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

acowar_usA Court of Wings And Ruin! I’ve been waiting a whole year for this, and it’s gotten to the point where I’m having to actively avoid any major spoilers. Seriously, if you’re lucky enough to have gotten an ARC of a book like that, use some common decency, and don’t post spoilers!!!!

 

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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!

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Read In 2016

 

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2016 is almost over! Thank god for that, to be perfectly honest. However, I have read some amazing books  this year, and now I have my awesome new laptop, I can get back into doing Top Ten Tuesday. In case you don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly thing hosted by Broke and Bookish, and you can go here to see previous prompts, as well as future ones.

This week is the top ten books I read in 2016, and trust me, this was surprisingly hard to narrow down to ten.

Let’s get started!

Christmas Cracker Book Tag!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I’m back in full force, since I have very recently received a BEAUTIFUL new laptop, so I’ll be able to post a lot more now. Hopefully this time, I’ll be able to stick to regular posting.

Anyway, to celebrate this special day, I’m doing the Christmas Cracker book tag – created by Lucy ( Queen of Contemporary) and seen on Stacey’s blog – so sit back and enjoy!

 

Pick a book with a wintry cover

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To me, nothing is more of a wintry cover than ‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.’ I mean, look at it – it practically exudes Christmassy spirit!

 

Pick a book you’re likely buy as a present

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It is my personal belief that everyone should own a ‘Harry Potter’ book, so I’m more likely than not to buy someone a copy of ‘Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone’ because…well, why the hell not?

 

Pick a festive themed book

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“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

Little Women, duh.

 

Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace

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I haven’t read a lot of Christmassy books this year, but one that I did read, is ‘I Heart Christmas’ by Lindsay Kelk. And I loved it! It was the perfect Christmas read, and one you can easily imagine yourself reading all curled up in the warmth.

 

Pick a book you want to read over the festive period

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This year, I’m dying to read ‘The Twelve Days Of Dash And Lily’ – after all, the first one was so amazing and heartwarming, that I’m so excited to get around to reading this one. Give me all my Dash and Lily!

 

Pick a book that’s so good it gives you chills.

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You can’t get any better than C.S Lewis for Christmas – reading ‘The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe’ just gets you in that wintry mood, and is so good that it can give you both chills and also that warm and cushy feeling inside.

 

Pick a book going on your Christmas wishlist.

Little late for this year’s Christmas list, I think? But next year, I’ve got several books I want to get:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin (Sarah J Maas)
  • Lord of Shadows (Cassandra Clare)
  • The Ship of The Dead (Rick Riordan)

By this time next year, all three of these will have been released, so if anyone wants to give me these next year, feel free.

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I tag anyone who wants to do this, since Christmas is essentially over in a few hours.

 

Happy reading, and a merry Christmas!

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Book Review – Empire of Storms (ToG #5)

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Title: Empire of Storms (ToG #5)

Author: Sarah J Maas
Synopsis: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
Rating: 5 stars
Review:  Nearly a month after it came out, I’ve finally read and finished this, and oh my gods, by the end of it, I was left hanging from the metaphorical cliff by my fingernails. That’s how suspenseful and thrilling the whole experience was for me.
Me before reading this:
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Me halfway through:
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Me after finishing:
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Following on from the end of ‘Queen of Shadows’, Aelin and her friends are en route to reclaim Terrasen, but of course, nothing is that easy – especially when you’re the returning lost-lost queen of a whole kingdom. Along the way they face multiple problems like misogynistic lords, bitch queens, and cryptic spirits who only appear to give some puzzling clue and then vanish again.

“You’ll find, Rolfe, that one does not deal with Celaena Sardothien. One survives her.’

I absolutely love the dynamics between the whole group – Aelin and Rowan, Aedion and Rowan, Aelin and Lysandra, Lysandra and Aedion….honestly, the list goes on and on. Right from the start, I was hooked on the heat of Aelin’s relationship with Rowan (I mean, those sex scenes? Hot as fuck.) and I grew to become very, very invested in the relationship between Aedion and Lysandra. Also, I wasn’t expecting to ship Manon and Dorian quite as much as I do. Ugh, so many ships!!
Speaking of Aedion, I couldn’t be more thrilled that we now have some major LGBTQ representation in the main cast – especially when it’s along the lines of bisexuality. I NEED more openly bisexual characters in the books I read, and in a way that it isn’t such a big deal.

“I’ve been with just as many people. Women, men…. I’ve seen and tried it all. I find pleasure in both, depending on my mood and the person. Attraction is attraction.”

 

And then we had a hell of a lot of Lorcan and Elide – another ship that I wasn’t expecting to love so much. They actually remind me a lot of Aelin and Rowan, with the antagonism and the underlying attraction to each other. Elide is such a layered character – she seems weak and helpless, but when she had to be, she rises to the occasion, and lets loose this whole other side of her.
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But by far, the best part of the whole book was Rowaelin. I mean, read some of these passages I pulled from the book, and tell me you’re not totally in love with this ship as well:
Strong hands slid over her waist, tugging her into his warmth, as Rowan’s lips grazed her neck, right under her ear.
“Rowan and Aelin have a tendency to say one thing and mean something else entirely.”
They would burn the entire world to ashes with it. He was hers and she was his, and they had found each other across centuries of bloodshed and loss.
Rowan didn’t know whether to be amused, thrilled, or slightly terrified that he’d been blessed with a queen and lover who had so little care for public decency.
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Christ, they’re hot. I don’t know whether I want to sleep with Rowan, or sleep with Aelin…..ooh, maybe both? That’s a book nerd fantasy that’s worth a good daydream.
Sarah J Maas has truly earned her place in my top three favourite authors – no matter what she produces, it’s always good. She creates these beautifully intricate fantasy worlds, and you can’t help but be sucked in by the characters and the relationships. Hell, even the villains are captivating!
I’m not going to give away any spoilers (well, no BIG spoilers), but I will say that by the end of this book, you’ll be sobbing like a baby, but also melting at the romance in it, and possibly also screaming at the book because of stupid, evil Maeve. This book has all of that and so much more, and I might actually go back and re-read it over again, purely because that’s how intense the whole book was for me. Bravo!
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