Bookish Pet Peeves – Part 4

I am here with yet another bookish pet peeves post. You’d think that I’d manage to exhaust the list of things that annoy me in 3 posts (1, 2, 3), but you were wrong.

Inconsistent covers in a series

I don’t mean covers that don’t match. I already ranted about that in one of my previous posts. I mean when the covers do match, but they are inconsistent from one book to the other. Let me illustrate what I mean with a picture.

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Our subjects are The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. The front of the covers are nice and matching, the spines match as well, the font matches. But why, why couldn’t they have placed the titles in the same place on the spine? The books are the same height. WHY? And why did they have to make the publisher’s logo bigger on one than on the other? Why would you do that? Who has hurt you so badly that you feel the need to inflict pain indiscriminately?

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When the formatting is inconsistent

You may have realised that I don’t like inconsistency. It bugs me to no end. So when the formatting inside the book is not consistent, it drives me bananas! Allow me to show you some more pictures.

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Why? First of all, why would you leave a blank page at the end of the chapter? You are the reason koalas are sad.

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But if you’re going to do that, at least do it consistently. Don’t go back and forth. I will spend more time feeling annoyed at this than I will pay attention to the book. Just don’t.

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This isn’t really noticeable in the picture, but the swirly thing is in different places on the page. It’s higher up on the page for chapter fourteen than it is for chapter twenty four. Also, why is the “F” in fourteen loopy and the “F” in twenty-four not? Why isn’t the first letter of every word loopy, for that matter?

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The shiny paint on titles

Now, I have nothing against the shiny paint in and of itself. But what really annoys me is that that shit is like butterfly wings. You touch it and it dies. Look at this

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Believe me when I tell you that I handled this book like it was made of crystal. You can’t even see any creases on the spine. I checked every time I picked it up that my hands do not touch the title. I always made sure not to place it face down. And it did not take me more than 3 days to read. I don’t even think it took me that long. And still, half of the stupid shiny paint is gone. Just… ughhhhh!

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Book Review

2913377Rating: 5/5

Genre: high fantasy

First published: 2007

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Synopsis: “My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trehon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.”

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How do I review this book? It’s a masterpiece. It was so not what I expected. But I could not have hoped for a better book. It’s an unusual book, in the sense that it doesn’t follow your ordinary beginning, middle and end sort of thing. It’s a masterfully told frame story.

It’s a long book. It’s really quite huge (although I’m reading The Wise Man’s Fear now, so huge is really a relative term). It requires a commitment. It may seem slow paced, it may seem like it takes a while to got to the point. But if you think that, then you’re not getting the book. Because the point is to tell Kvothe’s story. Not to tell some of his adventures. But to tell his story. And it does that marvelously.

The writing is honestly a pleasure. If Patrick Rothfuss wrote a 600 page book describing paint drying, I would read it. It’s rich, without being heavy, poetic, without being pompous. It’s just beautiful and atmospheric. It grips you and pulls you in and before you know it, it’s dark outside, you haven’t eaten anything all day and you look around startled that you’re in your room and not sneaking about the University.

The world is incredibly rich, incredibly complex and it’s incredibly frustrating that I don’t know more about it. I love it. One of my favourite things about high fantasy is having this whole new world with this whole new set of rules and customs and names and ways of keeping time or of dividing currency to explore. Give me maps to study and calendars to figure out and I’m as happy as a pig in poop. But while many books have really cool worlds, the way they’re presented is often unsatisfactory. Either there’s too much or there’s too little, or it’s explained in too much detail or it’s too vague. Pat does a really good job of finding a balance. Of giving just enough details that you’re not completely at a loss, but not as much as to seem like it’s exposition for a reader from another world. You know what I mean?

I love the characters. I love Kvothe. He’s cleverer than is good for anyone and witty and sharp. He’s also endlessly curious, which reminded me of myself. I have absolute sympathy for him and his desire to know everything and his frustration at everyone’s unwillingness or inability to provide answers. I was exactly the same. I still am. Though unfortunately, not quite as clever as he is. I like that all the characters are very distinctly themselves, if you know what I mean. Even the minor ones. And then, there’s Auri. I am dying to know more about her. She also reminds me of myself in some ways. I love her.

The story is really beyond me to talk about. I don’t know what to say, where to begin. You can’t summarize it. You have to read it. You have to live it. This story may not be for everyone, but if you think that what I’ve said about it might appeal to you, it’s worth having a go at it.

Avatar the Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures – Graphic Novel Review

10450750Rating: 5/5

Genre: Fantasy, middle-grade, graphic novel

Published: 2011

Author: Bryan Konietzko, Michael dante DiMartino & others

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This was honestly the best investment I made this month! The Last Airbender is one of my all time favourite shows. What? Yes, I’m an adult. Shut up, it’s not for children. Anyway, I recently watched the show for the third time and I was left craving more, so I got this and it hit just the spot. I spent one incredibly pleasant afternoon reading it.

The art was amazing. I don’t read comics and graphic novels much for some reason, but I’m always so impressed by the art. This was no exception. There were several different art styles, ranging from really ‘authentic’ looking art, where everything looked more or less like stills from the show, to little cartoony characters.

The stories ranged from short, silly stories that had very little to do with the main plot, to longer, deeper ones that told us a thing or two about the internal struggles of the characters throughout the show, perhaps a little bit more in depth than the show had time to explore. But mostly, they were just hilarious.

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Tiny, baby cartoon Zuko being used as a ball was just everything. This was the last ‘extra’ story in the book and I just died.

This is probably my shortest review ever, but there isn’t much more that I can say about it other than that it was great. If you’re a fan of the show, it’s definitely worth getting these, as they do fill in some details of what happened throughout the three seasons. I’m really looking forward to getting the continuation comics and reading them.

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag – Part 2

I was tagged by Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek to do this tag. I’ve already done it once (you can check that out here), but I’m going to do it again because it’s fun. 😀 So thank you Heather for tagging me! Also, I may have reviews of some of these books, so hover over their titles if you’re interested and see if there’s a link there!

Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).

Round 1

Burn: Tribulation Force by Time LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. I enjoyed this book. But not tremendously. So I don’t really have a problem burning it.

Rewrite: I’m going with The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Don’t get me wrong, this book is AMAZING and beautiful and I absolutely loved it. I would just much rather reread the other one because I love Artemis Fowl and for some reason, it’s very difficult for me to reread historical fiction.

Reread: I have spoken before of my love for this series. It’s one of my favourite series and why wouldn’t I want to reread it?

Round 2

Burn: The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I love Sherlock Holmes, but I can’t say that this was my favourite Sherlock Holmes story and it can’t really compare to the other two, so it’ll have to go.

Rewrite: The Hundred Year Old Man That Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. I really enjoyed this book, but it’s not really the kind of book I could reread.

Reread: Of course it was going to be the Harry Potter book. I love rereading these. I have reread them several times and I’ll do it again.

Round 3

Burn: Iron Kin by M.J. Scott. I didn’t really like this book. It’s my least favourite in the series. But even if it were my favourite in the series (which is Shadow Kin, if you were wondering), it still could not compete with the other two.

Rewrite: Power Study by Maria V. Snyder. I actually really loved this short story. It was really cool. But A. It’s a short story, so it can’t really compete with a novel and B. It’s up against ASOIAF. So it’ll have to be rewritten.

Reread: I’ve actually been meaning to reread ASOIAF before Winds of Winter comes out (so like, in the next decade).

Round 4

Burn: For once, there isn’t one that I would clearly burn out of the three. Maybe I’ll go with Scorch Trials by James Dashner because I think this was my least favourite Maze Runner book.

Rewrite: Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie. I really enjoyed this book. I love Agatha Christie and she had me guessing with this one. But with detective novels, rereading them isn’t very fun because you already know who did it. So I’ll have to rewrite this one.

Reread: Two Years Holiday by Jules Verne. I remember reading this when I was like 12 and really loving it. I’m curious if I’d enjoy it as much now, so I’d reread this one.

Round 5

Burn: The Forty-Five Guardsmen by Alexandre Dumas. I don’t even remember much of this book other than Chicot. I used to read a lot of French historical fiction for some reason and I really loved it. But that was when I was young. Now I just read YA. I was such a pretentious kid.

Rewrite: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I would write some more Magnus into it cause there can never be enough Magnus.

Reread: Of course I wouldn’t change a single thing about The Hobbit. And of course I want to reread it!

Round 6

Burn: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. I actually really loved this book, but it just can’t compare to the other two. Sorry!

Rewrite: This is where the hard part begins. Both of them have that one thing that happens that just pulls your heart right out and uses is as a chew toy. So that could be rewritten for both of them, I guess. But I also definitely want to reread both of them. Hmmmm… I’ll go with Crooked Kingdom, because in CoM, at least that unspeakably horrible thing leads to a lot of things being set in motion and it’s really important, whereas in Crooked Kingdom… it’s just cruel.

Reread: And that leaves Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

I’m too lazy to tag people right now, but this is a fun tag to do, so if you want to do it, I tag you to do it. Leave a link below if you do so I can check it out!

 

My Dream Crate

A few weeks ago, I learned that Loot Crate was interested in getting people involved in a project. If you don’t know what Loot Crate is, it’s a pop-culture related subscription service that has a number of different crates you can subscribe to. They’re looking for fans like you and me to talk about our dream crate ideas. I love the idea of subscription boxes, however sometimes, they can be disappointing. So I’m going to tell you today what a box that would have me fangirling for a month (until the next one came along) would look like. This will be a long post.

Because I love so many things, it’s difficult for me to pick one theme. So I thought, why not mix together some of my favourite things. Because I recently saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and I LOVED it, this will be the main theme of my crate. And in the spirit of Newt, we must have a magical container for our magical stuff. I love puzzles, so what would be cooler than a Japanese puzzle box as the ‘magical’ container. They have more than one compartment, so in our own Muggle way, we made them bigger on the inside! And the multiple compartments are perfect for having additional mini-themes!

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So, the main compartment of the box would have Fantastic Beasts related stuff. A T-shirt is necessary, maybe a poster and something cool like a MACUSA officer badge or a Swooping Evil locket (one that starts out as a little ball that harbours a little Swooping Evil inside!). Or both a MACUSA officer badge AND a Swooping Evil. It’s a magical box, it can all fit!

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Next, my box would have a couple hidden compartments that would each have it’s own mini-theme. Like one compartment could have an anime/maga theme and could contain something like Light’s Death Note or an Attack on Titan funko (can I have Mikasa?).

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Another compartment might have a sci-fi theme and contain something like a Wookie hat or glow-in-the-dark  Iron Man socks. I am a huge fan of funny socks. So the weirder, the better!

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And of course, there would have to be a bookish compartment as well. this could have stuff like Shadowhunter rune temporary tattoos, or a potion pocket hand sanitizer. I saw these and they’re so cute, I would love one!

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And maybe also one of these cool ASOIAF related bookmarks, because what’s a bookish compartment without a bookmark, right?

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So, this is a good idea of what my dream crate would look like. Let me know in the comments what you’d like to see in your dream box!

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid – Book Review

26836910Rating: 5/5

Genre: Sci-fi

First published:  2016

Author: S. J. Kincaid

Synopsis: A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. When the power-hungry emperor summons Sidonia to the imperial court as a hostage, Nemesis has only one way to protect her. She must become her.

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A standalone YA (ish) sci-fi is an elusive and endangered species. A good standalone YA (ish) sci-fi… well I don’t even remember when I read one last. Until I read The Diabolic, that is.

This book was a very refreshing read for me. I have been reading mainly fantasy recently, and while I love fantasy to pieces, I do need a little break every now and again. I really liked the idea of it and I really liked the characters. I liked Nemesis and her amorality. And I loved how the very things that were supposed to make her other than human were the very things that her humanity stemmed from. It was really well done in my opinion.

And then there was Tyrus. I loved him. I’ve always loved devious, scheming bastards and Tyrus reminds me a bit of Kaz from Six of Crows (thought Kaz is superior!). He is so devious, almost ruthless in his plots and manipulations, it makes you wonder which one of them is really diabolic. This sort of amorality/moral ambiguity has always appealed to me for some reason.

The plot surprised me. There were several times throughout the book when I expected things to go differently, which was a good thing. It kept me guessing. And it was also very compact without being vague. It gives the reader sufficient details about a fairly complex world, without being boring, without over-focusing on world-building. It was very well written. It’s rare to see standalone fantasy or sci-fi and when you do get one, either the world-building is sketchy, or there’s too much of it and the plot is barely there. This had a very good balance of the two.

Throughout the book, I was in two minds about how I should rate it. I was leaning towars 4 stars, not because I didn’t really like it, but I didn’t love it as much as I love some of the other books I rated 5 stars, even though I do generally rate on a curve. But I really liked how it ended. I liked that it was sort of… uncertain whether what one of the characters said (I can’t really say more than that). And I liked that it was open ended in the sense that there are a lot of issues within the world and the story that remain to be resolved, but it doesn’t make the book feel unfinished. It feels like the right place for it to have ended. So I gave it 5 stars in the end.

I recommend this book for sci-fi lovers. It’s a well written book and it’s a refreshing read if you’re used to your standard YAs.

Bookish Holiday Wishlist – Top Ten Tuesday

Bookish Holiday Wishlist – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “holiday gift guide freebie”. I chose to share with you my top 10 books on my (very long) wishlist. This is going to be difficult because there are a lot, and I mean a lot of books on my wish list. My bookish amazon wishlist currently has 129 items on it and that’s not including additional copies of books that I already have that I really want. So let’s just say this list is the tip of the iceberg. These are the books that I really hope to get soon.

As a little aside, last week I announced I’d be doing a Q&A. I haven’t forgotten, I’ll probably have that post up by the end of the week (I hope!). In the mean time, feel free to send me more questions here.

Alright, I’ll stop rambling now and get on with it.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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I really want to read this book. As a lover of fantasy, I feel like this is one of those books I have to read.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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I recently read An Ember in the Ashes (review here) and I loved it. So now I really want to read the second one. Plus, it’s pretty. So I want it.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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This sounds like such a cool, and kind of messed up thriller. It’s right up my alley. I want to read it.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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The description I read for this book is so vague, I honestly have very little idea what to expect from it. But is sounds very ominous and dark and also, look at that pretty raven on the cover.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Earlier this year, I fell in love with Schwab’s writing and this one sounds so freaking amazing, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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I have wanted to read this book since I first heard of it more than a year ago. I still don’t own it and I still haven’t read it. Why? I don’t know. But I want it.

Fantastic beasts and Where to Find Them

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The film was AWESOME, guys. I adored it. I am so, so, SO excited for  the other ones. I can’t wait. I literally cannot wait. So of course I want the screenplay. Also, look at this beauty! Just look at it.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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It’s an Aladdin retelling. I have never read an Aladdin retelling. I love retellings. It’s blurbed by Sarah J. Maas. And it’s pretty. All very valid reasons for why I want this.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

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This series is really beautiful. Both inside and outside. And I want to finish it.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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I hear so many great things about this series. I need to read it!

These are 10 of the books that I want the most. But if you’re curious to see more of the books that I want, or you know someone who you think might enjoy the same books as I do and want to buy them a nice Christmas gift, you can check out my Amazon wishlist.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – Book Review

17399160Rating: 3/5 stars

Genre: Fantasy, YA

First published: 2014

Author: Sara Raasch

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

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee and she would do anything for her kingdom. So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself.

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I was kind of disappointed by this book. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t that good either. It was very predictable and it also didn’t really seem to know what it was doing. It was like the author started out writing one story and then decided at some point to write another one, but didn’t bother to change the first part. For a 400-something page book, there wasn’t really anything going on.

Another thing that really annoyed me and made me just skim the last half of the book was Meira whining all the time about how much her life sucked. Which is one of my biggest pet peeves. I really didn’t like her as a character. I actually didn’t really like any of the characters. I didn’t dislike them or anything, I just didn’t care about them. Except for Meira, who annoyed me. And of course, there had to be an unnecessary love triangle that didn’t make me feel anything other than an intense desire to roll my eyes.

What I really enjoyed about the book though, was the setting. It’s a really cool world. I love the idea of season kingdoms and it’s an interesting magic system as well, in which the magic linked to one kingdom can only affect the citizens of that kingdom. I feel like this could have been a much better book if it had been better written, better planned out maybe? Because the idea was cool.

All in all, this was one of those books that will look really pretty on my shelf, but that will probably soon fade out of my memory.

Bookish Pet Peeves – Part 3

I have even more bookish pet peeves for you today. If you haven’t already, you can check out parts 1 and 2.

Self-righteous, self-important MCs

I’m looking at you, Mare Barrow! Okay, I’ve never liked this type of characters, but after reading Glass Sword, I absolutely can’t stand this type of characters. Like, I am liable to beat my book with a spiked baseball bat in hopes that the character will feel it. Just no. Stop. I am a giant ball of rage when it comes to these characters.

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Whiny characters

Characters that constantly whine about how much their life sucks, how much they’ve sacrificed, how nobody’s ever loved them blah, blah, blah. We get it, your life sucks. This whole book is about how your life sucks. Now shut up already.

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Missing glossaries, maps and other annexes

I read a lot of high fantasy. And I mean a lot. And if you’ve read high fantasy, you know that often the names are weird, the worlds are confusing and sometimes, there are even made up languages. Now, those are all awesome. I love complicated fantasy worlds and I love the added layer of complexity and authenticity that a made up language brings to it. But do NOT start putting phrases or words in your made up language unless you also give me a translation. I cannot begin to describe how infuriating it is when that happens. Also, maps are incredibly helpful. Because otherwise I have no context for your world and you can tell me that kingdom X is south of kingdom Y and that kingdom Y is north-east of kingdom Z, but unless I see it on a map, it’ll be confusing and frustrating.

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Series that are unnecessarily dragged out

I love reading series. But a lot of the times, they’re just so dragged out. Especially with YA. Don’t get me wrong, I will happily read a 10 book series, if the story is interesting. If I can see that each book was necessary to the story and not just a dragged out exposition for the next book (this mostly happens with the second book in trilogies).It really pisses me off when that happens and it may determine me to just drop the series altogether.

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