The Narnia Tag

Book Blitz_Thank you to Azia at The Uncharted World for tagging me. It was a long time ago (way back in March) and I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to post. If you haven’t visited her blog before, go and do so now, because it’s beautiful! ❤


NARNIA – A magical world you would like to visit

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I love the whole aesthetic of the 1920s. The dresses, the music clubs…this book contains all of that, plus intrigue, danger and homeopaths (people with the ability to persuade and manipulate the emotions and thoughts of others through poetry and music). This book is so unique and I would love to have the abilities that the main characters have.


THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW – A book you think is underrated

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This book helped fill a huge hole left by the cancellation of Firefly years back. It was so much fun with sarcastic dialogue, strange and wonderful characters, space action, love/hate romance…you really need to pick it up! Why aren’t more people talking about this book? I just don’t get it.


THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – A classic that you love

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I usually answer Persuasion for this type of question, but Jane Eyre is my other favorite classic. It’s hard to pick between the two.


THE HORSE AND HIS BOY – A book you picked up without knowing what it was about

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I remember downloading this from NetGalley. I knew it was a fantasy book set in Asia but that’s about it. It turned out it was a fantasy book set in Asia. The idea of it was fascinating but it moved along at a slow pace…it was truly a struggle to get through.


PRINCE CASPIAN – A sequel that you loved

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Best. Sequel. Ever!!! I devoured this book in two days (a huge feat since I’ve been in a reading slump and it’s over 400 pages). The romance. The fighting. The regency period. Ahhhh…it’s a book you simply must read.


THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER – A quest you’d like to be a part of

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I’m obsessed with Assassin’s Creed. Yes, it’s a super dangerous world and quest but how cool would it be?!?!


THE SILVER CHAIR – A book you didn’t expect to love

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I joined the book’s blog tour mostly based on the cover. It looked interesting and I was new to blogging. I had no clue what I was getting myself into. But wow…this book wasn’t anything like what I was expecting. The mix of history and fantasy was so well done. And the characters stole my heart. The other two books in the trilogy are even better. A must read!


THE LAST BATTLE – A perfect ending to a series you love

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Ok, it’s not a series but this book floored me. It ripped out my heart, stomped on it and I loved every second of it. It was beautifully written, heartbreaking, emotional and never what I expected. Ryan Graudin’s books just keep on getting better and better.


THE PEVENSIES – A siblinghood of friendship you’d love to be a part of

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Who doesn’t love the friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione? I automatically thought of their friendship when I saw this prompt. One of my favourites of all time!


EUSTACE SCRUBB – A character who grew on you

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In the first book, And I Darken, I hated Radu. He was always complaining…basically a huge baby. He started to change near the end of the book (thank goodness) and in Now I Rise, my view of Radu has completely changed. I enjoyed reading the parts that featured him. I just want to wrap him up in a big hug. Seriously, he’s precious!


MR. TUMNUS – Your favourite mystical creature

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The manticore called Ongraygeeomryn was seriously one of the best things about this sequel. She’s sassy and brutally honest. I just loved her so much! ❤


CASPIAN – A character with regal qualities

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Without question the only answer for this prompt is Nikolai Lantsov *sigh* I love him to bits.


THE WARDROBE – Your favourite hideout/place to read

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I really wish this was my bedroom. *sigh* I do most of my reading in my room. It’s where I keep my book and the quietest place in the house. Sometimes I also read outside on the patio but that totally depends on how hot it is outside.


MY TAGS…

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

25528808This week I’m looking forward to That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston. The cover for this book is so pretty! *squeals* I love pretty book covers! And I love how it’s about the descendent of Victoria I and based in Toronto. TORONTO! Why don’t we have more YA books based in my beautiful city? Everything about this book sounds intriguing. It’s set to be released on October 3rd by Dutton Books for Young Readers.

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Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t. Ok, my list isn’t 10 series long but to be honest, I’ve been avoiding a lot of book series due to the fact that I’ve been severely disappointed with the quality of writing or storytelling. Instead, I’ve been really into reading duologies or standalones. However, here are some books that I’ve been meaning to read for ages…

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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2. Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore

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3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

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5. Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee

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6. Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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7. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Have you read any of these books? Do you have any suggestions? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions. 🙂

Down the TBR Hole

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It’s time for another edition of Down the TBR Hole, which is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go.


The Books:

1. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

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I have absolutely loved the first two books in the Binti trilogy and now want to start exploring more of Nnedi Okorafor’s back catalog. The cover is stunning and the synopsis is unlike anything I’ve heard before. So, this book is definitely staying on my TBR!

The Verdict: Keep

2. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

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This. Series. Is. Awesome!!!!! The first two volumes were tons of fun and this one features Loki. LOKI!!! I can’t wait to read about the trouble he’s going to cause.

The Verdict: Keep

3. Shadowbound by Bec McMaster 

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Ahhh…another book on my Goodreads TBR that I don’t remember adding. Maybe I saw it on another blog? I don’t know! It sounds alright but honestly I just want to keep books I’m either really interested in reading or know I’ll enjoy.

The Verdict: Remove 

4. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

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A retelling of the Little Mermaid? Oooh…I’m interested for sure! I downloaded this book at the beginning of the year and do really want to read it soon. I’m totally loving romance heavy books right now. They make my little heart so happy 🙂

The Verdict: Keep

5. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Reigate

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Seven points of view?!?! While that worries me, I did really enjoy Riley Reigate’s other book Noteworthy so I’m going to give this one a chance. Plus, the reviews seem to be quite positive. Fingers crossed!

The Verdict: Keep


This seems to be getting harder and harder each week! Only one book removed this time around. Ugh oh!

The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

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Thanks to Azia at The Uncharted World for tagging me! ❤ I can’t believe it’s already the middle of the year. It honestly feels like 2017 just started. I haven’t read as many books as I did last year. But I do feel quite happy with the ones that I have managed to read. Here’s a look at my year so far…


Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017

 

I can’t pick just one so these are my five favorite books that I’ve read so far this year. These were all easily 5 star reads! ❤

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017

 

These were perfect in every way! They made me laugh, cry and swoon. Plus, as much as I love their predecessor, I found these to be even better. They offered more character development, answered long burning questions and kept me guessing the whole time.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To

 

This list could go on and on. I’ve been struggling to read this year and my TBR from the past 6 months alone is gigantic. Soon…hopefully soon! *sighs*

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year

 

AHHHH….too many books! This year is just full of so many must have releases. I’m poor! I can’t buy any more books! *runs and hides*

Biggest Disappointment

 

The Valiant had such an amazing premise but it just went nowhere. I expected a lot more kickass female gladiator fights but ended up getting an annoying MC and a contrived romance. Yuck! The Traveler didn’t feature enough time traveling pirates. I feel like I was lied to. And Traitor to the Throne was long, very long. It took everything I loved about the first book and either eliminated it or relegated it to insignificance.

Biggest Surprise

 

The Fill-In Boyfriend was my first Kasie West book and I can’t wait to pick up more from her. It was so fun and swoon worthy. Cold Summer was absolutely stunning! WWII, time travel and its consequences. A MUST READ! The Beast is an Animal was dark and creepy…it had me running to Pinterest to make an aesthetic board as soon as I finished it.

Favorite New Author

 

I can’t wait for Gwen Cole’s next release. It probably won’t be for a while since her debut was just released but I just know it will be amazing! Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti series is stunning. I’m amazed at how she can transmit so many things in stories that are around 100 pages long. Her worlds are also so unique. I fell in love with Dan Jones’ historical documentaries earlier this year. So, I hoped that his writing would reignite my love for books based on history. And it did…he just has this special way of pulling in the reader. He’s exciting, engaging and totally badass!

Favorite New Crush

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I enjoyed Lord Carlston is the first book but this sequel confirmed my undying love for this mysterious man. There’s just something about Regency-era men that makes my heart  melt.

Favorite New Characters

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How can you not love the characters in this book? I can’t wait to learn more about them and the very cool Bells in the sequel that’s released later this year.

Books That Made You Cry

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I knew I would get emotional with this book but I didn’t expect to cry so hard. It took me on an emotional rollercoaster. My heart was ripped out, stomped on and it still hasn’t fully recovered.

A Book That Made You Happy

 

I had such a huge smile on my face while reading these. The banter, the romance…the everything!

Most Beautiful Books You’ve Bought So Far This Year

 

These covers are just so beautiful! ❤

What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of the Year?

 

I’ve been saying that I’m going to read these books for ages…at least since I started this blog last year. Enough is enough! I am going to read them before the year ends!


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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

35018774This week I’m looking forward to Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee. I recently finished reading the first book in this series, Not Your Sidekick, and absolutely loved it! It was a quick adorable read featuring a bisexual Asian protagonist. I’m expecting even more good things from it’s companion novel which is set to be released on October 5th by Duet Books.

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Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most-wanted villain.

After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, Bells and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby set off on a secret mission to find the Resistance. Meanwhile, power-hungry former hero Captain Orion is on the loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless, and a new militarized robotic threat emerges. Everyone is in danger. Between college applications and crushing on his best friend, will Bells have time to take down a corrupt government?

Sometimes, to do a hero’s job, you need to be a villain.

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top 10 Books I’d Buy My Dad for Father’s Day. A lot of my love for reading and history comes from my dad. I often get him books because I know it’s a gift that he’ll actually use and something we can both discuss later. Here’s a mix of books that I’ve bought my dad in the past or want to get him in the near future.

What kind of gifts to you give to your dad on Father’s Day?