The Mass Effect Book Tag

I recently started playing Mass Effect, so when I saw this, I decided to do it. I found it on here.


1. Commander Shepard 
Paragon: A main character that puts the needs of everyone else before their own

Nona Grey from The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence. She always puts her friends first and I love her for it.

Renegade: A main character that chooses to do bad things for “the greater good”

Rhys form ACOTAR. He’s done some pretty bad things to protect those he loves. I feel like there is actually a better character for this that’s nagging at the back of my mind, but I can’t think who right now.

2. Eden Primethe book/book series that got you into reading

This question pops up often in tags and I don’t really have an answer for it. I’ve been into reading for as long as I can remember.

3. Liara T’Sonia book that taught you something new 

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The Martian by Andy Weir. It taught me how to survive on Mars.

4. Garrus Vakariana character that brought joy/life to an otherwise sad/too serious book

Sand dan Glokta from The First law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. This isn’t so much sad or serious, as it’s just grim. But I always enjoyed Glokta so much. His narrative is so dry and witty, I couldn’t help but laugh.

5. Virmire 
Kaidan Alenkoa book that was boring in the beginning but ended up becoming good

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I honestly don’t remember a whole lot about this book besides that I really enjoyed it and that it started up slow. i might have to re-read it.

Ashley Williams: a book/book series that no matter how many times you’ve tried you just can’t get into it

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It pains me to say this, but The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien. It’s just so dense and not really a cohesive book. I really want to know all of the things it talks about, but so far, I have tried reading it at least 6 times. And I never get very far into it. It’s just so hard to keep track of all the characters and places and timelines. I invariably end up confused and give up like 200 pages in. I have read the first part of the book so many times and I still don’t remember who all the characters are.

6. Jokera book that made you laugh

Any Jonas Jonasson book.

7. Tali’Zorah vas Normandya character that grew throughout the book and ended up becoming an amazing character

I don’t want to use the same character again, but I have to mention Nona again. She was always an awesome character, but she grew so much throughout the series.

Also, Nassun from The Broken Earth

8. Mordin Solus and Thane Kriosa character that had a tragic death that you wish you could bring back to life

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Lady from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. Stop killing animals, please. Thank you.

9. Reapersa villain that you love

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Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (art by Cassandra Jean).

10. The Ending 
Destroy: a book/book series you wish you could make disappear

I don’t know. There are some books that I’d want to make disappear from my brain, but I don’t necessarily think they’re harmful and should stop existing. Maybe Fifty Shades of Grey. Although I haven’t read that. But if it’s even half as toxic and awful as I’ve heard it made out to be, then I’d want it to stop existing.

Control: an author you wish you could control in order to change something about their book/book series

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Patrick Rothfuss. I would make him WRITE BOOK 3 FASTER!!!

Synthesize: two authors you wish would co-write a book

I don’t really know for this one. :/

 

Series in Which I’ve Only Read the First Book #1

I love reading series. But there are so many out there that I just have this bad habit of reading one book in a series and then not continuing, even though I really enjoyed it. Often, if I don’t immediately have the next book available to me, I just start reading something else and then end up not continuing with series that I really enjoy. So here are the series that I want to continue with, but have only read the first book. Since there are so man, I’ve decided to split this into two posts.


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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I read this earlier this year and I enjoyed it, although perhaps not as much as I thought I would. Still, I do want to continue with the series, especially that there’s just one other book.

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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Also read this one earlier this year and I liked it, though not as much as I liked Six of Crows. Which makes sense, since this was written first. But I do want to continue with the series.

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

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This was a fun book. Didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked. I think that’s mainly because I read it at the wrong time, so I don want to continue with this series.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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I read this right after it came out, which I think was last year. I really liked it. It had deserts and rebels and it was cool and I don’t know why I didn’t pick the second one up when it came out, but I should.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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I actually loved the first book. I have no idea why I haven’t picked up the second one yet considering I read this one a couple years ago, but there you have it.

The Farseer Chronicle by Robin Hobb

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I read this one over the summer and even though it was a bit slow, I think the series has great potential and I’m interested in continuing with it.

Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge

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This was a strange little book, but I personally really enjoyed it. I think the other one is actually a companion, but I guess it’s still considered a series.

The Broken Earth by N. K. Jemisin

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Just finish reading this one, it’s my most recent read, so I’m not super guilty for not continuing with this yet. But it was a really cool book and I look forward to reading the other two.

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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This is a book that I randomly picked up because it was on sale and I ended up really enjoying it. The second book came out this year and I should probably pick it up. Although… I was under the impression that this was a standalone. I think I even mentioned that in my review, and that sort of contributed to me not picking the second book up.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann & Jay Kristoff

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One of my new favourites this year, I really need to pick the second one up. This series is amazing!

Ten Books With Characters Who are Assassins – Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “Top 10 Characters Who ________”.

I haven’t participated in this meme for ages and it’s Wednesday. But whatever. I love books about assassins!


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I mean, this one was probably really obvious! I love this series, I love Sarah’s books. I’ve always had a vague fascination with assassins, but this series put fuel on that fire big time and I just cannot get enough! I don’t know what that says about me.

I think I only have a review of Empire of Storms, so unfortunately, if you’re new to the series, I don’t have a review for you, but it’s a good series.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This has become another one of my favourite series. Not only is it about assassins, it’s about a school of assassins! It’s so funny and so well written in my opinion and I loved everything about it. The second book came out earlier this month and I can’t wait to read it! I really need to find some time to read, cause I’ve been reading almost nothing lately.

I have a review of Nevernight, if you’d like to know more.

Graceling by Kristin Kashore

gracelingAnother really cool book about an assassin. It’s a cool series, really but only the first one is really about the assassin. I found this to be a rather unique book among YA novels. I know a lot of people find the book and the series in general, a bit slow, but I really loved it.

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This is an underrated series in my opinion. Nobody talks about it and it’s so cool and unique in a way. It’s a duology and it brings together two of the coolest things: assassins and pirates. Why would you not want to read this?

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

poison studyNow, with this one, the main character is not exactly an assassin. She’s a food taster. However, the love interest is the poison master and while it’s not explored that much, it’s implied that he’s therefore also the court assassin. So I’m counting it because it’s a cool series and also slightly underrated.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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This book was a bit slow to begin, but I did enjoy it and I think it has promise as a series. I’ve only read the first book so far, but I do plan to continue with the series. I don’t have a review of it yet, because I’m super behind, but hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The only reason this series is so far down the list is because it doesn’t really focus on assassins. It’s basically about a heist, so still criminals. And one of the main characters is an assassin. It’s just that the book doesn’t really focus on that. But it is an amazing series and if you’ve not read it, what are you doing with your life, go read it!

I have reviews for both books in the series, if you’re interested (SoC; CK)

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

cruel beautyThis is a book that a lot of people have issues with. It’s a strange book, a bit confusing. I really enjoyed it though. I actually liked the mindfuck element to it and all the impossible and paradoxical things that happened. And while it’s not so much focused on assassins, the main character does set out on an assassination mission in the beginning of the book, so it counts.

I also have a review of this if you are interested.

Shadow Kin by M. J. Smith

shadow kinThis isn’t the best series ever, to be honest. It’s not bad, it’s just not that great either. But the main character is an assassin and she’s a really interesting assassin in my opinion. She has the unique ability of becoming shadow and I thought that was really cool and is probably the main reason I’m including this on here. This is an adult series and it focuses a bit too much on sex in my opinion, but if you overlook that, it’s not a bad book.

Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep

6611038Again, not the best series out there. It’s a really long series and I’ve read maybe 4 or 5 books of it. It’s not bad, but it’s not great. They’re really quick to read and the magic system is interesting and there’s a lot of assassin stuff going on, so the books are entertaining. I just wouldn’t say it’s very high quality literature. This is also an adult series.

Summer Book Haul

Summer Book Haul

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book haul and I’ve accumulated a few books since then. So I’ve decided to do another book haul and show them to you.I was too lazy to take individual pictures of each one, so here’s one picture with all of them.

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A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. I’ve read both of these and I also have reviews for both of them, which you can check out by clicking on the title.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve also read this, but I haven’t put up a review for it yet. Stay tuned though, it’s coming up soon.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This one is probably my second favourite book of the year, after ACOMAF (which I still haven’t reviewed… I suck, I know). But I have reviewed SoC and you can read that by clicking on the title. The book was fantastic!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I think this one was in my other book haul as well, but it hadn’t arrived then, so I put it in this one as well. Anyway, another one that I have read and reviewed

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. This is what I’m currently reading. And it’s going slowly. I’m finding it hard to get into. I hope it’s just the beginning that’s so annoying (Mare is really getting on my nerves with her special butterfly attitude).

Notice how most of the books are red, black and white and then there’s Glass Sword, sticking out like the sore thumb it is. Because so far out of these, it’s the one I’m enjoying the least.

The Scavenger Hunt Book Tag

I saw this one The Jouska Blog and thought it was a fun tag, so I’m going to do it. I’m assuming the books must be books I own, so let’s see how it goes.

Find:

1. A Book with the letter ‘Z’ in the Title or Author’s name:

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is a beautiful book that everyone should read. I have also reviewed it, so you can read more of my thoughts on it here if you want.

2. A Classic:

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1984 by George Orwell. Is this considered a classic? I’d say it is. I own a lot of classics, but this is the one I’m currently reading, so I figured I’d use this one. As far as I can tell from what I’ve read, this is another one of those books that all book lovers should probably read.

3. The oldest book on your shelf:

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Oh boy. I had a look through my shelves and the oldest I could find was a bind-up of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It was printed in 1956. I don’t know if I have any books older than that, because I only looked at a few books, but yeah… I have a lot of old books. This isn’t what my edition looks like, but whatever, couldn’t find a picture of that and I can’t be bothered to take one.

4. A book with a key on the cover:

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Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I just spent half an hour trying to find a book with a key on the cover and I totally forgot about Bitterblue. Just as I was beginning to despair. What’s the point of owning a gazillion books if you can’t even complete a scavenger hunt!

5. Something on your shelf that isn’t a book

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This Legolas action figure.

6. A book with an animal on the cover:\

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Dragons are animals, right?

7. A book with a girl on the cover:

Take your pick. Apparently, there are a lot of books with girls on the cover.

8. A non-YA book

Once again, take your pick.

9. A book with stars on the cover:

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What do you mean it’s a compass? It’s a star. you need glasses.

10. A book with golden letters

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By far the prettiest golden-lettered book I own.

 

I tag all the people to do this. In fact, I challenge you all to do it. See if you can find everything (even if you don’t want to make a post) and let me know in the comments.

 

 

July Wrap-Up

July Wrap-Up

Another month has come and gone. July was a better reading month for me than June. I read 11 books this month. In an attempt to buy fewer books, I decided to read some of my impressive collection of ebooks. So there have been a few books that I didn’t really know what to expect from.

2016-07-02-17-21-02.jpgFirst book I read in July was The Giver by Lois Lowry. This was a great, haunting and thought-provoking book and I really loved it. You can read my full review of it here. 5/5 stars.

 

51f91xblphl-_sl300_Second book I read was The Gifting by K. E. Ganshert. This is pretty good as far as paranormal YA goes, although I took issue with the ending, which cause me to only give it 2/5. You can read my full review here.

 

22613491Next, I read My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White. This is a really light, easy-to-read book. It’s not very high-quality, but I enjoyed reading it nonetheless. I also have a review of this one which you can read here. 3/5 stars.

 

 

18660669Then I read Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I actually audiobooked this, which was a mistake. I really do not recommend this as an audiobook, it doesn’t work well. I think I might have enjoyed it a lot more had I read it instead of listening to it. Some books work well as audiobooks, but this is not one of them. 3/5 stars. I also have a full review of it which you can read here.

 

23403402-_uy200_Next, I read A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. This is now one of my new favourite series, I love it so much. It’s just awesome. I have a full review of this one as well, which you can find here. 5/5 stars.

 

 

15733108Next, I read Iron Kin by M. J. Scott. I didn’t like this one that much. You can read my full thoughts on it and the series in general here. 2/5 stars.

 

 

peter-rabbit-coverThen I read The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. I just went to the book store and saw a really cute edition of this and I just read it there and then. I actually really enjoyed it, which is a testament to my level of maturity, I suppose. 4/5 stars.

 

gathering-of-shadows_ukcoverNext up, in a rare display of consistency, I read A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab, which is the second (and current) book in the Shades of Magic series. Which means that for once, I started a series and finished all the books that are currently out! I loved this one as well, although not quite as much as the first one. See my review here. 4/5 stars.

 

23372959-_uy200_After that, I read Touch A Dark Wolf by Jennifer St. Giles. I wish I hadn’t. Just, do yourself a favour and don’t read this book. 1/5 stars.

 

 

 

17673307Thankfully, my next read was a pleasant surprise. I read Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. I surprisingly really liked this book. It brightened my mood. I have a review of it here. 4.5/5 stars.

 

 

 

15839984Another 4.5/5 stars book. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time now and I am happy to say I loved it. I have a review of this one as well.

Book Haul

Book Haul

I’ve been back home from uni for about two weeks now and I’ve already bought four books. And I haven’t even read one of them yet. I’m not even going to talk about all the books I bought before coming home. But I’m hoping this post will make me feel guilty enough not to buy any more books for a while. At least until I finish these four (even though I don’t even know how many unread books I own already). So, without further ado, here are the four books.

The Hundred Year-Old Man Who climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

2016-07-02-17-19-14.jpgI bought this because it was blue and the little old man on the cover is funny and the title is funny. Yeah, I have a problem, I know. Let me just say though, that Jonas Jonasson, apart from being suspiciously named, is a master of dark comedy. I’ve already started reading this book and I’m loving it.

 

1984 by George Orwell

2016-07-02-17-21-46.jpgI felt like every self-respecting reader should own a copy of this. That’s how I justified buying it, even though I’m pretty sure my family owns a copy of it. I needed one that was mine. Plus, the cover is really cool. I’m actually looking forward to reading it.

 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

2016-07-02-17-21-02.jpgI’d been wanting to read this for a while and I saw it in the book store and it was relatively cheap, so I couldn’t help myself. I’m already halfway through it though, so I don’t regret it. I’m loving it.

 

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

15839984I ordered this from bookdepository and it hasn’t arrived yet, so I don’t have a picture of it to show you. I don’t know why I bought it, honestly. I already have sufficient unfinished series (you can check out my post about that here), I really don’t need to add to that list. But alas… it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I just can’t resist those. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite stories ever.