Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith-Book Review

Author: Shaun Hume

Publisher: Popcorn and Rice Publishing

Publication Date: October 31st 2012

Pages: 496

Genre: Fantasy

Format: E-book

My Rating: 🐉🐉🐉🐉

35422555Synopsis:

“If you’re suffering from HARRY POTTER withdrawals, then look no further! This detailed, intriguing and touching story is the answer!” – Independent Reviewer                                                                                                                                                                                       “Hume has a beautiful writing style that creates a WHOLE NEW WORLD, one which leaps off the pages.” – artisticbent.org
“An antidote to Post-Potter Depression!” – Independent Reviewer
Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal.
Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real Creatures that inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like him, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.

MORE PRAISE for Ewan Pendle …

” … Hume does a MAGNIFICENT job of building a completely different world … ” – Fire and Rain Books

Review:

(I was contacted by the author who offered me a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review)
I read the synopsis of this book and it sounded really interesting. I was both intrigued and skeptic of the Harry Potter mention because what could ever compare to a masterpiece like that? The book, specifically at the beginning, feels exactly like Harry Potter. That got me into wondering whether this whole book would just end up being a Harry Potter replica but I was proven wrong as I continued reading. This story might have some similar themes but the main plot is different and the characters are all unique. This makes Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith a wholly original book that had its own twists and turns. It exceeded my expectations and I found it to be very gripping especially half way through.

Plot:

The story starts off with a very mysterious and enticing beginning as we read about this badass girl who’s on a mission sneaking into a heavily-guarded house. She fails at some point and we are then introduced to the protagonist. Ewan is swept away from his ordinary life when a mysterious lady takes him to a school for people like him who can also see Creatures called Firedrake.

The first part of the book introduces us to Firedrake, what they study, how everyone is sorted into different cliques, and the Masters. Most of the classes involved physical activities rather than magic which is different from what I usually associate with magical schools.

The main plot of the story isn’t clear until the middle of the book, the author keeps everything mysterious to a point where all you can do is fly through the pages scavenging for answers and explanations for what’s actually going on. Whenever a small clue is given a more exciting mystery is revealed in its place which keeps the reader hooked.

What I really found interesting is that more than one story is woven into the main conflict of this book and it gives the world a lot more depth and opens doors to future books in this series. So I’m currently on the verge of a mental breakdown if I don’t actually get the second book because I NEED ANSWERS RIGHT NOW OR I’LL DIE OF CURIOSITY!

The Language:

The author’s writing style is simple and elegant meaning it’s easy to get into the world. I liked most of the character’s descriptions but I found that some of them were just used beyond what is needed, it’s good to be reminded of how the characters look but having it mentioned in every chapter is too much. There’s also Mathilde who is supposed to be this cheerful, laid back kind of girl and she was very loveable except for the fact that she had ‘dude’ in every single sentence she uttered! It got very boring very quickly and I didn’t feel like it matched the theme of the book anyways.

The Characters:

Ewan was this extremely reluctant awkward boy who was just like any ordinary 12-year-old kid. I thought he was a character any reader could relate to, much more than those perfect characters who are somehow great at everything. He makes the story believable. Besides that, Ewan had a knack for getting into trouble without meaning to. He certainly wasn’t my favourite character though because his other two friends are way cooler than he was!

Mathilde was the cheerful friendly character who everyone liked. She easily became Ewan’s first friend and remained faithful to him for the whole school year. I loved how the author portrayed her power through physical strength, she was almost always the best at any classes that involved anything physical. This sends a positive note on female strength. We get a glimpse of who she was before coming to Firedrake but it only raises more questions and gives her character a different side we never thought she’d have. The big reveal to Mathilde’s secret at the very end of the book was mind blowing and I can’t wait to read more about her backstory.

Enid is officially my favourite pirate character! For some reason, pirates are looked down on by the other Cadets in Firedrake and a lot of them treated her like garbage! Luckily, she kicked peoples’ asses and remained strong no matter what anyone said. I loved her fierceness and how she was always took the lead when her friends were too scared to. I particularly enjoyed reading about her large family dinner where they all made rude jokes and carried out Pirate traditions. It added a lot of humour to the story in an unexpected way.

Conclusion:

To summarise, I really enjoyed this book a lot. It had a great ending that explained a lot of the events but still left a considerable amount of things unexplained for future books. The characters were fun and new, their friendships great, and all the characters developed and changed in a way at the of the book and I want to know which cliques they end up going to and how they deal with it. Not to mention the fact that we don’t even know much about any of the characters’ backstories. I know there’s a lot more that the author can offer to this series to make it more amazing than it already is. I totally agree with the synopsis now about the Harry Potter withdrawal and I recommend this to people who enjoyed reading/watching Harry Potter as well as readers who enjoy fantasy.

There is an important relation between Ewan and the White Wraith and I MUST KNOW WHY! Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith showed a lot of potential and it could be modelled into a series. Which I’m sure can turn out to be as popular and spectacular as any of my other favourite book series. I can’t wait for more by Shaun Hume.

Happy Reading.

🤓Maya🤓

Top 5 Wednesday

img_0937Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted on a Goodreads Group. You can find the link here in case you want to join.

1) Harry Potter from Harry Potter

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I know a lot of people who love everything about Harry Potter besides him. They claim that’s he’s too whiny or too rude to his friends but I mean he’s done so much for their world. I think he’s allowed a little bit of complaining. Come on people! He was raised in an abusive environment. Try living or more like slaving for the Duddley’s for 10 years and see how you come out all perfect and happy.

2) Tally Youngblood from Uglies

24770I read this book so long ago and I remember thinking how stupid and shallow Tally was in the beginning of the series. She changes and becomes tougher and bearable in the next books but people still dislike her as a protagonist and I can understand why.

3) Magnus Chase from The Sword of Summer

25090719Everyone says that Magnus is an exact replica of Percy and dislike him for being so similar. That’s a little true but I still like him as a character. He still makes me chuckle at his sarcasm and wit so I don’t mind it as much as others.

4) Maya from The Star-Touched Queen

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5)Bitterblue from Graceling Realm

12680907I read this series a looong time ago and I remember liking Bitterblue. In some reviews people say she’s too boring or too dull and didn’t really deserve a book about her. But she’s been through so much at a young age and having to rule a kingdom all of sudden can be tough. I liked her for her intelligence and for her logical decisions.

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Do you agree with my list? Who would your list include? 

Have a lovely day.

🤓Maya🤓

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) Review

Greetings bloggers and readers everywhere. NI present to you a book review after months and months of absence! Hallelujah! Enjoy :).

23766634Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: May 2nd 2017

Genre: Fantasy, YA, NA, Romance

Page Count: 699

Format: E-book

My Rating: 🐉🐉🐉🐉

Review:

I don’t even know where to begin with this book! It left me empty and shaking, although it surprisingly didn’t make me weep for hours but I was left with this stupid feeling that it’s all over. Honestly, I really expected myself to adore this book more than I actually did, I’m not saying it was bad, some parts were still amazing but there were also things that I really disliked. It wasn’t as life-changing as the second book but was much better than the first. I mostly think that’s because, almost everything’s already been revealed and this book was just the finale to it all which breaks my heart.

ACOWAR is the thickest book of them all but I still felt like a lot of main events were rushed while other less important ones took too many pages to be resolved. The first part was very gripping while the second part got slower but the last part was still spectacular. I finished this long book in two sittings, that’s how much I love Sarah’s storytelling. Everything else I had to do could go take a break until I finished reading!

The settings we see were all very descriptive and intensely beautiful. We finally get to see more of Prythian’s other courts and High Lords. I caught myself several times wishing that someone would soon capture all these vivid magical places into fanart!

My favourite thing about this series was all the characters and all their relationships and interactions! The author really does make you fall in love with every single one of them! She makes them all flawed and imperfect rendering them irresistible. They are probably the reason why I gave this book 4 stars.

A lot of books revolve around the protagonist while all the other characters occasionally contribute to the plot but ACOWAR was different. The wide set of characters all enhanced the plot and proved themselves worthy to the readers. All of them are unforgettable and unique. They are the kind of characters that could each have at least one book centring around their lives after this ending. To me and I’m sure many other readers, these characters stopped being fictional and became real thanks to how complex and life-like they were.

The writing in this book was great but I’ve read better from the author. Maybe it’s because I’ve read other books by the same author and I’ve gotten used to her writing style but there were phrases that have been used repeatedly and have now become rather boring. Or maybe it’s because writing so many books with so many pages with little time put too much pressure on the author. I missed the times when I’d read paragraphs packed with feels and so many overwhelming emotions, that I’d start crying even if the scene wasn’t supposed to be  sad. I miss the powerful wording and beautiful imagery that made me read whole pages again in order to properly appreciate the wonderful choice of words.

🚨Spoiler alert 🚨 (This is the part where I rant about the book)

I saw Rhy’s name as the title of a chapter and I thought that the whole book would have alternating POVs and I got so excited for that. But the rest of the book was all from Feyre’s POV! Except for the second to last chapter which also had Rhys’s POV. I didn’t see the need for that at all! I mean why get my hopes up for no reason? It’s not like he provided any extra information that we couldn’t have gotten any other way!

It gave me great pleasure reading about Feyre taking her revenge on Tamlin and Ianthe in the Spring Court! She was wicked when everyone else believed her to be the innocent woman she was as a human.

I loved how she dealt with Ianthe, stealing her spotlight and going into her mind and forcing her into smashing her own hand! Ianthe got what she deserved in the end and I’m glad about that.

The reunion of Feyre with the Court of Dreams was one of the only scenes that moved me in this book. I was so happy that the Revenge on the Spring Court didn’t take long but then there’s the part where they try to gather allies and it frankly took too much of the book.

I did like the flying lessons that Feyre took with Azriel. I was glad to get to know more about him and it warmed my heart seeing him laugh and make jokes. Seeing the Bone Carver again was nice especially after I realised that Feyre saw him as her (internal screaming) own future son!!

The meeting with all the High Lords in the Dawn Court was hilarious and filled with the tension you’d expect between people who’ve always had a hard time cooperating. Tamlin’s appearance was a surprise and I loved how upset he was. I had to stifle my laughter whenever he insulted Rhys in front of all those other people.

“When you erupt, girl, make sure it is felt across worlds.”

Seeing Nesta embrace her new self and become fiercer than ever was inspiring! She finally began to appreciate Feyre. She starts helping and training with Amren to stop Hybern. She isn’t even slightly intimidated by anyone! I loved seeing everyone’s amazement when she just asked Amren questions they were all too scared to ask. I loved seeing her care for Elain and sass Cassian. I loved seeing how strong she was even though she never did learn how to physically defend herself. Nessian was my favourite ship in this book!

Elain was less involved in the story and I really wished we’d seen more of her powers as a ‘seer’ because it really sounds like an awesome power. Now I just wonder whether the mating bond between her and Lucien will work out or whether she ends up with Azriel. I just considered the second possibility because of how Az treated Elain.

Feyre became so powerful and confident in this book. She handled the position of being High Lady with ease. She didn’t d mind ruling or having to make tough decisions. She’s changed so much from the terrified fey-hating human she was.

“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”

I really loved how she faced her true self in that mirror and didn’t run away. It really sends a powerful message about accepting yourself with all your flaws and mistakes. I loved how Rhys treated her as an equal, never looked down on her, didn’t try protecting her for her ‘own good’, and let her fight her own battles. That’s an crucial part of being in a relationship.

My one complaint about Feyre and Rhys was all the unnecessarily frequent sex! I mean this book wasn’t even about them realising they were mates and falling in love, that has already happened, so why include so much of it?! They literally dropped everything they were doing for it! Priorities please? I mean hello! People have just died, you’re in the middle of war leave that for later! I swear it was like reading about wild animals who can’t control themselves! It was very cringeworthy.

There was more diversity in this book than the previous two but I felt like it was forced and fake. I’m not against making more diverse characters but it just felt like it was added here to appease the raging fans. Some people liked it but I didn’t see how it advanced any of the characters’ arcs. Making Mor a lesbian felt like a last second addition that made her look cruel. It made absolutely no sense and it didn’t really show anything besides the fact that she’s been a complete ass to Azriel for way too many years! Or Hellion-the High Lord of the Day Court. I don’t know how but they made it seem like his sexuality was just a stupid joke. While I was reading I felt like all the so called ‘diversity’ was being shoved down my throat. It’s just my opinion but I think there’s better subtler and more elegant ways for these things to be properly represented. A way to give things purpose.

The actual war finally began and the way the author described the battles was easy to imagine. I liked the addition of the Weaver, Bone Carver, and Bryaxis to the fighting team. The last battle was intense and I loved seeing everyone use their full power and go berserk on the enemy.

I was so taken aback by the death of the Suriel! At first I thought:oh of course we need one encounter with the all-knowing creature. But then when it was shot and I began realising it’s mortality. I never really considered the Suriel to be anything but a monster but reading about its death made me realise that I was mistaken! I couldn’t believe it but I began crying when it asked to not die alone!! I think I mourned its death more than anyone else’s in the whole series.

All the allies appeared finally from the Continent. Although I didn’t get how Vassa who was cursed managed to escape and how the Archeron dad just came with his own Armada and conveniently knew that the other Queens betrayed them.

I’m glad Amren was unleashed onto the world because ever since her dreadful powers were mentioned in the previous book I was curious to see what they were. I would’ve preferred letting Amren go because even though she was a great character, she might’ve been the sacrifice needed to win the war.

Drakon, Miryam, and Jurian seemed like great characters but we got to see so little of them and learned so little of their stories which was disappointing. I wanted to see a resolution to their fight but maybe that’s because other books might focus on them? I don’t know.

I kept hearing about how Tamlin’s arc would be great and how he’d redeem himself but I saw very little to prove that. He did save Feyre that one time, convince the Autumn Court to join and give valuable information against the enemy. But I didn’t see enough to say that he’s changed and that he can now move on with his life and be happy.

I feel like I’ve been too critical reviewing this book but I’ve been teaching myself to notice these things. I do love the A Court of Thorns and Roses series which is why I felt like I had to be completely honest. Despite all these flaws I found in ACOWAR, it’s somehow still a 4-star book and I really had fun reading it, regardless of whether things were properly explained or were too rushed. I enjoyed it and it didn’t feel like a waste of time and that’s what matters the most.

Did you read this book? Do you agree with my review? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to discuss further details with you.

Happy Reading! 

🤓Maya🤓

 

Top Ten Tuesday 

Welcome bloggers and readers to my blogpost! Today I’ve prepared another weekly meme. This is my first Top Ten Tuesday but I hope I continue doing them. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


Today’s topic is: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t. 

1)Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson 

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I keep hearing great things about this series and authors I love have recommended it too so I must start it soon.

2)The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman

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I’m pretty sure I’ll love this series. I even bought the first book because it has a different format of writing that I wouldn’t appreciate in E-book form.

3)Replica by Lauren Oliver

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I’ve read other books by Lauren Oliver that were good but I feel like this series is going to be a great improvement to what she’s written before and I love seeing improvements.

4)The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater 

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My friend has urged me to read this book soooo many times and I keep delaying it for later. What’s stopping me from reading it you may ask? I’m kinda scared of starting a long series because I don’t have a lot of time. I also disliked Maggie’s other series which discourages me from reading this one.

5)The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh 

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This series looks amazing! It feels like I’d love it so much. The only thing that’s stopping me from reading it is the stupid version of the cover they have in the bookstore! It’s the ugliest thing ever with a person on it and I can’t stand buying those covers with people so I’m going to wait till I buy it online.

6)Shades of Magic by V. E. Schwab 

23403402I have the first book in this series on my shelf but I just can’t be bothered to start it yet. I’m finding it hard to commit to a whole series right now until I finish all the other books I need to read.

7)The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen 

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I have this book on my shelf too! It’s just beckoning me to open it and discover all the wonders it’s been hiding but I think it’ll take me a while to start it.

8)Talon by Julie Kagawa

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I was first avoiding it until the whole series is finished. I’ve loved every book Julie’s written and I can’t wait to read this series because it’s about dragons and I haven’t read about those in a while

9)The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

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I don’t even know when I plan on reading this but I do want to read it someday 😅. 

10)Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I’ve read the synopsis of this book and it looks greaaat. I already bought this book I just need to reach the next step of reading it.



Have you read any of these series? Do you recommend them or do you think they’re a waste of time? Let me know in the comments.

Have a lovely day.

🤓Maya🤓

 

Mystery Blogger Award 2.0

Once again I’m here with another award. I know what you’re thinking, is she only going to do tags and awards now? But fear not my dears for I have just started a new book(ACOWAR). A book review is coming soon, I know it’s been a while! Yay 😀 But for now enjoy this post.

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Thank you Lu@It’s Lu Again for nominating for this award. I enjoyed answering all your questions and I especially like this award because we all get to share more about ourselves besides our love for books. You can find Lu’s post here.

THE RULES:
1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
2. List the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (you can find her blog here)
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
9. Share a link to your best post(s).

THREE THINGS ABOUT ME: 

I didn’t tell my parents about this blog until a few months ago and I still haven’t let them see my blog which they’re a little upset about but oh well.

I HATE HATE HATE anything and anyone that has to do with politics! Whenever a conversation moves into anything political I do anything I can to stop it no matter how rude I may appear. It just sickens me and makes me want to vomit. I cannot stress how much I loathe it. My teacher once said that:’politics is a disease’.  I can’t agree more with that statement because whatever it touches it ends up being destroyed and devastated. 

I have this obsession with space. I often look at the starless night sky( thank you light pollution) and wish that somehow I’d get to see Earth from outer space. I think that if I was offered an opportunity to go on a space expedition then I’d say yes almost immediately.
5 Questions from Lu:

What has been the most exciting even this year for you?

This might sound like a very dull event but it was new to me and I had a very busy year and didn’t have time to really go out. I’m a very picky eater but I finally decided to try Chinese food! I’ve always heard of how much other people loved it. I went to a Chinese restaurant and I tried everything they had on the table! I surprisingly enjoyed most of it! It’s definitely not what I was expecting.

What have your blogging habits been like this year?

From January to May they’ve been almost nonexistent but now in June I’m trying to blog everyday. That’s been going for a week now and I hope to continue with the same consistency.

How often do you like to post a week?

When I have school, twice a week (one review and one Tag/award). Now I’m on holiday so at least 5 times a week.

One of your hobbies? Why do you love it so much? 

I just love love going to dance classes! It’s like hey, you’re having a lot of fun and you’re also doing vigorous exercise! How great is that? It’s so easy because I usually don’t feel exhausted until I’ve sat down after 50 minutes of moving nonstop. Right now I’m only going to Zumba classes because that’s the one my gym offers but if I had the chance I’d join a lot more different dance classes

(Weird) If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be?

Oooh I’ve considered this one before. I’d love to be any animal that flies so maybe a magpie.

5 Questions from me:

What inspired you to start a blog?

Which character would you switch lives with if you had the opportunity to?

What is one thing you’d change about your personality?

Who/what got you into becoming the reader you are now?

(Funny):What is the function of a rubber duck?

Best Posts:

Celebrating the Little Things Tag!!!

Book Review- Heir of Fire(Throne of Glass #3)

Crooked Kingdom(Six of Crows #2)-Book Review

I Nominate:

Ashley

Vikki

Emilie

Lia

Laylah

Chelsey

Nuša

Sam

Sofii

McKenzie

Kourtni

You don’t have to do this post if you’ve already done it or just don’t want to.

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Have a lovely day!

Maya

Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag 

Greetings fellow bloggers and readers 😉 I hope you’re all blessed with lovely Fridays. I’ve prepared another tag for you. Enjoy!

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First of all, thank you Lu for tagging me and for being such a supportive blogger and friend. You’re the best! Everyone go check out her amazing blog right now by clicking here.


How long have you been blogging?

I’ve just had my 1 year blogiversary last week.


At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

I really want this blog to exist for as long as I love reading. I just hope that I have time for it even when I go to university.


What is the best thing about blogging?

Fangirling with people who love something as much as I do! It’s one of the best feelings ever, knowing that someone else loves it as much as you do so you can just continue obsessing over it together for a looong time.


What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

Ever since I created this blog I haven’t had enough time. I’ve had less time for reading books since reviewing takes a huge chunk out of my free time.I have less time to spend with my family!


How long does it take you to find make/find pictures to use?

Not more than a few minutes. I use the book covers from Goodreads unless I feel inspired to take a photo of it myself. I’m trying to make all my headers now that it’s summer and that takes 10 minutes. Gifs are the best and I try to use them as much as possible. I get all my gifs from GIPHY.


Who is your book crush?

Rhys from A Court of Mist and Fury.


What author would you like to have on your blog?

I want to choose an author that I’m not too intimidated by so I’m going with either Laini Taylor, Leigh Bardugo, or Rick Riordan. I’m sure I’ll still be super nervous and uncomfortable though because they’re all amazing authors with books I adore.


What do you wear when you write your blogpost?

Whatever I’m wearing for the day. If I’m writing before I go to sleep: pyjamas and if I’m writing in the morning: jeans and one of my many nerdy tshirts.


How long does it take you to prepare?

Tags and awards take me an hour and a half.
Book reviews can vary greatly depending on how much I have to say and how much I need to think. But usually 2 hours everyday for 2/3 days.


How do you feel about the book blogging community?

Spectacular. Everyone’s always so lovely and more than happy to reply to my insane fangirling comments! Thanks to other bloggers, I’ve found out about sooo many books that I love and wouldn’t have found on my own. Just yesterday this lovely blogger told me about a novella for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy that I wasn’t aware of, and I immediately read it and adoreeed every single moment of it.


What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Just write about what you feel passionate about, don’t just do what everyone else does. Passion inspires others and it’ll make you more popular and memorable. Also being active on other people’s sites is important too because that’s when people really get to know that you share the same interests.


I tag:

Emilie

Angelica

Laura

Alicia

Jasmine

Maxxesbooktopia

Grace

Vikki

I look forward to seeing your tags. 

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Maya

Top 5 Wednesday-Favourite Side Ships

Hello bloggers. I’m so excited to finally participate in a weekly meme! I hope I get to do a lot more of these soon. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted on a Goodreads Group. You can find the link here in case you want to join.

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This week’s topic is about favourite side ships (ships that don’t include the protagonists).

1) Zuzana and Mik from Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

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Even when the plot got super depressing those two always remainded cheerful and adorable. They’ve made me laugh a lot and go ‘awwwww’ many times.

2)Solangelo- Will and Nico from The Apollo Trials


3)Effie and Haymitch from The Hunger Games


4)Rose and Scorpius from The Cursed Child


5)Malec-Magnus and Alec from The Mortal Instruments


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Do you love these ships as much as I do? Let me know in the comments.

Have a lovely day.

🤓Maya🤓

Pride and Prejudice Book Tag

Hi lovelies. I have thankfully been able to post everyday so far (yayyy). I’m still rereading but once I read a new book I’ll post a review. For now I have another tag for you guys. Enjoy 😉

(I just want to apologise in advance for including too much of the same books in a lot of answers for all the tags I do. It’s just that they’re the ones that I remember the most, because I try to include as many different books as possible but I have a worse memory than Neville Longbottom 😩)


I want to thank Angelica for tagging me. You’re the best! Everyone go and check her blog out right now by clicking here.

How it works

  • Link back to Laura and Emma’s original posts so we can see all of your answers! (Just copy and paste these instructions)
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag a maximum of 10 people

While Mr. Bennet silently reads in the study, and Mrs. Bennet’s tales of woe can be heard from miles away, you spend a lovely afternoon in the garden with your dramatic and doting sisters. What is a favourite novel of yours that features a strong sibling relationship?

Carter and Sadie Kane from the Kane Chronicles. They both went on the crazy adventures and became super close because of them.

You and Mary have decided to walk to the bookshop in Meryton to search for the newest releases. Which book or books are you likely to purchase?

 

33828904.jpgStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it so I’ll probably love it so I’m buying it next :D. Plus just look at this beautiful cover!

Netherfield Park has been let at last, and the owner, a Mr. Charles Bingley, hosts a magnificent ball at his new estate. What fictional ball gown would you wear?

I’m not really a fan of ball gowns. But for some reason after going through 100s of books with dresses on the covers, I found this one the most appealing 😅. I haven’t even read the book yet.

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It is the Christmas Ball and Maria has asked you to join her at the piano. What music or song would you choose as an accompaniment to your current book?

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I’m currently reading A Court of Mist and Fury and I think the best song for that book is City of Stars from La La Land.

You’re helping Jane to take care of her younger cousins whilst staying with the Gardiners. Which fictional children would you include in your own family?

The Weasley kids. It’d be very crowded with all of them but life would be so fun and colourful with them.

It’s a sombre evening at Hunsford Parsonage, and after dinner, Mr. Collins stands by the fireplace and quotes from the Good Book, while the party tries not to yawn too obviously. What is a memorable quote from a novel that has always stuck with you?

 “Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.” 

― Patrick Ness, The Rest of Us Just Live Here

You’ve been invited to dine at Rosings Park by none other than the infamous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but the evening ends in disaster as the pompous Lady insults you and your family. Who’s your favourite fictional villain?

Severus Snape from Harry Potter. He counts as a villain because a lot of people still argue over whether his actions were justified in the end.

As Lydia has gone down to Brighton with the Forsters, and Elizabeth is off on her jaunt to Derbyshire with the Gardiners, you also want to go away for a quick break. Which fictional location would be your perfect holiday destination?
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Velaris the City of Starlight from A Court of Mist and Fury.

You’re running to the fine horse chestnut tree on the green to relive some of your favourite childhood reading memories. What is one that you remember most fondly?

I really hated reading as a child and only got into reading as a teen so I don’t recall liking any of the books I read.

You’re on a tour at Pemberley and you come across Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy emerging from the pond, scandalously clad in only his wet underdrawers and shirt. You can’t help but swoon at the sight. Aside from Mr. Darcy, who is your favourite romantic interest?

Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy . He’s simply too awesome and too precious and too incredible to not love from the botttom of my heart!

I TAG:

Natalia

Sam

Joana

Zoe

The Library Lizard

Rebekah

icebreaker694

Jess

I look forward to seeing all your tags.

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Have a lovely day!

Maya

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Hi!

I want to thank Angelica @The Book Cover Girls for nominating me for this award. Everyone go check thier blog out, they have tons of great book reviews, tags and much more.

So, what is The Black Cat Blue Sea Award, you ask?

blackcat“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

Angelica’s questions:

If you could bring any fictional character to life who would it be and why? 


Aelin Galathynius. Obviously I’d want to bring my favourite character back. But I’m pretty sure she’d struggle getting used to the modern world. But I love her so much she’ll have to deal with it!


What is the one book that you have reread more than any other? How many times have you read it? Why do you always go back to that one? 

img_0227Harry Potter. I think I’ve reread all the books 5 times! It was the first series that I ever read with so much love. Before that, I hated reading and never understood its appeal! So I tend to reread it with other books or when I have exams and can’t read anything new and it never loses its magic. I’ll hopefully reread it for as long as I have functioning eyes.


If you could only read one author’s work for the rest of your life, which author would it be? Why?

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Oh my god! This question is simply too hard! I have to pick an author who’s most probably going to continue writing great books for a looooong time so I always read new stories. Umm..  Maybe Cassandra Clare or Rick Riordan? I’m still not sure on this one… I might change my mind after posting this tag 😅


My Questions:

Which fictional character do you think you’d be great friends with if they lived in your world or vice versa?

Which fictional creature would you love being the most? Why?

If you had total control over a movie production which book (series) would you choose? By total control, I mean actors, scripts, any effects, and everything else is your choice.


I Tag:

icebreaker694

Laura

Poulami

Lia

Lu

Bookish Thoughts

Jess

Abby

I look forward to your answers!

Note: The fanart of Aelin is by Charlie Bowater you can find more of her work here.

Have a lovely day!

🤓Maya🤓

Criticising fangirls/boys [The Fault In Our Human Minds]

Now this blogpost might sound a little whiny and a little too chaotic but bear with me this one post because I really have strong feelings about this. 


I created this blog because I wanted to have a place where I can freely express my opinions and obsess over anything I wanted to. I’m extremely shy in person and I always have trouble talking to others . Now think of me trying to fangirl and rant about my favourite books to someone. Wait! You can’t because I can’t do that! I’d stutter and hesitate and end up looking like a fool. So I don’t bother talking about my interests with others for this reason. I thought that writing about my thoughts and feelings would be easier because it’s more anonymous via a blog. It has helped a little seeing tons of other people enjoy the same stuff I do, but I’m still no closer to sharing my thoughts with my friends or family!

I think that’s because of the constant judgement and criticism I’ve seen being hurled at people. Like seeing your friends making fun of someone for liking something they don’t or seeing your family dismiss the actions of a person claiming that ‘it’s just a phase and they’ll get over it soon’ kinda crap. That can make sharing your fictional addictions a tad bit difficult.
The most recent encounter I had like that was a few weeks ago and it really pushed me into writing this blog post because people need to know. So my friend and I were chatting and she just casually asked about what I’ve been watching lately and I hesitated because I was worried that she might laugh or judge me but I told her anyways. Once she realised what it was she started laughing and calling me a pathetic loser, I brushed the insult off with a fake laugh! I know she might’ve meant it as a joke but it still felt horrible to be laughed at for liking a childish anime! Her words taunted me and it really increased my level of insecurity and it got harder to talk about anything I like with my school friends because I was afraid of more judgement. Right now I can’t even stand having normal conversations with them about summer plans!

Another stupid thing also happened a few months ago but it still makes me furious. This girl from school who I never really talk to just came up to me and asked me for book recommendations, now first I didn’t even register that she was talking to me, but then she made it clear that she was talking to me and then I ask her what genre did she want a book from. She said that she wanted something YA but nothing like A Court of Mist and Fury, now for those of you who don’t know, that book is one of my favourites and it killed me to hear that. I couldn’t even answer because of how upset I was by what she said. She saw that I wasn’t speaking so she said she’d give me time to think about books before she came and asked me again. So a few weeks pass and I see her like a bajillion times around school and she never even mentions her stupid request again! So I just felt miserable that she’d just randomly start talking by insulting one of my favourite reads and never utter another word to me again! What. The. BANANA? Call me paranoid but I really thing she just wanted to piss me off for some reason! I’m still shaking with anger and embarrassment from what she said to me.

I just want to share this message and these examples to tell people to STOP JUDGING OTHERS FOR WHAT THEY LIKE!! It might seem like nothing to them but to the person who’s being laughed at, it may scar them and hurt them deeply! I’m just sick of inconsiderate jerks who don’t know how uncomfortable some of us may feel! How we may feel by sharing a piece of us, that to them might seem insignificant but to us it might mean the world! So STOP MAKING US FEEL GUILTY AND ASHAMED OF LOVING FICTION! This isn’t how humans are supposed to judge each other! So please, if you ever have a person sharing with you something they like be it a song, a YouTube video, a piece of art, a book quote, a card game, ANYTHING, have the courtesy to care about what they said and not laugh at what matters to them. 

For all of you fans, I want to tell you to be proud of your obsessions, no matter how silly or unpopular they are because as long as they matter to you, they become precious.

Let me know if any of you have encountered something similar or would like to share your own thoughts on this matter. Feel free to comment, or if you want it to be private we can discuss this through emails, so I’ll be adding my email address at the bottom of this post. I’d love to hear what you guys think. 

My email:
mzada1990@gmail.com

This was also a inspired by the author of Geekerella- Ashley Poston. I realised that we shared a lot of the same interests and she mentioned ‘not letting anyone tell us that what we love is useless or a waste of time’. So I want to thank her for her heartfelt message. 

Have a lovely day. 

🤓Maya🤓