of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Spoilers ahead if you have not already read […]

Posted January 11, 2017 by Emz Chang in Fame or Shame, Other / 0 Comments

Ten 2016 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t

Ten 2016 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is the Top Ten 2016 Releases You Meant to Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY Plan To). Unfortunately for me, not having the time to read a book I wanted to is pretty much the story of my life. I actually have quite a few 2016 releases I wanted to read last year but couldn’t find the time. What makes this even sadder is that I own signed […]

Posted January 10, 2017 by Emz Chang in Meme / 9 Comments

Review – RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Review – RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Review: RoseBlood is a modern spin-off of The Phantom of the Opera. The story is centered around Rune, a teenage girl with an extraordinary talent for opera. Rune is uprooted from her Texas home and sent to school in France, more specifically, a school that is housed in an old opera house that has ties to the Phantom of the Opera. I thought RoseBlood was a pretty good read. It starts off a bit slow and Rune a little getting used to in the beginning, […]

Posted January 9, 2017 by Emz Chang in review / 2 Comments

Is Originality is Dead? Part ONE

Is Originality is Dead? Part ONE

This is going to be a two-part discussion. Mainly because if I stuck everything in one post, it would be insanely long. Today, I’m going to go over why it originality appears to be dead. Next week, we’ll discuss if it actually is. Now back to the question. Is originality dead in YA? I don’t think originality is dead. How can something be dead if it never really existed anyways? You see, pretty much after Homer’s stories from way long ago, there are technically no […]

Posted January 6, 2017 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 8 Comments

2016 End of Year Survey

2016 End of Year Survey

The End of Year Survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. I had a lot of fun filling it out last year so here we go again! Oh, and by the way, I know how to count (I think?). If there’s a missing number, it means I skipped the question. 🙂 2016 Reading Stats Number Of Books You Read: 38 ? Number of Re-Reads: 6 (The entire Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter) Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy Best in […]

Posted January 3, 2017 by Emz Chang in wrap up / 2 Comments

Review – The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Review – The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Review: Narrated by its main character, Hawthorn, a high school senior, The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a story about self-discovery and the power of assumptions. A lesson not only about the self, but on the facades people put on and the masks we wear. I have mixed feelings about The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett and most of them stem from Hawthorn. She’s just a… quirky and naive character. Her maturity and imagination was hard to believe given her age. What high school […]

Posted January 2, 2017 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments