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Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t (and the reasons WHY) || Top Ten Tuesday

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As you can already tell by the title of this post, the theme of this week is the series we have been meaning to start but haven’t. For some reason I’m feeling like rambling today, so I have decided to give you exact reasons as to WHY I haven’t started these series yet! Let’s be real, they are mostly excuses that I make for myself. Also a fair warning beforehand: this turned out to be a REALLY LONG post (it has over 1700 words), sorry about that – apparently I just couldn’t stop rambling. (It happens sometimes.)

Now let’s get into the series!

10. The Trials of Apollo and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

I have already read a few series by Rick Riordan. More specifically: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus and The Kane Chronicles. And I have greatly enjoyed all of them! Rick Riordan is definitely one of my favourite authors.

So why haven’t I started these two series yet? (As I’m bound to enjoy them.)

Simply because I love binge reading his series and I’m waiting for more books to come out. That’s also the reason that these two series aren’t much higher on my list.


9. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

I have read the Shiver trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater previously (some years ago that is) and I remember enjoying it and that I especially liked the writing style (though I don’t remember that much about it, just some key things that happened). I have heard many amazing things about The Raven Cycle. They sound like books that I would really enjoy! Plus the covers are gorgeous and I just want to have them on my shelves as well!

Why haven’t I started this series yet?

Honestly I don’t have the money to get the editions that I want at the moment. I really want to own these books in hardcover, but as I’m an university student I don’t really have the money to get them now. (Though I do own the first book on my Kindle and I could read it, but we shall ignore that!)


8. The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

I have heard many great things about this series, they have been recommended for people who enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora and I simply ADORED that book! Plus the premise of the first books sounds beyond amazing and like something I would absolutely love! I mean it’s about a thief and a mercenary that get framed for killing the king. If this isn’t my kind of book I don’t know what is!

So why in the world haven’t I already read this series?

For this one I honestly have no idea! Maybe because I’m already in the middle of a few high fantasy series (and those tend to be very long series with huge books) and I don’t want to read many of those at the same time! I want to start this series sooo badly (I even own the first book), hopefully soon I will.


7. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

Everyone and their mother recommends this series to fantasy lovers. I have heard that both the story and the writing are beyond beautiful and that I will love them immediately. (Not that I’m intimidated that I will dislike this series, no way.) I don’t actually know much about this series, only that the main character is telling his life story to someone.

Why haven’t I started this series?

There are two reasons for this. The first is actually the same as with the previously mentioned series – I just don’t want to start that many high fantasy series at the same time. And the second one? WHEN in the world will the third book come out?! Nobody knows! I really don’t want to read this series and then have to wait AGES for the final book to be released.


6. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

As you may already know Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors. So far I have read 7 of his books and I have enjoyed all of them a lot! (Thank you goodreads for allowing me to keep track of that easily.) I have heard that you either love or hate American Gods and that it’s one of those books that simply isn’t for everyone. (Or that’s what people have told me anyway.)

Why haven’t I started this series yet?

I’m a bit nervous that I won’t enjoy the book, but mostly it’s just because I haven’t gotten to this book yet. (Obviously not, or else it wouldn’t be on this list.) I’m slowly making my way through Gaiman’s books and this should be the next one of his that I pick up. So it’s more that this series wasn’t on my radar for that long, rather then me putting of reading it. (There is a first for everything apparently.)


5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I have heard many amazing things about this series, especially from my blogging friends. Science Fiction isn’t a genre that I read too often, but I really want to get more into it. And this series seems perfect for that! I find the whole premise very intriguing, plus having heard great things about it from people whose opinions I trust makes me even more exited to pick this series up!

So why haven’t I at least started this series yet?

As I already mentioned, Sci-Fi isn’t a genre that I often reach for. So I always end up putting of this series because of that. (Yes I know, shame on me and all that!) Plus, lately when I went book shopping to my local bookstore the book was never there, so I couldn’t really get my hands on it. (Excuses, excuses!)


4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Once again many of my blogging friends have raved about this series and recommended it to me. I have heard that Laini Taylor has one of the most beautiful writing styles EVER! Plus I’m also very intrigued that this story takes place in Prague, as I have never read a story set there (and Prague is a city I REALLY want to visit).

Why haven’t I started this series yet?

I literary have no excuses for this one! (But I shall still try to come up with something.) I’m in the middle of quiet a few series at the moment. I have the horrible habit of starting series and then not finishing them. So before getting into any new ones, I want to finish a few of the ones that I have already started. (As I said, I really don’t have a specific excuse for this one!)


3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I have heard nothing but amazing things about this duology. Everyone seems to adore it! (Once again, I’m not intimidated to dislike these books. Year right.) The premise of these books sounds amazing as well and definitely like something that I would enjoy a lot! I actually don’t know many details about this book, which I’m quiet happy about as I enjoy going into a book mostly blind.

So why am I among the last people out there to pick this series up?

I was waiting for these covers to be released (the second book in this edition was released in April of 2017) and then I could never find these books at my local bookstore. I have NO IDEA why they don’t stock them! I hope that they will arrive there soon, as I really want to get my hands on this duology. (I could order them online, but my mom pays for those books and I don’t want to ask her for money right now.)


2. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I have read the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu previously and I enjoyed it a lot! It was so fast paced, action packed with interesting characters. What more could I ask for? Marie Lu has a way of writing that feels like watching a movie and I have always wanted to read more of her books. When I heart that these books focus on an antagonist I was SOLD and I knew that I had to have them!

One again, why haven’t I started this series?

I was waiting for the final book to be released, as I love reading Marie Lu’s books back to back. I just feel like I get the most out of them that way. I planned on getting all the books as soon as the third one was released, but then I decided to go on a book buying ban and that didn’t happen. (I need to read 5 books before buying 1 new one, so we shall see when I will actually get my hands on them.)


1. Seven Realms by Cinder Williams Chima

And the series that I have wanted to read for the longest time is the Seven Realms series. I have literary wanted to read this series for YEARS! (And no, that’s not me exaggerating.) This sounds just like the type of fantasy book that I enjoy reading, plus I have heard many amazing things about it from people whose opinion I trust.

Why in the world haven’t I started this series yet then?

I HAVE NO IDEA! This is one I literary have no excuse for. I have wanted to get this series, or at least the first book for ages and I always put it of for some reason. I should probably just get the whole box set and be done with putting of reading this series. (I guess I know what I will wish for next, when someone wants to buy me a gift.)


If you have made it thorough this long post: CONGRATULATION! I really didn’t expect it to be this long when I started writing it.

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman || Book Review

Neil GaimanTitle: Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

Published: 7. February 2017

Edition: Bloomsbury

                Paperback, 281 pages

Genre: Mythology | Short Stories | Fiction

Summary:

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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◄ 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

Another book by Neil Gaiman that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s not my favourite of his books that I have read so far, but I still enjoyed it a lot. Before reading this book I had no knowledge of the Norse mythology, so I found it very interesting to read Gaiman’s version of the myths.

Neil Gaiman has a way of writing stories that simply sucks me in immediately and I can’t put his books down. And this book was no exception to that. I was a bit worried going into this book, as I had never previously read any of his short stories (and in general I don’t tend to read that many short stories). My worries turned out to be unnecessary, as I ended up enjoying all of his stories – obviously some more than the others.

In his short stories Gaiman gives us an overview of Norse mythology and some of it’s stories/legends. First he gives us an introduction to the three main gods (or the ones that are present the most), Odin, Thor and Loki. Then he proceeds to tell us how everything was created and about Yggdrasil and the nine worlds. That is followed by some stories about the gods and their adventures. There were 16 stories in total.

I enjoyed most of the stories. Some aspects were really gross and weird, but I find that to be the usual when it comes to mythology. I simply loved learning more about Norse mythology, as I had previously know nothing about it. And yes, I would recommend this book to everyone! (Especially if you are interested in mythologies.)


Have you read Norse Mythology? What did you think of this book?

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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730+ Followers THANK YOU!! || and an Announcement!

Oh. My. God.
How in the world do I have over 730 followers?!

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That’s seriously incredible and I can’t believe that so many of you decided to follow my little blog! Thank you all soooo much! It means the world to me that this many of you would be interested in the things I have to say. I never expected that my blog will ever grow this much. (Which I’m sure everyone says, but it’s true!) I can’t express with words how much this means to me!

❤ THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH ONCE MORE! ❤

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(And yes, I had wanted to make this post when I hit 700 followers, but I didn’t have the time to do it then. And when I found the time, I was already at this number! So there is an explanation for the odd number.)


Announcement:

I won’t be as active, as I usually am, for the next few weeks.

As it’s the end of the semester my exams are coming up. They are during the last week of this month. But my studying for them starts today. That means that I will be rather busy for the next few weeks and I won’t have that much time to blog.

For a few months I have kept up with posting at least 2 new posts each week. Now I’m not sure if I will be able do to it. I will do my best, but university and exams are a priority right now, so I will be focusing more on them. That also means that I will probably be late to reply to comments as well, sorry for that in advance. And it also means my interacting with people on their blogs will be slowed down as well. Once again, I will do my best, but I’m not sure how much time I will have to do everything that I want.

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Though I’m hopeful that I will have enough time for everything – both study related and blogging related. We shall see how everything goes!


Thank you very much for reading my rambling thoughts and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna

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weekend adventures

Traveling home? Finally watching Pirates of the Caribbean and my reading plans! || Weekend Adventures

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This is a feature on my blog where I tell you my plans for the weekend and sometimes the upcoming week. If you want more information, check out my original post.


TRAVELING:

Today I’m traveling back to my hometown and I will be there for a few days! (I’m staying until Tuesday.) I’m very exited about being back home and seeing my mom and friends. I already have made plans that I’m looking forward to (I love having plans for everything). I’m not really looking forward to the actual traveling. Why? Because I’m going with the bus and my journey starts today at 2pm and I should arrive at 10:30pm. So I have 8 freaking hours to sit in the bus and probably die because of the heat, which won’t be that fun. There really isn’t anything that I can do about that though. Sigh.

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READING:

I’m bringing only my Kindle with me, so choosing my reads was based on that.

I’m currently reading A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe and I’m about 15 % into it. So far it’s seriously amazing! I’m really enjoying the story so far, it’s set in Japan (which I always love to read about). The magical elements of the world are fascinating as well! The characters are very interesting, I’m really liking them so far. I can’t wait to see where the story will go and what will happen next!

The two books that I would like to start this weekend and continue reading next week are Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer and Dreadnought by April Daniels. They both sound very different from each other, but I’m very intrigued by both. I’m especially looking forward to Dreadnought, as I have heard amazing things about it!


GAMING:

I plan on starting a new game of Animal Crossing: New Leaf over the weekend. That’s just one of those games that I love playing – plus it’s really cute as well. For some reason I deleted my last town (I honestly have no idea why) so I have to start from the beginning, which I really don’t mind. So my plan for this weekend is to basically start the game and get as much done as I can – or rather all the things you need when you start playing this game. If you have played it, you know what I’m rambling about!

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WATCHING:

I plan on watching Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales with some of my friends this Saturday (or tomorrow if you will). I’m BEYOND exited to watch this movie! I don’t know if you know this about me, but I LOVE pirates! I also love the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I have watched all of them in the cinema (the first one I saw when I was 8 or 9) and I have re-watched all of them multiple times. I know that these movies have their flaws and that they aren’t perfect, but they are just so much fun to watch and I enjoy them a lot. So I’m very much looking forward to seeing this latest instalment this weekend! (Hopefully I will enjoy it!)

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That is most of the things that I have planned for this weekend! I will probably end up watching some random anime as well (as that usually happens). I also have to study, but that’s kind of generic and I don’t have much to write about that, aside from the fact that I hope that I will be able to do a lot for it (as exams are coming up rather soon).

What do you plan on doing this weekend? Do let me know!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Quinsey Wolfe's Glass VaultTitle: Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault

           ( Glass Vault #1 )

Author: Candace Robinson

Published: 16. May 2017

Edition: Kindle, 168 pages

Genre: Young Adult | Horror

Summary:

Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

A book that intertwines horror with retellings

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◄ 2 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

This story was rather addicting, I just needed to know what was going to happen next. I even managed to read it in one sitting and that doesn’t happen often to me. The beginning of the book was boring and slow. It basically introduced the characters and their situations, I didn’t care much about that if I’m being honest. Once the retellings start it gets much more interesting and it becomes impossible to put this book down. The retellings were amazingly creepy and I greatly enjoyed them! I wish there were even more of them, as they were definitely my favourite part of the book.

The characters were bland, I don’t feel like any of them developed in any way and they weren’t really memorable either. There wasn’t a single character that I particularly cared about. I just cared about the story as I wanted to know what was actually going on in that museum. There was also kind of a love triangle thing happening (somewhat?) and as you may know I tend to very much dislike those as well.

Now onto the two of the biggest problems that I had with this book.

First there was an instance of ACEPHOBIA at the beginning of this book. (I believe in the first 5 to 7 %) Our main character, Perrie thinks this while describing her best friend:

“Maisie gets plenty of offers from both guys and girls, but as I have come to realize, there’s no one like her. Sometimes, I think she’s asexual like certain plants.”

Everything is fine, aside from the last part. “Certain plants” was seriously unnecessary and could have easily not been mentioned. As this is an ARC that I read I hope that the finished edition doesn’t have this. It put a bad taste in my mouth immediately and honestly I’m happy that it was the only instance of it.

The second problem was the TOKENISM. Maisie, the best friend of Perrie, is biracial. Her father is from somewhere in the Middle East. And I’m wording it like that because we have no idea where he is actually from, as it’s only referenced in passing. Nothing else indicated that Maisie was biracial, I honestly forgot that she was while I was reading the book.

Overall this book didn’t impress me. I expected a lot more from it and was left rather disappointed. I honestly wouldn’t recommend this book.


Have you read Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault? What did you think of this book? Did you have the same problems as me?

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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My BEST Month Of This WHOLE Year!? ||May Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up

May was a rather successful month for me and I mean that in all life aspects!

  • I was feeling great, I was just really happy most of the month, for no particular reason (though I’m not complaining about that),
  • I did a lot of work for university and had the most important presentation of this semester (which went very well),
  • I read quiet a lot, especially compared to the other months of this year, I’m finally out of my slump!!
  • And I was consistent with blogging, I posted at least 2 post each week.

Yes, May was really amazing and I’m very glad about that! (I mean, why wouldn’t I be?) Especially since May is usually one of my favourite months, because of the weather and because it’s my birthday month as well.

And yes, I finally made some graphics for my wrap ups. (It was seriously about time!) I’m very happy with the way that they look! What do you think of them?


Books I Read

This month I managed to read 4 books in total (and I read 200 pages of another book that I have yet to finish) and I’m beyond happy about that, especially since last month I haven’t read a single book. It’s seriously an amazing improvement and now I’m hoping that I will get back to reading as much as I used to (which is 7 to 8 books per month). I’m feeling very motivated when it comes to reading, which hasn’t been the case since the autumn of last year.

Roshani ChokshiThe Star-Touched Queen (The Star Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi

5 out of 5 stars

This was actually a reread for me, as many of you might already know since I have raved about this book in the past quiet a few times.

As I already mentioned in the beginning, I was in the biggest reading slump ever during the month of April. I hoped that rereading one of my favourite books would make me feel like reading again. And I was right! This book drew me out of my slump and made me want to read more and more, which I’m very happy about.

I obviously loved this book this time around as well. If you want to know more of my thoughts you can check out my full review, which is linked in the title of this book.

The Forbidden WishThe Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

4.5 out of 5 stars

The second book that I decided to pick up was The Forbidden Wish. And it was really the perfect choice that I could have made!

This is an Aladdin retelling, a concept that I have never encountered before. This book was everything that I hoped it would be! It was just the book that I needed and I simply adored it.

The world, the magic, the characters, the story – everything was simply captivating and made me love this book. The two main characters, Zahra and Aladdin, became some of my all time favourites! And yes, you should definitely read this book if you haven’t yet.

If you want more in depth thoughts you can check out my review, which is linked in the title of this book (and also below).

Carmer and GritThe Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit #1) by Sarah Jean Horwitz

4 out of 5 stars

This story was such a fun adventure. It’s the story of Carmer, a boy who is interested in automations and inventing (and is a magicians apprentice), and Grit, a one-winged faerie princes (that can’t fly).

I really enjoyed reading the story and finding out more about the worlds and how they coexist with each other. And by worlds I mean the faerie world and the human, steampunk, world. The mystery and story were very interesting as well, overall it was a great read!

I have a full review for this book as well, which is linked in the title of this book. And yes, somehow I have reviews for nearly all the books that I read this month.

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass VaultQuinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1by Candace Robinson

2 out of 5 stars

This story was rather addicting, I just needed to know what was going to happen next. I even managed to read it in one sitting and that doesn’t happen often to me. The beginning of the book was boring, but once the retellings start it gets much more interesting!

The characters were bland, I don’t feel like any of them developed in any way and I they weren’t really memorable either. Overall this book didn’t impress me, I expected a lot more from it.

There is also some ACEPHOBIA and TOKENISM in this book, that were obviously problematic. I will get into more details about that in my full review, which I will be posting soon.


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How was your May? What was your favourite read of the month?

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Carmer and Grit

Title: The Wingsnatchers

           ( Carmer and Grit #1 )

Author: Sarah Jean Horwitz

Published: 25. April 2017.

Edition: Algonquin Young Readers

                Kindle, 368 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Middle Grade | Steampunk

Summary:

Aspiring inventor and magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage, but with Antoine the Amazifier’s show a tomato’s throw away from going under, Carmer is determined to win the cash prize in the biggest magic competition in Skemantis. When fate throws Carmer across the path of fiery, flightless faerie princess Grit (do not call her Grettifrida), they strike a deal. If Carmer will help Grit investigate a string of faerie disappearances, she’ll use her very real magic to give his mechanical illusions a much-needed boost against the competition. But Carmer and Grit soon discover they’re not the only duo trying to pair magic with machine – and the combination can be deadly.


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◄ 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

This was such a fun and exiting story. It sucked me in from the beginning and I was very interested in both the characters and the world. It was also an easy read, as is the case with most middle grade books.

The world in The Wingsnatchers was very fascinating and one of my favourite aspects of the story. There is a vast difference between the faerie world, which is surrounded and made of nature, and the human world, which is a steampunk society with many machines and a lot of metal devices. It was interesting seeing how these two worlds coexist with each other and I loved finding out about both of them.

Carmer, one of the main characters, is an inventor and assistant of the magician Antoine. Through him we get a look at the human world and how far it’s advanced, with all the automatons and other machines – that Carmer finds fascinating and thinkers with them. I really loved him as a character. He is very smart and inventive, he always manages to get out of tough situations. (Even with some mishaps.) He was probably my favourite character. It was also wonderful discovering the world of the fae with him, as he is for the first time confronted with it.

Grit, another main character whose perspective we get to read from, is a faerie. She is not only a fairy, she is the princess of the faeries. Not only that, she is a faerie that was born with only one wing and can’t fly, which makes her different from any faerie that she has ever met. She is very fiery, temperamental and strong. Grit knows what she wants and how to achieve what she wants as well. The only problem I had with her was her short fused temperament – I tend to get annoyed easily with such characters. (In one instance she really angered me.)

The mystery of the disappearances of the faery very interesting. I really wanted to know what was going on and how it was going to be solved. But I found the pacing to be off and some of the story points didn’t sit right with me. Nothing too major, but some slight things bothered me. (And I can’t go into detail because of spoilers.)

Also the cover is beautiful. But if you have read the book you will know how fitting it is for it and see even more details than you already did! I was really mind blown when I looked at it after I was done reading the book! (Can’t go much into that, because that would spoil things.)

Overall this was a very fun book and I would highly recommend it to everyone!


Have you read The Wingsnatchers? What did you think of this book? Do let me know!

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury || Book Review

The Forbidden WishTitle: The Forbidden Wish

Author: Jessica Khoury

Published: 24. January 2017

Edition: Razorbill

                 Paperback, 352 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Retelling

Summary:

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world. . . .

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years–a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity–only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of the Aladdin story from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

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◄ 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I never knew that I needed an Aladdin retelling until I read this book. This book was everything that I hoped it would be! It’s one of the most imaginative retellings that I have ever read and I simply couldn’t get enough of it.

The writing in this book was simply beautiful and very poetic. It fit the story perfectly and brought the magic and the world to life. The world created within this book was mesmerising and I loved finding out more and more about it, as the story continued. The world in itself was very well developed and I could easily imagine myself being part of it, as I was reading the story. I loved the magic and myths that were woven into this story as well, it made all of it feel even more real.

I loved the characters in this book. My favourite was definitely Zahra, whose perspective we read from throughout the book as well. She is a powerful and old jinni and you definitely feel that throughout the story. But she isn’t without flaws. While she is powerful, she is also insecure about things. While she is wise, she also makes mistakes. Zahra’s perspective was amazing to read from, as she is familiar with both the human world and the jinni one – so we are able to get a lot more information about both through her. I also loved finding out about her past with Roshana. (Not going into that, because of spoilers.) Zahra was such a fascinating character and I couldn’t get enough of her. I loved everything that she stood for!

Aladdin is another character that I loved. As you may know I’m a big fan of thief (assassin’s and other morally grey) characters in books, so my love for him was quiet obvious from the beginning. But the more I read about him the more I liked him. I loved how flirty he was, he just had a fun personality – although he had problems that were bothering him as well. He was such a well developed character and he kept surprising me throughout the whole book. It was also amazing finding out more about his origins and the things he has been through.

The romance in this book is one of the best that I have ever read! It was very sweet and simply heartwarming to read about. And it was very slow burning, which made it even more amazing. (I’m beyond sick of the insta-love stories!) The interactions between Zahra and Aladdin were so cute and fun to read about. I just adore the both of them, together and on their own.

The plot of the story was also very intriguing and a lot more complex than I thought it would be. I had some problems with the pacing at a some points, but beyond that I have nothing to complain about when it comes to this story. This book was simply wonderful and I would highly recommend it to everyone!


Have you read The Forbidden Wish? What did you think of it? Did you enjoy it as much as I did?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Dim Sum Book Tag

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I was tagged by two amazing bloggers to do this tag! They were Reg @She Latitude and Fadwa @Word Wonders. Thank you both sooo much once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out their blogs!

This tag was originally created by Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Jenna @Reading With Jenna. Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine whereby food is served in small (tapas-like) portions and is common during yum cha (which literally means: drinking tea). This tag is inspired by good company and good eats.

Here are some rules to devour this tag

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Devour dim sum and answer the tag questions.
  • Tag five others to join your round table for some dim sum fun.
  • Food coma.

Tea: A book that started off hot but quickly turned cold.

I was really enjoying Truthwitch by Susan Dennard in the beginning. I was intrigued by the characters and I wanted to know more about the magic and the world of this book. Sadly this book really lacked world-building, which is one of my personal favourite elements when it comes to fantasy books. And I didn’t particularly come to like the characters either. This was a rather disappointing book for me.

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Chiu Chow Dumpling: A book that features elements of land and sea.

Well, the first thing that popped into my mind was mermaid books, but seeing how I haven’t read any (or don’t remember reading any) that wouldn’t work out. Then I was  seriously struggling to come up with an answer UNTIL I saw Six of Crows on my shelf and remembered that part of it takes place on a boat and the other on land. Well, I found the perfect answer for this question!

Grisha


Rice Noodle Roll: A favourite multilayered character you’ve read (i.e. traits? skills? morally ambiguous?).

One of my all time favourite morally ambiguous characters is Victor Vale from Vicious. He is such a complex character and I loved reading about him. (I’m still hoping that there will be more books in this world!) I should also mention Eli, from the same book, as he is also a morally grey character. Though, personally, I liked Victor A LOT more!

Vicious


Shrimp Dumpling: A book with a transparent blurb that gives the story away.

I honestly can’t think of any book for this category. I tend to forget summaries immediately after reading them. (My brain apparently doesn’t comprehend them, or something.) So I really have no idea what blurbs gave away the story, though I’m sure that there are many out there.


Steamed BBQ Pork Buns: A book that is fluffy on the outside but packs a punch of flavour (e.g. message? depth? controversy?).

The first book that came to my mind was My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. From the cover and synopsis I expected a light contemporary read, but it was much more than that. There was a lot more depth to this book and it had important messages as well. This is a book I would recommend everyone to read, especially if you enjoy contemporary.

My Life Next Door


Chicken Feet: A book with divided opinions.

I think it’s quiet obvious why I picked Throne of Glass, or rather the whole series, by Sarah J. Maas. I have read this first book over three years ago and I honestly don’t remember much of it. I did give it 4 stars at that time, but I’m not sure that’s accurate (as I read it at the time I discovered the online book community and was swayed by the hype).

Sarah J Maas


Lotus-Wrapped Sticky Rice: A book you’ve received/given that was nicely packaged.

Both illustrated editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets were Christmas gifts, so they were gifts and also very nicely packaged. (Sadly I don’t have pictures, because I’m impatient and opened them immediately.)


Egg Custard Tart: A book that uses simple ingredients and clichés but executes it perfectly.

Okay, I give up. I DON’T KNOW!! I seriously can’t think of any book that fits this category. I have basically been thinking about this question for days, but I just can’t think of any book that corresponds to this question. So, I’m sorry but I give up!


Mango Pudding with Evaporated Milk: Any book recommendation + beverage/snack that’s a winning combination.

Personally I love drinking warm beverages whenever I’m reading a fantasy book. I don’t know what it is, it just makes me relaxed and I enjoy reading even more that way. My preference of hot beverage is tea, especially black tea. (Before I would say coffee, but I have stopped drinking it.) So my recommendation would be A Game of Thrones and a cup of black tea.


Fried Sesame Balls: A book cover with embossed text/design you just love to run your fingers over.

I love how Percy Jackson’s Greek God by Rick Riordan and illustrated by John Rocco feels! I…don’t really have much to add to that. I have no idea how to describe why exactly I love it, so I shall leave it at this. Just trust me, this book feels amazing! XD

Percy Jackson


Dim Sum Steam Cart: The type of carrying bag you use to bring books around.

Um…I don’t really have one? I carry a book with me in whatever bag I’m carrying that day. Sometimes I have a backpack with me, when I have a lot of stuff to cary. Sometimes only a purse. It really depends on how much stuff I need to bring with me (and how long I’m staying out). Though if I don’t have enough space for a book I bring my Kindle with me. Sooo, I always have something to read wherever I go!


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Least Favourite Fictional Character? Fictional Place I want to go to? And MORE! || Book Fangirling Award

AwardI was nominated by quiet a few wonderful bloggers for this award! Thank you all sooo much once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out all their blogs!

I’m also very sorry that it’s taken me this long to answer all of your questions! I’m seriously the worst when it comes to keeping up with tags and awards. But better late than never, right? 😉 (Well, I hope you see it that way as well!)


THE RULES:

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit Fangirling for the award button.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

Questions from Gel:

1. If you could create a fan club on one of your most loved fictional book character, who would he/she be?

I would definitely pick Luna Lovegood! She is my favourite female character from the Harry Potter series, so creating a fan club for her seems only logical. Plus I know many people who love her as well, so finding members won’t be a problem either!

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2. What is your most favorite book series?

That would have to be the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I know this is not a new or exiting answer, but it’s simply my ALL TIME favourite series. It’s the only one that I have reread over 10 times. I think I read it for the first time nearly 10 years ago and I’m still obsessed with it. I don’t think there is a series that could fit this question better.

3. If you could stay for a month at some fictional place in a book, where would you go? Tell us how you would plan your adventure!

I would definitely go to Middle Earth, specifically to Rivendell. I would spend all my time with the Elves and exploring the world surrounding their home. Rivendell is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen so I wouldn’t even mind staying there the whole month and just getting to know it, the Elves and their culture more.

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4. If you could ask one question to one of your least favorite book fictional character, who and what would you ask?

One of my least favourite characters is Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I seriously dislike him and I have a lot of questions I would want to ask him. (I mean A LOT of questions.) But I don’t really want to mention any specific question, because that would spoil the books (literary all my questions are spoiler-y).

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5. What book kept you up all night just to read?


Questions from Calliope:

1. What is your favorite color and which book is just that shade?

Well…my favourite colour is black. And The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books by J. R. R. Tolkien are just the right shade. (If there can be a right shade of black.) I love all the covers of these books, plus the color is amazing. 😉

2. What book character would you want as an older sibling?

I’m cheating and picking two characters. I would love to have Fred and George Weasley as my older brothers. They are simply amazing and some of my favourite characters from Harry Potter! I love them! Though I don’t think I need to explain why I would love to have them as older brothers? I think not, everyone knows how amazing they are. 😉

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3. On average, how many books do you buy a month?

I’m currently on a type of book buying ban. I have to read 5 books before buying new ones. (And I’m staying on this ban until my TBR is under 10 books.) For read I’m counting books I own, review books and ARCs as well. And I CAN buy books that I plan to buddy read with someone. So how many books I buy a month depends on how many I read, which is actually not a lot. (As I haven’t been reading that much this year.) I would say one or two books per month at the maximum.

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4. Do you keep the dust jacket on hardcover books when you read them?

No, I take the dust jacket off. It just bothers me while I’m reading, as it’s sliding all over the place. Plus I’m afraid that I’ll accidentally rip it, which I would hate to do. So it’s safest and easiest to just take it off and that’s exactly what I do!

5. Can you read when it’s loud and noisy around you?

Yes, I can. It takes me longer to read one page, as I can’t concentrate as well as I do when it’s silent. BUT I’m still able to read, I don’t mind the noise around me that much. I think that’s because I got used to it. While at school, during lunch break, I used to read a lot and it was very noisy – so over time I just got used to it and I can ignore the noise quiet easily.


Questions from Lila:

1. If you could dye your hair any color, which color would you choose?

I would love to have any of these light colours! They are all sooo beautiful. Sadly I have naturally dark hair which means I would have to bleach it. Plus my hair grows rather fast, so I would have to do it often. First of all that’s very bad for my hair and second, I couldn’t be bothered to work that hard to maintain it. But I can still dream, I guess. (I’ll just have to get myself wigs, if I want to have such light hair.)

2. What’s your favorite season and why?

I love spring the most. I just adore that all the colour seems to return and the flowers beginn to bloom. It gets warmer as well, which is amazing. (I don’t like the heat from the summer, but I do enjoy the warmer weather of spring.) Plus my birthday is during spring as well, which makes it even more amazing in my eyes.

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3. Who are three of your favorite characters, what Hogwarts house do you think they would be in, and why?

I decided to pick three characters from the Shades of Magic series by Victoria Schwab (as this is a book I recently finished and is the freshest in my mind).

  • Lila is obviously in Slytherin.
  • Kell would probably be in Hufflepuff.
  • Holland would be in Ravenclaw.

Or that’s what I think at least! Do let me know if you think the same, or if you think they would fit better some of the other houses!

4. What’s a song that makes you just wanna dance?

This is such an interesting question, I don’t think anyone has asked me this before! 😀

  • Centuries by Fall Out Boy
  • Victorious by Panic! At The Disco

These are just the first two songs that came to my mind. There are many more out there that make me want to dance, but that’s probably because I love dancing and can do it to basically any song in any genre.

5. What’s one of your quirkiest traits?

Ummm…I eat m&ms or skittles or gummy-candy by color. Okay, that’s probably not my quirkiest trait but it’s the first that came to my mind, so I’m sticking with it! (Plus I can’t really think of anything else at the moment.)

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Questions from Jessica:

1. If you could take the place of a protagonist in any story, which story would you choose and why? (Harry Potter isn’t allowed as an answer.)

I would like to take the place of Sophie from Howl’s Movie Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I just re-watched the movie, so the story is really fresh in my mind. Sophie, while not living the happiest of lives, doesn’t have it that bad either. The world she lives in isn’t life-threatening dangerous, but it still has amazing magic. I have a feeling I could survive in her world and live happily while being surrounded by magic. What more could I ask for?

Howl's Moving Castle

2. What is the next book on your TBR list?

I don’t do TBR lists because I know I won’t stick to them. Whenever I put a book on a TBR list I immediately don’t want to read it anymore. I’m going to be reading next whatever I feel like once I finish the book that I am reading at the moment.

3. What book or series do you think is over-hyped?

4. What book or series do you think is under-hyped and deserves more readers?

5. If there is any world you could visit (fictional included), where would you visit and what would be the first thing you would do when you arrive?

I would visit the world of Eragon by Christopher Paolini. And the first thing I would do is find dragons (and someone who can communicate with them) and ask for a ride or just interact with them, as they are very sentient in this world and can talk to certain people. I adore dragons, they are my favourite mythical creature and I would love to get to talk to one of them! ❤


Questions from Carrianne:

1. If you could steal a character’s clothes, whose would you steal?

I think I would steal Isabelle Lightwood’s clothes. They just seem like something I would love to wear myself. Plus she wears a lot of black, which is my favourite colour and the one I love wearing the most. So stealing her clothes seems only logical!

2. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?

I would have to choose The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. He intended for this story to be one book, so I’m thinking of it as one book. This book is freaking huge and it takes me a long time to read it – so it’s perfect for this question, as I don’t think I would easily get bored of it. Plus I do love The Lord of the Rings a lot, so there is that as well.

LOTR

3. What trope would you like to see more in books?

I would love to see a lot more of healthy protagonist-parent or protagonist-sibling relationship in fantasy, especially YA. I don’t think they get explored enough, in most of the books that I read they are completely absent for one reason or another. It would really be amazing to see some good representation of healthy family relationships.

4. Favourite bookish loot? If you don’t have any, then favourite book cover?

Sadly I don’t have any bookish lootSo I decided to pick one of my all time favourite book covers. It’s for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. I adore everything about this cover! It’s beautifully designed, the colours are amazing and it represents the story wonderfully. If I had to pick one, I would say this is my all time favourite cover.

Perfume

5. Which scene would you like to be apart of and in what book?

I would love to be apart of the coronation scene in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. That’s a very iconic scene that reminds me of my childhood and my reading of The Chronicles of Narnia (the series that got me into reading). It would simply be wonderful to be apart of it!

The Chronicles of Narnia


Thank you once more to everyone who nominated me for this award!

Make sure to check out all their amazing blogs!

Thank you for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day.

-Anna♥

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