Happy New Year! | One Year Blogiversary!

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Well, my lovely readers, this is it.

It’s been a year since I started up yasimone.com. A year since I first mustered up the courage to introduce myself to the world. A year since I was overjoyed that my blog actually appeared on Google (on the fourth page of results, no less). A year since I wrote up fifteen post drafts before finally settling on this tiny stub of a first post.

A year. It’s seemed so short. How funny, that a year can drag on for an eternity and yet pass by quicker than a second.

2015 is over, and it’s been a whirlwind of a journey. We can only imagine how 2016 will turn out.

So, I’d like to say thank you. 😀 Thank you to everyone who takes the time out of their day to read my posts. To everyone who likes books, to everyone who’s supported my blog and me all this time, to everyone who’s ever liked or commented on one of my posts, to everyone who has tagged or nominated me for an award— thank you. I am indescribably grateful. 🙂

 Here’s to fresh beginnings and many more years of bookishness to come! 😛

❤ Yasimone


Bookish Gift Guide | 2015 Holidays #2

Hey everybody! 🙂

Here’s the second post for the Bookish Gift Guide. This time, it’s featuring gifts for…

The YA Aficionado

fangirl book

+ “Fangirl” Print Book Cover ($8.00)-A unique vintage book cover print for the Rainbow Rowell fangirl— haha, see what I did there?–in your life. It’s printed over a page from an old encyclopedia.

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+ “Paper Towns” Quote T-shirt ($15.00)– For those who long to wander like Margo and Quentin did in John Green’s renowned novel Paper Towns.

katniss everdeen funko pop

+ Katniss Everdeen Funko Pop! Figurine ($8.98)– This adorable vinyl Katniss figurine is sure to bring a smile to the face of any face of anyone who likes the Hunger Games series.

mazre runner charms

+ Maze Runner Series Charm Bracelet ($23.55)– This charm bracelet features four mini versions of the novels of the Maze Runner series—and they really open up!

divergent notebook

+ “Divergent” Quotes Spiral-Bound Notebook ($15.88)– Covered in quotes and graphics from the dystopian YA novel Divergent, this notebook is perfect to jot down thoughts in the most Dauntless way possible.

library card socks

+ Library Card Socks ($10.00)– Yup, these cozy socks are designed to look like an empty library card! They’re great for cuddling up with a good novel by the fireplace on a snowy evening.

Thanks for reading everyone. Here’s Part I of the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide if you’d like to check it out. 🙂

❤ Yasimone

Bookish Gift Guide | 2015 Holidays #1

Hi everyone! 😀

It’s the holiday season! I’ve decided to try something new and create a sort of last-minute gift guide with some great suggestions for things to buy for the bookish people in your life. 🙂 So no matter what you celebrate—whether it’s Christmas or New Year—there’s a little bit of something here for everyone in this guide. If you’re genuinely interested in one of the items, click on its photo or name in the description to check out where to buy it. Here’s the first installation. 🙂

I hope you all like it, and be sure to let me know if you’d like to see more posts like this! This first one features gifts for…

The Classics Lover

just one more chapter+ “Just One More Chapter” Resin Necklace ($15.00)– This wonderfully vintage-style statement necklace is perfect for someone who can’t put down their favourite classics, whether it’s Jane Austen or George Orwell.

gone with the wind

+ “Gone with the Wind” Canvas Tote ($18.00)– A 100% cotton bag perfect for hauling around your favourite books wherever you go. This particular tote has the cover of Gone with the Wind on it but there are tons of other variations. The  best part about it is that for every one of these totes bought, a book is donated to a community in need. 🙂

oliver twist shirt

 + “Oliver Twist” Print T-Shirt ($34.00)– This shirt has around 40,000 words from Charles Dickens’s beloved novel Oliver Twist printed on it! It’s the perfect way to show your love to a bookworm who appreciates the little things.

doyle poster

+ Conan Doyle “Sherlock” Poster ($16.00)– Got a mystery fan on your hands? Get them this minimalistic Conan Doyle poster to hang proudly on their living room wall.

old books candle

+ Old Books Scented Soy Candle ($16.00)– That wonderfully musty, old aroma of an aged leather-bound book in candle form. 😀 This hand-poured soy candle is sure to please any second-hand bookstore enthusiast.

Book phone /iPhone flip Wallet case- Catcher in the Rye for iPhone 6, 6 plus, 5, 5s, 5c, iPhone 4, 4s- Samsung GalaxyS5 S4 S3, Note 3, 4

+ “The Catcher in the Rye” Phone Flip Case ($29.00)– Designed after the cover of J. D. Salinger’s most famous novel, this phone case protects your phone while flaunting your impeccable literary taste to the world. 😛 The case can be bought for most types of phones, including all the sizes of the iPhone.

That’s all for today everyone! Thanks for reading!

❤ Yasimone

Book Review || Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publishing Company: Harper Collins

Release Year: 2015

Genre(s): YA, Dystopia, Fantasy

Series: Red Queen Series (Book One)

My Summary

Mare Barrow is a Red in a world divided by blood. Silvers are the upper-class, the royals, the ones with fantastic powers straight out of a fairytale. Reds, like Mare and the rest of her family, are the worker class, the regulars, the ones who watch in bitter awe at the Silvers’ strength and ruthless, wasteful ways. Mare and her family are just another one of the average Red families in their poverty-stricken village, the Stilts, between Mare’s pickpocketing and her sister Gisa’s embroidery skills, they make do. What little they have comes crashing down when palace guards show up at their house in the middle of the night and take Mare to work at the palace of the royal family of Norta. There, all too suddenly, in a strange twist of events, Mare discovers she has powers—controlling electricity—that leave even the Silvers reverent and is thrown full-force into the world of nobility as a pawn. red queen.jpgKing Tiberias and his snakelike wife, Queen Elara, declare her to be the long-lost daughter of a Silver and betroth her to the younger son Maven, despite her full Red blood. Everything is strange and foreign, and Mare must watch her every move; her life is at stake. It doesn’t help the situation that a war is being waged in the meantime and unrest is brewing in the nation’s Red population. Maven and Mare end up befriend each other and join a rebel group, the Scarlet Guard, trying to end the tyrannical Silver rule. As if hiding her identity and her allegiance from the Silvers is hard enough, she’s slowly falling in love the two princes, Maven and Cal, and doesn’t know which one to choose. Will Mare make it out of this mess alive, or will her secrets destroy her?

My Thoughts

I’ll be straightforward with you all: I didn’t exactly expect to enjoy this novel. I began reading it just for the sake of reading and ended up finishing it pleasantly surprised and looking forward to the next book in the Red Queen series. If you’ve ever read my review of The Selection, you’ll know that novels which mix dystopian worlds and monarchy-style governments aren’t exactly my cup of tea. 😛 Red Queen challenged my views by providing a fresh, compelling fusion-genre book that I rather liked.

The writing itself is great. It’s descriptive and vivid and captivating, and much better than you would expect of a debut author. 🙂 A job well done on Victoria Aveyard’s part. I also liked that the plot had so many interesting twists and turns Some aspects of the plot were a bit too familiar—downtrodden poor, self-doubt, sudden major life change, love triangle, rebellion. I felt at times that it took a pinch of personality from multiple dystopian series, added in a smidgen of fantasy, and voilà! Overall, though, it was fairly good. It drags a bit towards the end of the middle but picks up wonderfully at the conclusion. The extremely unexpected plot twist in the last few chapters is incredible. You will definitely want to have the next book, Glass Sword, just to find out what happens. (Glass Sword comes out in February of next year, by the way.)

Character-wise, Red Queen was nicely developed. Mare is a relatable, head-strong, clever heroine. It’s hard not to like her and her endearingly bold personality. The supporting characters (Maven, Cal,  Queen Elara, Mare’s childhood friend Kilorn, Cal’s betrothed Evangeline, Mare’s family,  and many more) are all unique and fun to dislike or root for. Their supernatural powers—or lack thereof—made them feel a bit too two-dimensional for my taste at times, but their interactions were generally believable and interesting. The one interaction between the characters I did not like much was the Mare-Maven-Cal love triangle. It felt rather weak and forced. :/

That being said, everything exceeded my expectations and left me wanting more. If you’re looking for a book with a captivating combination of genres and an exciting, suspenseful storyline, Red Queen is just the novel for you. 🙂

Happy December, by the way! How is the year over already? 😀

❤ Yasimone