Blogging Extravaganza

Blogging Extravaganza

Blogging extravaganza is a month-long challenge hosted by Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf! All the details can be found here.

Prompt: Plan a fictional trip. 

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I have loved Leigh Barudo’s magical world since I read the first book in the Grisha trilogy, Shadow and Bone. Taking inspiration from the cold winters of Russia and the seaports of the Netherlands, this is where I would plan to visit. Of course, I would need Kaz and the crew to keep me safe. It’s a dangerous world out there!

So, this is the Grishaverse. I love books that come with awesome maps!

First stop…Ketterdam on the island of Kerch. It’s an trade hub, but be extra careful! Always keep on eye on your purse. After a brief top in Ketterdam, it’s a ship ride over to the kingdom of Ravka and its gorgeous capital Os Alta. Think Saint Petersburg at the height of Romanov rule with magic. After that it’s a trek across the frozen lands to Fjerda. The people aren’t very friendly, especially if you have a magical ability, but the Ice Palace is supposed to be a stunning piece of architecture.

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Just look at how stunning this imagined world is! ♡♡♡♡

What fictional world would you like to journey to?

→ The Grishaverse world aesthetics created by RykeMedows. Visit her Tumblr for other gorgeous creations.

Blogging Extravaganza

Blogging Extravaganza

Blogging extravaganza is a month-long challenge hosted by Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf! All the details can be found here.

Prompt: Pitch a book!

The Assassin’s Curse duology by Cassandra Rose Clarke is one of my favourites. I simply cannot get enough and wish I had more books with these amazing characters to read. Since I sadly don’t, I’m now dedicated to getting others to read and enjoy it as much as I have. Here are some of the many reasons why you should…no NEED…to read these books!

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PIRATES! Yes, badass pirates and even better? Badass lady pirates! Ananna of the Tanarau wants her own ship and not to be married off to a man she doesn’t love. The girl can wield a mean sword and wants to be the captain of her own ship. A ship that I would happily join, you know, if I could actually cut it as a pirate, which would be a giant no. And her one-liners? Seriously precious.

MAGICAL ASSASSINS! Oh, Naji is a dangerous, badass dream boat of a man. *sigh* He’s all  mysterious and serious assassin on the outside, but melty, social awkward marshmallow on the inside. I. Just. Love. Him!

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ROMANCE – it’s there, but slow burning. The build up is done so well done. And bonus? NO LOVE TRIANGLES OR SQUARES OR WHATEVER THEY ARE CALLED! Hurray! The romance isn’t the main focus on the story but it’s a pleasant addition.

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MYTHICAL CREATURES are always awesome. This book has a manticore (props for showing love to this long ignored creature of awesomeness). I LOVED the manticore. Perfect. Hilarious. Can I bring her home? Can I have her as a pet?

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Blogging Extravaganza

Blogging Extravaganza

Blogging extravaganza is a month-long challenge hosted by Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf! All the details can be found here.

Prompt: Book Spine Poetry in celebration of  World Poetry Day!

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We live in worlds of ink and shadow

where your cruel beauty

has me trapped in a city of glass

I am like a red queen,

sitting on a throne of glass.

It’s our love that split the world

I am actually really liking how this turned out! What do you think? ♡

Blogging Extravaganza!

Blogging Extravaganza

Blogging extravaganza is a month-long challenge hosted by Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf! All the details can be found here.

Prompt: Bash That Book! Have you ever heard of it being therapeutic to write a nasty, venting email to someone who’s bothering you, but without actually sending the email? Then this post is for you. Maybe you hated a book, or you loved a book or series but one thing in it just pissed you off. Write a “review”–or unfiltered letter or whatever–to that book–but remember, you’re not supposed to send it–but you’re going to post it. Your challenge: to write your book bash without naming the book or any parts of the book that would obviously give away what that book is.

So, I can’t name names, but there was a book that I read this past December that made me so angry! I basically bought into the hype surrounding it. The series was constantly appearing on my Twitter feed and it had a prime display space at Barnes and Noble. I couldn’t escape it. It had fantasy, magic, epic battle scenes, everything I LOVE in a book. But nope…NOPE! It was my biggest disappointment of 2015.

How I felt a Few Chapter In

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The Characters

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The Incestuous Relationship

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The Writing

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As It Dragged On

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Overall

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Ok, so this isn’t a letter, but if I truly put into words how I felt about this particular book I wouldn’t be able to keep plot details, character names or whatever under wraps. It’s just easier this way.

Blogging Extravaganza

Blogging Extravaganza

Blogging extravaganza is a month-long challenge hosted by Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf! All the details can be found here.

Prompt: Do a book tag! 

Happy Monday! Time to do my first ever book tag. I decided to go with the Book Courtship Tag. I’m not sure who created it (does anyone know?), but it has been featured on a bunch of blogs and looked like a lot of fun! The questions are setup according to the different phases of a romance.

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?

I buy most of my books based on the cover or at the very least it’s what makes me want to find out more about a particular book. These are my most recent “oh the cover is so pretty” purchases:

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?

I requested A Reaper of Stone by Mark Gelineau and Joe King solely based on its summary. It sounded so mysterious. I’m so happy that I gave it a chance because it introduced me a series I can’t get enough of!

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

Either Persuasion by Jane Austen or Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I love the style and language used in the classics. They are also my all time favourite books!

Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

Storm Siren by Mary Weber was everything I love in a good fantasy book. But the ending! The cliffhanger was utterly gut wrenching. I actually shook the book hoping additional pages would appear. I needed MORE!

Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?

I couldn’t put down Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. I started it in the afternoon and finished it in the wee hours of the morning. I suffered the next day, but it was totally worth it!

Phase 6 – Always on my Mind: A book you couldn’t stop thinking about?

I couldn’t stop thinking about Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav. Her poetry is haunting and stayed with me long after reading.

Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?

I love the feel of all physical books. I went through a digital only phase for a year or two which was a lot cheaper and better for traveling. But nothing beats the weight and feel of a printed book.

Phase 8 – Meeting the Parents: A book you would recommend to your family and friends?

I’ve been recommending (more like ranting) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo to all my friends and students. It was easily my favourite book of 2015!

Phase 9 – Thinking about the Future: A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?

I absolutely love everything by Michelle Moran, especially her books based in ancient Egypt. I’ve already read these books over and over and know that when I need to escape they will always be there for me (awwww).

Phase 10 – Share the Love: Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to do it 💕

Blogging Extravaganza!

Blogging Extravaganza

Woohoo! It’s Friday! I’m facing a weekend of grading essays, but at least I can do it in my pyjamas drinking gallons of hot coffee. So, today I decided to participate in a month-long blogging extravaganza hosted by Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf! All the details can be found here. This is the second day of the challenge, so I’m a late to the party, but it’s better late than never right?

Prompt: March 10 was World Kidney Day, and people always talk about giving a kidney for something. SO. What bookish things would you give a kidney for? 

  • An ARC of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Oh, and also one for Michelle Moran’s Mata Hari’s Last Dance 
  • A first edition of Jane Austen’s Persuasion 
  • To be able to go to BEA
  • Unlimited books? Yes, that would be wonderful right?

That’s a really small list! What would you give a kidney for?