Day 10 Update – OWLs Magical ReadAThon

So it is the 10th day of OWLs Magical ReadAThon and I thought I would do a little update of what I’ve read so far and what challenges I’ve completed so far!

Physical Reads

I read 3/4 of A Curse So Dark and Lonely after the ReadAThon started. So I decided to count it towards the Ancient Runes challenge as it is a Beauty and the Beast retelling!

I planned to read The Song Rising but decided to reread the first 2 books before reading it as it had been a while and I couldn’t remember as much as I liked. I decide to use this one for the Divination challenge as this is set in the future.

Audiobooks

I’ve been slowly making my way through the Hercule Poirot series and I have so far read these 2 this month. I used Murder in Mesopotamia for the History of Magic challenge & Cards on the Table for the Charms challenge.

I have started rereading The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni via audiobook. So far I have read Akarnae, Raelia & Draekora. I have used Akarnae for the Herbology challenge & Raelia for the Potions challenge. Draekora doesn’t fit in any of the challenges unfortunately.

Currently Reading

I’m reading The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon as part of my reread before starting The Song Rising. I’m also rereading Graevale as the next part in The Medoran Chronicles series. Graevale also doesn’t fit in the challenges anywhere. I am using The Mime Order for the Transfiguration challenge.

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Dusk Angel Store Updates!

I just wanted to do a quick share of some of the new stuff happening over at my online store, Dusk Angel Store!!

New Look!

I gave our website a new look and I’m extremely happy with it! I also redid our logo finally and I’m also really happy with it.

New Book Sleeves!

First off here are some of the new book sleeves we have in stock!

Below is shown the following sleeves (in order):
Teal & Metallic Gold Paisley
Cream Crest
Flannelette Black & White Artefacts
Mermaids Tail
Quidditch
Pink & Metallic Gold Paisley
Fantastic Beasts
Flannelette Make It Magical
The Hobbit

Sprayed Edged Books!

This is the most exciting part for me! We are now selling books with Sprayed Edges! I currently have the 2 below available and also a CUSTOM order option!

Well that is all my exciting news! Thanks for everyone’s support of this endeavour!

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April 2019 TBR!

It’s nearly April, so it’s time to list the books I plan to read but probably won’t. Let’s get into it!

First off, the OWLs Magical ReadAThon is happening in April and you can find my full TBR for that HERE!

The YA Book Nerds

The April BOTM for The YA Book Nerds is Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte.

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

ARCs/eARCs

I have a few ARCs that I really need to get to. So I am putting them on this TBR as possibles to read if I have time around the Magical ReadAThon.

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts
Vivatera by Candace J. Thomas
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
Light Years by Kass Morgan
Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
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OWLs Magical ReadAThon TBR 2019

The Magical ReadAThon is back and it’s time to sit our OWLs Exams! This time we have the added adventure of getting to choose a Career we wish to strive for! Each Career has designated subjects that you must complete.

All the links!

OWLs Magical ReadAThon 2019 Announcement

Full Explanation of Magical ReadAThon

Wizarding Careers

OWLs prompts

Magical ReadAThon YouTube Video Playlist

Magical ReadAThon Twitter

Magical ReadAThon FAQ

My Career Goals!

So I have chosen to strive to be a Magizoologist for this years Magical ReadAThon.

Magizoologist Fact Sheet – Created by Book Roast on YouTube

So as you can see the OWLs that are required for Magizoologist are: Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Herbology & Potions.

My TBR!

So I will be concentrating on the 4 subjects required for Magizoologist but I have chosen a book for each of the 12 subjects. If I have time I will pick up as many as I can but my priority will definitely be the 4 subjects for Magizoologist!

Care of Magical Creatures – Land animal on the cover

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (aerial view of a someone riding a motorbike with a wolf shadow coming from the bike)

This one is fairly self explanatory. There is a wolf on the cover, which is a land animal.

Charms – Age Line: Read an adult work

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

This is an Adult Historical Fiction. I absolutely love this cover and I picked it up on a whim when I was out shopping with a mate. I haven’t read what it’s about but I hope I love it!

Herbology – Plant on the cover

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon (Orange Flower in top middle of book)

I have been meaning to read this for AGES! I read The Bone Season & The Mime Order maybe 2 years ago, maybe longer and I picked a copy of this one up straight away but never actually read it. I think i will definitely need to read an overview of Book 1 & 2 before starting this one.

Potions – Next Ingredient: Sequel

This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

This is book 2 to This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada. I absolutely loved This Mortal Coil so I can’t wait to read this book!

Ancient Runes – Retelling

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

This is a Frankenstein retelling. So fits the challenge perfectly. I have been wanting to read another book by Mackenzi Lee as I absolutely love the Montague Siblings series.

Arithmancy – Work written by more than one author

The Wicked + The Divine: Vol 7: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson & Clayton Cowles

This has 4 contributors so it’s perfect for this challenge. I have been making my way through this series and I am really enjoying it. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous!

Astronomy – “Star” in the title

Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

This is pretty self explanatory. Ruin of STARs is the second book to Mask of Shadows which I read and enjoyed last year.

Defence of Magical Creatures – Land animal on the cover

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

I’m cheating slightly as the first letter is A, but I don’t have anything else that fits. So I’m using it!

Divination – Set in the future

Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman

This was recommended to me when I asked in a Facebook Group for books set in the future. I can’t find anywhere in the description if this is set in the future so I hope that is correct.

History of Magic – Published at least 10 years ago

Murder in the Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

This was published in 1936, so definitely more than 10 years old! I have been making my way through the Hercule Poirot series and this is the next book I’m up to.

Muggle Studies – Contemporary

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

This has been on my TBR for ages, so I’m glad to be finally getting to it hopefully.

Transfiguration – Sprayed Edges OR red cover

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Black Background, Silver Fox like mask with a red swirl and red silhouette of asian landscape behind mask)

Another self explanatory one, the cover has red on it. I’ve been meaning to read more by this author as I read The Iron King a while ago and really enjoyed it.

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What career have you chosen to strive for this year?

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9 series I NEED to finish/get up to date with in 2019

With all the awesome new releases coming out I have been neglecting the series I have already started and enjoyed. So here is a list of the series I want to finish or at least get to the most recent released if the full series isn’t out yet.

Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman

I read Scythe last year & enjoyed it. I put off reading Thunderhead as we had not received a release date for book 3, The Toll, and I didn’t want to read Scythe & Thunderhead back to back and then have to wait however long for The Toll. We now have a date though! The Toll is set to release in September 2019 so I will be able to finish the series in 2019 if the book does come out this year.

Jackaby by William Ritter

I’ve read Jackaby and absolutely loved it! I plan to read Beastly Bones in the upcoming Fantasy AdventureAThon but I really want to get to the rest of the series! I ordered the last 2 books off Booktopia and one has shipped but the other is just sitting there with no explanation! If they don’t ship it soon I’ll cancel and buy elsewhere as I can’t wait to get to the rest of the series! Booktopia has been hopeless lately. I used to swear by them but I’ve had so much trouble in recent months with them…

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

So I have read the original series which includes Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City & Library of Souls and I loved the how trilogy! However I have been super sceptical about this new trilogy that is coming out as part of the series. I’m worried I’m not going to like it as much as the original trilogy and that’s why I haven’t continued. But I need to just do it as it has received really good feedback. There will also be 2 other books in this series, however we don’t have a release date yet or really any information about them.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I’ve read the first 2 books, Three Dark Crowns & One Dark Throne and enjoyed them. They weren’t absolute favourites, but enjoyable. I still haven’t gotten to Two Dark Reigns and book 4, Five Dark Fates is set to release in September 2019, so hopefully I will be able to finish the full series by the end of the year!

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

I read The Last Magician last year and really enjoyed it! However because I listened to it on audiobook I didn’t retain the information as well as I would have if I had read it physically. So I want to reread The Last Magician physically before moving onto The Devil’s Thief. Also there is a book 3 but we don’t have a release date.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

This is basically the exact same situation as The Last Magician. I listened to the audiobook for Mask of Shadows last year. Loved it but can’t remember as much as I would like so I want to reread before starting Ruin of Stars. This is only a duology though.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I read Renegades when I was on holiday last year and enjoyed it alot. I received Archenemies from the publisher at the end of last year but when I received it I was in a huge slump. So I never got around to picking it up. Also Book 3 Supernova is set to release November 2019.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I read The Bone Season & The Mime Order in I think 2017 and really enjoyed them! I have had the Song Rising sitting on my TBR for WAY too long! I want to reread book 1 & 2 before picking up The Song Rising though as it has just been soo long! Also this is meant to be a 7 book series and we don’t have a release date for book 4 yet!

Magisterium by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

I’ve listened to the first 3 books of this series a fair while ago and really enjoyed them! Now that book 4 and 5 is out I want to relisten to the audiobooks and finish the series! The audiobooks are really good, so I want to listen to them again rather than physically reading it.

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CLOSED – International – The Medoran Chronicles GIVEAWAY!

Yes you read that correct! I am giving away the complete The Medoran Chronicles series by Lynette Noni!!

Unboxing the books! Plus some other stuff fun stuff!

Prize

1 x Paperback of Akarnae by Lynette Noni
1 x Paperback of Raelia by Lynette Noni
1 x Paperback of Draekora by Lynette Noni
1 x Paperback of Graevale by Lynette Noni
1 x Paperback of We Three Heroes by Lynette Noni
1 x Paperback of Vardesia by Lynette Noni
1 x Set of Character Cards
1 x Vardesia Bookmark

What you need to know

This giveaway is International excluding places those places Australia Post can’t actually ship to. I don’t have any control over this.
Exclusions: Libya, Sudan, Syria, North Korea, Somalia & Yemen

Giveaway Open: 12:01am on 18th of March 2019 till 11:59pm on 3rd of April 2019 (AEST).

Rules

I will keep this short and sweet.

– Click the Rafflecopter link at the bottom of this post to find out how to enter

– You MUST follow me on either Instagram or Twitter as that is where I will be contacting the winner! *See those entry sections in RaffleCopter*

– Entrants must be 18+ years or have parental permission as I will need your address!

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Warrior of the Wild – Spoiler Free Review

Title: Warrior of the Wild
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: February 26th, 2019
Pages: 336 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Feiwel & Friends
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

Writing

Let’s just get the negative out of the road straight up. I didn’t like how the romance was written. It was a very very typical YA romance and felt very forced. I didn’t mind the romance in the end, they were fine together. However everything leading up to that was just meh. I just didn’t care about it and the same thing could have been achieved better with friendship.

Now onto everything else. I loved it. The world building was really well done. Everything was so detailed and the creatures were super unique and interesting. The character development was also done well, you saw the characters progress and grow through their experiences.

Plot

The plot was very fast paced which made the book super quick to read. It was also fairly constant. I wouldn’t say it was always action packed, but there was nearly always something interesting going on. I don’t think there were very many dull moments honestly.

Characters

Rasmira was a really awesome main character. She was a badass and you soon learn how strong she is, but not just outwardly, inwardly as well. She faces a lot of inner turmoil which she battles with and learns from throughout the book. She is also a badass axe wielding warrior. So there is that too.

Soren was probably my least favourite of the 3 major characters. He just felt very typical to me. Attractive, funny, charming, etc. You know the drill.

Iric I really enjoyed. He didn’t just accept the easiest option and he actually questions things which made him feel more realistic than Soren. I also liked his sense of humour and how stubborn he was. It made for a fun clash between Rasmira and Iric as they are both as stubborn as each other.

Overall

I really enjoyed most aspects of this book. Obviously I didn’t like the romance and didn’t love Soren as a character that much but besides that it was a really solid read.

I also want to mention that this is a standalone fantasy, which is rare to find. I love a good standalone so this was awesome. It was well rounded and everything fit in nicely in the end. I wasn’t really left with any questions that I felt needed to be answered, which is a good thing after a standalone!

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