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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Christmas Carol Book Tag

Whats this? Another post? Oh My God the holidays really are upon us! Today, I’m bringing you a festive post it is the Christmas Carol (That me!) Book Tag! I wasn’t actually tagged by anyone but I saw it and I wanted to do it so here it is!

1. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

A villainous character you can’t help but love.

I don’t think anyone is going to be surprised by this answer – The Darkling from the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. I loved the Darkling so much – I mean I was actually rooting for Alina to go bad so she and Darkling could rule forever! He’s also hot – not that that was a major factor or anything.

2. All I Want For Christmas Is You

What book do you most want to find under your Christmas tree this year?

There are actually quite a few books I’m hoping to get for Christmas but I think the one I want the most is Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. It’s just so pretty and I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Name a favorite character that had to overcome a major obstacle.  Why are they your favorite?

Harry Potter. Harry Potter. Harry Potter. I love Harry so much because in no way is he a perfect character, he’s flawed, he’s angry and he has the total potential to go bad but he always steers himself away from that path and ugh I love him! And let’s be real he overcame a shit ton of obstacles – Voldemort, Umbridge, Snape’s Potion Final.

4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Which characters do you think are at the top of Santa’s “nice” and “naughty” list?

Oh this is a tricky one! I think Cricket Bell is probably at the top of Santa’s Nice List and I think Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments is at the Top of the Naughty List.

5. Frosty the Snowman

What book just melts your heart?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is the cutest, sweetest, fluffiest book in existence and it just fills me with warmth and love.

6. Feliz Navidad

Your favourite book that takes place in a country other than your own.

Oh there are so many but I think I’ll give this one to Throne of Glass! I loved this book and I love the series and while the world is marginally terrifying it is still pretty cool.

7. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

What book do you read to get in the Christmas spirit?

I suppose the most obvious answer would be My True Love Gave To Me but for some reason Harry Potter makes me feel really Christmassy. So Harry Potter.

8. Sleigh Ride

 What character would you most want to spend the holiday with?

Just give me a Herondale. Will or Jace I’m not fussy.

9. Baby It’s Cold Outside

What book do you hate so much you’d sacrifice it to the fire to stay warm?

I think I’d burn the Divergent series. This series just did nothing for me. So I wouldn’t mind sacrificing it.

10. Do You Hear What I Hear?

What book would you recommend to everyone?

There are quite a few books that I would recommend but The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Incredible, sensational, wonderful book and well worth a read.

So that is the end of the Christmas Carol book tag! I’m not going to tag anyone in particular but if you want to do it do it and be sure to leave me a link in the comments below!

Happy Christmas!

Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

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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 answer it. This weeks is Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book. Without further ado, here is my list.

1) Jamie Roth from the Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkin – I adore Jamie! He’s so funny and so sarcastic and I’d love to read more about him either before or after Mara came into his life.

2) The Marauders from Harry Potter by JK Rowling – I WANT THIS SO BADLY! I think everyone wants more information about James, Lily, Sirius and Lupin during their time at Hogwarts. Damnit Rowling just give the people what they want!

3) Charlotte Fairchild from The Infernal Device by Cassandra Clare – Charlotte, dear people, is a BAMF and I want to read more about her. Hopefully, she’ll appear again in The Lost Hours.

4) Alex from the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver – Yeah there wasn’t enough Alex in these books. I wouldn’t mind a detailed description of what he was doing during those last two books, or after, or before.

5) The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – The Darkling is one of the only villains I’ve actually sort of rooted for! I know it’s messed up but he was all mysterious and sexy. I couldn’t help myself and I would like to know a great deal more about him.

6) Arobynn Hammel from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – He is one of the most manipulative and vindictive characters in the Throne of Glass world and one of the most important people in Celaena’s life so I wouldn’t mind spending some more quality time with him.

7) Ress from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – I want this because I think it would be hilarious. You just know that Ress knows Celaena and Chaol are sneaking off together! I’d love to read a novella from his POV about how obvious they are.

8) Celia Bowen from the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I know she’s technically a main character but she shared the POV with Marco who I didn’t particularly care for so I would like more Celia please – particularly stories about her early life!

9) Isaac from The Fault In Our Stories by John Green – I needed more from him. I’d love to get a novella or short story from his POV after Gus’s death or after Hazel’s death. It be the most depressing thing in the world but I want to know!

10) THE FREAKING MARAUDERS BY JK ROWLING – JUST GIVE IT TO ME.

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The Taylor Swift Book Tag

The Taylor Swift Book Tag is an original tag created by The Book Life. Now I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this but it’s a book tag that features T-Swizzle and she’s my girl so here I am. So this tag is basically taking Taylor Swift songs and matching them to books!

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So let us begin!

1) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Series I was in love with but later wanted to Break Up With

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There are a few series that I read that I sort of fell out of love with but the one that stands out the most for me will always be the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. Like everyone else in the world I was obsessed with these book for a long time but as I got older I started to realise that there was a hell of a lot of problems with them and the characters and eventually I just had to let it go!

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2) Red – Pick a Book with a Red CoverHalf Bad: cover of first novel by Sally Green, predicted to be next Harry Potter or Twilight Saga

If you follow me on instagram or Tumblr you’ll see I own a lot of red books but I think I’ll let Half-Bad by Sally Green take centre stage this time, mostly because I have not read it and I really, really need to!

 

 

3) The Best Day – Pick a Book That Makes You Feel Nostalgic

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot always brings me back to the good old days of messing around with my friends, talking about Mia and Michael for far too long and then complaining about how the movie was nothing like the books while still loving the movie! Just good, good times!

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4) Love Story – Pick a Book with Forbidden Loveworld after

So, so many choices for this. At first I was tempted to pick Clary and Jace from City of Bones through City of Ashes but then I realised I needed to save them for a later question! So I racked my brains and eventually I decided on Penryn and Raffe from Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan EE.

I love these two. They are so sarcastic and funny together and I know technically nothing has happened between them but they are totally in love and it’s wonderful and it’s going to be so painful because human and angel during a civil war between humans and angels and worse still this angel arrested other angels for loving humans! So much forbiddenss!

5) I Knew You Were Trouble – Pick a Book with a Bad Character You Couldn’t Help But Love

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I have got to give this one to the Darkling from the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. I mean he’s called the Drakling for fuck sake! I should have known he was going to be evil! But of course I was blinded by his charms and even when he showed his true evil, dark colours I still loved him. I even wanted him to win a little bit. I know, the shame.

6) Innocent – Pick a Book That Someone Ruined the Ending For You.

Who can forget when Kanye West interrupted Swiftie during her VMA acceptance speech? No one likewise I can never forget when my friend spoiled the fate of Robb Stark from a Game of Thrones for me. I wasn’t reading the books or even watching the series at the time so it didn’t particularly bother me but then months later I was obsessed with the series, reading the books, declaring Robb one of my favourite characters and flashback! Needless to say I was not happy!

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7Requiem by Lauren Oliver) Everything Has Changed – Pick a Character Who Goes Through Extensive Character Development.

I’m going to give this one to Lena Halloway from the Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver. Lena starts the trilogy believing that love is a disease and she cannot wait to get her treatment and be paired off and at the end of the trilogy she’s a rebel, a spy and tearing down the walls that separate people all in the name of love and freedom. It’s a rather big 180!

 

8) You Belong With Me: Pick You’re Most Anticipated Book Release

I know that Heir of Fire is technically out but my copy is still in the post so I’m still anticipating it’s release to me! I’ve been counting down the days for Heir of Fire and I am so excited to read about Celaena and Chaol again and ugh I just wish I had it now!

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9) Forever and Always – Pick Your Favourite Book Couple

So many couples to pick and love. Celaena and Chaol, Penryn and Raffe, Bellamy and Clarke, Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, Rose and Dimitri – I adore them all but I think the first book couple to really get me emotionally invested and keep me emotionally invested was Clary and Jace from the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare.

loved these two! So much I was even shipping incest – do you realise how good a book has to be to ship incest? Thankfully life worked out and these two are happy and going to get married and have very sarcastic babies! (They will!)

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10) Come Back, Be Here – A Book You Would Never Lend Out For Fear of Missing it too Much.

Harry Potter. I would never ever ever give anybody a copy of my Harry Potter Books! Just no! I’d never risk it! My friends are animals! They’d spill something or worse lose them or never return them and Harry has suffered enough!

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And that Dear Friends is the end of the Taylor Swift Book Tag! I’m not going to tag anyone directly because I don’t know if people are T-Swift fans or not although in my opinion there are only two types of people – People who like Taylor Swift and Liars – so if you are a Swift fan I tag you and be sure to link me your tags so I can check them out!

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Ruin and Rising: Review

ruin and risingAuthor: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo Books

Summary: The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for. (Via Goodreads.)

Review: In my review of Siege and Storm I stated that I was immensely happy that it had avoided the Twilight Effect and Ruin and Rising does too however it does fall prey to the Legend effect in that I did not enjoy the ending of this book, and that seems to be a feeling a lot of people have. While I can’t exactly fault the ending of the book and I can’t really discuss it without spoiling people I will say that the entire thing felt just too neat to me and because of that I was disappointed.

That being said, I did still enjoy this book. As always Bardugo’s writing is wonderful, her dialogue especially. I love the snappy, sarcastic and teasing interactions that occur between Mal and Alina and Nikolai and Alina and the intense, sort-of-kind-of sexually driven interactions between Alina and the Darkling. The my true name scene definitely had me swooning. It was beautifully done and definitely one of my favourite aspects of the book but I wanted more. The Darkling to me is a lot more fascinating than Mal and Nikolai and I wish we saw more of him, again, I think I would have liked a dual POV.

For the most part I enjoyed the plot – well the first third to first half of the plot. Around the middle of the book a plot point occurs that well fucks with a lot of things – especially Nikolai and the mythology of the previous two books and while it was sort of interesting I just didn’t enjoy it, mostly because of the ending. The way Bardugo chose to end the series made a lot of events that happened in this book seem like they were there just to fill pages or word count as they didn’t really have long lasting effect and that did bother me a bit.

Really the ending is what sort of ruined this book for me. I thought it was too neat and a sort of betrayal of what a character had become and all the growing that happened in the previous two novels. It was just too neat for me.

As a standalone I enjoyed this book but as part of the series it is my least favourite. I did still enjoy it, I still think it is worth 4 stars but that ending was just no.

4 Stars.

 

 

Siege and Storm: Review

siege and stormAuthor: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo Books

Summary: Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. (Via Goodreads.)

Review: These days I am always a little wary when it comes to picking up the second book in a series. The thing is, I know I want the book, I really want to read the book but I do really fear ‘The Twilight Effect” meaning that I’ll love the first book, read the next books and watch in horror as the slowly get worse and worse until I can’t love the series anymore. The Grisha Trilogy does not suffer from The Twilight Effect. Siege and Storm is simply wonderful and I enjoyed it a lot more than Shadow and Bone.

Bardugo does an excellent job in picking up the story from Shadow and Bone’s cliffhanger-esque ending and expanding the world that she created in her previous novel. It was really fascinating to see what existed beyond the Little Palace and how everyone is affected by The Darkling and his plans and by Alina’s existence. I just loved it.

Siege and Strom also introduced some wonderful new characters in Nikolai, Toyla and Tamar and they created some really interesting contrasts for me and I really enjoyed how they seemed to represent another part of Alina – in that Mal is her security, the part of her that wants to be safe and run, the Darkling is Alina’s darkness and her own desire for power and Nikolai is her willingness to fight to protect people. Bardugo’s mirror images were fun and I really liked seeing them and how Alina plays off of them.

Bardugo’s writing is also much improved. I loved her prose in this book! It really was stunning, I especially loved the last lines of the book.

The Darkling told her he was destined to rule. He had claimed his throne and a part of her too. He was welcome to it. For the living and the dead she would make herself a reckoning. She would rise.

The only aspect I didn’t enjoy in this book is the lack of the Darkling. He is without a doubt one of my favourite characters in the Grisha Trilogy. He is just so fascinating and I wish we could see inside his head – I actually wouldn’t have minded a dual POV in this book – and I wish we could have see more of him.

However, I loved this book. I loved the politics, the romance, the relationships and the struggles Alina went through. My favourite book of the series so far.

4 Stars.