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The Fall Book Tag!

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I was tagged by two amazing bloggers to do this tag. They were Beth @Reading Every Night and Dani @Perspective of a Writer. Thank you both once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out their blogs! They both have amazing blogs and you are missing out if you aren’t following them!


RULES:

  • Please link back to Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag. She wants to see your answers.
  • Use the graphics—if you want. (I have used the graphics in my post.)
  • Have fun!

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The Forbidden WishThe Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury is one of the best books that I have ever read. It’s also one of the uniquest ones as well. This book is an Aladdin retelling and it’s the only book that I have read that retells that story.

Everything in this story felt fresh and new. From the characters to the setting and magic. Everything about this book was amazing! It’s definitely a retelling that I didn’t know I needed until I actually read this book. The Forbidden Wish is a book that I recommend the most, more people NEED to read it!

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


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GrishaThe first book that came to my mind was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. The Six of Crows duology, as you may know, is one of my all time favourite series (books…however you want to see it). I adore all six main characters of these books, they are simply wonderful!

The ending to this story blew me away. I really didn’t think it would end the way it did. I can’t really say anything more about that, as I don’t want to spoil anything for this book. Go read it for yourself and you will know what I mean!

I have a full review for both books in this duology, if you are interested in more of my thoughts:


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Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is just one of those books that I find warm and cozy. I just love the story, the setting and time period, the characters. I find everything about this book to be wonderful.

This is a book that I really enjoy rereading during the winter or late autumn. I just feel as if this book fits the darker and colder evenings. I love reading it while drinking a hot chocolate while snuggling in a warm blanket.

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite classics. I love Jane Austen novels (I have only one by her left to read) and this one is definitely my favourite. If you are curious my second favourite is Persuasion.


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The first one that came to my mind when I read this question was Legend by Marie Lu, or rather the whole Legend trilogy. Marie Lu’s writing style fits perfectly for the non-stop action category. I feel as if her books read like movies (if you call it that).

(These are the only books by Marie Lu that I have read so far. Though I plan on reading more by her.)


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You know me, I can’t just choose one book!


I tag EVERYONE who loves fall and feels like doing this tag!

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

-Anna♥

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The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember || ARC Review

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

Julia Ember

Title: The Tiger’s Watch

           ( Ashes of Gold #1 )

Author: Julia Ember

Published: 22. August 2017

Edition: Harmony Ink Press

                Kindle Edition, 180 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult

Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

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◄ 2.5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I am really conflicted with my feelings for this book. It took me the longest time to figure out the star rating and that’s not something that usually happens to me. There were some aspects of this book that I really enjoyed and some that I very much disliked. It took me also the longest time to actually finish this book (even though it was rather short), as I never felt like picking it up.

The premise for this book sounded fascinating. I was really interested in seeing the bonds between the humans and their animals, it also interested me to see the world in which such a bond exists. Sadly this book didn’t deliver on that front. I feel as if the world-building was poorly executed. Everything was way too vague and I had more questions by the end of it than answers. World-building is one of the main aspects of a fantasy book, in my opinion, and I just feel that in this one nothing wasn’t developed enough – the world, the culture, the magic.

I felt that the plot was lacking as well. At some points I didn’t even see the point of the plot. I just don’t feel as if it was explained and developed enough, which caused me to not get the point of the war, the fighting and everything else that was happening. Then a personal problem that I had with it is the monastery part. I tend to strongly dislike books that take place in monasteries for some reason. I have never read a monastery setting that I have enjoyed. That was more of a ‘it’s me not you’ case for this book as well.

Tashi was a fascinating character. They were unlike the usual fantasy lead character. By which I mean that they weren’t portrayed as the strongest or bravest, rather they had their flaws and were insecurities about many things. It was very refreshing to read from their perspective. While I enjoyed that aspect of Tashi’s character, I was very frustrated with them as well. They just made so many decisions that I thought were naive and plain stupid – honestly that’s one of the things that annoyed me the most.

One of the most fascinating aspects of this book for me was the relationship between Tashi and Katala, their bonded animal. It was amazing to see how much they cared about each other and how far they were ready to go to protect one another. The other relationships in this book I didn’t care much about. There is a love triangle in this, which I neither expected nor enjoyed. I don’t feel that Tashi’s relationship with either love interest was developed enough, or rather that there weren’t enough meaningful conversations between them to get me interested.

Overall this book had a very interesting premise, but ultimately I was disappointed. Personally I don’t plan on reading the sequel to this book, simply because I’m not interested in it. This is a book that I both recommend and don’t. I recommend it for the unique protagonist and their relationship with their bonded animal, but I don’t recommend it for the plot or the world.


Have you read The Tiger’s Watch? What did you think of it?

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

-Anna♥

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This was an unexpectedly good month for me!! || October Wrap Up

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Where in the world has this year gone?! I have no idea how it’s already November!!

Okay, with that out of the way lets talk about October. October was a rather good month for me, which was surprising as the past two one weren’t the best. (They were rather bad actually.) I was feeling really good nearly all month and I had a lot of fun as well. Here are some things that happened:

  • University started again for me. Which mean going to classes and having a steady schedule again – I think that helped a lot, having something to do.
  • I went home for 4 days. I had a prolonged weekend and drove with my dad back to my hometown where I spent a lot of time with my friends and family. It was beyond amazing, especially since it had been months since I last visited!
  • I got back into reading. The past two months I never felt like picking up any books and mostly just read manga. This month that changed and I managed to finish 5 books in total!

All in all October was a really good month and I couldn’t be happier about that! 😀


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Agatha Christie4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple #8by Agatha Christie

3 out of 5 stars

This was my first Miss Marple book and it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I expected Miss Marple to be the main character and that we would be following her investigations. That wasn’t the case however. Miss Marple was barely there during the whole book and I found that weird and unexpected. I can’t say much about her as a character, since she was barely there and I couldn’t connect with her at all.

The mystery in itself was interesting, thought it took a bit of time for the story to actually get started. Once I was around the half way point of the book I couldn’t put it down, I just needed to know what was going to happen. I greatly enjoy Agatha Christies writing style so I enjoyed reading this book nonetheless.


Edgar Allan PoeComplete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

4 out of 5 stars

This month I just felt like reading something creepy and unsettling. That’s why I decided to reread the short stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe. It was definitely the right decision, as it put me in an even more Halloween and October mood that I was in before.

I love the atmosphere that Edgar Allan Poe manages to create in each story and poem. There is just something about his writing that speaks to me. It was great getting to reread some of my favourite stories and poems by him. I actually didn’t plan on rereading this whole book, but for some reason it happened. Not that I’m complaining or anything.


When I Cast Your ShadowWhen I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter

1 out of 5 stars

I really didn’t like this book and I struggled to finish it. It took me ages to read as well, simply because I never felt like reading it. There were way too many points of views and sometimes I found myself lost on whom exactly we were following. The dialogs were especially bad. They felt really juvenile and cheesy. I don’t know what to say about the plot. Sometimes it felt like there was none, probably because the book got really slow and confusing at times.

I have a full review for this book, which you can check out if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


Through the WoodsThrough the Woods by Emily Carroll

5 out of 5 stars

This graphic novel is simply wonderful! I adore the art and the stories are delightfully creepy and scary. It’s perfect for this time of the year and I really enjoyed rereading this graphic novel, as I always do! (Seeing that this was the third or fourth time that I have reread it.)

I love all the stories in this and choosing just one favourite is very hard. But if I had to choose one favourite it would either be the first or the last story. I don’t really know why those two speak the most to me, they just do. (Don’t get me wrong, all of them are amazing!)


Julia EmberThe Tiger’s Watch (Ashes of Gold #1) by Julia Ember

2.5 out of 5 stars

I’m really conflicted about my feelings for this book. There were some things that I enjoyed, but also some that I disliked. I had some problems with the characters and the setting. Plus it took me ages to read this book, even though it was rather short. For some reason I never felt like picking it up.

I will have a full review for this book up soon, when I have gathered more of my thoughts and they aren’t as incoherent as they are now. Then I will be writing about what I exactly liked and disliked about it. (Which is basically a review and I have no idea why I felt the need to write it like that.)


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How was your October?

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

-Anna♥

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Spooky Halloween Tag [Non-Bookish]

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First of all, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! I hope that you are having a spooky day!

I was tagged by my amazing friend Heather @The Sassy Book Geek to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 😀 Be sure to check out her blog, she is one of my favourite people on here!! Plus her blog is amazing, so you’re definitely missing out if you aren’t following her!

This tag was originally created by Simply Kenna.

WARNING: This is a really LONG post. You have been warned.


1. Favourite horror or Halloween-themed song?

It’s kind of impossible for me to choose just one, so here are some of my favourites:

  • This is Halloween – Marilyn Manson
  • Nightmare – Avenged Sevenfold
  • Little Pieces – Avenged Sevenfold
  • Shadow Forest – Nox Arcana (or rather most of their songs)
  • Our Solemn Hour – Within Temptation
  • Waking the Demon – Bullet for my Valentine

2. Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building.

Umm…ANYTHING that could/would hurt me. I think that the answer to this question is quiet obvious. It would be a lot harder to finds something that I would want to run into.


3. Have you ever played with a Ouija Board?

No and I never want to. Seeing that I actually believe, to some degree, in ghosts. There is no way that I would want to invite a ghost into my home. I have a feeling that it would definitely end in a disaster.

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4. Favourite horror monster or villain?

I love horror movies about ghosts. So they are my favourite monster, if you can classify them as that. I just find them to be the scariest. (Most of the time that is.) Some of my favourites are:

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street,
  • The Woman in Black,
  • Ghost Ship,
  • The Conjuring.

5. The creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

My family house is rather old and everything squeaks and creaks in it as it is. One weekend my parents decided to visit some of my family in a different state and I didn’t feel like going with them, so I decided to stay home and watch the house, feed the animals and such things.

The first evening that they were gone there was a blackout in the whole street. There was literary no light for miles and everything was very quiet. (It was already past midnight.) I went from my room to the living room to get a candle, so that I can at least see something. The whole house was quiet aside from me walking on the creaky floor. I got the candle and lighted it up and slowly made my way back to my room. I had to pass a huge mirror, which was very unpleasant as my reflection with the candle was rather creepy. (I have no idea why I felt the need to look at myself.)

As soon as I got into my room and put the candle down it blacked out (or turned off, however you call that), but every window was closed and there was no wind to turn it of. I lighted it two more times and two more times the same thing happened – the candle would burn for a while and then suddenly turn off. Then I heard the rattling of the wind outside and the window in another room creaked. (Not sure which room it was coming from, as I didn’t want to go and look.) It was really creepy!

Luckily the light came back on soon after and that passed without more incidents. (I think the blackout lasted for around half an hour or so.)

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6. If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house”, would you do it?

Probably yes. It really depends on the circumstances. If I had to do it on my own, I most likely wouldn’t. If I could have some friends with me, then probably. And it also depends on how haunted the house actually is. But you can bet that if something were to happen I would be out of there immediately!


7. Are you superstitious?

Yes and no. To some degree I believe in ghosts, but I’m not wary of black cats or any similar superstitions.


8. Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

No, not really. I did have a period when I was younger when I thought I saw figures, but that was a really long time ago and it happened for just a short amount of time.


9. Which urban legend scares you the most?

Which urban legend doesn’t scare me is the question. There are so many creepy and scary ones that picking the top one seems impossible. Recently I have been reading up on Japanese urban legends and they are really scary! (Why? Because I apparently enjoy creeping myself out.)

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10. Do you prefer gore or thrillers?

I definitely prefer thrillers. I’m not bothered by gore, but movies that are only gory and nothing else tend to get boring rather quickly for me. The same goes for books and other media as well.


11. Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?

I find the whole concept of multiple dimensions fascinating. Now I’m not sure if I believe it or not. I feel as if I don’t have enough information about it to form a concrete opinion. Plus it’s not something I think about often, so I don’t have many thoughts on it in general. (Maybe in the future, when I research it more.)


12. Ever made a potion of any sort?

Kind of but not really. I had a friend when I was little and together we liked to play witches. So we made some imaginary potions and did other things that we thought witches did. I’m not sure if that really counts or not?

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13. Do you get scared easily?

No, not really. Or at least I like to think that I don’t get scared easily. There really aren’t many things that scare me. Even after watching a horror movie I can immediately go out in the dark without problems. I don’t tend to get scared when people try to scare me. And even in somewhat spooky situations I tend to keep a calm head. So, no I don’t get scared easily.


14. Have you ever played Bloody Mary?

No, I haven’t. And I also don’t plan to playing it EVER. As I have already mentioned in this tag, I believe in ghosts to some degree – so why in the world would I want to summon a ghost, that will most likely end up killing/harming me?

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15. Do you believe in demons/the devil?

In a way yes, but in a way also no. It would take me ages to actually explain what I mean with that, so I shall leave it at this for now. (I honestly don’t feel like getting into it right now.)


16. You’re home alone but you hear footsteps in your house, what do you do?

There are two options for me:

  • I would either stay in my room
  • or get the hell out of the house!

It really depends where in the house I am when I hear them. If I’m in my room, it’s safer to stay there as the exit to the house is literary on the other side and I would have to go through nearly all the rooms to get out. If I was in the living room or anywhere else, I would definitely get the hell out of the house and then see what I will do next.


17. If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?

I’m copying Heather here and going with Halloween. It’s the one that I have the biggest chance of surviving. There is no way I’m equipped to fight ghosts or any other supernatural creatures. But I think I would stand a chance against Michael Myers. (Or at least that’s what I’m hoping.)


18. If you could only wear one Halloween costume for the rest of your life, what would you be?

A vampire. Definitely a vampire.

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19. Would you ever go to a graveyard at night?

Yes, I would. My best friend and I actually want to go together to a graveyard at night. We are both fascinated with ghosts and other macabre things, so visiting a graveyard at night seems like a good idea. (Which it probably isn’t.) Hopefully we will be able to go some time in the future!


20. In a zombie apocalypse what is your weapon of choice?

Any type of gun. They seem like the most affective and while I would love to have a sword, I think I wouldn’t get that far with it. And I did use a gun before, so there is that as well. Though lets be real, I would probably die immediately in a zombie apocalypse. (Which would probably be the best, as trying to survive would be very hard and exhausting.)


21. Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating?

Definitely a Halloween party. I think I’m too old to go trick or treating, plus that really is not a thing where I’m from so I wouldn’t get any candy as it is. (And people would think I’m crazy, so there is that as well.)

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22. You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

Probably a mix between the smart one and the skeptic. As I already mentioned, I tend to keep a clear head even when faced with creepy and somewhat scary situations. I’m the person who always (okay, most of the time) has a solution for any problem, or at least some kind of advice. So I feel like I would be the smart one in that situation, or the skeptical one – depending on how much everyone else is freaking out.


23. Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep?

No, I don’t. I’m scared of a movie while watching it, but once that finishes I’m usually alright. I’m definitely not going to bed right after watching a horror movie, as I tend to dream about what I watched. But I don’t need to see something happy afterwards, I just need some time to calm down. (Only if the movie was scary that is.)


24. Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?

I think I’m a combination of the person who yells at the characters and the one that falls asleep, depending on the movie that is. I have fallen asleep watching horror movies before, when I found them boring and not really scary. I usually watch horror movies with my best friend and then we tend to yell at the characters together!

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25. Are you the one who gets scared, or the one who does the scaring?

I’m actually neither of those two. I’m not that easily scared and I never really feel like scaring other people. But if I had to pick one, I would definitely be the one doing the scaring.


26. Favourite scary book?

If you know me at all, you know at least two things about me:

  1. I love Stephen King books and most of my favourite scary books are by him.
  2. It’s impossible for me to pick only one book when there is a question like this.

So here are some of my favourite Stephen King books, I adore all of them. And they all scared me in different ways. (The scariest to me is probably It.) If you haven’t read any of these I would recommend starting with The Shining. It’s definitely a Stephen King classic and one of the best horror books that I have ever read.


27. How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

I don’t actually remember, but I was probably too young. Even when I was a child I stayed up really late (which my parents didn’t know) and watched tv, as I had it in my room. So I stumbled across some horror movies as well. I think the first one I saw was one about werewolfs, but I honestly have no idea which one it was. (It was ages ago and I only remember some things from it.)


28. What was your first Halloween costume?

Halloween isn’t really celebrated where I’m from. It’s just not a big deal, especially when you are younger. There are some Halloween parties in bars and clubs, but you obviously can’t go there as a child. My first Halloween costume was a witch, which I was for a high school party. That just shows how Halloween isn’t really celebrated there.


29. What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

Nothing actually. This year I just don’t feel like going to a party or anywhere for that matter, so I won’t. And I obviously don’t have a reason beyond that to dress up for Halloween.


30. If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick?

Definitely a black cat! I love cats in general, my favourite colour is black so it’s literary the perfect pet for me!

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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a spooky Halloween!

-Anna♥

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book haul

Wait…I do Book Hauls?!

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The last time that I did a book haul on my blog was in June of 2016. So it’s been OVER 15 MONTHS since I have done one of these!? WHAT?!

I was on a book buying ban, so the amount of books that I bought was a lot smaller than it used to be. (Plus I didn’t really have the money either.) And I never felt like doing a haul as it would require a lot of work – I hadn’t been keeping track on when I bough new books, so I would have to look at all my owned books and think about when I got them. I have been lazy when it comes to that, which is nothing new.

Now I have decided to get back into doing book hauls!! These are most of the books that I have bought since I have done my last book haul! (I say most of, because I’m not sure if I have forgotten any.) From now on I will keep track of the books I buy and post these hauls more regularly – no way it’s going to be monthly, as I don’t buy enough books for that.

Lets get into the books I bough!

(If I have any reviews for these books, they will be linked.)


Book Haul

As you may know, if you have been following my blog for a while, Leigh Bardugo is one of my all time favourite authors!

I just loved her Grisha trilogy, so when I heard that she was coming out with new books set in the same world I was BEYOND exited for them! I ended up loving the Six of Crows duology even more!

I obviously bought them and I got the ones with the coloured papers (edges, whatever they are called). I also love the fact that these books have maps in them. These books are simply STUNNING!!


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Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors as well. I just love his writing style and his stories tend to be dark and wonderful. So I obviously had to get more of his books!

I actually got Norse Mythology for my birthday this year and that was the first time that I had read any short stories by Neil Gaiman. I really enjoyed that book and knew that I had to read more of his short stories, so I decided to get Fragile Things. I had to get American Gods as well, as it’s one of his most famous works and I haven’t read it yet. (Nor do I really know what it’s about.)


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It appears that I have decided to start this haul with my favourite authors, as Rick Riordan is one of them as well. So far I have read Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus and The Kane Chronicles by him and I have loved most of his books!

He is definitely one of the authors that I want to read everything from. So I obviously had to get Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Yes, I know that the first book is a different size than the other two. Yes, it’s bothering me as well! Anyway. I love the covers for the second and third book, they are so pretty! (The first one, not so much.) I’m really exited to start this series!


20171022_175740And another book by Rick Riordan. Of course I had to get The Hidden Oracle, after all I can’t get enough of the world that Rick Riordan has created in his Percy Jackson series!

Spellslinger is another book that I got this year for my birthday. I have heard many great things about Sebastian De Castell’s other series but I haven’t heard anything about this one. It sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to get around to it. The cover is simply gorgeous as well, which is always a nice bonus. (I think it’s a duology and that the second book is out by now as well.)


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I have read and loved The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, so when I heard that she was coming out with a companion novel set in the same world I knew I had to get it! I still haven’t read A Crown of Wishes for some reason. I should probably change that soon, as I’m most likely going to love this book as well.

And I also got Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Which I haven’t read either and which I don’t know when I will read. I haven’t heard good things about it and I have a feeling that I won’t enjoy it either, so I’m always putting off reading it. I do still want to know what happens in it, but I also kind of don’t. So there is that. Whenever I end up reading this book I will write a review for it, so we shall see what I’ll think of it.


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The Lunar Chronicles and The Mortal Instruments. Two of the most popular young adult series out there and I haven’t read either of them. (Or rather I haven’t finished either of them.)

I have read Cinder and enjoyed it a lot and ever since then I have wanted to continue with the series. I have finally gotten my hands on Scarlet and I’m hoping to get around to it soon! I can’t wait to find out how the story will continue.

I have already read City of Ashes, which I enjoyed a lot more than City of Bones. I can’t wait to continue reading this series, but that means that I need to find the next book – which has seemed impossible so far (I might have to order it online). So we shall see when I will be able to continue it.


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I don’t think I have bought A Darker Shade of Magic in these past 15 months. But I have gotten the two sequels this year. I just needed to put them together, as they look simply stunning.

I have adored the first book in this series, as I expected I would since it’s Victoria Schwab and I have loved everything that I read by her. I can’t wait to get to the other books in this series! I’m planning on at least reading the second one before the end of the year. (And I’m beyond exited about that!)


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I have heard so many amazing things about Theft of Swords and Michael J. Sullivan’s other books. They sound beyond amazing and like something that I would simply love! Plus I have heard that there is an amazing bromance in this series as well.

I have read Wolf by Wolf a while ago, with my good blogging friend Ariana @The Quirky Book Nerd and I ended up loving it. So of course I had to get the sequel as well, which I can’t wait to get around to!


Book Haul

Uprooted has been a book that I have wanted to get ever since I first heard about it. It simply sounds like a book that I would love. The reason why I waited so long to get it is because I wanted the hardcover. But they are so expensive, so in the end I decided to buy the paperback – which is also really pretty!

The Demon King is a book that I have heard quiet a bit about and one that people keep recommending me. So I finally managed to get my hands on it and I’m really exited to get around to reading it! Hopefully I will love it as much as other people seem to.


Have you read any of these books? Which ones do you think I should read first?

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

-Anna♥

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Discovering some new favourites!! || Anime Wrap Up [#8]

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Once again I have managed to finish five anime, so that means that it’s time for another Anime Wrap Up!! (Obviously that is, as you are reading this post.) This time I ended up watching quiet a few good ones. Most of these anime I would consider new favourites of mine! So this time the selection has been rather good, if I do say so myself.

I have decided to start adding GIFs after every anime that I mention. (Obviously the gifs will be from the anime that I’m writing about.) Why? As you may know, if you are following my blog, I love gifs and tend to use them a lot. So I thought I should incorporate them in this as well, especially since you also get to see a bit of the animation at the same time! Plus it does serve as a nice transition between the different anime that I’m writing about. So, it’s basically a win-win situation.

Now, with that out of the way, lets get into the anime that I recently finished!


AnimeKobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Episodes: 13

Slice of Life | Comedy | Fantasy

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

As Kobayashi sets off for another day at work, she opens her apartment door only to be met by an unusually frightening sight—the head of a dragon, staring at her from across the balcony. The dragon immediately transforms into a cute and energetic young girl dressed in a maid outfit, introducing herself as Tooru.

It turns out that the stoic programmer had come across the dragon the previous night on a drunken excursion to the mountains, and since the mythical beast had nowhere else to go, she had offered the creature a place to stay in her home. Thus, Tooru had arrived to cash in on the offer, ready to repay her savior’s kindness by working as her personal maidservant. Though deeply regretful of her words and hesitant to follow through on her promise, a mix of guilt and Tooru’s incredible dragon abilities convinces Kobayashi to take the girl in.

Despite being extremely efficient at her job, the maid’s unorthodox methods of housekeeping often end up horrifying Kobayashi and at times bring more trouble than help. Furthermore, the circumstances behind the dragon’s arrival on Earth seem to be much more complicated than at first glance, as Tooru bears some heavy emotions and painful memories. To top it all off, Tooru’s presence ends up attracting several other mythical beings to her new home, bringing in a host of eccentric personalities. Although Kobayashi makes her best effort to handle the crazy situation that she has found herself in, nothing has prepared her for this new life with a dragon maid.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

First of all: that’s seriously a long synopsis for this anime. I don’t really know how to summarise it better, so we shall leave it at that longwinded one. I very much enjoyed this anime! I had previously heard amazing things about it and, while I didn’t love it as much as other people, I ended up having a lot of fun with it.

The whole premise of this anime sounds amazing! A dragon that is going to be a maid? Obviously hilarious situations will occur. And I wasn’t wrong with thinking that! This anime was so much fun and the humour within it was great. All the characters were really interesting and I loved learning more about them as the story continued. Tooru did annoy me from time to time, but I could deal with that. Also, Kanna is the CUTES character ever!! I seriously adore her! ❤

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime! It had a fun story, amazing characters and great character development as well. The animations were simply fantastic, especially the fighting ones (they seriously blew me away). It’s definitely an anime that’s worth checking out!

Kobayashi GIF


AnimeQuan Zhi Gao Shou

Episodes: 12

Action | Game | Adventure

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 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

First of all this is a Chinese anime – so the voice acting is in Chinese and it has subtitles in English (and also Japanese). This is just something that I thought I should point out before I get into my thoughts on it, as this was the first ever Chinese anime that I have ever watched.

As soon as I read the synopsis for this anime I knew that I was going to like it. Anime about games and gaming just draw me in and I always have a lot of fun watching them. This was obviously no exception to that! The King’s Avatar (which is the name of this anime in English) has a unique premise that I haven’t encountered so far – especially since it’s about gaming and it’s following an older character. (If I remember correctly he is 25.) It was very interesting to delve into the world of professional gaming and seeing how everything works.

The characters in this story are very interesting! (There are quiet a few weird ones.) There are too many characters that I ended up liking to make a list – my favourite however was Ye Xiu. There are also quiet a few annoying characters that got on my nerve all the time. (But those need to exist as well.) There was also some weird background animation going on – it seemed like a combination of animation and real life images (just look it up, I don’t know how to describe it better). The story was a bit repetitive in the beginning, but as it progressed it got more and more interesting.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend this anime! Be aware that it’s a Chinese anime, with Chinese audio (as I don’t know if that’s something that would bother you). This anime was very easy to get into and the main character is very likeable, so I would definitely recommend you to at least check it out. I can’t wait for the next season to come out, I NEED it in my life!

Quan Zhi Gao Sho GIF


AnimeSaiyuuki Reload Blast

Episodes: 12

Action | Adventure | Supernatural

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

At last, the Sanzou Party has arrived in India. In this foreign land, where the anomaly’s influence runs rampant, their battles only heighten in their violence.

And also awaiting them is their tragic fate from 500 years ago—

What will they find at the end of their long and treacherous journey?

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the third or fourth season of this anime, I’m really not sure how they are counting it and I couldn’t find an official number for this season.

Saiyuuki is one of those anime that I have been watching for a long time – and reading the manga as well. It’s actually one of the first anime that I got into, when I discovered what anime was and when I actively started searching for things to watch. So when I saw that a new season would be coming out I was BEYOND exited!! I have really missed all the characters from this story and I’m very glad that they decided to make another season!

Obviously I was already a fan of this anime, so I knew going in that I would enjoy this season as well. So many unexpected things happened this season and quiet a few interesting characters were introduced! We also got some more backstory for the main characters, which made me very happy (especially Goku’s, as he is my favourite). All in all this season was amazing and I hope that they make more in the future! I just NEED to know how the story will continue!!

Would I recommend this anime?

Now this is a tricky one. I don’t know if you can watch this new season without having seen anything of the original anime. The original anime aired in 2001 (if I’m not mistaken) so it’s quiet dated and I don’t know if old animation is something that bothers you. Still, seeing as this is one of my favourites I would definitely recommend it!! (Though it’s definitely not an anime that’s for everyone.)

Saiyuuki GIF


AnimeKakegurui

Episodes: 12

Psychological | Game | Drama |Mystery

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

Unlike many schools, attending Hyakkaou Private Academy prepares students for their time in the real world. Since many of the students are the children of the richest people in the world, the academy has its quirks that separate it from all the others. By day, it is a normal school, educating its pupils in history, languages, and the like. But at night, it turns into a gambling den, educating them in the art of dealing with money and manipulating people. Money is power; those who come out on top in the games stand at the top of the school.

Yumeko Jabami, a seemingly naive and beautiful transfer student, is ready to try her hand at Hyakkaou’s special curriculum. Unlike the rest, she doesn’t play to win, but for the thrill of the gamble, and her borderline insane way of gambling might just bring too many new cards to the table.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I honestly have no idea where to even start with this one. The whole concept of this story is very unique and as soon as I read the synopsis I knew that I had to watch this anime. After all I have never before encountered an anime about gambling. It was very interesting to see all the different types of gambles and games that they played in each episode. (As you may already know, I like anime that are about games.) It was also very interesting to see the extreme versions of the games – that was probably my favourite part of the anime.

All the characters were…interesting? Or more along the lines of fascinating? Basically everyone was seriously crazy and it was very interesting to see how each character thought and made decisions while playing the games. (I really can’t word that better.) I didn’t really like any of the characters, even though I found them fascinating. I just didn’t find anyone likeable and most of them annoyed me a lot. Also the expressions they make are BEYOND extreme! (Definitely look that up, if you want to know what I mean.)

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime. It’s definitely a unique one with fascinating characters. The animation is amazing as well, though the art style might not be for everyone. It’s also quiet dark, so be aware of that!

Kakegurui GIF


Bungo Stay DogsBungou Stray Dogs Season 1 and Season 2

Episodes: 12 per season

Action | Mystery | Supernatural

My rating:

Season 1: 8/10 (Very Good)

Season 2: 9/10 (Great)

For weeks, Atsushi Nakajima’s orphanage has been plagued by a mystical tiger that only he seems to be aware of. Suspected to be behind the strange incidents, the 18-year-old is abruptly kicked out of the orphanage and left hungry, homeless, and wandering through the city.

While starving on a riverbank, Atsushi saves a rather eccentric man named Osamu Dazai from drowning. Whimsical suicide enthusiast and supernatural detective, Dazai has been investigating the same tiger that has been terrorizing the boy. Together with Dazai’s partner Doppo Kunikida, they solve the mystery, but its resolution leaves Atsushi in a tight spot. As various odd events take place, Atsushi is coerced into joining their firm of supernatural investigators, taking on unusual cases the police cannot handle, alongside his numerous enigmatic co-workers.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I have been seeing a lot about this anime around for ages, especially on tumblr. I was always curious about it and wanted to watch it, as the art and gifs seemed really interesting plus people seemed to like it a lot! So I just randomly decided to watch it one day and I ended up loving this anime!

The first season was interesting, though it didn’t hook me completely. I completely loved some of the characters, while some I didn’t like as much. (I don’t think there is one character that I hate.) The story, while interesting, wasn’t anything special. It felt more like an introduction to everything, the characters, the powers and the world. Also I tend to enjoy anime that feature people with special abilities a lot and this was obviously no exception to that.

The second season on the other hand was amazing!! I really loved where the story went and I couldn’t stop watching. I finished the seconds season in two days, that’s how obsessed with it I was. I loved finding out more about Dazai’s past, especially since he is one of my favourite characters! The second season really blew me away. The character development that happened within this season was AMAZING, especially since it didn’t happen “only” to the main characters.

Would I recommend this anime?

Obviously I would recommend this anime! I ended picking up the manga as well. I NEEDED to have more of the story! I’m all caught up with it at the moment and I’m desperately waiting for an update, many serious things are happening! This anime has also SO MANY literary references (especially to Japanese literature) – don’t worry you don’t need to know anything about that to watch it. I just happened to read up some of them after finishing the anime and found some of the parallels fascinating.

Bungo Stray Dogs GIF


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

When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter || ARC Review

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

When I Cast Your Shadow

Title: When I Cast Your Shadow

Author: Sarah Porter

Published: 12. September 2017.

Edition: Tor Teen

                  Kindle Edition, 384 pages

Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Horror

Summary:

A teenage girl calls her beloved older brother back from the grave with disastrous consequences.

Dashiell Bohnacker was hell on his family while he was alive. But it’s even worse now that he’s dead….

After her troubled older brother, Dashiell, dies of an overdose, sixteen-year-old Ruby is overcome by grief and longing. What she doesn’t know is that Dashiell’s ghost is using her nightly dreams of him as a way to possess her body and to persuade her twin brother, Everett, to submit to possession as well.

Dashiell tells Everett that he’s returned from the Land of the Dead to tie up loose ends, but he’s actually on the run from forces crueler and more powerful than anything the Bohnacker twins have ever imagined.

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◄ 1 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I really didn’t like this book and I struggled to finish it. It took me ages to read as well, simply because I never felt like reading it.

The writing style wasn’t really to my liking. There were way too many points of views and sometimes I found myself lost on whom exactly we were following. The dialogs were especially bad. They felt really juvenile and cheesy. Ruby and Everett, two of the main characters, didn’t seem like they were sixteen. If it wasn’t specified in the book I would have thought them much much younger.

I didn’t like any of the characters. Every single one had something about them that made me uncomfortable. There were many times where I didn’t understand their thought process and actions at all. There was always something off about all of them. Their reaction to the supernatural was beyond weird. They acted as if that sort of thing happened everyday. There was no disbelief about that fact. It made it very difficult for me to actually believe the supernatural stuff.

I completely hated Dash, especially when in Ruby’s point of view as she kept on romanticising him. Everett was the most likeable one, but most of his perspective was spent on Ruby and that ruined that. (As he didn’t get much personality while focused on his sister.) Ruby was too naive and stupid, I didn’t think it humanly possible to be that naive. She is also too obsessed with her brother Dash. Don’t get me even started on their relationship, it was beyond messed up and toxic. To round up the family picture, their father was very creepy and psychopathic as well.

I don’t know what to say about the plot. Sometimes it felt like there was none, probably because the book got really slow and confusing at times. The possession wasn’t explained and it seemed really random until half-way through the book, as there was no explanation to Dash being there. There was a villain there as well, though I have no idea what his motives were, as they ended up being really muddled up. I was just really confused with this whole story.

Overall, I really didn’t like this book. No, I wouldn’t recommend you to pick this book up.


Have you read When I Cast Your Shadow? What did you think of it? 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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