Monthly Wrap-Up | March 2016

HEY EVERYONE!

It’s that time of the month again! What a month for books! Well, isn’t every month a great month for books? BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS! 😀 Here’s our march edition filled with all our previous posts, our book and comic haul as well as our books and cinema discoveries. Hope you check out anything you’ve missed and are interested in, and don’t forget to share your thoughts with us! It’s hard to read minds after all! 😉

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BOOK REVIEWS

– 03/03/16 – Room by Emma Donoghue

– 04/03/16 – The Young Elites by Marie Lu

– 05/03/16 – Creation (Chronicles of Ara #1) by Joel Eisenberg and Stephen Hillard

– 07/03/16- The Night Circus Read-Along Post

– 12/03/16 – These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

– 13/03/16 – The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh Continue reading

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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“What’s it going to be then, eh?”

— Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

     This is hands-down one of my favorite reads of 2016. It blows my mind how much it’s innovative, thought-provoking and dreadfully disturbing. It blends good and evil as if they weren’t water and oil. It succeeds in delivering a criminal-ridden dystopia while exposing the very essence of morality. It contemplates a fascinating take on freedom while drenched in a dark, sinister and hopeless world. Insanely lyrical and compelling, A Clockwork Orange brings us the cruelly painful and vomit-inducing adventure of 15 year-old Alex. Accustomed to theft, murder and ultra-violence, our young protagonist is also familiar with a nad-sat language. This vocabulary that mastermind Anthony Burgess has created for his very novel doesn’t only provide a beautiful and singular experience for readers, but succeeds in creating a fun and insightful look at Alex’s character and his peculiar thoughts. Absolutely enigmatic, the novel doesn’t easy up on the disconcerting scenes or the bizarre language. But oddly enough, every single moment and word grows on you and makes this classic unforgettable. Continue reading

Going to YALLWEST The Book Festival

Hello lovelies 😀 

We are here with another bookish post and it’s all about YALLWEST Festival! 🙂

So.. you must be wondering: What is it? Why am I reading this?

Well, it’s a book convention, one of the biggest convention ever and it will be receiving authors like Rainbow Rowell, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Ransom Riggs, etc. Click here for the full list of authors! Some cool booktubers will be attending too like  Polandbananas Jessethereader.  Continue reading

Red Queen Read-Along

First off, the Red Queen readalong was held on the second week of March and was mostly via Instagram with these lovely ladies (they all have amazing instagrams accounts btw so you should all follow them).

THE BUDDIES FOR RED QUEEN READALONG

Elena @ The Queen Reads : Blog / Instagram / Twitter

Other instagrammers: @booksandbookshelfs@dannii.elle.reads

Our instagram: @bookidote

GLASS OF SWORD READALONG– will publish the post soon 😀 

THE CASTING FOR RED QUEEN

So me and the girls have come up with some pretty cool actors and actresses for Red Queen, because we all know.. THERE WILL BE A MOVIE YAS.  Continue reading

The Feather and the Moon Well by Shean Pao

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“Freedom brings responsibility. Once you decide, understand that those decisions affect others. Turn down this path, or that one. Make the wrong choice and you may kill a man or lose a kingdom.”

— Shean Pao, The Feather and the Moon Well

   It is with no shame that I’ve read this book without much Irish mythology knowledge helping me out. I believe it is a rare source material in literature nowadays, and I’m happy to be able to plunge into Shean Pao’s creation without being overwhelmed by it. Leave it to none other than Shean Pao to deliver a novel with intricately infused references to Irish mythology. Written with a divine pen skill, The Feather and the Moon Well is a tale that marvelously draws upon a unique and brilliant magic system to put forth the story of Anarra, the Willow Woman. Bound to her magical tower, she grants wishes or curses upon receiving a gift from strangers. But the day has come that Rash’na’kul, the lord of the sixth hell, sends his lesser-demon Barbarus to bribe the sorceress into creating an object that holds great power. Gazing into her Moon Well, she however realizes that the future reveals that her freedom will be imminent, only at the cost of something dark and destructive for the rest of the world. When confronted to life-changing decisions, what will these characters peruse upon? What will be the fate of humanity? Continue reading

Playlist Shuffle Tag

Hi my lovelies  😀

Trang here! Big thank you to Jonas @ Other Things and Astra @ A stranger’s Guide Novel to tag us for Playlist Shuffle Tag. I think the name says it all LOL

I’m a big music addict that’s why I am really happy to do this post hih and I’d love all of you to do it too! I want to discover some new music 😀 If you want to do it just let me know and I’ll put you in my nominees!!

NOMINEES

Jesse@ BooksAtDawn Yarravy @ Hireathforthepages Amy @BookEnthralPoulami @ DayDreamingBooksNazaheth @ReadDiverseBooks – Jenna @ FictionalNeverLand Continue reading

Superman/Batman (Volume 1) – Public Enemies by Jeph Loeb

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“In times of war, circumstances dictate action.”

— Jeph Loeb, Superman/Batman (Volume 1) Public Enemies

    The world’s oldest question: Superman or Batman? Now, what if it isn’t always a “or”? The two titans haven’t always been either side of the fence. Although their sense of justice and their means vary grandly thanks to differences in their childhoods, there are various similarities that bring these two together more often than not. Legendary Jeph Loeb brings forth one of the many popular series that stars the “World’s Finest” duo as they tackle the danger that lies within their reach. With Gods roaming Gotham and Metropolis, it is only fair to find non-believers among the crowd. Superman/Batman (Volume 1): Public Enemies reunites the two biggest members of the Justice League in a story of survival. Continue reading

How Illuminae became my favourite book

MY RATING: ★★★..

IS IT LEGAL TO GIVE A BOOK MORE THAN 5 STARS? BECAUSE THIS BOOK

Deserves every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.” 

amazingSee what I did there?..using quotes to rate the book. You are going to see a lot of that in this review! 🙂 Continue reading

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

MY RATING: ★★

The blurb from Goodreads: As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts… 

GUYS, THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING ! I’ve had so much fun while reading this. Dinah is not your typical heroin. There’s some darkness in her blood because she was raised by a fearful and dominant father. So difficult that he has no shame in completely ignoring and threatening her. Dinah is such a complex character, having at her side a not decent father-daughter relationship and her little brother, who becomes mad after their mother’s death. She has no one to turn to except her childhood best friend, Wardley. She discovers there are tenebrous secrets (IT IS REAL DARK MY FRIENDS, ALRIGHT) behind this castle’s walls and as the future Queen of Wonderland, she will do anything to find all the dirts that are infecting her kingdom. Continue reading

To Swim Beneath The Earth by Ginger Bensman

MY RATING: ★★

The blurb  from Goodreads: MEGAN KIMSEY, born and raised in a small Colorado town on the edge of the La Plata Mountains, grows up haunted by images. Straddling cryptic glimpses of events that foretell her own future, and events remembered from a past in the highlands of Ecuador and Peru more than 400 years before she was born.. 

I haven’t read a lot about reincarnation stories but this one was so unique ! I absolutely loved it. One of the aspects that really caught my eyes are the psychology stigma that Megan has to go through. Continue reading

Top Upcoming Books to TV Shows/Movie Adaptations

What’s cooking everybody! ❤

If the Oscars didn’t show this in neon colors, then I will! A lot of books are now becoming more and more the first source of inspiration for directors. Not only are books the perfect place to find a plot that can be translated to the cinematographic world, books deserve to be given a GOOD new vision to an author’s creation. I know, I know. A LOT of TV shows/Movie adaptations really fail miserably and miss by a long mile. But, as an avid cinema fan, I believe cinema can bring a completely immersive experience that books can’t do and wish they could. Although, it does go the other way around to! Movies can’t reach the amount of depth and detail as books can. In fact, there are messages and point of views that sometimes can’t be translated on the big screen. But let’s stop there. This is a topic for another day! Continue reading

The Threat Below by Jason Latshaw

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“It’s dangerous, Icelyn. That’s what it’s like down there. You can never go down there. Never.”

— Jason Latshaw, The Threat Below

         There was this trend in young adult books where everyone and their mothers could only write, talk and look at dystopias. Don’t act all surprised. I’m pretty sure you can name a couple hundred of series right off the top of your head. Today, we’ve got a whole new trend that focuses more on retellings. Oh, the famous modern retellings written in order to reach and please the fans and those who are oblivious to the source material. Wouldn’t it be nice to spice up our lives again with another dystopia featuring a female lead and a post-apocalyptic setting? Cue darkness. Cue spotlight. Here’s The Threat Below. Continue reading

Why I didn’t like The Wrath and The Dawn

MY RATING: ★★☆ 

(Goodreads average: 4,24)

Okay first, do not attack me LOL I know this book is loved among the readers. If you are a hardcore fan and can’t stand people not liking this book you can walk away haha. But if you want to know why, then I invite you to stay and read my thoughts 🙂

THE ORIGINAL TALE 

I am a big fan of the original 1001 Nights, I have read it when I was 16 years old and I absolutely loved it with all my hearts. I thought it carried great lessons and messages, with the right amount of fun and good quality for literature (I’ve read it in French). 1001 Nights is about a girl who wants the king to stop murdering women every night, so she infiltrates the palace and volunteers to be his wife. She decides to tell one story every night so the king keeps her alive.

With that said, The Wrath and The Dawn has the exact same premise, storyline and while I like my retellings to be original and authentic, this one didn’t make it on the list. Continue reading

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

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MY RATING: ★★★ (3,5)

V “England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Continue reading

Sunshine Blogger Award #3 and #4

Hello lovelies!

Ain’t it a beautiful day! Hope everyone is having a good one and enjoying every second of it. Whether it’s by eating your favorite dessert or reading your current book! You know that last one can easily book a smile on our face. So does the former though… OH WELL! Here we are with a deluxe edition of a Sunshine Blogger Award! We’d really love to get through all them tags and awards we got stockpiled so we can be up to date with all the fun goodies you guys deliver at our doors.

Without further ado, here’s our third and fourth nomination given by the great Jesse @ Books At Dawn and Rae @ bookmarkchronicles ! You guys should definitely go peek at their windows—hmm… that ain’t creepy at all..— they’ve got some really entertaining content and are really amazing to talk too! 😀 Continue reading

Batman: A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin

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“It’s painfully obvious which path I must choose. The question is: How will I ever be able to live with this decision?”

— Jim Starlin, Batman: A Death in the Family

       Let’s cut to the chase. If the cover of this trade paperback doesn’t single-handedly give away one of the biggest events in Batman’s history, then something’s wrong. Aside from the fact that Batman : A Death in the Family is considered to be one of the most important reads for comic fans and that the death of a Robin is seldom tragic, this volume was a stunning disappointment. I’ll be frank, I jumped into the volume without prior knowledge of the story to expect or even the additional content introducing the new Robin—yes, my friends, there are more than one Robin’s out there. Oh, don’t give me that look. With all those different costumes and physical disparities compared to the original Robin, you’re going to tell me that the kid behind the mask was always the same?  Continue reading

Creation (Chronicles of Ara #1) by Joel Eisenberg and Stephen Hillard

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MY RATING: ★★★ (3,5)

“Each immortal is possessed of a particular gift. Each gift is responsible for a particular miracle.”

This book is difficult to rate and difficult to describe too. Briefly, the author tells the story of the collapsing world of fantasy and Creation. Ara, a cursed goddess, also a character of a character’s novel Mirkwood. Yes one of the characters is a writer and Ara is in part of the story but she is more than that. Ara, being the Muse Goddess can influence other’s inspiration and act of creation. When a dragonslayer is killed in one of the book, revenge will get the best of her and turn her goodness into a dark fate. The writing is impeccable. You will find everything in this book : from philosophy and litterature to a math equation that can maybe quantify Creation. The author seemed to go over a thorough search in the Fantasy litterature mentioning some facts about JRR Tolkien’s life and work (BRAVO to these authors I love it when I see authors do their research :). JRR Tolkien is actually one of the main characters in the book. #INCEPTION. Continue reading