Tat Me Up!

There are some things in this world that last forever – books and tattoos are just two of those things. Some books stay with us right from the first word, until long after we’ve turned the final page.  And how do we immortalise these great works of literature? We tattoo them on our bodies.

First and foremost, there’s the Harry Potter fans – otherwise known as the biggest and best in the world. Ten years since the release of the final book, and fans are still as awesome as ever. These tattoos are evidence of just that.

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And then there’s the classic novel-inspired inkings – everything from Alice In Wonderland, to The Clockwork Orange. People really do love the classics, don’t they?

Then from there, we delve into the Young Adult inspired tattoos. Whether that be Rhysand’s knee tattoo, or Tris’ Dauntless tattoo, or even just tattoos inspired by your favourite YA book.

 

Looking at all these makes me want to get a book tattoo! So, which of these tattoos do you actually recognise? Talk to me in the comments which ones you know, and which ones are mysteries.

Happy reading!

Book Review – A Court of Wings And Ruin

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Title: A Court of Wings And Ruin

Author: Sarah J Maas

Synopsis: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Rating: 5 Stars

Review: I have literally no words right now, that would do this book any justice. Maybe there’s some gifs out there that could describe how ACOWAR has made me feel….

So, yeah, you get the drift; I’m in total fangirl mode right now. Now, lets try and put these feelings into actual words.

Where ACOTAR introduced us to the Fae world, and ACOMAF introduced us to the Inner Circle, this one led straight on from the end of Mist and Fury as the new High Lady of the Night Court works to take down the Spring Court from the inside, all the while dealing with Hybern and other forces conspiring against her and her kind.

First of all — Feyre. From page one, I was cheering for her and loving how she was playing the dutiful submissive to Tamlin, while silently planning three steps ahead.  Throughout the whole book, she does make mistakes, but she rises to her role as High Lady in the best way.

Someone had winnowed outright, fleeing. Another had fainted. And a third was clinging to whoever stood beside them, trembling.

(reactions to Feyre being High Lady)

Also…..Rhys. Just….Rhysand. My favourite fictional boyfriend. He’s snarky, and dry, but he’s also loving and caring, and just ugh, I want one!

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I lowered my shields for him, just as his own dropped. His mind curled around mine, as surely as his body now held me.

 

I glanced at my mate—the male who had always presented me with a choice not as a gift, but as my own gods-given right.

 

The Inner Circle as a whole — I would kill for a friendship like this family does. Because that’s what they are. They’re a family. They bitch at each other, and would kill each other sometimes, but they would ALWAYS kill for each other, and that’s the best. The relationship between Mor and Azriel in particular, is something I love, just because they would cut the universe itself in order to save each other.

Our family—our court. The Court of Dreams.

Also, Rhys, Cassian and Azriel don’t talk down to Feyre, like she’s beneath them because she doesn’t have their same skill sets or their training. At one point of the book, there’s a moment when Cassian could have easily swooped in and saved Feyre, but instead of treating her as a damsel in distress, he gives her the opportunity to save herself from this, because he knows she can do it. That’s proper respect, in my opinion.

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The wrath that twisted Cassian’s face was world-ending.

But his hazel eyes slid to mine. A silent command.

He had spent months training me. Not just to attack, but to defend. Had taught me, over and over, how to get free of a captor’s grasp. How to manage not only my body, but my mind.

 

Another point that intrigued me is the morally ambiguous characters – the ones who seem evil and bad, but turn out to be an actual asset for the good side. Maas writes these complicated characters, blurring the lines between good and evil, black and white, and it’s fascinating to watch their characters develop and change.

And on the subject of characters, I LOVED the LGBT characters introduced in this book, where previously they hadn’t existed. Admittedly, it did feel like overcompensation nearer the end, but I’m not complaining, especially when we have an openly bisexual character who seems like he’ll become a more prominent character in future, and a badass lesbian character who will not take any shit from anyone.

Basically, if you like high fantasy, morally grey characters, and being repeatedly hit with a freight train of emotions, this is the book for you.

Now, for some quotes to whet your appetite for this deliciously wonderful book:

 

“Autumn Court males have fire in their blood—and they fuck like it, too.”

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“Rhys sacrificed his legion in the process, got all of them captured and tortured afterward. Yet everyone insists Rhysand is soulless, wicked. But the male I knew was the most decent of them all. Better than that prick-prince.”

 

“Perhaps that’s because Rhysand has not lost you at all. But rather unleashed you upon us.”

 

“I think they aren’t accustomed to being denied. I’d call this an immortal temper tantrum.”

 

“My father will hunt you for taking his power if he finds out,” he said into the frigid dark. “And kill you for learning how to wield it.”

“He can get in line,” was all I said.

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“Right. Rumor has it you two have run off together, cuckolding Tamlin.” His grin widened. “I didn’t think you had it in you, little brother.”

“He had it in her, it seems,” one of the others sniggered.

Cassian observed, “I don’t know who looks more uncomfortable: Az or Lucien Vanserra.”

I chuckled, glancing over my shoulder to where the shadowsinger carried my friend, both of them making a point not to speak, look, or talk.

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“Amren is a bedtime story they told us as younglings to make us behave. Amren was who would drink my blood and carry me to hell if I acted out of line. And yet there she was, acting more like a cranky old aunt than anything.”

 

Mor spewed her wine across the table, splattering it right across Azriel’s chest and neck. The shadowsinger was too busy gawking at me to even notice.

Cassian looked torn between howling at Azriel and gaping.

“I tried to suggest she stay at home,” Kallias said drily, “but she threatened to freeze my balls off.”

Rhys slid his hands into his pockets. “I figure it’s time for the world to know who really has the largest wingspan.”

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Amren’s red lips parted in a wide, serpentine smile. “When you erupt, girl, make sure it is felt across worlds.”

A shiver slithered down my spine.

But Rhys drawled, “Amren, it seems, has been taking drama lessons at the theatre down the street from her house.”

She shot a glare at him.

 

TTT – A Rainbow of Book Covers

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Okay, so it’s been FOREVER since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly book meme by The Broke and The Bookish, in case you’ve been living under a rock), but this one caught my interest, and that’s how this post idea was born.

The Prompt:

Cover Theme Freebie: literally anyyyything about covers….top ten covers that scream Spring, ten books with ice cream on the cover, ten books with blue covers, etc. etc.

 

 

1. A Court of Thorns And Roses (Sarah J. Maas)

2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)

3. The Elite (Kiera Cass)

 

4. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany)

5. Splintered (A.G Howard)

6. Linger (Maggie Stiefvater)

7. Knife (R.J Anderson)

8. Insurgent (Veronica Roth)

9. Evermore (Alyson Noel)

10. Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)

 

Happy reading!

Update Sunday (30/04/2017)

Update time!

This is the space where I give you a quick briefing on various things that have occupied me this week – songs that have been in my head, movies I’ve been obsessed with, books I’ve been absorbed in, etcetera.

Reading

The Wishing Heart – J.C. Welker. This is an ARC I requested on Netgalley, and I’m about a quarter of the way through now. Lesbian protagonist, and djinn? Hell yeah! Watch this space for a review of this incredible book.

Listening To

 The entire Hamilton soundtrack. I have no regrets.

Watching

 Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. This anime is just one of those things that can’t be put into words. You just have to watch it to appreciate how awesome it is.

Waiting For

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If you’re at all interested in any of these things, please comment about it – I like talking to nice people about common interests.

Happy reading!

If You Like

If you’re been here a while, you’ve probably seen my posts where I suggest books to read based on other things you might like –  you can read them here and here – but this one’s a little different. This is book recommendations based on tv shows, and movies, and even a podcast or two.

Ready?

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If you like…. The Vampire Diaries  

You’ll like….. The Morganville Vampires series ( Rachel Caine)

A whole town where vampires are the head honchos? Hell yes! Also, morally ambiguous characters, and characters of various supernatural species, if that’s what you’re into (which I am!).

If you like…. Riverdale

You’ll like…. Pretty Little Liars (Sara Shepard)

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Opening both series’ with a body, these two are very similar. There’s mystery, and intrigue – and romance, because duh! Also, there’s awesome LGBT characters in both series, and Pretty Little Liars is also a tv show, in case you’ve been living under a rock since circa 2010?

If you like…. The Flash

You’ll like…. Gone (Michael Grant)

Big massive event, and suddenly all these people have powers – that’s what both these things have in common. Gone is definitely more sci-fi than anything else, but don’t let that put you off reading it. The kids in this series are just as badass as Barry and the others in the Arrowverse.

If you like…. Spirits: A Drunken Dive into Myths and Legends

You’ll like….. Percy Jackson And The Olympians (Rick Riordan)

(and following PJO-related series)

If you know me in any capacity, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with mythology, and that’s why these are both right up my alley. Spirits is a podcast I recently discovered on Tumblr, and I’m currently obsessed with it! It’s two lovely ladies chatting about a different myth every episode, and so far they’ve covered a variety of subjects from Persephone and Hades (which we also come across in the Percy Jackson books) , to Haitian voodoo. Cool, right? Also, warning – once you get into Percy Jackson, it’s almost impossible to get out again. You’ll be captured by Seaweed Brain, and all the other charming demigods.

If you like…. Once Upon A Time

You’ll like….  Cinder (Marissa Meyer)

Seriously, just give me all the fairytale-related stuff! Once Upon A Time is one of my all time favourite fairytale adaptations (tv-wise, at least), and once I read Cinder, I was hooked on that particular fairytale world as well. One puts the fairytales in the real world, whereas the other one puts them into a futuristic dystopian where cyborgs and aliens exist. Pretty cool, right?

If you like…. Alice In Wonderland

You’ll like….  Alice In the Country of Hearts

Both are adaptations of the famous Lewis Carroll story, but both with a bit of a darker twist to them. I watched the Alice movie years ago when it first came out, and then I saw the sequel last year, and I came across this manga version in the library last year as well – well, obviously I had to read it and find out how good it was. It was very, very good; trust me. If you’re a fan of the whole Wonderland thing, check out these, and also maybe even read the original novels if you haven’t already? Yeah, alright.

If you like…. Elementary

You’ll like…. A Study In Charlotte (Brittany Cavallaro)

Another obvious thing if you know me at all – Sherlock Holmes in any form is like catnip for me, even more so when it’s modernised and switched up a bit. First, you have Elementary, with Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes himself, alongside Lucy Liu’s Watson; and then the next generation book which focuses on Holmes’ and Watson’s descendants, Charlotte and Jamie respectively. If you want more of my thoughts on A Study In Charlotte, head on over to my review, but let me just quickly state that if you’re a Sherlock fan, or even just a mystery fan, you HAVE to read this particular title. If you have, please talk to me so we can fangirl together?

If you like…. Roswell

You’ll like….Obsidian (Jennifer Armentrout)

ALIENS!!!! Don’t even get me started on how much I love aliens, I could talk all day. I have so many feelings about all of these charismatic aliens. Roswell has Katherine Heigl, Obsidian has….Daemon. ‘Nuff said.

If you like…. Beastly

You’ll like…. A Court of Thorns and Roses/A Court of Mist and Fury (Sarah J Maas)

This one’s especially apt at the moment, with the Beauty and The Beast movie coming out in the next few weeks, but I’m always a fan of retellings of this classic story. Beastly (starring the gorgeous Vanessa Hudgens) is more modern, whereas Maas sets her retelling in the world of the Fae, but both are just as good. Also, Beastly happens to be a book as well, if you’re interested in that?

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If you can think of any others, please let me know – either for tv shows, or books. I’m always looking for something new to read/watch (as if I don’t have a long enough TBR as it is…), and recommendations are always welcome. Extra points if you can link a tv show and a book.

Happy reading!

 

Man Crush Monday #1 (9/01/17)

It’s Monday, and I’ve found a new meme to do! I have Top Ten Tuesdays (the Broke and Bookish), and now I’ve got Man Crush Monday (Read In A Flash). Every week, I’m going to share some of my bookish crushes, and let you know about the hotacotarseries fictional men I fancy more than real life men.

 

This week’s Man Crush Monday is Rhysand from A Court of Thorns And Roses (Sarah J. Maas).

“So I’m your huntress and thief?” His hands slid down to cup the backs of my knees as he said with a roguish grin, “You are my salvation, Feyre.”

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I sipped from my wine. “And if he had grabbed me?”

There was nothing but uncompromising will in his eyes. “Then I would have torn apart the world to get you back.”

 

Rhysand is just….ohhh…… He’s snarky, and playful, but also caring and loving and generous – and I’m officially in love with this High Lord (Not Tamlin. Never Tamlin.)

( all images sourced on Tumblr)

Ringing In The New Year Book Tag

Hi everyone!

It’s New Year’s Eve – the last day of the year (thank god) – and 2017 is almost upon us. Hence, this book tag! I found that D.J over at Quill, Book And Candle had done this tag, and since I’m bored and it’s New Year’s Eve here in the UK, it’s the perfect time to do this.

Let’s go!

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Best Book and /or series that you’ve read in 2016:

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Authors that you’ve recently found & would like to read more of in the New Year:

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I refer you to my answer for number one – Jennifer Armentrout! I really want to read more of her stuff this year, and to indulge myself in her particular brand of paranormal romance.

Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show:

I’m really hoping to see the Throne of Glass tv show on Hulu at some point in 2017- or at least some solid announcements about casting and possibly a premiere date?

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one):

I wouldn’t mind stealing a kiss from Magnus Bane at midnight – even it does mean I get a jealous Alec in return. It’d be so worth it. I mean, think of all that experience you’d get over all those years of being immortal.

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What’s on your tbr for 2017:

Well, among others, these are my main three:

 

How many books do you hope to read in 2017:

I’m hoping to get through at least fifty this year? Since I didn’t manage to read as much this year, and I didn’t make my Goodreads challenge goal, I’m going to be conservative this time around and make it fifty.

How many books did you read in 2016:

I read about 89 books in 2016, which I’m happy about. It’s a good reading amount for a year in which I also got a job.

Will you participate in the goodreads challenge or any others:

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Of course! I always do the Goodreads challenge – whether or not I make my 2017 goal is a whole other question. We’ll just have to see.

I tag:

Victoria @ The Petite Book Blogger

Syc @ The Lit Mermaid

Jesse @ Books At Dawn

Rebeca @ Books and Messy Buns

Jessica @ Bookish Serendipity

And everyone else who wants to do this!

Happy New Year everyone!