T5W Nov. 30th – Favorite Villains

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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 Favorite Villains. I consider a villain a favorite when I think they’re well done. When I hate them so much because I feel like they would either terrify me or make me incredibly angry if I were ever to encounter them in real life.

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Fall Activities Book Tag

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Hello everyone!

I’m here today to share another tag with you. I don’t live in a country that has the typical fall weather but I love Fall fashion and the activities that you can do in this kind of season. So I was really excited when Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions tagged me to do the Fall Activities Book Tag. I haven’t done the majority of these things but I hope I’ll be able to one day.

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Book Review – Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger

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Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School #4)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publication: November 3rd, 2015

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Steampunk, Paranormal

Read: October 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
If one must flirt…flirt with danger.
Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia’s sweet sootie Soap nearby. She would much rather be using her skills to thwart the dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored, and now she’s not sure whom to trust. What does the brusque werewolf dewan know? On whose side is the ever-stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way, and when it comes to fruition, Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster—in decidedly dramatic fashion, of course.
What will become of our proper young heroine when she puts her years of training to the test? Find out in this highly anticipated and thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Finishing School series!

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I don’t know what else I can say about these book without starting to sound repetitive, so I’m just not going to try, okay? The plot is action packed and totally entertaining. I was a bit taken back with how it flowed and what ended up happening but it was a good surprise! This story is intense, powerful but definitely a lot of fun. The romance is finally a bigger part of the plot but it doesn’t take away from its charm. The ending was really satisfying though I’m gonna miss this cast.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
This author’s writing style is so unique. It’s simple yet detailed and descriptive. It’s very sarcastic and quirky while still maintaining it’s historical accuracy. In this book in particular, the narration sounds a lot more mature and the pace is medium, sometimes fast and sometimes slow. I’m looking forward to reading all of her books.

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I LOVE THIS CAST! Honestly, this book just made me completely and totally fall in love with every single character that makes up this crazy espionage crew. Sophronia has grown a lot in the course of the series. She’s mature and smart and clever. I love the dedication that she shows in this book in particular. She throws herself into danger in order to save like everyone which just shows how caring, loving and selfless she is. She’s really confident in her abilities but she also works really hard to make sure the evil guys don’t win! While the side characters aren’t as prominent in this book (at least toward the end), I absolutely love all of them. They’re complex, diverse, endearing and interesting. I love the dynamics between them and how much they care about each other. It was great to see how their lives are kind of shaped now after Finishing School and I’m really happy that Carriger is sharing some novellas about the side characters because I definitely wanted to know more.

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Book Review – Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

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Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publication: November 4th, 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Steampunk, Paranormal

Read: September 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style—with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.
No one suspected what—or who—they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
As always with this amazing author, this book was entertaining though much more action packed than the previous ones. It’s also a lot more serious and intense than the books before it. It’s fun, mysterious and has more elements of romance which I was a huge fan of! It sets a lot of things up for the last book as well as the future of the characters.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I really love Carriger’s writing. It’s simple yet detailed and descriptive. The narration is incredibly funny, sarcastic and quirky. Though at the same time, it’s historically accurate which makes it an intense yet entertaining combination. It’s medium paced but it’s also a lot more mature now.

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I love the characters in this series so much! They’re all so interesting and intriguing and entertaining. They work so well together and their dynamic is so great. Sophronia is so awesome! She’s a great narrator and protagonist in my opinion. She’s definitely much more mature in this book, you can see how time and experience has changed her personality toward the better. She’s grown. She is still curious and intuitive, but in this book in particular, her caring nature really shines through. She’s adventurous and confident and incredibly smart. I just really love her. The side characters are so freaking incredible. Sophronia tends to take the spotlight but she’s nothing without her crew. They’re all an integral part of her life and her adventures. And this book is definitely showcasing their relationships with each other as well as their growth and maturity. They’re funny and diverse and complex. I’ve just really enjoyed seeing them grow and I love how they interact with each other. I need more of them!

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Book Traveling Thursdays Nov. 24th – It’s Thanksgiving!

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Hello everyone!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I wish I was in the US right now because I miss Thanksgiving a lot. It may not be the best holiday but I kind of consider it the kick off to Christmas which is my favorite holiday. I hope you all have a great day and that you stuff yourselves full.

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 It’s Thanksgiving! Choose a book you’re thankful you read. This is really hard for me to think about because I’ve loved a lot of books but I don’t have many books where I’m truly and completely thankful for. I’m thankful for reading in general but there aren’t a lot of books that move me enough for me to be thankful for them. However, I finally managed to find a book that fits just that description.

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T5W Nov. 23rd – Books I Want to Re-Read

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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 Books I Want to Re-Read. I talk about books I want to re-read all the time. Particularly during T5W topics when I remember how much I loved them and how I want to experience their magnificence again. But I have not followed through with any of those books. But I really hope I buckle down and get some re-reading done next year, at least with the books I’m going to mention now.

SO let’s get started!

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ARC Review – Ice Crypt by Tiana Warner

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Ice Crypt (The Mermaids of Eriana Kwai #2)

Author: Tiana Warner

Publication: July 25th, 2016

Publisher: Rogue Cannon Publishing

Format: e-ARC, 334 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mythology, Mermaids, LGBTQ+

Read: September 2016

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I received an e-ARC of this book from Rogue Cannon Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
Meela has just returned from the Massacre—the annual attempt to wipe out the mermaids threatening her people’s survival. After forming an unlikely connection with Lysi, a mermaid she was trained to kill, Meela is determined to stop the war between humans and merpeople for good. She knows of a legendary weapon that could bring peace if she uses it against King Adaro, ruler of the Pacific Ocean. But her people have plans for future Massacres and refuse to help her uncover it.
While Meela works in secret to unearth the Host of Eriana, Lysi is held captive under Adaro’s tyranny. Sent to the battlefront, Lysi joins forces with a band of rebels that could either bring her freedom—or have her executed for treason.
Separated by the vast Pacific Ocean, Meela and Lysi must find a way to defeat King Adaro and end the war that has been keeping them apart.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
The plot of this book is action packed and full of precious folklore. It’s filled with violence, war and death. It had it’s slow moments and while there was action, it wasn’t as packed as the first book. There were a lot of plot twists that kept me on my toes and there was a bit more romance which I enjoyed it. The ending was open and I can’t wait to see what the last book brings.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing still worked really well with the story. It’s detailed and descriptive, almost to the point of being graphic, specially when depicting violent scenes which I must say was really interesting. It’s imaginative and steady paced. There’s various POVs in this one which was entertaining but it could get lengthy at times.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
I’m slowly but surely falling in love with the characters in this series. Meela is an amazing protagonist. She’s determined and yet vulnerable. None of the characters are the same after their first Masscre and you can really tell how it has affected Meela as she narrates her story. She’s tortured and torn. She’s honest and is trying to do everything in her power to stop the war that is terrorizing her island. In this book we also get another POV which I really enjoyed. We get a closer look at the mermaid side of the war, their strategies, their armies and their different cultures. The latter was something I wasn’t expecting. I love that they weren’t all from one group and there was a lot more going on under the sea than we were privy to until this point. The side characters are also pretty great. There’s quite a few antagonists so it never felt like everyone was against just one person. And the characters we get to see more up close are complex, interesting and sometimes even sweet, specially in their relationships with each other.

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