Blog Update and Announcement

Hey, What’s up Book Lovers.

Today I have some things that I would like to talk to you about. I am sorry to say that I will be taking a break from this blog for a while. I have some things that I need to do and at the moment this blog is taking up most of my time on here and trying to post frequently.

I will be taking some time off, so that I can focus on getting up to date with my reading, so when I come back there will be more book reviews and other bookish posts that will hopefully be more frequent, maybe even daily.

I am also planning on giving this blog a little bit of a makeover, nothing to big. There may be better headers, but at this moment in time I’m not sure what but I will hopefully think of some things while I’m away.

Don’t worry I will be coming back, but I’m not sure when. I would like to thank you guys for viewing my blog, it has meant so much and a special thanks  to my 5 followers, you guys are amazing. Again, another big thank you to all, I love you guys and I’ll see you when I get back.

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Skulduggery Pleasant: Resurrection by Derek Landy // Review

Skulduggery_Pleasant_Resurrection.jpgResurrection
(Skulduggery Pleasant #10)
By Derek Landy

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publish Date: June 1st 2017
Pages: 432

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

My Rating: ★★★★★

That’s right, Minions, Skulduggery and Valkyrie are back in a brand new adventure that takes the story to truly global proportions… while answering questions that go right back to the beginning.

‘I told myself that if Skulduggery and Valkyrie survived the series, I would leave the option open of returning to their world. There were still secrets I need to reveal, after all, and there were still horrors they had to face. They survived the first series. But they’re really going to wish they hadn’t.’

 

 

Goodreads Book Tag

I originally saw this tag on Catriona of Little Book Owl‘s Youtube, and it looked like a lot of fun. I use Goodreads every single day, so I love that there is a tag about it.

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1. What is the last book you marked as read:

Stolen by Kelly Armstrong

2. What are you currently reading? 

Afterlight by Gena Showalter

Ashoka by E.K. Johnston

3. What is the last book you marked as to be read?

Foretold by Sophia Sharp

4. What book do you plan to read next?

Skulduggery Pleasant: Resurrection by Derek Landy

5. Do you use the star rating system?

I do. Like most people, I wish there were half star ratings.

6. Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

No

7. Do you have a wish list?

I have several wish lists on Amazon, and they all help me organize and prioritize what I want to read and purchase next.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

9. Do you have any favorite quotes to share?

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant. – The Book Thief

10. Who are your favorite authors?

Derek Landy
Cassandra Clare
Kelley Armstrong
Rick Riordan
Victoria Schwab

11. Have you joined any groups?

Quite a few! I’m not very active in most of them.

12. Are there any questions you would want to add? 

Some things I wish would change on Goodreads:

  • Addition of 1/2 star ratings
  • Ability to easily record re-reads (without switching to a different edition)
  • Consistently show the edition/cover of a book that I’ve put on my shelf, rather than the default, during searches
  • More customization options for choosing what appears in the Updates feed

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Skulduggery Pleasant One-Liners

I’m placing you under arrest for murder, conspiracy to commit murder and, I don’t know, possibly littering.

– Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery: What would killing the Elders result in?
Valkyrie: Panic? Fear? Three empty parking spaces in the Sanctuary?

– Skulduggery Pleasant

I woke up, a bag of bones. Literally. They had gathered up my bones and put them in a bag and thrown the bag into a river.

– Skulduggery Pleasant

If you hear any screaming, that’ll be me.

– Skulduggery Pleasant

Serpine: You have caused me so much trouble over the years detective. It’s almost a shame to end it
Skulduggery: You’re surrendering?

– Skulduggery Pleasant

 

Valkyrie: Was it a test? I mean, I know I’m still new to this. I’m still the rookie. Did you hang back to test me, to see if I’d be able to handle it alone?
Skulduggery: Well, kind of. Actually, no, nothing like that. My shoelace was untied. That’s why I was late. That’s why you were alone.
Valkyrie: I could have been killed because you were tying your SHOELACE?
Skulduggery: An untied shoelace an be dangerous, I could have tripped.

She stared at him. A moment dragged by.

Skulduggery: I’m joking.
Valkyrie: Really?
Skulduggery: Absolutely. I would never have tripped. I’m far too graceful

– Playing with Fire

Valkyrie: Have you killed anyone?
Scrapgrace: What? Did you miss what I said, about turning murder into
an art form?
Valkyrie: But you haven’t actually killed anyone yet, have you? I read
your file.
Scrapgrace: Technically, yeah, all right, maybe I haven’t

– Playing with Fire

 

Honesty is, honestly, the best policy. But when honesty doesn’t work, lie, and lie convincingly.

– Saracen Rue, The Dying of the Light

 

“Of course I want to kill you. I want to kill most people. But then where would I be? In a field of dead people with no one to talk to.”

– Skulduggery Pleasant, Kingdom of the Wicked

 

Stephanie: What was wrong with the door? You could have just come down the stairs and walked out the door. Why did you have to jump out of the window?
Skulduggery: You know why
Axle: Why did he do that? Why?
Stephanie: Because doors are for people with no imagination.

– The Dying of the Light

 

“It would be fun. I like kicking Wreath in the face. I haven’t had a chance to do it nearly as much as I’d like.”

– Skulduggery Pleasant, Mortal Coil

 

Nye: Clarabelle…Clarabelle… You worked as Kenspeckle Grouse’s assistant, did you not?’
Clarabelle: One of the. He fired all the others.
Nye: But not you?
Clarabelle: He fired me on the second day, but I kept coming in. I had nowhere else to go.
Nye: And then you killed him.
Clarabelle: Yes.
Nye: A Remnant squirmed inside you, and you killed Kenspeckle Grouse.
Clarabelle: Yes.
Nye: You’re hired. But I have warn you, if you try to kill me, I will dissect you and sing along to your screams.
Clarabelle: Can I have Mondays off?
Nye: You may.

– Death Bringer

 

Tanith: Serpine is used to the Elders taking forever to make their calm, thought-out decisions. So he won’t be expecting anything as amazingly rash and reckless as this.
Ghastly: That’ll teach him to underestimate stupid people.

– Skulduggery Pleasant

 

Serpine: No, my old enemy, I think for the moment anyway, we’re all alone. And you have something I want.
Skulduggery: A winning sense of style?

– Skulduggery Pleasant

 

Skulduggery: It would be a tad redudant to encourage you to hurry up, wouldn’t it? Whatever you do, do not fall over. Falling over, I think, would be the wrong move to make at this moment
Valkyrie: Hate…
Skulduggery: Yes?
Valkyrie: Hate… You…
Skulduggery: Breathe some more air, the lack of oxygen is making you delirious.

– Playing with Fire

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare // Review

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(The Dark Artifices #2)
By Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publish Date: May 23rd 2017
Pages: 699

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

My Rating: ★★★★★

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

Ok so I have been a massive Cassandra Clare fan from the beginning! I have read every book Cassie has written and Lord of Shadows does not disappoint!  I got the book when it came out last Tuesday and immediately started reading.  I always enjoy reading her books because they make me laugh, and cry and everything in between.

There were so many great one liners in this book it was the perfect balance of how serious the plot was.  We got to delve a lot deeper into the characters, we got to get to know Kit some more and I think he was my favorite POV to read from.  We get more info on the workings of the Unseelie and Seelie courts.  And we finally get some secrets that people have been hiding revealed!

Cassandra Clare really is the queen of love triangles and forbidden romance, though (which hasn’t always worked for me in the past). And even if the angst did get a bit excessive at times, I still rolled my eyes affectionately instead of in any sort of annoyance… because I actually CARE about everyone. Ughhh that ending wrecked me.

I don’t want to get into any of the plot or spoil anything, so I’ll just say it was really fun to see Faerie, London, familiar old faces, and get to know the current characters better. One of them turns out to be transgender and I thought it was handled really well (but will defer to others who can say whether that’s the case). I just love how much wonderful rep these stories have!

I really do love every single character, but Ty is seriously one of my all-time favorites from any book. I’m still so thrilled to see such a caring, badass, complex kid who happens to be autistic. It’s not his whole personality, nor is it something the story tries to shy away from or handle any differently. It’s approached so matter-of-factly that I just want to hug the book. And Kit’s relationship with Ty is amazing… I ship them as friends or a couple or whatever. I don’t care. I just love them together so much.

And I know I’m not spending time here gushing over Emma & Julian or Mark & Cristina & Kieran but the feels are still there.

I also really admired how the plot managed to weave in obvious parallels for current social issues in a way that felt authentic instead of like some message beating you over the head.

There’s a fascist Cohort faction of the council that supports the Downworlder registry, believes they speak for a silent majority, and

 “seek to return the Clave to a lost golden age. A time that never was, when Downworlders knew their place and Nephilim ruled in harmony. In truth, the past was a violent time, when Downworlders suffered and those Nephilim who possessed compassion and empathy were tormented and punished along with them.”

“When a decision like [the Cold Peace] is made by a government, it emboldens those who are already prejudiced to speak their deepest thoughts of hate. They assume they are simply brave enough to say what everyone really thinks.”

So that was one of the stronger parts of the plot. And I also love how much mythology and clever references are woven into these stories. Even the totally unintentional ones… like the Mirror of Galadriel scene. Ha. But for real, this book was amazing and I honestly don’t know how I am supposed to wait 2 whole years until the next book comes out but it’s fine at least we have Chain of Gold to look forward to in a year!

Let me know your thoughts and your predictions for what’s going to happen in the third and final book!

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Book Recommendations

  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.
  • The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare – All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future. The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . .
  • Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson – After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “birdkids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr – Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and the Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance.

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Anticipated Book Releases // June 2017

This June is STACKED with sequels to some of my favourite books and I am so excited I literally cannot contain it. Here are some of the book I am really really really excited for this month.

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OUR DARK DUET BY VICTORIA SCHWAB JUNE 13TH

1Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

I seriously can’t wait to read it. The last book left me wanting so much more and it is nearly here. I can’t wait to see how the characters have developed since we last saw them and to see how everything plays out in the end.

 

OBSIDIAN AND STARS BY JULIE ESHBAUGH JUNE 13TH

2After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.

This is a highly anticipated read for me and I can’t wait for this book to come out because the story has changed slightly but it’s still the same style used prior that made me loved the first novel in this duology.

 

NOW I RISE BY KIERSTEN WHITE JUNE 27TH

4Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

I loved the first book in this trilogy and I am really excited to read it when it comes out and fall in love with all the characters again. I will probably star reading this book the day it comes out. You definitely don’t want to miss this novel.

These are some of the books I am really anticipating their release! Are you looking forward to any of these books? Is there another book you’re anticipating that isn’t on here? I’d love to know!

Happy Reading!

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