Release Day Blitz + GIVEAWAY! | The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Abdieh

Helloooo everyone!  THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh released earlier this week (freaking out) and I’m so excited that I get to share the news with y’all – along with an awesome giveaway!

If you’ve been on the blogosphere for awhile, you know how big The Wrath & The Dawn has been.  It was one of my absolute favorite books last year.  But if you haven’t yet heard about this book by Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below. 

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



About The Book

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Title: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER

Author: RenéAhdieh

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Pages: 432

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”


I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Praise for The Rose and the Dagger:

“Above all there is the shattering, triumphant catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews 

“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist 

READ THE Excerpt Here! :]

 


About Renée

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Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.


She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of theScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only.

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Ends on May 3rd at Midnight EST!

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Review: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

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Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Pages: 480
Publisher:
Harlequin Teen
Published: February 23rd 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 3.81/5
My Rating: 3/5

Synopsis:

ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

This has been a highly anticipated novel for me since I saw it floating around the blogosphere.  The synopsis immediately grabbed my attention – first life, after life, choosing sides? – it all sounded so. damn. cool.  And honestly, the idea is really cool, however it fell pretty flat.  I’m so, so disappointed by the execution of this novel.  Instead of repeating what the synopsis is saying, I’m going to jump right into this review, so get the gist of it from there and continue on!

(POTENTIALLY SPOILER-Y PARTS IN PINK)

This novel was full of action… and an endless, angsty love triangle.  The synopsis makes this sound like it would be a battle between realms and Ten fighting to figure out which side to claim.  But what it rudely (yes, rudely) left out was that Showalter was also going to run an angst-filled LOVE TRIANGLE for the entire storyline.  The love triangle began in the first chapter and soared right to the very end, and the worst part is that this novel would have been ten times better without the romance.  The concept of this series was so cool that this novel did not need a love triangle, and it’s so frustrating that Showalter chose to kill its ranking by incorporating shitty love.

I noticed a lot of similarities between Firstlife and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, and not in a good way.  If you’ve read those books, you likely remember how obsessed with numbers Juliette was.  Ten is honestly not that much different, in fact they probably would have been friends if you had stuck them in a room together.  There were a lot of parallels in their personality and I feel kind of ripped off by this.  In Shatter Me, Mafi has this really beautiful and poetic way about incorporating Juliette’s obsession with numbers; and in Firstlife Showalter just makes Ten weirdly obsessed with numbers and “making up poems”. Ten and Juliette both start off being locked up, they’re both obsessed with numbers, they’re treated like shit in the asylum/prison, they meet a boy they fall in love with (both were dicks and had brown there), they meet some evil bad guy to fall in love with (who happens to both be sexy and blonde), they have to choose which “side” to be on, they’re both “special”.  You get my drift.  It just seemed poorly done and I’m rather annoyed that Showalter didn’t give any credit towards Mafi when she discussed Ten’s obsession with numbers in the interview at the end of the novel.  I really thought she got inspiration from Shatter Me because of the similarities.

The whole time we follow around this “special” 17 year old main character who refuses to choose a side and yet we are never told WHY.  WHY is Ten so against just choosing a damn side?  What is she fighting for?  What is she fighting against?  People are literally DYING left and right trying to get her to choose and she just fucking la-dee-da’s around complaining about the “pressure”.   If you’re going to write a novel about an MC opposing “the man”, at least give us a freaking reason.  We are NEVER given a solid reason for this, so Ten just ends up coming off incredibly selfish and spoiled.  Why does she need men to constantly save her? Why can’t she be a strong MC like the synopsis suggests?  Why do females constantly have to be weak in YA literature?  I don’t get it.

The plot holes are big enough to blow a tire out.  It is constantly stressed that each person must choose a side, for if they don’t they’ll end up in the Realm of Many Ends.  This is especially true when it comes to our favorite MC, Ten.   Ten dies like 3-4 times in this novel, goes to the “cursed” Realm of Many Ends, and she just gets resurrected like NOTHING happens.  It’s like “Oh you died? Insert 10 coins to keep going!”. Constantly.  And the worst part is, when she gets resurrected the first time she STILL REFUSES to choose a side, even though she saw what awaits in Many Ends.  It doesn’t make any sense.  If you go to a land of horrifying creatures and acid rain and torture, why the hell would you not do everything you can to never go there again?

I’m pretty “meh” and sad about this novel.  I would have liked to see more badass-ery and strength from Ten, less info-dumping, and just a better execution in general.  The writing wasn’t the best, but it was easy to read.  Although this novel boasts 480 pages, they go really quick.  I read this book in one day and I don’t feel like I missed anything.  I do recommend this book, but I don’t think I’ll be continuing on with the series.  I really didn’t fall in love with any of the characters and the setting just wasn’t that interesting by the end.

3/5 stars.

Book Haul #3 (+ where I’ve been) | Choose What I should Review!

Happy Monday!  My mum has flown up from South America to visit this month so I’ve been trying to figure out life while entertaining her.  It’s been hard to juggle work/reading/hanging out with her but I am forcing myself to post this.  I also made a website for our online business and it took me 5EVER to get it semi-set up.  I missed you guys so much, forgive me! D:.

Today I am doing a book haul because HOLY CRAP.  I went in my library today and pretty much every book I have wanted to read was there and I went into complete fangirl mode.


A Little on The Books

 

I saw an interview with Ruta Sepetys and she’s such a well versed and eloquent woman.  Her personality just made me want to read her works, and it’s also rated 4.3+ on Goodreads.

I actually reread Cinder by Marissa Meyer because I had completely forgotten what happened by the time I started Scarlet .   I gave Cinder a 3.75/5, but I definitely want to know what happens next.  I was never big on Cinderella so the premise didn’t leave me that excited.  Do you want me to review Cinder?  If so, let me know below.

Truthwitch has been on my hit list since I heard of it, and to be honest Dennard is only getting the light of day because SJM is my favorite author.  I’ve GLIMPSED whispers of it being a hit or miss but refused to look further.  I’m not overhyped, and I’m definitely going into this book with neutral expectations. #perfectstrategy

I actually heard of Firstlife here on WordPress and the synopsis sounds SOOOOO GOOOD. I’m super excited to read this.

Two days ago I started reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown.  The cover says something about it being perfect for lovers of Katniss (aka my bff), so I’m intrigued as to how I will like it.  This series has received endless raves.

Lastly, my quick thoughts on Glass Sword...  I wasn’t really that impressed by Red Queen.  I DNF’d it the first time I read it, and when I did read it I forced myself to give it a 4/5.  I guess I was feeling super generous that day.  Anyways, I said I’d continue with the series so I will!  We’ll see how it goes. :).

ON A FINAL NOTE: THE COURT OF MIST AND FURY IS OUT SOON AND I AM SO EXCITED!!! If you preorder the book you can get a FREE TOTE BAG.  SJM released a newsletter about it, so you should go to her website for more info if you want to get one.

Anyways, that’s all!  I tried getting my hands on The Night Circus but the heathen who has it checked out has yet to return it. Maybe next time ;).

PS. IF YOU LIVE IN NY PLEASE GO OUT AND VOTE TOMORROW! PARTICULARLY IF YOU’RE FEELING THE BERN.  

Slumps are for Chumps | Spending $100, huzzah!

Happy Wednesday! 🙂  AKA Happy Go For Broke Day AKA Happy Typical Post-College Life Day.  It’s another day in the Slumps are for Chumps book blogging adventure (take part here!). Today’s prompt is:

How’s your dream bookshelf looking, sparse? How’s your TBR, overflowing?  Today is National “Go for Broke” Day, and in honor of it I’m metaphorically giving you $100 to buy whatever bookish things you want.  Your job? Let the blogging community know how you would spend that $100.  Remember: ONLY BOOKISH ITEMS.

$100 IMAGINARY BUCKS ARE EVERYTHING I WANT AND MORE. SO LET’S GET STARTED!

OKAY WOW.  So I have $2.59 left over.  What would I do? Lord knows.  Maybe creep some printable bookmarks on Etsy?

Any who, this just makes me want all the books now.  If I had the money, this is exactly what I would buy.  PS. The pre-order prices are crazy cheap, totally worth the investment if you can.

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday | 5 Rainy Day Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey on the Youtubes. This weeks theme is “5 Rainy Day Books” and I LOVE this option.  To be honest, rainy day reads make me think of contemporary books (which I don’t read a lot of, unfortunately).  With that in mind, I did include a couple contemporary, a paranormal romance, and a couple dystopian.

  1. Saving Wishes

For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.

She’s been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she’s stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.
Thankfully, it’s temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls.

When Adam Décarie arrives in town, all the way from New York, life takes an unexpected turn. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing. Fate brought him to her.

Saving Wishes is the story of a girl who doesn’t quite fit the life she’s living, and the boy who helps her realize why. 

2. The Book of Ivy

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. 

This year, it is my turn. 

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power. 

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

3. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

4. The Unearthly

The first time I was declared dead, I lost my past. The second time, I lost my humanity. Now I’m being hunted, and if I die again, my soul is up for forfeit.

After enrolling in Peel Academy, an elite supernatural boarding school on the British Isles, the last of the sirens, Gabrielle Fiori, only wants to fit in. Instead, the elixir meant to awaken her supernatural abilities kills her.

When Gabrielle wakes up in the morgue twelve hours later, something wicked is awakened in her, something even the supernatural community has never seen before. Now the only person who can help her is Andre de Leon, the community’s infamous bad boy and the king of vampires.

Yet even his help can’t prevent the repeated attempts on Gabrielle’s life. Someone is after her, and they will stop at nothing to end her short existence. Only Gabrielle cannot let that happen now that her soul hangs in the balance, because she may have met the devil. And he wants her. Bad.

5. The Queen of all That Dies

In the future, the world is at war. 

For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.

All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can. 

Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption. 

Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.


 

That’s all everyone!  I hope one of these books spark your interest. :).  I think they’re all pretty great for a rainy day.

Slumps are for Chumps | Blogger Appreciation!

Happy Monday everybody!  Today’s prompt in Slumps Are For Chumps – Book Blogging Adventure is to spread the love and talk about 10 book bloggers that you love.  Whether it’s their content or personality (maybe both!), it’s time to highlight them.  I think this prompt is my favorite one out of the entire month because it helps spread positivity throughout the blogger world.

So, if you’re tagged, just know that I really admire your blog and if I couldn’t fit you in I wish I could!  I really admire every single person’s blog that I follow.  If you’re tagged and feeling the love, consider making your own version of this.  Not only does it make YOU feel good, it makes others feel good too! :).


 

Orang-utan Librarian

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Latest Post: The Paris Winter Left Me Cold

One of the most active book bloggers I’ve seen.  Has always been a big pillar of support and is always communicating with other bloggers/readers!  Super kind and is always present, you know?  Like if you were going to a party and were looking for a familiar face in a sea of rando’s – orang-utan would be that person you’d recognize and approach. #metaphors #theywork #love


 

Beth @ Reading Every Night

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Latest post: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

If you’re looking for a little English flair, Beth is definitely your girl.  Probably one of the sweetest (and most relatable!) bloggers I’ve met via WordPress.  I fangirl a little when I think of Beth – it’s like a one-sided version of I think we’re epic blogging friends, LOL.  Seriously though, if you’re looking for a friendly blogger to talk to she is it.


 

Paige @ The Wild Readers

The Wild Readers blog
Latest post: Fangirling: Sherlock of BBC

The Wild Readers is a duo blog consisting of book bloggers Paige and Yasmin.  HOWEVER Yasmin has morphed over to a new blog and I don’t know if she’s still a part of TWR (are you, woman? where have you been?? D:).  They were one of the first blogs I followed and have always been SO DAMN NICE. Seriously!  Their content is prime and their blog layout is stunning.


 

Annette @ Book Blather

Book Blather (aka the blog of my dreams)
Latest post: Review: Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

If you’re looking for a stunning blog and blogger, follow Annette.  Her blog is seriously a visual party and I LOVE her content! She’s also incredibly kind and partakes in wit (who doesn’t love wit).


 

Carrie @ Carrie’s Book Reviews

Carrie’s Book Reviews Blog
Latest post: The One Who Got Away by Ava Claire

Another super sweet and awesome blogger!  The moment I see her posts appear on Reader I check them out.  You can always count on Carrie to post really interesting content.  A very active blogger who honestly just seems so on top of everything. #YOUGOGIRL


 

Luna @ Luni Reads

LuniReads – book talk
Latest post: Musing Monday 9

One of my favorite things about WordPress is that I get to meet people from all over the world that I never would have otherwise.  Luna is from Norway (SO COOL THO) and I’ve known her blog since almost the beginning of my time here on WordPress.  She always posts really interesting content and is ACTIVE!  She’s always responding back and floating around the blogosphere 🙂


 Carrianne from Carrianne’s Cuppa ‘n Critiques

Cuppa Critiques
Latest post: March Wrap Up Update

YASSSSSS.  Okay so while clicking to get to lovely Carrianne’s blog I realized that she is a smaller blogger (like me!) and I was so shocked!  Firstly, her little logo design is ADORABLE (seriously, so cute, go look).  AND SECONDLY if you are not following her go do so!  I love the stuff she’s posted and get super excited when her posts pop up on Reader.


I have to stop this post here for now! My WordPress isn’t loading properly on Safari >:/.  I’ll make another version of this post in the future for all you lovelies 🙂

 

Review: A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

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A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

Pages: 359
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: June 23rd 2015
Genre:
Fantasy
Goodreads Ratings:
4.03/5
My Rating:
3.75/5

Synopsis:

Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!

Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.

Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her mother’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspear Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart. 

Note: This review may have tiny spoilers, but from everything I’ve revised, it is all a small expansion from the synopsis above.

A Book of Spirits and Thieves (read: ABOSAT) is a spin off of Rhodes’ epic fantasy series Falling Kingdoms.  This time, the storyline is taking place in both modern-day Toronto and the and Ancient Mytica while the goddess Valoria is still alive.  If you’ve read FK you know how different kingdoms worship different Goddesses – Limorans worship Valoria, and Auranians worship Cleiona.  And maybe I missed it in FK but holy shit Valoria is literally so evil and it makes so much more sense that Limorans would worship her.  In Mytica, this book takes place after Cleiona is murdered and people are being punished for having any sort of magical ability.

Similarly to FKABOSAT is following multiple characters storylines: Crystal Hatcher, Farrell Grayson, and Maddox Corso. Crystal Hatcher is one of those stereotypical, misunderstood teenage girls – she has blonde hair and light colored eyes.  She wears those witty, pun-filled t-shirts, unfashionable black rimmed glasses, and walks around with a vintage Pentax camera.  She has no desire to finish school and wants to become a photographer, totally artsy and hip.

Farrell Grayson is the typical rich boy born into a rich family.  When I pictured Farrell I was actually thinking of Nate (aka Chase Crawford) from Gossip Girl.  Super handsome and desirable but also weirdly unappealing?  The more we delve into the storyline the more unappealing and gross Farrell became – he’s a snob, he’s cocky, he’s honestly a total dick.   The deeper he got into the cult on Magnus King, the more cruel and heartless he became.  And the thing is?  I get he felt “middle child syndrome”, but when you compared his character from before the cult and after there’s not really that huge of a difference.  I could honestly care less about what happens to him in the next book of this series.

Then we have Maddox Corso from Ancient Mytica – a teenage boy being abused by his scam-artist guardian, scamming rich Myticans into believing their homes are haunted.  Quite honestly, for most of the book Maddox was a pretty weak character.  He just seemed so “woe is me” “I’m cursed” “blah spirits forever” and it made him fairly underwhelming.  Which is really unfortunate because he develops into a stronger character by the end of the book – huzzah character development! – but it doesn’t hold much interest.

Since Maddox does have a fun, spirit-summoning ability, this is where the two worlds combine.  Within the first couple chapters, Crystal’s sister Becca touches a magical book in the family bookstore and is transported as a spirit to Ancient Mytica.  In Mytica, she basically appears on Maddox’s doorstep and since he’s the only one who can see her, she forces him into helping her find her way back home.  Because he can obviously do that.

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How cute.

One thing I’m kind of unsatisfied with was the amount of plot holes Rhodes left open.  As one example, she was constantly talking about Farrell’s younger brother, Adam, joining the cult and the implications that followed.  However about halfway through the book Adam kind of just disappears from the storyline and I really don’t understand the point of it.  It almost seemed like an afterthought when she brought him back into the storyline –  It didn’t make sense and left me feeling a little “what the hell?”.  Also, there were some really weird and convenient plot twists that furthered Rhodes’s storyline agenda and I’m not too positive they worked well – a forced romance, a change of heart, revelations, etc.  It was all a little convenient and I really don’t think they were necessary.

Regardless, I have always been a huge fan of Rhodes’s writing.  She has a fantastic writing voice and knows how to draw in the reader.  Other than my couple issues mentioned above and the semi-underwhelming characters, the book was pretty good.  I seriously loved the mixing of Toronto and ancient Mytica, it was SO FREAKING COOL.  The Toronto storyline felt like the love child of The Skulls and Nicholas Cage’s National Treasure movie.  Both of which I love with a passion.  Even though I gave it a 3.75/5, I would definitely recommend this book (as long as you read FK first!), and I will be picking up the next one.

 

The Mythological Creature Tag!

For my monthly bookish blogging adventure: Slumps are for Chumps (get deets here), one of the prompts in the upcoming week is to do the Mythological Creatures Tag.  Since I haven’t seen one floating around, I decided to make it and publish it early so everyone can get it on time.

Instructions: For each mythological creature, think of a character/creature from a book that shares a similar theme (or fits it perfectly!).  Serpents, automatons, sea monsters, etc – this tag has it all! :).

Note: this isn’t really popping up in Reader, so you might need to go to my blog to see all the pictures + gifs.


 

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The most epic serpent in any book I’ve read was, of course, Nagini in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.  As Voldemort’s sidekick and one of his many horcruxes,  Nagini wins all the awards.

As an aside, I got into a debate with two people on the best serpent in literature (Nagini vs. the basilisk) and Nagini undoubtedly wins each time.  If you think there’s a better serpent out there leave it in the comments.

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I have yet to read an awesome mermaid-themed book.  However, one that incorporated them perfectly was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  This is my absolute favorite HP book (and movie!) because of how well Rowling tied weird Olympic-like games with mythology and magic.

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Okay, okay, okay. TOOTHLESS IS THE BEST DRAGON IN THE HISTORY OF DRAGONS AND I DON’T WANT TO BETRAY HIM.

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But alas, I am going to choose Eragon … from Eragon by Christopher Paolini.  An epic fantasy book that really should be on everyones “Read” shelves.

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I think one of my most favorite sea monster scene in a book was the huge squid-like (Kraken?) one in the Tiger’s Curse series by Colleen Houck.  It was awesome.  I thought about considering Moby Dick but does that really count? Whales be whales, yo.

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100%. HANDS DOWN. FOREVER.  The moment I saw automatons I knew I had to include them.  They were so crazy badass in The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.  PS. It is so unfair that these new covers are so beautiful! I want them all @_@

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For those who have followed my blog for awhile, you know that I have a love for the book Halfway to the Grave.  There’s a super funny scene where a ghost fools around with the one of the characters in a graveyard. It’s prime. :]

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I was actually in a fierce debate with which book I’ve read had the best spider (I tend to go for the best ;)).  I got tied between Aragog from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling and Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White.  Two totally different spiders with two totally different plans.

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I’m settling on Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, because I seriously loved it.  I loved the demons, downworlders, nephilim, angels, all dat.
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Although I’m using a Harry Potter still above, I’m going to choose The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis as having some awesome centaurs in it.  I was looking at Goodreads and apparently P. C. Cast has 7 top rated centaur books?  So that’s a thing.

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You know what I’ve realized? Harry Potter has it all.  However, Tigers Curse by Colleen Houck has a portion devoted to a phoenix because Kishan is a little shit (fact).

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I’m going to plainly lay it out there: I have not read a good sirens book.  The last two (possibly only two) I read were The Siren by Kiera Cass and Atlantia by Ally Condie. UGH.  Unless I’m missing something, YA authors have not gotten it right.

Slumps are for Chumps | Day One: Tag

Happy April 1st everybody!  If you didn’t know, I made a month-long bookish meme called Slumps are for Chumps | Book Blogging Adventure”, you can find the details here.  Today is the first day so come join!  I think I chose some pretty fun prompts :).  Today’s prompt is to play a really cruel bookish April Fools Joke or to do a Book Blogger Confessions tag.  I chose to do the latter, of course!

You can find the details of this tag here.

Without further ado, let’s get started!


1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish? 

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Ooooh, I had to think about it for a second but I read the first few chapters of Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan and never really picked it up after that.  I have no idea why but I never gave it a solid chance.  I’ll have to pick it up again.

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?

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I totally remember making a post a few months back of some of my guilty pleasure books and this one made the list.  I thought this looked better than Fifty Shades of Grey.  😉

3. Which book do you love to hate?

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So I am trying not to shred this book so much but I have neverever, liked anything written by Holly Black.  I totally wish I could, but even Cassandra Clare didn’t redeem this book for me.

4) Which book would you throw into the sea?

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I’m trying to shuffle around books I talk about, but this was one book I pretty much loathed.  Other books include Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder, If I Stay by Gayle Foreman, Paper Towns by John Green, and Maze Runner by James Dashner. *hisses*

5) Which book have you read the most?

I have no idea but I know these are in the top 4 of my life.  I’ve read these books (and series!) way too many times to count

6) Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

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That ending tho. *hisses more*

7) Which book could you not live without?

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One of my top books of life, Throne of Glass by SJM is my top series ever.  Right beside my undying love for Harry Potter (of course).

8. Which book made you the angriest?

Everyone and their mothers probably know the book that has made me the absolute angriest.  It’s the Glass series by Maria V. Snyder. I am HISSING for days!  I love the Chronicles of Ixia but I just can’t support a series where the MC  (SPOILER WAS HERE OH GOD I AM SORRY MY FRIENDS)

9) Which book made you cry the most?

Oh gosh the feeeeels.  The feels!  TFIOS by John Green and Tuesdays with Morrie  are in the top rank of “this made me sob uncontrollably”.

10) Which book cover do you hate the most?

I kind of noticed this tag is leaning towards the negative, so I won’t add a book cover I have “hated” the most.  Rather, I shall do a book cover I love.  Aren’t they pretty? n___n


Okay, that’s all! Since this is a tag, I am tagging:

Anya

Jill

Michelle

Stefanie

Brigitte

Beth

Jenny

Shivalika!

Jorelene

Maria

Slumps Are For Chumps | Book Blogging Adventure

Hey everyone!  A week or so ago I asked if you guys would like me to hop on the month-long book meme train (a lá Beauty and the Bookshelf‘s March version: Get Up Offa That Slump: A Blogging Extravaganza) and make my own version for April.  I got some really positive feedback so I thought I’d do it!  We all go through the dreaded slumps of blogging and I thought making some fun prompts would really help me (and hopefully you!) out.

Thus, here is the April theme: Slumps are for Chumps Book Blogging Adventure.  

For the older audiences reading this: In the words of a good friend helping me with my title, “it sounds like my sex life”.  So my title must be good.. right..?


GIMME THE DETAILS, WOMAN!

  • Three days of the week will have prompts: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • You do not have to do every single prompt (duh, you do you).
  • You can jumble around the prompts if you like both prompts on a certain day – just replace it for one on another day…  Or you could do two posts in one day.  Your call :).
  • You can use the headers I made!  I always feel iffy using other peoples headers, but I made a fancy one and a simpler one just for this meme!

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  • The last few days of the month still don’t have prompts, but I will post them within a week.  I just wanted to get this post up on time!

PROMPTS

FRIDAY April 1:

  1. It’s April Fool’s Day!  In honor of all pranksters out there, make a prank post!  It could include a fake spoiler (*CRINGE*), a post about a book never coming out, a sequel cancellation, a book to movie adaption (that’s not actually happening)… This sounds so cruel now that I think about it… BUT THE LEGACY OF APRIL FOOLS MUST LIVE ON.
  2. It’s time to introduce yourself!  I thought it would be fun to do “The Book Blogger Confessions tag originally created by Laura.  You can find the tag details here.


MONDAY April 4: 
 It’s time to spread some love and positivity in the blogosphere.  Make a top ten list of who your favorite book bloggers/vloggers are.  You can write a little something about why you appreciate them or just tag them in the post.  It’s alllll about love, people!

WEDNESDAY April 6:

  1. How’s your dream bookshelf looking, sparse? How’s your TBR, overflowing?  Today is National “Go for Broke” Day, and in honor of it I’m metaphorically giving you $100 to buy whatever bookish things you want.  Your job? Let the blogging community know how you would spend that $100.  Remember: ONLY BOOKISH ITEMS.
  2. If you could introduce a new bookie to your favorite genre, what books would you recommend?  What books do you think are the best of the best, and what books would you not recommend?

FRIDAY April 8:  Fun fact, I love animals.  I love them so much that when I hear about animals/paranormal sidekicks taking part in a book – like Fleetfoot from Throne of Glass – I get SO EXCITED.  Make a list (add some photos if you’re feeling extra creative!) of some animal/paranormal/demonic/whatever sidekicks that you love.

MONDAY APRIL 11:

  1. Go to “Reader” and find a tag you haven’t done – even if you haven’t been tagged in it.
  2. Do The Mythological Creature Tag: I’m feeling some love for Percy Jackson and mythology.  I made the tag earlier this month so I could link it, but you can find it here!.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 13: 

  1. One of my favorite days of the year is National Bookmobile Day.  It’s purpose is to honor access to information and resources that bookmobiles provide.  So what’s the prompt today? It’s a cruel one.  You’re going to a deserted island for 6 months with NO TECHNOLOGY OR MAIL and you can only take 5 books with you.  Yep, FIVE.  Give us a list, tell us why.  😉
  2. If the above prompt is too much for your soul, you can always do the Desert Island Book Tag.

FRIDAY APRIL 15: Today is National Day of Silence.  The Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their supporters.  Students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBT students and their supporters.”  Make a list of your favorite LGBTQ books, characters, or couples!  Let’s spread the love, folks.

MONDAY APRIL 18: Some of my favorite blog posts / fan arts consist of seeing what people think book characters look like.

  1. Choose a book and show us your interpretation of the characters.  You can use photos of actors or fan art (just remember to credit the artist if possible!)
  2. Talk about a book -> TV/movie adaptation where you think they got the actor(s) wrong.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 20: 

  1. You know what I appreciate? An author who writes a solid battle scene.  Are you nodding along with me? Because when they’re done right it’s beautiful.  Today’s prompt is for you to tell us your top five list of epic battle scenes in literature.  It could be an all out war, a confrontation with the enemy, or even a badass fight scene (a lá Aelin from TOG).
  2. Today is National Look Alike Day, so it’s time to put the book world on blast (or defend it!).  If you’re feeling extra fiery, extra sassy, extra frustrated because we have all seen this – let it out.  You can talk about two books that are way too similar, overused book tropes, etc.  Don’t totally shit on books/authors though, we do have a reputation to maintain!  Phrases like “suspicious“, “oddly similar”, “what a coincidence”“perhaps questionable” are all welcome.

FRIDAY APRIL 22:  Today is Earth Day.  This annual day is held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  The concept of Earth Day was established in 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco.  I think we all forget once in awhile how lucky we are to have a place to live and a world to actually exist on.  Since most of our books take place all throughout the world, let’s share the love and talk about it!

  1. Do the Around the World book tag here.  If you feel daring add a little twist (see #2!)
  2. Find a picture of a map and generally pinpoint where certain book “worlds” are.  Try to use at least 5 different series if you’re doing it by country, or 5+ if you’re doing it in the USA.  Here are some examples:
    • If you read fantasy, pinpoint places you think the worlds would be -> e.g Lord of the Rings would be in New Zealand.
    • Stiefvaters Raven Boys series deals a lot with Ley lines, maybe mark different places you think they’d appear.
    • If it’s a dystopia, show a general area of where it is.

MONDAY APRIL 25: Today is National Pigs in a Blanket Day.  What’s that, you ask?  In the U.S. a “pig in a blanket” is the name for hot dogs or sausages wrapped in biscuit dough or croissant dough and baked.  This got me thinking of those cheesy sayings: “you’re the peanut to my butter”, “the mac to my cheese”, “the glaze on my donut”, etc.  And then I started thinking of my love for solid couples/friends/parabatai/whatever in fiction.  Make a list of your top OTP’s, couples, friends, etc.  They do not have to be romantically involved.  *Fan art of these OTP’s and their epic moments are always loved and appreciated*

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FRIDAY APRIL 29: