Saturday, 28 November 2015

Stacking the Shelves #2


Stacking the Shelves is book blogging meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. As I said before, this isn't going to be a weekly thing because I only get books on hot-damn sales okay, and that isn't that often.

Whew, okay here's are the books that I've gotten since the last time I did it:


I don't think I've ever gotten so many books in one month... *cries*. Anyways, due to Black Friday, a hell of a lot of books were on sale and my parents reluctantly got them for me lol. Also, I discovered BookOutlet like last week and it was mega cheap so of course I managed to score some great stuff.

So onto the recap of prices and stuff, yay!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Japanese Part 2):
Format - Hardcover
Condition - Like-New
Price - $1 CAD
Location - Local library

The Giver:
Format - Library-bound
Condition - Good
Price - $0.50 CAD
Location - Local library

The Rule of Three:
Format - Paperback
Condition - New
Price - $5 CAD
Location - Local book fair

Twilight the Graphic Novel (#2):
Format - Hardcover
Condition - New
Price - $4.50 CAD
Location - Local book fair

Son:
Format - Hardcover
Condition - New
Price - $5 CAD
Location - Local book fair

Pendragon (The Merchant of Death, The Quillian Games, The Soldiers of Halla):
Format - Paperback
Condition - New
Price - $3 CAD
Location - BookOutlet.ca

Lux - Beginnings:
Format - Paperback
Condition - New
Price - $3 CAD
Location - BookOutlet.ca

A Mango-Shaped Space:
Format - Paperback
Condition - New
Price - $4 CAD
Location - BookOutlet.ca

We Were Liars:
Format - Hardcover
Condition - New
Price - $5 CAD
Location - BookOutlet.ca

Ender's Shadow:
Format - Paperback
Condition - New
Price - $5 CAD
Location - BookOutlet.ca


Haha I would show you what my already-crowded bookshelf looks like with these editions however, that will have to wait till my next Stacking the Shelves since some of these haven't arrived yet. Also, hopefully in my next post for this meme, my signed Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard will arrive!

Alas, thank you for joining me in today's Stacking the Shelves! What deals did you get this week with Black Friday? Share it below with me in the comments! Thanks for reading, and I hope you have an awesome weekend! 

Read on! :)

Friday, 27 November 2015

Truthwitch Tuesday Recap - Week of Nov. 22


Ohhhhh, what's the best day of the week? TRUTHWITCH TUESDAY! Every Tuesday, I'm legit on the edge of my seat, as many others are, wondering what Sooz and Nicola are going to surprise us with this week. This week was definitely no different!

So what was this week's big news? Well, after 500 tweets in the hashtag #TruthwitchTrailer, the book trailer would be unlocked for everyone to view! Of course, the Witchlanders joined together to smash that tweet count in less than an hour! So here's the official Truthwitch book trailer which Sooz made herself! Watch the exciting, and epic trailer down below!


Huh, huh... so what did you think?? Wasn't it awesome! Sooz is amazingly multi-talented, isn't she? I thought the trailer was absolutely fantastic! Didn't you get those chills down your spine listening to the music, too? And I know I already mentioned it, but Sooz made this herself! Great job, Sooz! 

Also, with Thanksgiving this week, Sooz was giving away multiple copies of Truthwitch ARCs on her Twitter. So if you are looking for an ARC, make sure to follow her and @Truthwitch on Twitter, because they've hinted at more giveaways in the future!

New to the craze, or missed a couple weeks of Truthwitch Tuesdays? Well here are some of the recaps! (Make sure to click the links for more exciting details!
Thanks for reading this week's Truthwitch Tuesday recap! I hope it was exciting and helpful to some of you! If you have any questions or comments, be sure to leave it down below!

Have an amazing Black Friday! :)

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Things I Am Thankful for This Year


Okay as you know, I'm not American, so in reality I should have done this like last month during Canadian lol. But alas I shall do it. 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish over here. Today's theme will be "Top Ten _____ I Am Thankful for This Year." I'm just going to keep it general because one thing led to another and led to another and got super complicated when I first tried to write it. So yep, general.

10. My Family

I love you all so much. Thanks for supporting me this year and in everything I do. Even though you don't buy me all the books I keep pointing out at the bookstore, I love you all the same.

9. My Cousins

For helping me with my homework even though you guys are way beyond my level. For hanging out with me, playing those hangman by email with awesome book quotes, those late-night sleepovers, gaming fun, hilarious card games, and for just being the best cousins I could ask for.

8. My IRL Friends

Somehow you guys made it to this list because you manage to keep me sane with your oddities and everything omg. For sharing the school feels and for staying by me all these years. <333333

7. Anime/Manga

I started getting big on it last year around this time and I legit couldn't stop. It's become a huge interest of mine. The characters, the story, the animation. I've fallen in love and thankful for all of it brightening up my life last year and this year. I'll probably will never rise from the sports anime hell.

6. My Love for Books

Well, I love books and that has led me to do so many other things. And I'm just so thankful for this escape in my life from stress, school and just everything in general. I've learned so much and have become such a better human being after picking up THAT book in the third grade.

5. Blogging

So one of those great things that books has led me to is, well, blogging on this blog, and I love it so so much. I love being able to express my opinion with the world and even sometimes get spark up some discussion on the topic. I'm so thankful for starting this, and hope to continue for a long, long time.

4. Twitter Peeps

You guys always make my day when we start conversations and every tweet makes me smile on the inside. I'm so thankful for you guys tweeting me so we can talk about books and legit anything to be truly honest. I love you guys too.

3. Authors

I have to say, you guy write the books that I love, you guys do everything and make the characters come to life. Special thanks to Sarah J. Maas and Susan Dennard! Throne of Glass became my thing this year and Sooz is just such an amazing author, and awesome person, I can't describe the both of them in words alone.

2. Firewitches

This brings me to my next point, I will be forever grateful for Sooz and Nicola for starting the Truthwitch Street Team. I've met amazing people in the Fire Clan, who I (hope will be safe to say) can call some of the best friends I've ever had. I love you guys so, so much and I don't even know what else to say. You guys have changed my life in more ways than I can count. You've made my life so much happier, I just can't even.

1. A Happy, Peaceful Year 

And well for me this is kind of personal, but I'm just really, really glad nothing dramatic happened this year in my bubble for a world. Since last year, I've grown up so, so much and faster than I ever would have thought due to family incidents. This year so far, has been such a step up and I'm so thankful for how much I've managed to adjust.  

But lastly, I want to say thank you for supporting me and this blog. It means so much to me and I appreciate it so very much. I can't thank the world enough.

So this brings us to the end of this week's Top Ten Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed it and if you have anything you are thankful for, why don't you comment in the comments below?

Happy Truthwitch Tuesday!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Recap: FIERCE READS TOUR - October 17th (Toronto)

I'm sorry, I know I'm a bad person. I should have had this post up the day of the event. BUTTTT school, and inspiration for what to say prevented me from doing that. So, I'm sorry for that. 

But you guys asked, so I shall deliver.

So last month, Fierce Reads had a tour stop in Toronto featuring the authors: Emma Mills, Josephine Angelini, Leila Sales and Leigh Bardugo! So obviously with such a great set of authors, I had to go!

(Fun facts: Turns out it was their last stop. They all love each other so much. And they fangirl over each others' books so much. *Definitely squad goals*)

I got there an hour and a half early to leave time to purchase Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo since I never got a chance when it first can out. Sadly, I didn't have money to purchase all of the books by the featured authors, but I plan to buy them eventually. Also, by the time I got the event area it was legit packed and I had to stand. I'm bad a standing so the wait was literally killing (my feet) me.


During the entire time, I was panicking within. "Was Leigh going to remember me? Are the authors going to recognize who I am??" As I had tweeted them when the tour was first announced with insane enthusiasm. (If you wanna know what that was like, here's the link.)

Everyone waited for like an hour until they finally announced that the authors would be coming out. Everyone was super excited of course. I saw a whole bunch of bloggers were tweeting live and I was basically just trying to stay standing like this penguin tbh.


Then they came out, and BookTuber Ariel Bissett (you all better watch her videos if you don't know her) came out as a special guest and host of the event! They did the normal-sorta spiel of getting to know them and stuff. Then they moved onto a Q&A and signing.

Every time Emma would talk about her book, First & Then, the rest of them would say "EZZRAAAAA." And, I should probably read the book soon to find out what I'm missing.

Yes, they were practically like this.

Some things that happened during the Q&A:

Ariel asked about the process of cover selection and that general topic and how that worked for each of the authors.

- Leila talked about how as an editor/agent herself, normally she'd be the one choose the cover, but ultimately doesn't that when SHE's the author. And specifically with Tonight the Streets Are Ours, she said the original cover was pretty similar. But she said she wanted the colours brighter and told her cover team, with her amazing graphic design terminology, to maybe make it more "Instagrammy."

- Leigh kept talking about how in love she was with the black-tip stained pages (which I am so glad to have gotten) and how she kept reminding her team about them until it was final that they were going to implement it into the design of Six of Crows.

- Emma said for most authors it is pretty much a "check: yes or yes" when they get the final cover. She said she was glad she got to see two options, and that everyone loved the "rainbow raindrops" so much it was pretty much what they went with.

- Josephine got her cover and didn't quite love it, told her team, but they still went with it. Then they decided to change the covers and she was like "now you listen to me??." She's extremely sorry for the mismatching covers.

After that, the topics discussed jumped from writing, depression/anxiety/mental illness, time management, adult-ish content, researching for their novels (THAT was interesting), and then reading slumps. Really, the change of topics was sorta on-par with the Firewitches chat. And we switch topics like THAT.

Other fun facts from the Q&A:
- Emma eats a lot of pizza bagel bites
- Leila can't seem to get into Pride and Prejudice
- Leigh had a hard time in middle school and mentioned that writing was her escape
- Josephine would always deny she was a writer when she was young, and now it's inevitable

MY LEGIT FAVOURITE PART:

When Emma mentioned High School Musical. She said "I try to think of it as the Troy Bolton dream; where you can be a Broadway star and a basketball player." I know, I have such a weakness for HSM.


If you want a more in-depth look at the Q&A, I suggest heading over to Tiff's (@MostlyYALit) recap over here because I basically only remembered these couple of parts tbh.

So onto the signing!

Somehow I managed to get into the signing line real early even though I wasn't really supposed to since I was in a different group. (Whoops >.<)

But alas, I took it and Emma was first. We talked briefly on how we have similar names (Em and Emma lol), then joined in with Leila and Josephine. It was so much fun getting to know them! They commented on my Harry Potter shirt and I was like yeahhhh! Leigh is the Slytherin, Emma (I think) was Gryffindor, Leila (I think) a Ravenclaw, and Josephine (I think) was a Gryffindor. Then I was like, well I'm a Ravenclaw, so can I join your group? XD They signed the cool poster I got from Fierce Reads. I also complimented them and said they were hilarious and very pretty. I tweeted them again and well this was the response. I legit love them so much.


Okay then it was Leigh next. I got a super cool copy of my friend's, Brynne, artwork of the Darkling for Leigh Bardugo to sign for her. It's super awesome and below if you haven't encountered her art before (I mean how could you not she was pretty big on Tumblr for a while!).
(http://chrysalisgrey.deviantart.com/art/The-Darkling-389223160
Yeah, so I got that and Six of Crows signed! Leigh was also giving out buttons and bookmarks, so I snagged a couple! Here's my swag from that day:


Overall, it was a fantastic event! (The only complaint I had was: couldn't they have gotten more chairs??) It was amazing and was a great experience for my first (actual) signing! I hope to attend some more in the future! Hopefully more events come this way!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this recap! Do you have any events that you went to recently? I'd love to hear your experiences! Let me know in the comments below!

Have an amazing Sunday!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

ONE MONTH BLOGIVERSARY + 5 Things I Learned from Blogging

 
Yayyy! I did it. I made it through my first month of blogging at Piplup's Shadowy Bookshelf! This has been such an eye-opening experience and I've already met soooo many new people; I am so thankful for starting this blog. With all my heart, thank you so, so, so much for reading.

Now onto 5 things that I've learned from blogging, thus far.

1. Time and Commitment

Running a blog takes a hell lot of commitment that I don't think I would have realized without actually starting my own. On Twitter, I follow a lot of book bloggers and always find that a lot of them are posting almost every single day. When I first started, I thought to myself: "I've got this, I'm going to post at least every other day." Boy was I so wrong. I was having trouble posting two things a week, much less every other day. lol, I've learned my lesson. I envy those who do manage to post almost everyday, but first, I'll be improving my own posting schedule. I'm hoping to post about 2 - 4 times per week now.

2. It's not about the followers or readers

At first, when I started, I was getting a tiny little trickle of readers of maybe about 3-10 views per day. I thought the people who were following me on Twitter would automatically read my blog and at that point, I probably had about 100 followers. (I know I'm really stupid.) But of course, looking back, I have to work for my readers and followers. No one can become an instant blog sensation. All those popular bloggers that I follow on Twitter, have put in so much time an effort into blogging, that I significantly pale in comparison. I'm extremely sorry that I ever even thought about it omg. But I've changed my mindset now. In reality, the follower or view count really doesn't matter, what matters is that I'm talking about what I want to talk about and doing what I love. I'm just going to keep blogging, and if people like what I have to say and decide to follow, fine and yay. But if you just wanna read my posts and not follow, that's fine, too. I'm totally okay with that. And that's probably one of the most important things that have changed me since I started blogging.

3. Aesthetics

In the blogging world, aesthetics (or just nice graphics in general) are super important. If any of you were reading my blog in October, or the first part of November, you probably saw how horridly it looked. I didn't have a blog banner, and that background was eww. Thank god Claire (@BlankSlaters) brought this to my attention, and pointed me in a better direction. I owe you everything Claire. (*hugs*) So, basically after that I went through an almost who design revamp and well, I think it looks pretty slick now? Idk. You guys can tell me your thoughts in the comments. Yeah, not just should your blog look good, but the images you use for each post should be clear and most importantly BE YOUR OWN or CREDITED. That's something I learned after revamping too.

4. Connecting with Readers

Blogging is a form of spreading one's thoughts. But well, it's not much fun if you just put your thoughts out there and receive no response, right? So advertising is one thing that I learned to do, as well as moderately (because mean no one wants to go to your Twitter feed and just see you advertising for your blog right?). I try and reply to every single message I get, as well as retweet and tweet a variety of things so no one gets bored. Also, the commenting and commenting back rule some bloggers use helps out. Someone comments on my blog, I'll be sure to comment back on their blog. Basically I learned to spread the love.

5. Learning from Others

I stalk a lot of people's blogs. Why? Because I'm still learning. Just because I've finally gotten past one month, I'm still learning how to do blogging things. Most people have been blogging way longer than I have and have their own style of doing things, but me? I have almost nothing at the moment. Learning from other blogs is what's going to help shape my own style of blogging. Plus, it's pretty easy to do, to get help I mean. I tweet a question on Twitter, I'll most likely get a reply. So many great people that I've met just from starting conversations there. I love all of you so freaking much.





So this is the end of my blogiversary post. I hope the 5 things that I've learned have helped you too. Also, I would hold a giveaway, but I don't really have anything to give away at the moment. All I have to give is my endless thanks and love for making this happen. So again, thank you all so much. Merci mille fois. I really can't thank you guys enough.

~Em (piplupsshadow)

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish over here. Today's theme will be "Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So. And believe it or not, I actually read all of these books this year so...


10. "'I hate this plan,' I said. 'Let’s do it.'" - Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer)


9. "The girl starts crying even harder, but helpful posts in 140 characters or less don’t appear. Life should be more like Twitter." - Janet Gurtler (16 Things I Thought Were True)


8. "Don't feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy." - Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses)


7. "'Oh, I fully intend to form an alliance with Luna.' Kai glanced at the cyborg foot again. 'I just intend to put a different queen on the throne first.' - Marissa Meyer (Winter)


6. "She wasn't interested in telling other people's futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own." - Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Boys)


5. "The fault is not in our stars," I whispered to the ceiling. "But in ourselves. This was my choice." - Susan Dennard (Something Strange and Deadly)


4. "It is the fire. The spark. Black is the color of memory. It is our color. The only one they'll use to tell our story." - Alexandra Bracken (In the Afterlight) 


3. "And that's just it, isn't it? That's how we manage to survive the loss. Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it." - Gayle Foreman (If I Stay)


2. "You might try then, as I did, to find a sky so full of stars it will blind you again. Only no sky can blind you now. Even with all that iridescent magic up there, your eye will no longer linger on the light, it will no longer trace constellations. You'll care only about the darkness and you'll watch it for hours, for days, maybe even for years, trying in vain to believe you're some kind of indispensable, universe-appointed sentinel, as if just by looking you could actually keep it all at bay. It will get so bad you'll be afraid to look away, you'll be afraid to sleep." - Mark Z. Danielewski (House of Leaves)


1. "You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most." - Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass)


Here's this week's Top Ten Tuesday! As you can see, I love quotes with references to stars and fire and such! But that's just me! Let me know what you think and YOUR favourite quotes are! I'd love to hear them! Thanks for reading!

Happy Tuesday! ;) 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan


Hey guys! Today I'm going to be doing something a little different with my review, a quote review of Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer! I actually read this a while ago (whoops), but now I've finally gotten time to put the review together lol. Anyways, allons-y!

 

Sword of Summer
By: Rick Riordan
Pages:528
Published: October 6th, 2015
Published by: Disney - Hyperion Books
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1
Format: Hardcover
Own: Yes (Hardcover)
Rating: 8/10

Read more about in on Goodreads.



Quote #1

“I hate this plan,” I said. “Let’s do it.”

Magnus Chase is a story about a guy who has been homeless for two years. Short on resources, of course he's going to be blunt, and straight to the point. Also, it was great to get back to the first person perspective from Rick Riordan.

Quote #2

“It was an annoying name to have. People tended to spell in Mangus, rhymes with Angus. I always corrected them: No, it's Magnus, rhymes with swagness. At which point they would stare at me blankly.”

He's got swag and I'm not joking. Magnus is a hilarious character who is much more connected to the mortal world than the other series Rick has written. There are references to pop culture every so often which I think makes it more relatable than the other series he has written.

Quote #3

“The thing about fate, Magnus: even if we can't change the big picture, our choices can alter the details.That's how we rebel against destiny, how we make our mark. What will you choose to do?”

But even with the humour, Rick is still big on the wise statements here and there. Destiny, fate; they are all common themes throughout his books. While it's not as prominent and as mysterious in this one, there still is indeed a form of a prophecy regarding, you guessed it, Magnus.

Quote #4


“Hearth’s eyes rimmed with green water. He signed to us, and this time I think he actually meant I love you and not the giantesses are drunk.”

The side characters in this book are super great. They all have great personalities that really help us identify with who they are. Hearth, you have here, is deaf and communicates with sign language! There’s also a dwarf named Blitzen. All the characters in this book are so diverse and amazing, it’s awesome!

Quote #5

“‘I am Hel,’ she agreed. ‘Sometimes called Hela, though most mortals dare not speak my name at all. No jokes, Magnus Chase? Who the Hel are you? What the Hel do you want? You look Hela bad. I was expecting more bravado.’”

There's also a huge amount of puns in this book. There's this one and that overused point one which are all I can remember at the moment. The humour Rick has is way strong in this book. Sometimes it gets a little annoying since it's about every other page, but it sometimes goes unnoticeable when you are laughing every other page.

Quote #6

“Well, I live a double life. Tonight, I'll escort you to dinner. Then I have to rush home and finish my calculus homework.' 'You're not joking, are you?' 'I never joke about calculus homework.”

Sam in this book is hela (get it? ;]) badass, okay. She's smart, quick thinking, and great at combat! Also she's MUSLIM. A badass woman of colour give this book the oomph that I needed to make it stand out from the other books Rick has written.

Quote #7

“I smiled. "So this horse is your nephew, Sam?" She glared at me. "Let's not go there." "How did your dad father a horse?" Blitzen coughed. "Actually, Loki was Sleipnir's mother." "What--?" "Let's definitely not go there," Sam warned.”

As with all mythologies, the family tree is super messed up. And it’s definitely no different with Norse mythology. Also, there’s dwarves and elves and some many others that I felt was a little overwhelming at times. But Rick grounds us all with references to Marvel’s Thor and other hilarious, in real life examples to help us understand.

Quote #8

“Could you do a glamour and turn into something smaller?" I asked it. "Preferably not a chain, since it's no longer the 1990s?" The sword didn't reply (duh), but I imagined it was humming at a more interrogative pitch, like, Such as what? "I dunno. Something pocket-size and innocuous. A pen, maybe?" The sword pulsed, almost like it was laughing. I imagined it saying, A pen sword. That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.”

There were literally so many references to the world of Percy Jackson in this book. Of course, I’m still reeling that he decided to make Magnus the cousin of Annabeth, but with this connection to the world that we already fell in love with, it makes it much easier to fall in love with Magnus, too. As you can see, this scene parodies the fact that Percy has a pen sword. I laughed so hard, my stomach started hurting. There were all these inside jokes and I cried so many times okay.

Quote #9

“Myths are simply stories about truths we’ve forgotten.”

Rick made this book become reality. At times, I thought about how the world could really have Norse mythology alive within it. He just has this touch that makes his worlds seem so real.

Summary of Thoughts:
 
This book is ultimately the funniest book I’ve read that still has a coherent plot. It’s just hilarious. If you loved Percy Jackson or anything else by Rick Riordan, this book will probably be the sassiest one yet. However with that in mind, Rick has written this for a slightly older audience. Magnus Chase is 16 in book, not quite the preteen Percy was in the Lightning Thief. There’s definitely some touches on darker themes in this book, however younger audiences will still be able to digest this book with much enthusiasm. My 11 year old brother loved this book to pieces and ranks it higher than the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. Personally, PJO/HoO will always be my favourite, but Magnus Chase was definitely really, really good. Hopefully from these quotes, you want to read Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer because, heck, this was just skimming the surface of the glorious book that we have here!

Final Verdict:
 
Just please, please go read it. It's funny, magical, and utterly packed with action. I literally cannot wait for the next book in this series to see how Magnus begins to develop into a hero. If you loved PJO/HoO or the Kane Chronicles, Rick's got another mythology waiting for you to devour.

Bonus:

Quote #10

“(Chocolate must be savored, not rushed.)”
 
*cues laughing* and the fact that Rick knows us so well.
 
 

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Unpopular Opinions Tag


Hey bookies! Today I'll be doing the Unpopular Opinions Tag! I was tagged by Claire at BlankSlaters Books and am sooo excited to be doing it! So here we go! 

#1: A Popular Book or Series You Didn't Like

- THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS AND THE INFERNAL DEVICES -
This will make people hate me, but in reality I read all of these and don't really like them? I don't really like Cassie Clare as a person. The books and plot were really meh. But I liked the characters if that counts for anything?

#2: A Book Series that Everyone Seems to Hate but You Love

- TWILIGHT - 
I think a lot of people don't like this series, but I actually really like it? It's really cheesy, but it was actually one of the first YA books I read and got me really into the genre, which in turn has led me to meeting all of you lovelies so I'm super grateful for this book coming into my life.

#3: A Love Triangle Where The Main Character Ended up With The Wrong Person or an OTP You Don't Like

- MAL AND ALINA -
I personally LOVED the Darkling wayyyyy too much for my own good. And when Mal became the canon pairing for Alina, I felt kind of really sad. I thought they were better as friends and if it was Arkling instead, I feel she could have controlled him and balanced him out. Yeah, but I respect Leigh's choice for Malina. It was probably the better choice in the long run lol. 

- PEETA AND KATNISS -
I'm a fan of Gale personally, despite the ending and when you know what happens. But well, a fangirl can't have everything. *shrugs*

#4: A Popular Genre You Hardly Reach For
I'm actually pretty into most genres so I'm not quite sure what to put here lol. But if I had to choose one, I think I'd have to say paranormal or horror, and probably hard romance, too. I can't really get into those for some reason.

#5: A Popular Character You Do Not Like

- CHAOL WESTFALL -
I'm going to have to agree with Claire on this one, I just don't understand the hype surrounding him? (Please, please don't hate me!) Personally, I liked Dorian much more than him. Like I mean he was sweet and I understand why people may like him, but I don't think he was the best character ever. I don't hate him, but I don't particularly love him either. 

#6: A Popular Author You Cannot Seem To Get Into
- CASSANDRA CLARE -
I wish I could just write her and her books for all of these prompts. Alas, not all of them work, so fans of her should be grateful that they don't have to see me rant.

#7: A Popular Trope You Are Tired of Seeing
The romance. Romance. Particularly the female protagonist falling in love with almost every male character she sees.

#8: A Popular Series You Have No Interest In Reading

- FALLEN, HUSH HUSH, AND A LOT MORE... -  
There's a bunch of YA books I don't have much interest in reading. A lot of them I know the plot to because I've had friends who read it and asked them to tell me what it was about so I'm caught up, but most of these are romance books and I don't quite like the female falling in love with male(s) trope.

#9: When The Book WASN'T Better Than the Movie
The movie was better for Paper Towns, and Mockingjay so far. I wasn't a huge fan of both books, but I LOVED both movies so much! (And it's not just because Cara Delevingne and Jennifer Lawrence are in them. XD)

Thanks for tagging me Claire! I really loved doing this; it was so much fun!! :) I'm tagging:

- Fatima @ Book Whizz

- Alexandra @ Literary Legionnaire

- Deanna @ BookABlog


If I didn't tag you, don't fret! I encourage everyone to do this tag if you want to! 

Thanks for reading and goodnight! :)

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Book-to-Movie Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish over here. Today's theme will be "Top Ten Book-to-Movie Adaptations." This list will contain movies that aren't out yet as well.

10. Princess Bride
That is all I have to say. 

9. Scorch Trials

I haven't actually watched this one yet, but I've heard that even though not everything was accurate to the book, it worked? Those are my favourite types of movies. 

8. The 5th Wave

This comes out super close to my birthday and super excited for it!! It looks a little odd right now, but after I see it, I know it'll be higher up on the list! (Well... Hopefully.)

7. Perks of Being a Wallflower

This one had one of the best casts in my opinion. Despite the fact that Logan Lerman was twenty something and was playing a fourteen year old kid, I feel he still played innocence pretty spot on. (How could he not with that adorable face!) Also, Emma Watson had like the perfect American accent, and Ezra was basically Patrick. 


(Awwww...my little baby!!)

6. Mockingjay Part One

It made me like the movie better than the book. So it made it to the list. End of story. 

5. Howl's Moving Castle

This was also a book first. But Ghibli made it come to life. They make everything look good. Especially Howl.

4. Insurgent

A little different from the book but legit WORKED. Unpopular opinion but loved it. Almost made me like it more than the book, only ALMOST though. 

3. Paper Towns

Liked the movie more than the book. (And it wasn't just because of Cara Delevingne.) Loved how they modernized it with the Pokemon parts. Okay those were my favourite parts other than Cara Delevingne. Okay maybe it's so high up because it had Cara and Pokemon. 

2. Deathly Hallows Part Two

Loved it. Will forever and ever love it.

1. Catching Fire

This one I have to say is one of the most accurate book to movie adaptations I have ever seen. Loved it. I'm not sure what else to say. Every aspect of it was spot on. 

(I mean look at these two cuties!)

So, here's this week's Top Ten Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed it! What are some of your favourite book to movie adaptations? I'd love to see your thoughts in the comments!

Happy Truthwitch Tuesday! 

Sunday, 8 November 2015

The Raven Boys - Readalong

 

Hey guys! 

Megan @ Magic Book Buyers and I are doing a buddy read for The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater!

This is due to the fact that I actually started the book in July and never seemed to be able to finish it. (I know, I know, I'm ashamed.) Anyways, with the new cover release for the final book looking as awesome as it is, I knew I just had to read it!

If you haven't already, check out the cover for the Raven King right here!


Megan's already read it, so she'll be dragging me along... But hopefully she won't have to too much, lol! So on Twitter, we'll be tagging things with #RavenBoysRead and if you want to see our reactions or any updates, be sure to check out that tag!

If you wanted to join in, we'll be reading 14 chapters per week starting with today! We'll be happy to have you join us and it'll motivate me to finish this book! Also, make you can tag your thoughts with #RavenBoysRead! We hope you will join us!


So stay tuned! ;)

Book Talk: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard (Chapters 15-27)


This is the second half of the Something Strange and Deadly Read-Along hosted by the Steph In Wonderland! As some of you may know, I'm a part of Susan Dennard's Street Team for promoting Truthwitch! I'm a Firewitch, so y'all better watch out. ;)

Anyways as a part of being on the Street Team, we have decided to participate in the Something Strange and Deadly Read-Along and discuss chapters 15-27. 

So spoilers!! You have been warned! :)

1. Were you surprised at who was behind the sudden zombie uprising?

OMG yes!! I thought was Clarence the entire time! I was like "wouldn't be too obvious if it was Eleanor's brother??" But then I was like "if it isn't her brother, does that mean it's Clarence? Or maybe Mr. Boyer??" Anyways, I kept reading and just let it turn up to whoever it may be. And when we found out, I was like "WHATT??" I thought about it, but I didn't know Sooz was so heartless!! Oh man, now I know.

2. What was your first impression of Jie?

I loved Jie! She was so badass! I'm Chinese too, so it was great to see a POC, much more a WOC in Susan's trilogy! I love how she was always there for the Spirit Hunters, as well as Eleanor! Their relationship was written spot on!

3. Which character were you the most sorry to see meet their end?

I HATED seeing the end of Clarence! For the better part of the beginning of the story, I was shipping Clarence X Eleanor! They just seemed like a great fit for each other! They both had secrets, and were able to help each other! But his end was just downright wrong. He never really got the chance to redeem himself with Eleanor.

So what did you think of the latter half of Something Strange and Deadly? I personally loved it! But, I want to hear your thoughts in the comments down below! 

Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!

Book on! :)