Saturday, 30 June 2018

I Did too Much Online Book Shopping

The Haul in which I do too much Online Shopping


Online book shopping is a tempting place. With just a few clicks you've bought the books and emptied your bank account. It's the place where impulsive purchases are born. So I may have made a few *cough*, big little purchases, no biggie. Although my purse weighs next nothing right now, I have no regrets. YOLO. (At least that is what I'm saying to myself right now).

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

My Holiday TBR of Superheroes, Witches and Sci-Fi

Superheroes, Witches and Sci-Fi


Going away on holidays are always so exciting because you're able to explore new places and most importantly of course, read tons of books with all the newly acquired extra time on your hands. However, the 20kg limit for luggage on the plane does tend to throw a wrench in my reading plans. As someone who is primarily a mood reader, I find it so difficult to choose which books to bring with me because I know that I'll most probably change my mind by the time that I'm there.  I only brought four books with me on holiday, but I have plans to discover and peruse the shelves of other bookstores in the area. Which is why I wanted to leave a little bit of extra space in my suitcase so that I can stuff a few extra books to bring back home with me ;). 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Rapid Fire Book Tag


I've been wanting to do a book tag for ages, so here I am finally doing one. The book tube channel, GirlReading came up with this tag, you can go see it over here. I hope you enjoy this tag as much as I had fun doing it!

Thursday, 7 June 2018

A Kaleidoscopic, Intricate and Multifaceted Book

Lord of Shadows || Kaleidoscopic, intricate and multifaceted

By Cassandra Clare

Published 23 May 2017 | Fantasy | Young Adult

My Rating - Beyond a new favorite
 

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?
A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?
Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

My thoughts are everywhere right now, impossible to process. My heart is broken, my mind shattered and I have never been happier. Cassandra Clare just seems to have a way of doing that to me apparently. How am I supposed to move past this book and continue to read others while I wait SIX MONTHS for the next one? Six months of endless wondering and agonizing over what awaits for Emma and Julian, the blackthorns, Jace and Clary and so many others. All I can do right now is wait, and I just asdfghjkl.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

May Monthly Rewind and Favourites



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(Covers link to their Goodreads page)

Touch of power & Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder: These are the first two books part of a trilogy which is set in the same world as Snyder's previous series, the Study trilogy. I really found. myself enjoying the first book, Touch of power, it had an interesting plot line and the main protagonist, Avry, grew on me. However, the series lost its lustre as I continued on into the second book. New developments in the plot seemed predictable and convenient and unfortunately it contained the typical, frustrating trope of having the love interests constantly separated throughout most of the book. Scent of Magic's ending, instead of leaving me wanting more, left me, in fact, feeling the complete opposite. *Highlight to view spoiler* I hate that Kerrick and Avry are going to most probably be separated again throughout most of the third book as well. I feel like this plot point of the story contributes nothing whatsoever to the storyline except leaving the reader frustrated as heck! *end of spoiler* Let me know if I should continue on with the last book of the series because I'm really not so sure at this point.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

A Series That Captured My Attention from Start to Finish and Beyond.

A Series that Captured My Attention from Start to Finish and Beyond


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The Grishaverse Trilogy

By Leigh Bardugo

Young Adult | Fantasy | Published between 2012 to 2014

My Rating - Beyond a New Favourite


I finished the final installment of the Grishaverse trilogy, Ruin and Rising, a little over a day ago and I still cannot stop thinking about these characters. My heart aches because of the fact that I don't have another book to read in which I can immerse myself into the minds of Mal, Alina, Nikolai and even the Darkling. Bardugo's characters have captured my heart and it looks like they're not planning on giving it back to me.

Friday, 11 May 2018

5 Things I Loved About the Remnant Chronicles


The Remnant Chronicles

By Mary E. Pearson

A trilogy | Published between 2014 to 2016 | Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance


My Rating: A New Favorite!




A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

I bought the Kiss of Deception around a year ago. The synopsis made this book sound like it was something that was definitely going to be right up my street, so why did I procrastinate reading this book for so long?? Because oh my gosh, I loved this series so much! Therefore, in order to avoid just writing complete gibberish because I can't stop fangirling, here are 5 things that I loved about the Remnant chronicles. When in doubt, write a list.