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Bout Of Books 11.0 – Day 2 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 374

Books Read:

  1. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
  2. The Fire Prince by Emily Gee

Day 2

Pages Read: 171

Books Completed:

  1. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
  2. The Fire Prince by Emily Gee

Books Started: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

Though not great page count I feel good about the amount of pages read both days. I am glad I have gotten through 2 books already! Things will go downhill from here but hopefully I will get through more of my books.

One True Pairing Challenge

A person’s OTP is the couple that they love the most and ship the hardest.  This is regardless of gender and whether or not the couple is actually canon.  In fact, some of the most popular pairings are those that aren’t actually together in their story.  Which is beyond frustrating, am I right?  (Drarry!)

For this challenge, I want to hear all about your favorite literary OTP.  Tell me why you ship them.  Tell me how perfect they are for each other.  Vent about how frustrating it is that the author paired them with other people.  Give me proof about why they are actually canon, but nobody knows.  I want to hear it all.

For more info check out the host blog.

Oh my gosh, so hard. Like, the hardest thing ever. I cannot make up my mind so I decided to draw two of my favourite out of a hat and these are the ones I shall show you!

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My first one is Zero and Yuki from Vampire Knight. Kaname (the one in white) used to be apart of this love, but he broke my heart so out he goes (cries). They have both always been there for each other. Yuki in a very open and happy in a way that made Zero felt like he might actually have a home, with her, and helped him heal himself at his darkest. Zero was always there for Yuki in the shadows, never saying much you can tell that she is the only person he tolerates opening. Because he loves her. Their relationship gets rocky after Yuki goes through… some changes, but even when they swear to kill each other next they cannot help but look out for each other. If they don’t end up together I think I may have a heart attack.

daughteroftheforestMy next one would have to be Sorcha and Red from the book Daughter of the Forest. Sorcha is a princess that goes through so much so much and is unable to talk or even make a sound to convey anything that she wants or feels, even when in pain. But Red, a royal from their enemy lands saves her life and quickly comes to understand her better than anyone else despite the fact that she cannot say or write a word to him. He loves her so much that he was willing to let her go so that she may be happy, ans then he was willing to give up everything that ever meant anything to him to be with her. Just, so, gah. I don’t have words.

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What is Book Spine Poetry?
Take a minimum of 3 books put them in a pile to make a poem.

Does it have to rhyme?
No.  Not at all.  The poem doesn’t have to make sense at all either.

For more info check out the host blog.

Here is what I came up with!

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The fault in out stars and the killing moon,

Created the Kingdom of little wounds.

Lands in torment, catching fire,

Await a new moon.

Bold = free words (1 per book)

I had so much fun with this! Please share yours cause I really want to know!

Till Next Time…

 

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Book Review – Son Of The Shadows

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Title: Son of Shadows [Sevenwaters 2]

Author: Juliet Marillier

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Length: 608

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5.5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

Beautiful Sorcha is the courageous young woman who risked all to save her family from a wicked curse and whose love shattered generations of hate and bridged two cultures. 

It is from her sacrifice that Sorcha’s brothers were brought home to their ancestral fortress Sevenwaters, and her life has known much joy. 

But not all the brothers were able to fully escape the spell that transformed them into swans, and it is left to Sorcha’s daughter Liadan to help fulfill the destiny of the Sevenwaters clan. Beloved child and dutiful daughter, Liadan embarks on a journey that shows her just how hard-won was the peace that she has known all her life.

Liadan will need all of her courage to help save her family, for there are dark forces and ancient powers conspiring to destroy this family’s peace–and their world. And she will need all of her strength to stand up to those she loves best, for in the finding of her own true love, Liadan’s course may doom them all . . . or be their salvation.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I liked this book though not as much as the first one.

Just like I thought the story didn’t continue on in Sorcha’s perspective. Instead we live the world through one of her three children, her daughter Liadan. But we still get some Sorcha time so I was happy with that. However, Sorcha dies in this book and it totally broke my heart. She was my favourite person in the series so far. Red was in the book a little bit too, but not so much because he returns home for awhile after Sorcha died. I was sad that his family didn’t welcome him back with open arms. More sad, lots of the family has died off or left by the time this book happens.

The writing style in this book was very much like the first one which annoyed me a little. I liked the style because it worked because Sorcha couldn’t talk, but no one in this book has that issue. The writing style still works, it just didn’t work as well. I was also annoyed that lots of things that we didn’t get answers to in the last book where just left up in the air in this book to and you can kind of tell that we might not actually get any of those answers.

One thing I liked in the switch over between Liadan and Sorcha though was how differently they treated the fey. Sorcha did their bidding no matter the cost to herself and she respected them and liked them on some level, but Liadan pretty much hated the fey. She respected something older than the fey and really went out of her way to do things to piss them off because she didn’t want to be a pawn in their games. It was really interesting to see how Liadan would do things when I knew Sorcha would have done the opposite.

Liadan’s older sister really got on my nerves, I was glad when she went away. I didn’t feel the same way when her pet Raven went away though, I wish she got to keep him for longer. I loved the love interest between Bran and Liadan also because it was vastly different between how things happened for Red and Sorcha. My favourite parts of the book I think were when she was with him and his crew, specially after she had his baby. The dynamic was so interesting I soaked it all up like a sponge. I wish there was more of it! When you find out who Bran actually is everything is so shattering. The memories we have of his story from the last book do not match up to where we are now and when you find out the truth of it all you just want to cry. Poor shattered memories.

So yes, still an awesome book. I have heard a couple of people actually liked this one more than the last but it didn’t strike so close to my heart as the first. I look forward to the next one!

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Daughter Of The Forest

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Title: Daughter of the Forest [Sevenwaters 1]

Author: Juliet Marillier

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Length: 560

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5.5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment.

But Sorcha’s joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift-by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever. 

When Sorcha is kidnapped by the enemies of Sevenwaters and taken to a foreign land, she is torn between the desire to save her beloved brothers, and a love that comes only once. Sorcha despairs at ever being able to complete her task, but the magic of the Fair Folk knows no boundaries, and love is the strongest magic of them all…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I read this book as part of my romance book club Vaginal Fantasy.

Wow. Its been a really long time since I have read a fantasy book that had me so caught up in the story it was weaving.

The writing style was really refreshing and interesting, and it just oozed with the feeling that it was one of those old fables or stories. In this story we are presented with our main character Sorcha and her seven brothers in a kingdom surrounded by woods, and one day their father bring homes a new queen who turned out to be evil and turned her brothers into swans who turn back into men on the solstices. Sorcha managed to escape the curse and the fey or fairy folk tell her that she can get her brothers back to their human for good if she makes seven shirts out of a needle type of plant, all by herself, and never makes a noise until her task is complete. Because of this, most of the book is mostly happening with thoughts rather than dialogue, and I really loved this aspect of it.

Now the fey. I have a love hate relationship with the fey. I love the fact they were in the story and how Sorcha was part of their world and she could hear the trees talk to her sometimes and they mourned for her when she was hurt during some of her many, many trials. However I bloody hate the fey because I love Sorcha. They dick around with her so much and put her through so much hell and you know that it only barely matters to them and only because she is a pawn in their bigger picture.

I loved her relationship with her brothers in the beginning, but as the story continues and we reach the end of the book I started to dislike them. She went through so much for them and at the end they treat her like she isn’t even there most the time. I will cut some of them some slack though because they went through stuff too, and not all of their endings were great.

Of course the story wouldn’t be complete without the romance. Red is our love interest and oh gosh I love him. The two of them come from completely different worlds who hate each other but they come together anyway. Slowly, building the trust and love. Gah, just so good. I almost died at the end. Sorcha leaves Red behind because of her love for her brothers and I wan panicking I tell you. If they didn’t end up together in the end I would have died, but luckily Red leaves his world behind to be with her. I was a very happy camper though I felt sorry for Red.

I think ever lover of fantasy should pick this series up. I started the next book the second I finished this one. Because of how it ended, I was also very interested in how the story was going to continue because I don’t think it will be through Sorcha. One of her brothers perhaps? Also anyone who loved old shows/movies such as The Storyteller, The Dark Crystal, or Willow should give it ago. Be warned though, there are dog deaths and cruelty in this book, and some of the content is seriously disturbing.

Till Next Time…