MIA: Where I’ve been and blog plans!

Helloooo *awkward wave*

So, the last time I did a review was…*goes to check*…August? Ouch. I pretty much just disappeared from social media.

To my friends, I’m super sorry. I missed and love you. ;-;

So, where did I go? Or rather, why did I disappear?

I was way too intense with the blog and it lost the fun…ness(?) because of it. I’m also an introvert and I took break which continued to the point where it made it difficult to just come back. Yeah…

I’ve also been crocheting a lot, (even opened an etsy store!) (I also have a craft blog ) So reading took a little backseat.

BUT I’M BACK! \o/

My plans for the blog

Well, it’s still going to be a book blog, (obviously.) (Though the occasional TV/movie review may sneak their way  in.)

But, I’ll be taking a more relaxed attitude to it. No schedules of, ‘there will definitely be a book review this day or that day’. And, the reviews themselves will be a little more casual too. I’ll guess you’ll see when I post one!

I’ve been reading some Manga’s I’ve been reading, so you’ll see reviews on them soon, and I may do reviews on anime tv shows too. Even a manga Vs. Anime kind of thing.

I’m new to manga’s, so if you have favourites you should totally talk to me about them.

We’re getting off track. *Ahem*

For the most part, they will be spoiler free, but there may be the occasional discussion post so I can rant talk about things. I’ll always label with it’s spoiler free or contains spoilers.

You can still check out my previous reviews in the read section, either by Author or by genre.

There’s my to read section up too for 2017 which I’ll constantly be adding too.

I’m excited to get back to it. I’ve missed chatting about books and the like!

 

 

Rapid fire book tag

I was tagged by the lovely LetsBookAboutIt. She’s a lover of books and games so if either of those things interest you, head on over!

So without further ado…

Tag Questions!

 E-Book or Physical Book?

I prefer physical books. I just like holding them in my hands and they’re so pretty! I tend to forget about the e-books on my kindle. I’m trying to get better at that because there is some amazing bargains! And a lot of indie authors publish in e-book format only. 

Paperback or Hardback?

I love paperbacks. Much easier to carry around. Although, I rage when I inevitably dent the cover.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

I love going in-store and browsing. It fills that well of satisfaction up for me of a purchase. You don’t get that buying online, (And you have WAIT. D:) There are some great bargains online though.

Trilogies or Series?

I would say I prefer series just from looking at my bookshelves. Big fan of HP, (Who isn’t?) And I love the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. 

Heroes or Villains?

Can I say Anti-hero? Either way, I prefer darker characters. But it really depends.

I’m not a fan of heroes who are little angst balls, completely, (and often instantly), in love with someone and they’re the most important thing, which is why they’re saving the world. It’s come to the point where if I get a whiff of love interest in a blurb, the book is going back on the shelf.

Wow…did not mean this to turn into a rant. (I want to say that if you love that, then that’s great! This is just my preference and there are always exceptions to this where I’ll ship my OTP with the rest of them!)

A book you want everyone to read?

Any book written (<-not a title) by Terry Pratchett.

I feel he’s such an amazing Author that people will be missing out on. He doesn’t write just humorous fantasy, (which would be fine if he did), but the character’s feel real. And some of them have made me look at the world a little diffrent on finishing them.

Recommend an underrated book?

Harry Pot- HAHAHA. Um. I’d say…The night circus by Erin Morgenstern. While it is pretty popular, I think it deserves a little more love. This was SO hard if it’d said underrated games, I could’ve answered easily.

The last book you finished?

Mudman by James A. Hunter. It’s an urban fantasy which, while not perfect, has one of the best and interesting, character’s I’ve read this year.

The Last Book You Bought?

I just bought these three books today. 

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I was PROMISED there would be no romance so I’m pretty excited about it. Whether there’s potential romance in future remains to be seen. Have to read and see if I catch a whiff.

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It’s so yellow. ;-; I love it. This has an incredibly interesting blurb that had me slobbering like a dog waiting for a treat.

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I discovered this in Asda, while food shopping and, not gonna lie, I would’ve bought it for the gorgeous cover alone. (The prince is on the back, similar style.)

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

My dog. If I’m desperate and need to do something quick. I lie it open on his back. Lazy thing doesn’t even twitch an ear. 

Used Books: Yes or No?

Absolutely. I love charity shop hunting for books. (Or buying online.) Give an old book a home. ;-;

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Mainly Fantasy and Sci fi, (including dystopian ect), and either thriller’s or children horror. Not adult. Too scary. ;-; Although, I NEED to try a Stephen King novel.

Borrow or Buy?

I prefer to buy. Or I’d borrow from the library if it’s a book I’m unsure about. I wouldn’t borrow from other people. (Not that I know many readers in IRL. ;-;) Because then I’d have to let them borrow from me and THAT’S NEVER HAPPENING! *Heavy breathing*

Characters or Plot?

Ouch, hmmm. I’d say plot at a push, but these things go hand in hand really. Can’t have a good plot without good characters, (or well written)

Long or Short Books?

Either or. As long as it needs to be. If the book is good then length doesn’t matter. But, if pushed, long books. 

Long or Short Chapters?

I’d rather have short. If I’m pausing in reading then I like to pause at the end of the page on a full stop or I’d forget my place on the page when I come back to it. D:

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Going postal by Terry Pratchett

Battle royale by Koushun Takami

The spook’s apprentice by Joseph Delaney

Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?

The wee free men by Terry Pratchett or just any of the Tiffany aching series. I don’t why, but, wow, I bawled with each of those books. 

Also, the first book that I remember making me cry? Harry potter and the order of the Pheonix by J. K. Rowling.

THAT DEATH. Right near the start, (I think?)

(Even though it’s been years since it was published I still don’t want to write spoilers!)  It was lunch time at junior school and I’m reading this book in the playground, when IT happened. People surrounded me in horror as I sobbed, snot and everything, guys.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

I quite like a mixture. Judging from my bookshelves, I would say our world with a fantasy twist, but I’d say fictional at a push

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I tried. I really want to like them, but I can’t connect the story that way. Super frustrating because I’d love to listen to a audio book while doing other stuff. -_-

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Of course. The cover is the first thing you see. I do my best to still read the blurb. But something pretty will catch my eye and make me more likely to pick it up and find out what it’s about.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Hm, I’ve only seen one or two movies that have been faithful to the book. (The Martian by Andy Weir’s movie adaption is excellent.) I think, TV, it could be done for longer and, hopefully, stay true to the subject media. 

I mean, why buy the rights and then make it nothing like the book or change things? You’re just going to make a generic film and anger the book lovers. (I’M LOOKING AT YOU SEVENTH SON, YOU PIECE OF TRASH!)

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

I preferred the Coraline film to Neil Gaiman’s book. D:

Series or Standalone’s?

Series. If I love a book/characters then I want MOAR. More of the world, the character’s ect. If I loved it then I don’t think I could ever be happy with a standalone. I think there are many books that are perfect as standalone’s; doesn’t stop me wanting more. 

NOW FOR ZE TAGS! \o/

Nthato @ A scribe to describe

Holly Evans @ Chaos fox writing

Kat @ Kat the booknerd

Drew @the tattooed book geek

Alice by Christina Henry book review

Note: This review is spoiler free!

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In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside.In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place-just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice

Initial thoughts

An Alice re-telling that’s apparently has a darker twist. I was really interested in reading this and the new covers are gorgeous. 

Writing

It has a simplistic, straightforward style which I really enjoyed. I could visualize everything really well. The mix of description and dialogue was good and it moved at a fast pace.

Plot

The plot was solid. Although, I would’ve liked more surrounding it. More inclusion of the government.

And the ending was the tiniest but anti-climatic. I thought a different ending, (which from the way it reads, I’d bet the Author consider doing), would have had more impact. I’m reserving judgment on that until I’ve read the next book.

One thing, I’m going to put a warning for right now. A strong theme is the abuse of women. 

Characters

Most of the characters are well written. Although, I’d have liked more backstory in general. We only got the barest glimpses of them and it’s all strictly related to the plot.

They aren’t many side characters. Most of it is focused on the two main characters, whom I like. And of course, the bad guys who everyone will really hate, as you should. 

Some I feel should have been used more .

Overall thoughts

While, I may have been disappointed by the ending, (as I said reserving judgement on one particular plot point), the plot is tight and wraps up the story while leaving enough to entice me for the next book which I’m looking forward to reading. 

This is not for young readers. The abuse themes in this a prevalent throughout.

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Maaaaybe

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 4 grey


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Weekly update

It’s July already?! What have I been doing with my life?! D: *Spends two hours freaking out that half the year vanished* Also, what is up with the weather? All it’s been here is RAIN.

P.S. Good luck to everyone taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo. I am not, but I’ll be cheering you on and watching all your progress with interest.

P.P.S. Don’t forget to check out my other blog where we inform you of upcoming book releases! 

Ahem, anyway on more bookish matters. Here’s the weekly update. Enjoy. 


What I read last week

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I love Diana Wynne Jones. Her books are such light-hearted adventures which is great when you’re someone who often reads apocalyptic books full of DEATH AND MISERY! I was a little disappointed by this because the characters from the first book are not the main characters in this. I wouldn’t even call this a sequel. 4/6

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The first novel, or rather novella, of an urban fantasy series by Holly Evans. This was a great sort of teaser for the coming series, lots of juicy hints and mysteries were laid out in it. 4/6

What I’m reading this week

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I’m about a 1/4 of the way through this. It’s the one Narnia book I’m familiar with because obviously there’s a lot of films, but I haven’t watched the films in a long, long, long…long time. 

AND I FINALLY GOT MY CLAMMY HANDS ON THESE! I’ve been wanting to read the next books and found out what was going on and finally caved and grabbed them. Do you know how nice it is that they all match up on the bookshelf? They haven’t decided to switch covers or make them in different sizes. Ugh, bliss.


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