book review

Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey || ARC Review

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

Miranda and CalibanTitle: Miranda and Caliban

Author: Jacqueline Carey

Published: 14. February 2017

Edition: Tor Books

Kindle Edition, 336 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Retelling | Romance

Summary:

Miranda is a lonely child. For as long as she can remember, she and her father have lived in isolation in the abandoned Moorish palace. There are chickens and goats, and a terrible wailing spirit trapped in a pine tree, but the elusive wild boy who spies on her from the crumbling walls and leaves gifts on their doorstep is the isle’s only other human inhabitant. There are other memories, too: vague, dream-like memories of another time and another place. There are questions that Miranda dare not ask her stern and controlling father, who guards his secrets with zealous care: Who am I? Where did I come from?

The wild boy Caliban is a lonely child, too; an orphan left to fend for himself at an early age, all language lost to him. When Caliban is summoned and bound into captivity by Miranda’s father as part of a grand experiment, he rages against his confinement; and yet he hungers for kindness and love.

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◄ 2 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

This is a retelling of The Tempest by William Shakespeare. You don’t actually need any prior knowledge of the play to get the story (everything is nicely explained within), though if you already love this play there is a high chance that you are going to love this book as well. Personally I just didn’t enjoy the book and The Tempest isn’t one of my favourite Shakespeare plays either.

I didn’t enjoy the writing style all that much. I felt that too many words were piled on per sentence, the same thing could have been said with a lot less words. It just felt as if the author was trying too hard to make it sound poetic. That in turn felt very forced. Though I think this comes down to personal preference, as I’m sure there are a lot people who enjoy this type of writing.

I also found the story to be rather boring. In the beginning I was actually interested in what was going on, but as the story progressed I got more and more bored by it. By the end I felt detached from everything surrounding this book, I was just happy to be done with it. I think the writing style contributed a lot to this, I felt that there were a lot of words used for very little that was actually happening.

I honestly didn’t care much for the characters. Though I did feel for both Miranda and Caliban, they both have had awful childhoods yet they managed to persevere to the best of their abilities. Prospero is a character that I hated, he was seriously awful, there were so many instances that I was uncomfortable with him being in the picture. In general this book made me uncomfortable, there was Prospero but there were a lot more things that bothered me (which I can’t get into because of spoilers). I didn’t feel the romance between Miranda and Caliban either, it felt very lacklustre.

All in all this book just wasn’t for me. Personally I wouldn’t recommend it.


Have you read Miranda and Caliban? What did you think of this book?

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

-Anna♥

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Books I Didn’t Get to In 2017 || Top Five Wednesday

Feature

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.


Lets be real, there are A TON of books that I didn’t get to in 2017 that I really wanted to read. (2017 wasn’t a good reading year for me, as I keep mentioning over and over again) These are the books that I want to prioritise in 2018 and most of them are part of series that I want to finish. There isn’t much more to add to that, lets just get into the books that I want to read as soon as possible!


5. Unravel Me and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

I read Shatter Me a while ago (I just added it here, because I love how these covers look together) and ever since then I have wanted to continue reading this series. For some reason I never got around to it. (Maybe because I’m not the best with finishing series.) This is definitely a priority for me, I really want to finish these two books this year! Especially since the series is being expanded as well.

Roshani Chokshi

4. A Crowns of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen is one of my favourite books! I simply adored it, so when I heard that there would be a companion book set in the same world I was beyond exited. (I even preordered this book, but never actually got around to reading it.) Roshani Chokshi writes beautifully and I have heard nothing but amazing things about A Crown of Wishes, so I can’t wait to get around to it.

Uprooted

3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted sounds like a book that I would completely adore. Ever since I first heard of it I knew that I had to get my hands on it and read it. (Honestly I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet, especially since I already own it.) Plus I have been seeing many positive reviews from people who have similar taste in books as me. I definitely need to get to this book as soon as possible!

2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I can’t believe that I haven’t finished The Mortal Instruments yet. I read the first three books (I included City of Glass here, as I just finished reading it this week) in this series and I really want to get around to the other three books as soon as possible. It’s kind of ridiculous that I haven’t completed this series yet, as I have a feeling that nearly everyone has read it. Hopefully I will get to all of them this year!

1. Victoria Schwab Books

As you may know, Victoria Schwab is one of my all time favourite authors. I have adored everything that I read by her so far, (The Archived, The Unbound, A Darker Shade of Magic, Vicious) so I can’t believe that I haven’t read these three books by her, epsecially since I already own them. The biggest priorities for me are the two books in the Shades of Magic series, as I really want to read them and find out how the story will continue and wrap up!


What are some books that you didn’t get to in 2017 that you plan on reading as soon as possible?

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

-Anna♥

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end of the year survey

End of the Year Survey – 2017

End of the Year Book Survey

This is a survey crated by Jamie @perpetualpageturner. If you want to know more about it just click the image above and it will lead you to the original post. All the graphics are done by Jamie as well, I take no credit for them.


This is my third time doing this survey. I just love wrapping up my reading year this way!

2017 wasn’t a good reading year for me. I felt as if I was in a slump the whole year, I just didn’t feel like reading at all. For a few years now I have been reading around 70 books per year, which I have been very happy about. In 2017 I “only” ended up reading 33 books, meaning less than half the amount I usually read. (Honestly I’m quiet disappointed by that.) This last year just wasn’t the best for me. Hopefully 2018 will be better!


End of the year Book Survey

Number Of Books You Read: 33

Number of Re-Reads: 6

Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, Young Adult


End of the year Book Survey

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

The first book that I finished in 2017 was A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. It also turned out to be the best book that I read the whole year! (Which doesn’t really surprise me, as Victoria Schwab is one of my all time favourite authors.) If you want to see me fangirling about this book check out my full review of it! ADSOF was such a wonderful book and I loved it!

Victoria Schwab


2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?


3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

I’m definitely picking the bad surprise. When I Cast Your Shadow was definitely one of the worst books that I have read this past year. From the synopsis I expected to enjoy it quiet a lot, as it sounded very interesting. But I was dead wrong, this book was simply bad. If you want to know why in more details, check out my review of this book.

When I Cast Your Shadow


4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I don’t think there was one particular book that I “pushed” people to read in 2017. The only one two that I can think of are A Darker Shade of Magic and The Forbidden Wish, but I don’t actually know how many people picked those up on my recommendations. Especially since I know a lot of people that kept recommending those books as well.


5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

The best series that I started in 2017 was the Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab. (As I have mentioned that series quiet a bit in this post.) The best sequels that I read last year were Eldest by Christopher Paolini and Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. I haven’t finished any series in 2017, so I don’t have a best series ender.


6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2017?

I don’t have a new favourite author. I just didn’t read multiple books by the same author this past year and I need to do that in order to discover a new favourite author. I just don’t find a favourite author based on one book alone.


7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Poetry is a genre that I never pick up. (Do you even count poetry as a genre? Apparently I do.) In December I picked up love & you by Gretchen Gomez and it was simply beautiful and wonderful. I really enjoyed this poetry collection and it’s made me want to read even more poetry, which is something that I never thought I would say. Hopefully I will be picking up more poetry soon!

Gretchen Gomez


8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

For me that was definitely Scarlet by Marissa Meyer! I ended up reading this book in two days, I just couldn’t stop reading it. It was very action-packed and I enjoyed every moment of it. I have a full review for this book, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.

Marissa Meyer


9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?


10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2017?


11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Shadowhunters

Lets be real, for me that was Magnus Bane. I ended up reading two books that featured him, those being The Bane Chronicles and City of Ashes. (I seriously NEED to continue and finish The Mortal Instruments, it’s ridiculous that I haven’t done that yet.)

Magnus Bane is one of my all time favourite characters (which you may be aware of, as I keep mentioning it), so it’s obvious that he is the most memorable to me – especially since I ended up reading two books that feature him.

I probably should have picked a newly discovered character that I read about in 2017, but none of them compare to Magnus Bane so I didn’t. (Quiet obviously as I just talked about Magnus for ages.)


12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

The Forbidden Wish


13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz was very thought-provoking (not that life changing though). It’s set in the future where technology has evolved and developed a lot. The world of this book seemed very possible and that made it even scarier. I definitely could imagine a world like this and it freaked me out in many ways.

The Uploaded


14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

That definitely has to be Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I read the first book in The Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, in 2016 and I wanted to continue the series immediately after that. But I never picked up Scarlet and then I kept pushing it off. So I freaking finally read Scarlet at the end of 2017 and it was amazing. I really liked that book and I can’t believe that I waited that long to read it!

Marissa Meyer


15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

I’m not good with quotes in general. I don’t tend to remember them, so finding a favourite one would require going through all the best books I read in 2017 and searching for the best one. (I seriously don’t have the time to do that.) I just don’t care all that much about quotes.


16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

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17. Book That Shocked You The Most

J.K. Rowling writes amazing mysteries and this book managed to shock and surprise me in many different ways. It was such an amazing sequel and I can’t wait for the next book in the Cormoran Strike series to come out!

Cormoran Strike


18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Zahra and Aladdin. If you have read The Forbidden Wish you know exactly why. If you haven’t you definitely NEED to read this book! The both of them are wonderful on their own and together they make an amazing team. Their romance is definitely one of the best that I have ever read about.

The Forbidden Wish


19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The various friendships in A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe were amazing to read about! It was fun following all the characters and getting to see their friendship grow and evolve. There was also some romance in this book, but I really didn’t like it – it felt unnecessary and this book could have done without it. My full review of this book.

A Mortal Song


20. Favourite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously


21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

None come to mind really. I am a mood reader and I only ever read what I feel like reading in that current moment. So peer pressure doesn’t really affect me, especially since I also don’t like reading hyped books (at the time everyone talks about them) – as I expect a lot out of them and they end up disappointing me (in most cases). So no, there wasn’t a book that I was “pressured” to read in 2017.


22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

That is definitely Aladdin from The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. Aladdin is one of the best characters that I have read about this past year and I simply adored him. He is definitely the most worthy of having the title of newest fictional crush for me. The Forbidden Wish has also become one of my all time favourite books, so I would definitely recommend picking it up. My review of this book.

The Forbidden Wish


23. Best 2017 debut you read?

The best debut of 2017, that I have read, has to be love & you by Gretchen Gomez. This poetry collection is simply beautiful and you definitely NEED to read it, if you haven’t yet.

Gretchen Gomez


24. Best World-building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Victoria Schwab always manages to create magical and imaginative worlds. The world in The Shades of Magic series was no exception. The world of the parallel Londons was fascinating and I was intrigued from the first page. I can’t wait to read the other two books in this series and get even more immersed into this wonderful world.

Victoria Schwab


25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

As you may know (as I keep mentioning it), Magnus Bane is one of my all time favourite characters. I simply adore him! So getting to read a whole book about his adventures was amazing. The Bane Chronicles was an amazing short story collection that managed to bring a smile to my face with each story. I just had so much fun reading about Magnus’s crazy adventures and about him in general!

Shadowhunters


26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

The only book that made me cry in 2017 was the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay. Lets be real, every Harry Potter books makes me cry and that is nothing new. This book was no exception to that, obviously as I chose it for this category.

Harry Potter


27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I definitely have to give that to The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz. This is a middle grade book about the adventures of an inventor/magician apprentice and a fairy. It was a really fun book, with great and flawed characters, interesting story and world. It’s a book that I would definitely recommend more people to pick up. I have a full review for this book, if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.

Carmer and Grit


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I don’t actually have one for this category. I haven’t read any soul crushing books this year. (I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for books that I knew were going to crush me.)


29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

That definitely has to be Because You Love To Hate Me by various authors. I have never before read an anthology, so it was quiet the unique and new format for me. The premise for this intrigued me a lot, especially since I love villains! It was a good book and I do plan on picking up more anthologies in the future. If you want to know more of my thoughts on this book, I have a full review for it.

Because You Love To Hate Me


30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I didn’t even have to think about this question. As soon as I read it, I knew that I had to pick Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This book made me really mad at times, thought I don’t really want to waste my energy/time going into why. This book was basically like a very bad fanfiction (and I have read a lot of those) that I actually had to pay for. This was definitely the most frustrating book that I read all year!

Harry Potter


Survey

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2017?

An amazing book blogger that I discovered in 2017 was Marta @The Cursed Books. She always posts something interesting and I really love reading her posts. If you aren’t following her yet you’re definitely missing out! So definitely go and follow her, you won’t regret it!


2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2017?

You know me, I can’t choose just one when it comes to my favourites. So here are some reviews of mine that I particularly liked:


3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

One of my plans for 2017 was to start writing discussion posts. Guess what didn’t happen? I just didn’t have the time to work on them and when I had the time I had no motivation. (No I don’t have an actual answer for this question.) I will probably have a few discussion posts this year, but I’m not promising anything.


4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I have never been to an author signing or a festival. So I obviously can’t pick any of them. A new meme/feature that I started participating in was Standalone Sunday in which we showcased our favourite books that aren’t part of a series. (As the name of it implies.) I featured some of my all time favourite books!


5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

It definitely has to be my 2nd Blogiversary! I still can’t believe that I have been blogging for over two years now, time has seriously passed by fast. I never had a hobby that I followed through for this long and I must say I’m very proud of myself for continuing with it for this long! I just adore blogging!!

For my second Blogiversary I did my first ever Q & A and I had a ton of fun with it!


6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I found reading in general to be challenging this year. I just didn’t have any motivation to pick up books and read them. I was never in the mood to read. Something like that has never happened to me before, I was apparently in a year-long slump. (If there is something like that.) It was really disappointing and frustrating, as I wanted to read so many amazing books but I was never actually in the mood to pick them up.


7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most popular post depending on the views was The Totally Should’ve Book Tag, closely followed by  It’s my BIRTHDAY! & Favourite Fantasy Cover Art || Top Five Wednesday. They were literary three views away from each other, so I decided to include them both in this question.


8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I don’t have a particular one. I guess I wish that my Anime Wrap Ups got a little more love, but I never expected them to really. Not many people watch anime, so I don’t really expect that many people to be interested in those posts. (I just love writing them, so I keep doing them.) Other than that I have no complaints.

My blog has been doing rather well this past year and I’m very happy about that!


9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I don’t really have one for this. I have been using the same bookish sites and I shopped at my usual stores. No new bookish discovers are coming to my mind right now. (Which is kind of sad, I should at least find a new book store in the future.)


10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

The only reading challenge that I take part in is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. In 2017 I set myself the goal of reading 7 books and I easily managed to complete the challenge. I just wanted to give myself an easy one, as I had a feeling I wouldn’t be reading that much this past year. (The slump I was talking about started at the end of November 2016.)

Reading Challenge


End of the year Book Survey

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Um…there are so many books that I didn’t get to in 2017, that I wanted to get to so finding one was very easy. I decided to go with A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. She is one of my all time favourite authors and I have loved everything that I have read by by her so far. I adored the first book in this series and was exited to pick up the rest. SO WHY THE HELL HAVEN’T I READ THIS BOOK YET?! Well, no one really knows.

Victoria Schwab


2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

I don’t really have any. My plan for 2018 is to get through many of the books that I already own, so I haven’t been researching any new releases that are coming out. (And with NetGalley sucking lately for international bloggers, I won’t be getting many/any ARCs.) I do plan on keeping an eye on a few books that sound interesting. Once they come out and I read some reviews, I will decide if I want to read/buy them.


3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The answer to this question is the same as the previous one.

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4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

I don’t really have any. Most of the series that I’m currently in the middle of have already been finished or it’s unknown when the next book is coming out. There is the fourth Shatter Me book, but I have only read the first book so far so I’m not anticipating it that much. Other than that I can’t think of any series ender or sequel that I can’t wait to get my hands on in 2018.


5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

The only reading challenge that I’m taking part in is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. This year I’m hoping/planning to read at least 30 books, as I want to do better than this past year. For my blogging life I simply want to post at least 2 times a week – that’s a nice schedule that I can keep up with and have been doing for a few months now.

Reading Challange


6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t read any 2018 releases yet. So I don’t really have an answer for this one.

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So that was my reading year! Definitely not my best one, hopefully the next one will be better.

How was your reading year? What were some of your favourite books of 2017? What are your most anticipated releases for 2018?

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

-Anna♥

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book review

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer || Book Review

Marissa MeyerTitle: Scarlet

( The Lunar Chronicles #2 )

Author: Marissa Meyer

Published: 7. February 2013

Edition: Puffin Books

Paperback, 452 pages

Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | Fairy Tale

Summary:

This is not the fairytale you remember.

But it’s one you won’t forget.

Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.

Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive – when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.

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◄ 4 out of 5 stars ►

SPOILER WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first book in this series, Cinder. There will be NO SPOILERS for this book though. I do have a full review for Cinder, which you can check out if you are interested in more of my thoughts on that book.

Marissa Meyer expanded the world she created in her first book, Cinder, wonderfully. I was already fascinated by the world she created in the first book and getting to see more from it in this second book was amazing! We found out many new things and the more the world keeps being expanded the more I’m loving it. Meyer has definitely managed to create an intriguing world that I just want to know more about. (And I will, as she has many more books set in this world.)

The story of this book was very fast paced and I couldn’t put the book down at all. The actual story starts a few days/weeks (I’m not 100% sure) after the events of Cinder and the awful things that happened at the ball. In this book we followed a few different characters, which mean that we got a few different stories that were somehow intertwined. (I can’t go into much detail about that, as it would spoil things.) I was really interested in all the happenings in this book. The action simply kept me hooked and I needed to know what was going to happen next.

It took me a while to connect to the characters. I don’t know, there was just something about both Scarlet and Wolf that kept bothering me in the beginning. I really can’t put my finger on what exactly it was. I remember instantly loving Cinder and Kai when I was reading the first book, but that didn’t happen this time around. The more I read about Scarlet and Wolf the more I liked them both and by the end I cared a great deal about them. I really liked Thorne as well, he was hilarious and his interactions with Cinder were amazing!

OVERALL:

I really liked Scarlet and I can’t believe it took me this long to read it! (But better late than never.) Comparing Scarlet and Cinder: I liked the characters in Cinder more, while the story I found lacking in some ways. I liked the story and action in Scarlet more, while I needed time to come around to like the characters. All in all, I really liked this book and I can’t wait to continue reading The Lunar Chronicles!


Have you read Scarlet? What did you think of it?

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

-Anna♥

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tag

Ringing in the New Year! || Book Tag

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Happy New Year everyone!! ❤

I hope you all have a wonderful year, filled with books, friends and everything/everyone else that you love!

Tag

I wasn’t actually tagged by anyone do to this, but I have been doing this tag for the past 2 years so I decided to continue with it the tradition and do it this year as well. These tags are just a lot of fun and I enjoy doing them! Also if you want to check out the ones from the previous two years you can check them out: the 2015/16 edition and 2016/17 edition.


Rules:
  • Link to the person who tagged you.
  • Link to the creator of the tag – Rae @Bookmark Chronicles
  • Share the tag image (Sorry, I don’t do that.)
  • Answer the questions below.
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2016?


Authors that you’ve recently found and would like to read more of in the new year?

Shirley Jackson

I have read a short story collection by her last year and I enjoyed it a lot. While it wasn’t one of my all time favourite books I still enjoyed it. (Obviously some stories more than others, but that is usual with these collections.) Plus the atmosphere and unease that she managed to create within each story was amazing. I definitely want to pick up some of her books in the future, they seem like stories that I would greatly enjoy.

Cindy Pon, Renee Ahdieh and Adam Silvera

I have recently read their short stories in the anthology Because You Love To Hate Me and I adored them. Their stories were definitely my favourite ones (along with Victoria Schwab’s one) and they all made me want to pick up their books as well. I really hope that I will be able to get my hands on their books this year. I have a feeling that I’m going to love their books a lot! (You can check out my review of it here.)


Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show?

Like last year, I don’t have one. I’m actually not even sure which movies or tv shows are coming out this year (them being book adaptation or not). I’m just not one to anticipate these kinds of things, rather when they come out and I hear other peoples thoughts on them I decide whether I want to watch them or not.


Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one).

The first one that came to my mind was Magnus Bane. Must be because I just recently finished reading The Bane Chronicles and he is one of my all time favourite characters.

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What’s on your TBR for 2018? (Top 5 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list!)

Well, seeing that I never actually read all the books that I list here, take this TBR rather tentatively. Though that might have to do with the fact that 2017 wasn’t the best reading year for me…Anyway, here are some books that I want to read this year (that I already own that is).


How many books do you hope to read in 2018?

I hope to read more than I did in 2017. As I have already mentioned in this tag, this past year I haven’t been reading as much as I would have like. I was just in a slump that lasted nearly all year. (It seriously sucked!) So I’m hoping to read more than 30 books this year and hopefully I will succeed with that.


Will you participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge or any others?

The only reading challenge that I’m participating in is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’m actually not the biggest fan of doing many challenges at the same time – it just feels like I’m forcing myself to read very specific books. And if you know me at all, you know that I’m rubbish at that – so I’m not even going to try. The Goodreads Reading Challenge is good enough for me. (And I’m setting the goal at 30 books.)


Any New Year’s Resolutions? (Bookish, blogging, and otherwise)

 I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, because I know that I won’t stick to them. And I would only be disappointed in myself when I eventually fail to uphold them. So what is the point of making any?

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What are some of the books you’re most exited to read this year? Will you be participating in any reading challenges? 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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wrap up

The End of 2017 is Here!! || December Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up Green

So it’s the end of the year. This year has passed by so fast and, to be honest, I’m glad that it’s over. 2017 wasn’t the best year for me, so I’m glad to see it go.

December was a rather nice month for me (for this years standards). Not much actually happened this month. I got back to my hometown together with my dad, where we will be spending our winter holidays. It’s been amazing seeing friends and family. Christmas was nice as well (though I’m not the biggest fan of it, but I won’t go into that now) and I got some exiting books as gifts. And, as we all know, books are the best gifts ever!

There really isn’t much more to say about this month. I’m really exited for 2018 to start! Tomorrow I’m celebrating New Year with a few of my friends and I’m very much looking forward to that! (It’s going to be a lot of fun!)


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I managed to read quiet a lot this month and I’m really happy about that! (I haven’t said that much this year.) I somehow managed to finish 6 books in total and I even started 2 more. That’s very surprising for me, as this year has been rather lacking when it comes to reading. (I was in a bit of a yearly slump, if that’s a thing.) I’m very happy that I’m getting back into reading more!!

Lets get into the books that I finished in December!

396356The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #2) by Anne Rice

4.5 out of 5 stars

After reading Interview with the Vampire last month, I really felt like reading this book as well. Especially since Lestat is my favourite character and this book my favourite from this series (out of the first 3 books that I have read).

It was amazing rereading this book. I loved reading from Lestat’s point of view once again. I just like him as a character and as a vampire. (His type of vampire is definitely my favourite.) Getting to read about his history and him in general has been amazing, especially since I have forgotten a lot about it. I really enjoyed this book!


Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling

 2 out of 5 stars

No, just no.

The only reason that this book got two stars, instead of one, is because of Scorpius Malfoy. (And a few little things that I liked as well.) I had so many problems with things that happened in this book and the characters didn’t help much either.

This book just read like a bad fanfiction. (And trust me, I have read many of those.) This book managed to frustrate me and make me very angry at times, I even had to put it down at one point. No, I won’t be writing a full review for this book. I seriously don’t have the energy to waste on it.


Gretchen Gomezlove, and you by Gretchen Gomez

4 out of 5 stars

I don’t usually read poetry. Especially poetry in English, which isn’t my native language. I was always hesitant to pick up any poetry, because I felt like I “wouldn’t get it”. Thank you school for making me think like that whenever we were analysing a poem.

This poetry collection was simply heartfelt and beautiful. I’m really happy that I decided to read it. It has definitely made me want to read more poetry, which I have never felt like before. Thank you for that!

I highly recommend this poetry collection to everyone! It’s something that you NEED to read.


ShadowhuntersThe Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

5 out of 5 stars

I LOVED this book! Two words that perfectly explain why: Magnus Bane!

Magnus Bane is one of the best characters EVER! He is definitely one of my all time favourite characters (obviously, as I have mentioned that a ton of times), so getting to read stories about him and learning more about his past has been wonderful. The only reason that I’m reading The Mortal Instruments is because of Magnus. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have picked those books up. So you can see by that how much I adore him.

I enjoyed all of the stories in this collection. The first two were the slowest and took a bit to get into, but by the end of them I loved them as well. All the other ones were fantastic and I’m really happy that I decided to pick this book up!


Marissa MeyerScarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

4 out of 5 stars

So I have finally read the second book in The Lunar Chronicles series. It took me ages to get to this book and I have no idea why. (Especially since I finished reading it within few days.)

Scarlet was a really good book and a great continuation from where Cinder left of. I’m really liking the direction that this series is taking and I can’t wait to start reading the next book and finding out how the story will continue. (Hopefully that will happen soon!)

Full review for this book will be coming soon!


The UploadedThe Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz

3 out of 5 stars

The world of this story was very fascinating, intriguing and honestly scary. I definitely wouldn’t want to live in that world. It makes it even scarier because of the fast advance of everyday technology. (Like something similar to this could happen in the future.)

I both liked this book and had some problems with it. (Which explains the rating.) I’m really glad to have read it though, as it opened my eyes to some things. I plan on writing a full review for this book, so if you want to know more of my thoughts on this book you will be able to.


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How was your December? Did you have fun during the holidays? Did you end up reading anything amazing? 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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The LAST Wrap Up of the Year!! ||Anime Wrap Up [#9]

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This is going to be my last anime wrap of this year! (Obviously, as it’s literary the end of December.) Not going to lie, I have watched some really amazing shows this year and that makes me very happy. I’m also delighted that I have shared all of them with you, here on my blog. (Because that also means I can look up what exactly I watched and when.) Lets get into the anime that I recently finished, as that is the actual point of this post.


Hozuki no ReitetsuHoozuki no Reitetsu

Episodes: 13

Comedy | Fantasy | Demons

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

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 taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Before I get into my actual thoughts on this anime I need to mention the opening. It was very happy, which I found to be unexpected, especially when you know what the anime is about. I was beyond surprised the first time I heard it! Though that’s not a bad thing, I really liked the opening, it was very catchy and I never skipped it.

I really enjoyed this anime! It was basically a slice of life anime that takes place in hell. Not much happened story-wise, but rather we followed the everyday adventures of Hoozuki and the other characters. It was very interesting seeing the “Japanese Hell” and how everything works there. All the characters were very interesting and I was interested in their backstories and their adventures. So every episode was fun for me to watch, no matter which character it focused on. Hoozuki was definitely my favourite, I loved how different he was from everyone else around him! The humour in this anime was right up my alley as well and I enjoyed that aspect of it as well.

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend this anime! It’s one of the uniquest anime that I have ever seen, plus it’s simply a lot of fun. Though I should mention that it’s rather bloody and violent, after all it takes place in Hell – so if that’s something that bothers you I would stay away from it.

Hoozuki no Reitatsu GIF


MononokeMononoke

Episodes: 12

Historical | Horror | Supernatural | Mystery

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

The “Medicine Seller” is a deadly and mysterious master of the occult who travels across feudal Japan in search of malevolent spirits called “mononoke” to slay. When he locates one of these spirits, he cannot simply kill it; he must first learn its Form, its Truth, and its Reason in order to wield the mighty Exorcism Sword and fight against it. He must begin his strange exorcisms with intense psychological analysis and careful investigative work—an extremely dangerous step, as he must first confront and learn about the mononoke before he even has the means to defeat it.

The Medicine Seller’s journey leads him to an old-fashioned inn where Shino, a pregnant woman, has finally found a place to rest. The owner has reluctantly placed her in the last vacant room; however, as she settles in, it quickly becomes clear that the room is infested by a lethal band of mononoke, the Zashiki Warashi. With his hunter’s intuition, the Medicine Seller begins his investigation to discover the Form, the Truth, and the Reason before the Zashiki Warashi can kill again.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This anime has such a unique style! It’s very colourful and pretty. It also incorporates some traditional Japanese art from time to time (which doesn’t happen often). Mononoke’s art style is a combination of very detailed and minimal – both from the characters to the setting. I really can’t describe it better than this, but definitely check out the opening if you want to know what I mean. (Plus I think you can see it by the cover and gif I used.)

I tend to love anime about youkai and ayakashi, so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed this one. (Those anime just fascinate me and I’m always searching for more to watch.) The main character was fascinating and I liked him a lot. I was also very interested in seeing his adventures. All the stories were interesting and had their own twist. I couldn’t stop watching this anime, I just needed to watch more and see what was going to happen next. I ended up finishing this anime within two days. I just wish there were more episodes, as I ended up loving it. (Though it took an episode or two to get into it.)

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime! Though this is not an anime that I would recommend for someone who is just starting out with anime. I just feel that this one is a bit on the weird and confusing side, if you don’t have prior experience with anime. This anime was also rather bloody and violent, just though I would point that out as well.

Mononoke GIF


Juuni TaisenJuuni Taisen

Episodes: 12

Action | Mature (violence and gore)

My rating: 6/10 (Fine)

Every 12 years, mercenaries who possess the highest caliber of brute strength, cunning wit, and deadly precision gather to participate in the Zodiac Tournament. Each warrior bears the name and attributes of one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. With their pride and lives on the line, they engage in vicious combat until only the victor remains.

The 12th Zodiac Tournament begins in a desolate city, devoid of any evidence of the half million people who recently lived there. To raise the stakes, each warrior ingests a poisonous gem, thus setting a time limit on the tournament—and on their life. With one wish for the victor up for grabs, the Zodiac Warriors start their cutthroat battle for survival.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

As soon as I read the synopsis for this anime I knew I had to watch it! It sounded amazing and action packed, it was just what I wanted at the time. This anime didn’t disappoint me, I got exactly what I expected (and wanted) to get. The tournament and battles were exiting and I was anticipating each new episode. But I still didn’t completely love it and I had some problems with it.

I simply didn’t care for the characters (aside from one that is). I wasn’t invested in their individual stories and couldn’t care less about their background and past – which was delved into with each episode (mostly in the style of one character per episode). The battles were definitely the most interesting part for me and I enjoyed them a lot! It was also a lot fun guessing who would win the tournament and who would die (and when). I really can’t say more about it without spoiling stuff, so I shall leave it at this.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime. It’s a fun one that manages to capture your attention. It’s also action packed and fast paced, though you don’t really get the time to connect with the characters. As this is a killing tournament there is a lot of blood, violence and death – just though I should warn you about that as well.

Juuni Taisen GIF


Shokugeki no SoumaShokugeki no Souma: San no Sara

Episodes: 12

School | Shounen | Ecchi

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family’s restaurant as its head chef.

Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars,” where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.

(Summary of the manga taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the third season of Shokugeki no Souma and it was an amazing adaptation! I’m all caught up with the manga (have been for a while) and I have been looking forward to this season for a long time. I’m really happy that some of my favourite scenes from the manga have finally been adapted! The next season is going to be even more exiting and I can’t wait for it to start airing. Though I’m getting ahead of myself there, lets get back to this one…

The animation, art style, humour and story have all been amazing. All in all I really enjoyed this season. Some of my favourite characters from this series have been introduced and have finally gotten their spotlight (or at least a little bit of it) – I’m beyond happy about that! It was amazing seeing more from the Elite Ten, as I have always been interested in them and their style of cooking. The food in this anime always manages to make me hungry and I can’t watch it on a empty stomach. I can’t go into any more detail, as I don’t want to spoil anything about this season.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend Shokugeki no Souma. It’s a really fun anime with interesting characters. Plus there is also a lot of food! (I can’t even describe how many of those meals I want to eat.) My biggest problem with this anime is the ecchi element, but I can look past that and just enjoy the show.

Shokugeki no Souma GIF


GintamaGintama.: Porori-hen

Episodes: 13

Comedy | Sci-Fi | Action | Historical | Parody

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Sixth 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 the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

It’s Gintama, which is one of my favourite anime, so I obviously enjoyed it a lot. This season wasn’t my favourite, especially since the past two have been masterpieces. This season focused a lot more on the comedy and parody aspect of the series instead of the story aspect (which was the focus of the past two seasons), so I was a bit disappointed with that. I wanted to know what was going to happen next with the story and I obviously didn’t get that.

Still, this season of Gintama has been amazing! The jokes and comedic timing were on point, as they always are. I loved seeing all the characters rather happy and light-hearted (because if you’ve been following the series, you know it’s not like that right now) having their crazy and bizarre adventures. And while this season wasn’t my favourite, it was still amazing and I had a lot of fun watching it. (Which isn’t surprising, as it’s Gintama.)

Would I recommend this anime?

I would definitely recommend Gintama! It’s one of the funniest and best anime out there. As I always say, when I’m talking about Gintama, I wouldn’t recommend this anime to someone who is just starting out with anime – there are a lot of reference to other anime, so I don’t think you would get as much out of this anime as you could, if you’re just starting out.

Gintama GIF


Kekkai SensenKekkai Sensen

Episodes: 12

Action | Comedy | Superpowers | Supernatural

My rating: 6/10 (Fine)

Supersonic monkeys, vampires, talking fishmen, and all sorts of different supernatural monsters living alongside humans—this has been part of daily life in Hellsalem’s Lot, formerly known as New York City, for some time now. When a gateway between Earth and the Beyond opened three years ago, New Yorkers and creatures from the other dimension alike were trapped in an impenetrable bubble and were forced to live together. Libra is a secret organization composed of eccentrics and superhumans, tasked with keeping order in the city and making sure that chaos doesn’t spread to the rest of the world.

Pursuing photography as a hobby, Leonardo Watch is living a normal life with his parents and sister. But when he obtains the “All-seeing Eyes of the Gods” at the expense of his sister’s eyesight, he goes to Hellsalem’s Lot in order to help her by finding answers about the mysterious powers he received. He soon runs into Libra, and when Leo unexpectedly joins their ranks, he gets more than what he bargained for. Kekkai Sensen follows Leo’s misadventures in the strangest place on Earth with his equally strange comrades—as the ordinary boy unwittingly sees his life take a turn for the extraordinary.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Everything about this anime seemed like something that I would love. I adore stories about superpowers and the premise sounded amazing. Sadly I didn’t enjoy this anime as much as I hoped I would. That doesn’t mean that this anime was bad per se, I think it’s a situation of “it’s not you it’s me“. I was still disappointed, as I expected to really enjoy this anime. (Plus the GIFs that I had seen on tumblr looked amazing!)

I just didn’t connect with any of the characters. While I did like Leonardo, I just stopped caring about his story half way through. The other characters I didn’t like all that much, there was just something about each one of them that annoyed me. (I won’t go into detail about them, as this wrap up would be way too long then.) In the beginning I was really interested in the story and I wanted to know what was going on. The more I watched, the less interested I was. This whole anime was simply okay for me, nothing too spectacular and nothing too bad either.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend you to at least give this anime a try. Personally I didn’t enjoy this anime much, but it has a lot of potential and I have a feeling a lot of people would enjoy it. There is a second season to this anime, but I don’t plan on watching it – as I already mentioned, I’m just not interested in either the story or the characters.

Kekkai Sensen GIF


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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