T5W Sep. 30th – Banned Books You’ve Read

Hello and welcome to the last Top 5 Wednesday of the month! It’s been a great month of posts and I can’t wait to close it up with a bang!

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) 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 favorite Banned Books you’ve read in commemoration of Banned Books Week which runs from 9/27 – 10/3. I used the links Lainey provided to research a bit before picking my top 5 and I found it really interesting the sheer number of books that have been banned and the myriad of stupid reasons for them being banned. I’ll leave those links at the end of the post if you’d like to check it out.

SO let’s get started!

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Read This, Watch This Tag

Hello everyone!

I am back today to do a tag and I have to say this is the hardest book tag I have ever done. It took me forever to pick only 5 things to share. I don’t usually correlate books with anything else so this was definitely difficult for me.

I am doing the Read This, Watch This Tag. Thank you to Jenny @ Reader in Reverie for tagging me! Hopefully this won’t be a huge mess.

Rules:
1) Create 5 book – TV/movie pairings
2) Tag your favorite bloggers/booktubers

So let’s get started!

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Liebster Award

Hello everyone! Today I am here to share my first ever award for my blog. I am so incredibly humbled to have been nominated by THREE different bloggers for this award. Thank you so much to Chloe @ Paint and Butterflies Books, Michelle @ A Half Blood Fangirl and Annalisse @ Hopeful Reads for the nomination! It’s incredibly to me that just a little over a month ago I started this blog and I’m getting this kind of recognition. I’m blown away to be quite honest.

liebster-2This award is given to smaller bloggers to help gain recognition and also bring the book community closer together.

The rules for the award are:

1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
5. Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

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Book Review – Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)

Author: Sarah Raasch

Publication: October 14th, 2014

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Format: Kindle Edition, 432 pages

Genre: High Fantasy

Read: August 2015

Sara RaaschGoodreads

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Critically
Plot -4 out of 5 stars
This was action packed and full of adventure. It hooked me from the beginning. There was intrigue and mystery. A LOT of plots and twists, some small and some freaking huge, they blew me away. There was a lot of magic and politics and they both played an integral part of the plot. It was very engaging and interesting.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
It’s very simple but carries a lot of weight with it. I don’t know if that makes sense but what I mean is that it works well with the plot and gets the message across very well. It’s a very up and down pace, sometimes slow and other times really fast but it never feels strange. My favorite part is the incredible world building. It was rich and detailed and well thought out and it was awesomeee!
Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
I really liked the characters in this story. There were very interesting and complex and had really intertwined relationships that played off each other in a way. Meira, our main character, is great. She’s strong and loyal. She is very determined to do well for her kingdom and to matter to them in some way. She has a tendency to be dramatic and is very unsure sometimes of what she has to do but she’s fierce. She gives as good as she gets. Then we have one of our male protagonists, Mather, who we meet early on. He’s the future king of Winter. He’s also kind and loyal. He’s really stoic but strong and responsible. He has the tendency to be easily persuaded by other people on to what to do and what not to do. I still don’t know how I feel about him. And last but not least, is our other male protagonist, Theron, who is the prince of another kingdom. I love him, he’s amazing. He is very sweet and passionate, he has a very artistic side to him. But at the same time, he’s strong and brave. He has a really good head on his shoulders, he’s clever and selfless.

Emotionally

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Book Traveling Thursdays Sep. 24th – Fall Feelings

Hello all!

It’s time for another Book Traveling Thursday! 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 a book that brings you nostalgic fall feelings. I have to be honest, where I used to live, fall meant a drop in temperature and that’s it. And where I live now, fall doesn’t exist. It’s either really hot, or really rainy or both at the same time. So I had no idea what I was going to do for this week.

Finally, I decided on a book that takes place during fall, which means that it reminds me of fall.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Sep. 23rd – Title Fonts on Covers

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday. This is the highlight of my blogging week, getting to talk about the awesome topics and reading all the other amazing posts.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) 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 favorite Title Fonts on Covers. I have been anticipating this topic since it was announced because I love talking about the aesthetics of book covers. Fonts are so important in catching a reader’s attention in a book store and I can’t wait to let you know my picks.

SO let’s get started!

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The Reading Habits Tag

Hey all!

I am back today with a tag. I’m pretty excited since this tag in particular is a neat way for you all to get to know me better.

Thanks to Parneet from The Enchanted Book and Giovanna from BookComaBlog for tagging me! This tag was originally created by TheBookJazz on YouTube. Click here to see the original tag video.

This is the Reading Habits Tag which is basically me answering a bunch of questions on the way I read.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Review – The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

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The Unbound (The Archived #2)

Author: Victoria Schwab

Publication: January 28th, 2014

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Kindle Edition, 384 pages

Genre: Dystopian, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Read: June 2015

Victoria SchwabGoodreads

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe.
Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
Loved it. It’s full of adventure and suspense. It’s definitely much darker than the first one for quite a few different reasons. There’s a new mystery so the whole time you’re on the edge of your seat. There’s intrigue and twists and turns and what characterizes this series the most: you never know who to trust.
Writing Style – 5 out of 5 stars
Victoria’s writing style is the hardest thing to explain. It’s incredibly addictive, you never want to stop reading. It’s engaging and descriptive. You can picture everything with clarity. There’s so much emotion woven into it that it almost feels like poetry. And to top it all off, it translates a feeling of suspense very well.
Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
LOVE THESE CHARACTERS! Said it before, and I’ll say it again. Greatest, most complex and intense group of personalities ever. Our main character, Mac, is a bit different this time around. A lot of things happened in the first book that shook her up so she’s a little bit more vulnerable, a little bit more broken. But one thing that never wavers with her is her determination. She’s strong and cunning. She works very hard not only to be good at her job but also to be open about her issues and being honest with other people. As for our other protagonist, Mr.Wes, he is just an angel from heaven. I love and adore him. He is totally lovable and open. He’s really persistent with Mac and getting her to trust him. He’s so strong and courageous and it’s just amazing.

Emotionally

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Book Review – Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Magic Study (Study #2, Chronicles of Ixia #2)

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Publication: June 1st, 2009

Publisher: Mira Books

Format: eBook, 416 pages

Genre: High Fantasy

Read: June 2015

Maria V. SnyderGoodreads

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Yelena is a survivor. Kidnapped as a child, held prisoner as a teen, then released to act as a poison taster, she is now a student of magic. But these magic skills place her in imminent danger, and with an execution order on her head, she has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth. But nothing in Sitia is familiar. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her powers, a rogue magician emerges–and Yelena catches his eye. Suddenly she is embroiled in a situation not of her making. And once again her magical abilities will either save her life…or be her downfall.

Critically
Plot -5 out of 5 stars
This is so fast paced, incredibly so, it almost makes you feel overwhelmed but in a good way. It’s full of tension and mystery. There are quite a few things going on which bring a lot of action and suspense. Plus we have quite a few things that our main character is trying to figure out and get answers to and we get a lot of intrigue from that. It’s just wonderful and addicting.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Snyder’s writing style is really straight forward, much like if we were listening to Yelena talk because that’s pretty much her character’s voice. It’s really dry and sarcastic which brings a lot of chuckles while reading. But at the same time, it offers great descriptions and detailed world building. Especially in this book where we step into the other “kingdom” that is part of this world which is made up of a bunch of clans of magicians, so there’s a lot of bits of culture and traditions mixed in that are really interesting.
Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely love the characters of this series. Yelena is my favorite female protagonist ever. She’s strong and powerful. She takes life by the horns and does what she feels she needs to do at all times. She has the tendency to be reckless with her decisions but it all comes from a good place because above all, she’s kind and selfless. Yelena is opinionated and beautiful in a totally unforgiving way, with a dash of ‘I don’t give a fuck’ attitude. Usually here I would talk about the male counterpart of the story, because let’s face it, there usually is one, but in this story, Valek didn’t make as much of an appearance. The moment that he did show up, he was himself in all of his protective, suave and ninja like glory. But it was refreshing to see Yelena stand up alone and develop completely with not as much of his influence. We also get introduced to a plethora of new characters. I adored the grand majority of them. They were all amazing! Each one intriguing and complex. One in particular irked me in the worst way but I believe that was his sole purpose, for the reader to hate him.

Emotionally

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Book Traveling Thursdays Sep. 17th – A Book With Your O.T.P In It

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Book Traveling Thursday! 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 was particularly hard for me seeing as I had the realization that I don’t have an O.T.P. Yes, I know it’s a travesty.

It’s not that I don’t want one, it’s just that I can’t pick an end all of all the ships I like. I have too many wonderful couples that I ship to pick just one to be my favorite, you know? It’s like trying to pick a favorite book, it’s almost impossible!

But for the purpose of this meme, I went through the goodreads page to try and find that one couple that I love more than all the others. And I managed to narrow it down to this particular book.

SO let’s get started!

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