The Nintendo Book Tag

I was tagged by Ana @ Nerdy Book Worm to do this tag. Thank you Ana! I have actually never owned a Nintendo (I know, my childhood was sad). I actually never had any kind of gaming console. I just played on a PC. But I’m going to do this tag anyway.

1. NES (Nintendo Entertainment System): A classic you want to read


Wow, there are a lot of classics that I want to read. But I think I will go with Hamlet for this one. I have never read Hamlet from start to finish. And I don’t know why. And I want to read it.

2. SNES (Super Nintendo): A sequel you liked more than the first (can be a second book in a series)


I’m sure I could find a lot of answers for this, but I’m going to go with A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, because I loved ACOTAR, but I absolutely ADORE ACOMAF.

3. Nintendo 64: A book that revolutionized the way you look at the world

I don’t think I have an answer for this one. There have been many books that have made me think about certain aspects of my life or of the world or that have influenced me in some way or another, but I don’t think I can say I went into reading a book with one worldview and finished it with a different one. I think all books I read have an impact on me somehow, but not a revolutionary one.

4. Gamecube: A popular book that did not go over so well with you


The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. I know this is a very controversial book. People generally either love it or hate it. I hated it. I had to read it for school, I was 12 or 13 at the time, and I just remember thinking throughout “Why on earth would any teacher make us read this stupid book?”

5. Wii: A new favorite book

Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Brdugo is my newest favourite book. I love it, I don’t have enough words to tell you how much I love it. I have an entire review telling you how much I love it and it still does not adequately describe how much I love it.

6. Nintendo Power: Favorite graphic novel series or a series you want to start

the wrath and the dawn

There are so many series I want to start, it’s overwhelming. I’ll go with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, because I’ve wanted to read this book for over a year now and I still have’t read it and I don’t know why, but I want to.

7. Super Mario: A character that you’d love to squish like a Goomba

Dolores Umbridge. Or Mare from Glass Sword. It’s a toss.

8. Zelda: A newer fantasy that you consider to be a modern classic


A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin. I don’t think I really need to explain that.

9. Samas-Aran: Favorite sci-fi novel or one you want to read


Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Another one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for ages and just haven’t gotten to it yet.

10. Pokemon: Book editions that you want to collect

I want the Harry Potter ones that make Hogwarts with their spines. And I also want the original, UK Bloomsbury editions of HP (I have some of them). And I also collect editions of The Lord of the Rings. 

11. Donkey Kong: A book with original characters

darker shade of magic

If only I hadn’t used Six of Crows in another answer. But that’s okay, because A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (review here) also has an amazing cast of characters that I love.

12. Nintendo Fandom: Favorite Nintendo game(s) or game

I don’t really have an answer for this, because as I said, I’ve never owned a Nintendo.

I tag


Joana @ A Bookish Blog

Marta @ The Book Mermaid

An Ember is the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Book Review

An Ember is the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Book Review

an-ember-in-the-ashes-by-sabaa-tahirRating: 5/5

Genre: High fantasy

First published: 2015

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Goodreads synopsis: When Laia’s grandparents are brutally murdered and her brother arrested for treason by the empire, the only people she has left to turn to are the rebels. But in exchange for their help in saving her brother, they demand that Laia spy on the ruthless Commandant of Blackcliff, the Empire’s greatest military academy. Should she fail it’s more than her brother’s freedom at risk . . . Laia’s very life is at stake. There, she meets Elias, the academy’s finest soldier. But Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined – and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Book Depostiory | Goodreads

I finally read this book and it was awesome! I don’t know why I din’t read it sooner. I loved the world. It’s based off ancient Roman society which is really cool and not something I’ve seen much of. I really the world-building, I loved the feeling of the setting.It felt really authentic to me, so Tahir did a good job with that.

Another one of those little things that I absolutely loved about the book were the masks. Such a cool idea to have them mold to the wearer’s face. I remember I read a preview of this book about a year ago and the masks stayed in my memory and were actually part of the reason why I decided I wanted to read this book.

The story itself followed a pretty standard oppressive society type plot. But it had this really cool Oriental magic about it. I really love Oriental mythology and there was a striking contrast between the Roman society on the one hand – sober, disciplined, military,  – and the Oriental mythology on the other – magical, mysterious and wild somehow. And I think that, more than anything, made the book remarkable.

I liked the characters, I didn’t love them, but I liked them. The Commandant was interesting. I’m curious about her. I’m curious what screwed her up. I was a little bit annoyed with Laia, because she’s one of those annoyingly clueless characters, the “I have no idea how gorgeous I actually am” type of character. That’s not the only way in which she was clueless, but I can’t say more without spoiling anything. But there were some glaringly obvious things that she missed, presumably because if she hadn’t, the story would have ended after like chapter 5.

More than anything though, I am curious about the Augurs and the magical aspects of the story. I’m really looking forward to learning more about the world and about the mythology.

The Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

So, I got my hands on a little bit of free time and I went on a blogging binge and scheduled a bunch of posts (you may have noticed I’ve posted every day for the past few days!). As I was scrolling through my feed, I saw the girls @ Thrice Read do this tag and since I love Beauty and the Beast and I love tags, this seemed like a match made in heaven.


Probably the whole “bad boy with a tortured past and kind of a chewy centre” trope. I know it’s everywhere and it annoys some people, but I have a soft spot for it and I’m not even sorry. Also, just high fantasy settings. I never get tired of reading about the worlds people make up.


daughter of smoke and bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Look at that gorgeous cover. I honestly knew nothing about this book. I just bought it because it was a hardcover and was really beautiful and cheap. But I ended up loving it so much.


neanderthal seeks human

I have to go with Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid for this one. I got it as a free kindle. I really wasn’t expecting much from it, but I actually really loved it. I have a review of it by the way, if you’d like to read more about it.



Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I wouldn’t say that everyone loves it, as I have seen several reviews that pretty much agreed with me. But it does seem to be generally liked and I really hated it. I also have a review of it if you’d like to know why. I have to admit thought, the cover is really gorgeous. A pile of rubbish wrapped in a pretty package. Kind of like Gaston.



Lucien from ACOTAR (where the counterpart is Tamlin). Even before Tamlin lost his marbles, I loved Lucien more. (Image credit)



The Bible. That’s what I always go to when I’m going through a difficult time and I always find comforting words of wisdom in it.



The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. When I started reading CoB for the first time, I got through a couple of chapters and then gave up. It was only years later that I picked it up again (quite by accident). I had forgotten that I’d started it before and I was confused as to why it seemed so familiar. Anyway, the second time around I finished it and then I got really into the series.


Can I have a really… REALLY big dinner table? Because I really want to have dinner with so many characters. I want Rhys and the Night Court and I want Will Herondale and I want Kaz Brekker and ALL of his gang. ALL OF IT *sobs uncontrollably* and I want the entire Fellowship of the Ring and Hermione and Aelin and all of her court and Manon… well I kind of want the whole cast of ToG and… well, do you know any good catering services? And a really big venue? Preferably with access to an orchard or something. I feel like some of these characters might butt heads.

October Wrap Up

A very belated wrap up for October. Four seems to be the number of books that I’m able to read in a month of late. Which is kind of a shock for me. I mean, one book a week? That’s so little. Anyway, I read four books in October and here they are:

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas**

empire-of-storms4.5/5 stars

This was one of my most anticipated 2016 releases! I loved it. It obviously ended in the biggest cliffhanger ever. And now I have to wait another year for the next one. It’s like they design book series to torture me. And it’s a really special book for me because I got to see Sarah on tour and get it signed. You can read more about that experience here. I also have a review of it if you’re interested.

**I just realised that this was actually also in my September wrap-up, so I actually read it in September it would seem. Ooops. Oh well.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

222997635/5 stars

Another amazing book that I read this October. This series guys, is amazing! If you haven’t read it, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Seriously, go pick up Six of Crows! (by the way, I have a review of that here). Of course, also have a review of Crooked Kingdom which you can find here. Seriously. Go read it. It’s awesome. Also, it’s gorgeous. Look at it.


1984 by George Orwell

5470 4.5/5 stars

I finally finished this book. I think I started it at the beginning of August and only finished it in October. But I did enjoy it though. It was really thought-provoking. But it was more of an essay than it was a novel. It did bring forth some fairly disturbing ideas about human nature and while I don’t agree entirely with those ideas, they’re interesting to read about and I really enjoyed it. I also have a review of this one if you want to read more of my thoughts on it.


The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan


This is the last book I read in October and I’m really happy about it because I managed to finish one of the series on my unfinished series list! Yay! I also have a review of this one. I think this is the first wrap up in which I have review links for all the books I read. Yay for that as well!

10 Books I recently Added to my TBR – Top Ten Tuesday

10 Books I recently Added to my TBR – Top Ten Tuesday

Okay, I know it’s not Tuesday, but I’ve been busy. Don’t judge me!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books recently added to your TBR. Here are mine (in ascending order).

1. The Bone Queen by Alison Croggon


I remember I was in a book store and I saw this and I read the back of it and thought it was cool, so I added it. But I can’t for the life of me remember what it was about. I know that it’s a prequel to a fairly popular series (which I also can’t remember what it’s about.) Yeah, I kind of just randomly add books to my TBR.

2. The Naming by Alison Croggon


Ah yes, this is the first book in the series I previously mentioned. I probably googled The Bone Queen, saw it was a prequel to a series, so I went and found the first book in the series and added it as well. Now you know why I have hundreds of books on my TBR.

3. Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes


A while back, my best friend bought this book and read it. And she told me it was good, so I added it.

4. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater


I added this after reading The Raven Boys (review here). I’ve taken to adding series to my TBR one book at a time just so I don’t clutter my TBR as much with books that I may or may not read. So if after reading a book in a series, I decide not to continue with it, I don’t have to fish through my TBR to remove the books that I no longer intend to read.

5. Furthermore by Tahareh Mafi


Saw a bunch of people talk about it on booktube and it sounded cool, so I added it.

6. Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas

Yeah, okay I added this because it’s written by SJM. No regrets.

7. Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevive Tucholke


I think I read a review of this somewhere and I found it intriguing. Also, I like the title.

8. Mengele: The Complete Story by Gerald Posner


I recently read a memoir called Surviving the Angel of Death (review here) by Eva Mozes Kor and I realized that I know very little about Mengele and I wanted to inform myself on the topic.

9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


This book was actually recommended to me by one of my lecturers. It’s about this woman who died of cancer a while back and cells from her tumour were cultured and her cell line is still alive today and used for research. Which is cool. I mean, not for her, I guess.

10. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley


A friend is reading this book and it’s really pretty and sounds interesting. So I want it. Again with my fantastic standards.




1984 by George Orwell – Book Review

5470Rating: 4.5/5

Genre: Negative utopia/dystopia, sci-fi

First published: 1949

Author: George Orwell

Goodreads synopsis: The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

Book Depository | Goodreads

This book was a journey. It’s difficult to summarise, because it doesn’t have much in the way of things happening to the characters. It’s more about things happening within the characters. It toes the line between novel and essay and I think it does better as an essay than as a novel. It’s like the story and the characters are just an anecdote the author uses to explain his point. But I did enjoy it. It was thought provoking and even though it took me quite a long time to finish, I really liked it.

It is quite disturbing, particularly towards the end, with some of the ideas it brings forth about human nature, about reality and how we understand and relate to it. About what reality really is. One of the ideas that permeates the whole book is that of how history is whatever is written down, whatever is chronicled. And so long as the documents pertaining to the past are alterable, the past itself is alterable. Which seems like a stupid thing to say, because what happened, happened. But did it really? If there’s no one to remember it and nothing to document it, who’s to say one thing happened and not another? It’s a pretty head-ache inducing thought to follow, but I found it interesting to explore.

Another pervading theme was that of human nature and what it really is. Orwell takes quite a dark and pessimistic view of it in this book, essentially saying that hatred and selfishness always win. While I don’t entirely agree with it, he does make some valid points.

Because of the abstract ideas that is puts forward, the book is quite… trippy. Particularly towards the end, I wasn’t sure what to believe. What was real. It’s difficult to explain, but it sort of made me want to question everything. It made me a little bit paranoid, which was kind of disturbing because it sort of proved some of the points that were being made.

I feel like I could write my own essay dissecting the book and the ideas in it, but it’s an interesting read. I recommend it for people who like abstract thought and if you are one of those people, I encourage you to read it and see what your take on the ideas presented is. If you have read it, let me know in the comments what you thought about it. I’m really curious to know.


This or This Book Tag

This week was specifically designed to torture me. I have so much work to do that I barely have time for anything. So naturally, I’m writing a post instead of working. I was tagged by Louise @ Geniereads a while back. Thank you Louise! Also, sorry it’s taking me so long to do tags. I’m quite behind. But I’ll get to all of them! So anyway, getting to it.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the blog who tagged you and link back to them
  • Your first book is the last book of the person who tagged you
  • You have to follow the list of books that the person who tagged you gave you, and then you’re going to do something like “book 1 vs book 2”
  • As soon as you have a winner, you choose seven more books and blogs to answer to this tag

Okay, well I’m not sure if these instructions are very clear, but you’ll get it once you see it done.

The winner of Louise’s tag was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and the first book on her list is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

I have not read either of these books. But I did read the summary of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and I do want to read it… eventually. So I’ll go with that.

The second book on the list is The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

Now this one, I’ve actually read. And I really loved it, so I’m going to pick it.

Book number three is Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon.

Another one I have not read. I don’t read that much contemporary in case you haven’t noticed. So TYE wins again.

Fourth book is The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Ugh. If you’ve been following me for a while, you may know I really hated The Selection. So once again… you guessed it, TYE wins!

Book five is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Yeah, haven’t read this one either. So TYE. Are you noticing a pattern?

Number six is Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

Finally, another one I have read! Although I liked TYE more, so that one STILL wins. Jeez.

And the final book is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Okay, I loved TFIOS. I think this one wins out over TYE. Just barely. But I feel like since it got a more powerful emotional response out of me, it should win.

So there you have it! The winner is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.


Now for my list, I’m just going to pick the last 7 books I read. I have reviews for most of them, so you can just click on the titles if you’re interested.

  1. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  6. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  7. Surviving the Angel of Death by Eva Mozes Kor

And now for my nominees, here are some of my most recent followers.

stephanie @ sbwritingsite

Ana @ NerdyBookWormSite

Sorcery of Words


Desiree @ Desiree’s Reads

Kaitlyn @ Me Myself and Everything Else

Debbie @ Debbie’s Library






Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – Book Review

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – Book Review

22299763Rating: 5/5

Genre: Fantasy, YA

First Published: 2016

Author: Leigh Bardugo

***SPOILER ALERT*** This is not the first book in the series, so the synopsis and this review may contain spoilers for the previous book.Read my review of Six of Crows here.

Goodreads Synopsis: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

Book Depository | Goodreads

So, I am finally writing this review. It’s taken me forever for more than one reason which I will probably talk about in a separate post. But anyway, it’s here at last.

I liked the first one better. I mean, I still loved this one. But I loved the first one more… it was more exciting and full of daring. This one was much darker and was a bit more character-centric, where SoC was a whirlwind of stuff happening. But I happen to love these characters, so I didn’t mind. And since this book was so character-centric, let me reintroduce you to the cast.

Kaz – a beautiful, clever bastard with a knack for achieving the impossible.

Inej – a tiny badass assassin-spy.

Matthias – a giant, overmuscled war kitten.

Nina – a gracious gazelle who can and will flirt your face off. Also, she can kill you without touching you.

Jesper – a hyperactive sharpshooting puppy who loves to gamble.

Wylan – a hella smart donut.

This book hurt me in my soul. There were so many things that happened to my babies. Bad, bad things. Everyone’s out to get them, and for a while things seem pretty bleak. But of course, Kaz schemes their way out of pickle after pickle. He wouldn’t be Kaz otherwise. I love Kaz! We get to see him grow quite a bit in this one, although most of his background we get in the first one.

Wylan though… well we see a lot of Wylan. He has POV chapters and we learn a lot about his past. Which just made me want to hug his donut face! There’s a lot about Jesper as well. We see him grow from the boy he is in the first one, into a man. I don’ want to say much more than that, because I feel it would spoil it. This book is hard to review.

Where SoC was focused more on the dynamics between the whole crew and them growing into a family of misfits, this one focuses more on the couples and their dynamics and growth. Which was great, although I did miss the whole group interacting, which we got a lot less of.

There were a few times throughout this book when I just wanted to kiss Kaz for being so brilliant. Little devious, conniving bastard. I love that I rarely see his plots coming. I know he will do something, I know he has something up his sleeve… or potentially up someone else’s sleeve, but I can hardly ever predict what.

The ending was the most bittersweet thing ever. Although I think a little more bitter than sweet. Just… no. Why? I am not satisfied by how it ended. I want to see what happens next. I want to make sure they’re all okay and happy forever because I love them.

This is much as I can think of saying without giving it away, so just read the book if you haven’t! If you loved the first one, you will probably love this one.

Sarah J. Maas Event – Empire of Storms Tour

If you’ve been reading my posts, then you probably know that I have been excited about meeting Sarah all summer. The other day, it finally happened! She was in London as part of her UK tour for Empire of Storms (I have a review for that, by the way). I was there and now I’m just going to fangirl about it because I had such a wonderful time.


Sarah is such a lovely person. And let me tell you, she is hilarious. I laughed through most of the evening. She’s so chill and fun and totally my spirit author. If Pottermore had a quiz for discovering your spirit author, mine would be Sarah. She is just as obsessed with Legoals as I am, just as obsessed with dogs and just as obsessed with Rhys as I am! She was talking about how she was pretty much in love with Legolas in high-school and I was just like “PREACH!”.


Also, she pronounced my name right! All my life, people have been mispronouncing my name, so I was so happy that she pronounced it right! Though I suppose she’s got a talent for pronouncing unpronounceable names. By the way, I just found out how you’re supposed to pronounce Manon’s name. I had been pronouncing it wrong forever. I’m not really sure how to phonetically spell the pronunciation, but it rhymes with Vuitton.


Her husband was there as well, he stamped my book. He seemed nice. Sarah had a wrist injury, so we could only get one book personalised (I got ACOMAF because of reasons) and one stamped. I want to eventually get all of her books signed because she’s just so lovely and that would be so cool.

She talked a lot about both ACOTAR and ToG, but the coolest thing she said is that she sees as the two series as part of the same like multiverse. So while they don’t take place in the same world, it would be theoretically possible to open a Wyrdgate to the Night Court, for example. She assured us that won’t happen, of course, but I find the idea to be really cool.


Yeah, this is a very very rambly post, mostly just me fangirling, but I hope you enjoy the pictures.Even though I sadly only had my phone to take photos and therefore, they are not the best quality. Also, I am too scatterbrained right now to write down everything that she talked about, but if you do have any  questions, you can leave them in the comments and I’ll see whether I can remember her saying anything about them.

As a side note, I just finished reading Crooked Kingdom. Review of that coming soon. That book left me wounded, guys. I don’t really know what to do with my life right now.


September Wrap-Up

This has been another slow month for me. I’ve only read four books and I know exactly who is to blame! Glass Sword. That book just drained the life out of me. Anyway, let’s get into it.

Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor

66483915/5  stars

This is the first book I read in September and it was a very educative read. I got it via NetGalley and I am so glad I requested it. It’s one of those books that people should read and be aware of. I have a more thorough review of it, if you are interested in hearing my thoughts.


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll

79299315/5 stars

This was a re-read, of course. It was due. I hadn’t read it in a long time. Such amazing nonsense, it’s genius. If you have not read this book at least once in your life, I feel sorry for you. I do not have a review of this one since it was a re-read, but it’s only like 100 pages. Just read it.



Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

231742741/5 stars

This book sucked the life and joy out of me. It took me over a month to finish and I almost gave up on it. But I don’t like not finishing books, so I pushed through it. I have a full review of it if you want to know why exactly this book made me so angry and why I hated it so much.


Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

empire-of-storms4.5/5 stars

Probably my favourite book this month! I also – you guessed it – have a review of it. It has left me wanting more, like SJM books usually do and also, I am so excited about meeting Sarah next week! *squeeeeeeeee* I can’t wait! There will probably be a post about that later this week, so stay tuned for that.