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Getting To Know Me Book Tag

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Saw this over on Completely Booked blog and decided to do it as well!

Vital Stats

Name: Eliza

Nicknames: Liza and Bubbles are my main ones, but I also get called fairy floss and my little pony because of my constantly changing and bright hair colours!

Birthday: 2nd July

Star Sign: Cancer

Appearance

Hair Colour: Atm it is pastel pink on top with hot pink underneath

Hair Length: Just below where my bra sits

Eye Colour: Greeny Blue.

Braces: Have never had them, thank goodness!

Piercing: I have my ears pierced once, my helix and tongue pierced

Tattoos: So far I have one, a wolf on my wrist but I’m hoping to get another soon, i have chosen what I want, but I don’t know where to get it and I need to save money first.

Right or Left Handed: Don’t know what this has to do with appearance but I’m right handed

Firsts

Best friend: Jemma, we were best friends from preschool, but when she moved we drifted apart and then a few years later she passed away from Leukemia

Award: I have no idea. I have never been one to participate in things I didn’t have to.

Sport: I used to play Tennis when I was in primary School and I also played soccer in the breaks at primary school but once I got into High school I stopped playing all sports really unless I had to for classes.

Real Holiday: I live in Qld, Australia, so my first holiday was to Tasmania

Concert: My first concert was Katy Perry, it was amazing and it was a week or so after I  graduated high school in 2014. I have since gone to a Jason Derulo concert, which was shit.

Favourites

Film: My overall favourite movies that I could watch every week and never get sick of would be the Harry Potter movies.

Tv Shows: I have a few favourite tv shows: Supernatural, The Originals, Two Broke Girls, Mrs Browns Boys and That 70s Show

Colour: Blue and purple

Song: I never have a favourite song, I usually just have a bunch of songs I’m loving at that point in my life. However, there is one song that I have always loved and that is Where is the Love by Black Eyed Peas. I don’t know what it is about this song, but I have loved it since I first heard it.

Restaurant: I live in a small town, so we don’t have any restaurants really. We always go the Aussie which is a pub in town. When we are away from town and go out for dinner it’s never to a restaurant, it’s always a pub or Bowls club or something similar. We aren’t exactly the restaurant type. I feel way more comfortable sitting int a pub having steak, chips and a CC (Canadian Club).

Shop: This question is really broad, what type of shop?

  • Bookshop
    • Online: book depository
    • Real store: QBD
  • Clothes Shop: Kmart and JayJays
  • Electronics: Harvey Norman

Books: Dystopian, Fantasy, and SciFi

Shoes: Thongs, did you really expect much else from an Aussie? I’m either wearing Thongs or my Nikes for work and winter

Currently

Feeling: like singing, just kidding I’m home alone, so I don’t feel like singing, I am singing!

Single or Taken: Single

Eating: Nothing

Watching: Nothing

Wearing: JayJayes Skinny Jeans, ‘Pray for a cure’ shirt from Fckh8 and a grey hoodie

Future

Children: I don’t want children, this point of view my change, but at the moment I can’t see myself ever having kids

Marriage: Maybe

Careers: I’m currently studying a Diploma in Beauty Therapy, so hopefully that will be my future

Where you want to live: I would be quite happy coming back to here. I do want to travel and experience living elsewhere, but I feel  like I will always come home.

Do you believe in

God: no

Miracles: Not really

Love at first sight: Nope.

Ghosts: yes

Aliens: We can’t be the only thing living in this entire universe.

Soul Mates: There may be someone out there that you would be perfect with, but that doesn’t mean you ever meet them in your life. We can be happy with other people, though.I’m not going to go hunting down someone to consider a soul mate

Heaven/Hell: Heaven, no. Hell, yes! Where getting to the point of living in it if we keep going how we are.

Kissing on the first date: If the date was good then I don’t see why not

Yourself: Always

I tag anyone, especially if you are a newer blog! Comment if you have done one and I will check it out!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany & J.K. Rowling – Rant Review

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Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author:  John Tiffany, Jack Thorne & J.K. Rowling
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publication Date: July 31st, 2016
Pages: 327
Publishers: Arthur A. Levine Books
Rating:
1 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

This review is my opinion and how I felt about the characters and how the plot was portrayed. If you don’t agree, don’t jump down my throat!

My expectations were low, to begin with for this book, as it is a screenplay I knew it wasn’t going to be the amazing, magical and engaging story that the original series was. I was disappointed, even with starting with a fairly low expectation!

Characters:
First, I want to talk about the thing that annoyed me the most. The Characters of Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I know that they are 20 years older, but there is no trace of who the character’s used to be!

Harry is no longer the kind, caring and loving person that he was in the original series. Some of the things that he says and does, especially when it comes to Albus, are not like him at all! The part that annoyed me the most is right at the start where the crossover is with the epilogue from The Deathly Hallows and the start of the Cursed Child. They have removed one of the most important lines in that scene!
“-then Slytherin house will have gained an excellent student, won’t it? It doesn’t matter to us, Al…”
I feel like this line just shows how much Harry loves Albus, whereas in the play, without this line, this scene is very bland and shows no emotion. I feel it shows, almost as if Harry is pushing Albus to tell the sorting hat that he wants to be in Gryffindor, just like Harry did in his first year.

In the play, Hermione is no longer the girl who thinks everything over 5 times in her head before doing things. For example, in the play, she hid the Time Turner in a bookcase with a few riddles guarding it. Albus and Scorpius quite easily and quickly get through the riddles, while also trying not to get sucked into a bookcase. If two young boys can figure it out, then I’m sure adults would have no trouble. If this was the Hermione from the original series, because she is so cautious and thinks everything through before acting, she would have hidden it a lot better! Also, why does she end up being Minister for Magic when this was a quote from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
“Are you planning to follow a career in Magical Law, Miss Granger?” asked Scrimgeour.
“No, I’m not,” retorted Hermione. “I’m hoping to do some good in the world!”
So many things just don’t add up with this play!

Next, Ron. Sorry, are you sure this is Ronald Weasley and not some imposter pretending to be him?! Nearly every scene he was in, I feel he was just added there to break away from the continuous darkness that was going on for the other characters. He was constantly trying to be funny, however, he wasn’t. This made me think that in the play they portrayed him as a try hard version of Fred and George rather than the goofy, funny, yet sensitive guy that we have known for 7 books!
Another thing I want to ask is why is Ron running Weasley Wizard Wheezes and not George? This really confused me!

I did enjoy Draco’s character in the play. He wasn’t much like how he was in the original series but I think that’s a good thing. I felt like in the end of Deathly Hallows Draco was trying a bit harder to be good and kind. I also felt like there was always, kind of, a good side to Draco but he was always trying to impress his father and live up to the expectations that his Father had of him, which is why he did most of the things he did. I always liked to think that after they finished school Draco would find someone and get away from his father and show the good side of himself rather than the evil side. So, I’m glad that, that happened in the play. I also felt like in the play I could connect and feel for Draco more than I could in the original series. I always felt sorry for Draco and felt that if he had grown up with a different father he would have been a lot happier. In the play, we find out more about him and learn his story, especially when it comes to his late wife, Astoria.

I think that Albus is an extremely flat character. I believe this is because it is a play. A play is not meant to be read, so reading purely what the characters were saying doesn’t allow for character development and he did not come to life for me. This also meant that I couldn’t connect with him.

I really enjoyed Scorpius. He was the one new character that I felt like had a bit more development. He was cautious and kind and he cared about Albus. Even when it was against his better judgment he also went along with Albus.

Rose Granger-Weasley was a character we saw very little of. But when we did I didn’t like her and I didn’t feel like she was Hermione and Ron’s daughter. Even when Albus found that Scorpius was a good guy and was nothing like what all the rumors were saying she didn’t even try to get to know him, she just judged him the whole time, even after Draco and Harry become kinda friends. I feel like she was nothing like Ron or Hermione who I know would have still been cautious around Scorpius at the start, but would have trusted their friend’s judgment and gave him a chance.
I also wish that we saw Hugo in the play at some point and more of James and Lily.

Plot:
At the start I enjoyed the plot except where it skipped 2 or 3 years at once, that was a tad confusing and at first, I thought it must have been a dream Albus was having or something. The should have just left the original Epilogue how it was in the Deathly Hallows and started in their 3rd year (i think that’s where it skipped to).

When we first meet Scorpius we find out nearly straight away that there is a rumor that Scorpius is actually Voldemort’s child. when I read it, I literally laughed, for one thing, it is beyond ridiculous and secondly Voldemort was dead long before Scorpius was born, so how do people figure that out!?
Next, the fact that Albus wanted to go back in time to save Cedric Diggory. First of all, this was beyond stupid and I honestly wanted to put the book down as soon as Albus and Scorpius escaped the train. When I was reading it I was thinking that this is something that a 10-year-old would say but obviously wouldn’t actually do it. Yet off they went and had a go and the whole time I was shaking my head. I also felt like this was them telling prisoner of Azkaban over again. In that book, Harry and Hermione went back and saved Sirius and Buckbeak and in this, they went back attempting to save Cedric. I just felt like they were repeating themselves. This has already been done before, not just in another author’s book but in the same damn series! This was a very poor part of the plot.

Also, Voldemort has a daughter?! You expect me to believe this crap?! Voldemort was barely human, let alone human enough to have the desire to have sex or to have a child? Especially with a death eater that in the original series he didn’t really like, she was just a very loyal slave, basically. So that was ridiculous, to begin with. Next, it said that Bellatrix had the child just before the battle of Hogwarts, so why didn’t we see Bellatrix pregnant when we only saw her a couple months before the battle of Hogwarts at Malfoy Manor and why wasn’t she with her child instead of at the Battle of Hogwarts. Also who was looking after the child between when Bellatrix and Voldemort were killed and when the child was old enough to go out on its own.

It also really annoyed me that they had to screw with the original story. There were small things, like the commentary made by Ludo Bagman at the Triwizard Tournament. The least they could have done was kept was was said the same as the original stories. There was also bigger things like the fact that Bellatrix was not pregnant at all in the Deathly Hallows!

At times I also felt like Albus and Scorpius were going to turn out more than just friends and it kept building within the play, but instead at the end, Scorpius asks out Rose, which she declined. I know there was a little bit at the beginning somewhere that felt like Scorpius has a crush on Rose, but then it gets overshadowed by what you think is building between Albus and Scorpius. I know I’m not the only person who sensed this relationship as I have heard and read a few reviews that have said the same thing, so it’s not just me.

Another thing that really annoyed me is Hermione in the alternate universe that was created when Albus and Scorpius messed with time. I didn’t add this in the character section as I know this isn’t the real Hermione, this is an alternate Hermione. Firstly, you can’t make me believe that Ron and Hermione didn’t end up together just because Ron never got jealous when Hermione went with Viktor to the Yule Ball. That romance has been brewing from the first book and one simple thing like Ron not being jealous would not have altered that opinion! Next, besides the fact that Ron was jealous, Ron also hated what he had to wear to the Yule Ball and was not the type to dance, so I don’t know what would have made him dance with Padma Patil in the alternate version? I can understand him dancing with Hermione in it as he so obviously has had a thing for her since the start, but not anyone else. That just doesn’t add up for me.

Also in that alternate universe why is Hermione so grumpy and why is she a teacher and not out doing whatever she wants?! Whether she was with Ron or not, she was a strong, powerful and intelligent woman and I do not believe for a second that just because Ron marries someone else that Hermione throws her life down the drain, she could have gone into any job she wanted. Purely because of how intelligent she is.

Overall I didn’t enjoy the book. It was probably an amazing play and I wished they could have released a recorded version of the play so the rest of us could see it. I feel like it was extremely unfair that it was limited to London. What about the rest of the world?!
As a script alone it’s just nowhere near what you have come to expect from a J.K. Rowling work. That kills me to say, as I adore her written work and the worlds she creates.


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August TBR

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 This is my August TBR, I am participating in the #Readthemallthon, which starts in August and ends in September, so this list will include those books. 

The books apart of the #readthemallthon will be in Blue.

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Currently listening on Audible) 
  • The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda (Currently Reading)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Currently Reading)
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  • Illuminae by Jamie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • The BFG  by Roald Dahl

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July Wrap Up

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This month I have read 9 books and am currently reading (well actually listening) to 1 book.

So the real books that I have read this month are:

  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • The Unexpected Everything by Margan Matson
  • Quidditch Through The Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp and J.K. Rowling
  • You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
  • Soundless by Richelle Mead
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

The iBooks that I read were:

  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • Maggie Stiefvater by The Raven Boys

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I am also currently listening Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I am about half way through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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July Haul

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This month I purchased a fair few books but I have only received 4 of them in the mail so far.

I have purchased 10 books this month, some real copies, some iBooks, and some Audiobooks.

The real books I purchased were:

The first 3 books in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

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I also purchased Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Lastly, I purchased Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

I purchased City of Bones, City of Ashes, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Throne of Glass from Book Depository and I got the City of Glass from Booktopia


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The iBooks that I purchased was Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and November 9 by Colleen Hoover

 

 


Lastly, the Audiobooks that I purchased were The Siren by Kiera Cass, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The Siren and The Raven King were purchased using Scribd and Ready Player One using Audible.


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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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I wasn’t specifically tagged to do this, but I’m going to do it anyway!

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Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2016:

I couldn’t pick just one book! I really enjoyed both of these books. They were both really different from anything I have read before and I just could not put them down!


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Best Sequel You Have Read So Far in 2016:

The only series I have read this year, as I have been trying to read more stand-alone books, is it The Watersong Series. I did really enjoy it either way! So I chose Lullaby by Amanda Hocking


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New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But You Want To:

I couldn’t choose just one again. So I Chose This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab and The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead.


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Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year:

Even though I haven’t yet read Iluminae this is defiantly the most anticipated read for the second half of the year. Especially because I will be receiving this book earlier than it’s release date thanks to the exclusive Gemina box that The YA Chronicles has available for October.


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Biggest Disappointment:

This is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang

I didn’t really know what to expected from this book as I received it in The YA Chronicles subscription Box and I hadn’t heard anything about it.


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Biggest Surprise:

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

As I don’t usually read Contemporary books, so I was extremely surprised that I really enjoyed this book!


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Newest Fictional Crush:

Honestly, I still don’t know how to feel about him, but I chose Ash from The Iron King. Hopefully is actually a good guy, I need to read the rest of the series!


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Newest Favorite Character:

Blue from The Raven Boys! I don’t know why but I just love her and I think if I knew her in real life I would make friends with her!


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Book That Made You Cry:

I’m an extreme Harry Potter fan! The Harry Potter series is the only books that have ever made me cry! I generally don’t cry, let alone while reading.


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Book That Made You Happy:

I loved this book and it made me extremely happy when reading it!


Favorite Book To Film Adaptation:

My Favourite’s are the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings Series! I also really enjoyed the Vampire Academy Movie and was extremely pissed off when I found out they weren’t going to make movies for the rest of the series!


Favorite Post You Have Done This Year:

I haven’t had a blog for very long so I don’t really have a favourite post


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Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year:

This book is absolutely Gorgeous! This image or photos of it really don’t depict what it is like to actually see the book. I am talking about the paperback version as I have never seen a Hardcover edition in real life only in videos and photos.


What Book Do You Need to Read By The End Of The Year?

I’m not going to put pictures as there is so many, so I’m just going to list them (This will include books in my TBR for upcoming Read-A-Thons and Challenges

  • Harry Potter and the Curse Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  • The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda
  • The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer
  • The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Miss Peregrines Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Illuminae Files Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae and Gemina)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer
  • Tomorrow Series by John Marsden
  • The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag!

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Pokemon Go Book Tag

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Saw this tag on @readatmidnight blog and thought I would join in! All the question images were made by her also!

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Well, the first book I actually read was Tomorrow Where the War Began by John Marsden, which I loved, I read when I think year 9 or 10 for my English class. However the book, well actually series, that started my love for reading was the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking. I received the first book, Switched, with a Dolly magazine. After I read it I had to get the rest of the series. Ever since then I have loved reading.

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The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling! Do I need to say more!?

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green.. I got so sick of hearing about this book especially around the time when the movie came out. So I have never bothered reading it. I have watched the movie, as a friend made me, watch it and I didn’t really enjoy it, so I now feel no need to read it.

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I don’t really know what to chose for this as I really don’t have a problem with tropes and I don’t really think about them when I am reading.

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I don’t have a series or book that I am avoiding because of its size. If I feel like reading a book I will. Also I don’t really own any overly huge books except the A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. I started reading this series but stopped, not because of size, because I was having to force myself to read it and I was not enjoying it AT ALL.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater defiantly kept me up. I just couldn’t put this book down. This was handy as I read this book for the ‘Read a book after midnight’ challenge for the BookTube-A-Thon 2016.

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My all time OTPs are Dimitri/Rose (Vampire Academy), Adrian/Sydney (Bloodlines) and of course, Ron/Hermione (Harry Potter)

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You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

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Uhmm, Harry Potter! The Cursed Child just around the corner and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them coming towards the end of the year!! So keen!

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For me, a surprisingly Awesome book was The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I generally don’t read Contemporary books so I was surprised that I really enjoyed this. I have started reading more Contemporary novels now and I have discovered that I actually enjoy them.

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There is a few series’s I think of for this challenge

  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (I have already read the first book, The Raven Boys)

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The Harry Potter series! I want to own every version of these books! Especially the Special Edition Paper Back Box set that creates the Hogwarts castle when in the box. However, I am too broke for that! I also want to own the Original (I have Philosopher’s Stone already) and Deluxe Editions of the illustrated copies.

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Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst.

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I’m predictable I know!

  • J.K. Rowling
  • Amanda Hocking
  • Richelle Mead

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Ah, duh! The Cursed Child!


I tag anyone who want’s to do it. Very fun and some challenging questions!

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Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon TBR

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Was so excited when I saw this Read-A-Thon come up! Created by Aentee  @readatmidnight, this tag is new and exciting and I have never seen anything like it before! This challenge is a 3 week Read-A-Thon taking place from the Sunday 14th of August until Sunday, September 4th. The Challenge has 8 challenges that relate to 8 gyms in Pokemon. With this challenge, you read 8 books and can also choose to participate in a point (CP) scoring challenge. To check out the announcement post go Here.

All of the challenge images were made by @readatmidnight!

 

Choose a Pokemon:

(For the point scoring challenge)

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I have chosen Blitzle. He is a 2-stage evolution Pokemon. The second stage being Zebstrika. He gives me a starting point balance of 10CP.

 

 

I will fill in the Badges/Challenges as I complete them and update the CP as I go

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My TBR:

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For this challenge, I will be reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. This book has been on my TBR list for a while! I will be reading this book last as it is a series and I want to be able to continue on to the next book in the series straight after this one.

Pages: 506

 

 

 

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For the next challenge, I will be reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’m not sure if it will actually make me cry as the only book I have ever cried in was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. So we will see.

Pages: 560

 

 

 

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Firstly can we just talk about this gif that I found that fades from the dust jacket cover to the actual book cover! This is fabulous. Good work Google!

I choose Illuminae by Amie Kaufman in particular because I am receiving Gemina in the exclusive Gemina Box from The YA Chronicles in October and I wanted to read Illuminae before I get it. I have heard tonnes about this book and there is so much hype for it!

Pages: 599

 

 

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I chose to read a book with LGBT in it as a part of Diversity. So I chose Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I have heard mixed reviews about this book, so will see how I feel about it. I am also trying to read more contemporary books, and this fits.

Pages: 359

 

 

 

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Next, I chose Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Another book that I have heard a lot about on BookTube, mostly positive. Also Another Contemporary!

Pages: 401

 

 

 

 

 

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For this challenge, I will be reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I was meant to read this book for the BookTube-A-Thon but never got to it. I have seen this book a million times on BookTube.

I read a lot of Fantasy books so this was a pretty easy book to chose as my TBR for Fantasy reads is pretty extensive and I just had to choose one.

Pages: 369

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I have heard so much hype about this book especially now that the movie is coming out soon, or is out in cinemas? I have no idea. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes defiantly has read on its cover and it’s also another Contemporary. Go me!

Pages: 369

 

 

 

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World War Z by Max Brooks has also been on my TBR for a while so when I saw this challenge straight away I thought of this book!

Pages: 420

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of pages: 3,542

Potential Points if all books are completed:

Starts with: 10 CP
Pages: 3,583 pages +358 CP
Books completed: +160 CP
Reviews completed: +160 CP
150 CP Evolve: +50 CP

Total: 738 CP

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Challenges/Readathons

2016 Dystopian Reading Challenge

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I will be participating in the 2016 Dystopian Read Challenge

I am joining a bit late – 25th July – but oh well!

I am aiming for the rebel badge! as I am already half way through the year, otherwise I would aim higher.

For more info, sign up, levels and everything else go Here!

So far this year I have not read ANY Dystopian books but there are a fair few on my TBR!

I know I won’t finish all these in 2016, especially since most of these I don’t even own yet. Bank account please let me buy books!! I also have a lot of other books on my TBR that aren’t dystopian.

Dystopian Books on TBR:
(If the book isn’t out yet, it won’t be here unless it comes out in 2016. Also, the books in series’s that also have mini books besides the main books will have #)

  1. Matched Series by Ally Condie
    – Matched
    – Crossed
    – Reached
  2. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
    – The Queen (#0.4)
    – The Prince (#0.5)
    – The Selection (#1)
    – The Elite (#2)
    –  The Guard (#2.5)
    – The Favourite (#2.6)
    – The One (#3)
    – The Epilogue (#3.1)
    – The Heir (#4)
    – The Crown (#5)
  3. Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
    – Shatter Me (#1)
    – Destroy Me (#1.5)
    – Unravel Me (#2)
    – Fracture Me (#2.5)
    – Ignite Me (#3)
  4. The Giver series by Lois Lowry
    – The Giver
    – Gathering Blue
    – Messenger
    – Son
  5. Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver
    – Annabel (#0.5)
    – Delirium (#1)
    – Alex (#1.1)
    – Hana (#1.5)
    – Pandemonium (#2)
    – Raven (#2.5)
    – Requiem (#3)
  6. The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer
    – Glitches (#0.5)
    – The Little Andriod (#0.6)
    – Cinder (#1)
    – The Queens Army (#1.5)
    – Scarlet (#2)
    – Cress (#3)
    – Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky (#3.1)
    – Fairest (#3.5)
    – Winter (#4)
    – Stars Above (#4.5)
  7. The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey
    – The 5th Wave
    – The Infinite Sea
    – The Last Star
  8. Tomorrow Series by John Marsden
    – Tomorrow when the war began
    – The Dead of Night
    – The Killing Frost
    – Darkness, Be My Friend
    – Burning for Revenge
    – The Night is for Hunting
    – The Other Side of Dawn

Currently Reading:

Books read:

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Audiobook)
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Reviews

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa – Review

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Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publication Date: February 1st, 2016
Pages: 363
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Rating:
4 star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

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This book had been sitting on my TBR list for a while and for the BookTube-A-Thon I finally picked it up!

I don’t know why I left it so long this book is amazing.

This book is written from the point of view of Meghan Chase. I love the writing style in this book. There is a lot of information to take in, within the world of this book and Kagawa made it so that you weren’t bombarded with information but it was gradually added chapter by chapter. I defiantly don’t know everything yet as I need to get my hands on the other books in the series, but so far I have a good foundation to work on.

This book is full of adventure, action, romance and forever having to change plans at the last second. It’s thrilling and makes for an easy read. I did read this book as part of the BookTube-A-Thon but even if I hadn’t I think I could have read this in 2 days easily. It’s such a fast-paced read and you don’t want to put it down!

The thing I liked about this book is that there was always something going on. The characters were constantly jumping from one event to another. But it wasn’t too much like in some books. You didn’t feel overwhelmed by everything that is going on and that it was just one bad thing after another and it starts to get that beyond unrealistic feel (even for a fantasy novel)

The Romance in this book has kind of a love triangle feel about it, still unsure what’s actually going on here. However, I’m guessing in the second book it will elaborate on things a bit better. I still don’t quite understand what Puck (Robin Goodfellow) feels towards Meghan and Ash (a prince of the Winter Court) is torn between what he feels and his loyalty. Hopefully, it will become clearer in the rest of the series

Within the story, Machinery and Technology are destroying natural Beauty, in this case, of Faery Land. I love this underlying meaning as this is beyond true in the real world as well, just in a different way.


Defiantly recommend this book!

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