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Top Ten Tuesday – Harry Potter Merchandise I Wish I Owned

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

This week’s prompts is: Fandom Freebie — top ten fandoms I’m in, 10 reasons X fandom is the best, must have merchandise for x fandom, etc. etc.

So I’m going with Harry Potter merchandise that I wished I owned! I have a fair bit of Harry Potter stuff, but there are so many things I wish I had and especially some things that are just so hard to get in Australia because shipping from official Warner Bros and similar sites are a bit crazy! Also most of these will be things that I just would not buy because of price. I wouldn’t spend that much on a single item that I quite simply wouldn’t use.


1. Wands!

I’m pretty sure that this is something all Harry Potter fans want to own! I do have 3 wands at the moment but none of them are the official ones and they aren’t exactly correct. I have Voldemort & Harry’s wands that I received from the GeekGear World of Wizardry Box, they are really good quality but they aren’t the proper ones and they aren’t exact copies, for example the voldemort wand from GeekGear is bright white but his wand should actually be a cream and brown colour. I also have Sirius Blacks wand, I got this from Wish which is a similar site to eBay and AliExpress if you don’t know what it is. This one only cost me under $20 AUD I think and it’s not perfect of course. It is a light up one but the piece where the batteries were was broken so I had to do a little DIY work on that and it’s also not really the right colour either, but I’m going to try and paint it with a better colour!

2. Gringott’s Coin Collection

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3. Brooms

4. The Horcruxes

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5. Food!

Granted these wouldn’t last long! But I still wish I could get them!

6. Sorcerer’s Stone

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7. Gryffindor Hoodie

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8. Stationary

9. Gryffindor Banner

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10. Harry Potter Funko Collection

I already have a few Funko’s in this collection, but there is so many more I want!

I already have Hermione in Yule Ball outfit, Neville with Trevor, Harry in Triwizard outfit, Ron in Yule Ball outfit, Cedric in Triwizard outfit, Draco in Quidditch robe with broom, Harry with Quidditch robe with nimbus, Dumbledore, Bellatrix in Azkaban outfit, Fred & George, Lucius in Death Eater Mask and Ron in Weasley jumper.


Well that is all for today! This was such an easy and fun post!

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Tomorrow When The War Began (Tomorrow #1) by John Marsden – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Tomorrow When The War Began
Author: 
John Marsden
Series Name: Tomorrow
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publication Date: March 1st, 2011
Pages: 284 (Paperback)
Publishers: Quercus
Rating:
4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Australia has been invaded and nothing is as it was. Seven teenagers are camping in a remote area of the Bush and when they return home everything has changed: their families are missing and their animals are dead.

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So I have actually started this book before. This book was one I was meant to read for English in Highschool, I think it was about Year 10! I’m pretty sure I never actually finished the whole thing. For the assignment we had I really didn’t need to read the whole thing, I read about half I think, that where in the book it started getting unfamiliar, but I have seen the movie, so I still knew what was going on as the movie stays pretty close to accurate for this book!


Cover Art:

Well honestly I have no idea what the bird it for, maybe the innocence that Ellie said they lost on the day they returned from”Hell” I don’t know. But it’s still an alright cover! I actually prefer the Scholastic one, below, it just fits the story better with the jets over the showgrounds scene.

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Writing:

I enjoyed the writing in this book, I liked that it was written from Ellie’s memory rather than it actually happening. It made it interesting as Ellie’s thoughts at the time she was writing it and the thoughts going through her head as the things happened both showed! I really enjoyed that!

Plot:

I started enjoying the plot the first time I read this and now reading it and finishing it I still really like it. I enjoy reading books related to war, whether it be historical fiction or books like this. So this was right down my alley. There really isn’t an end to this book, this isn’t a book that you can read and not even think about picking up the next book in the series. When finishing this book, you just know there is more and that this isn’t over and you just want to pick up the next one and keep going (but unfortunately I don’t own the other atm or I would read the whole series now)! I also like that this book doesn’t really end on a good note, majority of books end that way and it’s just nice to read one that doesn’t. Like it ends kind of good and then the last chapter it goes to crap again.

Characters:

I enjoyed all of them except Kevin, I still enjoy him as a character in this book and the part he plays but I honestly think that if I knew him in really life we would argue regularly and it would probably end in a punch in the nose, but oh well. I like Ellie, Corrie & Fi, they are all strong characters in there own way and I love seeing them develop! I also really liked Homer and Lee, I also love seeing them develop, especially Homer! Chris is the only other main one and I still don’t know about him, he hasn’t been there since the start so I still haven’t figured him out except that he is a stoner.

Overall:

I really enjoyed this book, it was such a quick book and I think I actually finished it in under 24 hours, I just don’t remember exactly what time I started it yesterday to know if that it 100% true or not. I really wish I had the rest of the series as they are such quick and easy reads and I want to know what happens next! I can’t even go watch the movie as they only made the first one and stopped, they made a trailer and that was it, which sucks because I liked that movie!


Well that is all for today! I promise! This is post 4 for today and now I’m going to lay in bed and start Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and then sleep!

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Spring Bookish Bingo Update #1

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So this is my first Spring Bookish Bingo Update! These are all books I have read up to the 2nd of April!


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Green Cover: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

Paranormal: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Magic: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Dragons: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Spring Releases: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Series Finale: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Purple cover: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Over 500 pages: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Adapted to TV/Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Witches: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Blue Cover: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling


Well that is all so far! If I find a Non-Fiction book to read and read Three Dark Crowns then I will have 2 bingos! I couldn’t fit Firstlife or Lifeblood into any of the categories, which sucks! next I want to read Murder on the Orient Express and I don’t think it can really fit either!

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March 2017 Haul

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I didn’t purchase too many books this month! But I did recieve a couple!


Physical Copy:

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Audiobooks:

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – New Edition – eBook & Audiobook Review & Comparison

eBooks:

Firstlife by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

eBooks Received Through NetGalley

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

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The YA Chronicles Unboxing!

Other Bookish Items:

I don’t have a pic with all 4 in it and couldn’t be bothered going to take one now! You can find these HERE though!

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And that is all for this month!

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Tag Sunday – The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

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So, as everyone knows, I’m obsessed with Harry Potter! I have did the Harry Potter Book Tag ages ago, but this is a different tag! The thing I love about this tag is your answers are Harry Potter related not just the questions having some link to Harry Potter.

Possible spoilers btw! So here we go!

I will be adding Quotes & Pics to this tag as who doesn’t love pics and Harry Potter quotes!


1. Favourite Book?

Either Order of the Phoenix or Deathly Hallows! I’m not going to list everything I loved but I loved Order of the Phoenix because of the DA and that it was the book that Ginny, Luna & Neville really joined Harry, Ron & Hermione! And I loved Deathly Hallows as that is where everything ends, so much just came together in that book and I really enjoyed little things about it like when Kreacher leads the house elves out of the kitchens to join the battle! Little things like that just made that book perfect for me!

“It’s high time your grandmother learned to be proud of the grandson she’s got, rather than the one she thinks she ought to have — particularly after what happened at the Ministry.” – Minerva Mcgonagall (About Neville)

2. Least Favourite Book?

This is so hard as I love them all! But I would have to say Chamber of Secrets. I loved Chamber of secrets but I loved all the rest just a little bit more! Philosopher’s Stone is where it all started and where we met everyone! Prisoner of Azkaban is where we meet my favourite character, Sirius Black! Goblet of Fire, just so much went on and Dragons! Order of the Phoenix, I explained above, as well as Deathly Hallows. And Half-Blood Prince, we learnt everything about Voldemort we could!

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3. Favourite Movie?

Goblet of Fire! I loved the movie except that I wished they had added in Barty Crouch Jr.’s story and Fudge’s denial at the end! Because in the movie it just didn’t really add up with the start of the next movie like it did in the book!

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4. Least Favourite Movie?

Order of the phoenix, there was just so much missed in the battle at the Ministry of Magic that it just annoyed me. I felt like it built and built and then the last battle was just meh in the movie!

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5. Favourite Quote?

“Prongs rode again last night… You know, Harry, in a way, you did see your father last night… You found him inside yourself.” – Albus Dumbledore

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6. Favourite Weasley?

Can’t split them up! Fred & George!

“You’re a prefect? Oh Ronnie! That’s everyone in the family!”
“What are Fred and I? Next door neighbors?”
-Molly Weasley & Fre\d & George Weasley 

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7. Favourite Female Character?

Book Ginny

“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

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8. Favourite Villain?

I’m talking about horrible villain here, not villain that I actually like! Dolores Umbridge

“I WILL have order!” – Dolores Umbridge

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9. Favourite Male Character?

Sirius Black!

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10. Favourite Professor?

Minerva McGonagall, she is such a badass!

“Get back!” shouted Ron, and he, Harry and Hermione flattened themselves against a door as a herd of galloping desks thundered past, shepherded by a sprinting Professor McGonagall. She appeared not to notice them: her hair had come down and there was a gash on her cheek. As she turned the corner, they heard her scream: “CHARGE!”

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11. Would you rather a) wash Snape’s hair or b) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

If snape was tied down and couldn’t complain then hell yeah! That would be so satisfying and hilarious, make it all fluffy 😂

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12. Would you rather duel a) an elated Bellatrix or b) an angry Molly? 

Bellatrix, for 1) I love Molly and wouldn’t want to possibly hurt her! 2) Bellatrix killed my favourite character Sirius, so my anger could definitely be on a level with Molly’s!

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13. Would you rather travel to Hogwarts using a) the Hogwarts Express or b) a flying car?

Well for a one of thing, it would be awesome to travel by flying car and then the other 6 years I could travel by train! As long as it’s a tad more reliable car that the Ford!  But if I had only one chance then I would choose the Hogwarts Express, just the experience would be amazing!

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14. Would you rather give a) Voldemort a kiss or b) Umbridge a bubble bath?

Kiss voldemort, as long as it was surprise thing, would be hilarious his reaction, would probably get murdered straight away though! And at least it is over straight away! Giving umbridge a bubble bath would be a long thing that I would just hate!

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15. Would you rather fly a) a hippogriff or b) a Firebolt?

This is a hard one as I would love to try flying on a broom, but at the same time I love animals it would be amazing to fly on a hippogriff! I also feel like that is something that very few would have experienced whereas basically everyone could ride a broom, maybe not a Firebolt, but a broom.

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16. Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?

Ginny, I just feel like the real her, the badass strong person just wasn’t showed as well! And also Kreacher, in the books he redeems himself in the last book so much! Whereas in the movie they don’t show that, so in the movie I just didn’t like him whereas in the book I really liked him in the end!

“The house-elves of Hogwarts swarmed into the entrance hall, screaming and waving carving knives and cleavers, and at their head, the locket of Regulus Black bouncing on his chest, was Kreacher, his bullfrog’s voice audible even above this din: ‘Fight! Fight! Fight for my Master, defender of house-elves! Fight the Dark Lord, in the name of brave Regulus! Fight!”

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17. Is there a movie you preferred to the book?

There isn’t any movies that I preferred to the book, however there is one scene that I prefer in the movie rather than the book. In the Deathly Hallows book McGonagall is descending the castle just after she discovers Harry is back and has the run in with Snape. In the movie they are in the great hall and Harry comes out in the open and the rest of the order comes up behind him, Minerva fights with Snape in front of everyone to defend Harry! I love that scene it was perfect and I just think the book scene just didn’t as big of an impact!

“Coward!” – Minerva McGonagall 

18. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore? 

I liked both and I’m not choosing one or the other!

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19. Your top thing that you wanted in the movie that wasn’t in there?

Peeves! Need I say more?

“Which way did they go, Peeves?” Filch was saying. “Quick, tell me.”
“Say ‘please.'”
“Don’t mess with me, Peeves, now where did they go?”
“Shan’t say nothing if you don’t say please,” said Peeves in his annoying singsong voice.
“All right- PLEASE.”
“NOTHING! Ha haaa! Told you I wouldn’t say nothing if you didn’t say please! Ha ha! Haaaaaa!” And they heard the sound of Peeves whooshing away and Filch cursing in rage.”

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20. If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies, which would it be?

Order of the Phoenix, but all I would change is have the full scenes from the Battle at the Ministry! And also the whole scene from where Fred & George left Hogwarts, including Peeves! I liked the movie one with the fireworks and stuff, but I loved the book one so much more!

“Give her hell from us, Peeves” – Fred Weasley

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21. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

Gryffindor!

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22. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore? 

Gryffindor!

“You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry,
Set Gryffindors apart” – Sorting Hat

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23. Which class would be your favorite?

Care of Magical Creatures! I loved Ag in school and that is just the magical version of that haha!

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24. Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

All of them would be useful, but Lumos would probably be the most useful as I would never have to carry my phone around just for a torch!

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25. Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with? 

This is so hard! Maybe Hermione because of her love for books and I also like the know it all part of her as I love learning interesting facts but I also wouldn’t necessarily read all those books myself! I also love the discussing and challenging my knowledge and I feel like Hermione is someone I could definitely do that with!

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26. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

Elder Wand! I don’t like the idea of the resurrection stone personally and if you had the most powerful wand in the world then surely you could create a shield for yourself good enough.

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27. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?

Of course I would love to change some of the deaths in the book, but I still wouldn’t I don’t think!

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28. Favourite marauder?

Sirius/Padfoot! I love Sirius, so of course Padfoot is my favourite!

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29. If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Uhmm, Sirius!

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30. Hallows or Horcruxes?

Hallows, At least the Hallows you don’t have to murder someone to achieve!

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I TAG:

Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 1 person in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest follower! Hopefully there will be a new ones each week to tag.

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And that is all for todays tag!

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March 2017 Wrap-Up

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I listened to a lot of Audiobooks in March! I’m happy with how much I read and listened to in March and I hope I can do just as good this month! And yes I have started listening to the Harry Potter series on Audiobook AGAIN, straight after finishing it. Not even mad!


Books Read

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Firstlife by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Also, while listening to the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Audiobook I read along with both the old edition and the new edition of the book so that I could see the changes and write my review about it.

Audiobooks Listened To

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Eddie Redmayne – AUDIOBOOK & NEW EDITION REVIEW

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

TV Shows Watched

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Orange is the New Black on Netflix

I started rewatching this on Netflix as I was bored and couldn’t decide what to start watching.

Currently Reading

Well I actually finished reading Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton this morning, so I’m not currently reading anything until I start another book tonight. I’m considering starting Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden though. I read it when i was in Year 9 or 10 in High School, but I don’t remember if I read the entire thing, but I know I really liked it and I want to read the whole series! It’s a pretty short book, so this should only take me a couple days.

Currently Listening

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And that is all! I don’t think I watched any new movies in March.

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Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Traitor to the Throne
Author: 
Alwyn Hamilton
Series Name: Rebel of the Sands
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2017
Pages: 570 (Paperback)
Publishers: Faber & Faber
Rating:
5 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert – and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruelest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl’s instinct for survival. For the Sultan’s palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper’s nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive… But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani’s past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

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You can find my review for Rebel of the Sands HERE! It is no spoiler free and it is in fact the very first review I ever wrote! So be kind 😂


Cover Art:

I love this book cover! The image above really doesn’t do it justice! You have to see it in person. Rebel of the Sands & Traitor to the Throne are my 2 favourite book covers.

I’m realising right now that my cover is slightly different to the one above! As you can see in the above pic there is a girl, I’m assuming Amani, jumping over the roofs of the city at the bottom of the cover. The cover I have, Amani is on there! It’s just the city. Mine also has review quote from Buzzfeed in the top left corner of the book saying “‘As funny as it is romantic, as smart as it is heart-pounding, and as spirited as it is magical.’ BUZZFEED”. None of the images on google are the same as my addition, only the images showing up on sites like Book Depository have that. Weird, I’m curious if you can actually purchase the cover without the BuzzFeed quote and with Amani jumping the roofs! 

Writing:

I love Alwyn Hamiltons writing! I fell in love with it when reading Rebel of the Sands and this book didn’t fail to amaze me! I love that there is extra little bits about other characters and stories in this book as well! I like that it’s made obvious that it’s a story about someone else by have names under those chapters, for example “Chapter 20 The Nameless Boy”. It makes it really easy to follow! 

Plot:

I loved the plot of this book! It so action packed and thrilling all the time! There is so many twists and turns and you are always left guessing what will happen next! Especially the last damn chapter! That seriously killed me! I felt like crying, celebrating and laughing all at once in that last paragraph! And now I want to read the next book right now! But I have to wait another year like I did after reading Rebel of the Sands! 

Characters:

I still love all the characters! Amani is just amazing and so strong! Jin is just amazingly jin! Shazad, Ahmed, Imin, Izz, Maz, Hala and Delila are just perfectly written powerful characters that all have their different purposes in the story! I also loved the new additions of Rahin and Sam, they are both characters! I do really feel like Sam is the odd one with his name as all the rest are such different names, and then there is SAM! Sam is such a common name, I know like 5 Sams in real life. Was just a bit weird haha! Maybe it was because he is Albish, maybe they have more common names than the other places, I don’t know as I’m pretty sure Sam is the only Albish person we meet. I also hated Kadir and the Sultan, 100% agree with doing what the Sultan did to Kadir, except the reason he did it haha. There is also 2 other characters that come into this book unexpectedly! I won’t say who they are as this is a spoiler free review, but if you have read this then you know who I’m talking about. I  enjoyed both these characters in this story! I don’t 100% agree with the choices the male one made, but I do get it. And the female I respect what she did in the end. Those last couple sentences won’t make a single bit of sense to anyone who doesn’t know who I’m talking about 😂. Oh well!

Overall:

Well if you haven’t been able to tell yet, I loved this book and I need the next one in my hands right now!! There isn’t anything I can fault with this book or this series so far, it is amazing and beautiful! Kinda wish it was going to be more than a series, but I’m keen to see how Alwyn Hamilton ends this series with the next book! I’m also keen to see what the next cover will look like! I hope they keep making this type of cover as well as the new ones! 


Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought in the comments! Put “Spoilers” at the top of your comment if you include any, please!

 

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Goodreads Monday – A Darker Shade of Magic

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This meme was created by Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners and I think it’s such an awesome idea to share books on your TBR and introduce people to new books! All you have to do is to pick a book on your TBR and show it off!

If you have read this book please tell me your thoughts, with NO SPOILERS please!!!

I want to read more well known books for a while that I just haven’t been able to get around to yet! So I’m probably going to be showing off some of those books for a while! It will also hopefully get me keen to get to them sooner! 


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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My Comments:

So there is a tonne of hype around basically all of V.E Schwab/Victoria Schwab’s books! I’m keen to get to this book soon! The parallel Universes really interest me and especially that the book is based in London, well different versions of london, which I love reading about!

The Book:

Publication Date:  November 1st, 2014
Publisher: Titan Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 384

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.


And that is all! I love everything about the new theme I have on this blog, except that the Quotes are in a really big font, I don’t get why! So I won’t be putting goodreads synopsis in quote form anymore, just using a different colour font instead, that way it still stands out!

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Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Lifeblood
Author: 
Gena Showalter
Series Name: Everlife
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Pages: 416 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Rating:

4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

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You can find my spoiler free review for Firstlife HERE!

*Thank you to Harlequin Teen & NetGalley – I received an eBook in return for an honest review*

Checkout the book at Harlequin Teens website! Where you can also purchase the ebook or print copies!


Cover Art:

I love that this cover matches the first book so well! They are both gorgeous! I love the hourglass with Troika in the bottom of the glass with I’m assuming the Lifeblood spilling from it! It’s beautiful and fits the books so well.

Writing:

I had a few issues with the writing in this first book that were better in this book! I really enjoyed the writing in this one! I still love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I didn’t mention this in my review of firstlife, but I love that they add in messages that were sent between characters, set out like IMs! I love the additions of things like this in books, it just adds that bit extra to the story, rather than just reading about the messages in a paragraph like most books do.

I love that the descriptions of each of the places in Troika had enough info to set a basic idea what the places looked like but also allowed for the reader’s imagination to do the rest. I really enjoy that in books!

Plot:

I love the plot of this one, maybe even a little bit more than the first book! I liked that we got to explore more of Troika in this book! A lot was going on in this book! It was action packed and barely ever slow! Basically the entire book you are confused as to who is actually trustworthy as Ten’s trying to figure it out herself and it definitely keeps you on the edge!

Characters:

The first 3/4 of the book I was still on the fence about what side Killian was on! It was driving me wild, but in the end, it’s actually clear, I hope! I still really like Ten, I liked seeing her develop as a person in this book! I liked that we got to see Sloan again and that there was a change in her! We met some awesome new characters that I really enjoyed getting to know like Meredith and Levi. There was of course characters that I enjoyed but I didn’t like as people in the story, I won’t say who as I don’t want to slip in any spoilers!

Overall:

So I gave this book 1/2 more star than Firstlife and that’s because the few little issues I had with the first book were better in this book! I loved the plot and the characters in this book! The cover is gorgeous and the writing was really good! I really have nothing to fault with this book and I hate that I will have to wait around a year for the next book!

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Tag Sunday – The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

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So I’m back for another Tag Sunday! I was tagged by Sue’s Reading Corner to do this tag and you can check out her post HERE! I have done this tag before! But I feel like this is one that you could do a tonne of times as it’s not just answering questions! I will just make sure I use different books for this one.


The Rules:

  • Choose 5 books!
  • Randomly set up your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them!
  • Cry at how screwed you are…
  • Tag some more people to join in the fun

My Books:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


Categories!

The first person to die: Persephone (The Raven Boys)

The first person you trip to escape the zombies: Gansey (The Raven Boys

Well I guarantee I wouldn’t do that, but alright.

The first person to trip you to escape the zombies: Theron (Snow Like Ashes)

The team idiot: Sir (Snow Like Ashes)

Uhmmm, no.

The Brains of the group: Newt (Fantastic Beasts)

I’m okay with this.

The team medic: Tina (Fantastic Beasts)

Well she is a witch, so this could work!

Weapons expert: Sarai (Strange The Dreamer)

Well I don’t know how much experience she has with weapons, so this could be interesting!

The team brawler: Ruby (Strange The Dreamer)

Wouldn’t want to brawl with her!

The first to turn into a zombie: Clary (City of Bones)

Well she is always putting herself in stupid situations.

The team leader: Jace (City of Bones)

Kind of okay with this!

Well this is a pretty good team, just don’t agree about their roles! But as a whole these people would be pretty good! Ruby can set them on fire! Sir, Theron, Clary & Jace are all trained in combat! Tina & Newt have magic on their side! Only Sarai, Gansey & Persephone don’t really have much going for them in a Zombie Apocalypse!


I Tag:

Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 1 person in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest follower! Hopefully there will be a new ones each week to tag.

The Scottish Library


And that is all for this weeks Tag Sunday!

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