The Identity Crisis Book Tag

 

Okay, I know I need to do more review posts, but I need something fun and light hearted at the moment, so I’ve decided to do this post! I want to thank Queen Loretta for tagging me in her first tag she created herself. You don’t know how much I needed it!

Please, please, please, visit Loretta’s blog. I adore everything she does. Now, let’s get to the tag.

 

Rules

  1. Take all the quizzes down below and record your answers somehow. I decided to just copy the text from each quiz and paste it into my post, but screenshots work too! Whatever floats your goat (Yes goat. I SAID WHAT I SAID).
  2. NO CHEATING. You get one shot to take each quiz my friends. I’m watching you. ∗Suspicious squinty eyes∗
  3. Use this post to give credit to the creator Loretta @ The Laughing Listener or tag me on twitter @LaughnListener so I can see everyone’s answers!!
  4. Tag some friends to spread the fun!

Red Queen

Who am I?: Evangeline Samos

She may not have a crown on her head (yet?), but Evangeline is already our Queen! She’s fierce. Unstoppable. Cunning. Sassy. She has mastered the unique talent of complimenting and insulting someone all in the same sentence. We could go on and on, but basically we bow down to your greatness!

…Okay, how accurate are these quizzes? I have questions. But even though I hated her at the beginning, I love Evie! At least I wasn’t Mare.

 

Shadowhunters

Who am I?: Jem Carstairs & Alec Lightwood

You’re selfless yet guarded, protective and romantic. You value those around you more than yourself, and sometimes you need to be reminded to take a moment for yourself! You’re the friend that everyone loves to have around, even if you doubt it sometimes.

My little Jemmie?! Really? I was expecting Herondale sarcasm to show in my results, but I’m good with Jem and Alec. These two precious beans are a perfect duo.

 

Throne of Glass

Who am I?: Rowan and Asterin

You may come off as stand-offish at first, but once a new friend earns your loyalty, they have it for life. Not without good reason. You’ve been through your fair share of struggles and are careful to protect yourself from more.

YASSSSS.

 

The Hunger Games

Who am I?: Katniss Everdeen

You’re smart, talented, and fiercely independent. You may not mean to but everyone looks up to you. Not only have you got a fiery spirit but you have a big heart — your friends and family mean the world to you. Keep on being you.

I could have gotten worse, like Gal, President Snow, or Coin. I still relate to Katniss.

 

Harry Potter

Who am I?: Albus Dumbledore

You’re wise, quirky and very trusting. You’re loved and respected by everyone but sometimes you put too much pressure on yourself to make everything right.

Most are accurate, but I want nothing more than to smack Albus with the largest tome in his library.

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Who am I?: Feyre Archeron

A badass huntress in a small, grumpy package, you’re navigating your swift change from weak mortal to powerful High Fae. You’re slow to trust and even slower to forgive, but could your soulmate be waiting in the shadows if you’d risk letting your guard down?

Does this mean I get cozy time with Rhysie?! Please, tell me it means I do.

 

The Raven Cycle

Who am I?: Noah Czerny

You are very observant, and mostly keep to yourself. A little too naive and gullible of others, your willingness to trust leads to you getting hurt quite often. You are extremely kind and loyal to those you love.

Should I be worried about this result? I haven’t read the series yet. So I have no clue if my pick is good or bad.

 

Twilight

Who am I?: Jasper Hale

Hey, Jasper. Howdy there! You’re quite reserved, but we know there’s a whole lot of personality underneath that icy undead skin of yours. People look to you for leadership in times of conflict — no one’s better at strategizing than you. Just remember: It’s OK to smile every once in a while.

HELL YES. I don’t get Bella. I don’t get Bella. I DON’T GET BELLA. Jasper is one character who I admire and actually like. And by this point, I practically loathe most of them in this so-called series.

 

Folk of the Air

Who am I?: Jude

You are strong and once you make a decision, you won’t back down. Your resilience is both admirable and terrifying at the same time.

Hands down, Jude is my favourite result! How can I get any better?! She’s all stabby, and I freaking love it!

 

The Lunar Chronicles

Who am I?: Scarlet

Scarlet lives on a farm in France with her grandmother. She has curly red hair and lots of freckles and is mostly seen wearing jeans and a red sweatshirt. She is frank and abrupt, with a tendency to act first and think later. She is cautious of newcomers and takes a while to warm up to them and trust them.

I love all my Lunar ladies, but Scarlet is my kind of heroine. I loved how she matured to be a female alpha. So I’m thrilled with her as a choice.


I Tag

Jess | Leelynn | Shaunna | Chrissi | Jo | Lydia | Mandy | Davida | Janina | Mandy | Brittany | You!

Top Ten Tuesday | Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

Morning, bloggers!

I’ll be glad once this terribly bitter month is over. Either it’s winter in the early morning, spring in the afternoon, or the apocalypse by dinner time. Yesteryday, I wasn’t surprised when I saw hail.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The final prompt for this month is inspirational or thought-provoking book quotes. I want to use the latter for my next post. So here are my top picks!

Read More »

Review | The Wicked King by Holly Black

The Wicked King by Holly Black

Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: January 8, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 336

Rating: 4.5/5

Source: Purchase

Goodreads | Indigo | Amazon CAN | Amazon US | Book Depository


You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
 
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
 
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

“Kiss me again,” he says, drunk and foolish. “Kiss me until I am sick of it.”

As I sit down to write my review, I know one undeniable truth: I have not survived reading the sequel. So from this point on, I do no forgive Holly for the emotional torment she has caused. The Wicked King surpasses my wildest expectations. And with each passing edition in this twisted series, I’ll make a deal with a faerie so I can go back to Elfhame.

The Folk of the Air is an addicting series to travel into. Each sentence crafted in such a way, along with characters’ decisions and actions, will make you suspect and challenge the next scene. And it has morphed into one of my all-time favourites. I never thought I’d demand a book to dominate my time. I truly pushed back finishing it quicker because I didn’t want to be forced back to the mortal realm.

One aspect I genuinely adore is how dark Holly takes her series. She reveals each element of her world and doesn’t care about any trivial thoughts on if the readers will take offence or be ashamed in enjoying this savage world. She has given us a better understanding of court politics and intrigue. How calculated move Jude takes will either set her back or destroy her scheming. I am so enrapt with the level of precision and detail Holly has put into this sequel.

Since Jude has gained control over the newly crowned High King, Cardan, she knows she must keep Oak, the next in line, safe from Faerie. But many sides now look to steal the crown from both of them. Her development builds up gradually throughout the novel. But her strategizing is what sets her apart from other female main characters though. I can only hope ever to achieve that level of badassery.

Cardan revels in his debaucheries as Jude schemes from behind the throne. But he stops at nothing to thwart her every step. They both can’t deny the sexual tension between them though. And that plays with their forced relationship they’ve built over the last few months. I cackled every time Cardan and Jude opposed one another. I couldn’t get over how their conflict has turned from hatred to passion.

Treachery and deceit are like fine wine or currency to the faerie. And each character feels the need to one-up the other. And while the Wicked King centres more around the plot, it also explores more characters and their convictions. Even though I hate most of Jude’s family and the way Cardan has turned out, I see why these characters have turned out this way. But what surprises me the most is how Holly has more world building to offer. Each step in another direction of Elfhame is new, wild, and exhilarating.

If I haven’t convinced you to pick up the Folk of the Air series, I don’t know what will. But what should is the deceit, lying, scheming, warped love, and political intrigue. Drop whatever book you’ve started reading, and start with this series. Just don’t expect to come back the same way you went in.

“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.”

2018 End of Year Book Survey

I wanted to do a yearly wrap-up post, but I cannot put together all of my favourite reads in one post. So when I found this book survey on Perpetual Page-Turner, I knew I found a solution. If you haven’t done so already, I recommend doing it as well.

2018 was a rough but thrilling ride, and I’m so happy to make it to another year. I hope you all enjoy the post, which may be long, so here are my apologies!

Read More »

Top Ten Tuesday | Best Books I Loved Reading in 2018

Happy New Year, book fam!

I cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store for all of us. Who else is excited? I am. And I’ve already filled up my yearly TBR list, which may be well over 50 books.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. For my first post of 2019, we highlight the best books of 2018.

 

Empire of Storms

I haven’t moved past this book. It broke me, and I am still healing. I regret not reading the series sooner. I went into Sarah’s ACOTAR before this one, but I feel so connected to each character, especially Aelin.

 

Lifel1k3

THIS BOOK. THESE CHARACTERS. THIS AUTHOR. He is a god, and I am a measly mortal who doesn’t deserve this gorgeous and out-of-this-world sci-fi. Androids wanting to kill their maker will always be my favourite storyline.

 

The Cruel Prince

I hate but love Cardan, but he is a conflicted character who has never seen kindness in Faerie. But with Jude and Cardan, I am an instant Holly fan. But what seals my fate is how she write a beautiful plot twist.

 

This Fallen Prey

When Kelley detoured into mystery and thriller stories, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I never should have doubted my one of my favourite authors. Even though the third addition in the Rockton series was a bit predictable, I love this atmospheric novel.

 

Warcross

You all know I rarely read sci-fi. But Warcross makes me want to dabble in that genre more. Emika is one of favourite and the most relatable character I’ve read. But what I love the most is the world building. It far exceeds itself. And I want to immerse myself in Warcross.

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 3)

Happy, Friday!

Remind me how this week has gone by so fast. I’m losing hours. Anyways, today is my final day in this quote challenge. Mariam from Book Mania deserves another big thanks for tagging me.

Jude may be one of my favourite characters because, instead of letting her past burden her, she uses it as a weapon. And I truly need to live by that.

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

“What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.

—Jude Duarte, The Cruel Prince


Tag Time

Don’t feel like you need to do this tag. If you want, link me up. If you don’t, I’m fine with that as well. I hope you all have as much fun as I have had!

Kristin | Shalini | Kaleena

Waiting on Wednesday: The Wicked King by Holly Black

 

Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, is a weekly meme that showcases upcoming book releases readers are eagerly awaiting. Here’s my pick:

 

The Wicked King

Holly Black

Publication Date: January 8, 2019

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
 
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
 
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

 

Why Am I Waiting?

I kind of missed out on doing a cover reveal. Life has been stomping me when I down, so I thought I’d feature the book in another post. So ta-da!
Long wait, huh? Why am I not waiting to do this post until, let’s say, November? Because I’m a cranky, spoiled, and impatient reader who needs this sequel. That’s why. Ahem. The Cruel Prince will probably stay in my top 10 books of 2018. Holly has created such a devious and scheming world that I want to go back to Elfhame immediately. More importantly, I want to see how Jude survives the betrayal she served Cardan. And secretly, I want to smoosh their faces together (even if a part of me hates him for being brutal to her). But what I truly I want is to see Locke’s face when Jude pays him back for her humiliation.  😈
Is The Wicked King one of your most anticipated books of 2019? Let’s chat, so my fangirl doesn’t explode from staring at that beautiful cover for too long.

Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Surprised Me

 

Okay, I’m going to play nice for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I want to talk about books that surprised me for the good. I can rant about books I can’t stand, but I don’t see the point right now. So here’s my list of the books that pleasantly surprised me:

Warcross by Marie Lu

Rainbow hair, virtual reality, plot twists. I’M IN HEAVEN. I’m not a huge sci-fi reader, but Marie makes me want to be one. I’m still thinking about this book. And that cliffhanger is killing me right. I adore Emika. She’s one of my favourite characters!

If the sequel isn’t called Darkcross, I’ll be salty. Salty, people.

 

Everless by Sara Holland

Okay, I’ve read this book only once, but I want to read it again…and again. I adore the main character, Jules, who fights for the people she loves. She understands and knows of poverty, hunger, and a resentment of people who want nothing more than to push the poor down further. But Sara builds in twists that surprise you. I know I’ll read this book again.

 

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Court intrigue, politics, dark romance, and21 trickery all rolled up into one beautiful book. Can I fangirl any harder? No, I need to buy candles to reach that level (don’t tempt me; I’ll buy them). I know Holly from Cassie Clare, but I wish I found her work much sooner though. Her dark writing is gorgeous.

And can we talk about a certain male character having a tail? 😂 He. Has. A. Tail. I’ve seen it all, apparently.

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Grey London. Red London. White London. Black London. ALL THE LONDONS. Okay, maybe not the Black. I loved this book. It’s been on my TBR list for years, but I didn’t read it until last year though. The way Victoria blends in fantasy and sci-fi just makes me love those genres more. I’m all for a time travel story, but she takes it to a different dimension.

 

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

This book is whimsical and enchanting. And it took me a while to get over the story and that ending. I am a huge fan of the Goblin King, Bowie’s and the original version. So I had a high expectation for Wintersong. I didn’t know what to expect or what I’d love, but Sarah didn’t disappoint. Her writing and storytelling for a debut author are superb, and I cannot wait to read Shadowsong.

Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Published by: Little, Brown Books

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Page Count: 370

Rating: 5/5

Source: Purchase

Goodreads | Indigo | Amazon CAN | Amazon US | Book Depository


Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.

I don’t usually find a book that renders me useless when writing its review. But Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince does all that and more. I struggle writing it because I wonder how I can possibly match the level of creativity in this book. I certainly hope so, but let’s get one fact straight: I am an instant Holly fan. And I want to go back to Elfhame.

Political power plays, deception, and betrayal beautifully introduces you to a wicked and depraved world where deceitful acts are a way of life in Faerieland, and you must be brutal to survive this magnificent yet threatening landscape.

Holly brings you complex and multi-faceted characters who outwit their enemies and betray their family. What do you expect from the fae? In this harsh world though, humans are sometimes no better than the faeries who trap them in Faerieland.

Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.

Jude—whether villain or heroine—adapts rather well even though the fae man who brought her and her sisters killed their parents in front of them. Forced to live in this surreal land, she lets her revenge guide and forge her into a warrior, and her ambition to never be weak again shapes her into a clever and devious main character. She kept me guessing her every move. And her development and scheming make this book captivating.

Cardan, the broken prince with a past to hide, surprises me. Yes, at first, I couldn’t stand how he treats Jude and her twin sister, Taryn. But this world has molded him into the wicked prince he is. But that reason is not an excuse though. And yet this character conceals more than what he shows though. I’m intrigued to see how his character development unfolds.

The family dynamic builds throughout the story. Taryn often warns Jude not to offend or to draw attention from any of the fae, especially from Cardan. The three sisters’ relationship is rather complicated, I find though. Vivienne, the oldest sister who is half-fae, infuriates me since she doesn’t shield her siblings from her world. But these siblings grow to love General Madoc, which murdered their loved ones. In the end, Jude wonders who she can trust. Will blood betray her, or will she be forced to deceive them?

Even though Holly’s writing is inspiring, it never stops you from seeing the seedy underbelly of the fae and their land. The vicious behaviour faeries show toward humans harshly contrasts against the elegance of this world. Holly reminds you that even though they are stunning, with a smile on their face, they’ll always find a way to slit your throat. This constant threat heightens the storyline. And I have to admit, that I love that.

With court and political intrigue, a budding dark romance, and atmospheric writing, Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince reveals the dark side of Faerie. It is one of the most gratifying books I’ve read in a long time. And now I’m counting down the days until I have The Wicked King in my hands.