the autumn book tag

I’m completely obsessed about all these seasonal autumn tags that I keep finding on WordPress! This amazing tag comes from Aoife over at Pretty Purple Polka Dots, she has some amazing trivia facts about Ireland’s season changes!

What is your favourite thing about autumn?

It has to be the colours! Reds, browns, oranges, and yellows all mixed together from falling leaves to clothing (you can’t not love a autumn SWEATER!)

September brings back school memories. Which book reminds you of your school days? What were your favourite and least favourite subjects?

It has to be Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, I love the Halloween feast even if it is spoiled by a troll! My favourite subject was defiantly English Language, I was always drawn towards writing and books, on the other hand Mathematics was my worst subject, I could never get the hang on all the numbers and symbols.

What cover reminds you of autumn?

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab! I love the cover of this book with the tree, having multi-coloured tree trunk and branches.

October brings Halloween. What is your favourite horror/Halloween book? What’s your favourite horror/Halloween film?

My favourite book has to be IT by Stephen King, I mean a shape-shifting clown who knows your deepest fears and he lives in the sewers.
While my favourite film is defiantly Hocus Pocus, this has been my favourite since childhood and I doubt it will ever change.

With November it’s time for bonfire night and firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve read that really kept you gripped?

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow—I can’t believe how much I fell in love with this book, I just couldn’t put it down even when I had to other things to do. You can find my full review here.

What book is your favourite cosy comfort read?

Any book from the Harry Potter series! These books are my go to books for comfort, reading slumps, and for everything else.

Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?

I never drink hot drinks, but if I did then I definitely have to choose a hot chocolate! I mean maybe with marshmallow but not whipped cream.

What plans are you looking forward to over the next few months?

We are celebrating mine and my mom’s birthday in October so we have decided to turn it into a charity even for my little girl who has Rett Syndrome, so we are hosting a fancy dress to raise funds for the Rett UK charity who supports families and children like us and to find a cure.

What autumn book release are you most anticipating?

I don’t really have one at the minute, it was originally Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan (you can find my full review here)—but I read the ARC and still want the hardcover for my collection. I also really can’t wait for the illustrated edition of A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin.

What autumn movie release are you most looking forward to?

I really can’t wait to watch IT: Chapter 2—I loved the first one as well as being a scared to death!

Consider yourself tagged! What’s your favourite thing about autumn?
Let me know in the comments below.

book i want to read but don’t want to read tag

So I’ve been tagged by the amazing Mani over at Mani’s Book Corner. Thank you so much! You can find her answers here and here! Don’t forget to head over to her blog and follow.

A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it.

The Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Mass. I know this not one book but I see this series everywhere and I defiantly need to read it.

A really long book.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo! This one is a monster of a book in length but it is my favourite film in the world so at some point I need to face my fear.

A book you’ve owned/had on your TBR for too long.

There are so many, but it defiantly has to be The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I have already read The Silmarillion and The Hobbit, so I don’t really have much choice but to finish the story.

A book that is ‘required’ reading (i.e. school text, really popular classic, something you feel obligated to read).

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This is defiantly a popular classic that I haven’t go round to reading yet.

A book that intimidates you.

Stephen King’s IT. I’m currently reading this book and it’s just a monster of book and has a shape-shifting clow

A book that you think might be slow.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I absolutely loved the film, but I’m having reservations about the book.

A book you need to be in the right mood for.

I defiantly need to be in the mood for autobiography’s. I’m currently waiting for myself to be ready to read Break Point by Ollie Ollerton.

A book you’re unsure if you will like.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling. I’m so unsure about this book incase it doesn’t live up to the expectations of the Harry Potter series!

Tag, your it!

top ten tuesday — october 08th 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl (originally created by The Broke and Bookish), where a particular topic is discussed using your own top ten (two, five, twenty, etc) list. Future week’s topic can be found here.

This weeks topic is: Character Traits I Love.

So I’ve decided to try and half my list this week with 5 positive traits and 5 negative traits that I adore in the characters I read about. I have always been drawn to the characters that feel so real, who are complex and messy, have bad sides and good sides, and flawed.

Witty – I live for sarcastic and sassy barbs, flirty banter, and perfect comebacks from my characters because you never know what they are going to come out with but you can pretty much guarantee it will be funny and amazing.
Intelligent – I love the characters who are one step ahead of everyone and everything that’s going on plus their abilities to wriggle out of trouble.
Sweet – I swoon for my male characters who have a soft spot from are hiding behind that face of meanness, long hugs, or just being a cinnamon roll.
Strong – this is defiantly for my female characters, I completely stand behind my kick-ass women who are able to tackle anything their male counterparts can (sometimes even better than they can).
Dreamer – I adore characters that have dreams which can sometimes be on the illogical side, but they hang in there and keep dreaming until their moment comes.

Unpredictable – I love this trait in characters, I can’t stand it when characters are easy to read as it makes the book boring and predictable.
Fearful – it’s nice to know that not everyone can be brave or are expected to be brave in the face of danger, sometimes it’s perfectly normal to feel frightened and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Naive – it’s so endearing when a character is naive about the world around them, it’s nice at times to look at the world through the eyes of someone who doesn’t really know much, seeing wonders for the first time and feeling new emotions.
Villainous – everyone loves a villain and I’m no exception, it’s great when a character is a hero but sometimes I love the villain so much more.
Mysterious – I adore characters that I can’t figure out straight away, that need that little bit more time to guess their motives and secrets.

disney princess hair tag

I found this tag over at Laughing Listener!
Disney princess AND books! Who can say no to that? I’m a Disney fangirl and books are my world so this tag is just amazing!

Rules:

  1. Link back to the original post at Kyera’s Library and Book Princess Reviews so we can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, we don’t get notified if you just tag our URLs).
  2. Thank the person(s) who tagged you … show the community some love!
  3. Obviously, come up with your own wonderful answers!
  4. Don’t forget to tag other to keep the tag going!

Best Hair Accessory — Favourite book sidekick.
Princess: Wendy

Character: Dobby from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
I mean he is constantly trying to save Harry’s life but instead puts him in more danger, and then he finally achieves what he set out to do and sacrifices himself for Harry.

Best Hair Change – A plot twist that totally caught you off guard.
Princess: Rapunzel

Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
I did not expect Jack the Ripper to be who he was in the end, I mean how did he keep getting away with it!

Prettiest Updo/Bun – A book or author with the most elegant prose.
Princess: Cinderella

Author: Laini Taylor.
There are so many great authors who write gorgeously but Laini Taylor really blew me away while reading Strange the Dreamer!

Most Bounce/Body – A book that bounces between multiply time periods.
Princess: Ariel

Book: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
This book moves seamlessly between the past and present. You can find my full review here.

Most Intricate Braid – Favourite plot with multiple storylines that are woven together.
Princess: Elsa

Book: A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie.
Joe Abercrombie has always been fantastic at bringing several storylines together to create the perfect structure for his books and characters. You can find my full review here.

Short and Sweet – A book that’s short and sweet.
Princess: Snow White

Book: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
This is such a short, sweet and adventurous novel, perfect for those quiet nights in or for a bedtime story.

Nicest Half-Up/Half Down – A book or character you had a lot of ups and downs with.
Princess: Belle

Book: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson.
I was so excited for this book, then the insta-love began and then I loved the ending. It was a very confusing read. You can find my full review here.

Medium and Manageable – The last book you felt right in the middle about.
Princess: Moana

Book: The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross.
I loved the premise, I loved how close they story resembled the original but there was just something missing for me in the end.

Best Bangs – An eye-catching book cover
Princess: Kidagakash (Kida)

Book: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan.
This cover is to die for, it is all colours and so gorgeous! I sometimes can’t believe I have this beauty on my shelf.

Long and Loose – The longest book you’ve read this year.
Princess: Pocahontas

Book: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.
This book is just under 1,000 pages and I loved every one of them from beginning to end! You can find my full review here.

Best Pony – A book that swings from POV to POV.
Princess: Jasmine

Books: Shades of Magic series by Victoria Schwab.
I love every single POV in these books, I love the characters and getting to know them more and more as the series went on!

Stunningly Straight – A book that made you want to dive straight into the sequel.
Princess: Mulan

Book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
I loved Six of Crows and was really disappointed when it came to the end but Crooked Kingdom came to my rescue, giving me more adventures with the Dregs.

Enviable Curls – A book with twists and turns.
Princess: Merida

Book: Soul of the Sword by Julia Kagawa.
My favourite sassy ronin!

Hair Closest To Your Own – A book that you’re strongly connected too.
Princess: Anna

Book: Company Commander by Russell Lewis
This book is so close to my heart as it is a full account of my partners tour in Afghanistan, it really opened my eyes to some of the things he saw when out there.

Consider yourself tagged! Who’s your favourite Disney Princess? Which hairdo do you wish you could pull off or have?
Let me know in the comments below.

girls of storm and shadow by natasha ngan

Girls of Storm and Shadow
Natasha Ngan
Girls of Paper and Fire #02
400 pages
Hodder & Stoughton
Netgalley
October 2019

The Girls of Paper and Fire did the impossible.
They escaped.
But out in the unforgiving wild, hunted like prey, Lei and Wren learn that the most terrifying prisons have no walls.

Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan – it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support form the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to the heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.

Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fuelled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her.

❝wren and i might not be paper girls anymore, but we are still capable of creating fire.
and now we have a whole world to set ablaze. ❞
 

full of twists, love, epic journeys over stormy seas and scorching deserts, with characters old and new. 

my feelings about this book are mixed, some points only seem to be filling in for the third book in the series and at other points I loved it—overall this was a strong sequel. 

we are thrown back into the world where we left of in girls of paper and fire and jumped into the brewing war happening in ikhara. natasha ngan introduces the readers to a more complex and in-depth world then original thought with different types of demons and clans plus the addition of some new character really bring entertainment to the story and multitude of different and unique personalities—this also leads on to a more explored magical system that adds an interesting perspective to the story regarding magic and it’s consequences.

girls of paper and fire brought something so new and complex to the world of YA: it was able to openly and sensitively discuss the topic of sexual assault—this topic is generally only mentioned briefly or implied especially in YA due to it being a difficult and at times disturbing theme. however, ngan has always handled this theme flawlessly, while girls of paper and fire deals with the devastation of the assault; girls of storm and shadow completely tackles the issues of surviving in the aftermath of such a trauma.

ARC provided by netgalley/publisher for an honest review ❤︎

top ten tuesday — october 01st 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl (originally created by The Broke and Bookish), where a particular topic is discussed using your own top ten (two, five, twenty, etc) list. Future week’s topic can be found here.

This weeks topic is: Book Titles with Numbers In Them.

I haven’t really read many books with a number in the tittle, so I might have to steal some ideas from my TBR pile to get through this one. I will mark the ones I’ve personally read with a star*.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo*
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin

So close yet so far!

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow*

a conjuring of light by victoria schwab

A Conjuring of Light
Victoria Schwab 
Shades of Magic #03
623 pages
Tor Books
Hardcover
September 2019

Witness the fate of beloved heroes—and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED …

The precarious equilibrium among the four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?

Kell—once assumed to be the last surviving Antari—begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Aries survive?

WHO WILL RISE?

Lila Bard, once a commonplace—but never common—thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero’s tries to save a world in decay.

❝in myths, the hero survives.
the evil is vanquished.
the world is set right.
sometimes there are celebrations, and sometimes there are funerals.
the dead are buried. the living move on.
nothing changes.
everything changes.
this is a myth.
This is not a myth. ❞
 

i have to say that shades of magic has become one of my favourite series as i’m sure it has for many other readers for many different reasons.

i loved how we dove right back into the story and a conjuring of light defiantly has the best qualities of both the previous books—we have more amazing world-building as we travel outside of red london to places of mystery and magical objects, the deep and emotive backstories/flashbacks of the characters and more action and adventure that wasn’t as present in the previous books.

the character development is so deep and defiantly pulls on your heartstrings, as you are introduced to the characters deepest experiences of suffering and pain—it was impossible not to feel attached to them after that—especially holland who took on a completely different role from the villain, which i really liked.

so for now i suppose all there is to say is … anoshe