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The first month of a new year! || January 2019 Wrap Up

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January was a bit of a mixed month for me!

It was an amazing month in many different ways, but I also had a few days where my mental health was horrible. Still, it was mostly a good month so I can’t really complain! 😀 (I’m trying to think more positive and not focus on the negative as much.)

At the beginning of the month I drove back to Vienna with my parents. So I had a period of adjusting to being back here, especially since I spent a whole month back in my home town. It was also weird being on my own again, as I had my parents around me for the whole of December. I did manage to adjust, but it just took a few days and it didn’t help that I missed my parents. (It couldn’t be helped, but still.)

Most of January I was studying for exams and doing some other things for university. Nothing too exiting on that front. (Just my normal everyday life.) Sooo I really don’t have anything to add to this. Basically January was a good month, with a few low days.


Wrap Up

I have ended up reading quite a lot in January and I couldn’t be more pleased. To be more specific I ended up reading 9 things. Not only that but I ended up enjoying the majority of the things I read. Hopefully my reading will continue to be as great as it is at the moment! 😀


The Sun and Her FlowersThe Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

3 out of 5 stars

I didn’t enjoy this poetry collection as much as Milk and Honey. Still, I found many beautiful poems in this collection and I’m very happy to have read it. Rupi Kaur manages to make me feel all sorts of different feelings when reading her poetry. She manages to make me smile, feel nostalgic, empathetic and she even manages to make me tear up (and I’m not usually one who cries when reading). I definitely plan on reading her future collections, once she publishes them.


Madeline MillerGalatea by Madeline Miller

4 out of 5 stars

This wasn’t what I expected it to be. (Though I’m not sure what I even expected at this point.) That isn’t a negative point in the least. I was fascinated by this story and I couldn’t stop reading, I just needed to know what was going to happen next! This is also the first story that I have ever read by Madeline Miller and I loved her writing style. I can’t wait to pick up her books, I have a feeling that they will become my new favourites (amazing writing style and mythology, the perfect combination).


Adulthood Is a Myth Big Mushy Happy Lump Herding Cats  by Sarah Andersen

4 stars | 3 stars | 4 stars

 This month I decided tor read the 3 graphic novels by Sarah Andersen. I had heard amazing things about them and ever since hearing about them I was intrigued. I’m very happy that I decided to pick them up, as they were a lot of fun and very relatable. Relatable is the best word to describe Sarah Andersen’s work (at least in these three graphic novels). I would recommend them to everyone!


Roshani ChokshiA Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

5 out of 5 stars

A Crown of Wishes was a wonderfully magical book. The world-building that Roshani Chokshi does in this series is simply vivid and imaginative. I can’t get enough of her stories set in this world!

I completely adored this book! A Crown of Wishes was an amazing sequel to The Star-Touched Queen. I definitely recommend this book to everyone! I can’t wait to get my hands on more of Roshani Chokshi’s books, especially Star-Touched Stories as I need more from these characters and from this world.

If you are interested in more of my thoughts, you can check out my review for this book


ShadowhuntersLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

5 out of 5 stars

I have finally gotten around to reading Lady Midnight! (I can’t believe I have waited this long to pick this book up.) I have heard so many amazing things about this book and The Dark Artifices in general, so I was very exited to start this series. Plus it’s Cassandra Clare and I tend to have a lot of fun reading her books.

I ended up loving Lady Midnight! The characters were amazing, the setting was wonderful and the plot very interesting. Basically this book was all that I hoped it would be. I do plan on writing a full review for this book, so look forward to that if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


Victoria SchwabA Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

4 out of 5 stars

So I have finally gotten around to reading A Gathering of ShadowsAnd I say finally because it’s been a year since I read and loved A Darker Shade of Magic. Honestly I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to get around to this book. But here we are now.

I really enjoyed A Gathering of Shadows, not as much as the first book thought. I have already started reading the final book in this trilogy, how could I have not after that ending? If you are interested in more of my thoughts check out my review for this book


A Curse so Dark and LonelyA Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

5 out of 5 stars

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Some of the aspects of this story are pulled from that fairy tale, but they are done in a refreshing way that was a delight to read. The story went ways I didn’t expect it to. There were quite a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, though a few things were predictable.

I loved A Curse so Dark and Lonely. The characters, story and world of this book captured my interest from the beginning. The more I read from this story the more I enjoyed it. If you are interested in more of my thoughts check out my review for this book.


Wrap Up

I’m very pleased with my blogging this month! I did take one week off of blogging, because I wasn’t feeling well (but that couldn’t be helped, so we shall ignore it). I’m especially pleased about the amount of book reviews that I posted during January!


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How was your January? 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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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer || ARC Review

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

A Curse so Dark and Lonely

Title: A Curse so Dark and Lonely

           ( A Curse so Dark and Lonely #1 )

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Published: 29. January 2019

Edition: Bloomsbury Children’s

                Kindle Edition, 496 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Retelling

Summary:

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realises Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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◄ 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

Trigger warnings: torture, suicide attempts, cancer, violence, lack of consent
(the trigger warnings are written in white)

THE STORY:

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Some of the aspects of this story are pulled from that fairy tale, but they are done in a refreshing way that was a delight to read. Honestly I didn’t even know that this book was a Beauty and the Beast retelling until I started reading it, apparently I forgot that detail when I requested this book. Still, it was a very nice surprise. I tend to love retellings of that fairy tale.

The story of A Curse so Dark and Lonely was very interesting. It went ways I didn’t expect it to. There were quite a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, though a few things were predictable. Not that that is a bad thing, this is after all the retelling of a story, so some elements of it will already be familiar. Still, I was at the edge of my seat while reading this book, I couldn’t stop reading it. I needed to know what was going to happen next.

THE WORLD:

I have always enjoyed reading portal fantasy books. If you aren’t familiar with that term, portal fantasy is a story where characters from our world go to a fantasy one through some kind of doorway. (That probably started with my love for Narnia when I was little.) I just love seeing authors explore the clash between someone from our world and an entire new world. I don’t know if you can class A Curse so Dark and Lonely as a portal fantasy (I’m not an expert on that topic), but it follows Harper as she tries to navigate a fantasy world after getting to it from Washington.

I loved learning more about Emberfall throughout the story, about its history, political situation and many other things. The setting, combined with the curse, was fascinating to read about. I’m very exited that there is going to be a second book to this story, as I really want to know more about the world. There was just something magical about it that gripped me from the beginning.

THE CHARACTERS:

The characters were probably my favourite part of this entire book. Harper was an amazing character to read about. She is very stubborn and also very kind. I loved seeing her reaction to Emberfall and how she manages with that whole situation. Harper has cerebral palsy and I think that her disability was handled very well in the book. Though I’m saying that as an able-bodied person, so I might not be the best judge (so be aware of that). Anyway, Harper was amazing in many different ways and I loved seeing her grow throughout the book.

Rhee was a very interesting character as well. I loved the fact that we got to read from his point of view as well. That made me understand and sympathise with him even more. Rhee is a very layered character and I loved seeing his motivations and learning more about his past. I especially enjoyed the development that he got throughout the book. All of the main characters were very well developed. The relationship between Harper and Rhee was fascinating to read about. I loved seeing their relationship progress, from being hostile in the beginning to understanding each other later. Their dynamic and interactions were amazing to read and there were so many wonderful moments between them.

Another character that I was fascinated by was Grey. He was such a huge contrast to Rhee and I enjoyed learning more about him as the story progressed. I also found him to be one of the more mysterious characters in this book, as we don’t know too much about him. I loved reading about his relationship with Rhee, they have such a strong companionship. Side note: I hate the villain of this story so much! I really don’t want to go into any detail as to why, as that would spoil the story, but I just hate her so much! (I seriously needed to mention that.)

OVERALL:

I loved A Curse so Dark and Lonely. The characters, story and world of this book captured my interest from the beginning. The more I read from this story the more I enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!


Have you read A Curse so Dark and Lonely? What did you think of this book? 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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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab || Book Review

Victoria SchwabTitle: A Gathering of Shadows

( Shades of Magic #2 )

Author: Victoria Schwab

Published: 1. May 2016

Edition: Titan Books

Paperback, 508 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Magic | Fiction

Summary:

It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

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◄ 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

So I have finally gotten around to reading A Gathering of Shadows! And I say finally because it’s been a year since I read and loved A Darker Shade of Magic. Honestly I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to get around to this book. But here we are now. Speaking of A Darker Shade of Magic, I have a full review for that book if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.

I adore the world of the Shades of Magic series! I loved learning more about it in this book. Victoria Schwab has the ability to create fascinating worlds and magic systems, they are always a delight to read about. I loved seeing more of the magic of this world, especially during the Element Games. As far as I remember we only saw the Antari use magic in the first book, so it was great seeing other people and how they use their magic.

This book wasn’t the strongest when it came to its story. It was mostly setting up things for the final book. That means that not a lot actually happened and it was more focused on the individual characters and their relationships. I didn’t mind this too much, as I do love the characters of this story but it did also make it a bit slower. The ending of this book was really intense though, I hadn’t expected it at all. I’m so happy that I have A Conjuring of Light on hand, I had to start it immediately after finishing this book.

I adore Kell, he is my favourite character in this series. I loved seeing more of him in this book and seeing how everything was for him after the events of the first book. I loved learning more about him in this book. I also love Rhy and his relationship with Kell. I loved seeing how much they care about each other. Rhy was a fascinating character to read about. I was intrigued by him in the first book and I was very happy to read more about him in this book.

Now Lila, I kind of have mixed feelings towards her. There are times that I really like her and then there are times that she annoys me a lot. I find that I need to get used to her, before I start liking her. Or something like that, I’m not sure how to describe that feeling. I don’t hate her ever or anything like that, I just don’t click with her completely. A character that I did like was Alucard. He was interesting and I loved learning more about him as the story progressed.

Overall I really enjoyed A Gathering of Shadows, not as much as the first book thought. I have already started reading the final book in this trilogy, how could I have not after that ending? I would definitely recommend this series to everyone!


Have you read A Gathering of Shadows? Did you enjoy it? What was your favourite moment in the book? Do let me know!

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

-Anna♥

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end of the year survey

End of the Year Survey – 2018

End of the Year 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.

(Well, I did edit the first image and by that I mean I added the 8, as Jamie didn’t make that graphic for this year. Still, I just changed the number and nothing else.)


Yes, I know that this post is really late. Do I care? Not really!

I did want to post this survey earlier in the year, but I didn’t have the time to work on such a long post. And then I had some mental health troubles and really couldn’t be bothered to worry about this as well. Now everything is better and I can focus more, so I could finally finish this post! Better late than never. Plus I do love looking back at these posts and seeing my year in reading wrapped up (which is why I’m doing it, even though I’m late with it).

This is my fourth time doing this survey. You can check all the other years that I have done this survey, if you are interested in that.


2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 46
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

End of the year Book Survey

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

There were quite a few books that I could have picked for this category, but in the end I decided to go with Uprooted by Naomi Novik. There was just something about this book that stood out to me. If you are interested in more of my thoughts, you can check out my review for this book.

Uprooted


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?

The first book that came to my mind was City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. This book ended up surprising me in a vey good way. The Mortal Instruments as a series was alright for me. Some of them I rated 2 stars and some higher. (I have reviews for all the books on my blog, if you are interested in my thoughts.) City of Heavenly Fire ended up being my favourite in the series and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

Shadowhunters


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

When I think about this question no books come to my mind? I honestly have no idea if there was one book in 2018 that stood out for me in that way. After all I did rave and recommend many books during that year.


5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

The best series that I started has to be The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire. I read all three books in that series and I loved all of them, I can’t wait to get my hands on the fourth book. Two of the best sequels were Cress by Marissa Meyer and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I can’t wait to read more from those two series. (Hopefully I’ll be able to get the sequels soon!) And the best series ender was Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, which was an amazing conclusion to The Inheritance Cycle.


6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

While I didn’t discover Tahereh Mafi in 2018 she became one of my favourite authors during that year. For me to consider an author a favourite of mine I need to read more than one book by them that I love. (Or that one book must be beyond fantastic.)


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

That has to be Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty. I never pick up nonfiction to read, let alone memoirs. (Unless I need to research stuff for university.) So this book came as a total surprise to me. I randomly decided to pick up the audio book for it and I ended up enjoying it a lot.

Caitlin Doughty


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

The first book that came to my mind when I read this question was Uprooted by Naomi Novik. The action never stopped in this book, something was always happening. All the small conflicts in this story were building on each other for the final and biggest one. I seriously couldn’t stop reading this book, I needed to know what was going to happen next!

Uprooted


9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, as I can see myself rereading the stories within this collection over and over again. The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, because I completely adored these books and they are very short as well.


10. Favourite Cover Of A Book You Read In 2018?

Without thinking I had to chose the cover for the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. That book as a whole is simply gorgeous and I adore its cover! The Knight Bus is so amazingly portrayed and I love the darker colours used for it.

Harry Potter


11. Most memorable character of 2018?

I have to go with Agnieszka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I completely adored her, she is one of my all time favourite protagonists. I just couldn’t pick anyone bu her (though a few other characters did come to mind).

Uprooted


12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. I reread it in 2018, so I’m counting it for this question. (This was my 4th time rereading it.) I also ended up reading Unravel Me and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi and she has a beautiful writing style as well. Those three books are all gorgeously written!


13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

I have to pick Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty for this question. I found this book fascinating and very thought-provoking, especially in regards to death and our/my relationship to it.

Caitlin Doughty


14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?


15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“I don’t do that. With anyone.” “You’re celibate?” “No. Celibacy is a choice. I’m asexual. I don’t get those feelings.”
Seanan McGuire, Every Heart a Doorway

This passage was very important to me, as it was the first time that I had read about a character that identifies as asexual. I’m asexual and for the longest time I thought that there was something wrong with me. It was just wonderful seeing a character with the same sexuality as mine.


16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

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17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

The first book that came to my mind was Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin. (Not going to even mention why.)

Ryan Graudin


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

I don’t know if this is considered a spoiler or not? As the series has been out for years now and many people talk about this couple…Still, I won’t be mentioning the couple (in case you don’t know about it?) but I’m sure you can guess which one I’m talking about just seeing the book they are from! (I seriously need to read Restore Me soon!)

Shatter Me


19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The friendship group in The Lunar Chronicles. I love all of the characters and their interactions with each were amazing to read about, especially in Cress.

Marissa Meyer


20. Favourite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously


21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

2018 was a weird reading year for me. I basically read whatever I felt like reading, as most of the time I actually didn’t feel like reading. So there wasn’t a book that I read based solely on a recommendation in 2018.


22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

The first character that came to my mind was Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle, even though 2018 wasn’t the year that I discovered him. Apparently I didn’t have other crushes that stood out to me? (I don’t even know anymore, fictional crushes confuse me a bit as of late.)

Howl's Moving Castle GIF


23. Best 2018 debut you read?

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. This book was just amazing. I loved the atmosphere that Ernshaw created in this book and I ended up being very charmed by the story, despite its flaws. You can check out my review for The Wicked Deep, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.

Shea Ernshaw


24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I predominately read fantasy, so picking just one book is simply impossible. (Or I’m just bad at being decisive.)


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

The four books that I ended up rereading in 2018. There is a reason that I ended up reading them again.


26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

I have to go with The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw for this one. This book made me cry so much. I was very invested in the characters and the story. I stayed up until 4 am to finish it and it broke my heart. I don’t remember the last time I cried as much as I did when reading this book. (Though, to be fair, I was rather emotional during that time as well – for other reasons.)

Shea Ernshaw


27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I don’t think that Odd and the Frost Giants counts as a “hidden gem”, after all it’s a book by Neil Gaiman. Still, it’s a book that I have NEVER heard anyone else talk about. Which is why I’m picking it for this question.

Neil Gaiman


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin. As this is the final book in a duology, I can’t go into details as to why this book crushed my soul. If you have read it, then you would know.

Ryan Graudin


29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

I don’t have one for this question. All books are unique in their own way and there wasn’t one that particularly stood out to me in 2018. So I shall leave this question without a concrete answer.


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

The first book that came to my mind was Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. No, I didn’t hate this book, nor did I particularly love it. So why did I choose it for this question? I hate the prejudice that Shadowhunters have against Downworlders. (Probably because I’m more interested in the Downworlders.) As the story took place in the Shadowhunter Academy I had to read about many of those prejudices and I didn’t enjoy that at all.

Shadowhunters


End of the Year Survey

1. New favourite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

I discovered Hannah @A Clockwork Reader in 2018 and I completely fell in love with her videos. I have no idea why I wasn’t aware of her channel before (probably because I stopped watching as much of booktube as I used to), but I’m so happy that I found her channel.

Youtube


2. Favourite post you wrote in 2018?

I don’t have one? I love all the posts that I put up, otherwise I wouldn’t post them. And honestly, there wasn’t one in particular that stood out for me in 2018.


3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

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The pile of books from my first ever unhaul!

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

There Are None GIF


5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

The month of December. That was the month that I got out of both my blogging and reading slump. It was the month that made me fall in love with reading and blogging again. Or rather I remembered why I enjoyed both as much as I did. ❤ ❤


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

The reading and blogging slump that I mentioned in the previous question. 2018 wasn’t the best year when it comes to my mental health and that obviously influenced all other aspects of my life, including reading and blogging. I just wasn’t motivated to do either of them. Luckily I’m past that and I’m again enjoying both activities!


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

My two most popular posts were The Netgalley Book Tag and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer || Book Review. I’m picking both for this question, as both had exactly the same amount of views.


8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I don’t have one? I don’t actually pay attention to stats so I have no idea how good/bad my posts did compared to one another!

Shrug GIF


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

I discovered Scribd this year. This is a site/app where you can read books and listen to audiobooks (both unlimited), there are also other things that this site gives you access to (check out their site if you are interested). It is a subscription service, so you do pay for it each month. Though you can get a 30 day free trial, to see if this is something that interests you.

I tried the one month free trial and I also paid for it for one month in 2018 (you can cancel anytime you want). I very much enjoyed using this site, especially since I got access to many audiobooks. They tend to be very expensive and I loved the fact that I could listen to as many audiobooks as I wanted during the months that I had Scribd. I’m not sure how good this site is for new releases (if that is what you are looking for), as I used it for backlisted titles.

Scribd


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

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End of the year Book Survey

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?


2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?


3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?


4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

I just realised that there aren’t any series enders/sequels, aside from In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire, that I’m anticipating. I think it’s because the series that I’m in the middle of are already completed. And a ton of series that I want to start have sequels coming out this year. Obviously I’m not anticipating them as I have yet to start those series.

Seanan McGuire


5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Goodreads Reading Challenge


6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I don’t have one. I haven’t read any 2019 releases yet, so there is that.

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

-Anna♥

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A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi || Book Review

Roshani Chokshi

Title: A Crown of Wishes

The Star-Touched Queen #2 )

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Published: 28. March 2017

Edition: St. Martin’s Griffin

Hardcover, 369 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Romance

Summary:

An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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◄ 5 out of 5 stars ►

I adore Roshani Chokshi’s writing style. It’s beautiful and flowery and I can’t get enough of it. I want to read everything that Roshani Chokshi writes. I read her first book The Star-Touched Queen a bit over two years ago and it immediately became one of my favourite books. I have written a review for it, if you are interested in more of my thoughts. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to pick up A Crown of Wishes! Though to be fair, I have reread The Star-Touched Queen a few times since I fist read it, so there is that as well.

A Crown of Wishes was a wonderfully magical book. The world-building that Roshani Chokshi does in this series is simply vivid and imaginative. I can’t get enough of her stories set in this world! In A Crown of Wishes the world gets even more expanded and we get to learn about many more aspects of it and I completely adored that. I really wish that there was a map for this world. I loved the tournament aspect of this book, it was very interesting seeing all the different challenges and how the characters dealt with them.

Speaking of the characters, I completely adore Gauri! She was such a fascinating character to read about. I was intrigued by her when I first read about her in The Star-Touched Queen and when I found out that she would be one of the main characters in this book I was ecstatic! I loved seeing her when she is older and how much she has changed from the character in the first book. Vikram was also a very fascinating character, a lot different than I expected him to be. Not that that is a bad thing, he actually ended up being a lot more interesting than I thought he would be in the beginning.

Both Gauri and Vikram were amazing characters on their own, I adored reading from both of their perspectives. Their interactions were amazing to read about as well. I loved seeing how their interactions and thoughts towards the other person changed as the story progressed. There were so many amazing conversations between the two of them! There were also many interesting side-characters in this story that I enjoyed learning more about.

Overall I completely adored this book! A Crown of Wishes was an amazing sequel to The Star-Touched Queen. I definitely recommend this book to everyone! I can’t wait to get my hands on more of Roshani Chokshi’s books, especially Star-Touched Stories as I need more from these characters and from this world.


Have you read A Crown of Wishes? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

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

-Anna♥

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik || Book Review

Uprooted

Title: Uprooted

Author: Naomi Novik

Published: 12. May 2016

Edition: Pan Macmillan

                 Paperback, 435 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Magic | Young Adult

Summary:

A dark enchantment blights the land.

Agnieszka loves her village, set in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood and none return unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest’s dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. A young woman must serve him for ten years, leaving all she values behind.

Agnieszka fears her dearest friend Kasia will be picked at the next choosing, for she is everything Agnieszka is not – beautiful, graceful and brave. Yet when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he takes.

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◄ 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

Trigger warnings: attempted rape, physical and verbal abuse
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I have seen online that people either hate or love this book. Personally I fall in the love category, as you can see by my rating for this book. This book took me by surprise in many ways and I found it to be a delight to read. But more about that later in the review. This book has made me want to read everything that Naomi Novik has written. Just by that statement you can see how much I ended up loving this book.

THE WORLD:

I adored the world created in Uprooted. The world felt very magical and it had that fairy tale feel to it. This story isn’t a direct retelling of any fairy tale, but you can definitely notice that fairy tales had an influence on this story. I also loved how nature was described in this book. There were so many beautifully described scenes. Another thing that I loved was the fact that The Wood was the antagonist and not one person. I found that concept unique and The Wood seriously scared me, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near it.

The magic system of this world wasn’t really explained. You just had to accept things as they came, as there weren’t strict rules like in many other fantasy worlds. I know that this is something that can bother people, so I decided to mention it. Personally that didn’t bother me, mostly because I don’t always need the structured magic systems and also because this book was a standalone (so I didn’t feel that it needed to have all the rules). I also loved how the magic scenes in this book were described, they were some of my favourite scenes from the entire book.

THE CHARACTERS:

I loved Agnieszka as a main character. I love when the main character is stubborn and impulsive, but not stupid. There is a thin line with this, at least for me, but Agnieszka had the perfect combination of those two traits. I felt that she was very impulsive, but also intelligent with her decisions (even though I didn’t agree with all of them). I just completely adored her as a character!

The Dragon was another character that I completely adored. I loved how sarcastic and grumpy he was. He is also so set in his ways and it was very interesting seeing him interact with Agnieszka. I also liked how he was brash with everyone he interacted with and not just the main character, she wasn’t singled out by him (which can be the case in some books). I really enjoyed learning more about him.

I really enjoyed seeing the development in the relationship between Agnieszka and the Dragon. I found them both to be fascinating characters and I loved seeing their interactions and how they changed throughout the book. The friendship between Agnieszka and Kasia was amazing! It’s one of the biggest focuses of the story and I completely adored it for that. I loved seeing how much the two of them care about each other and how far they are willing to go for the other person.

There were other side characters that I found fascinating and I loved learning more about them as the story continued. There was only one character that I completely hated and I didn’t want to have anything to do with him. That was Prince Marek. I hated him from the beginning and as the story progressed my hate for his just got bigger. There were things that bothered me about him and I seriously did not care about him.

THE PLOT:

The story went in directions I never expected it to. The synopsis for Uprooted doesn’t really reveal much about the overall story, rather it just explains what happens in the beginning of the book. I had no idea where the story was headed and I didn’t find it predictable at all. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. The story was also very fast paced. Things were constantly happening and the plot was moving along really fast. The story builds on itself throughout the whole book and I loved seeing all the threads come together at the end.

OVERALL:

As you can see by my (rather long) review, I completely adored this book! The world, the magic, the characters, the plot, everything was just wonderful. I loved every second of this book and it has become one of my new favourites. I’m so happy to have finally gotten around to reading it.

Obviously I would recommend this book! But be aware that this isn’t a book for everyone. I have seen many people say that they couldn’t get into it at all. So I would recommend trying a sample of this book, before you buy it.


Have you read Uprooted? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

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

-Anna♥

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Ringing in the New Year || Book Tag

Tag

I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this tag. Rather this specific tag has become a tradition on my blog. I have done it ever since I started blogging, so this is my 4th time doing this tag. I just love wrapping up my reading this way (and with the End of the Year Survey, which I also plan on doing). If you are interested in the other years I have done this tag, you can check out:


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 2018?

Now that I have look back at my reading year I have realised just how many amazing books I read! I’ll go into more of my favourites once I do the End of the Year Survey, as that survey has the right questions for it. As for this tag, I shall add four books that I completely adored in 2018!


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

Naomi Novik

She is actually the first author that came to my mind. Most likely because the last book that I read in 2018 was Uprooted by her. I loved her writing style and I definitely plan on reading more books by her! Also, once I found out that she has a series about dragons I knew that I had to read it. I love dragons! Also, Spinning Silver sounds amazing. Basically I want to read all of her books. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to many of her books this year!


Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show?

I don’t really have one. I’m not one who anticipates book to movie/tv show adaptations. To be honest, I have no idea which ones are coming out in 2019.

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

Sooo I’m stealing my answer from last year. I’m picking Magnus Bane! He is one of my all time characters and I really couldn’t pick anyone else but him (though I did have some other candidates). He does count, since I have read the last four books of The Mortal Instruments series in 2018, so there is that as well.

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What’s on your TBR for 2019? (Top 5 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list!)

If you know me, then you know that I suck when it comes to TBRs. For the life of me I can’t stick to them. There are A TON of books that I want to read in 2019, but I’m only going to mention four here. I’m actually currently reading A Crown of Wishes, Lady Midnight and A Gathering of Shadows, so they are definitely on my reading list for this year. I also plan on finishing the Shades of Magic series, so A Conjuring of Light is here as well. As for the other books that I plan to read this year, we shall see!


How many books do you hope to read in 2019?

Goodreads Reading Challenge


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

The only reading challenge that I ever participate in is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. And yes, I’ll participate in it this year as well. (Which you can already tell by the previous question, as I put the image for it up.) I do have a personal goal of finishing/catching up to series, but I’m not putting a number on that so I’m not counting it as a challenge. (As I can just finish one and complete the goal.)


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

I have just done a whole post dedicated to my resolutions for 2019. If you are interested in my resolutions, do check out that post! (I have quite a few of them this year.)

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

-Anna♥

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