Monthly Wrap-Up – February 2016

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HEY EVERYONE!

It’s that time of the month again! It’s been one of the most hectic months so far. Especially, with all the read-alongs that Trang has been doing and all the bookish posts we tried to scrape off our desks. It was also our month of midterm exams, so time was quite sparse. But hey! There’s always time for books. We breath, eat and drink books on a daily basis! Bookworms reunite! #READING4LIFE #WEGOTTHIS

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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“Even if you did. You were still forgiven. They forgave you. And accepting their forgiveness isn’t a sign of weakness.”

— Brittany Cavallaro, A Study in Charlotte

        Who wouldn’t go nuts over the thought of reading a retelling of Sir Conan Arthur Doyle’s books? Now, how tempting is that? A Study in Charlotte is a brand new take on our beloved Sherlock and Watson. These two fellows are quite real in Brittany Cavallaro’s new book, but it has been a century since their existence. Descendants of the great detective and the trusty doctor, Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are now the protagonists of a whole new paradigm, and they don’t know it yet. If the names weren’t an indicator, the author of this young adult novel brings in a slight twist in gender with Charlotte being a girl and having Jamie drool on the idea of being hands in hands with her. Both established in Connecticut and going to Sherringford Boarding School, these two teenagers are framed for the murder of one of their colleagues. Clueless, shocked and determined, they unite together in these unusual circumstances to solve the case. A case where the murderer reenacts crime scenes similar to the ones in the legendary Sherlock and Watson novels. Continue reading

Batman 101 Comic Book Guide

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 Hello fellow bookworms 😀 ,

I’m tackling on the Batman universe of comics, but don’t be fooled. Comics aren’t only about the Dark Knight. There are zillions of comic series and beautiful graphic novels out there that are not just about superheroes. The medium itself gives writers an amazing new way to tell stories and hook readers. You’d be surprised by the power of images. They say images are worth a thousand words. Believe it. Every detail can make the difference in comics.

On a side note, there’s this idea that comic books are meant for a much, much, MUCH younger audience and that they don’t offer anything for people beyond the age of 18.

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This is wrong. There are graphic novels with less than fifty pages that destroy novels, that eat them for breakfast, lunch and supper. If you do you research right, you will definitely find at least one comic that will blow your mind.

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Comic Book Guide

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Since the creation of Bookidote, I’ve been meaning to create at least one introduction to comic books post so that anyone interested in the medium can plunge into it without having a heart attack. It’s pretty normal to believe you can’t jump into the comic world without making your brain explode. The number of comic issues out there, the variety in stories and the insanely confusing number of series are bound to make any mortal quiver in their pajamas.

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Society6 Shop + Free Shipping Worldwide

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If you read our Six Of Crows review, you know that we just opened our shop woohoo! The main goal of the shop is to reach out the book fandoms  and we get to wear it out proudly ahha 😉 It’s also my own way to enjoy my graphism skill and challenge it.

As for today only, Society6 offers Free Shipping worldwide and 5$ off all tote bags 😀 I like mentioning this because shipping can be pretty expensive (from what I know, ordering from Canada costs around 10$).  Continue reading

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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“No mourners. No funerals.”

— Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

         -We opened a shop! Stay tuned at the end of the post for more info ;)-

       Where do I begin? Leigh Bardugo has concocted one of the most amazing caper story of all time. From the moment I read the blurb, I knew I had to give this a try. A bunch of teenage anti-heros who plan on carrying out an impossible mission? Sold.

      Now lets scour through a world of darkness and acquaint you with an instant masterpiece. Set in Ketterdam, one of the many places that the author Leigh Bardugo has masterfully constructed for her Grishaverse, only the darkest, the most mysterious and the truly conflicted individuals roam the streets. A macabre underbelly where hope and greed are the sole strings that run the society, Kaz Brekker, criminal prodigy and master of deception, is offered a handsome sum of money upon the completion of the most hopeless and suicidal heist. Greed might be his servant and his lever, but even the blindest man knows that this is not a one man job. Continue reading

Versatile Blogger Award

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HI there ! 😀 Yes it’s us again.. we are ON FIRE TODAY LOL  We were nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely Giovanna @BookComaBlog . If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you should do it nowww ❤ 😀

Here are the rules:

  1. Show the award on your blog
  2. Thank the person that has nominated you.
  3. Share 8 different facts about yourself (we changed it for bookish, music, fashion, movie/tv show, sports, education/professionnal, food facts  about you).
  4. Nominate a few blogs of your choice
  5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

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Join March Read-Along + Currently Reading

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After the fun experience from a few read-alongs this month, I want to do some more for March 😀 I’m planning on reading these books in the near future, let me know if you want to join me for a read-along this month!

Here are some rules : *UPDATED: BOOKS ARE PICKED*

  1. Pick a book  on the list
  2. Comment what book you would like to read with me for  March (or later too,  I can take your blog’s name and get back to you  if you are still planning to read it)
  3. Feature other blogger’s name in your banner and post (or just my blog ahah if it’s just you and me buddy 😉 )
  4. I usually read a book per week (but honestly I tend to read 2 books at the same time LOL) that’s why I don’t want to impose  a deadline or anything ! Just publish your post whenever you feel like it.
  5. But the fun is to read in the same week heehe or at least start at the same time. So let me know and we will decide a date 😀 
  6. It’s really flexible, you can do a Discussion post during our reading week or post some read-along comments here and there in your review !

    HERE ARE THE BOOKS I’M GOING TO READ : 

    1st week of March: The Wrath and The Dawn

    2nd Week : Red Queen

    3rd Week: Glass Sword- Currently Reading

    4th Week: Me Before You

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J.Maas + Read-Along

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MY RATING: ★★★★☆  

I’ll start by saying that I had really high expectations for this book from all the hype I see around WordPress,Goodreads, Tumblr and Instagram. Like, litterally everywhere. For those who haven’t read this book yet and are wondering hmm what’s this book about and why is it so popular ? Here’s my summary for you: Celaena, who’s a famous assassin has to go in competition against other criminals to become the King’s Champion, in other words, the King’s Assassin. In the meantime, she gets close to Chaol, the  captain of the guard and Dorian, the Crown Prince. A little romance here and there and bang.  You got the story for the novel. That’s it?! No no !! My favourite part in the novel : there’s a series of mysterious murders happen inside the castle and nobody has a clue. The bodies are placed in the most bizarre way possible. Now you must ask yourself, omg..is it a horror story? NAH. REALLY NAH. The suspense is there but you won’t have nightmares about it.

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The Infinity Dreams Award #2

 

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Hope everyone’s having/had a wonderful day! How about we team up and embark on another adventure together? Today, we’ve got ourselves a nifty little award to present and share with all our followers. This time around, it’s the amazing mjeestrella @ blablagraphy that tagged us way back in the ages. If you haven’t come across her blog before, I think you should definitely drop by at the end of this post! Make sure you say hello! 😉 So here we go with The Infinity Dreams Award! Continue reading

Spawn/Batman by Frank Miller

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“Another night creature glides through Manhattan’s concrete canyons, on a quest of his own. He is a dead man brought to wretched life—a slave of hell who seeks redemption.”

— Frank Miller, Spawn/Batman

       Call me insane, but I’m on a mission here. If there’s one comic book legend that I vow to know inside and out, it’s going to have to be Frank Miller. Although Frank Miller has created some the most iconic comic book stories in the industry, he has also made some of the most atrocious garbage that you could wish to never come across. After all, what else would you call The Dark Knight Strikes Again, if not cow manure? Author of The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, Frank Miller teams up with none other than Todd McFarlane to bring fans a publisher crossover story fancied by any fan: Spawn/Batman. Per usual, Frank Miller doesn’t spare this one-shot comic story Continue reading

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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MY RATING: ★★★★☆  (3.8)

“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”
― Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

With the movie release, everyone has rushed in libraries to pick up this book and to see what it is about (well that’s what most bookworms do LOL). I couldn’t help but notice the bad rating of the movie and it got me thinking why is it soobad? I mean, c’mon Chloe Moretz!! She is such a bad-ass! So after reading the book here is what I thought about it. Continue reading

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu // Fangirling Freakout With Trang From BookiDote!

The Young Elites Read-Along with Amy from Bookenthral! 😀 I thought her post was perfect haha I would not do any better so here you go guys ! Here are my next read-alongs:

14/02/2016- 20/02/2016- Throne of Glass with Anette Reads, Lora Shouse and Luke Taylor

21/02/2016-27/02/2016 – Night Cirus/The Wrath and the Dawn with Aubreys Book Nook and Jacqueline

And if you want to join me feel free to contact me here 🙂

My first reblog 😉 Enjoy our fangirling time ! I’ll be putting an official review soon ! – Trang

Book Enthral

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Can I take a second to say this book has been out for 16 months and I only just read it. THAT’S 16 MONTHS WITHOUT IT’S AMAZINGNESS IN MY LIFE! I give out 5 star reviews so sparingly (most;y because I’m stingy) but also because I want any book I give 5 stars to, to automatically become one of my favourites! AND THE YOUNG ELITES HAS DONE THAT!!!

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5 stars – It was mind-blowingly awesome!!!! Holly crap!! It was PERFECTION Everyone should read it as soon as they can!

PS This review is going to be hella spoiley I suggest reading the book first!

Trang and Me did a bubby read to The Young Elites and we’re in complete agreeance of its amazingness! We both think Adelina is The Coolest Character Ever!

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We’re also in complete agreeance THAT ENZO IS AMAZING AND HOT AND WE LOVE HIM FORVER AND EVER…

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Erasing Ramona by Peggy Rothschild

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“I knew lies. A good liar built their story on facts, giving a solid foundation to their falsehood, while less skilled fellows scrambled to avoid the truth. But one lie was never enough. Before too long, you had to shore it up with another. Then one more. And soon the lies had grown like an onion, one layer wrapped around the next. And, if you tried to slice through to the truth, everything fell apart.”

—Peggy Rothschild, Erasing Ramona

         Don’t we all have that period in our lives that we hope to never, ever remember about. Right there. That very thing you just thought about. We all wish with all our heart that the events will slowly fade away into billions of untraceable particles in our atmosphere. It just so happens that it isn’t that easy. Even more unlikely once your every day life throws sly clues at you. Clues that just force you to relive the very things you want to forget. But what happens when the past catches up to you, and you have no other choice but to face it? Erasing Ramona is the story of Miranda Burgess, a twenty-seven year old woman who’s fled a tragic and disastrous massacre ten years ago. Recalled to her home town, the very place where the tragedy took place, Miranda is engulfed into a relentless turmoil that has her revisiting the very crime scene only to have more questions than answers. Who killed all these people? Why were all these people lives taken from them?  How did she find herself in the middle of it, knocked out comfortably on the bed? Erasing Ramona is a psychological thriller told by Miranda herself as she uncovers the truth behind everything; from her relationships to the murders. Burdened by the lie of her own identity she lives by, will this adventure serve as a release to her own well-being?

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The Love Tag

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          What’s a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than a little love tag, right ? 😀 No. Seriously. It’s the 14th of February already and we all know how it’s that time of the year where roses and heart-shaped chocolate boxes are given out to everyone’s loved ones; when your wallet permits it. As cute as Valentine’s Day is as a concept, its premise is quite blinded by popular culture. Now, now there. Don’t get me wrong. What I want to convey here is that Valentine’s Day shouldn’t just be a day to celebrate your love for your girlfriend/boyfriend. It should be a day to show appreciation to your beloved family—where family encompasses every loved one with whom you share an intimate relationship. In fact, shouldn’t every day be Valentine’s Day in its traditional sens? Don’t you think that we should be showing our love to our girlfriend/boyfriend’s, without restraints, every single second of our lives? All this to say that we are absolutely glad to tell you all that we love you all for all the kind words, precious time spent with us and much appreciated love you’ve all given us through this blogging world. We sincerely hope a great Valentine’s Day to every single one of you and wish to enlighten your day with this quick little post to celebrate this day that honors the greatest gift one person could give to another; love.

We were inspired to create this tag to tell everybody that love is a gift, but so are books. 😀 So here’s The Love Tag. We’re also really curious about what you guys have to say in return.

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Strife of The Mighty by Julius Bailey

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MY RATING: ★★★★☆ 

“Often tales of valiant deeds lighten the heart,” said Brandegan. “They give hope, for they remind us that not all forces in the world work wickedness.”

-Julius Bailey

If Paper Towns can get a movie, this book highly deserves one or even more. A far far land where fantastic and magical creatures and energies exist, lay a small village called Vararel. One day, a warrior came and warned the villagers of the imminent danger that will approach the village but the people didn’t believe him and Giants start their attacks. Now all destroyed and had nothing left, everybody has to take refugee in the Capital. We follow Allon, Merch and Brandegan into this journey to the capital of Darfandor. Continue reading

Friday Finds

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Hi my lovelies! 😀  Our first Friday Finds ever  (Hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm
Friday Finds showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased)!

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

SADSAMY RATING: ★★★

“The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.”
― Jennifer Niven

I think everyone heard about this book now hhah so I’m going to put a summary from Goodreads here:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom.

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The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine

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My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.8)

“SHE HAD A QUEEN TO DESTROY.”

                                                                      -C.J Redwine

Action-packed fantasy with this new Snow White retelling ! Lorelai, a princess refugee from the Evil Queen Irina will try to find a way to restore her power and overthrow the throne. But, how do you succeed against the one who taught you everything about magic? Who considers you as her real daughter ?  Betrayal, friendships, family. I loved the turn of events and my favourite thing in the book is…THE DRAGON SHIFTERS. YES. They are people who can shift to Dragons, they actually graduate from school to be able to shift properly and use their abilities to attack the enemies. Adding to that, they have twin hearts : a dragon animal heart and a human heart. Hahha awesome right ?! Continue reading