5 star predictions

5 Star Predictions Wrap Up || Vol. 1

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In the past I did a post where I listed 5 books that I predicted would be 5 star reads for me. You can check out that post here, if you are interested in it.

Confession time: I uploaded that post on the 8th of December 2017. Yes it’s been nearly TWO YEARS since I have done that post and I’m only now wrapping it up. (I seriously can’t believe that ti took me this long to do this!) That just shows how much of a mood reader I am, as even the books I thought I would love I didn’t end up picking up for a long time. But here we are now, I have read those 5 books and I can finally talk about them!

Side note: I do plan on doing another 5 star TBR predictions post, where I’ll list other books on my TBR that I think will be 5 stars. I just find the concept behind this kind of post fascinating and I want to keep doing them. Hopefully I’ll read the books I put on that list faster, but we shall see. My next predictions should be coming very soon!

With all of that out of the way, let’s get into the books!

5 star TBR predictions

The first book that I chose for my original post was A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab and above you can see the reason I though this was going to be a 5 star read.

I ended up giving this book 4 stars!

I did like this book a lot, but not as much as the first one (or the third, as I have read that one as well). There were just elements in it that I didn’t care all that much about. The characters were great and I enjoyed learning more about them, and the new characters that were introduced in this book. You can check out my full review of this book, if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.


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The second book that I choose was Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. I read this book just recently, since I decided to reread the first book in the series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, first before continuing on with the series.

I ended up giving this book 4.5 stars!

I was mostly correct with my prediction that I would love this book. I just felt that the book dragged for a bit in the middle, but that is the only reason that I lowered my rating. Aside from that I completely adored this book. The pirate aspect of Red Seas Under Red Skies was amazing and I enjoyed the new characters that were introduced. Locke Lamora is still my favourite, I completely adore him. His and Jean’s friendship is one of the best out there. I have written a full review for this book, if you want to know more of my thoughts on it.


5 star TBR predictions

The third book that I choose was Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan. I just recently read this book, this was the last book that I read for this post. (And the one I kept putting off the most as it’s nearly 700 pages long.)

I gave this book 4 stars!

I really enjoyed Theft of Swords! It surprised me how fast I got into the story and fell in love with the main characters, as it has been a while since that has happened to me with a fantasy series. This is a series that I definitely plan on continuing soon, I just need to find out how the story will continue. The reason that this book didn’t get 5 stats is because I had some problems with it, mostly the world-building and side characters felt clunky at the beginning part of the story. I plan on writing a full review for this book soon, so I’ll go into more of my thoughts then.


5 star TBR predictions

The fourth book that I picked was The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. I actually thought I would buy the other books in this series first, before I started reading it as I enjoy binge-reading Rick Riordan books. That hasn’t happened yet, as The Hidden Oracle is the only one I own so far.

I gave this book 4 stars!

I enjoyed the majority of this book, there were also some things that bothered me. I didn’t like Meg at all. I don’t know what it was about her, we just didn’t click. And since she is the dual main character along with Apollo it meant I had to read a lot about her. I was also very uncomfortable with the power imbalance between her and Apollo. With that I mean that she could order Apollo to do anything she wants and he must follow that order. I have written a full review for this book, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


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The fifth and final book that I picked was Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I’m just now reading the reasons why I thought I would love this book and I noticed the “characters that I already find fascinating and want to know more about”. I have no idea why that is one of the reasons?

I gave this book 5 stars!

Finally a book that I predicted correctly! (Though there was a 4.5 one that I count as correct as well.) I completely adored everything about Uprooted. From the world, characters, magic to the writing style and cover. Uprooted has become one of my new favourite books, I loved it that much. I need to pick up more books by Naomi Novik soon! I have written a full review for this book, if you are interested in more of my thoughts and want to know why exactly I loved it as much as I did.


Have you read any of these books? What did you rate them? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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top five wednesday

Books I NEED To Reread! || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


This is not an actual Top Five Wednesday topic, as this feature is still on hiatus. I picked this topic by myself, as I have been lately thinking about the books that I want to reread (or that I need to reread). Also, seeing that I had exactly five books I decided to make it a Top Five Wednesday post. It all just came together nicely! 😀 This post is a reminder for myself, if I ever need to check which books I need to reread (it’s nice to have them all in one place). Plus I thought it would be fun to share them with you as well! 😉

With all of that being said, let’s get into the books!

Neal Shusterman

5. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

I read Unwind when I was in high school, during one day. I liked it so much that I just couldn’t put it down. That was over 6 years now and for some reason I never continued reading this series. I think it’s due to the fact that I didn’t have the other books available and then too much time passed and I forgot things about this book. I really want to reread Unwind, to see what I think of it now and to decide if I’m going to continue reading the series.


The Monstrumologist

4. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

I actually want to reread both The Monstrumologist and The Curse of the Wendigo, the second book in the series. I read these two books years ago and completely adored them. They are books about a doctor who studies monsters, they are gory and they have a very gothic feel to them (even the writing style feels gothic). For the longest time I couldn’t find a copy of the last two books in this series, which is why I haven’t finished it yet. I want to reread these two books, so that I can finally get around to the two that I haven’t read yet.


The Iron Trial

3. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

The Iron Trial is a book that holds a special place in my heart because it was the first ever ARC that I received years and years ago. I remember enjoying this book a lot, even though I had some problems with it as well. The reason as to why I want to reread The Iron Trial is the fact that I haven’t read this book in years and I want to see if I still enjoy it. Also, I want to know if this is a series that I want to continue/finish.


The Diviners

2. The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners is a weird book for me. By that I mean that I read it years ago, completely adored it but I don’t remember literary anything about it. The reason for that is probably the fact that I read this book after an operation and I was drugged up. The whole week after that operation is a bit hazy for me, so it’s no surprise that I don’t remember what I read. I’m more surprised by the fact that I actually read while not feeling well, as that is something that doesn’t usually happen. Anyway, I really want to reread The Diviners to see if I still like this book and if I want to continue reading the series.


Victoria Schwab

1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

As you may know, Vicious is one of my all time favourite books. It’s also probably my favourite Victoria Schwab book (though I’m debating between this one and A Conjuring of Light). It’s been years since I have read this book, which is one of the reasons why I want to reread it. The second reason is the fact that I want to read Vengeful, which is the sequel to this book. To do that I definitely need to reread Vicious, as I don’t remember enough from it to just jump into the second book.


What books do you want to reread? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee || Book Review

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Title: Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Author: Kathryn Ormsbee

First published: 6. June 2017

Edition: Simon & Schuster

Paperback, 400 pages

Genre: Contemporary | LGBTQ+ | Romance

Summary:

After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

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◄ 3 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

Contemporary isn’t a genre that I gravitate towards. The reason that I wanted to read Tash Hearts Tolstoy is due to the fact that Tash, the main character, is asexual. In case you didn’t know, I identify as asexual and I’m always looking for representation of it in all media. The only other thing that I knew about this book, before I started reading it, was the fact that the main character went viral online.

First of all I would like to talk about the “going viral online” thing. This is the first time that I have encountered this trope and I’m not sure that I like it. Tash is making an adaptation of Ana Karenina and once a popular youtuber mentioned her series she got a lot of views and went “viral”. I’m using quotation marks there because I don’t think she really did. People might have different definitions of what it means to go viral, but I personally don’t think this was the case here. True, she got a lot of views and new subscribers but I would consider the amount of attentions she got to be considered going viral. Okay, I know I’m rambling about this fact but it was something that bothered me. I don’t know why exactly, but it just didn’t sit with me right?

The asexuality representation was amazingly done. Tash questioning herself and realising things regarding her sexuality felt very real. Many of the thoughts she had regarding it during this book I had as well, so I found it very relatable. Also, I found the instances of Tash coming out to be realistic as well. (Though I haven’t “come out” to a lot of people, I even feel weird calling it that.)

Tash as a character wasn’t a favourite of mine. I found her to be annoying. I mean I liked her at some points in the book, but then she annoyed me again. For me, when I’m reading a contemporary written in first person, I enjoy the book more if I like the main character. So there is that. A character that I adored was Paul. He was so amazing and such a sweetheart, he is definitely my favourite character in the book.

There was a love triangle in this book, which I found to be annoying (as I usually do with this trope). I kinda get why it was there, but I still didn’t enjoy it. The friendship between Tash and Jack was great to read about. It isn’t a perfect friendship, as they had their fights, but they always came back together and were there for the other person. Another relationship dynamic that I really liked was the one between Tash and her parents. I loved seeing them interact with each other. There were many other side characters, but to be perfectly honest I just didn’t care about them at all.

Another problem that I had with this book was the fact that the story dragged and it was boring at times. There were things happening that I just didn’t care about, plus the whole going viral aspect got boring for me rather quickly (probably due to the things I already mentioned about it). There were many cute moments in this book that I greatly enjoyed.

Overall, Tash Hearts Tolstoy was an alright book. It’s definitely not a new favourite of mine, but I’m still very happy that I decided to read it. I would definitely recommend this book, if it sounds like something you would enjoy.


Have you read Tash Hearts Tolstoy? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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wrap up

October 2019 || Wrap Up

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October was an a month of ups and downs. It wasn’t the best month for me, but it wasn’t the worst either. So there is that at least. 🤷🏻‍♀️

University started again for me in October. The highlight of that is the seminar that I’m doing during this semester. I really like the professor and the theme I got is very interesting, I’m looking forward to researching it. 😊 Another great thing is that two of my friends attend this seminar as well, which means that I’m seeing them more often and I’m very happy about that!

i love my mom GIFThe middle part of the month was the hardest for me. My mental health was bad during that time and I was really struggling. I’m so thankful to my mom for being there for me. She talked to me a lot and really helped me through this time. I love her so much! 💜 At the moment my mental health is a lot better, but it’s still not completely fine. (I really can’t explain that better without going into more detail, which I don’t want to do.) Hopefully my mental health will be better in November, or that I will at least have fewer bad days.

The last weekend of the month (rather this past weekend) I got sick. I had a fever for two days and I have been coughing ever since. This didn’t really surprise me, as a ton of people around me were sick as well. Anyway, I’m still not completely healthy but I’m feeling a lot better! I forgot how much being sick sucked, I haven’t had a cold in a while. (I seriously can’t wait for the time when I’ll stop coughing my lungs out.)

October wasn’t the best reading month for me. I simply wasn’t in the mood to read all that much, which was mostly due to the mental health problems that I have already mentioned. I did end up reading a ton of fanfiction this month, which was a lot of fun. 😊 (Fanfiction usually manages to lift my mood!) On the other hand, I’m really proud of how much I blogged this month. I’m hoping to keep this blogging streak up!


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Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling

5 out of 5 stars

I continued my reread of Harry Potter in October as well. I haven’t reread The Order of the Phoenix in years, so it was very nice getting back into this story. Though I must say that this has never been one of my favourite Harry Potter books.

I completely forgot how much I love angry Harry. I don’t know if this is a popular opinion or not? I just really love how angry he is in this book. Umbridge is still the worst and I hate her, not that that is a surprise. I’m still not over the ending of this book, not even since I fist read it (you already know what I mean).


The Avant-GuardsThe Avant-Guards, Vol. 1 by Carly Usdin, Noah Hayes

3.5 out of 5 stars

This graphic novel features a very diverse cast of characters. There are characters with different sexualities, a non-binary character, characters with diverse body types and skin colours. There was also a great discussion about anxiety. The characters were definitely my favourite part of this first volume of The Avant-Guards. I loved learning about them and seeing them interact with each other. The problems that I had with this first volume were mostly with the story. I found the story not to be that interesting. Not actually a lot happened in this volume, it was mostly setting up the characters and the general plot.

You can read my full review of this graphic novel here, if you are interested in more of my thoughts!


MooncakesMooncakes by Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu

4 out of 5 stars

Mooncakes is a very diverse graphic novel that features many magical elements, including witches and werewolfs. Both of the main characters are Chinese-American. Nova is also hard of hearing, while Tam is non-binary. There are also many diverse side characters, like Nova’s grandmothers. The characters in Mooncakes were all wonderful and I loved learning more about them. Seeing them interact with each other and care for the people surrounding them was amazing! They all just warmed my heart.

You can read my full review of this graphic novel hereif you are interested in more of my thoughts!


Tash Hearts TolstoyTash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

3 out of 5 stars

I don’t usually read contemporaries, it’s just not a genre that I gravitate towards (even though I have some favourite books in it). I wanted to read Tash Hearts Tolstoy because of the asexuality representation (which is also my sexuality). I didn’t know much about this book aside from that.

There were some aspects of this book that I enjoyed and some that I didn’t. I’m going to be writing a full review for this book, so I’ll share more of my thoughts then. For now I’ll just say that the ace rep was done well and the book, overall, was alright.


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How was your October? What did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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top ten tuesday

My Favourite Creepy Books! || 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.


Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is Halloween Freebie, which I was very exited about. I love Halloween and all things creepy, though I never really celebrate it as it’s not a tradition where I live (nor are there any parties or other things around me that intrigue me). Anyway, I decided to do this post on my favourite creepy books, as that is a list that I have never composed. Also, this list isn’t in any particular order it’s just the way that the books came to my mind. If you are looking for Halloween reading recommendations you have come to the right place! 😉


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10. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again; he also hears the terrifying sounds on the marsh.


Edgar Allan Poe

9. Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

In a career that spanned slightly more than two decades, Edgar Allan Poe pioneered the short story as a literary form, perfected the tale of psychological horror, launched the detective fiction genre, and helped to revolutionise modern poetics. The full body of Poe’s imaginative work encompasses mystery tales, horror stories, satires, fables, fantasies, science fiction, dramas, and verse.


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8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The scientist Victor Frankenstein, obsessed with possessing the secrets of life, creates a new being from the bodies of the dead. But his creature is a twisted, gruesome parody of a man who, rejected for his monstrous appearance, sets out to destroy his maker.


Let The Right One In

7. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumoured to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night.


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6. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift: an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odours of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs.

But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin.


Caitlin Doughty

5. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. She describes how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes) and reveals the strange history of cremation and undertaking, marveling at bizarre and wonderful funeral practices from different cultures.


The Monstrumologist

4. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me.

So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.


Dracula

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterward, disturbing incidents unfold in England—an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck, and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his “Master”—culminating in a battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries.


Through the Woods

2. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…


 

1. Stephen King

Whenever I’m in the mood to read something horror I gravitate towards Stephen King. I have read quite a few of his books so far in my life (around 15 or so) and I plan to read more in the future. I decided to put my four favourite Stephen King books (that I have read so far) in the first spot, it just seemed appropriate. Also, I always read Stephen King in Croatian, so basically the translated version. That has become a tradition for me and I don’t plan on changing it.

IT: It is a group of children who see – and feel – what makes Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT appears as an evil clown named Pennywise and sometimes IT reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing…

The Shining: Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Pet Sematary: Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago. But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe. Just a carefully cleared path up into the woods where generations of local children have processed with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their dear departed pets for burial.

‘Salem’s Lot: Ben Mears, a moderately successful writer, returns to the Lot to write a novel based on his early years, and to exorcise the terrors that have haunted him since childhood. The event he witnessed in the house now rented by a new resident. A newcomer with a strange allure. A man who causes Ben some unease as things start to happen: a child disappears, a dog is brutally killed—nothing unusual, except the list starts to grow.


Have you read any of these books? What are your favourite creepy books? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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Mooncakes and The Avant-Guards Vol. 1 || Graphic Novel Reviews

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


44774415._SY475_Title: Mooncakes

Author: Suzanne Walker

Illustrator: Wendy Xu

Published: 22. October 2019

Edition: Lion Forge

ebook, 256 pages

Genre: Fantasy | LGBTQ+

Summary: 

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

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◄ 4 out of 5 stars 

Mooncakes is a very diverse graphic novel that features many magical elements, including witches and werewolfs. Both of the main characters are Chinese-American. Nova is also hard of hearing, while Tam is non-binary. There are also many diverse side characters, like Nova’s grandmothers. The characters in Mooncakes were all wonderful and I loved learning more about them. Seeing them interact with each other and care for the people surrounding them was amazing! They all just warmed my heart.

The story of Mooncakes was interesting, though I found it to be somewhat predictable as well. I knew what was going on nearly from the get go. I also found that we didn’t get nearly enough magical explanation in this graphic novel. By that I mean that I don’t know how exactly the magic works, what magical creatures are out there and so on. I wish we had more information on that. There are super cute magical beings in the forest and I really wanted to know more about them.

With all of that being said, Mooncakes was a wonderful and heartwarming graphic novel and I would highly recommend it! It’s also an amazing autumn read, because of the cozy atmosphere of the story.


Disclaimer: I received The Avant-Guards Vol. 1 from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


The Avant-GuardsTitle: The Avant-Guards Vol. 1

( The Avant-Guards issues #1-4 )

Author: Carly Usdin

Illustrator: Noah Hayes

Published: 3. September 2019

Edition: BOOM! Box

ebook, 112 pages

Genre: Sports | LGBT+

Summary: 

When Charlie transfers to the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, she struggles to find her feet, but winds up exactly where she belongs…in the school’s (terrible) basketball team.

As a transfer student to the Georgia O’Keeffe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, former sports star Charlie is struggling to find her classes, her dorm, and her place amongst a student body full of artists who seem to know exactly where they’re going. When the school’s barely-a-basketball-team unexpectedly attempts to recruit her, Charlie’s adamant that she’s left that life behind…until she’s won over by the charming team captain, Liv, and the ragtag crew she’s managed to assemble. And while Charlie may have left cut-throat competition in in the dust, sinking these hoops may be exactly what she needs to see the person she truly wants to be.

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◄ 3.5 out of 5 stars 

I have actually never read a graphic novel that’s about a sport, but I have read a ton of manga with that theme (it’s actually one of my favourite genres). I was very exited when I found out that I had been approved for The Avant-Guards!

This graphic novel features a very diverse cast of characters. There are characters with different sexualities, a non-binary character, characters with diverse body types and skin colours. There was also a great discussion about anxiety. The characters were definitely my favourite part of this first volume of The Avant-Guards. I loved learning about them and seeing them interact with each other.

The problems that I had with this first volume were mostly with the story. I found the story not to be that interesting. Not actually a lot happened in this volume, it was mostly setting up the characters and the general plot. I just found it to be lacking in this aspect. I hope to have a chance to read future volumes of this series, as I would love to know where the story will go and how the characters will develop. I definitely recommend checking out The Avant-Guards Vol. 1!


Have you read either Mooncakes or The Avant-Guards Vol. 1? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!

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

-Anna♥

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book haul

Long Overdue Book Haul!

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It’s been ages since I have done a book tag. To be precise my last one 15. April 2018. It’s been OVER A YEAR since I have hauled books. To be fair I don’t buy that many books, so I can’t do book hauls monthly as many other bloggers do. Instead I do these collective ones, once a year or so.

As you can see on the first picture there are 18 books features. But that is not all, I have 4 more books in this book haul. One of them I actually forgot to include in the overall picture (as I’m currently reading it and I completely forget about it) and three of them are back at my parents house, which is why I couldn’t include them. So this book haul consists of 22 books in total!

With all of that being said, let’s get into the haul!

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The first three books that I would like to mention are all by Leigh Bardugo. I got the collectors edition of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. They are such gorgeous books, inside and out. I have read both books, though not these editions. And I have written reviews for both Six of Crows and for Crooked Kingdom, so you can check them out if you are interested in my thoughts on them.

I pre-ordered King of Scars, but have yet to read it. I just haven’t been in the mood to read this book yet, plus I’m waiting for the release date of the second book to come closer. That way I won’t have to wait that long to continue the story! We shall see when I’ll actually get around to it. This book is also gorgeous and I love the gold foiling underneath the dust jacket.


20191025_134651The next two books in my book haul are Down Among the Sticks and Bones and Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire.

I have read and loved both of these books! They are portal fantasy books with diverse characters. I have also written reviews for both of these books, Down Among the Sticks and Bones and Beneath the Sugar Sky. So you can check them out, if you are interested in more of my thoughts on these books.


20191025_134715As you may know, Victoria Schwab is one of my all time favourite authors. So I obviously bough some of her books as well.

I got the new hardcover edition of Vicious, which is my favourite Victoria Schwab book. Obviously I had to get this gorgeous edition. I also bought City of Ghosts by her. I have read that book and enjoyed it a lot, even though it’s not one of my new favourites. I can’t wait to read the second books in both of these series (though I have to buy them first).


20191025_134921There is no real reason as to why I paired these two books together, aside from the fact that they are nearly the same size (so they look nice next to each other).

I came across And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness randomly one day in the book store. I just couldn’t resist it and I bought it. I have already read this graphic novel and it was a very interesting reimagining of Moby Dick.

I have read many Cassandra Clare books, when I heard that she was writing a series about Magnus and Alec together with Wesley Chu I knew that I had to read these books. If you don’t know Magnus is my favourite character from the Shadowhunter Chronicles, the only reason I read The Mortal Instruments was because of him. I really like Alec as well, thought that is more in the later books. The Red Scrolls of Magic was amazing and I’m very exited for the future books in this series!


20191025_135009The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee are two books with very long titles. (Which I have noticed now, as I had to type them both one after the other.)

That is not the reason that they are paired together. Rather these two books I got from my parents for my birthday this year! Books are the perfect birthday gifts, at least in my opinion. I have already read and loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. That book is one of the best ones that I have ever read. I’m hoping to read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue soon, but who knows when I’ll actually get around to it.


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The next group is books with pink/purple on them. The book that I forgot to include in the overall photo is Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee. As I have already mentioned in the beginning, I’m currently reading this book and I’m enjoying it so far. I’m over half way done with it and I’m hoping to finish it soon. I have already read both Wicked Fox by Kat Cho and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I loved Wicked Fox and you can read all the reasons why in my review of it. Carry On was a lot of fun, but I had some problems with it as well. (Yes, I do plan on reading the sequel.)


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These next three books are randomly put together. Honestly I have no idea why I decided to pair them together? Anyway, The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw is a book that I decided to buy after hearing that it was very atmospheric. I loved that book and I have written a full review for it, if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it. Recently I won a copy of The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. This is actually the first time that I have ever won a giveaway, so I’m very happy about that! And I honestly have no idea where Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes came from. I know that I bought it, but I seriously can’t remember when?


Book HaulTwo of the last books in this haul, at least from the main picture are No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai and Bag of Bones by Stephen King.

I actually bought Bag of Bones last year before Halloween, as my spooky read for that month. I enjoyed that book a lot, though it’s not one of my favourite Stephen King books. And that is the Croatian edition, in case you were curious about the language.

I randomly decided that I needed to read No Longer Human, so I bought it on impulse as well. I really love this pink edition, it looks amazing in real life. This was a hard book to read, but it was a great one as well. I’m very happy with my random decision to read it. I definitely plan on reading more by Osamu Dazai in the future.


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The final three books in this book haul are the ones that I mentioned being in my parents house. (Because of that there is a different background.) These three books have another thing in common and that is that they were all gifted to me from my best friend!

She gave me Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and Persuasion by Jane Austen as Christmas gifts last year. I had already read and loved these books, I just never owned my own copies. And for my birthday this year she got me this gorgeous edition of selected Bronte sisters works. They include Jane Eyre, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Wuthering Hights. Out of those I have only read Jane Eyre, which is one of my favourite classics. (This is a Serbian edition, in case you were curious.)


Do you own any of these books? Have you read any of them? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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