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(VERY Belated) Happy Hanami! | Shadow of The Fox by Julie Kagawa 🏯🌸⛩️

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こんにちはHello everyone! I’m back with another fantasy-read based on mythology and this time it’s Japanese Mythology!! Well, I actually wanted to read this book much earlier but now that the cherry blossom season is over  I’m a bit late (that’s not new, is it?). I decided weeks ago that I want to read Shadow of the Fox as a spring read to hopefully experience that specific reading atmosphere I love while also finally doing something for YARC 2019 (more info on that: #YARC 2019 🏮🐯🥢 | Joining a Reading Challenge! + Updates). Didn’t go that well but today’s the day.  This might become a LONG blog post since I decided to do a discussion and let out all the feels, so I advise you to grab a cup of tea (green tea, maybe?) or a snack and I’ll start right away! (Please don’t forget that there’s a spoiler section which is highlighted at the end of the review!)

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Top 5 Oriental Books (retellings included!!) to read after watching “ALADDIN” 🧞‍♂️🌕🐒

Ahhh… I actually wanted to pick a quote as an intro for this post but I struggled deciding which one to use (“Do you trust me?” and literally every quote said by the genie are good ones). So, I’ll just explain today’s post instead; I have just seen Disney’s new adaption of Aladdin and thought about reads that have a similar setting or atmosphere as both of the Disney versions have. And, I want to say right at the beginning of this post that I’ve read none of these (but I want to!!) so this is kind of like a list of books you and we can look into to spice up our summer tbr’s! Some are Aladdin retellings, or 1001 Nights retellings, others aren’t but have a similar setting that might be what we’re looking for and what we might be able to associate with the “Aladdin-vibe” and atmosphere.

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Movie Countdown! 🎬 | The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 💛🧡💜

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Yes, I know, I know. I might already be late with reading this book and posting a review about it, considering that the movie adaption is probably out now??? But when I saw a copy of The Sun Is Also a Star at my library I had to grab it. This book is everywhere and I know a lot of people who loved it and whom I trust so better late than never, right (my personal reading and life?? motto)?

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Neil Gaiman and Norse Mythology is A GOOD COMBO ⚡

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After a long break of not posting anything on this blog I’m back with a collection of short stories a friend of mine recommended to me saying “I read this in one sitting and absolutely loved it!”. Now, after having borrowed it from her and finally finished it, I really want to talk about it. Before getting into the review I want to add that this was a really special and funny reading experience for me because this copy was annotated by two friends beforehand. So, I got to read their comments and write my own down and it is definitely one of the most fun ways to read a book. And, the more comments and people having already read it, the better!

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Mini Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus 🧢👱🏻‍♀️🏍️🔍

When I went to my local library one day and saw this book displayed on one of those round tables I had to pick it up because the sypnosis basically begged me to 1) add this to my tbr, 2) read it, 3) solve the case while either feeling a) challenged or b) like someone who is always right about their assumptions and is the one saying things like “I told you” and “I knew it”. This time it was option 3b) and here’s the mini review to it.


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genre: ya, fiction, mystery, contemporary
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my rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


I haven’t read a lot of books that belong into the “Ya mystery” category although I am a pretty big fan of everything that has to do with mystery as a genre. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about movies, tv shows, books, I think mystery is an amazing “combination genre” and I love it when readers can take part in the investigation of a murder, guess what’s really going on and who’s most likely to have done it. Firstly, I can tell that One of Us Is Lying had all this!!

“Things’ll get worse before they get better.”

The story is told through the POV’s of four students who coincidentally happen to all be suspects in this case. 4 People. Everyone has something to hide. No one wants their secret to be revealed. And they are all the incarnation of a stereotype that is a bit overused and which I wasn’t a big fan of. Nonetheless, every chapter is  from a different POV which turns the book into an interesting and fast-paced read.

“I stand and hold out my hand. She gives me a skeptical look, but takes it and lets me pull her to her feet. I put my other hand in the air. ‘Bronwyn Rojas, I solemnly swear not to murder you today or at any point in the future. Deal?’
‘You’re ridiculous,’ she mutters, going even redder.
‘It concerns me you’re avoiding a promise not to murder me.” 

I also did like the “unexpected romance” in this one since I think it made the story go forward in a good way but I have to admit that I didn’t feel attached to any of these characters though the author did her best to make them realistic while each of them struggled with their own problems. But all I could see were the stereotypes which was probably the reason why I didn’t share the thrill with them. At least, I can give a bonus point for diversity.  I rather felt like an all-knowing observer and in terms of who the murderer is (I won’t tell, hehe) that is a pretty good description of what my role was. You can solve this if you pay attention and I was thinking about it way before the actual end of the story. And, I don’t even want to brag, guys. I think it was kinda obvious.

Overall, it was a fast read which you can read and maybe even binge-read with great POV’s and a nice idea to it but to me One Of Us Is Lying was underwhelming and I missed something (was it tension, atmosphere,??, idk!). Regardless, I think that it was an “okay” read.


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Finally reviewing THE MOST HYPED YA BOOK I KNOW aka SoC by Leigh Bardugo

Well, well, well. Ladies and gentleman, I know that I am late, having missed the hype train a looooong time ago and probably even being the last bookworm on this planet reading and reviewing this well-known and well-loved (it has a 4.4 rating on goodreads if that’s not telling something i don’t know what does!!) fantasy novel. There wasn’t a place on social media I didn’t see pictures of this series pop up and  I learned the names of all six characters real quick. So, the time had come when I got the beautiful Collector’s Edition of SoC for Christmas.

Six of Crows is many people favs and while I had read a book by Leigh Bardugo (Book Review: Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo💥👊🏼) I hadn’t read any of her books set in the Grishaverse and I was rather disappointed by Wonder Woman Warbringer. But for this review I will act as if this never happend and through around all the fangirling, praise and FEELINGS. (*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡

I already apologize in advance for a book review that is way too long considering the 0,00001 complaints I have for it but I hope you enjoy me raving about it anyways. 

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#YARC 2019 🏮🐯🥢 | Joining a Reading Challenge! + Updates

I somehow rarely participate in any reading challenges or book tags and to be honest, I don’t even have an excuse for it. So, today is going to be a different kind of post because I’m… *drum roll*… going to change that this year!!!

I already set up my own reading resolutions and goals for 2019 (Setting Up A Reading Challenge 101 🖊️) and talked about my most anticpated releases of the year on this blog and to round things up I am joining the YEAR OF THE ASIAN READING CHALLNGE aka YARC hosted by Shelea (@Shut Up Shelea), Lily (@Sprinkles of Dreams), Vicky (@Vicky Who Reads) and CW(@The Quiet Pond) in order to:

  1. Read more diversely
  2. Participate in a Reading Challenge

The Challenge is about reading as many books written by Asian authors as possible throughout the whole year and that shouldn’t be that difficult considering all these releases coming out this year!! The bloggers included different levels depending on the amount of books you would like to read represented through cute little badges. I’m aiming for the very first level which is the Philippine tarsier since I’ve put my general reading goal down to 20 books. Therefore, it would be nice if 1-10 of the books are by Asian authors.yo5iek1

If you want to join the YARC as well you can sign up here and read the guidelines on any of the bloggers posts. I am really excited for this Reading Challenge and all the amazing books by Asian authors that are coming out this year. I’ll keep track of my reads through this blog post, my goodreads page and my bookstagram.


What I Read

1.) Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

2.) My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

3.) Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Hi everyone! Today is the day I’m posting my first book review of 2019, start to work on my New Year’s resolutions which included ‘Writing more reviews on my blog’ and it features Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – a book I’ve seen very mixed reviews for. I actually did not “plan” on reading this book anytime soon BUT it was compared to Avatar The Last Airbender by several people I trust (Hannah (A Clockwork Reader) is one of them!!) since the author added some supernatural abilities to the characters that are also based on the four elements and it has a lot of magic in it so I couldn’t say no! 🧙‍♀️ So, let’s just start with the review;


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published January 5th 2016
genre: young-adult, fantasy, magic
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my rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


Truthwitch was a book I struggled extremely with getting into and I do not know if it was due to the fact that I read a translated edition or if Susan Dennard’s way of introducing you to a new world is just a bit different from what I am used to. New places, languages, stories about the world itself and the magic systems are mentioned in every chapter you read and I was overwhelmed so many times with who is from which realm and how their magic functions. A short explanation would have been great at this point but instead I found myself being rushed through the plot and looking up the city names on the map that was fortunately included.

Nonetheless, I can’t and don’t want to deny that the world Susan Dennard created in this book is amazing!! It’s exactly the kind of fantasy world I enjoy reading about with different landscapes, an obviously well thought out magic system and the connections/problems between the different rulers and nations. A different aspect I really liked was the atmosphere and reading experience! While it was difficult to get into the book, as I mentioned earlier, it was very easy to be kind of soaked into the adventurous story line which was told from different POV’s, third-person each. And, at this point I should mention that the POV’s changed not only every chapter which was refreshing but also in between a chapter which was… well, a bit confusing sometimes.

Truthwitch has 416 pages, my own edition had about 500+ pages and that turns it into a book with a pretty good amount of pages. Surprisingly, there is not “a lot” happening throughout the story. Sure, there is this adventurous fleeing and going back and forth but at some points it got really slow-paced, in my opinion. Maybe that will change in the sequels…?

“I hate this. Both the storm and the plan. Why does it have to be ‘we’? Why not just me?”
“Because ‘just me’ isn’t who we are,” Iseult hollered back. “I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.”

Safiya fon Hasstrel aka Safi is a Truthwitch and of noble descent. Her magic is very rare and seems to be extremely important for all the nations and rulers so, they want nothing more but to be able to be in charge of her after they find out that she is indeed a Truthwitch. Safi is a really impulsive person with a hot temper and usually says what she thinks rightaway which is the exact opposite of Iseult det Midenzi‘s personality. Both of the girls are smart but Iseult is kind of the brain of the duo. She is a Threadwitch, able to actually see the emotions of others through the so called “Threads” and a Nomatsi (something liek outcasts that are hated by other nations because of their lifestyle and appearance). Iseult is a silent person and always thinks before she acts. Like the other characters in this book she has her own interesting back story and  secrets. I loved the relationship between these two, their coordinated teamwork and friendship.

✧ Merik Nihar is the Prince of Nubrevna, a Windwitch and the current admiral of the Nubrevnan Navy. His country has been devastated by war and he tries everythings to create trade connections with other nations. Unfortunately, there is a lot of trouble following him; his sister Vivia, a contract with Safiya’s uncle and a lot of more to deal with. I would describe him as a selfless, responsible and realistic person who can get very angry real quick. And, guess what; there is a romance…

So, let’s move on to my favourite character of the book:

✧ Aeduan – the feared Bloodwitch and Carawen Monk who follows Safiya and Iseult all around the continents by using his magic which allows him to basically trace blood. Aeduan is a mysterious character and as I believe the most complex and complicated one. Since he is Safiya and Iseult’s enemy he is the villain of the story but sooner or later you’ll realize that it is not THAT easy and that he is conflicting with many things  such as developing feelings for someone…??!!

All in all, Truthwitch was a nice and enjoyable fantasy-read which I cannot give an only “okay” 3-star-rating although I did have some problems with it the characters and their relationships as well as the world-building were the things that convinced me to give this book 4/5 stars. That being said, I definitely want to continue reading this on-going series especially now that everyone is excited about the third book coming out but first I’ll have to read Windwitch and find out what everyone’s up to.

“Sometimes justice was all about the small victories.”

Have you read any books by Susan Dennard yet? How did you like them? Have you read Truthwitch or do you plan on reading it? I’d like to know!

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An anticipated release I DIDN’T EXPECT. | Erin Morgenstern is back! 🐝🗡️🗝️

A couple of days ago I wrote a blog post called ‘My Most Anticipated Books of 2019! 🎇💙‘ and I really enjoyed researching things for it and writing it in general. But there is one book I am not just really looking forward to but thinking about every time an article about anticipated releases pops up on my feed. I am desperately waiting for it and it is probably THE BOOK I am most excited about in 2019. It is said to be released in November 2019 and I also read that it may have more than 500 pages!

Surprisingly, this book IS NOT part of that blog post. I didn’t even mention it. And, that’s not because I forgot about it the time I write the blog post but rather because I didn’t know that it is going to be published! I found out about it when I watched Hannah’s (A Clockwork Reader) YT video in where she talks about her own most anticipated book releases of 2019. I was just casually watching the video when Hannah started talking excitedly about a book by a familiar author I didn’t even know anything about let alone that it is going to exist. Okay, okay, I’ll put you out of your misery and tell what book I am actually talking about:


THE STARLESS SEA BY ERIN MORGENSTERN!!

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Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues — a bee, a key, and a sword — that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians — it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose — in both the mysterious book and in his own life.


You may know Erin Morgenstern from her amazing standalone which was published in 2011; The Night Circus. I read The Night Circus in January 2017, own a beautiful copy of it and plan on re-reading it this year now I can do it in anticipation of this release, hehe. It belongs to my all time favourite books, deserves a 5-star rating for sure and is a magical winter-read with an atmosphere I am looking for in books and a nice romance. I can recommend the book to every fantasy-fan and if you want to read some more thoughts about it you can find mine here. That being said, you can probably imagine that I have high expectations for Erin Morgenstern’s new book and I am sure that the author creates something beyond those. The sypnosis sounds fantastic and as someone who already knows Erin Morgenstern’s writing style I also know that readers just can’t get disappointed because of it. I hope we will find out more about it soon!

 “When I started working on my new novel, I thought I was writing a book about books, but as it turns out I was writing a book about stories. Stories and choices and change and also time and fate and video games. It took quite a while to get it all to fit in a single book, even down to the bees.”


What is your most anticipated release of 2019? Have you read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern? What do you think about the new novel and the sypnosis? Let me know!

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Setting Up A Reading Challenge 101 🖊️

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! 🎊🍾 Since the New Year has already started I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post about what I want my New Reading Year of 2019 to look like including my goals and plans so that I can take a look at it every now and then to remind me of what I actually planned to do. Let’s do not talk about if all of the following plans are actually going to happen. Aside from sharing that with you I want to present 5 aspects that should help YOU set up a reading challenge of your own. Without further ado, let’s get started!


 

✧ The number of books you want to read aka The Goodreads Reading Challenge

12, 35, 66 or even 100? How many books do you want to read this year? If you are active on Goodreads you’ve probably already done the Goodreads Reading Challenge a couple of times. Some were successful, some weren’t but the main idea is to keep track of how many books you already read this year and how many you still have to read to reach your goal. My tip for the Challenge is to not overestimate the time you have to read next to school, work, …. If you set your Challenge to 55 books but you already know that you’ll not be able to read this amount in the first place than don’t do it. And, do not let fellow readers influence you. If they want to read 80+ books this year and you want to read 15; that’s fine. Keep in mind that neither Reading nor the Goodreads Reading Challenge are there to start a competition and please, do not start panicking at the end of the year just because you can’t finish the Challenge. It’s fine.

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I want to lower the amount of books compared to 2018 or 2017. My Challenge for 2019 should be reading 20 books! I don’t want to stress myself with reading this year since I’ve experienced that it was really difficult to find time for reading last year next to all the things that had to be done for school. So, I decided to only read those books I am REALLY interested in reading not the ones from the library I see and borrow just because the cover looks nice. The goal is to read “Less But More”.

✧ Any particular genres in mind?

There is always this one genre most of the books I read can be sorted in. It’s ya-fantasy in my case. Since it’s my favourite genre I tend to get a bit sceptical whenever I pick up a book that is not part of this genre but what I have experienced is that getting out of your comfort zone sometimes can be really rewarding and I want you to think about it for a while too. It’s also fun to try out some different genres or ones you have never tried out before. This year I want to read more books from the following genres:

Classics 

Thriller 

Contemporary 

✧ Re-reading favs 

So, I know that re-reading books is not for everyone and I have to admit that re-reading obviously does not create the same reading experience compared to when you read a book for the very first time. Yes, it’s different but that is what can make it special sometimes. Let’s admit that the best example here is Harry Potter. On Goodreads it seems as if almost everyone re-reads at least one of the books every year and I have not mentioned all the readathons about it yet. I do really like to re-read my favourites or a book which is about to get a sequel very soon so that I can help my memory a bit. Here are the three books I plan on re-reading this year:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Harry Potter and The Chambers of Secrets

SJTR, HPD and EFH by Kerri Manicalco in anticipation of the release of Capturing the Devil

✧ Your anticipated releases!

New Year = New Releases //  Anticipated Releases are books one is usually most looking forward to read when a new year is about to start. A new series is about to be published, a long-awaited sequel, a novella… From what I have experienced I can tell that I was never able to read ALL my anticipated releases but the ones I was excited about the most. Although it may be difficult to pick only 5 books; a Top 5 list might help you to concentrate on a few books you definitely want to read no matter what. When you can tick of all of them from your list you can pick up the others you had to let go when doing the list. If you need some recommendations this blog post might help you: My Most Anticipated Books of 2019! 🎇💙

✧ Books you should not forget

And, last but not least, books that you have always wanted to read (and still want to read!!) ever since you have heard about them but somehow could not get to – these are the books you should plan on reading as well this year!!  My list is actually much longer than only these 3 titles and include a lot of hyped and popular books but those are three books I don’t want to push off any longer:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Heartless by Marissa Meyer


What does your Goodreads Reading Challenge  for this year look like? Do you want to read any particular genres you have not tried out yet; which ones? Feel free to let me know!


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