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!)

Rules:

  • Pingback to me here so I can read all your posts!
  • You can use my graphics if ya like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please, share the love.

 

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

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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

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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)

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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

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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 5.0/6.0

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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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THE RULES:

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.

MY FACTS:

  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.

Kayla’s QUESTIONS:

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.

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MY QUESTIONS!

  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!)

I NOMINATE…

Alicia @ The Grumpy Librarian

Charlotte Annelise

Natalie @ The Hedgie Press

The School Subjects Book Tag!

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 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 😉


MATH—A BOOK THAT LEFT YOUR HEAD SPINNING IN CIRCLES

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.

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ENGLISH—A BOOK YOU THINK HAS BEAUTIFUL WRITTEN EXPRESSION

The City & The City by China Meaville.

PHYSICS—YOUR FAVOURITE SCIENTIFICALLY MINDED CHARACTER FROM A BOOK OR FILM

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.

CHEMISTRY—YOUR FAVOURITE LITERARY COUPLE?

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

BIOLOGY—YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK/SERIES/FILM/CHARACTER

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

ART—HAVE YOU EVER JUDGED A BOOK BY ITS COVER, EVEN IF YOU WEREN’T MEANT TO?!

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.
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HISTORY—THE LAST HISTORICAL BOOK YOU’VE READ

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.

GEOGRAPHY—A DESTINATION YOU WOULD REALLY LIKE TO VISIT

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

DRAMA—A BOOK YOU THINK HAS A LOT OF OVERDRAMATIC HYPE

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.

Pros

Cons

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

4 / 5 stars

See my review here. I liked it.

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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.

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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  🙂

The Orphan Black Book Tag! Made by yours truly ;)

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Hey I’ve never made a book tag before but I’ve just finished binge watching this show and so I thought I’d combine two things I love. Orphan Black and book tags! If you like the idea of it, have a go. 🙂  I’ll just be happy people like it.

THE ORPHAN BLACK BOOK TAG!

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1. Sarah Manning  – A badass from a series you love:

Celeana Sardothien. I cannot think of any other character that is more of a badass then Celeana. She’s like the Jack Sparrow of books…but a little more effective at getting what she wants done.

 

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2. Cosima – A book that you did not expect the ending of:

EMPIRE OF STORMS. I’m not going to get over that ending forever, at all, never. So I had to mention that here. But my heart was broken in a good way, if you can say one’s heart breaking is a good thing.

 

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3. Alison Hendrix – A book that you found incredibly predictable:

Looking For Alaska. I read this a few years ago now but I remember reading a couple of chapters and just knowing what was going to happen to Alaska. But I still loved the chatacters despite that.

 

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4. Helena – Your favourite crazy character:

I actually can’t think of a character from a book that is crazy and I enjoyed reading about. So I’m cheating in my own book tag and saying Moriarty from Sherlock. I know Moriarty exists in the Conan Doyle novels too but the Sherlock Moriarty is different and is crazy.

Can you think of any crazy characters from books that were enjoyable to read about? I can’t…and now this is something I really want to work on. Let me know! I mean tv shows and movies do this really well I think.

 

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5. Beth Childs – An incredibly brave and selfless character:

Gansey from The Raven Cycle quartet. He is constantly marching his supernatual scoobey gang in to Cabeswater and other magical places and he is constantly trying to be the peace-keeper in the group and make sure everyone is okay.

 

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6. Rachel Duncan – Your favourite antagonist:

Voldemorte. Hands down I think he was one of the best antagonists in book history just because of his presence in the entire HP series and I was always worried he was going to appear even when he was supposedly dead.

 

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7. Krystal – A clueless character that you love anyway:

Luna Lovegood. Okay she wasnt completely clueless but she is pretty offbeat at the best of times and awesome….come to think of it I really only remember her from the movies…
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8. Felix – Your book best friend, a go-to read on a rainy day:

City of Bones or maybe Lady Midnight now. But as a writer or when I was feeling a little bored I would always go to CoB . It was the book that really kicked me back in to reading and YA.

 

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9. Mrs S – A book that wasn’t what you expected:

And I Darken by Kiersten White. I loved it. Lada was an awesome fighter as the blurb made her out to be but I did not expect her to get so attached to a love interest. It does make her character more believable and flawed, as she is struggling to make a decision about her life but at the same time the book is a little different to what it says on the tin, if  you get what I mean. So I loved it for more than the badass who kills things.

 

So let me know your thoughts! And have a go if you want 🙂 Oh and link back to me so I can see your Orphan Black tag.

Waiting on Wednesday – 6 days until EMPIRE OF STORMS

tumblr_o8vd40NMUn1u0il5ao1_1280.jpgHey! This book tag is hosted weekly by Breaking The Spine , I’ve never done this tag before but I just really and unnecessarily wanted to say I am waiting for Empire of Storms.

And in case you were managing to function in your daily life and not think about THIS UPCOMING AMAZING BOOK, I’ve reminded you – you’re so welcome. Now we can all go back to waiting.

6 DAYS TO GO!