Summer Bucket List Book Tag

Morning, sweets!

Has anyone had a “blah” day? I feel it right now. And even though yesterday was my day off, I wasn’t feeling it. So a tag is here to save me.

I found this delectable tag on Kalina Reads. Kalina is adorable, and you all need to see what she creates on her blog! Summer is almost, almost over, but I knew I could slide in one more summer tag. So let’s get to it!

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Beyond the Blurb | Should We Panic over or Be Ecstatic for Book Adaptations?

Calling all Grisha and stabby babies!

Who’s ready for another discussion post?! The day has come. GrishaVerse is hitting the small screen! And all the Grisha fans let out a collective scream around the world. I clearly heard it. And I couldn’t stop myself from doing the same. Having Nikolai and Kaz sharing the same screen is almost too hard to fathom.

Now, I could rave about this news. And a part of me would like someone, preferably one of my bestie bloggers, to sedate me until we see the cast. I don’t know how I can handle the wait. Can you? I doubt anyone can.

But one little negative thought wiggled in my giddiness: the dreaded “what if the Netflix screws this adaptation up?!” feeling. Yes, I’m stirring the pot. But I’m generally curious to see how people feel about movie adaptations, particularly this one. So should we freak out and be the happy book lovers who’ve been waiting years for this chance? Or are we setting ourselves up for possible disappointment?

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90s Movie Book Tag

Hey, book lovers!

In the last few days, you may have noticed I haven’t been around. Some family and house issues popped up. And, well, I had to prioritize. But I’m back! So let’s get to this tag, yes?!

I found this great tag on Bibliophagist. And I can’t resist these posts. I truly can’t. If you haven’t seen Sara’s blog, you’re missing out. So go check it out!

 

She’s All That | Name a book that is an odd pairing, but they still fit perfectly

Yes, yes, I haven’t read this yet. But I kind of spoiled myself with a few characters. Okay, most of them. But Manon and Dorian seem like an extreme pairing. They’re shaped by the same hatred and went different paths, but somehow they blend together nicely.

 

10 Things I Hate about You | A Book/Series You have a Love/Heart Relationship With

As much as I raved about the series, I feel I gave some of the books higher ratings than I should have given. I loved the Red Queen and King’s Cage. However, Glass Sword and War Storm didn’t hit the mark.

 

Clueless | A Character who is totally clueless, but you have them anyway

Oh Matthias, the cute little yellow tulip, may be one of the clueless characters I’ve ever read. I can’t blame him though. But he’s cute when he is.

 

Titanic | Name a book that made you cry

Let’s talk about the last book that made me cry. I seem to cry a lot when reading. I never thought I would while reading a Catwoman novel. I hate to admit that I did. The ending is gutwrenching. But I expect nothing less from Sarah.

 

American Pie | A book that makes you laugh

Frankly, the entire series made me laugh long into the night. I loved it. Alosa may be one of my favourite main characters. Her sass and snark are what makes her memorable.

 

Can’t Hardly Wait | A book with a crazy party

I’ll never forget that crowning ceremony. I thought it’d be your typical fae party. Nope. Holly gives us an explosive one I never saw coming. I can’t wait for the sequel.

 

Cruel Intentions | Name a character who you can never fully trust

Joseph and Mirabella. NOPE, nope, nope. I hate these two. Joseph is worse for what he did with her. His betrayal and the hurt he caused Jules made me not pick up the second book. And I hope he gets what he deserves.

 

Drive Me Crazy | Name your favourite “boy next door” or “girl next door couple”

I’m winging it with this question. I rarely read this trope. Anyways, several times during the series, I wanted to throttle Simon. But he’s grown into a such a great character and friend. Even though Clary never loved him as much as Jace, their short relationship, if you can call it that, was sweet.

 

Scream | A book with a memorable villain

I think I haven’t wanted a character like the Commander dead so much. This woman is viler than I ever thought a character could be. She has killed and tortured countless people, and she manages to outwit everyone. I don’t know if she can be killed. What more can you ask for an antagonist?

 

The Craft | Name a book with witches

How can I not talk about Wicked Deep? It’s the perfect witch book. But to this day, that ending still haunts me.

 

Tag time!

Don’t feel obligated to do this tag. If you want, link back to me. I love reading other blogger’s responses! And if I haven’t tagged you, go ahead and do it.

Whitney | Merline | Danielle | Becky | Laura | Sahi | Lexie | Jennifer | Aimee | Alyssa | Priyasha

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 2)

Morning book lovers,

So who’s ready for another quote? I’m now onto day 2 of the quote challenge. I want to stick with the whole badass theme with it. So I’ve picked a quote from my King Kaz. He infuriates me, makes me laugh, makes me curl up into the fetal position and cry, and inspires me every day to fight my demons since no one else will.

I want to thank Mariam from Book Mania for tagging me. I appreciate it a lot!  💜

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day

The Quote

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing.

Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

—Kaz Brekker, Crooked Kingdom


Tag Time

You know the drill! If you’ve already done this post and don’t want to do a repeat performance, that’s fine. If you do, link me up. More importantly, have fun with it! I know I have.

Becky | Jennifer | Mogsy

Top Ten Tuesday | Frequently Used Words in Titles

I’ve struggled with this post. For one, this is the second time I’ve written it. Why? I forgot to save the blasted thing before my MacBook died. So I’m slightly cranky right now. Two, I wanted nothing more than to use the words “a,” “an,” and “the” because I love being an ass sometimes. And three, I’m just not feeling the topic. So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’ve picked the top three words I typically see in a book title.

 

Girls, Girls, Girls

Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind the word “girl,” when it’s used correctly. But alas, people think a woman is a girl, and using the latter is a better substitute for the former. I can’t stand seeing it in an adult book title. Now, I’ve only watched most of Gone Girl and Dragon Tattoo movies, but I don’t feel the need to watch the rest, nor do I feel inclined to read the books/series.

 

King or Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom, To Kill a Kingdom, and Daughter of the Pirate King

Ah, my three favourite books. I’ll always feature and recommend these three. They’re that damn good. I just wish I had more sequels in these series.

 

Ash or Ashes

Kingdom of Ash, City of Ashes, and Ash Princess

You know what? I don’t mind this kind of title. It can go either way. As cheesy as it may sound, a society rising from the ashes will always entice me to pick up the said book. Or it can burn horribly and die, but I’m trying to be positive in this post (really, in this part of the post), okay?

And who’s excited for Kingdom of Ash?!

 

Throne or Thrones

Throne of Glass, One Dark Throne, and  A Game of Thrones

Do you know how many books have this word in it? Far too many. I honestly forgot until I went searching, then I had a hard time choosing which books to feature.

 

Queen

Red Queen, Daughter of the Siren Queen, and The Queen’s Rising

I’ve read only two of these books, and I loved them both, but queen is a touchy word in a title, I find. Either it works great for YA titles, or it just makes me want to run away from the book. But in this case, I might take a chance to read the last one. What are your thoughts on queeny books?

Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

27840861.jpegCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Published by: Henry Holt

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery, Crime

Extent: 546 pages

Rating: 5/5


When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.


“When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.”

I finished this book back in December. But writing this review took even longer. I adore this series and absolutely fell in love with both books. But the both of them stuck with me long after I finished. Not many books have that effect on me.

Instead of revelling in the spoils from the greatest heist ever pulled off, this badass, chaotic gang Katterdam dredges up from the ruthless Barrel looks for retribution. Double-crossed, Kaz and his group race against impossible odds to save one of their own, pull off another job, and prevent jurda parem, a highly addictive drug that changes Grisha powers, from slipping into the wrong hands.

The stakes touch on insanity. Leigh blends together power plays, masterful arcs, heartbreaking pasts, and unattainable love in this ingenious sequel. I don’t know how I can possibly express how much respect I have for her. I’m still picking up the fragments of my shattered little organ I once called a heart.

Leigh masterminds a well-thought-out story that kept me thinking and picking over every little detail, and yet she fools me every bloody time. Crooked Kingdom is one of my favourite reads in the last few years. She combines an intricate storyline, engaging characters and antagonists, and arcs I hadn’t seen coming. The character development just completes the book and series. These characters bring more vibrancy to this world. You don’t fall in love with the world; you fall for them, who keep calling you back.

 

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

The diverse team currently deals with the aftermath of its heist gone wrong. In Six of Crows, Jan Van Eck tricked Kaz, the cleverest mastermind in Katterdam. And I think you all know what happens when people cross the Bastard of the Barrel. Scheming face? Scheming face. He matures into the most cunning and well-written character out of the gang (out of any series really), yet I didn’t see enough of him. However, the moments Leigh offers you make up for his absence. I haven’t wanted a character to succeed, break the bonds that bind him, and win than I have with Kaz. You can’t imagine how happy I was when witnessing his growth. Kaz’ disability, psychical and mental, isn’t his shield. It grows into his strength.

That girl Inej has more balls than, I dare say, Kaz does. She kills it in this book. Leigh reveals her weaknesses and her insecurities, then somehow gives her a life she isn’t hoping for but keeps fighting to get. Kaz and Inej’s relationship slowly unveils. The littlest actions show how much he loves her. They’re a smouldering chaos that would bring Katterdam to its knees.

Jesper is one cocky bastard, I’ll tell you that. His past, his powers, and his growth just add to the book. I wanted to smack him in the last one, but now, I’ve fallen in love with getting to know him more. And Wylan, that little devil, may just break every heart imaginable. He somehow brings semblance to these delinquents.

Nina and Matthias grow into the brightest flame of the book. I consumed every passage, conversation, and slightest touch between the two. He transforms into the character I wanted him to be. And bless Nina, this woman owns my heart.

My love for these crazy characters has transitioned into the fanatical zone I’ve never thought I’d cross.

Crooked Kingdom lives up to the claims. It’ll make you cry, rage, scream, cheer, and otherwise obsess over Leigh’s beautifully crafted world. Each characters’ personal battles will break your heart but keep demanding more from you. I want back in to Katterdam. I want to know how Kaz will fleece another pigeon, and I just want to live in this pandemonium.

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Wrap-up: December 2016

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December was a quiet month. However, reading threw me for an emotional roller coaster. Aall I want to do is grab some Kleenex, curl up, and ball until I have nothing left inside, then repeat the process. THANK YOU, LEIGH. I love you and your books, but you’ll be the death of me.

 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS SERIES. My demon king is back and is hungry for more revenge. The gang has just lost its reward for breaking out a prisoner from the Ice Court. But how can Kaz outsmart the man who duped him? Dirtyhands with his scheming face always finds a way.

The ships! The ships have sailed, and I simply melted inside. 😍 How can I contain my squees? I can’t. Kaz killed it in this duology! And I can’t help but fall in love with Nina and Matthias. That ending destroyed me. I was a mess who couldn’t control her emotions. Why do you do this to me, Leigh? Why.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

I’ve just started reading City of the Lost, but I love it already. For a long time, I’ve been waiting for a great Canadian thriller. And naturally, Kelley writes it. She builds off every scene, and the next chapter is just creating more suspense. Kelley’s newest thriller will definitely be one of my favourites of the year.

Wrap-up: November 2016

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2016 is the greatest year for YA books. Agreed? And I still need to read more books waiting on my shelf. Unfortunately my blog took a hit last month because of my schooling. However, I was able to squeeze in these books.

And I’ve completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge! Eee!

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’m in love. YOU’RE KILLING ME OVER HERE, LEIGH. Thank you, but damn, woman. This book is on my re-read list.  Understanding this world took awhile since I haven’t read the Grisha series––I’ll soon rectify that problem soon enough––but I love Leigh’s undeniable and uncanny ability to build worlds. You  get layer after layer. I highly recommend this series. Review will come soon!

Thank you, Dana, for introducing me to this series!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Since Red Queen, I’ve been dying to read Queen Coriane’s story. Cruel Crown includes two short stories focusing on Coriane Jacos’ journey to Queenhood and Farley’s path to the bombing set in Red Queen and ultimate exposure of the Scarlet Guard. I love seeing Farley’s human side, not just the captain. And I’ll forever hate Elara.

Thanks again, Dana!

I can’t wait to read Glass Sword.

Check out my review here.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.75)

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Well, I’m still tackling this whimsically fantastic piece of magic. But I definitely know what I’ll give it, though. Crooked Kingdom quickly starts off from the explosive ending of Six of Crows. The crew must seek revenge and take back what’s theirs. Leigh builds off this multi-dimensional world. And I’m eating up her every word.

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Book Haul: November 2016

My poor and already full bookshelf. But I need more books. Scratch that thought. I need a bookshelf, not books. Uh, nope, that thought didn’t last three seconds. I’ll eventually get a new one. I think the suspense of reading these gorgeous books might kill me. Might?! Will. Definitely will.

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I’M NOT READY. I don’t want this series to end so quickly. Why? Why?! I need more people who feel the same way I do for this series so, at least, I can gush, cry over the characters, and not feel like such a possessive and crazily obsessed fan, or hopefully I can find more who think like me (thankfully I have Dana). The first book is just perfection mixed in six masterful POVs.

I can only hope for more stories of my perfect heist gang.

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20053031.jpgThe Witches of New York by Ami McKay

I will buy any book Ami publishes. I’m still waiting for the sequel of The Birth House. But seeing Moth again is such a great surprise! Moth, now named Adelaide Thom, has grown up.

When I found out Ami was publishing a new book, I wasn’t expecting to see Moth again. Now this book has a touch of supernatural, and  I’m always glad to get into that genre. Ami has a way to write an endearing, powerful female characters.

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rex-epub-cov2_origRex by Cody B. Stewart, Adam Rocke, and Mark Rogers

Oh look at it. I’m in love. It’s in my hands. FINALLY. I’ve seen some of the book’s birth through my friend Ellie, who is the publisher of Common Deer Press. And I’m so happy to see this book in the flesh.

You get a taste of E.T., Jurassic Park, and 90s scientific flare. I love how Rex gave me a little piece of my childhood back. You can find my review here.

Please, and I mean please, buy from small, indie publishers. The money made through direct sales will go to the publisher and authors, not a third-party seller!

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7ea7ea_e3a172eb0b7a42618cde0fc328529d09~mv2_d_1800_2475_s_2The Oddity by Kat Hawthorne

It’s so much prettier in person. So much. The Internet and the ARC don’t do it justice.

Kat takes you on a cleverly twisted journey told through eloquent prose. She injects the consequences of right or wrong, fate, and genetic engineering. And just to keep you guessing, she then intertwines tarot card and its lure into the mix.

Check out my review!

Again, buy from indie publishers!

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25143847.jpgThe Boatman by Kat Hawthorne

I’ve been wanting to read this book since the first I heard of it in my Book Design course. So when Common Deer Press sent it with my Rex copy, along with The Oddity (which I wasn’t expecting either), I freaked.

Isabel is a girl after my own heart. This odd child not only sees dead things  but also has a cast of interesting friends: a talking ventriloquist’s dummy and a gentleman in the form of a spider named Monty, who wears a top hat. You had me at dead things, but you sealed the deal with a top hat-wearing spider. But to make things even more creepy, she creates The Boatman, who lures children to a sleeping illness.

I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this book! Thank you, Ellie! ❤️

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Waiting on Wednesday: Crooked Kingdom

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Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, is a weekly meme that showcases upcoming book releases that readers are eagerly awaiting.

 22299763Crooked Kingdom

Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Extent: 448 pages

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

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Why Am I Waiting?

I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Six of Crows and Leigh Bardugo. That book’s still waiting on my shelf! So when I’m fervently anticipating for the sequel of the first book I’ve yet to read, you know I have a lot expectations for this series. I haven’t read the Grisha series yet, but this series has a lot of intrigue behind it. Sometimes finding a great heist book is hard to come by. I know I’ll love these books.