April & May Book Haul

Long time no book haul!

I have been really busy for the apart few months so even though I bought some books in April when I was in London I didn’t get a chance to haul them! So, instead of having a book haul mid-May I thought why not wait and combine my April and May book hauls? And here it is! I bought a good few books (some Children’s and Fantasy) in the last two months so lets just get right into it!

mogAuthor: Judith Kerr

Genre: Children’s Picture Books

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Summary: Mog always seems to be in trouble because she is such a very forgetful cat. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she forgets when she has already eaten her supper. But one night, when an uninvited visitor turns up at the house, Mog’s forgetfulness comes in very handy! (Via Goodreads)

the little princeAuthor: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Genre: Children’s Classics

Publisher: Harcourt, Inc

Summary: Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures. (Via Goodreads)

very good livesAuthor: JK Rowling

Genre: Non-Fiction/Inspiration

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Summary: In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world-famous author addresses some of life’s most important issues with acuity and emotional force. (Via Goodreads)

ready player oneAuthor: Ernest Cline

Genre: Science-Fiction

Publisher: Random House

Summary: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape (Via Goodreads)

court of thons and rosesAuthor: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Summary: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. (Via Goodreads)

winnieAuthor: A.A. Milne

Genre: Children’s Classics

Publisher: Egmont UK

Summary:  A.A. Milne’s ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ stories need no introduction. They have been loved by generations of children ever since Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and Roo, and Eeyore made their first appearance. (Via Goodreads)

the bad beginningAuthor: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Children’s Middle Grade

Publisher: Egmont Books LTD

Summary: Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in you hands is extremely unpleasant.It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children.Even though they are charming and clever,the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. (Via Goodreads)

gracelingAuthor: Kristin Cashore

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Gollancz

Summary: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight–she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace–or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away. (Via Goodreads)

name of the windAuthor: Patrick Rothfuss

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Gollancz

Summary: Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard. (Via Goodreads)

lies of lockeAuthor: Scott Lynch

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Gollancz

Summary: The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a friend to the poor, a ghost that walks through walls.

Slightly built and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny. All of Locke’s gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves. The Gentleman Bastards.

The capricious, colourful underworld of the ancient city of Camorr is the only home they have ever known. But now a clandestine war is threatening to tear it apart. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends are suddenly struggling just to stay alive…(Via Goodreads)

station 11Author: Emily St. John Mandel

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Picador

Summary:  One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleventells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it. (Via Goodreads)

And those are all the books I got in the months of April and May! If you’ve read any of these books be sure to let me know in the comments below! Goodbyeee!

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Weekend Reads!

Hey guys! It’s the weekend! Which in retrospect doesn’t mean much to me since I’m graduated and unemployed…anyway I thought you might like to know what I’m reading this weekend. I have two books on the go right now and they are:

gracelingAuthor: Kristin Cashore

Publisher: Gollancz

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are both feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing.

Feared by the court and shunned by those her own age, the darkness of her Grace casts a heavy shadow over Katsa’s life. Yet she remains defiant: when the King of Lienid’s father is kidnapped she investigates, and stumbles across a mystery. Who would want to kidnap the old man, and why? And who was the extraordinary Graced man whose fighting abilities rivalled her own?

The only thing Katsa is sure of is that she no longer wants to kill. The intrigue around this kidnapping offers her a way out – but little does she realise, when she takes it, that something insidious and dark lurks behind the mystery. Something spreading from the shadowy figure of a one-eyed king… (Via Goodreads)

winnie the poohAuthor: A. A. Milne

Publisher: Egmont UK

Genre: Children’s Classics

Summary: A.A. Milne’s ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ stories need no introduction. They have been loved by generations of children ever since Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and Roo, and Eeyore made their first appearance. (Via Goodreads)

Hopefully, I’ll get at least one of these finished! I’d love to know what all of you are reading this weekend too! Leave a comment and let me know!

C x

Disney Book Tag

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Hello, I’m back with another tag! This tag is one I’m particularly excited by because it combines two of my favourite things; Disney and Books! This tag was created by Katytastic on youtube which you should check out! Now, I wasn’t exactly tagged to do this but shhhh!

Let’s begin!

1. The Little Mermaid – A Character Who Is Out Of Their Element, a “Fish out of Water”

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I think I’m going to give this one to Simon Lewis! In the first book or two (or three of four) Simon is in the Shadowhunter world and he doesn’t really assimilate straight away and then he becomes a Downworlder so he’s even more at odds with the world or society he’s found himself in! It takes him some time to truly fit in but, thankfully, he eventually does! (I hope thats not a spoiler.)

2. Cinderella – A Character Who Goes Through A Major Transformation

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Let’s give this one to Celaena Sardothien. Celaena dones’t exactly have a smooth upbringing, she experiences something that definitely changes her and transforms her into an assassin something she never would have been and then she changes again! Celaena goes through more than most people combined! Let’s vague it up for spoiler avoidance!

3. Snow White – A Book With An Eclectic Cast of Characters

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I think I;m going to give this one to Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. There’s angels and chimera and humans, evil people, good people, morally ambiguous people! Just a very eclectic cast! I like it.

4. Sleeping Beauty – A Book That Put You To Sleep

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I have to give this to Sabriel by Garth Nix. I did finish it but it was a long and arduous process although the ending did sort of capture me so I’ll probably read the sequels at some point!

5. The Lion King – A Character Who Had Something Traumatic Happen To Them In Childhood

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Every character ever? But I suppose there can be only one and the most obvious character is Harry Potter. Witnesses his parents murder, nearly dies becomes the Chosen one instead. Thats a lot for a one year old to deal with.

6. Beauty and the Beast – A Beast of a Book (a big book) That You Were Intimidated by, But Found the Story to be Beautiful

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I’m going to give this to Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling. Probably one of the biggest books I’ve ever read and I think one of the first Harry Potter books I was ever given. Thanks for that mom.

7. Aladdin – A Character Who Gets Their Wish Granted, For Better Or Worse

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Akivia’s wish to get the love of his life back came through, unfortunately it came after he slaughtered most of her people and her family. Roses don’t exactly make up for that.

8. Mulan – A Character Who Pretends To Be Someone or Something They Are Not

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This one goes out to Celaena Sardothien who is pretending to be something she’s not, although she’d not really pretending anymore. Avoiding spoilers is hard.

9. Toy Story – A Book With characters You Wish Would Come To Life

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I would like the characters from Anna and the French Kiss to come to life. I wouldn’t mind hanging out with them for awhile until I can steal Etienne away from Anna…*evil laugh*

10. Disney Descendants – Your Favourite Villain Or Morally Ambiguous Character

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I think my favourite villain is Voldemort. Sorry The Darkling you were a close second.

So, that is the Disney Book Tag! I tag everyone who reads this to do it and if you do please link it down below so I can check it out! 😀

Waiting on…Queen of Shadows

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine which allows bloggers to highlight upcoming releases they are excited for. This week my pick is:

Queen of ShadowsAuthor: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Genre: Fantasy

Expected Release Date: September 1st 2015

Summary:  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. (Via Goodreads)

Why I’m Excited: Sarah J. Maas is my Queen. Celaena is Queen. This book reunites my Queen with my baby Chaol. Celaena will be kicking ass. It comes out just in time for my birthday! There is no reason not to be freaking excited!

Top Ten Book Boyfriends

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new top ten list and invite bloggers to join in. This week is a Freebie Week! So, bloggers can choose their own top ten and I thought why not blog my passion: cute boys!

So without further ado here are my Top Ten Book Boyfriends!

1) Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare – Does this need an explanation? I mean if you read the books you know, you understand. William Herondale is perfect; he is snarky, sweet, romantic and loves books and a total hottie – just ugh, I want him.

2) Jace Herondale from the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – There might be a trend here. Them Herondale boys, they got it going on. *grabby hands*

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3) Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – “When I pictured someone whispering dirty things into my ear, he had a Russian accent.” I know them feels, Rose, I know them feels.

4) Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – My precious baby Captain of the Guard. I love you but I know I’ll never compare to Celaena.

5) Tamlin from a Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Another trend emerges. Sarah J. Maas writes good men. Tamlin is super hot and makes me feels things…deeply. Can’t wait for more books about him!

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6) Noah from Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – Love me some Noah, but book Noah, not sure if I could handle a real life Noah.

7) Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – All I want in life is an American boy with an English accent in a French school and I want one now!

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8) Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Passionate, strong, loyal (lets ignore the whole genocide thing) I would not mind being loved by Akiva!

9) Raffe from Penryn Young by Susan EE -Everyone wants a hot angel.

10) Jared from The Host by Stephanie Meyer – Strong, manly, passionate and played by Max Irons in the movie, what else could you want?

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Let’s Talk: Shadowhunters Casting News

So, as some of you may know, I am a big fan of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare so when they announced that it was being adapted into a film I was so freaking excited! I went to see it on the first day it came out and, well, it wasn’t the best and thats putting it kindly. Still, a second film was in the pipeline so I was hopefully that the mistakes of the first one would be corrected but then it got cancelled and all my hopes and dreams were dashed. But! But! Then it was revived as a TV show, a straight to series show on ABC Family and in the last two weeks casting news has been pouring in and as of this post most of the principal cast has been…cast.

So here’s a little discussion post on what I think of the current actors!

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Dominic Sherwood was the first actor cast and he will be playing Jace. Now, film Jace as played by Jamie Campbell Bower was really disappointing because Jace’s humour and snark really didn’t come across well so hopefully Dominic portrayal will be better. Hopefully. Please God. I can’t go through a disappointing Jace again. I haven’t seen Dominic Sherwood in many films except Vampire Academy where he played Christian Ozera (another disappointing film of one of my fave books) and I wasn’t too impressed by him or anyone else really. So, I don’t know how I feel about this casting, if he was unknown to me I’d probably be like “Yes, he’s hot, he can smoulder” but when the only think I’ve seen him is bad then I’m concerned but I’m still hopeful! It’s just cautiously hopeful!

Katherine McNamara

Kat McNamara has been cast as Clary Fray. Now, I really liked Lily Collins but lets be honest the script let her down, so hopefully this girl will get a better opportunity. Apparently, she’s been in a lot of things I haven’t seen any of those things so I’m not fearful about her. My only pet peeve about Kat is that I wish her hair was a bit darker like Lily’s was but other than that she’s cool! I like her, I can’t wait to see her in action!

Next up is Sizzy!

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Weirdly, everyone I know and on the internet loved Robert Sheehan as Simon. I was rather indifferent to him, again could have been the script, could have been that I was used to seeing him as a gangster on Love/Hate who knows? So, when Alberto Rosende was cast I didn’t have much emotions and then I saw a picture of him with glasses and OH MY GOD HE’S A PUPPY. He is so adorable and nerdy looking which is how I always envisioned him. So, yeah very pleased with this casting choice!

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Emeraude Toubia is playing Isabelle. Again, never seen her in anything, I think she’s only been in Spanish TV, so I can only really judge her on her appearance! She’s beautiful, tall, black hair – she does look like Izzy so hopefully she’ll do great! I did really like Jemima West but I’m still very excited to watch Emeraude make Alberto drool!

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Matthew Daddario will be playing Alec “I’m Not Your Bitch” Lightwood and I like this casting. He doesn’t look thirty something, he’s got a good brood on him. I like him and he and Emeraude look similar enough to be siblings. Nice job casting directors.

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Harry Shum Jr has been cast as Magnus Bane and just no. This is the one casting choice I’m disappointed about again because I know the actor from Glee and from what i remember from Glee he didn’t do much, just occasional dance every know and again, so to me he was a bit useless (maybe his storyline got better I did stop watching). So, to see an actor I’ve never seen much point in play a really significant character and one I love is disappointing to me but who knows when Shadowhunters airs I might eat my words but for know I’m not really happy with this.

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Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway. I really liked  Aiden Turner’s portrayal of Luke, I thought he was, descriptive wise, Luke to a T but that being said I;m quite excited for Isaiah. Luke storyline has been tweaked a bit he’s a detective now not a bookstore owner and i think Isaiah will fill that role quite well. He hasn’t been in a lot of things but I’ve seen him a couple of times and he has got a great screen presence and I have liked him a lot especially in Nikita.

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And finally (or so far) Alan Van Sprang has been cast as Valentine! Alan played King Henry in Reign so he’s got some experience being villainous but I could never quite take him seriously as a villain in Reign. I don’t know why maybe it was because when he played funny he was so good at it that a lot of the time I saw him as comic relief so I am a tad bit worried about this casting but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

And that is all the casting news we have so far! I’m looking forward to seeing who has been, or who will be, cast as Jocelyn and Hodge. Overall, I think we’ve got a pretty good cast so far and I am allowing myself to be a bit excited for this tv show!

What do you guys think of the cast?

Life Update

Hello everyone! I really hope you’re still here otherwise I’m talking to myself and thats just awkward and concerning on a lot of levels…Anyway, update, not in fact dead, in case some of you were wondering, for the last few weeks (months) I’ve been in the throws of dissertation writing and I’m happy to report; I am finally finished!

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Now, my life consists of lying in bed and waiting for all the job offers to role in…what I’m saying is I’ll be in bed for awhile which means plenty of time for reading again! So blogging can resume! Thousands of you are cheering right now, I know, I can tell. (Please let me live in this fantasy world)

So, to sum up: Finished Dissertation, Finished College, Tragically Unemployed, More Reading, More Blogging!

I will see you with a post tomorrow!