Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Supremacy by Christin Lee

Hey all! 
I just finished Supremacy, by Christin Lee! 

I received this ARC straight from the author. This does not affect my opinions on the book in any way. Thanks so much, Christin! 

Goodreads Blurb: 

"Kate Parker, is a 17 year old senior living in Texas. She's on the swim team, has two incredible best friends, and a passion for saving animals. She falls hard when she meets a mysterious and fascinating guy named Lucas. He has a sexy accent and a killer smile. However, she sees unexplained pain and anger in his dark brown eyes. He claims he’s a foreign exchange student from Spain who is attending the local University—Kate knows there’s more to his story than that. She works hard to discover who he is—what he is.

Let me start by saying that the cover and the blurb do not live up to the story. That’s for sure. 

At first, I almost put Supremacy down because I felt like the insta-love right in the first chapter was a bit too obvious and over the top. But I pressed on, and I did not regret it. 

This book is about Kate. She is overly sheltered by her family, has a condition that makes her remember everything she ever sees or hears, is on the swim team and has two best friends who are like family. She is surprisingly open about her emotions and curious about everything. Her passion for helping out hurt animals leads her to meeting Lucas, a foreign exchange student from Spain. Most of the first part of the book is her and one of her friends, Shea, fangirling about Lucas, with her other friend, Stephen, quietly jealous of him. 

Quite typical, right? 


You see, in this contemporary setting, there is a sort of parallel existence - there are whole populations, Hallows, who live underground in an advanced society (I honestly kind of thought of it like Atlantis!) away from everyone’s view. Hallows are divided into groups - Warriors, Scientists, Ambassadors, and Thinkers. Of course, they know that us, Surfacers, exist, but we have no idea they do. 

Kate’s family is such a strange mix - her father is an intimidating psychologist that refuses to let Kate do anything on her own. Her mother is more lenient and patient, while her brothers just seem to be fun to be around. 

This book is one of those where the love interest is obvious, but has several road bumps. Lucas has anger management issues and flips out as soon as something doesn’t go his way. And by that I mean he’ll take no shame in beating people into a pulp. This often puts the characters in uncomfortable situations.

I don’t want to say too much about the development of this book, because most of it happens in the second part. 

This book was clearly an ‘exhibition’ for the rest of the series, that I can’t wait to get a chance to read! 

The ending of Supremacy came as a surprise - Although I was expecting one part of it to happen, I thought it made a great cliffhanger ending for the first installment of this series. 

I’m giving this book a 3.75/5 feathers! Good start of what looks like an interesting series! 

This book is already published! Make sure to get an e-copy! 

Have a great day! 

Monday, May 30, 2016

A book lover’s guide to day trips

Hey all! 

I’m finally on a 10-day break! :D 
Expect lots of posts this week, I have tons to catch up with! ^_^

On breaks, one common thing to do (aside from reading) is taking day trips. Here’s a little post, my guide to day trips! Of course, you can change these suggestions as you need or want to :) 

I was thinking of making this a mini-series throughout the summer, with topics such as music festivals, long travels, etc... what do you think? 

Anyway, let’s start! 

1. Preparing

  • Try figuring out where you’re going at least a week before leaving. Check out if there’s any interesting events going on in the town/city you’re planning on visiting. 
  • If you can, avoid going on a Saturday if you want to avoid long lines and crowds. 
  • Check out any websites that give traveling deals. Maybe you can find cheap train tickets, or early passes for a museum or theme park so you can skip lines! (For example, if you’re in the Netherlands, you can try out spoordeelwinkel! ) 

2. The day before
  • Make sure you have everything printed out - tickets, maps, anything you’ll need, really
  • Put water bottles in the fridge! 

3. Morning of / Packing
  • since you’ll be gone all day and back by night, you don’t need to bring a lot with you. However, I would recommend this:
    • Backpack-bag. Just a shoulder strap will have your shoulder hurting by the end of the day. 
    • Book and/or kindle. On day trips I usually stick with taking my Kindle. It’s thin and light and I can switch from one book to another easily. 
    • Phone. Make sure you have a gps system on it just in case, and maybe even a city guide! 
    • Sunscreen and umbrella. You never know! 
    • Hand cream. Trust me, it’s the nicest thing after and during a busy day! 
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottle 
    • Headphones for while you travel
    • gum/mints
    • Camera
    • Selfie stick. I know it sounds ridiculous and you’re probably sitting there thinking ‘Ew how could she say that, that’s so touristy and only 14-year-olds use it’. But hear me out. When you’re with a group, and you have a nice scenery in the city, it can make THE coolest group pictures! 
    • A pen
    • Wallet with student/company/bus card. You never know where you might find a discount! 

4. On the trip itself
  • If something happens during public transport (the bus stops at the wrong stop, or the trains suddenly say you need to get off), don’t panic. There’s a ton of people in the same situation and, chances are, there’s people all around telling others where to go. You’ll be back on track in no time. 
  • Take pictures! 
  • Do something that wasn’t planned. If there’s a theme park in the city, check it out. Or maybe try out that one frozen yoghurt place. You have time for the massive bookstore? Go right ahead! 
  • If anything unexpected happens, take it lightly. It’ll become a funny story to tell rather than a calamity :) 
  • Try local things - try not to have lunch in a chain place. Eat local foods. 
  • Have fun! 

Remember, day trips don’t always go as planned. My family and I went to Amsterdam for the day. Our train there stopped and we had to switch to a bus in which they gave us free water and cookies after waiting in the sun for a while. We got there and almost got run over by bikes. We went on a boat tour and encountered rude people who thought we couldn’t understand them. We witnessed a shooting in broad daylight, which terrified me and I’ve never seen before. (Don’t worry, no-one got hurt. It was between two individuals for money). We had to change trains 3 times on the way back. But in the end, it was a nice day and we laughed about everything that happened and how crazy our day was. If you let every mishap get to you and bother you, then it will, and that’s no fun. Keep it light, don’t let things bother you, and have fun! :D 

That’s it! :D I don’t know if this is useful or already obvious, but it was fun to write! I’ll be posting more today for sure, I have two book reviews to write! o.o 

Have a great day! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bookish Talks ~4~ All dem ARCs and YALFEST!

Hey all! 

Welcome to a new bookish talk! 

So I was flipping through blogs a few weeks ago and I ran across a dutch blogger who went to YALFEST, a Dutch version of YALLWEST where there’s authors and free books and signings. It had happened the day before, and I realized that I missed out on meeting Tahreh Mafi, Ransom Riggs, and a bunch of other authors! 


I got tickets for next year, in May! Veronica Rossi, the author of Under the Never Sky, as well as two authors whos’ books I’ve been waiting for will be there! Sadly, all of the books they will give out will be in Dutch, but I’m kinda hoping they’ll have English copies with them...? And if not, I’m sure I’ll find someone in the world who would be willing to switch them :)  But still my first book festival! Next goal? BEA-BookCon! :D 

~Super Slow~
Guys! I know I haven’t been posting much lately, and I’m sorry about that, I’ve had a ton of miscellaneous things to do for uni, work, my semester abroad, driving, etc... But that’ll all be done by Friday, can’t wait! :D 

~Semester Abroad~
So I was finally approved for going to Perth, Australia for 5 months! :D I’m so super excited about it (even though I’m kinda drowning under paperwork at the moment ^^), yet it’s also kinda scary because I’ve never been that far away from home for so long... But I’m sure it’ll be fine :) I might join an archery club there. Does anyone know if there’s any bookish happenings in the area that could be interesting to see? I’m curious!

~So many ARCs, so little time!~
Ok so maybe I splurged on NetGalley the other day, and got approved for more than I expected... tee hee!! ^^” 
So get ready for an explosion of ARC reviews in the next few weeks! 
These include 
- Christina Knight - Protagonist Bound, by Geanna Culbertson
- Supremacy by Christin Lee
- Ink and Bone, by Rachel Caine
- We Own the Night, by Ashley Poston
- Ascension, by Morgen Rich and Brian Rathbone
- Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, by David Kudler

I also have quite a few I got from indie authors in the past few months
- Shearwater, by D.S. Murphy
- The Scarlet Thread, by D.S. Murphy
- Elpis, by Aaron McGowan
- Bloodmark, by Aurora Whittet

And ones I got from Netgalley ages ago I never got to (oops!) 
- Finding Hope, by Colleen Nelson
- Not if I See You First, by Eric Lindstrom (I know shame on meh!) 
- Worlds of Ink and Shadow, by Lena Coakley (Again, I know...)
- Blood, Ink, Fire by Ashely Mansour
- The Banished Sons of Poseidon, by Andrew J. Peters
- Poison, by Lan Chan

16 books!!! o.o Ouch...  Give these authors some love if you can! ^^ 

I ordered my very first owlcrate last month (the May box). The theme is Steampunk, and I have to admit that I checked other blogs to see what was in it, and it looks FAN-TAS-TIC!!! :D 

WOOO My insta passed 1000 followers! Its so crazy to think about!! o.o 

That’s it for today! Now I feel like I can finish that essay I’m working on :)

Have an amazing day! 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Coffee Book Tag


Wow I just realized I haven’t posted much in May! Then again my days have been packed...

So today during an essay-writing break, I’m doing the Coffee Book Tag! 

I love coffee (and tea, choosing my favorite is always hard!). I saw +jessethereader doing this tag, and it looked so great! :D This, however, is a slightly longer version I saw on another blog. Let’s see how books and coffee can be linked! 

1. Black: A series that is tough to get into but that has hardcore fans. 
For this I’m going to say the Throne of Glass series. Everyone just loves these books, and although I did like the first two, I’m having a hard time picking up the 3rd and 4th for some reason. I’ll get to them eventually! But I think that for that, I just need to push through all of them in a huge Throne of Glass readathon. Then, I’m sure I’ll be right in the hype with everyone else! :D 

2. Peppermint Mocha: A book that gets more popular during the holiday season. 
For this I’m definitely going with Let it Snow! Such a cute holiday book, and once winter starts, everyone talks about it! :) 

3. Hot Chocolate: Your favorite children’s book.
Ok for the record, I don’t count middle grade books as children’s books, which is why I’m not choosing Harry Potter for this! Instead, I’m choosing Le Petit Prince! <3 I’m re-reading it soon, just because it’s so beautifully written! 

4. Double Shot of Espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end. 

5. Starbucks: A book you see everywhere 
I’ve been seeing the Trials of Apollo more than everywhere. I mean there’s the uk version in our bookstore (I want the US version ^^), I follow Riordan and all of his posts are about it, everyone’s been reading or reviewing it, and it’s all over bookstagram. It’s haunting me and I don’t even have it yet o.o I must say that the cover is beautiful, though! 

6. The Hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout
Is Pintip Dunn an indie author? Maybe, so here’s my shoutout to her! Great author, you should try out her books! I have reviews for both of them :)

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf! A book you were expecting more from
For me, Glass Sword was quite a letdown. I know it was jam-packed with stuff and surprises, but I still expected to like it more... you know what I mean? 

8. The Perfect Blend: A series that was a little bitter, a little sweet, but ultimately satisfying
I feel like so many people are going to use The Mortal Instruments for this! Aside the feels, this series was a bit of a roller coaster. Some of the books were amazing! A few left me like ‘meh ok’, and some were just nice :) Ultimately satisfying, though! 

9. Green Tea: A book that is quietly beautiful 
I really, really liked the rest of us just live here! It’s not all over the place and loud, but was still one of my favorites of the year!

10. Chai Tea: A book or series that makes you dream of far-off places
I love the story world of Magonia, its so creative that it creates a sort of wanderlust! 

11. Earl gray: Favorite Classic
Does The Great Gatsby count as a classic? If so, that might be what I would choose

That’s if for this tag! If you want to do it, then consider yourself as being tagged :) It was fun to do for sure! 

I’ll see you all tomorrow (or the day after) for a review of Bitterblue! 

Have a great day! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Graces, By Laure Eve

Hey all! 

I just finished The Graces, by Laure Eve!

Note: I received this ARC from the publishers, ABRAMS kids at Netgalley. That does not change my opinion of the book itself. 

This book will be officially published on September 6th, 2016.

Thank you for letting me read an early copy! Can’t wait to see your book in stores! 

Goodreads Blurb:
"IThe Graces, the first rule of witchcraft states that if you want something badly enough, you can get it . . . no matter who has to pay.
Everyone loves the Graces. Fenrin, Thalia, and Summer Grace are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They’ve managed to cast a spell over not just their high school but also their entire town—and they’re rumored to have powerful connections all over the world. If you’re not in love with one of them, you want to be them. Especially River: the loner, new girl at school. She’s different from her peers, who both revere and fear the Grace family. She wants to be a Grace more than anything. And what the Graces don’t know is that River’s presence in town is no accident.

(That cover though! It’s beautiful!) 

So this books is pretty much a contemporary that centers around magic. River, our protagonist, moves into a town where the Grace family is rumored to be a family of witches (and wizards? Are the guys in the family wizards?). They are charismatic and charming, and practically everyone adores them. They are basically the family that owns power not just in the town, but all over the world. However, people also fear them because of their rumored magical abilities. River is different - she wants to be a Grace, and has a profound interest in the magic they have. She, like many others, has a crush on Fenrin, one of the Grace teenagers. 

This story wrote about witches in an interesting way. It seemed to be a mix of old English ‘witches’, alchemy, and a general idea of magic, such as the witches you see in some Shakespearian plays or even voodoo. But they were also fairly normal teenagers. They almost seem to form a little cult, in which only select people can take part in

The book was a quick and easy read. At first I had a bit of a hard time with it, but once you get to the second half of the book, in draws you in much more, with intrigue surrounding many contemporary topics, magic and trust. Certain themes, such as trust and identity, were well-covered in this book, and basically sends the message ‘don’t be a mirror’. 

River herself wasn’t my favorite character at first. She seemed very obsessed with the Graces, and I couldn’t really give her a personality of her own. She almost seemed fangirl-ish. When you get halfway through the book and something is revealed, you realize that she is a very different person than that - that she was tricked into following the Graces like a shadow, in a way. This is when her character becomes more interesting. She becomes self-aware, and more conscious not only about how she has played a role in the story, but how the whole world around them as been manipulated. 

The Grace siblings, Summer, Thalia (Thalia Grace for me will forever and always be from Percy Jackson, sorry >.< ) and Fenrin (cool name) all have distinct personalities from one another, which somewhat coincide with what kind of witches they are (fire, water, air, earth. Think avatar). Summer likes strange music, horror movies, and is basically popularity at its finest. Thalia is much more mellow, and I would describe her a bit as a ‘floaty yet mature’ character. Fenrin is the flirty charmer surfer guy. 

At first the plot seemed a bit too basic, but again, it got very interesting by the end - it went from a group of friends talking and discovering magic, having parties, and playing a popularity game at school, to something much darker and deeper. It gets to a point where you almost start to wonder if River isn’t the accidental antagonist of the story. 

Overall, I’m giving this book a 3.75 out of 5 feathers! Bit of a slow and common start, but the second half of the book is definitely worth it! Great and unique use of magic in a contemporary novel! Can’t wait to read the sequel! 

Have a great day! 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Graceling Read-Along: Character profiles + CONTEST!

Hey all! 

First, I want to remind everyone that we are still hosting a GRACELING FANART CONTEST! Click HERE for more information! We don’t have any entries yet, sadly. 
Remember you can enter with art, a piece of writing, or even a fancy picture of the books! 
I can’t draw people but I might draw the weapons they each use, or even post instagram pictures! :) 

Erika and I are almost done talking about book 2 of the Graceling set - Fire! Today, we’ll be giving the character profile of one of the characters of the book. Erika’s character profile will be of Brigan, and I’m doing one about Fire :) 

Name: Lady Fire
Age: 18
Home/Kingdom: The Dells
Relation to the Throne: gets married to Brigan, prince of the Dells. 
Background: Fire is the daughter of a monster, Cansrel. When she was old enough, she murdered her father and staged it as a suicide. They had a very difficult relationship, and people often shunned her not only because of who she was as a monster, but also because the fact that Cansrel, someone who had done a lot of harm in the Dells, was her father. Her mother, Jessa, called her Fire when she was born because of ho her hair looked like fire. Her parents gave her to Brocker and Donal for them to look after her and teach her about her powers. She has always been friends with Archer. 
Personality: Fire is strong minded and self-aware. She has a hard time coming to having positive relationships with people with a high rank or authority, but easily befriends others. She is very careful and aware, and has an underlying wish to have freedom. 
Close friends: Aside from her servants while she stays at the castle, Fire is very close to Archer, Brocker, Donal and Small. At the end of the book she marries Brigan, and becomes friends with his brothers and daughter. 

On Monday, we are starting Bitterblue, the one I’m most excited about! We’ll be posting tons in the next two weeks! 

Have a great day! :D 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Infinity Dreams Award

Hey all! 

I want to send a huge thank you to Sam @ Tsundoku Books for tagging me for the Infinity Dreams Award! :D Definitely a blog to follow if you’re not already! 

It’s so pretty ^u^

1. give 11 facts about yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions set by the one who nominated you
3. Nominate 11 bloggers to get this award
4. Ask the bloggers you’ve nominated to answer your own 11 questions
5. Bonus points: Answer you questions in a vlog! 

11 facts about me
1. I used to plate the flute! I stopped because of school reasons, but I really loved being in band! 

2. Two of my favorite food combinations are chocolate+mint and chocolate+caramel

3. I’ve never read Narnia *hides* 

4. I’m currently the head of the charity committee at my university

5. I love jigsaw puzzles! Two years ago I spent 3 months doing one that was totally red and green. Let’s just say that I watched a lot of movies while putting it together! 

6. I’m super afraid of moths... ._. I know I know... 

7. I do archery! I’ve been teaching myself since I was 12, and just love the sport! I taught it for about a week last summer, and I’m looking for a club to join during my semester abroad in Perth! 

8. I’m a bit of a geek/nerd ^-^ I mean, I played dungeons and dragons for a while xD

9. Even though I love reading, I’m not interested in writing my own book. I want to go into chemical / environmental research, maybe green chemistry? 

10. I have so many NetGalley books I have to catch up on, you might be seeing ARCS here for a while...

11. Summer is my favorite season (except for the fact that it relates to fact 6). I love warm weather! 

My answers

1. Are you currently in school? If so, what is your favorite class? If not, what was your favorite class? 
Wellll I’m in university. We only take 2 (and a half) classes at a time, so it’s hard to choose between two classes. However, in the two yeas I’ve been here, I’ve really enjoyed Organic Chemistry (and the practical that went with it). 

2. What has been your favorite read so far this year? 
Hmm... either A Court of Thorns and Roses, Clockwork Princess, or Everything Everything. Oh or maybe The Rest of us just Live Here. OH and Rebel of the Sands!!! *-* 

3. Do your friends (that you know personally) share your love for books?
Not really, sadly... 

4. Do you have a tattoo? Do you plan to get one? 
I don’t have one, and I’m not planning on it. BUT if I had to, those tiny little ones that are super simple are always so nice! 

5. What was the first ARC you received? 
My first physical ARC was The Darkest Lie, by Pintip Dunn! My very first e-ARC was To Nowhere, by C.E. Wilson

6. Where is your favorite place to read. 
Either on my bed or in a car/train/bus/plane. 

7. Which fictional character do you connect with the most? 
UHM?! I dunno o.o let me think about it, I’ll answer it later... 

8. What’s your first memory of reading? 
Well I read all the time, but my most vivid one was in 4th grade when I managed to read the magic school bus chapter book in one hour, and I was so proud of myself! Otherwise, I just remember practically living in the library. In kindergarten I used to read the hungry caterpillar during naptime while everyone was sleeping! 

9. Do you like to write? What are you working on? 
I’m not so much a writer as a reader. The only thing I really write is my essays for uni... 

10. What song do you feel the need to sing at the top of your lungs? 
That really depends on my mood, actually. If I’m in a good mood, it’ll be something more dance-y and fun :)

11. When do you do most of your blogging? 
After classes, in the evenings. 

Bloggers I tag
Erika @ Books, Stars, and the Pages in Between
Carrie @ The Book Goddess
Caroline/Sunny @ Stardust and Words]
Erin @ Angel Erin’s Book Obsession
AJ @ Read All the Things
Kayleigh @ A Book Lover’s Playlist
Yulia @ my professional blog
Beth @ Beth Lee’s book blog
Cloe @ Mornings and Epilogues
Sinead @ Less Reality, more books
Alicia @ # Love Books

My questions for you!

1. Chocolate and what? 

2. What’s your favorite club at school/university? 

3. Do you bake? What do you like baking? 

4. Favorite ARC you’ve received? 

5. Favorite color? 

7. Sparkly water or still water? 

8. If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be? 

9. Favorite line of the last movie/episode you watched of _____? 

10. Outside or inside? 

11. Do you know what a blue raspberry JollyRancher is? If not, what do you think it is? Then, look it up and tell me your reaction! ^_^ (heheheh) 

WOW THATS IT! That was quite long, took me almost two hours to write, but it was a lot of fun! :D Enjoy it! 

Graceling Read-Along! Leck’s Backstory

Hey all! 

As a part of our read-along, Erika and I are taking the day to explain an idea or a backstory that is important in the Graceling world. 

Today, I’m giving you King Leck’s backstory. I’m not gonna hide it, there will be spoilers in this! 

Leck was born with two brown eyes. In fact, he isn’t born as Leck, but Immiker. He got his name from his father’s name, Larch (pronounced Leck). 

Leck grew up being abnormally smart for his age. Everyone was surprised by his learning capabilities, especially by the fact that he could speak so well. His eyes turned when he was three, indicating that he was Graced. No one really could pinpoint his Grace. However, during their travels, Immiker’s Grace would help Larch move on. Larch thought his grace was mind control. This made Immiker laugh, and he killed his father, changing his name to Leck in his honnor. 

In Fire, he is still young. He is seen playing with a little mouse. He talks to Fire, and she soon realizes that he was behind everyone being foggy-minded throughout the book. 

This is all I have for this topic! There isn’t much, but the rest is explained in Graceling, so doesn’t really count as back-story! 

Have a great day! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fire, by Kristen Cashore

Hey all! 

For the read-along Erika and I organized, we just finished reading Fire, by Kristen Cashore! 

"It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

So like fro Graceling, I’ve read this before, a few years ago. I enjoyed the story behind Graceling so much better! But this book was a good second book, even though it did suffer a bit of a second-book syndrome. 

So unlike in Graceling, Fire doesn’t have graced people specifically. Instead, this world includes monsters - people and animals who are different by their blood, and can be distinguished because they are an unusual color (purple horses, green cats...). Fire, the main character, is a monster - her hair is a mix of reds, golds, oranges, and even pinks, and people are always awed by her. She’s a good archer and is fairly emotional. 

Archer, her friend, is (obviously) a master archer, and has quite a unique personality. To be honest, I didn’t like the relationship between Fire and Archer, basically as a ‘friends with benefits’ friendship. I wish they were more like siblings or something, it would have made their connection more believable in my opinion. /: With others, I honestly thought Archer was a bit of a jerk... 

However, Brigan was a great character! He was genuinely caring and kind, although he was often gone. He was one of the only ones able to detach himself from Fire, in the sense that he isn’t immediately awed by her. He had this little thing where he just really liked horses. 

I still really like Cashore’s rhythm and way of writing! The unique fantasy she creates and the way she puts it across to the readers is so great! 

A big negative for me for this book is that even after reading it twice, I still can’t really say what the plot was... I mean I understood the main events, but a 450+ -page book should have a more concrete plot, in my opinion. ... I wish the plot was put forward, rather than the characters and the relations between them. /: 

OOOH OH OH one thing I really really liked is how this book basically gave us a part of Leck’s backstory! It would have been cool to have a bit more of his backstory though, maybe a novella?! o.o

Cashore is amazing at bringing out the feels! Like Cassandra Clare, actually! She makes one event that changes everything and leaves you sitting there feeling devastated. In this case, Archer’s death just crushed me! 
I think Fire and Brigan go really well together! :3 
Done with spoilers

I’m giving this a 3.5/5 feathers! I wish the plot was more developed! 

Have you read Fire? What did you think of it? Let me know! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Story Time! - Graceling read-along - the origins of our Graces

Hey all! 
For our Graceling read-along, Erika and I are writing up the story of how our personal characters found out about their Graces! You can still see both of our profiles on each of our blogs. 

If you remember, my character was Graced with thievery. Here’s a little backstory for her character. 

Usually, one can see if a child is Graced a few weeks or month after their birth.

This wasn’t the case for me. 

Since I was little, I have always been the fun yet strange one. I was always interested in clockwork and cogs, mechanics, architecture and acrobatics. I had a collection of keys hidden in a little cabinet in my room. And, I was unusually silent. For years people in my surrounding thought I was just an odd one. 

My eyes only changed when I was five. This has always been unusual in Lienid, not to mention in all of the Lands, as Graced eyes usually settle in infancy. The day one of my gray eyes turned an impressive shade of violet, people thought I was tricking them. Even my older sister didn’t believe it was natural, until certain skills sharpened. 

One of the groups of older children of the orphanage once locked me in a room, just for the fun of it. When I managed to pick the lock and escape in under a minute, everyone found it impossible to believe. It wasn’t that difficult - the lock was quite standard. Other kids then started locking themselves in rooms on purpose just to try what I did. Of course, after hours of trying, I was always asked to get them out. 

I gradually became even more quiet and better at hiding in plain sight. It doesn’t sound like much, but I find it easy to move objects without it making the slightest sound. Pranking the bullies by stealing their things and making them think they were crazy became as easy as breathing. That got me the nickname ‘Shadow’. It’s better than ‘Thief’, anyway. 

The strange thing is, people never thought that that was my Grace. Everyone was expecting something else to suddenly turn up. They saw my balance and stability and thought that I may also be a Graced archer. The best bow-maker in the land made one for me, and, though I practiced every day, and was good at it, I could feel it wasn’t my Grace. Some people still put that label on me, and, if I ever want to hide my thievery Grace, I lie and use the idea of archery being my Grace to my advantage. Only experts can tell it isn’t my Grace, but no one ever manages to discover what it really is. Just a handful of people in the world know what my Grace truly is. 

Now, I am not interested in stealing a crown or diamonds or money. There’s no fun in that, and with my position it would only get me in trouble. Instead, I enjoy the art of stealing from thieves. For that I had to learn tracking, but that also came quite easily. It is always nice to be able to return a stolen item to its owner. 

That’s as far as my imagination goes for now! What did you think? How did your character find your Grace? Let me know! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Graceling Read-Along ~ Fire starts today!

Hey all! 
Erika @ Books, Stars, and the pages in Between and I have been hosting our very own Graceling read-along! 

For the past two weeks we have been talking about the first book: Graceling. Today (well technically yesterday, I’m a day late ^^) we are starting to read Fire! The read-along has been so much fun so far! 

Don’t forget the Fan-art-fiction competition! Details in the link. 

Goodreads Blurb: 
"It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

Feel free to join the read-along! :D It’s been a lot of fun so far!