Blogmas · Books · TBR

December TBR | Blogmas Day #2

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Hey guys!
Welcome to Blogmas Day #2!
I don’t usually do TBR’s – mainly because I am a huge mood reader but I do have a few books I really want to get to this month! Which are:

My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Every year I say to myself I’m going to read a Christmasy/festive book in December and I never do. So this year I am! I managed to get a copy of this second hand (aka super cheap) so I am finally going to read something festive!


Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

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And of course, I want to read Starsight, which came out last month. This isn’t as big as I expected so hopefully I’ll be able to start & finish it this month. I am super excited for this book, Skyward left off on such a good cliffhanger. I cannot wait to see where the story goes in this one!


The Burning White by Brent Weeks

If I have time (please let me have time) I’ll read this, one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I’ve been putting this off since I’m in slight denial that this is the last Lightbringer book. It’s over 900 pages long, with uni being cray busy I just haven’t had time to pick this up yet.


What’s on your TBR this month?

Books · Wrap-up

Reading Wrap Up | November 2019 +Blogmas Annoucement!

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Hey guys!
I cannot believe November is over and we’re going into the final month of the year… Crazy how time flies!
I have been in a huge reading slump, so didn’t get much reading done, unfortunately.
I am hoping to do better in December. Luckily, I hit my Goodreads goal a while ago.

 

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The first book I finished was the audiobook of Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell.
This was such a great conclusion to an amazing series. I am so sad this is the last Spellslinger book but I am looking forward to reading more from Sebastien de Castell.

Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 


 

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Next, I finished Emma by Jane Austen. I read and listened to this for uni. I have to say, I didn’t really enjoy this one. It was too long and boring.

 

 

 


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Finally, after weeks of suffering,I finished Ivanhoe by Walter Scott. This is definitely something I would DNF if it wasn’t for uni. It was such a BORE. I can’t believe I even finished it, it was such a snoozefest!

 

 


Announcement!

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This year I’ll be participating in Blogmas! I’ve always wanted to do it but never have made the plunge so I’m finally going to do it this year. I won’t be doing daily posts, I’ll probably post every other day. I’m excited to post some Christmasy themed posts and post more in general!
Make sure you follow my blog and stick around! There’s plenty of posts coming soon 🙂

Are you doing Blogmas?


 

Books · Bookstagram 101

Things To Use as Bookstagram Props! | Bookstagram 101

Hey guys!
I’m back with another Bookstagram tips post!
My first two: Bookstagram Tips for Beginners  | Biggest Bookstagram Mistakes

Today I thought I’d share some prop ideas! Props are almost essential for upping the quality/aesthetic of your Bookstagram! I highly recommend having a few go-to items for your pictures.

1) Fairy Lights!

Who doesn’t love pretty lights?
They’re easy and look so good with books! You likely already have them, so use them! Or buy some cheap ones. I’ve gotten mine from Poundland and Primark for dead cheap!


2) Clothes/Blankets

Something you don’t need to buy: Clothes! Use them!
If you have a cute jumper/cardigan use it! Scarves also work too. Better yet, put your outfit into the picture! It adds something extra.


3) Flowers/Petals/Plants

Fake or real: both work!
This is one of my favourite props ever. I love flowers and plants and I love seeing them with books! It’s such a pretty combo.


4) Book Merch!
(Bookmarks, pins, candles etc)

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𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐭.⁣ – Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire⁣ ⁣ Who knew taking pictures of metal bookmarks was so hard?! Trying to get the angle right was crazy! ⁣ ⁣ I'M BACK GUYS! After an impromptu hiatus. My new place still doesn't have WiFi so I've gone back to my mum's 😂 Luckily uni doesn't start for weeks. ⁣ ⁣ _________________________________ #bookstagram #books #book #bookish #booksbooksbooks #bookaddicts #bookrecs #booklove #fantasybooks #mistborn #TheFinalEmpire #brandonsanderson #fairyloot #bookmark #bookmerch #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #booktography

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Everyone has bookish merch, right? Utilise it!
Bookmarks, pins, candles etc all make amazing props! Play with angles and placement and you can get some really good merch shots.


5) YOU!

If you’re not too camera shy, go ahead and put yourself in the picture!
It’s so fun to see the bookstagrammer in their pictures. It makes it a bit more personal!
I personally am a little camera shy, so it’s not something I post a lot of but I definitely like to include it occasionally!


Are you on Bookstagram?
Leave your username below 🙂


 

Books · Tag

The Spooky Would You Rather Book Tag!

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Hey guys!
Today, as you can see from the title, I’m going to be doing a tag!
Wanted to do a Halloween-ish tag so here it is!

Thriller or Supernatural

Supernatural! I don’t read thrillers…

Ghosts or Zombies

Ghosts for sure!

Vampire or Werewolves

Werewolves!
(Huge Teen Wolf fan)

Witches or Demons

Demons!

Would you rather read a book with 13 chapters or a book with a black cat on the cover?

Black cat on the cover for sure! Imagine how massive the 13 chapters would be… No thanks. I like my chapter short and sweet.

Would you rather read a spooky book in the dark with only a candle for light, or by yourself in a locked brightly lit room?

Uhhh.. preferably neither.
But I’ll go with a brightly lit room.

Would you rather face your worst fears, or be trapped in the mind of a killer?

As interesting it would be to see the mind of a killer I would not want to be trapped there. I’ll face my fears and (hopefully) get over them!

Would you rather watch a scary movie or read a scary book?

Scary movie! (so it’s over quicker, haha)

Would you rather read spooky books during the fall time or all year?

During fall. Gives more spooky vibes.
I think reading them in spring/summer would feel so odd.

Would you rather read 10 spooky books in October or 10 spooky books all year?

In October.
Halloween feels! Plus 10 books in a month would be great!


(for tomorrow!)

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Books · Review

Review: Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff | WHAT A LETDOWN.

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“When all is blood, blood is all.”

* SPOILERS for Nevernight and Godsgrave!*
Click on the titles for my reviews of them!


Synopsis:
The greatest games in Godsgrave’s history have ended with the most audacious murders in the history of the Itreyan Republic. Mia Corvere, gladiatii, escaped slave and infamous assassin, is on the run. Pursued by Blades of the Red Church and soldiers of the Luminatii legion, she may never escape the City of Bridges and Bones alive. Her mentor Mercurio is now in the clutches of her enemies. Her own family wishes her dead. And her nemesis, Consul Julius Scaeva, stands but a breath from total dominance over the Republic. But beneath the city, a dark secret awaits. Together with her lover Ashlinn, brother Jonnen and a mysterious benefactor returned from beyond the veil of death, she must undertake a perilous journey across the Republic, seeking the final answer to the riddle of her life. Truedark approaches. Night is falling on the Republic for perhaps the final time. Can Mia survive in a world where even daylight must die?


My Thoughts:

Oh boy. I have such mixed feelings on this book.
After THAT cliff hangar in Godsgrave, I immediately picked this one up. I was dying to know what happened next. But alas, as with Nevernight, the book was pretty damn slow, to begin with. I felt like a lot of this book was filler. It took a while to pick up, which happened in the middle-last part but slowed down again in places. It took me an incredibly long time to get through this, I could put this down for DAYS without touching it. It got to the point where I was just fed up of it being unread and would read. It just didn’t have me gripped most of the time. In some places, I was super gripped but not for long.

THE ROMANCE = NO.
I am not a fan of Mia x Ashlinn anyways. I literally will never get over her killing Tric and the fact Mia doesn’t really care just annoys me. Like???
The fact Tric is brought back into the mix for basically no purpose other than a love triangle. DISAPPOINTING.

I REALLY hated the ending. WHAT WAS THAT! I feel kinda cheated and unsatisfied.
It’s literally like the ending of Ruin and Rising all over again. Disappointing and stupid!

I said it before, I’ll say it again: this reads like YA. Everyone rabbits on and on about how these books aren’t YA but they literally read like YA. I’ve read plenty of adult fantasy but this even follows the typical YA-chosen-one path. It goes less towards the revenge plot and the chosen one plot takes over. Bleh. This book is basically YA trying to be adult by adding graphic sex scenes and using swear words.

Enough with the ranting about things I didn’t enjoy…

Here’s what I liked:
There was A LOT emotion and feelings going on. (I didn’t cry but I did have the feels)
There were high stakes, to begin with. (Ultimately let down but oh well)
Mia’s Badassery
CLOUD. (If you know, you know) Amazing. Love him.
Daemons.
Gods.

Characters:
Mia: I like Mia but this book lessened her a little for me. I found her predictable and a tad whiny. I did love Mia and Mercurio. That relationship was beautiful.
What I didn’t like were Mia and Ashlinn. Pass.

Ashlinn: I wasn’t hugely fond of Ashlinn in the first two, I’m still not fond of her.
I especially hate her for killing my fave (Tric) and now taunts him??? No bitch. The tension/ love triangle that happens is just pathetic. It was just annoying. Ashlinn is incredibly annoying in this book in particular.

Tric: 
My love!! So happy he’s back. I kinda knew he’d be back. I wasn’t spoiled for the series but I knew somehow he’d be brought back into it. I loveeee Tric but I feel like he was wasted???! I want so much more. (Kinda wanted Tric and Mia back together, don’t hate me)

Rating: I HAVE NO IDEA.
2.5? 3? Maybe
Parts of this book were 4 stars. Some were 2 stars.


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Books · Review

Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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There may be spoilers for the first book.
I have a spoiler-free review of Nevernight here.


Synopsis:

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.


My Thoughts:

Oh. My. God. This. Book.

It was absolutely amazing! I enjoy this so much more than Nevernight, which I did enjoy, but this took it to the next level. Nevernight took ages to pick up and get gripping, for me. Godsgrave had a faster pace from the beginning and I was sucked into the world much easier in this one. It still took me a while to read, the writing style isn’t one I find I can fly through but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story.

Still not a fan of the footnotes, I have to be honest: I just don’t see the point. It just seems like an info dump/ lazy world-building. Most of them are too long and they have a tendency to slow down the story and take me out of the story. It’s just odd. If I were to reread this series I would probably skip the footnotes, they aren’t hugely relevant to the story and I forget them almost immediately after reading. Yet I keep reading them. In hope, it’ll be important at some point.

The setting was amazing: it is a gladiator centred setting – which was so cool! I did not expect this type of setting after the last one being wholely a school setting. It was a nice surprise!

I loved getting to know more about Mia’s power’s/ Darkins in general; I love anything to do with dark magic, daemons etc. I was dying to know more about Mr Kindly from book one and you definitely get everything you want in this book!

The only “bad” thing I can say is: the plot twists were seriously predictable. I wasn’t overly surprised at anything. That’s the only reason this book wasn’t a 4.5-5 star read for me.

I know this book is suppose to be adult but it seriously reads like YA. (Other than the excessive swearing + sex scenes)

Characters:
Mia: I love Mia, especially in this book. I felt so connected and invested in her story and the revenge she wants for her family. I am fully invested, emotionally, in Mia, I had all the feels for her in various ways over the course of this book.
Her character development has been decent, not super amazing but it’s definitely there.

Mr Kindly + Eclipse: These two!! I love that they hate each other and have banter back and forth. I loved getting to know more about them in this book. It was SO cool and interesting to get deeper into the daemon stuff.

Rating: 4.25 Stars


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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Books I Want to See as TV Shows| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!

It has been FOREVER since I did a Top 5 Wednesday; I miss it. But, alas, T5W is still on a hiatus, so no new topics; I’ll be revisiting an old one today!

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson

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I read this series during the summer and it quickly became a favourite. I would die for a tv show of it! There’s so many elements to the story, it would be SO good as a tv show.


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I know this show is actually in development but it isn’t out and there hasn’t been any updates in a while! I neeeeeeeed this show! If done right it could be absolutely incredible.


Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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I’m pretty sure everyone knows how bad the film adaptations of PJ are. Does not do the books an ounce of justice. Rick Riordan is a GENIUS. The story is amazing. In my opinion: there’s just too much for a film, it would work so much better as a TV show! If done right, with a good writer and a good cast, it could be insanely good; I wish this would happen!


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
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This series is so incredible, it needs an adaptation ASAP. I think it would make such a fun, entertaining TV show!



The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I’m not the biggest Evelyn Hugo lover. *gasp*
The story is interesting enough, I just honestly think it would work better in a visual format. It reads like it should be a documentary. I think it would work so well as a TV show, in the style of a documentary!


chatWhat book would you like to see as a TV Show?


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