Pokemon Go Book Tag

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Hello everyone!

I’m back today with another tag. My friend Jesse @ Books at Dawn tagged me to do the Pokemon Book Tag back in July. It took me a really long time to do this because I still haven’t started playing Pokemon go. I downloaded, signed up and even have my starter Pokemon but it’s extremely dangerous to play this game in my country. I mean I have two cellphones and I only take the cheap one outside. So I’m hoping to go visit family in the US sometime soon so I can start playing. Anyway, you probably want to know my bookish answers now.

This tag was originally created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight.

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Series Review – The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #1, #2, #3 and #4)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publication: September 18th 2012, September 17th 2013, October 21st 2014 and April 26th 2016

Publisher: Scholastic

Format: Kindle Edition 468 pages, Kindle Edition 453 pages, Kindle Edition 400 pages and Kindle Edition 448 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Read: June, July and August 2016

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The Raven Boys

4 Stars

Synopsis
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This story is weird but intriguing, it hooked me from the beginning and the set up and connections between the characters is really intricate, involves dead kings, cars, ghosts, psychics and ley lines.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
It’s really quirky and funny, it has its sarcastic lines and honest, real and current anecdotes, but it’s also atmospheric and dark, it lends a very heavy and ominous feeling to the story and its very moody as in it translates its moods very well.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
Our main cast of characters is so unique and special and real.
Blue is eccentric. She’s really smart and tends to be sensible and look at things with a logical perspective. But she’s kind and open and sweet and wants nothing more than to be part of an adventure.
Gansey is just adorable. He’s smart and caring. His determination is one of his strongest qualities but he’s also very opinionated. He tends to come across as self-righteous but he’s really not.
Adam and Ronan aren’t delved into as deeply in this book but we get some insights into their characters anyway. Adam is really prideful but that hides a lot of hurt and pain from his life. Ronan on the other hand is defiant and yet connected to something far bigger than him. And in the end there’s Noah whose entire life is just one big plot twist.

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The Dream Thieves

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?
Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.
One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.
And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.
Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.
Of The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Maggie Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book two.” Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
The plot of this book is action packed and intense, there’s magic, violence, and many twists and turns throughout, it’s a lot heavier than the first book and it’s more focused on character development which I appreciated and enjoyed.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve come to notice that Maggie’s writing style is very concise and deliberate, it’s well thought out while still being entertaining and realistic, the prose is eerie and leans toward creepy at times but it’s lyrical and poetic and really beautiful all the same.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
In this book we got to know some of the other characters a lot more.
Ronan is intense but he has an emotional depth to him that I didn’t realize was there. He’s vulnerable and soft on the inside but at the same time, rough and tough around the edges. I fell in love with him in this book.
Adam is like little boy blue. He’s lost and confused. He’s very angry about his life and how it is and he’s frustrated that he can’t seem to move past it. But at the same time, he’s so open and honest with his friends (most of the time). I’m still figuring him out.
Gansey and Blue take more of a backseat in this book though they are still protagonists. He is extremely frustrated and feels trapped while she is strong and a force to be reckoned with. I love them both. And in this book we meet the Gray Man who is both intriguing and a little scary to be honest. I can’t wait to see where they all go from here.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Every time I start a new book in this series it seems like things get kicked up a notch, this one is full of suspense and horror, action and death, the magic is so much more impressive and wondrous, it’s a lot more emotional and intense, things are getting more and more complex and THAT EPILOGUE THOUGH.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Again concise and deliberate, nothing feels like it was thought of out of nowhere, it’s both intense and entertaining, it’s beautifully poetic and lyrical while still being honest and sarcastic and funny, it still paints the plot and atmosphere to feel very creepy and eerie but it’s so easy to read.

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Again this book changes focus within the characters.
Blue is such a wonderfully real character. She’s strong, determined and powerful. She’s compassionate and sweet even when she has no reason to be. I loved her growth in this book.
Gansey has won my heart. He has an anxious personality but he’s so passionate. He has more power than he believes in this crazy fantastical world but he’s still caring and smart. Almost like a mother hen in a way haha.
Ronan and Adam have both changed in my eyes for the better. Ronan is still a tough cookie but you can see how much he loves his friends and family. He’s a sweetheart deep down… deep, deep down. Adam on the other hand has had so much character growth it’s insane! He’s come to terms with himself and what he wants to do in life. But, and I never thought I’d say this, I need more romance in this series. I’m desperate!

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The Raven King

5 Stars

Synopsis
Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.
For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.
Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

Critically

Plot – 5 out of 5 stars
This was everything I ever wanted in a finale! It’s full of suspense and horror, death and action. There’s finally some tangible romance which I needed in my life more than I need air to breathe, it has it’s signature creep factor and it’s full of twists and turns while at the same time, tying up most of the loose ends. It was incredible.

Writing Style – 4 out 5 stars
I’ve become such a fan of the way Maggie crafts her stories. It’s atmospheric and kind of creepy but written beautifully in a lyrical and poetic way. It’s intense, emotional, powerful, imaginative and addictive, so easy to read. It has it’s funny moments and I can’t wait to dive into more of her work soon.

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
It’s so bittersweet to say goodbye to this amazing and real cast of characters who have grown so much.
Gansey is just amazing. From the beginning to now, he’s kept his finest qualities (honest, determined, brave) but he’s also grown so much. He’s hopeful for the future and has lost that incessant need to search for a purpose.
Blue is just wondrous. She’s more than you think at first glance, in a lot of different ways. She’s a bit sad and vulnerable in this particular book but also hopeful for the future to come.
I think Adam is the one that has grown the most out of all of them. He was such a closed off character in the beginning but he’s come into his own, he’s more open and confident and it was so great to see his journey.
Ronan will always be my baby because he has such a harsh outward attitude, that is really not how he is. It’s not fake but he’s so much sweeter and much more honest and hopeful that it first appears. I just love them all to pieces.

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Monthly Obsessions #7

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Hello everyone!

Are you ready to find out more of my monthly obsessions?! To be quite honest with you guys this month has been really tough for me and that has affected my reading, my blog hopping and everything else. I still have some things to share but it just hasn’t been that kind of month where I’m excited about a lot of things. Either way, I’ll talk about some stuff.

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The Cookie Book Tag

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Hello everyone!

I am back with another tag on this fine Saturday. I saw Giovanna @ Book. Coma. Blog do this tag awhile ago and since I’m a freaking huge fan of cookies, I decided to give it a go! I’m actually kind of sad because I don’t have any cookies to eat while writing this and that sucks.

Rules:

  • In addition to linking back to the person who tagged you, it would be awesome if you link back to Nicole’s original post!
  • Pick a book that corresponds to the cookie’s ‘theme’.
  • Have fun!
  • Tag one to three people.

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Freadom Speaks About Diversity

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Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my discussion feature, Freadom Speaks!

I’m pretty sure all of you guys have seen this particular topic coming, mostly because everyone around the book community has been talking about it. I wasn’t actually going to do it at first, everyone else is and most people might not want to read, etc. But this particular discussion has helped me learn a lot of things about myself and has helped me define what my thoughts on diversity are. And I feel like I wouldn’t be a good blogger if I didn’t at least try to throw my two cents into the conversation, however cheap those may be.

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Book Traveling Thursdays Sep. 22nd – Possible New Classic

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Hello everyone!

It’s BTT time! This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is Choose a book that you think it should be a classic in a few years. I didn’t really understand what this topic is actually supposed to be about. I’m still not 100% sure but I picked a book that I think is good, that I think should be read by a lot of people and that I think it could open a lot of people’s minds and help them learn something.

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T5W Sep. 21st – Characters You Wouldn’t Want to Trade Places With

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Hello everyone!

Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Characters You Wouldn’t Want to Trade Places With which is a topic that I find super funny and really creative. Most of us talk about the characters we’d want to be and what worlds we’d like to live in but never the ones that we wouldn’t. I can’t wait to share with you my picks for this week!

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Series Review – Falling Kingdoms #1-3 by Morgan Rhodes

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Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring and Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #1, #2 and #3)

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Publication: December 11th 2012, December 3rd 2013 and December 9th 2014

Publisher: Razorbill

Format: Kindle Edition 400 pages, Kindle Edition 416 pages and Kindle Edition 416 pages

Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Paranormal

Read: January, June and July 2016

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4 Stars

Synopsis
In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.
As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.
Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.
Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

Critically

Plot – 3.5 out of 5 stars
boring in the beginning, different elements like lots of fucking death, magic, mystery, betrayals, and war, there are a lot of local folktales and legends that kind of set up the magic system and the conflict, the ending for me was predictable but I still ended up enjoying myself while reading.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
easy to read, flies by, engaging, mysterious, lots of different and distinct POVs, really visual and descriptive, but has a tendency to repeat phrases

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
Everyone knows this series has a lot of characters so I’m going to talk about each of them.
Cleo annoyed me at first. She’s really petulant and spoiled which makes sense because of her life. However, she’s fierce and protective of her family, she loves them so much and she’s determined to get her life back.
Magnus is kind of a douche. I did not like him because he’s super arrogant and cold. He’s a bit self-centered and has some questionable desires but he also has a sensitive soul. And he doubts his decisions constantly which I have to say made me feel a little bad for him.
Lucia is kind of bland. She’s really sweet and caring but extremely sheltered. She’s neglected a bit by her family and when things start changing for her, she doesn’t really have anyone to turn to. Her emotions are all over the place and she’s pretty powerful but we’ll see how she handles it.
Jonas is just lost. Poor guy. His life is turned upside down after the death of his brother and his desire for revenge pulls him into this half-ass attempted at revolution that doesn’t end up turning out like he hoped. I really want him to catch a break.

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Rebel Spring

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
The road to power…is paved with blood and magic.
Cleo
is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.
After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over….
At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.
When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
much more exciting than the first one but still boring beginning, it’s full of action, betrayals, magic, violence and death, the folklore and legends are developed and expanded on, this one is also much darker than the first book, the world building is also much greater in this one

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
multiple and distinct POVs, visual, descriptive, engaging, easy to read, more fast paced though the beginning is still slow, the author tends to use declarations of love/romance and deaths as shock factors which become sort of predictable after awhile

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
Cleo is definitely getting a bit of backbone in this book. She’s got her vengeful spirit on and she’s fierce against the people she does not like. However, she can get easily distracted from her goal by other things and she gets easily persuaded by other people. Yet I loved her determination and I hope she succeeds.
Oh Magnus. He’s still a little arrogant douche but he has a vulnerable side that is slowly coming out. He kind of gets kicked around a lot and he has a wounded pride. But he’s still fierce and determined to be a badass. But I don’t know how I feel about him completely.
Lucia just makes me want to give her a poor hug. She’s lost and vulnerable and doesn’t really have anyone to talk to. Her powers are beyond her control and there isn’t anyone around who can explain things to her but I feel like she will become a force to be reckoned with.
Jonas just can’t catch a break. He lets his emotions get the better of him and is always angry. He makes decisions and jumps into dangerous situations without thinking them through rationally. He’s definitely not the smartest rebel leader but his heart is in the right place.

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Gathering Darkness

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
In GATHERING DARKNESS, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:
Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred – the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic…
• THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.
• THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia’s overpowering magic – all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.
• THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.
The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica… but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
boring/slow in the beginning, picks up a lot in the second half, full of action, death (though not as much as usual), violence and magic, the plot is full of twists and turns that I didn’t expect, there’s alliances, betrayals, but I still felt like some things were predictable

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I have to repeat myself but that’s okay, multiply POVs, visual, descriptive, detailed, engaging, easy to read, but the many POVs also give a lot of plots points away

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Cleo is taking some backward steps in this book. I loved her tenacity in RS but in this book she’s a bit too trusting with the people around her. She’s getting desperate and making mistakes in what she says and who she confides in. She’s still determined but I feel like she’ll need more power before being able to get what she wants.
Magnus started to win me over a bit in this book. He’s still super arrogant but now it feels more like a front to get ahead. He’s a lot more emotional and vulnerable, at least to himself. But he’s smart and cunning and has a lot more power.
Lucia is annoying the crap out of me. Here’s this chick with more power than anyone else and she’s pretty much wasting it. She’s naive and easily manipulated by everyone around her and I mean everyone. It’s almost pathetic to be honest.
Jonas just does not have any luck whatsoever. He has the best intentions, he’s doing everything he to save his people from slavery basically. But his plans are too outrageous, he doesn’t think them through and the executions always end up biting him in the ass.

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#ConqueringKingdoms Tag

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Hello everyone!

I am back today with another blacklisted tag! My lovely friend Aldii @ Perfection in Books to do the #ConqueringKingdoms tag in… December 2015. Yeah I know, I’m awful. But in my defense, I didn’t want to do a Falling Kingdoms tag without having read the Falling Kingdoms series. Since I’m currently reading book 4 I thought it was high time that I shared my answers for this tag. Thanks Aldii for tagging me!

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