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Life Update and Q&A Announcement!!

Question and Answers

My three year blogging anniversary is coming up at the end of this month. Last year I ended up doing a Q&A to celebrate it and I had a lot of fun. SO I decided to do that once again this year! (Since I don’t have the money for a giveaway at the moment, hopefully in the future.) Also, here is my previous Q&A if you are interested in checking it out.

Feel free to ask me anything you can think of! Bookish, personal and any kind of questions are welcome!

Also, I’m accepting question till the 24th of July. (As my bloggiversary is on the 27th and I want to have my answers up on that date.) So you have enough time to think of questions you might want to ask me! 😀


Now onto the little life update that I promised in the title.

This Friday (the 13th) I handed in my 30 page research paper. I had only two weeks to properly work on it, as that was the time my classes and most of my exams were done. I’m just sooo happy and relieved to finally be done with it! Deadlines like these cause me anxiety and it always feels wonderful when they successfully pass. I’m also done with all my exams, which is great news (well, until the end of September, beginning of October that is).

That means that I’M FINALLY FREE!!

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I have finally time to read, blog and do all the other things that I love! Now I’m going to be a lot more consistent when it comes to blogging, which I’m quite exited about. I have a lot of catching up to do, as I’m really behind on both comments and blog posts from the people I follow. I’m really sorry for the wait. I shall try and catch up to everything as soon as possible!

What do I have to do next in my life?
  • I do have another paper that I need to hand in at the end of the month. But that one is 1/3 the length of the one I already handed in, so it should be a piece of cake. Plus I can write it in English, which I find easier than German. With that done, I’m completely free from university things until the next semester (though I will have to study for future exams, but we shall ignore that until later).
  • I plan on looking for a job. Actually I plan on getting a job. I have no idea what I would like to do, but I just want to find something and earn some money. Starting next week I will go and look at offers and apply for things that sound interesting. Hopefully everything will go well on that front!
  • Survive the summer. I just really don’t like the heat and sun (I get sunburnt way to easily). I just can’t wait for the autumn weather!

That is all that I have for today. How have you been lately? What has been happening in your lives? Let me know in the comments!

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

-Anna♥

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anime wrap up

One NEW series and many SEQUELS!|| Anime Wrap Up [#10]

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This time around I ended up watching many sequels and just one new to me anime. Not that I’m complaining about that, as with sequels I’m more likely to enjoy them since I’m already familiar with the story and characters. This wrap up has so many amazing anime in it and I would recommend all of them.

With that being said lets get into the 5 anime that I have recently finished!

Hoozuki no ReitatsuHoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season

Episodes: 13

Comedy | Fantasy | Demons

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Hell is a bureaucracy, and business is running smoother than ever thanks to the demonic efficiency of Hoozuki, chief deputy to Lord Enma, the King of Hell. Whether offering counsel to the Momotarou of Japanese folklore or receiving diplomatic missions from the Judeo-Christian Hell, the demon who runs the show from behind the king’s imposing shadow is ready to beat down any challenges coming his way into a bloody pulp. Metaphorically, of course…

The poster boy for micromanagement and armed with negotiation skills worthy of Wall Street, Hoozuki no Reitetsu follows the sadistic and level-headed Hoozuki as he spends his days troubleshooting hell. With an abundance of familiar faces from popular Japanese legends and East Asian mythology working middle management positions, this referential and anachronistic dark comedy brings new meaning to the phrase “employer liability.” Just how hard could it be to manage employees from hell, anyway?

(Summary for season 1 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I really loved the second season of Hoozuki no Reitetsu. I was already a fan of the first one (obviously, since I decided to watch the second one as well) and this one was even better, which I didn’t expect. I already knew and adored most of the characters of this show, so getting to see even more of their crazy adventures was amazing. Some new characters were introduced as well and they were all very interesting – I wanted to know more about them, which is always a plus.

The story continued being fun, as it was in the first season. Hoozuki no Reitetsu is an anime about everyday life and the adventures of the characters, particularly Hoozuki – but it’s set in hell. This season had an amazing opening as well! The openings for this anime are very cheerful and happy, nothing like you would expect from reading the premise and I love them! I can’t wait for the continuation of this season to come out!! (As they have split the 2nd season in two for some reason, I don’t really know.)

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend this anime! Well, the first season at least since there is no point starting with the second one. This anime is a lot of fun and has some amazing comedy. Though I need to mention that it’s rather violent and has lots of blood in it as well, so if that’s something that bothers you I would stay away from Hoozuki no Reitetsu.

Hoozuki no Reitetsu GIF


GintamaGintama.: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen

Episodes: 12

Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi | Historical

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

(This is the fifth season of Gintama.)

The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence.

However one man, Gintoki Sakata, still possesses the heart of the samurai, although from his love of sweets and work as a yorozuya, one might not expect it. Accompanying him in his jack-of-all-trades line of work are Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses and a strong heart, Kagura with her umbrella and seemingly bottomless stomach, as well as Sadaharu, their oversized pet dog. Of course, these odd jobs are not always simple, as they frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences.

(Summary for season 1 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I have mentioned Gintama quite a few times on my blog by now. I consider it being one of my favourite anime. (I definitely need to pick up the manga at some point.) This is the latest season of the anime. It’s also the adaptation of the last story arc, or rather the first part of it (the arc got split up and will continue in another season later this year).

I really enjoyed this season of Gintama, not that it’s any surprise. It definitely isn’t my favourite one, but I enjoyed it a lot. (Obviously by my rating.) So many things are happening and so many characters are involved in this arc it’s seriously fascinating! And exiting and terrifying. I loved so many scenes and moments in this season, though I can’t talk about any of them (because of spoilers). I can’t wait for this arc to continue and I’m exited to see how the series is going to end! (Lets be real, I’m also terrified.)

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend Gintama. Obviously the first season, since this is the fifth one. This show has amazing characters, action and humour and is definitely worth checking out! (Though I’m not sure the humour is for everyone.) If you’re just getting into anime I wouldn’t recommend you to start with this one – simply because it references other anime and you wouldn’t get as much out of it.

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Quan Zhi Gao ShouQuanzhi Gaoshou (2018)

Episodes: 3

Action | Game

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Widely regarded as a trailblazer and top-tier professional player in the online multiplayer game Glory, Ye Xiu is dubbed the “Battle God” for his skills and contributions to the game over the years. However, when forced to retire from the team and to leave his gaming career behind, he finds work at a nearby internet café. There, when Glory launches its tenth server, he throws himself into the game once more using a new character named “Lord Grim.”

Ye Xiu’s early achievements on the new server immediately catch the attention of many players, as well as the big guilds, leaving them to wonder about the identity of this exceptional player. However, while he possesses ten years of experience and in-depth knowledge, starting afresh with neither sponsors nor a team in a game that has changed over the years presents numerous challenges. Along with talented new comrades, Ye Xiu once again dedicates himself to traversing the path to Glory’s summit!

(Summary for season 1 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is actually a sequel to Quan Zhi Gao Shou and it features the events of the All Star Tournament. (Which might not mean anything to you if you’re unfamiliar with the story.) I say “a sequel” as this is not the proper second season, but rather a shorter filler until the next one comes out. It’s still important to the story though!

Anyway, with that out of the way, what did I think of this anime? Personally I enjoyed it a lot! The animation was a lot better than in the first season, which was one of my biggest problems. The art was slightly different, so it took me a bit of time to recognise some of the characters. (I think the animations studio is different, that would explain the changes.) I found the story within this one very interesting – it featured an eSports event and I have never watched one before (in anime or real life). There were some epic moments within this season, which I can’t get into because of spoilers. I can’t wait for the next season to be released! I NEED it in my life!

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend the first season of this anime! (Well, this one as well but you need to watch the first season first.) It’s seriously a lot of fun, plus it’s one of the better anime about games, if that is a topic that interests you. This anime is in Chinese – just thought I would let you know that as well.

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WotakuWotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

Episodes: 11

Comedy | Romance

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Narumi Momose is a petite and cute young woman who loves idols, games, and everything anime or manga-related, especially in the boys’ love genre. In other words, she is a closet otaku and more specifically, a fujoshi. After a breakup due to these kind of interests, she quits her job and joins a new company. At her new workplace, the only colleagues who know about her secret are her childhood friend Hirotaka Nifuji, a blunt gaming otaku; Hanako Koyanagi, a cool and mature-looking beauty; and Tarou Kabakura, an attractive guy with a scary face who always gets into fights with Hanako.

While having drinks to catch up, Hirotaka advises Narumi to date someone who would understand her hobbies. But she is hesitant—otakus are typically perceived as gross, and the only ones who can understand them are otakus themselves. Or could a relationship between two otakus work?

(Summary for the manga taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This anime was sooo amazing! I loved every second of it. Romance isn’t a genre I typically watch, mostly because it doesn’t interest me (I just prefer action things). A person I trust recommended this anime to me, as they thought I would enjoy it. And they weren’t wrong! From the first episode I was invested in the story and characters, I couldn’t get enough of it. I ended up watching 4 episodes after each other even though I was very busy at the time, I just couldn’t stop. If that doesn’t show you how much I loved it, I don’t know what will.

The main part of this anime is its characters, as the whole story follows their everyday lives. Each character that was introduced was amazing and I love all of them! They all have their own interests, quirks and flaws. I adored learning more about them and seeing them interact with each other. Their relationships were great as well! Both friendships and romantic relationships are portrayed in this anime and they were both wonderful done. I just adore this anime, as you can tell by my gushing of it.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend this anime! It’s one of my new favourites and one that I know I will re-watch in the future. Especially when I’m feeling down, as this anime just makes you feel great. Also, the opening of this anime is sooo catchy and amazing! (Just go and listen to it!) I hope that there will be another season of this anime in the future.

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Saiki KusuoSaiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 2

Episodes: 24

Comedy | Shounen | Slice of Life

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

To the average person, psychic abilities might seem a blessing; for Kusuo Saiki, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Gifted with a wide assortment of supernatural abilities ranging from telepathy to x-ray vision, he finds this so-called blessing to be nothing but a curse. As all the inconveniences his powers cause constantly pile up, all Kusuo aims for is an ordinary, hassle-free life—a life where ignorance is bliss.

Unfortunately, the life of a psychic is far from quiet. Though Kusuo tries to stay out of the spotlight by keeping his powers a secret from his classmates, he ends up inadvertently attracting the attention of many odd characters, such as the empty-headed Riki Nendou and the delusional Shun Kaidou. Forced to deal with the craziness of the people around him, Kusuo comes to learn that the ordinary life he has been striving for is a lot more difficult to achieve than expected.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the second season of Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan, so I already knew what I was signing up for before starting this anime. The first season was amazing, so I was hoping there would be another one. I was SO HAPPY when they announced the second season. And it did not disappoint! The second season was wonderful, even better than the first one.

This anime follows the everyday shenanigans of Saiki Kusuo and his friends and acquaintances. This is a comedy manga, where the main character is a physic who is overpowered. If that doesn’t sound like something you would enjoy, then I don’t recommend you to watch this anime. Personally I ADORE Kusuo! He is such an amazing character and I love following his adventures and daily life. His thoughts are hilarious as well and I love how deadpan his expression is most of the time.

There are many weird characters in this anime and they find themselves in weird situations most of the time. I enjoy the humour of this show a lot, but it definitely isn’t for everyone. It’s over the top a lot of times and that might turn you away from it. Personally I enjoy it a lot, mostly because I find Saiki Kusuo amazing and hilarious. (Which I have already mentioned.)

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend the first season of this anime! (This one as well, but it’s a sequel, so you should watch the first one first.) This anime is one of my all time favourite comedies and I think more people need to watch it! Or, at least, give it a try and see if the humour is to their liking.

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Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them?

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

-Anna♥

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wrap up

I’m SO GLAD that this month is over! || June Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up Green

My internet wasn’t working over the weekend, so I couldn’t post this earlier and that annoyed me a lot (since I only had 1 post last week instead of 2). It wasn’t something I could help, but it still bothered me. Moving on from that!

June was such a busy month for me! It was the last month of university before the summer break, so that means I had a ton of exams and other things to do. I’m just so happy that that is over now! I’m so exhausted, but also happy as I have passed most of my exams (for some others I haven’t gotten the results yet).

Sadly it’s not over for me yet. As I do have two exams in July (this week that is) and I need to turn in two papers. But at least I don’t have any classes and can concentrate on studying and writing. Hopefully these things will go well as well! And hopefully the weather isn’t going to be too bad, I really don’t like the heat.

I don’t have much to say about June, mostly because I spent the whole month studying and not doing much else. It was a very busy month, but a boring one as well.


Wrap Up

I managed to read 2 books in June and I’m very pleased about that. Honestly I have no idea how I even managed to squeeze them in, when I had so many other things to do. (Okay, one I had to read for class, so I had to read it.) I’m also 4 books AHEAD of my Goodreads reading challenge, which makes me very happy!

Random other things that I read:

  • Poetry and short stories. – They were also for the exam, but from different authors and collections. So I really can’t count them and I don’t feel like talking about each individually. (That would require a lot of work, as there were many.)
  • Other books that I have started. – But I haven’t finished them yet, so we will talk about them in the future (once I actually read them).
  • Some cute fanfiction. – I just needed something cute and lighthearted in my life. Especially when I wasn’t feeling the best during the month. (I mostly read anime fanfiction, if you were wondering.)
Now, lets get into the actual books that I read in June!

Stephen KingPet Sematary by Stephen King

4.5 out of 5 stars

 

Wow. This book was sooo good! I didn’t actually read the synopsis for this book before reading it. Simply because I already know that I enjoy Stephen King’s books (he is one of my favourite authors). So this book turned out to be a lot different than I thought it would be. And I don’t mean that in a bad way.

This book was shocking in many aspects. The story took turns I didn’t expect it would. This book wasn’t gory, like many of King’s books can be, rather it was creepy and unsettling. The atmosphere within this book was fantastic. I highly recommend this book for everyone who enjoys reading horror! (And especially Stephen King.)


8852Macbeth by William Shakespeare

3 out of 5 stars

So this is the book, or rather play, that I had to read for class. It’s been a really long time since I have read one of Shakespeare’s plays and Macbeth was one I wanted to read for ages. (So I didn’t mind that we had to read it for class.)

It was an interesting play, with fascinating characters. I can see why so many people consider this to be their favourite Shakespeare plays. Sadly it just wasn’t mine. I just had some problems with it and things happened that bothered me. (I don’t want to go into details, I have talked about it in class and on an exam already.) My favourite is still Hamlet, if you were wondering about that. I’m still glad that I read this play and the discussions in class were great!


Wrap Up

This month I haven’t posted as much as I wanted to. Simply because I had no time, as I was very busy with university and other life stuff (which I have already mentioned in the beginning). I’m just happy that I managed to post at least something, plus it does help that I’m very proud of all the posts I made in June!

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How was your June? What did you end up reading last month? Let me know in the comments!

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

-Anna♥

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top ten tuesday

Series I Don’t Plan to Finish || Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and it has been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


It’s been a while since I have done a Top Ten Tuesday (since the beginning of March that is), so I thought it was about time I did another one. Todays topic of “series I don’t plan to finish” particularly intrigued me, so I decided to just do it. I read a lot of series, mostly because fantasy is my favourite genre and those books tend to be in series. Taking that in mind, I do have quite a few series that I started but have no intention of finishing, so this topic is perfect for me!

I will be listing a few short reasons as to why I don’t plan on finishing each series. With that being said, lets get into the series that I don’t plan on finishing!


Crossroads of Canopy

10. The Titan’s Forest series by Thoraiya Dyer

I really didn’t like the first book in the series.

  • the story was confusing,
  • I hated the main character (she was seriously the worst),
  • I got very uncomfortable with the amount of sexual thoughts from the main character,
  • my review, if you want to know more.

The Bronze Horseman

9. The Bronze Horseman series by Paulina Simons

I found the first book to be very problematic and I didn’t enjoy it at all when I read it. Plus I hated both of the main characters. I seriously don’t want to bother with this series, it’s enough that I pushed myself to finish the first book. (No idea why I did that to myself.)


8. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

I have read the first three books in this series and really enjoyed them. But I have heard that the later books just get worse and worse and I’m just not really interested in reading more from this series. So I’m just going to stick with enjoying the three that I already read.


Beautiful Creatures

7. The Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I have read the first two books years ago and I remember liking them at the time. I then took a too long break between picking up the third book and basically forgot about everything that happened in the first two. I needed to reread them, but I didn’t feel like it. So instead I decided not to finish this series and looked up spoilers.


The Maze Runner

6. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

I read the first book a while back and liked it. But I’m just not interested in a series where the books just get worse and worse. I don’t want to waste my time.


Angelfall

5. The Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee

I really didn’t like the first book in this series. I was bothered by many things about it. This is a me problem, not the books, as I have found out that I don’t really like angel stories. (No idea why, I just don’t.)


Truthwitch

4. The Witchlands series by Susan Dennard

I have read the first book in this series a while back and I was very disappointed by it. I expected to love it, but ended up disliking it a lot. The world-building was lacking and I didn’t particularly like the characters. Plus I can’t seem to get into Dennard’s writing in general.


Rebel of the Sands

3. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

I enjoyed this book when I first read it. (I received it as an ARC.) But after reading other peoples reviews, especially own voices, and finding out how negatively stereotypical it portrayed parts of the Middle East.


Sarah J Maas

2. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

I have read the first book in this series and the prequel novellas. I have mentioned before on my blog that I don’t plan on reading any more Maas books.

  • I don’t like the writing style of Sarah J. Maas,
  • usually I like assassin stories, but I had many problems with this one,
  • I just don’t care about this series enough to invest any more time in it.

1. The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin

I have read the first two books in this series and really loved them. But I recently mentioned in my book unhaul that I don’t plan on finishing this series and I’m sticking to that. Why?

  • it take me months to finish one book,
  • the series is probably never going to be finished,
  • I never feel like reading it, when I’m choosing my next book,
  • I don’t care enough about it anymore, to invest so much time into it.

Are any of these series on your list? Which series do you not plan on finishing? Let me know in the comments!

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

-Anna♥

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tv talk

Criminal Minds || TV Talk

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TV Talk is a feature on my blog where I talk about a tv show or one of its seasons. I don’t consider these posts to be reviews, they are just a place where I can talk about the tv shows that I watch.

Disclaimer: This post is SPOILER FREE.


So this is a new feature that I have decided to do on my blog! 😀 I’m super exited to get to talk about tv shows, which isn’t something that I do on my blog. But I thought, as I already talk about book and anime, two other things that I love consuming, I might as well talk about tv shows. That’s how the idea for this feature was born. (I might call it feature, but it’s more of a segment, or something.)

Also, I have no schedule for these posts. I will post them whenever I feel like it, or rather when I have a tv show that I really want to talk about.

Now, lets get into the actual post!

TV Talk - Criminal MindsCriminal Minds

Rating: TV-14

Trigger warnings: All of them

Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery

Release date: 2005 –

Creator: Jeff Davis

Stars:

Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Aisha Tyler, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Rodriguez, Lola Glaudini, Daniel Henney, Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Summary:

The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation’s most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

All information taken from IMDb.

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Criminal Minds is my all time favourite tv show. I started watching it when I was in high school, as a very good friend of mine recommended it to me. She knew I loved crime and mystery shows and for some reason I never watched Criminal Minds before that. I quickly became obsessed with the show and watched all the episodes that were out at the time in the span of a month or two. And that’s A LOT, since there were already 6 seasons out and the 7th one was airing. (If I remember it correctly.)

Since I have discovered this show all those years ago I have re-watched all of it multiple times. (Some episodes and seasons more than others.) For some reason this show brings me comfort and whenever I need something to pick me up, I gravitate towards this show. That might be weird, as this show is basically about murder and other crimes, but it is what it is.

Criminal Minds GIF

Then for some reason I fell of the wagon when it came to this show and I stopped watching it for a while. (My mental health wasn’t the best then, which might explain why I stopped.) I obviously also fell behind on the episodes as well. This year I decided that I wanted to get back into Criminal Minds, so I did. Basically I watched the second half of the 12th season and season 13. Now I’m officially all caught up with it and I’m eagerly awaiting the next season to start airing!

Criminal Minds GIF


Story:

Most of the episodes are centred around a single crime or criminal. I mean that the story gets wrapped up in that one episode. (I had no idea how to phrase that better.) Though there are some that span over multiple episodes as well, most commonly it’s a double episode story. Of course there are underlining plots concerning the main characters within this show throughout each season. One of the genres is drama after all.

I find within each episode something I enjoy. The cases that they work on throughout the show are both interesting and creepy at times. The whole aspect of them analysing behaviour of criminals is something that I find fascinating. I’m interested in psychology and seeing them use it to find criminals is very interesting. Plus it’s always interesting trying to guess who the culprit is and how/why they committed the crime.

Criminal Minds GIF

Also this show has trigger warnings for ANYTHING that you can imagine. If there is something that triggers you, this show has most likely covered it. I think you can find which specific triggers apply to which episode online (just google it), if you still want to watch it. Though I definitely recommend you to be cautious!


Characters:

The characters are by far my favourite part of this show. I completely adore all of them! Or to be more specific I adore all the main characters, or the agents of the team that we follow throughout the whole show. They are all so charming and lovely in their own ways! Even some characters that I was unsure about in the beginning I ended up loving. There is just something about every single one of them that I adore. They are all such great friends as well and I LOVE their dynamic and interactions.

Throughout the story we get A TON of character development for every single main character (obviously since there are 13 seasons of the show already, if we didn’t it would be weird). The story arcs that these characters go through are so intense. All of them have survived so much and it’s fascinating (and heartbreaking) watching them go through everything.

Criminal Minds GIF

As I already mentioned, I adore all the characters within this show. But I have some favourites as well. They are: Spencer Reid, Emily Prentiss, Penelope Garcia and Derek Morgan. I decided to limit myself to four, as I could keep going which I noticed when I was writing this down. (I seriously wanted to put more than four!)


Overall:

I love everything about this show. It is, after all, my all time favourite tv show. I would highly recommend this show to everyone who enjoys crime/mystery! And everyone who is looking for amazing characters and friendships. Though be aware of the trigger warnings that I have already mentioned.

Penelope-Garcia-Luke-Alvez-GIFs-From-Criminal-Minds

So, this post was rather vague. Mostly because I wanted to talk about the whole show in general and not one specific season and I wanted to keep it spoiler free. Future posts of this kind will be centred about one season, so I will be able to go into more detail and stuff like that. Still, I hope you enjoyed reading my ramblings on Criminal Minds! 😀


Have you watched Criminal Minds? What do you think of the show? Let me know in the comments!

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

-Anna♥

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book review

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire || Book Review

Every Heart a DoorwayTitle: Beneath the Sugar Sky

           ( Wayward Children #3 )

Author: Seanan McGuire

Published: 9. January 2018

Edition: Tor

                 Hardcover, 174 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult

Summary:

Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.

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◄ 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I have full reviews for the first two book in this series as well, if you are interested in more of my thoughts on them.

Wow. These books just keep getting better and better. I completely adored this story and the characters within.

The first book in the series, Every Heart a Doorway, was a story of coming from a fantasy world back “home”. The second book, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, was about going to a fantasy world, adjusting to it and trying to build a life there. And the third book, Beneath the Sugar Sky, is about a combination of both. It is set in the real world and it focuses on a character coming into it who was born in a fantasy world. It was a fascinating concept and very well done. Not that I expected anything less.

In every review that I write for this series I mention how much I adore the characters within these stories. Beneath the Sugar Sky was no exception to that! We got to follow some already familiar characters, while a few new ones were introduced as well. I seriously find all of them interesting and I’m beyond happy that we got to revisit some of the characters from the first book.

As with all the books in this series, the character were diverse (in different ways) and greatly portrayed. For example, one of the characters that was introduced was disabled and another fat. Cora, the fat character, was wonderful! I related to her so much, it was seriously great to feel represented as I don’t often (or ever) read about fat characters. There were moments I teared up as well.

The story in Beneath the Sugar Sky was exiting, fast paced and fascinating. I couldn’t put the book down, I just needed to know what was going to happen next. The story felt like a scavenger hunt and I enjoyed every moment of it. I seriously can’t wait for the next book in this series to be released! And I hope that Seanan McGuire published many more books in this wonderful series.

Obviously I would recommend this series to everyone. It is, after all, one of my all time favourites.


Have you read Beneath the Sugar Sky? Did you enjoy it? What was your favourite moment in the book? Do let me know!

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

-Anna♥

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire || Book Review

31450908Title: Down Among the Sticks and Bones

( Wayward Children #2 )

Author: Seanan McGuire

Published: 13. June 2017

Edition: Tor

Hardcover, 189 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult

Summary:

Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

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◄ 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I have a full review for the first book in this series as well, if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.

I didn’t think I could love a book set in this world more than I already loved Every Heart a Doorway. Down Among the Sticks and Bones took me completely by surprised (in the best way possible) and I ended up loving it even more than the first one. Everything that was so great about the first book just got improved and new elements were added in that I very much enjoyed.

The first book, Every Heart a Doorway, is a story about coming back to the real world and trying to fit in once again, after spending a lot of time in a fantastical one. Down Among the Sticks and Bones is the complete opposite of that. In this book we follow two characters as they explore a completely new world and try to adjust to their new lives. I found it to be a fascinating contrast to the first book!

The characters are still the strongest part of this series. I was already intrigued by Jack and Jill, from the first book, and when I found out this second book would be focusing on them I was ecstatic! I just wanted to know more about them and how they turned out to be the way they are. Down Among the Sticks and Bones did not disappoint in that department. I got the backstory that I desired, while the characters also got more fleshed out. In case you were wondering, Jack is my favourite character from this book.

I also enjoyed all the other side characters and I was fascinated by the relationships that Jack and Jill had with them. I’m especially happy with the romantic relationship that Jack had with a local village girl. I just loved how their relationship was included without dragging away the attention from the “main story“. A character that I’m even more intrigued about, after reading this story, is Dr. Bleak. I seriously hope that we will learn more about him in the future books! (There are so many questions that I have about him.)

Overall, this book was wonderful and I LOVED it! I would obviously recommend this series to everyone, seeing as it’s one of my new favourites.


Have you read Down Among the Sticks and Bones? Did you enjoy it? What was your favourite moment in the book? Do let me know!

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

-Anna♥

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