Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Beautiful Blogger Award Tag










Thank you Emily for tagging me! Go check out her amazing Blog!


       Rules

  • Link the blogger who nominated you.
  • List seven random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers.
  • Notify the amazing people you nominated for the award.

Seven Random Facts About me

1) I hate anything that requires excessive physical movement.
Basically, I hate sports because I am lazy also any time
I run for even short distances like 50 meters I get a
stitch. So I try to avoid any sports event we have at 
school and I am always fighting with my mother because
she always wants me to exercise. So basically I am a sloth.




2) I am a scaredy cat.
I am basically terrified of most things.
I am terrified of all animals. (They can all kill me in some way)
I dislike/am scared of/try to stay away from children under 10.
I will not stay next to someone with a knife in their hands.
(I will go at least a room away)
I am also scared of doing anything 'extreme' like jumping of a chair.
(I will slowly climb down from the chair.)
Those are some example of things I am afraid of/to do.




3) My dream job is a web developer.
That explains itself.



4) I love writing.
I write only as a hobby but one day I do wish to publish a book.
Not as a job and I want the book to be as perfect as possible so,
I will only even try publishing the book if I know that is the best,
I have done. So probably I will never do this because,
I never think that what I write is actually worth being published.



5) I am trying to learn how to use Photoshop.
I am learning it as I do more stuff, mostly fanart for Truthwitch.
But I do want to try to make some more stuff after that.
If you have any suggestions please leave them below.
Keep in mind I am very basic at using Photoshop.



6) My favorite Actresses are tied at Number 1 and they are 
Jennifer Lawrence and Rebel Wilson.




7) I became a fully invested reader just this year
after discovering the BookTube community
in the August of 2015.
That also explains itself! :)


NOMINATIONS

I tag Claire from Cover to Cover.
I tag Karen from A Simple Cup of Tea.
I tag Casie from Little Red Reviews.
I tag Brian from The Guys' Side
I tag Sophie from Sailing Through Books.
I tag Erika from The Bookish Wives.
I tag Kristen from My Friends are Fiction.
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Sunday, 27 December 2015

BOOK REVIEW #2 - THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS : CITY OF BONES BY CASSANDRA CLARE



I read this book for four reasons, first I love the UK cover re-do. Secondly loved the synopsis and some non-spoiler reviews about it. Third is that I want to watch the upcoming TV show Shadowhunters coming out next January and fourth because Emma from the YouTube channel emmabooks couldn't stop talking about the entire Shadowhunter Chronicles because it is her favorite series of all time (Specifically The Mortal Instruments) and I was done, skipping through parts where I knew there were going to be spoilers about the series.

  

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Genres : YA, Urban Fantasy, Romance and Paranormal 
Series : The Mortal Instruments
Point of View - 3rd Person
My Rating : 

Synopsis
 When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...                              

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end. 

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No Spoilers Here!


City of Bones is set in the real world with some extra parts added to it. In almost the entire novel we are in New York and the rest of the time (mostly when there are flashbacks) we are in places like Paris and the added part of the world. 

The main character is Clary Fray. She is a 15 years old and she knows nothing about the Shadow World. She is a normal teenager until she begins seeing things that she has never seen before. Although it is our world, the book has a fair amount of world-building. 


Cassandra Clare's writing is very vivid and descriptive an thus it is very easy to fully immerse yourself in the book.

The way Cassandra Clare writes makes each character a bit mysteries and each and every one has some interesting unexpected traits of past experiences that we sometimes learn about. Even characters like Simon which is Clary's mundane(human) best friend is very interesting and unexpectedly is more interesting than some of the other non-mundane characters. No character feels flat, every character feels real.

My Rating is 91% / 5 stars.

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SPOILERS AHEAD

If you haven't read the book scroll to the end where there is a small non-spoiler paragraph which will be titled "Conclusive Judgement"!

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My thoughts about City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

Disclaimer: When I mention page numbers they are from the edition of the picture above.

I want to begin with my biggest disappointment in this book. MAGNUS AND ALEC DON'T GET MARRIED!! Which I hope happens by City of Ashes.

Now to begin the review that is only minimally effected by that first point. I loved Cassandra Clare's writing. It was amazing and fluent and I couldn't stop. I loved how she wrote the descriptions of things mostly and how a lot of the descriptions were really early in the book like, The Seraph Blade, The Runes and scenes that I think are from City of Fallen Angels(Page 64) because that paragraph ends with "Angels, falling and burning. Falling out of the sky." 

I also utterly enjoyed how action scenes weren't just in the beginning or end of the book, like in some books but they were peppered all around the novel, starting with Izzy, Alec and Jace killing that Eidolon demon in Pandemonium and then only a few chapters later we got the Clary vs Ravener which made me really scared because I read just before I went to sleep. Every time there was a battle scene I felt like I was there and I could image most of the world around vividly very easily because of the writing style.

I was really disappointed when Jace fought the Forsaken creature which I imagined as a strong and giant monster that was very stupid and that Jace I think could have handled better. Since later on he did really well all of those vampires.

I also think that the backstory to the Downworlders like the diseases that brought werewolves and vampires and that the demon, human off-spring is a Warlock, was a really enjoyable part of the book and those same backstories might be my favorite of all Fairy, Werewolf, Warlock and Vampire backstories of all time. I also want an entire book about them, and how they began and how life was for Shadowhunters before they came into the world.

An aspect that I didn't actually like in the book is how well and easy Clary and later on Simon took it, when they learned all about the Shadow World. I think it could have been stretched out a bit longer but not being stretched out did make it feel more fast paced I think and that is why it did still bug me but I overlooked because of the fast pace and also Simon had a reason to dismiss it so quickly and actually be happy, he's a total nerd and I love that about him.

I was a little surprised when Clary was acting jealous because Simon was trying to date Izzy because until that point I thought she only liked him as a best friend and he was a little in love with her but it wouldn't effect him much. Unlike what happened later when he saw her kiss Jace and he went out full blown rage because she was kissing Jace which I want her to do because I want Simon to end up Izzy and not Clary.

The information that Valentine was married to Clary's mother and later on when we discovered that Clary was his daughter were the two of a only few things in this book that were supposed to surprise me and didn't. I figured out he was Clary's father before we learned that he was married to Jocelyn even though Cassandra Clare kept denying it in her writing. I worked it out when Clary's age and the time between each Accords happened came up. Even though after Cassandra Clare said that they were married, she kept denying that Clary was his daughter for some reason I just kept denying her denying, at first I felt like I was in denial but then I just became more and more sure as the story kept progressing.

I was surprised again when the Lightwoods's backstory was told. I didn't think that the Lightwoods which we still haven't met would ever side with Valentine just for the fact of their very cool surname that they had. I guess surnames don't identify whether people are good people but, since they were introduced i envisioned the Lightwoods to be this perfect couple that never did anything wrong.

Then there were the Silent Brothers which just creeped me out. Also, I don't trust them at all. I never trusted them and will never trust them. They seem too crazy mostly since they mutilate themselves to gain power, which i just found utterly disgusting. I was terrified of what they were going to do to Clary and I just wanted her not to approach them as much as possible because they seemed like they would hurt her or make her go insane after entering her mind.


The only thing that actually didn't creep me out from those chapters is the City of Bones/Silent City, which I felt so immersed in and although it did have that creepy vibe, I felt like it was one of the most beautiful and magnificently awesome places in the book.

I was really mad at Izzy when she let Simon turn himself into a rat by drinking that potion thing that they were giving out at the party but that did make out for an awesome battle scene at the vampire lair. The whole battle scene was so intense and I couldn't deal with everything. I actually reread the whole battle scene to grasp what was happening because the first time around I was reading it really fast trying to keep up with the  pace I thought the battle scene was going at. My favorite moment was when Clary threw Jace's knife at that werewolf that was actually tryign to  help her which I was also surprised by.

I was very intrigued by Magnus's backstory and how his parents rejected him and how he dealt with the whole situation.

Probably the best type of rune in my opinion is the one that lets you put things in drawings and bring them out. When Clary had felt the feathers I just thought the power let you bring things out of drawings that you drew but I was even more surprised when she pulled out a mug and later on she got The Mortal Cup.

The scene at Madame Dorothea rattled me and I was devastated when Alec got poisoned and I wanted to kill Clary for not thinking about that and maybe not letting Alec get poisoned. After the scene was done and they were rushing back to the Institute I figured out that Hodge was working with Valentine because he was the only one who could know where they were going and thus he was the only one who could have told Madame Dorothea somehow to prepare the portal, that summoned the Greater Demon.  

I was happy that I was right and that Hodge was in fact working with Valentine since I never actually liked Hodge but I was not at all okay with Hodge letting Valentine take Jace with him. I had no idea of the plot twist to come and I thought that Valentine was going to kill Jace.

I was very disappointed and heartbroken when we didn't get a scene were Alec was healthy but I was immensely satisfied when I saw the werewolf (Luke) kill Hodge which later disappointed me again when we learnt that he most probably didn't die.

I was also disappointed that we didn't get to see much of the battle between the werewolves and the Forsaken. Though I was surprised that, Gretel which hadn't known Luke much sacrificed herself to save him and I was really happy about that because I really wanted LUKE to kill Valentine.

Later on I was really confused when Clary entered the room Jace was in and kept calling Valentine his dad. At first I thought Valentine had put some kind of rune that stops Jace from seeing through Glamour and that made him more gullible or something but I was never expecting the outcome. Until they said it out loud I couldn't believe that Jace was Clary's brother and that Valentine was his father.

I am still mad at Jace for not killing Valentine although he had multiple occasions when he could have. Now I want that at the end of all this Clary and Jace kill Valentine. NOT LUKE! 

Finally I want to end this by saying that my favorite characters are Izzy and Magnus and I cannot choose between them cause both of them are too awesome!


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Conclusive Judgment

All in all this book is amazing and if the other books in this series play out like this book with so many plot twists and increasingly getting better and more intriguing the more the story progresses, it is going to be an amazing series that will probably be one of my favorite series of all time.

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Links to purchase the book:

  Book Depository and Amazon US (Paperback)
Book Depository and Amazon US (Hardback)

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Monday, 21 December 2015

Holiday Book Tag



The Holiday Book Tag was originally created by Megan from 

and I was tagged by Emily from 

Thank you for tagging me Emily! :)

All the books mentioned below are also hyperlinks to the certain book's Goodreads page.



1) Take a picture of your green and red books! 





2) Would you rather drink tea, hot chocolate or coffee while bundled up reading?

I would really like to have none of these cause I am really clumsy and I don't want to ruin a book, burn myself and possibly make the house catch on fire but for the sake of the tag I will say coffee with those tiny coffee cookies they give you in a Cafe.


3) What is your favorite book to read this time of year?

I don't actually re-read books that much but it would probably be Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White because while I was reading it the country of Albion where story takes place, basically has winter like weather all year long so it would be just  perfect. Or another book that I felt like it was wintery although it isn't just based in winter or wintery environment is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.



4) What is a book you're really hoping to get this Holiday Season?

No one actually buys me books, they just give me money and I buy the books I want with the money because, I told them not to because most of the books they would buy for me are books that I wouldn't want and they do not know how to use the internet so wishlists are not an alternative.  But if I was to recieve a book I would love to receive my pre-orders of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard early and an early copy of Night Study by Maria V Snyder as well. ;) ;)



5) If you could or if you are what book would you gift to someone this season?

If I were going to get my best friend books I would give him Steven Universe Mad Libs , Guide to the Crystal Gems , Quest for Gem Magic because he's obsessed with Steven Universe.

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I tag Sondra from Sorcery in Bookshelves
I also tag Alexandra from Twirling Pages
and anyone else who wished to do this tag.
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Happy Holidays! =)

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Book Review #1 - Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

I wasn't planning on writing a book review for this book but I loved it so much, that I just had to. Just some background story of how I acquired the book: I only bought this book because its hardcover was really cheap on The Book Depository and when I read the synopsis it sounded like a decent book.



Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White.
Genres : YA, Fantasy, Romance and a little Historical Fiction
Standalone
Point of View - Jessamin
My Rating : 
Read the synopsis and learn more about it on Goodreads.


No Spoilers are in this part.

This book is set in a fantasy world, were there is a lot of political distress.

The main character which is our Point of View during the entire novel is Jessamin. An immigrant from another country that came to study in the country where this novel takes place called Albion. She doesn't like the people of Albion because they are so different from her home island Melei's people. Slowly she discovers the secrets of Albion and finds herself in the midst of a political battle.  

Although it is a fantasy, romance it does give important and powerful messages that are feminist and also gives messages against racism. A very important message that doesn't have to do directly with the topics mentioned above is written on the cover as a tag line : "The only fate that matters is the one you choose.", I would reccomend keeping that in mind while you are reading the novel as I feel that it adds to the enjoyment and mystery of the novel itself.

Disclaimer: you will not know what is happening for the first 75-90 pages because Jessamin will have no idea what is actually happening and as the title implies there are illusions everywhere. This will be both disorienting and intriguing but I urge you not to give up on the book and keep reading it because when you do realize what was and is happening it will be immensely rewarding. The magic system and the romance alike do not unravel all at once instead they they happen through out the entirety of the book. The magic system is explained during the entirety of the novel and this gives to a lot of unexpected plot twists. 

All of the points I mentioned above are what made this book such a wonderful experience for me and they are the reasons why this book is my top 5 books that I have ever read.

My Rating is 97% / 5 stars.

        SPOILERS AHEAD

If you haven't read it scroll to the end where there is a small non-spoiler paragraph which will be titled "Conclusive Judgement"!

My thoughts about Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White.

First of all I have to say, I had no clue whatsoever to any of the plot twists. They kept surprising me one after the other without ever letting me catch up and notice the next plot twist coming. I guess the only plot twist I knew for sure was going to happen was at the end, when everyone in the book thought Finn died, I strongly suspected that somehow he had survived because of his healing magic and all, even though he didn't have his cane.

I utterly enjoyed how Kiersten White built the world slowly, during the the entire book. Also I loved how the magic system is secret and only people with magic know about it and that the only ones that actually have magic are of noble blood. And how even people with magic like Finn that understood the complexity of magic, couldn't understand everyone's magic like Eleanor's. I loved that not even Finn knew what spell she uses to get the gossip even though he did now that he used some spell on the letters.

Probably a quirky part that I enjoyed is that whenever it was getting really tense their would be either a letter from Jessamin's mother or to Jessamin's mother. I loved the letters and they made the novel just tense enough.

Although I do like action scenes, while reading this book I found out action scenes can be more than just a fight. By which I mean, I thought that when they were somewhere like when there were the musicians from the other country and Downpike began doing those small spells to annoy and make Jessamin notice he was there.

Lastly, I want to discuss how I felt betrayed by Kiersten White when at the end Downpike came out as Kelen. Although we didn't get much of Kelen and I wanted Jessamin to be with Finn mostly, I loved Kelen and I was torn between him and Fin. So I was devasted when we learned that he was Downpike all along. After I finished the book I was so emotionally destroyed that I thought I was going to give the book 2 stars just for that. But I decided to hold back till I was less moody to rate it and after evaluating it I noticed it wouldn't be fair. 

About 30 mins later I was more than fine with Kelen dying and that he was Downpike and I came to the conclusion that with everything else that I loved about this book and the plot twist that Kelen was actually Downpike (which now I it.), I decided that not only it is a 5 star book in my opinion but also one of my top 5 favorite books that I have ever read. 

My favorite Quote from the book was said by Eleanor which is my favorite character in the entire book : "A well-wielded pen is a woman's best weapon.", because I think that, that line describes why I love Eleanor so much. She is a very secretly powerful magician, that uses a pen for most of her magic. Which is so amazing since you know pens aren't that deadly and she makes pens really deadly since gossip can bring a lot of trouble in Albion.


Conclusive Judgment

This book is truly an amazing book that I think more people should read and if you do read it you will be craving more. I truly want to know what happens after the story and another book with mixed perspectives that shows us what happened to everyone a few years late would be just as amazing.

All in all I feel like this book would be enjoyed immensely by anyone who enjoyed Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas and wanted a little bit more political view. I also think that if you enjoy Historical Fiction you will enjoy this book although it doesn't have too much Historical Fiction elements in it.

If you wish to purchase this book you can click on where you wish to purchase it below:
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Book Depository (Paperback)                                                                    Amazon US (Paperback)  
Book Depository (Hardback)                                                                     Amazon US (Hardback)
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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The TBR Tag

               

                                           
This tag was originally created by Rachel from 
A Perfection Called Books.


If you wish to know more about the books mentioned in this tag click on the book's name and it will take you to the book's Goodreads page.

I wasn't tagged by anyone but I just wanted to do this tag, so here we go:


1) How do you keep track of you TBR pile?


I add any book that I want to one day, buy and read to my Goodreads to-read shelf. Most of the time if it is a series I add the first book and then if I choose to continue the series after I read the first book, I will add the entire series to the to-read shelf. Also every month I set a TBR for the certain month. I decide on my monthly TBR around the the last 5-10 days of the month before so that I have all the books before or at the start of the month. My monthly TBR is also on Goodreads. It is my Curretly-Reading shelf. Which you can see by pressing here : Goodreads.



2) Is your TBR mostly e-book or print? 

All of my TBR is print, I only get e-books if they are novellas that aren't printed and I usually try to wait for them to get printed because I dislike not having a physical book in my hands while reading. (Also I like breathing in the smell of those yellowish pages books while reading. Do you like to smell your books?)



3) The book that has been on your TBR the longest?

I am not sure about this but I think it is The Kiss of Deception by Maria E.Pearson or A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J.Maas or (please don't kill me) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K.Rowling.






4) A book that you recently added to your TBR.

I added both of these together so I cannot choose between them. They are Everland by Wendy Spinale which is a retelling of Peter Pan and Firstlife by Gena Showalter which is all I know about is that it is a book were people know that when they die there is an afterlife with two realms that they can go to. 















5) A book strictly on your TBR because of its beautiful cover.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. At first I wanted just because of the cover because it is majestically magical but then I read the synopsis and I now I want it for The Cover, The Story and to support Susan Dennard who is a very awesome author, that uses her own time and money to make all of us in The Witchlander Fandom so excited. 





6) A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading.

I don't really have an answer for this question because everything on my TBR is not bought. I only buy the books when I am going to read them. So every book on my TBR, I want to read at this point in my reading life but I still haven't bought.



7) An unpublished book on your TBR that you are excited for.

I am excited for a lot of unpublished books but the two I am looking forward to the most are Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and Night Study by Maria V Snyder. I am excited for both very much and i cannot choose which I am excited for the most cause of my indecisive nature.  *SCREAMING*





8) A book on your TBR that everyone has read except for you.

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. (Again, please do not kill me.) *lower's head in shame*




9) A book on your TBR that everyone recommends for you.

I would say Harry Potter again but for the sake of not repeating myself a thousand times I am going to say Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard.




10) A book on your TBR that you are dying to read.

I would say all of them but I am going to make myself choose and without any doubt I am dying to read Night Study by Maria V Snyder and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard the most by far. Night Study because of the ending of Shadow Study (If you read Shadow Study you know what I am talking about.) and Truthwitch cause I read the synopsis, the dancing scene with Merik and all the hype the Fandom is creating. (Including myself ;) )




11) How many books are on your TBR shelf?

I know this isn't a lot it is actually extremely small but I like to keep the amount of books on it small because of my indecisiveness and that is why I only have 15 books on my TBR shelf.
    



      Finally I tag : Emma
                            Kayla 

and anyone else who wants to do this tag.

I hope you enjoyed this tag and please comment below on any other tags you want me to do and tell me if you like today's post.
                            

Monday, 7 December 2015

Short Story #1 - Inseparable Love

This post is the first in a series of posts that I hope to continue. In these posts I will be posting a short story either by me or someone else that has given permission to use their short story.

The short story for this post is actually written by my friend Gian and was edited by me. Before you read it I want to tell alert you: TRIGGER WARNING! If you do not mind such things as suicidal behavior please read it and give your feedback in the comments below.

“Shit, shit shit! I can’t miss the bus!”, Jason exclaimed as he panicked around his room getting prepared.
It was finally the day.
It was the day he was meeting Ryan in real life. Their love had been built up on two sides of the Earth and they couldn’t express it physically. But now, it’s time.
Jason ran out the building and ran as fast as he could, and luckily caught the bus just in time.
He was so excited. He grabbed a tissue and wiped the sweat off his forehead. He was as red as a tomato.
It was time, the bus was nearing to the airport. Jason pressed the stop button multiple times as he couldn’t control his emotions.

Jason ran to the entrance of the airport, only to end up bumping into someone.

“Oh, woops! Sorry my ba-“, the two pair of eyes made contact as they teared up in joy.

“Ry-an…”

“Jas-on…”

They stared at each other as they blushed but Jason quickly dived in and they started kissing.
‘Awwww….’, is all they heard from the people around them.

They still couldn’t believe it was finally happening. They were finally in front of each other, in their actual bodies. They stood there kissing for a few minutes but Jason finally let go slowly.

“Jason…I love you so much”, he said as Ryan slowly caressed his forehead and kissed him once again.”

They made their way back to their house, which now belonged to both of them. However, something was off.
Jason forgot to lock the door but he noticed something odd. The front door was completely wide open.
“Look at this place, man!”, Ryan ran in without any hesitation.
“RYAN!Ryan, no!”, Jason tried to catch up to Ryan and warn him not to go in but …
as he stepped in…

BANG!

A gunfire was heard.

“RYAN!!!!!!!!!!OH MY GOD!”, Jason immediately realized what had happened.
He quickly ran up the stairs, only to find his boyfriend laying in a pile of blood as an ominous figure stood looking at him.

“YOU!”, Jason quickly jumped on the murder.
Jason started punching him as hard as he could, as he stood on top of him. “You scu-“,
Jason reached for the gun in the man's hand.

BANG!

He shot the man without any hesitation.

As he heard police sirens coming closer and closer, he slowly approached Ryan’s corpse.
“Ry-aan?”,he was devastated. He was sobbing and breathing heavily.

He heard the policemen stepping in and shouting.
But without doubting himself, Jason picked up the gun once more…
“I’m NOT gonna leave you…Ryan.”,he screamed right before the policemen were going stop him.

BANG!