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Book Travelling Thursday – A Controversial Book

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Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

This week’s prompt is: It’s Freedom of Information Day! Because freedom matters choose a controversial book

I’m choosing The Kite Runner! There are tonnes of covers for this, so I’m only going to put the cover image and not link to the specific edition.


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Original Cover:

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Favourite Covers:

Least Favourite Covers:


Well I think that is all of them! Which is your favourite?

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Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Series Name: 
Snow Like Ashes
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: This edition published September 15th, 2015 (originally published October 14th, 2014)
Pages: 416
Publishers: Balzer + Bray
Rating:
4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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Wow, another favourite! There has been so many amazing books that I read this year!

Writing:

The writing was amazing, it was very engaging and never left me confused. I can’t stand it when you have to read something 3 times over to figure out what the hell is going on, especially in action scenes, that wasn’t the case in this book. The writing was beautiful and very fast paced.

I also like maps! Which isn’t exactly writing, but it’s part of the physical book. So I love it, it has a map in the front. Maps just make it so much easier to figure out where things are placed in a fantasy world, especially when I am shit at remembering whether they said this place was North, West, South or East of wherever and trying to figure out where things would kinda be placed. I also like following where the characters are travelling to and from on a map. That might just be me though haha 😳.

Plot:

The plot was really goos and so action packed. Yes there was some non-action packed parts, but that was fine, there needs to be a happy medium in books.. Too much action just gets kinda boring, to me anyway, there is going to be times when not much is going on and it’s great to show that too. That kinda went off on a bit of a tangent, but oh well. Anyway, the plot was well done, it wasn’t predictable and had twists and turns to keep me interested right until the end.

Characters:

I loved the characters, all of them really, well except Angra… But that’s because he is a d*ck. But I still loved him as a character in this book, but not as a person.. That makes sense, right? Meira was, yes a typical feisty strong female character, but that is something I will never get sick of in books. Mather, you kinda loved him and wanted to slap him sometimes, but he is still amazing, just dude, mixed signals! Theron is an amazing character, but his dad, Noam… Hmmm kind of a, yeah I’m not saying anymore… No spoilers here! Sir (William), at the start I was like just let her go and do what she wants, but now I understand why he was protective… Again, No Spoilers!

I could sit here all day saying each one of the other characters are amazing too, but quite frankly that would take too much time and I have shit to do haha.

Overall:

I loved it. It’s another new favourite! I was planning on buying the next two books when I was away last Friday, but the Bookshop I went to (QBD) didn’t have them and there was a signing going on for some Iron Man book or some shit and there was just people everywhere because of that and it’s school holidays and everyone is Christmas shopping and I just wanted to get out of there! So I will be purchasing the other books on either iBooks or Scribd today and starting the next one tonight! I’ll buy physical copies from the Book Depository soon.


Let me know your thoughts!

* I have since changed this review from a 5 star rating to a 4 and a half. I enjoyed Frost Like Night even more than this one, so it is a 5 star, this one is a and a half and Ice Like Fire is a 4 star book.*

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HELP ME + #HPWeekendAThon TBR

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Would you look at that another ReadAThon! This ReadAThon was created by 2 BookTubers! Chelsea @ Chelseadollingreads and April @ Aprilius Maximus. I discovered this ReadAThon through Bex @ BexnBookx go and check out her TBR! 😀

This ReadAThon runs for 4 days: 12:00am on Friday the 2nd of December to 11:59pm on Monday the 5th of December in your time zone! There are 5 challenges that reach relate to a Harry Potter character!

Because I have recently quit my job and I don’t want to be spending extra money I am going to try and fit books that I already own into each of these categories!


The Challenges and my TBR

Challenge 1

Harry:  read a book that BookTube has deemed the ‘Chosen One’ (a hyped book)

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I’m pretty sure ou can consider this book to have a lot of hype, if not the book for Challenge 2 would also go in this category, but I am going to attempt to read 5 books.. But if that doesn’t happen I will just try and fit the books I do read into the categories! We will see how many I get through!

I am also going to try and read this book last as I have a copy of A Torch Against the Night as well. So, if I read this last I will read A Torch Against the Night straight afterward because I really do hate reading one book in the series and leaving it a couple months to read the next!

 

Challenge 2

Hermione: Read a book that has a badass female character

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Well, I googled ‘books with badass female characters’ and this was the first book on the list I saw and I happen to already have a copy of this! So that is why I chose it!

This is also the book that could fit in challenge 1. I discovered this book when I started watching BookTube as so many people were talking about it because the next book in the series had come out!

I have never read a fairytale retelling so this will be an interesting read!

 

 

Challenge 3

Ron: Read a red or orange book

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I recently received this book in The YA Chronicles subscription box and even though the main colour on the cover is black, I’m still going to use this! Considering I have never read a fairytale retelling, like I said before I am going to be read 2 in this ReadAThon. I have also never read anything by Marissa Meyer and I am reading 2 in this ReadAThon.. So I hope I like her writing! This book could also go under the Hyped book challenge seen as people have been talking about this for months coming up to its release!

 

 

Challenge 4

Dumbledore: Read a book that features LGBTQIA+ Characters

Okay, so here is where I need help! As I said above I don’t want to purchase any books for this ReadAThon. I don’t have any books that are well known for their LGBTQIA Characters. So I need help..

I will put a list of all the physical books on my TBR and also the iBooks that I have and if you know that any of these have LGBTQIA characters please let me know!

A lot of the iBooks I have, I’ve got no idea what they are because a mate gave me copies or they were free downloads and sounded interesting at the time! And checking them on Goodreads most of the time doesn’t help as most people just label books as Diverse and Diverse means more than just LGBTQIA.

SO PLEASE HELP ME OUT!

Physical books

  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
  • The Price of Valour by John Hamilton
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowly

iBooks:

  • Shiver and linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • UnEnchanted and Fairest by Chanda Hahn
  • November 9 by Coleen Hoover
  • The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer
  • The Finite by Safa Shaqsy
  • The Last Firewall by William Hertling
  • Insight by Jamie Magee
  • The Sanctuary Series by Robert J. Crane
  • The Change by Teyla Branton
  • Discern by Andera Pearson
  • Snow and Ash: Endless Winter by Theresa Shaver
  • Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson
  • Ignited by Desni Dantone
  • Back to Lazarus by Judy K. Walker
  • Chained Guilt by Terry Keys
  • Rift by Andreas Christens
  • Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith
  • Evensong bu Krista Walsh
  • Mindspeak by Heather Sunseri
  • Runes by Ednah Walters
  • Wicked Luck by Shannon L. Maynard
  • Magemother by Austin J. Bradley
  • Sword Bearer by Teddy Jacobs
  • The Healer by C.J. Anaya
  • Branded by Keary Taylor
  • The Gifting K.E. Ganshert

Challenge 5

Hagrid: A comfort read (a book by a favourite author/a re-read/a book you know you’re going to love)

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

So, obviously, I am going with the book by a favourite author part! I love the Harry Potter series and J.K. Rowling! So, I am so keen to get to this book and dive back into the Wizarding World! And guess what guys?! Finally, a book and movie that are exactly the same! HAHA. Anyway. I will hopefully be going to see the movie during the weekend that this ReadAThon is on! It comes out in the cinema in the next town on the 1st, so I will be straight there that weekend haha.

 

 


Well, that’s my TBR! Please help me find a book that I can read for challenge 4. If I can’t find something I’m just going to skip that Challenge and if I get time I will just read a random book, so I have 5.

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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Hollow City
Author: Ransom Riggs
Series Name: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult/Mystery
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Pages:  Actual story 396 (including interview with Author and preview of Library of Souls: 428)
Publishers: Quirk Books
Rating:
5 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

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I am absolutely loving this series, I was in a kind of mini reading slump throughout October, so it took me awhile to read it, but that wasn’t because I didn’t like it!

If you have read my Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Review, you will notice that some of this review will be very similar as my opinion has not changed when it comes to certain aspects of the books.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Spoiler Free Review

Writing:

I loved the writing style. I love books that when reading you can easily visualise the place they are talking about and that was the case for this book. I also loved the addition of the pictures. It added to the effect of the book and I thought it made it a little creepier, which I loved. This isn’t a scary book, just putting that out there, at first, I thought that’s what it was meant to be. However, it’s no scarier than any other fantasy novel I have read. The quality of writing was consistent between Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City, which is good as there is nothing worse than when the first book is written amazingly and the second seems like a half ass job!

Plot:

Now, as this is spoiler free I will not be talking about details of the plot as that would ruin this book and give away details of the first book. However, I loved the plot! It had so many twists and turns and it wasn’t a book where you are like ‘I bet this is what happens in the end’ because no matter what you guessed, you would have been wrong! It was so well done and there was tonnes of suspense which just heightened the plot.

Characters: 

If you want my initial opinion on Jakob, Jakobs Grandfather Abraham, Jakob’s Father Franklin, Emma, and Millard than check out my review for the first book here!

I’m not going to go into details about each character, but I loved that we actually learnt about each of the characters and found out what their personality is like!  There was also the addition of a few new characters that join them and some they had to leave behind! LITTLE BIT OF A SPOILER: A loved that Peculiar Animals were added! I found that so fascinating and I just loved it! TINY SPOILER PART OVER (not even sure that’s considered a spoiler, but to me you should go into this story with an open mind and knowing nothing like I did and this book will just blow your mind!

Overall:

I loved it! I can’t express it any other way! This book was equal to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and I will be picking up Library or Souls by the end of the day!


Highly RECOMMEND!

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Fall Bookish Bingo Update

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You can find my original post here.

I didn’t read these book because of the Bookish Bingo, I just made them fit haha!

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Multi POV: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Animal on Cover: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling (Cat in the bottom corner)

Purple Cover: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Free: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Black Cover: Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson

Fall Release: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unrealistic Guide by J.K. Rowling (8th September)

Short Story: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling


If you’re participating then let me know how far you have got!

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Book Travelling Thursday – Book That Brings You Warm Feelings

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I really need to stop finding memes that I want to do that are on the same day as memes I already participate in!

I’m also cheating as it is 2 hours into Friday, no longer Thursday but oh well!

Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

So this weeks theme is: Fall is just around the corner: A book that brings you warm feelings


So I’m not normal, that as simple as it gets. The book I chose is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, all the HP books end on a kind of good note compared to the really bad thing that has been building up all book, but out of all I loved Prisoner of Azkaban the most, everything you learnt about Sirius and how everything turned out just makes me so happy!


Original Cover:

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I’m pretty sure that this was the original cover, so if I’m wrong I’m sorry!

The copy I own is similar to this but slightly different as it is the UK Bloomsbury Celebratory edition.

Cover from my country:

I tried googling it with no success, I live in Australia and most of the time with just get the UK edition of books!

Favourite covers:

Left is the new UK Bloomsbury Children’s Edition.
I love that they added the stag to the cover of this edition and the illustration is just beautiful! I also really like the colours on this edition.

Middle is the UK Bloomsbury Celebratory edition, which is the one I own.
I like that this one is basically the same as the original (which I really like) but it just has that bit more, I also like the gold on the spine, which you obviously can’t see in this photo but that what it has on my real copy. I wish I had the full set in this edition so the spines would be metallic.

Right is the iBooks/Kindle edition.
I really like this cover! My favourite thing is that when the image is smaller or further away the island looks like a wolf howling, I’m guessing this was on purpose and I love it!
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Least Favourite:

Left is the Bloomsbury Adult edition
To me if you removed the words from this book it looks like the cover of a murder mystery or something, there is nothing to refer it to Prisoner of Azkaban.

Right is the American Original Scholastics edition.
I just don’t like the illustrations! The faces of Hermione and Harry are really chubby and Harry is meant to be the opposite of that! and Buckbeak looks like a bird that has just smacked into a glass door.


Well, that’s it! Which cover for Prisoner of Azkaban is your favourite! Also, comment a link below to your Book Traveling Thursday or just tell me and I will check it out!
It’s interesting seeing different covers for books, I don’t really think about it as I just buy what available to me, so I probably haven’t seen half of them!

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City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

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Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series Name: 
The Mortal Instruments
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, YA
Publication Date: March 27, 2007
Pages: 505
Publishers: Walker Books
Rating:
4 star

Goodreads Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

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I really enjoyed this book and the only reason I gave it 4 and not 5 is because I was expecting a little bit more from it due to hype that surrounds it and I have heard people on BookTube saying it changed their life and things like that, for me that wasn’t the case but it was an amazing book.

I am not taking into account that I already knew what was happening as I have seen the tv show and most of the main events stayed kinda the same. That was my fault that I watched the tv show before reading the books so I’m not taking points away for that.


Writing:

I love Cassandra Clare’s writing style, it kept me intrigued and I never wanted to put the book down, I also like that she added a whole chapter that felt like was from Lukes point of view and was just Luke talking, if she had done that in the same way the rest of the book was it would have been boring or she would have had to cut half of it out, so I’m glad it was done the way that it was. I love the world building and character development so far and I’m keen to see how much further it goes in the rest of the series.

Plot:

I enjoyed the plot but like I said earlier I knew most of what was happening thanks to the tv show, but there were still some things that were done differently as always happens in a book to movie or tv shop adaptations. It has been a little while since I watched the show and I didn’t really remember all of it and I’m still confused as to how some things fitted in as I thought the tv show was just the first book, but it must be more as there are things in the tv show that haven’t happened in the book yet. The plot was done really well!

Characters:

I really enjoyed the characters! I love Clary’s fiery personality but sometimes I wanted to slap her for some of the things she said and did in the book. Most of it got sorted out in the end, though. Jace was also and interesting character and the character development for him so far has been a bit of a rollercoaster, you will know what I mean if you have read it. I really enjoyed Isabelle as well, her bitchy personality is great and I also loved how she let her guard done a bit in the end when it came to Clary. Alec was hard to read at the beginning but by the end of the book you get a bit of a feel for him and I am starting to enjoy him as a character, at first I thought he jus needed to chill a bit but it’s getting better. Luke was a really good character, in the start, you have to hate him but in the end, you learn his true story and why he did the things he did.
Valentine is one of those evil characters that you literally don’t know how someone could be such an ass. That’s the only way I can describe him.

Overall:

I really enjoyed this book, just a tip is don’t go into this book thinking it’s going to be the best thing you have ever read and it’s going to change your life.


Let me know if you have read City of Bones and what you thought of it!

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