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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Waiting on Wednesday. The Tiger's Daughter


"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 Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera. I found this book a few weeks ago on NetGalley and I really liked its summary. As soon as I read the word "demons", I just know I have to read the book in question. Also, the cover is so entrancingly mysterious.The book will be released on October 3rd.

GIVEAWAY ALERT. I'm currently hosting Halloween Book Bingo [click here for more information]. I'd love you to join it. Also, there's not a single entrance, so you chances of winning are pretty high.



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"Even gods can be slain….

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach―but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.
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From Goodreads

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Halloween Book Bingo



Welcome to Halloween Book Bingo! Everyone loves Halloween. Trick-or-Treat, hocus pocus, jack-o'-lantern... It's the scariest time of the year. This year, I invite all book dragons to celebrate Halloween with a bookish bingo.

Halloween Book Bingo will take place between Wednesday 27th September to Tuesday 31th October, 2017. Everyone is encouraged to register their interest in the sign up form below, which will be open from now until October 7th. Everyone registered will be eligible for the giveaway

I must confess I'm a little bit proud of the spooky bingo card I created. I hope you like it as much as I do. So, here it is:

You should read one book for each square -the same book can't be used twice, sorry. If you don't know what to read for a certain category, every Sunday I'll write some fun Halloween inspired posts and I can make some book recommendations.

GIVEAWAY

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.

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.
  • You can win an extra entry by using the hashtag #HalloweenBookBingo on Twitter.   
Rules:
  • 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
SIGN UP


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Waiting on Wednesday. An Enchantment of Ravens


"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 An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. By now, my love for pretty covers is well known. The cover of An Enchantment of Ravens is gorgeous. *.* However, the summary is even better. Magic, faeries, forbidden love is everything I need for a book to be perfect. I know I shouldn't because I may end up disappointed, but I've really high hopes for this one. The book will be released on September 26th


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"Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There's only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
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From Goodreads

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Review 29. The Surrendered by Case Maynard


Title: The Surrendered
Author: Case Maynard
Publisher: Blaze Publishing [thank you for the review copy]
Published: September 20th 2016
Pages: 340 pages 

"After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.

Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.
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"Most times I try really hard not to think about what’s happening out in the world beyond the fence, but today this really gives me pause. Could it be The Tax has become so burdensome that families—even those who were once willing to do whatever was necessary to save their children—have given up on even trying? I hope not. Too many children have witnessed the horrors of slavery already."

Plot: After a financial collapse having destroyed the United States, a new government led by the Commander arose and created the Tax: every parent must pay a fee for their offspring. Those who can't pay, must surrender them. Vera "Vee" Delancourt and her twin brother, Oliver, were surrendered when they were ten and sent to the Mills. Six years have passed since that day and Vee's life in the Mills is a living hell -as the life of any other child/teenager. Impulsive and not afraid of speaking her mind, Vee always finds herself in trouble. One day, she stumbles upon one of the Mills' most disturbing and darkest secrets and finds herself fleeing for her life.

I did find The Surrendered plot interesting -Vee running away from the Mills with Ramsey and her little sister, Jane, and the events that succeeded after she is out of the fence for the first time in in six year. Case Maynard's writing style is flawless, catching up one's attention from the first page to the last. Also, the story is very fast-paced and there are so many twists and surprises that you do not see coming. To sum up, the kind of story I love.

Characters: As I wrote above, Vee always stands up for what she believes. No matter how much pain it would bring her, Vee would not conform to the slave system created by the Commander. However, due to her impulsiveness, I found myself rolling my eyes at her. Sometimes, she simply acted, not thinking about the consequences that could rise from her actions. Hopefully, in the following sequels, Vee has learned from her mistakes and doesn't make so many rash decisions.

When I first met Carson, the love interest (happy news: there is a love triangle -at least in the first novel- and the romance doesn't overshadow the plot), I disliked him. He was a brute and very rude.  But as I got to know Carson, I warmed up to him. And, when his past came to surface, I just wanted to hug him. He lost so much! Another character that made my heart ache was Ramsey -no one should have gone through what she did. How many lifes the Tax ruined...

Worldbuiling: In spite of having read many Young Adult dystopias through the years, I still found the world created by Maynard unique -from the Tax who affected the life of millions to the new leading order and those who wish to overtake it. This America ruled by the Commander that obliges parents to pay taxes for their children is ominous. Moreover, in this world, all that matters is the survival of the fittest -I don't know who I hated the most: the Master and his minions or the Southies raised their children to be amoral soldiers. I can't wait to plunge into this terrifying world again.

TRIGGER WARNING! There is mention of rape as well as of physical and physiological abuse. 
Monday, 11 September 2017

The Nerdy Corner. TV Shows + 📚



September is here which means our favourite Autumn TV shows are coming back (as well as the most anticipated novels of the year are being release). 🍁 To celebrate it, inspired by Penguin's latest newsletter, I've decided to recommend books based on some of my favourite series. 

If you like Jessica Jones, you should try Wonder Woman:Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. I've two words for you: women empowerment! Also, super-heroines. Who doesn't love them?



If you like Lucifer, you should try Angelfall by Susan Ee. Angelfall is a apocalyptic dystopia with angels, fallen angels, demons and lots of Heaven politics -God does not like to reveal His plans.


If you like Quantico, you should try Broken Sky L.A. Weatherly. Conspiracy. Wrong culprit. Plot twist. And more conspiracy.  


If you like Stranger Things, you should try Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.This one seems a little bit far-fetched, but both show and book feature a group of adorable misfits. Well, in Six of Crows is a dark-adorable group of misfits. 


If you like Supernatural, you should try Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. As Dean and Sam, Cas is a hunter -a ghost hunter that travels America to put an end to the dead. Spooky!


If you like The Expanse, you should try Starflight by Melissa Landers. Lots of space travelling and new planets to meet.


Any TV show/book you find alike?
Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Waiting on Wednesday. One Dark Throne


"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 One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake. I read Three Dark Crowns at the beginning of this year and I enjoyed it a lot -which was not surprising since I love Kendare Blake. I'm dying to know who will take the throne (I got the feeling this will not the last book in the series, thus the wait will be long). Anyway, who is your favourite queen and why? Mine is Mirabella because of the love she has for the sisters that want her dead. The book will be released on September 19th


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"The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.
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From Goodreads

Monday, 4 September 2017

Review 28. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh


Title: Flame in the Mist
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Published: May 16th 2017
Pages: 393 pages 

"The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.
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Although I never read The Wrath and the Dawn duology, I've wanted to plunge into Renée Ahdieh's writing for a long time. Thankfully, Flame in the Mist, a perfect blend of magic and darkness, lived up to my expectations and I can't wait for its sequel, Smoke in the Sun.

Writing: Every page of Flame in the Mist is filled with mystery and is action-packed. The settings are captivating -from the Junkai Forest to a magical feudal Japan. However, I must confess, it took me a bit to get into the story because of the writing style. Don't get me wrong, the story is beautifully written, but I found myself struggling to follow the prose. 

One of the things I loved about this novel is that it conveys a very powerful message: women can be strong in different ways. Thank you Renée Ahdieh for showing that women can be portrayed in a million different manners and still be strong; they do not need to fit a certain female role to be compelling.

“I’ve never been angry to have been born a woman. There have been times I’ve been angry at how the world treats us, but I see being a woman as a challenge I must fight. Like being born under a stormy sky. Some people are lucky enough to be born on a bright summer’s day. Maybe we were born under clouds. No wind. No rain. Just a mountain of clouds we must climb each morning so that we may see the sun.” 

Just a quick warning: if you are expecting a Mulan retelling (I've to say it was the main reason why I picked up this book from my TBR pile), you may be a bit disappointed. I don't think this novel should have been sold as such. It does indeed have a few elements of the original tale, but, for example, Flame in the Mist is not set in China and Mariko disguises herself as a boy for different reasons than Mulan.

Characters: If dressing up as a boy and track the Black Can down to find why someone was sent to murder you, doesn't make you brave, I don't know what does -okay, maybe Marik's rushed decision could make her be seen as stupid too. Something I loved about Mariko is that she uses her mind to fight her battles and she does not back-down. She speaks her mind and no matter how much the Wolf bit, she would always bite back.

Talking about the enigmatic and secretive Wolf... I first feared an "abusive" relationship -the kind of relationship that no  matter much a guy mistreats a girl, she is still attracted to him- but I can gladly say my suspicions were wrong.  I enjoyed the development of the love-to-have relationship between Mariko and Okami -particularly because Mariko was dressed up as a boy and I could not wait to see how Okami would react when discovering her secret.

Worldbuiling: The world woven by Ahdieh is bewitching. The Junkai Forest with its Jubakka trees and forest spirits; feudal Japan full of secrets and betrayals. There is bloodshed and darkness, but there is a charm in this world that can't be denied. The little details and beautiful descriptions (even though confusing a few times if you do not speak English) made Mariko's world feel alive.
Friday, 1 September 2017

Monthly Recap. August 2017


Monthly recap is back! Can you believe it already is September? Four more months until the year end. Time flies! 😱 Looking back to the past eight months, I feel that I haven't accomplished anything I wanted for 2017. Well, not maybe everything since I finished the first year of my masters with flying colours (one of the few things that makes me feel proud of myself). However, it did left me emotionally and physically exhausted. And, now I'm struggling to find a theme for my thesis -a thesis I need to start working this month! *take a deep breath and do not freak out*


I really wanted 2017 to be the year I read 70 books, but I think I'll be falling short of my goal. There are still four months to reach it, but not even in my wildest dreams would I be able to read seventy books. Although this month I read a lot more than I thought I did - thank you Bout of Books 20
  • The Valiant, Lesley Livingston
  • The Flame Never Dies, Rachel Vincent
  • Our Dark Duet, Victoria Schwab
  • Broken Sky, L.A. Weatherly
  • Flame in the Mist, Renee Ahdeh (short review on my Goodreads page)
  • Starflight, Melissa Landers 
I also started reading Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza and Maplecroft by Cherie Priest. Hopefully, I'll finish them before the weekend ends.

Ps.: Our Dark Duet pierced my soul and shattered my heart. 💔😭 If you have not read it yet, have a box of tissues by your side when you do it.


Great news: I didn't order a single book in July. Bad news: I ordered too many books in August I'm still waiting for a few to arrive, but here are those that reached my doorstep this month:

From my Instagram account
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote (because of my mother, I've a crush on Audrey Hepburn and that's the reason why I brought this book)
  • The Guest Cat, Takashi Hiraide
  • The Love Boat and Other Stories, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Flamecaster, Cinda Williams Chima 
  • An Ember the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir (although I already own this novel, I decided to get myself the UK edition)
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Leigh Bardugo & Nyxia, Scott Reintgen (Illumicrate)

Which books arrived to your bookshelf in August?
Thursday, 31 August 2017

Illumicrate. August Unboxing

Disclaim: I'm not a rep for Illumicrate or have any connection with it. I'm promoting it of my own free will.

Yesterday, I received my second Illumicrate -after a long calls to my country's delivery mail company who had sent it to only God knows where- and since it is such a fabulous and surprising box, I decided to share the August's box unboxing here on my blog.

What did I discover inside this little box full of surprises?


  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, exclusive edition for Illumicrate with red sprayed edges, and an exclusive pin.
  • The Red Church tea by T-ology.
  •  Shakespeare zip bag, artwork by Miss Phi.
  • Wisdom journal, desgined by Hey Atlas Creative. The quote is from The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
  • Alethiometer Coaster, artwork by Hannah Hitchman Art.
  • Sticky bookmarks and book money jar from Blossom Books. 

Look at all these amazing bookish items. *.* I'm completely in love with the sticky bookmarks and the zip bag. And, yes, I'm also in love with the book. Although I'm idolize Leigh Bardugo's writing and worldbuilding, I did not pre-ordered Wonder Woman: Warbringer. 🙊 But, in my defence, I did suspect it was going to be Illumicrate's August book. I'm going to cherish this book until my very last breath -I shouldn't be so dramatic, but this exclusive edition is gorgeous. Red sprayed edges? *.*

Inside it, I also found some EXTRAS. One of them was a ARC! *fangirling because I got my hands on an ARC*


  • Three bookmarks (Ringer, After the Fire and The Bear and the Nightingale).
  • Four Moxie badges. Female Empowerment! 👊 
  • An exclusive advanced reader copy of Nyxia by Scott Reintgen with bookmark. I confess I never heard of this book, but it sounds so good that I've do dive into it ASAP.
This is the second physical ARC I receive (the first was also thanks to Illumicrate). As any bookworm, I couldn't be more excited to get my hands on it. I always feel jealous when people show off their ARCs -or the review copies publishers send them. I've contacted some publishers in hope I could enter the "ARCs club", but with no luck. It does let me down -it makes me feel average when everything I do is never good enough to get noticed... Well, let me move on from this gloomy rambling. After all, Illumicrate is here to brighten up our days. 🌞 

Veredict: If you have never ordered an Illumicrate, I one hundred percent recommend you to do it. Not does it offers exclusive items and editions for its subscribers, but it also contains ARCs and signed books (the book that came in May's box was signed by the author). And, Daphne, the business owner, is a sweetheart. 💓  
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Waiting on Wednesday. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns


"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 Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. Talking once again about ARCs: I'm jealous of everyone who received one. I tried so hard to get my hands on one, but living outside US means it is impossible (it really annoys me that International readers don't have a chance - although publishers will say "no" to our money. I'm sorry, I didn't want to seem so bitter). Returning to the novel... I've never read a retelling focused on the story of the Evil Queen of the tale Snow White. And, this one has a East Asian twist. I just can't wait for it. The book will be released on October 10th.



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"An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.
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From Goodreads

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Cover Reveal. A Reaper at the Gates



 The cover and title of the third novel in Ember in the Ashes has been revealed. I'm so excited for this novel! This is my favourite ongoing series. However, I must confess I'm not really that fond of A Reaper at the Gates cover (or maybe I just loved the other covers too much; they were so eerie and mysterious). And, once again, the covers for this series have changed in - publishers really need to stop doing that. I do love this series, but my wallet does not like the idea of buying the first two books again so that they all look perfect together. You can see the new cover art for An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night here.

EDIT: I know there has been a lot of discussion in the book community towards this cover. People are being told they are racists for not liking it. I'm not racist, it's great to see POC characters on a cover (even though, the blonde girl is at the centre). But I much prefer the previous covers, as many other people do, and that does not make anyone racist. A few days ago, I shared my thoughts on how this world fights hate and hate, how open-minded people are those who are always ready to judge. It's so sad seeing this happening in the book community...

A Reaper at the Gates is expected to be released on April 10th 2018.

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"Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. 
The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity."
Sunday, 13 August 2017

Bout of Books 20. Sign Up, Goals, Progress & Wrap Up


"The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team"
Because life was chaotic back in May, I sadly missed Bout of Books 19. I completely forgot about it. 😭 But I'm back for Bout Books 20! Hopefully, I will be able to read a lot more than I did in my last read-a-thon (last time I was very busy with uni; however, I'm not sure I won't busy again by the end of August) and tackle down my TBR.

Good luck to everyone who's joining. 🙂

My goals for Bout of Books 20 Read-a-Thon are:
  1. To read every day 50 pages;
  2. To participate in two challenges;
  3. To update my progress every day.
PROGRESS

August 21st

Pages read today: 62 pages of Flame in the Mist 
Books read today: Flame in the Mist
Books finished: --
Total of pages read: 62 pages
Challenge: Introduce Yourself #insixwords


August 22nd

Pages read today: 50 pages of Flame in the Mist
Books read today: Flame in the Mist
Books finished: --
Total of pages read: 112
Challenge: Synopsis Rewrite. For this challenge, all you have to do is rewrite the synopsis of a book from another character's point of view.

Gabriel is dead.

His wings were stolen.

He is stuck with a human - a human to whom he owns his life.

It's been six weeks since Raffe and his kind descended to the modern world and brought the apocalypse. After having his wings ripped by a demon, Raffe finds himself travelling with a human teenager towards the angels' stronghold in San Francisco in hope to be whole again - and to discover a conspiracy that will forever change the angelic order.

  
August 23rd

Pages read today: 50 pages of Flame in the Mist
Books read today: Flame in the Mist
Books finished: --
Total of pages read: 162 pages
Challenge: Book Spine Rainbow. Take a selection of your favourite book spines to make a rainbow!

I was not lazy this time. I just didn't have light to take the photo. So, here it is my rainbow bookshelf.

From my Instagram account

August 24th

Pages read today: 50 pages of Flame in the Mist
Books read today: Flame in the Mist
Books finished: --
Total of pages read: 222 pages
Challenge: If You Like Thuis, Try That

If you like strong female characters, you should try these books:


Ps. Can someone recommend me books with angels/monsters/demons? You would have my eternal gratitude. 💓

August 25th

Pages read today: 143 pages of Flame in the Mist
Books read today: Flame in the Mist
Books finished: --
Total of pages read: 365 pages
Challenge: Leave a Book Review.

August 26th

Pages read today: 105 pages of Starflight
Books read today: Starflight
Books finished: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Total of pages read: 470 pages
Challenge(s): Love to Hate. Who's the character you LOVE to HATE?


I love to hate the Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes. I hate Keris for everything she did - and does - to Laia and her son, Elias. She is vicious and unfeeling (she abandoned her own son to die). I didn't expect to hate a lot more after reading A Torch Against the Night, but I do - how did she dare to hurt Elias the way she did? 😠  

August 27th

Pages read today: 151 pages of Starflight & 40 pages of Empress of a Thousand Skies
Books read today: Starflight & Empress of a Thousand Skies
Books finished: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh; Starflight by Melissa Landers
Total of pages read: 661 pages

WRAP-UP

Although I didn't read as much as I wanted to (my personal best in BoB has been five books), I met all of my goals. I read two enjoyable books -Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh and Starflight by Melissa Landers- and I started reading Empress of a Thousand Skies.

How many books did you tackle down? How many pages did you read? Is you TBR pile shorter?

I hope to see everyone on the next Bout of Books -which sadly will only be hosted in 2018. 😢
Thursday, 10 August 2017
BLAZE PUBLISHING. Update

These last months I've been an awful rep for Blaze Publishing because uni took all my time (they will be slimming down their reps in a few days and I probably won't make it). However, today in this post, I'll be making an update on the latests news and releases (and future releases) of Blaze Publishing.


The Unseen by Jacob Devlin (released on 9th May)

The sequel of The Carver, a novel based on Wonderland, was released last May. Here it is a sneak peek:
"A misty shadow materialized in front of Crescenzo, and when the full body appeared, Crescenzo had to squint to be sure he perceived it correctly. It had the right shape and height, the right spiky hair, but everything else was wrong: a foggy black shape clad in leather that seemed to be evaporating without really disappearing. Crescenzo’s blood went ice cold."
And another because I know one is not enough:
"Slowly, Madame Esme forced herself to turn around and confront the woman. “Avoria,” she whispered.
“Is that how you address a queen?” Avoria droned. “Really, Esmeralda, I’d assumed better of you."
Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin (released on 11th July)

I think you should read this interview with the Bucchin - Book Release Day Special: Interview with Debut Author, Hannah Bucchin. It is a really interesting interview. Also, here is it a sneak peak of the book:
"She breezes past me, striding up the rocky mountain path at a surprisingly fast pace. “You can’t lie to me, Mitchell Morrison. I know you too well.” I quicken my pace to match hers, following her dark bobbing ponytail up the mountain, and it occurs to me that she might be right."
The Underground by Case Maynard (to be published on 12th September 2017)

This novel is the sequel of The Surrender - if you have not read it yet, you should. I'll be joining the Read Along run by Blaze Publishing in September. And, here it is afew more sneak peaks because I know how important they are for a bookworm:
"They’ve been quick to tell me the deaths of John William, Ann, and Ramsey were not my fault. But I know better. My running from the Mills cost our friends their lives, and my heart is certain of it."

"Oliver’s eyes are full of some emotion I can’t quite place as he watches me. We both nearly died fighting for our freedom in the southeast. Can we do it and succeed again? Fate may not like being tested repeatedly."
Shadow Rising by Audrey Grey (to be published on 14th November 2017)

You can see here the cover reveal of the sequel of Shadow Fall. These novels have some of the most beautiful covers I've ever seen (and you all know how much I love a pretty cover).

Of Silver and Stars by T. A. Chan (to be published on 16th October 2018)

I'm very excited for this book. The cover is yet to be released but as a Rep I received a little sneak peak and I can tell you that the colours scheme is gorgeous. 
 
Running Giveaways

To celebrate the release of The Underground, Blaze Publishing is giving away Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa. You can enter to win here. Don't forget to tell your friends since the more your friends enter, the more entries you get.

I think this is all for now. Have a great Thursday bookdragons! 😄
Monday, 7 August 2017

READING CHALLENGE | THE READING QUEST

The Reading Quest is a reading challenge hosted by @Read at Midnight and it will take place between Sunday 13th August to Sunday 10th September, 2017.
"The basic mechanics of the reading challenge is simple: it’s based on a bingo board (termed The Quest Board for our purposes), each square on the board represents a stage (or reading prompt) you must complete. There is one crucial variation, the path you take on the bingo board is entirely dependent on your chosen Character Class. For the Character Class selection, you have the following 4 Options: Knight, Bard, Rogue and Mage. All characters will start off with 10 Experience Points (EXP)."
For my first quest, I decided to choose the Mage. I'm not sure if I will be able to do the other quests, but with the Mage I'll be able to tackle down my ever-growing TBR pile.
"MAGE: As wielders of spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the First Down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands."
Character Art created by CW @Read, Think, Ponde
How to Increase Experience/Health Points

For each finished book: +10 EXP
For each finished graphic novel/manga: +5 EXP
Books written by a marginalised author: +20 EXP
For finishing quest: +50 EXP
For every additional quest: +30 EXP

Level up: Every +50 EXP.

Every 10 pages +1 HP
Tweeting #TheReadingQuest: +1 HP (max. +20)
Photos #TheReadingQuest: +1 HP (max. +20)


Books I'm Planning to Read:

A book with a one world title: Starflight
A book that contains magic: The Bone Witch
A book based on mythology: Flame in the Mist
A book set in a different world: Empress of a Thousand Skies
The first book of a series: Broken Sky

Multiplayer, buddy read a book: The Surrendered

Update

EXP: +120 EXP
HP: +222 HP
Level: 3
Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Waiting on Wednesday. The Language of Thorns


"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 Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. As I mentioned before, Bardugo became one of my favourite authors after reading Six of Crows last year. Also, I love fairy and folk tales. So, without a doubt, I cannot wait to get my hands on this novel. I'm so jealous of everyone who were able to get themselves an ARC - in case you've already read it, what did you think of it? No spoilers, please. The book will be released on September 26h



Buy The Book Now at The Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide
"Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.
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From Goodreads