Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Love Interests I Would Ditch!| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Love Interests I Would Have Broken Up With

*Warning* There WILL be Spoilers. No major plot spoiler will be included but if you count relationship/love interests to be spoiler avoid*

 

Aedion – Throne of Glass

Image result for aedion lysandraI was okay with Lysandra + Aedion, prior to Kingdom of Ash. I was never a diehard fan of Aedion or Lysandra so them being shipped together was just meh for me. However, after reading the final book in the series, I have some strong opinion about Aedion. He’s awful and such an ass to Lysandra. I refuse to believe she’d forgive him. Nope, nope, NOPE! Treated her like trash and it is unforgivable, in my opinion


Manon – Throne of Glass
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Manon and Dorian have a weird relationship. It’s not one I’ve ever been able to get behind. I hated Manon up until the last book, where she became  a better person and more tolerable. However, I will never ship her with my baby Dorian and I honestly don’t understand them together?? They’re SO mismatched…


Cal – Red Queen

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Oh my god, this dude. Why Mare kept going back to him, I’ll never know. I got so fed up of this series I never read the last book. I honestly do not care but Mare should’ve dumped Cal from the beginning! #TeamMaven



Literally, everyone from Wuthering Heights

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Every love interest in this book is toxic and awful. I honestly don’t understand any of them, I’d ditched them all. They’re all terrible people and not even in a likeable way.


Paul – A Thousand Pieces of You

17234658I don’t like Paul. I cannot go into this without spoiling the plot. Even so, there isn’t much basis for why I don’t like Paul. I simply do not take to him. There’s a love-triangle kinda thing going on and I preferred the other guy, Theo.


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Books · Review

Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black | Underwhelmed?!

 

Hey guys!
It has been ages, I know! This month has been bad for me healthwise + reading-wise. So not a lot to post about. I haven’t been blogging consistently due to having flu and uni work. Hopefully, now I can get back into the swing of it!


Synopsis:
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.


Plot:
Ok so, I didn’t reread The Cruel Prince and it had been an age since I’d read it when this came. However, I decided I wasn’t going to reread and jump straight into this. I don’t regret not rereading, I think if I did reread The Cruel Prince, I wouldn’t rate it as high as when I first read it. It was pretty unmemorable and I had to read a recap before starting The Wicked King.

As for The Wicked King, plot-wise??? I feel like nothing exciting or interesting happened? Everyone was raving and screaming over how amazing this whole book was and throughout the entirety of it. I don’t feel like there was much of a plot, it’s literally just Jude running court. It wasn’t overly fun to read about, it was just ok. Through all of it I was like meh?? When is it going to get good? – Answer: the last 100 pages.

I didn’t find it hard to read, it wasn’t something I kept reaching for though. I wasn’t gripped or invested. It was just okay. In my opinion: this book was way overhyped. Which is why I was left disappointed. My expectations were too high and ultimately it failed.

Characters:
Jude: She was okay, nothing remarkable, nothing terrible. I find Jude fairly likeable and I do like reading from her perspective. That being said, she’s so average that she’s unmemorable. Kinda like the whole book + series.

Cardan: He was less of an ass in this one and more likeable. There wasn’t much Jude/Cardan romantic-relationship wise, I don’t know why everyone was screaming. Again, he’s unmemorable.

Rating: 3 Stars


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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Nostalgic Ships| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Nostalgic Ships

I’m going to keep to strictly books, or this list will be endless. I wasn’t a reader as a kid, at all. I didn’t start enjoying reading til I was in my teens and wouldn’t say I become an avid reader til probably 2017. So, some of these are fairly ‘recent’ by some peoples standards!

1) Lyra + Will – His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

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I think, the first fantasy books I read and will forever have a place in my heart. So will Lyra + Will. If you’ve read these then you’ll understand my heart ache. Won’t giveaway spoilers though. But their relationship- *sheds tear*


2) Katsa + Po – Graceling by Kristin Cashore
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One of the first series I read because of BookTube! I would love to reread these books, so wish there were more of them! I love Kat + Po, so adorable!
It has been a while since I read Graceling, definitely due a reread, but I remember swooning over Katsa + Po fondly!


3) Percy and Annabeth – Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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Percy and Annabeth are such an adorable couple. I’m glad their relationship didn’t take over the series but it was still a lovely touch!


4) Jon Snow + Ygritte – A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

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Weirdly, one of the first fantasy series I ever read was A Song of Ice and Fire, talk about jumping in the deep end?! I was like 16!!? Loved it but damn.
There’s a lot of ships I could’ve picked but the one that always touched me the most is Jon + Ygritte.


5) Hanna + Nik – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Image result for hanna and nikSequel to Illuminae, I could’ve gone with Kady + Ezra but Gemina I liked better, as far as I can remember, I preferred Hanna + Nik also. Though I don’t remember much, need to reread asap, I shipped them hard.


Let me know some of your Nostalgic Ships! Comment below, I’d love to know!

 


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Books · Wrap-up

Monthly Wrap Up | January 2019

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Hey guys! I’m so sorry I haven’t been active lately!
January has been the longest month ever! A new semester of uni started for me and I’m trying to get back into the swing of things after having 6 weeks off. It’s fair to say I am tired as hell! And I’m still in a bit of a reading slump. *sigh* Didn’t read as much as I wanted but oh well. I have a lot of reading to do for uni, so unfortunately, pleasure reading takes the backseat.


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This first book I finished was *The Girl King by Mimi Yu.
I was lucky enough to be sent an arc and be apart of the blog tour for this! It wasn’t as good as I expected but it was still enjoyable!

Rating: 3 Stars
Review here!

 

 

 

 


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The next book I finished was an audiobook: Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did, it really surprised me! I cannot wait to continue the series. Sadly, I have to wait for the next audiobook to become available at my library. *sigh*
Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 


 

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Next, I finished The Wicked King by Holly Black. I fully expected to devour this and love it. It was so hyped I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. But, unfortunately, I didn’t find it all the great. It definitely wasn’t bad but it wasn’t amazing.

Rating: 3 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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The last book I finished was for uni and it was The Psychopathology of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud. I study English Literature, however, I did a bit of psychology in college but I have yet to find out its relevance to English Lit. Guess I’ll have to wait for my lectures!
It was just ok. It was interesting in parts but quite rambly. It’s a book of examples, too many examples to prove each point. I got sick of it by the end.

 

 


Favourite book of the month: Cinder By Marissa Meyer!

What was your favourite read in January? Comment below!


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Audiobooks · Books · Review

Audiobook Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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“Even in the Future, the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”


Synopsis:
A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.


Plot:
I had no idea what to expect from this plot. A Cinderella Sci-fi/Fantasy retelling? I didn’t even know if it would work but it did! So well! The plot was interesting, there was nothing overly mind-blowing about it but it was very much enjoyable. As with most YA, the plot twists are pretty predictable. I guess the ‘big’ plot twist early on, however, this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story, thankfully. The ending was really good, it was well paced and gripping but ended on a bloody cliffhanger! Definitely left me wanting more.

I really enjoyed the world, it was so interesting to get to know (and I really want to see more) I really like futuristic sci-fi, this book makes me want to read more sci-fi.
In terms of worldbuilding, it could’ve been expanded but there was enough to make me interested. Enough glimpses that I now want to know more, which is always good.

Overall, though not a 100% original, mindblowing book, Cinder, was such a joy. It was fun. Sometimes you don’t need a book to blow your mind or make you question your life. You just need a bit of fun. I’ve been in a slump lately and this was just the pick-me-up I needed. 
Characters:

Cinder: I really enjoyed Cinder as the main character! She was interesting, her story was cool. I like that there’s a lot of mystery behind the character, it added intrigue. The whole cyborg-Cinderella character is such a cool twist on the original. It’s nice to have a non-human main character for a change. There are prejudices/struggles with being cyborg which is a fascinating concept.

Kai: I was under the impression the story would be told just by Cinder, so Kai was a nice surprise. I enjoyed his perspective, seeing the world from his point of view and seeing Cinder from someone else’s view was a nice touch. Also, I love the little friendship thing he and Cinder have, so cute!

Narrator: At first, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy the narrator of this audiobook. I didn’t take to her voice at first but as time went on I find it fine. It wasn’t the best narrator ever but it wasn’t too bad. (Except for a really questionable Aussie accent the narrator did at one point, it was quite cringy)

Rating: 4 Stars


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Books · TBR · Top 5 Wednesday

Books at the Top of My TBR| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Top of Your TBR

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Being my favourite author, this book is pretty high up on my tbr. I really, really want to get to this soon. It’s a pretty thick book though, so I don’t know when I’ll have time. Uni starts again next weeks and I have a million books for class to read. *sobs*



Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

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I was *supposed* to read this last year. Didn’t get around to it. Oops.
I really enjoyed Strange the Dreamer so I do really want to know what happens. But again, it’s not the smallest book and if it is like Strange the Dreamer, it’s not going to be a quick read.



Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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I got this for Christmas, it’s literally been on my TBR since it was announced, it’s time to finally bloody read it! It sounds so good and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it, I have such high expectation. Hope it doesn’t disappoint.



The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Another Christmas present (I actually got the boxset), I want to read at least the first book by the time the film adaptation comes out. I’ve never read any Patrick Ness before but I’ve heard great things, so I’m super excited to dive into a new series! (Especially as all the books are out and I own them)



Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

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I’ve been meaning to read more of Sara Barnard’s novels after loving A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I was lucky enough to be sent an arc of Fierce Fragile Hearts, which is the companion novel/sequel of this. So I thought I better read this first!


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TV/Film

Most Anticipated 2019 Movies!


Happy Monday! 
Though today is ‘Blue Monday’ – which is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. Err. No thanks.
Thought I’d changed it up a bit for today’s post, I want to expand my blog a bit and include Movies/TV too! Since there are loads of movies coming out this year, I decided to share the ones I’m looking forward to most!


How To Train Your Dragon 3
(Feb 1st)

I AM SO HYPED FOR THIS.
Literally, have been waiting years for this film. I absolutely adore the HTTYD films. One of my all-time favourites. This trailer legit made me cry. I am such a baby. I am so sad these films are ending but I cannot wait to see it!


Shazam! 
(April 5th)

Not the biggest DC lover. I do, however, LOVE Wonder Woman but this trailer actually looked good. Plus, Zac Levi!? Since WW 1984 got pushed back to 2020, this will have to suffice. Here’s hoping it’s good!


X-Men: Dark Phoenix
(June 7th)

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I LOVE the X-Men franchise. Probably my favourite of the Marvel films. (Sorry not sorry)
Even though I don’t think Sophie Turner is the best Jean Grey, I am still excited for this film. Can’t wait to see my faves, Eric and Charles, together again! *Swoons over Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy*


Spider-man: Far From Home
(July 5th)

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Star Wars Episode IX 
(December 19th)

Currently untitled and no poster yet.
Probably the most anticipated film of my life (since TFA anyways). Star Wars is my favourite franchise ever and I cannot wait for this conclusion. Praying this film can save the sequel trilogy. I loved The Force Awakens, but The Last Jedi was such a letdown.


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