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! 😀

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March Wrap Up

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Hello, my dears. Another month has come to an end and as is tradition in the year 2015 I am late with a blog post and I did not in fact read that many books but unlike that dark month (let us never speak of it) I did actually read some books in March. As a matter of fact, I completed two and started a third (which was finished on April 3rd ironically enough.)

So, at the start of February I started reading Sabriel and I hit a major reading slump, I wasn’t really enjoying it and of course, I was completely buried in academic reading (which everyone just loves) but this month, I finally, finally! finished it! I found it rather average which was disappointing but the ending saved it for me so at some point I will probably continue with the series just not for a long time!

I then finished Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor and basically I was like:

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Basically. My actual review, which you know has words, will be sometime in the next week. I’m taking full advantage of the long weekend to get some blogging done as April is my final month of university, ever, so I’m very, very, very, busy! 

But anyway, it was a much improved month for me. I got some reading done both for pleasure and academic, handed in some assignments, did work, saw Cinderella. March was pretty solid – other than me breaking my book buying ban – which let’s be honest I’m not actually sad about. Book Haul up tomorrow!

I hope the rest of you had an excellent March and I shall see you next time!

Sabriel: Review

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Author: Garth Nix

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether. (Via Goodreads.)

Review:

What’s this a review? I know, I’m equally shocked. 

I started reading Sabriel over a month ago just as I hit a bit of a reading slump so Sabriel definitely suffered as a result of it. I just could not get into Sabriel. The book, my version anyway, is only 364 pages but it took me until page 300 to actually really get into the story and the world so that was a bit disappointing.

I can’t really fault this book, I didn’t hate it, I didn’t like it, it was all rather meh to me. I felt indifferent to Sabriel and Touchstone, I liked Moggot but, again, not as much as I was expecting to, overall, I was rather underwhelmed. I had heard such great things about Sabriel and Garth Nix (I mean Sarah J. Maas, my Queen of Queens loves it) but I just didn’t connect with it, at all.

However, I will say that once I hit page 300 I got interested. I’m not sure why but here I emerged from my reading slump and finished the book rather quickly and while I still didn’t love it, I liked it, it was fine and it intrigued me enough that I think I will pick up the sequel but I’m definitely not going to be rushing out for it.

3 Stars.

February TBR

Another month, another TBR pile to tackle. It occurred to be recently that I’d never really done a TBR post so I thought since I will be lacking in book hauls in the next few months now is the perfect time to start!

My reading challenge for the year is 80 books and I only read three last month which according to goodreads puts me a bit behind schedule. I feel like Goodreads will be taunting me until at least June. But February is a short month and as it stands a busy one for me. Not only will I be working and going to college I am also going to Rome so my goal this month is to only read three to four books and without further ado, here they are:

Sabriel by Garth Nix

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Under the Dome by Stephen King

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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Not That Kind Of Girl – Lena Dunham

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More than likely I’ll probably only get Sabriel and maybe some of Under the Dome read this month but for now I’ll remain optimistic about my chances!

Christmas Break TBR

I am officially on Christmas Break! Which means I finally have time to read and blog again! So here are all the books I brought home from university and plan on reading over Christmas!

Trial  by Fire – Josephine Angelini

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Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton

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Sabriel – Garth Nix

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Code Name Verity -Elizabeth Wein

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Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld

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Uglies – Scott Westerfeld

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A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

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Days of Blood and Starlight – Laini Taylor

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Shadow of the Wolf – Tim Hall

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Yes Please – Amy Poehler

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The Life and Loves of A He Devil – Graham Norton

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The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

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My True Love Gave To Me – Stephanie Perkins

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I’m beginning to understand why my suitcase was so heavy…ah well, it was worth it. So what books do you guys have on your Christmas TBR?

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new list and invite bloggers to answer them. This weeks is Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR. So without further ado, here is my list:

1) My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins – Might as well start off with a christmassy book and this book is the christmassy-iest (?) of them all. Twelve romantic christmas tales written by some of my favourite authors with a stunning cover to boot? Yes, please!

2) Sabriel by Garth Nix – This one has been on my TBR list for a long time and I finally got it last month for my birthday. There is a magical boarding school, dead people who won’t stay dead and a talking cat…its all I ever wanted.

3) The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – I have heard so many great things about this book and it does sound like a fantastic fantasy novel and world so I am very excited to sit down on a (hopefully) snowy day and give this a read.

4) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – I just saw Mockingjay last weekend and since watching it I have had a major urge to re-read this series so that is exactly what I plan on doing this Christmas.

5) Pretties by Scott Westerfeld – This book has been on my shelf for ages and I just haven’t gotten around to read it! I am such a fail but it shall be done this December! It shall, I say!

6) Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS I MIGHT DIE FROM THE ANTICIPATION ALONE. *Clears Throat, Tries to be cool* NOPE! TOO EXCITED! KAROUUUUUUU!

7) Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Mass – Another re-read but I don’t care! I’m already suffering from Celaena “BAMF” Sardothien withdrawals.

8) Code Name: Verity by Elizabeth Wein – This is another book that has been on my TBR list for a very long time and I just got it for my birthday and I can’t wait to read it. The summary is amazing and I think this is going to be a very powerful, very sad book. Perfect for Christmas!

9) Half-Bad by Sally Green – Another book that has been on my bookshelf for months! But i do plan on reading it in December! Swear!

10) A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin I am a big fan of the TV series and I read the first book about two years ago but I just never got around to picking up the sequel but this Christmas I will make this hunker my bitch. I am borrowing it from a friend and I will get it done!

October Book Haul

So, another month has passed and that can mean only one thing: I bought more books. Now, some people might see this as a problem to which I say t0 you: It could be drugs!

Most of these were actually gifts for my birthday so I didn’t spend that much! But let’s not focus on my sore bank balance let’s focus on the happiness that the books bring! So, here is what I bought/got in October!

darkest mindsAuthor: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Summary: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living. (Via Goodreads.)

defianceAuthor: CJ Redwine

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city’s brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father’s apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making. (Via Goodreads.)

days of bloodAuthor: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream? (Via Goodreads)

afterworlds scott westerfelfAuthor: Scott Westerfeld

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Contemporary/Fantasy

Summary: Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most. (Via Goodreads.)

sabrielAuthor: Garth Nix

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. She soon finds companions in Mogget, a cat whose aloof manner barely conceals its malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories. As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death—and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own destiny.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether. (Via Goodreads.)

trial by fireAuthor: Josephine Angelini

Publisher: Mcmillian Children’s Books

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected. (Via Goodreads.

code name verityAuthor: Elizabeth Wein

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Genre: Historical Fiction

Summary: Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy. (Via Goodreads)

sweet evilAuthor: Wendy Higgins

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Paranormal

Summary: Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns? (Via Goodreads)

And those are all the books I got in October! Hope you guys had a great book buying month too!