Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wainting on Wednesday. The Cruel Prince

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week on WoW is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Although, Holy Black has already been published several times, I have not ready yet any of her books - any recommendation? Which books/series should I read first? Well, I could not resist the synopsis of this book (hopefully, there will not be an abusive relationship) since faeries will always be some of my favourite magical/folk creatures (if you haven't read Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, I truly recommend you). The book will be released on January 2nd 2018.

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"Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
From Goodreads

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sunday Post. Chaoticness with a Pinch of Great News

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.

Another slow week around here, but I blame it on my chaotic life and NaNoWriMo. It never crossed my mind that I would write so much in only one week and half. So, in short, this has been my week: writing, reading and extra-reading for my thesis. And Blacklist thanks to Netflix - how did we live before Netflix?!

What happened in my life this week:

🌻 My life continued chaotic.
🌻 The cat strikes again. It's not nice to wake up in the middle of the night to find him breaking stuff. The only reason I don't get angry at him a lot is because he is deaf.
🌻 I've reached the 17,779 words on my NaNoWriMo project. Would you like me to share an excerpt?
🌻 EXCITING NEWS! I've become a physical books rep for Blaze Publishing [quick resume of all the books to be published by he publisher]. Can't wait to start received the books an share them on Instagram. Ps.: They are looking to epub reps, so take a look at it if you are interested.

  • This week I finally shared my October's monthly recap. Almost two weeks have gone by since the October ended, but, as mentioned before, life has been too chaotic. Can I've a long and relaxing holiday?
  • You can find my review of The Night Realm by Annette Marie as part of a blog tour.  There is a giveaway (an amazon card gift) if you would like to participate.


Last week, I may have not gone bankrupt, but this week was a different story. 🙈 My last orders from Book Depository arrived this week -although one of them was not really what I ordered. 

First, I received my copy of A Darker Shade of Magic collector's edition. 🎉 It's a beautiful edition. And, I still can't believe it's signed. I'll cherish this book with all my heart. Second, I received the Shadow and Bone Trilogy Box Set. I'll not complain since I did have plans to buy the new covers, but I ordered the old covers and received the news - I even received the old box with the new covers. It was very weird... This is something that has never happened to me before. Does anyone know where I can get the old covers? Because now I'm afraid of ordering them individually and also received the new covers.

How was your week? Which books arrived at your bookshelf?

Monthly Recap. October 2017

I'm so sorry for this very late Monthly Recap. If you have been following my Sunday Post updates, you know that I got sick, my laptop "died", then I had to get a new one and recover a week of not working for my thesis. Also, currently, life has been chaotic. There is so much to do, and so little time!

In October I only read four books - See? Chaotic life!
  • The Last of the Firedrakes, Farah Oomerbhoy
  • The Rise of the Dawnstar, Farah Oomerbhoy
  • Hunted, Meagan Spooner
  • The Canary Club, Sherry D. Ficklin
        My favourite reading of the month was Hunted. This book is pure perfection. I can't believe I put this book aside for so long because I read a review on Goodreads written by someone that I trust, saying that there was a love triangle. THERE IS NO LOVE TRIANGLE IN THIS BOOK!

        This was a good month for my bank account.
        • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
        • The Language of Thorns, Leigh Bardugo  (two exclusive editions 🙈)
        • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Julie C. Dao
        • The Night Realm, Annette Marie & Hinder by Kristin Ping [thank you Xpress Book Tours]
        • Paramnesia, Brian Wilkinson; Flotsam, R.J. Theodore & The Fall of the Lostport,R.J. Vickers [thank you Netgalley]
        Which books did you get in October?

        Random & Randomness, as the name indicates, is about random bookish stuff. Inspired by a few blogs, I decided to create this little space where I share some bookish love.
        Tuesday, 7 November 2017

        Review 33. The Night Realm by Annette Marie [Blog Tour]

        Welcome to The Night Realm Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book ToursDo you love magic and political intrigue? Then this the book for you. At the end of my review, you will find a Giveaway. Don't forget to join it.

        Title: The Night Realm 
        Author: Annette Marie
        Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
        Published: October 20th 2017

        "Clio is good at all sorts of things. As a nymph, she’s great at outdoorsy nature stuff. As a nymph living in exile, she’s got the “blending in with humans” thing down pat. As a nymph living in exile because she possesses the rare ability to mimic magic, she’s had to pick up some unique survival skills.
        But stealing from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld? Not so much.
        Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she has to do to earn a ticket back home. Conning her way into the night realm may have gone pretty well, but now she’s got a new problem. His name is Lyre and he’s a sinfully alluring incubus, a dangerously skilled spell weaver, and the only thing standing between her and stealing some damn magic.
        Maneuvering around him without blowing her cover shouldn’t be that difficult, but chaos has been dogging her every step, monsters hide behind beautiful faces, and Lyre keeps saving her neck even though they’re enemies. Kind of enemies? Either way, her mission is getting complicated fast, and in the Underworld, even one mistake could prove fatal."


        Plot: Living in exile on Earth, Clio, a nymph with royal blood, will do everything she can to return home. To protect her country, the Overworld, from going to a war that it cannot win, Clio accepts an impossible heist: to travel to Hade’s territory in the Underworld and steal some of the most powerful and dangerous spell ever created.  

        In the night realm, Clio finds Lyre, an alluring incubus and master weaver that she met in a not so distant past when on a mission for her country. With a propensity to attract disaster. Clio finds herself being rescued by Lyre at every turn. In a dangerous world, Clio must find a way to succeed her mission without losing herself –or her heart to the enemy. 

        An enticing story with an alluring cast of characters it wasn’t difficult to fall in love with The Night Realm. When I first plunged into this new world of magic and political intrigue, I didn’t know that The Night Realm was a prequel to a series that had already been released. If you haven’t read the previous series, you can still appreciate Annette Marie’s new well-woven story -the writing is flawless and details and the plot is fast-paced, full of action and twists.  

        Characters: As mentioned above, this novel has an alluring cast of characters. Although I liked Clio –nice to meet a main character that isn’t always sure of herself and who is a bigger walking disaster than myself- I wish she didn’t cry or was in the verge of crying so much. I understand her predicament –the heist and wanting the approval of her brother- , but I could not stand how many times she cried. There was a moment that I just couldn't feel bad for her. Now, Lyre was perfect! I felt bad for him –his family, apart from Reed, is terrible. All they care is about torturing and killing spells. They crushed Lyre's soul by forcing him to be something he didn’t wish to. 

        Worldbuilding: The world building was one my favourite characteristics of this novel. I loved how Marie’s made use of mythology (from Greek to Egyptian mythology) and folk tales.  I enjoyed the darkness and danger of the Underworld. Also, another highlight for me, was how the author explained the process of weaving with so many details. That’s definitely another way of looking at magic.   

        Author Bio:
        Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast- paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

        Sunday, 5 November 2017

        Sunday Post. A Sincere Apologize

        Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
        I would like to start by apologizing for not having replied to any of the comments I received or visiting your blogs. Remember me telling that my cat spilled milk all over my laptop? Well, my poor laptop didn't make it. It wouldn't charge. Because of writing my thesis (and the technician hasn't picked up the laptop yet to see what can be done) I had to buy a new one but I've only had it since last Thursday. So, I'll to try to catch up with everything I missed, but please be patient with me because I've spent a week without working on my thesis - which I can now reveal that is on Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab.

        What happened in my life this week:

        🌻 As mentioned above, I had to get a new laptop. I got a HP - I don't know how you feel about it, but it has always been my favourite brand (after Apple 😋).
        🌻 My unlucky strike continued: I got sick! It was a really bad cold. 😷
        🌻 But good news: I finished the second season of Blacklist! Such a great series. Do you watch it?
        🌻 I also finished reading Chosen (sadly, it didn't live up to my expectations) and started reading The Night Realm - which I must finish until tomorrow and I still have 200 pages to go.
        🌻 Oh, and this year I joined National Novel Writing Month. 🙈 I'm very nervous for sharing it with you guys. I don't know if I will be able to write 50 words. And, it has been really scary journey since my writing sucks. But I'm doing this!

        • Yesterday, I shared the Halloween Book Bingo wrap-up. If you joined, why did it go? How many books did you read? Did you have fun?
        It was a really slow week...

        📚 MINI BOOK HAUL 📚

        This week I didn't go bankrupt - well, I didn't go bankrupt book wise; after all I did have to get a new laptop. Thank you NetGalley for accepting my two requests, Flotsam by R.J. Theodore and The Fall of the Lostport by R.J. Vickers. These two really caught my attention -if you enjoy their synopsis too, there are still up for request. In a matter of fact, The Fall of the Lostport has already been released, so you may find it for Kindle.   

        How was your week? Which books arrived at your bookshelf?
        Saturday, 4 November 2017

        Halloween Book Bingo. Wrap Up

        I would to start by apologizing. There was a delay with this post because my computer died (as you can see in my previous post, my cat spilled milk on it). It has been a very stressful week...

        So, did you have fun during Halloween Book Bingo? How many squares did you fill? If you missed some of the posts related with the challenge here they are:
        Anyway, let me move on into the GIVEAWAY

        As mentioned, the winner will receive a book of her/his choice up to 15 euros (I know it is not much, but I'm the paying for it). The winner will be chosen November 7th.

        • You must be a participant (once again, don't forget to register).
        • You must be older than 18 or have your parents permission. 
        • The giveaway is open internationally, so long as The Book Depository ships to you.
        How to gain entries:
        • One entry for signing up (you can use blogger, wordpress, twitter, instagram and so on for your sign up post).
        • One entry for every book you finish between 27th September to 31th October. Maximum of ten entries. On November 1st, I'll open a new form where you can share with me your wrap-up.*** I'd like to apologize, but I will not be opening a new form. You can share you wrap up post in the comments section.
        • You can win an extra entry by using the hashtag #HalloweenBookBingo on Twitter.   
        Now, just fill this form and keep your fingers crossed. Good luck!

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        Wednesday, 1 November 2017

        Blog Tour. Chosen

        Welcome to Chosen Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Missing Halloween already? Then, take a look at this creepy reading.Also, there is a giveaway at the end of the excerpt. Do not forget to participate.

        Title: Chosen
        Author: R.S Broadhead
        Published: October 24th 2017

        "Black eyes. No emotion. No sympathy. Only emptiness.

        Piper McAdams’s life was normal. Career? Check. Boyfriend? Check. Friends? Check. One unsettling run in with a homeless man turns everything from normal to terrifying. She begins seeing…things.

        Things she can’t seem to explain or make any sense.

        As if things aren’t already getting out of hand, Piper receives news that the only family member she has is dead. She thinks maybe a trip across the country to her hometown will get her away from all the strange events happening.

        After a late night accident, Piper isn’t in her hometown burying her loved one. She’s in a town called Hell. All she wants to do is leave, but the people seem to be holding her there for some reason.

        A reason she feels threatens her life. Around every corner things become darker and scarier.

        Can she escape what is coming for her?

        Goodreads / Amazon

        "I took the steps two at a time, not caring how unstable they appeared. At the top, I stopped dead in my tracks. The platforms were vacant. The bones had turned to an old off-white color; maggots crawled in between them and fell to the floor. Low growls from above made the hair all over my body stand on end. The creatures once standing on the platforms were poised, ready for attack, as they perched along the walls near the ceiling. A jolt of pain in my head, made me squint and take a step back. I opened my eyes to find they’d returned to the platforms. I blinked erratically, feeling confused. I wasn’t waiting around to see if they changed again. No way.
        I flung the door open, hoping the birds had decided to move on. They shrieked from the branches above. But that wasn’t what worried me. Beside each grave stood a child. They didn’t move. Not a single inch. They only stood there … staring. I had nowhere to go. I was surrounded.
        A bird landed at the foot of the steps, and I gasped.
        Its black feathers were gone, leaving only skin. Its head cocked as beady red eyes ran the length of my body before opening its mouth. There was no beak. The mouth opened to the sides, exposing row after row of jagged teeth. All at once, the children raised an arm and pointed at me, their solid black eyes never blinking.
        I tore down the steps, jumping over the hideous, deformed bird. Running was my only chance. I couldn’t stand there and wait for them or something inside that building to decide it wanted me. The ground rocked beneath my feet as another pain surged in my head. The warm liquid poured from my nose again. It dripped over my lip. I looked up, and the graveyard was empty. Swiftly, I turned toward the trees to see the birds were back to normal. I was almost out. Just a few more feet, and I would be back in the woods. The ground began to moisten, making the surface slick. I trudged through, my feet making a sloshing sound.
        At the last row of graves, the ground was covered in blood. One tombstone in the middle had it dripping down the front. I stopped and dropped to my knees. I wasn’t sure why. My better judgment told me to keep running, but I couldn’t. Some invisible force wouldn’t let me."

        Author Bio:
        R. S. Broadhead lives in Jackson, Alabama with her husband of ten years, their two little girls, and a pug named Wednesday Love the Duchess, or Winnie for short. She has a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in business administration. She loves to snowboard, travel (Australia is her favorite place so far), and dance (not professionally, just whenever she feels like it). When she was sixteen-years-old, her and her friends would take pictures and make up funny stories about them. Fourteen years later, UNVEILED was born. UNVEILED, her first novel, is the first book in a four book series.

        Sunday, 29 October 2017

        Sunday Post. The Cat Strikes Again & Stranger Things Is Back

        Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
        Remember me saying last week that I would only participate on the Sunday Post in the middle of every month? Well, after such a warm welcoming (thank you for being so kind), I decided that I can join the Sunday Post every time I have a week with a lot to share. And, this was one of those weeks. 

        What happened in my life this week:

        🌻 Received my first Fairyloot. I feel this villainous box was made for me. 😈
        🌻 Finished reading Hunted by Meagan Spooner. This book is PERFECTION! I don't even have words to describe how perfect it is.  
        🌻 Binge watched Stranger Things. So many feels!!!! 😭 I don't know what to do with my life now... Any ideas? I saw this article from Goodreads, 16 Books to Read After Binge Watching "Stranger Things". I haven't read any of the books mentioned, but if you did, which one resembles the series even if only a little bit?
        🌻 I finally ordered Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone box set (old covers, but I'm planning getting the new ones too). I read there were a few extras, so I'm very excited about it. Please tell me there are some extras and that I will not have my heart broken. 
        🌻 Last Friday (27th) my blog celebrated it's 8th Anniversary. I didn't make it a special occasion since after eight years of blogging on and off, it still seems my blog was only created a few months ago. 
        🌻 Just yesterday, my cat spilled milk all over my laptop and the next hours were very critical -I didn't know if the laptop was going to make it. Now, I'm not one hundred percent sure everything is okay with it, but the technician opened it and even used blow dryer, so *fingers crossed*  

        • This week I shared my review of The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin. If you love the roaring twenties as much as I do, this book may be for you. I don't know how you feel about romance, so here's a warning: the plot centers a lot on the romance between Benny and Masie. Also, take a look at the trigger warning.   
        • New Halloween Book Bingo post. If you want to learn all about Halloween -do you know why pumpkins came to be associated with this holiday?- take a quick peek if you dare. 

        📚 MINI BOOK HAUL 📚

        I'm probably going to spoil Fairyloot for someone (apologies in advance... but in my defence one of the books had already been announced and the other I really thought it was easy to guess). As mentioned, this week I received my first Fairyloot and inside there were two books: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao and another beautiful special edition of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo -I love this woman, so I'll get all the special editions I can. After unboxing Illumicrate, I'll also unbox Fairyloot and you will see how gorgeous this edition is. Worth going bankrupt.

        This week I also received from Blue Moon Publishers via NetGalley Paramnesia by Brian Wilkinson. So happy to get my hands on this book that will only be released on 2018 after being denied at least four requests. Does anyone have any tips to increase the chances of your request being accepted?

        How was your week? Which books arrived at your bookshelf? Did you binge watched Stranger Things?
        Thursday, 26 October 2017

        Review 32. The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin

        Title: The Canary Club
        Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
        Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing [I received a review copy via NetGalley]
        Published: October 16th 2017
        Pages: 325 pages

        "“Bad Luck” Benny is a fella from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he’ll do anything to make that happen—even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over his head—and worse still—falling for the one dame on earth he should be staying away from.

        Masie is the daughter of a wealthy gangster with the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free from the politics and manipulation of her father. A pawn in her family’s fight for control of the city, and with a killer hot on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to burn them both.

        Two worlds collide in this compelling story of star-crossed lovers in gritty prohibition-era New York.

        Have I ever told you that the roaring 20s is one of my favourite times? All the Jazz and bright lights and flappers. Oh, and the Lost Generation! I love the Lost Generation –I’ve a soft spot for Zelda Fitzgerald who is very misunderstood. Anyway, in The Canary Club, Sherry D. Ficklyn brought the twenties back to life with all the good and bad.

        Plot: After three months in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Benjamin “Benny” Fleisher is back on the streets of New York. He wants to stay away from trouble, but his family is going through difficult times –and to make everything worse is little sister is very sick and in need of special medical care. When no respectable business gives Benny an opportunity to earn an honest salary, Benny finds himself working for a notorious crime boss, Dutch Schultz. Quickly climbing through the ranks after saving Dutch’s life, Benjamin has to struggle to keep his integrity while losing his heart of gold to the only girl he shouldn’t, the daughter of his boss, Masie Schultz, a flapper with the voice of an angel whose only desire is to set free from her father’s bloody schemes and gang war. When the world of Benny and Masie collide nothing ever will be the same again…

        Writing: I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of New York during the prohibition time. The use of slang from the time made the story seem ever more real. I’d like to stress that it is clear the author did a lot of research –from the language to the medical procedures for mental illness.

        "Prohibition has turned good people into criminals, and criminals into modern gods."

        I must confess that the ending felt a little bit rushed –the author could have taken a little bit more time to develop it since it was the big finale. But since there is going to be a sequel, I’m not going to complain much. 

        Characters: Benny has a golden heart. He wants to do what is right, but his bad luck always drags him to very complicated situations. One of Benny’s characteristics that I enjoyed the most was how far he would go to protect those he loved –no matter how difficult was the path he had to follow to do it. Masie was a flapper in every sense of the world. Although a few times I found her insufferable, and a little bit entitled, I did warm up to Masie when it was revealed how much she had suffered (and still was suffering) at the hands of her father. Also, I enjoyed how she understood the world isn’t black and white and how she walked in those grey areas.

        Romance: As it can be read in the synopsis, the plot of the The Canary Club centres very much on the romance between Benny and Masie. I must confess I'm a sucker for stories about forbidden love. And, although I don’t mind instalove as much as I mind love triangles, I was disappointed when it happened. I wanted Benny and Masie to slowly fall in love in world of crime and mobsters. Moreover, I felt it was out of character for Masie to fall instantly in love with Benny because, as she pointed out, she had never loved anyone before. It would shown character growth if the relationship between them had grown slowly.

        TRIGGER WARNING! There is mention of rape as well as of physical and physiological abuse.
        Wednesday, 25 October 2017

        Waiting on Wednesday. Unearthed

        "Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
        This week on WoW is Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. When I heard these two ladies were writing a new book together, I couldn't be more excited. The Starbound series is one of my favourite trilogies. Love it so much! 😍 Kaufman's and Spooner's writing is flawless (I finished Hunted last night and it's a beautiful written novel) as well as their characters and worldbuling. I know my expectations are very high but that's because these two authors will never disappoint me. The book will be released on January 9th 2018.

        Buy The Book Now at The Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide
        "When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

        For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

        In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...
        From Goodreads

        Sunday, 22 October 2017

        Halloween Book Bingo. Haunting Origins 👻

        Welcome to one more Halloween Book Bingo post. How many boxes have you already filled? I confess I'm really far behind, but today I started reading Chosen by R.S. Broadhead and it's giving me very creepy vibes.

        Before introducing today's theme, let me do a brief summary of what you may have missed.
        I hope you like reading 😜 because today is all about how Halloween became to be such a spooky and cherished holiday.

        "Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth."
        From History

        "The practice of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns”—the name comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack—originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as an early canvas. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities."
        The Legend of Stingy Jack
        "According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years. Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”
        In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack-o’-lanterns."
        From History

        Does anyone know a Stingy Jack retelling? I would love to read one. Anyway, if you were too lazy to read this post, I leave you with a three minutes video about  Halloween.

        Sunday Post. Monsters, Cats & Magic

        Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
        Welcome to my first ever Sunday Post! Why did I decide to participate on this meme? For me, it can be difficult to keep track of the books I receive and of all the posts I want to share with you when my schedule is chaotic (and as far as I can tell, my schedule will be chaotic for a very long time). So, in the middle of every month, I'll be participating on this meme to make sure I don't forget anything bookish I'd like to share and discuss. Of course, today, this will be a very short post because I'm very forgetful and disorganized.

        What happened in my life this week:

        🌻 Existential question: What is free time? Does it even exist?
        🌻 Almost finished reading Hunted by Meagan Spooner. 
        🌻 Monsters are taking over my life (and that isn't a bad thing; I will later explain why).
        🌻 FINALLY finished the first season of Blacklist.
        🌻The House Cup Reading Challenge has finally began and I haven't finished a single book yet. I'm being an awful Gryffindor.
        🌻 After debating a lot with myself and my bank account, I ordered V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic Collector's Edition

        • A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a discussion post on reviewing ARCs where I talked about how sincere can a reader be when she/he is reviewing an ARC that a publisher or author send.
        • I wrote my second The Nerdy Corner post. This time the nerd in me discussed nostalgia and video games. If you are interested, I'd love to read your opinion on which video games you would like to be brought back.

        📚 MINI BOOK HAUL 📚

        So far, only two books arrived at my doorstep. One of them was The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. The edition I bought was on sale on Book Depository. Last Friday, I received my special edition from Illumicrate of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo -I'll show you the unboxing but I'm waiting since I don't want to spoil anyone (you can still order The Grisha Edition box if you want to).
        Friday, 20 October 2017

        The Nerdy Corner. Nostalgia & VideoGames 🎮

        Besides books I have another obsession, VIDEO GAMES! 🎮 While I do read every day, even if it's just a few pages per day, I can't play every day since I can't take  PS4 with me everywhere I go as I take an e-Reader. Yes, I'm a proud PlayStation girl. but today I'm not talking about the all those amazing graphics from a new generation of consoles. This post is all about nostalgia -how I wish more PlayStation mascots were brought back as Crash Bandicoot back in June.

        The Spyro original Trilogy (let's pretend all those bad sequels/remakes never came out). Who misses this adorable purple dragon full of sass? 

        That's right Spyro, I do!

        The world of  Spyro is magical -the settings, the colours, the plot, the missions/puzzles, the gems, the characters and Sparx. Everything is PERFECTION! There is nothing wrong with these games. Spyro invokes my childhood -and probably my teenage years too since it was when I was finally able to beat the three games. 🙈 One of my biggest achievements! When Insominiac Games sold Spyro nothing was perfect ever again... I hate Activison for using Spyro to promote Skylanders and then dropping him as he was nothing! 😡

        What Spyro should do to Activison...
        Currently, my hopes are high for a remaster since next year it's Spyro's 20th anniversary. Well, my hopes for a remaster have been high since Skylanders... I'm impatiently waiting for December 9th since it's when Playstation Experience takes place and I'm hoping a Spyro remaster to be announce announced because I need more adventures of this purple dragon in my life.  Just look at this setting. 💖

        Klonoa. Another game that reminds me of my childhood is without a doubt Klonoa. If I'm not mistaken, it was my first PlayStation game (I was four/five and my memories of that time are a bit fragmented, but I'm one hundred per cent sure this was my first game).

        [Remastered Version] Where it all begins...
        Although Klonoa was remastered a few years ago for Nintendo Wii -the reason why I got one-, sadly the sales were so low that the sequel was not remastered too. 😭 I don't know what is wrong with this generation (I actually do since this generation only cares about shooting and blowing stuff up; it's a generation that doesn't know how to appreciate the beauty of a platform game unless there is lots of gore), but how could you not like Klonoa?! It is such a whimsical world
        The settings are gorgeous and the puzzles aren't as easy as they firstly seem. And, the soundtrack? The soundtrack is simply splendid. After all these years, I still have the tunes in my head and I'm pretty sure a commercial stole one of the game's songs. Anyway, even today the ending brings tear to my eyes. 

        Tombi! (or Tomba). I had so much fun playing this game and fulfilling all the missions -and it has so many missions! 😱 Tombi with his purple hair and his all-you-can-eat stomach, travelling through whimsical worlds was a delight.

        I was really happy when I found the digital version could be bought online (however, it's a little bit expensive compared with the other PlayStation games being sold). I also got the sequel, Tombi! 2: The Return of the Evil Swine, since I never had the chance to play it before. But sadly, in my opinion, it is not as good at the first game. I was so disappointed...

        Honourable Mentions

        Tomb Raider & Oddworld: Abe's Odyssey. I'm giving these two video games an honourable mention. Although they were part of my childhood, not only they were both remastered but also Tomb Raider has received innumerable sequels -and even a new beginning with The Rise of the Tomb Raider.

        How far Lara has come since her PlayStation days.
        Ps. Was I the only one who would die out of the blue when playing these two games?

        Feeling nostalgic? Which video games would you like to me remake/remastered?