Book Traveling Thursdays Jun. 30th – We’re Halfway Through 2016

BTT Jun 30

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 We’re halfway through 2016. Choose your favorite book of the year so far. I read a lot of good books so far this year, some that are even on my favorites list. But none other is as beloved or as cherished as the one I picked for this topic.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Jun. 29th – Settings You Want to See More of

T5W Jun 29

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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 topis is Top 5 Settings I Want to See More of. These can be time periods (historical or futuristic) or places (real or fictitious)! So because of that I went with a variety of different choices. Places or settings in books that I would like to see more of, specially in Young Adult fiction.

SO let’s get started!

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ARC Review – Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Book Review - Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone Cover

Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)

Author: Rachel Caine

Publication: July 7th, 2015

Publisher: NAL

Format: e-ARC, 352 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Dystopian, Steampunk

Read: June 2016

I received an e-ARC of this book from Penguin and Berkeley, NAL via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

 

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
I didn’t know what I was expecting from this story, besides a book about books, but it’s so much more than that. It’s really intriguing and the author shows a lot of creativity when it comes to the world building and how the world is. It immediately pulled me in and kept my interest the entire way. This book was very fast paced and included alchemy, adventure, war and conspiracies. It’s super intricate and there are some amazing themes.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I quite liked this author’s writing style. It’s simple yet intriguing. At the beginning, the world building was rocky but slowly became more inclusive and easier to understand. The writing style has intricate and beautiful moments yet is still easy to read. However, I think most of the book was used to set up the background information and set up for future books.

Characters – 3 out of 5 stars
This is where the book fell a little bit for me. I enjoyed the side characters a lot more than I did our main character Jess. He felt very flat and uninterested to me even though he was the one narrating the entire story. He’s very serious and intense. He’s grown up being taken advantage of so he’s used to being distrustful. I felt him to be sincere and dedicated but at the same  time, he has a tendency to be selfish. He’s kind of an inconsistent character, I never really felt a connection with him and he seemed unsure about everything that was happening around him. He couldn’t really decide what he wanted to do or think or want. It was really frustrating. However, I felt like the side characters had a lot more personality and were a lot easier to connect to. There’s quite a few of them but my particular favorites were Morgan, Thomas and Khalila. The great part about them beside their distinct personalities and attitudes is that they all come from different places around the world which adds diversity to the cast.

Emotionally

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Dragon's Loyalty Award

Hello everyone!

I am here today to share an award that I was nominated for! Thanks so much to Demi @ Words and Lyrics for nominating me for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. I really appreciate it.

Dragon's Loyalty AwardThe Rules:

  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Announce your win with a post.
  • Link the blogger who awarded you.
  • Present six deserving blogs with the award.
  • Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  • Write seven interesting things about you.

SO let’s get started!

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Potter Challenge: Which Wizarding School Do You Belong To?

Potter Challenge Which Wizarding School Do You Belong To

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I am here today to share another very special post!

My friend Aldii @ PerfectioninBooks joined me in accomplishing my Potter Challenge this year and last month we read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, book four of the series. We are having so much fun buddy reading as well as sharing our thoughts with you guys.

In this post, I’ll be sharing a mini review with my thoughts on the book and what wizarding school we would study at considering neither of us are from the UK and might not get into Hogwarts.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Traveling Thursdays Jun. 23rd – Book You Want to Read This Summer

BTT Jun 23

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 Summer just started!! Choose a book you want to read this Summer. And there are so many I could choose from! Honestly, every time I see a contemporary book I want to read it. But in the end I picked a book that I’ve been really interested in reading since last year.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Jun 22nd – Favorite Posts

T5W Jun 22

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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 Favorite Posts. And surprising, these were quite easy to come up with because I wanted to spotlight the features I share on my blog!

So let’s get started!

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