Waiting on Wednesday

mini-reviews-3Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m looking forward to The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo.

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*breathe* OH MY GOSH!!!! Where do I even start? It’s a new book by Leigh Bardugo that’s based in the Grishaverse. Annnd…it has illustrations. The whole package is going to be absolutely gorgeous. I’m so excited to have this beauty in my hands. I NEED IT NOW!!! SEPTEMBER COME QUICKLY PLEASE!!!

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34076952Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves

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.

29749085This week I’m looking forward to Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. LEIGH BARDUGO + WONDER WOMAN!!!!! I’ve been over the moon excited since this project was announced and now that the cover and synopsis has been revealed I cannot and will not contain my excitement. This is going to be EPIC….more than EPIC….whatever that is!!! The only problem? It’s not released until next August. *sighs* ARGH! Why do they do this to me? *shakes first*

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Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Bookish Mixes

bookishmixesTwo of my favourite things are books and music. When they come together it’s pure heaven. Many authors have described how they write either with music in the background to set the mood or use it as a tool to help plan out their novels. For readers, music can remind them of a scene from a book or add further meaning to an emotion or event. Spotify and 8tracks have some fantastic book inspired playlists. Each week I plan on sharing a playlist that I have made as well as some of my personal favourites.

This week’s focus is on my favourite book of 2015, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardrugo. It’s basically about an impossible heist that thrusts a groups of criminal misfits together. Leigh could write about anything and I would probably love it. The characters and setting are vibrant and stunning. The darkish criminal underworld feeling of the book, from the bustling streets of Ketterdam to the snow and ice in Fjerda, is perfectly captured in these playlists.

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What do you think of these playlists? Do you have any others to suggest?

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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: 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.

Thursday Quotables

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Thursday Quotables
 is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. It’s the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.

I love teaching, especially when I can get my students excited about books. And it looks like all my gushing over the Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows has paid off. Here is one my favourite quotes from Siege and Storm:

“What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.”

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.

22299763This week I am waiting on Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I LOVED Six of Crows and basically anything Bardugo has written. It doesn’t come out until September, but the cover was revealed this week and it’s just so, so beautiful. I have gone into complete fangirl mode. I need another dose of Kaz and crew now!

Synopsis: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

 

The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo

13643163There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls…or so the story goes. But it’s just possible that the danger may be a little bit closer to home.


 I read Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha series last year and became completely obsessed with her fictional world where Russian folklore mixes with magic. The Witch of Duva is a companion folktale to the first novel in the series, Shadow and Bone.

It’s basically a retelling of Hansel and Gretel. The story begins when Nadya’s mother dies and her father quickly marries another woman who does not like Nadya. She is cruel to Nadya and keeps pushing her to leave the house, which Nadya does. She flees into the woods and meets a witch.

I really loved the writing in the story. Bardugo builds on the world she created in the Grisha series, which makes the plot read as complete and fully formed – this for me was one of the reasons I really liked it. I usually avoid short stories because they feel incomplete, I’m always left longing for more. I highly recommend this fast paced story. You don’t have to read Shadow and Bone to enjoy it, but you would be definitely missing out.

4 stars

Read the short story online here. It’s free!