🏷 I Never Book Tag 🏷

Hey everybody! I am back for another Tag Tuesday with the I Never book tag which I discovered on HardbackHoarders YouTube channel.

1. “I never read that!” Name a book that you’ve never read, that everyone else has.

For this one I’m going with Twilight, and everyone has read this. But I haven’t. And I really do not intend on doing so. I’m not interested in the books at all but it’s the perfect answer for this question.

2. “I never read anything so awesome!” Name your favorite book.

For this of course I am going with Moxie. My review is going up on the 5th of March for this novel, but I loved it so much and you will find out more of my thoughts on Monday.

3. “I never thought I would get through it.” Name a book that you didn’t like, but powered through it anyway.

When I read The Night Circus, I really enjoyed the circus element. That’s it. And it got so annoying. I didn’t care for it at all but I did want to read it, so I finished it. I read this last summer, and I was at a friends place at the time and I kept complaining about it. Needless to say, I don’t think they’ll pick it up.

4. “I will never finish that!” Name a book or a series that you don’t plan on finishing.

I started the ink heart series 2 years ago. I own all the books. I read the first one and thought it was alright, but then the second book. It reminds me so much of Game of Thrones. There are too many characters, I can not keep track, I had no idea what was happening. And if you think there weren’t that many characters, there was literally a person register at the back of the books like by the Game of Thrones books. I’m never touching ink heart again and it’s taking up too much space on my shelf.

5. “I will never regret reading that.” Name a book you read solely on a recommendation that you ended up really liking.

When I finished reading The Fault in Our Stars, I stumbled upon this article on Pinterest. And of course the first thing that I actually acknowledged (although it was near the end of the list) was Anna and the French Kiss, because my best friends name is Anna. After reading the super cute summary, I really wanted to pick up this novel and I did. And I completely loved it.

6. ” I would never do that!” Name a relatable book character who made choices you didn’t agree with, or did things you would never do.

See I don’t really like this character, but Olivia from Fireworks by Katie Cotugno is someone that I just cannot agree with. She’s a terrible friend and !!SPOILERS FOR FIREWORKS!! she makes a pact where if Guy chooses one of them, they won’t do it, for their friendship. Olivia made this pact. Dana gets offered the whole star package and she declines because of the pact with Olivia, because their friendship is very important to her. Then Guy offers the same thing to Olivia after Dana declined him, and she fucking says yes. She’s such a backstabber and a shit friend, I have more thoughts on this in my review but I do not like her.

7. “I never wanted to admit it.” Name a book that you were embarrassed to say you read or were embarrassed to carry around with you.

I love the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but the covers are really cringey. You cannot deny that. They match the story, but they are horrible. I hated reading them in public, although the story was soo good.

8. “I never read anything so heartwarming.” Name a book or a series that really touched your heart.

The entirety of The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is the cutest thing ever and every time I think of it, I get so happy. I love this book to pieces, I wish I had written a review of it when I had read it. Because I do want to reread my review, but there is none.

9. “I never laughed so hard!” Name a book that made you laugh out loud.

Rick Riordan is the king of funny novels. Mainly because they are middle grade, but they are so funny. I love seeing fan art on Instagram with the jokes mentioned in the books, because I love reliving those scenes.

10. “I never could have made it through childhood without it.” Name a favorite childhood book or book series.

I wasn’t that big of a reader when I was younger, but I was a religious reader of Little Miss series. I was obsessed with them. I befriended the librarian because i kept reading the books. They’re so amazing, for kids of course, but who knows, you might get a kick out of it too.

So these were my answers for the I never book tag. I really enjoyed this tag and I hope you guys give it a go aswell. 🤗🤗

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

ruin and rising USTitle: Ruin and Rising

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Release Date: June 17th 2014

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

!!!SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE GRISHA TRILOGY FROM HERE ON OUT!!!

Goodreads Summary: The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

I can’t believe I finished this series. When I get my new bookshelf, the first thing I’m buying is the Six of Crows duology, I need more from this world.

Alright, now let’s go through this.

The beginning took me a while to get into if I’m being completely honest. But I felt exactly the same way when I started not only Shadow and Bone but also Siege and Storm, so maybe this is a normal thing for her books. I had so many questions at the beginning of the book. I was so confused as to where her powers were and what happened, I was genuinely scared that she might have lost them, but it’s all alright. Plus the Apparat is one of the scariest characters. Not really scary but more creepy. I hated when he was mentioned and he always gave me the chills, I really did not like the Apparat.

Then they were on a journey again, and if I’m being completely honest, I can’t deal when they’re traveling. It always seems to kind of be repetitive with the whole ‘oh where are we gonna find camp, it hurt to walk, blah blah’, but it was alright, because NIKOLAI WAS ALRIGHT! Nikolai is probably one of my favorite characters from this series. I really love Nikolai.

With last parts in the series, you usually think most things have already been revealed and the biggest plot twists come at the end or something, BUT NOT WITH BAGHRA. Baghra is constantly here with her plot twists and they keep leaving me sooooo shook. I can’t believe Baghra is Morovozas daughter, that really had me shook. Another thing that had me insanely shook was the fact that Mal was the third amplifier! I really didn’t want him to die though, I couldn’t get over the fact that I did not want that. I really love Mal. But, during the battle with the Darkling, there were only deaths and they couldn’t defeat him, so Alina had to kill Mal. I couldn’t believe that she killed him. But it wasn’t all for nothing because she was finally able to kill the Darkling and destroy the Fold, losing her powers in the process.

But amazingly, Tolya and Tamar were able to bring Mal back. I was so happy. I really loved how she didn’t end up with the Darkling. I still can’t believe that the Darkling truly died. People love the Darkling, but I honestly do not get it. He is this horrible human being. I thought he was great in the first book, but it turns out he was deceiving her, so I’m not all about that. Mal is amazing for her.

Now, to the unpopular opinion part, I don’t love the Darkling. I love him as a villain, yes, but I don’t love him. People go crazy about him like omg the Darkling is great, but there’s also Mal. Mal is literally the only person Alina wanted for the entirety of the series. Alina always found happiness in Mal, yet no one ever talks about Mal. Even if Mal had died and they weren’t able to resurrect him, I would have wanted her to end up with Nikolai. Nikolai is also so amazing and I loved him so much, and he’s a great king, and honestly the fact that the Darkling turned Nikolai into a nichevo’ya is another proof of the fact that the Darkling sucks.

I’m really happy about the ending of this book. I’m really glad that Mal and Alina get to be together now in a normal way and live the life they always wanted together. I’m so happy for them. I’m glad that we got more insight on the Darkling, I loved how the reason behind his evil was because of how insanely lonely he was and that’s what time does to someone, especially immortals. The only thing that I didn’t like was that Nikolai didn’t end up with anyone or that it was never mentioned. Nikolai deserves it, he’s a great great guy.

I love this series a shit ton and I can hardly believe that since I had such low expectations for it. It’s definitely got a slot on my all time favorite series list, Leigh Bardugo is amazing.

Anticipated 2018 Book-To-Movie Adaptations!

In honor of Every Day, a very good book that I would recommend to everyone, being released to theaters soon in the US, I wanted to talk about more Book-To-Movie adaptations that I’m excited for.

Every Day by David Levithan 

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every day book

Release Date (US): February 23rd, 2018

Goodreads Link, Trailer

I read this book in 2015, and I remembered talking to my friend about it becoming a movie, there had been no word of a movie yet, but we were talking about it. We were like, yeah this is one of the books that would probably never be turned into a movie because of how hard it would be to correctly cast A. Here we are, 3 years later, and it’s being turned into a movie.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Love, Simon) by Becky Albertallilove simon movie postersimon vs the homo sapiens agenda cover

Release Date (US): March 16th, 2018

Goodreads Link, Trailer

This movie hasn’t even come out yet but it still has amazing reviews. This is one of the movies where I’m more shocked that it’s not coming to Austria since a lot of celebrities were flown out to watch it. I really enjoyed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda when I read it, and I think I’m going to reread it when the movie is coming out and because I want to refresh my knowledge of this book for Leah on the Offbeat.

Ready Player One by Ernest Clineready player one movieready player one book

Release Date (US): March 29th, 2018

Goodreads Link, Trailer

I didn’t read the book to this movie (I know, please shun me) and I don’t think I’m going to. I really like the idea for this story and it had always interested me, but I think I’m going to enjoy it more in movie form, and I can’t wait to watch it.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Brackenthe darkest minds

Initial Release Date (US): September 14th, 2018

Goodreads Link, Trailer

I haven’t read The Darkest Minds yet either, but I do want to. I am super interested in the story and I do want to pick it up. Plus I have more time since it’s initial release is in September, so I might be able to get to it during the summer vacation.

To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Hanto all the boys I've loved before book series covers

Initial Release Date (US): September

to all the boys I've loved before movie poster

2018

Goodreads Link, Trailer

I have such a bittersweet relationship with this series. My only hope is that Lara Jean isn’t as childish in the movies as she was in the books, because I would not be able to deal with that if that’s going to be the case. I marathoned the entire To All the Boys I Loved Before series by Jenny Han last summer and I found it very entertaining, so I do want to check out the movie adaptation.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Release Date (US): November 16th, 2018

Goodreads Link, Trailer

This is a bit of a stretch, since the story isn’t in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but I think it’s okay. I can’t wait to see this movie, I’ve been waiting for it ever since the first part came out in 2016 and I can’t wait to see more of Eddie Redmayne. 🤗🤗

WWW Wednesday, February 21st 2018

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over on Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: I’m finally reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater! I’m currently 100 pages into the book and I love it a lot and I love being back in the Raven Boys world, I missed it so much. The Raven Boys series so far is very character driven which is different from how the stories usually go, but I really love it.

Recently Finished: I finished Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu over the weekend and I already have a review written which will be going up on the 3rd of March (sorry for the long wait but I generally only post reviews on Monday and this gives me more time to read The Dream Thieves) I really loved Moxie and it’s officially my favorite book of all time.

Next Read: I’m in a great place reading wise right now, I am in no book slump, I’m actually constantly thinking about which books I want to read next which is so rare for me and I’m honestly so happy about it. But my next reads might either be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (I know, I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet either) or Autoboyography by Christina Lauren (which I ordered yesterday).

That was all for my installation of WWW Wednesday for February 21st, 2018. 🤗🤗

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and StormTitle: Siege and Storm

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Release Date: June 4th, 2013

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

!!!!SPOILER WARNING FOR SHADOW AND BONE AND SIEGE AND STORM!!!!

Goodreads Summary: Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Leigh Bardugo just keeps making this series better and better. If this series doesn’t end up on my all time favorites list, I will be shocked.

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one. Sure, at the beginning it felt like it was still finding itself, and I just feel so bad for Alina and Mal. They go overseas and work really hard to make something of themselves and then BAM the Darkling is back to mess stuff up. I loved how it went deeper into the story and there was more depth into Alinas powers. I really enjoyed the amplifiers. I love how they’re actually on the covers, I realized this when I found out about the sea dragon, and I recognized the antlers on the Shadow and Bone cover, so A+ for details.

I loved the new characters in this book. I love Sturmhond and Tolya and Tamar. I wasn’t really expecting to like them, but especially Sturmhond really found his way into my heart. Then he was revealed to be Nikolai, the prince, and I loved him even more. I honestly like Mal and Alina together, and I hate to see them apart and fighting, but I get it. Plus I hate how the Darkling always has to be there to fuck shit up.

The one thing that amazed me the most is how much I really felt for Alina. In a lot of Fantasy novels, they’re preparing for war against someone, but the villain usually dies at the war. Alina and her crew, they really gather up everyone they can and they do the most to their abilities, never stopping no matter what, and they still can’t defeat The Darkling. I felt generally bad for her, even I saw it going to hell. Usually you can see them win, you know the good guys are going to win. But with Alina, she always puts in so much effort to finally defeat the Darkling, but she never can and every time she’s up against him, she barely comes out alive.

It’s a horrible situation for them, and I feel so bad for Alina even more when it comes to Mal. All Alina really wants in life is health and Mal. She wants nothing more than to be with Mal, to be away from the Sun Summoner life and be with him, but she has to be the one with the powers. It gets even harder when Nikolai, second in line to the throne, well not second any more because Vasily dies, so I guess he is first in line now, and he’s really this great guy and has only the best intentions for Ravka in mind and he’s damned to love Alina and if only Alina could love him back. Then she would have at least something.

I kind of don’t like the Darkling. He kind of creeps me out. I don’t know what Ruin and Rising has in store for me, but I hope he somehow changes or something, because I generally don’t like him, but people still think he’s great. Like, I thought so too in the first book, because he was sweet and everything, but he keeps doing these things and I don’t get it why everyone loves him.

While we’re talking about creeps, what the hell even is the Apparat. That guy creeps me out even more. Is he like some sort of crazy priest? What are his intentions? Does anyone know? Everytime he’s mentioned I’m like bish no, get away.

We don’t hear anything about Nikolai in the end, but I really hope he’s okay. I generally really like his character, and I’ve never seen anyone to be more fit to be a king. Plus I don’t see why everyone dislikes Mal so much. He’s going through a hard time, he has nothing except Alina and she keeps slipping away from him. I’m really excited for the last book, plus I did end up getting the US hardcover edition of Ruin and Rising. WOoHOO! 🤗🤗

Shadowhunters: the problematic book to TV show adaptation

city of bones fan art

I’ve been thinking about this lately, and it’s a bit of a random post, but I decided to go for it. I really enjoyed reading the mortal instruments series back in 2016 and was completely in love with it, I read the entire series within 2 weeks, and I was super excited for the adaption.

Until it was released.

The show took this amazing series that I really loved and turned it into this cringe filled series, I wasn’t even able to finish the second season. I know, I know I should differentiate the books from the adaptation, but it’s been so long since I’ve read the books and I am a bit fuzzy on all the details. I remember loving them and I really want to continue on with Lady Midnight, but I can’t bring myself to do so because the TV series has completely tainted my view on the books. But it’s crazy. How could such a terrible series make me want to stray away from it? Maybe I’m scared that Lady midnight will be as cringey as the adaptation. Maybe I’m still stuck on the mindset that I have to read the shadowhunter academy before I read the books, something I just don’t want to do and quite frankly don’t see myself doing. The main character in the shadowhunter academy series sucks and I can’t deal with finishing the series if I have to read one more word from them.

shadowhunters castIt’s ridiculous, I know, Lady Midnight has an average rating of 4.46, something almost impossible to achieve, with over 100 thousand ratings, it’s unheard of. Everyone says it’s one of her best works but I can’t yet. I want to look at fan art so badly. But I don’t know what to do. There’s this huge block in my way.

Anyway, there’s were just some random thoughts that I had recently regarding Shadowhunters and how they’ve tainted my view on the books. 🤗🤗

🏷 20 Questions Book Tag 🏷

Hey everybody! I am back for another Tag Tuesday with the 20 Questions book tag which I discovered on Thrice Read’s blog. I thought this tag would be fun after I did the 25-bookish facts about me.

1. How many books is too many in a series?
It depends on when you start the series. If you’re currently starting a series and only three parts are out from six, then that’s something completely different, since you can easily catch up. But, it is always very intimidating to start series, especially when they’re super long, so I think anything over 6 books.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Not gonna lie, I always get super upset about cliffhangers. I don’t mind them as much if I’m marathoning a series and can automatically jump into the next book and see what happens, but for instance with The Heart of Betrayal, the second book in the Remnant Chronicles, my best friend told me that there was a cliffhanger at the end of the book, and this was long before the last part was released, so I did not want to pick it up. I completely swore it off, which has lead ’till now.

3. Hardcover or paperback?
I hate to answer this. It depends on the edition. If the hardcover edition has a prettier cover, I’ll buy the hardcover, but if it’s the same I’ll probably get the paperback.

4. Favorite book?
Never ask a booklover what they’re favorite book is. This is horrible for me to answer.  I feel like I’m neglecting other books. I’m going with Eliza and Her Monsters for this one, but I have so many other favorites, I think I’m going to post a favorites blog post soon.

5. Least favorite book?
I can’t decide which one I hate more. The Girl on the Train or If I Stay? I think I’m going to have to go with If I Stay. I really hated that book.

6. Love triangles, Yes or no?
Sometimes they’re well done, sometimes they suck and it’s obvious who the main character is going to end up with. I love the drama of love triangles, but I think I’m going to have to say no.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
This isn’t very recent since I rarely DNF books. I set books down to the side, sure, but I know I’m going to pick them up again. My answer for this is Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List. I got like 9% into this novel, when I realized it wasn’t for me, I couldn’t care less, and this was a super trope filled and cringey book.

8. A book you’re currently reading?
I am currently reading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, I just started it. I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone and I’m super excited to continue the series.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?
The last book I recommended to someone was Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I told my friend that she should pick it while we were at the bookstore, and she read it immediately after and she completely loved it.

10. Oldest book you’ve read?
This answer would be a lot more impressive if I actually read some of the books that I have to for school. I never read any of the mandatory reading for school, but I myself am crazy for reading, funny right? I have to go with Little Miss Sunshine, this is a book I read obviously in my childhood, but I remember just being completely obsessed with this series.

11. Newest book you’ve read?
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I read this book for school (literally the only exception to my previous answer) and I really enjoyed it.

12. Favorite Author?
I have so many answers, I love so many authors. Please, please don’t make me choose. Maybe I’ll go with Morgan Matson for this one, but I swear I will post a favorite authors blog post to mention other authors I love a lot.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?
Definitely buy. This is no surprise, I own many books. I’m hoping to crack 200 this year.

14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to like?
Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins. It was this highly acclaimed book, but I don’t understand it. It sucked.

15. Bookmarks or dogears?
Let’s see, being nice to a book that I spent a lot of money on or being completely reckless and damaging it? 100% bookmarks, never dogears. I will literally write down the page I am on if I don’t have a bookmark near me.

16. A book you can always reread?
Harry Potter. Every time you reread Harry Potter, you pick up something new that you haven’t noticed before and I think that’s amazing.

17. Can you read while hearing music?
No. I also don’t want to. It feels like I’m not giving my 100% to the book and I usually end up breaking out into song if I do listen to music.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?
Contemporary one POV, fantasy multiple. Not always, I do enjoy contemporaries with multiple points of view, but they’re such a rarity.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
I like reading books in one sitting but if I read a book over multiple days I don’t mind since I’m usually extremely busy.

20. One book you read because of the cover?
When I buy books, a lot of things go into it. I can’t just buy books because they’re pretty since I don’t have enough money to do so. But, a book that I’ve read recently with a pretty cover is The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. All of Nicola Yoon’s covers are always so beautiful, I don’t know how she has such luck in the cover department.

I hope you guys enjoyed my answers for the 20 Questions book tag, I hope you all also give it a go. 🤗🤗