Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag!

I saw this tag floating around the booktubes and book blogs. I liked the questions being asked so I thought that I would give it a try for my first book tag! I believe that this tag was made by Chami and Ely at ABookSoFathomless. So Here it goes!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015.

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This question is so hard. How could I possible pick only one? For my answer, I would have to cheat a little bit and go with The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, and Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes. All of these books made me feel very strong feelings.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015.

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I’m going to go with The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski.  We get to read more about Kestrel and her situation with things. Once again, Marie Rutkoski’s writing was beautiful and amazing. THE ENDING HURT SO GOOD. I need the next book as soon as possible.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh is my top priority read as of right now. Ever since I’ve heard the synopsis at the beginning of the year, I knew that I had to read it as soon as possible. A king takes a new bride every night, only to kill them at sunrise. Our main character VOLUNTEERS to become his bride and hopes to kill him as revenge for him killing her best friend. Like, come on. This book sounds amazing! I have heard nothing but good things from people who have read this book.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

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My most anticipated release is The Rose Society by Marie Lu. After the events of the first book, I need to know how Adelina will go about her way. I don’t want to say too much because that would spoil The Young Elites. Maybe I’ll cheat a bit more and add Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo to my answer. After the Grisha trilogy, I needed something more in the Grisha world. When I heard about the new series that will take place in the same world, I was ecstatic. The waiting game for new releases is always a hard one.

5. Biggest disappointment.

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A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall is my biggest disappointment this first half of the year. The premise of the book sounded interesting to me; it is the love story between two people that is told in multiple perspectives other than the two main characters. Everyone else around them can see that they’re in love except for the couple. It sounded different, something that I’ve never read before.  The execution was not as up to my expectations. But don’t let my thoughts hinder you  or anything if you are interested in reading this book. Do give it a try! It just wasn’t the book for me.

6. Biggest surprise.

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson. The guessing game between who the Prince and the Assassin is kept me on edge. There were so many times where I thought I knew who was who, only to be confused two chapters later. This story rolls out in its own pace and I love it. I am so excited to read the sequel.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

After marathoning the Falling Kingdoms series, Morgan Rhodes has become a favourite of mine. Her writing style is so fast paced and her books are so great. I will need to read her new book while waiting for Frozen Tides to come out.

8. Newest fictional crush.

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This question is so hard to pick just one person. My top person would be John Ambrose McClaren from P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han. He is so darn adorable. But Nikolai, The Darkling, Captain Thorne, and Magnus all follow behind him.

9. Newest favourite character.

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Cleo Bellos from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. She falls into my list of favourite badass females. To me, she shows that she doesn’t need to be the best fighter in order to be “badass”, kind of like Kestrel from The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkowski. She is strong willed, smart, manipulative, and knows what she wants. Cleo is one of my new faves.

10. Book that made you cry.

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Of Mice and Men by George Steinbeck. This book had me tearing up so hard by the end of the book and I don’t usually cry. I don’t know what it was but something about the characters made me so sad. I read this book for my school novel study portion of English and yeah. I’m so glad to have finished this book at home rather than at school because I would have been sobbing so hard in front of all of the people I know.

11. Book that made you happy.

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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour made me incredibly happy. It is a book that I still think about to this day. I love how involved I felt reading with all of the pictures, receipts, and playlists included in the book. This book showed me that sometimes you need to take the detours in life and enjoy the adventure to your destination; it’s not about taking the quickest route to the places you need to be in. I absolutely loved this book. Bless you, Morgan Matson!

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 

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I don’t really have a favourite book to movie adaptation this year because the only book to movies that I watched were Insurgent, and 50 Shades. I was not a fan of either of them. But, if we’re talking about a COMIC book to movie adaptation then hands down I would say Guardians of the Galaxy. Maybe I’m bending the rules a little bit, but this movie was amazing. One of my favourites for sure! The soundtrack is the absolute bomb as well. Highly recommend this movie to everyone.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

Well, considering the fact that I’ve just started this blog and only have 2 reviews up, I guess that I don’t have much of a choice in my pool of reviews. I would say that I like my Rebel Spring review better? Haha I don’t even know. Here is the review if you haven’t already seen it.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

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I really like the covers of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before duology by Jenny Han. I love the look of the Sharpie titles on the front and the cute backgrounds. They’re totally my style. I also received The Heir by Kiera Cass from my cousin as a graduation gift (Along with Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas, I might add). The dress, colours, lights, and everything on the cover make it so appealing.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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To finally end the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, I absolutely need to finish Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I have put this book off long enough. I read the second book back in November and have tried to read the last one but it never felt right whenever I started the book. I need to conclude this wonderful, magical series.

This tag was a lot of fun! A great and fun experience for the first time. I want to tag

Cátia @ thegirlwhoreadtoomuch

Kacie @kaciesbookshelf

Nicole @ nymphadorawinterfell

Aentee @ readatmidnight

Kira @ fieittyreads

Sandy @ starpressed

and You!

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag. Thanks for your time and take care!

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Book Review: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

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Title: Rebel Spring (Book #2 in the Falling Kingdoms series)

Author: Morgan Rhodes

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis: (Since this book is a sequel, this will contain spoilers to those who haven’t read the first book yet). This story follows the aftermath of the siege erupted onto the southern kingdom of Auranos. With Auranos defeated, Cleo is dethroned and King Gaius unites the three kingdoms altogether as Mytica once again. Magic remains as the huge motivator to all of the characters in this world. For Cleo, she seeks the power of magic to reclaim her throne. With the power in the rebel leader Jonas’s hands, he could free the people of his nation from tyranny. Lucia yearns for the power to fulfil her prophecy. But with the power in Magnus’s hands, he can finally prove his worth to his ruthless savage of a father, King Gaius. The construction of the King’s road into the Forbidden Mountains sparks intrigue, and a great deal of emotions towards the people of the kingdoms, the rebels, and even the Watchers of the realm.  There are consequences around every turn, for “the road to power…is paved with blood and magic.”

My thoughts: Wow, okay, alright. I was completely blown away with this book. I went in with lowered expectations because of my slight disappointment toward the first book and I was wonderfully surprised. I found my self caring for most of the characters this time around and was truly worried for their safety in times of trouble. The writing captured my attention far more than the previous one. I seriously have nothing but great things to say about this novel. It was like a 87% in my book. I think that I had a couple of problems with the book but other than that, It was quite enjoyable.  Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series

I am so excited to have finally participated in a new Top 5 Wednesday! I have seen so many videos on youtube about this weekly thing. When I found out that this group was open to everyone, I joined it right away and now here I am.


This weekly series was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and information about the Top 5 group will be here. Come join the family for next week 🙂 SO, let’s get this started!

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5. Zuzana Nováková from The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

After reading the first two books in this series, I have come to realize that Zuzana is one of my favourite characters. She is so supportive and strongly cares about Karou and her safety. Zuzana also brings hilarity and a sort of lightness when the story gets a little dark; her antics with her boyfriend Mik are so entertaining to everyone.  In a few of the chapters of the books, Zuzana does get some perspective, so why not have a full book? I would like to see her take on things, her thoughts on the chimaera and angel worlds, her relationship with Mik, and just immerse myself in her humour. I haven’t finished the last book in the series so I don’t know what her fate will be in the end.

4. Helene Aquilla from An Ember in the Ashes

Although we don’t know too much about Helene, (as of right now there is only one book in this series) I can see myself reading about her own journey in this crazy academy of soldiers. Being the only female in the whole academy certainly makes everything for her harder when she has scumbag people like Marcus doubting her abilities also while whispering disgusting things about what they would want to do to her in her ear. Helene is such a strong woman and is clearly capable of getting by on her own. Also, with the events leading up to the end of the book, I would like to see how this story goes on through her perspective. Continue reading

New Buys

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After my job interview today, I headed to the nearest bookstore I could find in Metrotown. I have been super excited to get my hands on this book for the longest time and finally IT WAS IN STOCK. I can’t start reading it until after today; it’s my friend’s 18th surprise birthday party today and I’m also excited for that.
So much excitement today! 🙂

Book Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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Title: Falling Kingdoms (Book #1 in the Falling Kingdoms series)

Author: Morgan Rhodes

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Synopsis: This fantastical story takes place in three kingdoms of the country Mytica; Auranos the southern kingdom, Paelsia the middle kingdom, and Limeros the northern kingdom altogether make Mytica. Although the story is told in multiple points of view, the intertwining perspectives of “The Princess” Cleo, “The Rebel” Jonas, “The Sorceress” Lucia, and “The Heir” Magnus, along with some other characters, meld the story together into a fast-paced adventure that you won’t want to put down. Power hungry rulers, shocking murders, and quests to find magic all take place within these pages. With the country on the brink of war, some kingdoms will rise into victory while the others will fall.

My Thoughts: First and foremost, hooray to me because this is my first book review! Alright, so. I decided to pick this book up after witnessing the large amounts of hype surrounding it on YouTube. I figured, hey, if everyone is checking it out, then maybe I should give it a try. Anything fantasy is immediately right up my alley. This novel was also described as being a young adult version of Game of Thrones aka a series that I truly love. With these few reasons, I dove into the book with at least a few expectations.

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Introductions

I guess I’ll start off by saying that I have no idea what to write about for my introduction. This blog will probably contain all of my ramblings, bookish thoughts, and little tid-bits about my life. This is my first official blog; my own space for whatever I feel. I’m excited to see what the future has in store.

Cheers to new beginnings.