Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

Happy Tuesday, bloggers!

I am loving the fact that I can breathe and not feel as if the sun wants to kill me. Do you feel me? I’m so excited for Fall to arrive so I can wear all my autumn clothes.

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 prompt is books I’ve loved that are outside of my comfort zone. Before I started my post, I wondered what I’d choose, but I think I have a great list, which I hope you enjoy!

Have fun, everyone!

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Summer Goals Book Tag

Morning, everyone!

I have yet to do any Summer-themed posts on my blog. And I’m a little disappointed with myself. But I’ve spent more time inside than out, so I haven’t been that festive with the season. 😂 And I’m also trying to wrap my mind around the fact that at the end of next month, Summer will be over.

I found this tag on Audrey Writes Abroad. Take a look at Audrey’s blog before you get to my post!

Enjoy!

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Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Morning, bloggers!

I’m not going to use my wide array of cliche spring sayings. But I’m glad for a new start, which we all need.

I found this tag on Kalina Reads. I’ve known Kalina for quite some time, and she never stops surprising me with her work. So please give her all the love and the support she deserves before you get to my post.

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Blogmas | The Greatest Showman Tag

 

Morning, everyone!

I may be late on my whole 12 Days of Blogmas (because posting every day for a month is just daunting for me), so I’ll start off with a great tag post! Brittany from Perfectly Tolerable tagged me. Thank you, love! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you need to do so now!

I may break some hearts here, but I’ve never watched the movie, and I’m not sure if I will. However, I can’t pass up a fun tag. So I hope you enjoy!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and provide a link to their post!
  • Maaaybe include a link to my (the creator’s) post, which is this one right here.
  • Include the logo somewhere in the post.
  • Find a book/anime/movie/manga/K-Drama/TV show or anything else that fits the prompts below.
  • Cliche rule here, but have fun!
  • Tag 5 to 10 people (or more, if you’re feeling like it, no biggie).

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books I’m Glad I Didn’t DNF

Hey, everyone!!!

And guess what day it is. I’m excited for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. For this week, we have to talk about books we’ve DNF’d. Let me admit this: I rarely DNF. I don’t know why. Maybe I feel that I can’t do the book justice until I read the entire thing, or perhaps I’m just a stickler for finishing books. So I’ve picked the books I’m glad I didn’t DNF.

 

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

How can I possibly put an Aveyard book on this list?! Well, there’s always a first. I adore the Red Queen series, but I didn’t like the ending of War Storm. And I wonder if I’ll be able to write a review in the near future because I’m so undecided about everything. But the series is over, and I can’t help but still love it regardless of the ending.

 

The Wicked Deep Shea Ernshaw

Sometimes I enjoy a slow burn, and The Wicked Deep proves just that. I fell in love with the design of the book, especially the external design. But I felt like I couldn’t connect with the characters. But I soldiered through, and I didn’t believe I’d read the last page.

 

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Batman has been in my life long before I can possibly remember. Even though I’m a big Marvel fangirl, Batman owns a good chunk of my nerd heart. So I knew I had to read this book. I honestly thought I’d DNF it though. The pacing may throw you off, but wait until the end.

 

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Yes, yes, you all know I’ll read anything ACOTAR. And I thought this book may piggyback onto that fandom. However, Margaret proves the readers wrong by creating a lush, imaginative, and lively faerieland. The fae actually have a weakness, and they aren’t truly human. I thought I’d trash this book, but I was wrong.

 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I loved this series. I felt the pace in the first book might have persuaded me to put down the book, but I fell in love with the characters. So I had no chance to put this back in my TBR list. I’m glad I persisted since this series is one of my favourites.

 

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake,

I’m not a fan of characters cheating. I’m also not a fan of women stealing other women’s boyfriends. I hate when authors pull that kind of trope. It spoils the book and the reading experience. I would like nothing more than to see those two characters die a horrible and painful death.

But the overall story and worldbuilding are what save this story for me. And I’m hoping to get to the sequel…soon.

Top Ten Tuesday | Loathsome Characters from My Favourite Books

 

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, we get to talk about our most loved characters in our least favourite books/series. I’ve debated over and changed this post twice. Twice. I first thought I’ll go the easy route, then I changed my mind at midnight. Here are the characters I hate (or strongly dislike). So prepare for a hate-filled post.

I warn you now that there may be some SPOILERS ahead. Look at the header of each book before you proceed.

 

Evangeline in King’s Cage

I wanted to talk about how Victoria has done Shade wrong. He is, by far, my favourite character in the series. Then she kills him off. But I want to talk about the metal-manipulating character who loves to hate anything that breathes. I absolutely hated Evangeline in the first two books, but once I read King’s Cage, I grew to understand her, and I don’t hate her so much now.

 

Mirabella from Three Dark Crowns

Oh, I shouldn’t have picked this book. I’m a huge emotional reader, and Three Dark Crowns made me angry. I love the story. But Mirabella, the elemental, decided to steal another woman’s man. I get that she didn’t know he was taken the first time she slept with him, but she just couldn’t stop. I can’t stand the character, and I hope she dies horribly. 🙃

 

Jarek from The Last Namsara

Jarek, the Commandant of the Dragon King, may just take the cake. I wanted a dragon to eat this bastard. Feel my anger? Yeah. He saved Asha, now the dragon hunter, and for his reward, he gets to marry her. He subtly and not so subtly threatens Asha and contorts his power, then uses it to bring turmoil. I felt Asha’s fear when I read the scenes between the two. He creeped me out.

 

Marcus from A Torch against the Night

Again, I can easily go the quick way and choose the Commandant, who I’d like nothing more to see dead. Okay, I’d love for her to get gutted, dismembered, beheaded, and skinned, but I’m talking about Marcus here. He’s the new Emperor and would love to break Helene, his Blood Strike. You witness how he falls apart, yet he retains his wickedness. I do not look forward to what he’ll do in A Reaper at the Gates.

 

Callum Harker from This Savage Song

When I think of this series, I want to cry all over again. The ending of Our Dark Duet bloody gutted me. And I’m holding back tears right now. Verity is a place to avoid. I wouldn’t want to visit it even if I could see August. I love you, boy. But with my luck, I’d get sucked dry by a monster. Now Callum freaks me out. He brings shivers down your back when you think of him. He sees no point to make his city better. He thrives on hate and has shaped his daughter into his image. A large part of me was happy when he died.

Waiting on Wednesday: One Dark Throne

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

 

One Dark Throne

Kendare Blake

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

Page Count: 464

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

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Why Am I Waiting?

 

I’ve been waiting months, MONTHS for this book. That cliff hanger in Three Dark Crowns kept bugging me equally as long. And I cannot wait to see how this series continues. Kendare creates a unique premise in her first novel with dark themes and dangerous political plays. What stands out from this book is the matriarchy, which I wasn’t expecting in a YA fantasy. And while I can’t stand two particular characters (*cough*Joseph and Mirabella*cough*), I love the book.

And I’ve just found out that there are four books in this series, not just two. So I am a happy, happy fangirl. 😍

 

Who else is excited for One Dark Throne?! Let me know in the comments.

Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Published by: HarperTeen

Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic

Page Count: 398

Rating: 4/5

Source: Purchase

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When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.


Three dark queens are born in a glen, sweet little triplets will never be friends. There dark sisters all fair to be seen, two to devour and one to be Queen.

Magically gifted sisters who must kill each other, a matriarchy that rules the lands, ruthless political power plays, and intriguing world building? Now I am impressed.

Separated at a young age, magical triplets are born to compete for the crown, but only one will win. They live in a land where magic reigns supreme, and the stronger theirs is, the more control they have over their people. But laying claim to a crown steeped in pain and blood will test even the most powerful sister.

I’m conflicted. I like and hate this book. But in a good way though. It gave me chest pain (actual chest pain, people). And a part of me didn’t want to finish the book because of two certain characters. But I warn you now: this book is dark. Fennbirn survives off the murder of countless triplets. Death saturates this land. For some chapters I had to wrap my head around that thought. Why not have the triplets overthrow tradition and simply rule together? No, the Goddess demands payment. And only one queen will rule.

The whole book’s premise revolves around the sisters’ journey to the Ascension Year, where the triplets display their power and plan how they’ll kill their siblings within the following year. Interesting, yes? Three Dark Crowns grows into its own realm. Kendare immerses you in her story, and her world building will hook you (or at least, it did with me). You see, I haven’t read any of her previous work, but I’m impressed with this one. But I understand why some readers never finished it. The book slowly builds up, and while others didn’t like that feel, I loved it. Kendare gradually shows you her world, and every chapter opens up new storylines and avenues to explore. And my mind is swimming with possible theories for the sequel (I’m dying to talk about them).

Now let’s move on to the sisters:

Arsinoe, the naturalist queen, hasn’t quite grown in to her powers yet. And her friend, Jules, may just outshine her, when her people claim Jules is the strongest naturalist in the last six decades. I adore this queen. She’s sweet and caring. And she sees no reason to compete with anyone, even Jules. Her potential love interest, Billy, a boy from the mainland, makes her shine. And I thought their budding relationship cute. But Arsinoe plays with powers she doesn’t understand, and in doing so, she may have doomed more than just herself.

Katharine, oh, I pity her. She’s the poisoner queen. I can’t help but want to protect her from the Arrons, the family who trains her. How many times she’s had to to ingest poison after poison just to satisfy this family is beyond me. This queen isn’t meant for this power, yet she continues on. Her love interest, Pietyr, is an interesting character. But that plot twist took me for a loop, I swear.

I have zero respect for Mirabella, the elemental queen. From the start, I was rooting for her, and she was my favourite character, until, well, she just messes everything up. I won’t spoil the book, but I hope her sisters completely annihilate this harlot. And her love interest can simply fall off a cliff and drown, like he should have the first time. Can you tell I’m angry?

I loved the secondary characters, and Kendare just throws them at you (so make notes, or you’ll get lost quickly). Jules may be the most favourite character out of this series. She emits a strength that just draws you in. And I have many theories about this one, and I hope some come true, because if they do, this sequel will amaze me.

One of the book’s aspect that astonishes me is the matriarchy. YES. The matriarchy rules. Who would have imagined it would work in this environment? But it does. Women control the land of Fennbirn. This book screams women’s empowerment. Unfortunately, this power has warped these women.

Don’t be scared over the DNFs posts on Goodreads. I was worried too, but I gave the book a chance, and I glad I did. The politics in this book will attract any YA reader. I know I’m counting down the days to read the final book.

What are your theories on Three Dark Crowns? What do you think of it? Are you waiting for the sequel? Let me know in the comments.

Book Haul: December 2016

This month’s haul certainly isn’t big. But I’ve been dying to get my hands on these books. I’m not sure if I should have, since I’ve bought seventeen for Christmas. Did I say seventeen? Yes. And I still can’t fathom the number.

I hope these are great!

 

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong 26869354

Danya @ Fine Print (again!) got me into this series. I was a little hesitant with it, though. And at the time of buying, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But Kelley has travelled down this suspenseful road before with her Nadia Stafford series. I love that she’s set City of the Lost in Canada. Many of her stories take place in the States. But when she weaves in a little Canadiana, I feel right at home. I’m almost done the book, and I definitely love it!

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I look forward to the sister dynamic in Three Dark Crowns. I’m also curious to see how the author plays off that and how it’ll affect each character. And I also love the fantasy part. How does the sisters’ ability change or hinder them?

I took a peek in the book, and I love the design! This book looks gorgeous. 😍

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0062421379Divergent Series Box Set by Veronica Roth

Thank you, Indigo Teen! I won this series through its giveaway. Yes, I haven’t read any of Roth’s work, since someone online decided to ruin the last book, but I’ve been hoping to tackle the series, though.

I’m starting to appreciate box sets more since I don’t have to wait until the next instalment. I hope this series is good!

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