Top Ten Tuesday | Book Titles with Numbers in Them

Happy Tuesday, everyone,

Guess who’s back. Back again. Sibby’s back. I needed a mini-hiatus, and I feel refreshed. October is finally here! Ah, I’m so excited I get to layer up, drink some hot chocolate, and find some spooky books to read for Halloween.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The first week’s prompt is book titles with numbers in them. At first, I wasn’t sure which titles I’d use. There are numerous choices, but I wanted a mix of books I’ve read and want to read.

I hope you all love my picks! Have fun and happy October!

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Beyond the Blurb | Act Your Age and Read YA

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that young adult readers will always be shamed. I’m not surprised that someone has decided to criticize YA readers, authors, and books.

Since I’m primarily a YA blogger, I thought I’d address this issue in the next installment of my discussion series, Beyond the Blurb. And before we get to the post, let’s give Melissa from The Reader and the Chef a round of applause for addressing this topic. A writer from Fordham Ram, Fordham University’s journal of record, suggested readers read their age. I understand the original poster is an aspiring writer, but antagonizing a potential and a powerful audience isn’t necessarily the right direction to go before starting a writing career.

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Beyond the Blurb | Breaking Up with a Book from Your Favourite Series

Morning, book fam!

Are you that surprised I’m going with the hard discussion topic? I’m not. Not in the slightest. Breaking up with a book is hard, painful, and often heartbreaking. It particularly hurts when the title is one of your most anticipated reads of the year. Sometimes though, you may have set your expectations high and now run into the situation where you aren’t sure if you should DNF that book or suffer.

And right now, I’m in that position. On the 13th, I first started reading King of Scars. I’ve been waiting for this book for a good year, even though, at the time, I didn’t read the Grisha Trilogy yet. And I want to scream at the book gods and demand why I’m not loving it as much as I want to. Yes, I expect this series to floor me just as Six of Crows has done. But I feel Leigh, even though she is my queen, and her books are a bit of a hit-or-miss with me. And I hate that. Hate it more than damaged books. So if you’re stuck, like me, what do you do? How do you move from the literary fork in the road? For my next discussion post, Beyond the Blurb, I’ve come up with these simple tips to live by:

 

If You’re Struggling So Much That You Can’t Focus, Put the Book Down and Move On

What’s the point in struggling? What’s the point in wasting more time on a book that doesn’t capture your attention and draw you in? You shouldn’t have to suffer just because you bought the book. You can simply DNF it.

 

If You Feel as if You’ve Invested Enough Time into the Series, Reconsider

Right now, this tip is where I go back and forth on. I’ve invested a lot of time and money in this series. I’ve purchased the merch, the special editions, and all the books. So why shouldn’t I put in the time for the next addition to this ever-growing world?

 

If You Believe You Can’t Get into the Story, Find Another One, Then Come Back

Perhaps the book isn’t the right fit for you at this time. Some books are meant to be read at the right moment. And others need to be read later on. If you hate DNFing a book, you can always come back to it when you’ve cleansed your palate.

 

If You Need a Pick-Me-Up, Read Your Favourite Genre to Get Back into the Swing of Things

Even though I love YA fantasy, which is one of my favourites, I’m digging the paranormal romance genre right now. And I feel like I need some zing in my dull reading life. Some genres are hard to get into, so always go back to the one that makes you feel happy.

 

If You Still Aren’t Sure, Ask a Reader/Blogger Friend

Friends are there for more than just talking about your favourite book boyfriend or the most hated character you want to see die. If you don’t know what you should do, ask your friends what their opinions are. Outside help is appreciated.

 

So what do you do when you contemplate breaking up with a book? What are your tips that can help readers when they’re stuck in this dreaded situation? What do you think I should do?

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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Top Ten Tuesday | My Favourite Platonic Relationships

Hey, everyone!

This week is shaping out to be better than the last. And I can’t wait to get back to normal blogging.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. Today’s theme is platonic relationships! I love this topic and have been waiting to do it in such a long time. You don’t see much talk about these relationships, but I love reading about them though.

So let’s get to the post. Here are my top choices of platonic relationships. I hope you enjoy!

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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 | Books You’d Mash Together

Hey, book fam!

It’s time for another TTT! Who’s excited? I know I am (a little too much, actually 😂). Why would anyone not think of this topic sooner?! I have so many choices, and I don’t have enough room in this post! Now, I know why this topic isn’t popular. 🤦‍♀️

(I may not be around for the next few days. I got food poisoning over the weekend, and I still feel like death.)

 

Throne of Glass and Six of Crows

I wonder who would be cockier: Kaz or Aelin. And I’m still not sure who’d be better at scheming. I’ve been debating with myself all night. I was extremely close in pairing up SOC with ACOMAF, but Kaz and Aelin won out. I can just picture Nina and Lysandra having fun, and Inej and Rowan rolling their eyes at their lovers’ next plan.

 

A Court of Mist and Fury and The Wicked King

This mashup can possibly create the ultimate fae story. Don’t you agree? I can see Rhys trying to outsmart Jude, and with a smirk on their faces, Cardan and Feyre watching them. But I’d love to see Amren killing anyone who looks at her funny. 😂

 

And I Darken and Nevernight

Just imagine Lada and Mia meeting up and just slaughtering EVERYTHING. And now, you know I’m slightly odd. I think these two characters perfectly balance each other out but would more than likely encourage more bloodshed.

 

 

Cinder and Wildcard

The reason why I’ve picked this mashup is the sismance between Cinder and Emika. Both of these young women have a passion for science and for tinkering around. And I’d love to see how these two would get in trouble with their shenanigan.

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Could Reread Forever

 

So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, we get to talk about books we’ll reread. For good or bad, these books have sparked something in me, and I can’t part with them.

 

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

This first book ramped up my love for YA books. I cannot love it enough. I’ve read, then read again, this series more time than I can remember. For one thing, the main protagonist is a boy. Do you know how hard rare that is? At first, I hated it. I couldn’t connect with Ethan. But over time, I grew to love him and all the casters. Then the storyline opened up and introduced more exciting character arcs and mythology of the witches. Ethan will be one of my favourite characters though. And I hope the authors continue this series.

 

And I Darken (The Conquerer’s Saga) by Kiersten White

I’ve read it only once. However, Kiersten has written it so beautifully that I know it will be on my reread list for years. I feel that genderbending a story doesn’t usually work in some cases, but it does with this story though. I wasn’t sure how Lada could live up to Vlad the Impaler. But I underestimated this character, and a part of me is ashamed I have. At the beginning though, her brother Radu annoyed me, but now, he’s just a cinnamon roll I love even if the love he has for Mehmed may not be reciprocated.

 

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld) by Kelley Armstrong

This book. No, this entire series convinced me to enter the publishing industry (a lot harder than anyone thinks it’s is). Kelley is one of the best Canadian fantasy authors I’ve had the pleasure of reading. She creates independent, strong-willed women who will fight for themselves and their loved ones. I started reading this book when I was 13. And ever since, when I find a new book of hers, I’ll instantly buy regardless of if I’ve read the blurb.

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Barudgo

I want nothing more than to reread this series because it is gold. It is perfection. And it has Kaz, who holds a special place in my dark heart. But life and new books keep on getting in my way. Alas, my queen’s books are instant reads for me now. Somehow this series doesn’t contain a single flaw…Well, okay, it does with one, but I don’t want to spoil anyone. But this character-driven gem is a beautifully layered story. All of these characters are multi-dimensional and fight for who they are and where they’ve come from. They’re flawed, scarred, but not broken. I don’t know how Leigh pulled it off, but she has.

I can’t wait to see what happens in her next series.

 

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This book broke me. It took me weeks just to get over the story and that ending. I think the Book Thief is one of the few books that have stuck with me ever since I read it. Not everyone knows, but I adore WWII stories. I’ll find the next one and rave about it. But with the Book Thief, I haven’t had another book top it. Liesel and Death perfectly complement each other. And this book gives a rare glimpse past the enemy line.

 

Top Ten Tuesday | My Most Loved OTPs

Hey, book lovers!

This post is my first Top Ten (Five) Tuesday, which moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. I don’t always celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I thought this year I’d make it bookish. So to mark this joyous day, I’ve chosen my top five OTP couples.

 

Feyre and Rhysand (Feysand) from A Court of Thorns and Roses

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… The wait was worth it. “

Who doesn’t love this couple? Okay, probably several since there are still Feylin shippers. Both Feyre and Rhys give me a reason to find my mate (cheesy, I don’t care). They are why I keep coming back from to this series. Their overall character development just brings shivers to me. She saves the man she loves only to find that he is truly a beast. But another man who tricks the world into believing he is the monster is the one who saves her. This beautiful retelling will be on the top of my reread list. I can’t get enough of them.

 

Nesta and Cassian (Nessian) from A Court of Thorns and Roses

“I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world—the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”

I say, IF SARAH DOESN’T SAIL THIS SHIP, I’LL RIOT. I am Nessian trash, and I’ll go down with this ship. I don’t care if I’m irrational. If they aren’t mates, I’ll be equally as salty. You don’t heavily hint at Queen Bitch™ being with glorious Man Bun™ for nothing! Even Feyre ships this couple. Nesta infuriates Cassian, who then settles her down but also accepts, then understands her. I love them, and I called it in ACOMAF.

They truly deserve their time in their own book, and this Nessian’s number one shipper needs that book.

 

Inej and Kaz from Six of Crows

“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.”

At the beginning, I wasn’t sure Kaz was good enough for my knife queen. But then I fell in love with Dirty Hands, and I couldn’t see anyone else with her. The Bastard of the Barrel won me over. He is one character who I adore and cherish. In some cases, he reminds me of me, so I understand his fears and his constant need to show the world he can’t be conquered. And Inej has suffered for years, yet she crawled out of her nightmare to find him. I need more stories about them, Leigh.

 

Laia and Elias from An Ember in the Ashes

“You are my temple,” I murmur as I kneel beside her. “You are my priest. You are my prayer. You are my release.”

Aw, this couple melts my heart. Both of these cinnamon buns live in a cruel and brutal world determined to destroy everything good in their lives. Yet they found, then fought their way back to each other. The ending of A Torch against the Night may put a kink in their potential relationship, so I don’t know what’s in store for them.

 

Farley and Shade from Red Queen

“You’re a special kind of stupid.”

I wish this ship would have matured, but unfortunately, we get only a few snippets of it. And it breaks my damn heart. Shade is one of my favourite characters in the Red Queen series, and his story just gutted me when I finished this book. And Farley surprised me when she finally opens up and lets Shade in. Sometimes some couples aren’t meant to last.

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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