The Greek Gods Book Tag

I saw this on Charlotte Annelise’s blog and who does not like Greek gods? So I thought why not, let’s do this! 😀 And anyone who wants to do this tag should! 🙂

(also I will try to post more regularly it has just been very hectic lately. Work, life!)


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ZEUS: King of the Gods – Your Favourite Books (of all time!)


If anyone’s seen my last few posts I don’t think any of of these came as a surprise! This was actually really hard to just limit to four but I thought I would dub this one as my favourite books of all time for a bit more DRAMA.


HERA: Queen of the Gods – A Badass Female Character


Did you expect me to answer with anyone else other than Celeana Sardothien?


JANUS: God of Beginnings – Your Favourite Debut(s)


I think I’ve mentioned all of these but Enclave before. Enclave is the first in a trilogy about a dystopian world that was overran by these creatures that eat humans and how society has changed to combat them. It was actually very different from a lot of the YA dystopias because it doesn’t shy away from the gritty side of things. I really liked the heroine Deuce and the mechanics of how the world worked was super interesting. They live underground and have split the roles in their society in to three parts and if I remember right you decide your role at the age of 15? But either way this is a series I really want to go back and re-read because it was such a journey and I think this series needs more attention even though dystopia’s a little dead now.


ATHENA: Goddess of Wisdom – Your Favourite Non-Fiction Book

This was really hard because I don’t really read non-fiction books. I’ll read articles here and there but never whole books. It’s just not something I would choose to do so I think the last one (and one of the very few ) I read was this. It’s about this family who’s son almost died and he came back saying he had been to heaven.  I don’t know what your stance on God is or otherwise but I’m putting it in the non-fiction section because it’s about the family’s experience with a son who believed he’d gone to heaven. I didn’t really like the book much from a narrative sense, but as I’ve said non-fiction / biographies are just not for me. I guess I’m just not that nosy!


APHRODITE: Goddess of Love – A Book You Adore and Recommend Everyone Read (other than your favourite book)


Chine Meavile’s The City & The City. It’s not my favourite book of all time but it’s one that really made me think. If you like books like that I really recommend this.


HADES: God of the Underworld – An Evil Book You Wish Didn’t Exist

This is a super unpopular opinion but Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall. I read the first third of it a few years ago and DNF’d it but this always springs to mind when someone says what don’t you like. I’ve never touched another one of her books since, maybe I’m missing out? Apparently this had been made in to a movie now too, I might have to play a game of I hate myself and watch it.


POSEIDON: God of the Sea and Earthquakes – A Beautiful and Groundbreaking Book


Ground-breaking?  That’s actually incredibly hard to think of. I’ve read so many beautiful books but ground-breaking? I’m going to flip this around and say ground-breaking for me as a writer and what made me really want to write stories. The last book is definitely not YA and the series is definitely 18+! But it is an awesome supernatural novel and I loved the first few books in the series.


APOLLO: God of the Arts – A Beautiful Book Cover


We Are Okay by Nina Lecour. LOOK AT IT.


HYPNOS: God of Sleep – A Book So Boring You Almost Fell Asleep

1984 by George Orwell. It seemed interesting and I want to read it but maybe I’m not at the right point in life to do that yet. I’ve tried but if I’m in bed reading that book I’ve fallen asleep like three times trying too. I think it’s all a little over the top for me. Maybe I’m trying to take it too seriously?


HERMES: Messenger of the Gods – A Book You Sped Through

Any book I love I speed through so the list could be endless and the most recent book I sped through was ACOWAR. So for variety I’m going to say… The Young Elites by Marie Lu I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I did. And I will be posting a review of it soon! 🙂



Mystery Blogger Award 5.0/6





Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
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1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

6. You have to nominate 10-20 3 people.

7. Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

9. Share your link to your best post(s)


Thank you Kayla for tagging me! I love doing book tags and while it’s taken me a little while to get round to it. I HAVE DONE IT.


  1. I have fallen back in love with Animal Crossing New Leaf <3.  After a super stressful day at work it’s just so chill. And Wolfgang is a grumpy little cutie :3
  2. I am writing a sequel to my unpublished novel. Sad, really. But I can’t leave the characters alone and I look forward to doing it so much it really brightens my day. And so I’m at 35k words…
  3. I’m currently working in China. It’s a bit of a love hate relationship currently.


Where was the last place you travelled, and when was it?

The last place I travelled to would be Hong Kong, which is just a series of train rides and a couple of border checks. That was about a month ago but that was the last major place I went. The reason…because there’s a nerd store there that’s four stories high and I AM A NERD.

Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!

“He floated into the air high above the sleeping forest, his green hat spinning a few feet above his head. In his hand was the open suitcase and out of it spilled a whole sky of stars.” – I’ll Give You the Sun.

It’s not the most quotable of books but I love the story as whole. And I love how Noah thinks of all these amazing pictures, like the one I just quoted. It gives the novel a little bit of magic despite being normal.


What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)

Anger by Sleeping at Last. It’s super moody but I’m writing this really sad part in my book where all the characters are having a bad time and it’s working pretty well for that.

Otherwise when I’m being normal and not listening to the same song for five hours straight it’d be Eraser by Ed Sheeran.

Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?

If it was really boring? Down-right offensive with no reason, or if the characters are really clueless and annoying halfway in to the book. I used to DNF a lot of books, I’m on a good streak actually for not doing that

Share your favourite meme or GIF!

It will forever and always be this.




  1. What quote has changed your life (name the book it’s from!)?
  2. What’s the best book you have ever read?
  3. Favourite character from a book/movie/anything?
  4. Do you buy books knowing you’re never going to read them?
  5.  I’m going to steal Kayla’s question. What song is stuck in your head right now? (Link it if you can!)


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Charlotte Annelise

Natalie @ The Hedgie Press

The School Subjects Book Tag!

ya hunt book tag

 So I saw this book tag on the amazing Icebreaker694’s blog but then I forgot to do this weeks ago because my life suddenly became incredibly busy, which it still is but I am currently not drowning in work as much as I was before (woo, I think…).

And out of laziness you are ALL tagged. If you want to do this tag do it. Link back to me so I can see your wonderful answers! 🙂 I love reading book tags and answering them 😉


The City & The City by Chine Meaville. It’s not YA but I loved it and I wrote about it in my final year of my literature degree. Then I re-read and it made my head spin as I realised there could be so much more to it. It’s definitely one those books you want to read more than once to go theory crazy on.




The City & The City by China Meaville.


Book: Sam from Abhorsen by Garth Nix. He was more scientifically minded in a magic sort of way but he is the first character to come to mind.

Film: Newt Scamander. Not the most scientific person buuut he knew his magical creatures down to a T. That takes some science =3.


Rowan and Aelin.  Feyre and Rhysand. Emma and Julian.


Book: A Court of Mist and Fury

YA Series: Throne Of Glass

Manga Series:  Fruits Basket ( I watch more than I read now, which still isn’t much. I feel like I’ve exhausted them a bit. )

Film: Spirited Away

TV Series: House

Character: Karou


The Crusade trilogy. I read all three because I really like the covers of the books and I needed to validate buying them. I didn’t love the story, I liked them at times but I LOVED THOSE COVERS.



Wayfarer I guess? They did go back in time I guess? Otherwise it’d be the time re-read Jane Eyre about six months ago.


Venice, Japan, the lake district in England again because I love that place far too much.


Caraval. I have not read it but all I see is Caraval, Caraval, Caraval and it makes me have no  desire to pick up this book. I could missing something amazing but I can’t make myself do it.


So that was the Book Subjects Book tag! Have fun if you choose to do it too! 🙂 Bye!

Flash reviews of the books I read in February. And a brief intro of me making excuses about why I don’t post regularly.

Hey, so I don’t normally make a list of what I’ve read last month but my life has been pretty hectic and so I haven’t had the time to cover as much as I want. This month I finished a novel and am now trolling through the processes of queries, synopses and receiving my first rejection – what a milestone! XD And I moved back to China to finish the last few months of my contract working as a teacher. I also feel like I owe myself to make the effort to see more of the country, which I have been failing to do. And I feel like I need to make this blog more regular. So I’m thinking I’m going to start regularly posting weekly, likely Tuesday and when I say Tuesday that could mean Wednesday but my heart’s in the right place.





Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

3.5 / 5 stars

 I found it pretty slow. I preferred Passenger. This was all shrouded in a bit too much mystery for me. I wanted a character to have all the facts so they could act upon them. Instead of it being divided but we, the reader knows and becomes incredibly frustrated watching the characters bumble around. I liked the story but there were times it dragged on a little and I couldn’t enjoy Nicholas’ POV.

However, I liked the coverage on Henry and wished their could have been more. And to see Sophie develop as a character was nice too.

I feel like I owe this series a re-read honestly because Wayfarer seemed so different in comparison to Passenger. I want to believe it is me being an idiot and forgetting the details of a book I read a year ago.



Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

3 / 5 stars

This is a retelling of the fairytale Wassalissa the beautiful and I hope I might have a better understanding of this book if I read the original. Because Vassa in the Night seemed so strange. I like strange but this was another level.

I also feel like Vassa could have had some more motivation as a character.

But I did love Vassa’s doll, Erg. She reminded me of a time when I was a kid and wished my toys were real.



The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

5 /5 stars

I loved it and cannot wait until the next book comes out. I’m planning on writing about the three books as a collective because this series needs more hype. Secret agents. An evil baddie. Alternate worlds. Magic. My list will go on in a future post. Pick up The Invisible Library if you haven’t tried this series yet.



Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

4.5 / 5 stars

I got to spend some time with the characters I love. This book is just a homage to all the characters from   Cassie’s Shadowhunters series’ I recommend it if you loved those.


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

4 / 5 stars

See my review here. I liked it.


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

5 stars

Also see my review. I freaking loved it.

Belated Christmas Book Haul!

Because of the very unglamorous double life I am currently living Christmas for myself was delayed this year. For my family they’re kind of spiralling through a somewhat better version of Groundhog Day where they get two christmas’ just to make me happy. Nice of them.

Moving on – so this is my book haul for Christmas. I rarely get so many books at once – I hate seeing an unread book.


Abhorsen by Garth Nix

“Orannis, the Destroyer, has been freed from its subterranean prison and now seeks to unleash its terrible powers. Only Lirael, Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping this enemy of all Life. As she and her companions – Sameth, the Disreputable Dog and Mogget – set out on their fated journey, Lirael has no idea of what lies ahead.
Only days earlier, Lirael was merely a Second Assistant Librarian. Now, with only a vision from the Clayr to guide her and without the experience of Abhorsen Sabriel and King Touchstone, she must search both Life and Death for some means to defeat the Destroyer. Before it is too late…”

Third in the the Abhorsen trilogy.

Tales of The Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

“In this collection of fairy tales, Ransom Riggs invites you to uncover hidden legends of the peculiar world. A fork-tongued princess, a girl who talks to ghosts, and wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars are just a few of the characters whose stories will have you hooked.

This book was a gift and if you look in the picture it the green book with gold writing and leaves and it is freaking beautiful. When I finally get to have a nice bookshelf again this little thing will look lovely on it. Also if the stories are good it might encourage me to pick up the sequels to the original novel.

Tales of Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

“Ten illustrated stories following the adventures of Simon Lewis, …as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Simon has been a human and a vampire, but after the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, he isn’t sure who he is any more. When the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this Simon might be… Join him on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane.”

I’ve been watching these stories come out in e-book form and I’ve been waiting to read these for so long – even though Lady Midnight did spoil the ending for me. I’m currently reading this now and all the characters feel like old friends – this was worth the wait. If you’re a fan of Cassandra Clare’s stories PICK THIS UP NOW. That’s my advice.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn – and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.”

The second in the Six of Crows duology and I can’t wait to finish the series!

The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

Librarian spy Irene has standards to maintain, especially while on probation. And absconding from a mission via a besieged building doesn’t look good. But when her escape route home goes up in flames, what’s a spy to do? However, it seems Gates back to the Library are malfunctioning across dozens of worlds. Worse still, her nemesis Alberich is responsible -and he plans to annihilate the Library itself.

Irene and assistant Kai are posted to St Petersburg, to help combat this threat. Here Alberich emerges, as Irene tries to save her friend Vale and foil assassination attempts. Then one incredibly dangerous opportunity to save the Library emerges. Saving herself would be a bonus . . .”

Can I just say I freaking love this series. It’s the third in the Invisible Library series and if anyone loves fantasy novels mixed with super spies and just generally loves books then I recommend this series.


Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

In Vassa’s neighbourhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission. But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighbourhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair.”

This is based on a Russian folk tale. I think its had mixed reviews but apparently if you love the synopsis you will love the story. And to me that sounds amazing so I need to read this book.

The Call by Peader O’Guilin

“What if you only had 3 minutes to save your own life and the clock is already counting down…Three minutes. Nessa, Megan and Anto know that any day now they wake up alone in a horrible land and realise they’ve been Called. Two minutes. Like all teenagers they know that they’ll be hunted down and despite all their training only 1 in 10 will survive. One minute. And Nessa can’t run, her polio twisted legs mean she’ll never survive her Call will she? Time’s up.”

I saw this on PolandBananasBooks and it sounded like an awesome book!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

“In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.”

So that is my late christmas book haul! Has anyone else discovered any awesome books recently? Or what do you think of the ones I received – let me know  🙂

Get to know me tag!

Okay, so I saw this on The Grumpy Librarian’s blog and I decided it looked like fun and provided me with the ability to give excuses as to why I haven’t posted anything in a couple few weeks. I’ll have you all know I’ve read one book I just need to write it up when I have time. Soon. I’m just incredibly busy right now and why will be in this tag ~


 Five random facts about me:

  • I hate routine / monotony with a passion, like I think it has to be the worst thing that could ruin my day or days. I need every day to have some form of difference, so school and schedules were not my cup of tea.
  • If I get bored I rearrange the furniture and I don’t mean a single table, I mean a wardrobe  and there’s only me to do it. I changed my room’s layout so many times through out university I think my flatmates thought I had issues…nah just bored and needed to change up my personal feng shui.
  • I play computer games! Mainly LoL now, but I’m looking for a good MMORPG. I still look at the news about Mabinogi but I haven’t really played that since I started uni…four years ago now.
  • I really like Lotus root, maybe it’s how it’s cooked and prepared but damn it looked so strange and squiggly but it tastes a bit like a mushroom. Give me more lotus root. One of the safest vegetables I have found on the lunch menu. Also green beans….but they’re boring XD
  • I’m a writer and am going through the final editing stages of my novel! I hope it actually goes somewhere…

 When is your birthday?

22nd of March =3 I’m only 21 and I’m teaching kids English in China. It seems weird and people mention it constantly. You’re so young! It’s like they’re saying I’m too young to do this…which maybe I am too young to teach (but somehow I got this job), but I am told that everywhere I go. I mean please, people, what do you expect a 21 year old to do? Wait until they’re 25 and not so young to do something with their life?

 What is your favourite colour?


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What is your favourite memory?

Hm, well the first really good memory that comes to my mind that was recently was only having just moved to China three days earlier and then being dragged on a company beach trip. And just the difference between an English beach and a Chinese beach, wow! The sea was bright green, there were little fish in the sea and how warm the water was but yet cool enough to still cool you off after standing around in the sweltering sun. The locals that want to take pictures of westerners (weird), the company hired speed boat that took us to a small island and the rush of coasting across waves at such a speed. But also the really nice, rich sea food. I’ve never been a fan of sea food but fresh clams with glass noodles….amazing.


Amateur photography continues….and in this one I didn’t even try to take another. I just took this and went on merrily with my beach day. I was far to excited XD.


Describe a day in your life.

Wake up to my alarm blaring One Week at 6AM, see if my boyfriend fell asleep on the couch again after gaming for a good portion of the night. Shuffle in to the kitchen and eat cereal and think about the Great People’s Republic of China, consider the fact I could have free breakfast if I got to work earlier. Realise it wouldn’t be cereal, finish that and then REMEMBER not to drink the damn tap water. Run around my room like a lunatic looking for work appropriate clothes, get out the door. Squish myself in to the metro, get to work for 8AM. Sit in an office and wonder what to do. Teach kids English, then play hangman with them. Hope lotus root is on the lunch menu, lunch, maybe nap, teach more kids English and then sit blankly at a desk in my office. 5PM leave, maybe get dinner or go home and then wonder why I’m starving. Cry over the single book I brought with me to China and finished. Stare at my laptop until my novel edits itself. Then at some point I crash.

Name 5 of your favourite songs.

  • It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
  • California by U2
  • Golden Days by Panic at the Disco
  • Baba O’Riley by The Who
  • XO by EDEN

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Well after coming to China and struggling to find the things I want to eat I’ve realised that realistically I need to eat cereal for breakfast to make me happy. And I don’t get bored of eating the same flavour of cereal every day so maybe that won’t drive me crazy. Maybe.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?:

Well, I’ve only been in China for a couple of weeks and while I don’t plan to stay here forever, I do plan to travel and see other places but I have no plans to live and stay anywhere. So here’s a small list of places I need to go:

  • Japan – because I’m an anime nerd.
  • Venice – because it’s my dream.
  • New Zealand – it sounds nice.
  • America – New York.
  • England – I miss home.

Name 5 of your favourite films.

  • Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
  • How I Live Now
  • One Day
  • Mean Girls
  • Cloud Atlas

If you won the lottery, what would you buy?

That is really a difficult question. Maybe I would hire an agent to critique my work? So I know what improve on and such.

Then I guess I’d give some money to my family and then probably buy myself a home in England just as a base where I can stay in between travelling.

Favourite day of the week.

Saturday. It’s the beginning of the weekend and I still have another day, so I don’t feel bad if I do nothing on saturday.

What three things would you take to a desert island?

Lets assume there’s no wifi because it’s a desert island:

So a notebook, a pen and a blanket. So I can write and be comfy. =3 Although the pen would run out at some point….:<

Sweet or savoury?

Sweet, I love cakes and cookies. Like if it wasn’t bad for you I’d live off of it. I used to bake cakes in England and oh buttercream icing is to die foooorrrr.

Early bird or night owl?

Early bird, although 6AM is too early for me. A comfortable 8AM is fine with me and the second I wake up I will be ready for that day. I will write and edit first thing, perhaps after making a tea first, of course.

Name 5 of your favourite books.

  • Throne of Glass
  • The Invisible Library
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Lady Midnight
  • A Court of Mist and Fury

It was so easy to name them and yet I feel bad for all the amazing books I have just excluded.

Favourite drink?

TEA. Regular, good old English tea. You can tell me its a breakfast tea or a black tea. I’m putting milk in it and I’m drinking it at any hour of the day I damn well please.

Favourite animal.

This is weirdly difficult, I love so many animals for so many different reasons. But I’m going to go with bunny for now. Just because I saw the cutest plushie earlier and it was so fluffy I thought I was going to die.