Monday, 29 February 2016

Reading Styles - One Sweet Book at a Time! (Ft. Claire Wells)

Heyy guys! As you can tell by the title, I have a super special guest on my blog today. So I'm going to be handing this post off to my blogging bestie, Claire @ BlankSlaters Reads! Take it away Claire!

Thank you Em for allowing me to write on your blog! I love your blog and this is gonna be fun to write! 

Helloooooo guys! My name is Claire and I blog over at BlankSlaters Reads. Em and I decided to do a guest post on each others blogs and well, we’re basically blogging besties. I am an intense fantasy lover and though I suck at taking pictures - I love pinning writing inspiration pictures on Pinterest. And here’s the twist...I’m not a creative writer!!! Anyway, the subject of this blog post is the simple fact of the difference between Em’s reading style and my own. If you want to see her post on my blog click the link here.


Okay, let’s get to this. I am seriously rapidly typing this at the moment, I’m super behind on my own blog posts and replying to comments and school and bleck bleck bleck I’m doing this anyways. Em and I have talked about this simple subject before, our very different reading styles. While she can read a crapload of books all at the same time - and by crapload I mean 10+ books, in a range of 6-7 months, I read no more than 2 books at a time. (Example below.)

Strangely, up until recently, I didn’t read anymore than 1 book at a time. I refused to just stop reading a book, I had to finish it. I really just don’t know why. I am also the type of person to not DNF a book, another reading habit of mine. The only reason I just started moving from reading one book at a time to two was because I was bored with what I was reading.

I really enjoy reading more than one book at a time too, it helps me get through my TBR faster, which I have an enormous TBR - but the other benefit to reading two books at a time is the change. If I ever get bored with a book, like I said before, I can jump to the other, probably more interesting book.
The main reason I don’t read more than 2 books at a time is mostly because I would get lost. I would forget what was happening in one of the ten or more books I was reading. One exception to reading more than two books for me is when I get requests from authors to read their books, usually for those books I never sit down and read it. Usually for those I read them when I have the time.

Anyway, this is the end of this guest post discussion! Usually I prefer discussions to be shorter, that way it gives more thinking room. :) So, how many books do you guys usually like to read? If you are the type of person to read more than 1 book at a time, what makes you pick up a second? Thanks again Em for letting me post on your lovely blog! 

Absolutely not a problem, Claire! Thanks for writing this post today on my blog! It was wonderful having you! And that's it for today, folks! Keep on reading! <3

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Truthwitch Tag


 This tag was created by Danielle from SimplyThoughtfulBooks (@dxniellereads) with help from Olivia! Thanks for tagging me Megan @ MagicBookBuyer and Thissi @ Long May She Read!

This one's been sitting in my drafts for a while, so why not now? For this, I'm going to stick with at most one answer per one fictional world, otherwise Harry Potter might end up winning too often lol.

1) Ohrin Mountains: What is your favorite fictional land?

I have to say I really enjoy the fictional settings in Pendragon by DJ Machale because of the different dimensions Bobby and his friends travel to are all so diverse and it's amazing.

2) Safi & Iseult’s Friendship: Who is your favorite dynamic duo?

A duo I really liked was Margo and Q from Paper Towns by John Green because they worked really well together and that night where they went and did fun stuff was really heartwarming.

3) Merik: Which fictional character is the ultimate hunk?

Fourrrrrrrr from Divergent by Veronica Roth is my favourite fictional hunk for sure. I love him and his cool personality, I just can't even.

4) Kullen: Who is your favorite sidekick?

My favourite sidekick has to be Bean from Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card because he is just so cute and logical and smart and like everything!!

5) Aeduan: Who is your favorite mysterious/villainous character?

Favourite mysterious/villainous character is a tie between Kaz and the Darkling because they are both super dark, yet have hidden motives which is what I love about them. Well, and they are both hot so...

6) Aether: Name a book you can’t stop thinking about.

I can't stop thinking about The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry. It has the most captivating cover and story. Within the first chapter, I've already cried lol.


7) Air: Name a book that you had low expectations for that blew you away.

*hides in shame* Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I literally went in expecting it to be a rip-off the Hunger Games or something like that, but I was really, really blown away and it is now one of my favourite characters. Specifically Heir of Fire which is now my favourite book of all time.


8) Earth: What is a book that you always go back to?

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. There is always home a home for me at Hogwarts.


9) Fire: Name a book with hype that spread quickly.

This has to be my favourite question! (And no, it's not because I'm from the fire clan. Okay maybe it is but still.) TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard! The hype literally spread like wildfire and I was sucked in almost instantly back in August! And I absolutely loved it!!!

 
10) Void: Recommend a scary/mysterious read.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. If you couldn't tell already, I'm obsessed with this NA book because it is literally the bomb dot com.  It had me awake at night wondering if the walls were moving and whether or not my own house would be shifting subtly.

11) Water: Name a book that flowed nicely.

I think The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune and The Mark of Athena all by Rick Riordan flowed really nicely. The way the events sort of occurred was really relaxing and flowy.

12) Threadsisters and Threadbrothers: Tag your friends!

I tag Claire @ Blankslaters Reads and Duane @ DUANEREADS who are both really close friends! I also tag you, who is reading this! Tags are fun, and I think you should do this one too!


Thanks for reading my answers to the Truthwitch Tag! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers as much as I loved writing them! Do you agree with any of my answers? Tell me in the comments!

Happy Sunday! :D

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Book Talk: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Chapters 30-40)


We are now on our final week of the Truthwitch Readalong hosted by the Waterwitch Babes! This week's discussion questions are hosted by Ceres Book World.

Once again, spoilers ahead, beware!

1. What do you think of Leopold now that the book is finished? Do you think we will see him again?
I absolutely love his character, especially the fact that we had no idea what was going on with his motives till closer to the end! He's sweet and loyal and pretty clever. We will definitely see more of him in the future, probably negotiating with the Empress for Safiya I would bet.


2. What are your thoughts about Iseult and the Puppeteer? What do you think could happen in the next book for them?

 I think Iseult had no choice but to fall into the hands of the Puppeteer. It was definitely surprising when we learned of this character, but the Puppeteer made me really angry because of the Cleaved she created. (Poor baby K *sobs*) Iseult is definitely going to try her best to get behind what is happening with the Puppeteer.

3. What do you think of what happened in the end with Kullen, or with Safiya?

My poor baby K!!!! Sooz broke my heart and Merik and Ryber too. I can't believe she did that so early on in the series. THIS IS ONLY BOOK ONE PEOPLE AND SOOZ HAS ALREADY KILLED ME. He did not deserve it!!! *whines* And Safiya, oh Safiya. I knew she was going to do it because she's too loyal to others. It kills me. I know she and Iseult are going to figure a way out of this though, THEY HAVE TO.


 4. Tell me five words to describe Truthwitch?

Solid, Truth, Friendship, Life, Love.

5. Character Spotlight: Aeduan | As you know I love Aeduan, what do you think of him? Do you think he will change his plan now that he knows the truth? “Mhe verujta” means trust me as if my soul were yours. I like this quote. Do you think that Iseult could trust Aeduan?

I love Aeduan. He will definitely have the internal struggle thus forth with the new knowledge he got. I'm pretty sure he's going to go with his heart and help the Threadsisters. "Mhe verujta" is honestly one of my favourite quotes from the books. And I definitely think Iseult can trust Aeduan because he's got this thing about him where he isn't really the bad guy we think he is. Just misunderstood. Like Zuko. OMG LIKE ZUKO. I just had an epiphany there. Okay, I digress.



Thanks for reading this week's discussion post for chapters 30-40! I'm definitely going to be writing a review for Truthwitch in the upcoming weeks, so watch out for that! But for now, how did you like Truthwitch? How did you like Aeduan's character? Tell me down below!

Be the truth in a storm of lies! <3

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Books I Enjoyed Out of My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish over here. This week's theme is "Ten Books I Enjoyed Out of My Comfort Zone." This is really challenging for me since I'm good with almost all the genres so... letsago.

10. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Slightly out of my comfort zone with the emphasis of computers and tech stuff, but it was all properly explained so I really enjoyed it.

9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


With an emphasis on sex in society, of course I was a little turned off, but the questions it made me ask really had me enjoying the book.
 
8. wtf by Peter Lerangis


The title really had me reluctant, but the story was fun enough to change my mind.
7. 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler


I'm not good with contemporaries. So when I went into this one, I didn't have high hopes. I quite liked it though with its message. 

6. Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn


Again with the sex thing and I wasn't sure if it would be done right. It was done right and I was blown away.

5. Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson


The art looked really similar to Adventure Time and the crazy sort of plots and characters, which I find hard to get into. But I ended up liking it quite a lot. 

4. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski


The slight horror and paranormal stuff is quite out of my comfort zone. But it turned out to be amazing!!!!

3. Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout


I find that people on covers really turns me off, but I quite like the series from what I've read so far. 

2. The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass


Romance is not my thing. And especially girls in dresses. Pretty much any girly thing. But this series must be like drugs because I just couldn't stop.
1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer


Lastly Twilight once again because the huge emphasis on romance again. But I really love it and this really got me into YA reading so I owe a lot to it.

Thanks for reading this week's Top Ten Tuesday! I bet you can now see what genres aren't my favourite haha. What are some books you enjoyed outside of your comfort zone? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

Monday, 22 February 2016

Preview Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows (Preview)

By: V. E. Schwab
Pages: 512
Published:  February 23rd, 2016
Published by: Tor Books
Series: Shades of Magic #2
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley
Sypnosis:
"Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.
"

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Hi, so here, I shall tell my embarrassing story yet again. So, when I was on NetGalley, I was looking through and chose to get the preview to A Gathering of Shadows without any prior knowledge on the book other than the fact that it was great. Little did I know that it was actually the second book in the series and I had still yet to read the first one. *facepalms* So of course, I went to get the first one from iBooks and read it and fell in love. I was then eager to read the preview to the next one and, boy, am I glad that I got the preview when I had the chance. Becuase after ADSOM, I NEEDED this book and it was definitely the start of the perfect follow-up novel to this series.

The start to A Gathering of Shadows lives up to its previous title. The pacing, the characters, the NEW characters, plotting, and world-building was absolutely absolutely fantastic. I don't want to give too much away, but we meets some pretty awesome new characters and return back to the old ones to see where they have gone and how they have grown since. The premise is enticing and I honestly can't wait to see how it develops further! Schwab's writing style doesn't dip at all, she's on a rollercoaster that only goes up man. 

This trilogy is easily becoming one of my all time favourites and I can't wait to devour them all. I will have a full review for the full book when comes out! So watch out for that! Thanks for reading this short review of the preview A Gathering of Shadows! Will you be reading A Gathering of Shadows when it comes out? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Monday! :)

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Book Talk: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Chapters 20-29)

This is week three's discussion in the Truthwitch Readalong hosted by the Waterwitch Babes! This week, the questions are hosted by Dreaming in Libraries which cover chapters 20-29!

I have already finished Truthwitch, so there will be some spoilers!

1. A huge part of the story takes place on the sea. Do you love the ocean? Would you like to travel with the crew on the Jana? Or do you think you'd get seasick?

I don't particularly mind the sea in any way. I have a life guard certificate, so I'm pretty okay with water. Traveling with the Jana actually seems a little boring in my opinion, like I don't think I would have much to do onboard.

2. From the boys we've met so far - Merik, Aeduan, Kullen, Leopold - who would you choose to be your book boyfriend? OR: From the girls we've met so far - Safiya, Iseult, Evrane, Ryber - who would you choose to be your book girlfriend?

I'm quite drawn towards Aeduan. I'm not sure why, but his motives are a little covered up but he highly respects his mentors which I admire greatly. He's also smart and cunning which I find sort of attractive lol.



3. Did you imagine the sea foxes as described in the book? Do you think they'll play a greater part later in the series?

The sea foxes in the book are much scarier than what I thought they were when I found out they were going to be in the book. Like I didn't imagine them to be that huge and fierce and have the ability to destroy ships. I'm not sure if they will play a greater role later in the series, but you know what, anything is possible when Sooz is writing lol.

4. What is your first impression of Nubrevna? 

I really liked Nubrevna! It just has this magical atmosphere of hopes and dreams and I was in awe everytime the scenary or the townspeople were mentioned! And the Origin Well, ahhhhhh!


5. Character Spotlight: Merik | "Whenever there were wrinkles, Merik had to smooth them out." (p. 205) Do you think he succeeds in "smoothing the wrinkles out"? What do you think of his actions so far? Do you like Merik?

I love Merik. He is absolutely fantastic. He has reasons behind his actions so I don't have any problems behind them. However, I don't think he really succeeds in "smoothing the wrinkles out" because almost everything he sorts of tries to do ends up not really working out.

Thanks for reading this week's discussion for the Truthwitch Readalong! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I loved writing it! Are you also reading Truthwitch? What did you think of Merik? Tell me in the comments below! 

Happy Sunday! :D

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic
By: V. E. Schwab
Pages: 398
Published: February 24th, 2015
Published by: Tor Books
Series: Shades of Magic #1
Format: e-book
Source: iBooks
Rating: 5/5 stars

Sypnosis:
"Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.
"

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When I first requested a small preview of A Gathering of Shadows on NetGalley, I had no idea it was the second book of the series, only that it was great. Then I started it and realized that A Darker Shade of Magic came first lol. And here we are. A Darker Shade of Magic was an absolutely wonderful book with great characters who gave me this vague desire to be something more. Not only was it a truly amazing story, but the characters and their motives were beautifully written. Because of this, I rate A Darker Shade of Magic with a bold 5/5 stars.

Right off the bat, I was introduced to two amazingggg characters, Kell and Lila, both of whom are perfect, like actually though. Kell is a like a badass little puppy who's got that sass up his sleeve and has a comeback to like literally everything. Lila is definitely going on my list of amazing female literary heroines because, I mean, loving knives and defying gender norms here and there??? Definitely my type. And you've also got Rhy, who is like the prince which I can swoon over, Holland, who is like cool yet possessed, and the Dane twins, who are too evil for me to comment on. Basically they were all perfect and I need more of them.

LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATION!
Okayy, but the way Schwab writes and creates the world and characters and like everything was phenomenal. I was absolutely blown away with her writing style! It was raw and dark and had some darker themes, but I love that stuff. Since it was the first book I read by her, I didn't know it was going to get so addicting that I accidentally started it while I was supposed to be studying for exams... whoops there went my studying.

My only little, tiny complaint was that I found the plot an itty bit predictable. I mean it might have just been me since I haven't seen anyone with similar issues, but yeah, just me probably. Other than that, I loved the twists and I had so many "OMIGOSH" moments when I did guess something right because my ideas were like wayyy out there lol.

Final Verdict:
A Darker Shade of Magic was such a raw and dark story that I fell in love with slowly and then all too quickly. It was the story of staying true to yourself no matter the situation, and sticking with things to the end. Definitely one of my favourite books of 2016 so far! Haven't read it yet? Well, the sequel comes out Tuesday so you won't have to wait long! ;)

Bonus:
I tried to draw Kell after I finished.

Thanks for reading my review of A Darker Shade of Magic! I hope you enjoyed my review and maybe I've convinced you to read it? I hope?! Have you already read it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

Read on! :D

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Books I'd Give A Theme Song To

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish over here. This week's topic had to do with music and books. So with that, I decide to do the topic "Ten Books I'd Give A Theme Song To." This was actually much harder than I thought, but definitely a lot of fun!

10. Seven Ways We Lie - Life is Worth Living by Justin Bieber

"Ended up on a crossroad
Try to figure out which way to go
It's like you're stuck on a treadmill
Running in the same place
You got your hazard lights on now
Hoping that somebody would slow down
Praying for a miracle
Who'll show you grace?"

...

"Life is worth living, ou ou ou ou
Life is worth living, so live another day
The meaning of forgiveness
People make mistakes, doesn't mean you have to give in
Life is worth living again"

I find Life is Worth Living by Justin Bieber perfect for SEVEN WAYS WE LIE by Riley Redgate because the entire book was about truly finding yourself while making tons and tons of mistakes, and forgiving people for those mistakes.


9. Divergent trilogy - America by Imagine Dragons

"Rise to the top of the world, America
America, don't you cry
Lift me up
Give me strength to press on
Rise to the top of the world, America
America, don't you cry
Lift me up
Give me strength to press on

From farmers in the fields
To the tallest of the towers that fall and rise
1-7-7-6
The names upon the list
For all the ones that gave until they died
Don't you hold back
I can see in your mind, and your mind will set you free"

America by Imagine Dragons is amazingly accurate for the DIVERGENT trilogy by Veronica Roth because Tris was all about that unwavering strength that would only go up and up. And she wouldn't only do things for herself, they were always in the best interest of others and those she loved.


8. The Young Elites - Control by Halsey

"I'm bigger than my body
I'm colder than this home
I'm meaner than my demons
I'm bigger than these bones

And all the kids cried out,
"Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy
Goddamn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control?

I paced around for hours, on empty
I jumped at the slightest of sounds
And I couldn't stand the person inside me
I turned all the mirrors around"

Halsey's song, Control, is absolutely stunning and is a perfect match for THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu because the book is centered around Adelina who can create illusions and often loses control of the darkness within her.

7. Percy Jackson - How Far We've Come by Matchbox Twenty

"Waking up at the start of the end of the world,
But it's feeling just like every other morning before,
Now I wonder what my life is going to mean if it's gone,
The cars are moving like a half a mile an hour
And I started staring at the passengers who're waving goodbye
Can you tell me what was ever really special about me all this time?

I believe the world is burning to the ground
Oh well I guess we're gonna find out
Let's see how far we've come
Let's see how far we've come
Well I believe it all is coming to an end
Oh well, I guess, we're gonna pretend,
Let's see how far we've come
Let's see how far we've come"

How Far We've Come by Matchbox Twenty is a great song to represent the amount of growth the characters went through in the PERCY JACKSON and HEROES OF OLYMPUS series. I think that is gives that sarcastic optimistic outlook Percy has.
 

6. The Fault in Our Stars - Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

"So, honey, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
I'm thinking out loud
Maybe we found love right where we are

When my hair's all but gone and my memory fades
And the crowds don't remember my name
When my hands don't play the strings the same way (mmm...)
I know you will still love me the same"

I think Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran is a pretty obvious choice for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS because with each day they spend together, Gus and Hazel were losing time together than they ever should have due to cancer. They never got to seventy years old, but their hearts were seventy before they knew it.

5. The Hunger Games - Set Fire To The Rain by Adele

"But there's a side to you
That I never knew, never knew.
All the things you'd say
They were never true, never true,
And the games you play
You would always win, always win.

But I set fire to the rain,
Watched it pour as I touched your face,
Well, it burned while I cried
'Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name!

I set fire to the rain
And I threw us into the flames
When it fell, something died
'Cause I knew that that was the last time, the last time!"

Adele's Set Fire To The Rain is one of my favourite accompaniments to THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy because it's metaphorical lyrics fit perfectly with the themes and plot of the story, especially the games aspect and Katniss making some impulsive decisions.


4. The Raven Boys - Drive by Halsey

"All we do is drive
All we do is think about the feelings that we hide
All we do is sit in silence waiting for a sign
Sick and full of pride
All we do is drive"

...
 
"It's so simple but we can't stay
Overanalyze again
Would it really kill you if we kissed?"

Drive by Halsey is a bit more of a more of a Bluesy song than for THE RAVEN BOYS but I still find that first stanza above applicable to the overall story for finding the ley lines.

3. Truthwitch - Livewire by Oh Wonder

"So hold me when I fall away from the lines
When I'm losing it all, when I'm wasting the light
And hold me when I put my heart in your hands
When I'm losing it all, when I'm wasting it all"

TRUTHWITCH, I feel is accurately represented by Livewire performed by Oh Wonder, specifically the Threadsister relationship between Iseult and Safi. The love and trust in each other is so intimate and beautiful, the music captures it all.


2. Six of Crows - Far Too Young to Die by Panic! At the Disco

"Well I never really thought that you'd come tonight
While the crown hangs heavy on either side
Give me one last kiss while we're far too young to die (we're far too young to die).
Far too young to die"


Far Too Young To Die by Panic! At The Disco is perfect for the dangerous heist in SIX OF CROWS because young love blossoms while they are on this heist in which they could die during. I don't know how to explain my feelings for this song more than that lol.


1. Throne of Glass series - King by Lauren Aquillina

"You don't get what all this is about
You're too wrapped up in your self doubt
You've got that young blood, set it free"

...
 
 "There's method in my madness
There's no logic in your sadness
You don't gain a single thing from misery
Take it from me

You've got it all
You lost your mind in the sound
There's so much more
You can reclaim your crown
You're in control
Rid of the monsters inside your head
Put all your faults to bed
You can be king again"

Lauren Aquillina's King, I find, is perfect to describe the THRONE OF GLASS series which is all about reclaiming what was lost due to darkness, and facing your past and shadows and doing what is right for yourself and others. 
 
Thank you for reading this week's Top Ten Tuesday featuring books to which I'd give theme songs to! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did writing this! Are there any different songs you'd give to any of the books listed above? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Tuesday! <3

Monday, 15 February 2016

Art Dump #2 (Feb. 15)


It's been a while since I've done of these, so why not do one Em? Okay so here we go. Everything since the last one which you can see right here.

#TruthwitchRecreated from, wow, must have been Nov. or Dec. of 2015
Sage from S.Usher Evan's Razia series from Jan. 2016
Another Sage from Jan. 2016
My angsty child, Harry Potter, done back during exam week in Jan. 2016
Seaweed Brain, aka Percy Jackson, also done during exam week in Jan. 2016
Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows done during exam week of Jan. 2016
Recreation of The Love That Split The World cover done during exam week of Jan. 2016
My lovely Raven Boys, started back in Dec. 2015, finished Feb. 2016
Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic done in Feb. 2016
Done for art class last weekend.

Done at 11pm on Thursday for art class.
 
Okay, so I've definitely drawn a lot more since the last time I posted an Art Dump, and I'm quite proud of myself. I have noticed that I tend to use pen and digital more than I do pencil and pencil crayons, so maybe I'll work on that. Also, I can't help but draw guys more often than I do females so that is definitely a must-work-on haha...
 
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this edition of the art dump! I want to hear from you guys what you thought of my drawings! Let me know in the comments or on Twitter! Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it! <3
 
Keep Making! <3

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Mini Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows
By: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 465
Published: September 29th, 2015
Published by: Henry Holt and Company
Format: Hardcover (signed)
Source: Indigo
My Rating: 5/5 stars

Sypnosis:
"Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...  Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
 
 
A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes."

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Six of Crows was a wonderful book to start of my reading sprint for the end of 2015. (And yes, I did read this back in December and only reviewing it now. Yes, I know I'm bad lol.) The way the characters were all explored and their relationships were experimented with made me fall in love with reading even harder. (If that's even possible.) So with that, I rate Six of Crows with a beautiful 5/5 stars.

I read the Grisha trilogy quite a while ago, but if I have to say anything about this one, Six of Crows doubles, no, triples the awesomeness of the original trilogy. It's a whole new cast of characters that are amazingly diverse, three dimensional, and absolutely beautiful. Their personalities and motives made me feel as if they were real people. If they were hurting, I could feel it in my heart quite clearly and painfully as if it were happening to me. They definitely drove the book and it's plot. The main plot, the heist, was all exquisitely enticing and never let me down with all of its twists and turns.


Final Verdict:
Six of Crows was an absolute masterpiece. A story of six misfits joining together for one common goal was so heartwarming. It was definitely one of my favourite books of 2015. I felt as if I were one of the last people to read, and if you still haven't read it, what are you waiting for? Get to it!

Bonus:

I drew Kaz Brekker. So if you have a moment, can you please give my drawing a like? Thanks!



Thanks for reading! I hope you've enjoyed my mini review of Six of Crows! I hope I've persuaded you to read this fantastic novel! Have you already read it? Let me know what you thought of it!

Read on! <3

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Book Talk: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Chapters 10-19)


This is week two's discussion with the Truthwitch read-along host by the Waterwitch Babes! This week's discussion is hosted over by CandidCover! This week will be covering chapters 10-19!

Since I am also past Chapter 19, there are a couple spoilers! You have been warned!

1. Of the lands that we have visited so far in the book, where in the Witchlands would you want to live, given the choice?

If given a place to visit in the Witchlands, I would like to visit the Origin Well in Nubrevna! I think it would be fascinating! Also, I'd love to see the damaged environment slowly transition to the lively town of Merik's home.



2. There have been quite a few mottos and words of wisdom used by a few of the characters so far. Which one is your favourite? Do you have any special phrases that help you get through your day?

"Stasis in your fingertips and your toes." - Iseult

These words of wisdom from Iseult are definitely my favourite. I'm not one to show my emotions too outwardly like Iseult, so it helps me keep true to myself. This also definitely gets me through the day when I have small anxiety attacks.

3. Friendship is a main theme that pulses through Truthwitch. Do you have a relationship like Safi and Iseult? Is there someone out there who always has your back and will defend you?

I'm not sure if I have just *one* person who would be there, but I know for that the Fire Clan definitely has my back in any situation. Sadly, no one in real life that I know is like that lol.

4. If you were inserted into one of the novel’s epic battle scenes, which witchery would you like to have in order to defend yourself?

As a member of the Fire Clan and a huge fan of Zuko from ATLA, I would definitely want a fire witchery at my side to defend myself. Not only would it be a great addition to my martial arts, but it looks damn cool!


5. Do you find Iseult to be a likeable character? How do you feel about the way she is treated like an outcast? Do you think she is a good influence on Safiya?

I love Iseult's character! She's probably my favourite character in the book thus far! I can relate to her in more ways than I can count! Slightly outcasted, logical, blank faced on the outside, strong on the inside... these are just some of the similarities. I don't like the way she's treated, however with this aspect of the book, it reflects on today's society and racism within it. Iseult is definitely a good influence on Safiya as she's the polar opposite of her! Polar opposites keep each other in check, and with Iseult's rationality and logical thinking, it also brings out the best in Safiya! Just like a yin yang!

Thank you for reading my post for this week's discussion for the readalong! It was lots of fun to write! How far are you along reading Truthwitch? What do you think about Iseult? Let me know in the comments below! 

Happy Weekend! :D

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Great Sooz Readalong: March 1st - April 30th


Introducing...
The Great Sooz Readalong!

Hosted by Duane @ Duane Reads and I (Em @ Piplup's Shadowy Bookshelf)

Duane and I have been planning this for quite a while now, and while brainstorming ideas for a readalong, we both realized that the obvious choice for a book was definitely all of Susan Dennard's books! 

With that, we are happy to announce that the Great Sooz Readalong will be happening from March 1st to April 30th 2016 to accommodate all four of the books Sooz has published! We will be reading her Something Strange and Deadly trilogy, as well as her recently published, Truthwitch!

Each week, we will be posting discussion questions for those who are following along can answer! So here is the schedule for which we will be reading:

Something Strange and Deadly

March 1st - 7th
Chapters 1-14

March 8th - 14th
Chapters 15-27

A Darkness Strange and Lovely

March 15th - 21st
Chapters 1-13

March 22nd - 28th
Chapters 14-25

Strange and Ever After

March 29th - April 4th
Chapters 1-12

April 5th - 11th
Chapters 13-23

Truthwitch

April 12th - 20th
Chapters 1-20

April 21st - 30th
Chapters 21-40



Of course, these are merely suggestions and Duane and I do not expect everyone to be able to follow this schedule! Please! Take your time and enjoy Sooz's glorious writing! However, we will be posting discussion posts with questions at the end of each week! We may also be hosting a Twitter chat to see how you are all doing! (Date to come.) And if you do plan to join us, can you please fill in this Google Forms for us?

Sign up here!


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Duane over on Twitter! My handle is @piplupsshadow and Duane's is @duanethereader!

Thank you for reading, and I hope you will be able to join us on this readalong!

Happy Reading! <3