Top Ten Tuesday | Best Book Lines

Happy Tuesday, bloggers

So a mini-heatwave has decided to hit southern Ontario, and I feel like a melting witch. I’m glad we can find freezies!

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 May prompt is best opening lines. I’ve decided to pick my favourite book quotes.

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The Productivity Book Tag

Give it to me to do a tag about productivity when I am procrastinating with all the other posts I need to do. Yup, bravo. I’ve hit a new low. Someone give me a medal. 😂

I found this fun tag on Bookishly Rebecca! I love the tags she picks. Rebecca’s such a sweetheart. Don’t miss out on any of her posts!

 

Rules

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

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The Wanderlust Tag

Morning friends and fam,

I always get thrilled when I see book bloggers growing and expanding their sites. I am happy to find out that Lexie has created her first tag! And she happened to tag me in it. I want to thank her for doing so. Sending my love back to you, deary. So let’s get to it.

The Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friend

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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!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Awaken My Travel Bug

Hi, everyone!

Who’s excited about this topic? I want to talk about real and fictional places. Before I started this post, I wasn’t sure if I’d come up with a list. Now though? It’s too long. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’ll show you which places I’d love to travel to.

 

Caraval in Legendary

I adore this series! I’m still reading Legendary as I write this post, and my heart is breaking. I don’t want the book to end, but a part of me wants to see what happens. Caraval enchants you, and I love going back to it. I don’t think I can get over the intrigue, magic, and suspense Caraval offers.

And I haven’t been so happy when I heard this duology is now a trilogy!

 

Virtual Japan in Wildcard

I’m still questioning if I like this cover, but I, without a doubt, love this futuristic Japan Marie. Virtual reality is always iffy for me. I don’t know if I’ll enjoy this type of sci-fi. However, I cannot get enough of Warcross. I don’t blame Emika for hacking into the game. I’d do the same.

 

Red London in A Conjuring of Light

I need to finish this series. I’ve been dying to read the second book. Can you imagine living in a world where magic isn’t shunned or hidden? Travelling to Red London is one of the top five places I’d die to get to. Knowing to me, I’d probably get in trouble with Lila.

 

El Brooklyn de las Brujas in Bruja Born

You probably know that I am still disappointed with Labyrinth Lost, so I hope its sequel will be better. But I love the worldbuilding in this series though, and I cannot wait to see how Zoraida weaves magic in and brings more diversity to the streets of Brooklyn.

 

Feudal Japan in Smoke in the Sun

As you can tell, I have a thing for Japan. Flame in the Mist is a culturally rich treat. Betrayal, magic, and smoldering romance, this series gives you just about anything. And since I got my copy of Smoke in the Sun, I need to find out how Okami and Mariko survive.

 

Diavolos Sea in To Kill a Kingdom

I swear I have a siren heart. And while I can’t really breathe under the water (but secretly want to), I’d love to immerse myself in this world. Each region conjures up its own magic, but Diavolos Sea speaks to me.

Review | To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Published by: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling

Page Count: 342

Rating: 5/5

Source: Purchase

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


“He belongs to the ocean. He is made from it, as much as I am.”

Alexandra Christo’s To Kill a Kingdom makes my little black heart sing. When I picked this book, I wasn’t sure I was waiting for it. And I cannot imagine my life without it. Alexandra gives you a reason to love villains.

Only a few books have achieved this feat, but To Kill a Kingdom slays every expectation. And it instantly finds its rightful place on my favourites list. This loose reimagining is wicked, brutal, and tempting. If you’re looking for villainous main characters, this book is your next read.

I bought this book a whim. It snuck into my life when I needed just a taste of badassery. And let me tell you: I love it. Alexandra captures the true essence of sirens. You don’t get the PG version we 90s kids were force fed. You see their merciless side, and you’ll be wanting more once you’re done. These sirens will watch as you drown, then tear out your heart. So do not expect any singalongs. Even when life called me back, I didn’t want to put down the book.

The characters beautifully complement the storytelling. Lira, the Prince’s Bane, is a ruthless and royal siren who will get what she wants: the heart of Prince Elian. But the Prince-turned-pirate desires nothing more than to rid his world of sirens. Yet when he finds her adrift in the ocean and doesn’t know who she is, they must work together to find a way to kill the Sea Queen. I adore hate-to-love relationships. I don’t care what anyone says. This trope has value, and it creates a dynamic story. Now, I don’t always enjoy the secondary characters. But with Elian’s crew, I can’t help but do so.

Both Elian and Lira are savage in their own way. But you see glimpses of who they truly are. I enjoyed seeing a prince who doesn’t want a crown. Instead, he craves the sea, and no matter the cost, he’ll protect it and his crew. Lira’s past will give you a better understanding as to the reason why she’s cruel. Yet even with a vicious mother, she holds onto her humanity, and Elian knows how to tease it out of her.

I don’t also buy standalone books. I enjoy visiting a series and reliving my favourite scenes. So I’m a little disappointed we don’t get a sequel. However, if you’re looking for stunning world building and stellar characters with a wicked side, look no further. But if you’ve come for the Disney version of My Little Mermaid, turn back now. The savagery is what intrigued me, but I love the masterful storytelling.

Monthly Wrap-Up | April 2018

Did I honestly think I’d get past this month? Not really. I forgot to tell you all that April is the second month I’ve been working at a small Canadian publishing house, so I haven’t had enough time to do every post I’ve wanted to. But I’m catching up slowly even if my mounting TBR in May is kind of freaking me out right now. So let’s get to the post.

 

I absolutely loved this month. I do not regret mostly reading only siren and pirate books, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I love morally gray characters anyways. And then I finished off the month with some Vikings. So I’m one happy bookworm right now.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This siren princess who rips out princes’ hearts makes me all giddy inside. I adore this debut novel. Alexandra twists the Little Mermaid into her own wicked and cruel beast. For years, I’ve been waiting for this kind of book. Lira and Elian are relationship goals.

I think the only negative I have about this book is that it’s a standalone novel. Alexandra has created a rich world that deserves more stories.

 

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

⭐⭐⭐⭐

I need more sirens and pirates in my life. I truly regret not reading this book sooner. Alosa, a captain of an almost female-only ship, will slit your throat and not bat an eye. Tricia creates compelling and wicked characters and an enthralling storyline. I was looking for more world building though. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

 

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

I practically breezed through this series. And I wish it weren’t over. Sirens, pirates, brilliant fight scenes, and hate-to-love relationship make a solid sequel. I honestly didn’t think the sequel would be good as the Pirate King, but here I am, gushing over Siren Queen. I’m so happy I picked up this series.

 

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Adrienne is one of my favourite debut authors of 2018. I can pray to the (Vikings) gods so I can get a sequel, but alas, she’s making a companion novel. I need more of this world. Sky in the Deep is rich in history and storytelling. If you’re looking for a taste of Vikings, go read it.

Do I recommend it? Hell yes.

 

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ARK by Jesse Miller


Last month, I thought I wouldn’t get a big haul, but here I am, showing all of you my weakness once I step into an Indigo store. Instead of returning one book I didn’t need, I walked out with three more. Was I expecting that? Sort of. I anticipated two, but the third one crept up on me. I have zero room on my shelves, but oh well!

I cannot wait to crack these beauties open.


How was your April? Have you tackled some of your anticipated reads? Let me know in the comments!

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?

Top Ten Tuesday | My Fave Picks of Villainous Female Characters

Apparently, I’m on a siren and pirate theme lately. I adore them both and can’t get enough of them. So let’s get to the post, shall we?

For my latest Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’m picking my favourite (and somewhat new) female characters who are wicked, cutthroat, or just plain villainous.

Some of these books aren’t published yet, but I couldn’t help but highlight them here. So here we go!

 

Lira from To Kill a Kingdom

A siren princess who rips out the hearts of princes? HELLO THERE. I’ve been waiting for you to arrive, Lira. And I’m not disappointed.  To Kill a Kingdom surprised me, and it is one of my favourite books of 2018. And have I mentioned Alexandra is a debut author? Well, she is, but you cannot tell though.

 

Alosa from Daughter of the Siren Queen

I’m still reading this book, but I quickly jumped into it once I finished Daugther of the Pirate King. I love this series. Alosa is the captain of an almost all-female ship, Ava-Lee. She’s not afraid to kill or betray someone to get what she wants. I love her, and I’m giddy when I get to the scenes of her and Riden, a cinnamon bun pirate (somehow believable, trust me). Squee. 😊

 

Lada from Bright We Burn

Okay, is that a pomegranate?! Please tell me there isn’t a pomegranate on this cover. 😐

Bless Lada for her evilness. I adore her even if I want to smash her half the time. I know how history goes in her (well, in “his”) life, so I’m kind of freaking out over the last book. But I want to see it through. She gives you real goals in life. Never let a man tell you what to do, make yourself into a weapon, fight for what you want even if you have to slit some throats…Uh, forget that last part. I swear I’m nice (I’m really not 😂).

 

Keris Veturius (Commandant) from A Reaper at the Gates

I want to rip the skin off this woman’s body since she is by far the worst character I’ve read in such a long time. But Sabaa writes her so perfectly that I love to hate Keris. I would say that the world she lives in has made her into the woman she is, but we all know she’s a bitch with a capital C.

 

Nova from Renegades

I admit: I harshly rated this book, and when I look back at my review, I wonder why I was so negative. But like I’ve said before, I loved the characters in Renegades. It reminds me of the new generation of X-Men. Nova, my smol ball of ruthless fluff, spoke to me. And I’m truly looking forward to see how she’ll deal with her conflicting emotions and loyalties.

 

Upcoming Favourite

I don’t usually add more than five picks to this post, but I think the book below deserves a mention:

Evie from The Sea Witch

So this book isn’t out until July. But I know I’ll more than likely love it. We get Ursula’s POV and backstory. Yasssss. Praise the sea gods. Yes, Leigh Bardugo gave us a taste of this character, but I need a full book. The synopsis doesn’t give you a lot of details as to how the author weaves in this storyline, but I’m intrigued to see how Evie evolves.