October 2015 Wrap Up and November 2015 TBR

Books I’ve Read This October:

  1. Once Upon A Zombie, Billy Phillips
  2. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
  3. Dorothy Must Die, Danielle Paige
  4. Sleepless, Lou Morgan
  5. Frozen Charlotte, Alex Bell
  6. Armada, Ernest Cline

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TBR For November:

  1. Opal, Jennifer L Armentrout
  2. Pure, Jennifer L Armentrout
  3. The Infinite Sea, Rick Yancey
  4. Poison Study, Maria V Snyder
  5. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer
  6. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater

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❤ DW


Expect reviews for Sleepless, Frozen Charlotte, Armada and Once Upon a Zombie. Also, a cover review and analysis for Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

Review of ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline

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Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Publisher: Arrow

Publication Date: 5 April, 2012

Pages: 384

Blurb via Amazon:

It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.

Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.


 I really loved this book. I loved it so much that I can barely even put it into words… I myself am a lover of video games, but am also one of those people who has no proper education about their creation and the originals. In all honesty, I have never played a game on an arcade machine… So, reading this book was not only amazingly entertaining and gripping, but rather educational about pop culture in the 1980s.

I loved the themes in the book of identity and people ashamed of being who they are. I feel that this aspect added emotional depth to this adventure. I picked this up and at first could not see myself enjoying it as much as I did.

Can we just appreciate how masterful Cline’s writing. He crams in world building for not one complicated world, but two. And I barely even noticed because the narrative was so damn interesting. And then I see reviews online saying that there were no twists in the book. Excuse me, were we reading the same book? Anyway, before I rant, I must let you all know that I experienced my first reading slump as an after effect of this book; a reading slump that only Twilight could save me from…

My reading process in gifs:

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5/5 STARS!

❤ DW

September 2015 Wrap Up and October 2015

Books I’ve Read This September:

  1. Half Blood, Jennifer L Armentrout
  2. Daimon, Jennifer L Armentrout
  3. Talon, Julie Kagawa
  4. Witch Hunter, Virginia Boecker
  5. Scarlet, Marissa Meyer
  6. Heir of Fire, Sarah J Maas
  7. Queen of Shadows, Sarah J Maas
  8. Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine
  9. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline

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TBR For October:

  1. Once Upon A Time, Billy Phillips
  2. Armada, Ernest Cline
  3. Opal, Jennifer L Armentrout
  4. Pure, Jennifer L Armentrout
  5. Sleepless, Lou Morgan
  6. Dorothy Must Die, Danielle Paige

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❤ DW

The Summer Reader Tag

Hi guys! So, you may notice that it is not summer any more, so I’m a little late…Anyway I was nominated to do this by Parneet @ The Enchanted Book.

Okay, here we go!

Lemonade: A book that started out bitter, but got sweeter.

Not a book but a series. I did not like Throne of Glass when I first started, but after Heir of Fire I was like, yaas!

Golden Sun: A book that made you smile.

A book that made me smile was Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout. Daemon and Katy make me smile!

Tropical Flowers: A book set in another country.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is set in Austria, right? Yeah, I did not like that book…

Tree Shade: A mysterious character in a book.

There is only one I can think of. Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

Beach Sand: A book with a grainy plot.

Ummm… Daughter of Smoke and Bone again? Yes! #ThrowingShade

Green Grass: A character full of life.

Frank from Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

Watermelon: A book with juicy secrets

The 5th Wave, I have to agree.

Summer Fun: Tags!

I tag all the humans…

DW ❤

Review of ‘Queen of Shadows’ by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: (Queen) Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 656

Blurb via Amazon:

Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin’s hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people.

Readers will be held rapt as Celaena’s story builds to an agonising crescendo, packed with heart-pounding action and swoon-worthy romance.

***MAJOR LIFE RUINING SPOILERS AHEAD***


I actually started reading this book straight after Heir of Fire, but I was reluctant to do two Sarah J Maas reviews in a row. Anyway let’s get down to the review. SO MUCH HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK! After I finished Heir of Fire, I had the urge to plow into QofS, but I took a deep breathe and made a few predictions:

  • Manon vs. Celaena
  • Dorian vs. Celaena (but they love each other too much so nothing happens)
  • Rowan/Aelin
  • Getting all the Wirdkeys
  • Return to Terrasen

BASICALLY I WAS CORRECT ABOUT EVERYTHING. *High-fives myself*.

Characters:

This book wasn’t so much about the characters, but they obviously still played a huge part. I’m not going to talk about the characters themselves really, just about THE SHIPS. So… basically Rowan/Aelin is canon. Bye Chaol and Dorian, but your Ship has sailed. Oh wait no, they’re sinking… OOPS! So, yes, I am still Team Rowan until I die or he dies. Don’t do it Sarah!

Plot:

So much happened! I am actually so afraid that no one died in this book, so the next book is going to slaughter everyone and everything. Including my soul. Don’t do it Sarah! Ding Dong, the King is dead! SO HAPPY, BUT SO AFRAID!


I know this post isn’t great but… but… Just read it! 5 freakin’ stars!

❤ DW

Review of ‘Heir of Fire’ by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: 2 September, 2014

Pages: 576

Blurb via Amazon:

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak–but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life–and her future–forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!


On originally reading the first two books, I was not a huge fan of this series and did not rush to read Heir of Fire after Crown of Midnight. However, with the looming release of Queen of Shadows looming and impossible to avoid, I decided to pick up the third installment of the series. it was no mistake. I can now officially call myself a fan and say that I am sorry for ever doubting that this series was ever good enough for my tastes. The first two books sparked a flame, this book brought the fire. Pun very much intended.

In Heir of Fire we are introduced to many new characters to develop the plot, but supposedly also to compensate for the death of Nehemia. The death of whom Celaena blames herself for and has gotten herself in a state at the start if the book. There are four main new characters in the book: Sorscha, Rowan Whitethorn, Manon Blackbeak and Aediom Ashryver. Apart from Sorscha, we are all made to believe that the characters are complete douchebags, but in eventuality they are not. Sorscha’s exclusion should have given some indication for her death at the end of the book. The death that made me sob once again at a Throne of Glass book.

My favourite of the new characters was Rowan, because although he can be uptight, him and Celaena strike up a bond throughout the book. also, there opposites in powers show them to be compatible. Opposites attract. After three books and much deliberation, I have finally picked a side in the fight for Celaena’s love. I AM FOREVER TEAM ROWAN!! I don’t care what any one else has to say, but I expect a lot more romance between the two when I read Queen of Shadows.

Lastly, I would like to talk about Manon and the effect that Abraxos has on her throughout the book. When we first meet her, she appears to be grotesque and brutal, like all the other witches. However, when she begins to train Abraxos, you see her begin to grow a heart. I especially found the Crochan witch’s speech at the end very moving. Manon’s new heart is shown when she saves Petrah, the Blueblood heir, much to the annoyance of her grandmother. My predictions for her in the next book is that she and maybe others revolt against the king and help the rebels to free magic. I don’t know how that is going to work exactly, but as cool as it would be, I don’t want a Celaena/Manon showdown, because I like both the characters.

I have already purchased Queen of Shadows and look forward to reading it right after I post this review. I am so happy this is a six book series! 5/5 stars are awarded to Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, the third installment in the Throne of Glass series.

❤ DW

P.S. Please comment below if anyone would be interested to read posts based around my own writing and the projects I am currently working on. Your comments will decide if I do that or not.

The Historical Figures Book Tag

Hey guys, this week I thought that I would make my own book tag, so here it is. I looked around for similar tags, but did not find anything, so if you already made this tag, please tell me so I can give you credit.

The rules of this tag:

  1. Link to both the original post on this blog and to the person or people who tagged you.
  2. For each figure and question, answer with just one book. Some questions have alternate answer options, so feel free to answer both.
  3. Tag five other bloggers of your choice.

(Please note that these questions are not final and they can be altered as you wish)

The Tag:

  1. Marilyn Monroe: The most glamorous book you have ever read.

For this I am choosing The Diviners by Libba Bray, because I do not think you can get any more glamorous than the flappers of 1920s New York.

2. Winston Churchill: The best leader within a book and why.


I would have to say that Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games was a great leader in my opinion. She was very influential and actually quite a good orator. There was no one better to lead the rebellion against Snow.

3. Adolf Hitler: The most ruthless book dictator.


I am going to have to say the King of Adarlan from the Throne of Glass series, because that guy is so cold blooded it makes me shiver. Never mind throne of glass, more like heart of stone.

4. Maya Angelou: The character who brought about the most change, or had the most personal development.


I am actually tempted to say Katniss again, but I guess that would be a cop out… I guess I will say Clary Fray from the Mortal Instruments, because she changed a lot throughout the books. She went from being stupid and making bad decisions to bad ass and righteous as hell! Love you Clary!
5. Queen Elizabeth II: Your most favourite member of a royal family from within a book.

Well this is a toug one actually, as I can’t really think of anyone I would probably say Princess Nehemia from Throne of Glass, because she is certainly one of the nicest and the most interesting.

6. Albert Einstein: The kookiest, craziest, most bonkers books character ever!


I am a fan of the crazy characters in books, because they make me happy with their craziness. It brings more life into the books. However, I am finding it hard to think of one in particular. I am going to have to say Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments series agin. Especially having read The Bane Chronicles, I would say he is the craziest of all and has the best adventures.

7. Brutus: The most betraying character of all the characters.


I hate these characters with a passion! I am going to say that Blackwell from The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker, because he is a slimy guy who betrays even those most close to him and is also greedy and power hungry.

I Tag…

Miriam Joy Reads

The Enchanted Book

From Beyond Infinity

Partners In Books

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Thank you all for reading this and I hope that you all enjoyed it!

❤ DW

Review of ‘The Darkest Part of the Forest’ by Holly Black

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Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Author: Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Publication Date: 12 May, 2015

Pages: 272

Blurb via Amazon:

Near the little town of Fairfold, in the darkest part of the forest, lies a glass casket. Inside the casket lies a sleeping faerie prince that none can rouse. He’s the most fascinating thing Hazel and her brother Ben have ever seen. They dream of waking him – but what happens when dreams come true? In the darkest part of the forest, you must be careful what you wish for…


Generally I am a huge fan of all the fairytale retellings that I read, because of my love for both the original tales and the Disney adaptations. This book is a dark fairy tale, so is more like the original stories by the Grimm brothers, although they did not usually write about fairies. Fairies are my favourite supernatural creature, because of how cunning and malicious they are. I don’t know what that says about me as a person, but it’s probably not a good thing.

Within the book, Holly includes LGBT features, like Ben being gay, but until now I have never read a story with a fairy that has fluid sexuality. Another thing I like about this is the whole small town vibe you get. I tend to be a fan of this in books, because it makes you feel as if there are secrets being hidden, which there are, but this time from the outside world. What I will say is that I was confused as to whether the world knew about fairies or not. I know there were tourists, but was that because they knew the fairies were real and in the forest?

My favouurite character in the book was Hazel, because although she made reckless and stupid decisions, she did them selflessly. This book has one of the most beautiful but simple quotes I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading: “Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself.” Can… we… just? Holly Black has done it again everybody! She has created a masterpiece within the genre of fantasy!

The more I think about it, she tackled issues with homosexuality and feminism really well, because Hazel is a warrior and actually saves the horned prince. This is great because the roles of the predictable damsel in distress scenario are reversed. And Hazel is good with a sword! The way that Holly tackles these issues is really subtly, but at the same time poignantly enough so that it makes you think. You don’t often see a fantasy-contemporary mix in books, but this definitely is one and I love it! I think this is a standalone, which is fine, but I would not say no to a sequel. *cough cough *.

5/5 stars are awarded to this dark, twisted and modern fairytale from the wonderful author Holly Black.

❤ DW

Review of ‘ The Witch Hunter’ by Virginia Boecker | Fresh Friday #4

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Fresh Friday is a weekly meme in which I review or discuss an upcoming release, new release or book published in the last six months. Please feel free to do this meme on your own blog, it would be nice to see it get around. Obviously, it’s not compulsory or anything.


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Title: Witch Hunter

Author: Virginia Boecker

Publisher: Orchard Books

Publication Date: 4 June, 2015

Pages: 416

Blurb via Goodreads:

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.


This book was a tantalising read for my love of fantasy. It was perfectly pitched and, although at times certain characters got on my nerves (CALEB)I did not want to stop reading at any point in the story. The flow was brilliant, wrapping the plot and setting around you like a blanket, sending you into 1558, England. Although a light, but action-packed read, scenes in this book still managed to take my breathe away with emotion or action.

I have never really read a book that was set in this era, or at least not one that was memorable to me. This book certainly was. Normally in books, I find the protagonist’s best friend more interesting than them, but Elizabeth Grey was the best! Not only was she kick-ass, but she was vulnerable at the same time. I loved that she had these contrasting layers to her. I started reading this book like, “Elizabeth is going to have magical powers. How predictable.” I kept waiting fro her powers to be unleashed, but it didn’t happen. Thumbs up Virginia, for not being predictable!  However, I kind of hope she does have magic in The King Slayer.

Also, the prophecy in this book is great. I love a prophecy, almost as much as I like magic itself. The psychic aspects in this book were really well woven into this book and made the story whole. At times it felt as if I was reading a middle grade book, but then someone would swear and I remembered it was YA. There was a lot of fantasy and magical terminology in this book, something that I enjoy, because it builds the world more. However, I feel as if the terminology would confuse some people and that I only knew it from reading every YA fantasy ever… (It is basically all I read. #ReadMoreContemporary)

I award 4/5 stars to The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker. This is her debut novel and the sequel will be released next year. Excited much!

August 2015 Wrap Up and September 2015 TBR!

Books I’ve Read This August:

  1. Cinder, Marissa Meyer
  2. The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey
  3. The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
  4. Legend, Marie Lu
  5. Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  6. Fearsome Dreamer, Laure Eve
  7. Obsidian, Jennifer L Armentrout
  8. Am I Normal Yet?, Holly Bourne
  9. Seed, Lisa Heathfield
  10. The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton
  11. Onyx, Jennifer L Armentrout
  12. The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater
  13. The Art Of being Normal, Lisa Williamson
  14. The Sin Eater’s Daughter, Melinda Salisbury
  15. All The Bright Places, Jennifer Niven
  16. The Lost Herondale, Cassandra Clare
  17. Welcome To The Shadowhunter Academy, Cassandra Clare
  18. The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson

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TBR For September:

  1. Opal, Jennifer L Armentrout
  2. Daimon, Jennifer L Armentrout
  3. Half Blood, Jennifer L Armentrout
  4. The Infinite Sea, Rick Yancey
  5. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Poison Study, Maria V. Snyder
  7. Scarlet, Marissa Meyer
  8. Cress, Marissa Meyer
  9. Vicious, V.E Schwab
  10. Teardrop, Lauren Kate
  11. Talon, Julie Kagawa
  12. Witch Hunter, Virginia Boecker