31 July, 2017

30 July, 2017

REVIEW: INDIGO SPELL by Richelle Mead


Title: Indigo Spell
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #3
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Magic, Vampires
Publisher: Razorbill / Penguin Group
Release: 2013
Source: Paperback
Pages: 401

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BLURB:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets--and human lives."
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.


29 July, 2017

Saturday tag



Welcome dear readers, to yet another Saturday Tag, where the fun never stops!

Today I will complete this fun tag:

BEST BOOK MOVIE ADAPTATION I
(in my opinion)

28 July, 2017

REVIEW: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM by Kerstin Gier

Title: Dream a Little Dream (Silber: The First Book of Dreams)
Author: Kerstin Gier
Series: Silber Trilogy #1
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Fischer FJB
Release: June 20th, 2013
Source: Paperback
Pages: 416

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BLURB: Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv's dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she's in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals.

The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They're classmates from her new school in London, the school where she's starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what's really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn't possibly know--unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute....

27 July, 2017

REVIEW: THE VIRGIN SUICIDES by Jeffrey Eugenides



Title: The Virgin Suidices
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Series: -
Genres: Adult fiction, Contemporary
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PL
Release: 2002
Source: Kindle
Pages: 250

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BLURB: The haunting, humorous and tender story of the brief lives of the five entrancing Lisbon sisters, The Virgin Suicides, now a major film, is Jeffrey Eugenides's classic debut novel.


The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence: the brassiere draped over a crucifix belonging to the promiscuous Lux; the sisters' breathtaking appearance on the night of the dance; and the sultry, sleepy street across which they watched a family disintegrate and fragile lives disappear.

26 July, 2017

25 July, 2017

REVIEW: SABRIEL by Garth Nix


Title: Sabriel
Author: Garth Nix
Series: Abhorsen #1
Genres: High fantasy, Adventure, YA
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: 1996
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 491

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BLURB:
Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen series, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn't always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.


24 July, 2017

23 July, 2017

GUEST REVIEW: THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K.Jemisin


Title: The Fifth Season
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Series: The Broken Earth #1
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publisher: Orbit
Release: 2015
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 468

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BLURB:
This is the way the world ends...for the last time.
A season of endings has begun.
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.
It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.
It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.



22 July, 2017

Saturday Tag



Welcome dear readers, to yet another Saturday Tag, where the fun never stops!

Today I am joined by Laura and together we will complete this fun tag:

THE GOODREADS TAG

21 July, 2017

REVIEW: SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Series: -
Genres: YA, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary
Publisher: Puffith, n
Release: April 1st 2001
Source: Kindle
Pages: 208

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BLURB:
"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.

Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature

20 July, 2017

REVIEW: INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer

Title: Into The Wild
Author: Jon Krakauer
Series: -
Genres: Nonfiction, Travel, Adventure
Publisher: Anchor
Release: January 20th, 1997
Source: Kindle
Pages: 207 


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BLURB: In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, a party of moose hunters found his decomposed body. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and, unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw away the maps. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.

19 July, 2017

18 July, 2017

REVIEW: THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab

Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: The Archived #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release: January 7th, 2014
Source: Paperback
Pages: 352

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BLURB: Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hardwon redemption.

17 July, 2017

16 July, 2017

REVIEW: WAR AND PEACE by Leo Tolstoy

Title: War and Peace
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Series: -
Genres: Historical fiction, Classics
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 1998
Source: Audiobook
Pages:1392


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BLURB:
Tolstoy's epic masterpiece intertwines the lives of private and public individuals during the time of the Napoleonic wars and the French invasion of Russia. The fortunes of the Rostovs and the Bolkonskys, of Pierre, Natasha, and Andrei, are intimately connected with the national history that is played out in parallel with their lives. Balls and soirees alternate with councils of war and the machinations of statesmen and generals, scenes of violent battles with everyday human passions in a work whose extraordinary imaginative power has never been surpassed.

The prodigious cast of characters, seem to act and move as if connected by threads of destiny as the novel relentlessly questions ideas of free will, fate, and providence. Yet Tolstoy's portrayal of marital relations and scenes of domesticity is as truthful and poignant as the grand themes that underlie them.

15 July, 2017

Saturday Tag



Welcome dear readers, to yet another Saturday Tag, where the fun never stops!

Today I will complete this fun tag:

I can Relate Book Tag

14 July, 2017

REVIEW: WE ARE THE ANTS by Shaun David Hutchinson

Title: We Are the Ants
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Series: -
Genres: YA, LGBT, Science Fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release: January 19th, 2016
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 464

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BLURB: Henry Denton doesn’t know why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

Since the suicide of his boyfriend, Jesse, Henry has been adrift. He’s become estranged from his best friend, started hooking up with his sworn enemy, and his family is oblivious to everything that’s going on around them. As far as Henry is concerned, a world without Jesse is a world he isn’t sure is worth saving. Until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.

13 July, 2017

GUEST REVIEW: THE MAGPIE LORD by K.J.Charles


Title: The Magpie Lord
Author: K.J. Charles
Series: A Charm of Magpies #1
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, M/M Romance
Publisher: Samhain
Release: 2013
Source: eBook
Pages: 222

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BLURB:
A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.
Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry.
Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude... and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.
Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn't the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.

12 July, 2017

11 July, 2017

REVIEW: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen


Title: Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen
Series: -
Genres:  Romance, Historical
Publisher: Public Domain Books
Release: October 4th, 2009
Source: eBook
Pages: 336

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BLURB: Sense and Sensibility's two heroines - so utterly unlike each other - undergo the most violent passions when they are separated from the men they love. What differentiates them, and gives this extraordinary book its complexity and brilliance is the way each expresses her suffering. Marianne - young, impetuous, ardent - falls into paroxysms of grief when she is rejected by the dashing John Willoughby; while her sister, Elinor - wiser, more sensible, more self-controlled - masks her despair when it appears that Edward Ferrars is to marry the mean-spirited and cunning Lucy Steele. All, of course, ends happily - but not until Elinor's 'sense' and Mariannes' 'sensibility' have equally worked to reveal the profound emotional life that runs beneath the surface of Austen's immaculate art

10 July, 2017

09 July, 2017

REVIEW: SORCERESS by Claudia Gray


Title: Sorceress
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Spellcaster #3
Genres: YA, Witches, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: 2015
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 352

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BLURB:
To save the lives of countless people in Captive’s Sound, Nadia has sworn herself to the One Beneath, to black magic. Her plan, and the town’s only hope, is for Nadia to learn enough sorcery to strike back against the forces of darkness. But now that she’s separated from her friends, her family, and her Steadfast, Mateo, Nadia is more vulnerable than ever to darkness. And as the sorceress Elizabeth summons torrential rains and brings the One Beneath closer to the mortal world, Nadia is running out of time to stop her. The final battle lines are drawn, surprising alliances are made, and true love is tested in the action-packed conclusion to the breathtaking Spellcaster series.

Sorceress is richly woven with New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s signature dark magic, captivating mystery, and star-crossed romance.


08 July, 2017

Saturday Tag



Welcome dear readers, to yet another Saturday Tag, where the fun never stops!

Today I am joined by HannahCassie and together we will complete this fun tag:

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag

07 July, 2017

REVIEW: STEADFAST by Claudia Gray


Title: Steadfast
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Spellcaster #2
Genres: YA, Witches, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: 2014
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 384

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BLURB:
Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive's Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth...or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia's magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn't know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerable to a darker magic...which has begun to call Nadia's name. 


06 July, 2017

READING DIVERSE: LGBTQIA+ recommendations



“All of the moments where I was made to feel like an outsider in a group that was supposed to have room for me added up and left me feeling so much shame.” 

Gabby Rivera, Juliet Takes a Breath

Today I will not be talking about single book and what it has taught me. Instead I will talk about nine books that got on my radar recently and that most definitely should be on yours too. 

05 July, 2017

04 July, 2017

REVIEW: A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU by Claudia Gray

SPOILERS OF PREVIOUS BOOKS

Title: A Million Worlds With You
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #3
Genres: YA, Science Fiction
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: November 1st, 2016
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 336

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BLURB: A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites…and only one can win.

03 July, 2017

02 July, 2017

REVIEW: PANDORA by Anne Rice


Title: Pandora
Author: Anne Rice
Series: New Tales of Vampires #1
Genres: Paranormal, Classics, Gothic
Publisher: Mass Market Paperback
Release: 1998
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 344

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BLURB:
Anne Rice, creator of the Vampire Lestat, the Mayfair witches and the amazing worlds they inhabit, now gives us the first in a new series of novels linked together by the fledgling vampire David Talbot, who has set out to become a chronicler of his fellow Undead.

The novel opens in present-day Paris in a crowded café, where David meets Pandora. She is two thousand years old, a Child of the Millennia, the first vampire ever made by the great Marius. David persuades her to tell the story of her life.

Pandora begins, reluctantly at first and then with increasing passion, to recount her mesmerizing tale, which takes us through the ages, from Imperial Rome to eighteenth-century France to twentieth-century Paris and New Orleans. She carries us back to her mortal girlhood in the world of Caesar Augustus, a world chronicled by Ovid and Petronius. This is where Pandora meets and falls in love with the handsome, charismatic, lighthearted, still-mortal Marius. This is the Rome she is forced to flee in fear of assassination by conspirators plotting to take over the city. And we follow her to the exotic port of Antioch, where she is destined to be reunited with Marius, now immortal and haunted by his vampire nature, who will bestow on her the Dark Gift as they set out on the fraught and fantastic adventure of their two turbulent centuries together.


01 July, 2017

Saturday Tag



Welcome dear readers, to yet another Saturday Tag, where the fun never stops!

Today I am joined by Laura and together we will complete this fun tag:

Character Book Tag