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Thursday Tags – Inside Out Book Tag

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This book tag was started by Kristina Horner and its based off the movie Inside Out. Its pretty simple, just put a book along with each one of the emotions represented in the movie! Lets get started:

1377087942onthejellicoeroadcoverJoy – Which book brings you the most joy?

Would it even be a list if I didn’t sneak On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta onto it? While this book made me feel a lot more things than just joy, it was actually pretty depressing, but the fact I have it in my life brings me joy so I give this spot to it.

 

Mockingjay_novelSadness – Which book made you cry the hardest?

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. This one surpassed tears and just left me a hollow mess just standing in the shower trying to wash away the whatever this book did to me.

 

everything-i-never-told-you-original-imae2ffkwzr5r57xAnger – What book pissed you off?

Hands down this spot goes to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. People say that its great because the characters are flawed and they are human, but these people had no good qualities. Why the hell would I want to read about people like that? You can be real but still have something good about them. ANYTHING.

Ava-lavender_march.pngFear – What book scared you more than anything?

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrorws of Ava Lavender. I loved this book, and it is not a horror, but despite the fact I knew where it was going I was so afraid to get there to the point I could only read the book 20 pages at a time and had to keep putting it down.

 

americangods_visual_05Disgust – What book grossed you out the most?

I don’t really get grossed out by books that much, so I think I am going to have to go with American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It wasn’t so much ‘gross’ but I was a bit disturbed by some of the things in this book to start with like a man being absorbed up a woman’s vagina until I got used to random things like that.

 

 

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Book Review – The Accident Season

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Title: The Accident Season

Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

Length: 280

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book was a bit hit and miss for me. There are some parts I liked and some parts I didn’t like at all. One part that I enjoyed a lot that really has nothing to do with the actual story content was that I listened to the audio book for this, and I loved how the actually used voice actors with Irish accents. I found listening to them talk highly enjoyable.

The plot for this book mixes in a little bit of magic/fantasy into the reality, and normally I liked this sort of thing as with Ava Lavender, but with this book I was not so sure how seriously I should be taking it. We start off with this amazing concept that every October this family has this Accident Season where they have many simple accidents that gradually lead up to worst and worst ones and in some cases people have died. I know that if something like that happened to me every year I would have been killed off pretty quickly. I am accident prone enough as it is hahah. But as the plot progresses a question of how much of what is happening to the family is actually because of the Accident Season or is there a more real world issue that is causing trouble for the family. The twist that comes along with this is one you go along with. Its not a surprise, but I for one didn’t get annoyed that I already know what was going to happen.

The writing style is one that I love. Its really what I would describe as ‘flowy’ and even though it wasn’t perfect, it did a very good job at weaving the realistic and magical aspects together. I find this kind of writing super easy to get into and go along with no matter what you are actually reading.

Now the characters is where I think the book falls the shortest. While I enjoyed each of the characters enough, I didn’t find that they really had much depth. This lack of depth lead to me not really connecting to any of them. I didn’t want any of them to die or be hurt, but I didn’t love any of them. The character I liked the most is one that Cara and everyone else were looking for most the book and thusly wasn’t really in there.

I also found that all the characters had really weird relationships with each other. I wasn’t into the main love story in there. That kind of story has been done in a way where it didn’t bother me, but this one didn’t manage to do that. I think my weirdness for it was because the characters were weird with each other just in general. They had these secrets when there didn’t need to be secrets, and they were always changing their minds about everything and each other in ways that I didn’t really feel flowed or made sense.

Now I think I will leave this review here. I feel like I am having issues writing reviews that make sense lately, but with this book I cannot really talk about what it happening without spoiling things for you which will be my excuse as to why this one does not flow :D I would recommend this book to people who like a bit of magical realism, and want a book that has a creepy sort of undertow to it without flat out being actually scary.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Loved But Not Reviewed

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books I Loved But I Didn’t Review

So many. Just so so many. I am catching up on my review list though! I decided to leave off ones I have written a review for but just haven’t posted it yet.

1. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder. I have not read on with this series because I wanted to do this review first. Its one of my favourites but I still haven’t done it!

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This one is the same as the above. I need to hurry the hell up.

3. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I think I read this just before or just as I was starting to blog so it got missed over but I would love to read it again and give it a review because people don’t seem to talk about it as much as they should.

4. Nana by Ai Yazawa. This one is ot entirely my fault. I have notes for most of them but I lost my notes for the first four volumes somehow so I have to go through them again.

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5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. :\

6. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. :(

7. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. D’:

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8. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I have no idea why didn’t review this book but at this point I might as well just read it again because I don’t remember it well enough.

9. Child Of The Prophecy by Juliet Marillier. I really regret not reviewing this book straight away, its going to be hard to review it after letting it set for awhile.

10. Blue Spring Ride by Io Sakisaka. I think this one missed out on a review because I was not home when I read it. Oh well I will just have to read it again :D

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The Clock Strikes Four

birthday-4Hello everyone!

Its that time of the year again where I reflect on how much this community means to me. Four years ago today I took the plunge and posted my very first post on this blog and my journey began.

Every year I am flawed by how much the blog has grown and how lovely you all are. While last year for the majority was a complete and utter flop of a year, I did accomplish setting up my own booktube The Written Word. While its still small with only 2 subscribers I want to work on it and grow it like this blog grew.

Despite my flop of a year 128 people decided that I was a worthy read and wanted to know when I actually do things and I thank you for it. And I thank the other 197 of you that have stuck it out with me for longer. If i could dedicate all my time to you guys and putting up things that you are interested in I would!

This community is like my family and I hope to embrace it more and to gain more and more members. We come for the books, and fall in love with the community <3

I hope you are all doing well, ad I hope to keep growing my platforms and getting to know you all so much more in the years to come.

 

 

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Sunday Shopping – Fandom Of The Month

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Today I bring you a Fandom of the Month unboxing! After filming this I noticed that the cards  that come in these boxes don’t actually list any of the items within or who made them so I am unable to do my normal break down for these boxes but I will do the best I can.

For any Australians reading/watching is cost me about $34 to buy the box and have it shipped here from the US. Out of the four things in this box I will wear three of them and love them to bits. The watch also seems like its pretty good quality and would be worth a bit so I was really happy with this box. However the downfall to this series is that they don’t tell you what the theme of each box is and if its not something you like that is a lot of money to waste.

 

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Book Review – Everything I Never Told You

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Title: Everything I Never Told You

Author: Celeste Ng

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 304

Rating: 1 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

‘This ghostly novel calls to mind The Lovely Bones,’ well while I have only seen the movie at this point I am fairly confident in saying, no. This is nothing like The Lovely Bones. TLB is a magically sad story which is also about accepting things, with diverse characters and feeling. This story is filled with just horrible characters on every front. I say the alternate title for this story would be “How to be a disgusting person and a bad parent 101.” Do not compare this book to TLB.

Because this book review will be more rant than review, there will be spoilers. I cannot recommend this book to anyone, so this will be my only warning.

The plot of this book, was just not what I was looking for I think. This combined with the just wretchedness of the characters did not work for me, but I shall talk more about them later. This book deals with a family whose oldest daughter went missing and was found dead in a lake by the families home. It focuses on how they come to terms with her death, and all the things that lead up until the moment they found out she was gone. I think one of the biggest issues I had with this was we never actually found out how she died. If we did, I missed it, but to me with was all left up in the air. Did she go out onto the lake despite the fact she couldn’t swim, fell out of the boat and then drowned? Was she taken out there by another person and then was killed? Was it an accident with another person there and they were too afraid to say anything? Was it suicide? I don’t know.

In this points defence though, it was realistic in the sense that people who suffer this kind of loss don’t always get closure like this. I cannot accept it though when I hated everything else. I guess when I was going into this book too, I was expecting it to sort of be from the dead girls perspective because of the title. I guess it did mention some things that none of the family said to each other, because this family doesn’t talk, but yeah. Wrong footing from the get go.

Now onto the part that was probably the most painful, the characters. I think the only ones I liked were the children. The way they were ‘acting out’ or less than stella people were because they were just trying to come to grips with what has happened. The parents on the other hand seemed to be making the worst decisions even before everything went down.

The children state at the very start of the book that the daughter who died was the favourite child, and they very rarely actually get any of their parents, specially the mother’s, attention. We then go back and get some backstory as to why this is. This is because the mother was so against being what her mother wanted her to be, which was a stay at home cook and wife and to pump out kids. Then after her mother dies and she goes off the clean out her house, she realises that she has done exactly that and freaks out. So then she makes the wonderful decision to, instead of discussing her issues with her husband and explaining things and organising to do the change as a family, decides to abandon her family in the middle of the night and leave without saying a word, and only comes back when she realises that she is pregnant again. When she is forced to come home she decides that she will live through her oldest daughter, putting much pressure and stress on her. I also believe that when she dies that she moves on to doing the same thing with one of her other children.

Then there is the father, who pretty much leaves the family after his daughter dies, going off and sleeping with his students. He also has the huge issue of being ashamed of his family, that they were poor and Asian, hating the fact that people stare at his family because his wife is white and his children bi-cultural, and really hating anything that makes him or anyone around him stand out in anyway.

I could go on all day. But in conclusion, I felt the children were much more mature and just straight up better people and I felt for them and what they have and were going through in their lives. The parents on the other hand I cannot get over how much they disgusted me, so I will end this rant here. I am sorry for the way this review turned out, I generally just don’t have anything nice to say. I know other people have loved this book, reviewers I admire, but for me this was obviously not my thing.

 

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Book Review – The Thousandth Floor

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Title: The Thousandth Floor

Author: Katharine McGee

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Length: 441

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

First of all I would like to thank Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book for review. I am just sorry it took so long to post!

The plot of this story is very slow building. You start off calm but by the end I was basically screaming about the end, even though at the very start we were told someone was going to die. At first I was really enjoying the story. It was very pleasant and nice and after finishing more serious books I wanted something light. However after the halfway point the closer I got to the end the more and more stressed I became thinking about how it was going to end.

One thing I liked about this story weaving was how simple it seemed as you were reading it but how complex it actually was. In this book we have five main characters that we get perspective from, and as you read you get their own plots or secrets and how all of these connect to one another and add up to what was the ending. However, when I tried describing this to someone who had not read the book I found it was way more difficult than I thought it was going to be.

For the most part I liked most the characters. There were a few in there that I felt if they were removed that it wouldn’t have affected the story at all, and there was a few that were a bit one dimensional whose purpose was just to move along one section of the story. But I found all the main characters at least had depth because of their own complications.

The bit of the book that struck me most though was the ending so if you don’t want SPOILERS for the ending move on! Now what the hell was that ending?! It still hurts to think about it. I wont refer to names just encase someone silly is reading on after my spoiler warning, but I liked the one I shall call Crazy at the start. She seemed lovely at the start, but as I started seeing the crazy coming out of her I started getting stressed. All the characters have huge plot things happening (one for example is in love with her stepbrother) and they all lead them to the top of the roof and the whole time I am screaming KILL CRAZY KILL CRAZY but of course that would be too great. Crazy knows all the secrets so when she pushes my possibly favourite character off the roof for something she thought she knew about her but was actually wrong about (infuriating), she manages to scare the rest of the people into not telling the police about what happened. Then it bloody ends at the funeral and the girlfriend of the person who died is swearing to find out the truth because she doesn’t believe the story that was told, and you don’t get any closure on ANY OF THE BLOODY PLOTS. None. It just ends. I both love that it got such a reaction from me, BUT I ALSO HATED THAT BLOODY ENDING. I need closure. END SPOILERS.

I think anyone who likes contemporaries with a bit of a twist, such as death and little science fiction, would really enjoy this book. Just remember the slow build and if working out who the killer is will ruin it for you, perhaps give it a miss. I actually got an audiobook of this because I wasn’t getting time sit down and read, and the audiobook was actually really good so I would 100% recommend the audio version.

 

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February Wrap Up + The Schedule

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Lets get into the books I did last month shall we?

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Now onto the schedule! I don’t know everything I want to do yet, some things I am not going to give details for because I want them to be a surprise, and I may even skip a few days here and there, but I am going to give it my best shot. This year is about getting back into this thing that I love and enjoying it again!

3rd – Book Review – The Thousandth Floor

4th – Book Review

5th – Sunday Shopping – Fandom of the Month

6th – Blog Anniversary <3

7th – Top Ten Tuesday

8th – Review

9th – Thursday Tags – Inside Out

10th – Review

11th – Review

12th – Sunday Shopping – Owlcrate

13th – From Manga to Anime – Vampire Knight

14th – Top Ten Tuesday

15th – Book Review – Vassa In the Night

16th – Thursday Tags

17th – Feral Friday

18th – Book Review – Dragonfly in Amber

19th – Sunday Shopping

20th – Manga Review

21st – Top Ten Tuesday

22nd – Review

23rd – Thursday Tags

24th – Review

25th – Review

26th – Sunday Shopping

27th – Book Review – Vigilante

28th – Top Ten Tuesday

29th – Book Review

30th – Thursday Tags

31st – Thats a Wrap

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March 2017

Hello my blogging lovelies <3

As those of you who have been around for awhile now you know that I started my blog in March back in the day and in the years since I have tried celebrating this by giving you more content than I normally would. Now, last year was a flop for me so this year I really want to set myself the challenge of putting up a post a day for the whole of March! I am not sure what yet, and I haven’t got everything mapped out or planned like I wanted, but I am going to push through anyway. If there is any kind of content you would like to see me try or do again please let me know! I am already planning on trying some other videos other than unboxings, I would like to aim for one video a week but don’t hold me to that.

See you in the words.

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I HAD To Buy But Haven’t Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Books I HAD To Buy But I Still Haven’t Read

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This book gets top place because I have two copies!

2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I have both books.

3. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I have all of this series.

4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I have the second book too! I don’t feel so bad about this one though because I know I will like it when I get to it.

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5. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. I read like the first two pages and then put it down because I loved it and didn’t have time to do it at the time.

6. Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas.

7. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

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8. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Yep…

9. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I have read like one story from this giant thing.

10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. Started and then put down because I am reading another scifi book at the same time and it was getting confusing.

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