Spring Cleaning Book Tag 🏷

I saw this tag over on Sara @ the Bibliophagist’s blog and it looked like fun so I thought I would give it a go!

The struggle of getting started: a book or series you struggle to begin because of its size

The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks – I will definitely be getting to it sometime this year but it’s such a commitment and undertaking to get started that I’ve been king of putting it off for a while now.

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Cleaning out the closer: a book or series you want to unhaul

The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore – Way back when the movie came out for I Am Number Four and I found out that it was actually a book series I bought all of the books and now I am not interested at all and probably will never re-read this series so I will be unhauling them very soon.

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Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing

Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins – I’ve been reading a lot of dark and intense fantasies and multiple books series lately so it was nice to just get into a quick, fun, quirky read that can just cleanse my reading palate!

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Washing out the sheets: a scene you wish you could rewrite

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh – Shazi’s first meeting with the Sheik where she refused to relinquish her weapons and demanded the guards to let her go. The whole exchange felt totally out of character to me and got on my nerves.

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Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series you didn’t think was necessary 

I have a thing about novellas… sometimes I feel like they are really not necessary. This isn’t always the case, I’ve read a few that I found integral to the overall plot line but they’re usually a hit or miss. E.g. a Court of Frost and Starlight, very underwhelming and did nothing for me even though I am trash for this series…

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Polishing doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – The first one I thought of honestly. Everything just wrapped up so nicely, all my questions were answered and I was just super content when I finished this series the first time!

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Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Unpopular opinion but I think this book just tried too hard overall! It felt like I had read this story countless times before but it was always going that extra step above and beyond to try and be different, if that makes sense. Didn’t gel to me.

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The tiring yet satisfying finish: a series that was tiring but satisfying to get through

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas – I’m kind of glad I only got into this series after 6 of the books were already out. Had I started way back when Throne of Glass was first published I would have been very impatient but luckily I was able to marathon the series and only wait a few months for Kingdom of Ash to come out last year. Seven books is a lot to get through in a series and I was deeply satisfied when it ended!

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely Review

91lOPG2p6JLThis is a dual perspective fantasy following Harper a girl who one night noticed a man dragging and unconscious woman down an alley and Rhen the crown Prince to the kingdom of Emberfall.

This was a great retelling! The original premise is there but I felt like it varied enough to keep me engaged and entertained throughout the book!

I really liked Harper. Her stubbornness and tenacity made her a very entertaining and unpredictable character. She wouldn’t back down to Grey or Rhen and she would do whatever she felt was right in the situation, even if it puts her in danger.

Rhen I found to be a little unlikeable at the beginning, but I think that was how we are supposed to perceive him because once we actually delve a little deeper into his backstory and his character throughout the course of the book I definitely warmed up to him. Especially when he started to show a bit more emotion and actually cared about what was happening outside of the castle.

I think I liked Grey a little bit more than Rhen though. He was so integral to the story and his staunchness really appealed to me. The fact that he stayed even though he wasn’t a part of the curse really proved how loyal he is to Rhen and the kingdom. I enjoyed the friendship that sparked up between him and Harper and the truthfulness that they shared between them!

Overall I really enjoyed my time reading this book! There were some passages that were a little slower paced but it was a pretty quick read for me. The plot was unique and went a completely different direction than what I originally thought it would be, which kept me intrigued. I liked how the storyline started off pretty contained and then as the book progressed it grew larger and more complex. It is a pretty good jumping off point to what I am assuming will be a series.

⭐️4/5 Dark, fierce and a little romantic…

Succumbing to the Hype 🤔

IMG_3547So I finally decided to pick up Daisy Jones and the Six and give it a try. I don’t know what it is about this book but ever since I first started hearing about it I just automatically assumed I wasn’t going to like it and I don’t know why. I absolutely loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so why wouldn’t I also like another book Taylor Jenkins Reid has written? I’ve heard so many differing opinions and reviews on this book in particular because its so popular that I just have to read it and see what whether or not I agree with everyone… So far I am entertained, its a little jarring with everyone kind of introduced all at once and the jumping back and forth whilst speaking but I’m slowly getting situated! I guess I just have to keep reading to see why everyone went bonkers over this book!

Happy Reading 📚

5 Favourite Fictional Couples

*There may be some spoilers if you haven’t read these books yet!*

These are five of my favourite fictional couples! Definitely not an all-time favourite list as I’m sure there are many more couples that I love also but these were the five that popped into my mind first!

Lucy and Josh – The Hating Game

One of my favourite tropes is the hate to love trope and I thought this was executed perfectly! This is only a recent read of mine but I feel perfectly comfortable putting these two in my top 5 favourite couples! The friction at the start of the novel and then to see the tension build throughout the storyline to their eventual romantic relationship was great to read!

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Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

The whole premise behind this series was so endearing and fluffy and I enjoyed these two immensely! I loved how it started so impersonally with the contract and all the rules and then to see over the course of the series blossom into a full blown romance was very cute!

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Ron and Hermione – Harry Potter Series

Just simply iconic! Re-reading this series recently really reinforced how much I love these two as a couple. I was so glad that they eventually got together after years and years of wondering whether or not it was going to happen. Gratification!

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Feyre and Rhysand – A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

A Court of Mist and Fury blew me away when I read it and it was mainly due to Feyre and Rhysand’s relationship! I fully thought that Rhysand was the evil, dangerous, wicked fairy that he was portrayed to be and then to dig deeper into his character and the connection with Feyre was amazing! I am trash for this series and I was very happy that Feyre ended up with Rhys and not Tamlin.

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Kazi and Jase – Dance of Thieves

 I loved these two together! Again it’s the hate to love trope that I cannot get enough of, just in a different scenario. Kazi as a Rahtan soldier undercover, Jase the Patriarch of the Ballenger Empire, it is just destined that they should be enemies, and yet… Oh the anticipation, the relationship, the betrayal. I loved it!

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The Hazel Wood Review

35121240This book follows the story of Alice who has been moving around her whole life with her mum Ella trying to outrun the bad luck that plagues them constantly. That is until Alice’s grandmother a reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood and Ella proclaims that they are free. Or are they?

The first half of the book I really enjoyed. The build-up of anticipation and tension really set the scene for the book and kept me on the edge of my seat. But the second half was a little disjointed and was a bit of a letdown. It got a little too fantastical all at once and I was a little lost in the woods. Had there been a little more information given about the Hazelwood prior to them actually entering might of made me appreciate the setting a bit more. But how it was kind of told just made me a bit confused and not really connected to what was happening.

I did enjoy the kind of mystery aspect surrounding what Althea had written, that component really intrigued me and had me wondering about what she encountered when she went missing. I like that we only got inserts from the book by Finch and how elusive it was to actually hold and read it.

Alice isn’t a favourite female protagonist of mine but I did appreciate how protective of her mother she was. How she would truly do whatever was necessary to try and find her and get her back even putting herself in danger was really courageous.  But I liked the fact that she still kept secrets from her mother and tried to find out about her grandmother and the Hinterland. She was just a bit too standoffish and cold (lol) for my liking for me to personally warm to her as a character, but in the end it did make sense so that made me appreciate her.

This book is actually quite dark and a little bit macabre, the pacing was pretty fast but there were a few lulls in the plot and at times I did find myself a little confused but I pushed through and did get it in the end. The premise was very different and unique but I thought the execution and the twist wasn’t explosive enough for me.

⭐️3/5 Intriguing, dark and a little strange…