Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Characters I’d Love To Cosplay As | 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: Characters I’d Cosplay As

I am finally back with another T5W post, I skipped the last two weeks as I couldn’t think of anything for the topics. However, this week I absolutely had to do this topic, especially as it is Halloween!

5) Blue Sargent – The Raven CycleImage result for blue sargentArt source

The way Blue’s style is described is just cool and quirky, I love her individualism.
Also, the fanart of her! The artists really capture how I imagine Blue’s quirkiness and style.  I just want her outfits.



4) Daenerys Targaryen – GoT/ASOIAF
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In both the books and show Daenerys has amazing clothes and I just want to pretend to be her for a second, okay? I want fancy dresses and dragons.



3) Feyre – ACOTAR
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Feyre clearly has an amazing wardrobe. I need it.
From the Starfall dress to the Illyrian wings, I would love the rock a Feyre cosplay.



2) Elektra – Daredevil (TV show)

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I just love this character, she’s one of my favourites from the show. Her comic book outfit is cool too but I fell in love with the character on the show. She’s such a lovable sociopathic, badass woman. I live for it.



1) Princess Leia Organa

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Of course, I’d love to cosplay as my favourite character ever. Other than the fact I’d love to be Princess Leia, her outfits are amazing. She’s iconic. Need I say more?


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Books · Recommendations

Binge-Worthy YA Books! #1

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Hey guys! Happy Saturday 🙂
I have been doing a lot of reviews lately since I’ve been in uni I pre-wrote a lot of posts before I started and most of them were reviews; I thought I’d change it up today.
I finally had a little time to write so I thought I’d give some recommendations!

If I have reviews for any of the books mentioned they’ll be linked! If you click on the title it will take you to the Goodreads page of the first book so you can read the synopsis if you’d like. 


 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Now all the books are out in the Throne of Glass series, it would be a perfect time to binge them. SJM is a master at addictive writing and creating great characters that you are instantly invested in.

Reviews:  AB | TOG | COM | HOF | QOS


The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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Her beautiful writing style is just a dream to read. The characters are so relatable and flawed but you just love them? The friendship between all the character is just lovely and makes you wish you were part of the gang.

Reviews: TRB | TDT


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Laini Taylor’s beautiful lyrical and descriptive writing style is so unique and amazing, it’s an absolute dream to read. I flew through these books, they’re addictive and the characters are just great. This is probably the only time I’ve enjoyed insta-love and heavy romance. I was rooting for the relationships from start to finish.

Review of the whole series


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Underrated series! I love the world in these books, it’s such a cool concept and I wish there were more. Each book is a standalone kinda, but they all fit together and are brought together in book 3.  Hardly anyone talks about these books anymore but they’re so cool and definitely worth a read!


Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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This is such a fun series, I cannot rave enough about these books!
I listened to the first two on audiobook, which was an amazing experience; the narrator is SO good at doing the voices. It was like a full-on performance, I highly recommend the audiobooks, if you’re looking for a new one! I was lucky enough to get books 3 + 4 as ARCs! I have reviews for these which I will link:
Reviews: Spellinger | Charmcaster | Soulbinder


Let me know any YA books you think are binge-worthy! I am always looking to add to my endless TBR! 


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Audiobooks · Books · Review

Audiobook Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

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Synopsis:
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have travelled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love, in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?



Plot:
The plot was interesting and gripping, I couldn’t stop listening once I got into it.
The dream/psychology aspect was really interesting, I’m a very vivid dreamer, so it was cool to read about the adventures Alice and Max went on, in their dreams. The plot is mainly Alice trying to get Max’s attention and then get with him but also trying to find out why they share dreams and how to stop them.

There was a bit of a love triangle, maybe even a love square?? Is that a thing? There was also cheating that went on, which was a letdown and it’s a shame the author felt the need to include it. Teen or not, cheating is wrong but it’s kind of made out to be okay in this book. Which I’m totally not okay with, I really enjoyed this book but knocked a star off for the cheating.

It’s a cute but tropey, YA romance – it’s just a bit of fun really. I enjoyed it and it’s worth a read but it’s nowhere near a new favourite or anything.

Characters:
Alice: She’s the main character and the story is told solely from her point of view. She’s a bit odd/weird and both unrealistic and relatable all at the same time. Alice is kind of a shitty person. Not only does she lead on poor Oliver but she makes friends with Max’s girlfriend and then kisses him behind her back?!

Max: Dream Max and Real Max aren’t exactly alike. Real Max isn’t all that great and if I were Alice I would’ve gone for Oliver instead. Max cheats on his girlfriend, Celeste, which puts him way down in my estimation.

Oliver:
ADORABLE. How the hell didn’t Alice end up with him? He was so funny and lovely. I’d pick him over Max any day. He was actually my favourite character, I wish there were more of him!

The Narrator: Erin Spencer – She did a good job. Her voices were engaging and realistic and definitely not annoying. I manage to listen to the remaining six hours in one day, so she did a good job of keeping me interested.

 

Rating: 3.75 Stars


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Books · Haul

End of Summer/ Autumn Collective Book Haul!

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Hey everyone!
Sorry for the lack of posts. I’ve been busy with uni work, thought I’d get back into writing posts with a haul!
I have been collecting books since the end of summer and now it is getting out of hand, I need to haul these books! I have literally been writing this post since early September and never got around to posting it, now I’ve acquired many more books. Possibly time to go on a book buying ban…

My shelves are running out of space now. *Cry face*


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Vicious & *Vengeful by V.E. Schwab 
Vicious managed to arrive after I got Vengeful.
*Thank you to Titan books for the early copy of Vengeful! (Bought Vicious myself)


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*Vox by Christina Dalcher
Thank you to HQ for sending me this for a review!

*A Time of Dread by John Gwynne
Thank you to UK Tor and Panmacmillan for a copy!

*The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah
Thank you to Harper360 for sending me this!

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A Thousand Pieces of You & Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Both bought by me, from MusicMagpie (great place for secondhand books)

*The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey
Kindly sent to me by the author, thank you, Josie!

*Strange Ink by Gary Kemble
Thank you to Titan Books for this early copy! (+ The cool temporary tattoo!)

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Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

*Girl Squads by Sam Maggs
Thank you to Quirk Books for surprising me with this!

 

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The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos
Won in a twitter giveaway, Thank you to Orion Books!

*Soulbinder by Sebastien De Castell
Thank you so much to Hot Key Books for the ARC!

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The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (Special Hardback edition)

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (Special Hardback edition)

 

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Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Hadn’t even started Strange the Dreamer when I preordered this…

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*The Dark Vault by V.E. Schwab
* Thank you to Titan Books for sending me this for review!


*Books marked with an asterisk(*) were sent to me for free, in exchange for a review.


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Books · Review

Review: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

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Synopsis:
Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities.

They were best friends and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all.

Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit.

If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos rule?


Plot:
I really enjoyed the plot, it’s set 5(?) years after the first book and is so addicting from the first page. I literally have no idea how anyone survived five years without the second book, I binged both of the books back-to-back and it was amazing.

It was gripping and interesting, Marcella’s story was a great addition and I like how it weaved into Victor and Eli’s story. There’s no mention of Marcella in the synopsis for some unknown reason but she’s a huge part of the storyline!

Despite liking the plot and the new characters, I feel as though this book didn’t quite live up to Vicious. Vicious was SO good, can’t even comprehend. The dynamic between Victor and Eli was just unbeatable and I missed that in this one. Like I said previously, I liked the new characters and the new story but the thing I loved about the first was missing. Victor and Eli, I felt, were more in the background than anything, it was disappointing.

However, it was still brilliant. I seriously need more V.E. Schwab in my life, she is an amazing writer and I will be picking up more of her stuff in the future.

Characters:
Victor:
I LOVE HIM. He’s just my fave. There was a serious lack of him in this book, he’s the best, most complex and interesting character, in my opinion. I really wanted more from him. 
Eli:
I still hate him, but given his now revealed backstory, I can sympathise with him more. It takes a while before he is even introduced in this book, I kept waiting for him to make an appearance!

Sydney: I love Sydney!! I love the cute, dysfunctional family-like-thing between her, Victor and Mitch. (+ Dol of course!) I’m glad we get to see Sydney a lot in this one, it’s nice to see her character development!

Marcella: 
Badass. Awesome introduction. I really did enjoy her story and dynamic, it wasn’t as good as the Victor/Eli thing but it was definitely entertaining. I love her sassiness, recklessness and carelessness. Like, you go girl!

Jude: She’s cool, she was a nice introduction. There was a mystery around her character, that I feel still never really revealed itself? I still don’t really understand her intentions and her thing with Sydney but??

Rating: 4 Stars


*Thank you to Titan Books for sending me an early copy!
ps. Sorry, the review went up late! 


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Books · Reread Review

Reread Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

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Synopsis:
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world…


Plot:
This book is probably my favourite in the series. I inhale read this, I managed to read 410 pages in one day and finished the rest the next day. I read over 600 pages in less than 48 hours. I need help. 
The story is fast pace, so much going and non-stop action. So much happens in this book, it’s insane. After rereading Heir of Fire and not liking it as much as the first time, I was worried this would disappoint. It didn’t. It was epic and everything I love.

Characters:
Celaena/Aelin: 
She’s so much better in this book! This is the character I love, not the mopey person she was in Heir of Fire. I love her friendships with everyone.
Her reunion’s with Aedion and Rowan, the feels. So adorable.

Chaol: *sigh* 


Manon: 
I still hate Manon. I’ll never like her, I just can’t warm to her. I like her when she’s with Elide and she definitely improves character-wise in this book.

Elide: 
I LOVE ELIDE! She’s one of my favourites from the whole series, so I have been waiting for her to show up! She makes Manon so much more tolerable and I think their friendship is cute.

Aedion:
I’m so neutral about Aedion that I’m not sure what to say. I don’t love him but I don’t dislike him either. He and Rowan’s ‘territorial’ ways with Aelin are so funny to read, I love that there’s a slight rivalry.

Rowan: 
I love Rowan in this book, after forgetting he was an ass in Heir of Fire it was such a shock for me to dislike him when I reread it. However, he is so so so much better in this one. I love his and Aelin’s relationship, adorable.

Dorian: 
So sad Dorian was barely apart of the story due to wearing a collar and the Valg Prince trying to take over him. It was SO sad to read, even though I knew what happened.


Rating: 5 AMAZING Stars!

 


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Blog Tour · Books · Review

Review: Strange Ink by Gary Kemble (+ An Exclusive Extract!) | Blog Tour

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Synopsis:
When washed-up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes one morning with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out. But soon more tattoos appear: grisly, violent images which come accompanied by horrific nightmares – so he begins to dig deeper. Harry’s search leads him to a sinister disappearance, torment from beyond the grave, and a web of corruption and violence tangled with his own past. One way or another, he has to right the wrongs.


Plot:
This is said to be horror, in my opinion, it isn’t really horror. I’d call it more of a mystery/thriller with a hint of magic realism.
The plot was interesting and intriguing – it did hold my interest but it wasn’t super gripping. However, I did really want to see how the story played out, there were a few parts where I did find it a bit slow.
Being a mystery kind of story and watching the plot slowly unfold, I think it’s enjoyable at the time of reading but will end up being unmemorable. I think this is the first book in a series? It works well enough as a standalone that I don’t know if I’d read a sequel, I guess it depends if the premise interested me.

Characters:
Harry: Although I wasn’t super attached to Harry, he was a decent main character. I didn’t love him but he wasn’t boring and I did want to know what was going on with him. He, himself wasn’t overly interesting or a complex character but he wasn’t a bad protagonist.

There was a whole cast of side characters, which I did enjoy their parts and friendships with Harry but again, it was nothing overly great but it was enjoyable at the time.

It’s definitely worth picking up, I overall think it was a good read.

Rating: 3.25 Stars

**Keep reading for an extract!**


Extract:
The interview turned out to be as superficial as Harry feared. No big surprises. No big scoops. Andrew Cardinal was renowned for his control of information. His background was in army intelligence, after all. All the real stories would be dealt out to the national journalists on the

campaign trail. Vessel talked about his own family but made no attempt to probe Harry about his personal life. There was no doubt that this was all about showing Harry what a great guy he was, how ready he was to help lead the country. But at least Harry had got an interview. It would make a nice page three lead. Front page, if they were desperate.

Harry closed his notebook and smiled.

‘Thanks again for seeing me,’ he said. ‘That just about covers everything for me. Is there anything else you’d like to add?’

He always asked the same closing question. It was one of the few techniques he’d been taught at uni that actually worked in the real world. Harry expected Ron to shake his head, get up, and show Harry out of the office. Instead he paused, shook his head, then took a deep breath.

‘No. But there’s something I’d like to ask you.’

Harry paused, waiting for the punchline. When it didn’t arrive, he shrugged and dropped back into the chair.

‘Oh yeah? What’s that?’

‘Why are you still at the Chronicle?’

Harry opened his mouth. Closed it again.

‘I mean, shit mate. When we first met I was busting my gut on George Street. And now, let’s face it – off the record – I’m about to become Treasurer. And you. You’re still there. You’re polite. You seem bright. Far brighter than some of those dickheads over at the Brisbane Mail. That Terry Redwood wanker, for example. What’s he got that you haven’t got?’

Harry laughed. His face was burning. He remembered being drawn into the story-by-story dogfight with Redwood at uni. He hated himself for it, but Terry really pushed his buttons. At extremely low moments, Harry wondered whether he would have gone ahead with the Cherry Grove story if not for the desperate urge to land a knockout blow on Redwood.

‘I don’t know. You know what happened, right?’ Harry said. When Ron didn’t say anything, he continued. ‘The uni almost got sued. I almost got sued. I had to put my name to an extremely embarrassing apology. And pretty much every door, except this one,’ he threw a hand in the vague direction of his office, ‘closed in my face. Before I even graduated.’

Vessel wiped his mouth. ‘But the story. The story was good. And God knows how an undergrad journalism student got it.’

‘Well, I wish you were there back then to tell the Vice Chancellor that.’

Harry rubbed the back of his neck.

Ron shrugged. ‘Shit happens, Harry. You’ve stewed in purgatory long enough.’

Harry stared down at his closed notebook. This certainly wasn’t what he expected.

‘Harry, why don’t you come on the campaign trail with us?’

‘What?’

‘Why not?’

‘Because the Chronicle is a local paper. We can’t justify devoting basically half our staff to a federal election.’

‘This isn’t coming from me, Harry. This was Andrew’s idea. He wants you on the bus. Local angle, and all that.’

‘Thanks for the offer, Ron. But I can’t.’

Ron shrugged. He finished the sentence he was typing, then stood up and shook Harry’s hand, over the desk.

‘All the best for the campaign, Ron,’ Harry said.

‘Likewise.’

Harry tried to pull away, but Ron held his hand a moment longer. ‘I mean it, Harry. This shit is beneath you.’


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*Thank you to Titan Books for sending me a copy of Strange Ink for review


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