The Book Fests Awards

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Today I will be doing the Book Fests Award – thnk you so much to Emily from Always Opinionated Girl for nominating me, this was definitely one of the most fun award/tag that I’ve done!

THE RULES:

  • It’s always proper and the right thing to do, when you receive something from someone, you thank them. It’s the same with this award. You can link the blogger who presents the award blog in the post you use to fulfill the requirements of the award.
  • Answer the award questions that will be listed below.
  • Write a Fifty Words Story, because it’s fun.
  • Award five or more bloggers with this Award.
  • Ask them a question of your making, you’ll like them to answer.
  • Put up the award image badge on your blog via image widget.

A book you started but never finished…but want to finish. What stopped you from continuing to read it?

I think I’ve mentioned this a couple of times when answering this sort of question, but for me it was the second or third book in the Throne of Glass series (I’m not sure which). I just found the romance was starting to become really clichéd and forced – the book would switch between multiple POVs at completely random times and it began to irritate me. That said, there was some brilliant description and it was a great plot so I do think I will go back to the series at some point.

What elements attract you to a book, which makes you need to read it?

Sadly, a good cover will automatically attract my attention, as well as an interesting blurb. But genre wise, I am immediately drawn to urban fantasies, and any sort of dystopian which stands out (even though that trend ended ages ago)!

Which books do you prefer, e-copy or hard copy?

Hard copy. Every time. Yes, there is the advantage of eBooks being much more portable, but nothing will ever beat having a physical copy in your hands. Plus, they’re so very aesthetic (you can’t put a kindle on your bookcase).

What book are you currently reading or going to read next?

As of the time I wrote this, I just finished A Quiet Kind of Thunder (in less than 3 hours; it was fantastic). Next I’m planning on reading The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury, and I’m super excited for it!

Is it fair to judge a book by its film?

Definitely not! Take the Percy Jackson movie, or the TMI movie for example – those were complete flops, and were not an accurate depiction of the books at all. A film adaptation of a book can either be really wonderful, really disappointing, or good but in a different way. It’s impossible to pass judgement on a book based on what you’ve seen on a screen.

What book did you badly judge by its cover and ended up loving?

My answer is the same as Emily’s for this one: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. A couple of years ago, my mum asked me if I wanted the TMI series for Christmas, and I turned my nose up at the cover and said no. A few months later I gave City of Bones a try and literally could not put it down.

Which book character have you felt the most kin with and able to relate with?

So many! Hermione was the first (of course), and since then I have read so many stories with protagonists with personality traits I identify strongly with – for example, Amber in How Hard Can Love Be? I found to be extremely relatable.

If you could trade lives with one book character, who would it be and why?

It would have to be any character from the Harry Potter universe (one that went to Hogwarts). Obviously all the adventures the trio went on were amazing, but personally I think I’d prefer to be a background character and just enjoy being at Hogwarts!

My question: what’s a book that you have absolutely loved, but nobody else seems to have heard of?

My story: once there was a girl who really loved the Bee Movie. She watched it everyday without fail. In fact, she loved it so much that she got a degree in beekeeping and went on to free all the bees around the world. Which was great for them but we never had honey again. RIP. The end.

This was tons of fun, and I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! If you have any answers of your own you want to share, please let me know in the comments!

I nominate:

Lia from Imaginary Places on Paper

Rachel from Rustling Reads

Jess from Bookends And Endings

Sarah from Sarah Withers Blog

Donna from Chocolate n Waffles

Annike and Zoe from Twin Tales Book Reviews

Review – The Sleeping Prince

51afqm62bisl-_sx324_bo1204203200_Title: The Sleeping Prince
Author:  Melinda Salisbury
Published by: Scholastic
Publication date: 4th February 2016
Pages: 367, paperback
Genre: fantasy, young adult, romance

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

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I first read The Sin Eater’s Daughter in the second half of 2016, and this book in January. When I initially sat down to read it, I looked at the blurb, and I’ll admit I was really surprised to realise that The Sleeping Prince picked up the plot where it left off, but with an entirely different set of characters. I thought that might be something that bothered me, but I immediately connected with the new characters and could barely put the book down!

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Empowering Romances For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and if you do have a partner for the fourteenth, I’m sure your plans are sorted already. But there are plenty of other things to do if you’re single: something with your friends, or something alone.

Romances are great, it’s true – but surely it would be better to read something that’s both empowering and cutesy? There are so many love stories which focus purely on the romance, but there are also many in which the character development is not based off of their relationship. And so I thought that today I would share just a few suggestions with you

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January Wrap Up & The Month Ahead

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This year, I have decided to start doing monthly overviews on my blog. January has been quite a busy month for me, and honestly I hope to read a bit more over February, but this month has still been quite eventful!

In this wrap up, I want to cast an eye over everything I read this month, celebrating my favourites, as well as talking about a few other highlights of my month! I also will be drawing attention to upcoming releases that I am excited for!

Something else I have decided to do is start setting myself monthly goals to do with my blog – as I mentioned in my Bookish New Year Resolutions, I want to work on different aspects of my blog, for example the layout, and this will help me do so!

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Review – Heartless

a394096150de929127912a3a7ca380c3Title: Heartless
Author:  Marissa Meyer
Published by: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication date: 9th February 2017
Pages: 464, paperback
Genre: fantasy, young adult, romance

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Heartless has been out in the US for a while now, but has yet to arrive in the UK and there has been a lot of deserved excitement around. I received this ARC not too long ago, at the beginning of November. I have always loved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and there’s just something about retellings of stories from the villains perspective which I find fascinating.

I’m going to begin by saying simply that I. Loved. This. Book. So much. I’d say it was my very favourite book of 2016, and I think I’d even go as far as to say that it is one of the best books I’ve read ever. You know that feeling when a book is so good it makes it kind of hard to breathe? Well that was me, the entire time I was reading Heartless. Partly because at times it’s so emotional I choked up, and partly because I actually stopped breathing at times because I was so enthralled.

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How To Make Reading A Less Expensive Hobby

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We’re all readers here. We’ve all watched with dread as, over the years, book prices have slowly been creeping up. There’s no denying it: books are expensive, and I know that in areas outside the UK they can be even more so. And reading can be a very active hobby, with all the book conventions and merch. It’s almost a sort of lifestyle. A lifestyle I am very invested in emotionally.

Before I start, I think it’s important to note that I understand how great it is to be able to support the authors you love. However, there are other ways that you can show your love for a book, for example if you’re a blogger, writing a nice review is not only good publicity, but also really lovely for the author! So if you are looking for some ways to make reading a less expensive hobby, here are some suggestions for both readers and bloggers.

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